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Sturgeon returns fire over Brexit to accuse Hammond of "arrogance"
3 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused the UK government of ?arrogance? and warned it is increasing the likelihood of independence after it ruled out a bespoke Scottish deal on Brexit.

Unspun: the political diary
3 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
SCOTTISH Labour?s disconnect with the voters grows fatal, we fear. Spindoctor Alan Roden last week issued a breathless press release stating, in its entirety: ?NEWS FROM SCOTTISH LABOUR. EMBARGO: IMMEDIATE. NEW POLL REVEALS PUBLIC.? Those who already knew the public exists were unimpressed. Red Roddo duly took to Twitter to apologise: ?It?s gonna be a long day. Sadly this was all down to my fat fingers.? Or did he mean cat singers?

UK Government lawyers urge Supreme Court judges not to stray into politics bu...
3 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
UK Government lawyers have swept aside Holyrood?s Brexit fears and urged the UK Supreme Court judges to ?resist the invitation? from the Scottish Government to make a political judgement and stick to the law.

Scotland takes in highest number of Syria refugees, new figures show
3 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
SCOTLAND has taken in more Syrian refugees than any other part of the United Kingdom in the first year of the UK Government?s expanded resettlement scheme, new figures show.

Scottish Labour split over adulation for Castro
3 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has refused to defend her deputy after he signed a parliamentary motion which praised Fidel Castro and ignored human rights abuses in Cuba.

Nicola Sturgeon condemns 'arrogant dismissals' of Scottish Brexit deal
2 Dec 2016 at 5:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at "arrogant dismissals" of a separate Brexit deal for Scotland after it was ruled out by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Stakes are high as UK and Scottish Government QCs prepare for major constitut...
2 Dec 2016 at 2:37pm
IT has been dubbed the most important constitutional court case in modern British history.

Plans to reform benefits sanctions fail despite 'postcode lottery' claim
2 Dec 2016 at 4:36pm
Proposals to reform controversial benefits sanctions have failed to progress despite warnings claimants face a "postcode lottery" that sees some fall into poverty and hunger.

UK Government prepared to consider paying for access to single market post Br...
2 Dec 2016 at 12:03am
THE UK Government is prepared to consider paying for Britain to have continued access to the European single market post-Brexit, David Davis has said.

UK could seek deal with Brussels to allow individual sectors to stay in EU cu...
2 Dec 2016 at 7:38pm
BRITAIN could seek a deal with Europe that would allow individual sectors of the economy to remain in the EU's customs union after Brexit, an international trade minister has suggested.

Chancellor slaps down Sturgeon's bid for Scottish Brexit deal
2 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
THE Chancellor Philip Hammond has emphatically ruled out a separate Scottish deal on Brexit, potentially pushing Nicola Sturgeon closer to a second independence referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn in call to counter rise of 'political parasites' in the 'populi...
2 Dec 2016 at 8:37pm
Jeremy Corbyn is urging socialist and progressive parties across Europe to rally to counter the rise of the "populist right".

Youth campaigner resigns from Scottish Labour over arrest row Glasgow councillor
2 Dec 2016 at 12:06am
A youth campaigner has quit Scottish Labour in protest after a councillor who was arrested over alleged embezzlement offences attended a party selection in Glasgow.

Sir Edward Heath probe 'not a fishing trip or witch-hunt' police chief says
2 Dec 2016 at 8:42pm
A chief constable has defended his force's handling of child sex allegations against former prime minister Sir Edward Heath.

Immigration to UK reaches record high helped by influx of EU nationals
2 Dec 2016 at 12:03am
IMMIGRATION to the UK has reached a record level as the inflow of EU citizens hit an historic high.

 

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Paul Krugman: Seduced and betrayed by Trump
3 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Millions of white working class Americans don’t even realise they have been sucker punched writes Paul Krugman

Leader comment: Talk of sea change in public opinion is fanciful
3 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
What do Tim Farron and Guy Verhofstadt have in common? Well, both are men, politicians and Liberal, and yesterday they both managed to annoy Conservatives in Britain.

Lib Dems claim Richmond shock is sign of turning tide on Brexit
3 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Willie Rennie has told a leading EU negotiator the UK should be allowed to change its mind on Brexit after the party pulled of a shock by-election victory.

Police Scotland call centres slammed for 82 serious errors
2 Dec 2016 at 8:54pm
Politicians have strongly criticised Police Scotland after it emerged there have been serious errors by staff handling emergency calls at police call centres.

Axe junk food price cuts to tackle Scottish obesity, say experts
2 Dec 2016 at 8:37pm
A crack-down on junk food promotions and extra monitoring of children’s weight is urgently needed to combat Scotland’s record as one of the world’s most obese nations, health experts are warning.

