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Jo Swinson 'hypocritical' over opposing direct mandate for Scottish independe...
15 Sep 2019 at 6:01pm
JO Swinson has been accused of ?hypocrisy? after the Liberal Democrats backed the principle that a general election victory would be enough to scrap Brexit but a Holyrood poll victory for the Nationalists would not be enough to bring about Scottish independence.


Willie Rennie: Indyref2 should be blocked even if the SNP/Greens win Holyrood...
15 Sep 2019 at 12:10am
An independence referendum should be blocked even if the SNP and Greens win a majority at the Holyrood election, according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats leader.


Jo Swinson denies Lib Dems are 'soft Tory Party' after third Conservative MP ...
15 Sep 2019 at 10:51am
JO Swinson has denied leading a ?soft Tory Party? after the third Conservative defector, Sam Gyimah, joined the Liberal Democrats.


Nicola Sturgeon urged to remove Monaco-based billionaire from adviser team
15 Sep 2019 at 12:10am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been called on to remove a Monaco-based billionaire who has fallen out with the Government from her council of economic advisers.


Poll finds UK-wide support for second independence and Northern Irish border ...
15 Sep 2019 at 8:50am
A second referendum on Scottish independence and one on the Northern Irish border issue have widespread support among voters on the UK mainland, a new poll suggests.


David Cameron: Boris Johnson 'didn't believe' in Brexit and only backed Leave...
15 Sep 2019 at 8:32am
DAVID Cameron has launched another stinging attack on Boris Johnson, claiming the Prime Minister "didn't believe" in Brexit and only backed the Leave campaign to further his political career.


Stephen Barclay raises possibility of extending implementation period as 'lan...
15 Sep 2019 at 8:58pm
THE prospect of Britain remaining tied to EU rules in an extended implementation period until 2022 has been raised by Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, who suggested a ?landing zone? to a deal with Brussels was now in sight.


Sketch: yellow peril's sunny mood clouded by unease over Tory turncoat's admi...
15 Sep 2019 at 6:54pm
THE yellow peril lived up to its name in sun-kissed Bournemouth.


Boris Johnson insists UK can break free of EU 'manacles' like Incredible Hulk...
15 Sep 2019 at 8:54am
BRITAIN will break out of the European Union's "manacles" like The Incredible Hulk if a Brexit deal cannot be struck by the end of next month, Boris Johnson has claimed.


Paul Hutcheon: In indyref2, the stakes would be so much higher for Unionists
15 Sep 2019 at 12:10am
ANALYSIS


Holyrood Presiding Officer: Labour is unwilling to face up to anti-semitism
15 Sep 2019 at 12:05am
THE Scottish Parliament?s most senior figure has blasted Labour over anti-semitism by claiming the party is ?unwilling? to deal with prejudice faced by Jews.


Corbyn backs "green revolution" during Fife trip
15 Sep 2019 at 12:05am
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn made a call for a ?green industrial revolution? during a trip to Fife yesterday.


Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard quizzed over plan which could help dum...
15 Sep 2019 at 12:05am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard has been challenged to say if he supports plans that could lead to the many of his own MSPs losing their jobs.


Row over Scots Tory MP claim over Aberdeen free port
15 Sep 2019 at 12:10am
A row has broken out over claims by a Scottish Tory MP that Aberdeen council supports plans for a ?free port? in the city.


Independent Scotland could ?walk into? EU membership
15 Sep 2019 at 2:06pm
More than six in 10 (62%) people in Scotland voted remain in the 2016 referendum.

 

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Mark Ruffalo on Boris Johnson's Brexit metaphor: "Hulk only fights for the go...
Incredible Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo has questioned Boris Johnson's comparison of Brexit Britain to his famous character.

UN climate summit ?to boost Glasgow?s economy by £73m?
A UN climate change conference bringing world leaders to Glasgow next year could benefit the city’s hospitality sector by more than £73 million.

Scottish teenager heads to Geneva for United Nations discussion on children?s...
A 13-year-old East Lothian girl is travelling to Geneva to speak at a United Nations event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Captured in the wild ? the winning images
An urban shot of a heron “behind bars” has taken top prize in this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Boris Johnson's £15bln Scotland-Ireland bridge branded bonkers by experts
Engineering experts told the Guardian of the potential problems and spiralling costs concerning the prime minister's plan to construct a bridge between Scotland’s mainland and Northern Ireland.

Jo Swinson: The last thing Scotland needs is the uncertainty of indyref2
The Liberal Democrats have been accused of hypocrisy after Jo Swinson pledged to cancel Brexit if her party is elected to office, but insisted a second Scottish independence referendum should be blocked even if voters back a pro-independence majority at Holyrood.

Scottish singer Emeli Sande forced to pull out of gig after losing her voice
Scottish singer Emeli Sande has apologised to fans after being forced to pull out of a major live gig in London today.

Larbert hospital wins unique ?gold standard? environment award
Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented Forth Valley Royal Hospital with a special gold award- making it the first ever hospital to receive the highest possible rating.

26 of the best photos from the Battle of Dunbar reenactment
Hundreds of reenactors descended on the town of Dunbar to reenact

Liam Gallagher to invite brother Noel to wedding
Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has said he will invite his estranged brother Noel to his wedding with Debbie Gwyther.

