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Prime Minister David Cameron warns leaving the EU is an 'irreversible decision'
20 Jun 2016 at 12:09am
LEAVING the EU is an 'irreversible decision' that would do lasting damage to the UK economy, David Cameron has warned.

Brexitstential angst: interview with Aberdonian Vote Leave campaigner Michael...
20 Jun 2016 at 9:31am
WHERE better to rendezvous with Michael Gove than on his home turf of Aberdeen? It is the last but one Sunday before the referendum which will decide whether we opt to stay in the European Union or bid auf wiedersehen, au revoir and ? why not! ? arrivederci to ?dictatorial Brussels? (copyright the Sun) and its faceless, numberless, self-serving, over-paid, multi-lingual fat cats. As time drifts by and D-Day looms, things are turning ever nastier, ever more vindictive. The latest Brexit-supporting broadside has been issued by actor John Cleese, ?a prominent Liberal Democrat supporter? (copyright the Daily Express), who says that in order to reform the EU we should ?hang? Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Which, if nothing else, confirms that Basil Fawlty was probably based on personal experience.

In with the Out crowd: on the streets with Ukip's David Coburn
18 Jun 2016 at 12:19am
?Make sure you don?t make me look like Margaret Rutherford,? hoots David Coburn as our photographer starts clicking away. I can see what he means. Ukip?s jowly Scottish spokesman is wearing a full-length tweed coat with matching bunnet, set off by a bawdy yellow and purple scarf ? party colours ? and matching rosette. I must say, I?m more reminded of Toad of Toad Hall than Ealing-era cinema?s battle-axe-in-chief, but there you go.

How Brexit could provoke a crisis for the UK, even without a second independe...
17 Jun 2016 at 7:23am
NEXT week's EU referendum is not about Scottish independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been at pains to point out this week.

Ministers planning for all EU poll eventualities, MSPs told
16 Jun 2016 at 3:04pm
The Scottish Government is carrying out "appropriate planning" to prepare for the economic shock that a vote to leave the European Union (EU) would cause, the First Minister has said.

How Brexit could open up new constituency of support for independence among m...
16 Jun 2016 at 3:37pm
In September 2014, Scots voted by a clear majority to remain within the United Kingdom. Less than two years on, might a vote for the UK to leave the European Union trigger a second independence referendum and the potential break-up of the UK?

Ministers hail 'productive' talks over transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood
16 Jun 2016 at 3:07pm
Scottish and UK government ministers have held "very productive" talks over the transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood.

Mark Millar: Scotland needs to get out of Europe while it still can
15 Jun 2016 at 10:50am
Mark Millar has said that Scots 'needs to get out of Europe' while they still can as he backed Brexit.

Watch: Zippos circus returns to Glasgow
15 Jun 2016 at 2:22pm
Acrobat Boris Borissov displayed his remarkable horsemanship as Zippos Circus began its latest run in Glasgow.

Scotland meets climate change targets for first time
14 Jun 2016 at 2:01pm
Scotland has met its annual climate-change target for the first time, the latest greenhouse gas emission figures show.

SNP accuse Michael Gove of 'nonsense' over immigration
14 Jun 2016 at 7:16am
NICOLA Sturgeon and Alex Salmond have clashed angrily with Michael Gove after the leading Leave campaigner claimed Holyrood would gain new powers over immigration if Britain left the EU.

SNP fail to meet socially-rented housing manifesto target
14 Jun 2016 at 1:54pm
The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year, official figures show.

As Others See Us: the world wakes up to the "spectre" of post-Brexit Scottish...
10 Jun 2016 at 3:53pm
German news magazine Der Spiegel is all red, white and true British blue this week. "Please don't go," its splash headline reads in English against a Union flag backdrop. "Bitte geht nicht," it repeats in its own language.

MPs voice BBC independence fears amid shake-up
8 Jun 2016 at 10:16am
THE SNP voiced concern at the scope of the broadcaster's shake-up being pushed through by ministers.

Youth worker taking up named-person role says scheme will unleash 'pandemonium'
8 Jun 2016 at 10:46am
A youth worker due to become a named person has warned the controversial Scottish Government policy will unleash "pandemonium".

 

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Ewan Crawford: Sturgeon trusted to chart course of party
24 Jun 2016 at 10:29pm
In the early days of the Scottish Parliament, when I helped draft speeches for the SNP leadership, I remember taking care to ensure there were sufficient references to independence.

John Curtice: Indyref2 plans face three major hurdles
24 Jun 2016 at 10:18pm
Scotland eventually voted quite heavily in favour of remaining in the EU. But England and Wales voted against.

John McLaren: So then, where do we go from here?
24 Jun 2016 at 10:01pm
WHAT can we expect now for the economy and public finances of the UK and Scotland? In the short term a potential rollercoaster ride as financial markets swing on rumours of what might happen and when.

European chiefs greet vote with resolve and dread
24 Jun 2016 at 9:46pm
European leaders reacted with a mixture of dismay and resolve to the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

Praise mixed with concern as foreign leaders react to Brexit
24 Jun 2016 at 9:40pm
Britain’s decision to quit the European Union sent shockwaves around the world, with the UK’s allies and rivals scrambling to assess the implications of the vote.

Sam McBride: Northern Irish result was far closer than expected
24 Jun 2016 at 9:36pm
WARNINGS about the return of a hard border did not resonate, writes Sam McBride

EU vote creates ?overwhelming? legal minefield for UK laws
24 Jun 2016 at 9:27pm
WITH Article 50 to trigger our exit unlikely to be invoked until late this year, we need to consider how to deal with the volume of EU legislation to which we have become subject.

