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SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica named
24 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
THE ?external consultant? who met the data firm Cambridge Analytica on behalf of the SNP was a key figure in the party?s digital operations, it has emerged.

SNP MSP says he "utterly despises" being part of UK
24 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
AN SNP MSP has said he ?truly despises? being part of the the UK, saying ?uncaring, xenophobic, fantasist exceptionalism is all I see from it?.

Former SNP MP hires top QC in legal fight
24 Apr 2018 at 5:03am
THE former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has hired one of Scotland?s top QCs to defend her against a claim of professional misconduct in her previous career.

Brexit risks undermining devolution, warn experts
24 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
Brexit will undermine devolution amid "shambolic" efforts to repatriate EU powers to Edinburgh, according to a major new independent report.

Sturgeon and May close to agreement on Brexit bill
24 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
HOPES have been raised in Whitehall that Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon are on the brink of a deal over the Conservatives? flagship EU Withdrawal Bill.

New Gaelic dictionary launched to preserve the language
24 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
WORK on a landmark Gaelic dictionary which aims to safeguard the future of the language has secured investment of £2.5 million from the public purse.

Jewish organisations to meet Jeremy Corbyn for talks on anti-Semitism
24 Apr 2018 at 6:58am
The Labour leader has faced widespread criticism over his handling of hostility towards Jews in the Labour party.

New law needed to protect police dogs and horses
23 Apr 2018 at 4:39pm
ANIMAL welfare campaigners have backed calls for a new criminal offence of causing injury to police dogs and horses.

Laird first to throw hat in ring for Scottish Labour deputy
24 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
SHADOW Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird has become the first person to enter the contest to be Scottish Labour?s next deputy leader.

Health Secretary criticises Willie Rennie amid no confidence vote reports
24 Apr 2018 at 3:51am
Health Secretary Shona Robison has said she will not be "distracted" by reports of moves for her to face a vote of no confidence at Holyrood.

New MRI scanners will help cut diagnosis test waiting times, says Shona Robison
24 Apr 2018 at 3:56am
Waiting times for diagnostic tests for serious health conditions will be cut by new Scottish Government funded scanners, the health secretary has said.

New Scotland-Malawi agreement reached
24 Apr 2018 at 3:36am
The leaders of Scotland and Malawi have signed a new joint commitment to work towards the United Nation's Global Development Goals.

Jeremy Corbyn promises Amritsar raid inquiry under Labour government
24 Apr 2018 at 4:22am
An independent inquiry into Britain's military role in the Indian army's 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar would be carried out under a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Home Secretary to update MPs on Windrush scandal
23 Apr 2018 at 12:25pm
UNDER-FIRE Amber Rudd is to make an oral statement to MPs this afternoon with speculation growing that she will announce a multi-million pound compensation package for those members of the Windrush Generation affected by the citizenship scandal.

Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson 'confident' police election probe will find no wr...
23 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
LIBERAL Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson has insisted she is "very confident" the police investigation into her general election spending will find no trace of wrongdoing.



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Identiy of SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica revealed
24 Apr 2018 at 9:17am
A former digital strategist for the SNP met a controversial political consultancy linked to Facebook data mining on behalf of the party, it has been reported.

Brexit has ?deepened divisions? in Scotland and Northern Ireland
24 Apr 2018 at 6:27am
Brexit has already caused “substantial damage” to the UK’s system of devolution, with Westminster accused of having “largely ignored” both Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to a report.

Use of food banks in Scotland hits record high
24 Apr 2018 at 6:19am
The use of food banks in Scotland has hit a record high after soaring by 17 per cent in the past year, according to research published today

Scots drivers ?fill gaps? in council budgets as parking charges top £70m
24 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
Motorists have faced an inflation-busting £5.6 million hike in parking charges imposed by cash-strapped councils across Scotland.

Leader comment: Drivers are no cash cow for councils
24 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
As The Scotsman reveals today, motorists paid more than £70 million in council car parking charges last year, after a rise of more than three times the rate of inflation on the previous year.

