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Most Scots want to curb EU immigration after Brexit
10 Jan 2018 at 12:10am
Support for Scottish independence appears to be waning, survey suggests

No 10 dismisses suggestion May reshuffle shambolic as "new generation" appointed
10 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
DOWNING Street has brushed aside criticism that Theresa May?s reshuffle was shambolic as it insisted her new ministerial team was more diverse and would "better reflect the country which it serves".

May to set out grand plan to tackle "throwaway culture"
10 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
THE UK Government will tomorrow set out plans to tackle the "throwaway culture" in a 25-year Environment Plan as expectations rise that it will propose a so-called latte levy on plastic coffee cups.

?Toxic mix of alcohol and power? at Palace of Westminster
10 Jan 2018 at 7:01am
Eighteen women and one man claimed to have been victims of sexual harassment.

Govermment rejects safeguard plan to stop repeat of Iraq war blunders
10 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
Proposed safeguards aimed at stopping a repeat of Tony Blair?s sidelining of the Cabinet in the run-up to the Iraq War have been rejected by the Government.

Barnier tells European firms to prepare for ?friction? in trade with UK
10 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
The real transition period has already started

Ministers warn EU against trade barriers in Germany charm offensive
10 Jan 2018 at 3:40am
Ministers warn EU against trade barriers in Germany charm offensive

Cabinet given a revamped code of conduct
10 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
The code of conduct governing the standards of behaviour expected from Government ministers has been rewritten following the loss of a three Cabinet ministers in separate scandals last year.

UK ministers run out of time to amend "power-grab" Brexit Bill in Commons
9 Jan 2018 at 2:02pm
THE UK Government will miss today?s deadline to change its flagship Brexit Bill in a bid to allay fears that it is a ?power-grab? from the Scottish Parliament, senior Whitehall sources have confirmed.

Tory MSPs back call for Holyrood to reject UK Brexit Bill
9 Jan 2018 at 5:13am
TWO leading Conservative MSPs have said Holyrood should reject the UK government?s main Brexit legislation as it would fundamentally undermine the devolution settlement.

SNP MP: UK is hurtling towards retreat and isolation
9 Jan 2018 at 1:01pm
The appointment of a "no deal" Brexit minister is a sign that the UK is "hurtling towards retreat and isolation", MPs have heard.

MP in sex-toy storm among ministers sacked in Theresa May?s reshuffle
9 Jan 2018 at 11:17am
Brandon Lewis admitted there was a ?job of work? to be done.

Michael Gove sets example as he switches to reusable cup for takeaway brew
9 Jan 2018 at 1:21pm
The Environment Secretary uses a sustainable alternative to disposable coffee cups as calls grow for action to tackle waste.

Health Secretary Shona Robison warned of 'drugs disaster' by Labour MSP
9 Jan 2018 at 1:52pm
Scotland is facing a "drugs disaster", the Health Secretary has been warned.

Lidington takes over Cabinet Office Brexit role with Scottish Government
9 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
David Lidington takes over from Damian Green at the Cabinet Office, the key Whitehall co-ordination role, which will include liaising with the Scottish Government over Brexit as well as chairing key Cabinet committees. He will also deputise for Theresa May should she be unable to do Prime Minister?s Questions.



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Justice Secretary to be quizzed over Phil Gormley?s special leave
10 Jan 2018 at 7:09am
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson is to face questions from MSPs about Chief Constable Phil Gormley’s period of special leave from Police Scotland.

Ruth Davidson: Time to end the chaos in the classroom
10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Curriculum for Excellence needs to be rebalanced to focus on learning, writes Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Chris Marshall: Why prison inmates should be given the vote
10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
More than 12 years have passed since the European Court of Human Rights ruled against the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners voting, a decision which has been largely ignored by successive governments ever since.

Leader comment: Ineos entitled to challenge Scotland?s fracking ban
10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Ineos, the owner of Scotland’s biggest industrial site at Grangemouth, is quite within its rights to mount a legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s decision to effectively ban fracking.

Leader comment: How Toby Young made himself into a caricature
10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Toby Young’s resignation as director of the Office for Students shows the perils of making supposedly funny remarks on social media.

Ayesha Hazarika: Would President Winfrey save us from gender inequality?
10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
As usual, on Monday we woke up to headlines dominated by a power hungry American reality television star, but thankfully it wasn’t the Donald.

