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Sturgeon warns May that Tory hard Brexit means second independence poll all b...
18 Jan 2017 at 12:02am
NICOLA Sturgeon has upped the ante on Scotland?s future, warning Theresa May that her Brexit plan for Britain makes a second independence referendum all but inevitable.

Journalist in SNP "gagging" row quits STV
18 Jan 2017 at 12:07am
THE senior STV journalist who was allegedly ?gagged? by the SNP has resigned.

European reaction underlines May's challenge on Brexit
18 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
THE challenge facing Theresa May in securing her Brexit goals was underlined by reaction from the bloc of 27 EU nations she must negotiate with over the next two years.

Business leaders cautious about final Brexit deal
18 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
BUSINESS leaders gave Mrs May?s speech a mixed reaction, welcoming the clarity on her objectives but wary about the final deal she would ultimately achieve.

Nicola Sturgeon: Second referendum 'all but inevitable' after May's speech
17 Jan 2017 at 5:39pm
THERESA May?s ?economically catastrophic? Brexit plans have made a second independence referendum ?all but inevitable?, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Theresa May warns EU members 'no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal'
17 Jan 2017 at 12:06pm
Theresa May has warned fellow EU nations that she is ready to walk away from Brexit talks rather than accept a "punitive" deal.

Sketch: Mother Theresa turns to Lady Macbeth to warn Eurocrats not to turn Br...
17 Jan 2017 at 5:43pm
The King?s Speech was filmed here and now Lancaster House, a grand pile by the Mall, became the venue for the Prime Minister?s Speech on Britain?s journey towards a new horizon.

Think-tank expert warns SNP?s post-Brexit plan ?almost impossible?
17 Jan 2017 at 7:58am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s plan for Scotland to stay in both the European single market and customs union after Brexit is ?almost impossible?, a leading expert has warned.

David Davis makes clear that even if MPs vote down Brexit deal, Britain will ...
17 Jan 2017 at 6:51pm
DAVID Davis has made clear that Brexit will still go ahead even if MPs were to vote against an EU withdrawal deal.

MSPs back SNP proposals to keep Scotland in single market
17 Jan 2017 at 6:20pm
MSPs have backed Scottish Government proposals aimed at keeping the country in the European single market.

'Rise of rural robots' predicted by Tory MP
17 Jan 2017 at 6:59pm
A Tory MP has predicted "the rise of the rural robots" on farms across Britain amidst a new industrial revolution.

Reforms mean 'Jam' families' incomes about to be 'toast', MP claims
17 Jan 2017 at 8:01pm
Several families will find their income is "toast" following welfare reforms despite Theresa May pledging to help those labelled "Jams", the Commons has heard.

David Davis: Brexit will happen even if MPs vote down deal
17 Jan 2017 at 5:19pm
David Davis has said Brexit will still go ahead even if MPs voted against an EU withdrawal deal.

UK fisherman 'being used as pawns' in Brexit negotiations
17 Jan 2017 at 6:14pm
British fishermen are being used as "pawns" by Theresa May in her Brexit negotiations, MPs have heard.

In full: Theresa May's Brexit speech
17 Jan 2017 at 1:01pm
Here is the full text of the speech by Prime Minister Theresa May supplied by Downing Street.

 

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Short-term female prisoners denied methadone, finds report
18 Jan 2017 at 12:00am
Heroin addicts in Scotland’s only women’s prison are being denied access to methadone unless they are jailed for more than six months, it has emerged.

Dozens of jobs to go as prosecution service faces £1.5m cuts
17 Jan 2017 at 10:32pm
Scotland’s prosecution service is set to axe dozens of jobs as it seeks to find £1.5 million of savings with further cuts also earmarked in some costs involved with evidence in trials.

SNP ?iron discipline? likened to Mugabe?s political party
17 Jan 2017 at 9:37pm
A Tory MP has accused the SNP of showing the “iron discipline” of Robert Mugabe’s political party over its Brexit views.

Theresa May?s European Single Market Brexit speech in full
17 Jan 2017 at 4:47pm
A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change.

Sturgeon: Indyref2 now ?more likely? with hard Brexit plans
17 Jan 2017 at 2:58pm
Theresa May’s pursuit of an ­“economically catastrophic” exit from the European single market has made the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum “more likely”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last night.

Brexit: 12 objectives of Theresa May?s negotiations
17 Jan 2017 at 2:40pm
Here are the 12 objectives for Britain’s Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May’s speech at Lancaster House:

May rules out Scottish Brexit deal and calls for UK-wide support
17 Jan 2017 at 1:19pm
Theresa May has dealt a decisive blow to hopes of a compromise with the Scottish Government on Brexit, ruling out any separate deal to maintain its place in the EU.

Theresa May confirms: Britain will leave the single market
17 Jan 2017 at 12:37pm
Britain will leave the European single market when it quits the European Union, Theresa May has said.

