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Donald Tusk warns Boris Johnson he will not co-operate on no-deal Brexit
24 Aug 2019 at 1:06pm
European Council president Donald Tusk has warned Boris Johnson that he will not ?co-operate on no-deal? ahead of a meeting between the two at the G7 summit.


SNP ready to discuss free ports in Scotland despite crime fears
24 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
IT IS the policy in which is distilled Boris Johnson?s vision of a buccaneering, free-wheeling, post-Brexit capitalism, according to his critics.


G7: Everything you need to know about Boris Johnson?s first summit
24 Aug 2019 at 8:52am
Boris Johnson makes his international summit debut on Saturday at the G7 summit.


Scottish Government worker Simon Cheng freed in China
24 Aug 2019 at 8:20am
An employee at the British Consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in mainland China has been released.


Tom Gordon: SNP could win in Shetland, but pay for it at Holyrood
24 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
PITY the Shetlander.


Fears over rural police officers as modern force faces rising pressures
24 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
THEY have long been part of the fabric of small-town life. But now the reassuring presence of Scotland?s rural police officers could be at risk as a result of the rising pressures facing the modern force.


Boris Johnson criticised over ?inflammatory? message to migrants
24 Aug 2019 at 9:00am
Boris Johnson?s warning that migrants would be sent back if they crossed the English Channel to the UK have been branded as ?inflammatory? and ?misleading? by campaigners.


MP 'arrested on suspicion of fraud'
23 Aug 2019 at 9:38pm
Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, reports have suggested.


Boris Johnson plays down prospect of Brexit breakthrough
23 Aug 2019 at 6:45pm
Boris Johnson has played down the prospect of an imminent Brexit breakthrough, saying it would not be easy to persuade Brussels to shift its stance.


SNP deputy leader accused of backing 'austerity on steroids' after independence
23 Aug 2019 at 1:14pm
THE SNP?s deputy leader has been accused of paving the way for ?austerity on steroids? in an independent Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon responds to suspension of Tory over miscarriage 'joke'
23 Aug 2019 at 1:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon has responded to the Tories' suspension of party member Jane Lax, who suggested the First Minister faked her miscarriage.


Paper Review: Alister Jack 'shameless beyond parody'
23 Aug 2019 at 10:54am
NOBODY really knows who he is. Or what he stands for. Alister Jack, the nearly anonymous Brexiteer millionaire who serves as Boris Johnson 's man in Scotland, sought to put that right this week with a kind of 'get to know me' opinion piece in The Times.


Helen McArdle: Brexiteers don't care what happens to NHS in a no-deal
23 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
For all the talk of '30 days to secure a deal' and the repeated insistence by Boris Johnson that he is eager to renegotiate the terms of our exit from the EU, does anyone really believe it? I don't.


Boris Johnson branded an embarrassment after putting feet on Macron?s table
23 Aug 2019 at 9:18am
Boris Johnson has been branded an embarrassment after putting his feet up at Emmanuel Macron's table.


Independent Scotland would face ?unsustainably high levels of debt?
23 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
AN independent Scotland would quickly amass ?unsustainably high levels of debt? as it borrowed to maintain services currently supported by transfers of money within the UK, an Oxford academic has claimed.

 

The Scotsman

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Edinburgh Comedy Awards: Merseyside comic scoops top prize at prestigious Fri...
A FORMER call centre worker has won the biggest comedy prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a show he claims he is unhappy with.

Boris Johnson hits back at Donald Tusk over 'Mr no-deal Brexit' comment at G7...
Boris Johnson and European Council President Donald Tusk have clashed at the start of the G7 summit over who will be to blame if there is a failure to reach a Brexit deal.

Prince Andrew insists he never suspected paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
The Duke of York has denied he ever suspected "any behaviour of the sort" from convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Huge blaze breaks out at Pets at Home store in Perth
More than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a pet store in a retail park near a railway line.

Tributes paid to Edinburgh bodybuilding champion Norman Rough
Tributes have been paid to a former bodybuilding champion from Edinburgh who has died at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer.

Obituary: Tom Howie, businessman who made big impact on the rugby field
Thomas Howie, rugby player and administrator, businessman. Born: 10 September 1938 in Dunlop, Ayrshire. Died: 17 August 2019 in Dunlop, aged 80.

Enough! Gie?s peace from politicians at Edinburgh festivals - Kevan Christie
The real comedians and magicians in Edinburgh this August are not on the Fringe, writes Kevan Christie.

Travelling in the footsteps of David Livingstone - Susan Dalgety
Susan Dalgety has some spectacular close encounters of the natural and animal world as she takes a trip in the footsteps of David Livingstone along the Shire River.

