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Labour MSPs urged to fund Kezia Dugdale's legal costs in battle against Wings
23 Sep 2018 at 12:07am
A senior Labour MSP has called on colleagues to help pay the legal costs of a former party leader who is being sued by a pro-independence blogger.

Paul Hutcheon: by ending Kez's legal support, Labour is helping Wings over Sc...
23 Sep 2018 at 12:07am
INSIDE THE STORY

Raab tells Brussels Britain won't be dictated to over Brexit
23 Sep 2018 at 11:59am
BRITAIN will "not be dictated to? by Brussels in the negotiations over its withdrawal from the EU, Dominic Raab has warned.

Labour's next manifesto will oppose a second Scottish independence poll, insi...
23 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm
LABOUR?S next UK manifesto will include a commitment to oppose a second independence referendum, Richard Leonard will announce to UK Labour conference this week.

Corbyn says he would be "bound" by party's will if it backed People's Vote
23 Sep 2018 at 11:44am
JEREMY Corbyn would be prepared to back a second referendum on the European Union, stressing how he would be ?bound by? the will of the party if its members voted for the change in Labour policy.

Police probe into Salmond sexual misconduct claims covers twenty month period...
23 Sep 2018 at 12:06am
A POLICE probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against Alex Salmond is examining a 20 month period which includes the independence referendum and its aftermath.

Corbyn hits back at Chief Rabbi's criticism, denouncing it as 'beyond excessive'
23 Sep 2018 at 12:31pm
JEREMY Corbyn has hit out at a former Chief Rabbi for comparing the Labour leader to Enoch Powell.

First Minister's advisers blamed for her caution on backing final Brexit refe...
23 Sep 2018 at 12:07am
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being ?held back? from fully supporting a referendum on the final Brexit deal by her advisers, according to a senior source close to the Scottish Government.

'Labour should back second Brexit referendum if members want it': Tom Watson
22 Sep 2018 at 10:01pm
LABOUR should back a second referendum on Brexit if its members want one, Tom Watson has insisted.

Row after Labour frontbencher praised 'militant' Liverpool council of the 80s
22 Sep 2018 at 10:07pm
A LABOUR frontbencher has triggered a row by praising the Militant-dominated council which ran Liverpool in the 1980s.

Unspun: the political diary
22 Sep 2018 at 7:40am
YOU?RE never far from a conspiracy theory in the Yes movement. Whether it?s the woes of Alex Salmond, or the wrong referendum result, there?s always a sinister explanation. Take Twitter?s @jmacross46, who recently ventilated after inadequate TV coverage of Nicola Sturgeon. ?We need to realise the British state has already started it?s campaign to thwart Independence,? he wrote. ?Bold measures need to be considered, we need to start acting as if we are already independent. More walkouts at WM and more acts of civil defiance are required.? Who is this guy? Och, only the leader of South Lanarkshire Council.

Yousaf savages Corbyn over Labour racism probe
22 Sep 2018 at 5:00am
SCOTLAND?S Justice Secretary has attacked Jeremy Corbyn as ?duplicitous" and a "hypocrite? over Labour?s handling of racism allegations.

Leonard to tell conference SNP are not Labour "allies".
22 Sep 2018 at 12:05am
RICHARD Leonard is to warn delegates at this weekend?s Labour conference against making ?allies? of the SNP after Jeremy Corbyn?s latest gaffe on the constitution.

Landmark legal victory could see Brexit halted at 11th hour
21 Sep 2018 at 12:36pm
BREXIT could be halted at the 11th hour after a landmark legal victory by a group of Scottish politicians who have taken on the UK Government.

Police charge Falkirk councillors over 'planning concerns'
21 Sep 2018 at 5:00am
TWO Falkirk councillors have been charged by police after a probe into 'planning concerns'.

 

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African oil boom can offer ?opportunities? for North Sea oil sector
23 Sep 2018 at 2:43pm
Scotland’s North Sea sector can take advantage of the “vast opportunities” offered by oil and gas exploration in Africa, one of Theresa May’s trade commissioners has said.

Call second independence referendum by March, SNP MP says
23 Sep 2018 at 1:42pm
The Scottish Government should make plans for a second independence referendum before the UK leaves the EU, an SNP MP has said.

Richard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence ref...
23 Sep 2018 at 12:23pm
Labour's next UK manifesto will commit the party to oppose a second Scottish independence referendum, Richard Leonard has said.

Dominic Raab dismisses early election talk as "for the birds"
23 Sep 2018 at 12:09pm
Claims that Theresa May could call a snap general election following the EU's rejection of her Brexit strategy are "for the birds", Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said.

Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence r...
23 Sep 2018 at 11:40am
The police investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Alex Salmond is examining a 20 month period during the 2014 independence referendum and after it.

SNP MP?s tribute to Afghan military leader under fire
22 Sep 2018 at 11:59pm
An SNP MP who sponsored a Westminster reception to honour the life of a late Afghan military commander, known as the “Lion of Panjshir”, has been accused of causing distress to relatives of those allegedly killed by General Ahmad Shah Massoud and his forces.

Committee stacked to back smacking ban, claim opponents
22 Sep 2018 at 11:52pm
Plans to outlaw smacking in Scotland are to be scrutinised by a Scottish Parliament committee chaired by the daughter of the MSP behind the ban, it has emerged.

Euan McColm: Theresa May?s bulldog spirit will only comfort deluded Brexiteers
22 Sep 2018 at 11:35pm
Only deluded – or calculating – Brexiteers could draw any comfort from the Prime Minister’s bulldog spirit, writes Euan McColm

Ian Murray tells Jeremy Corbyn: Put people before the party
22 Sep 2018 at 11:12pm
Jeremy Corbyn today comes under fire from a leading Labour figure who believes the UK leader must do more to prevent a hard Brexit and tackle party in-fighting.

Leader: Corbyn should heed call to back People?s Vote
22 Sep 2018 at 11:12pm
Three years after his election as leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn remains as divisive a figure as ever.

Concern raised over DUP?s role in Brexit negotiations
22 Sep 2018 at 7:34pm
The Irish Foreign Affairs Minister has expressed concern about the implications of the UK Conservative Party supply and confidence deal with the DUP on Brexit.

EU leaders urged to ?step back from the abyss? of no-deal Brexit
22 Sep 2018 at 4:46pm
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged EU leaders to “step back from the abyss” of a no-deal Brexit and engage with Theresa May’s Chequers plan.

Labour to resist pressure of committing to second referendum on Brexit
22 Sep 2018 at 4:08pm
Labour’s leadership is set to resist grassroots pressure to commit to a second referendum on Brexit, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has indicated.

Anti-nuclear campaigners stage peaceful protest at Faslane
22 Sep 2018 at 3:48pm
Hundreds of peace campaigners have gathered at the home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent for an international rally.

EU leaders insist Brexit deal is still possible
22 Sep 2018 at 2:09pm
EU leaders have insisted a Brexit deal is still possible following the bitter fall-out from Theresa May’s appearance at the Salzburg summit.

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Lord Of The Fruit Flies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2018 at 11:34am
Labour policy, Thursday morning: Labour policy, Sunday morning: About average, then.

The principles of opposition
by Chris Cairns
22 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

Theresa May?s Masterplan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2018 at 3:58pm

The King Of Opposite World
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2018 at 4:55pm
We think it’s fair to say that our bestest friend in all of the internet, Scottish Labour activist Duncan Hothersall, is absolutely hopping mad about the latest developments in our court case against the branch office’s former leader Kezia Dugdale. But keen followers of Dunc might particularly enjoy this demonstration of his legendary grasp of …

The monstering
by Cllr Chris McEleny
20 Sep 2018 at 12:59pm
Chris McEleny is an SNP councillor. This is a personal opinion. Three weeks into the Salmond saga and the MSM are getting increasingly desperate. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the breathless excitement of reportage of the Daily Record and their sister paper the Sunday Mail. For three successive days last week they led …

Cash in, cash out
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2018 at 7:54pm
We’ve got to admit, the Yorkshire chap makes a fair point.

What isn?t a fact
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm
God bless our dear old pals at the Labour-fronted Tory money-sink that is Scotland In Union. Fresh from their latest stirring morning office singalong of “No Pope Of Rome”, they’ve decided to belatedly get in on the fact-checking game. As the established force in the field, we had to have a look. But first, let’s set the scene …

Everybody but you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2018 at 11:13am
There’s a fascinating piece in the Guardian this morning. It reveals that in attempting to solve the unsolvable Irish border problem, the EU’s Brexit negotiators are – at the UK’s behest – trying to come up with a plan which would preclude its use for Scotland in the event of independence. That’s an entirely legitimate …

The dead horse
by Chris Cairns
15 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

The tin-eared soldier
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2018 at 10:55am
Vince Cable, who was once apparently some sort of politician, took it upon himself to issue an opinion yesterday on the subject of referendums that had independence supporters on social media hooting with mocking laughter long into the night. The estimable Wee Ginger Dug has already dealt adroitly with just the 300 or so most …

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Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
23 Sep 2018 at 1:05pm
Richard Leonard tells the BBC that the 2014 referendum "settled the will of the people of Scotland".


Call for industrial strategy to 'save' crumbling Clyde docks
22 Sep 2018 at 1:04am
More than 20 MPs and MSPs endorse calls for an "industrial strategy" to bring decaying facilities back into use.


Dealing with government defeats
23 Sep 2018 at 1:15am
Government defeats are a fact of life at Holyrood. So how significant are they really?


European Court to rule on whether UK can halt Brexit
21 Sep 2018 at 12:18pm
Anti-Brexit campaigners win permission to ask Europe's highest court whether the process can be halted.


First minister reveals favourite book at Wigtown festival
22 Sep 2018 at 2:32pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Sunset Song is her favourite novel but she used to love Enid Blyton books as a child.


Second council considers scrapping controversial P1 assessments
21 Sep 2018 at 2:34pm
East Lothian Council has joined Aberdeen in assessing whether it can suspend controversial P1 assessments.


Jeremy Corbyn defends Labour racism inquiry
21 Sep 2018 at 4:46pm
Jim Dempster is said to have told officials that no-one would have seen Scottish government minister Humza Yousaf "under his burka".


Falkirk councillors charged over planning concerns
21 Sep 2018 at 10:50am
Labour's John McLuckie, Conservative James Kerr, and a third man were charged after an investigation.


New Dumfries school campus closure review pursued
21 Sep 2018 at 3:34pm
The review would look at what went wrong at a brand new school site which remains shut on safety grounds.


Four in 10 wind turbine appeals won
21 Sep 2018 at 12:31am
About 40% of appeals decided by the Scottish government successfully overturned the original decision.


Medical research concern over Brexit
21 Sep 2018 at 1:22am
Scotland could lose out on major medical research projects after Brexit, a senior academic says.


Testing the law
21 Sep 2018 at 3:08pm
Can councils refuse to carry out standardised assessments in Primary 1?

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Your all-important YouGov subsample update
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2018 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the radio silence of late - I'm out of the country at the moment.  But you know me, I'm a slave to my responsibilities, so here (albeit a couple of days late) is your all-important Yo...

New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...


Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

First Scottish subsample since the Alex Salmond story broke has the SNP still...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 6:02pm
When news of the complaints against Alex Salmond was irresponsibly broken by the Daily Record, I said that we'd just have to wait for opinion poll evidence to see whether there would be much (if an...

On the subject of faith, wealth, and personal choice
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2018 at 3:31pm
It's with great trepidation that I even think of writing a little more about the current Alex Salmond story, because no matter what I say, some unionist journalist will doubtless interpret it as a ...

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Aberdeen named Scottish university of the year and shortlisted for UK title
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23 Sep 2018 at 3:30pm
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Move to get new 20p tax on drinks in the can
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APOD: 2018 September 23 - Equinox: Analemma over the Callanish Stones
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Beyond Doubt: Was Jack the Ripper hanged in Dundee?
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Tay Cities Deal funding under threat as UK Government prepares to halve expec...
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Labour manifesto to rule out independence referendum
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Robert the Bruce Documentary
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Contemporary, hand made sgian dubh
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Kilchattan Bay again.
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Labour 'would back members' on Brexit vote
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Took a trip to Portknockie today
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Bernie Sanders backs Scottish Government's Amazon funding freeze in workers' ...
by John Ferguson
23 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The former US presidential hopeful told the Sunday Mail that America should follow Scotland's lead to get the web giants 'off corporate welfare'.


Tommy Sheridan's 'crackpot Novichok outburst' sparks fury after Salisbury poi...
by Norman Silvester
23 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The former Scottish Socialist Party MSP apparently endorsed claims that the death of Dawn Sturgess was linked a rogue batch of illegal drugs going around in the town.


Scottish Government probing seven claims of harassment or bullying
by Andy Philip
21 Sep 2018 at 9:50pm
The cases emerged in the wake of allegations against former first minister Alex Salmond, which he denies.


Theresa May delivers Brexit ultimatum to Brussels after Chequers deal rejected
by Andrew Woodcock
21 Sep 2018 at 2:53pm
The Prime Minister insists negotiations have hit a brick wall and warned the ball is firmly back in the Europe's court.


'P****d off' SNP minister brands Jeremy Corbyn 'hypocrite' and 'duplicitous' ...
by Katrine Bussey
21 Sep 2018 at 2:47pm
Humza Yousaf hit out at Corbyn and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard for failing to deal with a Labour councillor who made racist comments about him in March.

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21 Sep 2018 at 1:13pm

 Let&#39&#x3b;s call Corbyn out - he is utterly duplicitous when it comes to tackling racism in his own Party. He says many warm words then fails miserably to follow it up with any action. He ...


No deal Brexit ? what it means for you and your money
by James Andrews
21 Sep 2018 at 12:58pm

 As the UK seems incapable of finding a deal that both Parliament and the EU finds acceptable, the chances of leaving with no deal increases by the day. Mirror Online Money editor James Andrew...


Theresa May still oceans apart on Brexit deal with European Union
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Daily Record columnist Torcuil Crichton on the fallout following the EU summit in Salzburg this week.


Nicola Sturgeon urges Theresa May to delay EU departure and avoid 'blind Brexit'
by Andy Philip
21 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister spoke after the Prime Minister ruled out delaying the March 29 departure date.


Scottish Government will fight Alex Salmond's legal action over handling of s...
by Andy Philip
20 Sep 2018 at 9:00pm
Salmond has strenuously denied the allegations against him.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 169 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. Courtesy of Phantom Power, the 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given …
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Results
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …
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The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …
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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching… https://vimeo.com/232306617  

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Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 9:58pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. The 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given by Gerda Stevenson. As …

Loyalty, Labour and the IHRA
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 8:59pm
Anti-Semitism is regarded among the worst of all prejudices, due to the gruesome history of 20th century Europe. My maternal grandparents were lucky to avoid the worst of it, as their parents had left Latvia in the late 19th century from economic necessity. As in the Proclaimers song, I was told that one couple (everyone …

The Salzburg Surprise
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 12:12pm
The thing about the Salzburg Surprise is how unsurprising it was. You didn’t need to be woke, merely semi-conscious to realise that the ‘Europeans’ would reject the Chequers fudge. We knew this because they repeatedly told us over and over, s l o w l y , like a retired Brit in Benidorm speaking to …

Growth Commission Replies ? Sort Of
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Sep 2018 at 10:00am
SNP branches and the recent party National Assemblies have been provided with a handy, seven-page summary of Andrew Wilson?s Growth Commission report. There is no name on the summary, but it clearly reads as the handiwork of Andrew or someone close to the commission. For the most part, it is crisply factual until it gets …

Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2018 at 4:05pm
If you look, you will see. Observation is, after all, the basis for all the arts and sciences. When I look across the Pentland Firth I see two oceans meeting, swirling and colliding with each other in a fluid, renewing, vibrant ballet that allows the world to breathe. What you see in the governance of …

Announcing a New National Campaign
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2018 at 3:44pm
As reported this morning: “A NEW national campaign organisation to help win a future independence referendum on Scottish is set to be launched on St Andrew?s Day. The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), a voluntary cross and non party organisation, is to launch a fundraising appeal to provide staff and resources for the new group to be …

The Disgrace of the Spectator
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2018 at 9:51pm
This is by the journalist Sunny Hundal on the extraordinary publishing of the Spectator magazine: Thread by @sunny_hundal: “So this is Rod Liddle in the Spectator (apparently the *leading* magazine of the UK right), writing about how it’s SO difficult to avoid bei ?”

On Londongrad, Dark Money and Crony Capitalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2018 at 6:48pm
To deal with Putin, Britain needs to change lock, stocks and oil-barrels, argues Steve Rushton. Six months after the nerve agent attacks in Salisbury, the British state says Russia poses a ‘real’ and ‘active’ threat to British and international security. To deal with this, we need to end the dominance of finance, the military industrial …

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Scottish government to fight Alex Salmond court action
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2018 at 4:17pm
Former SNP leader claims inquiry into sexual harassment allegations was flawedThe Scottish government has confirmed it will contest Alex Salmond?s court action over his claims that its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him was flawed.Two women, both thought to be civil servants, ...

Glasgow School of Art accused of systemic failings over fire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2018 at 3:47pm
?The building has burned twice on their watch,? says campaigner as Scottish parliament holds hearingThe board of the Glasgow School of Art is unfit to manage the future of the famous Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire in June, after ignoring repeated warnings of fire risk before a prev...

Ruth Davidson praised after talking openly about mental health issues
by Sarah Marsh
16 Sep 2018 at 3:31pm
Scottish Conservative leader reveals she self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts as a teenagerThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has been praised by mental health experts, campaigners and MPs for talking openly about self-harming and having suicidal thoughts as a teenager.Davidson, wh...

Ruth Davidson rules out bid to become UK Conservative leader
by Press Association
16 Sep 2018 at 8:44am
Scottish Tory leader dismisses move for the sake of her mental health and relationshipThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has ruled out ever taking the UK leadership for the sake of her mental health and relationship.Davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, told how she had se...

Alex Salmond rejects claims of alleged bullying as malicious
by Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:45pm
Former first minister warns he could take legal action over reports civil servants raised concerns a decade agoAlex Salmond has rejected claims he allegedly bullied civil servants as malicious and unsubstantiated after suggestions of ministerial misconduct emerged in Scottish government papers.Th...

Boundary changes: seats facing major shake-up
by Peter Walker Political correspondent
10 Sep 2018 at 5:00pm
Six constituencies where the Boundary Commission?s changes will have a big impactMuch of the controversy around the proposed House of Commons boundary changes centres on the reduction in seats from 650 to 600. But many seats will change radically ? and some will disappear altogether. Here is a se...

The IHRA definition of antisemitism: where UK parties stand
by Matthew Weaver
5 Sep 2018 at 2:41pm
Labour has been attacked for its stance on racism, but have other parties gone further?Labour faced widespread criticism for its delay in adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, but where do the other main parties stand?In July the Conservative party ...

Sturgeon accused of running out of ideas with policy programme
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Sep 2018 at 5:51pm
First minister unveils low-key legislative agenda focusing on mental health and transportNicola Sturgeon has pledged to increase spending on mental health, low-carbon vehicles, schools and hospitals as she unveiled a low-key legislative agenda.The first minister said the programme, based around 1...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The gravity of theory
On Friday, Theresa May gave her considered response to the entirely predictable rejection of her Chequers Plan by the EU. The rejection should not have come as a surprise to anyone who was paying attention. The EU has been signalling ever since the Chequers Plan was cobbled together that it wasn’t going to be acceptable. …

When they try to silence us it means we?re winning
The National is reporting today that a number of newsagents have cancelled their orders for the Sunday National, despite selling out the copies that they previously received. The news has been received with the usual contempt and dismissal by opponents of independence, some of whom have openly accused the newspaper’s staff of consciously and deliberately …

You can?t have a Union Day if there is no Union
Yesterday, 18 September, was the anniversary of Scotland’s first independence referendum. Only the anniversary of the first one, mind. There will be another. However since the first one produced the result that opponents of independence craved, they are determined that Scottish democracy should be preserved in aspic, forever stuck in the hours after the 18th …

Stranger things
This beautiful poem by John McIntosh was sent to me after John met the dug, and me too, at James Dornan’s fundraising event in Cathcart Bowling Club earlier this month. As today is the anniversary of the first independence referendum, and as we anticipate another, I thought it was the perfect occasion to share it …

SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign
The cross-movement campaign to win a future independence referendum has been announced today by the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). The SIC has revealed its plans to provide staff and resources for the movement as part of a package that will act as a national campaign organisation. The as-yet-unnamed campaign body will provide the strategic capacity, …

Depression is not just a personal struggle
I’m not going to criticise Ruth Davidson for speaking publicly about her struggles with mental health issues when she was younger. There was, and is, a veritable epidemic of mental health problems, of depression, of low self-esteem, of self-harm, of self-medication on drugs and alcohol, and of suicidal thoughts, especially amongst young people, and especially …

Brexit Day blues
There’s a belief amongst sections of the independence movement that after Brexit happens Scotland will lose its ability to hold an independence referendum and so we need to hold an independence referendum before March 2019, otherwise we’ll never be able to hold one at all. In a similar vein there are those who assert that …

Help Edinburgh Yes Hub
Edinburgh Yes Hub is a community Hub in the spirit of the Yes movement started during the Scottish referendum of 2014. It is non-partisan group of volunteers who seek real progressive politics through dialogue shaped by political and social awareness. The Hub is an incredible resource for the independence movement in Edinburgh and the Lothians. …

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More than 600 anti-nuclear campaigners stage peace walk at Faslane
SUNSHINE and a rainbow reflected the positive vibes at the Nae Nukes Anywhere? peaceful protest march from the peace camp in Faslane yesterday, led by Scottish makar Jackie Kay.

SNP MP urges Nicola Sturgeon to plan for indyref2 in March
NICOLA Sturgeon is being urged by one of her MPs to prepare for a snap independence referendum if the UK looks set to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

European judges to have final say on Scottish Article 50 case
SCOTTISH judges have said the European Court of Justice should be asked for a ruling on whether the UK can cancel Brexit unilaterally ? in a judgment that is sure to infuriate Brexiteers everywhere.

Sturgeon says Brexit plan is a dead duck as May asks for EU's 'respect'
NICOLA Sturgeon described Theresa May?s latest Brexit statement as ?a dead duck? yesterday, as the Prime Minister launched a furious attack on European leaders.

EU citizens sceptical of Theresa May's post-Brexit assurances
THE PRIME Minister yesterday signalled that the Government would safeguard the rights of the three million EU citizens living in the UK, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Theresa May?s Government is lost in a Brexit fantasy land
THERESA May has been in Salzburg this week, trying to explain to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose father is Indian, how she can?t accept the EU?s position on the Irish border because a British prime minister could never countenance a country being partitioned in two.

Scottish Minister calls Corbyn a 'hypocrite' in party racism row
JUSTICE minister Humza Yousaf has branded Jeremy Corbyn a hypocrite over Labour?s failure to expel a racist councillor in Dumfries and Galloway.

Scottish Labour leader keeps quiet after Dugdale's legal funds are stopped
SCOTTISH Labour chief Richard Leonard is being urged to use his time at the party?s conference in Liverpool to intervene in the decision to stop paying Kezia Dugdale?s legal fees in her defamation battle with Wings Over Scotland blogger, Stuart Campbell.

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

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

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanLabour vows to put opposition to second Scottish independence vote in its next manifesto  PoliticsHome.comFull coverage

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Pri...
Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Prime Minister  Express.co.ukWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn fails to rule out allowing second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comJeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' indyref2 consent if elected PM  The NationalFull coverage

Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence r...
Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence referendum campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Lab...
Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Labour gains power  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn: Labour government may give Nicola Sturgeon power for second independence referendum  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit  Express.co.ukScottish independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times worse' than hard Brexit  HeraldScotlandIndependence 'would be worse than Brexit', say business leaders  The TimesFull coverage

England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to indepen...
England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to independence  iNewsFull coverage

Labour vows to oppose second Scottish independence vote
Labour vows to oppose second Scottish independence vote  PoliticsHome.comFull coverage

Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland
Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland  MetroBrexit: The case for Scottish independence  EURACTIVBrexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds  CNBCFull coverage

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SNP could ban public sector asking women interviewees about pay
SNP could ban public sector asking women interviewees about pay  The TimesFull coverage

Call second independence referendum by March, SNP MP says
Call second independence referendum by March, SNP MP says  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Transparency is the only answer for the SNP over Alex Salmond allegations
Transparency is the only answer for the SNP over Alex Salmond allegations  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Edinburgh's Hogmanay party sparks furious row between SNP and Tories as theme...
Edinburgh's Hogmanay party sparks furious row between SNP and Tories as theme focuses on loving Europe  The Scottish SunFull coverage

SNP ministers 'unlikely' to meet target of superfast broadband for every home...
SNP ministers 'unlikely' to meet target of superfast broadband for every home by 2021, says audit  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP MSP Dornan says Davidson must 'throw racists out her party'
SNP MSP Dornan says Davidson must 'throw racists out her party'  The NationalFull coverage

SNP government vows to fight Alex Salmond court action over sexual misconduct...
SNP government vows to fight Alex Salmond court action over sexual misconduct complaints procedure  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP MP urges Nicola Sturgeon to plan for indyref2 in March
SNP MP urges Nicola Sturgeon to plan for indyref2 in March  The NationalFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsScottish Labour leader: 'There is no case for a second independence referendum' in Scotland  BreakingNews.ieLabour's next manifesto will oppose a second Scottish independence poll, insists Richard Leonard  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Pri...
Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Prime Minister  Express.co.ukWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn fails to rule out allowing second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comJeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' indyref2 consent if elected PM  The NationalFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Lab...
Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Labour gains power  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn: Labour could grant second independence referendum  The ScotsmanJeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out allowing second independence referendum  HolyroodFull coverage

Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence r...
Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence referendum campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour pledge to oppose another independence referendum
Labour pledge to oppose another independence referendum  The Wiltshire Gazette and HeraldFull coverage

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit  Express.co.ukScottish independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times more damaging than Brexit', unionists say  The ScotsmanIndependence 'eight times worse' than hard Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to indepen...
England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to independence  iNewsFull coverage

First Minister's advisers blamed for her caution on backing final Brexit refe...
First Minister's advisers blamed for her caution on backing final Brexit referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

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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!

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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...

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.  

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

The Official President Trump thread

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?

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Evidence of Evolution
Ok Ally and anyone else.  Please show me the observable evidence for the theory of evolution. I.e. something evolving into something else that can be observed right now.

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...

Gardening.
Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

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.

Astronomy
What can you see tonight?

Chas Hodges
Give it a rest in peace Chas Chas is on the left

September 18 2014
I wrote this on Indy eve - such an opportunity missed.

"And so, here we are. As darkness falls over Scotland on this late summer evening, all the work has been done. The speeches speeched, the canvassing canvassed. There's one more opinion poll due out tonight - but who cares?
As we go to the...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-it...
          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…