Calls for benefit sanction reform after bid to change rules fails
2 Dec 2016 at 6:54pm
Mhairi Black MP has said she will continue to call for reforms to “deeply-flawed and cruel” benefits sanctions after a parliamentary bid to change rules for Job Centre staff was blocked.

Sturgeon condemns ?arrogant dismissals? of Scots Brexit deal
2 Dec 2016 at 6:19pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit back at “arrogant dismissals” of a separate Brexit deal for Scotland after it was ruled out by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Nicola Sturgeon urges Europeans to stand up to rising xenophobia
2 Dec 2016 at 4:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon is to call on people across Europe to “stand up and be counted” in the face of rising xenophobia.

Lord Wallace says role for Holyrood in taking laws back from Brussels
2 Dec 2016 at 4:10pm
Holyrood could be given a legal role repatriating laws from Brussels, the former advocate general for Scotland Lord Wallace has said.

Greens vow to back indyref2 vote to protect EU membership
2 Dec 2016 at 3:10pm
SCOTTISH Greens have said they will not stand by as Scotland is “dragged” out of the European Union, with the party promising its support for any bid by Nicola Sturgeon to hold a second independence referendum.

Hebrides Range missile range secure until 2028
2 Dec 2016 at 2:53pm
The future of the UK’s largest missile range, based in the Western Isles, will be secure until 2028 following an announcement by the range’s operators that it has been awarded a £1bn contract amendment from the Ministry of Defence. (MoD)

Europol warns that fresh terror attacks in EU are ?likely?
2 Dec 2016 at 1:32pm
Islamic State is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the US-led coalition fighting the extremist organisation in Syria and Iraq, according to EU police agency Europol

MSPs submit Scottish Parliament motion praising Fidel Castro
2 Dec 2016 at 1:12pm
Left wing MSPs have been accused of lionising Fidel Castro after signing a Holyrood motion praising the late Cuban revolutionary.

Scotland takes in largest number of Syrian refugees
2 Dec 2016 at 12:37pm
More than 4,000 refugees arrived in Britain in the first year of the Government’s expanded Syrian resettlement scheme.

Motorists told ?don?t do it? in drink drive crackdown
2 Dec 2016 at 12:08pm
Police have warned motorists “don’t do it”, as they launched a crackdown on drink-driving over the festive season.

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There?s no other way
by Chris Cairns
3 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 677
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2016 at 12:49pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale at FMQs today. Just for fun, let’s do the sums again, shall we? As the FM pointed out, when Labour were last in power 85% of patients were treated within 18 weeks. The figures since the SNP took power are 96% within 12 weeks. But since Kezia Dugdale is apparently unable to …

The passing of sentence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm
The Prime Minister of the UK, whose party has one MP in Scotland, officially tells the Commons that she doesn’t believe people on benefits should be able to survive. Happy St Andrews’ Day, readers.

The patron saint of North Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2016 at 11:03am
St Andrew is of course the patron saint of ALL of Scotland. He doesn’t belong to the SNP, or to nationalists, but to everyone in the country. So it hardly even seems worth pointing this out, really. Obviously there’s famously no political dispute over the monarchy. Nobody in Scotland minded this in the slightest either. …

Men without honour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2016 at 10:58am
I wasn’t going to mention this on the site because it’s basically a personal matter, but as most readers don’t use Twitter or Facebook it probably ought to be briefly filed for the record, given the amount of media coverage there’s been. It won’t take long. Earlier this year I entered into wagers with a couple …

Hitler elected again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Nov 2016 at 12:24pm
Paul Nuttall (pictured below playing “Eddie Hitler” in the BBC sitcom “Bottom”) has just been elected by a landslide as the new leader of UKIP. We’ve never felt more British, frankly. You Yes Yet, readers?

Comment superfluous
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Nov 2016 at 11:21am

Don?t spend it all at once
by Chris Cairns
26 Nov 2016 at 6:55am

What they expect you to believe
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2016 at 11:26am
For some reason the Unionist community has this week been turning the bullhorn up to maximum on the subject of pensions. Most likely provoked by the publication of Dr Craig Dalzell’s fascinating “Beyond GERS”, the usual suspects have returned to the scaremongering tactics deployed during the indyref, attempting to terrorise the elderly with blood-curdling threats …

Out of the cave
by Dr Craig Dalzell
24 Nov 2016 at 5:39pm
Readers of this site will be well aware of the many failings and limitations of GERS, aka Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland – the document which serves as the informal accounts of a devolved Scotland but tells us next to nothing about the finances of an independent Scotland, as noted just a few weeks ago …

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Sturgeon calls for unity against far-right politics
2 Dec 2016 at 5:21pm
Nicola Sturgeon calls for progressive parties to unite against the rise of far-right politics, in a speech to the European Greens conference.


Plan to boost Scots disability support
2 Dec 2016 at 11:22am
Measures to halve the employment gap for disabled people are part of a 93-point Scottish government action plan for disability support.


