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New Tory MSP sold £30,000 of tobacco shares days after being sworn in
23 Apr 2017 at 12:12am
SCOTLAND?s newest MSP sold nearly £30,000 of shares in a tobacco company days after he was sworn in at Holyrood.

Teachers' union to consider boycott of flagship SNP education policy
23 Apr 2017 at 12:11am
TEACHERS are considering a boycott of a key plank of the SNP Government?s flagship education policy on the standardised assessments of pupils.

Michelle Thomson will not stand at election after SNP rejection
22 Apr 2017 at 12:09pm
Michelle Thomson has announced she is standing down as an MP.

SPA in humiliating u-turn on private meetings after "shambolic" Holyrood session
21 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
THE Scottish Police Authority has been forced into a humiliating u-turn on private committee meetings after a senior MSP told the body that it was ?not the Kremlin you are running?.

Sturgeon and Davidson in Edinburgh as election campaigns gather steam
22 Apr 2017 at 2:27pm
Scottish party leaders hit the campaign trail for the local government and general elections on Saturday.

SNP reselects 54 MPs as general election candidates
22 Apr 2017 at 1:22pm
The SNP's 54 MPs have been reselected as the party's candidates in the general election.

High noon for suspended Nationalist MPs
22 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
TWO MPs suspended by the SNP over police and Crown inquiries into financial issues are expected to be blocked from standing for re-election under the party banner today.

Potential SNP council leader faces ethics probe over undeclared hotel
22 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
SCOTLAND?S ethics watchdog has been asked to investigate the SNP candidate tipped to be the next leader of Edinburgh City Council over undeclared business interests.

Tom Gordon: Spare a thought for the local elections
22 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
SPARE a thought for our twice-buried local elections this weekend, now just twelve days away. In theory, these were ?decoupled? from national events five years ago, when they were given their own year, distinct from the Holyrood election. The idea being that, finally, after being overshadowed by their parliamentary big sister, the council vote would be judged in its own right, the electorate free to mull over a menu of local policies at length. Fat chance.

Unspun: the political diary
22 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
CORBYNISTA Labour MSP Neil Findlay is fond of fiery rhetoric, but even he managed to surprise a union reception he hosted in Holyrood last week. If a relative was denied a motability vehicle, he might burn down the benefits assessment centre in Glasgow, he said. Even the comrades thought this extreme, and reminded him of that other pyro-politician Lord Mike Watson, who was jailed for trying to ignite a hotel. So put those matches down, Mr F.

Sturgeon warns May would "steamroller" Scotland with more MPs
22 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
THERESA May will ?steamroller? Scotland and ignore the wishes of Holyrood if the Conservatives are returned with an enhanced majority, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

Sturgeon refuses to rule out SNP-Tory council coalitions
21 Apr 2017 at 4:01pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has refused to rule out helping the Conservatives run Scotland?s councils, despite urging people to vote SNP to stop the Tories getting their hands on public services.

Pro-independence tweeters more likely to use Scottish words in online posts
21 Apr 2017 at 2:42pm
Twitter users who back Scottish independence are more likely to use Scots words in their posts - except when tweeting about the referendum issue itself, analysis shows. 

Growing pressure on May over pensions after she pledges to maintain foreign a...
21 Apr 2017 at 5:40pm
Theresa May has been forced to pledge she will maintain foreign aid spending if she wins the general election after pressure from Bill Gates and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Top SNP council candidate failed to declare he owns a hotel
21 Apr 2017 at 12:10am
THE SNP candidate tipped as the next leader of Scotland?s capital has been labelled a ?liability? after a Herald investigation found he failed to declare he owns a Highlands hotel.

 

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Tony Blair ?almost motivated? to return to frontline politics
23 Apr 2017 at 3:00pm
Tony Blair has expressed his increased desire for a return to frontline politics as Britain is being “hijacked” by Brexit backers.

France presidential election: Voters begin casting ballots
23 Apr 2017 at 11:20am
French voters have started casting ballots for the presidential election under heightened security in a tense first-round poll that is seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.

Family to appeal al-Megrahi?s Lockerbie bombing conviction
23 Apr 2017 at 11:11am
The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi will launch a bid to appeal against his conviction within a fortnight.

Labour slams SNP candidate over ?disgusting attitude? to women
23 Apr 2017 at 10:28am
An SNP council candidate has been accused of having a “disgusting attitude” towards women for making a series of abusive tweets.

Third of Scots voters ?will vote Tory in General Election?
23 Apr 2017 at 10:02am
A third of Scottish voters are backing the Tories, according to fresh polling conducted after Theresa May called a snap election.

Scrapping controversial rape clause could cost Scotland £200m
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Scrapping the controversial rape clause in Scotland would cost around £200 million over the next four years, according to an official document outlining how it could be done.

Tactical voting will only have ?limited effect? in Scotland
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Tactical voting will have a “limited effect” in Scotland with only a handful of constituencies expected to change hands, experts have said.