Is it time for Edinburgh to take a Glastonbury-style break from the festival?...
The capital is cross as the Fringe gets bigger and more commercialised. It is time for a serious public debate, writes Stephen Jardine

The old pals act?s is still in evidence in politics and the music biz? Kevin ...
Council bosses surround themselves with supporters and ignore others outside their circle – and it’s the same usual suspects who decide on the SAY awards, writes Kevin Buckle

No EU breakthrough for ?no backstop? Boris Johnson yet ? John McLellan
What with all the game-playing that’s going on, making reliable political predictions is impossible, says John McLellan

First plastic-free shopping area part of Glasgow?s green initiative
Glasgow City Council is considering introducing the country’s first “plastic-free” shopping zone and embarking on a major tree planting programme as part of escalating efforts to tackle climate change.

Brian Wilson: Arguing about Gers figures is a ritual to deny reality
Arguing over the GERS figures is one of the less edifying rituals of Scottish politics. The Nationalists deny reality and opponents trumpet the “Union dividend”, currently almost £2000 per head of population.

If you get a chance to see a show - take it
Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Jets flew empty for 500 miles to pick up Royals for Aberdeen visit
Two empty jets were flown on behalf of Flybe some 500 miles as part of taking the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children to Aberdeen on Thursday, The Scotsman has learned.

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The Alex Salmond Fit-Up

This new report is from a friend of impeccable credentials with whom I am collaborating; it reveals stunning new facts on the Alex Salmond affair: Begins I am an investigative journalist who has been researching the Alex Salmond case. I am not alone as there are to my knowledge at least three television programmes doing […]

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Jo Swinson Goes A Funny Tinge

My own position on Brexit is more nuanced than is currently fashionable (more below), but I am strongly against a no deal Brexit. Jo Swinson’s successful deflation of Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal for a caretaker administration purely to organise a general election, makes no deal much more probable. It says a great deal about Swinson that […]

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Electoral Commission Obstructionism on Indyref2 is Just a Foretaste

The Electoral Commission has sought to apply the handbrake to the gathering momentum for a new Independence referendum, by a submission to the Scottish Parliament which is a model of bureaucratic obstructionism. This is simply a foretaste of the attitude of the “neutral” and “independent” organs of the United Kingdom state, such as the BBC […]

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FCO Speeds Up Planning to Move UK Embassy to Jerusalem

Following US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s talks with Boris Johnson and his ministers in London last week, FCO officials have been asked to speed up contingency planning for the UK to move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with an eye to an “early announcement” post Brexit. The UK is currently […]

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The Devolution Trap

For the many who expressed kind concern at the bureaucratic impasse involved in Cameron starting his new school, I should update you with the good news. Cameron was able to start on time in the local school, and I am very happy to say that both staff and pupils have been extremely friendly and helpful. […]

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Assange Must Not Also Die in Jail

The highly dubious death of Jeffrey Epstein in a US maximum security prison is another strong reason not to extradite Julian Assange into one – particularly as many of the same people who are relieved by Epstein’s death would like to see Assange dead too. But there is every reason to fear Assange is already […]

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Epstein?s Death Must Be the Start, not the End, of the Investigation

There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former Presidents and Prime Ministers where the inhabitants have a little bit more spring in their step following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. The media is rushing to attach the label “conspiracy theory” to any thought that his death might not have been suicide. […]

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The Unanswerable Case

Simon Jenkins gets it with this simple and unanswerable argument. Scots are now very significantly poorer than the Irish, the Norwegians, the Swedes, the Danes, the Icelanders or any of their obvious comparators. Every one of those nations is in the top 10 of the UN Human Development Index. The UK is not, and Scotland […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

The 51st Absolute State

We agree with Dorothy
It seems mad that this even needs to be said. Luckily, as always, Wings is way ahead of the zeitgeist.

The flip test
If you’re a writer for a living and you want to check if something you’ve written might be embarrassingly stupid, there’s an easy and quick technique you can use. By way of example, here’s Kenny Farquharson in the Times today, on the subject of the supposed similarities in the relationships between the Tories and the Brexit …

The inverse miracle
We really can’t be bothered with having the GERS “debate” again, in which all the same people make all the same exactly opposite spins on the exact same data. Minor annual fluctuations aside, the core reality is the same as the one we repeat every 12 months, and serious economists on both sides of the political …

When you?re 74
Ah, the good old days of the positive case for the Union. But oh no! Shock twist! Who could ever have guessed? Average male life expectancy in Scotland is 77, so enjoy those two years, lads. (And let’s not even start on the women.) Better together, strong and stable, broad shoulders, best of both worlds, …