Scots children living in temporary accommodation up 17%
17 Jan 2017 at 11:54am
The number of children living in temporary accommodation rose by 17 per cent last year, a figure described as “deeply worrying” by housing campaigners.

Defra ?doesn?t have a clue about post-Brexit world?
17 Jan 2017 at 8:20am
Despite putting more flesh than had been seen before on the bones of a possible future UK farm policy, farm minister George Eustice was yesterday accused of “not having a clue” about what he was going to do after 2020.

Independent Scotland ?should have own currency and central bank?
17 Jan 2017 at 8:16am
A nationalist MP has said an independent Scotland should have its own currency and central bank.

Anti-Trump protest planned for Edinburgh on inauguration day
17 Jan 2017 at 8:12am
HUNDREDS of protesters are to march through the Capital’s streets to campaign against incoming US president Donald Trump.

Martin Flanagan: Edinburgh rides out Brexit apprehension
17 Jan 2017 at 7:24am
If there is distinct political and commercial uncertainty in the UK air in the slipstream of the Brexit vote then somebody has been remiss in failing to tell the Edinburgh property market, which seems firmly on the front foot.

Leader comment: No talking in class ? it?s time to listen to teachers
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
More than six years on from its introduction, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has unequivocally failed to rejuvenate the Scottish education system.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Migrant pressure based on a myth
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Response to NHS crisis shows the danger of failing to challenge flawed immigration rhetoric, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

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The competition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jan 2017 at 10:35pm
You very rarely get useful stats about online newspaper readership, so we were quite intrigued by this snippet on tonight’s BBC2 Scotland documentary “Paper Thistle”, about the 200th anniversary of The Scotsman. We don’t know what the numbers are or how brief the period was, but Wings’ average traffic is higher now than it was …

A useful reminder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jan 2017 at 1:07pm
Every day from now until indyref 2.

The flexibility of figures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jan 2017 at 12:55pm
It’s a well-known fact, of course, that 87% of all statistics are made up. But as this site regularly observes, if you’re the Scottish opposition and media there’s no need to invent fake ones when you can twist the real ones to present an image completely at odds with the reality. The Sunday Times today has …

It?s not always the headline
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jan 2017 at 10:27am
While normally the Unionist media deploys the ever-reliable blunt sledgehammer in its tireless war against Scotland controlling its own affairs, it’s also occasionally capable of more subtlety, slipping in a sneaky stiletto of a lie in passing. Take this piece from today’s Mail On Sunday: The thing is, that’s not how currency reserves work. There …

An Act Of Union
by Chris Cairns
14 Jan 2017 at 6:55am

The quiet times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2017 at 12:17pm
Anybody got any news?

The Great Urging
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2017 at 4:01pm
As we’ve always understood it, readers, the definition of “news” is supposed to be “a new thing which has happened that people didn’t previously know about”. Evidently the rules have changed since we were young cub reporters. 21 January 2015 (Ruth Davidson) 27 April 2016 (Kezia Dugdale) 6 May 2016 (Ruth Davidson) 17 May 2016 …

If I?m right and you are sinful
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2017 at 1:21pm
We’ve never been all that convinced by the political strategy of parties angrily pointing out their rivals have supposedly broken their manifesto promises once in government. After all, since by definition the complaining party was very probably opposed to the policies in question, shouldn’t they be delighted if they haven’t been enacted? (It’s different, of course, in …

Data without information
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2017 at 12:18pm
This week a Scottish journalist told us ruefully that over the festive holidays, all parties send the newspapers “Christmas boxes” comprising a load of ready-made and pre-chewed garbage stories, each embargoed to specific days, for them to run in the news desert between Boxing Day and January 3rd with no further effort required. (This year’s crop had …

The only explanation
by Chris Cairns
7 Jan 2017 at 6:55am

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May's Brexit speech: Sturgeon says second referendum 'undoubtedly' closer
17 Jan 2017 at 6:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May's plan to take the UK out of the EU's single market brings a second Scottish independence referendum "undoubtedly" closer.


Scotland sees A&E target miss in first week of 2017
17 Jan 2017 at 12:13pm
Just under 88% of patients attending A&E departments in Scotland in the first week of 2017 were seen within the four hour target, new figures show.


Criminal convictions in Scotland fall to record low
17 Jan 2017 at 12:20pm
The number of criminal convictions in Scotland falls to the lowest level on record, according to a report.


SQA 'urgently needs to build trust'
17 Jan 2017 at 1:44am
Urgent work is needed to rebuild the relationship between Scotland's teachers and the country's exam body, according to MSPs.


Lord Advocate wants 'significant reform' of Scots justice system
17 Jan 2017 at 12:06pm
The Lord Advocate says "significant reform" is ongoing in Scotland's justice system after MSPs raise "serious concerns".


