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Henry McLeish: Scottish Labour must split from UK party before Jeremy Corbyn ...
28 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
SCOTTISH Labour should sever its ties with the UK party before Jeremy Corbyn wrecks its chances of winning the next General Election, former first minister Henry McLeish has said.

May under pressure from Tory grassroots to go for early general election give...
28 Jul 2016 at 12:07am
THERESA May is coming under pressure to call an early general election given the Conservatives? growing opinion poll dominance over a divided Labour Party.

Judgement day for named person campaigners as court ruling due
28 Jul 2016 at 12:10am
CAMPAIGNERS against a controversial scheme to assign a state-appointed figure to watch over every child in Scotland today face seeing their £250,000 legal case being dismissed by the Supreme Court.

May reveals preparations for Brexit have begun as she seeks to get bespoke de...
28 Jul 2016 at 12:07am
THERESA May has revealed that she has begun the preparations for Britain's "orderly departure" from the European Union and suggested that what she was looking for was a bespoke deal that maintained the best economic relationship with the continent.

Smith promises "socialist revolution" as he denounces Corbyn for his weak lea...
28 Jul 2016 at 12:07am
OWEN Smith has pledged a workplace revolution and vowed to "smash" austerity by squeezing the rich with a new £3 billion a year wealth tax.

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Fracking row escalates as environmental charity accuse Ineos of 'desperation'
27 Jul 2016 at 12:20am
A LEADING environmental charity has hit back at one of Scotland's largest private companies as a bitter war of words over fracking escalated.

The Midge: WATCH Hillary make history as first woman to be nominated for US p...
27 Jul 2016 at 7:10am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere.

Calls to boost post-Brexit economy after fall in UK wages matched only by ban...
27 Jul 2016 at 12:04am
WAGES in Britain have fallen as sharply as in Greece since the global banking crisis, according to a new analysis.

SNP's welfare fund reports 'worrying' underspend of £1.5m
27 Jul 2016 at 12:20am
A WELFARE scheme set up to provide emergency support to people in poverty was allocated £1.5 million more than it needed, new figures reveal.

Smith offers New Deal for Britain as he pledges more rights and investment no...
27 Jul 2016 at 12:20am
OWEN Smith will seek to up the ante in the Labour leadership contest today by promising a ?British New Deal,? that guarantees investment, more rights for workers and a dedicated shadow secretary of state for Labour.

Hollande says France now at war with so-called Islamic State terrorists
27 Jul 2016 at 7:10am
FRANCOIS Hollande has told France that it is now at war with the terrorists of so-called Islamic State after the latest atrocity stunned the nation.

MPs warn of immigration 'surge' ahead of post-Brexit limits on foreign workers
27 Jul 2016 at 7:10am
POST-Brexit attempts by the UK Government to limit non-EU migration coupled with the uncertainty over migration within Europe during the country?s exit negotiations could lead to a ?surge? in immigration to Britain, MPs warn today.

May's Tories open up 16-point poll lead over Corbyn's Labour
26 Jul 2016 at 1:31pm
THERESA May?s Tories have opened up a significant 16-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn?s Labour, according to the latest ICM Unlimited UKwide poll.

Nicola Sturgeon edges closer to new referendum and claims independence may of...
26 Jul 2016 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon has edged closer to declaring a new vote on independence after a string of demands over Scotland's European future sparked a fresh rebuttal from Downing Street.



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Smith fears Labour could splinter if Corbyn remains as leader
27 Jul 2016 at 11:18pm
Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has voiced fears the party could split along national lines if Jeremy Corbyn remains leader, saying that a federal Labour would be a “catastrophe”.

Scotland may see recession thanks to Brexit volatility
27 Jul 2016 at 11:11pm
Scotland faces a prolonged period of economic uncertainty and volatility, according to a new report warning of an increase in unemployment and a reduction of growth following the Brexit vote.

Theresa May urges intelligence sharing after church attack
27 Jul 2016 at 10:45pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that Islamist terrorists “will not prevail” in the wake of Tuesday’s murder of a Catholic priest in northern France.

Leaders: Judge at head of abuse inquiry brings credibility
27 Jul 2016 at 7:18pm
AS Lady Smith takes over the reins of an inquiry sullied by claims of government interference, for victims’ sakes there must be no repeat

Bill Jamieson: ?Brexit means Brexit? means what?
27 Jul 2016 at 6:49pm
DESPITE Theresa May’s brisk assurance, leaving the EU may prove more complex than it sounds, writes Bill Jamieson

Tom Peterkin: Talk of indyref2 is premature
27 Jul 2016 at 6:48pm
EXCITED talk of indyref2 may suit Nicola Sturgeon, but that does not mean it’s about to happen, writes Tom Peterkin

Photo of Donald Trump?s mother Mary Trump goes viral
27 Jul 2016 at 5:29pm
They say once something is on the internet, it can never go away.

