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SNP MP calls for Sturgeon's husband to be suspended as party chief executive
23 Sep 2020 at 7:20pm
KENNY MacAskill has suggested Nicola Sturgeon?s husband should be suspended from his job as chief executive of the SNP for ?conduct unbecoming?.


Starmer refuses to rule out Labour support for Indyref2
23 Sep 2020 at 7:11pm
SIR Keir Starmer has been accused of ?throwing in the towel? after repeatedly refusing to say whether Labour would support a second independence referendum.


Sunak scraps Autumn budget completely amid covid uncertainty
23 Sep 2020 at 5:04pm
THE CHANCELLOR has cancelled the autumn budget due to financial uncertainty from coronavirus.


SNP announce Hate Crime Bill climbdown after free speech row
23 Sep 2020 at 3:12pm
CONTROVERSIAL hate crime legislation will be watered down following a backlash over freedom of speech, the Scottish Government has confirmed.


Sturgeon to ask Johnson for cash to close Scotland's pubs against Covid
23 Sep 2020 at 2:42pm
NICOLA Sturgeon is asking Boris Johnson for the financial firepower to let her close Scotland?s pubs after admitting the new 10pm curfew isn't good enough.


SNP accused of 'bewildering' position over UK Trade Bill
23 Sep 2020 at 1:55pm
THE SNP has been accused of adopting a "bewildering" position over the UK Government's post-Brexit Trade Bill.


PMQs: Johnson told Scots don't need a hug, they need job security
23 Sep 2020 at 1:25pm
THE LEADER of the SNP in Westminster has demanded the UK Government extend furlough measures or risk thousands of job losses across Scotland.


Politicians who challenge SNP are 'monstered on social media', says Lib Dem MSP
23 Sep 2020 at 11:58am
OPPOSITION politicians who challenge the SNP or Nicola Sturgeon are "immediately monstered on social media", a Liberal Democrat MSP has said.


Good Morning Britain: Nicola Sturgeon quizzed on new restrictions, communicat...
23 Sep 2020 at 9:06am
Nicola Sturgeon has appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about Scotland's battle with Covid-19 following mew restrictions being put in place.


Coronavirus: 'China let this happen' Donald Trump says 200,000 death toll cou...
23 Sep 2020 at 11:03am
Donald Trump has demanded that the United Nations holds China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic as he defended his own handling of Covid-19 in America where the death toll has passed 200,000.


Brexit: Leaked letter warns of 7,000 trucks queuing in Kent with waits of two...
23 Sep 2020 at 8:30am
Michael Gove has written to haulage associations urging them to prepare for changes following warnings that trucks could be queuing in Kent due to Brexit.


Locked down soft play centres protest at being ?abandoned? by SNP ministers
23 Sep 2020 at 5:00am
OWNERS of Scotland?s struggling soft play centres are planning to protest outside Holyrood today in a last-ditch plea for financial help from the Scottish Government.


Second national lockdown possible if new coronavirus rules flouted ? Dominic ...
23 Sep 2020 at 10:05am
Britain could be plunged into a second national lockdown if new coronavirus restrictions are flouted, the Foreign Secretary has warned, as a leading scientist said the latest measures do not go ?anywhere near far enough?.


Nicola Sturgeon update: The 8 planned lockdown changes delayed further
23 Sep 2020 at 8:43am
A number of lockdown restrictions planned to be lifted at the start of next month are set to be delayed once more.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Keir Starmer: SNP win in 2021 would be mandate for Indyref2
23 Sep 2020 at 6:22pm
The Labour leader was challenged on whether he believes the SNP would have a mandate

David Hume's racist views should remind us all we are vulnerable to the ethic...
23 Sep 2020 at 4:45pm
Philosopher David Hume would encourage people today to expose his flaws and weaknesses, writes Professor Paul Russell.

Scotland facing £309m finance blackhole despite rise in tax receipts
23 Sep 2020 at 5:43pm
Income tax receipts last year were £621m lower than forecast it has been revealed, however the fiscal framework has reduced the shortfall to £309m.

Douglas Ross calls on own party to extend financial support while criticising...
23 Sep 2020 at 4:45pm
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives said the middle of the pandemic is the “wrong time” for “long-standing constitutional grievances”

Humza Yousaf u-turns and agrees to amend hate crime Bill
23 Sep 2020 at 4:45pm
Controversial hate crime legislation will be amended after the Scottish Government accepted the draft law could be used to “prosecute entirely legitimate acts of expression”.

Nicola Sturgeon warns post-pub drinks with friends 'defeats the purpose' of C...
23 Sep 2020 at 4:45pm
The First Minister said she expects people to stop socialising at 10pm.

Why are pubs and restaurants not shutting in Scotland? Nicola Sturgeon explai...
23 Sep 2020 at 3:08pm
Many people have expressed frustration at the household visit ban while pubs remain open

Nicola Sturgeon denies playing politics as she urges Boris Johnson to provide...
23 Sep 2020 at 2:38pm
Nicola Sturgeon suggested she would have closed pubs and restaurants if she had the ability to mitigate the financial impact of the decision.

Covid-19: 'Herd immunity' strategy is flawed until we have a coronavirus vacc...
23 Sep 2020 at 4:45pm
Without a vaccine, building up population-level immunity to the Covid-19 coronavirus could take a year or more and catching the virus does not necessarily provide lasting protection, writes Professor Devi Sridhar.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

The None Of Your Business Convener
23 Sep 2020 at 5:00pm
The SNP have historically been swift to suspend any party members when there?s any hint of inappropriate conduct, never mind even a whiff of illegality. It?s been that way since 2015, with the axe falling on elected members as well as candidates in target seats and critical elections, and ordinary activists. Not even a by-your-leave, …

Weir?s No Way
23 Sep 2020 at 11:36am
The Electoral Commission appears to have missed yet another deadline for publishing the SNP’s 2019 accounts (we’re waiting on them to return our phone call), so we’ve got a moment to talk about something else relating to the party’s finances. EDIT 12.56pm: the Commission now “hopes” to have the accounts published “in the next three …

Compulsory conciliation
22 Sep 2020 at 11:58am
Senator Claire Chandler is a Liberal Party member of the Australian Parliament. Some recent experiences she’s had send a very serious warning about the likely outcomes of the Scottish Government’s wildly unpopular new Hate Crime Bill. She’s graciously allowed us to publish this column she wrote on the subject. Early this month I received a …

The dodgy dozen
21 Sep 2020 at 5:56pm
Following up this morning’s article, we’ve been trawling through the Publications/FOI section of the Scottish Government website to see which other articles might be being hidden from its search function. We found quite a few, and you’re never going to guess what the common factor in all of them is. We’ve given you a wee clue with that picture, …

No More Lies
21 Sep 2020 at 11:36am
We’ve just sent a Freedom Of Information request to the Scottish Government. You can read it below. REQUESTED BY: Stuart Campbell DATE: 19 September 2020 As recently as the 3rd of August 2020, the Scottish Government published an FOI response stating that: That quote can be found under “Part (c) of your review request” here. However, an …

Fair?s Fair: the Brexit case for indyref 2
20 Sep 2020 at 3:00pm
As a right-of-centre English conservative, there are Scottish National Party concepts I haven?t so far been able to comprehend. Perhaps it?s because I don?t follow Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford. Should I keep an eye on what The Scotsman is saying? SNP leaders talk in the same sentence of a “free” and “independent” Scotland having …

Liars gonna lie
20 Sep 2020 at 10:20am
Last night on social media a few people raised a semi-interested eyebrow at Scotland On Sunday’s front page, and wondered if the suspiciously unattributed lead story might be something balanced and worthwhile, or if it’d be by Dani Garavelli again. We have sad news to relate. It is, of course, Garavelli again, and it has …

The people in the room
19 Sep 2020 at 1:51pm
Whichever side you’re on, it’s simply observably true that the Scottish Government is doing everything in its power to obstruct, delay and derail the Parliamentary inquiry into its ruinously botched investigation of false allegations against Alex Salmond. Any investigative journalist attempting to get to the bottom of the subject and find out what really happened is met …

Testing times
19 Sep 2020 at 6:59am

The Land Where Nobody Knows
18 Sep 2020 at 3:00pm
Readers may recall that this site is engaged in an ongoing attempt to clarify why the Scottish justice system is choosing to selectively only pursue those supportive of Alex Salmond for contempt of court with regard to his trial, while conspicuously turning a blind eye to those in the media who have committed exactly the …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15
23 Sep 2020 at 8:53am

When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, the US Government burgled the office of his psychiatrist to look for medical evidence to discredit him. Julian Assange has been obliged to submit himself, while in a mentally and physically weakened state and in conditions of the harshest incarceration, to examination by psychiatrists appointed by the US …

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14
22 Sep 2020 at 9:37am

Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses can and cannot say has combined with a …

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13
20 Sep 2020 at 6:51pm

Friday gave us the most emotionally charged moments yet at the Assange hearing, showed that strange and sharp twists in the story are still arriving at the Old Bailey, and brought into sharp focus some questions about the handling and validity of evidence, which I will address in comment. NICKY HAGER The first witness of …

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

A Small Confession
19 Sep 2020 at 8:22am

I have to confess that after the last court session of another tough week (and yesterday was a particularly emotional and startling court day) I went to the pub with a friend after court yesterday rather than start writing. So Friday’s report this afternoon. Although Julian’s days in court are horrible in some ways, with …

A Small Confession

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12
18 Sep 2020 at 8:39am

A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government’s insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly underlay the entire line of questioning in the afternoon session. The morning opened with Professor …

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 11
17 Sep 2020 at 9:36am

Yet another shocking example of abuse of court procedure unfolded on Wednesday. James Lewis QC for the prosecution had been permitted gratuitously to read to two previous witnesses with zero connection to this claim, an extract from a book by Luke Harding and David Leigh in which Harding claims that at a dinner at El …

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 11

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Covid: Scotland records highest number of new virus cases
23 Sep 2020 at 2:23pm
A further 486 test positive for coronavirus - the biggest single day's number since mass testing began.

Controversial hate crime legislation to be changed
23 Sep 2020 at 5:33pm
The Scottish government agrees to amend its Hate Crime Bill in a bid to ease concerns over its impact on freedom of speech.

Covid in Scotland: Household visits now banned
23 Sep 2020 at 8:42am
Exactly six months since Scotland's first lockdown, tougher restrictions apply to every household in the country.

Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum
23 Sep 2020 at 7:13pm
But the Labour leader says another "divisive" vote on Scotland's position in the near future is "not needed".

Scotland's Covid lockdown: The six months that changed our lives
23 Sep 2020 at 12:49am
A look back at the key moments of Scotland?s journey through the first six months of coronavirus lockdown.

Covid: How the coronavirus pandemic is redefining Scottish politics
22 Sep 2020 at 6:24pm
For the first time, Scottish ministers are making life and death decisions that affect everyone almost every day.

Covid in Scotland: Curfew could be 'fatal blow' to some pubs and bars
23 Sep 2020 at 1:44pm
Pub owners warn that some businesses will not survive after more Covid regulations are imposed on the sector.

Scot Goes Pop

Let's get behind Shetland Council's audacious bid to BREAK UP THE UNITED KINGDOM
15 Sep 2020 at 6:41pm
A reader emailed me the other day to ask whether there had been any polling done in Shetland or Orkney to test whether there is support for the type of 'breakaway' mooted in the motion passed by Sh...

Support for independence soars to 53% in sizzling Survation survey
11 Sep 2020 at 5:55pm
Should Scotland be an independent country? (Survation, 2nd-7th September 2020)Yes 53% (+3)No 47% (-3)Before anyone claims that this is not an increase for Yes at all, because the last poll had inde...

Guardian piece claims support for independence is running at 56%
7 Sep 2020 at 1:28pm
James Morrison on Twitter directed me to an opinion piece in the Guardian containing an apparent nugget of information - "Ministers are increasingly nervous that a Scottish breakaway is on the card...

Hard Labour
6 Sep 2020 at 8:49pm
Just a quick note to let you know I've written today's National Extra piece, about the electoral consequences for Labour of doubling down (yet again) on their opposition to a second independence re...

What price will the Scottish Liberal Democrats pay for becoming a pro-Brexit ...
5 Sep 2020 at 11:18pm
By all accounts, one of the tactics that helped the Liberal Democrats to narrowly regain North-East Fife last year was describing themselves on the doorstep as "pro-UK, pro-EU", ie. painting themse...

Kevin Hague: Wikipedia editor
27 Aug 2020 at 11:12am
As requested by Professor John Robertson, a quick post about the Wikipedia entry on GERS.  Until I mentioned this on Twitter a few hours ago, the three most recent edits to the page were made by no...

In-depth interview on the Holyrood voting system
24 Aug 2020 at 6:54pm
Exactly one month ago, I was interviewed on IndyLive Radio about the Holyrood electoral system and the perils of attempting to game the system.  I've just spotted that the programme is now availabl...

Unionist propaganda poll throws up a blatant contradiction
21 Aug 2020 at 2:09pm
As you may have seen, there was a unionist propaganda poll yesterday, commissioned by the "Scottish Fabians", in an attempt to deflect attention from the consistently large pro-independence majorit...

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Tory bid to ditch Bill on independence referendum fails. A Conservative motio...
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Edinburgh to get its first 'cannabis coffee shop' with new plant based menu
23 Sep 2020 at 7:00pm
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Daily Record

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Tories fail in bid for SNP to ditch plans for independence referendum bill
23 Sep 2020 at 7:00pm
MSP Jamie Greene's motion for the Government to 'drop its plans for a further Referendum Bill and focus on closing the attainment gap' was voted down.


Sunak cancels budget as Starmer and SNP ramp up calls for furlough extension
23 Sep 2020 at 6:16pm
The Chancellor will come to the Commons with a 'winter economic plan' after coming under pressure from Labour and the SNP to extend vital wage support.


Brexit means lorries will need 'Kent passport' to join Channel ferry queues
23 Sep 2020 at 4:40pm
Michael Gove hinted at what could become an 'internal border' in a bizarre twist to Britain's withdrawal from the EU.


Tories challenge SNP to prioritise schools ahead of Scottish independence
23 Sep 2020 at 4:38pm
The Conservatives claimed MSPs should spend more time trying to close the attainment gap than debating independence.


Hate Crime Bill climbdown in freedom of speech backlash
23 Sep 2020 at 3:00pm
Humza Yousaf has redrawn controversial proposals after claims new laws will criminalise 'legitimate acts of expression'.


Boris Johnson accused by Keir Starmer of 'losing control' of test and tracing
23 Sep 2020 at 2:23pm
Starmer and Johnson clashed at Prime Minister's Questions in Westminster.


Confusion as Dominic Raab says you can no longer queue to order at McDonald's
23 Sep 2020 at 1:59pm
Dominic Raab caused confusion after suggesting queuing was no longer allowed at restaurants or cafes following a change in lockdown rules.


SNP's Ian Blackford warns Boris Johnson UK heading for a 'winter of discontent'
23 Sep 2020 at 1:35pm
Boris Johnson told to explain what his plan is to protect the economy and jobs during the new covid lockdown.


Nicola Sturgeon hints pubs could have closed if her Government had the powers
23 Sep 2020 at 12:57pm
The First Minister said she went as far as she could within Holyrood's existing powers


Nicola Sturgeon appeals to students to self-isolate if required in halls
23 Sep 2020 at 12:49pm
The First Minister appealed directly to students after outbreaks were linked to two Scottish universities.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Brexit reckoning is coming, and a Kent border's not the half of it
23 Sep 2020 at 6:50pm

Kirsty Hughes, the former director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations, writes for The National Extra

Keir Starmer's speech deserved to be delivered to an empty room
23 Sep 2020 at 7:00pm

?SIR? Keir Starmer?s address to the Labour party conference was gut-wrenchingly awful. It was redolent of Ian Duncan Smith?s quiet man speech to the Tories in 2002. It was charisma-free, tedious and brain-melting.

Brexit: British businesses aren't ready for changes, Michael Gove warned
23 Sep 2020 at 7:02pm

THE British Chambers of Commerce has issued a warning that many companies and firms are not ready for the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

The PM has no words of comfort for those without financial security
23 Sep 2020 at 6:30pm

UNSURPRISINGLY PMQs was dominated by one topic, that of extending the furlough scheme. This was not surprising after the announcements by the PM and Scotland?s First Minister regarding the need for tighter restrictions as we try and curtail Covid-19. But the PM was adamant that no extension to the furlough scheme was forthcoming.

Coronavirus: Kate Forbes criticises 'irony' of Tories scrapping Autumn Budget
23 Sep 2020 at 5:33pm

SCOTLAND'S Finance Secretary has criticised the Tories for scrapping the Autumn Budget, despite pushing ahead with the "long-term disaster" of Brexit.

Kenny MacAskill calls for SNP to suspend Peter Murrell
23 Sep 2020 at 5:37pm

THE SNP's Kenny MacAskill has called for the party?s chief executive to be suspended over his apparent demands for police action against Alex Salmond.

Coronavirus: UK Autumn Budget scrapped as 'now is not the right time'
23 Sep 2020 at 5:06pm

PLANS for an Autumn Budget have been scrapped this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rishi Sunak's winter economy plan announcement widely mocked on Twitter
23 Sep 2020 at 5:22pm

RISHI Sunak has a winter economy plan. He also seems to have a 30-day free trial to Adobe photoshop.

Rishi Sunak: Furlough announcement is coming tomorrow afternoon
23 Sep 2020 at 4:27pm

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak will tomorrow announce the UK Government's plans to "continue protecting jobs through the winter".

No 10 dismisses Dominic Raab's claim McDonald's 'needs table service'
23 Sep 2020 at 4:28pm

DOWNING Street has dismissed Dominic Raab?s comment that customers at fast-food chains like McDonald?s will need to be served at tables, after it caused chaos and confusion in the hospitality sector.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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Hutopia
23 Sep 2020 at 6:52pm
Overtourism and Underforestry. One of the best things about this discussion is the revelation that there are wolves in the Netherlands. Lelsy Riddoch’s virtual book launch of Huts, a Place Beyond …  

FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians
23 Sep 2020 at 5:25pm
Multiple recent revelations expose the swirling nexus of dark money, oligarch influence and gangsterism and make it clear Tory Britain is a cesspit and London is a haven for money-laundering on a vast scale. FinCEN A huge trove of secret US government documents (the ‘FinCEN files’) has revealed for the first time how the big […]

Interview with Alan McGee
22 Sep 2020 at 3:10pm
In the first of a new series of interviews we talked to legendary music impressario Alan McGee. We talk about the new film coming out with Ewan Bremner playing Alan, Creation Records, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream, Scottish independence and a whole lot of other stuff. Interview with Alan McGee from Bella […]

A Just Transition for Mossmorran
22 Sep 2020 at 1:46pm
MSP Mark Ruskell has secured a members business debate on Mossmorran focussing on the need of a Just Transition board similar to the one announced for Grangemouth. For the debate to go ahead its required that three out of five parties to sign up for it. Motion S5M-22764: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish […]

Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson?s disastrous regime?
22 Sep 2020 at 6:30am
Even the toxic cocktail of incompetence and neoliberal ideology can?t explain the scale of the British government’s failure. Why has the British government been so incompetent at dealing with COVID-19? Less than a month ago I explored whether its glaring failings would eventually prove unsustainable. In the space of just four weeks the situation in […]

Unionist Realism
21 Sep 2020 at 7:18pm
elide verb (used with object), e·lid·ed, e·lid·ing. 1. to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation. 2. to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over. 3. Law. to annul or quash. Do You Exist? It’s the sort of infuriating question that’s been bugging philosophers for centuries [TL:DR the only evidence you have that you exist as […]

Poetry Playlist September
21 Sep 2020 at 9:29am
BEWARE When police place knees, at your throat, you may not live to tell of choking.   Welcome to the Poetry Playlist! Once a month, we are going to recommend one of our favourite poetry collections to you. It could be newly published, an old classic, or a little-known gem that we found collecting dust […]

Nova Scotia? SAY 2020 Longlist
20 Sep 2020 at 11:25pm
The latest Booker Prize shortlist is proof that a more diverse judging panel leads to a more diverse selection. The decision by the organisers of the Scottish Album of the Year Award to introduce a 50:50 gender split (in place for two years now) in its 100 strong nominators list is a step in the […]

Take One Action Film Festival 2020
20 Sep 2020 at 4:46pm
Take One Action Film Festival  16-27 September 2020 Now in its 13th year, Take One Action Film Festival is currently running its first online digital version of the annual event. With over 30 short films, features and documentaries the festival explores issues facing our planet and its inhabitants, Articulated around three key strands – Sisters […]

From ?Lead Don?t Leave? to ?Do What You?re Told?
20 Sep 2020 at 10:59am
  The consequences of Brexit mayhem suggests ‘strengthening the union’ but really means ‘centralising the UK’, and new narratives about Covid are attempts to force a bizarre unity and slide Scotland out of existence. In extremis, under intense pressure Unionism is becoming more atavistic. With sweet (and bitter) memories ringing in our heads six years […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Covid: Sturgeon announces Scotland-wide ban on household visits
22 Sep 2020 at 8:57pm
First minister also confirms 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants from FridayCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHousehold visiting will be banned across Scotland, as Nicola Sturgeon moves to limit a key driver of coronavirus infections before the winter.While Boris J...

First ministers call on Johnson to help Covid-hit aerospace industry
19 Sep 2020 at 11:53am
Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish leaders urge prime minister to set up taskforceCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has joined forces with the first ministers of Wales and Northern Ireland to demand ?urgent intervention? from the the UK government to help...

Welsh and Scottish leaders: Johnson hasn't talked to us for months
18 Sep 2020 at 3:25pm
Drakeford decries ?vacancy? at heart of UK government as Sturgeon calls for Covid meetingCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first ministers of Wales and Scotland have attacked Boris Johnson for failing to speak to them directly about the possibility of a new national ...

BBC to continue live TV broadcasts of Nicola Sturgeon's briefings
18 Sep 2020 at 1:10pm
Corporation insists there was no intention to stop covering Covid updates, despite outcryCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBBC Scotland has confirmed that it will continue to screen Nicola Sturgeon?s coronavirus briefings live on TV in the ?coming weeks?, after its decis...

Lord Keen: what were the events that led to Tory peer's resignation?
16 Sep 2020 at 7:43pm
As Keen confirms he has quit as advocate general for Scotland, we look at how it happenedIt was last week that questions over Lord Keen?s position as one of the government?s senior law advisers first emerged.A three-page letter, marked ?official ? sensitive?, seen by the Guardian, revealed his se...

Lord Keen resigns over Boris Johnson's Brexit plan
16 Sep 2020 at 6:05pm
Move by advocate general for Scotland is latest blow in fallout from internal market billLatest politics news ? live developmentsBoris Johnson has suffered another embarrassing resignation over his controversial Brexit policy after Lord Keen, the UK government?s law officer for Scotland, stepped ...

Alex Salmond known for 'bullying' behaviour, says Scotland's ex-chief civil s...
15 Sep 2020 at 4:07pm
Sir Peter Housden tells MSPs there were no ?egregious? incidents that needed formal investigation Alex Salmond was known for ?bullying and intimidatory behaviour? and angry outbursts against civil servants who worked for him, Scotland?s former chief civil servant has told MSPs.Sir Peter Housden, ...

How the Covid crisis is changing minds on Scottish independence
13 Sep 2020 at 3:00pm
Nicola Sturgeon?s handling of the pandemic, as well as frustration at the political impasse, is driving more people into the yes campIt was at the height of Scotland?s lockdown that it struck Henry most profoundly that the union was obsolete. A traditional Labour voter in his late 40s from a unio...

Richard Leonard survives as Scottish Labour leader
12 Sep 2020 at 2:54pm
Rebels fail to gain enough support to win no-confidence motion amid last-minute manoeuvring by party officialsA rebellion by Scottish Labour?s centrists aimed at toppling their party leader, Richard Leonard, has collapsed after they failed to force through a motion of no confidence in his leaders...

SNP urges BBC to retain live coverage of Covid briefings in Scotland
11 Sep 2020 at 12:51pm
Corporation plans to scale back broadcasts of Nicola Sturgeon?s daily updatesCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScottish National party leaders have urged BBC Scotland to continue live broadcasts of every coronavirus briefing by Nicola Sturgeon, after the corporation anno...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Johnson?s smirk of the union address
In his Smirk to the Union address on the bunting channel last night, the performance artiste with the stage name Boris Johnson warned that the threat from the coronavirus was not over, and that “complacency could be our undoing.” That would be the complacency with which a certain Conservative government reacted in the early spring […]

Labour?s Tory drag
When is nationalism not nationalism? When it’s British of course. Stick a union flag on your nationalist tub thumping and as if by magic – watch, and the nationalism has gone! British nationalism, it’s the Cillit Bang of nationalisms. And that’s one of the many reasons why British nationalism is better than any other kind […]

The second wave
Has anyone seen the performance artiste whose stage name is Boris Johnson? He’s been missing in action again, except to complain to his friends – and amazingly he has some – that it’s impossible to make ends meet on a piffling £150,000 annual salary. There have been reports that as the UK faces a second […]

British nationalism?s demographic time bomb
It’s always instructive to pay close attention to what your opponents are saying. There’s a very interesting article in the Herald today, written by Andy Maciver. He is currently the director of a consulting and lobbying company, but was formerly the Head of Communications for the Scottish Conservatives and remains close to the party. Today […]

Six years on
Today it’s the sixth anniversary of the independence referendum of 2014. We all know what happened on that day, how hopes were dashed and dreams evaporated, but six years later the independence movement is still here, still strong, and still setting the Scottish political agenda. Our hopes and dreams are very much alive. It was […]

Happy anniversary Mum & Dad
This is a different kind of blog post.  It’s my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary today.  Martha and Tommy Mosson got married on this day in St Maria Goretti’s church in Cranhill in the East End of Glasgow in 1960.  All these years later they’re still very happy together.  Well, as happy as a grumpy auld […]

A breakdown of trust
The UK government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma really doesn’t like the idea of explaining his government’s plans to those pesky uppity Scots. He has refused to appear before the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution committee to explain the impact of the UK Internal Market Bill on the devolution […]

Poxy Brexit passport
Today my replacement passport arrived in the post. It no longer says that the bearer is a European citizen. It no longer grants the right to live and work freely in 28 countries. It’s the passport of a rogue state that breaks international law and rips up treaties that it signed just a few months […]

A useless bit of rubbish passed off as an heirloom
So there you are, watching BBC1 and clutching a Battle of Britain commemorative mug in a living room bedecked with union flags and red white and blue bunting and all ready to break into a rousing chorus of There’ll Be Red White and Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover in order to show […]

Dugcast fae the dughoose : with Andrew Tickell again
WeeGingerDug · Dugcast 11 09 2020 With Andrew Tickell 2   This week I’m joined again by the legal commentator and academic Andrew Tickell. We chat about the UK govt’s decision to break international law and what this means. We also discuss the definition of sovereignty and who is really sovereign in law in Scotland […]

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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…

Gerry Hassan

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

The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking
The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 23rd 2020 The British Empire has never really gone away. Its presence and influence has always been here – sometimes in the background, often in the foreground, being invoked, defended and even celebrated by some. It is there in the … The post The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking...

The political and moral collapse of the Conservative Party, conservative thin...
The political and moral collapse of the Conservative Party, conservative thinking and unionism Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 20th 2020 The clue is meant to be in the name – the Conservative and Unionist Party. The Unionist moniker may refer first and foremost to the union with Ireland, but has a wider meaning in relation … The post The political and moral collapse of the Conservativ...

Perfidious Albion and the demise of Conservatism
Perfidious Albion and the demise of Conservatism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 16th 2020 It has not been a good week for the UK?s reputation – domestically or internationally. Boris Johnson?s shameless government of chameleons and charlatans showed their true colours by declaring their intentions to run a horse and cart through international law. To … The post Perfidious Albion and ...

The UK is a Rogue State
The UK is a Rogue State Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 13th 2020 The UK Government took the UK?s reputation to an all-time low in the past few days. Tragically, Britain?s descent into potential illegality, breaking agreements and weakening peace in Northern Ireland comes as no surprise. Even if part of this bravado turns out … The post The UK is a Rogue State appeared first on Gerry ...

What comes after Richard Leonard for Scottish Labour? Time for an Independent...
What comes after Richard Leonard for Scottish Labour? Time for an Independent Labour Party Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 9th 2020 Scottish Labour once seemed to have an ironclad grip on Scottish politics, winning election after election, and seeing off opponents whether it was Tories, SNP or the occasional Lib Dem. For two political generations … The post What comes after Richard Le...

British Democracy for Sale
British Democracy for Sale Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 6th 2020 British democracy likes to see itself as among the cleanest and least corrupt in the world, run by good chaps whose word can be taken in good faith and is their bond. This was always part myth but increasingly what passes for democracy in … The post British Democracy for Sale appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writing, ...

Bad politics leads to pad politics ? from Trump to Brexit to Scotland
Bad history leads to bad politics ? from Trump to Brexit and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 2nd 2020 The past is always with us, being remade and reinterpreted to suit the needs of the present. Yet in today?s world of complexity, change and messiness – as well as constant information and disinformation – … The post Bad politics leads to pad politics – from Trump to Brexit to...

Understanding and defeating the argument for the union in twelve steps
Understanding and defeating the argument for the union in twelve steps Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 30th 2020 It has been an uplifting last few weeks to be an independence supporter. Not only has there been a swathe of polls showing a growing independence majority, the pro-union side seems to be in a bit of … The post Understanding and defeating the argument for the union in twelve st...

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SNP MP makes fresh call for results of private polling on Scottish independen...
SNP MP makes fresh call for results of private polling on Scottish independence to be made public  Daily Record

Disunited Kingdom: Why Scottish independence is now more likely because of Br...
Disunited Kingdom: Why Scottish independence is now more likely because of Brexit  Euronews

Brexit Has Reignited Scotland's Push for Independence - Foreign Policy
Brexit Has Reignited Scotland's Push for Independence  Foreign Policy

Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum - BBC News
Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum  BBC News

Scottish independence is not inevitable so don't fall for the SNP hype ? Murd...
Scottish independence is not inevitable so don't fall for the SNP hype ? Murdo Fraser MSP  The Scotsman

Andrew Marr: Impact of Scottish independence on England would be 'enormous' -...
Andrew Marr: Impact of Scottish independence on England would be 'enormous'  HeraldScotland

As Scottish Independence Calls Grow, U.K. Trumpets Virtues of Unity - The Wal...
As Scottish Independence Calls Grow, U.K. Trumpets Virtues of Unity  The Wall Street Journal

The answer to the question no-one asks about independence: what will England ...
The answer to the question no-one asks about independence: what will England do?  The National

Scotland: Support for independence surges - DW (English)
Scotland: Support for independence surges  DW (English)

Upheaval caused by Scots independence would set our economy back by decades -...
Upheaval caused by Scots independence would set our economy back by decades  HeraldScotland

Ewan McGregor gives his backing to Scottish independence - HeraldScotland
Ewan McGregor gives his backing to Scottish independence  HeraldScotland

Nicola Sturgeon's economic plan will 'BANKRUPT independent Scotland', top eco...
Nicola Sturgeon's economic plan will 'BANKRUPT independent Scotland', top economist warns  Express

UK minister surprised by Scottish independence referendum move - Reuters
UK minister surprised by Scottish independence referendum move  Reuters

Handling of virus boosts Scotland independence push - The Mercury News
Handling of virus boosts Scotland independence push  The Mercury News

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SNP MP makes fresh call for results of private polling on Scottish independen...
SNP MP makes fresh call for results of private polling on Scottish independence to be made public  Daily RecordHow SNP and their followers use dirty tricks against political opponents like me ? Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP  The ScotsmanPoliticians who challenge SNP are 'monstered on social media', says Lib Dem MSP  HeraldScotlandSNP MSP says ?no reason? why an independent Scotland should take on shar...

Sir Keir Starmer stands by claim SNP would have mandate for indyref2 if they ...
Sir Keir Starmer stands by claim SNP would have mandate for indyref2 if they win Holyrood elections  Sky NewsTories challenge SNP to prioritise fixing schools ahead of Scottish independence  Daily RecordBoost for Sturgeon's independence plans as Starmer concedes SNP majority will be referendum mandate  Telegraph.co.ukKeir Starmer: SNP win in 2021 would be mandate for Indyref2'  The ScotsmanIndy...

SNP veteran says party chief executive's position is becoming ?more untenable...
SNP veteran says party chief executive's position is becoming ?more untenable? every day  Daily Record

SNP accused of 'bewildering' position over UK Trade Bill - HeraldScotland
SNP accused of 'bewildering' position over UK Trade Bill  HeraldScotland

SNP MP calls for Sturgeon's husband to be suspended as party chief executive ...
SNP MP calls for Sturgeon's husband to be suspended as party chief executive  HeraldScotland

SNP announce Hate Crime Bill climbdown after free speech row - HeraldScotland
SNP announce Hate Crime Bill climbdown after free speech row  HeraldScotland

Is £12.7bn not enough? SNP's Ian Blackford shut down as he demands furlough e...
Is £12.7bn not enough? SNP's Ian Blackford shut down as he demands furlough extension  Daily Express

Commons erupts in laughter as SNP MP prompts instant Gove response after Brex...
Commons erupts in laughter as SNP MP prompts instant Gove response after Brexit attack  Daily Express

War of words as councillor blasts former SNP colleagues amidst bullying row -...
War of words as councillor blasts former SNP colleagues amidst bullying row  Daily Record

Nicola Sturgeon anger: SNP leader 'looks stupid' as allies turn on First Mini...
Nicola Sturgeon anger: SNP leader 'looks stupid' as allies turn on First Minister  Express

Internal Market Bill: Claim SNP voted to scrap jobs is False - The Ferret
Internal Market Bill: Claim SNP voted to scrap jobs is False  The Ferret

SNP MP sternly told off by Commons Speaker for breaking important Parliament ...
SNP MP sternly told off by Commons Speaker for breaking important Parliament tradition  Daily Express

Locked down soft play centres protest at being 'abandoned' by SNP ministers -...
Locked down soft play centres protest at being 'abandoned' by SNP ministers  HeraldScotland

SNP defector says party has become 'far left extremist movement' - HeraldScot...
SNP defector says party has become 'far left extremist movement'  HeraldScotland

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Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum - BBC News
Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum  BBC NewsSir Keir Starmer stands by claim SNP would have mandate for indyref2 if they win Holyrood elections  Sky NewsStarmer: SNP win in 2021 would be indyref2 mandate  Daily Business?In a pandemic, character matters?: Starmer sets out electoral strategy in BBC interview  LabourListView Full coverage on Google News

Disunited Kingdom: Why Scottish independence is now more likely because of Br...
Disunited Kingdom: Why Scottish independence is now more likely because of Brexit  EuronewsWhy the Conservatives block a second Scottish referendum at their peril  New StatesmanVoters less likely to back Scottish independence if it means the pound is ditched for a new currency  Daily RecordPoll: Most Scots would reject independence after considering issues  The ScotsmanView Full coverage on Goo...

Brexit Has Reignited Scotland's Push for Independence - Foreign Policy
Brexit Has Reignited Scotland's Push for Independence  Foreign Policy

Scottish independence is not inevitable so don't fall for the SNP hype ? Murd...
Scottish independence is not inevitable so don't fall for the SNP hype ? Murdo Fraser MSP  The Scotsman

SNP MP makes fresh call for results of private polling on Scottish independen...
SNP MP makes fresh call for results of private polling on Scottish independence to be made public  Daily Record

UK minister surprised by Scottish independence referendum move - Reuters
UK minister surprised by Scottish independence referendum move  Reuters

Scottish nationalists announce plans for new independence referendum - Reuter...
Scottish nationalists announce plans for new independence referendum  Reuters UK

Scotland: Support for independence surges - DW (English)
Scotland: Support for independence surges  DW (English)

Nicola Sturgeon's economic plan will 'BANKRUPT independent Scotland', top eco...
Nicola Sturgeon's economic plan will 'BANKRUPT independent Scotland', top economist warns  Express

Covid: How the coronavirus pandemic is redefining Scottish politics - BBC News
Covid: How the coronavirus pandemic is redefining Scottish politics  BBC News

Handling of virus boosts Scotland independence push - The Mercury News
Handling of virus boosts Scotland independence push  The Mercury News

Keir Starmer squirms as he is confronted with OWN words on Scotland's referen...
Keir Starmer squirms as he is confronted with OWN words on Scotland's referendum 'mandate'  Daily Express

Brexit trade bill may pave way for 'snap' Scottish independence referendum - ...
Brexit trade bill may pave way for 'snap' Scottish independence referendum  The Times

Scottish independence referendum likely 'within two or three years' says Sir ...
Scottish independence referendum likely 'within two or three years' says Sir John Curtice  The Scotsman

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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 ...

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!

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?

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.  

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...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Ireland
Needs a thread on it's own. Esp with the Wolfe Tones at Number 1 in Ireland and UK. Who saw that coming? A wee history lesson for some Brits.  

Nipper Salmond
Well well well
 
I?ve been reading some of the left fascist scum hypocrisy over the last few hours and I must say it?s laughable. The same imbeciles who were up in arms about the alleged Donald Trump allegations are defending and sweeping under the carpet the Alex Salmond allegations
 
It seems that ...

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

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The new board layout
Well done @Rolling hIlls for the changes you @Pâté and the rest of the team have made.  It looks great.  

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

Julian Assange
Media starting to report that the UN have ruled in his favour.

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.

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...

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...

Pop Master Radio 2
Anyone else do it, and have you ever got them all?. Got to within one once when at home with the wife but normally get anything from 12-27. Falls on my break time at work so gives us something to do.?.

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

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Black Lives Matter... in Scotland
I coudn't see a thread on this. But it's one of the issues of the day. A range of Scottish voices discussing justice for Sheku Bayoh here:   https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNxaBaRmngKj?t=33m18s  

Carole Malone
What an utterly horrible excuse for a journalist.

Tamb - where did it all go wrong Part II?
Closing 20 page threads now because of one post?

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Little Bo Peep is losing her sheep ? Is it Et Tu for Nicola Sturgeon
    2014 Independence Referendum Nicola Sturgeon was given the honour of leading the campaign for independence. Referendum campaigning began with polls indicating “No” voters would prevail, a view promoted by the Unionist media and given maximum media space by the BBC, who bombarded Scotland with negative publicity broadcasting many times each day thatContinue reading "Little Bo Peep is losin...

Double Devolution ? The Tory Plan For Scotland
    10 Sep 2020: Reported in today’s “National” – Councillors in Shetland have passed a motion to explore options for ?achieving political and financial self-determination?. Leader of the council Steven Coutts proposed the motion, which was carried yesterday by 18 to 2 votes. The motion states there is concern that centralised decision-making ?isContinue reading "Double Devolution – The Tory ...

The Alex Salmond Inquiry A Can of Worms is Being Exposed But Who Will Break R...
    An update – The Alex Salmond debacle Judith Mackinnon left her post in July 2017 and took up employment in a newly created post as “Head of People Advice for The Scottish Government”. She reported to Nicola Richards, who had been appointed to her new role as “Director of People”. ItContinue reading "The Alex Salmond Inquiry A Can of Worms is Being Exposed But Who Will Break Ranks and Bl...

Scotland Under the Cosh!! You Ain?t seen Nuthin? yet ? Be Afraid ? Be very Af...
  The United Kingdom National Security Council Created by the Tory Government on 12 May 2010, the (NSC) of the United Kingdom is an inner Cabinet Committee gifted with the authority to oversee all issues relating to national security, intelligence coordination, and defence strategy. The Secretary to the National Security Council (NSC) and theContinue reading "Scotland Under the Cosh!! You Ain...

Francesca Osowska ? A Well Earned OBE ? You Be The Judge
  Scottish Affairs Committee Meeting ? 2015 ? Scottish Office ? Financial matters ? Francesca Osowska OBE, Director, Scotland Office in attendance   The minutes were very long and tedious to read so I summarised the content Chair: We are very grateful for you coming along today. If you would like to say whatContinue reading "Francesca Osowska – A Well Earned OBE – You Be The Judge"

Lets Unleash the BBC?s Potential ? Addressing the Nation ? The Words and Not ...
  23 Jul 2020: Lets Unleash the BBC’s Potential and Help Global Britain BBC Director General – Tony Hall addressed the nation with an article he first sent to The Telegraph then reproduced it in the BBC blog. The content reveals the stupeyfying insensibility of the BBC Corporation which seeks to greatly expand itsContinue reading "Lets Unleash the BBC’s Potential – Addressing the Nation – The...

?The pot calling the kettle black? ? The Hypocrisy of the British Government?...
    March 2019 Congressional inquiry declares no evidence of Russian interference in the US Presidential election Following 22 months of torturous investigation US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, chairman of a committee comprised mainly of Democrats hand-picked by himself, concluded that Russia had not interfered in the US election. The investigation did revealContinue reading "“The pot cal...

Will History Award the Dubious Accolade of the Most Expansionist Brutal and R...
      The British Empire In 1911 the Royal Navy was comprised of 660 fighting vessels, manned by 137,500 personnel. In comparison, the next largest world seapower was Germany which had 336 ships and 67,000 sailors. The huge fleet was maintained to ensure England’s dominance of the seaways protecting the largest fleetContinue reading "Will History Award the Dubious Accolade of the Most Expan...

The Brazen Cheek of the Scottish Tory?s ? Confirmation Putin?s Russia Pulls ...
      Putin’s Russia pulls the strings and the Tory Party Dances to their tune In the past ten years, approximately 10,000 super-wealthy Chinese and Russian business investors and entrepreneurs have been issued with “golden visas” by the Tory government providing them with a right of residence in the UK. So manyContinue reading "The Brazen Cheek of the Scottish Tory’s – Confirmation Putin’...

Boris Johnson ? London Mayor ? Promises to his Rich Backers in the City Honou...
    Boris Johnson – Mayor of London – 2008 to 2016 His success in gaining the position of mayor was not unsurprising since the campaign came right at the start of the banking crisis which was part-attributed to mishandling the economy by the financial sector and the Labour Party and orchestrated “right-wing”Continue reading "Boris Johnson – London Mayor – Promises to his Rich Backers in the...

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Justice Secretary confirms climbdown on hate crime bill
The new offence of stirring up hatred against protected groups will only apply when someone's intention to do so is proven

Scotland records highest number of COVID cases since start of pandemic
Nicola Sturgeon said the rising case numbers were ?a real cause for concern?.

Companies House moves to block identity fraud
Companies House announces reforms aimed at improving the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate suspected crime

COVID lockdown brings increase in cycling rates
New figures show the number of journeys made on bike between March and August 2020 was 43 per cent higher than the same period last year

Access to mental health services limited by lockdown
Almost half of people receiving support pre-lockdown feel they are now not getting the care or treatment they need, according to a survey from SAMH.

Household visits banned as new COVID-19 restrictions announced
Indoor visits to other households will not be permitted from Wednesday to limit the spread of coronavirus, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Former Shetland MSP Tavish Scott appointed chief executive of salmon producer...
Scott takes up his new post with the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation in November

Presiding officer Ken Macintosh to stand down at Scottish election
The former Scottish Labour MSP was first elected in 1999 and was made presiding officer in 2016

COVID-19 alert level for the UK increased to level four
This comes after a briefing that the UK could see more than 200 deaths a day from coronavirus in November

Alasdair Allan launches consultation on saving Gaelic as a community language
The MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar will hold community discussions to find a sustainable future for the language

Fundraising is an ?important part of modern campaigning?, Angus Robertson cam...
Responding to criticism by former government minister Marco Biagi, Robertson?s campaign said online advertising was ?legitimate, permissible and effective?

New restrictions will ?almost certainly? be in place in the next few days
The First Minister said that ?fast and urgent action? was needed to tackle the spread of coronavirus

Former minister Marco Biagi calls on SNP to clamp down on ?dark money donations?
Marco Biagi hits out at the SNP?s handling of candidate selection, with the former MSP claiming the process has been ?left tilted towards those with the richest friends?

Oxfam calls on Scottish Government to boost Climate Justice Fund
Calling on ministers to increase payments through the fund from ?3m per year to ?10m, head of Oxfam Scotland Jamie Livingstone said ?the Scottish Government?s actions must match its words"