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May meets Juncker to push future framework deal to completion ahead of Sunday...
21 Nov 2018 at 12:01am
THERESA May will today seek to move the UK-EU future framework deal towards completion in talks with Jean-Claude Juncker as No 10 resurrected a plan to use ?technological solutions? to keep an open border with Ireland.


Nicola Sturgeon admits Indyref2 may be after 2021
20 Nov 2018 at 12:20pm
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted there may not be a second independence referendum in the current parliament, forcing her to try to secure one at the next Holyrood election.


Westminster showing 'contempt' for people in poverty - Patrick Harvie
20 Nov 2018 at 5:41pm
The UK Government has shown contempt for people impacted by poverty says Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie.


Nicola Sturgeon seeks Commons coalition with Jeremy Corbyn to stop PM's Brexi...
20 Nov 2018 at 5:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon wants to form a parliamentary soft Brexit coalition with Jeremy Corbyn and even Remainer Tories to stop Britain crashing out of the European Union.


Scotland's "Union dividend" is £1,531 per person, says Mundell
20 Nov 2018 at 2:02pm
SCOTLAND?S ?Union dividend? is £1,531 per person, David Mundell has declared, after the latest Treasury figures showed this was the amount spent north of the border over and above the UK average.


Now or never: Jacob Rees-Mogg pressures colleagues to topple Theresa May quickly
20 Nov 2018 at 2:30pm
The Conservatives will be stuck with Theresa May as leader for the next general election unless they move to get rid of her now, ardent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned his party.


May off to Brussels to complete Brexit deal with Juncker
20 Nov 2018 at 12:07pm
THERESA May will travel to Brussels tomorrow for Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President.


Supreme Court rejects UK Government bid to appeal Brexit reversal case
20 Nov 2018 at 9:52am
THE UK Government has lost a last-ditch bid to prevent a group of Scottish politicians from finding out if Westminster can stop Brexit, adding to the pressure on Theresa May.


Nicola Sturgeon poised for Downing St showdown with Theresa May as Brexit ten...
20 Nov 2018 at 12:02am
Nicola Sturgeon will have a Brexit showdown with Theresa May this afternoon as David Mundell signalled he would resign if the Prime Minister tied UK fishing to EU rules beyond the December 2020 transition period.


Professional misconduct hearing will probe former SNP MP's ties to trust fund
20 Nov 2018 at 10:01pm
A FORMER SNP MP's relationship to a trust fund in her previous career as a lawyer will form a critical part of an upcoming hearing into alleged professional misconduct, it has emerged.


Former Chief Constable's £85,000 exit deal revealed
20 Nov 2018 at 10:00pm
SCOTLAND?S former Chief Constable left his post amid bullying claims with an £85,000 exit package before landing a £162,000 job a few months later, it has emerged.


Murdered girl's family welcome parole reform
20 Nov 2018 at 10:00pm
THE family of a murdered teenager have welcomed Scottish Government plans to give victims and relatives more say over the parole system and the release of prisoners.


Sturgeon voices 'degree of optimism' over Michelin
20 Nov 2018 at 5:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has said there are reasons for optimism around the threatened Michelin plant in Dundee, after the action group set up to save it held its second meeting.


Hunt warns Tory rebels they are risking 'most appalling chaos' in trying to t...
19 Nov 2018 at 9:20pm
TORY rebels who are trying to topple Theresa May are risking the ?most appalling chaos? that would damage Britain?s international reputation, Jeremy Hunt has warned.


Councils 'should be treated like the NHS' to save vital services
19 Nov 2018 at 5:00am
COUNCILS must be placed on a level footing with the NHS to prevent vital services such as libraries, community hubs and leisure centres from being scrapped, it has been warned.

 

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Kelp harvesting: what the scaremongerers don?t tell you ? Sandy Dobbie
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
A proposed ban on kelp harvesting is based on a misguided campaign and could pose a wider threat to science-based businesses, writes Dr Sandy Dobbie of Marine Biopolymers Ltd.

Kelp forests must be saved and here?s why ? Alexander McCall Smith
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
When David Attenborough joins the protests to prevent industrial kelp harvesting, we should listen, writes Alexander McCall Smith.

Brexit: UK heads for an accidental no-deal disaster ? leader comment
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon’s attempt to form a cross-party coalition against Theresa May’s draft Brexit plan is laudable but may well be too late.

Labour MP demands SNP answers on factory grants
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government has not clawed back any of the £500,000 in grants it handed a company that shut down in South Lanarkshire this year, causing the loss of 450 jobs.

Watchdog warns of challenges ahead for Police Scotland
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The public spending watchdog has warned there are “considerable challenges” ahead for Scottish policing amid continuing financial concerns.

