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Soldiers to guard sensitive sites, including Scotland's nuclear power station...
24 May 2017 at 10:01pm
ARMED troops are to guard nuclear power plants in Scotland and other sensitive sites across the UK as the police said they were now investigating a "network" linked to the Manchester bomber.

Election sketch: manifesto launch turns angry as Ukippers barrack HM Press
25 May 2017 at 1:30pm
HM Press has a thick skin; any hack of a certain vintage(myself included) will probably have been sworn at, threatened and even punched in the noble pursuit of trying to find out what?s going on.

Sturgeon: troops guarding 12 Scottish sites but not expected on streets
25 May 2017 at 12:07am
TROOPS are guarding a dozen sensitive sites in Scotland in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, but are not expected to appear on the streets, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

SNP relying on public funds as big donors dry up
24 May 2017 at 12:20am
THE SNP has not declared a significant cash donation from a member of the public in six months, making it increasingly reliant on state funding to operate.

Suicide bomber was Manchester-born college drop-out whose parents were Libyan...
24 May 2017 at 12:17am
SALMAN Abedi, named by the authorities as the Manchester suicide bomber, was a university drop-out, who was born locally and whose parents were Libyan refugees who fled the Gaddafi regime.

US leaks continue despite UK Government request
24 May 2017 at 5:41pm
The special relationship was under pressure last night after US officials released new details of the investigation into the Manchester bombing just hours after request from the UK to stop leaking.

Election campaign will resume fully on Friday after three-day suspension
24 May 2017 at 6:53pm
THE General Election campaign will resume fully on Friday after a three-day pause initiated out of respect for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Youngest victim of Manchester bombing, Saffie Roussos, 8, was 'a beautiful li...
24 May 2017 at 12:17am
SAFFIE Roussos was just eight years old. She was described by her primary school?s head teacher as "simply a beautiful little girl, who was loved by everyone".

General Election campaigning to remain suspended after Manchester terror attack
23 May 2017 at 9:02pm
The party leaders' campaigns for the June 8 General Election will remain suspended on Wednesday following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

Sturgeon leads condemnations and tributes over attack at Holyrood
23 May 2017 at 4:14pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has said nothing could have been more cowardly than targeting children and young people as she led condemnation of the Manchester terror bombing at Holyrood.

Theresa May makes statement after meeting of Cobra committee
23 May 2017 at 10:23pm
Theresa May has made a statement in Downing Street after a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee.

Debt-laden law firm linked to SNP candidate put into administration
23 May 2017 at 5:53pm
A LAW firm linked to a high-profile SNP candidate has gone bust with the loss of nine jobs.

New Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne sworn in at Scottish Parliament
23 May 2017 at 5:56pm
Scotland's newest MSP has been sworn in at Holyrood.

Scottish Labour manifesto: at-a-glance
23 May 2017 at 12:09am
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Nationalist group ?inspired? by banned Neo-Nazi group
23 May 2017 at 12:14am
A neo-Nazi group banned after celebrating the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has inspired a new Scottish nationalist front, according to anti-fascist researchers.

 

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Scots galleries chief slams Donald Trump?s cultural ignorance
25 May 2017 at 1:01pm
The head of Scotland's National Galleries has hit out at US President Donald Trump's cultural ignorance.

Same-sex marriage and apology to be debated by Kirk
25 May 2017 at 12:48pm
Proposals to allow Church of Scotland ministers to conduct same-sex marriages will be debated at the Kirk’s 2017 General Assembly in Edinburgh today.

Theresa May: public must be ?vigilant?, terror threat remains critical
25 May 2017 at 12:01pm
Theresa May has said the threat level will “remain at critical and the public should remain vigilant” after a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra.

Value of fishing in Scotland reaches record high
25 May 2017 at 10:09am
The value of Scotland’s fishing industry has reached a record high ahead of the Brexit negotiations which will determine its future.

Headteachers driven out by demands and stresses of job
25 May 2017 at 9:39am
Scotland’s schools could be facing a leadership crisis because the “stresses and demands” of being a headteacher means senior staff do not want the job, MSPs have been told.

Bill Jamieson: New security measures will become a way of life
24 May 2017 at 9:00pm
The presence of troops on British streets is supposed to be temporary measure - but will they become permanent after we grow to accept the sight, asks Bill Jamieson.

Kenny MacAskill: Seal the border? Terrorists are here already
24 May 2017 at 8:00pm
Heightened security and more atrocities may be price for our values and way of life, but we shall overcome challenges together, writes Kenny MacAskill.

Propaganda will make Muslims more hated, says Muslim scholar
24 May 2017 at 5:33pm
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammed of Jordan, one of the world’s leading Muslim scholars, has told the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland that terrorist propaganda will succeed in making Muslims “even more hated than they currently are by most of the world.”

General election 2017: Parties set to resume campaigns
24 May 2017 at 5:22pm
The main political parties will resume campaigning in the general election on Friday following a cessation of activity for the Manchester bombing – although Ukip will press ahead with its manifesto launch on Thursday.

