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Covid: Jason Leitch defends Christmas guidance insisting 'Scotland is innovat...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:53am
Scotland's clinical director Professor Jason Leitch has defended the Scottish Government's recently-published guidance for Scots over the Christmas period.


Andy Robertson follows in Marcus Rashford's footsteps to help disadvantaged c...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:13am
Scotland footballer Andy Robertson has launched a charity to ?fight for what?s right? in Scotland ? but sad he hopes the kind of political action spearheaded by Rashford will not be needed in Scotland.


Rebecca McQuillan: Economic gloom shows need for realism ? for the SNP too
27 Nov 2020 at 9:00am
Big numbers can be hard to comprehend. Explaining to my five-year-old recently that lava is at least 700 degrees Celsius (ta, universetoday.com), it was all we could do to stare blankly at each other, trying to grasp what that could possibly be like. ?Hot enough to melt the rock of Arthur?s Seat,? I managed, which sent her eyebrows skywards.


Analysis: Why Sturgeon might not actually be leading an unstoppable force
27 Nov 2020 at 9:02am
By Kevin Hague


Covid Christmas: Leaked COSLA document reveals possible extension to school h...
27 Nov 2020 at 9:34am
The Scottish Government is considering extending the Christmas school holidays by a few days, according to a leaked COSLA document.


Tenants call for SNP to introduce rent controls in Scotland as rent costs rise
27 Nov 2020 at 8:15am
THE TENANTS union Living Rent is delivering 100 postcards to the SNP, calling on it to focus on rent controls ahead of the party?s annual conference.


Coronavirus: Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine to be assessed by regu...
27 Nov 2020 at 7:54am
A coronavirus vaccine rollout in the UK could be a step closer after the regulator was formally asked by the Government to assess the Oxford University and AstraZeneca jab.


US election 2020: Donald Trump signals willingness to vacate White House
27 Nov 2020 at 7:45am
Donald Trump has said he will leave the White House if the Electoral College confirms president-elect Joe Biden's victory, although added it will be "a very hard thing to concede."


Catriona Stewart: #BeKind? The reaction to Meghan Markle's miscarriage shows ...
27 Nov 2020 at 5:05am
THERE are some topics on which you would expect the old maxim of saying nothing when there is nothing nice to say to hold fast.


Unknown state of UK's nuclear sites has led to 'sorry saga'
27 Nov 2020 at 5:00am
WARNINGS have been issued that a ?perpetual? lack of knowledge around the condition of the UK?s nuclear sites means decommissioning will not be completed for another 120 years and cost billions of pounds.


Analysis: has policy differentiation during pandemic paved way for Scottish i...
26 Nov 2020 at 8:03pm
DIFFERENTIATION is a key effect of devolution; different parts of a country doing things in their own way.


Alex Salmond inquiry: Nicola Sturgeon's gatekeeper called to give evidence
26 Nov 2020 at 8:07pm
A KEY aide to Nicola Sturgeon who had a secret meeting with a woman who later accused Alex Salmond of sexual misconduct is to be grilled by MSPs next week.


Boris Johnson urges public to be vigilant and not to 'take our foot off the t...
26 Nov 2020 at 7:18pm
BORIS Johnson has called on Britons to be vigilant in the fight against coronavirus, insisting now was not the time to be ?taking our foot off the throat of the beast?.


Nicola Sturgeon does not rule out pushing for Indyref2 to be held next year
26 Nov 2020 at 6:53pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has not ruled out pushing for a second independence referendum to be held next year.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Scottish school holidays extension considered but final decision to be made b...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:47am
Ministers are considering whether to extend the school holidays over Christmas to act as a ?break? following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions over the festive period.

Up to 40% of Scots may cast postal votes for Holyrood election
27 Nov 2020 at 10:25am
MSPs are seeking assurances that ministers will make "sufficient resources" available to cope with the expected increase in demand for postal voting in next year's Holyrood election.

Donald Trump: US President promises to leave White House if Electoral College...
27 Nov 2020 at 9:13am
US President Donald Trump has told reporters that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalises Joe Biden's victory at the polls.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Quarantine rules reinstated for travellers from...
27 Nov 2020 at 6:40am
Live updates on coronavirus in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Scottish independence: Poll shows record support, but it's not in the bag ? I...
26 Nov 2020 at 9:36pm
Reversal of referendum figures gives symbolic satisfaction

Nicola Sturgeon wants second independence referendum early in next parliament
26 Nov 2020 at 7:18pm
The First Minister of Scotland has said she hopes to hold Indyref2 in the early part of the next Parliament.

Scots 'tied pubs' overhaul is backed by MSPs
26 Nov 2020 at 6:48pm
New laws which will reform the way hundreds of pubs are run in Scotland, aimed at giving tenant operators greater freedom from brewery owners, have been backed by MSPs.

Scots grouse shooting estates face tough new licensing regime
26 Nov 2020 at 6:29pm
Grouse shooting estates in Scotland are to face a tough new licensing regime that could see them closed down amid concerns over bird of prey deaths.

Nicola Sturgeon unable to provide number of positive Covid-19 patients discha...
26 Nov 2020 at 2:19pm
The First Minister has said it is not possible for her to set out the number of cases in which a patient discharged into a care home happened with a positive test for Covid-19.

Nicola Sturgeon warns Rishi Sunak spending review could bring 'new age of aus...
26 Nov 2020 at 5:23pm
The Chancellor's Spending Review could bring in a "new age of austerity", Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

The answer to Matt Hancock's question about why British people work when sick...
27 Nov 2020 at 7:00am
It was a small news story, this week, but an oddly revealing one. Speaking to a joint session of the Westminster Parliament?s Health And Social Care and Science And Technology committees, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, was to be heard deploring what he called the great British public?s ?peculiar? habit of going to work when they are unwell.

Fuel poverty an overlooked outcome of Covid crisis ? Gina Davidson
27 Nov 2020 at 7:00am
?Coal burns. Coal is momentary and coal is costly. There will be no more coal burned in this office today, is that quite clear, Mr. Cratchit??

UK foreign aid: how much does Britain spend on overseas aid, where does it go...
26 Nov 2020 at 2:24pm
Foreign officer Baroness Liz Sugg resigned from her post in the wake of the chancellor?s spending review

Conservative councillor rapped for social media comments on Fife wedding venue
26 Nov 2020 at 1:47pm
A Conservative councillor has been banned from the next two full meetings of Fife Council after making inappropriate comments about a wedding venue on social media in behaviour that "amounted to harassment".

