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Teachers suspend strike action at Glasgow school for 'more talks'
1 Dec 2022 at 6:47pm
Members of the NASUWT union have been taking action this week.


Scottish Government records £2bn budget underspend
1 Dec 2022 at 5:29pm
The Scottish Government had a record £2bn underspend in the last financial year, according to the latest consolidated accounts.


Nicola Sturgeon trying to 'play one set of workers against another'
1 Dec 2022 at 4:03pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of attempting ?to play one set of workers against another? as the First Minister came under criticism for her efforts in reaching a deal over teachers? pay.


Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home facing 'perfect storm' as bills sky-rocket
1 Dec 2022 at 5:12pm
A "perfect storm" is brewing for an essential Scottish charity as it faces a staggering 800 per cent rise in energy bills.


Nicola Sturgeon rejects UN official's concerns over gender reforms
1 Dec 2022 at 11:24am
NICOLA Sturgeon does not believe concerns raised by a UN special rapporteur on the SNP's gender reforms "are well founded" as the Scottish Government moved to alleviate fears over women's safety.


Humza Yousaf apologises to patients for soaring NHS waiting lists
1 Dec 2022 at 10:23am
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has insisted he spends ?every waking moment? trying to revive the NHS as he stressed he would not want his own children to have to wait long periods for treatment on the NHS.


Our cartoonist Steven Camley?s take on turkey shortages
1 Dec 2022 at 6:00am
Our cartoonist Steven Camley?s take on turkey shortages December 1 2022


Walkouts, groans and silence: Ian Blackford as SNP Westminster leader
1 Dec 2022 at 8:32pm
WHENEVER Ian Blackford got to his feet at Prime Minister?s Questions, Labour and Tory MP would groan. The problem for the SNP man was so did many of those on the benches behind him. 


Stephen Flynn ? the MP tipped to be the SNP's next Westminster leader
1 Dec 2022 at 3:10pm
ABERDEEN South MP Stephen Flynn is the favourite to replace Ian Blackford as the SNP?s leader at Westminster, with sources suggesting there will be no contest for the top job.


First Minister denies breast cancer services 'collapsing' in Tayside
1 Dec 2022 at 2:55pm
Nicola Sturgeon has rejected claims that breast cancer services in Tayside have ?collapsed?.


Ian Blackford to stand down as SNP's Westminster leader
1 Dec 2022 at 11:44am
Nicola Sturgeon praised the Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP after he announced his resignation as the SNP's leader at Westminster.


Holyrood committee has 'significant concerns' over care reforms
1 Dec 2022 at 8:10am
HOLYROOD?S Finance Committee has expressed ?significant concerns? over the cost of the new National Care Service (NCS).


Brexit: Trade checks 'added £210 to household food bills'
1 Dec 2022 at 7:07am
The hike in prices disproportionately hit poorer people, who tend to spend a greater share of their pay on food


Scotland ? 'a really dark place'
1 Dec 2022 at 6:00am
Hard facts

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman Politics


Scottish budget: Vital services could be ?stopped? by councils facing funding...
1 Dec 2022 at 6:29pm
Everyday services across Scotland could be ?stopped? or ?reduced,? with jobs also under threat unless the Scottish Government takes action to increase local government funding in the face of billion pound budgetary pressures, finance officials from every Scottish council have warned.


Ian Blackford resigns as SNP leader in Westminster just weeks after challenge...
1 Dec 2022 at 6:22pm
Ian Blackford ? one of the most recognisable faces of the Scottish independence movement ? has resigned as the SNP?s leader in Westminster as Nicola Sturgeon was forced to reject suggestions a party ?coup? had been successful.


Ngozi Fulani said Buckingham Palace reception like an interrogation? and that...
1 Dec 2022 at 5:03pm
A black domestic abuse campaigner has said her interaction with the late Queen?s lady-in-waiting was ?like an interrogation? and that she felt she was being forced to ?denounce my British citizenship?


FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon says she takes women's safety 'very seriously' as she d...
1 Dec 2022 at 4:10pm
Nicola Sturgeon has rejected accusations that controversial gender reforms are being ?rushed through? the Scottish Parliament as she stressed she took the safety of women and girls ?very seriously?.


PMQs: Rishi Sunak attacked over handing levelling-up grant to his former scho...
1 Dec 2022 at 4:00pm
Rishi Sunak has been attacked over his Government?s levelling-up policy, with the Prime Minister questioned on why a hefty grant was given to a wealthy independent boarding school where he was once head boy.


Motion tabled in Holyrood to save Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home from collapse
1 Dec 2022 at 3:58pm
A motion has been tabled in the Scottish Parliament to save the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home from potential closure after the organisation warned of an 800 per cent rise in its energy bills.


Scotland strikes: Nicola Sturgeon accused of treating teachers 'disgracefully...
1 Dec 2022 at 3:53pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of treating teachers disgracefully by playing ?one set of workers against another? amid an escalating pay row.


Men's Shed movement issues plea after Scottish Government funding withdrawn
1 Dec 2022 at 3:48pm
The Men?s Shed movement is calling on the Scottish Government to reverse a ?devastating? decision to withdraw funding from next year.


Ian Blackford: Updates SNP Westminster steps down from role as Nicola Sturgeo...
1 Dec 2022 at 1:31pm
The SNP?s leader at Westminster has announced he will step down from the role.


Humza Yousaf apologies for ambulance and treatment waits for Scots
1 Dec 2022 at 1:30pm
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has said he would not want his own children to have to wait long periods for treatment on the NHS.


Lawyers at Sheku Bayoh inquiry told off for ?watching football on phone?
1 Dec 2022 at 11:30am
Lawyers involved in the Sheku Bayoh inquiry have been reprimanded for inappropriate use of mobile phones in the hearing room.


Matt Hancock reveals he was paid £45,000 to appear on Celebrity SAS show
1 Dec 2022 at 8:22am
Matt Hancock was paid £45,000 to appear on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, it has been revealed.


Scottish independence: New poll suggests Yes four points ahead after Supreme ...
1 Dec 2022 at 7:53am
A new poll has suggested support for Scottish independence is strong, a week after the Supreme Court ruled the Scottish Parliament could not legislate for a referendum without Westminster approval.