Off-peak visitors not put off by tourist tax
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
Almost nine in ten off-peak visitors to Edinburgh say they will still come to the capital even if they had to pay a tourist tax of £1 per room per night.

Adam Smith help explains why his book is worth so much ? leader comment
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
In the book that earned him the accolade “the father of modern economics”, Adam Smith went to great pains to show how the price of wheat had increased over the years.

First £600 baby payment to be made before Christmas
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The first payments of a new Scottish benefit for low income parents starting a family will be made before Christmas.

Brexit: People?s Vote is the only way to avoid no-deal ? Jim Gallagher
21 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
A no-deal Brexit isn’t what people voted for, so a second referendum must now be held – even if it still won’t be the end of the matter, writes Professor Jim Gallagher.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP, Labour and Tories must form ?coalition? to fight Brexit...
20 Nov 2018 at 6:16pm
Labour, the SNP and pro-EU Tory rebels must form a “coalition” to defeat Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Patrick Harvie condemns UK Government?s dismissal of UN poverty report
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
The UK Government has shown contempt for people impacted by poverty, Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie has suggested.

Scots public spending £1500 higher than UK average
20 Nov 2018 at 4:18pm
Scots receive £1,500 more in spending on public services than elsewhere in the UK - and the gap is growing, official figures today revealed.

UK will split apart before Spain, says country?s Foreign Minister
20 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
Spain’s foreign minister has said he expects the UK to “split apart” before his own country does.

Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll ? Linda Fabiani
20 Nov 2018 at 2:59pm
Scotland in Union’s bid to secure an opinion poll to support their vision of Brexit Britain has badly backfired, writes Linda Fabiani.

Nicola Sturgeon says independence referendum could come after Holyrood election
20 Nov 2018 at 2:39pm
The prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum may not take place until after the next Holyrood election in 2021, Nicola Sturgeon has indicated.

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The dust of the sawdust
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2018 at 1:18pm
We’re so far beyond mere “scraping the barrel” now. Unhappy with polls based on asking the simple and clear question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, and which have been stubbornly refusing to show any movement against independence, our dear old pals at Scotland In Union recently commissioned one of their own seeking to muddy the …

The staunch defenders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2018 at 12:12pm
If we were to write an article every time Murdo Fraser said something moronic, we’d have to rename this site Wings Over Murdo Fraser, and drink an awful lot of Red Bull to be able to cover it all. Stuff like this, for example, is almost too easy. 43% (actually 45.3% excluding Don’t Knows) is …

Waiting for the penny to drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2018 at 8:06am
This is the best one of these we’ve ever seen. Nobody tell him, now. Imagine the moment when he spots it for himself.

The armchair terrorists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2018 at 1:29pm
This is the editorial in today’s Scottish edition of The Times: It seems to be an increasingly popular viewpoint in the country’s media. This was Daily Record political editor Torcuil Crichton on Thursday: And this was Times columnist Kenny Farquharson the day before: It’s not his first time banging this drum, either. (We assume he …

Unionist Blackjack
by Chris Cairns
17 Nov 2018 at 6:59am

The threatened member
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2018 at 7:20pm
Ah, remember these simpler times, readers? Thank goodness for etc etc.

The question begged
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2018 at 11:18am
Only an idiot would try to write anything today about the epic mess currently unfolding in British politics. You’d barely get to the end of typing a sentence before events had rendered it obsolete. But there’s one thing we’d really like to know, which bewilderingly nobody is mentioning. The primary root cause of Brexit was …

Theresa May?s Crack Team
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2018 at 4:59pm
…is what they’re calling Jack and James now, we hear. Draw your own conclusions about the word “crack” there.

Serving the nations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2018 at 11:48am
Ever aware of its need to deliver informed enlightenment to the populace, the state broadcaster has recently put up a “BBC Brexit Jargon Buster” page on its website. We’re not sure it was meant to be quite this candid. Apparently Brexit isn’t happening to us. And there are a few other rather surprising gaps in …

The whistleblower
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm
Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano affair was the final straw and Ponting’s leaking of …

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Brexit: Sturgeon has 'frank' exchange with May
20 Nov 2018 at 9:34pm
Scotland's first minister says the latest Brexit agreement draft asks people to "take a blindfold leap off a cliff".


In full: Nicola Sturgeon interview with Laura Kuenssberg on Brexit
20 Nov 2018 at 5:21pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to form a "coalition of opposition" to Theresa May's Brexit plans with Labour and other parties, ahead of a vote of MPs at Westminster.


