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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland

Campaigners claim half a million children could be lifted out of poverty
3 Jul 2015 at 6:22pm
More than half a million children could be lifted out of poverty by reforming Universal Credit, the Government has been told.

George Osborne to make Budget announcement on inheritance tax
3 Jul 2015 at 4:25pm
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to use Wednesday's Budget to deliver the party's promise to end inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1 million.

Ex-Labour leadership contender urges move away from Parliament
3 Jul 2015 at 11:55am
MPs should abandon the crumbling Houses of Parliament in favour of a less confrontational modern chamber, a senior Labour MP has suggested.

Labour leadership challenger Yvette Cooper calls for investment
3 Jul 2015 at 12:05am
The UK is being "left behind as a nation", Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper will warn as she calls for increased investment in science and hi-tech industry to protect the country's economic future.

Pensions firm backs youngest MP's committee job
2 Jul 2015 at 1:55pm
A PENSIONS firm has backed the decision to appoint Britain's youngest MP on a committee dealing with the issue - claiming it would help provide a better understanding of why young people are not saving more towards retirement.

Fallon drops biggest hint yet that UK Government is considering airstrikes in...
1 Jul 2015 at 6:11pm
THE prospect of British warplanes bombing IS positions in Syria appears to have moved closer after Michael Fallon gave the strongest hint yet, that in the wake of the Tunisia terror attack, the UK Government is considering extending air strikes across the Iraq border.

Evel vote could test Cameron's Commons majority
1 Jul 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron risks the first major test of his Government's slender majority as the Conservatives set out proposals to restrict the voting rights of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs today.

Iain Duncan-Smith announces child poverty changes as it emerges his official ...
1 Jul 2015 at 2:30pm
Iain Duncan Smith's official credit card has been suspended after the Work and Pensions Secretary ran up £1,000 in expenses debts, it has emerged, as he announced plans to ditch Labour's Child Poverty Act.

Gordon Brown to make speech to world leaders in Norway
1 Jul 2015 at 1:25pm
GORDON Brown is to make one of his first appearances since the General Election when he addresses world leaders in Norway.

PM in a holding pattern over Heathrow with no place to land, claims Labour's ...
1 Jul 2015 at 12:50pm
SCHADENFREUDE, the joy of revelling in someone else's misfortune, is a rather popular pastime on the green benches.

Labour and SNP accuse Tories of failing to deliver Smith on welfare
30 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
Labour and the SNP have both accused David Cameron's Government of failing to deliver the Smith Commission proposals on extra welfare powers.

Last-ditch bail-out deal rejected as Greek economy teeters on the brink
30 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
A last-ditch bid by Athens to extend Greece's bail-out failed as the country was poised to default on its £1.1 billion IMF loan, placing its economy on the edge of collapse and possible exit from the eurozone.

Public bodies legally required to prevent radicalisation of young people from...
30 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
KEY public bodies across Scotland, England and Wales will be legally required to take action to stop people being drawn into terrorism, under new rules introduced from today.

Families to welcome back loved ones as difficult process of repatriation of T...
30 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
EMOTIONS will be running high today when the first of the victims of the Tunisia terror attack are brought back home to their loved ones.

Labour ditches 50p tax rate plan to fight against Tory pressure to lower 45p ...
30 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
Labour has dropped its flagship policy of reintroducing a 50p income tax rate and instead is concentrating on stopping the Chancellor from cutting the 45p rate to 40p.


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Scotsman

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Analysis: Tsipras could still lose if No side wins
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

Vote against EU plan would spell trouble for Greek leader if banks have to stay shut



SNP furious over Lords? power over Scotland Bill
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

THE SNP has accused David Cameron’s government of ­ignoring the democratic will of the Scottish people by using the unelected House of Lords to make changes to the Scotland Bill.



Stars call on Obama to free Guantanamo Briton
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

A HOST of film stars, musicians and politicians have called on US president Barack Obama to release Britain’s last Guantanamo detainee on Independence Day.



No indyref until 2030, says unionist group
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

A HIGH-PROFILE group set up to promote the benefits of Scotland remaining in the UK will today say there should not be another independence referendum until at least 2030.



John Swinney opposes Budget cuts to welfare
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has written to the Chancellor ahead of this week’s Budget, objecting to cuts to welfare funding and suggestions that tax credits are to be reduced.



Cameron?s kill or cure for West Lothian Question
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

It’s hard to take Tory assurances – or SNP outrage – at face value after the Prime Minister’s shortcut to English votes for English laws, writes Alex Massie



Polls show dead heat as Greeks vote on EU bailout
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

THE rival campaigns in Greece came to a halt yesterday on the eve of a closely watched bailout referendum, with voters in a dead heat over whether to defy creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially seek new political leadership to find a compromise.



