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Progress in tackling domestic abuse must not suffer in coronavirus crisis
3 Apr 2020 at 5:12am
THIS time last year the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the Crown Office were united in great fanfare about groundbreaking new legislation designed to tackle domestic abuse.


Wife of SNP councillor 'heartbroken' after he leaves her for party colleague
3 Apr 2020 at 10:27am
The wife of an SNP councillor launched a brutal attack on her 'cheating' husband after he is alleged to have left her for another party councillor.


Ministers urged to take urgent action over rail yard closure
3 Apr 2020 at 5:00am
MINISTERS have been urged to ensure a rail engineering firm planning to axe 100 jobs in East Ayrshire is not breaching contract conditions by shifting work 240 miles away.


Matt Hancock urges Premier League footballers to 'play their part' in virus f...
2 Apr 2020 at 8:04pm
MILLIONAIRE Premier League footballers should ?play their part? in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and take a pay cut, Matt Hancock, the UK Health Secretary, has insisted.


Coronavirus in Scotland: Ian Blackford calls for laws to stop Highlands escape
2 Apr 2020 at 6:23pm
EMERGENCY powers should be used to stop second home owners flocking to the Highlands to self isolate from the Covid-19 pandemic, the SNP has urged.


Coronavirus in Scotland: 'Disturbing trend' sees police deliberately spat on
2 Apr 2020 at 11:08am
POLICE representatives have raised concerns over a "disturbing trend" of officers being deliberately coughed on or spat at in an attempt to "infect" them with coronavirus.


Rishi Sunak denies backing break-up of UK and insists he is 'strong believer'...
2 Apr 2020 at 11:40am
RISHI Sunak has denied supporting the break-up of the United Kingdom, insisting he is a ?strong believer in our Union of four nations?.


Labour urges Chancellor Rishi Sunak to urgently examine 'gaps' in UK Govt's w...
2 Apr 2020 at 12:02am
LABOUR has called on the UK Government to urgently revisit its income protection schemes after the Institute for Fiscal Studies identified ?gaps,? resulting in some workers receiving generous support and others receiving none.


Arron Banks loses appeal against inheritance tax bill on Ukip donations
2 Apr 2020 at 5:32pm
Millionaire Brexit-backing businessman Arron Banks has lost a bid to use European human rights law to overturn a six-figure inheritance tax bill on political donations to Ukip.


Some domestic abuse victims feel 'nothing has changed' despite Scotland's new...
1 Apr 2020 at 5:52pm
THE HEAD of a Scottish charity that supports woman facing violence at home has warned "domestic abuse is not taking a break" during the Covid-19 lockdown.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Jeremy Corbyn's wife says outgoing Labour leader was 'vilified'
by PA Reporter
3 Apr 2020 at 10:27am
Jeremy Corbyn's wife has accused the media of having "vilified" the Labour leader and said he was "attacked by his own party" during his five years in the top job.

Chaos as London and Edinburgh at odds on 100,000 test target
by Paris Gourtsoyannis
3 Apr 2020 at 8:54am
There was chaos at the heart of both the Scottish and UK Governments last night as neither was able to confirm whether Scots would benefit from thousands of coronavirus tests promised by the end of the month.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: 2,602 Scottish cases | 126 deaths in Scotland
by Conor Marlborough
3 Apr 2020 at 7:22am
Follow the latest update on the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland - and across the world – in our live blog

A grim reminder for anyone not taking Covid-19 seriously ? leader comment
by Scotsman Leader Comment
3 Apr 2020 at 6:00am
Amid some criticism of ministers, it is important to remember we all must abide by the lockdown

Reduce prison numbers in Scotland to stem coronavirus outbreak, warns watchdog
by Chris McCall
2 Apr 2020 at 6:29pm
There must be a “concerted effort” to reduce the number of people detained in prisons and other facilities during the coronavirus outbreak, human rights groups have said.

Almost 30,000 hospitality jobs at risk in Edinburgh due to coronavirus downturn
by Chris McCall and Aimee Stanton
2 Apr 2020 at 5:59pm
Almost 30,000 hospitality jobs in the Capital are at risk despite a major UK Government employment retention scheme, a union has warned.

Coronavirus: Why daily briefings from Boris Johnson and co are fuelling publi...
by Jim Duffy
2 Apr 2020 at 5:00pm
Cabinet ministers taking the daily press conferences about the Covid-19 coronavirus need to be more upfront and honest, writes Jim Duffy

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland coronavirus death toll up by 50 to 126
by Sam Shedden
2 Apr 2020 at 2:53pm
The death toll increased by 50 in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: 2,602 Scottish cases | 126 deaths in Scotland |...
by Conor Marlborough
2 Apr 2020 at 2:06pm
Follow the latest update on the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland - and across the world – in our live blog

Rishi Sunak: I didn?t call for England to ?break away? from UK
by Paris Gourtsoyannis
2 Apr 2020 at 10:46am
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has denied reports that he has privately called for England to “break away” from the Union because “it doesn’t make financial sense”.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

The accused and the accusers
30 Mar 2020 at 3:01pm
A 22-person team from Police Scotland worked for more than a year identifying and interviewing almost 400 hoped-for complainants and witnesses against Alex Salmond. This entire extensive and painstaking process resulted in nil charges and nil witnesses. Nil. The accusations in court were all fabricated and presented on a government platter to the police by a …

The women you mustn?t believe
29 Mar 2020 at 11:14am
It will come as little surprise to any observer of the Scottish media for the last decade that the trial of Alex Salmond is to continue indefinitely after the actual court case that cleared him of all charges. With very occasional honourable exceptions, including some from rather unexpected sources, the Scottish press has been – even …

Best served cold
28 Mar 2020 at 6:59am

Let?s not kill ourselves
27 Mar 2020 at 1:06pm
This article is the only thing Wings is going to say about the COVID-19 crisis, because (a) we’re on holiday, (b) it has very little to do with Scottish politics, and (c) we’re not virologists and have no expertise to offer. But in so far as we have some sort of reach and to some …

