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Poll: Brexit 'has not boosted the cause of Scottish independence'
30 Jul 2016 at 12:15am
A SURGE in support for independence in the aftermath of the Brexit vote has reversed in the weeks following the UK's decision to quit the EU, a new opinion poll has suggested.

BBC brushes aside fears of downgrading of Scottish voice and insists shake-up...
30 Jul 2016 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND will secure a seat ?at the top table? of the BBC following a radical boardroom overhaul, the broadcaster has insisted.

Special intergovernmental committee being discussed to involve Edinburgh over...
30 Jul 2016 at 12:10am
A SPECIAL Brexit committee featuring ministers from both the UK and Scottish Governments is to be created, under plans to help co-ordinate Theresa May?s promised ?UK approach? to leaving the EU.

NHS warns SNP's airline tax cut 'increases risk of skin cancer'
30 Jul 2016 at 12:15am
HEALTH chiefs have warned that plans to scrap a tax on air travel will increase the risk of skin cancer and the spread of infectious diseases such a SARS in Scotland.

Campaigners call for named person trials to cease immediately following court...
30 Jul 2016 at 12:20am
TRIALS of the controversial named person service should be immediately suspended after legislation the scheme is based on was found to be unlawful, campaigners have said.

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Optimistic Corbyn insists Labour under his leadership could unite and win sna...
29 Jul 2016 at 5:45pm
A ?very optimistic? Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that a Labour Party under his leadership would unite, ?go for it? and win a snap general election if Theresa May dared to call one.

SNP set to ban the word 'benefits' from new social security agency
29 Jul 2016 at 12:21pm
THE SNP is keen to ban the word 'benefits' from Scotland's first social security agency.

Councils warned to prepare for legal action after SNP's named person law rule...
29 Jul 2016 at 12:13am
COUNCILS trialling the controversial named person scheme should be "quaking in their boots" over a potential deluge of legal action after legislation the policy is based on was found to be illegal, campaigners have warned.

Civil court fees hike could deny people access to justice system, lawyers warn
29 Jul 2016 at 5:04pm
PLANS for a dramatic increase in court fees could deny people access to the justice system, lawyers have warned.

Video shows John McDonnell's economic advisor encouraging Scots to back indep...
29 Jul 2016 at 12:07am
THE chief economic adviser to shadow chancellor John McDonnell featured in a video, encouraging Scottish voters to back independence in the run-up to the referendum of two years ago, it has emerged.

Robertson to May: ignore will of Scottish people and your days as PM of Unite...
29 Jul 2016 at 12:07am
THERESA May has been warned by the SNP?s Angus Robertson that her ?days as Prime Minister of a united Kingdom are numbered,? if she fails to protect Scotland?s place within the European Union.

Corbyn sees off legal bid to block his candidacy, denouncing it as ?waste of ...
29 Jul 2016 at 12:07am
JEREMY Corbyn has successfully seen off a legal attempt to prevent him from taking part in the Labour leadership race.

The Midge: Candidate Clinton tears into Trump. Here are her best barbs ... WATCH
29 Jul 2016 at 2:05pm
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere.

Henry McLeish: Scottish Labour must split from UK party before Jeremy Corbyn ...
28 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
SCOTTISH Labour should sever its ties with the UK party before Jeremy Corbyn wrecks its chances of winning the next General Election, former first minister Henry McLeish has said.



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Lawyers fear court fees rise will affect ?access to justice?
30 Jul 2016 at 12:24am
Lawyers have raised concerns about Scottish Government proposals to increase civil court fees by almost a quarter, warning the rise could affect access to the justice system.

Confusion as Hinkley Point decision put off to autumn
30 Jul 2016 at 12:16am
The future of the first new nuclear power plant in a generation has been thrown into confusion after the government delayed a decision until the autumn.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Dugdale?s US insight handy at Holyrood
29 Jul 2016 at 10:27pm
Narrowly focused debate at Holyrood needs some fresh perspective from beyond our shores, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

Brian Wilson: Remote control is key for the future
29 Jul 2016 at 9:48pm
The wellbeing of our outposts should be a badge of pride but we need desire to make a difference, writes Brian Wilson

Hillary Clinton goads Trump as she accepts Democratic nomination
29 Jul 2016 at 7:46pm
Hillary Clinton has cast herself as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world – and aggressively challenged Donald Trump’s ability to do the same.

?No plans? to reintroduce blue British passports after Brexit
29 Jul 2016 at 3:47pm
THE Government has “no immediate plans” to reintroduce the traditional navy blue British passports in the wake of Brexit.

Benefits name could be dropped from new Scots social security system
29 Jul 2016 at 3:22pm
Holyrood ministers are considering scrapping the use of the word “benefits” when they take charge of some parts of the social security system.

523 children identified as potential online sex abuse victims
29 Jul 2016 at 3:10pm
More than 500 children have been identified as potential victims of online sexual abuse during a major police investigation.