?Rights at risk? if Holyrood given abortion powers
4 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm

Women’s groups and human rights campaigners are urging MPs to reject a proposal to devolve abortion legislation to Holyrood.



Iran nuclear talks ?reach deal? on sanctions
4 Jul 2015 at 5:30pm

WORLD powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on how sanctions could be reduced – one of the most contentious issues as negotiators work towards a long-term deal preventing the country from developing its own nuclear weapons.



Paul Behrens: Don?t expect swift justice for Flight 17
4 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm

IN INTERNATIONAL affairs, it is not a good idea to get emotionally attached to ambitious projects. One of these has now been suggested by the Netherlands, Malaysia and other states: an international tribunal to try the perpetrators of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Eastern Ukraine in 2014.



Leader: Greece torn in two by vote
4 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm

Traumatised nation needs to find spirit of reconciliation, whatever the referendum result



Andrew Wilson: Puncture political football of Greece
4 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm

WORKINGTON in West Cumbria enjoys “Uppies and Downies”, its very own version of mediaeval football. Around Easter the two ends of the town mass as teams and fight over the ball. Pity the ball.



Euan McColm: Harvie?s heresy should force SNP rethink
4 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm

FOR a while there it was difficult to see the differences between the SNP and the Scottish Greens.



Dani Garavelli: When poverty made history
4 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm

Ten years ago, surrounded by a carnival of activists and celebrities, the G8 met in Scotland to solve Africa’s debt crisis. But did they really change the world, asks Dani Garavelli



Dani Garavelli: Compassionate conservatism is dead
4 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm

I’M NOT sure Iain Duncan Smith’s decision to scrap the Child Poverty Act marks the death of “compassionate conservatism”: I think it expired so long ago rigor mortis has already set in. The influence of the Liberal Democrats may have kept it on life support through the first raft of benefits reforms – albeit in a persistent vegetative state, with all traces of its personality extinguished. But as soon as the general election was over, the Tory party pulled the plug as it reiterated its determination to shave another £12 billion from the welfare budget.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

The third voice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jul 2015 at 8:59am
We’re not due a traffic post this month, so we’ll just leave this here. (From a new Panelbase poll. More findings coming soon.) Among people who voted Yes in the independence referendum, incidentally, Wings is now the joint-top source for online political content: 1= The BBC (22%) 1= Wings Over Scotland (22%) 3. The National (18%) […]

The macaroni marriage
by Wattie Grieve
4 Jul 2015 at 5:59am
As the petition to save them is dismissed as a ?social media experiment? and as Greggs announces it will persist in removing the macaroni pie from its line, I find that my hackles have reached hitherto unrealised heights. Just who do these people – quislings and traitors to the cause of quality baked goods – think they are? […]

EVEL Knievel
by Chris Cairns
4 Jul 2015 at 1:00am

Stop or we?ll say stop again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jul 2015 at 4:01am
We’ll never tire of documenting the Daily Record’s increasingly panicked attempts to get David Cameron to enact the Record’s dodgy promise of last September and save it from having to answer for the pup it sold Scotland. That one’s 30 September 2014, just 12 days after the vote. And again the next day. The following […]

Scotland?s Embarrassment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2015 at 4:14pm
The Daily Record has a major editorial in today’s edition bleating piteously about the way David Mundell and the Conservative government have – to everyone’s complete and utter astonishment, except not so much – ignored the wishes of almost all the MPs elected by the Scottish people just two months ago and blocked every single amendment to the Scotland Bill. The […]

The member for The Vow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2015 at 6:54am
The Sunday Post’s lobby reporter James Millar noticed today that all the parties have submitted their nominations to sit on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. As has already been noted, the majority of the committee – seven from 11 – are MPs for English seats (list below). But one name in particular caught our attention. Alert readers […]

Why is this okay again?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2015 at 2:39pm
Two nights of political debate on the BBC: Six unionists, two nationalists. What’s that all about, then? Because by pretty much any sort of rational measure, that’s not a fair or proportionate line-up. Those six Unionists are representing parties with just three MPs in Scotland, whereas the two nationalists are representing 56 MPs. Now of course, […]

Moodievision: Flatliners
by Greg Moodie
1 Jul 2015 at 5:59am

Equal Partnership For Dummies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2015 at 3:51am
How the UK’s constitution now works, in brief: - English votes for English laws - English votes for Scottish laws - No Scottish votes for English laws Any questions?

Greece isn?t the word
by Douglas Daniel
30 Jun 2015 at 7:21am
In today’s Scotsman, Peter Jones makes the case for why an independent Scotland would have been plunged into the same crisis currently affecting Greece (and making the case along the way for why George Osborne’s austerity is inevitable and we should just shut up and accept it). He insists strenuously throughout the article that he’s […]


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BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


Commissioner renews austerity attack
4 Jul 2015 at 7:12am
Scotland's children's commissioner renews his attack on the UK government's plans for £12bn of welfare cuts.


