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Priti Patel accused of breaching ministerial code over PPE lobbying
15 May 2021 at 11:52am
Home Secretary Priti Patel has been accused of a ?flagrant breach? of the ministerial code by allegedly lobbying a fellow minister in an effort to secure a healthcare firm access to a £20 million personal protective equipment (PPE) deal.


Boris Johnson's Mustique holiday 'was worth double the amount he declared'
15 May 2021 at 8:33am
Parliament?s standards watchdog is said to believe that Boris Johnson?s holiday to Mustique was worth more than double the £15,000 he declared in the Commons register.


Unspun: the political diary
15 May 2021 at 7:00am
UNSPUN sends its thanks to Holyrood?s media office for releasing high quality footage of new MSPs getting their induction in the chamber on Monday and Tuesday.


UK Government under fire over Indian variant ahead of restrictions easing
15 May 2021 at 10:52am
Boris Johnson and ministers are under fire for sticking to the major easing of Covid restrictions despite concerns over the Indian variant of coronavirus.


Sir Keir Starmer to be grilled by Piers Morgan for Life Stories
15 May 2021 at 10:29am
Sir Keir Starmer is set to discuss his childhood, career in law and leading the Labour Party from his spare room in lockdown during an interview with Piers Morgan.


SQA crisis: John Swinney told alternative assessment is 'new parliament's fir...
14 May 2021 at 5:39pm
John Swinney has been told the growing alternative assessment controversy is "fast becoming the first scandal of the new parliament".


SQA crisis: Schools 'face chaos' due to results extension
14 May 2021 at 5:00am
Schools face ?chaos? after the summer holidays due to the Scottish Qualifications Authority?s decision to introduce an extended results deadline, according to criticisms that are fuelling demands for an overhaul of alternative assessment.


Alex Salmond tells Alba members they will fight council elections without ask...
14 May 2021 at 3:30pm
ALEX Salmond has said his new Alba party will contest next year?s council elections, breaking a pledge to let its members decide whether to do so.


Labour Party must step up and reinvent itself - Michael Settle
14 May 2021 at 5:00am
Democracy, Winston Churchill famously said, was the worst form of government; except, that is, for all the others.


Annabelle Ewing elected deputy PO despite potential conflict over brother Fergus
14 May 2021 at 1:42pm
THE SNP?s Annabelle Ewing has been elected by MSPs to serve as one of Holyrood?s deputy presiding officers despite a possible conflict of interest over her brother.


SNP under pressure as Gupta business empire investigated for fraud
14 May 2021 at 1:54pm
SNP ministers are under pressure to provide urgent answers after it emerged the business empire of Liberty Steel owner Sanjeev Gupta is facing an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.


UK planning for physical Cop26 summit in Glasgow
14 May 2021 at 11:06am
COVID security measures are being explored to ensure the Cop26 climate conference can take place in-person, the president of the Glasgow summit has said.


Voting underway as 10 MSPs apply to be Holyrood's deputy Presiding Officers
14 May 2021 at 10:41am
VOTING has started in the contest to elect Holyrood?s two deputy presiding officers, with ten candidates putting themselves forward.


Kenmure Street: Glasgow locals rejoice as men detained by immigration enforce...
13 May 2021 at 6:39pm
Police have released two men who were detained by Border Force officials in Glasgow, as Glasgow locals who had spent the day protesting the Home Office action rejoiced.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Pollokshields immigration raid showed 'undignified' action 'designed to provo...
15 May 2021 at 9:27pm
Early on Thursday morning, a van adorned with Home Office insignia rolled up Kenmure Street in Pollokshields, Glasgow, unaware a routine immigration enforcement raid would lead to the story of the day.

Boris Johnson's plan for voter ID cards will damage democracy in the UK ? Sco...
14 May 2021 at 5:46pm
Hot on the heels of the record turnout at the Scottish Parliament elections came news that the UK government aims to introduce a requirement that will, without any real doubt, cause a fall in voter numbers.

Kenmure Street: Protest against Glasgow deportation attempt was impressive bu...
14 May 2021 at 3:50pm
Mob. It?s hardly been the defining word of the Covid Lockdown, in which half a dozen people was an illegal assembly, but in happier times it?s part of everyday language; the shops were mobbed today, the platform was so mobbed I thought someone would fall in front of a train. We all use it.

Kenmure Street: Resistance to attempted deportation in Glasgow exposes the fo...
14 May 2021 at 2:44pm
I like the word ?deforcement? which crops up a lot in Highland history.

Former Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone becoming Holyrood's Presiding Offi...
14 May 2021 at 2:30pm
At the time of last year?s SQA fiasco, I offered words of appreciation for the role of the Greens.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

Hostile environment
15 May 2021 at 6:59am

The Ship Song
12 May 2021 at 4:59pm
Ten years ago this month I was in a pub called The Porter in Bath with my girlfriend and her family, buying everyone whiskies and gabbling deliriously (I?d been up for over 40 hours at that point) about the significance of what had just happened. Alex Salmond?s SNP had just broken the Scottish electoral system, winning …

Towards the future
12 May 2021 at 8:56am
The election’s over and the votes have been counted. It wasn’t to be for Alba this time, but the fight goes on. Whilst there?s disappointment, there?s also vindication. SNP list votes were even greater than in 2016 and yet produced even fewer list MSPs. There?s an irony in the SNP suffering from unionist tactical voting, having …

Trans Greens Are Greens
11 May 2021 at 7:00pm
Misogynist racist midget Patrick Harvie is furious this week, which is always nice. It seems he really doesn?t like it up ?im. Because the reason for his rage is that he feels the Scottish Greens were denied two extra seats at last week?s election by confusion over a party called Independent Green Voice. The party, …

A butterfly on a wheel
11 May 2021 at 10:53am
Craig Murray was today sentenced to eight months in prison for the crime of ?jigsaw identification? of one or more of the complainers in the trial of Alex Salmond, despite the supposed existence in Scotland of a presumption against prison sentences for any crimes attracting a penalty of less than 12 months. We believe he …

The spanner in the works
10 May 2021 at 6:59am

The Taking Of Holyrood 129
9 May 2021 at 11:09am
So here?s your majority: And we know because they told us. It only took a matter of hours for two million votes for independence to be hijacked as endorsements for trans ideology. This piece of Wildean wit was Stewart McDonald?s ?humour?, btw: (He defended it indignantly and ?unapologetically? for a few hours, then deleted it.) …

Dawn Of The Imbeciles
9 May 2021 at 3:01am
The SNP collected slightly over 1 million list votes in Thursday?s election, which nevertheless elected just two list MSPs because SNP voters care about power for the SNP rather than about independence, and chose to let dozens of Unionist MSPs get seats rather than other pro-indy parties. But the bigger tragedy is that one of those …

What you voted for
8 May 2021 at 5:36pm
We apologise for our post of earlier today. It looks like 2026 was much too optimistic an estimate.

The Day Nothing Changed
8 May 2021 at 12:50pm
Our sincerest congratulations go to The National on what by our count is their 250th ?INDY IS COMING SOON!? front page. A real landmark. Any readers pointing out that there was a ?pro-indy majority and mandate for indyref2? after the 2016 Holyrood election, and yet here we are five years later without indyref2 having actually …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Pollokshields Shows How To Achieve Independence
14 May 2021 at 9:19am

Kenmure Street stood outside UK law yesterday, as Westminster legislation on immigration, opposed by the people of Scotland, could not physically be enforced by agents of the state. What the people did was gloriously, joyfully illegal. Its illegality must be embraced, not skated over by politicians worried at the precedent of people power. Scottish cities …

Pollokshields Shows How To Achieve Independence

Appeal For Defence Funds
11 May 2021 at 1:45pm

UPDATE I today received a prison sentence of eight months for my reporting of the defence case in the Alex Salmond trial. I have a three week stay while we apply to this same court for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. My appeal will be based on the simple fact that I did …

Appeal For Defence Funds

Those Scottish Elections, and What Happens Now
10 May 2021 at 11:54am

Well, there is no denying an overwhelming SNP victory, with an increased vote, increased seats, increased percentage and double the support of the next largest party. Together with the Greens there is a substantial pro-Independence majority in the Parliament, so that matter is settled. Personally I would welcome an SNP/Green coalition with a guaranteed pro-Independence …

Those Scottish Elections, and What Happens Now

The Left Must Take Back Labour
8 May 2021 at 10:45am

The hundreds of thousands of Corbyn supporters who carried him though multiple leadership challenges have not vanished from the face of the earth, even though many have vanished from the Labour Party. If you believe that the Starmer project was a genuine belief that a right wing agenda would get Labour back into power, then …

The Left Must Take Back Labour

Channel Islands Fisheries and Abuse by Tory Jingoism
7 May 2021 at 7:26am

Exactly thirty years ago I was Head of Maritime Section at the FCO and negotiating the voisinage agreement on mutual fishing rights in territorial waters between France and the Channel Islands. Memory dims with age, but it is hard to forget the evening in Cherbourg where a meeting with French fishermen became so heated we …

Channel Islands Fisheries and Abuse by Tory Jingoism

Human Rights Watch Confirms Israel is an Apartheid State
29 Apr 2021 at 11:54am

The forthright branding of Israel as an apartheid state by Human Rights Watch could be a watershed moment in mainstream acceptance of what Israel has become. Human Rights Watch is not an outlier or left wing organisation. It is very much a part of the establishment in the United States and is not generally associated …

Human Rights Watch Confirms Israel is an Apartheid State

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Is there a future for Alex Salmond?
15 May 2021 at 8:03am
The former Scottish first minister and SNP leader gambled on a breakaway new party and lost. Is this the end?

Covid in Scotland: Glasgow and Moray to remain under level 3 restrictions
14 May 2021 at 6:37pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement as cases continued to increase in Glasgow.

MSPs elect new deputy presiding officers
14 May 2021 at 4:12pm
The SNP's Annabelle Ewing and Liberal Democrat Liam McArthur will share the position at Holyrood.

Scottish schools assessment system branded "a mess"
14 May 2021 at 6:33pm
The Scottish Conservatives claim the 2021 exam system is "the first scandal of this new parliament."

Alex Salmond's Alba party to contest 2022 council elections
14 May 2021 at 7:22pm
Alex Salmond said his party had established itself despite failing to secure any seats at Holyrood

SNP holds Airdrie and Shotts seat in by-election
14 May 2021 at 9:47am
Anum Qaisar-Javed wins the by-election for the SNP after holding off a challenge from Scottish Labour.

Blind voter: 'My right to a secret ballot was gone'
14 May 2021 at 12:35pm
Vicky Haylott says not enough was done to ensure blind people could properly access the voting process.

Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone to be new presiding officer
13 May 2021 at 5:02pm
Alison Johnstone was elected to the politically neutral role as MSPs returned to Holyrood after the election.

Aberdeen City Council no longer has co-leaders
13 May 2021 at 5:08pm
Aberdeen City Council's sole leader will be Jenny Laing after the Conservatives did not put forward a new nominee.

Tory MP Douglas Ross clashes with the SNP's Pete Wishart at committee hearing
13 May 2021 at 2:23pm
An SNP committee chair tells a Conservative MP his personal attacks are ?absolutely pathetic?.

Covid: Lessons to be learned from spring 2022 public inquiry - PM
12 May 2021 at 8:39pm
The state will be "under the microscope", Boris Johnson says, as Labour urges an earlier start date.

Covid in Scotland: Some quarantine-free foreign travel from 17 May
11 May 2021 at 3:10pm
From 17 May, people going to countries on the approved "green list" will not need to quarantine on their return.

Scot Goes Pop

Here's the good news: if you vote Alba or Green in the local elections, you w...
15 May 2021 at 10:36am
At the bottom of the previous post, I added my reply to Peter Grant MP's peculiar tweet about the local elections next year.  However, I think it's worth amplifying the point before any disinformat...

The reason for suspecting a Scottish poll conducted right now might show a pr...
14 May 2021 at 4:13pm
The latest Britain-wide YouGov poll makes grim reading for Labour, and spectacularly gives the lie to the notion that a lurch to the right was ever going to be a magic solution to the party's probl...

SNP comfortably win Airdrie & Shotts by-election
14 May 2021 at 1:35am
This came a lot earlier than I was expecting, and I can't find any coverage at all on TV, but according to North Lanarkshire Council this is the result of the Airdrie & Shotts by-election for the v...

Presiding Officer election confirms SNP will *not* be a minority government
13 May 2021 at 3:27pm
Today's election of Green MSP Alison Johnstone as the sixth Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament puts the final touches to the new parliamentary arithmetic, which looks like this...   SNP 6...

How do voters read the SNP's motivations?
12 May 2021 at 5:20pm
So just to return briefly to the subject of this morning's post - whether or not the SNP are primarily motivated by independence or by a desire to stay in power. It's quite a difficult one to read...

The future's blue. The future's Alba.
12 May 2021 at 11:25am
Apologies to anyone 'triggered' by that title, but hey, there's room for more than one point of view in this world.I had an epiphany earlier.  As has been pointed out, by the end of this parliament...

The media doesn't want to talk about this - but unionism has got a Douglas Ro...
11 May 2021 at 6:22pm
I was having a look at the YouGov website to see if I could find the datasets from the Times poll about Devo Max, which naturally Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson is beside himself with excitement...

We all know there was a pro-independence majority in the popular vote on that...
10 May 2021 at 10:16am
As has been widely mentioned (albeit perhaps not on the mainstream media!), the SNP, Greens and Alba took a combined vote share of 50.1% on the regional list ballot, ensuring there is a pro-indepen...

Reddit Scotland

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Montrose
16 May 2021 at 3:49am
I was born in Montrose in 1967. My father was a US Marine stationed at Edsel (no longer in operation) as a Russian translator of submarine signals in the North Sea. My mother and father have very f...

No.. but yes I am going to go on a rant about the shit that went/will probabl...
16 May 2021 at 2:11am
I live on sauchiehall street. I don?t go out at night normally but can?t even go out during the day when one of your teams win. I have heard more than one helicopter, and more chants and police sir...

Today I realised I need new pals
16 May 2021 at 1:42am
My pals have all always been die hard Rangers fans, come from a pretty Rangers heavy area. My family leans Celtic but I?ve never been arsed that much about football. My pals are good cunts in a lot...

User in r/Scotland is upset over someone communicating in Scots.
16 May 2021 at 1:38am
submitted by /u/Zenith_Inclination

/r/Scottishfootball is a bigoted cesspit
16 May 2021 at 1:28am
submitted by /u/tshrex

Fireworks in Livingston
16 May 2021 at 1:25am
Right, which of you pricks are letting aff fireworks in the Deans area? One landed in my neighbours garden still lit. ​ IT WAS FUCKING ONE OF YAS ! submitted by /u/AngryScottishBurd89 ...


Scottish flag in the sky. Prater Allee, Vienna, last month.
16 May 2021 at 12:55am
submitted by /u/pennypacker2021

Why are Rangers Fans so angry, help me understand?
16 May 2021 at 12:48am
No need to describe what?s happening in Glasgow just now as I?m sure you?re all fully aware. On this forum and in real life people always feel the need when criticising behaviour like this to say t...

How to pronounce Shug
16 May 2021 at 12:32am
I just read that Shug is a nickname for people named Hugh and I'm curious about how it's pronounced...Shug, Shoog, Shudg, Shoodge? Help please and thank you :) Edit: thanks :) submitted by /u...


Rangers celebrations: Arrests in Glasgow?s George Square
16 May 2021 at 12:30am
submitted by /u/Audioboxer87

What does the average Scottish person know about the Picts?
16 May 2021 at 12:17am
Hi there I was just wondering what the Scottish school system teaches in regards to the Picts. What and how much would the average person know of them? submitted by /u/NotEvilCaligula [link...

Once again the Police are getting let off.
16 May 2021 at 12:05am
They saw only a few weeks ago what their previous course of action led to. Letting a crowd gather outside ibrox & then moving a drunk crowd through the streets of glasgow (whilst the fans were clea...


Visit Scotland ???????
15 May 2021 at 11:50pm
submitted by /u/Prestigious_Detail81

Scotlands shame
15 May 2021 at 11:51pm
Can we add football, Rangers and Celtic to the same list as salad please. No good ever comes of it and there?s always some cunt who has to what about or try defend the indefensible. The vast majori...

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Scots in hospital with Indian variant despite being vaccinated against Covid
15 May 2021 at 4:30am
There are believed to be six patients ? who have had the vaccine ? currently being treated for complications suspected to be related to the variant.


Nicola Sturgeon says Glasgow will remain at Level Three after covid cases rise
14 May 2021 at 4:44pm
The First Minister made a statement in the Scottish Parliament earlier today.


Alex Salmond's Alba Party to contest 2022 council elections in Scotland
14 May 2021 at 3:30pm
The former First Minister's party will also hold its inaugural conference later this year.


Universal Credit £20 a week covid uplift to be scrapped, Tory Minister signals
14 May 2021 at 2:44pm
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey used an interview to roll-out the news that she plans to cut the £20 a week benefit to working families.


Home Office raid in Glasgow described as 'routine' by Boris Johnson's spokesman
14 May 2021 at 1:27pm
The tense stand-off between Border enforcement and hundreds of Glasgow protesters is to be raised as an urgent question in the Scottish parliament as Downing Street dismissed the event as 'routine'.


Portugal holidays back on for Scots after green light given to foreign breaks
14 May 2021 at 1:16pm
Confusion surrounded trips to Portugal, but it is understood holiday makers will be allowed to go there subject to a negative covid test


Boris Johnson's 'voter ID' plans are horrible and should be put in the bin
14 May 2021 at 12:00pm
The Tory Government wants to require voters to show identification before casting a ballot


Labour MP diagnosed with cancer after having kidney stone removed
14 May 2021 at 11:48am
The party's newly-promoted shadow secretary of state for child poverty is stepping back after getting an early diagnosis of kidney cancer.


Nicola Sturgeon to make covid statement as cases rise in parts of Scotland
14 May 2021 at 11:27am
The First Minister is set to address the situation in Moray later today.


Portugal holidays doubt as Minister warns public to check EU rules before travel
14 May 2021 at 10:50am
Holidaymakers planning to jet off to Portugal should check the country's own rules despite the destination being on the UK's green list of safe countries, according to Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi.

The National

The National | Politics
The National Politics

SNP would win 58 of 59 Scottish seats in a snap General Election, poll finds
15 May 2021 at 7:17pm

THE SNP would pick up another 10 seats and the Tories would secure a landslide majority over Labour if Boris Johnson called a snap General Election, a new poll has found.

Priti Patel accused of 'glaring' breach of ministerial code in PPE lobbying row
15 May 2021 at 11:20am

THERE are calls for an inquiry after Priti Patel was accused of a ?glaring and flagrant? breach of the ministerial code over PPE lobbying.

Mustique: Boris Johnson must publish sleaze report into Caribbean holiday, SN...
15 May 2021 at 12:10pm

BORIS Johnson must release the findings of a parliament standards watchdog report into the mystery bill for his Mustique holiday, the SNP say.

Deidre Brock accuses Scotland Office digital advert of ?breaking rules?
15 May 2021 at 5:30am

THE Scotland Office has been accused of breaking rules over communications during the pre-election period by sending out a social media advert attacking independence the day before polling day.

A victory for decency, common humanity and for our solidarity
15 May 2021 at 3:54pm

I AM a Londoner who would like to send a message of thanks to the people of Glasgow who blocked Kenmuire Street in Pollokshields on Thursday to stop UK Border Agency officials and the Greater Glasgow police from forcibly removing two men.

Pledge to sovereignty of the Scots people was a powerful symbol by MSPs
15 May 2021 at 5:32pm

BEFORE taking their seats all newly elected MSPs must take the oath or, for non deists the affirmation, of allegiance to the Queen ?I (name) do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law. So help me God.?

Hundreds sign petition calling for Douglas Ross to resign over too many jobs
15 May 2021 at 3:45pm

NEARLY 1000 people have signed a petition demanding Douglas Ross's resignation over the fact he has too many jobs.

Covid in Scotland: Scots in hospital with Indian variant despite vaccine, rep...
15 May 2021 at 8:54am

A HANDFUL of people who have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine are in Scottish hospitals to be treated for the Indian variant of the virus, according to reports.

Joint Warrior: Military planes to fly low over Scotland next week, MoD warns
15 May 2021 at 9:41am

MILITARY planes will be seen flying low over Scotland next week as part of a multinational training exercise.

Kenmure Street: Home Office slated over its ?incompetent? removal bid
14 May 2021 at 9:20pm

IT is increasingly apparent that the UK Government is incapable of delivering an immigration system that reflects Scotland?s values of compassion and dignity, the Justice Secretary has said.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Independent Public Enquiry
15 May 2021 at 12:47pm

Worker?s Reunion
14 May 2021 at 7:21pm
This month, many businesses in Scotland?s hospitality, retail, and tourism sectors are reopening. This means many workers are returning to work under fraught conditions. Over the past year, they have experienced a plethora of exacerbated labour issues, including insecure employment, unsafe workplaces, and abuse from customers. These were problems pervasive to these sectors before the […]

Dead Wings Farce
12 May 2021 at 7:31pm
It’s with some sadness to see that the Bath-based blogger who has been marinading his own bile for a decade or so has today announced his own retirement (‘The Ship Song‘). I doubt very much this is true at all but his latest *explosive* blog is quietly hilarious. Presumably his role in the utter farce […]

Searching for the Young Soul Punk Rebel
12 May 2021 at 1:30pm
Iklan?s new record Album Number Two is the righteous inheritor of a mantle so badass it?s hard to figure their continued modest profile. The collective?s jagged electronic soul is prima facie evidence for the continued superiority of The Specials? fusion of punk and ska, the Jimi Hendrix Experience?s atom smash of acid rock and free […]

The Power Grab of the Queen?s Speech
11 May 2021 at 7:46pm
At the State Opening of Parliament today the full-farce of Britain’s Ruritanian institutions were on display. The Queen’s Crown arrived in its own Rolls Royce. The state broadcaster dutifully covered the procession of the ‘Imperial State Crown’ being carried up a staircase: The Imperial State Crown is carried up the stairs into the Robing Room […]

Being a Shetlander and a Scot: Some Reflections on the Election
11 May 2021 at 3:18pm
The SNP came closer than anyone expected to victory in Shetland. 806 votes separated Beatrice Wishart, of Shetland?s traditionally preferred Liberal Democrats, and Tom Wills. As surprising as the result is in terms of the numbers, the biggest shock is more fundamental: Shetlanders were willing to vote for the party of Scottish identity. This remarkable […]

Post Election Doublethink
10 May 2021 at 10:52am
“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible […]

A Case Study in the Metaphysics of the Unionist ?Mandate?
9 May 2021 at 2:01pm
Alex Cole-Hamilton, the Liberal Democrat MSP proposes an interpretation of politics that is neither liberal nor democratic. Mr Cole-Hamilton (BBC Radio Scotland News, 8th May, 2021) claims that a pro-independence majority in Holyrood (by the SNP and Greens) does not have a democratic mandate, even to hold a referendum on independence. Notice this is not […]

Last Ferry to Orcadia
9 May 2021 at 1:17pm
LAST FERRY TO ORCADIA: From The Province Of The Cat by George Gunn. On the Wednesday night before the election a violent storm hit Caithness. Around eight o clock the sky turned black and great sheets of snow, sleet and hail lashed in from the Atlantic on a cruel North West wind. Ghostly, almost thunderless, […]

The Terrain of the Reality and the Future
9 May 2021 at 11:45am
Coming out of lockdown at election time in pandemic Scotland is to emerge back into a very strange world. In India oxygen is the new currency, in Britain Boris has resorted to sending in gunships and threatening France: the CoronaBrexit experience remains a grotesque and absurd one. It’s Friday and as I write I don’t […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Anum Qaisar-Javed holds Airdrie seat for SNP in byelection
14 May 2021 at 9:30am
28-year-old becomes Scotland?s second ever female Muslim MP, while Scottish Labour gains groundAnum Qaisar-Javed has become Scotland?s second female Muslim MP after she held the Westminster seat of Airdrie and Shotts for the Scottish National party in Thursday?s byelection, despite a significant ...

It?s too late to save the union, Gordon Brown | Letters
11 May 2021 at 6:25pm
Readers respond to the former prime minister?s hope for a middle way for Scotland rather than independenceLike Banquo?s ghost, Gordon Brown returns to haunt the independence debate in Scotland (Many Scots don?t want independence, but a more cooperative union, 9 May). And much like said spirit, he...

Scotland: hugs and indoor visits to be allowed from 17 May
11 May 2021 at 4:17pm
Controls to be eased across most of country, but Covid hotspot of Moray ?highly probable? to remain at level 3 Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMost Scots will be able to hug their loved ones and meet indoors for first time in up to eight months from next Monday, with t...

Former ambassador jailed for Alex Salmond case blogposts
11 May 2021 at 12:45pm
Craig Murray imprisoned for eight months for breaching court order protecting women?s identities The former diplomat Craig Murray has been jailed for eight months after repeatedly breaching a court order protecting the identities of women who accused Alex Salmond of sexual assault.Murray, a blogg...

Elections reflected Britain?s deep divisions over Brexit and Scotland?s future
10 May 2021 at 7:39pm
Conservatives ride high in leave-voting areas of England, but face a challenge from Scottish nationalismElections 2021 ? live updatesResults tracker for the local, Scottish and Welsh pollsThe Conservatives are on a high but are at risk of presiding over the breakup of Britain; Labour has yet to d...

The Guardian view on Super Thursday: Boris Johnson is unmaking a nation | Edi...
10 May 2021 at 7:26pm
The prime minister prefers to centralise power rather than give it away. That is bad news for BritainNations are not born; they are made. Whether nations last is entirely up to the people who manufactured them. This provides one important reason to pay attention to the results of last week?s ?Sup...

Johnson says England guidance on hugging will change, pubs and restaurants ca...
10 May 2021 at 6:42pm
Latest updates: prime minister unveils new easing of restrictions from 17 May in next steps in England?s roadmap out of lockdownFull report: Boris Johnson confirms further lockdown easing in EnglandLockdown easing in England: what will change from 17 MayZero Covid deaths reported in England, Nort...

UK government has to show why Scotland should stay in union, says Gove
10 May 2021 at 5:00pm
Cabinet Office minister brushes aside questions about potential legal challenge to another referendumMichael Gove has said Boris Johnson?s government has to show that Scotland would be better off remaining in the union, after he brushed aside questions about a legal challenge over a Scottish inde...

Why Scotland?s election result is unlikely to hasten a referendum | Michael K...
10 May 2021 at 3:27pm
Scots are still evenly split on independence, and a lengthy constitutional stalemate seems likelyOpinion polls for most of the past three years have shown Scotland to be evenly divided between supporters of union and independence. The Scottish parliament election result confirms this again. While...

Election success for UK politicians backing universal basic income
10 May 2021 at 11:18am
Scores of politicians including almost half of Welsh parliament have signed UBI trial pledge Elections 2021 ? live updatesResults tracker for the local, Scottish and Welsh pollsScores of politicians who won seats in last week?s elections, including almost half of the Welsh parliament, have signed...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The C-word
I apologise to readers for once again devoting time and energy to the C-word. I would not have mentioned Stuart Campbell again were it not for the fact that he is once more using his blog to attack me, as he flounces off in a huff, and it is important that I set the record […]

Now that the dust has settled
The dust is starting to settle after the election campaign, so it’s time for an assessment of the results and what they mean, most importantly what do they mean for independence. I’ve never bought into the conspiracy theory that Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t really want independence. She is by nature a cautious person and she knows […]

Getting back on the horse
Well first things first. Despite the spin you’ll hear in the media from anti-independence parties and their supporters, the SNP won this election. It won decisively and handsomely. Scotland has chosen a majority Green and SNP pro-independence Parliament elected with an unambiguous mandate to deliver another independence referendum within the term of this new Parliament. […]

Stepping back from the fray
This election campaign has been the nastiest, the most unpleasant and the most vitriolic that it has ever been my misfortune to experience. What’s made it even worse is that on top of the entirely expected abuse and insults from British nationalists, now it’s also coming from people who are supposedly on the same side. […]

The suspicious case of the vanishing blog
Whenever some think tank or other produces a report claiming that an independent Scotland would be some sort of dystopian nightmare where public services would be slashed to the bone, or that there would be rolls of barbed wire all the way along the border from Gretna to Berwick, it always receives huge publicity in […]

A significant force or RISE 2.0
Yesterday saw the publication of the first full scale opinion poll since the launch of the Alba party giving us all our first opportunity to gauge the possible electoral impact of Alex Salmond’s new party. Fieldwork for the poll, commissioned from Survation for DC Thompson publishers took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week, […]

The question the BBC and the Tories don?t want to answer
Because I must have masochistic streak a mile wide, last night I watched what the BBC served up to us with the grandiose title of a leaders’ debate. Or rather, I tried to watch it but then halfway through lost the will to live and switched over to another channel, which proves two things: firstly […]

The common priority
The parties contesting the Scottish elections have started to delineate their pitch to the voters for the Holyrood elections which are now just a few weeks away. Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave her first big speech of the election campaign in which she set out some of the key promises and commitments of the SNP should […]

Putting a stake through the heart of the Tories? disrespect for democracy
I’ve made my views clear about the new Alba party and Alex Salmond’s real motivation for setting it up.  This blog will continue to advocate SNP 1 and SNP or Green 2 in the elections which are just six weeks away now and to provide a space for people who continue to support Nicola Sturgeon […]

Finding common ground
It cannot be stressed enough just how important the May elections are for the future of Scotland. If we are all truly committed to the ideal of an independent Scotland and a permanent escape from the appalling realities of Brexit Britain and the cruel, heartless and callous future that Johnson’s right wing English nationalist Conservative […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Celebration of Democracy ? and Goodbye to Yesterday?s Men
A Celebration of Democracy ? and Goodbye to Yesterday?s Men Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 12th 2021 The Scottish elections attracted major media coverage – not just here, but across the UK and internationally. They have been portrayed as historic, and a potential turning point that could decide the fate of the independence question, and … The post A Celebration of Democracy – and Goodbye ...

A big moment for Scotland and Democracy
A big moment for Scotland and Democracy Gerry Hassan Sunday National, May 9th 2021 The morning after the 2014 indyref UK PM David Cameron stood on the Downing Street steps and said it was time to listen to England and bring in ?English Votes for English Laws.? Fast forward seven years, Scotland went to the … The post A big moment for Scotland and Democracy appeared first on Gerry Hassan - wri...

Twenty Years of Scottish Elections and the Importance of the Everyday
Twenty Years of Scottish Elections and the Importance of the Everyday Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 5th 2021 Today is the last day of campaigning in the Scottish Parliament elections ? held under the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. This has been a strange experience, almost surreal at times, as if coming from a far-off … The post Twenty Years of Scottish Elections and the Importance o...

Europe puts a light on for Scotland
Europe puts a light on for Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, May 2nd 2021 Remember in 2014 Scotland was told: ?What is the process for removing our EU citizenship? Voting Yes.? Now the same voices tell us that Scotland becoming an EU member is too difficult ? the supposed ?queue? for membership, EU terms and … The post Europe puts a light on for Scotland appeared first on Gerry Hassan ...

Glasgow on the Edge
Glasgow on the Edge Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 28th 2021 Glasgow is a great city with a proud history, traditions, cultures and a rich record of invention, industry and radicalism. There are of course many different Glasgows within the city?s boundaries ? and often reality jars with how the city likes to see and … The post Glasgow on the Edge appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writing,...

Scotland?s choices and future after the election
Scotland?s choices and future after the election Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 23rd 2021 It has been a momentous week. The George Floyd verdict put racial justice and police violence in the US centre-stage, while the over-reach of the plutocrats involved in the European Super League self-destructed in 48 hours. The scale of Tory sleaze … The post Scotland’s choices and future after the ...

Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League
Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 21st 2021 What has been the big media story so far this week? Not COVID, not Boris Johnson?s many scandals, or even the George Floyd trial in the US. Rather, by far the biggest story media-wise has been the announcement … The post Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League appeared fir...

The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it
The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 18th 2021 The UK is not in a good state – undermined by the concerted actions of the UK Government, continuing to showing a lack of understanding of the union. All of this is coming … The post The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it appeared first on Gerry ...

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What?s Next for Scotland?s Independence Movement? - Council on Foreign Relations
What?s Next for Scotland?s Independence Movement?  Council on Foreign RelationsIs Scottish Independence economically viable? | Scotland | The Sunday Times  The TimesIndyRef2: Everything you need you to know about Scottish independence  EuronewsScotland and Independence: The High Road or Hard Road?  RTE.ieScottish independence poll: do people in Scotland want to be independent - what do the late...

Scotland Push for Independence Could Be Harder Than Brexit | Time - TIME
Scotland Push for Independence Could Be Harder Than Brexit | Time  TIMEUK break-up would be Boris Johnson's legacy if he loses Scotland, says Gordon Brown  The IndependentSturgeon 'does not want independence referendum', says ex-Scottish secretary  HeraldScotlandScottish independence: a short generation?  ObserverXtraScottish independence referendum 2014: results of Scotland indyref explained -...

Opinion | Does Scotland Want Independence? - The New York Times
Opinion | Does Scotland Want Independence?  The New York Times

Sturgeon: Scotland independence vote matter of when, not if - The Associated ...
Sturgeon: Scotland independence vote matter of when, not if  The Associated Press

Scotland?s Independence Parties Gain Upper Hand as Pressure Builds on U.K. - ...
Scotland?s Independence Parties Gain Upper Hand as Pressure Builds on U.K.  The Wall Street Journal

Banks see 15-35% chance of Scottish independence as key vote nears - Reuters
Banks see 15-35% chance of Scottish independence as key vote nears  Reuters

British PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge - Voice of America
British PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge  Voice of America

Scenes of Scotland, as It Weighs Independence From the U.K. - The New York Times
Scenes of Scotland, as It Weighs Independence From the U.K.  The New York Times

'Worse Than Brexit': Scottish Independence Weighs on U.K. Assets - Bloomberg
'Worse Than Brexit': Scottish Independence Weighs on U.K. Assets  Bloomberg

UK debt share a key concern for Scottish independence - International Financi...
UK debt share a key concern for Scottish independence  International Financial Law Review

U.K. heads to elections as possible step toward Scottish independence looms -...
U.K. heads to elections as possible step toward Scottish independence looms  MarketWatch

Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum -...
Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum  Financial Times

Analysis: Pound's post-Brexit calm may face Scottish independence test - Reut...
Analysis: Pound's post-Brexit calm may face Scottish independence test  Reuters UK

Scottish independence: what's at stake in May elections - The Conversation UK
Scottish independence: what's at stake in May elections  The Conversation UK

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Scotland: SNP wins 4th term, short of overall majority - DW (English)
Scotland: SNP wins 4th term, short of overall majority  DW (English)Scottish independence could be one step closer after SNP election result  CNBCBritish Pound (GBP USD) Rises After SNP Misses Out on Outright Majority in Polls  BloombergElection results 2021: PM calls Covid recovery summit after SNP victory  BBC NewsScottish National Party promise independence referendum after election win  CNN...

SNP to seek Scottish independence vote after election victory - Al Jazeera En...
SNP to seek Scottish independence vote after election victory  Al Jazeera EnglishSNP election win: Johnson sets up summit as Sturgeon pledges second referendum  The GuardianTake the issue of independence out of Scotland?s election and the SNP would be struggling  The GuardianScotland: SNP wins 64 seats, fails to reach majority by 1 seat Scotland  Anadolu Agency | EnglishScottish election 2021: ...

Is there a future for Alex Salmond? - BBC News
Is there a future for Alex Salmond?  BBC News

Anum Qaisar-Javed holds Airdrie seat for SNP in byelection - The Guardian
Anum Qaisar-Javed holds Airdrie seat for SNP in byelection  The Guardian

SNP members broke party rules in candidate selection process for Scottish par...
SNP members broke party rules in candidate selection process for Scottish parliament election  Sky News

Kenmure Street: Protest against Glasgow deportation attempt was impressive bu...
Kenmure Street: Protest against Glasgow deportation attempt was impressive but SNP support raises serious concerns about the rule of law ? John McLellan  The Scotsman

Readers' Letters: Is it any real wonder SNP 'won' election? - The Scotsman
Readers' Letters: Is it any real wonder SNP 'won' election?  The Scotsman

SNP would win 58 of 59 Scottish seats in a snap General Election, poll finds ...
SNP would win 58 of 59 Scottish seats in a snap General Election, poll finds  The National

Scottish election 2021: Sturgeon sets out plan for first 100 days - BBC News
Scottish election 2021: Sturgeon sets out plan for first 100 days  BBC News

Get Out The Vote ? Scottish National Party - SNP
Get Out The Vote ? Scottish National Party  SNP

Scotland's pro-independence SNP wins key marginal seat of Edinburgh Central -...
Scotland's pro-independence SNP wins key marginal seat of Edinburgh Central  Reuters UK

GLOBALink | What the SNP election win means for Scottish independence? - Xinh...
GLOBALink | What the SNP election win means for Scottish independence? - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Scottish Election 2021 results LIVE: SNP finish one short of a majority on 64...
Scottish Election 2021 results LIVE: SNP finish one short of a majority on 64 | Scottish Conservatives hold key seat of Aberdeenshire West | Alex Salmond fails to win seat | Kaukab Stewart becomes first woman of colour elected to Scottish Parliament | Full regi  The Scotsman

SNP under pressure as Gupta business empire investigated for fraud - HeraldSc...
SNP under pressure as Gupta business empire investigated for fraud  HeraldScotland

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What?s Next for Scotland?s Independence Movement? - Council on Foreign Relations
What?s Next for Scotland?s Independence Movement?  Council on Foreign RelationsScottish election 2021: How do voters feel about the results?  BBC NewsScottish independence poll: do people in Scotland want to be independent - what do the latest 2021 polls say?  The ScotsmanScotland and Independence: The High Road or Hard Road?  RTE.ieIndyRef2: Everything you need you to know about Scottish indep...

Explainer: Scotland's difficult route to another independence referendum - Re...
Explainer: Scotland's difficult route to another independence referendum  ReutersScotland's Independence Parties Gain Upper Hand as Pressure Builds on U.K.  The Wall Street JournalNicola Sturgeon: Scotland independence referendum would be legal unless court blocks it  Sky NewsOf Brexit and Boris: What?s Driving the Call for Scottish Independence  The New York TimesScottish election 2021: Does S...

Opinion | Does Scotland Want Independence? - The New York Times
Opinion | Does Scotland Want Independence?  The New York Times

Scotland Push for Independence Could Be Harder Than Brexit | Time - TIME
Scotland Push for Independence Could Be Harder Than Brexit | Time  TIME

Scottish independence could be one step closer after SNP election result - CNBC
Scottish independence could be one step closer after SNP election result  CNBC

Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?...
Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?  BBC News

Scotland?s risky route to a new independence vote - POLITICO Europe
Scotland?s risky route to a new independence vote  POLITICO Europe

Scenes of Scotland, as It Weighs Independence From the U.K. - The New York Times
Scenes of Scotland, as It Weighs Independence From the U.K.  The New York Times

Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum -...
Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum  Financial Times

Analysis: Pound's post-Brexit calm may face Scottish independence test - Reut...
Analysis: Pound's post-Brexit calm may face Scottish independence test  Reuters UK

'Worse Than Brexit': Scottish Independence Weighs on U.K. Assets - Bloomberg
'Worse Than Brexit': Scottish Independence Weighs on U.K. Assets  Bloomberg

Scottish election 2021: Sturgeon faces questions over 'hard border' - BBC News
Scottish election 2021: Sturgeon faces questions over 'hard border'  BBC News

Scottish election 2021: Can unionists block another independence referendum? ...
Scottish election 2021: Can unionists block another independence referendum?  BBC News

Scottish Court Dismisses Case on Independence Referendum - Bloomberg
Scottish Court Dismisses Case on Independence Referendum  Bloomberg

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

The George Galloway "Unity Party" thread
I see our very own(Scotlands, not P&B's...) Gorgeous George has started worrying that he was slipping into irrelevance and has decided the best way to get his name recirculating is to move home and form an Anti SNP party who, in his own words, will allow for a return to "Traditional Left/Right po...

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Pundits
I felt like this could do with its own thread, as it never quite fits anywhere else. A place to discuss and highlight examples of the political commentator class in Scotland and elsewhere. I read this article the other day by Chris Deerin and wanted to tear my eyes out: https://www.pressa...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

Tory Lies, Corruption and Hypocrisy- Add Them Here
In the interests of not having whataboutery on the Nicola Sturgeon thread and keeping it focused, here's a thread to post any lies or misleading statements by the Conservative govt under Boris Johnson. I daresay it'll wither on the vine if there aren't any.  I'll start. 1. Northern Irelan...

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...

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

The 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 ...

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

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

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

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.  

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 ...

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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.

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

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

If moving to Scotland....
Someone I know is planning to move to Scotland from Germany and asked where I thought was a nice place to live. Has to be near major airports and have decent schools....   Thoughts anyone? 

Holyrood Elections 2021
Probably needs a thread of its own. i see Alex Neil is the latest incumbent to announce they are standing down and not seeking re-election.   I think that's 21 so far - there were 24 retirees in 2016 - that will make the parliament look very different and for those who are constituency MS...

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...

Israel and palestine
Not at the wind up. Can someone explain  the recent violence to me? Never really looked in to it before but I know that there are always two sides. Taken early retirement and know a lot about Scots history.  I was reading about the celtic support for Palestine but don't know why. Anybody sum it u...

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...

Blocking...
I am not a tech person, can someone explain very simply how to block a fellow arsehole.  I am not wanting a permanent ban so the sooner I learn how to block the better..  Thank you...????????

The Big Tamy three
Mods. Am I allowed to run a book on the Ramy three?

Question For Big Ramy
Am I one of the ones that you have blocked?   

Hiya. Just back from another BAN..
Thats me back from my ban.. Hope all is well. Cant believe the stuff I am reading, and seeing on this board lately.. Have to be careful me, been told I'm permanent the next ban.. Scotland Forever. ????????????????????????????.  

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...

Free Beer
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Scotland was brutally reminded of its colonial status in 1737 and a similar r...
The Porteous Affair 1737/38 The affair brought Scots of all political persuasions together under the “Patriot” banner to protest against Whig government abuse and disrespect of Scottish legal and political autonomy. It began in the spring of 1736 when two habitual burglars were done for breaking and entering and robbing the Collector of Customs building …

Craig Murray Lady Dorrian Questioned the Crown?s Motives
January 2021 High Court Edinburgh Craig Murray, faced a contempt of court hearing after posting information on his blog in advance of Mr Salmond?s trial. The contempt proceedings at the High Court, Edinburgh, before Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, heard Alex Prentice QC, for the Crown argue that information Craig posted on his blog in …

KIrsty Wark is a Labour Party hack pretending to be an unbiased BBC journalist
Kirsty Wark is a BBC commentator, correspondent, journalist and political progamme maker. She is a close friend of senior Labour Party officials and office holders. Connected and powerful her influence over public opinion in Scotland is accepted by some as being absolute. She speaks the public listens and follows her lead. Is she impartial. Not …

Oliver Mundell?s past indiscretion surfaces at an inopportune time
Oliver Mundell – Dumfriesshire is the Mundell family dynasty Oliver Mundell is to stand for re-election in tomorrow’s Scottish Parliament Election.  He is confident that his strong stance in defence of the Union, in the South of Scotland will count in his favour with voters. education & early employment After leaving school in Moffat, he …

Liberal Democrats in terminal decline under Willie Wonka Rennie
The decline of the Liberal-Democratic Party in Scotland 2007: In the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections, the party won one fewer seat than in the two previous Scottish elections. The outcome led to criticism of the party’s election strategy. Although it was arithmetically possible to form a majority coalition with the Scottish National Party and the …

European crime busters allege Aberdeen is illegal money laundering centre and...
The Newly Built Events Complex Aberdeen (TECA) Aberdeen?s replacement exhibition centre, built using  finance borrowed from the London Stock on a long term loan, cost £425m to build has been devalued by KPMG and is now worth only £318.7m.  A whacking great financial loss from which it doubtful the council will ever recover. Alex Nicoll …

Scottish Fisherfolk betrayed yet again by the Unionist Parties will they neve...
Fishing – what are the Tories and Lib/Dems up to ? In Scotland, quotas for species such as herring and mackerel have been bought up by a handful of families. Two-fifths of the entire Scottish catch by value and 65 per cent by tonnage was landed by 19 powerful super-trawlers in 2016. More than half …

Douglas Ross ? I am my own man and I am not accountable to the people of Moray
Douglas Gordon Ross: He was born in Aberdeen in 1983 and educated at Forres Academy and the Scottish Agricultural College. His early years were spent on a dairy farm near Forres where his father worked as a cattleman. On completing his secondary education he completed a 4-year course at Agriculture College returning to dairy farming …

Protection of Scotland?s Cultural Diversity is Protected by a UN Charter but ...
This is the BBC The way in which BBC Scotland is run, the quality of care it shows for the many good people who work for it, the standard of what it does, the public service in Scotland ethos it supposedly represents are some of the more important questions facing the Scottish nation. But it …

BBC reporter Sarah Smith impartial presentation unlikely when mummy is a head...
2014: The BBC prepare for the upcoming battle against the people of Scotland A few months before the start of the 2014 Scottish referendum campaign the BBC decided to clear out a number of Scottish based presenters replacing them with reliable Unionists. Broadcaster Sarah Smith, the daughter of the late Labour leader, John Smith, fitted the …

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Scottish Parliament?s deputy presiding officers elected after five-hour votin...
SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing and Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur have been chosen as the Scottish Parliament?s deputy presiding officers

Alok Sharma says UK planning COVID-secure measures to allow in-person COP26 i...
Sharma, COP26 president, said it's 'very clear' that people want to a 'physical' climate summit

Alok Sharma: COP26 is our best chance of greener future
UN climate change conference president makes speech

SNP wins Airdrie and Shotts by-election
Anum Qaisar-Javed becomes the new MP, replacing Neil Gray, who stood down to contest the Scottish Parliament election

Detained men released from immigration van after mass protest in Glasgow
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf welcomed the decision but said he was ?angry and disgusted? at the Home Office

Computing teachers in Glasgow paired with industry partners in ?critical frie...
The aim is to keep the curriculum relevant and encourage more young people to take computing

David Cameron denies Greensill lobbying was motivated by financial self-interest
The former prime minister was giving evidence before the House of Commons Treasury Committee

Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone elected as new presiding officer
The Lothian region representative will give up her party affiliation and replace Ken Macintosh

Hundreds protest Home Office immigration raid in Glasgow
First Minister warns that it risks creating a 'dangerous and unacceptable situation in Pollokshields'

MSPs need to 'grow a backbone' to tackle racism in Scottish society
Lawyer speaks to Holyrood about 'hypocrisy' over racism in Scotland

MSPs set to be sworn in at Holyrood
Election of new presiding officer also expected to take place later

Nicola Sturgeon calls for COVID inquiry to begin this year
Boris Johnson earlier announced an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic would not start until spring 2022

'Overworked and undervalued' nurses bring retirement plans forward
A new survey from Unison found more than half had considered leaving their job in the last year

Hug life: cuddle ban over as First Minister says 'you can hug your loved ones...
Most of mainland Scotland to move down to level two from Monday.