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FMQs Live: Nicola Sturgeon quizzed over schools return and vaccinations
20 Jan 2021 at 12:17pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will update MSPs on the latest Covid-19 statistics for Scotland before being quizzed over the return of schools, the lockdown being extended and the vaccination rollout.


Older and younger pupils could go back to schools first in phased return
20 Jan 2021 at 10:32am
JOHN Swinney has indicated that the youngest and oldest pupils could return to classrooms first as part of a phased schools return being mulled over by the Scottish Government.


SNP ministers insisted Covid advice was 'branded' as Scottish
20 Jan 2021 at 7:00am
SNP ministers wanted to ensure that public advice on the emerging coronavirus pandemic was ?branded? as Scottish, it has emerged.


Devi Sridhar: Independent Scotland could have handled coronavirus better
20 Jan 2021 at 9:53am
ONE of the country's most prominent public health experts has said an independent Scotland would have handled the coronavirus pandemic better.


From the Paris Climate Accord to Covid rules - Joe Biden's first acts as US p...
20 Jan 2021 at 11:34am
Joe Biden is signing executives orders on a broad range of issues in his first official acts as US president.


John Swinney claims his 'hands are tied' on secret vaccine numbers
20 Jan 2021 at 10:28am
JOHN Swinney has claimed he cannot reveal how many of the 700,000 Covid vaccine doses allocated to Scotland have so far arrived in the country, information that could expose embarassing delays in supplying GPs.


John Swinney calls Neil Lennon Covid rant 'absolutely appalling'
20 Jan 2021 at 8:41am
JOHN Swinney has denounced Celtic manager Neil Lennon?s claim that his players were made to self-isolate for political reasons as ?absolutely appalling?.


SNP Government discussed using terror laws for Covid
20 Jan 2021 at 6:30am
SCOTLAND?S top law officer suggesting using sweeping terrorism-related legislation to cope with the pandemic, the Scottish Government has inadvertently revealed.


Louise Casey warns Boris Johnson removing Universal Credit increase would ret...
20 Jan 2021 at 6:00am
LOUISE Casey, the UK Government?s former homelessness adviser, has warned that the Conservatives would ?go back to being the Nasty Party? if they went ahead and withdrew the £20-a-week increase to Universal Credit paid to millions of low-paid people to help them through the pandemic.


SNP accuse Tories of 'outrageous power grab' amid EU replacement fund row
20 Jan 2021 at 5:00am
THE CONSERVATIVES have been accused of "an outrageous grab" of power as the SNP has challenged MSPs to reject EU funding being diverted from Holyrood.


SNP's energy targets at risk by Scottish grid 'premium' charges
20 Jan 2021 at 5:00am
A LEADING energy company has warned that Scotland will not be able to scale up wind farms to meet climate targets without an overhaul of charging regimes that ?penalises? projects north of the border.


Glasgow City Council launches appeal for 1,000 volunteers for prestigious COP...
20 Jan 2021 at 1:05am
GLASGOW City Council today launches an appeal for 1,000 volunteers to help support the staging of the UK?s most prestigious international gathering: the United Nations? Conference of the Parties climate change summit.


Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of abandoning Britain's position of 'global...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:21am
THERESA May has launched a fresh onslaught on Boris Johnson, accusing her successor of abandoning Britain?s position of ?global moral leadership?.


Donald Trump hails his the success of his administration as he says 'movement...
20 Jan 2021 at 10:40am
President Donald Trump has posted a final address in which he hails his administration's accomplishments and wished his successor luck.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon under pressure over vaccine roll-out and wastage
20 Jan 2021 at 1:42pm
The First Minister has been forced to defend the government?s Covid vaccine programme after concerns were raised that it was already behind schedule, with fears also raised that 5000 doses of the vaccine have been wasted.

Joe Biden Inauguration: Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time
20 Jan 2021 at 1:40pm
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has left his residence at the White House for the last time ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Westminster is 'parking its tanks' on devolution powers, MSPs told
20 Jan 2021 at 1:33pm
The UK Government is "parking its tanks" on Scottish devolution over plans to start funding areas like housing and education which fall within the remit of Holyrood, MSPs have heard.

Boris Johnson promises fishing 'El Dorado' less than 24 hours after unveiling...
20 Jan 2021 at 1:28pm
Boris Johnson has promised a fishing ?El Dorado? less than 24 hours after unveiling compensation due to losses caused by Brexit.

First minister urged to use legal powers to investigate finances behind Donal...
20 Jan 2021 at 1:28pm
Scotland?s first minister has been urged to go to court to investigate the ?dodgy deals? surrounding Donald Trump?s property acquisitions in Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon update: what did FM say in lockdown announcement - and when w...
20 Jan 2021 at 1:19pm
Schools in Scotland will stay closed until at least mid February

'No foreign holidays until 2022 possible' warns Professor Jason Leitch in lea...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:59pm
Scottish Government civil servants have been warned not to book a summer holiday abroad this year by the national clinical director in an internal video.

John Swinney criticised for 'drip-feeding vague plans' around pupils returnin...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:23pm
The education secretary has hinted at a potential ?phased return? of pupils to schools that may prioritise those studying towards cancelled exams or younger pupils.

When does Joe Biden get sworn in? US inauguration 2021 explained - and what t...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:21pm
Joe Biden will become President of the United States on 20 January

Priti Patel admits the border should have been closed in March
20 Jan 2021 at 12:10pm
Priti Patel has admitted the UK border should have been closed in March.

Lil Wayne pardon: why has Donald Trump pardoned the rapper - and what was he ...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:00pm
The president has also granted clemency to rapper Kodak Black

Who did Donald Trump pardon? Most controversial names granted clemency - incl...
20 Jan 2021 at 11:58am
The president did not include Tiger King?s Joe Exotic on the list

What is a presidential pardon? Commutation and clemency explained as Trump pa...
20 Jan 2021 at 10:52am
The outgoing president has granted clemency to 143 people ? including Steve Bannon ? on his final day in office. but Trump hasn?t used his power all that much

Deputy First Minister John Swinney brands Celtic manager Neil Lennon?s Dubai ...
20 Jan 2021 at 10:41am
The Deputy First Minister John Swinney has branded Celtic manager Neil Lennon?s comments regarding the club's trip to Dubai ?appalling? on Radio Scotland.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

Code Red
20 Jan 2021 at 11:03am
In addition to the Survation poll that was in the field last week and which we’ve been reporting on, there was also a Panelbase one going round at the same time. (It’s as yet unpublished, and having been sent a few of the… interesting questions in it by some people who took the poll we’re very excited …