We Are Not Your Hostage
Oh dear God in Heaven, not THIS again. Helen Thompson is apparently the “Professor of Political Economy” at Cambridge University. No wonder the country is being run by imbeciles. Let’s speak really slowly and see if the idiots can get it into their thick heads this time. Wings readers know, and have known for many years, that …

The enemies of democracy
This poll from Opinium came out a few days ago, but didn’t get as much attention as people might normally have expected, possibly because it was presented in a very difficult-to-follow graphical form. So we’ve sorted it out, and also added in the missing Lib Dem voters. The takeaway is that a clear majority of …

The big idea
Crazy stuff happens when we have a thought. Buckle in for a bumpy ride if you don’t like pictures of my ugly mug. EDIT: updated with more coverage The general reaction of the Scottish media and political sphere was to fall over itself in a rush to find people to immediately rubbish the notion of a …

BBC Scotland

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BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics

Experts cast doubt on deposit return timetable
The Scottish government's own advisory panel warns the planned 20p deposit scheme is too complicated.

Asylum claim targets 'being missed by eight weeks'
Figures show a target to deal with new evidence from asylum seekers is missed in 95% of cases.

Scottish cancer patients to have dedicated support worker
The new scheme aims to ensure everyone diagnosed with cancer can get emotional, practical and financial advice.

Scotland Brexit: 50,000 applications for EU Settlement Scheme
About a quarter of the estimated 220,000 EU citizens living in Scotland have so far applied to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Conservative activist Jane Lax suspended over Nicola Sturgeon miscarriage joke
Jane Lax resigns as treasurer of the Moray Conservative Association over her "completely unacceptable" tweets.

Rape victims 'let down' says justice secretary
Humza Yousaf says a new report on the experience of victims provides "some harrowing reading".

Shetland by-election: Could Scotland's safest seat change hands?
Shetland is the Scottish Parliament's safest seat - but is there a by-election upset on the cards?

Further improvement in Scotland's public finances
The country spent £12.6bn more on public services than it raised in taxation last year - the equivalent of 7% of its GDP.

What is Gers and how is it calculated?
The annual official figures on Scotland's public finances are a political battleground.

Scottish beef sector 'on brink of collapse' as prices drop
A slump in prices is stopping some farmers cover the cost of rearing cattle, a leading union says.

Call for crackdown on junk food price deals to tackle obesity
Health groups want restrictions on multi-buy promotions in a bid to tackle obesity.

Electoral Commission would want to review indyref2 question
The Electoral Commission would expect to be consulted on the wording, even if it was the same as in 2014.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Thoughts on the upcoming Shetland by-election
So I've been asked by a few people to write a post about next week's parliamentary by-election in Shetland - a contest which has rather comically led the unionist parties to start talking as if She...

Is the Holyrood voting system a unionist conspiracy?
One thing that has become clear in the discussions/arguments of recent days is that there is a real degree of paranoia among some independence supporters about how we ended up with the voting syste...

The Wings party, and the cautionary tale of Mr Archie Stirling
Remarkably, the debate over the wisdom of the proposed Wings party is still raging after the best part of a week, and it's started to take on a noticeably 'harder' tone.  Many of Wings' keenest sup...

No, Jeremy Corbyn didn't make a strategic mistake with his offer to stop No Deal
I was surprised to see an article on Stormfront Lite by Alastair Meeks today suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn has made a strategic mistake by offering to head a caretaker government to stop No Deal.  ...

Why a Wings party is probably a bad idea: Part Two
A kind of fever has swept through parts of the Yes movement over the last 48 hours.  A number of people who were clear-sighted about the risks of "tactical voting on the list" (sic) in 2011 and 201...

Nothing has changed: vote-splitting in Holyrood elections is still a mug's game
So I've just been catching up with today's news (gleefully announced by Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson) that Wings Over Scotland editor Stuart Campbell is pondering the idea of setting up a new ...

Every Loser Wins: How "democracy" works in Scotland as part of the UK
Scottish Labour seem to be slipping deeper and deeper into an Alice Through the Looking Glass world where the acceptance of reality is, at best, an optional extra.  First we had a letter from Labou...

Has Ashcroft poll turned Our Precious Union to ASHES? Westminster in shock a...
Apologies for the slight delay in getting this post up - I was writing an article for The National about the Ashcroft poll, which you can read HERE.  But here are the rather wonderful figures that ...

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Favorite Spots in Edinburgh?
Hey, here for about a week in this beautiful city, and I?m wondering what your favorite local spots are for someone in their late 20s with no kids? DM me submitted by /u/vhazelwood ...

