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SNP MP: Football Act should not be repealed after Scottish Cup Final violence
24 May 2016 at 11:57am
An SNP MSP has urged opponents of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act to back down after the fan trouble at the Scottish Cup final.

Kenny MacAskill: Scottish Government 'tried to win more powers as part of Loc...
24 May 2016 at 3:42pm
The Scottish Government tried to secure more powers for Holyrood as part of a controversial prisoner transfer agreement between the UK and Libya, former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said.

Lib Dems: Holyrood should be suspended for last week of EU referendum campaign
23 May 2016 at 2:13pm
Holyrood business should be suspended for the final week of the European Union (EU) referendum campaign, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said.

Alex Neil resigns as social justice secretary
18 May 2016 at 9:58am
Alex Neil has resigned as Social Justice Secretary.

Charles Kennedy's portrait will have "pride of place" at the National Liberal...
18 May 2016 at 8:02pm
A striking portrait of the late Charles Kennedy has been unveiled at the National Liberal Club in London?s Whitehall.

SNP love triangle: party says claims about Angus MacNeil's expenses are 'tota...
18 May 2016 at 11:43am
Any suggestions of "financial impropriety" by an SNP MP in relation to his hotel expenses amidst allegations of an affair are "totally wrong", the party has said.

Richard Lochhead to step down from Scottish Cabinet
18 May 2016 at 9:43am
Richard Lochhead is stepping down from the Scottish Cabinet, according to reports.

Scotch Whisky Association issues EU membership call
17 May 2016 at 7:59am
The Scotch Whisky Association has argued EU membership is vital to growing Scotch whisky exports

Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's Independence campaign
8 May 2016 at 4:44pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has confirmed her intention to relaunch the SNP's independence campaign in the summer despite being reduced to a minority in Holyrood.

Michael Gove predicts majority of Scots will vote to leave EU
8 May 2016 at 4:23pm
A MAJORITY of people in Scotland will vote to leave the European Union, leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove has predicted.

VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon vows to 'work above party boundaries' after losing maj...
7 May 2016 at 3:37pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has pledged to work above party boundaries in the best interests of Scotland but vowed to assert the values set out in the SNP manifesto.

Mundell's celebrate double success in Dumfries and Galloway
7 May 2016 at 1:34am
THE Mundell family had plenty to celebrate after Oliver Mundell won the Dumfriesshire seat for the Conservatives.

Sadiq Khan hopes election victory will inspire more Muslims to enter politics
7 May 2016 at 2:41pm
SADIQ Khan said he hoped his election victory would inspire more Muslims to enter mainstream politics, despite the "desperate and divisive" campaign against him.

As Others See Us: Have Scots "poured a bucket of cold water" on SNP Indy aspi...
7 May 2016 at 3:37pm
The spectre is back. The spectre, that is, of Scottish nationalism.

Sturgeon holds talks on role of women in Syrian peace process
7 May 2016 at 12:16pm
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has discussed the role of women in the Syrian peace process during a United Nations initiative.

 

Scotsman

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Archbishop of Canterbury in Kirk first
25 May 2016 at 4:13pm
The Archbishop of Canterbury today became the first head of the Church of England to debate at the General Assembly as the Kirk discussed the Columba Declaration aimed at promoting closer working between the two churches.

Institute for Fiscal Studies rejects EU ?propaganda arm? label
25 May 2016 at 2:14pm
A respected economic think-tank has rejected claims it is acting as the EU’s “propaganda arm” by issuing a stark warning about the potential impact of Brexit.

S&P warns Brexit could jeopardise pound?s standing
25 May 2016 at 12:54pm
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has said that a vote to leave the European Union could jeopardise the pound’s standing as an international reserve currency, potentially threatening the UK’s credit rating.

Tories receive more donations than all other parties combined
25 May 2016 at 12:09pm
Conservatives have received more in donations this year than all other political parties put together, figures showed.

Scottish Labour announce front bench team
25 May 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has announced her new front bench team, revealing she will take personal control of the finance brief.

Nicola Sturgeon bid to make Scottish education a ?world leader?
25 May 2016 at 10:45am
Nicola Sturgeon will pledge to adopt a “spirit of consensus” as the Scottish Government attempts to make the country a “global leader in education”.

?Piecemeal? devolution putting Union under threat
25 May 2016 at 10:20am
The future of the Union is “under threat” as a result of “piecemeal” devolution to the nations that make up the United Kingdom, a Lords committee has warned.

UK government tells Lord Sugar: ?You?re hired?
25 May 2016 at 9:50am
Former Labour peer Lord Sugar was today named the UK government’s enterprise tsar as it seeks to encourage more people to start their own business.

Five bold Scottish transport projects that never took off
25 May 2016 at 9:50am
FROM futuristic monorails to underwater tunnels reaching far-off islands, Scotland has never been short of ambitious transport plans to bring the country closer together - even if many never make it off the drawing board.

92,400 Scots now working beyond retirement age
25 May 2016 at 12:00am
The number of people working beyond retirement age in Scotland has almost doubled since 2004, new Scottish Government statistics show.

Leaders: Overseas training reveals police funding crisis
25 May 2016 at 12:00am
THE WORK by Police Scotland to train foreign forces in nations with dubious human rights records is no way to raise money

Crisis-hit Citizens Advice Scotland may be offloaded to Holyrood
24 May 2016 at 10:59pm
The UK government is believed to be considering offloading troubled Citizens Advice Scotland on to the Scottish Government amid on-going governance problems at the charity.