Woman rescued from lorry after major M8 crash
A woman has been rescued from a lorry after a crash involving multiple vehicles brought the M8 in Glasgow to a standstill.

One in 20 UK workers don't receive paid holidays
Around one in 20 workers do not receive any paid holidays, and one in 10 does not get a payslip, according to a think-tank.

Hospital 'sorry' after new mum spent two weeks in coma after giving birth
A hospital has admitted a breach of duty after a woman spent nearly two weeks in a coma when she developed sepsis after giving birth.

David Cameron: I always knew I'd beat 'slipperiest character' Alex Salmond
David Cameron has described Alex Salmond as ?the slipperiest of characters? in a chapter of his memoir dealing with the Scottish independence referendum.

Migrant boats intercepted off UK coast after French camp clearances
Small boats carrying migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast after a wave of camp clearances in France.

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The World?s Most Important Political Prisoner

We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA – a process which could last several years. At that […]

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The Unprincipled ? and Potentially Racist ? Lib Dems

One might hope the role of the monarchy in the prorogation plot, and then Theresa May’s cronies getting honours in her resignation list, might do enough to undermine public confidence in some of the systems that define the British establishment. But the honours list will shortly be further devalued by political muck as Jo Swinson’s […]

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The Dogs in the Street Know

There are some very obvious facts in British politics which nobody seems to be saying. Joanna Cherry stated in her successful court case that “the dogs in the street know” that the real reason that Boris Johnson had prorogued parliament was to prevent parliament from having an effective say on the outcome of Brexit. The […]

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John Bolton?s Dismissal

The power of identity politics as a tool of the Establishment to divert and derail opposition to the wealthy elite was demonstrated to me in a stunning and graphic way back in January 2013. I was entering the Oxford Union to attend the presentation of the Sam Adams award for Integrity to Tom Fingar, a […]

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Really a Right Wing Coup

Just because it is not written in a single document does not mean the UK does not have a constitution. But it does mean it has a particularly bad one. If like me you were awake until 2am watching the remarkable scenes in Parliament last night, as opposition MPs stayed and protested in the Commons […]

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Mugabe and the Continuing White Supremacist Narrative

Robert Mugabe makes an easy hate figure for the right wing media, and the cruelty, corruption and absurdities of the latter part of his overlong rule justify much of the hate. But the slightest analysis of the media expression of this hatred reveals it to feed a variety of British imperialist tropes which persist to […]

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Petition for Official International Observers for Next Scottish Independence ...

Please sign the petition This UK Government cannot be trusted to behave democratically. We have seen that in the prorogation of the Westminster Parliament and in tricks like not providing tellers to count votes against an amendment, causing it to pass. Ian Blackford, SNP leader at Westminster, described Boris Johnson as behaving “like a dictator, […]

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Beyond the Brexit Debacle

If we focus only on the near term and on Brexit, we are doing precisely what Boris Johnson wishes. But the ramifications of the last few weeks will have effects on politics on the British Isles that are far more far reaching than even the question of EU membership. Let us think about those. In […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Not so fast
(Order Chris? latest splendid volume of cartoons, The Road To Nowhere, here.) .

From the Information Commissioner
We’d almost forgotten the delirious pleasure of having something to write about that isn’t sodding Brexit, so thank heavens for this email today: It’s the outcome of a case that we’ve been pursuing since February, and while it’s a very welcome step it’s still not quite good enough. We’ve replied to the ICO as follows: …

Wet Blanket Department
In normal times we’d at least find today’s landmark defeat of the UK government in a Scottish court amusing. But these are not normal times, and at the present moment our toxic loathing of every politician in Westminster makes it a bitter fruit. Although we must admit this bit still did manage to raise a smile: …

The letter
We saw this earlier, and thought “Oh God, what now?” So we had a look. Because like most people we’d just shrugged in bewilderment and written the episode off as a minor and possibly accidental diversion in the grand circus tragedy of 2019 UK politics, without any great examination. And we may have figured it …

Narrow windows
Supporters of the opposition’s plan to block a no-deal Brexit have been proclaiming vindication this weekend over a couple of polls which show significantly lower support for the Tories, and a lead for Labour, in the event that a general election is called after 31 October with Brexit not having happened. In that scenario, Tory …

The British sense of fair play
We’ve talked about this subject before, but a couple of findings in a new poll today by Survation really caught our eye. And that tells us something quite profound about the UK’s voters. Because while a clear majority – 53% vs 47% – would now vote Remain in a rerun of the EU referendum, when …

Spot The Victims
(Order Chris’ latest splendid volume of cartoons, The Road To Nowhere, here.) .

Hopeless times
Sitrep: we’ve given up any hope of turning on the television and seeing a politician – any politician – telling the truth. Boris Johnson is lying about negotiating a new deal with the EU. Jeremy Corbyn is lying about pretty much everything (in so far as he even knows what he wants the truth to …

BBC Scotland

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Education review ordered amid subject choice concern
The review follows concern there has been a narrowing of subject choice for secondary pupils to study between S4-S6.

Director to oversee delayed Edinburgh children's hospital delivery
The health secretary appoints Mary Morgan after it emerged the £150m facility would be delayed for another year.

Herman Van Rompuy says Brexit 'has changed EU view of Scotland'
The former president of the European Council says he believes Brexit has changed Europe's view of Scottish independence.

