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Nicola Sturgeon acknowledges Yes still lacks winning case
18 Apr 2019 at 10:21am
NICOLA Sturgeon has acknowledged the Yes movement has still to build an ?inclusive case for independence? capable of securing victory at a second referendum.


SNP council boss accused over 'bullying' culture
18 Apr 2019 at 11:21am
THE SNP leader of Scotland?s largest council has been accused of presiding over a culture of ?bullying and harassment? by a colleague who resigned in protest.


Concerns raised over recent rise in ScotRail trains skipping stations
18 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
CONCERNS have been raised following a recent rise in the number of trains skipping scheduled stations.


Brussels vacancy opens up as SNP MEP retires
17 Apr 2019 at 3:43pm
THE SNP?s longest serving MEP has announced he is standing down at the EU elections, increasing the chances of the party's first female MEP in 20 years.


SNP MSPs say Nicola Sturgeon 'out of step' on transgender rights
17 Apr 2019 at 12:25pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused by some of her own MSPs of being ?out of step? with colleagues for her promotion of transgender rights, according to leaked messages.


MEP calls for outside help to guard against EU poll crime
17 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
AN SNP MEP has appealed for international observers to monitor the European election in the UK in case pro-Brexit campaigners break the law.


Kezia Dugdale releases statement after winning defamation case brought by Win...
17 Apr 2019 at 2:34pm
Kezia Dugdale has released a statement after a pro-independence blogger lost a £25,000 defamation case against her.


Nicola Sturgeon: "Diversity is not a weakness - it is a strength to be celebr...
17 Apr 2019 at 11:51am
Nicola Sturgeon has called for Scotland to stand united against the rise of the far right at the Scottish Trades Union Congress.


No-deal Brexit could spark recession lasting to 2020, economists warn
17 Apr 2019 at 1:02am
THE risks to the Scottish economy from Brexit ?remain high? with the danger of recession persisting and the delay in the UK?s departure providing welcome but only temporary respite, a leading think-tank has warned.


Damaging impact of Brexit cannot be fully mitigated, warns Nicola Sturgeon
17 Apr 2019 at 7:32am
Nobody should pretend that the damage of Brexit can be fully mitigated, according to Nicola Sturgeon.


Rail Review adviser backs wholesale devolution of network
17 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
AN adviser to the biggest overhaul of UK rail services in a generation has backed the wholesale devolution of the Scottish rail network.


Why the European Parliament is no easy ride for politicians
17 Apr 2019 at 9:40pm
It is, or so legend has it, the easiest gig in politics. Members of the European Parliament have heard all the jibes about Brussels gravy trains, gold-plated pensions and expense-account lifestyles. And all, at least as far as critics are concerned, for doing far from an honest day?s work.


330,000 Scots kids 'live in households on a financial cliff edge'
17 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
A THIRD of a million Scots children are living in households teetering on a financial cliff edge, Scottish Labour has said.


Nigel Farage's Brexit party may win EU elections, poll predicts
17 Apr 2019 at 3:00pm
Nigel Farage?s new Brexit Party is set to triumph in the European elections, according to a poll which also forecasts an historic thrashing for the Tories.


Theresa May should go on with leaving the EU - Arlene Forster
17 Apr 2019 at 9:26am
The DUP has urged the Prime Minister to get on with leaving the EU.

 

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Why EU elections could break Tory party ? Kenny MacAskill
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
There’s been much written about Brexit and, unfortunately, there’s even more to come. But all its absurdity is surely encapsulated in the European elections, writes Kenny MacAskill.

Notre-Dame donations: Virtue-signalling for a tax break? ? Bill Jamieson
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Barely had the flames died down at Notre-Dame Cathedral than pledges of financial support for rebuilding began to pour in, writes Bill Jamieson.

Extinction Rebellion is part of our capitalist system ? Bill Jamieson
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Climate change activists like the members of Extinction Rebellion are part of our capitalist system, which provides the best way to save the planet from the perils of climate change, writes Bill Jamieson.

Scottish businesses hampered and weakened by ?Brexit cloud?
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
The prospect of a no-deal Brexit has taken its toll on the confidence of Scottish businesses and is “hampering” the country’s ability to compete internationally, a report has warned.

SNP overplays its hand over horrendous ?rape clause? ? Kenny MacAskill
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
After a row breaks out over the SNP’s criticism of the UK Government’s benefits ‘rape clause’ and the Scottish Government’s refusal to offset its effects in Scotland, Kenny MacAskill writes that the party needs to be careful not to overplay its hand.

