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First victims of the Tunisian terror attack to be flown home
30 Jun 2015 at 8:35am
THE first victims of the Tunisia terror attack will be repatriated tomorrow, Downing Street has announced.

No one should underestimate the impact Grexit would have on the UK, warns Osb...
29 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
BRITONS should not underestimate the economic impact a Greek exit from the eurozone would have on the UK, George Osborne has warned, as Brussels upped the stakes by telling Athens Sunday's referendum was a vote on whether Greece wanted to keep the euro or return to the drachma.

Liz Kendall: I'd scrap David Cameron's back-to-work programme and give the po...
29 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
LABOUR leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has pledged to scrap the Conservatives' controversial Work Programme and give the powers to local government.

David Mundell claims SNP have not "come clean" on welfare plans
29 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
Scottish Secretary David Mundell has accused the Scottish Government of not "coming clean" on its welfare plans.

Business Secretary says business should back EU renegotiations
29 Jun 2015 at 4:25pm
Business leaders have been urged to support the Government's drive to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU.

Harriet Harman in call for David Cameron to keep public clear over EU negotia...
29 Jun 2015 at 12:10pm
David Cameron should not keep the British people "in the dark" over his efforts to renegotiate the country's relationship with the European Union ahead of an in/out referendum on UK membership, the acting Labour leader has said.

Whitehall warns British death toll in Tunisian attack could reach high 20s
28 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
DAVID Cameron will today update MPs on the Tunisian terror death toll in a House of Commons statement, with Whitehall sources indicating it could "reach into the high twenties", making it by far the worst such atrocity since the 7/7 attacks in London 10 years ago.

British travellers to Greece told take euros as banks could run out of money ...
28 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
GREECE will keep its banks closed today after international creditors refused to extend the country's bail-out and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens's stand-off to a dangerous new level.

Mundell says "no brainer" choice between Holyrood controlling £15bn of taxes ...
28 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
WESTMINSTER faces a "no brainer" choice between giving Holyrood £15 billion worth of new tax powers under the UK Government's plans or creating a £10bn black hole in the nation's coffers under the SNP's flagship policy of Full Fiscal Autonomy, according to David Mundell.

Cameron to base his EU referendum campaign on risks of Brexit, says leaked do...
26 Jun 2015 at 6:16pm
DAVID Cameron is planning to focus his EU referendum campaign on the "risky" consequences of British exit, according to a leaked document detailing the Prime Minister's negotiating stance.

Prospect of more Lib Dem peers despite party's election drubbing branded "abs...
26 Jun 2015 at 6:16pm
THE prospect of more Liberal Democrat peers being created despite the party's catastrophic performance at the General Election, which could see Scots grandees like Sir Menzies Campbell and Sir Malcolm Bruce ennobled, has been branded "absolutely absurd".

Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb says Scots hold the key to UK staying ...
26 Jun 2015 at 6:16pm
PRO-EU SCOTLAND will be the key factor to winning the battle to keep Britain in the European Union, says Norman Lamb, the former Coalition Minister, who is hoping to succeed Nick Clegg as leader of the beleaguered Liberal Democrats.

David Cameron warning on EU migrants deal
26 Jun 2015 at 12:55pm
A European Union deal to relocate 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece could be "counter-productive" by encouraging more people to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in smugglers' boats, David Cameron has warned.

Labour's Yvette Cooper calls for party to double tally of black, Asian and et...
26 Jun 2015 at 12:25pm
Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said the party should aim to double its tally of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs at the next general election.

Cameron's campaign of fear over Lab/SNP alliance "chilled the English heart",...
25 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
THE Tory election fear strategy of talking up an alliance between Labour and the SNP "really chilled the English heart" and helped spur the Liberal Democrat crash, Nick Clegg has admitted.


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Scotsman

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Benefit top-ups for Scotland rejected by Tories
30 Jun 2015 at 12:23pm

A BID to ensure that Holyrood would have the power to create new benefits or top up all existing benefits has been rejected by the UK government.



Scottish Greens aim for all MSP regions for 2016
30 Jun 2015 at 11:30am

THE Scottish Greens could return MSPs in each of Holyrood’s eight parliamentary regions, a leading member of the party has said.



Alistair Carmichael: Tory HRA plan could split UK
30 Jun 2015 at 11:08am

FORMER Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned that Tory plans to replace the Human Rights Act could split up the UK and bring down the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.



GP surgeries failing to attract enough trainee doctors
30 Jun 2015 at 9:58am

ONE in five training slots for GPs in Scotland has been left empty this summer as the number of junior doctors choosing to work in that part of the NHS declined, new figures showed.



Maggie Chapman steps down as she bids to be MSP
30 Jun 2015 at 3:34am

GREEN councillor Maggie Chapman is to quit her seat to concentrate on her bid to become an MSP.



MSPs to examine EU poll implications for Scotland
30 Jun 2015 at 12:56am

THE implications for Scotland of the forthcoming in/out referendum on European Union (EU) membership are to be examined by a Holyrood committee.



