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Scottish Independence: How have Scots said they would vote in recent polls
29 Jun 2022 at 11:38am
We want to know how you would vote in a second independence referendum if it takes place on October 19, 2023.


John Swinney: SNP majority vote at general election would be independence man...
29 Jun 2022 at 9:59am
Scottish ministers would have a mandate to begin†independence†negotiations with the UK Government if the SNP win a majority of seats in Scotland at the next General Election, John Swinney has said.


SNP told it needs to work with Westminster and get 'stronger grip' on financi...
29 Jun 2022 at 5:00am
THE SCOTTISH Government's independent climate advisers has warned that plans to meet legal targets will be missed without more co-operation with Westminster by SNP ministers.


Poll: Blow to Boris Johnson and DUP as NI voters back protocol
29 Jun 2022 at 5:00am
A MAJORITY of Northern Irish voters support the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit deal signed between the UK and the EU with backing growing for the measure, according to a new poll.


Iain Macwhirter: See you in court, but we know where it will end
29 Jun 2022 at 5:00am
IT?S been a long and winding road, as Macca would put it, since the glory days of 2014 and the first Scottish independence referendum. The ?Festival of Democracy? we called it. Even many unionist commentators were captivated by the campaign, which was on the whole very positive.


Letters: Forget the haters and grab this golden opportunity
29 Jun 2022 at 5:00am
SO the First Minister has made a significant, measured announcement which chimes with the majority view of the citizens of our nation and indeed reflects the mandate upon which she and her Government were re-elected (again). It would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise.


Rosemary Goring: Are second homes so wrong? Or are we just jealous?
29 Jun 2022 at 5:03am
THE coastal village of Elie is a seaside idyll: pretty cottages looking out to the Firth of Forth, and elegant back streets, washed by the salty air. One of a chain of picturesque harbours that make up the East Neuk of Fife ? Anstruther, Pittenweem and Crail among them ? Elie is the most desirable of them all.


Glasgow Airport needs to secure direct US links to aid sluggish recovery, say...
29 Jun 2022 at 11:00am
AIRPORTS haven?t been out of the media recently and, let?s face it, it hasn?t been for the right reasons. But just take a step back and consider the strategic role our airports play in the Scottish economy.


Guy Stenhouse: The person who is anti-democratic is not Boris Johnson ? it is...
29 Jun 2022 at 11:00am
THE Scottish Government claims it has an ?indisputable? mandate to hold another referendum next year. The Lady Nicola drapes herself in the saltire and claims anybody who opposes her mandate is not a democrat. Surprise, surprise the finger is pointed at those nasty people at Westminster again.


Adam Tomkins: Learning from America ? Westminster is right to repeal Blair?s ...
29 Jun 2022 at 6:04am
WHAT did the suffragettes teach us, which links Dominic Raab?s proposed new Bill of Rights, the US Supreme Court overruling Roe v Wade, and America?s indefensible gun laws?


Our cartoonist Steven Camley?s take on Indyref2
29 Jun 2022 at 6:00am
Our cartoonist Steven Camley?s take on Indyref2 June 29 2022


Hindu tailor killed in cleaver attack amid religious tensions in India
29 Jun 2022 at 12:21pm
Tensions were high in India's western Udaipur city on Wednesday, a day after police arrested two Muslim men accused of cutting a Hindu tailor's throat in a brutal attack.


Scottish independence: Supreme Court to rule on referendum
29 Jun 2022 at 10:55am
The First Minister announced she intended to hold Indyref2 on October 19 next year, using Holyrood?s own powers, if the UK Supreme Court gave its approval.


Nicola Sturgeon: indyref2 plan contrasts with Boris Johnson?s ?law breaking? ...
29 Jun 2022 at 10:05am
The First Minister was speaking the day after she unveiled plans to hold a second vote on independence in October 2023.

 

The Scotsman

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Scotland's police officers to 'withdraw goodwill' as pay dispute escalates
29 Jun 2022 at 12:56pm
Scotland?s police officers will not start shifts early or take police radios home with them as they embark on their most disruptive action in 100 years in a dispute over pay.


Scottish independence referendum: Nicola Sturgeon is acting against the will ...
29 Jun 2022 at 12:44pm
Yesterday was a significant day in Scottish politics. It was the day that the nation?s cancer treatment waiting time performance officially fell to a record low, causing untold pain and anguish for thousands.


PMQs: Angela Rayner says UK 'can't stomach' Boris Johnson as she demands earl...
29 Jun 2022 at 12:25pm
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has challenged the Conservative Government to call a general election to ultimately test their popularity as she demanded to know how many further tax rises were to come.


'Lunatic' Putin has ?small man syndrome?, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace cl...
29 Jun 2022 at 12:08pm
Vladimir Putin has ?small man syndrome? and a ?macho? view of the world, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.


'Scottish democracy cannot be a prisoner to Boris Johnson', says Nicola Sturgeon
29 Jun 2022 at 9:32am
The First Minister has said the will of the Scottish people cannot be held back by UK Government decisions after she outlined her legal route towards independence.


Scottish independence referendum: Nicola Sturgeon is playing her cards to max...
29 Jun 2022 at 11:17am
When it comes to Scotland?s independence debate, Nicola Sturgeon has been caught between a rock and a hard place for what must now feel like a lifetime.


ScotWind process accused of giving 'free ride' on corruption checks
29 Jun 2022 at 4:55am
Energy firms were given a ?free ride? on corruption, bribery and human rights checks when bidding for ScotWind leases, with one company?s offences missed by due diligence checks.


Nicola Sturgeon gears up for court battle†as she unveils proposed date for se...
28 Jun 2022 at 7:34pm
Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a proposed date for a second independence referendum as she prepares for a constitutional showdown in the courts.


Analysis: Nicola Sturgeon?s last roll of the dice risks her career and the in...
28 Jun 2022 at 7:27pm
With her latest move around Scottish independence, Nicola Sturgeon has staked the future of her career, the SNP, and the independence movement on the next 22 months.


Social enterprises in Scotland make a profit like any private business but th...
29 Jun 2022 at 4:55am
After being buffeted by the Covid pandemic, the economy now faces a daunting new challenge amid the steepest fall in living standards since the 1950s.


Nicola Sturgeon's statement on an independence referendum in full
28 Jun 2022 at 6:05pm
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted ?now is the time for independence? as she unveiled plans to hold a second referendum on Scotland?s place in the United Kingdom on October 19 2023.


Scottish independence referendum: Nicola Sturgeon must ensure her big gamble ...
29 Jun 2022 at 4:55am
?Now is the time for independence,? said Nicola Sturgeon as she announced the Scottish Government?s plans to hold a referendum on October 19, 2023.


Scottish independence referendum date: Nicola Sturgeon's big announcement was...
28 Jun 2022 at 4:45pm
Ever feel you need a break from the news but get fed-up there is nothing to watch but repeats? You could have been at the Scottish Parliament yesterday.


What is a Section 30 Order? Can a second Scottish independence referendum hap...
28 Jun 2022 at 4:04pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke at Holyrood today revealing her plans to enter negotiations with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to grant a Section 30 order for Scottish independence.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

Remembering Pete Wishart
29 Jun 2022 at 9:43am
Such a tragic loss. So very very sad. A KNOCK AT THE DOOR. NICOLA STURGEON ARRIVES. A VERY SHORT CONVERSATION ENSUES. NICOLA STURGEON LEAVES. Joy be upon us! It’s a miracle! . . DVD BONUS CONTENT:

The Wasted Years
28 Jun 2022 at 3:06pm
So we now know, if it was ever in doubt, that the Scottish Government is not remotely serious about holding an independence referendum in 2023. Today’s speech by the First Minister revealed one positive act: that she finally intends to do what this website has been repeatedly calling on her to do since April 2018, …

It?s the same old song
22 Jun 2022 at 12:17pm
Half a decade apart, almost to the day. So what are we expecting? We thought we’d take a quick snap poll just for fun. These are the options we think are at least remotely plausible for next Tuesday’s announcement: OPTION 1:†BACK DOWN THE HILL, EVERYONE Basically nothing. Sturgeon possibly makes another “formal” Section 30 request, …

Beware of liars
15 Jun 2022 at 11:47pm
Even when you’re retired, some things are too journalistically offensive to let pass, such as this piece of absolute garbage we just saw from The National today. The paper’s anonymous reporter set off all our red warning lights at once. Here’s an alertness test for you, readers: see†if you can see what’s missing from this …

What Didn?t Happen
15 Jun 2022 at 11:46am
There was, very obviously, no “indyref2 campaign launch” yesterday, not least for the reason that there is no indyref2. Nothing whatsoever has changed from the situation which has persisted for the last six years, namely that the SNP says it wants another referendum and the UK government says it can’t have one. There has been …

The Magic Of Vision
13 Jun 2022 at 9:49pm
While this site remains mothballed, it’s nice to keep a steady trickle of traffic going just in case it ever needs to spring back to life, eg if someone actually interested in independence suddenly somehow becomes leader of the SNP again. So we thought it might be fun to just briefly link to some old …

Less Is More
9 Jun 2022 at 10:30am
It’s now†almost a year and a month since this website†announced its cessation as a continuing endeavour, with the “final decision” clause being invoked four months later. Since Wings confirmed its formal closure as a blog there have†nevertheless been†19 posts in eight-and-a-half months, comprising a mixture of polls (the site’s remaining purpose), guest posts, admin, a …

Any second now
8 Jun 2022 at 1:28pm
This was overdue an update.†Two†extra rows now added. (Click for full size†image with legible dates.†Landscape version here.) For context, then, keep in mind that THAT is the (sort-of) newspaper that was asking the First Minister questions in this video, ie not exactly a hostile inquisitor. Sturgeon is clearly struggling to contain her irritation and impatience …

Firing blanks
22 May 2022 at 10:43am
This is getting properly embarrassing. Because that starting gun must be red-hot by now. It was previously fired nine months ago. It was fired in April 2019. (Alert readers may notice that 2021 has come and gone, the Scottish Government has NOT acted and Scotland has very much†NOT been saved from Brexit.) It was fired …

Scotland is lost
9 May 2022 at 3:10pm
We’re still retired, but this just can’t go unremarked. This is absolute banana-republic stuff. Even before you get into any of the specifics of the case, it’s simply not the Crown Office’s job to interfere with a police investigation by telling them who they may and may not interview under caution. Scottish justice is extremely …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Don?t Look Back in Anger
29 Jun 2022 at 8:43am

The new bid for Scottish Independence is started. It does not matter how each of us got here, who had which idea first, what might be a better plan, who stabbed who in the back. It is gone. Let it be. Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn before the high altar of a church during …

Don’t Look Back in Anger

The Pointless Keir Starmer
25 Jun 2022 at 2:49am

On Thursday, Labour under Keir Starmer got a lower percentage of the vote in Wakefield than they did in 2017 under Jeremy Corbyn. In 2017 Labour got 49.7%. On Thursday they got 47.9%. I want you to think that through. Inflation is soaring. Consumer confidence in the economy has gone through a steeper plummet, and …

The Pointless Keir Starmer

Your Man in Saughton Jail Part 2
21 Jun 2022 at 8:11am

I was walking down that improbably long central corridor in a group of about eight mainstream prisoners heading for legal visits, when panic broke out among the escorting guards. About a hundred yards further down, and coming towards us, was an overweight and bearded old man walking with a zimmer frame and wearing the maroon …

Your Man in Saughton Jail Part 2

No Debt
19 Jun 2022 at 1:37pm

Ukraine inherited none of the Soviet Union’s debt, just as Scotland will inherit none of the United Kingdom’s debt. Russia was the successor state to the Soviet Union, and thus got to keep the seat on the UN Security Council, the nuclear weapons and all Soviet overseas assets. On the other side of the ledger, …

No Debt

Standards
18 Jun 2022 at 8:11am

A brief thought. Can anybody explain to me why Alex Salmond reaching out to ping somebody’s hair was charged as sexual assault and unsuccessfully prosecuted in court, but this by an SNP MP: “It was quite a nice night until towards the end of the evening. I was sitting on a couch in the pub …

Standards

Biden Works to Prolong Ukraine War
7 Jun 2022 at 9:36am

I was in Turkey to try to further peace talks, as an experienced diplomat with good contacts there, and as a peace activist. I was not there as a journalist and much of what I discussed was with the understanding of confidence. It will be probably be some years before I judge it reasonable and …

Biden Works to Prolong Ukraine War

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Election win should trigger Scottish independence, says Sturgeon
29 Jun 2022 at 12:07pm
Scotland's first minister wants a referendum in October next year, but says an election could be used to decide independence.

Is indyref2 Nicola Sturgeon's biggest political gamble?
29 Jun 2022 at 10:40am
Nicola Sturgeon set a referendum date without knowing if she has the power to make it happen.

Scottish independence: Is there a mandate for another referendum?
28 Jun 2022 at 6:09am
BBC Scotland's Glenn Campbell considers the case for holding another vote.

Scottish independence: 19 October 2023 proposed as date for referendum
28 Jun 2022 at 6:05pm
The UK Supreme Court will be asked if the Scottish government can hold a vote without UK consent.

The indyref2 questions facing the Supreme Court
29 Jun 2022 at 6:09am
What are the arguments set to be made in the Supreme Court about a Scottish independence referendum?

MSPs back making emergency Covid powers permanent
28 Jun 2022 at 10:58pm
The bill gives ministers the ability to impose lockdown restrictions in a future health emergency.

Think tank calls to raise and reform taxes in Scotland
28 Jun 2022 at 1:59pm
Reform Scotland says taxes will need to be increased and the system will need to be reformed.

Dentists hit out at drop in payment for NHS work
28 Jun 2022 at 2:20pm
The British Dental Association is accusing the Scottish government of "pulling away the life support".

Abortion clinic buffer zones will happen, says Sturgeon
27 Jun 2022 at 4:09pm
The first minister said the Scottish government would back a bill to protect sites from protesters.

Councils given powers to run own bus services
27 Jun 2022 at 4:38pm
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said changes to legislation could revitalise local services.

Patrick Grady to step away from SNP membership over allegations
26 Jun 2022 at 2:46pm
The Glasgow North MP is under police investigation over allegations of sexual harassment.

Independent inquiry into Scottish lockdown asylum seeker treatment
26 Jun 2022 at 5:37pm
Refugees for Justice started the process after six people were stabbed at a Glasgow hotel in 2020.

Scot Goes Pop

A reminder of the mountain of polling evidence that the Scottish public stron...
29 Jun 2022 at 1:15pm
As I mentioned yesterday, I've used several of the full-scale Scottish opinion polls that I've commissioned for Scot Goes Pop over the last two-and-a-half years to test public opinion on a range of...

The practical implications of using the 2024 general election as a de facto i...
28 Jun 2022 at 6:21pm
There's one caveat that needs to be placed on my two previous posts from earlier today, which relates to the fact that the referendum legislation the Scottish Government are referring to the Suprem...

Scotland may not have declared independence yet - but it's just declared inde...
28 Jun 2022 at 4:52pm
For many years now, I've been arguing that there's considerable beauty in finding out once and for all whether the Scottish Parliament can legislate for an independence referendum without a Section...

At long last, we're there - a CREDIBLE guarantee that there will either be a ...
28 Jun 2022 at 2:58pm
As most readers will know, I'm a member of the Alba Party's NEC, but I'm not going to be churlish about this - Nicola Sturgeon's statement today at last contained the clarity that we've been crying...


#Referendum2023: It's like Christmas Eve for the Yes movement as we are now j...
27 Jun 2022 at 5:12pm
On the eve of her historic announcement about how exactly she will deliver her promise of an independence referendum in sixteen months' time, Nicola Sturgeon has been reported as saying that the Sc...

Alex Massie's bizarre repudiation of the principles of parliamentary democracy
20 Jun 2022 at 12:09pm
Courtesy of an anonymous commenter on the previous thread, I've now seen Alex Massie's column in full, and it's even worse than I thought.  It effectively contains a repudiation of the most fundame...

#Referendum2023 : Another EXCITE-SPLAT as the mainstream media LOSES ITS RAG ...
19 Jun 2022 at 2:08pm
I can't get past the paywall, but apparently Alex Massie says in his latest column that "a consultative referendum designed to heap pressure on the British government is the kind of wild gamble mad...


#Referendum2023: It's OCTOBER! Specificity THRILL-BOOM as the Scottish Gover...
15 Jun 2022 at 1:07pm
We still don't have the exact date for #Referendum2023, but we're far closer to it thanks to an announcement from Angus Robertson, the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution and External Affairs, o...

STV Politics News

Politics ? STV News

Dominic Raab insists it?s ?not the right time? for an independence referendum
29 Jun 2022 at 12:57pm
Ian Blackford said Scotland has already 'paid the price' for not being independent.

Rent campaigners: ?Landlords pouring petrol on cost of living crisis?
29 Jun 2022 at 11:38am
There are calls for the Scottish Government to take action to tackle rising rental costs.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: Time is right for Scotland to decide independ...
29 Jun 2022 at 10:49am
The First Minister said Scotland is 'being taken down the wrong path by Westminster governments'.

Social care providers slam ?dangerous? axing of crucial PPE fund
29 Jun 2022 at 6:53am
Scottish Care criticised the decision as 'regressive, unhelpful and positively dangerous' amid rising Covid cases.

Colin Mackay says Nicola Sturgeon?s independence plan could be the biggest po...
28 Jun 2022 at 5:11pm
STV News' political editor contemplates the impact of the First Minister's independence plans.

Basic income pilot scheme giving young people £1,600 a month launched in Wales
28 Jun 2022 at 5:07pm
The funding in Wales is aimed at helping support the transition to adult life - as Scotland considers similar proposals.

Rishi Sunak claims SNP ?choosing to impose austerity on public services?
28 Jun 2022 at 5:07pm
The Chancellor criticised the party's record in government in Scotland.

Indyref2: What we learned from Nicola Sturgeon?s referendum update
28 Jun 2022 at 4:58pm
First Minister sets date for second independence vote but Supreme Court will vote on its legality.

Indyref2: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sets date for second referendum on S...
28 Jun 2022 at 2:44pm
The First Minister made a statement at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

Watch live: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes statement on Scottish indepe...
28 Jun 2022 at 2:26pm
The SNP leader is setting out a route map to a referendum.

Scottish Government criticised as cancer waiting time performance falls to re...
28 Jun 2022 at 12:59pm
The Scottish Government's target is for 95% of patients to be seen within 62 days of an urgent suspicion of cancer referral.

?No evidence that predatory men use gender recognition to abuse women?
28 Jun 2022 at 12:12pm
MSPs heard evidence on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

Civil servants working on indyref2 road map costing £1.2m per year, Freedom o...
28 Jun 2022 at 6:55am
A Freedom of Information request found staffing resources have almost doubled from the start of the year.

Nicola Sturgeon says ?People?s will must prevail? ahead of indyref2 road map ...
28 Jun 2022 at 6:36am
Earlier this month, Nicola Sturgeon announced the SNP would seek a second independence referendum.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics


National Care Service plans 'fall glaringly short' amid calls to end private ...
29 Jun 2022 at 11:54am
The Record has championed the campaign to improve Scotland's care system after widespread failings were revealed during the coronavirus pandemic.


Lorna Slater in car crash interview over content of Scottish independence speech
29 Jun 2022 at 10:59am
The Scottish Greens co-leader is a Scottish Government minister but would not confirm if she knew about Nicola Sturgeon's indy plans in advance.


Dundee MSP meets with drug activists as Holyrood debate on city deaths delayed
29 Jun 2022 at 10:04am
The Dundee City West SNP MSP sat down with Peter Krykant and the charity Cranstoun in Edinburgh to hear out their requests for an overdose prevention centre in Dundee.


Confusion as Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney split over independence talks m...
29 Jun 2022 at 9:28am
Opposition parties claimed the SNP could "go backwards and still claim victory" at the next general election.


Scottish independence LIVE as John Swinney attempts to clarify general electi...
29 Jun 2022 at 8:43am
The First Minister set out her route map to the Scottish Parliament yesterday and announced she has asked the UK Supreme Court to check the legality of holding a vote.


Nicola Sturgeon is preparing the SNP to fight a general election and not an I...
29 Jun 2022 at 4:30am
The SNP fears a Labour revival in Scotland at the next general election and believes talking up independence is the way to stop it, writes Chris McCall


MSPs vote to keep emergency lockdown powers permanent
28 Jun 2022 at 10:47pm
The bill was passed at Scottish Parliament tonight after MSPs voted in favour.


Nicola Sturgeon independence referendum plan - 10 questions answered
28 Jun 2022 at 5:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon has set out a detailed plan for achieving an IndyRef2 - but what happens next?


When was the last Scottish independence referendum and what was the result?
28 Jun 2022 at 5:26pm
The last Scottish independence referendum was held in September 2014. Scotland voted ?No? to independence, and remains in the United Kingdom.


Boris Johnson avoids indyref2 issue as Downing Street promises to 'carefully ...
28 Jun 2022 at 5:10pm
Downing Street and the Prime Minister played down their response to the First Minister's latest independence moves.

The National

The National | Politics

Nicola Sturgeon's indyref2 announcement: How the papers covered the news
29 Jun 2022 at 12:59pm

NICOLA Sturgeon?s announcement yesterday of both a proposed date for indyref2 and the beginnings of a legal battle with Westminster was the top story of the day in Scotland ? but how did the papers cover it?

PMQs: Ian Blackford in feisty indyref2 row with Dominic Raab after 'in his pl...
29 Jun 2022 at 12:49pm

IAN Blackford has declared there is ?no case for the Union? as he insisted a referendum will take place next year.

Why is Boris Johnson not at PMQs today and who is replacing him?
29 Jun 2022 at 12:19pm

Boris Johnson will not be appearing at PMQs today (Wednesday, June 29) and will be replaced by Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab.

Mhairi Black in perfect response to Scotland Office minister's wedding jibe
29 Jun 2022 at 12:18pm

A TORY minister made a joke about Mhairi Black?s recent marriage in a quip about the Union while deflecting criticisms that the UK is ?holding Scotland back?.

Scottish independence: How the European media covered Nicola Sturgeon's plan
29 Jun 2022 at 12:56pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has announced her plan to hold indyref in October 2023 ? explaining that she will instead use the next General Election as a de-facto referendum if the Supreme Court says Holyrood can?t legally do so without Westminster?s consent.

Scottish people share values and attitudes with our fellow Europeans
29 Jun 2022 at 12:00pm

LAST week I watched the Europe for Scotland broadcast hosted by Lesley Riddoch. One comment caught my attention. The French contributor, who works in Erasmus+, said one of the great losses of our removal from the programme was for European educators who wanted to see Scottish schools because, as she put it, what they are doing is widely admired. Let?s remember that the next time someone tries t...

Tories will use every dirty trick in the book to derail independence
29 Jun 2022 at 12:00pm

DOUGLAS Ross, the utterly reprehensible joke of a branch manager of the ?Scottish? Tories, has

Adam Price calls for referendum on Wales' future over Westminster 'power grab'
29 Jun 2022 at 11:50am

THE leader of Plaid Cymru has called for a referendum on Wales' future, after the UK Government again threatened to overrule Welsh Government policies.

MSPs hear ?harrowing? evidence on miscarriages caused by domestic abuse
29 Jun 2022 at 11:44am

MSPs HAVE said they will continue a public petition for tougher sentences on perpetrators of domestic abuse which causes miscarriages, after hearing ?harrowing? evidence.

Brexit: Minister accused of disrespecting MPs after missing Australia deal sc...
29 Jun 2022 at 11:32am

THE International Trade Secretary has been accused of ?disrespecting? to MPs after she failed to appear before a parliamentary committee.

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Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

John Swinney issues correction over SNP mandate for independence
29 Jun 2022 at 12:51pm
Scotland?s deputy first minister backtracks after contradicting Nicola Sturgeon by saying majority of seats would be enoughJohn Swinney, Scotland?s deputy first minister, has issued a correction after sowing confusion over the Scottish government?s claims it could win a mandate for independence a...

Sturgeon faces tough hurdles on road to Scottish independence vote
28 Jun 2022 at 7:09pm
Analysis: First minister is seeking supreme court ruling but experts say there is ?nothing new? in her requestThere have always been three routes to a second referendum on Scottish independence and, despite the buildup and rhetoric around Tuesday?s statement, they remain unchanged ? a section 30 ...

The Guardian view on Sturgeon?s Indyref2: a fight ends up in court | Editorial
28 Jun 2022 at 7:06pm
Neither Brexit nor Scottish independence offer the clean break that many hope forThe supreme court has been asked to decide whether a Scottish independence referendum can take place legally next October. No one should be surprised. One of the court?s responsibilities is to decide whether a bill i...

Nicola Sturgeon seeks supreme court ruling on Scottish independence vote
28 Jun 2022 at 6:42pm
First minister tells MSPs she wants to hold second independence referendum on 19 October 2023Today?s politics news ? live updatesNicola Sturgeon has set herself on a collision course with Downing Street by asking the supreme court to rule on the legality of holding a new referendum on Scottish i...

Queen?s approval of laws must be more transparent, Scottish ministers told
28 Jun 2022 at 6:30pm
Holyrood aims to open up opaque mechanism after Guardian revealed secret influence on draft legislationScottish ministers have been told to open up the opaque mechanism in which the Queen gives her approval to draft bills that affect her personal property and public powers.Parliamentary authoriti...

Nicola Sturgeon tells Scottish parliament she wants to hold second independen...
28 Jun 2022 at 6:03pm
This live blog is now closed.Sturgeon seeks supreme court ruling on Scottish independence voteLiz Truss, the foreign secretary, has just started giving evidence to the Commons foreign affairs committee. There is a live feed at the top of this blog.On Sunday Emmanuel Macron, the French president, ...

Scottish democracy will not be 'prisoner of Boris Johnson', says Sturgeon on ...
28 Jun 2022 at 4:12pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will write to Boris Johnson to ask him to agree a section 30 order to allow a second independence referendum for Scotland as early as October 2023.Ahead of the Scottish government publishing its Scottish independence referendum bill, Sturgeon said if the supreme court...

Queen?s secret influence on laws revealed in Scottish government memo
27 Jun 2022 at 3:00pm
Exclusive: Internal memo admits ?it is almost certain? laws altered to secure monarch?s consentA Scottish government memo obtained by the Guardian reveals that ?it is almost certain? draft laws have been secretly changed to secure the Queen?s approval.Under an arcane mechanism known as Queen?s co...

MP Patrick Grady quits SNP after being accused of sexual assault
26 Jun 2022 at 4:03pm
Met police say they are investigating allegations former chief whip assaulted party worker at London pubA senior Scottish National party MP accused of sexual assault has quit the party and will sit as an independent after the Metropolitan police said they were investigating the allegations.The Me...

New SNP sexual harassment complaints policy ?in weeks?, say insiders
24 Jun 2022 at 6:52pm
Exclusive: activists forcing action over ?systemic? failings such as handling of complaint against former chief whip Patrick GradyA new system for dealing with sexual harassment complaints within the Scottish National party could become party policy within weeks, the Guardian has learned, after e...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug

Well we are the people and we say yes
28 Jun 2022 at 5:20pm
The First Minister began her much anticipated statement to Holyrood by quoting from the Scottish Claim of Right which affirmed the sovereign right of the Scottish people to choose the form of government best suited to their needs. She went on, quoting the late Canon Kenyon Wright who was instrumental in drafting that historic document …

The laying on of hands
27 Jun 2022 at 8:21pm
In the Middle Ages, and right up until 1714, it was believed that ills could be cured by a king or queen laying their hands on an afflicted individual. The ceremony of the laying on of hands was most commonly associated with the disease scrofula, a bacterial inflammation of the lymph glands which usually causes …

British nationalism: making a mockery of Scottish democracy
26 Jun 2022 at 10:10pm
The anti-independence parties and their friends in the media are convinced that the British Government has “blocked off all legal routes to indyref2 next year,” according to a headline in the increasingly British nationalist Herald newspaper on Sunday. The actual article was more nuanced, Professor Ciaran Martin, the man responsible for the quote, which the …

Being the media that we need
22 Jun 2022 at 4:32pm
The veteran BBC presenter Andrew Marr has spoken out against Scottish independence, claiming that it would be “rotten” for ordinary working people and would cause an “angry, rancorous” separation from the rest of the UK. If you are at all surprised that one of the BBC’s former senior political editors was a dyed in the …

Not sucking it up
21 Jun 2022 at 5:10pm
There’s a lot going on in the Britnatosphere this week, none of it good, and all of it received by the anti-independence media in Scotland with that collective shrugging of the shoulders and faux outrage about a broken down ferry which we have all come to know and loathe. After all, if the media in …

The dilemma for British nationalism
20 Jun 2022 at 6:31pm
Since the publication of the first paper in the Scottish Government’s series of papers setting out a fresh case for independence, there has been much talk of the difficulties that the Scottish Government will face in securing a lawful and recognised ballot. However, perhaps unsurprisingly given the overwhelmingly anti-independence bias of the majority of the …

Labour and devo max: Flogging a dead distraction
19 Jun 2022 at 10:09pm
Labour MSP Alex Rowley has called for “home rule” to be considered as part of the ongoing debate around a second independence referendum. The MSP said that “all options” should be on the table as part of the ongoing debate around a second independence referendum, and that devo max should be included alongside yes and …

Assets, debt, and British nationalist desperation
19 Jun 2022 at 2:00pm
According to a report in the Sunday Times, the Scottish Government intends to hold a consultative referendum in order to avoid any potential legal issues if a Section 30 order is not forthcoming from the British Government. The report claims that the Scottish Government believes that a consultative vote is within the powers of the …

That?s what democracy is all about
16 Jun 2022 at 7:02pm
For the anti-independence parties it’s 2011 all over again. When then First Minister Alex Salmond announced the Scottish Government’s intention to hold an independence referendum following the SNP victory in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the Conservatives and Labour immediately denounced it. Westminster would never allow a referendum, we were told, and in any case …

Gruesome for Stephen Kerr
15 Jun 2022 at 9:08pm
Scottish Tory MSP Stephen Kerr has claimed that the 2014 independence referendum campaign was “gruesome” and that the next referendum is going to be even worse. There are indeed many things about the next independence referendum campaign which are going to be gruesome, not the least of which is the appalling prospect of having to …

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Top academics warn research is being ?suffocated? as officials drag out Covid...
29 Jun 2022 at 6:00am
Dozens of Scotland's leading academics have joined forces to condemn "incomprehensible" restrictions imposed on access to the nation's archives, we can reveal.

Dundee drug deaths debate kicked off agenda as MSPs discuss independence
29 Jun 2022 at 6:00am
A leading figure in Dundee's battle against drug deaths spoke of his "despair" at the "lack of action" as a debate on the crisis was delayed at Holyrood while MSPs found time to discuss independence.

Michael Keating: Nicola Sturgeon?s IndyRef roadmap ?doesn?t take us a great d...
28 Jun 2022 at 7:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon's plan to hold a "legal" independence referendum next year is "political manoeuvring" and does not take Scotland "beyond what we already know", according to a leading constitutional expert.

Dundee law expert: SNP independence date could slip in Supreme Court wrangle
28 Jun 2022 at 5:59pm
The UK?s Supreme Court could delay Nicola Sturgeon's preferred October 2023 date for a referendum, a Dundee University expert has warned.

Angus MP slammed for mocking critical lawyer with laughing-face emojis
28 Jun 2022 at 2:50pm
Angus MP Dave Doogan has been told to apologise for a ?tone deaf? response to a Fife solicitor?s verdict on Scotland?s under-pressure justice system.

Nicola Sturgeon names October 2023 date for independence referendum
28 Jun 2022 at 2:44pm
Nicola Sturgeon triggered a legal showdown at the UK's highest court to secure a second independence referendum on October 19 next year.

COURIER OPINION: Abortion clinic buffer zones in Scotland will not have an ea...
28 Jun 2022 at 10:57am
The US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade and remove the rights of women to have an abortion if they so choose has reignited a global debate.

7th time lucky? Nicola Sturgeon?s eight-year search for a route to independence
28 Jun 2022 at 5:55am
After years of false dawns, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she can set out another route map to independence with a vote on 19 October 2023.

Fife MP stands by anti-abortion vote†as Nicola Sturgeon holds ?summit?
27 Jun 2022 at 6:12pm
Glenrothes MP Peter Grant stood by his decision to vote against abortion laws on the day his party leader Nicola Sturgeon led talks on services in Scotland.

Fife?s Shirley-Anne Somerville slams SNP colleague John Mason?s abortion comm...
27 Jun 2022 at 11:44am
Shirley-Anne Somerville claimed party colleague John Mason ?understands very little? about how abortion clinics work.

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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

Going to Brighton to talk Scotland down
29 Jun 2022 at 9:26am
Scottish BMA branch convenor Lewis Morrison features all day today on BBC Scotland telling us: NHS staff are increasingly having to apologise for “system-wide failings” which are letting patients down, a leading doctor claims. The outgoing chairman of BMA Scotland, Dr Lewis Morrison, will highlight the burden on health care staff during his farewell address in Brighton later. He will urge min...

?Looking? doesn?t magically deliver the powers to change anything
28 Jun 2022 at 5:24pm
From stewartb Apologies for commenting here without reading the full Reform Scotland (RF) report. I have read the summary with Chris Deerin?s related comments on the RF?s website. Candidly, I?m surprised at the negativity of reactions being expressed here. My take is that the report focuses on: (i) Scotland?s demographic challenge ? is that at all controversial?; (ii) need for higher tax revenu...

Tom Gordon under fire as other SNP cancer waiting time target is met for 96% ...
28 Jun 2022 at 1:58pm
Leaving aside the fact that ‘Sturgeon’ is neither the responsible head of a health board nor is she the Health Secretary, the Herald report by Tom Gordon, headlines the 62-day target from urgent suspicion of cancer referral to first cancer treatment being met for only 76.9% of patients. The above is correct but selective, in that the other target of 31 days from decision to treat to first cance...

NHS Scotland vaccinates 96% of children as London threatens deadly measles ou...
28 Jun 2022 at 1:40pm
From Public Health Scotland today: Quarterly uptake rates remained high in Scotland; around 96% of children had received each routine immunisation by the time they were 12 months old, with the exception of rotavirus vaccine, which had 94.5% uptake. 94.4% of children had the first dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age. This rose to 95.9% for children who had reached age 5. https://talkingupsco...

NHS Scotland smashes drug and alcohol waiting times targets
28 Jun 2022 at 1:27pm
Nowhere in Scotland’s MSM coverage today, this fantastic news: Of the 8,202 referrals to community-based specialist drug and alcohol treatment services completed in this quarter January to March 2022, 92% involved a wait of three weeks or less. https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/national-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-waiting-times/national-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-waiting-times...

With Lord McConnell, Chris Deerin and that Reporting Scotland ?mum?, this tan...
28 Jun 2022 at 9:33am
In the Herald today, by Tom Gordon: The ‘think-tank’ in question, presented as independent, is headed up by former Labour leader, Lord Jack MacConnell, regular media critic of the SNP and Scottish Government, journalist Chris Deerin and, as research director, by Alison Payne. There are no credible researchers at that level nor on the wider team. We were here in February 2022 when I wrote: Refor...

Scotland?s research-base at risk of exclusion from Horizon Europe
27 Jun 2022 at 6:56pm
European collaboration and the Scottish research base – scares in 2014 and risks in 2022. By stewartb – a long read The fall-out from Brexit, including the UK government?s position on the NI Protocol, is impacting research and innovation in the UK. Presently, UK-based scientists are unable to  join the EU?s ?95 billion Horizon Europe research programme because of the dispute over trade in North...

Are teachers really struggling to put food on the table?
27 Jun 2022 at 3:31pm
That’s what this charity rep seems to be telling Reporting Scotland’ Connor Gillies. Gillies is already a master of reporting tales of economic hardship with diddley in the way of facts or context. There is no mention of Brexit and the claims then of Conservatives that it would mean cheaper food. Crucially there is no mention of Scottish Government efforts to moderate this crisis and the facts ...

Is ?overstretched? NHS Scotland to be an ?alternative part of the country? fo...
27 Jun 2022 at 8:25am
in ‘alternative parts of the country. This, from BBC 1 at 06:15am today, might be just another piece of Anglocentric reporting whereby the ‘country’ is England but with far more staff and beds per head of population, watch out for stories like the one below, from June 2022, being studiously ignored by Scotland’s MSM as they continue their preferred narrative of a crisis in NHS Scotland.

How will Plan B B?
26 Jun 2022 at 12:59pm
By Alasdair Galloway Most commentators are of the view that if Nicola Sturgeon asks Boris Johnson for another S30 Order ? precedent being the Edinburgh Agreement ? the answer will be some variation of ?No?, ?Not now?, ?Now is not the time? or ?I see no demand for another referendum?. Or put short ? NAW. At the same time, Nicola has made clear that a referendum must be ?legal?. Interestingly, DR...

Politically Speaking

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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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Scottish independence: 19 October 2023 proposed as date for referendum - BBC
28 Jun 2022 at 6:05pm
Scottish independence: 19 October 2023 proposed as date for referendum  BBCScottish leader calls for new independence referendum next year  PBS NewsHourScotland's leader seeks new independence vote in October 2023  The Washington PostNicola Sturgeon sets date for fresh Scottish independence referendum  Financial TimesScottish leader to seek London's approval for new independence vote in October...

Scottish government seeks independence vote in Oct. 2023 - Reuters.com
28 Jun 2022 at 5:55pm
Scottish government seeks independence vote in Oct. 2023  Reuters.com

Shrewd Sturgeon is playing her Indyref cards to maximum effect ? Joyce McMill...
29 Jun 2022 at 4:59am
Shrewd Sturgeon is playing her Indyref cards to maximum effect ? Joyce McMillan  The Scotsman

The road to a second Scottish independence referendum - The Week UK
24 Jun 2022 at 1:18pm
The road to a second Scottish independence referendum  The Week UK

Nicola Sturgeon Calls for New Scottish Independence Vote Next Year - Bloomberg
28 Jun 2022 at 1:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon Calls for New Scottish Independence Vote Next Year  Bloomberg

Scottish independence: Sturgeon's referendum must go ahead - Open Democracy
21 Jun 2022 at 11:53am
Scottish independence: Sturgeon's referendum must go ahead  Open Democracy

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon proposes independence vote again - The Washin...
15 Jun 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon proposes independence vote again  The Washington Post

Scotland's leader says she wants new Scottish independence referendum to be h...
28 Jun 2022 at 2:44pm
Scotland's leader says she wants new Scottish independence referendum to be held on Oct. 19, 2023  Corsicana Daily Sun

Nicola Sturgeon sets date for proposed Scottish independence referendum - Yah...
28 Jun 2022 at 3:30pm
Nicola Sturgeon sets date for proposed Scottish independence referendum  Yahoo Eurosport UK

?It must be resolved democratically?: Scottish leader seeks independence vote...
28 Jun 2022 at 6:47pm
?It must be resolved democratically?: Scottish leader seeks independence vote next year  Brisbane Times

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John Swinney issues correction over SNP mandate for independence - The Guardian
29 Jun 2022 at 11:24am
John Swinney issues correction over SNP mandate for independence  The GuardianSNP 'enlisting international support' for national indyref2, Sheppard reveals  ExpressSNP seeks court nod for a 2023 Scottish independence referendum  The TimesLet Sturgeon have her referendum and send the SNP packing for good  The TelegraphElection win should trigger Scottish independence, says Sturgeon  BBCView Full...

Nicola Sturgeon's legal gambit may have upsides for the SNP - Financial Times
29 Jun 2022 at 9:30am
Nicola Sturgeon's legal gambit may have upsides for the SNP  Financial Times

SNP ministers accused of 'shameless powergrab' as permanent Covid powers appr...
29 Jun 2022 at 3:32am
SNP ministers accused of 'shameless powergrab' as permanent Covid powers approved  HeraldScotland

MP Patrick Grady quits SNP after being accused of sexual assault - The Guardian
26 Jun 2022 at 5:44pm
MP Patrick Grady quits SNP after being accused of sexual assault  The Guardian

'We're not going away': SNP say they have mandate for second independence ref...
28 Jun 2022 at 8:36pm
'We're not going away': SNP say they have mandate for second independence referendum  Channel 4 News

Sturgeon says SNP MPs? backing of Patrick Grady is ?utterly unacceptable? - T...
23 Jun 2022 at 10:29pm
Sturgeon says SNP MPs? backing of Patrick Grady is ?utterly unacceptable?  The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon is preparing the SNP to fight a general election and not an I...
29 Jun 2022 at 4:30am
Nicola Sturgeon is preparing the SNP to fight a general election and not an IndyRef2  Daily Record

New SNP sexual harassment complaints policy ?in weeks?, say insiders - The Gu...
24 Jun 2022 at 7:06pm
New SNP sexual harassment complaints policy ?in weeks?, say insiders  The Guardian

SNP chairman uses EMPTY CHAIR to launch furious attack on minister for Brexit...
29 Jun 2022 at 11:15am
SNP chairman uses EMPTY CHAIR to launch furious attack on minister for Brexit deal snub  Express

Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland could rise as SNP ministers launch review...
28 Jun 2022 at 12:07pm
Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland could rise as SNP ministers launch review  Daily Record

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Scottish leader calls for new independence referendum next year - PBS NewsHour
28 Jun 2022 at 9:48pm
Scottish leader calls for new independence referendum next year  PBS NewsHourScotland's leader seeks new independence vote in October 2023  The Washington PostScottish independence: 19 October 2023 proposed as date for referendum  BBCNicola Sturgeon sets date for fresh Scottish independence referendum  Financial TimesNext steps in independence referendum set out  Scotland.gov.ukView Full covera...

Scottish government seeks independence vote in Oct. 2023 - Reuters.com
28 Jun 2022 at 5:55pm
Scottish government seeks independence vote in Oct. 2023  Reuters.com

Nicola Sturgeon's full statement announcing the 2023 independence referendum ...
28 Jun 2022 at 5:17pm
Nicola Sturgeon's full statement announcing the 2023 independence referendum ? Scottish National Party  SNP

Nicola Sturgeon Calls for New Scottish Independence Vote Next Year - Bloomberg
28 Jun 2022 at 1:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon Calls for New Scottish Independence Vote Next Year  Bloomberg

Scottish independence: Sturgeon's referendum must go ahead - Open Democracy
21 Jun 2022 at 11:53am
Scottish independence: Sturgeon's referendum must go ahead  Open Democracy

Scottish govt eyes October 2023 referendum - The Canberra Times
28 Jun 2022 at 3:39pm
Scottish govt eyes October 2023 referendum  The Canberra Times

Sturgeon's 2023 'referendum' gamble for Scotland - EUobserver
23 Jun 2022 at 6:05am
Sturgeon's 2023 'referendum' gamble for Scotland  EUobserver

Scottish independence referendum: What happened in 2014? - BBC
14 Jun 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish independence referendum: What happened in 2014?  BBC

Scotland's leader starts a campaign for a new independence vote - NPR
14 Jun 2022 at 8:00am
Scotland's leader starts a campaign for a new independence vote  NPR

Scottish leader to give route map to new independence vote - Spectrum News 1
28 Jun 2022 at 5:21pm
Scottish leader to give route map to new independence vote  Spectrum News 1

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Indyref2: Sturgeon announces plan for 2023 independence vote
28 Jun 2022 at 4:24pm
The government is seeking to hold a vote on 19 October 2023, with or without a Section 30 order from the UK government

Robison: gender self-ID will not lead to increase in 'bad faith actors'
28 Jun 2022 at 2:43pm
Social justice secretary tells equalities committee there is no evidence of self identification being abused in other countries

Sturgeon: Democratic will on second independence referendum must be respected
28 Jun 2022 at 10:00am
The First Minister will make a statement at Holyrood later

Sturgeon: 'there are issues to solve' before introducing buffer zones
28 Jun 2022 at 9:21am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon held an emergency summit on banning protests outside abortion clinics, at which she gave the Scottish government's backing to a member's bill protecting access to terminations

Alex Salmond calls for 'clarity' on route to second referendum
27 Jun 2022 at 11:00pm
The former first minister said the first question on independence was 'achievability' not 'desirability'

Patrick Grady quits SNP amid ongoing investigation into sexual harassment claims
27 Jun 2022 at 8:55am
The Glasgow North MP has resigned from the party while the Metropolitan Police look into the 2016 incident

Section 30 orders: what are they, and can a referendum be held without one?
24 Jun 2022 at 5:12pm

Conservatives handed heavy defeats in by-elections
24 Jun 2022 at 11:22am
The party lost seats to Labour and the Lib Dems

Scottish independence: Alister Jack dismisses Nicola Sturgeon's indyref2 'whe...
23 Jun 2022 at 5:18pm
First Minister to make statement to parliament on Tuesday

Kate Forbes tells committee Scotland cannot 'keep picking up the tab' on conn...
23 Jun 2022 at 5:00pm
The Secretary for Finance and the Economy updated the Economy and Fair Work Committee this morning on the installation of super-fast broadband in every Scottish home