Teachers overwhelmingly reject 'final' pay offer
20 Nov 2018 at 5:22pm
Members of Scotland's two biggest teaching unions overwhelming reject the employers' offer in a ballot.


Watchdog warns Police Scotland over budget challenges
20 Nov 2018 at 5:05pm
Audit Scotland reveals that Police Scotland, which was formed in 2013, has a deficit of more than £34m.


TV alcohol adverts could face '9pm watershed'
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
The Scottish government wants a "9pm watershed" for TV ads and better health labelling on products.


UK government fails in Brexit case appeal bid
20 Nov 2018 at 12:06pm
A last ditch attempt by the UK government to prevent European judges hearing a legal challenge to the Brexit process is rejected.


New rules cut home releases from Scottish prisons by 75%
20 Nov 2018 at 2:41pm
The number of prisoners let out of Scottish jails on a tag has been cut by 75%, MSPs are told.


Ballot set to close in crucial vote over teachers' pay
20 Nov 2018 at 1:05am
The EIS and SSTA have been campaigning for a 10% rise in wages since the start of the year.


Where do the Scottish Tory MPs stand on the Brexit deal?
19 Nov 2018 at 12:12pm
Scotland's 13 Tory MPs have fallen into three camps over the Brexit deal - for, against, and undecided.


Mundell: No deal Brexit 'catastrophic' for Scotland
19 Nov 2018 at 3:40pm
As UK and Scottish ministers meet over Brexit, the Scottish secretary says no deal would be "catastrophic".


Week ahead at Holyrood: Scrutiny of EU withdrawal agreement
19 Nov 2018 at 3:22pm
Brexit will continue to dominate this week as the Brexit secretary appears before the constitution committee.


Second new major trauma centre opens in Dundee
19 Nov 2018 at 4:33pm
The Dundee centre, which will treat the most seriously-injured patients, was opened by Nicola Sturgeon.

Scot Goes Pop

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Scotland in Union's "yawns" turn into blind panic as its OWN POLL backfires s...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2018 at 4:46pm
As you'll doubtless be aware, there was a crisis a few days ago at Johnston Press, which appeared to place in some doubt the future of The Scotsman newspaper.  Many independence supporters responde...

Any indyref strategy that could leave us powerless to act until 2026 is a str...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2018 at 12:27am
You may have seen a YouTube video doing the rounds of Nicola Sturgeon being unusually candid on Saturday about her strategy for seeking a mandate for independence if the UK government refuses a Sec...

The Daily Mail should be careful what it wishes for
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2018 at 7:57am
One of the amusing subplots of the recent Brexit chaos has been the way the Daily Mail, which previously regarded any form of compromise with the EU as treason, had an overnight change of heart a f...

Rare GB-wide Panelbase poll has Labour and the Tories locked together at 40% ...
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2018 at 1:55am
This isn't strictly a Scot Goes Pop exclusive, because the figures were attached to the Scottish Independence Foundation press release that went out several hours ago.  But as far as I can see no m...

Palpably pleasing Panelbase poll puts support for independence at eighteen mo...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2018 at 4:18pm
It's not very often that I'm given advance sight of a full-scale Scottish poll, so I was very grateful to the Scottish Independence Foundation for giving me a sneak peek a few days ago at the new P...

New BOMBSHELL Scottish poll suggests Ruth Davidson could face ANGUISH in snap...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2018 at 4:22am
As you may remember, one of the points of confusion about Channel 4's recent Survation poll was a set of Scottish voting intention figures for Westminster, which eventually proved to be merely a su...

We're about to see the difference between a real political party (the DUP) an...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2018 at 5:14pm
So there's a deal in principle between the UK government and the EU, but whether it will ever get through the various stages of ratification remains to be seen.  It seems likely that the text must ...

That Survation poll: a brief autopsy
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2018 at 6:07pm
In the end there was very little point in fleshing out last night's blogpost about the Survation mega-poll, because a lot of what had been reported about it on social media (and even in one or two ...

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Kelp harvesting ban backed by Scottish Government
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21 Nov 2018 at 8:16am
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Better Together myth is busted: Spain will welcome Scotland into EU
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21 Nov 2018 at 7:37am
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Exploring the luxury of Edinburgh
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21 Nov 2018 at 6:19am
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Indyref2 confirmed if this happens
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21 Nov 2018 at 2:01am
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I watched "Outlaw King." What I don't understand is....
by /u/catdoctor
21 Nov 2018 at 12:32am
...how does Chris Pine manage to be so completely dull playing Robert the Fucking Bruce? Every tour guide in Scotland does a better job of bringing the guy to life! submitted by /u/catdoctor ...

Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll
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20 Nov 2018 at 11:12pm
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Times | Scots speakers are naturally bilingual
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20 Nov 2018 at 9:58pm
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Things you'd want/miss if you had to spend Christmas abroad?
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Nicola Sturgeon will strike deal with Jeremy Corbyn to bring down Theresa May...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister said she will join with Labour and even Tory rebels to defeat May's plan for leaving the EU.


Top EU court set to rule on whether Brexit can be CANCELLED
by Dan Bloom
20 Nov 2018 at 11:38am
The bid to cancel Brexit was set up by the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labour and Green politicians.


Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May to 'grow up' ahead of Brexit showdown
by Torcuil Crichton
20 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minster blasted the Tory leader for failing to provide 'grown-up' leadership as they prepare to meet today.


No-deal Brexit would be 'catastrophic' for Scotland says David Mundell
by dailyrecord
19 Nov 2018 at 3:17pm
The Scottish Secretary said he does not view such a scenario as being acceptable for the country.


Jeremy Corbyn is brave enough to challenge public opinion on anything except ...
by Record View
19 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Record View argues the Labour leader's steadfast refusal to pick a side on staying or going in a second referendum is frustrating in the extreme.


Baby banks are booming as cruel Tory cuts force Scots families to rely on han...
by Michael Pringle
19 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Alarming numbers of desperate families are needing handouts, including nappies, prams and clothes, following years of austerity.


Richard Leonard claims Scottish independence would be WORSE than Brexit turmoil
by Lucy Christie
18 Nov 2018 at 12:44pm
The Scottish Labour leader said he found people "increasingly hostile" to the prospect of IndyRef2.


Michael Gove may be a maniac but he's not daft enough for Brexit poisoned cha...
by John Niven
18 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist reckons that the job of Brexit secretary is impossible because the task is lunacy.


David Mundell says 'crass' Nicola Sturgeon has hit 'new low' in Brexit blast
by Lucy Christie
17 Nov 2018 at 8:30pm
The Scottish Secretary accused the First Minister of 'casting aside' the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland to make an 'opportunistic political point' while also throwing his support behind u...


Theresa May gets stay of execution after Brexit rebel Michael Gove remains in...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The move prevented collapse of her premiership in the short term but Gove is simply hanging on with other anti-EU Cabinet members to try to rewrite the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.

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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

Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 172 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
13 Nov 2018 at 9:48pm
The 172nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a speech given by Clive Ponting. Ponting is a famous whistleblower who exposed the UK Government over the sinking of The Belgrano, an act many believe to be a war crime. He has also authored a number of books exposing various levels of skulduggery and/or incompetence …
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Journey To Yes 22 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
12 Nov 2018 at 10:01pm
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. This time it is Clive Ponting, a man who really knows what the British Government tends to get up to and why. It’s partly an interview and partly taken from a talk. I am pleased to announce that in a sort of double feature, the new episode …

Nation 3 ? Norway, The Twin Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Nov 2018 at 12:08am
The third in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.  In all the most serious research, Norway is almost always the number 1 place to be. Scotland could do this, and without major difficulties, we have more resources than they have, we just need to show the will to do it…

?I was basically trying to rip off The Pixies? ? Kurt Cobain
by michaelgreenwell
28 Oct 2018 at 12:58am
For those of you of a certain age. This is an amazing documentary, very far from your usual triumphant reunion…

Journey to Yes 21 ? Ashley Graczyk
by michaelgreenwell
21 Oct 2018 at 8:45am
Here is the latest in the the wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power. It is episode 21. If you?d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Scottish Independence Podcast 171 ? Dr Philippa Whitford
by michaelgreenwell
9 Oct 2018 at 4:20pm
The 171st episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Dr Philippa Whitford (a previous guest on the show). I’m sure you do, but just in case you didn’t know, Dr Whitford MP is an SNP MP but before her time in politics she was a consultant breast surgeon, one who also worked …
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Bloody Nora x 1000
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2018 at 8:58pm
Trump at the UN…

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Conservatives in Scotland and Poverty in the UK
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Nov 2018 at 4:58pm
The Conservatives in Scotland have been very quiet about UN Special Rapporteur Professor Philip Alston’s findings on poverty in the UK – 1.5 million people are destitute due to the UK Government’s ideological choice to inflict austerity on the most vulnerable – a Government which is run by their party.