Treasury cat Gladstone joins feline crowd in Whitehall
29 Jul 2016 at 1:02pm
A THIRD cat has joined Whitehall’s team of mousers with the arrival of Gladstone at the Treasury.

Ian Simpson: Is it time for the SNP to drop its commitment to the monarchy?
29 Jul 2016 at 12:48pm
LAST month The Scotsman reported on Scottish Transport & Islands Minister Humza Yousaf’s comment that most members of the SNP would like to see an elected head of state replace the monarch in an independent Scotland.

Parents seek compensation over named person legislation
29 Jul 2016 at 11:47am
Parents are seeking legal advice to get compensation for Named Person intrusion into their family lives after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled the Scottish Government’s controversial scheme was unlawful.

Finance firms ?could relocate to Scotland? post-Brexit
29 Jul 2016 at 10:13am
Scotland could provide a “safe harbour” for financial institutions fleeing London if it becomes the only part of the UK to retain access to the single market after Brexit, MSPs have been told.

Talk of SNP/Labour pact dismissed as ?utter rubbish?
29 Jul 2016 at 9:44am
Claims that the Labour could form a pact with the SNP have been dismissed as ‘utter rubbish’ by a party source in Scotland.

Third of Scots want Brexit deal before referendum debate
29 Jul 2016 at 9:25am
Almost a third of voters want to wait until the UK’s deal with the European Union (EU) is clear before deciding whether to hold another Scottish independence referendum, according to a new poll.

Leaders: Named Person ruling offers opportunity to get it right
29 Jul 2016 at 12:00am
Court’s decision means government must review the whole piece of legislation and tackle the other issues raised

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An empty quiver
by Dr Craig Dalzell
29 Jul 2016 at 11:23am
This week I published, through Common Weal, a discussion paper on the potential currency options for an independent Scotland in light of the material changes in circumstances caused by the Brexit vote. This paper examines some of the options open to an independent Scotland and concludes that, on balance, the best option for Scotland would be a Scottish currency, …

A great day for child abusers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2016 at 9:53am
Well done to everyone concerned. Paedophiles and the Daily Mail will be partying hard tonight. Although as it later transpired, only for a while. The Supreme Court ruled that while the Named Persons legislation needed a small tweak on data-protection grounds which will most likely delay it for a few months, condemning more children to …

The darling of the comrades
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2016 at 5:34pm
A new YouGov poll of Scottish voters was released today. It had no voting-intention figures, and concerned itself mostly with people’s assessment of the main Scottish and UK party leaders. The Labour-voters column was interesting to say the least. That’s rather a lot of love for a Tory PM from people who voted Labour at …

Fluid times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2016 at 11:38am
A brief note on the current futility of political commentary. Remember that? Well, let’s see how it really works. Here’s a couple of days before the EU referendum vote: And here’s a month after the vote: And here’s a little reminder of something from page 3 of The Wee Blue Book: It’s almost like we …

The King Of Facts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2016 at 3:00pm
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Congratulations to President Trump
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2016 at 1:01pm
On his certain victory. (A reminder of John’s most recent banker bet is below.) (And of his Greatest Hits.)

Two men dealt amongst the chill
by Chris Cairns
23 Jul 2016 at 6:55am

The quantum of bias
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jul 2016 at 12:18pm
“Bias” is a word we hate. Other than in the article you’re about to read, you’ll almost never find it used on this site, for a string of reasons. It’s one of those words that – regardless of context or literal justification – simply makes people switch off instantly and dismiss your arguments. (See also: “Zionist”, “Quisling”, …

Packing Scotland?s trunk
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2016 at 12:43pm
You can’t throw a brick at the Scottish media at the moment – however much you’d like to – without hitting half a dozen articles all repeating the same mantra: that despite the post-Brexit surge in support for independence, a Yes vote would be more difficult to achieve because the economics are now harder than …

The Labour case for Trident
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jul 2016 at 11:46am
This is prospective Labour leader Owen Smith on the Andrew Marr show this morning, explaining why he’ll be one of the 65% of Labour MPs voting in favour of the renewal of Trident next week: Let’s just see if we can get this straight once and for all. 1. Labour wants to spend £200bn on a …

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Ministers could scrap word 'benefits' in welfare reform
29 Jul 2016 at 4:41pm
Holyrood ministers are considering scrapping the use of the word 'benefits' when they take charge of parts of the social security system.

Mixed response to air passenger duty plan
29 Jul 2016 at 5:09pm
Plans to cut and replace air passenger duty in Scotland have been met with a mixed response in a consultation.

Named person 'will still be introduced'
28 Jul 2016 at 7:04pm
The Scottish government still intends to implement its named person scheme despite a ruling that part of it breaches human rights laws.

Study finds private hip operation policy failed to boost rates
29 Jul 2016 at 1:22am
The practice of contracting out hip operations to the private sector failed to boost such procedures on the NHS, new research finds.

Scotland's fishing sector could be world leaders post-Brexit, MSPs told
28 Jul 2016 at 3:22pm
Scotland's fishing industry would be "unleashed" after Brexit allowing it to show "world leadership", MSPs at Holyrood are told.

