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Scottish Government: new cremations legislation 'will prevent another baby as...
9 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm
New legislation on burials and cremations will ensure the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal never happens again, the Scottish Government said.

Lib Dems edge out SNP in Loch Ness council poll battle
9 Oct 2015 at 1:33pm
The Liberal Democrats narrowly defeated the SNP to take a Scottish council seat in their first victory at the ballot box north of the border since May.

Merkel ally tells Cameron he risks losing Scotland and the City if the UK qui...
9 Oct 2015 at 2:29pm
A politician from Angela Merkel's party has warned David Cameron he risks losing Scotland and much of the UK?s economic firepower if Britain leaves the European Union.

Mundell optimistic about 'fair' Holyrood funding deal
8 Oct 2015 at 1:21pm
David Mundell is confident a deal can be reached on a "fair and sustainable" new funding arrangement for Scotland in time to allow Holyrood to get new powers over income tax and welfare in less than two years' time.

Poll: SNP retain 35% point lead over Labour ahead of Holyrood 2016 election
8 Oct 2015 at 10:30am
THE election of Kezia Dugdale and Jeremy Corbyn as leaders of Scottish and UK Labour has failed to dent the SNP?s commanding poll lead.

Sturgeon in the running for a fourth title as The Herald Scottish Politician ...
8 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon could win an unprecedented fourth award as The Herald's Scottish Politician of the Year after she was again nominated for the prestigious prize.

Holyrood to be given £1.9m security upgrade after Canadian parliament gunman ...
8 Oct 2015 at 10:51am
THE Scottish Parliament is to spend £1.9million upgrading security in the wake of last year?s attack on the Canadian parliament by a lone gunman.

Kezia Dugdale makes quotas appeal for gender equality
7 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called for Holyrood to be given the power to set legally-binding quotas in a bid to tackle gender inequality.

John Nicolson, an SNP MP with a good eye for property
7 Oct 2015 at 12:08am
THE SNP has been thrown into turmoil by the property dealings of its now-suspended MP Michelle Thomson.

Scottish Government targets revenge porn in new bill
9 Oct 2015 at 9:39am
So-called revenge porn is being targeted in a new Bill introduced by the Scottish Government today.

Grassroots campaign against underground coal burning say SNP has 'closed door...
7 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
COMMUNITY activists have accused Nicola Sturgeon of snubbing their campaign against burning coal underneath the Firth of Forth.

Sturgeon tips Mhairi Black as future SNP leader
8 Oct 2015 at 10:25am
Nicola Sturgeon has tipped Britain's youngest MP Mhairi Black as a future leader of the SNP.

Scottish Government adviser Jim McColl predicts rise in oil prices by 2018
8 Oct 2015 at 12:56pm
Oil prices will rise again by 2018 and reinvigorate economic activity in the North Sea, according to a billionaire Scottish Government adviser.

Mundell: SNP must set out plans for income tax in Scotland before Holyrood 20...
7 Oct 2015 at 12:31pm
The SNP must set out its plans for income tax in Scotland before next year's Holyrood elections, David Mundell has said.

Sturgeon backs documents call in Michelle Thomson row
8 Oct 2015 at 1:18pm
The First Minister has said she would welcome the publication of all Law Society documents relating to alleged irregularities with property deals carried out on behalf of MP Michelle Thomson.



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30 killed as Turkish capital rocked by explosions
10 Oct 2015 at 11:39am
TWO BOMB explosions apparently targeting a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed 30 people and injured 126 others.

Michael Fallon to press for military action in Syria
10 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
THE UK government will continue to “build the case” for British military intervention against Islamic State in Syria, the defence secretary said yesterday.

SNP calls to ditch Edinburgh hotel for super-rich
10 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
THE SNP has warned council chiefs in Edinburgh that it would be morally wrong to allow one of the city’s most prestigious public buildings, the former Royal High School on Calton Hill, to be turned into a haven for super-rich tourists.

Tom Watson: My ?duty? to tell police of Lord Brittan claims
10 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
LABOUR deputy leader Tom Watson has insisted he had a “duty” to inform police of sex abuse allegations against the former home secretary, Leon Brittan.

Australia in plans to deport refugees to Philippines
10 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
AUSTRALIA is in talks to deport to the Philippines any refugees who try to reach its shores illegally, the immigration minister said ­yesterday.

Jane Bradley: The NHS, up close and personal
9 Oct 2015 at 10:00pm
What’s in a name? Often it can be what’s needed to make a hospital stay more berarable, writes Jane Bradley

Leaders: Thomson saga has more twists than a corkscrew
9 Oct 2015 at 10:00pm
It looks like a classic case of buck-passing between the Law Society, Police Scotland, the Crown Office and the National Crime Agency

Brian Wilson: Murky business and the Law Society
9 Oct 2015 at 10:00pm
Michelle Thomson case highlights need to hold professional body to account, writes Brian Wilson

Serious crime squad knew of Michelle Thomson deals
9 Oct 2015 at 5:07pm
THE Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca) knew of allegations against the lawyer at the heart of the criminal investigation into property deals linked to MP Michelle Thomson four years ago, the Law Society of Scotland has confirmed.

Jeremy Corbyn: ?Tories robbing poor to give to rich?
9 Oct 2015 at 3:42pm
JEREMY Corbyn launched one of the most scathing attacks on the Conservatives of his leadership yet during a speech in Scotland as he accused the party of “robbing” low-paid workers to fund tax cuts for the rich.

Scottish ambulance crews to vote on strike action
9 Oct 2015 at 3:40pm
AMBULANCE workers in Scotland are to vote on strike action amid complaints of “excessive demands” on staff.

Scotland?s baby ashes scandal: Never again
9 Oct 2015 at 12:33pm
NEW legislation has been brought forward to ensure there is no repeat of Scotland’s baby ashes scandals where crematorium staff secretly buried infants’ ashes without telling grieving parents. Scottish Government plans include a new legal definition of ashes.

New cross party anti-EU campaign Vote Leave launched
9 Oct 2015 at 10:57am
A new cross-party campaign for the UK to leave the European Union has been launched with the backing of major political donors as well as prominent figures from the world of business and MPs across the political spectrum.

New powers to tackle revenge porn in Scotland
9 Oct 2015 at 10:26am
NEW powers which will criminalise those who share intimate images of ex-partners without their consent have been introduced by the Scottish Government.

Michelle Thomson won?t face parliamentary probe
9 Oct 2015 at 8:37am
WESTMINSTER’S standards watchdog is set to rule out an investigation into Michelle Thomson’s property deals – because they took place before she was an MP.

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Unscheduled day off
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Oct 2015 at 10:31am
Because this isn’t the fairer, better, equal Scotland we’re fighting for. See you tomorrow, readers.

Thicker than water
by Scott Minto
9 Oct 2015 at 12:00pm
Much has been made this week of the Scottish Government’s decision to award a water services contract for council buildings, schools, prisons and some other public facilities to an English company (Anglian Water) over the bid by Business Stream, a wholly-owned subsidiary of publicly-owned Scottish Water. Opponents of the SNP have claimed that the awarding of …

The morning after
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Oct 2015 at 10:00am
Nope, still too soon. Can’t take the world this morning. (Quick trivia fact, though. Ireland scored 90th-minute goals against Georgia, Germany and Poland that got them four extra points. A 90th-minute equaliser from Poland cost Scotland two. That’s how narrow the line between success and failure is in football.) (Also, the defeat in Georgia ISN’T …

In chronological order
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2015 at 9:59pm
We hate to be picky, but aren’t these the wrong way round? November 2014: “The Vow has been delivered, ahead of schedule.” That’s past tense, right? February 2015: “The Vow is being delivered.” (Present tense.) February 2015: “We will deliver The Vow, and more.” (Future tense.) May 2015: “We will deliver The Vow.” (Conditional future …

The moral maze
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2015 at 2:45pm
Kezia Dugdale made a spectacle of herself again at First Minister’s Questions earlier today. Using time intended for holding the Scottish Government to account over its devolved responsibilities, Dugdale once more decided instead to ignore her duty to the people of Scotland and attack the FM over a matter which is entirely outwith the Scottish Government’s control, namely the past actions …

The list of demands
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2015 at 11:52am
As life’s cruel weight bears increasingly down on your weary and creaking shoulders, readers – and it will, if it hasn’t already – you may find that you become decreasingly tolerant of those who waste your remaining time on Earth. Certainly, this editor has rather less patience than he did in his youth, and engaged …

Damned if you don?t
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2015 at 9:59pm
Earlier today we made an observation about the overblown way the media has been covering the Scottish Government’s underspend of 1.3% of its budget (a figure about which the David Hume Institute today cooed approvingly “Even Mr Micawber could not budget more accurately”). To nobody’s great amazement, Scottish Labour rentahonk Jackie Baillie – fresh from making …

Spend, spend, spend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2015 at 5:59pm
The media and Unionist politicians (we really need to come up with a word to describe that single entity), when not concocting hysterical frothing diatribes against Michelle Thomson or complaining about the Scottish Government giving money to T In The Park – a position we must confess we find ourselves in some sympathy with – …

What we?re told and what we know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2015 at 2:37pm
We apologise for another post on the subject of The Wright House, everyone, but we do love getting our teeth into a puzzle, especially when it comes with a side order of lots of juicy evidence of the Scottish media telling people outright lies. This should be the last one for the forseeable future, and …

Once more for the folks at home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2015 at 12:51am
Even the alertest readers will probably already be confused by the baffling tale of Douglas and Jacqueline Wright, who sold their home to Edinburgh West MP Michelle Thomson. We certainly were last night, but on delving a little more into the media coverage of their story, things got a whole lot worse. On yesterday evening’s STV …

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Harvie urges 'turn Scotland Green'
10 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm
The economy and climate change are priorities for the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie tells its conference.

MP will not face parliamentary probe
9 Oct 2015 at 5:39pm
Westminster's standards watchdog will not be investigating allegations surrounding property deals linked to the MP Michelle Thomson.

Lib Dems win Highland by-election
9 Oct 2015 at 3:52pm
The Liberal Democrats win a by-election in Highland Council's Aird and Loch Ness ward.

New law over baby ashes scandals
9 Oct 2015 at 2:38pm
New legislation on burials and cremations is proposed by the Scottish government in response to the baby ashes scandals.

New law to tackle 'revenge porn'
9 Oct 2015 at 8:16am
A bill to tackle the rise of so-called "revenge porn" and domestic abuse is published by the Scottish government.

Corbyn praises social enterprise
9 Oct 2015 at 10:42pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urges a shake up in the economy to give more support to businesses that operate in the wider interests of the community.

New bovine TB controls introduced
9 Oct 2015 at 1:27pm
Legislation aimed at further protecting Scotland's livestock from Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) has come into effect.

Government widens fracking moratorium
8 Oct 2015 at 4:15pm
The Scottish government imposes a moratorium on underground coal gasification in addition to its existing fracking moratorium.

FM backs Thomson papers publication
8 Oct 2015 at 2:06pm
Scotland's first minister would welcome publication of any Law Society of Scotland documents relating to MP Michelle Thomson whose business dealings have been questioned.

College's board removed by ministers
8 Oct 2015 at 5:18pm
The Scottish government replaces the entire board at Glasgow Clyde College following "repeated incidences of failure relating to governance".

MSPs back car smoking ban proposals
8 Oct 2015 at 6:08pm
A law proposing the ban on smoking in cars carrying children passes its first hurdle in the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood security upgrade to cost £1.8m
8 Oct 2015 at 11:41am
Almost £2m will be spent on upgrading security in the service yard of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.

What's the issue with mesh implants?
6 Oct 2015 at 11:24am
What are mesh implant procedures, and why have they caused a problem for some patients?

At-a-glance: T in the Park documents
30 Sep 2015 at 8:52am
What is in the 628 page T in the Park documentation released by the government?

Scot Goes Pop

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SNP vote increases by 4.6% in Aird and Loch Ness by-election
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
Yesterday's by-election in Aird and Loch Ness saw the SNP and Lib Dems finish more or less level-pegging on first preferences (just 29 votes separated them).  But in contrast to the East Ayr by-ele...

Tantalising TNS poll suggests the SNP still enjoy enormous lead
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
The long wait for a full-scale poll of Scottish voting intentions conducted after the election of Jeremy Corbyn is now over, with the publication today of the monthly TNS poll...Constituency ballot...

ComRes telephone poll deepens the uncertainty on the EU referendum
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:41pm
Since the Electoral Commission intervened to make the EU referendum question wording more neutral, a string of polls conducted among volunteer online polling panels have shown the 'Leave' camp jump...

Kezia Dugdale : An Explanation
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:49am
A guest post by Mike McCreadieYou probably don't know this, but Kezia Dugdale and that Ian fella are actually SNP secret agents. Hear me out for a minute...I dislike conspiracy theories as much as ...

A surfeit of surprises
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2015 at 11:48am
Those of you who are a bit older than me will probably recall the very likeable David Butler, who was the BBC's resident psephologist on every general election results programme between 1950 and 19...

Let's hope Corbyn fails (and not just in the way you might think)
by James Kelly
4 Oct 2015 at 11:37am
It seems that Richard Heller, the man who infamously wrote part of Jeremy Corbyn's conference speech five years in advance, wasn't quite so keen on other words that the new Labour leader uttered in...

By-election bonanza for buoyant SNP
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2015 at 8:40pm
While I was unexpectedly marooned on Arran (I think my host at the guest house may even have used the word "incarcerated" at one point), the evidence continued to mount that Jeremy Corbyn has faile...

Castaway Kelly
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 8:18pm
Good evening from the less-than-sunny Isle of Arran, where I've just got stranded AGAIN.  It wasn't even my fault this time - it was physically impossible to get back, because the ferry is apparent...

Ian Leslie and the fallacy of fatuousness
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 11:50am
I've just read a piece by Ian Leslie at the New Statesman called 'Jeremy Corbyn and the nirvana fallacy', and it's been a long time since any article made me so angry.  It basically argues that Cor...

Don't worry - Corbyn can't stop Labour destroying the world
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2015 at 2:57pm
I'm a tad baffled by the criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn for confirming the bleedin' obvious - that there is no way that he, as a lifelong unilateralist, would ever push the nuclear button and mass-mur...

The Corbyn/McDonnell 'Big Lie' approach to taking on the SNP isn't just cynic...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2015 at 1:54pm
I enjoyed listening to John McDonnell's speech at the Labour conference.  There's been a lot of talk about him and Corbyn hastily backtracking on their principles since they took over, but there wa...

For the attention of the Labour party : a list of things that don't build houses
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2015 at 1:21pm
1) The Red Flag.  (The one you keep flying here, while singing lustily about "traitors" and "cowards".)2) The Union Flag.  (The one that mysteriously keeps being displayed at Labour party conferenc...

Press & Journal embarrass themselves again by commissioning yet ANOTHER indep...
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2015 at 3:01pm
Long-term readers of this blog may recall that during the referendum campaign, the Press & Journal published two "polls" with utterly fantastical results - the second had the No campaign ahead by 6...

Another straw in the wind suggests Corbyn hasn't changed the game in Scotland
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2015 at 2:24pm
Today brings word of a fourth Britain-wide voting intention poll to have been wholly conducted after Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, this time a telephone poll from Ipsos-Mori.  Once again, the...

Why independence requires the SNP to retain their majority
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2015 at 1:18am
A few days late, I've been catching up with James Mackenzie's blogpost entitled 'Why independence requires the SNP to lose their majority'. In spite of the provocative title and the even more prov...


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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits the Daily Record and has a message for rea...
by dailyrecord
9 Oct 2015 at 6:52pm
THE trip north of the border is Mr Corbyn's second since becoming leader as he tries to win back voters ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections next May.

Jeremy Corbyn puts on his hard hat as he visits Scotland to attack Tories' 'f...
by Dan Bloom
9 Oct 2015 at 5:18pm
He promised a new kind of politics, but Labour's leader has ended up in an old kind of photo op

Margaret Thatcher's former house could be yours to rent - if you've got £12,7...
by Richard Wheatstone
9 Oct 2015 at 5:14pm
The former Prime Minister lived at 19 Flood Street, Chelsea, between 1972 and 1979 before she moved into Downing Street.

Neil Findlay MSP: Don't sell Faslane workers down the river over Trident
by Andy Philip
9 Oct 2015 at 8:42am
SCOTTISH Labour's Neil Findlay clashes with his party as he urges all sides to unite against renewing the nuclear weapons system.

Gordon Brown: Tories must deliver on Vow promises, or forever be accused of b...
by Gordon Brown
9 Oct 2015 at 7:43am
THE former Prime Minister, credited with saving the Union and brokering extra powers in Scotland, tells readers he is determined to ensure the Tories deliver.

Michelle Thomson would face 'very tricky' questions if quizzed by police over...
by Mark McGivern
9 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
SOLICITOR Mike Dailly said there is no obvious legal reason to explain Thomson’s use of back-to-back mortgages as she built her buy-to-let properties.

'Mhairi Black's a future SNP leader': Nicola Sturgeon heaps ultimate praise o...
by Mark McLaughlin
8 Oct 2015 at 12:11pm
THE First Minister has told Elle magazine the rising star of the party has what it takes to lead the nationalists.

Record View: David Cameron's claims are a poor show as he ignores the big issues
by Record View
8 Oct 2015 at 8:53am
THE Prime Minister is making a clever bid for Labour's centre ground, but he can't back up his talk with actions.

David Cameron proves he has the biggest brass neck in Britain ? by claiming h...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Oct 2015 at 9:09pm
AFTER years of enforcing savage austerity and drastic cuts to Britain’s welfare state, he insisted there would be an "all-out assault on poverty.”

David Cameron's 'new convert' Bernard Harris has voted Tory since 1987
by Mikey Smith
7 Oct 2015 at 2:59pm
Cameron implied he'd recently defected, but Bernard Harris has been voting Tory since Margaret Thatcher

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A Depressed Market
by derekbateman1
6 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm
It may be a legitimate business practice but, like  rate-fixing at the banks, back-to-back house selling looks pernicious. It may have been an owner?s only hope of selling in a depressed market, they may have been grateful for the money, but the act of offering low in the knowledge of a high sale later looks …

London Calling
by derekbateman1
5 Oct 2015 at 11:28am
Knowing your own business is a pre-requisite in any organisation, wouldn?t you say? Understanding what it does, how it works, what works and what doesn?t, who?s who and all that?you have to get it or you really shouldn?t be there at all. Without the basic knowledge, you?re just another waste of space. Worse ? you?re …

Her Majesty?s Media
by derekbateman1
4 Oct 2015 at 3:00pm
Michelle Thomson?s solicitor may have been struck off but she won?t be short of legal volunteers to represent her should she end up in court. Amer Anwar has taken up the case but any criminal lawyer seeking a dripping roast of fees and publicity would be carefully snipping out each and every newspaper cutting that …

Holy Jackie?s Prayer
by derekbateman1
1 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
Guilty! Thrice guilty! To the Tolbooth with them?let them dance to the hangman?s tune. How the mob love a lynching. There is part of us all which exults in punishment when it applies to someone else, as if their fate exonerates us. Holy Willie calls down the wrath of God on the Presbytery of Ayr …

Come In, Kezia?
by derekbateman1
30 Sep 2015 at 3:21pm
?.Your time is up. I appreciate the world hasn?t exactly been straining for my judgment on the new Scottish leader of the Labour Party but nevertheless here it is, belated or not. You?re out of your depth, Kezia. The election is lost. I don?t mean to be rude but I?ve waited since her elevation to …

Bella Caledonia

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"we must bring / our own light / to the / darkness. // nobody is going / to do it / for us." Charles Bukowski

Wide Boy Attitude Kills Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Oct 2015 at 9:10pm
The question posed in the old Radical Scotland magazine, was ?Stands Scotland where she did?? The answer in football terms is sadly, yes. Our failure to qualify for Euro 2016 next year in France, takes us neatly back to the last time we appeared in the finals of a major tournament; also in France in …

Water Torture
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Oct 2015 at 11:01am
Water is something we’ve got a lot of in Scotland. It’s something that has given us hydro power and boosted our renewable sector for decades, and it’s something that we need to protect as a public asset. Privatising the rain that falls from the sky is a surreal idea. Now water services in Scotland worth …

Doing Politics Differently?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Oct 2015 at 10:01am
Early this year the Scottish government backed down on plans to build a new ‘super-prison’ for female offenders. Though Scottish Labour, late to the party, tried to claim the victory, it was clear that the campaign had been driven by Women for Independence. They had quickly mobilised a campaign, using expert evidence to back their …

Weed Killer
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Oct 2015 at 1:03pm
I?m an organic gardener, I don?t like weed killer and have avoided using it as much as possible which used to mean total abstinence and that used to be easy. But life gets more expensive. There isn?t enough organic work and it certainly doesn?t cover the rent, other jobs come up and inevitably I’m faced …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Oct 2015 at 9:47am
Dòchas ? rionnag anns na speuran. Dùil ? rocaid agus rionnag anns na speuran. Creideamh ? adhar làn rionnagan. Cinnt ? grian a? deàrrsadh   Maoilios Caimbeul ‘Dòchas’, from Eileanan (Roinn nan Cànan Ceilteach, 1980), by permission of the author Translation here. Each year on National Poetry Day the Scottish Poetry Library issues a set …

MoodieVision: We Are The Rich
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Oct 2015 at 12:00pm
Series 2 Episode 12 of MoodieVision animation: We Are The Rich The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compilation of mainly post-referendum cartoons from Bella Caledonia and The National and charts the run-up to the 2015 General Election. This 132-page colour-explosion is a large-format 297 x 297 cm …

Theresa May Day
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Oct 2015 at 5:45pm
As Labour are uniformly denounced for being beyond the pale in their alleged shift left under Corbyn, the Tories in Manchester have marked out new territory to the far right. Ignoring the rogue buffoon Boris, the speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May was an astonishing mixture of contempt and barely concealed racial hatred. It may …

Egg News
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Oct 2015 at 1:13pm
When the principles and aims of the anti-austerity left are often purposely manipulated, warped and discredited by the time they reach the mainstream – it has been encouraging to see figures of influence take a stand lately and publicly voice their disillusionment with our current political system. Russell Brand, during his sudden burst of political …

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Solicitor in MP Michelle Thomson property deals reported to Soca in 2011
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Oct 2015 at 7:31pm
Thomson resigned from SNP over inquiry into deals made by her then solicitor Christopher Hales, who was subject of a suspicious activity report four years agoThe solicitor whose investigation by Police Scotland prompted the Scottish National party MP Michelle Thomson to resign from the party last...

Nicola Sturgeon: Ed Miliband made mistake in ruling out SNP deal
by Jessica Elgot
9 Oct 2015 at 6:30pm
Scottish first minister tells Women in the World conference Labour might have done better at election by agreeing to cooperateNicola Sturgeon has laughed off talk of any coalition with a Labour administration for the foreseeable future, saying she did not think it ?would be forming a government w...

EU referendum: the next big populist wave could sweep Britain out of Europe |...
by Jonathan Freedland
9 Oct 2015 at 6:02pm
If Britons are in a mood to show two fingers to the establishment, the consequence could be Brexit - and the break-up of the UKHollywood has long known the truth that ?nobody knows anything?, but politics is only just getting its head around the idea. Just as no studio boss can ever know which fi...

Corbyn says Cameron's 'crude personal attack' shows Tories are rattled
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Oct 2015 at 5:43pm
In first public engagement for days, Labour leader rejects claims that Conservative conference revealed the party was occupying centre groundJeremy Corbyn has denounced the Conservative party conference as ?a feast of spin and deception? peppered with ?fake? claims in an attempt to inhabit the po...

Gordon Brown accuses Cameron of 'double betrayal' of Scotland that could 'blo...
by Andrew Sparrow
8 Oct 2015 at 5:26pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.21pm BST The powers that the Scottish parliament were promised - and need but have yet to be given - are the clear and unambiguous right to top up welfare benefits and an end to any suggest...

Independent Scottish fiscal studies body faces closure as funds dry up
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Oct 2015 at 5:06pm
Fiscal Affairs Scotland, one of the country?s only independent financial monitoring bodies, is close to folding after failing to find donors, raising anxieties about effective scrutiny of public spending One of Scotland?s few independent economic analysis groups, Fiscal Affairs Scotland, is on th...

MP Michelle Thomson's property deals investigated by police
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Oct 2015 at 4:02pm
Scotland?s lord advocate tells Holyrood detectives will investigate every lead in inquiry into 13 deals handled by Thomson?s former lawyer Christopher HalesScotland?s senior law officer has signalled that Michelle Thomson, the former SNP MP, could face prosecution if police investigating alleged ...

Scottish ministers award £320m water contract to private firm
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Oct 2015 at 12:46pm
Anglia Water wins deal to supply Scotland?s schools, hospitals and councils, leaving SNP government open to charges of hypocrisy and opportunism Nicola Sturgeon?s government has awarded a lucrative £320m contract to supply all Scotland?s schools, hospitals and councils with water to the private f...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Gordie peddles the pedalo of delusion
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2015 at 1:55pm
Gordie Broon’s been intervening again. This time he’s intervening in a doomed attempt to save his credibility, if not the carpets that he paces up and down on. Unfortunately for the clunking fistula, the Gordie Broon credibility ship sailed to the mythical land of media adulation quite a long time ago, struck the iceberg of …

The bright light whooshing over Greater Britain?s head
by weegingerdug
7 Oct 2015 at 8:11pm
The world ended yesterday, according to some mad churchlet of Christian fundamentalists. And in equally accurate predictions, according to the equally mad breathless fanboys of the right wing press, after today’s speech to the Tory party conference Davie Cameron is the new voice of the left. In other news, Hannibal Lector is the new voice …

Going to work on an egg
by weegingerdug
5 Oct 2015 at 8:58pm
The Tory party conference is taking place in Manchester, behind steel barriers and protected by snipers in case someone throws an egg. A young fogey delegate goaded the crowd with a photo of Margaret Thatcher, but what’s to be condemned is that someone rose to the goading by throwing an egg, and not that an …

The problem child
by weegingerdug
4 Oct 2015 at 3:14pm
We need to talk about our problem child. The media in Scotland is suffering from a strange form of mass psychosis. It’s like the witch hysteria of the 17th century, only it involves screaming about the SNP. The same publications which denounce Jeremy Corbyn for being so left wing that even Lenin would consider him …

News from the place to the north of the North
by weegingerdug
2 Oct 2015 at 7:14pm
Jezza came to Scotland this week, and vowed to restore his moribund party’s fortunes with some dour activities. Labour’s going to counter the joyful positivity of Scotland’s Yes campaign by being miserable, although Johann Lamont already tried that and it didn’t do her much good. Cheery and Johann are two concepts which are usually only …

Great British Weapons of Mass Destruction
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
So that went well. Jezza came to Scotland for a day to let us know how much he cares about us, and then went back dahn sarf. Although it’s not so much that he cares about Scotland, a country he scarcely understands, as he cares about rescuing the Labour party in Scotland from the deep …

by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2015 at 11:03pm
The Scottish media has been in SNPbaaaad overdrive because Michelle Thomson MP has had the party whip removed while there’s an investigation into the role of her lawyer in her property dealings and because Fiona Hyslop gave government money to the organisers of T in the Park. It’s the worst political scandal since the last …

Altered State
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2015 at 1:52am
While I’m busy dealing with book orders – here’s a great new documentary on the media and the indyref by PhantomPower, featuring Derek Bateman, and yours truly.

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Glasgow Subway operator SPT slammed for ?exploiting? students in contest to c...
10 Oct 2015 at 12:51am
SCOTLAND?S biggest regional transport provider was under fire last night after asking students to provide promotional animation for free.

Women?s groups launch 20-point equality manifesto
10 Oct 2015 at 12:35am
WOMEN?S organisations across Scotland have launched a manifesto calling for 20 key commitments from all political parties in the run-up to the Scottish Parliament elections next year.

Lifeboat fight's flying start with £10,000 raised in a week
10 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
A CAMPAIGN to raise £500,000 to set up an independent lifeboat service in St Abbs in the Scottish Borders has got off to a roaring start.

Torchlit procession kicks off Royal National Mòd
10 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
SCOTLAND?S biggest Gaelic cultural festival kicked off with a torchlit procession last night as thousands prepare to compete.

Perth stakes £250,000 on City of Culture bid
10 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
PERTH has become the second Scottish city to enter the race to be UK city of culture in 2021, after councillors voted to put £250,000 behind the bid.

Protected status bid for Orkney crab
10 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
An application has been lodged to gain protected food name status for Orkney crab.

Scots nurse Pauline Cafferkey seriously ill after Ebola ?reactivates?
10 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
THE Scottish nurse who is back in isolation after suffering a late complication of Ebola is in a serious condition, doctors have said.

New anti-revenge porn law ?will encourage victims to come forward?
10 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
A NEW law against ?insidious and humiliating? revenge porn will encourage more victims to come forward, according to Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Labour, Tory, Liberal Democrat MPs are no strangers to the business of purcha...
by caltonjock
9 Oct 2015 at 3:26am
            Beware of what you buy and from whom – Kezia, Jackie and the hounds of the Unionist press are watching The unionist press forced the matter of property portfolio ownership by politicians on the attention of readers in Scotland. There might have been merit making such information available to …

Tory ? Labour ? Lib Dem ? Discredited Right to Buy Scheme ? Buying and Sellin...
by caltonjock
6 Oct 2015 at 11:09pm
      Sale of an ex-council house – This story is set in Aberdeen, but it could be applied anywhere in Scotland On or around 2007, an Stonehaven couple reaching retirement age (lets call them Dougal & Ermitrude) purchased their council flat at a knockdown price of £21,000. They took out a mortgage to …

Willie Rennie Advises SNP to Review Candidate Selection Procedures Ensuring T...
by caltonjock
4 Oct 2015 at 11:29pm
            3 October 2015: questions raised about the past conduct of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Paul Monaghan – The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie urges the SNP to review vetting procedures to ensure candidates are suited to political office He said: ?These are very disturbing reports about …

BBC and the Scottish Press Consign Truthful Political Reporting to the Rubbis...
by caltonjock
30 Sep 2015 at 11:53pm
          Media Bias against Scottish Independence The coverage of political events in Scotlands press and television is devastingly fraudulent so far as unbiased reporting is concerned. This is primarily due to the right wing policies of their owners and the adverse impact of the companies that place their advertising with the …

Qinetiq ? Owned by the UK Taxpayer But Flogged Off For A Pittance Labour Part...
by caltonjock
28 Sep 2015 at 10:18pm
The Qinetiq Financial Fiasco What follows is a report providing evidence and example of the massive mis-management of public finances by the last Labour government so that no-one will be tempted to give their vote to the Labour party at the next Scottish election or any future similar event.             …

Faslane ? The Legacy Scottish Unionists are Content to Hand Over to Their Chi...
by caltonjock
27 Sep 2015 at 11:19pm
The US nuclear submarine re-fitting base at the Holy Loch The Holy Loch based US submarine refit facility In autumn 1959, the US Government decided to provide forward servicing facilities for a submarine squadron to be based in the UK. Studies were carried out to determine the most suitable location for such a refit facility, …

The Legacy Scottish Unionists are Content to Hand Over to Their Children ? P2...
by caltonjock
26 Sep 2015 at 7:57pm
more powers to remove Trident nuclear weapons from Scottish waters         Faslane – A Clean bill of health? – A look back in time From the date of their introduction nuclear submarines berthed at Faslane have been plagued by problems with their nuclear propulsion systems and accidents. In 1995, HMS …

Faslane ? The Legacy Scottish Unionists are Content to Hand Over to Their Chi...
by caltonjock
25 Sep 2015 at 10:00pm
  Faslane on the Gare Loch. Faslane is home to Britain?s strategic nuclear submarine fleet and is the headquarters of the Royal Navy in Scotland. All four of Britain?s Trident operational strategic intercontinental missile submarines are based at Faslane. More than 7,000 navy and civilian staff work at Faslane – the largest number employed on …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Mortgage fraud
by Lallands Peat Worrier
6 Oct 2015 at 5:52pm
As readers may have noticed, there has been a deafening silence at the heart of this blog on the Michelle Thomson affair. There are several reasons for my reticence about breenging into the fray. The first is consciousness of my own limitations. There are a number of areas of law which I understand pretty well: conveyancing and property transact...

"Labour is coming home. Come home to Labour..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Oct 2015 at 8:55pm
Since the Labour conference in Brighton, I've been trying precisely to pin down why I found John McDonnell's "come home to Labour" riff so irritating. Alex Massie captures some of the reasons in his stinging Spectator blog. My article in the latest edition of the Drouth harps on a similar string. But the sense of Labour entitlement implicit in t...

The Little Engine That Couldn't
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Sep 2015 at 11:41am
Choo, choo. At the risk of repeating myself, we really have to nail this one down: the Scottish Government does not have the legal power to take railways into any kind of public ownership. There aren't shades of grey here. There aren't knotty legal complexities. It is clear as day. Clear, apparently, to everybody except the new leader of the Lab...

"We wish to hear evidence..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
29 Sep 2015 at 7:04pm
It's perhaps appropriate that I didn't have time to blog about the election court's Carmichael judgment this afternoon. I was giving a lecture to our young lawyers on Socrates, Plato, and that most basic and most intractable of questions, "what is justice"? Cast your mind back, if you can, to the two days of hearings earlier this month. The peti...

"Straight talking, honest politics..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
28 Sep 2015 at 5:25pm
A crib sheet can be a dangerous thing. Like the actor's prompt, they allow the harried speaker to cut corners and to maintain a superficial veneer of plausibility on an unfamiliar topic.If you trust the person who has pulled them together for you, in their judgement and in their diligence, they can be gold -- just so long as nobody asks you too ...

"Quod me nutrit, me destruit..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Sep 2015 at 7:50pm
A Latin motto is written in the top left-hand corner of a portrait which hangs in Corpus Christi College Cambridge, thought to represent the playwright Christopher Marlowe: Quod me nutrit, me destruit. "That which nourishes me, also destroys me." This Elizabethan sentiment was often symbolised by an upturned torch, its flame burning brightly, bu...

A roughly familiar beast?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Sep 2015 at 4:57pm
It has been a summer of Yeats. A year of Yeats, I suppose. In the wake of the independence referendum, much seems "changed, changed utterly." I'll commend to your better judgement whether a terrible beauty has been born or not.For some, it has been a political year vexed to nightmare. For others, the political hour seems to have come around at l...

Civil partnerships: "I want the choice..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Sep 2015 at 10:55am
Conversation 1."Marriage is the union between a man and a woman.""Says who?""God. The natural law.""But I'm not religious. We should have a secular society and secular laws. We've had civil marriages and divorce for decades in Scotland. What right do you have to impose your beliefs on me?""But think of the children. Marriage is about the procrea...

Gerry Hassan

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

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Corbyn and Anger: Rage against the Machine is understandable but never ever e...
by Gerry
21 Sep 2015 at 4:20pm
Corbyn and Anger: Rage Against the Machine is understandable but never ever enough Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 20th 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has dominated the news headlines this week. Let?s start with the obvious – the failure of mainstream politics. Conventional British politics are bust. The Labour right, the Blairites and soft left have nothing ...

Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ?Big Bang? of the Indy Ref and After
by Gerry
14 Sep 2015 at 2:39pm
Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ‘Big Bang’ of the Indy Ref and After Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 13th 2015 One year ago Scotland went to the polls. An amazing 85% of us voted: 45% for independence and 55% against ? both expressions of Scottish self-government and a desire for a different Scotland. Scotland ...

A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen
by Gerry
8 Sep 2015 at 6:06pm
A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, September 6th 2015 The BBC is one of the key institutions of Scotland and the UK. It arouses passion in many forms: identification, reverence for some of its past glories, fury at current and historic shortcomings. ...

Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it?
by Gerry
7 Sep 2015 at 11:14am
Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 6th 2015 The Scottish Parliament is one of the central pillars of public life. It has become the unquestioned landmark and focus of domestic politics in the country. People look to it, want it to have ...

One Year on from the IndyRef: Making the Scotland of the Future
by Gerry
2 Sep 2015 at 7:30am
One Year on from the IndyRef: Making the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, September 2nd 2015 Scottish public life has dramatically changed in recent times ? the SNP 2011 first landslide, the independence referendum, and the 2015 tartan tsunami. Yet Scotland, like everywhere, is about more than politics. In this and other ...

Can Radical Scotland find its Voice? And if so could it be RISE?
by Gerry
31 Aug 2015 at 7:45am
Can Radical Scotland find its Voice? And if so could it be RISE? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 30th 2015 This weekend a new force in the Scottish political scene emerged ? RISE ? standing for Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism. What do we need a new political force for, you may ask? We already ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters - Reuters
28 Sep 2015 at 9:46pm

Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters
"The fact that we are such a big economy in Spain will help us," said Erola Pairo, 33, president of the Catalan Center of Scotland in Edinburgh and a supporter of independence. Scotland, on the other hand, is already widely seen as a separate political ...

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Brexit and Scottish independence - Channel 4 News (blog)
5 Oct 2015 at 9:26am

Brexit and Scottish independence
Channel 4 News (blog)
But they are aware of another lurking issue which is made privately to them by traditional Tories, like Margaret Thatcher's biographer Charles Moore: isn't there a strong chance that Brexit leads to Scottish independence? How can a self-respecting ...

Scottish independence: A yes vote would have plunged Scotland into a deep ......
17 Sep 2015 at 7:58am

City A.M.
Scottish independence: A yes vote would have plunged Scotland into a deep ...
City A.M.
The first anniversary of the Scottish referendum on independence seems a useful point at which to take stock of the economic issues that would be facing an independent Scotland if it had voted 'Yes' in the referendum. There were two key strands to the ...
Scottish independence debate far from overBBC N...

David Cameron: no need for second referendum on Scottish independence - Teleg...
18 Sep 2015 at 6:03am
David Cameron: no need for second referendum on Scottish independence
"We will table an amendment to the Scotland Bill so there is absolutely no doubt: Holyrood is here to stay." In last year's referendum, 55% of voters backed remaining in the UK, with 45% in favour of independence. But May's general election saw the SNP ...
What are the latest polls saying about Sco...

Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence ...
23 Sep 2015 at 11:35pm

Daily Mail
Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence vote
Daily Mail
Testing times: During the Prime Minister's stay at the Queen's Scottish hideaway - Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire (pictured) - he became increasingly worried about the referendum on independence. The PM's pollster, Andrew Cooper, said: 'It was the ...
Queen's remark on Scottish independence was...

Scotland, independence and Corbyn - what would Keir Hardie say? - CommonSpace
2 Oct 2015 at 3:22pm

Scotland, independence and Corbyn - what would Keir Hardie say?
WOULDN'T Keir Hardie have campaigned for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum? ?Trying to speculate I think is difficult, he might well have,? comes one response. The seismic referendum campaign already feels like old news among a ...

Ruth Davidson: Only Tories represent those in favour of Union - BBC News
7 Oct 2015 at 12:44am

The Courier
Ruth Davidson: Only Tories represent those in favour of Union
BBC News
In last year's independence referendum people in Scotland voted to remain in the UK by 55% to 45%. In her speech to conference, Ms Davidson said the Scottish Conservatives were the party who represented the two million Scots who chose to back the ...
Ruth Davidson says Holyrood elections offer 'huge opportunity' for ...

Scotland and Catalonia compared: economy | politics | history - Scotsman (blog)
1 Oct 2015 at 5:36pm

Scotsman (blog)
Scotland and Catalonia compared: economy | politics | history
Scotsman (blog)
Both Scotland and Catalonia entered into union with larger states over 300 years ago at the beginning of the 18th century, albeit under very different circumstances. The Union with England Act 1707, ratified by the Scottish parliament, sealed the ...

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Tim Farron calls on Labour and SNP to help reject immigration bill - HITC
10 Oct 2015 at 10:59am

Tim Farron calls on Labour and SNP to help reject immigration bill
The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has challenged Labour and the Scottish National party to back an amendment he will table to the government's immigration bill that would stop it becoming law. Farron will table a reasoned amendment ? a device ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Ed Miliband made mistake in ruling out SNP deal - HITC
10 Oct 2015 at 10:58am

Nicola Sturgeon: Ed Miliband made mistake in ruling out SNP deal
Nicola Sturgeon has laughed off talk of any coalition with a Labour administration for the foreseeable future, saying she did not think it ?would be forming a government with anybody any time soon?. Speaking at the Women in the World conference in ...

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Nicola Sturgeon to Jeremy Corbyn: 'Give me a call' - Aberdeen Press and Journal
10 Oct 2015 at 10:21am

Aberdeen Press and Journal
Nicola Sturgeon to Jeremy Corbyn: 'Give me a call'
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Nicola Sturgeon told Jeremy Corbyn to ?give me a call? last night as she insisted she would always seek to work with ?progressive people for progressive government?. The first minister said the SNP would join forces with other parties in the House of ...

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'I might not want to be SNP leader', says Mhairi Black - Aberdeen Press and J...
10 Oct 2015 at 10:13am

Aberdeen Press and Journal
'I might not want to be SNP leader', says Mhairi Black
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Britain's youngest MP Mhairi Black has revealed she might not want to be leader of the SNP. Nicola Sturgeon said earlier this week that the now 21-year-old ? who ousted former shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander at the general election ? could ...

Police tipped off FOUR YEARS ago.. so why the delay on SNP MP Michelle Thomso...
10 Oct 2015 at 8:58am

Scottish Daily Record
Police tipped off FOUR YEARS ago.. so why the delay on SNP MP Michelle Thomson ...
Scottish Daily Record
POLICE were told that a solicitor linked to suspended SNP MP Michelle Thomson was engaged in ?suspicious activity? four years before an investigation was launched. The Law Society admitted a report on Christopher Hales was sent to the Serious and ...

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Jacob Rees-Mogg finds an unlikely fan in Mhairi Black - (blog)
10 Oct 2015 at 9:17am (blog)
Jacob Rees-Mogg finds an unlikely fan in Mhairi Black (blog)
In Mhairi Black's maiden speech in the House of Commons, the young SNP MP voiced her opposition to the Tories by criticising George Osborne over his party's housing policy. However, despite calling the Conservatives 'a really dangerous party' in an ...

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SNP would give independence away to Germany and France in a European super-st...
10 Oct 2015 at 8:10am

SNP would give independence away to Germany and France in a European super-state
Herald Scotland
THE First Minister and her party are trying to frame policies for a different world from that which is actually taking shape. Despite an impending energy crisis the SNP has imposed a moratorium on fracking (?Fracking row: Moratorium is extended?, The ...

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Unspun: the politics diary - Herald Scotland
10 Oct 2015 at 7:19am

Herald Scotland
Unspun: the politics diary
Herald Scotland
But what if you'd already forked out for a bag, t-shirt or mug bearing the now out of date number of nationalist MPs? You're stuck with it. Unspun has learned refunds are being refused to those who want to return the items, complaining they have now ...

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Scotland a year on from the referendum - BBC News
14 Sep 2015 at 12:47am

BBC News
Scotland a year on from the referendum
BBC News
As soon as it became apparent that Scotland had voted against independence by 55% to 45% in the referendum on 18 September 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would be setting up a cross-party commission headed by Lord Smith ...
Second Scottish independence referendum could come within five years if SNP ...The Independent
SNP Ho...

EU referendum fight hots up as Vote Leave launched - Herald Scotland
8 Oct 2015 at 10:17pm

EU referendum fight hots up as Vote Leave launched
Herald Scotland
The stakes have been raised even higher because First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that if the UK voted to leave the EU against Scotland's will, then this would spark a second Scottish independence referendum. Already, Leave.EU, an Out ...

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EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from Scotland - Financial Times
17 Sep 2015 at 2:22pm

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EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from Scotland
Financial Times
Scotland's referendum is not just recent political history for David Cameron; it is a user's guide to fighting a big constitutional battle. The lessons for the looming EU referendum are being pored over by Mr Cameron's team. As in Scotland, Mr Cameron ...
Scottish Nationalists Plan Second Independence Referendum Warnin...

The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It - BuzzFeed News
17 Sep 2015 at 5:30pm

BuzzFeed News
The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It
BuzzFeed News
To mark the anniversary of the historic vote, BuzzFeed News spoke to six of the people who shaped both sides of the referendum campaign. Individually, they told the story of why Scotland voted against independence, what happened behind the scenes in ...
Mundell attacks SNP referendum stanceBBC News
Just one ...

How the referendum tactics of Project Fear killed of Labour in Scotland at th...
4 Oct 2015 at 12:07am

How the referendum tactics of Project Fear killed of Labour in Scotland at the ...
Herald Scotland
IN research for my book on Labour's election campaign ? Five Million Conversations: How Labour Lost An Election And Regained Its Roots ? I gained access to some of the party's extensive private polling in Scotland. It points to even deeper difficulties ...

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Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the...
25 Sep 2015 at 12:42pm

The Independent
Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the ...
The Independent
?It would not have been possible without the development of a stronger sense of Scottish identity within the Union. What they were discussing during the referendum was the future of Scotland as a nation, possibly as an independent sovereign state ...

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Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence.

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Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parti...
29 Sep 2015 at 5:31pm

Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parties
On Sunday, less than a fortnight after the anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum which saw voters choose to stay in the union, Catalans cast their ballots in a regional election that pro-independence parties hailed as a stepping stone ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
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Benefit sanctions
8 Oct 2015 at 8:08am
How many more stories like the below are we going to have to hear about?  I realise the Conservatives poor-bashing is entirely ideological but how long is this going to fucking continue for? These stories make my blood boil.     Mark Robot Arm @MarkRobotArm 14h ...

Annoying political soundbite phrases
7 Oct 2015 at 2:34pm
Which hackneyed cliched phrases do politicians use that really get on your balls? For my money, the following make me want to punch a nun:

We need to look at this "in the round".

"That's not what we're hearing on the doorsteps."

"That's not what's happening on the ground."

"Look, ..."


Bahar Mustafa
6 Oct 2015 at 10:18pm   Someone called Bahar Mustafa, the diversity officer of Goldsmith, has been charged for tweeting a desire to kill all white men.   Whilst someone getting arrested over a twitter hate crime in itself isn't unus...

"Scottish Labour" against Trident
6 Oct 2015 at 7:24pm
Can someone explain why this is an issue being given any attention whatsoever?

Kezia Dugdale was on TV last night being asked whether or not Scottish Labour's official policy on Trident would be to oppose it. Naturally, she wouldn't give an answer (just like she couldn't give an answer on whether...

Tory Party Conference
5 Oct 2015 at 4:27pm
I'm kinda surprised no one's started a thread on this yet.   So what's your take on it?   At least they know they're hated - 15 foot high security walls and snipers on the roofs.   So far we've had reporters and Tories being spat on, John McTernan making an appearance then denying on Twitter that...

Yes city dundee
5 Oct 2015 at 11:16am
So yes dundee/hope over fear dundee rally could only muster a few hundred people yesterday,a very poor turn out for such a yes/SNP diehard city,lack of interest/better things to do,could not be arsed going ?

The best fact from the story has to be tommy sheridan convicted of perjury calling other...

Better Together #34256
5 Oct 2015 at 10:57am   Ministers should waste no time to make unpopular cuts to pensioner benefits, a think tank director has said. Many of those hit by a cut to the winter fuel allowance might "not be around" at the next election, said Alex Wild of the Taxpayers' Allian...

Scottish goverment underspend 2014/15
2 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm
So new figures out for the year 2014/15 show that the SNP underspent by a total of £347m

The SNP are the first to say the money they get is not enough and use it as a excuse when they get questioned on there record in goverment and yet £347m unspent

I look forward to the explanation from the SN...

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Jim Diamond
10 Oct 2015 at 9:53am
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Uk Invites Ukrainian Neo Nazi Mp To The Uk
9 Oct 2015 at 10:05pm
Parubiy founded the neo-Nazi  Social-National Party of Ukraine and yet the so called UK banned the Dutch MP, founder and leader of Party for Freedom Geert Wilders for being to right wing and they go out and invite this lowlife piece of sh!t

Worlds Greatest Losers
9 Oct 2015 at 12:34am
We are the greatest losers in the world after tonight. Just when you think itt cant get any worse after being the fist nation in the world to turn dowm the chance to be Independent we are now the only home nation to be watching Euro 16 from our tellys. 

Great British Bake Off
7 Oct 2015 at 9:56pm
Okay I know some people will have a problem with this cos of the title (and I sympathise) but congrats to Nadiya, worthy winner.

Bought My First Christmas Present Today
7 Oct 2015 at 9:20pm
Don't worry I'm not posting your cards out until the week between Halloween and Bonnie Night

We'll Be Coming Guitar Chords.
7 Oct 2015 at 4:10pm
As the title suggests anyone know what they are? Or even what the original name of the tune is amd I could look it up that way.

Something sticks in my head about an Irish Regiment during WWI singing it -possibly using the tune from an old hymn or some such thing- but that could just be nonsense.


Car Air-Con Smell
6 Oct 2015 at 4:57pm
when I turn the air on in the car I'm getting a 'damp' smell. Reminds me a bit of someone who puts dogs in their car.

Anyone any idea what it could be and is there an easy way for me to have a look at it without fannying around with a garage etc?

I don't have a dog btw before some smart arse asks

Luggage Query Ryan Air
5 Oct 2015 at 9:10pm
Anyone know the answer to this ?With Ryan air, If limited to 20 kg per bag are you allowed 40 kg for 2 sharing bag or do you have to have 1 each ?

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