Extinction Rebellion ? Scotland Launch
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Nov 2018 at 2:09pm
Systems Collapse Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an acknowledgement that our system has failed, catastrophically. It has delivered us a society where poverty has been institutionalised and the poor are punished, where our health and education systems are being shredded by neo-liberalism, where the media has been captured by oligarchs and where the conditions for our …

Labour for Indy?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Nov 2018 at 11:15am
With Theresa May flailing on Brexit and the UK government in crisis, the prospect of another general election is increasingly likely. In such a scenario, Scottish independence will inevitably return to the agenda. Labour’s position on the issue remains firm, but is there scope for it to change? Jonathan Rimmer investigates by speaking to the …

A Way out of Madness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2018 at 5:17pm
Remember when people voted No in 2014 because Britain was a source of economic stability and political certainty? The idea that Britain was somehow ‘multicultural’  ‘open’ and outward-looking was actually believed. People arguing for self-determination were somehow ‘separatists’. It seems laughable now doesn’t it? But the main compelling argument that we were ‘Better Together’ was …

China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2018 at 2:43pm
CHINA is the world?s largest economy, with a GDP in 2017 of $23 trillion, based on purchasing power parity. By comparison, the EU (including Britain) clocked up $20 trillion and the United States came in a global third at $19 trillion. America?s diminished economic power explains a lot about Donald Trump?s trade tantrums but how …

Brillo?s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Nov 2018 at 11:22am
An astonishing week of breakdown and breakthrough, clarity and exposure as forces of clandestine British power are revealed.  At the heart of a nexus of think-tanks and media is Andrew Neil,  the former UK Editor of the Economist, the Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, publisher of the Scotsman and supporter of the Adam Smith …

War School: the Battle for Britain?s Children
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 9:47pm
War School looks at what Remembrance means for veterans of Britain’s many conflicts in the century since the end of the War To End All Wars and reveals how government policies are targeting ever younger children for future rectruitment into the armed forces. More details here.    

An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 4:23pm
Dear Ms MacKinnon, Like thousands of licence fee payers across the country I am deeply concerned by BBC Scotland’s decision to support the upcoming News Xchange event featuring Steve Bannon. As an individual synonymous with white nationalism and the rise of racist, hate-fuelled politics I believe Mr Bannon?s inclusion is fundamentally dangerous, and simply by …

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Sturgeon urges Tory remainers to help build soft Brexit coalition
by Pippa Crerar
20 Nov 2018 at 7:28pm
SNP leader hints that opposition parties may back Norway model proposed by senior MPsConservative remainer MPs have a ?role to play? in building a coalition to drive a soft Brexit through the Commons, Nicola Sturgeon has said as opposition parties seek to find common ground with unhappy Tory back...

'What England wants, it gets': Brexit deal fails to win over Scottish voters
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
Few in Glasgow have a good word to say about Brexit, and many feel ignored by Westminster?Is there a deal at all?? asked Mairi McNeil, 65, as she sheltered from a rain shower off Buchanan Street with her husband, William, 66, a retired business analyst.While Scotland?s first minister. Nicola Stur...

Glasgow School of Art chair says building management 'exemplary'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2018 at 5:50pm
Muriel Gray regrets not doing more to communicate with local community after fireThe chair of Glasgow School of Art, Muriel Gray, has defended the management of the Mackintosh building ? which was gutted by fire in June ? as ?exemplary?, while acknowledging she could have done more to communicate...

Sturgeon: Brexit chaos makes independence case stronger every day
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2018 at 4:12pm
Scottish first minister suggests she may soon update Holyrood on timing of second independence poll? Follow the latest Brexit news and reaction - live updatesThe ongoing Brexit chaos makes the case for Scottish independence stronger every day, Nicola Sturgeon has said, suggesting that she may upd...

Critics line up after May wins cabinet support ? as it happened
by Kate Lyons (now), Andrew Sparrow , Matthew Weaver and Ruth Quinn (earlier)
15 Nov 2018 at 2:31am
PM announces she has secured backing for plan after ?long, detailed and impassioned debate?Brexit deal: May secures cabinet backing for Brexit dealTheresa May?s Brexit deal: everything you need to knowLabour confident its Brexiters will vote down May?s dealLatest summaryMay?s statement in full 2....

Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Nov 2018 at 10:12am
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment.State sc...

UK cannot stop article 50 case going to ECJ, says Scottish court
by Libby Brooks
8 Nov 2018 at 1:55pm
Group seeks ruling on whether Britain can unilaterally withdraw from Brexit processScotland?s highest court has refused the UK government leave to appeal its referral of a case to the European court of justice that seeks to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit. This paves the way...

Alex Salmond 'not adequately informed' of sexual harassment claims, court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Nov 2018 at 1:42pm
Former first minister is challenging the Scottish government over its handling of allegationsAlex Salmond was not given sufficient information about two sexual harassment allegations made against him, according to lawyers acting for the former first minister in the first court hearing of his lega...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The final death of the Spanish veto myth
There’s one thing that this blog has been saying consistently ever since I started writing it in 2013, and that’s that Spain would not veto an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but this blog has been a lone voice in Scotland arguing from a position of …

This is the state we?re still in
This is the state we’re still in. Back in 2014, another age, another era, when the UK could still pretend that it was open and welcoming and respectful of the people who make it up, Scotland was promised that by voting against independence, we could have the best of both worlds. The best of both …

Acknowledging Scotland?s existence
Finally, Theresa May has managed to unite the UK. Everyone thinks her deal is rubbish, even the guy who was supposedly in charge of negotiating it. The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned, so Raab C Brexit is now Raab C Exit. Fellow Brexist Esther McVey has taken time out of her busy schedule of …

A very big deal
You can’t turn on the telly today without seeing some eager interviewer standing outside Westminster or Downing Street, sticking their microphone in the face of a random political passer by and asking them about the government’s Brexit deal. The cracks are already showing, not least in the rictus grins of the Conservatives. It’s that uncomfortable …

Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting
The latest instalment in Phantom Power’s fantastic Journey to Yes series. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly disgusted by what he saw. …

Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs
When I was a kid, the Union fleg was only regularly seen flying on Orange Walks. As a Catholic wean from a family that was partly of Irish descent, it was a flag that said that people like me were not welcome, that we were excluded, that we were regarded as aliens in the land …

A draft constitution for the Scottish state
The constitutional scholar Dr. Mark McNaught, who is a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, is one of those who has been attempting to devise a draft constitution for an independent Scottish state.  Other groups and individuals have also been working on similar projects. This draft is not intended …

Sold out going in, sold out going out
Sorry for not having blogged the past couple of days, but I’ve been having internet issues. Virgin Cable’s online service check thingy insists there’s no broadband issues in my area, but I’m constantly getting DNS lookup errors. Fingers crossed it’s sorted now. Onieweys, it’s not like there’s a whole lot going on in the world …

The National

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May heads to Brussels for crunch EU talks as coup attempts falter
THERESA May is set to fly to Brussels to sign off on her Brexit deal today, with the backbench plot to topple her seemingly stalled.

DUP will get £1bn fund even if deal with the Tories collapses
NORTHERN Ireland will continue to receive the £1 billion funding package promised as part of the controversial deal between the DUP and the Tories even if the pact collapses, The National can reveal.

Why is DUP support so important to Theresa May and the Conservatives?
THERE are 639 MPs in the House of Commons who are considered active once the seven Sinn Fein MPs and four speakers and deputies who don?t vote are removed from the total of 650.

Holyrood hosts play focussing on lives of Scots food bank users
A FOOD bank is to open in the Scottish Parliament ? for one night only.

Strategy to get tough on alcohol unveiled by the Scottish Government
A TV watershed for alcohol adverts and compulsory health labelling on products could be brought in under new Scottish Government plans.

Alison Thewliss slams 'disgraceful' Home Office delays at protest
THE UK Government is ?trying to divide people?, a Scottish MP told protestors yesterday.

Kirsty Hughes: Backstop debate is a distraction from real damage from Brexit
THE backstop for the Irish border in the draft withdrawal agreement has been the focus of a major row between the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Government in recent days. Beyond that, there have been criticisms in Scotland that the withdrawal deal mentions Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Gibraltar amongst others, but not Scotland (though in fact, it doesn?t mention England either).

FM heads to London in bid to derail Tories' Brexit deal
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to travel to London this week in a bid to establish a united front against Theresa May?s Brexit plan.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland
Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 7th 2018 Thirty years ago Scotland was a very different place. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the poll tax was yet to be implemented, and there was no Scottish Parliament. Then along came the Govan by-election ? a seat that …

Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? an...
Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? and ?Nae Pasaran? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, November 3rd 2018 It is a rare occasion when two films are released on the same day about working class histories of Britain. This weekend sees such a situation with the release of Mike Leigh?s much awaited …

Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet
Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 31st 2018 A spectre is haunting the modern world: fascism. All around the world people are talking about and identifying fascists. Newspaper headlines abound in the US such as ?Is Donald Trump a fascist??, ?How fascist is Donald Trump?? …

British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories
British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 24th 2018 The political world has been seen as an abrasive, macho and male club for centuries. Across the West this has meant to have changed in the last couple of decades with record levels of women?s representation and …

Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise
Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 17th 2018 The context and limits of freedom of speech have always been important, but everywhere this seems to have become increasingly contentious. Whether it is white supremacists in the US declaring they are protecting the US …

