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Scots will be hit disproportionately hard by increase in state pension age, w...
20 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
SCOTS will be hit disproportionately hard by the UK Government?s decision to raise the state pension age from 67 to 68 for six million men and women, it has been claimed.

Committed to giving you the best news, sport, opinion and analysis in Scotlan...
20 Jul 2017 at 1:00pm
The Herald was founded in Glasgow in 1783 and today we continue to take great pride in those historic roots to bring you the very best in Scottish journalism.

Government spent £1.2m on legal costs in bid to stop MPs voting on Brexit
19 Jul 2017 at 8:32pm
The Government spent £1.2 million on legal costs in its effort to stop MPs from voting on Brexit, new figures have revealed.

Labour calls on Blackford to drop his outside interests now he is SNP Group l...
20 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
IAN Blackford has been called on to ?ditch his second jobs? by Scottish Labour after he made clear that he would not give up his outside interests now that he is leader of the SNP at Westminster.

May warns Cabinet ministers in light of leaks that none of them is "unsackable"
19 Jul 2017 at 8:48pm
THERESA May has warned her Cabinet colleagues that none of them is ?unsackable? as she made clear her frustration at the recent spate of leaks from No 10.

Corbyn urges May to take "reality check" saying low pay was threat to struggl...
20 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
JEREMY Corbyn urged Theresa May to "take a check with reality" as he warned how low pay was a threat to an "already weakening" British economy.

Unchallenged Cable set to be crowned new Liberal Democrat leader
20 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
SIR Vince Cable is set to be crowned leader of the Liberal Democrats today.

Top BBC TV stars face massive pay cuts if Corbyn became Prime Minister, Labou...
20 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
BBC stars like Gary Lineker and Chris Evans would face pays cuts of millions of pounds if Jeremy Corbyn came to power, it has emerged.

Scottish Secretary evades challenge over UK Government's deal with DUP
19 Jul 2017 at 5:42pm
David Mundell has sidestepped calls to explain if he objected to the UK Government's £1 billion DUP deal.

Edinburgh and Cardiff begin formal dispute with Whitehall over £1.5bn DUP deal
19 Jul 2017 at 4:15pm
THE Scottish and Welsh Governments have begun a formal dispute process with the UK Government over their claims to receive billions of pounds of extra money as a consequence of the Conservatives £1.5 billion deal for Northern Ireland with the Democratic Unionists.

State pension age set to rise seven years earlier than planned
19 Jul 2017 at 2:07pm
Move is set to affect millions of workers.

PMQs sketch: MP in a wedding dress, another in a Scotland football jersey; wh...
19 Jul 2017 at 5:08pm
FIRST it was former Scottish MP Natalie McGarry excitedly wearing her wedding dress in the Commons chamber, now the SNP?s Hannah Bardell has turned up in a Scotland football jersey. What next? Tommy Sheppard donning Bermuda shorts?

Video: Protesters in wheelchairs block House of Commons entrance
19 Jul 2017 at 8:25pm
The group, Disabled People Against Cuts, chanted ?no justice, no peace? as they gathered in the Central Lobby.

Signing of £1bn City Deal for Edinburgh 'due tomorrow'
19 Jul 2017 at 3:43pm
THE signing of the £1 billion City Deal for Edinburgh is expected tomorrow, David Mundell has indicated.

Prime Minister reaffirms stance disagreeing with DUP opposition to gay marriage
19 Jul 2017 at 6:00pm
Theresa May said she can "completely understand" people's concerns about the Democratic Unionist Party's attitude to gay rights.

 

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?Fundamental? differences remain after Brexit talks
20 Jul 2017 at 12:56pm
There are still “fundamental” differences between the UK and EU on major issues standing in the way of a Brexit deal, both sides have said a the end of the first week of substantive talks.

Brexit: Date set for Commons debate on EU withdrawal
20 Jul 2017 at 12:11pm
MPs will debate legislation to transfer EU law into British law during their first week back after the summer recess, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has said.

9/11 experts to provide ?specialist knowledge? in Grenfell investigation
20 Jul 2017 at 11:52am
Experts from the 9/11 terror attack have been brought in to help provide specialist knowledge to the police investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire.

First new Royal Navy frigate to be called HMS Glasgow
20 Jul 2017 at 10:34am
The first warship in a new fleet of Royal Navy frigates will be called HMS Glasgow, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Calls to boost Gaelic language with Unesco status
20 Jul 2017 at 10:24am
A campaign to boost Gaelic language and its cultural heritage is seeking Unesco status.

David Mundell taken to task by Speaker over bad grammar
20 Jul 2017 at 10:13am
David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, was chastised by the Speaker of the House of Commons yesterday - for poor grammar.

UK ?can survive? without securing EU trade deal - Liam Fox
20 Jul 2017 at 10:01am
The UK “can of course survive” without securing a trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, Cabinet minister Liam Fox said.