Trigger happy
19 Jan 2021 at 10:11pm
Tonight’s poll data from Survation is really quite remarkable. We can’t wait to hear what “Pension Pete” Wishart makes of it. Because what it suggests is that just about ALL of the SNP’s voters want this May’s election to be a straightforward plebiscite of the type called for by this site last October. We don’t …

When Tories tell the truth
19 Jan 2021 at 3:30pm
There’s a most revealing article by George Osborne in today’s Evening Standard. It’s well worth a read in full – it’s not very long – but this is the key passage: The deathless defenders of Plan A will of course continue to shriek that “he’s a Tory so he must be lying”. And if any …

Venus and Mars
18 Jan 2021 at 7:51pm
In 2014, it was women who stopped Scotland becoming independent. But it was still a man’s fault, of course. Those of us who were around at the time, while many of the SNP’s earnest young activists of today were still squeezing their spots, will recall a multitude of media articles on how it was apparently the fairer sex’s …

Contrary to the facts
18 Jan 2021 at 4:27pm
After something of a quiet spell (we gather for personal reasons), we’re delighted to note that the excellent Gordon Dangerfield – a highly experienced Scottish solicitor advocate – is back blogging, in particular with regard to the Fabiani inquiry. His piece today, of which the above is but a tiny snippet, is a must-read. It’s probably …

The dead carrot sketch
17 Jan 2021 at 11:50am
There’s literally nothing about this that isn’t toe-curlingly embarrassing: The only challenge is knowing where to start. Firstly, we suppose, there’s the small fact that the entire bloody SNP is supposed to be an “independence taskforce”, all the time. The party wasn’t formed as a vehicle for Nicola Sturgeon to swan around doing selfies while …

The revolving door
16 Jan 2021 at 6:59am

The injured party
15 Jan 2021 at 6:34pm
Extraordinary events are now unfolding on a daily basis (or even more frequently than that) in the vexed matter of the two ongoing inquiries into serious misconduct by the Scottish Government regarding false allegations made against Alex Salmond. Mr Salmond, who was found innocent of any wrongdoing, has been endeavouring – at a significant personal …

The integrity of a nation
14 Jan 2021 at 8:03pm
This time almost exactly two years ago I sat in a cafe close to Holyrood in a state of what I can only call shock. The enormity of what I?d just heard was sinking in; over the preceding nearly three hours I?d been introduced to all the gory detail of the plot against Alex Salmond. …

In whatever the opposite of memoriam is
14 Jan 2021 at 5:42pm
For poor old Richmond Leinster, who shuffled off the political stage today, we solemnly offer this tribute from Novara Media pundit Aaron Bastani: It’s a tragic loss to the Scottish political scene. The tweet, we mean. And no, incidentally, Bastani never did pay up on our bet. For some reason Labour types never seem to …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

My Trial, and Freedom of Speech
19 Jan 2021 at 1:32pm

UPDATE Some journalists, NGOs and observers registering for my trial using details below are being asked for the case number. This is HCA/2020-06/XM. My trial for Contempt of Court in my reporting of the Alex Salmond trial is on 27 and 28 January at the Court of Appeals in Edinburgh. Contempt of Court charges can …

My Trial, and Freedom of Speech

Only A Corrupt Lord Advocate Stands Between Peter Murrell and Prison
16 Jan 2021 at 2:37pm

Following Robin McAlpine’s excellent article, some responded by asking where is the hard evidence of a conspiracy against Alex Salmond? Well, here is some of it, not public before. My trial for contempt of court is now fixed for 27 January. This is an extract from my lawyers’ latest submission requesting disclosure of documents which …

Only A Corrupt Lord Advocate Stands Between Peter Murrell and Prison

My Friend Emma Nelson
12 Jan 2021 at 1:28pm

A joke someone made yesterday reminded me of a friend I had in the FCO, Emma Nelson, who died terribly young about 20 years ago. I wanted to say a few things about her that occurred to me in the context of the Alex Salmond case. In doing so I am conscious that Emma’s family …

My Friend Emma Nelson

Both Tortuous and Torturous
6 Jan 2021 at 5:10pm

Magistrate Vanessa Bararitser walked into Westminster Magistrates Court No.1 at 10.12am this morning with the sunniest smile and most carefree disposition I have ever seen her adopt. Her shoulders appeared visibly lifted. She positively beamed at Clair Dobbin, counsel for the US government, as she invited her to put the case for the prosecution as …

Both Tortuous and Torturous

The Assange Verdict: What Happens Now
5 Jan 2021 at 6:26pm

I fully expect that Julian will be released on bail this week, pending a possible US appeal against the blocking of his extradition. There was discussion of when and how to make the bail application on Monday, after magistrate Vanessa Baraitser announced her decision not to grant extradition as it would be oppressive on health …

The Assange Verdict: What Happens Now

Julian Assange: Imminent Freedom
5 Jan 2021 at 3:53am

It has been a long and tiring day, with the startlingly unexpected decision to block Julian’s extradition. The judgement is in fact very concerning, in that it accepted all of the prosecution’s case on the right of the US Government to prosecute publishers worldwide of US official secrets under the Espionage Act. The judge also …

Julian Assange: Imminent Freedom

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Covid in Scotland: Phased return 'likely' for Scottish schools
20 Jan 2021 at 1:09pm
The youngest and oldest pupils, plus those with additional support needs will be among the first to return to classrooms.

£23m support fund for struggling fishing firms
20 Jan 2021 at 12:39am
It comes as industry workers warn their livelihoods are at risk due to Brexit border problems.

New legislation protects Scottish shop staff from customer abuse
19 Jan 2021 at 10:14pm
The Protection of Workers Bill will make it a new specific offence to assault, abuse or threaten Scottish retail staff.

Scottish Labour: Leadership contenders set out views on indyref2
18 Jan 2021 at 8:19pm
Anas Sarwar rules out another independence vote for at least five years while Monica Lennon says you cannot "wish it away".

Covid in Scotland: Government U-turn on taxi grant
19 Jan 2021 at 6:09pm
A new £1,500 grant for taxi drivers will now be available to those on benefits, the Scottish government says.

Covid in Scotland: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
19 Jan 2021 at 3:34pm
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February.

Covid in Scotland: Parents of children with special needs 'struggling'
18 Jan 2021 at 10:52pm
Parents call for special schools to continue to operate full time in all areas of Scotland.

Is Scotland 'lagging behind' on vaccinating the adult population?
20 Jan 2021 at 1:40pm
Scotland has immunised fewer elderly people in the community but nearly all care homes have had residents vaccinated.

