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Penny Mordaunt named defence secretary after Huawei leak scandal
1 May 2019 at 6:17pm
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has been named the first female defence secretary.


Timeline: How Huawei leak led to defence secretary's sacking
1 May 2019 at 8:00pm
How Security Council leak led to a major Government inquiry


In full: Theresa May's letter sacking Gavin Williamson
1 May 2019 at 6:25pm
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been sacked by the prime minister over the leak of information from a National Security Council meeting about Huawei's involvement in the UK's 5G network.


Tony Blair urges Theresa May to use "extreme care" over Huawei decision
1 May 2019 at 5:14pm
TONY Blair has piled more pressure on Theresa May over her decision to allow the Chinese tech giant Huawei to help build Britain?s 5G network, urging her to use ?extreme care?.


Defence secretary Gavin Williamson sacked from government over Huawei leak
1 May 2019 at 6:00pm
Theresa May has sacked Gavin Williamson as defence secretary, over leak of information from a National Security Council meeting about Huawei's involvement in the UK's 5G network.


PMQs as it happened: Theresa May slams SNP saying they must 'get on with the ...
1 May 2019 at 11:53am
Theresa May to address PMQs amid claims she is getting ready to strike a deal with Labour over Brexit.


SNP MP in bid to become next Commons Speaker
1 May 2019 at 8:29am
The SNP?s Pete Wishart is throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Commons Speaker.


Glasgow City Council leader reported to watchdog for stirring 'sectarian divide'
1 May 2019 at 2:10pm
The leader of Glasgow City Council has been reported to the Standards Commissioner over an allegation she attempted to ?smear? a fellow councillor.


Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry loses bid to change guilty plea over £25,600 em...
1 May 2019 at 7:10am
FORMER SNP MP Natalie McGarry has lost a bid to withdraw pleas of guilty over embezzling more than £25,600 from pro-independence organisations.


Nicola Sturgeon hits back at Theresa May after being told to 'get on with the...
1 May 2019 at 1:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at Theresa May after the Prime Minister said that the SNP had to "get on with the day job" during Prime Minister's Questions.


Derek Mackay accused of being in ?full retreat? on SNP currency plan
30 Apr 2019 at 2:50pm
DEREK Mackay has said an independent Scotland could keep the pound indefinitely, just days after SNP members demanded a new currency be fast-tracked.


Free cash machines face being wiped out, watchdog warns
1 May 2019 at 5:00am
FREE cash machines face being decimated in the coming months unless urgent action is taken to protect them, a consumer watchdog has warned.


Theresa May wants cross-party talks wrapped up within a week - deal or no dea...
1 May 2019 at 12:02am
THERESA May wants the Brexit talks with Labour to conclude by the middle of next week regardless of whether there is a breakthrough deal.


May drops biggest hint yet that deal with Labour on Brexit is possible
1 May 2019 at 6:41pm
THERESA May has dropped her biggest hint yet that an historic Brexit deal with Labour can be sealed soon.


PMQs sketch: Tories cheer and Nationalists jeer as PM wishes England and Scot...
1 May 2019 at 4:30pm
IT was, remarkably, an almost Brexit-free PMQs.

 

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The restoration of faith
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2019 at 2:31pm
We should have known all along, really. The woman who said she didn’t want to be leader but did, then said she wouldn’t quit as leader but did, then said she had no intention of quitting politics altogether, just did. Or did she? Dugdale’s new job is a post at Glasgow University named after former Labour leader …

The soft block
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Apr 2019 at 11:53am
The BBC came in for a spot of criticism this week when its new BBC Scotland channel opted to show some snooker instead of Nicola Sturgeon’s major speech about a new independence referendum. But then things started to get weird. An alert Wings reader noted that they hadn’t been able to locate any coverage by the state …

Belts and braces
by Chris Cairns
27 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

From the mouths of eggs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Apr 2019 at 11:34am
We got a tweet this morning from one of those odd Twitter accounts that’s been going for eight years and still only has six followers. This one appears to be a fairly moderate right-wing, UK-nationalist Brexiter with only a few dozen tweets (nearly all replies) to their name since 2011. But readers, he’s got a …

We?re talking about money
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2019 at 1:14pm
…unfortunately. The hottest topic of debate within the Yes movement in recent months has been currency, and what sort of it a prospective independent Scotland should use. We’ve avoided it because it’s such a boring and pointless debate (at this stage, at least), and because the impact it had on the first referendum was vastly …

