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Prime Minister David Cameron warns leaving the EU is an 'irreversible decision'
20 Jun 2016 at 12:09am
LEAVING the EU is an 'irreversible decision' that would do lasting damage to the UK economy, David Cameron has warned.

Brexitstential angst: interview with Aberdonian Vote Leave campaigner Michael...
20 Jun 2016 at 9:31am
WHERE better to rendezvous with Michael Gove than on his home turf of Aberdeen? It is the last but one Sunday before the referendum which will decide whether we opt to stay in the European Union or bid auf wiedersehen, au revoir and ? why not! ? arrivederci to ?dictatorial Brussels? (copyright the Sun) and its faceless, numberless, self-serving, over-paid, multi-lingual fat cats. As time drifts by and D-Day looms, things are turning ever nastier, ever more vindictive. The latest Brexit-supporting broadside has been issued by actor John Cleese, ?a prominent Liberal Democrat supporter? (copyright the Daily Express), who says that in order to reform the EU we should ?hang? Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Which, if nothing else, confirms that Basil Fawlty was probably based on personal experience.

In with the Out crowd: on the streets with Ukip's David Coburn
18 Jun 2016 at 12:19am
?Make sure you don?t make me look like Margaret Rutherford,? hoots David Coburn as our photographer starts clicking away. I can see what he means. Ukip?s jowly Scottish spokesman is wearing a full-length tweed coat with matching bunnet, set off by a bawdy yellow and purple scarf ? party colours ? and matching rosette. I must say, I?m more reminded of Toad of Toad Hall than Ealing-era cinema?s battle-axe-in-chief, but there you go.

How Brexit could provoke a crisis for the UK, even without a second independe...
17 Jun 2016 at 7:23am
NEXT week's EU referendum is not about Scottish independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been at pains to point out this week.

Ministers planning for all EU poll eventualities, MSPs told
16 Jun 2016 at 3:04pm
The Scottish Government is carrying out "appropriate planning" to prepare for the economic shock that a vote to leave the European Union (EU) would cause, the First Minister has said.

How Brexit could open up new constituency of support for independence among m...
16 Jun 2016 at 3:37pm
In September 2014, Scots voted by a clear majority to remain within the United Kingdom. Less than two years on, might a vote for the UK to leave the European Union trigger a second independence referendum and the potential break-up of the UK?

Ministers hail 'productive' talks over transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood
16 Jun 2016 at 3:07pm
Scottish and UK government ministers have held "very productive" talks over the transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood.

Mark Millar: Scotland needs to get out of Europe while it still can
15 Jun 2016 at 10:50am
Mark Millar has said that Scots 'needs to get out of Europe' while they still can as he backed Brexit.

Watch: Zippos circus returns to Glasgow
15 Jun 2016 at 2:22pm
Acrobat Boris Borissov displayed his remarkable horsemanship as Zippos Circus began its latest run in Glasgow.

Scotland meets climate change targets for first time
14 Jun 2016 at 2:01pm
Scotland has met its annual climate-change target for the first time, the latest greenhouse gas emission figures show.

SNP accuse Michael Gove of 'nonsense' over immigration
14 Jun 2016 at 7:16am
NICOLA Sturgeon and Alex Salmond have clashed angrily with Michael Gove after the leading Leave campaigner claimed Holyrood would gain new powers over immigration if Britain left the EU.

SNP fail to meet socially-rented housing manifesto target
14 Jun 2016 at 1:54pm
The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year, official figures show.

As Others See Us: the world wakes up to the "spectre" of post-Brexit Scottish...
10 Jun 2016 at 3:53pm
German news magazine Der Spiegel is all red, white and true British blue this week. "Please don't go," its splash headline reads in English against a Union flag backdrop. "Bitte geht nicht," it repeats in its own language.

MPs voice BBC independence fears amid shake-up
8 Jun 2016 at 10:16am
THE SNP voiced concern at the scope of the broadcaster's shake-up being pushed through by ministers.

Youth worker taking up named-person role says scheme will unleash 'pandemonium'
8 Jun 2016 at 10:46am
A youth worker due to become a named person has warned the controversial Scottish Government policy will unleash "pandemonium".

 

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WHat impact will the European Union exit have on Scottish tourism
26 Jun 2016 at 9:20am
Those who weren’t on Thursday’s all-night political rollercoaster woke up to the cold, startling reality that the UK made an earth-shattering decision to leave the EU.

European Union exit impact on the environment
26 Jun 2016 at 9:16am
Many of the laws that make our drinking and bathing water safe, our air cleaner, our fishing industry more sustainable and our climate safer now hang by a thread. But Greenpeace is determined that this country will not go back to year zero on environmental protection.

What impact will European Union exit have on fishing?
26 Jun 2016 at 9:15am
The UK fishing industry was very vocal on its position regarding pulling away from the EU. The sail-away up the Thames and Clyde was a public demonstration of more than 40 years of pent-up frustration of what many viewed as a politically corrupt system.

What will happen to health post European Union exit?
26 Jun 2016 at 8:56am
While the next steps are decisions for the politicians in Scotland to make, the RCM would emphasise the need to ensure that Scotland’s health services are adequately funded and that workers’ rights and maternity rights are protected, whatever the future holds for Scotland.