Chris Evans responds over BBC salary
20 Jul 2017 at 9:15am
Millionaire presenter Chris Evans said he phoned his elderly mother for advice on how to respond to tricky questions about his BBC salary.

Farm and fishery powers ?should stay with devolved nations?
20 Jul 2017 at 8:46am
There should be no repatriation of devolved farm and fishery powers to the UK government after the UK leaves the EU, according to a report published by the House of Lords’ European Union committee.

Post-Brexit surge in demand for Irish passports
20 Jul 2017 at 8:01am
Applications for Irish passports from within the UK continue to surge, latest figures from the Irish Government reveal.

Sports Direct profits plunge 58% as pound suffers Brexit hit
20 Jul 2017 at 8:01am
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has revealed annual profits more than halved after it was left exposed by the pound’s plunge following the Brexit vote.

£1bn Edinburgh City Deal finally agreed
20 Jul 2017 at 7:00am
EDINBURGH’S long-awaited £1 billion City Deal was today hailed as making a “real difference” to people’s lives.

Downing Street pledges to respect devolution during Brexit
20 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Downing Street has pledged to respect “the spirit and the letter” of the UK’s devolution settlement during the Brexit process in a bid to head off a possible constitutional crisis.

Damian Green: Instead of a ?power grab? we will strengthen Holyrood
20 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
After we leave the EU the Scottish Parliament will have more responsibilities, says Theresa May’s deputy Damian Green

Bill Jamieson: call to halt Brexit insults 1 million voters
20 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Why in Scotland do we need bother with elections? Does it matter what voters want? And who needs to show respect for their views?

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The second-class licence fee
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2017 at 11:49am
Today the BBC finally officially revealed what everyone already knew. So now Scottish viewers definitely know where we stand. The Corporation doggedly refuses to publicly reveal what it pays for its entire TV and radio coverage of Scottish football, presumably out of embarrassment, but we already know because the SPFL told us in 2015. 1/60th of …

The proof of the pudden
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jul 2017 at 1:41pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale in the Daily Record today: If only there was somewhere that Labour DID already run the NHS so that we could judge the truth of that claim, eh readers? (In the latest data, NHS Scotland is treating 95.3% of A&E patients within the four-hour target, compared to just 80.9% in Wales.) (While …

The Victim
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jul 2017 at 11:38am
Deep in the summer news desert, the papers today are struggling for material again. The Sunday Herald has a shock-horror front-page exposé about some photos from an Orange Lodge party that turn out to be from 2010 and 2013, while the Scottish Mail On Sunday reaches all the way back to 1940 to fill a …

The power grab
by Chris Cairns
15 Jul 2017 at 6:59am

Glass house heavily stoned
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jul 2017 at 11:49am
And no, we’re not talking about Ruth Davidson living it up at Fingers Piano Bar. Kezia Dugdale tweeted this today: Which would be a little bit like us gloating that Andy Murray was rubbish at tennis on the grounds that he was knocked out of Wimbledon this week. Except that we wouldn’t actually believe that …

Mundell?s Law
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jul 2017 at 9:58am
We already knew what David Mundell’s guarantees were worth, of course. So it’s not like we can exactly feign surprise at this. The best we can say is that at least this time it took four months for the Secretary Of State’s promise to completely and utterly collapse, not 48 hours.

Good news is no news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jul 2017 at 6:30pm
In a month of positive statistics for Scotland – including unexpectedly high economic growth figures, continuing to lead the UK and hitting its own tough targets for hospital waiting times (which drew an incredibly petty and insulting response from Scottish Labour), and huge progress in rail punctuality (now also the best anywhere in the country) – perhaps the most welcome …

To last throughout the years
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2017 at 3:51pm
We’re not often genuinely shocked, readers. But then we switched on BBC1 Northern Ireland today. And what we found was the state broadcaster devoting most of its morning schedule to “celebrating the culture” of the 36% of the population of the province who describe themselves as “Unionist”. EDIT 13 July: an alert reader points out …

Towers of hate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2017 at 10:40am
It’s a sleepy Wednesday in July, so let’s celebrate some proud British culture! Those are pics from the Orange Walk in Alloa last weekend. But let’s see what lucky Scotland could upgrade that to in the future – thanks to the lovely Scottish Tories and everyone who voted for them – with a little glance across the …

The problem of memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2017 at 11:40am
So this is a thing that happened yesterday: Because, as ever, Scottish Labour are absolutely certain that voters are morons. We can’t begin to tell you the toll that having to listen to the boneheaded parade of lies and insults to the intelligence that passes for Scottish political discourse has taken on us over the last …

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City Deal boost for Edinburgh and south-east Scotland
20 Jul 2017 at 12:39pm
It would provide cash for innovation, infrastructure, tourism and housing in Edinburgh and south-east Scotland.


First Type 26 frigate named HMS Glasgow
20 Jul 2017 at 12:09pm
The name is revealed by the defence secretary at a steel-cutting ceremony at BAE System's Govan shipyard.


