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Peter Cruddas: Boris Johnson faces legal challenge over peerage for Tory backer
12 Jun 2021 at 10:37am
Boris Johnson is facing legal action over his award of a peerage to a wealthy Tory backer against the advice of the official House of Lords watchdog.


Covid: Scotland's councils 'sitting on £30m unspent' business support
12 Jun 2021 at 5:00am
SCOTLAND?S Finance Secretary has warned that councils are ?still sitting on unspent money? totalling £30 million to help prop up struggling businesses during the pandemic.


G7 Summit: EU urged to be ?pragmatic, not bloody-minded? over Brexit dispute
12 Jun 2021 at 9:54am
The European Union has been urged to back down in a dispute with the UK over Northern Ireland?s post-Brexit trading arrangements.


Covid: SNP aide's 'disease-ridden' soft play centres Tweet sparks row
12 Jun 2021 at 9:01am
AN SNP staffer was last night forced to apologise after sparking a row over comments calling for ?disease-ridden? soft play centres to ?stay closed forever?.


Unspun: the political diary
12 Jun 2021 at 7:00am
Boak Off UNSPUN bids farewell this week to Matthew Clark, legendary chief of staff to the LibDem group at Holyrood, who is retiring to spend more time in the real world.


Edinburgh City Council to scale back low emission zone plans
11 Jun 2021 at 6:09pm
CAMPAIGNERS have warned that scaled-back plans to set up a low emission zone (LEZ) in Edinburgh will not eliminate ?toxic air across the capital?.


UK statistics watchdog says Humza Yousaf's child Covid claim was 'inaccurate'
11 Jun 2021 at 3:54pm
HUMZA Yousaf has been urged to apologise after the UK Statistics Authority found he had ?inaccurately presented" child coronavirus data.


FMQs sketch: Political football in Parliament ahead of Scotland's Euro return
11 Jun 2021 at 7:00am
YET again, FMQs reminded us what it means to truly suffer.


SNP accused of 'control freakery' amid conflict of interest row
11 Jun 2021 at 12:25pm
SCOTLAND'S national public health body has been hit by a "conflict of interest" row after a document emerged reportedly showing one of its duties is to protect the reputation of government ministers.


Euro 2020: Fiona Hyslop says Glasgow fan zone test for mass gatherings return
11 Jun 2021 at 5:00am
SCOTLAND?S former culture secretary has stressed that the controversial Glasgow Euro 2020 fan zone is a ?gateway process? for major events to return in Scotland ? with no changes to be made to the event following crunch talks yesterday.


SQA crisis: Education Secretary warns against grade changes
11 Jun 2021 at 11:28am
Councils should not be telling teachers to alter pupil grade boundaries based on data for previous years, the Education Secretary has said.


EIS boss says time has come to look at scrapping SQA
11 Jun 2021 at 3:40pm
The boss of Scotland's largest teaching union has said the time has come to look at scrapping and replacing the national exams body.


EIS AGM: Scotland 'should be able to determine own political future'
11 Jun 2021 at 12:52pm
Teachers have told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Scots should have the power to determine their own political future and "the form of government best suited to their needs".


Nicola Sturgeon to miss first Scotland game of Euro 2020
10 Jun 2021 at 5:55pm
NICOLA Sturgeon will not attend Scotland's first match in a major football tournament in 23 years, it has emerged.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Health secretary Humza Yousaf rapped on knuckles by statistics authority over...
11 Jun 2021 at 6:33pm
Humza Yousaf has been slapped on the wrist by the statistics regulator over his claim there were ten children in hospital in Scotland ?because of Covid-19?.

G7 agree historic declaration aiming to avoid repeat of Covid-19 pandemic
11 Jun 2021 at 6:29pm
World leaders are set to strike an historic agreement committing to avoiding a repeat of the devastation and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by quashing future pandemics within the first 100 days.

Spaces for People: Hacker targeted Edinburgh road measures consultation
11 Jun 2021 at 5:14pm
A computer hacker opposed to the Spaces for People scheme tried to fraudulently submit tens of thousands of negative responses to Edinburgh City Council?s recent consultation.

Hate crime charges in Scotland rise 4% in a year
11 Jun 2021 at 4:20pm
There has been a 4 per cent increase in the number of charges with at least one element of hate crime in the past year, according to new figures.

Covid Scotland: Row over Public Health Scotland 'shielding ministers' sign of...
11 Jun 2021 at 3:04pm
A key government agency leading on the publication of Covid-19 statistics has become embroiled in row after it emerged one of its duties is to reportedly protect the reputation of Scottish Government ministers.

Glasgow Euro 2020 fan zone cost to taxpayer rockets to nearly £200,000
11 Jun 2021 at 2:54pm
The cost to the taxpayer of the controversial Euro 2020 fan zone in Glasgow has rocketed to almost £200,000 after another contract for the event was published on Friday.

Keep out or be fined: Edinburgh city centre ban on older vehicles
11 Jun 2021 at 2:37pm
Older vehicles that produce higher emissions are set to be banned from the city centre - with heavy fines for drivers who fail to comply.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

Faith over experience
12 Jun 2021 at 6:59am

The Tory Variant
5 Jun 2021 at 6:59am

A tale of four nations
28 May 2021 at 9:50am

The skewer
22 May 2021 at 6:59am

Hostile environment
15 May 2021 at 6:59am

The Ship Song
12 May 2021 at 4:59pm
Ten years ago this month I was in a pub called The Porter in Bath with my girlfriend and her family, buying everyone whiskies and gabbling deliriously (I?d been up for over 40 hours at that point) about the significance of what had just happened. Alex Salmond?s SNP had just broken the Scottish electoral system, winning …

Towards the future
12 May 2021 at 8:56am
The election’s over and the votes have been counted. It wasn’t to be for Alba this time, but the fight goes on. Whilst there?s disappointment, there?s also vindication. SNP list votes were even greater than in 2016 and yet produced even fewer list MSPs. There?s an irony in the SNP suffering from unionist tactical voting, having …

