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Boris Johnson branded 'spoilt brat' by Labour over his approach to legal Brex...
20 Oct 2019 at 1:11pm
BORIS Johnson has been branded a ?spoilt brat? by Labour and of being ?in contempt of Parliament? by the SNP after he got a senior diplomat to send an unsigned photocopy of the letter, required by law, asking the EU for a Brexit extension.


Dominic Raab: UK Government has 'got the numbers' to get Brexit deal through ...
20 Oct 2019 at 12:12pm
THE UK Government has ?got the numbers? to get its Brexit deal through the UK Parliament by October 31, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, has claimed.


Labour to ensure vote takes places on new Brexit referendum
20 Oct 2019 at 12:01pm
Labour will push for a new EU referendum when the Government brings its Brexit plans to the Commons in the coming days.


Johnson refuses to sign Brexit extension request to EU
20 Oct 2019 at 10:00am
Boris Johnson has come under fire after he distanced himself from a legally required request to the EU for a Brexit extension which he refused to sign.


Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'scurrilous and malicious rumour-mongering' by Lab...
20 Oct 2019 at 5:54pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of peddling ?scurrilous and malicious rumour-mongering? after she claimed the Labour leadership had encouraged its MPs to back Boris Johnson?s Brexit deal.


Keir Starmer: Labour to push for second referendum to be part of Government's...
20 Oct 2019 at 1:44pm
LABOUR will push for a new EU referendum when the Conservative Government brings its Brexit plans to the Commons in the coming days.


Defiant Boris Johnson says he will 'not negotiate' delay to Brexit after losi...
19 Oct 2019 at 3:40pm
A defiant Boris Johnson has said he will not negotiate a fresh Brexit delay with the EU despite losing a key Commons vote.


Boris Johnson to 'break' opposition as he prepares to force Brexit bill throu...
19 Oct 2019 at 7:48pm
Mike Settle, UK Political Editor


Sturgeon hails Brexit delay as 'excellent'
19 Oct 2019 at 3:33pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has hailed a Commons vote to delay Brexit and avoid a no-deal crash-out as ?excellent? news.


Thousands gather for People's Vote March in London
19 Oct 2019 at 2:08pm
Thousands of people have called for a second Brexit referendum as MPs vote on Boris Johnson?s withdrawal deal.


Boris Johnson prepares to abandon Brexit vote if MPs succeed in securing furt...
19 Oct 2019 at 1:24pm
BORIS Johnson is preparing to abandon a vote on his proposed Brexit deal if Conservative rebels and opposition parties succeed in passing a further delay to it in today?s Commons votes.


Analysis: parliamentary war of attrition looks set as Johnson prepares to for...
19 Oct 2019 at 8:01pm
THE parliamentary battle has only just started was the message from Conservative loyalists as the dust began to settle on yet another Commons showdown.


Unspun: the political diary
19 Oct 2019 at 5:00am
Read my lips


Live updates: Scottish court to hear bid to ban Commons vote on PM Boris Joh...
18 Oct 2019 at 9:03am
A legal bid arguing PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal is unlawful is to be heard at Scotland's highest civil court.

 

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Heroin worth £25,000 seized by Police Scotland in Dumbarton
20 Oct 2019 at 8:47pm
Heroin worth an estimated £25,000 has been seized by officers following a car chase last night, police said.


Police hunt for driver after two men left dead following 'hit and run' in Eas...
20 Oct 2019 at 8:21pm
A driver and his passenger have died in a crash in Ayrshire, and a police manhunt has been launched for the driver of another car involved in the collision.


Scottish Labour MP accused Nicola Sturgeon of 'scurrilous and malicious rumou...
20 Oct 2019 at 7:46pm
A Scottish Labour MP has accused First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of rumour-mongering over claims that the Labour leadership encouraged its MPs to back Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.


UK scientists develop artificial human-like skin lets users caress and tickle...
20 Oct 2019 at 7:14pm
Scientists have developed an “artificial skin” that they say can wrap around devices such as smart phones and make them ticklish.


Brexit: Johnson facing Scots court case over "dual" Brexit letters
20 Oct 2019 at 5:44pm
Scotland’s highest court will consider whether Boris Johnson broke the law over his “dual” letter approach to seeking a Brexit extension from EU leaders.


Balaclava gang loot electric bikes in £12,000 raid on Linlithgow store
20 Oct 2019 at 5:13pm
Two high value electric bikes were stolen this morning in an early hours raid on a Linlithgow store which netted property worth more than £12,000.


Glasgow aid worker told why one young boy's life was 'not worth it'
20 Oct 2019 at 4:12pm
A Scottish doctor has described the harrowing moment a poverty-stricken mother and father in Zambia told him they had to make the ‘life or death decision not to fight for their young son’s life because if they did their other children would suffer and failing to grow their crops would affect their whole village.


Parents complain of chaos after Woodmill High fire
20 Oct 2019 at 4:10pm
Pupils are missing lessons in vital subjects and enduring a chaotic timetable after their school was devastated in a blaze, parents say.


Retired gun dog joins ranks of Munro compleators
20 Oct 2019 at 3:52pm
A springer spaniel has become the first dog ever to be officially recognised for climbing all 282 Scottish Munros.


Spaniel joins ranks of Munro compleators
20 Oct 2019 at 3:50pm
A springer spaniel has become the first dog ever to be officially recognised for climbing all 282 Scottish Munros.


Cost of holidays to Europe fall 50% in price after 31 October Brexit date
20 Oct 2019 at 3:23pm
Prices for holidays to Europe's top destinations have halved after October 31, according to new analysis of package holidays from comparison website TravelSupermarket.


Leo Varadkar backs idea of Scotland to Northern Ireland bridge
20 Oct 2019 at 2:58pm
Leo Varadkar has backed the idea of building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland.


'The lesson from Brexit? Breaking up our 300 year old Union will be much harder'
20 Oct 2019 at 2:43pm
Jo Swinson has described breaking up the United Kingdom, if Scotland was to vote for independence, as "much more difficult than what we're experiencing with Brexit".