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

Schrodinger?s Cybernat
26 Nov 2020 at 10:54am
We couldn’t help but chuckle yesterday when the £100K-a-year Westminster MP and obsessive Wings Over Scotland reader “Pension Pete” Wishart announced – in the space of six minutes – that this site was simultaneously an irrelevance that nobody listened to, but also somehow one of the greatest threats to independence. It got a lot funnier …

The day job
25 Nov 2020 at 2:55pm
We’ve just been alerted to a new FOI response. It pretty much speaks for itself. But it’s worth pondering the numbers. For what we keep being told is still the SNP’s entire reason for existence, the party had delegated just seven members of Scottish Government staff to work, part-time, on the update of the case for independence that it promised …

Bustin? flushes
25 Nov 2020 at 12:12pm
Wings Over Scotland marked its ninth birthday earlier this month. To be honest, we totally forgot about it until someone reminded us. Normally we mark the anniversary with a small reflection and taking of stock over how things are going, but this year we couldn’t be bothered – we’d already mentioned readership stats in August. …

Pete?s Perfect Plan
24 Nov 2020 at 12:45pm
We don’t mind admitting we were quivering with anticipation, readers. So let’s go. We’ll just dive straight into it, skipping the four paragraphs of intro waffle. Well, it would certainly be an undemocratic disgrace. But Scotland’s been subject to democratic injustice for as long as we’ve been alive – the 40% rule, the refused Yes vote …

The Faction Factory
23 Nov 2020 at 10:19am
Sometimes, despite everything, you just have to laugh. No matter how black and rueful a laugh it might be. The “faction” drawing the indignation of Cosy Feet Pete at the weekend was one which expressly set out the intention of focusing the SNP on independence. One might, in saner times, have considered that an uncontroversial …

Any minute now
22 Nov 2020 at 11:56am
From 2016 (and another classic in the “missing words” category). We were keen to read the article, obviously. Zounds, the irony.

New military spending plans revealed
21 Nov 2020 at 6:57am

Hate in numbers
20 Nov 2020 at 11:54am
The Scottish Parliament will today almost certainly pass a dangerously misleading and inaccurate motion to mark “Transgender Day Of Remembrance”, and in doing so will join countless other institutions across the UK captured by trans ideology to the great detriment of women’s rights, freedom of speech and general sanity. So we thought we’d mark it with a very …

The state is not her
19 Nov 2020 at 11:45am
One of the dumber things we see regularly posted on social media is that Yes voices should stop criticising the First Minister because her leadership is the only reason Yes is now consistently ahead in the polls and we would have no chance of winning a new referendum with someone else in charge. This is …

Taking the wheel
18 Nov 2020 at 11:36am
Some years ago, a friend of mine was on a car journey along the motorway, with their brother driving. The night before there had been a storm and high winds. The bad weather had continued into the morning before easing, but the wind was still strong. They were chatting in the car and as they continued …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

The Route to Independence Leads Through Oban
24 Nov 2020 at 2:34pm

Grassroots Oban are hosting me for a zoom talk on the Route to Independence this evening at 7pm. You are welcome to join us, which you can do by registering in advance (ie now) here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kfuqrpzIrGNLlxVYFLb2z2LlxT6Hx_vFf After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. I hope that over half …

The Route to Independence Leads Through Oban

Militarism and the Populist Playbook
19 Nov 2020 at 12:37pm

Why militarism is such a surefire winner for populists is an interesting question, to which the answer is probably an unpleasant reflection on human nature. Atavism and racism are the easiest way to political success, despite the demonstrably catastrophic consequences. For an economically dominant power to allocate its resources under the influence of militarism, and …

Militarism and the Populist Playbook

Where are the Praetorian Guard When You Need Them?
18 Nov 2020 at 10:08am

Here is Boris Johnson writing on devolution in 2001: OCH aye, it’s the New Jerusalem! It’s a land of milk and honey they’re building up there in Scotland, laddie. They’ll nae be doing with your horrid Anglo-Saxon d e v i l-t a k e-t h e-h i n d m o s t approach. …

Where are the Praetorian Guard When You Need Them?

Michael Russell, Neo-Liberal
11 Nov 2020 at 12:09pm

Mike Russell is claiming I have in some way misinterpreted or mis-attributed his detailed advocacy of privatisation of the NHS. I therefore bring you the following published critiques, every one of which has evidently “misunderstood” Mike Russell too. First from Iain MacWhirter in the Scottish Review of Books: I have to say that Russell?s own …

Michael Russell, Neo-Liberal

It?s Only Words
10 Nov 2020 at 11:46am

UPDATE: Mike Russell has responded in a tweet that his book is a dialogue between the two authors, implying he did not subscribe to its views on the NHS. Unfortunately, having read the full book, this is demonstrably untrue. It is certainly true that the Introduction states that not all the ideas are agreed by …

It’s Only Words

Trident Must Be Destroyed, Not Given to Westminster
8 Nov 2020 at 9:22am

There appears to be a presumption that upon Scottish Independence, the Trident submarine fleet and its incredibly destructive WMD’s must simply be handed over to Westminster by Holyrood. That is wrong in international law; if the weapons remain on the territory of Scotland, a sovereign state, it will be for the Scottish Government to dispose …

Trident Must Be Destroyed, Not Given to Westminster

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Covid in Scotland: Talks held over extending Christmas holidays
27 Nov 2020 at 11:03am
It has been suggested that all schools could close on 18 December and reopen on 11 January.

Nicola Sturgeon wants indyref2 'early in next parliament'
26 Nov 2020 at 8:32pm
Scotland's first minister says a referendum should be held "in the earlier part" of the next Scottish Parliament.

What's going on with Scottish independence?
27 Nov 2020 at 3:11am
Elections in 2021 and the pandemic have brought the issue of Scottish independence into the spotlight.

Covid in Scotland: Eight-person limit for Christmas bubbles
26 Nov 2020 at 1:40pm
Government guidance says the bubbles should contain a maximum of eight people over the age of 11.

Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'sheer hypocrisy' over Alex Salmond papers
26 Nov 2020 at 1:53pm
The Scottish Conservative leader suggests the first minister "has something to hide" by not publishing legal advice.

Five Covid numbers to watch: Has Scotland's 'second wave' peaked?
25 Nov 2020 at 1:53pm
Covid hotspots are still emerging across Scotland, but the number of daily deaths is declining.

Public sector pay freeze 'misjudged' says Scotland's finance secretary
26 Nov 2020 at 10:37am
Scotland's finance secretary says she disagrees with the UK government's plan to address the cost of the pandemic.

What the spending review means for Scotland
25 Nov 2020 at 2:11pm
An increase in the money coming to Scotland but uncertainty about costs and pay awards.

Covid in Scotland: Testing expanded for health and care workers
25 Nov 2020 at 7:38pm
Testing will be expanded to all frontline health and social care staff, care home visitors and hospital patients

Scot Goes Pop

Backing Joanna Cherry's slate for the NEC elections
25 Nov 2020 at 6:43pm
Those of you who follow me on Twitter may be aware of my confusion a couple of weeks ago at a cartoon that had seemingly been created and shared by the so-called 'woke' tendency within the Yes move...

The SNP's defence submission is a 'modernisation' too far: it's time to reaff...
23 Nov 2020 at 6:24pm
Here lies problem with by passing @theSNP members in creating policy. The Clyde will dry up before SNP members abandon our support for unilateral nuclear disarmament in favour of a New Labour multi...

Pro-indy parties make progress in Clackmannanshire East by-election
21 Nov 2020 at 4:04pm
A rare advantage of being forced to have pre-moderation switched on is that I was able to intercept a comment the other night by a well-known unionist propagandist who was attempting to portray the...

To only focus on "disaster" would be our "biggest mistake"
19 Nov 2020 at 5:24pm
Boris Johnson didn't just say that devolution is a "disaster" - he also said it was Tony Blair's biggest "mistake", which implies it should never even have happened. So "mistake" is the word to emp...

Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase poll: Scottish public think Nicola Sturgeon has out...
18 Nov 2020 at 3:47pm
Last but not least in the Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase poll, we have an opportunity to see how Nicola Sturgeon shapes up in a league table of selected world leaders - and we all know how thrilled our ...


Remember that the Scottish people were fearful about the future of devolution...
18 Nov 2020 at 6:21am
Translation: "Devolution is great but not when the Jocks elect the wrong government, which is every single time."https://t.co/pXhj0i67Yv? James Kelly (@JamesKelly) November 16, 2020 2014: Faster, ...

Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase poll: Staggering three-quarters of voters think the...
16 Nov 2020 at 8:57pm
As I mentioned the other day, one of the difficulties of polling about public attitudes to the Westminster power-grab contained in the Internal Market Bill is that most people aren't even aware of ...


VIDEO: Preview of tonight's question in the Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase poll
16 Nov 2020 at 8:32pm

Reddit Scotland

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


A morning in Ullapool (Ross-Shire).
27 Nov 2020 at 11:36am
submitted by /u/iMacBurger


'Flipbook' film's glimpse of Scots life in 1900s
27 Nov 2020 at 11:34am
submitted by /u/ewenmax


Some thoughts on independence (a United Ireland) and how you would plan, prep...
27 Nov 2020 at 11:27am
submitted by /u/TheRebeccaRiots


Exclusive: No.10 'Demanded UK Flag Be Printed On Oxford Vaccine'
27 Nov 2020 at 11:16am
submitted by /u/Saltire_Blue


Ferret Fact Service - Claim Glasgow areas have lower life expectancy than Rwa...
27 Nov 2020 at 11:03am
submitted by /u/Underlaker


What' going on with Scottish independence?
27 Nov 2020 at 10:52am
submitted by /u/InkyScrolls


'Help my mum see again'- West Lothian mother left blind due to lockdown delay...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:48am
submitted by /u/rex-imperator


Only in Scotland...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:40am
submitted by /u/miridin


360 panoramic view from Arthur's Seat
27 Nov 2020 at 10:36am
submitted by /u/forgetaboutgelgameks

Call for avoidance of "Lighthouse Labs" e.g. Glasgow due to unsuitability of ...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:33am
The link below is to a briefing paper for MPs written by Clare Craig BM BCh FRCPat, Jonathan Engler MBChB LLB, Mike Yeadon BSc Hons (Biochem-tox) PhD (Pharmacol), and Christian McNeill LL.B and Dip...


Edinburgh's guest houses are starved of business by Covid rules but don't qua...
27 Nov 2020 at 10:04am
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Famous railway road. Scotland.
27 Nov 2020 at 9:39am
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Liverpool and Scotland defender Andy Robertson launches charity to help young...
27 Nov 2020 at 8:55am
submitted by /u/Red_Brummy


Up to 40% of Scots may cast postal votes for Holyrood election
27 Nov 2020 at 8:42am
submitted by /u/fluffykintail

Daily Record

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Donald Trump almost concedes he lost the US election 23 days after polls closed
27 Nov 2020 at 10:16am
The defeated US President inched closer to reality by saying he will not be a squatter in the White House if electoral college confirms Joe Biden's election win.


Scots urged to 'save big Christmas party until after vaccine' by Jason Leitch
27 Nov 2020 at 9:18am
National clinical director Jason Leitch says the public should limit Christmas gatherings, and even suggested using a big 'pasting table' for dinner


Douglas Ross accused of 'taking liberties' by booking ref slots with parly email
27 Nov 2020 at 4:30am
The Scottish Conservatives leader regularly officiates at big games across the country.


Document shows Scottish Government proposals for extended school Xmas break
26 Nov 2020 at 9:56pm
The memo from COSLA detailed proposals by Scottish Ministers to lengthen the festive break for pupils across Scotland from December 18 until January 11.


Nicola Sturgeon says IndyRef2 will happen in 'earlier part' of next parly term
26 Nov 2020 at 7:07pm
The First Minister spoke about the timing of an IndyRef2 ahead of this weekend's SNP conference.


Don't hug your granny this Covid Christmas, public health chief warns
26 Nov 2020 at 6:22pm
Boris Johnson's Chief Medical Officer said loosening the rules at Christmas carried big risks people should take seriously.


Care home testing row as Nicola Sturgeon unable to reveal discharge numbers
26 Nov 2020 at 4:46pm
Opposition MSPs are angry over guidance for vulnerable people and ?slow progress? on testing


Former SNP Westminster leader contacted by Holyrood Salmond Inquiry
26 Nov 2020 at 3:40pm
The committee has written to Angus Robertson as part of their investigation.


SNP minister rejects call for football fans to return to grounds
26 Nov 2020 at 3:21pm
Professional clubs face financial meltdown as spectators remain banned from stadiums in almost all parts of the country.


Nicola Sturgeon told ?third wave? of Covid-19 will follow Christmas
26 Nov 2020 at 1:59pm
The First minister also shares concerns but the Scottish Government has not carried out a full risk assessment.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Nicola Sturgeon: Indyref2 'should come in earlier part' of next Holyrood term
26 Nov 2020 at 6:35pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has said that a second independence referendum should happen in the ?earlier part? of the next Holyrood term.

Calls for people to be 'Voice for Scotland?s future' in new Yes video campaign
27 Nov 2020 at 5:00am

YES supporters are asked to speak up for Scotland in a new online initiative.

Ruth Davidson's comments back to haunt her after decrying indyref2 as 'crazy'
27 Nov 2020 at 11:25am

SCOTTISH Tories were clambering over themselves to condemn Nicola Sturgeon yesterday after the leader of the pro-independence SNP dared to suggest that she might want independence.

SNP CWG respond to claim they are undermining independence cause
27 Nov 2020 at 9:50am

A Joanna Cherry backed group inside the SNP has hit back at criticism made against it by Alyn Smith as tensions grow inside the party on the eve of its annual conference.

Humza Yousaf ?beyond disappointed? with BAME representation on SNP Holyrood list
27 Nov 2020 at 5:00am

HUMZA Yousaf has said he is ?beyond disappointed? that there will be just one more SNP candidate from a BAME background at next year?s Holyrood elections, despite 22 hopefuls putting themselves forward.

St Andrew's Day: Holyrood commissions Chris McQueer for new spoken word piece
27 Nov 2020 at 9:53am

AUTHOR Chris McQueer has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to create a new piece of spoken word to mark St Andrew?s Day 2020.

Decommissioning nuclear sites to cost £132 billion, PAC report says
27 Nov 2020 at 9:34am

DECOMMISSIONING the UK?s nuclear sites will take another 120 years and cost more than £130 billion, according to an official report.

Wings Over Scotland: Smear is typical of the abuse dished out by misogynistic...
27 Nov 2020 at 9:00am

I?VE never read any Harry Potter, so I had to go and look up who ?Voldemort? was after reading Alyn Smith?s column this week (Parties within parties are a danger to the cause of winning independence, November 25). It seems he?s a sinister, narcissistic creature obsessed with creating a dark tyrannical empire of the ?pure-blooded? with himself as

Living Rent calls on SNP to focus on 'crucial' rent controls in 2021 manifesto
27 Nov 2020 at 8:51am

A TENANTS union is delivering 100 postcards to the SNP, calling on the party to focus on rent controls ahead of the annual conference.

Humza Yousaf: Motions and support must translate to a more diverse Holyrood
27 Nov 2020 at 5:00am

I WAS delighted when last year?s SNP Conference unanimously agreed on measures to increase the diversity of our Holyrood candidates. As well as the conference motion passing, we have had positive statements of intent in relation to increasing the diversity of our parliamentary group from our party leader, deputy leader and business convenor ? as well as many others right throughout the ranks of...

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

What Can Scotland Learn from European Rent Controls?
27 Nov 2020 at 9:40am
In the last few years, Spain and the Netherlands have introduced nationwide rent control measures, as have Paris and Berlin. As winter starts and evictions continue, we begin a new series looking at our housing crisis. Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo explores some of the policy solutions from around Europe. The fact that rent in Scotland […]

November Bella Chats ? Solareye
26 Nov 2020 at 2:22pm
For this month’s Bella Chat I met up with (virtually of course) Rapper, Poet and Hip-Hop Academic Dave Hook aka Solareye. Known for his role fronting Scottish Hip-Hop group Stanley Odd, their single of 2014 Son I Voted Yes became an iconic part of the burst of creativity the Scottish referendum inspired that year. This year […]

Alistair Jack. Who am I and who is he and who am I to him and he to me?
26 Nov 2020 at 1:13pm
You could say about me – that I grew up in a housing scheme in 80s Dundee and made the most of some of the opportunities that came my way, so that I can now say I am educated to some extent and can (mostly) pay my monthly bills. I own no property and have […]

Girls Who Play Guitar
25 Nov 2020 at 4:45pm
There has been anger recently at the gender balance on ‘Scotify’, Spotify’s largest curated playlist for emerging talent in Scotland. It was noted by Pop Girlz Scotland that of the artists featured, 68.5% were male – with several of those artists having more than one song included. After a week of heated discussion on social […]

Schooling Covid
25 Nov 2020 at 12:39pm
When I first started primary school, I wholeheartedly believed that our teachers lived in their classrooms. That once the bell rang at 3pm, they were folded up, zipped into a dust jacket, and stashed away in the paper cupboard overnight, ready to be brought out again in the morning for a new day of learning, […]

People and Politics: Reshaping How We Debate, Discuss and Listen
24 Nov 2020 at 4:00pm
In times of crisis all kinds of change seems possible ? even to democracy itself. COVID?s wartime spirit paused party-political hostilities. A laser-focus on health solutions and the public good emerged. Experts and science were elevated. Were these the early days of a better democracy? The seriousness of the crisis emphasised the crucial tools of […]

Poetry Playlist November
24 Nov 2020 at 3:13pm
There?s tears at times passing,   there is loss and regret ?   the reddest of leaves   were falling, the month   that you left. (from Sunday Afternoon)   Each month in Bella Caledonia we feature a poetry collection under what we call the Poetry Playlist. They are collections of poetry that Iona and […]

MILK Cafe + Lebanese Supper Club
24 Nov 2020 at 11:31am
Many Voices Many Kitchens this week is in Govanhill, Glasgow, to talk to MILK Cafe. This interview took place before the current lockdown restrictions were in place in the West of Scotland, and we touched on topics ranging from working with refugee women, the concept of righteous anger, and Lebanese food! SWK: How would you […]

Have a Very Scary Christmas, Let?s Kill Granny
23 Nov 2020 at 6:36pm
When Santa Johnson comes bearing gifts, we should have a long, hard think before succumbing to his seasonal blandishments. This is a man who plays to the gallery, often with disastrous consequences, as when ? presumably egged on by Jockey Club steward Dido ?track ?n trace? Harding and MP for Newmarket, Matt Hancock (though they […]

Craigmillar Now ? F UK* 2022, WTF?
23 Nov 2020 at 12:37pm
The launch this week of a major new grassroots arts initiative in Edinburgh comes at a very interesting moment. Craigmillar Now has announced a programme of local-based international arts that aims to rekindle the spirit of the old Craigmillar Festival Society. This has been brought to fruition as a labour of love by people living locally. Entirely separately to this, the event once dubbed...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scotland becomes first nation to provide free period products for all
24 Nov 2020 at 6:31pm
MSPs pass legislation after four-year grassroots campaign spearheaded by Monica LennonScotland has become the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to period products after a four-year campaign that has fundamentally shifted the public discourse around menstruation.The P...

Easing Covid controls could lead to Christmas travel chaos, warns Labour
24 Nov 2020 at 6:00am
Ministers urged to set out how transport network will cope with potential festive surge Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have been urged to set out plans to prevent travel chaos over Christmas as families race to see each other when Covid-19 restrictions are t...

Archive, 24 November 1986: the drive for devolution in Scotland
24 Nov 2020 at 5:30am
24 November 1986: The campaign for a Scottish assembly is now confident that it will get the constitutional convention to decide the country?s futureMr Denis Healey addressed a devolution rally in Glasgow on Saturday and promised legislation for a separate Scottish Assembly, with its own tax-rais...