Stop-and-search concerns taken to UN
3 Jul 2015 at 11:52am
The Scottish Human Rights Commission raises its concerns about controversial police stop-and-search practices with the United Nations.


New 'veto' announced for English MPs
2 Jul 2015 at 8:03am
The SNP warns that giving MPs from English constituencies a new "veto" over laws affecting England only with create a "two-tier" Commons.


Carmichael bid to get case dismissed
2 Jul 2015 at 8:35am
Lawyers for Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael are seeking to have a move to oust him dismissed at a legal debate.


Inquiry into 'end of life' care
2 Jul 2015 at 7:22am
MSPs are preparing to launch an inquiry into the quality and availability of end-of-life care in Scotland.


Wind farm impact issues highlighted
2 Jul 2015 at 5:40am
New research suggests that developers sometimes under-assess the impact of wind farm noise and appearance on residents.


NHS 24 chief executive to stand down
2 Jul 2015 at 8:25am
NHS 24's chief executive John Turner is to step down and leave the organisation at the end of this month.


Funds for schools in deprived areas
2 Jul 2015 at 8:46am
A group of Scottish councils receive £11m from the Scottish government to help pupils from deprived areas perform better in school.


Action plan after hospital criticism
2 Jul 2015 at 8:02am
An action plan to improve cleanliness and hygiene techniques is put in place at operating theatres at Borders General Hospital.


Abuse inquiry challenge dismissed
1 Jul 2015 at 1:10pm
A judge dismisses a legal bid by two Catholic charities to overturn the appointment of a top QC as chairwoman into historic child abuse in Scotland.


PM denies 'second class MPs' claim
1 Jul 2015 at 10:10am
The Prime Minister dismisses SNP claims that plans for English votes for English laws would create "second class" MPs.


A9 hairpin bend 'being ignored'
1 Jul 2015 at 6:06pm
The Scottish government is accused of "dragging its heels" sorting out the A9's Berriedale Braes hairpin bend.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.


What is it with macaroni pies?
25 Jun 2015 at 6:51am
Why a bakery chain's decision to stop selling macaroni pies has left a bad taste in the mouth


Healthy debate on Dutch care system
24 Jun 2015 at 7:05pm
Could Scotland learn from the Dutch care system?


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Scot Goes pop

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

For one day only : introducing the Scot Goes Pop Hellenic Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2015 at 10:38am
I can't totally vouch for the accuracy of these figures, because it's difficult to find an exhaus...

Questions for Tim Farron on Devo Max
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2015 at 5:41am

Putting to one side the Lib Dem leadership contender's cretinous implication in the Herald that t...




Two Minute Manifesto
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2015 at 6:53pm
As you know, I always try to keep you posted on podcasts I've taken part in (or anything along th...

Your verdict : the SNP's Holyrood group is still the "A-Team"
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2015 at 6:21pm
Thanks to the hundreds of you who voted in the poll asking whether the SNP's "A-team" is to be fo...

If EVEL is about "fairness", Mr Cameron, I presume we'll be getting all of th...
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2015 at 8:00am
1) The Scottish Parliament will be granted the power to unilaterally abolish the Westminster Parl...

VOTE : Which is the SNP's "A-Team" now?
by James Kelly
1 Jul 2015 at 5:12pm
When the Scottish Parliament was founded in 1999, the SNP took great pride in being the only one ...

Have the Greens just killed their own "2nd vote" strategy by voting against F...
by James Kelly
1 Jul 2015 at 8:24am
Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion and the Green party's only representative in the Hou...

Are we fast reaching the point where it will be untenable for the SNP not to ...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2015 at 6:05pm
You might remember that in the early days after September 18th, some people on the moderate wing ...

The "United" Kingdom, in numbers : how MPs from Scotland and the rest of the ...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2015 at 10:43am
I did the SDLP a severe disservice last night, but I was also far too kind to the Green Party of ...

Deafening cheers as Westminster celebrates using English votes to block Scott...
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2015 at 5:50pm
Something extraordinary happened a few minutes ago in the House of Commons chamber.  It wasn't th...

We're ready for the question, David
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2015 at 12:02pm
"OK, SNP. Tense moments in the studio here. The offer from the banker is a vastly watered down ...

The biggest casualty of #clypegate will either be Ian Smart, or moral consist...
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2015 at 10:55am
Labour's risible 51-page "Clypegate" dossier is available to read, even though it was supposed to...

Clyping on Kezia
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2015 at 7:41pm
Those of you with long memories (and it does suddenly seem like an eternity ago now) might recall...

The Quebec comparison
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2015 at 9:27am
Our opponents love nothing better than a good Quebec comparison, don't they?  Over at PB today, L...