David Cameron: BBC ?won?t to refer to IS as Daesh?
29 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

THE BBC is unlikely to refer to Islamic State (IS) as Daesh, David Cameron has said amid calls for MPs and the media to adopt the Arabic term.



Fracking ban ?could put pressure on Scots start?
29 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

PROSPECTS for the shale gas industry in the UK have suffered a setback after plans for controversial drilling technique fracking were blocked at a site on the Fylde coast in Lancashire.



David Bell: The future looks bleak for Greece
29 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

This is going to mean a big depression on economic activity in Greece. The short-term situation is pretty dire for them.



SNP ?should disclose plans for new welfare powers?
29 Jun 2015 at 4:53pm

SCOTTISH Secretary David Mundell has called on the SNP to “come clean” on how it would use new welfare powers, how much it would spend and how it would fund increases.



Peter Jones: Greek tragedy is a warning to us all
29 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

AUSTERITY we face is nothing to what it may have been under a currency union in an independent Scotland, writes Peter Jones.



David Maddox: Labour?s SNP lesson as ?Scots voice?
29 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

FOR all the grandstanding, hullabaloo and sound-bites, it is sometimes easy to forget that the primary role of an MP is to be a legislator. It is actually something many MPs would rather not remember and, if possible, ignore because the job of being a lawmaker is in reality an extremely tedious and thankless one.



Too much ?doom and gloom? in Scottish Labour
29 Jun 2015 at 3:00pm

SCOTTISH Labour members were told “there is too much gloom and doom” about the party’s prospects in next year’s Holyrood election as the candidates to succeed Jim Murphy took part in a leadership hustings.



Scots in Azerbaijan plea for help to get home
29 Jun 2015 at 12:39pm

A PAIR of North Sea oil workers detained after a nightclub brawl in Azerbaijan have pleaded for the Scottish Government to help them get home.



Greece: European leaders warn Greeks on ?no? vote
29 Jun 2015 at 11:49am

GREECE is today expected to default on the €1.6 billion (£1.14bn) it owes to the International Monetary Fund, causing further shock waves for global financial markets, which fell sharply yesterday as the country’s banks were closed and capital controls began to bite.




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The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

Greece isn?t the word
by Douglas Daniel
30 Jun 2015 at 7:21am
In today’s Scotsman, Peter Jones makes the case for why an independent Scotland would have been plunged into the same crisis currently affecting Greece (and making the case along the way for why George Osborne’s austerity is inevitable and we should just shut up and accept it). He insists strenuously throughout the article that he’s […]

The fast-moving world of news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jun 2015 at 5:09am
Here’s the Times (Scotland edition) last Wednesday: A lot has happened since then, of course. Here’s the Scotland News page of the Times website the next day. As you can see at the bottom left, the paper published a piece pointing out that Wednesday’s front-page splash and editorial leader were completely and utterly wrong, although […]

The snoopers at your shoulder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2015 at 9:43am
The “Clypegate” dossier didn’t bring Scottish Labour the scale of PR triumph they’d hoped for. Few papers bothered picking it up at all, with only a comically error-strewn Tom Peterkin piece in Scotland On Sunday (which amusingly specified the number of alleged offenders named as variously “50”, “almost 50″ and “46”, never quite managing to get to the actual […]

Soapbox: On A Boat
by Pete Sinclair
28 Jun 2015 at 3:11am
I was on my way to work in London the other morning when I heard someone talking on his mobile phone. He was a white English man in his thirties, wearing builder’s gear, presumably on his way to work too. We were heading in the same direction, so I listened to his end of the […]

Clypegate, in numbers and pictures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2015 at 10:55am
By now you should all have had a chance to marvel at the extraordinary madness that is Scottish Labour’s 51-page suicide note of SNP members who’ve said rude words on the internet since 2012. You may even have had time to read a data protection expert (and Labour voter)’s assessment of all the ways in which the dossier […]

A bunch of tw*ts
by Tim Turner
27 Jun 2015 at 6:43am
The Englishman who wades into Scottish politics on either side, especially if he lives in England, is probably taking a huge risk of being disagreed with vehemently, no matter what he says. Nevertheless, the explosion of interest into the so-called ?Clypegate? list has a Data Protection angle that I cannot resist. To summarise, it seems that the […]

The Clypegate Files
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2015 at 4:35am
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the document at the heart of this insanity has been leaked, so you can now see it for yourself. We’ll have more on it later. EDIT 12.55pm: File now deleted, mirror here.

The Uncivil List
by Chris Cairns
27 Jun 2015 at 1:00am

Are you now or have you ever been?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jun 2015 at 2:51pm
No hiding place. Because no matter how mad it sounds, this is a real thing that’s happening: The dossier everyone’s calling “#Clypegate” is embargoed until Sunday. Mark it in your diaries as the day Scottish Labour finally died.

Money-where-your-mouth-is time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jun 2015 at 7:36am
STV’s notorious quisling correspondent Stephen “Stevo” Daisley has an interesting piece today about the latest manufactured “cybernat” shock-horror outrage being punted by the Daily Mail (although curiously, the major “CYBERNAT WEB OF HATE!” exposé they promised readers would be published on Thursday is yet to materialise). Daisley’s column makes some valid points about how the SNP could distance […]


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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


MPs say Scotland Bill calls ignored
30 Jun 2015 at 1:33pm
The Scottish Secretary dismisses accusations that UK ministers are not listening to those who want the Scotland Bill strengthened.


Call for end of council tax freeze
30 Jun 2015 at 10:46am
Local government representation group Cosla calls for an end to the council tax freeze as the Scottish government considers alternatives.


School closures decision overturned
30 Jun 2015 at 6:12am
A new panel set up to review proposed school closures overturns a decision by a Scottish council to shut schools in its area.


Weekly A&E waiting times improve
30 Jun 2015 at 8:02am
The latest weekly A&E waiting time figures show that there has been an improvement, although they still fall short of the government's target.


Long-running NHS porters strike ends
30 Jun 2015 at 10:33am
Porters at NHS Tayside vote to end a strike which has been running since April, after accepting a pay increase.


Green councillor Chapman to step down
30 Jun 2015 at 5:52am
Green councillor Maggie Chapman is to quit her seat to concentrate on her bid to become an MSP.


'Grow your own' teachers bid thrives
30 Jun 2015 at 3:59am
A scheme to fill rural teaching vacancies launched by Dumfries and Galloway Council sees a surge in applications.


Early literacy 'key' to closing gap
29 Jun 2015 at 4:33am
Improving the language skills of young children from deprived backgrounds could be the key to closing Scotland's attainment gap, according to a report.


Ferry workers dispute talks postponed
29 Jun 2015 at 9:06am
Caledonian MacBrayne and two unions postpone a meeting that was due to be held in an effort to resolve a dispute over jobs and pensions.


Rates 'burden' for tourism industry
29 Jun 2015 at 3:17am
The burden of business rates is falling heavily on the tourism industry, with some paying more than a fifth of their surplus earnings on rates bills.


'Bias' objection over abuse inquiry
26 Jun 2015 at 11:05am
Two Catholic charities lodge a legal objection to the choice of chairwoman of Scotland's public inquiry into historical cases of child abuse.


Law reform call on young criminals
27 Jun 2015 at 6:31pm
An MSP launches a bid to increase the age at which children can be held responsible for crimes they have committed.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.


What is it with macaroni pies?
25 Jun 2015 at 6:51am
Why a bakery chain's decision to stop selling macaroni pies has left a bad taste in the mouth


Healthy debate on Dutch care system
24 Jun 2015 at 7:05pm
Could Scotland learn from the Dutch care system?


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Scot Goes pop

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

The "United" Kingdom, in numbers : how MPs from Scotland and the rest of the ...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2015 at 10:43am
I did the SDLP a severe disservice last night, but I was also far too kind to the Green Party of ...

Deafening cheers as Westminster celebrates using English votes to block Scott...
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2015 at 5:50pm
Something extraordinary happened a few minutes ago in the House of Commons chamber.  It wasn't th...

We're ready for the question, David
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2015 at 12:02pm
"OK, SNP. Tense moments in the studio here. The offer from the banker is a vastly watered down ...

The biggest casualty of #clypegate will either be Ian Smart, or moral consist...
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2015 at 10:55am
Labour's risible 51-page "Clypegate" dossier is available to read, even though it was supposed to...

Clyping on Kezia
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2015 at 7:41pm
Those of you with long memories (and it does suddenly seem like an eternity ago now) might recall...

The Quebec comparison
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2015 at 9:27am
Our opponents love nothing better than a good Quebec comparison, don't they?  Over at PB today, L...

Oscillation ongoing in ORB offering : why are online and telephone pollsters ...
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2015 at 12:07pm
As you're probably aware, there was an ORB poll earlier this week suggesting that the EU referend...

A little postscript on the Adam Ramsay discussion
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2015 at 7:53pm
Since my post the other day in which I tried to explain why Adam Ramsay is wrong to claim that ta...

Funny how the "Yes to PR, No to AV" campaign has been airbrushed from history
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2015 at 6:14am
I don't know if anyone else is having trouble commenting via Disqus on the Spectator website, but...


Common Space launch party film
by James Kelly
22 Jun 2015 at 7:28am


I mentioned yesterday that William Duguid and I were interviewed together for a Phantom Power vid...

Why Adam Ramsay is wrong to claim that tactical voting on the regional list i...
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2015 at 7:46pm
Adam Ramsay is someone I respect a great deal, and for that reason it's incredibly disappointing ...


Spending the Summer Solstice at the School of Art
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2015 at 1:40pm
As a few of you already know (because I met you there), I was at the Glasgow School of Art this a...

The grotesque end-point of unionist logic : if you don't vote in line with En...
by James Kelly
20 Jun 2015 at 12:14pm
I was a child when I heard Jeffrey Archer say it, but even then I could see that it was an intell...

Straw in the wind from Ipsos-Mori suggests SNP still have an enormous lead
by James Kelly
19 Jun 2015 at 7:53am
We're still hopelessly stranded in polling Antarctica, as the various firms lick their wounds aft...

Is J K Rowling embarrassed by her broken promise?
by James Kelly
18 Jun 2015 at 10:03am
Just for a moment, let's leave aside the details of J K Rowling's latest disgraceful attempt to s...


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GP surgeries failing to attract enough trainee doctors
30 Jun 2015 at 2:37pm
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Abellio has a new customer engagement page on Facebook.
30 Jun 2015 at 12:51pm
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Far from being a ?Mugabe-style grab?, Scotland?s land reform is too timid | G...
30 Jun 2015 at 12:11pm
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Video: Dangerous Bo?ness driver crashes while attempting to park
30 Jun 2015 at 11:51am
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Let me tell you about referendums ? threats won?t help | Nicola Sturgeon
30 Jun 2015 at 11:17am
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Free comedy in Edinburgh and Glasgow || 3rd & 4th July
30 Jun 2015 at 9:09am

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Double rapist Sean Moynihan faces life detention
30 Jun 2015 at 8:40am
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Standard Scottish Summer Weather Forecast
30 Jun 2015 at 7:56am
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'Leap second' added for first time in three years - The second Y2K!!!
30 Jun 2015 at 7:25am
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Accents and words
30 Jun 2015 at 7:03am

So I overheard a teenager moaning to his pal about how his mum refused to give him a lift home, a...




Runaway cows chased by police and farmer down residential street
30 Jun 2015 at 5:20am
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Did anybody watch The House of Him?
30 Jun 2015 at 3:17am

I saw this film a while ago but it's been in my mind recently so I'm away to watch it again. I do...



SCOT goes POP!: Deafening cheers as Westminster celebrates using English vote...
30 Jun 2015 at 2:09am
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How the economic case for Scottish Independence was weakened in the last week
30 Jun 2015 at 12:32am
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Moroccan wanting to study in Scotland : what should I know?
29 Jun 2015 at 10:08pm

Hello everyone,

I'm a 16 years old student from Morocco, graduating from high school in 2016, and...




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Daily Record

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Kezia Dugdale secures support of CWU union in bid to take leadership of Scott...
by dailyrecord
29 Jun 2015 at 5:33am
THE Communication Workers Union has confirmed it is backing Kezia Dugdale for the position of lea...


Record View: Scotland Bill must deliver on promise to improve devolution
by Record View
29 Jun 2015 at 4:12am
IF the Scotland Bill's delivers on its promises then our parliament will be all the stronger for ...


Stand & deliver: Daily Record quizzes Tory Scots secretary David Mundell on t...
by dailyrecord
29 Jun 2015 at 12:00am
THE new Scottish Secretary in the Tory cabinet wants Daily Record readers to hold him to account ...


Kezia Dugdale: Why MPs like Mhairi Black should not be an exception
by dailyrecord
28 Jun 2015 at 2:00pm
KEZIA loves the idea of young people tuning in to see someone representative of their age making ...


Nicola Sturgeon praises Glasgow's resilience after helicopter tragedy: Clutha...
by Mark Aitken
28 Jun 2015 at 3:32am
THE First Minister has been invited to reopen the famous bar when it opens its doors once again a...


Scottish Labour deputy leader hopeful Gordon Matheson warns party faces obliv...
by Mark Aitken
28 Jun 2015 at 2:31am
MATHESON, who is facing calls to step down as leader of Glasgow City Council immediately, admitte...


Gerry Hassan: We?ve managed to lose sight of debate and understanding in this...
by Record Reporter
27 Jun 2015 at 6:01pm
THE clash between traditional and social media is muddying the waters of reasoned debate reckons ...


Sunday Mail opinion: The Queen's £2.2million? Flush royal will never miss it
by Mail Opinion
27 Jun 2015 at 6:01pm
LET the chill wind of austerity howl through Buckinham Palace as it does in our housing schemes s...


Scottish Government's new poverty adviser reckons offering affordable childca...
by Annie Brown
27 Jun 2015 at 6:13am
NEWLY appointed Naomi Eisenstadt has been struck by the lack of aspiration for youngsters and bel...


Record View: Ministers left with no get-out clause over CalMac tendering
by Record View
27 Jun 2015 at 3:53am
RECORD VIEW says that the Scottish Goverment should have done more to investigate whether the Cal...


Keep Calmac and Carry On: SNP under fire for not checking legal get-out claus...
by Andy Philip
27 Jun 2015 at 3:53am
LABOUR have accused the Scottish Government of risking the privatisation of ferry services withou...


Labour have no chance if they continue to betray their ideals like Andy Burnh...
by dailyrecord
27 Jun 2015 at 3:15am
FORMER Labour MP Dennis warns that Burnham's lurch towards UKIP territory risks further alienatin...


New SNP MP Tommy Sheppard urges his own party to let CalMac continue to run w...
by John Ferguson
26 Jun 2015 at 2:19am
SHEPPARD, who won the Edinburgh East seat last month, said he hoped Serco failed to win the contr...


Slick? No, just a bit crude: Scottish Government accused of trying to sneak o...
by David Clegg
25 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm
THE latest oil and gas bulletin was released by the SNP on the day Parliament broke up for the su...


Tory stalwart Annabel Goldie bows out of Scottish Parliament next year to con...
by Record Reporter
25 Jun 2015 at 7:14am
DAVID CAMERON leads praise for 'unstoppable force' Baroness Goldie who plans to continue in polit...


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EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party,...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party, a number of courage...

BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jun 2015 at 2:12pm
BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ranks, claiming thei...

EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2015 at 11:09am
EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to provide support to vi...

Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we had to comment.

Do t...

These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire webs...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jun 2015 at 10:11am
These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire website for us. And now ...

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmic...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2015 at 11:21am
BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmichael has claimed to ...

Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jun 2015 at 3:03pm
Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.




BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands. The Na...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2015 at 7:41am
BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands.

The Natz have obviously fu...

EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so) The UK media are in uproar as an SNP...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 10:26am
EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so)
The UK media are in uproar as an SNP MP had to apologise...

A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to cha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 7:34am
A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to challenge the Imperial Maste...

BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jun 2015 at 6:18am
BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has claimed that Orangemen...

Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...


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Austerity Europe v The People
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jun 2015 at 10:05am
In true Greek fashion, the originators of democracy will hold a referendum this weekend to determ...

#Indyref2 Research Project
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jun 2015 at 3:53am
In a short nine months we’ve gone from a national debate characterised by limitless inquisitive e...

Bringing ?the monstrous regiment? into line: gender trouble in the Highlands ...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 11:00am
A recent conspiracy at the Crofting Commission may be another instance of Scotland’s unhealthy se...

The Pope & Naomi Klein
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 9:09am
We think the Pope – Naomi Klein double-act (‘though shalt modify thine own fricking lifestyle’) e...

Our education system is failing LGBTI youth. It?s time for reform.
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 8:00am
I?ll be honest, this is probably the most personal and important article that I?ll write. Over th...

Greek Myths
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 4:53am
Can an independent country share a currency? The Elgin Marbles depict the mythology of ancient Gr...

Overcoming homophobia ? this battle belongs to all of us
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 4:04am
This is the first article to coincide with the launch of TIE – Time for Inclusive Education that’...

Yes Campaign Survey
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 3:36am
Dr Iain Black (Heriot Watt University) has been working on an academic survey to capture who took...

Defining the terms of ?Success?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2015 at 2:43am
Graduates: dream big, but not for yourself …. As an applicant from one of the most deprived areas...

An Alternative Message in Glasgow on Armed Forces Day
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2015 at 11:50am
Blink and you’ll have missed Britain’s Armed Forces Day this weekend, a flurry of patriotic sign-...


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Scotland and Independence

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Scots 'could back independence within five years' - Scotsman (blog)
28 Jun 2015 at 4:40am

Scotsman (blog)

Scots 'could back independence within five years'
Scotsman (blog)
The Moray MP also ...


Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run' - B...
23 Jun 2015 at 6:04am

BBC News

Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run'
BBC News
The body...


Brexit referendum will trigger another Scotland independence vote, warns JP ....
10 Jun 2015 at 2:26pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Brexit referendum will trigger another Scotland independence vote, warns JP ...
Tel...


Scottish Independence 'might not change much' - Edinburgh Evening News
8 Jun 2015 at 2:44am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence 'might not change much'
Edinburgh Evening News
?For tho...


Can Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon Sell America on Independence? - U.S. News & Wo...
11 Jun 2015 at 4:31pm

U.S. News & World Report (blog)

Can Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon Sell America on Independence?
U.S. N...


British EU exit could provoke new Scottish independence vote - Sturgeon - Reu...
2 Jun 2015 at 7:57am

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British EU exit could provoke new Scottish independence vote - Sturgeon
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UK 'backs Andy Murray despite independence view' - Scotsman
25 Jun 2015 at 3:33am

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UK 'backs Andy Murray despite independence view'
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Murray, who lives in Surrey with ...


John Byrne on art, Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence - Channel 4 News
3 Jun 2015 at 2:45pm

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John Byrne on art, Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence
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The Scottish independence victory - rabble.ca
27 Jun 2015 at 3:13pm

The Scottish independence victory
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Cat Boyd is a labour activist, feminist, and a leader o...


No campaigner Galloway predicts Scottish independence in five years - Aberdee...
14 Jun 2015 at 1:20pm

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No campaigner Galloway predicts Scottish independence in five years
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Stock in Focus - China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) - Vanguard...
30 Jun 2015 at 2:57pm

Stock in Focus - China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)
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There are a num...


The SNP's land grab will hurt, not help, local communities - The Times (subsc...
30 Jun 2015 at 2:49pm

The SNP's land grab will hurt, not help, local communities
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There is a fain...


SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrage - HITC
30 Jun 2015 at 2:34pm

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SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrage
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David Cameron ha...


SNP comment on Scotland Bill votes - SNP (press release)
30 Jun 2015 at 1:25pm

SNP comment on Scotland Bill votes
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?This was typical Tory arrogance - a single ...


Benefit top-ups for Scotland rejected by Tories - Scotsman
30 Jun 2015 at 12:29pm

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Benefit top-ups for Scotland rejected by Tories
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The decision by the Tories to reje...


Proposals on Evel a "democratic outrage" - SNP (press release)
30 Jun 2015 at 10:14am

Proposals on Evel a "democratic outrage"
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"SNP MPs already don't vote on English...


SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrage - T...
30 Jun 2015 at 12:00pm

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SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrage
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Green light for gaelic school travel - The Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter
30 Jun 2015 at 11:08am

Green light for gaelic school travel
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SNP education spokesm...


CalMac ferry strike stops services - Socialist Worker
30 Jun 2015 at 10:26am

CalMac ferry strike stops services
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The RMT appealed to the SNP to make the workers...


Ian Murray :Delivering Radical Constitutional Change Is in Labour's DNA - We ...
30 Jun 2015 at 9:51am

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Holyrood to examine implications of UK's European Union referendum - stv.tv
29 Jun 2015 at 6:08pm

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Holyrood to examine implications of UK's European Union referendum
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Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run' - B...
23 Jun 2015 at 6:04am

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Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run'
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Flat-footed Cameron leads us on a messy referendum dance - Herald Scotland
26 Jun 2015 at 7:09pm

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Flat-footed Cameron leads us on a messy referendum dance
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SNP condemns Westminster proposals for EU membership referendum - stv.tv
24 Jun 2015 at 6:08pm

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SNP condemns Westminster proposals for EU membership referendum
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Referendum vote to leave EU could spark Scottish exit from UK, warns SNP MP -...
9 Jun 2015 at 3:43pm

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Referendum vote to leave EU could spark Scottish exit from UK, warns SNP MP
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SNP threatens to call another independence referendum - Financial Times
14 Jun 2015 at 1:34pm

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SNP threatens to call another independence referendum
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Nicola Sturgeon sets out two triggers for new Scottish referendum (full inter...
3 Jun 2015 at 8:35am

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Nicola Sturgeon sets out two triggers for new Scottish referendum (full interview)
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Eurozone snubs Athens ahead of Greek referendum - Herald Scotland
27 Jun 2015 at 6:15pm

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Eurozone snubs Athens ahead of Greek referendum
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1 Jun 2015 at 7:09pm

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SNP to vote against EU referendum at second reading in Westminster - stv.tv
9 Jun 2015 at 4:30am

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SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrage
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
30 Jun 2015 at 12:00pm

Party?s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, hits out at David Cameron?s plans to bring in new powers before the summer break

David Cameron has been accused by the Scottish National party of plottin...



Far from being a ?Mugabe-style grab?, Scotland?s land reform is too timid | G...
by George Monbiot
30 Jun 2015 at 11:49am
Why not raise the level of ambition with new national parks, protected for their habitats, which could generate new jobs built on wildlife and tourism?

?Tartan Stalinists?, the ?Highland Stasi?, ?Sc...



SNP warns Scotland could still vote for independence
by Toby Helm Political editor
27 Jun 2015 at 6:05pm
Party?s Westminster leader says new referendum is on the cards if David Cameron fails to deliver promises on greater devolution

The leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster has suggested...



Fair societies don?t treat prisoners like animals | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
27 Jun 2015 at 6:05pm
What price justice in the SNP?s brave new Scotland?

No one is even remotely suggesting that the SNP?s social justice initiatives are mired in deep reactionary mud. This is the party, after all, that...



Scottish ferry workers strike in privatisation row
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
26 Jun 2015 at 12:00am

RMT members at CalMac walk out over prospect of Serco winning contract to operate services across Clyde, inner Hebrides and Western Isles

Islanders and visitors across the Hebridean islands and west...



Scottish government accused of trying to bury report on falling oil revenues
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
25 Jun 2015 at 9:27am

Oil and gas bulletin, which reveals revenues from North Sea oil are expected to plummet, is released on last day before Holyrood?s summer recess

The Scottish government has been accused of trying to...



Nicola Sturgeon denies plan to cut Scottish funding of royal family
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 2:28pm

First minister says Scotland ?by hook or by crook? will pay its full contribution to sovereign grant after further devolution

Nicola Sturgeon has denied that her government wants to cut Scotland?s f...



Queen's grant: Treasury still controls sovereign fund not Scots
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 10:01am

Edinburgh?s takeover of Scottish Crown Estate assets may rile the royal household worried for its purse, but a misdirected fight could feed Scots? republican instincts

The royal household is annoyed...



Scottish funding changes will not leave Queen £2m short, Treasury says
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 6:53am

Treasury says it will ensure the proposal to devolve control over Scottish crown estate assets to Holyrood will not lead to a cut in sovereign grant

The Treasury has moved to dampen down the row ove...



Scottish funding changes could leave Queen short of £2m
by Caroline Davies
23 Jun 2015 at 6:17pm

Scottish parliament intends to use profits from crown estate in Scotland for use in Scotland, but says country will still contribute via taxes to Treasury

The Queen is set to no longer receive fundi...



Anger as proposal to cap land ownership in Scotland is dropped by government
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
23 Jun 2015 at 1:24pm

With the Scottish Green party estimating half the country is owned by just 432 people, campaigners looking for limits are left disappointed by land reform bill

Nicola Sturgeon?s government has been...



CommonSpace joins Scotland's burgeoning alternative media outlets
by Roy Greenslade
22 Jun 2015 at 7:23am

New media sites favour journalistic collaboration rather than competition

One of the major legacies of the Scottish referendum has been the rise of alternative media, not least because the majority...



Votes for 16- and 17-year-olds ? where else outside Scotland?
by George Arnett
18 Jun 2015 at 1:00am

A move to lower voting age is expected to sail through the Scottish parliament. But where else in the world can under-18s can take part in elections?

Late last year, the UK government devolved the p...



Scottish football fans may win legal right to buy their clubs
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
17 Jun 2015 at 2:23pm

Proposed powers would give supporters? groups right to be first and preferred bidders if club owner decides to sell or if it faces closure

Scottish football fans could soon win the legal right to bu...



Scottish government renews call for extra powers on tax and welfare
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
15 Jun 2015 at 11:35am

John Swinney asks for Holyrood to be given control of £8.5bn of national insurance, £3bn corporation tax, the new universal credit and minimum wage

The Scottish government has again called for bill...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Being pecked to death by an angry chicken
by weegingerdug
29 Jun 2015 at 11:54am
Yesterday the Sunday Herald did something that no other newspaper in the UK has ever done before – it carried an article exposing the online activities of the numerous Unionist Twitter trolls. The ...

The American tea of politics
by weegingerdug
28 Jun 2015 at 7:31am
Well that’s me home now. Big thanks to Macart and all the people who published guest posts during my absence and kept the shop open. I appreciate it immensely. I forgot my phone charger so decided ...

Chaplain to the Fairy Queen
by macart763
27 Jun 2015 at 5:07am
Creative journalism by Elizabeth Angus It?s a sunny spring Saturday, and I?m headed up a Fairy Hill. The way is not long, but the path in places is steep. I?m recovering from illness, and the exert...

A little insight into autism
by macart763
26 Jun 2015 at 2:21am
A Guest post by Paul Larsen (Written by my wife Christina) Life with John and autism is such a roller coaster of emotions and can make you cry sad tears and happy tears almost at the same time.  Ye...

Patience is a virtue (probably)
by macart763
24 Jun 2015 at 9:41am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I?m seeing a recurring theme across the interwebby and the meeja these days and it boils down to ?there?s only 56 of them, they can?t do anything, they don?t ...

Send in the clowns
by macart763
23 Jun 2015 at 2:08am
A guest post by Ally Farquhar Whilst the wee dug is off being spoilt in the Lanarkshire countryside and the Wordmeister is recovering from a bout of well earned Boston Baked Beans I thought it woul...

The Fingers of One Hand
by macart763
21 Jun 2015 at 1:01am
A guest post by Eric Rice Of the thirty-two Local Authorities in Scotland, there are only five remaining where the Labour Party now commands an overall majority. True, there are a number of additio...

Sorry seems to be the hardest word
by macart763
19 Jun 2015 at 6:09am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Yeah, so the circus that is memogate rumbles on in the form of  a possible slap on the wrist for the Telegraph. This is expected to be delivered by the Indepe...

What?s in a name?
by macart763
18 Jun 2015 at 2:15am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) You know that veto, that’s not a veto? It seems that Mr Mundell couldn’t even wait for the new bill, debates, amendments, ratifications and/or ink to dry befo...

It?s only a game
by weegingerdug
16 Jun 2015 at 8:55pm
A short story, guest blog by Elizabeth Angus So there we ur at the gemme, Denny an me, and it?s bloody great. Ma furst Old Firm game ? it took me ages tae get ma maw tae let me go. But ahm no a daf...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Scottish Affairs Committee...
28 Jun 2015 at 4:28am
Will be made up by a majority of English MPs for the first time ever.

Do they just want us to get independence over and done with now?

Greek referendum
26 Jun 2015 at 5:22pm
Following several days of negotiations with the ECB, the IMF and other creditors the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said there will be a referendum on the bailout terms. The vote will take place a week on Sunday. Tsipras has said that the ultimatum is "un-European" and a "humiliation". ...

Wellbeing Index
25 Jun 2015 at 7:41am

http://www.well-beingindex.com/americas-lead-highs-sub-saharan-africa-lows-in-well-being

 

"For the second consecutive year, Panama leads the world in well-being", Norway in "financial well-being".

 

That'll be Panama who don't have their own currency and Norway who have an oil fund, then.



Has Football influenced your national identify and/or political leanin
24 Jun 2015 at 7:44am

Apart from the UK Nations are there any other Football Associations in Europe or even the World that don't exclusively belong to one independent country?

 

I remember being obsessed with Football from an early age.

 

Because Football was/is such an important factor in my life, it genuinely struck...



Independence & the current Tory Government
24 Jun 2015 at 2:48am

Is anyone here of the thought process that the actions of the Tories are likely to bring about a genuine case for Scottish Independence sooner rather than later?