SNP under fire for fall in Scottish college staffing levels
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Staffing numbers in Scotland’s colleges have plummeted by more than 1,700 in just over a decade according to official figures.

Kezia Dugdale: ?This case was never about the definition of homophobia?
17 Apr 2019 at 8:02pm
For two long years, this legal case has been hanging over me. It has caused me, my family and my friends, deep distress and anxiety - and there have been some very difficult days along the way. Yesterday was a moment of immense relief.

Wings Over Scotland vs Kezia Dugdale case hinged on this key question
17 Apr 2019 at 7:40pm
The defamation case brought by Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell against Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale raised important questions about free speech.

Climate protesters cause London chaos by climbing on trains
17 Apr 2019 at 7:34pm
Campaigners who climbed on top of a train and glued themselves to the roof have been arrested as the third day of climate change protests, which have caused serious disruption in London, continued.

Poll: Nigel Farage?s Brexit Party in the lead for Europe elections
17 Apr 2019 at 6:09pm
Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party has opened up a five-point lead in the next month’s elections to the European Parliament, according to a new opinion poll.

?Patronising? Extinction Rebellion activist storms out of Sky News interview
17 Apr 2019 at 5:54pm
Extinction Rebellion activist Robin Boardman stormed out of a Sky News interview after presenter Adam Boulton accused him of being “patronising” and engaging in “middle-class self-indulgence”.

Scottish Government extends programme to tackle fuel poverty
17 Apr 2019 at 4:51pm
Scots at risk of fuel poverty stand to benefit from a further round of investment to ensure more homes across the country are energy efficient.

Average Scottish house prices suffer first annual fall in 3 years
17 Apr 2019 at 4:34pm
Property prices in Scotland dropped in February for the first time since March 2016, official figures have shown.

Kezia Dugdale wins defamation case against Wings over Scotland
17 Apr 2019 at 1:56pm
Kezia Dugdale has won a defamation case brought against by the pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland.

Westminster should follow Scotland and lower voting age, say reformers
17 Apr 2019 at 12:34pm
Westminster should follow Scotland’s lead in giving the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds, electoral reformers have claimed on the anniversary of the last piece of legislation to expand the UK electorate receiving royal assent.

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The severed baby
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2019 at 12:59pm
My legal team and I have just received, unexpectedly early, the sheriff’s verdict in my defamation case against Kezia Dugdale. The short and paraphrased version is that yes, she did defame me by inaccurately calling me a homophobe, but because she’s an idiot who doesn’t know what words mean, she’s allowed to, so we lose. Some key passages …

The long drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2019 at 1:24pm
Almost exactly two years ago, this website suggested that it might not be the smartest idea for Labour to go along with Theresa May’s call for a snap election. (Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, it couldn’t have happened without Labour’s support.) And it occurred to us today that if they hadn’t, the current government would only have …

What you wish for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2019 at 1:38pm
The Conservatives’ disastrous handling of, and failure to deliver, Brexit seems to have finally begun to hurt them in the polls, with a clutch of recent stats showing Labour with a significant lead for the first time in many months. Most seat projections on the numbers show Labour failing to reach a majority either on their own …

Sufferin? Saints Eve
by Chris Cairns
13 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

Scotland?s first choices
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2019 at 12:22pm
We’ve still got a few of the results from our last Panelbase poll (conducted last month) to round up, and this one seems pertinent this week: As has been the case ever since we started asking this question about the nation’s twin constitutional dilemmas back in July 2015, the single most popular option in a four-way …

The ruined summer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2019 at 12:45pm
Firstly, our congratulations to Her Majesty’s Government (pictured below) on its setting last night of a new world record in incompetence. We can’t see it being beaten in a long time. But Jesus, what now? Well, let’s see what we know. – 1. THERESA MAY IS STILL THE PRIME MINISTER God save us all. The …

Waiting For Brexit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2019 at 3:48pm

Any minute now they?ll get it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2019 at 11:57am
Just you wait and see. Scottish political pundits: they’ve got all the pieces in their hands, but they still haven’t even worked out that it’s a jigsaw.

The problem with being liberal
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2019 at 1:40pm
We haven’t talked much on Wings about the court case currently in progress against former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, for hopefully obvious reasons. The case is currently “in avizandum” – legal jargon for “the sheriff is considering his decision” – and a result is hoped for around the end of this month, and while …

Minds locked shut
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2019 at 8:00am
Alert readers may have noticed that the deadline for the Conservative Party to respond to our formal query about their fake indyref 2 “petition” was about to expire (today, in fact), but fear not, compliance fans – at the eleventh hour a reply was received. This is it: So we’ve asked the obvious question. If we …

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Primary 1 assessments to be modified but not scrapped
18 Apr 2019 at 11:43am
Controversy has surrounded the testing of pupils in the first year of their primary education.