Ronald Reagan?s would-be assassin can leave psychiatric hospital
27 Jul 2016 at 3:54pm
JOHN Hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate president Ronald Reagan in a bid to impress actress Jodie Foster more than 35 years ago, will be allowed to leave a mental hospital and live with his mother, a judge ruled yesterday.

Senior judge appointed to head public child abuse inquiry
27 Jul 2016 at 3:38pm
A SENIOR judge has been appointed to take over Scotland’s controversial public inquiry into the abuse of children in care, the Scottish Government announced yesterday.

Ex-French minister Michel Barnier cast a long shadow in the City
27 Jul 2016 at 3:28pm
THE name Michel Barnier may mean little to most Brits but the former French minister cast a long shadow in the City.

Court orders independence campers to leave Scottish Parliament
27 Jul 2016 at 12:49pm
A SENIOR judge has given the go ahead for “selfish” and “arrogant” independence campers to be evicted from the grounds of the Scottish Parliament.

Brexit action plan published by Scottish Labour
27 Jul 2016 at 10:18am
SCOTTISH Labour has published its Brexit action plan, outlining steps it says the Scottish Government should take to protect jobs and the wider economy in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union (EU).

Leaders: Consequence of terrorism must not be IS victory
27 Jul 2016 at 12:00am
Pressure is on EU leaders, but only united defence and defiance can answer citizens’ fears to help defuse the threat of violence

Judge orders Home Secretary to re-think Muslim asylum claims
26 Jul 2016 at 10:48pm
A civil judge has ordered Home Secretary Amber Rudd to reconsider granting asylum to two Ahmadiyya Muslims who fear persecution in their native Pakistan.

Energy chiefs seek action on major off-shore wind farm
26 Jul 2016 at 10:31pm
Renewables giants are demanding urgent action from Scottish ministers to resolve a legal action threatening plans for a major wind farm off the Fife coast.

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The darling of the comrades
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2016 at 5:34pm
A new YouGov poll of Scottish voters was released today. It had no voting-intention figures, and concerned itself mostly with people’s assessment of the main Scottish and UK party leaders. The Labour-voters column was interesting to say the least. That’s rather a lot of love for a Tory PM from people who voted Labour at …

Fluid times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2016 at 11:38am
A brief note on the current futility of political commentary. Remember that? Well, let’s see how it really works. Here’s a couple of days before the EU referendum vote: And here’s a month after the vote: And here’s a little reminder of something from page 3 of The Wee Blue Book: It’s almost like we …

The King Of Facts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2016 at 3:00pm
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Congratulations to President Trump
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2016 at 1:01pm
On his certain victory. (A reminder of John’s most recent banker bet is below.) (And of his Greatest Hits.)

Two men dealt amongst the chill
by Chris Cairns
23 Jul 2016 at 6:55am

The quantum of bias
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jul 2016 at 12:18pm
“Bias” is a word we hate. Other than in the article you’re about to read, you’ll almost never find it used on this site, for a string of reasons. It’s one of those words that – regardless of context or literal justification – simply makes people switch off instantly and dismiss your arguments. (See also: “Zionist”, “Quisling”, …

Packing Scotland?s trunk
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2016 at 12:43pm
You can’t throw a brick at the Scottish media at the moment – however much you’d like to – without hitting half a dozen articles all repeating the same mantra: that despite the post-Brexit surge in support for independence, a Yes vote would be more difficult to achieve because the economics are now harder than …

The Labour case for Trident
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jul 2016 at 11:46am
This is prospective Labour leader Owen Smith on the Andrew Marr show this morning, explaining why he’ll be one of the 65% of Labour MPs voting in favour of the renewal of Trident next week: Let’s just see if we can get this straight once and for all. 1. Labour wants to spend £200bn on a …

In interesting times
by Chris Cairns
17 Jul 2016 at 8:00am

The tantrums of fantasists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jul 2016 at 12:27pm
If there haven’t been as many posts on this site as people might expect at a time of such incredible political turmoil, it’s because Wings isn’t at heart a commentary blog. We don’t do a lot of flat-out opinion pieces, tending to concern ourselves more with measurable, empirical facts, and since nobody knows anything about anything at the …

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Supreme Court to rule on Named Person
28 Jul 2016 at 12:58am
Supreme Court judges are to publish their ruling on whether the Scottish government's controversial Named Person scheme is legal.

MSPs to take evidence from business leaders on Brexit impact
28 Jul 2016 at 1:01am
A Scottish Parliament committee is to take evidence from business leaders on the impact of the Brexit vote.

Senior judge Lady Smith to head Scottish child abuse inquiry
27 Jul 2016 at 12:17pm
Senior judge Lady Smith is appointed as the new chairwoman of the Scottish government's child abuse inquiry.

IndyCamp loses legal fight against Holyrood eviction
27 Jul 2016 at 4:03pm
Independence campaigners lose their court battle against eviction from their camp outside the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Labour publish Brexit economy 'action plan'
27 Jul 2016 at 12:31am
Scottish Labour publishes an action plan of steps to protect Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Scots health boards miss early cancer detection target
26 Jul 2016 at 4:16pm
Scotland's health boards fall short of a Scottish government target to increase early diagnosis in cancer cases.

Brexit: Sturgeon sets out key Scottish interests that 'must be protected'
25 Jul 2016 at 4:19pm
Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon outlines her next steps in securing Scotland's position in Europe, a month on from the Brexit vote.

Think tank says unionists must offer Scotland EU options
24 Jul 2016 at 3:06pm
Unionists must present options to maintain Scotland's relationship with the European Union or risk the break-up of the UK, says a think tank.

Number of tagged domestic abusers more than doubles in five years
24 Jul 2016 at 12:24am
The number of domestic abusers electronically tagged after being convicted has more than doubled in the past five years, Scottish Parliament figures show.

Holyrood to hear Scots Brexit business impact evidence
24 Jul 2016 at 11:00am
Business leaders and economists are to give evidence about the impact of the Brexit vote during a special mid-recess meeting at Holyrood.

RMT members stage 24-hour strike in ScotRail dispute
24 Jul 2016 at 12:20am
Members of the RMT union stage another one-day strike in their dispute with ScotRail over the increased use of trains without guards.

Call for greater council role in Scottish local policing
23 Jul 2016 at 12:49am
A think tank calls for a greater role for councils in local policing in Scotland in a bid to improve accountability.

Scot Goes Pop

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Three simple reasons why the Labour plotters will be more responsible than Co...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2016 at 4:22pm
1) Even in southern England, there is one factor that is a far bigger voter-repellent than a radical left party leader - and that's disunity.  According to YouGov, Labour went from enjoying a 3% le...

How "Devo or Death" became "Brexit or Bust"
by James Kelly
24 Jul 2016 at 3:48pm
Heads up pol peeps : those of you of a nostalgic bent really should be keeping an eye on the Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who is currently doing an extended one-man indyref...

One Country, Two Systems : How Scotland can remain in the EU
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2016 at 2:59pm
A guest post by Alasdair StirlingIt is an understatement of some magnitude to say that the words of the ancient Chinese curse - ?may you live in interesting times? ? are apposite today.The EU refer...

The middle ground between "veto" and "locked in" that the unionist media are ...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2016 at 3:16pm
It can't have escaped your notice that the unionist media are trying to present Nicola Sturgeon with a false binary choice - either she has a 'veto' over Brexit, or she will be 'locked in' to an ag...

Labour members say Carry On Corbyn as incumbent leader opens up huge lead ove...
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2016 at 10:45pm
Corbyn v Smith :Jeremy Corbyn 56%Owen Smith 34%Corbyn v Eagle :Jeremy Corbyn 58%Angela Eagle 34%The million dollar question that formed in my mind as soon as I saw this poll was whether YouGov had ...

New podcast
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2016 at 11:36pm
Just a quick note to let you know that myself and Peter Arnott are the guests on this week's edition of the Newsnet podcast, hosted by Maurice Smith.  We discuss Chilcot, Theresa May's ministerial ...

Gentle reminder for Theresa May : it's not actually possible for you to preve...
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2016 at 4:25pm
There were some dark murmurings on Channel 4 News last night that Theresa May has revealed herself in private to be a Thatcher-style hardline zealot militant Brit Nat fundamentalist who might even ...

A worrying change in emphasis?
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2016 at 12:11am
I know I'll be criticised for saying this, but I'm just going to be honest anyway - I'm slightly disturbed by an apparent subtle change in the mood-music coming from the Scottish Government over th...

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Has anyone else seen this!? Mental!!
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28 Jul 2016 at 2:46am
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Seal Narrowly Avoids Killer Whale on the Hunt [Shetlands]
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28 Jul 2016 at 1:16am
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Recession 'highly possible' after EU exit vote, report warns
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28 Jul 2016 at 12:15am
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Amazon launches Prime-Now in Glasgow - 1 Hour Deliveries.
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27 Jul 2016 at 9:35pm
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Scotrail staff going for a stroll. No wonder there's no trains on..
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27 Jul 2016 at 8:57pm
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Teenage thugs enjoyed jelly and ice cream during destructive rampage at Gowan...
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27 Jul 2016 at 5:42pm
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Seen in Paisley. Seems legit.
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27 Jul 2016 at 5:28pm
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Nicola Sturgeon must tackle anti media paranoia in SNP says Andrew Collier
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Syrian refugees share their love of Bute
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England and Scotland are better as allies
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27 Jul 2016 at 4:28pm
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/r/ScottishSport subreddit
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27 Jul 2016 at 3:01pm
Made a subreddit for discussion of any Scottish sport that isn't /r/ScottishFootball. Could be good for following Scottish performances with the Olympics coming up and all. Get involved if interest...