Oscillation ongoing in ORB offering : why are online and telephone pollsters ...
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2015 at 12:07pm
As you're probably aware, there was an ORB poll earlier this week suggesting that the EU referend...


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newest submissions : Scotland
newest submissions : Scotland
Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.


False rape claim woman given community payback order
4 Jul 2015 at 10:00pm
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Labour should be slaying dragons, not chasing trolls | Kevin McKenna
4 Jul 2015 at 6:25pm
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Why am I not surprised
4 Jul 2015 at 5:50pm
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Unions Say 2,500 Jobs in Jeopardy
4 Jul 2015 at 2:26pm
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So in 30 mins all r/Scotland mods will be playing with themselves...I'm not s...
4 Jul 2015 at 1:06pm
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Taps aff orange march
4 Jul 2015 at 12:50pm
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Scottish Generosity in London
4 Jul 2015 at 12:43pm

So something pretty amazing happened to me today /r/Scotland

to the point I'm typing this out on ...




For those planning a trip to the far north - the new North Coast 500 site. Sc...
4 Jul 2015 at 12:18pm
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Guy carrying that drum looked a bit off today
4 Jul 2015 at 9:39am
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/r/Scotland Gamenight PILOT, 19:45?21:45 (TF2/PC/F2P)
4 Jul 2015 at 5:57am

Edit: Thanks to everyone for joining the gamenight. Our next gamenight will be on the 11th and we...



What sorts of things should a Canadian prepare to emigrate to Scotland?
4 Jul 2015 at 4:55am

How should I go about the steps of emigrating to Scotland? What documents do I need? Where do I g...




Any fans of the Tour de France here fancy a go at a fantasy league?
4 Jul 2015 at 2:21am
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Nationalists warned by Fallon not to play "political games" over MoD's use of...
4 Jul 2015 at 2:16am
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/r/Scotland report: Friday, June 26, 2015 - Thursday, July 02, 2015
4 Jul 2015 at 1:56am

Totals: 7 days, 148 posts, 3,228 comments.
Included in this report: The top 148 posts, and 3,219 ...



not sure if allowed but what is being said here
4 Jul 2015 at 12:28am

https://youtu.be/aCR8xV7fb5w?t=31

im assuming of course they did use a scottish voice actor for t...




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Daily Record

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Gerry Hassan: Politicians need to stop trading insults and give the debate on...
by Gerry Hassan
4 Jul 2015 at 6:01pm
THE public is in danger of becoming disconnected from one of the most important political debates...


EVEL row: SNP threaten UK Government with legal action over attempt to restri...
by David Clegg
4 Jul 2015 at 12:00am
THE threat has turned up the heat on an explosive row which has already seen Sturgeon warn David ...


Record View: The battle raging over English Votes for English Laws is not so ...
by Record View
3 Jul 2015 at 3:57am
RECORD VIEW dismisse clashes over EVEL as politicians spouting the usual hypocritical nonsense ov...


Leaked documents show Iain Duncan Smith set to slash vital disability benefit...
by dailyrecord
3 Jul 2015 at 3:37am
THE Tory welfare slasher is set to take his axe to Employment Support Allowance as an 'incentivis...


Nicola Sturgeon warns of second referendum over David Cameron's plans to lock...
by David Clegg
3 Jul 2015 at 12:30am
THE First Minster says the PM's proposal for English votes for English laws will drive the UK to ...


David Clegg: Lessons from Greek tragedy should not be lost in Scotland
by David Clegg
2 Jul 2015 at 2:14am
DAVID believes the Greek people were conned by the promises of populist lefties Syriza and that t...


SNP councillor carpeted for burning official report in YouTube stunt is hande...
by David Clegg
1 Jul 2015 at 2:59pm
MAGS MacLaren was suspended from the party for two months after she burned a copy of the Smith Co...


Tory MP vows to back SNP colleague in Commons 'manbag' protest
by Lindsay Watling
1 Jul 2015 at 2:14pm
SCOTS MP Martin Docherty raised the issue of men not being allowed to take bags into the chamber ...


Iain Duncan Smith scraps target for raising children out of poverty
by Mikey Smith
1 Jul 2015 at 10:53am
The requirement to lift children out of relative poverty has been scrapped as the government rede...


Iain Duncan Smith has official credit card suspended after racking up £1,000 ...
by Mikey Smith
1 Jul 2015 at 6:43am
The welfare secretary is a fan of pre-paid cards for benefit claimants - but it seems he dropped ...


Record View: Britain's children are bearing the brunt of Tories' callous cuts
by Record View
1 Jul 2015 at 3:22am
SCOTLAND'S Commissioner for Children will today issue a stark warning to the UK government - aust...


Children's commissioner says stinging Tory cuts are plunging our children int...
by David Clegg
1 Jul 2015 at 1:36am
TAM Baillie has joined forces with his English, Welsh and Northern Irish counterparts to demand t...


