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Concerns over Holyrood religious pressure group as MSPs back motion that prom...
1 Oct 2015 at 12:10am
CONCERN has been raised over a new religious pressure group which is being proposed at the Scottish Parliament with the backing of an exclusively Christian organisation that aims to "heal wounds inflicted by atheism".

Solicitor: Michelle Thomson has offered to help police with investigation int...
1 Oct 2015 at 10:06am
Michelle Thomson has contacted police and offered to help with their investigation into her property dealings, a statement issued by her solicitor has stated.

Labour MSP breached code of conduct by telling press about Salmond complaint
1 Oct 2015 at 11:37am
A senior Labour MSP breached Holyrood's Code of Conduct when he told the press he had made a complaint against Alex Salmond to the Standards Commissioner.

Hyslop reveals Glasgow gave DF £200,000 for concerts... but council says it w...
1 Oct 2015 at 1:08pm
The T in the Park promoters were given £200,000 towards hosting concerts in Glasgow the Culture Secretary has revealed.

Corbyn: cross-party Better Together campaign played a part in Labour's Scotti...
30 Sep 2015 at 11:16am
Labour's demise in Scotland was in part a result of its involvement in the cross-party Better Together campaign, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Sturgeon: I did not know about Michelle Thomson's business deals
30 Sep 2015 at 2:21pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has denied having any prior knowledge of a scandal which led to one of her most prominent MPs stepping down from the party.

Video: Kezia Dugdale puts education at heart of Scottish Labour's first 2016 ...
30 Sep 2015 at 2:51pm
Scottish Labour have called for every child to be given the best possible start in life in their first advert of the 2016 Holyrood election campaign.

Views sought on more island powers
30 Sep 2015 at 5:42pm
FUTURE Scottish governments may be legally bound to "island-proof" all decisions as part of a series of radical measures designed to empower communities.

Judges dismiss key plank of Alistair Carmichael's memo row defence
29 Sep 2015 at 11:29am
Judges considering a legal challenge to the election of former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael have said they want to hear further evidence before making a ruling.

Unionist back calls for Scots to mediate between Spain and Catalonia
29 Sep 2015 at 4:46pm
A senior Conservative has backed calls for Scotland to mediate between Spain and Catalonia.

Matheson: stop-and-search consultation 'has not been pre-empted'
29 Sep 2015 at 12:57pm
The outcome of a consultation on whether police should have the power to search children under 18 for alcohol is not being pre-empted, the Justice Secretary has insisted.

Labour demand 'full transparency' over SNP MP's property deals
28 Sep 2015 at 7:33pm
SCOTTISH Labour have called for "full transparency" from the SNP over the questionable property dealings of a newly-elected nationalist MP.

SNP offers to mediate in Catalonia power crisis
28 Sep 2015 at 9:16pm
SCOTLAND has offered to mediate between Spain and Catalonia as the two Iberian nations enter a constitutional crisis.

Shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray defends party's decision to avoid Triden...
28 Sep 2015 at 10:05am
Labour's shadow Scottish secretary has defended his party's decision to avoid a debate on the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons - which both he and his leader oppose.

MSPs to quiz Fiona Hyslop on £150,000 T in the Park funding
29 Sep 2015 at 8:09am
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is expected to be quizzed on "cronyism" and the proper use of state aid as she prepares to answer questions about £150,000 of public money handed to the T in Park festival.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Robison vows to end NHS ?tick box culture?
1 Oct 2015 at 5:38pm

A controversial GP contract is to be scrapped as part of plans to address the “tick box culture” in Scotland’s NHS.

Holyrood votes for bill to tackle human trafficking
1 Oct 2015 at 5:28pm

HOLYROOD has passed landmark legislation to tackle human trafficking with better protection for its victims and tougher penalties for those convicted of the crime.

Scotland and Catalonia compared: economy | politics | history
1 Oct 2015 at 5:18pm

LINKED by strong independence movements and similar politics, how much alike are Scotland and Catalonia?

Nicola Sturgeon under fire over Michelle Thomson row
1 Oct 2015 at 1:55pm

NICOLA Sturgeon today came under fresh opposition fire at Holyrood over the row surrounding the property deals of MP Michelle Thomson.

SNP guarantees protection of junior doctors? pay
1 Oct 2015 at 1:30pm

HEALTH secretary Shona Robison has offered a “cast iron” guarantee not to cut junior doctors’ pay in Scotland and abolished a controversial payment contract as part of bold plans to tackle Scotland’s spiralling GP crisis.

Cecilia Bouroncle: Exploiting the data opportunity in Scotland
1 Oct 2015 at 12:17pm

EVERY two days we create as much information as we did from the beginning of time until 2003, with all this data being created by citizens how can Scotland harness the opportunities these present?

Short-staffed Scots NHS board fails SNP targets
1 Oct 2015 at 11:57am

A HEALTH board facing major staff shortages has failed to meet national performance targets set by the Scottish Government.

Labour MSP ?breached code with Salmond complaint?
1 Oct 2015 at 11:50am

A senior Labour MSP breached Holyrood’s Code of Conduct when he told the press he had made a complaint against Alex Salmond to the Standards Commissioner.

Michelle Thomson: Sturgeon knew nothing of property deals
1 Oct 2015 at 11:40am

UNDER FIRE MP Michelle Thomson has said that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP did not know about the property dealings which have led to her suspension from the party.

Jeremy Corbyn ?will not usurp? Kezia Dugdale
1 Oct 2015 at 10:15am

JEREMY Corbyn has insisted there is “no question” of him usurping Scottish Labour’s new leader.

Survivors blast ?shambolic? child abuse probe
1 Oct 2015 at 10:15am

SURVIVORS of historical child abuse have branded a long-awaited inquiry “a shambles” as work finally gets underway today.

MSPs have ?landmark opportunity? over trafficking
1 Oct 2015 at 10:14am

THERE is a “landmark opportunity” for MSPs to support child victims during a final debate on legislation to tackle human trafficking, according to a charity.

Better Together to blame for Labour woes - Corbyn
1 Oct 2015 at 12:12am

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has blamed the Better Together campaign for his party’s woes in Scotland.

?London bonuses? for teachers in northern Scotland
1 Oct 2015 at 12:00am

A salary top-up should be offered to potential recruits as a means of tackling the “unprecedented” shortage of teachers across the north of Scotland, it was claimed yesterday.

Georgia executes killer despite pleas for mercy
1 Oct 2015 at 12:00am

The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed yesterday, making her the first woman put to death in the southern US state in seven decades.