Kezia Dugdale wins Wings Over Scotland defamation case
17 Apr 2019 at 6:47pm
Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell took Ms Dugdale to court after she claimed he sent "homophobic tweets".


SNP MSPs criticise Nicola Sturgeon over trans rights
17 Apr 2019 at 5:15pm
The first minister is accused of being "out of step" with her party over her promotion of transgender rights.


Disorderly Brexit 'risks Scottish recession'
17 Apr 2019 at 8:50am
Economists predict the country's economy could dip by 5.5% - but also set out a possible path for growth.


Scotland's unemployment rate hits new low at 3.3%
16 Apr 2019 at 11:30am
The number of Scots out of work fell by 8,000 to 93,000 in the three months to February, official figures show.


Is there time for another Brexit vote?
16 Apr 2019 at 12:23am
BBC Scotland's Glenn Campbell asks how long it would take to set up another referendum.


Poorer students' education allowance drops by £1.6m
16 Apr 2019 at 1:54pm
Scottish government statistics show a total of £23m was handed out in 2017/18, down from £24.6m in 2017/18.


Right to food 'should be enshrined in Scots Law'
15 Apr 2019 at 3:18am
The Scottish Human Rights Commission believes the move "would help tackle health inequalities".


Property tax reform call to boost Scottish council funding
15 Apr 2019 at 1:38pm
A new report is also calling for the introduction of environmental charges to increase council funding


Court defeat for Glasgow asylum seeker lock-change case
12 Apr 2019 at 4:24pm
A judge ruled in favour of the Home Office and its contractor Serco over its plans to evict refugees in Glasgow.


Q&A: European elections in Scotland
11 Apr 2019 at 12:00pm
The latest Brexit delay might see the UK hold European Parliament elections. How does this work in Scotland?


MP lodges bill to 'boost status' of Scottish banknotes in UK
11 Apr 2019 at 5:11pm
Alistair Carmichael wants to change the law to "oblige" all UK businesses to accept Scottish banknotes.

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DEVASTATION for Davidson as BOMBSHELL YouGov poll suggests the Scottish Torie...
by James Kelly
17 Apr 2019 at 6:38pm
As they say on reality TV shows, I've "been on a journey" over the last few days.  At the start of the weekend I was stating quite confidently - and I think with a fair bit of justification - that ...

Equating a Westminster veto with "legality" is a dangerous game
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2019 at 7:18am
Like most of us, I hold Michael Russell in the highest regard, but I'm rather troubled by his article over the weekend calling for "patience".  Apart from anything else, it seems to rewrite history...

Are the European elections about to hand Ruth Davidson a major setback?
by James Kelly
14 Apr 2019 at 7:59am
First things first - I've got an article in the Sunday National today about the voting system for the European elections.  You can read it HERE.  As you can see, one point I made at the end, which ...

It's another bonzer by-election breakthrough: Sunshine on Leith Walk for surg...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2019 at 7:17am
It's happened again - the SNP have notched up an impressive local by-election win in a formerly Labour-dominated area of the central belt, which is exactly the sort of place where they were constan...

Now is the time to decisively move up a gear in preparations for an independe...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2019 at 6:43pm
I was heartened to see Chris McEleny and Angus MacNeil pressing the case so forcefully today for an independence referendum this autumn.  In the wake of the six-month Brexit extension, we now stand...

The case for a consultative independence referendum
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2019 at 6:54pm
I've been having an exchange on Twitter with Iain Macwhirter over the last 24 hours about the possibility of holding a consultative referendum on independence in the absence of a Section 30 order. ...

Is Theresa May unwittingly making independence even more likely by implicatin...
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 8:55pm
Brexit seems to be taking us into a game of three-dimensional chess.  We have Jacob Rees-Mogg talking about how the UK could take advantage of a long Brexit delay by vetoing the EU budget or deeper...

"Boost for May" as Tory vote drops like a stone
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 7:05am
Mike Smithson, known and loved by thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as a keen letter-writing impartial Liberal Democrat election expert, surpassed himself the other day.  After a parliamen...

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Dog riding motorbike on Scottish roads
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18 Apr 2019 at 12:51pm
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Scotland: Alex McLeish exits as head coach after poor start to Euro 2020 qual...
by /u/ClarkyGuitar
18 Apr 2019 at 12:31pm
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saw this on fb a while ago, defo agree
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18 Apr 2019 at 10:49am
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Moving to Scotland. Need advice
by /u/lixenstrand
18 Apr 2019 at 10:22am
Hi guys and girls So I'm moving to Scotland from sweden with my girlfriend and cat. Now, how am i to move my cat with me without paying an absolute fortune? ? I got the suggestion to fly down to P...

