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Targeting drivers in the Budget would be an act of ?economic self-harm?, moto...
18 Nov 2017 at 3:15am
MOTORING campaigners have urged the Government to freeze fuel duty and avoid punishing drivers of diesel vehicles in Wednesday?s Budget.

Tusk gives UK new deadline for Brexit progress
18 Nov 2017 at 3:26am
European Council President Donald Tusk has set a deadline of the beginning of December for Britain to make further movement on its Brexit divorce bill and the future of the Irish border.

First female Black Rod appointed in House of Lords after 650 years
18 Nov 2017 at 3:33am
The first female Black Rod in the House of Lords in the 650-year history of the role has been approved by the Queen.

Final push by trade unions to 'swing Labour leadership race'
17 Nov 2017 at 4:38pm
A LATE push by trade unions in the Scottish Labour leadership race could hand victory to Richard Leonard today, his rival?s campaign has admitted.

Two in a row for Ruth Davidson as Tory leader's named The Herald Scottish Pol...
17 Nov 2017 at 12:05am
RUTH Davidson has been named The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year for the second consecutive year after following up her party?s revival at Holyrood with spectacular advances at both the local and general elections.

Scotland's reputation 'damaged' by Alex Salmond's Russian TV show
17 Nov 2017 at 5:04am
SCOTLAND?S reputation has been damaged by Alex Salmond?s decision to host a chat show on a ?Kremlin-backed propaganda? channel, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has claimed.

Councils not using powers to ensure homes are safe, Tories claim
17 Nov 2017 at 7:48pm
Councils are failing to use powers to ensure homes are safe and in good repair, the Scottish Conservatives have warned.

SNP urged to apologise for broken promises on tax
17 Nov 2017 at 5:05am
SNP ministers should apologise to voters for breaking their promises on tax, Ruth Davidson said yesterday, as she confronted them with a series of election pledges not to raise bills.

Review: Alex Salmond Show - the new Jon Stewart or a Poundland Parky?
16 Nov 2017 at 4:25pm
WITH the green logo of Russia Today glowing radioactively in a corner of the screen, the Alex Salmond Show fizzed into life.

Davidson hits out at SNP's 'broken promises' on income tax
16 Nov 2017 at 1:30pm
Ruth Davidson has attacked the Scottish Government's "broken promises" on income tax, as she demanded an apology from ministers to taxpayers who were "misled" that their bills would not rise.

Suspended MSP was quizzed by police
16 Nov 2017 at 5:09am
ALEX Rowley was questioned by police over claims he harassed a former partner, it emerged yesterday, as he was suspended by Labour in a misconduct probe.

Salmond's controversy hit TV show hit by series of production blunders
16 Nov 2017 at 11:13am
ALEX Salmond?s debut TV show on the Russian propaganda channel RT has been mired in controversy over a series of mysterious tweets.

Councils say they must not be "poor relation" in budgets
16 Nov 2017 at 5:08am
COUNCIL leaders will today step up demands for more money ahead of the UK and Scottish budgets, saying they must no longer be ?the poor relation of the public sector?.

Sturgeon pledges early decision on date for cutting emissions output to zero
16 Nov 2017 at 12:36am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to make an early decision on the date Scotland seeks to aspire to cut emissions output to zero.

Johnson meeting ?positive and constructive?, says jailed Briton?s husband
16 Nov 2017 at 12:37am
Richard Ratcliffe?s wife Nazanin has been held in Iran for the last 19 months.

 

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EU leaders demand more money before continuing Brexit talks
17 Nov 2017 at 9:31pm
Theresa May has been told she must put more money on the table by the start of next month if the European Union is to agree to move Brexit trade talks to the second phase of negotiations.

Nicola Sturgeon writes to family of Shaun Woodburn
17 Nov 2017 at 12:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon has offered her condolences to the family of Shaun Woodburn amid a campaign for an appeal against his killer’s sentence.

Holyrood calls for consent amendment in EU withdrawal bill
17 Nov 2017 at 12:14pm
The EU Withdrawal Bill should be amended so that UK ministers cannot legislate in devolved areas without the consent of the Scottish Government, MSPs have said.

Scotland to avoid recession amid falling economic growth
17 Nov 2017 at 12:13pm
Economic growth in Scotland is projected to fall slightly next year, but the country is expected to avoid recession amid uncertainty over Brexit, a new report has found.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to act over The Alex Salmond Show
17 Nov 2017 at 12:09pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to reassure Scotland’s European partners that Alex Salmond’s relationship with Kremlin-backed RT does not reflect Scottish Government policy.

Young Scots are not ?troublemakers? finds Scottish Government report
17 Nov 2017 at 11:27am
Young Scots today are unlikely to cause trouble in their local neighbourhood and their behaviour is no worse than 30 years ago, a report into public attitudes has found.

Ruth Davidson crowned Scotland?s Politician of the Year once again
17 Nov 2017 at 9:56am
Ruth Davidson has been crowned as Scotland’s Politician of the Year for the second year in a row.

