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Labour urges Johnson to submit to inquiry over Dyson texts
21 Apr 2021 at 10:00pm
BORIS Johnson has been urged to submit to a parliamentary committee for questioning over concerns about cronyism and coronavirus contracts.


Foreign Aid: Dominic Raab accused of ?sneaking out draconian cuts?
21 Apr 2021 at 8:43pm
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been accused of ?sneaking out draconian cuts? to the foreign aid budget.


Ex-Veterans minister Johnny Mercer says 'cesspit' Government 'most distrustfu...
21 Apr 2021 at 5:37pm
THE FORMER Veterans minister Johnny Mercer has described Government as the "most distrustful, awful environment" he has ever worked in.


Home Office policy of deporting rough sleepers branded 'inhumane'
21 Apr 2021 at 4:19pm
A POLICY of deporting rough sleepers who are not UK nationals has been branded 'inhumane' by a charity.


Scottish Labour to promote equal pay law in next parliament
21 Apr 2021 at 4:02pm
SCOTTISH Labour has said it will bring forward equal pay legislation in the next parliament to right historic wrongs and prevent a repeat of the problem.


Crony row: Ian Blackford tells PM to publish all personal Covid contract mess...
21 Apr 2021 at 3:50pm
THE SNP's Westminster leader has written to the Prime Minister urging him to publish all personal correspondence he has had about coronavirus contracts by the end of the day.


Johnson offers "no apology"over Dyson texts as officials insist he followed r...
21 Apr 2021 at 3:18pm
BORIS Johnson says he offers ?absolutely no apology at all? for text messages to entrepreneur James Dyson about fixing tax arrangements amid further claims of ?sleaze and cronyism? within Government.


STUC backs Indyref2 if pro-independence majority elected
21 Apr 2021 at 2:17pm
TRADE union bosses have backed Indyref2 being held but have rejected Alex Salmond?s ?supermajority manoeuvring?.


Patricia Gibson named as SNP MP subject of Westminster 'sex pest' complaint
21 Apr 2021 at 12:18pm
PATRICIA Gibson has been identified as the MP subject to a complaint of sexual harassment by a party employee.


PMQs: Johnson tells Blackford his dog "more sensible" than he is when pressed...
21 Apr 2021 at 1:22pm
BORIS Johnson told the SNP's Westminster leader that his dog had made a "more sensible contribution" to Prime Minister's Questions than he did.


Nicola Sturgeon insists independent Scotland would have procured vaccine UK-wide
21 Apr 2021 at 1:50pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been labelled ?irresponsible? by Douglas Ross following an angry exchange between the pair over whether an independent Scotland would have been able to bring forward a successful vaccine rollout.


Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'running scared' after snubbing BBC Question Time
21 Apr 2021 at 10:55am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of dodging scrutiny after snubbing a special Holyrood election edition of BBC Question Time.


Salmond promises 'more courage, less caution' as he launches Alba manifesto
21 Apr 2021 at 11:34am
ALEX Salmond has vowed his new Alba Party will pile pressure on the Scottish Government to "get a move on" when it comes to independence.


Boris Johnson campaign no-show blamed on Covid despite January lockdown visit
21 Apr 2021 at 12:09pm
DOUGLAS Ross has blamed Boris Johnson failing to turn up in Scotland during the election campaign on the pandemic ? despite the PM travelling north of the border during the height of the lockdown in January against the advice of Nicola Sturgeon.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Boris Johnson: 'I make absolutely no apology at all' over Dyson texts says PM
21 Apr 2021 at 7:37pm
Boris Johnson made "absolutely no apology at all" for text message exchanges about businessman Sir James Dyson's concerns about the tax status of his employees, amid claims of "sleaze and cronyism" in his Government.

Race for Holyrood: Your Scottish election briefing for Wednesday, April 21
21 Apr 2021 at 6:12pm
A light-hearted look at the Scottish election campaign trail.

Scottish election 2021: The only difference between Alba and the SNP on indyr...
21 Apr 2021 at 6:10pm
The devil is always in the detail when it comes to election pledges.

Scottish election 2021: Douglas Ross denies misleading voters on crime figure...
21 Apr 2021 at 5:13pm
Douglas Ross has warned continued focus on a second independence referendum will ?drag Scotland down?, but denied misleading voters around the use of violent crime figures.

Scottish election 2021: Increasing childcare to 50 hours 'will take time', sa...
21 Apr 2021 at 4:45pm
Scottish Labour will look to increase childcare to 50 hours a week ? but not within the next parliament, deputy leader Jackie Baillie has admitted.

Scottish election 2021: Alex Salmond pledges to 'shake up' Holyrood with Alba...
21 Apr 2021 at 4:11pm
Alex Salmond has pledged his new party will ?shake up the cosy politics of Holyrood? if any Alba candidates get elected.

MP sexual harassment claim: SNP's Patricia Gibson has denied claims of inappr...
21 Apr 2021 at 4:09pm
SNP MP Patricia Gibson has denied abuse claims as she reportedly faces a complaint of sexual harassment.

Ian Blackford calls for public inquiry after James Dyson tax deal with Boris ...
21 Apr 2021 at 3:52pm
Ian Blackford has demanded a public inquiry after the details of a James Dyson tax deal with Boris Johnson emerged.

Edinburgh roadworks: Historic capital streets set for months of disruption
21 Apr 2021 at 3:45pm
One of Edinburgh?s most historic streets is set for months of major disruption due to roadworks.

Scottish election 2021: Anas Sarwar ? ?I want to right the wrongs of gender p...
21 Apr 2021 at 3:39pm
Scottish Labour wants to ?right the wrongs? committed by a city council led by its members over equal pay, leader Anas Sarwar has said.

Boris Johnson says Ian Blackford's dog made 'more sensible' contributions aft...
21 Apr 2021 at 3:37pm
Boris Johnson has claimed Ian Blackford's dog made a ?more sensible? contribution after barking during Prime Minister?s Questions.

Cameron House hotel fire deaths: Crown agrees to review decision not to hold FAI
21 Apr 2021 at 3:35pm
A Crown Office decision not to hold a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of two men in the Cameron House hotel fire is to be reviewed.

George Floyd: Nicola Sturgeon says Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict in murder o...
21 Apr 2021 at 2:43pm
The First Minister has said people ?feel the sigh of relief? after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd in America.