A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance?
A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance? Gerry Hassan New Statesman, October 12th 2018 Dundee is being talked about. This marks a big change for a city that traditionally has been ignored or presented in clichés – of jute, jam and journalism, the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, and William McGonagall. Now …

Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us
Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 10th 2018 Hate seems to be everywhere in public life. This week Scottish Justice minister Humza Yousaf floated making misogyny a specific hate crime illegal, while in the previous week, the Scottish Government launched a high …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Brexit SPLIT: UK will BREAK UP and Scotland should rejoin the EU, says Spanis...
Brexit SPLIT: UK will BREAK UP and Scotland should rejoin the EU, says Spanish minister  Express.co.ukSpain will not oppose Scotland's independence  European InterestSpain would not oppose future independent Scotland rejoining EU: minister  TODAYonlineFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: decision on a second Scottish independence referendum in the...
Nicola Sturgeon: decision on a second Scottish independence referendum in the 'not too distant future'  Telegraph.co.ukIndyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again  thejournal.ieRichard Leonard claims Scottish independence would be WORSE than Brexit turmoil  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll ? Linda Fabiani
Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll ? Linda Fabiani  The ScotsmanNew independence poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK  Scottish Daily RecordScottish independence: Number of Scots who would vote to remain in UK revealed  Evening TimesFull coverage

Analysis: Whose Brexit is this and what does it mean for Scottish independence?
Analysis: Whose Brexit is this and what does it mean for Scottish independence?  CommonSpaceAnother Cabinet minister just threatened mutiny over Theresa May's Brexit plan  Mirror.co.ukNo-deal Brexit would be 'catastrophic' for Scotland says David Mundell  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Next referendum will be on Scottish independence
Next referendum will be on Scottish independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

The True Story Behind Outlaw King: What to Know About Scottish Independence H...
The True Story Behind Outlaw King: What to Know About Scottish Independence Hero Robert the Bruce  TIMENetflix's Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a Scottish warrior-king, is bloody medieval fun  VoxOutlaw King Picks Up Where Braveheart Left Off  The AtlanticReview: 'Outlaw King' Is Bloody Good Tale Of Rebellion, Betrayal, And Love  ForbesFull coverage

'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK
'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK  Express.co.ukDraft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesBrexit has strengthened case for Scottish independence: Sturgeon  ReutersPressure on Nicola Sturgeon to call new Scottish independence vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Brexit will cause the UK to 'split apart', Spanish government warns
Brexit will cause the UK to 'split apart', Spanish government warns  The IndependentFull coverage

SNP

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Brexit: SNP is ready to back a soft exit deal
Brexit: SNP is ready to back a soft exit deal  The TimesWork with Plaid and SNP on Brexit, Price urges Labour  BBC NewsSNP and Labour to unite for defeat of Theresa May's Brexit plan  The NationalAdam Price and Nicola Sturgeon met to discuss 'alternative' Brexit plans  WalesOnlineFull coverage

Professional misconduct hearing will probe former SNP MP's ties to trust fund
Professional misconduct hearing will probe former SNP MP's ties to trust fund  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon confirms SNP MPs will vote against Brexit deal
Nicola Sturgeon confirms SNP MPs will vote against Brexit deal  BBC NewsSNP MPs to vote against Theresa May's Brexit bill  The National'Scottish independence case stronger after Scotland sidelined in Brexit talks'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Teachers vote against pay offer from SNP as Scotland's schools head for first...
Teachers vote against pay offer from SNP as Scotland's schools head for first national strike since 1980s  The Scottish SunFull coverage

SNP to call for indyref2 if May's Brexit deal makes it through the Commons
SNP to call for indyref2 if May's Brexit deal makes it through the Commons  The NationalIan Blackford: Theresa May should consider SNP offer  HeraldScotlandTheresa May's 'deal' satisfies no-one: 4 important takeaways for Scotland  SNP (press release)Full coverage

Iain Macwhirter: Labour and SNP can't stop us plunging into a Blind Brexit no...
Iain Macwhirter: Labour and SNP can't stop us plunging into a Blind Brexit no one wants  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

The SNP cannot afford to ignore Labour's popularity among young Scots
The SNP cannot afford to ignore Labour's popularity among young Scots  The NationalFull coverage

Labour MP demands SNP answers on factory grants
Labour MP demands SNP answers on factory grants  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK in new referendum
Poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK in new referendum  Irish Examiner60% of Scots would vote 'remain' in new indyref  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Brexit SPLIT: UK will BREAK UP and Scotland should rejoin the EU, says Spanis...
Brexit SPLIT: UK will BREAK UP and Scotland should rejoin the EU, says Spanish minister  Express.co.ukSpain would not oppose future independent Scotland rejoining EU: minister  TODAYonlineSpanish foreign minister: UK will split before Spain  POLITICO.euFull coverage

