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SNP HQ in row over "parachuting in" council candidate
31 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
AN SNP branch is said to be ?in meltdown? after a majority of local executive committee members resigned in protest at the party leadership allegedly trying to parachute in its preferred council election candidate.

Nicola Sturgeon to use Scotland Bill powers 'creatively and ambitiously'
1 Sep 2015 at 2:23am
Nicola Sturgeon will today set out how she plans to use new powers that are coming to Holyrood both "creatively and ambitiously".

Letters reveal Alex Salmond changed his sign-off to Prince Charles
31 Aug 2015 at 3:38am
ALEX Salmond signed himself as Prince Charles? ?most humble and obedient servant? until deciding the traditional form of words was inappropriate in a democracy.

George Osborne accused of jumping gun on Trident as he announces £500m for Fa...
30 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
The Chancellor George Osborne will fly into Faslane today to announce an extra £500 million for the home of the UK?s nuclear deterrent and accusations he is pre-empting a Commons vote on its renewal.

SNP candidate denies cheating to clinch Holyrood nomination
29 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm

RISE launches with ambitious aim to replace Labour as "main opposition to the...
29 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
Tom Gordon

'More police 'near misses' prompted Stephen House to go'
29 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
SENIOR police call centre staff have compiled a ?dossier? of potentially dangerous mistakes and ?near misses? in light of the M9 tragedy, the Scottish LibDem leader claimed last night.

Andy Burnham: 'Labour had in its psyche the need to chase mythical middle-Eng...
29 Aug 2015 at 6:10pm
ANDY Burnham is in the bunker. His campaign to become Labour leader has brought him to Edinburgh South, the party?s last Westminster seat in Scotland. He tells 100 souls at Morningside?s Cluny Church that he is their route to salvation, the ?unifier? who can bring the party together after its bruising contest and reconnect with the electorate.

Danny Alexander eyes Westminster return
29 Aug 2015 at 6:11pm
Tom Gordon

SNP has laid foundations for a better Scotland, insists Sturgeon
29 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
NICOLA Sturgeon will this week insist the SNP has laid the ?strong foundations for a stronger Scotland? when Holyrood reconvenes for its final session ahead of the 2016 election.

Dugdale's leadership bankrolled by same Labour donor who backed Murphy
29 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
KEZIA Dugdale?s leadership campaign was bankrolled by the same No supporter who funded Jim Murphy?s ill-fated rise to the top of Scottish Labour, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Civil war breaks out over SNP MSP Richard Lyle
29 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
AN SNP MSP has sparked a civil war inside his party by backing the destruction of treasured greenbelt land in the Labour marginal he hopes to win at Holyrood.

Kezia Dugdale: Opens Scottish Labour conference to ordinary members for £5
28 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
Scottish Labour has thrown open its party conference to ordinary members who can attend for just £5 and debate whatever they like.

Government adviser Adam Tomkins seeks to become a Tory MSP
28 Aug 2015 at 11:43am
ADAM Tomkins, the academic and UK Government adviser, is bidding to become an MSP.

Scottish Tories set for biggest Holyrood campaign warchest thanks to oil trad...
26 Aug 2015 at 6:06pm
THE Scottish Conservatives are set to have their biggest war-chest for any Holyrood election, estimated to top more than £1 million, thanks to the continuing largesse of Ian Taylor, the controversial oil trader and philanthropist.



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Alistair Carmichael court hearing to be broadcast live on TV
1 Sep 2015 at 6:19am

THE legal challenge to the election of former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael as the MP for Orkney and Shetland is to be televised live with the full proceedings due to be broadcast.

Smoking ban in hospital grounds attacked by MSPs
1 Sep 2015 at 6:01am

The prospect of a blanket smoking ban on all hospital grounds in Scotland has come under fire from Nationalist backbenchers who say it would infringe patients’ the “human rights.”

Gordon Brown hails first Labour leader Keir Hardie
1 Sep 2015 at 3:23am

FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown has hailed Labour’s first leader Keir Hardie, who died 100 years ago this month, as its greatest hero.

Welfare reform ?doesn?t lead to higher employment?
1 Sep 2015 at 2:44am

THERE is little evidence to justify Government claims that welfare reforms have led to more people being in work, a new study has suggested.

Scotland Bill: Sturgeon to use powers ?creatively?
1 Sep 2015 at 2:18am

NICOLA Sturgeon will today set out how she plans to use new powers that are coming to Holyrood both “creatively and ambitiously”.

Trident: Nicola Sturgeon blasts ?arrogant? Osborne
31 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon accused Chancellor George Osborne of “arrogance” yesterday after he announced more than £500 million of contracts for the Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane.

Lawyers boycott appeal court over levels of pay
31 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

DEFENCE lawyers, including those in the justice secretary’s own constituency, are threatening to boycott Scotland’s new Sheriff Appeal Court over “derisory” levels of pay.

UK-bound migrants to get better Calais camp
31 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

The EU has handed France £3.6 million to build a better camp for migrants attempting to cross to Britain.

Police officer killed by protester grenades in Ukraine
31 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

A GRENADE exploded outside Ukraine’s parliament yesterday during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer, the interior ministry said.

David Maddox: Trident a likely ?just cause? for a indyref 2
31 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

IT IS 750 years since St Thomas Aquinas began the Summa Theologica which took him almost a decade to complete and has shaped political decision making to this day.

Martyn McLaughlin: M9 crash is Matheson?s biggest test
31 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

Honeymoon is well and truly over, writes Martyn McLaughlin, and now minister faces tough questions that need straight answers

Leaders: Respite for North Sea, but Culzean is no panacea
31 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

THE North Sea oil industry has endured a tumultuous time of late, with exploration, investment and employment all on the wane. Factor in declining oil prices and questions over decommissioning costs and a bulwark of the Scottish economy has found few reasons to be cheerful.

Peter Jones: A double assault on the BBC
31 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

Both our UK and Scottish rulers have it in for the BBC, and both must be repulsed, says Peter Jones

Alex Salmond: BBC indyref coverage a ?blind spot?
31 Aug 2015 at 1:50pm

FORMER first minister Alex Salmond has said the BBC’s coverage of the referendum was a “blind spot” that he did not factor into his independence strategy.

Cross-party deal to battle global warming in Scotland
31 Aug 2015 at 10:14am

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have brokered a unique cross-party deal that will see Scottish politicians laying out detailed plans on battling global warming before next year’s election.

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The lesser of two stupids
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2015 at 4:59am
Let’s start off by losing some more friends. This site has no time for the Gaelic lobby. The obsolete language spoken by just 0.9% of Scotland’s population might be part of the nation’s “cultural heritage”, but so were burning witches and replacing Highlanders with sheep and we don’t do those any more either. Being multilingual […]

The new binary
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2015 at 5:16am
We can’t help feeling there’s a simpler way of putting that.

The angriest man in Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2015 at 8:18am
We were greatly amused to learn this morning that Professor Adam Tomkins of Glasgow University, the bad-tempered darling of the Scottish Conservatives and the only political pundit who can make Alan Cochrane of the Telegraph seem measured and thoughtful, plans to stand for election to the Scottish Parliament next May. We suspect he’ll succeed, too. […]

The journey
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2015 at 8:02am
Then: And now: Keir Hardie would, we’re sure, have glowed with pride.

War is declared, and battle come down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2015 at 6:22am
Yesterday we noted an interesting apparent shift in the BBC’s political stance with regard to Scotland. Two serving senior political reporters have made open attacks on the SNP, backed up by other media and politicians, seemingly abandoning all notions of the impartiality to which the BBC is bound by charter. (The Guardian’s hostile editorial was particularly […]

The end of pretence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2015 at 1:18pm
This is quite an extraordinary thing to have happened. But it’s not the only one. It seems a curious way to dispel SNP supporters’ belief that the BBC is biased against their party to have two of its most senior political journalists, Scottish Labour and the Guardian all openly ganging up to attack it in the […]

Many a true word
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2015 at 3:59pm
You’d put this down as a slip of the tongue, but when it came in the middle of an extended bout of bodyswerving John Mackay’s straightforward question about a referendum on Trident, maybe Kezia Dugdale really was just saying what she meant.

The sweet spot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2015 at 7:44am
Stat-pummelled readers will be glad to know that this is the last article we plan to write about the vagaries of the AMS electoral system, and how it might apply to next year’s Scottish Parliament election, for some time. This one also shouldn’t be full of tables and figures, so strap yourself in and let’s […]

The narcissism of small differences
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2015 at 7:34am
We’ve only ourselves to blame, we’d be the first to admit. When we titled yesterday’s piece “AMS for lazy people” it was pretty much an invitation for people to get us to do their research for them, and so it proved. Even as we slumped exhausted over a red-hot calculator, several readers wasted no time […]

AMS for lazy people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2015 at 12:09pm
The email we’ve had more than any other since the 8th of May is this one: “Please can you explain how the Scottish election system works, and whether it’s a good idea for me as an SNP voter to give my list vote to someone else so as to ensure the maximum number of pro-Yes MSPs […]

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Sturgeon to unveil legislation plans
31 Aug 2015 at 6:25pm
Education and welfare are expected to feature heavily when the Scottish first minister unveils her new programme for government.

Carmichael challenge to be broadcast
1 Sep 2015 at 6:29am
The legal challenge over the election of Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland will be streamed live.

A&E waiting times 'best in two years'
1 Sep 2015 at 6:31am
Waiting time performance figures for Scotland's accident and emergency (A&E) departments in July were the best in two years.

'Frustrating' wait over school funds
1 Sep 2015 at 6:11am
A delay due to funding issues with plans to build a Dalbeattie learning campus is branded "frustrating" by an education committee chairman.

Faslane deals spark Trident renewal row
31 Aug 2015 at 8:13am
Chancellor George Osborne is accused of "arrogance" after announcing more than £500m of contracts for the Royal Navy's submarine base at Faslane.

Party leaders' climate change pledge
30 Aug 2015 at 6:42pm
Leaders of Scotland's five main political parties promise to set out plans on how they will tackle climate change and reduce emissions.

Union in 'mortal danger', says Brown
30 Aug 2015 at 2:06pm
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the next 12 months could determine the long-term fate of the union between England and Scotland.

Council by-election date announced
31 Aug 2015 at 9:54am
An Aberdeenshire Council by-election to fill two councillor vacancies is to be held on 5 November.

Diabetes care 'inequality' highlighted
31 Aug 2015 at 2:00am
There is an "unacceptable inequality" in care for people with diabetes, according to charity Diabetes Scotland.

Plans for Scottish budget delayed
30 Aug 2015 at 10:21am
Details of Scottish public spending plans for next year are to be delayed by several months.

Dugdale wants to end 'control freakery'
30 Aug 2015 at 3:07am
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale calls for an end to "control freakery" at party conferences and an open debate with members.

Ambulance crews 'saving more lives'
28 Aug 2015 at 8:33am
New figures published by the Scottish Ambulance service suggest the service is saving more patients than ever before.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.

The return of standardised testing?
31 Aug 2015 at 6:28pm
The Scottish government is set to give more details on plans to raise school attainment

What is happening at Holyrood?
31 Aug 2015 at 6:35pm
Why is this parliamentary year particularly important?

Scot Goes pop

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George Osborne has a very special treat for Scotland
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2015 at 10:46am

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

This door needs a good scrub, not an alternative voting system
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2015 at 2:58am

As you can see from this photo I took this morning in northern Italy, the No 2 AV campaign still ...

Why build another wall? Oh why build another wa-all?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2015 at 1:51am

I travelled through Calais yesterday.  At first it looked much the same as ever, but it soon beca...

What a relief to get away from Scotland and all that "narrow nationalism"
by James Kelly
29 Aug 2015 at 2:04am
London Victoria station this morning...

Joining us now is North Britain's most impartial Tory
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2015 at 6:02am

Spare a thought today for the media.  It was stretching credulity for them to wheel out Adam "IT'...

A few Edinburgh Fringe mini-reviews
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 9:44pm
I'm a bit late with these, but the Fringe still has a few days to run, so maybe they'll be of som...

No, I don't think the Greens are "evil", or that they shouldn't exist
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 4:08pm

Thanks to Morag (Rolfe) for pointing me in the direction of a fan letter from someone calling the...

This is your conductor speaking
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 7:55am

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard the 2130 ScotRail shuttle service from Glasgo...

Daisley, the neocon link list, and the 1967 "liberation" of East Jerusalem
by James Kelly
24 Aug 2015 at 8:05pm
As a small addendum to the previous post, I've just noticed somebody on Twitter pointing out that...

Stephen Daisley and Israel
by James Kelly
24 Aug 2015 at 11:37am
It's hard to miss the fact that Israel is something of a preoccupation for STV's online columnist...

Military to Corbyn : Don't apologise, it'll mean we did something wrong
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2015 at 7:39am

Colonel Richard Kemp is turning purple at the thought of the next Labour leader issuing a formal ...

Why Labour will probably split unless Corbyn is deposed
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2015 at 12:06pm

There's an article at Open Democracy from the Scottish Green activist Gabriel Neil, outlining his...

The average British voter is older than you might think
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2015 at 5:39pm
This is a true pedant's post, but I think it's an interesting point all the same.  In an article ...

Being seen to rig the election against Corbyn is as bad as being seen to depo...
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2015 at 8:34am
I said the other night that the Daily Record's declaration for Jeremy Corbyn would only cause a h...

As one door opens for the Daily Record, another door slams shut
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2015 at 7:47pm
You can see why the Daily Record editorial team probably reckon their unexpected declaration of s...

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Scottish A&E waiting times 'best in two years'
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EU referendum: Watchdog urges changes to question
1 Sep 2015 at 6:24am
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Election Court hearing of Alistair Carmichael to be broadcast live
1 Sep 2015 at 5:46am
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Did anyone see the Lunar Rainbow (Moonbow) on Saturday night?
1 Sep 2015 at 5:09am

Hey guys, I was camping up North (just South West of Inverness) with a few mates for the whole we...

What Scottish things do you hate?
1 Sep 2015 at 4:52am
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If you want to get a message across in Scotland..
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S(cottish s)cientists promise ice cream that doesn't melt
31 Aug 2015 at 8:37pm
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Still Game Series 4 & 5 have been added to Netflix
31 Aug 2015 at 6:11pm
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(Canadian) Can I ask you Scots some questions?
31 Aug 2015 at 6:11pm

Hi, I'm Canadian and I was just curious on some of your views on things. I know all people have d...

Dear r/Scotland I'd like to know more about your cats!
31 Aug 2015 at 5:59pm

I'm a Norwegian student studying in the UK, and for my bachelor dissertation I'm trying to find o...

I made a video of the sheer amount of shite I have to put up with when my mat...
31 Aug 2015 at 4:56pm
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Quarrelling is taboo
31 Aug 2015 at 4:18pm
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Im a SNP Cllr and I'm getting a kidney operation tomorrow. In hospital the no...
31 Aug 2015 at 3:48pm

So I'm doing an AMA here and in /r/iama I'm bored basically, and to take my mind off the large tu...

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31 Aug 2015 at 12:27pm
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Old Man of Storr Drone Footage
31 Aug 2015 at 12:14pm

Did anyone on here take drone footage of the Old Man of Storr on 24 August? It was flying right a...

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M9 crash scandal: SNP accused of stalling over release of report into police ...
by Record Reporter
1 Sep 2015 at 5:21am

 THE Justice Secretary will sit on the report for nine days before revealing its contents at...

It's a smokescreen: North Sea unions blast chancellor George Osborne over app...
by Gary Cruden
1 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

 GEORGE Osborne boasted of a £3billion investment would create 400 jobs and support 6000 oth...

Record View: Just call George the Chancer of the Exchequer
by Record View
1 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

 RECORD VIEW was less than impressed with George Osborne's 'illusory politics' on his trip u...

Killing Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair could have triggered sectarian warfare on Scot...
by Paul O'Hare
31 Aug 2015 at 5:00pm

 POLICE say the consequences of failing to prevent the assassination of the ex-Loyalist chie...

BBC considers itself 'unionist institution' and is guilty of IndyRef propagan...
by Mark McLaughlin
31 Aug 2015 at 12:31pm

 PAUL MASON worked on Newsnight before moving on to Channel 4 news and says the BBC is run b...

George Osborne confirms £500m Faslane investment to boost jobs on the Clyde
by Lucy Christie
31 Aug 2015 at 6:51am
THE chancellor visited Faslane to announce the 10-year programme of work which is set to begin in...

SNP slam Tory plan to spend £500m on Faslane nuke subs while Scots on benefit...
by Torcuil Crichton
31 Aug 2015 at 3:14am

 GEORGE Osborne's decision to spend £500m has been branded 'indefensible' by the SNP despite...

Kezia Dugdale: Splash the cash to help our poorest kids, Nicola
by Kezia Dugdale
30 Aug 2015 at 1:30pm

 KEZIA wants the first minister to not pass up the opportunity to bridge the gap between the...

Patrick Harvie: There's not enough scrutiny, not enough rebels and too many p...
by Patrick Harvie
30 Aug 2015 at 7:55am

 PATRICK believes that there is work needing done to Holyrood committees in the Scottish Par...

Kezia's cull: Labour get ready to root out party deadwood to make way for fre...
by Mark Aitken
30 Aug 2015 at 6:48am
THE Labour has agreed to a policy of NO protected places and a fair split of men and women in a H...

Jeremy Corbyn: Keir Hardie's anti-war stance still resonates in the UK today
30 Aug 2015 at 5:32am
THE favourite to be named Labour leader paid tribute to the pacifism of the party's first ever MP...

New left-wing coalition RISE vow to become main opposition to SNP at Holyrood
by Mark Aitken
30 Aug 2015 at 5:09am

 THE coalition, made up of Radical Independence Campaign and the Scottish Socialist Party, i...

Gerry Hassan: The party's just begun - here's how it can RISE up to find a vo...
by Gerry Hassan
29 Aug 2015 at 6:01pm

 RISE will have to go with the grain of how Scotland likes to see itself and at the same tim...

'Jeremy Corbyn is offering an Oasis of hope' says music mogul who backed Tony...
by Mark McGivern
29 Aug 2015 at 3:10am

 ALAN McGEE, who discovered Britpop super group Oasis, believes Corbyn could be the antidote...

Former Conservative MP Teresa Gorman who helped to bring down John Major's go...
by Record Reporter
28 Aug 2015 at 10:24am
THE former Tory MP for Billericay had recently switch allegiance to UKIP for the last general ele...

Derek Bateman

Rise! Rise!
by derekbateman1
24 Aug 2015 at 7:28am
Scotland doesn?t need another party of the Left ? it needs a real party of the Right. The left-of-centre field is getting mighty cluttered with those claiming they can out radical each other but we don?t even have a single ambitious party of the right worthy of the name. The Scottish Conservatives aren?t so much […]

Over to you, Nick
by derekbateman1
21 Aug 2015 at 5:15am
I do not share doubts about the journalistic integrity of a former student Conservative who became political editor of the BBC. You?re unlikely to get any job in journalism unless you have strong views and ideas and it is inevitable that opinion leads to preference, Tory or otherwise. (I got my own first job at […]

Nurse! Nurse!
by derekbateman1
20 Aug 2015 at 3:54am
I?ve got Corbynitis from the bug that?s been sweeping the country and I?m getting inoculated with a Sturgeon serum. It doesn?t eradicate it but it confuses the genes so they don?t know which parts of the immune system to attack. I find it gratifying that an old campaigner from the 80?s can still be relevant […]

The Public Eye
by derekbateman1
14 Aug 2015 at 4:10am
I?ve taken an antsi view of two issues today ? it?s not like me at all? You probably get a queasy feeling about cronyism and corruption and how people in the know get the ear of ministers. It?s an insidious business and yet it doesn?t need to be, so long as all the information is […]

Heid the Ba?
by derekbateman1
11 Aug 2015 at 10:34am
Celtic had lost a big match they were expected to win and Jock Stein was in volcanic mood. The disgraced players turned up next day for training to hear Stein was still brooding in his office. They nominated the great McNeill, the captain, to confront him. He knocked quietly, peered fearfully round the door and […]

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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Hurtling Backwards
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2015 at 1:21am
As Jackson Carlaw and his Dept of Cultural Self Hatred descend into a cacophony of anti-gaelic bile here’s that vile separatist, er, Deputy Transport Minister Lewis Macdonald announcing gaelic road signs back in 2003. The initiative was celebrated by that well-known Cultural Cybernat, Mike Watson, then Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport who said: “I believe that this will […]

Unity in Diversity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Aug 2015 at 7:51am
On Saturday the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow played host to the launch of RISE, a new electoral alliance aiming to deliver socialist representation in the Scottish Parliament from 2016. The event brought around 500 people from across the left-wing spectrum together in one room and was described by Colin Fox as the start of ?the […]

#indyref discourse highlighted sexism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Aug 2015 at 5:23pm
I was delighted, and genuinely surprised, to be announced the winner of the inaugural Write to End Violence Against Women Awards in 2013. Since then, Scotland has witnessed a dramatic shift in its political landscape, including some devastating critiques of mainstream media. Civic Scotland dusted off its ideas and flexed its debating muscles as the […]

Mark Thomas in Edinburgh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Aug 2015 at 4:14pm
Mark Thomas : Trespass Work in Progress Trespass carries on from where Mark?s previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off. Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930s were here now what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our […]

Anti-Austerity / Pro-Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Aug 2015 at 1:05pm
Cat Boyd previews the launch of RISE in Glasgow …

Ultimo Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Aug 2015 at 6:46pm
‘Our’ governing institutions are now stuffed with Moat-cleaners, lackeys, toadies and lickspittle has-beens. Welcome Michelle Mone, Lord Hague, failed Liberals, spads and donors: the patronage class. You can lose your seat at an election by over ten thousand votes and get knighted for it in the Motherfucker of all Parliaments. This is Ultimo Democracy, and nobody’s […]

The Sociology of the National Cringe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Aug 2015 at 3:57am
The Personal and the Social: the debate on Scots in leadership positions needs a sociological perspective. Liz Lochhead and Alasdair Gray have been subject to predictable abuse for raising the question of the number of Scots in leadership positions in the arts. Others have met the same response for questioning the social class background of elites […]

The McColm Principle
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2015 at 2:24pm
The Scottish media are struggling. The Scotsman illustrated their article about RISE with a photo of Tommy Sheridan (who has nothing to do with it). On Monday evening Sarah Smith had sneered through a piece about the RISE launch saying to guest Lynsey Bews (Press Association): “Is there room for the far-left in Scotland, they […]

MoodieVision: For Illustrative Purposes Only
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2015 at 5:55am
Series 2 Episode 6 of MoodieVision animation: For Illustrative Purposes Only The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compilation of mainly post-referendum cartoons from Bella Caledonia and The National and charts the run-up to the 2015 General Election. This 132-page colour-explosion is a large-format 297 x 297 cm […]

The Case for Nationalising Oil
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2015 at 3:23am
For the Holyrood elections the left should focus on what is achievable within the confines of devolution but point to what could be achieved across the UK and within independence. Taxation powers now allow a full implementation of a local income tax. A progressive income tax could raise a further ?2 billion a year in […]

Scotland and Independence

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New left-wing pro-independence party RISE aims to challenge SNP -
29 Aug 2015 at 7:06am

New left-wing pro-independence party RISE aims to challenge SNP
Hundreds of activists from across Scotland have attended the launch of a new pro-independence political party. It will be called RISE, which stands for Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism, and plans to have candidates standing in the ...
What is happening on the first day of the new Holyrood year?BBC News
RISE, Scots left-wing electoral alliance, launchesScotsman
Democracy is alive and well in the Labour PartyHerald Scotland
The Market Oracle
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New Scottish independence party to field Holyrood candidates - Scotsman
10 Aug 2015 at 12:50pm


New Scottish independence party to field Holyrood candidates
While the SNP continues to support independence the issue has not been included in the draft agenda for the party's October conference, while leader Nicola Sturgeon argues there would have to be a significant change in Scotland's political ...
Can the next Scottish Labour leader rebuild the party's fortunes?BBC News

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Crime writer Val McDermid says it is 'a matter of time' until Scottish ... - ...
27 Aug 2015 at 4:17pm

Financial Times

Crime writer Val McDermid says it is 'a matter of time' until Scottish ...
The Courier
Ms Sturgeon described the author's declaration of support for independence as "one of her favourite moments" in the campaign. She went on to ask if Ms McDermid still believes Scotland will eventually leave the United Kingdom. Ms McDermid said: "I think so.
Scottish National party call for federal BBC causes alarmFinancial Times
Nicola Sturgeon demands new Scottish BBC TV
Nicola Sturgeon to call for radical change of the BBC and how it broadcasts in ...Scottish Daily Record...

Is the SNP about to split as a new Scottish Independence Party is formed? - T...
11 Aug 2015 at 7:07am

Is the SNP about to split as a new Scottish Independence Party is formed?
Despite its faltering start, it did attract the attention of SNP headquarters who were quick to dismiss its claims that another Scottish independence referendum was completely off the agenda. An SNP spokesman told the Evening Express: ?The latest ...
The sudden rise and fall of the Scottish Independence PartyCommonSpace
John Bercow: clapping could be permitted in the (blog)
Bill Jamieson: SNP bandwagon faces bumpy rideScotsman

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2nd independence referendum ?inevitable? - Allard - Scotsman
28 Aug 2015 at 7:37am


2nd independence referendum ?inevitable? - Allard
... by the austerity agenda of this Westminster government, to highlight the fact that the vow promising, home rule, devo max and near federalism has been broken and for us all to prepare for campaigning in a second independence referendum for Scotland.?.

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Alex Salmond pardon call for independence pioneer - Scotsman
24 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm


Alex Salmond pardon call for independence pioneer
?The exploits of Muir, a pioneer of democratic political reform and Scottish independence, are recognised in the monument at Old Calton Cemetery,? he said. ?However, the trumped up charge by the notorious Lord Braxfield of 'unconscious sedition' still ...
Alex Salmond calls for Thomas Muir pardon as events get under way to mark ...CommonSpace

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Scottish nationalism is just not worth the bother - Financial Times
19 Aug 2015 at 7:04am

Scottish nationalism is just not worth the bother
Financial Times
There has been much discussion among those opposed to Scots independence about a vision of British unionism that could match the ferocious passion of Scots nationalism. But no such vision exists. Nationalism, compounded of attachment to ? in different ...

Alex Salmond: Nick Robinson referendum coverage was a 'disgrace' - Telegraph....
24 Aug 2015 at 3:21pm

Irish Independent

Alex Salmond: Nick Robinson referendum coverage was a 'disgrace'
Alex Salmond has said Nick Robinson should be ?embarrassed and ashamed? of his coverage of the Scottish independence referendum as he hit back at the outgoing BBC political editor's attack on the ?Putin?-like treatment journalists received at the hands ...
Alex Salmond brands BBC Scottish independence referendum coverage a 'disgrace'Irish Independent
Alex Salmond compares BBC's Scottish independence coverage to propaganda in
Alex Salmond blasts BBC Scottish independence coverage afte...

BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum - RT
21 Aug 2015 at 11:05am


BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum
Thousands of pro-independence Scots rallied outside the BBC's Glasgow headquarters to demand Robinson's resignation last year after the journalist clashed with former first minister Alex Salmond during a press conference over the possible relocation of ...
Nick Robinson compares independence supporters' BBC protest to ?Putin's Russia?The Courier
Nick Robinson says the pro independence protests at his journalism belong in ...Scottish Daily Record

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Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK - RT
2 Aug 2015 at 12:07pm


Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK
Hundreds of pro-independence protesters marched through central Glasgow on Saturday to demand a second Scottish referendum. The demonstration followed a route through the city center to the sound of bagpipes and shouts of ?Independence now!
Scottish independence-backers stage Glasgow marchScotsman
Scottish independence supporters stage Glasgow
Independence supporters stage Glasgow rallyBBC News

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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Trident is too important to be used for bank holiday political football - The...
1 Sep 2015 at 6:46am

The Guardian

Trident is too important to be used for bank holiday political football
The Guardian
But that perspective is deeply divisive in Scotland, where assorted SNP, Labour, Green and other parties are actively hostile to everything Trident stands for. In the 25 years since the Cold War ended, deterrence theory and practice has been neglected, ...

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Kezia Dugdale shows why only Corbyn can save the Union - Yahoo News UK
1 Sep 2015 at 6:21am

Yahoo News UK

Kezia Dugdale shows why only Corbyn can save the Union
Yahoo News UK
The irony is that Dugdale's inability to communicate comes amid continued evidence of failures by the SNP government in Holyrood. The number of Scottish pupils performing 'well' or 'very well' is in decline. Class sizes are growing steadily, despite a ...

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Osborne's £500m Trident nukes pledge 'arrogant in extreme' ? Sturgeon - RT
1 Sep 2015 at 5:53am


Osborne's £500m Trident nukes pledge 'arrogant in extreme' ? Sturgeon
The SNP's Westminster defense spokesman Brendan O'Hara echoed Sturgeon's view in a blog on the party's website. ?With the UK government facing a United Nations probe over its cuts to support for disabled people, George Osborne has his priorities all ...

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Nicola Sturgeon fails to disclose Rupert Murdoch meeting -
1 Sep 2015 at 5:50am

Nicola Sturgeon fails to disclose Rupert Murdoch meeting
The Scottish edition of the Sun offered strong support to the SNP at the recent election, despite the UK edition being extremely hostile to the Nationalists. However, Mr Murdoch pulled back from allowing the tabloid to support independence during last ...

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SNP's former justice minister claims 45p expenses for ONE-MILE journey - Dail...
1 Sep 2015 at 5:35am

Daily Mail

SNP's former justice minister claims 45p expenses for ONE-MILE journey
Daily Mail
The SNP's former justice secretary claimed 45p-a-time from the taxpayer for driving just a single mile to and from work. Kenny Macaskill lodged six separate receipts for mile-long travel provisions under the Scottish Government expenses scheme which ...

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M9 crash scandal: SNP accused of stalling over release of report into police ...
1 Sep 2015 at 5:23am

Scottish Daily Record

M9 crash scandal: SNP accused of stalling over release of report into police ...
Scottish Daily Record
M9 crash scandal: SNP accused of stalling over release of report into police failings. 11:21, 1 September 2015; By Record Reporter. THE Justice Secretary will sit on the report for nine days before revealing its contents at Holyrood but Labour argue ...

George Osborne's Trident move 'too clever by half' -
1 Sep 2015 at 4:50am

George Osborne's Trident move 'too clever by half'
In what is aimed to be double whammy he is seeking to further embarrass Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing and largely unilateralist supporters, when most Labour MPs still support the British deterrent, as well the SNP which whilst anti Trident still hasn't ...

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SNP HQ in row over candidate for Loch Ness seat - Inverness Courier
1 Sep 2015 at 4:36am

Inverness Courier

SNP HQ in row over candidate for Loch Ness seat
Inverness Courier
The source of the emails said: "Six of the ten members of the SNP Loch Ness Branch Executive Committee have resigned in protest after Drew Hendry MP has directed Maxine Smith, SNP Highland Council Group Leader, to make sure their own choice of ...

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5pm: Members' Business: Promoting sustainable GP recruitment - BBC News
1 Sep 2015 at 4:32am

5pm: Members' Business: Promoting sustainable GP recruitment
BBC News
SNP MSP Clare Adamson will ask how many people in Scotland died between December 2011 and February 2014 shortly after a work capability assessment found them fit for work. Finally Labour MSP Sarah Boyack will ask about the ongoing pay dispute at ...

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Scottish Government overturns 'more than half' of planning decisions - Scotti...
1 Sep 2015 at 4:32am

Scottish Government overturns 'more than half' of planning decisions
Scottish Construction Now
That means applicants who refuse to accept the decision of councillors have been sided with on 53 per cent of occasions by ministers, compared to 41 per cent when the SNP came to power in 2007 and 32 per cent in 1999. Among the decisions appealed to ...

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

BBC creates new Scotland editor role as referendum ramifications rumble on - ...
28 Aug 2015 at 3:49am

The Drum

BBC creates new Scotland editor role as referendum ramifications rumble on
The Drum
The BBC has announced that it is to create a new post of Scotland editor in the wake of criticism by some nationalists of its referendum coverage, most notably first minister Nicola Sturgeon. The post, which has still to be advertised, will see the ...

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2nd independence referendum ?inevitable? - Allard - Scotsman
28 Aug 2015 at 7:37am


2nd independence referendum ?inevitable? - Allard
A SNP spokesman said:?The timing of any future referendum is a matter for the people of Scotland to decide ? the people, not politicians, are in charge. But if there is another referendum then the SNP will certainly be prepared for it, which is all ...

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace' - ...
24 Aug 2015 at 3:40am

BBC News

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace'
BBC News
"The BBC's coverage of the Scottish referendum was a disgrace. "It can be shown to be so, as was Nick's own reporting of which he should be both embarrassed and ashamed." A BBC spokesperson said: "As we said at the time, we believe our coverage of ...
Alex Salmond claims Nick Robinson should be 'ashamed' as he condemns BBC's ...The Independent
Alex Salmond hits back at Nick Robinson and brands the BBC's Scottish ...The Drum
Alex Salmond brands BBC referendum coverage 'disgrace'
Herald Sco...

BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum - RT
21 Aug 2015 at 11:05am


BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum
Robinson, who will soon leave BBC News to join Radio 4's Today program, was accused of having a pro-union bias during his coverage of the Scottish independence referendum last September. Thousands of pro-independence Scots rallied outside the ...
Nick Robinson likens BBC Scottish referendum protest to Putin's RussiaThe Drum
Nick Robinson condemns Putin-like protests against referendum
Robinson rounds on Scottish vote 'bullies'The Times (subscription)

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EU vote could lead to snap independence referendum, says Martyn Day -
5 Aug 2015 at 9:10am

EU vote could lead to snap independence referendum, says Martyn Day
A snap referendum on Scottish independence could be called if the vote on the UK's future in Europe is divisive, an SNP MP has said. Martyn Day, who won the Linlithgow and East Falkirk seat in May, said the referendum on European Union (EU) ...
Second referendum 'could be called over EU vote'Scotsman

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Gerry Hassan: A second independence referendum is not on the cards unless it ...
8 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scottish Daily Record

Gerry Hassan: A second independence referendum is not on the cards unless it ...
Scottish Daily Record
There is talk of a second referendum, of the SNP returning to it in 2016, or of a conditional clause in next year's SNP manifesto, predicated on an EU withdrawal vote in England which clashes with Scotland's popular will. These are tumultuous times ...

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Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK - RT
2 Aug 2015 at 12:07pm


Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK
Hundreds of pro-independence protesters marched through central Glasgow on Saturday to demand a second Scottish referendum. The demonstration followed a route through the city center to the sound of bagpipes and shouts of ?Independence now!
Scottish referendum could be lesson in political engagement for Hong Kong ...South China Morning Post (subscription)

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Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn: There's shouldn't be another ... - Sco...
14 Aug 2015 at 2:04am

Scottish Daily Record

Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn: There's shouldn't be another ...
Scottish Daily Record
THE bookies favourite to become the next Labour leader has sated his belief that there shouldn't be another independence referendum. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Pinterest. Taking this survey will help to keep the Daily Record's online news free for all ...

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English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown - Reuters UK
30 Aug 2015 at 2:34pm

Reuters UK

English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown
Reuters UK
Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent to maintain their 308 year-old union with the England in a 2014 referendum. But since that vote support for the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) has surged, helping the SNP win almost every British ...
Gordon Brown: Tories stoking 'dangerous' English
If Scotland goes, it's the Tories faultNew Europe

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EU referendum: Wording of question in poll revealed by elections watchdog - E...
1 Sep 2015 at 5:20am

BBC News

EU referendum: Wording of question in poll revealed by elections watchdog
Evening Standard
The shift in thinking follows criticism of the wording of the Scottish independence referendum, when Alex Salmond was given approval to ask people to say yes or no to an independent Scotland, a question which was seen to favour the unsuccessful Yes ...
EU referendum: Watchdog urges changes to questionBBC News
EU Referendum: David Cameron under pressure to change question to avoid biasThe Independent
Cameron ditches Yes/No question plan for UK EU referendumHerald Scotland
Eagle Radio -World Trademark...

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Donald Trump: second Scottish independence vote would be 'crazy'
by Ben Quinn
31 Aug 2015 at 3:24pm

US Republican candidate believes Scotland is better being part of the United Kingdom

He?s currently preoccupied by his battle for popularity against other candidates seeking the US Republican presidential nomination, yet Donald Trump has still found time to advise prime minister David Cameron on S...

Faslane move is first in Tory plot to frame 'peacenik' Corbyn
by Andrew Sparrow Political correspondent
31 Aug 2015 at 1:39pm

George Osborne?s announcement of investment in nuclear base is made with eye on 2020 general election

For most ordinary people, the British summer traditionally comes to an end with a rain-soaked bank holiday. For the Westminster political class, a signed article by a cabinet minister in a nationa...

George Osborne making 'wrong moral choice' on nuclear weapons
by Severin Carrell and Frances Perraudin
31 Aug 2015 at 5:00am

Scotland?s deputy first minister accuses chancellor of jumping gun by announcing extra £500m for Trident base

Scotland?s deputy first minister has accused George Osborne of making ?the wrong moral choice? on nuclear weapons after the chancellor announced £500m of extra spending at the Trident subm...

Gordon Brown: government's English nationalism could split the union
by Frances Perraudin
30 Aug 2015 at 12:40pm

Former Labour prime minister accuses David Cameron of dividing the country

Gordon Brown has accused the government of stoking a ?dangerous and insidious? English nationalism that is putting the union between England and Scotland in ?mortal danger?.

Speaking at the Edinburgh book festival, the form...

Prince Charles's black spider memos show lobbying of Alex Salmond
by Mark Tran
30 Aug 2015 at 11:19am

Prince asked first minister to appoint experts to help his food brand develop low-carbon systems, and lobbied for funding for castle renovation

Prince Charles privately lobbied Alex Salmond, Scotland?s former first minister, to give money to his own Highland food brand, a stately home and other ol...

Sir Stephen House was not the figurehead Police Scotland needed | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
28 Aug 2015 at 10:30am
Police Scotland can still be a civic success story. But House?s replacement must learn from his mistakes to win back public confidence

As they say in Scotland, Sir Stephen House?s ?jacket has been on a shoogly nail? for some time.

The first chief constable of a two-year-old national police force in...

Police Scotland chief to step down early after series of controversies
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Aug 2015 at 6:18am

Sir Stephen House gives three months? notice of his resignation following criticism over Lamara Bell?s death and policy on armed officers

Sir Stephen House is to step down early as chief constable of Scotland after facing growing calls to resign following a series of policing failures and controve...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on BBC to put forward bold proposal for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scotland?s first minister warns the BBC it will lose the trust of Scottish viewers unless it takes ?bold action? as part of charter renewal

Nicola Sturgeon is to call for the BBC to be reorganised around a new federal structure, with new dedicated TV and radio services for Scotland as part of its ...

The EU referendum won?t be decided on the Eurostar but in the pub
by Rafael Behr
25 Aug 2015 at 2:17pm
Eurosceptics are quick to articulate their grievances. To win the argument, yes voters must be as fluent

Less than a year has passed since Better Together accomplished its mission to keep Scotland in the union, yet the three parties that worked on the project have largely disowned it. Electoral su...

The Guardian view on Alex Salmond versus Nick Robinson: political not persona...
by Editorial
25 Aug 2015 at 1:50pm
The revived argument about BBC reporting of Scotland?s referendum campaign raises much bigger issues than a clash between two big male beasts of the political jungle

At the height of the Scottish referendum campaign, the then first minister Alex Salmond had a heated argument with the BBC?s politic...

Val McDermid: 'I'm working class ? I wouldn't be able to go to Oxford now'
by Hannah Ellis-Petersen
25 Aug 2015 at 10:49am

The titan of tartan noir talks about misogynistic trolls, Scottish independence and why this government is taking Britain back to Victorian levels of inequality

Val McDermid is standing in St Cuthbert?s graveyard in Edinburgh, surveying the weathered tombs without much enthusiasm. This interview v...

The BBC must resist Alex Salmond's attempt to control its coverage
by Nick Robinson
24 Aug 2015 at 12:22pm

The former first minister has joined a long tradition of politicians alleging bias ? but there are are much more important debates to be had about broadcasting

Control. That, in a word, is what politicians have so often craved to have when it comes to the BBC. In the heat of battle, when their blo...

BBC's Nick Robinson heats up row with SNP's Alex Salmond
by Jane Martinson
24 Aug 2015 at 12:22pm

BBC journalist hits back at SNP MP?s claims that reporting of Scottish independence campaign was ?Pravda-like? propaganda

The BBC?s outgoing political editor Nick Robinson has accused Alex Salmond, former leader of the Scottish National party, of trying to control the broadcaster, as the war of wo...

'A disgrace': BBC condemned by Alex Salmond for referendum coverage
by Kevin Rawlinson
23 Aug 2015 at 6:19pm

Former first minister claims Nick Robinson ?should be both embarrassed and ashamed? for his reporting during campaign

Alex Salmond has described the BBC?s coverage of the Scottish independence referendum as a disgrace, as he hit back at outgoing political editor Nick Robinson?s attack on ?Putin-li...

Nicola Sturgeon must try harder to kill off elitism in Scotland?s schools | K...
by Kevin McKenna
22 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
Since devolution, Scotland has had an unbroken pattern of left-of-centre government ? yet unearned social advantage runs through our education system

For a moment or two last week, it was possible to imagine that Scotland will soon be setting the global gold standard on raising attainment levels f...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Down the rabbit hole with Tony
by weegingerdug
30 Aug 2015 at 1:26pm
Tony Blair is so worried about Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership election that he’s speaking out against it for free. Or more exactly he’s speaking out against it in the hope that he can remain free. If Jezza wins the leadership election and then becomes Prime Minister, Tony might be swapping his smart suits […]

The ignorocracy of a shrivelled balloon
by weegingerdug
29 Aug 2015 at 10:55am
We need to calm down about the BBC. Scotland voted no, and that means that the people of Scotland surrendered all and any right to input on our devolution settlement. We will get what we’re given and should tug our forelocks like good North Britons, and go and be grateful that Edinburgh Castle has been […]

Get tae
by weegingerdug
27 Aug 2015 at 7:15am
Scotland’s over-abundance of right wing commentators have reacted predictably to suggestions from Nicola Sturgeon that the BBC should be federalised and Scotland gain its own dedicated English language TV channel. Some have stated proud-Scotly that they don’t want the BBC to become any more Scottish, wearing their cultural cringe and ignorance on their sleeves like […]

The unbearable snideness of Iain
by weegingerdug
25 Aug 2015 at 2:35pm
Once upon a time, there was a discredited Tory leader. There’s been a fair few of those. This one had led his party to electoral humiliation at the hands of Tony Blair’s New Labour, and his lack of leadership skills, his insensitivity and tin ear, his gross incompetence, and his inability to distinguish truth from […]

The Tories are fucking bastards
by weegingerdug
22 Aug 2015 at 7:34pm
The Sunday Herald has reported that Benefits Agency staff are now being given special training so that they know what to say when a claimant threatens suicide. The social security system, the safety net that is supposed to supply the basic needs of citizens who have nowhere else to turn, is killing people. Think about […]

The Nick Robinson show
by weegingerdug
21 Aug 2015 at 7:09am
The British establishment media is parochial and provincial, narra-nebbit and noxious. Living entirely inside a wee anglophone bubble in London, many, if not most, of its denizens speak only two languages – English and Troll – and I’m not too sure about their command of English. BBC political editor Nick Robinson would disagree however, he […]

One party in a state
by weegingerdug
20 Aug 2015 at 7:25am
According to complaints voiced regularly by the surprisingly large number of right wing Unionist commentators which a left leaning country produces, Scotland is now a one party state. The overwhelming dominance of the SNP, which is currently crushing all the other parties the opinion polls, means that Scotland has no effective opposition. This is of […]

Jezza the Unionist
by weegingerdug
18 Aug 2015 at 2:45pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s leading role in the Labour leadership campaign is to be welcomed. He’s showing a discredited and directionless party that it is possible for them to rediscover their soul and regain their purpose. But for Scotland his message is a lot more mixed. Jeremy Corbyn says he isn’t a Unionist, he’s a socialist. Like […]

Gordie Broon, the popular expert on popularity
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2015 at 11:25am
Gordie Broon has been intervening again. Gordie’s always intervening in something or other, possibly in atonement for the fact he could never be arsed to intervene in the affairs of his own constituency when he was MP for Kirkcaldy. The Labour party is currently at such a low ebb that it’s been reduced to taking […]

Fresh starts and an Atlantic of tears
by weegingerdug
15 Aug 2015 at 9:59am
Congratulations are in order to Kezia Dugdale on her election as branch manager of the Labour party in Scotland. So let’s congratulate her in the inimitable style of her own tweets. Well done Kezia, it’s just a shame that your party’s life is made really difficult by the SNP. Former deputy to the previous leader […]

Holyrood Magazine


Scottish politics: the last year in review
by Liam.Kirkaldy
1 Sep 2015 at 4:53am

Alistair Carmichael legal challenge will be broadcast live
by Alan.Robertson
1 Sep 2015 at 6:14am

Tony Blair must answer over Gaddafi links, says SNP
by Liam.Kirkaldy
31 Aug 2015 at 10:47am

Book review: The Whitehall Effect by John Seddon
by Liam.Kirkaldy
31 Aug 2015 at 4:08am

Labour launch review of Police Scotland
by Liam.Kirkaldy
31 Aug 2015 at 2:40am

Interview: Nicola Sturgeon on the last year in Scottish politics
by Liam.Kirkaldy
27 Aug 2015 at 10:57pm

Why is independent adjudication for education disputes being hidden?
by Tom.Freeman
28 Aug 2015 at 10:13am

Nicola Sturgeon says BBC should be federalised
by Tom.Freeman
27 Aug 2015 at 3:00am

Debate needed on police officer numbers, urges new Scottish Police Authority ...
by Alan.Robertson
27 Aug 2015 at 3:02am

Sir Stephen House to stand down as Police Scotland chief constable
by Alan.Robertson
27 Aug 2015 at 5:34am

Pie and Bovril forum

Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

1 Sep 2015 at 5:27am
Probably best on here rather than GN given previous conversations. Degree classification - no one cares.

Well, maybe they do but not as much as they used to.

The Scotsman
31 Aug 2015 at 5:04am

Here's an article from the Scotsman, perfectly illustrating why it's sales are plummeting faster than a whale shite.  Look at this abject SHITE....:


Failure is dressed up as success in an insi...

DWP statistics on claimants dying
28 Aug 2015 at 3:03am

I'm sure the usual suspects on here will try to say there is no link between benefits being stopped and people dying within 14 days, I'm sure most people with a brain will see IDS for the utterly callous c**t he is...

List of 45 new peerages
27 Aug 2015 at 7:15am

Gaze at your superiors, serfs.


Nominations from the Leader of the Conservative Party

James Arbuthnot – former MP for North East Hampshire and Front Bench Minister Rt Hon Gregory Barker – former MP for Bexhill and Battle and former Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Chan...

In the Lebanon
25 Aug 2015 at 1:03pm
Anti Government protests in Beirut ongoing, not getting much coverage wouldn't be surprised if it ended in many deaths with both sides blaming each other.

Chinese economic slowdown
24 Aug 2015 at 4:17am

The Chinese stockmarket is down 8% this morning, it's down about 30% over the last few months.  While economic growth remains strong (depsite some observers doubts about official forecasts) even the threat of a slowdown has huge implications for WEstern economies.  China is a massive consumer of ...

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
23 Aug 2015 at 2:43pm

SCOTLAND’S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

Iranian separatists
23 Aug 2015 at 11:02am

The British Embassy in Iran has reopened with 'Death to England ' graffiti.
The SNP must stamp this filth out immediately.

By election updates
22 Aug 2015 at 8:17am
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country.

I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

The Next P&B election
21 Aug 2015 at 8:54am

When is the next P&B election?

I smell shiiiiiiiiiiite.....
21 Aug 2015 at 2:57am

If you were going to try and "smear" a politican surely you would aim a bit higher up the pecking order? They must have hacked her credit card details as well...


Jackie Baillie to lead Labour attack on the SNP
19 Aug 2015 at 4:55am

One of Slab's biggest liars to be given the opportunity to make an even larger arse of herself.


Jackie Baillie to lead Labour attack on the SNP  

FORMER social justice min...

Defence - who defends Scotland?
17 Aug 2015 at 12:34pm
Well I see the numbers are declining to just over 9000 personnel.


Marie Rimmer MP to appear back in Court
17 Aug 2015 at 4:07am

The case should never have collapsed, but she's due back in Court.  I'm sure you all know this anyway, as the case has attracted as much attention as an egg being thrown at Jim Murphy......   Oh, wait...

Andrew Neil
15 Aug 2015 at 1:26pm


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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One Year On.
1 Sep 2015 at 5:34am
Almost a year on and at last I met one. A No voter who has changed his mind. Says he would definitely be Yes now. When I told him he was the 1st he says "oh no there is a lot of people in my workplace who are now of the same opinion" - large insurance company in Glasgow.
Pretty encouraging I sup...

Now/amazon/sky Movies
31 Aug 2015 at 1:14pm

Netflix trial just ran out and to be honest wasn't that impressed with it.....what's best value film channel? (I'm with Virgin media)

Borders Rail
31 Aug 2015 at 12:01pm
It will start scheduled services this coming Sunday. I know there are concerns about the amount of money it cost, but in my view it's (partially) righting a 46-year old injustice.
British Rail used the closure of the Waverley Route - almost 100 miles of track - to show they meant business - if ...

Kicking Off In Kiev
31 Aug 2015 at 9:39am

Well you reap what you sow I suppose.......NATO / CIA interference in the politics of a non-NATO country starting to backfire (whoever would have guessed, eh?) as a Policeman is killed today with early reports suggesting by a grenade thrown by protesters.


....another NATO sponsored timebomb.......

Ferguson's Yard
31 Aug 2015 at 6:18am


Great news for shipbuilding on the Clyde. Well played Jim McColl



This was such a depressing thread last year...

31 Aug 2015 at 6:11am

Are there really nearly 7000 people working there?!!



Rbs Digital Banking
31 Aug 2015 at 5:09am
Down again!! Have the fcukers learned nothing from the past

Completely unacceptable

The Lion Rampant - Bbc Documentary From 2000
30 Aug 2015 at 5:25pm

Does anyone have a copy of this that they could transfer to dvd? I recall it was decent viewing and would like to see it again. Obviously I'll pay for the dvd and postage.


A Shot At Glory (Film)
30 Aug 2015 at 4:49pm


Anyone seen this? The thought of Robert Duvall playing a Scottish football manager is hard to believe!

Day Out From Glasgow
30 Aug 2015 at 1:28pm



I'm coming with 4 friends for the Poland game and we are searching somewhere to go to spend a day out of Glasgow.


We've already been to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond, and we would like someething like a true fishermen village, or a touristic small village in the country, easilly reachable by ...




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