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Live: Scottish election 2016
5 May 2016 at 9:38pm
Welcome to our live coverage of the Scottish election 2016.

Ruth Davidson tells independence supporters: give me a chance to hold SNP to ...
5 May 2016 at 4:11am
Ruth Davidson has called on independence supporters to vote Conservative to hold the SNP to account for their "lack of leadership" in government.

Tories have 'one in four chance' of beating Labour, according to election for...
3 May 2016 at 2:08pm
The Scottish Conservatives have a one in four chance of either beating Scottish Labour or finishing on an equal number of seats, according to a new election forecast.

Sturgeon says Holyrood should have right to call referendum within weeks if c...
29 Apr 2016 at 1:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon could move to call a second independence referendum within the next two months, she has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: I'll be wearing my lucky rhinestone pants on election night
28 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed her standard election night wardrobe ... a pair of lucky rhinestone pants.

Labour 'to finish behind Conservatives' in Holyrood election, according to poll
27 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish Labour are set to finish third behind the Conservatives in the Holyrood elections, according to a new poll.

Childcare plans will save parents £3,000 per year, Nicola Sturgeon says
27 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Drugs mule Melissa Reid could find out when she will return to the UK in the next few days as her appeal to be expelled from Peru is considered by a judge.

Ruth Davidson: SNP want to keep wounds of independence debate open
26 Apr 2016 at 2:23pm
The SNP want to ?keep the wounds of the independence debate open?, according to Ruth Davidson.

David Cameron said he didn't care about Scotland days after independence refe...
25 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
David Cameron said that he did not care about Scotland days after the country voted to remain part of the union, according to a former Liberal Democrat MP.

Natalie McGarry MP faces being sued after mistakenly accusing pro-Union campa...
25 Apr 2016 at 1:21pm
NATALIE McGarry MP faces being sued for up to £30,000 after mistakenly accusing an pro-Union campaigner of being a Holocaust denier, it has been reported.

Live Q&A: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
25 Apr 2016 at 2:20pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP must earn right to propose second indyref
20 Apr 2016 at 2:29pm
Nicola Sturgeon has conceded it would be "wrong" to set a date for a second referendum on independence before a majority of Scots back the country leaving the UK.

Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will oppose renewal of Trident in manifesto
19 Apr 2016 at 1:36pm
Opposition to the renewal of Trident will be included in Scottish Labour's manifesto for the Holyrood election, leader Kezia Dugdale has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: Tories will back Labour members who want Trident renewal
18 Apr 2016 at 11:49am
Tory leader Ruth Davidson has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Labour members and trade unionists who want the UK to retain its Trident nuclear deterrent.

Live Q&A: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
18 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.



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Labour ?failed? on constitution says campaign boss
6 May 2016 at 11:22am
Labour campaign chief Alex Rowley says the party’s “failure” to address its position on Scottish independence was behind another disastrous election result.

Holyrood 2016: Odds against Indyref 2 increase
6 May 2016 at 10:45am
THE ODDS of an independent Scotland have taken a nosedive after the SNP lost their majority at Holyrood in the election, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Holyrood 2016: David Cameron congratulates Ruth Davidson
6 May 2016 at 10:23am
Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed a “historic result” for the Conservatives in Scotland after they emerged as the official opposition in second place.

Holyrood 2016: Burnett becomes Aberdeenshire West?s first Tory MSP
6 May 2016 at 8:53am
CONSERVATIVE MSP Alexander Burnett staged one of the great upsets of the Holyrood 2016 election in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside.

(Updated) Holyrood 2016: Who are the new MSPs?
6 May 2016 at 8:20am
A host of new MSPs have won their first constituency seats in what was a historic election night.

Holyrood 2016: SNP falls short of clean sweep of Highland seats
6 May 2016 at 7:51am
THE SNP recorded a clean sweep in the Highlands constituency seats – but lost two MSPs in the regional list.

Holyrood 2016: Conservative MSPs elected from Lothian list
6 May 2016 at 7:43am
Three Tories were elected as list MSPs from the Lothian region, with Miles Briggs, Gordon Lindhurst and Jeremy Balfour all now heading for Holyrood.

Holyrood 2016: Tories make North East inroads but SNP hold Aberdeen seats
6 May 2016 at 7:33am
The SNP comfortably held onto Aberdeen’s three constituency seats despite Conservatives making seismic shifts in its support in the North East.

Holyrood 2016: SNP?s Fiona Hyslop regains Linlithgow seat
6 May 2016 at 7:32am
The SNP’s Fiona Hyslop regained her seat at Holyrood with a storming show in the Linlithgow constituency.

Holyrood 2016: Kezia Dugdale backed to remain Labour leader
6 May 2016 at 6:45am
SENIOR Scottish Labour figures have insisted Kezia Dugdale should remain leader of the party as it faces its worst electoral performance ever at Holyrood.

Holyrood 2016: Anas Sarwar among four Labour list MSPs for Glasgow
6 May 2016 at 6:34am
Anas Sarwar has returned to elected politics a year after losing his seat at Westminster, becoming a new Labour MSP for the Glasgow region.

Holyrood 2016: Nicola Sturgeon hails second Glasgow clean sweep
6 May 2016 at 5:36am
The SNP made a clean sweep of all the Glasgow constituencies - as the party did in last year’s Westminster election - with Nicola Sturgeon comfortably returned as the MSP for Glasgow Southside.

Holyrood 2016: Spring in step of Edinburgh?s Tory supporters
6 May 2016 at 4:59am
Spring was in the air. From the hyacinth colours of peach and lilac voting slips to a new bounce in the step of Conservative party members, the season of change and rebirth swept through Ingliston’s Highland Hall last night and into the early hours of this morning.