Wings over Scotland blog

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The Infiltrators
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2015 at 4:59pm
An alert reader last night reminded us of a story from March this year: It told a chilling tale. “A Labour MP has accused the SNP of ‘infiltrating’ schools to ‘brainwash’ children into supporting them. Labour’s Michael McCann made the claims in an article about what he called the SNPs ‘secret tactics’ on his official website. […]

Scotland deserves better
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2015 at 1:28pm
An extract from First Minister’s Questions earlier today: That was Kezia Dugdale’s opening question. Despite the Presiding Officer making it absolutely clear that the question was improper and outwith Holyrood’s remit, the Scottish Labour leader went on to use her entire allotted time on the issue. She was then followed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth […]

Nailing down the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2015 at 11:01am
Readers will probably recall that we’ve been trying to get to the bottom of Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale’s recent claim on national TV that ?50% of the poorest kids leave our schools unable to read?. It appeared on any possible interpretation to be complete nonsense, but Ms Dugdale – who’s pledged to make […]

Selective association
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2015 at 10:56am
Alert social-media users couldn’t have failed to notice Unionist activists and hacks working themselves up into a very great lather last night over (currently former) SNP MP Michelle Thomson. The ex-director of Business For Scotland has resigned the party whip and is now sitting, at least temporarily, as an independent while police conduct an investigation into […]

When you lose your friends
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2015 at 10:00pm
Neil Kinnock, 1987: Did voters come home to Labour? No. Phillip Gould, 2007: Did voters come home to Labour? No. Gordon Brown, 2010: Did voters come home to Labour? No. Ed Miliband, 2015: Did voters come home to Labour? No. John McDonnell, 2015: Will voters come home to Labour? Don’t hold your breath, is our advice.

An outbreak of coyness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2015 at 11:26am
We know that the media isn’t normally shy about identifying which side of the Scottish independence debate people are on, especially if they’ve been behaving badly. So we were a little puzzled by the papers this morning. The Scotsman, Evening Times, STV News, BBC, Scottish Daily Mail and more all report a guilty plea from […]

Data just in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2015 at 8:00am
Alert readers may recall that a few days ago we queried a dubious-sounding statistic from Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who claimed that “50% of the poorest kids leave our schools unable to read“. We didn’t think that could be right, and dug up some figures suggesting that it was nonsense, but of course “the […]

Normal service resumed
by Ed Millington
28 Sep 2015 at 7:57pm
In the spirit of straight talking, honest politics, I?m going to put my cards on the table right now: I?m a Corbyn voter. As a classic hand-wringing, middle-class, North London leftie, the mad fact of Jeremy Corbyn?s candidacy compelled me to register as a Labour supporter; empowered me to bet £3 on the foolish notion […]

Things we don?t remember
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2015 at 12:34pm
This is shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speaking to the Labour Party conference in Brighton just a few minutes ago (immediately prior to rather presumptuously inviting the Scottish electorate to “come home to Labour”): We don’t recall those things happening. We feel sure that if they had, they would have been mentioned in the papers. Can […]

Advice for Jeremy Corbyn
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2015 at 11:54am
Maybe check anything Kezia Dugdale tells you before you go on telly with it. Let’s just quickly run through those facts, shall we? “The SNP are privatising CalMac.” Not true. The SNP are following a tendering process which is required by EU law, and which was also undertaken in an identical fashion by the last […]

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Corbyn: Trident stance may not be clear
1 Oct 2015 at 4:54pm
Jeremy Corbyn says Scottish Labour may have to go into next year's Holyrood elections without a clear position on Trident.

Thomson claims 'unacceptable if true'
1 Oct 2015 at 2:04pm
Allegations against MP Michelle Thomson would represent "completely unacceptable" behaviour if they prove to be true, Nicola Sturgeon says.

Scotland gives £300,000 in refugee aid
1 Oct 2015 at 5:49pm
Charities providing humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees arriving in Europe are to receive £300,000 from the Scottish government.

MSP censured over Salmond complaint
1 Oct 2015 at 2:58pm
Labour MSP James Kelly is censured for breaching Holyrood's Code of Conduct when he told the press he had made a formal complaint against Alex Salmond.

'Clare's Law' rolled out in Scotland
1 Oct 2015 at 8:10am
A scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past is introduced in Scotland.

Abuse survivors slam inquiry delays
1 Oct 2015 at 12:14am
Panel members are still to be appointed to the public inquiry into historical child abuse allegations as it officially starts work

MSPs approve human trafficking law
1 Oct 2015 at 6:32pm
MSPs have unanimously approved new legislation designed to tackle human trafficking in Scotland.

NHS board spends £1m a month on locums
1 Oct 2015 at 10:11am
A new report reveals that NHS Dumfries and Galloway has spent £1m a month on locum doctors this year.

Sturgeon read SNP MP claim in newspaper
30 Sep 2015 at 3:18pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she first learned of allegations surrounding SNP MP Michelle Thomson from a Sunday newspaper story.

Scottish universities in 'top 200'
30 Sep 2015 at 9:15pm
Five Scottish universities climb up a respected table of the world's top higher education institutions.

New school £862,000 over budget
1 Oct 2015 at 9:42am
A new primary school built in the Highlands at a cost of £9m was £862,000 over budget, councillors are told.

Three council by-elections held
1 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
Three by-elections - two in Aberdeen and the other in Moray - are taking place.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
1 Oct 2015 at 6:13pm
Opposition party leaders quiz Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions.

At-a-glance: T in the Park documents
30 Sep 2015 at 8:52am
What is in the 628 page T in the Park documentation released by the government?

Keir Hardie - The man who broke the mould of British politics
26 Sep 2015 at 12:50am
The man who broke the mould of British politics

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Ian Leslie and the fallacy of fatuousness
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 11:50am

I've just read a piece by Ian Leslie at the New Statesman called 'Jeremy Corbyn and the nirvana f...

Don't worry - Corbyn can't stop Labour destroying the world
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2015 at 2:57pm

I'm a tad baffled by the criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn for confirming the bleedin' obvious - that t...

The Corbyn/McDonnell 'Big Lie' approach to taking on the SNP isn't just cynic...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2015 at 1:54pm
I enjoyed listening to John McDonnell's speech at the Labour conference.  There's been a lot of t...

For the attention of the Labour party : a list of things that don't build houses
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2015 at 1:21pm

1) The Red Flag.  (The one you keep flying here, while singing lustily about "traitors" and "cowa...

Press & Journal embarrass themselves again by commissioning yet ANOTHER indep...
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2015 at 3:01pm
Long-term readers of this blog may recall that during the referendum campaign, the Press & Journa...

