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PM urges voters to make clear they do not want second Scottish referendum
26 Feb 2017 at 4:40pm
The Prime Minister has urged voters in Scotland to use May's council elections to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want to have another independence referendum.

Khan 'very clear' he did not accuse SNP of racism, insists Dugdale
26 Feb 2017 at 3:30pm
The London mayor has been "very clear" that he was not accusing the SNP of racism, Kezia Dugdale has insisted following a row over comments made by Sadiq Khan during a visit to Scotland.

Dugdale warns Corbyn to heed "canary down the mine" of Scottish Labour
26 Feb 2017 at 2:23pm
UK Labour faces the same kind of electoral slaughter as the party in Scotland unless it reconnects with its core voters, Kezia Dugdale has warned.

Jeremy Corbyn: 'No appetite' in Scotland for another referendum
26 Feb 2017 at 4:09pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insisted there is "no appetite" in Scotland for a second vote on independence, as he urged the SNP government in Edinburgh "listen to the people and respect democracy".

May urged to use relationship with Trump to reverse media ban
26 Feb 2017 at 12:57pm
Theresa May should use her relationship with Donald Trump to ensure British media organisations are not affected by the US President's clampdown on the press, Tom Watson has said.

Named person scheme consultation in 'veil of secrecy' accusations
26 Feb 2017 at 12:25pm
Campaigners opposed to the Scottish Government's named person scheme have accused ministers of "throwing a veil of secrecy" around its progress to reform the policy.

No sudden drop in post-Brexit immigration, says Rudd
26 Feb 2017 at 1:19pm
Immigration will not suddenly fall once Britain leaves the European Union, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has suggested.

Supporters must back Corbyn, says Watson
26 Feb 2017 at 12:38pm
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has challenged union boss Len McCluskey and other Jeremy Corbyn supporters to back their man amid mounting pressure on the Labour leader.

Corbyn: Labour needed more than ever, but we must stay united
26 Feb 2017 at 6:11pm
Under-fire Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour and its policies are "needed more than ever" but told his party they must "remain united" if they are to win.

Brexit Bill should go through Lords without changes, insists McLoughlin
26 Feb 2017 at 1:03pm
Theresa May will not back down in her battle with the House of Lords over Parliament getting a veto on the final Brexit deal despite a Tory rebellion threatening a defeat for the Government, the Conservative Party chairman has said.

Paul Hutcheon: Scottish Labour loathes the SNP more than the Tories
26 Feb 2017 at 12:12am
SADIQ Khan?s incendiary comparison between Scottish nationalism and racism reflects a broader divide in Kezia Dugdale?s party.

Lanarkshire Baby Bank charity bid turned down over salary concern
26 Feb 2017 at 12:11am
REGULATORS rejected a bid by the controversial Lanarkshire Baby Bank to become a charity over the planned creation of a ?high salaried? post that was being lined up for its founder.

Mundell accused of failing to understand Brexit talks
26 Feb 2017 at 12:14am
SCOTTISH Secretary David Mundell has been accused of failing to understand the Brexit process by SNP minister Mike Russell.

Corbyn ally is still 'very torn' over his Remain vote
26 Feb 2017 at 12:12am
JEREMY Corbyn?s closest ally in Scotland has confessed that he is "still very torn" over whether he did the right thing in voting against Brexit in last year's EU referendum.

Website to oppose second Scottish referendum launched by Labour
25 Feb 2017 at 4:59pm
A new website for people to pledge their opposition to a possible second Scottish independence referendum has been launched by Labour.

 

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Theresa May urges voters: Use local ballot to reject indyref2
26 Feb 2017 at 4:22pm
The Prime Minister has urged voters in Scotland to use May’s council elections to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want to have another independence referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn: ?SNP should clear up its mess and forget indryref2?
26 Feb 2017 at 3:22pm
Embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told Nicola Sturgeon to forget a second independence referendum and clear up the “shameful” mess she has made in governing Scotland.

Kezia Dugdale defends Sadiq Khan in SNP ?racism? row
26 Feb 2017 at 1:18pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has sought to defuse a row over claims of racism directed at the SNP by the London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Theresa May ?must get Trump to reverse media ban?
26 Feb 2017 at 12:54pm
Theresa May should use her relationship with Donald Trump to ensure British media organisations are not affected by the US President’s clampdown on the press, Tom Watson has said.

Euan McColm: Labour oblivious to ballot box oblivion
26 Feb 2017 at 11:41am
I listened to shadow chancellor John McDonnell with a mixture of astonishment and contempt after Labour’s defeat in the Copeland by-election on Thursday. He maintained a straight face while blaming the result on interventions by former prime minister Tony Blair and his fellow architect of New Labour, Peter Mandelson.

Dani Garavelli: Lone howl of masculinity doesn?t help men
25 Feb 2017 at 11:42pm
It takes some contempt for democracy to try to filibuster a bill you already know to be supported by the overwhelming majority of your fellow parliamentarians. But then Philip Davies’ sole purpose in life seems to be to stand in the way of what other people believe in, particularly if what they believe in is the protection of the vulnerable.