What will happen research post European Union exit?
26 Jun 2016 at 8:55am
Much depends on what sort of deal the UK government can get moving forward.

Poll puts support for Scottish independence at 59%
26 Jun 2016 at 8:43am
NEARLY six out of 10 Scots say they’d vote Yes in a second independence referendum.

Indyref 2: Nation holds its breath for the Brexit bounce
25 Jun 2016 at 11:37pm
Just a few hours had passed since Britain had woken up to the news it would be leaving the EU. The stock markets had plummeted, David Cameron had resigned and an air of despondency hung over Scotland, whose people – unlike their English neighbours – had voted so resoundingly to stay.

Europe urges Britain to begin exit talks as soon as possible
25 Jun 2016 at 11:25pm
European nations have piled pressure on the UK to begin immediate talks on withdrawal from the EU after the vote for Brexit.

Sturgeon sets out strategy to keep Scotland in the EU
25 Jun 2016 at 11:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon said she would have “immediate discussions” with Brussels to protect Scotland’s place in the EU as the UK came under increasing pressure to make a swift exit from the trading and political bloc.

Leader: Sturgeon must find out whether Scotland can join EU
25 Jun 2016 at 11:05pm
When Nicola Sturgeon addressed the media just hours after the UK voted to leave the European Union, her tone won her new admirers from the ranks of those who would not normally be considered supporters.

Euan McColm: Look no further than Dan Jarvis for the right kind of anti-Boris
25 Jun 2016 at 10:45pm
The result of Thursday’s EU referendum has already cost one party leader his job. Within days, it should bring down a second.

Comedian Bruce Morton weaves a tale about Paisley?s historic strike
25 Jun 2016 at 9:43pm
Paisley’s key role in the history of Scottish trade unionism is the background to a new play by stand-up comedian and actor Bruce Morton.

Why Kirsty Wark will never forget the thousands of war dead in Scots graves
25 Jun 2016 at 5:13pm
Fought between July and November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War.

Trump ?would not be bothered? if Scottish muslim visited US
25 Jun 2016 at 4:50pm
DONALD Trump has said “he wouldn’t be bothered” by Scottish Muslims visiting the United States if he becomes president.

I did all I could to prevent Brexit, Corbyn tells heckler
25 Jun 2016 at 4:22pm
JEREMY Corbyn insisted he did all he could to prevent Britain leaving the European Union as he was heckled by a Labour activist in London.

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Notes from the madhouse
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jun 2016 at 11:39am
The people (of England) have spoken, and their elected representatives are freaking out all over the shop. Several senior Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have openly called for the result of a democratic referendum to be overturned by Parliament against the wishes of voters. The Prime Minister has quit, the Chancellor is expected to follow …

A blast from the past
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2016 at 11:06pm
We were startled to see an old face make a bit of a comeback to the Scottish political scene this evening, when BBC Scotland dug up the former “Better Together” campaign director Blair McDougall to urge Scots not to do anything hasty in the aftermath of the UK’s Brexit vote. And it led us, by …

Getting ourselves together
by Eric Joyce
25 Jun 2016 at 1:34pm
So it?s all over for the United Kingdom. Scotland (overwhelmingly) and Northern Ireland (less so) have voted to stay in Europe while England (decisively) and Wales (narrowly) have voted to leave. Northern Ireland has its own choices to make, but Scotland must now hold a second referendum. The Scottish Government said before the referendum that …

Lions and children first
by Chris Cairns
25 Jun 2016 at 8:26am

Everybody gets two
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2016 at 10:32am
Chances, that is. Yesterday the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union, while Scotland voted to stay in. Unless something is done, Scotland will be dragged out of the EU against its clearly-expressed will – the margin for Remain was two and a half times the margin for No in 2014. The …

The unbroken record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2016 at 5:33am
If we’d seen this sooner, we’d have bet every penny we owned on Leave: The game just changed, readers. We’ve been up all night. We’ll have some analysis for you in a few hours. For now, spend a few moments pondering who the “narrow nationalists” and “separatists” in the UK are.

We?re calling it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jun 2016 at 10:36pm
We know it’s early doors, but we’re going to state with some confidence now that this is the Tweet Of The Night: Yes, that really is Tim Stanley, leader writer of the Telegraph, complaining about being up against the British establishment in a referendum. (In which Leave was supported by, among others, the Sun, the …

Powers without pennies
by Scott Minto
23 Jun 2016 at 10:00am
One of the more intriguing aspects of the EU debate has been the claim made by former Labour minister Tom Harris that a vote to leave the EU would transfer a raft of new powers, including over fishing and farming, to the Scottish government. (Part of a fairly major volte-face by Harris on who should …

The undecided
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jun 2016 at 1:10pm
Alert readers will already know that the closest thing this site has to a position on this week’s EU referendum is that supporters of Scottish independence living in Scotland should vote Remain. (And even that view is conditional on whether you consider Scottish independence the most important political goal of your life. If it’s more important …

There Are Crocodiles
by Chris Cairns
19 Jun 2016 at 6:44am

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Nicola Sturgeon says MSPs at Holyrood could veto Brexit
26 Jun 2016 at 11:45am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC that the Scottish Parliament could effectively block the UK's exit from the EU.


Sturgeon pledges to 'protect' Scottish EU interests
25 Jun 2016 at 5:07pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will seek "immediate discussions" with Brussels to "protect Scotland's place in the EU" after UK's vote to leave.


Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish independence vote 'highly likely'
24 Jun 2016 at 7:27pm
Scotland's first minister says a second independence referendum is "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU.


EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
24 Jun 2016 at 10:36am
Scotland strongly backs staying in the EU - with all 32 council areas backing Remain - but the UK votes in favour of Brexit.


Donald Trump in Scotland: 'Brexit a great thing'
24 Jun 2016 at 4:25pm
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is a "great thing" that the people of the UK have "taken back their country" in voting to leave the EU.


EU Referendum: Second referendum 'not in best interests'
24 Jun 2016 at 1:23pm
A second independence referendum is "not in the best interests of Scotland", according to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives.


EU referendum: Scottish businesses call for swift action
24 Jun 2016 at 4:59pm
Scottish business leaders call for swift political action to end uncertainty in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU.


EU referendum: Fishing industry faces 'opportunities and challenges'
24 Jun 2016 at 12:55pm
The UK leaving the EU offers the Scottish fishing industry "opportunities and challenges", industry leaders say.


Pound plunges after Leave vote
24 Jun 2016 at 2:48pm
The London stock market dives and the pound hits its lowest level since 1985 in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU.


ScotRail talks offer amid strike dismissed as 'stunt'
23 Jun 2016 at 9:41pm
An offer by ScotRail to hold fresh talks with union leaders as a series of one-day strikes continues is dismissed as a "stunt".


Thousands of air weapons surrendered during amnesty
21 Jun 2016 at 12:32pm
Crossbows, rifles and pistols dating back to World War Two are among thousands of air weapons surrendered during a police amnesty.


Second Scottish teaching union to vote on industrial action
21 Jun 2016 at 9:05am
A second Scottish teaching union is to ballot its members for industrial action over their workload.

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This is Budapest calling, Take 2
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2016 at 8:47am
I always stay up all night on UK election nights (unless I really, really have to be somewhere at the crack of dawn), but I think I may have broken my own personal record on Thursday/Friday by stay...

Scotland would now vote in favour of independence, according to post-referend...
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2016 at 1:14am
We now have confirmation of the Panelbase numbers - fieldwork was apparently conducted on Friday and Saturday, so entirely after the referendum result was known.Should Scotland be an independent co...

Scotland now supports independence by almost two-to-one margin, says historic...
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2016 at 9:53pm
Should Scotland be an independent country?Yes 59%No 32%This is a Sunday Post poll, and as far as I can see they haven't mentioned which firm conducted it yet.  I can't believe they'd be splashing o...

On the forthcoming independence polls
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2016 at 5:33pm
The former Labour MP Eric Joyce has a piece at Wings Over Scotland arguing that there should be a very quick independence referendum provided that the polls next week show 60% support for independe...

Memo to Theresa Villiers : You're on a loser with this one
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2016 at 8:14pm
I was just watching Channel 4 News, and midway through it, Theresa Villiers (Northern Ireland Secretary and Leave campaigner) said something truly extraordinary. First she said that she agreed wit...

It's official : Scotland is to be dragged out of the European Union against i...
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2016 at 5:00am
Unfortunately I had to close the previous thread because of an abusive anonymous commenter, but feel free to continue the discussion below.  A few miscellaneous points on this extraordinary morning...

We may be heading for a narrow Leave win - and for Indyref 2
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2016 at 2:15am
There may yet be a joker in the pack tonight, as there was in the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum when the BBC briefly forecast No as the winners, only for Carmarthenshire to completely buck the n...

YouGov on-the-day poll predicts narrow Remain victory
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2016 at 10:05pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?Remain 52% (+1)Leave 48% (-1)This is very reminiscent of the YouGov on-the-day poll for the indyref, whic...

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BBC News: Nicola Sturgeon says MSPs at Holyrood could veto Brexit
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26 Jun 2016 at 12:02pm
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Nicola Sturgeon says MSPs at Holyrood could veto Brexit (BBC)
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26 Jun 2016 at 11:52am
Nicola Sturgeon says MSPs at Holyrood could veto Brexit. submitted by /u/cardinalb

The EU has an empty
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26 Jun 2016 at 11:39am
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Thoughts on a Possible #IndyRef2
by /u/oldcat
26 Jun 2016 at 11:26am
Last time I voted Yes, this post is aimed at others like me who still want to see Scotland become an independent country and have had their views strengthened by the EU referendum. This isn't goin...

How Representative is this Sub?
by /u/memmett9
26 Jun 2016 at 11:22am
I'm an Englishman (a Londoner, so it could be worse, but I apologise nonetheless) and I have a question for you guys. How representative is this subreddit of political opinion in Scotland? From wha...

Spain are having their general elections today. Here's why it matters to us.
by /u/JohnnyButtocks
26 Jun 2016 at 11:08am
Spain are having their general election today. This may have a direct consequence for Scotland, because the incumbent, right wing People's Party have drawn a very hard line on the matter of Catala...

Senior Government sources indicated that while the UK government does not fav...
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26 Jun 2016 at 10:52am
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Questions to r/Scotland: What did the political parties and politicians of Sc...
by /u/GQW9GFO
26 Jun 2016 at 10:38am
I understand the circumstances of this vote (if it happens) may be slightly different, but I'm thinking some of the lessons the SNP (and other parties) learned may be universally helpful. Was not l...