Kezia Dugdale secures support of CWU union in bid to take leadership of Scott...
by dailyrecord
29 Jun 2015 at 5:33am
THE Communication Workers Union has confirmed it is backing Kezia Dugdale for the position of lea...


Record View: Scotland Bill must deliver on promise to improve devolution
by Record View
29 Jun 2015 at 4:12am
IF the Scotland Bill's delivers on its promises then our parliament will be all the stronger for ...


Stand & deliver: Daily Record quizzes Tory Scots secretary David Mundell on t...
by dailyrecord
29 Jun 2015 at 12:00am
THE new Scottish Secretary in the Tory cabinet wants Daily Record readers to hold him to account ...


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EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party,...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party, a number of courage...

BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jun 2015 at 2:12pm
BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ranks, claiming thei...

EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2015 at 11:09am
EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to provide support to vi...

Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we had to comment.

Do t...

These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire webs...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jun 2015 at 10:11am
These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire website for us. And now ...

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmic...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2015 at 11:21am
BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmichael has claimed to ...

Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jun 2015 at 3:03pm
Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.




BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands. The Na...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2015 at 7:41am
BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands.

The Natz have obviously fu...

EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so) The UK media are in uproar as an SNP...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 10:26am
EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so)
The UK media are in uproar as an SNP MP had to apologise...

A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to cha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 7:34am
A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to challenge the Imperial Maste...

BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jun 2015 at 6:18am
BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has claimed that Orangemen...

Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...


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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
the best way to predict your future is to create it

Inner Selfie
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2015 at 1:26pm
The basement of Waterstone’s is often my refuge. On the days where I feel brave enough for a week...

From the Province of the Cat #41 ? Ugly Thersites
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2015 at 12:55pm
You know the political ground has moved in Scottish political life when one of the most eye-catch...

Whatever Happened to the Tories, Ma?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2015 at 3:35am
All the way through the referendum, I could feel my Tory ancestors tugging away at my insides som...

Postcard from Ouranoupolis
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2015 at 3:04am
Here we are in Greece in the middle of something very very important. We often are. She?s Greek, ...

Another Greece is Possible ? SYRIZA Scotland, RIC and #Greferendum
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2015 at 2:32am
In the fourth of IndependenceLive.net’s Greek Week interviews, Sophia Lycouris talks to Jonathon ...

The Greek Debt Crisis and Why Austerity Doesn?t Work in 8 Minutes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jul 2015 at 3:11am
with Stephen Paton from @LeftScotland

LOBO, nastier than an irate Wolf
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jul 2015 at 10:23am
For those not in the know, Lobo is wolf in Spanish or, in English, Lender Option Borrower Option ...

Fresh Talent 2: The Sequel
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jul 2015 at 9:51am
When the Fresh Talent Work in Scotland Scheme (FTWISS) was announced by the then Scottish Executi...

What is a progressive?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jul 2015 at 9:39am
The word progressive has been doing so much rhetorical work lately that it?s worth asking what it...

Austerity Europe v The People
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jun 2015 at 10:05am
In true Greek fashion, the originators of democracy will hold a referendum this weekend to determ...


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English ... - ...
3 Jul 2015 at 9:12am

The Independent

Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English ...
The Inde...


Brexit referendum will trigger another Scotland independence vote, warns JP ....
10 Jun 2015 at 2:26pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Brexit referendum will trigger another Scotland independence vote, warns JP ...
Tel...


Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run' - B...
23 Jun 2015 at 6:04am

BBC News

Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run'
BBC News
The body...


Scottish Independence 'might not change much' - Edinburgh Evening News
8 Jun 2015 at 2:44am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence 'might not change much'
Edinburgh Evening News
?For tho...


'Legal threat' over Alex Salmond's Scottish independence book - Belfast Teleg...
16 Jun 2015 at 6:22pm

Belfast Telegraph

'Legal threat' over Alex Salmond's Scottish independence book
Belfast Telegraph
Bu...


Can Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon Sell America on Independence? - U.S. News & Wo...
11 Jun 2015 at 4:31pm

U.S. News & World Report (blog)

Can Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon Sell America on Independence?
U.S. N...


Scots 'could back independence within five years' - Scotsman (blog)
28 Jun 2015 at 4:40am

Scotsman (blog)

Scots 'could back independence within five years'
Scotsman (blog)
The Moray MP also ...


UK 'backs Andy Murray despite independence view' - Scotsman
25 Jun 2015 at 3:33am

Scotsman

UK 'backs Andy Murray despite independence view'
Scotsman
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No campaigner Galloway predicts Scottish independence in five years - Aberdee...
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No campaigner Galloway predicts Scottish independence in five years
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SNP slams veto plan for English MPs - Hartlepool Mail
5 Jul 2015 at 12:16am

SNP slams veto plan for English MPs
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SNP slams veto plan for English MPs - Buxton Advertiser
5 Jul 2015 at 12:15am

SNP slams veto plan for English MPs
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SNP slams veto plan for English MPs - Northamptonshire Telegraph
5 Jul 2015 at 12:09am

SNP slams veto plan for English MPs
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs - The Daily Telegraph
4 Jul 2015 at 10:17pm

SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs - NEWS.com.au
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs - Perth Now
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs - Courier Mail
4 Jul 2015 at 10:06pm

SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs - Herald Sun
4 Jul 2015 at 10:06pm

SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs - The Australian (blog)
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SNP opposes law veto plan for English MPs
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SNP slams veto plan for English MPs - Littlehampton Gazette
4 Jul 2015 at 8:36pm

SNP slams veto plan for English MPs
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Polls point to Greek Yes vote in bail-out referendum - Herald Scotland
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23 Jun 2015 at 6:04am

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Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run'
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Holyrood to examine implications of UK's European Union referendum - stv.tv
29 Jun 2015 at 6:08pm

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SNP threatens to call another independence referendum - Financial Times
14 Jun 2015 at 1:34pm

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Flat-footed Cameron leads us on a messy referendum dance - Herald Scotland
26 Jun 2015 at 7:09pm

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Flat-footed Cameron leads us on a messy referendum dance
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24 Jun 2015 at 6:08pm

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Labour should be slaying dragons, not chasing trolls | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Jul 2015 at 6:04pm
It?s no wonder Scottish Labour is becoming a spent force when it can waste its time, after electoral disembowelling, in compiling a useless cybernat blacklist

If we have indeed witnessed the end of ...



MPs sense something fishy as Grayling solves West Lothian question
by John Crace
2 Jul 2015 at 11:30am

Much to the minister?s chagrin, the few MPs who were in the Commons to witness this moment of history were by and large sceptical of his motives

Imagine you were the first person to actually observe...



Labour and SNP attack government's 'English votes for English laws' plan
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
2 Jul 2015 at 10:48am

Labour and Scottish National parties say Tory proposals to allow English MPs power of veto over devolved issues put United Kingdom at risk

A Labour-led government with a majority reliant on Scottish...



Fallon's Commons speech on case for extending air strikes against Isis to Syr...
by Andrew Sparrow
2 Jul 2015 at 9:37am

Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including reaction to Michael Fallon?s suggestion that Britain should bomb Isis in Syria and the government?s ?English votes...



SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrage
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
30 Jun 2015 at 12:00pm

Party?s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, hits out at David Cameron?s plans to bring in new powers before the summer break

David Cameron has been accused by the Scottish National party of plottin...



Far from being a ?Mugabe-style grab?, Scotland?s land reform is too timid | G...
by George Monbiot
30 Jun 2015 at 11:49am
Why not raise the level of ambition with new national parks, protected for their habitats, which could generate new jobs built on wildlife and tourism?

?Tartan Stalinists?, the ?Highland Stasi?, ?Sc...



SNP warns Scotland could still vote for independence
by Toby Helm Political editor
27 Jun 2015 at 6:05pm
Party?s Westminster leader says new referendum is on the cards if David Cameron fails to deliver promises on greater devolution

The leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster has suggested...



Fair societies don?t treat prisoners like animals | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
27 Jun 2015 at 6:05pm
What price justice in the SNP?s brave new Scotland?

No one is even remotely suggesting that the SNP?s social justice initiatives are mired in deep reactionary mud. This is the party, after all, that...



Scottish ferry workers strike in privatisation row
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
26 Jun 2015 at 12:00am

RMT members at CalMac walk out over prospect of Serco winning contract to operate services across Clyde, inner Hebrides and Western Isles

Islanders and visitors across the Hebridean islands and west...



Scottish government accused of trying to bury report on falling oil revenues
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
25 Jun 2015 at 9:27am

Oil and gas bulletin, which reveals revenues from North Sea oil are expected to plummet, is released on last day before Holyrood?s summer recess

The Scottish government has been accused of trying to...



Nicola Sturgeon denies plan to cut Scottish funding of royal family
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 2:28pm

First minister says Scotland ?by hook or by crook? will pay its full contribution to sovereign grant after further devolution

Nicola Sturgeon has denied that her government wants to cut Scotland?s f...



Queen's grant: Treasury still controls sovereign fund not Scots
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 10:01am

Edinburgh?s takeover of Scottish Crown Estate assets may rile the royal household worried for its purse, but a misdirected fight could feed Scots? republican instincts

The royal household is annoyed...



Scottish funding changes will not leave Queen £2m short, Treasury says
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 6:53am

Treasury says it will ensure the proposal to devolve control over Scottish crown estate assets to Holyrood will not lead to a cut in sovereign grant

The Treasury has moved to dampen down the row ove...



Scottish funding changes could leave Queen short of £2m
by Caroline Davies
23 Jun 2015 at 6:17pm

Scottish parliament intends to use profits from crown estate in Scotland for use in Scotland, but says country will still contribute via taxes to Treasury

The Queen is set to no longer receive fundi...



Anger as proposal to cap land ownership in Scotland is dropped by government
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
23 Jun 2015 at 1:24pm

With the Scottish Green party estimating half the country is owned by just 432 people, campaigners looking for limits are left disappointed by land reform bill

Nicola Sturgeon?s government has been...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The hangover from a 300 year binge
by weegingerdug
4 Jul 2015 at 3:03pm
Oh god. Ma heid. Ma second class representation in the Westminster Parliament. Is there such as thing as syrup of figs for a blocked devolution settlement? Being Scottish in the UK feels like wakin...

Bow down before your Imperial masters
by weegingerdug
2 Jul 2015 at 1:01pm
The House of Commons has a committee which scrutinises Scottish legislation – yeah! Scottish scrutiny for Scottish laws – yeah! And it’s even chaired by thon guy that used to be in RunRig – yeah! M...

English Votes for Everyone?s Laws
by weegingerdug
1 Jul 2015 at 12:17pm
The Tories have decided to rush through a measure which they claim is dedicated to ensuring fairness and equality between the constituent parts of this greatest Union of nations the multiverse has ...

Being pecked to death by an angry chicken
by weegingerdug
29 Jun 2015 at 11:54am
Yesterday the Sunday Herald did something that no other newspaper in the UK has ever done before – it carried an article exposing the online activities of the numerous Unionist Twitter trolls. The ...

The American tea of politics
by weegingerdug
28 Jun 2015 at 7:31am
Well that’s me home now. Big thanks to Macart and all the people who published guest posts during my absence and kept the shop open. I appreciate it immensely. I forgot my phone charger so decided ...

Chaplain to the Fairy Queen
by macart763
27 Jun 2015 at 5:07am
Creative journalism by Elizabeth Angus It?s a sunny spring Saturday, and I?m headed up a Fairy Hill. The way is not long, but the path in places is steep. I?m recovering from illness, and the exert...

A little insight into autism
by macart763
26 Jun 2015 at 2:21am
A Guest post by Paul Larsen (Written by my wife Christina) Life with John and autism is such a roller coaster of emotions and can make you cry sad tears and happy tears almost at the same time.  Ye...

Patience is a virtue (probably)
by macart763
24 Jun 2015 at 9:41am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I?m seeing a recurring theme across the interwebby and the meeja these days and it boils down to ?there?s only 56 of them, they can?t do anything, they don?t ...

Send in the clowns
by macart763
23 Jun 2015 at 2:08am
A guest post by Ally Farquhar Whilst the wee dug is off being spoilt in the Lanarkshire countryside and the Wordmeister is recovering from a bout of well earned Boston Baked Beans I thought it woul...

The Fingers of One Hand
by macart763
21 Jun 2015 at 1:01am
A guest post by Eric Rice Of the thirty-two Local Authorities in Scotland, there are only five remaining where the Labour Party now commands an overall majority. True, there are a number of additio...


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Corbyn on Scotland
1 Jul 2015 at 12:13pm

http://labourhame.com/a-mountain-to-climb-together/

 

I would like to make a few points.

 

1) He has had a pop at the SNP but he makes exactly the same kind of pop at his own party all the time. In other words, his words are not party political.

 

2) He's said Labour needs to win back voters from...



IDS has expenses credit card suspended
1 Jul 2015 at 9:34am

From the devil reincarnate man who backed prepaid cards for benefits claimants.  Words cannot express my hatred for this man. 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/01/iain-duncan-smith-among-19-mps-to-have-official-credit-card-suspended

 

Iain Duncan Smith had his official credit card s...



Calmac Dispute
1 Jul 2015 at 7:52am
Privatisation or not ??
Deafening silence on this so far.

When will indyref2 happen?
1 Jul 2015 at 6:54am

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



Consultitive eferendum on FFA
30 Jun 2015 at 8:11pm

Now that is has become obvious that the Smith Commission recommendations are being watered down even further and the Lab/Tory alliance in Westminster is determined to vote down every single amendment tabled by the SNP I can only see one option left open.

 

David Cameron stated prior to the indepe...



Scottish Affairs Committee...
28 Jun 2015 at 4:28am
Will be made up by a majority of English MPs for the first time ever.

Do they just want us to get independence over and done with now?

Greek referendum
26 Jun 2015 at 5:22pm
Following several days of negotiations with the ECB, the IMF and other creditors the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said there will be a referendum on the bailout terms. The vote will take place a week on Sunday. Tsipras has said that the ultimatum is "un-European" and a "humiliation". ...

