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Green MSP Gillian Mackay's abortion buffer zones plans will 'break stalemate'...
19 May 2022 at 12:36pm
A GREENS MSP proposing buffer zones to be set up around abortion centres believes her plans can ?break the stalemate? between councils and the Scottish Government over a legal stand-off.


Boris and Carrie Johnson to receive no more fines over partygate
19 May 2022 at 12:20pm
THE PRIME Minister and his wife will receive no more fines over the partygate saga, it is understood.


In full: All the events across Whitehall that drew police fines
19 May 2022 at 11:53am
A total of 126 fines have now been issued by the Metropolitan Police over partygate, spanning events over 11 months during the height of the pandemic.


Met police issue 126 fines for partygate and close investigation
19 May 2022 at 11:07am
A TOTAL of 126 fines have been issued to politicians and civil servants over the partygate saga.


Alison Rowat: Queen or Nicola Sturgeon, make the contest for coverage fair
19 May 2022 at 6:01am
HERE is a tale of two queens and their press coverage. The first Queen is the official monarch with a capital ?Q?, and a crown, to prove it.


Mark Smith: Don?t be too hard on football ? it?s changing
19 May 2022 at 5:00am
A man stands up at a Scottish football awards dinner and makes a joke about the term LGBT. A few days later, a professional footballer stands up and announces he?s gay. What should we make of it all? Is football anti-progressive or is it changing? And if it is changing, is it changing fast enough?


Liz Truss's Protocol plans: Can we believe them?
19 May 2022 at 11:00am
IN 1970, the then Tory Home Secretary Reginald Maudling, returning from his first visit to Northern Ireland, infamously exclaimed, ?For God?s sake, bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country.?


Letters: The extortionate cost of today's Civil Service can be put down to th...
19 May 2022 at 11:00am
IT is not unusual to find amusement in foot-in-mouth utterances from politicians. The learned Lord Offord is the latest contender ("Millionaire Tory peer suggests sacked civil servants can find work in farming", The Herald, May 16). He has just unwittingly confirmed that the cost of Brexit (employing more civil servants) was unacceptably high (and unacknowledged).


Letters: UK is well within its rights to fight EU on Northern Ireland
19 May 2022 at 5:00am
THERE is another side to the current dispute between the UK and the EU (?Truss reveals new law to dismantle part of EU trade deal?, The Herald, May 18), ignored by your correspondents (Letters, May 17 & 18) who do not even mention the Protocol?s Article 16, which was carefully drafted and agreed by both parties. I trust they are not among those whose default position is that in any UK dispute with the EU, it?s always the UK which is wrong?


Camley's Cartoon: Cost-of-living crisis and rail dispute
19 May 2022 at 6:00am
Our cartoonist Steven Camley on the cost-of-living crisis and the rail dispute.


Neil Mackay: People are angry. They want victims to blame. These are dangerou...
19 May 2022 at 6:00am
?SOMETIMES the Devil doth preach.? Quite a few Tories must have been watching this week?s sinister BBC adaption of the Jacobean revenge tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. After all, they seem much inclined to the themes of the playwright John Webster, and using their poison words to do Satan?s work.


Scotrail: Service cuts to 'last for weeks', delivery director says
19 May 2022 at 8:38am
Vastly reduced rail services across Scotland are likely to last for weeks or longer, Scotrail has warned.


Tom Gordon: Why such a long wait for Sturgeon's Referendum Bill?
19 May 2022 at 5:30am
NICOLA Sturgeon said something startling about her long-lost plan for a second independence referendum the other day. Asked when the legislation for Indyref2 would be published, she waved away the question by saying it would emerge in the fullness of time.


SNP 'opens door' to nuclear weapons under independence
18 May 2022 at 7:44pm
THE SNP?s defence policy for an independent Scotland appeared in disarray after the party?s spokesman said the country could still host the nuclear deterrent.

 

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Gillian Mackay launches 'essential' buffer zones bill to target abortion prot...
19 May 2022 at 2:13pm
The Green MSP has launched her private member?s bill to implement anti-abortion buffer zones outside hospitals and clinics across Scotland to ?protect women from harassment?.


New Glasgow Labour leader 'stuck in Seville' misses attending first council m...
19 May 2022 at 2:28pm
The new leader of Scottish Labour in Glasgow has missed attending the first full council meeting after the local elections in person.


Rangers ?did Scotland proud? in the Europa League final ? Nicola Sturgeon
19 May 2022 at 1:12pm
Rangers ?did Scotland proud? despite suffering a heart-breaking defeat in the Europa League cup final, Nicola Sturgeon has said.


Nicola Sturgeon challenged to apologise for 'chaos and disruption' caused by ...
19 May 2022 at 12:44pm
Nicola Sturgeon was challenged to apologise for the ?chaos and disruption? caused by an ongoing pay dispute between drivers and the publicly owned rail operator, ScotRail.


Cost of living crisis: SNP government's social security system shows it's pro...
19 May 2022 at 12:30pm
Over the last few years, a quiet revolution has been taking place in Scotland in the world of social security.


Downing Street fines: How many Downing Street parties there were and who atte...
19 May 2022 at 12:16pm
Following the first wave of Partygate fines on Downing Street party Covid breaches, here?s a timeline of when the parties all took place and which have been confirmed so far.


ScotRail cuts: Green MSP Gillian Mackay responds 'do I have to?' when quizzed...
19 May 2022 at 12:14pm
A Scottish Greens MSP turned to her party?s press officer for advice when asked whether it was Green to cut rail services in Scotland.


ScotRail cuts: Nicola Sturgeon challenged to take Scotland's trains and hear ...
19 May 2022 at 12:06pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to travel on Scotland?s trains and hear from ordinary passengers about the impact of cuts to services.


Partygate: Met Police inquiry into Downing Street and Whitehall Covid breache...
19 May 2022 at 11:25am
The police investigation into Covid breaches in Whitehall is complete with a total of 126 fixed penalty notices issued, the Metropolitan Police said.


Ukraine conflict: Invasion could cause global food crisis UN chief warns
19 May 2022 at 8:02am
The United Nations chief has warned of a global food crisis, but said he is in ?intense contacts? with Russia and other key countries and is ?hopeful? of an agreement to ease the problem.


