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What is Scotland's future in Europe after Brexit?
28 May 2017 at 12:07am
Our future relationship with Europe.

Sturgeon: 'Just ten days to save Scotland from the Tories"
28 May 2017 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon has warned there are just 10 days left to save Scotland from ?cruel? Tory austerity.

North Lanarkshire Council confirms "error" after citizens receive two postal ...
28 May 2017 at 12:10am
An SNP candidate has raised concerns after voters in the constituency he is contesting received two postal votes.

Scottish Labour accused of 'giving up' in General Election contests after int...
28 May 2017 at 12:09am
SCOTTISH Labour has been accused of ?giving up? in General Election contests after leaked data revealed the number of voters contacted by the party has plummeted by over 80 per cent.

Edinburgh West: Scotland's most bitter election contest?
28 May 2017 at 12:08am
PRETTY Edinburgh West, which includes picture-postcard South Queensferry and the charming Cramond suburb, is hosting one of the country?s ugliest election battles.

Edinburgh Lord Provost apologised to SNP colleagues after failing to declare ...
28 May 2017 at 12:09am
EDINBURGH?s Lord Provost issued a private apology to his SNP colleagues after forgetting to declare his ownership of a hotel in the Highlands.

Corbyn vows to end austerity in Scotland
28 May 2017 at 12:10am
JEREMY Corbyn will pledge to end Westminster cuts to Scotland's budget when he addresses a rally of Labour supporters in Glasgow today.

Independent report backs misconduct probes for police officers in journalist ...
28 May 2017 at 12:08am
AT least five police officers are facing a misconduct investigation after an independent probe into the journalist spying scandal came to a close.

Scottish Greens pledge 35-hour working week and universal basic income
28 May 2017 at 12:08am
PLANS for a 35-hour working week and a universal basic income will be key pledges in the Scottish Greens election manifesto.

Gerry Hassan: In an age of insurgency the politics of the past are failing
28 May 2017 at 12:08am
UNTIL last week this election was one in which nothing seemed to be happening. All that changed with the horrors of Manchester. Such atrocities test the fabric of our democracy and civic culture and find some ? though thankfully few ? wanting.

SNP big donor transfers support to the Conservatives
27 May 2017 at 12:08am
ONE of the SNP?s big donors has switched his financial support to the Conservatives over Brexit and the economy, the Herald can reveal.

Scottish Labour facing new council discipline crisis over Tory deals
27 May 2017 at 12:09am
SCOTTISH Labour is facing a new discipline crisis on the eve of a visit by Jeremy Corbyn after some of its councillors skirted party rules to secure power with the aid of the Tories.

Scottish Tories want clarification on Labour and Gordon Brown's plans for fed...
27 May 2017 at 12:18am
GORDON Brown must clarify whether Scottish Labour's plan for a federal UK would require a referendum before it could be introduced, the Scottish Conservatives have said.

Tom Gordon: Scottish Greens need to a long hard look in the mirror
27 May 2017 at 12:09am
AS election campaigning resumes, most Holyrood parties are gearing up for the launch of their manifestos. Labour and the Tories have already had their moment in the sun, and now it is the turn of the SNP, LibDems and the Scottish Greens.

Election Unspun: the political diary
27 May 2017 at 12:08am
THE most humiliating job in politics yesterday was to be Scottish Labour?s ?designated loser?. The gig involved pretending to be an SNP candidate and letting yourself be beaten by Kezia Dugdale at go-karting in Tranent. Not surprisingly the loser tried to hide his identity with a Stig-like helmet. Kez?s office manager, John Erskine, was suffering inside.

 

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Sturgeon to seek ?progressive alliance? in event of hung parliament
28 May 2017 at 7:24pm
THE SNP would “look to be part of a progressive alliance” at Westminster if the General Election results in a hung parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Video: Sky News presenter makes embarrassing gaffe live on TV
28 May 2017 at 4:43pm
SKY News presenter Sophy Ridge made an embarrassing gaffe this morning when introducing Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale during a live television interview.

Nicola Sturgeon slams Tories over ?real damage to Scotland?
28 May 2017 at 2:30pm
Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at the “cruelty” and “financial incompetence” of the Conservatives as she urged Scots to say “enough is enough” in the election next week.

Barack Obama gifted kilt on Scots visit but says he won?t wear it
28 May 2017 at 12:21pm
Barack Obama jetted out of Scotland on Friday night with a kilt in his baggage - but the former US president has admitted he is unlikely to ever wear it.

40% of non-voters think who is in government makes no difference
28 May 2017 at 10:26am
Two-fifths of non-voters think who is in government makes no difference to their lives, a new poll has found.

Conservative lead over Labour ?shrinking? as vote approaches
28 May 2017 at 10:11am
A clutch of new General Election polls have shown the Conservative lead over Labour shrinking as the June 8 vote approaches, including one which put Theresa May’s party just six points clear.

Jeremy Corbyn?s message for Scots: It?s Labour v the Tories
28 May 2017 at 12:00am
Jeremy Corbyn will tonight urge Scots not to “gamble on their future” and warn that the only choice at the election is between Labour and the Conservatives.

