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May facing Commons defeat as Labour set to back rebel Tory customs union move
17 Jul 2018 at 2:54pm
THERESA May is facing the prospect of a humiliating Commons defeat later today after Labour made clear it would support a rebel Conservative amendment to keep Britain in a customs union with the European Union.

May 'caves in' to Brexiteers' demands to avoid humiliating Commons defeat
16 Jul 2018 at 8:01pm
THERESA May?s compromise Brexit plan has been labelled ?dead on arrival? after the Prime Minister was accused of caving in to rebel Brexiteers? demands to stave off a humiliating Commons defeat.

UK Government plan for early summer recess for Westminster looks doomed as MP...
17 Jul 2018 at 3:18pm
THE highly contentious plan by the UK Government to bring forward Westminster?s summer recess looks on the brink of being ditched.

Vote Leave fined and referred to police for breaking electoral law
17 Jul 2018 at 8:49am
Brexit campaign group Vote Leave has been fined and referred to the police for breaking electoral law, the Electoral Commission has announced.

WATCH: May to face fresh Commons test just hours after customs struggle
17 Jul 2018 at 4:35am
Theresa May faces a fresh Commons battle over Brexit just hours after Tory civil war pushed her customs legislation to the brink.

Austerity measures ?must continue for 50 years? to rescue UK finances
17 Jul 2018 at 1:04pm
The Office for Budget Responsibility has warned the NHS funding pledge will see government borrowing and debt jump to ?unsustainable? levels.

Minister tells Labour firebrand Dennis Skinner ?you must be hell to live with?
17 Jul 2018 at 1:09pm
The veteran MP looked stunned as Business Minister Claire Perry took him to task.

MPs to vote on starting summer holiday early
17 Jul 2018 at 8:52am
MPs are due to begin their summer break next week but, as Theresa May?s Brexit headache continues, a vote is expected to take place allowing politicians to start their six-week holiday early.

Official Brexiteer campaign group Vote Leave fined for breaking electoral law
17 Jul 2018 at 9:33am
The official Brexiteer campaign organisation at the 2016 referendum has been fined and senior figures referred to the police for breaking electoral law.

Chief Rabbi calls for Labour to change its anti-Semitism code
17 Jul 2018 at 5:13am
Ephraim Mirvis warns pressing ahead with the current plan would show ?contempt? for the Jewish community.

How did Vote Leave break election law?
17 Jul 2018 at 10:38am
The official registered pro-Brexit campaign was investigated over its spending during the 2016 referendum campaign.

Davis defends UK Government's negotiating hand and urges colleagues to back B...
16 Jul 2018 at 8:31pm
DAVID Davis launched a staunch defence of Britain's Brexit negotiating hand amid bitter Tory infighting and claims that the UK Government was "frightened" of Brexiteer MPs.

UK Government adds momentum to potential UK-wide bid for 2030 World Cup
16 Jul 2018 at 5:36pm
THE prospect of Scotland jointly hosting a UK-wide bid for the 2030 World Cup has taken a step forward after the UK Government talked up the UK?s track record on hosting major sporting events.

EU net migration falls to lowest level since 2013
16 Jul 2018 at 3:32pm
NET migration from the EU to the UK has fallen to its lowest level in nearly five years, official figures show.

May insists West must continue to 'deter and counter' Russia's threat to inte...
16 Jul 2018 at 8:33pm
THERESA May has said Western allies must continue to "deter and counter" Russia's efforts to undermine their interests and values.

 

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Letters: SNP should spend money on policing not more Gaelic signs
17 Jul 2018 at 1:07pm
Why is the SNP Government spending money on Gaelic signs not policing, asks a Scotsman reader.

Creative Scotland chief executive quits following funding row
17 Jul 2018 at 12:23pm
The chief executive of Creative Scotland has resigned following an on-going controversy over funding awards made by the arts quango.

Overseas conflict victims to receive £300,000 from Scottish Government
17 Jul 2018 at 12:11pm
The Scottish Government is giving £300,000 of emergency aid to help victims of three of the world’s most violent ongoing conflicts.