Scottish Government urged to consider national memorial for those persecuted ...
18 May 2022 at 4:23pm
A Scottish Parliament committee has agreed to write to the Scottish Government asking them to consider setting up a national memorial for those persecuted under the Witchcraft Act of 1563.


Incinerators: How Scotland failed to heed warnings about the mass burning of ...
19 May 2022 at 4:55am
Last week the Scottish Government published its independent review of incineration. If they follow its recommendations, there will be a huge shake-up of how we deal with materials and waste in Scotland.


No reason Northern Ireland Protocol plans should affect Scottish exports, say...
18 May 2022 at 7:09pm
A senior UK minister has dismissed "deeply unhelpful" speculation about a trade war with Europe as he moved to reassure Scottish exporters.


ScotRail service cuts: Drivers in pay dispute should beware biting the hand t...
19 May 2022 at 4:55am
On April 1, when the Scottish Government took ScotRail into public ownership, Aslef union organiser Kevin Lindsay hailed it as a ?momentous day? saying the train company was back in its ?rightful place?.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

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 …

Signing up new seamen fast
8 May 2022 at 10:54am
As we’re a polling site now, a brief post on polls. In a column for today’s Herald on Sunday, Iain Macwhirter repeats the frequently-made assertion that “Boris Johnson is loathed in Scotland and is the best recruiting sergeant for independence since Margaret Thatcher”. The first part is certainly true, as it has been of pretty much …

A Game Of Two Halves
3 May 2022 at 7:59am
15 years ago this week (today if you’re counting strictly by date, Thursday if you want to go with election days) the SNP came to power in Scotland for the first time ever. The media operating in Scotland is full of retrospectives and polls on the period, but as usual they’ve missed the real story, …

Voting for people who hate you
2 May 2022 at 3:21pm
We had some poll questions out with Panelbase last week. The results were in most ways wholly unsurprising, in line with all previous polls on the subject. Here they are. Those are the headline numbers. But the detail is worth a delve. The first question probably needs a bit of explaining. Most of the options …

To Ministers of the Scottish Government
2 May 2022 at 6:59am
To: Humza Yousaf (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care), Shirley-Anne Somerville (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) and Clare Haughey (Minister for Children and Young People) 28 April 2022 Dear Mr Yousaf, Ms Somerville and Ms Haughey, Cass Interim Report: Independent review of gender identity services for children and young people ? Implications for …

Progress update
13 Apr 2022 at 11:19am
In slightly over a month from now, Nicola Sturgeon will overtake Alex Salmond as the longest-serving First Minister of Scotland. It seemed a reasonable time to take stock. It’s very nearly six years since the Sunday Herald headline above from 1 May 2016. (Remember the Sunday Herald, readers? It feels like another lifetime, doesn’t it?) April/early May …

This is a message
29 Mar 2022 at 12:33pm
…to all the pathetic, craven, cowardly excuses for politicians in both Scotland and the UK who think that they can blithely keep doing TV interviews and radio call-ins where they dodge the question of what a woman is all the way up to the next election, and thereby knowingly facilitate the criminal mutilation and sterilisation of children and the …

Armageddon 2
25 Mar 2022 at 4:19pm
Just for a little bit of fun. This is actual footage of North Korean TV news (source: NK News) from today, but I thought it deserved a more moving soundtrack.

Why woke blokes abuse women
17 Mar 2022 at 11:39am
The trans-sex-role-stereotype movement has put what would have been concealed and kept behind closed doors on centre stage. This is why normal, decent men look aghast at other men?s behaviour while many women sigh with an ?oh, this again?. The woke bloke contempt for women is clear and abusive behaviours are on full display. Reading …

The Silence Of The Sacrificial Lambs
7 Feb 2022 at 2:47am
Should disabled children be used as props to make men with sexual fetishes feel better? It doesn’t seem like a difficult question, does it? “At no point, while I was coming to terms with how my severely disabled daughter?s future was set to unfold, did I expect to find myself in a position where I …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Nato Expansion and Turkey
17 May 2022 at 5:53am

I am in Turkey because, if there is to be movement in ending the war in Ukraine, it will happen here. President Erdogan’s firm stance on a potential veto of Swedish and Finnish NATO membership is framed in public only in relation to perceived support by those countries for Kurdish resistance groups. But of course …

Nato Expansion and Turkey

What Might A Ukraine Peace Agreement Look Like?
13 May 2022 at 4:01pm

Currently nobody in power wants peace. Both sides believe they might yet improve their position on the ground. Thousands are needlessly dying horrible deaths in Europe. But the West now has a proxy war with Russia itself that is weakening Russia militarily, economically and diplomatically. Putin has to keep going, hoping to show something he …

What Might A Ukraine Peace Agreement Look Like?

Some Off-Beat Points on Thursday?s Elections
7 May 2022 at 12:04pm

The Labour Party’s national projected vote share is 35%, which is the same as the Labour Party’s national projected vote share in 2018 under Corbyn. The “Starmer surge” is a lie, broadcast by the media to perpetuate the myth that a more radical Labour Party would be uniquely unelectable. Tory switching to Lib Dems, Greens …

Some Off-Beat Points on Thursday’s Elections

Donziger: A Tale For Our Times
28 Apr 2022 at 3:33pm

Texaco operations in Ecuador from 1962 to 1994 dumped 70 billion litres of “wastewater”, heavily contaminated with oil and other chemicals, into the Amazon rainforest, plus over 650,000 barrels of crude oil. They polluted over 800,000 hectares. It is one of the worst ecological disasters in history ? 30 times greater than the 1989 Exxon …

Donziger: A Tale For Our Times

The Advocates of Death
25 Apr 2022 at 8:26am

There is a completely crazed article by Simon Tisdall in the Guardian – worrying its “most shared” – calling for “direct, in-country military support” by western powers in Ukraine against Russia. While Tisdall outlines well the many catastrophic and wide-reaching effects of the Ukraine war, including tangents such as its effect on climate change, he …

The Advocates of Death

Calling All Rwandans: Calling All Africans
7 Apr 2022 at 6:06pm

UPDATED: The BBC now reports UK to give asylum seekers one-way ticket to Rwanda Some asylum seekers who arrive in the UK on small boats across the Channel will be given a one-way ticket to Rwanda, under new government plans. Home Secretary Priti Patel is in the African nation to agree a £120m trial involving …

Calling All Rwandans: Calling All Africans

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Anger over 'devastating' cuts to ScotRail services
19 May 2022 at 2:14pm
A temporary timetable will see about a third of services cut from Monday - with evening trains particularly hard hit.