Boris Johnson insists he is not opposed to devolution after 'disaster' comment
21 Nov 2020 at 3:46pm
PM says his words were ?not entirely accurately? reported and turns his fire on SNPBoris Johnson has insisted he is not opposed to devolution, days after he described it as a disaster in Scotland.Speaking to the Scottish Conservatives via video link on Saturday, Johnson said his comments had been...

Nicola Sturgeon says she is 'utterly scunnered and fed up' with Covid restric...
20 Nov 2020 at 1:56pm
Eleven council areas in west and central Scotland, including Glasgow, will enter level 4 lockdown ? the toughest level of coronavirus restrictions ? from 6pm on Friday. The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon,  said she understood people's frustrations, but the prospect of a vaccine would me...

'Unreal': Constituents' fury grows 50 days after Ferrier broke Covid rules
20 Nov 2020 at 1:48pm
Rutherglen business owners and residents feel frustrated and stranded by MP?s refusal to resignCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageKelly Livingstone was half-watching the 10 o?clock news on Thursday 1 October when she noticed an image of the MP Margaret Ferrier flash up on...

Boris Johnson blames devolution, but in truth he's long been hostile to Scotl...
20 Nov 2020 at 7:00am
He once said that, as a Scot, I should never be prime minister. Now his stance threatens the unity of the UKYou?ve got to feel some sympathy for Boris Johnson holed up because of Covid-19, now broadcasting to the country from an upper room in Downing Street. But with this week?s outburst, claimin...

Covid regulations will make it illegal to enter or leave Scotland
19 Nov 2020 at 8:59pm
Scottish government accused of exceeding its powers with cross-border travel banThe Scottish government has published draft regulations that make it illegal to enter or leave the country without a reasonable excuse, as well as significantly restricting travel within Scotland.The regulations, whic...

PMQs: Keir Starmer says Boris Johnson is ?single biggest threat to future of ...
18 Nov 2020 at 3:17pm
The Labour party leader, Keir Starmer, has described Boris Johnson as the ?single biggest threat to the future of the United Kingdom? after his comments about Scottish devolution, during a history-making prime minister?s questions in which Johnson appeared via video linkBoris Johnson is ?single b...

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson?s devolution: an England-first policy | Ed...
17 Nov 2020 at 7:20pm
The prime minister?s internal market bill could spark the constitutional crisis that nationalists have been waiting for in the run up to elections to the devolved parliamentIt is not news that Boris Johnson is an unprincipled politician who plays fast and loose with the facts. Usually the prime m...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Yesterday?s man with yesterday?s answer
The Gordosaur has been at the interventions again. That’s two in the space of a week, so he’s obviously getting as rattled as a pair of Maracas on ”Mira Quien baila! which is the Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing. It’s getting to the point where his friends and family will need to mount an […]

the priority
Well, now, if nothing else, we know where Johnson and the Tories draw the line. It turns out that there are after all some outrages that they will not tolerate. It’s not the highest death toll from Covid in Europe, They’re fine with that. It’s not that they dole out lucrative contracts to their pals […]

going home
I was intending to have a wee rant about John Major today, but – bugger that, I have other news, it’s been one month to the day since I had the stroke, and there’s Good news – I am getting home tomorrow, a week early. because they are very pleased with my progress, I’d like […]

British nationalist Trumpery
This week, the Scotland Secretary Alister Union Jack,breezily asserted that his party, which hasn’t won an election in Scotland since the1950s, wasn’t going to ‘allow’ Scotland to have another independence referendum for possibly another 40 years. By which time Alister will be in his late 90s and most of those who voted against independence in […]

walking and chewing gum
There was no landslide against Trump, which was disappointing. There may not be a final result for a week or two. Although at least Biden seems to be ahead, so all is not lost Despite four years during which the mango Mussolini, The Dumpster fire dictator has provided abundant evidence of his selfish stupidity, his […]

last bell for the Tories
It is a singular fact about the mal-administration of the performance artiste whose stage name is BorisJohnson that the arrogance of British Government ministers is inversely proportional to their ability to actually do their bloody jobs. nowhere is this more evident than in the office of the part time Prime minister himself, especially with regards […]

sparing a thought for Michael
it is noe I’ve been sparing a thought for Michael Gove, The insensate Tory one and not my stroke affected leg, that is. The leg is responding to therapy, Tory Michael, is however beyond help.whether human or divine , he’s currently having some problems setting up his new union unit as the civil service have […]

Douglas Ross?s meal deal
empathy, human decency, and basic self awareness, but no one could ever accuse him of lacking a brass neck, Douglas is the kind of guy who would piss through your letterbox and then chap on your door to ask you how far it went. Yesterday, for reasons of its own, the Scotsman decided to publish […]

dead leg?s union units
hat The Conservatives have realised that Scotland has decided that its future is as an independent country, and secondly that they don’t have the foggiest idea what to do about it. Over the weekend The Times newspaper reported that the big idea is to set up a ‘union unit’ headed by the dead leg of […]

unfair to scum
it was, I believe, the American author and critic H L Mencken who quipped, in relation to the tabloid press,that no one ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the public, and likewise no one ever went broke by underestimating the self regarding callow cruelty of a Conservative MP. Having being, rightly, heavily and […]

Michael Greenwell


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

A Fun New Game
The UK government has recently brought back an old idea about plastering “Funded by the UK government” on lots of things in Scotland, with a big Union flag somewhere. This is supposed to make us forget about the various disasters that the UK govt seem to be hoping will just miraculously disappear by themselves. However, …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 187 ? Odes To Our Adversaries
Just occasionally in all the years I’ve been doing this, mostly for laughs, I’ve made a few little, ahem, tributes, to some of our political adversaries. The 187th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a run through of some of the best of these, because I think most of us are in need of …

Now Why Would These Seem Familiar?
I can’t put my finger on it…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 186 ? Tory Lies, Trump, Empire
The 186th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is amongst other things, a mix of some bad excuses. There’s a bad excuse for a Prime Minister, a bad excuse for a President of the United States, and a few bad excuses for the behaviour of the British Empire. Along with that, there are people trying …

Sometimes It?s Too Blatant To Let It Go
Last night the story came out that the US Department of Justice would rather like a wee word or two with Prince Andrew regarding his connections with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, they have wanted to have a little chat with him for a while, but they actually filed a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request. This “moves Andrew …

One Thing Doesn?t Negate The Other
Whatever you think about the very current activities with regard to defacing or pulling down statues, what was written on the Churchill statue is a statement of fact. Let’s have a look at some of Churchill’s statements (not the we will fight them on the beaches stuff). You may have seen most of them before …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 185 ? Billy Kay on Scotland and Identity
The 185th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk by Broadcaster, writer and activist and former guest on the show, Billy Kay, about Scottish identity. Have you ever noticed when you go abroad that the locals always seem to know what happened in 1437 in every wee nook and cranny of their town. …

The Times Handed Its Arse by Football Club
The Times, or at least The Sunday Times, has a history of getting things wrong about Hitler. And it seems to have happened again. This was the response by Schalke 04, a German football team, to the latest mistake…

Gerry Hassan

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

A Tour Inside Gordon Brown?s Britain
A Tour Inside Gordon Brown?s Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 25th 2020 Gordon Brown in recent times has increasingly recognised that something is wrong, even rotten, in the state of Britain, regularly talking about ?a dysfunctional UK?. This is part of Brown?s continual manoeuvres post-2014 to have a say in the future of Britain?s … The post A Tour Inside Gordon Brown’s Britain...