A plan of little action
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2019 at 3:47pm
Well, this won’t take long. The First Minister’s speech to Parliament today contained a single useful and practical step: by aiming to pass the legislation required to conduct a second independence referendum by the end of this year, Scotland will be well prepared to act swiftly in the event that such a vote somehow becomes a …

Context phobia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2019 at 11:30am
Alert readers will know by now that there’s nothing the Scottish media – and the Scottish Daily Mail in particular – likes more than printing scary-sounding figures with no context whatsoever by which people could judge how big or small they really are. Nothing’s changed today (other than a rather sneaky inset shot of an …

Walking into traps
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2019 at 12:16pm
(This article was originally intended to go up on Wednesday, but it was somewhat overtaken by events before it was finished.) This week has seen another of those strange coincidences by which a whole slew of Unionist pundits all randomly decide to start talking about the same subject. On this occasion it was the rape clause, and …

The Frightening Rabbit
by Chris Cairns
20 Apr 2019 at 8:15am

A tissue of fair comments
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2019 at 4:27pm
Most of the on-the-spot media reporting of the judgement in our court case against Kezia Dugdale on Wednesday was pretty fair and straightforward news coverage. The majority of pieces accurately and prominently mentioned the fact that the sheriff had found that I wasn’t a homophobe and that Dugdale’s article in the Daily Record which had claimed that …

BBC Scotland

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MSPs call for 'urgent action' over school subject choice
1 May 2019 at 6:09pm
Opposition MSPs defeat the government and call for "urgent action" over "failings" in school subject choice.


SNP MP Pete Wishart to stand for Commons Speaker
1 May 2019 at 1:32pm
Pete Wishart said he would have a "solid agenda of reform" if he is chosen to replace John Bercow as Speaker.


Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry cannot withdraw guilty pleas
1 May 2019 at 1:22pm
Natalie McGarry, who was an SNP member of parliament, is told she cannot withdraw her guilty pleas to embezzlement charges.


Has new alcohol law changed drinking habits?
1 May 2019 at 12:58am
A year after a new law pushed up the price of cheap, high-strength alcohol, ministers are hopeful Scotland's drinking habits have changed.


UKIP candidate Mark Meechan linked to racist forum posts
1 May 2019 at 10:18am
Mark Meechan was a prominent user of an online forum which contained racist and homophobic language.


Scottish economy 2018 growth confirmed at 1.3%
1 May 2019 at 1:11pm
Official GDP figures confirm the original estimate of growth for the final quarter of the year.


Beavers given protected status in Scotland
1 May 2019 at 12:59am
The new legislation makes it illegal to kill beavers or destroy established dams without a licence.


Anas Sarwar slams Labour complaints process
30 Apr 2019 at 4:32pm
Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar says he was not allowed to give evidence in a racism complaint case.


Sarah Boyack to return to Holyrood as Labour MSP
30 Apr 2019 at 5:46pm
Former transport minister Sarah Boyack is to return to Holyrood, replacing Kezia Dugdale as a Labour MSP.


New group to study age of criminal responsibility rise
30 Apr 2019 at 2:09pm
Ministers are to set up a group to study whether the age of criminal responsibility should rise higher than 12.


Minister hears case for giving Galloway national park status
30 Apr 2019 at 12:11pm
Campaigners says securing the status for Galloway could help the whole area with wider regeneration.


Icelandic PM hails Scots links after Sturgeon meeting
30 Apr 2019 at 5:51pm
Katrín Jakobsdóttir praises Iceland's ties to Scotland after meeting Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Setting an artificial threshold of 60% for a Yes victory isn't "bold" - it's ...
by James Kelly
1 May 2019 at 1:20pm
You've probably seen Neil Mackay's rather provocative list of "issues" that the Yes movement must supposedly address in order to win.  Unsurprisingly it has sharply divided opinion, with some of th...

The Tories are overplaying their hand by moving from "now is not the time" to...
by James Kelly
30 Apr 2019 at 5:17am
In the spring of 2017, when Theresa May first trotted out her notorious line of "now is not the time", we were reliably informed by journalists who had spoken to government sources that the choice ...

ITV speaking power to truth
by James Kelly
29 Apr 2019 at 12:29am
Peter A Smith, the Scotland correspondent for ITV News (which these days is a depressingly pale imitation of the past glories of ITN), conducted an interview with Nicola Sturgeon the other day.  It...