SNP set to unveil £118bn ?anti-austerity? spending package
28 May 2017 at 12:00am
The SNP is to unveil plans for a £118 billion “anti-austerity” spending package when the party unveils its manifesto next week. An increase in taxes for high earners will be among the proposals, as well as “targeted” tax cuts for businesses aimed at boosting economic growth.

Hope for Corbyn in critical week for election campaign
27 May 2017 at 11:55pm
Jeremy Corbyn arrives in Glasgow today in a far better position than we could have imagined when the snap election was announced six weeks ago. If the opinion polls are to be believed, the 20-point gap between the Tories and Labour has been cut to just five points, on the back of Corbyn’s manifesto defining Labour as a clear alternative to austerity, and also thanks to Theresa May making such a mess of her own manifesto. All the Prime Minister had to do was play a straight bat and she would win, but her attempt to rewrite policy on social care mid-campaign backfired spectacularly.

Dani Garavelli?s Election Focus: East Dunbartonshire
27 May 2017 at 11:48pm
On a sweeping curve of a leafy avenue in Bearsden, where some properties exchange hands for more than a half a million pounds, three homeowners in a row have Vote Jo Swinson placards prominently displayed in their outsized gardens.

?Shocking rise? in murders, sex attacks and serious assaults
27 May 2017 at 11:44pm
Violent crimes including murder, serious assault and robbery are on the rise, according to statistics released by Police Scotland.

Euan McColm: I?m with Obama on snake oil salesmen
27 May 2017 at 11:34pm
The populists make everything seem so simple. No matter what the issue, these political hucksters invite us to roll-up, roll-up and get our quick fixes from them.

Leader comment: From White House to clubhouse
27 May 2017 at 9:30pm
There was disappointment outside the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night when the guest of honour at a charity dinner, Barack Obama, avoided fans at the front door by using an alternative entrance to slip quietly into the building.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP to stand up for Scotland's young people
27 May 2017 at 3:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon launched an appeal on Saturday to the nation's youth insisting the SNP will create the opportunities to see them get ahead in life.

Millions to suffer "decade of decline" under Tories, warns Gordon Brown
27 May 2017 at 12:04pm
More than 20 million Britons will suffer a fall in their household incomes of £1,000 a year with a Tory election victory, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown today warned.

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Once in a lifetime
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2017 at 12:36pm
Tremendous news for the rest of Scotland’s football clubs as Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers promises never to win the treble unbeaten again, even if his side score more goals than the other team in all their matches. That’s how it works, right? (And presumably, of course, if they’d lost the cup final against Aberdeen yesterday, they’d …

The right way to go for Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2017 at 6:30pm
No.13: James, Aberdeenshire. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Once in a generation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2017 at 9:25am
…is roughly how often Aberdeen get to the final of the Scottish Cup these days. The last time was 17 years ago – a tournament which started in the last century and ended the year Rangers started paying their players with EBTs – when SFA rules meant that they had to play almost the entire game without …

Ruth Davidson?s Immigration Hokey Cokey
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2017 at 12:54pm
You want the immigrants in: You want the immigrants out: You want the immigrants around the same, but shaken all about: (Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 26 May 2017) . You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around: And that’s what Ruth is all about. Oy! So in the last couple of weeks …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 682
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2017 at 7:12am
We hadn’t been planning to talk any more about the curious case of Claire Austin, the suddenly publicity-shy Edinburgh nurse who – how can we put this? – seemed a rather ill-chosen figurehead for the good cause of getting more pay for a group of people who are rightly well-regarded by the public. But yesterday, …

Tunes for Yoons
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 May 2017 at 8:56pm
Politics is still on hiatus after the dreadful events of Manchester, so we’ve taken the chance to go and enjoy the sudden summer weather while nothing was happening. And today, as we (“Drove at a legal speed” – Ed) across the pretty hills overlooking Bath in an inexpensive convertible, a song came on the stereo that made …

A throw of the dice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 May 2017 at 10:31am
The spanking new issue of Viz, which is totally still a thing, is out today at all good newsagents. The cover promises a “FANTASTIC FREE VOTING AID” inside, and we thought you’d be at least mildly and fleetingly amused by the Scottish aspect. Of it. Pop out to the shops and buy a Viz*, readers. (Or subscribe …

Nursing a grievance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 May 2017 at 11:34am
(NB The media is understandably mostly occupied today with the horrific events in Manchester. But life goes on – music websites are still talking about music, football websites are still talking about football, videogames websites are still talking about videogames. Any rational observations about terrorism made here would be screamed down as making political capital from tragedy. …

The pertinent questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 May 2017 at 11:58am
We’re not going to join in the attacks on a nurse who criticised Nicola Sturgeon during last night’s BBC election debate. While her lifestyle seems at a glance to be wildly at odds with her claim that she relied on foodbanks to survive, there are – genuinely – possible explanations for at least most of it. …

A way of protecting people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2017 at 10:30pm
No.12: Sophie, Dundee. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

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Pro-UK parties would block indyref2
28 May 2017 at 3:27pm
Scottish Labour, the Scottish Tories and the Scottish Lib Dems insist they would block SNP plans for a second independence vote.


General Election 2017: Corbyn to join Scots campaign trail
28 May 2017 at 1:01pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the party faithful in Glasgow later as the SNP unveil £118bn anti-austerity plans.


