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Devolved administrations 'cut out' of key Brexit talks, says Nicola Sturgeon
10 Nov 2017 at 4:57am
Nicola Sturgeon has accused the UK Government of leaving her government and the other devolved administrations "substantially in the dark" on key Brexit talks.

Salmond to host TV show on Russian propaganda channel
9 Nov 2017 at 8:14pm
ALEX Salmond is under fire after signing a TV deal with a Kremlin propaganda channel.

Farmers and fishermen in the dark over Brexit, says Sturgeon
10 Nov 2017 at 5:10am
SCOTTISH farmers and fishermen are being left in the dark about what happens after Brexit through the ?unconscionable? neglect of the UK government, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Iranian TV claims Johnson blunder is spying "confession"
10 Nov 2017 at 5:11am
BORIS Johnson is facing renewed criticism over his mistake about a British citizen accused by Iran of spying, after state TV described it as an ?inadvertent confession? of her guilt.

Welsh leader insists he acted ?by the book? over sex claims against tragic mi...
10 Nov 2017 at 2:22am
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has said he acted ?by the book? and had ?no alternative? but to take the action he did over allegations of inappropriate behaviour against tragic assembly member Carl Sargeant.

Police Scotland urged to provide MSPs with assessment of current custody arra...
10 Nov 2017 at 2:18am
Police Scotland has been urged to provide MSPs with a human rights assessment of current custody arrangements.

Gordon Brown: Leave voters could still turn against Brexit
9 Nov 2017 at 7:39pm
Britons could be persuaded to turn away from Brexit if there is a "game-changer" shift in policy from Brussels on issues including immigration, Gordon Brown has suggested.

Minister signals comeback after resigning amid sexual harassment scandal
9 Nov 2017 at 7:04pm
A SCOTTISH Government minister who quit after admitting ?inappropriate? behaviour towards a woman is planning a comeback, his resignation letter suggests.

MSP says stars of Mrs Brown?s Boys should stop using NHS
9 Nov 2017 at 3:17pm
THE stars of Mrs Brown?s Boys at the centre of a tax dodging row should stop using the NHS because they ?obviously don?t want to pay for it?, a senior SNP MSP has suggested.

Davidson calls on May to "step up the pace" on Brexit
9 Nov 2017 at 7:03pm
RUTH Davidson has criticised her own party for failing to provide clarity on what happens after Brexit, saying Theresa May?s government urgently needs to ?step up the pace?.

Theresa May's authority damaged again as Priti Patel finally resigns
9 Nov 2017 at 12:10am
THERESA May has lost her second cabinet minister in a week to a scandal, adding to the sense of unabated chaos at the top of the government.

Holyrood to launch inquiry into MSP rules amid sex scandal
9 Nov 2017 at 11:31am
HOLYROOD is to launch an inquiry into MSP rules following a raft of allegations about sexual harassment.

Labour piles pressure on May with claims 'gone rogue' ex-minister met consula...
9 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
Theresa May has been accused by Labour of running a ?chaotic Cabinet and decaying Government? as opponents urged her to state exactly what she and her colleagues knew of sacked minister Priti Patel?s unofficial meetings in Israel.

Dead minister was denied "natural justice", say family
9 Nov 2017 at 5:10am
THE former Welsh children?s minister who killed himself after being sacked for allegedly groping women was denied ?natural justice?, his family have claimed.

May accused of running a ?decaying? Government
9 Nov 2017 at 5:13am
Theresa May has been accused by Labour of running a ?chaotic Cabinet and decaying Government? as opponents urged her to state exactly what she and her colleagues knew of sacked minister Priti Patel?s unofficial meetings in Israel.



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Leader comment: The perils of being unintentionally Scottish
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Not since Trainspotting’s Renton – famed for his epic “it’s s**** being Scottish” rant – can anyone have felt more disappointed to be Scottish than Jacqui Lambie.

Joyce McMillan: Paradise Papers show tax avoidance crackdown could end austerity
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The staggering wealth hidden in offshore tax havens could end austerity – a fact being covered up by complicit fools in the media, writes Joyce McMillan.

Cost of controversial railway policing plan could be ?significant?
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am

Leader comment: Is a reality TV star who spread misinformation for political ...
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Theresa May’s decision to replace Priti Patel with Penny Mordaunt in the Cabinet is evidence of the problems the Prime Minister is facing in filling out its ranks.

Brian Wilson: Sturgeon?s income tax plan is spider?s web the opposition must ...
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
An auction seems to have developed in Scottish politics to determine who will increase income tax by the highest degree. This is puzzling since, of all the remedies required by the Scottish economy, higher personal taxation does not spring to mind.

Transport Scotland staff under fire for using ?dirty? diesel cars
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am

SNP MSP who quit Scottish Government over beahaviour hopes for return
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am

GP recruitment in Scotland ?close to impossible?
9 Nov 2017 at 9:51pm
The head of NHS Scotland has told MSPs it is “close to impossible” to recruit new GPs in some parts of the country.

The Alex Salmond Show to be broadcast on Russia Today
9 Nov 2017 at 9:01pm
Alex Salmond is to host his own political talk show on RT.

Holyrood sexual harassment helpline has received four calls in three days
9 Nov 2017 at 7:47pm
A confidential phone line at Holyrood for victims of sexual harassment received four calls in its first three days.

SNP plans to allow under 16s to change sex branded ?child abuse?
9 Nov 2017 at 5:55pm
Plans to make it easier for Scots to change gender have been launched by the Scottish Government including legal recognition for people who regard themselves as ‘non-binary’ - neither male or female.

Poll: Should under-16s be able to undergo a sex change?
9 Nov 2017 at 5:50pm
Plans from Scottish Government ministers to explore options that would allow under-16s in Scotland to change gender have been met with a mixed response.

Most Scots unaware of Armed Forces losses since 1945
9 Nov 2017 at 4:35pm
The vast majority of Scots are unaware that more than 7,000 UK Armed Forces personnel have died in conflict since 1945, a survey has found.

Why is the Scottish Government trying to bring in the ?Named Person? act?
9 Nov 2017 at 4:01pm
It’s proved to be one of the most controversial pieces of legislation at Holyrood in recent years.

Penny Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel as International Development Secretary
9 Nov 2017 at 3:32pm
Work and Pensions minister Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as the new International Development Secretary.

Wings over Scotland blog

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Just doin? the day job
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Nov 2017 at 12:11pm
Wings Over Scotland turned six years old this week (on Tuesday, to be precise). We didn’t make any fuss or hoopla because we didn’t have anything particularly interesting to say about it, although we may as well note in passing that average monthly unique readership for 2017 to date has been 316,015 – that’s 24,000 up …

The Fantasist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2017 at 11:37am
It is with the heaviest of hearts, readers, that we must report to you that Gordon Brown has done an intervention again. With a new book to sell, the purposeless former Chancellor and Prime Minister who led the UK into a catastrophic financial crisis that’s now entering its second decade has put on his hindsight …

Checking the sums
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2017 at 11:56am
The Scottish Daily Mail runs this shock-horror outrage piece today: Let’s zoom in a little closer on that, shall we? To save you getting your calculators out, we’ve added up all the alleged “waste” in the boxout. It comes to a total of £823.3m – a long way short of half of the “£2bn” claimed …

Rage Of The Ultra-Yoons
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2017 at 12:22pm
There was a nice moment at yesterday’s Scottish Independence Convention. It was widely appreciated by Catalan people, none of whom (so far as we could see) took the expression of solidarity as implicit support for Catalan independence, only for freedom and democracy. But someone wasn’t quite so happy. Alistair Cameron, as alert readers may recall, …

El Bombero
by Chris Cairns
4 Nov 2017 at 6:55am

Hurrah for the Jockshirts!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Nov 2017 at 11:48am
This is the former Labour UK government minister, socialist and internationalist Brian Wilson in the Scotsman today, gloating and crowing that the democratically-elected government of Catalonia has been deposed and imprisoned (the latest in a series of arrests and jailings of leaders of the independence movement) for seeking to discover the will of the Catalan people in a referendum, in …

Tory Idiot Of The Week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Nov 2017 at 10:31am
We’re clearly going to have to make this a regular feature. And it’s not as though the competition isn’t stiff. This, for example – even by Murdo “God Save The Queen’s 11” Fraser’s standards – is a remarkably open and brazen display of sectarian dog-whistling. For those of you, like us, who had to look it …

Playing by Madrid Rules
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2017 at 10:41am
We’re not a Catalonian-politics website and we don’t even have an opinion on whether Catalonia should be independent, but sometimes it’s easier to understand the workings and failings of the media if you watch how it behaves on a subject you’re not directly and closely involved with. Last week was one of those weeks. Below …

Telling the truth by accident
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2017 at 12:27pm
The bit we’ve highlighted reveals and explains a lot. The principle’s not limited to the Falklands, of course. And it’s not just the Tories who are firmly committed to upholding it. So that’s clear: self-determination is fine for “us”. But not you, Catalonia.

Scottish politics in numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2017 at 10:42am
Percentage of A&E patients in Scotland in 2017 to date seen within four hours (target 95%), described by Labour MSP Colin Smyth as a “deeply troubling” figure: 94% Percentage of the vote on which Mr Smyth was elected as an MSP in 2016: 8.9%

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Salmond hosts show on Russian broadcaster RT
9 Nov 2017 at 9:54pm
The former first minster is to present a weekly programme for the television channel owned by the Russian state.

Emergency call 'failures' highlighted
9 Nov 2017 at 2:30pm
Police failed to respond properly to at least 200 emergency calls in the past year, Ruth Davidson says.

Inquiry to be held over Holyrood harassment concerns
9 Nov 2017 at 3:56pm
The standards committee is to examine the code of conduct for MSPs and how Holyrood deals with complaints.

Gordon Brown predicts Brexit 'crisis point'
9 Nov 2017 at 7:57pm
Gordon Brown tells BBC News the British public might be persuaded to stay in the EU next summer.

School bus seatbelt law passed by MSPs
9 Nov 2017 at 5:27pm
All school buses will be fitted with seatbelts after new legislation is unanimously backed at Holyrood.

MSPs set targets for reduction of child poverty by 2030
8 Nov 2017 at 5:24pm
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill sets out a series of new targets for the reduction of child poverty by 2030.

Legally changing gender 'should be easier'
9 Nov 2017 at 1:43pm
The Scottish government launches a consultation on proposals to update gender change laws.

Alex Salmond: Trump 'broke Scots investment promises'
9 Nov 2017 at 4:10pm
Donald Trump has failed to honour his investment promises to Scotland, former First Minister Alex Salmond says.

Government outlines cyber security action plan
8 Nov 2017 at 6:03pm
Ministers say cyber attacks against public organisations "will continue to increase".

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins urges Brexit bill compromise
8 Nov 2017 at 11:01am
Adam Tomkins says the bill will need to be amended in order to win Scottish government consent.

Nicola Sturgeon makes gay convictions apology
7 Nov 2017 at 4:35pm
The move coincides with new legislation to pardon gay men convicted of offences that are no longer illegal.

Scottish Parliament packages 'not suspicious'
7 Nov 2017 at 2:06pm
Four packages that sparked a security alert at the Scottish Parliament were not suspicious, police say.

Scot Goes Pop

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No, Nicola Sturgeon does not need to apologise for someone else's personal op...
by James Kelly
8 Nov 2017 at 5:07am
Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson raised a few eyebrows last night by taking a clear stance on an issue of party political controversy -Now, first things first - there's nothing wrong ...

Penny for the Guy
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2017 at 11:16pm
A few years ago I stumbled across a BBC drama series from the 1970s, confusingly called 1990 because it was set in a dystopian Britain of the near-future.  It starred Edward Woodward at the peak of...

That ever-shrinking Tory minority government
by James Kelly
3 Nov 2017 at 11:50pm
After the SNP suspended Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry a couple of years ago, there were various articles in the unionist media gloating about 'the mystery of the vanishing SNP MPs'.  It migh...

Take a bow, Anne McElvoy: the competition is stiff, but you may have just sai...
by James Kelly
3 Nov 2017 at 4:14am
OK, so let's just briefly recap.* In 2015, the Catalan people freely elected a parliament in which the absolute majority of members were pro-independence.* In the popular vote in the 2015 election,...

Opinion poll confirms what we already knew: Catalonia wants to be an independ...
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2017 at 3:00pm
I don't often wade through polling datasets in the Catalan language for this blog, but it may be worth doing it in this particular case.  As I've noted a couple of times over the last few weeks, th...

Spanish democracy : doubleplusgood
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2017 at 9:55pm
I wanted to vote but Big Brother told me it was illegal.I went to the polling station, and Big Brother's police smashed me in the face with a truncheon.They did it to save democracy and protect my ...

Listen to the real FM, Kenny
by James Kelly
28 Oct 2017 at 2:22pm
As you may already have seen, Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson fell hook, line and sinker for a tweet from a parody Nicola Sturgeon account stating that "Scotland does not recognise the Republic o...

Barcelona, like a jewel in the sun
by James Kelly
28 Oct 2017 at 2:04am
Depressingly (in one sense), I'm just about old enough to clearly remember Slovenia's unilateral declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.  I recall the TV reports dripping with sceptici...

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New RBOS £10 under UV light
by /u/hairyneil
10 Nov 2017 at 12:14am
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Did anyone like "T2 Trainspotting"?
by /u/CryOfTheLonelyTurd
9 Nov 2017 at 9:10pm
I made a topic about the first film but... did anyone like the second? I thought it was pretty solid but I watched it with an open mind since I knew full-well it wasn't going to be as good as the f...

Alex Salmond Show to be broadcast on Thursdays at 9pm on RT
by /u/fofusion
9 Nov 2017 at 8:08pm
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What the fuck is he thinking?
by /u/tejmuk
9 Nov 2017 at 7:26pm
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?Divisive and dirty?: can Scottish Labour reunite after its leadership contes...
by /u/bottish
9 Nov 2017 at 7:03pm
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Scotland vs Netherlands (MATCH THREAD)
by /u/muckypaul
9 Nov 2017 at 6:51pm
I was hoping the new Scotland shirt would have some brown patches on it to signify how often we've been shat on. Not to be though. Not to be. Anyway. Presumably this is the correct placement for my...

How realistic or wise is it to move to Scotland, pre-Brexit, as an Eastern Eu...
by /u/muffinmania
9 Nov 2017 at 6:39pm
Like many others, I'm pretty confused about the whole Brexit situation and Scotland's move to independence. Media's not very reliable so I wanted a few opinions from this community. I strongly wan...

[Count Dankula on Twitter] Nazi Pug trial delayed yet again (5th January)
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9 Nov 2017 at 5:13pm
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Someone posted one of our darkest secrets on another subreddit and got over 4...
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9 Nov 2017 at 5:07pm
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Has anyones Irn-Bru been going flat quicker than usual?
by /u/lulrus
9 Nov 2017 at 3:57pm
Opened a 2L bottle a few minutes ago and it's already nearly fully flat. Has happened twice in the last week. The fuck's going on with my bru? submitted by /u/lulrus

Rufus T Firefly just secured my custom
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9 Nov 2017 at 3:18pm
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Venn diagrams for our times: the unholy mess we?re all in
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9 Nov 2017 at 3:06pm
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There's no place for the monarchy in an indy Scotland
by /u/been_zhak_unt
9 Nov 2017 at 3:03pm
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First Minister calls for support over full devolution of powers to tackle tax...
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9 Nov 2017 at 3:02pm
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SNP minister who quit amid sexual harassment claims plotted rapid return in r...
by David Clegg
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The former childcare and early years minister used his resignation letter to beg First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for a quick return to the top team.

Small fishing companies face being stitched up like kippers again
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
If Brexit means Brexit, there should be a UK-wide strategy to revive small and medium-scale fishing operations, says Torcuil.

The Patel dismissal Laurel and Hardy show is distracting from EU departure
by Record View
9 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that, with the clock is ticking down on Brexit, no one from the Prime Minister down is focused on the seriousness of the situation.

'People have to change' Woman who 'received sleazy text' hits out at shamed m...
by Andy Philip
9 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
It is understood the woman was upset at the tone of the statement when he quit his post on Saturday.

Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Nicole Kidman among showbiz stars exposed in P...
by Christopher Bucktin
9 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The revelations come after pop star Shakira, 40, was revealed on Tuesday to have transferred £30million in musical rights to an offshore firm in Malta.

Priti Patel resigns as International Development Secretary over Israel meetings
by Press Association
8 Nov 2017 at 8:14pm
Patel was summoned back from an official visit to Africa by Theresa May to explain the disclosure of unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians.

Police let down tragic Elizabeth Bowe with catastrophic failure
by Record View
8 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that, while police resources are stretched, there is no justification for this latest disgrace.

Calls for bungling Boris Johnson to resign over gaffe that could land Brit fi...
by Tony Clerkson
7 Nov 2017 at 7:07pm
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned to court where Johnson's comments were cited as proof that she was engaged in "propaganda against the regime".

Common sense solution to constitutions that pose a threat to rule of law
by Kezia Dugdale
7 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
It is of little surprise that we sometimes look in on other countries domestic affairs with a degree of bafflement and confusion, says Kezia Dugdale.

SNP slammed for 'refusing to explain' why MSP resigned amid allegations of in...
by David Clegg
7 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Mark McDonald was forced to step down after constituents launched an online petition but the SNP are staying tight-lipped on what he has been accused of.

Michael Greenwell

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

Chomsky Explains The Cold War In Five Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
7 Nov 2017 at 6:41pm
I’ve taken the title for this post from the video itself, and if you were to say that’s a bold claim, I would agree with you. However, give it a watch and see if you think he got it right… Advertisements

Just Passing It On
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2017 at 10:46am
I have no comment to make on this but I think I should just leave it here for those of you who didn’t see it on Twitter. I am sure the organisation involved probably does a lot of good work. However, you will have to make up your own mind about whether you think something …

Chomsky With New Entry In ?Insult Trump Competition?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Nov 2017 at 12:01pm
Chomsky recently came out with this… Here are some other frontrunners. I personally think ‘loofa-faced sh*tgibbon’ takes some beating…

El podcast de la Independència de Catalunya
by michaelgreenwell
27 Oct 2017 at 8:40pm
“We hereby constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent, sovereign, legal, democratic, socially-conscious state” 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 …

It?s Nearly That Time Again
by michaelgreenwell
26 Oct 2017 at 9:59am

Scottish Independence Podcast 161 ? Christians For Indy
by michaelgreenwell
22 Oct 2017 at 5:59pm
About a month ago I found the image below. I noticed that the only people I hadn’t had on the show among the conveners and voting organisations were Elaine C. Smith (I’ve tried – can’t seem to get in touch with her), AyeScotland, Christians For Independence and Pensioners for Independence. I then immediately tweeted out …

Déjà Moo
by michaelgreenwell
22 Oct 2017 at 3:37pm
Oh look, it’s the same people peddling the same bullsh*t! Thanks to tradasro

Ruth Davidson In Being Wrong/Lying Shocker
by michaelgreenwell
20 Oct 2017 at 9:36am
Just because you say something in a convincing tone of voice, it does not mean it is true…

Bella Caledonia

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by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Nov 2017 at 11:34am
The mercurial elfin polymath Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance is a tour de force at the Lyceum Theatre. The one-woman show manages to express and articulate something about childbirth, death, grief, socialism, bird-sound, climate change and Aberdeen FC. This is poetry, song, story-telling and memoir. In her first stage production Polwart has not just created a …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Nov 2017 at 4:27pm
Alastair Stewart writes on the strange appeal of the unlikeable upper class. ?Moggmentum? is sweeping the UK and it?s gotten a little out of hand. The online campaign to elect Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative leader is rooted in a pseudo-ironic play on the ?Momentum? movement that launched Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership. The problem is …

Britain in Turmoil
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Nov 2017 at 1:56pm
Jonathon Shafi on the deeper crisis facing the British state – and the challenge it offers to left reformism. 1. The deep crisis of the British State is not simply the product of multiple scandals. It has much bigger a problem – with far more profound and far reaching consequences. 2. The Tory ‘government’ reflect …

Gaelic Publishing on Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Nov 2017 at 2:37pm
We have been writing on gaelic culture and language since 2010 State of The Art / Staid Na h-Ealain and for the past few years in gaelic in our ‘Ghetto na Gàidhlig’ section. You can read all the previous content here. Our intention was to create a space for gaelic speakers to write in …

Scottish Football Deserves a National Stadium
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Nov 2017 at 1:20pm
There’s some extraordinary things happening in Scottish football, not all of them good. For a game run on a shoestring budget and in perpetual crisis and acrimony and without a national manager, this needs to be talked about, but so we avoid the trap of pure doom-mongering the Scottish game, lets look at the positives. …

Hitler, Hopkins and the ?alt right lit? phenomenon
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Nov 2017 at 11:54am
Katie Hopkins? book ?Rude? comes out today. Published by Iain Dale?s Biteback, it promises to take us through her rise from reality TV runner up to being the ?go to? basher of Muslims, fat people, children, Alzheimer?s sufferers and drowned refugee toddlers. The gushing blurb assures that she will be ?as honest in the book …

The Good and the Bad News from Brussels
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Nov 2017 at 11:31am
View the story “The Good News and the Bad News from Brussels” on Storify

Aamer Rahman Packs a Punch
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Nov 2017 at 10:37am
& here cutting through the hypocrisy and bullshit is stand-up comedian Aamer Rahman … Is it really ok to punch nazis? ? Aamer Rahman (@aamer_rahman) November 6, 2017 Follow him on Tumblr here. See also Anti-Fascist Network here.   * We are holding our annual fundraising appeal to try and raise £35,000 to continue …

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Teachers at three Glasgow schools to strike over pay
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Nov 2017 at 12:01am
NASUWT takes action in pursuit of significant pay rise as SNP government says public sector deals depend on Philip Hammond?s budget measuresTeachers in Scottish schools are to strike over pay, increasing pressure on Scottish ministers to offer public sector workers an above-inflation pay rise.The...

Alex Salmond to host talkshow for Russian broadcaster RT
by Graham Ruddick Media editor
9 Nov 2017 at 11:29pm
Scotland?s former first minister promises ?a relaxed, informal style? in weekly programme covering politics, showbiz and sportAlex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, is to present a political talkshow on Russian-state owned broadcaster RT.The announcement was condemned by Willie Renn...

Scottish parliament gets all-clear after white powder alert
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Nov 2017 at 1:35pm
Politicians and staff return to Holyrood building after evacuation prompted by powder found in envelope sent to MSPPolice have given the all-clear after part of the Scottish parliament was evacuated when a suspicious white powder was found in an envelope sent to a Conservative MSP. The envelope c...

Scottish Labour MSP says senior party figures 'glossed over' her assault
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Nov 2017 at 4:49pm
Monica Lennon says incident happened in front of six people, and one joked she should not have got alleged assailant ?all excited?The controversy over Labour?s handling of harassment incidents deepened further after Monica Lennon, a Scottish Labour MSP, said senior party figures had belittled and...

Scottish minister resigns over allegations about private life
by Press Association
4 Nov 2017 at 7:42pm
Mark McDonald MSP stands down as minister, apologising for ?any inappropriate behaviour?The Scottish childcare minister, Mark McDonald, has resigned over allegations about his private life. Related: Scottish Tories suspend former candidate over sexual assault allegation Continue reading...

Alex Salmond: 'Westminster politics decays before our eyes'
by Press Association
4 Nov 2017 at 7:22pm
Former Scottish first minister says ?timing has never looked better? for independence due to the weakness of its opponentsThe former leader of the Scottish National party, Alex Salmond, has said Westminster politics is ?decaying before our eyes? as he issued a rallying cry to supporters of indepe...

Catalan crisis creates tensions in Scottish independence movement
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
3 Nov 2017 at 4:50pm
As a Catalan leader prepares to speak in Edinburgh, some supporters of Scottish self-determination are unhappy with the SNP?s stanceA grassroots leader from Catalonia will deliver the keynote address at a gathering of the Scottish independence convention in Edinburgh.Anna Arqué?s presence this Sa...

Nicola Sturgeon urges Scotland's centre-left to back income tax rises
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Nov 2017 at 1:29pm
First minister says increases are necessary to protect Scottish public spending from UK government cuts and Brexit falloutNicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland?s centre-left parties to back her plans for a ?modest? rise in income tax rates for the country?s higher earners to protect public spen...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A foul mouthed sweary rant
So there was me saying I won’t be blogging much this week, and here you are getting not one but two blog pieces today. This is what comes of being a moothy and sweary vile cybernat. And possibly of not getting out enough. I don’t use Twitter any more. I got fed up with the …

What a Priti fine mess voting No got us into
So, do you remember that bit in the Better Together pitch to the people of Scotland in 2014 when they told us that Scotland needed the heft and credibility of the UK to represent us on the world stage? See if you swallowed that. See the Brexit negotiations. See Boris Johnson. See Priti Patel. Are …

A paper tiger with real bite
I’m informed that Tom Gallagher, Über-Unionist supporter of British nationalism because British nationalism isn’t nationalist at all, has taken some time out of his busy schedule of frothing at the mouth about Gaelic imperialism in order to accuse me on social media of being a paper tiger who appeals solely to a dwindling audience of …

Busy busy busy
I need to apologise to readers because over the past couple of weeks blog posts haven’t been as regular and frequent as usual, and not because I’m fending off abusive emails from people who are outraged that someone dared to criticise the poppy cult. Well I say “fending off”. What I really mean is blocking …

They didn?t crush us with Francoism
The Spanish state has clearly not learned any lessons, and as I feared the support it has received from the EU and the international community has only emboldened it in its harsh and hardline stance against any negotiations with supporters of Catalan indepedence. In a major escalation today (Thursday), the Spanish High Court has decided …

The annual rant about poppies
It’s November, a time for tradition, a time for ritual. Which means it’s time for the annual rant about poppy fascism. This year however, at least in this part of Glasgow, it seems that the only people you see wearing a poppy are all on the telly, where poppy wearing is still apparently obligatory. Hardly …

What infantilisation looks like
This is the Scottish news, so we’re going to devote half the programme to talking about sports. Naturally there will be a hefty dose of the fitba, because that’s the only pastime that’s of any relevance to Scotland. There are no other games in this country. No other hobbies. We get wall to wall fitba …

Treading a Scottish path
The situation in Catalonia is growing dangerous. The Spanish State has been emboldened by the lack of international support for the newly declared Catalan Republic, and it’s quite possible that Mariano Rajoy will take this as a signal that his government can get away with a brutal repression of the Catalan independence movement. It’s all …

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MSP?s resignation is ?depressing?
A SENIOR Tory has described Mark McDonald?s resignation as the ?most depressing ministerial resignation? in Holyrood?s history as his party backed the appointment of Maree Todd to replace the former childcare minister.

Bercow to consider contempt against Tory ministers over Brexit impact studies
COMMONS Speaker JOHN Bercow is to consider contempt of Parliament accusations against the UK Government if it does not release dozens of papers soon outlining the economic impact of Brexit.

Patel resigns as Tory chaos continues
INTERNATIONAL Development secretary Priti Patel has resigned from government after the row over her rogue state visit to the Middle East intensified, with the shocking revelation that she?d visited the occupied lands with the Israel government.

Rab Wilson: The delichts o Kirkconnel, auncient an modren ...
SUNDAY wis a braw, sunny, cauld, clear, bricht day. Perfeck fir a daunder in the hills. Tae that end it coincided wi the tri-weekly gaither-up o ma walkin pals frae Sanquhar an we ettled tae explore the northern reaches o Upper Nithsdale. Five bold walkers set oot in twa motors that we parked at Lagrae, juist abune Kirkconnel. Kirkconnel village, as ye?d jalouse, taks its nem frae the auncient ...

May told to act now to close the loopholes that let rich dodge tax
THERESA May has been accused of failing to properly stop the rich using loopholes to avoid paying taxes, despite promising to do just that when she became Prime Minister.

Scottish Labour Yes voter backs Leonard
SCOTTISH Labour leadership frontrunner Richard Leonard has the backing of a senior party figure who backed a Yes vote in 2014.

Groundbreaking child poverty legislation receives unanimous support
MSPs have unanimously backed a new child poverty bill that will make Scotland the only part of the UK to have statutory targets to reduce, and ultimately wipe out, the scandal of children growing up in deprivation.

Toni Giugliano: Stick with the EU despite bungling on Catalonia
EUROPE?S timid response to the Catalan crisis has infuriated many in the independence movement to the point that many are now questioning their support for EU membership.

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Tory MSP Attacks Scottish Government?s Record On NHS General Practitioner (GP...
      6 Nov 2017: Tory List MSP Mile Briggs moans that a Scottish NHS recruitment drive has failed A Scottish Government plan to boost GP numbers has resulted in the recruitment of 18 doctors since it launched two years ago, according to figures highlighted by the Conservatives. The party said the “handful” of … Continue reading "Tory MSP Attacks Scottish Government’s Record On NHS General Prac...

Northern Sea Route Developing Fast ? But What Happened to the Transshipment C...
      Scapa Flo Orkney       Container Transshipment and Demand for Container Terminal Capacity in Scotland Scapa Flow in Orkney provides the best available deep water port in Europe with the potential to handle any amount of major transshipment of today’s mega-size container ships. The container port market in Northern Europe is … Continue reading "Northern Sea Route Developing Fast – But What...

Jamie Halcro-Johnston ? Tory Gentleman Farmer ? Four Time Election Loser Gets...
            The Tory Party and the farming community of Scotland I am at a loss when it comes to understanding the mentality of the bulk of Scottish farmers who continue to pledge their futures to Tory Party millionaire Gentlemen farmers and to the counsel of the Scottish Farmers Union which … Continue reading "Jamie Halcro-Johnston – Tory Gentleman Farmer – Four Time Election Loser Gets Into H...

UK Government and BBC in Breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection an...
        EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – Article 11 – Freedom of expression and information Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. The freedom and pluralism … Continue reading "UK Government and BBC in Breach of the U...

Aberdeen City Council 2017 Elections Tory Surge A Fantasy Created by the Unio...
            2017 Local Council Elections Aberdeen City The Scottish Conservative and Unionist party brought forward absolutely nothing new in the way of local council policies preferring to stick to their tried and tested and rejected mantra of cuts in services. But Ruth Davidson had a couple of tricks up her … Continue reading "Aberdeen City Council 2017 Elections Tory Surge A Fantasy Created ...

Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor ? Scottish Media Ecstatic ? Major Breakthr...
          Thomas Kerr: Shettleston councillor: growing up poor in Glasgow made me a Tory His view of politics in Glasgow is warped and confused. Some of his quotes: ?Beforehand, when you were working class, you went into the mines, or the shipyards,? he says. ?Margaret Thatcher opened up a big inbox … Continue reading "Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor – Scottish Media Ecstatic – Major Breakth...

Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City Cou...
          Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City       Councillor Pensioner To Give Up, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Swimming and Hill Walking and other Retirement Pastimes Born in 1943, Businessman, Robert Gordon University lecturer, Justice of the peace and city councillor Tom Mason retired in 2012 to … Continue reading "Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year ...

No Country in History has ever rejected Independence ? Until Scotland in 2014...
The biggest study yet of how Scotland made its historic decision on September 18 has found that the votes of people born outside Scotland were crucial to the result. While 52.7 per cent of native-born Scots voted Yes, a massive 72.1 per cent of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union. There … Continue reading "No Country in History has ever rejected Independence – Until ...

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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 ...

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

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 …

The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence
The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 1st 2017 Scandals and controversies are thick and fast these days. There are the indictments against senior members of the Trump campaign, allegations of impropriety by sexpest MPs, and the ongoing stand-off and clampdown by the Spanish authorities in Catalonia. All of these …

The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit
The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, Oct0ber 25th 2017 British democracy used to be presented as the envy of the world – the Whig version of history, the rule of law and above all the sense of continuity which was meant to differentiate the …

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain?
Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 11th 2017 The British Conservatives have for most of their history been an impressively successful political force, winning elections and forming the UK government on its own or in coalition for two-thirds of the 20th and 21st centuries. It …

Scottish Independence in the Age of Dirsruption: Big Questions for the SNP, L...
Scottish Independence in the Age of Disruption: Big Questions for the SNP, Labour and Tories Gerry Hassan LSE Politics Blog, October 9th 2017 Scottish politics are in a strange place at the moment – not one of calm, but of transition with the future uncertain. After several years of high-octane politics, and the twin peaks …

Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-dete...
Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-determination Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 4th 2017 There are many reasons to be thankful for living in Scotland. This came home to roost in the last week with the Catalan referendum, the experience of the Iraqi Kurds voting on independence, and even, more dramatically, …

Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force
Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force Gerry Hassan The Herald, October 4th 2017 The Conservative Party love to tell themselves they are one of the most successful parties electorally in the Western world. Chancellor Philip Hammond was giving Tories this reassuring message on Monday. But this …

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Donald Trump could back Scottish independence in a future referendum - but only if he thinks it makes economic sense, a former aide has said. Sebastian ...
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Alex Salmond: Timing for Scottish independence has 'never looked better' - Th...

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Alex Salmond: Timing for Scottish independence has 'never looked better'
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Alex Salmond has said Westminster politics is ?decaying before our eyes? as he issued a rallying cry to supporters of independence. The former first minister of Scotland told a conference of the Scottish Independence Convention that the timing had ...
Alex Salmond SLAMS Westminster & Brexit as he make...

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How Catalonia's Independence Efforts Raise Tensions in Belgium
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As Madrid seeks to stop the drive toward Catalan independence, similar movements, such as in Scotland, are watching with interest. On the streets of Scotland's biggest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Scottish flag has flown alongside the Catalan ...
Wee Ginger Dug: The EU's treatment of Catalans is a bet...

Catalonia fallout will quash Scottish independence and deliver a hard Brexit ...

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Catalonia fallout will quash Scottish independence and deliver a hard Brexit
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In addition to Scotland's respecting the decision on Catalan independence, a motion is to be submitted to the Finnish parliament by the country's MP for Lapland, Mikko Karna, calling on Finland to officially recognise Catalonia as an independent republic.
Independence-backing Scot warns Scot...

Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independenc...

Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independence
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers have presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland's leader to ...
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COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' ...
COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' warns US
We know that they were involved in the German elections. We are now learning they were involved in the separation of Spain. "And my understanding is they've set up shop in Scotland which is talking about an independence vote from Great Britain. This is ...

Yvonne Ridley: London liars are presenting the best case for Scottish indepen...

Yvonne Ridley: London liars are presenting the best case for Scottish independence
THE strongest case for Scottish independence is being presented this week through the treacherous antics of the so-called establishment in the English capital. I am, of course, referring to the lies, deceit and dishonesty tumbling out of every corner ...


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... members of the all male Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) stepped down. Gordon MacDonald of the SNP and Andy Wightman of the Greens quit to make way for females in order to give the five-strong management body some gender balance.

SNP minister who quit amid sexual harassment claims plotted rapid return in r...

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SNP minister who quit amid sexual harassment claims plotted rapid return in resignation letter to Nicola Sturgeon
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Shamed SNP MSP Mark McDonald started plotting his return to government the minute he quit over sexual harassment claims, it emerged last night. The former childcare and early years minister used his resignation letter to beg First Minister Ni...

MSPs back law forcing school buses to have seat belts - The National

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MSPs back law forcing school buses to have seat belts
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SNP MSP Gail Ross said: ?We need to get children into the habit of wearing seatbelts. They need to know that being safe is cool.? Green MSP John Finnie said that adults need to lead by example: ?I was surprised recently to be on a bus and find I was ...

Law 'rebels' put spotlight on using skills to help vulnerable - The National

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Law 'rebels' put spotlight on using skills to help vulnerable
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THREE young trainee solicitors are organising a conference tomorrow on how law can be used to help vulnerable people and those marginalised in society. Former SNP parliamentary candidate Mairi McAllan, 24, joined forces with Seonaid Stevenson, 27, ...

Cross-party criticism for Labour MSP accused of 'victim blaming' over harassm...

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Cross-party criticism for Labour MSP accused of 'victim blaming' over harassment scandal
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Ruth Maguire, SNP, said: ?Alcohol does not cause sexual harassment but is often used as a self-justification for perpetrators.? SPCB member Jackson Carlaw said Holyrood has only one bar open in the evening and it is an ?asset? to parliament and was ...

Tenkan Signals Negative Momentum For China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) - ...

Tenkan Signals Negative Momentum For China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
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Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) are on watch as the Tenkan Line has moved below the Kijun line, indicating negative momentum for the equity. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp moved -0.97 in the most recent session and touched 73.58 ...

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) TEMA Trending Higher - Busines...

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) TEMA Trending Higher
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SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE)'s Triple Exponential Moving Average has been spotted as trending higher over the past five bars, suggesting that momentum is building for the shares. Triple Exponential Moving Average (also referred to as ...

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The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are back at last
There are echoes of this in Scotland now. The 'no' campaign risks being out-organised by highly motivated 'yes' supporters, many of whom have not previously had any great involvement with politics. The referendum is a contest between two large ? and ...

Brown: Third referendum option would have killed independence ... - The Times

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Brown: Third referendum option would have killed independence ...
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A third option in Scotland's referendum offering voters a beefed-up parliament with more powers would have seen support for independence collapse, Gordon ...

COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' ...
COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' warns US
Earlier this year, former British ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood warned that the Kremlin may seek to interfere in a future Scottish independence referendum. Sir Andrew said Russia would seek to break up the United Kingdom and this presents a ...

Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's le...

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Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's leading EU expert
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Support for a second independence referendum in Scotland could surge in the event of a no-deal Brexit, an expert on Scotland's relationship with the EU has said. Kirsty Hughes, director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER), has said a ...
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What happened to Catalonia can't happen to Scotland
Since the Catalan government's decision to stage a referendum on independence on October 1, there has been much comment on the rise of separatist movements across Europe. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU ...

Scotland needs to remain united in the face of a second referendum - The Student

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Scotland needs to remain united in the face of a second referendum
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Between Catalonia's independence crisis and growing uncertainty surrounding the UK's Brexit deal, it's looking increasingly likely that Scotland will hold another independence referendum: when this will happen, however, is less clear. Speaking to STV ...

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First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ...
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A poster advertising the upcoming referendum on the back of a bus in Milan. Voters in the Northern League-governed regions of Lombardy and Veneto will ...

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Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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 ...

Alex Salmond show on Russia Today
Alex Salmond will present a weekly show on RT. It's already sent the yoons into meltdown - ironically as they say it's just a propaganda TV station! 

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Tory MPs being accused of sexual harassment.   Discuss.

Red, White, or None?
When I was wee I remember I stuck some pence into a box and then got a poppy pinned on me. Wore it all day. It had a big long pin. I had no idea why. Times have changed.  Red? White? None?

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!

Panama tax evasion
Aberdeen asset management RBS Stagecoach The Rangers That's the names being banded about so far. Of course this is all just rumour in case any lawyers are reading this. This is also just one legal firm. Tip of the iceberg so to speak

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God Save The Scheme
Tax avoidance scheme that is...  

Black Flags
What are these black flags on Facebook standing for? Ive seen them popping up a few weeks back and they were everywhere and I've just realised that they are on all the TA pages. I've asked in the comments but to no avail other than some "top drawer" "banter" replies.... At a guess I'm thi...

Scottish Government minister resigns over ?inappropriate behaviour?
so it begins to hit Holyrood now and a SNP minister ... silly man Mark McDonald has resigned as Nicola Sturgeon?s children?s minister after admitting inappropriate behaviour. The sc...

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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…

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence
Resolution declaring independent Catalan republic passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions. Catalan Parliament has declared independence. In an historic plenary session after weeks of tensions with the Spanish government, and before the Senate votes on the suspension of self-rule, Catalan MPs passed a resolution that makes effective the electoral mandate…

A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…

President of Catalunya?s Statement
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalunya: 10/10/17 “I want to follow people?s will for Catalonia to become an independent state. We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration… in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum… Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue. I…

An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…