Drama as new Panelbase poll continues to show support for independence at unu...
by James Kelly
28 Apr 2019 at 12:24am
Like the proverbial London buses, you wait ages for a full-scale Scottish poll, and then three come along all at once.  Hot off the press is Panelbase's latest polling on independence...Should Scot...

Landmark YouGov poll suggests SNP are on course for landslide victories at th...
by James Kelly
27 Apr 2019 at 2:31pm
First things first: I have another new article at The National website (yes, the second today!), this time about the implications of the sensational new YouGov poll.  You can read it HERE.By now yo...

Westminster shudders as the announcement of Indyref 2 is followed by dramatic...
by James Kelly
27 Apr 2019 at 12:08am
As I've learned over the years, an email notification of a midnight comment from Marcia can mean one thing, and one thing only.  Forget about Scotland in Union's fantasy polls with daft questions, ...

Shock poll shows the sun setting on the day of Davidson as the Scottish Torie...
by James Kelly
26 Apr 2019 at 12:34am
Extremist anti-independence propaganda organisation "Scotland in Union" have released their latest Survation poll, and not for the first time it's backfired on them spectacularly by suggesting that...

Nicola Sturgeon's statement of intent on a pre-2021 independence referendum i...
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2019 at 3:23pm
Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland reacted impatiently to Nicola Sturgeon's statement this afternoon, pointing out that it failed to explain how the Scottish Government propose to actually over...

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The bridge at Drymen.
by /u/Dhorlin
1 May 2019 at 6:37pm
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Brexit and climate change on the agenda as Nicola Sturgeon meets Icelandic Pr...
by /u/fluffykintail
1 May 2019 at 6:32pm
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Thor's moved up to the Scottish Isles... (Kirkwall, Orkney)
by /u/ProjectMud
1 May 2019 at 6:18pm
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Looking over Loch Lomond from the WHW.
by /u/Dhorlin
1 May 2019 at 4:56pm
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White van removal guy turned up at my flat pished should I report it?
by /u/SuIIy
1 May 2019 at 4:33pm
So as title says. Had a friend book one of those white van guys to come and pick up some stuff from my flat. My mate had issues actually getting this guy to appear on time but he's apparently cheap...

Economy growth through exports. An ambitious growth plan will aim to increase...
by /u/bottish
1 May 2019 at 4:09pm
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Andrew Adonis on Twitter: Never said this before but Ian Blackford very stron...
by /u/bottish
1 May 2019 at 4:07pm
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May issues Sturgeon with SAVAGE PMQs independence warning ? 'Get ON with the ...
by /u/Turd_in_the_hole
1 May 2019 at 4:04pm
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Scottish economy growth rate has overtaken the UK. Figures published on Wedne...
by /u/bottish
1 May 2019 at 3:53pm
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[Glasgow] Council leader reported to watchdog over ?smear? claims
by /u/abz_eng
1 May 2019 at 3:32pm
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St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. Beautiful light and ancient red sandstone.
by /u/ProjectMud
1 May 2019 at 1:51pm
submitted by /u/ProjectMud

Ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry loses bid to withdraw guilty pleas
by /u/abz_eng
1 May 2019 at 1:31pm
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Bike packing castles and Burley bothy
by /u/freakychurchill
1 May 2019 at 12:42pm
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Callander Beer Fest
by /u/hdfr92
1 May 2019 at 12:17pm
Mulling over ideas for a wee long weekend get away and was wondering if this could be the ticket. Anybody attended previously? What?s the chat? submitted by /u/hdfr92

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SNP is now wedded to power and push for independence is no longer the priority
by Darren McGarvey
1 May 2019 at 7:16pm
Our columnist Darren McGarvey says the party is no longer responsive to the core base which helped deliver electoral success.


Gavin Williamson sacked as Tory Defence Minister after Theresa May launches H...
by Andrew Woodcock
1 May 2019 at 6:12pm
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson says Williamson should now be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.


600,000 Scots won't be able to vote in EU elections because they haven't regi...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 May 2019 at 4:30am
New figures show more than half a million people will not have their voice heard because they have fallen off the electoral register.


Anas Sarwar slams Labour race row hearing after MSP barred from giving evidence
by Katrine Bussey
30 Apr 2019 at 7:32pm
The Glasgow MSP says he was prevented from speaking amid allegations he was referred to as a "brown Muslim Paki" by a fellow party member.