Supreme Court rejects IndyCamp appeal application
26 May 2017 at 2:38pm
The Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal over the case of the Holyrood IndyCamp eviction.


UK General Election: Senior figures on campaign trail
27 May 2017 at 6:04pm
Senior political figures have been out campaigning on the penultimate weekend before the general election.


Election 2017: Davidson says immigrants find Scotland 'unattractive'
26 May 2017 at 10:35am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says people are put off by its high taxes and shrinking economy.


General Election 2017: Moray constituency radio debate
26 May 2017 at 3:30pm
Ahead of the 8 June general election, BBC Radio Scotland hosts a debate in the Westminster seat of Moray.


General election 2017: Scottish parties resume campaigns
26 May 2017 at 3:40pm
Scotland's political parties restart their general election campaigns following the Manchester bombing.


Value of fish landings in Scotland reaches record high
26 May 2017 at 5:14pm
The value of Scottish fish landings in 2016 reaches a record high of £563m, new figures show.


MSPs 'do not have confidence' in police board chief
25 May 2017 at 5:44pm
A Holyrood committee says it does not believe Andrew Flanagan is the best person to lead the Scottish Police Authority.


Labour to run West Lothian Council as minority administration
25 May 2017 at 8:06pm
The move comes despite the SNP having more local councillors following this months elections.


Moray Council by-election: Nominations open after resignation
26 May 2017 at 9:45am
Sandy Cooper was chosen to represent the Elgin City North ward but resigned only days later.


City of Edinburgh Council still unable to choose new leadership
25 May 2017 at 12:27pm
It is unlikely that an agreement to form an administration will be reached before the general election.

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Full-scale Scottish poll from SurveyMonkey gives SNP a 10% lead over the Tories
by James Kelly
28 May 2017 at 2:41pm
Today brings word of the first full-scale Scottish poll for quite a while, but frustratingly it's from SurveyMonkey - they have little track-record in Scotland and therefore it's very difficult to ...

Tyrannical Theresa finds it too close for comfort as average of tonight's fiv...
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 11:04pm
You're way ahead of me here, guys.*puts on Canadian accent*It's another terrrrr-ible night for the Conservative party.So far there have been five new GB-wide polls published this evening - three of...

Scottish Tories remain below 30% in latest subsample average
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 6:40pm
Given the distinct lack of full-scale Scottish polls at such a crucial stage of the campaign (you'd hope there might be one in the Sunday papers but I haven't heard any rumours), it probably makes ...

SurveyMonkey subsample finds 54% of Scottish public want independence
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 2:51pm
I'm not sure if we're ever going to see datasets for last night's GB-wide SurveyMonkey poll for The Sun, but one person who clearly has seen more detailed results is Hugo Gye, a political correspon...

Fresh blow for Tyrannical Theresa as up-to-date SurveyMonkey poll shows anoth...
by James Kelly
26 May 2017 at 9:31pm
The second poll to be conducted after the suspension of campaigning has been released by the US outfit SurveyMonkey.  They've made a small number of previous forays into UK political polling, but w...

SNP lead the Tories by more than 20% in latest subsample average
by James Kelly
26 May 2017 at 3:36pm
Someone working with the media asked for an update of the Scottish subsample average, so as I did the calculation anyway, I may as well share it here...SCOT GOES POP POLL OF POLLSSNP 45.0% (-1.6)Co...

Disaster for Tories as up-to-date YouGov poll unexpectedly shows their lead d...
by James Kelly
25 May 2017 at 10:16pm
It's that time again, folks.*puts on Canadian accent*It's another terrrrr-ible night for the Conservative party.Britain-wide voting intentions (YouGov) :Conservatives 43% (-1) Labour 38% (+3) Liber...

Who will benefit from the suspension of campaigning?
by James Kelly
24 May 2017 at 5:26pm
The short answer to that question is : almost certainly the Conservative party.  At least until Monday morning, the momentum had been running away from the Tories, and even after the U-turn on soci...

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Who knew the Scots were such space pioneers?| Kevin McKenna | Opinion
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28 May 2017 at 8:26pm
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What if the SNP simply decided not to stand *any* candidates in the snap GE17?
by /u/tejmuk
28 May 2017 at 7:10pm
Now hear me out. If an hour after Theresa May's announcement on the steps of No.10, Nicola Sturgeon stood on the door of Bute House and said to the press that all 54 standing MPs will leave parliam...