Cautious welcome for new farm rent review contract
24 May 2017 at 9:56am
NFU Scotland has welcomed the eventual award of the contract to conduct the appraisal of how the new “productive capacity” measures to be used to determine farm rents – contained in last year’s Land Reform Act – will work in practice.

Government borrowing in April highest for three years
24 May 2017 at 8:44am
The UK government borrowed a surprise £10.4 billion in April in the last update on the public finances before the general election next month.

John Edward: Anti-EU rhetoric makes Scotland look small
24 May 2017 at 7:00am
Barrett Deems was the drummer with Louis Armstrong’s All Stars and “the fastest ­drummer in the world”. ­Armstrong told him he was “the only guy in the world that makes coffee nervous”.

Manchester attack: Election campaigning to remain suspended
23 May 2017 at 9:36pm
The party leaders’ campaigns for the 8 June General Election will remain suspended on Wednesday following the attack.

Leader comment: No answer to threat of lone suicide bomber
23 May 2017 at 9:30pm
The horror we had feared would visit Britain ever since terrorist attacks on Europe increased in frequency arrived on Monday night with the slaughter of at least 22 people, and another 59 injured, at a pop concert in Manchester, the biggest loss of life since the 7 July bombings in 2005.

Kirk tells PM: Don?t ignore ?sovereign right? of Scots
23 May 2017 at 6:48pm
The Scottish people have the “sovereign right to determine the form of government best suited to their needs”, despite the UK government having the legal right to permit a second independence referendum, delegates at the 2017 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh agreed yesterday.

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A throw of the dice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 May 2017 at 10:31am
The spanking new issue of Viz, which is totally still a thing, is out today at all good newsagents. The cover promises a “FANTASTIC FREE VOTING AID” inside, and we thought you’d be at least mildly and fleetingly amused by the Scottish aspect. Of it. Pop out to the shops and buy a Viz*, readers. (Or subscribe …

Nursing a grievance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 May 2017 at 11:34am
(NB The media is understandably mostly occupied today with the horrific events in Manchester. But life goes on – music websites are still talking about music, football websites are still talking about football, videogames websites are still talking about videogames. Any rational observations about terrorism made here would be screamed down as making political capital from tragedy. …

The pertinent questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 May 2017 at 11:58am
We’re not going to join in the attacks on a nurse who criticised Nicola Sturgeon during last night’s BBC election debate. While her lifestyle seems at a glance to be wildly at odds with her claim that she relied on foodbanks to survive, there are – genuinely – possible explanations for at least most of it. …

A way of protecting people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2017 at 10:30pm
No.12: Sophie, Dundee. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

This wheel?s on fire
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2017 at 9:47am
Following the striking success of their tactical voting campaign at the general election of 2015, the Unionist parties are keen to repeat the strategy this year, and have once again deployed THE WHEEL. There’s only one problem. They can’t quite agree on the colours of the spokes. Don’t get us wrong. They all agree that …

In case you still weren?t sure
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 May 2017 at 11:59am
Kezia Dugdale tells voters in the Borders, Highlands and a number of other areas that voting Tory is a better way to stop the SNP than voting for her own party’s candidates. We assume she’ll be suspending herself shortly. (It was particularly notable that she said it on the same day Theresa May said that just …

The unholy union
by Chris Cairns
20 May 2017 at 6:55am

Becoming the squirrel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2017 at 3:50pm
I went to the dentist this morning, and boy was I ever in for a shock when I got back. So I guess we’d better talk about this for a minute. Because as you can see from the clip above, the absolutely extraordinary truth is that Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the North British branch …

Willie And Me
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2017 at 9:41am
If you weren’t listening to the Kaye Adams show earlier, and you probably weren’t, this was my call to Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie. (The Kaye Adams Programme, BBC Radio Scotland, 18 May 2017) . (Alert readers may have noticed that I had to adopt a wee bit of subterfuge to get on by …

A creeping feeling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 May 2017 at 4:55pm
No.11: Kathi, from Bernburg, Germany. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

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City of Edinburgh Council still unable to choose new leadership
25 May 2017 at 12:27pm
It is unlikely that an agreement to form an administration will be reached before the general election.


Manchester attack: Armed police deployed across Scotland
24 May 2017 at 5:43pm
Police Scotland will also review security at major public events, including the Scottish Cup Final.


SNP and Labour agree coalition to run Stirling Council
24 May 2017 at 8:46pm
The joint group will now form a majority administration, with Labour's Christine Simpson as provost.


SNP take control of East Dunbartonshire Council
24 May 2017 at 1:41pm
The SNP form a minority administration at the former joint Labour and Tory-run local authority.


Moray Council run by Conservative and independent coalition
24 May 2017 at 11:13am
The new administration is a Conservative and independent coalition.


MSPs back legislation for seatbelts on school buses
23 May 2017 at 7:18pm
It would become a legal requirements for seatbelts to be fitted on all dedicated home-to-school transport.


New Conservative MSP sworn in at Holyrood
23 May 2017 at 5:27pm
Michelle Ballantyne takes the oath as a new Scottish Conservative MSP for the South Scotland region.