William Hill to pay out £1,500 winnings after initially leaving 18-year-old f...
20 Oct 2019 at 2:37pm
A West Lothian teenager was left feeling "cheated" after William Hill initially failed to pay out on a winning bet that landed him £1,500.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

The ultimate Scotlanding
20 Oct 2019 at 11:30am
So, almost a third of you are bloody idiots and we’ll just have to deal with that. The good news is that at least there couldn’t be any unforeseen consequences. But oh no! What’s this? And let’s just spell it out, because some people are clearly a bit dim: if the above scenario materialises, the SNP …

Are you being served?
19 Oct 2019 at 6:59am

Brooks Was Here
18 Oct 2019 at 1:40pm
As we write this, Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal appears to hang in the balance. According to Sky News this morning the arithmetic is poised on a knife-edge. The four “in play” groups down the middle of the graphic are, from the top: three Tory “Spartans” (hardcore Brexiters who might yet back the deal), 19 …

Levers of power
17 Oct 2019 at 11:57am
16 votes, up to a maximum of 31, you say? If only there was a party with enough MPs to turn that round, eh? The Prime Minister’s new Brexit deal is a catastrophe for Scotland. It would massively disadvantage the country compared to Northern Ireland. Companies would entirely sensibly flock across the Irish Sea to …

The grand strategy
16 Oct 2019 at 9:20am
Yesterday we finally got to hear the infallible top-secret plan for independence. Oh. Oh well, that’s okay then. That should sort it all right out.

The soul of the SNP
15 Oct 2019 at 1:04pm
As we write this, voting has just ended to elect the membership of a number of key SNP internal bodies, including the Member Conduct Committee which has the power to discipline members and even expel them from the party. This year has seen a concerted attempt by a small but active faction within the SNP, led …

The problem of England and Wales
14 Oct 2019 at 4:59pm
As we write this, in between bouts of weeping with exhausted misery, frustration and rage, Her Majesty’s Opposition’s interminable will-they-won’t-they game of attempting – maybe, one day, perhaps – to bring down the government and force a new election leading to a new EU referendum continues. And as the SNP in particular devotes huge amounts …

Faith is always blind
13 Oct 2019 at 1:42pm
The first novel I remember reading is “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”, shortly after it came out in 1979. I was 12, and it had a huge and lasting effect on me – it was the first thing that made me want to be a writer, and both Adams’ writing style and the worldview it …

The broad church
12 Oct 2019 at 3:03pm
Our feather-ruffling Panelbase poll of SNP voters is now almost at an end, with only one further revelation to come tomorrow. So we thought it was worth taking a moment for a little bit of closer examination of just who the respondents were. We know, of course, that the criteria for the sample was people …

The invitation
12 Oct 2019 at 6:59am

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

PM 'trying to frustrate' Brexit delay law, says SNP
20 Oct 2019 at 1:28pm
Leading SNP MP Joanna Cherry says the PM's latest Brexit move could break a promise given to the Court of Session.

Brexit: Sturgeon says Commons defeat 'severe blow' to Johnson deal
19 Oct 2019 at 3:58pm
But Boris Johnson insists he is "not daunted" with his Brexit strategy despite MPs backing a delay to the process.

'Whistleblower' civil servant faces misconduct hearing
20 Oct 2019 at 1:16pm
DeeAnn Fitzpatrick is accused of making "false statements" about being bound to a chair, reports say.

Glasgow 'Love Rally' for those who have experienced care
19 Oct 2019 at 5:48pm
The march in Glasgow was a show of support for those who have grown up in the care system.

Is Scotland's Freedom of Information law fit for a data-rich age?
17 Oct 2019 at 12:19am
A record number were made last year, but is this 17-year-old law allowing the scrutiny of public bodies still working?

What Spain can teach Scotland about organ donation
17 Oct 2019 at 4:13pm
Medics and families discuss Spain's "opt-out" system ahead of the introduction of a similar scheme in Scotland.

Record number of Freedom of Information requests made
17 Oct 2019 at 12:20am
More than 80,000 requests were made to public bodies, according to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon says indyref2 'must happen next year'
15 Oct 2019 at 5:00pm
The SNP leader tells her party's conference that Westminster has 'no right' to block a Scottish independence referendum.

Scot Goes Pop

Are we finally moving towards clarity on the general election date?
20 Oct 2019 at 4:39pm
The successful Letwin amendment "rules out No Deal", or so we're told.  Doesn't that sound strangely familiar?  How many times has such-and-such a vote or such-and-such an action supposedly ruled o...

When history beckoned, Jo Swinson was caught napping (or posturing)
18 Oct 2019 at 12:58pm
A couple of things occurred to me yesterday about the implications of Boris Johnson concluding a deal against all the odds, and the fact that it doesn't (as of yet, anyway) look totally impossible ...

No, of course the SNP wouldn't get a Section 30 order by offering to back Joh...
17 Oct 2019 at 1:17pm
So this is all coming to a head at breakneck speed: a Hard Brexit deal has been done between Boris Johnson and the EU, it needs to be ratified by parliament, and we should find out whether the numb...

Yesterday's Women's Convenor result was a moral victory, not a defeat - but o...
16 Oct 2019 at 5:23pm
Here's what was slightly odd about the big showdown in the SNP's internal elections yesterday: it was the behaviour of Fiona Robertson on social media that convinced many people that there needed t...

False alarm: Panelbase haven't stopped using the 2014 referendum question
15 Oct 2019 at 4:59pm
So just to briefly tie up a loose end from the blogpost on Sunday, it turns out that Britain Elects were wrong (gasp!) and in fact Panelbase did not alter the wording of the question they asked abo...

Panelbase poll is the latest to suggest we're on course to RETAIN the pro-ind...
14 Oct 2019 at 7:29am
Many thanks to a fellow James for alerting me to the Holyrood voting intention numbers from the new Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times, which he found deep in the polls section of What Scotland Th...

What's in a question?
13 Oct 2019 at 7:10pm
So just a little postscript to the earlier piece about today's extraordinary Panelbase poll showing 50% support for independence.  The Britain Elects account on Twitter tossed a small grenade into ...

Historic breakthrough as Panelbase poll shows 50% support for independence
13 Oct 2019 at 2:31am
So my sincere apologies to a certain gentleman as this polling blog continues its "demented obsession" with covering opinion poll results as and when they are published, but I do think this is one ...

