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Unspun: the political diary
23 Sep 2017 at 12:07am
IT?S been quite a week for put-upon millionaire Anas Sarwar. The would-be Scottish Labour leader has taken pelters over his family business, school choice and trousering a fortune in unearned dividends. It?s tough in the top 1 per cent. Perhaps stress explains one claim in Wednesday?s hustings in Glasgow. Despite leading Labour?s No campaign in 2014, he told a Yes voter in the audience he was also ?someone who voted Yes in that referendum?. Almost as if the born-again Corbynite felt compelled to say whatever people wanted to hear.

Theresa May tells EU: We want to be your strongest friend and partner
22 Sep 2017 at 3:04pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has told other EU countries that Britain wants to be their ?strongest friend and partner? after Brexit.

Jack McConnell: Nicola Sturgeon should park referendum plans for five years
22 Sep 2017 at 12:28pm
Nicola Sturgeon should park plans to hold a second independence referendum for at least five years, a former Scottish first minister has said.

UK could be subject to EU laws until 2021 under PM?s Brexit plan
22 Sep 2017 at 9:32pm
The UK could continue to be subject to existing EU rules and regulations until 2021 under the terms of an implementation period lasting two years after the date of Brexit proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Key points of Theresa May?s Florence Brexit speech
22 Sep 2017 at 8:33pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered a major speech on Brexit in Florence, setting out her plans for an implementation period leading to a ?new alliance? with Brussels.

Davidson leads tributes to Sir Teddy Taylor, original "tenement Tory," who ha...
22 Sep 2017 at 12:01am
RUTH Davidson has led the tributes to Sir Teddy Taylor, the former Tory MP and arch Eurosceptic, who has died aged 80.

Sarwar admits taking share cash from controversial family business
21 Sep 2017 at 5:42pm
ANAS Sarwar has admitted receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds in unearned income from his controversial family business, following an investigation by the Herald.

Schools are using anti-poverty fund to give temporary promotions teachers
17 Sep 2017 at 12:11am
ALMOST 40 schools in Scotland have used a special funding pot for closing the attainment gap to award temporary promotions to existing teachers.

Corbyn insists Labour now represents the "mainstream" of British politics
21 Sep 2017 at 7:59pm
LABOUR now represents the mainstream of British politics, Jeremy Corbyn has claimed on the eve of his party?s four-day autumn conference.

Former Tory MP and Eurosceptic Sir Teddy Taylor dies
21 Sep 2017 at 12:21pm
The former Conservative MP and arch Eurosceptic Sir Teddy Taylor has died, his family said. He was 80.

UK may be prepared to pay £17bn divorce bill to Europe
21 Sep 2017 at 10:30pm
THERESA May will today tell her fellow EU leaders that the hand of European history is on their shoulders and that they "share a profound sense of responsibility" to make Brexit work not just for people today but for future generations to come.

EU warns Britain "must settle the accounts" after Brexit
21 Sep 2017 at 12:15pm
MICHEL Barnier has issued a fresh warning to Britain that it must "settle the accounts" if it wants a free trade deal with the European Union after it leaves the bloc in 2019.

Anas Sarwar urged to "come clean" in new row over family business
21 Sep 2017 at 11:50am
ANAS Sarwar is facing more questions over his family business after a Herald investigation cast doubt on his claim not to take any dividend income from the company or help run it.

FMQs sketch: No fight like an in-fight
21 Sep 2017 at 6:56pm
IT was Winston Churchill who said: ?The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you.? But it?s not a cast-iron rule.

Sturgeon pledges better support for parents with premature babies
21 Sep 2017 at 4:12pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has pledged to help the parents of premature babies with the cost of constantly travelling to and from hospital to be with their child.

 

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Theresa May requests transition period after Brexit
22 Sep 2017 at 3:18pm
European Union rules including on the free movement of people will apply in the UK until 2021, two years after Brexit, Theresa May has said in a bid to reboot stalled talks.

Nicola Sturgeon?s admits to suffering sexism as young politician
22 Sep 2017 at 2:34pm
Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out about the “double whammy” of judgement she faced as a young woman starting out in the male-dominated world of politics.

Tory councillor struck off teaching list for ?drooling hag? tweet to Sturgeon
22 Sep 2017 at 12:14pm
A Fife councillor who called Nicola Sturgeon a “drooling hag” has been struck from the teaching register.

Jack McConnell: Indyref2 should be parked for five years
22 Sep 2017 at 11:28am
Lord McConnell has said any second referendum on independence should be parked for at least five years to allow the Scottish Government to focus on domestic priorities.

Letters: SNP?s disappearing Brexit powers aren?t what they seem
22 Sep 2017 at 10:02am
The SNP’s claims of disappearing Scottish powers after Brexit are not what they seem, writes a Scotsman reader.

New Scots Tory MP admits she didn?t vote in EU referendum
22 Sep 2017 at 9:27am
One of 12 new Scottish Conservative MPs returned at June’s snap general election has admitted she did not vote in the 2016 EU referendum, despite predicting a Remain victory.

Questions raised after Sick Kids sell-off gazumps community bid
22 Sep 2017 at 8:56am
A LOTHIAN MSP raised the sell-off of the Sick Kids hospital during First Minister’s Questions yesterday as she asked what the Scottish Government can do to protect community buy outs.

Obituary: Sir Teddy Taylor, Conservative MP and Eurosceptic
22 Sep 2017 at 7:00am
Sir Teddy Taylor, former Conservative MP and Eurosceptic. Born: 18 April, 1937, in Glasgow. Died: 20 September, 2017, aged 80.