Our options are open and it may be the nation?s civic duty to exit Brexit
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26 Jun 2016 at 10:27am
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?The SNP currently looks like the most credible political force in the UK?
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26 Jun 2016 at 10:18am
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"The UK is no longer a place I want to live in, so I?ll be backing ?yes?"
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26 Jun 2016 at 10:12am
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Brexit: 'Half' of Labour top team set to resign
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26 Jun 2016 at 10:12am
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Paul Hutcheon on Twitter: "Ian Murray expected to resign from Shadow Cabinet....
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26 Jun 2016 at 9:54am
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Can someone please explain why I keep seeing this crap all over reddit
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26 Jun 2016 at 9:45am
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Was Ian Murray really a 'negative'? Jeremy Corbyn is about to find out
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Jun 2016 at 11:34am
JUST how "negative" Ian Murray is, and how long that list of enemies is, Jeremy Corbyn is about to discover.


Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson partying at 4am Glastonbury silent disco hour...
by Record Reporter
26 Jun 2016 at 10:35am
JEREMY Corbyn's right hand man was spotted drinking lager and watching Adele while his party descended into chaos.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the UK which Scotland voted to stay part ...
by Sally Hind
26 Jun 2016 at 10:28am
THE First Minister said she would do everything she could to protect Scotland during the UK's exit from the EU after the majority of Scots voted to stay.


Majority of Scots back independence after Brexit, poll finds
by Record Reporter
26 Jun 2016 at 9:04am
RESEARCH has found 59% of voters would vote Yes if there was a second independence referendum tomorrow.


Jeremy Corbyn faces mass shadow cabinet walk out after sacking of Hillary Benn
by Sam Lister
26 Jun 2016 at 8:38am
The LABOUR leader has woken up to his cabinet in uproar as they join forces to state he is no longer the man for the job.


Keep Calm and Carry on ... and trust in Scotland, says Lesley Roberts
by Lesley Roberts
26 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
LESLEY weighs up the momentous news from Thursday's EU referendum and wonders what will happen next.


Brexit: Scotland wants no part of a UK led by right-wing politics and austerity
by Gerry Hassan
26 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
POST-referendum Britain is frustrated and feeling powerless, says Gerry, Scotland wants no part of a country with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage leading the way.


Nicola Sturgeon plans to 'lovebomb' No voters to win second indy ref
by Mark Aitken
26 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
THE First Minister will launch a charm offensive to convince the 200,000 voters she needs to switch sides in the event of a second independence referendum.


Nicola Sturgeon reveals blueprint to get us out of Brexit nightmare: 'We vote...
by Mark Aitken
26 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
THE First Minister lays out her plans on how Scotland could stay in the European Union without a second Independence referendum.


6 reasons to be terrified of Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister
by Mike Wright
25 Jun 2016 at 7:14pm
If you thought David Cameron's government was cruel and out-of-touch...

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So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

A Little Selection
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jun 2016 at 7:24am
  In the light of all the above… Images from the excellent Zarkwan

The More Things Change?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
So it’s going to be all change. A period of major turmoil is about to begin. The pound has fallen dramatically, oil prices have gone up and markets are falling. If this happens the way Farage, Gove etc want, “taking back control” and the “seismic change” people are talking about is going to involve stripping …

Remain
by michaelgreenwell
22 Jun 2016 at 10:12pm
I haven’t campaigned on it at all, which I may come to regret. I must say however that I’m voting remain even though the remain people have done a terrible job, not because they have done a good one.

Eagerly Awaiting
by michaelgreenwell
22 Jun 2016 at 9:05am
Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences.  It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines.  We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of …

Audience Views on the New Scottish Media
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jun 2016 at 1:53pm
A recent film from Phantom Power which talks of the importance of the new Scottish media. If you’d like to hear the interview I did with the filmmaker then you can get that here.

Need Some Campaigning Things?
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jun 2016 at 9:46am
I imagine that this is your guy…

Some Situations, half-hypothetical or other
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2016 at 8:39pm
Most of the following things have happened. See if you can spot which one didn’t. A 17th century king takes offence at the words recounted to him by a diplomat. A country is invaded. A white supremacist bombs a government building. All white people are interned. A group of mostly Saudis attacks a trade building. …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 127 ? David Cameron
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jun 2016 at 12:38pm
A surprise guest for the 127th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast. He makes a good case too. Hope you enjoy it? You can download here if you right click THIS LINK and ?save as? You can listen to the show online or you can subscribe with itunes. We can alse be found on youtube …
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Cold Turkey
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jun 2016 at 12:44am
The Brexiteers look like they’re staggering about after the party unable to get a cab home and rapidly sobering up. Nick Cohen suggests that Gove and BoJo are just pundits who’ve been found out: “Never has a revolution in Britain?s position in the world been advocated with such carelessness. The Leave campaign has no plan. …

Spain on the Brink of Change
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jun 2016 at 10:35pm
Colin Fox – in Madrid at the invitation of Unidos Podemos ?United We Can? the insurgent left-wing party hoping to win todays Spanish General Election reports for Bella. Standing inside the magnificent glass panelled Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia on the Ronda de Atocha with its beguiling modernist architecture, huge red walls and cool …