Wellbeing Index
25 Jun 2015 at 7:41am

http://www.well-beingindex.com/americas-lead-highs-sub-saharan-africa-lows-in-well-being

 

"For the second consecutive year, Panama leads the world in well-being", Norway in "financial well-being".

 

That'll be Panama who don't have their own currency and Norway who have an oil fund, then.



Has Football influenced your national identify and/or political leanin
24 Jun 2015 at 7:44am

Apart from the UK Nations are there any other Football Associations in Europe or even the World that don't exclusively belong to one independent country?

 

I remember being obsessed with Football from an early age.

 

Because Football was/is such an important factor in my life, it genuinely struck...



Independence & the current Tory Government
24 Jun 2015 at 2:48am

Is anyone here of the thought process that the actions of the Tories are likely to bring about a genuine case for Scottish Independence sooner rather than later?

 

I'm not sure how much worse the Tories can get.  An absolute and utter disregard for the Scotland Bill with no wiggle room being offe...



Jeb Bush talks about his foreign bride
21 Jun 2015 at 7:21pm

On Tuesday presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke about the first meeting between himself and his future foreign bride, Columba. " It was love at first sight. I spoke little Spanish and she spoke little English, but when you are in love you can overcome those barriers pretty quick. There's another...



The fall of Labour in Scotland - in their own words
21 Jun 2015 at 12:29pm

The fall of Labour in Scotland - in their own words

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33198969

 

 

Should be fun...

 



Dealing With The Harsh Reality - Options For The Scottish Government
20 Jun 2015 at 3:45pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33210354

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33190881

What options are realistically available to our politicians in Holyrood to deal with the harsh realities of a Tory majority at Westminster determined to force more austerity on the peop...

Your favourite pre-election predictions?
19 Jun 2015 at 4:27pm

These are definitely up there for me.

 

H_B on the SNP winning in the region of 20 seats at the General Election:

 

Which is of course an absolute fantasy land figure in the first place.

 

The SNP are a complete irrelevance in General Election terms, and will remain so.

 

H_B on the SNP winni...



Let's talk politics - an unsolvable problem?
17 Jun 2015 at 5:26pm
There are third and fourth generations of families who are contributing little to the economy and are a drain on resources. Kids growing up in families who know nothing more than claiming benefits and for whom the idea of working is totally alien. It is genuinely a 'cultural problem' that has d...


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Anyone Else Find This Slightly Creepy
4 Jul 2015 at 9:44pm
I would be hiding in a cupboard if I was Mike as I think your about to have your own stalker!


http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/tartan-charmy-american-woman-takes-5997592

Voiceovers
4 Jul 2015 at 8:04pm

Why do the BBC, ITV, Sky and so on continue to dub/voice over interviews from foreign languages.

 

We all ken they speak English when we get there, but it's not hard to roll up some subtitles for a short-interview and let the person express themselves in their own tongue. We may not learn Greek, ...



Chris Law Mp (Snp) - Maiden Speech
4 Jul 2015 at 5:54pm

Had the pleasure of meeting him at a friend's wedding 3 weeks ago and chatting to him for a good while.

 

Top geezer - Zlatan - 

 

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/8315f42e-dc7a-485c-ac7f-21de8032e9ba?in=15%3A22%3A45&out=15%3A31%3A22

 



Itunes 3 Month Free Trial
4 Jul 2015 at 3:08pm
Does any tech savvy TAMBer know if it's possible to download the music onto discs or iPod or is it all protected to just be in your music app??

Glasgow Labour Councillors
4 Jul 2015 at 12:41pm

interesting article about 17 of the 45 Councillors rebelling against the current leader.........the sack is tightening and the ferrets don't like it.........



Broadband
4 Jul 2015 at 11:05am
OK folks bowing to the wisdom of the tamb.

My BT infinity contract is coming to an end and want to switch to a cheaper deal. If we could get it we would already be with virgin but as we don't have cable we can't get. Looked at sky as we have there TV but its not in the area so its down to staying...

Get Some Perspective On The Speed Of Light. Picosecond Photography. A Picosec...
4 Jul 2015 at 10:03am

Pretty mind blowing.

 

 



Inheritance Tax
4 Jul 2015 at 4:48am
Gideon wooing the Mail, Telegraph and Express by raising level before paying inheritance tax to £1 million. Not exactly the most progressive of taxes but hey it will benefit the wealthiest 5% so that's all that matters.

Titp - Strathallan Castle
4 Jul 2015 at 1:48am

Anyone going next weekend?

 

Mrs Angus Young got us Sunday tickets for my birthday.  I wasn't bothered about it this time but quite looking forward to it now.  Noel Gallagher and the Prodigy clashing is a bit of a pisser mind you.



Pasta
3 Jul 2015 at 4:57pm
Is pasta fattening? That's all I've been eating these days, and must've put on 10 stone.


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