Trans Greens Are Greens
11 May 2021 at 7:00pm
Misogynist racist midget Patrick Harvie is furious this week, which is always nice. It seems he really doesn?t like it up ?im. Because the reason for his rage is that he feels the Scottish Greens were denied two extra seats at last week?s election by confusion over a party called Independent Green Voice. The party, …

A butterfly on a wheel
11 May 2021 at 10:53am
Craig Murray was today sentenced to eight months in prison for the crime of ?jigsaw identification? of one or more of the complainers in the trial of Alex Salmond, despite the supposed existence in Scotland of a presumption against prison sentences for any crimes attracting a penalty of less than 12 months. We believe he …

The spanner in the works
10 May 2021 at 6:59am


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

State Suppression
11 Jun 2021 at 10:16am

Yesterday the House of Commons was debating “safety of journalists”. After reams of MP waffle about evil foreigners, the Alba Party was allocated 60 seconds and tried to use it to raise my case. That is a completely unedited extract from Hansard. So much for the “mother of democracies”. – There is of course a …

State Suppression

Official: Lady Dorrian Rules Courts Should Apply Different Standards to Blogg...
9 Jun 2021 at 12:44pm

We are racing to lodge our application to the Supreme Court by Friday, so I am just going to post an email I just sent my legal team: BEGINS This is an extraordinary passage of the Opinion: ?(4) The applicant describes himself as a ?journalist in new media?. Whatever that may involve, it is relevant …

Official: Lady Dorrian Rules Courts Should Apply Different Standards to Bloggers and Mainstream Media

An Open Letter to Lady Dorrian
6 Jun 2021 at 11:43am

My name is Nadira Murray, wife of Craig Murray. On the 7th of June Craig will be sent to prison per your decision under the law of contempt of court. I understand and fully support your decision of protecting sexual assault victims however I do not feel Craig has been judged fairly. Craig even wouldn’t …

An Open Letter to Lady Dorrian

Craig Murray?s Trial: What Happens Next
4 Jun 2021 at 12:58pm

Post By Kirsten MacDonald On Monday morning, Lady Dorrian and two supporting judges will hear the application from Roddy Dunlop QC for Craig Murray to be allowed to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against both their verdict of contempt of court for jigsaw identification, and against the disproportionate sentence. It is widely expected, given …

Craig Murray’s Trial: What Happens Next

Not Forgetting Palestine
1 Jun 2021 at 1:15pm

Once you have been active in politics for a few decades, you get used to the popular convulsions of support for Palestine every few years when Israel military action against Gaza becomes particularly intense. Then follows a ceasefire, the media move on and Israel resumes the daily routine of low level evictions, destruction of tree …

Not Forgetting Palestine

Fighting On
28 May 2021 at 10:08am

Just to let you know that, after a week of feeling horribly ill, I am now pretty well recovered and ready for the challenges ahead. I will get the MRI scan results next week, but not particularly apprehensive. I see yesterday the supposedly irresistible combination of Gordon Brown and the follically challenged Earl Strathearn met …

Fighting On

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Watchdog says Humza Yousaf child Covid claim 'inaccurate'
11 Jun 2021 at 5:01pm
Scotland's health secretary claimed that 10 children had been hospitalised "because of Covid".

Covid surge would put Euro 2020 fan zone into 'reverse gear'
11 Jun 2021 at 10:32am
Scotland's national clinical director says data linked to the Glasgow Green event will be closely monitored.

Birthday Honours: Lulu and Linda Bauld among Scottish recipients
11 Jun 2021 at 10:30pm
The Scottish singer and public health expert Linda Bauld are among 47 recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours.

School assessments: Nicola Sturgeon denies pupils face results 'shambles'
10 Jun 2021 at 2:08pm
The first minister denies claims that the past performance of schools will again be taken into account.

Covid in Scotland: Low supplies of Pfizer vaccine 'could hamper roll-out'
10 Jun 2021 at 4:46pm
Scotland's health secretary says supplies of the Pfizer vaccine will be "tight" in the coming weeks.

Glasgow's Euro 2020 fan zone to open as planned after talks
10 Jun 2021 at 7:08pm
No temperature checks or Covid testing will take place on the Glasgow Green site, which opens on Friday.

Covid in Scotland: Emergency powers could be in place until next year
9 Jun 2021 at 5:03pm
Emergency powers for tackling the pandemic could potentially be extended to the autumn of next year.

Scot Goes Pop

All systems go: PLEASE SIGN the parliamentary petition calling for powers ove...
10 Jun 2021 at 10:27am
My persistence (and your persistence) has finally paid off - at the third attempt, I've managed to get a petition published on the UK Parliament website.  It calls for the full devolution of broadc...

No, polls do not show "consistent" support for self-ID - indeed the weight of...
9 Jun 2021 at 5:24pm
A step forward.It gives me the chance to ask whether @JamesKelly would be able and willing to critique this selection of public opinion. (I see that it features our old friends SavantaComRes.)https...

Craig Murray should be receiving an award for services to journalism, not goi...
8 Jun 2021 at 5:56pm
Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and one of Scotland's leading pro-independence bloggers, was today denied leave to appeal over his conviction for...well, for blogging, and...

Parfum d'obsession, a Twitter bubble fragrance
8 Jun 2021 at 10:25am
After the election, the Alba support base was derided as a "Twitter bubble" - meaning something that seemed hugely strong on social media but barely existed elsewhere.  That's actually not true - y...

Now Johnny he's a nationalist, but Johnny he's no fool, says all our problems...
6 Jun 2021 at 11:20am
A Scot Goes Pop reader emailed me last night asking for my view on Kenny MacAskill's comments on Home Rule, because he feared they had damaged the credibility of Alba.  I disagree - I think this ep...

Drama as it emerges that Gordon Brown's post-election propaganda poll showed ...
4 Jun 2021 at 5:25pm
I noticed earlier that the Stack Data poll from shortly after the Holyrood election, which showed the independence question tied at 50-50, still hadn't been added to the Wikipedia list of polls.  S...

Take 3: The parliamentary petition on transferring all powers over broadcasti...
4 Jun 2021 at 1:17pm
UPDATE: Thanks to your help, the petition has received enough signatures to be checked for publication, and no more signatures can be accepted while that is happening, so I've removed the links bel...