Leader comment: Wrong for SNP MSP to ?despise? the UK over Windrush
24 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
Politicians – not a nation – are to blame for the staggering injustice of the Windrush scandal.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Scottish MPs being sidelined by their own parties
24 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
They may promise to ‘stand up for Scotland’, but Scottish MPs are being sidelined by their own parties, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

Gaelic dictionary project handed extra £2.5m funding ten years after work began
24 Apr 2018 at 12:01am
It is a project so complex and time consuming that by the time it is finally finished, some of the people currently working on it expect to have retired – or even died.

Brexit ?power grab? talks into injury time
24 Apr 2018 at 12:01am
Talks to avert a constitutional crisis over devolution of powers after Brexit will enter their final 24 hours today with a deal said to be awaiting sign off from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

New Scotland-Malawi agreement reached
23 Apr 2018 at 9:36pm
The leaders of Scotland and Malawi have signed a new joint commitment to work towards the United Nation’s Global Development Goals.

Windrush generation to get UK citizenship papers free
23 Apr 2018 at 6:59pm
Members of the Windrush generation will be issued British citizenship free of charge and without the standard documentation or language test requirements, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced as she admitted that “successive governments got it wrong”.

Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally
23 Apr 2018 at 4:06pm
It promises to have all the hallmarks of a pro-Scottish independence rally, the kind which have become commonplace since the run-up to the 2014 referendum.

Nearly 2m people on zero-hours contracts
23 Apr 2018 at 1:34pm
The number of zero-hours contracts in the UK has increased to 1.8 million over the past year, new figures show.

SNP MSP says he ?truly despises? being part of the UK
23 Apr 2018 at 12:00pm
A former SNP depute leadership candidate has provoked a row after claiming he “despised” being part of the UK.

Brian Monteith: Theresa May must show her resolve
23 Apr 2018 at 6:30am
Last week the House of Lords twice defeated the government on key clauses of its bill to leave the EU.

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The Scottish Media For Dummies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2018 at 11:08am
A beginner’s guide to how it works: SUNDAY: The Sunday Times copies an SNP BAD nonsense story wholesale from the previous day’s Scottish Daily Mail. MONDAY: The Scottish Daily mail copies an SNP BAD nonsense story wholesale from the previous day’s Sunday Times. (The story itself being a worthless nano-crumb of utterly spurious cobblers from an unnamed source …

Due diligence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2018 at 11:41am
Even in a sluggish news season, it’s somehow extra-dispiriting to see a once-august newspaper like the Sunday Times fill its pages by trying to flog its readers reheated old cobblers from the previous day’s Daily Mail. We’ve already shredded the towering stupidity of the story itself (the Times dutifully repeats all the exact same drivel about meal …

Drowning the baby
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2018 at 12:15pm
Pointing out the spectacular levels of imbecility among Scotland’s elected Tories has threatened to become a full-time job for this website in recent months. We wish we could say that today’s example was even a particularly noteworthy one, but tragically it’s about par for the course. Today’s Scottish Daily Mail leads with a rather limp piece about …

A hostile environment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
From here: (NB These rules do not apply to Andrew Neil, Nick Robinson, etc etc. Like, duh. In a properly democratic country we’d be able to use FOI to actually see the blacklist, but this is the BBC we’re talking about.)

A story told in pictures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2018 at 11:37am
Because we have no words. Previous coverage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Trampling on graves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2018 at 9:49am
Last night – at the insistence of the SNP – the House Of Commons held a six-hour emergency debate in the wake of the UK’s unquestionably illegal bombing of Syria at the weekend, under the supposed justification of a chemical attack that may well not have happened at all, far less have been the responsibility of the …

Desperate fishwives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2018 at 11:35am
Scotland’s political opposition and media, today: There can surely be no country on Earth cursed and plagued with a more pathetic shower of petty, whining, gossiping harpies in those roles than Scotland. And while we knew that already, barely a day seems to go by without them reaching a new nadir. If you’ve got the …