MSPs criticise 'patchy' sex education provision in Scottish schools
23 May 2017 at 4:15am
A picture of inconsistent and inadequate provision in some of Scotland's schools is revealed by a Holyrood committee.


Midlothian Council appoints new leader
23 May 2017 at 4:03pm
Derek Milligan is elected as the authority's new boss with Jim Muirhead as depute leader.


Labour and SNP take control of Dumfries and Galloway Council
23 May 2017 at 4:32pm
The coalition keeps the Conservatives, who won most seats at recent elections, out of the administration.


Record high for foreign investment in Scotland
23 May 2017 at 7:35am
The EY Scotland Attractiveness Survey showed Scotland is the second most popular part of the UK to invest in behind London.


Who is running your council?
25 May 2017 at 12:50pm
Following May's local elections, who is now running your council?

Scot Goes Pop

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Who will benefit from the suspension of campaigning?
by James Kelly
24 May 2017 at 5:26pm
The short answer to that question is : almost certainly the Conservative party.  At least until Monday morning, the momentum had been running away from the Tories, and even after the U-turn on soci...

It's more important than ever that pro-independence voters get behind the SNP...
by James Kelly
22 May 2017 at 4:45pm
First of all, a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, which was inspired by an exchange I saw on Twitter last week between two passionately pro-independence...

Tyrannical Theresa's wobbly weekend concludes with another sensational poll s...
by James Kelly
22 May 2017 at 12:29am
OK, here we go.*puts on Canadian accent*It's another terrrrr-ible night for the Conservatives.Survation telephone poll of GB-wide voting intentions :Conservatives 43% (-5)Labour 34% (+4)Liberal Dem...

Finally the election explodes into life as YouGov poll moves the race closer ...
by James Kelly
20 May 2017 at 9:58pm
Whenever you see a Britain-wide poll showing a huge Tory lead (which has basically been every single poll in this campaign so far), it's worth bearing in mind that Jeremy Corbyn's theoretical objec...

Never forget that more than 42% of Moray voters backed independence in 2014
by James Kelly
20 May 2017 at 3:23pm
Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics has drawn attention to the fact that the SNP (at least according to the latest YouGov poll) have lost most of the anti-independence people who used to vote fo...

YouGov poll : Labour's current voters are less hostile to independence than t...
by James Kelly
19 May 2017 at 8:16pm
Since my last post I've had a chance to look at the YouGov datasets, and I was particularly interested in seeing what has happened to SNP voters from 2015.  It's important to stress there has been ...

SNP vote increases in "heartening" full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov
by James Kelly
19 May 2017 at 3:53am
After an insanely long wait of several weeks, we finally have the fourth bona fide full-scale Scottish poll of this campaign, and it comes from YouGov.Scottish voting intentions for the UK general ...

SNP lead by more than 16% in latest subsample average
by James Kelly
18 May 2017 at 6:40pm
The run of exceptionally good subsample results for the SNP was finally broken today when Ipsos-Mori actually put the Tories ahead of the SNP.  That hasn't happened previously in this campaign, but...

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A 2.5D tribute to the legendary Lisbon Lions, 50 years after their European C...
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25 May 2017 at 12:36pm
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Showing no bias there Edinburgh Evening News!
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25 May 2017 at 12:10pm
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New Saltire emoji arrives on Twitter
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25 May 2017 at 11:52am
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Dinnae ken aboot you cunts but am fuckin boilin
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25 May 2017 at 11:45am
Its cocks oot weather. Lyin oan the pavement wi wee mental daz ootside Edinburgh's finest. Sound as a pound ya cunt eh submitted by /u/Big_John_Jeeter_

Campaigners blast ?astonishing? Scottish Labour abandonment of Trident opposi...
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25 May 2017 at 11:35am
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Ferret | Don?t do it, Scotland: fracking warnings from Pennsylvania
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Manchester attack: Eilidh MacLeod's family confirm death
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25 May 2017 at 8:18am
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Non Scotlander with a question regarding speech laws.
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25 May 2017 at 1:42am
Are racist jokes illegal in Scotland? I am asking this because I heard of an incident where a man faced a fine or a maximum of 1 year in prison for making a Nazi Pug joke that wasn't in support of ...

I made a little blog for Edinburgh's local music scene. Talking about bands I...
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It's 10pm and these are the temperature across the UK. Central belt and Borde...
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Sometimes i hate living in Scotland. Not tonight though! Cheers!
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Scotland is home to the some of the most prolific ecstasy users in the world
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When is the UK general election 2017? Dates and full timetable as Britain hea...
by Dan Bloom
25 May 2017 at 12:06pm
Britain is voting in a snap general election. Here's everything you need to know including the countdown, big dates and registering to vote


10 flaws in the Tories' hated 'rape clause' policy spotted by women's charities
by Andy Philip
25 May 2017 at 6:00am
Scottish Women's Aid, Engender and Rape Crisis Scotland say there are 10 glaring holes in the controversial policy and have penned a joint letter to the employment minister.


Young Voters Big Questions
by dailyrecord
25 May 2017 at 6:00am
Are you a first-time voter? Is your voice being heard? Do you want to put a question to Scotland's leading politicians?This is your chance.


Watch Melania reject Donald Trump's hand holding. AGAIN.
by Kirsty McKenzie
24 May 2017 at 1:16pm
He's still hasn't got the message.


Scottish Labour can tackle the SNP and kick out the Tories
by Kezia Dugdale
23 May 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale reinforces her opposition to a second independence referendum and says Scotland is already divided enough.


Ten months and 10 u-turns for Theresa May as she scraps manifesto pledge
by Torcuil Crichton
23 May 2017 at 6:00am
The rattled Prime Minister dumped a plan to make the elderly pay up in England, with care costs being taken out of the value of their homes after death.


When is the deadline to vote in the UK General Election 2017? Who can vote, h...
by Joshua Taylor
22 May 2017 at 3:55pm
The snap General Election will be held on June 8 but the deadline to register is much sooner than that - and you haven't got long left


Watch as protester is bundled to ground and arrested after shouting 'kill May...
by Connor Boyd
22 May 2017 at 3:54pm
The 25-year-old activist was targeted by cops after he yelled at Theresa May as she visited a community centre in Wales.


Kezia Dugdale blasts SNP over 'smear campaign' as 'foodbank' nurse is hounded...
by David Clegg
22 May 2017 at 2:28pm
Claire Austin has been attacked on social media after taking on Nicola Sturgeon in TV debate.


General election candidates 2017: Full list of who is standing in all 59 Scot...
by Connor Boyd
22 May 2017 at 2:27pm
Here's every single candidate in plain text form. This list is very long so not suitable for mobiles, but we'll be releasing a search tool at a later date

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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

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

A Fundamental Error of Judgement
by michaelgreenwell
16 May 2017 at 8:09am
Worth reading and sharing…

Journey To Yes ? New Series
by michaelgreenwell
11 May 2017 at 8:58am
Can’t wait…

This Is A Trump Adviser
by michaelgreenwell
6 May 2017 at 8:48am

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This Election is Not Normal
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 May 2017 at 11:44am
Theresa May’s forthcoming general election is not a normal election. It is being called in defiance of the Tories’ own 2011 Fixed Term Parliament Act. It bears a strong resemblance to a presidential-style plebiscite. But in the absence of actual presidential powers, such as those now wielded by Trump in the USA, May still wants …

Media, Terrorism, Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2017 at 5:48pm
So the European Broadcasting Union @EBU_HQ has found the UK press the least trusted out of 33 countries. Again. This wouldn’t matter much, we’re used to it, it’s not a surprise. But then suddenly in times like these, when people are genuinely scared, and we suddenly have the army on the streets, and our democratic process has …

Learning the Language of a Pulsar
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2017 at 5:03pm
On literacy and political empowerment, lessons for Scotland from Brazil. What is happening in Brazil is a process of awakening. Many Brazilians are realizing that the political system has been ?rigged? against them for a long time, maybe since the very beginning. Interview. Português ?Name at least one way to tame the upsurges of tiresome …

Basic Income: A timely solution to the imminent welfare crisis?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2017 at 11:44am
Universal Basic Income, or Citizen's Income, is the idea of guaranteed a monthly payment, paid equally to all citizens, what some are calling ?money for free? . It is an idea which is steadily gaining traction, it is now Green Party policy , and has the backing of the SNP?s National Conference...

An Erosion of Respect
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2017 at 9:25am
Sophie Grace-Chappell - a highly regarded Professor of Philosophy at The Open University - makes a powerful and articulate explanation of her journey from No to Yes in the latest in the series from Phantom Power films ...

Theresa May ? Just about Managing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 May 2017 at 2:48pm
We’re witnessing one of the biggest most glaring u-turns in election history. The trouble with repeating a mantra like “Strong and Stable” and little else, as you attempt to navigate an entire election campaign from inside a hermetically sealed Tory bubble, is that those words are now embedded in everyone’s heads. They couldn’t have been …

The Psychology of Change
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 May 2017 at 11:09am
When hope drains into the sands. Paul Tritschler follows the downward spiral of irrational thinking, and finds inner resources for activists and social change. Imagine what we could achieve if we considered the oppression of others unthinkable ? if it became a habit. At the queue to the Louvre a woman punched me in the …

Chelsea is Free
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2017 at 3:46pm
This week Chelsea Manning walked free “Former Intelligence Analyst. Trans Woman. Former prisoner” – follow her @xychelsea ? Collateral murder? exposed US war crimes against Iraqi civilians ? and Chelsea Manning got 7 years for revealing it… ?Collateral murder? exposed US war crimes against Iraqi civilians ? and Chelsea Manning got 7 years for revealing …

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If London subsidises the rest of the UK, where does that leave Scotland? | Ni...
by Nils Pratley
23 May 2017 at 6:38pm
ONS regional breakdown of taxes and spending highlights Brexit threat ? and clouds case for Scottish independenceIt hardly counts as news that the UK is really two economies but here are the hard numbers to demonstrate the point. London, the south-east and the east of England recorded net fiscal ...

General election 2017: Theresa May struggles to defend 'dementia tax' U-turn ...
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Kevin Rawlinson
22 May 2017 at 8:33pm
Andrew Neil grills PM on day that she was forced into a major climbdown over the plans for social car laid out in her manifesto Labour pledges to abolish tuition fees as early as autumn 2017Greens to unveil plans for universal basic income in manifesto launchThe Snap: sign up for our daily electi...

Ruth Davidson branded Theresa May's puppet in Scottish election debate
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 May 2017 at 9:33pm
Scotland?s Conservative leader has lied over Brexit, says Nicola Sturgeon in ill-tempered televised clashRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, was accused of being the prime minister?s puppet and a liar over Brexit during ill-tempered exchanges in a televised election debate. Davidson, whose p...

The Guardian view on the election in Scotland: a pivotal poll for the SNP | E...
by Editorial
19 May 2017 at 7:34pm
The last general election was a triumph for the SNP. Now the nationalists face a pushback that will decide if Scotland has a second independence referendumThere are at least three different general elections taking place in the United Kingdom right now. The first, in England and Wales, is largely...

General election 2017: Tories called 'utter hypocrites' for wanting winter fu...
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
19 May 2017 at 5:14pm
All the day?s campaign news, as Labour calls Tory plans an ?84-page blank cheque? and Ruth Davidson unveils Scottish Conservatives? versionThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sFallon admits Tories don?t know how much plan to cut migration will cost economyKen Clarke?s ...

Theresa May: Tories will invest heavily in Scotland after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2017 at 4:47pm
PM appeals to unionist, pro-Brexit and Labour voters, saying Conservatives will help Scotland ?grow and flourish?Theresa May has said the Conservatives will help Scotland to ?grow and flourish? after Brexit by investing heavily in its industries and deprived communities.Defending herself against ...

Scottish Greens urge tactical voting to block Conservatives
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2017 at 6:00am
Leader Patrick Harvie hints that supporters should postpone push for independence and focus on stopping Tory landslideThe Scottish Green leader has urged supporters to consider a tactical vote for Labour or the Liberal Democrats if their candidates have a better chance of stopping the Tories. Rel...

General election 2017: ITV hosts first leaders' debate ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
18 May 2017 at 11:10pm
All the day?s campaign news, as the Conservatives launch a manifesto for ?country and community? and the first leaders? TV debate takes placeConservative manifesto: key points and analysisThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sCare expert Andrew Dilnot condemns Tory plan...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

G.Y.V.O.
A guest post by Samuel Miller In the posts of the past week or so I’ve written a goodly amount on concerns over a Conservative ideology dominated future. I’ve provided a fair few links on not just current examples of policies to date, but on policy pledges which should provide the reader with a real …

Survival of the fittest
A guest post by Samuel Miller Apparently the UK faces ‘challenges’ according to the Conservative manifesto released on Thursday. ‘Challenges’ That’s one word for it I suppose. There are of course others, but none the weans could read before the watershed. Brexit Britain, austerity ideology, UK populations and society in general fractured along so many …

Coming home to roost
A guest post by Samuel Miller Today’s the day we saw betterthigitherness coming home to roost in all its pooling and sharing glory. Are we surprised that a Tory government finally came for you where you live? ‘Forward together’ with ‘strong and stable’ government in the national interest. ?Stronger, fairer and more prosperous than ever …

Hypocrisy thy name is?
A guest post by Samuel Miller I honestly don’t know who or what is worse; Corbyn and his wannabe Kezia Dugdale, or May and her mini me Ruth Harrison (Fallon, the gift that keeps on etc.). Today was a benchmark day for both teams in hypocrisy and shear disingenuous cobblers. Let’s start with Ruth Davidson …

The difference a week makes
A guest post by Samuel Miller Y’know, you’d be forgiven for wondering what you have to do to get a balanced interview on any current issue were you a member of the Scottish government. Yesterday’s Andrew Marr show provided a perfect example as Scotland’s First Minister, ostensibly invited on to presumably answer questions on the …

What?s it all about then?
A guest post by Samuel Miller So what is this upcoming general election all about? Why are we having one at all? Well if you’re a Tory politician, they’ll tell you it’s all about Brexit and a strong mandate to carry it through. Yeah, seeing a bit of a logic gap there myself. Now to …

STOP THE SNP?
A guest post by Samuel Miller Why?  What have they done in office that is so much more reprehensible than anyone else? If you had to take political opponents at their word, the current Scottish government have apparently brought the entirety of Scotland’s institutions and services to the brink of catastrophe. Going by the headline …

On the sofa with Theresa and Philip
Theresa May isn’t doing debates in her Me Myself I election. She’s carefully kept away from anyone who’s ever met a real life member of the public and who hasn’t had their brains surgically removed and replaced with a Maybotadulationometer. Strong and stable. Coalition of chaos. Bloody difficult woman. She certainly won’t stoop to anything …

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Lesley Riddoch: Why it's right to keep soldiers off the streets of Scotland
THE General Election is just two weeks away, yet three Scottish political parties have not yet even launched their manifestos and on the streets of Britain there is no overt campaigning.