Dani Garavelli: Democracy suffers as May plays it safe
22 Apr 2017 at 11:40pm
By refusing to spar with her opponents on television, the Prime Minister is hiding from the legitimate scrutiny of voters, writes Dani Garavelli

Insight: Policing in Scotland?s most ethnically diverse community
22 Apr 2017 at 11:35pm
It’s a little after 11am on another gunmetal grey Glasgow morning when PCs Laura Ferguson and Harry O’Donnell meet Calum.

Thousands take to Edinburgh streets on March for Science
22 Apr 2017 at 7:22pm
More than 2,000 scientists and members of the public descended on Scotland’s capital city to promote and defend science.

Ruth Davidson puts indyref2 opposition at heart of campaign
22 Apr 2017 at 2:44pm
Scottish party leaders hit the campaign trail for the local government and general elections on Saturday.

General Election: SNP reselects 54 MPs
22 Apr 2017 at 1:29pm
The SNP’s 54 MPs have been reselected as the party’s candidates in the general election.

Michelle Thomson to step down as MP after SNP ruling
22 Apr 2017 at 12:12pm
Michelle Thomson has announced she will stand down as MP for Edinburgh West at the upcoming general election.

Christine Jardine favourite to fight for Edinburgh West seat
22 Apr 2017 at 11:46am
A FORMER broadcast journalist who stood against Alex Salmond at the last general election has emerged as favourite to become the Liberal Democrats’ candidate in their top target seat in the Capital.

Consent should be part of sex education, says MSP
22 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
The issue of consent should be a statutory part of sex education in Scotland’s schools, an MSP has said.

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The Decency Charter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2017 at 4:40pm
This site has spoken a few times, usually in jest, about forming its own political party and contesting elections. But as the UK heads for the biggest democratic trainwreck in its history – a vote which, depending on where you live, is really either a proxy Brexit referendum, a proxy independence referendum, a judgement on …

The last leap
by Chris Cairns
22 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

The selective calculator
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2017 at 3:23pm
Alert readers will be aware that we’ve been running a series of posts pointing out the gap between opposition rhetoric about the Scottish Government’s supposed failure to grow the economy, and their (total lack of) practical suggestions about what it should actually be doing, given that by design the Scottish Parliament controls almost none of …

All the way to the bottom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2017 at 7:26pm
An alert reader got in touch with us this evening to tell us that they’d been clearing out an old hard drive and found an interesting web page they’d saved from several years ago. They asked if we’d like to see it. “Sure”, we said. “Let’s have a look.” It turned out that they’d had …

A moment of candour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2017 at 12:13pm
We don’t often wholeheartedly agree with anything “Rape Clause Ruth” Davidson says at First Minister’s Questions, but we can’t fault this observation from earlier today.

Rushing to the gallows
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2017 at 9:49am
One of the most famous tales of the celebrated British hangman Albert Pierrepoint is that concerning James Inglis, a murderer who in 1951 sprinted the short distance from the condemned cell to the noose, enabling the entire execution to be concluded just seven seconds after Pierrepoint had first laid hands on him. We can’t help thinking of …

The end of sanity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2017 at 11:44am
Okay, so 2017 is turning out less dull than we expected. Because the Prime Minister of the UK has lost her mind. Let’s just go over the basics. – Firstly, the PM can’t actually announce a general election will be held on June 8th. To get around the restrictions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 680
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2017 at 12:58pm
It’s the holidays, so the papers are desperate to fill space and the political parties are all trying to help out by sending them helpful press releases which can be slotted directly onto pages, titled “PARTY X CONTINUES TO SUPPORT POLICY Z WHICH IT HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED. ALSO, THE OTHER PARTIES ARE BAD”. Scottish Labour’s …

The most sensitive way possible
by Chris Cairns
15 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

The ersatz referendum
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2017 at 4:55pm
For a party which insists the last thing it wants is a second independence referendum, it’s rather odd that the Tories are doing everything in their power to turn next month’s council elections into exactly that. Still, let’s do our bit to help them out. This site is actually of the rather old-fashioned view that …

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'Rape clause' is awkward, says Scottish Tories' deputy leader
23 Apr 2017 at 5:43pm
Scottish Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw says he still believes the policy is a necessary measure.


Scottish parties draw up final list of general election candidates
22 Apr 2017 at 5:51pm
Scotland's political leaders hit the campaign trail as they put the finishing touches to election teams.


SNP rules not to endorse sitting MPs
22 Apr 2017 at 3:23pm
Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry have been sitting as independents amid ongoing police investigations.


Drug-driving limits and roadside testing to be introduced
21 Apr 2017 at 9:26am
The new roadside tests will bring Scotland into line with England and Wales within two years.


Sturgeon launches SNP council election manifesto
21 Apr 2017 at 11:33am
Nicola Sturgeon launches her party's campaign for May's council elections as a "clear choice" between the SNP and Tories.


Sex-for-rent reports horrifying, Sturgeon says
21 Apr 2017 at 10:49am
First minister Nicola Sturgeon says online sites have been asked to take action to halt the practice.


Three Scottish colleges warned about financial weaknesses
21 Apr 2017 at 2:45pm
Moray, Lews Castle and Edinburgh colleges are the subject of a report on their financial sustainability.