New independence poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK
New independence poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK  Scottish Daily RecordScottish independence: Number of Scots who would vote to remain in UK revealed  Evening TimesFull coverage

Indyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again
Indyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again  thejournal.ieIn Brexit aftermath, Nicola Sturgeon told to forget dreams of a second Scottish referendum  inews.co.ukNicola Sturgeon: decision on Scottish independence vote in 'not-too-distant future'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Next referendum will be on Scottish independence
Next referendum will be on Scottish independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

Brexit deal works for all UK, PM Theresa May tells Scotland's First Minister ...
Brexit deal works for all UK, PM Theresa May tells Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesBrexit deal works for all UK, PM Theresa May tells Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon  Financial ExpressBrexit: Sturgeon has 'frank' exchange with May  BBC NewsFull coverage

'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK
'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK  Express.co.ukDraft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesSturgeon under pressure to outline plans for second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandPressure on Nicola Sturgeon to call new Scottish independence vote  The ScotsmanExtending Article 50 is now th...

Spanish minister Josep Borrell says Scots could join EU
Spanish minister Josep Borrell says Scots could join EU  The TimesFull coverage

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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 ...

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

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!

Scotland First Country To Introduce LGBT Lessons
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?

Highlight is surely gonna someone's uncle raging that a school's "teaching weans to be poofs".

Well the real highlight will be the promotion of LGBT sexualities and genders being "equal" to typical sexualities and gender...

TV Tax
Just curious to see who still pays to be told what to think.

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...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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

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 Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Christmas is back
I was in  Costa Coffee today and staff were wearing reindeer antlers (foam not real), also saw my first Christmas tree of the season in local chemists. I'm used to seasonal food being on display from September but today's sightings have still caught me by surprise.

Hockney
Nice enough picture. Not really bothered about the price, it's worth what someones willing to pay. Apparently it's a 'modern masterpiece' why'?.

Catalonia & the UK media blackout of events
What is this so called free press that we hear about ? It is quite something

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...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

The Familiar Whiff of Corruption Wafts Through the Corridors of Westminster a...
            Opening Narrative The Brexit endgame is not that far off and it is important to look-back to other events and the actions taken by the political and royal elite to protect their interests where the Westminster establishment was perceived to be under threat. An event occurred in Ireland in … Continue reading "The Familiar Whiff of Corruption Wafts Through the Corridors of Westminster...

The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is dead ? A look back at a few o...
    The man that would have inspired Machiavelli is dead and politicians sleep  more soundly. If only it were possible to delve into his diaries. Sir Jeremy Heywood, civil servant and permanent secretary to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, Cameron and May and confidant to the rich and powerful elite of British politics and their … Continue reading "The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is d...

The Tory Party ? Brexit ? Political Suicide ? Déjà vu
          15 Nov 2018: The Theresa May Government – A promising start and a dismal end Theresa May’s leadership was plunged into a new crisis last night after claims that she had described her former and remaining anti-European market Cabinet colleagues as “bastards” in comments accidentally recorded after a television interview. … Continue reading "The Tory Party – Brexit – Political Suicide –...

Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him
          1997 – The Fall of the Tory Party and Rise of New Labour After nearly 20 years in government the Tory Party collapsed under a mire of lies, sex scandals and just about every political crime imaginable. The single saving grace was the economy which was in robust health due … Continue reading "Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him"

Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Battle to the Streets Ca...
            Industrial Action in Glasgow Indications are that women employed by Glasgow District Council will be taking industrial action very soon in pursuance of their long running campaign seeking equal pay with male workers as required by law. It is important that the hard working people of Glasgow attribute fault … Continue reading "Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Batt...

The murky world of Westminster politics ? big business protection ? and the a...
        A Murky World In the article before this I provided a “through the keyhole report on the activities of Hayluyt. It generated a bit of interest and begged the question. How deeply entrenched in the British state is this bunch of very rich individuals? This article provides some answers and raises … Continue reading "The murky world of Westminster politics – big business protection – and ...

British Spymasters revealed
            I am publishing the under-noted article which exposed the activities of the British Secret Services to the public in Scotland. Many of the principal characters involved went on to dominate Scottish politics and, operating out of London still do so. After reading the article you might wish to read … Continue reading "British Spymasters revealed"

Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to get off the Bus Sharpish
          The Political Ideology of “New Labour” The political thinking of right wing “New Labour” politicians is closely aligned with their Tory “soft left” colleagues in Westminster and in political pressure groups in England, Wales and Scotland The right wing faction opposes just about all of the economic policies of the … Continue reading "Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to ...

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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.…