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Nicola Sturgeon condems abuse hurled at BBC reporter over independence
17 Aug 2022 at 9:55am
NICOLA Sturgeon has condemned the ?disgraceful? abuse suffered by a BBC reporter at the hands of pro-independence supporters last night.


Rosemary Goring: Leaders across the globe aspire to the Roman model but ignor...
17 Aug 2022 at 6:34am
IT was a day a Roman legionary would have longed for: hot as a skillet, with a cloudless sky the colour of the Mediterranean under brilliant sun. On Hadrian?s Wall, once the most far-flung frontier of the Roman Empire, you more usually find weather that fits a southerner?s idea of the north. Wind, rain, sleet and biting cold come as standard out here on the Northumberland moors. No doubt such conditions helped cement the idea that those who lived beyond were primitive.


Iain Macwhirter: Europe faces a nuclear winter as Putin prepares to ramp up h...
17 Aug 2022 at 5:00am
THE Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in south-eastern Ukraine is the largest in Europe. It is being shelled almost by the day as Ukrainian and Russian soldiers contest the strategically important power station on the Dnieper river. The situation is almost unimaginably dangerous, not least because, right now, it is in the interest of neither side to make the installation safe.


Letters: Tories should follow SNP lead in fighting cost of living crisis
17 Aug 2022 at 5:00am
NEIL Mackay ("The political parties are useless. We are on our own", The Herald, August 16) rightly calls out Labour?s plan for tackling the cost of living crisis ("Starmer defends costly freeze on energy bills", The Herald, August 16) as a mere sticking plaster.


Adam Tomkins: No one has to read Rushdie or see Sadowitz but free speech is s...
17 Aug 2022 at 6:00am
FREEDOM of speech is not a given: it has to be fought for. Always there will be those who want to silence people they dislike or disagree with. And ? always ? those of us who consider this wrongheaded and, indeed, dangerous, must fight back.


Perth Tory hustings: Demonstrators chant ?Tory scum? and ?Tories out?
17 Aug 2022 at 7:35am
One Conservative MP claimed ?eggs were being thrown? and there was ?spitting on pensioners?


Liz Truss says she would 'never ever' let her Union family split up as PM
16 Aug 2022 at 9:25pm
LIZ Truss has said she would ?never ever? let the Union end if she becomes Prime Minister, accusing Nicola Sturgeon of breaking her promise to respect the No vote of 2014


Scotland earmarked as 'key battleground' for Labour to return to power
16 Aug 2022 at 6:29pm
SCOTLAND has been earmarked as a ?key battleground? for Labour to pick up seats at the next UK general election, new analysis has found.


Scottish Government distance themselves from male period row
16 Aug 2022 at 4:24pm
THE SCOTTISH Government has moved to distance itself from the decision to hire a man as a Period Dignity Officer in Tayside.


Nicola Sturgeon to host energy price crisis summit to tackle cost-of-living c...
16 Aug 2022 at 2:17pm
NICOLA Sturgeon will host a crisis summit with energy companies to help tackle the cost-of-living crisis including investigating a ?more compassionate approach to debt management?.


How to watch Perth hustings as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak go head to head
16 Aug 2022 at 11:01am
RISHI Sunak and Liz Truss are set to go head-to-head at a hustings in Perth this evening.


Slight improvement in Scottish A&E waiting times
16 Aug 2022 at 10:14am
WAITING time performance across Scotland?s A&E units has improved slightly for a second week although almost a third of patients still wait too long to be treated.


Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak set out plans for more transparent Scotland ahead o...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:05am
LIZ Truss has said she would give MSPs more legal protection to speak out at Holyrood if she becomes Prime Minister.


Neil Mackay: The political parties are useless. In this class war, the people...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:00am
PSYCHIATRISTS always listen carefully to the metaphors people use. Symbolic language is a map to the soul, after all. Tune in to phone-in shows today and you?ll hear folk saying they feel "beat up", they "can?t take any more punishment", they?re "under attack". Their words reveal an unmistakable sense of victimhood, of inherent violence done by those in power to those without power.

 

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Labour leader Anas Sarwar announces cost of living package including winter e...
17 Aug 2022 at 9:41am
The Scottish Labour leader has today called for emergency legislation to be the Scottish Parliament?s first priority to help deal with the cost of living crisis.


Scottish independence: Liz Truss says she will 'never, ever' allow UK 'family...
17 Aug 2022 at 9:09am
The favourite to be the next prime minister has vowed she will ?never, ever? let the UK be split up as both Conservative leadership candidates launched scathing attacks on the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon.


Cost of Living: Inflation in UK hits 10.1% as cost of living continues to soar
17 Aug 2022 at 7:45am
The cost of living soared again in July, putting further strain on under-pressure families across the UK.


Scotland 'key battleground' for Labour at next UK general election, Scottish ...
16 Aug 2022 at 4:48pm
Two dozen seats are ?within Labour?s grasp? if the party targets SNP and Green voters in next general election, according to a new report.


Scottish Government sets date for second abortion summit as campaign group co...
16 Aug 2022 at 4:19pm
A date has been set for a second abortion summit as a campaign group has expressed its concerns over a Scottish Government-commissioned abortion protest study costing almost £70,000.


Group defends appointment of man as period dignity officer in area of Scotland
16 Aug 2022 at 5:09pm
A group in Tayside has defended its decision to appoint a man as a period dignity officer.


Cost of living crisis: Pension worries underline need for UK Government to ac...
17 Aug 2022 at 4:55am
We are supposed to look forward to our retirement, a time to do whatever we want, rather than being at the constant beck and call of others.


Conservative Leadership Scotland: How to watch Liz Truss vs Rishi Sunak husti...
16 Aug 2022 at 1:51pm
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will go head to head this evening at a hustings in Perth, here?s everything you need to know.


Tory leadership race: Rishi Sunak Scotland plans likened to 'sinister show tr...
16 Aug 2022 at 12:24pm
Plans by Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak to compel Scotland?s top civil servant to appear before a Westminster committee annually have been likened to ?sinister show trials? by the SNP.


SNP government needs to listen to rural Scotland, not just hand down diktats ...
16 Aug 2022 at 4:45pm
In the West Highlands last week I saw the holiday season in full swing. The car park at the head of Glen Nevis packed with vehicles with Dutch, German and French number plates.


If Jerry Sadowitz is cancelled, how long before JK Rowling is too? ? Murdo Fr...
17 Aug 2022 at 4:55am
The savage attack on the author Sir Salman Rushdie is a vivid reminder that the right of free speech should never be taken for granted.


Why I want to increase scrutiny of the Scottish Government - Rishi Sunak
16 Aug 2022 at 10:31am
I passionately believe the United Kingdom has a bright future. But it is not guaranteed.