Kevin McKenna: Everyday acts of heroism show what it means to be human
AS this week unfolds and we grope clumsily for an appropriate response to the attack on Manchester the word ?values? will feature often. Thus, the lone suicide bomber who took so many young lives to the grave with him will have carried out an attack on ?British values?. Before the week is out I?m certain I?ll use the phrase myself in unguarded moments or find myself nodding in serious agreement...

David Pratt: This was an organised attack unlikely to be the work of a lone wolf
IT is too early for any definitive analysis of the Manchester suicide bombing, but the nature of the attack and the device used provides significant indicators as to who might be behind it. To begin with, this was a bomb ? not the knives and vehicles used to stab and mow down victims as in other UK attacks like the attack at Westminster in March.

Phillips O'Brien: Kneejerk response should be avoided as we mourn
IF, as it seems likely, the tragic attack in Manchester turns out to be the work of a suicide bomber, we should mourn the dead, help the injured, counsel the grieving ? and not do anything stupid.

Cat Boyd: Jeremy Corbyn has my spiritual vote, but he simply cannot win this ...
IF we were electing a president next month, US-style, I?d make my vote without a second thought. Jeremy Corbyn is the only Westminster party leader who remotely represents progress, and if I could elect him personally I?d be dancing all the way to the polling station. But, sadly, it?s not that simple. Corbyn is now more than an individual, more even than a movement; he?s also leading a party th...

Michael Fry: Since Nicola Sturgeon took over, Scotland's economic policy has ...
THERE?S no doubt in my mind that I?m still going to vote SNP on June 8, but I must say the Scottish Government is making it harder for me. The election manifesto being launched today will, by all accounts, advocate a return to the top income tax rate of 50p in the pound on the people earning more than £150,000 a year. Not that this affects me personally ? I?m a freelance writer, for heaven?s sa...

Alex Salmond: May?s manifesto reveals who will pay for a hard Brexit ... ever...
BETTY, from Alloa, has seen her fair share of elections. Therefore when she looked me straight in the eye last Friday and said ?Maggie May? then it seemed a good idea to listen, particularly when it became evident she was not talking about a Rod Stewart concert from the 1970s.

George Kerevan: We can be pro-Europe and still put Scotland first
THE lady on Musselburgh High Street was adamant. She had voted SNP forever but now she had a twinge of doubt. She had voted to leave the EU because she didn?t want ?to be run from Brussels any more than from London?. True, she wasn?t about to vote Tory or Labour. But she was worried the SNP leadership was taking her vote for granted.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Little Rich Girl ? Grace Okeeffe ? Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North ? Her Wi...
    Robert & Julia Grace and boyfriend     The Okeeffe Family – Born to Rule Over Us Grace Okeeffe has been selected by Ruth Davidson to stand for the Aberdeen North seat on 8 June 2017. An examination of her track record reveals little since she has not been in the public political … Continue reading "Little Rich Girl – Grace Okeeffe – Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North – Her Wish is to be Succ...

Ross Thomson & Braden Davy ? Charlatans Both ? Surely the Scottish Electorate...
            April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm … Continue reading "Ross Thomson & Braden Davy – Charlatans ...

Tory Or Labour ? Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland ? C...
          Jock – The Labour Party in the West of Scotland Was Never Entirely Reliant on the Orange Order Vote – Willie You are Confused You are correct but with an added fact. The Labour Party was always to the fore in the West of Scotland but the Tory’s held the … Continue reading "Tory Or Labour – Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland – Calton Jock’s Letter to Willie"

The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotla...
          Political Fun and Games Much has been made in the Unionist press and media of a resurgence in the fortunes of the Tory Party in the local Council elections. Some political pundits attribute the change to a transfer of allegiance by the Protestant Orange Order away from the Labour Party … Continue reading "The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotland ...

Katie Mackie ? Tory Born and Bred ? Twice Rejected by Edinburgh Voters ? Got ...
        April 2017: Scottish Tory Candidate Selections Proceed Apace Using Fast-Track Rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm to offer … Continue reading "Katie Mackie – Tory Born and Bred –...

Edinburgh and South West ? Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Uni...
          Miles Edward Frank Briggs – His Family Heritage Miles was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1983. His parents are James Edward and Jean Briggs (nee Haliwell). He has a sister Christina Helen Briggs who was also born in Preston, in 1979. In the mid-1980’s his mother had charge of the … Continue reading "Edinburgh and South West – Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Unionist Gia...

West Dunbartonshire ? Bad News Day ? The Parcel of Rogues Are Back Seeking to...
Penny     Penelope (Penny) Alison Veronica Hutton (nee Salvesen) Tory candidate for West Dunbartonshire Her fabulously rich family are linked to some of the richest landowners in Scotland. The old saying holds true “if she cut herself she would bleed blue blood. Quite why she is the Tory candidate for West Dunbartonshire defeats me … Continue reading "West Dunbartonshire – Bad News Day – The Pa...