Labour form minority administration on Stirling Council
19 May 2022 at 2:25pm
The decision was made at the first meeting of the council since the local government election.

Coalition takes control of Argyll and Bute Council
19 May 2022 at 1:46pm
The group has been formed by Conservative, Lib Dem and independent councillors.

How Ukraine war influenced the SNP's Nato position
18 May 2022 at 10:55am
The Russian invasion exposes tensions between the SNP and the Greens over the military alliance.

Labour-led administration takes over South Lanarkshire Council
18 May 2022 at 3:09pm
The administration will be led by Labour councillors but a partnership agreement has been made with the Lib Dems.

SNP and Lib Dems reach deal to take over Aberdeen City Council
18 May 2022 at 4:32pm
The local authority had a Conservative, Labour and independent coalition before the election.

Scottish teachers' 2% pay offer falls short of union demands
18 May 2022 at 2:03pm
Scotland's teachers are being offered a 2% pay rise, despite union calls for a 10% increase.

Scot Goes Pop

The SNP leadership's doublethink on nuclear weapons is unsustainable - pollin...
19 May 2022 at 12:36pm
Perhaps the most insufferable aspect of the ongoing debate about reform of the GRA is the claim of those on one side of the debate that they are on "the right side of history" and that their oppone...


Excitement about #Referendum2023 builds to new crescendo as Nicola Sturgeon u...
18 May 2022 at 10:29am
Have you noticed the step-change in independence campaigning from the SNP?  The public meetings, the street stalls, the constant buzz about imminent referendum legislation?  Nope, me neither, but w...

#Referendum2023 : Time to unveil the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls as our guara...
16 May 2022 at 1:50pm
"The key thing is that we will take these steps in a timescale that facilitate that referendum before the end of 2023, which is the commitment I made at the election and was elected on overwhelming...


Introducing the #Referendum2023 Countdown Clock
15 May 2022 at 1:59pm
It just suddenly struck me this morning how astonishingly close we are to Scotland's 2023 independence referendum. I know I speak on behalf of all readers of Scot Goes Pop when I say that I don't h...

Thoughts on Eurovision 2022 (with a prediction)
14 May 2022 at 2:39pm
Scot Goes Pop more or less started life as a Eurovision blog, so I try to keep that tradition going to a small extent every year with a little bit of Eurovision coverage.  Last year that came in th...

It's backfired AGAIN - Survation's latest propaganda poll for Scotland in Uni...
11 May 2022 at 12:54pm
I was asked by someone yesterday (or possibly the day before) to cast an eye over the latest propaganda poll conducted by Survation on behalf of anti-independence pressure group Scotland in Union. ...

"There's nothing you can do, so DO SOMETHING!"
10 May 2022 at 1:11pm
There have been two articles in The National over the last couple of days about the future of the Alba Party, one by George Kerevan, and the other by Gerry Hassan.  Both men express scepticism, alt...

Why did the Alba Party do so remarkably well in Nicola Sturgeon's own backyard?
9 May 2022 at 12:10pm
I concluded my previous blogpost by saying that one of two things will happen from here: either the SNP-Green government will honour its solemn commitment to hold an independence referendum next ye...

STV Politics News

Politics ? STV News

Nicola Sturgeon urged to apologise to passengers over cuts to ScotRail services
19 May 2022 at 1:07pm
It was announced that a temporary schedule will be put in place which will see around 600 daily services axed.

Cost-of-living crisis: Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must do something
19 May 2022 at 12:52pm
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak under pressure to do more to ease the cost of living.

Views of parents and pupils sought over new school uniform guidance
19 May 2022 at 11:39am
The guidance is being developed with the aim of reducing costs for families, as well as ensuring that pupils are comfortable.

Met Police conclude partygate probe with 126 people facing fines
19 May 2022 at 11:02am
Operation Hillman investigated alleged rule-breaking at Downing Street and across Whitehall.

Humza Yousaf announces £3m support fund to improve care for long Covid sufferers
19 May 2022 at 7:21am
The funding will be confirmed by Health Secretary Humza Yousaf on Thursday.

Home secretary Priti Patel ?pushing ahead? with Rwanda migrant plan as 900 cr...
18 May 2022 at 6:22pm
Priti Patel said work was taking place 'right now' with the East African nation?s government.

Moray Council to be run by minority Conservative group for next five years
18 May 2022 at 1:43pm
Members voted in favour of the Tories to form the local authority?s administration.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss calls for Westminster ?culture change? after Cons...
18 May 2022 at 10:49am
Scotland Yard said the unnamed MP in his 50s was also detained for other suspected offences.

Serving Conservative MP ordered to stay away from parliament amid arrest over...
17 May 2022 at 5:54pm
The MP has been asked to steer clear of the Commons until the investigation has been concluded.

UK Government planning to rip up parts of Northern Ireland Protocol
17 May 2022 at 4:23pm
Foreign secretary Liz Truss confirmed the Government's intention to bring forward legislation.

Nancy Pelosi: Nicola Sturgeon has been a model to women everywhere
17 May 2022 at 10:22am
Scotland's First Minister met with the US Speaker at the Capitol Building in Washington.

Scots in deprived areas ?three times as likely to be admitted to A&E following...
17 May 2022 at 6:51am
Asthma and Lung UK Scotland said it was shocking Scots were 'fighting for breath' because of where they live.

Scottish Government accused of ?dragging its feet? over ?deafening? underwate...
16 May 2022 at 5:13pm
Conservationists say the use of 'high order' charges to clear wartime ordnance is damaging the health of marine mammals.