The Times: Alister Jack should be glad he is wrong about Nicola Sturgeon?s na...
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Best place to buy scotch
Hi, I am looking for a good place to buy scotch bottles either in Glasgow or Edinburgh. I would like a place that has a good variety of more local distributed products for a fair price. Maybe you g...

Quarter of Scottish workers struggling to live on income
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Glasgow University is first to pay slave-trade reparations
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Eilean Donan Castle
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Tay rail bridge, Dundee.
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'Complete incompetence': The Art School in Glasgow facing liquidation after c...
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Scottish Government worker held for 'visiting prostitute' released after bein...
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Scottish word of the day :
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Experts hail Pictish stone as a ?once-in-a-lifetime? find
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Jets flew empty for 500 miles to pick up Royals for Aberdeen visit
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Scottish Library find.
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As of yesterday at 1059, I became a father of a daughter. It?s a lot of feeli...
Just a wee happy story for all you high-quality people you sorting by new. Funny to think there?s a person here just because of me, incredible feeling. I?ve had to come home for some stuff and I ca...

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Jared O?Mara MP arrested on suspicion of fraud after constituency office raid
The Sheffield MP was arrested along with his office manager Gareth Arnold.


Real Rangers fans are punished thanks to the acts of mindless bigots
Record View laments the fact that a moronic minority are making decent supporters pay the price for their idiocy.


Nicola Sturgeon reveals her 'hurt' after vile Tory troll mocked miscarriage
Moray Conservative Association treasurer Jane Lax was suspended from the Conservative Party over her callous social media post pending an investigation.


SNP deputy leader lays out plan to slash £7bn from deficit after independence
Keith Brown said the deficit could be slashed within three years in a Scottish nation state but critics have accused him of advocating 'austerity on steroids'.


Derek Mackay touted as future SNP leader as Finance Secretary's profile spikes
Daily Record political editor David Clegg says Mackay is still far a household name but his prominence in recent weeks is no accident.


Family of Scottish Government worker detained in China 'feel very helpless' a...
Simon Cheng Man-kit works for Scottish Development International in Hong Kong.


New Gers figures are bleak and any new state with no credit trying to plug £1...
Daily Record political editor David Clegg analyses the Gers figures published yesterday.


Vile Tory troll who mocked Nicola Sturgeon's miscarriage has history of abusi...
Jane Lax has been suspended from the Scottish Conservative Party after she suggested the First Minister's miscarriage was ?fictional?


It doesn't matter what side you're on - sick and cowardly abuse of our politi...
Online political comments can quickly become an open sewer of abuse fed largely by cowards hiding behind anonymous avatars, writes Record View.


Boris Johnson handed 30-day deadline by Angela Merkel to solve Brexit backsto...
The German leader has turned the tables on the Tory Prime Minister as they met in Berlin.

Michael Greenwell


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

Anything But The Truth
Notwithstanding how distasteful it is, they are remarkably quick to get their bullsh*t in when tragedies happen. Some of these are elected representatives, some of them are loons. Unfortunately however, they are all people who in one way or another have an audience. These are the people that watch The Handmaid’s Tale and think “that’s …

Scottish Independence Podcast 174 ? Chuck D & More
The 174th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is just a little teaser and a way of saying the podcast will be back for a little summer season and hopefully beyond. In this one we’ve got something on the new cretin/b*stard (delete according to your mood) that has taken over as Prime Minister, there’s a …

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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2028
September 14, 2028, Elephant and Castle, London I?m down at the new PBC (Peoples Broadcasting Centre) to cover the Plaid Cymru leader becoming newly appointed chair of the Council of the Isles. It?s been nine years since the fire at Notre Dame and eight years since the Zuckenberg Trial. Looking back it all seemed to …

No es fuego es Capitalismo
Large parts of the Amazon rainforest are on fire ? to an extent that in the Brazilian megacity of Sao Paulo, the skies were darkened, the street lights switched on in the afternoon, and the sun itself appears eclipsed – a truly apocalyptic scenario that can be seen on NASA satellite images. Across Brazil, more …

Boris Johnson (Angry Scotland Podcast #33)
The Angry Scotland team assess the grim phenomenon of Boris Johnson …

GERS Time Again
IT?S GERS time again.  I?m not sure whether the annual bun fight regarding Scotland?s notional budget deficit is proving enlightening.  Nevertheless, let?s see if we can winnow some facts from the arguments and counter arguments. 1 Do the GERS numbers represent anything real? GERS means Government Expenditure review Scotland. We?ve had one annually since the …

English Nationalism is the Elephant in the Room
“Brexit is about England. It?s an English nationalist movie,? claimed Fintan O?Toole in his part-outsider diagnosis of current constitutional disorders. At the Edinburgh Book Festival the Irish journalist and author of ?Heroic Failure: Brexit and Politics of Pain? spoke of English nationalism as the ?undoubted emotional driver? behind Brexit. It?s a now familiar story. Post-imperial …

The Special Relationship Won?t Save Boris Johnson
On 26 July, on the first official phone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump, both leaders agreed that Brexit offered an “unparalleled opportunity” to strengthen the UK-US special relationship. The conversation followed various exchanges of affection, flattery and praise between both men. Taken together with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s recent trip …

Clowning Around at the Edinburgh Festival: Culture and Social Cleansing
Edinburgh is buzzing. It’s week three and the kids shows are packed-out, despite the Scottish schools being back from their summer holidays. Funny that. The response to the CITIZEN’s film by Bonnie Prince Bob has been a mixture of vitriol and epiphany, hyper-defensiveness and celebration. 45k people have watched it and it’s garnered over 1000 …

The Failures of Fortress Europe
As Europe crumbles under the weight of its colonial and ecological debt ? state sanctioned actions ? sometimes performed by private actors will become evermore extreme, Layla-Roxanne Hill reports from Fortress Europe. Exiting the Channel Tunnel and arriving into mainland Europe, is a sight which no photo app is able to filter into a social …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Plan to hold Scottish independence vote in 2020 thrown into doubt
Electoral Commission suggests legislation be passed at least nine months before polling dayNicola Sturgeon?s preference for holding another referendum on Scottish independence in the second half of next year has been put in doubt after the Electoral Commission recommended a gap of at least nine m...

Corbyn: Westminster should not block second Scotland poll
Labour leader opposes UK breakup but says not parliament?s place to bar independence voteJeremy Corbyn has confirmed he believes Westminster should not block a second referendum on Scottish independence, but said he opposed the breakup of the UK.Corbyn implicitly endorsed remarks by his close all...

Tumbling towards a no-deal Brexit catastrophe | Letters
The electorate should be invited to reconsider, says Bernard Stafford. I voted Brexit but we now know so much more, says Bill Butterworth. Plus letters from Dr Richard Turner, Chris Webster, Angela Neustatter and Mick CrawleyIn an effort to promote a no-deal Brexit, Gisela Stuart asserts ?let?s b...

Alex Salmond receives £512,000 costs after ?botched investigation?
Scottish government makes payment after court defeat over sexual misconduct inquiryThe Scottish government has paid Alex Salmond more than £512,000 to cover his legal costs after he won a bitterly contested court battle over its sexual misconduct investigation.The government admitted in court it ...

The very idea of a united kingdom is being torn apart by toxic nationalism | ...
Boris Johnson?s Brexit strategy is imperilling centuries of common purpose. It can?t be allowed to succeedThe first step to solving a problem is to see it clearly. And if we are to understand why we are facing not only our most serious constitutional crisis since the 17th century but an unprecede...

Independence for Scotland and its appeal to English emigrants | Letters
Sue Hawthorne says there?s a strong case for a second Scottish independence referendum, while Judith Dunkerley and Hilary Ward reflect on Nicola Sturgeon?s invitation for people in England to move north of the borderAt the time of the last elections for the Scottish parliament in 2016, the positi...

UK chooses Glasgow to host major UN climate change summit
Picking city as likely venue of COP26 may be seen as move to shore up pro-union sentimentA crucial climate change conference expected to be co-hosted by the UK would take place in Glasgow, the government has announced, in a move that will be seen as trying to dampen pro-independence sentiment in ...

Independence for Scotland is inevitable ? we need a plan for it | Simon Jenkins
If I were a Scot I?d vote for independence tomorrow. This crisis is Nicola Sturgeon?s opportunityI hope Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon realise how much they may yet owe Boris Johnson. If I were a Scot, I would vote for independence tomorrow. I would want nothing more to do with the shambles of toda...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 23 August 2019
In the latest edition of the dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss our visit earlier this week to Dundee, the annual GERSmaggeddon that brings such glee to British nationalists, pensions, and how the Tories are still the nasty party. My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best …

Lies, damned lies, and accounting tricks
Yesterday was GERS day, and as was entirely predictable it produced the usual cringefest of anti-independence campaigners gloating about how poor Scotland supposedly is. The “news” that Scotland is supposedly responsible for over half of the UK’s annual deficit was gleefully leapt upon by anti-independence politicians who were all over social media like a cringing …

Happy GERSmas day
The annual GERS figures are due out on Wednesday 21 August, but I am off to Dundee to speak at a Roadshow event for The National.  I published a version of this blog post last year, but since we’re going to go through the exact same thing this year as we did the year before …