Majority of Scots want to end freedom of movement post-Brexit
9 Jan 2018 at 10:30pm

Scotland?s top cop Phil Gormley concerned over ?delays? into alleged misconduct
9 Jan 2018 at 9:13pm
Scotland’s top police officer has raised concerns that an investigation into his alleged misconduct has suffered from “significant delays”.

Scottish councils axe 28,000 jobs in seven years
9 Jan 2018 at 8:52pm
More than 28,000 council jobs across Scotland have been slashed in the last seven years, according to new figures.

Theresa May?s new-look Cabinet less male, pale and stale after shake-up
9 Jan 2018 at 8:31pm
Theresa May concluded a cabinet reshuffle by sacking an MP at the centre of a sex toy storm and promoting younger colleagues to the ministerial ranks, including the leader of a Eurosceptic group of MPs who has voiced support for a no-deal Brexit.

Holyrood law changes urged to encourage Scots to maintain tenement communal a...
9 Jan 2018 at 8:21pm
A SNP MSP last night called on the Scottish Government to consider law changes to encourage people living in tenements to do more to maintain the communal areas of their properties.

Watch SNP MP perform Brexit rap in Westminster
9 Jan 2018 at 5:31pm
A SNP MP has performed an attempted Brexit rap to MPs in the Commons.

What Brexit ?constitutional crisis? could mean for Scotland
9 Jan 2018 at 5:18pm
The news that Nicola Sturgeon described a second referendum on independence as ‘irresistible’ wouldn’t come as much of a shock to many – but as ever, it is the context which is important.

Virgin Trains stops selling Daily Mail amid censorship row
9 Jan 2018 at 5:17pm
Virgin Trains has stopped stocking The Daily Mail on its West Coast route, declaring the tabloid newspaper is not compatible with its “brands and beliefs”.

Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on
9 Jan 2018 at 3:52pm
It has been a difficult few weeks for Scotland in Union (SIU), the non-party organisation set up in 2015 to oppose a second referendum on Scottish independence and offer a “positive view” of the UK.

Wings over Scotland blog

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Their mouths and your money
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2018 at 11:47am
The gigantic-clown-shoed bunglemuppet that is Scottish Tory MPRoss Thomson was galumphing around social media yesterday, quoting a notoriously dim-witted Yoon troll to the effect that the Scottish Government could (and therefore presumably should) use its own money to compensate the “WASPI women” – a group who’ve been robbed of years of rightful pension payments by …

Setting the example
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2018 at 11:29am
In some little-noticed news slipped out last Friday, it was revealed that Kezia Dugdale is to take up a position on the governing body of the Scottish Parliament. Our favourite thing was her quote on the nomination: “I?m very pleased to be Labour?s nominee for the SPCB. Having argued for gender balance, I?m glad that …

Fearing your own voice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2018 at 11:28am
So this one was interesting. Firstly, of course, it’s more proof of the old pollsters’ adage that you can get 5-10% of respondents in a poll to vote for just about anything. 7% of Scottish Conservative voters in last year’s UK general election told us that they thought some form of LABOUR government would be …

The ordinary voter
by Chris Cairns
6 Jan 2018 at 6:55am

The essence of democracy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2018 at 3:02pm
This is the well-known hardcore Corbynite commentator John McTernan on the radio yesterday, detailing how outrageous it would be for politicians to attempt to block a second referendum on a divisive but important issue. (Talkback, BBC Radio Ulster, 4 January 2018) . No, not THAT kind of second referendum, silly!

Off the Bru
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2018 at 11:11am
As if we hadn’t had enough controversy this week, it’s time to tackle the big issues. The Scottish Sun’s been running stories for the last couple of days about the heresy that’s shortly going to be committed against Scotland’s most legendary iconic brand. Penny-pinching Cumbernauld drinksgiant AG Barr – which carefullyavoided getting involved in the …

The law that nobody wants
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2018 at 11:25am
On a number of previous occasions we’ve highlighted the weird discrepancy between the undivided loathing of the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act in the Scottish media and the Act’s overwhelming popularity with the Scottish public. You will struggle to ever hear a voice anywhere in the media in favour of it, yet there has never been …