Labour rejects call to commit party to People's Vote on any Brexit deal
by Andrew Woodcock, Shaun Connolly
30 Apr 2019 at 5:48pm
The party's manifesto for EU elections next month will make it clear Labour will only back confirmatory referendum as a last option.


Scottish Labour activists pile pressure on Corbyn and Leonard over People's Vote
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Ten members of the party?s Scottish Executive Committee have called on the Labour leaders to recognise the need for a second Brexit referendum.


Labour needs genuine Remain voice in Scotland or party will become electoral ...
by Record View
30 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Record View argues that Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn are letting down their voters.


Vladimir Putin 'spy whale' spotted on stealth mission with camera harness aro...
by Chris Hughes
30 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The Beluga whale is thought by some to be a highly trained Russian spy working for the Kremlin.


Anas Sarwar disappointed as case against councillor over 'Paki' slur dismissed
by Lewis McKenzie
29 Apr 2019 at 7:04pm
The MSP accused Davie McLachlan of saying he could not support his leadership bid because 'Scotland wouldn't vote for a brown Muslim Paki'.


Brexit know-it-alls can earn £80 per hour to explain politics to confused Brits
by Record Reporter
29 Apr 2019 at 2:03pm
You'd be forgiven for being a bit confused with Brexit at the moment - but now you could hire an expert to help.

Michael Greenwell


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

Wasting Your Time and Money
by michaelgreenwell
7 Apr 2019 at 10:01pm
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
by michaelgreenwell
7 Mar 2019 at 5:46pm
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2019 at 5:39pm
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
by michaelgreenwell
5 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
by michaelgreenwell
25 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Bella Caledonia

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independence - self-determination - autonomy

A Social Policy as if People Really Mattered
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 May 2019 at 4:45pm
Cleo Goodman explains how welfare reform is an essential part of creating a wellbeing economy. A Basic Income is a regular payment received by every citizen, regardless of their circumstance, from cradle to grave. It is a radical social security reform; a form of emancipatory welfare that ensures everyone has a financial safety net throughout …

Economics as If Women Mattered
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 May 2019 at 1:41pm
Anne Meikle outlines some elements of a feminist economic strategy for a caring and sustainable economy.  In the words of Myra Strober, ?It is ironic that a discipline ostensibly concerned with wellbeing should be called the dismal science?. And so ?economics? has been defined for centuries. However, many movements are now engaged in thinking about …

Teaching Economics as if People and Planet Really Mattered
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 May 2019 at 1:26pm
Many organisations are now working to promote a different economic model, or a ‘wellbeing economy’, that prioritises people and the environment over economic growth. Rethinking Economics campaigns for students who want to study towards such an economy and ultimately make society a better place. Lovisa Reiche explains. ?Economics is fun and exciting!? So said my …

A Fintech sector where People Really Matter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Apr 2019 at 2:26pm
Nicola Anderson is the Strategic Development Director at FinTech Scotland (@FinTechScotland), where she is driving a program of work to encourage citizen engagement with fintech developments. Can new technology encourage wellbeing? Technology, digital reach and accessible data are enabling change and transforming the way people interact and engage with society and the economy. Financial services, …

Financial Investments as if People and Planet Really Mattered
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Apr 2019 at 12:09pm
Ethics and finance may not be words you hear in the same sentence often, but Pauline Hinchion explores how Scotland is leading the way. She asks: looking to the future, what might a wellbeing economy look like? Little did we realise as we ushered in the new millennium that a few years into the 21st …

An Economy for the 21st Century as if People and Planet Really Mattered
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Apr 2019 at 9:36am
“Politicians may talk of ‘inclusive’ or ‘sustainable’ growth, but most are unwilling to challenge a system that disproportionately rewards – in some cases spectacularly – those who put profit above our communities and environment”, argues Úna Bartley, as she kicks-off her role as Guest Editor for Bella. Frustration is in the air. While Brexit is …

SNP Now Defender of Four Unions
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Apr 2019 at 9:31am
Rob Brown on how Scotland?s natural party of government remains firmly wedded to a quartet of unnatural attachments. It?s time for a crazy, celebratory ceilidh! Following its spring conference in the capital, the SNP has become a party steadfastly committed to the preservation of just four rather than five unions. Wha?s like them, eh? No …

May Day Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Apr 2019 at 7:43pm
On the eve of May Day 2019 Layla-Roxanne Hill assesses the emergent new radical forms of trade unionism and what it means for all of us. International Workers? Day and May Day are on the horizon, days which allow us to remember and recognise the efforts of the trade union movement within Scotland. As a …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scotland?s place in a post-Brexit world | Letters
by Letters
30 Apr 2019 at 5:38pm
Guardian readers respond to John Harris?s piece about Scotland?s case for independenceIf it is possible to see events through rose-coloured spectacles with a tartan tint, John Harris achieves it in his inability to see the truth of Scottish so-called independence (Scotland?s case for splitting aw...