The decoy
by Chris Cairns
14 Apr 2018 at 6:59am

The killer blow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2018 at 6:33pm
Yes, we know the Express announces a “killer blow” to independence every couple of weeks. But otherwise we can think of nothing to add to this story, so just click the pic to read and enjoy. EDIT 6.50pm: Duh! We’ve just noticed the article is in fact from exactly a year ago. Beamer for us! …

The elephant in the courtroom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2018 at 12:15pm
In one way or another, a lot of politics is being played out in courts at the moment. Whether it’s Spain trying to crush the Catalonian independence movement, America frantically trying to impeach its President before he does something REALLY crazy or the UK trying to redefine the most basic of human freedoms out of existence without …

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Scottish Labour set timetable for new deputy leader
22 Apr 2018 at 5:07pm
The Scottish Labour Party says nominations for the post will open on 14 May and close two weeks later.

Cable to urge SNP to back campaign for new Brexit vote
21 Apr 2018 at 5:23pm
Vince Cable tells Lib Dem conference delegates that SNP votes could be crucial to winning a new vote on Brexit.

New funding of £2.5m for next phase of Gaelic dictionary
24 Apr 2018 at 12:04am
Faclair na Gàidhlig aims to document the history, development and use of every single word in the language.

Labour says councillor suspensions still under review
23 Apr 2018 at 11:54am
Nine Labour councillors in Aberdeen were suspended last year after forming a coalition with Conservatives.

Cervical cancer roadshow to tour Scotland
22 Apr 2018 at 12:35am
Volunteers will tour retail parks and shopping centres to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease.

Scottish doctors' leader warns health service 'deteriorating'
21 Apr 2018 at 12:46am
The chairman of BMA Scotland said patients are suffering due to funding not keeping up with demand.

Scottish salmon farming petition signed by 30,500
21 Apr 2018 at 11:26am
The petition urges the Scottish government to routinely test effluent from salmon processing plants.

No time limit for terminal illness benefits
20 Apr 2018 at 5:49pm
The Scottish government says its new benefits system will now allow doctors alone to decide whether an illness is terminal.

Rennie urges voters to 'try' the Lib Dems
20 Apr 2018 at 3:36pm
The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader reaches out to voters disillusioned with the other parties.

Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list
19 Apr 2018 at 5:13pm
The Scottish Conservative leader makes the Time magazine list of the world's most influential people.

MSPs voice support for 'fix room' law change
19 Apr 2018 at 5:31pm
A cross-party majority of MSPs urge the UK government to change the law to allow a Glasgow drug consumption room.

Closure halt call at Pinneys plant amid Young's Seafood sale plans
19 Apr 2018 at 8:36pm
MSPs say closure plans for the Pinneys plant should be put on hold as its parent company is looking for a buyer.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

How a vote to stay in the customs union could trigger another snap general el...
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2018 at 5:55pm
As I've noted a number of times before, Stephen Bush of the New Statesman has an uncanny habit of making political predictions that either prove correct, or that prove a hell of a lot closer to bei...

Sorry, Mr Wishart, but you are factually wrong: there is no "indy-gap"
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2018 at 5:43pm
So, with a certain amount of weariness, I've taken a look at Pete Wishart's latest 'contribution to the debate' on the timing of a second independence referendum (at least this time it's not a phon...

SNP vote remains rock-solid in Highland Perthshire by-election
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2018 at 5:40pm
Just for once we have a by-election outcome where the terminology of 'hold' or 'gain' isn't misleading due to the quirks of the voting system.  The Highland ward in Perth & Kinross was firmly Tory ...

Why the Tories want the SNP to let their mandate for a referendum expire
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2018 at 10:06pm
Not for the first time, David Halliday has hit the nail on the head with this tweet -"If not having an independence referendum before 2021 is sensible then why has Ruth Davidson been fighting so ha...