'Regular talks' on Scotland-US nuclear material flights
17 Jan 2017 at 11:00am
The Scottish government says it has "on-going regular dialogue" with the UK government on the transfer of nuclear material from Scotland to the US.


Glasgow council tax to rise by 3%
16 Jan 2017 at 4:38pm
Scotland's largest council confirms it is planning to put up the council tax by 3% this year.


Derek Mackay insists council budget settlement is 'fair'
16 Jan 2017 at 6:37pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay insists his draft budget settlement for Scottish councils is "very fair".


Former first ministers call for 'radical' change at Holyrood
16 Jan 2017 at 5:19pm
Former first ministers Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish call for "radical" changes to the Scottish Parliament.


Response due on flying of nuclear material from Wick
16 Jan 2017 at 5:32pm
The Scottish government is expected to respond this week to concerns about the transportation of radioactive material from a Highlands airport.


Billboards and van adverts accuse BBC Scotland of bias
16 Jan 2017 at 1:13pm
A pro-independence group unveils billboard and mobile adverts accusing BBC Scotland of bias in its political reporting.


Taxing times
17 Jan 2017 at 1:53am
BBC Scotland looks at the idea of a tax on parking spaces at workplaces ahead of Scottish ministers unveiling plans to tackle climate change.

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Labour's wizard plan for avoiding Hard Brexit is to call it something else
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2017 at 4:48pm
In her speech today, Theresa May announced the following -* The UK will leave the Single Market.* The UK will leave the Customs Union (giving us a lesser status than Turkey).* The jurisdiction of t...

Scottish Government don't blink on single market membership : independence re...
by James Kelly
16 Jan 2017 at 4:05am
When the news broke on Saturday night that Theresa May was preparing to pull the UK out of the single market and the customs union, I suggested that this was the moment of truth for an independence...

It's post-truth, it's cultish...yup, it's Massie
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2017 at 6:04am
Scotland, eh?  The SNP.  Nicola Sturgeon.  Cybernats.  Jock-speak.  Streuth.  I mean...crikey.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's totally normal that all of these things exist.  Understandable.  Utterl...

Moment of truth for Indyref 2 as Sturgeon's red line is crossed : reports sug...
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2017 at 10:21pm
Several newspapers have reported in the last few minutes that Theresa May is now confirming that she will be prepared to withdraw the UK (and by extension Scotland) from the single market if the fr...

Let's not rewrite history on the "tactical voting" stunt
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2017 at 5:49pm
Via Twitter, I've learned that Richard Walker said this at the Scottish Independence Convention earlier today -"The National, the Sunday Herald, Bella Caledonia and CommonSpace all came under fire ...

YouGov poll reveals the chasm between Scottish and British public opinion on ...
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2017 at 7:03am
I think if I was a Liberal Democrat, I'd be distinctly underwhelmed by the findings of the first two Britain-wide voting intention polls of 2017.  Both YouGov and ICM have Tim Farron's party traili...

Co-belligerents rather than loved-up allies : a realistic view of how differe...
by James Kelly
12 Jan 2017 at 12:39am
So Bella Caledonia's future seems secure after all, without even needing to take up Craig Murray's offer to work as editor for free (although, after the overwhelming result of our poll the other ni...

How to do the Herald Hokey and the BMG Boogie
by James Kelly
10 Jan 2017 at 6:59am
OK, here are the rules of the dance.  They're pretty straightforward.Starting position : Britain's decision to leave the EU has made an early Scottish independence referendum very likely, with the ...

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Should I give up of living/working/studying in Edinbourgh?
by /u/leandroqm
18 Jan 2017 at 4:25am
As an italian citizen, should I change my plans of living in Edinburgh from now on because of brexit? I honestly don't know what to think... submitted by /u/leandroqm

An (admittedly, nowadays, slightly pro-union) Irishman trying to understand /...
by /u/sgtnatino
18 Jan 2017 at 2:48am
Hello my fellow Celts! I'm curious as to how exactly you guys see independence for Scotland and the reasons for which you desire it. The reason, really, is to to compare them with my own past and ...

Just bought a house. I'm English, in the military, and have lived in Scotland...
by /u/PM_ME_UR_THINGS_THO
18 Jan 2017 at 12:21am
It's all in the title really. I fear a little more dislike to the English, and as my kids are English it's quite worrying. Would we have an interest rate hike? Would the price of houses drop? I kno...