Grant Jarvie: Don?t let sport cuts squander key social asset
25 Feb 2017 at 11:38pm
The news that sport in Scotland is to be cut by 20 per cent backs up research first released by Edinburgh University in December 2016. Figures released by the BBC indicate that in 2015, 52 sports benefited from a total revenue of £65.1 million, a figure that by the end of 2018 will have fallen to £51.8m, a reduction of 20 per cent in three years.

The secret refugees trapped in Belgrade?s barracks
25 Feb 2017 at 11:14pm
Jane Bradley reports on the squalid Belgrade camp that has prompted pleas to MPs to accept more refugee children.

David Mackenzie tells Oscar nominees: don?t ?babble? on Trump
25 Feb 2017 at 11:01pm
The Scottish director of an Oscar best film nominee has urged this year’s winners not to “babble” on about political issues.

Watson: ?Not the time to replace Corbyn?
25 Feb 2017 at 7:22pm
Labour’s leaders must take “a long hard look” at what is not working following the party’s defeat in the Copeland by-election, deputy leader Tom Watson has said.

Kezia Dugdale launches national campaign against indyref2
25 Feb 2017 at 5:10pm
A new website for people to pledge their opposition to a possible second Scottish independence referendum has been launched by Labour.

London mayor sparks Sturgeon fury with nationalism warning
25 Feb 2017 at 9:46am
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was yesterday forced into a humiliating retreat after sparking outrage by likening Scottish nationalism with racism.

White House bans BBC and critical press from key briefing
25 Feb 2017 at 7:31am
Donald Trump’s press secretary has caused an international outcry after he barred severl critical news organisations including the BBC from a White House press briefing.

David Miliband: Labour further from power than any time in last 50 years
25 Feb 2017 at 6:54am
Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is further from power than any time in the last 50 years, David Miliband has said.

Thomas L Friedman: Meet the five Trump administrations
25 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Maybe the President’s regime will eventually surprise us. And maybe elephants can fly, says Thomas L Friedman

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The Weasel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2017 at 4:55pm
It’s important to note, firstly, that the version of Sadiq Khan’s speech to the Scottish Labour conference he tweeted on Saturday morning simply flat-out said that Scottish nationalists were the same as racists and sectarian bigots. Its meaning was as clear as crystal to the Daily Record, a newspaper which is hardly hostile to Khan’s party. It …

The Northern English Lass
by Sylvina Tilbury
26 Feb 2017 at 11:59am
I first moved to Scotland from North Yorkshire in 2007 with my husband and baby son, after getting a job with Highland Council. I hope my first impressions of Scotland as a place to live, and how my connection with our new home developed over the years, may shed light on how a lot of English people …

The pound-shop Ruth Davidson
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2017 at 7:48am
Yesterday afternoon, Scottish Labour tweeted some comments from Kezia Dugdale’s keynote speech to the party conference that might be the most self-evidently idiotic thing ever said by a Scottish politician. Now, whether you support independence or not it’s a plain, measurable, empirical fact that it IS all of those things. Saying it’s not “an alternative”, in particular, …

For Sadiq Khan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2017 at 1:21pm
What does racism and separatism actually look like? How would we know it if we saw it? What are its defining characteristics? Who are its advocates? Let’s see if we can find out. Racists definitely don’t like immigration. That’s a basic. They’ll try to terrify people with wildly exaggerated dog-whistle “warnings” about their country and their …

The leader meets the gang
by Chris Cairns
25 Feb 2017 at 6:55am

Liars K to B
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Feb 2017 at 7:51pm
This is a story in the Herald today. Thing is, we know it’s a lie. Who says so? Kezia Dugdale does. Because just 17 months ago, she told Scotland On Sunday that her branch office’s membership was a whopping 9,000 higher than she says it is now. This morning, using the exact same terminology as then – …

A completely different situation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Feb 2017 at 5:02pm
No.4: file under “Hell actually froze over”. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

More questions than answers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Feb 2017 at 11:56am
We were very pleased to hear Gary Robertson challenge Kezia Dugdale on the curious matter of Scottish Labour’s membership and income figures on today’s Good Morning Scotland. Dugdale flapped and dodged and waffled for as long as she could before diverting the topic onto federalism, and eventually managed to wriggle away from the subject without any sort …

News values depreciate further
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Feb 2017 at 9:50pm
Almost a year ago we ran a short piece mocking a Scotsman headline which claimed that “THOUSANDS” of people had signed a Tory anti-referendum petition, when the actual number was a strictly-accurate-but-pathetic TWO thousand. We didn’t think that could ever be beaten for technically-true hyperbolic exaggeration, but we’d reckoned without the bold boundary-pushing ingenuity of the Daily Express. Hundreds …

The best news ever
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Feb 2017 at 5:17pm
We don’t normally run rumours on Wings, but this one was too good to pass up. We offer it to you on the clear basis that it IS just gossip, but it’s from a source we trust. Our source says that “he’s selling himself – to any influential figures who’ll listen – as a PR …

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Don't give up, Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour
26 Feb 2017 at 4:11pm
Leader says the party must "remain united" following its by-election loss to the Conservatives.


Ministers criticised over named person consultation
26 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
Campaigners opposed to the named person scheme criticise ministers over consultation to reform policy.