Hazlehead Crematorium report 'must be published'
20 Jul 2017 at 12:19am
The critical report revealed "unethical and abhorrent" practices at Hazlehead Crematorium in Aberdeen.


Brexit: UK and EU at odds over 'exit bill'
20 Jul 2017 at 2:17pm
The latest Brexit talks end without agreement on EU citizens' rights or the amount the UK should pay.


Scots and Welsh launch DUP deal challenge
19 Jul 2017 at 4:38pm
The Scottish and Welsh governments argue they should also get additional funds under the Barnett formula.


Scots 'could have different Brexit deal'
19 Jul 2017 at 12:18am
House of Lords committee says Scotland could set its own EU immigration targets after Brexit.


MP Hannah Bardell wears Scotland football top in Commons
19 Jul 2017 at 1:07pm
Hannah Bardell of the SNP was showing her support for the women's team ahead of their match with England.


Child hunger fears over school holidays
18 Jul 2017 at 1:21pm
Scotland's Children's Commissioner says the state had a responsibility to provide access to food for children.


Sixty leading figures call for Brexit to be halted
18 Jul 2017 at 9:14am
Sixty leading public figures in Scotland sign an open letter calling for a rethink on Brexit.


Brexit uncertainty hits Scottish economy, say PwC
18 Jul 2017 at 6:31am
The latest report from the business advisers warns of harm to growth and house sales in Scotland.


Many Scottish GPs failing to provide online bookings
18 Jul 2017 at 12:24am
Research finds just four health boards will meet a target for appointment bookings and prescriptions.


Target date in 2018 for smoke-free Scottish prisons
17 Jul 2017 at 4:29pm
The Scottish Prison Service intends to end smoking by inmates in November 2018 to protect prison staff.

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The crumbling of Colonel Calamity : evidence begins to mount that the Scottis...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
Just as a slight corrective to the recent string of good polling results for the SNP, there's a new ICM poll which has the SNP a little behind Labour in the Scottish subsample: Labour 35%, SNP 33%,...

But we can still RISE now, and vote for a unionist party again...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 9:25pm
So is there anything to be said for Cat Boyd of RISE "proudly" voting Labour at the general election?  Well, there's certainly something positive to be taken from the fact that she's admitted doing...

More good polling news for the SNP - this time from YouGov
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 4:15pm
YouGov are the only firm I'm aware of that claim to weight the Scottish subsamples of their GB-wide polls separately.  Given the small size of those subsamples, a huge margin of error still applies...

SNP buoyed by two new polls
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
I'm not sure if it was Wimbledon or the Doctor Who announcement that distracted me, but I completely forgot to check on Saturday night whether there were any new opinion polls.  As it turns out the...

Colonel says "Phew"! Huge scare for Ruth as SNP run Tories close in Elgin by-...
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2017 at 12:19pm
It always looked fairly predictable that the Tories would win yesterday's Elgin North by-election.  They had won the popular vote in the ward in May, their tails were up after winning the Moray par...

The Tories begin their Great Attempt to Destroy Devolution
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2017 at 3:11pm
So it's official - the Tories have not only betrayed the promise that new powers will come to the Scottish Parliament after Brexit, but they have also announced that some of the existing devolved p...

Relearning the oldest truth : voting Tory doesn't produce results for Scotland
by James Kelly
11 Jul 2017 at 9:06pm
I've been having my latest technological meltdown, but 24 hours late, here's a quick note to let you know I have a new article on the TalkRadio website!  You can read it HERE.*  *  *After an insane...

Tories take a hammering in new YouGov poll
by James Kelly
7 Jul 2017 at 2:26am
If the Tories imagined their narrow lead in the GB-wide Survation poll a few days ago was some kind of turning-point, they appear to have been mistaken.  We've since had an ICM poll (albeit one wit...

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Edinburgh to receive £300m city deal investment
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20 Jul 2017 at 12:41pm
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Would a 'True Scotsman' succinctly describe the relationship between Edinburg...
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20 Jul 2017 at 12:34pm
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Recommended ISPs?
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20 Jul 2017 at 12:11pm
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[NSFW]Only in Scotland would you have fried and breaded brie as a lunch item
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20 Jul 2017 at 12:03pm
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Steel cut for first Type 26 Frigate, vessel named HMS Glasgow
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20 Jul 2017 at 11:13am
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Cool video up in the Shetland Islands (northernmost point of Scotland)
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20 Jul 2017 at 9:14am
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Tobacco/cigarettes in Scotland?
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20 Jul 2017 at 1:48am
I'll be visiting Scotland next month for a week and just trying to get an idea of what the situation is out thsre for tobacco... Am I able to buy smokes pretty much anywhere or are there only certa...