Scottish Election 2021: Nicola Sturgeon is playing politics with Covid lockdo...
21 Apr 2021 at 2:40pm
Everyone will have had their own reason for cheering the confirmation that lockdown restrictions will be eased further from Monday, allowing non-essential shops to re-open along with gyms, libraries and museums, as well as those pubs and restaurants which can afford to operate under the remaining restrictions.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

When the kick hits the floor
21 Apr 2021 at 11:11am
We imagine people may wish to read the Alba Party manifesto. It can be downloaded by clicking the link above. Had we formed our own party it?s pretty much the manifesto we?d have written, and we especially endorse the gorgeous pooch on the front. (In a hurry? Tl;dr below.)

The sickness
21 Apr 2021 at 9:24am
It?s always nice to hear from the SNP/Green youth wing first thing in the morning. Stay tuned for lots more Gentile-obsessed hetro TERF monkey antics, readers! (As a positive counterpoint, this is the nicest thing James Kelly?s ever said about us.)

So tired of being lied to
20 Apr 2021 at 5:14pm
The First Minister released a short film this week. While it has the character of a hostage video, with terrorists just off-camera pointing a gun at the unfortunate victim and forcing them to read out a pre-prepared text, sadly we doubt that was the case. We think this is really what she believes and intends. …

The source of all fear
20 Apr 2021 at 11:23am
We?ve been racking our brains for a few hours now, but we still haven?t been able to think of a single UK citizen of the last 100 years – indeed, probably the last 300 – who has terrified the British establishment more than Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond. By any conceivable measure Salmond is the most …

Then your children will be next
19 Apr 2021 at 10:22am
So-called “puberty blockers” – the class of drugs that were used to “chemically castrate” computing pioneer Alan Turing for being homosexual (a crime in the UK in the 1950s), which is believed to have led to his suicide by cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 are extremely dangerous. The most common one nowadays is Lupron, which …

History has its eyes
18 Apr 2021 at 10:31am
Dr Malcolm Kerr joined the SNP in 1967, has contested local council and Scottish Parliament elections and is currently an activist in Cunninghame North constituency. I?ve been a member of the SNP for long enough to recall the days when the party was capable of generating killer slogans. “It?s Scotland?s Oil”. “Independence – Nothing Less”. …

Game for a laugh
17 Apr 2021 at 6:55am

Women Won?t Wheesht
16 Apr 2021 at 7:55am
Yesterday the SNP released their 2021 election manifesto, and on the divisive subject of gender reform it was as bad as we feared. Yes, there is obfuscation to mask intent, but the intent is crystal clear all the same. Especially if we judge the SNP by their record and all the things they have failed …

Nobody Cares What You Think
15 Apr 2021 at 12:18pm
Yesterday we mentioned an SNP election leaflet that someone had posted on social media. It turns out that either deliberately or accidentally (probably the latter, while taking out the bit with their name and address on it) they?d cropped off part of it containing a logo that does passingly refer to independence. You can see …

The Arrangement
14 Apr 2021 at 12:05pm


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Pure: Ten Points I Just Can?t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative
18 Apr 2021 at 9:32am

A lie repeated often enough enters the public consciousness, so I am republishing this in the hope of stimulating the honest and the intellectually awake. I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and …

Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative

Yet Another Imperialist Occupation of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster
16 Apr 2021 at 9:30am

Every single Imperial occupation of Afghanistan since Alexander the Great has had the same justification. They were all defensive invasions, necessary to reduce the “threat” from Afghanistan to the Imperial power. As those who have read my book Sikunder Burnes will know – and if you haven’t, you should – the first British occupation of …

Yet Another Imperialist Occupation of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster

Politics Without Lying
14 Apr 2021 at 5:01pm

It is hard to envisage politics without lying, nowadays. A world where politicians are honest about facts, actions and motives appears an impossible aspiration. In general, the electorate seem now to accept this lying as priced in. I don’t think that anybody now doubts that Boris Johnson shagging Jennifer Arcuri led him to send public …

Politics Without Lying

Covid-19 and Commonsense
13 Apr 2021 at 4:01pm

I am planning to travel to Spain at the weekend to give evidence in the criminal case against UC Global for spying on Julian Assange and his visitors (including me) in the Ecuadorean Embassy. It has taken me six solid hours so far to try to work out the logistics of this. I shall travel …

Covid-19 and Commonsense

Domestic Covid-19 Identity Documents Must Be Resisted
12 Apr 2021 at 12:21pm

Discrimination against people on the grounds of their health status is not acceptable, while the ever increasing reach of the surveillance state is pernicious. The idea of people without Covid-19 antibodies being treated as second class citizens should be anathema to anybody with concern for human liberty. It is improbable that Covid-19 will be eliminated …

Domestic Covid-19 Identity Documents Must Be Resisted

My Day With Prince Philip
9 Apr 2021 at 1:35pm

Below is the story of my day touring Tema with Prince Philip, in this chapter from my book “The Catholic Orangemen of Togo”. You may be surprised to read that I rather liked him. The African Queen One morning I was sitting in the lounge at Devonshire House, with its fitted wool carpets and chintz …

My Day With Prince Philip

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Covid in Scotland: Discharge link to outbreaks 'cannot' be ruled out
21 Apr 2021 at 6:39pm
Almost 5,000 patients were sent to care homes between March and May last year - many without a test.

Covid in Scotland: Deaths reach lowest level since autumn
21 Apr 2021 at 1:45pm
Twenty-four death certificates mentioned Covid-19 during the week 11 to 18 April, down from 34 the previous week.

Scottish election 2021: Labour plan to 'put women at heart of recovery'
21 Apr 2021 at 2:25pm
The party says it would establish a central fund for equal pay claims and extra support for retraining.

Scottish election 2021: How will pupils catch up on lost education?
20 Apr 2021 at 10:39pm
How well are schools bouncing back from Covid and how are pupils catching up with lost education?

Lord McFall elected Lord Speaker to oversee peers
21 Apr 2021 at 6:18pm
The election was triggered by the resignation of Lord Fowler who said he was standing down to "speak his mind".

Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?
20 Apr 2021 at 6:13am
In the first of two Scottish election pieces we explore the differences in the pro-independence movement. 

SNP MP Patricia Gibson faces sexual harassment claim
21 Apr 2021 at 10:07am
North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson says the allegation is "malicious" and "without foundation".