An innocent man
23 Mar 2020 at 2:59pm
Today a mostly-female jury drawn from the most Unionist city in Scotland and directed by a female judge delivered the only verdict it was credibly possible to reach on the (total absence of) evidence before it: that Alex Salmond was not guilty of any crime. After two weeks hearing an assortment of lurid allegations from former …

Bolted from the blue
21 Mar 2020 at 6:59am

The delay phase
14 Mar 2020 at 6:59am

Gagging order
7 Mar 2020 at 6:59am

Six questions for Nicola Sturgeon
3 Mar 2020 at 1:22pm
There are now exactly two weeks remaining of the Scottish Government’s second fake “consultation” into its proposed reforms to gender law. We say “fake” not out of cynicism or mad paranoia, but because the cabinet minister responsible for the reforms has already made it explicitly, publicly and repeatedly clear that she intends to press ahead with …

The fateful day
23 Feb 2020 at 2:30pm
A few weeks ago when we said Wings was going to take a break for a bit, we also said “There may be posts now and then if something particularly significant happens”. Well, this week something particularly significant happened. It was a development that we’d been predicting ever since Boris Johnson became UK Prime Minister, …

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Labour peer dies 'after contracting coronavirus'
2 Apr 2020 at 5:45pm
Lord Gordon of Strathblane, founder of Radio Clyde, died aged 83 on Tuesday.

Scottish coronavirus deaths increase by 50
2 Apr 2020 at 5:54pm
The figure includes 10 deaths in the past 24 hours, as well as a further 40 from previous days that have now been confirmed.

Coronavirus: Almost a quarter of Scottish prison staff absent from work
2 Apr 2020 at 2:01pm
A prison officers' union says the Scottish figures are "enormous" and are putting a major strain on jails.

Temporary Glasgow coronavirus hospital 'may not be needed'
1 Apr 2020 at 1:36pm
Nicola Sturgeon says she hopes Scotland's existing hospitals will have enough capacity to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: MSPs pass emergency powers bill
1 Apr 2020 at 8:02pm
MSPs push new emergency powers to cope with the virus through Holyrood in a single day of debate.

MSPs halt work on transgender law reforms
1 Apr 2020 at 2:22pm
Gender Recognition Act reforms have been halted as MSPs give priority to dealing with coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Business leaders warn of lockdown 'catastrophe'
1 Apr 2020 at 11:12am
Scottish business leaders say nearly half of all firms fear they will run out of money within three months.

Scot Goes Pop

Dounreay offered large supplies of PPE to health workers in Caithness - but t...
2 Apr 2020 at 8:54pm
I was kindly sent some information yesterday about community procurement of PPE in the Highlands (from businesses, police and the like), which is intended to help plug the gaps in the totally inade...

The number of excess deaths caused in the UK by a "herd immunity" strategy wo...
1 Apr 2020 at 10:24pm
The UK is in a grim place when even Donald Trump now has a more enlightened attitude to the crisis than our own Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser. Trump on herd immunity: "well you...

It looks like the Dr Strangelove-style "herd immunity" plan of Whitty and Val...
31 Mar 2020 at 9:42pm
Here's the most disturbing thing I've read since the start of the lockdown - BuzzFeed says a source has told them that Whitty and Vallance are still privately plotting to deliberately allow 60%+ of...

The time has come to accept Alex Salmond's innocence, and to welcome him back...
30 Mar 2020 at 10:00pm
Those of you with very long memories may recall that when cameras were first allowed into the Scottish courts, one of the first televised criminal trials (in fact I think it might have been the ver...

Sensational Panelbase poll shows SNP have further increased their enormous le...
29 Mar 2020 at 6:01am
A few people have mentioned over the last few days that they'd just taken part in a Scottish voting intention poll for Panelbase. My assumption was that it was probably a private poll that would n...

As the UK continues to defy the World Health Organization on mass-testing and...
28 Mar 2020 at 6:06pm
Surprised to hear UK Deputy CMO say yesterday that WHO advice on testing is only for poor countries & UK has strong enough health service to treat our way through outbreak. Don't know any country w...

The latest right-wing American conspiracy theory that could lead to millions ...
27 Mar 2020 at 12:58pm
As we all know, Imperial College published a paper ten days ago stating that if the UK persevered with its mitigation strategy (ie. the notorious 'herd immunity' strategy) the NHS would be overwhel...

Why are the most vulnerable people being forced to work and put themselves at...
25 Mar 2020 at 5:44pm
I received this email earlier..."Hi James,Imagine being told you are an essential worker when you are blind, forced to travel in taxis and/or on trains, then placed in a building with 100 others. E...

Reddit Scotland

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Visiting Isle of Skye during Lockdown
3 Apr 2020 at 11:37am
I'm currently staying in scotland for work but due to the entire virus outbreak, the worksite got shut and getting a flight back home proves to be extreme difficult. Currently i've been holed up in...

Line Graphs have gone truly viral
3 Apr 2020 at 10:38am
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Good morning /r/Scotland
3 Apr 2020 at 8:08am
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I can guarantee you that I will not
3 Apr 2020 at 8:03am
submitted by /u/Badyk

Aberdeen showing their appreciation.
3 Apr 2020 at 1:07am
submitted by /u/rowan_murphy

Landlord Advice
3 Apr 2020 at 12:20am
Hi, I'm just looking for some advice if anyone can help me out. I'm in a joint tenancy with 2 other girls and the fixed term is until the end of August. I would like to move out at the end of Apri...

"From edinbourough I believe."
3 Apr 2020 at 12:00am
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Spotted in Budapest back in February.
2 Apr 2020 at 10:54pm
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If we become independent, what would you like our relationship with the UK to...
2 Apr 2020 at 9:12pm
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First batch of BrewDog hand sanitiser turned down by Aberdeen Royal Infirmary...
2 Apr 2020 at 8:40pm
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My dad playing the pipes tonight for the NHS workers!
2 Apr 2020 at 8:33pm
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Ya fucking bampots
2 Apr 2020 at 7:36pm
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Could I get away with walking by myself from Dunfermline to the Forth Bridge ...
2 Apr 2020 at 7:16pm
My walks are weird and I haven't been stopped by anybody yet so idk how it'd go down. submitted by /u/ThatsNotFroot

The Highland Chieftain passing through Glen Trium, April 1998.
2 Apr 2020 at 6:18pm
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Daily Record

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UK Government vows to test 100,000 people a day by end of April for virus
2 Apr 2020 at 6:44pm
Health Secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the goal at today's Downing Street Covid-19 press conference as he announced the UK death toll had risen by 569 overnight.


