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Nicola Sturgeon accuses Theresa May of 'running scared' after PM rules out in...
23 Jan 2019 at 5:13pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused Theresa May of ?running scared of the verdict of the Scottish people? after the Prime Minister made clear she would not facilitate a second referendum on Scottish independence.


Theresa May - 'The last thing we need is a second Scottish independence refer...
23 Jan 2019 at 12:21pm
Conservative MP Stephen Kerr quizzed the Prime Minister over the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum at PMQs


Scottish Government urged to publish legal advice over indyref2
23 Jan 2019 at 4:01pm
The Scottish Government has been urged to publish what legal advice it has been given over the holding of a second independence referendum.


In full: The Santander branches closing in Scotland
23 Jan 2019 at 10:52am
Santander is to close 140 branches in the UK, putting more than 1,200 jobs at risk, following a slump in the number of transactions it handles.


Humza Yousaf faces calls to rule out plans to merge Police Scotland and Brit...
23 Jan 2019 at 3:09pm
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has faced calls to permanently rule out plans to merge Police Scotland and the British Transport Police north of the border.


SNP MEP insists it is not yet time to "push the button" on second referendum
23 Jan 2019 at 1:23pm
An SNP MEP has said that the timing is not yet right for a second Scottish independence referendum.


Jeane Freeman defends infection control at Queen Elizabeth University Hospita...
23 Jan 2019 at 9:32am
Scotland's health secretary has said she believes infection control is good enough at a hospital where two patients died after contracting an infection linked to pigeon droppings.


Nicola Sturgeon urges Theresa May to 'stop blaming everybody else and start l...
23 Jan 2019 at 12:03am
NICOLA Sturgeon today called on Theresa May to ?stop blaming everybody else and start listening? as the two leaders faced another Brexit showdown in Downing St.


Survey finds Brexit already having a negative effect on Scotland's hospitali...
23 Jan 2019 at 8:31am
Brexit has already had a negative effect on just under a fifth of Scotland's hospitality sector, a new survey suggests.


UK Government cancels Brexit talks with Scotland
23 Jan 2019 at 9:02am
The UK Government has cancelled talks with senior politicians from Scotland and Wales over Brexit, MSPs have been told.


Ministers made aware of clinical waste concerns months before job losses
23 Jan 2019 at 5:33pm
SCOTTISH ministers were made aware of concerns about a clinical waste disposal firm several months before it collapsed and made hundreds of staff redundant.


PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn calls for no-deal Brexit to be taken off table
23 Jan 2019 at 12:47pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded Mrs May take a no-deal Brexit off the table.


Freeman branded 'complacent' after defending hospital infection control follo...
23 Jan 2019 at 11:50am
CRITICS have hit out at Scotland?s Health Secretary after she insisted infection control is good enough at a hospital where a child died after inhaling fungus linked to pigeon droppings.


Javid to examine Home Office's 'disgraceful' decision to deny visa to British...
23 Jan 2019 at 4:47pm
SAJID Javid, the Home Secretary, is to examine the case of a British serving soldier living in Scotland whose daughter in Kenya has been refused a visa to come and live with him in the Highlands.


Brexit drives almost 50 financial firms to Luxembourg
23 Jan 2019 at 2:06pm
Brexit is driving a much heralded jobs boom and expansion in the financial services industry - in Luxembourg.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May ?running scared? over independence
23 Jan 2019 at 4:55pm
Nicola Sturgeon has claimed the Prime Minister is “running scared” of a second independence referendum in a significant hardening of rhetoric ahead of a meeting between the two leaders in Downing Street.

Humza Yousaf faces calls to rule out Police Scotland-BTP merger
23 Jan 2019 at 4:43pm
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf has faced calls to permanently rule out plans to merge Police Scotland and the British Transport Police north of the Border.

Edinburgh is top city in UK for economic growth
23 Jan 2019 at 4:26pm
Edinburgh has been ranked as the UK city with the best prospects for economic growth in 2019, according to a study examining the “health” of cities.

Scottish Government refuse to publish independence referendum legal advice
23 Jan 2019 at 4:10pm
The Scottish Government has been urged to publish what legal advice it has been given over the holding of a second independence referendum.

This is what people are stockpiling for Brexit
23 Jan 2019 at 4:00pm
Political uncertainty has left many UK residents worrying about their food supply after Brexit

Brexit sees Scots Tories? mask slip over devolution ? Joan McAlpine MSP
23 Jan 2019 at 3:39pm
After Scottish Conservative MPs warn the UK Government not to give the Scottish Government a formal role in post-Brexit trade negotiations, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine says it shows they are putting “extreme unionist ideology” ahead of their constituents.

Cash doubled for Scots charity providing food in Brexit run-up
23 Jan 2019 at 2:57pm
The Scottish Government will double the cash it gives to a charity that helps those struggling to pay for food in the run-up to Brexit.

Analysis: Blocking trade role shows increasing power of Scots Tory MPs
23 Jan 2019 at 2:37pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has a lot to contend with at the moment, but took time out of her busy schedule to express outrage at the story featured on the front page of the Scotsman this morning.