Spanish party leaders in last-gasp bid to woo voters
24 Jun 2016 at 8:41pm
Spain’s political parties have ended two weeks of campaigning ahead of tomorrow’s unprecedented repeat election aimed at ending a deadlock that has left the country with a caretaker government after an inconclusive vote in December.

Brian Wilson: David Cameron gave Leave to malcontents
24 Jun 2016 at 8:26pm
THE outgoing Prime Minister could have avoided crisis and resignation with just a bit more backbone, writes Brian Wilson

Leader: Keep cool and carry on, we need to think this through
24 Jun 2016 at 8:20pm
THE referendum has at the very least created an opportunity to change society to better reflect people’s altered desires

Protests held in Glasgow and Edinburgh over EU vote ?racism?
24 Jun 2016 at 7:53pm
PROTESTS are being held across two of Scotland’s biggest cities as people gather to show solidarity with migrants and demonstrate against the xenophobia and racism ‘unleashed’ by the EU referendum.

Sale of state stakes in banks may go on hold
24 Jun 2016 at 7:16pm
Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland could remain part-owned by the taxpayer for years to come after the stock market chaos caused by Brexit.

Lesley Riddoch: Green light for ?indyref2? could be flashing before 2016 ends
24 Jun 2016 at 6:45pm
Who’d have guessed it? Within hours of the Brexit vote, Scottish independence has once again become the talk of the steamie across the UK and the world.

Joyce McMillan: Brexit is clarion call for European far right
24 Jun 2016 at 5:00pm
BREXIT will create long-lasting ramifications not just for Scotland and the rest of the UK, but for Europe as well, writes Joyce McMillan

Mexican government praises Scots for Trump flag protest
24 Jun 2016 at 4:17pm
THE Mexican government has praised Scots for confronting Donald Trump with flags of the North American nation.

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Everybody gets two
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2016 at 10:32am
Chances, that is. Yesterday the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union, while Scotland voted to stay in. Unless something is done, Scotland will be dragged out of the EU against its clearly-expressed will – the margin for Remain was two and a half times the margin for No in 2014. The …

The unbroken record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2016 at 5:33am
If we’d seen this sooner, we’d have bet every penny we owned on Leave: The game just changed, readers. We’ve been up all night. We’ll have some analysis for you in a few hours. For now, spend a few moments pondering who the “narrow nationalists” and “separatists” in the UK are.

We?re calling it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jun 2016 at 10:36pm
We know it’s early doors, but we’re going to state with some confidence now that this is the Tweet Of The Night: Yes, that really is Tim Stanley, leader writer of the Telegraph, complaining about being up against the British establishment in a referendum. (In which Leave was supported by, among others, the Sun, the …

Powers without pennies
by Scott Minto
23 Jun 2016 at 10:00am
One of the more intriguing aspects of the EU debate has been the claim made by former Labour minister Tom Harris that a vote to leave the EU would transfer a raft of new powers, including over fishing and farming, to the Scottish government. (Part of a fairly major volte-face by Harris on who should …

The undecided
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jun 2016 at 1:10pm
Alert readers will already know that the closest thing this site has to a position on this week’s EU referendum is that supporters of Scottish independence living in Scotland should vote Remain. (And even that view is conditional on whether you consider Scottish independence the most important political goal of your life. If it’s more important …

There Are Crocodiles
by Chris Cairns
19 Jun 2016 at 6:44am

Total Perspective Vortex
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jun 2016 at 11:04am
Returning astronaut Tim Peake reveals the BBC’s new weather map. (Chris Cairns will be back tomorrow.)

Lion lies down with lambs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jun 2016 at 12:47pm
The man who last year wrote this: …and in 2014 wrote this, today wrote this. We live in strange times.

Another 24 hours
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jun 2016 at 6:46pm
Good grief. And we thought yesterday was grim. The media still managed to drag the SNP in, of course. Another week to the EU referendum yet, folks.

48 hours in Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2016 at 1:19pm
So, just to recap this week’s events so far: It’s now offensive to call gay people human beings, a Leave vote will destroy Western civilisation, a Remain vote will bring about an Orlando-style mass killing by Islamic terrorists, Ed Balls – whose party isn’t in government and who isn’t even an MP – has promised to …

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Brexit: Scottish cabinet to discuss response to Leave vote
25 Jun 2016 at 12:01am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to hold a cabinet meeting in Edinburgh to discuss her government's response to the UK voting to leave the EU.


Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish independence vote 'highly likely'
24 Jun 2016 at 7:27pm
Scotland's first minister says a second independence referendum is "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU.


EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
24 Jun 2016 at 10:36am
Scotland strongly backs staying in the EU - with all 32 council areas backing Remain - but the UK votes in favour of Brexit.


Donald Trump in Scotland: 'Brexit a great thing'
24 Jun 2016 at 4:25pm
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is a "great thing" that the people of the UK have "taken back their country" in voting to leave the EU.


EU Referendum: Second referendum 'not in best interests'
24 Jun 2016 at 1:23pm
A second independence referendum is "not in the best interests of Scotland", according to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives.


EU referendum: Scottish businesses call for swift action
24 Jun 2016 at 4:59pm
Scottish business leaders call for swift political action to end uncertainty in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU.


EU referendum: Fishing industry faces 'opportunities and challenges'
24 Jun 2016 at 12:55pm
The UK leaving the EU offers the Scottish fishing industry "opportunities and challenges", industry leaders say.


Pound plunges after Leave vote
24 Jun 2016 at 2:48pm
The London stock market dives and the pound hits its lowest level since 1985 in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU.