National Care Service: 'Significant concerns' raised over cost of Scottish Go...
1 Dec 2022 at 7:11am
Holyrood finance watchdogs, including SNP MSPs, have expressed ?significant concerns? over the lack of detailed costs for the National Care Service in a blow to the Scottish Government?s flagship plans.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

One more to go
1 Dec 2022 at 12:55pm
…until we can all start actually trying to achieve independence again. (Unless they replace him with Kirsty sodding Blackman or something, obv.) We have no idea yet who might stand to succeed Blackford – the absolutely awful Stephen Flynn is clearly likely to throw his hat in the ring, but we don’t know if there’ll be …

Let?s go round again
30 Nov 2022 at 11:12pm
Left: February 2020. Right: November 2022. Or possibly the other way round, we’re not sure. All we know is that we’re always surging upwards and forwards but somehow never actually getting anywhere.

The end of the process
29 Nov 2022 at 9:55pm
Five and three quarters years ago. If anyone knows when “this process” will have ended and we’ll get our choice – or indeed what she achieved for Scotland in the Brexit negotiations – do let us know.

How you do it
29 Nov 2022 at 1:12pm
It’s more than two years now since we published this article, but it’s worth quickly going over it again, because there’s nothing on Earth more tedious than boneheads on social media going “Oh, you slag off the SNP but what’s YOUR plan if you’re so clever?”, who haven’t bothered to read any of the dozen …

Afraid to lose
27 Nov 2022 at 7:33pm
The SNP are impotent, fearful, useless and liars. As someone said long ago: ?He either fears his fate too much/Or his deserts are small/That puts it not unto the touch/To win or lose it all.?

But not yet, Lord
27 Nov 2022 at 2:05pm
The SNP have been all over the place since Wednesday’s judgement of the Supreme Court. Astonishingly, the party hadn’t prepared an agreed line in the event of the Court ruling against it, with the result that various party figures had popped up with all sorts of different versions of what a supposed plebiscite election would mean. The closest …

The snake that ate its own tail
27 Nov 2022 at 11:12am
It’s nice to see the British media (and perhaps, if we might be allowed to dream for a moment, the law) catching up with Michelle Mone. It’s such a shame nobody did any proper investigative journalism into what a crooked, venal chancer she is before now – seven years ago or even four years ago, say – or the country …

The Great Unmasking
26 Nov 2022 at 6:59am

Where there isn?t a will
25 Nov 2022 at 6:59am
Let’s get straight to the point: this is a straight-up categorical lie. Since Wednesday’s events there’s been a lot of chatter and confusion on social media about whether the Scottish Government has the ability to trigger a snap Holyrood election and use it as a de facto plebiscite on independence. The short answer, as we told you …

The real deal
24 Nov 2022 at 9:18pm
18 minutes of your time well spent. The contrast with Nicola Sturgeon’s platitudinous sloganeering yesterday is stark.


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Trains (Mostly), Planes and Automobiles
29 Nov 2022 at 12:37pm

When asked to do a three week speaking tour of Germany in conjunction with the Ithaka movie, I was delighted to finally get an Interrail pass after 50 years of unrequited longing. Hoary old followers of this blog will recall I love trains and used to write about them from time to time. So it …

Trains (Mostly), Planes and Automobiles

Electronic Grief
28 Nov 2022 at 4:27am

My laptop was stolen from me on the Vienna to Frankfurt train on Saturday. I had been working on a blog article on the train. Approaching Frankfurt I packed up ready to get off, and went to the loo. When I returned the laptop had vanished from the laptop bag. The charger was still there …

Electronic Grief

Scotland in Chains
23 Nov 2022 at 12:54pm

I live in the capital of my country. I had to travel hundreds of miles to the capital of a foreign country to hear a bunch of unionist judges, the majority from a foreign country, declare that my country has no right to existence, indeed my country only exists at all in so far as …

Scotland in Chains

Strasbourg Cul de Sac
20 Nov 2022 at 12:35pm

Here is the detailed argument we submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg: IN THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: CRAIG MURRAY Applicant v THE UNITED KINGDOM Respondent Government SUPPLEMENTARY STATEMENT UNDER RULE 47(2)(b) OF THE RULES OF COURT INTRODUCTION 1. This supplementary statement sets out the relevant domestic law and practice, …

Strasbourg Cul de Sac

Your Man in Saughton Jail Part 3
18 Nov 2022 at 6:23pm

The Scottish Parliament is under the untrue impression that Scottish prisons run under the fairly liberal Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2011 laid before parliament by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MP on 14 September 2011. In fact the Scottish Prisons Service totally ignores them and is absolutely a law unto itself. I intend …

Your Man in Saughton Jail Part 3

FTX
15 Nov 2022 at 12:08pm

This is what I think of as a signpost article – it points you to something the mainstream media is deliberately not giving the prominence it needs, but I have no personal expertise or inside knowledge to give you. I am just giving you a start to get going. Several readers will have a much …

FTX

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Ian Blackford to stand down as SNP leader at Westminster
1 Dec 2022 at 5:07pm
There had been speculation that some SNP MPs were plotting to replace Mr Blackford as group leader.

Ian Blackford: Why has SNP Westminster chief stepped down?
1 Dec 2022 at 5:27pm
Who is the Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP, and why has he stepped down as the SNP's Westminster leader?

MSPs raise concerns over cost of new National Care Service
1 Dec 2022 at 10:45am
Holyrood's finance committee says it is difficult to assess whether the service is affordable or sustainable.

Scottish secondary schools to close again as teachers strike
30 Nov 2022 at 5:00pm
Scottish pupils face more strikes next week as teachers' unions formally reject the latest pay offer.

Nursing union to consult members in Scotland over new pay offer
29 Nov 2022 at 5:31pm
The RCN says Scottish nurses will strike if they vote to reject the latest offer from the government.

