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Santa won't face Covid restrictions as 'he's a key worker'
22 Oct 2020 at 3:40pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has reassured children that Santa will not face Covid-19 restrictions on Christmas Eve because ?he?s a key worker?.


Rishi Sunak pledges billions to support businesses and workers hit by coronav...
22 Oct 2020 at 3:32pm
RISHI Sunak has announced billions of pounds of extra help for firms and workers after "profound economic uncertainty."


Coronavirus Scotland: Christmas 'unlikely' without guest limits
22 Oct 2020 at 2:11pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has warned that it is ?unlikely to be able to celebrate Christmas with no limits on the people in our houses? but insisted if people follow the rules in the weeks ahead, there is more chance of more normality being allowed.


Scots parents 'risk being caught unawares' by smacking ban
22 Oct 2020 at 2:14pm
PARENTS in Scotland risk being "caught unawares" when a smacking ban comes into force next month, campaigners have said.


Coronavirus Scotland: Halloween guising could be banned
22 Oct 2020 at 3:00pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has warned guising could be banned this year ? as the Scottish Government will issue official guidance over allowing children to celebrate Halloween without ?coming into unnecessary contact with other people?.


SNP minister: Indyref2 could take place before the end of next year
22 Oct 2020 at 11:27am
A SECOND independence referendum could take place before the end of next year, the SNP's Constitution Secretary has said.


Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson being lined up to succeed her, former ai...
22 Oct 2020 at 11:32am
ONE of Nicola Sturgeon?s oldest pals is being lined up to replace her as SNP leader, a former Scottish Government adviser has claimed.


Lockheed Martin puts boosters on Shetland Space Centre plans
22 Oct 2020 at 5:00am
PLANS for Shetland Space Centre have taken a major step forward with confirmation that a US aerospace giant is to set up a base on the islands.


Latest Home Office crackdown could see EU citizens with convictions banned fr...
21 Oct 2020 at 10:30pm
PRITI Patel has announced a ban on EU citizens entering the UK if they have committed crimes.


Pubs and restaurants in central Scotland to remain closed for a further week
21 Oct 2020 at 12:32pm
PUBS and restaurants in central Scotland will remain closed for a further week, Nicola Sturgeon has said.


Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'spin' amid NHS contact tracing outsourcing row
21 Oct 2020 at 4:05pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of political "spin" after denying Scotland's coronavirus contact tracing system is being outsourced.


Coronavirus: Restrictions 'could be end of Scotland?s pubs as we know them'
21 Oct 2020 at 2:57pm
SCOTLAND'S pubs and bars are facing closures, job losses and the end of the sector as it currently exists, industry figures have warned.


Brexit: UK-EU trade talks to resume after Barnier extends olive branch
21 Oct 2020 at 6:35pm
Trade talks between the UK and European Union will resume after Brussels? chief negotiator Michel Barnier said both sides must be willing to compromise.


Scared Scottish university staff "coerced" back to campus to encourage fee-pa...
21 Oct 2020 at 5:09pm
SCOTTISH University staff have been "coerced" into going back to campus over fears that International students would turn away from institutions otherwise.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Rishi Sunak expands job support scheme to support struggling workers across UK
22 Oct 2020 at 12:27pm
Rishi Sunak has unveiled new grants of £2,100 for 150,000 businesses struggling to cope with extra lockdown measures.

Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 17 further Covid-19 deaths and hospital cases ...
22 Oct 2020 at 6:34am
Live updates on coronavirus in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Scottish Tories labelled 'total hypocrites' on free school meals as Douglas R...
22 Oct 2020 at 12:30pm
Douglas Ross has been accused of having “failed abysmally” at a “key test of leadership” over free school meals after five Scottish Conservative MPs voted against extending the provision.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Jason Leitch tells Scots to plan 'digital Christmas'
22 Oct 2020 at 10:34am
Professor Jason Leitch has said Scots should “get their digital Christmas ready” as he warned that this year's festive season is “not going to be normal” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scots parents will be 'caught unaware' by national smacking ban
22 Oct 2020 at 12:30pm
Parents in Scotland will be "caught unaware" when a national ban on smacking children comes into force next month, campaigners have warned.

SQA and Scottish Government accused of 'cover-up' over claim of no written re...
22 Oct 2020 at 8:19am
John Swinney and the SQA have been accused of “trying to cover up their incompetence” over the exam results fiasco and criticised for failing to get their stories straight by opposition politicians.

Kate Forbes: Additional funding should be granted to Scotland if given to Eng...
22 Oct 2020 at 7:00am
Additional funding given to local councils in England should extend north of the border, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has said.

Nicola Sturgeon speaks out against 'jaw-dropping' comments on free school mea...
21 Oct 2020 at 8:27pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said that some quotes from Tory MPs speaking out in the free school meals debate have been ‘jaw dropping’.

The cash behind our MPs: All the foreign trips, freebies and donations given ...
22 Oct 2020 at 7:00am
Scottish MPs have received free event tickets, trips to far-flung countries, as well as thousands in donations since their elections

Climate change: Politicians still need to wake up to this deadly threat ? Sco...
22 Oct 2020 at 7:00am
When Svante Arrhenius, a Nobel Prize-winning Swedish chemist dubbed the ‘father of climate change science’, first realised – in the 1890s – that greenhouse gases would cause the Earth’s temperature to rise, he thought it would be a good thing.

SNP accused of 'soft touch justice system' as racially aggravated crimes rise...
22 Oct 2020 at 7:00am
The number of racially aggravated crimes in Scotland have dropped by more than a quarter since 2010, but recent figures show a “worrying” growth in offences last year, it can be revealed.

Scottish food and drink figureheads plead for rethink on coronavirus curbs as...
21 Oct 2020 at 4:31pm
Some of the best-known figures from Scotland’s food and drink scene have joined forces to plead for urgent support from Westminster and Holyrood amid warnings up to 100,000 jobs are at risk from the current coronavirus curbs.