Theresa May says independence referendum the ?last thing we want?
23 Jan 2019 at 2:24pm
Theresa May has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum is the “last thing we want” as she criticised Nicola Sturgeon in the Commons.

Number of Scots facing financial hardship on the rise
23 Jan 2019 at 12:15pm
The number of people facing financial hardship has increased in Scotland, according to official statistics published on Wednesday.

SNP MEP: Now is not the time to push for IndyRef2
23 Jan 2019 at 10:44am
The SNP continues to be split over whether now is the time for Nicola Sturgeon to call a second Scottish referendum, with one of the party’s MEPs insisting it is not time yet to “push the button” on such a vote.

Unemployment in Scotland at record low as economy confounds Brexit fears
23 Jan 2019 at 7:29am
The number of Scots out of work has fallen to a record low – while rising elsewhere in the UK.

Sir Andrew Cubie: What can people of the future learn from collaboration betw...
23 Jan 2019 at 6:04am
While I hold no formal position in the relationships between Scotland and Malawi, I have a strong affinity to its people, developed over a number of years.

Davos forum shows that we need to share out the wealth ? Jamie Livingstone
23 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
This week political and ­business elites have been gathering in Davos, ­Switzerland for their annual ­festival of wealth – otherwise known as the World Economic Forum. Some attendees will undoubtedly be ­feeling particularly pleased with ­themselves. As a startling new report by Oxfam revealed on Monday, billionaire ­fortunes increased by 12 per cent last year. That’s an eyewatering $2.5 billion a day.

Paediatrician warns 100 Scots children will die from preventable causes in 2019
23 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
A leading paediatrician is warning that around 100 Scots children will die from preventable causes in 2019 unless the Scottish Government turn strategy into action.

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A Portugese Laddie
by Miguel Boronha
23 Jan 2019 at 1:08pm
Last month the Tory government published its white paper on EU migration post-Brexit. As a result, I spent my day arguing positively for immigration on social media, sharing fact-based articles showing that EU migration has had a very positive impact on the UK?s economy in the last decade. However, one tweet was particularly popular, in which …

Today in Brexit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2019 at 9:19am
Then: And now:

Chris Cairns is on holiday
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2019 at 11:09am
Yes, still. Yes, again. But don’t worry, we still have a cartoon joke for you. Ladies and gentlemen, the Scottish Labour Party.

The Prisoners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jan 2019 at 4:35pm
You wouldn’t know it to watch the black-hole-scale mess our politicians are making of it, but the thing about Brexit is that it ISN’T an insoluble problem. That two of the supposed “partners” in the United Kingdom are being forced out of the EU against the will of their people is a political choice, not …

Life moves pretty fast
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jan 2019 at 8:34pm

Out of the quagmire
by Lindsay Bruce
14 Jan 2019 at 12:19pm
UK politics is stuck fast in the mud, going nowhere, and the casualties are mounting. Whether on Brexit, independence or anything else, we?ve all become so dug-in to our positions that some people – naming no names – have forgotten where the battle lines are or what their political war was even about in the first place. …

The Prime Minister is a lying idiot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2019 at 10:58am
The extremely sharp and perceptive New Statesman writer Stephen Bush buries some of his political insight in a daily email newsletter (because, we assume, his fax machine doesn’t work, you can’t send telegrams any more and London flats don’t have enough room to keep a lot of messenger pigeons or let you send smoke signals). …

Meanwhile in the Scottish media
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2019 at 1:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon attended a meeting of the SNP NEC yesterday. Or maybe she didn’t. One of these people/publications, inescapably, is flat-out lying to their readers about the event in question. Given the Scottish media’s ingrained habit of lying about pretty much everything almost all of the time, we honestly wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as …

A comment on recent events
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2019 at 11:24am

All change in Moray
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2019 at 5:35pm
Blimey, that was quick. This was Tory MP Douglas Ross yesterday: Short version: “I don’t care what my constituents want, I will vote loyally for the party I was elected as a member of.” And this is him today: Never let it be said Wings readers don’t get things done.

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Sturgeon and May clash over indyref2 ahead of Brexit talks
23 Jan 2019 at 5:13pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May is "running scared" after she spoke out against a new independence vote.


Moray Council proposes big cuts to balance budget
23 Jan 2019 at 5:28pm
The council has proposed some of the biggest cuts to local services seen in Scotland in recent years.


HES collapse 'put NHS at risk' and cost Scottish government £1.4m
23 Jan 2019 at 5:22pm
The health secretary reveals the cost of the failure of Scottish clinical waste company HES.


Scotland 'could be net-zero for greenhouse gas emissions'
23 Jan 2019 at 9:33am
A study says the greenhouse gas target could be reached by 2045 if there is a will for change.


Scottish unemployment rate hits record low at 3.6%
22 Jan 2019 at 12:44pm
The number of Scots out of work drops below the 100,000 mark for the first time, new figures show.


Council staff urged to save holidays in case of snow day
23 Jan 2019 at 12:48am
East Lothian Council says staff should keep annual leave aside in case bad weather stops them getting to work.


Child's death linked to Glasgow hospital pigeon infection
22 Jan 2019 at 5:58pm
The fungus from bird droppings was a "contributing factor" in the death of the youngster at a Glasgow hospital.