Case for drink ban ?strengthened? after Cup final brawls
24 May 2016 at 10:55pm
Justice secretary Michael Matheson has said the need to keep the ban on alcohol at football grounds has been strengthened following disturbances at the Scottish cup final.

EU referendum: Mark Carney denies Bank of England is ?biased?
24 May 2016 at 10:50pm
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has denied giving out Treasury Brexit “propaganda” and said it was his job to “come straight with the British people” over the risks.

EU referendum: Family holidays to cost more after Brexit
24 May 2016 at 10:46pm
Leaving the European Union could put £230 on the cost of a family holiday and £4 on the price of a phone call home, David Cameron has claimed, as he set out what he termed the “retail” case for continued membership.

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

The history of the Scottish Parliament
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 May 2016 at 1:06pm
There’s not much happening today, but this caught our eye: As an at-a-glance guide to the evolution of Scottish politics it’s pretty stark.

How newspapers work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 May 2016 at 10:09am
These two stories today are based on the exact same quotes from the exact same interview in a magazine. Thank goodness the press is here to interpret stuff for us, eh?

A slight stramash
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 May 2016 at 12:31pm
We thought it’d be worth making a timeline of Hampden on Saturday for posterity. Because a lot of nonsense is being talked on all sides. This is the reality. The footage above is an unedited extract of the live coverage on BBC1. As such it’s interrupted by some interviews with the Hibs manager and players, so we don’t …

Statements of the obvious
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 May 2016 at 12:38am
So a few things need said about the events of the weekend. 1. Hibs fans had no business invading the pitch. They’d waited 114 years to win the cup, but in those 114 years no other club’s fans had felt the need to take to the Hampden turf when they won, other than (as far …

The History Boys
by Chris Cairns
21 May 2016 at 6:55am

An act of sabotage
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 May 2016 at 11:13am
Yesterday we reported how the only people who were risking the privatisation of key ferry services to the Western Isles were the Scottish Labour politicians and media crowing about how the decision to keep them in the hands of publicly-owned operator Caledonian MacBrayne had been made for political reasons. (Which, were it true, would render the award …

Two Scotsmen
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 May 2016 at 5:14pm
Here’s (a few seconds into the clip) George, Baron Foulkes Of Cumnock. Born in 1942 in Oswestry in Shropshire and privately educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, George was first elected by the public in 1979, serving for 26 years. During his time as an MP he was convicted of a drunken violent assault on …

Scottish Politics For Dummies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 May 2016 at 12:35pm
As we write there’s a protest going on outside the Scottish Parliament regarding the privatisation of ferry services to the Western Isles. It was formally announced almost three hours ago that there definitely wasn’t going to be any privatisation and that the service would remain in public hands, but the protest still went ahead. The people conducting …

Phenomenon Of The Week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2016 at 9:04pm
Over the past few days, readers, we haven’t been able to avoid noticing a recurring theme among Unionist types on social media – namely that the Holyrood election results are proof that support for independence is declining. But it’s not until you ask them to explain that it gets completely mental. The measure being used …

The taxonomy of lies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2016 at 10:16am
For much of its life, this site has been warning readers that, as their default position, they should always assume newspaper headlines are a lie until proven otherwise. Today, Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper admitted it in public. The Sun phrased it slightly more euphemistically, of course, but the meaning was still unmistakeable – “the headline will be …

BBC Scotland

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UK governments 'failing on devolution'
25 May 2016 at 10:23am
Successive UK governments have failed to adapt to devolution - with a new mindset required in order to save the Union, according to a House of Lords committee.

Labour unveils Holyrood front bench
25 May 2016 at 12:02pm
Scottish Labour announces its front bench team for the coming Holyrood term, with leader Kezia Dugdale taking the finance role herself.

Sturgeon outlines 'bold' education plan
25 May 2016 at 3:19pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces her "bold" plan for education by convening a "major summit" to look at closing the attainment gap.

Councillor launches SNP deputy bid
25 May 2016 at 12:19pm
An Inverclyde councillor becomes the first candidate to put themselves forward for the deputy leadership of the SNP.

Scotland now a 'nation of home drinkers'
25 May 2016 at 8:18am
Adults in Scotland increase their consumption of alcohol for the second year in a row, according to a report.

Gaelic makes family 'a human rights case'
25 May 2016 at 2:44pm
An Australian couple's deportation is a human rights issue because their seven-year-old son's first language is Gaelic, says MP.

World schools advice panel for Holyrood
24 May 2016 at 5:30pm
The Scottish government sets up a panel of international education advisors at the first cabinet meeting of the new Holyrood term.

Motion lodged over cup final disorder
24 May 2016 at 3:01pm
An MSP lodges a motion claiming disorder at the Scottish Cup final shows the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should not be repealed.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Holyrood's new Scotland Act powers
23 May 2016 at 2:04pm
How could MSPs use the latest powers to have been devolved to Holyrood?

Who is in the 2016 Scottish cabinet?
18 May 2016 at 5:11pm
A look at who is in the 2016 Scottish government cabinet

Profile: Scotland's first ministers
16 May 2016 at 10:58pm
From Donald Dewar to Nicola Sturgeon - their role and legacy

Scot Goes Pop

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

Drama as Survation reports that Remain's lead has dropped to just SIX points ...
by James Kelly
25 May 2016 at 3:11pm
It's beginning to look like the signs over the weekend and Monday that Remain were pulling clear in the EU referendum may have been illusory.  Hot on the heels of YouGov and ICM polls suggesting th...

Leave campaign draws level in startling new YouGov EU poll
by James Kelly
25 May 2016 at 5:55am
There's been conflicting evidence over the last week on whether telephone polling is picking up a significant swing towards Remain, but we can now say with a fair bit of confidence that online poll...