BBC iPlayer - The Andrew Neil Interviews Sturgeon
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28 May 2017 at 7:10pm
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Mobile networks in Scotland
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28 May 2017 at 6:40pm
Moving back to Scotland in the next couple of months and wondering which mobile networks are recommended, hopefully with 4G? submitted by /u/quackerzzzz

SNP set to unveil £118bn ?anti-austerity? spending package
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28 May 2017 at 6:36pm
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Letting those terrorist cunts win.
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28 May 2017 at 5:36pm
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Golden sunset
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28 May 2017 at 4:22pm
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Whoahahahahahahaha etcetera... Ruth Davidson Is The First Minister Scotland N...
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28 May 2017 at 1:40pm
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Nicola Sturgeon defends Jeremy Corbyn linking terrorism in UK to foreign policy
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28 May 2017 at 12:35pm
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SurveyMonkey/Sun (Scotland): SNP 39 (-11) CON 29 (+14) LAB 25 (+1) LD 4 (-4) ...
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28 May 2017 at 10:57am
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Sturgeon: 'Just ten days to save Scotland from the Tories"
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28 May 2017 at 10:50am
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Kezia Dugdale leads a party of cunts.
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28 May 2017 at 10:45am
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[MUSIC] Deacon Blue- Dignity
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28 May 2017 at 10:20am
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Wild camping in East Neuk??
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28 May 2017 at 9:47am
Looking for suggestionto pitch a tent somewhere in East Neuk. One of the tents is pretty big so needs to be fairly close to where we can park a couple of cars. Merci Buckets. submitted by /...

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Sky News presenter calls Kezia Dugdale Scottish Labia leader in awkward gaffe
by Christina O'Neill
28 May 2017 at 3:07pm
Journalist Sophie Ridge's slip of the tongue was caught by thousands of amused viewers on social media.


Theresa May finally reveals who will represent the Tories in TV debate
by Joshua Taylor
28 May 2017 at 12:46pm
The Prime Minister is sending Amber Rudd in her place but we still don't know if Jeremy Corbyn will take part.


'We are disheartened by politics right now' young Scots voters have their say...
by Heather Greenaway
28 May 2017 at 9:29am
Sunday Mail's Young Voters Big Questions aims to boost turnout among first-time voters at the ballots amid fears it could sink to an all-time low.


It's easy to hate after Manchester terror attack but that's exactly what thos...
by John Niven
28 May 2017 at 6:00am
John Niven urges people not to give in to blind rage and to reject knee-jerk reactionaries such as Katie Hopkins, UKIP and Donald Trump.


Pete Wishart confident of holding election-defining Perth seat for SNP despit...
by David Clegg
28 May 2017 at 6:00am
The seat is viewed as a bellwether constituency and if the SNP lose their 10,000 majority then all bets are off in Scotland.


Labour closing in on Tories at UK level as new polls show Theresa May's lead ...
by Record Reporter
27 May 2017 at 7:31pm
Opinion polls last month indicated that Theresa May was on course for a landslide victory but Jeremy Corbyn is now reeling in the Tory lead.


Donald Trump 'caught pretending to listen' at G7 summit - after crucial mista...
by Nicola Oakley
27 May 2017 at 3:37pm
The White House has defended the video and offered an explanation, but people still aren't buying it


'Moving to Scotland so I can vote for Mhairi Black': SNP MP proves big hit wi...
by Record Reporter
27 May 2017 at 12:53pm
The Paisley Nat impressed punters on both sides of the border, so much so English viewers say they would cross the border to cast a ballot for her.


Jeremy Corbyn deserves to be heard on what he believes are root causes for Is...
by Record View
27 May 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts as the Tories and Lib-Dems round on the Labour leader following his speech, accusing him of crass timing and exploiting a tragedy.


Tory pledges are 'trivial and damaging' while Labour tax plans are 'mere pret...
by Andy Philip
27 May 2017 at 6:00am
The Institute for Fiscal Studies reckon dishonest Conservative pledges will cause 'considerable damage' to the economy.

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Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

A Fundamental Error of Judgement
by michaelgreenwell
16 May 2017 at 8:09am
Worth reading and sharing…

Journey To Yes ? New Series
by michaelgreenwell
11 May 2017 at 8:58am
Can’t wait…

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Iraq, the 4th Estate and Media Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 May 2017 at 10:55am
This is an extract from What was Done, the prescient satirical film that’s making waves. We were wondering why the media didn’t want to cover it … @robn1980 @georgegalloway And Iraq, the fourth estate has a lot to answer for…..clip taken from (Jeremy Bernard Corbyn 'What Was Done' YouTube. funny but poignant. pic.twitter.com/gVnd9q6hBD — Tony …

Silence Listening to Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 May 2017 at 10:14am
John Cawley reflects on Scottish politics as a spectator sport. The revolving doors between politics and commentariat are at the heart of a closed world where media, public relations firms and politicians rule over a broken system. As a boy, I loved Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I still love it …

Nobody Knows Anything
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 May 2017 at 5:08pm
It may be only for this weekend, it may be an anomaly in the polling, it may not take account of the fearsome intelligence of local campaigning in key marginals as practised by the dark artists of the Tory Party Machine?but what was universally assumed to be a Dead Cert Tory Landslide in the General …

Willie Goes for a Small Walk with the Alpacas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 May 2017 at 10:57am
“Willie Rennie will use a campaign visit to an alpaca farm to challenge the SNP to cancel their divisive independence referendum” #GE17 The world of Scottish politics is a weird place. There is nothing stranger than the Liberal Democrats. At 1.45 today Willie Rennie will go to a secret location in the Pentlands where he …

Top Gear with the Colonel
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 May 2017 at 11:42pm
Ruth has a moment. From @discontent_scot … Top Gear… pic.twitter.com/lDDZ32wbWs — Discontent (@discontent_scot) January 29, 2017