Another straw in the wind suggests Corbyn hasn't changed the game in Scotland
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2015 at 2:24pm
Today brings word of a fourth Britain-wide voting intention poll to have been wholly conducted af...

Why independence requires the SNP to retain their majority
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2015 at 1:18am
A few days late, I've been catching up with James Mackenzie's blogpost entitled 'Why independence...

The increasingly daft arguments for closing off the possibility of an early s...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2015 at 2:21pm
As those of you brave/foolhardy enough to read the comments section of this blog will be aware, I...

How I voted to rank the SNP list candidates for Central Scotland next year
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 6:28pm
As some of you know, although I've consistently voted SNP since I turned eighteen, I didn't actua...

The most useless YouGov poll ever?
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 4:25pm

There are some polls that are guaranteed to produce inaccurate results no matter how well-conduct...

Kezia's incomprehensible refusal to drop her support for Trident shows where ...
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 11:56am

In the space of ten days, Jeremy Corbyn has already proved to be a bigger disappointment on Tride...

The Spectator's take on Cameron and the pig
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 1:49am

12.15 : It's a non-story.  Just tittle-tattle.

12.20 : Is this really the best Ashcroft could do?


Nicola 1, Dave 0
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2015 at 10:52am

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

Comforting ComRes poll fails to detect any Corbyn effect in Scotland
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2015 at 10:39am

We finally have three Britain-wide voting intention polls this weekend that were wholly conducted...

Another setback for Ruth Davidson as SNP win local by-election in rare Scotti...
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2015 at 10:24am

If Twitter was anything to go by, the Tories threw the kitchen sink at yesterday's East Ayr by-el...

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Hiking in Scotland
1 Oct 2015 at 6:41pm

I'm living in Aberdeen at the moment, and some friends and I were considering going hiking somewh...

Wings Over Scotland | Scotland deserves better
1 Oct 2015 at 5:30pm
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We Got Jeremy Corbyn To Drink Irn Bru On His Trip To Scotland
1 Oct 2015 at 4:55pm
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Two thirds of Scots clueless about who is on our bank notes
1 Oct 2015 at 2:46pm
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Got shown this today and thought of Tian Tian and Yang Guang
1 Oct 2015 at 2:45pm
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First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 1st October 2015
1 Oct 2015 at 1:24pm
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Report says new Scotttish National Parks could be set up easily and cheaply
1 Oct 2015 at 1:20pm
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Rare Sofa Shark Caught Off the Coast Of Scotland
30 Sep 2015 at 11:21pm
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Question about St Andrews University
30 Sep 2015 at 9:48am

Hello you lovely bunch!

I am a Dutch student and I am thinking of applying to St. Andrew's Univer...

The Footpath Fund - seeking "landsies"!
30 Sep 2015 at 3:27pm

Hi all, I hope this is okay to post here - I've been on reddit a while but just thought it might ...

September sunset in the Clachnaharry area of Inverness.
30 Sep 2015 at 4:52pm
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Hope we get a proper fucking winter this year.
30 Sep 2015 at 7:54pm

I'm used to my snow, it's normal for me as I live in the Cairngorms National Park where it's a co...

The Sugar, The Croft and The Black and White Slaves - on Jamaica, slavery rep...
1 Oct 2015 at 10:35am
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Even superheroes queue ? Scotland?s Comic Con collages
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SNP MP accused of dodgy property deals goes to police in a bid to clear her name
by Andy Philip
1 Oct 2015 at 11:09am

 MICHELLE Thomson maintains there was no wrongdoing and is speaking to detectives in an atte...

Jeremy Corbyn to make Scottish Labour virtually independent as he pledges not...
by dailyrecord
1 Oct 2015 at 6:52am
HE will meet Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale in Edinburgh in his first official engagement after th...

Nicola Sturgeon says 'significant' funding deal issues must be resolved betwe...
30 Sep 2015 at 9:16pm

 THE governments are in discussions over terms of a fiscal framework to take account of the ...

Record View: Corbyn might be weak on style, but his message is clear
by Record View
30 Sep 2015 at 7:27pm

 THE Labour leader's party conference speech in Brighton yesterday was lack-lustre in its de...

Nicola Sturgeon says SNP unaware of Michelle Thomson's business dealings
by dailyrecord
30 Sep 2015 at 3:51pm
THE First Minister has said that she only became aware of Michelle Thomson's businees dealings wh...

Jeremy Corbyn blames Better Together campaign for damaging Labour in Scotland
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Sep 2015 at 12:54pm
THE Labour leader insists politics in Scotland should not be about nationalism versus unionism an...

No prosecutions over referendum postal vote tally, confirm prosecutors
by Record Reporter
30 Sep 2015 at 10:48am
A POLICE investigation was launched after Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson made comments about the...

Torcuil Crichton: Islington messiah Jeremy Corbyn plays to his strengths in W...
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Sep 2015 at 9:03am

 AFTER watching Corbyn's party speech, TORCUIL thinks Labour's new leader needs to turn his ...

SNP MP Michelle Thomson sidelined as police investigate 'irregularities' in p...
by Keith McLeod
30 Sep 2015 at 8:14am
THE business spokeswoman for the Nationalists and MP for Edinburgh West insists she has done noth...

Jeremy Corbyn admits Labour lost their way in Scotland as he promises ?kinder...
by David Clegg
30 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
IN a crunch keynote speech to the party conference, he promised to learn from the “mistakes of th...

Joan McAlpine: Labour guilty of hypocrisy over implementation of living wage ...
by Joan McAlpine
29 Sep 2015 at 9:14pm

 JOAN takes Labour to task over their contradictory positioning on the living wage in Scotla...

SNP MP Michelle Thomson 'perfectly happy' to co-operate with police investiga...
by Mark McLaughlin
29 Sep 2015 at 8:11pm

 THOMSON has been linked with property deals involving Christopher Hales, a solicitor who wa...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn offers olive branch to disaffected Scots voters a...
29 Sep 2015 at 3:28pm
CORBYN said the party had lost its way north of the border and backed calls from Scottish Labour ...

We have room... for Syrian doctors: Scottish Government considers allowing re...
by Andy Philip
29 Sep 2015 at 11:57am

 TALKS begin to bring refugee medical students to Scottish universities in a bid to embrace ...

Neil Kinnock's son says United Kingdom will be history in 20 years unless Wes...
by Record Reporter
29 Sep 2015 at 10:42am

 THE Labour legend's son told the party conference the future is federalism with power devol...

Derek Bateman

Holy Jackie?s Prayer
by derekbateman1
1 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
Guilty! Thrice guilty! To the Tolbooth with them?let them dance to the hangman?s tune. How the mob love a lynching. There is part of us all which exults in punishment when it applies to someone else, as if their fate exonerates us. Holy Willie calls down the wrath of God on the Presbytery of Ayr […]

Come In, Kezia?
by derekbateman1
30 Sep 2015 at 3:21pm
?.Your time is up. I appreciate the world hasn?t exactly been straining for my judgment on the new Scottish leader of the Labour Party but nevertheless here it is, belated or not. You?re out of your depth, Kezia. The election is lost. I don?t mean to be rude but I?ve waited since her elevation to […]

Writer?s Block
by derekbateman1
29 Sep 2015 at 12:05pm
I?ve had writer?s block or, as it?s otherwise known, lack of talent. There?s been no end of possible material to blab about, I just couldn?t generate the energy to do it, as if I was getting on in years and wasn?t up to it or something (?!) There are times when current affairs is so […]

We Remember
by derekbateman1
18 Sep 2015 at 8:19am
Monthly Archives: September 2014 September 17, 2014 It?s Time? Last post before voting?a couple of salient points occur. The first is about you. You are part of Scottish history now, woven into the national story as one of those who resisted, objected, debated and won the argument. The books may not record your name, but […]

Just Desserts
by derekbateman1
17 Sep 2015 at 11:49am
Remembering the tumultuous events of 2014, I have a bagful of images, from the Japanese TV crew filming our Yes meeting on a summer?s evening at Luss beside Loch Lomond, or saltires flying in George Square to faces ? thousands of them ? laughing and cheering in a prolonged carnival of optimism. But the abiding […]

Bella Caledonia

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Only small things can remain voracious and innocent. - William James

The Year with No Summer ? From The Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Oct 2015 at 1:23pm
At the end of September, under the super-sized ?Blood Moon? of a lunar eclipse, the Caithness farmers finally took their combines to the barley fields to begin the harvest of 2015. Three consecutive days of drying, ripening sunshine was the most they had seen since early April and at last now there was a weather […]

Scotland has already had its ?Corbyn moment?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Oct 2015 at 10:35am
The SNP?s initial response to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader was confused. The party didn’t know whether to love-bomb him or carpet-bomb him. On Saturday 12 September, shortly after Corbyn?s victory was announced, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ?If Lab can’t quickly show that they have credible chance of winning UK election, many will […]

The Swallower. Modular synth, bagpipes and sax
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Oct 2015 at 10:04am
Stomping tune by Jim Sutherland with bagpipes by Steven Blake and Sax and Kaval by Fraser Fifield.

MoodieVision: School Of Jock
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2015 at 12:05pm
Series 2 Episode 11 of MoodieVision animation: School Of Jock The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compilation of mainly post-referendum cartoons from Bella Caledonia and The National and charts the run-up to the 2015 General Election. This 132-page colour-explosion is a large-format 297 x 297 cm (roughly […]

The Corbyn Paradox
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2015 at 12:02pm
In a massive political body-swerve the media are clinging desperately to Alex Massie’s wheeze  ignoring a huge outreach to a new constituency, an impassioned plea to openess and a listening agenda. Here was a Labour leader quoting Maya Angelou and Ben Okri striking out against cyber-bullying and misogyny and arguing for a values-driven politics. No wonder the media […]

On Spanish Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2015 at 10:40am
No sooner had Catalan president Artur Mas guided his nationalist coalition to victory at Catalonia?s plebiscitary elections on Sunday night than a court in Madrid announced that Mas would face formal charges relating to civil disobedience and the ?usurpation? of Spanish constitutional powers. The complaints were filed against Mas before Sunday?s poll and refer to […]

Buy Less Be More #Scotland101
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Sep 2015 at 4:07pm
Scotland101 – our series of extracts from Commonweal’s Book of Ideas.  #90 Set out a National Deconsumerisation Strategy Me-first economics has created a cycle of work-to-consume. Saturation advertising and marketing continuously pushes us to spend money. But since me-first economics has also created long-term stagnation in wages, it has required us to borrow more and more […]

Scotland 101
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Sep 2015 at 10:07am
Today Commonweal launches it’s Book of Ideas. Here’s what it’s about: “The focus of this book is simple. There’s a Scottish election in May 2016 which will elect a five-year government; so what could that government do over those five years using the powers the Scottish Parliament has (or is likely to have) to create an […]

Noam Chomsky on Trident & Austerity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Sep 2015 at 6:37pm
Kiltr are bringing you a live discussion with Noam Chomsky on the implications of Trident & Austerity (7.20pm BST, 29 Sept). Go here to sign-in. Noam Chomsky is the world?s leading public intellectual. While he may have come to the fore in the ?60s with his pioneering work on structural linguistics, which completely redefined the field, […]

On Land and Purpose
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Sep 2015 at 3:16pm
It was no accident that Jim Hunter?s excellent book, ?On the other side of Sorrow? was republished twenty years after it was first released. Its central theme is still as relevant today as when it was first published. The tension it describes between sustainable economic growth and environmental conservation runs across the Highlands and Islands […]

Scotland and Independence

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Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters - Reuters
28 Sep 2015 at 9:43pm


Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters
"The fact that we are such a big economy in Spain will help us," said Erola Pairo, 33, president of the Catalan Center of Scotland in Edinburgh and a supporter of independence. Scotland, on the other hand, is already widely seen as a separate political ...
Scotland offers to mediate between Catalonia and SpainHerald Scotland

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Travel: Tobago and the Scottish independence vote - Scotsman
30 Sep 2015 at 8:06am


Travel: Tobago and the Scottish independence vote
IT WAS 87F and humid on the tiny Caribbean island of Tobago. Waves gently rolled on to white sandy beaches as palm leaves swayed in the breeze. Holidaymakers stretched out on lilos; many lulled to sleep by the soporific sounds of the sea. It was hard ...