Scottish election 2021: Alba 'only party taking independence seriously'
21 Apr 2021 at 12:44pm
Alex Salmond says his new party has a "proper plan" to win independence as he launches its manifesto.

Scottish election 2021: Lib Dems pledge adult social care reform
20 Apr 2021 at 4:47pm
The party says their reforms would give care workers "proper recognition, fair pay and better careers".

Scottish election 2021: Reform UK proposes simpler tax code
20 Apr 2021 at 5:18pm
The group formerly known as the Brexit Party puts tax reform at the heart of its Holyrood campaign.

Scottish election 2021: Tories propose new laws to boost Covid recovery
19 Apr 2021 at 2:47pm
The Conservative manifesto for May's election says Scotland's focus should be on recovery, not referendums.

The full picture of Covid-linked deaths in Scotland's care homes
19 Apr 2021 at 6:11am
The number of Covid-linked deaths in each affected Scottish care home is revealed for the first time.

Scot Goes Pop

New evidence that the Yes vote didn't dip as much as we thought earlier this ...
21 Apr 2021 at 5:27pm
If there's a precedent for this, I can't remember it.  Savanta ComRes have retrospectively changed the results of three independence polls from several months ago.  It looks like the British Pollin...

Why are the Greens held to a lower standard than Alba?
20 Apr 2021 at 10:38am
I've read some criticisms on Twitter that Alba supporters want Nicola Sturgeon to lose in Glasgow Southside.  Well, that's certainly not the position of Alba as a party, or of their candidates - th...

Please make sure your indy-supporting relatives and friends are registered to...
18 Apr 2021 at 9:38pm
Just a reminder that the deadline for registering to vote is tomorrow night (Monday) at midnight.  So if there are any independence supporters in your life who might not have registered yet for one...

How the Alba Party are running a self-sacrificing campaign in the best intere...
18 Apr 2021 at 3:36pm
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion over my myth-busting post about the Holyrood voting system, so I'll try to explain the point in more detail.  To reiterate, the claim I was correcting (an...

Thoughts on tactical voting in the South of Scotland
16 Apr 2021 at 9:38pm
Could I gently ask people to cut me some slack?  I've got quite a heavy workload at the moment - I'm writing daily constituency profiles for The National, I've still got to finish my monthly column...

If you're voting by post today, please consider voting Alba on the list ballo...
15 Apr 2021 at 1:01pm
Postal ballots are starting to arrive in people's homes today.  Because of the pandemic, more people than usual have applied for a postal vote, and we know from past history that a lot of people te...

He demanded it, so here is my substantive response to Wings Over Scotland
15 Apr 2021 at 11:50am
If you're voting by post today, please consider voting Alba on the list ballot - but make sure you vote SNP on the constituency ballot. Here's a blogpost to explain why: https://t.co/L9PmtWV4hN #sp...

Alba may contribute to a Yes-dominated parliament
14 Apr 2021 at 7:45pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I've written a piece for The National's online-only National Extra feature, about today's remarkable Panelbase poll suggesting that Alba Party could be on cou...

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The only amusing thing about the Scottish Family Party
22 Apr 2021 at 12:29am
... Is that the leaflet uses a London phone number! submitted by /u/joefife


Times | Anas Sarwar?s popularity surges in battle to lead the unionist cause
22 Apr 2021 at 12:26am
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Good advice there Douglas
21 Apr 2021 at 11:35pm
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Scottish independence voting intention: Yes: 45% (-) No: 48% (+3) via @Savant...
21 Apr 2021 at 11:33pm
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Glasgow Subway expansion animated 1896-2021
21 Apr 2021 at 11:21pm
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St Andrews ???????
21 Apr 2021 at 10:43pm
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The abandoned railway tunnels, Glenfarg.
21 Apr 2021 at 10:11pm
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Sunset over Raasay
21 Apr 2021 at 10:09pm
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Can't wait to head north to aviemore again, Scotland is beautiful ?
21 Apr 2021 at 10:02pm
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Meal do naidheachd Abdullah agus fàilte gu Alba!! (Congrats Abdullah and welc...
21 Apr 2021 at 9:45pm
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Kiss i Was made Scotland producer
21 Apr 2021 at 9:44pm
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Sturgeon's 'shameful neglect' as sports, community & library facilities won't...
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The view from Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, looking down the Great Glen towards Ben Ne...
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'A mental health emergency vehicle will be introduced in Dundee to prevent pe...
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Nicola Sturgeon says Boris Johnson's government has 'powerful stench of sleaze'
21 Apr 2021 at 10:11pm
During Prime Minister's Questions today, Johnson made "absolutely no apology at all" for text message exchanges.


Alex Salmond returning to Holyrood would 'fill me with dread', says Baillie
21 Apr 2021 at 4:07pm
Jackie Baillie said the feud between Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon would be a distraction from the work of the parliament.


Soaring NHS waiting lists show need for recovery not indyref, say campaigners
21 Apr 2021 at 3:59pm
Pro-UK campaigners Scotland in Union have highlighted a four-fold increase in patients waiting more than year for treatment on the NHS.


Scottish independence referendum could happen 'without Westminster consent'
21 Apr 2021 at 2:00pm
The STUC - the country's largest trade union body - said it was up to the Scottish Parliament and not Boris Johnson if an IndyRef2 was to happen.


Boris Johnson offers no apology for Dyson text messages
21 Apr 2021 at 1:36pm
The Prime Minister and Keir Starmer clashed on the issue


Boris Johnson 'attacked' by Blackford's dog in 'ruff' chorus to sleaze claim
21 Apr 2021 at 1:07pm
The SNP Westminster leader's dog joined in the criticism of the Tory leader at Prime Minister's Questions by barking along to her master's claims of Tory sleaze.


Call to reform SQA following Scottish exams scandal
21 Apr 2021 at 1:00pm
Willie Rennie said the Scottish Liberal Democrats had plans to reform the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the agency involved, by putting teachers at its "heart".


Five key manifesto pledges from Alex Salmond's Alba party
21 Apr 2021 at 12:09pm
The month-old party launched by Alex Salmond has produced a vast manifesto that can be boiled down to big pledges to produce a fast-track to Scottish independence.


Alex Salmond's Alba Party downplays prospect of independent Scotland joining EU
21 Apr 2021 at 11:49am
The former First Minister candidly admitted the Alba manifesto "was not comprehensive" as his new party had only been launched last month.