Boris Johnson and the Tory attack on Devolution is about more than Johnson
Boris Johnson and the Tory attack on Devolution is about more than Johnson Gerry Hassan Sunday National, November 22nd 2020 Thirty years ago today Margaret Thatcher resigned as UK Prime Minister and yet still casts a shadow over British politics and the Tories. Fast forward to this week, with Boris Johnson revealing his true feelings … The post Boris Johnson and the Tory attack on Devolution ...

The battle for Scotland and the language of apocalypse from Andrew Neil and t...
The battle for Scotland and the language of apocalypse from Andrew Neil and the right Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, November 20th 2020 One of the recurring themes of Scottish politics, from those of a pro-union disposition who are trying to find ammunition to attack the SNP and independence, is the propensity to dismiss the record … The post The battle for Scotland and the language of apocaly...

The Importance of ?The Crown? in understanding Post-War Britain
The Importance of ?The Crown? in understanding Post-War Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 18th 2020 The British Royal Family sit at the centre of the British establishment and at the heart of British national identity and history. ?The Crown? series thus has an importance unlike most TV series, with the new season just released … The post The Importance of ‘The Crown’ in understa...

The Pressures of Success: What independence has to do to win
The Pressures of Success: What Independence has to do to win Gerry Hassan Sunday National, November 15th 2020 It has been a historic week, and we are only half way through the month. Trump defeated, Dominic Cummings leaving Downing Street, a COVID-19 vaccine, fourteen polls in a row for independence, and – to top it … The post The Pressures of Success: What independence has to do to win appea...

We need to know our history: The rise and fall of the British Prime Minister
We need to know our history: The rise and fall of the British Prime Minister Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 11th 2020 Leadership is one of the mantras of the modern age, and no more so than in politics. National leadership – and success (and conversely failure) – is endlessly analysed. Is Boris Johnson in … The post We need to know our history: The rise and fall of the British Prime M...

The future for centre-left politics after the Trump disaster
The future for centre-left politics after the Trump disaster Gerry Hassan Sunday National, November 8th 2020 The most dramatic US Presidential election in recent times has caused the emergence of a host of issues about power, democracy and power. The election of Joe Biden and defeat of Donald Trump throws up questions about politics beyond … The post The future for centre-left politics after ...

Will today mark the beginning of the era after Trump?
Will today mark the beginning of the era after Trump? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 4th 2020 Today the debris and damage that Trump has inflicted on the US will become a little clearer. There can be no return to the world pre-Trump and the supposedly more genteel, polite era of Barack Obama as if … The post Will today mark the beginning of the era after Trump? appeared first on Gerry...

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"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News

What's going on with Scottish independence? - BBC News
What's going on with Scottish independence?  BBC NewsSturgeon's fresh demand for independence vote immediately shot down by No10 on BBC QT  Daily ExpressNicola Sturgeon says Scottish independence referendum will happen in 'earlier part' of next parliamentary term  Daily RecordScotland?s Sturgeon puts UK on independence warning  Aljazeera.comNicola Sturgeon wants another Scottish independence re...

President Joe Biden ? Good News For Scottish Independence? - Forbes
President Joe Biden ? Good News For Scottish Independence?  Forbes

Prospect of Brexit stokes fires of Scottish independence - Financial Times
Prospect of Brexit stokes fires of Scottish independence  Financial Times

Analysis: has policy differentiation during pandemic paved way for Scottish i...
Analysis: has policy differentiation during pandemic paved way for Scottish independence?  HeraldScotland

The UK government's Scottish independence dilemma - BBC News
The UK government's Scottish independence dilemma  BBC News

'Loathing' of Boris Johnson fueling surge in support for Scottish independenc...
'Loathing' of Boris Johnson fueling surge in support for Scottish independence: Poll  POLITICO.eu

Sturgeon Wants Scots Independence Vote Early in Next Parliament - Bloomberg
Sturgeon Wants Scots Independence Vote Early in Next Parliament  Bloomberg

Polls Repeatedly Show Most Scots Support Independence From The U.K. - NPR
Polls Repeatedly Show Most Scots Support Independence From The U.K.  NPR

SNP could hold snap Scottish independence referendum vote IMMEDIATELY after 2...
SNP could hold snap Scottish independence referendum vote IMMEDIATELY after 2021 elections  Daily Express

The Queen was 'ready to intervene' in Scottish independence debate - Daily Re...
The Queen was 'ready to intervene' in Scottish independence debate  Daily Record

Scottish independence: Holyrood could stage referendum without Westminster ap...
Scottish independence: Holyrood could stage referendum without Westminster approval under two-vote plan  The Scotsman

How Scottish independence would threaten Britain?s defence - The Economist
How Scottish independence would threaten Britain?s defence  The Economist

Scottish independence: Generation must pass before second referendum, Gove in...
Scottish independence: Generation must pass before second referendum, Gove insists  The Independent

Johnson raises ire of Scots independence-seekers with devolution 'disaster' c...
Johnson raises ire of Scots independence-seekers with devolution 'disaster' comment  Reuters

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Tenants call for SNP to introduce rent controls in Scotland as rent costs ris...
Tenants call for SNP to introduce rent controls in Scotland as rent costs rise  HeraldScotland

Nicola Sturgeon wants indyref2 'early in next parliament' - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon wants indyref2 'early in next parliament'  BBC NewsSturgeon's bluff called! Eustice rocks SNP over Brexit plans to keep Scotland tied to EU  Daily ExpressFormer SNP Westminster leader contacted by Holyrood Salmond Inquiry  Daily RecordALEX BELL: Time to challenge pervading culture of secrecy within our SNP government  The CourierSNP 'may face no-confidence vote' for refusing to ...

?Twisted priorities?: SNP criticises Sunak's spending review - The Guardian
?Twisted priorities?: SNP criticises Sunak's spending review  The Guardian

Humza Yousaf 'beyond disappointed' with BAME representation on SNP Holyrood l...
Humza Yousaf 'beyond disappointed' with BAME representation on SNP Holyrood list  The National

Wings Over Scotland blogger hits back at SNP MP's 'Voldemort' comments - The ...
Wings Over Scotland blogger hits back at SNP MP's 'Voldemort' comments  The National

Boris Johnson's problem is not the SNP, it's the Scottish people ? Helen Mart...
Boris Johnson's problem is not the SNP, it's the Scottish people ? Helen Martin  Edinburgh News

SNP conference: Indyref2 not only item on agenda - Press and Journal
SNP conference: Indyref2 not only item on agenda  Press and Journal

'Turkeys waiting for Christmas' Rees-Mogg shuts down SNP chief's claim Brexit...
'Turkeys waiting for Christmas' Rees-Mogg shuts down SNP chief's claim Brexit is 'tragedy'  Daily Express

Analysis - what Nicola Sturgeon can expect if the SNP win a fourth term in go...
Analysis - what Nicola Sturgeon can expect if the SNP win a fourth term in government  Daily Record

How a new Hate Crime Bill reveals the SNP's unmoored approach to governance -...
How a new Hate Crime Bill reveals the SNP's unmoored approach to governance  New Statesman

Investing in Scotland's future ? Scottish National Party - SNP
Investing in Scotland's future ? Scottish National Party  SNP

Analysis: How the SNP has come back fighting on the issue of defence - Herald...
Analysis: How the SNP has come back fighting on the issue of defence  HeraldScotland

SNP's Ian Blackford slammed for trying to shame photographer 'breaking' lockd...
SNP's Ian Blackford slammed for trying to shame photographer 'breaking' lockdown rules  Daily Record

SNP announce further changes to controversial Hate Crime Bill - HeraldScotland
SNP announce further changes to controversial Hate Crime Bill  HeraldScotland

Referendum (Google News)

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Nicola Sturgeon wants indyref2 'early in next parliament' - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon wants indyref2 'early in next parliament'  BBC NewsSturgeon's fresh demand for independence vote immediately shot down by No10 on BBC QT  Daily ExpressScotland's Sturgeon puts UK on independence warning: We want a referendum soon  ReutersWhat's going on with Scottish independence?  BBC NewsScotland?s Sturgeon puts UK on independence warning  Aljazeera.comView Full coverage on Go...

SNP could hold snap Scottish independence referendum vote IMMEDIATELY after 2...
SNP could hold snap Scottish independence referendum vote IMMEDIATELY after 2021 elections  Daily Express

Indyref2: Scottish Secretary rejects new vote 'for a generation' - BBC News
Indyref2: Scottish Secretary rejects new vote 'for a generation'  BBC News

Prospect of Brexit stokes fires of Scottish independence - Financial Times
Prospect of Brexit stokes fires of Scottish independence  Financial Times

Sturgeon Wants Scots Independence Vote Early in Next Parliament - Bloomberg
Sturgeon Wants Scots Independence Vote Early in Next Parliament  Bloomberg

John Major's double Scottish referendum plan is a big mistake - Spectator.co.uk
John Major's double Scottish referendum plan is a big mistake  Spectator.co.uk

President Joe Biden ? Good News For Scottish Independence? - Forbes
President Joe Biden ? Good News For Scottish Independence?  Forbes

Queen 'planned move to foil Scots independence' before 2014 referendum - The ...
Queen 'planned move to foil Scots independence' before 2014 referendum  The Times

Sturgeon's Brexit case for Scottish independence dismantled 'UK spends £10BN ...
Sturgeon's Brexit case for Scottish independence dismantled 'UK spends £10BN in Scotland!'  Daily Express

Sturgeon wants second independence referendum early in next parliament - cent...
Sturgeon wants second independence referendum early in next parliament  centralfifetimes.com

'Loathing' of Boris Johnson fueling surge in support for Scottish independenc...
'Loathing' of Boris Johnson fueling surge in support for Scottish independence: Poll  POLITICO.eu

BBC's Laura Kuenssberg warns of Cabinet 'panic' as Scottish independence supp...
BBC's Laura Kuenssberg warns of Cabinet 'panic' as Scottish independence support surges  Daily Express

How Scottish independence would threaten Britain?s defence - The Economist
How Scottish independence would threaten Britain?s defence  The Economist

Insults uttered during Scottish independence referendum could be prosecuted a...
Insults uttered during Scottish independence referendum could be prosecuted as hate crime, MSPs warned  The Scotsman

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Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

Ian Blackford MP
  How low can the SMSM stoop too? Lower than a midgets c**t the lot of them They have now started a smear campaign against Ian in regards to Saudi arms deals that he has profited from. The bare faced cheek of the Tory c***s knows no bounds We are now on the cusp of our birthright, Scottish Indepe...

The George Galloway "Unity Party" thread
I see our very own(Scotlands, not P&B's...) Gorgeous George has started worrying that he was slipping into irrelevance and has decided the best way to get his name recirculating is to move home and form an Anti SNP party who, in his own words, will allow for a return to "Traditional Left/Right po...

Geopolitics in the 2020s.
So five months into the decade where are we? The coming demographic changes in Europe are going to have huge social and economic impacts. The drop in in younger people will begin to bite this decade. This means less demand for the kinds of goods young people buy and liquidating the assets of ...

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

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

The Official Farewell to President Donald J Trump Thread
The Mango Mussolini is no more. Share your favourite memories of the Cheeto-in-Chief here and let's give the Tango Terror the send off he deserves Probably the only day he actually enjoyed inside the Oval Office and also the most Kubrickian image of the Presidency ever to emerge. Hauntin...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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 ...

The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

Nipper Salmond
Well well well
 
I?ve been reading some of the left fascist scum hypocrisy over the last few hours and I must say it?s laughable. The same imbeciles who were up in arms about the alleged Donald Trump allegations are defending and sweeping under the carpet the Alex Salmond allegations
 
It seems that ...

The US Presidential election prediction thread
Thought I'd start a thread specifically for predictions for the US election, they are always good fun to predict.   What are everyone's thoughts on the following Popular vote split -  Electoral College split -  Specific states -  Wild card -  I predict Biden wins the popul...

The Douglas Ross Experiment
He's having such an absolute disaster of a start that he's worth a new thread:     He's currently trending.  

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Diego Maradona dead
dead at 60

Lower Back Pain
I like to run maybe three times a week. About 2 months ago I felt a twinge in my left leg and since then is moved to my lower back. I stopped running for a couple of weeks and it seemed to get better but now its back. I need to run for my sanity so I am running through a bit of pain. Anyone got a...

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

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.

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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...

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

Bake Off
I know, I know, but the wife?s watching it. Anyway, how annoying is the posh Scottish guy?s accent? Things like that don?t normally bother me but it?s sooooo annoying.

Jokes
A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside that reads "GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100." An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my...