Scottish Labour's Dugdale pledges to work 'tirelessly' for union
25 Feb 2017 at 6:05pm
Scotland's Labour leader pledges to work "tirelessly" for the union in any independence vote.


Ministers to look 'carefully' at game bird hunting report
25 Feb 2017 at 10:39am
A report finds that many other European countries have more regulation of game bird hunting than Scotland.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan 'not accusing SNP of being racists'
25 Feb 2017 at 3:04pm
London Mayor Sadiq Khan insists he was not accusing the SNP of being racists or bigots in a trail of his speech to the Scottish Labour conference.


MP tackles football's breastfeeding taboo
25 Feb 2017 at 12:04am
SNP MP Alison Thewliss wants all football clubs in Scotland to declare their stadiums breastfeeding-friendly.


Violence against women bill dedicated to rape victim
24 Feb 2017 at 5:14pm
An MP dedicates a bill to tackle violence against women to a constituent who was brutally raped.


Memorial service for former Linlithgow MP Tam Dalyell
24 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm
A memorial service is held for former Labour MP Tam Dalyell, who died last month aged 84.


Kezia Dugdale: 'In 2017 my relationship ended and I lost best friend Gordon'
24 Feb 2017 at 5:47pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale speaks about the double heartache of breaking up with her fiancee and losing her best friend.


MSP 'inundated' with offshore worker discrimination concerns
24 Feb 2017 at 12:44am
An MSP says she has been "inundated" with former oil and gas workers claiming they have been discriminated against when seeking jobs outwith the industry.


Holyrood votes to pass Scottish budget
23 Feb 2017 at 5:39pm
Scotland's finance secretary says his budget gives Scottish taxpayers the "best deal in the UK" as MSPs vote to approve it.


Dundee, Stirling and Clackmannanshire set council tax rates
24 Feb 2017 at 10:41am
Councillors in Dundee and Stirling and Clackmannanshire set their council tax rates for the coming financial year.

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Coping with Copeland
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2017 at 6:15pm
Before any important English by-election, I always try to work out which result would be best for us from a strategic point of view.  ("Strategic" isn't really the right word for something we have ...

Auntie Backwater?
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2017 at 3:38pm
Because the announcement of the new "BBC Scotland" channel was genuinely unexpected, I've been struggling to get my head around it and work out what I think.  First of all, I find it hard to unders...

Westminster rocked as majority of Scottish public demands second independence...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2017 at 7:31am
As we've discussed on this blog a number of times, the recent Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times holds the world record for being more distorted more often by more people than any other poll in hu...

Pro-independence vote increases to 46.1% in perspicacious Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2017 at 1:48pm
It turns out that I was wrong in my guesswork last night - when Panelbase said there was "no real change" in their latest independence poll, what they meant was that there was no change at all.  Ac...


Take your bully-boy tactics elsewhere, Mr Robertson
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2017 at 11:21am
As you may have seen, I wrote a blogpost yesterday that criticised a columnist for joking that Donald Trump should be "kicked in the balls".  I defy anyone to read that post and say it was in any w...

Valentine's vapourisation for doomed Dugdale after devastating Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2017 at 2:54pm
Someone said to me a couple of weeks ago that I'd be kept busy as May approaches, because of a flurry of opinion polls for the local elections.  I had to explain that dedicated polls for local elec...

No, it's not OK to joke about inflicting violence on Donald Trump. Even Dona...
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2017 at 12:38pm
I've no wish to reignite a dormant feud, but I feel very strongly about this so I'm going to say it anyway.  Last night, a certain radical left columnist said on Twitter that if Donald Trump ever o...

Labour nearly slump to single figures in latest Scottish subsample from ComRes
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2017 at 8:04am
I wouldn't normally post about an individual Scottish subsample from a Britain-wide poll (although I used to do that circa 2009), but it's probably worth making an exception for one from ComRes tha...

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Under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to tell Scottish delegates he can win ...
by Mark Aitken
26 Feb 2017 at 11:21am
Embattled leader Corbyn will take the stage at the party’s annual Scottish conference in Perth under new pressure to quit.


Labour party can't cope after losing Copeland
by Alex Bell
26 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Alex Bell says it's time for the left to start again and form a new party, with Labour's heyday long gone.


Kezia Dugdale warns it would be "huge mistake" to appoint Ruth Davidson to le...
by Andy Philip
25 Feb 2017 at 10:20am
The Scottish Labour leader says Ruth's divisive policies make her the wrong person for the position.


Tories WIN Copeland by-election in devastating result for Labour
by Ben Glaze
24 Feb 2017 at 10:42am
Losing the seat is a huge blow for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn and comes after a campaign that was heavily focused on the NHS


Labour WIN Stoke by-election thrashing Paul Nuttall in humiliation for Ukip l...
by Dan Bloom
24 Feb 2017 at 10:35am
The humiliated Ukip leader failed to overturn Labour's 5,000 majority on a polling day that saw Storm Doris bring chaos to the pottery capital


Tory ministers have rewritten the law to deny increased disability benefit pa...
by Dan Bloom
23 Feb 2017 at 7:37pm
Tribunals had said the DWP should expand the reach of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - but the government warned this would cost it £3.7bn


Net migration drops to two year low amid Brexit referendum fall out
by Ben Glaze
23 Feb 2017 at 4:29pm
The number of people moving to Britain was down 49,000 but the amount of Romanians and Bulgarian arriving in the country rose to a record 74,000.