What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence? - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 6:45am

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What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence?
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A year ago Scotland voted "No" to independence by 55% to 45%. It looked as though what the Scottish National Party itself had said was a "once in a generation" event had indeed delivered the "decisive" verdict for which the UK government at least had ...
Alex Salmond: BBC bias was 'significant factor' in deciding Scottish ...The Independent
David Cameron: no need for second referendum on Scottish
Scottish leader won't rule out 2nd independence voteDeseret News
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Scottish independence debate far from over - BBC News
17 Sep 2015 at 12:39am

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Scottish independence debate far from over
BBC News
The independence campaign of 2014 was almost entirely prosaic, with advocates focusing on what the late Professor Sir Neil McCormick called a "utilitarian nationalism" which desired independence as "the best means to the well-being of the Scottish ...
Scottish independence: A yes vote would have plunged Scotland into a deep ...City A.M.
Scottish independence 'will come in time' - Sean ConneryScotsman
Scottish Independence: Secretary Of State David Mundell Says Separation Is Not ...Huffington Post UK
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'No Scottish Labour revival without a second independence referendum' - The C...
29 Sep 2015 at 12:24am

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'No Scottish Labour revival without a second independence referendum'
The Courier
Although recent polls have shown an increase in support for independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told activists last week that there are no shortcuts to Scotland leaving the UK. And deputy leader, Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie, admitted at the ...
Thousands rally one year after Scottish independence voteBulletin Leader
Labour, Lib Dem Must Accept Possibility of New Independence Vote ? SNPGWS Newswire
SNP comes under fire over pro-austerity

all 99 news articles »

What's next for Catalonia, the Spanish region that wants to be Europe's next ...
29 Sep 2015 at 8:40am

What's next for Catalonia, the Spanish region that wants to be Europe's next ...
Washington Post
Catalan pro-independence politicians look wistfully north to Scotland, which was permitted to stage a referendum last year over the question of independence from Britain. The "no" camp won the day, but the process has since transformed Scotland's once ...
Alex Salmond to Catalonians: Keep Calm and Carry OnBloomberg View

all 315 news articles »

Scottish independence rivals unite in Charles Kennedy memorial - Scotsman
26 Sep 2015 at 12:01am


Scottish independence rivals unite in Charles Kennedy memorial
Former Chancellor Mr Darling, Ms Hyslop, Scottish Conservative MEP Ian Duncan and Liberal-Democrat MSP candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton defended the UK's place in the EU, while Labour MP Graham Stringer, John Mills, the founder and chairman of JML ...
Independence poll opponents unite to back EU membershipBelfast Telegraph

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Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence ...
23 Sep 2015 at 11:35pm

Daily Mail

Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence vote
Daily Mail
Testing times: During the Prime Minister's stay at the Queen's Scottish hideaway - Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire (pictured) - he became increasingly worried about the referendum on independence. The PM's pollster, Andrew Cooper, said: 'It was the ...
Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...The Independent

all 3 news articles »

Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence -...
2 Sep 2015 at 5:40pm

BBC News

Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence
BBC News
Political parties have been reacting to a poll suggesting that 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum. The SNP said the Ipsos Mori survey for STV was a "sensational" endorsement. The poll also indicated that ...
Scotland Independence: 53% In Poll Support Leaving The U.K.Headlines & Global News
Scotland would vote for independence in a second referendum, new poll findsThe Independent
Scottish referendum revisited: Is an independent Scotland becoming inevitable?Ci...

Digital currency may have solved Scottish independence issue - Scotsman
10 Sep 2015 at 12:05am


Digital currency may have solved Scottish independence issue
Duncan McCann, a researcher in economy and finance at NEF, said: ?Last year's independence referendum kick-started an important debate on Scotland's relationship with sterling. ?But in fact, even under devolution, Holyrood has the power to transform ...

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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks (SNP) - WKR...
1 Oct 2015 at 7:35pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks (SNP)
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) was upgraded by Zacks from a ?sell? rating to a ?hold? rating in a research report issued on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. According to Zacks, ?Sinopec, one of the largest integrated energy companies in China, ...

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Jeremy Corbyn gets taste of tough struggle for Scottish Labour - Financial Times
1 Oct 2015 at 7:22pm

Financial Times

Jeremy Corbyn gets taste of tough struggle for Scottish Labour
Financial Times
But few in Labour's senior ranks believe that the party has much hope of stopping the SNP from winning an even greater majority in the Scottish parliament next May? a feat once considered almost impossible under its proportional representation voting ...

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Labour is 'real' anti-austerity party, says leader Jeremy Corbyn -
1 Oct 2015 at 6:39pm

Labour is 'real' anti-austerity party, says leader Jeremy Corbyn
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party, unlike the SNP, has a "real" commitment to fighting austerity. He made his first visit to Scotland since being elected to the job and said it was his party that would "protect the poorest and most ...

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Corbynmania Scottish-style - BBC News
1 Oct 2015 at 6:12pm

BBC News

Corbynmania Scottish-style
BBC News
Today's talks may have taken place in Scotland - where the SNP are Labour's big opponents, not the Conservatives. But the issue pursuing Mr Corbyn yet again was the one that has dogged him all week: Trident. There are three obvious reasons for this ...

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Labour has 'real' commitment in austerity fight, Jeremy Corbyn says - express...
1 Oct 2015 at 6:12pm

Labour has 'real' commitment in austerity fight, Jeremy Corbyn says
With opinion polls showing Nicola Sturgeon's SNP well ahead in the run-up to next year's Holyrood elections, he said the party was focusing on that vote as it attempts to rebuild. Mr Corbyn would not say how well Labour could do in that vote - but he ...

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Law Society of Scotland could examine worker's connection to MP Michelle Thom...
1 Oct 2015 at 6:09pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Law Society of Scotland could examine worker's connection to MP Michelle Thomson
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
He said: ''Over the last few days individuals have demanded full transparency from the SNP and the First Minister as to what they knew of the detailed nature of Michelle Thomson's business dealings several years before she became an MP - the simple ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Upgraded to Buy by Jefferies Group (SNP) - Fi...
1 Oct 2015 at 6:08pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Upgraded to Buy by Jefferies Group (SNP)
Financial Wisdom Works
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) traded up 0.03% on Wednesday, hitting $61.56. The stock had a trading volume of 76,538 shares. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp has a 52-week low of $58.14 and a 52-week high of $96.69. The company ...

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Scotland's unis climb international rankings - SNP (press release)
1 Oct 2015 at 5:46pm

Scotland's unis climb international rankings
SNP (press release)
?That we have managed to create the circumstances in which our universities can thrive to this extent ? and ensure that university education continues to be based on the ability to learn rather than the ability to pay ? is one of the great successes of ...

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Labour has 'real' commitment in austerity fight, Jeremy Corbyn says - Western...
1 Oct 2015 at 5:36pm

Western Telegraph

Labour has 'real' commitment in austerity fight, Jeremy Corbyn says
Western Telegraph
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party, unlike the SNP, has a "real" commitment to fighting austerity. The veteran left-winger made his first visit to Scotland since being elected to the job and said it was his party that would "protect the ...

and more »

SNP's new approach to reverse falling US seafood consumption is challenging ....
1 Oct 2015 at 5:20pm

SNP's new approach to reverse falling US seafood consumption is challenging ...
Undercurrent News
As the launch of the Seafood Nutrition Program's (SNP) newest campaign nears, the seafood industry is still finding the new approach to tackle the continuing drop in American seafood consumption hard to grasp. After a successful pilot program in ...

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Referendum raised as block to Scottish start-up flow - Herald Scotland
1 Oct 2015 at 9:26am

Herald Scotland

Referendum raised as block to Scottish start-up flow
Herald Scotland
THE independence referendum has been cited as an influential factor as the new business start-up rate slowed in Scotland last year. The rate of Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA), defined as the proportion of people involved in setting up ...

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Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parti...
29 Sep 2015 at 5:31pm


Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parties
On Sunday, less than a fortnight after the anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum which saw voters choose to stay in the union, Catalans cast their ballots in a regional election that pro-independence parties hailed as a stepping stone ...
Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chaptersBuenos Aires Herald
Unionist back calls for Scots to mediate between Spain and CataloniaHerald Scotland
What's next for Catalonia, the Spanish region that wants to be Europe's next ...Washington Post

Scotland offers to mediate between Catalonia and Spain - Herald Scotland
28 Sep 2015 at 5:26pm

Herald Scotland

Scotland offers to mediate between Catalonia and Spain
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND has offered to mediate between Spain and Catalonia as the two Iberian nations enter a constitutional crisis. Catalan nationalists swept back in to power this weekend in parliamentary elections widely billed as a proxy referendum on ...
Catalan vote deepens political standoff in SpainChannel News Asia
Explainer: Understanding Catalonia's battle with Spain for independenceCommonSpace
Catalonia separatists take control of regional parliament but short of the 50 ...MercoPress

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Scotland a year on from the referendum - BBC News
14 Sep 2015 at 12:47am

BBC News

Scotland a year on from the referendum
BBC News
As soon as it became apparent that Scotland had voted against independence by 55% to 45% in the referendum on 18 September 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would be setting up a cross-party commission headed by Lord Smith ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Second Scottish independence referendum "triggers" will be in ...City A.M.
SNP Holyrood manifesto will include timescale for second
Scotland's Sturgeon to spell out independence-vote triggers: reportCNBC
The Independent -RT
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Teen admits Scottish referendum results day offences - Scotsman
28 Sep 2015 at 5:43pm


Teen admits Scottish referendum results day offences
It was reported at the time that a number of arrests were made after trouble flared in Glasgow city centre on the day the referendum result was announced. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Christie was photographed holding a lit flare above his head and ...
Kieran Christie and Dylan France admit post-referendum disorderBBC News
Teenager held lit flare and threatened people day after

all 4 news articles »

Can Jeremy Corbyn Win Over Scottish Labour? - Sky News
1 Oct 2015 at 3:10am


Can Jeremy Corbyn Win Over Scottish Labour?
Sky News
Kezia Dugdale has said that, in the event of a second independence referendum, Labour members can choose for themselves how they want to vote. The party view is that choice reopens the door to independence-minded Labour voters. Scottish Labour, she ...
Corbyn: Labour's alliance with Tories in the referendum played a part in its ...CommonSpace
Better Together to blame for Labour's demise in Scotland, says CorbynAberdeen Press and Journal
Labour is 'real' anti-austerity party, says leader Jeremy
BBC News -Financial Times -...

EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from Scotland - Financial Times
17 Sep 2015 at 2:22pm

Yahoo News

EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from Scotland
Financial Times
Scotland's referendum is not just recent political history for David Cameron; it is a user's guide to fighting a big constitutional battle. The lessons for the looming EU referendum are being pored over by Mr Cameron's team. As in Scotland, Mr Cameron ...
Scottish Nationalists Plan Second Independence Referendum Warning UK Is On ...Daily Caller
Battle over Scotland's future rages year after referendumYahoo News
George Square rally marks referendum anniversaryBBC News
Mashable -Scottish Daily Record -Newsweek
all 438 ne...

Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am

BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence.
Sturgeon's gambit in constituional chess gameHerald Scotland

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Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ... ...
24 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...
The Independent
An apparently spontaneous remark by the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence referendum was ?a deliberate last-minute intervention? designed to persuade people to vote no, according to the latest extracts from Lord Ashcroft's controversial ...

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The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It - BuzzFeed News
17 Sep 2015 at 5:30pm

BuzzFeed News

The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It
BuzzFeed News
To mark the anniversary of the historic vote, BuzzFeed News spoke to six of the people who shaped both sides of the referendum campaign. Individually, they told the story of why Scotland voted against independence, what happened behind the scenes in ...
Mundell attacks SNP referendum stanceBBC News
Just one year on, Scotland envisages new referendumYahoo News
Independence referendum one year on: nothing is settled in ScotlandThe Conversation UK
The Japan Times -Politico -Scottish Daily Record
all 249 news a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from, the world's leading liberal voice

Jeremy Corbyn visits Scotland - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
1 Oct 2015 at 3:18pm

Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen

3.18pm BST

3.00pm BST

The Eurosceptic split between Leave.EU (the Ukip-associated out campaign) and the For Britain group (which is more Conservative/business orientated) - see 11.38am - is now getting more ugly.

Earlier Nige...

SNP urges Jeremy Corbyn to clarify Trident position on Scotland visit
by Matthew Weaver and agencies
1 Oct 2015 at 8:30am

SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie says Corbyn needs to state whether or not Labour will oppose ?outdated and unwanted project?

Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to use his first visit to Scotland as Labour leader to clarify his position on Trident after his admission that he would never use nuclear we...

Nicola Sturgeon denies knowledge of MP's business dealings
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
30 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

First minister says ?serious issues have been raised? but stresses Michelle Thomson has denied any wrongdoing

Nicola Sturgeon has said she was completely unaware of a legal controversy over the business dealings of the SNP MP Michelle Thomson until the allegations first emerged in the media.


SNP business spokeswoman leaves party after mortgage fraud allegations
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Sep 2015 at 7:42pm

Michelle Thomson MP has insisted she has always acted within the law, but has withdrawn from SNP whip until investigation concluded

The SNP?s business spokeswoman has withdrawn from the party whip and had her party membership suspended after being linked to possible mortgage fraud.

There were calls...

Scottish culture secretary accused over T in the Park subsidy
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Sep 2015 at 5:04pm

Fiona Hyslop embroiled in row over decision to approve £150k in state aid to help music festival move to new site

The Scottish government?s culture secretary has been accused of treating Holyrood with contempt following a bruising committee hearing about her decision to approve £150,000 in state a...

Jeremy Corbyn planning to link up with SNP to remove Trident
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Sep 2015 at 6:25pm

Labour leader reaffirms his opposition to the nuclear weapons programme in BBC interview, and says of SNP: ?Yes, we will be voting with them on this?

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he intends to work with the SNP to remove nuclear weapons from Scotland.

Reaffirming his long-standing opp...

Nicola Sturgeon accused of playing games over Tory trade union bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Sep 2015 at 7:41am

Scottish first minister is ?totally at it? with plea to Jeremy Corbyn to back SNP bid to devolve union law, says Labour source

Labour has accused Nicola Sturgeon of playing games with the trade union movement after the Scottish first minister appealed for a joint front to attack Conservative refor...

Nicola Sturgeon rules out Westminster deal to scrap Human Rights Act
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
23 Sep 2015 at 12:35pm

Scottish first minister says she opposes any weakening of human rights laws ? not just in Scotland but across the whole of UK

The Scottish government will not do a deal with Westminster over human rights, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as the first minister laid to rest suggestions that SNP MPs might a...

Sunday Herald and Glasgow?s Evening Times editors resign
by Severin Carrell
22 Sep 2015 at 3:10pm

Richard Walker, who edited Sunday tabloid and launched The National daily paper, and Tony Carlin, editor of the evening paper take voluntary redundancy

The editors of the Sunday Herald, one of the few newspapers to put on sales this year, and the Evening Times in Glasgow have both resigned from th...

Pro-EU campaign must be positive, says Scottish Tory leader
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
22 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

Ruth Davidson says supporters of EU membership should point out ?the prize that awaits us?, and criticises Jeremy Corbyn?s stance

Supporters of EU membership have failed to make the positive case for Europe, according to the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, who also says Jeremy Corbyn?...

Should Scottish Labour have a free vote on independence?
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Sep 2015 at 11:53am

The debate about how to campaign in any future referendum gathers pace as new leader Kezia Dugdale promises to democratise the party

The debate within Scottish Labour about whether the party should consider having a free vote in any future independence referendum rumbles on.

Former Labour first min...

Vote to leave EU means Scotland will leave UK ? Nick Clegg
by Frances Perraudin
21 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

Former deputy PM to tell Lib Dem conference that upcoming vote on Britain?s EU membership poses existential question to British people

If Britain votes to leave the European Union in the upcoming referendum it would risk breaking up the United Kingdom, according to Nick Clegg, the former deputy pr...

Scottish Labour should have free vote on independence, says former leader
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2015 at 11:47am

Johann Lamont says party still has lessons to learn from Labour?s bruising experience during and since 2014?s independence referendum

Labour should consider having a free vote in any future independence referendum, according to the former leader of the Scottish party, Johann Lamont.

In an in-depth...

The day Scotland said Yes and Mr Brown scored | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
20 Sep 2015 at 12:05am

At first independence seemed a disaster ? then Alex Salmond rang with an offer

Gordon Brown would never forget what he was doing on the morning when the phone call came that would halt the downward trajectory of what remained of his public life. The news that Scotland had voted Yes had been broken...

Third of SNP voters more likely to back Corbyn-led Labour - poll
by Joel Gunter
19 Sep 2015 at 10:20am

Survey suggests new Labour leader could revive party?s prospects in Scotland after it was wiped out in general election

More than a third of people who voted for the Scottish National party in the general election say they are more likely to vote for Labour now Jeremy Corbyn is the leader, accordi...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Great British Weapons of Mass Destruction
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
So that went well. Jezza came to Scotland for a day to let us know how much he cares about us, and then went back dahn sarf. Although it’s not so much that he cares about Scotland, a country he scarcely understands, as he cares about rescuing the Labour party in Scotland from the deep […]

by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2015 at 11:03pm
The Scottish media has been in SNPbaaaad overdrive because Michelle Thomson MP has had the party whip removed while there’s an investigation into the role of her lawyer in her property dealings and because Fiona Hyslop gave government money to the organisers of T in the Park. It’s the worst political scandal since the last […]

Altered State
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2015 at 1:52am
While I’m busy dealing with book orders – here’s a great new documentary on the media and the indyref by PhantomPower, featuring Derek Bateman, and yours truly.

A wee blog break
by weegingerdug
24 Sep 2015 at 1:19pm
Just a wee note to let you know there won’t be any updates to the blog for a few days because I need to process all the orders for the book. I’ve been inundated with orders, far more than I had anticipated. The books were delivered this morning and are currently sitting in a huge […]

The answer in the mouth of a pig
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2015 at 2:02pm
Truth they say, comes of out the mouth of a baby, or as we discovered today, in the mouth of Babe. Ed Miliband was subjected to endless abuse by the media because he couldn’t gobble bacon without making a weird face, and then we discovered that David Cameron got gobbled by a pig. History does […]

Wee Ginger Book Launch
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2015 at 7:55pm
The official launch of the Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug will be held in the Yes Bar Comedy Club at the Yes Bar in Drury Street Glasgow, starting at 7.00 pm on Monday 28th September. Tickets are £22 and as well as admission, gets you signed copies of the two volumes and a […]

Burning down the Labour party
by weegingerdug
19 Sep 2015 at 6:44pm
Despite having a poseur streak a mile and a half wide, and a large collection of vintage suits, I don’t care what Jezza wears. I don’t care if he wears a tie, I don’t care if he does up his top shirt button. It’s the content that matters, not the packaging. Scotland was expecting the […]

Independence of mind
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2015 at 6:50pm
It’s a year on from the big vote, and everything has changed and nothing has changed. Scotland has changed forever, Westminster hasn’t changed at all. Scotland buzzed with energy, with hope, and found a new self-confidence and inner strength. It wasn’t enough to win the vote, but it was enough to win independence of spirit […]

How now Brown?s Vow ? 12 months on
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2015 at 3:03pm
This week the Daily Record, a newspaper with all the self-awareness of a Labour MP in Scotland just before the last election staring at the oncoming headlights of the SNP freight train and thinking the bright lights are going to make them a star, claims that the infamous Vow has been fulfilled. It has been […]

Solidarity is not submission
by weegingerdug
14 Sep 2015 at 9:07pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s feet are hardly under the table and the UK media has already started a full scale onslaught on the Labour party. Democratic socialism cannot be allowed in the UK. It’s an insanity, cry those who believed in WMDs that didn’t exist and took the country to war on lies and tall tales. Madness, […]

Holyrood Magazine


Innovation centre CEO on sensing an opportunity
by Alan.Robertson
1 Oct 2015 at 8:56am

Martin Brown, Head of Business Development, Improvement Service
by Alan.Robertson
1 Oct 2015 at 9:13am

Junior doctors? pay to be protected in Scotland
by Tom.Freeman
1 Oct 2015 at 6:16pm

Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care begins
by Tom.Freeman
1 Oct 2015 at 8:25am

Jeremy Corbyn visits Scotland to ?win back trust?
by Tom.Freeman
1 Oct 2015 at 8:47am

National minimum wage goes up
by Tom.Freeman
1 Oct 2015 at 10:14am

Lawyer for Michelle Thomson contacts Police Scotland to assist investigation
by Liam.Kirkaldy
1 Oct 2015 at 10:35am

New data centre opened in Aberdeen
by Alan.Robertson
1 Oct 2015 at 1:01pm

Politics resource launched for schools
by Tom.Freeman
1 Oct 2015 at 2:42pm

Police spying investigation delayed due to commissioner not being appointed
by Alan.Robertson
1 Oct 2015 at 5:25pm

Pie and Bovril forum

Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Better Together #4532
30 Sep 2015 at 12:00pm

Remember we were told our pensions were at risk under an iScotland and only by voting No could their safety be guaranteed?