ScotRail talks offer amid strike dismissed as 'stunt'
23 Jun 2016 at 9:41pm
An offer by ScotRail to hold fresh talks with union leaders as a series of one-day strikes continues is dismissed as a "stunt".


Thousands of air weapons surrendered during amnesty
21 Jun 2016 at 12:32pm
Crossbows, rifles and pistols dating back to World War Two are among thousands of air weapons surrendered during a police amnesty.


Second Scottish teaching union to vote on industrial action
21 Jun 2016 at 9:05am
A second Scottish teaching union is to ballot its members for industrial action over their workload.


Rise in indecent messages sent to children, says NSPCC
21 Jun 2016 at 12:27am
The number of adults in Scotland targeting children under 13 with sexual messages increased by 60% in a year, according to new figures.

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Memo to Theresa Villiers : You're on a loser with this one
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2016 at 8:14pm
I was just watching Channel 4 News, and midway through it, Theresa Villiers (Northern Ireland Secretary and Leave campaigner) said something truly extraordinary. First she said that she agreed wit...

It's official : Scotland is to be dragged out of the European Union against i...
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2016 at 5:00am
Unfortunately I had to close the previous thread because of an abusive anonymous commenter, but feel free to continue the discussion below.  A few miscellaneous points on this extraordinary morning...

We may be heading for a narrow Leave win - and for Indyref 2
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2016 at 2:15am
There may yet be a joker in the pack tonight, as there was in the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum when the BBC briefly forecast No as the winners, only for Carmarthenshire to completely buck the n...

YouGov on-the-day poll predicts narrow Remain victory
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2016 at 10:05pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?Remain 52% (+1)Leave 48% (-1)This is very reminiscent of the YouGov on-the-day poll for the indyref, whic...

Good evening Edinburgh, this is Budapest calling. Here is how the Hungarian ...
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2016 at 7:09pm
As we approach the end of polling, it's interesting to note that Stephen Bush of the New Statesman is still saying that he thinks we might be looking at a Leave vote. That should be taken seriousl...

Remain take narrow lead in final Ipsos-Mori telephone poll
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2016 at 11:06am
If you're ever trying to organise a surprise party, it might be an idea not to mention it to Ben Page of Ipsos-Mori.  Having told the world the other day that two of his firm's competitors were abo...

Remain open up 6% lead in final ComRes phone poll
by James Kelly
22 Jun 2016 at 10:01pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? ComRes (phone) : Remain 48% (+2)Leave 42% (-3) YouGov (online) : Remain 51% (+2)Leave 49% (-2) The ComRe...

If it's Brexit, what then for Scotland?
by James Kelly
22 Jun 2016 at 7:18pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about the potential impact of a Leave vote tomorrow on Scottish politics : the powers that would be a...

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Hello /r/Scottland, just wanted to drop by and say from the depths of my hear...
by /u/captain_karhoonch
25 Jun 2016 at 6:40am
I was born in Queretaro, Mexico and was brought as a child to the US, and have been dealing with the Tiny Hand Trump first hand. I couldn't have been happier to read about all the lovely Scotts wav...

I don't want to be British anymore. How do I become Scottish?
by /u/runeblue360
25 Jun 2016 at 6:01am
Hello my northern neighbours, I feel like my country has gone mad and I want off the UKIP's wild ride. Thankfully, I saw Nicola Sturgeon's speech and I think that you guys have your shit together m...

Come on now, it's getting pretty pathetic.
25 Jun 2016 at 6:01am


I want EU Back
by /u/eustachiomustachio
25 Jun 2016 at 4:54am
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2014: "Calculator: Does Scoxit = Brexit?"
by /u/GoetzKluge
25 Jun 2016 at 4:49am
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BREXIT Anime OP
by /u/cshin9
25 Jun 2016 at 4:42am
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So on a scale of 1 to William Wallace, how pissed off are the Scots at the Br...
by /u/ShadySim
25 Jun 2016 at 4:35am
As an American I can't help but note you probably could have had your independence on the first Indref if it meant you all could still stay in the EU. submitted by /u/ShadySim [co...

Any Pro-EU Scottish Unionists here to share my saltiness with?
by /u/alekzander01
25 Jun 2016 at 4:18am
I'm Pro EU and a Unionist, needless to say these events have depressed me severely submitted by /u/alekzander01

It seems that if England and Wales just left the Union it would be better tha...
by /u/Marvelkicks
25 Jun 2016 at 4:14am
If Scotland left the Union we were told that GBR could stay in EU but we couldn't. Now with Ireland also talking about about leaving couldn't we change the arrangement to England and Wales voluntar...

Scotland The Brave
by /u/Vercingetorixxx
25 Jun 2016 at 3:57am
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Just moved to the states. Bitter cunt but I've bought these beers for Monday
by /u/kevski82
25 Jun 2016 at 3:47am
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Sorry about Brexit, you guys should have forced the English to read about Tyr...
by /u/iluvG2
25 Jun 2016 at 3:40am
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Scotland's leaving speech
by /u/MyDadsGlassesCase
25 Jun 2016 at 2:59am
This may be the argumentative drunk in me talking - and I may wake up in the morning with a different view on things after a good nights sleep - but if IndyRef2 happens and we win, I want this to b...

lily on Twitter: "@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron"
by /u/doyoufeelitnow
25 Jun 2016 at 2:35am
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Racism to blame for Brexit vote in EU referendum says head of leading Scottis...
by Chris Clements
25 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
MUBINA IRFAN, head of the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum, and says that those fleeing persecution will be damaged by the shock vote to leave the EU.