SNP told to get on with benefits overhaul after Holyrood handed new welfare p...
by David Clegg
23 Feb 2017 at 7:49am
The Scottish Parliament is given control over 11 benefits after legislation drawn up as a result of The Vow.


SNP ministers spend £250k on fancy cars while telling voters to use public tr...
by David Clegg
22 Feb 2017 at 8:39am
The Scottish Government spent £243,491 on private hire vehicles – up fivefold from £46,081 in 2010-11.


Scots feel betrayed after Brexit lies, says Joan McAlpine
by Joan McAlpine
22 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
As triggering Article 50 gets closer, Joan McAlpine looks at how the reasons behind the Leave vote no longer hold up.

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Journey To Yes ? 5
by michaelgreenwell
26 Feb 2017 at 10:45am
The fifth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey To yes ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
24 Feb 2017 at 8:50pm
The fourth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey To Yes ? 3
by michaelgreenwell
22 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The third in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.  

Journey to Yes ? 2
by michaelgreenwell
21 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The second in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey to Yes ? 1
by michaelgreenwell
20 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The first in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Marching On
by michaelgreenwell
19 Feb 2017 at 3:15pm
The National ran a story yesterday regarding the next big Indy March in Glasgow… ACTIVISTS planning a pro-independence march face a five-figure security bill after council bosses ordered them to pay professional guards. I have underlined some important parts here… Organisers say 5,000 people attended the last March for Independence organised by All Under One …

Scottish Independence Podcast 146 ? Murray, Orr & Harvie
by michaelgreenwell
16 Feb 2017 at 10:06pm
First of all, a huge thank you to all of you who donated in our little fundraiser. You’ve secured the podcast for another year and we’re very grateful. Episode 146 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention and has a couple of little bonuses thrown …
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That Small Fundraiser Time of Year Again
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2017 at 10:38pm
Once a year, the podcast has to pay a bill. As I said this time last year… With these podcasts I try (or have to try) to keep the direct costs as low as possible and I generally keep it down to the following Internet bill A decent new set of headphones with microphone every …

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Secretive DUP Brexit donor links to the Saudi intelligence service
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Feb 2017 at 6:58pm
The shadowy donor group that gave the Democratic Unionist Party £425,000 during the Brexit referendum campaign has links to the former Director General of the Saudi intelligence service ? also the father of the current Saudi Ambassador to the UK ? as Adam Ramsay and Peter Geoghegan reveal.. The donation to Arlene Foster?s party ? …

Alt-Right on the Night
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Feb 2017 at 12:40pm
From Kirsty Wark’s hilarious opening diatribe in Latin for Newsnight last night, in which she declared Theresa May ‘the imperial master of all before her’ watch it and weep to the media’s vitriol against Corbyn’s unillingness to conform, the media class is blithely unaware of the unfolding ‘British crisis’. Wark’s performance was the sort of …

Michael Gove v Liam O Hare
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Feb 2017 at 11:12am
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The Mayor comes to Perth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Feb 2017 at 10:28am
The former MP for Tooting, and now Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is one of Beleagured Labour’s most accomplished and talented souls. Or so we’re told. But his contribution to Labour’s Perth conference is so crass, so wrong and so ill-advised it’s extraordinary. The blame lies not with Khan himself but with Scottish Labour organisers …

Scottish Twitter, Scottish Protest
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Feb 2017 at 2:43pm
Scotland is sending out memes like they?re midges, and they?re sinking their teeth into the most powerful man in the world, argues Laura-Claire Wilson. When a pro-windpower, anti-nuclear protest sign that personally insults Donald Trump in Scots is on the front page of a national (in fact The National) newspaper, it constitutes a distinctively Caledonian …

Beyond Logie Durno
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Feb 2017 at 12:51pm
In the face of ongoing crisis of planning and community democracy, such as the recent farce of  a local council planting trees on a football pitch at Logie Durno, near Inverurie, Graeme Purves asks, Can we return to a Geddesian view of planning? People, Places and Planning, the Scottish Government?s consultation paper on the future …

Loki and James Kelman in conversation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Feb 2017 at 12:10pm
Darren McGarvey and Jim Kelman in conversation, a podcast brought to you by Phantom Power from Milton Arts Project. Likes(9)Dislikes(3)

Only the Dopest
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Feb 2017 at 11:56am
The fourth of our new weekly Mixtape series to bring you some music for your weekend. Every Friday a guest selects a playlist for you listen to previous here. O N L Y T H E D O P E S T is a playlist series for new experimental and underground music, curated by Bram …

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Fairer electoral system means more happy voters | Letters
by Letters
26 Feb 2017 at 7:57pm
Your editorial (Electoral reform would shake up Britain?s one-party states, 23 February) ignores the most important advantage of a more effective electoral system ? greater voter satisfaction.This is the key conclusion of the 2015 paper Changing the Political Map of Britain by Lewis Baston and Ma...