Willie Rennie vows to halt indyref2 'dead in its tracks'
The Scottish Lib Dem leader says his party would oppose a vote even if pro independence parties won a majority.

Corbyn says Fife wind farm contract plan 'not credible'
Jeremy Corbyn says plans to manufacture parts for a wind farm off the Fife coast thousands of miles away are not credible.

Loyalist protest over Glasgow marches ban
Five parades were banned this weekend after sectarian disturbances over the past two weeks.

Can Glasgow ban all marches over sectarian fears?
Glasgow said it planned to stop "morons" bringing mayhem to its streets but it is not that easy.

Boris Johnson 'won't be deterred' from Brexit on 31 October
Boris Johnson says the UK will leave by the deadline, but he is "cautiously optimistic" of getting a deal.

Bercow warns Johnson against disobeying Brexit law
The Speaker says MPs will show "creativity" to avoid being bypassed, but is accused of being "politicised".

Parliament shutdown sought 'in clandestine manner', said judges
The full Court of Session judgment reveals details of why Scottish judges ruled prorogation was unlawful.

Call for 'heads to roll' over Edinburgh children's hospital delay
Nicola Sturgeon and her health secretary come under fire over further delays to Edinburgh's new children's hospital.

Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge: How likely is it to be built?
What are the prospects of the multi-billion pound construction project becoming a reality?

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

SNP break through 50% barrier in sparkling subsample from YouGov
The Scottish subsample in the latest GB-wide YouGov poll is worthy of note, because it's the first time that I can remember for a very long time that the SNP have been above 50% in a YouGov subsamp...

No, of course today's legal ruling isn't bad news for independence. Don't be...
I'm rather bemused to see a certain pro-independence website claim today that SNP politicians should never have taken legal action to challenge prorogation, because that supposedly harms the cause ...

The next indyref question will not be Remain/Leave, because that would be bas...
So our old friend "TSE", Deputy Editor of Stormfront Lite and the man who famously once made up a story about a family tragedy to avoid settling a private bet, thinks he's had another wizard idea."...

YouGov poll shows support for holding an independence referendum has soared
So this is a sort of request post - a couple of people asked me to write about a detail in last week's full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov that perhaps didn't receive due attention.In principle, d...

It's unthinkable for any progressive party not to allow its members to elect ...
There's just been a fascinating development in the Wings party saga.  Somebody asked Stuart Campbell whether it was true that he planned to have no involvement with the party (ie. he would be merel...

The SNP may be largely insulated from the effects of a Tory/Brexit Party pact
Today brings the first dark whispers about the possibility of a Tory/Brexit Party electoral pact at the general election.  Would that change the equation?  Of course it would.  Until now nobody had...

The SNP may be right to ca' canny on bringing about a general election, if on...
So are the SNP doing the right thing by not facilitating a general election on the earliest possible date?  I think some of the criticisms of the decision are a bit silly.  First of all, it's as cl...

Carlaw is crestfallen as YouGov polling suggests the Scottish Tories are head...
It's very early days with this, because I'm not sure if this is just a subset of wider GB polling, and therefore I don't know if the sample size is credible.  But there appears to be a YouGov poll ...

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What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning September 16, 2019
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

Church of Scotland sues for share of $2.5 million Viking treasure trove
submitted by /u/BolognaTaco

The Young Teams of Stirling
Greetings travellers, I have recently moved to Stirling and a cannae work out whit the script is with the young teams. Anybody from here and ken who they all are, where each team is from, etc? Che...

Scottish Council funding disparity
A big reason in the North-East of Scotland for voting against the SNP is that they neglect Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire compared to the central belt, in 2016 council area in the North East were the lowes...

Scotland move to join EU has to be 'seriously considered', says ex-Euro Counc...
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Leaked documents show "evident anomalies" in building records and "highly abn...
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Am I the only person that sees Tesco's 100 years adverts and automatically th...
"Bleach ya dick" submitted by /u/kerrangutan

History lessons in Scottish Schools?
I was wondering what topics in history do children in Scotland learn? I ask an English person because we normally learn about William the Conquerer, The Tutors, the Stewarts, English Civil War, the...

Anti-Scottish Sentiment is getting on my nerves.
It's annoying, I can't go on any post without seeing the same assholes always talking about how Scotland or Scots are shit. What's worse is it's usually the same people who complain about how Angl...

Who designed the road layout for the new Queensferry crossing?
It's insane now. Did they not run tests and simulations? Why only make it 2 lanes when they have about 10 roads bottlenecking into it? Currently sitting in the traffic now, been crawling for 30 min...

Culzean Castle.
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Can't help feeling someone on Shetland might want to do the same thing ...
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Joanna Cherry has a Wings moment: Threatening to sue a junior doctor who call...
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Scotland's Gerry Cinnamon - She Is A Belter (Hammered out on 2 Pianos)
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Alex Salmond branded 'slipperiest of characters' by David Cameron
The former Tory Prime Minister said he would have to 'count his fingers on the way out of a meeting' with the former SNP leader.


Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson vows to cancel Brexit if elected PM
The East Dunbartonshire MP has enjoyed a boost in numbers with Tory MP's defecting to her party.


Boris Johnson's £15billion bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland brand...
Experts say the Prime Minister's plan to build a crossing is completely unworkable due to high winds on the proposed route.