SNP MP John Nicolson to be investigated over Speaker tweet
29 Nov 2022 at 4:53pm
John Nicolson was accused of a "clear breach" of the rules by tweeting details of a letter from Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Deaths in Scottish prisons at record high
30 Nov 2022 at 6:18am
Suicide and drug deaths are on the rise in Scottish prisons, a new report says.

Ferries Scandal: Shipyard takeover 'wasted' £200m of public money
29 Nov 2022 at 4:37pm
Former Ferguson boss claims ministers rejected an offer to finish two CalMac ferries for an extra £50m.

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital records worst A&E waiting times
29 Nov 2022 at 9:10pm
Almost two-thirds of patients waited more than four hours to be seen at a Glasgow hospital.

Small shops welcome MSPs' town centre action call
29 Nov 2022 at 12:56pm
A committee makes a string of recommendations on how to assist struggling towns across Scotland.

Conservatives seek clarity on Holyrood's £20m for indyref
29 Nov 2022 at 6:33am
An MSP says it should not be spent on a vote the Scottish government does not have the power to hold.

Warning of crisis in Scottish childminding sector
29 Nov 2022 at 1:08pm
The Scottish Childminding Association says 34% of carers have left the profession since 2016.

Scot Goes Pop


WINGS-WATCH: Thousands mystified as blogger claims Yes vote has been flatlini...
1 Dec 2022 at 7:34pm
Even Agatha Christie would struggle to come up with a plausible-sounding resolution for this mystery.  It's only one week since Stuart Campbell informed his readers that support for independence ha...

Westminster trembles as pro-independence campaign storms into poll lead - BUT...
30 Nov 2022 at 5:23pm
We've been in the 'fog of war' stage since the Supreme Court ruling.  On the one hand there was the Find Out Now poll suggesting that public opinion had been riled up by the discovery that the UK i...

More polling evidence that Europe could be Keir Starmer's Achilles Heel when ...
29 Nov 2022 at 7:14pm
My ears pricked up a couple of nights ago when I heard there was a new YouGov poll of GB-wide voting intentions out, because YouGov appear to structure and weight their Scottish subsamples correctl...

The SNP have to display absolute conviction that an election is a decision on...
28 Nov 2022 at 8:21pm
As I've noted a few times over recent days, the SNP leadership have clearly decided that using a Westminster election - as opposed to a snap Holyrood election - as a plebiscite vote is not even up ...

The BBC's "respect" deficit
27 Nov 2022 at 8:33pm
When TV news journalists on both sides of the Atlantic report on comments from Donald Trump or one of his allies about how the 2020 presidential election was rigged or stolen, it's become standard ...

A plea to delegates at the forthcoming SNP special conference: if you achieve...
26 Nov 2022 at 10:44pm
The SNP leadership have promised that there will be a special party conference early next year to determine the details of the plebiscite election plan.  Now, I think everyone realises, and probabl...

The SNP leadership need to explain their strategy for overcoming the major di...
25 Nov 2022 at 7:01pm
Having spent a fair bit of time recently debunking a large number of lies and intentional distortions published on Wings Over Scotland, I'll be scrupulously fair and point out that Mr Campbell is b...


WINGS-WATCH: I've calculated the average yearly support for independence, usi...
25 Nov 2022 at 2:34am
I'll be absolutely blunt about this - I'm hopping mad that this post has proved necessary at this particular moment.  Although I was under no illusions when I took on the Wings-Watch fact-checking ...

STV Politics News

Latest Politics News | STV News

SNP Westminster Commons leader Ian Blackford Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP insis...
1 Dec 2022 at 4:54pm
The SNP Westminster leader said he 'ain't a quitter' after announcing he was leaving the position to take up a new role in the party.

Bernard Ponsonby: Ian Blackford knows it?s time to quit as SNP Westminster le...
1 Dec 2022 at 1:54pm
The SNP's Westminster leader is stepping down after five years at the helm.

Doddie Weir ?hero on and off the pitch? as Nicola Sturgeon leads parliament t...
1 Dec 2022 at 1:39pm
The former Scotland international rugby player died at the age of 52.

Nicola Sturgeon denies gender reform legislation is being ?rushed?
1 Dec 2022 at 1:21pm
The First Minister addressed the issue as she faced MSPs at Holyrood.

Nicola Sturgeon facing MSPs at First Minister?s Questions
1 Dec 2022 at 12:00pm
MSPs will put questions to the First Minister at the Scottish Parliament.

Ian Blackford standing down as SNP Westminster leader in the House of Commons
1 Dec 2022 at 11:41am
The nationalist stalwart has been the party's leader in the House of Commons since 2017.

Alister Jack: ?Work ongoing to review Civil Service following Supreme Court c...
1 Dec 2022 at 10:31am
The Scottish secretary said conversations have taken place with the head of the Civil Service, Simon Case.

Rishi Sunak faces first electoral test since becoming Prime Minister in City ...
1 Dec 2022 at 9:35am
Voters are heading to the polls for a by-election following the resignation of Labour MP Christian Matheson.

Anas Sarwar urged to allow Scottish Labour MSPs to have free vote on gender r...
1 Dec 2022 at 6:35am
The legislation is progressing through the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish national care service plans fail to set out detailed start up costs
1 Dec 2022 at 6:35am
A cross-party group of MSPs raised 'significant concerns' over the proposals for the service.

Almost all MSP staff in Scotland to receive cost of living payment of up to £600
30 Nov 2022 at 5:33pm
Those working for Scottish Parliamentary members will receive the one-off payment this year.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told ?shame on you? by heckler over gender ref...
30 Nov 2022 at 4:01pm
The First Minister was speaking at an event on violence against women and girls hosted by Zero Tolerance Scotland.

Bid to stop MPs from following in Matt Hancock?s footsteps on reality televis...
30 Nov 2022 at 2:15pm
The former health secretary was accused of 'deserting' constituents to take part in I'm a Celebrity.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak insists Brexit was the ?right thing? for the UK at...
30 Nov 2022 at 12:58pm
The SNP's Ian Blackford said Brexit had been a 'significant' long-term cause of the economic crisis.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics


Ian Blackford never recovered from the Patrick Grady sexual harassment scandal
1 Dec 2022 at 3:17pm
Daily Record Political Editor Paul Hutcheon says Blackford's departure was inevitable after a disastrous 12 months.