Conservatives are biggest party in Edinburgh after third SNP councillor quits
17 Jul 2018 at 11:59am
ANOTHER SNP councillor in the Capital has quit the party, the third since last year’s local elections.

Jobless Scots on the rise while falling UK-wide
17 Jul 2018 at 11:29am
The number of Scots out of work is on the rise, while falling across the rest of the UK, official figures today show.

Poll: 40% of Scots back SNP?s claim of Westminster ?power grab?
17 Jul 2018 at 10:49am
Almost half of Scots believe the SNP’s claim that Westminster has subjected Holyrood to a ‘power grab’ as a result of the Brexit legislation.

Michelle Obama to attend charity dinner in Edinburgh
17 Jul 2018 at 9:01am
Former US first lady Michelle Obama is due to attend a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh later today.

Brexit campaigns referred to police for breaking spending limits
17 Jul 2018 at 7:33am
The Electoral Commission has referred the official Vote Leave campaign to the police after concluding that it broke electoral law and breached campaign spending limits in the EU referendum by almost £500,000.

Kezia Dugdale: Sturgeon can have no ?pride? over HIV services
17 Jul 2018 at 7:00am
I for one was delighted to see Scotland’s First Minister lead the Pride march in Glasgow on Saturday.

Ian Swanson: Trump?s chaotic visit was par for the POTUS course
17 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The President came, saw, sparked massive protests across the UK – and played a lot of golf, writes Ian Swanson.

Lack of demand puts paid to Holyrood letting out parliament for functions
17 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Holyrood bosses thought they had hit on a money-spinner when they started letting out parts of the Scottish Parliament for dinners, receptions, conference and seminars.

Half a million new Scots jobs expected from automation
17 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
More than half a million jobs will be created in Scotland over the next two decades with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) driving greater automation and robotics, new research indicates.

Scottish private schools to hike fees as tax relief set to end
17 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Parents whose children attend private schools are facing significant increases in fees, in part due to plans to end business rates relief for the sector.

Darren McGarvey: Beware your inner Trump, the monster inside us all
17 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
People often ask me why we haven’t seen a sharper rise in far-right activity north of the Border, and I always tell them the same thing: it’s because we have a very robust spoken-word poetry community.

Leader comment: Ageism makes no sense as we all live longer
17 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
For the sake of the nation, employers need to abandon ageist attitudes to their workforce.

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Don?t knows and don?t cares
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
The Daily Record’s politics lead story today is a slightly underwhelming poll that shows 41% of Scots believe the Tories are carrying out a power grab against the Scottish Parliament, against 34% who think they aren’t (and 25% who have no idea). Which seems a good time to round up the last results of our own most …

The bag carrier
by Chris Cairns
14 Jul 2018 at 6:59am

A cordial invitation
by Greg Moodie
13 Jul 2018 at 10:36am
Dear Mr. Trump, I?m a big fan of your work. Especially your later stuff. You are the obvious natural successor to those other great leaders, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush ? the perfect combination of dodgy and thick. You?ve got it all. Since the first day of your tangeroid slithering into Barack?s old gaff, …

Sliding-out doors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:51am
Most of Scottish Twitter has been enjoying itself greatly for the last few hours after England’s exit from the World Cup, but scattered in amongst the amusing memes has been a fair amount of angst about victors Croatia – a nation of 4 million people – being in the final when Scotland once again failed …

Back home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:06pm
Scotia episode 2, because posting anything about the World Cup feels too mean.

This might as well be the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 12:59pm

Too Wee Too
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:38am
Second in a series.

The Talent
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
So we stumbled, we thought, across a random Twitter idiot this morning. Alert readers may have spotted a flaw or two in that claim. Because as can be clearly seen in the thread, the data being used in the analysis only went up to 2011, so at an absolute maximum the SNP government at Holyrood …

And then there were fewer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jul 2018 at 10:28am
In the light of David Davis’ resignation last night and the continuing shambolic chaos that is UK politics, it seemed a pertinent time for these findings from our latest poll. Readers probably won’t be too shocked that it’s Scotland Vs The Tories again.

Folding your aces
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2018 at 12:09pm
Alert readers may recall that a few weeks ago we revealed how an independent Scotland could reduce its budget deficit by billions of pounds a year – by renting out the Faslane naval base to the rest of the UK to keep their nuclear weapons in. Voters in England, we learned, were more than happy to …

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People seeking work in Scotland up by 5,000
17 Jul 2018 at 2:34pm
The latest employment figures show the total reached 120,000 across March, April and May.


Creative Scotland chief quits her post
17 Jul 2018 at 12:12pm
Janet Archer is standing down from Creative Scotland which has faced criticism over its funding decisions.


Disabled former MP stranded after new station's lift failure
17 Jul 2018 at 12:43pm
Dame Anne Begg could not leave the new Dundee railway station after its only working lift failed.


Brexit: Vote Leave broke electoral law, says Electoral Commission
17 Jul 2018 at 1:41pm
The Brexit campaign group is referred to the police by the Electoral Commission and fined £61,000.


Alex Salmond Show tweets misled audience, says watchdog Ofcom
16 Jul 2018 at 2:23pm
Watchdog Ofcom finds programme staff and not viewers posted the tweets used in the Russian TV broadcast.


Trump leaves Scotland on Air Force One
15 Jul 2018 at 5:35pm
The US president flies out of Prestwick Airport, ahead of a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.


Sturgeon leads Pride march in Glasgow
14 Jul 2018 at 2:55pm
The First Minister is named honorary grand marshal at the event which attracted thousands.


Labour racism probes 'take too long'
13 Jul 2018 at 11:11am
The Scottish Labour leader says investigations into alleged racism have gone on longer than they should.


Brexit White Paper 'falls far short of what Scotland needs'
12 Jul 2018 at 5:44pm
The Scottish government says Theresa May's Brexit White Paper is "not satisfactory" and "falls far short".


'Trump Baby' balloon banned from Turnberry
12 Jul 2018 at 3:46pm
A giant balloon depicting Donald Trump as a baby will not be allowed to fly over his golf course, police say.


Thousands joined Trump protest as US leader played golf
14 Jul 2018 at 4:40pm
US president played golf at his Turnberry resort as demonstrators took to the streets of Edinburgh.

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Heartbreak for the mainstream media as "Operation Hush-up" fails - Survation ...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2018 at 2:17pm
It's actually been quite difficult to get to grips with the new Survation poll that has been gradually released by Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters over the last few days, because as far I can see only ...

More about that sensational Survation poll
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National about yesterday's Survation poll, which put the SNP back up to levels of support that haven't been seen since before the ...

Spectacular Survation poll suggests SNP are on course for landslide
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2018 at 9:16am
Scottish voting intentions for next UK general election:SNP 42% (+3) Conservatives 24% (n/c) Labour 23% (-4)Liberal Democrats: 8% (+1)Scottish Parliament voting intentions (constituency ballot):SNP...

Drama as Survation poll shows support for independence INCREASING - and almos...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2018 at 10:54am
The ever-delightful Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters have today published their latest full-scale Scottish poll from Survation.  It tells a familiar tale, with respondents roughly split down the middle ...

The Brexit delusion over who calls the shots
by James Kelly
7 Jul 2018 at 2:32am
I don't know about anyone else, but I've been rubbing my eyes in disbelief over the last few hours.  If you've been listening to the mainstream media's verdict on what was agreed at Chequers, you'd...

Thoughts on the Plaid Cymru leadership election
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2018 at 4:41am
This speaks volumes about just how unequal this "union of equals" actually is, but I would have been totally oblivious to the fact that a Plaid leadership election is now underway if I had been rel...

Pressure mounts on Theresa May to pass a Section 30 order after UK House of C...
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2018 at 10:10pm
When it emerged last night that the SNP were about to hold an opposition day debate in the Commons on the Claim of Right, I speculated on the pickle the unionist parties might get into depending on...

Border checks at Gretna Green? We're totally cool with that, say majority of...
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2018 at 6:20pm
As you've probably already seen, the latest release from the new Panelbase/Wings poll asks how people in Scotland would feel about border checks if that were necessary for Scotland to enjoy the sam...

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It took Amercian Jim Haynes to change the face of Scottish culture in 1959
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17 Jul 2018 at 3:51pm
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LibDem MPs are blaming Alistair Carmichael for Brexit vote embarrassment
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17 Jul 2018 at 3:38pm
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[Academic Research] What role did our psychology play in influencing our perc...
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17 Jul 2018 at 3:06pm
Hi all, I posted this survey last week and had a good response; however, I am still short in terms of the numbers I require so I am looking for some more participants. This research is being conduc...

ScotGov just uploaded a library of images of the current cabinet team and its...
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17 Jul 2018 at 2:07pm
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Ronnie Cowan MP: We already know drug consumption rooms will save lives - ign...
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17 Jul 2018 at 1:38pm
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George Dorn: We need to continue the fight against Trump's ideas at home
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17 Jul 2018 at 1:38pm
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Found some young chestnuts while working in Rosyth today.
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17 Jul 2018 at 1:34pm
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Drone spots Scottish climber lost in Himalayas
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17 Jul 2018 at 12:25pm
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Loch Lomond for lunch yesterday. God we are so lucky to live in a beautiful p...
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17 Jul 2018 at 12:24pm
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Scotland has the best rainbows
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17 Jul 2018 at 11:52am
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Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter | Trying to force an early holiday to save their o...
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17 Jul 2018 at 11:28am
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Janet Archer stepping down as Creative Scotland Chief Executive
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17 Jul 2018 at 11:09am
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UK oil and gas production up for fifth year in a row
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17 Jul 2018 at 10:52am
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Scottish private schools to hike fees as tax relief set to end
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17 Jul 2018 at 10:51am
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Brexit scandal as Vote Leave reported to the police for breaking electoral law
by Shaun Connolly
17 Jul 2018 at 9:44am
The campaign group exceeded its legal spending limit of £7 million and returned an incomplete and inaccurate spending report with missing invoices.


It's time for Labour to demand free movement of people stays after Brexit
by Kezia Dugdale
17 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
While Donald Trump and the Tories embrace an anti-immigrant agenda, Kezia Dugdale believes the Labour Party should be keeping our borders open.


Theresa May's Brexit plan 'dead in the water' after crunch Commons vote
by Sam Lister
17 Jul 2018 at 1:02am
Defence minister Guto Bebb quits to join Tory rebellion with Government defeat only averted thanks to votes of three Labour MPs.


Donald Trump destroyed in simple tweet from ex-FBI boss after astonishing lov...
by Natalie Evans
17 Jul 2018 at 12:16am
James Comey, an outspoken critic of Trump since his firing in May 2017, took to Twitter to condemn the president for defending "murderous lying thug" Putin


Vladimir Putin denies Russia interfered in US elections as he meets Donald Tr...
by dailyrecord
16 Jul 2018 at 6:00pm
Trump said the Russian collusion investigation has been a "disaster" for the United States and has kept America and Russia "separated".


Theresa May's Tories are doing nothing to help confusion, uncertainty and fea...
by Record View
16 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
A power grab might be the least of our worries if Brexit goes ahead, writes Record View.


Women in Scotland earn £191,132 less than men over their lifetime shocking ne...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The research by Labour shows that in every age group, women working full time earn less than men.


Our Brexit poll shows four in 10 Scots believe Tories planning 'power grab' f...
by David Clegg
16 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Our exclusive poll shows that the SNP are winning the public argument in the dispute over devolved powers after Brexit.


President Donald Trump flies out of Prestwick Airport after four-day visit to UK
by Record Reporter
15 Jul 2018 at 5:42pm
Donald Trump's whirlwind trip to the UK saw mass protests across the country including in Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Tony Blair calls on Brexiteers and Remainers to join forces to defeat Theresa...
by Gavin Cordon
15 Jul 2018 at 3:37pm
The ex-Prime Minister dismissed May's 'half in/half out' blueprint for leaving the EU and said it should be 'decisively' rejected by Parliament.

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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

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?     Advertisements

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …
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Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …
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Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

Bella Caledonia

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To Infinity and Beyond
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2018 at 12:03pm
The A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland has been announced, to some fanfare, as the host of the UK’s first Spaceport (whatever that is). The Indy reports, in a sentence that requires some deconstruction this will mean “paving the way for “space tourism’ that could be worth £4bn to the UK economy.” The announcement raises a number …

Learning from Assynt ? 25 Years On
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2018 at 9:48am
..."Because to colonise the land, the agents of the landed classes had to colonise the soul. They had to take power outwardly and inwardly. They did that by methods that the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, called ?cultural invasion? - Alastair McIntosh on 25 Years from Assynt

How is it possible to have infinite growth on a finite planet?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jul 2018 at 8:16pm
Our world is a diverse place, brimming with millions of ideas. But isn?t it strange: when it comes to economics, for some reason we?ve all ended up settling for the same system, a single story. Capitalism. Capitalism is everywhere. It dominates nearly every country on the planet. We talk a lot about what capitalism is …

Aamer Anwar Message to Trump
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2018 at 9:35pm
Speech by Aamer Anwar at the Meadows festival of resistance anti-Trump rally today. Donald Trump what can I say that hasn?t already been said Trump is a racist who glories in obscene wealth, boasts of sexual assaults on women, has a cabinet full of white supremacists, Islamophobes, and conspiracy theorists. He is a billionaire property …

Hand in Hand Spearfishing Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2018 at 10:58am
The images of Theresa May being led up steps by the POTUS just reek of a craven diminished human being acting like a child. Trump’s visit has thrown up two simultaneous phenomena; the elite prostrating itself to global power and the people expressing their disdain for this collection of thieves and liars clinging to office. …

Trump in Dundee
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
Dear Mr. Trump, I?m a big fan of your work. Especially your later stuff. You are the obvious natural successor to those other great leaders, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush ? the perfect combination of dodgy and thick. You?ve got it all. Since the first day of your tangeroid slithering into Barack?s old gaff, …

NATO and its Shared Values
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jul 2018 at 6:06pm
The arrival of the Trump political circus has Europe?s diplomatic and military networks in a bit of a lather. The first performance will be at the NATO HQ in Belgium on Wednesday with a ritual kissing of ?Snow White?s? ring by NATO?s 28 Dwarves. The finale next Monday is the anticipated and for some much-dreaded …

Let Them Eat Cake
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jul 2018 at 12:05pm
The Sun reports that in a cunning move “Ministers have drawn up secret plans to stockpile processed food in the event of EU divorce talks collapsing – to show Brussels that ?no deal? is not a bluff. Theresa May has ordered ?no deal? planning ?to step up? ? with the government poised to start unveiling some …

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Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
14 Jul 2018 at 4:48pm
Marchers stream through Edinburgh and group chants ?no racist USA? in Ayrshire Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Edinburgh against Donald Trump?s visit to the UK as the US president played golf at his Turnberry resort, on the west coast of Scotland.Trump was seen playing golf w...

'Well below par': protesting paraglider flies over Trump?s Scotland resort - ...
14 Jul 2018 at 11:38am
A paraglider has flown over Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. The Greenpeace protester was trailing a banner saying: 'Trump: well below par'. Police are currently searching for the protestor, who breached a no-fly zone Continue reading...

Wings Over Scotland blogger's defamation case against MSP starts
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2018 at 10:15am
Stuart Campbell is suing Kezia Dugdale after she accused him of homophobic commentA £25,000 defamation claim brought by a blogger against the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be heard in court in Edinburgh on Thursday.Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings Over Scotland, sued th...

UK government to foot police bill for Trump's golfing trip to Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Jul 2018 at 4:33pm
Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to £5m should planned visit go aheadThe UK government has pledged to cover up to £5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish government?s new jus...

Scottish government plans restrictions on sugary and fatty foods
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Jul 2018 at 2:28pm
Ministers to tackle obesity by targeting sale, advertising and promotion of unhealthy foodsThe Scottish government is preparing for sweeping restrictions on sugary and fatty foods including ice-creams and takeaway meals to cope with surging rates of obesity.Ministers in Edinburgh outlined plans o...

Slowly and patiently, Sturgeon is preparing for a new Scottish independence b...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The first minister may appear too patient and careful, but her tactics are worthy of NapoleonNicola Sturgeon is gathering her forces once more for another tilt at Scottish independence. Her strategy has been a careful one; too careful for some. Thus when she called for an independence referendum ...

MSPs demand action over use of Scottish airports for rendition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2018 at 2:49pm
Calls for public inquiry after report reinforces concerns over refuelling of CIA flightsMinisters in Edinburgh have been urged to step up their investigations into the use of Scottish airports to support CIA rendition flights.The Scottish Greens and Labour said a damning report into the UK govern...

Theresa May criticised for lack of progress on Brexit as EU summit begins ? a...
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the start of the EU summit in Brussels.Afternoon summary 5.43pm BST If I can deliver a humanitarian operation and it is cost appropriate and effective for me to seek the use of UK military assets to do so, then I will....

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Meaningful consequences
It is now official. The UK is leaving the EU on the basis of a corrupt campaign that was conducted illegally. Vote Leave has been fined a record amount by the Electoral Commission for breaches of electoral law during the EU referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission has taken the further step, reserved for the most …

Impotent imperialists and the pursuit of the impossible
Away back in 2016, when the world seemed a saner place – which is saying quite a lot because the world was pretty messed up in 2016 – the idea that the UK might crash out of the EU without any deal or with a deal that left us outside of the single market and …

The imodium to Trump?s logorrhea
I had planned to attend the anti-Trump rally in Edinburgh today, but the dug has eaten something that disagreed with him and is shiting everywhere. Rather like Donald Trump, although to be fair there are some significant differences. Whereas the dug is confining his crapfest to the local area, and it can cleaned up with …

Wee Ginger fundraiser
It’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able …

The baby has landed
You have to feel really sorry for people in London. There they were, depressed and hungover, out of the World Cup, home to what’s quite possibly the world’s most dysfunctional government, heading out of the EU despite voting heavily to remain and without even the prospect of an independence referendum to offer a modicum of …

Nation 2 ? Iceland, the extreme nation
The second episode of Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series of documentaries has been released, exploring Scotland’s northern neighbours and what we can learn from them. This episode focuses on Iceland, the extreme nation. A nation of just 300,000 people face the challenges of life in the far north with style and panache. Help …

Wee Ginger T-shirts
You wanted t-shirts, you’ve got t-shirts.  For the best part of the past two years I’ve had readers of this blog asking me for Wee Ginger t-shirts and now, finally, I’ve got some organised.  The long awaited Wee Ginger t-shirts are now on sale. Only they’re not ginger, they’re white, but you get the drift.  …

A string of aubergine emojis
Well that didn’t last long did it. There was Nick Robinson of the BBC and OOooooh Thattalicsammin doesn’t answer questions fame telling us all how the Chequers agreement meant that there would be no more excuses for the EU in the Brexit negotiations, and now we find that the only excuse is the British government …

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Back in the Day: Tom Johnston, a legend who shaped our nation
REGULAR readers will know that this column eschews the ?book review? approach to telling Scotland?s history, but every so often a book comes into my hands which is so definitive, so magisterial and well written that I have to let another person effectively tell the story of Scotland Back In The Day.

May sees off Tory party Brexit rebellion... for now
THERESA May dropped key elements of her plan for a softer Brexit yesterday amid mounting pressure from the hardline Eurosceptic wing of her party.

Greening calls for new EU referendum amid ?stalemate? among MPs
FORMER education secretary Justine Greening has become the first senior Tory to call for a second EU referendum, describing the Prime Minister?s Brexit plan a ?fudge?.

Anger after Trump backs Putin over interference in US election claim
US president Donald Trump has caused anger by defending Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election. Russian president Vladimir Putin has denied his country interfered in the 2016 US elections.

Right to NHS access for highly skilled migrants reaches court
THE right to NHS treatment for immigrants caught up in the highly skilled visa row will come before a court today.

New political group to push case for independence in Catalonia
DEPOSED Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and his allies Quim Torra, the current president and the jailed Jordi Sanchez, who heads Together for Catalonia (JxCat), last night launched a new political group to further the Catalan independence cause.

President jets out of Scotland after weekend of UK protests
DONALD Trump left Scotland for Finland yesterday as his whistle-stop UK visit came to an end.

Thousands turn up to tell Trump he?s not welcome in Scotland
THOUSANDS of people packed into Glasgow?s George Square last night to protest against the visit to Scotland by the most divisive US president in recent history.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and the Tories wome...
        16 Jul 2018: Working Women in Scotland Earn significantly Less than Men Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour?s economy spokeswoman, said it was ?shameful? that under the SNP and the Tories women were earning less than men over the course of their careers. She added: ?Closing the gender pay gap isn?t just … Continue reading "Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and th...

Conservative Party Voters With Their Hearts and Minds in Scotland Should Not ...
          Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme (Cash for Ash) The UK and Northern Ireland agreed to meet a EU target (15%) for obtaining energy from renewable sources by 2020. Eligible homeowners and businesses were persuaded to install biomass boilers which create energy from woodchips or pellets, rotted trees, manure and sewage. First … Continue reading "Conservative Party Voters With Their Hea...

Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Pow...
              Confirmation of the Intent of Westminster to Subjucate Scots is contained in the last verse of the UK National Anthem Lord grant that Marshal Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush, God Save The … Continue reading "Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Powers Conflicti...

Austerity ? Tory Government Policy ? Let The Needy Starve ? So That Foreign A...
            11 March 2018. Millions of Scots families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years Not a lot of Scots are aware of this but the Tory Government, having inflicted austerity on the UK for 10 years provides £100 million annually in overseas humanitarian aid to Saudi Arabia which … Continue reading "Austerity – Tory Government Policy – Let The Needy Starve – So That Foreign Aid Can b...

Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the ...
      Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the return of this sort of terrestrial reptile Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From that place he conducted a near 40 year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT … Continue reading "Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and D...

ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future...
        The Orange Order and the the Protestant “Caliban” of Northern Ireland Established in 1998 the Caleb Foundation (https://web.archive.org/web/20150307200052/http://www.calebfoundation.org/) is the leading creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and ...

ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future...
          This is What the Orange Order and DUP Would Bring to Scottish Politics       1. Same sex marriage The Party opposes same sex marriage repeatedly vetoing any change in the law. Jim Wells, (MLA) said “Peter will never marry Paul in Northern Ireland”.       2. LBGT … Continue reading "ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future-in-the-uk-heed-the-warning...

Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Party ? The Tory Party ? Scotland?s ...
        2007: Scandal and abuse of power – Buzzwords summarising the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP in Northern Ireland In 2005 the DUP became the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland, replacing the the Ulster Unionists who had dominated the unionist vote since the partition of Ireland. Introducing a new approach and ignoring … Continue reading "Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Pa...

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

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Scotland and Independence

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'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote  Express.co.ukFull coverage

White House declares Scottish independence claiming Donald Trump 'left the UK...
White House declares Scottish independence claiming Donald Trump 'left the UK' as he flew to Prestwick airport  The Scottish SunWhite House Mocked for Saying Scotland is Not Part of UK in Now-Deleted Tweet  Sputnik InternationalWhite House Twitter blunder claims Scotland not part of UK  CGTN (press release)Full coverage

Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence
Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don'...
SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsSupport for independence rises ? but most Scots do not want vote this year  Press and JournalOnly a quarter of Scots want Nicola Sturgeon to issue Indyref2 demand this autumn, poll finds  The CourierSNP boosted by increase in support for independence  The TimesFull coverage

Yes DIY: We must reframe the narrative of Scottish independence
Yes DIY: We must reframe the narrative of Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum
Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Gordon Brown's Scottish independence NHS claim is 'nonsense'
Gordon Brown's Scottish independence NHS claim is 'nonsense'  The NationalThe papers: Former PM's independence warning  BBC NewsGordon Brown: Scotland's NHS would be 'in trauma' under independence  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP

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Conservatives are biggest party in Edinburgh after third SNP councillor quits
Conservatives are biggest party in Edinburgh after third SNP councillor quits  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nearly half believe SNP's claim of Tory power grab
Nearly half believe SNP's claim of Tory power grab  The TimesFull coverage

Harvard Team Combines SNP-Seq, FREP to Identify Non-Coding Functional SNPs
Harvard Team Combines SNP-Seq, FREP to Identify Non-Coding Functional SNPs  GenomeWebFull coverage

Letters: SNP should spend money on policing not more Gaelic signs
Letters: SNP should spend money on policing not more Gaelic signs  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Poll: 40% of Scots back SNP's claim of Westminster 'power grab'
Poll: 40% of Scots back SNP's claim of Westminster 'power grab'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon should have met Donald Trump rather than go to Pride
Nicola Sturgeon should have met Donald Trump rather than go to Pride  The IndependentFull coverage

Moody's rates Rabobank SNP, door open for issuance
Moody's rates Rabobank SNP, door open for issuance  International Financing ReviewFull coverage

SNP boosted by increase in support for independence
SNP boosted by increase in support for independence  The TimesPoll shows SNP would win back several lost Westminster seats  The ScotsmanDonald Trump 'HATES' SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and 'bitched' about her to Theresa May  Daily StarLabour slip backwards in Scotland as SNP set to regain seats lost in 2017 vote  Scottish Daily RecordPoll predicts SNP would win back many lost seats at Westminste...

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Scottish Tory MP Ross Thomson attacks May's Brexit plan
Scottish Tory MP Ross Thomson attacks May's Brexit plan  BBC NewsA three-question second Brexit referendum would be a nightmare for voters and campaigners  New StatesmanTheresa May Rules Out 2nd Brexit Referendum 'Under Any Circumstance'  Sputnik InternationalMay's White Paper is a red rag to Brexit bulls  Arab NewsFull coverage

SNP boosted by increase in support for independence
SNP boosted by increase in support for independence  The TimesSNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsPoll: Half of Scots oppose second independence referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum
Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces...
Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces vote dilemma  Scottish Daily RecordNew Brexit vote comes with strings attached  The TimesPoll suggests support for independence is higher than 2014 but little backing for an autumn Indy Ref 2  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence
Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Scotland split down the middle on timing for next independence referendum
Scotland split down the middle on timing for next independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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...

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

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 ...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon 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.  

Local Council c***s
Thought a thread to share the sort of shit local councils get up to might highlight some very cuntish behaviour and I want to see if other local councils are as bad as Aberdeen. The other day there were reports in the P&J that they could start charging homeless people to store their belonging...

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

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Harsh sentence or not
21 months http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2018/1510.html

Scots words
So, from time to time you see a Scots/Scottish word written down you'd never seen written down before, or suddenly hear a Scots word on radio or TV that you'd never heard broadcast before, your realise you'd only ever heard it word of mouth. So it can feel strange out of context (which may ha...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last minute.com in a meeting. Just fck off.

Scottish Spaceport
Statement from SNP's Whitford... and Star Trek endorsements https://www.rt.com/uk/329111-vulcan-salute-parliament-spaceport/

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Janet Archer steps down as chief executive of Creative Scotland

Theresa May accused of 'caving in' to Tory Brexiteer demands to avoid Commons...

Vote Leave hit with fine and police referral by Electoral Commission after 'b...

Artificial intelligence to create more jobs in Scotland than it replaces, PwC...

Brexit could force the UK to re-conduct animal testing, campaigners warn

Number of people granted asylum in the UK falls in 2017

Two thirds of voters back new onshore wind development, finds YouGov

Sutherland chosen for UK spaceport

Independence Live

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Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

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…