Brexit: A no-deal could cost Scotland £14bn, says CBI Scotland
22 Jan 2019 at 11:32am
The farming and food sectors would be particularly hit, analysis by CBI Scotland indicates.


Dumfries and Galloway waste contract cost inquiry refusal upheld
23 Jan 2019 at 1:01am
A council was justified in withholding details of why ending a contract cost it £6.5m, a review finds.


All school music lessons 'should be free', MSPs say
22 Jan 2019 at 12:26am
Holyrood's education committee says that "in principle", all school music tuition should be free.


Call for high blood pressure task force in Scotland
22 Jan 2019 at 12:43am
MSPs, clinicians and health bodies want the Scottish government to prioritise tackling the "silent killer".


Scottish businesses fear cost of Brexit, new study finds
21 Jan 2019 at 11:11am
Concerns about rising prices and labour shortages were shared in a Scottish government consultation.

Scot Goes Pop

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On the subject of blogging etiquette...
by James Kelly
20 Jan 2019 at 3:43am
Disappointingly, Mhairi Hunter reacted to the polite criticism in the previous post by blocking me on Twitter.  It's never pleasant being blocked by someone 'on your own side', especially an electe...

Joyce McMillan's article calls for the SNP to become a unionist-for-now party...
by James Kelly
19 Jan 2019 at 6:48am
I know I'm not the only person who was disappointed and deeply concerned to see the Glasgow SNP councillor Mhairi Hunter, and one or two others close to the party leadership, give the seal of appro...

Bewildered Farquharson wonders "do these stupid voters actually LIKE civil wa...
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2019 at 9:03am
So the usual health warnings at this point - what you're about to see is not a "poll", it should not be referred to as "the latest Scottish poll", and it's not in any way equivalent to recent full-...

No, Lady Hermon's support does not give the government a DUP-proof majority
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2019 at 4:37am
There's a rather odd little article on the New Statesman website by Patrick Maguire, claiming that Lady Hermon's announcement that she will never back any motion of no confidence means that Labour ...

Last night increased the chances of a People's Vote - but it probably increas...
by James Kelly
16 Jan 2019 at 6:01am
"If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?"I'm sure Donald Tusk is a very nice man and kind to animals, bu...


Is it "inconceivable" for Sarah Smith to report Scottish politics objectively?
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2019 at 8:37am
I stumbled across this tweet overnight -Although I didn't hear the report in question, I have little difficulty imagining that Sarah Smith said exactly that, because she's been playing this little ...

Having just destroyed the devolution settlement, Nebulous Theresa makes bizar...
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2019 at 8:16am
Theresa May has got some nerve.  I know that as statements of the obvious go, that's right up there with "the Pope is a Catholic" and "Rory Stewart is from The Middleland", but sometimes it just ne...

Have the chances of a very early general election just increased?
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2019 at 5:39am
By now you may have seen the front page story in the Sunday Times, claiming that anti-Brexit Tory MPs are plotting a "coup" in collusion with John Bercow to wrest control of parliamentary business ...

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Glasgow in Bid to Host First Ever All-Discipline World Championships (cycling)
by /u/fuckingcuntybollocks
23 Jan 2019 at 5:47pm
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Looking to Interview a native Scotland resident for a graduate school project.
by /u/Jewdene
23 Jan 2019 at 4:30pm
Hello! I?m currently a Graduate student in an MFA program for acting in the United States. As a part of my training program, I?ve been tasked this semester with finding one or two native Scottish s...

How welcoming is Scotland towards foreigners?
by /u/unknownzip
23 Jan 2019 at 4:04pm
Are scottish people friendly towards foreigners? Do they like high skilled immigrants coming to their country? Tell me more about this place. I'd really like to know more :) submitted by /u/u...

SNP policy of free university tuition 'vindicated' says expert (the country's...
by /u/bottish
23 Jan 2019 at 3:45pm
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A Portugese Laddie
by /u/hauntedchippy
23 Jan 2019 at 3:26pm
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Survey looking for Scottish 18-25 year olds who use Snapchat! (5 minutes max,...
by /u/crmk2019
23 Jan 2019 at 2:38pm
Hi there! I'm looking for young adults (18-25) living in Scotland to complete this short survey (10 questions, estimated completion time is 5 minutes). *I am more than happy to take part in your su...

Climbing up The Cobbler this morning
by /u/lookforlogic
23 Jan 2019 at 2:15pm
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Scottish ministers urged to honour pledge to protect beavers
by /u/Kunphen
23 Jan 2019 at 1:28pm
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A Tory spokesperson says it's "boring and irrelevant."
by /u/ewenmax
23 Jan 2019 at 11:17am
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Libby Brooks, Guardian | Rotten future: British fishermen square up to no-dea...
by /u/IndiaOwl
23 Jan 2019 at 11:14am
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Uncovering the facts of the Scottish clearances
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23 Jan 2019 at 10:47am
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Which? Names Scotland's Worst Areas for Broadband
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23 Jan 2019 at 10:25am
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Doctor Who Peter Capaldi to headline Edinburgh Sci Fi starfest
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23 Jan 2019 at 9:31am
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New BBC Scotland channel to have its own 'Question Time', and major documenta...
by /u/flumax
23 Jan 2019 at 9:24am
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Theresa May claims Indyref 2 is 'the last thing we want' and slams 'out of to...
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2019 at 3:01pm
The Prime Minister says "the UK should be pulling together not being driven apart" by "a second divisive referendum".