One law for the children of Daddy, and another law for everyone else?
3 Jun 2021 at 4:52am
It's true that his own lawyer called him a sex pest and described his behaviour as inappropriate. I also think you're a disgusting individual for defending his behaviour, James. pic.twitter.com/pCU...

Reddit Scotland

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Scotland's baby box to go on display in American design museum
12 Jun 2021 at 12:00pm
submitted by /u/pickled-egg


?Goat?s Leap? from Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder.
12 Jun 2021 at 11:41am
submitted by /u/Lochnagar


St Abb?s lighthouse on the east coast of Scotland! Great walk along with clif...
12 Jun 2021 at 11:40am
submitted by /u/adammcneill14

Today the Scots Guards trooped the colour for Her Majesty's Birthday Parade
12 Jun 2021 at 11:31am
Great to see our boys and girls in red for the birthday parade of the Queen. Represented Scotland magnificently submitted by /u/Happy_Hippo_Man

Another brilliant video from Wee Glesga Tour Company - Loch Ness
12 Jun 2021 at 11:09am
submitted by /u/frodoallan


SNP Soft-Commit to 2099 Referendum
12 Jun 2021 at 10:52am
submitted by /u/SimplyFed

Struggling to make friends
12 Jun 2021 at 10:38am
I don't want this post to seem like a cry for help, but at 21 years old, it's really started to hit me that I don't have anyone I would call a friend and it's really getting me down. In primary sch...


Record-breaking hiker's agony at 16-mile walk for bus home
12 Jun 2021 at 10:37am
submitted by /u/abz_eng

James Dornan speech about Lothian Buses cancelling bus services on March 17th...
12 Jun 2021 at 10:37am
Has James Dornan lost the plot? His recent statement in parliament about anti Catholic bigotry included a mention about Lothian Buses cancelling services on March 17th Lothian had withdrawn almost ...


?Boogie cover has put me on the road to Hampden?. Brooke Combe's version of S...
12 Jun 2021 at 10:33am
submitted by /u/bottish


Edinburgh has ranked 27th in a list of the best cities in the world for entre...
12 Jun 2021 at 10:30am
submitted by /u/bottish


Got sent this wee beauty and I thought I'd share it with everyone here
12 Jun 2021 at 10:25am
submitted by /u/sewn_of_a_gun

First Lady & First Man of an Independent Scotland?
12 Jun 2021 at 10:15am
We have created these 2 roles, they are mostly ceremonial but do come with expenses and a lifetime's supply of iron bru and tunnocks products. There will be a public vote. The rules are living and ...


Turn Balmoral into a rainforest, celebrities tell Royal Family in rewilding push
12 Jun 2021 at 10:15am
submitted by /u/newsspotter

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Queen's Birthday Honours in full as 1,129 people recognised with award
11 Jun 2021 at 10:30pm
Many of those receiving awards have been recognised for their work during the covid pandemic.


Humza Yousaf criticised by statistics watchdog over inaccurate child covid claim
11 Jun 2021 at 4:56pm
The Scottish Conservatives have called on the Health Secretary to apologise for the statement.


Boris Johnson's £430m G7 education pledge for world's poor is not enough
11 Jun 2021 at 4:29pm
The Prime Minister's rallying call for G7 leaders to ensure that the recovery from covid should level up across the world has not been matched by cash campaigners have complained.


Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Scotland's u-turn on taking the knee against England
11 Jun 2021 at 3:23pm
The First Minister tweeted her reacted to the decision by the Scottish national team.


Boris Johnson backs England players taking knee as Scotland feel political heat
11 Jun 2021 at 1:42pm
The Prime Minister has come out in defence of the England squad taking an anti-racism stance ahead of their Euro2020 matches as the Scotland squad face criticism for not taking the knee.


Hate crime charges in Scotland rise by 4% in last year
11 Jun 2021 at 1:17pm
Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said Scottish prosecutors are "committed" to tackling hatred following the announcement of the latest data.


Jason Leitch defends fans zone decision as he says temp checks 'don't work'
11 Jun 2021 at 11:42am
Around 6,000 fans will be able to attend the fans zone every day to watch the matches on a big screen.


Scottish politicians slam Scotland team for not taking the knee ahead at Euros
11 Jun 2021 at 10:17am
Andy Robertson said it was important for the team and the nation to continue to "tackle the issue of racism".


Covid in Scotland LIVE as more than 1,100 cases recorded in last 24 hours
11 Jun 2021 at 9:24am
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf wrote to Matt Hancock over his concerns about the Pfizer supply in Scotland.


Boris Johnson hails his 'indestructible' relationship with the United States
11 Jun 2021 at 9:22am
The Prime Minister emerged beaming from his first meeting with Joe Biden having avoided a lecture on the US President's concerns about the Brexit trade dispute in Northern Ireland.

The National

The National | Politics
The National Politics

Peter Cruddas: Boris Johnson faces new legal challenge over peerage for Tory ...
12 Jun 2021 at 10:28am

BORIS Johnson?s government faces yet another legal challenge, this time over the Prime Minister?s decision to overrule a House of Lords move to block one of his nominations from becoming a peer.

SNP write to BBC Scotland head amid fears of London 'takeover'
11 Jun 2021 at 12:46pm

THE SNP have written to the head of BBC Scotland amid fears that staff have been ?blindsided? by proposals for a London ?takeover? over Scottish studios.

Fury as Saltire is replaced by Union Flag at council park
11 Jun 2021 at 10:00pm

THE removal of a Saltire on display in a council park in Airdrie ? to be replaced by the Union Jack ? has caused some shock and anger in the town.

GB News: What can we expect from the launch of new channel?
11 Jun 2021 at 9:31pm

ANDREW Neil?s right-wing GB News channel is set to launch tomorrow night on our TV screens ? but what should we expect?

Ridiculous Unionist research reminds us why we need independence
12 Jun 2021 at 5:00am

YOU know they?re really rattled when they start messing around with teachers, curricula and reading lists.

Boris Johnson will let others take the lead on Brexit to protect his support
12 Jun 2021 at 5:00am

IF the first casualty of war is truth then the impending Brexit ?Sausage War? has been under way for a long time.

Glasgow Home Office mum and baby unit 'breaches rights of child'
11 Jun 2021 at 5:04pm

A GREEN councillor has said a Home Office mother and baby facility is in contravention of children's rights as it is so cramped.

Boris Johnson set to meet EU officials amid NI Protocol row
12 Jun 2021 at 5:00am

BORIS Johnson will meet the European Union?s key players today as the dispute over Northern Ireland?s post-Brexit trading arrangement deepens.

Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Scotland team taking knee at Wembley
11 Jun 2021 at 3:40pm

THE move by the Scotland national team to take the knee in their match against England has been welcomed by Nicola Sturgeon.

Teaching union backs motion to recognise Scots? right to decide their future
12 Jun 2021 at 5:00am

SCOTLAND?S largest teaching union has overwhelmingly backed a motion which recognises the sovereign right of the people of Scotland to decide their future.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Downside of Qualifying ? Scotland?s Football Songs
12 Jun 2021 at 7:57am
As a smattering of official and unofficial attempts appear and disappear on radio and social media, I?m not quite sure what the official Scotland Euros song is. I was tempted to make a playlist of World Cup and Euros songs but I remembered that Bella?s readers are not all that bad, not so bad that […]

Guest Playlist ? Ken McCluskey
11 Jun 2021 at 6:09pm
Kicking off the weekend on Bella Caledonia is the second in our series of guest playlists from Ken McCluskey. Its a cracking journey from the West Coast of America to the East Coast of Scotland via Ireland and Jamaica. Formerly of The McCluskey Brothers and The Bluebells, Ken is now a lecturer on the music […]

Scottish Football Team Take the knee at Euro 2020 ? Sign the Petition
11 Jun 2021 at 1:48pm
The petition reads: “Scotland have decided against taking a knee during Euro 2020 but will stand up instead as some kind of gesture against racism. After 23 years, we kick off our European campaign on Monday 14th June. Over 2 billion viewers are anticipated to watch Euro 2020. Our 2nd group stage match vs England […]

Now is the time for a Universal Basic Income
10 Jun 2021 at 2:07pm
As we begin a tentative recovery the need for radical new thinking about our economy and our society is needed greater than ever. The idea of the “irreducible minimum” (the right of all to food, shelter, and clothing) was articulated by the anthropologist Stanley Diamond who argued that you can’t (and don’t) really ‘belong’ to […]

Scotland is back on the international stage
10 Jun 2021 at 11:40am
The Scottish men?s national football team are back in the finals of a major international tournament ? Euro 2021 (but called Euro 2020 after the delay through COVID). This is after 23 years away, having endured ?ten in a row? of failed qualifications, and last appearing at any finals in the 1998 World Cup in […]

Bangers and Mash: Brexit and the Sausage Wars
9 Jun 2021 at 4:32pm
The gap between the grand rhetoric of Brexit with its sunlit uplands and Global Britain ‘taking back control’ and the fact that you can’t, er, export sausages to a different part of the country, is quite large. As Gareth Southgate writes to fans to plead them not to boo their own players for being against […]

The Pandemic and the City: urban overhaul, or ?back to normal??
9 Jun 2021 at 11:01am
Bella?s European Feature Writer Ben Wray looks at Barcelona, Paris, London and Berlin to find out how different European cities are responding in the wake of the pandemic crisis.  For a moment, everything about the city changed. At the peak of pandemic lockdown, the car no longer dominated the roads. Large swathes of commercial property […]

University of Liverpool Strike Action
8 Jun 2021 at 8:10pm
We are now in week 3 of a strike at the University of Liverpool. It is already the longest local strike in our history, and one of the longest in any University?s history.  Last week, we voted to escalate our strike action. A thousand members of the University and Colleges Union are now striking to […]

Easter Everywhere: Rock and Roll Resurrection at the End of History
8 Jun 2021 at 10:26am
Callum Easters new album ‘System’ is out this September on Moshimoshi Music (in association with Lost Map). Hugo Fluendy gets an exclusive preview. You can re-order the album here. Callum Easter?s second album System is coming to save us from? what? In a month that has witnessed the sad passing of Bay City Roller Les […]

Kilts and Populist Royalism
7 Jun 2021 at 11:35am
We covered the original Kate and Wills story more as a joke than anything, as Kate?s Tourdrobe crushed Scotland?s hopes of independence. But it seems it’s not a joke after all. At first the crude propaganda seems desperate and comic. Speaking in Edinburgh at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Buddhist monastery in Scotland calls for firearms exclusion zone
11 Jun 2021 at 2:16pm
Petition asks for protection from shooting ranges around Samye Ling and other places of peaceWhen the gunfire starts it is like a thunderclap, the monks and nuns explain, and the sound reverberates up the valley. During the game shooting season, it is not unusual for avian casualties to land with...

Johnson should back England team for taking the knee, says Brown
11 Jun 2021 at 9:17am
Former PM says country should support footballers and ?stop fighting these culture wars?Gordon Brown has told the government to support the England football team?s decision to take the knee before matches and stop fighting culture wars over ?unimportant? gestures.The former prime minister made th...

Scottish Tory MSP says George Beattie murder conviction ?shames Scotland?
10 Jun 2021 at 5:30pm
Russell Findlay highlights 1973 case in maiden Holyrood speech as Beattie?s supporters call for ?egregious wrong? to be rectifiedA case that has been described as Scotland?s longest-running miscarriage of justice has been raised in Holyrood, as supporters of the convicted man, George Beattie, urg...

Glasgow?s Euro 2020 fan zone prompts mixed feelings amid pandemic
9 Jun 2021 at 11:56am
Public health expert says policymakers between rock and hard place over allowing fans to congregate Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMany Scots are struggling to understand the logic of allowing thousands of football fans to congregate in Glasgow without mandatory Covid...

Michael Gove ?open-minded? on SNP call to extend furlough
3 Jun 2021 at 1:03pm
Minister pledges more spending after Nicola Sturgeon warns against return to austerity The UK government is ?open-minded? on the SNP?s calls to extend furlough, according to the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, as Nicola Sturgeon said a return to pre-pandemic austerity would be ?disastrous?...