Brexit expert predicts General Election will be held on November 28
Anand Menon believes the date is now likely after Parliament refused to back an October poll over fears Boris Johnson would use it to engineer a No-Deal divorce.


David Cameron reveals 'delight at day Queen helped sink Scottish independence'
The former Tory Prime Minister tells of his joy when Queen intervened and publicly warned Scots to 'think very carefully' ahead of 2014 poll.


Labour chief says Scottish independence 'irrelevant' in face of climate crisis
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell tells the Sunday Mail other issues are more pressing.


Cancer charity slam SNP for delaying junk food deal ban in battle against obe...
Cancer Research UK has urged the Scottish Government to take action and is 'disappointed' that legislation will not be introduced until next year.


Former Tory leadership contender Sam Gyimah becomes sixth MP to defect to Lib...
The former British Universities Minister slammed Boris Johnson's government as he announced his decision.


Labour MP slammed over 'Whack-a-Sturgeon' tweet after First Minister hit by t...
Paul Sweeney later apologised to the SNP leader for his comment after being taken to task on twitter for 'normalising' violence towards women.


Lib Dems deny doing deal with Tories for General Election pact in Scotland to...
Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael admitted the former coalition partners and "Better Together" parties did talk to each other but insisted no deal had been agreed.

Michael Greenwell


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

Johnson To Resign, Royal Commission Appointed To Find Retirement Village

?Lips That Speak Knowledge Are A Rare Jewel?
I’m a non-believer, but it is a subject that interests me and I’d say I know a fair bit about what is (and what isn’t) in that book. Watching this however, I am extremely doubtful that he has even the slightest idea…

Why The UK Lost Its Oil Wealth (And Why Norway Didn?t)
It’s a business video, but it outlines something of the story.

Scottish Independence Podcast 175 ? Public Finances in an Independent Scotlan...
The 175th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a short talk given by Craig Dalzell showing, amongst other things, how distorted the GERS figures can be, some of the immediate savings an independent Scotland would make, and some of the instant bumps in revenue it would have.   In case that wasn’t clear above, …

Anything But The Truth
Notwithstanding how distasteful it is, they are remarkably quick to get their bullsh*t in when tragedies happen. Some of these are elected representatives, some of them are loons. Unfortunately however, they are all people who in one way or another have an audience. These are the people that watch The Handmaid’s Tale and think “that’s …

Scottish Independence Podcast 174 ? Chuck D & More
The 174th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is just a little teaser and a way of saying the podcast will be back for a little summer season and hopefully beyond. In this one we’ve got something on the new cretin/b*stard (delete according to your mood) that has taken over as Prime Minister, there’s a …

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Woodland, Willow Warblers and Wild Berries
This month I was on the West Coast for a first-time visit to sunny Isle Martin ? a small uninhabited island north-west of Ullapool, closest of the Summer Isles. We were there to join the island?s Open Day festivities, celebrating twenty years of the island?s community ownership. The island was gifted to the communities of …

Venezuela?s People Self-Determination Not Trump will Decide their Future
A completely misplaced criticism of the Scottish Socialist Party, particularly from socialists in England, is that we are some kind of nationalist party because of our support for Scottish independence. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a socialist party which is part of an independence movement. Our aim is the break up of …

What?s Happening In Sweden?
You look at what?s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! ? Donald Trump, 18 February 2017 Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia. Then came waves of immigrants ? and the forces of populism at home and abroad. ? The New York Times, 10 August 2019   ?If you …

Remembering Allende?s Unidad Popular and the New Song Movement as catalysts o...
September 4, 1970 marked the electoral triumph of Chile?s Unidad Popular (Popular Unity) coalition led by Salvador Allende, despite the US Central Intelligence Agency?s (CIA) interference in Chile?s electoral process through the funding of right-wing political parties. Following the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1 1959, the US?s greatest fear was that the …

The Bridge, again
Trump does walls, Boris does bridges. That’s his thing. But if his London garden bridge was a complete disaster (it gobbled up £60m of public cash) we should be rolling our eyes at his DUP-sop of the fabled Scotland-Ireland bridge proposal and wondering what he is distracting us from or what community he is trying …

Black Gold and Resource Wars: Global Oil Conflicts
GLOBAL OIL ? THE GREAT GAME CONTINUES HOW can you declare a climate change emergency and go on pumping North Sea and Atlantic oil? While Nicola Sturgeon is pondering this conundrum, we should note the current state of the global hydrocarbons market. Funny things are happening. The background, of course, is the slowing of the …

Carloway, Brodie and Drummond
All three judges in Scotland?s Highest Court of Appeal have ruled Prorogation to be unlawful. Lord President Carloway declared it: ‘unlawful to stymie parliamentary scrutiny’. Lord Brodie called it an: “egregious case” of failing public authority standards. Lord Drummond Young stated its: ‘purpose was to prevent scrutiny’. The reports of people tuning in to BBC …

Autonomy, Independence and Self-Determination
For more than 12 years, Bella Caledonia has been fighting for autonomy, independence and self-determination. Bella is supported only by its readers. We don?t have corporate backers and we don?t take advertising. We rely entirely on your support. Make a small monthly donation and support independent journalism. Support us here: Monthly donation ♥ £5 / …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Prorogation sought in 'clandestine manner', says Scottish judge
Lord Carloway says No 10 knew prorogation would stymie debate about PM?s Brexit plansThe suspension of parliament was sought in a ?clandestine? manner and the ?true reason? for the prorogation was to reduce the time available for scrutiny of Brexit, a senior Scottish judge said.Boris Johnson?s de...

Brexit: government publishes Operation Yellowhammer documents ? live news
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenScottish judges rule Boris Johnson?s prorogation unlawfulFull text of official summary of Scottish court?s decisionJohnson should resign if he has misled Queen, says Dominic GrieveBoris Johnson?s ?People?s PMQs? - Snap verdictEarl...

Scottish judges rule PM's suspension of parliament is unlawful
Appeal court says prorogation order ?void? but fails to issue injunction for MPs to returnLatest Brexit developments ? live updatesScottish appeal court judges have declared Boris Johnson?s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful.The three judges, c...

Scottish court ruling: what happens next in prorogation dispute?
Fresh legal battles erupt after judges say Johnson suspended parliament unlawfullyLatest Brexit developments ? live updatesIn the immediate aftermath of the Scottish appeal court unanimously ruling that Boris Johnson has suspended parliament unlawfully, fresh legal disputes erupted over what will...

Brexit: bill intended to block no deal to become law after being passed by Ho...
Benn bill passes the upper house without being amended, meaning it does not have to go back to House of CommonsGauke: Johnson risks millions of votes with ?Farage-lite? strategyRebellions, ejections ... but no elections: what next for Brexit?Opposition parties agree to block election until Brexit...

Boris Johnson?s prorogation of parliament is lawful, Scottish court rules
Court of session in Edinburgh rejects attempt to prevent PM?s prorogation of CommonsLatest Brexit developments - live updatesThe court of session in Edinburgh has rejected an attempt to prevent Boris Johnson?s prorogation of the House of Commons.Lord Doherty, the judge who heard the case, said th...

Sturgeon to seek legal powers to hold new independence vote
Scottish first minister outlines legislative programme with plan for referendum next yearNicola Sturgeon has said she will ask for the legal powers to stage a new independence referendum next year as she unveiled a swathe of measures to combat climate heating.The first minister told MSPs on Tuesd...

Trump firm pledges to fund new school as part of luxury housing deal
Council?s infrastructure chief backs plans for development at Aberdeenshire golf resortThe Trump Organization has promised to fund a new school and a health centre in order to win permission for a luxury housing estate near Donald Trump?s Aberdeenshire golf resort.The local council?s head of infr...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The incredible sulk
Hulk angry. Hulk ignore law. Hulk smash constitution. Hulk want no deal Brexit. Lyin Bastert Johnson has now compared himself to the Hulk, warning the EU that “Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be ? and that is the case for this country.” Then he went on to add …

Fantasy politics and potholes
Ugh. Not again. Can they not just print this speech off on something like one of those Tibetan prayer wheels? It comes round just as often and it would save us all the hassle of having to listen to it again. Yes, Labour in Scotland has dragged the Federalism Fairy out of her grave again. …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 13 September 2019
In this week’s edition of the Dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss the fact that we’re going to be on the telly – no, really. This Wednesday and next Wednesday there’s a two part documentary series called The Press which will be shown on BBC 1 Scotland. The programme will follow The …

Mendax, mendax, bracae in igne
The fact that the Prime Minister of the UK was found by a Scottish court to have lied to the Queen has failed to make it to the front page of most British newspapers. Which is fair enough, it’s not the first time he’s lied to a woman, and it probably won’t be the last. …

A drop of Satan?s blood
In a blatant attempt to use bad news to hide more bad news, on the evening that the British Government was reeling from three Scottish judges having called the Prime Minister liar liar pants on fire – I paraphrase – the Yellowhammer Operation document was officially released. The release comes following the defeat inflicted on …

The mess got messier very quickly
The mess got messier very quickly. Yesterday the British Government was mired in a political mess, today it’s mired in a legal mess as well. Today all three judges in the highest Scottish court, the Court of Session, have ruled that the prorogation of parliament was unlawful. The case was brought by a group of …

The mess that?s getting messier
If you wanted to describe the multicoloured shambles that passes for British governance these days, you’ll find that you’ve run out of the normal spectrum of colours. We’re now deep into ultraviolet.  Parliament was prorogued by a rogue last night, another little death of democracy in a state whose checks and balances against the overweening …

Getting punched in the gob by Athena
It’s a quiet day in politics today. I say quiet, because all things are relative. Except Iain Duncan Smith, who is absolutely and not relatively a spaffpuffin. Anyway, these days we’re at such a fever pitch of delirium that quiet means the Prime Minister getting telt by the Irish Taoiseach with a nicely placed Classical …

The National

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The National

Willie Rennie pledges to block indyref2 ? even if Scots vote for new poll
WILLIE Rennie has been accused of hypocrisy after saying his party would block indyref2 even if the SNP and Greens win a majority at the next Holyrood? election.

Compliant UK media seem happy to repeat lies from the Tories
THE National is to be commended on the quality of its articles, both from its own journalists and invited correspondents. They are all so thought-provoking, informative and crucially important to our cause.

How can politicians who defend democracy seek to block indyref2?
UTTER contempt! That?s how I view the recent decrees by so-called democrats who purport to believe in the power of the people?s vote, but not when it applies to Scotland.

We must learn the lessons of how Brexit has left so many behind
THE Scottish independence movement finds itself in exciting but turbulent waters

Scaling the pasta mountain as Brexit cliff edge looms
DO you have a Brexit Cupboard? If so, you are not alone. Research has found that £4 billion has been spent in the UK stockpiling for a No-Deal Brexit.

Holyrood was right to host an event with focus on women
WHAT a delight it was to read about the women?s event in Holyrood, Scotland?s Women Stand. An important and essential political event for our nation when one considers the many issues facing women in our society at present. It will have been an event also which will have inspired our younger and older females.

Former EU Council president says Brexit has changed attitudes to independence
THE former president of the European Council has said an application for an independent Scotland to join the EU would be "very seriously" considered.

Major new poll shows overwhelming support for indyref2
A second referendum on Scottish independence and one on the Northern Irish border issue have widespread support among voters on the UK mainland, a new poll suggests.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The death of British conservatism as we have known it
The death of British conservatism as we have known it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 11th 2019 British conservatism has been one of the most successful political philosophies and political parties the world has ever known. As we speak it is engaged in the latter stages of its thirty year civil war on Europe, which …

Boris Johnson and the art of self-deception
Boris Johnson and the art of self-deception Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 8th 2019 Boris Johnson has long had a problematic relationship with the truth. When a journalist, he was fired from ?The Times? for making up a quote; in the last month as UK Prime Minister he stated that he was in favour of …

Britain is in a mess: Is a different democracy possible?
Britain is in a mess: Is a different democracy possible? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 4th 2019 Nearly everyone now agrees that British politics isn?t working – and that our political system, politicians and Parliament are in a mess and broken. Even more than this, our economic system and social contract have long ago become …

The future of the Scottish Tories after Ruth Davidson
The future of the Scottish Tories after Ruth Davidson Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 1st 2019 One constituency consistently admired Ruth Davidson – the media. As in her eight years of Tory leadership, the same has been true of her resignation; with numerous plaudits, magnified by how the London media misunderstand and misread Scotland. One …

The Rise and Fall of Ruth Davidson, Brexit and the Future of the Tories
The Rise and Fall of Ruth Davidson, Brexit and the Future of the Union Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, August 30th 2019 Ruth Davidson has been a very successful politician in one inarguable aspect. As Scottish Tory leader she was continually spoken about, commented upon and discussed in the mainstream media and, often in non-Tory circles, …

Nicola Sturgeon?s ?obsession? with staying in office and life after Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon?s ?obsession? with staying in office and life after Sturgeon Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 28th 2019 In the past week Nicola Sturgeon made a couple of important statements about politics and power in Scotland. Speaking with the political comedian Matt Forde at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sturgeon was revealing in a way she seldom …

Jeremy Corbyn?s Moment of Reckoning and the Fears of the British Establishment
Jeremy Corbyn?s Moment of Reckoning and the Fears of the British Establishment Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 25th 2019 Next week another critical Brexit moment happens when Jeremy Corbyn calls together all the opposition parties at Westminster, to plan to win a vote of no confidence against Boris Johnson?s government to stop a No Deal …

Politics ? mainstream and radical ? is badly failing us at the moment
Politics – mainstream and radical – is badly failing us at the moment Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 21st 2019 Politics has never mattered more than it does now ? from climate change and the future of the planet, to arguments around Brexit, Scottish independence and Trump, not to mention, the gathering global economic storm …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Poll finds support for votes on Irish unity and Scottish independence - Belfa...
Poll finds support for votes on Irish unity and Scottish independence  Belfast TelegraphPoll: Majority across Britain back second Scottish independence vote  The ScotsmanIndyRef2 poll shows widespread support across UK for Scottish independence referendum  The Scottish SunDavid Cameron was 'delighted' when the Queen told Scots to 'think very carefully' about independence vote  Telegraph.co.ukDa...

Scottish independence: Scots must define IndyRef2 mandate, says John McDonnel...
Scottish independence: Scots must define IndyRef2 mandate, says John McDonnell  The ScotsmanJohn McDonnell has said the people of Scotland must determine the mandate on which a second independence referendum could be called, as the senior ...

Has Brexit changed opinion on Scottish independence? - BBC News
Has Brexit changed opinion on Scottish independence?  BBC NewsHow has Brexit affected people's attitudes towards Scottish independence?

Jo Swinson: The last thing Scotland needs is the uncertainty of indyref2 - Th...
Jo Swinson: The last thing Scotland needs is the uncertainty of indyref2  The ScotsmanThe Liberal Democrats have been accused of hypocrisy after Jo Swinson pledged to cancel Brexit if her party is elected to office, but insisted a second Scottish ...

Herman Van Rompuy says Brexit 'has changed EU view of Scotland' - BBC News
Herman Van Rompuy says Brexit 'has changed EU view of Scotland'  BBC NewsA former president of the European Council has said he believes Brexit has changed EU attitudes to Scottish independence. In a BBC interview, Herman Van ...

Most voters believe government should allow Scotland and Northern Ireland to ...
Most voters believe government should allow Scotland and Northern Ireland to decide on UK membership after Brexit, poll finds  The IndependentBritain's voters are ready to let Scotland and Northern Ireland choose whether they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom following Brexit, a new poll has ...

Brexit news: Scotland independence movement gains momentum as United Kingdom ...
Brexit news: Scotland independence movement gains momentum as United Kingdom set to leave European Union  CBS News"If Scotland is independent in 2025, 2030, I think Brexit will pretty obviously be the main reason for that," warns man who fought 5 years ago to maintain the ...

As Brexit uncertainty drags on, Scotland's appetite for independence grows - ...
As Brexit uncertainty drags on, Scotland's appetite for independence grows  CBC NewsRather than be tied to the uncertainties of an isolated U.K. post-Brexit, some in Scotland are pushing for another referendum on independence.

SNP

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SNP must roll out a broader strategy for this election - The Times
SNP must roll out a broader strategy for this election  The TimesVoters in SNP and Labour constituencies explain their general election intentions  The ScotsmanWillie Rennie: Indyref2 should be blocked even if the SNP/Greens win Holyrood election  HeraldScotlandPoll finds support for votes on Irish unity and Scottish independence  Belfast TelegraphView full coverage on Google News

Tory MSP slams lack of 'long term vision' from SNP after £500m development ca...
Tory MSP slams lack of 'long term vision' from SNP after £500m development called in  Edinburgh NewsA Conservative MSP has slammed the decision to call in a £500 million development and accused the SNP of having "no real longer term vision" for Edinburgh's ...

Why SNP is even more extreme than under Alex Salmond ? Martin Whitfield - The...
Why SNP is even more extreme than under Alex Salmond ? Martin Whitfield  The ScotsmanWe're in the middle of the greatest constitutional crisis of modern times. Boris Johnson has shut Parliament's doors for five weeks, and it has taken action in the ...

Ben Elton blasts SNP?s push for IndyRef2 and warns ?dangerous? nationalism co...
Ben Elton blasts SNP?s push for IndyRef2 and warns ?dangerous? nationalism could ultimately trigger confl  The Scottish SunTHE Labour-backing comedian said the chaos at Westminster meant he'd 'probably be tempted' to back a UK split if he was Scottish. But he cautioned against ...

Nicola Sturgeon smashed in head by swingball - The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon smashed in head by swingball  The IndependentIt is the seemingly benign garden game which ? as all children secretly understand ? actually offers unrivalled opportunities to legitimately smash a tennis ball ...

EU more open to independent Scotland joining after Brexit, says SNP - The Times
EU more open to independent Scotland joining after Brexit, says SNP  The TimesSNP ministers say a path to EU membership has opened to an independent Scotland amid a huge change in attitude from Europe after Brexit.Mike Russell, the ...

Scottish Tory tears into SNP leader over independence dreams - 'Just ignore r...
Scottish Tory tears into SNP leader over independence dreams - 'Just ignore results again'  ExpressSCOTTISH Tory MP Ross Thompson accused the SNP of being 'the biggest threat' to the UK as he tore into Westminster leader Ian Blackford over his insistence ...

SNP's Blackford skewered by BBC's Maitlis - 'You're not trying to break deadl...
SNP's Blackford skewered by BBC's Maitlis - 'You're not trying to break deadlock!'  ExpressSNP MP Ian Blackford suffered an intense grilling by BBC host Emily Maitlis as the Scottish politician lamented the Prime Minister's decision to prorogue ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Rennie vows to halt indyref2 'dead in its tracks' - BBC News
Rennie vows to halt indyref2 'dead in its tracks'  BBC NewsPoll: Majority across Britain back second Scottish independence vote  The ScotsmanNervous Cameron was ?delighted? when Queen stepped into Scottish referendum debate  Express.co.ukIndyRef2 poll shows widespread support across UK for Scottish independence referendum  The Scottish SunHerald on Sunday letters: what readers are talking about...

EU more open to independent Scotland joining after Brexit, says SNP - The Times
EU more open to independent Scotland joining after Brexit, says SNP  The TimesHerman Van Rompuy says Brexit 'has changed EU view of Scotland'  BBC NewsPath open for independent Scotland to 'walk into' EU membership  The ScotsmanSNP's Mike Russell claims 'path is open' for independent Scotland to join EU  Daily RecordPath open for independent Scotland to join EU: Russell  Jersey Evening PostView...

Jo Swinson: The last thing Scotland needs is the uncertainty of indyref2 - Th...
Jo Swinson: The last thing Scotland needs is the uncertainty of indyref2  The ScotsmanThe Liberal Democrats have been accused of hypocrisy after Jo Swinson pledged to cancel Brexit if her party is elected to office, but insisted a second Scottish ...

Brexit news: Scotland independence movement gains momentum as United Kingdom ...
Brexit news: Scotland independence movement gains momentum as United Kingdom set to leave European Union  CBS News"If Scotland is independent in 2025, 2030, I think Brexit will pretty obviously be the main reason for that," warns man who fought 5 years ago to maintain the ...

Most voters believe government should allow Scotland and Northern Ireland to ...
Most voters believe government should allow Scotland and Northern Ireland to decide on UK membership after Brexit, poll finds  The IndependentBritain's voters are ready to let Scotland and Northern Ireland choose whether they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom following Brexit, a new poll has ...

Scottish independence: Scots must define IndyRef2 mandate, says John McDonnel...
Scottish independence: Scots must define IndyRef2 mandate, says John McDonnell  The ScotsmanJohn McDonnell has said the people of Scotland must determine the mandate on which a second independence referendum could be called, as the senior ...

Has Brexit changed opinion on Scottish independence? - BBC News
Has Brexit changed opinion on Scottish independence?  BBC NewsHow has Brexit affected people's attitudes towards Scottish independence?

Scotland independence: Peer explains why Brexit will not be reason for second...
Scotland independence: Peer explains why Brexit will not be reason for second referendum  ExpressBREXIT is not the reason why Scotland might choose to leave the United Kingdom ? it simply accelerated a crisis that was already there, Lord Salisbury told ...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Predictions - what will end up happening
ok, not asking what you want to happen  what do you think will actualy happen in the next couple of years.   My hunch is option 2 - the brexiters can claim to have delivered without having to ..well actualy deliver, the economy carrys on as usual and things settle down. the EU establishment stays...

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!

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

Jackson Carlaw
With all his bluster and fatuous bile at FMQ's I had to look up his political career to date and his qualifications for the tory Number 2 position in Scotland. It turns out he was a used car salesman for 25 years, no doubt the tories among us will repudiate this with nonsense, and the two dea...

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 normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

Hong Kong Riots
Bit disappointing tbh. I thought it would be like a million Jackie Chans strutting their stuff. Still... at least they're not sitting on their arses while their countries sovergnty is being trampled over.

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Hello everyone..
That's me in Scotland. Flew into Glasgow yesterday. Feels great being home. Off to West coast today with me cousins. Bit of sightseeing. Jetlagged a wee bit, but few pints will sort that. Alba Gu Brath.. BR 1314

Fasting
This is pretty fascinating. 

Riot Police Deployed in Govan
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49526876 A republican flute band was due to march through Govan but a counter demonstration arrived. Even without Hindsight this was a recipe for disaster

Uninvited Guests
That's three times now in the last ten days that I've had relatives turn up completely unannounced and uninvited at the hoose. They ....... Invited themselves in. Planted their arses firmly on the sofa and would not budge. Ate all the biscuits. Talked complete and utt...

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.



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...

The Evolution and Dinosaur Hoaxes Laid Out
Any honest person of at least average intelligence genuinely seeking the truth will get it...    

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Dangler-23-Part-2-Jo-Swinson- Minister for Women in the Con/Dem Coalition ? C...
      Oct 2018: Protecting paedophiles in politics – a petition was submitted to Westminster calling for an amendment to the Official Secrets Act preventing its use in cases where child abuse was involved. Swinson and her colleague MP?s voted against a proposed change to the Official Secrets Act so that public … Continue reading "Dangler-23-Part-2-Jo-Swinson- Minister for Women in the Con/D...

Dangler ? 23 ? Part 1 ? Jo Swinson?s naked ambition is to be returned to West...
    Unionist Party scandal  revealed – Tax Haven firms cashing in on East Dunbartonshire PFI contract The charge to Scottish taxpayers for PFI projects driven by  Labour and Lib Dem Party administrations in Westminster and Holyrood will add up to £30billion over the coming decades. The East Dunbartonshire Schools PFI project is … Continue reading "Dangler – 23 – Part 1 – Jo Swinson’s naked ...

Lamont The Tory Dangler for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk ? He?ll do anyth...
      Dangle 21: John Lamont – Tory MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk Lamont has ambitions to lead the United Kingdom government in Edinburgh should the next general election bring about the demise of the Tory party in Scotland, (except for himself) but return yet another right-wing Tory party in … Continue reading "Lamont The Tory Dangler for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk – He’l...

Voters of Ochil and South Perthshire Conned into Electing Luke Graham ? Yet a...
    Ochil & South Perthshire Luke Graham-Dangle 20: A political carpetbagger using the constituency as a stepping stone to glory with the Tory party at Westminster. People of Ochil and South Perthshire you were conned. This is a guddle of a constituency, grouping traditional Labour voters in the old mining communities, farmers … Continue reading "Voters of Ochil and South Perthshire Conned ...

will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scotland-returning-...
      So who was John Smith? The public persona was that he was a genial, whisky-drinking Scots lawyer from the traditional Labour right. Not so. John Smith and his close friend and political ally Denis Healey were senior figures, with others, of the influential right-wing, Bilderberg Group and were members … Continue reading "will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scot...

will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scotland-returning-...
         The 2017 General Election and Whitehall Mandarins involvement in Scotland The Unionist Party’s manifestos could have been written on a fag packet since they were almost entirely free of anything meaningful to the electorate in Scotland. It comprised a single battle cry attacking the most progressive and … Continue reading "will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-...

Will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scotland-returning-...
    The British Secret Service (SIS) The security service is comprised of three branches each of which provides graduates, postgraduates, linguists, IT specialists and writers a wide range of career opportunities in intelligence work. MI5:  Staff 4000: It is responsible for protecting the UK against covertly organized threats to national security encompassing … Continue reading "Will-westmi...

Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotland ? Returnin...
      2008: Growing support for the SNP in Scotland triggered the activation of a secret MI5 anti-nationalist working group. In 2008 the growth in nationalist support in Scotland alarmed the US and Westminster. The Labour Party was in meltdown and it was entirely possible an SNP government would be in place … Continue reading "Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotla...

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