ScotRail fares decision 'before year-end'
2 Dec 2016 at 1:31pm
The Scottish government promises a decision on rail fares before the end of the year.


Scottish MSPs in dispute over Fidel Castro legacy
2 Dec 2016 at 1:40pm
Scottish MSPs clash over the legacy of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.


Lord Wallace: Holyrood may have Brexit legal role
2 Dec 2016 at 1:00am
Former Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace argues there is a "clear role" for the Scottish Parliament in the Brexit process.


Scottish government to raise age of criminal responsibility
1 Dec 2016 at 3:10pm
The Scottish government is to introduce a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from eight to 12.


Borders flooding fight continues one year after storms
2 Dec 2016 at 1:13am
Nearly a year on from the first of a string of major floods to hit the Scottish Borders, what progress has been made to address the issue?


Philip Hammond rules out Scottish Brexit deal
1 Dec 2016 at 4:50pm
The UK Chancellor appears to rule out a special Brexit deal for Scotland after saying it was "not realistic".


UK urged to ratify Istanbul Convention by Scottish government
1 Dec 2016 at 1:10am
Scotland's communities secretary urges the UK government to ratify the "Istanbul Convention" on violence against women.


Lollipop men and women numbers down
1 Dec 2016 at 1:05am
Nearly two-thirds of Scotland's councils have cut the amount of money they spend on school crossing patrols in the past three years.


Falkirk Council must 'grasp nettle' over budget cuts
1 Dec 2016 at 1:21am
Falkirk Council must "grasp the nettle" to tackle £61m worth of cuts over the next three years, according to a new report.


Call to scrap election returning officers' payments
30 Nov 2016 at 4:50pm
Council chief executives should not be paid extra to act as returning officers in elections, according to the Scottish Conservatives.

Scot Goes Pop

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

UK government boasts that "The Vow" was a gigantic con-trick
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2016 at 7:32am
As we all remember, a key part of the panic-stricken last-minute "Vow" that helped to secure a narrow No victory in the independence referendum was the promise that the devolved Scottish Parliament...

You've dunnit again, Gov.
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about yesterday's YouGov poll on independence.  It also rehearses some of the many shortcomings of YouGov's poll...

"Engrossing" YouGov poll finds that Scotland is behind Sturgeon's drive to re...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2016 at 9:57am
A new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll is out today, and the most significant finding is that there is narrow majority support (albeit within the margin of error) for Scotland seeking to remain in t...

Amazement and astonishment in Arbroath, Angus as buoyant SNP bag a by-electio...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2016 at 5:28pm
Not entirely sure why a by-election was held on a Monday - it's deeply unnatural, like an accurate John McTernan prediction, or something like that.  Anyway, here is the result...Arbroath East and ...

Scot Goes Pop mourns the passing of Fidel Castro
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2016 at 8:35pm
We interrupt your normal programming with a special message for our resident troll, who had this to say earlier -"Not even a mention of Fidel on this fash right wing Nat si blog."Consider Fidel men...

To state the bleedin' obvious : yes, the US presidential polls were wrong
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2016 at 10:43pm
As GA Ponsonby wittily put it a couple of hours ago -"The social media relationship between James Kelly and Stuart Campbell has broken down. Yet another reason for Humza to resign quite frankly."Ye...

The corner of Scotland that will be forever Trumpton
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2016 at 6:08pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the terrifying lessons Scotland has learned about Donald Trump from our own ill-fated dalliance with him ...

Winning With Willie (again)
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2016 at 5:57pm
Much of the mainstream media breathlessly and uncritically reported Willie Rennie's claim at the weekend that the Scottish Liberal Democrats were "winning again".  For those with short memories, he...

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MSPs submit Scottish Parliament motion praising Fidel Castro
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3 Dec 2016 at 6:42am
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Sprouts Pakora? What the fuck is this filth?
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3 Dec 2016 at 4:09am
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Sturgeon visit offers glimpse into Brexit diplomacy game
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3 Dec 2016 at 2:45am
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It's moments like these..
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3 Dec 2016 at 12:59am
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Greens vow to back indyref2 vote to protect EU membership
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3 Dec 2016 at 12:30am
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Exclusive: Network Rail to be stripped of control over Britain?s train tracks...
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2 Dec 2016 at 11:30pm
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Somecunt help me wae ma tree
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2 Dec 2016 at 10:14pm
I've got a pop up tree but there seems to be clips with a wire running between them clipped on to each layer of the tree, do they come aff or stay on? HELP hahaha submitted by /u/BesottedScot...

Meet the man behind this weekend's Vegfest Scotland
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2 Dec 2016 at 9:11pm
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Plantain and Yams
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2 Dec 2016 at 8:57pm
Hey, I am wondering if anyone knows someplace where you can buy plantain and yams in the Falkirk area? Don't want to end up trekking into Edinburgh or Glasgow. Cheers submitted by /u/Dundon...