Gardener Jim McColl says farewell to Beechgrove Garden
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18 Apr 2019 at 9:43am
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Anyone get repeatedly removed from Electoral Roll?
by /u/ootsider
18 Apr 2019 at 9:27am
For the past 6 years, for every election or vote i've had to re-register to vote despite not having moved house at all in that time. I vote then a few weeks later get a letter through from the loca...

Brexit Party now first place in EU parliament voting intentions among Britons
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18 Apr 2019 at 8:46am
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Which one of you legends was this?
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UK Porn Block; What do you feel the ramifications of the Tory porn block will...
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18 Apr 2019 at 8:02am
I'm curious as to how people think Jo public will react. Apparently it's going to come as a surprise to many. I'm guessing they're the same folk incapable of operating a VPN. Will jo public roll o...

I need help to collect a few stories about Medieval Scotland for a project I'...
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18 Apr 2019 at 4:57am
I'm working on a mod for a strategy game that portrays all of the British Islands in the 9th and 10 century. There is a lot that is going into the mod but my particular corner as the main writer fo...

Man dies after reports of Edinburgh 'shooting'
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Our friendly neighbour to the south
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Freezing through winter, but fighting back with the union: Scott's story
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Glasgow 'Bolchevist Uprising' in 1919 was a battle for better working conditi...
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Kezia Dugdale's defamation win is a victory for free speech
by Record View
18 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Record View argues that defeat would have meant a gay politician had been censured for calling out a comment she genuinely believed to be homophobic.


SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says Scottish independence won't be as chaotic as ...
by David Clegg
17 Apr 2019 at 9:28pm
The First Minister was branded “deluded” by opponents after claiming there will be “nothing disorderly” during the transition to a Scottish state.


Kezia Dugdale hails 'important' victory as she wins 'homophobic' defamation case
by Peter Davidson
17 Apr 2019 at 2:35pm
The former Scottish Labour leader has also thanked the Daily Record for our 'unwavering' support.


Nicola Sturgeon to face union chiefs over renewable energy jobs broken promises
by David Clegg
17 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The First Minister will be put on the spot when she visits the STUC congress in Dundee today.


Beware critics in their rush to judgement over minimum booze price
by Darren McGarvey
16 Apr 2019 at 7:05pm
Our columnist, Darren McGarvey, takes aim at conservative commentator Brian Monteith whose argument, he argues, is based on three mistaken assumptions.


Rape clause row as SNP fail to free up cash to fix 'disgusting' Tory policy
by David Clegg
15 Apr 2019 at 8:51pm
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville says there is not enough money left in the Scottish budget to reverse the two-child cap imposed by Westminster.


Case of young dad sent home to die suggests postcode lottery exists in NHS
by Record View
15 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Record View says it's concerning that it took a newspaper to intervene and raise a patient's plight before he got satisfactory treatment.


Civil service union strike plan targets ports and airports amid Brexit chaos
by David Clegg
15 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) chief Mark Serwotka aims to exploit uncertainty around Brexit in fight for pay increase.


Brexit breathing space must be used wisely to end chaos created by Tories
by Ian Blackford
14 Apr 2019 at 10:00pm
SNP MP Ian Blackford says Theresa May’s damaging red lines must be ditched while a second EU referendum should also be on the table to help break the Brexit impasse.


Humans 'at war with nature' warning as protesters plan to bring London to sta...
by dailyrecord
14 Apr 2019 at 9:03pm
Former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams made the chilling warning on the eve mass demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group.

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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

Wasting Your Time and Money
by michaelgreenwell
7 Apr 2019 at 10:01pm
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
by michaelgreenwell
7 Mar 2019 at 5:46pm
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2019 at 5:39pm
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
by michaelgreenwell
5 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
by michaelgreenwell
25 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

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Car Free Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2019 at 4:59pm
I?ve never driven a car in Edinburgh. Not once in 26 years. I can, in fact, count on the fingers of one hand the number of times a car would be useful in any given year. Even during the scant two or three years when I did live with a driver, the car was almost …

Extinction Rebellion: the Denier Backlash
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2019 at 10:35am
The Extinction Rebellion protest movement has grown in scale and impact in recent weeks, bringing energy and chaos to the streets as people wake up to grim climate realities. Alongside the School Strikes, the new movement has been a massive, joyful, peaceful wake-up call to conservative environmentalists and compromised politicians alike. But not everyone is taking …