Alex Salmond's Alba Party manifesto launch marred by technical issues
21 Apr 2021 at 11:44am
As the ex-SNP leader was laying out his strategy for independence the YouTube and Facebook links froze with Salmond's mouth left open.

The National

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Tory MSP says Scotland should be legally forced to stay in the Union
21 Apr 2021 at 4:51pm

SCOTLAND should be strong-armed into staying in the Union by force of law, a Scottish Tory MSP has suggested.

Scottish election: SNP rubbish claims Nicola Sturgeon snubbed Question Time d...
21 Apr 2021 at 12:39pm

THE SNP have rejected claims that Nicola Sturgeon snubbed a BBC Question Time election special featuring party leaders.

Scottish independence: STUC back holding referendum with our without UK consent
21 Apr 2021 at 1:19pm

THE Scottish Trades Union Congress has voted in favour of holding a Scottish independence referendum with or without the UK Government?s consent.

SNP demand full inquiry into Boris Johnson's 'texts for contracts' scandal
21 Apr 2021 at 3:46pm

THE SNP are demanding a full public inquiry into the Tory ?texts for contracts? scandal ? and have piled the pressure on Boris Johnson to publish all of his own correspondence.

Johnny Mercer: Fired veterans minister says politics is 'cesspit'
21 Apr 2021 at 6:41pm

A TORY minister who was fired from Boris Johnson?s government has described Westminster as the "most distrustful, awful environment".

Jackie Baillie accused of misleading voters on free TV licences for over-75s
21 Apr 2021 at 1:44pm

SCOTTISH Labour's deputy leader Jackie Baillie has been accused of misleading pensioners by pledging to give free TV licences to the over-75s.

Douglas Ross says consumption room evidence is 'compelling' - but won't back ...
21 Apr 2021 at 4:16pm

THE Scottish Tory leader has admitted there is ?very compelling? evidence to allow drug consumption rooms to operate ? but still doesn?t think they?re the ?right approach?.

How can we best gather policy ideas from all of Scotland's citizens?
21 Apr 2021 at 8:22pm

IT?S always interesting to

Northern Independence Party seeks to 'have a voice like the SNP'
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

A PARTY aiming to see northern England gain independence from Westminster will be watching Scotland closely if it achieves a pro-Yes majority at next month?s election, according to its media chief.

Boris Johnson claims Ian Blackford's dog is 'more sensible' than he is
21 Apr 2021 at 1:12pm

IAN Blackford has seemingly secured a major concession from the Prime Minister after the Tory leader pledged to share all of his private communications relating to coronavirus contracts.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

ConterLive ? with Kevin McKenna, Catriona MacDonald, Adam Ramsay and Jonathon...
21 Apr 2021 at 10:13pm
A rich discussion from Conter Live with Kevin McKenna, Catriona MacDonald, Adam Ramsay and Jonathon Shafi about the Holyrood elections and the paucity of radical politics …

Independent from Imperialism ? Independent from Inequality ? Independent from...
21 Apr 2021 at 12:44pm
Mim Black, one of the speakers at Scottish Independence and the Path to Climate Justice, argues that true independence for Scotland would mean “independence from imperialism – independence from inequality, independence from fossil fuels and independence from a devotion to profit above all else.” * 2021 is a crucial year for the Scottish climate movement, […]

Knowledge is Power: Save Whiteinch Public Library
20 Apr 2021 at 9:18pm
There is a light on a Whiteinch library, G14. The gates are locked, and have been for over a year, but from time to time, there is a light on. There’s smoke from the chimney occasionally too, a wee hint of life on the corner of a Glasgow street that has been dead for a […]

Scotch on the Rocks ? Trump versus Scottish Whisky
20 Apr 2021 at 9:07pm
The extraordinary story of how Trump tried to destroy the Scottish whisky industry – all because the public had voted for his neighbour, Farmer Forbes, as Glenfiddich’s ‘Scot of the Year’. It is certainly welcome news from the briefing room that President Joe Biden is hosting a virtual summit on Climate change about now with […]

Entering the New Territory of British Undemocracy
20 Apr 2021 at 5:42pm
Things are unraveling fast. The slide seems to be glacially slow and then change comes very suddenly. Three arenas of significant political change appear to be converging simultaneously: the very nature of the Union; the “spectacle of indolent, shambling greed” that Greensill represents, and the end of Centrism – the political force that spanned British […]

Super Leagues and Super Hypocrisy
20 Apr 2021 at 3:28pm
The world of football was rocked on Sunday by the announcement of the new European Super League. Twelve of Europe?s biggest clubs have formed a new competition outside of the auspices of UEFA, underwritten and funded by the banking giant JP Morgan. The plan is for the elite clubs to play in a midweek competition […]

Manifestos 2021: The Scottish Conservatives 
20 Apr 2021 at 10:20am
The policies referred to in this article can be found here. Unlike other parties, the Conservatives have not made their manifesto readily available in large print, easy read or Gaelic.  There is one thing that you must understand about Tory manifestos: they don?t contain the most important policies. The Poll Tax did not appear in […]

Talking the Talk
19 Apr 2021 at 4:53pm
April 2021 is Care Experienced History Month: “Together, by telling the global story of the Care Experienced community, we can learn, grow, connect with our identity and remember this rich and important history. That?s why we are inviting activists and allies from around the world to commemorate the history of Care Experienced people in their […]

Defending Kobanê is not a crime ? an invitation to show solidarity with the HDP
19 Apr 2021 at 1:59pm
  In what dystopian world could support for Kobanê as it withstood siege by ISIS be considered a crime? The answer, it seems, is in Turkey. On 26 April, 108 leading members of the leftist pro-Kurdish Peoples? Democratic Party (HDP) will face trial in Ankara for calling on people to protest against the ISIS attack […]

The Falsehoods Charter
18 Apr 2021 at 8:46pm
Preface: Readers should be aware that I will not be providing hyperlinks to certain websites. The disinformation, targeting of individuals, and harmful comments I mention from these platforms are something people have the choice to seek out if they choose to, however, as noted within this article, ?I would not encourage anyone to expose themselves […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Denmark would be a disastrous model for Scotland | Letter
20 Apr 2021 at 5:43pm
Susheela Math lays bare how the Danish government targets those of ?non-western origin? in a society that?s far from egalitarianOne can only hope that the answer to Ian Jack?s question ? ?When will Scotland be like Denmark?? ? is ?never? (An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspirat...