Sadiq Khan tones down attack on Scottish nationalism
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Feb 2017 at 4:48pm
Nicola Sturgeon reacts angrily to London mayor?s previous assertion that there was ?no difference? between separatist, racial or religious divisionsSadiq Khan has qualified his attacks on Scottish nationalism after provoking a torrent of criticism for claiming it was equivalent to racism and bigo...

Sadiq Khan: nationalism can be as divisive as bigotry and racism
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
London?s mayor implies fresh Scottish referendum would be as destabilising as Brexit vote and Trump presidencySadiq Khan, London?s mayor, has risked causing a row over Scottish independence by warning that nationalism can be as divisive as racism and religious bigotry. Related: Scottish Tories ac...

Labour expected to consider possibility of federal UK
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Feb 2017 at 1:53pm
Scottish Labour sources confident Corbyn will set up study of radical constitutional reforms, such as scrapping House of LordsThe Labour party is expected to set up a people?s convention to study radical reforms of the UK constitution, possible federalism and scrapping the House of Lords after Br...

Universities and Brexit: ?We?ve 2,500 EU students ? talent we don?t want to l...
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Feb 2017 at 6:59am
Glasgow University?s principal, Anton Muscatelli, says fears about the UK?s place in the research community post-Brexit are already affecting recruitmentAnton Muscatelli remembers his shock on the morning of the EU referendum result. He felt upset, shaken by its implications and by the forces tha...

Britain starting to reassess US as an ally, Scottish Tory leader says
by Frances Perraudin
17 Feb 2017 at 10:30am
Ruth Davidson?s remarks about whether US can be considered reliable ally under Trump contrast with official UK policyBritain is beginning to reassess how reliable an ally the US is, the Scottish Conservative party leader, Ruth Davidson, has said, in comments that contrast starkly with the officia...

Scottish Tories accuse SNP of seeking to weaponise Brexit vote
by Frances Perraudin
13 Feb 2017 at 6:38pm
Ruth Davidson says nationalists have been ?cranking up the grievance machine? in hope of new independence bidThe Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, has accused the SNP of copying the tactics of the leave campaign and seeking to ?weaponise Brexit? in an attempt to boost support for Scottish inde...

Independent Scotland 'would have to apply for EU membership'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
European commission reasserts that Scotland would have no automatic right to being part of EU if it voted to leave UKA senior EU official has cast doubt over claims that an independent Scotland could automatically join the EU or inherit the UK?s membership after Brexit.Jacqueline Minor, the Europ...

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Journey to Yes, N° 5
Shetland based journalist, writer, and broadcaster Tom Morton wrote some searing articles during the 2014 referendum attacking the Yes campaign and supporting a No vote.  Tom believed that the interests of social justice and solidarity were best served by Scotland remaining a part of the UK.  Following Brexit and the self-immolation of the Labour party …

The wrath at Khan
I’m fed up, seriously fed up, fed up with metropolitan Londonsplainers coming up to Scotland and informing us that we’re a bunch of divisive racists for wanting independence. The real fascists in Scotland, the real blood and soil nationalists who hate immigrants, Muslims, and who espouse xenophobia as their policy of choice are far more …

Journey to Yes
The fourth instalment in the estimable PhantomPower’s video series Journey to Yes, featuring lawyer and activist Mike Dailly who campaigned for a No vote in 2014 but who now has joined the SNP and will be campaigning for a Yes vote in indyref2.

Putting Scotland on the map
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Putting a price on love
We often hear anguished cries from die-hard Unionists that Scottish independence would put a border through families. During the last independence referendum Labour’s then Shadow Scottish Secretary Magrit Curran went on telly to bewail how she was opposed to independence because she didn’t want her children in London to become foreigners to her. Because being …

First steps in Gaelic imperialism
A while ago I announced on this blog that I was working on some Gaelic maps.  Although the overwhelming response from readers was positive and enthusiastic, for my pains frothing Unionists on social media called me a fascist, a blood and soil nationalist, and insisted that Gaelic had never been spoken in X, Y or …

It?s time for a Scottish public service broadcaster
Well that’s it Scotland. You’re not getting your own hour long news programme on the BBC. Even the prospect of an hour of Jackie Bird has been deemed too dangerously separatist by the BBC’s mandarins in London. A report in this week’s Sunday Herald says that the idea of an hour long Scottish based news …

Weaponised Brexit
In decades to come, if Donald Trump hasn’t set off WW3 or condemned us all to the collapse of civilisation due to rampant global warming or appalling hairstyles, historians will look back on 2014 as the great lost opportunity of the United Kingdom. 2014 was the year when the UK narrowly avoided losing one of …

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The Slorance Sketch: A sneak peak at the new BBC Scotland channel
What new programmes would be on the BBC Scotland channel?

Mhairi Black: Universal Credit needs a rethink ? it?s not working
THE point of any social security system is to help those who need extra support. That may be due to losing their job or any other reason which sees them lose the income they require to look after themselves and their families.

Pat Kane: Let?s all channel our thoughts on what we want to see on the BBC's ...
?ALL things are possible. But happen less and less?. It?s always been a sore line from Deacon Blue?s Fergus Sings The Blues ? a shot straight to the heart of our national miserabilism.