Labour's disciplinary process under scrutiny amid Islamophobia row
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
30 Apr 2019 at 4:59pm
Former Scottish deputy leader claims he was barred from giving evidence at hearingA fresh row has broken out over Labour?s complaints process after Anas Sarwar, a former Scottish deputy leader, claimed he was barred from speaking about alleged Islamophobia against him.Sarwar has accused Labour?s ...

Blair says May wrong to say Brexit being blocked because MPs don't want it - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Apr 2019 at 6:10pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenJacob Rees-Mogg?s LBC phone-in - SummaryLunchtime summaryTony Blair?s IfG interview on Brexit and devolution - SummaryAfternoon summary 6.07pm BST Sources close to the Labour leader believe that tomorrow the emergency NEC meeting,...

Kezia Dugdale quits Holyrood for thinktank tackling populist politics
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Apr 2019 at 5:05pm
Ex-Scottish Labour leader to focus on restoring faith in fact-based politicsKezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader, has confirmed she is to quit Holyrood to run a thinktank challenging the surge in populist and nativist politics around the world.Dugdale said she would remain a Labour pa...

Some sort of Scottish independence is inevitable. May needs to face up to it ...
by Simon Jenkins
29 Apr 2019 at 12:24pm
Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have never been in a stronger position. The future of the United Kingdom is in the balanceScotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, yesterday reiterated her promise to give her country another referendum on independence within the next two years. After all, if there?...

My England is in a mess. Scotland?s case for splitting away is stronger than ...
by John Harris
28 Apr 2019 at 4:53pm
The country I call home is dysfunctional. But north of the border, there?s the chance of something betterThe day of the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, I was in Hallglen, a large housing estate on the edge of Falkirk. As it turned out, the town would vote to remain in the UK by 54% to 4...

Kezia Dugdale set to leave politics over Labour's Brexit stance
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Apr 2019 at 1:05pm
The party?s former leader in Scotland is expected to confirm her decision within days Kezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader, is expected to quit frontline politics after becoming increasingly disillusioned with the party?s stance on Brexit.It is understood that Dugdale, who headed the ...

Nicola Sturgeon?s strike for independence should not let the SNP off the hook...
by Kevin McKenna
28 Apr 2019 at 7:00am
The Brexit circus may make this the best chance to break away but problems in Scotland deserve attention tooThe response of unionists to Nicola Sturgeon?s latest timetable for Scottish independence was as feeble as it was predictable. In the four and a half years or so that have elapsed since the...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Barking Up the Right Tree ? 2019
My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices.  Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date.  Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of …

Talking proper
There’s been an outbreak of pearl clutching in the British nationalist press in Scotland over the past few days. Not because David Mundell and Ruth Davidson have unilaterally ripped up the Scottish Claim of Right and taken it upon themselves to rewrite the political understanding of Scotland’s place within the UK. They’re perfectly fine with …

The arrogance and hubris that ends the UK
There’s a very important point which has been raised by Ruth Davidson’s return from maternity leave. It’s an issue she raised which was also raised by David Mundell, and one whose implications have – entirely predictably – not been explored by the Scottish media. Both the Scotland Secretary and the leader of Ruth Davidson for …

Fantasies from the Ruthiverse
Get out the red white and blue bunting. Arrange the Great British patriotically themed street parties. Bake a cake in the shape of a tank. Huzzah and hurrah! Ruth is back to save the union and to tell us that we can’t have a referendum, not now, not before 2021, and not afterwards. Ruth is …

The way out
There’s been some commentary in the weekend papers to the effect that Scotland isn’t going to get a referendum before 2021, and possibly not after that, because the British government is going to remain implacably opposed to a Section 30 order. They suggest that what Nicola Sturgeon has done with her announcement this week is …

They ain?t seen nothing yet
On the weekend of the SNP party conference, The Times newspaper published a poll commissioned from YouGov which shows that even before an official campaign for independence has begun, while we’ve been subjected to a constant barrage of SNPbaddery in the overwhelmingly anti independence media, support for independence continues to rise. When you remove the …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 26 April 2019
In this week’s edition of the dugcast (because we’re fed up with ducks now), The National’s editor Callum Baird and I talk about Nicola’s big announcement, the failure of BBC Scotland when it faced its first big Scottish political moment, the launch of the SIC’s new Voices for Scotland initiative, and The National’s subscription drive, …

Things which are predictable
Well no one saw that coming, he said in a voice dripping with sarcasm. David Lidington,Theresa May’s bag-man, came to Scotland today because the UK government felt that a spot of patronising was in order following Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement yesterday. David wanted to let us know that the British government is not going to grant …

The National

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May fires Defence Secretary over Huawei leak
THERESA May has sacked Gavin Williamson as Defence Secretary despite his "strenuous" denial that he was responsible for the unprecedented leak of information from the National Security Council.

First Minister destroys May's 'day job' taunt in a single tweet
THE First Minister has accused Theresa May of a ?complete lack of self-awareness? after the Prime Minister repeated her demand that the Scottish Government ?get on with the day job?.

SNP MP accuses Twitter of not doing enough to protect women from online abuse
AN SNP MP has accused Twitter of failing to protect women from online abuse.

Kezia Dugdale is the latest smug opportunist to earn big money for doing nothing
SCOTLAND is home to a travelling troupe of political opportunists who feed off our ever-increasing political sector. They are not front-line politicians and activists, engaged in trying to improve society by making legislation according to a set of values. Rather they have identified an entire field dedicated to the science of politics which moves in and around the actual world of politics with...

SNP MP Pete Wishart announces bid to be next Commons Speaker
SNP MP Pete Wishart is set to publish his manifesto in a bid to become the next Commons Speaker at Westminster.

Revealed: Shocking true story behind Andrew Neil's SNP interview with made-up...
THE BBC has offered no apology to Alex Salmond despite its humiliating slapdown by regulator Ofcom and its own internal review findings that false statistics were used in an interview with the former First Minister before the 2017 General Election .

An open letter to Ruth Davidson on her return to politics
DEAR Ruth

Confirmed: Vote Labour and get Brexit as Corbyn block's People's Vote
NICOLA Sturgeon has criticised Labour?s decision to reinstate its existing policy on a second EU referendum, calling it proof they are a ?Brexit-supporting party?.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all
Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 30th 2019 Last week I attended a talk about one of the seminal bands of late 1970s Britain – Joy Division – where the author and cultural commentator Jon Savage discussed at an event run by Monorail, …

The importance of hearing the sounds of silence
The importance of hearing the sounds of silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 24th 2019 Art Garfunkel performed in Glasgow on Easter Sunday; in an age filled with what seems to be incessant noise, it has never been more critical than to listen to seek out, and listen to, the sounds of silence. Despite everything, …

Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration
Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2019 Dundee is the talk of the town. The once forgotten city of Scotland ? certainly in the eyes of the Glasgow and Edinburgh chatterati ? is now widely celebrated and recognised. It is winning piles of awards and attention, the latest …

How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football?
How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 10th 2019 Scottish football last week witnessed the regular circus of an Old Firm match. It was the usual pantomime of bad feeling and nastiness, with two Rangers players sent off and Celtic captain Scott Brown assaulted. Both clubs, Rangers …

History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important?
History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 2nd 2019 In recent years, from US campuses to towns to the UK, public statues have increasingly become a subject of heated debate and controversy. From Charlottesville in the US where one protestor was killed, to Cecil Rhodes in …

Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith
Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2019 The mantra of the current age is that we take child sex abuse seriously. We listen to victims, we respect them, and we act on allegations, knowing how difficult and painful it is for …

Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence
Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 20th 2019 Scotland was once infamous for its reputation and reality as a violent place. This was associated with all sorts of potent, demeaning caricatures of the angry, aggressive Scot, but underlying these images Scotland did have a problem. We had a culture of …

Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref
Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 19th 2019 As British politics enters a mixture of meltdown and an endgame, convulsed by Brexit, everywhere in political discourse there is an obsession with the past. From the rise of Churchill to unquestioned national hero, to the …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon declares 'climate emergency' at SNP conference - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon declares 'climate emergency' at SNP conference  BBC NewsBrexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicScottish independence: "It's time," says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon  Euronews EnglishBrexit drives support for Scottish independence to 49 percent: YouGov  ReutersBrexit boosts support for Scottish independence to 49 percent  POLITICO.euView full co...