Get off my f***ing backstop
It’s now clear what Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s game plan is. He’s written a letter to the EU demanding the removal of the Irish backstop but offering no solutions to replace it, all so that he can blame the EU for a refusal to renegotiate the Brexit deal. Then either following a no-deal Brexit, …

The Great British whoopee cushion
Politics, like every other specialism, has its suite of technical terminology. For example there’s the sovereignty of crown in parliament, briefing paper, acquis, reserved matter, universal sufferage. To these terms we can now add another, AAAAIIIIEEEEWWWW!!!! This is the screaming sound we’ll all make when Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson takes us all over the …

Questions of identity
For most people who support the idea of Scottish independence, it’s not about identity. Even for those who do prize a Scottish identity, that Scottish identity is not usually an ethnic one. Scottishness is a state of mind. It’s about where you live and how you choose to identify rather than being about where your …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 17 August 2019
This dugcast was actually recorded yesterday, but immediately after recording it with Callum Baird of The National, I had to drive up to Aberdeen where I was speaking at an event organised by Yes North East in the Spin Bar in Littlejohn Street. I didn’t get home until 1.30am, when the dug and I crawled …

Jo Swinson?s shiny ego
The Labour party’s mostly invisible branch office manager in Scotland, Reginald Lapdancer, might once have had the fond belief that being a Corbyn loyalist meant that the Jezza would be loyal in return. He has discovered that he was sadly mistaken. Or not so sadly if you’re not one of the tattered remnants of what’s …

The National

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SNP rejects fresh conference debate bid for indyref2 Plan B
A FRESH bid to get a Plan B route to independence debated at the SNP?s conference this autumn has been rejected.

Nicola Sturgeon speaks of hurt at Tory?s miscarriage jibe
NICOLA Sturgeon has welcomed the suspension of the Tory activist who mocked the First Minister?s miscarriage.

?Vile? abuse after SNP MP says Boris bots attack Scotland
A SCOTS MP has told how he faced ?vile? abuse online after suggesting that the British Army?s cyberwarriors were attacking and undermining people in Scotland.

Ex-SNP MP secures win for failed Westminster Green Deal victims
AN action group led by a former SNP MP has made a breakthrough in its three-year long fight to solve problems left behind when homeowners were missold energy-saving measures by Green Deal firm HELMS.

Free Port of Peterhead plan shows dark chaos of Brexiteers? capitalism
THE last time I stood in the port of Peterhead was the early 1990s. I remember being met from the train by Richard Lochhead ? current Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, but at that time a winsome young office manager for Alex Salmond.

Has the time come for new kind of Scottish Conservative party?
THE dossier of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party?s problems with their MPs and councillors, (These horrible Tories prove Ruth Davidson runs the nasty party, The National, August 23) makes dismal reading. It would tend to suggest that the party is having great difficulty in attracting good quality people with principles to stand for for election, and also that those responsible for ve...

Shetland: Volunteer on why she cleaned the war memorial graffiti
ONE of the women who volunteered to clean political graffiti off a war memorial in Shetland has said she helped because of a "love of our community".

SNP say opponents are ?rattled? over plan to cut deficit after indy vote
THE SNP has stood by Keith Brown?s suggestion that the deficit could be cut to 3% within three years of independence.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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

Politics ? mainstream and radical ? is badly failing us at the moment
Politics – mainstream and radical – is badly failing us at the moment Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 21st 2019 Politics has never mattered more than it does now ? from climate change and the future of the planet, to arguments around Brexit, Scottish independence and Trump, not to mention, the gathering global economic storm …

Is it really time for another pro-independence party in Scotland?
Is it really time for another pro-independence party in Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 14th 2019 It is the silly season after all. This used to be the traditional time when daft stories got headlines as newspapers struggled for real news. But now we live in such a topsy-turvy world that silly season stories …

Govanhill: Glasgow?s Southside is changing for the better
Govanhill: Glasgow?s Southside is changing for the better Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 11th 2019 Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside is an area used to being noticed. But in the last week and a half it has been doing so on its own terms with the third Govanhill International Festival and Carnival including an annual parade …

What should we talk about to make Scotland a place we are proud to call home?
What should we talk about to make Scotland a place we are proud to call home? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 7th 2019 There is only one subject on the lips of many this week: independence and Michael Ashcroft?s 52:48 poll. This is the Scotland of 2019 – twenty years of the Scottish Parliament, five …

The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Council Housing across Scotland and the UK
The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Council Housing across Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 4th 2019 Council housing once defined much of Scotland ? geographically, culturally, and how people saw themselves and lived. In 1975 54% of Scottish homes were council owned; in England one-third of households then lived in …

The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland
The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 28th 2019 This is the summer of leadership contests. After the Lib Dems and Tories, next week sees the turn of the Scottish Greens. This might at first seem of less importance, but the outcome of this contest …