A request for clarification
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2018 at 4:59pm
Below is a letter that we sent this week to the Electoral Commission. We thought you might be interested in it. Dear Sir/Madam, I wonder if you could clarify some matters for me with regard to the political campaign group “Scotland In Union”, specifically in regard to the registration of large donations. According to …

Who governs the governed?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2018 at 9:26am
More data from our latest poll: Almost 30% of No voters still believe thedecision on whether Scotland should vote on independence again should be a matter for the Scottish Government (which already, as we know, has a Parliamentary mandate for it), not the UK government in London. Very nearly half of 2017 Labour voters (excluding …

The father of the thought
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jan 2018 at 12:49pm
In the Guardian today: If only we had some data on that oh wait of course we do. Our latest Panelbase poll,fieldwork 15-20 December 2017: Labour voters are in fact split almost exactly evenly across age groups, while the youth vote is massively SNP, with more than twice Labour’s support. Sorry, grandad. In fairness, though, …

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Minister accused of 'unlawful' intervention over police chief
10 Jan 2018 at 7:35am
Michael Matheson is to face MSPs after being accused of an "unlawful" intervention in the case of Phil Gormley.

Offshore platforms 'should be cleaned and left behind'
10 Jan 2018 at 12:06am
A senior university lecturer says oil and gas platforms can instead provide ideal habitats for marine life.

New strategy for helping refugees in Scotland
10 Jan 2018 at 12:17am
More than 700 refugees and asylum seekers helped to develop the new strategy for Scotland.

Delay to Brexit bill amendments confirmed
9 Jan 2018 at 8:32pm
Promised changes by the UK government that would reflect concerns over the bill's impact on devolution will take longer than expected.

Ineos to challenge Scots fracking 'ban'
9 Jan 2018 at 4:17pm
Grangemouth refinery operator Ineos is to challenge the Scottish government in the courts over fracking.

Winter flu will be 'key factor' for NHS over coming weeks
9 Jan 2018 at 6:00pm
Shona Robison says flu will be a "key factor" for the NHS to deal with over the coming weeks.

Scottish Labour leader predicts election over Brexit deal
9 Jan 2018 at 10:46am
Richard Leonard predicts that MPs will reject the final Brexit deal, saying a general election could be needed.

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017
9 Jan 2018 at 11:26am
More than 1,000 people spent more than eight hours waiting in emergency departments over the festive break.

Scottish Conservatives call for 'reset' of Curriculum for Excellence
9 Jan 2018 at 12:07am
The Scottish Conservatives publish recommendations on improving the way pupils are taught in Scotland's schools.

Sturgeon and Robison apologise to patients over winter NHS delays
8 Jan 2018 at 5:18pm
The first minister and health secretary insist the NHS in Scotland is coping despite "exceptional" pressures.

Nicola Sturgeon: 'No Brexit preferable to no deal'
8 Jan 2018 at 10:41am
Scotland's first minister tells the BBC that single market membership is the "least damaging" outcome to Brexit.

What does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?
9 Jan 2018 at 12:13am
As MSPs head back to work at Holyrood, what does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?

Scot Goes Pop

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Do the SNP have three times as many members as the unionist parties combined?
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2018 at 4:35am
Just thought I'd pass on a snippet of information sent to me by Stuart Dickson.  He spotted on Stormfront Lite that the ESRC-funded Party Members Project has found that 5% of Labour members live in...

Cable to the unknown
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2018 at 6:11pm
Just for the sake of completeness, and also because it happens to be a favourable one, here's what is presumably the last Scottish subsample from a GB-wide poll that was conducted during 2017.  It'...

To lead or not to lead - that is the question
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
As you may have seen, there's been a new outbreak of the intra-Yes culture wars today, triggered by a post on Wings about another question from the Panelbase poll, showing that by a margin of 58% t...

"Don't you DARE try to stop us!" say Scots in landmark Panelbase poll that RE...
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2018 at 10:17pm
OK, you've probably already seen this story earlier today on Wings, but you know me - I just couldn't resist the headline.  (It's a fond tribute to a characteristically unhinged headline that was r...

New Year hammerblow for the pro-nuclear wing of CND as Leonard fails to move ...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2018 at 2:40pm
I'm fairly certain I've never done this on New Year's Day before, but here is the latest Scottish Parliament voting intention poll, gleaned from datasets published today on Wings.Scottish Parliamen...