The 7p Breakfast *
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 May 2017 at 3:50pm
The are 13 million people in Britain now below the poverty line, 1 million of these has to use foodbanks. Hunger’s a real thing in Britain in 2017. In this context the Tories manifesto pledge to scrap free school lunches and replace them with ‘breakfast clubs’ didn’t seem a good move. Posturing as caring social …

24 to 5
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 May 2017 at 10:39am
  “Our involvement in Iraq, for want of a better word, radicalised a whole generation of young people, some of them British citizens who saw our involvement in Iraq, on top of our involvement in Afghanistan, as being an attack on Islam, not a whole generation, a few among a generation”. Who said this? Jeremy …

Manchester ? United
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 May 2017 at 2:47pm
Jonathon Shafi tracks the media and social media response to the attacks in Manchester … Most of us spent any spare time we had on Monday thinking about the families who lost loved ones in the appalling attack on the Manchester Arena. And about the consequences of it on our society. We watched as the …

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In Glasgow East, the election is between Sturgeon and May
by Lisa O'Carroll
26 May 2017 at 1:38pm
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the UK to find out what matters in your area. In our third visit to Glasgow East, Lisa O?Carroll observes a focus group who appear to find consensus on one point: in Scotland, it?s SNP v Tories. P...

If London subsidises the rest of the UK, where does that leave Scotland? | Ni...
by Nils Pratley
23 May 2017 at 6:38pm
ONS regional breakdown of taxes and spending highlights Brexit threat ? and clouds case for Scottish independenceIt hardly counts as news that the UK is really two economies but here are the hard numbers to demonstrate the point. London, the south-east and the east of England recorded net fiscal ...

General election 2017: Theresa May struggles to defend 'dementia tax' U-turn ...
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Kevin Rawlinson
22 May 2017 at 8:33pm
Andrew Neil grills PM on day that she was forced into a major climbdown over the plans for social car laid out in her manifesto Labour pledges to abolish tuition fees as early as autumn 2017Greens to unveil plans for universal basic income in manifesto launchThe Snap: sign up for our daily electi...

Ruth Davidson branded Theresa May's puppet in Scottish election debate
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 May 2017 at 9:33pm
Scotland?s Conservative leader has lied over Brexit, says Nicola Sturgeon in ill-tempered televised clashRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, was accused of being the prime minister?s puppet and a liar over Brexit during ill-tempered exchanges in a televised election debate. Davidson, whose p...

The Guardian view on the election in Scotland: a pivotal poll for the SNP | E...
by Editorial
19 May 2017 at 7:34pm
The last general election was a triumph for the SNP. Now the nationalists face a pushback that will decide if Scotland has a second independence referendumThere are at least three different general elections taking place in the United Kingdom right now. The first, in England and Wales, is largely...

General election 2017: Tories called 'utter hypocrites' for wanting winter fu...
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
19 May 2017 at 5:14pm
All the day?s campaign news, as Labour calls Tory plans an ?84-page blank cheque? and Ruth Davidson unveils Scottish Conservatives? versionThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sFallon admits Tories don?t know how much plan to cut migration will cost economyKen Clarke?s ...

Theresa May: Tories will invest heavily in Scotland after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2017 at 4:47pm
PM appeals to unionist, pro-Brexit and Labour voters, saying Conservatives will help Scotland ?grow and flourish?Theresa May has said the Conservatives will help Scotland to ?grow and flourish? after Brexit by investing heavily in its industries and deprived communities.Defending herself against ...

Scottish Greens urge tactical voting to block Conservatives
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2017 at 6:00am
Leader Patrick Harvie hints that supporters should postpone push for independence and focus on stopping Tory landslideThe Scottish Green leader has urged supporters to consider a tactical vote for Labour or the Liberal Democrats if their candidates have a better chance of stopping the Tories. Rel...

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Journeys to Yes, 11, 12, & 13
While I was away a few more of Phantom Power’s excellent videos in his Journey to Yes series have been released.  Help to make some more of these videos which are a wonderful campaigning tool to persuade wavering voters to come to yes – contribute here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/journey-to-yes-film#/ Number 11 – Kathi Kathi left East Germany …

Looking at the bigger picture
I’m not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn as far as Scotland is concerned. On topics Caledonian, he channels the knuckle-dragging careerist element of Labour in Scotland and since Scotland’s movement for self-determination isn’t sufficiently glamorous or unambiguously anti-colonialist, it’s the only movement for self-determination he won’t support. If only Scotland had more fields of quinoa …

Back home now
I’m home now, back from visiting my significant other in the USA. One of the best things about going abroad is realising that other countries’ politics are just as childish and dysfunctional as the Scottish variety. We’re often accused of parochialism in Scotland, but our news and current affairs concerns are cosmopolitan and outward looking …

G.Y.V.O.
A guest post by Samuel Miller In the posts of the past week or so I’ve written a goodly amount on concerns over a Conservative ideology dominated future. I’ve provided a fair few links on not just current examples of policies to date, but on policy pledges which should provide the reader with a real …

Survival of the fittest
A guest post by Samuel Miller Apparently the UK faces ‘challenges’ according to the Conservative manifesto released on Thursday. ‘Challenges’ That’s one word for it I suppose. There are of course others, but none the weans could read before the watershed. Brexit Britain, austerity ideology, UK populations and society in general fractured along so many …

Coming home to roost
A guest post by Samuel Miller Today’s the day we saw betterthigitherness coming home to roost in all its pooling and sharing glory. Are we surprised that a Tory government finally came for you where you live? ‘Forward together’ with ‘strong and stable’ government in the national interest. ?Stronger, fairer and more prosperous than ever …

Hypocrisy thy name is?
A guest post by Samuel Miller I honestly don’t know who or what is worse; Corbyn and his wannabe Kezia Dugdale, or May and her mini me Ruth Harrison (Fallon, the gift that keeps on etc.). Today was a benchmark day for both teams in hypocrisy and shear disingenuous cobblers. Let’s start with Ruth Davidson …

The difference a week makes
A guest post by Samuel Miller Y’know, you’d be forgiven for wondering what you have to do to get a balanced interview on any current issue were you a member of the Scottish government. Yesterday’s Andrew Marr show provided a perfect example as Scotland’s First Minister, ostensibly invited on to presumably answer questions on the …

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Pat Kane: To stop terror we must look into the hearts of Jihadis
AFTER the grieving ? and such acute grieving: every father of daughters who has ever waited for their overjoyed young ones in a concert-hall foyer is reeling that mass murder could befoul such a moment ? comes the need for explanation.

Wee Ginger Dug: The Tories' message is loud and clear ? except on their own p...
THERE?S less than two weeks to go until Theresa May is hailed as the inheritor of the throne of Ming the Merciless, who will exert absolute power while parading about in a range of designer outfits, assisted by her minion Ruth the Tank Girl, leader of the lizard people and goddess of the drone army of Orangia.

Mhairi Black: An attack intended to divide us only brought us together
EVERY time I go to see a band, I?m full of excitement, anticipating a great evening, hoping my favourite songs will be sung and that I get a good view.

Key election battlegrounds: Orkney and Shetland facing bleak Brexit future bu...
ORKNEY and Shetland ? aka the Northern Isles ? was once a safe Liberal Democrat seat and although the former Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael retained it in 2015, his 9000-plus majority was slashed to just 817, with the SNP, transforming it into a marginal seat with a near 21 per cent drop in his share of the vote.

Ross Greer: Amidst all the darkness is a light that never goes out
THE light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. It?s a line from the Gospel of John which I used in a recent address to a church that had invited me to discuss what I recently witnessed of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. It?s a line which goes beyond any and all faiths and is strikingly relevant this week.

Deals see SNP left out in the cold at councils
DEALS and arrangements between Labour and Conservatives across the country have seen the SNP kept out of the administrations of local authorities.

Shona Craven: Don?t judge poverty by income ? or a page on Facebook
A WARM winter coat. A damp-free home. Fresh fruit and veg. A week?s holiday every year. Are these the bare necessities of life in the UK? What about broadband, curtains, or household insurance? It?s hard to pin down exactly what we mean when we talk about living in poverty. One man or woman?s luxury ? a glass of wine on a Saturday night, a redecorated living room ? may for another be the differ...

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: London sucks up wealth ? but we must fight back
THE Office for National Statistics this week issued a regional breakdown of revenue and expenditure that showed that only three regions of the UK generated a surplus in the 2015/16 year. You won?t be surprised to hear that London, the south-east and the east of England ran a surplus and everyone else ran a deficit.

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Sheila Low ? Tory Party Candidate For East Lothian ? Political Purpose ? Prot...
    The Low Family Sheila Catriona Dorothy Low (nee Mackie) DOB: June 1964. Education University of Aberdeen, Degree Law 1982 ? 1985 In 1991 Sheila married William Low of the Dundee based Low family, who sold out their chain of supermarkets to Tesco for approximately £1Billion (in today’s terms) in 1994. His parents then … Continue reading "Sheila Low – Tory Party Candidate For East Lothian – P...

Kirstene Hair ? A Little Sweetheart ? From a Good Looking Rich Landowning Fam...
The Hair Family     The Hair Family – Landowners and Electricity Providers Two brothers Hair (James and John) are third generation major landowners owning: Smithfield Electricity Production at Farm Monikie, (East Drums Wind Turbine) valued in excess of £1million and a large farm at Mains of Ardovie, value in excess of £1million. James is … Continue reading "Kirstene Hair – A Little Sweetheart –...

Little Rich Girl ? Grace Okeeffe ? Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North ? Her Wi...
    Robert & Julia Grace and boyfriend     The Okeeffe Family – Born to Rule Over Us Grace Okeeffe has been selected by Ruth Davidson to stand for the Aberdeen North seat on 8 June 2017. An examination of her track record reveals little since she has not been in the public political … Continue reading "Little Rich Girl – Grace Okeeffe – Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North – Her Wish is to be Succ...

Ross Thomson & Braden Davy ? Charlatans Both ? Surely the Scottish Electorate...
            April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm … Continue reading "Ross Thomson & Braden Davy – Charlatans ...