Who could replace Ian Blackford as SNP Westminster leader?
1 Dec 2022 at 1:16pm
The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber said in a statement on Thursday that he will not seek re-election at the party's AGM next week.


Ian Blackford resigns as SNP Westminster leader after 5 years in role
1 Dec 2022 at 11:47am
The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber informed members of the nationalist group in London about his decision earlier today.


Council finance chiefs warn vital services could be 'stopped' due to funding ...
1 Dec 2022 at 11:39am
EXCLUSIVE: The finance leads in every council have sent a stinging letter to Deputy First Minister John Swinney about the pressures facing local authorities


New Scottish independence poll shows support rising for Yes after Supreme Cou...
1 Dec 2022 at 9:29am
Redfield & Wilton Strategies carried out the poll on November 26-27, after the UK Supreme Court ruled on November 23 that another independence referendum cannot be held without the backing of Westm...


Scottish Government 'could raise half a billion pounds' by taxing the wealthy
1 Dec 2022 at 8:10am
The research, published on the eve of the Scottish Government's Budget, was carried out by the IPPR Scotland think tank


Nicola Sturgeon confronted by protester as First Minister forced to halt speech
30 Nov 2022 at 2:45pm
The First Minister was speaking at an event Edinburgh when the unidentified heckler accused her of stirring up a culture against women "standing up for women's rights".


Family of young Scots woman who died behind bars slam prison service as death...
30 Nov 2022 at 12:06pm
Linda and Stuart Allan have hit out after a new report from Glasgow University found there have been 121 deaths in prison in Scotland since the start of 2022.


'Deeply disturbing' Prison deaths in Scotland at record high as drugs and sui...
30 Nov 2022 at 10:24am
Researchers from Glasgow University claim that while covid infections had an impact on numbers, it was the increase in deaths from suicide and drugs that had been the most significant.


Leaked video shows Nicola Sturgeon's civil servant joke about 'breaking up' UK
30 Nov 2022 at 4:30am
Ken Thomson's remarks, obtained by the Record, have been criticised by opposition parties

The National

The National | Politics

UK Government will foolishly treat Scottish independence like Covid
1 Dec 2022 at 1:57pm

AS readers of my blog will know, I have been suffering a recurrence of long Covid over the last couple of weeks, which has led to me feeling well below par. Why tell you this when I am most certainly not looking for sympathy? Really because of what it says about the stories we tell, and most especially the stories that governments tell us.

Quebec parliament denies entry to politicians over King Charles snub
1 Dec 2022 at 9:26pm

QUEBECOIS politicians were denied entry to their parliament after refusing to swear fealty to King Charles.

Poll shows why SNP?s plan for the next General Election is a bad idea
1 Dec 2022 at 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY?S front page proclaimed the 52% pro-independence result from a recent poll of 1000 voters. While this may be seen as a good place to restart an independence campaign, the devil is in the detail.

Where are these supposed Brexit benefits of which Rishi Sunak speaks?
1 Dec 2022 at 6:30pm

ON St Andrew?s Day we heard Ian Blackford MP challenge the Prime Minister on the economic impact Brexit is having on the country. This challenge heard the PM emphasise his opposition to free movement, something that is having a catastrophic and ruinous impact on our NHS, care sector and many other sectors here in Scotland.

Judgment Day rally highlights to feature in virtual advent calendar
1 Dec 2022 at 6:43pm

AN activist group have launched a virtual advent calendar to highlight the movements reaction to the Supreme Court verdict.

Inside Ian Blackford's resignation: 'He jumped before he was pushed'
1 Dec 2022 at 6:00pm

The National understands that Stephen Flynn is the front runner to take over the top SNP Westminster job from Blackford

Scottish Government underspent £2bn in last year's budget
1 Dec 2022 at 5:54pm

Annual accounts show an underspend of £2bn - but does not represent a loss as some is carried forward through the Scotland Reserve

Gaiety Theatre secures £150,000 grant to avoid collapse
1 Dec 2022 at 5:32pm

COUNCILLORS have agreed to help out Ayr?s Gaiety Theatre by giving them £150,000 this year ? but have said that the council cannot continue to hand over money to keep it afloat.

Nicola Sturgeon creates 'green and ethical finance' expert panel
1 Dec 2022 at 5:25pm

The First Minister will co-chair the panel of investors and asset managers

The stand-out moments from Stephen Flynn's time as an MP
1 Dec 2022 at 5:17pm

STEPHEN Flynn is widely tipped to be Ian Blackford?s replacement as the SNP?s Westminster leader following the Skye MP?s announcement he will stand down.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia

Scottish Labour?s Dilemma
27 Nov 2022 at 9:29pm
Wednesday?s Supreme Court decision generated a wave of commentary regarding the strategic impasse of the independence movement and Nicola Sturgeon?s future as leader of the SNP. (You can read my pessimistic take, for the New Left Review?s Sidecar blog, here.) But amidst the crashing constitutional debris, one salient political fact seems to have been overlooked: Scottish …

Being Supreme, Becoming Ungovernable
27 Nov 2022 at 12:08pm
The ramifications from this week’s Supreme Court ruling continue to unfold. For some there’s a shrug of the shoulders, a contemptuous ‘told you so’ and a wry ‘this changes nothing’. For others on the left it is more apocalyptic – the final nail in the coffin of Scottish independence, as they have long predicted. The …

Cleaning the Augean Stables
26 Nov 2022 at 1:06pm
Cleaned out the Augean Stables which is Bella’s Comments section. This editor has a lot of patience but not infinite patience. People are welcome to come and disagree and argue all day and all night long and share dissenting views and tell me this is all rubbish. What you are no welcome to do is …

Doing Porridge
26 Nov 2022 at 12:52pm
So, Scotland finds itself in a sort of HMP Britain with the Tories as the Governor. A bad version of Porridge then, with more than the odd frothing at the mouth Scottish Officer Mackay doing the Unionist dirty work by telling the prisoners what a useless lot they are. The prisoner recently made an appeal …