Scots top NHS condition searches revealed
21 Apr 2017 at 10:29am
More than 64,000 Scots searched for advice on muscle, bone and joint pain over a six-month period.


'Rape clause' row erupts at first minister's questions
20 Apr 2017 at 2:20pm
Ruth Davidson greeted with calls of "shame" from MSPs as she refuses to condemn the so-called "rape clause".


General election 2017: SNP accused of talking 'trash' about UK
20 Apr 2017 at 2:17pm
Ruth Davidson claims SNP election strategy is to portray UK under Conservatives as "hell on earth".


Scots police bosses slammed over 'secret society' board
20 Apr 2017 at 6:05pm
MSPs on Holyrood's audit committee strongly criticise Scottish Police Authority bosses over transparency.


Shadow Scottish secretary will not seek re-election
20 Apr 2017 at 4:16pm
Shadow Scottish Secretary Dave Anderson confirms he will not seek re-election at the snap election in June.

Scot Goes Pop

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Tories left reeling as new polls suggest support for independence has INCREASED
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2017 at 3:58pm
It shows you how much the calling of a snap general election changes our priorities, but we've just had two new polls in which the question about independence has been treated as an afterthought.  ...

SNP lead the Tories by 15% in first full-scale poll of the campaign
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2017 at 10:35pm
The first word on Scottish voting intentions for the general election comes tonight from Survation...Westminster voting intentions (Survation poll) :SNP 43.1%Conservatives 27.9%Labour 17.8%Liberal ...

Introducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the general election
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2017 at 5:51pm
Just for the sheer hell of it, we might as well have a Poll of Polls for Scottish voting intentions at the general election. I was going to check which methodology I used last time around...and the...

Your STV questions answered
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2017 at 4:54am
Over the last few days, I've received a number of emails asking for clarification on various aspects of the Single Transferable Vote system that will be used to elect councillors on 4th May.  Apolo...

Tyrannical Theresa is snapping Scotland out of it
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2017 at 3:57pm
A second 'quick note' of the day, this time to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about the breathtaking arrogance that Theresa May has displayed over the l...

Fate of the 56
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2017 at 7:05am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National, about the prospects for the Scottish parties in the June general election.  You can read it HERE.

Radio interview on independence
by James Kelly
18 Apr 2017 at 10:29pm
As I mentioned earlier, I took part in a discussion on independence this afternoon on the London-based radio station Voice of Islam.  Naturally the subject of Theresa May's decision to call a snap ...

Snap!
by James Kelly
18 Apr 2017 at 6:18pm
Apologies for not having posted anything about the snap election yet - I've had a few things on today, including a live interview on the London-based radio station Voice of Islam.  It had been pre-...

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New Tory MSP sold £30,000 of tobacco shares days after being sworn in
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23 Apr 2017 at 5:27pm
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Nicola Sturgeon: Tory hard-liners aim to take over country with General Election
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23 Apr 2017 at 5:25pm
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Sturgeon accuses Tories of double tax and austerity hit on working class
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23 Apr 2017 at 5:23pm
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Is it fair? The following comes from the Rev Pail Nicolson of Taxpayers again...
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Tories left reeling as new polls suggest support for independence has INCREASED
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23 Apr 2017 at 5:06pm
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The Decency Charter. The UK heads for the biggest democratic trainwreck in it...
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23 Apr 2017 at 5:04pm
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"My favourite St George's Day tradition is SNP MPs marking it on Twitter to m...
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23 Apr 2017 at 4:42pm
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Gerry Rafferty honoured in Paisley with mass 'Baker Street' solo
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23 Apr 2017 at 4:02pm
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The rape clause will make it hard for Ruth Davidson to convince voters she's ...
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[REQUEST] - In the interests of fairness, The MODS of /r/Scotland should stat...
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I think everyone would agree that in order to keep things fair and above board over the next several weeks we should have transparency from the moderation team. Reddit is often a primary source of ...

8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream
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"Nicola Sturgeon has no problem putting Corbyn in No.10"
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23 Apr 2017 at 1:18pm
There's pretty empirical polling evidence to suggest that Corbyn is disliked much more in Scotland than May, even if by a lesser difference than south of the border. I see that as a pretty credible...

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Ruthless Nicola Sturgeon axes SNP MP's Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson a...
by Mark Aitken
23 Apr 2017 at 8:05am
War of words escalates as campaigners scramble to prepare for snap ballot on June 8.


Why does gay marriage still generate so much anger? It's great to see love
by Lesley Roberts
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Lesley can't understand the opposition to gay marriage and thinks anything that promotes love and joy should be encouraged.


Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen boosted by Paris terror attack...
by Lauren Crooks
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
The National Front leader’s popularity surged after French jihadist Karim Cheurfi gunned down police officer Xavier Jugele on the Champs-Elysees on Thursday.


8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream
by Mark Aitken
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
A leading politics professor who correctly predicted Brexit says losing 8 seats at Westminster will kill the prospect of IndyRef2.


Nicola Sturgeon has been given the chance of a lifetime with this general ele...
by Alex Bell
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am

 June 8 could be the First Minister's golden opportunity if she runs on the promise that that 50 per cent win of the popular vote for SNP equals a mandate for Independence talks to kick off.&#...