Tory Or Labour ? Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland ? C...
          Jock – The Labour Party in the West of Scotland Was Never Entirely Reliant on the Orange Order Vote – Willie You are Confused You are correct but with an added fact. The Labour Party was always to the fore in the West of Scotland but the Tory’s held the … Continue reading "Tory Or Labour – Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland – Calton Jock’s Letter to Willie"

The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotla...
          Political Fun and Games Much has been made in the Unionist press and media of a resurgence in the fortunes of the Tory Party in the local Council elections. Some political pundits attribute the change to a transfer of allegiance by the Protestant Orange Order away from the Labour Party … Continue reading "The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotland ...

Katie Mackie ? Tory Born and Bred ? Twice Rejected by Edinburgh Voters ? Got ...
        April 2017: Scottish Tory Candidate Selections Proceed Apace Using Fast-Track Rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm to offer … Continue reading "Katie Mackie – Tory Born and Bred –...

Edinburgh and South West ? Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Uni...
          Miles Edward Frank Briggs – His Family Heritage Miles was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1983. His parents are James Edward and Jean Briggs (nee Haliwell). He has a sister Christina Helen Briggs who was also born in Preston, in 1979. In the mid-1980’s his mother had charge of the … Continue reading "Edinburgh and South West – Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Unionist Gia...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

Is it time to think of independence for London?
Is it time to think of independence for London? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 24th 2017 Every day in so many ways the UK becomes more obviously divided and fragmented. The current UK general election campaign showcases this – with the absence of any real national UK politics beyond the theatre of Westminster with instead …

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era?
 The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 10th 2017 Scotland?s permanent political campaign continued last week with the local elections. These were important for who runs Scotland?s 32 councils, local services and what passes for the remnants of local government, after decades …

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it?
Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 26th 2017 The only excitement this year in senior Scottish domestic football has been whether Celtic will go through the season undefeated in league, Scottish Cup and League Cup, and whether a historic treble is possible. Along with …

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, arrives for a photocall with the SNP Westminster Group, following Tuesday's announcement that a general has been called for June, in Westminster, central London, Britain April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville.
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General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide - B...

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General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide
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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has argued the vote by 62% of Scots to remain in the EU last year means there should be a second independence referendum, and that an independent Scotland could stay within the EU. Will education be the key factor?
Former SNP voters 'put off by obsession with independence...

May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote - Financial ...

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May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote
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?There was agreement across everyone that this should happen,? the Scottish Tory leader said. Polls suggest that backing for independence is around the same level as it was in 2014, when Scotland voted No by 55 per cent to 45. Alex Salmond, former SNP ...
'I'm getting sick!' SNP voter explodes at Nicola...

Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent' ...

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Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent'
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In a direct attack on Nicola Sturgeon, the manifesto said the demand for the referendum came from those who ?would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom? in talks with the EU. Instead it argued that all parts of ...
Tory manifesto places 'double lock' ...

New support for Scottish independence - Sky News Australia

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New support for Scottish independence
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A majority of voters in Scotland believe the SNP would have the right to hold a second independence referendum if the party wins more than half of the Scottish seats in the General Election. Theresa May has been clear that 'now is not the time' for ...
Scottish independence in the shadow of BrexitOxford Student
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The Scottish voters at the heart of a Tory-SNP battle - BBC News

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The Scottish voters at the heart of a Tory-SNP battle
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In the south of Scotland, the towns of Selkirk, Dumfries and Stranraer sit within three constituencies that all voted heavily against Scottish independence. With very narrow margins separating the Conservatives and SNP, they could swing either way.
Scotland's political party leaders clash over independence and Brexit during fir...

'Why don't you f*** off back to Scotland': Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting ...

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'Why don't you f off back to Scotland': Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting Scottish independence
Mirror.co.uk
A Tory MP blasted a Scottish girl who said she would vote for independence in a second referendum, saying: ?Why don't you f off back to Scotland.? James Heappey, 36, fighting to stay MP for Wells, Somerset, has apologised, insisting he was joking.
Tory told schoolgirl to '...

The Fight Over Britain's Future Is in Whisky Country - Bloomberg

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The Fight Over Britain's Future Is in Whisky Country
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Scotland, though, has a different political dynamic. Here, rejecting Conservative dogma has long been the norm, and the main divide is now over independence versus the survival of a 310-year-old union with England and Wales that no British leader can ...

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Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of a SNP-Corbyn 'progressive alliance' in Westminster
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The most memorable poster of the 2015 general election campaign was an image of Alex Salmond with Ed Miliband snug in his top pocket. As Adam Boulton points out today, the Tories haven't tried to revisit that image, but Nicola Sturgeon might have ...

If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote...

If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote -Sturgeon
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"If the SNP win the election on June 8 in Scotland, and I am taking nothing for granted, ... then I think that position of the prime minister is unsustainable," Sturgeon said in an interview with the BBC. She said the win would add weight to the SNP's ...

If SNP wins in Scotland, May will have to grant independence vote: Sturgeon -...

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If SNP wins in Scotland, May will have to grant independence vote: Sturgeon
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The SNP, which won 56 of parliament's 59 Scottish seats at the last election in 2015, has said Scots should get another say on independence once the terms of Britain's EU exit are clear. Polls show the SNP is set to easily win in Scotland in June ...

If SNP Wins Election in Scotland, PM May Will Have to Grant Independence Vote...