The Myths of Today?s Elites and the Rise of ?Meritocracy?
26 Nov 2022 at 12:41pm
The Tyranny of Merit: What?s Become of the Common Good?, by Michael J. Sandel, Penguin. Reviewed by Hillary Sillitto. My two main take-aways from religious education at school were, first, the tale of the Good Samaritan, and second, the phrase ?it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than …

Let the People Decide
26 Nov 2022 at 12:34pm
The Radical Independence Campaign organised a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in London on October 11th.  It was well covered by the media, including The National and Daily Record in Scotland.  We did not go down to London to press the Supreme Court to take a favourable stance on a new Scottish independence referendum.  We …

Rejoicing in National Humiliation
24 Nov 2022 at 2:08pm
“I don’t think Scotland is a colony as such, but it’s equally wrong to ignore the basis of that claim. After today, Scotland can be seen as a nation that is unable to achieve statehood without the permission of another state.” – Jonathan Rowson I didn’t appreciate the extent to which the Unionist tabloids and …

Not Our Future
23 Nov 2022 at 7:16pm
?Not Our Future?: the Last Stand of the Anti-Vaxx Confusionists: from, David Fleming, Maajid Nawaz, Frank Furedi, Neil Oliver, Laurence Fox, to? ?others?. Re-published with thanks from Tendance Coatesy There are two defining events unfolding before our eyes. The first is the fightback to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Across the world people have stood …

Supreme Ruling
23 Nov 2022 at 10:47am
So, the UK Supreme Court has ruled and ruled decisively. There is no democratic path to a referendum regardless of what mandate is repeatedly obtained through the ballot box. That’s a dangerously stupid thing for people to be crowing about. Further, they were very specific: you don’t have the right to self-determination. You got that? …

Don?t Wait Around for Judgement Day
22 Nov 2022 at 6:05pm
DON?T WAIT AROUND FOR JUDGEMENT DAY: From The Province of The Cat by George Gunn I had thought about waiting for the decision of the Supreme Court on the Scottish Governments competence to hold a referendum on independence, or not, before writing this. But I think it is unhealthy to hang around waiting for Judgement …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Ian Blackford: from ?humble crofter? to pugnacious Commons performer
1 Dec 2022 at 7:49pm
Outgoing leader of SNP?s Westminster group had turbulent time recently with his own MPsAfter five years in Westminster, Ian Blackford will be remembered for his verbose yet pugnacious speeches in the Commons and the weekly chorus of loud groans he prompted from Conservative MPs at prime ministers...

Ian Blackford forced to step down as leader of SNP in Westminster
1 Dec 2022 at 6:49pm
Decision comes after his MPs tried to oust him and is seen as blow to Nicola Sturgeon?s authorityUK politics live ? latest news updatesThe Scottish National party?s leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has been forced to step down after repeated attempts by his MPs to oust him in favour of the n...

Sturgeon rejects UN concerns about reform of Scotland?s gender law
1 Dec 2022 at 2:56pm
First minister says special rapporteur?s disquiet about changes to how people change their legal sex ?not well founded?Nicola Sturgeon has described the concerns of a UN special rapporteur about plans to reform how people change their legal sex in Scotland as ?not well founded?.During a robust se...

SNP MP faces inquiry for exposing how Nadine Dorries avoided punishment for m...
29 Nov 2022 at 6:02pm
This blog is now closed. You can find our latest UK politics stories here:All our UK politics coverage The Fire Brigades Union has said that its members will start voting on 5 December on whether to strike over pay, with the result due at the end of January.As PA Media reports, the move follows t...

Whitehall chief looking at whether to stop civil service work on Scotland vote
28 Nov 2022 at 9:22pm
Scotland secretary tells MPs Simon Case is considering issue related to would-be independence referendumSimon Case, the head of the UK civil service, is looking into whether officials in Scotland should still be allowed to do work related to a second independence referendum, Alister Jack, the Sco...

Robert Jenrick says migrants with diphtheria symptoms will no longer be dispe...
28 Nov 2022 at 5:40pm
Immigration minister confirms 50 cases of diphtheria linked to Manston asylum accommodation. This live blog is closedA House of Lords committee has delivered a withering assessment of the measures in the autumn statement for adult social care.Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor, announced a further £4.7b...

A blow for independence in Scotland
28 Nov 2022 at 2:00pm
The supreme court has ruled that the Scottish parliament cannot hold a second referendum without Westminster?s approval. Where does that leave the independence movement?It was a gamble on a legal solution to a political stalemate: successive prime ministers had refused to allow another referendum...

Dear PM, if Scots want closer links with Europe, why not? Let?s have a Scotti...
28 Nov 2022 at 12:03pm
Rishi Sunak has gloated at the supreme court?s rebuff to Nicola Sturgeon. He?d be better off fashioning a proper devolution dealEngland never gets Scotland right. Last week the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, repeated Downing Street?s familiar gloat over another reverse for Scottish home rule. Londo...

DWP deducting on average £80 a month from Scottish families on UC
28 Nov 2022 at 12:01am
Exclusive: Report finds struggling families are having on average 10% of monthly income deducted to cover debtLow-income families in Scotland are having on average 10% of their monthly income deducted by the Department for Work and Pensions to cover debts such as universal credit advances or scho...

Martin Rowson on the quest for Scottish independence ? cartoon
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The inevitable backlash
1 Dec 2022 at 3:52pm
Oh dear, how sad, never mind. The ruling of the UK Supreme Court last week that Scotland must get back in its box and that there is no internal Scottish democratic process which can bring about another independence referendum has singularly failed to stop the independence movement in its tracks as certain democracy denying Anglo-British …

Holyrood election vs UK General election as de facto referendum, the pros and...
29 Nov 2022 at 1:01pm
One thing needs to be set out plainly right away. I, like I am sure the great majority of regular readers to this blog, want a vote on independence as soon as possible. Ideally I’d like it yesterday. The longer Scotland remains under the thumb of this despicable Tory government, the more suffering is caused …

Explaining the obvious to self-serving British nationalists
28 Nov 2022 at 11:14am
In the days since the historic Supreme Court ruling that Scotland has no right to an independence referendum through its own internal democratic processes, and the incomprehensible decision of the court that Scotland has no right to self-determination as it is neither oppessed, a colony, nor denied a meaningful say in its own affairs, immediately …

The Pyrrhic victory
24 Nov 2022 at 10:45am
Wednesday was a very big day for the Scottish independence campaign. Scotland is imprisoned in a failed democracy that refuses to accept the outcome of Scottish elections that are not to the liking of the Anglo-British nationalist parties. We now find ourselves in a so-called voluntary union which is indeed voluntary, but it is only …

The death of traditional Scottish unionism
23 Nov 2022 at 12:44pm
The UK Supreme Court has made its ruling. It’s a no, it’s a big fat no. That ruling came as no great surprise, a court established in London by a British Government and steeped in the English constitutional dogma of the absolute sovereignty of Westminster was never going to find sufficient legal wriggle room to …

BBC Scotland : BBC scaremongering
21 Nov 2022 at 8:10pm
When BBC Scotland gives huge prominence to a thinly sourced story about something that’s never going to happen, but which provides the anti-independence parties a platform from which to attack the Scottish Government, and moreover does so just days before the ruling is published in a court case which has the potential to destroy the …

Labour?s same old waffle on Lords reform
21 Nov 2022 at 12:26pm
Keir Starmer has promised that if Labour wins the next UK General Election, the Labour government will abolish the House of Lords. More accurately, that should read, the Labour party has promised yet again to abolish the House of Lords. The abolition of the unelected upper chamber has been Labour policy since the party was …

Austerity and colonialist paternalism: what the Tories do for us
18 Nov 2022 at 11:35am
It’s been an eventful week in politics and the slow disintegration of the British state. Yesterday the UK Supreme Court announced that on Wednesday of next week it will publish its ruling on the indyref2 case brought by the Scottish Government which is seeking legal clarification on its plans to hold an independence referendum in …

The back door assault on devolution intensifies
16 Nov 2022 at 11:38am
Apparently the reason that there is unemployment in Scotland has nothing to do with the economic policies of Westminster governments in general or Conservative governments in particular, oh no, we have an ‘ethnic problem’ rooted in the deep seated cultural practices and expectations of Scottish and Irish people. So it’s not a Westminster problem at …

A legend has passed, but his legacy lives on
15 Nov 2022 at 2:00pm
The independence movement has suffered an immense loss with the passing of Mike Blackshaw, the tireless and indefatigable organiser of the Yes Hub in the South of Edinburgh, in the heart of what he once described to me as ‘bandit country’, the No-voting constituency of Edinburgh South. Mike was firmly of the view that it …

The Courier

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Stephen Flynn profile: Dundee-born MP tipped as next SNP Westminster leader
1 Dec 2022 at 5:00pm
Dundee-born MP Stephen Flynn is already tipped as the favourite to take over the SNP's top job at Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon ?in denial? over collapse of Tayside breast cancer service
1 Dec 2022 at 3:35pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of being ?in denial? over the NHS Tayside breast cancer scandal after refusing to accept an oncology service with no oncologists has collapsed.

COURIER OPINION: Scottish ministers must order inquiry into NHS Tayside breas...
1 Dec 2022 at 12:01pm
The Scottish Government must order an inquiry into the NHS Tayside breast cancer scandal if public trust is ever to be restored.

Ian Blackford to quit as SNP?s Westminster leader
1 Dec 2022 at 11:51am
Ian Blackford is stepping down as leader of the SNP's Westminster leader after more than five years in the top job.

NHS Tayside breast cancer scandal: Our documentary exposes new evidence and c...
30 Nov 2022 at 4:00pm
Our NHS Tayside breast cancer investigation lifts the lid on alarming new evidence in a scandal affecting the lives of hundreds of women.

Coronavirus in Scotland ? track the spread with these charts
30 Nov 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
30 Nov 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.

Dundee-based care watchdog?s shock £1 million bill for 10 agency positions
30 Nov 2022 at 6:00am
Scotland's care home regulator is under fire after splashing out more than £1 million on agency workers while "undervalued" staff await a pay deal.

Perthshire SNP MP John Nicolson says Westminster ?closing ranks? in row over ...
29 Nov 2022 at 4:59pm
SNP MP John Nicolson will be investigated for claims he ?misled the country?, after a row escalated with a Tory veteran over a leaked letter.

Bereaved Forfar son has ?full confidence? in new Scottish Covid-19 inquiry ch...
29 Nov 2022 at 4:48pm
A Forfar man who lost his mum after she contracted coronavirus in a Fife care home says he has confidence in new Scottish Covid inquiry chief Lord Brailsford to get answers for bereaved families.

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talking up Scotland

Talking-up Scotland

Labour?s latest attempt to exploit NHS Tayside breast cancer treatment has no...
1 Dec 2022 at 5:51pm
As the above reveals, only 7 out of 150, 4.6%, patients had to go elsewhere for treatment. I don’t have the stats but might this be fewer cases transferred, than other boards such as, say, Border, Highlands, or some trusts in England? This Labour campaign is a continuation of a long-running trail going back to 2019 when BBC Scotland’s Lisa Summers reported NHS Tayside’s Oncology Department to b...

SNP Government holds water bill levels as they soar in England due to debt in...
1 Dec 2022 at 5:01pm
In the Guardian today: Ofwat is refusing to limit the soaring debts run up by water companies as research reveals the firms have outstanding borrowing of almost £54bn accrued since privatisation. Customers are paying on average £80 or 20% of their water bill towards servicing debt and rewarding shareholders, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). https://www.theguardian.com/e...

Scotland can be racist but is 32% less so than it was and far less so than it...
1 Dec 2022 at 11:06am
Neil Mackay thrives on the scare story. From apparently surging sectarianism to increasing homophobia, his reports don’t survive a collision with the evidence. Today, Father Ted-like, we’re all racists it seems. The evidence? In May this year, I could write: There were 3 285 charges relating to race reported in Scotland in 2020/21 and I?m sure many more incidents not reported. There is racism i...

Three in a row for Yes
1 Dec 2022 at 10:26am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_on_Scottish_independence For some reason, Wikipedia has not listed the Channel 4 poll on November 23rd with a massive 18 point lead. Take out the don?t knows/cares and it was 60% for YES.

Scottish Health Secretary?s efforts have saved lives as 10 000 ambulance staf...
1 Dec 2022 at 9:34am
As more than 10 000 ambulance workers vote to strike in England and Wales, there are concerns about the consequences: Ambulance response times will be “incredibly stretched” when thousands of 999 call handlers, paramedics and other staff go on strike, an NHS leader has said. Saffron Cordery, interim chief executive of NHS Providers, said NHS trusts would do all they could to mitigate risks to p...

SNP Government keeps 90% of UK water supply in the UK as Tories let the other...
1 Dec 2022 at 9:01am
In the Guardian today: Foreign investment firms, private equity, pension funds and businesses lodged in tax havens own more than 70% of the water industry in England, according to research by the Guardian. The complex web of ownership is revealed as the public and some politicians increasingly call for the industry to be held to account for sewage dumping, leaks and water shortages. Six water c...

Why is Conservative-run South Ayrshire Council promoting the leader?s wife as...
30 Nov 2022 at 6:05pm
South Ayrshire Council has a Conservative minority administration, enabled by independents and by Scottish Labour, presumably on orders from Sarwar, sitting on their hands to keep the largest party, the SNP, out. The town has an SNP MSP and MP but the council works hard to suggest that the List (not really elected) MSP, wife of the Council leader, is the main political representative of the peo...

Of supermajorities and double majorities: In every referendum in the UK a maj...
30 Nov 2022 at 2:01pm
Alasdair Galloway In this morning?s Herald (30/11) there is a letter from my old chum Peter A Russell (often wonder what the A is for ? any suggestions beyond the obvious?) in reply to Gavin Weir?s the day before. Gavin?s letter, to save you looking it up, goes like this: Rules must be the same for all NICE of Mark Smith (?Anti-democratic Scots? You talking to me, First Minister??, November 28)...

Is London going for the Madrid solution?
30 Nov 2022 at 1:50pm
Alasdair Galloway A couple of days ago, I took some exception to a short letter in the Herald from well-known Unionist Martin Redfern. It read FM?s pointless foot stamping READER?S Digest version of Nicola Sturgeon?s current constitutional posturing: hijacking the general election to stage a de facto referendum is a foot-stamping exercise since the law doesn?t allow her to hold as many referend...

Will Scottish Tories accuse Humza Yousaf of preventing life-threatening ambul...
30 Nov 2022 at 10:56am
In the Guardian today: Ambulance workers across England intend to strike before Christmas after voting in favour of industrial action over pay and staffing levels. Unison, the UK?s biggest trade union, announced the results of its month-long NHS strike ballot and said thousands of 999 call handlers, ambulance technicians, paramedics and their colleagues working for ambulance services in the nor...

Politically Speaking

Politically Speaking: Scotland?s flagship political podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scottish Independence Poll Shows Support Is Rising - Bloomberg
1 Dec 2022 at 7:41am
Scottish Independence Poll Shows Support Is Rising  BloombergNew Scottish independence poll shows support rising for Yes after Supreme Court ruling  Daily RecordScottish independence: is a break-up of the UK eventually possible?  TRT WorldScottish independence: New poll suggests Yes four points ahead after Supreme Court ruling  The ScotsmanIndependence support shoots up in wake of Supreme Court...

Scotland cannot hold an independence referendum without UK government approva...
23 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Scotland cannot hold an independence referendum without UK government approval, top court rules  CNBCScotland blocked from holding independence vote by UK's Supreme Court  CNNUK top court rules against Scottish independence vote plan  StuffScottish independence: What happens now Scotland has lost its legal case for a second referendum?  EuronewsScottish independence: What is a de facto referend...

Inside Nicola Sturgeon?s operation to win European support for Scottish indep...
1 Dec 2022 at 10:00am
Inside Nicola Sturgeon?s operation to win European support for Scottish independence  Big Issue

Supreme Court ruling on Scottish independence shows the SNP?s strategy isn?t ...
23 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Supreme Court ruling on Scottish independence shows the SNP?s strategy isn?t working  openDemocracy

Scottish independence: 'UK not agreeing to vote as fear losing' | HeraldScotl...
27 Nov 2022 at 12:18pm
Scottish independence: 'UK not agreeing to vote as fear losing' | HeraldScotland  HeraldScotland

Scottish independence: 'De facto' referendum to get independence is 'Plan C',...
1 Dec 2022 at 3:35am
Scottish independence: 'De facto' referendum to get independence is 'Plan C', says Scottish Government  The Scotsman

Scottish Independence push rejected by court - ABC News
23 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence push rejected by court  ABC News

City slicker Ian Blackford's own 'wealth managers' warned against Scottish in...
1 Dec 2022 at 7:35pm
City slicker Ian Blackford's own 'wealth managers' warned against Scottish independence  Scottish Daily Express

Cab sec weighing up civil servants' role in Scottish independence referendum ...
29 Nov 2022 at 1:54pm
Cab sec weighing up civil servants' role in Scottish independence referendum  Civil Service World

Scottish independence: Unionists should have ?courage of their convictions? o...
30 Nov 2022 at 2:49pm
Scottish independence: Unionists should have ?courage of their convictions? on Indyref2 ? Lorna Slater  The Scotsman

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Ian Blackford: Why has SNP Westminster chief stepped down? - BBC
1 Dec 2022 at 5:27pm
Ian Blackford: Why has SNP Westminster chief stepped down?  BBCIan Blackford forced to step down as leader of SNP in Westminster  The GuardianScottish National party leader at Westminster to step down  Financial TimesSNP?s Westminster leader Ian Blackford to stand down  POLITICO EuropeIan Blackford stepping down as SNP's Westminster leader  Sky NewsView Full coverage on Google News