Boris Johnson drops plan for pre-election visit to Scotland
19 Apr 2021 at 6:47pm
PM?s move, which emerged after Scottish Tories? manifesto launch, suggests party fears his poor ratings will harm campaignBoris Johnson has dropped plans to visit Scotland to campaign for the Conservatives before the May elections, heightening suspicions the party fears he will damage efforts to ...

UK Covid news: India added to England?s travel red list ? as it happened
19 Apr 2021 at 5:33pm
India added to travel red list, Hancock tells MPs, as number of Indian variant cases in UK rises to 103. This live blog is now closed ? please follow the global coronavirus live blog for updatesIndia to go on England?s Covid travel ?red list? on FridayCricket in England facing headaches after Ind...

Is time running out for the union as the case grows for a new independence vo...
18 Apr 2021 at 9:00am
The UK government has moved to veto two bills passed by the Scottish parliament, strengthening the hand of the SNPAre postal voters bolder? Does the solemnity of polling stations cow voters into having second thoughts? Because of the pandemic, there will be far more postal voters than ever in the...

An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspiration | Ian Jack
17 Apr 2021 at 8:00am
Instead of looking south, campaigners are looking north, to the egalitarian models of small Nordic nationsWhat kind of country should Scotland be and how can it prosper? Surprisingly, given the swell of Scottish opinion in favour of independence, these questions aren?t much discussed. A swirling ...

Scottish election 2021: a visual guide on what to expect
15 Apr 2021 at 6:09pm
A majority of independence-supporting MSPs in next month?s Holyrood election will give Nicola Sturgeon her mandate to call for a second referendumThe Scottish parliamentary elections will take place on 6 May to elect 129 MSPs to Holyrood.The results will determine whether Nicola Sturgeon and the ...

Could Salmond?s ?supermajority? talk harm the Scottish independence cause?
15 Apr 2021 at 4:36pm
Analysis: Alba says the term just means it wants to ?maximise the vote?, but some experts say it could confuse votersAs she launched her party?s manifesto on Thursday morning, Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly mentioned her aspiration for a ?simple majority? of SNP members to be returned in May?s Holyro...

SNP manifesto: Nicola Sturgeon plans NHS boost and income tax freeze
15 Apr 2021 at 4:09pm
First minister says Scottish election result is ?on a knife-edge? as she unveils ?unashamedly optimistic? manifestoThe Scottish National party has committed to a £2.5bn boost to frontline NHS spending, a freeze on income tax throughout the next parliament and the abolition of NHS dentistry charge...

Westminster neglected the union for decades. No wonder it?s crumbling | Marti...
14 Apr 2021 at 6:00pm
If he refuses a referendum that Scots have voted for, there would be no lawful way to leave the UK. The implications are hugeThree weeks from now, if opinion polls are correct, the Scottish National party will win another term as Scotland?s government. It will do so armed with a mandate to hold a...

Scottish Greens ?willing to have conversation? on coalition with SNP
14 Apr 2021 at 2:38pm
Co-leader says party ?can make a difference? as it unveils manifesto with plan for 100,000 new jobsThe Scottish Greens would be ?willing to have the conversation? about a formal coalition with the SNP, their co-leader Patrick Harvie has suggested, as the party set out detailed plans for a green e...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Stepping back from the fray
This election campaign has been the nastiest, the most unpleasant and the most vitriolic that it has ever been my misfortune to experience. What’s made it even worse is that on top of the entirely expected abuse and insults from British nationalists, now it’s also coming from people who are supposedly on the same side. […]

The suspicious case of the vanishing blog
Whenever some think tank or other produces a report claiming that an independent Scotland would be some sort of dystopian nightmare where public services would be slashed to the bone, or that there would be rolls of barbed wire all the way along the border from Gretna to Berwick, it always receives huge publicity in […]

A significant force or RISE 2.0
Yesterday saw the publication of the first full scale opinion poll since the launch of the Alba party giving us all our first opportunity to gauge the possible electoral impact of Alex Salmond’s new party. Fieldwork for the poll, commissioned from Survation for DC Thompson publishers took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week, […]

The question the BBC and the Tories don?t want to answer
Because I must have masochistic streak a mile wide, last night I watched what the BBC served up to us with the grandiose title of a leaders’ debate. Or rather, I tried to watch it but then halfway through lost the will to live and switched over to another channel, which proves two things: firstly […]

The common priority
The parties contesting the Scottish elections have started to delineate their pitch to the voters for the Holyrood elections which are now just a few weeks away. Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave her first big speech of the election campaign in which she set out some of the key promises and commitments of the SNP should […]

Putting a stake through the heart of the Tories? disrespect for democracy
I’ve made my views clear about the new Alba party and Alex Salmond’s real motivation for setting it up.  This blog will continue to advocate SNP 1 and SNP or Green 2 in the elections which are just six weeks away now and to provide a space for people who continue to support Nicola Sturgeon […]

Finding common ground
It cannot be stressed enough just how important the May elections are for the future of Scotland. If we are all truly committed to the ideal of an independent Scotland and a permanent escape from the appalling realities of Brexit Britain and the cruel, heartless and callous future that Johnson’s right wing English nationalist Conservative […]

It?s still SNP 1 & 2 for me
It was always obvious that Alex Salmond wasn’t going to stand for one of the existing minor parties. He was always going to set up a new party that he could be the undisputed leader of. We can at least be grateful for the small mercy that he has called upon his supporters to vote […]

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The Tories stare into the abyss
So that’s Ruth Davidson off to ermine bedecked pastures new. The great renaissance of the Scottish Tories that her many media hypesters claimed that she heralded has proven to be ephemeral. She leaves behind a Conservative party that according to the most recent poll is in serious danger of losing a slew of seats at […]

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

A Fun New Game
The UK government has recently brought back an old idea about plastering “Funded by the UK government” on lots of things in Scotland, with a big Union flag somewhere. This is supposed to make us forget about the various disasters that the UK govt seem to be hoping will just miraculously disappear by themselves. However, …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 187 ? Odes To Our Adversaries
Just occasionally in all the years I’ve been doing this, mostly for laughs, I’ve made a few little, ahem, tributes, to some of our political adversaries. The 187th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a run through of some of the best of these, because I think most of us are in need of …

Now Why Would These Seem Familiar?
I can’t put my finger on it…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 186 ? Tory Lies, Trump, Empire
The 186th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is amongst other things, a mix of some bad excuses. There’s a bad excuse for a Prime Minister, a bad excuse for a President of the United States, and a few bad excuses for the behaviour of the British Empire. Along with that, there are people trying …

Sometimes It?s Too Blatant To Let It Go
Last night the story came out that the US Department of Justice would rather like a wee word or two with Prince Andrew regarding his connections with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, they have wanted to have a little chat with him for a while, but they actually filed a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request. This “moves Andrew …

One Thing Doesn?t Negate The Other
Whatever you think about the very current activities with regard to defacing or pulling down statues, what was written on the Churchill statue is a statement of fact. Let’s have a look at some of Churchill’s statements (not the we will fight them on the beaches stuff). You may have seen most of them before …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 185 ? Billy Kay on Scotland and Identity
The 185th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk by Broadcaster, writer and activist and former guest on the show, Billy Kay, about Scottish identity. Have you ever noticed when you go abroad that the locals always seem to know what happened in 1437 in every wee nook and cranny of their town. …

The Times Handed Its Arse by Football Club
The Times, or at least The Sunday Times, has a history of getting things wrong about Hitler. And it seems to have happened again. This was the response by Schalke 04, a German football team, to the latest mistake…

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Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League
Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 21st 2021 What has been the big media story so far this week? Not COVID, not Boris Johnson?s many scandals, or even the George Floyd trial in the US. Rather, by far the biggest story media-wise has been the announcement … The post Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League appeared fir...

The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it
The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 18th 2021 The UK is not in a good state – undermined by the concerted actions of the UK Government, continuing to showing a lack of understanding of the union. All of this is coming … The post The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it appeared first on Gerry ...

The UK is not a fully-fledged democracy: An alternative history of Britain
The UK is not a fully-fledged democracy: An alternative history of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 14th 2021 The events of the past few days, in the aftermath of the death of Prince Philip, have brought the nature of British society, history and democracy to the fore ? or rather the all-pervasive official account … The post The UK is not a fully-fledged democracy: An alternative h...

The politics of populism in Scotland and the challenge of Alex Salmond and Ge...
The politics of populism in Scotland and the challenge of Alex Salmond and George Galloway Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 11th 2021 Once upon a time politics were simpler. Parties stood unambiguously on the left and right; politics was about class and the economy, and there was no such thing as ?identity politics?. This is … The post The politics of populism in Scotland and the challenge...

Britain is broken ? which is both an opportunity and challenge to Scottish ra...
Britain is broken ? which is both an opportunity and challenge to Scottish radicals Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 4th 2021 Politics has been highly charged and combative across the UK for many years now. The British political system, its rules and codes, and how politics and power is enacted have been in decline for … The post Britain is broken – which is both an opportunity and challen...

The return of Alex Salmond, Alba and whether it helps independence
The return of Alex Salmond, Alba and whether it helps independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 31st 2021 That was a week that was. From the Hamilton inquiry clearing the First Minister to a vote of no confidence; to Alex Salmond taking the Scottish Government to court, topped off just before the weekend by Salmond … The post The return of Alex Salmond, Alba and whether it helps indepe...

Where are the ideas and vision that will shape the future of Scotland?
Where are the ideas and vision that will shape the future of Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 28th 2021 It has been an intense few weeks in Scottish politics. But as the dust settles on the political exchanges of the Salmond-Sturgeon controversy, the Scottish Parliament rises – and political parties and politicians prepare to … The post Where are the ideas and vision that will sh...

Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Lessons for Politics and Public Life
Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Lessons for Politics and Public Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 24th 2021 Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon?s political relationship has defined Scotland over the past two decades. They oversaw the rise of the SNP and its transformation into a party of power. They achieved and nearly won an indyref … The post Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Lessons ...

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British PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge - Voice of America
British PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge  Voice of AmericaScottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?  BBC NewsHow May election could see an independent Scotland by 2023  EUobserverScottish independence: Boris Johnson may yet force a snap referendum, but Nicola Sturgeon holds the aces ? Martyn McLaughlin  The ScotsmanDouglas Ross refuses to set ...

Scottish election 2021: Alba 'only party taking independence seriously' - BBC...
Scottish election 2021: Alba 'only party taking independence seriously'  BBC NewsSalmond?s Alba party manifesto queries SNP independence commitment  Financial TimesAlba's manifesto alone in taking Scottish independence seriously ? Alex Salmond  Belfast TelegraphScottish election 2021: Alex Salmond promises Alba Party will push for Scottish independence ?every day?  iNewsScottish elections: Alba...

Scottish independence referendum could happen 'without Westminster consent' -...
Scottish independence referendum could happen 'without Westminster consent'  Daily Record

Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum -...
Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum  Financial Times

Scottish independence: could wind power Scotland back into the EU? - The Conv...
Scottish independence: could wind power Scotland back into the EU?  The Conversation UK

Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal - Financia...
Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal  Financial Times

Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy - Financial Times
Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote - Sk...
Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote  Sky News

Podcast: the art of Scottish independence - New Statesman
Podcast: the art of Scottish independence  New Statesman

Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances - Financi...
Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances  Financial Times

The push for independence is turning off Scots business - Financial Times
The push for independence is turning off Scots business  Financial Times

While Scottish independence would have immediate economic costs, history sugg...
While Scottish independence would have immediate economic costs, history suggests there are long-term benefits  British Politics and Policy at LSE

Scottish independence: 53% of voters back leaving UK if EU membership guarant...
Scottish independence: 53% of voters back leaving UK if EU membership guaranteed, poll suggests  The Independent

Scottish independence in Europe would be like joining the Roman Empire just a...
Scottish independence in Europe would be like joining the Roman Empire just as it fell ? Jim Duffy  The Scotsman

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Salmond?s Alba party manifesto queries SNP independence commitment - Financia...
Salmond?s Alba party manifesto queries SNP independence commitment  Financial TimesAlex Salmond to launch Alba manifesto as he accuses SNP of 'kicking independence timetable down the road'  Daily RecordScottish election 2021: The only difference between Alba and the SNP on indyref2 is attitude  The ScotsmanAlex Salmond makes manifesto bid to win over ?impatient? SNP and Greens voters  The Couri...

Gupta, GFG and Greensill: Scotland's SNP Has Questions to Answer Too - Bloomberg
Gupta, GFG and Greensill: Scotland's SNP Has Questions to Answer Too  Bloomberg

Sturgeon's vaccine embarrassment highlights a serious strategic problem for t...
Sturgeon's vaccine embarrassment highlights a serious strategic problem for the SNP  Telegraph.co.uk

Campaigners call on SNP to support cladding amendment after Scottish Conserva...
Campaigners call on SNP to support cladding amendment after Scottish Conservatives helped vote it down  Inside Housing

Scottish election 2021: SNP pledges 'wraparound' childcare for families - BBC...
Scottish election 2021: SNP pledges 'wraparound' childcare for families  BBC News

SNP 2021 Manifesto: Scotland's Future, Scotland's Choice ? Scottish National ...
SNP 2021 Manifesto: Scotland's Future, Scotland's Choice ? Scottish National Party  SNP

SNP manifesto promises fresh independence push and free dentistry - Financial...
SNP manifesto promises fresh independence push and free dentistry  Financial Times

Patricia Gibson named as SNP MP subject of Westminster 'sex pest' complaint -...
Patricia Gibson named as SNP MP subject of Westminster 'sex pest' complaint  HeraldScotland

Fitch Rates Coventry Building Society's SNP Notes 'A-(EXP)'; Upgrades Senior ...
Fitch Rates Coventry Building Society's SNP Notes 'A-(EXP)'; Upgrades Senior Preferred to 'A'  Fitch Ratings

SNP Manifesto 2021: What we're doing for older people ? Scottish National Par...
SNP Manifesto 2021: What we're doing for older people ? Scottish National Party  SNP

SNP call for public inquiry into Boris Johnson's dealings with James Dyson - ...
SNP call for public inquiry into Boris Johnson's dealings with James Dyson  Holyrood

Only a civil servant could think the way to defeat the SNP is to surrender to...
Only a civil servant could think the way to defeat the SNP is to surrender to them on every front  Telegraph.co.uk

SNP promise mass tree planting if re-elected - Horticulture Week
SNP promise mass tree planting if re-elected  Horticulture Week

Nicola Sturgeon goes campaigning in key SNP target seat of Edinburgh Central ...
Nicola Sturgeon goes campaigning in key SNP target seat of Edinburgh Central  Edinburgh News

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Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?...
Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?  BBC NewsBritish PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge  Voice of AmericaScottish independence: Boris Johnson may yet force a snap referendum, but Nicola Sturgeon holds the aces ? Martyn McLaughlin  The ScotsmanHow May election could see an independent Scotland by 2023  EUobserverDouglas Ross refuses to set ...

Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal - Financia...
Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal  Financial TimesScottish nationalists pledge independence referendum by end of 2023  ReutersThere'll be no Scottish referendum anytime soon. And here's why.  The TimesExpert warns Boris Johnson over Scottish independence referendum refusal  The Irish TimesNicola Sturgeon does not intend to hold referendum on EU membership if Sco...

Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum -...
Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: Alba 'only party taking independence seriously' - BBC...
Scottish election 2021: Alba 'only party taking independence seriously'  BBC News

Scottish independence referendum could happen 'without Westminster consent' -...
Scottish independence referendum could happen 'without Westminster consent'  Daily Record

Westminster should not refuse Scotland a referendum - Financial Times
Westminster should not refuse Scotland a referendum  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote - Sk...
Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote  Sky News

Boris Johnson's refusal to grant Scottish independence referendum would 'fund...
Boris Johnson's refusal to grant Scottish independence referendum would 'fundamentally' change Union, says former UK civil servant  The Scotsman

UK PM Johnson: Scottish referendum was once in a generation - Reuters
UK PM Johnson: Scottish referendum was once in a generation  Reuters

Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy - Financial Times
Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy  Financial Times

Scotland faces up to life after oil - Financial Times
Scotland faces up to life after oil  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: Labour plan to 'put women at heart of recovery' - BBC...
Scottish election 2021: Labour plan to 'put women at heart of recovery'  BBC News

Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances - Financi...
Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances  Financial Times

Brexit has reinvigorated Scottish nationalism - The Economist
Brexit has reinvigorated Scottish nationalism  The Economist

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Scottish Parliament 2021 Election Gambling & Predictor Thread
Apologies for another election thread, but I was thinking of a new one where folk could add their predictions about how the election will go. We've seen over the last 7 years since 2014 that polls can be wrong and parties can even under or over-perform their polling in some elections. Feel fr...

Are YOU Voting for the Alba Party?
Right come on who's doing it then. Also for the purposes of patter the 1872 Ballot Act was never introduced. Live and die by your takes.

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.  

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 ...

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 ...

Geopolitics in the 2020s.
So five months into the decade where are we? The coming demographic changes in Europe are going to have huge social and economic impacts. The drop in in younger people will begin to bite this decade. This means less demand for the kinds of goods young people buy and liquidating the assets of ...

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

Scottish Parliamentary Elections May 2021
Election season is now on us, starting this thread to track campaign stories, predictions, polls, Election night, new government forming etc etcI do believe a SNP majority is possible, but I'd love to see some pact being made with Greens & the narrative of an Independence majority rather than an ...

The official President Biden thread.
Gonna look awful stupid if Nevada & Arizona don?t come in, but have at it...

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 ...

CANZUK
https://www.canzukinternational.com/ Yes or No? Get on it whilst you can guys, it's the next Brexit. Extremely popular going by the polling in each country.  Biden winning might just accelerate it.  Thoughts? 

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

Tory Lies, Corruption and Hypocrisy- Add Them Here
In the interests of not having whataboutery on the Nicola Sturgeon thread and keeping it focused, here's a thread to post any lies or misleading statements by the Conservative govt under Boris Johnson. I daresay it'll wither on the vine if there aren't any.  I'll start. 1. Northern Irelan...

Scottish Greens
Can the greens now be classed as a major party in scotland? Lib dems who were classed as more major than the greens in the lead up to the holyrood elections now have less seats so the only logical explanation should be that they are now a major party and lib dems a minor here.

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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.

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

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...

Hiya. 7 day ban over....
Hiya folks, my 7 day ban is over, second banning in 3 weeks. No idea why, but we all know who is behind it.. Been told by the "Mods" , this is my final warning, next ban is permanent.  Say what you will, I do  not deserve this abuse, its sickening... Anyhoo. Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter W...

Traveling back to Scotland from Abroad via England
I'm in SE Asia. Is it in theory possible to fly back to England then train it up the road to avoid the compulsory hotel quarantine in Scotland? I know the home quarantine would still be a thing but I'd rather spend 10 days in the house than some hotel. Details online are pretty sketchy. A...