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If SNP Wins Election in Scotland, PM May Will Have to Grant Independence Vote: Sturgeon
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London: If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at a June 8 election, Prime Minister Theresa May's refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday.

SNP would back 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament - Largs and...

SNP would back 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament
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The SNP would ?look to be part of a progressive alliance? at Westminster if the General Election results in a hung parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said. The Scottish First Minister and SNP leader said that she did not think Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn ...

Sturgeon to seek 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament - The Sco...

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Sturgeon to seek 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament
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The SNP won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland in the 2015 general election, and in the run up to that ballot Tories across the UK sought to raise fears about the impact a possible coalition between Labour and the SNP could have. Recent opinion polls ...

SNP would back 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament - Ardrossan...

SNP would back 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament
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The SNP would "look to be part of a progressive alliance" at Westminster if the General Election results in a hung parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said. The Scottish First Minister and SNP leader said that she did not think Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn ...

If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote...

If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote -Sturgeon | Reuters
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"If the SNP win the election on June 8 in Scotland, and I am taking nothing for granted, ... then I think that position of the prime minister is unsustainable," Sturgeon said in an interview with the BBC. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by David ...

Referendum (Google News)

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No independence referendum 'anytime soon', says Ruth Davidson - Herald Scotland

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No independence referendum 'anytime soon', says Ruth Davidson
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Ms Sturgeon claims there is a "cast iron" mandate for another referendum after her manifesto in 2016 made clear another vote could take place if there was a "material change in circumstances" from 2014, such as Scotland being removed from the European ...
Pro-UK parties would block indyref2 - BBC NewsBBC N...

General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide - B...

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General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide
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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has argued the vote by 62% of Scots to remain in the EU last year means there should be a second independence referendum, and that an independent Scotland could stay within the EU. Will education be the key factor?
Former SNP voters 'put off by obsession with independence...

UK General Election: Senior figures on campaign trail - BBC News

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UK General Election: Senior figures on campaign trail
BBC News
In Perth, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said the SNP should take a second independence referendum off the table. Ex-Labour leader Gordon Brown branded the Tories and SNP as "collaborators" in rising child poverty. And Scottish Liberal Democrat ...

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

Reuters
Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
Reuters
... independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said a new referendum on Scottish independence should not take place without public consent ...
Kevin McKenna: Tories have gift-wrapped Sturgeon...

Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition - BBC News

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Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition
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Speaking at the event in Edinburgh, leader Kezia Dugdale gave a "cast-iron guarantee" that her party will oppose a second referendum. She accused the SNP of prioritising independence over education and health. And she said Scotland was already divided ...
Tories cannot block another independence referendum, says Rober...

Scots to back independence referendum if SNP leads poll - The Times (subscrip...

The Times (subscription)
Scots to back independence referendum if SNP leads poll
The Times (subscription)
Most voters in Scotland believe the SNP would have the right to hold another independence referendum if the party wins more than half of the Scottish seats in the general election on June 8. Last month Theresa May rebuffed Nicola Sturgeon's request for ...
Video shows people in Scotland calling...

The Fight Over Britain's Future Is in Whisky Country - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
The Fight Over Britain's Future Is in Whisky Country
Bloomberg
They haven't held more than one Westminster seat in Scotland since 1997 and are betting that reluctant ?remainers? wary of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's push for a second Scottish referendum can bring about a broad incursion into what is now SNP territory.

Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed un...

The Scottish Sun
Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed until 2049
The Scottish Sun
The Scots Conservatives leader said that when the pair signed the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012, setting out the terms of the referendum, Ms Sturgeon declared she would ?respect the result?. Ms Davidson said: ?I believed her. She said it would be for a ...
Election 2017: Nicola Stur...

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June 8th General Election
It's on.

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

BBC Scottish Leaders Debate (21/05/17, 19:30)
Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Kezia Dugdale, Patrick Harvie, Willie Rennie and perhaps even David Coburn will be debating on our telly boxes at half 7 tonight, BBC1. 
How do we see this one going? Sturgeon was strong on the ITV debate without really going for the jugular but there were no Tori...

The Official President Trump thread

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

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 ...

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

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Coins You Want Rid Of
Pointless thread of the day. Had a time wasting debate on train yesterday. The subject being ........ What changes would you make to the current coins in circulation ? I'd do away with the 2p, 5p and 20p coins. But would introduce a 25p coin. Mate of mine wants the 1p, 2p, 10p and...

Glasgow - The World's Greatest City
Is Glasgow (Georgie Sq in particular) on a hot, sunny day not just the finest place to be on earth ? Embra, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth - can you beat it ? Don't you love Glasgow ? I'm bored, so let's see who bites shall we ?

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Manchester Arena Explosion
Ignoring the fake pictures on twitter but it looks grim There are some amount of ambulances in attendence and Greater Manchester Police have described it as a serious incident The only hope is that casualties are more to do with the panic rather than a real explosion

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

2017 running thread
So, what does everyone have planned for the year ahead? So far, I'm in for the following: 22nd Jan - Westhill Duathlon 25th Feb - National XC  22nd Apr - Balmoral 10k 21st May - Stirling Scottish Marathon 27th Aug - Great Aberdeen Half Marathon 24th Sep - Loch Ness Mar...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...