Poll shows why SNP's plan for the next General Election is a bad idea - The N...
1 Dec 2022 at 6:31pm
Poll shows why SNP's plan for the next General Election is a bad idea  The National

SNP spend thousands on translating consultation to both Scots and Gaelic - Sc...
1 Dec 2022 at 6:08pm
SNP spend thousands on translating consultation to both Scots and Gaelic  Scottish Daily Express

SNP ministers ?must take blame? for spending cuts - Daily Business
1 Dec 2022 at 6:01pm
SNP ministers ?must take blame? for spending cuts  Daily Business

The revolt within the SNP is good news for the Union - The Telegraph
1 Dec 2022 at 10:00pm
The revolt within the SNP is good news for the Union  The Telegraph

UK government scared of indyref, says SNP deputy leader - BBC
27 Nov 2022 at 4:49pm
UK government scared of indyref, says SNP deputy leader  BBC

Scottish opposition parties reject SNP?s plan to treat election as referendum...
24 Nov 2022 at 1:57pm
Scottish opposition parties reject SNP?s plan to treat election as referendum  The Guardian

SNP MP faces inquiry for exposing how Nadine Dorries avoided punishment for m...
29 Nov 2022 at 7:38pm
SNP MP faces inquiry for exposing how Nadine Dorries avoided punishment for misleading MPs ? UK politics as it happened  The Guardian

Probe of SNP's missing £600,000 'ongoing' | HeraldScotland - HeraldScotland
29 Nov 2022 at 1:19pm
Probe of SNP's missing £600,000 'ongoing' | HeraldScotland  HeraldScotland

SNP MP CUT OFF after raising Lady Susan Hussey incident in the Commons - The ...
1 Dec 2022 at 3:26pm
SNP MP CUT OFF after raising Lady Susan Hussey incident in the Commons  The National

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Scottish Independence Poll Shows Support Is Rising - Bloomberg
1 Dec 2022 at 7:41am
Scottish Independence Poll Shows Support Is Rising  BloombergNew Scottish independence poll shows support rising for Yes after Supreme Court ruling  Daily RecordScottish independence: is a break-up of the UK eventually possible?  TRT WorldIndependence support shoots up in wake of Supreme Court ruling, poll finds  The NationalScottish independence: New poll suggests Yes four points ahead after S...

Scotland blocked from holding independence vote by UK's Supreme Court - CNN
23 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Scotland blocked from holding independence vote by UK's Supreme Court  CNNScotland cannot hold an independence referendum without UK government approval, top court rules  CNBCIndependence referendum: Scottish government loses indyref2 court case  BBCUK?s top court rejects Scotland?s independence referendum bid  Al Jazeera EnglishU.K. Supreme Court says Scotland can?t hold independence referendu...

Inside Nicola Sturgeon?s operation to win European support for Scottish indep...
1 Dec 2022 at 10:00am
Inside Nicola Sturgeon?s operation to win European support for Scottish independence  Big Issue

Scottish independence: 'De facto' referendum to get independence is 'Plan C',...
1 Dec 2022 at 3:35am
Scottish independence: 'De facto' referendum to get independence is 'Plan C', says Scottish Government  The Scotsman

Supreme Court ruling on Scottish independence shows the SNP?s strategy isn?t ...
23 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Supreme Court ruling on Scottish independence shows the SNP?s strategy isn?t working  openDemocracy

Scottish National party leader at Westminster to step down - Financial Times
1 Dec 2022 at 7:44pm
Scottish National party leader at Westminster to step down  Financial Times

Cab sec weighing up civil servants' role in Scottish independence referendum ...
29 Nov 2022 at 1:54pm
Cab sec weighing up civil servants' role in Scottish independence referendum  Civil Service World

Scottish independence: Unionists who call themselves democrats cannot deny SN...
18 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Scottish independence: Unionists who call themselves democrats cannot deny SNP a referendum ? Alastair Stewart  The Scotsman

Alister Jack sets out 'duck test' for second independence referendum consent ...
28 Nov 2022 at 6:20pm
Alister Jack sets out 'duck test' for second independence referendum consent  HeraldScotland

Politics: Scotland is not a colony of, occupied or oppressed by a foreign sta...
1 Dec 2022 at 9:00am
Politics: Scotland is not a colony of, occupied or oppressed by a foreign state despite cries to contrary  Grampian Online

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Teacher pay offer ?fair?, insists First Minister
1 Dec 2022 at 3:06pm
The most recent offer ? the fourth one made to the unions ? was rejected yesterday by the EIS

Nicola Sturgeon defends gender recognition reforms
1 Dec 2022 at 1:27pm
The FM said the concerns were "not well founded?, after Douglas Ross raised them at FMQs

Ian Blackford standing down as SNP Westminster leader
1 Dec 2022 at 11:42am
He has held the role since 2017

National Care Service: MSPs warn of 'significant costs'
1 Dec 2022 at 6:00am
The Finance Committee also criticised plans to use secondary legislation and business cases to implement the new policy

John Nicolson faces Commons suspension over spat with Speaker Lindsay Hoyle
29 Nov 2022 at 4:12pm
MPs agreed to refer SNP MP to privileges committee after he revealed details of a letter from Hoyle

Protestor ejected from conference after First Minister protest
29 Nov 2022 at 2:35pm
Nicola Sturgeon spoke at the Zero Tolerance Scotland conference on Tuesday afternoon

Government launches consultation into widening scope of Freedom of Informatio...
29 Nov 2022 at 11:38am
Views are being sought on whether charities and businesses that receive public funds should be included

Role of civil servants in Scotland being looked at, reveals Alister Jack
29 Nov 2022 at 8:00am
Jack said that the cabinet secretary and Whitehall?s propriety and ethics team are looking into whether working on Scottish independence is still appropriate

Scotland is short-changed by levelling-up agenda, Swinney says
28 Nov 2022 at 5:08pm
Deputy First Minister tells Westminster committee that Scotland has less say in spending decisions than it did prior to Brexit

Citizens Advice urges people to seek government help as fears rise about ener...
28 Nov 2022 at 5:00am
Campaign seeks to raise awareness of the government funding available for making homes warmer