UrbEX : CANADIAN GEOLOGISTS HOME IN SCOTLAND - Part 6 FINAL
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20 Jul 2017 at 12:07am
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Does the Loch Ness monster have competition? Mystery beast spotted in Scottis...
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19 Jul 2017 at 11:35pm
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Limmy is creating Limmy's Homemade Show
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Getting Off The Rock TEDx (Talk About the Space Industry in Glasgow)
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19 Jul 2017 at 10:42pm
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Football can be quite silly at times...
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19 Jul 2017 at 10:38pm
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Easy Scottish dishes to cook for Spanish class?
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19 Jul 2017 at 9:09pm
Hello, not sure where to post this so I hope this is ok! Shall preface by saying that I am Scottish but a terrible cook so any advice is much appreciated! Currently at a Spanish school in Spain and...

Surf 'n' Turf @Orkney: An innovative community project in Orkney that uses su...
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19 Jul 2017 at 8:45pm
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Tories to force people born after 1970 to work until 68 under new pension laws
by Torcuil Crichton
20 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The rise in pension age will come in from 2037 and the Tories have been accused of burying the bad news.


Barnett bust-up as Scottish and Welsh governments launch formal dispute over ...
by dailyrecord
19 Jul 2017 at 5:18pm
The £1billion deal with the DUP has angered Holyrood and the Welsh assembly as it bypasses the Barnett formula.


Tory leadership losers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove plot to force Theresa M...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The Environment Secretary, and Foreign Secretary are using row over Britain’s divorce payment to EU to bring Brexit talks 'crashing to a halt'.


Doctors warned us the NHS was at breaking point
by Record View
19 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts to the harrowing tale of pensioner Brian Gibb who was sent home from hospital with a bottle of Gaviscon only to die 24 hours later.


Looking after sick elderly people shouldn't be considered an industry - profi...
by Joan McAlpine
19 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Joan McAlpine wonders whether private and care home belong in same sentence as residential care companies claim they 'can't make ends meet'.


Former Celtic director warns that the British people were misled over Brexit
by Record Reporter
18 Jul 2017 at 7:20pm
Lord Livingston tells the House of Lords that voters did not realise the challenges involved in leaving the EU and that we are in danger of falling over a "cliff edge".


Only Scottish Labour can restore NHS to good health after SNP?s calamitous mi...
by Kezia Dugdale
18 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale says the National Health Service is Labour's greatest achievement and her party will be the ones to save it.


Self-interest is at the heart of bitter feuds in Theresa May's Tory government
by Record View
18 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts to the ongoing Conservative civil war as deep division on Brexit leads to backstabbing and cabinet leaks.


Boris Johnson and Michael Gove branded 'deranged and dangerous' as Prime Mini...
by Jason Beattie
18 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Theresa May will attempt to plug cabinet leaks as tensions heighten amid Conservative party division on Brexit.


Hypocrite Hammond ... Tory Chancellor has two homes paid for by taxpayer but ...
by Nick Sommerlad
17 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The multi-millionaire Chancellor says public sector staff are overpaid yet he enjoys grace-and-favour pads paid for by us, while pocketing fortune renting out plush Belgravia flat.

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

Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

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Violence and the Hamburg G20
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
Violence and the Hamburg G20 ? is there any way out? By Richard Henry Holland There were thousands of joyful moments for the tens of thousands participating in the week of peaceful protest and political education precipitated by the G20 in Hamburg. A personal highlight was unexpectedly spotting four members of the Scottish Socialist Party …

The Rough Wooing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2017 at 10:49am
The Westminster Parliament EU (Withdrawal) Bill provides invaluable illumination of the British problem of Brexit, and is a surprisingly transparent demonstration of Parliament?s limited power over the process. It is clear from the drafting of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, that the United Kingdom does not possess the resources, expertise or capacity to undertake Brexit; save …

Fringe Activity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2017 at 10:36am
Tammas Clark on the wisdom of Bukowski and the value of the festival. Picked up a copy o the Fringe catalogue at Galashiels bus station the ither day. Thocht ah wis gaun tae hiv tae buy it its ain seat on the X95 an aw. S?a muckle thing this year, like, near til five hunner …

Power Grab
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jul 2017 at 9:28pm
The Brexit farce has gone from being a widening of the democratic deficit to an attack on democracy and devolution. Scotland voted against this exercise in economic self-harm and is now having powers stripped by a centralising Conservative government clinging to the wreckage of their own absurd and unpopular rule. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones …

Fuaigh ? Interweaving
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jul 2017 at 4:32pm
Using song, story, imagery and dance, Fuaigh ? Interweaving looks at the consequences of losing words, land and language and being forced to the edge. Fuaigh is a Gaelic theatre experience based on the theme of Home and Away. Using song, story, imagery and dance, Fuaigh looks at the consequences of losing words, land and …

Hodge-Podgeable
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jul 2017 at 4:17pm
The problem for Theresa May’s constant commands and pleas for ‘Unity” and togetherness is that we live in a state of radical incoherence with multiple splits and division. Britain doesn’t really exist in any meaningful sense beyond the increasingly strained cultural voices repeating it till they’re hoarse.   Colin Kidd and Malcolm Petrie explore these themes …