DUP councillor blames coronavirus on abortion legalisation and same-sex marriage
2 Apr 2020 at 4:32pm
The DUP strongly opposed Westminster legislation liberalising the law surrounding terminations.


Pubs will go out of business unless rents are lifted, MSP warns
2 Apr 2020 at 10:12am
Tenants in 'tied' arrangements are still being charged by some larger owners despite being forced to close.


Alex Salmond accusers complain to cops about supporter's 'threatening' comments
2 Apr 2020 at 4:30am
Mark Hirst said the female complainants were going to 'reap a whirlwind'.


Gender reform plans ditched as Scottish Government focuses on Covid-19 crisis
1 Apr 2020 at 1:52pm
The SNP's legislative plans have been stripped back for the year ahead.


SNP Government delays disability benefit rollout over Coronavirus
1 Apr 2020 at 1:00pm
UK Ministers will continue to deliver the benefits as part of a longer transition plan


Nicola Sturgeon told to step in as unions warn workers are at risk from Covid-19
1 Apr 2020 at 11:06am
Unions said there is still confusion across Scotland's 32 councils about protecting staff from coronavirus.


Female witness in Alex Salmond trial says complainants fear for their safety
1 Apr 2020 at 10:19am
The woman hit out at some of the commentary in the aftermath of the trial


Trial without jury in Scotland shelved after backlash to emergency plan
1 Apr 2020 at 10:04am
The SNP Government admitted the proposal needs further discussion as part of new laws dealing with coronavirus.


Blogger with Salmond trial conspiracy seeking donations after buying mansion
31 Mar 2020 at 7:35pm
Craig Murray, a former UK diplomat, splashed out on the nine-bedroom pad in Edinburgh two years ago.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Nicola Sturgeon longs to hug her parents as soon as lockdown is over
3 Apr 2020 at 10:40am

NICOLA Sturgeon became emotional after saying the first thing she wants to do once the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted is to hug her parents.

Jeremy Corbyn's successor set to be unveiled as leader race ends
3 Apr 2020 at 5:00am

THE lengthy race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader will finally finish tomorrow when the winner is announced.

Rishi Sunak forced to deny he wants to end the Union
3 Apr 2020 at 5:00am

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has denied he once argued for the breakup of the Union.

Matt Hancock in promise to deliver 100k coronavirus tests a day
3 Apr 2020 at 5:00am

MATT Hancock has promised that the UK will ramp up coronavirus testing to more than 100,000 a day.

Jeane Freeman hits back at Jackson Carlaw over coronavirus update
2 Apr 2020 at 8:15pm

HEALTH Secretary Jeane Freeman has hit back at Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw over new regulations for personal protective equipment for NHS workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Boris Johnson still has coronavirus symptoms and will isolate for longer
2 Apr 2020 at 6:28pm

BORIS Johnson is still displaying symptoms of coronavirus, meaning he may not be able to leave No 10 on Friday as planned.

Former Labour peer and STV politics editor James Gordon dies
2 Apr 2020 at 4:52pm

FORMER broadcaster and Labour peer Lord Gordon of Strathblane has died at the age of 83.

Coronavirus: Jeane Freeman hits back at UK test kit claims
2 Apr 2020 at 2:21pm

HEALTH Secretary Jeane Freeman has hit back at reports that the UK will control coronavirus test kit procurement for devolved nations and insisted Scotland will continue to source its own.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak 'argued England should break away from UK'
2 Apr 2020 at 11:48am

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has argued for the UK to be broken up because it ?doesn?t make financial sense?, according to a party colleague.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

On Colonels, Lord-Lieutenants and Old Britain in Times of Crisis
3 Apr 2020 at 10:02am
It’s been a tough week for many, but some more than others. Semi-retired MSP, Colonel, Privy-Councillor and (remarkably) E-Politician of the year, Ruth Davidson blurted out the identity of the head of MI6. We’ve all done it. Now, with the country in crisis she is carrying out her important work, announcing to us all: “Delighted […]

Interview with Murdo Macdonald, author of Patrick Geddes?s Intellectual Origins
2 Apr 2020 at 9:25pm
Interview with Murdo Macdonald, author of Patrick Geddes?s Intellectual Origins (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). Can you tell us a bit about the process of writing and completing the book. How long have you been working on it? How did you decide to organise it? I?ve been exploring Geddes in a serious way since 1992 when […]

Howff on Thursday
2 Apr 2020 at 8:19pm
howff /ha?f/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to The Howff, Bella?s lounge for the lockdown. Tonight’s Howff includes a flashback to 2017 where Karine Polwart is singing King of Birds from her amazing album Traces – King of birds performed live at Schottenfest 2017. Karine is helping to promote Folk […]

Groove On 10
2 Apr 2020 at 7:45pm
This is Bella’s radio for the lockdown – an hour and a half of tunes from Stewart Bremner. Listen to them all here. This is Groove On Episode 10, where we?re only going to have seven songs. Seven long and fantastic songs. We begin with a hard bop jazz classic, ?Blue Train? by John Coltrane. […]

Virus at the Heart of the European Economy
2 Apr 2020 at 2:22pm
WHAT with a Brexit post-coital tristesse followed by the corona-virus catastrophe, the British media is spending even less time on European economic affairs than the minuscule usual. This is a pity because Covid-19 has not only detonated a massive crisis in the individual European economies, it has thrown the biggest of monkey wrenches into the […]

Getting Out of the Yes Bubble
2 Apr 2020 at 12:52am
“The status quo has gone.” Here’s something to unite and organise around. Fresh thinking and radical good ideas from Siobhan Tolland, Lauren Henderson and Maggie Chapman. This is really valuable and needs to be watched. Listen to them here:

Howff Music
1 Apr 2020 at 7:38pm
howff /ha?f/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to The Howff, Bella?s lounge for the lockdown. Listen to our playlists here. In the Howff tonight we have a radioplay, a cancelled exhibition, a french artist from Lost Map and an isolation poem. Our featured artist is Clémentine March a London-based French […]

Signs and Symbols
1 Apr 2020 at 7:33pm
Alan Campbell, Moe Rocksmoore and Ashley Cook were working away on a show to open on the 26th of March of course that has been delayed (cancelled?). So we present it here instead. Signs & Symbols – Moe Rocksmoore – Alan Campbell – Ashley Cook, New Glasgow society east. 279 – 281 High St, Glasgow 26-30th […]

You Are Not With Me: A Chat Roulette Radioplay
1 Apr 2020 at 7:19pm
A first for the Howff. A radio play from Laura Cameron-Lewis and Andrew Eaton-Lewis.

Portobello Lockdown
1 Apr 2020 at 7:04pm
Where the crowds of folk once mingled People move in ones and twos (Not before a sunny day put virus sharing in the news) Now we swerve away from others Dystopia in a seaside town When next will I share a meal Have a hug, let barriers down? Mind the time when greatest worry?s Empty […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Alister Jack is third UK cabinet member to self-isolate during Covid-19 outbreak
28 Mar 2020 at 1:19pm
Scottish secretary has not been tested for coronavirus but has mild symptoms Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A third member of Boris Johnson?s cabinet is self-isolating after developing coronavirus symptoms.Alister Jack, the secretary of state for Scotland, said he ha...

The Guardian view on Alex Salmond: a battle ends, a battle begins
26 Mar 2020 at 7:36pm
The former Scottish first minister was acquitted on all sexual offence charges. Now he is taking the fight to his political accusersFrom the moment that Alex Salmond found himself facing allegations of sexual misconduct in office, it was clear his trial would have huge consequences. So it has pro...

Alex Salmond trial: key events in lead-up to verdicts
24 Mar 2020 at 2:45pm
From a government review of conduct policies to the verdict at the high court in EdinburghAlex Salmond acquitted of all charges in sexual assault trial31 October 2017: John Swinney, deputy first minister, tells Holyrood the Scottish government has begun a review of policies on inappropriate condu...

Alex Salmond acquitted of all charges in sexual assault trial
23 Mar 2020 at 6:54pm
Former first minister?s allies claim he was victim of SNP witch-hunt after he is clearedAlex Salmond trial: key events in lead-up to verdictsAlex Salmond has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault, a decision that prompted his allies to suggest he had been the victim of a witch-hunt with...

Moira Salmond: the political wife who avoids public life
23 Mar 2020 at 5:30pm
Alex Salmond?s spouse prefers to stay in the background, but was mentioned several times in his trialMoira Salmond has long been one of the most enigmatic figures in Scottish public life. Married to one of the country?s most famous political leaders for nearly 40 years, she has stayed resolutely ...

Scottish hotel blames admin error for sacking staff over Covid-19
21 Mar 2020 at 9:34am
Workers at Coylumbridge hotel in Aviemore were told to leave their accommodation Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA hotel business has blamed an administrative error after it sacked staff at one of its Scotland properties and left some without accommodation during the c...

Scottish hotel sacks 12 staff over coronavirus making them homeless
20 Mar 2020 at 10:28am
Management says it is ?taking latest government advice? and terminating employmentCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe owners of a Highland hotel that has sacked staff and made them homeless during the coronavirus outbreak have been roundly condemned.More than a dozen w...

Labour can only recover in Scotland if it listens to the voters it lost | Ror...
6 Mar 2020 at 12:24pm
For most SNP voters the party remains the most likely alternative ? if it?s prepared to support a new referendumHow can Labour win back Scotland? That question has been an occasional, albeit muted theme of the Labour leadership contest, with each candidate offering their own credentials as the on...

Build an Irish Sea tunnel, not a bridge, says Scottish secretary
5 Mar 2020 at 8:41pm
Alister Jack says a tunnel linking Scotland and Northern Ireland would be cheaper and more weatherproofThe UK government could build a tunnel under the Irish Sea instead of a new bridge linking Scotland with Northern Ireland, Alister Jack, the Scottish secretary, has revealed.Jack told MSPs on Th...

Bring ex-addicts on board to tackle drug deaths crisis, say experts
25 Feb 2020 at 1:04pm
Speakers make plea ahead of separate summits by Scottish and UK governments in GlasgowCrisis levels of drug-related deaths in Scotland, and across the UK, can only be tackled if people with experience of addiction and recovery have a seat at the table, according to speakers ahead of two major con...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

What?s wrong with British nationalists?
Few of us are surprised that the British government could have locked down earlier but didn’t, that it could have tested more but didn’t, that it could have provided protective equipment but didn’t. What is truly amazing is that there are still British nationalists on social media who are getting upset by Scottish things having […]

What?s in a name
The new temporary hospital to be opened in Glasgow’s SECC is to be called the NHS Louisa Jordan, after a Glasgow nurse who is a national hero in Serbia because of her efforts in working in field hospitals in that country during WW1. Not everyone was happy though, because this is Scotland and calling anything […]

Reasons to be cheerful, part four
There’s certainly an enormous amount to be gloomy about at the moment. Remember when a sneeze used to be just a sneeze and you’d put it down to hayfever. Now it’s a worry that you might have ‘it’. There’s death, job losses, and economic misery hovering over all of us. And it’s topped off with […]

Getting a grip
There’s always a lot of talk online amongst independence supporters about the nefarious activities of the British state and the intelligence services. For the most part, these stories are nothing more than the speculations of those who know that just because you’re paranoid it doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you. The aim […]

The baby and the bathwater
If you follow social media, you’re probably aware that there’s considerable anger and dismay amongst independence supporters about The National’s decision to give publicity to the post-verdict statement from the anonymous women who were the complainants in the Alex Salmond case. I’ll be blunt, it’s an anger and dismay that I share. It was, to […]