Bring on Indy Ref 2? We ask if Scots really want to go through another Indepe...
by John Dingwall
24 Jun 2016 at 11:00pm
AFTER 62 per cent of us voted to stay, gutted Scots say being forced out of Europe can only mean one thing - another independence referendum. We asked what you think.


Petitions website crashes after 200,000 call for re-run of EU referendum foll...
by Becky Barnes
24 Jun 2016 at 10:03pm
THE House of Commons website which hosts the petitions couldn't cope with the volume of users keen to sign the call for a second referendum on leaving the European Union.


Politicians betrayed the working class by scapegoating immigrants and Brexit ...
by Ross McCafferty
24 Jun 2016 at 8:53pm
ROSS McCafferty reflects on the massive swing to Leave in traditional Labour areas like Birmingham and Sunderland and concludes that our politicians need to temper their rhetoric.


Pro-EU rally sees protesters take to the streets of Glasgow to show support f...
by Jennifer Hyland
24 Jun 2016 at 8:11pm
DONALD Trump, racism, Westminster and anti immigrant sentiment were all in the firing line as hundreds of protesters backed remaining in the EU tonight in Glasgow.


Scotland votes to remain in EU but gets Brexit after shock result south of th...
by Record Reporter
24 Jun 2016 at 4:10pm
EVERY one of Scotland's 32 areas voted to Remain within the EU but, with the country heading for Brexit, Alex Salmond warned the result could lead to a second independence referendum.


Calamitous David Cameron pays the price as the gambling man who broke Britain...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Jun 2016 at 3:26pm
CALAMITY Dave will go down in infamy as the Prime Minister who bet the farm and lost, and now he has to pay the price for Brexit fiasco.


3 Brexit promises campaigners had wriggled out of before breakfast on EU refe...
by Mikey Smith
24 Jun 2016 at 1:49pm
The world of politics moves fast. By 8am this morning, senior Leave campaigners had already rowed back on three of their promises


What Boris Johnson did and didn't say: Bookies' favourite for Tory leadership...
by Rob Reid
24 Jun 2016 at 12:11pm
PRAISE for David Cameron, reassurance for the electorate about Britain's commercial future - but no mention of his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister.


Nicola Sturgeon says second independence referendum 'highly likely' after 'de...
by Tony Clerkson
24 Jun 2016 at 11:40am

 AFTER Scotland bucked the Brexit trend with every part of the country voting to remain in Europe, Nicola Sturgeon says IndyRef2 will exercise the right of Scottish people to decide their futu...

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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

The More Things Change?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
So it’s going to be all change. A period of major turmoil is about to begin. The pound has fallen dramatically, oil prices have gone up and markets are falling. If this happens the way Farage, Gove etc want, “taking back control” and the “seismic change” people are talking about is going to involve stripping …

Remain
by michaelgreenwell
22 Jun 2016 at 10:12pm
I haven’t campaigned on it at all, which I may come to regret. I must say however that I’m voting remain even though the remain people have done a terrible job, not because they have done a good one.

Eagerly Awaiting
by michaelgreenwell
22 Jun 2016 at 9:05am
Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences.  It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines.  We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of …

Audience Views on the New Scottish Media
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jun 2016 at 1:53pm
A recent film from Phantom Power which talks of the importance of the new Scottish media. If you’d like to hear the interview I did with the filmmaker then you can get that here.

Need Some Campaigning Things?
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jun 2016 at 9:46am
I imagine that this is your guy…

Some Situations, half-hypothetical or other
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2016 at 8:39pm
Most of the following things have happened. See if you can spot which one didn’t. A 17th century king takes offence at the words recounted to him by a diplomat. A country is invaded. A white supremacist bombs a government building. All white people are interned. A group of mostly Saudis attacks a trade building. …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 127 ? David Cameron
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jun 2016 at 12:38pm
A surprise guest for the 127th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast. He makes a good case too. Hope you enjoy it? You can download here if you right click THIS LINK and ?save as? You can listen to the show online or you can subscribe with itunes. We can alse be found on youtube …
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Sports Betting & Upper Class Yobs
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jun 2016 at 7:59pm
I think I’m prepared to bet that we are going to see a stark example of the British class system in action in the next few months. You see, at the Epsom Derby, which is a jolly day out for many of the more rah-rah elements of society, it seems that there was a bit …

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The Three Tasks
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2016 at 11:48pm
You may not like the result. You might be scared of what may come next. But on the other hand, can’t you feel a bit of the ‘thrill of possibility’? Can you imagine where we’d be if Remain had won, Cameron and Osborne were endorsed, Scottish independence was back in the filing cabinet and our …

Lame Duck Soup
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2016 at 10:44am
Marie-Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and Mateo Salvini are delighted. Nigel Farage called it a “victory for decent people”, then suffering with a bout of instant amnesia added: “Britain voted to leave without a bullet being fired.” Osborne is toast and Corbyn is a dead man walking, Osborne after spouting hysteria, Corbyn after saying not very much …

Who will speak for Europe?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2016 at 11:11am
At the outset of the so-called Brexit referendum campaign in February, the British tabloid The Daily Mail, in an attempt at setting out the merits for the UK to leave the European Union, published a front page editorial which asked: ?Who Will Speak For England?? The editorial evoked the words of Tory MP Leo Amery, …

Your Money and Your Life
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jun 2016 at 10:06pm
Tribe of Moles is Bella’s new weekly column reflecting struggles against benefits sanctions, austerity attacks and state repression ? encouraging resistance, counter-power and autonomy. Imagine you have to attend a test which is going to decide if you have enough money to live on ? or not.  You don’t really understand exactly how they are …