Holyrood Elections 2021
Probably needs a thread of its own. i see Alex Neil is the latest incumbent to announce they are standing down and not seeking re-election.   I think that's 21 so far - there were 24 retirees in 2016 - that will make the parliament look very different and for those who are constituency MS...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Virtual Christmas Party
I have been asked to help organise the works Virtual Christmas Party and looking for ideas. Has anyone got any suggestions for about 25 people ? I am hoping not to go down the quiz route as everyone is fed up of them.
I usually enjoy the works Christmas party but cant say I am looking forward to...

Black Lives Matter... in Scotland
I coudn't see a thread on this. But it's one of the issues of the day. A range of Scottish voices discussing justice for Sheku Bayoh here:   https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNxaBaRmngKj?t=33m18s  

Who's still here?
First visit for a few years... Is there anybody left? Who's been delegated responsibility for switching off the lights? ?

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Scottish Independence ? Time to Get the Gloves Off With Westminster
    Scottish Independence The Westminster Government’s underhand decision to emasculate the government of Scotland through the establishment of a UK Government in Scotland presents new challenges for Scots whose ambitions for their country extend to a unilateral withdrawal from the 1707 Treaty of Union and full independence and Scottish supporters of the devolvedContinue reading "Scottish Ind...

Scottish Civil Service Whistleblower Put to the Sword by Those Who Must Be Ob...
  DeeAnn Kirkpatrick   Rough Justice – An Opening Brief “DeeAnn Kirkpatrick, a civil servant employed in Marine Scotland, made allegations of sexual harassment, racism, bullying, and assault against some of her male colleagues. An Employment Tribunal decided that her allegations were time spent after three years and aided and supported by senior civil servantsContinue reading "Scottish Civil Se...

John Swinney Tells the Salmond ? Sturgeon Inquiry Where to Get Off
    Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints John Swinney: “You wrote to three Scottish Government civil servants on 29 October asking questions in connection with the Committee?s work. As you know, civil servants work on behalf of Ministers, and so I am responding to your questions on behalf of theContinue reading "John Swinney Tells the Salmond – Sturgeon Inqui...

The 2014 Commonwealth Games Were Nobbled by Unionist Civil Servants, Politici...
  The Glasgow Commonwealth Games This report formed part of an earlier post which in retrospect was overlong and had lost impact. In December 2009 “Elite” civil servant Franseca Osowska was promoted to the role of Director for Culture, External Affairs, and Tourism with responsibility for developing Scotlands bid for the Commonwealth Games. PromotedContinue reading "The 2014 Commonwealth Game...

Francesca Osowska ? Elite Civil Servant Seemingly Accountable Only to the Cab...
  Francesca Osowska – The Early Years Osowska was raised in Cumbria and privately schooled in her primary years but had to transfer to Wyndam Comprehensive to complete her secondary education. She was an exemplary student who confounded critics of the local authority education system by achieving grades good enough to take her toContinue reading "Francesca Osowska – Elite Civil Servant Seemin...

Blair and His Cronies Dictated Operational Policy in Afghanistan With Result ...
    Afghanistan  In October 2001, UK forces entered Afghanistan in support of the United States. In a statement to the House of Commons, on 4 October 2001, Blair outlined the UK’s objectives, stating: “We must bring Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders to justice and eliminate the terrorist threat they pose. Continue reading "Blair and His Cronies Dictated Operational Policy in Afghanistan ...

Corbyn Spurned the Zionist Mafia and Lost ? Israel Exacted Its Revenge ? Scot...
    Jeremy Corbyn The suspension and removal of the Party Whip from ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn was an act of political vandalism which might yet have repercussions should the Unions take offence and withhold finance from the Party. But I expect the present leadership are beyond caring about the Unions since finance would beContinue reading "Corbyn Spurned the Zionist Mafia and Lost – Israel Exac...

Wokey or Funday ? Battle Lines Are Drawn ? Significantly Changed Content Incl...
    Joanna Cherry Defends Womens Rights Joanna Cherry, is the SNP Front Bench Spokesperson, at Westminster, for Justice and Home Affairs and has been a leading voice in the campaign to keep the Human Rights Act and to stay in the European Convention on Human Rights. She was re-elected, with an increased majorityContinue reading "Wokey or Funday – Battle Lines Are Drawn – Significantly Changed...

Where Angels Fear to Tread ? Queering the Pitch of SNP WOKE Subversives
    Are You Awake? The spectre of a “Woke” dominated SNP Government looms menacingly, enabled through the imposition on constituencies of “right thinking” candidates by a party leadership no longer in touch with reality. In recent years, the Party has lost focus evidenced by the introduction of controversial policy changes without consultation withContinue reading "Where Angels Fear to Tread ...

Public Exposure of Commercial Shenanigans and Unjustifiable Salary Deals Supp...
    Tinopolis (PLC) Not a lot of people know it but five billionaires and their corporations own and control around 80 per cent of the UK media providing them with the means and opportunity to maliciously influence and control political and cultural agendas shaping the knowledge, behavior and beliefs of the population effectivelyContinue reading "Public Exposure of Commercial Shenanigans and ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Indyref2 should be ?in earlier part? of next parliamentary term
The First Minister insisted her current focus was on steering Scotland through the pandemic

Campaign to eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2030
A new poll reveals almost half of people think HIV can be transmitted through kissing

Shooting estates to require licenses, under Scottish Government plans

MSPs call for more resources to ensure confidence in 2021 election
The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has expressed concern about ?a shortage of resource restricting participation".

Scottish Government again asked to hand over Salmond legal advice
Former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has also been asked if he knew anything about allegations or complaints against Salmond

Rishi Sunak's public sector pay freeze 'no way either to spend public money o...
The director of the IFS described Rishi Sunak?s spending review as ?pretty austere? and said some decisions appeared to be ?driven by politics and not by economics?

No explanation given for Scottish capital budget cut, Kate Forbes says
Forbes said that looking beyond the headline figures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday that the Scottish Government's capital budget has been cut by 5 per cent

Lack of social housing harming domestic abuse survivors, says homelessness ch...
The charity has called for 37,000 homes to be built in the next five years.

MSPs back release of legal advice in Alex Salmond judicial review for second ...
The government was accused of ?simply running down the clock? ahead of next year?s election.

Scottish Government free to 'slavishly follow' EU laws, George Eustice says
Eustice also said that the Scottish Parliament would be ?empowered? by the new rules under the controversial Internal Market Bill.

Cyber security firm to deliver training to Scottish fintech sector
FinTech Scotland will team up with cyber security firm CheckPoint to deliver education and training initiatives

Scotland becomes first country to make period products free
MSPs unanimously backed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Christmas coronavirus plans announced across UK
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said ?just because you can mix with others indoors over this time, that doesn?t mean you have to?

Michelle Ballantyne resigns from Scottish Conservatives
Citing differences in policy and principles, she said she felt she was no longer ?a good fit? for the party.