Jo Swinson CBE - is this some sort of joke?
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2017 at 11:34pm
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the news leaked out that Nick Clegg was to be knighted in the New Year's Honours list.  He is, after all, the man who inherited a party that won a post-war...

Was the SNP's victory in June 2017 the last time Scotland will participate in...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2017 at 6:21pm
You might remember that a few months ago Alastair Meeks royally entertained us by claiming, in all apparent seriousness, that the SNP could never even hope to 'recover' from the terrible setback of...

Momentous Panelbase poll suggests Brexit could lead to majority support for i...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
You've probably seen by now that Wings has a new Panelbase poll out.  It looks like this is merely the first of several questions from the poll that will be published over the coming days (making i...

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This is the year we'll win the indy argument
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10 Jan 2018 at 8:12am
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Theresa May's start to the new year has been a disaster
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Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy. A MAJORITY of vote...
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Most Scots want to curb EU immigration after Brexit
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Return of McVile: Benefits axewoman returns to wreak more misery on Britain's...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
McVey - dubbed 'McVile' for her work with the Department of Work and Pensions - took the top job after Justine Greening refused the role.

Watch SNP MP stun Westminster as she lays down Brexit rap during House of Com...
by Harriet Line
9 Jan 2018 at 7:19pm
Hannah Bardell decided to channel her inner Snoop Dog as she took an unconventional approach to make her point.

Scotland's Brexit minister slams UK Government over 'unacceptable' bill
by Press Association
9 Jan 2018 at 7:01pm
As it stands, the bill would see EU responsibilities in devolved areas initially transferred to Westminster.

Flu jab uptake 'too low' among NHS staff as SNP apologises over winter crisis
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2018 at 6:55pm
Health Secretary Shona Robison admitted vaccination rates were 'lower than we would want' after being criticised over her handling of problems facing the service.

Freezing weather in Scotland no excuse for rise in NHS waiting times
by Kezia Dugdale
9 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Ex-Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says the NHS is in crisis due to lack of funding not icy weather.

Justine Greening resigns as Education Secretary after being offered step down...
by Press Association
8 Jan 2018 at 8:57pm
Damian Hinds has been appointed the new Education Secretary.

Theresa May needs to show backbone over 'sexist' Toby Young appointment
by dailyrecord
8 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
He describes himself as a 'maverick' when, in fact, he is a man with dangerous and damaging views who hasn’t hesitated to share them with the wider world, says Mhairi Black.

Theresa May warned by opposition parties against promotion of Jeremy Hunt to ...
by Torcuil Crichton
8 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The Health Secretary is set to be promoted to First Secretary of State in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Never mind 'aggressive begging' cobblers - cancel royal wedding and build 300...
by John Niven
7 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist slams Tory gibberish about tourists being 'marched to cashpoints to withdraw cash' and comes up with his own solution to Windsor 'eyesore' problem.

SNP Westminster leader brands Jeremy Corbyn 'pathetic' after rejecting call t...
by Gavin Cordon
7 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Ian Blackford accused Corbyn of failing working families. 

Michael Greenwell

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …

Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtnyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Bella Caledonia

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The Largely Peaceful Transfer of Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jan 2018 at 5:36pm
The increasingly ridiculous These Islands project has published another one of its learned essays. If Scotland in Union is marked as a sort of cartoon of class war and pheasant plucking Toffs gleefully tossing lolly into the cause, These Islands is an attempt at an airbrushed respectability. This is your Unionism ‘peer-reviewed’ and sifted for …

National Treasures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jan 2018 at 2:56pm
In some kind of hell-hole of popular culture meets deranged far-right astro-turf indymedia, The Spectator writes: “Former Tory MP, borderline national treasure, and now Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ann Widdecombe is the common sense feminist icon we should all get on board with..” Widdecombe, sharp-eyed readers will recall, is the formers Prisons Minister who insisted …

Self-Determination: Learning from Kurdistan
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2018 at 9:03pm
Referendums and democratic progress for the Kurds by Roza Salih(one of the Glasgow Girls and cofounder of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan) 2017 was a historic year for Kurds. On 25th September, 93% in South Kurdistan voted in a referendum in favour of independence for the Kurdish Region of Iraq. In Northern Syria the Kurdish led …