Wee Ginger Dug: The real test will be the BBC's attitude towards the next ind...
REJOICE! After decades of campaigning, after years of disappointment, after a hard struggle that involved crawling over the broken glass of a cathode ray tube, Scottish broadcasting is finally coming bang up to date. Or at least, bang up to date if you live in the 1970s. This week, after announcing that Scotland can forget having its own dedicated news programme on the prime channel at teatime ...

Labour member 'absolutely sickened' by the demise of her party
ANNE Dean, a Labour member for more than 16 years, says she feels ?absolutely sickened? by the demise of the party she has voted for all her adult life.

Paula McGuire: Time has come to glide gracefully off into the sunset
Paula McGuire's Big Adventures

Shona Craven: Children should not be left feeling trapped in caring roles
WHEN young carers make the news it?s usually for one of two reasons. Generally, someone will be calling for them to be better supported, someone will be praising their efforts, or it will be a combination of both. It?s rare ? almost unheard of ? for someone to be saying they shouldn?t exist. When support is discussed, it?s seldom suggested this should take the form of a paid, adult worker takin...

Patrick Harvie: The BBC's plan is not perfect... but it is still a milestone ...
SCOTLAND?S political landscape has been reacting this week to the BBC?s proposals to create a new TV channel for Scotland, with a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

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North Lanarkshire District Council ? £20 Million Plus Corruption Report at Sc...
            North Lanarkshire District Council Meltdown North Lanarkshire is the fourth largest Scottish local authority, located in west central Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It covers an area of 47,358 and serves a population of 328,000 people. Party insiders are on record as saying that: “if Labour lose North Lanarkshire … Continue reading North Lanarkshire District Council – £20 ...

Pin a Red Rosette On a Donkey and It Will be Elected to Political Office in S...
        Keir Hardie founded the Labour party and championed the cause of the working class who had been badly governed for many years. But political power in Scotland was vested with the Tory and Liberal parties for nearly 240 years until the advent of change in the political scene, brought about by … Continue reading Pin a Red Rosette On a Donkey and It Will be Elected to Political Office in S...

Good People Of Edinburgh Conned by Ruth Davidson and Her Tory Ratpack ? The P...
            Ruth Davidson Fails the Scottish Electorate who sent her to Holyrood Gaining seats at the last Scottish election was paramount in the thinking of Ruth Davidson and Tory activists in Scotland. This entailed a public denial of Westminster Tory policies and (as did Judas) the Party Branch in Scotland … Continue reading Good People Of Edinburgh Conned by Ruth Davidson and Her Tory Ratpa...

President Putin Eats babies ? The Magnitsky case ? A Tale of Espionage Fraud,...
          Sergei Magnitsky         2007: The Magnitsky case The case involved the theft of US$ 230 million from the Russian Treasury and is one of the largest tax fraud cases in Putin?s Russia. The crime was uncovered in 2007 by Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was working for … Continue reading President Putin Eats babies – The Magnitsky case – A Tale of Espionage Fraud,Murder and Attempted Reg...

Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party Surge in Scotland a load of Tosh ? Yet Anoth...
          11 Sep 2011: Only 6% of Scots think Scottish Tories put Scotland first Polling of 1,500 Scottish voters for the Tory Party in Scotland before the Holyrood elections asked whether certain parties put mainly English, Scottish or British issues first. The Scottish Conservatives were seen as the most English and … Continue reading Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party Surge in Scotland a load ...

Unionist Scaremongering 2014 referendum ? Scots are simply not genetically pr...
            David Cameron: English Politician: “It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another successful, independent country.”     James A Froude: English Historian: “No nation in Europe can look with more just pride on their past than the Scots, and no young Scotsman aught to grow … Continue reading Unionist Scaremongering 2014 referendum – Scots are simply not genetically p...

Westminster and the City of London ? Nests of Financial Vipers Plundering the...
    Alistair Darling    Gordon Brown         Alistair Darling – His Unmitigated Disastrous Treasury brief from 1992-98 and 2007-10 Darling was central to the economic calamities of the New Labour Government. His record included a fixation with financial services and a property boom ? which drove growth, but at the expense of … Continue reading Westminster and the City of London – Nests of Finan...

Chinese Inward Investment in Scotland Snookered ? Another Victim of Davidson?...
              2010: Chinese Inward Investment Potential Chinese worldwide investment expansion from 2009 attracted many entrepreneurs who wished to grasp any business opportunities which might arise. To facilitate this Sir Richard Branson formed the “E2Exchange” a network of talented budding and established business people. This in turn spawned the “88Initiative” … Continue reading Chinese Inwa...

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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

Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack
Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 22nd 2017 The past is a powerful force and that is even more true in the strange times we are living in. Take the waves of reaction and revulsion emerging last week after Tony Blair came back from …

The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence
The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 15th 2017 Last week a Rubicon was crossed as the House of Commons voted 494 to 122 ? a government majority of 372 – to give a third reading to triggering Article 50. Just as seriously on the same day – …

Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis?
Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 8th 2017 It is a season of heated tempers and invective across the political world. One that matches the widespread atmosphere of confusion and disorientation. This is a mood in which there are winners and losers: people who crave …

Scottish Independence has to move with the times
Scottish Independence has to move with the times Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 1st 2017 Scotland has in recent times liked to see itself as progressive, democratic and European. What?s so special about that you might think? A bit like apple pie and being kind to animals. But these undoubtedly mainstream values were rightly seen …

Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 26th 2017 A haunting refrain echoes around the globe. The world, many emphatically say, has gone to pot what with Trump, Brexit, terrorism, ISIS, the march of the far right, fake news, alternative facts and more. This miserablist take …

Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region?
Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 18th 2017 When did present day Scotland begin? Not the ?modern? Scotland of post-war times, or the upside and then downside of Labour Scotland. But the land that we visibly live in today ? shaped by the ghosts of …

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

Scotland and Independence

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Jeremy Corbyn: Scottish Independence can't take power back from multinational...

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Jeremy Corbyn: Scottish Independence can't take power back from multinationals
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JEREMY CORBYN has told Scottish Labour party members that a vote for Scottish independence would not tackle corporate power and improve working class people's lives. The UK Labour leader made the comments during a speech to the Scottish party ...
Jeremy Corbyn Says There Would Be A Hard Border Bet...

London Mayor: Calls for Scottish Independence Are 'Racist' - Heat Street

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London Mayor: Calls for Scottish Independence Are 'Racist'
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Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, is railing against calls for Scottish independence. In a newspaper column this weekend, the Labour politician likened Scottish nationalism to racism, stating that he saw ?no difference? between Scottish nationalists to ...
London's Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says Scottish nationalism is ...

Constitutional expert: Scottish independence ?sweet deal? for EU - New Statesman

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Constitutional expert: Scottish independence ?sweet deal? for EU
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An independent Scotland could succeed in staying in the European Union, despite legally having little power to block Brexit, a constitutional expert has argued.

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Ex-EU boss sends Nicola Sturgeon warning over second Scottish independence re...

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Ex-EU boss sends Nicola Sturgeon warning over second Scottish independence referendum
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Ms Sturgeon has consistently threatened a fresh independence referendum since last summer's Brexit vote, with the First Minister insisting Theresa May must listen to her demand for a ?differentiated? exit deal for Scotland. The SNP leader has also ...
Politicians and activists meet to p...

Video: Kezia Dugdale - I will never support Scottish independence - Belfast T...

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Video: Kezia Dugdale - I will never support Scottish independence
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale insists she will never support Scotland being independent from the United Kingdom. She was speaking to her party's conference in Perth. Popular. Film director Martin Scorsese was at Trinity College Dublin. It's a ...



Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN WEEKS', lobby gr...

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Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN WEEKS', lobby group claims
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Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting "back in full campaign mode" for a vote in 2018, which it expects to take place in either May or September. Group founder Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp emailed ...
Second Scottish independence refer...

Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum - Investopedia

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Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her team were quick to warn that a vote on Scottish independence was ?highly likely? after the rest of the U.K. opted to leave the European Union (EU) last June. With Article 50 now on the brink of being triggered ...
Scottish Independence Vote May Be Decided 'Within Weeks'Fortune
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Even Tony Blair thinks Scottish independence is credible now - New Statesman

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Even Tony Blair thinks Scottish independence is credible now
New Statesman
Scottish independence increasingly is being presented as a relatively neat solution to a multi-cornered constitutional problem. But if an independent Scotland looks more credible than it did three years earlier, the irony is that the original economic ...
Tony Blair: Scottish independence 'more credible' after ...

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Theresa May tells Scots to use forthcoming elections to send message to Nicol...

Theresa May tells Scots to use forthcoming elections to send message to Nicola Sturgeon
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But, writing in Holyrood magazine, the Prime Minister said: "We will also be looking forward to the local elections in May, when voters across Scotland will have the chance to send a clear message to the SNP that they do not want a second independence ...

Under pressure Jeremy Corbyn vows to fight on as Labour leader - The Courier

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Under pressure Jeremy Corbyn vows to fight on as Labour leader
The Courier
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to fight on as Labour leader despite the party's continued electoral woes. The UK leader attacked both the SNP and the Conservatives, drawing parallels between the two parties when he gave the keynote speech on the final day of ...

Jeremy Corbyn thanks the SNP? at Scottish Labour conference - Spectator.co.uk...

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Jeremy Corbyn thanks the SNP? at Scottish Labour conference
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
So, Mr S was curious to hear the Labour lead thank the SNP in his speech at today's Scottish Labour party conference. Referring to plans for a new Scottish Labour policy to increase child benefit, Corbyn confused delegates by thanking 'our SNPs':.

Corbyn: Labour fights for Scottish communities whilst the SNP fail - LabourList

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Corbyn: Labour fights for Scottish communities whilst the SNP fail
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Thank you Joe and thanks for standing up for your community and the people of North Ayrshire. When the SNP ran away from having to deal with the cuts their own Government foisted on North Ayrshire, Labour stepped in. So thank you Joe for leading the ...

Theresa May tells Scots: use your council vote to oppose independence - iNews

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Theresa May tells Scots: use your council vote to oppose independence
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Theresa May has urged Scots who oppose a second independence referendum to use their vote at May's council elections to send a message to the SNP. The Prime Minister said the local elections provided an opportunity for Scottish voters to tell Nicola ...