K Punk. The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2019 at 9:53am
Mark Fisher K Punk. The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016) Repeater Books “We have to invent the future” Mark Fisher There was a time back in the late 1970s and early 80s when within the covers of the New Musical Express you were as likely to encounter references to Dostoyevsky, William S …

Tiggers, Melts and Radical Centrists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Apr 2019 at 12:29pm
James Chapman of The Independent Group (you know “politics is broken, lets fix it”) has just issued its first answer to the British constitutional crisis and its predictably shallow and useless. It’s a mix of populist ideas and pure nonsense, like someone who has just suddenly woken up to their being a problem and has …

Science Not Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2019 at 9:28am
Climate activists Extinction Rebellion Glasgow dropped a huge banner from Finnieston Crane today with the message: ?Science not silence?. The actions from Finnieston Crane and Glasgow City Chambers announce the start of International Rebellion in Scotland, with a Festival of Climate Reality taking place in Edinburgh, while roadblocks are planned for Tuesday, both organised by …

Go After the Whaler not the Whale: XR and Climate Action
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2019 at 8:41am
Extinction Rebellion is different in two important and related ways from previous environmental movements. The first is that it has given up all pretence of trying to give people hope. For years environmentalists have thought that if you give somebody too bleak a picture of the state of the world it will cause them to …

USUK ? You Suck! And So Do EU!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2019 at 11:44am
Rob Brown makes the case for nationalism without neoliberalism. Due to the phenomenal success of Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier was too often classified as a romantic novelist. Yet most of her prolific output, especially her short stories, contained a dark or even nasty side. Moreover, her final book prophesied Brexit ? even before our initial …

Why is Everything so Shit?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2019 at 7:26pm
In a world where Mark Francois and Fat Cops actually exist; a world in which the crowds shuffle through IKEA like slow-moving cattle blankly eyeing poor quality Swedish lifestyle goods; a world in which the hellhole of contemporary British and American politics isn’t a sick joke but a lived reality, the question Why is Everything …

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Sturgeon asked to clarify SNP stance on transgender rights
by Libby Brooks
17 Apr 2019 at 5:20pm
Leaked messages between MSPs claim first minister is ?out of step? with her partyNicola Sturgeon has been asked to clarify the Scottish National party?s stance on transgender rights following the leak of private messages between three prominent female MSPs that claim the first minister is ?out of...

Kezia Dugdale wins case against accusation of defamation
by Libby Brooks
17 Apr 2019 at 3:05pm
Blogger Stuart Campbell took Lothian MSP to court after she accused him of homophobiaA pro-independence blogger who accused the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale of defamation has lost his legal action against her.The £25,000 claim was brought by Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings...

'That?s legal tender, pal': bill aims to force shops to take Scottish notes
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2019 at 8:39am
Lib Dem MP lodges bill in same week Judy Murray has Scottish note rejected in London cafeWhen Judy Murray vented her frustration that her Bank of Scotland tenner had been rejected as payment in a cafe in London this week, thousands of Scots responded in sympathy.When you go to pay £9 for 2 donuts...

Another young life failed by what now passes for justice in Scotland | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
7 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Katie Allan had a dark and brutal experience in the prison system. Her parents are right to call for changeSuccessive Holyrood administrations have provided a dizzying array of legislative bells and whistles to make Scots feel all warm and pure. They are all well-meaning, of course, but some were...

Brexit: Corbyn 'very happy' to meet May to discuss compromise plan - as it ha...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
3 Apr 2019 at 12:03am
Rolling coverage of the day?s politics as they happen, including Theresa May chairing a five-hour cabinet meeting to decide what to do about BrexitMPs seek to stop no-deal Brexit by tabling article 50 billNo-deal Brexit more likely by the day, says Michel BarnierUp to 20 Tories could vote against...

Scottish Labour has gone missing.But it?s not too late to rediscover it | Kev...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Mar 2019 at 7:00am
The time has come for some straight talking to halt the loss of members and bring the party back to lifeWhen Scotland?s next generation of modern studies students is asked to explain the main reasons for the abject decline of the Labour party in Scotland, the possible answers should be offered in...

Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Mar 2019 at 2:46pm
Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump?s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council?s planning officers said the scheme,...

Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout
by Press Association
18 Mar 2019 at 7:22pm
Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arisePolice in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an ?unprecedented set of circumstances? after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should prot...