Holyrood 2016: SNP gain Edinburgh Northern and Leith
6 May 2016 at 4:10am
BEN Macpherson secured an SNP victory in Edinburgh Northern and Leith, the only seat in the city which Labour managed to hold onto in 2011.

Scottish Parliament election 2016 constituency result: Skye, Lochaber and Bad...
5 May 2016 at 5:58pm
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Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

The checklist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2016 at 10:00pm
The voting’s over. Let’s see how these get on, shall we? If we’re in the mood, btw, we might make this post an election liveblog. - 00.49am The first result is in, in Orkney. Let’s see how it compared with the “prediction” posted last night by Cutbot, an “analysis” site run by Green activist/dick James …

The cliffhanger
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2016 at 9:52am
Polling day is here. But there’s more to today’s election than the fate of Kezia Dugdale. In what by any standards has been a boring campaign, the media has focused (when not just pumping out its usual diet of SNPBAD) on the battles for 2nd and 4th places. But there could yet be a spectacular …

The independence dividend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2016 at 10:08am
In so far as this Holyrood election has been a battle at all, the battleground for it has been tax. Not only the Unionist opposition but the pro-indy left have attacked the SNP for timidity over its plans to keep income tax rates the same as the rest of the UK, with only a tweak …

The football under the carpet
by Donna Babington
3 May 2016 at 2:54pm
During this election campaign, there’ve been the usual bouts of political sparring, the tit-for-tat point-scoring frenzy played out through a plethora of media. One particular battleground, though, had a special resonance for me – the “Named Person” scheme. I’m a former ?looked-after? child. I’ve suffered the abuse and neglect that this scheme is intended to help protect children from. Having scrutinised …

Twisted blood
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2016 at 10:21am
The rise of the SNP has so bewildered the metropolitan commentariat that even almost a decade after the party won its first Scottish election pundits still barely know which way to face to confront it. A case in point can be found in today’s Times. That was a quick switch. A casual reader would reasonably …

Fully represented
by Chris Cairns
3 May 2016 at 6:55am

The Howling Of The Furies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 May 2016 at 11:01am
It’s been quite a 24 hours for watchers of the UK media. The Sunday papers saw two of the most demented rants to have been committed to print about Scottish politics since the independence referendum. One came from Neil Oliver in the Sunday Times – painting a blood-curdling picture of a “second hate-fest” should Scots ever …

A gap in our memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 May 2016 at 10:57am
We must confess, we don’t recall when this happened. If anyone can help us out, please do.

Generation and stimulation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Apr 2016 at 2:18pm
Yesterday we noted that we still hadn’t received a reply to a complaint we made to the BBC about a false assertion by David Dimbleby on Question Time over six weeks ago, despite the fact that it’s only supposed to take 10 working days. By coincidence we got the reply today, 36 days late, and it wasn’t worth the …

Four minutes of fun
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2016 at 12:57am
This evening’s Question Time saw one of the most incident-packed passages on the show in recent memory. From left to right onscreen the panellists were Paul Marshall (hedge fund manager, head of a chain of academy schools and co-author of the Lib Dems’ infamous “Orange Book”), Alex Salmond, Tory minister Greg Clark, Labour’s shadow home …

BBC Scotland

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SNP in 'historic' win but no majority
6 May 2016 at 11:07am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has declared that her party has won a "historic" victory in the Holyrood election but it did not manage the overall majority it had in the last parliament.

Tories beat Labour to be second party
6 May 2016 at 9:16am
The Scottish Conservatives will be the second largest party at Holyrood following a night of significant gains.

Labour's Dugdale 'heartbroken' by result
6 May 2016 at 10:18am
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is "heartbroken" after the Conservatives beat her party into second place.

Greens push Lib Dems into fifth place
6 May 2016 at 9:45am
The Scottish Greens push the Lib Dems into fifth place after their most successful Holyrood election since 2003.

SNP wipes out Labour in Glasgow
6 May 2016 at 6:21am
The SNP claims victory in all eight of the constituency seats in Glasgow, winning three from Labour and holding five.

Tory Davidson wins seat from SNP
6 May 2016 at 6:29am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson wins the Edinburgh Central seat from the SNP.

Lib Dems hail 'remarkable' result
6 May 2016 at 11:41am
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie hails his party's haul of five seats as "a remarkable result".

Greens' Greer becomes youngest MSP
6 May 2016 at 8:54am
Twenty-one-year-old Ross Greer becomes the youngest ever MSP after being elected for the Greens for the West of Scotland region.

Former leader candidate loses to Tories
6 May 2016 at 2:53am
A Scottish Labour politician who had challenged for the leadership of his party loses his seat to the Conservative Party.

SNP hold Highlands and Islands seats
6 May 2016 at 9:44am
SNP candidates elected as MSPs for constituencies in the Highlands and Islands, while Conservatives see three candidates elected as list MSPs.

Lib Dems' Rennie takes seat from SNP
6 May 2016 at 4:18am
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie takes the Fife North East seat from the SNP.

Conservative gain amid SNP wins
6 May 2016 at 10:11am
The Conservatives win Aberdeenshire West and four list MSPs on a good night in the north east for the SNP, with the Lib Dems holding Orkney and Shetland.

Scot Goes Pop

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

I hate to say I told you so, but...
by James Kelly
6 May 2016 at 3:34am
@NeilCaple @JamesKelly isnt going to happen. Constituencies heading for repeat of 2015 as SNP support has increased since then.? Kevin Williamson (@williamsonkev) May 2, 2016Aft Fri either I'll be ...

Final YouGov poll confirms the SNP majority is under threat. If you want an ...
by James Kelly
5 May 2016 at 1:24am
The final YouGov poll of the campaign has been released tonight, and rather troublingly, it puts the SNP at their lowest share of the constituency vote since way back before last year's UK general ...

Burning questions for tomorrow - and a few tentative answers
by James Kelly
4 May 2016 at 6:26pm
Will the SNP remain the largest single party?Yes.Will Nicola Sturgeon remain First Minister?Yes.Will Labour suffer a net loss of seats?Highly likely, barring very significant polling error or an im...

It's a firm "No" from me to Jonathan Rimmer's demands, and to creeping fascis...
by James Kelly
3 May 2016 at 6:34pm
You've probably seen that CommonSpace have today published an extraordinary opinion piece from RISE supporter Jonathan Rimmer (who I recently had a run-in with over the tactical voting issue, and i...

Proposal for a reformed voting system : the Single Proxy Vote
by James Kelly
3 May 2016 at 4:18pm
A guest post by John S SharpWe get a lot of speculation (including much self-interested misinformation) on the effect of different voting strategies under AMS for the Scottish Parliament; and beyon...

Merciless electorate metes out more misery to Kalamity Kez as bombshell Surva...
by James Kelly
2 May 2016 at 10:56pm
What I presume will be the last pre-election edition of Survation's regular series of polls for Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters has been released tonight.  As they've done before, the Record have chose...

The Sunday Herald's advice to voters is, quite simply, contradictory
by James Kelly
2 May 2016 at 7:53am
Not for the first time in this campaign, the Sunday Herald's lead story yesterday was hugely controversial, with the claim that Nicola Sturgeon was setting her sights on a second referendum now tha...

Mayday! Mayday! She cannae take anymore, cap'n! Pitiless Panelbase poll pu...
by James Kelly
1 May 2016 at 6:11pm
May Day is of course International Workers' Day, and it shows you just how catastrophically Scotland's very own "workers' party" (ahem) has fallen that a new poll putting Labour TWENTY-SIX points b...

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Yellowcraigs beach.
by /u/tanddy
6 May 2016 at 12:03pm
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Yer Da hasn't taken the election results well...
by /u/Obamanator91
6 May 2016 at 11:56am
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Right, who was it?!
by /u/jaaykidd
6 May 2016 at 11:46am
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Summary of results from Survey
by /u/74159637895123
6 May 2016 at 11:01am
Right, unfortunately, though I tried I couldn't get an election outcome for /r/Scotland, the first however many constituencies were evenly split even in odd numbers and I realised without accurate ...

Harkand Group to cut 98 jobs as administrators called in
by /u/abz_eng
6 May 2016 at 10:35am
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Thank God that somewhere accepts Scottish money! It is legal tender after all!
by /u/Fenton296
6 May 2016 at 10:34am
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A force awakens in Scotland: the Union strikes back | Coffee House
by /u/radagast60
6 May 2016 at 9:50am
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TIL the collective noun for a group of alcoholics is called a 'bevy'
by /u/9ofdiamonds
6 May 2016 at 8:36am
I wonder if that's where the phrase 'going for a bevy?' comes from. It gave me a chuckle if nothing else. submitted by /u/9ofdiamonds

Jackie Bird's not much of a fan of the Evening Express election front page
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6 May 2016 at 8:33am
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Nick Sutton on Twitter: "John Curtice Scotland forecast: SNP 63 (-6) Con 31 (...
by /u/AdamMc66
6 May 2016 at 8:21am
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[Big Fuck Off Thread] Holyrood Election 2016 (Day 2 - The Aftermath)
by /u/the_oncoming_storm
6 May 2016 at 6:21am
We're near enough done - a few seats still to be declared. BBC are predicting: SNP 63, Tories 31, Lab 24, Greens 6, LD 5 submitted by /u/the_oncoming_storm

Sturgeon's SNP set for another stunning Holyrood election success
by /u/mankieneck
6 May 2016 at 5:33am
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Party allegiances aside, does anyone else just detest Anas Sarwar?
by /u/antonfriel
6 May 2016 at 2:11am
No wonder the tories were polling so well with that slime at the top of the Glasgow List. Always talking about respecting the result of the referendum, you think he could respect the electorate not...

Gary: tank commander interviews the leaders.
by /u/PanningForSalt
6 May 2016 at 1:10am
I'm sure yous've seen it but it's amusing. submitted by /u/PanningForSalt

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Andy Philip: Surprises galore as Nicola is upstaged by Ruth while Kezia sinks...
by Andy Philip
6 May 2016 at 11:46am
DAILY RECORD political correspondent Andy Philip looks back on a night of unexpected drama that saw the Scottish political landscape shift once again.

David Cameron hails Ruth Davidson for 'historic result' as Tories leapfrog La...
by Graeme Thomson
6 May 2016 at 10:56am
THE Prime Minister tweeted his congratulations to the Scottish Tory leader after "seismic" shift at Holyrood with the Conservatives now the main opposition to SNP.

Scottish election 2016 results: Use our interactive seat by seat map to see w...
6 May 2016 at 9:45am
THE Scottish parliament election results for 2016 are now in. Our special graphic gives you the latest political face of Scotland, and you can compare this year's results with 2011.

Kezia Dugdale vows to stay on as Scottish Labour leader despite party coming ...
by Lisa Toner
6 May 2016 at 9:25am
DUGDALE insists she will remain party leader 'no matter what' in the wake of Labour's latest drubbing at the ballot box in Scotland.

SNP heading back to power at Holyrood but they have lost their majority
by David Clegg
6 May 2016 at 6:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon on course to become First Minister again but the SNP fall two seats short of a majority as resurgent Tories claim second spot.

Spineless David Cameron says Donald Trump 'deserves our respect' ? just month...
by Ben Glaze
6 May 2016 at 6:00am
THE Prime Minister is in full backtrack mode as he sucks up to the controversial presidential hopeful now the tycoon has a chance of taking over at the White House.

SNP ramp up pressure as police probe claims two Tory MPs broke election spend...
by Nick Sommerlad
6 May 2016 at 12:26am
SCOTT Mann and Alex Chalk are being investigated while other MPs are caught up in similar accusations that could force a series of by-elections and cripple government.

Torcuil Crichton: Highlands can't escape Labour's spasm of hate
by Torcuil Crichton
5 May 2016 at 10:54pm
IN election week the whole Ken Livingstone anti-Semitism row has once again proven that the Labour party is its own worst enemy, says TORCUIL.

What time do the 2016 Scottish election polls close and when are the results?
by Ellie House
5 May 2016 at 4:52pm
YOU'VE cast your vote and the polls close at 10pm - but when can you expect the results from your constituency to be announced?

How to vote in the Scottish Election 2016 and what time do the polls close to...
by Ross McCafferty
5 May 2016 at 4:45pm

 Do I need my polling card? Why are there two ballot papers? What time do the polls close today? Get all the information you need as we elect 129 MSPs to use the new powers Scot...

Michael Greenwell

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

Bernie Sanders Is Not A Radical
by michaelgreenwell
4 May 2016 at 10:16am
Noam Chomsky pointing out that not so long ago, Sanders positions would not have been considered radical at all…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 126 ? Who Were The Yes Campaigners? ? with ...
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 11:23am
We all remember the people we met, campaigned, and often made friends with during the referendum campaign. However, were the people we met representative of the campaigners as a whole? Who were they all? If the Telegraph were to be believed then the whole campaign was just that one muscular guy in a kilt with …

The Trump V Sanders Debate
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 8:28am
The Trump V Sanders debate. Some funny moments, some not so funny, but it is worth the watch…

He?s Still Got A Job There
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
I have an article on the Hillsborough situation that I will put out in the next few days but,  for the moment, I have to say that James O’Brien’s comments about Kelvin Mackenzie are a pretty good summation of one part of the story…

A Little Motivational Kick
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 10:30am
The tories don’t provide many services. In fact, they usually do their best to run them down so that they can then make the case to sell them off, repackaging it as an improvement. One thing they are good at providing though, is motivation. Look at the following and tell me you aren’t bursting to …

Pro-Indy Parties In ??Want You To Vote For Them? Row?
by michaelgreenwell
25 Apr 2016 at 6:32pm
Advanced silliness on the Scotsman site yesterday, with no named journalist. A row has broken out in the pro-independence camp over a giant SNP billboard campaign urging voters to use both of their votes to protect Nicola Sturgeon?s majority at Holyrood. … But Greens elections convenor Sarah Beattie-Smith said: ?Greens agree a better Scotland is …

A Simple Solution
by michaelgreenwell
21 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
We’ve all been hearing about the great sacrifices that Her Bettiness has made and all the difficulties she has had in guiding the country through such diverse times. I for one would like to take those things into account, so here is your simple solution… Let’s retire the position. If we do that, then she …

Meter Blown
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2016 at 2:26pm
On this episode of BBC Hardtalk with Christine Lagarde, the current managing director of the IMF, the journalist who was interviewing her had this to say on the subject of Brexit (at around 11 minutes)… “Are you comfortable with the idea that the IMF is now making statements which clearly play a huge political role …

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
it's time to get above ourselves

#SP16 Result: Short Reports from McMillan, Mackenzie, Guthrie, Balharry
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2016 at 12:00pm
We have poked the collective YesBrain at Bella for a variety of short reports – stunned, exultant, depressed, sleeves-rolled-up – to the still slightly bewildering #SP16 election result. Your responses below, as ever, most welcome. Joyce McMillan (@joycemcm): Three Huge Positives?And What Is This Scottish Toryism? Three huge positives about the 2016 result.  First, despite huffing …

#SP16 Result: Not Massively Entertained
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2016 at 11:18am
First, unequivocally good things, in no particular order: 1) Andy Wightman. 2) No UKIP. 3) SNP win After that, everything gets a bit nuanced. First, the SNP got 150 000 more votes, though fewer seats, losing their overall majority (six Greens means there IS a pro-Independence majority…just barely). This Yes majority could unequivocally have been …

Self-Immolation for Dummies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2016 at 10:22am
With Labour facing an extinction event very early on poor Thomas Docherty declared it ‘self-immolation for dummies’ in a desperate attempt to shift blame onto Labour’s ‘left-wing’ agenda. But this is rise of the sore winners, the hurting Unionist right coagulating around the Tories. Whilst the media will focus on Ruth Davidson’s wins the reality …

Live coverage from the Glasgow #SP16 count from IndependenceLive
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2016 at 8:30pm
We’re delighted to join with our colleagues in the new mediasphere in Scotland – CommonSpace and Kiltr – to collectively embed IndependenceLive‘s livestream, from the Glasgow count at the Emirates stadium for the Holyrood General Elections. It’s starting at 11pm today, below: IndyLive are also running a Blab – a platform for running commentary – …

Hillsborough: how one academic kept the ?truth? from being hidden
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2016 at 4:44pm
How can academics put their research at the service of correcting great injustices? Phil Scraton and his work for the Hillsborough campaign offers a powerful example, write Margaret Malloch and Bill Munro There has been a justifiable amount of attention on the recent outcome of the inquests into the 96 men, women and children who …

Benefit sanctions are ?Britain?s secret penal system?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2016 at 2:21pm
Stuart Rodger interviews Dr David Webster, the Glasgow-based academic who charts the full horror of Tory benefit sanctions – which fine more people for being poor than are fined in Magistrates courts While the Tories like to prevaricate and evade on the causes for the dramatic rise in foodbank use in Britain over the past six …

This Time, It?s Epochal: The Next ScotGov & The Anthropocene
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2016 at 9:08am
We aim for “sustainability” and “flourishing” in our government’s performance. But the next Scottish administration faces epochal challenges, says Jan Bebbington Three ideas should frame and shape the actions of the new Scottish Government: The Anthropocene Capabilities for flourishing Economic democracy Debates around “sustainable development” have been enlivened by the proposition that we are living …

Message in a Green Bottle: Dear Greens please vote SNP
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2016 at 12:06am
Many Greens are veering away from voting SNP on the constituency vote towards voting Labour. This is for the best of radical reasons, including blaming SNP for cuts which they are passing on from Westminster, blaming the SNP for freezing and continuing the council tax, and for not raising the higher rate of tax. So …

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UK elections: Jeremy Corbyn declares 'we hung on' after mixed night for Labou...
by Andrew Sparrow and Matthew Weaver
6 May 2016 at 12:03pm
Rolling coverage of the London mayor, Scottish parliament, Welsh assembly, Northern Ireland assembly and English councils results Scottish Labour facing third place after Tory surgeSenior London Tory attacks Goldsmith?s campaignWelsh Labour might need other parties? support to governKey points of...

Corbyn: election results show Labour is standing up against Tory cuts
by Rowena Mason, Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart
6 May 2016 at 11:45am
Labour leader defies critics as party holds ground in England, but loses opposition role in Scotland to ToriesJeremy Corbyn has defied his critics after Labour appeared to hold its ground in the English council elections, despite suffering a bruising night in Scotland and a setback in Wales.The L...

Nicola Sturgeon hails 'historic' third SNP Holyrood victory ? video
by Guardian Staff
6 May 2016 at 10:58am
Speaking at the Glasgow count on Friday, the SNP leader and first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, welcomes the Scottish Nationalists? success in winning a third term in the Holyrood elections. The SNP won 63 seats, two short of a majoritySNP win stops short of majority as Scottish Labour finishes thir...

SNP win stops short of majority as Scottish Labour finishes third
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
6 May 2016 at 9:48am
Nicola Sturgeon claims ?historic? third victory as Labour loses out to Scottish Conservative partyNicola Sturgeon has claimed an ?historic? third successive victory in the Holyrood election after a night on which her party?s majority was cut and Labour was forced into a humiliating third place by...

The once monolithic character of UK politics continues to fracture | Simon Je...
by Simon Jenkins
6 May 2016 at 8:45am
Local election results reflect distinctive paths being taken in devolved Scotland and Wales, but England is diversifying tooLocal elections are a regular health check for Britain?s political parties. Results so far from Thursday?s vote suggest they should keep taking the pills. They leave the Tor...

UK elections 2016 at a glance: the key points and results
by Claire Phipps and Haroon Siddique
6 May 2016 at 8:31am
Who won, who lost, what changed: the latest developments in the local electionsLive results trackerUp-to-the-minute news on the live blog Related: Scottish Labour facing third place after collapse in vote Rowena Mason, political correspondent: There is no spinning out of this one for Labour. It ...

UK 'Super Thursday' elections: Corbyn allies pin hope on Sadiq Khan win
by Heather Stewart and Severin Carrell
6 May 2016 at 1:42am
Victory for Sadiq Khan in London mayor race against Zac Goldsmith would vindicate Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott saysUK local election results 2016: live updates and newsLive results trackerJeremy Corbyn?s allies have seized on Labour?s likely victory in the London mayoral race as a vindication of h...

What do you make of the 2016 election results?
by James Walsh
5 May 2016 at 11:39pm
As the results for Britain?s May elections come in, we want to know if you voted, and what you think the results mean for your town or areaUK local election results 2016: live updates and newsLive results trackerThe polls have closed, and counting and declarations are continuing for elections acr...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Election night
It was election night, and the big loser early on was the BBC. Brian Taylor stormed off as the big telly that the corporation had bought in the Barras failed to show anything at all, not even one of those graphs that shows how poor Scotland is. Even Greece can manage a working TV set. …

Vote Scottish
The polls open in a few hours, and the parties are making their final pleas to the public. The SNP hope to retain their majority and with luck increase it. The Greens hope to overtake the Lib Dems as the fourth largest party. And the Tories hope that Labour collapses to such an extent that …

Let?s dream of unicorns
It took hundreds of years to trap the unicorn. There was the hammer of the Scots that broke on the anvil of Bannockburn, there wis the flooers o the forest that wede awaa, there was the queen who lost her head and the tongue tied son who fled south to the riches of London and …

Davie Cameron doesn?t think
David Cameron doesn’t think that the Scottish government will have a mandate for another independence referendum. That sentence would be a whole lot more accurate if it ended at the word ‘think’. Scotland rarely fires any synapses in the brain of our Prime Minister, and on the rare occasions that it does his neural pathways …

Scottish democracy will not be silenced
So what’s more democratic? Would it be option a) allowing the people to have a say on a topic when there is clear evidence that public opinion has shifted, or would it be option b)insisting that the result of a previous vote must be cast in stone and preserved forever? Or at least for as …

The direction of respect
It would appear, according to the bunch of torn faces collectively known as Scotland’s Unionist parties, that there’s only one sort of respect that needs to be demanded in Scottish politics. That’s the respect that independence supporting parties are required to show the result of the referendum in 2014. Funnily enough, there doesn’t appear to …

Vote for the good guy
I’ve written before that Scotland needs a majority SNP government, preferably with a large contingent of Greens, after the Holyrood elections in order to ensure that we maintain the pressure for a second independence referendum. We also need the SNP to maintain its majority in government in order to ensure that the Unionist media doesn’t …

Death by LOLkat
Sometimes you feel like poking your eyes out with a rusty knitting needle. Either that or developing a deep empathy with those Russian Old Believer peasants who set off to live in cabins in the frozen depths of the Siberian taiga so that they could escape from the trivialisation of life produced by modern civilisation. …

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Over a million people voted SNP, says Swinney - though it might not be enough...
JOHN Swinney says the main priority of the new SNP Scottish Government over the next five years is "to govern for all the people of Scotland" - despite his party not yet having a majority of MSPs elected. 

McArthur holds Orkney for LibDems
THE Liberal Democrats defied their critics to hold on to Orkney with more than 7,000 votes for Liam McArthur.

Labour manifesto is "self-immolation for dummies" says former MP
A FORMER Labour MP has described Labour?s manifesto in Scotland as ?self-immolation for dummies?.

Lego lovers are challenged to build a puffin to win free festival entry
VISITORS are being asked to create their own puffin models with Lego bricks for a chance to win free entry into Scotland?s celebration of the iconic bird.

Fancy a visit to the Tomb of the Haddock? Pranksters dream up a fictional Ork...
IT?S long been known as the island which features in the world?s shortest flight, but now Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands has a new claim to fame as it has suddenly acquired a Mama.

Brother pays tribute to 'hero' Green Beret at service
THE grieving brother of Captain David Seath, a Scot with 29 Commando, who died after collapsing during the London Marathon, hailed him a ?hero? and an ?inspiration? during an emotional tribute at his funeral.

Sight of alligator rings a bell
AN alligator wandered through a South Carolina suburb and on to the front porch of a house before climbing up the front door and appearing to reach for the doorbell.

Animal rescue team given busy Easter holiday
A DOG, a lizard and four bunnies had to be rescued during the bank holiday after they were abandoned by their owners.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Ignore the Duplicitous Public Face of Davidson and her Newborn Tory Party ? T...
          The Leopard Cannot Change its Spots – Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories are still toxic Ruth Davidson has been very busy in the last few months embracing the agenda of a compliant Unionist press and the BBC broadcasting images and reports always favourable to Unionist parties. So no change in the …

Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

John Lamont ? Tory Hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency ?...
        John Lamont, the Tory hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency claimed more in members’ expenses than Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale put together during the first nine months of the 2015/16 financial year. A trawl through the Scottish Parliament’s financial records shows most of the Conservatives elected in …

Homeland Security UK Style -Counter Terrorism Strategy Information is Widely ...
  The new powers       Counter-Extremism Strategy – Extract from the Foreword by David Cameron Over generations, we in Britain have built something extraordinary: a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our country today is more vibrant, buoyant and diverse than ever before in our history. There is still more to be done to defeat …

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ? Cameron and His Much...
        Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). (The first attempt at TTIP) In 1995, (MAI) appeared as a draft agreement, negotiated by OECD members. The mission statement: “To develop multilateral rules ensuring that international investment would be governed in a more systematic and uniform way between states.” Developed in secret the draft was …

There?s a cuckoo in the nest ? The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over S...
    There’s a cuckoo in the nest – The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over Scotland I wrote to the subject recently giving warning of the future shape of the UK now that independence has been rejected and the Scottish government has been bought off with increased powers making it the most …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

Gerry Hassan

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

Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council
Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council May 5th 2016 Dear Mr Hassan, I saw your article on ?Scottish Review? about Govanhill and, as a press officer for Glasgow City Council, was particularly taken the paragraph, which said: For years Govanhill has had a palpable feeling of falling between the cracks and has not received ...

Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Stur...
Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Sturgeon?s Constituency Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 4th 2016 A couple of years ago a community arts project in Glasgow designated Albert Drive on the city?s Southside as ?Scotland?s most ethnically diverse street?. It was a good strapline ? filled with positivity and ...

Whatever happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution?
What happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 1st 2016 There is a Scottish election going on ? played out in TV and radio studios, photo-ops and the occasional party leader debates. Its main contestants are the party leaders, no one else from the main parties, and perhaps more ...

Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland
Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 29th 2016 A few months ago I watched the award-winning film ?Spotlight? – the story of the ?Boston Globe?s? investigative unit of the same name that examined allegations of Catholic Church sexual abuse. Although set in Boston in 2001 the ...

What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults?
What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 24th 2016 All the party manifestos are out – bar Labour. But the only really important one – that of the SNP – emerged this week. It was an event. A spectacle. A cross between an American ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 20th 2016 I am a European. I believe in Europe as an idea. And for all of my life I have felt an affinity and connection with the notion of greater European integration. Now I ...

The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future
The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 17th 2016 The Scottish election is underway – the winners already decided, the European referendum casting a shadow, and all the parties having difficulty shifting from the land of milk and honey to austerity and cuts. One seasoned observer ...

Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question
Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 13th 2016 Dundee, Scotland?s fourth city is on the move. It is often forgotten about or even patronised by those in the Central Belt – ?it is a place I have only passed through? is a regular refrain I have heard ...

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority - ABC News
Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority
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The pro-independence Scottish National Party Friday secured another term in government with an historic third consecutive victory in Scotland's parliamentary elections but fell short of an outright majority. In a startling reversal, the Conservative ...
Scotland won't get its second independence referendum ? that sui...

UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - poll - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - poll
Reuters UK
The Scottish National Party, expected to easily win elections for Scotland's devolved parliament on Thursday, has pledged another independence vote if Scotland is forced out of the EU "against its will" through a referendum on Britain's membership of ...
It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence - And Its Oil -...

BAE Systems Sees Risks if 'Brexit' Spurs Scottish Independence Push - Wall St...

Wall Street Journal
BAE Systems Sees Risks if 'Brexit' Spurs Scottish Independence Push
Wall Street Journal
LONDON?BAE Systems PLC Chairman Roger Carr on Wednesday said a British exit from the European Union harbored risks to the U.K. weapons maker, including potentially spurring independence sentiments in Scotland. Mr. Carr said the risk to BAE ...

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Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - EurActiv

Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU
Britons are more worried about the prospect of Scotland gaining independence than of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, a poll published Today (3 May) found. A BMG poll in Scotland's Herald newspaper found that 68% of voters cited Scottish ...

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP - Newsweek

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP
Scotland should have the right to hold a new referendum on independence if the country is taken out of the European Union "against our will," the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said on Sunday. Facing a British referendum on whether to stay ...
Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Sco...

Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show - Breitbart News

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Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show
Breitbart News
According to the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above), a new referendum on Scottish independence would ?almost certainly? be triggered by the UK voting to leave the EU against Scotland's will. In her opinion the move would be justified by such ...
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leav...

Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond - Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond
Toronto Star
Canada, and its own struggles with Quebec independence bids and referendums, has figured strongly in the Scottish independence saga, on both sides of the question. Cameron's government sought advice from many Canadians on the federalist side of the ...

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SNP, Labour and Tories all made to suffer in UK elections - Irish Times

Irish Times
SNP, Labour and Tories all made to suffer in UK elections
Irish Times
Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) is set to win a third term in government at Holyrood, although the party fell short of an overall majority. The big winners in Scotland were Ruth Davison's Conservatives, who looked set to double their ...

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Elections: mixed results for Labour, SNP wins third term - Channel 4 News

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Elections: mixed results for Labour, SNP wins third term
Channel 4 News
In Scotland, Labour suffered a drubbing, seeing the SNP win at Holyrood for the third time, although Nicola Sturgeon's party failed to win an outright majority. As significant was the fact that Labour was pushed into third place behind the ...

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SNP retain their Angus seats amid Tory surge - The Courier

The Courier
SNP retain their Angus seats amid Tory surge
The Courier
The SNP retained both their constituency seats in Angus ? though they were run close by the Conservatives. Graeme Dey retained the Angus South seat he won in 2011, but with his majority cut from 38.3% to 13.4%. Mairi Evans is the new MSP for Angus ...

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LIVE WIRE ? UK Elections: Khan Takes Early 12-Point Lead, SNP Lose Majority I...

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LIVE WIRE ? UK Elections: Khan Takes Early 12-Point Lead, SNP Lose Majority In Scotland, UKIP Storm Welsh ...
Breitbart News
Counting is ongoing for the multiple elections held all around the UK yesterday. In results already in, Labour has not done as badly as predicted in the English local elections, but still lost ground ? one of the worst ever results for an opposition ...

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Osborne: Tories have deprived the SNP of a majority - The National

The National
Osborne: Tories have deprived the SNP of a majority
The National
CHANCELLOR George Osborne has claimed the Tories in Scotland have deprived the SNP of an overall majority at Holyrood. Osborne took to Twitter to congratulate Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson on her victory in Edinburgh Central, where she ...

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SNP hold firm in Dundee East ? but Conservatives also have cause to celebrate...

The Courier
SNP hold firm in Dundee East ? but Conservatives also have cause to celebrate
The Courier
Shona Robison secured a fourth term as MSP for Dundee City East and hailed the victory as a mandate for the SNP to ?get on with the job of improving the city and Scotland?. Her victory was in little doubt as the respected politician and long-time ...

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Victory! SNP Won 'Historic Third Term' in Scottish Parliament Election - Sput...

Sputnik US
Victory! SNP Won 'Historic Third Term' in Scottish Parliament Election
Sputnik US
MOSCOW (Sputnik) ? SNP remains Scotland's largest party, receiving over 45 percent of the vote and winning 63 out of the 129 seats in the Scottish parliament, according to a BBC breakdown of the results. "The SNP has tonight won an historic third term ...

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Election 2016: SNP secure third term in power as Scottish Conservatives overt...

Glasgow Evening Times
Election 2016: SNP secure third term in power as Scottish Conservatives overtake Labour
Glasgow Evening Times
Last May the party lost all but one of their MPs from Scotland as the SNP swept the board in the general election. Ms Dugdale said after that result "this election was always going to be tough for the Scottish Labour Party". She insisted she would ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independence referend...

The Independent
Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independence referendum?
The Independent
A burly man in a tartan kilt was playing the bagpipes outside Edinburgh's central Waverley station. With the SNP again set to form the next Scottish government, the issue of independence has made its way back to the fore. Nicola Sturgeon herself has ...
The SNP's independence dream fades...

Trident could not be a referendum trigger - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Trident could not be a referendum trigger
Herald Scotland
In the case of leaving the EU, we are talking not only about something politically unpopular in Scotland but also something which goes against the arguments used by Better Together in the 2014 referendum. Two years ago the spectre of Scotland being ...

UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - poll - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - poll
Reuters UK
The Scottish National Party, expected to easily win elections for Scotland's devolved parliament on Thursday, has pledged another independence vote if Scotland is forced out of the EU "against its will" through a referendum on Britain's membership of ...
Poll: UK voters more worried about Scottish independence th...

Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence - Seeker (registration) (b...

Seeker (registration) (blog)
Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence
Seeker (registration) (blog)
The outcome dashes the hopes of the hundreds of thousands of Scots who voted to break away on Thursday in an unprecedented vote that ignited debate about governance in Britain but will reassure those worried about the economic risks of a break-up.

Will Scotland Vote for Independence in First Post-Referendum Election? - Sput...

Sputnik International
Will Scotland Vote for Independence in First Post-Referendum Election?
Sputnik International
Despite the apparent defeat of the independence campaign though, the country's largest pro-independence party ? the SNP ? look set to sweep the board, and a majority of polls put Nicola Sturgeon's party at over 50% of the vote. With less than 48 ...
UK Voters Fear Scottish Independence...

Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU - BBC News

BBC News
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU
BBC News
There would "almost certainly" be a second independence referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU and Scotland does not, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader said she hoped the situation did not arise, but said there would be "overwhelming" ...
Scotland's Sturgeon rules out new independence referendum until most Scot...

Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon
Reuters UK
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
Scottish National Party head says Scotland should hold new r...

Inside Track: The inbuilt dangers of holding a referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Inside Track: The inbuilt dangers of holding a referendum
Herald Scotland
RESEARCHERS from the British Election Study and the University of Manchester this week released an interesting report on how the Scottish independence referendum affected voting patterns. Its findings, they believe, suggest that just as 2014's vote had ...
Percentage of Scottish people who want to remain in EU...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

953,587 votes equating to 4 Regional List seats. Good return?

Would they have been better not pedalling the both votes SNP line and letting the independence supporting Greens get a few more seats?

Election Night
The programs don't start til 10:30 so I assume no exit poll?

Labour suspends Momentum's Vice-Chair for anti-semitism
BBC story -   "Jackie Walker, a vice chair in the Momentum movement, wrote about "the African holocaust" and Jews as "chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade".   In a statement, she said: "I have been suspended from the Labour Party for all...

Election Spreadsheet
If anyone is interested, I have pulled together a spreadsheet to record the election results as they come in.  I had posted it in another topic, but it got lost in amongst all the other threads.  The spreadsheet has a host of information all in the one place as well, such as Sitting MP, Sitting P...

Election Day
Use your vote wisely.

How to make the Most of Your List Vote

Here is a recent opinion poll from a couple of weeks ago which I've set out in a way that shows how the constituency seats and the list votes are combined to work out the awarding of List MSPs.
It shows that in most areas outside the Highlands and Islands that an SNP list vote is heavily diluted...

Election Gambling
Anyone having a flutter on the polls? I haven't looked far but Ladbrokes seem to have a few markets including most seats, constituencies, and so on.   Avoided the 1/20s and so on. A lot of these are *pardon the pun* a gamble, and at times 2 plus 2 equalling five, but I did pretty well last year, ...

Councillor Terry Kelly suspended for anti semitism
wot a shame!

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

What is everyone voting today?  I'm in Falkirk East and have very uninspiring constituency candidate options. Will probably vote for Angus McDonald of the SNP as the least-bad option.  My list vote will be going to the Scottish Green Party.  

Royal Highland Show
Plan on taking my wee family for a day out to the RHS in Ingliston in late June (either the Saturday or the Sunday). Let my wee boy see all the animals and stuff - has the makings of a good day out. But jeezo, tickets are a bit pricey! I was there five or six years ago and noticed that plenty...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Election night
Nice to see two 'Lords' taking part in our democracy on the bbc...

Whisky Fringe
Anyone ever been to this in Edinburgh?  A few of us are thinking of doing it this year but it's proving difficult to get conclusive information on it.  It costs £30 to get in which includes a £10 voucher to spend at the shop.  Do you need to pay for your samples/tastings over and above that or ar...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Worst 5 pubs you've been in
Killing time at work and having a look through Old Glasgow pubs. Got me thinking about the worst 5 pubs I've been in...   In no particular order... 1. The Glaswegian, Bridge Street, Glasgow....Only ever went there once during a subcrawl in 2006 or 2007. Everyone there just looked like...


Holyrood Magazine


Former Labour leadership candidate Ken Macintosh loses constituency seat to C...

Greens triple MSPs but fail to top best ever result

Scottish Labour manifesto 'self-immolation for dummies', claims former MP

Nicola Sturgeon wins ?historic? third term for the SNP in Scottish Parliament...

Scottish Conservatives see huge gains to take second place in Scotland

Kezia Dugdale vows to remain Labour leader 'no matter what' after party slips...

Scottish Parliament election 2016 result

SNP wins the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, while Tories see big gains

Independence Live

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Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...

Neil Oliver and his unionist hate fest
  Todays Sunday Times article by the BBC?s Neil Oliver is so stunning in it’s inaccuracy, it’s difficult to know where to begin. It oozes personal hate towards Salmond and Sturgeon, disdain towards the SNP and bitterness towards his fellow Scots who aspire towards a better vision for Scotland. Neil talks of ?schoolboy logic? but ...

Long form podcast extra: Prof John Curtice Prof John Curtice, renowned psephologist and political commentator, chats to Common Space journalist Michael Gray about the upcoming Scottish Parliament election, opinion polls, the voting system and the nature of democracy itself. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast ...

Long form podcast: John McTernan John McTernan, political strategist and commentator, spends an hour chatting to Common Space journalist Michael Gray. John McTernan gives his insight into what is wrong with some of the SNP’s policies and what was great about the New Labour project. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can ...

Long form podcast extra: Paul Mason Author and journalist, Paul Mason, joined Michael Gray from Commonspace at the Kiltr offices in Glasgow for a leisurely but detailed conversation about post-capitalism, the subject of Paul’s latest book. The interview is a collaboration between Common Space, Kiltr and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast in a ...

Ian Duncan Smith has resigned but why?
Iain Duncan Smith has resigned and I feel like having a party. There is no doubt that he is on the right wing of the right wing of the Tory party and whatever the reasons behind this happening, I hope it does the same kind of lasting damage to him, as he has inflicted upon ...

We All Need This
When you look at the array of new media projects that emerged from the referendum era you will notice that are one of the only ones if not the only one that still remains. Not only that but we are stronger than ever. One of the key reasons is that we are not heavily ...