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TV debate: Boris Johnson dismisses Jeremy Corbyn's NHS fears
6 Dec 2019 at 10:43pm
Boris Johnson insisted he loved and admired the NHS, dismissing Labour?s fears that he would sell it off to the Americans in a post-Brexit trade deal as ?pure Bermuda Triangle stuff?.


Sturgeon told to discipline SNP members aiding candidate suspended over anti...
6 Dec 2019 at 6:50pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been urged to discipline any SNP members who campaign for a former party candidate suspended over alleged anti-semitism.


Voters think Boris Johnson won final leaders' TV debate
6 Dec 2019 at 10:20pm
Boris Johnson again edged the final televised clash with Jeremy Corbyn with the public putting him 52 points to 48 ahead in a snap post-leaders? debate poll after he repeatedly sought to pin the Labour leader down on his stance on Brexit.


Unspun: the political diary
7 Dec 2019 at 5:00am
Fool frontal


Boris Johnson compared gun crackdown after Dunblane to 'nanny confiscating toys'
6 Dec 2019 at 7:11pm
BORIS Johnson likened the confiscation of handguns in the wake of the Dunblane massacre to ?nanny confiscating toys? like model train sets and stamp collections, it has emerged.


John Major urges voters not to vote Conservative in three seats but back ex-T...
6 Dec 2019 at 2:22pm
JOHN Major is urging people to vote against the Conservative candidate in three constituencies and, instead, endorse three Independent ones, former Tories who were thrown out of his party after rebelling against Boris Johnson on Brexit.


Poll: Which is Scotland's bonniest constituency?
6 Dec 2019 at 1:38pm
It is the one question guaranteed to unite even the most bitterly divided candidates.


Professor John Curtice: Weak Tory Government 'would raise no-deal EU crash-ou...
6 Dec 2019 at 11:58am
AS polls show the Conservative Party has seen its lead in public opinion lose its bounce, the potential of a hung parliament increases the risk of the UK either crashing out of the European Union or facing a return to the ?Brexit impasse horror show? of recent years, a polling expert has warned.


Tory high command accuses Channel 4 of 'inventing' Boris Johnson quote to dam...
6 Dec 2019 at 12:46pm
CHANNEL 4 News has been accused of ?inventing? a quote after it apologised for erroneously producing a social media clip which reported Boris Johnson saying he was in favour of having "people of colour" come to the UK instead of "people of talent".


Johnson urged by Scottish Tory leader to do Andrew Neil interview
6 Dec 2019 at 12:38pm
BORIS Johnson's party leader in Scotland has said the Prime Minister ought to agree to an interview with the BBC?s Andrew Neil.


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to debate less than a week before election
6 Dec 2019 at 8:32am
Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Corbyn in a head-to-head debate later, after he was berated by Andrew Neil for refusing to do an interview on his BBC show.


Tory high command says public fed up with TV interviews being 'all about inte...
6 Dec 2019 at 11:50am
PRESSURE is continuing to be piled on Boris Johnson to submit to an interview by the BBC?s Andrew Neil but the chances looked very slim after a senior Tory source insisted voters were fed up with TV interviews being ?all about the interviewer?.


Jackson Carlaw denies being 'embarrassed' by PM after omitting him from speech
6 Dec 2019 at 11:52am
JACKSON Carlaw has insisted he is not embarrassed by Boris Johnson after failing to mention him once by name in a speech to party activists.


Labour says Boris Johnson caught 'lying' after leaked report confirms customs...
6 Dec 2019 at 11:16am
BORIS Johnson has been caught out ?lying again," Labour has claimed, after Jeremy Corbyn revealed a leaked confidential UK Government report, which he insisted contradicted the Prime Minister?s claim that there would be no customs border down the Irish Sea under his Brexit deal.

 

The Scotsman

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General election: Boats on standby to collect ballot boxes from Scottish isla...
7 Dec 2019 at 10:31am
Boats will be on standby to collect ballot boxes from islands across Scotland once polls close on Thursday in case bad weather grounds the helicopters normally used for the task.


General election: Boris Johnson labels Jeremy Corbyn's claims Brexit would le...
7 Dec 2019 at 10:15am
Boris Johnson has labelled Labour claims that his Brexit deal would lead to customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as ?complete nonsense?.


Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens could be 'split in two' under £25m op...
7 Dec 2019 at 7:45am
The scale of a new open-air events arena in Edinburgh city centre would see the historic West Princes Street Gardens effectively “split into two” if it is allowed to go ahead, a heritage watchdog has warned.

Caledonian Sleeper operator ordered to improve trouble-hit train service
7 Dec 2019 at 7:45am
The Caledonian Sleeper rail service has been ordered to improve by the Scottish Government after its operators admitted the journey has been “unsatisfactory”.


Edinburgh's existing Sick Kids Hospital needs £700,000 of 'significant' maint...
7 Dec 2019 at 7:45am
Ventilation and fire alarm systems among items needing work

General election: Why you may regret voting tactically for Tories or SNP ? Br...
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
I prefer to vote positively for what I believe in and suggest anyone considering voting tactically in the general election takes care to avoid doing something they later regret, writes Brian Wilson.


General election: Why I?m scunnered with politics these days ? Kevan Christie
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
Like when Scotland play football on TV, Kevan Christie feels compelled to watch the election results, but can hardly bear it.


Here?s a Christmas message to crack the hardest heart ? Stephen Jardine
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
You don’t need to cancel Christmas to do the right thing by ‘Breadline Kids’ like Cameron and Caitlin, writes Stephen Jardine


A lesson for Nicola Sturgeon about politics and prostitution ? Susan Dalgety
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
If Boris Johnson was Doris Johnson, she would be judged more harshly. And why goes the law not go after the johns and pimps of the sex ‘industry’, wonders Susan Dalgety


My alcoholic mum is smiling again and I?ve got some people to thank ? Hayley ...
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
writes Hayley Matthews.


General election: Voters crying out for better leaders ? Scotsman leader comment
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have been far from impressive in the general election campaign.