Reddit Scotland

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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

The Lion Chambers in Glasgow
20 Oct 2019 at 8:33pm
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Bodybuilder speaks out: Steroid use is Glasgow's 'hidden public health crisis'
20 Oct 2019 at 11:03am
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Frankie Boyle on Twitter: One reason people are detached from politics is tha...
20 Oct 2019 at 7:04pm
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Not all heroes wear capes
20 Oct 2019 at 7:14pm
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20 Oct 2019 at 7:53pm
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The RNLI shop in Arbroath. I think they missed a massive opportunity by not p...
20 Oct 2019 at 7:57pm
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Galloway Forest
20 Oct 2019 at 7:43pm
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Boris Johnson could be held in contempt of court over Brexit letter
20 Oct 2019 at 6:25pm
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High speed rail in Scotland. Would it be a good idea?
20 Oct 2019 at 3:47pm
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Daily Record

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If Brexit was a movie it would be Shawshank Redemption in reverse
20 Oct 2019 at 4:30am
John Niven has been searching for the best movie-based Brexit metaphor.


Nicola Sturgeon's Brexit vote fears over Jeremy Corbyn
18 Oct 2019 at 7:12pm
The First Minister was in London on the eve of Saturday's historic vote.


Protester scales Big Ben dressed as Boris Johnson in Extinction Rebellion demo
18 Oct 2019 at 5:10pm
The man unfurled two banners containing two of the climate change group's key slogans as he made his way up the iconic tower in London.


Leading charity calls for more support for disabled people as figures reveal ...
18 Oct 2019 at 4:30am
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has urged the governments on both sides of the border to adopt a compassionate benefits system.


Blocking IndyRef 2 would be 'unsustainable for UK Government' says think tank
17 Oct 2019 at 9:11pm
A new report released by the Institute for Government said that it would be 'counterproductive' for Westminster to block a second vote if there is a clear majority for it.


Brexit deal agreed by Boris Johnson and EU ahead of Brussels summit
17 Oct 2019 at 10:50am
The Prime Minister took to Twitter to announce the news which was later confirmed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.


Teachers say 'poorest pupils are being hit hardest' by key SNP education policy
17 Oct 2019 at 4:30am
A £120m a year fund was supposed to help children from the most deprived areas.


Lord Provost who claimed for 23 pairs of shoes pulls out of anti-poverty event
17 Oct 2019 at 4:30am
Eva Bolander had to apologise after causing an outcry over her expenses claims.


It's great to see bodies in libraries once again, but only if they keep it quiet
16 Oct 2019 at 7:44pm
Darren McGarvey says public libraries have become busy with people eager to talk instead of enjoying the escape from loud urban life.


SNP may need union with old enemy Labour to deliver IndyRef2
16 Oct 2019 at 4:30am
Daily Record political editor Paul Hutcheon says the SNP face having to help Labour in London in order to get new referendum in Scotland.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

DUP and other former allies turn on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal
20 Oct 2019 at 5:00am

THERE was something almost biblical in the way in which the Prime Minster?s desire to win a triumphant endorsement of his ?great new deal? was stymied at the eleventh hour by the very people to whom he has been sucking up with enthusiasm ever since he decided to use Brexit as the means to gain the ultimate political prize.

Ask why the Tories are keen to be free from European regulations
20 Oct 2019 at 6:50pm

WHILST Leave voters are salivating over the deal that has finally been agreed with the EU they have not a clue what is about to hit them if it succeeds.

Another example of pomp and circumstance versus government for the people
20 Oct 2019 at 2:00pm

IT is the custom of this column to give you, gentle reader, the best thinking and practice on matters constitutional. Today, I?d like to look down the constitution road to make sense of where we may all be headed.

Blackford: How many other unsigned letters has Johnson sent?
20 Oct 2019 at 1:34pm

SNP's Westminster leader has questioned how many unsigned letters Boris Johnson has sent since taking over at Downing Street after he added other documents to the Brexit extension request to the EU.

Michael Gove insists UK will leave EU by October 31
20 Oct 2019 at 10:36am

Gove has insisted the UK will leave the EU by October 31 despite the Government asking the EU for a delay.

PM acting like 'spoilt brat' over Brexit extension letter
20 Oct 2019 at 9:11am

After the letter asking for a Brexit delay was sent to the EU, Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "I told the Prime Minister to obey the law and despite his petulant posturing and bluster he finally has - he's asked for an extension.

Andrew Tickell: Analysing not-so-super Brexit Saturday for Boris
20 Oct 2019 at 5:00am

NO majority yet for Johnson?s deal. No backing for No Deal. The Benn Act activated.

This is the Union's fatal failure in the Brexit process
20 Oct 2019 at 5:00am

IT has been another tumultuous Brexit week. But this is not the end of Brexit, or even the beginning of the end, but just another staging post in this drawn-out process. Fundamental to the Johnson deal is what is proposed for Northern Ireland. In place of the so-called ?backstop? the province is instead put in a special place in relation to the rest of the UK and EU.

£3.3m Skye Bridge tolls imposed unlawfully says Robbie the Pict
20 Oct 2019 at 5:00am

IT was one of the longest uprisings ever to take place in Scotland but the David and Goliath battle between the islanders of Skye and the establishment is far from ancient history and its aftermath is still felt today.

A look at Brexit deadline week: What actually happened?
20 Oct 2019 at 5:00am

A REGULAR poll in a long-running series got the week off to a positive start as support for independence, bolstered by unease about Brexit and its consequences, rose to 50% for the first time.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Creative Economy? Towards A Culture of Possibility
20 Oct 2019 at 12:28pm
This month I have been on a journey from Shetland to Dumfries reflecting on creativity, community and cultural commons In the last of the summer sun I sailed north across the whale road to a conference organised by the Centre for Rural Creativity, University of the Highlands and Islands, in partnership with Shetland Arts at […]

Scotland as Subaltern Nation in a World of Madness
19 Oct 2019 at 9:33pm
Another epochal day, another delay, another battle in court looms. Brexit is like constitutional tantricism, endlessly failing to reach its end. Having been defeated again Boris Johnson says he will not request an extension to Brexit, pleading: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do […]