Cost of the Union (update)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jul 2017 at 1:51pm
The case for dependence was made again and again on what was cutely termed ?the harsh economic realities?. We had ?narrow shoulders? and a volatile revenue base,  if we were not too wee and stupid, we were clearly too poor.  Not so mighty Britain (now spectacularly and tragically indebted). But the true costs of the Union …

Bella is Growing, but needs your Support
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jul 2017 at 12:42pm
We’re stoked to be listed as the top blog in Scotland (just ahead of Celtic Quick News) – and in the Top 50 in the UK. Earlier in the year we got listed as one of the Top Ten Political Blogs in the UK. Thanks to all our new readers. Vuelio tells us that they …

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Scotland and Wales formally call for funding boost after DUP deal
by Frances Perraudin
19 Jul 2017 at 10:01pm
Holyrood and Cardiff argue they should receive an extra £2.9bn and £1.67bn respectively under Barnett formula rulesThe Scottish and Welsh governments have joined forces to launch a formal dispute process over Theresa May?s deal with the Democratic Unionist party.Following last month?s general ele...

Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales
by Heather Stewart, Ewen MacAskill and Peter Walker
14 Jul 2017 at 5:59am
Great repeal bill rejected by Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones over concerns about human rights and Westminster ?power grab?Theresa May appeared to be heading for an explosive constitutional clash over Brexit after the Scottish and Welsh governments said they could not support the great repeal bi...

Scottish and Welsh governments threaten to refuse repeal bill legislative con...
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Jul 2017 at 5:36pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including publication of the Brexit repeal bill, and Theresa May?s first proper broadcast interview since the general election5 things we?ve learnt from Theresa May?s Radio 5 Live interviewAfternoon summary 5.36pm BST Just talke...

Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
There is much good news about the country, so why the endless denigration?In the UK?s political battleground, truth may well be the first casualty but a close second is the ancient and beautiful English language. In the world of politics, our language becomes a shallow and arid medium where meani...

Canadian PM meets the Queen in Edinburgh ? but not Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm
Snub to Scotttish first minister by Justin Trudeau in UK en route to G20 summit suggests opposition to independenceJustin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has praised Scotland?s role in global affairs after receiving an honorary degree for his campaigning on equality and diversity.Trudeau wa...

Ruth Davidson mystifies Twitter with Gillian Anderson stocking post
by Jamie Grierson
1 Jul 2017 at 12:44pm
Scottish Tory leader signs off on holiday with picture of X-Files star in stockings and stilettos, prompting a mixed responseThe Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has raised eyebrows by posting a picture of the actor Gillian Anderson in lingerie on social media.Davidson, 38, posted th...

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2017 at 7:40pm
Holyrood?s finance minister says time is up for controversial policy after Westminster MPs voted down Labour motion to scrap it nationallyThe Scottish government has promised to unilaterally lift the cap on public sector pay in the face of threats by nurses to go on strike. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotl...

Scotland?s indyref2 may have been delayed. But expect it by 2021 | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
28 Jun 2017 at 6:59pm
Those who think Nicola Sturgeon?s statement this week means the end of the independence movement don?t understand her, or the SNPDoubtless the verb was carefully chosen. Nicola Sturgeon would ?reset? the timetable for a second independence referendum, she told the Scottish parliament in Holyrood ...

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Wee Ginger Fundraiser
I don’t usually do crowdfunding, having always preferred to sell books and rely on the donate button which is at the end of every blog article on this site – or at least at the end of every article I write myself. It wouldn’t be fair to attempt to raise donations on the back of …

The row of the summer
Well that went well. After loudly proclaiming that it’s time to get down to business with the EU, David Davis, the Secretary of State for Thick Vain Lazy Toads, spent less than 15 minutes with Michel Barnier in Brussels followed by a cursory meeting involving senior officials lasting an hour before heading back to London …

Reaching for the stars
On Saturday, the National published a front page article about the development of the space related industries in Scotland. Already, Scotland generates some £134 million annually in space-related industries, primarily in building small satellites, and Scotland’s contribution makes up a disproportionately large part of the UK space industry. 7000 of the total 38,500 UK jobs …

The repeal bill that will repeal the Union
According to our Unionist media, the big news of this week is not that Westminster is attempting the greatest power grab since Henry VIII changed England’s religion so that he could get his end away with Anne Boleyn after ransacking some monasteries. It’s not that Theresa May has been saying for months that she would …

The Walk of Shame
It’s yer actual 12th of July today, the hotspot of Orange hate. Over the past few days Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland have been subjected to a celebration of “Loyalist culture”. It’s always a good and positive thing for any community to celebrate its culture, the problem is that what passes for Loyalist culture …

Stinker, failer, soldier, cry
When I go on holiday, I switch off from Twitter. Going on holiday means just that, it means switching off, and instead of obsessing over what’s bubbling in the carp filled pond of Scottish politics, you lie on a beach somewhere sunny or take in the sights of a new city. That’s unless you’re Ruth …

Experts warn NHS at risk from Unionist media hysteria
In Scotland, the Unionist media went through the Wonderland mirror many moons ago into a land where up is down, black is white, arse is over elbow, and where good is always bad but bad is never mentioned. There are opiate addicts with a firmer grasp on reality, and indeed more teeth capable of getting …

The dug does Livingston
On June 22, I did a talk in Livingston for the Livingston East branch of the SNP.  Phantom Power was there to make an audio recording of the talk, and it’s now available for download as a podcast. Due to the limitations of my WordPress account, I can’t make the download directly available from the …

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Scotland and Wales ask ?where?s our DUP billions??
THE WELSH and Scottish Governments have launched a formal objection with the UK Government over Theresa May?s £1bn deal with Northern Ireland?s DUP.