Stewart McDonald MP: "Ruth Davidson is an actual idiot"
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2 Dec 2016 at 6:51pm
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Perfect gift for your fenian/hun pals this Christmas
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2 Dec 2016 at 5:31pm
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How Mhairi Black?s Bill to make UK Govt sanctions regime fairer was talked ou...
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2 Dec 2016 at 5:10pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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Nazi World War II prisoner of war donates £400,000 to tiny Scottish village w...
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2 Dec 2016 at 4:53pm
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Boris Johnson quotes Rabbie Burns - who would be turning in his grave
by Stephen Stewart
3 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
BORIS quoted the Bard in his first major speech - but failed to grasp that his lines of poetry were the exact opposite of what he was getting at.


Mhairi Black shoots down Tory MP accused of saying benefit claimants are 'ter...
by Dan Bloom
2 Dec 2016 at 2:53pm
Youngest MP Mhairi Black, 22, hit out as David Nuttall was accused of shouting the heckle during a debate on the hated sanctions regime


"Straw clutching" Nicola Sturgeon told by top Tory plans for a Scottish deal ...
by David Clegg
2 Dec 2016 at 1:15pm
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond used a whistle-stop visit to the Scottish Parliament that Sturgeon's demands for a separate Scottish EU deal is not a realistic prospect.


Shocking case of paralysed ex-squaddie trapped in hospital shows human side o...
by Record View
2 Dec 2016 at 12:00pm
GEORGE Imrie has been languishing in a hospital ward for seven months because council budgets can't stretch to providing a care package for him.


From Dundee to Dijon, working class communities are struggling to resist allu...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Dec 2016 at 11:59am
TORCUIL reflects on what appears to be a global crisis affecting socially democratic political movements, from former steel communities, all the way to France.


Strictly business: Ed Balls would 'love' to return to politics following danc...
by Gavin Cordon
1 Dec 2016 at 12:48pm
The former shadow chancellor, whose dance routines were wildly popular with viewers, admitted to hankering after a return to the corridors of power.


Net migration from EU to UK hit record high ahead of Brexit vote
by Record Reporter
1 Dec 2016 at 10:37am
Official data said net migration hit 189,000, up from 180,000 the previous year.


Taxman "complicit" as vulnerable people wrongly stripped of thousands in cash...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Dec 2016 at 9:55am
HMRC reacts to Concentrix scandal by apologising to "all those who were let down by our contractor".


Theresa May 'wanted illegal immigrants at bottom of list for schools' as home...
by Sam Blewett
1 Dec 2016 at 9:36am
Leaked correspondence suggests the Home Office wanted to "deprioritise" children of illegal immigrants in the schools admissions process.


MP Mhairi Black's bid to reform benefits sanctions system backed by top film ...
by Katrine Bussey
30 Nov 2016 at 2:10pm
The director, whose award-winning film I, Daniel Blake focuses on the gruelling slog of life on benefits, supports the SNP MP's bill to protect vulnerable people.

Michael Greenwell


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

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …
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My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …
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Frankie Boyle on JK Rowling
by michaelgreenwell
19 Oct 2016 at 11:01am
This was tweeted by someone this morning but has actually been on youtube for over a year. It’s short and to the point…

Perspective ? Taster Show
by michaelgreenwell
14 Oct 2016 at 8:55am
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but here is the taster show of the new series Perspective. These are made by one of the most talented people in the Indy movement, Phantom Power. He is also on twitter here and facebook here. Amongst others, this taster show features the community fightback to …

Bella Caledonia

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Getting Our Ducks in a Row
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Dec 2016 at 1:42pm
“Many other people are falling and yet some of us have not yet noticed that the ground has dropped away. A handful of us believe that we are flying.” – A.L. Kennedy Mad Dogs and Englishmen Yesterday Zac Goldsmith completed his descent from eco-friendly Tory MP to racist mayoral campaign to losing a parliamentary majority …

Caring for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2016 at 12:34pm
There are plenty of ‘wicked’ problems in UK and Scottish public policy of which the crises in care and affordable housing are perhaps the most intractable. My generation ? at the tail end of the Baby Boom ? benefited through no effort on our part from massive unearned gains in land values due to successive …

A Message from Theresa May
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2016 at 10:50am
Theresa May’s St Andrew’s Day address sounds like it was written by Frankie Boyle and Alan Bissett on a big night out, but apparently it’s for real. Namedropping engineering, inventing the telephone and penicillin its like she’s reading off the back of a teatowel from 1974. You half expect her to slip on a See …

Sturgeon at the Seanad
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Nov 2016 at 11:13am
The Seanad?s enthusiastic reaction to Sturgeon?s speech reflects a shift in Irish attitudes towards Scottish constitutional politics since the European referendum argues Jamie Maxwell. Nicola Sturgeon?s speech to the Seanad yesterday was the first any foreign leader has given to the upper chamber of the Irish parliament. The Seanad is tucked away in a far …

Lessons from Anacostia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Nov 2016 at 10:09am
Linda Tirado looks at a broken America. “I don?t call for unity. There can be no unity with people who oppose your existence.” Follow her   @killermartinis and here. I wasn?t planning to vote at first. Not in the presidential race. I think of the federal races as rich-person Kabuki for the most part. We rarely …

An Evening for Alasdair Gray
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2016 at 4:11pm
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Beacons at Bealtaine: by Seamus Heaney for a New Europe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2016 at 12:17pm
This is the full text of the Seamus Heaney poem quoted by Nicola Sturgeon at her address to the Seanad Éireann, Uisce: Water. And fionn: the Water?s Clear. But dip and find this Gaelic water Greek: A phoenix flames upon fionn uisce here. Strangers were barbaroi to the Greek ear. Now let the heirs of …

Scotland?s Pompidou Problem
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2016 at 11:35am
As Douglas Robertson’s recent article on fifty years of failed ‘renewal’ outlined, we’re frequently in thrall to under-ambition, short-termism and low aspiration. Things don’t get fixed, problems persist, and a lack of structural thinking and radical responses continue ad infinitum. In 1969, Georges Pompidou decided that a vacant site in Paris should be used for the construction of …

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Scotland to raise age of criminal responsibility to 12 years
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:40pm
Legislation will end ?national embarrassment? of having lowest age of responsibility in Europe, eight years of ageScotland?s minimum age of criminal responsibility will be raised to 12 years, in line with UN standards, after the current minimum age of eight, the lowest in Europe, was labelled a ?...

UK government lawyers dismiss Scotland and Wales's article 50 fears
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:15pm
Row erupts before supreme court case over claims by devolved administrations that they should have say on triggering BrexitA constitutional row over devolution has erupted ahead of next week?s article 50 case in the supreme court, setting the attorney generals in London and Belfast at odds with t...

Scotland will not get Brexit concessions, says Philip Hammond
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Dec 2016 at 6:00pm
Chancellor dismisses Nicola Sturgeon?s attempt to secure favourable deal after Scotland?s emphatic rejection of leaving EUThe chancellor, Philip Hammond, has ruled out any prospect of Scotland winning special concessions on trade or immigration in the Brexit deal, despite its strong vote in June ...

EU chief criticises UK's Brexit stance, telling MPs their argument has 'nothi...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Nov 2016 at 5:59pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenGuardian/ICM poll gives Tories 16-pt lead over LabourLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.45pm GMT Bringing private companies into the PLC rule book strikes one as a move so targeted at a particular series of events, that it w...

Sturgeon confirms Scottish talks on free abortions for Northern Irish women
by Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
29 Nov 2016 at 11:18am
Women from the province, where there are strict curbs on terminations, currently refused free abortions on mainlandNicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the Scottish government is to explore how to allow Northern Irish women to obtain free access to abortions in Scotland?s NHS hospitals.Scotland?s f...

Unions warn of 'massive betrayal' if shipbuilding contracts leave Scotland
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Nov 2016 at 8:22am
Government?s delayed shipbuilding strategy to be unveiled amid fears that future contracts could go outside UKUnion leaders are warning of a potential ?massive betrayal? of working-class communities in Scotland if the Westminster government?s delayed national shipbuilding strategy, expected to be...

Scotland stands to gain 'significant powers' from Brexit, claims minister
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
28 Nov 2016 at 12:06am
Scottish secretary David Mundell suggests Brexit talks could result in new powers over areas such as fisheries and justiceBrexit will bring about fundamental changes to the devolution settlement across the UK, making possible the return of ?significant powers? from the EU to Scotland, according t...

English nationalism is a growling dog with no bite and no bark | Editorial
by Editorial
27 Nov 2016 at 10:01pm
Ministers? messy devolution plans might be less provocative than critics feared. However, England?s role will have to be reassessed and arguments about nationalism may become sharper as Brexit loomsIn the June referendum, majorities in England and Wales voted to leave the European Union, while ma...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The sour Tory milk of human unkindness
Can Scotland get a special Brexit deal? Can Boris Johnson survive the Brexit process without pissing off a major European country? Can the adolescent supporters of the alt-right ever actually get laid, and will they ever realise that masturbating in front of internet photos of Pepe the Frog doesn’t really count as a sexual encounter? …

British Mortification
At long last we finally know what the hitherto meaningless phrase Brexit means Brexit means. Thanks to some Tory aide who wandered out into Downing Street clutching some briefing notes which were accidentally, or possibly accidentally on purpose, on show, the world has discovered that what we all thought all along is actually true. Brexit …

Westminster occupation therapy
The Unionist parties have been having a rough week. Admittedly that’s a bit like saying that Nicholas Witchell has a brown stain on his nose, or that Donald Trump has contradicted himself again, so it’s not exactly news. This week it’s become clearer than ever that there’s no positive case for the Union, all there …

Malvados cibernaces and a blow for Ruth Davidson
The problem for the Unionist media when they try to big up some comments from a right wing Spanish politician as a major blow for Nicola Sturgeon is that it only encourages the malvados cibernaces. That’s evil cybernats who speak Spanish, in case you were wondering. Because rather than take the word of publications like …

When a blow is not a blow
Here we go again. According to assorted reports in the Unionist media, especially its frothier end (which these days is getting more frothy than a capuccino made with fairy liquid) Scotland’s got no chance of remaining in the European Single Market because Spain says no. This is, apparently, yet another major blow for Nicola Sturgeon …

The embarrassadors
A couple of days ago Nigel Farage got to meet the Amphibian Prince, the man that America kissed but it turned out he was a poisonous toad. The world got to witness two venomous creepy creatures in a gold plated elevator, which is the kind of thing you don’t otherwise see outside a James Bond …

Tell me why. I don?t like fundilymundillies.
And you thought that after the deaths of a whole lot of celebrities who were actually talented but Ed Balls doesn’t get voted off Strictly, Scotland getting ripped out of the EU despite the fact we voted to remain, and the election as US president of a serial groper and narcissist who’s appointing outright fascists …

Britain?s well and truly plucked
BBC Reporting How Bad The SNP Is had a wee segment on Monday’s programme about how Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t really want independence, she’s aiming for membership of EFTA instead. That’s sort of EU-lite. You still have to agree to free movement of people, pay a shitload of money, and implement all EU directives, it’s just …

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee ? Remaining With th...
        The vast majority of pensioners rely on the State pension for survival         Pension Payments are Unsustainable and Invite Radical Change The cost of pension support to the UK exceeds £110bn annually. Expenditure will automatically uplift by at least 2.5% each year (up to 2020) meeting the Tory … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee – Remaining Wi...

The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics ? But Stupid and Dangerous ? Not a...
      The Mundell political Dynasty           25 October 2016: Mundell’s son (the MSP) says that the SNP’s pursuit of a ‘Norway-style’ deal with the EU could force a Scottish English Border He said: “This is yet more evidence that the SNP are only interested in breaking up our United … Continue reading The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics – But Stupid and Dangerous – Not at All Funny – Th...

Lucy Frazer ? Tory MP ? Destined for Greatness ? Jewess ? Strangely Seemingly...
                Lucy Frazer (1972), is a Conservative Party politician. Born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire. She is the descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants. (Frazer is a common Jewish surname) Her paternal Great Grandfather was Jewish immigrant: Barnet Frazer. ( A tailor to trade, Russian born (1880-1933) settled in … Continue reading Lucy Frazer – Tory MP – Destined for Greatness – Jewess ...

1919 ? Westminster Placed Scottish Troops on Lock-Down in Their Barracks ? Il...
          Scotland’s – Claim of Right Act 1689 states: “That the sending of an army in a hostile manner upon any part of Scotland in peacetime is contrary to law”               The Birth of Red Clydeside Before and during the First World War, there was … Continue reading 1919 – Westminster Placed Scottish Troops on Lock-Down in Their Barracks – Illegally Deployed An English Battle Group to Scot...

Good News ? Labour Party Control of BBC News & Current Affairs in Scotland is...
              Gary Smith – BBC in Scotland’s Head of News and Current Affairs The new Head of News at BBC in Scotland, (succeeding “bully boy” John Boothman) is a 54-year-old Scot who grew up in Glasgow and attended Kelvin-side Academy. He went on to study English at Glasgow University … Continue reading Good News – Labour Party Control of BBC News & Current Affairs in Scotland is being removed...

The Scottish Holocaust ? Murderers and Thieves Should Not Be Allowed to Benef...
    A young Duchess of Sutherland: Between 1811 and 1820, about 15,000 crofters were forcibly removed from their Sutherland-shire homes, opening up thousands of profitable sheep-farming acres. The statue of the 1st Duke near Golspie – “The Mannie” – is regularly vandalised to this day.           Scotland’s Holocaust Throughout the … Continue reading The Scottish Holocaust – Murderers and Thieve...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

Gerry Hassan

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

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America
How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 10th 2016 America has shaken itself and the world. Something seismic has happened which has compounded experts, the political classes, and observers all round the world. But in this year of revolt and surprises – from Leicester City and …

What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics
What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, November 8th 2016 This has been a fascinating election; a true rollercoaster of emotions – of hope and fear, the spectre of bigotry and violence, and the flames of intolerance, and even insurrection, raised in some right-wing circles. Here …

Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland
Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, November 6th 2016 This weekend I attended a Donald Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire. It was a surreal experience – of a Presidential candidate who isn?t a professional politician, who has a limited conventional manifesto, and is running on what …

Fear of a Trump Planet
Fear of a Trump Planet Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, November 4th 2016 Could Donald Trump actually pull off the biggest election shock in post-war US politics? One week ago the US Presidential election was meant to be over. Now the weekend before the election things look very different. For the past week the Clinton campaign …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling - Th...

The Independent
Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling
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Support for Scottish independence has fallen below the 45 per cent achieved in the 2014 referendum, a new poll has found. The YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found backing for a Yes vote in a second ballot on the country's constitutional future ...
Scottish independence support SLUMPS despit...

YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ... - Business ...

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YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ...
Business Insider
Politicians predicted that Brexit would cause a surge in support for Scottish independence ? we asked Professor John Curtice why the opposite is happening.
Robin McAlpine: You can't win an argument without arguing ? independence is no exceptionCommonSpace

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A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' sup...

Business Insider
A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' support for Scottish Labour
Business Insider
So what's happening? The question of Scottish independence is back on the table since the UK voted to leave the EU. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argues that a "material change in circumstances" gives her the mandate to call a second independence ...

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Greens vow to back second independence vote to protect EU membership - Herald...

Herald Scotland
Greens vow to back second independence vote to protect EU membership
Herald Scotland
Scottish Greens have said they will not stand by as Scotland is "dragged" out of the European Union, with the party promising its support for any bid by Nicola Sturgeon to hold a second independence referendum. The Scottish Government is consulting on ...
Sturgeon hits back at Hammond: Arrogant dism...

Poll finds pound would still be favoured currency under Scottish ... - The Co...

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Poll finds pound would still be favoured currency under Scottish ...
The Courier
Almost two-thirds of Scots would want to keep the pound in an independent Scotland, according to a new poll. The BMG Research survey for The Herald ...

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Zurich: Scottish independence could hit advisers harder than Brexit - Money M...

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Zurich: Scottish independence could hit advisers harder than Brexit
Money Marketing
If Scotland takes to the polls for another independence referendum, a leave vote could have graver ramifications for advisers than Brexit, according to Zurich. A draft bill for a second Scottish independence referendum was published last month, after ...

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Scottish Independence bid sunk? £1.9bn British warship contract to ... - Inte...

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Scottish Independence bid sunk? £1.9bn British warship contract to ...
International Business Times UK
Britain will start construction of a £1.9bn warship contract in Scotland next year, despite uncertainty about Scottish independence. In a joint statement between ...

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Scottish independence is a real gone bid ? for now, anyway - The Times (subsc...

Scottish independence is a real gone bid ? for now, anyway
The Times (subscription)
It is early on a Monday, and Ricky Ross sits in Cafe Gandolfi in Glasgow's Merchant City, enjoying a couple of poached eggs on sourdough toast and pondering the meaning of Dignity. While it may be almost 30 years since Deacon Blue's anthem was first ...



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SNP accuse Tories of treating oil industry like 'cash cow' - Energy Voice

SNP accuse Tories of treating oil industry like 'cash cow'
Energy Voice
The UK Government has been accused of treating the oil industry like a ?cash cow? as new figures show every north-east resident has contributed the equivalent of £600,000 to Treasury coffers. The SNP highlighted that Westminster has received around ...



Still no progress on North East rail improvement plans - Inverurie Herald

Still no progress on North East rail improvement plans
Inverurie Herald
Mr Thomson said: ?At the time of this announcement, the SNP made great play of the extra investment it was making in the North East, but there has been no urgency whatsoever since then. ?It is now six months since I asked for a timetable for works to ...



SNP taking action to reduce nuisance calls in North East - Inverurie Herald

SNP taking action to reduce nuisance calls in North East
Inverurie Herald
SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson has pledged to support Scottish Government efforts to cut down on nuisance calls ? after it was announced that a new commission is meeting this week to tackle the issue in Scotland. Nuisance ...



MSP to visit Angus businesses as part of Small Business Saturday - Brechin Ad...

MSP to visit Angus businesses as part of Small Business Saturday
Brechin Advertiser
Mairi Evans intends to visit local businesses across Angus North and Mearns as part of the Small Business Saturday ? and pointed to SNP Government action to support small businesses across Scotland, including the small business bonus and the £500m ...

A free university education must be made available to everyone - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
A free university education must be made available to everyone
Herald Scotland
I WAS extremely worried to read indicating that free university tuition fees may be under threat (?SNP's free university policy under pressure by principals?, The Herald, December 2). First and foremost, I believe that if education is to be free to all ...



SNP filling war chest to fund second referendum | Scotland | The ... - The Ti...

SNP filling war chest to fund second referendum | Scotland | The ...
The Times (subscription)
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP issued a St Andrew's Day appeal to supporters for funds. Opposition parties said that the development confirmed suspicions that the ...

SNP seeking funds for new referendum | News | The Times & The ... - The Times...

