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Police warn of cost of moving Scotland's home of football to Edinburgh
18 Aug 2018 at 5:20am
POLICE have warned they will face "human and financial costs" if the home of Scottish football moves from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Former Labour MP Jim Sheridan suspended from party ?over online Jewish comments?
18 Aug 2018 at 12:13pm
A former Labour MP has been suspended from the party over comments apparently made online about the Jewish community.

Campaigners take to streets as fears over 'no deal' Brexit escalate
18 Aug 2018 at 5:00am
CAMPAIGNERS will take to the streets today amid escalating fears the UK is heading towards a chaotic exit from the European Union.

Prisons minister's quit pledge
18 Aug 2018 at 5:13am
THE English prisons minister has promised to resign if he fails to turn around the country's most violent and drug-infested jails in a year.

SNP urged to scrap police railway merger as new chief constable takes charge
17 Aug 2018 at 6:13pm
SNP ministers should use the appointment of Police Scotland?s new chief constable to scrap plans to merge railway policing, it has been claimed.

Ruth Davidson urged to suspend Tory council hopeful over 'offensive' language
17 Aug 2018 at 1:50pm
RUTH Davidson has been urged to suspend a would-be Tory councillor over offensive social media comments.

Tenants to be consulted over Scottish Labour rent restrictions plan
17 Aug 2018 at 12:58pm
THOUSANDS of tenants and landlords will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions to help halt the housing crisis.

Scots Tory MP says owning a dog is like raising a child
17 Aug 2018 at 11:02am
A SCOTS Tory MP who compared owning a dog to starting a family has been branded out of touch.

Universal basic income is attempt to 'euthanise the working class as a concept'
17 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
PROPOSALS to hand everyone in Scotland a basic, flat-rate income are an attempt to "euthanise" the working class as a political concept, a think-tank director has said.

£100m ferries delay a 'huge let down', say tourism chiefs
17 Aug 2018 at 11:03am
TOURISM chiefs have weighed into the row over delays to two new £100m CalMac ferries, calling it ?a huge let down? for island communities and business.

Hundreds at memorial service for Sir Alex Fergusson
17 Aug 2018 at 5:55pm
AROUND 800 people have paid tribute to former Holyrood presiding officer Sir Alex Fergusson at a memorial service he planned himself when he knew he was dying.

Teachers and parents sound off to Swinney on education policy
17 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
IT made for disturbing listening both for Education Secretary John Swinney and the public.

Union boss accuses Jewish leaders of 'intransigent hostility' over anti-Semit...
17 Aug 2018 at 12:00am
JEWISH leaders have displayed ?intransigent hostility? and an utter refusal to engage in dialogue over the anti-Semitism row engulfing Labour, the leader of the UK?s largest union has said.

EU officials raise fears British spooks are spying on Brexit meetings
17 Aug 2018 at 12:00am
BRITISH spooks are bugging the EU?s Brexit negotiators in a bid to stay one step ahead, officials have reportedly warned.

UK can survive and prosper after no-deal Brexit ? Jeremy Hunt
17 Aug 2018 at 10:42am
Jeremy Hunt has insisted that Britain would ?survive and prosper? after a no-deal Brexit, the day after describing such an exit from the EU as a ?mistake we would regret for generations?.



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Demand for answers over controversial rail police merger
20 Aug 2018 at 12:01am
Opposition parties and unions have demanded clarity from the Justice Secretary after it emerged that the Scottish Government is considering scrapping the controversial planned merger of the British Transport Police with Police Scotland.

Jeremy Corbyn accused of betrayal over post-Brexit ?renaissance? message
20 Aug 2018 at 12:01am
Jeremy Corbyn has come under attack for launching a four-day tour of Scotland to promote his post-Brexit “built it in Britain” economic message at a major Scottish manufacturer that has warned about the impact of leaving the single European market.

Scots Tory MP warns of ?infiltration? by hard Brexiteers
19 Aug 2018 at 8:01pm
A leading Scottish Tory MP has warned that the Conservatives are at risk of “infiltration” by hard-line Brexiteers who could make the party “unelectable”.

Palestinian author previously blocked from entering UK is to speak at new eve...
19 Aug 2018 at 1:16pm
A Palestinian author who did not receive her UK visa in time to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last week is to speak at a special event after getting permission to enter the country.

Pledge to "make a success" of no-deal Brexit as 100 Tories threaten to rebel
19 Aug 2018 at 11:59am
Dominic Raab will insist the UK is “ready to make a success of Brexit” even if the government fails to agree a deal to leave the EU.