Happy Endings
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jun 2016 at 5:20pm
There are large historical events that have been going on beneath our feet, I think, for a long time. But, like an earthquake, tension builds and the ground suddenly shifts?and temples come crashing down. 36 hours on from the shock of Friday morning, more in sadness than anything else, the new reality is sinking in. …

Dear Jeff Bezos
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jun 2016 at 2:30pm
To: jeff@amazon.com Date: 23 June 2016 Dear Jeff Bezos I hope you enjoy Peter Sellers movies as much as I do. Although he’s often considered a Goonish clown, which of course he was, Sellers was the master of the dark absurdist comedy. He chose his parts with care and brought a violent slapstick tension to …

The Three Tasks
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2016 at 11:48pm
You may not like the result. You might be scared of what may come next. But on the other hand, can’t you feel a bit of the ‘thrill of possibility’? Can you imagine where we’d be if Remain had won, Cameron and Osborne were endorsed, Scottish independence was back in the filing cabinet and our …

Lame Duck Soup
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2016 at 10:44am
Marie-Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and Mateo Salvini are delighted. Nigel Farage called it a “victory for decent people”, then suffering with a bout of instant amnesia added: “Britain voted to leave without a bullet being fired.” Osborne is toast and Corbyn is a dead man walking, Osborne after spouting hysteria, Corbyn after saying not very much …

Who will speak for Europe?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2016 at 11:11am
At the outset of the so-called Brexit referendum campaign in February, the British tabloid The Daily Mail, in an attempt at setting out the merits for the UK to leave the European Union, published a front page editorial which asked: ?Who Will Speak For England?? The editorial evoked the words of Tory MP Leo Amery, …

Your Money and Your Life
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jun 2016 at 10:06pm
Tribe of Moles is Bella’s new weekly column reflecting struggles against benefits sanctions, austerity attacks and state repression ? encouraging resistance, counter-power and autonomy. Imagine you have to attend a test which is going to decide if you have enough money to live on ? or not.  You don’t really understand exactly how they are …

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Brexit triggers Labour crisis: Gloria De Piero and Ian Murray latest to quit ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
26 Jun 2016 at 11:56am
Benn says he has lost confidence in Labour leaderConservative candidates vie to ?Stop Boris?EU leaders insist Britain must act soon to quit the unionBut Merkel calls for ?businesslike? timeframe for talks 11.56am BST Momentum, the Labour group for Corbyn supporters, is encouraging people to use a...

Nicola Sturgeon tells next PM: don't block new Scottish referendum
by Libby Brooks
26 Jun 2016 at 11:00am
Circumstances have changed dramatically since Brexit vote, says first minister, as poll shows surge in support of independenceNicola Sturgeon has cautioned any future Conservative prime minster against blocking a second referendum on Scottish independence, as she entrenched her position on Scotla...

Ruth Davidson, the Tory who stands between Scotland and independence | Kevin ...
by Kevin McKenna
26 Jun 2016 at 12:02am
The woman who easily outshone Boris Johnson at the big BBC referendum debate is gaining a reputation as ?the People?s Tory?Of all the words spoken and written about politics in the UK last week, perhaps the most revealing were delivered in a thick Glasgow accent on a mid-morning radio call-in sho...

Nicola Sturgeon to lobby EU members to support Scotland's remain bid
by Severin Carrell and Jennifer Rankin
25 Jun 2016 at 5:35pm
First minister to set up panel to advise her on Scotland?s relationship with EU, as Labour considers endorsing independenceNicola Sturgeon is to lobby EU member states directly for support in ensuring that Scotland can remain part of the bloc, after Scots voted emphatically against Brexit on Thur...

Brexit vote brings fresh surge of support for Scottish independence
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Jun 2016 at 4:21pm
Vote to leave the EU is changing terms on which people in Scotland are viewing prospect of independenceLiam McKeown has put the yes stickers back up in his windows. ?I felt so angry I was in tears,? explained the social care worker, as he commiserated about the EU referendum result over a pint wi...

Brexit could be Scotland?s ticket into the EU as an independent state | David...
by David Torrance
24 Jun 2016 at 5:11pm
Nicola Sturgeon may be cautious in her talk of another referendum, but she might find the EU much more willing to engage this timeIn times like these, political journalists like me tend to reach for the collected works of WB Yeats. ?All changed, changed utterly,? he wrote after Ireland?s Easter r...

Nicola Sturgeon: second Scottish independence poll highly likely
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor and Libby Brooks
24 Jun 2016 at 4:35pm
First minister says it is a ?democratic outrage? that Scotland would be taken out of European Union against its willLive: Britain counts the cost of BrexitScotland is on the brink of staging a fresh referendum on independence after Nicola Sturgeon requested talks with the EU on separate membershi...

Donald Trump arrives in UK and hails Brexit vote as 'great victory'
by Ewen MacAskill in Turnberry
24 Jun 2016 at 4:07pm
Presidential hopeful says Britons exercised ?sacred right? to independence on visit to his Turnberry golf courseDonald Trump has hailed Britain?s decision to leave the EU as a ?great victory?, attributing the result to immigration and drawing parallels with opposition to what he described as the ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

An argument as rank and rotten as a two year old fish
We’re having a bit of a drama. Not the kind like you get on the X-Factor where the outcome depends on a talentless and shallow chancer with bad hair whose ego is inversely proportional to his abilities, but an actual crisis, where the outcome depends on a talentless and shallow chancer with bad hair whose …

A screw up of truly pig penis proportions
Well that turned out to be one hell of a way of sorting out the Tory party leadership, didn’t it. Rarely in history have schoolboy spats had such serious consequences, but that’s what happens when you pick your Prime Ministers from a muddy puddle of Etonian entitlement. Now Davie has had to resign and the …

The clock is ticking
So that’s it then. The sun has risen but the darkness falls. The nightmare has happened. The nightmare is here. Two Unions lie broken. Last night England broke the Unions, and chose for us. Chose to take us into the dark forest, chose to take us off the path we wanted to travel. England and …

Taking back some control of Scotland?s own
I’ve been no fan of the remain campaign. Its scaremongering has been alternately appalling and risible. It’s been high handed and arrogant, treating the electorate like fools who must be herded in a certain direction and if they don’t comply they must be morally suspect and probably racist too. They don’t deserve to win on …

The politics of d?oh
A worried Davie Cameron appeared at a podium outside Downing Street on Tuesday to make an appeal to voters to save his political skin. He didn’t quite utter the famous words from the Simpsons, “Will no one think of the children?” but he came close enough and the sentiment was much the same. Mind you …

A campaign reported by journaloids
Well it’s all over now. Decided. Minds made up. No need to say a syllable more. JK Rowling backed up by her island of lawyers has pronounced upon the EU referendum with a Harry Potter reference and it’s all over the papers. JK and Harry Potter and want us all to remain a part of …

The swearword missing between ?Mother? and ?of Parliaments?
Following a pause for breath due to the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox, the gloves are off again. Thankfully there’s only a few days to go now until this entire sorry mess of an EU referendum campaign is over. Neither side has any claim to the moral high ground, neither has any claim to …

Thumbs down to Westminster?s Colosseum
On Thursday, before the tragic and brutal murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in a shooting incident suspended campaigning, the EU referendum campaign reached further down into the gutter than it has gone before. Mind you it’s been in the gutter and rolling about in the filth pretty much since it started. Saying that the …

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For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

The European Integration Project ? Never heard of it? Read on McDuff
      7 May 2013: The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project – Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   An annual workshop Convened by the “Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society and the Department of Politics and Government” (CSEPS). It’s …

Oh! what a tangled web they weave ? The rich elite get richer- screw the many...
      Joanne Hammerman Alter   The start and expansion of a Dynasty Joanne H Alter (nee Hammerman) 1927 – 2008 was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother Celia K. Hammerman, was an immigrant who fled the riots in Czarist Russia. Her father, Sol Hammerman, worked for J.K. Industries in …

2016 Scottish Election ? Did SNP Blunders Allow this lot Win Their Seats?
              Is anyone analysing the outcome of the marginals in the 2016 Scottish election? It is imperative the SNP learn from the strategic error of relying on a blanket, “one message fits all approach” when the electorate of a number of marginal constituencies were clearly in need of a …

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The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

AWOL
May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

Gerry Hassan

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Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building
Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 22nd 2016 The UK has already left Europe. It never really joined in any real sense. National debates like this reveals much about the psyche of a country, and how it sees its collective hopes and fears. For one, it illuminates a …

The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign
The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2016 Sometimes we should struggle to find the appropriate words. This is such a time and moment. A campaign that has already reached new lows plummeted to depths previously unimaginable with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. …

This campaign is a future warning from a British Trumpland
This campaign is a future warning from a British Trumpland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 19th 2016 The Euro campaign has been without any joy or love, and has reached depths unseen for decades in British politics ? reducing complex subjects to the gutter. This last week has been a humbling one. The tragic death …

Are We Better Than This? The Tragic Killing of Jo Cox
Are We Better Than This? The Tragic Killing of Jo Cox Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 17th 2016 This is an attack on all of us. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is an assault on parliamentary democracy but disgracefully not as much a shock as it should be. Part of British politics have …

What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland?
What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 15th 2016 There is something about Scots and class, and in particular about working class identities. Many Scots define themselves when given a choice as working class, yet in terms of occupations and status, on any definition, a majority would be …

Was 1966 the last great British sporting moment? Andy Murray apart?
Was 1966 the last great British sporting moment? Andy Murray apart? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 12th 2016 ?They think it?s all over. It is now.? These are some of the most famous words ever in the history of British sporting commentary. The fiftieth anniversary of 1966 is upon us. When England beat West Germany …

The SNP, Centre-Left Politics and the State of Social Democracy
The SNP, Centre-Left Politics and the State of Social Democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 8th 2016 One party stands head and shoulders above all others in Scotland – namely, the Scottish National Party. It has got there through its own efforts, hard work and virtues, along with the numerous mistakes and weaknesses of its …

Confused by the European Debate? You should be!
Confused by the European Debate? You should be! Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 5th 2016 The EU referendum is so far one of the worst political debates in my lifetime, with no sign of it improving. It is unlikely to descend to the gutter of Trump v. Clinton coming up shortly. But it still leaves …

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland Presses Ahead With Plans For New Independence Vote - Huffington Post

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Scotland Presses Ahead With Plans For New Independence Vote
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EDINBURGH, June 25 (Reuters) - Scotland's devolved government will start a drive to protect its European Union membership and will prepare for a possible fresh independence vote after Britain voted to exit the bloc, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said ...
Scottish independence has nearly 60 per cent support,...

Scotland Is Already Hinting at Another Referendum to Leave the UK After Brexi...

Fortune
Scotland Is Already Hinting at Another Referendum to Leave the UK After Brexit Vote
Fortune
Sturgeon said earlier this week that another independence referendum ?is definitely on the table? if Scotland votes to remain in the EU but the rest of the U.K. votes to leave, though she said she hoped that wouldn't be the case since she supported Remain.
Brexit: Split voting results lead to calls f...

J.K. Rowling says Scotland will seek independence after UK votes for Brexit -...

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J.K. Rowling says Scotland will seek independence after UK votes for Brexit
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LONDON ? J.K. Rowling has spoken out against the results of Britain's referendum on membership in the European Union with a strong suggestion that Scotland "will seek independence now." The Harry Potter author reacted to reports that the UK voted to ...
J.K. Rowling predicts Scottish independence following...

Why Brussels finally gets the point of Scottish independence - Herald Scotland

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Why Brussels finally gets the point of Scottish independence
Herald Scotland
I could not be more proud that Nicola Sturgeon's priority was to reassure our European friends and neighbours living in Scotland that ?you are welcome and your contribution is valued?. In our independence referendum all EU nationals had a vote because ...



Green Kingmakers See Scottish Independence Vote Determined By Public Appetite...

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Green Kingmakers See Scottish Independence Vote Determined By Public Appetite
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EDINBURGH: Scotland's devolved government is right to start preparing legislation for a new independence referendum after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, but a new vote should be decided by "clear public appetite" for one, a spokesman for ...

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Trump in Scotland: Would Put UK at 'Front of Line' for Trade Deal, Support Sc...

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Trump in Scotland: Would Put UK at 'Front of Line' for Trade Deal, Support Scottish Independence
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Jane Barlow/ZUMA Press/NewscomDonald Trump appeared in Scotland a day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, for the re-opening of the golf resort. Most of his initial comments, fifteen minutes worth, were about his properties, but ...
Donald Trump: Brexi...

Brexit: Scottish independence referendum 'highly likely' - The Week UK

The Week UK
Brexit: Scottish independence referendum 'highly likely'
The Week UK
In a press conference this morning, the Scottish First Minister said Brexit represented a "significant and material" change to the terms under which Scotland voted against independence from the UK in 2014. "My priority will be to act in the best ...
Brexit to lead to Scottish independence vote in 2 years: SalmondPress ...

Brexit sparks surge for Scots independence - The Times (subscription)

Brexit sparks surge for Scots independence
The Times (subscription)
Britain's vote for Brexit has fuelled a rise in support for Scottish independence, with a majority of Scots now prepared to leave the UK, according to a new poll. The Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times points to a reversal of the result of the 2014 ...



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UK that Scotland voted to stay in 'does not exist anymore': Sturgeon - Channe...

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UK that Scotland voted to stay in 'does not exist anymore': Sturgeon
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I want to try and protect Scotland from that," Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), said on Sunday. Asked what Scotland's negotiating position with Brussels could be and whether it would have to join as a new member ...

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'The SNP currently looks like the most credible political force in the UK' - ...

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'The SNP currently looks like the most credible political force in the UK'
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When Nicola Sturgeon made her first post-Brexit statement at Bute House, she stood there as first minister because Alex Salmond's masterly positioning of the SNP as Scotland's new party of social democracy made them the massive beneficiaries of ...

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The Problem With Scotland's Desire To Be In The EU - They Wouldn't Be Accepte...

The Problem With Scotland's Desire To Be In The EU - They Wouldn't Be Accepted As Members
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There're a number of problems with this, including the point that the SNP don't actually want this to happen, not if they think about it they don't. Others include the fact that the system just doesn't work that way and further, the EU wouldn't let ...

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Poll puts support for Scottish independence at 59% - Scotsman

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Poll puts support for Scottish independence at 59%
Scotsman
Anti-independence groups last night pointed out more people in Scotland voted to stay in the UK in 2014 than voted to remain in the EU. But SNP business convener Derek MacKay said the survey was a ?strong endorsement of the actions of the First Minister?.

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LibDem spending in Holyrood seat under scrutiny - Herald Scotland

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LibDem spending in Holyrood seat under scrutiny
Herald Scotland
The SNP's in-house legal team is investigating whether the LibDems broke the law in Edinburgh Western in May. Alex Cole-Hamilton regained the seat from the SNP after spending the largest amount of any candidate in Edinburgh, and 88 per cent of the ...

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How Remain lost ... but handed the future to the SNP - Herald Scotland

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How Remain lost ... but handed the future to the SNP
Herald Scotland
***BESTPIX*** LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Supporters of the Stronger In Campaign react as results of the EU referendum are announced at the Royal Festival Hall on June 24, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has gone to the polls ...

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After Brexit, poll shows surge in support for independence in Scotland: Repor...

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After Brexit, poll shows surge in support for independence in Scotland: Report
Daily News & Analysis
Scotlands First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the media after holding an emergency Cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 25, 2016, following the pro-Brexit result of the UKs ...