Covid: UK closes all travel corridors until at least 15 February
18 Jan 2021 at 10:54am
Passengers must also quarantine for up to 10 days following the closure of all UK travel corridors.

New UK Shared Prosperity Fund to bypass Holyrood
17 Jan 2021 at 9:43am
The change means more than £100m will be spent by the UK government on projects normally devolved to Holyrood.

Covid in Scotland: New restrictions come into force
16 Jan 2021 at 12:17am
Takeaway outlets and click and collect retail services must change how they operate in Scotland.

Scottish Labour to elect new leader next month
16 Jan 2021 at 1:55pm
A new leader will be named by the party on 27 February following the resignation of Richard Leonard.

Scot Goes Pop

Scot Goes Pop / Survation poll: Sensation as Scottish voters give their backi...
19 Jan 2021 at 8:59pm
Every time I've crowdfunded a poll, by far the most requested question has been on the subject of a 'Plan B' to secure an independence mandate if a Section 30 order is never granted.  To avoid dupl...

Scot Goes Pop / Survation poll: SNP on course to win 55 of the 59 Scottish se...
19 Jan 2021 at 4:31pm
As I mentioned in the preview video earlier, I was planning to put out both the Holyrood and Westminster voting intention numbers from our new poll today.  However, I later spotted a small problem ...


VIDEO PREVIEW of upcoming questions in the new Scot Goes Pop poll
19 Jan 2021 at 11:30am

Sigh. No, the Scot Goes Pop / Survation poll does not mean that Nicola Sturg...
18 Jan 2021 at 10:39pm
There's a rather, for want of a better word, daft post on Wings Over Scotland tonight (ironically tagged with the word "psephology"!) which tries to paint the finding in the new Scot Goes Pop poll ...

Exclusive Scot Goes Pop / Survation poll is the NINETEENTH IN A ROW to show a...
18 Jan 2021 at 5:30pm
So as I mentioned a couple of times here and on Twitter, I ran into a slight hitch with the new Scot Goes Pop poll - I had initially been hoping to stick with Panelbase, who conducted all three of ...


VIDEO PREVIEW: The new Scot Goes Pop poll on independence will be released today
18 Jan 2021 at 4:02pm

The Tories ramp up the betrayal of the notorious "Vow" that rescued a No vote...
16 Jan 2021 at 6:11pm
>£100m a year in EU structural funds, directed through @scotgov, is going. Being replaced by Shared Prosperity Fund - details unclear, until yesterday, when @SteveBarclay wrote to @KateForbesMSP, s...

A young female voter's verdict on Nicola Sturgeon
15 Jan 2021 at 7:30pm
As you know, I'm very conflicted about the current intra-Yes warfare.  Having seen people try to put him in jail, I cannot blame Alex Salmond in any way for prioritising truth and justice over ever...

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The Mythical Beasts of the Irish and British Isles
20 Jan 2021 at 1:39pm
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SNP ministers insisted Covid advice was 'branded' as Scottish
20 Jan 2021 at 1:36pm
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Drones could be used to distribute medical supplies
20 Jan 2021 at 1:28pm
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A Statement From the Board of Common Weal
20 Jan 2021 at 1:26pm
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Is NHS dental care a good option?
20 Jan 2021 at 1:14pm
Sorry if this is not the smartest question. Kind of new in the country and my wife needs a dentist. I've read that the NHS dentists are cheaper than the private ones and they are good as well. Do t...


Coronavirus: More than 500 deaths recorded since last week
20 Jan 2021 at 1:11pm
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Scotland in winter is ??. The cam is capturing Cairngorm from Loch Morlich.
20 Jan 2021 at 12:55pm
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@RuthDavidsonMSP asks why the #coronavirus vaccination programme is lagging b...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:50pm
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Twitter person: So, £43M cuts to programming and headcount across the BBC reg...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:42pm
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Gary Robertson refuses to accept explanation on vaccine supply in order to pu...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:20pm
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Nicola Sturgeon: The reality of Tory Brexit (and this for the industry they c...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:05pm
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Labour MSP Daniel Johnson's Protection of Workers Bill has been passed by the...
20 Jan 2021 at 11:49am
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Could a United States of Europe work for Scotland/UK?
20 Jan 2021 at 11:46am
I know many people, including those who voted Remain and many ScotNats, would be completely against the idea of an actual Federal or United States of Europe. I am talking about a U.S. style system ...

The Conservatives are absolutely obsessed with Scottish independence
20 Jan 2021 at 11:46am
This morning we had a flyer through from football linesman and part-time MP Douglas Ross for the upcoming Holyrood elections. The first thing to note is that he is a Westminster MP and not a Holyro...

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Nicola Sturgeon tells Donald Trump - 'don't haste ye back'
20 Jan 2021 at 1:32pm
Scotland's First Minister is happy to see the end of the ex US president's term in office, but he still has big business links to Scotland.


Five ways President Biden could change Scotland
20 Jan 2021 at 12:09pm
We look at how Joe Biden's first term might affect Scotland as he officially becomes the 46th President of the United States.


Joe Biden the right President at the right time says former Labour Minister
20 Jan 2021 at 11:14am
Douglas Alexander, ex International Development Secretary, profiles Joe Biden and the challenges facing the new US President.


FM's advisor claims independent Scotland could have coped better with pandemic
20 Jan 2021 at 11:05am
The public health expert said she feels ?safer? in Scotland and insisted her view is not a ?political point?.


Neil Lennon's Dubai trip defence branded 'appalling' by John Swinney
20 Jan 2021 at 9:49am
The Education Secretary had little sympathy for the Celtic manager's explanation as to why the club had travelled to the Middle East.


'Phased school return' likely for Scottish pupils
20 Jan 2021 at 8:54am
John Swinney said younger pupils could return to classrooms next month before others under a phased reopening of schools currently being considered by ministers.


Monica Lennon says she backs the principle of self-determination for Scotland
20 Jan 2021 at 4:45am
The MSP, who is up against colleague Anas Sarwar for the Scottish Labour leadership, also said her party should push for a devolution option if there is another referendum


Indyref2 devo max debate will be critical in Scottish Labour leadership contest
20 Jan 2021 at 4:30am
Anas Sarwar and Monica Lennon have put their names forward.


Police Scotland officers must receive covid vaccine 'as a priority'
20 Jan 2021 at 4:30am
The Scottish Police Federation said it was "common sense" for frontline officers to be included in the first wave of vaccinations.