Temporarily embarrassed millionaires who bought a house once and fancy themse...
by John Niven
23 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
John Niven argues that, rather than point the finger at the rich, blame those keeping their heads just above water who think their lucky break in the housing market means they're up there with the ...


Jeremy Corbyn says St George's Day and other national days would be UK-wide b...
by Anthony Bond
22 Apr 2017 at 10:43pm
The Labour leader said the bank holidays would be created on the patron saint's day of each of the home nations


'Cold-blooded' Theresa May 'giggles' as crowd boo and hiss Nicola Sturgeon du...
by Christina O'Neill
22 Apr 2017 at 7:54pm
The Prime Minister's 'statesmanship' has been called into question on social media after her behaviour on her campaign trail.


Michelle Thomson stands down as MP for Edinburgh West as she insists she is a...
by Christina O'Neill
22 Apr 2017 at 5:03pm
SNP suspended the politician in 2015 after she was embroiled in a financial scandal over alleged mortgage fraud.


Theresa May REFUSES to rule out raising taxes after general election as Labou...
by Scarlet Howes
22 Apr 2017 at 4:59pm
The PM has refused to explain her party’s tax policy, casting confusion over whether the Tories will keep their 2015 pledge not to put up rates

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ScotIndyPod 153 ? Wait, what?
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2017 at 7:05pm
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Scottish Independence Podcast 152 ? Crying ?Wolf!?
by michaelgreenwell
11 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
For the 152nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I?ve pulled together some of the recent notable comments by some pro-indy folks and by some unionists. The Tories seem to want to deny everything, some people are trying to ramp up the hysteria and others are trying to calm it all down. In the middle …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …
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Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …
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For Jeremy, England, and Saint George!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Apr 2017 at 11:11am
To celebrate Saint George?s Day, we have a guest post from Mark Anthony France who publishes at Another England is Possible.  As France notes “Saint Georges Day 2017 is also the 40th Anniversary of ?The Battle of Wood Green? – The first big defeat of the National Front in April 1977 will be celebrated by …

Five out of Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Apr 2017 at 11:16am
It’s pleasant to sit-back and watch as the case for the Union unfolds in the detail of a General Election the Prime Minister didn’t need to call for any other reason than to avoid the ignominy of police investigations precipitating by-elections (which they’d have lost under the shadow of criminality.) Better Together won in 2014 …

Grieving Britain, a Therapeutic Guide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2017 at 2:11pm
Britain is dead. It was killed by neoliberalism not nationalism. They gutted it of its connective tissue, spleen and gizzard too. Now they remoan about ‘separatists’. Trying to comprehend this is a psychological process not just a political one. The institutions that were familiar and durable to allow ‘Britain’ to survive were sold-off, debased, privatised …

What would a Mélenchon victory mean for Scotland?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2017 at 9:43am
Paul Malgrati writes on the Unsubmissive France project, and the prospects for Scotland and EU reform of a Mélenchon victory. For the last few weeks, the British media have been discovering Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the French left-wing candidate currently surging in the polls, between 18 and 20%, just below Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Mélenchon could …

Change the World One Kiss at a Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2017 at 10:23pm
A Barra soundclash with Bella’s resident mixclouder – the Barrastinian – and Runway Graves…

Why do the birds go on singing?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2017 at 2:33pm
The train tweets through the loudspeakers, an announcement of sorts that begins with a feeble chirping sound, steadily growing as it approaches the platform, though sometimes no train appears; hidden among the hedges and bushes of the railway tracks, birds uncannily mimic the sound of incoming trains. I had often lifted my bag and numb …

The GERS Debate (concluded)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2017 at 6:55pm
Richard Murphy at Holyrood on the deficiencies of the #GERS figures. Richard Murphy at Holyrood on #GERS, and gets a couple of wee digs at we-know-who-wink-wink in. pic.twitter.com/9pgYJoizki ? Robbie (@RobDunsmore) April 19, 2017

The Continuing Battle for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2017 at 6:40pm
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s sixth visit to the polls in the last three years. For some of us, …

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Amid Hebridean vistas, Eigg celebrates its hard-won renewal
by Kevin McKenna
23 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
The population of Eigg has crept above 100 for the first time in half a century.The great unofficial census of Eigg is taking place in a sitting room offering the UK?s finest seascape. The waters of the Sound of Rum carry your gaze from beyond a spotless beach on the north-west side of this islan...

Scotland a happy place? Don?t make me laugh | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
All these wellbeing surveys are a plot to convince us that we don?t need another referendumA campaign, insidious in its stealth, has been under way for some years to make Scottish people feel significantly happier and more content than we actually are or truly want to be. As a nation, we are in d...

MP Michelle Thomson will not contest Edinburgh West seat
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 Apr 2017 at 2:29pm
Former SNP member says she is disappointed by party executive?s decision to bar her from standing due to ongoing fraud investigationMichelle Thomson, a former SNP MP now sitting as an independent, has been barred from standing for the party in the general election due to an unresolved legal case....