CUP manifesto against Repression and for a Political and Democratic Solution
19 Oct 2019 at 5:33pm
Eulàlia Reguant from the CUP calls for the international community to recognise Catalonia’s right to self-determination and to demand an end to the state repression and police violence – and calls for journalists and lawyers to come to Catalonia and meet with civil organisations in defence of human rights. The call is to build an […]

Joker: holding up a mirror to our disillusioned times
19 Oct 2019 at 12:41pm
    Helena Bassil-Morozow, Glasgow Caledonian University Even though Joker is supposedly set in the 1970s, Todd Phillips? arresting film could easily be read as a metaphorical dissection of the mass protest votes that swept the UK and the US back in 2016. Millions of disenfranchised citizens voiced their disillusionment on both sides of the […]

Call for international solidarity with Catalonia
17 Oct 2019 at 10:43pm
Mònica Clua-Losada explores practical ways to show solidarity with the people of Catalonia. On Monday 14th of October 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court announced its sentence against the 5 Catalan government ministers, the Catalan? vice-president, the Speaker of the House, and the two leaders of the largest civil society organizations in Catalonia. They will face […]

The Ideology of Nobel Economics
17 Oct 2019 at 1:02pm
THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR ECONOMICS ? AN EXERCISE IN IDEOLOGY? THIS year?s (so-called) Nobel economics prize has gone to three US-based academics – Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Banerjee and Duflo (who are married) work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while Kremer is a professor at Harvard. They received the £728,000 prize […]

The Police Line
16 Oct 2019 at 8:24pm
May Fraser explores the tensions between love and power in dealing with the police. The other side of the police line at the intersection of Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, two police officers dragged someone who had been sitting, by the arms, across the road; searched, questioned, arrested and drove the person away in a police […]

Police Violence in Barcelona
16 Oct 2019 at 4:08pm
The criminal behaviour of Spain’s post-fascist police is appalling, if unsurprising. As David Whyte and Ignasi Bernat wrote the other day of the custodial sentences for peaceful democracy activists: “Those sentences are incredible not least since, as the defence lawyers in the case pointed out, no police officer is yet to come in front of […]

The Kurdish Question ? a poem for Rojava
16 Oct 2019 at 10:50am
* Why do I ache for Kurdistan? Say, why should this English Scot care? Why stir my heart, my atheist soul? It?s miles to here from out there Why does my hard and rational mind agree with my heart this is right? Why can humanity seek and find new hope through this brave Kurdish fight? […]

On Culture Crisis and Ecocide
16 Oct 2019 at 10:17am
On ecocide and ethnocide, climate crisis and the second sight. On the 27th of April, 2019, at the SNP Spring conference in Edinburgh the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared a “climate emergency”. In her speech to the  delegates she said she was inspired after meeting young climate campaigners who had gone on strike from school. […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Boris Johnson could be held in contempt of court over Brexit letter
20 Oct 2019 at 1:14pm
Prime minister broke promise not to frustrate Benn act, Scotland?s most senior judge will hearBrexit latest: the day?s developments Boris Johnson could be held in contempt by a Scottish court after he urged EU leaders to ignore a letter asking for an extension to the Brexit deadline.Scotland?s mo...

SNP's Ian Blackford says Johnson's Brexit deal has sold Scotland out ? video
19 Oct 2019 at 11:46am
The Scottish National party's leader in the Commons has accused Boris Johnson of negotiating a Brexit deal that ?would see Scotland shafted? by the government. He said: ?He and his cronies at No 10 don't care about Scotland. This Tory government has sold Scotland out and once again they have let ...

'Pivot point' for Scotland as Brexit boosts independence bid
19 Oct 2019 at 6:00am
Polling suggests breakup of union increasingly likely and thoughts turning to aftermathAll the day?s Brexit news ? liveThat the union is under greater stress than at any time in its 300-year history is something that everyone from Scotland?s first minister to former Conservative and Labour prime ...

A second referendum on Scottish independence is suddenly very likely | Ruth W...
18 Oct 2019 at 11:15am
Brexit is just one reason Scots are increasingly drawn to the idea of living in a small, liberal, European nation stateThe crowds converging on London this weekend to march for a people?s vote will encompass many thousands of Scots because their country voted by a handsome 62% to remain in the Eu...

Britain?s breakup could benefit all of its parts | Letters
17 Oct 2019 at 6:03pm
Paul Salveson, Philip Wood, Lorna Slater and Anthony O? Neill respond to articles by Aditya Chakrabortty and Martin KettleAditya Chakrabortty (Salvaging the union will need imagination ? and we?ve lost it, 17 October) paints a grim but probably accurate picture of what will happen to ?the idea of...

Labour-SNP closeness opens rift in alliance against no-deal Brexit
16 Oct 2019 at 10:00pm
Corbyn and Blackford agreeing to work from ?same script?, claims opposition party sourceBitter splits are emerging between political parties trying to fight a no-deal Brexit, over the new-found unity between Labour and the SNP, with claims they are speaking from the ?same script?.An opposition pa...

Brexit: Rees-Mogg says he can't confirm Saturday sitting as EU talks continue...
15 Oct 2019 at 6:07pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBoris Johnson ?close to Brexit deal? after border concessionsLabour MPs lukewarm over prospect of snap election this yearLib Dems in renewed push for second Brexit referendum voteRees-Mogg: ?votes are now there? for Brexit dealNic...

Nicola Sturgeon to demand powers for 2020 referendum
15 Oct 2019 at 6:03pm
SNP leader tells conference she will ask Westminster to transfer powers by end of yearFollow the day?s politics news - liveNicola Sturgeon has urged Scotland to ?reclaim its independence?, confirming in an upbeat party conference address that she intends to hold a second independence referendum i...

Scottish ministers face criticism for £5m Shell tree-planting scheme
15 Oct 2019 at 4:32pm
Government accused of greenwashing after accepting funding from oil firmScottish ministers have been criticised for accepting £5m from Shell to help fund a tree-planting programme as part of its climate strategy.The oil company said it would give the government agency Forestry and Land Scotland (...