Why I'm backing Chris McEleny for SNP depute leader
by James Kelly
14 Apr 2018 at 4:01pm
Because the candidates are perhaps a little less well-known than would usually be the case, I had planned to take my time before making a final decision about who to vote for in the SNP depute lead...

Renew the Section 30 request, put a deadline on it - and then if needs be go ...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2018 at 7:37pm
Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland has helpfully moved forward the debate over indyref timing by arguing that the Scottish Government should go ahead and legislate for a second referendum witho...

Twitter poll confirms overwhelming demand within the Yes movement for a pre-2...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2018 at 7:39pm
The Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has been holding a Twitter poll over the last 24 hours on the timing of an independence referendum.  The results are dramatic, with a combined total of 88...

Jim Sillars is now, to all intents and purposes, opposed to an independent Sc...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2018 at 2:48am
I think that's fair comment.  It's rather like Gordon Brown's famous "five economic tests" for joining the euro - they were intentionally designed never to be met, because for whatever reason Brown...

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Analysis: The political own goal that SNP HQ could have avoided
by /u/cb43569
24 Apr 2018 at 8:43am
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Place to live between Glasgow and Edinburgh
by /u/Bluesco
24 Apr 2018 at 8:09am
Hey, I currently live in the outskirts of Glasgow (North East) but have recently started to think about moving to somewhere between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The main reason for this is to with my mrs...

Benefit cuts under universal credit lead to record increase in Scottish foodb...
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24 Apr 2018 at 7:27am
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Food parcel handouts hit record high
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24 Apr 2018 at 7:17am
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why does St Andrews attract so many Americans?
by /u/lololgong
24 Apr 2018 at 2:40am
Planning to apply IR + Philosophy as an international via UCAS and was wondering what made St Andrews so appealing to Americans. Is it the dual programs with colleges in America? submitted by ...

Unconditional offers
by /u/Yewotm69
23 Apr 2018 at 11:01pm
I'm sitting AH Maths and I have 5 unconditionals. Is there any point in studying to try and get an A? submitted by /u/Yewotm69

A skier on Ben Lui on Saturday
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23 Apr 2018 at 8:49pm
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Need help/advice: birth and adoption certificate
by /u/MrMcPhantom
23 Apr 2018 at 7:06pm
Hi, I am in a pretty stressful situation. I am trying to get a copy of my birth certificate from Glasgow city council which is needed within the next week or so. I was adopted in 2007 by my stepf...

Scotland urged to follow in UK Government's footsteps over alcohol funding
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23 Apr 2018 at 6:32pm
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Doctors' leader warns NHS 'deteriorating'
by /u/_soapdodger
23 Apr 2018 at 6:08pm
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SNP MSP Ivan McKee rescues man from freezing canal
by /u/bottish
23 Apr 2018 at 4:45pm
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Basic Income (in relation to my previous post)
by /u/_soapdodger
23 Apr 2018 at 4:43pm
Earlier this month I had made a wee text post outlining my concerns about basic income and the plans put forward by the Scottish Government to create trial schemes here. While we haven't had any fu...

The devolved system waits for the referee
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23 Apr 2018 at 4:01pm
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A Clear View of the Scottish Highlands: NASA Image Of The Day
by /u/unripegreenbanana
23 Apr 2018 at 1:02pm
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Theresa May to take UK out Customs Union after Tory Brexiteers threaten to ou...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
The Prime Minister will not do a U-turn on hardline stance after pro-Brexit MPs signalled any backsliding would mean the end of her tenure.

SNP must do right thing in relieving terminally ill from cruel Tory benefit s...
by Kezia Dugdale
24 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
We have an opportunity for Scotland to build a welfare system with fairness at its heart, making different choices from the Tories, says Kezia Dugdale.

Scottish Labour announce timetable for deputy leader election to replace hara...
by dailyrecord
23 Apr 2018 at 12:41pm
Nominations will open on May 14 and end on May 28 after Alex Rowley stepped down amid allegations of harassment.