General election: Len McCluskey wins Unite leadership election - politics live
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
21 Apr 2017 at 6:13pm
Live coverage of the day?s politics as Jeremy Corbyn tries to switch focus to education ? but leaked EU documents cause more Brexit ructionsMay commits Tories to keeping 0.7% international aid targetHammond hints Tories may drop pledge not to raise income tax, NI and VATMay?s speech and Q&A - Sum...

Sturgeon refuses to rule out SNP coalitions with Tories in local councils
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Apr 2017 at 2:00pm
Scotland?s first minister says she is strongly opposed to Tories running councils but fails to rule out local SNP deals? General election 2017 - live updatesNicola Sturgeon has failed to rule out Scottish National party councillors forming coalitions with the Tories, as she unveiled her party?s l...

Election 2017: Labour rules out second referendum on deal with EU ? as it hap...
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
20 Apr 2017 at 6:12pm
All the day?s action as Labour leader makes first keynote speech and Green party launches its election campaignJeremy Corbyn makes pledge to bust ?cosy cartel? of politicsThe Snap: sign up for the election briefing and read today?sCorbyn?s speech - Summary and analysisCarswell says he will not st...

Ruth Davidson under attack over child tax credit form for rape victims
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Apr 2017 at 5:09pm
Nicola Sturgeon accuses Scottish Tory leader of ?utterly shameful? behaviour by refusing to denounce UK government policyRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, is under attack after refusing to condemn a questionnaire sent to rape victims who want to claim extra child tax credits.Nicola Sturgeo...

Nicola Sturgeon: Labour victory is pie in the sky ? video
by Guardian Staff
20 Apr 2017 at 3:15pm
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the Scottish parliament on Thursday, dismissing the idea of a Labour victory in the upcoming general election as fantasy. Sturgeon also warns of the danger to Scotland of an ?unfettered, out-of-control Tory government?, and says the only party who...

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We say No to the Tories. And we mean it.
Without the slightest trace of irony, or indeed self awareness, the Tories have unveiled their new slogan. “We said No. We meant it.” Know who else meant it when they said no? Rape victims also meant it when they said no, but they’re still going to have to go into the details of their assault …

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We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily co-ordinated and shared across the movement?s community group network. Locally, regionally and nationally. This link gives a detailed explanation of the National Yes Registry …...

The only realistic choice
This one is easy. For May’s local government elections there’s been all sorts of discussion and the banging of heads off brick walls in an attempt to explain the simplest tactical voting strategy to reduce the number of DTBs who get elected. That’s Durrty Tory Basterts, in case you were wondering that’s the real name …

Theresa May?s Erdo?an election
Despite saying just a few weeks ago that she had no intention of calling a snap General Election, Theresa May has now done just that. Now is the time after all. The Brexit negotiations are being put on hold because we’re facing a snap General Election, which is not unrelated to the fact that the …

Starting with a single ripple
Well we’re still here, for now. You can never be entirely certain that there will still be a morning to wake up to when the fate of the world is in the hands of two man-children for whom the unthinkable of nuclear warfare is perfectly thinkable. When you do wake up you feel around to …

An Easter homily
I’ve never been a Christian with a big C, but my mother tells me that I’m a christian with a small c. She means it as a compliment and I take it as such. She’s a Christian, a good Catholic, and she doesn’t wear her religion on her sleeve and cite it as proof that …

Things that happen when you go to London
Back from London now, where I was doing a talk for the London branch of the SNP. The talk went really well, I met some lovely people, and Ginger – as you can see – was resolutely unimpressed by a famous London landmark. That’s a photie of the Shard, in case you were wondering. I …

Vote until you boak
There’s a need to do a wee explanation of STV for dummies because there seems to be a lot of confusion about it. Admittedly when you look at a typical Saturday evening’s entertainment on STV and wall to wall Ant and bloody Dec, it’s pretty apparent that they’re pretty good at doing dummies all by …

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Alex Salmond: May knew she was going to lose Tory MPs to the expenses scandal...
SOMEWHERE in an alternative and better universe Jeremy Corbyn got to his feet in the Commons last Wednesday and spoke the following words: ?I?ve listened carefully to the Prime Ministers reasons for bringing this motion to the House today and I am not convinced. I have a different explanation. Will she confirm that Sir Lynton Crosby?s company were commissioned by the Tory party to survey a doze...

Mhairi Black: Unionist tactical voting will mean we have to work harder than ...
I?VE always heard people use the phrase ?turkeys voting for Christmas? but Wednesday was the first time I actually saw it happen as Labour MPs shuffled in line with their Tory counterparts through the voting lobbies in what could only be described as mass political suicide. We all know the Parliamentary Labour Party are desperate to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as their leader but to effectively gi...

Wee Ginger Dug: SNP then Yes ? that?s the path to our Scottish independence r...
AND we?re off on the childish charade that passes for a Westminster General Election. Actually, British politics has been off for quite some time ? so much so it?s really pretty rancid. There are two-month-old cartons of milk that are fresher than Westminster politics.

James Dornan: It?s important to talk about depression ... take it from one wh...
I?M a 64-year-old West of Scotland male, we?re tough, macho and don?t recognise ?girly? stuff like depression, keep a front at all time, never show emotion, unless it?s anger of course, and never let on we?re not totally in control. That was exactly how I was for the first 40+ years of my life. Never admit you feel bad, let it fester inside and drown it if necessary.