Nicola Sturgeon?s independence plan has a fundamental weakness | Zoe Williams
15 Oct 2019 at 7:00am
Only a Labour government would grant a Scottish referendum. But if it was in power, most SNP arguments would be pointlessSometimes ?don?t know? is the most intelligent answer to a question: 45% of Scots think Scotland would be better off economically as an independent country within the EU than a...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The new terms of the debate
Yesterday’s events in the House of Commons signalled something significant in British politics. It marked the breakdown of trust between Parliament and the Government that the Government will obey the law and act in an honourable and honest manner. Now you might think that you’ve never trusted the British Government, and you’d certainly not be […]

The law as a serving suggestion
Sigh. Uggh. Sigh. Where’s a brick wall that I can bang my head off? Eh? What? Oh God. Uggh. Sigh.  Wankers! Sigh. Uggh. … That’s British politics these days. I hope that you’re all enjoying the stability and security of the United Kingdom that Scotland was promised in 2014. There are precarious piles of nuclear […]

Dugcast ? 18 October 2019
Welcome to this week’s dugcast. This week The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss the SNP conference and Nicola Sturgeon’s speech. We also chat about the long jail sentences imposed on former members of the Catalan government and Catalan independence activists. And finally we of course talk about Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, the chances […]

The road to the moral high ground
Boris Johnson didn’t want a deal with the EU. His original plan was to force a no deal crash out, putting the blame for the resultant chaos on evil Brussels bureaucrats, the elite that he doesn’t belong to despite being an extremely wealthy former pupil at Eton and Oxbridge, remainer MPs, and uppity Scots. However […]

Arguing from a position of strength
This blog has a long standing policy of not attacking or criticising other pro-independence groups, blogs, or organisations. I’m not in the business of doing the anti-independence media’s job for them. For the same reason, that’s why I always ask that people who comment on this blog refrain from using it as a platform to […]

The fundamentals
Another day, another exercise in Scotland being patronised by columnists in the Guardian. This time it’s Zoe Williams’ turn, opining that Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for a referendum has a fundamental weakness. Because, according to Zoe, the only hope that Scotland has got of getting a referendum is if there is a Labour Prime Minister willing […]

The one sided love affair
Yesterday we had the pointless spectacle of a Conservative election manifesto dressed up as a state opening of parliament. None of the measures which the Queen announced were going to be implemented by her government will ever see the light of day this side of a general election. The entire episode was a waste of […]

The murder of Catalan democracy
There’s been, shall we say, a spot of falling out in certain quarters of the Scottish independence movement of late. Rattles have been tossed from prams. Dummies spat out. Feet have been stamped. I’m naming no names, and pointing no fingers, but let’s keep a sense of perspective here. This is a dispute about the […]

Gaelic bingo
There’s still no clarity on Brexit. There’s still no news on when there’s going to be another General Election. But this week there’s the SNP conference in Aberdeen, and the annual national Mòd is being held in Glasgow. There will be plenty on the pages of this blog about Brexit and the SNP conference over […]

Dugcast ? 11 October 2019
In the latest edition of the Dugcast, The National’s Callum Baird and I talk about the indy march and rally in Edinburgh last weekend and my uncle Shug. We also talk about how the event was all but ignored by the UK media – although it was covered in the Scottish media. We also discuss […]

Michael Greenwell


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

Too Mad Not To Share
“Cooking, with bigots and paedophiles” Lots of other innocuous types in the book, just a bit weird to see those above.

Scottish Independence Podcast 176 ? A Declaration for Independence 2019
The 176th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has got 3 elements. I thought there should be an audio version of the recent Declaration for Independence 2019, so I made one. We also drop in on Luxembourg and on Murdo Fraser campaign headquarters. Hope you enjoy. You can download the show directly if you click …

Dangerous People

Just Not Trying Very Hard, Or At It?
This is what I found with one google search, including copying and pasting time, it took me 5 minutes… “If the two parts of the United Kingdom are in agreement that it is in accord with their constitutional arrangement, written or unwritten, Spain would have nothing to say. We would simply maintain that it does …

Johnson To Resign, Royal Commission Appointed To Find Retirement Village

?Lips That Speak Knowledge Are A Rare Jewel?
I’m a non-believer, but it is a subject that interests me and I’d say I know a fair bit about what is (and what isn’t) in that book. Watching this however, I am extremely doubtful that he has even the slightest idea…

Why The UK Lost Its Oil Wealth (And Why Norway Didn?t)
It’s a business video, but it outlines something of the story.

Scottish Independence Podcast 175 ? Public Finances in an Independent Scotlan...
The 175th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a short talk given by Craig Dalzell showing, amongst other things, how distorted the GERS figures can be, some of the immediate savings an independent Scotland would make, and some of the instant bumps in revenue it would have.   In case that wasn’t clear above, …

Gerry Hassan

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

Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough
Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 16th 2019 Five years after the indyref and three years after the Brexit vote Scottish politics feels like it is in a holding pattern, full of pent up pressures, but stuck in a vortex of powerful forces beyond its control. …

Politics and People Power is changing Scotland and beyond
Politics and People Power is changing Scotland and beyond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 9th 2019 Demos and marches are part of the ritual of politics – from today?s pro- and anti-Brexit gatherings, to the direct action and interventions of Extinction Rebellion, and the spate of pro-Scottish independence rallies criss-crossing the nation. They are often …

Deal or No Deal? Brexit Endgame or the End of Britain?
Deal or No Deal? Brexit Endgame or the End of Britain? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 6th 2019 Boris Johnson has finally revealed his Brexit plan with less than one month to his intended exit date from the EU. Constantly presented as a ?deal? by insular British political discussion and media who have contributed so …

The crisis of British democracy and Parliament isn?t going away anytime soon
The crisis of British democracy and Parliament isn?t going away anytime soon Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 29th 2019 The British Parliament returned to work last week ? reopened after the historic Supreme Court verdict. Its undertakings were highly charged, contentious and even abusive in language and exchange. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox sneeringly stated ?this …

David Cameron: Britain?s worst post-war Prime Minister so far
David Cameron: Britain?s worst post-war Prime Minister so far Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 25th 2019 David Cameron has been on our airwaves and TV screens a lot in the past week punting his autobiography ?For the Record?. We last saw and heard from ?call me Dave? a while ago as he has been away …