How to Win a Referendum
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jun 2016 at 9:07pm
Only in Britain could  the establishment have ensured that whichever way you decide to vote, they can?t lose the referendum. Boris Johnson, representing the EU ?Leave? campaign, has made much of the 800,000+ German cars he claims are sold in Britain to argue that Germany would not be sufficiently ?insane? not to offer post-Brexit Britain …

Scotland 2016
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jun 2016 at 11:23am
On first hearing that someone was going to pull the plug on Scotland 2016, I thought, it has been a terrible year, it’s probably for the best. On realising that it was BBC Scotland’s ‘flagship’ news and current affairs programme, I realised it was just the continuation of the broadcasters cycle of: under-invest, produce staid …

Let?s Be Gallus, no Sleekit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jun 2016 at 3:07pm
Gin we?ve lairnt onyhin fae the lest twa elections, then it?s shairlie that, firstlie, polls are gey doutsome, an voters gey ragglish. Jist whaur did that stamagast o a UK Tory majority come fae in 2015, or the brawer surpreese o an SNP launslide in Scotland, e?en takkin seats fae Labour high-heid yins in places …

Scotland Against Trump
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jun 2016 at 11:49am
On Friday Donald Trump is making a visit to Scotland to attend, amongst other things, the grand re-opening of his Turnberry resort on Ayr. He will arrive with a plane load of American media. And he will be greeted by demonstrators opposing everything he stands for. If the visit of the Republican presidential nominee is …

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Brexit could be Scotland?s ticket into the EU as an independent state | David...
by David Torrance
24 Jun 2016 at 5:11pm
Nicola Sturgeon may be cautious in her talk of another referendum, but she might find the EU much more willing to engage this timeIn times like these, political journalists like me tend to reach for the collected works of WB Yeats. ?All changed, changed utterly,? he wrote after Ireland?s Easter r...

Nicola Sturgeon: second Scottish independence poll highly likely
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor and Libby Brooks
24 Jun 2016 at 4:35pm
First minister says it is a ?democratic outrage? that Scotland would be taken out of European Union against its willLive: Britain counts the cost of BrexitScotland is on the brink of staging a fresh referendum on independence after Nicola Sturgeon requested talks with the EU on separate membershi...

Donald Trump arrives in UK and hails Brexit vote as 'great victory'
by Ewen MacAskill in Turnberry
24 Jun 2016 at 4:07pm
Presidential hopeful says Britons exercised ?sacred right? to independence on visit to his Turnberry golf courseDonald Trump has hailed Britain?s decision to leave the EU as a ?great victory?, attributing the result to immigration and drawing parallels with opposition to what he described as the ...

Nicola Sturgeon needs to keep Scotland in the EU. But how? | Lesley Riddoch
by Lesley Riddoch
24 Jun 2016 at 3:46pm
The first minister has already broached the idea of a second independence referendum, but her priority will be making a deal for Scotland to stay in EuropeMoments of turmoil and uncertainty favour the brave. Is the SNP brave enough to call a second independence referendum after last night?s EU re...

Nicola Sturgeon: second Scottish independence referendum on the table ? video
by Guardian Staff
24 Jun 2016 at 1:09pm
Nicola Sturgeon believes a second referendum on Scottish independence is highly likely after the UK overall voted to leave the European Union. The first minister said her government has already started the process of preparing legislation to pave the way for a second vote before the UK formally q...

Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish referendum 'highly likely' ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow (until 8.30am) and Matthew Weaver (now)
24 Jun 2016 at 12:47pm
Follow our new EU referendum liveblog hereCameron to resign after losing referendum voteBoris Johnson: ?No haste? to start Brexit processPound falls sharply as Bank of England urges calm 12.47pm BST We?re bringing this blog to a close, but fear not, Haroon Siddique has launched a new live blog fo...

'I'm now hoping for independence': Scottish readers on Brexit
by Matthew Holmes and Guardian readers
24 Jun 2016 at 11:55am
Voters in Scotland tell us that they will reconsider and favour independence should another referendum be calledFull EU referendum results where you areScotland has voted decisively to stay in the EU, demonstrating a clear political divide between UK countries over the results of the referendum.R...

Ruth Davidson: why she's 'not your typical Tory' ? video profile
by Guardian Staff
22 Jun 2016 at 4:27pm
We look at Ruth Davidson, the head of the Scottish Conservative party, who the Guardian?s Susie Boniface described as a ?star? following her performance in the BBC?s Wembley debate over the EU ReferendumRuth Davidson was the star at Wembley. Can?t we have more politicians like her? Continue readi...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A screw up of truly pig penis proportions
Well that turned out to be one hell of a way of sorting out the Tory party leadership, didn’t it. Rarely in history have schoolboy spats had such serious consequences, but that’s what happens when you pick your Prime Ministers from a muddy puddle of Etonian entitlement. Now Davie has had to resign and the …

The clock is ticking
So that’s it then. The sun has risen but the darkness falls. The nightmare has happened. The nightmare is here. Two Unions lie broken. Last night England broke the Unions, and chose for us. Chose to take us into the dark forest, chose to take us off the path we wanted to travel. England and …

Taking back some control of Scotland?s own
I’ve been no fan of the remain campaign. Its scaremongering has been alternately appalling and risible. It’s been high handed and arrogant, treating the electorate like fools who must be herded in a certain direction and if they don’t comply they must be morally suspect and probably racist too. They don’t deserve to win on …