Leadership, not management
There’s a new Scottish opinion poll out today commissioned by the Sunday Times which must have come as a massive disappointment to the British nationalists who produce that newspaper. The Salmond trial has had precisely zero effect on Scottish voting intentions. Fieldwork for the poll was carried out between 24 and 26 March, after the […]

Updated regulations for dog owners
We have a result. Following the plea on this blog yesterday for the needs of dogs who live in flats to be taken into account, this morning the Scottish Government issued updated regulations relating to those of us who own or are responsible for animals. The upshot is that it’s now accepted that taking a […]

Dugs, self-employment, and the white van man
Lots of coronavirusy related news today. Like Charles Windsor, Boris Johnson has miraculously morphed into one of those high risk patients who qualify for a coronavirus test and has tested positive. To be fair, we always knew that Boris was one sick puppy, and anyway he was always going to qualify for a test on […]

The R-word
The independence referendum campaign of 2014 might not have succeeded in leading Scotland to independence, but it did succeed in normalising the idea of independence and making it the most important issue in Scottish politics. This coronavirus outbreak is a human crisis, but it also has political ramifications. During the crisis, of course our focus […]

We?re not all in this together
Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s possibly the closest he’s got to the crown. We were told by a Nicolas Witchell who was even more gushingly sychophantic than usual that Charles had been tested positive for the coronavirus but is experiencing only mild symptoms, and is – I quote – “continuing to […]

Michael Greenwell


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 179 ? Walkin? The Dog & April Fool?s
We’re back. A few episodes are ready to go. To start off with, I think we are all in need of a laugh, so here’s something many of the show’s regular contributors and myself knocked up a few years ago for April Fool’s Day. A lot of people on both sides of the debate didn’t …

Take Back British Cognitive Dissonance
Let’s leave the EU so we can stop complaining about Europe and get on with our own business. This will allow us to complain about the EU.

Scottish Independence Podcast 178 ? The Brexit Shambles and Beyond
The 178th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a long in-depth look at the Scottish economy and what may happen after Brexit. It features friend of the show and someone who has been a guest several times, MSP Ivan McKee. Before that however, we’ve someone getting Farage telt, and after that we’ve got, just …

Union Dividends 28
Another in the series. Thanks to whoever posted it, haven’t been able to find the original post.  

Scottish Independence Podcast 177 ? Everything In The Balance
The 177th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has quite a varied menu. What is the UK govt spending millions on telling citizens living abroad? Do (Labour) MPs bother to read things before voting for them? There’s also a No to Yes convert, some speeches from the recent march in Edinburgh, a confused person and …

Too Mad Not To Share
“Cooking, with bigots and paedophiles” Lots of other innocuous types in the book, just a bit weird to see those above.

Scottish Independence Podcast 176 ? A Declaration for Independence 2019
The 176th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has got 3 elements. I thought there should be an audio version of the recent Declaration for Independence 2019, so I made one. We also drop in on Luxembourg and on Murdo Fraser campaign headquarters. Hope you enjoy. You can download the show directly if you click …

Dangerous People

Gerry Hassan

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

Gordon Jackson, Trump and the Politics of an Aging Society
Gordon Jackson, Trump and the Politics of an Aging Society Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 1st 2020 1. This weekend it was revealed that Gordon Jackson QC, Alex Salmond?s defence counsel, was filmed on the Edinburgh-Glasgow train talking in an indiscreet and unprofessional manner when his client?s trial was ongoing. Jackson did not paint his … The post Gordon Jackson, Trump and the Politi...

A Very British Coup: And can this revolution be made to last?
A Very British Coup: And can this revolution be made to last? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 29th 2020 Coronavirus is affecting everyone. Across the world people are becoming ill and some are dying, with many self-isolating if they are symptomatic – or as a precaution to keep safe, reduce risk and remain well. And … The post A Very British Coup: And can this revolution be made to last? a...

Alex Salmond, conspiracies and 21st century disruptions
Alex Salmond, Conspiracies and 21st century disruptions Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 25th 2020 This does seem to be a moment and crisis when everything you once thought was solid has been upturned. With the Conservative Westminster Government seemingly embracing radical Corbynism ? guaranteeing wages and jobs, talking of nationalising railways and more, along with … The post Alex Salmo...

There is an Alternative: Another World is Possible
There is an Alternative: Another World is Possible Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 22nd 2020 The world is in flux, filled with uncertainty, confusion, panic and fear where many, if not all, of the assumptions that have defined politics are now open for challenge. Many things are still unclear but one certainty is that the … The post There is an Alternative: Another World is Possible appea...

What do we do in a world without football?
What do we do in a world without football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 18th 2020 What do we do we in this strange world, facing so many unexpected challenges – including being without football? For some this will be a welcome respite but others will be bereft and lost in how they fill their … The post What do we do in a world without football? appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writing,...

The World Turned Upside Down: Goodbye to Thatcherism
The World Turned Upside Down: Goodbye to Thatcherism Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 15th 2020 The Tory budget marked a dramatic change in tone, content and politics from what we have become used to. The language of active government, investment and public spending saw UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak make commitments to an extra £30 billion … The post The World Turned Upside Down: Goodbye to Th...

We finally have to talk about the Dark Side of Scottish Men
We finally have to talk about the Dark Side of Scottish Men Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 11th 2020 Men in public life was always going to become a major subject of conversation in the first part of 2020 with the trial of Harvey Weinstein in New York, and that of former First Minister Alex … The post We finally have to talk about the Dark Side of Scottish Men appeared first on Gerry Has...

Fantasyland Britain and its Zombie Economics are now in the firing line
Fantasyland Britain and its Zombie Economics are now in the firing line Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 8th 2020 Britain and the world are facing an unprecedented crisis: a worldwide epidemic with major consequences for public health, sustainability of societies and way of life. This is a defining point. It calls for government, state and … The post Fantasyland Britain and its Zombie Econ...