Brexit barb as Nicola Sturgeon urges Theresa May to 'stop blaming others' for...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
The First Minister condemned her Westminster counterpart ahead of their planned talks in London today.


Charities demand Tories scrap two-child benefit cap and 'rape clause'
by Andy Philip
22 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Support groups including Rape Crisis Scotland warns that the refusal to pay benefits for more than two children is forcing families into poverty.


Theresa May's Plan B proves she is a Prime Minister out of ideas and out of time
by Record View
22 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
We will be unceremoniously spat out of Europe without a deal if May doesn’t somehow turn this disaster around, says Record View. 


Brexit clashes loom as Labour back new referendum vote in Commons
by Shaun Connolly
22 Jan 2019 at 1:59am
An amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit says MPs should decide whether to back a new national poll.


Brexit stalemate as Theresa May keeps no deal on table as Jeremy Corbyn urges...
by Press Association
21 Jan 2019 at 5:31pm
The Labour leader branded the Prime Minister's cross-party talks in Downing Street a 'PR sham' during a fiery Commons exchange.


Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff
by Ian Blackford
21 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Ian Blackford says the Prime Minister should have been reaching out across the governments and nations of the UK in a genuine attempt to listen and secure a deal that could command wide support.


Alex Salmond pledges to end 'uncivil war' with Nicola Sturgeon
by Lucinda Cameron
20 Jan 2019 at 3:03pm
The former First Minister said Nicola Sturgeon should be focusing all her energies on independence.


Indy movement must 'strike out on it's own' amid vicious SNP infighting warns...
by John Ferguson
20 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
The party grandee has called for independence activists to take a lead role while Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond have “daggers drawn” over sex assault allegations.


Second Brexit referendum 'more likely' as UK parliament reaches deadlock
by John Ferguson
20 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Experts say the likelihood of a People's Vote rocketed to almost 50 per cent since Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a ­humiliating defeat.

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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

Even Worse
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2019 at 8:25am
The remarkable thing is that the current group are actually WORSE than this lot grew up to be… Advertisements

Time Is Running Out For The Union
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2019 at 10:55am
The latest from Sarah Mackie

Who Has Most Per Head?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jan 2019 at 11:24am
A nice simple graphic that lays out some important stats.  

The Spider?s Web ? Britain?s Second Empire
by michaelgreenwell
2 Jan 2019 at 3:11pm
?Over and over again, we have seen that there is a power in this Country, other than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests is able to assert itself against the Government of the Country. Those who control money, are able to …

David Mundell, Brilliant As Ever
by michaelgreenwell
10 Dec 2018 at 10:03pm
England’s man in Scotland David Mundell, simultaneously showing how much he is in the loop, and the quality of his powers of political prediction…

Scottish Media Reaches A New Level of Absurdity
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2018 at 3:40pm
If you had asked me before today what the most absurd thing I had seen in the Scottish media was, I would have shown you the piece below. Not a political piece, although it mentions politics, just thoroughly ridiculous… However, I think the Sunday Mail has just topped its sister paper the record, or at …

Theresa May?s Message to Scots (with honest subtitles)
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2018 at 9:09am
From the excellent Sarah Mackie. See more videos here.

An Odd video to use as pro Scottish Independence (but it perfectly illustrate...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Nov 2018 at 11:41pm
Here is an English woman conversing with an English man. The man in this video is a wonderful pianist. He does videos surprising the public with his piano playing (jazz, boogie woogie, blues) and there are lots of videos where he makes the passing punters happy, and even teaches some of them how to play …

Bella Caledonia

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The Bigger Picture of Little England
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
The pictures of the women espousing the politics of Enoch Powell, or the Tory peer urging Britain to re-colonise Zimbabwe may seem like social media flashpoints through which we can project a picture of an entire nation in the grip of the dark forces of racism and nascent fascism. But smearing a whole group of …

Media in the Time of Extinction and Climate Breakdown
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jan 2019 at 4:32pm
It’s a New Year and it’s time for a New You. That’s certainly what Kevin Keane, Scotland’s erstwhile ‘Environment Correspondent’  must have thought. On the 10 January he was still BBC Scotland’s ‘Environment Correspondent’. On the 11 January he was still BBC Scotland’s ‘Environment Correspondent’. (click on the image to enlarge) But by the 22 January …

The Road not Taken, the Road Still Open
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jan 2019 at 9:29pm
Sitting down to ponder again the impact of Paulo Freire?s work in Britain in the more than forty years since we first encountered it raises a storm of memories and emotions. To begin with, it would be churlish to deny that the allied victory over Fascism in the second world war, alongside Labour?s triumph at …

Estonia: Digital Utopia or Orwellian Dystopia?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jan 2019 at 1:29pm
THERE is much hyping of the notion Scotland should emulate Baltic Estonia and become a ?digital frontier?. Recently, Angus Robertson was using his National column to laud the idea of ?Scottish digital citizenship? on the Estonian model. I?m all for embracing new technology. But there is a bit of me that worries when abstract references …