ICM online poll suggests the EU referendum race is absolutely level
by James Kelly
24 May 2016 at 2:24pm
This may help to steady the ship slightly for the Leave campaign, after a couple of recent polls that made some commentators wonder if the referendum was gradually ceasing to be competitive. Should...

EU Poll of Polls tightens after release of YouGov's split test
by James Kelly
21 May 2016 at 5:36am
When I posted about the EU referendum polls yesterday (and updated this blog's Poll of Polls), I somehow managed to miss the big polling story of the day - that YouGov had conducted side-by-side on...

How might an SNP-Labour pact work in advance of the next UK general election?
by James Kelly
20 May 2016 at 9:41pm
The furious reaction of Dunc "don't call me Dunc" Hothersall is probably sufficient to tell you that Keiran Pedley may be on to something in suggesting that, because Labour's only hope of regaining...

Crikey! ComRes confounds us with another cracking EU contradiction
by James Kelly
20 May 2016 at 4:50pm
This week has been the perfect example of what drives me crazy about people's irrational responses to individual opinion polls. We've had seven EU referendum polls since Monday, and this is what t...

Winning With Willie
by James Kelly
17 May 2016 at 3:53pm
A real clash of the titans to look forward to as Rennie takes on Sturgeon. Wonder who will win? Should be close. #WinningWithWillie— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 17, 2016It would be embarrassing i...

Get set for Schrodinger's referendum as bombshell ICM poll reveals that Remai...
by James Kelly
16 May 2016 at 6:46pm
After a whole week without a single EU referendum poll (almost unbelievable this deep into the campaign), ICM have broken the drought with simultaneous phone and online polls, which once again show...

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Glasgow - old colour film 1963
by /u/redandblackbackpack
25 May 2016 at 3:46pm
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Gordon Brown 'astonished' to discover he's a Viking
by /u/StairheidCritic
25 May 2016 at 2:49pm
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The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee are hearing evidence o...
by /u/UKHouseOfCommons
25 May 2016 at 2:29pm
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Norwegian Air to launch low-cost Edinburgh-US routes in 2017
by /u/dtrford
25 May 2016 at 1:21pm
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Shell to cut 475 North Sea jobs - mainly in Aberdeen
by /u/obeyjack
25 May 2016 at 12:42pm
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BBC News: Scotland now a 'nation of home drinkers'
by /u/green_noble
25 May 2016 at 12:15pm
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EU Referendum map shows Scottish Tweeters are more Remain
by /u/nightdriver88
25 May 2016 at 11:18am
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Scotland: Where Nightmares Are Reality
by /u/smellyunderween
25 May 2016 at 10:46am
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Is the named person policy set to be the first casualty of Nicola Sturgeon?s ...
by /u/Obamanator91
25 May 2016 at 10:26am
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Taps aff: Scotland set for the hottest summer in 40 years
by /u/Halk
25 May 2016 at 10:14am
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Muslim community offers free food in Aberdeen
by /u/Halk
25 May 2016 at 10:12am
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Eton boys do Cumnock in 1961. Starts about 3m50. Warning includes Jonathon Ai...
by /u/ewenmax
25 May 2016 at 9:04am
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Scottish alcohol sales increase to equivalent of 41 bottles of vodka per adult
by /u/Halk
25 May 2016 at 8:00am
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Heading home in a month with my wife and two wee ones. Can't wait.
by /u/notacrime
25 May 2016 at 6:06am
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Tony Blair warns Britons backing Brexit will strip workers' rights
by Torcuil Crichton
24 May 2016 at 11:57pm
THE former Prime Minister urged voters that leaving the EU would affect UK trade unions and workplace rights.


Joan McAlpine: Waspi warriors won?t be ordered to buzz off
by Joan McAlpine
24 May 2016 at 9:36pm
JOAN warns we'll be hearing a lot more from the women who've been sold out over their state pension age.


SNP MP hits out over MoD plans to continue dishing out controversial anti-mal...
by Record Reporter
24 May 2016 at 4:17pm
DOUGLAS Chapman says the MoD has a duty of care to all personnel and that Larium represents an unacceptable risk and has widespread side effects.


Boyband 5ive pull out of Brexit concert because they didn't realise gig was p...
by Record Reporter
24 May 2016 at 4:16pm
THE boyband pulled out of the Leave campaign-funded gig, due to take place days before the EU referendum, claiming they didn't realise it was a 'political rally'.


Scottish Politics Today: Offensive Behaviour at Football debate and Sturgeon ...
by Record Reporter
24 May 2016 at 10:41am
WHILE the Scottish Cup final aftermath sees a push for the repeal of the controversial football act, the First Minister shakes off her deputy party leader's resignation.


Nicola Sturgeon answers Cameron and Osborne's scaremongering over Brexit and ...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 May 2016 at 12:39am
THE First Minister reckons the remain campaign is fearmongering and calls for a more positive campaign to stay.


Hampden riots: Nicola Sturgeon condemns Scottish Cup Final violence and says ...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 May 2016 at 4:02pm
THE First Minister said: "Congratulating a team for winning a cup after 114 years cannot be equated to excusing the behaviour of any fans who behaved unacceptably."


Scottish Politics Today: Nicola gives short shrift to Stewart Hosie and Ruth ...
by David Clegg
23 May 2016 at 10:32am
AS the marriage of Stewart Hosie flounders, Ruth Davidson has announced her engagement whilst the EU referendum debate rages on.


Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson announces engagement to long-term ...
by Paul English
23 May 2016 at 9:56am
THE MSP took to Twitter this morning to announce her engagement to her Irish girlfriend Jen Wilson and show off her sparkling ring.