The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the...
The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the American Colonies and Ireland to Brexit Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 26th 2019 Britain is not only in crisis but under Boris Johnson?s new hardline Brexit government is heading for the rocks and disaster at turbo-charged speed. Yet with wall-to-wall mainstream media …

Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom?
Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 21st 2019 The world ? or rather a very narrow, self-selecting part of it ? is preparing to head to Edinburgh for the annual carnival of festivals and the Fringe. These are good times for Edinburgh. It has experienced over two decades of sustained population …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Why economic warnings may no longer be enough to stop Scottish independence -...
Why economic warnings may no longer be enough to stop Scottish independence  New StatesmanLike their Brexit-voting compatriots, Scots are recognising that there may indeed be more to life and politics than money.

Scottish Independence: report warns austerity looming outside the UK - The Sc...
Scottish Independence: report warns austerity looming outside the UK  The ScotsmanAn independent Scotland would quickly amass "unsustainable levels" of debt and would need embark on a *fresh* wave of austerity, a new report has found.

Alan Cumming: Scottish independence will be 'only positive' from Brexit - The...
Alan Cumming: Scottish independence will be 'only positive' from Brexit  The ScotsmanActor Alan Cumming said he hopes that Brexit will expedite Scottish independence.

What the deficit means for Scottish independence and Europe - The National
What the deficit means for Scottish independence and Europe  The NationalTHE annual GERS figures have become a key battleground in the independence debate with the pro-Union side insisting they show Scotland is ?too?

Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon said there was "growing urgency" for Scotland to become independent "sooner rather than later". The first minister believed the country faced ...

Jeremy Corbyn: Not up to UK parliament to block new Scottish independence ref...
Jeremy Corbyn: Not up to UK parliament to block new Scottish independence referendum  Sky NewsThe Labour leader stresses he is 'not in support' of Scotland leaving the UK but says Westminster should not prevent a poll.

Elections watchdog may delay second independence referendum - HeraldScotland
Elections watchdog may delay second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandNICOLA Sturgeon's plan for a second referendum based on persuading voters to say Yes to independence has been dealt a blow by the UK's election?

Is Brexit Worth Scotland?s Independence? - The Atlantic
Is Brexit Worth Scotland?s Independence?  The AtlanticLeaving the EU presents difficult choices for those on both sides of the Scottish-independence question.

SNP

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Standing up for students - SNP
Standing up for students  SNPFrom free tuition, to investing in colleges and helping graduates into work, we're proud to champion Scotland's students.

SNP plan to slash deficit in independent Scotland could cause 'shock austerit...
SNP plan to slash deficit in independent Scotland could cause 'shock austerity?  The ScotsmanLabour and the Tories have attacked claims made by a senior Nationalist that an independent Scotland could slash its fiscal deficit to three per cent within just ...

SNP say opponents are 'rattled' over plan to cut deficit after indy vote - Th...
SNP say opponents are 'rattled' over plan to cut deficit after indy vote  The NationalTHE SNP has stood by Keith Brown's suggestion that the deficit could be cut to 3 within three years of independence.

SNP ready to discuss free ports in Scotland despite crime fears - HeraldScotland
SNP ready to discuss free ports in Scotland despite crime fears  HeraldScotlandIT IS the policy in which is distilled Boris Johnson's vision of a buccaneering, free-wheeling, post-Brexit capitalism, according to his critics.

SNP 'proposing austerity on steroids' for an independent Scotland, claim oppo...
SNP 'proposing austerity on steroids' for an independent Scotland, claim opponents  Press and JournalLabour and the Tories have hit out at claims by a senior nationalist that Scotland could cut its deficit by more than half within three years of independence.

Ex-SNP MP secures win for failed Westminster Green Deal victims - The National
Ex-SNP MP secures win for failed Westminster Green Deal victims  The NationalAN action group led by a former SNP MP has made a breakthrough in its three-year long fight to solve problems left behind when homeowners were?

Tom Wills launches fishing manifesto for Shetland - SNP
Tom Wills launches fishing manifesto for Shetland  SNPSNP candidate for Shetland Tom Wills has launched a short manifesto outlining how, if elected, he will ?fight tooth and nail? to make sure Shetland's booming?

Police inquiry after 'SNP' sprayed on war memorial in Lerwick - BBC News
Police inquiry after 'SNP' sprayed on war memorial in Lerwick  BBC NewsThe SNP and police condemn the attack on the war memorial in Lerwick, Shetland.

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish Independence: report warns austerity looming outside the UK - The Sc...
Scottish Independence: report warns austerity looming outside the UK  The ScotsmanAn independent Scotland would quickly amass "unsustainable levels" of debt and would need embark on a *fresh* wave of austerity, a new report has found.

Alan Cumming: Scottish independence will be 'only positive' from Brexit - The...
Alan Cumming: Scottish independence will be 'only positive' from Brexit  The ScotsmanActor Alan Cumming said he hopes that Brexit will expedite Scottish independence.

Corbyn backs McDonnell on Scottish independence referendum - Financial Times
Corbyn backs McDonnell on Scottish independence referendum  Financial TimesThe UK parliament should not try to block a second referendum on Scottish independence, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has declared in comments that ...

Johnson's Scotland visit exposes deep divisions over Brexit, independence ref...
Johnson's Scotland visit exposes deep divisions over Brexit, independence referendum  EuronewsDespite a cash pledge to boost growth, the new prime minister's readiness for a no-deal Brexit is under fire in the pro-EU nation.

Elections watchdog may delay second independence referendum - HeraldScotland
Elections watchdog may delay second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandNICOLA Sturgeon's plan for a second referendum based on persuading voters to say Yes to independence has been dealt a blow by the UK's election?

Labour would not block second Scottish independence referendum, John McDonnel...
Labour would not block second Scottish independence referendum, John McDonnell says  The IndependentLabour would not block a second Scottish referendum if the party wins power at a general election, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. The remarks ...

Scotland trims its fiscal deficit but figure highlights independence challeng...
Scotland trims its fiscal deficit but figure highlights independence challenge  Financial TimesScotland's notional fiscal deficit narrowed slightly in the fiscal year to April 2019 but, at a hefty 7 per cent of total economic output, it still suggests a huge funding ...

Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit -...
Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit  The Globe PostScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Thursday that Scotland needed an ?alternative option? to the Brexit strategy of new British Prime Minister Boris ...

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

2046 world cup bid?
Just mulling something over, but by 2046 we could have been an independent country for 30 years. Now, I know the idea of a small country like Scotland hosting the world cup sounds daft, but think of it like this -Twice the population of Qatar -More than 6 times the size of Qatar -Half the GDP per...

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The Official President Trump thread

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

General Election Speculation
Damian Hinds either being incredibly stupid or going for the most brazen intentional leak of all time here. When?s the election going to happen? Who?s going to win? Overs/ Unders on SNP seats? Will this election kill off the latest H_B alias? All the speculation as it happens  

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

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

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

IDS - State pension at 75
 

Pension Advice Required
I've just had a phone call from some geezer, who seemed to know more about my pensions than me. Anyway, the gist of his call was that he has noted I have a frozen pension and he wants to investigate it. Anyone had this? WTF is it all about? Edit to say - he confirmed it's a free service.

Legal Highs
Our boy Raheem Sterling recently pictured taking some laughing gas and now getting a telling off from Brendan Rodgers. Unless Red Bull or a double espresso is classed as one can't say i have ever taken any, we certainly don't need laughing gas coz we are all funny anyway.

Epstein
Apologies if this is elsewhere - but thought the following was quite inetresting in and of itself - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGF4cH9t6SgF5e4OELMbDjg/videos Interesting what you can do with a drone these days - with the "totally co-incidental" huge fire - https://cloverchronicle.com/20...

The Evolution and Dinosaur Hoaxes Laid Out
Any honest person of at least average intelligence genuinely seeking the truth will get it...    

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Blairs Ongoing role in it...
    University College London’s Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS) The ISRS was founded in 2008 by former “New Labour” Defence Secretary, John Reid. Reid was a key Blair ally in the run-up to the Iraq war deployment of British forces to Afganistan and earned the reputation as Blair’s ‘enforcer’. He was … Continue reading "A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Bla...

Gordon Brown and New Labour ? MOD Purchasing Policy and the Corrupt Practice ...
  Blairs first Cabinet 1997     What is State Capture? Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as ?a situation where powerful individuals, institutions, companies or groups within or outside a country use corruption to shape a nation?s policies, legal environment and economy to benefit their own private interests?. Comment: An online … Continue reading "Gordon B...

Should Gordon Brown Surface in Scotland and Offer His Opinion to the Public ?...
    The terrible truth about Gordon Brown?s criminal miscalculations – A devastating indictment of his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. Now available, figures of the “New labour” Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began expose the total cost of Gordon Brown?s mishandling of the … Continue reading "Should Gordon Brown Surface ...

Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale ? Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed or di...
      The Reverend v Ms Dugdale Extracts from the judgement are entered below together with comments as necessary setting out the judgement was in favour of The Reverend. Sheriff Ross Ms Dugdale denied that she intended to go beyond criticising the tweet itself. She said she did not intend to label … Continue reading "Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale – Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed o...

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

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