Call for Holyrood to mount undercover policing inquiry
28 Jul 2016 at 2:58pm
The Scottish government is urged to launch its own probe into undercover policing after UK government refuses to extend Pitchford Inquiry.

Senior judge Lady Smith to head Scottish child abuse inquiry
27 Jul 2016 at 12:17pm
Senior judge Lady Smith is appointed as the new chairwoman of the Scottish government's child abuse inquiry.

IndyCamp loses legal fight against Holyrood eviction
27 Jul 2016 at 4:03pm
Independence campaigners lose their court battle against eviction from their camp outside the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Labour publish Brexit economy 'action plan'
27 Jul 2016 at 12:31am
Scottish Labour publishes an action plan of steps to protect Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Scots health boards miss early cancer detection target
26 Jul 2016 at 4:16pm
Scotland's health boards fall short of a Scottish government target to increase early diagnosis in cancer cases.

Brexit: Sturgeon sets out key Scottish interests that 'must be protected'
25 Jul 2016 at 4:19pm
Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon outlines her next steps in securing Scotland's position in Europe, a month on from the Brexit vote.

Think tank says unionists must offer Scotland EU options
24 Jul 2016 at 3:06pm
Unionists must present options to maintain Scotland's relationship with the European Union or risk the break-up of the UK, says a think tank.

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Journey into the bizarre as Herald describes an increase in support for indep...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 1:17am
A new YouGov poll on independence has been released, and in line with the other three credible polls to be published since the EU referendum, it shows an increase in support for Yes...Should Scotla...

Three simple reasons why the Labour plotters will be more responsible than Co...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2016 at 4:22pm
1) Even in southern England, there is one factor that is a far bigger voter-repellent than a radical left party leader - and that's disunity.  According to YouGov, Labour went from enjoying a 3% le...

How "Devo or Death" became "Brexit or Bust"
by James Kelly
24 Jul 2016 at 3:48pm
Heads up pol peeps : those of you of a nostalgic bent really should be keeping an eye on the Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who is currently doing an extended one-man indyref...

One Country, Two Systems : How Scotland can remain in the EU
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2016 at 2:59pm
A guest post by Alasdair StirlingIt is an understatement of some magnitude to say that the words of the ancient Chinese curse - ?may you live in interesting times? ? are apposite today.The EU refer...

The middle ground between "veto" and "locked in" that the unionist media are ...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2016 at 3:16pm
It can't have escaped your notice that the unionist media are trying to present Nicola Sturgeon with a false binary choice - either she has a 'veto' over Brexit, or she will be 'locked in' to an ag...

Labour members say Carry On Corbyn as incumbent leader opens up huge lead ove...
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2016 at 10:45pm
Corbyn v Smith :Jeremy Corbyn 56%Owen Smith 34%Corbyn v Eagle :Jeremy Corbyn 58%Angela Eagle 34%The million dollar question that formed in my mind as soon as I saw this poll was whether YouGov had ...

New podcast
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2016 at 11:36pm
Just a quick note to let you know that myself and Peter Arnott are the guests on this week's edition of the Newsnet podcast, hosted by Maurice Smith.  We discuss Chilcot, Theresa May's ministerial ...

Gentle reminder for Theresa May : it's not actually possible for you to preve...
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2016 at 4:25pm
There were some dark murmurings on Channel 4 News last night that Theresa May has revealed herself in private to be a Thatcher-style hardline zealot militant Brit Nat fundamentalist who might even ...

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student accommodation in Edinburgh
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30 Jul 2016 at 3:26am
hello, I am going to study at university this September and even though I had my room, some stuff happened and now it seems like I am going to be homeless. I am not from Scotland and so I would lik...

March tomorrow!!! Calling all Indy supporters! Fuck it even No voters welcome...
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30 Jul 2016 at 1:15am
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Poll shows increased support for independence after Brexit
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30 Jul 2016 at 12:26am
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No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds
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30 Jul 2016 at 12:13am
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having haggis tomorrow
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29 Jul 2016 at 11:46pm
For a Scottish person i don't eat it enough. Had haggis neeps and tatties at new years but that's about it. What do you guys think about tablet? submitted by /u/rejetr

Saturday's i (Scotland edition): Scotland cools on a new indy ref despite Brexit
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29 Jul 2016 at 10:32pm
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Face reconstruction of Bronze Age woman from Scotland
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29 Jul 2016 at 10:04pm
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29 Jul 2016 at 9:33pm
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Limmy's World of Glasgow. 3/85. Tom: Escalator
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29 Jul 2016 at 9:16pm
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Seriously considering moving to Scotland from Englandshire. What do I need to...
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29 Jul 2016 at 8:52pm
I'm an Anglo-Irish web designer and site builder in England presently - seriously considering moving to Scotland if I can find a job there. Is there anything I need to know in particular about mov...

University of Aberdeen's Professor Claude Wischik creates drug to halt Alzhei...
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29 Jul 2016 at 8:32pm
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An Empty Quiver [four ways that Scotland could begin life as an independent c...
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29 Jul 2016 at 5:56pm
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Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare
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Labour MP Jess Phillips tweets picture of locksmith securing her home as she ...
by Record Reporter
28 Jul 2016 at 11:02pm
IN a message the Birmingham MP slams those targeting her and says "Think about how my kids feel next time you mock up a picture of me dying".

Alan Cummings' off-script Brexit comment ended in jeers, says Torcuil Crichton
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jul 2016 at 9:32pm
TORCUIL asks whether the SNP forgot to send the actor a script after his comments about the 'stupid English' caused a stir.

Legal bid to challenge Jeremy Corbyn's place on Labour leadership ballot reje...
by Jan Colley
28 Jul 2016 at 2:40pm
LABOUR donor Michael Foster has lost his bid to overturn the party's decision to guarantee Jeremy Corbyn a place on the leadership ballot.

Henry McLeish says independent Scottish Labour party is 'essential' as he ren...
by Lynsey Bews
28 Jul 2016 at 12:09pm
WITH the prospect of a second independence referendum as a result of Brexit, the former first minister said the Scottish party must think beyond the leadership battle in London.

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith wants Scotland involved in defence and e...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jul 2016 at 8:59am
THE challenger to Jeremy Corbyn has revealed his hopes for the party and his desire to let Sturgeon have a say on military and economic policy.

Kevin Hague: Scotland faces the challenge of Sturgeonomics and a financial bl...
by dailyrecord
28 Jul 2016 at 8:27am
AS the possibility of another independence referendum looms, KEVIN HAGUE takes a look at the unstable and uncertain prospect.

Donald Trump urges Russia to hack US computers to find Hilary Clinton's 'miss...
by Record Reporter
27 Jul 2016 at 9:22pm
THE Presidential hopeful sparks huge backlash after asking a foreign power to spy on the United States in order to dig up dirt on his rival for the White House.

Actor Alan Cumming (and his dog) get behind Hillary Clinton in new fight song...
by Debbie Jackson
27 Jul 2016 at 9:33am
THE Scot, who plays political campaign manager in The Good Wife, turns drama into reality as he joins the Presidential campaign trail.

Hillary's their only hope, but Americans are less than enthusiastic about Mrs...
by David Clegg
27 Jul 2016 at 8:49am
THE USA is banking on Hillary Clinton to keep Trump out of the White House but Americans think she's anything but Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Annie Brown: Let?s hope eloquent Michelle Obama can outshine that guy from Du...
by Annie Brown
27 Jul 2016 at 8:45am
ANNIE was moved by the First Lady's rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention and prays it will help Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

Michael Greenwell

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

The Scottish Independence Podcast 128 ? Paul Kavanagh aka Wee Ginger Dug
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jul 2016 at 12:22am
For the 128th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went to Wee Ginger Dug Mansions to speak with the writer that also happens to live there, Paul Kavanagh. Paul has been one of the most insightful, strident and funniest people writing about the Scottish Independence debate for a number of years. He started this …

If You Were On It, You?ll Be In It
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jul 2016 at 2:07pm
Yesterday, I went to this place… To sign this contract… And so, if you were on the Scottish Independence Podcast any time before the referendum, you’ll be in the National Library of Scotland Referendum Collection from around September.    

Little Statistics Can Mean A Lot
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2016 at 2:41pm
The pods will be back very shortly, I have already recorded one this week and will also be recording two specials. In the meantime, have a little think about what this says…  

God, Thatcher, Junk Science & An End To Workers Rights
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 9:04am
At the moment a lot of people are asking who Andrea Leadsom actually is. Well, a few folks have been digging around her blog and some of her statements, and it’s possible to see something other than what the Telegraph chose to publish in this piece. Let’s start with science… Journalist Frank Swain tweeted a …

Ken Clarke Ridicules Tory Candidates
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 8:39am

Universal Stramash
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:12pm
It seems we are in a moment of worldwide stramash. In such times it is of some comfort to think that some people really do have (or had) an idea what the hell is going on and even though the heads of the brexit campaign might not like to admit it, some of those were …

Just In Case You?ve Never Heard It
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:50am
I didn’t make this video. If I had made it, I wouldn’t have put that music on it for a start. Anyway, just in case you’ve never heard it, here is the phone call between Darius Guppy and Boris Johnson in which Guppy tries to get Johnson to find him the number of a journalist …

Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest
by michaelgreenwell
1 Jul 2016 at 8:13am
It was a little surprise to find this talk given by Larry Bogad on the TED talks list. Larry Bogad is an author, artist, and professor of political performance. Scots may remember him being in the Clown army when the G8 came to Gleneagles. In this talk he talks about how creative actions are highly …

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

Hillary and the Balloons
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jul 2016 at 8:45pm
I’m looking at the pictures of Hillary among the balloons…as a theatre type…and thinking to myself, a bit uncomfortably… “She may have intelligence and experience and ruthlessness going for her, but she is a TERRIBLE actor. I mean, just…God help us…” (A bit like Gordon Brown…when compared to Tony Blair…only being America. the contrast with …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jul 2016 at 8:18pm
This looks like an excellent addition to the emeregnt new media landscape from the talented Phantom Power Films… “PERSPECTIVE is a new regular documentary series that covers politics, art and culture in Scotland in the 21st century. From Phantom Power Films, the team which brought you Altered State, comes a powerful new documentary format shot …

Would you like anything in your Independence? Aye, mair independence.
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jul 2016 at 3:42pm
Even before we become independent has the SNP sold out Scotland, to The City of London? I sincerely hope not, and not just because I voted SNP, but a little red light of unease has been blinking in my mind since February 2015 when I inspired an MSP with my ideas and helped her to …

Clinton Coronation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jul 2016 at 7:24pm

Feeling the heat yet?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jul 2016 at 7:13pm
Last Wednesday was great. I stepped out into the blistering Leith sunshine, dark shades at dip, and walked about twenty yards before running into a huddle of associates sat outside a Leith Walk boozer, supping lager, soaking up the rays, as you do. Naturally, I joined them. As you do. By late afternoon the temperature …

United Togetherness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jul 2016 at 10:07am
A ‘Reverse Greenland‘ sounds like something from a Nordic Kama Sutra. It is instead the unlikely proposition that Scotland stay in the EU and in the UK. But as the Brexit consequences unfold before us, the connection between the unmuzzled right’s Europhobia and their economic project is also becoming more obvious. It’s not just Sir …

Better Together Campaign
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2016 at 9:00pm
This presentation by Rob Shorthouse is remarkable for a number of reasons, not least astonishing levels of assumption-making and self-deception (which we’ll explore fully in a subsequent blog). But thanks to eagle-eyed Alistair Davidson for spotting the admission about how ‘Better Together had “banks of people” at HQ organised in “twitter squads” (about 13m in)’. …

Wedding Invite meets Suicide Pact
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2016 at 8:38pm
The letter from Jackson Carlaw to Kezia Dugdale calling for a new Tory/Labour “alliance” opposing #indyref2 via the marvelous and unlikely source of Michael Blackley, the Political Editor of the Scottish Mail on Sunday. As Martyn Bennet would have it: “This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.” Likes(19)Dislikes(6)

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Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jul 2016 at 2:24pm
Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agencyThe Scottish government will consider abandoning the words ?benefits? and ?welfare? because of their negative connotations, as it begins the process of shaping the country?s first ever s...

Corbyn can stay on Labour leadership ballot, court rules ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 3.58pm BST It is important to underline that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe or withdrawing from the world. Britain will remain an outward-looking nation, a strong v...

Scottish farms face losing millions in subsidy after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jul 2016 at 3:13pm
UK government would need to increase funding to match common agricultural policy levels, Holyrood committee hearsScottish farmers face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidy after Brexit unless the UK government increases funding for Holyrood, a Scottish parliament committee has been to...

Scottish independence protesters ordered to close Holyrood camp
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm
IndyCamp, a collection of caravans and tents, has been set up in grounds of the Scottish parliament since 2015A group of hardline independence activists have been told by a judge they must abandon a protest camp in the grounds of the Scottish parliament. Holyrood officials said they would open ta...

SNP MP says Westminster needs to be more child friendly
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2016 at 7:08pm
Kirsty Blackman highlights lack of flexible childcare at parliament, with nursery only available for London full-timersAn MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee he...

SNP MP censured for bringing her children to Commons committee
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2016 at 11:49am
Kirsty Blackman hits back with Daily Record article on why Westminster should adopt a more family-friendly approach An SNP MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee h...

Labour says abusive members will be barred from voting in leadership election...
by Andrew Sparrow
25 Jul 2016 at 8:30pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 4.42pm BST NEW: @JeremyCorbyn spokesman: "We hope that others will rejoin the shadow cabinet and get on with the job of opposing Government."Labour, like Ukip ha...

Nicola Sturgeon: independence may offer Scotland greatest stability - video
by Guardian Staff
25 Jul 2016 at 2:54pm
With the rest of the UK facing an uncertain future following last?s month Brexit vote, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says independence may offer Scotland greater stability. Speaking at an Institute for Public Policy Research event in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said David Cameron was reck...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Independence Podcast by Michael Greenwell
Earlier this week I was interviewed by Michael Greenwell for his IndyPodCast series. There’s a link to his blog here, where you can download and save the podcast to listen to later offline, or you can listen to the podcast by clicking on the link.

The BBC, Scotland?s public self-serving broadcaster
Yesterday we witnessed another article appearing in the mainstream media to tell people who are not fairly represented in the mainstream media to stop complaining that they’re not fairly represented in the mainstream media, because the mainstream media is quite properly doing its job of not fairly representing people outside the media mainstream. And can …

Labour?s suicide pact
Every time you think that the Labour party in Scotland might just possibly see that there’s a glimmer of a path to redemption, it ties a red white and blue flag over its eyes as a blindfold and preaches to Scotland about solidarity with people who never manage to demonstrate any solidarity with Scotland. Which …

Not a threat but a promise
Nicola Sturgeon has made a statement giving the Scottish government’s response to the Brexit process. It’s a statement which reflects, only in far more diplomatic language, the response of most of Scotland to the megamidden into which the Conservative party has dumped the entire UK. And that response to the UK government was along the …

Self-determination starts with the determination to do things for yourself
Self-determination starts with the self being determined. It begins with the personal decision of an individual to take action to determine the shape of their future, and not to sit passively while decisions are made on their behalf. There’s a lot of talk about when Scotland might have a second independence referendum, or rather, about …

The real Spanish veto threat
I wasn’t going to blog today because I’ve got a bad case of manflu, which is like a regular cold only with additional histrionics, drama, and attention seeking. So very much like the Labour leadership contest then. But there’s news from Spain which I thought worth sharing, mostly because it’s deeply discomfiting to those Unionists …

That ship has sailed
One by one the pillars of support for the Union have been removed. Now all that’s keeping the UK up is the hot air of the Unionist parties and their media friends. The latest pillar of salt to dissolve in the crocodile tears of the Unionists is the pledge to build Type 26 frigates on …

Making the case
The Scottish government is planning a drive across the country this summer to make the case for independence, but to tell the truth, the Tories have beaten them to it. Just a month ago making the case for independence looked like it was going to be a long hard slog, a slow campaign of attrition, …

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Bronze Age Briton Ava brought back to ?life? 3,700 years on
A YOUNG woman who died 3,700 years ago in the north of Scotland has been ?made human again?ught back to life in a facial reconstruction using her skull and other remains found at a Middle Bronze Age burial site in 1987almost 30 years ago.

3D recreation of Robert the Bruce's lost tomb goes on show
NO Scot has seen this sight for around 550 years ? but from next week, visitors to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum will have the chance to view the lost tomb of Robert the Bruce ? recreated in 3D.

Donald Trump's Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm plan fight dead in the water
AFTER a Democratic Party convention that featured constant attacks on him, and accusations that he encouraged Russia to spy on his opponent for the US presidency, Hillary Clinton, a bad week for Donald Trump has ended on another reverse, this time in

Buskers to take to the Boaty MacBoatface stage at Belladrum Festival
ONE of the stages at next week?s Belladrum Tartan Heart music festival will be named Boaty MacBoatface, inspired by the viral phenomenon.

77 arrested in online child sex investigation
A MAJOR Scottish police investigation into online sexual abuse has found that more than 500 children have been targeted as potential victims and resulted in the seizure of 30 million indecent images.

LGBT children?s poetry collection and short film are backed by funding awards
A COLLECTION of children?s poetry retelling traditional Scottish myths from a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender perspective has been awarded a £7,000 grant. A short film of a young lesbian woman with telekinetic powers has also won £7,000 fu

Ex-Ger Lafferty in hot water as FA probes betting claim
FORMER Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged by the Football Association over alleged betting on football.

Yes campaigners to hit streets of Glasgow en masse
ACTIVISTS behind today?s March for Independence want to ?stir a bit of fire? in Yes supporters ? and entice thousands onto the streets in a mass show of support for the cause.

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Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK
A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 17th 2006 Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister this week ? elected on a mandate of 199 Tory MPs in what amounted to a very British coup. She is only Britain?s second ever …

After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like?
After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 14th 2016 Leadership in the modern world is cited as the answer to nearly every issue, problem or area of life ? from business, to turning round failing organisations, to the success of football clubs. In the last month, …

This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly being found out
This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly been found out Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 10th 2016 When has British politics ever been in such a state of flux? The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens in leadership contests; the Labour Party in a series of convulsions from top to …

The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair
The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 7th 2016 It is hard to envisage now but once upon a time Tony Blair was an eager to please, likeable, pragmatic politician. In 1997 he caught the mood of the times and led Labour to an election …

After Britain: Is Scottish Independence the New Normal?
After Britain: Is Scottish Independence the New Normal? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 6th 2016 These are unprecedented times. The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens are all in the middle of leadership elections, while Jeremy Corbyn is holding on by his fingertips in a stand-off with his own parliamentary party There is a …

Scotland and Independence

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No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds ...
No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds
Britain's decision to leave the EU has not triggered a boost in support for Scottish independence, according to a new YouGov poll that undermines the SNP's push for a second referendum. Some 53 per cent of Scottish voters oppose independence while 47 ...
New poll: A third of Scots want to se...

Scotland independence is INEVITABLE if Sturgeon fails to block Brexit, Alex S...
Scotland independence is INEVITABLE if Sturgeon fails to block Brexit, Alex Salmond warns
His successor Nicola Sturgeon has sparked widespread fury since last month's EU referendum by attempting to keep Scotland in the bloc. Mr Salmond, who stepped down after the 2014 independence vote, is also pushing for Scotland to remain in the EU ...
Support for Scottish independenc...

Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ... - The Independent

The Independent
Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ...
The Independent
Any second Scottish independence referendum would have to take place promptly ?within the Brexit timetable?, Alex Salmond has said. The former Scottish first ...
Interview: Alex Salmond on indyref 2 - "Bring it on" | CommonSpaceCommonSpace

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WATCH: Top John McDonnell adviser urges Scots to vote for ... -
WATCH: Top John McDonnell adviser urges Scots to vote for ...
John McDonnell's top economic adviser featured in a video urging Scots to vote Yes in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum, PoliticsHome can ...

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Scotland's Sturgeon Preparing For Post-Brexit Independence From U.K. - Huffin...

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Scotland's Sturgeon Preparing For Post-Brexit Independence From U.K.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday she would start preparatory work on splitting Scotland from the rest of Britain in order to keep the option of independence available following the June 23 vote to leave the European Union.

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10 reasons Scottish independence is being talked about again - Metro

10 reasons Scottish independence is being talked about again
Remember the #indyref? Long before the Brexit referendum, the Scots voted to stay in the UK. But now there's talk of what social media is calling Indyref 2. Here's why independence is back on many Scots' agendas. 1. Brexit. Scots have long felt more ...

Scotland on the brink of independence, says SNP's Westminster leader - Telegr...
Scotland on the brink of independence, says SNP's Westminster leader
Scotland is on the brink of independence, according to the SNP's leader at Westminster. Angus Robertson said the party must focus on persuading voters that independence is right for Scotland as he launched his campaign to be Nicola Sturgeon's deputy.
Alyn Smith MEP: EU open to Scottish independence ...

Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Off The Table?For Now - TIME

Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Off The Table?For Now
Certainly Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Nationalist Party leader of Scotland's devolved government, now argues a second referendum on Scottish independence is ?highly likely.? Though defeated in 2014, the cause remains alive. Besides, she now says, the ...
Scotland charts course to independence from UKThe Globe and Mail (subs...


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Scots still oppose independence after Brexit vote, poll finds - The New India...

Scots still oppose independence after Brexit vote, poll finds
The New Indian Express
Britain's decision to leave the EU has not prompted a boost in support for Scottish independence, according to a YouGov poll that undermines the SNP's push for a second referendum. Some 53 per cent of Scottish voters oppose independence, while 47 per ...

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Mixed response in air passenger duty proposal consultation - Aberdeen Evening...

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Mixed response in air passenger duty proposal consultation
Aberdeen Evening Express
The SNP administration has also promised to reduce APD by 50% from April 2018 onwards and eventually abolish the tax. Almost half of those responding to the consultation expressed an objection to or raised concerns around the potential impact of the ...

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TKR 146 in 18 Ovs | Live Cricket Score, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinba...

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TKR 146 in 18 Ovs | Live Cricket Score, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders, CPL 2016, Match 26 at ...
Cricket Country (blog)
LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: TKR 146 in 18 Ovs. BATTING: Nikita Miller 6 (4) ? SNP WIN!!!! That's it, the Patriots have clinched a convincing 35-run win, as they seal their semi-final spot, while TKR are still in the race, as they...

Scots prefer post-Brexit UK to independence, poll finds - iNews

Scots prefer post-Brexit UK to independence, poll finds
The YouGov poll found that 46 per cent of Scots would prefer to remain part of a post-Brexit UK, while only 37 per cent favoured of breaking up the Union and being allowed to remain in the EU. The results will be seen as a blow to the SNP's hopes of ...

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How has China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.:(NYSE:SNP) performed recently? - The...

How has China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.:(NYSE:SNP) performed recently?
The Daily Leicester
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE: SNP) is a large market cap stock with a market cap of 86703.13. It is in the Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry and sector Basic Materials, with a current P/E of 15.74, a forward P/E of 11.59 and EPS of 4.59.

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Readers'Opinbion: Named Person scheme should not be used as a stick with whic...

Herald Scotland
Readers'Opinbion: Named Person scheme should not be used as a stick with which to beat the SNP
Herald Scotland
The Supreme Court judgement has not been taken seriously by the SNP Government, although it should have known that this outcome was likely, and you do not help to focus any minds by claiming that all that is required is more ?clarity? when wholesale ...

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Campaigners call for named person trials to cease immediately following court...

Herald Scotland
Campaigners call for named person trials to cease immediately following court victory
Herald Scotland
The party's education spokeswoman, Liz Smith, said: "The SNP was told consistently that plans to share children's confidential details were wrong. But critics were just brushed aside and told they were scaremongering. We now need to know how it was ...

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SNP will replace air passenger duty despite strong opposition - The Times (su...

SNP will replace air passenger duty despite strong opposition
The Times (subscription)
The Scottish government is to push through reducing and replacing air passenger duty (APD) despite an official consultation showing that majority opinion is against a cut in the tax. The research published yesterday found that most respondents ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Why a second independence referendum is not inevitable in Scotland - Open Dem...

Open Democracy
Why a second independence referendum is not inevitable in Scotland
Open Democracy
The SNP assertion in its 2016 manifesto of the Scottish parliament's right to hold a referendum ?if there is a significant and material change? has taken on renewed relevance, especially since the only quoted example was ?being taken out of the EU ...
Time to listen Sturgeon! 90 percent of SCOTS say ind...

Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ... - The Independent

The Independent
Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ...
The Independent
Any second Scottish independence referendum would have to take place promptly ?within the Brexit timetable?, Alex Salmond has said. The former Scottish first ...
Alex Salmond interview: Cameron's EU referendum policy was ...CommonSpace

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Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call for 2nd referendum if Brexit weakens Scotlan...

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call for 2nd referendum if Brexit weakens Scotland
Daily Mail
Scotland must be able to protect its 'relationship with and interests in' the EU and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today vowed to explore 'every option' to do so. The SNP leader insisted she did not approach Brexit with a view of reaching Scottish ...
Sturgeon blames austerity for Brexit vote, repe...

Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in...
Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in TWO years
During her first PMQs, Mrs May told Parliament: ?I do find it a little confusing given that only two years ago in the Scottish referendum the Scottish National Party was campaigning for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, which would have meant ...
Scotland could hold 2nd independen...

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum? - Newsweek

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum?
The British government would need to allow another referendum for it to be legitimate; if it didn't, Spain, which recently saw an illegitimate independence vote in Catalonia, would be all but certain to veto an independent Scotland's right to ...
Sturgeon: Second independence referendum could be next yearBBC News
Theresa M...

Scotland WILL hold second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon urged to...
Scotland WILL hold second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon urged to call poll before Brexit
As Sturgeon yesterday began her Brussels charm offensive to keep Scotland in Europe, she was secretly mulling over a plan to hold a referendum by 2018. Voters are likely to be asked whether we should continue as an EU member ? or leave with the rest of ...
Second referendu...

Environment Secretary affirms Scotland's Commitment following Referendum Resu...

Environment Secretary affirms Scotland's Commitment following Referendum Result
Blue & Green Tomorrow
The Cabinet Secretary said, ?The EU referendum result has created considerable uncertainty ? but what remains certain is the position of the Scottish Government. We resolutely believe that membership of the European Union delivers considerable social, ...

Kezia Dugdale: EU referendum result exposed Scotland's divisions - LabourList

Kezia Dugdale: EU referendum result exposed Scotland's divisions
The EU referendum exposed the same social divisions as it did in the rest of the UK, Kezia Dugdale said today. The Scottish Labour leader also called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to get on with the work of governing Scotland after a destabilising ...
Brexit: Labour explores 'federal' solution for ScotlandBBC...

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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 ...

Thursday 15th June 2017.  

Good move by the SG moving the GERS publication figures till next August - and therefore not providing airtime to idiots arguing the future of the nation on the basis of a single year.  

Bring it on.  

team #Yes  team #Scotland

Nuclear vs Renewable
Surprised there hasn't been a thread about this. Where do people stand on this?

Personally I think the new nuclear power plant will prove to be completely impracticable and will shoot up energy prices right across the UK. It's not the direction I believe we should be going in. Not to mention the...

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

The Named Person Scheme
I was in town a couple of weeks ago and was handed a leaflet about this. I'd never heard of it til then. Against its purpose reading the leaflet attacking the scheme actually made me warm to it. For those who know a lot more about it than me, is it a good idea to protect children? Or nanny state ...

The political divide
For those who still maintain there is no difference politically between Scotland and England:  

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

The David Bowie prom
for all us Bowie fans there is a David Bowie prom on bbc 4 at 22:15 tonight should be a cracking night of the great mans music with a classical twist 

Non Swally Fun
Guy I'm very good pals with is getting a divorce. He's as low as buggery just now and because of this he is trying very hard to stay away from swally. The thing is, him and I are pub goers. I'm trying to think of stuff to do to keep him occupied but it's harder than you think not to involve drink...

Named Person Act
"From 31 August of this year, a "named person" will be appointed to monitor the welfare of every child in Scotland. Opponents of the scheme are attempting to have it quashed by the law courts, arguing that the legislation amounts to a "Big Brother" scheme that will undermine parents, breach a...

Edinburgh Food Studio
Anyone been? We have done most of the top restaurants in Edinburgh and fancy something different.

Resonate Total Gaming: SECC 29-31 July
Wee festival of all things gaming & tech.  Anyone going?

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.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Munich Shooting Incident
Breaking news - shootings in a shopping centre.

Holyrood Magazine


Her chances, your choices - Introducing Kirsty, the Holyrood baby

Social care reform must not gather dust on a shelf, says Shona Robison

Scottish Government under pressure to order undercover policing probe

Schools project tackles alcohol culture among teenagers

UK Government delays decision on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, despi...

There are post-Brexit opportunities for Scotland, MSPs hear

SNP vows to push on with APD cut, despite environmental concerns

Disabled people and carers call for fundamental overhaul of social care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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