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

How It Starts
The brevity of this post is out of proportion to the enormous importance of the subject. But I want to let you know I am thinking and working on it. It is a recognised pattern for dictatorship to commence with emergency measures designed to combat a threat. Those emergency measures then become normalised and people … The post How It Starts appeared first on Craig Murray.

Daily Record Investigates My Home and Finances
The day after I publish my article accusing the corporate media of being an active part of the conspiracy against Alex Salmond, and of giving disgracefully selective, slanted and biased coverage of the evidence of his trial, the Daily Record has decided to investigate my home and personal finances. Is not life full of little … The post Daily Record Investigates My Home and Finances appeared f...

J?Accuse
A 22 person team from Police Scotland worked for over a year identifying and interviewing almost 400 hoped-for complainants and witnesses against Alex Salmond. This resulted in nil charges and nil witnesses. Nil. The accusations in court were all fabricated and presented on a government platter to the police by a two prong process. The … The post J’Accuse appeared first on Craig Murray.

Covid-19: UK Withdrawal from the EU Single Market Must Be Postponed to 2023
The enormous economic impact of the reaction to Covid-19 is plain for all to see. The effect on economies – which had barely recovered to 2008 levels after the great Banker Theft crisis – is enormous. You cannot just close down businesses and expect them all to restart three months later. Plus the hit to … The post Covid-19: UK Withdrawal from the EU Single Market Must Be Postponed to 2023 ap...

Assange Bail Application Today
Unfortunately I am in lockdown at home in Edinburgh and cannot get down to Westminster Magistrates Court for Julian Assange’s urgent bail application today. Several hearings ago, Magistrate Baraitser stated pre-emptively that she would not grant bail, before any application had been made. Today’s application will argue that Assange’s ill health puts him at extreme … The post Assange Bail Appl...

Tomorrow is Another Day
I have received very many messages waiting for my take on the Alex Salmond acquittal. There is much to say and a need to take serious decisions about exactly when to reveal various crucial elements of information, because while the truth is vital, there can be a legitimate question at which moment it does most … The post Tomorrow is Another Day appeared first on Craig Murray.

It?s Not Socialism. It?s Another Mega Wealth Transfer.
Amid the COVID-19 panic, it has hardly been noticed that Carphone Warehouse went bust, with 2,900 people losing their jobs. Its co-founder, David Ross, is of course the billionaire that Boris Johnson claimed paid for his luxury holiday to Mustique, whereas Ross claimed he only organised it. Who actually paid is one of those Johnson … The post It’s Not Socialism. It’s Another Mega Wealth Trans...

The Long Dark Night of the Soul
As many of you will already know, I was excluded from the public gallery of the Alex Salmond trial yesterday. Inside the High Court, in the queue to enter the courtroom, I was suddenly taken aside by the police and told I was barred. The prosecution had made an application to the judge for an … The post The Long Dark Night of the Soul appeared first on Craig Murray.

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Why coronavirus UK outbreak won't stop Nicola Sturgeon demanding Scottish ind...
Why coronavirus UK outbreak won't stop Nicola Sturgeon demanding Scottish independence  Express.co.ukScotland minds the gap  Daily TimesSturgeon told coronavirus outbreak proves why SNP must scrap Scottish independence plot  BrinkwireLetter of the Day ? Scotland should join the Scan clan  Scotland on SundayView Full coverage on Google News

Is Scottish independence inevitable? - Financial Times
Is Scottish independence inevitable?  Financial Times

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SNP needs better plan for Scottish independence or other parties will rise up ? Helen Martin  Edinburgh News

Scottish independence: Winning over fifth of voters who are undecided holds t...
Scottish independence: Winning over fifth of voters who are undecided holds the key ? Angus Robertson  Edinburgh News

SNP civil war: Ian Blackford slaps down rebels over independence ?We can?t br...
SNP civil war: Ian Blackford slaps down rebels over independence ?We can?t break the law?  Express.co.uk

Sturgeon BLOW: SNP leader's hopes for Scottish Referendum dashed over coronav...
Sturgeon BLOW: SNP leader's hopes for Scottish Referendum dashed over coronavirus pandemic  Express

Alex Salmond, former Scottish independence leader, acquitted of multiple sexu...
Alex Salmond, former Scottish independence leader, acquitted of multiple sexual offences  ABC News

Scottish independence support must reach 70% before new vote, says SNP's John...
Scottish independence support must reach 70% before new vote, says SNP's John Mason  The Scotsman

Tom Gordon: Coronavirus is a blow to Indyref2 and changes the Scottish politi...
Tom Gordon: Coronavirus is a blow to Indyref2 and changes the Scottish political landscape  HeraldScotland

SNP blow: Brexit negotiator David Frost issued stark warning on Scottish inde...
SNP blow: Brexit negotiator David Frost issued stark warning on Scottish independence  Express

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot: The Great Mistake of Scottish Independenc...
Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot: The Great Mistake of Scottish Independence. Book review by TM Devine  HeraldScotland

Alex Salmond trial ?a bump in the road? for Scottish independence movement - ...
Alex Salmond trial ?a bump in the road? for Scottish independence movement  The Scotsman

SNP snub: Trump's horror rant on indyref and Salmond exposed 'Small-minded an...
SNP snub: Trump's horror rant on indyref and Salmond exposed 'Small-minded and parochial!'  Express.co.uk

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot ? prudence and caution - Financial Times
Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot ? prudence and caution  Financial Times

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SNP snub: Trump's horror rant on indyref and Salmond exposed 'Small-minded and parochial!'  Express.co.uk

Brexit shame: Nicola Sturgeon's 'plot to sell out fishermen' exposed in SNP h...
Brexit shame: Nicola Sturgeon's 'plot to sell out fishermen' exposed in SNP humiliation  Express

Sturgeon accused of ?political point scoring? after SNP snubs Nightingale Hos...
Sturgeon accused of ?political point scoring? after SNP snubs Nightingale Hospital name  Express

The SNP may have overreached by planning to suspend jury trials - Spectator.c...
The SNP may have overreached by planning to suspend jury trials  Spectator.co.uk