 

I'm not sure how much worse the Tories can get.  An absolute and utter disregard for the Scotland Bill with no wiggle room being offe...



Jeb Bush talks about his foreign bride
21 Jun 2015 at 7:21pm

On Tuesday presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke about the first meeting between himself and his future foreign bride, Columba. " It was love at first sight. I spoke little Spanish and she spoke little English, but when you are in love you can overcome those barriers pretty quick. There's another...



The fall of Labour in Scotland - in their own words
21 Jun 2015 at 12:29pm

The fall of Labour in Scotland - in their own words

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33198969

 

 

Should be fun...

 



Dealing With The Harsh Reality - Options For The Scottish Government
20 Jun 2015 at 3:45pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33210354

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33190881

What options are realistically available to our politicians in Holyrood to deal with the harsh realities of a Tory majority at Westminster determined to force more austerity on the peop...

Your favourite pre-election predictions?
19 Jun 2015 at 4:27pm

These are definitely up there for me.

 

H_B on the SNP winning in the region of 20 seats at the General Election:

 

Which is of course an absolute fantasy land figure in the first place.

 

The SNP are a complete irrelevance in General Election terms, and will remain so.

 

H_B on the SNP winni...



Let's talk politics - an unsolvable problem?
17 Jun 2015 at 5:26pm
There are third and fourth generations of families who are contributing little to the economy and are a drain on resources. Kids growing up in families who know nothing more than claiming benefits and for whom the idea of working is totally alien. It is genuinely a 'cultural problem' that has d...

An open proposal to David Cameron
17 Jun 2015 at 8:21am

I saw an interesting article on NMA which raises some good points and asks the existing Government to consider key reforms for the benefit of the UK, what does P&B think bearing in mind this was written for a website that probably has views markedly different to the norm on this forum:

 

http://ci...



Repayable loans could replace JSA
12 Jun 2015 at 2:52pm

I see some think tank has suggested a change of the way benefits are paid. The idea is that instead of just handing out the £58 per week to those seeking a job, it would be done in the same way as the government loans that help students with the cost of living.

 

The way it works in Scotland is t...



Explain being Scottish. In Three words.
12 Jun 2015 at 1:58pm

Full of shite.

F**king hells bells.

It wisnae me.

Blame the English.

F**ked it up.

Who me, naw.

Right up ye.

Bend over sonny.

Shut yer gub.

Pull ma boaby...



PaddyPower Advert
12 Jun 2015 at 5:30am

Both funny and true....

 



"One of the most powerful devolved Governments in the world"
9 Jun 2015 at 4:54am

This is a line I've heard trotted out amongst mainly Conservatives, but from most if not all Unionist parties in justification of a weak Scotland Bill.  It's certainly been used by pretty much all of the Conservative front bench in relation to Holyrood.

 

How many devolved Governments does "the w...




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Dentist
30 Jun 2015 at 6:24am
I've just been butchered to hell. Is £19 for a large filling reasonable?

Historic Day On The Tamb
30 Jun 2015 at 4:44am
For all those fans of the 1,000,000th post thread and other such TAMB related nonsense, I predict that today will be another historic day on the TAMB.

Heat Wave
30 Jun 2015 at 4:33am
enjoy the heat wave how long will it last ? it's about 75 here in Bournemouth at the minute hope it lasts it's been a long time in coming May was shite

Kauto Star
30 Jun 2015 at 3:37am

Probably the greatest jumps horse I've ever seen put down today after a bad fracture.    Thanks for the winnings Kauto!!



Minutes Silence On Friday
29 Jun 2015 at 4:50pm
Thoughts?

http://news.sky.com/story/1510328/nationwide-silence-for-tunisia-attack-victims

J

Unlocking A Mobile
28 Jun 2015 at 3:09pm
Any tips on how to unlock a tesco/O2 mobile for free. It's my old phone I've given to someone else who is on a good vodaphone sim deal. Thanks.

Sky Tv Help
28 Jun 2015 at 3:04pm
I am living in Dublin and 2 months into a 12 month tv and broadband deal. The wife is very homesick and we need to return.
My question is, is there a way to keep the package i have without incurring penalties for breaking contract? I phoned sky ireland they said sky uk and ireland are separate ...

Bannockburn 701St Anniversary March
27 Jun 2015 at 5:18pm

 

a BIG shout out to the William Wallace Society and Ted Christopher for organising the 701st anniversay march from Stirling Bridge to Bannockburn. Great weather, company and well stewarded by the police and volunteers. A family freindly event that I would highly recommend.

 

Soar Alba



Eu Refernedum - Project Fear Part 2
27 Jun 2015 at 10:09am
David Cameron's "firm aim" is to ensure the UK remains in the EU and he will warn of the risks of exit in a future referendum.
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Mr Cameron is planning to focus his EU referendum campaign on the "risky" consequences of a British exit.- "people will ultimately vote for the status quo if the alte...

Calmac
27 Jun 2015 at 3:58am
Very disappointed in the SNP on this. For.a party fiercely opposed to privatising the Royal Mail to look at privatising the ferries is bad news.


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