The problem with the English: England doesn?t want to be just another member ...
by /u/mankieneck
18 Jan 2017 at 12:10am
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Comments on Scottish scenery get out of hand quickly ? /r/EarthPorn
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17 Jan 2017 at 11:05pm
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Nigel Farage - I can hardly believe that the PM is now using the phrases and ...
by /u/Jamie54
17 Jan 2017 at 9:49pm
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Willie Rennie @ Holyrood on May's Speech
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17 Jan 2017 at 9:26pm
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Jeremy Corbyn on Theresa May's Brexit speech
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17 Jan 2017 at 9:02pm
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Scottish D-Day veterans awarded with France's highest honour
by /u/mojojo42
17 Jan 2017 at 8:22pm
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Abandoned mining facility **Scottish Urban Exploration**
by /u/techno_beard
17 Jan 2017 at 7:50pm
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A full English Brexit is on the menu [Alex Massie]
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17 Jan 2017 at 7:10pm
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Donald Trump's inauguration poem describes Barack Obama as a 'tyrant' and pay...
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17 Jan 2017 at 6:43pm
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ELI5, what are the odds of Scotland gaining independence and joining the EU? ...
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17 Jan 2017 at 5:50pm
Would really be great if you lads could join us. I know there's a risk Catalonia might use it to further their independence movement, of course. EDIT: I'll probably post it over there, too, but the...

If you could fight any Scot, past or present, who would it be?
by /u/HailSatanLoveHaggis
17 Jan 2017 at 5:41pm
Is there somedy aff the telly who gets right oan yer tits, or have ye got a historical hard-on for ripping some cunts jaw? Is there a certain politician who you'd love tae lamp? Have ye ever wanted...

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Nicola Sturgeon says Indyref2 'more likely' as UK quits single market
by Record Reporter
17 Jan 2017 at 2:55pm
The First Minster says Theresa May's hard Brexit announcement increases the likelihood of Scotland choosing a 'different future'.


Watch Theresa May's speech live as she prepares to announce hard Brexit
by Record Reporter
17 Jan 2017 at 11:49am
In a speech today May will signal the UK will leave the single market and the EU Customs Union and seek a custom-made trade deal over two years of talks.


Trump will benefit from our Brexit chaos
by Record View
17 Jan 2017 at 7:23am
It's rich men like Trump who can use the confusion over Brexit and its effects as an advantage.


SNP and Tories must not allow divisions to multiply
by Kezia Dugdale
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia believes the parties are casting about for a convenient political position rather than working in the national interest.


PM Theresa May confirms hard Brexit plan by revealing UK will leave single ma...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
In a speech today May will signal the UK will leave the single market and the EU Customs Union and seek a custom-made trade deal over two years of talks


New elections called in Northern Ireland after Sinn Fein and Unionists fail t...
by Record Reporter
16 Jan 2017 at 6:36pm
The UK government has been forced to call fresh elections after the collapse of the powersharing executive caused by £490m heat saving scheme.


Nicola Sturgeon on why she thinks Tories' Brexit plans threaten workers' rights
by Nicola Sturgeon
16 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
In her first column for the Daily Record Nicola Sturgeon sets out why she thinks the Tories' Brexit plans are a 'race to the bottom'.


Psst, Mr Trump, sir.. that stuff you say about the wall, immigrants and Russi...
by John Niven
15 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
John Niven looks back in horror at the 'really bad amateur theatre production' that passed as Donald Trump's press conference.


Melania Trump as the new First Lady? That's the last thing we all need
by Lesley Roberts
15 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Nothing we’ve seen of Melania in the run-up to this extraordinary career switch, could lead us to the conclusion she’s up to the task, says Lesley Roberts.


Music boss Alan McGee reveals brush with death led to him considering rejoini...
by Mark Aitken
15 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
The change of heart by Alan follows his ­emergency admission to hospital last month with a hernia and an inflamed colon.

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ScotIndyPod 141 ? The New Old Year
by michaelgreenwell
13 Jan 2017 at 12:13pm
The Scottish Independence Podcast is checking back in for 2017 and episode 141 is our way of starting it off by giving some time to our opponents (explicit content).. Hope you enjoy? You can download here if you right click THIS LINK and ?save as? You can listen online at the show?s spreaker web page, …
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London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …
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My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

Bella Caledonia

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Theresa?s Euro Gymn
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2017 at 1:41pm
I’m a member of a fitness club. It was pretty good for a while, it’s only small, under 30 members. But I’m going to give it up because it costs too much (and frankly it’s full of foreign-types). I’ve told the club that I’m stopping paying my membership fees immediately but I still fancy coming …

Buckfast means Buckfast
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2017 at 10:00am
Just as we thought ‘thanks Christ 2016 is over’ and things can only get better (wait a minute, not that), 2017 emerges out of the glaur in all its glory. This week two momentously dire events loom large. Today, after months of shambling vacuous nothingness, our Prime Minister will announce our True Path. It will …

10 Ideas to Save Your Week
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jan 2017 at 6:01pm
Postcard: an occasional series of micro blogs. It’s mid-January and it’s all gone tits-up. Your Dry January has turned into Intravenous Malbec and your new Yoga class has turned ugly. Your healthy eating plan has been replaced by a 24 Hour Kebab habit and your arteries are shutting down faster than your chakras. Let Bella help …