The Times (subscription)
SNP seeking funds for new referendum | News | The Times & The ...
The Times (subscription)
The Scottish National Party has begun fundraising for a new independence campaign despite polls indicating a drop in support for leaving the UK. The party ...

ClariVest Asset Management LLC Acquires 6463 Shares of China Petroleum & Chem...

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ClariVest Asset Management LLC Acquires 6463 Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP)
Marea Informative
ClariVest Asset Management LLC raised its stake in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) by 9.2% during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 76,959 shares of the ...

Referendum (Google News)

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SNP filling war chest to fund second referendum | Scotland | The ... - The Ti...

SNP filling war chest to fund second referendum | Scotland | The ...
The Times (subscription)
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP issued a St Andrew's Day appeal to supporters for funds. Opposition parties said that the development confirmed suspicions that the ...

Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum' - Scotsman

The Scottish Sun
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum'
Scotsman
Support for Scottish independence has plummeted in the past two years - according to a national survey. The newest findings from YouGov put support for separation at 44 per cent - one point lower than the independence referendum in 2014. Backing for ...
Nicola Sturgeon is warned the SNP's bid for a second ......

Independent Scotland could take UK's place in EU says European Green Party co...

The National
Independent Scotland could take UK's place in EU says European Green Party co-chair
The National
It is the largest meeting of European politicians to take place in the UK following the EU referendum result in which Scotland voted 62 per cent to Remain while the UK as a whole voted narrowly to Leave. Frassoni, a former Italian Green Party MEP ...
First Minister Sturgeon Defends Scotland...

YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ... - Business ...

Business Insider
YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ...
Business Insider
Politicians predicted that Brexit would cause a surge in support for Scottish independence ? we asked Professor John Curtice why the opposite is happening.

Unionists call for referendum 'fact?checkers' - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
Unionists call for referendum 'fact?checkers'
The Times (subscription)
Unionist campaigners are calling for a ?truth commission?, which would independently check the veracity of any claims made around Scottish independence. They have urged the SNP government to set up such a body ahead of any future referendum.
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon visits DublinIrish Time...

There's no good time to call a referendum | Scotland | The Times ... - The Ti...

The Times (subscription)
There's no good time to call a referendum | Scotland | The Times ...
The Times (subscription)
There is an old gag that goes: ?Timing. What's the most important thing in comedy?? Well the same is true of politics. Timing is everything. It can mean the ...

Has Richmond shifted the political axis towards Leave vs Remain? - New Statesman

New Statesman
Has Richmond shifted the political axis towards Leave vs Remain?
New Statesman
The SNP, on the losing side of the Scottish referendum, nevertheless had a disciplined party, a high profile leader and a track record of centre-left government. Indeed, New Labour supporters often mutter darkly that it has "stolen our clothes". The ...
Farron hails Richmond Park by-election win and suggest...

Who speaks in a referendum? Scotland's Indyref TV news coverage - EUROPP - Eu...

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Who speaks in a referendum? Scotland's Indyref TV news coverage
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
The 2014 Scottish independence referendum saw unprecedented political engagement on a scale rarely seen of late in the UK. But, ask Alenka Jelen-Sanchez and Marina Dekavalla, was this broad engagement replicated in mainstream television coverage?...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

Why no polls?
With speculation over a second Independence Referendum and an alleged surge in support for Yes, is anyone else surprised that there haven't been more opinion polls?Does anyone know if there is any coming up?

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

The Official President Trump thread

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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

East Ayrshire and Midlothian are the worst for homophobic, racist and sexist...
BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38004836 "The UK's worst area for homophobic, sexist and racist tweets is East Ayrshire, a study has claimed. Twitter users in East Ayrshire and Midlothian posted more racists comments than anywhere else in the UK. Dundee topped the table for homoph...

Scottish Government Tax Raising Powers
On 15 December the Scottish Budget will take place with increased powers in relation to Income Tax.  Firstly it must be said these powers are very limited in their flexability and the Scottish Parliament has been given no powers to vary either Corporation Tax or VAT, the two big tax earners. ...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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

Manuel RIP
Andrew Sachs has passed away at 86

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

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

Yer T's oot
T In The Park cancelled next year, due the restrictions placed on it by planners. Not a big fan of it, but I think that will be the end of it.

Black Lies Matter UK
Great to see this coming to the UK to replace Pokemon as the fad du jour for imbeciles. Chain yourself to a friend and lie down in the road to protest the 0 deaths of black people by police in the UK this year. When will this genocide stop?

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Kirsty at six months: Early enquiry

?No final decision? on rail fares in Scotland

Autumn Statement: Philip Hammond is merely a passenger

Tech 100: ?To persuade those in the public sector of the benefits of change, ...

Children in care - how many reviews are needed before we get it right?

Integrated health and social care budgets need better coordination, warn MSPs

Kirsty at six months: Dad faces obstacles

Universities? teaching budget at ?tipping point?, MSPs warned

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Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...