Bid to scrap the act before end of the year - Glasgow Evening Times

Bid to scrap the act before end of the year
Glasgow Evening Times
THE SNP must not try and block a Members Bill to scrap the controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, a Glasgow MSP has warned. James Kelly, Glasgow Labour MSP, will lodge his bill to repeal the act before the end of the football season and ...

SNP MP Stewart McDonald seeks clarification from Volkswagen - The National

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SNP MP Stewart McDonald seeks clarification from Volkswagen
The National
SNP MP and member of the Transport Select Committee Stewart McDonald has written to the managing director of Volkswagen UK following his appearance at Westminster. Stewart McDonald has said that there were ?clear inconsistencies in the evidence ...



Jeremy Corbyn congratulated the SNP by mistake... Twice - The indy100

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Jeremy Corbyn congratulated the SNP by mistake... Twice
The indy100
Jeremy Corbyn issued a rallying cry during a speech at the Scottish Labour Party conference after an abysmal by-election defeat in Copeland. Corbyn confirmed his intentions to continue on as leader of the Labour party despite losing Copeland, which was ...

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Jeremy Corbyn: 'No appetite' in Scotland for another referendum - Herald Scot...

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Jeremy Corbyn: 'No appetite' in Scotland for another referendum
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He attacked the SNP for using the Brexit vote, in which Scotland voted to remain in the European Union while the UK as a whole voted to leave, as "leverage" for a second chance to hold a referendum. He went on to claim they were using calls for another ...
Jeremy Corbyn Says There Would Be A Hard Border ...

Scottish SNP government 'seriously considering second independence referendum...

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Scottish SNP government 'seriously considering second independence referendum next year'
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The Scottish government is seriously considering a second independence referendum next year, it has been claimed. Nicola Sturgeon's SNP is increasingly confident it would win a second vote, as the First Minister believes the circumstances around it ...
Theresa May urges voters to...

Scotland may be set to call a second independence referendum next year - Glob...

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Scotland may be set to call a second independence referendum next year
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The Scottish government is increasingly confident it can win a new independence referendum and is considering calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Edinburgh administration say. Scots voted overwhelmingly to ...



Ex-EU boss sends Nicola Sturgeon warning over second Scottish independence re...

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Ex-EU boss sends Nicola Sturgeon warning over second Scottish independence referendum
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The SNP leader has also described Scotland staying in the EU as an independent member state as the ?best option? for the country. But former top EU boss Mr Van Rompuy advised Ms Sturgeon the way the SNP pushes for a second referendum would affect ...
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Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN WEEKS', lobby gr...

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Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN WEEKS', lobby group claims
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Scotland voted to stay in the UK in the last referendum in 2014, by 55 per cent to 45 per cent. But after Britain opted to leave the EU in June, in a vote where 60 per cent of Scots chose to Remain, Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly claimed a second ...
Second Scottish independence referendu...

Scottish Independence Vote May Be Decided 'Within Weeks' - Fortune

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Scottish Independence Vote May Be Decided 'Within Weeks'
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A decision on calling a new Scottish independence referendum could be made within weeks, said a Scottish Greens lawmaker whose party is a key ally of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The timing of a potential new Scottish referendum?which ...
Factbox: Who decides whether Scotland holds a new independence referendum?Reu...

No need for second Scotland referendum: UK minister | Business ... - Business...

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No need for second Scotland referendum: UK minister | Business ...
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Read more about No need for second Scotland referendum: UK minister on Business Standard. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said there was no ...
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RBS fears the fallout from referendum - The Times (subscription)

RBS fears the fallout from referendum
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Royal Bank of Scotland says that a second independence referendum would damage its business, after it unveiled losses of almost £7 billion and said that jobs would be cut. It said that any movement in Scotland's relations with the UK or EU could ...

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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...

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

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

Nationalists no better than racists...
According to the mayor of London.
 
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scottish-nationalism-same-racism-says-9913799

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

The Official President Trump thread

Philip Davies MP
It seems the honourable member for Shipley is back at his filibustering best.  This time he's decided to dedicate himself to talking out a Bill designed to combat violence against women.  He seem to filibuster these things on the grounds that men have violence committed against them too.  I also ...

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

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

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

Bill Paxton
Deid. Send my thoughts to Neil R at this difficult time. 

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

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...

Thoughts and Questions About God
Attempting to keep the 'Rangers In Crisis' thread on topic...

TV That Makes You Think
This is still on iplayer it's not light viewing and it's nearly 3 hours long but it's amazing (and also has Dream Baby Dream in the soundtrack) Challenge yourself and watch it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04b183c/adam-curtis-hypernormalisation

Football Pennants
Does anyone have any recommendations for getting a good quality one off football match pennant made?

2017 Gig Thread
Been buying quite a few tickets recently so seemed like a good time to start this!  Bought so far...... Belle & Sebastien @ O2 Academy (or I will in about 20 mins) Coldplay @ Croke Park Dublin Brian Wilson @ Kelvingrove Bandstand Shed Seven @ O2 Academy Also going to see Billy...

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Labour will launch NHS workforce commission 'within ten weeks'

Sadiq Khan: 'no difference' between Scottish nationalism and right-wing populism

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

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

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 ...