General election: Will Boris Johnson be bullied by Andrew Neil? ? John McLellan
7 Dec 2019 at 7:40am
The open challenge by the BBC’s Andrew Neil to Boris Johnson makes a set-piece interview even less likely, writes John McLellan.


Obituary: Mel Edwards, Distance runner on the track, on the roads, cross coun...
7 Dec 2019 at 7:00am
Mel Edwards, distance runner. Born: 2 December 1942. Died: 8 November 2019


Royal Navy ?regrets? ?misunderstanding? over drill which sparked rumour that ...
6 Dec 2019 at 8:08pm
it was the leaked WhatsApp message that sparked furious rumours the Queen had died, creating a storm on social media worldwide this week.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

The Other Guys
7 Dec 2019 at 6:59am

The royal prerogative
6 Dec 2019 at 12:39pm
Wait, Scotland is a what now, Conservative Home? Beyond the embarrassing clanger, though, the article is an interesting analysis of the key marginal seats in Scotland next week, which is to say nearly all of them. With anywhere between 25 and 50 being a reasonable estimate of the SNP’s possible tally, readers may wish to …

The logical progression
5 Dec 2019 at 6:49pm
We all remember this happy time, right? Of course, it didn’t work out like that in practice. So maybe we shouldn’t be entirely surprised that it ended up with this being the SNP candidate in what until 2017 was Alex Salmond’s seat. “A vote for me … what it absolutely is not is a vote for Scottish independence and …

Two Woke Princes
5 Dec 2019 at 12:00pm
Last night the SNP ditched its second office-bearing member in a week for supposed “anti-Semitism”. Both were thrown under the bus days before a general election for comments deemed to have compared the actions of the government of Israel to those of the Nazis during WW2, which is contrary to the definition of the term …

The Attack Of The Purity Police
4 Dec 2019 at 6:56pm
One week out from a general election, the SNP are busy purging the “problematic”, as seen in this footage captured by a terrified bystander tonight somewhere in Fife. The latest victim of the Waffen YSI, the party’s ultra-pious “woke” youth battalion, is Denise Findlay, a recently-elected member of the party’s Conduct Committee. She was targeted …

Un-national anthems
2 Dec 2019 at 2:15pm
We couldn’t help noticing this unusually revealing quote from former “Better Together” campaign chief Blair McDougall in today’s Times. A couple of things leap out. One is that McDougall apparently sees Scotland and the UK as two separate and fundamentally hostile countries, which is pretty interesting in itself. We can’t say we disagree, but it’s intriguing …

Across the road
30 Nov 2019 at 9:28am

The game is still on
29 Nov 2019 at 10:59am
Particularly alert readers may recall this excellent documentary from 2017, exposing how Labour’s PFI scandal has cost the Scottish taxpayer countless billions of pounds and crippled local government for decades with its extortionate financial legacy, as illustrated by the case of North Ayrshire. Well, now there’s another one of it. The title is self-explanatory, and it’s worth …

The bidding war
27 Nov 2019 at 10:52am
Remember this, readers? What a long time ago it seems. And we don’t just mean Ruth Davidson being in favour of staying in the EU. Remember the days when politics was to be settled by democracy? “You don’t get a referendum for free, you have to earn it. So if the Greens and the SNP …

Selected voices
23 Nov 2019 at 6:59am

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

General election 2019: Record number of people registered to vote
7 Dec 2019 at 12:22am
The number of Scots registered to vote in the general election is up by 120,000, new figures show.

General election 2019: Sturgeon says legal indyref2 is a 'hard truth'
6 Dec 2019 at 3:36pm
The first minister says the only way to win a second indyref is for any vote to be legally-binding.

General election 2019: Johnson 'misrepresenting' Brexit deal, says Corbyn
6 Dec 2019 at 5:23pm
The Labour leader says he has "hard evidence" disproving claims there will be no border in the Irish Sea.

General election 2019: Why do politicians always say the same thing?
6 Dec 2019 at 1:55am
Scotland's future in Scotland's hands. No2indyref2. Why do parties always use the same slogans?

General election 2019: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Brexit in B...
6 Dec 2019 at 11:08pm
The Tory and Labour leaders faced off in the final head-to-head debate ahead of next week's election.

Susan Deacon: 'Police Scotland needs better scrutiny, not more'
6 Dec 2019 at 12:09pm
Outgoing SPA boss Susan Deacon says a "clutter of organisations dabbling about" is not sufficient scrutiny.

General election 2019: Will people vote tactically in Scotland?
5 Dec 2019 at 6:53am
Having two constitutional issues to consider may make it harder for people to switch between parties.

General election 2019: Political leaders grilled by Scot Squad chief
3 Dec 2019 at 1:13am
Scotland's political leaders faced their toughest interview yet with the chief from BBC comedy Scot Squad.

Election debate: How to watch the BBC Scotland Leaders Debate
6 Dec 2019 at 2:06pm
Sarah Smith will chair a debate featuring Nicola Sturgeon, Jackson Carlaw, Richard Leonard and Willie Rennie.

Election 2019, Your Questions Answered: What happens if a candidate is dropped?
3 Dec 2019 at 1:18am
At least 19 candidates across the UK have been dropped by political parties - but what happens next?

General election 2019: Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto at-a-glance
29 Nov 2019 at 1:17pm
A guide to some of the key pledges from the Scottish Liberal Democrats in their general election manifesto.

General election 2019: SNP manifesto at-a-glance
27 Nov 2019 at 2:10pm
A guide to some of the key pledges from the SNP in its manifesto for next month's general election.

Scot Goes Pop

The BBC's reputation in Scotland will never recover from this latest unforgiv...
6 Dec 2019 at 9:32pm
"The BBC Prime Ministerial Debate"Oh go away you chancers. This is not a presidential system. It's just a cover story to justify excluding most of the major party leaders.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly...