Kezia Dugdale: We can't be complacent in EU vote and must make our voice hear...
by Kezia Dugdale
23 May 2016 at 7:31am
THE leader of the Scottish Labour party urges people to take to the streets in the fight for Britain to remain in the EU as Cameron flounders.

Michael Greenwell


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

Scotland?s Missing Histories ? Episode 3 ? The 45 (with Maggie Craig)
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2016 at 11:38am
What do you know about the 45? Not the 45% of people who voted yes, I mean the events of 1745. We’ve almost been conditioned to believe that a gang of highlanders/catholics (referred to as Bare-arsed Banditti) were led on a fools’ errand by an effete Italian buffoon and that the whole thing ended  in …
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Wikileaks on TTIP
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2016 at 12:07pm
Wikileaks have produced a video explaining some of what is going with TTIP and similar deals. It is quite alarmist, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when the subject material is so alarming…

Saturday Matinee 39 -In The King of Prussia, The Trial of the Plowshares 8
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2016 at 9:59am
Father Berrigan once said he had been arrested more times than he remembers, but fewer times than he should have. I’m not a religious man but since Daniel Berrigan passed away a couple of weeks ago, I have wanted to put something with him up on the site. The only priest ever to get on …

Both of These
by michaelgreenwell
20 May 2016 at 7:29am
Nothing to disagree with here…

There are image problems and there are image problems?
by michaelgreenwell
15 May 2016 at 10:16am
Formula one people seem to think that the major problem people have with their sport is that sometimes there isn’t enough overtaking. It may however be that having people like Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone involved has something to do with it. Here is Ecclestone’s recent outburst... And just in case you had forgotten about …

Discrimination in Action
by michaelgreenwell
12 May 2016 at 10:33am
TV news makes many sins of omission and other propaganda techniques are in there. However, you often find much more propaganda, lifestyle propaganda, in other programs on TV. This lifestyle propaganda is all about showing people what those that control the TV output believe to be acceptable behaviour. Here we have a truly stunning example, …

The Turnout 1 ? Mark Frankland on Hillsborough
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2016 at 12:48am
This is the first in a new series of podcasts looking at issues around the world. Future episodes will come from far and wide, but we start in North England, 27 years ago. Mark Frankland was in the stadium on the day the Hillsborough disaster happened. I asked him about his experience and what followed. …
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Bernie Sanders Is Not A Radical
by michaelgreenwell
4 May 2016 at 10:16am
Noam Chomsky pointing out that not so long ago, Sanders positions would not have been considered radical at all…

Bella Caledonia

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Settling: Theresa Muñoz
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 May 2016 at 7:31am
Theresa Muñoz is a poet and critic whose debut collection ‘Settle’, published last month by Vagabond Voices, explores themes of national identity, immigration, racism and social media. We approached Theresa to write about her collection and the background to her work. I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, moved to Glasgow and now make …

Hamish the Movie
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2016 at 3:18pm
Bella will be hosting a Q&A after the screening at the Edinburgh Film House, 20.30 June 3. Bella subscribers will be sent a discount code for entry to this film. The film is on national tour including: Aberdeen Belmont, June 2, 2030 An Lanntair, Stornoway, June 4, 2000 Dundee DCA, June 5, 1800 Grosvenor Glasgow, …

Support Bella Caledonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2016 at 2:53pm
A promo film for Bella Caledonia?s 2016 crowd fund appeal. With your support we have a plan to develop the alternative media in Scotland, without your support we will close. please give & share Please go here to support us.

National Standardised Testing ? The Story So Far
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2016 at 10:34am
On the 1st of September last year Nicola Sturgeon dropped a bombshell on Scottish education: she announced plans to impose a system of National Standardised Testing. Even though this form of testing had been abandoned in Scotland precisely because it didn?t work, in spite of such an approach being fundamentally incompatible with the philosophy of …

Dangerous Weemen an Human Richts
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 May 2016 at 9:13am
Ah wis hert gled tae hear the weel-kent an gallus fechter fur human richts, Shami Chakrabarti, speakin in Embra the ither week. Reflectin oan her wark as leader o the human richts an ceevil leeberties organisation, Liberty, atween 2003 an 2016, Chakrabarti spak firstly aboot her strauchles agin the ettlins o the Labour Government, unner …

A? Cur Taic ri Colbh Gàidhlig Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 May 2016 at 5:26pm
Daibhidh Rothach Sgrìobh Ailig Salmond san leabhar Being Scottish (2008), ?Ann an teangaidh, agus ann an dualchas ionadail agus nàiseanta, chan eil Alba cho eadar-dhealaichte mar dhùthaich (o dhùthchannan eile) is a bha i o chionn, can, leth cheud bliadhna. Ach tha fèin-aithne Albannach cho làidir is a bha e a-riamh.? On a sgrìobhadh na …

Where You?re Meant to Be
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 May 2016 at 2:45pm
Aidan Moffat and Paul Fegan’s documentary about tradition and popular music Where You’re Meant to Be launches in cinemas next month with Q&A and live performance. It follows the former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat as he tours Scotland in 2014, performing his modern re-interpretations of old folk songs and his difficult relationship with the renowned ballad singer, Sheila Stewart. …

Bella Caledonia needs your support to continue
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 May 2016 at 11:13am
  A promo film for Bella Caledonia’s 2016 crowd fund appeal. With your support we have a plan to develop the alternative media in Scotland, without your support we will close. please give & share Please go here to support us.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Devolution is threatening future of UK, say peers
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
25 May 2016 at 12:01am
Lords committee says full fiscal autonomy for nations would break up union, but SNP dismisses report as irrelevantThe future of the UK as a union is under threat because of piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a group of peers has said.The House of Lords constitution comm...