Reforming Local Democracy in an Independent Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jan 2019 at 12:50pm
British politics is currently consumed in madness. Turn on your TV and it will be Brexit. Turn on your radio and it will be Brexit. Walk into a café and listen to a local political preacher ramble on about, you guessed it, Brexit. Yet within the realms of the Yes movement there has been much …

This Script
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jan 2019 at 12:13pm
Jenny Lindsay was one half of the mythical Rally and Broad is the author of Ire and Salt and is the founder and director of Flint and Pitch a platform for emerging, Scottish spoken word, theatre, live literature and music acts. ‘This Script’ is a part univocal poem in, and about, I. From the stage …

The Authentic Andy Murray
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jan 2019 at 11:49pm
?Maybe, I?ll see you again? In classic Andy Murray fashion, after the downcast press conference, the worldwide tributes and the schmaltzy retirement video by his fellow pros, he gave us all something to cling onto. This week he?s expected to announce if he?ll go ahead with a hip resurfacing operation, which would, if nothing else, …

Chasing Imperial Virility with Enoch Powell and Oliver?s Army
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jan 2019 at 7:53pm
This week saw the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of the Union, on January 16 1707. The past 24 hours (never mind the previous 312 years) has put such a strain on the Union that it seems at breaking point. The slow draining of the last residual respect not just for Westminster but …

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May should close parliament if necessary to stop bill blocking no deal Brexit...
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Jan 2019 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDelaying Brexit would be even worse than no deal, says Liam FoxMichel Barnier?s Luxembourg Times interview - SummaryPMQs verdict 5.43pm GMT Talking of David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, the FT?s Jim Pickard points out that ...

Holyrood to launch inquiry into Salmond row
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Jan 2019 at 4:18pm
Investigation could be delayed until after ministerial code inquiry into Nicola SturgeonMSPs are to launch a special inquiry into the Scottish government?s handling of a botched investigation into claims of sexual harassment against Alex Salmond after the case collapsed in court last week.Party l...

Alex Salmond's aides ramp up criticism of Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Jan 2019 at 6:37pm
First minister?s spokesman accuses Salmond?s team of smears in row over harassment claimsAlex Salmond has escalated his attacks on Nicola Sturgeon?s government by implying that the Scottish first minister?s accounts about a sexual harassment investigation into him have been misleading.Salmond, St...

Sturgeon refers herself to ethics body over actions in Salmond case
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Jan 2019 at 2:20pm
Move follows admission first minister was briefed by Salmond on harassment inquiryNicola Sturgeon has referred herself to an independent ministerial ethics body after bowing to intense pressure to allow an investigation into her actions in the Alex Salmond sexual harassment case.The first ministe...

Alex Salmond reports Scottish government to watchdog after 'leaks'
by Press Association
10 Jan 2019 at 11:31pm
The former first minister is concerned about how sexual misconduct allegations against him became publicAlex Salmond has reported the Scottish government to a data watchdog, having earlier voiced concerns over how information about the sexual misconduct allegations against him entered the public ...

Sturgeon accused of breaching rules over Salmond inquiry
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Jan 2019 at 6:04pm
Scotland?s first minister urged to refer herself to watchdog for failing to disclose meetingsNicola Sturgeon is facing intense pressure to refer herself to Scotland?s ethics watchdog for potentially breaking ministerial rules over the Alex Salmond sexual harassment allegations.Richard Leonard, th...

Scotland census: sex question changes 'may risk reliability of data'
by Libby Brooks, Scotland correspondent
9 Jan 2019 at 4:35pm
Analysts suggest proposed switch in 2021 survey to non-binary sex question will make results harder to interpretProposed changes to a question about biological sex, asked in Scotland?s next census, risk undermining the reliability of the survey and set a difficult precedent for equalities protect...

The botched Alex Salmond harassment inquiry could stop women speaking out | D...
by Dani Garavelli
9 Jan 2019 at 2:50pm
A further erosion of trust in the complaints system is the opposite of what the Scottish government set out to achieveYou would assume that civil servants faced with allegations of sexual assault by a former first minister of Scotland would proceed with the utmost caution; that they would firepro...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The proud Scot butters nae neeps
So how’s that respect agenda working out for everyone? Remember that? Respect was supposed to be the keystone in Conservative dealings with Scotland, according to David Cameron before he won the award for worst Prime Minister ever and then flounced off to his garden shed. But it’s not all bad, we’ve now all discovered that …

Lost and silenced in the dreamscape
What is wrong with Britain? Let me list the ways. Mind you, if anyone embarked upon a serious and detailed accounting of the myriad ways in which the British state is a fundamental screw up, they’d still be listing them by the time that the Sun runs out of hydrogen and starts to consume helium …

Living in a 1970s concept album
Meet the new plan, the same as the old plan. Even though the Prime Minister has been utterly humiliated, she keeps going on. Theresa is missing the shame gene. It is now clear that Theresa May is giving the UK a lesson in masochism. It’s about the only sense in which the UK is able …

The temple of doom
It’s being reported today (Sunday) that the British Government finds it “extremely concerning” that MPs are trying to delay Article 50 in order to avoid a no deal. It’s a bit like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when our hero and his chums are in a river and …