Donald Trump invests £63m into Lossiemouth to combat Russian submarine threat
19 Aug 2018 at 11:51am
Donald Trump is pumping £63m into a Scottish airbase to help US spy planes hunt Russian submarines

Clinton: US could learn lessons from Scotland's female politicians
19 Aug 2018 at 11:29am
THE US could learn lessons from Scotland?s female politicians, Chelsea Clinton has claimed.

Boris Johnson?s Facebook page ?host to Islamophobic hate comments?
19 Aug 2018 at 11:15am
Boris Johnson’s official Facebook page is host to hundreds of Islamophobic messages, it has been reported.

Brexit: Founder of Superdry clothing ?donates £1m? to People?s Vote campaign
19 Aug 2018 at 11:10am
A multimillionaire fashion label founder has pledged his financial backing to the People’s Vote campaign.

Lib Dem veteran Ming Campbell urges SNP to back EUref2
18 Aug 2018 at 11:58pm
Former UK Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell yesterday urged Nicola Sturgeon to back a referendum on the Brexit deal as he joined hundreds of campaigners to demand a People’s Vote.

Private schools tax relief ?could hit state pupils?
18 Aug 2018 at 11:53pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay’s controversial suggestion that local authorities could give rates relief to private schools risks harming the state education sector, it was claimed on Saturday.

Farmer hits out at Scottish Natural Heritage over illegal beaver release
18 Aug 2018 at 11:51pm
A farmer has described a lack of trust within the farming community towards Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) over its handling of illegally released beavers at Tayside.

Leader: Corbyn?s leadership of Labour in crisis
18 Aug 2018 at 11:37pm
There is a crisis at the heart of British politics. And we’re not just talking about Brexit.

Dani Garavelli: Is he bovvered? John Swinney must try harder
18 Aug 2018 at 11:31pm
Education Secretary John Swinney’s response to angry teachers on air suggests serious failure to comprehend their problems, writes Dani Garavelli.

Euan McColm: Cometh the hour, cometh the Centrist Dads ? and Mums too
18 Aug 2018 at 11:26pm
Consensus politics will have to resort to radical action to wrest the debate from the extremists, writes Euan McColm

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The Bloody Wizards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2018 at 5:40pm
We couldn’t help noticing one particular Rory Bremner tweet last night. And we thought, “Well, WE know someone who predicted those things.” Here they are, for example, predicting Brexit way back in January 2013: And this was them doing it again in September 2014: How about Trump? Yep, they called that too, starting in 2015: We’re not sure …

The cereal offenders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2018 at 11:42am
So this didn’t go down too well on social media last night. Prof Bueltmann, who’s made her life in Scotland for 20 years, was (as far as we can tell) the only independence supporter to speak at a poorly-attended rally in Edinburgh calling for a fatuously-named “People’s Vote” on Brexit. Pretty much everyone else on …

How to turn kids into racists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2018 at 12:34pm
Several right-wing media outlets, including the Scotsman, the Scottish Daily Mail and a far-right Unionist website called the Unity News Network have in recent days picked up on the findings of a newly-published study commissioned by the Scottish Government on young people’s attitudes towards immigration. To give you a flavour of the Unity News Network, it was …

Dirty cash
by Chris Cairns
18 Aug 2018 at 6:59am

One-nil to justice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Aug 2018 at 6:15pm
A couple of months earlier than we were expecting it, we’ve had the Sheriff’s decision on our court hearing a month ago against Kezia Dugdale. tl;dr version: we won. This doesn’t settle the dispute over whether Dugdale’s comments in a Daily Record column last March were defamatory. Last month’s proceedings merely determined whether there would be …

The Helter-Skelter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Aug 2018 at 4:24pm
One of the first posts we ever wrote on Wings Over Scotland, back in November 2011, recorded the fact that total daily sales of newspapers in Scotland had dipped below a million for the first time ever (to a total of 986,657). The six-and-a-half years that have followed have been probably the most tumultuous in …

The Different Numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Aug 2018 at 11:25am
Today’s Daily Record has a “shock” poll revealing what this site told you a week and a half ago – namely that just under half of Scots want a second referendum on Brexit. (Our Panelbase poll said 46%, the Record’s YouGov one says 48%.) Amusingly, the paper describes this minority as “overwhelming support” for another vote, …

Black Snake Mone
by Robert Knight
15 Aug 2018 at 2:24pm
It’s always nice to see Michelle Mone in the news again, especially when the Tory peer crowbars an attempted intervention into Scottish politics into everything she does. And since there’s not much else going on, it seemed like a good excuse to have a wee delve into what she’s been up to lately. It was …

To better days
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Aug 2018 at 10:46am
In the wake of this morning’s news that the Herald and Sunday Herald are to merge, we thought it’d be nice to remember the times – not SO long ago – when the paper used to do some proper journalism and there was some modest semblance of balance and professional integrity in the Scottish media. …

The corpse of independence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Aug 2018 at 1:28pm
In the continuing absence of any interesting current Scottish politics, we thought you might enjoy this Sunday Mail piece from exactly 11 years ago yesterday, confidently asserting that a quick chat would disabuse Scots of any notion of leaving the UK. (Click the pic to enlarge.) The editorial leader followed on from a page 2 piece claiming …

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Labour Party suspends former MP Jim Sheridan
18 Aug 2018 at 2:52pm
Former parliamentarian Jim Sheridan is being investigated as allegations emerge about anti-Semitism.

Independence march held in Dundee
18 Aug 2018 at 5:23pm
A large number of people take part in the event organised by All Under One Banner.

Hundreds attend memorial service for Sir Alex Fergusson
17 Aug 2018 at 3:56pm
Senior politicians were among hundreds of people who gathered to remember the former presiding officer.

NHS Scotland staff accept minimum 9% pay rise
17 Aug 2018 at 6:19pm
Members of the GMB rejected the deal but it was overwhelmingly backed by the other unions.

New chief urged to tackle police 'misogyny'
16 Aug 2018 at 5:39pm
Two female former officers claim more needs to be done to tackle sexism within Police Scotland.

Mother confronts minister over autistic daughter's schooling
16 Aug 2018 at 7:19pm
Marie Gillam confronted Scotland's education secretary over how her autistic daughter was treated at school.

Further delays to delivery of new CalMac ferries
16 Aug 2018 at 6:50pm
One of the boats is for the Uig-Lochmaddy-Tarbert Triangle while the other is to operate between Arran and Ardrossan.

Debate over Scotland's schools enters new term
15 Aug 2018 at 12:10am
As Scotland's children head back to school this week, the debate over education intensifies.

Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils
16 Aug 2018 at 12:12pm
John Swinney says there are "mixed opinions" about P1 assessments, but insists they are "important".

Row over private school business rates
16 Aug 2018 at 2:34pm
The Scottish government is accused of passing the buck over rates relief for private schools to councils.

Scotland's new police chief announced
15 Aug 2018 at 6:11pm
Iain Livingstone will take over as chief constable after being in interim charge of Police Scotland since last year.

Scots economic growth outstripped UK
15 Aug 2018 at 11:14am
Scotland's economy performed better than previously thought at the start of the year, according to official figures.

Scot Goes Pop

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What actually is a "People's Vote" anyway?
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2018 at 5:23pm
It's sad to see an intelligent and talented man such as Rory Bremner (who I genuinely used to be a big fan of and in some ways still am) making a bit of a fool of himself with a hopelessly contradi...

Let's state the obvious again: waiting until Yes support is at 60% is a recip...
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2018 at 4:20pm
You might have seen that I was name-checked the other day in an article by Iain Macwhirter about a supposed danger of SNP disunity after Nicola Sturgeon makes her long-awaited decision in the autum...

John Curtice is wrong: the Yes rank-and-file would not accept the independenc...
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 8:58pm
"Ask John Curtice" was a Twitter meme a few years ago.  It was based on the BBC's endless attempts to get their money's worth out of Curtice's role as a studio pundit by asking him about topics tha...

Independence remains the only viable Brexit parachute
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 5:27am
You may have seen that Thomas Widmann of Arc of Prosperity has written a blogpost in which he turns conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that Magnus Linklater's notorious article in The Ti...

Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser 2018: An Update
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2018 at 6:32am
Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.There are times in life when you realise you're in the middle of making an incredibly stupid mistake, and you have to decide whether to see it thro...

Questions for the BBC on the YouTube controversy
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 9:21pm
A great deal has been written about the closing down of the Wings and Moridura YouTube accounts, but there are a few points that I don't think have received enough attention yet.  The BBC suggested...

The Chequers shambles brought UKIP back from the dead - and May's fear of UKI...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 5:36pm
One of the paradoxes of last year's general election is that the Tories had to increase their vote sharply just to avoid going backwards any further than they did.  Theresa May took 42% of the popu...

Any Blairite breakaway from Labour could be Christmas for the SNP
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2018 at 11:36pm
Subscribers to iScot magazine might remember that for my December 2017 column, I made a series of non-predictions for the year ahead.  That is to say, I made the point that the range of possibiliti...

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What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning August 20, 2018
by /u/AutoModerator
20 Aug 2018 at 1:16am
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

I think I?ve died and gone to Hobbit-heaven (Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye).
by /u/the_waxen_pith
19 Aug 2018 at 11:35pm
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The Three Sisters, Glencoe, Scotland [13058x2632][OC]
by /u/daddycoull
19 Aug 2018 at 11:25pm
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Young fan held up a sign saying ?Johnny Russell, it?s my 9th birthday? for th...
by /u/kevinnoir
19 Aug 2018 at 10:57pm
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I've heard this song in a Scottish bar and everyone seemed to know it, can yo...
by /u/sberens
19 Aug 2018 at 8:30pm
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Calling all Grahams/Historians!
by /u/WesternPepper
19 Aug 2018 at 7:46pm
Hello! I'm a proud citizen of the U.S, but also a (maybe even more) proud member of Clan Graham. I am attempting to do research on the history of the Grahams, significant figures from past and pres...

Deprivation in Scottish Local Authorities (x-post from /r/dataisbeautiful)
by /u/RainsDownOnLeith
19 Aug 2018 at 4:52pm
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Commando Memorial - Spean Bridge, near Fort William
by /u/NedSchneebly88
19 Aug 2018 at 4:29pm
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Callanish standing stones - Light painting
by /u/Ourraworkdj
19 Aug 2018 at 4:08pm
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This sub doesn?t accurately represent Scottish people
by /u/potatosconeman
19 Aug 2018 at 3:36pm
We?re a country proud to accept people of all races, religions, faith, beliefs etc. Yet, on here, if you don?t the independence campaign then you?re alienated and down-voted. This is a sub about Sc...

a very Scottish answer
by /u/therobohour
19 Aug 2018 at 3:16pm
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Scotland is "No Longer a Faith-Based Country"
by /u/writer66
19 Aug 2018 at 12:42pm
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How to understand scottish(An Offical guide)
by /u/GuitarStuffz
19 Aug 2018 at 12:10pm
Welcome to my little guide that will help anyone understand the scottish accent no matter what experience they have in the language. Before I start telling you anything all info provided is accurat...

SNP Demands Devolved Migration Powers For Scotland. The party claims the Home...
by /u/bottish
19 Aug 2018 at 11:59am
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Boris Johnson's Facebook page full of Islamophobic comments after burka row
by dailyrecord
19 Aug 2018 at 6:30pm
A probe has uncovered 'hateful' posts calling for Islam to be banned and “vile” attacks on the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan.

Richard Leonard vows tax on wealthy elite to fund £40billion in plans for 'ra...
by John Ferguson
19 Aug 2018 at 9:00am
In a wide ranging interview, the Scottish Labour leader addressed Brexit, a second Scottish referendum and anti-Semitism.

Cash for bombs scandal as Saudi air strike that killed 40 kids linked to Scot...
by John Ferguson
19 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
A Sunday Mail investigation in the wake of strike that killed 51 people in Yemen reveals the extraordinary Scottish Government support given to the controversial arms firm Raytheon.

Gross hypocrisy as SNP savage Theresa May over Saudi arms sales while cosying...
by John Ferguson
19 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
The Sunday Mail can reveal details of the meeting between SNP minister Paul Wheelhouse and global arms dealers Raytheon, as well as the lengths he went to in order to keep it quiet. 

Holyrood ministers blasted over £1million-a-year 'chauffeur-driven lifestyles...
by John Ferguson
19 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Dozens of journeys are recorded each month between St Andrew’s House and the Scottish Parliament – a short trip that takes 10 minutes to walk.

Former Labour MP Jim Sheridan suspended from party over 'comments about Jewis...
by Hilary Duncanson
18 Aug 2018 at 12:48pm
It comes after a social media post Jim Sheridan was allegedly responsible for which spoke of his loss of "respect and empathy" for the community amid the row about anti-Semitism.

Kezia Dugdale to face £25k court grilling in defamation rap hearing
by Sally Hind
18 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
The ex-Scottish Labour leader will face a cross-examination over claims she defamed a pro-independence blogger by accusing him of sending a homophobic tweet.

Bigot Tory councillor exposed for mocking disabled and poor people in sick on...
by Alan McEwen
18 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Dave Coleman made a disgusting joke about “window licking” on the “special bus” on Facebook and also referred to “chavs” and “pikeys” in other posts.

We have to get radical if we're going lift Scotland's children out of poverty
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Torcuil Crichton believes giving families who are in need a lump cash sum could help alleviate the growing poverty epidemic.

John Swinney in tax breaks for private schools row
by David Clegg
17 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
The Education Secretary asked Finance Secretary Derek Mackay for advice on behalf of a posh Kilgraston School in his Perthshire constituency.

Michael Greenwell

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

?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…  

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?    

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Bella Caledonia

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Top Thirty Toxic Tories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2018 at 7:03pm
Cameron Archibald asks you to meet the Top 30 Toxic Tories in Scotland ...

Festival City Questions Remain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Aug 2018 at 11:35am
When we wrote last week about the state of the festival and the impact Over Tourism was having we got a huge response, but also a lot of criticism. I

Vi är Sverige
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Aug 2018 at 3:47pm
The Stockholm summers of ?94 and ?18 have quite a few similarities. Sweden?s capital was basking in the hottest weather on record, its national football team was exceeding expectations in the world cup and the country was building up for crucial elections. I was in the city during both those periods. Granted, in ?94, I …

Cypriotism in the Twenty-First Century
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Aug 2018 at 3:37pm
The current division of Cyprus on supposed Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot identity issues is historically both a fallacy and a tragedy. From the outset, Cyprus is Cyprus, irrespective of there being Greek-Cypriots, Turkish-Cypriots or any other sort of prefix-Cypriots you care to identify. Inclusive, non-ethnic Cypriot nationalism, also known as Cypriotism, focusses on pan-Cypriot unity, in …

Metro Mayors and Trumpton Politics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2018 at 6:10pm
This interview is so beautiful in so many ways. Apart from Ruth Davidson omitting to explain to Andy Street that the Scottish Conservatives bitterly opposed devolution for decades and never lose an opportunity to run down and undermine the devolved settlement at every turn, I love the fact that both ignore the fact that the …

Who Pays the Piper? Artwashing and the Planned Social Cleansing of Leith
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2018 at 4:12pm
Marxist geographer Neil Smith wrote about new urban frontiers, rent gaps and the vengeful nature of uneven development and gentrification. The intense redevelopment of Leith exhibits many of the classic elements of this form of capital-driven economic expansionism. The town has been undergoing gentrification since the 1980s, but more recently has become known (and has …

Baillie Gifford on Mars
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2018 at 12:04pm
What links Edinburgh with Mars? Answer: Baillie Gifford, the big Scottish investment management fund. Baillie Gifford was founded in 1907 and made its initial pile out of rubber in colonial Malaya. These days Baillie Gifford is a major investor in Elon Musk, the US billionaire behind SpaceX rockets and Tesla electric cars. In fact, Baillie …

Poverty Tears
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2018 at 8:46am
Gordon Brown, fists a clunking, yesterday took the Edinburgh Book Festival by storm. He explained that Scotland was set to be engulfed in a devastating child poverty crisis, but this was probably okay because, er, Federalism, or something. He told Glenn Campbell, who faithfully tweeted his words as if he was a visiting prophet: “Rising levels …

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Scottish council to provide free sanitary products in toilets
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Aug 2018 at 3:47pm
North Ayrshire sets up scheme in toilets of public buildings to help tackle period povertyA Scottish council will provide free sanitary products in all public buildings in a scheme aimed at breaking the taboo about period poverty.North Ayrshire council believes it is the first local authority in ...

Majority of Scottish voters feel ignored by UK ministers on Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Aug 2018 at 10:00pm
Support in Scotland for remain has risen since 2016 referendum, poll suggestsAlmost two-thirds of Scottish voters believe the Westminster government is ignoring their concerns during Brexit negotiations, and there is now more support in Scotland for remaining in the EU than at the time of the 201...

Authors' visa struggles undermine book festival, says Sturgeon
by Daniel Khalili-Tari
9 Aug 2018 at 8:41pm
Scottish first minister urges UK government to resolve snags affecting Edinburgh eventNicola Sturgeon has accused the UK government of undermining the Edinburgh international book festival by failing to resolve authors? difficulties in obtaining visas.The festival?s director, Nick Barley, has sai...

UK and Scottish ministers hold talks over Glasgow asylum evictions
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Aug 2018 at 12:16pm
Home Office contractor Serco has threatened to change the locks on over-stayersUK and Scottish government ministers are meeting in Glasgow as part of efforts to resolve a row over the proposed eviction of asylum seekers.The Westminster government?s immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, will meet ...

Sturgeon likely to delay decision on second independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Aug 2018 at 8:23pm
Prospects for new referendum clouded by Brexit confusion, Scottish first minister warnsNicola Sturgeon has signalled she is unlikely to be able to make a decision on an independence referendum this autumn because of the uncertainties and confusion around Brexit.The first minister promised earlier...

Scottish ministers under fire as exam results decline again
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Aug 2018 at 2:26pm
Pass rates for Highers fall for third year running as Nationals drop two percentage pointsScottish ministers have been accused of complacency after the latest school exam results showed a continuing decline in grades.The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) disclosed on Tuesday that A-to-C pas...

Sajid Javid urged to halt Serco eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers
by Karen McVeigh
30 Jul 2018 at 6:29pm
City council and MPs demand help for more than 300 people who have been told they cannot stay in BritainThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, is being urged to intervene to stop a housing provider from locking hundred of asylum seekers out of their homes, leaving them destitute. Glasgow city council a...

Time to purge undesirable Scots. Yes Andy Murray, that means you | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Jul 2018 at 5:59am
Pinkos, nationalists and Remainers ? if you?re not worried, you really ought to beIn Britain?s postwar decades, it seems that if your name didn?t appear on a government blacklist then you could never consider yourself an authentic leftie. We all purport to be shocked at how 1950s America went mee...

Wee Ginger Dug

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A tale of two rallies
There were two political rallies in Scotland on Saturday. There was a pro-independence rally in Dundee which attracted 16,000 participants and was one of the biggest demonstrations that the city had ever seen. Then there was a rally in Edinburgh calling for a second EU referendum, which attracted a few hundred people, fewer than are …

Poop scooping Ross Thomson
If Ross Thomson didn’t exist, no one, absolutely no one, would feel the need to invent him. No one would mourn his absence. No one would lament his loss. Without Ross, no one would feel there was an aching vacuum in this country’s public life, even though Ross is Scotland’s leading proponent of political vacuums, …

British nationalism?s problem with extremism
The recent reports about the conviction of a right wing extremist in Edinburgh for making a bomb made for, ahem, interesting reading. Nazi thug Peter Morgan was sentenced to 12 years for making a bomb. Most of the reports in the press pictured him holding up a saltire together with a sign reading “White Pride”. …

The real divisions
The British nationalist press is very keen to press the SNP is divided meme. Perhaps if they keep saying it then it will become true. It’s a bit like those people who repeatedly warn that the end of the world is nigh, only for the forecast dates of doomaggedon to come and go as often …

Creating some certainty of our own
There’s been some speculation in the press recently that the SNP is heading for a rupture in its hitherto impressive party unity over the subject of the timing of the next referendum. There the Tories and Labour are tearing themselves apart with all the vicious fervour of starving lions in the Colosseum, or worse but …

A CO2 filled box of frogs
Back from Islay now, where the dug and I had a fantastic time participating in The National Roadshow’s event at the Islay Show. Many thanks to the wonderful hospitality that everyone in Islay gave us. It’s very much the silly season politically, and it seems that this is a term which our British nationalist friends …

Plan B in outer space
Remember 2014? All we heard from the chorus of British politicians and the media was “What’s your plan B?” That was just about the currency of an independent Scotland, because the British government was saying that it wasn’t going to enter into a formal currency union with Scotland. It was relentless, and it successfully scared …

Being catapulted to the Moon
All the way through the campaign we were assured that leaving the EU didn’t necessarily mean leaving the customs union or the single market. The Brexit vote was won for leave on the very narrowest of margins. You’d think that would mean that the government would attempt to reconcile those who voted to remain, and …

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SNP MP hits back at Labour's criticism of new CalMac ferry delays
A SCOTS MP has lashed out at Labour politicians for ?their lack of faith? in Scottish shipyards after it emerged that the construction of two new ferries for Caledonian MacBrayne had been hit by further delays.

Scottish council 'first in UK' to offer free period products in its buildings
A COUNCIL is to offer free sanitary products in all its public buildings as part of a drive to tackle period poverty. Women will be able to access the products from vending machines in the toilets of up to 100 buildings in North Ayrshire, such as libraries, community centres and public offices.

No-deal Brexit will be a ?catastrophe?, warn doctors
A NO-deal Brexit would be ?catastrophic? for Scotland?s health, doctors leaders claim.

'Don't bring Trump craziness back to Europe', warns economist
A LEADING economist yesterday warned against Europe importing the ?craziness? of President Donald Trump?s trade war.

Terrorist carnage haunts human rights lawyer of Catalan politicians
AS Barcelona remembers the first anniversary of the terror attacks, a Scot who was at the centre of the incident on La Rambla has said he is haunted by the carnage of that day.

Second City Blues: Why Glesga is the capital Scotland needs
SAE this is whit it aw comes doon tae. As the hale democratic project o the Scottish left threitens tae collapse like a Willie Rennie publicity stunt, an the unduin wark o baith oor pairliaments scales the waws like piles o auld newspapers, it?s stairtin tae feel like aw there is left for us tae dae is plank oorsels doon in a cosy wee neuk o the couch on oor iPhones an left-swipe awa at wan nut...

Abortion clinic ?safe zones? issue to be debated at SNP conference
DELEGATES at this year?s SNP conference may be asked to back the introduction of ?safe zones? around Scottish hospitals and health clinics where women are having abortions.

Brown declares war on 'SNPBad' stories with new rebuttal service
THE SNP has launched a new ?fact checking? service designed to refute claims made by political opponents.

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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

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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 …

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …


Scotland and Independence

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Thousands march in Dundee in support of Scottish independence
Thousands march in Dundee in support of Scottish independence  The CourierThousands gather for Dundee All Under One Banner march  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scots independence: Shock tactics
Scots independence: Shock tactics  BBC NewsCalls for new 'whisky tax' to boost the coffers of an independent Scotland  Press and JournalFull coverage

Scottish rally highlights support for second Brexit vote
Scottish rally highlights support for second Brexit vote  Financial TimesFull coverage

Scotland wants to avoid Brexit but doesn't know how
Scotland wants to avoid Brexit but doesn't know how  Deutsche WelleFull coverage

Scottish independence activists demand Nicola Sturgeon 'use the mandate'
Scottish independence activists demand Nicola Sturgeon 'use the mandate'  The ScotsmanRobin McAlpine: In the face of paralysis we may be on the cusp of a real independence campaign  CommonSpaceYes demo planned for SNP conference to urge indyref2 action  The NationalNicola Sturgeon's government was meant to be a reforming force  The EconomistFull coverage

Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy f...
Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy for UK on the world stage  Times of India (blog)Commentator Estimates Second Scottish Independence Vote Chances  Sputnik InternationalScotland's leader urged to back May's Brexit plan as independence debate re-ignited  China Economic NetFull coverage

Sword used in Wars of Scottish Independence sells for nearly £9k
Sword used in Wars of Scottish Independence sells for nearly £9k  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence blueprint absent from SNP conference
Scottish independence blueprint absent from SNP conference  The ScotsmanAnalysis: Indyref2 will be talk of conference even if not on SNP agenda  The NationalFull coverage


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SNP should fact-check its own plans, claim Tories
SNP should fact-check its own plans, claim Tories Demands Devolved Migration Powers For Scotland  HuffPost UKLib Dem veteran Ming Campbell urges SNP to back EUref2  The ScotsmanIain Macwhirter: As hopes of indyref2 fade, are we seeing the birth of New SNP?  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP justice minister Humza Yousaf ready to pull plug on merger between Police...
SNP justice minister Humza Yousaf ready to pull plug on merger between Police Scotland and British Transport Police  The TimesFull coverage

SNP's free tuition pledge 'deeply unfair' on Scots
SNP's free tuition pledge 'deeply unfair' on Scots coverage

SNP disowns the 'father of Canada' over colonial past
SNP disowns the 'father of Canada' over colonial past  The TimesFull coverage

'Blacklisting' claim by UK Government after blocking SNP councillor from infl...
'Blacklisting' claim by UK Government after blocking SNP councillor from influential EU committee  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Independent schools hit out at SNP Finance Minister over letter to John Swinn...
Independent schools hit out at SNP Finance Minister over letter to John Swinney about rates bill hike Swinney lobbying for tax relief for a private school shows the SNP's hypocrisy  Scottish Daily RecordSNP's bid to generate £5m that sparked major political row  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Taxpayers' cash link between Yemen bombs and SNP Government is devastating
Taxpayers' cash link between Yemen bombs and SNP Government is devastating  Scottish Daily RecordFife firm Raytheon caught up in new 'cash for bombs' scandal  The CourierFull coverage

SNP accused of leaving patients 'HIGH AND DRY' as Aberdeen GP closes
SNP accused of leaving patients 'HIGH AND DRY' as Aberdeen GP closes coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Supporters of second Brexit vote rally in Scotland
Supporters of second Brexit vote rally in Scotland  euronewsPeople's Vote campaigners gather in Edinburgh for say in final Brexit deal  Blasting NewsScottish rally highlights support for second Brexit vote  Financial TimesFull coverage

Scotland wants to avoid Brexit but doesn't know how
Scotland wants to avoid Brexit but doesn't know how  Deutsche WelleFull coverage

Labour and SNP under pressure in Scotland as poll shows voters strongly suppo...
Labour and SNP under pressure in Scotland as poll shows voters strongly support fresh referendum  The IndependentPoll finds that just under half of Scots would support referendum on Brexit deal  The Sunday PostMore Scots back a second EU referendum than oppose one, says new data  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish independence activists demand Nicola Sturgeon 'use the mandate'
Scottish independence activists demand Nicola Sturgeon 'use the mandate'  The ScotsmanRobin McAlpine: In the face of paralysis we may be on the cusp of a real independence campaign  CommonSpaceYes demo planned for SNP conference to urge indyref2 action  The NationalNicola Sturgeon's government was meant to be a reforming force  The EconomistFull coverage

Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy f...
Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy for UK on the world stage  Times of India (blog)Commentator Estimates Second Scottish Independence Vote Chances  Sputnik InternationalKenny MacAskill: We need less marching and more knocking on doors  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scots shoppers 'hit by £400 Brexit price hike since referendum vote'
Scots shoppers 'hit by £400 Brexit price hike since referendum vote'  The ScotsmanMore than 100 seats 'have switched from Leave to Remain since EU referendum'  HeraldScotlandMore than 100 UK seats switch from Leave to Remain  RTE.ieMore than 100 UK seats have switched from Leave to Remain since Brexit vote  Irish TimesFull coverage

Scots independence: Shock tactics
Scots independence: Shock tactics  BBC NewsFull coverage

Poll: Nearly half of Scots would support Brexit deal referendum
Poll: Nearly half of Scots would support Brexit deal referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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

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...

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

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!

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 ...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


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

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

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.

Country music.. What's your thoughts?
Is country music big in Scotland? I'm talking the likes of Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton for example. Reason I am asking is ma wife loves it, she is trying to convert me. No happenin, yae ken? I cannae stand it. I love Scottish folk, Celtic folk, Bagpipes , as I am a legendary Piper h...

2001 A Space Odyssey ?
Okay - Just watched this movie for the first time - I understand the beginning, basically the dawn of man adapting to our environment and finding bones & stone to use as tools / weapons, the said early humans (ape like) wake up one morning and find this monolith standing in front of them - the fi...

Does ScottyCTA Have A Weegie Accent?

Labour Councillor Jim Sheridan
Ex Labour MP and current Councillor for Linwood and Houston  

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

Buying a Sofa Online (from Wayfair).
Now, I should probably post this on mumsnet or such like, but if there is one thing I've learnt from the TAMB over the years, someone on here has knowledge or experience of whatever it is we're talking about...   So, I'm thinking of buying a sofa online from Wayfair...   It took 4...

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...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Liam Fox and Ian Paisley ? Tarred by the same brush ? The Tory Party and the ...
            13 October 2011: Liam Fox and The Sri Lanka connection It was a classic south Asian scene. Sundown, some drinks, a colonial-era hotel with fans cooling a terrace, waves crashing on the nearby beach, a group of British diplomats, a minister ? and a 34-year-old businessman called Adam Werritty. … Continue reading "Liam Fox and Ian Paisley – Tarred by the same brush – The Tory Party an...

Liam Fox ? Only for the serious reader of my blog ? This post reveals just wh...
              Who runs Britain? The British Israel Communications and Research Centre, (BICOM), is an influential pro-Israel lobby operating in the corridors of power at Westminster and is a common thread running through the political and financial network of political friendships enjoyed by Liam Fox.       Government within … Continue reading "Liam Fox – Only for the serious reader of my blog ...

        March 2015: Disinformation distribution continues In a blatant misuse of taxpayers money a Con/Dem government leaflet promoting the “vow”, (production and distribution cost estimated at £3 million) was sent to every one of the 2.5 million households across Scotland promoting changes to be implemented over the next 2 years. The 8-page … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminste...

The brutal subjugation of Scots after Culloden is remembered with deep bitter...
          After Culloden The Angus Jacobite’s who rose up in 1745 were led by twenty year old Lord David Ogilvy, whose force of around 600 men came from his father’s estates. His father and Sir David Kinloch later managed to raise another 400 men from Angus and the Mearns. Following the … Continue reading "The brutal subjugation of Scots after Culloden is remembered with deep bitterness by many...

misuse of voters personal data for political gain is unacceptable and should ...
          August 9 2018: Emma’s Diary Data Used to Get Mums in Labour The “Diary”, a subsidiary of “Lifecycle Marketing”, is one of the UK’s leading baby clubs for mums-to-be, providing expert advice on every aspect of pregnancy and childcare. It claims to be the best UK new born baby club … Continue reading "misuse of voters personal data for political gain is unacceptable and should be crimin...

            Sep 2014: Tomkins and Goldie – Addressing the the Strathclyde proposals A letter from Tomkins and Tory constitution spokeswoman Annabel Goldie MSP stated: ?We stand by the recommendations and analysis of the Strathclyde Commission. We regard its recommendations as a starting point for further discussion ? as a floor … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-t...

            May 2014: Tomkins – Reasons to be Cheerful The mood music in much of the Scottish press is that it?s all doom and gloom for the “No” campaign, and that ?momentum? is building in favour of a “Yes” vote in September. Some of my Nationalist friends are making the … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and-their-preparedness-to-do-so...

        2012:  The Independence Referendum The Scottish government?s offer to include, ?Devo Max? in the questions, to be put to the Scottish electorate was firmly rejected. It had to be ?all or nothing.? and there was no intention on the part of any of the Unionist parties, to give Scotland any new … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and...

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Scottish Government launches consultation on guidance to make funeral costs c...

No deal Brexit ?potentially catastrophic? for NHS, BMA warns

UK would regret no deal Brexit 'for generations', Jeremy Hunt warns

Scottish Government pledges £1.6m to prevent young people being drawn into crime

Anger as cost of Boris Johnson Heathrow vote-dodging trip revealed

UK Government launches £20m funding contest for agriculture technology

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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…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…