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Nicola Sturgeon is using Brexit process to "push for independence", says Davi...
30 Sep 2016 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon is relentlessly using the Brexit process to ?leverage the argument for Scottish independence? but Scotland is firmly rejecting her strategy, David Mundell claims today.

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to endorse shale gas imports despite huge jobs boost
30 Sep 2016 at 7:14am
NICOLA Sturgeon has refused to endorse a £1.5 billion investment that will see weekly deliveries of American fracking gas arrive in Scotland, despite the new supply line protecting the livelihoods of 10,000 workers.

The Midge: Revealed ? Why Sooty and Soo had BBC censors tearing their hair ou...
30 Sep 2016 at 9:22am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Britain can maintain free trade with EU and still control its borders, insist...
30 Sep 2016 at 7:14am
LIAM Fox has insisted Britain can maintain free trade with the European Union and control over immigration after Brexit despite fresh warnings that it would be "impossible".

Girls-only science lessons could 'help reverse gender gap' in crucial industries
30 Sep 2016 at 7:14am
GIRLS-ONLY science classes in schools could help tackle a "gross under-representation" of women in fields such as maths and engineering, an expert group has said.

Nissan urges Whitehall to promise compensation for post-Brexit tax barriers
30 Sep 2016 at 7:14am
NISSAN has urged Britain to pledge compensation for the erection of any tax barriers due to Brexit or face losing a potential new investment in the country's biggest car plant.

SNP given bloody nose over NHS downgrade proposals
29 Sep 2016 at 6:47am
CAMPAIGNERS have won a major victory in their fight against a series of proposed downgrades or closures of local NHS services after Holyrood?s opposition parties united to inflict an embarrassing defeat on the Scottish Government.

Kezia Dugdale calls on Nicola Sturgeon to keep SNP promises to protect local ...
29 Sep 2016 at 2:09pm
Kezia Dugdale has called on Nicola Sturgeon to keep SNP promises on protecting local NHS services made before the Holyrood election.

Post-Brexit trade will be at least as free as it is now, insists Fox
29 Sep 2016 at 1:45pm
Britain can enjoy trade with the European Union that is "at least as free" as it is now despite Brexit, Liam Fox has claimed.

There will be 'no political grandstanding' when new Scots welfare powers are ...
29 Sep 2016 at 1:59pm
The Social Security Minister has insisted there will be no "political grandstanding" over benefit sanctions when new welfare powers are transferred to Scotland.

FMQs sketch: There's been a Murdo
29 Sep 2016 at 5:29pm
WHAT with one MP charged with fraud in Glasgow, another lighting up police radar in Edinburgh, and a third quizzed by the fuzz in Dundee, it?s been rather a torrid week for the Scottish Correctional Party.

The Midge: After drubbing by Clinton, Trump now goes toe to toe with beauty q...
29 Sep 2016 at 1:46pm
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

No special migration deal for Scotland following Brexit vote, insists UK Gove...
29 Sep 2016 at 6:47am
SCOTLAND will not receive any special power over migration in light of the Brexit vote, Theresa May?s government has made clear, warning that to allow separate controls would harm the integrity of the UK system.

Jeremy Corbyn extols ?socialism for 21st century?
29 Sep 2016 at 10:38am
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn was attacked by his own MPs over immigration as he set out what he said was a programme of ?socialism for the 21st century?.

Mark Carney comments reminder of SNP's 'independence fantasies', Tories claim
29 Sep 2016 at 6:47am
WARNINGS from Mark Carney that pressure on the North Sea oil industry is likely to persist should serve as a warning against independence, the Scottish Tories have claimed.

 

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Economic growth upgraded as services defy Brexit fears
30 Sep 2016 at 10:26am
Output in Britain’s powerhouse services sector “grew strongly” in July, defying expectations of a substantial slowdown in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Nicola Sturgeon using Brexit for Indyref2 push - Mundell
30 Sep 2016 at 10:01am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been accused by David Mundell of using Brexit as a tool to push for a second Scottish independence referendum.

Bank IT systems leaving customers ?exposed?, MP warns
30 Sep 2016 at 9:25am
Bank customers are still being left “exposed” after a series of IT failures at Britain’s biggest lenders, a senior MP has warned.

Doctors quitting police forensic work over Scottish court delays
30 Sep 2016 at 8:59am
Doctors are withdrawing their services as forensic medical examiners due to frustrations with Scotland’s courts, it has emerged.

Tony Blair almost quit as PM to ?seek presidency of European Commission?
30 Sep 2016 at 8:51am
Tony Blair came within days of quitting as prime minister to mount a bid to become president of the European Commission, one of his closest advisers has claimed.

John Lewis boss quits to run for West Midlands mayor
30 Sep 2016 at 8:16am
John Lewis managing director Andy Street is to step down on 28 October after being chosen as the Conservative candidate for metropolitan mayor of the West Midlands.

Fresh fiasco as farm loan offers use wrong information
30 Sep 2016 at 8:04am
Yesterday couldn’t have been a good day for the Scottish Government’s rural division.

Scotland must demand a post-Brexit federal UK, say Labour
30 Sep 2016 at 7:21am
Scotland should seize the post-Brexit opportunity to push for “maximum devolution” and “home rule” within the UK, senior Labour figures have said.

Jim Duffy: Chickens come home to roost if we ignore teamwork
30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
The feathers always fly when individuals are determined to be superstars, especially in politics says Jim Duffy

Joyce McMillan: Hillary Clinton is a victim of double standards
30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
There is blatant sexism at work as the United States shows more resistance to electing a female than a black man as President, writes Joyce McMillan

Leader comment: Fox?s free trade after Brexit is wishful thinking
30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
It would be fair to say that the dire warnings about econommc catastrophe in the immediate aftermath of a Brexit vote have not come to pass. In fact the initial wobbles now appear to have settled down, which is after all what markets do. But it would be wrong to say that we are now beyond the economic fall-out, the real fall out is still to come.

Crown office receives police report on Natalie McGarry inquiry
29 Sep 2016 at 9:07pm
Prosecutors have received a report from police into fraud allegations involving MP Natalie McGarry.

PM May to stop law firms ?impugning? UK troops serving in Iraq
29 Sep 2016 at 8:08pm
The Prime Minister is planning to take further action to stop law firms making vexatious claims against British troops over allegations of abuse while serving in Iraq.

Scotland ?could have to rely on English shale gas?
29 Sep 2016 at 6:05pm
The Scottish Government could be forced to rely on shale gas that has been fracked in England to keep homes north of the border warm, the First Minister has been warned.

Property market shows recovery signs after Brexit vote
29 Sep 2016 at 4:59pm
The housing market is showing signs of a post-referendum pick-up heading into autumn as it recovers from “paralysis” in the immediate aftermath of Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

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Just your imagination
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2016 at 1:47pm
From a ridiculous piece by Hadley Freeman in today’s Guardian: Actually, we’re pretty sure it isn’t and we can. While we were compiling Kezia’s Greatest Hits, though, we also stumbled across this, which is our very favourite. It’s from almost exactly a year ago: How things change, eh readers?

Expressway to Lietown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2016 at 11:24am
Low-wattage Labour list MSP Neil Findlay (rejected by the electorate of Almond Valley by a thumping 8,393 votes in May) puffed himself up to maximum socialism this week and attacked the SNP’s rather more popular Paisley MP Mhairi Black over a Scottish Daily Express story about travel expenses. It might have been an idea if he’d read the …

The voice of unity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 5:48pm
You can see the full unedited Kezia Dugdale interview with Gordon Brewer on today’s Sunday Politics Scotland at this link, so you can verify that the shortened edit below isn’t misrepresenting anything. But if you don’t have time or attention span for the full 20 minutes, this’ll give you the gist without all the desperate …

20 Minutes In Hell
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 4:22pm
This is the longest piece of continuous TV exposure Kezia Dugdale will get between now and next year’s crucial council elections. Judge for yourself whether she seized the opportunity, readers. A Sunday Times/Panelbase poll released today put Scottish Labour’s support at 16%, with the SNP on 50% and the Tories on 21%. 

An absence of challenge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 9:11am
Kezia Dugdale isn’t even trying to make our life difficult. “I don?t think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government. He cannot appeal to a broad enough section of voters to win an election.” (22 August 2016) “I believe that Jeremy can unite the Labour Party and win a general election.” (24 September 2016) …

Kez?s Nightmare
by Chris Cairns
24 Sep 2016 at 6:55am

The squandered bounty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:26pm
It’s long been a bone of contention for Scots – and not just nationalists – that the UK government, by common agreement, wasted the vast wealth windfall of the North Sea on funding Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s programme of deliberate de-industrialisation, mass unemployment, huge tax cuts for the wealthy and bribes to the working class in …

The soggy deckchairs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2016 at 3:17pm
With the greatest of reluctance, and only in the absence of anything even remotely more interesting, then, let’s have a few words on Scottish Labour’s latest solemn and sincere declaration of its full, total, complete and utter autonomy. Because while the media is reporting the development that UK Labour has decided to extend a few …

Moving on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2016 at 11:54am
Exactly two years ago today (how time flies), we wrote this: It doesn’t seem overly immodest to say that we pretty much nailed it. But if that was then and this is now, what of tomorrow? A referendum in which Yes fell just 5.4% short of the winning post was never going to settle the …

The unhappy 11%
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2016 at 12:01pm
The Sunday Times has a new Panelbase poll out today, and it borrows a question that was first asked by this website (via the same pollster) 14 months ago. These were the results this month: They broadly show little change from when we asked last year (for the five options the changes are +1, 0, …

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New 999 ambulance priorities piloted
30 Sep 2016 at 10:00am
A new response system for 999 calls is to be piloted by the Scottish Ambulance Service.


Amber Rudd urged to sign new Europol protocol
30 Sep 2016 at 8:54am
Home Secretary Amber Rudd is urged by Scotland's justice secretary to secure the UK's membership of crime fighting organisation Europol.


Crowd trouble warning from government after Hibernian-Rangers disorder
29 Sep 2016 at 10:58pm
The Scottish government tells football authorities it may try to force them to deal with crowd trouble after charges to Rangers and Hibs are dismissed.


Concerns raised over Scots farm payments loan scheme
29 Sep 2016 at 4:59pm
Concerns are raised about problems with the loan scheme set up to support farmers while CAP payments are administered.


Scottish government accused of shale gas double standards
29 Sep 2016 at 2:07pm
Ruth Davidson accuses the Scottish government of double standards over its stance on fracking.


New welfare powers for Scotland poses 'big challenge', says minister
29 Sep 2016 at 1:09pm
Holyrood's social security minister says there are "big challenges" ahead of bringing new welfare powers to Scotland.


SNP MP Chris Law questioned over financial dealings
29 Sep 2016 at 4:51pm
SNP MP Chris Law is interviewed by police over financial dealings related to his Spirit of Independence campaign ahead of the 2014 referendum.


Sturgeon gives assurance on development agency HIE
29 Sep 2016 at 3:13pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish government will make sure Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) can continue to provide its services.


MSPs to seek views on independent scrutiny of Skye hospitals redesign
29 Sep 2016 at 3:58pm
The Scottish government is to be asked for its views on setting up an independent scrutiny panel to examine a planned redesign of hospital services on Skye.


Government report reveals childcare funding issue
30 Sep 2016 at 8:02am
Millions of pounds given to councils to pay for free childcare has not been spent on funding the programme, according to a government report.


'Human rights' concern over compulsory mental ill-health orders
29 Sep 2016 at 12:37am
The rising use of compulsory treatment for mental ill health in Scotland is a "human rights concern", the Mental Welfare Commission warns.


Button bashing
23 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
The Scottish Parliament's voting system has come under scrutiny after a missing vote saved the government from defeat. So how does it work?

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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It was convincing, it was captivating...and it was Corbyn (again)
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2016 at 1:23pm
Apologies for recycling my John Motson-inspired headline from last year, but it seems appropriate because Labour have just recycled last year's leadership election result...Labour leadership electi...

Survation sing a song of satisfying solidity as support for independence rema...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2016 at 11:19am
Mr George Eaton's recent musings on Scottish opinion polling are an excellent example of how certain journalists, through either laziness or malice, constantly misrepresent polls to favour their ow...

Off on my travels
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2016 at 8:24am
Good morning from the beating heart of the Evil Empire, aka Victoria Station in central London.  God, it's grim here, and there are Tory voters everywhere.  I should really sit a few of them down a...

It's a statistical tie as "remarkable" Ipsos-Mori TELEPHONE poll puts support...
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2016 at 7:39pm
Should Scotland be an independent country?Yes 48%No 52%More details to follow eventually.  I'm physically blogging this from the Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow, so it's not straightforward...

Drama as TNS poll reveals that Brexit has increased support for independence ...
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2016 at 3:27am
Back in May, in the run-up to the EU referendum, the polling firm TNS asked Scottish voters how they would vote in a new independence referendum if Brexit occurred.  The results were a tad surprisi...

Humiliation for "electable" Owen Smith as bombshell YouGov poll reveals the S...
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2016 at 3:15pm
Let's start with a detail from yesterday's new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll that may not be the most important, but is certainly the most amusing.  As we all know, pretty much the sole selling-p...

The art of conversation
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2016 at 6:12pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the launch of the new national conversation on independence. It also touches a little on today's new full...

Conventional Wisdom 1, Don Brind 0 : YouGov poll suggests Corbyn is on course...
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2016 at 6:31am
For some time now, Stormfront Lite's resident Labour 'moderate' Don Brind (he seems a decent enough chap in spite of the dodgy politics, so I won't call him a 'Blairite') has been trying to convinc...

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"Labour's @davidmartinmep: ?The emotional case for independence is much stron...
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30 Sep 2016 at 8:29am
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Nicola Sturgeon puts her faith in cash quiz SNP MP Chris Law
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30 Sep 2016 at 7:03am
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Just your imagination
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30 Sep 2016 at 3:34am
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How do tuition fees work?
by /u/scottishanonhelp
30 Sep 2016 at 12:21am
How exactly do the rules on tuition fees work in regards to not having to fuck myself in to a load of loans? What I mean is, so I was born in Northern Ireland, but I've lived in Scotland for years,...

Scots language could be driven to extinction by 'computer speak', experts say...
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29 Sep 2016 at 11:31pm
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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Projects Image of Celtic Fans' Palestine Display Du...
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29 Sep 2016 at 8:53pm
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Spent three weeks in Scotland and wanted to share my new screensaver
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29 Sep 2016 at 8:33pm
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GP Martin Thom suspended for punching patient in Fraserburgh - BBC News
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29 Sep 2016 at 8:18pm
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Remember those tea cake cosies posted last week? I bought some, and they are ...
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29 Sep 2016 at 8:15pm
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Hilarious video shows angry Scot failing to get car mobile to understand him.
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29 Sep 2016 at 6:12pm
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Best bank in Scotland to join for checking account?
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29 Sep 2016 at 5:54pm
Just moved from the States where i was apart of federal credit union bank (not-for-profit but for service bank) in NY. Are there any banks i should i avoid joining and what are some banks i should ...

Made a music video that features some landscapes and castles from Scotland.
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29 Sep 2016 at 5:25pm
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Driver ploughs through front window of Esso petrol station
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29 Sep 2016 at 4:07pm
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Labour will move to block budget unless SNP hikes taxes for Scots
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29 Sep 2016 at 3:32pm
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When are the US Presidential election debates 2016? Dates, UK times and how t...
by Mikey Smith
30 Sep 2016 at 9:48am
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go head to head in a series of live televised debates. Here's everything you need to know


Racial abuse of 12-year-old Lamaya shows harsh truth of being a black child i...
by Record View
30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
LAMAYA'S appearance on the cover of the programme for Black History Month and her story of the insults she's faced highlights the problems with racism in Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon puts her faith in cash quiz SNP MP Chris Law clearing his name
by David Clegg
30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
THE Record revealed yesterday that Dundee West MP Chris Law was detained by police on Wednesday over alleged financial irregularities connected to an independence campaign he set up.


George Galloway targets Glasgow East seat after announcing he?ll stand again ...
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
THE ex-Labour and Respect MP is convinced he can beat the SNP in the seat as an independent and campaign against a second Scots referendum.


Brexit strategy is tying up the Highlands and islands in green tape, says Tor...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Sep 2016 at 10:18pm
WE can’t be sure about the effects of leaving the EU, but there is little sign of the Scottish Government trying to even insulate us from the impact, says Torcuil Crichton.


Tory MP blasts Euro judges for 'mission creep' that forces cops to spend thei...
by Jon Vale
29 Sep 2016 at 8:54pm
THE former justice minister claims police now have to deliver "threat to life notices" to criminals and gang members engaged in "warfare".


Stop this slaughter: Record View implores everyone to look at the shocking im...
by Record View
29 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
THE city has been ravaged by civil war and foreign intervention for the best part of five years, and we feel it is time to expose everyone to the horror and bloodshed.


Chris Law becomes latest SNP MP to be investigated by police over financial d...
by David Clegg
29 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
THE Dundee West MP was detained and questioned in relation to an investigation that focuses on his Spirit of Independence campaign in the lead up to the 2014 vote.


Jeremy Corbyn urges party to unite behind him to fight the Tories in passiona...
by David Clegg
28 Sep 2016 at 8:51pm
THE Labour leader, emboldened by his crushing victory over Owen Smith in the recent leadership contest, warned that the party must be on election footing.


Donald Trump defends Miss Piggy taunt at Miss Universe after he shamed her fo...
by Record Reporter
28 Sep 2016 at 8:21am
THE US Presidential hopeful keeps digging a hole for himself as former beauty queen reveals how Trump's actions led her to develop an eating disorder.

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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

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 ? Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:59pm
For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine. Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal. In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to …
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Memories
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2016 at 8:20am
If Indyref 2 is coming, it’s worth remembering how nicely the other side campaigned, and expect it again. They are already fundraising… Remember when they tried to get a film taken off the internet?

Who?s On First (Minister)?
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
There seems to be a weird tendency at the moment to portay Ruth Davidson as if she actually were the First Minister. In case you missed that story, that was the leader of the 2nd largest party, which does not form part of a pro-independence majority in the parliament,”ORDERING” the First Minister, who leads a …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 135 ? Richard Walker of The National
by michaelgreenwell
13 Sep 2016 at 1:05pm
For the 135th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Richard Walker. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting Scottish independence. We talked about those decisions and why they …
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Roden Interview Text Leaked
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 11:55pm
A secret recording of former Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden’s successful job interview at the Scottish Labour branch office has been released by online whistleblowers Pishyleaks. Here is the transcript… Lab Guy One – What makes you suitable for this job? Roden – I hate the SNP. Lab Guy Two – So do we, …

How Daily Mail Are You?
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 9:09am
I’ve made a little survey for you all this morning. How Daily Mail are YOU? Do the survey and find out… http://www.opinionstage.com/scotindypodcast/you-are-the-daily-mail  

Bella Caledonia

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The Defence of Trident
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Sep 2016 at 12:47pm
Trident isn?t a matter of left or right any more, or the ethics of pacifism or unilateralism, it?s become a constitutional issue. It matters that all of Britain?s ?independent? nuclear weapons are in Scotland. It matters that they are not in England. Rafael Behr today carefully analysed the splits and schisms in Corbyn?s Labour Party, …

Clinton Trumps the Donald
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Sep 2016 at 3:01pm
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Jeremy Corbyn is Not the Issue
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Sep 2016 at 4:19pm
This week starts with the end of a twenty year entryist takeover of the Labour Party. The Blairite missionaries efforts have crumbled like a PFI school building. It is a failed ideology that has been rejected by its host. It’s time now for its advocates to leave and find another body to inhabit. It’s the …

1983
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2016 at 9:38pm
Like a lot of people, I?ve just been watching Jeremy Corbyn, overwhelmingly confirmed as leader of the Labour Party, say nothing I really disagreed with and doing pretty well (with comparatively soft questions) on the Andrew Marr show. The last time I voted Labour was in 1983, which was roughly the last time either Jeremy …

Perspective (get some)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2016 at 1:19pm
We’re delighted to be partnering with Phantom Power films new venture, ‘Perspective’. He writes: ‘Our taster show is a magazine format with all kinds of different views on Scottish politics from film to comedy and profile. We hope you like it.’ Please enjoy share & support… Likes(27)Dislikes(5)

Europe in Scotland #EU2
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2016 at 4:55pm
In the third of our series inviting European citizens living in Scotland to reflect on the Brexit crisis, Svenja Meyerricks  contributes. #EU2 How has the Brexit vote altered your view of Britain? For me, the Brexit vote has been a disappointment in direct democracy. Reading some statistics about Leave voters made it abundantly clear that for …

The Gypsy Traiveller ?problem?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2016 at 12:03pm
Alistair Heather scrieves anent an ayebydand problem in landward airts o the kintrae, atween settled societie an the ?gaun aboot fowk? we cry Traivellers an Gypsies. Ane o Scotland?s ain indigenous ethnic minorities is bein squeezed oot o existence afore wir een, just as wir leaders are preachin aboot keepin open the doors tae aa …

The Cultural Hegemony of ?Mental Health?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2016 at 5:36pm
In this guest article Dr Bruce Scott challenges the way the ?mental health? system and its institutions have been co-opted and actively promote capitalism. This system, driven by a profit motive, rather than a desire to benefit patients, has produced ?fear and submission to an ideology which controls and mystifies the masses?. The Department of …

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Asylum seekers in Scotland at risk of being moved to England
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Sep 2016 at 6:30pm
Closure of Dungavel centre and lack of planning mean people will be taken away from support networks, campaigners sayVulnerable asylum seekers are at risk of being ?funnelled? out of Scotland and away from family, friends and legal representation under detention plans that are being challenged by...

SNP MP Chris Law held over alleged financial irregularities
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Sep 2016 at 2:53pm
Pro-independence Dundee West MP is third recently elected SNP MP linked to police investigationsPolice have detained and questioned Chris Law, the MP for Dundee West, over alleged financial irregularities with his pro-Scottish independence tour in a repainted green goddess fire engine.Law, who wa...

North Sea oil difficulties unlikely to go away, says Mark Carney
by Angela Monaghan
28 Sep 2016 at 9:43am
Bank of England governor warns that ?challenging environment?, which has seen revenues plunge, is likely to persistPressure on the North Sea oil industry is likely to persist, according to the Bank of England governor, as the sharp drop in prices takes its toll on the wider economy.Mark Carney su...

Charity urges MSPs to give free tampons to women on benefits
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Sep 2016 at 7:15pm
Scottish parliament hears about women and girls using newspaper and socks as ?period poverty? is debated for first timeTampons and other sanitary products should be given free to women receiving working age benefits, the Trussell Trust charity has said as the Scottish parliament held its first de...

Jeremy Corbyn loses majority support of Labour NEC
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
27 Sep 2016 at 5:30pm
Nominations from Scottish and Welsh Labour leaders tip executive committee balance in favour of anti-Corbyn factionJeremy Corbyn has lost his majority on Labour?s national executive committee after a fierce debate at the party conference, where there were accusations of attempts to rig the balanc...

Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry charged with embezzlement
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Sep 2016 at 5:28pm
Police inquiry linked to alleged disappearance of money donated to campaign group Women for IndependenceNatalie McGarry, the MP for Glasgow East, has been charged with embezzlement after a 10-month police investigation.Police Scotland?s inquiry related to allegations that she was linked to tens o...

The unromantic truth: oil money is vital to the Scottish nationalist cause | ...
by Ian Jack
24 Sep 2016 at 7:00am
Sorry, Nicola Sturgeon, but if the sums don?t add up, the push for independence is reduced to a romantic struggleWas Scotland a country or was it a nation? Growing up there I heard it referred to more often as the first ? a great wee country, a bonnie country, sometimes a ghastly country. ?Nation...

Scottish Labour calls on conference to back bid for more autonomy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Sep 2016 at 12:15pm
Members will be asked to approve proposals agreed by national executive committee for full policymaking control Labour?s national conference will be asked to approve plans for the Scottish wing of the party to have full control over its policy and candidate selection, after years of tension with ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Who?s laughing now
The UK’s Brexit plans are starting to make CoCo the Clown look like a serious minded bean counter who ran away from the circus to join a firm of chartered accountants. There are paradoxes mused upon by ancient Greek philosophers which are clear cut and straightforward in comparison to the UK’s Brexit strategy. Zeno famously …

Drawing a Gaelic map of Glasgow makes you a fascist
I’ve had a fun day on Twitter, blocking and muting Unionists. Over the past day or so I’ve discovered that I’m a demagogue, a blood and soil nationalist, and a fascist, all because I’ve had the temerity to produce some detailed Gaelic maps. I’ve been called jingoistic, by a Scots Tory with a Union fleg …

The clear and consistent miracle that is Kezia Dugdale
Saturday was a day of wonder and portents, of omens and miracles, at least for the Labour party. First off there was the second coming of JC, which was rapidly followed by Kezia Dugdale’s miraculous conversion on the road to a press release. Kezia’s now so autonomous that she’s autonomous from things that she said …

A sock, a pile of ooss, and a lost vote
Poor Kezia. There she is, getting all ready to vote with the Tories because the Labour party hates the SNP even more, and then she gets into a bout of snarking with an SNP MSP who was slagging her off for supporting the party that’s wreaking malicious havoc on the Scottish working class communities that …

A man with no plan
It’s been a fun filled fantastist week for Scotland’s not so merry band of Unionist politicians as they rush to deny that there can possibly ever be another referendum, except an EU one in the case of the Lib Dems, but in the meantime they’re getting on with Project Fear Mk II just in case. …

A storm in a D-quip
According to some people, over the weekend Ruth Davidson was the victim of an outrageous homophobic attack which puts a lie to the claim that the independence movement is tolerant and civic. She was cruelly subjected to being referred to as Dykey-D, a word so evil and horrible that you’re not allowed to say it …

The tide that washes away Ruth?s line in the sand
On the anniversary of the independence referendum the leaderene of the Scottish Tories informed us that she has a vision. Ruthie’s had a dream, a bit like Martin Luther King’s but without the imagination, the humanity, or the inspiration. Some leader’s dreams are grand dreams, dreams of a better nation, dreams that inspire a people, …

The hourglass turns again
Two years ago Westminster danced and cheered as the Union hourglass was turned over and they thought the sands had run out on an independence movement. They’d bought themselves a reprieve at the cost of a Vow, and words are cheap. Gordie Broon’s hot air comes at the price of an ego massage. Clap those …

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Female pupils ?patronised? as studies of cosmetics and perfume added to highe...
MOVES to make chemistry in schools more appealing to girls by introducing skin care, perfume, cosmetics and nail varnish to the syllabus have sparked claims that the move could ?further gender stereotype? young women.

An office with no desks? Welcome to the future...
IT FEATURES a workbench that allows you to stand or sit, a seat that filters out background noise and a privacy pod ? the office of the future has arrived in Scotland.

Glasgow artist gives London the thumbs up
A GIANT thumbs-up has become the 11th sculpture to feature on Trafalgar Square?s fourth plinth.

Scottish scientists unlock secrets of the galaxies by looking at stars from 1...
VITAL clues to the evolution of galaxies and stars billions of years ago have been discovered by an international group of astronomers led by a Scottish team from Edinburgh University.

Urban Scots may not be spoken in 50 years time
?URBAN? Scots may no longer be spoken in 50 years? time ? but independence could save the language, according to a study.

Still Game for a live show?
THE cast of Still Game are to don their flat caps once again as they return to the stage with a brand new live show.

Bid to solve mystery of plan for second Forth rail bridge
NETWORK Rail is calling for help to solve a 71-year mystery after detailed drawings for a second rail bridge over the Firth of Forth were found hidden in an old box under a desk in Glasgow.

Vegans applaud new cheese range - Family firm?s dairy-free products are popul...
IT started around a kitchen table on a small Scottish island and has grown to dominate a growing sector of the UK food market ? vegan cheese.

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Ruth Davidson Has an epiphany ? Scottish Tories to Back Independence in the ...
      Scottish Tories increasingly restless about Brexit In the months following the outcome of the European Union referendum Ruth Davidson and her Tory party colleagues in Scotland have been significantly reticent about getting involved in the political scene in Scotland. It appears to be the case that many MSP’s and Party activists in … Continue reading Ruth Davidson Has an epiphany – Scotti...

The Labour Part in Scotland ? So This is What Harmony Looks Like!!!!!
            So This is What Harmony Looks Like!!!!   Evidence Kezia Dugdale and the Labour Party in Scotland are not singing from the same song-sheet. The under-noted 13 local Councillors backed Owen Smith in the recently run Labour Party leadership contest. Revealing where her small power-base is located and how … Continue reading The Labour Part in Scotland – So This is What Harmony Looks Lik...

Is the Labour Party at War with the Zionists? If Affirmed Will the Party Spli...
    Ken Livingstone         20 April 2016: Ken Livingstone leaves the Labour Party in turmoil after claiming Hitler backed moving Jews to Israel When Jeremy Corbyn finally suspended Naz Shah, a Labour MP, for anti-Semitic comments on Wednesday afternoon he had hoped to draw a line under the furore engulfing his … Continue reading Is the Labour Party at War with the Zionists? If Affirmed Will th...

Brian Wilson ? Unionist Labour Party ? Politics Before People Advocate ? Hate...
          Brian Wilson Brian Wilson former Labour party minister at Westminster and in Scotland has been at the forefront of Scottish and Westminster politics for nearly 40 years. He is an accomplished author and Journalist responsible for many hard hitting articles almost always attacking the SNP government. He is always vociferous … Continue reading Brian Wilson – Unionist Labour Party – Poli...

Scottish Pensioners to reap the reward for voting against independence ? Ther...
                    On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday 18 September 2016 Work and pensions secretary Damian Green said he would not reverse Iain Duncan Smith’s devastating welfare cuts which have unfairly targetted the poorest members of society creating hardship and increasing the levels of poverty beyond … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners to reap the reward for voting against independence ...

Libya ? Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire fo...
                 The Assassination of Colonel Khadaffi was ordained by President Obama and Hilary Clinton Tony Blair urged Khadaffi to find “a safe place to go” as part of a managed process of political change before the situation reached “the point of no return”. Failure to accept the offer … Continue reading Libya – Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire for the Co...

Corbyn V Labour Friends of Israel ? How many bodies will the Internecine st...
              Smearing Corbyn – with friends like his who needs enemies? The Labour right and its “new Labour” MP’s, under the leadership of Mandelson et al is determined to smear their party leader, Jeremy Corbyn as being in league against Jews together with a myriad of unnamed anti-Semites in … Continue reading Corbyn V Labour Friends of Israel – How many bodies will the Internecine strife ...

Alex Rowley ? The man Who Would Be King ? But Needs First to Get Rid of the Q...
      About Alex Rowley Alex Rowley was born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty. He attended Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in continuing education. He was also a local councillor with Fife Regional Council between 1990 – 2012 and was elected to the post … Continue reading Alex Rowley – The man Who Would Be King – But Needs First to Get...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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 ...

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future
We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 19th 2016 No one needs reminding that Sunday represented the second anniversary of the indyref. It was a significant watershed: a passing of time from being in the shadow of the 2014 vote to looking to the …

It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland
It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 15th 2016 These are strange times. We are told everyday in every way by numerous experts and talking heads that this is an age of unprecedented change, uncertainty and flux. That nothing can be taken for granted. Yet this is also an age …

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland
Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 28th 2016 At the end of every summer Edinburgh becomes a global village – walking down any street or lane entails coming across numerous nationalities, languages and different cultures. Streets are packed with tourists, sightseers, and cultural backpackers; there are performances in …

Scotland and Independence

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MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult' - Telegraph.co.uk

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MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult'
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A 'hard' Brexit makes Scottish independence more difficult because it would force the reintroduction of border customs controls with England, a senior MEP has warned a Holyrood inquiry. Labour's David Martin said it would ?not be good news? if a ...
Labour MEP urges 'maximum devolution' after Brexit voteHe...

Theresa May tells Scotland to forget about independence and help the UK after...

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Theresa May tells Scotland to forget about independence and help the UK after Brexit
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Scotland cannot manage without the UK, Theresa May said today as she attempts to quash moves for a second independence vote. The Prime Minister promised to strike a Brexit deal that will see Scotland enhanced from the vote to leave the EU and insisted ...
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Kenny MacAskill has become the latest senior SNP figure to caution against a "headlong rush" into a second Scottish independence referendum. The former justice secretary said the Brexit vote left too many questions that the SNP still had to answer. It ...
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Scottish independence: Sturgeon launches 'new conversation' - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon launches 'new conversation'
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Nicola Sturgeon has launched a "new conversation" on independence as she urged Scotland to "control its own destiny". In a speech in Stirling, Ms Sturgeon acknowledged that choosing independence would be a "big decision" in the wake of the Brexit vote.
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Scottish independence has become a zombie policy - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

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Scottish independence has become a zombie policy
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Sunday is the second anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, the second 'Here's what you could have won' day of thanksgiving. Or, if you prefer, atonement. The referendum is only over in the purest, most technical, sense. The campaign ...
Nicola Sturgeon after Scottish independence 'at any cost'Scotsman
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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows - Bloomberg

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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows
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?In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Scotland's contrasting position with much of the rest of Britain, the SNP would have hoped for more of an uplift in support for Scottish independence,? Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland, said in a ...
Ruth Davidson: Scottish independence 'not inevitable'BBC News
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Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn...

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Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn 2017'
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Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said. Blair Jenkins said he ...



Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish ... - The Independent

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Michael Gove has been ridiculed by MPs during a heated debate on Scottish independence after giving a speech with his flies undone.

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SNP politician meets ?overwhelming? opposition to controversial scheme
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EAW spokeswoman Helena Paul said: ?We have had engagement with every political party on this except one ? the SNP ? until now. We don't accept people's lives need to be changed to accommodate Edinburgh Airport's plans ? communities shouldn't have ...



SNP MP Chris Law questioned by Police Scotland over financial dealings - Holy...

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SNP MP Chris Law questioned by Police Scotland over financial dealings
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Law is the third of the 56 SNP MPs elected in the 2015 general election to be investigated by police. Both Michelle Thompson and Natalie McGarry were elected as SNP MPs, before resigning the party whip and sitting in the Commons as independents.

The Midge: Revealed ? Why Sooty and Soo had BBC censors tearing their hair ou...

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The Midge: Revealed ? Why Sooty and Soo had BBC censors tearing their hair out ...
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?Another SNP MP is quizzed by police? is the headline in the Mail, while the Record, which broke the story, says the FM has given her support to Dundee West MP Chris Law. The Telegraph pictures Princess Charlotte in Canada and there are more ...

The Midge: Revealed ? how Sooty and Soo had BBC censors squeaking in alarm .....

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The Midge: Revealed ? how Sooty and Soo had BBC censors squeaking in alarm ...
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Herald Scotland: Exclusive: Hannah Rodger reports on a less than pleasant journey on an overnight bus to Glasgow. The Scotsman says the first frosts of autumn will hit Scotland this weekend. ?Another SNP MP is quizzed by police? is the headline in the ...

The Midge: Revealed - how Sooty and Soo had BBC censors squeaking in alarm .....

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The Midge: Revealed - how Sooty and Soo had BBC censors squeaking in alarm ...
Herald Scotland
Exclusive: In the Evening Times, Hannah Rodger reports on a less than pleasant journey on an overnight bus to Glasgow. The Scotsman says the first frosts of autumn will hit Scotland this weekend. ?Another SNP MP is quizzed by police? is the headline in ...

The Midge: Why Sooty and Soo had BBC bosses squeaking in alarm ... - Herald S...

Herald Scotland
The Midge: Why Sooty and Soo had BBC bosses squeaking in alarm ...
Herald Scotland
?Another SNP MP is quizzed by police? is the headline in the Mail, while the Record, which broke the story, says the FM has given her support to Dundee West MP Chris Law. The Telegraph pictures Princess Charlotte in Canada and there are more ...

Exclusive: Anti-Palestine activist faces SNP disciplinary hearing over target...

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Exclusive: Anti-Palestine activist faces SNP disciplinary hearing over targeting Sandra White MSP
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CAMPAIGNER Sammy Stein faces a SNP disciplinary hearing over targeting one of the party's own MSPs during the 2016 election. Stein, a vocal opponent of justice for Palestine, is accused of targeting Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White with an eve of poll ...



Huntington disease Selective deactivation of Huntington disease mutant allele...

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Huntington disease Selective deactivation of Huntington disease mutant allele by CRISPR?Cas9 gene editing
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PAM-altering SNPs provide a CRISPR strategy for perfect allele specificity. NGG is the preferred protospacer adjacent motif sequence, whereas NCG and NGT do not lead to cleaving of the DNA. gRNA, guide RNA; PAM, protospacer adjacent motif; SNP, ...



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Scotland's referendum passion fades - POLITICO.eu

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Scotland's referendum passion fades
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After an initial post-Brexit bump, support for leaving the U.K. is roughly where it was at the last referendum, two years ago on Sunday. Polls show 52 percent of Scots would vote against independence. More significantly, opposition to holding another ...
Scottish independence: MacAskill warns against 'headlong rush' to indyref2BBC News
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Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means - Huffington Post

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Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means
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After Britain's vote to leave the EU, Sturgeon said Scotland may seek another independence referendum - something that could split the world's fifth largest economy apart just as it attempts to go it alone outside the European bloc. A supporter of EU ...
Scotland does NOT need 'uncertainty' of another refere...

'Flip-flopping' Scottish Labour leader accused of U-turning another referendu...

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'Flip-flopping' Scottish Labour leader accused of U-turning another referendum
Express.co.uk
Writing in his blog, Mr Rowley said: ?In post-Brexit Scotland there is a real opportunity to set a new vision and new settlement more akin to home rule within the UK, more like a federal union that is part of a revised UK constitutional settlement ...
Silence over Brexit is not an optionHerald...

Scotland's papers: Second referendum and council tax - BBC News - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Second referendum and council tax - BBC News
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The front pages of the Scottish papers cover the debate over a second independence vote and councils demanding more tax powers.
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers BrexitDaily Mail
Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018Scotsman
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Sturgeon shelves plans for quick 2nd Scottish referendum - Press TV

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Sturgeon shelves plans for quick 2nd Scottish referendum
Press TV
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has suspended plans for a snap second referendum on Scottish independence, saying more consultations are needed amid a decline in public support for leaving the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, Sturgeon said a ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second refer...

Second Independence Referendum up for debate at Glasgow conference - Glasgow ...

Second Independence Referendum up for debate at Glasgow conference
Glasgow Evening Times
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: a general view of the YES 2 rally held at Glasgow Green on the second anniversary of the Scottish Independence Referendum on September 18, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Simpson/Herald ...

Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn...

Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn 2017'
Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said. Blair Jenkins said he ...



'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years' - The Hindu

The Hindu
'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years'
The Hindu
Scotland will not hold another vote on independence in the next five years because there is no sign it can be won, but the risk of secession from the U.K. is growing, a former Scottish First Minister predicts. Henry McLeish said Scotland's future would ...



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

Natalie McGarry- Again
Agent McGarry once more doing the bidding of her puppet masters in MI5.   http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/650621/MP-faces-legal-action-over-internet-troll-lie

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

The BBC
The UK Government launched its new BBC Charter Review insisting the corporation must look to ?contribute to the social cohesion and well being of the United Kingdom?.   Sparks were flying after sources close to the review process were reported as saying that the Scottish bulletin was dead...

Teddy Bears: the new socialist vanguard of the proletariat
I double checked just to make sure this wasn't a spoof - it isn't. "Our glorious leader Big Ted has decreed that for showing reactionary tendencies towards the five year plan, Humpty Dumpty & Hamble are to be shot behind the garden shed." Some of this is more than a touch scary: "...

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

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Stone Roses
Announcement today seemingly. Got a heads up last week about gigs at the ethiad so booked hotels before prices rocketed. Can cancel if it's a hoax.

Protective Awards - Legal Advice
Does anyone on here know anything about Protective Awards?  To cut a long story short, my previous employer recently went in to Administration, with all staff being made redundant. I was able to recover some loss of earnings through claiming through the channels the administrators informed us...

Natalie Mcgarry Snp Mp & £30K
Women For Independence which has close bonds to the SNP have called the police as Natalie McGarry MP Glasgow East cannot account for £30000 of funds.8 of the 20 committee members who voted are SNP candidates and/or branch officials with many more members.http://aidankerr.com/Natalie McGarry has d...

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

Was Trump behind latest NY Bombings?
Just had a crazy thought..... Was Donald Trump behind the latest failed(ish) bombings in NY & NJ? Obviously I'm not suggesting he did anything personally but I'm sure he knows a man or two that could arrange a Muslim immigrant to take the hit. seems he is claiming he predicted it... ...

New Council Tax proposals
I see that Sturgeon has announced the SNP position:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35702374   What are the alternatives likely to be laid out by the other parties and what is a realistic, workable alternative?   

Autonomous Scottish labour
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37417697 Apart from finances of course.  So when I next vote labour will I be voting to get  rid of trident, or to keep it?   This is going to work out well  I have no doubt 

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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 ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...