The politics of d?oh
A worried Davie Cameron appeared at a podium outside Downing Street on Tuesday to make an appeal to voters to save his political skin. He didn’t quite utter the famous words from the Simpsons, “Will no one think of the children?” but he came close enough and the sentiment was much the same. Mind you …

A campaign reported by journaloids
Well it’s all over now. Decided. Minds made up. No need to say a syllable more. JK Rowling backed up by her island of lawyers has pronounced upon the EU referendum with a Harry Potter reference and it’s all over the papers. JK and Harry Potter and want us all to remain a part of …

The swearword missing between ?Mother? and ?of Parliaments?
Following a pause for breath due to the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox, the gloves are off again. Thankfully there’s only a few days to go now until this entire sorry mess of an EU referendum campaign is over. Neither side has any claim to the moral high ground, neither has any claim to …

Thumbs down to Westminster?s Colosseum
On Thursday, before the tragic and brutal murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in a shooting incident suspended campaigning, the EU referendum campaign reached further down into the gutter than it has gone before. Mind you it’s been in the gutter and rolling about in the filth pretty much since it started. Saying that the …

New books! The Collected Yaps volumes 3 and 4
Last year I published the Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug volumes 1 and 2, covering the period from when this blog first started in October 2013 until the independence referendum of September 2014. The books sold amazingly well, so well in fact meant that it meant I didn’t need to do an official …

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Business as usual as Donald Trump holds court at Turnberry ... before calling...
EVEN Donald Trump would have to admit that he wasn?t the most interesting thing happening in Scotland yesterday.

Mixed emotions in Glasgow as EU referendum result sinks in
YES supporters gathered in Glasgow's George Square last night to protest against Scotland being dragged out of Europe against its will, but elsewhere in the city the mood was mixed.

Andrew Tickell: Nicola Sturgeon's warm words to our friends from the EU provi...
AT the pompous Leave ghoulfest, the boys ? the amateurs ? were trembling. Shifty and flat, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson tried to sound grave, to sound like statesmen. Labour MP Gisela Stuart did her best impersonation of a railway announcer on

Nazi golf balls, bawbag banners and a Mariachi band make for a colourful anti...
EARLY on Friday morning, activists and campaigners began steadily filing onto the three buses sitting in Glasgow's George Square. It had already been a tiring and emotional night, with many staying up to watch the EU referendum results as they came i

JK Rowling among the No voters thinking again following Brexit against Scotla...
?I?M SORRY, I regret it, I am with you this time? ? former No voters yesterday declared they would mark their cross for an independent Scotland in a second indyref.

Thoughts of Edinburgh voters turn to indyref2 after huge Remain vote
ON the streets of the capital city of Scotland there may just be a quiet revolution, or certainly a change of hearts and minds, taking place after the EU referendum vote for Brexit. Attitudes in the capital are very important for a future independenc

Nicola Sturgeon states the SNP's case for indyref2 after shock of Brexit
PLANS are under way to give people in Scotland the chance to vote during the next two years on whether the country should become independent. Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a second independence referendum is ?highly likely? after UK voters de

?This is my home ? can I stay?? EU nationals in Scotland worry for their future
EU nationals living in Scotland expressed their fears for the future yesterday as the reality of Brexit set in ? but said they don?t want to leave their adopted home.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

The European Integration Project ? Never heard of it? Read on McDuff
      7 May 2013: The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project – Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   An annual workshop Convened by the “Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society and the Department of Politics and Government” (CSEPS). It’s …

Oh! what a tangled web they weave ? The rich elite get richer- screw the many...
      Joanne Hammerman Alter   The start and expansion of a Dynasty Joanne H Alter (nee Hammerman) 1927 – 2008 was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother Celia K. Hammerman, was an immigrant who fled the riots in Czarist Russia. Her father, Sol Hammerman, worked for J.K. Industries in …

2016 Scottish Election ? Did SNP Blunders Allow this lot Win Their Seats?
              Is anyone analysing the outcome of the marginals in the 2016 Scottish election? It is imperative the SNP learn from the strategic error of relying on a blanket, “one message fits all approach” when the electorate of a number of marginal constituencies were clearly in need of a …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

AWOL
May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building
Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 22nd 2016 The UK has already left Europe. It never really joined in any real sense. National debates like this reveals much about the psyche of a country, and how it sees its collective hopes and fears. For one, it illuminates a …

The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign
The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2016 Sometimes we should struggle to find the appropriate words. This is such a time and moment. A campaign that has already reached new lows plummeted to depths previously unimaginable with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. …

This campaign is a future warning from a British Trumpland
This campaign is a future warning from a British Trumpland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 19th 2016 The Euro campaign has been without any joy or love, and has reached depths unseen for decades in British politics ? reducing complex subjects to the gutter. This last week has been a humbling one. The tragic death …

Are We Better Than This? The Tragic Killing of Jo Cox
Are We Better Than This? The Tragic Killing of Jo Cox Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 17th 2016 This is an attack on all of us. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is an assault on parliamentary democracy but disgracefully not as much a shock as it should be. Part of British politics have …

What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland?
What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 15th 2016 There is something about Scots and class, and in particular about working class identities. Many Scots define themselves when given a choice as working class, yet in terms of occupations and status, on any definition, a majority would be …

Was 1966 the last great British sporting moment? Andy Murray apart?
Was 1966 the last great British sporting moment? Andy Murray apart? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 12th 2016 ?They think it?s all over. It is now.? These are some of the most famous words ever in the history of British sporting commentary. The fiftieth anniversary of 1966 is upon us. When England beat West Germany …

The SNP, Centre-Left Politics and the State of Social Democracy
The SNP, Centre-Left Politics and the State of Social Democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 8th 2016 One party stands head and shoulders above all others in Scotland – namely, the Scottish National Party. It has got there through its own efforts, hard work and virtues, along with the numerous mistakes and weaknesses of its …

Confused by the European Debate? You should be!
Confused by the European Debate? You should be! Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 5th 2016 The EU referendum is so far one of the worst political debates in my lifetime, with no sign of it improving. It is unlikely to descend to the gutter of Trump v. Clinton coming up shortly. But it still leaves …

Scotland and Independence

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Brexit: Scotland independence vote back on the table after Britain opts to le...

