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Number 10 mocked for bungling names of Scots Tory MPs
23 Jan 2018 at 12:11pm
THE SNP has claimed even Downing Street is unimpressed by Scotland?s new Conservative MPs after it misspelled a quarter of their names in an official press release.

Closure of children's ward branded SNP Government's 'Nick Clegg moment'
23 Jan 2018 at 5:29pm
THE decision to close a popular children?s ward despite a long-running campaign by families has been branded the Scottish Government?s ?Nick Clegg moment?.

Mackay facing growing criticism amid budget blunder fall-out
23 Jan 2018 at 6:42pm
GLASGOW has emerged as the biggest loser in a hasty rewrite of next year?s financial settlement for councils following a Scottish Government blunder.

Concerns raised over budget for environmental research
23 Jan 2018 at 4:28pm
CASH for environmental research in Scotland has declined in recent years, sparking concerns over efforts to meet emissions targets.

High-profile Tory council quitter refuses to face voters
23 Jan 2018 at 11:20am
A COUNCILLOR whose election was hailed as a sign of a Scottish Conservative revival has refused to give up his seat after walking out of the party.

'Gig economy' underpins Scotland's weak growth, independent forecaster says
23 Jan 2018 at 1:23pm
PRECARIOUS employment and the so-called ?gig economy? will underpin Scotland?s stalling growth in the coming years, the Government?s independent forecaster has said.

May slaps down Johnson at Cabinet over his NHS cash boost demand
23 Jan 2018 at 1:43pm
THERESA May has slapped down Boris Johnson in front of their Cabinet colleagues after the Foreign Secretary let it be known that he wanted the NHS to get a £5 billion a year boost.

Ministers spend £700 to replace wonky coffee table
23 Jan 2018 at 4:00am
THE Scottish Government has been accused of ?treating the public like mugs" after spending almost £700 to replace a wonky coffee table.

Loneliness ?one of the most pressing social issues of our time? says new cult...
23 Jan 2018 at 2:17pm
Matt Hancock MP praised his colleague Tracey Crouch, who was recently made minister for loneliness.

Derek Mackay facing criticism over council budget rewrite
23 Jan 2018 at 12:10am
FINANCE Secretary Derek Mackay has been accused of being ?totally out of his depth? after a dispute with councils over his draft budget.

MSPs to question senior police figures amid chief constable controversy
23 Jan 2018 at 4:01am
Justice Committee will take evidence from Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority following a row over Phil Gormley?s return to work.

Henry Bolton can be Ukip?s Jeremy Corbyn, says Nigel Farage
23 Jan 2018 at 4:23am
Mr Farage?s intervention could sway the opinion of party members who will decide the Ukip leader?s fate.

Hammond acknowledges impact of Brexit ?uncertainty?
23 Jan 2018 at 9:46am
Chancellor Philip Hammond says there is a ?degree of uncertainty about our future direction and our future arrangements? after Brexit.

MacAskill: PFI a "collective lie" by government and business
23 Jan 2018 at 5:10am
KENNETH MacAskill has claimed officials told him barefaced lies about the cost of privately financed prisons and it took ?stand up fights? with staff to change the system.

Actor Michael Sheen backs £1 million fair credit fund
23 Jan 2018 at 8:06am
Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has backed a new push to help Scotland's poorest people avoid "poverty premium" when borrowing money.

 

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Fox takeover of Sky ?not in public interest? says regulator
23 Jan 2018 at 6:32pm
The proposed £11.7 billion takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox is not in the public interest as the combined group would have too much control over UK news media, the competition watchdog has provisionally found.

Poor students outperformed by rich at universities
23 Jan 2018 at 2:22pm
A key Scottish Government adviser has likened class discrimination that sees poor students outperformed by their rich equivalents with ?institutional racism?.

Michael Matheson wins backing over chief constable row
23 Jan 2018 at 2:00pm
The new chair of the Scottish Police Authority has backed the justice secretary's decision to intervene in the chief constable's return to work.

Homelessness on the rise again Scotland
23 Jan 2018 at 1:52pm
Hundreds more Scots children are living in temporary accommodation, such as B&Bs, as homelessness starts to rise again in Scotland, official figures today show.

Scottish A&E waiting times performance improving despite flu outbreak
23 Jan 2018 at 12:57pm
Statistics show there were 2,400 fewer patients attending accident and emergency in the second week of the year than the previous week.

Scottish Government urged to act on ?preventable? child deaths
23 Jan 2018 at 11:14am
A doctors’ organisation has called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to review “preventable” child deaths.

Number 10 mocked over ?gaffe-filled? Burns Night guest list
23 Jan 2018 at 9:32am
Downing Street faced ridicule on social media after a guests list for a Burns Night reception at Number 10 was littered with errors.

Academic: Holyrood and Westminster facing Brexit court battle
23 Jan 2018 at 6:01am
The Scottish Government’s plans for its own Brexit laws at Holyrood could face a legal challenge from UK ministers, a leading academic has warned.

Senior medic calls for NHS to focus on patients instead of targets
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Doctors and nurses are being “diverted away” from frontline care in Scotland’s under-siege hospitals to deal with paperwork and “politically imposed” targets, one of the country’s most senior medics has warned.

Darren McGarvey: Comparing Sturgeon to Thatcher is deeply offensive
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Richard Leonard’s comparison of Nicola Sturgeon and Margaret Thatcher is absurd; one gave us baby boxes, the other corpses with needles in their arms, writes Darren McGarvey.

Teachers threaten strike action over pay
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
A second union has warned of the potential for industrial action to secure above inflation pay for teachers this year.

David Galloway: NHS is being harmed by politically driven targets
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
NHS staff are being diverted from frontline duties caring for patients to fill in admin about waiting-time targets, writes Professor David Galloway.

Sectarian fight being undermined by cash cuts, claim Labour
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The fight against sectarianism in Scotland is being undermined, Labour has claimed, after it emerged the funding pot for frontline projects to tackle the problem suffered a £10 million cut.

Police force remains ?strong and resilient?
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am

Fiona Hyslop: Scotland?s aid spending is vital despite austerity at home
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Overseas aid helps some of world’s poorest people and wins Scotland new friends, writes Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

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By hook or by Cook
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2018 at 9:57am
(From The Archives #4) This is an interesting one. Almost 40 years on from the event, Scottish politics is still plagued by micro-brained Labour types insisting that the SNP “ushered in” Margaret Thatcher after the devolution referendum of 1979 was sabotaged by a Labour MP. SNP supporters counter that this is complete bollocks, largely because it’s …

The Fantasists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jan 2018 at 6:43pm
We thought it might be worth going through this in a bit more detail. The phrase “out of control” is in quote marks in the Herald’s front-page headline, leading readers to believe someone has said it, but who? Let’s investigate. Certainly not from Oxfam, whose report it does not appear anywhere in. Let’s see what else …

Taking things personally
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jan 2018 at 3:51pm
Call us cynical if you will, but we were very suspicious when we saw today’s Herald. We were a little bit surprised that Oxfam would have commissioned a report into Scotland, so we thought we better check and see exactly what it said. And sure enough, despite the Herald being absolutely adamant that it was talking …

Absolute Fanny Of The Week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2018 at 2:39pm
We’ve got a shock result for the inaugural winner of this exciting new award, readers. Remarkably it’s NOT David Torrance – who wrote an arch review of a chapter of a book about Donald Trump that didn’t actually exist. Good effort, Davey, but no cigar. And it’s not even notorious Lib Dem atom-wit Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who …

Nothing to see
by Chris Cairns
20 Jan 2018 at 6:56am

David Torrance Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2018 at 10:49am
Remarkably, the notoriously unreliable and yet somehow omnipresent Scottish political commentator and reality-disputer David “Davey” Torrance was still digging last night in the wake of this story from three days ago. Never, eh? Let’s see if that’s true, shall we? Oh right – so he never wears a collar and tie except in his current …

A sense of inclusion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jan 2018 at 10:12am
Previous episodes in the series are here. If you’ve got a story like this to tell, or you know anyone who does, Phantom Power want to hear from you – drop them a line.

The Great Whiteout
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:59am
Late last night in the House Of Commons saw one of the most significant votes in the history of UK constitutional politics. A group of Scottish Tory MPs voted to oppose an amendment which would have protected the central building block of Scottish (and Welsh) devolution – the principle that any powers not explicitly reserved …

The Streets Of Dan Francisco
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jan 2018 at 7:39pm
The past week saw the return to the public eye of the former Independent columnist Johann Hari, who vanished in disgrace a few years ago in a plagiarism scandal over claiming to have done things that he hadn’t. It also saw the return of ubiquitous Scottish politics scribe David Torrance from a trip to San Francisco, the …

The provision of context
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jan 2018 at 10:57am
We’ve commented quite a few times in recent months about the Scottish media’s habit of running statistical stories rendered meaningless by the absence of any context. The reasons for this aren’t necessarily sinister – sometimes journalists are just lazy or the full stats are hard to establish because like-for-like figures aren’t published – but usually it’s just …

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Minister defends Royal Alexandra children's ward closure
23 Jan 2018 at 5:07pm
But opposition parties claim the closure of the Royal Alexandra ward breaks an SNP election pledge.


New SPA chief backs justice secretary in chief constable row
23 Jan 2018 at 1:33pm
Susan Deacon says Michael Matheson would have been "failing in his duty" had he not questioned plans to reinstate Phil Gormley.


MSPs demand changes to EU Withdrawal Bill
23 Jan 2018 at 5:39pm
Scottish ministers have refused to put forward the EU Withdrawal Bill for a Holyrood consent vote unless changes are made.


Warning over transport police merger date
23 Jan 2018 at 6:10pm
A senior officer says the full merger of Police Scotland with the British Transport Police will not be possible by the deadline.


Swinney 'would not change Edinburgh tram decisions'
23 Jan 2018 at 4:17pm
The deputy first minister tells the Edinburgh tram inquiry he is "satisfied" with his actions dating back to 2007.


Scottish A&E waiting times show improvement
23 Jan 2018 at 1:30pm
Waiting times at Scotland's A&E show some improvement as fewer people attend emergency departments.


'Deep concern' at proposed cuts to Stirling youth orchestra and museum
23 Jan 2018 at 4:20pm
Big Noise Raploch and the Stirling Smith Museum face significant funding cuts under council proposals.


Big increase in dentist registrations in Scotland
23 Jan 2018 at 1:31pm
The number of Scots registered with an NHS dentist has almost doubled to five million over the past decade.


Child health care progress in Scotland praised
23 Jan 2018 at 1:42am
The sector is performing far better in Scotland than in England, a new study has found.


Second teachers' union 'prepared to walk out' over pay
23 Jan 2018 at 1:48am
The SSTA has asked its members how far they are willing to go to push for a better pay deal for 2018.


Hollywood star Michael Sheen backs fair loans campaign
23 Jan 2018 at 1:51am
Michael Sheen supports the Carnegie Trust's push for affordable lending for Scotland's poorest.


Seven seek Michelle Ballantyne's Scottish Borders Council seat
23 Jan 2018 at 9:57am
A by-election will be held next month due to Michelle Ballantyne's resignation from her local authority role.

Scot Goes Pop

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An independence referendum in 2019 or 2020 is looking increasingly likely
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2018 at 5:38pm
Somebody with more patience than I have will doubtless work their way line-by-line through Gerry Hassan's latest update of 'The Article'.  There are the familiar highlights - the claims that Nicola...


'I don't know what a sense of Britishness is anymore'
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2018 at 6:04pm
Sorry that blogging has been light recently - I've been a bit under the weather and rushed off my feet, which is never a great combination. Here are a couple of things to tide you over, though - f...

The ultimate betrayal: Scottish Tory MPs vote to destroy the devolution settl...
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2018 at 11:00pm
I wasn't following the notorious events in the Commons the other night very closely, so I was intrigued to see what the wording of the Labour amendment on protecting devolution actually was.  Hansa...

Body blow for hapless Leonard as Labour slip back in first Scottish poll of 2018
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2018 at 4:24am
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for alerting me to the first full-scale Scottish poll of the New Year, conducted by YouGov for the Scottish edition of The Times.Scottish voting intentions for the nex...

Do the SNP have three times as many members as the unionist parties combined?
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2018 at 4:35am
Just thought I'd pass on a snippet of information sent to me by Stuart Dickson.  He spotted on Stormfront Lite that the ESRC-funded Party Members Project has found that 5% of Labour members live in...

Cable to the unknown
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2018 at 6:11pm
Just for the sake of completeness, and also because it happens to be a favourable one, here's what is presumably the last Scottish subsample from a GB-wide poll that was conducted during 2017.  It'...

To lead or not to lead - that is the question
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
As you may have seen, there's been a new outbreak of the intra-Yes culture wars today, triggered by a post on Wings about another question from the Panelbase poll, showing that by a margin of 58% t...

"Don't you DARE try to stop us!" say Scots in landmark Panelbase poll that RE...
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2018 at 10:17pm
OK, you've probably already seen this story earlier today on Wings, but you know me - I just couldn't resist the headline.  (It's a fond tribute to a characteristically unhinged headline that was r...

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Curious about the Gaelic name for the Lowlands
by /u/gereedf
23 Jan 2018 at 5:26pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Lowlands According to Wikipedia, the Scottish Gaelic name for the Lowlands is "a' Ghalldachd" which means "the place of the foreigner". Why were the Lowlands ...

Bella Caledonia: Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the S...
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23 Jan 2018 at 5:17pm
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Big increase in dentist registrations in Scotland
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23 Jan 2018 at 3:49pm
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[1 year old] On Scottish Islands, a generation caught between past and future
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23 Jan 2018 at 3:24pm
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By hook or by Cook. This is an interesting one. Almost 40 years on from the e...
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23 Jan 2018 at 3:21pm
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The Fantasists. We thought it might be worth going through this in a bit more...
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23 Jan 2018 at 3:20pm
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The Scottish Parliament has given consent to UK legislation 166 times since 1...
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23 Jan 2018 at 3:19pm
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Taking things personally. Call us cynical if you will, but we were very suspi...
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23 Jan 2018 at 3:18pm
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Queensferry Crossing to become motorway
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New cameras on A90 cut number of speeding drivers
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SNP Government in Scotland doing far better than Westminster on child health
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Scots A&E waiting times improve but still miss target
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Scotland could be one of world's top 10 inclusive economies: AN independent S...
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Haggis mistaken for bald hedgehog
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Theresa May's Burns Night guest list littered with shameful blunders
by Colette Crampsey
23 Jan 2018 at 5:51pm
Prime Minister has faced embarrassment after several mistakes were made with the names of prominent Scottish figures and organisations.


SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's ...
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2018 at 6:00am

 Kevin Hague says the SNP have got themselves in a real mess after making the case for staying in the EU single market using arguments that apply to the merits of staying in the UK single mark...


Hollywood stars in leading role at women's marches as huge crowds send messag...
by Kerri-Ann Roper
22 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Screen celebrities bolstered power of the Me Too movement as hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets.


Nicola Sturgeon as bad as Margaret Thatcher says Scottish Labour leader Richa...
by David Clegg
22 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The Yorkshireman says Scotland's First Minister is the most divisive politician since hated Tory told us there is no such thing as society.


UKIP leader who took up with racist lover half his age loses no confidence vote
by dailyrecord
21 Jan 2018 at 7:32pm
Henry Bolton, 54, left his wife and two children just before Christmas to be with 25-year-old model whose racist views were then exposed.


It's a Contrix: Victims of tax credit scandal paid just £14 compensation each
by dailyrecord
20 Jan 2018 at 10:32pm
Hard-up families were left unable to pay bills when their benefits were wrongly terminated by American firm brought in by Tories to slash HMRC payments.


Who is the First Family? From Donald Trump to little Barron, here's who's bee...
by Emmeline Saunders
20 Jan 2018 at 1:35pm
All the main members of the Trump Tribe - and how they're all related


Nicola Sturgeon accused of lying amid outrage over decision to close RAH kids...
by David Clegg
19 Jan 2018 at 6:39pm
The First Minister is facing backlash after she insisted the children's ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley would remain open.


Nicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independen...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The long-awaited Growth Commission report will give Brexit-traumatised voters the answers they want on Scottish independence, says Torcuil Crichton.


Vulnerable 94-year-old faces 'traumatic' eviction from nursing home of 20 years
by David Clegg
19 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
First Minister has been urged to help Nancy Sutherland as hundreds of elderly residents face move.

Michael Greenwell


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

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too. Advertisements

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …
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Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

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Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2018 at 12:43pm
‘What Do You Do When A Society Lies to Itself?? So said writer Umair Haque this week in the context of the constitutional standoff in Trump?s America. But it is true of most nations most of the time; certainly it is true of today?s UK – and also of modern Scotland. Scottish politics are currently …

Human Rights? Who Needs Them?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2018 at 12:37pm
?When beggars die there are no comets seen?: prophetic words from Shakespeare in Act II of Julius Caesar. ?The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes?. No explanation is needed for this spot-on summation of our human condition. It would be fair to say, however, that humanity has collectively devoted the last 3,000 year …

The Daily Male
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2018 at 12:33pm
It’s time to end the media sausagefest, argues Katherine Trebeck. Four incidents happened this week that illustrate just how difficult it is for women to be part of public debates, to get their voice heard, to share their views, and to be listened to. Some were in full public eye, some were hidden in private …

A Profligate Junto
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2018 at 8:17am
Theresa May’s Alternative Burns Supper is a bold and wonderful act of absurdism, attempting to re-work Burns as a figure of Unionism. It’s a strange list of misspelled names, funders, pet journalists, token Jocks, lickspittle MPs and an odd assortment of slebs issued from No 10 (we checked). Great to hear that Brakes Brothers (providing shit …

A Modern Clearance
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jan 2018 at 9:57pm
  ‘Belong anywhere’ reads the Air BnB slogan, which is odd given short-term lets are undermining communities and driving up house prices. Shortly after being elected to parliament in 2016, I began to receive correspondence from constituents in Edinburgh about the impacts of the growing phenomenon of short-term lets in the City. Often characterised as …

A Future for UKIP
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jan 2018 at 4:10pm
Brexit has broken the poor UKIP. As we write the current Ukip leader @HenryBolton (as of 15.15)  is currently holed-up in a hotel in Folkestone, said to be appearing on Nigel Farage’s LBC phone-in tonight: Dumb and Dumberer doesn’t quite do justice to that prospect. Day by day now we see people you’ve never heard of resigning …

The Importance of Afrîn
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jan 2018 at 2:25pm
?No friends but the mountains? goes an old Kurdish saying, and as Turkey starts a ground incursion into Kurdish-controlled Afrîn in Syria, it seems to ring true. Sarah Glynn reports. As this 21st century rolls out ever more political and economic brutality, some people turn for protection towards a strong-man leader, or the certainties of dogmatic …

St Bride
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jan 2018 at 1:24pm
  Random Art, an occasional series. As Madeleine Emerald @emeraldthiele “Victorianist musings on Pre-Raphaelite Art & Angels, & other stuff in between” points out the National Gallery has a: “A wonderful zoom for Duncan’s St. Bride (1913) which allows you to really wallow in the detail.” Go here to play with it. Little known fact …

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Macron tells May City will get less access to Europe than now if UK leaves si...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Jan 2018 at 8:06pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s press conference with Emmanuel MacronWhat Macron said to May about Brexit - Key quote and analysisSummary 8.01pm GMT I think the City of London will continue to be a major global financial centre. That is...

Westminster Brexiters ignore Scotland at their peril | Gerry Hassan
by Gerry Hassan
15 Jan 2018 at 5:28pm
The will of the people cannot be respected on one issue only. Nicola Sturgeon could soon be calling for two referendumsBrexit has turned British politics upside down. But to the UK government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front. It doesn?t matter for them t...

Sturgeon publishes Brexit impact report saying staying in single market best ...
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Jan 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenSturgeon?s speech and Brexit impact report - Summary and analysisLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.03pm GMT Related: Carillion liquidation: Government statement on the crisis ? live updates 5.02pm GMT The Heywood hearing has ...

Brexit could cost Scottish economy £16bn a year ? report
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Jan 2018 at 1:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon says updated analysis strengthens case for UK staying in EU single marketScotland?s economy faces losing up to £16bn a year as a result of leaving the EU, according to a Scottish government forecast.The updated analysis warns that a hard Brexit, in which the UK falls back on World...

I'm A Celebrity: Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale paid £70,000 for appearance
by Libby Brooks and agency
12 Jan 2018 at 3:29pm
Former Scottish Labour leader who drank smoothie made from blended ostrich anus donated some of earnings to three charitiesKezia Dugdale has confirmed that she donated to charity just over £5,000 of the £70,000 fee she received for her controversial appearance on I?m A Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of H...

Ruth Davidson says there should be no second EU referendum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jan 2018 at 11:32am
Scottish Tory leader says referendums are divisive but expresses frustration over plans for Scotland in Brexit billThe leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said she does not want a second referendum to be held on EU membership, while expressing her frustration at delays to plans to protect Sc...

Scotland to become first UK country to ban plastic cotton buds
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
11 Jan 2018 at 10:14am
Crackdown on manufacture and sale of product will cut Scotland?s contribution to marine plastic pollution by half, says expertThe Scottish government plans to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in a move that will cut the country?s marine plastic pollution by half, accord...

PM likely to survive final Commons Brexit vote, says John Curtice
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Jan 2018 at 10:30pm
Elections expert predicts deal will be agreed with EU and approved in Commons, with Theresa May remaining in postTheresa May will probably survive the final Commons vote on Brexit because the Conservatives? instincts for survival will override any divisions over the eventual deal, the elections e...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

How propaganda works
Over the weekend, as much of Scotland was covered in ice and snow, those of us who are dog owners still had to struggle out and slide about on the ice-rink that pavements and side-streets had been turned into. Not that I’m really complaining, the Spanish born dug loves snow. It seems to hold all …

Being deafened by the ?silenced?
The job of most media commentators in Scotland is to criticise the SNP.  To do so they use a Scottish media which overwhelmingly takes as its starting point that British nationalism is the norm and is a norm which is not nationalist at all. The job of the media in Scotland is to judge Scotland …

What has David Torrance ever done for us?
Usually Party Political Broadcasts are pretty boring affairs. The latest SNP party political broadcast has managed to generate considerable entertainment for independence supporters, at least those of us who follow politics enough to get the joke. The broadcast was based on the famous Monty Python sketch from the Life of Brian, “What have the Romans …

Labour?s broken pencil stub
On Wednesday the Scottish Parliament debated the Scottish Government’s draft budget. The Labour party in Scotland doesn’t like the Scottish Government’s budget. No really. I was as shocked as you are. Labour think it’s a bad budget. It’s a terrible budget. It’s a rotten budget. But worst of all, and for this it is beyond …

Journey to Yes: N° 20
Nina and Craig say Yes. North-East England voted emphatically to leave the European Union despite being a region that benefits most from EU trade and funding. The Brexit vote also triggered a rise in anti-immigrant attitudes and rethink for specialist nurses Nina and Craig about where to spend their future. Nina, a Danish EU National, …

When hand wringing becomes neck wringing
Scotland’s half baked baker’s dozen of Conservative MPs have been terribly upset of late. They tell us that they’re unhappy that their government hasn’t introduced the necessary amendments to the EU Exit Bill to make it comply with the devolution settlement. That’s despite the fact that promises were given by the British government to make …

The cost of the Union
Wheesht noo. Stop criticising the Scottish media. It’s not helpful. It’s not entirely clear who it’s not helpful to, but stop it anyway. Just because. It’s bad for democracy when people criticise the media, but it’s not as bad as it is when that media is totally unrepresentative of the country it purports to report …

When you rewrite the past, you?re scared of the future
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m devastated, devastated I tell you, that Donald Trump isn’t coming to the UK to open the new American embassy after all. He’s cancelled his trip to London because the authorities can’t guarantee that he won’t be met with hostile demonstrations. Though the word “hostile” is probably superfluous …

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Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia is ?as crucial to EU?s future as Brexit?
THE final outcome of the political deadlock in Catalonia is ?as crucial for the future of the European Union as Brexit?, according to deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.

Ukip leader Bolton refuses to resign despite no-confidence vote
UKIP leader Henry Bolton has refused to quit, despite losing the confidence of his party?s National Executive Council.

SPA tells MSPs it has ended ?closed? board meetings
THE new chairwoman of Scotland?s police governing body has underlined she has ended the controversial practice of ?closed? board meetings from which journalists and members of the public are barred.

Leonard under fire for comparing Sturgeon to Thatcher
RICHARD Leonard has provoked fury by branding Nicola Sturgeon the ?most divisive politician since Margaret Thatcher? over her push for a second independence referendum.

Labour are still haunted by the fiasco of PFI deals
YESTERDAY, in an explosive revelation, the Sunday Herald exclusively revealed that the man at the helm when Carillion went down leaving a vast trail of human and financial destruction in its wake is one of David Mundell?s top advisers.

Scottish MP demands transparency on deportation of homeless EU citizens
SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd asking for confirmation that the Home Office has stopped deporting homeless EU Citizens.

Nicola Sturgeon?s adviser says Brexit will hit Scotland hardest
NICOLA Sturgeon?s chief Brexit advisor has warned the impact on Scotland of leaving the European single market could be ?catastrophic?.

Boris Johnson's bridge could cost £120 billion, experts warn
BORIS Johnson has been ridiculed after calling a for a bridge between France and England.

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Scotland Together ? The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Sco...
        Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Scotland Fed-up with the bare faced lies and biased output of BBC Scotland and commercial television. Need a break from Jacki Bird, Sarah Smith and fat-boy Taylor? Turn to Freeview Channel 989 or (Sky 545, Virgin333 and Freesat 67) … Continue reading "Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the...

tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elected-by-deluded-voter...
        Colin James Clark Multi-Millionaire Colin James Clark was born 20 May 1969. His father Robbie owned a 1000 acre+ farm and three cottages (rented out) near Auchterless.  In 1990. His early career in agriculture to him to Lincolnshire where he developed an interest in organic farming of products for direct sale. … Continue reading "tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elec...

Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No
Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, January 15th 2018 Brexit has turned British politics and Britain itself upside down. But to the UK Government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front as far as Brexit …

The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate
The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 10th 2018 The New Year is always a time for reflection. I spent the Christmas and New Year break in the United States, providing an opportunity for reflection and a different take on the world. Two and a half …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Scotland and Independence

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SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's ...
SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's about moral solidarity  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Independent body to scrutinise new Scottish social security system
Independent body to scrutinise new Scottish social security system  Inside HousingFull coverage

Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independence sceptics  Scottish Daily RecordSupport for independence dwindles  The TimesFull coverage

Greens set out price for backing Scottish National party's budget
Greens set out price for backing Scottish National party's budget  Financial TimesFull coverage

5 favourite years Scotland's second independence vote could happen
5 favourite years Scotland's second independence vote could happen  HITCDavid Torrance: From Cameron to Sturgeon, how Brexit remains subject to the law of unintended consequences  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Richard Leonard claims Nicola Sturgeon is 'most divisive UK politician since ...
Richard Leonard claims Nicola Sturgeon is 'most divisive UK politician since Thatcher'  The Scotsman7 key findings from new Scottish poll  HITCFull coverage

Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market
Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market  EURACTIVFull coverage

SNP

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Technique: SNP-CLINGing onto your post in the genome
Technique: SNP-CLINGing onto your post in the genome  Nature.comFull coverage

SNP Government doing 'far better than Westminster' on child health
SNP Government doing 'far better than Westminster' on child health  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's ...
SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's about moral solidarity  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP facing £250m budget gap amid anger over council pay
SNP facing £250m budget gap amid anger over council pay  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Researchers Use SNP Data to Trace Zebra Phylogeographic, Demographic History
Researchers Use SNP Data to Trace Zebra Phylogeographic, Demographic History  GenomeWebFull coverage

Mhairi Black criticises SNP Government's decision to close children's ward
Mhairi Black criticises SNP Government's decision to close children's ward  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Hammered again! Scots firms face £64m SNP rates blow
Hammered again! Scots firms face £64m SNP rates blow  Express.co.ukFull coverage

?Political activist? accused of sending SNP councillor ?sexually offensive? e...
?Political activist? accused of sending SNP councillor ?sexually offensive? emails  Press and JournalFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market
Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market  EURACTIVFull coverage

Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandSNP slams Scots Tories over Brexit bill  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon speech on Brexit at the David Hume Institute  SNP (press release)Full coverage

Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for ...
Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for fresh Scottish independence ...  Daily MailFirst Minister Sturgeon: Brexit deal will decide second referendum on Scottish independence  MercoPressSturgeon to decide on second independence referendum by end of 2018  New EuropeFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon as bad as Margaret Thatcher says Scottish Labour leader Richa...
Nicola Sturgeon as bad as Margaret Thatcher says Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard  Scottish Daily RecordDavid Torrance: From Cameron to Sturgeon, how Brexit remains subject to the law of unintended consequences  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Richard Leonard claims Nicola Sturgeon is 'most divisive UK politician since ...
Richard Leonard claims Nicola Sturgeon is 'most divisive UK politician since Thatcher'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's ...
SNP must understand Scotland's bond with UK is not just about money ... it's about moral solidarity  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of Eng...
M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of England now  The NationalFull coverage

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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 ...

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won. Sad.

A Logical Liberals Beef With the Left
I've always been a left-wing liberal but I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to understand what the hell is going on with left wing politics with every passing day. My main issue is identity politics and the tremendous lack of logic that is used by those on the left to push forward the gro...

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

The Official President Trump thread

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

Alternative visions for what an Independent Scotland could look like?
First of all I made a new account because I havent posted here since September 2014 and before that 2009, have no idea what my old passwords are for the email I signed up with but just curious where PnB stands these days regarding Independence. I'm curious to know what older SNP members speci...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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Fair innings.

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

Bridge link between scotland and ireland
I seen on the news earliers on that following boris?s insane idea to bridge the chanel between France  and England, that folk are now speculating whether a bridge between ireland and scotland would be possible or feasible. I have to say the idea of that is very appealing but would it be worth the...

Dolores O'Riordan
Dead at 46.

2018 movie thread
Watched restless natives for the first time in about 30 years this afternoon. Not the greatest film ever made but holds some nostalgia for me as most of it was filmed not far from were I grew up, it also has a great soundtrack by Big Country. Anybody know the real locations of the "highlands" sce...

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.

Freemasonry influence stopping Met police change.
Freemasons are blocking reform, says Police Federation leader Steve White, stepping down as chair, says the society is thwarting progress of women and BAME people   Reform in policing is being blocked by members of the Freemasons, and...

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Boris Johnson 'to urge Cabinet to back £100m a week extra for NHS'

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Book review: improving engagement with Holyrood

The demise of Carillion matters to us all

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Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…