Tories treatment of Windrush generation is a disgrace and they must end their...
by dailyrecord
23 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Theresa May’s policy of creating a “hostile environment” has put many of the Windrush generation families in an impossible situation, says our columnist.

Government must crack down on ticket touts as Arctic Monkeys boss calls for V...
by Record View
23 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Tough action is required if touts are to be curbed, says Record View.

Almost two thirds of Scots believe we are better off in EU and want to stay i...
by Andy Philip
22 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm
EXCLUSIVE: The findings are in line with the EU referendum decision in Scotland and are higher than in the rest of the UK.

Firms hired by Yes campaign targeted Facebook users' posts ahead of 2014 indy...
by John Ferguson
22 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Canadian firms First Contact and Zero Pi created tools to analyse posts and determine whether users were on the Yes side.

Health Secretary Shona Robison faces Holyrood no confidence vote over NHS Tay...
by David Clegg
21 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie joined calls for Robison to quit as she faces mounting pressure to give up her prestigious post.

Glasgow SNP MP vents her anger after Arsene Wenger steps down as Arsenal boss
by Peter Davidson
20 Apr 2018 at 7:43pm
Carol Monaghan took to social media to have her say after a day of people speaking about Arsene Wenger.

EU ready to snub British 'fantasy island unicorn model' for Irish border afte...
by Andrew Woodcock
20 Apr 2018 at 3:34pm
Downing Street insists the border will remain open despite claims from Brussels that "none of the UK customs options will work".

Michael Greenwell

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

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin… Advertisements

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

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.

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 …

Bella Caledonia

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On Rap and Shit Journalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Apr 2018 at 1:42pm
Darren McGarvey responds to a recent article published in the Herald that claimed Kendrick Lamar doesn’t deserve a Pulitzer music prize and that rap isn’t a proper art form. In a piece dripping with contempt Brian Beacom wrote: “Isn?t rap, at best, a sorry stream of semi-literate consciousness, or at worst, a collection of nonsensical …

Ben Wizner: Edward Snowden didn?t expose mass NSA surveillance to make friends
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Apr 2018 at 10:46am
It can?t be underestimated the role that the ACLU plays in U.S. civil liberties and rights. Their mantra of defending these constitutional prerogatives for the American public is something they?re well?versed in fighting for, given the organisation is almost 100 years old. Listen to the full interview in our weekly Newsvoice Think podcast Founded in 1920 following the November …

The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2018 at 10:39am
There’s a growing problem of farce and surrealism in the green movement and in wider society, I call it Lifestyle v the Apocalypse. It goes like this: the more severe and urgent the multifaceted ecological and climate change crisis becomes, the less we do. Faced with the deluge of information that our Plastic Society has …

Our Common Future ? a Zombie Commonwealth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2018 at 12:38pm
These Commonwealth gatherings mark Britain out as a quaint and bland place dominated for hundreds of years by a strange family. Its leaders huddle togeher in bemused subservience while Royals mumble patronising platitudes or casual racism. To be fair it’s what Britain does best: meaningless gatherings endlessly shuffling-about some incoherent vision of the future whilst …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2018 at 10:13am
The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament as ?non-invasive?, and the resuscitation of Enoch Powell?s ?rivers of blood? 1968 speech from beyond the grave. On top of this …

Bono, Groupthink and Partners
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Apr 2018 at 9:05am
The race is on for the job, as Robin McAlpine has put it, that ?no one wants?. 1 The three candidates to be the SNP?s next Depute Leader will gather this Saturday at Airdrie Town Hall for the first hustings of the contest. However, as others have already observed, the nature of the contest does …

Brexit Makes Me Angry, and You Should Be Too
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2018 at 9:28pm
Brexit makes me angry. It makes me very angry. This, as they say, might just be the proverbial understatement. There are no gritted teeth, just a visceral sense of powerlessness. I live and work in Spain and have done for the last four years. I spend three months every year in the UK and the …

A Line in the Sand
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2018 at 9:16pm
I do not, and could not, claim knowledge of Syria; still less the politics of Syria or the military situation in Syria. I know only that my Government has carried out military operations in Syria: in my name, and in yours. All I can do is ask why these operations are being carried out, and …

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Instant payouts offer lifeline to Scotland's rough sleepers
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
22 Apr 2018 at 12:00pm
Outreach workers given cash to help those in need with anything from hotel rooms to haircutsOutreach workers in Scottish cities can make instant payouts of up to £200 for anything from haircuts to hotel rooms as part of a radical approach to entrenched rough sleeping. The funding, directly from t...

The Windrush generation and a hostile Home Office ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Pippa Crerar with Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo, Sarah Teather and Libby Brooks; produced by Phil Maynard and Simon Barnard
19 Apr 2018 at 3:50pm
Pippa Crerar is joined by Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo and Sarah Teather to discuss the government?s chaotic response to reports of Caribbean people who came to the UK as children in the 1950s and 60s being denied their rights. Plus Libby Brooks reports from Holyrood on how the Scotti...

Government loses two House of Lords votes on EU withdrawal bill ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Apr 2018 at 8:01pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and peers voting on the EU withdrawal billReport: government suffers Lords defeat on leaving customs unionPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatEvening summary 7.59pm BST...

Legality of Scottish and Welsh Brexit bills challenged
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 Apr 2018 at 11:38am
Supreme court ruling sought on whether devolved parliaments can legislate for BrexitThe UK government is challenging the legality of emergency Brexit bills passed by the Scottish and Welsh parliaments after months of dispute about their policy-making powers.The attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC,...

May refuses to back Boris Johnson's claim there will be 'Brexit dividend' - P...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Mar 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s tour of the UK to mark Brexit now being just one year awayJohn McDonnell?s morning interviews - SummaryTony Blair?s Brexit Q&A - SummaryTheresa May?s BBC interview - SummaryMay refuses to back Boris Johns...

The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Scraping beneath the bottom of the Vow barrel
It’s the political corpse that keeps coming back from the dead. Every time you think it’s dead it pops back up again. It’s been battered over the head. It’s been blown apart. It’s been forensically dissected and the pieces packed up and sent into orbit around whatever planet it is that Wullie Rennie comes from. …

We?re all bastards from Newsnet now
When independence campaigners who are compelled to pay a licence fee on pain of criminalisation complain about how the BBC doesn’t reflect their views, and demand that the Corporation refrain from its anti-independence bias, they’re accused of trying to silence journalists and being enemies of democracy. It now transpires that it’s the BBC which has …

Increasing the immigration statistics by one
I thought I’d write a more personal blog article this time, so that you can all know what my plans are for the coming months. Readers, I’m getting married. My partner Peter and I have set a date, the wedding will be on Friday 26th October and will be celebrated on the coast of the …

Hard work, but not difficult work
The one-man whirlwind that is Robin McAlpine of CommonWeal has recently published a book which is an invaluable contribution to the independence debate and which provides many of the answers which we were struggling for during the first referendum campaign back in 2014. Called How to Start a New Country, a Practical Guide for Scotland, …

Let us be very clear
In an article for the Sunday Times this weekend, Jeremy Clarkson says that he doesn’t understand the need for Scottish independence, but then no one has ever knowingly accused Jeremy of having any sort of insight into anyone who doesn’t fully subscribe to the agenda of the right wing British nationalist press. Jeremy is now …

Mission accomplished
Remember when we said that Donald Trump would start WW3 on Twitter and we thought it was a joke? There he was the other day boasting about how smart his missiles are, which made everyone wonder if the missiles wouldn’t be a more intelligent American president, and now along with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron …

Oh, and one more thing!
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto then. One more time with feeling. This is going to be short and sweet, but I think it’s an important issue. So listen up! In my post Mushroom farming the population, I stressed the need to support Scotland’s emerging new and traditional media sources. iScot, Independence Live, Phantom Power, …

You get what you give
A guest post by Samuel Miller You know, I still can’t get my head round it. So many questions and so few answers. Especially given the headlines of the past few weeks. Questions are good though. For instance, just what makes some people put others in harms way? Why mislead to manipulate opinion, when you …

The National

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UK citizenship and language tests waived for Windrush generation
AMBER Rudd has announced UK citizenship tests and language will be waived for the Windrush generation.

Scotland and Northern Ireland remain vote ?an irritation? for UK
THE vote in Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain in the European Union has been treated as more of ?an irritation? than a central concern in the UK Government?s Brexit planning, according to a paper by two leading European experts.

May faces cabinet revolt over u-turn on Brexit customs union
THE Prime Minister faces open revolt from her hardline Brexiteer cabinet colleagues after reports emerged that she?s likely to perform a thumping great u-turn and keep Britain in the EU?s customs union.

Labour MP: Windrush policies are institutionalised racism
THERESA May?s immigration policies are ?institutionalised racism?, Labour frontbencher Dawn Butler claims.

Claims data from Moneysupermarket was used by Leave.EU
DATA scraped from price comparison websites like may have been used by a company owned by billionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks.

PFI: The disaster we should have seen coming
IT was a disaster a long time in the making, and one that should have been seen for what it was before its awful implications were finally realised.

Greens accuse LibDems of ?living in parallel universe?
WILLIE Rennie has come under attack after trying to taking credit for Scotland?s new income tax system ? despite most of his MSPs voting against it.

Scotland Office spent money targeting voters who weren't interested in indepe...
THE SCOTLAND Office has denied spending public money for party political purposes.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

Dirty Tricks ? Trumpgate and Skripal ? All Roads Lead to London and MI6
          Note:  This article is a follow up to the undernoted link. (       Boris Johnson – Trump – The Tory party Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targ...

Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the US (FUKUS) to Res...
      Planned Invasion by the Western Allies of Syria in the Spring of 2018 Late 2017 the Syrian Army liberated parts of their eastern provinces, re-establishing a land route stretching from Iran to Syria and the formidable Hezbollah forces based in the Lebanon. This is unacceptable to the Western allies and a major … Continue reading "Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the...

Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U.S. State...
            Family Ties Rodney Ford has been a major influence in African affairs for nearly 20 years. His partner is Gillian Apfel also a senior US diplomat. Gillian is the sister of Lauren Apfel, wife of Adam Tomkins, Tory MSP and constitutional affairs spokesman for the Tory party in Scotland. This short … Continue reading "Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U...

Porton Down Director Distances His Establishment From Prime Minister May?s Ac...
        Extracts from Hansard: House of Commons: Tuesday 24 September 2002 The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Today we published a 50-page dossier, detailing the history of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programme, its breach of United Nations resolutions, and its attempts to rebuild that illegal programme. As the dossier sets out, … Continue reading "Porton Down Director Distances His Es...

Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children
Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 11th 2018 Scottish education has always had an important, even disproportionate place in society – emphasising its distinctiveness, traditions, and of course, multiple individual stories and experiences. Yet our education system has had for all the good and positive stories, too …

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

Scotland and Independence

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Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally
Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Jeremy Clarkson: 'I don't understand the need for Scottish independence'
Jeremy Clarkson: 'I don't understand the need for Scottish independence'  iNewsJeremy Clarkson takes swipe at Scotland over independence bid amid 'post-Brexit' rant coverage

UK has chosen to ignore the Remain voters of Scotland and Northern Ireland
UK has chosen to ignore the Remain voters of Scotland and Northern Ireland  The NationalFull coverage

Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?
Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?  New StatesmanFull coverage

Jeremy Clarkson urges Scots to forget about independence
Jeremy Clarkson urges Scots to forget about independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon denies 'GRANDSTANDING' over Scottish independence on US trade...
Nicola Sturgeon denies 'GRANDSTANDING' over Scottish independence on US trade trip Scotland where all can truly flourish is not just a dream  The NationalFull coverage

Stuart Cosgrove: Scottish Independence should not hamper Glasgow's bid to be ...
Stuart Cosgrove: Scottish Independence should not hamper Glasgow's bid to be new home of Channel 4  HeraldScotlandFull coverage


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SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica named as key figure in party's dig...
SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica named as key figure in party's digital operations  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

'Not enough cash' for SNP's education reform
'Not enough cash' for SNP's education reform  The TimesFull coverage

SNP defends new welfare agency as Westminster offers to step in
SNP defends new welfare agency as Westminster offers to step in  The TimesSNP MPs should have a say in Holyrood policies  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP's former digital guru confirms he met Cambridge Analytica
SNP's former digital guru confirms he met Cambridge Analytica coverage

SNP group leader's bemusement over Birkhill school saga
SNP group leader's bemusement over Birkhill school saga  The CourierFull coverage

SNP MSP says he 'truly despises' being part of the UK
SNP MSP says he 'truly despises' being part of the UK  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP Health Minister attacked over spike in early retirements from Scottish NHS
SNP Health Minister attacked over spike in early retirements from Scottish NHS coverage

SNP met Cambridge Analytica before election
SNP met Cambridge Analytica before election  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon: SNP held talks with Cambridge Analytica before 2016 Holyrood election Sturgeon won't name SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally
Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Major survey finds Remain would win second Brexit referendum
Major survey finds Remain would win second Brexit referendum  The ScotsmanMajor Brexit survey finds Derbyshire Times readers back Single Market  Derbyshire TimesRevealed: How people in Yorkshire would vote if a Brexit referendum was held today  Leeds LiveFull coverage

Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?
Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?  New StatesmanFull coverage

A referendum Sturgeon should find hard to refuse
A referendum Sturgeon should find hard to refuse  The ScotsmanCable to urge SNP to back campaign for new Brexit vote  BBC NewsWillie Rennie angers Greens by taking credit for tax policy  The NationalFull coverage

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Scottish MPs being sidelined by their own parties
Paris Gourtsoyannis: Scottish MPs being sidelined by their own parties  The ScotsmanInterests of the British people must take precedence over those of backbenchers  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Brexit has 'deepened divisions' in Scotland and Northern Ireland
Brexit has 'deepened divisions' in Scotland and Northern Ireland  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Forget the LibDems ... we could call an EUref2 of our own
Forget the LibDems ... we could call an EUref2 of our own  The NationalVince Cable reiterates call for SNP to back UK-wide vote on Brexit deal at Scottish Lib Dem conference  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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!

Absolute shocker   British government in lying through their teeth shocker

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. 

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

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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?

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Worst live band you've ever seen
The Eagles, Glasgow Apollo, Saturday 30th March 1977. Worst 5 quid I've ever spent. Not even Joe Walsh could spare them that night. Detested them with a passion ever since.

Board is now almost unreadable - jumping up and down to whatever ad is the flavour of the day Posting this was also difficult

'Incel' Rage
What next?

Royal Baby
Just seen on the news loads of people camped outside the hospital all exited waiting on the arrival.Any Tambers down there?

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...

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Songs you hate.
Pink Floyd. Another brick in the wall. Starters, we do need education and for seconds I don't need some middle class twats.(I was going to say telling us we don't need no educashon but it reads better without).

Summer holiday's.
Going to Santorini (Greece) this year, has anybody been. Any info would be helpful. 

Holyrood Magazine


Renewable energy: Trump's tempest

UK Government knew about impact of hostile environment policy on Windrush gen...

It wasn?t me... the search for answers in Syria

Scottish local government chief digital officer and University of West of Sco...

Scottish Government?s Berlin innovation and investment hub opens for business

Cabinet ministers prepare to confront Theresa May on customs arrangements

Glasgow bids for £100m from UK Government to become UK?s smartest city

Creating ?a hostile environment? is a heartless, cold and ruthless approach t...

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e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

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

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…