Call for Glasgow volunteers for International Climate Change conference
20 Jan 2021 at 12:01am
Hosts are being sought to take part in the biggest climate change conference in the world.

The National

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Scottish independence: George Osborne has 'simple' plan to stop referendum
20 Jan 2021 at 8:49am

FORMER chancellor George Osborne has revealed his ?simple? suggestion of how to stop Scottish independence in a column.

Covid in Scotland: 92 more deaths recorded as cases rise by 1656
20 Jan 2021 at 12:39pm

A FURTHER 92 Scots have died of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

George Osborne's views on Scottish independence 'worthy of a tin pot dictator'
20 Jan 2021 at 9:46am

George Osborne's stance that the only way now to stop Scotland becoming independent is to refuse a second referendum has been described as a view "worthy of a tin pot dictator".

Trade Bill: 'Morally bankrupt' Scottish Tories vote down genocide amendment
20 Jan 2021 at 11:16am

THE Scottish Tories have been accused of being ?morally bankrupt? after voting against a Commons bid to outlaw trade deals with countries that are committing genocide.

More than half of Scots back using Holyrood election as indyref2
20 Jan 2021 at 5:00am

MORE than half of voters would back the next Holyrood election being used as an ?opportunity to vote for or against independence?, a new poll has revealed.

Professor Devi Sridhar: Independent Scotland would have tackled Covid-19 better
20 Jan 2021 at 10:08am

AN independent Scotland would have been more successful at dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Professor Devi Sridhar.

Shared Prosperity Fund: Tories 'parking their tanks' on devolved areas, minis...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:59pm

TORY ministers are ?parking their tanks? on areas of devolved competence, MSPs have been told.

Priti Patel admits borders should have been closed last year to tackle Covid-19
20 Jan 2021 at 12:31pm

THE Home Secretary has admitted that the UK borders should have been closed 10 months ago in order to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Robin McAlpine quits as Common Weal chief after angry article
20 Jan 2021 at 12:32pm

ROBIN McAlpine has quit as the director of the Common Weal think tank, The National can reveal.

Fighting among the numerous pro-independence factions needs to stop
20 Jan 2021 at 12:00pm

ONCE again I must comment on the constant speculation and criticism being directed at the internal committee activities, policies and leadership of the SNP being expressed by individuals, elected politicians of all parties, self-appointed gurus, a proliferation of academic experts, various Yes factions and grassroots supporters.

Bella Caledonia

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Bruidhinn ? Giving a Monkey?s for the Gàidhealtachd
20 Jan 2021 at 11:53am
  Marcas Mac returns with a new single – Bruidhinn ? released digitally across all platforms in time for a Burn?s Night release. The song, commissioned by Ceòl is Craic, for their Bòrd na Gàidhlig-funded December Ocaidich showcase, was mixed by Welsh-born, Manhattan-based Rod Thomas. Proceeds will be donated to CHAS ? the Scottish charity […]

Conspirituality ? on the overlap between spirituality and conspiracy theories
19 Jan 2021 at 4:07pm
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land? What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? I want to talk about trying to make sense when things are breaking down. This April we?ve seen some conspiracy theories blooming out of the dead land. Sports-presenter turned […]

Libraries of the Future
19 Jan 2021 at 3:33pm
Eilidh Akilade explores the need to defend the public space of libraries but this needs to be a decolonised library space, giving attention ought to be given to decolonised voices. Through all the social, economic, and emotional distress of the past year, people have been clinging to books more than ever. Pages have been dog-eared, […]

Charlotte?s Web
19 Jan 2021 at 12:42pm
  The murky word of corporate lobbying took a stumble this week as the Association for Scottish Public Affairs (ASPA) banned Charlotte Street Partners – the ?strategic communications? machine funded by Angus Grossart – for breaking its code of conduct by hiring a sitting politician. Last week, the strategic communications consultancy appointed the Conservative Lord Duncan […]

Freedom for Ocalan ? a call to Scottish artists
19 Jan 2021 at 10:33am
When Glasgow City Council awarded Nelson Mandela Freedom of the City, it made history. It provided an important statement in the long campaign by ordinary people across the world that eventually forced the end of apartheid. Now, we are being called to give our solidarity to another imprisoned leader, who, like Mandela, has the will […]

Edinburgh Food Social + Classic Soda Bread
18 Jan 2021 at 11:15pm
Many Voices Many Kitchens, a series of interviews with Food-in-Community groups, charities, CICs and initiatives, as well as a recipe sharing scheme, returns today with a bang as I chat with Steve Brown, Head of Food Education at Edinburgh Food Social. Also, Soda bread! SWK: Could you describe what the Edinburgh Food Social is and […]

Patriarchy Theocracy and Tragedy: the Dark Shadow of Ireland?s Mother and Bab...
18 Jan 2021 at 7:15pm
Ireland?s Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report: a mirror held up to the power of dominance, socialised diffidence and our own need to ?de-link? and connect. On the 5 February 1984, people across Ireland – and throughout that worldly ?other? Ireland – the diaspora of millions living in London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff, New York, and […]

All Those Other Mondays ? A Blue Monday playlist
18 Jan 2021 at 4:15pm
Fed up with a constant barrage of reminders this this is, supposedly, the most depressing day of the year? And, to make it worse, its accompanied on social media and radio with the monotonous depressing chundering track by New Order, allegedly made up of stuff that wasn’t good enough for their album. Don’t put up […]

Women Beyond Silencing ? Miss PunnyPennie, Janey Godley and the art of self-r...
17 Jan 2021 at 9:24pm
?Well the day?s a wee bit ae a wash oot. Cannae thole this ony mair. That?s me away, see you?s the morra?. It?s been a long time since a tweet has made my heart sink like that ? which is saying something in such bleak times. The early, democratising promise of social media seems a […]

Poem of the week : The Rain in Cushendall
17 Jan 2021 at 5:38pm
(a poem with a hat tipped to The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins) The Rain in Cushendall, pot plump, runs as if fleeing a trap. Racket mongering in language stone auld; cheek chiseling? someone once kissed it with their eyes, went blind. Stout pearls prang onto each protruding tongue daft enough to taste it, […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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A return to 'nasty' politics: Politics Weekly podcast
20 Jan 2021 at 1:46pm
Heather Stewart and Peter Walker discuss the latest on the vaccine rollout and universal credit. Severin Carrell examines the upcoming Scottish Labour leadership contest. Plus, Miatta Fahnbulleh and Will Tanner discuss ?levelling up?On Monday night, six Tory MPs defied calls from the prime minist...

Scottish parliament rejects Westminster's 'spy cops' bill
19 Jan 2021 at 5:34pm
Holyrood move means covert police bill will not cover Scotland when it comes into lawThe Scottish parliament has rejected a controversial bill from Westminster that potentially allows undercover agents to commit crimes, after Labour MSPs again ignored Keir Starmer?s policies.Scottish Labour?s MSP...

MSP Monica Lennon joins Anas Sarwar in race to lead Scottish Labour
18 Jan 2021 at 12:07am
Bid by successful campaigner for free period products prevents ?coronation? of sole other candidateMonica Lennon, the MSP who led the successful campaign for Scotland to become the first country to provide free, universal access to period products, has announced her aim to be the next leader of S...

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard steps down
14 Jan 2021 at 6:25pm
Leonard says attacks on his leadership were undermining party?s ability to get its message acrossThe Scottish Labour party is to launch a fast-tracked leadership contest after Richard Leonard resigned as leader months before a Holyrood election.Leonard said he had decided over Christmas that the ...

UK Covid: arrivals from South America and Portugal banned from Friday over Br...
14 Jan 2021 at 6:05pm
Latest updates: arrivals from Brazil, Argentina and the rest of South America, alongside Portugal, banned from Friday. This live blog is now closed - please follow the global live blog for the latest updatesUK bans travellers from South America and Portugal from FridayEngland?s schools told not t...

Brexit problems halt some Scottish seafood exports to EU
14 Jan 2021 at 10:26am
Fishing industry plunged into crisis as smaller firms face huge post-Brexit obstaclesDeliveries of Scottish seafood to the EU from smaller companies have been halted until Monday, 18 January, after post-Brexit problems with health checks, IT systems and customs documents caused a huge backlog.Sco...

Scotland's Covid lockdown tightened with click and collect and takeaway curbs
13 Jan 2021 at 1:59pm
Non-essential click and collect services and outdoor alcohol consumption to be bannedCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShops in Scotland have been ordered to stop non-essential click-and-collect services and alcohol consumption is to be banned outdoors, in a further tigh...

What exactly is the Alex Salmond controversy all about?
11 Jan 2021 at 3:26pm
MSPs have called for an investigation into Nicola Sturgeon after fresh allegations she misled parliamentIn August 2018 news leaked the Scottish government had investigated two allegations of sexual misconduct against Alex Salmond while he was first minister. It did so under new rules introduced d...

Salmond affair: call for investigation into Sturgeon to be widened
11 Jan 2021 at 1:42pm
Four MSPs from opposition parties want new claims ministerial code was breached to be looked atOpposition MSPs have called for an investigation into Nicola Sturgeon?s actions during the Alex Salmond affair to be widened after fresh allegations she misled the Scottish parliament.Four MSPs, from La...

May elections to go ahead in UK despite coronavirus concerns
9 Jan 2021 at 8:00am
Local and mayoral polls likely to be fraught with logistical problems, say officialsElections due in May are expected to go ahead despite coronavirus, officials have said, amid warnings they are likely to be among the most logistically fraught and complicated the UK has witnessed.Boris Johnson to...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Stroke recovery update
I thought it was about time that I gave everyone an update on how my recovery is going since the stroke. It’s now been four months since the stroke, and although I’m still experiencing significant issues, I’m definitely doing much better than I could have hoped just a few weeks ago. I no longer use […]

Yes times eighteen
We’ve had yet another opinion poll showing a substantial majority for Yes. Today’s poll for the Scotsman, carried out by Savanta ComRes, has Yes on 57% and no on 43%. When the don’t knows and undecideds are removed, there’s still a majority for independence, Yes is on 51%, No is on a mere 38 %, […]

British nationalist poutrage won?t stop Scottish democracy
The stench of British nationalist desperation is overwhelming. With seventeen opinion polls in a row showing a majority for independence, and equally consistent indications that the SNP is on course to trounce The Conservatives, Labour, and the LibDems in this year’s Scottish elections after promising to deliver another independence referendum,a referendum which the independence movement […]

Act Two of Brexit is about to begin: Scotland leaving the UK
Sorry I’ve not been very active on the blog of late, but I’ve recently been experiencing severe issues with post-stroke fatigue and have been too tired and wiped out to do anything much. Even so, I couldn’t allow Boris Johnson’s recent bout of arrogant idiocy to pass unremarked. Speaking on the Marr show over the […]

Scot Goes Pop post-Brexit poll
 I’Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.  I’m James Kelly, and I write the pro-independence blog Scot Goes Pop, which has a particular emphasis on opinion poll analysis. Over the course of 2020, I commissioned three Panelbase polls with your help. All three showed pro-independence majorities, and they were all landmark results in […]

Johnson?s deal puts rocket boosters under arguments for independence
It might have been a covid Christmas, but some seasonal traditions are sacred and unchanging despite the global pandemic. So there’s the traditional Queen’s speech on the telly and the equally traditional rush for the remote control to turn the channel so we can watch Judge Judy instead, because if the broadcasters are determined to […]

2021 will be the year that Scotland takes back control
  The Tories have pretty much admitted that opponents of independence are going to lose the next Scottish independence referendum. Asked by the Daily Rocket, sorry, Record, whether they’d participate in an advisory referendum held by Holyrood following a court ruling that an advisory referendum without a section 30 order was legal, a spokesauthoritarian for […]

Ripping Bunty?s knitting
When albert Einstein developed his famous theory of relativity, one of the realities about the nature of the universe that it proved was that nothing could travel at faster than the speed of light. In this instance however, the famous scientific genius was wrong, there is an observable phenomenon , very close to home in […]

fifteen in a row
It’s getting to the stage now where we get 56% for yes in an opinion poll and it scarcely counts as news. Today an opinion poll from IPsos Mori which was commissioned by STV was published which placed support for independence at 56% once don’t knows and undecideds are excluded. It is the 15th poll […]

Rees Mogg burns the union at the stake
It ought to be clear by now that when the Prime Malinger referred to devolution as a disaster he wasn’t just referring to the SNP, as Douglas Ross tried to claim in a screeching of brakes that was as about as convincing as his party’s claim to be committed to strengthening and deepening devolution. This […]

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

A Fun New Game
The UK government has recently brought back an old idea about plastering “Funded by the UK government” on lots of things in Scotland, with a big Union flag somewhere. This is supposed to make us forget about the various disasters that the UK govt seem to be hoping will just miraculously disappear by themselves. However, …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 187 ? Odes To Our Adversaries
Just occasionally in all the years I’ve been doing this, mostly for laughs, I’ve made a few little, ahem, tributes, to some of our political adversaries. The 187th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a run through of some of the best of these, because I think most of us are in need of …

Now Why Would These Seem Familiar?
I can’t put my finger on it…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 186 ? Tory Lies, Trump, Empire
The 186th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is amongst other things, a mix of some bad excuses. There’s a bad excuse for a Prime Minister, a bad excuse for a President of the United States, and a few bad excuses for the behaviour of the British Empire. Along with that, there are people trying …

Sometimes It?s Too Blatant To Let It Go
Last night the story came out that the US Department of Justice would rather like a wee word or two with Prince Andrew regarding his connections with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, they have wanted to have a little chat with him for a while, but they actually filed a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request. This “moves Andrew …

One Thing Doesn?t Negate The Other
Whatever you think about the very current activities with regard to defacing or pulling down statues, what was written on the Churchill statue is a statement of fact. Let’s have a look at some of Churchill’s statements (not the we will fight them on the beaches stuff). You may have seen most of them before …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 185 ? Billy Kay on Scotland and Identity
The 185th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk by Broadcaster, writer and activist and former guest on the show, Billy Kay, about Scottish identity. Have you ever noticed when you go abroad that the locals always seem to know what happened in 1437 in every wee nook and cranny of their town. …

The Times Handed Its Arse by Football Club
The Times, or at least The Sunday Times, has a history of getting things wrong about Hitler. And it seems to have happened again. This was the response by Schalke 04, a German football team, to the latest mistake…

Gerry Hassan

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

Scottish Labour is the problem, not the leader. And the solution is a genuine...
Scottish Labour is the problem, not the leader. And the solution is a genuine Scottish Labour Party Gerry Hassan Sunday National, January 17th 2020 The Scottish Labour Party has contributed so much over the past 20 years; not in terms of substantive politics in government or opposition but in the realm of scandal, drama and … The post Scottish Labour is the problem, not the leader. And the so...

I am a European and want to live in a country which calls itself European
I am a European and want to live in a country which calls itself European Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 13th 2021 I am a European. In the past few years of Brexit, and many of the ridiculous posturing positions of the UK Government, I have never felt more European. Of course the EU and … The post I am a European and want to live in a country which calls itself European appeared first ...

The Attack on Democracy and Breaking Out of the Empire State in the US and UK
The Attack on Democracy and Breaking Out of the Empire State in the US and UK Gerry Hassan Sunday National, January 10th 2021 Democracy is under attack. It is being challenged by the likes of Trump and his fascist supporters and by authoritarians the world over ? testing its strength and legitimacy. And it is … The post The Attack on Democracy and Breaking Out of the Empire State in the US an...

Making our own collective future in Scotland
Making our own collective future in Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, January 3rd 2021        Until it arrived, 2020 was seen by many as a symbol of the future. It was a benchmark and distant date with destiny ? aided by phrases like ?2020 vision?. But 2020 didn?t feel like the future that had been … The post Making our own collective future in Scotland appeared first on Gerry Hassan - w...

More than ever we need to come together and celebrate collective joy
More than ever we need to come together and celebrate collective joy Gerry Hassan Sunday National, December 27th 2020 These are not exactly the happiest of times the world over – with crises, worry and anxiety all around us. In such circumstances never more have we needed to find light and hope, optimism and joy. … The post More than ever we need to come together and celebrate collective joy ...

When Four Young Scots Shook the British Establishment: Ian Hamilton and the S...
When Four Young Scots Shook the British Establishment: Ian Hamilton and the Stone of Destiny Gerry Hassan Sunday National, December 20th 2020 Scotland has always had a tradition of stories, legends and myths which have given sustenance to history and identity. One of the most evocative over the years has been that of the recovery … The post When Four Young Scots Shook the British Establishmen...

My Favourite Music of 2020
My Favourite Music of 2020 Gerry Hassan Some Great Reward, December 17th 2020 For the past six years I have put together my sounds of the year. This year is a special one: 2020 was unique for obvious reasons and it is the first time I have undertaken this for Some Great Reward, the wonderful … The post My Favourite Music of 2020 appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and i...

My Favourite Books of 2020
My Favourite Books of 2020 Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 16th 2020 Since 2014, I have compiled an annual list of my books and publications of the year (as well as music), and for the first time this year have undertaken it for Scottish Review. My rules for inclusion are that I have read the … The post My Favourite Books of 2020 appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writing, research, poli...

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Scottish independence: George Osborne has 'simple' plan to stop referendum - ...
Scottish independence: George Osborne has 'simple' plan to stop referendum  The NationalSturgeon hatches Biden charm offensive in outrageous SNP plot to boost Scots independence  Daily ExpressSNP to create Scottish independence taskforce  HolyroodMacAskill warns SNP 'window closing' on indyref2 in 2021 amid Brexit 'calamity'  HeraldScotlandScotland only has one way to rejoin EU after Liberal De...

SNP divided over path to independence - Financial Times
SNP divided over path to independence  Financial Times

Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push - R...
Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push  Reuters

New Scottish independence poll finds more than half of Scots support separati...
New Scottish independence poll finds more than half of Scots support separation from UK  Daily Record

With Brexit complete, fervour for Scottish independence grows - Al Jazeera En...
With Brexit complete, fervour for Scottish independence grows  Al Jazeera English

New Scottish independence 'taskforce' announced by SNP - The Scotsman
New Scottish independence 'taskforce' announced by SNP  The Scotsman

Brexit changed the game on Scottish independence - SNP
Brexit changed the game on Scottish independence  SNP

Scotland could vote to separate in 2021, testing Canada?s independence formul...
Scotland could vote to separate in 2021, testing Canada?s independence formula  The Conversation CA

Brexit?s second act may break the UK union - Financial Times
Brexit?s second act may break the UK union  Financial Times

Oswald Says Second Scottish Independence Referendum Must Happen - Bloomberg
Oswald Says Second Scottish Independence Referendum Must Happen  Bloomberg

Nicola Sturgeon boosted by Scottish independence poll as SNP ramps up drive t...
Nicola Sturgeon boosted by Scottish independence poll as SNP ramps up drive to leave UK  Daily Express

Nationalist feud could fatally wound Scottish independence hopes - POLITICO.eu
Nationalist feud could fatally wound Scottish independence hopes  POLITICO.eu

US finance website says Scottish independence is 'only a matter of time' - Th...
US finance website says Scottish independence is 'only a matter of time'  The National

Scottish independence: If Boris Johnson refuses to allow a second referendum,...
Scottish independence: If Boris Johnson refuses to allow a second referendum, the game is a bogey ? Angus Robertson  Edinburgh News

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SNP ministers insisted Covid advice was 'branded' as Scottish - HeraldScotland
SNP ministers insisted Covid advice was 'branded' as Scottish  HeraldScotland

Teddy Hope: Former SNP equalities campaigner claims party is ?hub of transpho...
Teddy Hope: Former SNP equalities campaigner claims party is ?hub of transphobia in Scotland?  The Scotsman

SNP divided over path to independence - Financial Times
SNP divided over path to independence  Financial Times

SNP humiliated over 'mountain range' of issues ignored in bid to push for ind...
SNP humiliated over 'mountain range' of issues ignored in bid to push for independence  Daily Express

SNP SE and Rackspace Technology Enter into Strategic Partnership - GlobeNewswire
SNP SE and Rackspace Technology Enter into Strategic Partnership  GlobeNewswire

New Scottish independence 'taskforce' announced by SNP - The Scotsman
New Scottish independence 'taskforce' announced by SNP  The Scotsman

SNP complains to BBC over 'exclusion' from coverage of Sturgeon's briefings -...
SNP complains to BBC over 'exclusion' from coverage of Sturgeon's briefings  HeraldScotland

Covid: SNP mismanagement of business support funds risks economic catastrophe...
Covid: SNP mismanagement of business support funds risks economic catastrophe ? Murdo Fraser MSP  The Scotsman

The SNP and Scottish nationalism - The Irish Times
The SNP and Scottish nationalism  The Irish Times

Tories accused of 'Trump-style' tactics for comparing SNP to Nazis - The Times
Tories accused of 'Trump-style' tactics for comparing SNP to Nazis  The Times

SNP candidate calls on Scottish Government to save specialist Edinburgh care ...
SNP candidate calls on Scottish Government to save specialist Edinburgh care home  Edinburgh News

Former SNP MSP's lobbying firm blasted for appointing sitting Tory peer as co...
Former SNP MSP's lobbying firm blasted for appointing sitting Tory peer as consultant  HeraldScotland

SNP MPs to support 'genocide amendment' to trade legislation - HeraldScotland
SNP MPs to support 'genocide amendment' to trade legislation  HeraldScotland

'It's like North Korea!' Britons condemn SNP's new 'brainwashing' education p...
'It's like North Korea!' Britons condemn SNP's new 'brainwashing' education programme  Daily Express

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UK prime minister rebuffs fresh calls for Scottish referendum - Financial Times
UK prime minister rebuffs fresh calls for Scottish referendum  Financial TimesOn Scottish referendum, UK PM says vote should only happen once in a generation  ReutersScotland could vote to separate in 2021, testing Canada?s independence formula  The Conversation CAScottish independence: could Scotland's 2021 election provoke a second referendum - and what has Boris Johnson said?  The ScotsmanBo...

Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push - R...
Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push  ReutersScottish independence poll tracker: will Scotland vote to leave the UK?  New StatesmanSupport for independence at 51 per cent in new poll with 'improved perception of Sturgeon'  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon's economic plan to 'bankrupt Scotland and scare EU away'  ExpressWhat is Labour's strategy in Scotland? ? E...

With Brexit complete, fervour for Scottish independence grows - Al Jazeera En...
With Brexit complete, fervour for Scottish independence grows  Al Jazeera English

New Scottish independence poll finds more than half of Scots support separati...
New Scottish independence poll finds more than half of Scots support separation from UK  Daily Record

SNP divided over path to independence - Financial Times
SNP divided over path to independence  Financial Times

Scottish independence: George Osborne has 'simple' plan to stop referendum - ...
Scottish independence: George Osborne has 'simple' plan to stop referendum  The National

Oswald Says Second Scottish Independence Referendum Must Happen - Bloomberg
Oswald Says Second Scottish Independence Referendum Must Happen  Bloomberg

New Scottish independence 'taskforce' announced by SNP - The Scotsman
New Scottish independence 'taskforce' announced by SNP  The Scotsman

Brexit?s second act may break the UK union - Financial Times
Brexit?s second act may break the UK union  Financial Times

Nicola Sturgeon boosted by Scottish independence poll as SNP ramps up drive t...
Nicola Sturgeon boosted by Scottish independence poll as SNP ramps up drive to leave UK  Daily Express

Scotland POLL: Should Boris Johnson call a Scottish independence referendum i...
Scotland POLL: Should Boris Johnson call a Scottish independence referendum in 2021?  Daily Express

Scottish nationalists demand billions in 'Brexit compensation' for Scotland -...
Scottish nationalists demand billions in 'Brexit compensation' for Scotland  Reuters

Scottish independence: Why SNP should abandon its plan for divisive second re...
Scottish independence: Why SNP should abandon its plan for divisive second referendum ? Pamela Nash  The Scotsman

Scotland could skip referendum and follow Irish route to independence, says J...
Scotland could skip referendum and follow Irish route to independence, says Joanna Cherry  The Scotsman

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The Official President Trump thread

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

The Official Farewell to President Donald J Trump Thread
The Mango Mussolini is no more. Share your favourite memories of the Cheeto-in-Chief here and let's give the Tango Terror the send off he deserves Probably the only day he actually enjoyed inside the Oval Office and also the most Kubrickian image of the Presidency ever to emerge. Hauntin...

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!

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

The official President Biden thread.
Gonna look awful stupid if Nevada & Arizona don?t come in, but have at it...

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 ...

The Douglas Ross Experiment
He's having such an absolute disaster of a start that he's worth a new thread:     He's currently trending.  

Tory (Scottish Branch) Twitter Watch
There's just far too much hilarity to ignore, so deserves a thread of it's own. This one today from Maurice Golden Shower. Pandering to Ian 'the oil is running dry' Wood for starters. Exactly who are they trying to win back over with tweets like these?

Yes Cymru
A think this movement is big enough to merit its own thread.   

Membership for Yes Cymru has increased to 17,000 and the several AUOB marches have been well attended




Support for Welsh Independence continues to increase with just over 1 in 2 against the idea 






Plaid Cymru l...

Pundits
I felt like this could do with its own thread, as it never quite fits anywhere else. A place to discuss and highlight examples of the political commentator class in Scotland and elsewhere. I read this article the other day by Chris Deerin and wanted to tear my eyes out: https://www.pressa...

Geopolitics in the 2020s.
So five months into the decade where are we? The coming demographic changes in Europe are going to have huge social and economic impacts. The drop in in younger people will begin to bite this decade. This means less demand for the kinds of goods young people buy and liquidating the assets of ...

The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

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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.

Jokes
A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside that reads "GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100." An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my...

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

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...

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...

Another one bites the dust.
Another branch manager leaves labours branch office

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis. https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU...

Memories!!!
If your formative years were the 1970s you might remember some of these?  

Free Beer
https://brewdog.queue-it.net/?c=brewdog&e=brewdoglostlager2021&t=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brewdog.com%2Fuk%2F&cv=889488086&cid=en-GB Apparently, although 2 quid delivery. Bit of a wait to get on the website but it counts down if you leave the page open on your phone. 

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Iptv
I know there was a topic about android tv boxes and Kodi but I'm looking at a Mag 250 IPTV Box, think it's fairly similar. Wondered if anyone had used one?

Holyrood Elections 2021
Probably needs a thread of its own. i see Alex Neil is the latest incumbent to announce they are standing down and not seeking re-election.   I think that's 21 so far - there were 24 retirees in 2016 - that will make the parliament look very different and for those who are constituency MS...

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Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints ? Ms E...
  Committee on the Scottish Government handling of Harassment Complaints- Ms Evans, Permanent Secretary – Attendance 12 Jan 2021 Ms Evans was at pains in a series of “testy” answers to questions asked of her by Inquiry members focusing on employment and discipline, that civil servants were her responsibility and accountable, through her to …

Starmer Don?t Call Me Keir- Supreme Leader will do Check his record up to 2013
  Keir Rodney Starmer: Born in Southwark, London on 2 September 1962. His parents were Labour Party supporters, and named him after the party’s first parliamentary leader, Keir Hardie. Raised in Oxted, Surrey he attended Reigate Independent Grammar School, then graduated from Leeds University with a BA(Law) in 1985, staying in education and gaining …

how-israel-gained-control-of-the-labour-party-in-england-and-scotland-is-its-...
  Corbyn rewarded for thirty years of honest endeavour In 2010, the financial crisis, brought ended thirteen years of a Labour Government. In 2015, under the “wishy washy” leadership of Ed Miliband, Labour lost again. Miliband resigned triggering a Leadership election. Three former members of Miliband’s shadow cabinet were regarded as front runners and entered …

How Israel Gained Control of the Labour Party In England and Scotland is Its ...
  2017: Mandelson the malevolent sticks his knife into the back of his Party Leader Blair and Brown loyalist Mandelson is a vociferous critic of Jeremy Corbyn and has been since he first won the top job in the Autumn of 2015 (confirmed in a second election by party members less than 2 years …

Salmond Affair Update-Peter Murrell Exposed as an Inarticulate Numnut Who fai...
    Events in 2017 Late Oct: Allegations of harassment surfaced at Westminster in late October and a whole range of people inside the Scottish Government raised concerns about alleged sexual misconduct involving Scottish ministers and former ministers prompting the announcement of a new zero-tolerance approach to sexual misconduct by the Deputy First Minister, …

Keir Starmer Aided by The John Smith Foundation To Launch Their Assault on Sc...
  Keir Starmer Aided by The John Smith Foundation To Launch Their Assault on Scotland The Leader of the labour party, Sir Keir Starmer will launch a new devolution deal for Holyrood as part of an attempt to revive Labour?s fortunes in Scotland. The pressure has been building in within the Labour movement pushing …

The SNP is a Movement Not a Plaything For Politicians to Abuse
    This is a two-part article The Scottish National Party and Me My association with the SNP and the cause of independence for Scotland started not long after the UK and Israel invaded Egypt with the aim of reopening the Suez Canal which had been blocked by President Nasser who had taken Egypt …

Scottish Independence ? Time to Get the Gloves Off With Westminster
    Scottish Independence The Westminster Government’s underhand decision to emasculate the government of Scotland through the establishment of a UK Government in Scotland presents new challenges for Scots whose ambitions for their country extend to a unilateral withdrawal from the 1707 Treaty of Union and full independence and Scottish supporters of the devolved …

Scottish Civil Service Whistleblower Put to the Sword by Those Who Must Be Ob...
  DeeAnn Kirkpatrick   Rough Justice – An Opening Brief “DeeAnn Kirkpatrick, a civil servant employed in Marine Scotland, made allegations of sexual harassment, racism, bullying, and assault against some of her male colleagues. An Employment Tribunal decided that her allegations were time spent after three years and aided and supported by senior civil servants …

John Swinney Tells the Salmond ? Sturgeon Inquiry Where to Get Off
    Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints John Swinney: “You wrote to three Scottish Government civil servants on 29 October asking questions in connection with the Committee?s work. As you know, civil servants work on behalf of Ministers, and so I am responding to your questions on behalf of the …

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HMRC to improve data on gap between tax owed and collected
Last year, ranges supporting the estimate covered just 42 per cent of the tax gap?s value

Alex Salmond invited again to harassment committee
The Holyrood committee has requested he appear before the committee on 2 February at the latest

Protection of Workers Bill passed
The legislation establishes a new offence of assaulting, threatening or abusing shopworkers

MSPs refuse consent for spy cops bill
All parties except the Scottish Conservatives spoke against the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill.

Devi Sridhar: An independent Scotland would've done better against COVID
Scottish Government adviser says Scotland's response has been "constrained" by being in the UK

Scotland's lockdown extended until the middle of February
Schools and nurseries will also remain closed until then, Nicola Sturgeon said

MPs back Labour motion to keep ?20 Universal Credit increase after majority o...
MPs voted to keep ?20 increase to Universal Credit but the decision is non-binding and the UK Government can ignore it

Former Carnegie UK Trust CEO Martyn Evans appointed chair of the Scottish Pol...
Evans joined the SPA as a board member in June 2018 following a career in the public and voluntary sectors

Lobbying firm criticised for Ian Duncan appointment
Charlotte Street Partners has had its Association for Scottish Public Affairs membership revoked

Interim CEO of ScotlandIS appointed
Current chief executive Jane Morrison-Ross is leaving to head up South of Scotland Enterprise

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine supply ?a bit bumpy?
The First Minister said the manufacturing process is expected to ?level out? shortly

Anas Sarwar launches bid to become Scottish Labour leader
Glasgow MSP calls for the next Scottish Parliament to focus on COVID recovery

SNP to create Scottish independence taskforce
Keith Brown said the party is 'ramping things up' with plan

Monica Lennon joins Anas Sarwar in Scottish Labour leadership contest
The two MSPs are vying to replace Richard Leonard, who resigned on Thursday