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Whoops! Labour conference misspells name of revered founder during awards cer...
9 Mar 2018 at 1:07pm
HE was the revered Scottish founder of the Labour Party, whose name has been the faithful's talisman and a touchstone for more than 100 years.

SNP accuse May of attempting to "bounce" Sturgeon into agreeing to freeze Bre...
9 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May has been accused by the Scottish Government of using a leaked letter to ?bounce? it into agreeing to freeze certain Brexit powers it feels should go straight to Holyrood.

Labour's Shadow Scottish Secretary branded 'clueless'
9 Mar 2018 at 5:43pm
THE Shadow Scottish Secretary had been branded ?clueless? after demanding the UK government publish a key list of Brexit powers after it had already done so.

£700,000 funding award to tackle fall in wild salmon stocks
9 Mar 2018 at 1:04pm
Survival rates at sea have fallen to 5%, ministers said.

Corbyn blunders number of Scottish MPs as he hails party comeback
9 Mar 2018 at 4:00am
JEREMY Corbyn has insisted Labour is on the cusp of a major comeback in Scotland ? before appearing to forget how many MPs he has north of the border.

"Power-grab" policy list published by UK government
9 Mar 2018 at 6:42pm
THE UK Government has published the list of 24 devolved policy areas it wants to keep control over after Brexit, leading to claims that is conclusive proof of a ?power grab?.

Watch: Corbyn insists Labour not clamping down on conference debate
9 Mar 2018 at 10:38am
He spoke out after the motion to the Scottish Labour conference on Brexit failed to make reference to keeping the UK in the single market.

News of potential Trump-Kim talks welcomed by Downing Street
9 Mar 2018 at 1:07pm
The UK will work to ensure sanctions are strictly enforced until North Korea?s president ?matches his words with concrete actions?.

UK ministers publish details of powers at centre of Brexit dispute
9 Mar 2018 at 12:38pm
The UK Government wants to take temporary control of laws in some devolved areas upon leaving the EU.

UK minister backs Scots fishermen on "unacceptable" EU demand
9 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
A UK Government Minister has backed Scottish fishermens? claims that the EU's position on accessing British waters post-Brexit is unacceptable.

Scottish Labour will not vote on support for single market at conference
9 Mar 2018 at 8:46am
Scottish Labour will not vote on whether to back single market membership at its conference after a decision from its executive committee.

FMQs sketch: Sweet nothings
9 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
WILLIE Wonka would have been put to shame by the heady blasts of humbug over FMQs.

Labour is alive and kicking in Scotland, says Jeremy Corbyn
9 Mar 2018 at 1:50am
The UK Labour leader is due to address the Scottish Labour Party conference in Dundee.

Theresa May will seek to amend Brexit Bill without agreement of Edinburgh and...
9 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
UK Government ministers will seek to amend their flagship Brexit Bill but without securing agreement from their Scottish and Welsh counterparts.

Claims staff work in ?culture of fear? denied by House of Commons
9 Mar 2018 at 8:07am
An investigation by BBC?s Newsnight claimed female clerks working for the Commons faced harassment or bullying.



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Councils should be able to raise a third of revenue, Labour conference told
9 Mar 2018 at 6:34pm
A former leader of Glasgow City Council has called for local authorities to be given the ability to raise up to a third of their own revenue.

Labour?s Brexit policy could see them lose Scottish votes, MEP warns
9 Mar 2018 at 6:22pm
Labour could lose votes in Scotland unless it adopts its Brexit position to reflect the country’s desire to stay in the European Union, one of the party’s MEPs has warned.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour party ?preparing to go into government?
9 Mar 2018 at 3:55pm
Labour is a party “preparing to go into government”, leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted.

Video links Holyrood and Westminster for the first time
9 Mar 2018 at 3:30pm
Elected members at Holyrood and Westminster held a historic joint-session this week thanks to video link technology.

Government confirms it wants ?no hard border? in Ireland
9 Mar 2018 at 2:45pm
Downing Street has insisted it wants “no hard border and no physical infrastructure” on the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic, after Boris Johnson suggested some “very minimal controls” would be acceptable.

SNP accuses Westminster of reviving ?Project Fear? over Brexit
9 Mar 2018 at 2:14pm
The SNP has accused the UK Government of reviving “Project Fear” in the on-going row over which powers will be returned to the Scottish Parliament post-Brexit.

Scottish Labour misspell party founder?s name in major embarrassment
9 Mar 2018 at 1:22pm
Scottish Labour have made a horror spelling mistake at today’s party conference in Dundee.

Armed troops sent in to help with Russian poison investigation
9 Mar 2018 at 12:50pm
Troops are being sent to assist police investigating the nerve agent poisoning of former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Plans for ?frozen? post-Brexit powers published by UK Government
9 Mar 2018 at 11:49am
The UK Government has published which powers returning from Brussels that it wants to devolve after Brexit, and which it intends to 'freeze' at Westminster until agreement can be reached on joint control with the devolved administrations.

Philip Hammond to announce UK economic cheer in Spring Statement
9 Mar 2018 at 11:41am
Philip Hammond is set to deliver a dose of economic cheer in next week’s Spring Statement thanks to sharply lower borrowing forecasts, but there will be no tax giveaways.

Donald Trump accepts ?milestone? meeting with Kim Jong-Un
9 Mar 2018 at 9:41am
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks.

Barack and Michelle Obama close to securing own Netflix series
9 Mar 2018 at 9:26am
Barack and Michelle Obama are in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series, it has been reported.

Jeremy Corbyn denies Labour blocking debate on single market
9 Mar 2018 at 8:37am
Jeremy Corbyn has denied any suggestion Labour is blocking debate after it emerged the party’s Scottish conference will not get the chance to vote on single market membership.

Tusk threat to ?freeze? Brexit talks until Irish get deal
9 Mar 2018 at 7:51am
European Council president Donald Tusk has threatened to freeze Brexit talks, insisting that the sequence of negotiations must be “Ireland first”.

Corbyn sets sights on winning 20 more Westminster Scotland seats
9 Mar 2018 at 7:05am
Jeremy Corbyn will today claim Labour is on the cusp of winning 20 more Westminster seats in Scotland when he addresses the Scottish Labour Party conference.

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The Cupid Stunt
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2018 at 12:25pm
An alert reader conveniently located in the Aberdeen area pointed us to an “SNP BAD” story in the ever-willing Press & Journal today. And it raised an awful lot of questions the P&J didn’t seem to want to ask. “A pregnant Conservative councillor has said she will donate her baby box to charity ? and …

Using the Force
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2018 at 9:30am
From today’s Scottish Daily Mail: The slightly-less-well-known definition of “force” that means “a minority government persuading three out of four opposition parties to agree with it and democratically vote a measure through”, there. Maybe they should put out a special dictionary or something.

Rocket launched
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2018 at 9:26am
This was us for most of yesterday: Because we were genuinely concerned about this year’s fundraiser. It was coming off the back of our lowest traffic month in four years (February was absolutely dead in Scottish politics, and we had almost no internet for the last two weeks of it), and some other indy sites …

Let?s Build A Rocket
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Mar 2018 at 8:59am
And fire it into the heart of the Union. (Fundraiser page here, or click here to donate directly.) Running total (all sources) at 9am, Fri 9 March: £87,023. Last 24 hours: £5,819. Wings Over Scotland is only possible because of you. Everything we do is fuelled by the generous once-a-year donations of our readers, and from …

Our problems and how to solve them
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Mar 2018 at 1:10pm
As the winter Scottish political news drought enters its 17th week, mainstream and alternative media commentators alike are scratching around desperately for anything to write about, which tends to end up in overlong reflective and/or hectoring essays about how to secure independence, invariably concluding that what we need is for everyone in Scotland to start thinking and acting …

The uninvited
by Chris Cairns
3 Mar 2018 at 6:55am

The terrible burden of volatility
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2018 at 8:39am
What you’re missing: That’s a single year’s profits. For a bit of perspective, it’s about four times the Scottish Government’s entire annual budget. Thank goodness we’ve had Westminster to manage our resources for us all this time, eh?