Tourist Cull
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2018 at 8:17pm
Never mind a tourist tax, let’s havea tourist cull. David Black explores the Touristland of Auld Reekie. As the feckless merriment of Christmas gives way to the joyous hysteria of New Year, the tidings from the once noble city of Edinburgh, Benidorm of the North, should give us all pause for thought. We all know …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2018 at 6:03pm
Watching the Cabinet re-shuffle is an eye-opener. If you had your political antennae set to “snooze” as you scoffed the last of the sherry trifle and trudged back to work, today’s Parade of Undesirables may have woken you from your slumbers. The loss of the brilliantly named James Brokenshire as Northern Ireland may not be …

The Year without Summer
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2018 at 12:50pm
In the wake of eruptions in Indonesia, Paul Tritschler wanders through the mad dream that is our existence, and weaves through the cosmic and volcanic forces that might easily tip our fragile climatic balance. The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one they say, but still they come. Boulders ejected from …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2018 at 11:56pm
In these short days and cold dark nights, it’s time for reflection. The busy frenetic pace of contemporary life, with its whirring 24 hour news cycle and seemingly chaotic often absurdist politics, means that it’s important to stand back and step off the daily grind. Is this really happening we might ask in incredulity? In …

Is Scotland not ready for green burials?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2018 at 3:12pm
If the latest statistics are anything to go by, this New Year will have been the last for almost 57,000 of us. It may not be a merry thought, but in 2016 a total of 56,728 deaths were registered in Scotland. The number was the second highest since 2005 and there are also more of …

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PM likely to survive final Commons Brexit vote, says John Curtice
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Jan 2018 at 10:30pm
Elections expert predicts deal will be agreed with EU and approved in Commons, with Theresa May remaining in postTheresa May will probably survive the final Commons vote on Brexit because the Conservatives? instincts for survival will override any divisions over the eventual deal, the elections e...

Scots blast Westminster for missing Brexit bill deadline
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Jan 2018 at 8:07pm
Scottish secretary David Mundell accused of ?selling out Scotland? after plans to amend controversial clause 11 were droppedScottish National party and Conservative politicians have lambasted the UK government for dropping plans to protect Scotland?s position in the Brexit bill at the last moment...

Brexit department announces concessions over EU withdrawal bill ahead of key ...
by Andrew Sparrow
9 Jan 2018 at 5:58pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May continuing the government reshuffleAfternoon summary 5.53pm GMT Related: Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out The PM with her newest appointments to the Government Whips' Offi...

Teachers in Scotland warn of strikes without above-inflation pay rise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
Educational Institute of Scotland, a union representing four-fifths of Scottish teachers, demands end to years of pay freezes and capsScotland?s largest teaching union has said there will be industrial action in schools this year unless teachers are given significant pay rises.The Educational Ins...

Young people see Labour as Scotland's radicals, new leader says
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jan 2018 at 11:59am
Richard Leonard also hits out at SNP linking of second independence vote to Brexit and defends voting for article 50 in first newspaper interview since his electionYoung people now see Labour as the radicals in Scotland, according to the party?s new leader, Richard Leonard.In his first UK newspap...

Scottish police to be trained to spot new domestic abuse offence
by Libby Brooks
28 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm
The ?course of conduct? offence will target small, seemingly innocuous actions that together form psychological abuse or coercive controlAround 14,000 Police Scotland officers are to receive specialist training in preparation for a new domestic abuse crime coming into force in Scotland, which is ...

SNP invites opposition leaders to summit to fight hard Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
28 Dec 2017 at 10:16am
Ian Blackford urges rivals to attend cross-party talks to help safeguard membership of single market and customs unionThe leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has invited opposition leaders from across the Commons to a new year summit in order to coordinate cross-p...

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Dec 2017 at 5:00pm
Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party supportUniversal basic income is, according to its many and various supporters, an idea whose time has come. The deceptively simple notion of offering every citizen a regular pay...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The job that Tories are good at
You’ll have had your reshuffle. It was supposed to be Theresa May putting her stamp of authority on her rebellious party, but instead her rebellious party stamped on her. You might have thought that Jeremy Hunt, who is in charge of the flatlining NHS in England where the only machine that goes beep is the …

What is clear
The infighting in the White House is extremely amusing. Petulantly tweeting that you’re a “very stable genius” is a pretty good indicator that you’re no such thing. And then when you tweet “my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart”, you’re coming across as a teenage Valley Girl upset because …

The British tax on love
I’m glad to see that the SNP is highlighting an issue which is personally close to me, the UK’s restrictive and harsh immigration rules for spouses and family members. The SNP’s immigration spokesperson Stuart McDonald MP has released a statement criticising the UK’s policy for leaving many families in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK …

Telling them why
There was an interesting Twitter exchange the other day which in a single word illustrated all that is wrong with the Scottish media. The estimable Lesley Riddoch tweeted a link to her latest article in the Scotsman, a plea to the Scottish media that when they engage in their regular bouts of slagging off NHS …

When even astroturf is too common
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Scotland in Union and its claim to be a grassroots organisation. Poor sowels. There you are, telling anyone who’ll listen that you represent the voices of grassroots supporters of the British state and along come those pesky cybernats with their Scoobie Doo impressions who bust you and …

Reasons to be cheerful in 2018
Sorry about the lack of blog posts over the past week or so. On a whim I decided to spend Christmas with my significant other in the USA because otherwise it was looking like I would be spending the holiday by myself. So thanks to @PaulaHoneyRose the Belle of Brechin who agreed on extremely short …

The season of good will
A guest post by Samuel Miller This’ll be short and sweet, so pay attention at the back. 2017, the year where Brexit, austerity legislation, societal disenfranchisement and the empowerment of the nastier side of right wing demographics started to really deliver on it’s inevitable payoff. The economy of the UK, so far as the vast …

Are we there yet?
A guest post by Samuel Miller 2017… It’s a bit of a badly written disaster movie, isn’t it? What is it they call them? Mockbusters? Politics and its institutions falling apart and brought into disrepute near daily. Economy teetering on the brink of brexitmageddon. A society constantly having their frustrations, anger, fears and uncertainties stoked …

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Majority back economy of independent Scotland
A MAJORITY of voters believe Scotland would be better off or have the same level of prosperity if it becomes independent, according to new research published today.

The Prime Minister's start to the new year has been a disaster
MOST people start a new year determined to turn over a new leaf, to make up for mistakes made in the past or previous promises broken. Out with the old and in with the new.

Leonard predicts new elections after final deal
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard yesterday predicted that the future of Brexit could be decided by another general election rather than a second referendum.

Police chief complains of misconduct probe ?delays?
SCOTLAND?S top police officer has raised concerns about ?significant delays? in an investigation into his alleged misconduct.

Chan eil lrach cis-mhulaid na ite freagarrach airson taighean lemach a th...
THA companaidh airson sia taighean deug a thogail faisg air lraich Bhlr Chil Lodair. Anns an Dbhlachd chaidh iomairt a thogail an aghaidh nam planaichean agus tha crr is seachdad mle neach air an ainmeannan an cur ri athchuinge a tha a? feuchainn ri stad a chur air an iarrtas. Nam measg tha Diane Gabaldon, ghdar nan nobhailean Outlander, agus na mltean de luchd-leughaidh na sreath nobha...

The SNP are against Brexit, so why aren't they trying to stop it?
THE Scottish National Party hosted a cross-party summit at Westminster yesterday to strengthen efforts for a ?soft? Brexit of staying in the EU?s single market and customs union. Predictably, Labour?s leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not attend while curiously expressing his view that the EU?s single market is not a club (this will be news to members of the European Union and the European Eco...

Scotland?s economy needs a Great Escape from the government's baby boxes
NOW that I?ve read all the books I got for my Christmas I can say the most interesting was The Great Escape by Angus Deaton. He is one of the two Scottish Nobel prizewinners in economics we have at the moment, the other being James Mirrlees, a man responsible for good work on the framework of a far superior scheme of devolution (which would also operate just as well for an independent Scotland).

Sturgeon told soft Brexit crosses 'red lines' she set out in 2016
NICOLA Sturgeon has been warned the soft Brexit which she is currently campaigning for does not meet the five key tests she said must be met to protect Scotland?s interests.

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Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
  Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy
Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy  The NationalUK pledges to amend EU withdrawal bill, soothe Scottish devolution worries  ReutersWhat does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on
Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Wee Ginger Dug: This is the year we'll win the indy argument
Wee Ginger Dug: This is the year we'll win the indy argument  The NationalFull coverage

The National's front pages the subject of an academic study
The National's front pages the subject of an academic study  The NationalFull coverage

Scots oppose Nicola Sturgeon plan for Scotland to stay in single market and s...
Scots oppose Nicola Sturgeon plan for Scotland to stay in single market and separate immigration rules coverage

The papers: Scots risk from 'killer flu'
The papers: Scots risk from 'killer flu'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Offshore platforms 'should be cleaned and left behind'
Offshore platforms 'should be cleaned and left behind'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scottish Conservatives call for 'reset' of Curriculum for Excellence
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Watch SNP MP perform Brexit rap in Westminster
Watch SNP MP perform Brexit rap in Westminster  The ScotsmanFull coverage

'You're not helping' BBC presenter grills SNP leader for weakening UK's Brexi...
'You're not helping' BBC presenter grills SNP leader for weakening UK's Brexit stance coverage

Scots reject the SNP call for immigration powers
Scots reject the SNP call for immigration powers  The TimesNicola Sturgeon: A spirit of Scottish assertiveness will fight an extreme Brexit  SNP (press release)What does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?  BBC NewsFull coverage

SNP in last-ditch bid to THWART May's Brexit as party plots to keep UK in sin...
SNP in last-ditch bid to THWART May's Brexit as party plots to keep UK in single market Leonard says general election more likely than second referendum to determine UK stance on Brexit  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Ineos launching legal challenge against SNP fracking ban
Ineos launching legal challenge against SNP fracking ban coverage

Brian Monteith: SNP will be under fire for handling of NHS
Brian Monteith: SNP will be under fire for handling of NHS  The ScotsmanFlu jab uptake 'too low' among NHS staff as SNP apologises over winter crisis  Scottish Daily RecordNicola Sturgeon apologises to patients hit by winter delays coverage

SNP MP hits out at 'Dad's Army' plan for Border volunteers
SNP MP hits out at 'Dad's Army' plan for Border volunteers  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ban plastic straws across the UK, says SNP MSP
Ban plastic straws across the UK, says SNP MSP  iNewsSNP politician calls for plastic straw tax to limit environmental damage  Sky NewsFull coverage

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Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum
Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scottish Labour leader predicts election over Brexit deal
Scottish Labour leader predicts election over Brexit deal  BBC NewsRichard Leonard says general election more likely than second referendum to determine UK stance on Brexit  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Richard Leonard predicts new elections after final Brexit deal
Richard Leonard predicts new elections after final Brexit deal  The NationalFull coverage

Brian Monteith: SNP will be under fire for handling of NHS
Brian Monteith: SNP will be under fire for handling of NHS  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Wee Ginger Dug: This is the year we'll win the indy argument
Wee Ginger Dug: This is the year we'll win the indy argument  The NationalFull coverage

Britain's May clear she wants Brexit deal that works for UK - spokesman
Britain's May clear she wants Brexit deal that works for UK - spokesman  ReutersMay's government reshuffle: stirring but hardly shaking  New EuropeFull coverage

A Scottish MP attempted a Brexit rap in the Commons
A Scottish MP attempted a Brexit rap in the Commons  Evening Echo CorkFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'empty chaired' at talks to stop hard Brexit
Jeremy Corbyn 'empty chaired' at talks to stop hard Brexit  The TimesFull coverage

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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 ...

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Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

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

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!

Local Council c***s
Thought a thread to share the sort of shit local councils get up to might highlight some very cuntish behaviour and I want to see if other local councils are as bad as Aberdeen. The other day there were reports in the P&J that they could start charging homeless people to store their belonging...

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

Tory MPs being accused of sexual harassment. Discuss.

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

The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

July Talk - Glasgow Tonight!
Following the tip-off fae Scotty many months ago.....this mob are tremendous and playing at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, tonight at only 8.Cannae post a link somehow, however go to Youtube and searchJuly Talk Guns and Ammunition

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

Going vegan.
First came across veganism in the 80's via anarchism music. There was a non violence view against killing all living things, to eat meat you've got to be violent and kill something. Not got a problem eating animals,we are evolved to eat a mixed diet. However factory farming of animals Is...

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

Coldest you have been..
Whats the coldest temperature you have been in..Just curious as I live in Ottawa and it is -40 below with the wind at this very moment.?????

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Remember Me??
Hiya everyone. Ahm still alive. No posted in ages. Still planning on swimmin they shark infested waters of the mighty Atlantic one day..???.

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Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Snchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…