Kirsty Strickland: Tabloids? treatment of women is sexist and regressive
WHEN Jodie Whittaker pulled down her hood and revealed herself to be the 13th Doctor Who, social media reacted in the way which we have come to expect. A vocal minority threatened boycott ? an alien with two hearts could not possibly be a woman ? that?s just too far-fetched for a popular sci-fi television programme. There were wails that political correctness had provoked her appointment, and t...

Ask Angry: I don?t want to be saved from Cybermen by a Time Lady
DEAR Angry, I recently came under attack from an assemblage of callous Cybermen on my way home from a Tory Party meeting. At first, I thought they were members of the cabinet, but quickly realised that they were far too honest about their intent to destroy Britain. I attempted to shoo them away with my umbrella but this only encouraged their violence, and I soon realised that my brolly was the ...

Derrick McClure: We still are a nation wi a cosmopolitan veision
WHIT happens whan ye owerset a sang, a tale or ony ither screid frae ae leid intil anither? Faur mair nor jist chyngin the words. Ye tak a blad frae the letter-huird o anither kintra an anither culture, an mak it your ain: in the ack o owersettin thare a gust o reivin. But for the reiverie thare an assythement: a skeilie owersettin is a tribute tae the screiver o the oreiginal bardrie, an gies ...

May: My election fiasco will not hit Brexit talks
THERESA May put a brave face on her disastrous election result yesterday, insisting the UK?s Brexit negotiating position was ?as good as it was? before she threw away her slim majority in the Commons.

Theresa May refuses to budge on votes at 16
THERESA May has rejected calls to lower the voting age to 16.

Wee Ginger Dug: Row over The National's space front page shows Unionists like...
ON Saturday, The National published a report from the pro-independence think tank Common Weal about proposals to develop Scotland?s space industry.

Scottish Government resurrects the 2010 equality policy abandoned by Theresa ...
COUNCILS and health boards in Scotland will have to put tackling inequality at the heart of every decision they make, after the Scottish Government vowed to resurrect a policy which Theresa May put the kibosh on back in 2010.

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UK Financial Austerity ? Massive Debt Incurred By The Minority ? But Loans an...
              UK Budget Deficits & Loans In the UK there is no written constitution with result that there are no legal safeguards ensuring the maintenance of government budget deficits within specific limits. e.g. A % proportion of GDP. There is also no legislation preventing governments from gaining electoral advantage … Continue reading "UK Financial Austerity – Massive Debt Incurred By The ...

2017 General Election ? Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party ? The SNP C...
            Devolved Government in Scotland The 1999 introduction of a Scottish parliament, with devolved powers (forced on the UK government by the EC) should have been a game changer. For the first time in 300 years Scots had a forum allowing discussion of matters local to Scotland over which their … Continue reading "2017 General Election – Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party – The SNP...

Theresa May Forging Ahead with her Totalitarian State ? All Private Informati...
          Spying on all of the Queen’s subjects is OK – But Not Westminster MP’s and the Lords The only amendment to the government?s sweeping new spying bill so far made by politicians is to stop them from being spied on. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/snoopers-charter-only-amendment-politicians-have-submitted-to-controversial-bill-is-to-stop-mps-a6948211.html   ...

Afghanistan ? Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times the...
                Westminster Governments Sent Scottish Troops Into Afghanistan, Helmand Province on a Wing and a Prayer In April 2006 the UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, (the bulk of the teeth armed units being Scottish) tasked with creating a safe base and active participation (as part of a … Continue reading "Afghanistan – Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times ...

The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favoured Farmers Make Clai...
          The Farmers Case for Financial Support The Scottish farming community is apparently on its knees, the bulk of farmers having barely two coins to rub together. It is surely unacceptable that Scottish society is unable to provide adequate financial support to these poor individuals who struggle to survive in the … Continue reading "The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favo...

Television Broadcasting in Scotland ? The Opportunity For Policy and Content ...
          BBC- Alba (Gaelic name for Scotland) Finance Responsibility for the financial support of the public television broadcasting service BBC-Alba is remitted to the BBC and Scottish government in 2015. Annual operational running costs are approximately £25m. The BBC provides about £10m in the form of broadcasting , technical support and … Continue reading "Television Broadcasting in Scotla...