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Brexit: Scotland independence vote back on the table after Britain opts to leave EU
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Britain's vote to leave the European Union has put the question of Scottish independence back into play, with Scotland having voted heavily for the UK to remain in the bloc. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the result put another ...
Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish inde...

Nicola Sturgeon says new independence vote is now 'highly likely' after Brexi...

Nicola Sturgeon says new independence vote is now 'highly likely' after Brexit
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While the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union, Scots overwhelmingly opted to remain, with Ms Sturgeon declaring the result meant there had been a 'significant and material change in the circumstances in which Scotland voted against ...



J.K. Rowling says Scotland will seek independence after UK votes for Brexit -...

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J.K. Rowling says Scotland will seek independence after UK votes for Brexit
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LONDON ? J.K. Rowling has spoken out against the results of Britain's referendum on membership in the European Union with a strong suggestion that Scotland "will seek independence now." The Harry Potter author reacted to reports that the UK voted to ...
JK Rowling says Brexit will hasten Scottish independe...

Bring on Indy Ref 2? We ask if Scots really want to go through another Indepe...

Scottish Daily Record
Bring on Indy Ref 2? We ask if Scots really want to go through another Independence referendum
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She added: ?My vote wouldn't change however I know many of my friends who voted against independence would definitely vote for it after this result. Nearly all of them want to remain in Europe and it looks like Scotland's independence is the only way ...

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EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave - BBC News

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EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a media conference a second independence referendum was "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU. The SNP manifesto for May's Holyrood elections said the Scottish Parliament should have the right ...

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Trump in Scotland: Would Put UK at 'Front of Line' for Trade Deal, Support Sc...

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Trump in Scotland: Would Put UK at 'Front of Line' for Trade Deal, Support Scottish Independence
Reason (blog)
Jane Barlow/ZUMA Press/NewscomDonald Trump appeared in Scotland a day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, for the re-opening of the golf resort. Most of his initial comments, fifteen minutes worth, were about his properties, but ...
Donald Trump: Brexi...

EU Referendum Leave result: Scottish independence vote 'highly likely' and Bo...

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EU Referendum Leave result: Scottish independence vote 'highly likely' and Boris Johnson pays tribute to Prime ...
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A general view of Manchester Town Hall, the setting for the national count in the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, before the counting of votes commences. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2016.

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Brexit Vote Inspires New Calls For Scottish Independence - NPR

Brexit Vote Inspires New Calls For Scottish Independence
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The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union has prompted calls for another independence referendum in Scotland and rumblings of breaking off from Britain in Northern Ireland as well. ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: There's no guarantee that the ...



SNP

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SNP expects surge in support ahead of local elections after UK votes to leave...

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SNP expects surge in support ahead of local elections after UK votes to leave EU
Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan, a former leader of Glasgow City Council, said: ?I'm already seeing people who previously voted No saying they're joining the SNP and I have no doubt that the EU referendum result will be a catalyst for many to do the ...

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Scottish Cabinet in emergency meeting following Brexit vote - Aberdeen Evenin...

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Scottish Cabinet in emergency meeting following Brexit vote
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The SNP manifesto for May's Holyrood elections said the Scottish Parliament ?should have the right to hold another referendum if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014?, such as Scotland being taken out ...

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New Scotland independence referendum ?highly likely? ? Sturgeon - Himalayan T...

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New Scotland independence referendum ?highly likely? ? Sturgeon
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Scots rejected independence by 55 to 45 percent in a 2014 referendum, but since then Sturgeon's pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) has become much more powerful. EU membership was one of the key issues in 2014, with those campaigning ...

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Nicola Sturgeon states the SNP's case for indyref2 after shock of Brexit - Th...

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Nicola Sturgeon states the SNP's case for indyref2 after shock of Brexit
The National
The SNP manifesto for May's Holyrood elections said Scotland ?should have the right to hold another referendum if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014? and highlighted the scenario of Scotland being ...

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In Scotland, 'Leave' is a licence to tear the UK apart: DiManno - Toronto Star

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In Scotland, 'Leave' is a licence to tear the UK apart: DiManno
Toronto Star
Which might set the electorate against the SNP, if forced yet again to ponder a fate even more crucial than staying or departing the EU: their very British-ness and whether that can coexist with Scottish-ness. They thought they'd decided it. But the ...

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A bleak result with massive repercussions for the UK and Europe - Herald Scot...

A bleak result with massive repercussions for the UK and Europe
Herald Scotland
In Northern Ireland too, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a poll on a united Ireland and in Scotland, there is not only a case for another referendum, the SNP potentially also has a much stronger case for independence than two ...

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EU referendum Scottish count: 'This was not the civic nationalism we saw duri...

Herald Scotland
EU referendum Scottish count: 'This was not the civic nationalism we saw during the independence referendum'
Herald Scotland
Sitting on a bench at the side, the SNP Central Scotland contingent ? MP Martyn Day, MSP Angus MacDonald and councillor Paul Gardner - look relieved as the Scottish results emerge; more SNP voters than they expected had signalled they might vote out, ...