The Trouble with Wilderness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jan 2017 at 3:57pm
The ?The Artist Traveller? exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy includes a series of pen and ink and digital pigment prints by artist Murray Robertson on the theme of wild land and wilderness. The centre-piece is a digital pigment print map of Scotland showing the Core Areas of Wild Land identified by Scottish Natural Heritage …

Build Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jan 2017 at 9:18pm
Maggie Chapman’s speech from the Scottish Independence Convention’s Build Yes conference. We do, indeed, need to build for independence. Everyday, all around us, we see the consequences of the broken British state, crushing people?s spirits, destroying their lives. We see the stirring up of racism and anti-immigrant feeling by people determined to blame those not …

Border Crossing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jan 2017 at 12:47pm
For Britain ‘taking back control’ from Brussels must mean exerting control over Edinburgh and Belfast argues Mike Small. As Tristram jogs on to the V&A and Amber Rudd has her speeches registered as Hate, it’s been a bad week for Labour and the Tories. But it just got much worse. Since Sir Ivan Rodger’s resignation the …

Bella Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jan 2017 at 2:59pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia voted unanimously to keep the online magazine going at an emergency meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday night. We agreed that Bella still has a vital part to play in Scotland?s future; creating space for debate, an arena for new writers, and a focus on culture, language and politics which …

Statement from the Bella Caledonia Board
by Daibhidh Rothach
8 Jan 2017 at 7:40pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia confirms we are going to have to make the decision to close, unless an urgent fundraising appeal can be met. Mike Small has advised that despite his commitment to Bella, he will have to step down as editor as the position is too financially precarious and he is actively …

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Independence vote more likely after single market move, Sturgeon signals
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 Jan 2017 at 5:14pm
Scotland?s first minister says Theresa May?s plan to take UK entirely out of EU single market could be economically catastrophicNicola Sturgeon has signalled that Theresa May?s decision to take the UK entirely out of the EU single market makes a second Scottish independence vote very likely.Accus...

National tensions exposed within Brexit Britain | Letters
by Letters
16 Jan 2017 at 6:47pm
As David Marquand points out, the UK is a multinational state and two parts of it, Scotland and Northern Ireland, voted to remain in the European UnionDavid Marquand asserts that ?there is no such place as Britain? (How can Britain exit the EU? Britain doesn?t really exist, 13 January). If Britai...

Scottish housing benefit reforms to offer tenants greater flexibility
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Jan 2017 at 4:52pm
Changes to universal credit system mark first use of welfare powers introduced after independence referendum in 2014Housing benefits in Scotland will be paid out more frequently and more flexibly than the rest of the UK in the first phase of welfare reforms implemented by ministers in Edinburgh.T...

Sturgeon rules out second Scottish independence referendum this year
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
9 Jan 2017 at 7:02pm
First minister says the direction of Brexit negotiations will influence whether second vote is held but No 10 says whole of UK should work togetherNicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a second Scottish independence referendum this year but said another ballot remained ?highly likely?.The first m...

May's hints at single market exit leave Scotland sidelined
by Andrew Sparrow and Severin Carrell
9 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
PM says UK will not keep ?bits of EU membership? despite threat of second independence referendumTheresa May has given her clearest signal yet that Britain will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union, despite a renewed vow from Nicola Sturgeon that a so-called hard Brexit would...

Sturgeon reiterates hard Brexit threat of Scottish independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Jan 2017 at 1:01pm
First minister says UK government would be making huge mistake if it thought she was bluffing about staging referendumNicola Sturgeon has again insisted she is not bluffing about her threat to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of a hard Brexit.The UK government ?would...

The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain
by Kevin McKenna
8 Jan 2017 at 12:05am
Support is growing for an idea that used to be considered eccentricIn the city where Adam Smith developed the free-market theories that inspired Thatcherism nearly 300 years later, a young Labour politician is pursuing an economic vision that takes a drastically different approach to ?the wealth ...

Sturgeon offers to shelve independence vote in return for soft Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Jan 2017 at 1:53pm
Scotland?s first minister would take quick referendum off table if UK wins favourable deal with EU and access to single marketNicola Sturgeon has said she would take a quick Scottish independence referendum off the table if the UK wins a favourable, soft Brexit deal with the EU.In an apparent ret...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Oligarchs-R-Us
Well that’s it then. Remember during the 2014 independence referendum when JK Rowling said that if Scotland voted No we’d be in the position of the spouse who had threatened divorce but who had then agreed to stay, so we’d be in an incredibly strong position and have all our concerns and desires carefully listened …

Keeping granny on the bus
Over the weekend Theresa May hinted that she’s going to go full out for a hard Brexit, and prioritises controlling immigration over retaining British membership of the single market. This is despite the fact that prominent Leave campaigners during the EU referendum insisted that leaving the EU didn’t mean leaving the single market. We’re facing …

Putting the con in confederal
Kezia Dugdale isn’t at all like Theresa May. Theresa offers nothing but tautologies, Kezia on the other hand has an actual plan. We need a new Act of Union, said Kezia the other week, a new relationship between Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to secure the future of the UK because otherwise it risks …

Down the toilet in 2017
With the Tories being clueless on Brexit and making sitting in a dark basement with a bag over your head seem like an exercise in illumination, you might have thought that Labour would seize the opportunity to provide some clarity and leadership. The Government is in such a state of headless chickenry that it wouldn’t …

Quantum squirrels
Theresa Maybe gave an interview for Sky News on Sunday, during which she showed off the incredible political skill which has characterised her premiership – speaking at length while saying absolutely nothing at all and never, ever, giving a direct answer to a direct question. And you know that when she says she wants to …

Independence means independence
I’m not about to give a running commentary on what independence will mean, but let me be absolutely clear, independence means independence. We’re going to achieve an independence that will be a bespoke deal for the people of Scotland, not an off the shelf independence which might suit some nations which are not as great …

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest
Oh dear God I’m bored. Fed up. Pissed off. And simultaneously angry and seething with contemptuous indignation at the sheer mind-numbing moronity of British politics and its media cheerleaders. It’s like we’re all being drowned in a big vat of stupid that’s being stirred with the silver spoons that the rich and powerful have in …

Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls
A New Year, a fresh start, but the same auld mince from the usual suspects in Scotland’s not-so-merry band of grip losing Unionists for whom hysteria is a substitute for reason. The Unionists in Scotland are exactly like the Brexiteers. Both won their referendums, and both have reacted to their victories with ill-grace, bad tempers, …

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Nicola Sturgeon: Referendum ?all but inevitable? to avoid Tories? race to bot...
THE Prime Minister?s plan to take the UK out of the European single market ?undoubtedly? brings Scotland closer to a second referendum on independence, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

MSPs vote in favour of bid to keep Scotland in the single market
MSPs voted 86 to 36 to support the Scottish Government?s proposals to keep Scotland in the single market.

Expert warns Theresa May faces tight timescale in Brexit negotiations
THERESA May is about to embark on some serious negotiations with the rest of Europe.

Come along and talk to us at our roadshows - and meet Mhairi Black and Wee Gi...
THE National roadshow is heading for Penicuik in Midlothian tomorrow and we?re urging readers and supporters to come along and join us.

SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford accuses Theresa May of using fishermen as pawns in Br...
SCOTTISH fishermen are being used as ?pawns? by Theresa May in her Brexit negotiations, MPs have heard.

John McHarg: Unsung heroes are leading Yes at the grassroots level
I?M still buzzing from the energy and optimism of Saturday?s Scottish Independence Convention event.

Glasgow University principal Anton Muscatelli urges UK Government to listen t...
FAILURE by the UK Government to listen to experts on Brexit would be an act of ?economic self-sabotage?, according to a leading academic.

March date set for Northern Ireland Assembly election in wake of power-sharin...
NORTHERN Ireland will go to the polls in less than two months following the collapse of its power-sharing executive, it has been confirmed.

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Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia ? Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up ...
                    Oil Finds In the Scottish Continental Shelf –  Billions of Barrels to be Recovered From Fields Off the Shetlands Only with independence will Scotland benefit from the abundance of oil yet to be recovered from the Scottish Continental Shelf. Delays will only benefit the UK … Continue reading Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia – Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up Its Secr...

Obama and the Democrats Beat their Chests In Anguish Claiming- Without Suppor...
                  Donald Trump Under Fire From the Democratic Party, Actors and Other Bleeding Hearts  Congressman John Lewis, a Democrat, said on Friday he would not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America on the grounds that he did not see … Continue reading Obama and the Democrats Beat their Chests In Anguish Claiming- Without Supporting Evidence ...

Israeli Missile Attack on Syria ? Another Twist in the On-Going Battles Resha...
                  Monday 16th January, 2017: Russia to Upgrade Its naval Air bases in Syria Russia plans to improve and expand its naval and air bases in Syria, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed source, as Moscow cements its presence in the Middle Eastern country, … Continue reading Israeli Missile Attack on Syria – Another Twist in the On-Going Battles Reshaping the Mi...

Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters ? Now Donald Trump Is...
  Stare at the black dot in the centre and in a few moments the grey area surrounding the dot will disappear.   “Gaslighting” is an evil form of trickery introduced to the world of espionage by the CIA just after the end of WW2. It gained its name and notoriety from the 1944 film … Continue reading Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters – Now Donald Trump Is Under Attack by the...

Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

Article Published in the Sunday Post ? Same Info Presented Without the Anti ?...
            2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Scottish Press Shows Its Hand Towards the end of April, (less than 6 months before the September referendum) the BBC and Scottish press relentlessly bombarded Scotland with distrorted information designed to ensure the Scottish electorate would turn away from the “Yes” campaign in … Continue reading Article Published in the Sunday Pos...

Urban Regeneration ? New Labour ? Billions Frittered away ? The Tories ? Bill...
                Natural Selection Almost all of the towns and cities in the UK evolved meeting the challenges of the nineteenth century industrial revolution. But whilst the intensity and types of industry has changed markedly, in recent years the location and size of the vast bulk of UK towns … Continue reading Urban Regeneration – New Labour – Billions Frittered away – The Tories – Billions T...

The Tory Cornerstone Group and David Mundell ? Can anyone Spot the Incompatib...
          The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party. It is opposed to gay marriage and is generally fairly homophobic, global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinence in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration and … Continue reading The Tory Cornerstone Group and ...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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

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

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish independ...

Evening Standard
Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish independence referendum closer
Evening Standard
The Prime Minister's plan to take the UK out of the European single market "undoubtedly" brings Scotland closer to a second referendum on independence, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister said Theresa May's hard Brexit proposal "threatens to ...
May's Brexit...

Scots independence conference held in Glasgow - BBC News

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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow
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A conference of independence activists aimed at preparing Scotland for another referendum has been held in Glasgow. The Scottish Independence Convention is hosted the "Build" meeting at the Radisson hotel in the city. MPs and MSPs from the SNP and ...
Live: Your guide to the Scottish Independence Convention conferenceCommonSpace
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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
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A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...
Consultation on legislation that could pave way for second indepen...

Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referen...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referendum
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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that she is "not bluffing" about her vow to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence if Britain leaves the Single Market after Brexit. Scotland's First minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that she felt that he ...
Soft Brexit would take second S...

Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence vote in 2017 - Financial Times

Financial Times
Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence vote in 2017
Financial Times
Voters in Scotland backed staying in the EU in last year's Brexit contest but polls suggest no substantive increase in support for independence since then. Many in Ms Sturgeon's Scottish National party fear a second independence referendum defeat would ...
Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referend...

Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence - New Sta...

New Statesman
Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence
New Statesman
She told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme that she was prepared to "put aside" her "preferred option of independence" if a "hard Brexit" could be avoided. "Am I going to stop arguing for independence or believing in independence? Am I going to ...

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Britain's break with EU could drive Scotland to another vote - USA TODAY

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Britain's break with EU could drive Scotland to another vote
USA TODAY
GLASGOW, Scotland ? The British prime minister's plans for exiting the European Union have increased the likelihood of a second Scottish independence referendum, the country's first minister and the leader of the Scottish National Party said Tuesday.
Scotland must have choice on independence if Brexit wishes ignored-St...

Scottish Independence Convention: The start of a new chapter focusing on stra...

The National
Scottish Independence Convention: The start of a new chapter focusing on strategy, policy and movement-building
The National
MORE than 800 supporters of Scottish independence gathered in Glasgow on Saturday for the first conference meeting of the Yes movement since 2014. Convener Elaine C Smith said the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) was being held to begin ...



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Mundell urged to back Jobcentre campaign - Glasgow Evening Times

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Mundell urged to back Jobcentre campaign
Glasgow Evening Times
MPs, MSPs and councillors from the SNP, Labour and Greens have signed a letter to David Mundell, setting out their concerns should the plan to shut seven Jobcentres in Glasgow plus Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire. The proposals have sparked anger ...



Last chance to keep HIE local - Press and Journal

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Last chance to keep HIE local
Press and Journal
The Scottish Government was last night facing a humiliating defeat over its plans to ?effectively abolish? Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The SNP administration will today be under pressure to justify its ?disgraceful? proposal to scrap the ...

Journalist in SNP "gagging" row quits STV - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Journalist in SNP "gagging" row quits STV
Herald Scotland
He called himself ?a friend? of Labour, accused Jeremy Corbyn of supping with anti-Semites, and said the SNP was ?expert at mining grievance from even the most innocuous act or statement? and had the ?preponderance of zoomers? in Scottish politics.



MSPs vote in favour of bid to keep Scotland in the single market - The National

The National
MSPs vote in favour of bid to keep Scotland in the single market
The National
Labour supported the Government, after their amendment to the SNP's motion was passed, but restated their belief that the UK single market is more important to Scotland than the EU single market. Tory MSP Dean Lockhart said the Scottish Government's ...

May's 'one out, all out' puts the pressure on Sturgeon - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
May's 'one out, all out' puts the pressure on Sturgeon
Herald Scotland
Substitute Scotland for Britain and UK for EU and one would not be a hop, skip and jump away from an SNP declaration. On the whole, Mrs May had the air of a gay divorcee, a woman who had already raced ahead and put all that nastiness of the split with ...

Brexit plan 'forces SNP to push for second vote' - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
Brexit plan 'forces SNP to push for second vote'
The Times (subscription)
Although stopping short of making a commitment to introduce legislation already drawn up to allow for a new referendum, senior figures within the SNP told The Times that yesterday would go down in history as the day a second referendum became a ...

Scottish farmland 'at risk of being turned into a desert' - The Times (subscr...

The Times (subscription)
Scottish farmland 'at risk of being turned into a desert'
The Times (subscription)
In a debate in the House of Commons yesterday, Calum Kerr, the SNP's rural affairs spokesman, called on the government to ?mitigate? the impact of leaving the EU on Scotland's rural economy or risk making a ?desert out of rural Scotland in the name of ...

Holyrood fails to secure control over immigration - The Courier

The Courier
Holyrood fails to secure control over immigration
The Courier
Addressing this issue in her speech, Mrs May said: ?As Home Secretary for six years, I know that you cannot control immigration overall when there is free movement to Britain from Europe.? SNP MPs are expected to quiz David Mundell, the Scottish ...

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May's Brexit speech: Sturgeon says second referendum 'undoubtedly' closer - B...

Evening Standard
May's Brexit speech: Sturgeon says second referendum 'undoubtedly' closer
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon said that plans to take the UK out of the EU's single market brought a second Scottish independence referendum "undoubtedly" closer. The first minister was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her government's thinking on ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undou...

Nicola Sturgeon says Indyref2 'more likely' as UK quits single market - Scott...

The Independent (registration)
Nicola Sturgeon says Indyref2 'more likely' as UK quits single market
Scottish Daily Record
Nicola Sturgeon has said that a second Scottish independence referendum is "more likely" after the Prime Minister's announcement that the UK will leave the European single market. The First Minister hit back at Theresa May's promise to make the UK ...
British people announce wi...

Nicola Sturgeon ditches call for a second referendum to keep Scotland in EU -...

Business Insider
Nicola Sturgeon ditches call for a second referendum to keep Scotland in EU
Business Insider
LONDON ? Nicola Sturgeon today abandoned her hopes of a second independence referendum in order to keep Scotland within the EU, saying that she now accepted the "reality" of Brexit. The Scottish First Minister had previously raised the prospect of ...
Nicola Sturgeon says she isn't bluffing...

Scots independence conference held in Glasgow - BBC News

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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow
BBC News
A conference of independence activists aimed at preparing Scotland for another referendum has been held in Glasgow. The Scottish Independence Convention is hosted the "Build" meeting at the Radisson hotel in the city. MPs and MSPs from the SNP and ...
Live: Your guide to the Scottish Independence Convention conferenceCommonSpace
Arou...

Scots urged to give final views on second independence ... - Business Insider

Business Insider
Scots urged to give final views on second independence ...
Business Insider
The Scottish Government is calling for people to give their views on a draft independence bill before the consultation phase ends next week. The bill would ...

Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
BBC News
A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...
English Fishermen Sacrificed to Appease Scottish NationalistsBreitb...

Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referendum this year - Busi...

Business Insider
Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referendum this year
Business Insider
LONDON ? Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a second independence referendum in 2017. Sturgeon has argued since the Brexit referendum that a fresh vote is "highly likely" before 2020, as Scotland voted to remain in the EU ...
Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence ...

Second referendum now more likely after May's speech says Sturgeon - Glasgow ...

Glasgow Evening Times
Second referendum now more likely after May's speech says Sturgeon
Glasgow Evening Times
SCOTLAND has moved closer to a second independence referendum after Theresa May's Brexit speech, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The Prime Minister ruled out the UK being a member of the single market when it leaves the EU. Nicola Sturgeon, said the ...



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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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We can?t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/poverty-jobs-johnes/ Let's have a chat about poverty.

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

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

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...

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 ...

Lewis Macdonald MSP and his confused nationality...
Apparently, Lewis Macdonald (born in Stornoway, I understand) tweeted the following message earlier on this evening. He then deleted it after 10 seconds. I'm guessing he meant to send it from a fake account, then cite it as an example of anti-English sentiment. Can anyone come up with any...

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

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

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

Best place in Glasgow to buy full kilt outfit?
Just what it says, where would you recommend these days for the complete outfit?    

Question for Eddard
Eddard, I'm just wondering....you're obviously an intelligent man (currantness aside ), and as I understand it you're a Unionist and a Remain voter. I realise you're not in Scotland, but you're exactly the type of person that the Yes campaign will need to convince if it's to succeed next ...

The Last Man on the Moon
RIP Gene Only 6 of them left....  

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Electric Razors
Having wet shaved all my life - anyone any recommendations for the above, looking for a close & non irritable shave, looking for a change, not too fused about cost on this. Thanks in advance !!

Dugdale sinks to a new low
Apparently pointing out that Scotland has the best performing NHS is, 'celebrating the English NHS crisis'. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/fmqs-sturgeon-accused-of-celebrating-english-nhs-crisis-1-4337954 What a pathetic accusation. What a pathetic headline and story, actually.  

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

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...