The Tory Party Monday Club ? Lies ? Spies and Criminality ? £425,000 Donation...
          19 May 2017: Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook At the Centre of a £425,000 (DUP) Major Brexit funding scandal. A modest, semi-detached house in Clarkston on Glasgow?s Southside seems an unlikely source for a secretive, £425,000 donation to the Democratic Unionist Party?s Brexit campaign. But the occupant ? Richard Cook … Continue reading "The Tory Party Monday Club – Lies – Sp...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? th...
  Neils Holck.       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betraya...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

Scotland and Independence

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
Nicola Sturgeon urged to bar English soldiers and students...

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
Scottish government shelves plans for second independence referendumCNN...

Scottish Independence - Alex Salmond vows to stand in next ... - Express.co.uk

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Scottish Independence - Alex Salmond vows to stand in next ...
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ALEX SALMOND has vowed to stand in the next UK General Election as he insists the fight for independence is not over.

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Prosperity 'will be key in battle for indyref2' - The Times

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Prosperity 'will be key in battle for indyref2'
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The SNP's new Westminster leader has put economics firmly at the centre of the debate over Scottish independence, arguing that the Yes camp will only win when Scots believe they will be better off away from the UK. Marking a decisive shift in emphasis ...

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'Sturgeon made a rare mistake and boxed herself in on Scottish independence' ...

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'Sturgeon made a rare mistake and boxed herself in on Scottish independence' - Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 16
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This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tommy Sheppard debate Nicola Sturgeon's independence climbdown, Michael Deacon calls for a more brutal, honest politics and MP Sheryll Murray reveals the extent of public abuse she gets.



Salmond to take on Scottish independence, Trump and hecklers at Edinburgh Fri...

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Salmond to take on Scottish independence, Trump and hecklers at Edinburgh Fringe show
Herald Scotland
Alex Salmond's show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take on Trump, independence - and hecklers. The former First Minister and MP is hosting his first Fringe solo show, Unleashed, and the US President will be one of fifteen topics tackled by ...



Scottish NHS virtues 'threatened by deep spending cuts and ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Scottish NHS virtues 'threatened by deep spending cuts and ...
Telegraph.co.uk
The virtues of Scotland's NHS risk being undermined by spending cuts deeper than those planned in England and SNP ministers shying away from reform amid ...

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Brexit changes Scottish independence context, says games firm ... - Belfast T...

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Brexit changes Scottish independence context, says games firm ...
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The co-founder of the UK's biggest independent mobile games firm says his Dundee-based business is better off in the EU and would welcome Scottish ...

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Cross-Party MPs Urge Theresa May To Keep Dubs Scheme For Child Refugees Open ...

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Cross-Party MPs Urge Theresa May To Keep Dubs Scheme For Child Refugees Open
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Home affairs select committee chair Yvette Cooper, exiting Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, Tory MP Heidi Allen and SNP home affairs spokesman Joanna Cherry have asked the government not to put a limit on the number of children who can seek refuge in the ...



Robin McAlpine: Why taking our MSPs out of Holyrood might be better for democ...

CommonSpace
Robin McAlpine: Why taking our MSPs out of Holyrood might be better for democracy
CommonSpace
But the disquiet among SNP councillors is instructive ? the briefing so far has been that the bill will take powers away from Scotland's inappropriately large local authorities and give them directly to 'communities'. That sounds like a good step forward.



PRISM seeking volunteers, money to fight invasive plants along Blue Ridge - T...

The Daily Progress
PRISM seeking volunteers, money to fight invasive plants along Blue Ridge
The Daily Progress
Volunteers recruited by Blue Ridge PRISM will work under the guidance of Hurley and Jake Hughes, SNP exotic plant manager, to hand-weed and deploy backpack sprayers to eradicate thick carpets of the ankle- to knee-high grass. Roth said the treatment ...



MP calls for clock-in cards to prove peers are putting in 'full shift' - The ...

The Guardian
MP calls for clock-in cards to prove peers are putting in 'full shift'
The Guardian
Tommy Sheppard, SNP spokesman in the Commons, has written to the Speakers of both houses and the head of security in the Palace of Westminster asking them to consider his proposal. He suggests it would not only help transparency, but would also aid ...



Chaiken Money Flow For China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Above Zero - Gen...

Chaiken Money Flow For China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Above Zero
Geneva Journal
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) shares have moved above the Chalkin Money Flow zero line, indicating potential buying momentum for the shares. The Chaikin Money Flow Indicator is an oscillator developed by Marc Chaikin. An oscillator is an ...

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) Ends Session Above Parabolic S...

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) Ends Session Above Parabolic SAR
The Herald
Shares of SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) are on watch as they closed the most recent session above the Parabolic SAR line. The current level of the shares currently stands at 34.47 at the time of writing. SAR stands for stop and reverse ...

Confusion over Vale out-of-hours service after SNP claims future is 'secured'...

Confusion over Vale out-of-hours service after SNP claims future is 'secured'
Helensburgh Advertiser
THERE'S confusion this week over the future of the out-of-hours GP service at the Vale of Leven Hospital after a claim from the SNP that a controversial cuts proposal had been scrapped. The leader of West Dunbartonshire Council, SNP councillor Jonathan ...