Scots pubs flouting lockdown rules risk 'longer and longer' restrictions
21 Oct 2020 at 4:45pm
Pubs and restaurants which flout lockdown rules in central Scotland are risking the prospect of "longer and longer restrictions" being imposed.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill may allow police and security services...
22 Oct 2020 at 7:00am
As a new Justice Secretary, I recall signing covert surveillance warrants and coming across the name “Chis”. At first glance I thought it was a nickname until I realised it was an acronym for Covert Human Information Source.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

You?ve Got Males
22 Oct 2020 at 11:16am
On Sunday we told you about Mridul Wadhwa, a man who deceived his way into a job at a rape crisis centre and now wants to be an SNP MSP, in a seat where the party supposedly has an all-woman shortlist. The story was picked up today by the Times. But Wadhwa isn’t the only …

Only Connect
21 Oct 2020 at 11:04am
We’re not wholly convinced by prospective SNP candidate Toni Giugliano’s credentials as an impartial voice on the trans-vs-women’s-rights issue, given that he previously referred to Joan McAlpine as a “bigot”. But the statement below – it’s good to speak to people on both sides of a debate – is surely the very definition of sense …

Auntie?s Twilight
20 Oct 2020 at 11:37am
Television?s transforming before our eyes, as both what we watch and how we watch it changes. An ever-greater number of programmes shown through increasing mediums. But that doesn?t equate to balanced political coverage being provided, quality product displayed, or distinct countries reflected. The United States, despite the great wealth and talent available to it in Hollywood …

The seizure of the means
19 Oct 2020 at 12:08pm
If there’s still anyone left reading this site who doubts that the SNP National Executive Committee is currently engaged in a coup against the membership of the party, meant to be a fait accompli by the time the NEC is up for re-election at the end of November, we’d urge you to read the extremely …

Waiting For The Men
18 Oct 2020 at 11:32am
The battle to save the soul of the SNP – formerly a party of Scottish independence but now a career vehicle for intolerant science-denying cultists solely interested in social engineering – is already almost lost. By delaying its online pretend “conference” until the end of November, the party has ensured that the chronically dysfunctional current National …

The Liberty Of Wallace
17 Oct 2020 at 11:55am
At the climax of a popular and multiple-Oscar-winning movie from 1995, the Scottish leader William Wallace is portrayed heroically roaring the word “FREEDOM!” Unfortunately, at the time he’s bound by ropes to a wooden table, having been hanged until half-dead and then had his intestines torn out with a knife shortly before someone lops his head …

His cotton socks
17 Oct 2020 at 6:56am
Holiday Boy is off for the next fortnight, readers, but there’s no way he’d have come up with anything funnier than this anyway. We’re not sure he’s got the name right. But we’ll add that one to the list.

The fireworks factory has not exploded
15 Oct 2020 at 11:57am
We’ve had another Freedom Of Information response from the Scottish Government. Here it is. So it turns out the thing we can all see happening, the thing anyone can click on and observe for themselves, simply isn’t happening. So when the Scottish Government publishes a document containing the phrase “For clarity, the name of the …

The SNP Manifesto 2021
14 Oct 2020 at 4:59pm
The most tedious question we ever get asked when we criticise the SNP – because we’ve explained it a hundred times already and none of the people asking have ever bothered to look – is “But what would YOU do to secure independence, clever-clogs?” We’ve outlined that plan in detail repeatedly – you can read it …

Life at the poles
14 Oct 2020 at 11:20am
We just noticed a finding from the most recent opinion poll that surprisingly seems to have escaped the attention of every Scottish newspaper except the Press & Journal. As far as we can ascertain, the P&J was alone in reporting the obviously newsworthy fact that just a quarter of Scots believe the First Minister’s ridiculous …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

People Need to Reclaim the Internet
19 Oct 2020 at 10:14am

No matter how much you dislike Trump, only a fool can fail to see the implications for public access to information of the massive suppression on the internet of the Hunter Biden leaks. This blog has been suffering a ratcheting of social media suppression for years, which reached its apogee in my coverage of the …

People Need to Reclaim the Internet

Lord Advocate Launches War on Twitter
11 Oct 2020 at 10:59am

In what we think is a world first, the Lord Advocate of Scotland is claiming in the contempt of court case against me that I am legally responsible for the content of replies to my tweets. The claim is founded on an argument that when you tweet, there is a menu which enables you to …

Lord Advocate Launches War on Twitter

Where Is My Final Assange Report?
9 Oct 2020 at 11:03pm

Numerous people have contacted me in various ways to ask where is my promised report on the final day of the Assange hearing, to complete the account? It is difficult to explain this to you. When I was in London it was extremely intense. This was my daily routine. I would attend court at 10am, …

Where Is My Final Assange Report?

Either Nicola Sturgeon or Geoff Aberdein is Lying on Oath ? and Proving Which...
8 Oct 2020 at 10:18am

It is impossible that both Nicola Sturgeon and Geoff Aberdein are tellng the truth about their meeting on 29 March 2018, which both now say discussed allegations against Alex Salmond. Geoff Aberdein, Alex Salmond’s former Chief of Staff testified under oath in the Salmond trial that he was contacted in mid-March by phone by Nicola …

Either Nicola Sturgeon or Geoff Aberdein is Lying on Oath – and Proving Which Will Be Easy

How a Police State Starts
4 Oct 2020 at 11:02pm

On Saturday a small, socially distanced vigil of 18 people for Julian Assange at Piccadilly Circus was broken up by twice that number of police and one elderly man arrested and taken into custody. The little group of activists have been holding the vigil every week. I had just arrived to thank them and was …

How a Police State Starts

Assange Hearing
2 Oct 2020 at 8:55am

There will be a post later today or tomorrow morning on the last day of the Assange hearing, and a few concluding thoughts. Meantime this is very interesting.

Assange Hearing

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

New government Covid scheme to pay up to half of wages
22 Oct 2020 at 2:42pm
Chancellor Rishi Sunak increases support for firms and workers as lockdown restrictions spread.

Covid: Scots told to prepare for 'digital Christmas'
22 Oct 2020 at 1:33pm
The idea of people in Scotland having a normal Christmas in 2020 is "fiction", the national clinical director says.

Covid: Older people 'partly to blame' for bar shutdown
22 Oct 2020 at 10:51am
Jason Leitch says an older group in Lanarkshire helped inform the decision to restrict hospitality.

Covid in Scotland: Licensed trade warns of 'battle' to survive
22 Oct 2020 at 2:59am
Bars and restaurants face an uncertain future after Covid restrictions were extended until 2 November, warn industry leaders.

Covid in Scotland: NHS dentists' fears of struggle to meet demand
22 Oct 2020 at 7:53am
Strict hygiene requirements including tight-fitting masks will limit patient numbers despite the resumption of NHS treatments.

Covid in Scotland: Hospitality curbs extended for another week
21 Oct 2020 at 3:55pm
Restrictions targeted chiefly at bars and restaurants in the central belt will continue until November.

Covid in Scotland: Government will 'do everything' to keep schools open
20 Oct 2020 at 1:41pm
Scotland's first minister says she will look to keep schools open even if new restrictions are imposed.

Scottish government delay smoke alarm legislation until 2022
20 Oct 2020 at 9:23pm
MSPs will be asked to postpone new rules requiring all homes to have interlinked smoke alarms.

What is the row over UK 'internal markets' all about?
19 Oct 2020 at 11:09am
The Scottish and UK governments are gearing up for another constitutional battle over Brexit.

Scot Goes Pop

An SNP Plan B is essential for neutralising the Tories' leaked tactics for th...
20 Oct 2020 at 5:24pm
 Leaked Tory memo confirms their plan to ignore the result of the next Scottish election, after ignoring Scotland?s Remain vote, & rejection of the Tories since 1955. An anti-democracy strategy tha...

Your suggestions for poll questions, please
19 Oct 2020 at 6:21pm
First of all, thank you to everyone who has donated to the crowdfunder so far.  I was particularly grateful to Paul Kavanagh for spontaneously helping to promote it, literally just a couple of days...

Even Jim Bergerac isn't safe from the Westminster power grab...
19 Oct 2020 at 9:30am
 This is utterly extraordinary. If anyone has any doubts that Westminster is engaged in a power grab, watch this video from Jersey's Minister of External Relations (who was a Tory when he lived in ...

The Scottish Tories suddenly have a Lib Dem problem
16 Oct 2020 at 6:31pm
I asked earlier how on earth the SNP had managed to hold on to win the Ellon & District by-election when there were more than enough Lib Dem voters to see the Tories home on transfers.  Well, the a...

SNP's victory in Ellon & District by-election is proof that the surge has rea...
16 Oct 2020 at 1:07pm
I'm not entirely sure whether it was sensible for a local council by-election to have taken place yesterday, but it did, and it was in the sort of place where by-elections in recent years have rout...

'Settled will'
15 Oct 2020 at 8:39pm
I've been asked by two or three people whether the 58% Yes vote in yesterday's Ipsos-Mori poll has changed my view on whether 60% is unattainable.  It actually hasn't, although let me be clear abou...

Is it nine in a row for Yes? Ten in a row?
15 Oct 2020 at 7:03am
Bloody hell, the BBC website is actually covering the Ipsos-Mori poll. So the answer to the question, how many Yes-majority polls does it take to get the BBC to report the story, is "about ten in a...

58% Yes: Writing is on the wall for the United Kingdom as support for indy hi...
14 Oct 2020 at 1:02pm
Since the independence referendum in 2014, there's been a general trend that telephone polling has produced better results for Yes than online polling - an exact reversal of what was the case befor...

Reddit Scotland

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How the UK Security Services neutralised the country's leading liberal newspaper
22 Oct 2020 at 3:47pm
submitted by /u/TheFutureisFlooding

Dumb question but what would stop Scotland from getting Indy, then removing o...
22 Oct 2020 at 3:38pm
Like Brexit is happening (has happened?) with literally no deal, no agreements or clauses. The UK is breaking international law with seemingly little to no consequence. Why dont we just leave if t...


Drunk kicked out of black tie bash at Scots hotel urinated in front of reception
22 Oct 2020 at 3:36pm
submitted by /u/stankmanly


I designed flags for the Scottish political parties in the style of the Scott...
22 Oct 2020 at 3:33pm
submitted by /u/a_massive_j0bby


Toby Young says 'ungrateful' devolved nations have turned him into an English...
22 Oct 2020 at 3:23pm
submitted by /u/chickfactoring

Has anyone received a notification from the NHS tracing app?
22 Oct 2020 at 2:43pm
Between the weekly virus-icon reminder that tracing is on, and couple-of-times-a-day transient notifications with the NHS icon that just say "checking exposure keys", I wonder if the actual notific...

Someone has edited Prof. Leitch's Wikipedia page. Hardly a grinch
22 Oct 2020 at 2:32pm
submitted by /u/danihendrix

Coronavirus: 17 more deaths and 1712 new cases in Scotland
22 Oct 2020 at 2:31pm
submitted by /u/CrispyCrip


When you?re that much of a cunt even Nigel Farage speaks out against you.
22 Oct 2020 at 2:26pm
submitted by /u/daniel_campbell_03


BREAKING: Five of Scotland?s hospitality industry bodies have started legal p...
22 Oct 2020 at 2:20pm
submitted by /u/CDoc414


And again and again
22 Oct 2020 at 2:14pm
submitted by /u/WaspsAndCakes


River Tilt in Blair Atholl
22 Oct 2020 at 2:11pm
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Private investors? bid to erase historic industrial community in Leith.
22 Oct 2020 at 1:20pm
submitted by /u/OphuchiHotline

Australian wishing to move to Scotland. Small-medium sized city recommendations?
22 Oct 2020 at 1:20pm
Hi, I am in my late 20's and due to graduate from a Bachelor of Social Work soon. I would like to move to Scotland in about 14 months time and work over there as a Social Worker. I have been to Edi...

Daily Record

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Scottish Government faces legal challenge over pubs and restaurants shut down
22 Oct 2020 at 2:26pm
Hospitality chiefs warned the sector was at "breaking point" and claimed they had been repeatedly targeted by SNP ministers.


Rishi Sunak U-turn on winter job support scheme branded "too little, too late"
22 Oct 2020 at 2:01pm
The Tory chancellor rushed out a revised job support scheme as more areas face covid lockdown but opponents say it doesn't measure up to the furlough which ends in October.


Nicola Sturgeon Halloween guising advice set to be published this weekend
22 Oct 2020 at 1:25pm
The First Minister was also quizzed on whether Scots should expect a "digital Christmas".


Nicola Sturgeon says it is "unlikely" we will celebrate Christmas with no limits
22 Oct 2020 at 12:44pm
She made the comment after Jason Leitch told the public to prepare for a "digital Christmas"


Scottish independence referendum 'could happen in 2021' says senior SNP MSP
22 Oct 2020 at 11:47am
Pro-Union campaigners said the comments from the Scottish Government were "irresponsible" as the country was still fighting a global health pandemic.


Five Scottish Conservative MPs voted against free school meals in holidays
22 Oct 2020 at 11:01am
Douglas Ross, the Scottish party leader, missed the Commons debate that saw a fellow Tories vote against footballer Marcus Rashford's plan.


Pub boss calls on Nicola Sturgeon to close off-licenses in bid to save bars
22 Oct 2020 at 10:47am
One Inverness publican said banning booze sales in shops could provide a lifeline to Scotland's struggling hospitality industry.


Scots should get ready for 'digital Christmas' without family gatherings
22 Oct 2020 at 9:10am
The Scottish Government's national clinical director said lockdown measures now might help but large family gatherings at Christmas are a "fiction" this year.


Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus LIVE as Scots warned of 'digital Christmas'
22 Oct 2020 at 8:32am
The First Minister is facing further questions about the hospitality sector shut down and how Scots will be able to celebrate Christmas this year.


Saving lives is costing jobs and hospitality must be helped to survive crisis
22 Oct 2020 at 4:30am
Record View says a recovery plan is needed to ensure a jobs crisis does not turn into an economic catastrophe.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Deja vu as yet more promises of additional powers are made to Scotland
22 Oct 2020 at 3:00pm

WELL here we go again. More powers to the people of Scotland on the promise we behave ourselves and forget about all this nonsense about independence.

Scottish independence: New vote 'could be held before end of 2021'
22 Oct 2020 at 12:20pm

THE next independence referendum could take place before the end of next year, Michael Russell has suggested.

Douglas Ross's free school meals tweet comes back to haunt him after Commons ...
22 Oct 2020 at 10:18am

THE Scottish Tories were desperate for everyone to know that they now support free school meals. But would they put their money where their mouth is?

Toby Young: Ungrateful devolved nations made me an English nationalist
22 Oct 2020 at 11:54am

COMMENTATOR Toby Young says he has become an English nationalist because the devolved nations are behaving like ?irresponsible students? during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Santa is a key worker': Nicola Sturgeon reassures children over Christmas fears
22 Oct 2020 at 1:39pm

THE First Minister sought to reassure children at today?s briefing after the national clinical director said there is ?absolutely no question? of a normal Christmas this year.

Rishi Sunak keeps SNP in dark over new emergency Covid funding measures
22 Oct 2020 at 12:45pm

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak was blasted today after he gave journalists more advanced notice about the new emergency Covid funding than he gave to the opposition parties. 

WATCH: Better Together character backs Yes in new spoof video from Marco Biagi
22 Oct 2020 at 2:20pm

THE woman who told Scotland to "eat your cereal" in 2014 is back ? in a new spoof video.

Scottish Government to increase Covid testing capacity as cases rise
22 Oct 2020 at 1:56pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has vowed to increase Scotland?s testing capacity as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise.

Covid in Scotland: 1712 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths recorded
22 Oct 2020 at 12:22pm

A FURTHER 1712 coronavirus cases have been identified in Scotland over the last 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Lesley Riddoch: London's treatment of North of England will boost Yes vote
22 Oct 2020 at 5:00am

SOMETHING pretty amazing happened this week. Two full-blown constitutional stand-offs with Boris Johnson ? neither involving Scotland.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Nanny of the Maroons
22 Oct 2020 at 2:16pm
In Jamaica, the $500 note is colloquially known as the ?Nanny?. Its namesake is Queen Nanny, an eighteenth-century West African woman who not only escaped slavery herself but raised a fearsome army known as the Maroons, freeing other enslaved Africans and waging a guerrilla war against British colonisers. Her story has become synonymous with freedom […]

Many Voices Q&A: Nyla Ahmad
20 Oct 2020 at 10:55am
As part of her Many Voices project, Arusa Qureshi speaks to industry figures in Scotland to hear their thoughts on diversity and the inclusion of underrepresented voices in their respective fields. Discussions around diversity in the publishing industry have become commonplace, with new reports every few years often unveiling some of the same conclusions; that […]

Royal High Decision Time
20 Oct 2020 at 10:35am
At some point in the next few weeks Scottish ministers are poised to rule on the future of Edinburgh?s former Royal High School, the subject of one of the most hard-fought planning disputes since Donald Trump won consent for his Aberdeenshire golf course. City councillors previously voted not once, but twice, to reject the scheme […]

Poetry Playlist October
19 Oct 2020 at 5:00pm
Welcome to the Poetry Playlist! Once a month, we are going to recommend one of our favourite poetry collections to you. It could be newly published, an old classic, or a little-known gem that we found collecting dust in the back of a charity shop. All that matters is that our Arts & Music Editors […]

The Balerno Blueprint
19 Oct 2020 at 11:54am
Neil Mackay’s Herald on Sunday interview feature for with Andrew Wilson (The Big Read: SNP target 2026 in ‘roadmap for independence’ from party’s top strategist Andrew Wilson) was execrable in very sense. From the sycophantic tone to the revelations about a disastrous politics and a disempowering strategy it will have left many in the Yes […]

Dazed and Confused: Alternative Facts and Conspiracy in the Age of Stupid
18 Oct 2020 at 9:27am
“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Community, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction […] and the distinction between true and false […] no longer exists.” – Hannah Arendt. In a society riddled with anxiety, conspiracy and propaganda and dominated by new authoritarianism and […]

Saturday Night at The Howff with Gil De Ray, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West...
17 Oct 2020 at 6:49pm
howff /ha?f/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to Saturday night at the Howff, Bella?s lounge for the lockdown with Gil De Ray, SAY award nominee Declan Welsh & The Decadent West and Lizzie Reid. ‘Seamless’ is the second of two recent single releases from Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lizzie Reid. Both are […]

High Hearts
17 Oct 2020 at 12:06pm
The inevitable is happening before our eyes. The long predicted – and carefully curated – collapse of talks with the EU has happened as the die-hard Brexiteers who prorogued parliament and ejected long-standing members of the Conservative Party complete their mission. In June last year Boris Johnson had promised to leave “Do or Die”. While […]

Porky Pie Pinata
16 Oct 2020 at 7:02pm
Trade talks between the UK and EU are over. Boris tells the country to brace for a no deal Brexit.

Why We Make Events
16 Oct 2020 at 5:00pm
Do you remember the feeling when you buy a ticket for a festival? Maybe you have clubbed together with pals and you have all bought yours at the same time. Then there is the excitement as you make your plans for the weekend, select your outfits, pour over the line-up, do the supply run and […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Be ready for digital Christmas, says Scotland's public health adviser
22 Oct 2020 at 11:01am
Covid may prevent large family gatherings as country awaits unveiling of five-tier system Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe idea of a normal Christmas this year with large family gatherings is ?fiction? and people should be ?digital-Christmas ready?, Nicola Sturgeon?...

Sturgeon accuses Johnson of ignoring advice on 'extreme' Covid curbs
21 Oct 2020 at 4:32pm
Scotland?s first minister to unveil five-tier system of restrictions on FridayCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has accused Boris Johnson of ignoring expert advice about the need for a Covid restrictions strategy that includes an ?extreme? top level close...

UK coronavirus: Hancock says financial support 'remains on table' after Great...
20 Oct 2020 at 8:31pm
Boris Johnson confirms strictest tier 3 restrictions from Friday but confusion persists over funding available to support those affectedPM confirms tier 3 restrictions for Greater ManchesterBurnham condemns ministers as talks collapseUK death toll rises by 241 in highest daily increase for months...

Scots should get new independence vote if SNP wins, says Tory-linked consultancy
20 Oct 2020 at 1:57pm
Memo from Hanbury Strategy calls for ?velvet no? campaign to convince voters to stay in the unionA leaked memo given to senior Conservatives suggests the UK government should agree to a fresh independence referendum if the Scottish National party wins an outright majority next May.The document wr...

Young Scots rally to independence banner for 2021 elections
18 Oct 2020 at 8:00am
Some Holyrood hopefuls were still at school during the 2014 referendum but there is doubt over the scale of their support When Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom in the 2014 referendum, Valentina Servera Clavell was 14 and living in Barcelona amid a burgeoning movement for Catalan ind...

Met will not charge MP Margaret Ferrier for travelling with Covid
15 Oct 2020 at 5:17pm
Suspended SNP MP took test before self-isolating law came into force, Scotland Yard saysCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Metropolitan police has said it will not charge the MP Margaret Ferrier with breaching Covid travel restrictions, because her positive test took ...

Scotland needs a plan for a new currency if it wants independence | Barry Eic...
13 Oct 2020 at 1:02pm
There must be a blueprint for what follows sterling and a transition to the euroThe odds of Scotland becoming independent are rising by the day. In Scotland?s 2014 referendum, about 45% of voters favoured independence. Brexit, which about 60% of Scotland?s voters opposed, is now forcing the Scott...

Alex Salmond row: MSPs call for inquiry into Sturgeon to be extended
12 Oct 2020 at 7:11pm
Two MSPs call for first minister to be investigated over alleged false statements to HolyroodNicola Sturgeon should be investigated over alleged false statements to Holyrood, two members of the inquiry into the Scottish government?s botched handling of sexual harassment complaints against Alex Sa...

MP Margaret Ferrier: decision to travel despite Covid due to 'panic'
11 Oct 2020 at 10:46am
Suspended SNP MP received test result in Westminster after Commons debateCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMP Margaret Ferrier has broken her silence to explain how she ?panicked? when she received a positive result for a coronavirus test in her Westminster office after ...

We'll move on from the EU vote but we are now stuck in our tribe. Welcome to ...
11 Oct 2020 at 7:45am
Polarised politics now informs every major issue in the countryIt seems as if the end is in sight. Four and a half years after voters chose it in a referendum, the process of taking Britain out of the European Union is drawing to a close.The final act may yet be calm or chaotic, but in any event ...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

the way home
According to a report in the National, the Tories are ‘wargaming ‘to prevent Scottish independence. which probably entails them sitting in their underwear throwing dice at a board upon which sits a brightly coloured miniature army of orcs and trolls otherwise known as The Moray Conservative Association, which Michael Gove painted at university during a […]

Wee Ginger Rehab Fundraiser is now live
This stroke has left me paralized down one side. It is still too early to say whether I will be left with a permanent disability but it is a very real possibility. What worries me most is that I live in a top floor tenement flat which is now totally unsuitable for my changed circumstances. […]

The Brexit pinocchio and a very big question
? As I painfully and slowly peck at the keyboard trying to teach myself to type again following my stroke I am taking immense pleasure reading articles written by a group of folk who are obviously having a worse time of it than I am, British nationalists desperately facing the realisation that their precious union […]

Getting used to it
Tory Boy Andrew Bowie, who has never knowingly managed to look as though he’s not smug despite having nothing to be smug about, has declared that the Johnson administration’s internal market bill which undermines the devolution settlement is just the start. Get used to it, he smugly declared on Twitter where his account is bedecked […]

CROWDFUNDER: A third Scot Goes Pop poll on independence as No Deal looms
Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.  Hi, I’m James Kelly, and I write the pro-independence blog Scot Goes Pop, which has a particular emphasis on opinion poll analysis. Earlier this year I crowdfunded two exclusive Panelbase polls on independence, and although they both showed exactly the same result (Yes 52%, No 48%), […]

Whatever happened to the positive case for the union?
There are few certainties in life, just death, taxes, and a Labour party that promises that it’s going to listen to the people of Scotland when it’s out of power. There’s also a Conservative party that keeps claiming to be speaking for the majority in Scotland despite the fact that its vote share has been […]

Dugcast fae the dughoose ? with Elaine C Smith
WeeGingerDug · Dugcast 9 10 2020 With Elaine C Smith This week I’m delighted to be joined by one of Scotland’s best known actors and a stalwart of the independence movement – Elaine C Smith. Elaine talks about the effects of the pandemic on the performing arts, the woeful support that is being given to […]

The proof from the puddings
Yesterday on this blog I wrote about the way in which the Conservatives in Westminster systematically sideline and marginalise the devolved administrations. This isn’t just because the Tories hate Thatessempee and – as British nationalist zoomers on social media constantly claim – that Nicola Sturgeon would only use it to further her agenda. The governments […]

A question of respect
When a bad thing happens once, it can be considered accidental. When it happens twice, that’s deeply unfortunate and a sign that someone isn’t paying attention. When it happens a third, fourth, and fifth time it’s a deliberate act of policy. That’s the case with the Conservative administration in Westminster not keeping the governments of […]

The blame game
Back in the distant days of early 2016, there was no real prospect of another independence referendum any time soon. Indeed there was no prospect of one any time within the next decade. I remember doing a talk for a local SNP branch in early 2016 and was asked when I thought that we’d once […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is This The Tipping Point of Scottish Independence?
 Is This The Tipping Point of Scottish Independence? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 18th 2020 Independence is the new normal and the mainstream. This is a huge historic shift and moment. It is a dramatic change and opportunity that will require a very different politics and attitude compared to 2014. Then independence represented the insurgents … The post Is This The Tipping Point of S...

Superman is not coming to save us: Trump, Boris Johnson and Regressive Mascul...
Superman is not coming to save us: Trump, Boris Johnson and Regressive Masculinity Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 14th 2020 It is not very surprising that Donald Trump was apparently considering wearing a Superman top under his shirt and then revealing it on leaving hospital after being treated for COVID. It is deeply symbolic of … The post Superman is not coming to save us: Trump, Bor...

The Legacy of Donald Dewar and Scotland?s Stories: Past, Present and Future
The Legacy of Donald Dewar and Scotland?s Stories: Past, Present and Future Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 11th 2020 Twenty years ago today Donald Dewar tragically died at the age of 63. His loss was an incalculable one to the fledgling Scottish Parliament and to Scottish Labour: the first institution eventually finding its feet, while … The post The Legacy of Donald Dewar and Scotland...

Donald Dewar and the Lost Story of Devolution
Donald Dewar and the Lost Story of Devolution Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 8th 2020 A significant and poignant moment in Scotland?s recent history comes up this weekend on Sunday, with the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of the first ever First Minister Donald Dewar at the age of 63. Donald Dewar was a … The post Donald Dewar and the Lost Story of Devolution appeared first on Ge...

Lennon at 80 and the enduring relationship of John and Paul
Lennon at 80 and the enduring relationship of John and Paul Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 7th 2020 John Lennon would have been 80 this Friday. To add to the poignancy, two months later is the 40th anniversary of 8th December 1940 when Lennon was killed in front of his home, the Dakota Building, New … The post Lennon at 80 and the enduring relationship of John and Paul appeared first o...

Trump and Trumpism have to be defeated
Trump and Trumpism have to be defeated Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 4th 2020   The October surprise has duly arrived in the form of Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19, leading to their self-isolation and the suspension of campaigning by Trump in person. In a year – and a … The post Trump and Trumpism have to be defeated appeared first on Gerry Hassa...

The fate of Scottish football is about much more than football
The fate of Scottish football is about much more than football Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 30th 2020 Scottish football is about more than who makes the most noise whether it be ten in a row – or stopping ten in a row – or the obsessions of the top league and clubs. Scottish football?s … The post The fate of Scottish football is about much more than football appeared first on Gerry...

The Brexit power grab and the collapse of British conservatism
The Brexit power grab and the collapse of British conservatism Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 30th 2020 In the midst of a pandemic and the prospect of No Deal Brexit the UK Government continues its path of self-harm and self-destruction ? with a central place given to the UK internal market bill. Such is the … The post The Brexit power grab and the collapse of British conservatism ap...

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Scottish independence referendum 'could happen in 2021' says senior SNP MSP -...
Scottish independence referendum 'could happen in 2021' says senior SNP MSP  Daily RecordIndyref2 could take place next year, claims Holyrood minister  Peeblesshire NewsWe must not allow the Unionists to move the goal posts yet again  The NationalSNP minister: Indyref2 could take place before the end of next year  HeraldScotlandIan Blackford accused of 'helping Brussels' in bitter Brexit row wi...

UK: Is Scotland on course to leave Britain? - Al Jazeera English
UK: Is Scotland on course to leave Britain?  Al Jazeera EnglishAsk EU to help scupper Scottish independence, ministers urged  The TimesScottish independence: Is Scotland now firmly on the path to becoming a separate state? ? Ian Swanson  Edinburgh NewsBoris slams door shut on Sturgeon?s independence demands ? ?You voted decisively in 2014!?  Daily ExpressBoris Johnson insists Scottish independe...

U.K.?s Tories Start War Gaming to Prevent Scottish Independence - Bloomberg
U.K.?s Tories Start War Gaming to Prevent Scottish Independence  Bloomberg

Support for Scottish independence soars to 58% in new poll - Euronews
Support for Scottish independence soars to 58% in new poll  Euronews

Practical problems of Scottish independence - OMFIF
Practical problems of Scottish independence  OMFIF

Leaked memo reveals UK Tories are war gaming to prevent Scottish independence...
Leaked memo reveals UK Tories are war gaming to prevent Scottish independence  The National

Scottish independence: Referendum 'could happen next year', says Mike Russell...
Scottish independence: Referendum 'could happen next year', says Mike Russell  The Scotsman

Scottish independence: If the people elect a pro-referendum majority, Scotlan...
Scottish independence: If the people elect a pro-referendum majority, Scotland should vote on quitting the Union ? Tommy Sheppard  Edinburgh News

Scottish independence: Ian Murray says 'Scots don't want this' - HeraldScotland
Scottish independence: Ian Murray says 'Scots don't want this'  HeraldScotland

New poll shows record levels would vote for Scottish independence - HeraldSco...
New poll shows record levels would vote for Scottish independence  HeraldScotland

Scottish independence 'just as likely' to be supported by women as men as gen...
Scottish independence 'just as likely' to be supported by women as men as gender gap in attitudes shrinks  Daily Record

The sad passing of the canine star of the Scottish independence movement - Th...
The sad passing of the canine star of the Scottish independence movement  The National

Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum - BBC News
Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum  BBC News

Record public support for Scottish independence, new poll shows - The National
Record public support for Scottish independence, new poll shows  The National

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Scottish independence referendum 'could happen in 2021' says senior SNP MSP  Daily RecordSNP minister: Indyref2 could take place before the end of next year  HeraldScotlandSNP conference may back bid for Scottish Reserve Bank owned by Holyrood  The NationalIndyref2 could take place next year, claims Holyrood minister  The Dumbarton and Vale of Leven ReporterIndyRef2 could take place ?by end of ...

Scots should get new independence vote if SNP wins, says Tory-linked consulta...
Scots should get new independence vote if SNP wins, says Tory-linked consultancy  The GuardianSNP claim leaked memo shows Conservatives are in 'panic mode' over prospect of Indyref2  HeraldScotlandSNP must make alliances with Labour and the unions to ensure another Scottish independence referendum ? Kenny MacAskill  The ScotsmanNicola Sturgeon is no Jacinda Ardern no matter what some SNP suppor...

?SWITCH ON!? Speaker rages at SNP MP as he throws House of Commons into chaos...
?SWITCH ON!? Speaker rages at SNP MP as he throws House of Commons into chaos  Daily Express

Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson being lined up to succeed her, former ai...
Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson being lined up to succeed her, former aide claims  HeraldScotland

SNP shamed: BBC slaps down boycott as rivals hit out at 'obnoxious' Scottish ...
SNP shamed: BBC slaps down boycott as rivals hit out at 'obnoxious' Scottish nationalists  Express

SNP back down: Furious backlash over controversial hate crime bill triggers U...
SNP back down: Furious backlash over controversial hate crime bill triggers U-turn  Daily Express

Rishi Sunak keeps SNP in dark over new emergency Covid funding measures - The...
Rishi Sunak keeps SNP in dark over new emergency Covid funding measures  The National

SNP's Ian Blackford dismantled as Boris Johnson points at 'colossal' investme...
SNP's Ian Blackford dismantled as Boris Johnson points at 'colossal' investment across UK  Daily Express

Joanna Cherry claims bid to become SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central was 'hobbled...
Joanna Cherry claims bid to become SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central was 'hobbled'  Daily Record

Margaret Ferrier a victim of trial by media, says former SNP MP - The Guardian
Margaret Ferrier a victim of trial by media, says former SNP MP  The Guardian

Row over uniformed Scout in SNP party broadcast - BBC News
Row over uniformed Scout in SNP party broadcast  BBC News

Five people on shortlist to be SNP candidate for Shotts Scottish Parliament s...
Five people on shortlist to be SNP candidate for Shotts Scottish Parliament seat  Daily Record

Demand for SNP to set Trident removal deadline in independent Scotland - The ...
Demand for SNP to set Trident removal deadline in independent Scotland  The National

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier suspended for taking train after positive Covid test ...
SNP MP Margaret Ferrier suspended for taking train after positive Covid test  The Guardian

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U.K.?s Tories Start War Gaming to Prevent Scottish Independence - Bloomberg
U.K.?s Tories Start War Gaming to Prevent Scottish Independence  Bloomberg

UK: Is Scotland on course to leave Britain? - Al Jazeera English
UK: Is Scotland on course to leave Britain?  Al Jazeera English

Scottish independence referendum 'could happen in 2021' says senior SNP MSP -...
Scottish independence referendum 'could happen in 2021' says senior SNP MSP  Daily Record

Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum - BBC News
Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum  BBC News

Support for Scottish independence at highest ever level: Poll - POLITICO.eu
Support for Scottish independence at highest ever level: Poll  POLITICO.eu

Scottish independence: Referendum 'could happen next year', says Mike Russell...
Scottish independence: Referendum 'could happen next year', says Mike Russell  The Scotsman

Scotland's place in the Union is precarious but independence would not bring ...
Scotland's place in the Union is precarious but independence would not bring stability  New Statesman

Scottish independence: If the people elect a pro-referendum majority, Scotlan...
Scottish independence: If the people elect a pro-referendum majority, Scotland should vote on quitting the Union ? Tommy Sheppard  Edinburgh News

Leaked memo reveals UK Tories are war gaming to prevent Scottish independence...
Leaked memo reveals UK Tories are war gaming to prevent Scottish independence  The National

Scottish independence: Ian Murray says 'Scots don't want this' - HeraldScotland
Scottish independence: Ian Murray says 'Scots don't want this'  HeraldScotland

Scottish independence: Johnson refuses to rule out second referendum if SNP w...
Scottish independence: Johnson refuses to rule out second referendum if SNP win landslide  The Times

Practical problems of Scottish independence - OMFIF
Practical problems of Scottish independence  OMFIF

New poll shows record levels would vote for Scottish independence - HeraldSco...
New poll shows record levels would vote for Scottish independence  HeraldScotland

Nicola Sturgeon told to 'forget' second independence referendum in landslide ...
Nicola Sturgeon told to 'forget' second independence referendum in landslide poll  Daily Express

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General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

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

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

The Official President Trump thread

Tory (Scottish Branch) Twitter Watch
There's just far too much hilarity to ignore, so deserves a thread of it's own. This one today from Maurice Golden Shower. Pandering to Ian 'the oil is running dry' Wood for starters. Exactly who are they trying to win back over with tweets like these?

The Douglas Ross Experiment
He's having such an absolute disaster of a start that he's worth a new thread:     He's currently trending.  

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

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

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

Distracted by Covid? What else is going on.
Thought I'd start this after seeing a post by @Snafu that I'll post below. Meanwhile there's the annexation of the West Bank by Israel, leaving Palestinians without a vote in what can only be described as a fully blown Apartheid regime, with full backing from Washington. https://www.theguardi...

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

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

XR extinction rebellion
Anyone else heard of, been or intend to be involved with ?  Personally think it?s too late and most of us are fucked. 

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

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Dieting....
Started a new diet 4 week ago. I have lost 10 pounds, or nearly 3/4 a stone. I am doing the, do not eat after 8pm, and I do not eat until 12pm the next day. Its hard, but it is working. I can eat whatever I want between 12pm and 8pm. Drink lots of water as well. I have also been off alcohol for 7...

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Next SNP leader?
Right with the current issues going there is a very likely chance nicola may well step down after the covid settles or may even be pushed, who would you like to see step into the position?my list would be one of the following   katie forbes kenny macaskill angus macneil cherry...

Old age..
Just blew my knee out playing football today. I coach my son who is 16. I arranged a match between his side and the Dads today. Its Fathers Day . Aye, so guess what, Big Ramy trying to be a smartarse and nutmeg my son, ends up blowing the knee out. Never had this problem before. I guess when you ...

Cooking in Isolation
After the huge success of my  ? entertainment in isolation?  thread ?,  I thought I would dip my toe into the world of culinary creativity and start a thread about cooking.  One of the few upsides of this lockdown is that I have made more of an effort to cook, nothing fancy or too time consum...

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

Toasters.
FFS. Yeah pandemic, yeah long covid, but FFS, just fit a bit of fuckin bread in the F'kin  toaster.

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...

Margaret Nolan RIP
Surprised that there has not been an acknowledgement already Margaret passed away on Monday aged 76 From the Kamera Club to Goldfinger to Carry on films she was a regular in 60s and 70s TV shows I never saw the attraction of Barbara Windsor when Margaret was alongside ...

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BBC Claptrap Exposed ? Cosy Relationships Between Mentorn and BBC Scotland Ad...
  Mentorn Television Production Not long after Scottish devolution, following storms of protest from Scottish viewers and politicians the BBC agreed to transfer a significant amount of television production to Scotland greatly increasing Scottish content. Implementation of change would be achieved without detriment to existing staff employed in England or to operational routine. SmokeContinue...

Scottish Independence ? Get the Gloves Aff ? Abstentionism the Way Forward
    In my previous post I forgot to include the measures that need to be taken now taking forward the cause of Scottish independence. Corrected with this post.     The Discredited 1707 Act of Union The 1707 “Act of Union” was signed off, against the wishes of Scots, by aContinue reading "Scottish Independence – Get the Gloves Aff – Abstentionism the Way Forward"

Its Not Too Late ? The S.N.P. Should Abandon Namby-Pamby Politicking and Purs...
    Alex Salmond ? Is This His Political Obituary Recognized worldwide as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already enjoyed a high-profile in Scottish politics before winning two historic Holyrood elections as S.N.P. leader and securing a mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. Born in 1954 inContinue reading "Its Not Too Late – The S.N.P. Should Aban...

Rule Brittania ? Unionists Dismantling Devolution Exacting Retribution on Upp...
    Rule Britannia Post Brexit the Unionist Party’s will continue to ?sing? from the same constitutional hymn sheet defying the aspirations of many Scots who wish to withdraw from a “Treaty of Union” forced upon their forebears. The Unionists are aware that England’s hold over Scotland is only political, in their heartsContinue reading "Rule Brittania – Unionists Dismantling Devolution Exac...

2014 Scottish Independence Referendum ? A Political Masterclass by the Unioni...
    The 2014 Independence Referendum – Promises Made But Not Kept “Better Together”: “Scotland enjoys membership of the EU because of our membership of the UK and if we no longer are members of the UK then it follows that we are no longer are part of the EU.” ?What is process forContinue reading "2014 Scottish Independence Referendum – A Political Masterclass by the Unionists Promise The Scot...

Trump Down But Not Out ? American Voters Might Yet Defeat the Deep State and ...
    The 2016 Presidential Election The Democratic Party, led by Hilary Clinton, its candidate for office, conducted a no holds barred political campaign, including the wide use of every illegal and questionable apparatus of the “Deep State” and vicious media attacks on Trump and his family. But American voters were fed up toContinue reading "Trump Down But Not Out – American Voters Might Yet ...

Stephen Gethins ? Forgot His Purpose and lost his Seat At Westminster ? Now H...
    Stephen Gethins SNP   Dec 2018: In the course of a near 5 year parliamentary career at Westminster he displayed little interest in the politics of the Russia or the many unsubstantiated charges of its leaders conducting “disinformation” campaigns against the United Kingdom. Indeed the only time he mentioned the subjectContinue reading "Stephen Gethins – Forgot His Purpose and lost his S...

Little Bo Peep is losing her sheep ? Is it Et Tu for Nicola Sturgeon
    2014 Independence Referendum Nicola Sturgeon was given the honour of leading the campaign for independence. Referendum campaigning began with polls indicating “No” voters would prevail, a view promoted by the Unionist media and given maximum media space by the BBC, who bombarded Scotland with negative publicity broadcasting many times each day thatContinue reading "Little Bo Peep is losin...

Double Devolution ? The Tory Plan For Scotland
    10 Sep 2020: Reported in today’s “National” – Councillors in Shetland have passed a motion to explore options for ?achieving political and financial self-determination?. Leader of the council Steven Coutts proposed the motion, which was carried yesterday by 18 to 2 votes. The motion states there is concern that centralised decision-making ?isContinue reading "Double Devolution – The Tory ...

The Alex Salmond Inquiry A Can of Worms is Being Exposed But Who Will Break R...
    An update – The Alex Salmond debacle Judith Mackinnon left her post in July 2017 and took up employment in a newly created post as “Head of People Advice for The Scottish Government”. She reported to Nicola Richards, who had been appointed to her new role as “Director of People”. ItContinue reading "The Alex Salmond Inquiry A Can of Worms is Being Exposed But Who Will Break Ranks and Bl...

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World leading mesh surgeon accuses Scottish Government of delaying project to...
Dr Dionysios Veronikis appeared before Holyrood?s public petitions committee to discuss his work as a surgeon and the affair surrounding his planned work in Scotland

Christmas will not be ?absolutely normal? this year, Nicola Sturgeon says
Nicola Sturgeon backed Jason Leitch?s comments about preparing for a digital Christmas and said he was trying to be ?frank? with people

Leading mesh surgeon to give evidence to MSPs
Dr Dionysios Veronikis had previously been expected to come to Scotland to operate on women suffering from mesh implants

COVID-19 has 'laid bare' the weaknesses of UK systems of governance, committe...
The Scottish Affairs committee urged the UK and Scottish governments to hold more regular formal meetings and called on the UK Government to make it easier for key workers to immigrate to the UK after Brexit

Aberdeen City Council launches journey planner app to encourage walking and c...
The GoAbz app includes information on journey times and costs by vehicle, and offers alternative suggestions by cycling, walking, bus or train

New tiered COVID strategy to be published on Friday
It will set out different levels of restrictions which could be applied regionally or nationally over the coming months.

First Minister to provide update on hospitality restrictions
Nicola Sturgeon has previously hinted the measures would be extended until the planned tier system had been signed off by MSPs

Majority of youth work services unable to resume indoor support
Access to buildings and facilities is still restricted in many areas, despite services being allowed to resume since 31 August.

The SNP ?needs to have a period in opposition? and a ?refresh?, says Edinburg...
Professor James Mitchell puts the SNP?s success down to the lack of an alternative, but says the party is looking ?tired?

Alex Salmond urged to provide evidence to harassment committee
Committee convener Linda Fabiani has written to Salmond making a ?firm request? for evidence within the next week.

NHS Grampian rolls out eConsult online consultation platform to GP practices
The platform allows patients to fill in their symptoms online and a doctor can decide what action should be taken

Scottish Government raises concerns about lack of engagement in development o...
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will replace EU structural funds once Britain leaves the EU

UNISON calls for funding to back incorporation of the UN Convention on the Ri...
The union warns that children?s services are already underfunded and will now be expected to do even more

Wales to begin two-week ?firebreak? lockdown from Friday
The Welsh first minister said he had been forced to take the decision to prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed