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John McDonnell: anti-Semitism row has shaken Labour 'to the core'
1 Aug 2018 at 3:17pm
JEREMY Corbyn?s closest ally has said the spiralling row over anti-Semitism within Labour has shaken the party ?to the core?.

Humanist Society Scotland overtakes Kirk in wedding stakes
1 Aug 2018 at 3:37pm
A CHARITY which promotes rationality and science over ?dogmatic religion? has become the largest marriage ceremony provider in the country.

May in plea to Macron to back her Brexit offer
1 Aug 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May is to break off from her summer holiday in Italy to hold talks with Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to persuade France to be more flexible on Brexit and accept her Chequers Plan as the only way to avoid a no-deal departure from the EU.

No-deal Brexit a "huge geo-strategic mistake", says Hunt
1 Aug 2018 at 7:13pm
THE UK and Europe are headed for a ?huge geo-strategic mistake? by allowing a no-deal Brexit to happen by accident, the Foreign Secretary has claimed.

Gove pledges support for farmers amid drought concerns
1 Aug 2018 at 12:09pm
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised to support farmers in the future, as they warned of an ?unprecedented? impact on food production due to drought.

Sinn Fein criticises Arlene Foster's 'bizarre' defence of DUP Pride flag stance
1 Aug 2018 at 6:58pm
Sinn Fein has described a claim from Arlene Foster that a bid to fly a Pride flag at a council building was a republican rouse to remove the Union flag as bizarre.

Whitehall says Scotland Office is 'still important'
1 Aug 2018 at 12:00am
WHITEHALL has insisted the Scotland Office is ?more important than ever? as it hit back against a Commons committee report which said a devolution review should consider whether to scrap David Mundell?s role as Scottish Secretary.

Human rights watchdog urged to investigate Labour Party over anti-Semitism row
1 Aug 2018 at 7:39am
The Labour leader faces a complaint about his conduct and a call for the human rights watchdog to investigate his party.

Risk of messy divorce if Brexit talks falter, Jeremy Hunt warns
1 Aug 2018 at 12:40pm
The Foreign Secretary has been holding talks with his Austrian counterpart in Vienna.

Free person care bill tops £500m for first time
1 Aug 2018 at 5:09am
THE cost of free personal and nursing care has topped half a billion pounds for the first time.

Brexit becoming ?stuff of nightmares?, food industry boss warns
1 Aug 2018 at 11:51am
Ian Wright, of the Food and Drink Federation, has called for a meeting with the Government over the implications of a no-deal Brexit.

Almost 300,000 Scots homes rely on emergency welfare
1 Aug 2018 at 5:14am
ALMOST 300,000 households have been forced to rely on emergency aid from the Scottish Government in the last five years, according to new figures.

Activist withdraws support for Corbyn ally in anti-Semitism row
1 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
A PROMINENT Scottish member of Labour?s ruling body has withdrawn her support for a left-wing colleague who ranted about Jewish ?Trump fanatics? at a party meeting.

Hunt warns chance of no deal Brexit 'increasing by the day'
31 Jul 2018 at 3:39pm
BRITAIN will not blink on Brexit, Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has insisted as he warned the European Union that the likelihood of Britain exiting the EU without a deal was "increasing by the day".

Tributes as Sir Alex Fergusson dies aged 69
31 Jul 2018 at 2:58pm
SIR ALEX Fergusson, the former Presiding Officer at Holyrood, has died aged 69.



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Pro-indy blogger slams BBC after YouTube channel shut down
1 Aug 2018 at 9:18pm
A pro-independence blogger has delivered a scathing attack at the BBC after his YouTube channel was shut down in a copyright row.

Pro-Corbyn group withdraws support for Labour?s Peter Willsman
1 Aug 2018 at 8:11pm
Momentum, the grassroots campaign group that backs Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has said it has withdrawn its support for Peter Willsman as he seeks re-election to the party’s ruling body.

Jeremy Hunt warns of ?messy divorce? without Brexit breakthrough
1 Aug 2018 at 7:27pm
The UK and EU face a “messy divorce” if Brexit talks break down, Jeremy Hunt warned as Britain stepped up efforts to find a breakthrough.

Ambulances to be tested for signs of Novichok nerve agent
1 Aug 2018 at 7:01pm
Detectives investigating the Novichok poisonings of Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess will carry out precautionary testing of the ambulances used to treat the pair.

Humanist weddings overtake Church of Scotland ceremonies
1 Aug 2018 at 5:42pm
Weddings staged by Scotland’s leading humanist body have overtaken Church of Scotland ceremonies north of the border for the first time as Scots turn away from a more formal religious approach to trying the knot.

Bank of England expected to lift interest rates to 10-year high
1 Aug 2018 at 3:50pm
The Bank of England is expected to hike interest rates tomorrow to their highest level for almost a decade tomorrow.

Brian Wilson: I couldn?t let Blackford re-write history about Kennedy
1 Aug 2018 at 3:32pm
I would gladly never have written another word about the campaign mounted by Ian Blackford against Charles Kennedy in 2015. My views on Blackford are predictable while Charles Kennedy is dead.

Tommy Robinson wired £20k in Bitcoin while in jail by supporters
1 Aug 2018 at 3:09pm
International support for former English League Defence founder Tommy Robinson has rocketed since he was jailed in May.

Refugees begin ?hunger strike? in response to Serco eviction notices in Glasgow
1 Aug 2018 at 1:29pm
Two refugees have began a hunger strike outside the Home Office base in Glasgow after being placed at risk of eviction from their homes in the city.

SNP's Ian Blackford accused of disfiguring last months of Charles Kennedy's life
1 Aug 2018 at 1:22pm
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has been accused of “an odious attempt to re-write history” by playing down claims that he led a vendetta against the late Charles Kennedy.

Jeremy Corbyn apologises for hosting 2010 Holocaust event
1 Aug 2018 at 12:54pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s apology for sharing a platform with people who reportedly compared Israel to the Nazis has intensified calls for Labour to take a tougher stance on anti-Semitism.

Readers react: ?Holyrood more interested in Brexit obstruction?
1 Aug 2018 at 9:42am
Almost 20 years since the creation of the Scottish Parliament, Whitehall officials are not properly trained to understand devolution and mechanisms for the UK’s governments to discuss vital issues such as Brexit are “not fit for purpose”, a committee of MPs concluded yesterday.

Letters: When will No voters realise Scotland can do better out of Union?
1 Aug 2018 at 9:21am
There must be a point on the horizon where supporters of the Union will realise Scotland can do much better as an independent country, argues Scotsman reader Gill Turner.

David Mundell: UK and Scottish Governments must work together on Brexit
1 Aug 2018 at 7:41am
David Mundell will tomorrow warn that the Scottish and UK governments must work together to make Brexit a success for Scotland.

Brian Monteith: Remain lost the Brexit vote - deal with it
1 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
I am not a great fan of referendums, and I say that as someone who was involved in the Scottish campaigns of 1979, 1997 and 2014 – winning two and losing one. I missed the first Common Market referendum in 1975, but was actively involved in 2016. In the UK they have only been used for constitutional issues – which is probably why they have been hugely divisive.

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The sounds of the silenced
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2018 at 10:32am
Before we were so rudely interrupted, we were about to write a little more about the issues around the BBC’s takedown of this site’s YouTube channel. Because while we got a very respectable five-and-a-half minutes on Good Morning Scotland earlier today, you never have the time on radio or TV to say everything you want to. Incidentally, …

Silence will fall
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2018 at 8:24am
Well, that’s curious. No sooner had I got back home from the BBC Radio studio in Bath after going on today’s Good Morning Scotland to discuss the Corporation’s closing down of my YouTube channel than I found a new email from YouTube in my inbox. No explanation of any kind was offered for the decision – …

The dirty baker?s dozen
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2018 at 9:04am
So this morning, four days after our entire YouTube channel was deleted at the behest of the BBC, and after days of wrestling with YouTube’s shambolic robot-staffed admin maze, we finally managed to get an email out of them with the full list of what the BBC had complained about. (If you should ever find yourself in a similar …

Big Auntie Is Watching You update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2018 at 7:41pm
So what we only suspected is now official. In a response to The National, the BBC have confirmed that they were behind the termination of this site’s YouTube channel. We have to admit, that “irrespective of the political views” line is a classic. All joking aside though, we must confess to a modicum of shock. Despite …

Regular context update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2018 at 6:00pm
Large sections of the Scottish media today trot out Variant #26 of the fortnightly “NHS SCOTLAND CRISIS!” story, namely the targets for A&E waiting times. The BBC, for example, goes with this: While the Sunday Mail runs a remarkably similar piece except with more Anas Sarwar. And that’s all fair enough – it’s a legitimate news story. …

When we?re gone
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2018 at 10:49am
As we’re writing this, our YouTube channel remains dead. We’re still trying to navigate through YouTube’s awful maze of robotic guards to reach a human being, and while at least two newspapers – The National and the Scotsman – have asked the BBC for a comment, none has been forthcoming. The mainstream media’s attacks on this …

The state flexes its muscles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2018 at 12:21pm
We happened to be looking at a couple of old articles this morning, and noticed that some of them had blank spaces where videos should be. We didn’t think much of it at first, because people do sometimes delete old videos or shut down their accounts, but when we checked one of them we discovered it …

Never his freedom
by Chris Cairns
28 Jul 2018 at 6:59am

Not down with the sickness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2018 at 11:52am
An alert reader sent us a piece of interesting follow-up info to yesterday’s piece on NHS Scotland costs. Because comparable figures for NHS England are available too, and they make for surprising reading. These are the Scottish figures for medicine costs at list price, ie before any negotiated discounts that the health service is able …

There Will Be Adequate Food
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2018 at 7:38pm
We’ve just been leaked this short clip of a secret UK government exercise preparing for the week after Brexit. We’re sure everything will be fine and no drastic measures will be required. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all …

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BBC criticised after Wings Over Scotland has YouTube channel removed
1 Aug 2018 at 1:34pm
Pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland questions why the broadcaster asked for his videos to be removed.

Half of Scots pledge to donate organs after their death
1 Aug 2018 at 4:00pm
More than 2,724,000 Scottish residents are on the UK Organ Donor Register - 50.4% of the population.

Former Holyrood presiding officer Sir Alex Fergusson dies
31 Jul 2018 at 3:53pm
Sir Alex Fergusson, a former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, dies at the age of 69.

Award-winning photographs go on show at Holyrood
1 Aug 2018 at 12:26am
An exhibition of award-winning photographs from around the world goes on show at the Scottish Parliament.

MPs urge a rethink of UK devolution
31 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
MPs on Westminster's constitutional affairs committee urge a "rethink" of devolution in light of Brexit.

Fife Labour councillor suspended in anti-Semitism row
31 Jul 2018 at 11:14am
A Fife councillor is suspended by Labour while the party probes comments she made about the anti-Semitism row.

Cancer detection 'going in wrong direction' says charity boss
31 Jul 2018 at 4:07pm
New figures show a small drop in the rate at which people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.

Council taskforce to help asylum seekers facing eviction
31 Jul 2018 at 7:16pm
A lawyer claims Serco plans to "act unlawfully" after families were told their locks will be changed.

Scotland's heritage sites need more protection, says NTS
31 Jul 2018 at 4:42pm
The National Trust for Scotland wants forthcoming planning legislation to better protect the areas from development.

Cared-for young people 'falling through the cracks' in system
30 Jul 2018 at 6:14pm
Young people who have been in care are "falling through the cracks" in the system, a new report claims.

Former Scottish Conservative MP dismisses 'dark money' claims
29 Jul 2018 at 2:04pm
Peter Duncan insists donations to the party by the Scottish Unionist Association Trust were "legitimate and permissible".

Will EU teacher fall hit recruitment?
26 Jul 2018 at 5:05pm
Will the drop in would-be teachers from EU countries make it harder for some councils to fill vacancies?

Scot Goes Pop

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

The Chequers shambles brought UKIP back from the dead - and May's fear of UKI...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 5:36pm
One of the paradoxes of last year's general election is that the Tories had to increase their vote sharply just to avoid going backwards any further than they did.  Theresa May took 42% of the popu...

Any Blairite breakaway from Labour could be Christmas for the SNP
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2018 at 11:36pm
Subscribers to iScot magazine might remember that for my December 2017 column, I made a series of non-predictions for the year ahead.  That is to say, I made the point that the range of possibiliti...

Tonight (and every other night until the end of time) Scottish Labour are gon...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2018 at 6:33pm
It's always bemused me that there are two opinions about the SNP's history that seemingly nobody is allowed to express because the self-appointed experts have already long since decided that they a...

Latest figures suggest Scot Goes Pop is Scotland's fifth most-read alternativ...
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2018 at 11:34am
Apologies for another self-indulgent stats post (in fairness I think the last one was in March!), but like other bloggers I do sometimes have to fight to make sure Scot Goes Pop gets the full recog...

The exclusion of the SNP from the summaries of poll results is arbitrary, Ang...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2018 at 7:03pm
As I've spent a fair bit of the last 48 hours having exchanges (sometimes downright surreal exchanges) about this subject on Twitter, I thought I might as well make the point here as well.  It's a ...

Yes vote stands at 46% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2018 at 6:58pm
It's been ages since I last calculated a polling average on independence, so I thought it might be time to give it a spin.  For those who don't remember, the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls takes into ...

If an outright mandate for independence is sought at a parliamentary election...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2018 at 3:23pm
You may have seen that Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp's column in The National today sets out what he believes is the most likely timetable for seeking a mandate on independence.  As you know, I entirely ag...

An independence referendum looks ever more inevitable tonight as Tory rebels ...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2018 at 7:29pm
As I understand it, the SNP's strategy on an independence referendum since last summer's "reset" has been to focus all their energies on full-bloodedly and sincerely attempting to secure a soft Bre...

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Half of Scots pledge to donate organs after their death. More than half of Sc...
by /u/bottish
1 Aug 2018 at 9:12pm
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Are there any museums about the writer Thomas Carlyle?
by /u/drunknobi69
1 Aug 2018 at 8:11pm
I?m an American and have never been to Scotland but I?ve just started reading Carlyle because he was an inspiration to writers like Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. submitted by /u/drunknobi69...

Question about driving in Scotland
by /u/amazingbears
1 Aug 2018 at 7:41pm
Hello! This September I am going to study for the first time abroad in Edinburgh and even though I haven't been there yet I can see myself loving it. I was wondering if it's possible to take drivin...

Darren ?Loki? McGarvey on poverty, personal responsibility and rap
by /u/Chazmer87
1 Aug 2018 at 7:40pm
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America on Scotland on Trump
by /u/Gingeyx
1 Aug 2018 at 7:19pm
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To some, the Scots leid is more disgusting than rape.
by /u/CMS3021
1 Aug 2018 at 6:59pm
submitted by /u/CMS3021

SNP's savvy new recruits have a chance to shape independence. Will they take it?
by /u/CitrusConfusion
1 Aug 2018 at 6:49pm
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Raids target 'industrial scale' fraud
by /u/MomentOfGlory
1 Aug 2018 at 6:22pm
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Migration helps Scotland's population reach record high
by /u/_marinate
1 Aug 2018 at 5:48pm
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Hillwalkers furious over 800% rise in car park costs
by /u/abz_eng
1 Aug 2018 at 5:30pm
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Scotland?s and particularly Glasgow?s crime rates falling significantly thank...
by /u/CMS3021
1 Aug 2018 at 3:40pm
submitted by /u/CMS3021

Living in Ayr
by /u/lememoire
1 Aug 2018 at 3:26pm
Hello, I will start working at UWS in Ayr by the end of this month. I'm looking for a place to rent on my own or a house share. I am not Scottish (not even British) and never been in the area befor...

What is the structure off the coast of St Andrews?
by /u/johnmc91
1 Aug 2018 at 1:27pm
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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service continue to push reduction of crews on Fire ...
by /u/DemocracyDiesSlowly
1 Aug 2018 at 1:23pm
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service continue to push reduction of crews on Fire Engines from 5 to 4. How do you feel about this? Do you feel less safe? Are you more concerned about public and fire...

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Tories target young Love Island voters with 'Muggy Corbyn' water bottle campaign
by Robyn Darbyshire
1 Aug 2018 at 9:36pm
The Conservative Party appear to be trying to coast off the back of the hit ITV2 show's success with young people.

Call for cancer action as early detection rates fall in last year
by Vivienne Aitken
1 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Politicians and charities are demanding more is done to spot the disease early.

Fife Scottish Labour councillor suspended from party during anti-Semitism probe
by dailyrecord
31 Jul 2018 at 5:35pm
Mary Lockhart was criticised over comments she made in a Facebook post about the party's position on anti-Semitism.

Government have a moral duty to its young people - kids in care should not be...
by Kezia Dugdale
31 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Kezia Dugdale says we need to do better for care experienced young people in Scotland.

Deaths among young people in care 'should be covered by fatal accident inquir...
by Andy Philip
31 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Research led by Kezia Dugdale found 84 young people who has been in secure care at some stage died “prematurely” in the past decade.

UK Government's treatment of Scotland during Brexit negotiations 'highly regr...
by David Clegg
31 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
A committee of MPs have criticised Theresa May's Tories for the failure to properly consult the Scottish Government.

Jeremy Hunt in 'terrible mistake' as he describes Chinese wife as Japanese in...
by David Hughes
30 Jul 2018 at 12:57pm
The Foreign Secretary hoped his personal connection to China would help forge strong links.

Sell-out Scottish Tories are complicit in steering us towards a catastrophe -...
by dailyrecord
30 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist reckons that between failed austerity policies and the Brexit shambles, the Tories are putting narrow party interests ahead of jobs and livelihoods across Scotland.

Thirty-eight Scots kids made homeless EVERY DAY as spiralling figure 'gives d...
by Andy Philip
30 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
New figures shock Scotland and shame the Government.

Scottish Labour MSPs urge party to adopt full international anti-Semitism def...
by dailyrecord
30 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The Labour Party has been in turmoil over its handling of the issue of anti-Semitism.

Michael Greenwell

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

?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching…  

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?    

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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New Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2018 at 2:42pm
Welcome to our sparkling new website – which brings you improved navigation, clearer classification and indexing and some snazzy new features. Our social media is better integrated and our vast back-catalogue of content is easier to rummage through. We have contributor pages for each of our writers which point outwards to their own content and …

Seismic Things Are Happening On The American Left
by StarbitAdmin
31 Jul 2018 at 5:04pm
The victory of Ocasio-Cortez in New York wasn?t an isolated upset, but the latest in a series of seismic shifts currently taking place on the American left, argues Jamie Maxwell. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Joe Crowley in a headline-blitzing New York primary race last month, the first thing the Democratic Party establishment tried to do …

Selling Scotland?s local television to That?s TV is a travesty
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jul 2018 at 2:04pm
Dale McEwan on the disastrous model of TV news being brought to Scotland. Job adverts have been posted online calling for reporters and video journalists to work across Scotland?s new local TV stations. This follows STV?s redundancies, closure of STV2 channel and decision to sell its city television licences to Freeview broadcaster That?s TV. The …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jul 2018 at 1:13pm
Hallaig from Neil Kempsell on Vimeo. The film is an exploration and visual interpretation of the poem “Hallaig” by Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean. The poem originally written in Gaelic and translated describes the tragic loss and memories of a highland community on the Island of Raasay. The film depicts symbols of life and time. That …

A Recipe Book for the Armed Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jul 2018 at 12:51pm
In a country of Gogglebox and Love Island viewers that loses its shit at the first soft flurry of snow, the idea of there being a capacity for resilience in times of real crisis seems far-fetched. Here, Craig Dalzell reminds us what happens when the Just In Time delivery system falls over. For a country in …

Where Now for Catalan Independence?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 7:56pm
Former Catalan Education Minister Clara Ponsati was due to begin a trial in Edinburgh on 30 July, but the Spanish Supreme Court has now dropped extradition charges against exiled pro-independence Catalan leaders. Despite this, nine political prisoners remain locked up in Spanish prisons on the same charges as those exiled. Those exiled are not allowed …

Sexism and Gender in Music
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 4:18pm
With Jenny Sturgeon, Laura Risk, Alistair Heather. Gender in the performing arts is a live issue. As soon as female performers go on stage they become sexualised objects, subject to critique for their appearance and its conformity to expected norms. Male performers are not subject to the same level of attention, and their music is …

Becoming British
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
The latest fit of colonial semiotics needs a bit of deconstruction. First up, politics aside, football isn’t Great Britain. Plenty of people aren’t interested and are bored senseless by the vast sums of money poured into it, the overwhelming media saturation, the obscenely overpaid pundits and players and the bloated Premiership. Then of course there’s …

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Sajid Javid urged to halt Serco eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers
by Karen McVeigh
30 Jul 2018 at 6:29pm
City council and MPs demand help for more than 300 people who have been told they cannot stay in BritainThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, is being urged to intervene to stop a housing provider from locking hundred of asylum seekers out of their homes, leaving them destitute. Glasgow city council a...

Time to purge undesirable Scots. Yes Andy Murray, that means you | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Jul 2018 at 5:59am
Pinkos, nationalists and Remainers ? if you?re not worried, you really ought to beIn Britain?s postwar decades, it seems that if your name didn?t appear on a government blacklist then you could never consider yourself an authentic leftie. We all purport to be shocked at how 1950s America went mee...

Momentum heads to Glasgow to hold first Scottish training event
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2018 at 5:08pm
Pro-Corbyn group hopes to use grassroots support to win back marginal Westminster seatsMomentum will hold its first Scottish training event in Glasgow this Saturday, in the hope of galvanising the same levels of grassroots support for Labour that boosted the party?s prospects in England during th...

Scotland's Brexit bill is 'perfectly practical', supreme court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Jul 2018 at 4:26pm
Judges are being asked to rule on political standoff between Holyrood and WestminsterThe Scottish parliament?s Brexit bill is ?perfectly practical? and in keeping with EU principles of legal certainty and continuity, the supreme court has heard.Backed by senior legal representatives from Wales an...

Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
14 Jul 2018 at 4:48pm
Marchers stream through Edinburgh and group chants ?no racist USA? in Ayrshire Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Edinburgh against Donald Trump?s visit to the UK as the US president played golf at his Turnberry resort, on the west coast of Scotland.Trump was seen playing golf w...

'Well below par': protesting paraglider flies over Trump?s Scotland resort - ...
14 Jul 2018 at 11:38am
A paraglider has flown over Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. The Greenpeace protester was trailing a banner saying: 'Trump: well below par'. Police are currently searching for the protestor, who breached a no-fly zone Continue reading...

Wings Over Scotland blogger's defamation case against MSP starts
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2018 at 10:15am
Stuart Campbell is suing Kezia Dugdale after she accused him of homophobic commentA £25,000 defamation claim brought by a blogger against the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be heard in court in Edinburgh on Thursday.Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings Over Scotland, sued th...

UK government to foot police bill for Trump's golfing trip to Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Jul 2018 at 4:33pm
Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to £5m should planned visit go aheadThe UK government has pledged to cover up to £5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish government?s new jus...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The propaganda department
A report has just been published by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. The House of Commons report was written by anti-independence MPs, largely from England. It consists of 11 MPs, five of whom are Conservative, five Labour, and only one SNP. The sole SNP MP on the committee …

How I made Britnat trolls work for me
I had planned to publish this piece yesterday, but the BBC shutdown of Wings Over Scotland’s and Moridura’s YouTube Channels was too important not to blog about immediately. Quite incredibly, it now transpires that the BBC closed down Stu Campbell’s YouTube channel because he’d published the video of the BBC interviewing Stu Campbell. When she …

Free speech, except for viewers in Scotland
The BBC doesn’t exactly have a great reputation in Scotland for fairness and a lack of bias. Trust in the Corporation in Scotland is low, and you’ll be more likely to find someone who thinks that Creationist website demonstrates a proper understanding of the theory of evolution than you’ll find an independence supporter who believes …

Great British Nessie farming
Well that didn’t last long did it. A deal which it took members of the Conservative cabinet two years to strike was trashed by the EU in as many weeks. This is what happens when you have a UK government which is more interested in negotiating with itself about an unrealistic fantasy of Empire 2.0 …

This is where we are now
Back in 2014, if independence campaigners had urged people to vote Yes warning that the British state would be stockpiling supplies of food and vital medicines, that it would be making contingency plans for the lights going out, and that ports were threatened with gridlock and planes might not fly, we would have been accused …

Carrot and stick, but mainly stick!
A guest post by Samuel Miller It was inevitable really (sigh). Last week, as we are all well aware, UK government had a near biblical meltdown. Politics UK style and government were, by any standard, reduced to a near *shambolic mess. (*Way too big a list to go through folks, so just see the previous …

Absent Without Leave
A guest post by Samuel Miller Readers, I’m not entirely sure where to begin? We started the week with the fallout from the Chequers deal and some ministerial resignations. Then we had the EC’s ruling on the leave campaign’s alleged questionable shenanigans, cross party backstabbery over said Chequers deal and crucial Commons votes on the …

It?s all gone a bit rossthomson
One of the problems about writing about Brexit is the risk of running out of synonyms for crapocalypse, armaggodforsaken, galactofuck, crapastrophe, shitaclysm, chaotaclysm, debastardacle, disastacre. But having considered the alternatives, there is no better and more evocative description of the utter idiocy and stupidty of Brexit, and Theresa May’s handling of it, than to say, …

The National

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The only way to prevent Brexit mess is to leave the UK
BACK in 2014, if supporters of independence had warned that Scotland needed to vote Yes because if we remained a part of the UK, the government would have to make contingency plans for stockpiling food and medicines, and that there were plans for the army to distribute food and medicines to vulnerable communities, we?d have been ridiculed and mocked by a Better Together campaign whose main sell...

UK's artists' fearing outcome of Brexit and loss of EU funding
WITH just eight months to go before Brexit, the government has still offered no concrete plans on long-term migration between the UK and the EU ? and there are fears it could impact Edinburgh?s £300 million festivals.

Tory MP Bill Grant admits to having a nap in the House of Commons
TORY MP Bill Grant has admitted to having a snooze in the chamber of the House of Commons.

Calls for Corbyn ally to be kicked out of Labour over anti-Semitism
JEREMY Corbyn is under-pressure to take action against one of his closest allies as Labour?s anti-Semitism woes

Nearly 80% of Scottish SMEs concerned about post-Brexit economy
LEADING Scottish business advisers and accountants Scott-Moncrieff have published a survey which shows that small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are fearing Brexit.

New report blames Tory Government for power grab talks breakdown
THE Tory Government has been blasted for failing to work with the Scottish Government over Brexit.

'Where will we go?' ask Glasgow's asylum seekers over lock-out threat
HER name is Hamida Mehraban. She?s a teacher. She endured death threats in Afghanistan for educating girls and disguised herself in a burka to evade the Taliban en route to lessons.

Home Office?s outsourcing of the asylum system is a UK scandal
SERCO has been called the company that runs Britain, although, like Carillion, that other great product of British outsourcing and procurement, it?s got very little brand recognition. In certain quarters, though, it has gained notoriety (another parallel with Carillion). An offshore law firm called Serco a ?high-risk? client with a ?history of problems, failures, fatal errors and overcharging?.

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Lallands Peat Worrier
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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

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …


Scotland and Independence

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Thousands take part in Scottish independence march in Inverness
Thousands take part in Scottish independence march in Inverness  BBC NewsFull coverage

Thousands march in Inverness for Scottish Independence rally
Thousands march in Inverness for Scottish Independence rally  The ScotsmanInverness independence march attracts thousands of participants  Press and JournalFull coverage

Letter: Another Scottish independence march - so why does support remain the ...
Letter: Another Scottish independence march - so why does support remain the same?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

BBC criticised after Wings Over Scotland has YouTube channel removed
BBC criticised after Wings Over Scotland has YouTube channel removed  BBC NewsFull coverage

Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally
Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally  BBC NewsFull coverage

Why the rise of the populist right threatens Scottish independence
Why the rise of the populist right threatens Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Mundell says no-deal Brexit would be better than Scottish independence
Mundell says no-deal Brexit would be better than Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands
Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands  The ScotsmanFull coverage


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David Mundell: SNP and Tory ministers need to stop rowing and 'pull together'...
David Mundell: SNP and Tory ministers need to stop rowing and 'pull together' to exploit Brexit trade benefits coverage

New SNP Health Minister under pressure after early cancer detection rates fall
New SNP Health Minister under pressure after early cancer detection rates fall coverage

Savvy new recruits could ginger up the SNP
Savvy new recruits could ginger up the SNP  The TimesFull coverage

SNP under pressure as personal care costs SOAR to £500m - 'STAGGERING!'
SNP under pressure as personal care costs SOAR to £500m - 'STAGGERING!' coverage

SNP's Ian Blackford accused of disfiguring last months of Charles Kennedy's life
SNP's Ian Blackford accused of disfiguring last months of Charles Kennedy's life  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Changing the Guard at a Prostate Cancer SNP.
Changing the Guard at a Prostate Cancer SNP.  UroTodayFull coverage

SNP Commission U-turned on currency, says former MP
SNP Commission U-turned on currency, says former MP  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Letters: SNP did the wrong thing for the right reasons in 1979
Letters: SNP did the wrong thing for the right reasons in 1979  The NationalFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Letter: Another Scottish independence march - so why does support remain the ...
Letter: Another Scottish independence march - so why does support remain the same?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Andrew McKie: A second EU referendum would be both pointless and damaging
Andrew McKie: A second EU referendum would be both pointless and damaging  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Thousands of pro-Indy marchers bring Inverness to standstill as Scottish Inde...
Thousands of pro-Indy marchers bring Inverness to standstill as Scottish Independence march hits Highland capital  The Scottish SunFull coverage

Alex Massie: Scotland's Brexit hangover lingers but second referendum could p...
Alex Massie: Scotland's Brexit hangover lingers but second referendum could put UK on the line once more  The TimesFull coverage

Letters: When will No voters realise Scotland can do better out of Union?
Letters: When will No voters realise Scotland can do better out of Union?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP Remoaner wants ANOTHER Scottish independence vote 'to PROTECT his people'...
SNP Remoaner wants ANOTHER Scottish independence vote 'to PROTECT his people' from Brexit says people 'require' a vote on the final outcome of Brexit  MercoPressFull coverage

Catalan separatist cabinet minister hailed as a hero in Scotland, gets reprie...
Catalan separatist cabinet minister hailed as a hero in Scotland, gets reprieve from Spain extradition warrant  The Globe and MailEx-Catalan Minister Freed by Scottish Court after Spain Drops Arrest Bid  Latin American Herald TribuneFull coverage

Sturgeon's hands are tied by Brexit turmoil
Sturgeon's hands are tied by Brexit turmoil  The TimesFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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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!

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

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

Oil Price
'Brent could head back to $80 a barrel'
The rise in Brent crude prices through $75 a barrel along with a positive broker note on BP from Goldman has seen the oil and gas sector continue to lead the recent gains. According to the note BP is on the cusp of delivering one of the strongest pipelines...

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

The Official President Trump thread

The UK to re-introduce the death penalty
It's only a matter of time.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Evidence of Evolution
Ok Ally and anyone else.  Please show me the observable evidence for the theory of evolution. I.e. something evolving into something else that can be observed right now.

Does ScottyCTA Have A Weegie Accent?

Lunar Eclipse
They say it's the longest total lunar eclipse of the century - tonight.

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

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

2 Del Amitri tickets - tonight 21 july Edinburgh castle
2 tix for Del Amitri. 5 rows from front. Face value £105. Cannot manage so free to anyone who can pick up from centre of Glasgow today. Small donation to TASA appreciated , if interested PM me.  

Football Video Games
Looks like both Celtic and Rangers will be fully licenced in PES 2019, with Parkhead and Ibrox both appearing on the game. The Scottish Premiership will be licenced too. 

Tamb - Make the Tamb Great Again
Well for one thing - transparency. Who owns this place? I think that goes to the heart of it. Ideally going forward it should be fan owned. It is full of fannies anyway so it makes sense. ho ho. Whatever happens in the future... keep reekysporran off all committees.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Westminster Dictates Scotland Submits ? Time to Bring an End to This Nonsense
        Independence – Now is the Time for Scots to stand up and be counted in Events in London over the last week have left me feeling more than a bit deflated since I was cruelly reminded by the senior legal advisor of Queen Elizabeth of the reality of political governance in … Continue reading "Westminster Dictates Scotland Submits – Time to Bring an End to This Nonsense"

Reactionary Tory Government Introduces Legislation Shielding Unlawful Politic...
        30 Nov 2016: In the Honourable Cause of State Security Westminster Politicians Callously Exempted Themselves From Theresa May’s  New Wide-Ranging Spying Laws. The Investigatory Powers Act, brought to statute by Home Secretary, Mrs May, and a reactionary Tory government introduced the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to state … Continue reading "Reactionary Tory G...

Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and the Tories wome...
        16 Jul 2018: Working Women in Scotland Earn significantly Less than Men Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour?s economy spokeswoman, said it was ?shameful? that under the SNP and the Tories women were earning less than men over the course of their careers. She added: ?Closing the gender pay gap isn?t just … Continue reading "Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and th...

Conservative Party Voters With Their Hearts and Minds in Scotland Should Not ...
          Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme (Cash for Ash) The UK and Northern Ireland agreed to meet a EU target (15%) for obtaining energy from renewable sources by 2020. Eligible homeowners and businesses were persuaded to install biomass boilers which create energy from woodchips or pellets, rotted trees, manure and sewage. First … Continue reading "Conservative Party Voters With Their Hea...

Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Pow...
              Confirmation of the Intent of Westminster to Subjucate Scots is contained in the last verse of the UK National Anthem Lord grant that Marshal Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush, God Save The … Continue reading "Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Powers Conflicti...

Austerity ? Tory Government Policy ? Let The Needy Starve ? So That Foreign A...
            11 March 2018. Millions of Scots families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years Not a lot of Scots are aware of this but the Tory Government, having inflicted austerity on the UK for 10 years provides £100 million annually in overseas humanitarian aid to Saudi Arabia which … Continue reading "Austerity – Tory Government Policy – Let The Needy Starve – So That Foreign Aid Can b...

Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the ...
      Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the return of this sort of terrestrial reptile Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From that place he conducted a near 40 year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT … Continue reading "Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and D...

        The Orange Order and the the Protestant “Caliban” of Northern Ireland Established in 1998 the Caleb Foundation ( is the leading creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and ...

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Labour to consider universal basic income manifesto pledge, John McDonnell re...

Organ donation register expands in Scotland to over half the population

MPs recommend verified sites and online content standards to tackle ?crisis i...

Specific ?baby talk? words boost language learning, study suggests

Home Office ?denied rights? of lone child refugees

Researchers team up with NHS Tayside to develop Hepatitis C prevention

Current devolution arrangements not fit for purpose, say MPs

?No deal? Brexit could trigger new recession, senior Cabinet minister warns

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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.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…