Can the SNP still claim to be doing politics differently? | Libby Brooks
by Libby Brooks
24 May 2016 at 2:56pm
The scandal of Stewart Hosie?s affair and resignation is minor in Westminster terms, but points up the huge changes Nicola Sturgeon?s party is facingReports of ?peak SNP? are, like the apocryphal death of Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated. But it is no surprise that those baffled by the overarching...

Nicola Sturgeon spreads calm after alien attack in BBC Radio 4 adaptation
by Jane Martinson
24 May 2016 at 5:30am
Scottish first minister and SNP leader will play herself in crime writer Val McDermid?s take on John Wyndham?s science fiction novel The Kraken WakesVal McDermid, the Scottish independence-supporting author, has put Scotland in charge of the remains of the UK in a new adaptation for the BBC which...

Ruth Davidson: I don't want to be prime minister
by Heather Stewart Political editor
23 May 2016 at 8:11pm
Scottish Conservative leader rules out running for ?the loneliest job in the world? and says it is better to be an MSP ?than an MP from Scotland sitting on the backbenches?Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has denied that she would like to be prime minister, describing it as ?the l...

Nicola Sturgeon: 'fear-based' remain campaign insults voters
by Anna Isaac and Heather Stewart
23 May 2016 at 5:02pm
Scotland?s first minister says campaign should try to ?instil a bit of hope and vision? instead of relying on alarmist claimsNicola Sturgeon has accused the UK government of insulting the electorate by issuing increasingly alarmist claims about the risks of Britain leaving the European Union.In a...

Nicola Sturgeon calls for positive vote to remain in EU ? video
by Anna Isaac
23 May 2016 at 2:15pm
Nicola Sturgeon says she wants a vote to remain in the European Union to be one of hope, with people enthusiastically going to the polls. The Scottish National party leader tells the Guardian that fearful language employed by politicians, particularly when it comes to the debate on immigration, c...

IT failures over farm subsidies may cost Sturgeon government £125m
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2016 at 12:01am
Audit Scotland warns mismanagement means incomplete system may run out of funds before it can meet European commission deadline Nicola Sturgeon?s government faces a penalty of up to £125m after a crisis in a major IT system left nearly 20,000 farmers without their farm subsidy payments.Audit Scot...

Vote Leave claims Brexit would give Scotland more domestic powers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 May 2016 at 2:51pm
Scottish voters told they will have more control of fishing, farming and health, as argument is dismissed by the remain campThe Vote Leave campaign has told Scottish voters they will have far more freedom to control fisheries, farming and health policy without interference from London if the UK l...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The BritArt school of conceptual politics
Tony Blair, who is to great politics as Chris De Burgh is to great music, has been opining again about the state of British politics and how it’s rubbish now because no one likes him any more. The former Prime Minister was speaking to an invited audience in London at an event for Prospect magazine, …

The sightlines of the prams
So here we are, a month out from the Tory Leadership Referendum with its potential side effect of taking the UK out of the EU, there’s the possibility of legal action against the Conservatives over driving a coach, literally, through election expenses laws which could result in the government losing its majority, there’s the distant …

Tony Blair?s tombstone teeth
The Chilcot Enquiry has been going on so long that it has given its name to a geological epoch. It’s seen mountain ranges rise and erode, continents move across the face of the planet as the tectonic plates dance on magma, and the mass extinction of much of Iraq spreading across the Middle East and …

The Don Quixotes of the Arran ferry
The great Spanish writer Miguel Cervantes gained literary immortality for his novel Don Quixote, the tale of an errant knight who famously battled against windmills which he claimed were monsters, something he had in common with Donald Trump. Don Quixote tried to compensate for the low esteem in which his compatriots held him by winning …

The consequences of deceit
Auntie Annabel Goldie, fresh from smoothing down the hair and wiping the torn faces of the new Tory MSPs with a hankie damp with spit, has opined that Nicola Sturgeon thinks having a bad hair day would be a trigger for a second independence referendum. She then went on to blame the SNP for having …

Let?s wave goodbye to the Queen?s Speech
I tried to watch the Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech this afternoon, a parade of vacuousness and entitlement in fancy dress and monarchical waving. Watching Tories in the Commons is like getting drowned in a vat of sewage by some really smug people who think the entire process is an audition for an amateur …

Slaves to ukonomics
You want to know the price of the Union? Following the news that the infamous Glasgow Effect is a by-product of decades of Westminster inspired social engineering, a study carried out by Sheffield Hallam University has found that by 2020 Scotland is going to suffer from £1.1 billion worth of cuts to the social security …

Showing the Union a real Glasgow effect
My grandfather never reached pension age, he wasn’t alone. It’s not uncommon for Glasgow men to die in their 40s or 50s. It’s called the Glasgow effect, the city’s residents have poorer health outcomes than can be predicted from statistics on unemployment or poverty. Other cities with similar problems to Glasgow have better health. A …

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Police Scotland to lead crackdown on illegal torrent sites
A new crackdown has been launched against hosts of illegal "torrent" sites which allow users to download movies, music and games without permission.

Shell announces job cuts for the North East of Scotland
Scottish oil workers facing redundancy after Shell announced it will slash its UK workforce by a fifth have been promised government assistance from both Edinburgh and London.

Lecturers "solidly" supporting strikes over pay outside universities in Glasg...
Lecturers are "solidly" supporting a 48-hour strike over pay as picket lines were mounted outside universities across the UK.