Labour figures show dire? uptake of free bus passes for under-22s
16 May 2022 at 7:36am
Figures show that three out of ten Scots aged under 22 have claimed a free bus pass as part of the Scottish Government scheme.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics


Nicola Sturgeon accuses Anas Sarwar of 'backroom deals' with Tories in Scots ...
19 May 2022 at 12:58pm
Labour are likely to run various councils as a minority after receiving support from other pro-UK parties.


Sue Gray report could be published next week as MPs demand immediate action
19 May 2022 at 12:37pm
Boris Johnson now faces the further hurdle of the full publication of the Sue Gray report into partygate gatherings which will include pictures as well as details of what happened.


Nicola Sturgeon apologises to passengers over Scotrail 'chaos and disruption'
19 May 2022 at 12:33pm
The First Minister insisted she wanted to see ScotRail services "back to normal as quickly as possible" after timetables were slashed across the country in a row over driver pay.


Nicola Sturgeon says Rangers did 'Scotland proud' in Europa League final
19 May 2022 at 12:30pm
The First Minister congratulated the Ibrox side on getting to the final in Seville and said the team did Scotland proud on the European stage.


Boris Johnson not fined for second time over partygate lockdown gatherings
19 May 2022 at 12:02pm
The Prime Minister's spokesman said Met Police confirmed they would be taking no further action against him after 126 fines were issued.


Scottish abortion clinics must be 'free from harassment' as Green MSP plans b...
19 May 2022 at 11:45am
Gillian Mackay plans to bring a Members' Bill at the Scottish Parliament which could eventually clamp down on protests outside abortion clinics.


Calls on Rishi Sunak to increase benefits now as all sides demand action on c...
19 May 2022 at 11:24am
The chancellor's business speech did nothing to allay demands for benefits to be increased and for a windfall tax to be imposed on the oil and gas producers.


Partygate investigation concludes as cops issue 126 fines over lockdown gathe...
19 May 2022 at 11:04am
Scotland Yard has concluded its investigation into lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall.


ScotRail admits timetable cuts for passengers could last weeks
19 May 2022 at 9:56am
A number of services from next week will only run into early evening due to a dispute


George Bush in embarrassing gaffe as he condemns 'unjustified invasion of Ira...
19 May 2022 at 9:19am
Speaking about the importance of democracy and the lack of it in Russia, Bush said it gave Vladimir Putin the green light to attack its neighbour.

The National

The National | Politics

Argyll and Bute Council sees LibDems team up with Tories to keep SNP out
19 May 2022 at 2:41pm

THE LibDems have teamed up with Conservative and independent councillors to keep the SNP out of Argyll and Bute Council.

Mhairi Black's goes viral with speech about fascism in the UK
19 May 2022 at 2:09pm

THE UK is ?sleepwalking? towards fascism, Mhairi Black has told the House of Commons.

NUS urge Scottish Government to provide financial support to students over su...
19 May 2022 at 2:03pm

NUS Scotland have called on the Scottish Government to provide greater financial support to students facing ?unprecedented hardship? over the summer

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon calls out Anas Sarwar over Labour's 'backroom deals' wi...
19 May 2022 at 12:54pm

HOLYROOD erupted on Thursday after Nicola Sturgeon called out Labour's "backroom deals" with the Tories - despite the party saying there would be no coalitions during the council elections.

Rangers 'did Scotland proud' in Seville, Nicola Sturgeon says
19 May 2022 at 12:30pm

RANGERS ?did Scotland proud? as they narrowly lost out to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

FMQs: Douglas Ross tells Nicola Sturgeon to apologise over ScotRail timetable...
19 May 2022 at 12:10pm

DOUGLAS Ross has urged Nicola Sturgeon to apologise after a third of ScotRail trains were cut just a month after the Scottish Government nationalised the service.

Buffer zone laws to be brought in 'as soon as possible', say Greens
19 May 2022 at 12:00pm

Campaigners Back Off Scotland are also confident that legislation will be forthcoming to put a 150 meter zone around health clinics

Glasgow City Council: Labour's new leader George Redmond 'in Spain' for first...
19 May 2022 at 12:01pm

THE new leader of the Glasgow Labour group missed attending the first full meeting of the council ? and is thought to have dialled in from a Spanish airport.

Nadine Dorries says Channel 4 News ?doesn?t do itself any favours? on imparti...
19 May 2022 at 12:02pm

CULTURE Secretary Nadine Dorries has described Channel 4 News as ?edgy? and said the programme sometimes has not done itself ?any favours? in terms of impartiality.

Boris Johnson escapes more fines in Downing Street parties probe
19 May 2022 at 11:03am

THE Metropolitan Police investigation into rule-breaking parties in Downing Street and Whitehall has been closed after a total of 126 people were fined.

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Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Scottish Greens launch bill to create protest-free zones outside abortion cli...
19 May 2022 at 2:41pm
Healthcare staff and campaigners call for action in face of growing anti-abortion activity across ScotlandA Scottish Greens MSP has launched a member?s bill at Holyrood to designate protest-free buffer zones outside abortion clinics as healthcare professionals and campaigners call for immediate a...

Trans people ?not an ideology?, MSPs weighing gender recognition reform told
17 May 2022 at 6:23pm
Director of Stonewall Scotland speaks to parliamentarians as they take evidence on draft billMSPs have been urged to keep foremost in their minds that trans people are ?human beings wanting to go about their daily lives?, as a Holyrood committee begins taking evidence on a draft bill that aims to...

Scottish support for monarchy falls to 45%, poll reveals
15 May 2022 at 6:00am
Widening rift on retaining the royals is revealed ahead of Queen?s platinum jubileeFewer than half of people in Scotland say they support retaining the monarchy, according to a major new poll that reveals the cultural divides emerging within the union.Almost six in 10 people across Britain want t...

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry found guilty of embezzlement
12 May 2022 at 6:00pm
Jury finds she took almost £25,000 from women?s pro-independence group and local party branchThe former MP Natalie McGarry has been found guilty of embezzling almost £25,000 from the pro-independence group she helped set up and from her local Scottish National party branch.After a six-week trial ...