Aberdeen councillor speaks out over 'unacceptable' bin collection problems - ...

Aberdeen Evening Express
Aberdeen councillor speaks out over 'unacceptable' bin collection problems
Aberdeen Evening Express
The SNP councillor said: ?I am shocked that we have allowed problems with the bin collection to carry on to the point that the council has had to cut services. ?It is completely unacceptable and the public have been let down badly. ?It is important ...



Referendum (Google News)

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
Scotland's referendum ? what you need to knowSNP (press release)
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Brexit one year on: how has referendum result affected Scotland? - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Brexit one year on: how has referendum result affected Scotland?
The Scotsman
One of the examples given as being that material change was Scotland being 'dragged out of the EU'. That meant that if Scotland voted to stay, but the UK as a whole voted to leave, another referendum would find itself on the table very quickly. As fate ...
Tory election guru wanted May to call Scottish refere...

Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Fact Check: can Wales and Scotland block the Brexit repeal bill? - The Conver...

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Fact Check: can Wales and Scotland block the Brexit repeal bill?
The Conversation UK
The convention takes its name from Lord Sewel, former minister of state in the Scottish Office, who ?announced? the convention during the parliamentary debates on the Scotland Bill in 1998. After Scotland's 2014 independence referendum, the Sewel ...
Peers back plan for new Scots powers on migrantsH...

George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on ... - The Nat...

The National
George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on ...
The National
THERE is a general feeling of disorientation among SNP activists following the General Election. I'm blaming no-one: politics is a rough?

Scotland won't be having another independence referendum any time soon - Iris...

IrishCentral
Scotland won't be having another independence referendum any time soon
IrishCentral
In March, the Scottish Parliament voted to ask the British Government to give it the authority to hold the referendum on independence - a request British Prime Minister Theresa May dismissed with the focus group-tested soundbite that, ?Now is not the ...
The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independe...

George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on the outcome o...

George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on the outcome of Brexit negotiations
The National
THERE is a general feeling of disorientation among SNP activists following the General Election. I'm blaming no-one: politics is a rough business and after a decade in power at Holyrood the party could not hope to have everything permanently its own way.



Brexit on the Rocks? 'Halt the EU Divorce,' Say Prominent Scots - Voice of Am...

Voice of America
Brexit on the Rocks? 'Halt the EU Divorce,' Say Prominent Scots
Voice of America
Britain urgently needs a national debate on halting Brexit because it threatens economic prosperity and political stability, a group of prominent Scots said in one of the most overt appeals yet to overturn the 2016 referendum result. In a letter ...
Scots 'could have different Brexit deal'BBC News
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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 ...

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!

The Official President Trump thread

Jobs Jobs Jobs
After the extremely positive news that Scotlands economy is growing offset against the very disappointing news the rUK is not; it appears more jobs have been created north of border.Well done the Scottish Government, managing the country extremely well!! http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotla...

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

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

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

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

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

The Loch
Anybody else watching that load of utter honking P1SH? Dunno what's worse - the ridiculous storyline, the even dafter subplots that have you thinking everyone's the killer or the acting that's hammier than the M&S cold meat counter.  It's so atrociously bad that it's compulsive viewing just t...

Hiring trucks and vans
Bit of a random one..... Does anyone know any companies that hire out large vans, or even HGVs, for one way trips? I'm looking to do a house move from Worcestershire up to Glasgow.  Removals firms are charging a fortune, so I was looking into doing the move myself (my brother has an HGV l...

Bands That You Have Seen Booed Off Stage
Only one for me... 38 years ago today... unbelievably it was... ?On July 2, 1979, we played on a bill with Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Johnny Winter, and Nazareth to a crowd of forty-six thousand people in Toronto?I saw the other bands we were playing with and I thought, ?This isn?t gonna work...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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

HS2
Bridging the North-South divide.....aye ok...   UK Connectivity....?        

Combating comfort eating?
As some folk on here will already be aware, I've had a battle with mental health issues over the last year, which eventually saw me on anti-depressants. I came off of these maybe a month ago now as they were leaving me totally lethargic and feeling really hungry all the time. This, coupled wi...

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

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Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…

Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement
The JxSí pro-independence party is ?outraged? by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill. On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the…

Scotland Pays Tribute to Catalan Film
Edinburgh and Glasgow to screen week of productions in second edition of Homage to Catalonia festival from September 27 to October 5 Scotland will pay its own tribute to Catalonia in September when Edinburgh once again hosts Scotland?s Catalan Film Festival, Homage to Catalonia, from 27 to 30, with the event moving to neighboring Glasgow…

?The Spanish Can?t Stop Us? ? Catalan Vote to Trigger UDI
And so the game is on. The devolved autonomous Catalan Government have announced their intention to hold a vote on independence for Catalunya which will – if successful – be a trigger for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. A website with full details has also been launched leaving no-one with any excuse for not knowing…

The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw…