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Voting closes in Lib Dem leadership battle
15 Jul 2015 at 2:17am
Voting closes today in the battle for the Liberal Democrat leadership.

Tory ministers launch new strike crackdown
14 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
The Conservative Government will today publish plans for new laws designed to crackdown on strikes and picket lines.

Labour must be patriotic party to win, says Tristram Hunt
14 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Labour's lack of patriotism damaged it in England and the party must now "wrap itself" in the St George's Cross to win back voters, the shadow education secretary will say.

OSBORNE CONFIRMS THAT NO UK TAXPAYER FUNDS TO BE USED TO PROP UP GREEK BAILOUT
14 Jul 2015 at 11:45am
NO UK cash will be used to help prop up the eurozone bailout of Greece, Downing Street has insisted.

Europe Minister: I didn't give any credence to leaked 'Frenchgate' memo
14 Jul 2015 at 9:21am
The Europe Minister has said he "didn't give give any credence" to a leaked memo suggesting Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the general election.

David Cameron says new measures put firms under pressure to close equality gap
13 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Forcing large firms to reveal the difference between the average earnings of male and female staff will "pressure" them to improve women's wages, David Cameron said.

Labour urges SNP support for anti-fox hunting vote
12 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Labour has called on the SNP to vote with it against plans to amend foxhunting laws south of the Border, inflicting the first major Commons defeat on David Cameron's Conservative government.

SNP slams Whitehall gender balance
12 Jul 2015 at 6:15pm
The SNP has accused the UK Government of paying "lip service" to the issue of gender equality, pointing to figures showing "stark" inequalities at the heart of Whitehall.

Labour challengers warn of end of party under Jeremy Corbyn
12 Jul 2015 at 3:40pm
Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn would lead Labour to "oblivion", an ally of leadership rival Liz Kendall warned as the contest became increasingly bitter.

LibDems leader Nick Clegg hits out at Tory election spending
12 Jul 2015 at 3:40pm
The Conservative Party ran a "coach and horses" through rules on election spending limits in seats where they were targeting the Liberal Democrats, former leader Nick Clegg has claimed.

Harriet Harman says Labour won't oppose some of George Osborne's Budget
12 Jul 2015 at 3:05pm
Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has provoked an internal backlash after she announcing her party will accept some of the Chancellor's radical welfare cuts, including a two-child limit on tax credits.

Osborne's policy is not a living wage, says think tank which inspired it
10 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
GEORGE Osborne's policy is not a "living wage", the think tank which helped to inspire the Chancellor's announcement has warned.

Labour must unite across UK says Kendall
10 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
A Labour leadership contender has ruled out a separate Scottish party.

Burnham says the road to Downing Street for Labour runs through Glasgow
10 Jul 2015 at 4:15pm
ANDY Burnham will today insist "the road to Downing Street goes through Glasgow" as he puts the revival of the Scottish Labour Party, following its election landslide defeat, at the heart of his campaign for the party leadership.

Evel: Tories target their own backbenches
9 Jul 2015 at 6:10pm
Three years ago when the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition set up a commission to look into the West Lothian Question one government aide declared that the body had "nothing to do with Scotland".


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Brian Monteith: SNP helped by Tory inepititude
2 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

KEEPING the focus on another referendum helps Sturgeon avoid awkward questions about real political policies, writes Brian Monteith



Lesley Riddoch: Burnham wants to steal SNP clothes
2 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

LABOUR leadership contender’s desire for diversity in the next general election is wide of the mark, writes Lesley Riddoch



UK and France to strengthen Calais border measures
2 Aug 2015 at 8:17am

BRITAIN and France have combined to call for international efforts to address “a global migration crisis” which has seen thousands of people trying to force their way into the Channel Tunnel in an effort to reach the UK.



Helpline for Scots mesh implant patients launched
2 Aug 2015 at 6:14am

WOMEN affected by mesh implants will be able to call a dedicated helpline for support from Monday.



Weight loss surgery in Scotland rises sharply
2 Aug 2015 at 5:35am

HOSPITAL treatment for people classed as dangerously obese has surged in recent years with bariatric surgeries increasing by more than one third between 2012 and 2015, new figures showed.



Neil Kinnock backs Andy Burnham for Labour top job
2 Aug 2015 at 4:27am

FORMER Labour leader Neil Kinnock has given his endorsement to Andy Burnham in the party’s leadership election, stating his belief that the shadow health secretary could win the 2020 General Election.



Scotland?s jails ?failing? on prisoner education
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

AN overwhelming majority of Scotland’s prisoners are not functionally literate or numerate, new research has revealed.



Jeremy Corbyn backs SNP bid to reform or axe Lords
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

THE Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is backing an SNP call for opposition parties to stop nominating new members for the House of Lords in a bid to increase the pressure for reform or abolition of the institution.



Nicola Sturgeon lauds £55m boost from China trip
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

Nicola Sturgeon rounded off her trade mission to China yesterday by saying Scotland was open for business and claiming her trip bolstered links that will help support more than 50 Scottish businesses.



Courts closed to save Scottish taxpayers? cash
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

CLOSED sheriff and justice of the peace courts are continuing to cost Scottish taxpayers thousands of pounds in maintenance costs.



Anglers hit out at salmon fishing ?kill licence?
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

ANGLERS are angered by Scottish Government plans to impose a “kill licence” on those who fish for salmon in Scotland’s sporting rivers.



Calais crisis a mix of politics and public anxiety
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

THE humanitarian imperative of helping Channel Tunnel asylum seekers is getting lost in a disastrous mix of British politics, public anxiety and French industrial action, writes Euan McColm



Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland?s innovation can reap rewards
1 Aug 2015 at 5:45pm

I OFTEN hear people refer to Scotland as a small country and in comparison to China they are correct. But for a small country we are big players in innovation technology, with some of the world’s biggest countries looking to us for solutions and expertise. Internationalisation and innovation are two of the cornerstones of my government’s economic policy, and their potential to transform our economy has been central to my visit to China and Hong Kong.



Audrey Birt: We must invest in well-being
1 Aug 2015 at 5:00pm

IT’S almost 16 years since I worked as a nurse in general practice. It’s work I loved; in the main I worked with those with longer term conditions both physical and emotional and we developed loc­al services that met their needs close to home.



Leader: Lords must answer to voters
1 Aug 2015 at 5:00pm

Second chamber is vital, but SNP is right to seek radical reform to end party patronage




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Wings Over Scotland
The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

Talking ?bout a revolution
by Eric Joyce
2 Aug 2015 at 8:00am
There?s much noisy chat at the moment about Jeremy Corbyn being 20 points ahead of his Labour leadership rivals on first-preference votes. His rivals seem to agree; they?ve turned their main efforts to competing amongst themselves for second and third preference “stop Corbyn” votes. But could any of them really close such a huge gap? And what […]

The nuances of the night
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2015 at 10:00pm
Alert readers will recall that this site has expended some energy on debunking the lazy myth – which suits the media and Labour alike – that a significant factor in the unexpected Conservative majority in May’s general election was voters being scared back to the Tories by a fear campaign about the prospect of the SNP […]

She lives by the river
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2015 at 2:56pm
Michelle Mone, the fake-tan-and-diet-pills tycoon who threatened to leave Scotland if the SNP won the 2007 Holyrood election (but didn’t when they did), then threatened to leave if Yes won the referendum (but did when it didn’t), now lives in a very expensive flat by the Thames in London with a lovely view of Tower […]

Ticking along
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2015 at 7:13am
It’s three months since our last traffic-stats update, so we’re due again. WINGS OVER SCOTLAND JULY 2015 Unique users: 308,314 (up 20,626 on June 2015, up 79,159 on July 2014) Visits: 1,147,571 (up 90,453 on June 2015, up 229,604 on July 2014) Page views: 4,732,038 (up 94,495 on June 2015, up 498,717 on July 2014) […]

The Standards Committee
by Chris Cairns
1 Aug 2015 at 1:00am

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by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jul 2015 at 10:28am
We couldn’t help but smile at the related tunes. But really, any excuse to watch this masterpiece again:

We need some time off from that emotion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2015 at 6:01pm
Having failed over the course of several years to label the SNP “Nazis” and “fascists” (or, depending on which sort of newspaper you were reading, “Tartan Stalinists”), the party’s political and media opponents have a new(ish) meme to punt: that the SNP is a religious cult made up of credulous, fanatical zealots impervious to logic or facts. The leader […]

Stay classy, Scottish Labour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2015 at 1:10pm
You can kind of see why they don’t think Ian Smart is a problem. Previous record-holder: Still, those vile cybernats, eh?

The abusers and the abused
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2015 at 6:04am
There’s been something of a resurgence recently in pundits bemoaning online abuse and saying “Yes, there are bad apples on both sides but the overwhelming majority of offenders are Yes supporters”. The authors of such articles oddly choose to ignore the only statistical data so far in existence, which shows the opposite: “In a worrying […]

A modest proposition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2015 at 9:01am
Alert readers can’t have failed to notice the media working itself up into a particularly dopey froth this week over the subject of a second independence referendum. First the press, short of actual news in the political silly season, pumped up Alex Salmond stating the bleeding obvious into some kind of hold-the-front-page revelation. (Salmond has […]


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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


SNP urges Labour on Lords reform
2 Aug 2015 at 8:34am
The SNP calls on new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Labour leadership candidates to rule out appointing new peers to the House of Lords.


Government may begin RBS sale
2 Aug 2015 at 8:48am
The Treasury could begin the process of selling part of the government's stake in Royal Bank of Scotland from Monday, according to BBC sources.


SNP renews attack over tax credits
1 Aug 2015 at 6:26pm
The SNP says almost 350,000 Scottish children will be worse off as a result of "shameful" changes to tax credits.


Independence supporters stage rally
1 Aug 2015 at 8:08am
Hundreds of people have marched across Glasgow in a call for Scottish independence "as soon as possible".


Referendum 'if Scotland wants it'
31 Jul 2015 at 6:14am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says "no politician has the right to stand in the way" of another independence referendum.


Bypass brought into public sector
31 Jul 2015 at 9:30am
The construction of the Aberdeen bypass is reclassified from a private to a public sector project, following a tightening of EU rules.


Trump says referendum 'bad period'
30 Jul 2015 at 12:46pm
US tycoon Donald Trump has said a second referendum on Scottish independence would be "ridiculous".


MP says Labour needs new generation
30 Jul 2015 at 9:39am
Scotland's only Labour MP says the party must rely on a new generation to fix its problems and can no longer turn to the "big beasts" like Gordon Brown.


Sturgeon hails Hong Kong carbon site
30 Jul 2015 at 5:11am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praises a Scottish university for "leading the way" with its new carbon innovation centre in Hong Kong.


Allt Duine wind farm plan vetoed
30 Jul 2015 at 7:53am
Plans for a 31-turbine wind farm near one of Scotland's most picturesque mountain ranges have been refused.


Mundell backs more powers for islands
29 Jul 2015 at 1:43pm
Scottish Secretary David Mundell is to confirm a commitment to hand more powers to island communities on a visit to Stornoway.


SNP triumphs in two by-elections
31 Jul 2015 at 8:17am
The SNP wins two Aberdeen City Council by-elections following the election of councillors as MPs.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.


World's best press pictures come to Edinburgh
21 Jul 2015 at 6:39am
The Scottish parliament is hosting an exhibition of astonishing press images


Mhairi Black's first speech: Five things we learned
14 Jul 2015 at 6:39pm
Five things we learned as the UK?s youngest MP made her first speech in the Commons.


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Scot Goes pop

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

Euan McColm's examples of the SNP's "Blairism" are mostly policies Jeremy Cor...
by James Kelly
2 Aug 2015 at 10:36am
In a bid to upgrade myself in Euan McColm's mind from "idiot" to "f***ing idiot", I thought I'd t...

Is Ian Murray's triumphant tenure as Shadow Scottish Secretary drawing to a c...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2015 at 11:39pm
I suggested semi-facetiously the other week that if Liz Kendall won the Labour leadership, she'd ...

Blairites seem keen to erase from history Jeremy Corbyn's willingness to serv...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2015 at 11:03am
Apologies if this blog is giving the impression of turning into a pro-Corbyn site, because from a...

Don't Mone, m'lady
by James Kelly
31 Jul 2015 at 5:35pm
I've no idea whether anyone was really daft enough to vote No last year simply because Michelle M...

The McColm accolade
by James Kelly
31 Jul 2015 at 12:33pm
I at last have the badge of honour of being called an "idiot" by Euan McColm, although I was a ta...

Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own
by James Kelly
31 Jul 2015 at 11:49am
I think this is possibly my favourite ever headline in the Independent -

"How to see the rare luna...

Astounding Aberdeen by-elections suggest the SNP's position may have strength...
by James Kelly
31 Jul 2015 at 9:56am
There were a couple of local by-elections for Aberdeen City Council yesterday, both caused by sit...

Why has disgraced MP Alistair Carmichael just been appointed the Lib Dems' Sh...
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2015 at 11:56pm

Labour's current Shadow Home Secretary is Yvette Cooper.  Imagine it became clear that she had be...



What would a Corbyn win mean for the SNP?
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2015 at 5:07pm
I've just noticed an extraordinary New Statesman article from a couple of days ago, in which Step...

An alternative to Blaixit, or "Pinochet without the tanks"
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2015 at 11:56am
Over the last couple of weeks, I've made a few mentions of Diane Abbott's dictum that it's always...

With Burnham in danger of early elimination, Corbyn should now be considered ...
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2015 at 9:31pm
As you may have seen by now, there's yet another spate of reports in the press about a private po...

Cammo may not know so, but he has no veto
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2015 at 12:01pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

Ruth Davidson's credibility lies in tatters
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2015 at 12:18am

Ruth Davidson was asked a number of times in the run-up to the general election whether a Conserv...



Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising, keep me praising till the break of...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
There are, naturally, a variety of different views on the exact moment that Tony Blair's megaloma...

Is currency really such a huge dilemma?
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2015 at 12:39pm
As a result of my previous post arguing that there is a respectable case for a relatively early s...


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newest submissions : Scotland
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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Care homes and Fostering in Scotland
2 Aug 2015 at 3:58pm

It dawned on me today that I don't have the first clue about whats going on in terms of the count...




Euan McColm: Corbyn would nail the lie of socialist Sturgeon
2 Aug 2015 at 3:53pm
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Drove from Livingston to South Queensferry earlier on, recorded it on my GoPro
2 Aug 2015 at 3:02pm
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Kezia Dugdale: Corbyn win could leave Labour 'carping on sidelines'
2 Aug 2015 at 12:43pm
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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland?s innovation can reap rewards
2 Aug 2015 at 11:39am
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What better alternative to the Lords than an elected second chamber in Glasgo...
2 Aug 2015 at 10:09am
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John Barrowman
2 Aug 2015 at 8:17am

What has happened to John Barrowmans accent? I've just turned on more 4 and some animal program i...



£65m awarded to Scots families from Poverty Fund
2 Aug 2015 at 7:04am
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SNP renews attack over tax credit changes
2 Aug 2015 at 6:55am
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Are cuts the only solution?
2 Aug 2015 at 6:42am
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Police Scotland did break law by spying on journalists
2 Aug 2015 at 5:59am
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A week in Scotland: Fort William-Oban-Tobermory-Glasgow. Any tips? How's the ...
2 Aug 2015 at 5:56am

I am travelling with my girlfriend, our second trip to Scotland. We absolutely loved the places o...



Do any countries run a named person scheme?
2 Aug 2015 at 5:11am

Or have ever trialled it? Is it just something the SNP dreamed up? Or does it have an origin in s...




Police Scotland is a lamentable shambles
2 Aug 2015 at 4:59am
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Jeremy Corbyn backs SNP bid to reform or axe Lords
2 Aug 2015 at 4:37am
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Daily Record

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Labour leadership contest: Ken Macintosh slams senior party figures' attempts...
by Mark Aitken
2 Aug 2015 at 4:11am

 SCOTTISH Labour leadership hopeful Ken Macintosh has described attempts by senior party fig...


Nicola Sturgeon warns David Cameron that he has no right to stand in the way ...
by Andy Philip
1 Aug 2015 at 12:00am

 STURGEON insists there will be a repeat of last September's vote if the majority of Scots w...


George Galloway has thrown his weight behind Jeremy Corbyn?s bid to become le...
by dailyrecord
31 Jul 2015 at 8:03am
THE outspoken former Labour MP said he would rejoin the party “pretty damn quick” if left-winger ...


Gordon Matheson: Public transport can't be left to free market and must be ta...
by Gordon Matheson
31 Jul 2015 at 5:35am

 GORDON believes it is time to reverse the Thatcher era privatisation of our bus services an...


Snoopgate: Parties band together to demand that David Cameron calls off Holyr...
by Andy Philip
31 Jul 2015 at 2:58am
SNP and Labour MSPs put aside their differences to send a message to the Prime Minister that the ...


Nicola Sturgeon warns David Cameron he can't veto another referendum if Scotl...
by Record Reporter
31 Jul 2015 at 2:42am
THE SNP leader hits back at the Prime Minister by making it clear the Scottish people will decide...


'It's time Labour had its first female Prime Minister': Ian Murray backs Yvet...
by Andy Philip
31 Jul 2015 at 1:44am

 SCOTLAND'S only Labour MP says he is backing Cooper because she "understands the situation ...


Outrage over the 'silent peers' who have netted £1.6m in allowances but barel...
by Torcuil Crichton
31 Jul 2015 at 1:14am

 UPPER House at Westminster is branded a "joke" after latest revelations show peers are raki...


Humza Yousaf: Prevention is key - that's the message from World Hepatitis Day
by Humza Yousaf
30 Jul 2015 at 11:58am
GLASGOW MSP Humza on ways you can prevent the transmission of hepatitis.


Politicians slam council chiefs for 'censorship' of controversial play about ...
by Stephen Stewart
30 Jul 2015 at 8:06am

 WEST Dunbartonshire Council '3,000 Trees: The Death of Willie MacRae' producer Andy Pa...


Torcuil Crichton: Corbyn could pave the way for new Labour
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Jul 2015 at 5:53am
HE is the frontrunner to be the next Labour leader, but TORCUIL CRICHTON asks if Jeremy Corby is ...


Boost for Jeremy Corbyn as Unison back Labour leadership bid
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Jul 2015 at 3:17am
UNISON general secretary David Prentis said Labour hopeful Jeremy Corbyn's message is resonalting...


Environmentalists warn Scottish Government is being 'held to ransom' by energ...
by Andy Philip
30 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 OPPONENTS to controversial process claim energy firms are lobbying the SNP government and e...


SNP slam Tory plans to strip overweight people of benefits unless they accept...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jul 2015 at 3:39pm

 PEOPLE with addictions, also including drugs and alcohol, could face the removal of benefit...


Think-tank demand greater security for Holyrood in wake of Snoopgate revelations
by Andy Philip
29 Jul 2015 at 7:16am

 THINK-tank Commonweal wants a public audit of computer software to ensure there are no 'sec...


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EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party,...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party, a number of courage...

BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jun 2015 at 2:12pm
BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ranks, claiming thei...

EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2015 at 11:09am
EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to provide support to vi...

Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we had to comment.

Do t...

These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire webs...
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12 Jun 2015 at 10:11am
These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire website for us. And now ...

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmic...
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11 Jun 2015 at 11:21am
BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmichael has claimed to ...

Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jun 2015 at 3:03pm
Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.




BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands. The Na...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2015 at 7:41am
BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands.

The Natz have obviously fu...

EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so) The UK media are in uproar as an SNP...
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8 Jun 2015 at 10:26am
EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so)
The UK media are in uproar as an SNP MP had to apologise...

A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to cha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 7:34am
A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to challenge the Imperial Maste...

BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has cl...
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5 Jun 2015 at 6:18am
BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has claimed that Orangemen...

Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...


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Bella Caledonia

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independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Queen?s English
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2015 at 11:51am
As the tabloids call for the army to be sent in and Cameron whips up hysteria talking of a ‘swarm...

The Cult of Change
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2015 at 2:34pm
President Obama recently visited his fathers home country of Kenya, a welcome home for Obama, who...

Comar Crisis
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2015 at 6:29am
Alasdair McCrone doesn?t need additional testimony from me as to his achievements as Mull Theatre...

FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT #42: False Beards and Rustics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2015 at 5:15am
The on-going canard, perpetrated by certain sections of the press and media, of their being an ?a...

Foodbank Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Jul 2015 at 10:47am
?Will you be needing toiletries with this one dear?? asks a kindly volunteer at a Leith Walk food...

Franco?s Face
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Jul 2015 at 10:41am
Nuno Silva, a Portuguese-born footballer who has played in Angola and Portugal, and who has just ...

Cat Boyd ? Why Politicians Should Take A Workers Wage
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jul 2015 at 1:13pm
Kicking off Cat Boyd’s weekly blog to coincide with her National column:

Cecil the Lion and Walter the Dentist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jul 2015 at 10:18am
Ivor Cutler used to distribute stickers saying ‘Save the Amoeba’. His point was that smaller, les...

National Yes Registry
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jul 2015 at 8:29am
As part of our #Indyref2project we’re highlighting the National Yes Registry, see more about it a...

Europe?s Greater Springfield
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jul 2015 at 11:17am
Yellow, four-fingered, but getting somewhere: Europe’s Greater Springfield’ can learn from the Si...


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Scotland and Independence

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Brexit may lead to Scottish independence: Sturgeon - CNBC
30 Jul 2015 at 9:41pm

CNBC

Brexit may lead to Scottish independence: Sturgeon
CNBC
A withdrawal from the European Union (E...


Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK - RT
2 Aug 2015 at 12:07pm

RT

Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK
RT
Hundreds of pro-independen...


Latest from Iran - Press TV
1 Aug 2015 at 7:57pm

Press TV

Latest from Iran
Press TV
We want ?to show our determined support and desire for Scotland t...


No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says - BBC News
27 Jul 2015 at 4:59pm

BBC News

No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says
BBC News
David Cameron h...


Scottish independence campaign attracts newest backers ? quirky Icelandic clu...
27 Jul 2015 at 3:56am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish independence campaign attracts newest backers ? quirky Icelandic cl...


Scottish independence did not scare off investors - Scotsman
13 Jul 2015 at 7:29am

Scotsman

Scottish independence did not scare off investors
Scotsman
She said: ?These results demonst...


Hundreds join Scottish independence march in Glasgow - Herald Scotland
1 Aug 2015 at 7:40am

Herald Scotland

Hundreds join Scottish independence march in Glasgow
Herald Scotland
Hundreds of peo...


Scottish independence is not inevitable - Telegraph.co.uk
23 Jul 2015 at 6:58am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is not inevitable
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish referendum on i...


Alex Salmond: New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader - Lu...
26 Jul 2015 at 5:10am

Luxemburger Wort - English Edition

Alex Salmond: New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ...


Rewriting Democracy: Scotland's Movement Towards Independence with a National...
9 Jul 2015 at 7:23am

Center for Research on Globalization

Rewriting Democracy: Scotland's Movement Towards Independence...



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Lesley Riddoch: Burnham wants to steal SNP clothes - Scotsman
2 Aug 2015 at 4:01pm

Scotsman

Lesley Riddoch: Burnham wants to steal SNP clothes
Scotsman
Finally, it seems, a UK Labour ...


Brian Monteith: SNP helped by Tory inepititude - Scotsman
2 Aug 2015 at 4:01pm

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: SNP helped by Tory inepititude
Scotsman
This plays right into the hands of ...


SNP members set to call for u-turn on underground coal burning - Herald Scotland
2 Aug 2015 at 2:23pm

Herald Scotland

SNP members set to call for u-turn on underground coal burning
Herald Scotland
The d...


SNP Angus MacNeil challenge Lib Dems and Labour over House of Lords reform - ...
2 Aug 2015 at 1:20pm

stv.tv

SNP Angus MacNeil challenge Lib Dems and Labour over House of Lords reform
stv.tv
The SNP has...


SNP must tone down the stunts and get serious - Financial Times
2 Aug 2015 at 11:56am

Financial Times

SNP must tone down the stunts and get serious
Financial Times
Polls suggest that in ...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks (SNP) - sleekmoney
2 Aug 2015 at 10:24am

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks (SNP)
sleekmoney
China Petroleum & Ch...


Giant spider on M8 near Edinburgh - Herald Scotland
2 Aug 2015 at 10:20am

Herald Scotland

Giant spider on M8 near Edinburgh
Herald Scotland
The Unionists have already kidnapp...


SNP's local income tax 'could lead to England exodus' - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Aug 2015 at 9:39am

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP's local income tax 'could lead to England exodus'
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP ministers ...



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Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK - RT
2 Aug 2015 at 12:07pm

RT

Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK
RT
Hundreds of pro-independen...


Sturgeon: Second referendum 'if and when Scotland wants it' - BBC News
31 Jul 2015 at 2:53am

BBC News

Sturgeon: Second referendum 'if and when Scotland wants it'
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon has sa...


No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says - BBC News
27 Jul 2015 at 4:59pm

BBC News

No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says
BBC News
David Cameron h...


Donald Trump says referendum 'bad period' - BBC News
30 Jul 2015 at 12:48pm

BBC News

Donald Trump says referendum 'bad period'
BBC News
US tycoon Donald Trump has said a second...


SNP MP Margaret Ferrier asks about second referendum - BBC News
20 Jul 2015 at 10:30am

BBC News

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier asks about second referendum
BBC News
An SNP MP has questioned the ...


First person in Scotland convicted of electoral fraud at independence ... - S...
11 Jul 2015 at 6:01pm

Scottish Daily Record

First person in Scotland convicted of electoral fraud at independence ...
Sco...


David Cameron showed 'little understanding of Scotland before the referendum ...
18 Jul 2015 at 5:12pm

The Independent

David Cameron showed 'little understanding of Scotland before the referendum ...
Th...


BBC criticised over tone of independence referendum coverage - Herald Scotland
14 Jul 2015 at 2:40pm

Herald Scotland

BBC criticised over tone of independence referendum coverage
Herald Scotland
The BBC...


Referendum call is corrrect - Herald Scotland
24 Jul 2015 at 6:08pm

Referendum call is corrrect
Herald Scotland
An SNP spokesman repeats the deeply disingenuous phrase...


Another Referendum for Scottish Independence 'Inevitable' - Sputnik Internati...
26 Jul 2015 at 8:28am

Sputnik International

Another Referendum for Scottish Independence 'Inevitable'
Sputnik Internation...



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Kezia Dugdale: Corbyn win could leave Labour 'carping on sidelines'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
2 Aug 2015 at 9:06am

Favourite for Scottish Labour leader warns of appearance of infighting in UK leadership campaign and calls for basing elected second chamber in Glasgow

Kezia Dugdale, the favourite to take over as l...



Scotland's private finance infrastructure programme in turmoil after ONS ruling
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Jul 2015 at 2:30pm

New EU regulations prevent member states from using private finance to avoid putting major public assets on their national accounts

The Scottish government?s flagship programme to have billions of p...



Scotland's sole Labour MP backs Yvette Cooper for party leadership
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
30 Jul 2015 at 8:17am

In his first major speech since Labour lost all but one of its Scottish seats, Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South, says party needs its first female PM

Labour?s sole remaining Scottish MP, Ian Murr...



Early move to individual electoral registration risks disenfranchising 1.9m p...
by Letters
28 Jul 2015 at 2:21pm

The decision by the government to bring forward by one year the end of the transition period in the implementation of individual electoral registration to 1 December 2015 is wrong (Labour accuses D...



David Cameron rules out second Scottish independence referendum
by Patrick Wintour Political editor and Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

Prime minister says ?no? to another vote in this parliament after Alex Salmond suggested issues such as a possible Brexit from the EU made it inevitable

David Cameron has rejected suggestions that ...



Scottish government turning to more private money for public projects
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2015 at 11:52am

Children?s hospital among affected projects after spending programme part-funded by private sector runs foul of new EU rules on measuring state spending

The Scottish government is turning to increas...




Scotland minister challenges SNP to clarify position on second independence r...
by Guardian Staff
27 Jul 2015 at 7:29am
Scotland minister David Mundell challenges Nicola Sturgeon to clarify her party's position on a second Scottish independence referendum. Speaking to the BBC's Good Morning Scotland, Mundell was res...

Nicola Sturgeon urged to explain SNP position on second independence vote
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Jul 2015 at 4:21am

David Mundell, Scottish secretary, challenges first minister to be clearer on party?s referendum policy after Alex Salmond said second vote is inevitable

The Scottish secretary, David Mundell, has ...



Second Scottish referendum inevitable, says Alex Salmond
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2015 at 6:40am

SNP MP says only timing of independence vote is in question, and failure to deliver sufficient devolution, the EU issue, and austerity make it more likely

A second independence referendum for Scotl...



Nicola Sturgeon asks whether UK agencies spied on Scottish politicians
by Severin Carrell, Steven Morris, Ian Cobain and Henry McDonald
24 Jul 2015 at 11:37am

Cameron faces questions after GCHQ changed rules to allow eavesdropping on members of devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

David Cameron is under pressure to justify a secret...



Blair says SNP has caveman strategy, but next to the Tories it seems progressive
by Severin Carrell
22 Jul 2015 at 12:19pm

While former Labour leader asserts weaknesses in SNP?s record in office and attacks its nationalism, government?s policies keep boosting party?s profile

With characteristic directness, Tony Blair ha...



SNP's Westminster stunt: a theatrical distraction from tricky issues at home?
by Michael White
22 Jul 2015 at 7:36am

Causing trouble to make a point is a legitimate political device but it could also be a way of hiding from Holyrood?s problems in Scotland

The spectacle of a group of SNP MPs briefly taking over Lab...



SNP takes to opposition seats after blasting Labour for welfare bill stance
by Nadia Khomami
21 Jul 2015 at 1:59pm

Nicola Sturgeon says her party offered the only opposition to the Conservatives, after slamming Labour for abstaining from a crucial vote on welfare reforms

The Scottish National party defied conven...



Labour accuses David Cameron of manipulating electoral system
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
16 Jul 2015 at 10:34am

As Tories ignore Electoral Commission and expedite new voting register, Labour says government is pushing through boundary review rigged in its favour

Labour has accused David Cameron of attempting ...



Mhairi Black says Labour must get over election defeat and work with SNP
by Rajeev Syal
15 Jul 2015 at 7:36am

Britain?s youngest MP claims Labour is in shock and its MPs do not like voting alongside the SNP ?whatever the issue?

Mhairi Black, Britain?s youngest MP, has called for Labour to ?get over? its gen...




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Wee Ginger Dug
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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A moan about useful idiots
by weegingerdug
1 Aug 2015 at 8:58am
Let’s be very clear here, British democracy is a myth. It’s as much an invention as the pseudo-mediaeval pageantry of the state opening of parliament, and in fact both inventions date to the same t...

A thistle grows in the rubble
by weegingerdug
30 Jul 2015 at 1:08pm
Back in the 1960s when I was a wean, if you were bright enough you could go to uni for free, there was an NHS that was safe and secure, there were nationalised blue trains that were the height of m...

Scottish democracy is not a serving suggestion
by weegingerdug
28 Jul 2015 at 8:49am
Davie Cameron, the balloon faced Tory who enjoys the support of a single Scottish MP, has slapped down us little Scottish people who were labouring under the misapprehension that we lived in a demo...

On the highway to indyref 2
by weegingerdug
26 Jul 2015 at 9:49am
Alicsammin is back in the news, not that he ever really left it. You may remember him from last year, while you, oh naive Caledonian person you, thought you were voting in an independence referendu...

Captain Caveman and the shock of the new
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2015 at 4:12pm
Labour’s hierarchy, the careerists and the SPADs, the spin doctors and the politics grads, are in full scale panic mode this week. Headless chickens have been known to run around more calmly and wi...

The party which ran away
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2015 at 7:17am
Are there any principles left in the moral vacuity that has replaced the Labour party? Is there anything that can be said that will get through to the party’s bankrupt leadership? Are there any bar...

#60mins The hashtag that refused to trend
by weegingerdug
20 Jul 2015 at 8:49am
As someone who wants Scottish independence, by definition I am opposed to the British state. Anything which weakens the British state strengthens my cause. But not like this, I don’t want it to hap...

BBC Cringe: the Norma Desmond of broadcasters
by weegingerdug
16 Jul 2015 at 9:59am
Earlier this week, the youngest Scottish MP ever gave her maiden speech in the Chamber of the House of Commons. You’d think that a 20 year old working class Scottish woman from Paisley might be int...

It?s been a good week
by weegingerdug
14 Jul 2015 at 12:10pm
It’s been a good week. OK, we still have the slimiest evillest Tory government since slimy evil first crawled out of the primordial slimy evil soup – which by a strange coincidence was also the stu...

What is the point of you?
by weegingerdug
12 Jul 2015 at 5:51pm
Jesus wept, Keir Hardie spun in his grave, the ghost of Aneurin Bevin howled in impotent rage at the vacuity of the press release, the spirits of the Jarrow marchers sat down and wept, and millions...


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Scottish Independence Debate
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Immigration question
2 Aug 2015 at 3:55pm
I'd like to prefix my post by saying I'm pro immigration but have the following question.

The counter to 'send dem back!!!1!11!! is' migrants are net contributors '

What is the average net contribution of a migrant as opposed to someone born in the UK?

If say the net contribution of the average...

Michelle Mone
31 Jul 2015 at 4:31pm
Has just been given a peerage probably for services to Better Together although the reality was to industry.

Did she not bug a workers office? Highly illegal iirc.

Scottish Election Night
31 Jul 2015 at 1:54pm
I've reached the point that I want to relive election night but looking through YouTube I can only find UK-wide BBC/itv/sky coverage. Ideally I want BBC Scotkand or STV coverage, if anyone knows where I could find this then thanks.

UK Economic Growth picks up...
31 Jul 2015 at 6:05am

Reading this earlier in the week and while it appears on the surface to be good news, there was one aspect of it that didn't make sense to me.

 

The majority of the growth is off the back of the oil and gas sector, which is fine in it's own right. But oil prices have dropped substantially and the...



Rumbled
30 Jul 2015 at 2:28am

Crackin news that the Scottish Lib Dems are bringing the excellent Mike Rumbles back into the fold, fighter for actual gender equality in the face of endless pandering to feminist ideology. Even better is the sexist rants and calls for institutional sexism that this story has brought from feminis...



David Mundell: Whats the Point?
29 Jul 2015 at 7:33am
If there is any further proof needed that Scotland is subservient to England then its this.
It champions the colony model perfectly......
Who is the secretary of state for England btw? Who heads up the English Office?
Get off your knees Scotland!

David Cameron - No need for another referendum
27 Jul 2015 at 11:32pm

Dishface getting us telt, with added cringe whinge from Ian Murray.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33668976

 

There is "no need" for another Scottish independence referendum, which would have to be "legal, fair and properly constituted", David Cameron has said.

He also ...



Lord Sewel caught with cocaine and prostitutes
27 Jul 2015 at 12:29pm

Some boy.

 

Deputy Speak of the House of Lords has been caught on a hidden camera having sex with prostitutes, snorting cocaine and wearing one of his lady friend's bra.

 

In addition to this the peer, who had an important role in drafting the legislation for the Scottish Parliament, chatted to t...



Nats position on the EU referendum
26 Jul 2015 at 7:45am

The SNP are clearly taking the Scottish public for clowns by claiming that a Scots Yes vote and an English No vote would be grounds for a second independence referendum. The EU's position is clear; Scotland would not inherit the UK's place in the EU and would have to apply as a new member state. ...



Andy Burnham's expenses
25 Jul 2015 at 4:12am

Andy Burnham claims £17,000 a year in rent for London flat – despite owning another that's walking distance from Westminster

 

Andy Burnham has been claiming more than £17,000 a year in expenses to rent a flat in London despite owning another property a short walk from Westminster. The Labour lea...



Remember this story?
24 Jul 2015 at 12:53pm
http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/1341629

What a belter it was.



No more London in Londonderry
24 Jul 2015 at 6:31am
The BBC will be happy at least.

http://m.rte.ie/news/2015/0724/716882-derry/

The Unionists are diminishing,
23 Jul 2015 at 2:27pm
Two more people I know who voted No would now vote Yes.
Independence is less than a decade away!!

Greatest Political Leader
19 Jul 2015 at 3:10pm
Was having a discussion in the pub about who the greatest PM was (which I think has been done here before)- it sort of then led on to who was the greatest political leader (not necessarily politician).

Lots of the usual suspects came up - Ghandi, Mandela etc - so who would you consider to be the ...

Bookworm
19 Jul 2015 at 1:08pm
Can I suggest that everyone ignores the z-list troll?


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Anything Goes

Suprise, Suprise
2 Aug 2015 at 8:31am

RIP

 

Found dead in her spanish villa.



Cilla Black
2 Aug 2015 at 6:26am
Broon breid at 72

The Bus
2 Aug 2015 at 5:05am
Has a more miserable form of transport ever been created?

John Cooper Clarke V Shaun Ryder?
1 Aug 2015 at 5:47pm
Who's best?discuss!

Living Outside Scotland
1 Aug 2015 at 9:10am

Who here has lived/is living outside of Scotland? Where have you been and what did you think of life there?

 

I've got two years left on a qualification I'm doing - I'll be 30 when I finish, and for the first time am seriously considering a change of scene.



No 1 Songs On Significant Dates
31 Jul 2015 at 6:23pm
Following a discussion with friends and all the music uploaded recently,what's the songs of the significant dates in your life?

Born 28-12-81



Started work 20-07-98



https://youtu.be/WIUAC03YMlA



18th birthday 28-12-99

https://youtu.be/_HkL8GuU9_0

21st birthday 28-12-02

https://youtu.be/V9Wv4SCBiTE

Mov...

Rowdy Roddy Piper
31 Jul 2015 at 5:03pm
Deid.

http://m.tmz.com/#Article/2015/07/31/roddy-piper-dead-dies-wwe-wrestler-cancer

Michelle Mone Made Tory Peer
31 Jul 2015 at 3:39pm

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/6569287/Underwear-boss-Michelle-Mone-to-be-made-a-peer.html?CMP=spklr-_-S9SunSocial-_-TWITTER-_-TheSunNewspaper-_-20150731-_-News-_-216677749



Hands Up Anyone Who's Ever Had The Thought Aw
31 Jul 2015 at 2:29pm
Aww, fukit, I'm just going to drink myself to death.

A New Low From "pro -Unionist Tabloids"
31 Jul 2015 at 11:13am

linking the shooting of Cecil the lion outrage to the Snp  ... this image is from the Times newspaper

 




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