Iain McGill ? Fantasist ? Twittererati and Tory Candidate for Edinburgh North...
            April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm … Continue reading "Iain McGill – Fantasist – Twittererati a...

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Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

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Is it time to think of independence for London?
Is it time to think of independence for London? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 24th 2017 Every day in so many ways the UK becomes more obviously divided and fragmented. The current UK general election campaign showcases this – with the absence of any real national UK politics beyond the theatre of Westminster with instead …

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era?
 The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 10th 2017 Scotland?s permanent political campaign continued last week with the local elections. These were important for who runs Scotland?s 32 councils, local services and what passes for the remnants of local government, after decades …

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it?
Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 26th 2017 The only excitement this year in senior Scottish domestic football has been whether Celtic will go through the season undefeated in league, Scottish Cup and League Cup, and whether a historic treble is possible. Along with …

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Scotland and Independence

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The country said NO & you won't listen! Ruth Davidson attacks Sturgeon's inde...

Express.co.uk
The country said NO & you won't listen! Ruth Davidson attacks Sturgeon's independence plea
Express.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon kicked off the debate calling on voters to back her SNP to protect Scotland - which voted to stay part of the European Union in 2016 - from an "extreme Brexit". Tories, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Ukip all oppose a second ...
The Scottish voters at the heart o...

May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote - Financial ...

Financial Times
May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote
Financial Times
?There was agreement across everyone that this should happen,? the Scottish Tory leader said. Polls suggest that backing for independence is around the same level as it was in 2014, when Scotland voted No by 55 per cent to 45. Alex Salmond, former SNP ...
End of the road for Sturgeon? Scottish independe...

Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent' ...

Telegraph.co.uk
Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent'
Telegraph.co.uk
In a direct attack on Nicola Sturgeon, the manifesto said the demand for the referendum came from those who ?would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom? in talks with the EU. Instead it argued that all parts of ...
Tory manifesto places 'double lock' ...

Candidates give Scottish independence views - The Northern Scot

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Candidates give Scottish independence views
The Northern Scot
Moray's general election candidates have given their views on how the June 8 vote will effect the Scottish independence debate. The SNP's Angus Robertson insisted the General Election is a separate issue. "This is not a referendum on independence," he ...
This Party Is Standing For Election In Scotland Because The SNP Isn't...

New support for Scottish independence - Sky News Australia

Sky News Australia
New support for Scottish independence
Sky News Australia
A majority of voters in Scotland believe the SNP would have the right to hold a second independence referendum if the party wins more than half of the Scottish seats in the General Election. Theresa May has been clear that 'now is not the time' for ...
Scottish independence in the shadow of BrexitOxford Student
POLL: 49% of ...

Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit - iNews

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Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit
iNews
Russia is poised to change its stance on Scottish independence and oppose the country's withdrawal from the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, a closed-door meeting at the Scottish Parliament has been told. The Kremlin was previously sympathetic to the ...

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Scottish nationalists clam up on independence - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish nationalists clam up on independence
Financial Times
Polls suggest only a minority of voters in Scotland favour independence and there has been no sign yet of a significant boost for the SNP from Brexit or Theresa May's rejection of the Scottish parliament's demand for a second referendum on leaving the UK.
Hordes of protesters demand Scottish independence... in the NETHERL...

Google survey suggests backing for Scottish independence at 57% - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Google survey suggests backing for Scottish independence at 57%
The Scotsman
It also shows the prospect of a second independence referendum will be the biggest influence on 47 per cent of the electorate when it comes to casting their vote during a snap general election on 8 June, while Brexit will determine the decision of 37 ...
Poll shows most Scots would prefer independence in Europ...

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OLD National Bancorp IN Boosts Position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (S...

OLD National Bancorp IN Boosts Position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp logo OLD National Bancorp IN increased its position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) by 18.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 5,702 shares of ...

Still no leadership at the City Chambers - The Edinburgh Reporter

The Edinburgh Reporter
Still no leadership at the City Chambers
The Edinburgh Reporter
Labour and the SNP have been talking about a coalition for most of the three weeks since the council election, but there is no resolution as yet. This is largely laid at the door of the Scottish Labour Executive who have not yet approved any deal put ...

Row erupts days after first meeting of newly elected East Dunbartonshire coun...

Row erupts days after first meeting of newly elected East Dunbartonshire council
Kirkintilloch Herald
Council Leader Councillor Gordan Low wants to question why the newly elected council has refused to support an SNP proposal to re-instate the traffic lights at the Catherine Street junction in Kirkintilloch. Winning the most seats ? seven ? an SNP ...

Labour reject coalition with SNP to run Inverclyde Council - Greenock Telegraph

Labour reject coalition with SNP to run Inverclyde Council
Greenock Telegraph
LABOUR will today forge ahead with forming a minority administration to run Inverclyde Council after rejecting a coalition offer from the SNP. Group leader Stephen McCabe has turned down an offer from nationalist counterpart Chris McEleny for the ...