We have outgrown the Houses of Parliament | Letters
9 May 2022 at 4:16pm
Westminster?s parliament buildings are archaic and inherently undemocratic argue Dr Louis Hellman, Mick Duncan, Lynne Armstrong and Jim McLeanI must agree with Charlotte Higgins? article about the unsuitability of the Houses of Parliament (Of course there is abusive behaviour in parliament ? the ...

Sinn Féin becomes largest party in Northern Ireland assembly ? as it happened
7 May 2022 at 9:45pm
With Sinn Féin set to become the biggest party at Stormont for the first time, O?Neill says the results mark a ?new era? for ?our politics and for our people?Sinn Féin set to be largest party in Northern Ireland assemblyProfile: Michelle O?Neill set to take centre stageMinister urges Tory MPs not...

In Scotland, the SNP still reign supreme ? but the Conservatives have fallen ...
7 May 2022 at 10:57am
At the ballot box voters ?boaked? at voting Tory, serving huge wins to Labour, which is now Scotland?s second partyLocal election results ? latest updatesIt shouldn?t be too hard to find a decent post-election shindig in Scotland this weekend ? unless, that is, you?re looking to celebrate with me...

Local elections 2022: Tories lose hundreds of seats to Labour and Lib Dems ? ...
6 May 2022 at 11:20pm
This live blog has closed. You can find all the latest results, reaction and analysis from the local elections in our new live blogJohnson says results have been ?mixed? for ToriesStarmer claims election results are ?big turning point? for LabourResults show Labour ?not on path to power?, says Ol...

Labour takes second place in Scottish elections as Tory vote plummets
6 May 2022 at 7:01pm
Party becomes closest challenger to SNP after gains including West Dunbartonshire and near-upset in GlasgowLive coverage of, and reaction to, local election resultsFull election results as they come inScottish Labour has become the closest challenger to Nicola Sturgeon?s SNP after the Scottish Co...

Conservatives brace for losses as votes counted in local elections
5 May 2022 at 10:00pm
Labour and Lib Dem sources say turnout appears to be low in possible sign of Tory voters staying awayFollow the results liveThe Conservatives are braced for a nerve-shredding 24 hours after voting closed in local elections across the UK, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats expecting to make gai...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug

The elephant and the bin bag
19 May 2022 at 11:48am
In an earlier piece this week I remarked that the current behaviour of Satan’s little helpers the DUP, following their historic defeat in the recent Northern Irish Assembly elections demonstrated the fundamentally undemocratic nature of British nationalism in both Scotland and Northern Ireland. British nationalism is a dogma which disguises itself with a veneer of …

Stephen Kerr?s permapoplexy
18 May 2022 at 10:26am
Holyrood’s resident gammonista gum-bumper has been at it again. Scottish Tory list MSP Stephen Kerr, a B-movie version of a James Bond baddie, is one of those middle class right wing British nationalist heterosexual white men who are convinced that the world is eager for their hot takes on all and every topic on account …

The banquet of consequences
17 May 2022 at 11:19am
Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland on Monday to meet with the parties elected to Stormont after last week’s elections which saw a historic victory for Sinn Fein. For the first time since the British carved Northern Ireland out of Ireland with borders drawn in such a way as to guarantee a Unionist majority, an Irish …

Anglo-British nationalism : greater projection than an iMax screen
15 May 2022 at 8:04pm
One of the most persistent and pernicious claims of opponents of independence is that the desire to see a restoration of Scottish statehood is motivated by nothing more than anti-English racism and a hatred of Scotland’s southern neighbour. It’s a claim which serves a number of purposes, which is why it keeps being made despite …

The state pantomime of Parliament
13 May 2022 at 10:09am
This week we had the spectacle that is the state opening of the Westminster Parliament in which elderly men and women raided the dressing up box and bedecked themselves in fancy costumes. The vast majority of the Lords and Ladies in their ermine robes and coronets are no more lords or ladies than anyone else. …

The bonkeroony Michael Gove
12 May 2022 at 10:36am
Some of you may have had the immense misfortune to witness Michael Gove’s, eh, let’s call it a “performance” on the BBC Breakfast news on Wednesday morning. Readers of a certain age may remember Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks, way back when John Cleese was still funny. The Secretary of state for levelling up …

The fragility of this so-called union
11 May 2022 at 10:33am
There are long term and short term lessons to be drawn from last week’s elections. In the short term, there are now serious questions about the position of Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, who pins the blame for the catastrophic performance the Scottish Tories at last week’s local elections on Boris Johnson’s partygate lies and …

New Gaelic Cultural Centres : Culturlann Inbhirnis agus An Taigh Cèilidh Steò...
10 May 2022 at 5:51pm
The Gaelic language is a crucial and integral part of the cultural heritage of everyone in Scotland – everywhere in Scotland. It is literally written into the Scottish landscape in all parts of our country. Sadly however, the Gaelic language is facing a serious threat to its continuing existence as a vibrant, living, community language. …

The elections that brought independence a step closer
9 May 2022 at 1:21pm
The dust is settling from last week’s local government elections, and it’s clear that they delivered very good results for the two largest pro-independence parties with both the SNP and the Greens gaining seats. Although the Labour party has been excitedly hailing its great success, the truth is that they did not gain as many …

Tomorrow it?s vital to maximise the pro-indy vote
4 May 2022 at 1:06pm
It’s the local elections tomorrow, and as with every election in Scotland over the past few years, it will be used as a proxy referendum on support for independence. However the anti-independence media and parties will as always ignore votes cast for pro-independence parties other than the SNP when they try to spin the results …

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Coronavirus in Scotland ? track the spread with these charts
19 May 2022 at 2:00pm
We?ve put together a collection of twice weekly updated charts to track the coronavirus crisis in Scotland.

Coronavirus in Scotland ? here are the key demographics
19 May 2022 at 2:00pm
As Covid-19 remains part of daily life, we?ve looked at the impact the pandemic has had on people across Scotland.