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Independence Day? How Leave celebrated at they lost Scotland - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Independence Day? How Leave celebrated at they lost Scotland
Herald Scotland
?I wonder what our erstwhile allies the SNP will do,? he said. In this gym hall, in Grangemouth, its squeaky floor criss-crossed with the multi-coloured line markings of different sports, Scottish nationalists were muttering about independence too. But ...

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New Scotland independence referendum 'highly likely': Sturgeon - Reuters

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New Scotland independence referendum 'highly likely': Sturgeon
Reuters
Scotland, a nation of five million people, voted decisively to stay in the EU by 62 to 38 percent in a referendum on Thursday, putting it at odds with the United Kingdom as a whole, which voted 52-48 in favor of an exit from the EU, or Brexit. "As ...
Scottish leader threatens a second independence referendumWashington P...

Nicola Sturgeon says new independence vote is now 'highly likely' after Brexi...

Nicola Sturgeon says new independence vote is now 'highly likely' after Brexit
Daily Mail
The SNP manifesto for May's Holyrood elections said the Scottish Parliament 'should have the right to hold another referendum if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of ...



U.K. Breakup Back in Play as Scots Weigh New Independence Vote - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
U.K. Breakup Back in Play as Scots Weigh New Independence Vote
Bloomberg
The Scottish National Party government said that the majority U.K. decision to leave the EU justified another vote on Scots independence. Results of Thursday's EU referendum showed Scotland voted to remain in the 28-member bloc, while England and ...
Five facts from Scottish EU referendum voteBBC News
A nation divided...

EU referendum result: Scotland's higher education sector emphasises 'nothing ...

The Independent
EU referendum result: Scotland's higher education sector emphasises 'nothing changes overnight'
The Independent
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the people of Scotland see their future as part of the EU, adding that a second Scottish independence referendum is ?highly likely? with those loyal to Remain expressing concern that the north of the UK is being ...

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EU referendum: Scottish businesses call for swift action - BBC News

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EU referendum: Scottish businesses call for swift action
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Fishing industry leaders urged clarity from the UK and Scottish governments on their future intentions for fishing. And the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said "decision-makers" should focus on economic stability. The EU referendum was won by the ...
Scottish business call for calm and stability following the EU refere...

EU Referendum: Second referendum 'not in best interests' - BBC News

EU Referendum: Second referendum 'not in best interests'
BBC News
A second independence referendum is "not in the best interests of Scotland", according to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Ruth Davidson said she wanted to see "stability prioritised" in the wake of the Brexit vote. "But I do not believe that ...

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Leave warns supporters of strong Scottish referendum vote - Scotsman

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Leave warns supporters of strong Scottish referendum vote
Scotsman
In an email to supporters, Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott said: ?Scotland and London are voting in big numbers. There is a very real chance that voters in London and Scotland will vote to keep us in the EU today despite the heartlands of the ...

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'Highly likely' Scotland will hold another independence referendum: Leader - ...

'Highly likely' Scotland will hold another independence referendum: Leader
Toronto Sun
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Friday it is "highly likely" Scotland will hold a second independence referendum because of Britain's decision to withdraw from the European Union. She said she will seek powers to hold ...



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Scottish Independence Debate
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Juncker
This guy is an arsehole.

Commonwealth free-ish movement
The free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was suggested a while back. With Brexit, it looks like we now have a superb opportunity to create stronger ties with these nations, for example making it easier to live and work in each other's countries.

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Brussels Monday morning
We all know that the whole reason for existence of the faceless Brussels bureaucrats and the other 27 member states was to meet up every morning in their mediaeval dungeon in Brussels and think up of new and sadistic ways of fucking over poor little Britain, who never did nuthin' to no one and ju...

What if?
What if France, Holland and Sweden all have huge swings to leaving the EU?
Is the EU still as enticing a place we want to be?
All through the whole debate I didnt get a huge sense that Scotland were really that bothered and now it seems more like a knee jerk reaction. Sturgeon, Salmond, Cameron...

The Scottish-English border post independence
During the brexit debate I kept hearing from leave campaigners about how a brexit would have no impact on trade and free movement of people between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and any suggestion to the contrary was scaremongering by the remain side. In a Scottish indy ref 2, wou...

Daily Record for indyref2 ?

The Royal Wee-U
In the light of the win by brexit with their taking the country back from un-elected figure heads, will they now be fighting to get rid of the monarchy and the house of lords and fighting for independence for the commonwealth? Farage touring Polynesia sounds a brill fly on the wall documentary.

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

glastonbury
coldplay,muse and adele  utter jobby 

Scotland is Irrelevant
One Tory MP, we have a Tory Government. Voted to stay in Europe, we were pulled out by England. Its great being British.

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Yeti
Anyone see the Ch4 documentary - Yeti: Man, Myth or Beast, or something like that - that was on couple of weeks ago? Had taped it and just watched it there.   So many locals convinced they'd seen one and it exists in folk legend almost everywhere across the Himalayas. Some samples of hair...

Songs You Never Knew Were Cover Versions
One for a Friday night music thread. There was a great edition of Get It On last night featuring little known original versions of famous songs. These two in particular surprised me:-Tina's is the definitive version but this was the original... Hall and Oates wrote many hit singles but not this ...

Stone Roses
Announcement today seemingly. Got a heads up last week about gigs at the ethiad so booked hotels before prices rocketed. Can cancel if it's a hoax.

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Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...