Three-person nuclear bunker in Scotland in the running for Shed of the Year 2...
A re-creation of the Millennium Falcon, a restored nuclear bunker and a converted camper van are among the wacky designs shortlisted for the 2016 Shed of the Year.

Red squirrel kits found abandoned in Dundee
A pair of orphaned red squirrel kits have been rescued after being found abandoned and vulnerable to predators.

Police appeal for info following "cowardly" attack on elderly man in Glasgow
Police have appealed for information about a "disgusting and cowardly" attack on an elderly man in Glasgow.

Rare tapir calf born at Edinburgh Zoo takes his first steps outside
Zookeepers have photographed an endangered Malayan tapir calf taking its first steps outside.

Blair admits limited understanding of the Middle East led to decisions that g...
TONY Blair ?underestimated? the consequences of waging war in Iraq in a move which led to the rise of Daesh, he admitted yesterday.

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The Tory Party at Play ? Massive Expense Claims ? Recovering the Cost of Over...
          Illicit sex and the Tory Party are no strangers. The recent furore, (without foundation) created by the right wing press in Scotland, (namely “The Herald” and “The Scottish Daily Mail”) over two SNP MP’s (both legally separated from their wives), their dalliances with an attractive actress/model and alleged inappropriate submission …

Jackie Baillie ? A liar Should Have a Memory Like an Elephant ? But She Forgo...
      I have great admiration for the 13,413 Dumbarton voters who on 5 May 2016 supported the SNP candidate, Gail Robertson.  So close to defeating Jackie Baillie who enjoyed a pyrrhic  victory by 106 votes. But her victory was achieved at great cost to the party she purports to support. Her stance also further …

Breaking news: Turkey Has Europe by the Short and Curlies and the floodgates...
    President Erdo?an         24 May 2016: Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travel Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned the European Union that Turkey would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand …

Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Ignore the Duplicitous Public Face of Davidson and her Newborn Tory Party ? T...
          The Leopard Cannot Change its Spots – Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories are still toxic Ruth Davidson has been very busy in the last few months embracing the agenda of a compliant Unionist press and the BBC broadcasting images and reports always favourable to Unionist parties. So no change in the …

Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

The Most Expensive MSP in Holyrood ? John Lamont Re-Elected in Ettrick, Roxbu...
    John Lamont Re-Elected – How in hell did he manage it? Given he was the highest expense claimant in Holyrood I was surprised that John Lamont managed to get himself re-elected as a Tory Party MSP  in May of this year. But his tactics revealed him to be an effective campaigner who keeps …

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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...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

Gerry Hassan

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

What?s Missing from the the European Referendum?
What’s Missing from the European Referendum? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 22nd 2016 As memory of the Scottish campaign fades, along comes another one: the European referendum. It is like the deregulated chaos of buses ? first none, then a stampede! We now have regular referendums. Scotland has had three, as has Wales, Northern Ireland …

Have We Passed Peak SNP? After the Three Dreams of Scottish Nationalism
Have We Passed Peak SNP? After the Three Dreams of Scottish Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 18th 2016 Nearly fifty years ago Scotland embarked on a new political journey – one defined by the politics of Scottish nationalism, the electoral challenge of the SNP, and the debate on self-government and how to best express …

An Open Letter to the SNP
An Open Letter to the SNP Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 15th 2016 Congratulations on last week?s historic third term. It was well deserved. The party has rightly established a reputation for competence. Nicola Sturgeon is popular and liked; none of the opposition come near. The SNP has contributed enormously to public life. It is …

Armageddon Days are Here Again: Ulsterification and the Potential of DIY Scot...
Armageddon Days are Here Again: Ulsterification and the Potential of DIY Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 11th 2016 Language, words and how people communicate matter. Yet, many would agree that much of the conduct of politics and politicians – and even public life in Scotland and the UK ? falls short and leaves a …

The End of An Era: Goodbye to the 1980s and the Age of the Imperial SNP
The End of An Era: Goodbye to the 1980s and the Age of the Imperial SNP Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 8th 2016 Last week?s election marked the end of a historic era –  a Scotland defined by the explosion and aftermath of the independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have been given a …

The Scottish Revolution that isn?t quite what people expected
The Scottish Revolution that isn?t quite what people expected Gerry Hassan May 6th 2016 The Scottish election was a foregone conclusion. Everything was settled we were told. But it hasn?t quite turned out that way. A third SNP term, but without the expected overall majority that the Nationalists and polls expected. A Tory revival beyond …

Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council
Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council May 5th 2016 Dear Mr Hassan, I saw your article on ?Scottish Review? about Govanhill and, as a press officer for Glasgow City Council, was particularly taken the paragraph, which said: For years Govanhill has had a palpable feeling of falling between the cracks and has not received …

Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Stur...
Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Sturgeon?s Constituency Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 4th 2016 A couple of years ago a community arts project in Glasgow designated Albert Drive on the city?s Southside as ?Scotland?s most ethnically diverse street?. It was a good strapline ? filled with positivity and …

Scotland and Independence

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Salmond: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in two years - Telegraph....

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Salmond: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in two years
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Mr Salmond warned that it could all come down to differences in opinion between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. If the majority of Scottish voters opt on June 23 to stay in the 28-member bloc but the weight of ballots in the rest of ...
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Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority - ABC News

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Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority
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The independence-minded Scottish National Party won a third consecutive term in government Friday but failed to secure an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament. In an eye-catching reversal, the Conservative Party secured its best result in the 17 ...
Scotland won't get its second independence referendum ? that ...