Murdo Fraser ?missed key opportunities? to raise local issues at Holyrood for...
19 May 2022 at 1:22pm
Tory MSP Murdo Fraser has been accused of missing "key opportunities" to raise issues for his constituents at Holyrood so he could watch Rangers play in the Europa League final in Seville.

COURIER OPINION: Hypocrisy at the heart of Murdo Fraser?s trip to watch Range...
19 May 2022 at 10:38am
Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has left Holyrood behind to watch Rangers in Seville. Perhaps he should have practised what he preaches.

Man stuck in wheelchair for three days during Storm Arwen power cuts
18 May 2022 at 7:46pm
A man was left stuck in a wheelchair for three days during the "harrowing" aftermath of Storm Arwen, MSPs were told.

JOHN ALEXANDER: Grateful, humbled and determined ? why the SNP is uniquely pl...
18 May 2022 at 5:50pm
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander considers some of the achievements and challenges for Scotland's only majority-led SNP council.

Murdo Fraser accused of ?deserting? Holyrood duties for Rangers final
18 May 2022 at 2:31pm
Tory MSP Murdo Fraser has been accused of ?deserting? his Holyrood duties so he can watch Rangers play in the Europa League final.

Tory transport chief facing ?cover up? claims over Inverness flight to Russia
18 May 2022 at 11:40am
UK Government transport secretary Grant Shapps has been told he risks accusations of a "cover up" unless he answers key questions about a sanctions-busting flight from Inverness to Russia.

Nicola Sturgeon: Ukraine war makes Scottish independence push ?more important?
18 May 2022 at 9:50am
The Russian invasion of Ukraine does not undermine the SNP?s drive for an independence referendum in 2023, according to Nicola Sturgeon.

Warning as 14 Scots with learning difficulties dead at mental health institut...
17 May 2022 at 5:30pm
The deaths of 14 patients with learning difficulties and autism at Scotland?s state hospital and other institutions show how people are "falling through the cracks" in secure care, an MSP has warned.

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Ukraine?s fight is as a fight for all of us and for democracy and security
1 Mar 2022 at 6:56pm
Ukraine?s fight is a fight for all of us and for democracy and security Gerry Hassan The National, 1 March 2022 There is only one story at the moment – the Russia invasion of the Ukraine and how we respond to it. This comes after years of Western misjudgement and appeasement of Putin and Russian … Ukraine’s fight is as a fight for all of us and for democracy and security appeared fir...

Sarah Smith and why inaction is not an option with the politics of hatred
24 Feb 2022 at 8:34pm
Sarah Smith and why inaction is not an option with the politics of hatred Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 23 February 2022 For many years now we have been witnessing a rising tide of intolerance, abuse and threats of intimidation in politics and public life ? in Scotland and the UK – with sometimes violence occurring … Sarah Smith and why inaction is not an option with the politics of ...

The British establishment is now broken beyond repair. But Scotland needs mor...
23 Feb 2022 at 7:57pm
The British establishment is now broken beyond repair. But Scotland needs more than a ?not Westminster? attitude Gerry Hassan The National, 22 February 2022 Sixty years ago, the British establishment was losing its authority, moral compass and in deep decay. The Tory Party was mired by scandal and misconduct by senior ministers, with an out … The British establishment is now broken b...

What is missing from Scottish politics, the SNP and independence and can we r...
17 Feb 2022 at 8:28pm
What is missing from Scottish politics, the SNP and independence and can we rectify it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 16 February 2022 What are the main characteristics of Scottish politics? Fifteen years into SNP Government the party is still popular; the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ratings any incumbent could only dream of having. Yet … What is missing from Scottish politics...

Boris Johnson?s survival is a headache for Douglas Ross and the Scottish Tories
16 Feb 2022 at 7:53pm
Boris Johnson?s survival is a headache for Douglas Ross and the Scottish Tories Gerry Hassan The National, 15 February 2022 Boris Johnson?s continued clinging on as Prime Minister and leader of the Tory Party is an undignified mess, a new ethical low for the Tories and moral stain on the reputation of Britain. Tory politicians … Boris Johnson’s survival is a headache for Douglas Ross...

Singing for Scotland at Hampden, Murrayfield and Beyond
10 Feb 2022 at 8:15pm
Singing for Scotland at Hampden, Murrayfield and Beyond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 9 February 2022 The songs that we sing individually and collectively in our hearts, homes and at public occasions tell us something – about who we are, our relationships with each other, and the society and nation we live in. There are numerous … Singing for Scotland at Hampden, Murrayfield and Beyo...

Seventy Years of the Queen matters and why the UK is not a democracy
9 Feb 2022 at 7:49pm
Seventy Years of the Queen matters and why the UK is not a democracy Gerry Hassan The National, 8 February 2022 The Queen this year marks 70 years on the throne with Sunday past being Accession Day ? the day her father George VI died and she became Queen. This represents the opening salvo in … Seventy Years of the Queen matters and why the UK is not a democracy appeared first on Gerr...

In the age of rebellion we can do better than Boris Johnson and Toryism
3 Feb 2022 at 8:10pm
In the age of rebellion we can do better than Boris Johnson and Toryism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 2 February 2022 2022 is the centenary of a year of rebellion. The Irish Free State was born in 1992, the ?Red Clydesiders? went to Westminster; and the year gave its name to the 1922 Committee of … In the age of rebellion we can do better than Boris Johnson and Toryism appeared first...

We need to address accountability in public life in the UK and Scotland
2 Feb 2022 at 7:43pm
We need to address accountability in public life in the UK and Scotland Gerry Hassan The National, 1 February 2022 The UK is a country lacking accountability in public life. Increasingly, those in senior positions of authority in government, civil service or public bodies resign or take responsibility for anything they have done. There never … We need to address accountability in pub...

Ukraine, the Crisis of the West and Britain?s Decline
28 Jan 2022 at 7:21pm
Ukraine, the Crisis of the West and Britain?s Decline Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 26 January 2022 The situation in the Ukraine is a high-level international crisis. It has not come out of the blue but been slowly escalating for years; Putin?s long track record of threats and aggression towards neighbours of Russia have been well … Ukraine, the Crisis of the West and Britain’s Decli...

Talking up Scotland

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Only BBC Scotland seeks to undermine party of government
19 May 2022 at 9:57am
By stewartb Standards of political journalism across the BBC could hardly be more different. The ?big? BBC?s coverage of Westminster falls short of the detailed, forensic and relentless analyses that are the notable ?achievements? of BBC Scotland when holding to account the Scottish Government! We know well how the public service process operates in Scotland. When a report is published or a sta...

SNP railways sensibly cut to save wasting taxpayer?s money!
18 May 2022 at 5:43pm
Before the pandemic in 2019, seat occupancy on Scotrail journeys was only 23%! Seats were empty for 77% of the time. I can’t find Scotrail data for 2021/2022 but UK rail traffic is at best at 70% of the 2019 level, meaning occupancy levels if we kept the same level of services would be only 18%. Sources: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/fit-future/detailed-assessment https://www.busine...

Scotland, NATO and nuclear weapons
18 May 2022 at 1:06pm
By stewartb There will be many decisions for the democratically elected government of Scotland to make after independence. These will certainly involve big and controversial decisions on international relations and defence policies. And positions do change as we?ve seen over Sweden/ Finland and NATO. I spotted this ?straw in the wind? recently: ?Could Spain be the first NATO State to sign the N...

Yes, but NHS Scotland already has far more nurses and midwives!
18 May 2022 at 9:53am
The Herald has been a rich seam of disinformation today but I’ll stop with this one, quickly. The Herald’s Health Correspondent writes: THE number of nurses and midwives registered in Scotland has risen by just 280 in the past year. Scotland experienced the slowest year-on-year increase in the workforce of any part of the UK, amid warnings that staff are quitting due to ?too much pressure? and ...

Somebody remind Macwhirter about Sweden and Finland?
18 May 2022 at 9:20am
I worry over Iain’s thing about ‘Nicola’. For a reminder, try these: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=Macwhirter He knows about Finland and Sweden applying to join NATO? He knows they’ll be welcomed? Is he alright?

SHOCK: Good Herald writer clears up ferry situation
18 May 2022 at 9:08am
The Herald is not entirely opposed to independence and working hard to deceive its readers on that issue. Most of its ‘big beast’ old male writers are, of course, but the editing is more anarchic. I’ve noted McConnell’s work before. On the ferry ‘scandal’ he writes LEADING global fund manager James Anderson recently highlighted his belief that a very large state investment fund in Scotland, mat...

Death toll of autism and learning disability patients revealed as FALLING
18 May 2022 at 8:51am
Helen McCardle, offers us the above data and writes: FOURTEEN patients with autism or learning disabilities have died since 2015 while detained in psychiatric facilities in Scotland, figures reveal.  The statistics were released for the first time by Public Health Scotland (PHS) following a parliamentary question by Scottish Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett, who has campaigned to end the ?nat...

Demonising SNP leaders
18 May 2022 at 8:25am
Why is the First Minister pictured here? Why is it not the Transport Minister, the Scotrail Chief Executive or the RMT union leader, who are clearly directly involved? Back in 2011, Alex Salmond was recognised as having been demonised, by Iain Macwhirter in the same newspaper, writing: In the past week the First Minister has been compared to the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe. He has been c...

Link to First Minister?s speech in USA
17 May 2022 at 9:30am
Readers might remember BBC Scotland’s failure to cover the first Minister’s speech at the last SNP Conference. There has been similar neglect with regard to most of her speeches in Europe. This continues, with Glenn Campbell, last night, bundling a quick reference to it within an interview with the Cop26 chair, Alok Sharma. We saw none of her speech and BBC Scotland offers no link to it. I’m gr...

SNP action on abortion protests is proportionate
17 May 2022 at 9:14am
In 2017, there were 363 hospitals and clinics in England and Wales that carried out abortions. Through the review, we found that 36 hospitals and clinics have experienced anti-abortion demonstrations. Having considered the evidence of the review, I Savid Javid, then Home Secretary have therefore reached the conclusion that introducing national buffer zones would not be a proportionate respons...

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...

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Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'grotesque opportunism' over Scottish independence...
18 May 2022 at 12:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'grotesque opportunism' over Scottish independence comments  Daily RecordNicola Sturgeon tells US media Scottish Government intends to hold indyref2 in 2023  The NationalScottish independence is a threat to the West  The TimesNicola Sturgeon: Ukraine war makes Scottish independence push 'more important'  The CourierAP Interview: Scottish leader stresses independence, ...

Why Nicola Sturgeon needs the courage to disappoint her own supporters ? Scot...
10 May 2022 at 8:00am
Why Nicola Sturgeon needs the courage to disappoint her own supporters ? Scotsman comment  The Scotsman

Second referendum on Scottish independence will happen next year, Nicola Stur...
1 May 2022 at 8:00am
Second referendum on Scottish independence will happen next year, Nicola Sturgeon says  iNews

Ex MP praised for 'thoughtful' Scottish independence argument on BBC Debate N...
19 May 2022 at 11:14am
Ex MP praised for 'thoughtful' Scottish independence argument on BBC Debate Night  The National

Scottish ministers may go to court to keep indyref2 legal advice secret - iNews
2 May 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish ministers may go to court to keep indyref2 legal advice secret  iNews

Sturgeon 'certain' Scottish independence part of 'fundamental changes' for UK...
7 May 2022 at 8:00am
Sturgeon 'certain' Scottish independence part of 'fundamental changes' for UK  HeraldScotland

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to ramp up push for new vote | HeraldS...
8 May 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to ramp up push for new vote | HeraldScotland  HeraldScotland

Nicola Sturgeon likely 'to make way for someone else' if Scotland votes again...
20 Apr 2022 at 8:00am
Nicola Sturgeon likely 'to make way for someone else' if Scotland votes against independence again  Sky News

Stalling Scottish independence would strengthen the cause - The New Statesman
4 May 2022 at 8:00am
Stalling Scottish independence would strengthen the cause  The New Statesman

Scottish independence referendum would be 'impossible' without Westminster co...
11 May 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish independence referendum would be 'impossible' without Westminster consent, warned SNP chief  The Telegraph

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Is the SNP now pro-nuke? - The Spectator
18 May 2022 at 11:00pm
Is the SNP now pro-nuke?  The Spectator

SNP ministers drop key pledge to close education attainment gap by 2026 - Her...
18 May 2022 at 4:42pm
SNP ministers drop key pledge to close education attainment gap by 2026  HeraldScotland

SNP react to South Lanarkshire Council's new administration - Daily Record
19 May 2022 at 11:50am
SNP react to South Lanarkshire Council's new administration  Daily Record

As Johnson and co push more people into poverty, SNP government is providing ...
19 May 2022 at 12:31pm
As Johnson and co push more people into poverty, SNP government is providing real help ? Ben Macpherson MSP  The Scotsman

SNP MP tops ballot to ?make a difference? and introduce new laws in the Commo...
19 May 2022 at 11:34am
SNP MP tops ballot to ?make a difference? and introduce new laws in the Commons  Evening Standard

SNP 'opens door' to nuclear weapons under independence - HeraldScotland
18 May 2022 at 7:53pm
SNP 'opens door' to nuclear weapons under independence  HeraldScotland

SNP accuse Scotland Office of not 'lifting a finger' to help with cost-of-liv...
18 May 2022 at 2:11pm
SNP accuse Scotland Office of not 'lifting a finger' to help with cost-of-living  The Scotsman

SNP supports higher whisky prices, claims Jacob Rees-Mogg - Evening Standard
18 May 2022 at 8:06pm
SNP supports higher whisky prices, claims Jacob Rees-Mogg  Evening Standard

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry found guilty of embezzlement - The Guardian
12 May 2022 at 6:51pm
Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry found guilty of embezzlement  The Guardian

SNP MP Angus MacNeil found guilty of careless driving after teenager hit - Ev...
18 May 2022 at 5:23pm
SNP MP Angus MacNeil found guilty of careless driving after teenager hit  Evening Standard

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Nicola Sturgeon tells US media Scottish Government intends to hold indyref2 i...
17 May 2022 at 10:01pm
Nicola Sturgeon tells US media Scottish Government intends to hold indyref2 in 2023  The NationalAP Interview: Scottish leader stresses independence, NATO  The Associated PressScotland Would Rejoin NATO After Leaving UK, Sturgeon Says  BloombergScottish independence is a threat to the West  The TimesScottish Leader Sturgeon Pushes Independence, NATO  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthView Full coverage on...

Second referendum on Scottish independence will happen next year, Nicola Stur...
1 May 2022 at 8:00am
Second referendum on Scottish independence will happen next year, Nicola Sturgeon says  iNews

Why Nicola Sturgeon needs the courage to disappoint her own supporters ? Scot...
10 May 2022 at 8:00am
Why Nicola Sturgeon needs the courage to disappoint her own supporters ? Scotsman comment  The Scotsman

Ex MP praised for 'thoughtful' Scottish independence argument on BBC Debate N...
19 May 2022 at 11:14am
Ex MP praised for 'thoughtful' Scottish independence argument on BBC Debate Night  The National

Nicola Sturgeon to consider 'carefully' whether to release Scottish independe...
2 May 2022 at 8:00am
Nicola Sturgeon to consider 'carefully' whether to release Scottish independence referendum legal advice  The Scotsman

Nicola Sturgeon likely 'to make way for someone else' if Scotland votes again...
20 Apr 2022 at 8:00am
Nicola Sturgeon likely 'to make way for someone else' if Scotland votes against independence again  Sky News

Sturgeon 'certain' Scottish independence part of 'fundamental changes' for UK...
7 May 2022 at 8:00am
Sturgeon 'certain' Scottish independence part of 'fundamental changes' for UK  HeraldScotland

Less than a third want independence referendum next year, poll suggests - The...
8 May 2022 at 8:00am
Less than a third want independence referendum next year, poll suggests  The Scotsman

Appetite for new Scottish independence referendum wanes as Labour bounces bac...
7 May 2022 at 8:00am
Appetite for new Scottish independence referendum wanes as Labour bounces back north of the border  Daily Mail

Scottish independence: Legal advice on second referendum would have been made...
27 Apr 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish independence: Legal advice on second referendum would have been made public long ago if ministers were more committed to democratic principles ? Scotsman comment  The Scotsman

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Sturgeon vows timetable cuts will be temporary as FMQs focuses on ScotRail 'c...
19 May 2022 at 3:08pm
The First Minister said the service cuts had been deemed necessary to deal with a pay dispute and shortage of drivers caused by training issues

CND says SNP's NATO stance is a 'slippery slope'
19 May 2022 at 1:43pm
The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has said the SNP?s NATO stance is a ?slippery slope? which could lead to Scotland having a ?Guantanamo-type role? for NATO?s nuclear weapons.

Partygate: More fines as Met Police closes Operation Hillman
19 May 2022 at 12:52pm
Criminal investigation costs close to ?500,000

New ScotRail timetable launched as one third of services are cut
18 May 2022 at 6:17pm
Changes come into force on Monday

Importance of data to UK companies highlighted in government report
18 May 2022 at 4:37pm
Survey finds majority of businesses collect data of some kind and that the information has helped drive efficiencies

AI firm opens in Edinburgh with backing from Scottish Enterprise and Kelvin C...
18 May 2022 at 4:17pm
London-based behavioural science start-up KultraLab plans to create up to 25 jobs as it scales up in the capital

Think tank led by Gordon Brown urges UK-wide action to maintain Scotland's po...
18 May 2022 at 3:34pm
New report says Interministerial Group for Business and Industry should make promoting the video-games sector a priority

SNP call for answers over greenlighting of Scotland - Russia flight
18 May 2022 at 9:40am
A private jet was given permission to leave Inverness airport despite a ban on Russian aircraft in UK airspace

Greens pave the way for another minority SNP administration in Glasgow
17 May 2022 at 4:33pm
Greens agree to back the SNP as minority leaders when the council meets on Thursday

Gender Recognition Act reforms can't be rushed, EHRC tells MSPs
17 May 2022 at 3:03pm
LGBT Youth Scotland raises concerns over young trans people 'vexatious' challenges by unsupportive parents