What has Labour got to say as the British establishment collapses?
What has Labour got to say as the British establishment collapses? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 22nd 2019 The Labour Party meets for its annual conference at Brighton this weekend, confident about its future prospects. The reality is that the state of Labour is not good. The party are polling between 21% and 28% in …

?Downton Abbey? Britain: Living with the Ghosts of an Imagined Past
‘Downton Abbey’ Britain: Living with the Ghosts of an Imagined Past Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2019 ?Downton Abbey’: The Movie opened last weekend in the UK. It came at the end of a tumultuous week with the UK Parliament suspended, the UK government found to have acted unlawfully, and the Prime Minister accused …

The Queen?s role in politics is one of the last remnants of feudalism
The Queen?s role in politics is one of the last remnants of feudalism Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 15th 2019 The Queen has been publicly involved in politics in the past few weeks on an unprecedented scale. There has been Boris Johnson?s suspension of the UK Parliament, the nature of his advice to the Queen, …

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

No Inquest for Dawn Sturgess
The killing of poor Dawn Sturgess was much the most serious of the events in Salisbury and Amesbury that attracted international attention. Yet nobody has been charged, no arrest warrant issued and no inquest held. The inquest for Dawn Sturgess has today been yet again postponed, for the fourth time, and for the first time … The post No Inquest for Dawn Sturgess appeared first on Craig Murray...

Bad Faith Negotiation
I seldom comment on Brexit, largely because I neither see leaving the EU as a panacea nor the EU itself as a Utopia, and am alienated by the over-extravagant passions and claims on both sides. In addition to that, the FCO is largely excluded from Brexit negotiations, being perceived by the Tories as a nest … The post Bad Faith Negotiation appeared first on Craig Murray.

Weep for Catalonia, Weep for Liberalism in Europe
The vicious jail sentences handed down today by the fascists (I used the word with care and correctly) of the Spanish Supreme Court to the Catalan political prisoners represent a stark symbol of the nadir of liberalism within the EU. That an attempt to organise a democratic vote for the Catalan people in pursuit of … The post Weep for Catalonia, Weep for Liberalism in Europe appeared first on...

The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas? Immunity
The government has stepped up its lies about immunity in the Sacoolas case to a breathtaking degree. I genuinely am astounded by the sheer audacity of the lies now being told, including a staggeringly mendacious FCO-briefed BBC article yesterday stating that “23,000 individuals in the UK have diplomatic immunity” and that it extends to “drivers … The post The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged...

Jonathan Sacoolas Is Not, and Has Never Been, a Diplomat
UPDATE: Since I published this article the mainstream media, including at least Sky News and the Guardian, have started to report that Sacoolas does not have diplomatic immunity. This is a massive reversal in the MSM line, though to date none have published that he works for NSA or explained the NSA/GCHQ relationship. The MSM … The post Jonathan Sacoolas Is Not, and Has Never Been, a Diplomat...

An Unpopular Article
This article is probably unpopular. The point of this blog is not to make you agree, but to make you think; if I did not express views which are not the view of the majority, there would be no point in writing at all. This is not an applause seeking echo chamber of popular sentiment. … The post An Unpopular Article appeared first on Craig Murray.

Heroes, Villains and Establishment Hypocrisy
Trump and Johnson’s populism have shaken the old Establishment, and raised some very interesting questions about who is and who is not nowadays inside the Establishment and a beneficiary of the protection of the liberal elite. Yesterday two startling examples in the news coverage cast a very lurid light on this question, and I ask … The post Heroes, Villains and Establishment Hypocrisy appear...

Johnson Enters Neo-Con Heaven
There has been remarkably little media commentary on the effect of the UK leaving the EU Common Foreign Policy, even though this is a major aim of Johnson, Gove and the Tory Brexiteers. The media appear not to have noticed the existence of the Common Foreign Policy. We saw perhaps the first public glimpse of … The post Johnson Enters Neo-Con Heaven appeared first on Craig Murray.

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Woman faces disciplinary hearing over 'gagging' photo
DeeAnn Fitzpatrick has been accused of lying about the circumstances behind the photo.

Johnson accused of 'childish manoeuvres' over EU letters
The Prime Minister wrote to Brussels requesting a three-month delay to Brexit.

Andy Murray crowns comeback with first title since 2017
The Scot battled to a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory against old rival Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp.

Man found unconscious next to motorbike in critical condition
The man was found next to an orange KTM scrambler bike on the B9103 on Sunday morning.

Police hunt for boy who robbed man at knifepoint
The 39-year-old man was threatened by a boy around 13 to 15 years old on Saturday.

Hearts investigate claims Rangers player was racially abused
The club said any fan found guilty of racism would be banned from Tynecastle.

Violence towards train staff sees 1400 calls to police
Figures show over the past five years, police have been called to thousands of incidents.

Hundreds join 'love rally' to support those in care
The event in Glasgow aimed to show love for people who grow up in care.

In pictures: Flooding hits north east after heavy rain
Vehicles were abandoned as heavy rain flooded areas in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Brexit: MPs delay approving Boris Johnson's Brexit deal
The Commons backed an amendment by Sir Oliver Letwin which could force another Brexit extension.

Scotland and Independence

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MSPs on course to back laws for quickfire Scottish independence vote - Scotla...
MSPs on course to back laws for quickfire Scottish independence vote  Scotland on SundayAnother Scottish referendum beckons?and this time the nationalists may win  The EconomistKevin McKenna: The SNP is now a major obstacle to independence  HeraldScotlandScottish independence and Brexit are similar in more ways than one ? Ian Murray MP  The ScotsmanThe Shocking Reason This Scottish Caller Would...

Westminster 'must allow Scottish independence referendum if voters want it' -...
Westminster 'must allow Scottish independence referendum if voters want it'  The Times

Nicola Sturgeon to demand powers for new Scottish independence vote by end of...
Nicola Sturgeon to demand powers for new Scottish independence vote by end of 2019  Sky News

Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument' - BBC News
Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument'  BBC News

David Starkey claims Scottish independence would be 'act of shocking of vanda...
David Starkey claims Scottish independence would be 'act of shocking of vandalism'  Express

Nicola Sturgeon: 'No shortcut route to Scottish independence' - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon: 'No shortcut route to Scottish independence'  BBC News

Scottish independence: Pro-Union campaigners warn against referendum in 2020 ...
Scottish independence: Pro-Union campaigners warn against referendum in 2020  Scotland on Sunday

Scotland independence: How did the indyref affect 16-year-old voters? - BBC News
Scotland independence: How did the indyref affect 16-year-old voters?  BBC News

The Cost of Boris Johnson?s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.? - The New York T...
The Cost of Boris Johnson?s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.?  The New York Times

Scottish independence: Why huge All Under One Banner march is helping the cau...
Scottish independence: Why huge All Under One Banner march is helping the cause ? Kenny MacAskill  The Scotsman

Thousands march in support of Scottish independence - BBC News
Thousands march in support of Scottish independence  BBC News

More than 100,000 estimated attendance at Scottish independence march - The I...
More than 100,000 estimated attendance at Scottish independence march  The Irish Times

Oasis star Liam Gallagher says he backs Scottish independence ? telling Scots...
Oasis star Liam Gallagher says he backs Scottish independence ? telling Scots fan ?it?s your country?  The Scottish Sun

Maajid Nawaz Infuriated By "Xenophobic" Scottish Independence Caller - LBC
Maajid Nawaz Infuriated By "Xenophobic" Scottish Independence Caller  LBC

SNP

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PM 'trying to frustrate' Brexit delay law, says SNP - BBC News
PM 'trying to frustrate' Brexit delay law, says SNP  BBC News

SNP's Ian Blackford says Johnson's Brexit deal has sold Scotland out ? video ...
SNP's Ian Blackford says Johnson's Brexit deal has sold Scotland out ? video  The GuardianSNP's Ian Blackford: 'Scotland has been totally and utterly shafted'  BBC NewsKevin McKenna: The SNP is now a major obstacle to independence  HeraldScotlandSNP U-turn: How former deputy leader claimed EU told Scotland to 'get stuffed'  ExpressSNP: Labour will 'never be forgiven' if Brexit passes with oppos...

Several women 'close to quitting SNP over gender recognition plans' - The Gua...
Several women 'close to quitting SNP over gender recognition plans'  The Guardian

SNP Westminster leader tells Corbyn and Swinson to 'step out of the sand pit'...
SNP Westminster leader tells Corbyn and Swinson to 'step out of the sand pit'  The Guardian

Labour-SNP closeness opens rift in alliance against no-deal Brexit - The Guar...
Labour-SNP closeness opens rift in alliance against no-deal Brexit  The Guardian

SNP conference: Three questions facing the party - BBC News
SNP conference: Three questions facing the party  BBC News

A faintly surreal SNP conference - BBC News
A faintly surreal SNP conference  BBC News

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal: what you need to know - SNP
Boris Johnson's Brexit deal: what you need to know  SNP

SNP under pressure, blocking indyref2 unsustainable, Boris Johnson ?confident...
SNP under pressure, blocking indyref2 unsustainable, Boris Johnson ?confident? about passing deal- Breakfast politics briefing  Scotland on Sunday

SNP formally backs decriminalisation of drugs - BBC News
SNP formally backs decriminalisation of drugs  BBC News

SNP spent more on Shetland by-election than Brexit referendum - Telegraph.co.uk
SNP spent more on Shetland by-election than Brexit referendum  Telegraph.co.uk

SNP tries to force Labour to support second independence referendum - Financi...
SNP tries to force Labour to support second independence referendum  Financial Times

Queen's Speech: what you need to know - SNP
Queen's Speech: what you need to know  SNP

Boris Johnson: SNP seeking indyref2 pact with Corbyn - BBC News
Boris Johnson: SNP seeking indyref2 pact with Corbyn  BBC News

Referendum (Google News)

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Another Scottish referendum beckons?and this time the nationalists may win - ...
Another Scottish referendum beckons?and this time the nationalists may win  The EconomistMSPs on course to back laws for quickfire Scottish independence vote  Scotland on SundayKevin McKenna: The SNP is now a major obstacle to independence  HeraldScotlandSNP U-turn: How former deputy leader claimed EU told Scotland to 'get stuffed'  ExpressLabour voters boost for indyref2 | Scotland  The TimesV...

Nicola Sturgeon calls for second independence vote in 2020 - Financial Times
Nicola Sturgeon calls for second independence vote in 2020  Financial TimesScotland Could Leave the United Kingdom Over Brexit?and Green Energy  Foreign PolicySNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon says indyref2 'must happen next year'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon demands second Scottish independence referendum next year  Mirror OnlineNicola Sturgeon SNP conference: Scotland will demand independence  Busi...

Westminster 'must allow Scottish independence referendum if voters want it' -...
Westminster 'must allow Scottish independence referendum if voters want it'  The Times

The Cost of Boris Johnson?s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.? - The New York T...
The Cost of Boris Johnson?s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.?  The New York Times

SNP tries to force Labour to support second independence referendum - Financi...
SNP tries to force Labour to support second independence referendum  Financial Times

Scotland independence: How did the indyref affect 16-year-old voters? - BBC News
Scotland independence: How did the indyref affect 16-year-old voters?  BBC News

Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument' - BBC News
Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument'  BBC News

David Starkey claims Scottish independence would be 'act of shocking of vanda...
David Starkey claims Scottish independence would be 'act of shocking of vandalism'  Express

Threat of legal action over Scottish referendum request - RTE.ie
Threat of legal action over Scottish referendum request  RTE.ie

Angered by Brexit, thousands rally in Edinburgh for Scottish independence - F...
Angered by Brexit, thousands rally in Edinburgh for Scottish independence  FRANCE 24 English

Time for some ?panic? over Scottish independence referendum says Whitehall of...
Time for some ?panic? over Scottish independence referendum says Whitehall official  Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Scottish Tories rule out supporting 'supermajority' in...
Scottish independence: Scottish Tories rule out supporting 'supermajority' in second referendum  The Scotsman

Plaid Cymru could push for joint independence referendum - The National
Plaid Cymru could push for joint independence referendum  The National

Starmer: Labour to push for second referendum to be part of Government's Brex...
Starmer: Labour to push for second referendum to be part of Government's Brexit deal  HeraldScotland

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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!

Stuart Campbell/Wings Over Scotland
Very rarely venture in to the politics forum on Pie and Bovril but, making an exception here, I voted for Independence in 2014 and would do again, although I'm no tub thumper for independence like some it is something I'm in favour of but, as this forum to me seems, by its posters a very strong %...

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 ...

Brexit Vote poll
What do people think the result will be of the Brexit vote tomorrow?  Not what you want to happen but what you think will happen. If it's a deada heat then John Bercow will use his casting vote as Speaker.  If I remember accurately, convention says that the Speaker should vote with the govern...

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

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

XR extinction rebellion
Anyone else heard of, been or intend to be involved with ?  Personally think it?s too late and most of us are fucked. 

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...

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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

Diplomatic Immunity
Why does it exist?   Seems daft to me.

The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

All Under One Banner Edinburgh
Any P&B'ers going to Edinburgh on Saturday? 

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The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

Strange Junk E-Mails
Asides from the usual obvious "there's a problem with your bank account but if you give us all your details ....." run-of-the-mill scams, what sort of weird stuff do you get in your junk e-mail folder ? In mine - Been chosen to sample free Maltesers (get this at least three times a wee...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Wings Over Scotland - unionist plant ?
I used to be a fan of Wings Over Scotland.
As a media monitor Stuart Campbell was excellent. 
However recent WoS blogs over the last 2 monhts have changed my mind....
Why ? 1) Stuart Campbell spent a years worth of donations to site (some 100K+) on legal fee's fighting utterly pointless pe...

Time to Ban Boxing?
After yet another senseless ring death, can this "sport" be justified any longer?  Why despite advances in medical procedures and safety precautions are so many boxers still being killed or left seriously impaired? Is it a simple stats thing, i.e. more fights therefore more risks of accidents...

Brexit bonus.
Being unshackled from the Jackbooted EU what's the bonus. 1, Fence paint that's lasts for more than five minutes. 2. Toilets that flush properly without that water saving option pish. 3.Weedkiller that kills all signs of life within a couple of hours. Anymore?       ...

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...

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

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Tamb - where did it all go wrong Part II?
Closing 20 page threads now because of one post?

Which VIP/ Celebrity would you assassinate ?
Mr Tidy and I were watching the assassination of Gianni Versace last night. The bloke who assassinated him had killed a few people before him but the FBI only seemed to ?up? the investigation when a VIP was killed.  When the episode finished, and after 3 bottles of lager and 3 cans of McEwans...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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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Dangler-23-Part-3-Jo-Swinson ? More Right Wing than Boris the Beast ? East Du...
      6 Nov 2017: Swinson hiding in the corner during a meeting to form a common policy on tackling abuse following allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics. Wonder why Lord Rennard wasn’t invited. Hard necked eh!!!         July 2013: Anger as constituents pay … Continue reading "Dangler-23-Part-3-Jo-Swinson – More Right Wing than Boris the Beast – East Dunbarton...

Dangler-23-Part-2-Jo-Swinson- Minister for Women in the Con/Dem Coalition ? C...
      Oct 2018: Protecting paedophiles in politics – a petition was submitted to Westminster calling for an amendment to the Official Secrets Act preventing its use in cases where child abuse was involved. Swinson and her colleague MP?s voted against a proposed change to the Official Secrets Act so that public … Continue reading "Dangler-23-Part-2-Jo-Swinson- Minister for Women in the Con/D...

Dangler ? 23 ? Part 1 ? Jo Swinson?s naked ambition is to be returned to West...
    Unionist Party scandal  revealed – Tax Haven firms cashing in on East Dunbartonshire PFI contract The charge to Scottish taxpayers for PFI projects driven by  Labour and Lib Dem Party administrations in Westminster and Holyrood will add up to £30billion over the coming decades. The East Dunbartonshire Schools PFI project is … Continue reading "Dangler – 23 – Part 1 – Jo Swinson’s naked ...

Lamont The Tory Dangler for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk ? He?ll do anyth...
      Dangle 21: John Lamont – Tory MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk Lamont has ambitions to lead the United Kingdom government in Edinburgh should the next general election bring about the demise of the Tory party in Scotland, (except for himself) but return yet another right-wing Tory party in … Continue reading "Lamont The Tory Dangler for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk – He’l...

Voters of Ochil and South Perthshire Conned into Electing Luke Graham ? Yet a...
    Ochil & South Perthshire Luke Graham-Dangle 20: A political carpetbagger using the constituency as a stepping stone to glory with the Tory party at Westminster. People of Ochil and South Perthshire you were conned. This is a guddle of a constituency, grouping traditional Labour voters in the old mining communities, farmers … Continue reading "Voters of Ochil and South Perthshire Conned ...

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      So who was John Smith? The public persona was that he was a genial, whisky-drinking Scots lawyer from the traditional Labour right. Not so. John Smith and his close friend and political ally Denis Healey were senior figures, with others, of the influential right-wing, Bilderberg Group and were members … Continue reading "will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scot...

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         The 2017 General Election and Whitehall Mandarins involvement in Scotland The Unionist Party’s manifestos could have been written on a fag packet since they were almost entirely free of anything meaningful to the electorate in Scotland. It comprised a single battle cry attacking the most progressive and … Continue reading "will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-...

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    The British Secret Service (SIS) The security service is comprised of three branches each of which provides graduates, postgraduates, linguists, IT specialists and writers a wide range of career opportunities in intelligence work. MI5:  Staff 4000: It is responsible for protecting the UK against covertly organized threats to national security encompassing … Continue reading "Will-westmi...

Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotland ? Returnin...
      2008: Growing support for the SNP in Scotland triggered the activation of a secret MI5 anti-nationalist working group. In 2008 the growth in nationalist support in Scotland alarmed the US and Westminster. The Labour Party was in meltdown and it was entirely possible an SNP government would be in place … Continue reading "Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotla...

Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotland ? Returnin...
        https://caltonjock.com/2018/10/12/british-spymasters-revealed/   Special Branch “spies” are firmly embedded within the civil service and in the government in Scotland. Their mission being to leak intelligence to Whitehall. There are also political “sleepers” tasked with disrupting the business of the Scottish government. The US has plans in place to … Continue reading "Will West...

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No deal Brexit to push refugees into destitution

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