Boris Johnson to discuss global issues with Ireland?s foreign minister
17 Nov 2017 at 9:07am
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will hold talks on Friday with Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.

New Spitting Image series to target Donald Trump
17 Nov 2017 at 8:49am
Hit satirical TV series Spitting Image is to take on US President Donald Trump in a rebooted version of the show, co-creator Roger Law has revealed.

Richard Leonard pleas for unity as leadership voting closes
17 Nov 2017 at 7:28am
Richard Leonard said it was time for the Scottish Labour party to unite just hours before the result of the leadership contest is announced.

Alex Salmond?s show on Kremlin-backed TV stokes controversy
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Alex Salmond was last night embroiled in a “fake news” row following the broadcast of his inaugural chat show on the Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT.

The era of cheap booze is coming to an end ? at last
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
In the final part of our Dying for a Drink series we reflect on the momentous decision taken by the Supreme Court making Scotland the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

Government ?doing absolutely everything to protect BiFab jobs?
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said the Scottish Government was “doing absolutely everything” it can to protect hundreds of workers’ jobs at the crisis-hit BiFab yards.

NHS chiefs leave posts vacant in order to save cash, MSPs are told
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
NHS bosses are deliberately avoiding filling vacant positions for up to a year in a bid to make savings, MSPs have been told.

Tom Peterkin: Alex Salmond was true to form, there was the Robert Burns quote
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Alex Salmond opened his new weekly chat show by promising big. Famous politicians, “stars of stage and screen” and business figures would be appearing on Kremlin-backed RT with the former First Minister.

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On Her Majesty?s Broadcasting Service
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2017 at 11:31am
We’ll be honest, readers – if this doesn’t make you want to leave the UK all by itself, it may be that there’s nothing that ever will and we should just give up. (Alternative titles considered for this piece included Live And Please Let Die, Doctor Oh God No, The Barely-Living Daylights and Quantum Of Bollocks.)

The Only Game In Town
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2017 at 10:02am
This documentary starts a little slowly, but becomes an eye-opening case study of how Labour steamrollered through crippling PFI contracts to build public infrastructure on the never-never when they ran the Scottish Executive from 1999-2007. We highly recommend giving it a watch.

Correcting the record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2017 at 3:13pm
Since David Torrance shows no sign of being willing to retract the falsehood below that he tweeted earlier today despite our requests, we’ll have to address it here. Apologies for the indulgence. We can find nowhere that we made any allegation of Torrance being “paid” by RT. We tweeted that he’d “worked for” them, and said …

The habit of lying
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2017 at 12:24pm
Yesterday’s Daily Record (which would increasingly be an accurate three-word name for the paper) ran an innocuous piece of page-filler fluff rubbish, and for once we’re not talking about a David Torrance column. It featured the “psychic” predictions of a man who, the Record told us – no fewer than FIVE times in the opening …

The Priti Boys
by Chris Cairns
12 Nov 2017 at 9:32am

Russia?s greatest publicity machine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm
Mainstream and social media alike are now well into their second day of an absolutely epic meltdown at the news that Alex Salmond is to broadcast a chat show on RT, the Russian equivalent of the BBC. It really is almost impossible to overstate the magnitude of the shrieking fit the decision has produced. Addled …

Go and meet the clowns
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2017 at 7:37am
Today’s Cairnstoon will be along a little later. But in the meantime, if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Glasgow (or if you’re not, but hurry), today offers a rare opportunity go along and physically touch the magical drawing fingers of the artist himself, as Mr Cairns takes time out from his busy schedule of holidays to …

Something we need to talk about
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:57am
Series 3, #1. No, it’s not her. (Previous series) Alternatively, of course, for balance, there’s always this: “I’m not Scottish, I have no Scottish relatives and no links to Scotland, I live in and am talking to you from London, but I consider your country to be a region of my country and therefore my …

Just doin? the day job
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Nov 2017 at 12:11pm
Wings Over Scotland turned six years old this week (on Tuesday, to be precise). We didn’t make any fuss or hoopla because we didn’t have anything particularly interesting to say about it, although we may as well note in passing that average monthly unique readership for 2017 to date has been 316,015 – that’s 24,000 up …

The Fantasist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2017 at 11:37am
It is with the heaviest of hearts, readers, that we must report to you that Gordon Brown has done an intervention again. With a new book to sell, the purposeless former Chancellor and Prime Minister who led the UK into a catastrophic financial crisis that’s now entering its second decade has put on his hindsight …

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Scottish ministers to resume BiFab talks on Saturday
17 Nov 2017 at 9:39pm
Talks involving the Scottish government on the future of engineering business Bifab will be resumed.


Mark McDonald suspended by SNP after 'new information' emerges
16 Nov 2017 at 6:48pm
Mark McDonald, who quit over inappropriate behaviour, is suspended by the party after "new information" emerges.


Ruth Davidson named Politician of the Year for second time
17 Nov 2017 at 7:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is named Politician of the Year for the second year in a row.


Watchdog to probe Scottish freedom of information system
16 Nov 2017 at 5:24pm
MSPs unanimously condemned the Scottish government's performance in handling freedom of information requests.


Salmond interviews Puigdemont on RT show
16 Nov 2017 at 1:33pm
The former Scottish first minister speaks to the deposed Catalan president in the first episode of the Alex Salmond Show.


Scottish councils call for 'fair' budget funding
16 Nov 2017 at 12:33am
Local government group Cosla calls for an "adequate and fair" settlement for councils in the coming draft budget.


Former MSP Susan Deacon is new police board chief
16 Nov 2017 at 10:39am
Former Holyrood health minister Susan Deacon is appointed the new chairwoman of the Scottish Police Authority.


Sturgeon calls for 'urgent action' on climate change
15 Nov 2017 at 7:05pm
Nicola Sturgeon calls for "urgent action" to tackle climate change at a UN conference in Germany.


A station with three passengers is saved from closure
16 Nov 2017 at 12:45pm
Little-used Breich station is saved from closure after an "overwhelming response" to a survey on its future.


Labour suspends deputy leader Alex Rowley during conduct probe
15 Nov 2017 at 5:27pm
Interim Scottish Labour leader Alex Rowley is suspended from the party at Holyrood amid claims about his conduct.


Setting boundaries
17 Oct 2017 at 12:18am
How did the latest proposals for Scotland's new electoral map come about, and what might they mean?


Reality Check
11 Oct 2017 at 3:01pm
How do plans to expand childcare provision in Scotland compare with schemes in the rest of the UK?

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Andrew Neil: the mask slips
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2017 at 11:35pm
Amid the mindless hysteria about Alex Salmond's perfectly reasonable decision to run his show on an Ofcom-regulated UK television channel (it's on Freeview, for pity's sake!), there is also a sligh...


A gentle hint: this kind of behaviour doesn't just bring journalism into disr...
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2017 at 12:20pm
Those of you on Twitter are probably well aware that there's a Herald journalist called David Leask who is notorious for being the least tolerant person you could ever encounter.  It's almost comic...

New ICM poll is hammerblow for Dugdale...sorry, I mean Rowley...sorry, I mean...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2017 at 5:54pm
Confusion reigns today over whether the role of interim Scottish Labour leader is now completely vacant or occupied by Jackie Baillie (and indeed confusion also reigns over whether we'd be able to ...


'We need to talk about the monarchy as part of independence'
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2017 at 1:01am
The latest from Phantom Power's Journey to Yes series, featuring someone who you might remember giving Ruth Davidson a (thoroughly deserved) hard time during the general election campaign.

Nineteenth subsample in a row puts the SNP ahead
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2017 at 8:59pm
A new Britain-wide YouGov poll is out today, so this may be a good moment to round-up the Scottish subsamples that have been published since my last update.  There have only been a couple...Ipsos-M...


If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they...
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2017 at 5:12pm
Earlier today, I had a brief exchange with Nick Robinson (former Political Editor of both the BBC and ITV News, and now presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme) on the subject of Alex Salmond's ...


No, Nicola Sturgeon does not need to apologise for someone else's personal op...
by James Kelly
8 Nov 2017 at 5:07am
Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson raised a few eyebrows last night by taking a clear stance on an issue of party political controversy -Now, first things first - there's nothing wrong ...

Penny for the Guy
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2017 at 11:16pm
A few years ago I stumbled across a BBC drama series from the 1970s, confusingly called 1990 because it was set in a dystopian Britain of the near-future.  It starred Edward Woodward at the peak of...

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Alex Rowley hid stalking allegations involving an ex-partner from his Labour ...
by David Clegg
17 Nov 2017 at 9:13am
The Labour MSP intentionally kept abuse allegations secret from his fellow party members.


Ruth Davidson scoops Scotland's Politician of the Year title for the second time
by Katrine Bussey
17 Nov 2017 at 8:22am
The Tory leader saw off competition from both Brexit Minister Mike Russell and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.


Scottish Government ministers must strain every sinew to keep yards open
by Record View
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The workers at the Bifab yards are caught in a complex financial dispute between their employer and a Dutch contractor who are not paying their bills.


SNP axe sex row MSP Mark McDonald amid further allegations over his behaviour...
by David Clegg
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The party said they had received “new information” about the former childcare minister that was serious enough to warrant removing the whip pending an investigation.


Alex Salmond's Putin himself on a collision course with BBC
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The former first minister knows exactly what he's doing by taking the Russian rouble with his new TV show on RT, says our columnist Torcuil Crichton.


Alex Salmond under fire for new show on Russian TV as channel branded 'Kremli...
by Andy Philip
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The former SNP chief faced accusations of hypocrisy for using the show to condemn state violence by Spanish authorities in Catalonia while saying nothing about Russian state brutality.


Tories accuse SNP of breaking poll promise not to raise income tax
by Katrine Bussey
17 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay is expected to hike income tax in ­December’s Budget despite the party pledging not to increase the basic rate for five years. 


SNP suspends shamed minister Mark McDonald over fresh misconduct allegations
by Katrine Bussey
16 Nov 2017 at 6:22pm
Party chiefs said they had made the decision after new information about the Aberdeen Donside MSP was brought to them in the past 24 hours.


Paying the price for better health across the nation with alcohol victory
by Record View
16 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that there is a problem in Scotland with alcohol and it has to be addressed.


Labour conspiracy claims as party accused of cover up over Alex Rowley scandal
by David Clegg
16 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Labour chief has been suspended FIVE weeks after harassment claims were made.

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Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Chomsky Explains The Cold War In Five Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
7 Nov 2017 at 6:41pm
I’ve taken the title for this post from the video itself, and if you were to say that’s a bold claim, I would agree with you. However, give it a watch and see if you think he got it right…

Just Passing It On
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2017 at 10:46am
I have no comment to make on this but I think I should just leave it here for those of you who didn’t see it on Twitter. I am sure the organisation involved probably does a lot of good work. However, you will have to make up your own mind about whether you think something …

Chomsky With New Entry In ?Insult Trump Competition?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Nov 2017 at 12:01pm
Chomsky recently came out with this… Here are some other frontrunners. I personally think ‘loofa-faced sh*tgibbon’ takes some beating…

El podcast de la Independència de Catalunya
by michaelgreenwell
27 Oct 2017 at 8:40pm
“We hereby constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent, sovereign, legal, democratic, socially-conscious state” 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 …
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It?s Nearly That Time Again
by michaelgreenwell
26 Oct 2017 at 9:59am

Scottish Independence Podcast 161 ? Christians For Indy
by michaelgreenwell
22 Oct 2017 at 5:59pm
About a month ago I found the image below. I noticed that the only people I hadn’t had on the show among the conveners and voting organisations were Elaine C. Smith (I’ve tried – can’t seem to get in touch with her), AyeScotland, Christians For Independence and Pensioners for Independence. I then immediately tweeted out …
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These (Offshore) Islands
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Nov 2017 at 9:52pm
The latest post from the unintentionally hilarious These Islands project, is, well, unintentionally hilarious. Packed with the great and the good, the project is an attempt to look less nutty than Scotland in Union and other slightly bonkers Nationalist offshoots. Their latest blog from Michael Jary (Senior Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants) called ‘Britain’s Standing …

Solidarity with BiFab
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Nov 2017 at 12:12pm
“An inspiring example of workers taking their power back and demonstrates continuing capacity of trade unions to set political agenda.” GMB Scotland regional organiser Hazel Nolan, describes the 1,000-person strong rally on the Scottish Parliament as “historic”… Thoughts from workers at BiFab:

Prizewinning Performance
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Nov 2017 at 10:07am
The annual black tie back-slapping event of the year for Scotland’s political and media class is over. Kezia Dugdale was awarded the Debater of the Year award for a speech which tore apart the hypocrisy and ethics of Ruth Davidson for her support of the rape clause. Ruth Davidson was then awarded the Scottish Politician of …

A Coca-Cola Christmas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Nov 2017 at 9:34am
A truckload of plastic enters the ocean every minute. Coca-Cola produce an estimated 110 billion plastic bottles a year. We produced more plastic in the last ten years than during the entire twentieth century. Ho ho ho. ?The world is waking up to the plastic crisis in our oceans. We produced more plastic in the …

Think of Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Nov 2017 at 9:07pm
Think of Scotland by Martin Parr, reviewed by Frank McElhinney Martin Parr?s new photo-book Think of Scotland is a catalogue of clichés. The book contains one hundred and three colour photographs made in Scotland over the last quarter century. Forty-two photographs were made on islands and twenty-one in ?seaside? towns along the Forth and Clyde …

This government hates you and your country
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Nov 2017 at 8:41pm
George Monbiot from Double Down news…

Battle for BiFab March & Rally
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Nov 2017 at 9:10am
Communities in Fife and Lewis are battling for their jobs and urging the Scottish Government to help the threat to their livelihoods. Workers and their families will march in Edinburgh today urging MSPs to ?battle for BiFab? as their trade unions called on energy giant SSE to ?rein in? the contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) …

Food Wars
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2017 at 4:41pm
Bewildered by the Food boycotts, unboycotts and counter-boycotts. Here’s Bella’s nifty guide. The now traditional controversy goes way back to 2015, when Starbucks caused a backlash because their traditional ‘holiday cup’ went from red to green causing one angered slurper to tweet: “whatever! I am never giving y’all any of my hard earned money ever …

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Scottish Labour expected to elect Corbyn ally as leader
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
17 Nov 2017 at 4:54pm
Richard Leonard, a former union staffer, is strong favourite to beat centrist Anas Sarwar when result is announcedScottish Labour is expected to elect a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader, further cementing Corbyn?s grip on the party.Bookmakers have made Richard Leonard, a former...

SNP suspends Mark McDonald after 'new information' emerges
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
16 Nov 2017 at 7:15pm
Minister resigned his cabinet post two weeks ago after admitting ?inappropriate? behaviour towards womenThe SNP has suspended Mark McDonald, the former Scottish government minister who resigned his cabinet post two weeks ago after admitting ?inappropriate? behaviour towards women, saying it has r...

Scottish Labour was told of Alex Rowley claims five weeks ago
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
16 Nov 2017 at 11:27am
Party is accused of failing to act after it was contacted with harassment allegations against then interim leaderScottish Labour is accused of failing to act over harassment allegations against Alex Rowley, after it emerged that the party was made aware of the claims five weeks ago. The party sus...

Scottish Labour suspends Alex Rowley over harassment claims
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2017 at 7:17pm
Party withdraws whip from MSP who stepped down as its interim leader but denies his former partner?s allegationsScottish Labour has suspended Alex Rowley, who stepped aside as its interim leader after his former partner made a series of claims about his behaviour during and after their relationsh...

UK supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Nov 2017 at 11:38am
Whisky group loses legal battle to stop Scottish government using price controls to try to combat alcohol-related deathsThe UK supreme court has backed the Scottish government?s plans to introduce a minimum price for all alcoholic drinks, in a decisive victory for Nicola Sturgeon.After a five-yea...

Scottish Labour interim leader quits amid misconduct claims
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2017 at 10:43am
Alex Rowley steps aside from role but Kezia Dugdale says she would not have hesitated to suspend him if she were leaderScottish Labour?s interim leader has stepped aside after his former partner made a series of claims about his behaviour during and after their relationship.Alex Rowley stepped do...

Scotland-UK Brexit deal closer after 'cordial' talks at No 10
by Severin Carrell and Heather Stewart
14 Nov 2017 at 8:55pm
Nicola Sturgeon optimistic after meeting Theresa May, but warns there is ?a long way to go? ? with significant concessions needed to win Holyrood supportNicola Sturgeon has expressed greater optimism that the Scottish and UK governments can strike a deal on Brexit after a ?cordial? meeting with T...

Teachers at three Glasgow schools to strike over pay
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Nov 2017 at 12:01am
NASUWT takes action in pursuit of significant pay rise as SNP government says public sector deals depend on Philip Hammond?s budget measuresTeachers in Scottish schools are to strike over pay, increasing pressure on Scottish ministers to offer public sector workers an above-inflation pay rise.The...

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I?m a Labour ex-leader, get me out of here
So there you are, thinking that there can’t possibly be anything to top Alex Salmond presenting a chat show on Russian telly, and then along comes Kezia Dugdale going – Haud ma drink. Kezia has decided that she misses Scottish Labour’s diet of repellant, unpleasant and suspicious things that reek to high heaven, so she’s …

This ship is sinking
We’re on a cruise liner, and it’s on fire and holed below the waterline. The ship is on an erratic and unplanned course which is taking it ever closer to some dangerous rocks, meanwhile the senior crew members spend all their time and energy plotting against the captain. Mind you, none of them actually want …

The Brextremism Bill
This week the only de jure sovereign body in the UK is debating the Brexit bill, that is, those parts that the de facto sovereign body, which would be the cabinet, lets them have an influence on. They’re debating this because Brexiteers MPs insisted that the EU referendum was fought in order to ensure that …

Lies, damned lies, and newspaper headlines
There’s misleading headlines, there’s biased headlines, and then there’s outright trolling headlines. However an article in Tuesday’s Herald newspaper managed to have a headline which wasn’t just trolling, it was the newspaper attention seeking equivalent of baring your arse at a wedding, wiping your backside with the wedding cake, and all the while screaming that …

Things to crack you up
Generally the kind of pain which we’re used to in the Scottish independence movement is the emotional pain that comes from witnessing the likes of a newspaper which would be the periodical of choice of a Sith Lord posing as a great defender of moral values. Or there’s the pain incurred by our sensibilities on …

Alexandrevitch Salmondov TV
Oh dear gods. You stop blogging for a couple of days and in the meantime the Scottish Unionist establishment and their media pals go into a collective fit of hysterical meltdown because a private individual decides to take a gig with a telly channel which is owned by Russia. Alex Salmond, let us remember, holds …

A foul mouthed sweary rant
So there was me saying I won’t be blogging much this week, and here you are getting not one but two blog pieces today. This is what comes of being a moothy and sweary vile cybernat. And possibly of not getting out enough. I don’t use Twitter any more. I got fed up with the …

What a Priti fine mess voting No got us into
So, do you remember that bit in the Better Together pitch to the people of Scotland in 2014 when they told us that Scotland needed the heft and credibility of the UK to represent us on the world stage? See if you swallowed that. See the Brexit negotiations. See Boris Johnson. See Priti Patel. Are …

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Shona Craven: Every empty home should be a source of shame
AT first glance, it adds up to a simple solution to Scotland?s housing crisis: we need 50,000 new affordable homes, but we?ve got about 34,000 old ones lying empty. Wouldn?t it make sense ? given the sluggish pace of housebuilding and the limited Scottish Government funding available ? to make do and mend?

Patrick Harvie: Rent control would be a start in fight for fairer housing
MOVING back to Glasgow from university, some 20-odd years ago, I was in the same position as most people of my age in knowing that the private rented sector was my only option. With social housing unavailable and owner occupation unaffordable, a private tenancy was already the only housing choice available to a great many people. There was some pretty shoddy housing out there, and some pretty s...

SNP suspend McDonald after new conduct complaint made
FORMER Childcare Minister Mark McDonald has been suspended from the SNP after fresh allegations were made yesterday about his conduct.

Salmond TV show debuts with scoop from Puigdemont
ALEX Salmond?s new weekly chat show on Russia Today is probably the most controversial TV programme of the year.

Swinney lashes ?stinking reek of hypocrisy? from Salmond critics who appear o...
JOHN Swinney hit out at the ?stinking reek of hypocrisy? of politicians from other political parties criticising Alex Salmond for presenting a show on RT, the channel formerly known as Russia Today.

Block energy ?cartel?, union urges minister
THE merger of two of the ?Big Six? energy giants will leave UK households at the mercy of a ?cartel?, a union claims.

Think-tank sounds alarm in 27 areas of security whose protocols Brexit will m...
THERE are almost 30 ?key questions? on security after Brexit, a think-tank claims.

Scotland to avoid recession after leaving EU
SCOTLAND will avoid recession next year, despite Brexit chaos and key sectors being harmed by a shortage of workers, a new report from global finance giant Price Waterhouse Coopers has predicted.

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Trump ? Putin Congressional Investigation ? Moving Finger of Fate Pointing at...
      George Papadopoulos       Papadopoulos and His Bid For Political Stardom George Demetrios Papadopoulos was born in August 1987 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He graduated from DePaul University in 2009 with a degree in political science and government. Richard Farkas, a Russian politics professor at DePaul University, on discovering that … Continue reading "Trump – Putin Congressional...

Hayley Valentine ? Yet Another BBC Unionist Supporting Grasshopper Imposed On...
      Hayley Valentine     Hayley Jane Valentine – A few Personal Details Family: Part of the Valentine’s Book Binding family of Falkirk. Born in Glenrothes in 1971 the youngest of three children. Schooling: Attended Auchtermuchty High School and Edinburgh University – Degree in Journalism Career: Started her career in Journalism working in … Continue reading "Hayley Valentine – Yet Another BBC...

Tory MSP Attacks Scottish Government?s Record On NHS General Practitioner (GP...
      6 Nov 2017: Tory List MSP Mile Briggs moans that a Scottish NHS recruitment drive has failed A Scottish Government plan to boost GP numbers has resulted in the recruitment of 18 doctors since it launched two years ago, according to figures highlighted by the Conservatives. The party said the “handful” of … Continue reading "Tory MSP Attacks Scottish Government’s Record On NHS General Prac...

Northern Sea Route Developing Fast ? But What Happened to the Transshipment C...
      Scapa Flo Orkney       Container Transshipment and Demand for Container Terminal Capacity in Scotland Scapa Flow in Orkney provides the best available deep water port in Europe with the potential to handle any amount of major transshipment of today’s mega-size container ships. The container port market in Northern Europe is … Continue reading "Northern Sea Route Developing Fast – But What...

Jamie Halcro-Johnston ? Tory Gentleman Farmer ? Four Time Election Loser Gets...
            The Tory Party and the farming community of Scotland I am at a loss when it comes to understanding the mentality of the bulk of Scottish farmers who continue to pledge their futures to Tory Party millionaire Gentlemen farmers and to the counsel of the Scottish Farmers Union which … Continue reading "Jamie Halcro-Johnston – Tory Gentleman Farmer – Four Time Election Loser Gets Into H...

UK Government and BBC in Breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection an...
        EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – Article 11 – Freedom of expression and information Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. The freedom and pluralism … Continue reading "UK Government and BBC in Breach of the U...

Aberdeen City Council 2017 Elections Tory Surge A Fantasy Created by the Unio...
            2017 Local Council Elections Aberdeen City The Scottish Conservative and Unionist party brought forward absolutely nothing new in the way of local council policies preferring to stick to their tried and tested and rejected mantra of cuts in services. But Ruth Davidson had a couple of tricks up her … Continue reading "Aberdeen City Council 2017 Elections Tory Surge A Fantasy Created ...

Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor ? Scottish Media Ecstatic ? Major Breakthr...
          Thomas Kerr: Shettleston councillor: growing up poor in Glasgow made me a Tory His view of politics in Glasgow is warped and confused. Some of his quotes: ?Beforehand, when you were working class, you went into the mines, or the shipyards,? he says. ?Margaret Thatcher opened up a big inbox … Continue reading "Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor – Scottish Media Ecstatic – Major Breakth...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence
The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 1st 2017 Scandals and controversies are thick and fast these days. There are the indictments against senior members of the Trump campaign, allegations of impropriety by sexpest MPs, and the ongoing stand-off and clampdown by the Spanish authorities in Catalonia. All of these …

The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit
The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, Oct0ber 25th 2017 British democracy used to be presented as the envy of the world – the Whig version of history, the rule of law and above all the sense of continuity which was meant to differentiate the …

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain?
Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 11th 2017 The British Conservatives have for most of their history been an impressively successful political force, winning elections and forming the UK government on its own or in coalition for two-thirds of the 20th and 21st centuries. It …

Scottish Independence in the Age of Dirsruption: Big Questions for the SNP, L...
Scottish Independence in the Age of Disruption: Big Questions for the SNP, Labour and Tories Gerry Hassan LSE Politics Blog, October 9th 2017 Scottish politics are in a strange place at the moment – not one of calm, but of transition with the future uncertain. After several years of high-octane politics, and the twin peaks …

Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-dete...
Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-determination Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 4th 2017 There are many reasons to be thankful for living in Scotland. This came home to roost in the last week with the Catalan referendum, the experience of the Iraqi Kurds voting on independence, and even, more dramatically, …

Scotland and Independence

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The Scottish Tory leader was left fuming after the Prime Minister's post made it appear that Scotland is already independent from the UK.
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Theresa May blasted for Scottish independence Twitter blunder - HeraldScotland

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Theresa May blasted for Scottish independence Twitter blunder
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Prime Minister Theresa May has come under fire for a Twitter gaffe suggesting Scotland was independent from the rest of the UK. A Tweet posted from her official account after meeting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for Brexit talks was critcised by ...

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Could Donald Trump back Scottish independence? - BBC News

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Could Donald Trump back Scottish independence?
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Donald Trump could back Scottish independence in a future referendum - but only if he thinks it makes economic sense, a former aide has said. Sebastian Gorka said the US president "believes that nation states prosper when they are sovereign". Mr Trump ...
Donald Trump 'could back INDEPENDENT Scotland' Nicola Sturgeon breakaway given h...

Alex Salmond: Timing for Scottish independence has 'never looked better' - Th...

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Alex Salmond: Timing for Scottish independence has 'never looked better'
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I would say the timing has never looked better for the national cause of Scotland.? Mr Salmond said the platform the movement decided upon would dictate the timing of another referendum, repeating his belief that membership of the European Free Trade ...
Alex Salmond to issue rallying cry to the Yes m...

Scotland may give Labour another chance at British power - Reuters

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Scotland may give Labour another chance at British power
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A Labour stronghold for decades until it rejected the party in 2015 in favour of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), Scotland's largest city is showing signs of returning to its political roots. With a 41.5 percent share of the overall ...
After its ill-fated dalliance with the Tories, Scottish Labour needs a r...

COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' ...

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COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' warns US
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We know that they were involved in the German elections. We are now learning they were involved in the separation of Spain. "And my understanding is they've set up shop in Scotland which is talking about an independence vote from Great Britain. This is ...



Russians 'set up shop' in Scotland to force new independence vote - Telegraph...

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Russians 'set up shop' in Scotland to force new independence vote
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A US senator has warned that Russian cyber operatives are "setting up shop" in Scotland to foment support for a second independence referendum. Senator Angus King told a Washington hearing into Russian interference in last year's US presidential ...

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An activist has questioned whether Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the producer and co-presenter of Mr Salmond's controversial new TV show, can credibly remain the SNP's Women's & Equalities Convenor given the history of gay rights abuses in Russia.

Letters: We ought to have more faith in this Conservative Government - Herald...

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Letters: We ought to have more faith in this Conservative Government
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I cannot believe that Mr Mann, an ardent SNP supporter, really wants the current Government to fall on its sword, to be replaced inevitably by a Jeremy Corbyn-led centre-left administration which will drag us back a quarter of a century and beyond.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Receives Daily Media Sentiment R...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Receives Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.12
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Press coverage about China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of ...

Analyzing China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Its Peers - Dispatch...

Analyzing China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Its Peers
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE: SNP) is one of 37 public companies in the ?Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing? industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation to similar ...

Davidson to Labour voters: 'Labour has either fallen on their sword or fallen...

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Davidson to Labour voters: 'Labour has either fallen on their sword or fallen short'
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In her keynote address to the Scottish Conservative autumn convention in Perth today, the Edinburgh Central MSP will say that only the Tories can stand up to the SNP's ?obsession with independence?. The latest Scottish Labour leader will be announced ...

Kezia Dugdale to join I'm A Celebrity in shock last minute call-up - Scottish...

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Kezia Dugdale to join I'm A Celebrity in shock last minute call-up
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Kezia took over as Labour leader from Jim Murphy in August 2015, after the party lost all but one Westminster seat in Scotland to the SNP. In July Kezia revealed she is in a relationship with Holyrood rival Jenny Gilruth, SNP MSP for Mid Fife and ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP): SuperTrend Below Current Share Price -...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP): SuperTrend Below Current Share Price
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The SuperTrend signal is presently lower than the stock price for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP). Active traders may be carefully tracking the action to see if the indicator position is pointing to shares entering the sell category. Traders may ...

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A leading SNP MP last night said a second independence referendum will be held if the UK Government don't concede to demands to devolve Brexit powers to Scotland. Tommy Sheppard, a former contender for SNP deputy leader, gave the warning ahead ...
No to new independence ref...

Scotland, Hampton voters reject joining regional school system - Norwich Bull...

Scotland, Hampton voters reject joining regional school system
Norwich Bulletin
Voters in Scotland and Hampton on Thursday rejected a referendum question that, if passed, would have allowed children from prekindergarten through grade 6 in those towns to join the Regional District 11 school system. The vote in Scotland was 182 ...



Brown: Third referendum option would have killed independence - The Times

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Brown: Third referendum option would have killed independence
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A third option in Scotland's referendum offering voters a beefed-up parliament with more powers would have seen support for independence collapse, Gordon Brown has claimed. The former prime minister said that he wanted a third option on the ballot ...

Ian Blackford: Scots 'will not be dragged out of EU' - The Times

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Ian Blackford: Scots 'will not be dragged out of EU'
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On Monday Tommy Sheppard MP, the SNP's Scotland spokesman, warned that the Scottish government could move to enact a 2016 vote in Holyrood that backed a second referendum in the event that the Scottish parliament refuses to give formal consent for ...
Ruth Davidson's revival of Tory fortunes wins her The Herald Scottish Politi...

Spain was 'bemused by Scottish referendum' - The Times

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Spain was 'bemused by Scottish referendum'
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?I remember when I was in the cabinet for the Scotland referendum, and David Cameron used to report back on his discussions with the other EU ministers, the Spanish were kind of bemused at the idea of giving a part of the country a referendum,? she said.

COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' ...

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COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' warns US
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Earlier this year, former British ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood warned that the Kremlin may seek to interfere in a future Scottish independence referendum. Sir Andrew said Russia would seek to break up the United Kingdom and this presents a ...



What happened to Catalonia can't happen to Scotland - Aljazeera.com

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What happened to Catalonia can't happen to Scotland
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Since the Catalan government's decision to stage a referendum on independence on October 1, there has been much comment on the rise of separatist movements across Europe. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU ...

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Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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

Alex Salmond show on Russia Today
Alex Salmond will present a weekly show on RT. It's already sent the yoons into meltdown - ironically as they say it's just a propaganda TV station! 

Iran
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/15/britain-preparing-plan-transfer-400m-iran-boris-johnson-vows/ Remember all those public services that you liked that the Tories took away for "austerity"?
Well that that money is going to Iran.  

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!

A Better Britain Unionist Party
Lol. http://www.scotsman.com/news/better-together-party-to-contest-holyrood-2016-election-1-3991779 I really don't get this, I do though love how one of the 5 main aims they have, is to get a Union Jack flown on every Scottish government building.

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 ...

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Perseid
Perseid peak tonight, hopefully the clouds will disperse.

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.

Greggs Nativity
How can you be outraged by the Greggs nativity when you realise that 'Lord Jesus' written backwards reads as 'Susejd Rol'?

Ruth Davidson
Now tripping over herself to be the ultimate Uncle McTom.. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/snp-mps-are-sent-to-annoy-the-english-davidson-tells-tories-1-4248684    

Children In Need
Tax dodging millionaires telling the working man to donate there last pound so junkies bairns are looked after. Terry Wogan would plead for yer hard earned all the while he was taking a fee for presenting the fucking thing The jaikey bastards can't afford to feed their bairns or heat the hoos...

Allison Street, Govanhill, Glasgow
What a fckn shithole Romanians floating about every corner & the local junkies walking about like zombies, what happened to the place? was a great wee area growing up (born in Preston Street) 1965-1975.Not a fckn policeman / woman to be seen anywhere !!That Is All.

The Labour Party & PFI/PPP contracts
 

Minimum Price For Alcohol
Can anyone work out why the SNP are pushing for a minimum alcohol price of 50p a unit instead of increasing tax on alcohol?Increasing tax would mean that not only would alcohol become more expensive which would achieve the aim of hopefully reducing demand through price out would also raise more m...

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

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence
Resolution declaring independent Catalan republic passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions. Catalan Parliament has declared independence. In an historic plenary session after weeks of tensions with the Spanish government, and before the Senate votes on the suspension of self-rule, Catalan MPs passed a resolution that makes effective the electoral mandate…

A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…

President of Catalunya?s Statement
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalunya: 10/10/17 “I want to follow people?s will for Catalonia to become an independent state. We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration… in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum… Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue. I…

An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…