Pat Kane: Theresa May should realise there is more than one way to be a stron...
?STRONG and stable leadership... strong and stable leadership...? Theresa May used the term 14 times during her first General Election stump speech, and incessantly throughout the day. We?ve received the message, Prime Minister.

Going Local: Live a longer life in Moray's favourable climate
WITH life expectancy higher than the Scottish average, more people entering the region than leaving and a micro-climate that makes it the driest place in Scotland, Moray undoubtedly has a lot to offer ? from its stunning Moray Firth seascapes scattered with dolphins to the tranquil ambience of the Findhorn Foundation.

Going Local: SNP hope to win back Falkirk council but fracking may play big part
BOOSTED by a membership surge which followed the independence referendum, the SNP is hopeful that come next month it will seize control again of Falkirk Council.

Scrap with angry ram leaves LibDem leader Willie Rennie feeling sheepish
LIKE a lamb to the slaughter, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie came off second best when he decided to mix it with a fierce ram while visiting a farm in Fife yesterday.

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2017 General Election ? Early Polls Suggest a Significant Swing To the Tories...
          Regardless of what is going on in the other parts of the UK, the General Election in Scotland is developing into a test of the political of the electorate. To the exclusion of all other factors voters will place their votes, either in support of the campaign for independence or … Continue reading "2017 General Election – Early Polls Suggest a Significant Swing To the Tories – No Upsur...

Inverclyde ? A Labour Party Fiefdom ? 50+ Years of Misrule ? The Good People ...
            September 2000; Inverclyde – Death of Inverclyde Clyde Under the Labour Party Inverclyde Council is officially Scotland?s poorest performing local authority. The Council, formerly a part of Strathclyde Region was created by a local government reorganisation. Its first year?s accounts required 2500 adjustments resulting in a net asset reduction … Continue reading "Inverclyde – A Labo...

Ruth ?the Mooth? Davidson?s ? Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeonin...
            January 2017: Glasgow Job Centres to be Cut by Half The Tory party are well versed in the practice of buying the votes of the electorate, usually within 3-6 months of an election. Conversely they are also expert in dealing negative voters out of any initiative which would improve … Continue reading "Ruth “the Mooth” Davidson’s – Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of th...

Annie Wells ? Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth ? Exercise Care Annie...
              Annie Wells – A Most Unlikely Tory Party Member Carol Ann (‘Annie’) Wells is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP0 for the Glasgow region. She qualified for a seat at Holyrood in 2016, as a list MSP representing Glasgow voters. Annie was born and … Continue reading "Annie Wells – Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth – Exercise Care Annie – T...

Austerity ? A ? Contentious ? Strategy ? Politically ? and ? Economically ? C...
            Moneys Tight and Times are Hard So this Year There’ll be no Fg Xmas Card Since taking office in 2010, the Tory Government at Westminster has reduced Scotland’s budget each year. To date the cuts amount to approximately 9 per cent real-terms reduction. In value context this equates to … Continue reading "Austerity – A – Contentious – Strategy – Politically – and – Economically –...

A Conversation ? Memories of Living in Glasgow?s Housing Under Sixty Years of...
    Guardian Readers’ –  A conversation About Memories of Sixty Year’s of Glasgow’s Housing Under the Labour Party High-rises of the 1960s and 70s built as a solution to slum conditions instead became a new form of slum housing that invited a fresh round of demolition. Who or what is to blame for the … Continue reading "A Conversation – Memories of Living in Glasgow’s Housing Under Sixty Years ...

Ruth Davidson is in deep S*** with the Women of Scotland Over Her Cold Uncari...
            About MSP Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell (b1952) in Coatbridge is a Scottish Conservative politician who, although never elected to office has enjoyed being a (list) Member in the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland since 2003. Husband Henry, an accountant (now retired) and Margaret are directors of at least two … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson is in deep S with the Wo...

Davidson?s Small Troop of MSP?s Overturn 20 Years of Scottish Support for the...
  Scottish Tories on the Golan Heights     25 February 2016: Scottish Parliamentary Pro-Israel Lobby Group and the Scottish Tory Friends of Israel Early in 2016 Ruth Davidson persuaded the Holyrood debating agenda to arrange a formal invitation to the Jewish Lobby Group (Culture for Coexistence) and Britain?s deputy Israeli ambassador Eitan Na?eh to … Continue reading "Davidson’s Small Troop of...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP
Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 29th 2017 Nearly every adult in Scotland has an opinion and view on the SNP: the good, the bad, the positive, the negative and the indifferent. The SNP have been a constant presence in public life at least since Winnie Ewing?s famous …

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties?
When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 22nd 2017 The 1960s are referenced throughout the world as a period of immense change, hope, protest and turbulence. There were ?the winds of change? of decolonisation, Latin American revolts and rebellions, the Chinese cultural revolution, upsurges in Paris and Prague, Biafra, the disastrous …

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Scotland and Independence

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8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream...

Scottish Daily Record
8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream
Scottish Daily Record
Nicola Sturgeon 's independence dream could be left in tatters if the SNP lose eight or more Westminster seats to the Tories, according to a leading elections expert. Politics professor Matt Qvortrup also said it was likely Theresa May would promise IR ...



How an early election makes Scottish independence more likely - New Statesman

New Statesman
How an early election makes Scottish independence more likely
New Statesman
An Ipsos Mori poll found that 48 per cent of Scots think May is doing a good job, and 53 per cent approve of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, compared to 42 per cent for Scotland's SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and 36 per cent for ...
How May's Election Bet Could Help Scots Independence Forces...

SNP 'to lose 10 seats' to Tories in major blow to Nicola Sturgeon - Telegraph...

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SNP 'to lose 10 seats' to Tories in major blow to Nicola Sturgeon
Telegraph.co.uk
He said No voters in the 2014 independence referendum were increasingly swinging behind the Scottish Conservatives, while the proportion of Scottish Leave voters backing Ms Davidson's party has increased from 33 per cent to 55 per cent since last ...
Tory revival on course to foil independence...

Wee Ginger Dug: SNP then Yes ? that's the path to our Scottish independence r...

The National
Wee Ginger Dug: SNP then Yes ? that's the path to our Scottish independence revolution
The National
AND we're off on the childish charade that passes for a Westminster General Election. Actually, British politics has been off for quite some time ? so much so it's really pretty rancid. There are two-month-old cartons of milk that are fresher than ...

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Independence rally draws large crowd in Dundee's City Square - The Courier

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Independence rally draws large crowd in Dundee's City Square
The Courier
Supporters of Scottish independence turned out en masse for a march across the Tay Road Bridge. The Fae Fife Tae Dundee event started at 11am on Saturday on the Kingdom side of the bridge, with the crowds working their way over to Dundee City Square ...



Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause' - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause'
The Scotsman
Asked whether he would be publicly campaigning for Scottish independence for a second time, Cox expressed some reservations. ?Probably, except maybe I'll have to keep my mouth shut because people will be saying 'what is he daein', he lives in America'.

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Yes2 relaunches as aYe Scotland ahead of new #ScotRef campaign - The National

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Yes2 relaunches as aYe Scotland ahead of new #ScotRef campaign
The National
WITH the remarkable pace of change now within politics in the UK and our new place as core members within the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), we have been addressing the issues now facing us ahead of this important part of Scotland's history.



Snap UK General Election Is a Desperate Attempt to Derail Scottish Independen...

Sputnik International
Snap UK General Election Is a Desperate Attempt to Derail Scottish Independence
Sputnik International
The potential impact on the British economy in such a scenario is grim indeed, which is why Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, has been demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence recently.
May's election gamble put...

SNP

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Signs of dramatic Tory revival causes new headache for Sturgeon's Indyref 2 s...

Signs of dramatic Tory revival causes new headache for Sturgeon's Indyref 2 strategy
Slugger O'Toole
While that would be the SNP's second best Westminster result, any losses and momentum shift could weaken Sturgeon's hand in trying to persuade May to authorise a second independence referendum after May said it could undermine Brexit negotiations.

Macquarie Group Ltd. Has $4.119 Million Position in China Petroleum & Chemica...

Macquarie Group Ltd. Has $4.119 Million Position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Markets Daily
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp logo Macquarie Group Ltd. cut its stake in shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) by 1.9% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SNP 'to lose 10 seats' to Tories in major blow to Nicola Sturgeon - Telegraph...

Telegraph.co.uk
SNP 'to lose 10 seats' to Tories in major blow to Nicola Sturgeon
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish Tory leader urged her party members to ?work, work and work some more? after two surveys indicated that they are threatening the SNP in a series of rural seats including the Moray constituency of Angus Robertson, the Nationalists ...

Conservatives On Track to Gain Eight Seats in Scotland - Breitbart News

Breitbart News
Conservatives On Track to Gain Eight Seats in Scotland
Breitbart News
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has leaked support since their historic 2015 election result which saw the party secure half of all votes cast, but remains firmly ahead of its rivals on 43 per cent. The 2015 result delivered the SNP all but three of ...

Tories target TWELVE Scottish seats as polls show support - Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Tories target TWELVE Scottish seats as polls show support
Daily Mail
A Panelbase poll of voters intentions in the Westminster election found the Tories, led in Scotland by Ruth Davidson, on 33 per cent - 11 points behind the SNP but 20 per cent ahead of Labour. If 11 new seats did fall to the Tories it would be the ...

Scottish Conservatives open up lead over Scottish Labour - poll - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
Scottish Conservatives open up lead over Scottish Labour - poll
Reuters UK
Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, attends a debate on a second referendum on independence at Scotland's Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Britain, March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne. 1/4. left. right. Scotland's ...

Tory support in Scotland rises to 33%, poll shows - Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Tory support in Scotland rises to 33%, poll shows
Cumnock Chronicle
A third of Scottish voters are backing the Tories, according to fresh polling conducted after Theresa May called a snap election. The Panelbase survey, commissioned by The Sunday Times Scotland, shows 33% backing Ruth Davidson's party in general ...