Here come the monsters again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2018 at 11:49am
If you’re a person (unemployed or working) subsisting via state welfare in the UK, there can be no more genuinely, blood-runs-cold, terrifying phrase in the English language than a Tory saying they’ve come up with “fresh thinking” on poverty and benefits. Because – and if you’re only going to trust us on one thing in your life, …

Yet another metaphor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2018 at 10:23am
…for the relationship between the four “partner” nations of the UK presented itself at the weekend when BBC anchorman John Inverdale asked the Scottish rugby pundit and former international Andy Nicol “what does this do for self-belief from a Scottish perspective, Andy?” Which was clearly pretty ironic in itself: But alert readers may recall how that …

The tunes of glory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2018 at 11:07am
After Scotland’s rugby team sent proud Edward (Jones)’s army homeward with some well-skelped erses from Murrayfield yesterday, it seemed like an opportune moment to reflect on this from just 12 years ago. The full story is below. Of course, you wouldn’t have this problem with another anthem. But that’s Unionists for you: always proudly willing …

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Corbyn: Labour Brexit approach 'sensible'
9 Mar 2018 at 3:30pm
The Labour leader was speaking at his party's Scottish conference, which has featured a row over single market membership.

UK ministers want temporary control of devolved areas post-Brexit
9 Mar 2018 at 1:40pm
Ministers say they will need temporary control over 24 devolved areas after the UK leaves the EU.

Single market row at Scottish Labour conference
9 Mar 2018 at 11:21am
The Scottish Labour leadership attempts to stop members voting on whether to back membership of the trading bloc.

All Scottish councils to raise tax by 3%
8 Mar 2018 at 2:38pm
Clackmannanshire follows the rest of Scotland's councils to set a 3% rate increase.

UK government to press on with Brexit bill despite no agreement
8 Mar 2018 at 6:58pm
The EU Withdrawal Bill will be amended even without an agreement with devolved administrations, it is confirmed.

Sturgeon backs calls to save Scottish Youth Theatre
8 Mar 2018 at 3:06pm
The first minister pledges to explore all options for saving the closure-threatened Scottish Youth Theatre.

'Time is right' to end period poverty in Scotland
8 Mar 2018 at 3:47pm
A member's bill by Monica Lennon to end period poverty in Scotland attracts the support of 96% of respondents

Suspended assistant chief constable returns to work
8 Mar 2018 at 5:33pm
Bernard Higgins was suspended from Police Scotland last November but remains under investigation by a watchdog.

Scottish university dropout rate lowest for 19 years
8 Mar 2018 at 2:03pm
Scottish universities retain more students than the UK average for the first time in a generation.

Holyrood Brexit bill passes first vote
7 Mar 2018 at 5:29pm
MSPs vote by 94 to 30 to back the general principles of the Scottish government's stop-gap Brexit legislation.

First minister backs mentor scheme
8 Mar 2018 at 1:56am
Nicola Sturgeon is looking for a young woman to mentor as part of the First Mentor initiative.

Mark McDonald profile
6 Mar 2018 at 2:56pm
A profile of former SNP MSP Mark McDonald, who is now the independent member for Aberdeen Donside.

Scot Goes Pop

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You'd be forgiven for thinking the London Tories actually WANT an early indep...
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2018 at 9:16pm
Regular readers of the Herald will be aware that Iain Macwhirter has rarely missed an opportunity in his recent columns to state, supposedly as an established fact, that there isn't going to be ano...

London's legal challenge to the Continuity Bill perfectly illustrates how "Th...
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2018 at 4:40pm
Something suddenly crystallised in my mind the other day when I saw a tweet stating that the UK government were going to court in a bid to grab powers back from the Scottish Parliament.  Of course ...

Scot Goes Pop: the fifth most-read alternative media site in Scotland?
by James Kelly
6 Mar 2018 at 7:20am
Well, it's been several years since I last did a self-indulgent stats post, so it's probably long overdue.  I spotted that a few hours ago the Indyref2 site had compiled a list of "the top six alte...

by James Kelly
5 Mar 2018 at 7:43am
I had an exchange with Peter A Bell last night about his "#Referendum2018" hashtag, the frequent use of which he thinks is an important tool to establish support for an early independence referendu...