It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play - Bloomberg

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It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play
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Scotland's drive for independence was supposed to run out of road after voters rejected it in the September 2014 referendum, the economic case hollowed out as the price of oil the nationalists said would underpin growth collapsed. Less than two years ...
Poll: UK voters more worried about Scottish independence than Brex...

Michael Forsyth: SNP dream of Scottish independence in Europe is a 'cruel lie...

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Michael Forsyth: SNP dream of Scottish independence in Europe is a 'cruel lie'
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Quoting from the document, the 1320 declaration of Scottish independence, he will say: ?We fight not for riches nor honour nor glory but for freedom alone which no honest man surrenders but with his life.? He will say the SNP government could not ...

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Impact of Brexit on Scotland's independence drive is hard to call - Open Demo...

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Impact of Brexit on Scotland's independence drive is hard to call
Open Democracy
In the immediate aftermath of last week's elections to the Scottish Parliament, some London commentators had strong but contrasting opinions on what the results mean for the chances of a second independence referendum in Scotland if the UK votes for ...
Scott Begbie: We need to talk about Scottish indepe...

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) ? The independence-minded Scottish National Party won a third consecutive term in government Friday but failed to secure an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament. In an eye-catching reversal, the Conservative Party secured ...



Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in 2 years: Salmond - Yahoo News

Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in 2 years: Salmond
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London (AFP) - If Britain votes to leave the European Union in a referendum next month it could trigger a second ballot on Scottish independence within two years, senior Scottish separatist Alex Salmond told AFP. Salmond, 61, who led the Scottish ...



Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

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Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

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Sturgeon outlines her priorities for the next five years of the Scottish Parl...

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Sturgeon outlines her priorities for the next five years of the Scottish Parliament
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SCOTLAND'S education system should deliver "excellence for all", First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said as she outlined her priorities for the next five years in Government. The SNP leader reiterated that the "defining mission" of her administration is to ...

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Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation - Heart

Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation
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A seven-year-old boy from Australia whose first language is Gaelic is facing deportation from Scotland along with his family. Now the SNP has called on the Chancellor to help stop the deportation of Lachlan Brain and his parents Gregg and Kathryn.

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Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation - Mix 96

Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation
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A seven-year-old boy from Australia whose first language is Gaelic is facing deportation from Scotland along with his family. Now the SNP has called on the Chancellor to help stop the deportation of Lachlan Brain and his parents Gregg and Kathryn.

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Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation - KL.FM 96.7

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A seven-year-old boy from Australia whose first language is Gaelic is facing deportation from Scotland along with his family. Now the SNP has called on the Chancellor to help stop the deportation of Lachlan Brain and his parents Gregg and Kathryn.

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Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation - Yorkshire Coast Radio

Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation
Yorkshire Coast Radio
A seven-year-old boy from Australia whose first language is Gaelic is facing deportation from Scotland along with his family. Now the SNP has called on the Chancellor to help stop the deportation of Lachlan Brain and his parents Gregg and Kathryn.

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Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation - Sky News

Highland Gaelic Speaker, 7, Faces Deporation
Sky News
Now the SNP has called on the Chancellor to help stop the deportation of Lachlan Brain and his parents Gregg and Kathryn. They moved to Scotland under a Scottish Government initiative which was backed by the Home Office, to help repopulate the ...

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Salmond accused of playing with another MP's hair - Herald Scotland

Salmond accused of playing with another MP's hair
Herald Scotland
Alex Salmond has been accused of playing with the hair of another SNP MP in the House of Commons. The claim came from the Speaker John Bercow, as he appeared to believe the former first minister, now MP for Gordon, was seeking to raise a procedural ...

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It's a hair cop for Alex Salmond when Speaker catches him out - Belfast Teleg...

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It's a hair cop for Alex Salmond when Speaker catches him out
Belfast Telegraph
SNP MP Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West) was sitting to Mr Salmond's right and Marion Fellowes, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, to his left. Ahead of her response to the Queen's Speech debate, s hadow business secretary Angela Eagle ...

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Is the EU Referendum Too Right-Wing for Scotland? - Sputnik International

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Is the EU Referendum Too Right-Wing for Scotland?
Sputnik International
The Scottish referendum attracted a record breaking turnout at the polling station, 85%, marking the highest turnout of any election in the United Kingdom since suffrage began. But there now appears to be a lack of passion amongst the people of ...



Majority of Scots oppose second independence referendum if Brexit vote takes ...

Scotland Now
Majority of Scots oppose second independence referendum if Brexit vote takes Scotland out of Europe against its will
Scotland Now
Independence referendum. A MAJORITY of people do not want a second independence referendum if Scotland is taken out of Europe against its will, according to a new poll. The ICM poll for Scotland On Sunday newspaper found that 48% are against a ...
Brexit cou...

Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independence referend...

The Independent
Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independence referendum?
The Independent
A burly man in a tartan kilt was playing the bagpipes outside Edinburgh's central Waverley station. With the SNP again set to form the next Scottish government, the issue of independence has made its way back to the fore. Nicola Sturgeon herself has ...
UK Elections: Scotland May Hold An...

The EU referendum is not the same as the Scottish referendum - MoneyWeek (blog)

MoneyWeek (blog)
The EU referendum is not the same as the Scottish referendum
MoneyWeek (blog)
Scotland and the UK have a monetary union and a fiscal union. At the time of the vote, fiscal transfers were flowing from the rest of the UK to Scotland. It was possible to quantify the exact fiscal loss to Scotland on independence from those transfers ...

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Lib Dems: Holyrood should be suspended for last week of EU referendum campaig...

Herald Scotland
Lib Dems: Holyrood should be suspended for last week of EU referendum campaign
Herald Scotland
Holyrood business should be suspended for the final week of the European Union (EU) referendum campaign, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said. The party's business manager Mike Rumbles will request the suspension at a meeting of the Scottish ...
Sturgeon announces school reform summit ...

Celebrating Independence Day in Glasgow - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Celebrating Independence Day in Glasgow
Herald Scotland
LAST week I strolled through the doors of the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow to celebrate Independence Day. Oh be still your beating hearts, Scottish nationalists - it was not Scotland's Independence Day, which would have been two months ago today if the ...



Leave the EU? Then Scotland will leave Britain! Salmond sends Brexit warning ...

RT
Leave the EU? Then Scotland will leave Britain! Salmond sends Brexit warning
RT
Former First Minister Salmond, who is against Brexit, led the Scottish National Party (SNP) before resigning in September 2014 when his independence cause was defeated. Salmond says the EU referendum ?will be a damn close-run thing,? according to AFP.
Alex Salmond: Brexit Could Mean Scottish Independence Referendum i...

Majority of Scots opposed to another independence referendum - Glasgow Evenin...

Glasgow Evening Times
Majority of Scots opposed to another independence referendum
Glasgow Evening Times
A majority of people do not want a second independence referendum if Scotland is taken out of Europe against its will, according to a new poll. The ICM poll for Scotland On Sunday newspaper found that 48% are against a post-Brexit vote on independence, ...
Most Scots against 'indyref2' if Britai...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Secretary of State for Scotland 1980
The Tories under Maggie Thatcher were in power a year.
Who was the Secretary of State for Scotland when the 1980 Hampden Riot happened?
Dom't remember anybody getting a petition going to get the Scottish Secretary to resign because of the trouble.
The Secretary of State for Scotland in 1980 would...

Sexay MSPs II
We have a new Parliament, so it's time to get to the serious business and re-run the sexy MSP poll. Can Green Beefcake Patrick Harvie retain the title, or is someone else catching your eye this time?   Will have to post the shortlist over a few pages due to maximum images per page. Starting with....

CalMac win
CalMac retain contract, a good decision as Serco would only screw the T&Cs of the employees and the service itself into the ground (or the bottom of the sea),   http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-36330479   CalMac wins £900m ferry contract

Kenny MacAskill
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/kenny-macaskill-truth-freed-lockerbie-7979127.amp?client=safari#



Deary me.

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won.
Sad.

Welsh Assembly
Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood have tied the vote on becoming the assembly leader 29-29.   Leanne was voted for by Tory and UKIP, I'm sure she won't go anywhere near a coalition though, it goes against the grain as much as it would up here.  Labour would be best going into a minority administration...

EU Referendum Spreadsheet
In case anyone is interested (probably no-one lol), I have pulled together this spreadsheet to record the results of the EU referendum.   There is going to be 382 count centres across the UK, each making their own declaration.    Once all 382 results are in, the final total will be announced.   L...

Who is your favourite new MSP?
Of the new intake, who's your favourite?   The SNP's Gail Ross for me.      

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

Farm subsidy I.T. fiasco
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/19/it-failures-farm-subsidies-cost-sturgeon-scotland-125m   Shocking stuff, the money spent and incompetence is eye watering.

Springsteen to play Hampden
Just announced - Weds 1 June. Tickets on sale on 25 Feb.    

New Radiohead Album
Noted the Stone Roses thread there, and thought the new Radiohead album deserved a mention. I'm conscious of hyperbole, so I'll just say IT'S THE BEST MUSIC SINCE MUSIC BEGAN EVER, SINCE THE DAWN OF MUSIC AND TIME! Honestly, I'm not even a huge Radiohead fan. I've listened to all their al...

Wanky Or Overused TAMB Phrases
I'll start off with.... "Did I shag your bird?" Usually used by someone you disagree with.

Most Irritating Adverts
If I hear "Moonpig.com" once more, I'm jumping off a high-rise.

Helen Chamberlin
I was sure Helen Chamberlin was allegedly knocking boots with that talent vacuum guy from soccer AM that is about half her age. He has been moved to fantasy football now, so I assumed they had fell out.  however the internet seems to have been wiped clean of any mention of it (except one page...

Windows 10
My laptop is 'suggesting' I upgrade to Windows 10 on an almost hourly basis at the moment. Anyone had any problems with the instillation? I've heard a few horror stories, although I'm guessing they're in the minority.

Tamb Cycling Thread
Just like the running thread but with bikes.Are there any cyclists on the TAMB?What bike do you have?What apps do you use?Favourite routes? etc etc...

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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 ...

Neil Oliver and his unionist hate fest
  Todays Sunday Times article by the BBC?s Neil Oliver is so stunning in it’s inaccuracy, it’s difficult to know where to begin. It oozes personal hate towards Salmond and Sturgeon, disdain towards the SNP and bitterness towards his fellow Scots who aspire towards a better vision for Scotland. Neil talks of ?schoolboy logic? but ...

Long form podcast extra: Prof John Curtice
http://tvl.ink/podcasts/2016-04-27-John-Curtice.mp3 Prof John Curtice, renowned psephologist and political commentator, chats to Common Space journalist Michael Gray about the upcoming Scottish Parliament election, opinion polls, the voting system and the nature of democracy itself. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast ...

Long form podcast: John McTernan
http://tvl.ink/podcasts/2016-03-31-John-McTernan.mp3 John McTernan, political strategist and commentator, spends an hour chatting to Common Space journalist Michael Gray. John McTernan gives his insight into what is wrong with some of the SNP’s policies and what was great about the New Labour project. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can ...