Travelling through Scotland this summer and was wondering if there we're any ...
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27 Jul 2016 at 12:09pm
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Going to Doune the Rabbit Hole festival next month? Anyone cycled there befor...
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Pro-independence campers lose case to stay outside Holyrood
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27 Jul 2016 at 1:08pm
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Donald Trump urges Russia to hack US computers to find Hilary Clinton's 'miss...
by Record Reporter
27 Jul 2016 at 9:22pm
THE Presidential hopeful sparks huge backlash after asking a foreign power to spy on the United States in order to dig up dirt on his rival for the White House.

Actor Alan Cumming (and his dog) get behind Hillary Clinton in new fight song...
by Debbie Jackson
27 Jul 2016 at 9:33am
THE Scot, who plays political campaign manager in The Good Wife, turns drama into reality as he joins the Presidential campaign trail.

Hillary's their only hope, but Americans are less than enthusiastic about Mrs...
by David Clegg
27 Jul 2016 at 8:49am
THE USA is banking on Hillary Clinton to keep Trump out of the White House but Americans think she's anything but Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Annie Brown: Let?s hope eloquent Michelle Obama can outshine that guy from Du...
by Annie Brown
27 Jul 2016 at 8:45am
ANNIE was moved by the First Lady's rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention and prays it will help Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

Michelle Obama gave the speech the US was waiting for: Torcuil Chrichton
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Jul 2016 at 8:18am
MICHELLE Obama denounced Donald Trump's politics of hate and moved the Democrat delegates to tears with her empassioned speech which united the party.

Barack Obama's brother Malik slates him in bizarre interview and reveals he's...
by Nicola Agius
27 Jul 2016 at 8:09am
Apparently, the US leader has attitude issues

Brussels is quick to sprout apathy for Brexit Britain
by Joan McAlpine
26 Jul 2016 at 9:10pm
JOAN says Brexit could lead to an opportunity for Scotland, a clear case of clouds and silver linings. Providing we seize the time, that is.

Scots MP who was given a Commons rap for taking children into committee meeti...
by dailyrecord
26 Jul 2016 at 7:40am
KIRSTY Blackman was censured for taking Harris, 5, and Rebecca, 2, into a Scottish Affairs meeting - here she explains why the mother of parliaments is no parliament for mothers.

Nicola Sturgeon says independence offers Scotland 'certainty and stability' a...
by David Clegg
25 Jul 2016 at 8:58pm
THE First Minister also slammed Westminster's reaction to the EU vote as 'one of the most shameful abdications of responsibility in modern political history'.

Democrats rocked by resignation as email hacking scandal overshadows conventi...
by Record Reporter
25 Jul 2016 at 8:43am
Hillary Clinton suffers blow as email leak scandal hands opponent Trump a free hit on eve of Democratic convention

Michael Greenwell

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

Little Statistics Can Mean A Lot
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2016 at 2:41pm
The pods will be back very shortly, I have already recorded one this week and will also be recording two specials. In the meantime, have a little think about what this says…  

God, Thatcher, Junk Science & An End To Workers Rights
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 9:04am
At the moment a lot of people are asking who Andrea Leadsom actually is. Well, a few folks have been digging around her blog and some of her statements, and it’s possible to see something other than what the Telegraph chose to publish in this piece. Let’s start with science… Journalist Frank Swain tweeted a …

Ken Clarke Ridicules Tory Candidates
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 8:39am

Universal Stramash
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:12pm
It seems we are in a moment of worldwide stramash. In such times it is of some comfort to think that some people really do have (or had) an idea what the hell is going on and even though the heads of the brexit campaign might not like to admit it, some of those were …

Just In Case You?ve Never Heard It
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:50am
I didn’t make this video. If I had made it, I wouldn’t have put that music on it for a start. Anyway, just in case you’ve never heard it, here is the phone call between Darius Guppy and Boris Johnson in which Guppy tries to get Johnson to find him the number of a journalist …

Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest
by michaelgreenwell
1 Jul 2016 at 8:13am
It was a little surprise to find this talk given by Larry Bogad on the TED talks list. Larry Bogad is an author, artist, and professor of political performance. Scots may remember him being in the Clown army when the G8 came to Gleneagles. In this talk he talks about how creative actions are highly …

From Parody to (in part) Prescience
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jun 2016 at 10:39pm
I just watched the last episode of the New Statesman again. From 1992. What they did as an extrapolation of all the worst possible bits has more or less come to pass.

Worth a Post of its Own
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jun 2016 at 10:28am

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

Clinton Coronation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jul 2016 at 7:24pm

Feeling the heat yet?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jul 2016 at 7:13pm
Last Wednesday was great. I stepped out into the blistering Leith sunshine, dark shades at dip, and walked about twenty yards before running into a huddle of associates sat outside a Leith Walk boozer, supping lager, soaking up the rays, as you do. Naturally, I joined them. As you do. By late afternoon the temperature …

United Togetherness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jul 2016 at 10:07am
A ‘Reverse Greenland‘ sounds like something from a Nordic Kama Sutra. It is instead the unlikely proposition that Scotland stay in the EU and in the UK. But as the Brexit consequences unfold before us, the connection between the unmuzzled right’s Europhobia and their economic project is also becoming more obvious. It’s not just Sir …

Better Together Campaign
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2016 at 9:00pm
This presentation by Rob Shorthouse is remarkable for a number of reasons, not least astonishing levels of assumption-making and self-deception (which we’ll explore fully in a subsequent blog). But thanks to eagle-eyed Alistair Davidson for spotting the admission about how ‘Better Together had “banks of people” at HQ organised in “twitter squads” (about 13m in)’. …

Wedding Invite meets Suicide Pact
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2016 at 8:38pm
The letter from Jackson Carlaw to Kezia Dugdale calling for a new Tory/Labour “alliance” opposing #indyref2 via the marvelous and unlikely source of Michael Blackley, the Political Editor of the Scottish Mail on Sunday. As Martyn Bennet would have it: “This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.” Likes(17)Dislikes(6)

The Corbynite Manoeuvre
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2016 at 12:02pm
It’s fashionable to deride anything and everything about the Labour Party. I’ve been doing it for a decade, charting their decline and collapse. There was a time when ‘Red Tory’ was a lazy slur, then it became a simple descriptor. But it’s to our benefit to have a progressive England to our south, as we …

Scottish Govt ? Act Now to Stop ?Catastrophic Impact? of Cuts on Disabled Com...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jul 2016 at 9:20am
Disability campaigners and their allies are urging the Scottish Government to act NOW to stop the horrendous benefits cuts being inflicted on disabled people. Following a demonstration at the Scottish Parliament activists from Black Triangle and Disability History Scotland presented a petition with this demand to be considered by the First Minister. ?We are hopeful …

Robo-Marxism Grand Luxe
by D.J. MacLennan
23 Jul 2016 at 8:21am
The machines are coming for your job. Do not doubt that for a nanosecond. They?re also coming for your entire skill-set, rendering you a ponderous bio-relic of the post-agricultural, post-industrial, dia-feudal blip that we call ?nowadays?. Having recently read futurist entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan?s Humans Need Not Apply, I was interested to see a contrasting take …

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Scottish independence protesters ordered to close Holyrood camp
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm
IndyCamp, a collection of caravans and tents, has been set up in grounds of the Scottish parliament since 2015A group of hardline independence activists have been told by a judge they must abandon a protest camp in the grounds of the Scottish parliament. Holyrood officials said they would open ta...

SNP MP says Westminster needs to be more child friendly
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2016 at 7:08pm
Kirsty Blackman highlights lack of flexible childcare at parliament, with nursery only available for London full-timersAn MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee he...

SNP MP censured for bringing her children to Commons committee
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2016 at 11:49am
Kirsty Blackman hits back with Daily Record article on why Westminster should adopt a more family-friendly approach An SNP MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee h...

Labour says abusive members will be barred from voting in leadership election...
by Andrew Sparrow
25 Jul 2016 at 8:30pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 4.42pm BST NEW: @JeremyCorbyn spokesman: "We hope that others will rejoin the shadow cabinet and get on with the job of opposing Government."Labour, like Ukip ha...

Nicola Sturgeon: independence may offer Scotland greatest stability - video
by Guardian Staff
25 Jul 2016 at 2:54pm
With the rest of the UK facing an uncertain future following last?s month Brexit vote, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says independence may offer Scotland greater stability. Speaking at an Institute for Public Policy Research event in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said David Cameron was reck...

Sturgeon: independence may be best for Scotland amid Brexit upheaval
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Jul 2016 at 12:51pm
Barriers to protecting Scotland ?substantial?, first minister says as she argues separation may offer greatest stabilityIndependence may offer Scotland the greatest stability while the rest of the UK faces upheaval after last month?s vote to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scotland?s firs...

Nicola Sturgeon must halt this gravy train of wasted government funds | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
24 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
The Scottish National party needs to get a grip on the country?s finances before it throws itself into another independence referendumLike the school bully putting on a show for his braying playground lickspittles the Conservative administration at Westminster continues to goad Scotland. It seems...

MPs vote for Trident renewal by majority of 355 ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Jul 2016 at 10:45pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happened, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn opening the Commons debate on Trident renewal and Angela Eagle and Owen Smith at the PLP hustingsNumber 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryMay v Corbyn on Trident - Verdict ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Labour?s suicide pact
Every time you think that the Labour party in Scotland might just possibly see that there’s a glimmer of a path to redemption, it ties a red white and blue flag over its eyes as a blindfold and preaches to Scotland about solidarity with people who never manage to demonstrate any solidarity with Scotland. Which …

Not a threat but a promise
Nicola Sturgeon has made a statement giving the Scottish government’s response to the Brexit process. It’s a statement which reflects, only in far more diplomatic language, the response of most of Scotland to the megamidden into which the Conservative party has dumped the entire UK. And that response to the UK government was along the …

Self-determination starts with the determination to do things for yourself
Self-determination starts with the self being determined. It begins with the personal decision of an individual to take action to determine the shape of their future, and not to sit passively while decisions are made on their behalf. There’s a lot of talk about when Scotland might have a second independence referendum, or rather, about …

The real Spanish veto threat
I wasn’t going to blog today because I’ve got a bad case of manflu, which is like a regular cold only with additional histrionics, drama, and attention seeking. So very much like the Labour leadership contest then. But there’s news from Spain which I thought worth sharing, mostly because it’s deeply discomfiting to those Unionists …

That ship has sailed
One by one the pillars of support for the Union have been removed. Now all that’s keeping the UK up is the hot air of the Unionist parties and their media friends. The latest pillar of salt to dissolve in the crocodile tears of the Unionists is the pledge to build Type 26 frigates on …

Making the case
The Scottish government is planning a drive across the country this summer to make the case for independence, but to tell the truth, the Tories have beaten them to it. Just a month ago making the case for independence looked like it was going to be a long hard slog, a slow campaign of attrition, …

A fantasy Commons debate for a fantasy deterrent
On Monday the House of Commons debated the renewal of Trident. It was entirely predictable that the House would vote to renew the weapons of mass destruction. It was entirely predictable that all but one of Scotland’s MPs would vote to oppose it but Scotland’s going to get Trident anyway. And it was entirely predictable …

We?re in the Scottish money
We’re in the Scottish money. Or at least we’re going to be if Scotland becomes independent. The Sunday Herald is reporting that the Scottish Government is studying plans for a separate Scottish currency in the event of independence. This immediately removes the Westminster veto threat which blighted the last independence referendum, their insistence that Scotland …

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Farmers fear plague of leatherjackets as pesticide plea rejected
SCOTTISH farmers have warned of serious damage to crops across the land after a UK Government quango refused an emergency appeal to allow the use of a pesticide to control infestation by leatherjackets. Earlier this year, the York-based chemi

Michael Fry: The best way to drive growth is a small state with lots of small...
THE UK?s parliamentary year draws to a close over a political landscape strewn with the wreckage of parties and campaigns, littered with the twitching corpses of those who until a month ago were running the country.

Shona Robison vows to grapple with the soaring overtime costs of consultants
HEALTH Secretary Shona Robison said she was ?determined to tackle? the rising overtime costs for consultants in hospitals across Scotland after it was revealed that they had been paid £20 million in the past year for extra hours.

Independence is welcomed back on agenda at SNP party conference
INDEPENDENCE will be back at the heart of this autumn?s SNP conference after it was controversially absent from the party?s main conference last year.

Economic think tank warns Brexit vote could spark sharp slowdown
THE vote for Brexit could spark a sharp slowdown in Scotland?s economy, with experts also predicting the jobless rate will rise in the wake of the referendum result.

Jobs boost on horizon as firm unveils £110m plan to expand Scottish plant
PHARMACEUTICAL giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is to increase its Scottish workforce with a £110 million expansion. Investment will be poured into the company?s plant in Montrose, Angus, which currently has a workforce of 450.

Organisers claim next independence march could be a landmark moment
A WEEKEND March for Independence could be a landmark for the Yes movement, organisers claim.

Man Booker recognition for Scots novelist Graeme Macrae Burnet
A NOVELIST in the running for one of the biggest prizes in fiction vowed to celebrate last night ? before the result has been announced.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

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 …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

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...

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...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK
A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 17th 2006 Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister this week ? elected on a mandate of 199 Tory MPs in what amounted to a very British coup. She is only Britain?s second ever …

After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like?
After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 14th 2016 Leadership in the modern world is cited as the answer to nearly every issue, problem or area of life ? from business, to turning round failing organisations, to the success of football clubs. In the last month, …

This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly being found out
This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly been found out Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 10th 2016 When has British politics ever been in such a state of flux? The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens in leadership contests; the Labour Party in a series of convulsions from top to …

The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair
The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 7th 2016 It is hard to envisage now but once upon a time Tony Blair was an eager to please, likeable, pragmatic politician. In 1997 he caught the mood of the times and led Labour to an election …

After Britain: Is Scottish Independence the New Normal?
After Britain: Is Scottish Independence the New Normal? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 6th 2016 These are unprecedented times. The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens are all in the middle of leadership elections, while Jeremy Corbyn is holding on by his fingertips in a stand-off with his own parliamentary party There is a …

Scotland and Independence

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Could a second Scottish independence referendum be called? - Scotsman

Could a second Scottish independence referendum be called?
THERE has been much talk of a second referendum on Scottish independence in the aftermath of last month's Brexit vote. Nicola Sturgeon said in a keynote speech on Monday that independence may offer the most ?certainty and stability? for Scotland if the ...
First minister: Independence may be Scotland's best optionHerald an...

Support for Scottish independence is growing since Brexit - Financial Times

Financial Times
Support for Scottish independence is growing since Brexit
Financial Times
Supporters of Scottish independence argue that the only way now to guarantee continued EU membership is to leave the UK and there are signs that Scots who voted no to independence in September 2014 are beginning to switch. Three polls since the EU ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence may offer 'greatest ...

Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ... - The Independent

The Independent
Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ...
The Independent
Any second Scottish independence referendum would have to take place promptly ?within the Brexit timetable?, Alex Salmond has said. The former Scottish first ...
Interview: Alex Salmond on indyref 2 - "Bring it on" | CommonSpaceCommonSpace

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Scotland's Sturgeon Preparing For Post-Brexit Independence From U.K. - Huffin...

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Scotland's Sturgeon Preparing For Post-Brexit Independence From U.K.
Huffington Post
LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday she would start preparatory work on splitting Scotland from the rest of Britain in order to keep the option of independence available following the June 23 vote to leave the European Union.

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10 reasons Scottish independence is being talked about again - Metro

10 reasons Scottish independence is being talked about again
Remember the #indyref? Long before the Brexit referendum, the Scots voted to stay in the UK. But now there's talk of what social media is calling Indyref 2. Here's why independence is back on many Scots' agendas. 1. Brexit. Scots have long felt more ...

Scotland on the brink of independence, says SNP's Westminster leader - Telegr...
Scotland on the brink of independence, says SNP's Westminster leader
Scotland is on the brink of independence, according to the SNP's leader at Westminster. Angus Robertson said the party must focus on persuading voters that independence is right for Scotland as he launched his campaign to be Nicola Sturgeon's deputy.
Alyn Smith MEP: EU open to Scottish independence ...

Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Off The Table?For Now - TIME

Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Off The Table?For Now
Certainly Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Nationalist Party leader of Scotland's devolved government, now argues a second referendum on Scottish independence is ?highly likely.? Though defeated in 2014, the cause remains alive. Besides, she now says, the ...
Scotland charts course to independence from UKThe Globe and Mail (subs...

Scottish independence 'opportunity' says 2014 critic - BBC News - BBC News

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Scottish independence 'opportunity' says 2014 critic - BBC News
BBC News
Supporters of Scottish independence have a "golden opportunity" the wake of the Brexit vote, according to a critic of the 2014 plans.
Brexit vote a 'golden opportunity' for Scottish independence - The ...Scotsman
Architect of No campaign now backs Scottish independenceThe Times (subscription)
Robertson tells next PM not...


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Lesley Riddoch: We need a vigorous debate ? and soon ? on a proper system of ...

The National
Lesley Riddoch: We need a vigorous debate ? and soon ? on a proper system of local government
The National
The SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Lib Dems and Ukip all backed Green MP Caroline Lucas' Bill ? but Labour Party policy was to abstain. In the end, the limousines appeared minutes before the vote so Tory MPs could make sure a fair voting system didn't happen.

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Readers@Opinion: Those who voted to remain in the EU must keep fighting - Her...

Herald Scotland
Readers@Opinion: Those who voted to remain in the EU must keep fighting
Herald Scotland
NICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP are to be congratulated on their attempt to set out strong conditions for accepting withdrawal from the EU (?SNP and Tories on collision course after Brexit demands?, The Herald, July 26). However, I fear that even if these ...

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Corbyn ally suggests Labour could form pacts with parties across left - The G...

The Guardian
Corbyn ally suggests Labour could form pacts with parties across left
The Guardian
?I would probably be being over-optimistic if I thought the SNP weren't going to play hard and fast but nonetheless they could come under pressure if there was serious talk of some form of electoral pact to stop the Tories, to look at how if there were ...

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Tom Peterkin: Talk of indyref2 is premature - Scotsman

Tom Peterkin: Talk of indyref2 is premature
When, as is almost inevitable, some of these demands cannot be met, the SNP will turn round and claim that Scotland has been short-changed and argue that independence offers the only solution. It is a classic tactic that comes straight from the SNP's ...

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SNP urged to scrap Named Person scheme ahead of court ruling - STV News

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SNP urged to scrap Named Person scheme ahead of court ruling
STV News
The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap its planned Named Person scheme ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on its legality. The calls comes from the Scottish Conservatives who have been campaigning for the repeal of the legislation for a number ...

MP says Westminster needs to be more 'family friendly' after recieving a caut...
MP says Westminster needs to be more 'family friendly' after recieving a caution for bringing her children to work
A female MP has revealed she was told off by the House of Commons authorities for taking her two children to a committee hearing after struggling with a childcare emergency. Kirsty Blackman, the SNP MP for Aberdeen North, has called for a more ...

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BBC bias conspiracy is a cybernat delusion that harms the SNP's cause - STV News

STV News
BBC bias conspiracy is a cybernat delusion that harms the SNP's cause
STV News
Believe me, I know about this stuff. I spent years working in communications for the SNP and the Yes campaign, and it plagued me and others endlessly. It was intensely frustrating to work on carefully building relationships with the so-called MSM ...

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Ian Swanson: Who will be steering the drive for independence? - Edinburgh Eve...

Ian Swanson: Who will be steering the drive for independence?
Edinburgh Evening News
That could spell problems for the SNP, however. Ms Sturgeon has been careful to couch her talk about the possibility of another referendum and case for independence in the most diplomatic terms. When she announced the summer initiative, she spelled out ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Could a second Scottish independence referendum be called? - Scotsman

Could a second Scottish independence referendum be called?
The 2014 referendum was 'made in Scotland' after the UK Government, then led by David Cameron, agreed to give temporary powers to the Scottish Parliament to hold a legal plebiscite, under Section 30 of the 1998 Scotland Act. Cameron met with Alex ...
Warning: Recession in Scotland 'highly possible' after Brexit vote and un...

Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum t...
Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum tomorrow?
Dr Kenealy said this all-encompassing uncertainty means ?no-one knows? if the Scottish people would vote to leave the UK if there was a referendum tomorrow. Polls show growing support for independence after the Brexit victory intensified the feeling ...
Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call ...

Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ... - The Independent

The Independent
Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ...
The Independent
Any second Scottish independence referendum would have to take place promptly ?within the Brexit timetable?, Alex Salmond has said. The former Scottish first ...
Interview: Alex Salmond on indyref 2 - "Bring it on" | CommonSpaceCommonSpace

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Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in...
Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in TWO years
During her first PMQs, Mrs May told Parliament: ?I do find it a little confusing given that only two years ago in the Scottish referendum the Scottish National Party was campaigning for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, which would have meant ...
Scotland could hold 2nd independen...

Environment Secretary affirms Scotland's Commitment following Referendum Resu...

Environment Secretary affirms Scotland's Commitment following Referendum Result
Blue & Green Tomorrow
The Cabinet Secretary said, ?The EU referendum result has created considerable uncertainty ? but what remains certain is the position of the Scottish Government. We resolutely believe that membership of the European Union delivers considerable social, ...

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum? - Newsweek

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum?
The British government would need to allow another referendum for it to be legitimate; if it didn't, Spain, which recently saw an illegitimate independence vote in Catalonia, would be all but certain to veto an independent Scotland's right to ...
Sturgeon: Second independence referendum could be next yearBBC News
Theresa M...

What will happen if Scotland leaves the UK after the European Referendum? - C...

What will happen if Scotland leaves the UK after the European Referendum?
With Scotland mooting the idea of a second independence referendum what does that mean for Northumberland? As the results came in on Friday morning the picture was clear - Scotland wanted to remain and the majority of England wanted to leave.
Scotland WILL hold second independence referendum as Nic...

Scottish Labour deputy leader 'not opposed' to new independence referendum - ...
Scottish Labour deputy leader 'not opposed' to new independence referendum
Scottish Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: "Quite simply, there is no justification for a second independence referendum and it is a great pity that Scottish Labour no longer seems to believe that this is the case. "No-one has a clue what Labour ...
Scottish Labour deputy "would not oppose" ...

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Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

The political divide
For those who still maintain there is no difference politically between Scotland and England:  

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

Right-Wing Chip Papers
I've been noticing a lot lately when i've been visiting different shops (from small news agents to super market giants) that when I have a look through the newspaper section, all of the papers that are neatly stacked and in plain view are papers such as the Telegraph, Scotsman, Daily Mail, Expres...

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 ...

Post EU referendum result job losses/gains.
How many ACTUAL jobs have been lost or created since June 23rd? How many instances of companies cutting production or moving it elsewhere. Or increasing production , as the case may be. Also how many new trade deals have been struck and how many have been lost? Or even just good or bad po...

Thursday 15th June 2017.  

Good move by the SG moving the GERS publication figures till next August - and therefore not providing airtime to idiots arguing the future of the nation on the basis of a single year.  

Bring it on.  

team #Yes  team #Scotland

A group of protesters have set up camp at the site of the Scottish Parliament and have said they are staying until Scotland is independent. Unsure why they've started camping now more than a year later. Also, camping in Edinburgh i...

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Munich Shooting Incident
Breaking news - shootings in a shopping centre.

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.

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...

Trident renewal
I don't agree with WMD, largely because they're WMD, but at least the price has gone down according to this email I got today:

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

Edinburgh Food Studio
Anyone been? We have done most of the top restaurants in Edinburgh and fancy something different.

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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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 ...