The Coming Secessionist Wave? - The American Interest
The Coming Secessionist Wave?  The American InterestScottish independence movement must deal with this threat from within ? Steve Cardownie  The ScotsmanMay issues Sturgeon with SAVAGE PMQs independence warning ? 'Get ON with the day job'  Express.co.ukREADERS? LETTERS: No detail of how independence will work  The CourierTom Peterkin: The SNP may have shed its razzmatazz ? but the Tories risk l...

Sturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021 - BBC News
Sturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if the country is taken out of the EU. The first minister told ...

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

Hard Brexit could push Scottish independence ?over the line?, warns Tony Blai...
Hard Brexit could push Scottish independence ?over the line?, warns Tony Blair  The ScotsmanTony Blair has warned that a hard Brexit could push Scottish independence 'over the line', as he suggested merging the English and Scottish football leagues in ...

Scotland on the brink: the nation's final years of independence - BBC History...
Scotland on the brink: the nation's final years of independence  BBC History MagazineWhat was life like in Scotland as it considered union with England in 1707? Karin Bowie takes the pulse of a nation as its people faced a seismic decision...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

SNP

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SNP MP Pete Wishart under fire over Commons Speaker ambitions - The Scotsman
SNP MP Pete Wishart under fire over Commons Speaker ambitions  The ScotsmanSNP MP Pete Wishart to stand for Commons Speaker  BBC NewsSNP MP in bid to become next Commons Speaker  HeraldScotlandSNP MP Pete Wishart announces bid to be next Commons Speaker  The NationalVeteran SNP MP Pete Wishart unveils radical manifesto in Commons Speaker bid  PoliticsHome.comView full coverage on Google News

Nicola Sturgeon?s strike for independence should not let the SNP off the hook...
Nicola Sturgeon?s strike for independence should not let the SNP off the hook  The GuardianThe Brexit circus may make this the best chance to break away but problems in Scotland deserve attention too.

SNP conference: What's behind the currency debate? - BBC News
SNP conference: What's behind the currency debate?  BBC NewsA debate over currency is set to dominate the first day of the SNP's conference in Edinburgh, as the party's economic plans for independence come under ...

SNP politicians raise transgender law concerns - BBC News
SNP politicians raise transgender law concerns  BBC NewsFifteen senior SNP politicians - including three ministers - urge the Scottish government not to "rush" into "changing the definition of male and female".

Tom Peterkin: The SNP may have shed its razzmatazz ? but the Tories risk losi...
Tom Peterkin: The SNP may have shed its razzmatazz ? but the Tories risk losing far more  Press and JournalAs the dust settles on Nicola Sturgeon's speech to the party faithful, it is difficult to escape the impression that last weekend's SNP conference was a little low key.

Ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry admits embezzling £25,000 - The Guardian
Ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry admits embezzling £25,000  The GuardianThe former Scottish National party politician Natalie McGarry has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than £25,000 from pro-independence campaign groups, ...

SNP MP urges the UK to follow Scotland's fracking ban - E&T Magazine
SNP MP urges the UK to follow Scotland's fracking ban  E&T MagazineThe UK Government has been urged to ?follow Scotland's lead? and ban fracking across the country by an MP from the Scottish National Party.

Poll: More Scots think immigration levels too high, but SNP says Scotland ?we...
Poll: More Scots think immigration levels too high, but SNP says Scotland ?welcome to all?  The ScotsmanThe SNP has said Scotland remains a ?welcoming home for all? despite a new poll finding a growing number of Scots believe that too many people are entering ...

Referendum (Google News)

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The U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum - Fortune
The U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum  FortuneSturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsScottish Leader Calls for Independence Referendum if Britain Leaves the E.U.  The New York TimesCould a second Scottish independence referendum be on the cards?  CBBC NewsroundSturgeon dangles prospect of second independence vote  Financial TimesView full ...

Nicola Sturgeon declares 'climate emergency' at SNP conference - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon declares 'climate emergency' at SNP conference  BBC NewsBrexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicScottish independence: "It's time," says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon  Euronews EnglishBrexit drives support for Scottish independence to 49 percent: YouGov  ReutersSturgeon to demand second independence referendum  RTE.ieView full coverage on Google ...

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

May issues Sturgeon with SAVAGE PMQs independence warning ? 'Get ON with the ...
May issues Sturgeon with SAVAGE PMQs independence warning ? 'Get ON with the day job'  Express.co.ukTheresa May told the Scottish First Minister to ?get on with the day job? as she delivered an impassioned reply in Prime Minister's Questions. The Prime Minister ...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

With patience, planning and persistence, Scotland is moving towards independe...
With patience, planning and persistence, Scotland is moving towards independence  SNPI have been through times when the party was lucky to secure double figures in opinion polls and times when we swept all before us. But I won't be *content* ...