The United Kingdom was always a fragile illusion ? but what will replace it? ...
3 Jun 2021 at 9:00am
There?s an astonishing lack of thinking about how to address the radical implications of Britain?s disintegrationThere is a famous quote from the Italian writer Antonio Gramsci: ?The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.?His argume...

Johnson?s latest lockdown dilemma: Politics Weekly podcast
2 Jun 2021 at 5:02pm
Jessica Elgot and Zoe Williams look at the arguments for and against lifting England?s last Covid restrictions on 21 June; Libby Brooks, Dani Garavelli and Kezia Dugdale discuss the newly elected Scottish parliament; plus Aubrey Allegretti talks to Sajjad Karim about the Tory Islamophobia report ...

Glasgow to stay in toughest lockdown level as Covid cases rise
28 May 2021 at 2:48pm
Nicola Sturgeon says it would be premature to move city out of tier 3 while situation remains ?fragile?Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has confirmed Glasgow will remain in Scotland?s second toughest lockdown regime for at least another week, and said th...

Nicola Sturgeon discusses cooperation deal with Scottish Greens
26 May 2021 at 5:15pm
Move designed to cement pro-independence majority at HolyroodNicola Sturgeon has opened formal talks with the Scottish Greens on a cooperation deal in government, in a move designed to cement a pro-independence majority at Holyrood and bolster its pro-climate credentials.In a move mooted before t...

?Irresponsible? Australia trade deal will bring ruin for UK farmers, critics ...
23 May 2021 at 9:45am
Scottish National party says tariff-free imports of hormone-treated beef ?would represent a bitter betrayal of rural communities?The UK government was facing a backlash on Saturday over its plans for a trade deal with Australia, which have led to anger from farmers and environmentalists and calls...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

GB News victimhood seeking and the EU
Whenever you see that Neil Oliver is trending on social media it’s like getting a phone call at two o’clock in the morning. You might not know what it is exactly, but you already know that it’s going to be nothing good. On Friday the bold Neil was all over Twitter, trying to stir up […]

The royal warrant on a jar of invisible jam
Broontervening is Gordon Brown’s favourite activity these days, apart from hiding in storm drains and handing out balloons to pensioners. It allows him to tell himself that he’s still politically relevant, a delusion in which he’s ably assisted by the Scottish media and especially the BBC. We’ve been hearing a lot about him since the […]

Ramping it up to Desp-con 5
The Conservatives, and indeed the British establishment in general, are clearly at a loss for ideas when it comes to frustrating the growing demand in Scotland and Wales for independence and calls in Northern Ireland for a referendum on Irish reunification. That’s the only possible explanation for why they’ve ramped the hysterical unionism up to […]

Visibly producing the appearance of listening
Yesterday the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales participated in a four nations summit meeting chaired by Boris Johnson. Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill were also in attendance. The meeting had been called by Downing Street following the results of the elections to the Scottish and Welsh parliaments […]

Charmless and Offensive
Scotland is easily the least monarchist inclined part of the UK, where the royal events, weddings and general flummery which the BBC is hell bent on force feeding the populace with a sycophantic enthusiasm which puts the North Korean state broadcaster to shame are met with a combination of bored indifference and anger that Bargain […]

Nationalism and ?Thatessempee?
This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this article I look at the claim that support for independence is nationalism and that opposition to Scottish independence is also opposition […]

The car wreck of British government
On Wednesday Dominic Cummings, the former senior advisor to the non-performance artiste whose stage name is Boris Johnson and one time motoring auto-optician, gave evidence to MPs sitting on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee about the British government’s (mis)handling of the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic last year. He painted a […]

Reasons for independence
This is the third in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this piece I look at some of the reasons for wanting an independent Scotland I want independence because … There are as […]

Null points for Brexit?s brand UK
It was reported at the weekend that the Royal Family are to head a “charm offensive” in order to help head off calls for Scottish independence. If true this tells us two things, firstly that the British government is utterly desperate, and secondly that the head of state will get involved in politics after all. […]

Once in a generation: The electorate can?t be bound by a politician?s rhetoric
This is the second in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this piece I look at the claim that the first referendum was promised to be a “once in a generation vote.” For […]

Michael Greenwell


So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

A Fun New Game
The UK government has recently brought back an old idea about plastering “Funded by the UK government” on lots of things in Scotland, with a big Union flag somewhere. This is supposed to make us forget about the various disasters that the UK govt seem to be hoping will just miraculously disappear by themselves. However, …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 187 ? Odes To Our Adversaries
Just occasionally in all the years I’ve been doing this, mostly for laughs, I’ve made a few little, ahem, tributes, to some of our political adversaries. The 187th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a run through of some of the best of these, because I think most of us are in need of …

Now Why Would These Seem Familiar?
I can’t put my finger on it…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 186 ? Tory Lies, Trump, Empire
The 186th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is amongst other things, a mix of some bad excuses. There’s a bad excuse for a Prime Minister, a bad excuse for a President of the United States, and a few bad excuses for the behaviour of the British Empire. Along with that, there are people trying …

Sometimes It?s Too Blatant To Let It Go
Last night the story came out that the US Department of Justice would rather like a wee word or two with Prince Andrew regarding his connections with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, they have wanted to have a little chat with him for a while, but they actually filed a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request. This “moves Andrew …

One Thing Doesn?t Negate The Other
Whatever you think about the very current activities with regard to defacing or pulling down statues, what was written on the Churchill statue is a statement of fact. Let’s have a look at some of Churchill’s statements (not the we will fight them on the beaches stuff). You may have seen most of them before …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 185 ? Billy Kay on Scotland and Identity
The 185th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk by Broadcaster, writer and activist and former guest on the show, Billy Kay, about Scottish identity. Have you ever noticed when you go abroad that the locals always seem to know what happened in 1437 in every wee nook and cranny of their town. …

The Times Handed Its Arse by Football Club
The Times, or at least The Sunday Times, has a history of getting things wrong about Hitler. And it seems to have happened again. This was the response by Schalke 04, a German football team, to the latest mistake…

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Scotland is back on the international stage
Scotland is back on the international stage Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 9th 2021 The Scottish men?s national football team are back in the finals of a major international tournament ? Euro 2021 (but called Euro 2020 after the delay through COVID). This is after 23 years away, having endured ?ten in a row? of … The post Scotland is back on the international stage appeared first on Gerry...

Glasgow as Tinderbox City
Glasgow as Tinderbox City Gerry Hassan Sunday National, June 6th 2021 Glasgow has had another spate of fires. This week tragedy hit McCulloch Street, Pollokshields with one person found dead and fifteen families evacuated as a result of a fire in a tenement building; only one month ago The Old College Bar in the city … The post Glasgow as Tinderbox City appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writin...

Glasgow?s future after COVID
Glasgow?s future after COVID Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 2nd 2021 Glasgow it was announced this week would finally come out of Level 3 restrictions. By Friday Scotland?s biggest city will have endured 277 days of severe limitations on our freedoms that have come at an increasingly cost to the people and fabric of the … The post Glasgow’s future after COVID appeared first on Gerry Hassa...

After a dramatic season can football resist the pull of corporate capitalism?
After a dramatic season can football resist the pull of corporate capitalism? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 26th 2021 The past few days saw the climax of the domestic Scottish football season. One that has been difficult for clubs, players, managers, coaches, and fans as we have all come to terms with a different type … The post After a dramatic season can football resist the pull of corp...

What do we do about Rangers?
What do we do about Rangers? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 19th 2021 Glasgow Rangers FC have returned to the top of the football game in Scotland. At the same time twice in the spate of two months a section of their fanbase (small but incredibly visible) have trashed parts of Glasgow – engaging in … The post What do we do about Rangers? appeared first on Gerry Hassan - writing, research, ...

Glasgow People Power, Kenmure Street and defeating Priti Patel?s Home Office
Glasgow People Power, Kenmure Street and defeating Priti Patel?s Home Office Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, May 18th 2021 On Thursday last week Kenmure Street in Pollokshields on Glasgow?s Southside made worldwide headlines. As the forces of the British state, in the form of the UK Home Office and UK Border Agency, attempted to forcibly detain … The post Glasgow People Power, Kenmure Street and...

The campaign of the next Scottish indyref has already begun
The campaign of the next Scottish indyref has already begun Gerry Hassan Sunday National, May 16th 2021 The campaign of the next Scottish indyref has already begun. The Scottish and British Governments both know this and all that is left to be decided is the timing, the immediate context and details. This could be the … The post The campaign of the next Scottish indyref has already begun appe...

A Celebration of Democracy ? and Goodbye to Yesterday?s Men
A Celebration of Democracy ? and Goodbye to Yesterday?s Men Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 12th 2021 The Scottish elections attracted major media coverage – not just here, but across the UK and internationally. They have been portrayed as historic, and a potential turning point that could decide the fate of the independence question, and … The post A Celebration of Democracy – and Goodbye ...

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Scottish independence: Biggest teaching union backs calls for second referend...
Scottish independence: Biggest teaching union backs calls for second referendum  The Times

What's Next for Scotland's Independence Movement? - Council on Foreign Relations
What's Next for Scotland's Independence Movement?  Council on Foreign Relations

UK needs to shake off British empire image to avoid Scottish independence, th...
UK needs to shake off British empire image to avoid Scottish independence, think tank says  City A.M.

Nicola Sturgeon has given Boris Johnson ?veto? over Scottish independence ref...
Nicola Sturgeon has given Boris Johnson ?veto? over Scottish independence referendum, claims Alba MP  The Independent

Is Scotland Closer to Independence? - The Nation
Is Scotland Closer to Independence?  The Nation

UK government to target money in Scotland to counter independence drive - Reu...
UK government to target money in Scotland to counter independence drive  Reuters UK

Scottish independence: Why Dominic Cummings' gift to the Yes campaign is no g...
Scottish independence: Why Dominic Cummings' gift to the Yes campaign is no good reason to leave the UK ? Alastair Stewart  The Scotsman

WATCH: Andrew Wilson expertly explains the facts of Scottish independence - T...
WATCH: Andrew Wilson expertly explains the facts of Scottish independence  The National

Sturgeon pushes for a second Scottish independence referendum - NHK WORLD
Sturgeon pushes for a second Scottish independence referendum  NHK WORLD

Opinion | Scottish independence: the currency question that is still unanswer...
Opinion | Scottish independence: the currency question that is still unanswered  The Brussels Times

Scotland - UK Independence Referendum Vote After Covid: Nicola Sturgeon - Blo...
Scotland - UK Independence Referendum Vote After Covid: Nicola Sturgeon  Bloomberg

Scottish independence: Why unionists and nationalists should consider 'home r...
Scottish independence: Why unionists and nationalists should consider 'home rule' ? Kenny MacAskill MP  The Scotsman

Former Labour MEP says party should back 'Scottish independence within the UK...
Former Labour MEP says party should back 'Scottish independence within the UK'  The Scotsman

Former civil servant and Unionist reveals why he's leaning towards independen...
Former civil servant and Unionist reveals why he's leaning towards independence  The National

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Fury as SNP worker calls for 'disease-ridden and reeking-of-p*ss' soft play c...
Fury as SNP worker calls for 'disease-ridden and reeking-of-p*ss' soft play centres to 'stay closed'  Daily Record

Joanna Cherry resigns from SNP ruling body - BBC News
Joanna Cherry resigns from SNP ruling body  BBC News

Covid Scotland: Row over Public Health Scotland 'shielding ministers' sign of...
Covid Scotland: Row over Public Health Scotland 'shielding ministers' sign of 'control freakery' from SNP  The Scotsman

Sturgeon has 'no concern' over SNP finances despite row - BBC News
Sturgeon has 'no concern' over SNP finances despite row  BBC News

Watchdog's remit is to shield SNP ministers | Scotland - The Times
Watchdog's remit is to shield SNP ministers | Scotland  The Times

SNP and Greens in talks on deal that could lead to Holyrood majority - Financ...
SNP and Greens in talks on deal that could lead to Holyrood majority  Financial Times

David Leask: Why new Tory rhetoric on 'SNP corruption' fails us all - HeraldS...
David Leask: Why new Tory rhetoric on 'SNP corruption' fails us all  HeraldScotland

Scottish exam results: Teachers mark down SNP for 'passing buck' on grades fu...
Scottish exam results: Teachers mark down SNP for 'passing buck' on grades furore  The Times

ALEX BELL: SNP could help struggling Scots ? but talk of Tory cuts suits its ...
ALEX BELL: SNP could help struggling Scots ? but talk of Tory cuts suits its independence agenda better  The Courier

John Swinney: 'I don't understand' why SNP treasurer quit - BBC News
John Swinney: 'I don't understand' why SNP treasurer quit  BBC News

Readers' Letters: Lack of transparency in SNP worrying - The Scotsman
Readers' Letters: Lack of transparency in SNP worrying  The Scotsman

SNP blames data problems for failure to use powers - The Times
SNP blames data problems for failure to use powers  The Times

Brexit: Boris Johnson prepared to throw farmers under bus, says SNP - BBC News
Brexit: Boris Johnson prepared to throw farmers under bus, says SNP  BBC News

SNP accused of trying to 'railroad' through six-month extension to emergency ...
SNP accused of trying to 'railroad' through six-month extension to emergency Covid powers  Telegraph.co.uk

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What's Next for Scotland's Independence Movement? - Council on Foreign Relations
What's Next for Scotland's Independence Movement?  Council on Foreign RelationsScottish election 2021: How do voters feel about the results?  BBC NewsScotland and Independence: The High Road or Hard Road?  RTE.ieScottish independence poll: do people in Scotland want to be independent - what do the latest 2021 polls say?  The ScotsmanIndyRef2: Everything you need you to know about Scottish indep...

Scottish independence: Biggest teaching union backs calls for second referend...
Scottish independence: Biggest teaching union backs calls for second referendum  The Times

Nicola Sturgeon has given Boris Johnson ?veto? over Scottish independence ref...
Nicola Sturgeon has given Boris Johnson ?veto? over Scottish independence referendum, claims Alba MP  The Independent

Scotland Push for Independence Could Be Harder Than Brexit | Time - TIME
Scotland Push for Independence Could Be Harder Than Brexit | Time  TIME

Scotland - UK Independence Referendum Vote After Covid: Nicola Sturgeon - Blo...
Scotland - UK Independence Referendum Vote After Covid: Nicola Sturgeon  Bloomberg

UK government to target money in Scotland to counter independence drive - Reu...
UK government to target money in Scotland to counter independence drive  Reuters UK

Is Scotland Closer to Independence? - The Nation
Is Scotland Closer to Independence?  The Nation

Sturgeon pushes for a second Scottish independence referendum - NHK WORLD
Sturgeon pushes for a second Scottish independence referendum  NHK WORLD

Foreign investors back Scotland despite renewed independence push - Financial...
Foreign investors back Scotland despite renewed independence push  Financial Times

Former Tory MSP says 'wildcat' Scottish independence referendum could be lega...
Former Tory MSP says 'wildcat' Scottish independence referendum could be legal  The Scotsman

Opinion | Scottish independence: the currency question that is still unanswer...
Opinion | Scottish independence: the currency question that is still unanswered  The Brussels Times

BBC host thrashes calls for independent Scotland to rejoin EU 'Deficit is 8 t...
BBC host thrashes calls for independent Scotland to rejoin EU 'Deficit is 8 times higher!'  Daily Express

Teaching union backs motion to recognise Scots' right to decide their future ...
Teaching union backs motion to recognise Scots' right to decide their future  The National

Royals would be ?foolish? to get dragged into Scottish independence debate, s...
Royals would be ?foolish? to get dragged into Scottish independence debate, says Alex Salmond  The Independent

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The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

The official President Biden thread.
Gonna look awful stupid if Nevada & Arizona don?t come in, but have at it...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

Tory Lies, Corruption and Hypocrisy- Add Them Here
In the interests of not having whataboutery on the Nicola Sturgeon thread and keeping it focused, here's a thread to post any lies or misleading statements by the Conservative govt under Boris Johnson. I daresay it'll wither on the vine if there aren't any.  I'll start. 1. Northern Irelan...

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The Wildcat Douglas Ross Experiment
He's having such an absolute disaster of a start that he's worth a new thread:     He's currently trending.  

Pundits
I felt like this could do with its own thread, as it never quite fits anywhere else. A place to discuss and highlight examples of the political commentator class in Scotland and elsewhere. I read this article the other day by Chris Deerin and wanted to tear my eyes out: https://www.pressa...

Are YOU Voting for the Alba Party?
Right come on who's doing it then. Also for the purposes of patter the 1872 Ballot Act was never introduced. Live and die by your takes.

Stuart Campbell/Wings Over Scotland
Very rarely venture in to the politics forum on Pie and Bovril but, making an exception here, I voted for Independence in 2014 and would do again, although I'm no tub thumper for independence like some it is something I'm in favour of but, as this forum to me seems, by its posters a very strong %...

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The news thread
This probably won't take off because there's only about three topics regularly discussed on here ? Anyway https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57219860 Belarus being naughty today. A rather odd and desperate way to catch a journalist/activist. Why is this guy such a threat?  

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Jokes
A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside that reads "GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100." An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my...

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

"Official" Euro 2020 Song- We Can Win
 

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Holyrood Elections 2021
Probably needs a thread of its own. i see Alex Neil is the latest incumbent to announce they are standing down and not seeking re-election.   I think that's 21 so far - there were 24 retirees in 2016 - that will make the parliament look very different and for those who are constituency MS...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

Cooking in Isolation
After the huge success of my  ? entertainment in isolation?  thread ?,  I thought I would dip my toe into the world of culinary creativity and start a thread about cooking.  One of the few upsides of this lockdown is that I have made more of an effort to cook, nothing fancy or too time consum...

Hiya. Just back from another BAN..
Thats me back from my ban.. Hope all is well. Cant believe the stuff I am reading, and seeing on this board lately.. Have to be careful me, been told I'm permanent the next ban.. Scotland Forever. ????????????????????????????.  