The National?s Wee Ginger Dugcast : Jan 18
The second edition of The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast featuring yours truly and Callum Baird, editor of The National. This week we discuss the events in Westminster and the growing impetus for Scotland to have a say on its future. And we also talk about the dog’s bollocks. As you do. You can help to …

The Ice Queen?s sandcastle
After the devastating defeat of the government’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, came Wednesday’s vote of confidence called by Jeremy Corbyn. As expected, those Tories who voted down the central policy of their own government yesterday lined up to support it today. They might hate Theresa May’s deal, but they hate Jeremy Corbyn even more. The …

The great defeat
After delays, prevarications, and attempts to sideline Parliament, Theresa May finally put her deal to the House of Commons on Tuesday. Theresa May never wanted this vote. She wanted to ram her deal through Parliament without any vote at all. Today we discovered just why she was so reluctant to put the matter to a …

The Great British Pseudocracy
Theresa May is currently engaged in a competition with Donald Trump to see which of the two of them can get away with the most lies. If she is in a competition with Trump, she’s narrowly in the lead. It’s the only plausible explanation for the Prime Minister’s curious lack of attachment to reality. It’s …

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UK Govt cancels Scottish meetings ... days after May pledged to talk to natio...
THE UK Government has cancelled talks with senior politicians from Scotland and Wales over Brexit, MSPs have been told.

EU chiefs warn of hard Irish border in event of no-deal Brexit
THE EU Commission has made clear that a no-deal Brexit will lead to a hard border in Ireland.

Alyn Smith: We must unite around New Scots and say they are welcome here
ONE of the main issues at play in the Brexit vote was immigration, and it is important to be open and honest when we are discussing it. It is an important issue, some people are concerned about it and those concerns must be addressed, not dismissed.

Independence referendum series on BBC Scotland?s new channel
A THREE-part documentary about the independence referendum and another looking at 20 years of the Scottish Parliament are among the programmes unveiled yesterday for the new BBC Scotland channel.

Child?s death linked to pigeon droppings infection
A REVIEW will be carried out at Glasgow?s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after it emerged one of the two patients who died there after contracting an infection linked to pigeon droppings was a child.

Ronnie Cowan in Catalonia intervention attempt
A SCOTTISH MP has raised the case of Catalonia?s political prisoners at Westminster, urging the UK Government to condemn what he described as an ?outrage?.

Nicola Sturgeon to urge Theresa May to delay Brexit in face-to-face talks
NICOLA Sturgeon is set to tell Theresa May to stop the clock on Brexit and change her position when the two meet today.

Theresa May reveals brand new Brexit plan complete with same old red lines
FOLLOWING the utter rejection of her Plan A last week, Theresa May turned up in Parliament with her Plan B yesterday.

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Britain, Brexit and Why Winston Churchill is Alive and Kicking in this Mess
Britain, Brexit and Why Winston Churchill is Alive and Kicking in this Mess Gerry Hassan Le Monde, January 21st 2019 Britain is not a happy place. But then neither is much of the Western world. Instead, it is angry. A country where many people feel let down, not respected or listened to by politicians, institutions …

Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP
Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2019 Britain stands at an abyss. Three years of endless Brexit deliberations have resulted in the UK facing crisis, doubt and anxiety about what the future holds. Politics has become a high wire act of competing intransigencies and …

My Favourite Books of 2018
My Favourite Books of 2018 December 22nd 2018 Gerry Hassan This is a list of my favourite books of the year. It is a totally subjective and idiosyncratic list: made up things I have read, come across, been involved in or inspired by and which have stopped me and made me think. There is a …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018 December 21st 2018 Gerry Hassan This is my fourth year of doing a comprehensive music list of thing I have bought, been listening to, and had come my way in the past year. It has been as usual an eclectic year musically but highlights include the Southside Record …

Memorable Moment of 2018 and Anticipation for 2019
Memorable Moment Living with Two Gentle Giants: Salt and Pepper Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 19th 2018 I have lived with cats since a teenager, but this year I ventured into completely new territory by getting two cats at the same time. They are brothers, from the same litter, half Maine Coon, and were one …

Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist?
Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 12th 2018 As the United Kingdom seemingly collapses and its political class shows unprecedented incompetence, where stands Scotland? Where is that much talked about sentiment that we are radical, different, and more left-wing than the rest of the UK? For some …

The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain
The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 5th 2018 Last week I attended an event at Dundee University on the ideas and impact of the Scottish thinker Tom Nairn. Many of his books were discussed, including his critique of the monarchy, and the insularity of …

This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t
This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 28th 2018 This should be the moment for Corbyn?s Labour. They face a divided, incompetent Tory Government. A party that has lost nine Cabinet ministers in the last year, which has no domestic agenda to speak of, …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon's SNP on the BRINK: Party in bitter fight over new independen...
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP on the BRINK: Party in bitter fight over new independence referendum  Express.co.ukTheresa May - 'The last thing we need is a second Scottish independence referendum'  HeraldScotlandSturgeon and May clash over indyref2 ahead of Brexit talks  BBC NewsScottish independence referendum the last thing we want, says PM  Gibraltar ChronicleMinisters vow to 'play hardball' if SNP ...

Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum befor...
Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum before the end of Spring?  ITV NewsBREXIT SHAME: Nicola Sturgeon uses May?s Commons defeat to demand Scottish INDEPENDENCE  ExpressSturgeon will give clarity on Scottish independence push in coming weeks  ReutersSNP divisions hit chance of renewed push for Scottish independence  Financial TimesSturgeon: The case for Scottis...

PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence - BBC News
PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence  BBC NewsTheresa May says a second independence referendum in Scotland is the "last thing we want?.

Too soon for new Scottish independence referendum, warn SNP bigwigs - The Times
Too soon for new Scottish independence referendum, warn SNP bigwigs  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has been warned by senior colleagues it would be foolhardy to rush into another Scottish independence referendum as she prepares to set out ...

Publish advice on second independence referendum, Scottish Government urged -...
Publish advice on second independence referendum, Scottish Government urged  South Wales ArgusMike Rumbles asked the Lord Advocate to give his view on whether a new vote could be held without a Section 30 order.

Scottish independence blamed for nuclear submarine staffing issues - The Nati...
Scottish independence blamed for nuclear submarine staffing issues  The NationalAN internal report for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has blamed the prospect of Scottish independence for difficulties in staffing its nuclear submarines.

Nicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independ...
Nicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independence  ExpressNICOLA STURGEON has said she will unveil a plan for a second Scottish referendum amid the turmoil over Theresa May's Brexit deal.

IN PICTURES: Demonstration for Scottish independence in Edinburgh - The Courier
IN PICTURES: Demonstration for Scottish independence in Edinburgh  The CourierSupporters for independence were making their voices heard as they feel support for a second independence referendum is growing due to Westminster's Brexit ...

SNP

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Ministers vow to 'play hardball' if SNP seeks new independence vote - The Times
Ministers vow to 'play hardball' if SNP seeks new independence vote  The TimesBritish ministers have vowed to play hardball with the SNP after Theresa May rejected any prospect of granting a second Scottish independence referendum.

More questions for SNP over deaths at Glasgow hospital - Express
More questions for SNP over deaths at Glasgow hospital  ExpressSNP MINISTERS face more questions over ?secrecy? after a child's death from a hospital infection linked to pigeon droppings was kept hidden for a month.

?Collaboration with Partners Minimizes Illegal Hunting in SNP? -FDA - Liberia...
?Collaboration with Partners Minimizes Illegal Hunting in SNP? -FDA  Liberian Daily ObserverMr. Blamah Sando Goll, technical manager at the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has said that effective collaboration with international partners has ...

MP urges SNP leaders to make case for a second vote on Scottish independence ...
MP urges SNP leaders to make case for a second vote on Scottish independence  The Irish NewsA LEADING SNP MP has called on the party's leadership to drop calls for a second European referendum and instead put the case for a *fresh* vote on Scottish ...

Brexit: SNP 'will work constructively' with UK government - BBC News
Brexit: SNP 'will work constructively' with UK government  BBC NewsThe SNP will "work constructively" with the UK government to find a way forward on Brexit, the party's Westminster leader has pledged. Ian Blackford was ...

SNP 'not ready' for fresh independence vote | Scotland - The Times
SNP 'not ready' for fresh independence vote | Scotland  The TimesThe SNP is not ready for a second independence referendum, one of the party's MEPs has warned.Alyn Smith's intervention came as Nicola Sturgeon said that it ...

SNP policy of free university tuition 'vindicated' says expert - HeraldScotland
SNP policy of free university tuition 'vindicated' says expert  HeraldScotlandThe SNP policy of free university tuition for Scottish students has been "vindicated", according to the country's Commissioner for Fair?

Alex Salmond fury as his name 'airbrushed' from SNP website - Express
Alex Salmond fury as his name 'airbrushed' from SNP website  ExpressALEX Salmond has launched a *fresh* attack on Nicola Sturgeon amid claims he has been airbrushed from the SNP's website.

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Nicola Sturgeon's SNP on the BRINK: Party in bitter fight over new independen...
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP on the BRINK: Party in bitter fight over new independence referendum  Express.co.ukScottish independence referendum the last thing we want, says PM  Gibraltar ChronicleTheresa May - 'The last thing we need is a second Scottish independence referendum'  HeraldScotlandSturgeon and May clash over indyref2 ahead of Brexit talks  BBC NewsMinisters vow to 'play hardball' if SNP ...

Too soon for new Scottish independence referendum, warn SNP bigwigs - The Times
Too soon for new Scottish independence referendum, warn SNP bigwigs  The TimesIan Blackford: Scottish independence is a Brexit 'escape route'  The NationalPoll: Two-thirds of Scots believe Brexit makes independence more likely  The ScotsmanMP urges SNP leaders to make case for a second vote on Scottish independence  The Irish NewsView full coverage on Google News

Publish advice on second independence referendum, Scottish Government urged -...
Publish advice on second independence referendum, Scottish Government urged  South Wales ArgusMike Rumbles asked the Lord Advocate to give his view on whether a new vote could be held without a Section 30 order.

PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence - BBC News
PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence  BBC NewsTheresa May says a second independence referendum in Scotland is the "last thing we want?.

Independence referendum series on BBC Scotland's new channel - The National
Independence referendum series on BBC Scotland's new channel  The NationalA THREE-part documentary about the independence referendum and another looking at 20 years of the Scottish Parliament are among the programmes?

SNP 'not ready' for fresh independence vote | Scotland - The Times
SNP 'not ready' for fresh independence vote | Scotland  The TimesThe SNP is not ready for a second independence referendum, one of the party's MEPs has warned.Alyn Smith's intervention came as Nicola Sturgeon said that it ...

Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum befor...
Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum before the end of Spring?  ITV NewsScotland is stuck between referendums. It is the most Remain-leaning part of the UK with 62% voting to stay in the EU, and polls show this nation is just as in ...

Thanks, Brexit! Sturgeon gloats Scottish independence MORE LIKELY due to EU e...
Thanks, Brexit! Sturgeon gloats Scottish independence MORE LIKELY due to EU exit  Express.co.ukBREXIT has ?strengthened and reinforced? the case for Scottish independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said as she accused Whitehall of ?sidelining? the ...

Pie and Bovril forum

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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

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

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The Official President Trump thread

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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The Brexit Thread
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The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Where?s my £600
Apparently this guy was owed £600 from his boss, so he took a slight revenge     

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

Cold weather gear
Heading up to the far north of Japan in a couple of weeks...I can expect temperatures down to about -15c to -20c. What kind of clothing (specific items) should I be looking at buying? I've never been anywhere as cold as this and I really don't own that much gear for extreme cold.   Ch...

Lunar Eclipse
They say it's the longest total lunar eclipse of the century - tonight.  https://www.space.com/33786-lunar-eclipse-guide.html
 

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Biggest Baws Award - 2018
For those that believe that faith is either a crutch or a means to control, could you please explain this in those terms... Pastor Wang and some of his congregation were arrested soon after and are currently in prison. ?I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill ...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

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

Arch Plotter David Mundell ? More Damaging to Scottish Aspirations for Self G...
    The impact of the 2007 Holyrood election of the SNP to government The Holyrood election of 2007 elected an SNP minority government, turning on its head the weird and wonderful electoral system designed by the Unionist party’s with blocking mechanisms to ensure there would never be an SNP government. To say … Continue reading "Arch Plotter David Mundell – More Damaging to Scottish Aspira...

Westminster Governance of Scotland Policies ? Post Brexit ? Rule Britannia
    Post Brexit the Tory Party Will Continue to Govern Scotland With Mutual Respect David Mundell, (affectionately known as “Fluffy”) will remain in office as Scottish Secretary. He is an accredited mediator in “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, which has proved to be a useful tool in his successful time in office. The “Barnett … Continue reading "Westminster Governance of Scotland Policies ...

Improper Use of Government Masking Tape to Secure Troublesome Civil Servant T...
      Judith Mackinnon – Authoritive Figure Addressing Mental Health and Wellbeing 2005 – 2015: Judith was the Director for HR and National Programmes for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), for 9 years. She introduced “The Managing Mental Health at Work Strategy” for the 800 strong workforce, as well as … Continue reading "Improper Use of Government Masking Tape to Secure Tr...

a-wee-peek-at-the-employment-history-of-judith-mackinnon-head-of-people-advic...
    Judith Mackinnon Personal Details: Born Judith Kerr, Kilwinning 1967. 1990-1992: BA Personnel Management, Glasgow Polytechnic. 1993-2003: Married and divorced Anthony Chalmers. 2004-2019 (Current): Married ex Rangers soccer player – David (Skippy) Mackinnon. 2004-2019 (Current): Director: Mackinnon & Partners 50/50, with husband David Mackinnon – 2003 – Current – Business and Sports Devel...

Leslie Evans & Judith Mackinnon ? Is there a Conspiracy to Destroy the SNP Go...
    Leslie Evans Born in Northern Ireland in 1958. Relocated to Sheffield. Attended High Storrs Comprehensive School 1970-76. Gained a degree in Music from Liverpool University. Married Derek McVay 1990. One son. At School: (her own words, nearly) Absorbed lots of knowledge. Music important – soft spot David Bowie, likes reggae and … Continue reading "Leslie Evans & Judith Mackinnon – Is th...

The Stranraer to Belfast Ferry and the Near Miss With the Nuclear Submarine ?...
    Nov 2011: Depleted Uranium – Kirkcubright – Cancer and Birth Defects A summary of early government papers covering the period 1973 to 1977 was released by The National Archive. The exchanges showed there was knowledge about potential persistent contamination from Depleted Uranium dust. But what also emerged was the manoeuvring by … Continue reading "The Stranraer to Belfast Ferry and th...

The Westminster Government is Content that All Is Well With Procedures for Nu...
  Coulport   28 Nov 2018: Marked Increase in Safety Incidents Aboard UK Atomic Submarines A recent report released by the MOD lists around 259 safety incidents on Trident submarines, and 246 on other nuclear-power but conventionally armed hunter-killer submarines, in the past 12 years (including near-misses, equipment failures, human error or procedural … Continue reading "The Westminster G...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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