New state pension to leave low earners out of pocket



30 Sep 2015 at 9:15am
Watched the programme on this organisation and frightening in 2015 people think like this.

According to one of them Auschwitz was a summer camp for Jews that didn't want to work.

Apparently they spent their time there drinking coffee and swimming!

Michelle Thomson
29 Sep 2015 at 8:02pm

Hearing she has left the SNP



Not clear yet whether she will be sitting as an independent or calling a by-election

T in the Park
29 Sep 2015 at 3:30pm

I've been reading about this £150,000 that DF Concerts received from the Scottish Government and after hearing what Fiona Hyslop said today, I have to admit this is looking fairly dodgy. T in the Park is not a charity and they have a major sponsor. If they can't afford to run it without Governmen...

Come home to labour - will you?
28 Sep 2015 at 6:39pm
Will you?

I've been called a traitor, my beliefs have been likened to a virus, my party has been likened to a cult, my ex party leader was likened to Mugabe/Milosevic, my current leader is lady McBeth and my country is like North Korea, despite all of this, I'm tempted to forgive labour and retur...

Where is oor Jum?
28 Sep 2015 at 2:52pm
Anyone know what Murphy is up to?
Is he targeting a constituency seat or list seat next yr?
Working for Barrs
Think tank for footie...... empty crate sponsor?
Come in Jum.... wherever you are

Corbyn done well except on Scotland
28 Sep 2015 at 2:40pm

He really needs to stop listening to the likes of Dugdale (remember Frenchgate?) Maybe he should listen more Paul Flynn.

Temor proyecto
26 Sep 2015 at 11:54am

The Spanish government argued that if Catalans broke off from Spain it would cost them their Spanish nationality, while the president of the Spanish professional football league said Barcelona would...

Free school meals
25 Sep 2015 at 7:12pm

Looks like they are going down south.Could this be Camerons "milk" moment?


Chinese praise for Gideon...
25 Sep 2015 at 2:51pm

.. for putting business ahead of human rights.

Hyuh hyuh!  Well done Gidiot!

Osborne praised for 'not stressing human rights' in China  

UK Chancellor George Osborne has been praised by Chinese state media for focusing on business ahea...

We need to talk about Ian
25 Sep 2015 at 1:58pm

Excellent article. showing why certain parts of Labour cannot and will not change.


We need to talk about Ian


Given that he’s the last Labour MP left in Scotland, it’s perhaps just as well that Ian Murray is a quite interesting figur...

Well, surprise surprise!
22 Sep 2015 at 3:36pm


The police are to take no action against Lord Sewel over allegations of drug use which led to him quitting the House of Lords.

The peer resigned in July after being filmed by the Sun allegedly taking drugs in the company of prostitutes.

The case le...

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust placed in special measures
22 Sep 2015 at 10:32am


When will David Cameron address the NHS crisis!?!?!?111?!?!?11


NHS is on IT'S KNEES under Westminster rule!11!!!1!!!1!


Cameron must go!!!11!!1!!


Tories OUT!!!1111!!!!11!

21 Sep 2015 at 8:42am
So I've been reading various tweets however can't find the source article that an as yet unnamed general has suggested should Corbyn get in power there would be a mass mutiny and underneath that are whispers of a coup. What do PnB politicos think? Is this likely/an affront to democracy?

Cameron initiation
20 Sep 2015 at 11:58pm
What no thread on the big breaking political story involving PM and a pig?

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

The Empire Files With Abby Martin
1 Oct 2015 at 6:55pm

Worth a look. Some disturbing images unsuitable for younger viewers. 4 episodes to date. An interesting counterpoint to MSM/mainstream programmming.

1 Oct 2015 at 6:15pm

Right okay, jokes'll all regret them when you look back in 10 years time.......

The T A M B
1 Oct 2015 at 6:08pm

Anyone think the TAMB has outlived it's purpose?


Speaking about this recently to some ex-regulars and to be honest I'm surprised someone of my calibre still posts...


Discuss........ (the demise, not my calibre)

Reflections On Independence Referendum
28 Sep 2015 at 10:42pm

A good (but infuriating) video


One for the No voters


This Is England '90
28 Sep 2015 at 8:39pm

Been watching this since the film was released in 2006. It's always been excellent, but was a little disappointed with the first two episodes of '90. Just watched the third episode and it's the best hour of British drama I've watched in years. If you haven't seen these I'd advise it, but don't ju...

Oops, Putin Wis Right All Along...
28 Sep 2015 at 8:34pm

Seems America/NATO have eventually agreed wae Putin that Assad is their best chance in any conflict with IS in Syria....just as well they never bumped him off as they seemed to want to do a year or so ago......

Kids Wetting The Bed
27 Sep 2015 at 11:29am
Anyone dealt/dealing with this? We've tried getting kid up in the middle of the night, stopping drinks before bed, been to enuresis clinic and had the bell thingy prescribed. The only thing that does work are tablets, but the effects wear off after a couple of weeks.

Kid is 13 btw, which means n...

Michelle Thomson - Edinburgh West Mp - Property Scandal
27 Sep 2015 at 10:08am
Social justice in action. Gobbled up property paying less than market price. Solicitor involved been struck off.

Pandas At Rugby Please ?
27 Sep 2015 at 7:08am

If England and Wales had the 2 Princes at their rugby game surely we can have a Panda at ours ! 

Hajj Stampede
27 Sep 2015 at 1:02am

Haven't seen anything on here about it. Maybe because there is nothing to blame on the West.


Nearly 800 dead in a stampede and the grand mufti says it was out of human control.


Now 800 is a drop in the ocean to the number of people who attend the Hajj annually and with all of our petro dollar...




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