It's happening: full-scale YouGov poll gives SNP big lead over the Tories, an...
6 Dec 2019 at 12:54am
Incredibly, we'd only had two full-scale Scottish polls in this campaign prior to tonight.  Ipsos-Mori had reported a huge SNP lead over the Tories, while Panelbase had reported a lead that wasn't ...

BBC doubles down with arrogant reply to complaint about Andrew Neil's factual...
5 Dec 2019 at 4:23pm
I've just been taking a look at the screenshot on Twitter of the reply David Hooks received from the BBC after his complaint about Andrew Neil's interview with Nicola Sturgeon. I presume the compl...

Solidarity with Denise Findlay
4 Dec 2019 at 8:32pm
I see that Stuart Campbell has predictably taken advantage of the ill-treatment of Neale Hanvey and Denise Findlay by calling for Nicola Sturgeon to resign as SNP leader.  That's a crazy thing for ...


Mike Smithson makes a Blair-style non-apology for his propaganda letters - bu...
4 Dec 2019 at 6:28pm
Tony Blair was always the master of the non-apology.  After the disaster of the Iraq War, he tried to get himself off the hook with this tortuous formulation -"I can apologise for the information b...


VIDEO: Are the Liberal Democrats in trouble in Scotland?
4 Dec 2019 at 3:42am
For the second in my series of short pre-election videos, I've taken a look at one of the oddest patterns from the YouGov projection model.  The Lib Dem vote appears to be well up on two years ago ...

Latest YouGov subsample paints picture of SNP dominance
3 Dec 2019 at 6:26pm
Despite the feeling that there's a bit of momentum behind Labour at GB level, they haven't made any further progress since Saturday according to the latest YouGov poll, and part of the reason is th...


Video: Is the Tory lead narrowing?
1 Dec 2019 at 4:08am
A few weeks ago when I was on holiday and daydreaming, I realised a general election probably wasn't far off, and I had the bright idea (ahem) that I might mix things up a bit during the campaign b...

Reddit Scotland

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

Scottish independence voting intention, No: 56% Yes 44%
7 Dec 2019 at 11:20am
submitted by /u/Paul277

Scottish Independence voting intention: No: 56% (+5) Yes: 44% (-5)
7 Dec 2019 at 11:12am
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Scot Squad interview with Nicola Sturgeon
7 Dec 2019 at 10:54am
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Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter: Johnson has just talked about bringing back the ?...
7 Dec 2019 at 10:45am
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Richard Leonard: ?I'm doing shots every time Boris Johnson says ?get Brexit d...
7 Dec 2019 at 10:17am
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Frankie Boyle?s election countdown: 'You?ll be praying they prorogue the next...
7 Dec 2019 at 9:51am
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I've got no business being here.
7 Dec 2019 at 9:37am
submitted by /u/Oliver_4K

World?s largest zero emission hydrogen flight test in Scotland (next year)
7 Dec 2019 at 9:21am
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Scottish councils are shelling out millions more in debt payments as a result...
7 Dec 2019 at 9:03am
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General election 2019: Record number of people registered to vote [in Scotland]
7 Dec 2019 at 8:59am
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Just finished my second album. Thank you Scotland.
7 Dec 2019 at 8:58am
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Scottish cons election pamphlet received this morning at 7.30 - this was it a...
7 Dec 2019 at 7:39am
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Absolut Scotland
7 Dec 2019 at 5:39am
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Irn Bru 1901 (Tasting History)
7 Dec 2019 at 2:16am
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Daily Record

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'Blue Devilism' sums up how young voters feel about incumbent Tory MP in Dumf...
7 Dec 2019 at 4:30am
The heart of Burns country is one of the country?s key battlegrounds given Tory incumbent Alister Jack is Secretary of State for Scotland and a coveted scalp for the SNP.


Scots urged not to 'sleepwalk into second independence referendum' by Scottis...
6 Dec 2019 at 2:02pm
Interim leader of the Scottish Conservatives Jackson Carlaw called on Scots to deny the SNP any 'bargaining power'.


General Election 2019: Who is standing in each Scottish constituency?
6 Dec 2019 at 12:41pm
Nominates for candidates is now closed and the full list of everyone who is sitting in all 59 constituencies in Scotland has been revealed.


Nicola Sturgeon confirms SNP will work with Labour government to 'lock out Bo...
6 Dec 2019 at 12:33pm
The First Minister said on This Morning that her party would support Jeremy Corbyn 'put himself in a position to be the next Prime Minister'.


General Election 2019: What Scottish constituency am I in and what candidates...
6 Dec 2019 at 10:42am
Who will you vote for to be your next MP?


Jo Swinson's struggles prove you cannot hide from a dodgy political past
6 Dec 2019 at 4:30am
The Lib Dems were tipped to enjoy a successful election, but the signs are their progress has stalled.


Boris Johnson branded 'Britain's Donald Trump' as Lib Dems get personal
5 Dec 2019 at 9:00pm
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson took aim at the Tory leader in an attack on his character.


Sturgeon calls for 'trust' in SNP after damaging reports on public services
5 Dec 2019 at 5:39pm
The SNP leader was forced to defend her record as she called for voters to stop Boris Johnson.


Boris Johnson benefits from lack of truce between SNP and Scottish Labour
5 Dec 2019 at 4:30am
Both parties may not be able to stand each other but they could have worked together to dump the Tories out of government.


Jo Swinson's SNP rival tells how teenage cancer battle fuelled drive to prote...
5 Dec 2019 at 4:30am
Amy Callaghan credits the health service with saving her life as a teenager and is now going toe to toe with the Lib Dem leader in her constituency.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

REVEALED: Leaked Brexit file shows true effect on Scottish economy
7 Dec 2019 at 5:10am

A BOMBSHELL leaked Brexit document has revealed Scotland?s economy will ?take a disproportionate hit? in Boris Johnson?s deal.

Political parties gear up for election with Saturday campaigning
7 Dec 2019 at 10:05am

SCOTLAND'S political parties will make their final weekend push today and tomorrow ahead of Thursday's election.

Nicola Sturgeon: Final election debate was utterly woeful
7 Dec 2019 at 9:50am

THE last TV debate ahead of next week's General Election took place last night, with Scotland's First Minister branding the clash between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn "utterly woeful".

Angus Robertson: Polls only tell so much ... it's voting that counts
7 Dec 2019 at 5:40am

WITH less than a week to go until the UK General Election, two particular problems face pundits, pollsters and political managers: the extent of vote-switching going on and relative turnout for the political parties.

Brexit uncertainty throws Mossburn Distillers £40m project off course
7 Dec 2019 at 5:50am

A £40 million whisky distillery complex has been rocked by Brexit, The National can confirm.

Dirty tricks: How Tories bid for Tamil votes with indy pledge
7 Dec 2019 at 5:00am

TWO-faced Tory candidates in the suburbs of London have been caught trying to win votes among the Tamil community, promising a ?two-state? solution to the troubles in Sri Lanka.

General Election: A hat-trick of victories on the horizon for the SNP
7 Dec 2019 at 5:00am

EDINBURGH NORTH AND LEITHWinner in 2017: Deidre Brock (SNP)

General Election: SNP dismiss Tory complaints over NHS leaflet
7 Dec 2019 at 5:00am

AN SNP candidate has defended his election leaflet after Conservatives reported it to a watchdog.

General Election: SNP battle bus has an outing in Spain
7 Dec 2019 at 5:00am

THE SNP?s Stop Brexit battle bus has been making waves in Spain, where yesterday the yellow vehicle featured in an 1100-word General Election analysis in a Spanish daily newspaper.

General Election: Scottish voters urged to back Remain candidates
7 Dec 2019 at 5:00am

SCOTTISH voters have been urged to support candidates who support remaining in the EU and who have the best chance of winning in next week?s General Election.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

You Paid for This
6 Dec 2019 at 7:59pm
The grouplets that have formed around Stuart Campbell and a handful of other enragé  bloggers must be struggling today with some fearsome cognitive dissonance. After years of (often brutally) enforcing party discipline – they now have to contend with Campbell advocating voting for one of the architects of the Better Together campaign. In a series […]

Notes From Underground #4: Emergency Democracy
5 Dec 2019 at 7:50pm
This is the fourth in a series of essays from our Commissioning Editor, Dougald Hine. In Notes From Underground, Dougald invites us to go deeper into the context of the new climate movements and what they tell us about the moment in which we find ourselves. The essays are also available as a podcast and […]

The Truth about the IFS
5 Dec 2019 at 6:03pm
WHAT THE IFS REALLY SAID ABOUT THE SNP MANIFESTO THIS week the anti-SNP media (including Aunty BBC) has been simply drooling over a purported critique of the SNP?s General Election manifesto spending plans by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The Institute had already branded the Labour manifesto plans as unworkable without bigger (hidden) tax […]

Education and the colonisation of the Gàidhlig mind ? 2
4 Dec 2019 at 11:45pm
Part two of Iain MacKinnon’s exploration of colonisation and education in the Scottish and global context – see part one here. In the nineteenth century fairly direct forms of oppressive violence and terror appear to have been used in efforts to frighten young Gaels into abandoning their language. That physical force and forms of psychological […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Marketisation in British Higher Education
4 Dec 2019 at 1:23pm
Over 45,000 workers in British Higher Education (HE) are in the middle of an eight-day strike over pay, pay inequality, casualisation, and pensions. At the root of most of these grievances is the transformation of UK HE into a market, particularly since 2011. This article outlines the most destructive aspects of marketisation. 1. Commodification Every […]

Education and the colonisation of the Gàidhlig mind
3 Dec 2019 at 1:06pm
In 1755 the Scottish Enlightenment historian and future rector of Edinburgh University, Reverend William Robertson, delivered a sermon on the role of ?the divine wisdom, in the government of the world?. Robertson was convinced that Christianity?s role in history was to redeem the vices and perfect the virtues of all human societies, and his sermon […]

Helping Hands
3 Dec 2019 at 10:51am
We are looking for innovative Scottish charities and projects to highlight over the Christmas period via our network. We are particularly looking for projects which favour solidarity as an approach and work with homeless and vulnerable people, refugee support, and people in real need at Christmas. First up is the Helping Hands project (Helping Hands […]

Winter Solidarity
3 Dec 2019 at 7:31am
We are looking for innovative Scottish charities and projects to highlight over the Christmas period via our network. We are particularly looking for projects which favour solidarity as an approach and work with homeless and vulnerable people, refugee support, and people in real need at Christmas. Your suggestions are welcome. In cold dark times we […]

Protest Trump, Protest Nato
3 Dec 2019 at 5:02am
On the eve of protests against NATO Scottish CND has responded to remarks by Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s Secretary-General about Nicola Sturgeon’s opposition to nuclear weapons. Chair Lynn Jamieson said: ?First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeated unequivocally the absolute rejection of nuclear weapons and their use by herself, her government and her party. We warmly […]

Scottish Gaelic?s Journey to Duolingo 
1 Dec 2019 at 7:26pm
Ciaran Iòsaph MacAonghais – a Primary Teacher from Fort William and co-creator of the Scottish Gaelic Duolingo course – takes us through Scottish Gaelic’s journey to Duolingo. [follow Ciaran at @thaseomath ] Scottish Gaelic is the latest language to feature on Duolingo – the world’s largest language learning platform. Over 60,000 people have signed up to […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

BBC debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit, NHS and racist language ? a...
6 Dec 2019 at 11:10pm
Conservative leader faced off against Labour leader in last televised debate before the electionJohnson v Corbyn: who won the day?How credible are Corbyn and Johnson?s BBC debate claims?Sign up for the election briefing 11.04pm GMT Related: BBC debate: Corbyn hits out at Johnson's ?racist remark...

?Quietly confident?: SNP talks up chances in Jo Swinson's seat
6 Dec 2019 at 3:12pm
Lib Dems say talk of leader losing East Dunbartonshire seat is mischief-making, but SNP candidate senses disquietLatest election news - live updatesSenior Liberal Democrats have dismissed as mischief-making suggestions that the party leader, Jo Swinson, is on a ?shoogly peg? in her own seat of Ea...

Ex-SNP candidate still contesting seat after antisemitism case
5 Dec 2019 at 6:27pm
Neale Hanvey dismissed by SNP in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath for offensive social media posts UK general election ? latest newsScottish National party leaders expect Labour to hold one of its key target seats after the SNP?s candidate was sacked for posting antisemitic material online.Neale Hanvey ...

Boris Johnson denies joking about Donald Trump at Nato reception and not taki...
4 Dec 2019 at 9:31pm
US president says he criticised Canada?s defence spending and suggests Trudeau was unhappy about thatRead Andrew Sparrow?s election briefingSign up here to get the election briefing in your email inbox Trump describes Trudeau as ?two-faced? over Nato hot-mic videoBoris Johnson?s press conference ...

Brexit and the state of the union | Letters
1 Dec 2019 at 6:24pm
Boris Johnson would be wrong to block a second referendum on Scottish independence, argues Stephen Smith, while Paul Salveson says the north of England deserves greater political autonomyMartin Kettle is right in his comments about the union (You?d never know it, but the future of the union is at...

SNP suspends election candidate over alleged antisemitism
28 Nov 2019 at 6:54pm
Neale Hanvey stripped of SNP candidacy in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seatGeneral election latest - live newsThe Scottish National party has suspended an election candidate who had been widely expected to unseat a key member of Labour?s shadow cabinet over alleged antisemitism.Neale Hanvey was due ...

Scottish Labour drops Falkirk candidate over alleged antisemitic posts
28 Nov 2019 at 1:13pm
Safia Ali suspended after allegedly antisemitic posts found on old Facebook accountLabour has deselected its candidate for Falkirk over alleged antisemitic posts on Facebook, leaving the party unable to contest a seat it once held for decades.Scottish Labour officials confirmed a report in the Fa...

YouGov poll suggests Tories on course for comfortable general election victor...
27 Nov 2019 at 11:54pm
Model that accurately predicted the election outcome two years ago suggests Tories could win 359 seatsSign up for Andrew Sparrow?s afternoon election briefingJeremy Corbyn reveals dossier ?proving NHS up for sale?What Corbyn said about revelations on UK-US trade talks and NHSSturgeon: Johnson is ...

Can the SNP deliver a £35bn increase in day-to-day NHS spending?
27 Nov 2019 at 7:06pm
SNP coalition demand would see NHS spending in England rise £136 a head by 2023/24General election latest - live newsNicola Sturgeon has said a key SNP demand in any post-election coalition talks with Labour is that the next UK government must raise NHS spending in England to Scottish levels, whi...

Trident, austerity and independence: SNP sets out aims for post-election talks
27 Nov 2019 at 2:35pm
Nicola Sturgeon launches manifesto with pledge to put Scotland?s interests ?front and centre? in progressive allianceLatest election news ? live updatesWho should you vote for? Compare the manifestosNicola Sturgeon will put ending austerity, the removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland and a seco...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Tonight?s episode of ?We?re talking about you not to you, Scotland?
Here we go again, another exercise in “We’re talking down to you, Scotland” from the BBC election debate. Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson are going head to head, at least that is if Johnson can be bothered to turn up. Expect more of what we’ve seen from Boris Johnson for the past few weeks, a […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 6 November 2019
In this week’s edition of the dugcast, The National’s Stewart Ward and I discuss this week’s visit to the UK by Donald Trump, Andrew Neil’s pointed commentary on Boris Johnson’s refusal to be interviewed, the hugely successful launch of Scottish Gaelic on Duolingo, and some of the embarrassing pitfalls involved in learning another language. (Which […]

Blatant plug time
Christmas is approaching, the season of goodwill and rampant commercialism. Don’t say that this blog doesn’t participate to the full. So here’s a blatant plug for stuff that you can buy for your nearest and dearest, stuff that they’ll take one look at and go “Oh … that’s, eh … nice. So you didn’t buy […]

I support Nicola Sturgeon
I support Nicola Sturgeon. I support her because even if I lie in bed at night worried about that lump in my breast, that twinge of pain in my leg, or that constant urge to pee, I don’t have to worry that if there is something wrong and my most serious health issue is not […]

Vote for Richard Arkless in Dumfries & Galloway
On Saturday evening I am doing an event in Stranraer for Richard Arkless who is standing as the SNP candidate in the Dumfries and Galloway constituency. I first met him some years ago, and was delighted to be given the opportunity to do my wee bit to help him win back the seat from the […]

The dancing walrus and Jackson Carlaw?s surgically removed sense of shame
Last night STV broadcast the 2019 edition of the Let’s All Shout Loudly Over the Top of One Another About Devolved Issues in a Westminster General Election Show. It featured three British nationalists who’re not nationalists at all because they’re British, and Nicola Sturgeon. It was perfectly balanced on Scotland’s constitutional issue in the three […]

You can?t trust a Tory with a vow
Jackson Carlaw’s latest stunt is to make all Tory candidates in Scotland sign a pledge stating that they’re opposed to another independence referendum. Last week, the red faced one announced that he would oppose any other independence referendum until 2054. They say that a week is a long time in politics, Jackson Carlaw thinks he […]

Vote for choice, or vote for submission
Jackson Carlaw, who is currently stomping around Scotland to tell us that the result of the 2014 referendum can’t ever be revisited because it was apparently a once in a generation thing, isn’t quite so absolutist in his opinions when it comes to other topics. He now tells us that despite the fact he campaigned […]

No-shows, planks of wood, and androids
On the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Lying Liar Johnson uttered what was quite possibly one of the worst lies that the lying liar has ever lied about in his miserable mendacious life. Johnson tried to blame the Labour party for the early release of Usman Khan, the convicted terrorist responsible for Friday’s knife attack […]

How to be civilised
Neither Boris Johnson nor Nigel Farage could be arsed turning up to the Channel 4 Climate Debate on Thursday, and since Johnson had sent some no-mark that no one had heard of to represent him at the debate on the BBC on Friday night, Labour responded by sending a no-mark of its own instead of […]

Michael Greenwell


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

Scottish Independence Podcast 178 ? The Brexit Shambles and Beyond
The 178th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a long in-depth look at the Scottish economy and what may happen after Brexit. It features friend of the show and someone who has been a guest several times, MSP Ivan McKee. Before that however, we’ve someone getting Farage telt, and after that we’ve got, just …

Union Dividends 28
Another in the series. Thanks to whoever posted it, haven’t been able to find the original post.  

Scottish Independence Podcast 177 ? Everything In The Balance
The 177th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has quite a varied menu. What is the UK govt spending millions on telling citizens living abroad? Do (Labour) MPs bother to read things before voting for them? There’s also a No to Yes convert, some speeches from the recent march in Edinburgh, a confused person and …

Too Mad Not To Share
“Cooking, with bigots and paedophiles” Lots of other innocuous types in the book, just a bit weird to see those above.

Scottish Independence Podcast 176 ? A Declaration for Independence 2019
The 176th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has got 3 elements. I thought there should be an audio version of the recent Declaration for Independence 2019, so I made one. We also drop in on Luxembourg and on Murdo Fraser campaign headquarters. Hope you enjoy. You can download the show directly if you click …

Dangerous People

Just Not Trying Very Hard, Or At It?
This is what I found with one google search, including copying and pasting time, it took me 5 minutes… “If the two parts of the United Kingdom are in agreement that it is in accord with their constitutional arrangement, written or unwritten, Spain would have nothing to say. We would simply maintain that it does …

Johnson To Resign, Royal Commission Appointed To Find Retirement Village

Gerry Hassan

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

Democracy isn?t working: Can it be fixed?
Democracy isn?t working: Can it be fixed? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 4th 2019 Britain likes to claim to be the inventor of democracy, and England to assume the mantle of being ?the mother of Parliaments?. These are national myths – leaving aside that the oldest national legislature in the world is the Icelandic Parliament. …

The Trouble with the BBC and its view of Britain
The Trouble with the BBC and its view of Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday National, December 1st 2019 The BBC is one of the defining institutions of the UK for both supporters and detractors. Increasingly the BBC is not in a good place. It is not having a good election. This follows on from criticism of …

History in the Making: The End of the Era of Neo-liberalism ? in the UK and G...
History in the Making: The End of the Era of Neo-liberalism ? in the UK and Globally Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 27th 2019 This, we are continually told, is meant to be a seismic, even historic election – usually referring to the fundamental implications of Brexit. What is seldom addressed is that this election …

Class still defines and disfigures Britain and Scotland
Class still defines and disfigures Britain and Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, November 24th 2019 Class still matters and defines much of Britain and Scotland. It shapes life chances, educational opportunities, work advancement and careers, health, life expectancy, culture, politics – and who makes and does not make the key decisions in society. Dr. Fiona …

Men Behaving Badly: Boris Johnson, Prince Andrew and Trump
Men Behaving Badly: Boris Johnson, Prince Andrew and Trump Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 19th 2019 Boris Johnson in the past week has seen his Tory fortunes soar. This was in a week when Johnson belatedly went and spoke to the people affected by the Yorkshire floods and faced their anger. In the same period, …

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour and Scottish Independence
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Sunday National, November 17th 2019 This week Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?s trip to Scotland made the headlines – and not for positive reasons. Corbyn?s position in less than 24 hours changed more than once on independence. First, he shifted from his previous position of not having an …

Conventional wisdom is no guide to the future in an age of turmoil and surprise
Conventional wisdom is no guide to the future in an age of turmoil and surprise Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 13th 2019 UK general elections are never about one single subject even when politicians try to define them as such. Ted Heath?s ?Who governs Britain?? election of February 1974 became about the state of the …

Letter from America: Civil society matters more than who wins elections in th...
Letter from America: Civil society matters more than who wins elections in the UK, US and elsewhere Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 6th 2019 Britain from afar looks very unhappy and divided. This much is obvious from the USA – not exactly a benign, peaceful, harmonious world itself. But in its media coverage, and the …

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Violence and the State
The state rests its power on a monopoly of violence. Indeed, in the final analysis a state is nothing but a monopoly of violence. Even when a state does good things, like tax to provide healthcare, it ultimately depends on its ability to employ violence to enforce the collection of the tax. Arrest and imprisonment … The post Violence and the State appeared first on Craig Murray.

Free the Truth ? A Short Speech
This is the speech I came down to London to give. I have had a fascinating few days catching up on many people. It is an interesting fact that one of the suite of rooms where the great ones gather for their sparkling wine and snacks before and after the Cenotaph ceremony on Remembrance Sunday … The post Free the Truth – A Short Speech appeared first on Craig Murray.

Interfering with Laura Kuenssberg
Last night the BBC was reporting on the Conservative manifesto. This is a document whose most striking pledge is to fill in some of the potholes in roads that have proliferated due to massive cuts in local authority funding, and to give free hospital car parking to those visiting a terminally ill relative. Just think … The post Interfering with Laura Kuenssberg appeared first on Craig Murray.

Do Not Despair of This Election
I have had moments in the last few days which led me to feel pretty hopeless. Perhaps the worst was in the ITV debate when Corbyn was roundly jeered by a substantial section of the audience for stating that climate change impacted hardest on the poorest people in the poorest countries. That encapsulated for me … The post Do Not Despair of This Election appeared first on Craig Murray.

Swedish Allegations Fit-up No Longer Needed by Intelligence Services
The post Swedish Allegations Fit-up No Longer Needed by Intelligence Services appeared first on Craig Murray.

Boris Johnson Must Waive Any Claim of Immunity for Prince Andrew
Contrary to the Establishment line, Prince Andrew does not automatically have diplomatic immunity for statutory rape charges in the USA: and if he does, the UK Government can waive it. Any British diplomat facing investigation for under-age sex in the USA would, beyond doubt, instantly have their immunity waived by the UK government. There is … The post Boris Johnson Must Waive Any Claim of I...

The Roger Stone ? Wikileaks ? Russia Hoax
As ever, the Guardian wins the prize for the most tendentious reporting of Roger Stone’s conviction. This is not quite on the scale of its massive front page lie that Paul Manafort visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy. But it is a lie with precisely the same intent, to deceive the public into believing … The post The Roger Stone – Wikileaks – Russia Hoax appeared first on Craig Mu...

?The Palace? Threatened Us a Million Different Ways?.
This leaked off-air recording of ABC News anchor Amy Robach is much more revealing than anything the BBC is going to air about Andrew Saxe Coburg Gotha. Buckingham Palace has been “threatening” journalists to bury the story for years – which is all very reminiscent of Jimmy Savile, who was of course, ahem, popular at … The post “The Palace… Threatened Us a Million Different Ways”. appeared fi...

STV News

STV News | The home of Scottish news

Scottish Water under pressure as residents go without water
Parts of Glasgow have been affected by the issue, with Scottish Water's website crashing.

Football team will walk off pitch over suicide taunts
Cowdenbeath FC striker David Cox has been abused by fans and fellow players.

Drug-fuelled killer stabbed stranger in his own home
Liam Hay stabbed Anthony McGladrigan nine times at the victim's home in Aberdeenshire.

Steven Gerrard agrees new contract with Rangers
The Englishman will extend his Ibrox stay until 2024.

Owner of Scotland's most famous grizzly bear Hercules dies
Andy Robin's last wish was to be laid to rest in the Outer Hebrides next to the animal he loved.

Elfingrove makes 'urgent changes' after stinging criticism
Christmas event at museum comes under fire for not being 'Christmassy' enough.

Woman and teens charged over 'serious organised crime'
Two addresses in Largs and Inverkip were searched on Tuesday by police.

Search for schoolboy, 14, who vanished four days ago
Callum Ross, from Inverness, was last seen in Paisley on Monday.

Man injured after being attacked and stabbed in flat
A man has been left injured after being attacked and stabbed in Glasgow on Friday.

Candlelight vigil and march held for Scots drug deaths
Around 800 wooden crosses have been planted in remembrance of those who died through drugs.

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News

Poll reveals sharp fall in support for Scottish independence - The Times
Poll reveals sharp fall in support for Scottish independence  The TimesSupport for Scottish independence has fallen, according to new poll  HeraldScotlandScottish Independence: Support for IndyRef2 falls in new poll ? but SNP will gain 11 MPs in General Election  The Scottish SunNicola Sturgeon: Legal referendum is the only way to win Scottish independence  PoliticsHome.comSturgeon disgraced ov...

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says it is a 'hard truth' for SNP supp...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says it is a 'hard truth' for SNP supporters to accept referendum must be legally binding  inewsHow Scottish nationalists are laying groundwork for independence with secret EU meetings  ExpressScottish independence: The vote that could destroy the United Kingdom  CNNNicola Sturgeon: Independent Scotland will not need 'hard border' with UK  Scotland on Sund...

Sturgeon: 'All options' open if Scottish independence referendum blocked - BB...
Sturgeon: 'All options' open if Scottish independence referendum blocked  BBC News

In Scotland, independence not on the ballot, but on voters? minds - Los Angel...
In Scotland, independence not on the ballot, but on voters? minds  Los Angeles Times

Elections On The Future Of Brexit Bring Refreshed Talk Of Scottish Independen...
Elections On The Future Of Brexit Bring Refreshed Talk Of Scottish Independence  NPR

Tories harden stance against Scottish independence vote - Financial Times
Tories harden stance against Scottish independence vote  Financial Times

STV Debate: Nicola Sturgeon denies Scottish independence comes before schools...
STV Debate: Nicola Sturgeon denies Scottish independence comes before schools and NHS  Scotland on Sunday

Support for Scottish independence has fallen, according to latest YouGov surv...
Support for Scottish independence has fallen, according to latest YouGov survey  The Scotsman

Independence Not on Ballot but on Voters' Minds in Scotland - The New York Times
Independence Not on Ballot but on Voters' Minds in Scotland  The New York Times

Latest polls on Scottish independence would be too close to call - inews
Latest polls on Scottish independence would be too close to call  inews

Scottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides - BBC News
Scottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides  BBC News

Scottish independence the way forward whatever the Brexit outcome, says Nicol...
Scottish independence the way forward whatever the Brexit outcome, says Nicola Sturgeon  The Scotsman

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold Scottish independence vote before Brexit ...
FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold Scottish independence vote before Brexit referendum next year  Scotland on Sunday

Ian Blackford: 'Our country's desire for Scottish independence is unstoppable...
Ian Blackford: 'Our country's desire for Scottish independence is unstoppable'  Scotland on Sunday

SNP

"SNP" - Google News

?Quietly confident?: SNP talks up chances in Jo Swinson's seat - The Guardian
?Quietly confident?: SNP talks up chances in Jo Swinson's seat  The Guardian

Ex-SNP candidate still contesting seat after antisemitism case - The Guardian
Ex-SNP candidate still contesting seat after antisemitism case  The Guardian

How the SNP could win 50 seats and push for Scottish Independence - Telegraph...
How the SNP could win 50 seats and push for Scottish Independence  Telegraph.co.uk

Suspended candidate Neale Hanvey vows to overturn SNP ban - The Times
Suspended candidate Neale Hanvey vows to overturn SNP ban  The Times

General election: Why you may regret voting tactically for Tories or SNP ? Br...
General election: Why you may regret voting tactically for Tories or SNP ? Brian Wilson  The Scotsman

SNP members 'victims of LGBT campaign' | Scotland - The Times
SNP members 'victims of LGBT campaign' | Scotland  The Times

General Election 2019: Anti-Semitism probe member resigns from SNP - BBC News
General Election 2019: Anti-Semitism probe member resigns from SNP  BBC News

SNP manifesto 2019: 12 key policies explained - BBC News
SNP manifesto 2019: 12 key policies explained  BBC News

SNP?s Scotland is no progressive paradise - The Guardian
SNP?s Scotland is no progressive paradise  The Guardian

The SNP can't disguise Scotland's failing education system - New Statesman
The SNP can't disguise Scotland's failing education system  New Statesman

General Election: SNP dismiss Tory complaints over NHS leaflet - The National
General Election: SNP dismiss Tory complaints over NHS leaflet  The National

Scotland immigration: SNP is 'not being honest' - BBC News
Scotland immigration: SNP is 'not being honest'  BBC News

SNP Manifesto 2019: Scotland's future in Scotland's hands - SNP
SNP Manifesto 2019: Scotland's future in Scotland's hands  SNP

SNP denies new money for fire-ravaged Corstorphine Community Centre is 'elect...
SNP denies new money for fire-ravaged Corstorphine Community Centre is 'electioneering'  Edinburgh Live

Referendum (Google News)

"Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph" - Google News

How Scottish nationalists are laying groundwork for independence with secret ...
How Scottish nationalists are laying groundwork for independence with secret EU meetings  ExpressScottish independence: The vote that could destroy the United Kingdom  CNNUK elections bring independence back to mind in Scotland  The Christian Science MonitorNicola Sturgeon: Independent Scotland will not need 'hard border' with UK  Scotland on SundaySNP 'would lose legal fight over second indepe...

In Scotland, independence not on the ballot, but on voters? minds - Los Angel...
In Scotland, independence not on the ballot, but on voters? minds  Los Angeles Times

Poll reveals sharp fall in support for Scottish independence - The Times
Poll reveals sharp fall in support for Scottish independence  The Times

Sturgeon: 'All options' open if Scottish independence referendum blocked - BB...
Sturgeon: 'All options' open if Scottish independence referendum blocked  BBC News

Johnson rules out second Scottish referendum - Financial Times
Johnson rules out second Scottish referendum  Financial Times

Tories harden stance against Scottish independence vote - Financial Times
Tories harden stance against Scottish independence vote  Financial Times

Whatever the result in Scotland there is no reason for another independence r...
Whatever the result in Scotland there is no reason for another independence referendum  Prospect

Latest polls on Scottish independence would be too close to call - inews
Latest polls on Scottish independence would be too close to call  inews

Scottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides - BBC News
Scottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides  BBC News

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold Scottish independence vote before Brexit ...
FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold Scottish independence vote before Brexit referendum next year  Scotland on Sunday

General election: Corbyn rows back on dismissal of second Scottish referendum...
General election: Corbyn rows back on dismissal of second Scottish referendum  Sky News

What a Scottish independence referendum in 2020 would mean - British Politics...
What a Scottish independence referendum in 2020 would mean  British Politics and Policy at LSE

Nicola Sturgeon to back Jeremy Corbyn if he agrees to Scottish referendum - M...
Nicola Sturgeon to back Jeremy Corbyn if he agrees to Scottish referendum  Metro.co.uk

STV Debate: Nicola Sturgeon denies Scottish independence comes before schools...
STV Debate: Nicola Sturgeon denies Scottish independence comes before schools and NHS  Scotland on Sunday

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General Election 2019
Mon then 

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

Flyerwatch 2019
  I'm posting this as I'm interested in how much effort the various parties are putting in to shoeleather campaigning for this GE. Post & update as things come in.   Constituency: Ochil & South Perthshire Canvassing visits:  SNP: 0 Tory vermin: 0 Labour: 0 Libdem: 0 UKIP: 0 Flyers:  SN...

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 ...

2019 General Election Prediction Thread
Apologies for another thread on the election ; but considering we have betting ; polls ; leaflets - how about what you feel/think will happen a week tonight? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the result? Do you have an interesting prediction or live in area and heard/seen some movement ...

The Official President Trump thread

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

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...

Social media and the election.
I've asked this question on several threads in the past and never got an answer. Have you been targeted by political ads on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media? I'm not a member of any but regularly check up on Elizabeth Hurley's Instagram page just to check she's ok, and on qu...

General Election betting
Best bets so far Turnout - over 70.01%  @11/4 Bet365 East Dunbartonshire (Swinson) - SNP @11/4 Bet365 Angus - Conservative @5/4 Sky Bet

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

Stuart Campbell/Wings Over Scotland
Very rarely venture in to the politics forum on Pie and Bovril but, making an exception here, I voted for Independence in 2014 and would do again, although I'm no tub thumper for independence like some it is something I'm in favour of but, as this forum to me seems, by its posters a very strong %...

Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsmill_massacre I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Terrorist shot on london bridge
As the title says. I'm sure everyone has seen the videos or at least the headlines.  The videos are a little bit nuts

General Election 2019
May as well start this now but I expect people will just post in the IndyRef and Brexit threads as per usual. 

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

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.

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

The all new Irn Bru
Forget minimum pricing for alcohol, there will be civil war if Barrs dont get this right. Hope they make a better job of it than Lucozade did of their Energy Orange.  https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2050674/irn-bru-petition-recipe-change-sugar-tax/

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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

The Labour Party & PFI/PPP contracts
 

M&S Christmas ad.
Had a quick Google to find out if that daft 'shoulder move' had a fishul name. Ended up on YouTube looking at the video. FFS the comments, has the whole fuckin country  went batshit mental.

Favourite Feathered Friends
1. Peregrine falcon 2. Kingfisher 3. Tawny owl

Andy?s Day
Happy St. Andrew?s Day. ????????

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

Calton Jock


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No deal Brexit to push refugees into destitution

MSPs vote overwhelmingly to introduce smacking ban

In context: Prisoner voting

MSPs to look into police use of facial recognition technology in Scotland

EU gives cautious welcome to Boris Johnson?s Brexit plan but warns ?problemat...

Scottish Government reaffirms opposition to fracking

Ferguson Marine shipyard to be bought by Scottish Government