English Channel swim shows how close UK and Europe are and should be despite ...
16 Aug 2022 at 12:30pm
Swimming from the somewhat patriotically named Shakespeare Beach near Dover to ?Cape Grey Nose? ? more correctly Cap Gris-Nez ? on the French coast, Andrew Donaldson took just eight hours, exactly, to cross the English Channel, aka La Manche.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

Home Of The Deranged
16 Aug 2022 at 12:45pm
It’s not exactly a secret that Nicola Sturgeon’s grotesque and diseased perversion of the SNP is home to a motley collection of fundamentalist lunatics allied with the most extremist wing of the Scottish Greens, whose only interest in independence is to use it as a tool to facilitate the “queering” of society. For anyone with the …

The Great Terror
14 Aug 2022 at 1:24pm
I am greatly honoured to have been targeted for censorship in the same weekend as two great artists as rightly esteemed as Salman Rushdie and Jerry Sadowitz. (Though thankful to have not yet been violently physically attacked for my views, as both have.) To be honest, I was amazed my most recent Twitter account lasted …

The Little Country That Lost Its Mind
5 Aug 2022 at 5:08pm
So this just happened. Which even in the hopelessly politically-debased world of the modern Scottish judiciary might be one of the most extraordinary miscarriages of justice in the nation’s history. Because what Dave Llewelyn actually did was quote George Galloway’s own words. He didn’t just say it once, either. He then went on to found …

Cracking the code
31 Jul 2022 at 1:42am
First of all, congratulations to the Herald for only being eight days behind a retired website on this story. Unusually fast work, lads. Now let’s deal with the spin. Gillian Martin is an Aberdeenshire MSP who’s had her own run-ins with the SNP’s Tranish Inquisition and has absolutely no excuse for not knowing what the …

Shut up or get out
24 Jul 2022 at 1:05pm
When I entered front line politics in 2012 as an SNP councillor, I was clear that my guiding ambition was to play a full part in the restoration of independence to Scotland. Over the past 10 years that commitment has only strengthened as the need for independence has grown ever more urgent. From oil and …

A Little Respect
15 Jul 2022 at 11:40am
Readers, meet SNP councillor Fatima Joji. As you can see, she’s part of the hyperwoke “Aberdeen Independence Movement” faction which recently took it upon itself to issue a “code of conduct” for independence campaigners, demanding that everyone in the Yes movement should debate things: “politely and positively at all times, without rancour and bitterness … in …

On their fat behinds
13 Jul 2022 at 5:00pm
By now Wings readers will likely have already seen today’s events in the House Of Commons, where Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle completely lost his rag at Alba MPs (and Wings contributors) Kenny MacAskill and Neale Hanvey for protesting against the UK government’s refusal to respect Scotland’s mandate for an independence referendum. ?Get them out? demand …

Trying Not To Think About Time
12 Jul 2022 at 12:11pm
A quick schedule for the future. BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2022 According to Joanna Cherry, we should expect some sort of outcome from the Lord Advocate’s referral of proposed indyref legislation to the Supreme Court by no later than the end of this year. Possibly the SC will refuse to adjudicate on the matter at all, but more …

Free beer tomorrow
6 Jul 2022 at 2:10am
You know how the SNP are always going on about how bad the Tories are and how urgently we need to get rid of them? Well, it turns out they don’t want that to happen for at least a couple of years. They just want a different Tory as Prime Minister, even though they keep …

The trouble with remembering
4 Jul 2022 at 6:19pm
One might almost imagine that once every Parliament, a drawing of lots is conducted at The Times’ offices in Scotland and the loser is obliged to write this column, on pain of a ceremonial debagging and a jolly good paddling with an old cricket bat from all the other chaps in the newsroom. Perhaps the …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Insulate, Insulate
11 Aug 2022 at 8:46am

Politics in the mainstream media is entirely seen through the prism of the relentless race to the right of the Tory leadership election. The only people who can vote are two football crowds worth of overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly male, comparatively wealthy, mostly pensionable, overwhelmingly southern, people. Brexit and the folding of UKIP into the Tory …

Insulate, Insulate

Winners
10 Aug 2022 at 11:25am

Saturday will be a proud day for our family, after a very difficult year. Winners, Nadira’s first feature film as Producer, will have its World Premiere as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. To be part of the official selection at the world’s oldest film festival is a real achievement, and to be given …

Winners

Freedom of Speech and Graham Phillips
9 Aug 2022 at 3:20pm

The imposition of sanctions against British citizen and journalist Graham Phillips is an appalling violation of freedom of speech – which to have meaning must mean freedom to say things which disagree with the government, the media and/or majority public opinion. Phillips has for almost a decade published and broadcast from Ukraine material which is …

Freedom of Speech and Graham Phillips

Pre-Emptive Murder
8 Aug 2022 at 12:23pm

The lives of the latest fifteen Palestinian children to be murdered by Israel in Gaza, lives ripped from their small, terrified bodies with devastating violence, do not seem of much concern to the powerful in the West, or indeed anywhere. The BBC repeated without question Israel’s claim that its latest launch of high explosive at …

Pre-Emptive Murder

Independence, Justice and the Unionist Lord Advocate
30 Jul 2022 at 9:30am

The Lord Advocate’s “reference” to the UK Supreme Court on whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to instigate an Independence Referendum is carefully wrought to get the answer “No”. From the opening pleading on whether the Supreme Court should hear the petition at all – which Lord advocate Bain founds solely on the argument …

Independence, Justice and the Unionist Lord Advocate

The Forde Report and the Labour Right
24 Jul 2022 at 1:08pm

Nobody can accuse the authors of the Forde report of having a low opinion of themselves. Its lofty tone reflects profound disdain for the views and actions of mere mortals, and it utters judgments with an air of deep profundity. This is amusing as it is banal in the extreme. The Forde Report is, peculiarly, …

The Forde Report and the Labour Right

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Tory leadership: Truss and Sunak reject indyref2 in Perth
16 Aug 2022 at 10:42pm
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak took part in a hustings in Perth to pitch for the votes of Scottish Tory members.

Will my child get free school meals this year?
17 Aug 2022 at 6:18am
Campaigners want all primary school children to be offered a free school meal as soon as possible.

Nicola Sturgeon to convene summit on energy costs
16 Aug 2022 at 6:21pm
The summit will look at how to improve support for people struggling with the price of energy

Scottish council workers reject pay offer from Cosla
15 Aug 2022 at 10:23pm
A union warns that "waste will pile up" as industrial action is confirmed between 18 and 31 August.

Right to free period products becomes law in Scotland
15 Aug 2022 at 3:39pm
Scotland is the first country in the world to protect the legal right to sanitary products.

Police in Scotland agree to improved 5% pay offer
16 Aug 2022 at 10:59am
It is described as a significant improvement on the initial "derisory and insulating" offer of £565.

PM agrees to UK-wide talks on cost of living crisis
12 Aug 2022 at 5:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon had called on Boris Johnson to hold an emergency meeting with the devolved nations.

Is indyref2 showdown Nicola Sturgeon's last stand?
12 Aug 2022 at 6:15am
The first minister's future is again the subject of speculation, despite her plans for a referendum.

Tory leadership: Where do the final candidates stand on indyref2?
5 Aug 2022 at 10:03pm
Here is what PM contenders Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have to say about Scotland and independence.

Why Nicola Sturgeon always sends for John Swinney
16 Jul 2022 at 8:56am
Why Nicola Sturgeon's go-to guy, John Swinney, is stepping back into the role of finance secretary.

UK nations in calls for cost of living support
18 Jul 2022 at 1:52pm
Conor Murphy joins his counterparts in Scotland and Wales to urge for "targeted interventions".

Scottish independence: Will there be a second referendum?
21 Jul 2022 at 12:03pm
Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second referendum next year, so is another vote now inevitable?

Scot Goes Pop

Our goal has to be to achieve independence by the earliest possible date - no...
8 Aug 2022 at 4:59am
I'd always hoped this didn't need to be said, but I now realise it probably does.  Notwithstanding my involvement in the Alba Party, this blog continues to represent my own independent thoughts and...

Scot Goes Pop Fundraising for Independence Polling: an update
3 Aug 2022 at 9:26pm
As you'll probably have gathered, I was away from home last week in a place with very sporadic internet access, so I have a backlog of about four blogposts I want to write at the back of my mind.  ...

What are the Greens thinking of?
1 Aug 2022 at 2:09pm
If true, this is absolutely idiotic (the stand in every seat part, I mean). There are a number of constituencies in Edinburgh and Glasgow where the Greens could win 10-20% of the vote, thus splitti...


VIDEO: Our Precious Union is Precious
29 Jul 2022 at 11:26pm
*  *  *We've already seen since Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that the overwhelmingly unionist mainstream media are attempting a 'shock and awe' campaign to try to kill off independence - and the ...

Let's get real about a plebiscite election - we won't win independence as a b...
26 Jul 2022 at 1:57am
This way of thinking could lose us a plebiscite election. Worry about the betrayal if and when it happens, not when we're trying to win a mandate.https://t.co/V6b2sa3O5Z? James Kelly (@JamesKelly) ...

Scottish Sovereignty Research Group conference in Dunfermline, 29th-31st July
20 Jul 2022 at 1:22pm
So first of all, an apology to the Scottish Sovereignty Research Group - we had discussed the possibility of me running a guest post about their forthcoming conference in Dunfermline, but when they...

We stand on the brink of a glorious new Elizabethan age as Scots come togethe...
19 Jul 2022 at 7:51pm
Liz Truss is now clear favourite on the betting exchanges to be the next Prime Minister. This is dreamland stuff - we couldn't have asked for better.? James Kelly (@JamesKelly) July 19, 2022Result ...

Tory right-wingers have reached their decision day
19 Jul 2022 at 2:09pm
We're not going to find out the identity of the next Prime Minister today, but we have finally reached a genuine crunch-point in the race, because the Tory right will have to decide once and for al...

STV Politics News

Politics ? STV News

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak rule out second Scottish independence referendum at...
16 Aug 2022 at 9:39pm
The candidates faced questions from STV's Colin Mackay, as well as party members, in Perth.

Watch Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak face questions in Scottish Tory hustings
16 Aug 2022 at 6:18pm
The candidates will address Tory party members in Perth in the battle to be the next prime minister.

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak make Conservative leadership pitch ahead of husting...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:51pm
The Conservative leadership candidates will appear in Perth on Tuesday evening.

Nicola Sturgeon to meet energy bosses ahead of expected price cap rise
16 Aug 2022 at 3:12pm
The cap is predicted to rise to just over £3,500 from October.

Delayed bottle deposit return scheme ?in danger of slipping further behind? c...
16 Aug 2022 at 6:44am
Campaigners warned Scotland is lagging behind other countries a year before the scheme is introduced.

Prime Minister hopefuls Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to debate live on STV News
16 Aug 2022 at 6:39am
Only Scottish hustings on the schedule will be streamed live on the STV News website.

?People in genuine fear over price cap rise?, says ScottishPower chief
15 Aug 2022 at 6:37am
Keith Anderson has warned of tough conditions for households getting 'much, much worse' before they get better.

Millions in public money lost to ?short-term lets tax loophole?
14 Aug 2022 at 8:45am
More than £19.7m was given in tax breaks as thousands of properties left the Council Tax system.

SNP accused of ?frightening incompetence? on tackling fuel poverty
14 Aug 2022 at 8:40am
There is concern over soaring bills amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Scotland set to become first country in the world to protect right to access ...
14 Aug 2022 at 8:29am
New legislation comes into force across the country on Monday.

Liz Truss accuses SNP Scottish Government of ?playing political games?
14 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
The Tory leadership contender said she would govern for the whole of the UK if she wins the race for No 10.

FM says she thought May would have been ?far better? at start of Covid
13 Aug 2022 at 7:04pm
The First Minister said that May 'knew her brief'.

Douglas Ross: ?Boris Johnson used rude words after I told him to resign?
12 Aug 2022 at 9:03pm
The Scottish Conservative leader had called for Johnson to quit back in January.

Boris Johnson responds to Nicola Sturgeon?s call for emergency meeting on cos...
12 Aug 2022 at 4:20pm
The First Minister had called on Boris Johnson to hold an emergency meeting on the ongoing crisis.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics


Nicola Sturgeon condemns 'disgraceful' abuse hurled at BBC journalist before ...
17 Aug 2022 at 10:22am
A crowd of independence supporters booed and threw eggs at Tory members as they entered a party hustings last night.


Nicola Sturgeon's government accused of 'hiding pots of money' amid cost of l...
17 Aug 2022 at 9:15am
Anas Sarwar said the SNP/Green government was sitting on a £241 million reserve that could be used to help families struggling to get by this winter.


Scottish off-grid homes will benefit from Labour plans to freeze energy price...
17 Aug 2022 at 9:01am
Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves confirmed that Labour's £29 billion plan will reach households that rely on heating oil or gas tanks instead of being connected to the main supply.


Inflation hits 10.1% reaching 40-year high amid cost of living crisis
17 Aug 2022 at 7:43am
The increase was largely down to food prices and staples including toilet rolls and toothbrushes, the Office for National Statistics said.


Scottish Labour calls for emergency rent freeze to protect tenants struggling...
17 Aug 2022 at 4:30am
EXCLUSIVE: Anas Sarwar will today set out his party's plan to help cash-strapped Scots left struggling with the cost of living.


Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak still offering no answers on cost of living crisis
17 Aug 2022 at 4:30am
The Daily Record's Westminster editor Torcuil Crichton looks back at the Conservative hustings in Perth on Tuesday night.


Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak devoid of ideas to help Scots facing terrifying ene...
16 Aug 2022 at 9:24pm
The Tory leadership candidates again ruled out allowing Nicola Sturgeon to hold a second independence referendum - but had little new to say on the cost of living crisis.


Nicola Sturgeon indyref2 plan branded 'barmy' as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak ta...
16 Aug 2022 at 9:05pm
During the hustings Sunak and Truss were asked their thoughts on an independence referendum that Sturgeon wants to hold in October next year.


Liz Truss accuses British workers of lacking 'skill and application' to 'graf...
16 Aug 2022 at 7:33pm
A bombshell recording of the Tory leadership favourite attacking the attitude of British workers was unearthed as she prepared to take the stage in Scotland.


Tories pelted with eggs ahead of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss debate in Perth
16 Aug 2022 at 5:46pm
Independence supporters gathered outside the Perth Concert Hall where the latest Conservative leadership hustings are taking place.

The National

The National | Politics

Tory pair can run from the Scottish public, but they cannot hide
17 Aug 2022 at 10:00am

IT was so intriguing to read in Tuesday?s National that the venue for tomorrow?s Tory hustings in Perth was still to

Ian Blackford describes abuse directed at BBC's James Cook as 'shocking'
17 Aug 2022 at 8:19am

SNP MP Ian Blackford has described the abuse BBC journalist James Cook received at last night?s Tory hustings in Perth as ?shocking?.

Inflation reached 10.1 per cent in July as cost of living soars
17 Aug 2022 at 7:54am

THE COST of living has soared once again, putting further strain on families under pressure across the UK.

Alyn Smith: Scottish independence and the lessons of mistakes on Afghanistan
17 Aug 2022 at 5:00am

THE fall of Kabul just over a year ago may go down as one of the key turning points of the 21st century. Yet which direction this turning point takes us in remains to be seen.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: No peace has been left behind in Afghanistan
17 Aug 2022 at 5:00am

THE first Caledonian recorded in history is Calgacus, who owes his immortality to the Roman historian Tacitus.

Scottish independence project analysis warns of UK economic decline
17 Aug 2022 at 5:00am

SCOTLAND is ?paying the economic price? for staying in the union according to a new analysis, which says the UK is in long-term decline and lagging behind many other countries.

Kevin McKenna: Here's the speech Liz Truss might have given in Tory Perth hus...
17 Aug 2022 at 5:00am

?MY fellow Scots, one of our most cherished memories as a family was watching Sir David Attenborough?s Scottish wildlife programmes shot on location from the wilds of Perthshire. Watching packs of wolves roaming your glens and grizzly bears hunting for fish in the silvery Tay showed us all the variety of life on this our United Kingdom.

Tory leadership hustings: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak back to old tricks in Perth
16 Aug 2022 at 11:15pm

IN the countdown to the first Tory leadership hustings to be held north of the Border, the contenders appeared to be attempting to woo party members by vying to outdo each other on Unionist promises.

Conservative leadership hustings: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak dodge indyref que...
16 Aug 2022 at 11:08pm

THE Tory leadership candidates have refused to say if they would ever allow another independence referendum at the only hustings event to be held north of the Border.

Scottish Conservative members at Perth hustings rate the candidates
16 Aug 2022 at 10:28pm

After the hustings, The National asked Tory members who they are backing in the race to Number 10 - and who is best placed to fight for the Union

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia

The Dead Center: Reflections on Liberalism and Democracy
16 Aug 2022 at 7:34pm
The Dead Center: Reflections on Liberalism and Democracy After the End of History by Luke Savage  In 2016, Tony Blair reached his conceptual limits: ?I?m not sure I fully understand politics right now,? the former Labour leader told The Guardian and Financial Times. The emergence of Corbyn and Sanders, he said, signalled a baffling desire on behalf …

Self-Determination, Autonomy, Independence
16 Aug 2022 at 10:39am
Today we are launching our updated new website. Our fresh look has been brewing for a while and will coincide with a few other changes. We have improved navigation and moved to dedicated servers to offer better protection against the sort of DDoS attacks we were experiencing. The thinking behind the new look is described …

On Freedom of Speech
15 Aug 2022 at 2:59pm
The news that Salman Rushdie is recovering and ‘joking’ is good, though his family are also saying his injuries are ‘life changing’. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said his liver had been damaged and that he was likely to lose an eye. We are lucky that Rushdie is an icon of free speech and not a …

Stealing The Constitution
14 Aug 2022 at 5:35pm
In the greatest economic crisis since the 2007 financial crash, with imminent threats to the public?s standard of living even greater than the near collapse of the banking system; and before that the world changing crisis of World War II, the Conservative Party has now abandoned even the fatiguing chore of overseeing government, for basic …

God Save the Regime
28 Jul 2022 at 1:52pm
The British royal family are beyond the law. They operate in a secret world within a world and pay no heed to the societal obligations and responsibilities that regulate their subjects. In truth their exact wealth is unknown but, as the wheels come off the British state, also being revealed are the legal and financial …

Was habe ich in meinen Sommerferien gemacht?
28 Jul 2022 at 12:42pm
Here we are on day 41 of my Duolingo German streak and I?m still confused about the gender of a laptop and am embarrassed to say that it?s taken me 45 years to work out that George Lucas must have been studying German when he constructed Yoda?s back to front way of speaking: “The greatest …

What Climate Emergency?
28 Jul 2022 at 9:19am
In the aftermath of the experience of last week’s ‘extreme weather’, something has ‘broken though’ in the parlance of media chatter. Several friends have asked “What should I do? “I want to do something”. “I want to join something.” Do nothing I tell them. Just stop it. Many of us have been saying this for …

Remembering Jiyan Tolhildan
27 Jul 2022 at 10:23am
She led the fight against ISIS, and was murdered by Turkey. RIP Jiyan Tolhildan. Last Sunday, the United States Central Command extended condolences to three women fighters ? members of their ?SDF partners? who were ?killed in an attack near Qamishli, Syria, on July 22, 2022?. They omitted to mention that the perpetrator of the …

The Conservative Party and the National Debt
25 Jul 2022 at 11:47pm
In Rishi Sunak?s pursuit of the leadership of a Conservative Party increasingly committed to the lunatic right fringe of politics, represented by Liz Truss and the ERG, he calculatedly chose the Thatcher shrine of Grantham to make a defining speech on his supposed responsible approach to the management of the economy; which in Conservative thought, …

Distinctively British
25 Jul 2022 at 4:17pm
The efforts to shoehorn and impose a British identity onto people in Scotland, and England and Wales is a strange phenomenon. Today Keir Starmer, spluttered out an assembly of words, some of which didn’t really mean anything at all, like ?A productive Liverpool is good for Birkenhead. A strong Dudley is good for Birmingham?, all …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Sunak and Truss rule out freezing energy prices at leadership hustings
16 Aug 2022 at 9:12pm
Rival candidates questioned in Perth after frontrunner Truss makes belligerent remarks about SturgeonPolitics news ? live updatesRishi Sunak and Liz Truss have ruled out freezing energy prices by claiming it would be an expensive, short-term fix that would fail to solve the underlying problem wit...

?The world is my oyster?: Nicola Sturgeon on feminism, her last push for inde...
13 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
Scotland?s first minister is one of the most capable, if divisive, politicians of her era. Could her record-breaking reign conclude with the end of the union?Nicola Sturgeon won?t take ?no? for an answer. Standing at one end of the long table in the cabinet room at her official Edinburgh residenc...

Liz Truss dismissal of ?attention seeker? Sturgeon will horrify Scots, says SNP
2 Aug 2022 at 10:37am
Tory activists cheered leadership favourite when she said first minister should be ignoredPolitics live: latest updatesLiz Truss has been accused of tarnishing the unionist case against Scottish independence after calling Nicola Sturgeon an ?attention seeker? who ought to be ignored.John Swinney,...

Scottish government under pressure as drug deaths fell by just nine in 2021
28 Jul 2022 at 1:06pm
?Heart-breaking? figures are first decrease since 2013 but raise questions over slow progressThe Scottish government remains under huge pressure to deliver on its ?national mission? to save lives as new figures show drug-related deaths fell by just nine, or 1%, to 1,330 in 2021.Described as ?hear...

Nicola Sturgeon accuses Labour of giving 'the proverbial two fingers' to Scot...
14 Jul 2022 at 7:02pm
First minister accuses Labour of giving 'the proverbial two fingers' to Scottish voters after Keir Starmer said his party wouldn't allow a second referendum on Scottish independence if it were to win the next general electionSturgeon says Labour is giving Scottish voters ?proverbial two fingers? ...

Sturgeon says Labour is giving Scottish voters ?proverbial two fingers?
14 Jul 2022 at 1:55pm
First minister hits out at party?s vow to block second referendum, and warns of further Tory shift to the rightLatest politics news ? liveNicola Sturgeon has accused Labour of giving ?the proverbial two fingers? to Scottish voters, as she warned that regardless of who wins the Tory leadership rac...

Scottish referendum moves ?premature?, says UK government
12 Jul 2022 at 3:17pm
Lawyers advise supreme court that Sturgeon not entitled to a ruling on legality of holding a vote without Westminster?s consentNicola Sturgeon?s request for a supreme court ruling on the legality of holding a second Scottish independence referendum without Westminster?s permission should be throw...

Time to repair the fabric of our disunited kingdom | Letters
11 Jul 2022 at 5:21pm
Paul Tattam calls for a good-humoured national debate about the future of the union, and Iain Forbes says the problem is many English people don?t seem to care about it. Plus letters from John Skrine and Michael CunninghamSimon Jenkins? article (The United Kingdom is broken. It?s time for a new B...

Nationalism has a dark side, but it?s not all bad | Letters
8 Jul 2022 at 6:21pm
Colin Mann says his support for Scottish independence is driven by his social democratic values. Plus letters from Adam Rennie, Giselle Dye, Christopher Rainger and Pauline CarruthersMartin Kettle?s view on a Scottish independence referendum is distorted by his understandable suspicion of nationa...

Independence vote may be ?unlawful?, says Scotland?s lord advocate
5 Jul 2022 at 5:51pm
Dorothy Bain QC releases her letter to the UK supreme court seeking its ruling on Nicola Sturgeon?s plans for a second referendum Scotland?s lord advocate has confirmed she fears Nicola Sturgeon?s plans for a fresh independence referendum may be unlawful.Dorothy Bain QC has now released the lette...

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The hustings in Perth are the last gasp for the Tories in Scotland
16 Aug 2022 at 1:21pm
The Conservatives are holding a leadership coven, sorry, hustings in Scotland today. This is the seventh hustings of the leadership Lie-Off and the only event to be held in Scotland. Ballots have already gone out to party members who tend to vote early, so most of the tiny number of people eligible to vote will …

Fury, denial and intellectual poverty : the state of British nationalism in S...
15 Aug 2022 at 11:38am
Possibly it was an outbreak of masochism, or a curiosity verging on the foolish, but the other day, using a burner account, I had a peek at anti-independence social media to get a feel of where the opposition is at. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting a huge amount, but I was shocked by the …

This is a cost of corporate greed crisis
11 Aug 2022 at 11:01am
An American Buddhist nun called Perma Chödrön wrote a famous self-help book called When Things Fall Apart, she later expounded on the message of the first book with a follow up, subtitled A Guide to Fearlessness. The books give advice to dealing with personal crises such as the loss of a loved one, or dealing …

Hasta la vista, he wants to come back
9 Aug 2022 at 11:52am
The new Prime Minister is due to take over from Boris Johnson on 5 September, that however is unlikely to be the last that we hear from the serial liar and law breaker who spent years plotting and conniving to get the top job only to be wheeched out of it just halfway through a …

Scottish democracy will be the big loser of the Tory leadership contest
7 Aug 2022 at 8:35pm
It ought to be unnecessary in a country with a long and well established democratic tradition that the basic principles of democracy and parliamentary mandates should have to be explained and reiterated. Sadly however that is where we are in Scotland in 2022 where in their panicked desperation the opponents of Scottish independence, who are …

The real nationalist extremists we need to worry about
4 Aug 2022 at 11:29am
One of the supposed advantages of being British which those who oppose independence are so proud of used to be the freedom to criticise the government, the monarchy, the army, the establishment, or the myths and sacred cows of Britishness without any repercussion. This was the much vaunted tolerance which we were always told was …

Attention seeking Truss
2 Aug 2022 at 8:58pm
Anyone who has been paying even passing attention to the Scottish independence debate has known for some time that the only strategy that the Conservatives have in order to fend off independence is to ignore all demands for another referendum in the hope that this entire independence thing will just give up and go away. …

Human rights and Tory wrongs
2 Aug 2022 at 10:59am
In an interview over the weekend, Rish! Sunak and his exclamation mark of ambition, tried to make up the ground in the “I’m a total Tory bastard stakes” that he was losing to Liz Truss, whose campaign is assisted by the fact that the only ideology she’s ever had is whatever is going to aid …

The Tory chancers trashing the rule of law
1 Aug 2022 at 10:42am
The British Government has now pretty much abandoned any pretence that the rule of law counts for anything. At least that is, when the rule of law is supposed to apply to the British Government. They are still extremely keen on enforcing laws on everyone else in order to prevent them challenging Conservative diktats, such …

The farce that is PIP
26 Jul 2022 at 7:42pm
It seems that my bad experience with PIP is sadly typical, so I have decided to share it in more detail, partly in order to help me get my thoughts together for getting the DWP to reassess my claim but also because I hope that by sharing my experience it will put pressure on the …

The Courier

Scottish Politics News From Holyrood and Westminster | The Courier

5 things you need to know about the next prime minister after Perth leader de...
16 Aug 2022 at 10:10pm
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss set out their plans to halt another independence referendum, but clashed over competing Tory policies to sort out a cost-of-living crisis.

Conservative supporters pelted with eggs in Perth as Liz Truss and Rishi Suna...
16 Aug 2022 at 7:00pm
Angry protesters attempted to push past police and threw eggs at Tory guests arriving in Perth to hear Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak make their pitch to become the next prime minister.

Tayside ?period dignity? officer should have been a woman, says SNP?s Ian Bla...
16 Aug 2022 at 1:03pm
Nicola Sturgeon's Westminster chief, Ian Blackford, has criticised the appointment of a man to a landmark period dignity officer job in Tayside.

VIDEO: Is Dundee still a Yes city and will Perth say No again? We go on the r...
16 Aug 2022 at 6:00am
Grassroots independence campaigners in Tayside tell us they're already looking one year ahead to a potential second referendum, despite a UK Government vow to prevent another vote.

Jenny Gilruth told to step in and protect ?jewel in the crown? Brechin rail a...
15 Aug 2022 at 5:17pm
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth is being urged to step in to protect ?a jewel in the crown of Angus? after a funding snub, despite warnings it could cause ?significant? financial risks.

All you need to know as Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss prepare for Perth face-off
15 Aug 2022 at 5:00pm
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will go head to head in Tayside tonight as the Tory leadership race enters its critical final stages.

High energy bills caused by political errors, says St Andrews University expert
15 Aug 2022 at 6:00am
The UK has ?critically underinvested? in renewables and is too reliant on importing gas from abroad to plug energy gaps, a St Andrews University expert has warned.

EXCLUSIVE: Grant Shapps in ?secret communication? over sanction-busting Russi...
15 Aug 2022 at 6:00am
A Tory minister discussed sensitive information linked to a controversial flight from Inverness to Moscow after Russia invaded Ukraine, we can reveal.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to follow London mayor Sadiq Khan?s lead on rent freeze
13 Aug 2022 at 6:00am
A Dundee-based MSP has demanded Nicola Sturgeon freeze rents after London mayor Sadiq Khan backed the measure to combat the cost of living emergency in the UK capital.

COURIER OPINION: Sturgeon Forfar visit spelled out need for urgency on cost o...
12 Aug 2022 at 10:48am
Nicola Sturgeon has predicted thousands will face hardship and some may die due to the cost of living crisis. Politicians must act urgently.

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas

How the 1970s began for me and how I was nearly written off at the age of five
23 Jun 2022 at 12:29am
How the 1970s began for me and how I was nearly written off at the age of five Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 22 June 2022 It did not start too well for me: the seventies. I was only a few months into primary school. Making friends. Finding my feet as a shy, sensitive only child … How the 1970s began for me and how I was nearly written off at the age of five appeared first on Gerry Ha...

Independence is not about process politics. It is about democracy
22 Jun 2022 at 12:18am
Independence is not about process politics. It is about democracy. Gerry Hassan The National, 21 June 2022 The air is thick with talk of referenda. How one is held, its status, who can initiate it and has to agree to it, and the timetable indicated by Nicola Sturgeon and Angus Robertson of October 2023. All … Independence is not about process politics. It is about democracy appeared ...

What Scotland?s big independence debate is about and should be about
17 Jun 2022 at 7:35pm
What Scotland?s big independence debate is about and should be about Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, 15 June 2022 Nicola Sturgeon has fired the gun on Scotland?s independence debate, standing in Bute House yesterday with Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, launching the first of several papers on independence. This has brought forth the usual … What Scotland’s big indepen...

What independence has to do to win
15 Jun 2022 at 7:36pm
What independence has to do to win Gerry Hassan The National, 14 June 2022 The Scottish Government will make an important announcement on independence today; one long awaited by independence supporters. It has long been apparent that the 2014 offer needs not just updating but completely revising and that serious, substantive work needs to be … What independence has to do to win appea...

The last days of Boris Johnson and what comes after?
8 Jun 2022 at 7:43pm
The last days of Boris Johnson and what comes after? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 8 June 2022 Tory leadership votes of no confidence come around much more frequently nowadays. This is not a misperception, but rooted in the decline in the authority and quality of Tory leaders, the nature of the Tory tribe and the … The last days of Boris Johnson and what comes after? appeared first o...

Goodbye to the Britain that we have all grown up with
7 Jun 2022 at 8:18pm
Goodbye to the Britain that we have all grown up with Gerry Hassan The National, 7 June 2022 Four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations; wall-to-wall endless media coverage and sycophantic commentary on TV, radio and papers; and as the weekend concluded a Tory leadership vote of no confidence was finally triggered against Boris Johnson, beginning … Goodbye to the Britain that we have...

The relevance of George Orwell today; Standing up for democracy and against f...
1 Jun 2022 at 8:26pm
The relevance of George Orwell today: Standing up for democracy and against fascism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 1 June 2022 George Orwell?s influence as a writer has grown since his death in 1950 at the age of 46, particularly in recent decades. He was unashamedly a voice on the left – independent minded, an iconoclast … The relevance of George Orwell today; Standing up for democra...

What are we celebrating in the Queen?s Jubilee?
31 May 2022 at 8:30pm
What are we celebrating in the Queen?s Jubilee? Gerry Hassan The National, 31 May 2022 This is a watershed week for Britain and the monarchy at the marking of the Queen?s Platinum Jubilee. It does however raise the question – what exactly are we celebrating? The Queen has been Head of State for the past … What are we celebrating in the Queen’s Jubilee? appeared first on Gerry Hassan ...

How do we put government and leadership back in Scotland and the UK?
25 May 2022 at 9:31pm
How do we put government and leadership back in Scotland and the UK? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 25 May 2022 UK government and politics are not in a good place. They have been traduced and trashed in ways once unimaginable. Boris Johnson has presided over an administration from top to bottom of unbelievable incompetence, serial … How do we put government and leadership back in Scot...

Progressive politics has to talk about class and race, and challenge the fals...
24 May 2022 at 9:32pm
Progressive politics has to talk about class and race, and challenge the false divisions of the right Gerry Hassan The National, 24 May 2022 These are divisive times in politics and public life; strident voices stoking division are all around. Many of them tell us that the age we live is shaped by ?culture wars? … Progressive politics has to talk about class and race, and challenge t...

Talking up Scotland

Talking-up Scotland

Holding Sunak to account for England?s failure to close the attainment gap
17 Aug 2022 at 10:11am
Both candidates for PM have been banging on about the SNP’s track record. Education is a favourite for them but today the Guardian reports: The attainment gap between poorer pupils and their better-off class mates is just as large now as it was 20 years ago, according to a damning new report which says the coronavirus pandemic is likely to have increased the inequalities in education The landma...

Exam Results: Times Education Supplement weak on statistics too
17 Aug 2022 at 9:02am
By stewartb I continue to be irritated by the coverage of the SQA exam results for Scotland?s schools. Recall the Scottish Tory Party?s education spokesperson, Oliver Mundell: ?Education spokesman Oliver Mundell said the widening attainment gap was a ?badge of shame? for the first minister.? (BBC News website) Of course the Tories are comparing statistics for 2022 with 2021. What is notable is ...

Degrees of Apprenticeship
17 Aug 2022 at 8:46am
Alasdair Galloway The problem I have with this story in the Independent is that what they intend to achieve is right, but they are doing it for all the wrong reasons ?Students should turn to apprenticeships to ease soaring demand for degrees, Ucas boss warns? The presentation of encouraging school leavers to go for “apprenticeships” is  that its directed “to bring down soaring demand for higher...

UK Government data confirm much higher drug death rate among younger users in...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:22pm
Today, I received data (a re-run of table 2 for the link below) from the UK Statistics Authority, to enable me to confirm that drug deaths among younger users are much higher in England & Wales than in Scotland. The researcher sent me a rerun of the data for the 25-34 group so that I could compare with Scotland’s equivalent group. The published data in the link below uses different groupings fr...

Sorry Prof Devine but Sarwar was a hypocrite and you?re wrong
16 Aug 2022 at 12:26pm
I hesitate to correct Professor Tom Devine in his defence of Anas Sarwar. Once compared with Prof John Curtice, a writer said he was like a premier league footballer and I was like a third-team reserve at Elgin City. Anyone who saw me play would agree that I should have been so lucky. Goodness knows what league I’ll be relegated to if I question Prof Devine. Anyhow, Sarwar’s support for Pakista...

Scrutiny: Significant improvement in emergency waiting times despite increase...
16 Aug 2022 at 10:10am
In the week ending 7 August 2022, demand at Scotland’s A&E departments climbed from 24 699 to 24 731. Despite that 67.9% were seen in 4 hours, up from 66.3% and 65% in the previous two weeks. Those waiting over 8 hours fell from 2 798 to 2 541 and those waiting over 12 hours fell from 1 040 to 916. Only Scotland publishes weekly figures but in July, the figure was only 57%. For the local health...

Breath-taking arrogance of the Tories
16 Aug 2022 at 9:07am
Just which part of the SNP record do they feel entitled to scrutinise? Is it: the superior NHS performance? the much lower crime rate? the much lower drug death rate among the under 35s? the higher NHS staffing? the higher police staffing? the higher firefighter staffing? the lower cumulative Covid death rate? the effective contact tracing? the lower child poverty? the greater affordable housin...

Disclosure: More than 99.99% of people with learning difficulties or autism N...
15 Aug 2022 at 2:35pm
BBC Scotland, advertising their timid wee pals at Disclosure, tell us: Scots with learning disabilities and autism have been locked in secure hospitals and psychiatric wards for decades, a BBC investigation has found. They remain unable to get out despite Labour Scottish ministers saying 22 years ago that they should be living independently in the community. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scot...

BBC 1 News: ?Scotland has made public health history?
15 Aug 2022 at 2:21pm
Towards the end of Reporting Scotland, after tales of being locked in, being cancelled, of fire deaths, road deaths and of storms, we heard: Scotland has become the first country in the World to legally protect access to free period products. They’re already available in many places but from this morning, councils, schools and colleges are required to make sanitary towels and tampons available ...

There will be no tax exodus from Scotland
15 Aug 2022 at 10:26am
We’ve seen this before as the right-wing media try to undermine Scotland’s gradually improving, more progressive, tax regime. In 2015, the Telegraph predicted an exodus of the wealthy and young and 2017, Border Region Tories predicted an exodus to England. I can find no subsequent hard evidence that this ever happened. What is clear is this: Figure 3.1 shows estimates of net migration between S...

Politically Speaking

Politically Speaking: Scotland?s flagship political podcast

Breaking the Cycle
31 Mar 2022 at 2:58pm
Holyrood's Chris Marshall talks to Sean Duffy, chief executive of the Wise Group, and SNP MSP Rona Mackay, a member of the Scottish Parliament's Criminal Justice Committee, about Scotland's stubbornly high prison population and the effectiveness of community-based alternatives to incarceration. This podcast is sponsored by the Wise Group. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holyro...

Keeping it human
10 Feb 2022 at 8:38pm
After a bruising week in which the statutory regulator, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, found itself in the eye of the Gender Recognition Act storm, Mandy Rhodes interviews its chair, Baroness Kishwer Falkner. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holyrood/message

Questioning the question
14 Jan 2022 at 12:49pm
After a paper written by the former SNP policy lead, Chris Hanlon, on ?devo max? sparked an almighty row about what question or questions should be asked in any future Independence Referendum, Mandy Rhodes speaks to SNP President, Mike Russell, former Labour MSP Neil Findlay, and academic, Professor James Mitchell, on why it mattered. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holyrood/m...

Labour of Love
16 Dec 2021 at 11:45am
Scottish Labour?s Richard Leonard talks to Louise Wilson about his political career and why he decided to step down as party leader earlier this year. Elsewhere, the Holyrood team discuss the coming Omicron wave and whether the controversy over Downing Street parties has made it less likely that people will follow guidelines this Christmas. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holy...

COP26: Where are the Global South?
10 Nov 2021 at 3:35pm
In this special COP26 edition of the podcast, Louise Wilson hears from Alistair Dutton of SCIAF about who is feeling climate change first and worst, the missing $100bn climate finance, and the achievements of COP so far. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holyrood/message

COP26: Can we be cautiously optimistic?
5 Nov 2021 at 11:20am
In this special COP26 edition of the podcast, Louise Wilson speaks to WWF Scotland?s Fabrice Leveque about cautious optimism, how Scotland can prove it?s a climate leader and the work still to be done. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holyrood/message

All Eyes on Scotland
29 Oct 2021 at 11:30am
In the latest edition of the podcast, Mandy Rhodes speaks to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford about the latest push for independence and the UK Government?s decision not to award a carbon capture plant to Scotland. Elsewhere, the team discusses the upcoming COP26 climate summit and asks ? does Glasgow really have a rat problem? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/holyrood/message

An Attack on Democracy
25 Oct 2021 at 9:31am
Following the murder of Sir David Amess MP, there is renewed focus on the growing level of threat and intimidation politicians face, particularly online. In this edition of the podcast, journalist Margaret Taylor speaks to SNP MP Carol Monaghan about what it was like to receive a death threat. Elsewhere, the team discuss whether Sir David?s death will lead to a tightening of security for electe...

Joking aside
13 Oct 2021 at 2:00pm
Former Scottish Conservatives leader Jackson Carlaw is the guest on this week?s edition of the podcast, fresh from being named Wag of the Year at the Holyrood Political Awards. He reflects on a career in politics and what really happened when he stepped down as leader last year. Elsewhere, the team discuss Nicola Sturgeon?s comments about having ?time on her side? when it comes to a second inde...

The case for independence
6 Oct 2021 at 4:35pm
In this edition of the podcast, Mandy Rhodes speaks to former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars about his life in politics and why he believes the current party leadership is failing to articulate the case for independence. Elsewhere, the team discuss a landmark legal ruling by the Supreme Court and Prime Minister Boris Johnson?s speech to the Conservative party conference. --- Send in a voice m...

Scotland and Independence

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British leadership candidates against new Scottish independence push - Reuter...
16 Aug 2022 at 10:27pm
British leadership candidates against new Scottish independence push  Reuters UKUK Leadership Race: Next Prime Minister Faces Challenge of Scottish Independence  BloombergScottish independence: Liz Truss says she will 'never, ever' allow UK 'family' to be split up  The ScotsmanScottish independence support to go up with Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss, poll finds  The NationalView Full coverage on Goo...

Latest 'leading academic' to back Scottish independence does not even live in...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:27pm
Latest 'leading academic' to back Scottish independence does not even live in Scotland  Scottish Daily Express

Scotland's independence debate is pure poison - The Telegraph
16 Aug 2022 at 6:00am
Scotland's independence debate is pure poison  The Telegraph

UK's Supreme Court to hear Scottish independence case in October - Reuters UK
21 Jul 2022 at 8:00am
UK's Supreme Court to hear Scottish independence case in October  Reuters UK

Why Nicola Sturgeon's confidence about independence should put to the test fo...
11 Aug 2022 at 5:06am
Why Nicola Sturgeon's confidence about independence should put to the test for real ? Scotsman comment  The Scotsman

Debate: Should there be another Scottish independence referendum? - Channel 4...
16 Aug 2022 at 8:23pm
Debate: Should there be another Scottish independence referendum?  Channel 4 News

What has UK Government said about Scottish Indyref2? - NationalWorld
15 Aug 2022 at 9:58pm
What has UK Government said about Scottish Indyref2?  NationalWorld

Truss's promising stance on Scottish independence - The Spectator
1 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
Truss's promising stance on Scottish independence  The Spectator

The Scottish government's independence referendum strategy: A last roll of th...
26 Jul 2022 at 8:00am
The Scottish government's independence referendum strategy: A last roll of the dice?  London School of Economics

Jeremy Corbyn: Second Scottish independence referendum 'the right thing to do...
9 Aug 2022 at 7:30pm
Jeremy Corbyn: Second Scottish independence referendum 'the right thing to do'  The Telegraph

SNP

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It?s a shambles. Period - how the SNP have made a mess over new 'period pover...
17 Aug 2022 at 12:01am
It?s a shambles. Period - how the SNP have made a mess over new 'period poverty' laws  Scottish Daily ExpressThe SNP is using independence as a Trojan Horse to impose extreme trans ideology on Scotland  The TelegraphSNP council appoint man as 'period dignity officer'  The SpectatorFury as Scottish council appoints a MAN as first ever period poverty rights officer  Daily MailSNP Hails Appointmen...

SNP left humiliated after spending £20MILLION on electric police cars... with...
17 Aug 2022 at 8:04am
SNP left humiliated after spending £20MILLION on electric police cars... with no chargers  Express

Liz Truss will 'defeat' SNP at general election and shut down Nicola Sturgeon...
16 Aug 2022 at 9:28pm
Liz Truss will 'defeat' SNP at general election and shut down Nicola Sturgeon's 'separatist agenda'  Scottish Daily Express

'The rainy day has arrived': Sarwar urges SNP government to spend £241m reser...
17 Aug 2022 at 10:11am
'The rainy day has arrived': Sarwar urges SNP government to spend £241m reserve  HeraldScotland

SNP members taking part in Tory leadership hustings protest should be thrown ...
16 Aug 2022 at 11:17pm
SNP members taking part in Tory leadership hustings protest should be thrown out  Scottish Daily Express

SNP government needs to listen to rural Scotland, not just hand down diktats ...
16 Aug 2022 at 4:48pm
SNP government needs to listen to rural Scotland, not just hand down diktats ? Murdo Fraser MSP  The Scotsman

I-SNP explosion may be bright spot in Medicare Advantage 5-year trends - McKn...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:14am
I-SNP explosion may be bright spot in Medicare Advantage 5-year trends  McKnight's Long Term Care News

SNP group respond to loss of control in North Lanarkshire - Daily Record
16 Aug 2022 at 5:50pm
SNP group respond to loss of control in North Lanarkshire  Daily Record

?You spent a fortnight in the States!? Blackford left red-faced after urging ...
16 Aug 2022 at 10:14am
?You spent a fortnight in the States!? Blackford left red-faced after urging MPs to return  Express

Sunak says ignoring SNP would be dangerously complacent - BBC
6 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
Sunak says ignoring SNP would be dangerously complacent  BBC

Referendum (Google News)

"Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph" - Google News

British leadership candidates against new Scottish independence push - Reuter...
16 Aug 2022 at 10:27pm
British leadership candidates against new Scottish independence push  Reuters UKUK Leadership Race: Next Prime Minister Faces Challenge of Scottish Independence  BloombergTruss and Sunak attack SNP record and dismiss 'barmy' calls for Scottish independence vote  iNewsRishi Sunak and Liz Truss unite on ruling out second Scottish referendum  The NationalView Full coverage on Google News

The Scottish government's independence referendum strategy: A last roll of th...
26 Jul 2022 at 8:00am
The Scottish government's independence referendum strategy: A last roll of the dice?  London School of Economics

What has UK Government said about Scottish Indyref2? - NationalWorld
15 Aug 2022 at 9:58pm
What has UK Government said about Scottish Indyref2?  NationalWorld

Why Nicola Sturgeon's confidence about independence should put to the test fo...
11 Aug 2022 at 5:06am
Why Nicola Sturgeon's confidence about independence should put to the test for real ? Scotsman comment  The Scotsman

Debate: Should there be another Scottish independence referendum? - Channel 4...
16 Aug 2022 at 8:23pm
Debate: Should there be another Scottish independence referendum?  Channel 4 News

Latest 'leading academic' to back Scottish independence does not even live in...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:27pm
Latest 'leading academic' to back Scottish independence does not even live in Scotland  Scottish Daily Express

UK's Supreme Court to hear Scottish independence case in October - Reuters UK
21 Jul 2022 at 8:00am
UK's Supreme Court to hear Scottish independence case in October  Reuters UK

Scottish independence: SNP tells Supreme Court its referendum plan would not ...
2 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish independence: SNP tells Supreme Court its referendum plan would not 'of itself' affect Union  The Scotsman

Angela Rayner: I?m against us going ?anywhere near? a Scottish independence v...
8 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
Angela Rayner: I?m against us going ?anywhere near? a Scottish independence vote  The Independent

Rishi Sunak: 'Worst possible moment' to hold Scottish independence referendum...
26 Jul 2022 at 8:00am
Rishi Sunak: 'Worst possible moment' to hold Scottish independence referendum  HeraldScotland

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Nicola Sturgeon condemns abuse of journalist James Cook at Tory hustings
17 Aug 2022 at 10:15am
The BBC?s James Cook was filmed speaking to protesters outside Perth Concert Hall, during which he was yelled at and repeatedly called ?scum? and ?traitor?

Cost of living: Scottish Government must ?turn over every stone? to release c...
17 Aug 2022 at 8:00am
Charities said there is ?no greater priority? for government than ensuring people can heat their homes and eat

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak pledge to 'take on' Nicola Sturgeon during Perth hu...
16 Aug 2022 at 10:11pm
Both candidates ruled out a second independence referendum

Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak as PM will 'see more voters back Scottish independen...
16 Aug 2022 at 5:40pm
Voters more likely to swing from No to Yes under either candidate, according to research

Scotland set to be world first for biometric data Code of Practice
16 Aug 2022 at 5:10pm
In a new letter, justice and veterans secretary Keith Brown told?Scottish Biometrics Commissioner?Dr Brian Plastow the Criminal Justice committee had approved his proposed Code of Practice without amendment

Scottish Labour 25-seat win could make Keir Starmer PM, think tank claims
16 Aug 2022 at 4:20pm
'The path to a Labour government is now clear,' Scottish Fabians say

Scottish Tories split on leadership election
16 Aug 2022 at 4:09pm
Ahead of a crunch hustings in Perth this evening, Scottish Tories are on the fence about who to succeed Boris Johnson as the next Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party

Perth hustings: How will Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak woo Scottish votes?
16 Aug 2022 at 1:47pm
What do the Conservative leadership candidates have to prove to win the key to No 10?

Truss and Sunak visit Perth on the campaign trail
16 Aug 2022 at 9:24am
Conservative Party leadership hopefuls Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are set to take part in a hustings in Perth later today

Scottish Government staff survey finds fall in those who know how to raise co...
15 Aug 2022 at 6:25pm
The new procedure was put in place following the Scottish Government's mishandling of complaints against former First Minister Alex Salmond