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The judge has now made a ruling in Stu Campbell’s court case against Kezia Dugdale. I was a witness in the case on behalf of Stu, so it wasn’t possible for me to speak about it before the judge had come to a conclusion. Essentially the key finding is that the judge has ruled that …

The Corporal Joneses of British nationalism
In the immortal words of Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army, they don’t like it up them. On Tuesday The National published my usual weekly article, one which had been inspired by the recent piece in The Scotsman listing ten things for Scotland to be ashamed by. Although it would be more accurate to say that …

I want independence because ?
There’s a new initiative called A Million Reasons for Yes. All you need to do to participate is to write down your reason for wanting independence, and to take a photograph of it, then upload it to amillionreasons.scot or Instagram Direct: amillionreasonsforsi; Facebook: A Million Reasons for Scottish Independence; email reasons to: reasons@amillionreasons.scot. Follow on …

The real question for Scotland in Brexit Britain
Nigel Farage has come out of retirement. This comes as news to those of us, approximately 60 million people, who never realised he’d gone away in the first place. Certainly the BBC never got over its love affair with him, and on Friday with his launch of his new Brexit party, the Corporation’s requited love …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 11 April 2019
The dugcast is a day early this week, because Callum is off for a long weekend in Bruges. It’s alright for some eh. This week we discuss the postponement of Brexit, the need for some progress on holding an indyref, and how we’re all sick to the back teeth of British politics and would love …

A candle in the darkness
It’s at times like this that I wish I still did drugs. Brexit has turned into a cross between the Neverending Story and the Walking Dead, only with gammons instead of dragons, and precious little magic. In recognition of the fact that Theresa May is an undead political leader, the EU have given her until …

The black hole of Brexit Britain
There’s nothing to do but wait while our fates are decided by the leaders of the small European countries that British nationalists in Scotland always scoffed at and told us that Scotland would become. Whether the UK can have an extension to Article 50 in order to avoid a chaotic and damaging Brexit will be …

The federalism fairy flaps again
We’re living in strange days. This is widely described as the greatest political crisis in the UK since WW2, and it’s entirely self-inflicted. Things in Ukania have got so bad that Scottish newspaper editorials have, on occasion, been forced to get through 1000 words without finding the time to slag off the SNP. The Conservative …

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George Galloway reveals the party he'll be backing at the EU elections
FORMER Labour MP George Galloway has revealed he will be supporting Nigel Farage's Brexit Party if the UK is involved in the EU elections next month.

Dugdale wins £25k defamation case against Wings Over Scotland
WINGS Over Scotland has had his attempt to sue Kezia Dugdale for defamation rejected by the courts.

Poll says Brexit Party may secure victory in UK in Euro elections
NIGEL Farage?s Brexit Party could be on course for a shock win at next month?s European elections, an opinion poll has suggested.

10 things I hate aboot EU: Brexit and politics o spite
AH votit Remain three years syne in much the same spirit as ah bocht ma season ticket for the Accies ? howplessly, wi nae great enthusiasm, jist a bleak unnerstaunin that it?s this or it?s supportin Motherwell.

'We're not stalling on idyref2 ? this is a vital moment to prepare for success'
THIS week I have submitted my papers to the SNP and hope to be a candidate in the upcoming (I think we can now say that) European elections. I?ll confess, I had long thought in my heart of hearts that Brexiteer Jeremy Corbyn and born-again leaver Theresa May would find a form of fudge to unite enough of each of their parties to get the withdrawal agreement over the line. Perhaps they still will...

Nicola Sturgeon pledges to deliver 'Scottish green deal'
NICOLA Sturgeon launched a ?Scottish green deal? yesterday, with a pledge to leave no community behind in the country?s transition to a ?carbon neutral society?.

Andrew Wilson: Winning over rUK voters is key to indyref2 success
THE Spanish-American writer and philosopher George Santayana is credited with the famous phrase ?those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it?.

Brexit?s assault on our democracy is only one of many such examples
LIVE by the sword, die by the sword.

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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

How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football?
How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 10th 2019 Scottish football last week witnessed the regular circus of an Old Firm match. It was the usual pantomime of bad feeling and nastiness, with two Rangers players sent off and Celtic captain Scott Brown assaulted. Both clubs, Rangers …

History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important?
History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 2nd 2019 In recent years, from US campuses to towns to the UK, public statues have increasingly become a subject of heated debate and controversy. From Charlottesville in the US where one protestor was killed, to Cecil Rhodes in …

Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith
Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2019 The mantra of the current age is that we take child sex abuse seriously. We listen to victims, we respect them, and we act on allegations, knowing how difficult and painful it is for …

Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence
Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 20th 2019 Scotland was once infamous for its reputation and reality as a violent place. This was associated with all sorts of potent, demeaning caricatures of the angry, aggressive Scot, but underlying these images Scotland did have a problem. We had a culture of …

Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref
Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 19th 2019 As British politics enters a mixture of meltdown and an endgame, convulsed by Brexit, everywhere in political discourse there is an obsession with the past. From the rise of Churchill to unquestioned national hero, to the …

The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour
The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 13th 2019 One political principle unites not just the Labour Party from Jeremy Corbyn to Tom Watson but also the Conservative Party – from Theresa May to the most ultra-Brexiteers in the Jacob Rees-Mogg faction. That principle is a belief …

The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future
The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 6th 2019 There was major interest and debate last week about a UK Government paper on Scotland – the McCrone report – written nearly 45 years ago. The McCrone report was written in March 1974 by then Scottish Office civil servant …

1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and t...
1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 1st 2019 Today is the 40th anniversary of Scotland going to the polls to vote in the first devolution referendum on Labour?s proposals for a Scottish Assembly. This marked the beginning of Scotland?s constitutional …

 

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News
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Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence? - The Scotsman
Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence?  The ScotsmanIndependence supporters should be in no rush to stage a second referendum when recent polls suggest they are unlikely to win, a prominent Yes campaigner ...

Majority believe Scottish independence will happen, survey finds - Irish Exam...
Majority believe Scottish independence will happen, survey finds  Irish ExaminerMore than 60% of people believe Scotland will become an independent country, according to a new poll. The survey by pro-independence group Progress ...

Sturgeon: Independence would be nothing like Brexit disorder - The Times
Sturgeon: Independence would be nothing like Brexit disorder  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has said that there would be ?nothing disorderly? about Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as she prepared to outline her plan for a second ...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

Brexit: New poll gives boost to Scottish independence plans - The Scotsman
Brexit: New poll gives boost to Scottish independence plans  The ScotsmanTWO thirds of Scots who are "undecided" about independence, believe Brexit makes it more likely - and more than half would be more likely to vote Yes in a ...

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Sturgeon asked to clarify SNP stance on transgender rights - The Guardian
Sturgeon asked to clarify SNP stance on transgender rights  The GuardianSNP MSPs criticise Nicola Sturgeon over trans rights  BBC NewsSNP MSPs say Nicola Sturgeon 'out of step' on transgender rights  HeraldScotlandLeaked SNP direct messages reveal split over trans rights  HolyroodSNP politicians criticise Nicola Sturgeon pro-trans stance in leaked messages  PinkNewsView full coverage on Google ...

Election opportunity for Labour ? and disregard for SNP?s steadfast Brexit st...
Election opportunity for Labour ? and disregard for SNP?s steadfast Brexit stance  The GuardianLetters: Anthony Isaacs proposes a strategy for the Labour party in the European elections, and Fabia Gray makes a plea for Scotland and its MPs to be heard.

SNP council boss accused over 'bullying' culture - HeraldScotland
SNP council boss accused over 'bullying' culture  HeraldScotlandTHE SNP leader of Scotland's largest council has been accused of presiding over a culture of ?bullying and harassment? by a colleague who?

SNP under fire over fall in college staff numbers - HeraldScotland
SNP under fire over fall in college staff numbers  HeraldScotlandThe number of full-time staff working at colleges in Scotland fell by 13.5 in just over a decade, according to analysis by Scottish Labour.

Brussels vacancy opens up as SNP MEP retires - HeraldScotland
Brussels vacancy opens up as SNP MEP retires  HeraldScotlandTHE SNP's longest serving MEP has announced he is standing down at the EU elections, increasing the chances of the party's first female MEP in 20?

SNP must convince voters born outside Scotland to win IndyRef2, says Andrew W...
SNP must convince voters born outside Scotland to win IndyRef2, says Andrew Wilson  The ScotsmanA senior SNP advisor has claimed Nationalists must do more to convince voters born outside of Scotland to back independence if they are to win a second ...

SNP accused of 'faux outrage' over Brexit - BBC News
SNP accused of 'faux outrage' over Brexit  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon is more interested in pushing for independence than she is in finding a solution to Brexit, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed. All 35 SNP ...

SNP currency plan will ?amplify? austerity, says Richard Leonard - The Scotsman
SNP currency plan will ?amplify? austerity, says Richard Leonard  The ScotsmanRichard Leonard has claimed austerity would be ?amplified? in an independent Scotland, as the debate on the SNP's currency plan intensifies ahead of the ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Sturgeon: Independence would be nothing like Brexit disorder - The Times
Sturgeon: Independence would be nothing like Brexit disorder  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has said that there would be ?nothing disorderly? about Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as she prepared to outline her plan for a second ...

Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence? - The Scotsman
Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence?  The ScotsmanIndependence supporters should be in no rush to stage a second referendum when recent polls suggest they are unlikely to win, a prominent Yes campaigner ...

Is there time for another Brexit vote? - BBC News
Is there time for another Brexit vote?  BBC NewsThe latest delay to Brexit has energised those campaigning for another EU referendum. The extension to 31 October gives them more time to make the case for ...

Blogger Stuart Campbell brought colour and strife to independence campaign - ...
Blogger Stuart Campbell brought colour and strife to independence campaign  The TimesThere was a time when the Wings Over Scotland website run by Stuart Campbell was akin to a nationalist bible. Forget the SNP government's white paper, it was ...

Brexit: New poll gives boost to Scottish independence plans - The Scotsman
Brexit: New poll gives boost to Scottish independence plans  The ScotsmanTWO thirds of Scots who are "undecided" about independence, believe Brexit makes it more likely - and more than half would be more likely to vote Yes in a ...

Majority believe Scottish independence will happen, survey finds - Irish Exam...
Majority believe Scottish independence will happen, survey finds  Irish ExaminerMore than 60% of people believe Scotland will become an independent country, according to a new poll. The survey by pro-independence group Progress ...

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Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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...

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!

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

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.  

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 secretary of state for Scotland.
What the feck is the point of this office?  the present incumbent comes across as a Buffoon on TV interviews  and appears more like a bewildered hamster the more I see the twat. We have a Scottish Government and Civil Service which do liaise with the central government meanwhile so what does ...

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

UK Number 1 - The Day You Where Born ??
Sony & Cher - I Got You Babe       (Aug 1965)

Garden birds, what you got.
What birds do you have in your garden? Thinking this thread is going to be severely hampered by an inability to cut/paste photies on the site, what's that all about. (severely has got a lot of e's in it by the way).

Ex-Hibs Casual
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/breaking-trainspotting-2-star-named-14388722

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Notre Dame fire
Was Muriel Gray there on holiday ? Seriously though it looks gubbed  

Julian Assange
Media starting to report that the UN have ruled in his favour.

Ice Cream War
Not sure how accurate this is but entertaining anyway   

Relationships
I like to think of myself as a pretty rounded person who always takes everyones thoughts into perspective, however my wife and long term girlfriend just seems to have drama attached, for example my best friend through my teenage years was the worst thing ever, now my mother who brought me up on h...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit Spun By ...
      1981: Peter Salmon takes up employment with the BBC Peter Salmon started at the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981. A programme maker, he eventually became BBC Bristol’s, Head of Factual output. He also worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, BBC  Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Manchester’s, File On Four current … Continue reading "My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit S...

Media Provision through the Eyes of the Welsh ? Devolution has demonstrated j...
    Jan 2008: Memorandum submitted by Tinopolis PLC to the Commons Select Committee for Welsh Affairs I have been asked to give evidence on the key areas under inquiry, namely the impact of globalization on broadcasting and the creative industries. The issues surrounding broadcasting and the creative industries and their future are … Continue reading "Media Provision through the Eyes of the...

A Time of Despair For Scots ? Blessed With A Neutered Authority in Scotland a...
      The 2014 Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin engaged with thousands of stakeholders across Scotland during the work of the Smith Commission. The outcome prompted him to make a personal recommendation in the Smith Commission Agreement. He said: “There is a strong desire to see the principle of devolution further … Continue reading "A Time of Despair For Scots – Blessed With A Neutere...

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Party in Scotland ? Ross...
    Tory MP Ross Thomson spoken to by police amid ‘sexual touching’ claims in Commons bar It is alleged that: Thomson repeatedly sexually assaulted three young men  having been three times escorted out  of the Commons Bar. He returned repeatedly to feel their bottoms and fondle their genitalia and tried to enter their … Continue reading "Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Pa...

Removing the Bias From Scottish Broadcasting ? This is the Solution Pass it O...
      Introduction Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel BBC Alba, attracts many more Scottish viewers than there are Gaelic speakers and the potential for growth is well recognized in the trade. Independent programme makers in Scotland produce quality television for the station but in insufficient quantity to fully support the channel. The … Continue reading "Removing the Bias From Scottish Broad...

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No-deal Brexit uncertainties hit the Scottish economy, report warns

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Clinical report into NHS Tayside breast cancer drug discrepancy says risk ?ve...

Politicians and their pets: Ged Killen and Molly

Scottish trade unions to debate ?radical action? on climate change

The High Road: The Highlands since devolution

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…