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Europe endless, or Europe ending? - The Conversation AU

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Europe endless, or Europe ending?
The Conversation AU
Many of us feared that the SNP would not accept a democratic decision with which they disagreed ? nationalists rarely do ? and sure enough, within days of the result, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon had set the clock ticking on indyref2, to be ...

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Nicola Sturgeon weighs the challenge of a second Scottish referendum - Financ...

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Nicola Sturgeon weighs the challenge of a second Scottish referendum
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The first minister has said another referendum on Scottish independence is now ?highly likely?. But she stopped short of demanding another vote and stressed the need for unity. Ms Sturgeon also promised to assemble a panel of experts from across the ...
Nicola Sturgeon says MSPs at Holyrood could ve...

Scotland Is Already Hinting at Another Referendum to Leave the UK After Brexi...

Fortune
Scotland Is Already Hinting at Another Referendum to Leave the UK After Brexit Vote
Fortune
Sturgeon said earlier this week that another independence referendum ?is definitely on the table? if Scotland votes to remain in the EU but the rest of the U.K. votes to leave, though she said she hoped that wouldn't be the case since she supported Remain.
How Brexit Could Split Up the UKTIME
Is Brexi...

EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave - BBC News

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EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
BBC News
Scotland has voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38% - with all 32 council areas backing Remain. But the UK as a whole has voted to Leave - raising the prospect of Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will. First Minister ...
EU referendum: UK result would have been Remain had votes been allowed at ...

EU referendum result: Scotland's higher education sector emphasises 'nothing ...

The Independent
EU referendum result: Scotland's higher education sector emphasises 'nothing changes overnight'
The Independent
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the people of Scotland see their future as part of the EU, adding that a second Scottish independence referendum is ?highly likely? with those loyal to Remain expressing concern that the north of the UK is being ...

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Tycoon McColl warns Sturgeon against second referendum - The Times (subscript...

Tycoon McColl warns Sturgeon against second referendum
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Jim McColl, one of Scotland's most successful businessmen, has warned the Scottish government against its plans to hold a second independence referendum in the wake of last week's shock vote for the UK to leave the EU. McColl, billionaire founder and ...



Five facts from Scottish EU referendum vote - BBC News

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Five facts from Scottish EU referendum vote
BBC News
There were 2,679,513 votes cast (not including rejected ballots) in Scotland. There were 1,661,191 for Remain, exactly 62% of the votes cast. This was compared with a 51.9% vote in favour of Leave across the UK. There were just over a million votes for ...

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Leave warns supporters of strong Scottish referendum vote - Scotsman

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Leave warns supporters of strong Scottish referendum vote
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In an email to supporters, Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott said: ?Scotland and London are voting in big numbers. There is a very real chance that voters in London and Scotland will vote to keep us in the EU today despite the heartlands of the ...

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Donald Trump is tweeting about Scotland and Brexit. It's as ignorant as you'd...

Vox
Donald Trump is tweeting about Scotland and Brexit. It's as ignorant as you'd expect.
Vox
But after the Brexit vote, Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says it's "highly likely" that there will be a second referendum, as it is "democratically unacceptable" for Scotland to be pulled out of the EU against its will. So Trump could end ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

SLab might support independence?
Just saw an Guardian article on twitter that suggests Labour might support independence:   https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/25/sturgeon-seeks-urgent-brussels-talks-to-protect-scotlands-eu-membership   In a further significant development, Scottish Labour?s executive committee opened u...

EU REF 2?
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-petition-latest-eu-referendum-rules-change-force-second-vote-poll-government-a7102486.html

Exit Negotiations.
Thought we might need a thread for the negotiations.
Seems already that the founding 6 states are already disproving the line from Leave that UK ministers would dictate the terms & timetable.

Oor Nic
I know it has been said before, but amidst the clusterfuck of Bullingdon boy MPs, Blairites and Oxbridge lads, Sturgeon has been a shining beacon of stateswomanlike brilliance.   Her speech yesterday was calm, assured, inclusive, positive and measured.  Her opening line of reaching out to EU nati...

Juncker
This guy is an arsehole.

Commonwealth free-ish movement
The free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was suggested a while back. With Brexit, it looks like we now have a superb opportunity to create stronger ties with these nations, for example making it easier to live and work in each other's countries.

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Brussels Monday morning
We all know that the whole reason for existence of the faceless Brussels bureaucrats and the other 27 member states was to meet up every morning in their mediaeval dungeon in Brussels and think up of new and sadistic ways of fucking over poor little Britain, who never did nuthin' to no one and ju...

What if?
What if France, Holland and Sweden all have huge swings to leaving the EU?
Is the EU still as enticing a place we want to be?
All through the whole debate I didnt get a huge sense that Scotland were really that bothered and now it seems more like a knee jerk reaction. Sturgeon, Salmond, Cameron...

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Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

glastonbury
coldplay,muse and adele  utter jobby 

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

European Champions
Just heard from my boy that his band has just won the European Pipe Band Championships at Forres in Grade 4b. Fcking delighted doesn't cover it. 

The backlash down south
I'm more a lurker in here these days, but still feel that the TAMB is the best banter of all the forums i contribute to and folk speak from the heart. No more so than on political matters. Folk call it like it is so I thought i'd post this and share it with you. Went into work yesterday morni...

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Nigel Farage disowns 'Vote Leave £350m' pledge for NHS

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Brexit will trigger second independence referendum, says Alex Salmond

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Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...