Tory support in Scotland rises to 33%, poll shows - Romsey Advertiser

Tory support in Scotland rises to 33%, poll shows
Romsey Advertiser
A third of Scottish voters are backing the Tories, according to fresh polling conducted after Theresa May called a snap election. The Panelbase survey, commissioned by The Sunday Times Scotland, shows 33% backing Ruth Davidson's party in general ...

Referendum (Google News)

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8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream...

Scottish Daily Record
8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream
Scottish Daily Record
?But if the Tories score less than six seats, the chances of a second independence referendum are in the balance. If the Tories score less than this, it will be difficult for them to claim anything like a mandate for blocking a vote by the Scottish ...



If 'now is not the time' for a Scottish referendum, how is it the time for a ...

iNews
If 'now is not the time' for a Scottish referendum, how is it the time for a General Election?
iNews
There was David Cameron's politically illiterate ?English Votes for English Laws? speech on the steps of Downing Street after the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Then we had the promise of a EU referendum ? a move purely designed to win Ukip ...



Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call
Chicago Tribune
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during a debate on a second referendum on independence at Scotland's Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, on March 28, 2017. On Monday British Prime Minister Theresa May has met Scotland's leader ...
Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from BritainLos...

PM decides General Election should become a referendum on Brexit but in Scotl...

The Scottish Sun
PM decides General Election should become a referendum on Brexit but in Scotland it's very different
The Scottish Sun
MRS May might have decided that the General Election should become a referendum on Brexit but, in Scotland at least, the contest is very different. We are just days into the fight, officially the election hasn't even started yet but, here, it has ...
Tory support in...

Scotland could ditch the UK for Canada following second ... - Metro - Metro

Metro
Scotland could ditch the UK for Canada following second ... - Metro
Metro
Scotland should ditch the UK and join forces with Canada, an author has suggested.

Nicola Sturgeon is accused of 'living in dreamland' after she insists second ...

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon is accused of 'living in dreamland' after she insists second Scottish independence vote would NOT be ...
Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon has been derided for living in 'dreamland' after claiming that a second Scottish independence referendum would not be divisive. The row reignited as the SNP leader stepped up her demand for Theresa May to grant a fresh vote before the ...
Nic...

How might the general election play out in Scotland? - BBC News

BBC News
How might the general election play out in Scotland?
BBC News
If this election is to be a referendum on Brexit in the rest of the UK then in Scotland it will be dominated by arguments over whether there should be another referendum on Scottish independence. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she doesn't need to ...
Referendum: Britain's election could boost Scotland independence callsLuxe...

Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission? - T...

The Ferret (registration)
Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission?
The Ferret (registration)
Nicola Sturgeon has asked Westminster for permission to hold a second independence referendum, but the Prime Minister thinks now is ?not the time? for a new vote as the UK hurtles towards Brexit. While the First Minister has the support of the Scottish ...
SCARED Nicola? Stu...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

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 ...

General Election 2017: Scottish Seat Predictions
Did this for the last election and fewer than 5% of voters correctly guessed that the SNP would win more than 51 seats. So try to guess better this time, idiots. I can't add more than three questions so please post the number of seats you think Labour will win in the thread. I think they'll w...

Why do working class and poorer people vote Tory
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/working-class-tories-are-not-just-turkeys-voting-for-christmas Reasonable article this one. Talks about Tory voters wanting to be left alone by politicians and lefties believing the state knows best and needs to intervene everywhere. I...

June 8th General Election
It's on.

The Undesirables
Just for fun, why not tally up the embarrassments who align themselves with UK nationalism and Scottish nationalism. This is a thread for identifying the folk that you are or would be ashamed of being on the same side of the Indy debate as.  Proud adherents of the Union Jack (and keeping Scot...

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

May Election Thread
We should probably start a thread for the May council elections. Apparently Labour are afraid of disappearing into oblivion and are pinning their hopes of a unionist coalition with the Tories.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

This Rape Clause Thing
What's the go with this?   Surely any right thinking person thinks it is completely abhorrent for the Tories to bring in the legislation.   The way I see it is this: As if its not bad enough that the credits are not getting paid for any amount of children, when the population is i...

Running and mental health
If anyone didn't see Mind over Marathon the other night, I'd definitely recommend watching it on iPlayer here Certainly found I could relate to most of it.

Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

Girls you'd like to have a coffee with
Dunno if this is allowed, Moderators, with safe for work pics only?  Anyway, i'll start...  Girlfriend of tennis player Milos Raonic, Danielle Knudson  :

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last minute.com in a meeting. Just fck off.

The M8 is complete!
Only took 52 years. You can drive the new section from tomorrow... https://m.trafficscotland.org/news/s14612  

The Lord Is Calling Us To The Table
As we acknowledge and give thanks for the greatest act of agape love in history...   Jesus said to them, ?I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." John 6:35 -------------------------------------------------...

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Sketch: Theresa May's search for certainty in an unstable world

Nicola Sturgeon to launch SNP council election manifesto

Opposition parties condemn sale of Green Investment Bank

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Event report: Brexit or not, we will still have the GDPR

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NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

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 ...