Tory hubris cruelly exposed AGAIN as even the Beast From The East can't stop ...
by James Kelly
2 Mar 2018 at 12:43pm
To quote the immortal words of Ruth Davidson herself: "Well done, Clacks!"  When it was revealed that the turnout in yesterday's Clackmannanshire North by-election had somehow almost reached one-qu...

On why the SNP must honour its mandate to hold an indyref before May 2021
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2018 at 6:03am
Welcome to "spring", and if you weren't aware that "spring" in Scotland is supposed to resemble a routine day in central Antarctica, you obviously haven't been paying enough attention.  (My own per...

Astonishing: London Tories double down on plans for a power-grab and send Sco...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2018 at 4:33am
Well, we can now say one thing for certain - Michael Settle's supposed exclusive in the Herald two weeks ago about how Westminster was running up the white flag on its plans for a power-grab from t...

Fresh humiliation for hapless Ruth Davidson as Tories LOSE by-election in "sa...
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2018 at 11:45am
The full result from Selkirkshire hasn't been published yet, but I thought you might enjoy the headline while we're waiting.  Before you get too excited, the Tories were defeated by an independent ...

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Sturgeon accuses Corbyn of 'echoing Nigel Farage' after he attacks immigration
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9 Mar 2018 at 7:48pm
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Hundreds turn out to see statue of Scots rent strikes legend Mary Barbour
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9 Mar 2018 at 7:07pm
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Ferret Fact Check: Scots military are not taxed more over £24,000
by /u/Axelmanana
9 Mar 2018 at 5:26pm
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Pickup Point Parkers
by /u/cpf79
9 Mar 2018 at 5:22pm
I just moved to Scotland back in November. I live in the West Lothian area. I've noticed that every time I go to a supermarket, people park in the pickup point areas. Not to pick up their groceries...

[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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9 Mar 2018 at 5:10pm
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STV | Corbyn: Brexit must stop immigrants undercutting wages
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9 Mar 2018 at 4:16pm
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Scotland?s democracy deserves better than broken electronic voting trials
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9 Mar 2018 at 3:52pm
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Arctic walrus spotted in Orkney Islands
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Lesley Riddoch | Oh Jeremy Corbyn. He's blocked an open debate on single mark...
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Scots of Reddit, I have just got a job in Scotland, Where should I go ?
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8 Mar 2018 at 9:40am
Hey scotland I need a bit of help. I'm a medical student and I have always wanted to go to Scotland. I have just now got the news that I have been allocated to Scotland for the next two years and I...

UK in power bid on devolved areas
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9 Mar 2018 at 11:20am
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Stingy Scottish businesses 'named and shamed' over minimum wage pay failures
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9 Mar 2018 at 11:03am
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The curious case of carrier naming outrage
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Scottish Labour 'Keir Hardy' howler as they spell party founder's name wrong ...
by Record Reporter
9 Mar 2018 at 3:17pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted "OMG" after a big screen in the auditorium in Dundee's Caird Hall announced the "Keir Hardy Awards".

Jeremy Corbyn insists Labour 'alive and kicking' in Scotland but Brexit row l...
by David Clegg
9 Mar 2018 at 11:57am
The Labour leader will open the party conference in Dundee by declaring that the party could win another 20 Westminster seats in Scotland.

Tommy Sheridan fails in bid to get extra £200k from News of the World
by James Mulholland
9 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The former Scottish Socialist Party leader has already won a £200,000 defamation case against the News of the World.

Government response to Sergei Skripal poison plot needs to be firmer than Lit...
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
There is no evidence yet to implicate the Russian state, though no small-time outfit has the resources to carry out such an attack.

'Worrying times' Expert warns lack of growth in Scots economy since 2004 'sho...
by Andy Philip
9 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Political economist John McLaren has said the recent slowdown is a worry.

Donald Trump AGREES to meet Kim Jong-un for historic talks on nuclear disarma...
by Mirror
9 Mar 2018 at 12:23am
Kim has committed to "denuclearisation", South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong said on Thursday

Campaigning MSP says Scottish Government can 'lead the world' in tackling per...
by Katrine Bussey
8 Mar 2018 at 11:20am
Monica Lennon wants Scotland to be the first to end period poverty as her new bill receives an overwhelming backing after consultation.

Tories finally release humiliating secret reviews of Universal Credit in majo...
by Dan Bloom
8 Mar 2018 at 10:57am
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey is giving up a two-year battle to hide the 'Project Assessment Reviews' from the public

Nicola Sturgeon marks International Women's Day with young mentorship search
by dailyrecord
8 Mar 2018 at 9:47am
The First Minister launched her hunt for another mentee in Edinburgh and called on other leading women to follow suit.

Credit to Mhairi Black for shaming cowards and standing her ground
by Record View
8 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Today is International Women’s Day and Black has done us a service.

Michael Greenwell

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

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

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 …

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Heard in the Cougait
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Mar 2018 at 12:35pm
Many Capital citizens will be familiar with the work of John Kay (1742 ? 1826) whose caricatures scandalised Enlightenment-era Edinburgh, and whose pictures continue to adorn the walls of our more traditional taverns. However, I?m betting that very few of us will be equally familiar with his slightly later counterpart, one Walter Geikie (1795 ? …

Now is the Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Mar 2018 at 10:20am
There’s a trope in early Hollywood: a girl, bound to railway tracks, an oncoming train. That’s the situation we’re in now: Brexit is the oncoming train, and our Scotland, our Bella Caledonia, is bound to the tracks. But with what are are we bound? With chains? No: with caution, with timidity. Folk are saying that …

Women Life Freedom!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Mar 2018 at 5:27pm
International Women?s Day has become an important date in the Kurdish calendar of protest and resistance, and the central place given to the feminist struggle is emphasised in the Kurdish slogan Jin, Jiyan, Azadi ? meaning Women Life Freedom. What better slogan for this Women?s Day?

Scotland, Dark Money and the Prince
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Mar 2018 at 12:48pm
As vans trundle around London in the crudest propaganda campaign for an insidious regime the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is welcomed to Britain by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson … #SaudiArabia?s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is welcomed to #UnitedKingdom by Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson to see first-hand the business, cultural and educational bonds that …

The Reality After this One
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Mar 2018 at 1:43pm
Peter Arnott suggests that Scottish independence, when it comes, will be ‘as natural as rain’, but we may have to wait until the Brexit plays out. The period from 2011 to 2016 might be characterised by future commentators as the Independence Moment in Modern Scottish History. The experience was a little how I imagine surfing …

Meet the New Bosses
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Mar 2018 at 9:28am
John Cawley asks : who runs Scotland? How do we fight the corporate capture of Scottish politics by lobbyists, journalists who are also lobbyists and think tanks? How does Scotland defend its polity against those who seek to influence policy while keeping those who fund them in the shadows? How can we shape a democracy …

The Manknell Doctrine
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2018 at 7:32pm
I was struck by an editorial in the Senscot Bulletin by Laurence Demarco, a seasoned observer of the Third Sector world of NGOs, social enterprises and charities. Noting the irony that Oxfam?s safeguarding polices are amongst the best in the field, he saw the deeper problem as being one of scale and ethos. Increasingly, charitable …

Berlin Dreams
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2018 at 11:42am
Reflections on humanness and dehumanisation by Paul Tritschler on what Kurt Vonnegut ? an eyewitness to the Dresden raid described as ?the greatest massacre in European history?. Phantoms slid imperceptibly from nightmare to reality and back again, the terrestrial and psychic landscapes were now indistinguishable as they had been at Hiroshima and Auschwitz, Golgotha and …

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Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Mar 2018 at 6:05pm
Ex-minister quits SNP after inquiry substantiated claims of inappropriate behaviourNicola Sturgeon has urged her former childcare minister Mark McDonald to stand down as an MSP after he resigned from her party over inappropriate behaviour but refused to quit Holyrood.McDonald announced on Tuesday...

Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty
by Libby Brooks
5 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targetsThe Scottish government is coming under pressure to commit to using its newly devolved powers to top up benefits in order to meet its child poverty targets. Last November, Holyrood passed Scotland?s first chi...

From shortbread to the NHS: Scotland fears loss of workers after Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 Mar 2018 at 4:42pm
Employers have depended on EU nationals, many of whom are now embedded in the HighlandsThe snow is falling in Aviemore, but the window display of the Walkers shortbread bakery is springing with Easter treats, alongside the more traditional thistle rounds and petticoat tails.With its factory to th...

Ruth Davidson backs legal action against Scottish Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Mar 2018 at 12:56pm
Tory leader in Scotland says emergency legislation should be tested in supreme court if passedRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, has said she would support a legal challenge in the supreme court if the Scottish parliament voted for its own powers over Brexit.The Guardian reported it was hig...

Sturgeon shocked by Holyrood survey on sexism and abuse
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Mar 2018 at 6:22pm
One in three women at Scottish parliament reported sexual harassment or bad behaviourNicola Sturgeon has reacted with disappointment to a survey that found that one in five Holyrood staff and one in three women had experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour while working in the Scottish pa...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Och, Jeremy Corbyn
On Wednesday evening I did a talk in Motherwell for the local Yes group. The venue held 120 people, and it was full. Many thanks to the organisers for a fantastic evening. It was great to see that interest in the cause of independence is undiminished in Lanarkshire. One of the questions I was asked …

The upside of a statue to Thatcher
Having voted for the Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson as their MP in the General Election last year, the good people of East Dunbartonshire must have been thrilled to hear that she has proposed that a statue should be erected to commemorate Margaret Thatcher. There’s a priority for you. Jo Swinson was born in 1980, which …

Five guys named Woe
That didn’t last long. Within a day and a half of Theresa May’s Road to Brexit speech, the speech whose main purpose was to signal the road to Conservative unity, the party’s at handbags at dawn again. You know that you’re in trouble when the ruling party in a country contains more drama than you’ll …

Extra cherries on the Brexit cake
The Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much anticipated speech on Brexit on Friday, in which she was expected to lay out some detail about what sort of Brexit the UK hopes to achieve. This was Theresa’s long awaited “Road to Brexit” speech, a phrase which half the country can no longer hear without humming …

The real reason they call it Perfidious Albion
While the nations of the UK are snowed under by the Beast from the East, the bumblin from London is getting mired in the shit from Brexit. On Wednesday the EU published the first draft of the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, which was based on things that the UK government had …

Doing something memorable
So there you are, planning to watch a movie and put your feet up because you’ve taken care of blogging responsibilities for the day, and then the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the famously unmemorable Ken Wossisname, finally goes and does something for which he’ll be remembered. It’s just a shame that what he’ll …

Passport out of Pimlico
Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he wants the UK to stay in ‘a’ customs union with the EU, which in some indetermined manner is different from ‘the’ customs union. The difference, according to Jezza, is that the UK will not passively accept all the EU’s rules and will continue to make its own trade deals, …

The blame game
Brexit’s going pear-shaped. It’s aw gaun wrang, but it’s not because the British government possesses the negotiating skills of a three year old in the middle of a temper tantrum. Oh no. It’s not because Brexiteers have decided that the best way to deal with the issue of the Irish border is to treat it …

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'All options' for Scottish Youth Theatre to be explored
THE First Minister has said her government will explore ?all options? to keep the Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) running after it failed to secure regular funding from Creative Scotland.

Henry McLeish calls on Labour to respect Scotland's wishes and stay in the si...
HENRY McLeish has called for Labour to back single market membership as the party embarks on the first day of its Scottish Spring conference today.

MPs back motion to retain EU citizenship
A PROPOSAL that people in Scotland should be able to retain citizenship of the European Union after Brexit is gaining backing after the issue was successfully raised in the House of Commons by Plaid Cymru.

Why Owen Jones misses the point on Italy's election results
?L?ITALIA ingoveranbile? was the headline splashed across the front pages of Europe?s fourth largest economy. Sunday?s election not only delivered a hung parliament but a result where populists and the xenophobic right have become indispensable in the formation of a new government.

EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy
ONCE an independence referendum is won there are a number of initial tasks necessary to get all of the work completed.

Constitutional crisis is closer after MSPs vote overwhelmingly to back Scotla...
DAVID Mundell says he is ?very positive? that there will be ?solid progress? when ministers from the UK Government meet their Scottish counterparts later today to discuss the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Former minister could yet face watchdog inquiry
MARK McDonald may face a fresh probe after a public standards watchdog was urged to investigate after the former SNP MSP was found to have harassed two women by ?exploiting his position of power?.

MSP backs Keith Brown's SNP depute leader bid
THE SNP?s Ivan McKee has become the first parliamentarian to back Economy Secretary Keith Brown for the position of depute party leader.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

Douglas Ross ? Moray MP ? Yet to Decide if he Intends to be a Politician or a...
    Douglas Gordon Ross: Football Referee and Part-Time Politician: (born Aberdeen 1983). Educated at Forres Academy and the Scottish Agricultural College.     Expected Earnings 2017-18: Between 110,000 and £115,000 (MP salary and income from soccer).     Family: His early years were spent on a dairy farm near Forres where his father worked … Continue reading "Douglas Ross – Moray MP – Yet to D...

Roads and Potholes ? Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Government Re...
          What is Asphalt / Tarmac? It is aggregate mixed with a binding agent of bitumen, (a dark, sticky substance derived from crude oil.) Advantages of Asphalt over Concrete Use 1. Removal and replacement of damaged asphalt is a simple and relatively easy process compared to concrete. 2. Asphalt is also … Continue reading "Roads and Potholes – Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Gove...

Tory MP Bill Grant ? The Most Right Wing Unionist Tory in Scotland ? Were the...
          William Grant: MP Miner’s son, William was born 14 August 1951. He was raised in Rankinston in Cumnock and Doon Valley, East Ayrshire, and educated at Littlemill Primary in northern Rankinston and Cumnock Academy. He joined the fire service and served for 31 years before retiring at 55 as a … Continue reading "Tory MP Bill Grant – The Most Right Wing Unionist Tory in Scotland – Were t...

David Duguid MP for Banff & Buchan ? Elected on a Campaign Promise to Fully E...
      David James Duguid Born 1970. Raised on the family farm at Breedless, just North of Turriff. Educated at Banff Academy. Studied Chemistry at Robert Gordon University. Employment Took up a career with BP (10 years) in the oil and gas industry before moving on to project management with Hitachi (15 years). Lives … Continue reading "David Duguid MP for Banff & Buchan – Elected on a Campaign ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark
The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 31st 2018 Glasgow?s history has long been the stuff of legend ? the stories of Red Clydeside, rent strikes, the power of shipbuilding, the scale of slum clearance – and of course, football. In Scotland we …

The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Cap...
The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Capitalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 24th 2018 The world has been turned upside down in the last few weeks. Ten years after the banking crash showed that the economic assumptions which shaped most of our lives were bogus, along …

Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence
Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions abut the SNP and Independence Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 23rd 2018 ?What Do You Do When A Society Lies to Itself?? So said writer Umair Haque this week in the context of the constitutional standoff in Trump?s America. But it is true of most nations …

Scotland and Independence

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Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian
Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian  The Globe and MailScotland Brexit continuity bill passes first stage  HolyroodHolyrood Brexit bill passes first vote  BBC NewsFull coverage

Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence
Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Soldier's 3D map of Scotland celebrates Polish independence
Soldier's 3D map of Scotland celebrates Polish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during tr...
EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during transition, say economists  HeraldScotlandEU nationals will 'not have right to vote in Indyref2'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

5 key things to look out for at Scottish Labour's 2018 conference
5 key things to look out for at Scottish Labour's 2018 conference  CommonSpaceFull coverage

EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy
EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy  The NationalPublic Finances in Independent Scotland  The SaintFull coverage

Environment fears over Scottish independence rally on Ben Nevis
Environment fears over Scottish independence rally on Ben Nevis  The ScotsmanFull coverage

EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: Preparation
EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: Preparation  The NationalFull coverage


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SNP accuses Westminster of reviving 'Project Fear' over Brexit
SNP accuses Westminster of reviving 'Project Fear' over Brexit  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP MP says people in MacDonald seat want fresh vote
SNP MP says people in MacDonald seat want fresh vote  BBC NewsSNP MSPs want Mark McDonald to move office  The ScotsmanFormer minister Mark McDonald quits SNP over sexual harassment but plans to remain an MSP Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP  The GuardianFull coverage

SNP MP Mhairi Black describes shocking misogynistic online abuse received in ...
SNP MP Mhairi Black describes shocking misogynistic online abuse received in Parliament debate  The IndependentSNP's Mhairi Black reveals details of online insults she faces daily  The ScotsmanSNP MP Mhairi Black reveals scale of online abuse in debate  STV NewsFull coverage

South Lanarkshire Council's first SNP budget approved
South Lanarkshire Council's first SNP budget approved  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Keith Brown joins SNP depute leadership race
Keith Brown joins SNP depute leadership race  BBC NewsSenior MPs ruled out of running for SNP deputy position  The ScotsmanVacancy in the SNP that no one wants to fill  The TimesFull coverage

SNP's fake news
SNP's fake news (blog)Full coverage

SNP rushes rival Brexit bill to block 'power grab'
SNP rushes rival Brexit bill to block 'power grab'  The TimesSNP's alternative Brexit Bill clears first stage at Holyrood  HeraldScotlandTories returning to 'Project Fear' to defend assault on devolution, the SNP has said  CommonSpaceFull coverage

SNP backs university cap despite fear of middle classes missing out
SNP backs university cap despite fear of middle classes missing out  The TimesFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian
Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian  The Globe and MailTories returning to 'Project Fear' to defend assault on devolution, the SNP has said  CommonSpaceLaw Society says early consultation on EU continuity bill is crucial  Law Society of Scotland (press release) (blog)Full coverage

EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during tr...
EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during transition, say economists  HeraldScotlandEU nationals will 'not have right to vote in Indyref2'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy
EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy  The NationalPublic Finances in Independent Scotland  The SaintFull coverage

Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit
Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit  EUobserverScotland, Wales defy London with laws to keep powers after Brexit  Deutsche WelleLaw, politics and Scotland's Brexit continuity bill  BBC NewsTime running out for Theresa May to get Nicola Sturgeon on side with Brexit Bill  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Mick Jagger defends decision to back Better Together campaign during referendum
Mick Jagger defends decision to back Better Together campaign during referendum  HeraldScotlandCharlie Watts: it wouldn't bother me if Rolling Stones split  The GuardianFull coverage

Court blocks jailed candidate's Catalan presidency bid
Court blocks jailed candidate's Catalan presidency bid  Irish TimesFull coverage

Pro-independence website smashes fundraising target
Pro-independence website smashes fundraising target  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scots firms 'struggling to hire' in wake of Brexit vote
Scots firms 'struggling to hire' in wake of Brexit vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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!

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 ...

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

The Official President Trump thread

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Best car for snow
Given the inclement weather... Any ideas what is best car in wintry conditions? 

Deid hamster ... or in torpor
So we got our son a hamster for Christmas. I didn't particularly want an animal in the house, but have grown pretty attached to her. Woke up this morning and she was lying lifeless in the cage. I thought it was dead, but was reading about torpor and how it might be in this state because it was co...

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

10 years and WTF happened?
Sub prime collapse
Occupy movement
The rise of the left to end Capitalism
Transgender is not  a mental illness
Black on black violence is down to white people from Idaho
Slags who worked in Hollywood and made shitloads of cash weren't really slags
Let's all ch...

Still Game
Still Game carried on from where it left off and lived up to its expected disappointment. It only slightly picked up with about 5 minutes to go. Again they shoehorned Methadone Prick into it It reached its peak around series 3/series 4. Shouldn't have been brought back Itll go down ...

Moving to Scotland from Northern Ireland
Where better to ask than a Scotland national team football forum eh? Gutted we both aren't going to the World Cup. Anyways... (asking in as many places as possible to get the best answers) Hello. The thread title is pretty self-explanatory, but I?ll put a bit more background info....

Best Scottish Tv Programs
looking after jojobest scottish program ever made, ken

Council Tax
Got divorced a few years ago, children were all at uni etc so I contacted the council and got myself a 25% discount on council tax as I was home alone. I've now got a bidey-in, she has her own flat, in the same council tax area, and pays council tax on this at full rate. Should I tell my coun...

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Police Scotland assistant chief constable to return from suspension

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UK Government impact assessment shows UK may have to borrow £120bn more after...

Scottish Labour executive committee blocks debate on single market

Scottish Labour conference 2018 - Brexit is the elephant in the room

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West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

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…