City of Edinburgh Council still unable to choose new leadership - BBC News

BBC News
City of Edinburgh Council still unable to choose new leadership
BBC News
The SNP have the same number of seats as Labour. North Lanarkshire Council - Labour have formed a minority administration. There will be no formal coalition agreement with the Tories. Perth and Kinross Council - A Conservative-led coalition with the ...

City of Edinburgh Council still unable to choose new leadership - BBC - BBC News

BBC News
City of Edinburgh Council still unable to choose new leadership - BBC
BBC News
City of Edinburgh Council has been unable to form an administration to lead the local authority, three weeks on from the election. A meeting on Thursday ended ...

General election business pledges in five bullet points per party - Real Busi...

Real Business
General election business pledges in five bullet points per party
Real Business
Despite the surprise nature of this year's general election, prime minister Theresa May only provided 49 days for parties to prepare, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, SNP, Green Party and the incumbent Conservatives have all quickly assembled the ...

Anger from SNP as councillors decide against recovering cost over wall repair...

Aberdeen Evening Express
Anger from SNP as councillors decide against recovering cost over wall repair bill row in Aberdeen
Aberdeen Evening Express
The SNP's group leader said he has been left ?stunned? after councillors narrowly voted against recovering costs from the owner of a wall at the centre of a repair bill row. Former finance convener Willie Young was in the spotlight earlier this month ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

Reuters
Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
Reuters
HALIFAX, England British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that now was not the time for another Scottish independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a ...
May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish in...

Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition - BBC News

BBC News
Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition
BBC News
Speaking at the event in Edinburgh, leader Kezia Dugdale gave a "cast-iron guarantee" that her party will oppose a second referendum. She accused the SNP of prioritising independence over education and health. And she said Scotland was already divided ...
Scotland's political party leaders clash over independence and ...

Scotland's leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don'...

Washington Post
Scotland's leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don't.
Washington Post
After Britain has its general election, the next question is likely to be whether there is another referendum on Scottish independence. Following First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon's recent call for a second referendum, further constitutional ...
Nationalist victory would herald s...

Scots to back independence referendum if SNP leads poll - The Times (subscrip...

The Times (subscription)
Scots to back independence referendum if SNP leads poll
The Times (subscription)
Most voters in Scotland believe the SNP would have the right to hold another independence referendum if the party wins more than half of the Scottish seats in the general election on June 8. Last month Theresa May rebuffed Nicola Sturgeon's request for ...
POLL: 49% of Scots don't want a second...

Scotland holds key to Tory election victory: Why fight over Britain's future ...

BizNews
Scotland holds key to Tory election victory: Why fight over Britain's future is north of border
BizNews
EDINBURGH: Scotland's voters did the unthinkable in local elections last month, voting for the Conservative & Unionist Party in a show of sentiment that they do not want another independence referendum. The Labour party has been the big loser in ...

Kirk tells PM: Don't ignore 'sovereign right' of Scots - The Scotsman - The S...

The Scotsman
Kirk tells PM: Don't ignore 'sovereign right' of Scots - The Scotsman
The Scotsman
The Scottish people have the ?sovereign right to determine the form of government best suited to their needs?, despite the UK government having the legal right ...

Conservatives destroying Nicola Sturgeon's independence referendum hopes by t...

The Sun
Conservatives destroying Nicola Sturgeon's independence referendum hopes by turning Scotland blue as bombshell ...
The Sun
Last night a jubilant Ruth Davidson pledged only her party could ?lead Scotland's fightback? against the SNP. Promising to stand up for all Scots who fear a second divisive independence referendum, she declared only the Tories had the might to fight ...
General election...

Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed un...

The Scottish Sun
Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed until 2049
The Scottish Sun
The Scots Conservatives leader said that when the pair signed the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012, setting out the terms of the referendum, Ms Sturgeon declared she would ?respect the result?. Ms Davidson said: ?I believed her. She said it would be for a ...
Guide to the parties: Scot...

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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

Most loathsome Tory
Who is the most loathsome Tory these days? For me, David Mundell is really coming into his own. A truly despicable Tory. I believe he is capable of just about anything. The mask has definitely slipped from Ruth Davidson as well, exposing her 'cuddly safe harmless Tory' act as the complete...

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

Pupil literacy drop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39856284 The literacy skills of Scottish school pupils have fallen over the past four years, according to figures published by the Scottish government.The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy found that less than half of Scotland's 13 an...

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

June 8th General Election
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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Manchester Arena Explosion
Ignoring the fake pictures on twitter but it looks grim There are some amount of ambulances in attendence and Greater Manchester Police have described it as a serious incident The only hope is that casualties are more to do with the panic rather than a real explosion

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...

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Scottish second sight
Does antone believe that Meadiums have the ability to see into the future? Therea a local medium who has a fantastic reputation for giving accurate readings, i ahave always been tempted to go but am a bit scared to be honest. I have read a few articles regarding the "scottish foresight" and how a...

Glasgow - The World's Greatest City
Is Glasgow (Georgie Sq in particular) on a hot, sunny day not just the finest place to be on earth ? Embra, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth - can you beat it ? Don't you love Glasgow ? I'm bored, so let's see who bites shall we ?

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Rodger Moore
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This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

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A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...