For Scottish Conservatives, the prospect of a second referendum on Brexit ope...
For Scottish Conservatives, the prospect of a second referendum on Brexit opens a large can of worms  The IndependentWhile Brexit has divided the Conservative Party south of the border, in Scotland it has been a point of unity, says John McLellan in a new book, 'Will the Tory ...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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 ...

Tony Blair on How to Stop Independence
Reading earlier on there an article and Tony Blairs way to stop Independence from happening and his answer is wait for it "let's merge the football leagues of Scotland and England"

The mans a nutter and if he thinks thats the answer to stop it from happening he is deluded;

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

The Official President Trump thread

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here.   Best Scottish politician full stop.   Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets ????

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

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!

Journalist killed in Derry riots
Lyra McKee, a 29 year old journalist, was killed last night, shot while covering a riot in the Creggan area of Derry.  The riot had occurred following police raids on houses in the area.  The raids were against suspected dissident republicans, who have previously attacked police around Easter, th...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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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...

Dundee - Official Best Place to Live in Scotland.
Finally I've been proved right ! ??. As per influential Sunday Times Annual Report. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/

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...

Old Nightclubs/pubs You Used To Haunt
Probably a thread for old gits (I'm 44 from Edinburgh)...but what clubs/pubs did you used to hang about in a lot. My lot were pub crawlers, so used to visit different bars, all over the city, every night out, but there was always the regular places. While at school, Buster Browns in Edinburgh use...

Ruth Davidson
Now tripping over herself to be the ultimate Uncle McTom.. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/snp-mps-are-sent-to-annoy-the-english-davidson-tells-tories-1-4248684    

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Natalie Mcgarry Snp Mp & £30K
Women For Independence which has close bonds to the SNP have called the police as Natalie McGarry MP Glasgow East cannot account for £30000 of funds. 8 of the 20 committee members who voted are SNP candidates and/or branch officials with many more members. http://aidankerr.com/ Natalie McGarry ha...

Car park accident
So my 17 year old passed his driving test at the end of February. A week after passing he had my car out and was at the leisure complex area outside Dunfermline with some mates, going to the bowling alley. As he was attempting to park the car in a space he bumped the parked car next to him. H...

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A Bunch of Political Ba-Heids Aim to Manipulate Gullible Scots by Deception ?...
  Baroness Smith, David Mundell, Catherine Smith, Michael Gove and Lord McCluskey at the launch of the centre   The Glasgow University supported John Smith Centre is an insidious development that will adversely impact upon Scottish politics. This warning might possibly fall upon many deaf ears but it is my intention to post/repost … Continue reading "A Bunch of Political Ba-Heids Aim to Man...

The Maladroit Performance of the Unionist Politicians in Scotland is Disgrace...
    The imposition of Welfare cuts by Westminster politicians In the period 2002, to date, the UK welfare benefits system was subject to significant reforms. First introduced by “New Labour”, under the auspices of Blair and Brown, the cuts were followed up by rampant Tory’s who didn’t hang about when they took … Continue reading "The Maladroit Performance of the Unionist Politicians in Scot...

My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit Spun By ...
      1981: Peter Salmon takes up employment with the BBC Peter Salmon started at the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981. A programme maker, he eventually became BBC Bristol’s, Head of Factual output. He also worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, BBC  Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Manchester’s, File On Four current … Continue reading "My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit S...

Media Provision through the Eyes of the Welsh ? Devolution has demonstrated j...
    Jan 2008: Memorandum submitted by Tinopolis PLC to the Commons Select Committee for Welsh Affairs I have been asked to give evidence on the key areas under inquiry, namely the impact of globalization on broadcasting and the creative industries. The issues surrounding broadcasting and the creative industries and their future are … Continue reading "Media Provision through the Eyes of the...

A Time of Despair For Scots ? Blessed With A Neutered Authority in Scotland a...
      The 2014 Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin engaged with thousands of stakeholders across Scotland during the work of the Smith Commission. The outcome prompted him to make a personal recommendation in the Smith Commission Agreement. He said: “There is a strong desire to see the principle of devolution further … Continue reading "A Time of Despair For Scots – Blessed With A Neutere...

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…