Euro 2020 Predictor
Running a predictor for the girls club I help run. Trying to boost the entries a bit if anyone fancies it. Ross County Girls predictor 1.docx

Royalty
Great article by Kevin McKenna in today's National about the so called royal family and the way they treat Scotland as their own Tartan Disneyland.

Insomnia
I am currently sitting up having a few vinos hoping to find Mrs Slasher has crashed out. She suffers terribly from insomnia and I'm at a loss as to what else we can try. This has been going on for years and a couple of years ago we got to the stage of sleeping pills which now do fuck all.  Th...

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Malfeasance in government must not be condoned The Lord Advocate needs to sto...
Malfeasance – a word to be disassociated with The Alex Salmond debacle provided evidence of serious shortcomings in the SNP government led by Nicola Sturgeon and there are growing concerns her government has become distracted by the pursuit of controversial political doctrine with result that it has lost its way in the efficient provision of …

Another act of attrition the jackboot of the UK Supreme Court brings Scotland...
Jurisdiction over appeals to the sovereign (1876- 2009) The House of Lords had authority over appeals from the lower courts since all such matters were to the Sovereign-in-Parliament, and she was represented by the Lords. Commoners did not participate in judicial matters. The House of Lords did not necessarily include them but would be attended …

Scotland was brutally reminded of its colonial status in 1737 and a similar r...
The Porteous Affair 1737/38 The affair brought Scots of all political persuasions together under the “Patriot” banner to protest against Whig government abuse and disrespect of Scottish legal and political autonomy. It began in the spring of 1736 when two habitual burglars were done for breaking and entering and robbing the Collector of Customs building …

Craig Murray Lady Dorrian Questioned the Crown?s Motives
January 2021 High Court Edinburgh Craig Murray, faced a contempt of court hearing after posting information on his blog in advance of Mr Salmond?s trial. The contempt proceedings at the High Court, Edinburgh, before Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, heard Alex Prentice QC, for the Crown argue that information Craig posted on his blog in …

KIrsty Wark is a Labour Party hack pretending to be an unbiased BBC journalist
Kirsty Wark is a BBC commentator, correspondent, journalist and political progamme maker. She is a close friend of senior Labour Party officials and office holders. Connected and powerful her influence over public opinion in Scotland is accepted by some as being absolute. She speaks the public listens and follows her lead. Is she impartial. Not …

Oliver Mundell?s past indiscretion surfaces at an inopportune time
Oliver Mundell – Dumfriesshire is the Mundell family dynasty Oliver Mundell is to stand for re-election in tomorrow’s Scottish Parliament Election.  He is confident that his strong stance in defence of the Union, in the South of Scotland will count in his favour with voters. education & early employment After leaving school in Moffat, he …

Liberal Democrats in terminal decline under Willie Wonka Rennie
The decline of the Liberal-Democratic Party in Scotland 2007: In the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections, the party won one fewer seat than in the two previous Scottish elections. The outcome led to criticism of the party’s election strategy. Although it was arithmetically possible to form a majority coalition with the Scottish National Party and the …

European crime busters allege Aberdeen is illegal money laundering centre and...
The Newly Built Events Complex Aberdeen (TECA) Aberdeen?s replacement exhibition centre, built using  finance borrowed from the London Stock on a long term loan, cost £425m to build has been devalued by KPMG and is now worth only £318.7m.  A whacking great financial loss from which it doubtful the council will ever recover. Alex Nicoll …

Scottish Fisherfolk betrayed yet again by the Unionist Parties will they neve...
Fishing – what are the Tories and Lib/Dems up to ? In Scotland, quotas for species such as herring and mackerel have been bought up by a handful of families. Two-fifths of the entire Scottish catch by value and 65 per cent by tonnage was landed by 19 powerful super-trawlers in 2016. More than half …

Douglas Ross ? I am my own man and I am not accountable to the people of Moray
Douglas Gordon Ross: He was born in Aberdeen in 1983 and educated at Forres Academy and the Scottish Agricultural College. His early years were spent on a dairy farm near Forres where his father worked as a cattleman. On completing his secondary education he completed a 4-year course at Agriculture College returning to dairy farming …

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Vaccination programme expanded to include international students
Data suggests there could be 65,000 in Scotland in the next academic year

Setting up of Scottish Parliament committees delayed
MSPs have given themselves an extra week to agree on the Scottish Parliament committees for this session

Issues around Northern Ireland Protocol expected to overshadow Boris Johnson ...
The US president and UK prime minister will meet for the first time at the G7 summit in Cornwall, with concerns expected to be raised about the Northern Ireland Protocol

First Minister pressed on 'sleekit' use of school's past performance in grade...
Nicola Sturgeon insists 'no learner's grades will be marked down or up because of their school?s past performance.'

Ex MSP says transgender tribunal verdict a vindication for 'thousands of wom...
Maya Forstater, who lost job after saying transgender women could not change biological sex, wins appeal after judge led panel rules gender-critical views are a protected belief.

Lib Dems call on government to send every supporter attending fanzone a COVID...
Party's plea comes as concerns over Euro 2020 events in Glasgow continue to mount

Scottish government launches green growth accelerator
An initial ?1m will be provided to six pilot projects ahead of a full rollout of the programme

Scottish Land Commission launches new website to inspire people to think diff...
MyLand.scot will highlight how land affects all areas of life no matter where people live in Scotland

Over 12s to be vaccinated ?as quickly as practically possible? if JCVI gives ...
The First Minister said the jags could improve protection for children and minimise further school disruption

Leadership team appointed to deliver Scotland?s artificial intelligence strategy
The Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle will work to deliver the AI strategy that was launched in March

Seven in ten MSPs have suffered from poor mental health
Five per cent of MSPs say their current mental health is ?not great? according to an exclusive Holyrood survey

SNP to launch 'national mission' to eradicate poverty
Opposition parties accuse government of neglecting powers they already have.

First Minister to update parliament on coronavirus restrictions
Scottish Government urged to vaccinate all over 12s.

Army deployed to help vaccination programme in Lanarkshire and Lothian
Forces used in response to Delta variant as jab rollout speeds up