Salmond's acquittal could make him the SNP's biggest challenge - The Guardian
Salmond's acquittal could make him the SNP's biggest challenge  The Guardian

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Nicola Sturgeon urged to block Alex Salmond's reentry to the SNP  Telegraph.co.uk

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SNP MSP offers to volunteer as social worker in coronavirus crisis  The National

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SNP demand emergency energy grant as usage set to rise and incomes fall  HeraldScotland

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SNP urges UK government to 'hit pause' on Brexit due to coronavirus  BBC News

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SNP Government delays disability benefit rollout over Coronavirus  Daily Record

The Guardian view on Alex Salmond: a battle ends, a battle begins - The Guardian
The Guardian view on Alex Salmond: a battle ends, a battle begins  The Guardian

Alex Salmond acquittal: looming fall-out for SNP could ignite civil war - The...
Alex Salmond acquittal: looming fall-out for SNP could ignite civil war  The Conversation UK

SNP repeat basic income call after nearly one million apply for Universal Cre...
SNP repeat basic income call after nearly one million apply for Universal Credit  The National

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Alex Salmond should not be readmitted to SNP after his?creepy? behaviour ? Murdo Fraser  The Scotsman

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'Failure' Sturgeon mocked for blaming coronavirus after Scottish referendum cancelled  Express.co.ukScottish government 'pauses' work on plans for independence referendum this year  The IndependentIndyref 'paused' for this year due to coronavirus  BBC NewsNo independence referendum in 2020, confirms Scottish Government  Edinburgh NewsScottish Government halts planning for independence referendu...

Is Scottish independence inevitable? - Financial Times
Is Scottish independence inevitable?  Financial Times

Sturgeon and SNP are 'desperate' to see Brexit fail in order to launch indepe...
Sturgeon and SNP are 'desperate' to see Brexit fail in order to launch independence agenda  Express

SNP needs better plan for Scottish independence or other parties will rise up...
SNP needs better plan for Scottish independence or other parties will rise up ? Helen Martin  Edinburgh News

SNP civil war: Ian Blackford slaps down rebels over independence ?We can?t br...
SNP civil war: Ian Blackford slaps down rebels over independence ?We can?t break the law?  Express.co.uk

Who is Nicola Sturgeon? - Al Jazeera English
Who is Nicola Sturgeon?  Al Jazeera English

SNP snub: Trump's horror rant on indyref and Salmond exposed 'Small-minded an...
SNP snub: Trump's horror rant on indyref and Salmond exposed 'Small-minded and parochial!'  Express.co.uk

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Little Britain  Foreign Affairs Magazine

Chancellor Rishi Sunak secretly 'supports break up of UK' ? Tory insider make...
Chancellor Rishi Sunak secretly 'supports break up of UK' ? Tory insider makes shock claim  Express.co.uk

Scottish independence support must reach 70% before new vote, says SNP's John...
Scottish independence support must reach 70% before new vote, says SNP's John Mason  The Scotsman

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot ? prudence and caution - Financial Times
Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot ? prudence and caution  Financial Times

Scottish independence: Winning over fifth of voters who are undecided holds t...
Scottish independence: Winning over fifth of voters who are undecided holds the key ? Angus Robertson  Edinburgh News

Alex Salmond, former Scottish independence leader, acquitted of multiple sexu...
Alex Salmond, former Scottish independence leader, acquitted of multiple sexual offences  ABC News

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Nipper Salmond
Well well well
 
I?ve been reading some of the left fascist scum hypocrisy over the last few hours and I must say it?s laughable. The same imbeciles who were up in arms about the alleged Donald Trump allegations are defending and sweeping under the carpet the Alex Salmond allegations
 
It seems that ...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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

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

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

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

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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 ...

Scots
Probably belongs in here. Language is a deeply political thing and our Scots words are undoubtedly one of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other parts of the union. So, what role should Scots play in modern Scotland? I'm all for it. Especially in early years education where early literac...

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

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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 ...

Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsmill_massacre I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

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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...

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

Favorite Scottish meal, and other meal..
Simple  Favorite Scottish meal is Mince and tatties, doughballs. Every Wednasday with ma mum.  Other? Chinese food. Love it. Dont mind a curry, but Chinese food any day of the week..

Scottish Films ...
Bored out ma nut. Can anyone just post some good films about Scotland. I mean culture, history, gang films, football, you name it. Anything Scottish. I am sure there are loads I have not seen. I have seen the likes of Shallow Grave, Sweet 16, Where Angel's Fly, Gregorys Girl, Red Road Flats I bel...

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

Entertainment in isolation
2 weeks into isolation I thought it might be worth a wee thread for people to post ideas for things to do either for entertainment or just to keep occupied.
Please don?t expect anything interesting from me right enough , I am just starting the thread in the hope others will contribute. 
  I...

Stay safe...
Just a wee message from me personally to you all. Been on this board nearly 15 years, and I still enjoy it. In saying that, be safe all of you . I've read posts were folk are worried, and rightly so, but we will all  come through this. God Bless every one of you and your families.. Scotland Forev...

Jokes
A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside that reads "GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100." An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my...

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.

Positivity
I get everyone is consumed by what is going on just now.... Me too.  But I'm opening this thread for people to post messages of hope or at least some uplifting spirit.  Don't troll or take the piss.... unless it especially good ? Anyway, I'll start. In a briefing the other day my boss...

Roll call. Who been banned over the years..
Bit of fun and curiosity. Who been banned over the years and how long? Was is justified? This should be fun.. Think I have been banned once years ago. Cant remember.. I an sure it was warranted. Probably one of my drunken threatening posts of years gone by. Anyone else? ?

Home School
As per Facebook blah blah ...  If anyone has kids at home from Monday, I'm happy to suggest resources and strategies for primary children. I'm a Primary Teacher.

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...

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Francesca Osowska ? The Lowest Point Of Her Career Was working as Principal P...
      12 Jul 2017: Francesca Osowska appointed Scottish Natural Heritage chief executive The new Scottish Natural Heritage?s new chief executive will take up her post on 1 October 2017. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: ?I am delighted to approve the appointment of Francesca Osowska as chief executive of Scottish NaturalContinue reading "Francesca Osowska – The Lowest Point ...

Bring Them Home
    Bring Them Home Irish republicans in Northern Ireland are rightly milking Westminster financially whilst denying the corrupt political system in support of their cause. The party has achieved much more than any other grouping in Westminster and have taken their aspirations for total independence from the Unionists to a stage much closerContinue reading "Bring Them Home"

In 2014 Many Campaigners For Independence Warned That Rejection of Independen...
      Message for Dominic Cummings and the dystopian Tory Government – As did Rasputin, your end will see you on the bottom of the River Neva in chains.   Two of the most important blogs posted by myself. A must-read https://caltonjock.com/2018/08/26/a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-its-widespread-abuse-of-the-electorate-part-one/ https://caltonjo...

An Expanding Profile of Alister Jack ? Information Added Ad Hoc ? Check Daily...
    Sep. 2018: Jack’s rapid and undeserved rapid promotion Only 14 months following his election to the Dumfries and Galloway constituency, Jack will be taking up an additional role as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Baroness Evans, the leader of the House of Lords. As PPS he will be an important liaisonContinue reading "An Expanding Profile of Alister Jack – Information Added Ad H...

The Jeffrey Epstein Debacle has the Potential to Bring Many Powerful People D...
    The 2000 USA Presidential Election The conduct and outcome of the election, contested by the then Vice President, Al Gore and George W Bush.were controversial with allegations of fraud being levelled against the Bush camp, who won. But Gore failed to make an issue of the result and subsequently drifted away fromContinue reading "The Jeffrey Epstein Debacle has the Potential to Bring Many ...

Independence Supporting Scots Should be Rooting For Jackson Carlaw to Win the...
    When I’m Leader Tory List MSPs will be forced to stand down Long-serving Conservative MSPs will be forced to stand down from the Scottish Parliament at the next election if they fail to win a constituency seat, under a radical plan by a leadership candidate to introduce fresh blood into theContinue reading "Independence Supporting Scots Should be Rooting For Jackson Carlaw to Win the Sc...

?Facts are chiels that winna ding ? ? Voters born outwith Scotland decided th...
      Edinburgh University 2014 Referendum Analysis The biggest study of how Scotland made its historic decision on 18 September 2014 found that the votes of people born outside Scotland decided the result. 52.7 percent of native-born Scots voted “yes” but 72.1 percent of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed theContinue reading "?Facts are chiels that winna ding ” – Voters ...

Aberdeenshire West Tory MP Andrew Bowie- A Political Toady Sponging Off the ...
    Navy Veteran Bowie promoted by the Tory party as the champion of the armed forces This article brings to the attention of readers of this blog information exposing the bloody awful treatment by the Tory Party of the armed services and the abject destruction of the capability of the Royal NavyContinue reading "Aberdeenshire West Tory MP Andrew Bowie- A Political Toady Sponging Off the S...

Andrew Bowie Tory MP ? Another Political Toady Sponging Off the Scottish Taxp...
    The British Secret Services Agents are recruited from all walks of life which is at odds with a commonly held view by the public is that all employees of MI5/6 are trained to kill and then deployed to duties worldwide equipped with the assassination skills of James Bond. But the reality isContinue reading "Andrew Bowie Tory MP – Another Political Toady Sponging Off the Scottish Taxpayer...

LIst of Blue-Blooded Unionists ? many of whom in the months ahead will be act...
        LIst of Blue-Blooded Unionists – many of whom in the months ahead will be actively plotting and agitating in favour of retaining the UK. These chappies recognize no Party affiliation in regard to their fervent support of the Union.  Adam Tomkins: Conservative Glasgow Alex Johnstone: Conservative NorthContinue reading "LIst of Blue-Blooded Unionists – many of whom in the months a...

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UK Government expected to reinstate onshore wind subsidies
Onshore wind was blocked from bidding for financial support available to other forms of renewable energy in 2016

?Big risks? surround Scottish Government?s early learning and childcare roll-out
An Audit Scotland report reveals there is still a lot of work to be done and that the timescale is ?tight?

Disabled sixteen-year-olds no longer need to apply for PIP
The Scottish Government is using newly devolved benefits powers to remove the need for children to take part in disability assessments before their 16th birthdays

Scottish voters ?effectively ignored? at last general election
More than half of Scotland?s voters are not being represented by an MP they voted for

Economy committee to examine role of Scottish Development International post-...
Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee inquiry will examine the barriers stopping firms from reaching foreign markets

Boris Johnson backs Priti Patel following resignation of Home Office official
The Prime Minister said he "absolutely" had confidence in the Home Secretary, who was hit by the dramatic resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam on Saturday

Michael Russell and Stewart Stevenson to stand down
With parties beginning selection for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, the two SNP MSPs announced they would not run for selection

Professor Cathy Dwyer named chair of Scotland's new Animal Welfare Commission
The 12 members of the commission, appointed for the next four years, will provide scientific and ethical advice on matters related to animal welfare

MSPs back stage one of the Scottish Government budget
Scottish Conservative shadow finance secretary Donald Cameron criticised the Scottish Greens for backing the plans, warning co-leader Patrick Harvie had been ?played like a fiddle?

Scottish Greens call for 'McMafia order' on Donald Trump's golf course
Co-leader Patrick Harvie asked Nicola Sturgeon to seek an unexplained wealth order (UWO) from the US President, which would require him to disclose where his money comes from

Gail Ross to step down at 2021 election
She has called for the Scottish Parliament to consider allowing MSPs to vote remotely

UK Government 'not willing to consider' decriminalisation of drugs, says drug...
Ahead of a second drug summit in Glasgow, Kit Malthouse also said that safe consumption rooms are "a bit of a distraction"

Under 18s to get free bus travel in Scotland after ministers reach budget dea...
Scottish Greens agree to back budget on the condition ministers provide up to ?80m a year for young people to get free bus travel

Online child sexual abuse not being prioritised by Police Scotland, HMICS rep...
The police inspectorate has called for more allocation of Police Scotland resources into tackling online child sex abuse