Joyce McMillan: Tories have three options on devolution
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Damian Green must tread carefully if he wants to keep Holyrood, Cardiff and Belfast onside over Brexit says Joyce McMillan

Jim Duffy: Trump?s bold stance is a power game driven by economics
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
I’m spending a few days here in Las Vegas, the true feel of America is played out everywhere. The American corporate companies will do anything to generate a buck and relieve you of your cash. And that’s not simply on the casino floor.

Brian Wilson: Ask Mr Bell and Mr Pottinger their views on corporate rottenness
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Lightning strikes in unexpected places. We hear a lot about what has gone wrong in South Africa and less about the resilience of its relatively new institutions. Perhaps the great corporations which are finding out the hard way should have done a little more research.

Leader comment: Minister can?t ignore evidence over LBTT?s negative effect
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
When John Swinney introduced the Scottish Government’s land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) more than two years ago, it was widely predicted to result in a slowdown in the country’s property market.

Tories split over Brexit as EU warns of ?major uncertainty?
21 Sep 2017 at 9:38pm
Theresa May will today propose a transitional deal with the EU of up to two years and make an “open and generous” offer on the divorce bill, potentially worth €20 billion (£17.6bn) over the two years.

?Punitive? land tax sees £1m-plus house sales plummet in Scotland
21 Sep 2017 at 9:35pm
“Punitive” rates of land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) are curtailing the million pound market in Scotland, property experts have warned.

Leader comment: Teddy Taylor had the last laugh
21 Sep 2017 at 9:30pm
Sir Teddy Taylor, who has died at the age of 80, was the definition of political maverick.

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Looking forwards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2017 at 11:37am
We’re not saying it’s been a slow news week in Scottish politics, but this is what the Scotsman’s going with today: We might go for a walk.

The Evergreens
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2017 at 2:13pm
It was nice to see an old friend back in the Scottish media today. How times change. Because it’s only a few months since this happened: But on the other hand, “the oil will be gone in 10 years!” has been around much longer. “Oil and gas will run out by the end of the …

Nice Parliament you?ve got there
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2017 at 10:31am
Be a shame if anything happened to it.

The warning notice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2017 at 10:31am
For anyone who thinks it’s safe to wait until after 2021 for another indyref. Not that it’s a new idea for the Lib Dems, of course. It really does feel like Retro Week at the moment. Catalonia is in fact Spain’s wealthiest region. Claiming it couldn’t be independent is a bit like saying London couldn’t …

Black affronted
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2017 at 12:22pm
We struggled to summon up much more than a weary sigh about a story in a couple of the minor papers today (the Herald and Express), about a micro-scuffle at Saturday’s pro-indy rally in Glasgow. The most interesting thing about it appeared to be that the Express had written its article several hours before the event …

Fooled you twice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2017 at 9:43am
Three years ago today, Scotland bottled it. Almost uniquely in world history, its people turned down the chance to take control of their own affairs forever without a drop of blood being shed. They did so on the back of a package of vague promises, not least one of “extensive new powers”, almost all of …

The nuclear umbrella
by Chris Cairns
16 Sep 2017 at 6:55am
(Buy Chris Cairns? second great book of cartoons here. Plus cuddly Hamish!)

Friends and allies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2017 at 9:53am
I apologise in advance to readers for the personal indulgence of this post. Some months ago, quite coincidentally, I happened to avail myself of Twitter?s archive function, which allows users to download their entire tweet history. For various reasons I’ve been looking at it recently, and until I did I?d been unaware that it records not …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 683
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2017 at 2:51pm
The Daily Record have continued to run Kezia Dugdale’s weekly column despite her resignation as Scottish Labour branch office manager (North British division), and this week we were interested to note her assessment of the devolution years, which could be summarised neatly as “Labour devolution good, SNP devolution bad”. We raised an especially quizzical eyebrow …

The dog too big to see
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2017 at 10:41am
This was Scottish Tory uberdunce Jamie Greene a few weeks ago, bitterly attacking the SNP for spending £22,000 on consulting the public over a policy on which the party won a landslide victory in the 2016 Holyrood election. You might think that a government pursuing the manifesto policies it was elected on was a pretty …

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Mike Russell welcomes EU single transition period
22 Sep 2017 at 6:16pm
Scotland's Brexit secretary welcome the prime minister's announcement, but says it does not go far enough.


Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult'
22 Sep 2017 at 12:26pm
Kirstene Hair did not vote in the EU referendum because there were "very strong" arguments on both sides.


Charities in new climate change challenge to Scottish government
22 Sep 2017 at 12:04am
The coalition wants ministers to strengthen the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.


Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalan referendum calls
21 Sep 2017 at 2:53pm
Scotland's first minister speaks of her concern over Spain's attempts to prevent a vote on Catalan independence.


Perth councillor charged over child abuse images
22 Sep 2017 at 6:01pm
Michael Jamieson appeared in court accused of possessing indecent images of children at his Perth home.


No league tables from new school assessments
22 Sep 2017 at 2:00pm
Information on how individual schools and pupils perform in new assessments will not be published.


Anas Sarwar criticised by Nicola Sturgeon over pay
21 Sep 2017 at 4:12pm
The FM claims there is a "gulf" between the Scottish Labour leadership candidate's words and actions.


MSPs call for clarity over named persons system
21 Sep 2017 at 5:46pm
Holyrood's education committee wants more information on what additional work named persons will need to do.


Sir Teddy Taylor, former MP and Eurosceptic, dies aged 80
21 Sep 2017 at 6:37pm
The Tory Eurosceptic began his political career in Glasgow and became MP for Southend East in 1979.


Glasgow high-rise cladding information 'not sufficiently clear'
21 Sep 2017 at 3:10pm
The Scottish government says more work is needed to determine if hundreds of Glasgow homes have combustible cladding.


NHS Health Scotland: E-cigs 'definitely' less harmful than smoking
21 Sep 2017 at 12:08am
More than 20 health bodies in Scotland sign a consensus on the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes.


MSPs back principle of income tax rises
20 Sep 2017 at 5:30pm
Holyrood formally in favour of raising income tax after the SNP abstains in the non-binding vote.

Scot Goes Pop

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Land of the valiant, reciprocator of firm friendship
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2017 at 2:10pm
As you know, I'm out of the country at the moment (albeit not in Indonesia, as someone thought on the previous thread).  So I do hope you're duly appreciative of the fact that I forewent my siesta ...

Crisis mounts for embattled Ruth Davidson as three more subsamples put the SN...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2017 at 3:22pm
Just for the sake of completeness, here are the three most recent Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls -ICM: SNP 34%, Conservatives 32%, Labour 21%, Greens 4%, UKIP 4%, Liberal Democrats 4%Y...

Sensational poll suggests SNP would make sweeping GAINS in an early Westminst...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2017 at 4:11pm
Rarely have I been so delighted to be proved wrong.  I had suspected that last week's Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times contained a Westminster voting intention question that was being withheld u...

Massive boost for Sturgeon as Survation confirm SNP have staggeringly sizeabl...
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2017 at 2:27pm
Hot on the heels of Panelbase's first Scottish Parliament poll in an eternity comes the same from Survation.  The findings of the two polls are strikingly similar on the constituency ballot (which ...

Scale of Davidson flop becomes clear as "extraordinary" Panelbase poll reveal...
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2017 at 5:45pm
Panelbase have released the datasets for the full-scale Scottish poll that was published (and so comically misrepresented) in yesterday's Sunday Times.  Here are a few points that leap out -1) As e...

Enormous lead for the SNP in first post-June Scottish poll
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2017 at 2:45pm
"The findings are likely to dismay Nicola Sturgeon" says Jason Allardyce of the Sunday Times about a new poll which he must know perfectly well is going to absolutely thrill Nicola Sturgeon, becaus...

Could the sort-of-rise of "BUSP" be a boon for the independence movement?
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2017 at 6:43pm
Much synthetic excitement in the unionist media today about the exploits of an "obscure unionist party" that narrowly beat the SNP into third place in the Fortissat by-election - a feat that looks ...

Blow for the Tories in Fortissat and Cardonald by-elections
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2017 at 11:56pm
As I suspected might happen, Labour have won both of today's local by-elections - although as is often the case with STV by-elections, the results require a fair bit of interpretation, and classifi...

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Theresa May's big speech in Florence won't save her or the union
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23 Sep 2017 at 12:26am
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2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship - Scotland's got a team in it!
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22 Sep 2017 at 11:00pm
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Fact check: shipyard 'broken promises' claim is Mostly True
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22 Sep 2017 at 10:16pm
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22 Sep 2017 at 8:48pm
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[Tory] Councillor charged over child abuse images
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Man sexually abused schoolgirl in ten-year ordeal [5 year sentence]
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Theresa May sets out plan for two-year transition phase to avoid fall-out fro...
by Arj Singh
22 Sep 2017 at 3:45pm
During a high-profile speech in Italy the Prime Minister also said there would be a registration system in place for foreign workers during the implementation period.


Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond best of frenemies ahead of pivotal Brexit sp...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The Brexit rivals put on an unlikely show of Cabinet unity for Theresa May.


Boris Johnson's work is done as Tories descend into open warfare and disarray
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The Foreign Secretary’s weekend rebellion highlighted how he could fatally wound Theresa May.


The erosion of trust in politicians has had devastating consequences for publ...
by Record View
22 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Those who hoped Brexit would shake up Britain's politics have been left sorely disappointed, according to Record View.


Dangers of being kept in the dark as council keep 57 'Grenfell' high-rises se...
by Record View
21 Sep 2017 at 8:41am
Glasgow City Council didn’t think it necessary to alert owners, tenants or even the fire service that they had discovered a potentially fatal flaw in 57 high-rise buildings.


Labour leadership race branded farce as 'hot' hustings questions are banned
by David Clegg
21 Sep 2017 at 8:24am
Questions about candidates' finances were banned at first hustings amid controversy over the wealthy background of hopeful Anas Sarwar.


Cash for no questions as 100 House of Lords peers skip debate for year but ra...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Out of 862 peers 115 failed to speak in the chamber last year yet they each pocketed £11,091.


Meet the woman who inspired Labour leadership hopeful Anas Sarwar - his mum
by Annie Brown
21 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Perween Sarwar has fought racism and intolerance all her life and now she is tipping her son Anas to do the same as he vies to head his party.


Tory Brexit 'power grab' could stop Holyrood banning fracking
by David Clegg
20 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Rail franchises are also affected and Scottish Parliament could lose ability to nationalise train network.


Donald Trump?s address to United Nations proved he still has power to shock
by Record View
20 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Goading Kim Jong-un and threatening 'total destruction' to North Korea is not a smart move, warns Record View.

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

The Grand Old Days of Empire, Robbery and Murder
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2017 at 1:12pm
Some of the brexiteers have peddled the bizarre fantasy in the title of this post, specifically that we could have Empire 2.0. Let’s just take a quick look at all the killing empire 1.0 involved… Advertisements

That?s What Friends Are For
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2017 at 10:24am
You remember all that stuff about a family of nations? Well, here is a reminder that the UK government tried to use their friends (including Russia apparently) in order to f*ck up members of the “family”. Furthermore, I actually have a copy of one of the propaganda pieces they sent abroad to be translated into …

A Grant Shapps Reminder
by michaelgreenwell
20 Sep 2017 at 10:32pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 157 ? Anna Arqué on Catalonia
by michaelgreenwell
18 Sep 2017 at 2:34pm
The 157th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the second time on the show for Anna Arqué. Anna has been a long-time campaigner for Catalan independence and also works for the International Commission of European Citizens. I asked her about the preparations for the Independence Referendum they are about to have and also about …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 156 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2017 by Tommy Sheppard
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2017 at 11:44am
We’re back! The 156th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2017, which was given by Tommy Sheppard MP (who has also been on the show himself). Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or …
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Images Leaked From Scottish Labour Leadership Meetings
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2017 at 1:53pm
The following images were leaked out of the high-level (sic) Scottish Labour leadership discussions that are taking place*. *not really.

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 1
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14 Sep 2017 at 11:07am
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Tommy Sheppard On The EU Withdrawal Bill
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13 Sep 2017 at 1:07pm

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Homage to Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2017 at 2:22pm
With the Catalan crisis coming to  a head, a timely film festival in Scotland celebrates Catalan culture. Homage to Catalonia ? Scotland’s Catalan Film Festival runs from September 27 to October 6.  As well as feature films, the programme offers a week of poetry, spoken word, parties, gastronomic events, talks and a strong showing of short …

Build: Bridges to Indy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2017 at 9:53am
The Scottish Independence Convention has announced a major conference in Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th November, called Build: Bridges to Indy. It promises to be a huge convergence of the independence movement around practical issues and capacity-building, forging unity and communication and building strategy for the future. Lesley Riddoch said: ?This is a …

Interview with Anna Arqué on Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Sep 2017 at 10:44am
Interview with Anna Arqué on Catalonia in four parts … Follow Scottish Indy Podcast here.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 12:30pm
?It?s an exhibition that covers a huge sweep of European history over 200 years. We are telling a broad story of the attempts by the Jacobites to restore the Stuart dynasty. It?s not a Scottish story, or a narrow Gaelic-related story.? – Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director of National Museums Scotland In reality the story …

The Power Grab
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 11:54am
In the context of the Brexit breakdown Phantom Power examines the origins of devolution, the historic attempts to undermine it and the recent efforts to grab powers and “Take back control” (to Westminster). “The Threat to Scottish Democracy. 20 years after devolution and the creation its own Parliament, Scotland now faces its biggest challenge in …

England their England
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 10:32am
In The Lion and The Unicorn, his great 1940 essay on the nature of Englishness, George Orwell, in Hampstead, as the German Bombers flew overhead, was trying to define the identity of something that was in real and present danger of being lost. Perhaps this is why it is the definitive statement of identity that …

For the Muggles not the Few
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Sep 2017 at 3:12pm
JK Rowling – a talented writer and generous philanthropist who has popularised children reading – is frequently slightly unhinged about politics. In a confused twitter rant this morning she said: ‘BBC’s biased.’ ‘Stop scaremongering.’ ‘They need us more.’ ‘We’ll be rich.’ ‘Stop talking the country down.’ ‘It’s our side, or a traitor.’ https://t.co/wpBDAHaTwB ? J.K. …

This is not a Scottish story / Chan e sgeul Albannach a tha seo
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Sep 2017 at 2:43pm
*?Is e seo taisbeanadh a tha a? ruith air sgrìob anabarrach fada de dh?eachdraidh na h-Eòrpa thairis air 200 bliadhna. Tha sinn ag innse sgeul farsaing mu na h-oidhirpean aig na Seumasaich gus teaghlach nan Stiùbhartach ath-aisig chun a? rìgh-chathair. Chan e sgeul Albannach, no sgeul cumhang le dàimh Ghàidhealach a tha seo.? – Dr Gordon …

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Barnier tells May UK will have to obey EU rules during transition - politics ...
by Nicola Slawson (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
21 Sep 2017 at 7:28pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMichel Barnier?s speech - SummaryAfternoon summary 7.28pm BST We?re going to close this blog for today. Thanks so much for joining us and for all your comments. Join us again tomorrow, which is set to be an interesting day with Th...

Scottish Labour candidate Anas Sarwar laughs off 'neoliberal Blairite' tag
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2017 at 7:00am
Glasgow MSP says label is ?simply untrue? and highlights past record of attacking some of Tony Blair?s foreign policy decisions while in WestminsterAnas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leadership hopeful, has said it is ?laughable? for his critics in the party to describe him as a neoliberal Blairite...

Scottish and Welsh leaders seek to ward off Westminster 'hijack' of powers
by Steven Morris and Severin Carrell
19 Sep 2017 at 7:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones table 38 amendments to EU withdrawal bill to avert what they see as a post-Brexit power-grabThe Scottish and Welsh first ministers have attempted to increase the pressure on the UK government over Brexit by jointly publishing a series of amendments to the EU withd...

Hard Brexit like religious fundamentalism, says Welsh first minister
by Steven Morris
18 Sep 2017 at 4:19am
Carwyn Jones also compares London?s attitude to devolved nations over issue to Brezhnev?s approach to eastern blocThe first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has branded the pursuit of a hard Brexit ?a kind of religious fundamentalism?.Jones also compared Westminster?s approach to the devolved nat...

Put the wheels in motion for movable statues | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
17 Sep 2017 at 12:05am
Getting rid of unwanted monuments would be much easier if they were mounted on castersAs liberal America froths over its monuments to southern racism, in Glasgow a sweeter memory will be cast in stone later this year. On 17 November, outside Govan subway station, the unveiling of a statue of Mary...

Anas Sarwar launches campaign to be next Scottish Labour leader
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Sep 2017 at 11:43pm
Contest to succeed Kezia Dugdale being coloured by factional disputes between leftwingers and moderatesNicola Sturgeon has presided over unacceptable levels of poverty, Anas Sarwar has said at his Scottish Labour leadership campaign launch in the first minister?s Glasgow constituency.Sarwar, the ...

Boris Johnson trying to overcome red tape stopping aid to UK territories hit ...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2017 at 6:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenJacob Rees-Mogg?s LBC phone-in - SummaryBercow says it will be ?very worrying? if Tories ignore Commons voteLunchtime summaryJohnson/Tillerson press conference - Summary 5.59pm BST Here are the main points from the Johnson/Tillers...

Scottish ministers challenged over 'misleading' royal correspondence rules
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Sep 2017 at 11:53am
Labour, Lib Dems and Greens say decision to give royals right to read FoI requests goes beyond statutory requirementsScottish ministers have been challenged over ?misleading? rules giving the royal family unique privileges to keep its correspondence secret. Senior figures in Scottish Labour, the ...

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The question of the Kurds
There’s awareness in Scotland about Catalonia’s looming independence referendum. Or at least there’s awareness if you don’t confine yourself to BBC Scotland news. The Catalan vote is due to be held a week on Sunday, 1 October. However there’s another nation which is going to hold an independence referendum even sooner. On Monday Iraqi Kurdistan …

The edge of the abyss
In just ten days time, the government of Catalonia is determined to hold an independence referendum that the government of Spain is equally determined to prevent. What’s happening in Spain is heading towards the logical conclusion of what you get when the loyalist defenders of the central state refuse to countenance that a country within …

The Power Grab
POWER GRAB – The Threat to Scottish Democracy. 20 years after devolution and the creation its own Parliament, Scotland now faces its biggest challenge in the form of Brexit and a hard-right UK Tory Govt determined to centralise power. Former MP, MSP and Presiding Officer, George Reid, was involved in the 1979 devolution vote won …

Twenty one thousand thank yous
The Wee Ginger Fundraiser on Indiegogo has now closed. I sought to raise £10,000 in order to ensure that for another year I can continue full time to write, blog, and give talks about independence all over Scotland. You have surpassed that target by an enormous amount. £12,540 has been donated via the main fundraising …

The Lib Dem refonundrum
The Lib Dems are tying themselves in knots in order to avoid accusations of hypocrisy over their policy of seeking another referendum on the EU but steadfastly refusing to concede another referendum on Scottish independence. It’s hard to understand why they’re so bothered, seeing as how being inconsistent is pretty much the Unique Selling Point …

Solidarity with Catalonia
Another day, and another day of silence about events in Catalonia from BBC Scotland, the local accounting unit of the UK state broadcaster. You’d almost imagine that no one in Scotland could possibly relate to or be interested in the goings on in a modern European nation which is seeking independence, statehood, and membership of …

No go for the Tories
Oh my god. I can’t get home. Apparently I live in a Scottish city’s no-go area. Everyone who lives in my working class district in the East End of Glasgow, predominantly consisting of social housing, is cowering in terror in the Forge Shopping Centre in Parkhead. Only Parkhead is a no-go area too and Greggs …

Beyond the cringe
There’s a lot of talk about the Scottish Cringe, but the real Cringe making country is the British one. But that was a long time ago. Some of us long for the days when the British state was merely cringe-makingly embarrassing. Those days are now but a distant speck in the rear view mirror. Seat …

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Mhairi Black: Spain must respect the will of the people of Catalonia
GIVEN just how chaotic and worrying every day is in UK politics, we can all be forgiven for occasionally losing track of what is happening in the international political sphere (Trump, North Korea, Europe etc). However, the world should be paying very close attention to the scandalous actions of the Spanish government in regard to Catalonia, which The National has been commendable in reporting....

Wee Ginger Dug: Theresa May?s big Brexit speech in Florence won?t save her .....
ANY time Theresa May has been interviewed on the TV this week, she?s been determined to be jolly. She looks like someone who?s seen smiling in a book, and thinks it might be a good idea to copy it in order to reassure an increasingly panicky country which sees the Brexit cliff edge approaching rapidly.

Pat Kane: Here's how a bold approach to housing policy could transform Scotland
HOUSING should be one of the most urgent topics for public-minded Scots. We have an evident crisis; we have many fluent advocates and activists in this field; and we have some (though not the full range) of the governing powers that might address it.

The Slorance Sketch: Theresa May goes to the United Nations
The UK Prime Minister gives a talk on Brexit

Call for Davidson to back SNP MP's bill to ban unpaid trial shifts
SNP MP Stewart McDonald has asked Tory chief Ruth Davidson to get her MPs to back his private members bill to ban unpaid trial shifts.

'A gulf as wide as the Clyde between what Labour says and does' ? Sturgeon pi...
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit out at Scottish Labour leadership contender Anas Sarwar claiming there is a ?gulf as wide as the Clyde? between what the party?s politicians say and their actions.

Shona Craven: Those who boast about tax-dodging should be shunned
PICTURE the scene: you?re at a dinner party with friends, the wine?s been flowing and halfway through the main course someone lets slip that he?s found a way to beat the system. Drink-driving may be illegal, but he?s found a way to do it without being caught. Perhaps he?s identified a route home via back roads. Maybe he?s researched medications that produce false positives in road-side breathal...

Patrick Harvie: Our future prosperity lies with the low carbon economy
I PROMISE not to ask readers of the National for any more favours (at least until next month) if you could all do me one tiny thing today: respond to the Scottish Government?s Climate Change Bill consultation before it closes at midnight.

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Twins of Distrust ? The Tory Party and the Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Le...
          SECRET papers, reveal how the Scottish fishing fleet was betrayed by the Tory government 30 years ago to enable Britain to sign up to the controversial Common Fisheries Policy. Prime Minister Edward Heath?s officials estimated that up to half the fishermen in Scottish waters – then 4,000 men – could … Continue reading "Twins of Distrust – The Tory Party and the Scottish Fishermen’s Fe...

The Unionist Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mis...
              The Laws of the Sea Convention The Convention allows countries to establish an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. When UK leaves the EU it will have control of all fish within this zone. But, there are “riders”, the laws place a commitment … Continue reading "The Unionist Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mists of Uncertaint...

The Once Proud and Powerful Scottish Liberal Democratic Party Membership Shou...
    The remorseless decline of the Liberal-Democratic Party in Scotland 2007: In the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections, the party won one fewer seat than in the two previous Scottish elections. The experience led to criticism of the party’s election strategy. Although it was arithmetically possible to form a majority coalition with the Scottish National … Continue reading "The Once Proud and P...

Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine ? Tory MP for Aberdeen South ? Ross Thoms...
          Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine – Tory MP for Aberdeen South – Ross Thomson – seizes his chance to donate his own weird and wonderful interpretation of historical events In yesterday’s General Debate on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, Conservative MP Ross Thomson said that his visit to Israel and the West Bank last … Continue reading "Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine – Tory MP...

Lest Ye Forget ? The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum
        THE NO CAMPAIGN?S BROKEN PROMISES The EU During the referendum, the Better Together website said : ‘Scotland enjoys membership of the EU because of our membership of the UK and if we no longer are members of the UK then it follows that we are no longer are part of the … Continue reading "Lest Ye Forget – The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum"

The Machiavelli of his Time ? King William 2 ? Ordered the Execution of the M...
      Machiavelli (1459-1527) “The Prince” and William of Orange Just over a century before William arrived on the scene the arch manipulator Machiavelli wrote his guide for William’s political career, “The Prince” the content of which William practised as a monarch. Machiavelli wrote: “a prudent ruler cannot, and must not, honour his word … Continue reading "The Machiavelli of his Time – King ...

The Guid Men Of: Glasgow, Crail, Anstruther, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Orkney and Pe...
            King William 3rd of England and 2nd of Scotland – and the The Nine Years’ War (1688?97) The War of the Grand Alliance was a major conflict between France and a European wide coalition of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Spain, England, Scotland, and Savoy. … Continue reading "The Guid Men Of: Glasgow, Crail, Anstruther, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Orkney and Perth Petit...

The True Story of Darien ? King William and Westminster Duplicity ? The 1701 ...
  Patrick Earl of Marchmont       The Darien Scheme – Scotland Betrayed by a Monarch Who Had Their Trust On Friday 7 January 1701 The Scottish Chancellor sent a Scottish parliament address to King William, in London concerning events in Caledonia. The duplicity of the King and his support of England against Scotland … Continue reading "The True Story of Darien – King William and Westminster Dup...

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Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Where have all the leaders gone?
Where have all the leaders gone? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 20th 2017 We have a problem with leaders – specifically, a dearth of them in Scotland, the UK and most of the Western world. There is a crisis of authority, trust and legitimacy with, for some, populism, trusting instincts and voicing your inner rage …

Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution
Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 13th 2017 Twenty years ago this week Scotland held a referendum and voted decisively for a Scottish Parliament and for it to have tax-raising powers. This anniversary provides an opportunity to look back and assess what the last …

Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind
Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind Gerry Hassan The Guardian, September 11th 2017 Twenty years ago today Scotland voted 3:1 for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. It was clear the old Westminster system of governing Scotland was discredited. Voters recognised it was undemocratic, and produced bad politics and legislation. The case for …

Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top?
Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 6th 2017 Scotland has had much media prominence in the last few days. The new Queensferry Crossing opening across the Forth; Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world according to ?Rough Guide? readers, while even the …

Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next?
Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 30th 2017 Scottish Labour used to offer certainty. It had its differences and divisions, but it was in the business of running Scotland, dominating local government and town halls, and was concerned with administration, holding office and doing practical things. That seems …

Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street?
Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 28th 2017 Jeremy Corbyn has been causing waves in Scotland, as he has been across the entire UK. A five-day visit has seen him get lots of coverage and in places crowds, while annoying his political …

Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics
Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 23rd 2017 Andrew O?Hagan is a gifted, talented writer and intellectual force who both encapsulates curiosity and creativity and encourages it in others. Last week he gave a fascinating keynote address in Edinburgh on the subject of Scotland. O?Hagan?s very public painful relationship …

The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and th...
The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and the Future of Our Nation Sunday Herald, August 20th 2017 Gerry Hassan SCOTTISH politics feels, and looks on the surface, becalmed at the moment. This is an age of permanent disruption ? of populist movements, protests, anger, indignation, dismay and social division. This …

Scotland and Independence

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On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work to...

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On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work towards a united country
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With the third anniversary of Scottish independence now upon us, I see the first signs of reconciliation emerging. The SNP have been given a bloody nose in Scotland at the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2016, the Local Council Elections and then ...
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Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence re...

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Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence referendum will take place
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Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when she will call another referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum after her party suffered a setback at the general election ...
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Scottish Independence Convention set for biggest conference yet ... - CommonS...

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Scottish Independence Convention set for biggest conference yet ...
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PRO-INDEPENDENCE parties, groups and people will be brought together at the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) national conference on Saturday 4 ...

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Video: Catalan foreign relations director calls off indyref trip to Scotland ...

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Video: Catalan foreign relations director calls off indyref trip to Scotland over Spanish police raids
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A HIGH ranking Catalan Government official was forced to abandon a trip to Scotland as part of an independence referendum campaign following raids in Spain aimed at halting the vote. Marina Falco, the Director of Foreign Relations at the government's ...
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Scottish Independence Convention conference to look at how to bridge the gap ...

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Scottish Independence Convention conference to look at how to bridge the gap to indy
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GRASSROOTS activists will gather in November to help chart a fresh course for the independence movement as new questions arise over the timing of a second referendum. Up to 2000 Yes supporters are expected to attend a one-day conference in ...

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Kevin McKenna: Scottish Labour continues to pay a heavy price for its biggest...

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Kevin McKenna: Scottish Labour continues to pay a heavy price for its biggest folly
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Scottish Labour's unhealthy obsession with decrying everything about the campaign for Scottish independence has been its single biggest folly. This reached its nadir under the catastrophic leadership of Jim Murphy and coincided with the approach to the ...
Joyce McMillan: Tories have th...

Scottish independence rally held in Berlin - BBC News

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Scottish independence rally held in Berlin
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Supporters of Scottish independence have staged a march and rally in Berlin. Solidarity leader Tommy Sheridan spoke outside the Reichstag building at the event organised by Germans for Scottish Independence. Organisers said they wanted to raise ...
Scottish independence activists hold rally in GermanyThe Scotsman

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Hundreds flood the streets of Glasgow as pro-Scottish independence march brin...

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Hundreds flood the streets of Glasgow as pro-Scottish independence march brings city centre to a standstill
The Scottish Sun
HUNDREDS of pro-independence supports have flooded the streets of Glasgow as the march brought the city centre to a standstill. Indy campaigners were spotted waving saltires and chanting as they made their way from Holland Street on Saturday morning.
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Tory councillor who called Sturgeon a 'drooling hag' is struck off teaching r...

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Tory councillor who called Sturgeon a 'drooling hag' is struck off teaching register
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A CONSERVATIVE councillor in Fife has ended her teaching career rather than face a hearing into her social media attacks on the First Minister and SNP members. Councillor Kathleen Leslie called Nicola Sturgeon a ?drooling hag? and ?a wee fish wife? as ...

Kevin McKenna: Scottish Labour continues to pay a heavy price for its biggest...

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Kevin McKenna: Scottish Labour continues to pay a heavy price for its biggest folly
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If Labour is ever to become relevant again in Scotland it must find a way to reach those of its many former supporters who back the SNP. They won't do this by choosing at every turn to mock their desire for self-determination. George Robertson seems to ...

Unspun: the political diary - HeraldScotland

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Unspun: the political diary
HeraldScotland
Meanwhile, Mr Sarwar had a range of professional banners and posters ready. Alas, the small print showed these came from Edinburgh's Treehouse Print, who for many years have been the preferred choice of? the Scottish Tories. FINALLY, Coatbridge SNP ...

Scientist says SNP isn't explaining GM benefits - The Times

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Scientist says SNP isn't explaining GM benefits
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The Scottish government is failing to inform the public about the potential benefits of GM crops, according to the newly elected president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Dame Anne Glover, who was chief scientific adviser to the Scottish government ...

Tom Gordon: Sturgeon is in a bit of a jam on holding a second independence re...

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Tom Gordon: Sturgeon is in a bit of a jam on holding a second independence referendum
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Although there was a dispute over what was printed, there is no dispute over what she said, because the SNP Government had its own verbatim transcript. In this, the First Minister said her approach to the referendum and its relationship to Brexit had ...

Tory councillor is struck off teaching register and opts not to face hearing ...

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Tory councillor is struck off teaching register and opts not to face hearing after calling Sturgeon a 'drooling hag'
The National
A CONSERVATIVE councillor in Fife has ended her teaching career rather than face a hearing into her social media attacks on the First Minister and SNP members. Councillor Kathleen Leslie called Nicola Sturgeon a ?drooling hag? and ?a wee fish wife? as ...

an...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) Experiences Heavy Trading Volume -...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) Experiences Heavy Trading Volume
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These funds have shifted positions in (SNP). Spot Trading L.l.c added to its ownership by buying 500 shares an increase of 100.0% in the quarter. Spot Trading L.l.c now controls 1,000 shares valued at $82,000. The value of the position overall is up by ...

China Petroleum & Chemical (ADR) (SNP) Analysts See $0.97 EPS; Merit Medical ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical (ADR) (SNP) Analysts See $0.97 EPS; Merit Medical Systems (MMSI) Shorts Increased ...
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Analysts expect China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP) to report $0.97 EPS on October, 26.They anticipate $0.29 EPS change or 23.02% from last quarter's $1.26 EPS. SNP's profit would be $1.32B giving it 19.51 P/E if the $0.97 EPS is correct ...

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Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very ...
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Kirstene Hair did not vote in the EU referendum because there were "very strong" arguments on both sides.

Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalan referendum calls - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalan referendum calls
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Ms Sturgeon went on to argue that the Edinburgh Agreement between the UK and Scottish governments, which paved the way for Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, should be seen as a "shining example" and a "template that could be used by ...
Video: Catalan foreign relations director calls off indyref trip to Scotland over Spanish...

On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work to...

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On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work towards a united country
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Should the Spanish government succeed in preventing the Catalans holding their own referendum this will only serve to strengthen the hand of Theresa May and hard-line Unionists who would seek to prevent Scotland having a second independence ...
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Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence re...

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Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence referendum will take place
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Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when she will call another referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum after her party suffered a setback at the general election ...
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Jack McConnell: Nicola Sturgeon should park referendum plans for ... - Herald...

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Jack McConnell: Nicola Sturgeon should park referendum plans for ...
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Nicola Sturgeon should park plans to hold a second independence referendum for at least five years, a former Scottish first minister has said.
Jack McConnell: Indyref2 should be parked for five years - The ...The Scotsman

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Scottish Government release statement on Catalonia referendum - The Scotsman

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Scottish Government release statement on Catalonia referendum
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A statement released on the Scottish Government website from Fiona Hyslop read: ?The decision over Catalonia's future direction is a matter for the people who live there, and the Catalan and Spanish Governments are perfectly entitled to take positions ...
Ben Wray: The Catalans right to self-determination is und...

Why have we heard so little about the Catalan independence referendum? - talk...

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Why have we heard so little about the Catalan independence referendum?
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This isn't exactly a story of unrequited love, but it's certainly one of curiosity that seems to flow in only one direction. In the period leading up to the Scottish independence referendum, Catalonia's broadcast media eagerly followed every twist and ...
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Scottish devolution referendum: The birth of a parliament - BBC News - BBC News

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Scottish devolution referendum: The birth of a parliament - BBC News
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Next Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum, which led to the creation of the devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
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The BBC (Scotland)
New boss at BBC Scotland indicating she will win back trust lost during indyref1. Personally believe they can't change because they don't have permission to change from London.    

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

The Official President Trump thread

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

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

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!

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

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What brought you to the TAMB?
I first came across the board through a Google link when I was searching for coaches from Rome to Bari in 2007.  What was it that first brought you to the board? 

Tambs for the memories
It was always going to happen when brilliant posters like myself & Andreimack stopped winding folk up. TBH I chucked it because the place was full of s arguing about the same shite over and over and over.   I'd like to think I contributed to the Tamb during its heyday before the s too...

Strangest Celebrity Sightings
Who and where is the most random place you've met or seen a "celebrity" He's hardly a celebrity but mines would be when we seen Simon Weston at the lap dancing in Cardiff

Tele Program Recommendations
Been signed aff the graft for another week so looking for recommendations for stuff to watch I enjoy my travel programs and adventure documentaries like the long way round etc and looking for decent Berlin Wall and Cold War stuff so anything along those lines would be ideal I've got the D...

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

The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

Takeaway tipping etiquette
I very rarely get takeaways but when I do I order online, pay online and get them delivered.  Back in the day when I would hand over cash to the bloke dropping the food off, I would add a little as a tip. Now I'm not handing over any cash, I don't - am I being tight? Nobody has made a fuss or sto...

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.

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Independence is in the Streets Already ? Catalunya
A report on the revolt against Spain?s bid to stage a coup, raiding Catalan ministry HQs and arresting senior government officials. The alarm bells went off early in the morning, when nearly everyone was on their way to work, school or the day?s meetings. They had entered the Finance Ministry. They had arrested a number…

Spanish Raid Catalan Government Offices
The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested 12 high-ranking Catalan officials in a large scale anti-referendum operation. Spain has shifted up a gear this Wednesday morning. Military police Guardia Civil officers entered offices of three Catalan government ministries: Economy, Governance and Social Affairs. The raids started around 8am local time and they are part of a…

Is The Tide Turning Towards Independence?
Is the tide turning towards independence? The way to look at it is this. The vote in 2014 was a half and half split given that YES was leading and only swung back in the last week with ‘The Vow’ and various other breaches of purdah. Many Scots were taken to manager’s meetings where they…

Spain Threatens to Take Control of Catalunya?s Finances
The measure is to ‘guarantee that no euros are spent on illegal activities’, said Spanish Treasury Minister In a desperate flail the out of touch Madrid Government have snatched at the purse strings of the aspiring Catalan Autonomy. Vilaweb have reported today that Spain is out to ensure that not a single penny more of…

Has Kezia Dugdale been pushed into supporting Independence?
So, did Jeremy Corbyn merely partake in an embarrassingly badly attended 5-day tour to remind everyone of his lack of support in Scotland? Or did he have plans to wish Kezia Dugdale well in whatever she chose to do next? For me, it was the later. I don?t think she so much ?passed the baton?…

The Endocannabinoid System ? A Wee Primer
This is just a basic primer and bullet points of the mechanics and pictures of moments and systems, in time. They do not explain the full function of the EC system which is always on the quest for homeostasis, balance, equilibrium? and through this, allows us to be fully engaged in the flow of life.…

The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…