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...

Holyrood Election Poll
Ideally would love to ask who you are voting for in both the constituency and the list; but I can only ask one question so I'd rather focus on the regional list. Feel free to post your constituency vote in the thread (if you wish) and what area your list/region is. Angus South - SNP Const...

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...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Holyrood Elections 2021
Probably needs a thread of its own. i see Alex Neil is the latest incumbent to announce they are standing down and not seeking re-election.   I think that's 21 so far - there were 24 retirees in 2016 - that will make the parliament look very different and for those who are constituency MS...

Duke of Edinburgh
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Mars Perseverance Mission
Anyone interested in space exploration? Tonight NASA look to land a sophisticated rover on Mars. It is the best equipped rover ever and even comes with its own helicopter (I kid you not). It is due to land at 8.55 pm (GMT). It will be covered live on Sky News and NASA TV channel on YouTube. ...

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

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Get to know Rhiannon Spear Leader-in-waiting of the SNP
About Rhiannon Spear Education 2017 – 2021: University of Glasgow LLBLaw (Doubled up as the SNP Councillor for Pollok) 2008 – 2012: University of Glasgow MA Creative and Cultural Studies Film and Television (summer workplace experience in television production) 2002 – 2006: Rothesay Academy. Highers (A,A,A,B,B) English, History, Maths, Art, Physics Personality She is strikingly …

The Okedokee?s of the SNP-Greens & Lib/Dems are Intent on Selling Scottish Wo...
14 Apr 2021: The Equality Network is a government funded lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights charity. Its influence over SNP policies and many areas of Scottish society is absolute. Political Party’s will be expected to conform to the LGBTI agenda or face oblivion at the ballot box. But the …

Hammer of the Unionists -The Legacy of Alex Salmond is only partially complete
Alex Salmond ? may the force be with him Recognized worldwide as one of the most talented politicians of his and other generations Alex had a high-profile in Scottish politics even before winning two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader and securing a mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. Born in Linlithgow in …

Early days of the Union and Scots are already under the English cosh
Walpole and the Whigs The Whigs fared badly at the 1724/5 election and lost many supporters but Cock-a-hoop with their malt tax victory over the Scots Walpole’s new government put the boot in and forced even more commodity taxes on Scotland. The recently increased Scottish presence at Westminster counted for nothing since with a built-in …

Anas Sarwar ? I will never define my politics by allegiance to the Scottish flag
2010: The Sarwar Dynasty in Central Glasgow – Anas Sarwar – Son of Mohammad Elected to Holyrood Sarwar 27, was selected for and elected to the safe Labour Glasgow seat previously held by his father. His rise to the top echelons of the party is spectacular, but not unexpected. He was the head co-ordinator of the, …

The SNP Has Morphed Into A Party Ruled By A Group Of Mushroom Demagogues
2014: Protecting the Children The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was an Act of the Scottish Parliament passed on 19 February 2014. The legislation was part of the SNP Government’s “Getting it right for every child” policy implementation. The scope of the act made provision for the rights of children and young people. …

BBC (Scotland) News & Current Affairs reporting is Vetted From London and Hea...
BBC bias is well capable of swinging an election or referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news significantly impacts election/referendum results. In 2017 economists of the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? news media markets and developed a ?power index?. Across all countries, the UK had the most …

Aberdeen Independence Movement Membership Criteria ? SNP and WOKE
Aberdeen Independence Movement In January 2018 a number of independence minded friends decided to form the “Aberdeen Independence Movement” (AIM) to campaign for Scottish independence concentrating their efforts in the North East of Scotland. The headquarters is located in Aberdeen. It is an umbrella organisation whose membership is made up of WOKE minded independence activists …

Rhys Crilley betrays the ideals of his profession in his unwarranted attacks ...
Rhys Crilley, is a native of Wakefield in West Yorkshire who lives in Glasgow. He is a gifted academic, prolific writer and university lecturer. His primary interests are in war, militarism, scandals and outrage. His partner is leading WOKE activist, Councillor Rhiannon Spear and through her he maintains close political relationships with senior SNP leaders …

Swinney I decide the sex education curriculum so button up!!
Oct 2019: The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) conducted an online meeting to discuss matters arising from John Swinney’s new curriculum for Scottish children. Right from the start parents expressed anger at his addition without discussion and agreement of a new relationship, sexual health and parenthood programme to the curriculum. Providing graphic descriptions of …

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Labour's women's manifesto branded 'shabby' in row over equal pay pledge
Glasgow City Council leader critical of call for Scottish Government to pay for settled claims

SNP call for public inquiry into Boris Johnson's dealings with James Dyson
Prime Minister refuses to apologise after texts show he promised to 'fix' tax changes

Delegates at STUC Congress back motion calling for indyref2 after COVID recovery
Trade union conference says it's wrong for Westminster to ?resist a second vote if a majority of pro-independence MSPs are elected".

Alba backs EFTA membership in manifesto
The party says EFTA membership would be an interim position while either negotiating full EU membership or considering other proposals

Charities call for overhaul of employability support to better suit single pa...
A new report says Scotland should move away from the UK's 'work first' approach

Housing and arts on the campaign trail agenda
The SNP will focus on delivering new homes while the Greens are calling for more art spaces in town centres

Renewed calls for fan ownership amid controversy over European Super League
Scottish Labour and the Greens back community ownership as Downing Street vows to block ESL plan

Hospitality, non-essential shops and gyms to reopen on Monday
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions will go ahead

Nicola Sturgeon set to confirm easing of lockdown restrictions
Hospitality, shops and gyms likely to open from Monday.

'Radical overhaul' needed in education system in Scotland, says think tank
Jimmy Reid Foundation report calls for changes to tackle attainment gap

Douglas Ross defends tax cut plans for higher earners
His party's manifesto committed to returning parity to the UK system by the end of the next parliament

Smart meters trialled as remote care monitoring system for elderly and disabl...
The University of Edinburgh trial uses smart meters and AI to flag up changes in daily routines that might be a cause for concern

Crown Office investigating more than 3,400 care home deaths linked to COVID
Details of pandemic's grim toll released for first time.

Scottish Conservatives call for unionist backing to ?rebuild? Scotland at man...
Ross said a second referendum on Scottish independence would 'divide our country and damage our economy'