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Poor Scots children more likely to suffer developmental problems
9 Apr 2019 at 4:31pm
CHILDREN from the most deprived parts of Scotland are more than twice as likely to suffer developmental problems such as speech and behavioural issues, it has emerged.


The People?s Vote: How would a second Brexit referendum work?
9 Apr 2019 at 3:05pm
With Parliament at loggerheads over Brexit and Theresa May battling to get a deal approved, calls have intensified for a so-called People?s Vote.


SNP MP threatens to sue Ross Thomson over 'arms dealer' comment
9 Apr 2019 at 2:08pm
Lawyers acting for SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford have demanded an apology and threatened to sue a Tory MP who described him as an arms dealer.


What happens if the UK crashes out of the EU without a Brexit deal on Friday?
9 Apr 2019 at 11:25am
At 11pm on Friday, the UK will leave the EU without a deal unless leaders meeting this week in Brussels grant a further extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process.


Nicola Sturgeon facing 'splits over currency' at SNP conference
9 Apr 2019 at 1:00pm
NICOLA Sturgeon and her ministers are facing high-profile splits at this month?s SNP conference over their plans to keep using the pound after independence.


Michel Barnier: "The Withdrawal Agreement is not going to be reopened"
9 Apr 2019 at 12:00pm
EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said that the Withdrawal Agreement is not going to be reopened.


UK Government's post-Brexit immigration plans branded ?cruel and stupid?
9 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
POST-BREXIT immigration plans have been slammed as ?cruel and stupid? after new research revealed 1.5 million jobs in Scotland are under the proposed £30,000 salary threshold.


Brexit: Conservatives on brink of meltdown as Theresa May heads to Berlin to ...
8 Apr 2019 at 10:17pm
Theresa May is facing an explosive backlash from all ranks of her party over the UK?s participation in next month?s European elections, as another Brexit delay looks all but inevitable.


Theresa May to meet Merkel and Macron in push for Brexit extension
9 Apr 2019 at 8:22am
The PM will meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron ahead of a crunch EU summit on Wednesday


Theresa May to Angela Merkel: Back me over Brexit
9 Apr 2019 at 12:25pm
Theresa May has arrived in Berlin to ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to back her case for a delay to Brexit at a crunch EU summit on Wednesday.


Emmanuel Macron 'does not want Brexit delay beyond December'
9 Apr 2019 at 11:50am
FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron does not want any Brexit delay to last beyond December, it has been reported.


Travelling on Friday? Here's how a no-deal Brexit could impact transport
9 Apr 2019 at 11:13am
UK citizens will experience changes in how they make overseas journeys if the UK withdraws from the EU on Friday.


ScotRail bosses blame pledge not to let trains skip stations for extra delays
9 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
SCOTRAIL bosses blamed their commitment to crack down on trains skipping stations for a failure to hit key punctuality targets, it has emerged.


Angela Merkel should reopen backstop talks to support ?proper Brexit? says An...
9 Apr 2019 at 10:42am
Andrea Leadsom has called for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reopen talks on the Irish backstop in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.


Brexit: Here are the key events this week
9 Apr 2019 at 9:29am
Britain is due to leave the European Union on Friday if an extension is not granted.

 

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SNP dismiss Commons debate on nuclear deterrent as ?back slapping love-in?
10 Apr 2019 at 12:01am
Nationalist MPs have dismissed a House of Commons debate on the 50th anniversary of the UK’s continuous at sea deterrent as a “back slapping love-in”.

Brexit: Donald Tusk says Westminster division means long delay
9 Apr 2019 at 9:32pm
The EU will push Theresa May to accept a Brexit delay of up to a year when she arrives in Brussels this evening, with leaders arguing there was “little reason to believe” any exit agreement can emerge from the chaos at Westminster before the summer.

Music teacher numbers plummet as tuition fees impact on ?depressing? fall
9 Apr 2019 at 7:23pm
The number of music teachers working in Scottish primary schools has fallen by more than 40 per cent over the past seven years.

?Dear Nicola Sturgeon, save our rail depot and 200 jobs?
9 Apr 2019 at 5:13pm
A union has written to Nicola Sturgeon in the hope the Scottish Government can save a rail depot from closure, with around 200 jobs at risk.

Change divorce laws to reduce the damage on children, Scottish government urged
9 Apr 2019 at 4:34pm
Scottish lawmakers have been told they should change the rules surrounding divorce to stop harming the future of children affected by their parent?s separation.

Ian Blackford?s lawyers demand apology over ?arms dealer? comment
9 Apr 2019 at 12:57pm
Solicitors for SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford had demanded an apology after the Conservative MP Ross Thomson posted on social media calling him a “simple arms dealer”.

How Brexit could affect the Premier League
9 Apr 2019 at 11:00am
The UK?s economy looks set to take a massive hit with a loss on Premier League wages if a hard Brexit goes ahead.

This is how much the 14 top earners in Scottish councils earned in 2017-18
9 Apr 2019 at 10:36am
The full extent of public sector chiefs' pay can be revealed, with new figures revealing the top town hall earners in Scotland.

Private schools could lose charitable status as MSPs to review business rates
9 Apr 2019 at 10:09am
Proposals to remove the charitable status of independent schools will be heard in parliament as Holyrood prepares a review of business rates.

Face facts, the Greens were right about climate change danger ? Andy Wightman
9 Apr 2019 at 7:09am
Last month I was delighted to spend a Friday morning speaking to thousands of young people who had rallied at the Scottish Parliament to voice their concerns about the climate crisis, writes Andy Wightman.

MS charity criticises UK government for ?squandering? millions on benefit rule
9 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Benefits cuts for people with Multiple Sclerosis will cost the UK government more money than they save, according to a leading charity.

Crackdown on political advertising following spread of disinformation on soci...
9 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
The government is preparing further proposals on the regulation of online content, including around the use of political advertising, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has said.

Brexit: How UK can escape this endless Groundhog Day ? Kezia Dugale
9 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Yes, it’s starting to feel like Groundhog Day. As it stands today, the UK is once again due to crash out of the EU, this time on Friday and, again, no withdrawal deal has been approved by MPs, writes Kezia Dugdale.

Richard Leonard: SNP defence of privatised bus services shows lack of imagina...
9 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Free bus services can and do work, but the SNP insists on making petty bureaucratic objections in defence of the private-led status quo, writes Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard.

The case for restoring the lost rivers of Scotland ? Jonny Hughes
9 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
The capital city of South Korea grew up like so many towns and cities around a reliable source of water. During the Joseon Dynasty, the water flowing through what became modern day Seoul was known as Gaecheon, which translates as ‘open stream’, writes Jonny Hughes.

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Waiting For Brexit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2019 at 3:48pm

Any minute now they?ll get it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2019 at 11:57am
Just you wait and see. Scottish political pundits: they’ve got all the pieces in their hands, but they still haven’t even worked out that it’s a jigsaw.

The problem with being liberal
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2019 at 1:40pm
We haven’t talked much on Wings about the court case currently in progress against former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, for hopefully obvious reasons. The case is currently “in avizandum” – legal jargon for “the sheriff is considering his decision” – and a result is hoped for around the end of this month, and while …

Minds locked shut
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2019 at 8:00am
Alert readers may have noticed that the deadline for the Conservative Party to respond to our formal query about their fake indyref 2 “petition” was about to expire (today, in fact), but fear not, compliance fans – at the eleventh hour a reply was received. This is it: So we’ve asked the obvious question. If we …

The balance of powers
by Chris Cairns
6 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

Scottish Labour?s best man
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2019 at 2:04pm
After running a minor post about poll results this morning to pass the time between Brexit fiascos, we got a bit engrossed – as we’re wont to do now and again – in some stats. Because the Labour Party in Scotland has been in a seemingly inexorable slide into irrelevance for a good few years now, …

The no-personality crisis
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2019 at 11:53am
We were just going through our last Panelbase poll this morning looking to round up findings we hadn’t yet published when we suddenly noticed an odd thing. We had of course previously observed that the Scottish Labour branch office manager Pritchard Leopold (SUB: PLEASE CHECK) wasn’t terribly well known in the nation, with barely over a …

To James Kelly MSP, our congratulations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2019 at 1:02pm
So there was a football match at the weekend. At least three people were stabbed, one very seriously, in violent incidents the likes of which haven’t been seen around Scottish football for years. But it was probably just a random, unforseeable one-off, right? Well, no, not so much. Curiously, though, the primary reason given by …

Little red dots #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2019 at 10:21am
Billions of years from now, when the Sun finally dies and expands to swallow and burn up the Earth in a final cataclysmic explosion, the very last thing to turn to dust and atoms will be Scottish Labour’s brass neck. Coming from The Eternal Abstainers themselves that’s already quite a breathtakingly hypocritical claim, but if …

Independence for England now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2019 at 11:53am
The breakdown data from last week’s vote on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement: ENGLAND: 266 MPs for, 256 MPs against (51%-49%) SCOTLAND: 13 for, 45 against (22%-78%) WALES: 6 for, 33 against (15%-85%) NORTHERN IRELAND: 1 for, 10 against (9%-91%) Once again, readers, the solution to Brexit is clear.

BBC Scotland

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Is Scotland ready for EU elections?
10 Apr 2019 at 1:10am
Despite Brexit, where do Scotland's parties stand on the prospect of European Parliament elections this May?


Call for public feedback on business rates reforms
9 Apr 2019 at 1:20am
Scottish government proposals include an end to independent schools having charitable status.


Yousaf warns government "will act" on football conduct
8 Apr 2019 at 3:55pm
Scotland's justice secretary says the Scottish government will step in if clubs fail to take action.


Brexit concerns heard at Lockerbie creamery
10 Apr 2019 at 1:25am
Dairy giant Arla - which employs hundreds of EU nationals - discusses its fears of potential disruption.


Call for free short-term wheelchair loans in Scotland
8 Apr 2019 at 12:12pm
At present, the NHS does not have to offer a wheelchair to people expected to need one for less than six months.


Call to delay use of Police Scotland data devices
8 Apr 2019 at 1:06am
MSPs want more safeguards before the encryption-breaking technology is rolled out by Police Scotland.


NHS Borders' audiology patient safety claims probed
8 Apr 2019 at 12:56pm
NHS Borders says it has investigated whistleblowing allegations of "poor clinical practice" in the department.


Brexit plea over Scotland's perishable exports
7 Apr 2019 at 1:02am
Scotland's transport secretary says priority should be given to produce such as Scottish seafood.


Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan
7 Apr 2019 at 1:16am
The man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency insist they offer the best chance of winning.


Scottish Greens want clarity on timing of independence poll
6 Apr 2019 at 12:51pm
The party's co-convener Patrick Harvie warns waiting for Brexit to be finalised might see "opportunity missed"


Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit delay not long enough
5 Apr 2019 at 12:30pm
Scotland's first minister says a longer delay is needed than 30 June to allow for "sensible ways forward" to be found.


Brexit: Government offers 'no change' to deal, says Labour
5 Apr 2019 at 8:35pm
Sir Keir Starmer says ministers are not "countenancing any change" on the wording of the existing plan.

Scot Goes Pop

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The case for a consultative independence referendum
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2019 at 6:54pm
I've been having an exchange on Twitter with Iain Macwhirter over the last 24 hours about the possibility of holding a consultative referendum on independence in the absence of a Section 30 order. ...

Is Theresa May unwittingly making independence even more likely by implicatin...
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 8:55pm
Brexit seems to be taking us into a game of three-dimensional chess.  We have Jacob Rees-Mogg talking about how the UK could take advantage of a long Brexit delay by vetoing the EU budget or deeper...

"Boost for May" as Tory vote drops like a stone
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 7:05am
Mike Smithson, known and loved by thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as a keen letter-writing impartial Liberal Democrat election expert, surpassed himself the other day.  After a parliamen...

Is there any more ridiculous sight than a Tory commentator using a dud poll t...
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2019 at 7:40am
So just a quick postscript to the previous post about the ludicrous misreporting of the independence figures from the Progress Scotland poll.  I was taking a peek at Conservative Home yesterday, an...

Clueless Sun newspaper left red-faced after being caught wrongly telling read...
by James Kelly
3 Apr 2019 at 6:03am
A couple of nights ago, someone left a comment on this blog asking me to write about the numbers from the new Progress Scotland poll on support for independence.  I wasn't sure what he/she meant, b...

The reason why nobody can agree on what Theresa May just said is that she sai...
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2019 at 7:17pm
I now understand why Tory MPs come out of meetings with Theresa May and can't agree on what she said, because her statement tonight was full of ambiguities and half-contradictions, and everyone is ...

Tonight's votes reveal that the SNP are not uncompromising Remain ultras - th...
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2019 at 12:54am
So a few quick thoughts on tonight's parliamentary votes.  I was surprised that all four motions were voted down, because with Labour whipping in favour of three of them it seemed likely that at le...

In a post-ideological world, what brings politicians together in a common end...
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2019 at 6:54am
You might remember that after the launch of the Independent Group a few weeks ago, Chris "in the works" Deerin penned a notorious article that revealed the breakaway Labour MPs understood full well...

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Any Scottish Coeliacs on Here?
by /u/Huvvertanks2
10 Apr 2019 at 12:17am
I got diagnosed with Coeliac disease while I've been living in Australia. Haven't been home since last year so will be my first gluten free time in Scotland. Just wondering if anybody here either h...

Cumnock Academy teacher?s project stops children going home hungry and reduce...
by /u/ellieneagain
9 Apr 2019 at 11:30pm
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Lost Dog! Golden Cockapoo around the Knapps Loch, near Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire
by /u/Dougalwatch
9 Apr 2019 at 10:55pm
Hi guys. Not sure if I'm posting in the right subreddit or not, but we've lost our dog Dougal around the Knapps Loch, just outside Kilmacolm. He's a golden coloured cockapoo wearing a blue harness....

Anyone else miss the summer?
by /u/Pharmacysnout
9 Apr 2019 at 9:22pm
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Fast-tracked SVQ's in Glasgow?
by /u/represisting
9 Apr 2019 at 9:15pm
I am looking to obtain my SVQ Level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) as quickly as possible. Anyone have any experience with companies that have allowed you to work at your own pace an...

Mhairi Black: I get a lot of abuse on here and ignore it for the most part bu...
by /u/geezertron
9 Apr 2019 at 8:45pm
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Any Scots here who have moved to or lived in Spain?
by /u/Cygnus-Terminal
9 Apr 2019 at 8:09pm
Just a bit curious really, if any have, what their experiences were like? Is Spain a good country to live in? Is there much work? Did you find any massive cultural shocks? I've been learning a bit ...

Where is a good place to jam?
by /u/DinkTheeper
9 Apr 2019 at 7:51pm
I live in Crieff, Perthshire. There seems to be nowhere to jam, i find this a problem.. Anybody have any places in mind where to jam at will? Willing to travel Cheers submitted by /u/DinkTh...

Anyone know why BBC One Scotland gets Nigel Slater cooking for 5 mins and not...
by /u/e_noname_b
9 Apr 2019 at 7:17pm
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Tonights supper sorted!
by /u/Paperhat1
9 Apr 2019 at 7:10pm
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Scotland's elusive Haggis found Alive!!!
by /u/Davy-the-Tinker
9 Apr 2019 at 6:49pm
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Illustrating the Eilean Donan Castle
by /u/Dez85
9 Apr 2019 at 6:24pm
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Amazing view at the North third reservoir
by /u/kasiajurek
9 Apr 2019 at 5:37pm
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The Elfin Knight sung by Kate Rusby
by /u/Jiao_Dai
9 Apr 2019 at 4:35pm
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Revealed: The politicians who profited from £42million second home property b...
by Nick Sommerlad
9 Apr 2019 at 10:40pm
EXCLUSIVE The Mirror's investigation found 160 MPs had raked in millions in profit - here's just a few of them


Theresa May pleads with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron over Brexit delay
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Apr 2019 at 4:30am

 The Prime Minister will meet with the EU’s two big players – Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron – before European leaders gather to decide on the extension. 



Cruel benefits freeze will hurt thousands more as cost of living soars
by Record View
8 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Between 2016 and 2020 the freeze will have affected more than 27million people and pushed 400,000 into poverty.


Brexit chaos shows that time is fast approaching for Scotland to forge its ow...
by Ian Blackford
7 Apr 2019 at 10:00pm
Ian Blackford insists that "Scotland will not be held hostage by a Tory Government more interested in putting its fractured party interests above all else".


Calls for probe into Scots-based infowars after they apologise to Jeremy Corbyn
by John Ferguson
7 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Labour MSP makes fresh call for probe into into Fife-based black ops group.


Scots soldier MP reveals heartache over losing best pal to roadside bomb in A...
by Stephen Stewart
6 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Paul Sweeney looked emotional as he told MPs about losing his pal Bobby Hetherington in 2013.


Nicola Sturgeon bombarded with emails from angry ScotRail passengers over fai...
by Andy Philip
6 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
One pensioner said he feared for his health after being stranded on platforms in poor weather while trains failed to turn up.


Brexit talks between Tories and Labour on brink of collapse
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Teams appointed by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were tasked with agreeing a way forward.


The message has to be made loud and clear ? EU citizens are welcome here
by Record View
5 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
For citizens of other EU nations who have made Scotland their home, Brexit must feel like a cruel snub, writes Record View.


Nicola Sturgeon's letter to EU citizens in Scotland revealed as she says 'thi...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The First Minister's heartfelt message to reassure EU nationals has been exclusively published in the Daily Record today.

Michael Greenwell


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

Wasting Your Time and Money
by michaelgreenwell
7 Apr 2019 at 10:01pm
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
by michaelgreenwell
7 Mar 2019 at 5:46pm
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2019 at 5:39pm
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
by michaelgreenwell
5 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
by michaelgreenwell
25 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Bella Caledonia

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by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Apr 2019 at 7:48pm
Two years ago we were on the brink of closure with exhaustion and financial gloom. But we sorted it out, cut some costs and got back on our feet. Now we’re in much better shape. At the turn of the year we launched our brand new website which archived a decades worth of content and …

Leith DIY Skatepark and Graffiti Wall
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Apr 2019 at 3:55pm
In the early days of August 2018, Edinburgh Council began demolition of the Leith DIY skatepark in advance of the planned Newhaven tram extension, as the existing park overlapped with areas the Council intends to cover with grass. Although the extension had not yet been approved, the demolition was part of a series of actions …

1:48 is the new 7: 84
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Apr 2019 at 11:51am
It’s become a cliché to talk of how much Scotland has changed, “changed forever” we say. But looking at the precarious gig economy and measures of poverty and inequality that foreshadow and underlie the Brexit delirium, it’s clear that many things are static and even deteriorating. It’s forty-six years since John McGrath’s 7:84 company toured …

Is breá liom Gaeilge (Gàidhlig), but for my own, not yours
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Apr 2019 at 11:40am
Today?s online edition of the The Irish Examiner carried a not-a-lot-of-think piece with the title ?Is breá liom Gaeilge but we should dump it as a core subject?, which presented, for minoritised language speakers across the Twitter-sphere and the real, wider world, the opportunity to dust off their anti-insert indigenous language, here bingo cards. To …

Permanent Sunshine
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Apr 2019 at 7:41pm
‘Permanent Sunshine’ by A.L. Kennedy, performed by the brilliant @ScottReid93 …

Gorgie Residents Launch Campaign to Stop ?Intrusive? Student Development
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Apr 2019 at 9:24am
Local Residents in Gorgie today launched a campaign to oppose a proposed 6-storey student development on the site of the current Scotmid store at 236 Gorgie Road. An earlier version of the proposal was refused after attracting 52 objections and not a single letter of support from local residents. Independent Sighthill-Gorgie Councillor Ashley Graczyk is …

Lessons from Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Apr 2019 at 7:25pm
Launching our new book Building a New Catalonia: Self-Determination and Emancipation Wednesday, Apr 10 2019 19:30 – 21:30, the Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD . It’s an anthology of 35 essays including chapters by Catalan political leaders including Jordi Cuixart (currently in jail awaiting trial for sedition), Liz Castro and David …

Kondratiev ? Riding the Economic Wave
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Apr 2019 at 3:36pm
LET?S escape Brexit and see what?s happening in the wider world. Most forecasters are gloomy about global economic prospects. According to Schroders, doyen of UK assets managers: ?We forecast a more stagflationary environment in 2019 with global growth set to slow and inflation to rise?. The Davos World Economic Forum predicts a ?sharp drop-off in …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Another young life failed by what now passes for justice in Scotland | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
7 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Katie Allan had a dark and brutal experience in the prison system. Her parents are right to call for changeSuccessive Holyrood administrations have provided a dizzying array of legislative bells and whistles to make Scots feel all warm and pure. They are all well-meaning, of course, but some were...

Brexit: Corbyn 'very happy' to meet May to discuss compromise plan - as it ha...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
3 Apr 2019 at 12:03am
Rolling coverage of the day?s politics as they happen, including Theresa May chairing a five-hour cabinet meeting to decide what to do about BrexitMPs seek to stop no-deal Brexit by tabling article 50 billNo-deal Brexit more likely by the day, says Michel BarnierUp to 20 Tories could vote against...

Scottish Labour has gone missing.But it?s not too late to rediscover it | Kev...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Mar 2019 at 7:00am
The time has come for some straight talking to halt the loss of members and bring the party back to lifeWhen Scotland?s next generation of modern studies students is asked to explain the main reasons for the abject decline of the Labour party in Scotland, the possible answers should be offered in...

Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Mar 2019 at 2:46pm
Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump?s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council?s planning officers said the scheme,...

Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout
by Press Association
18 Mar 2019 at 7:22pm
Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arisePolice in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an ?unprecedented set of circumstances? after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should prot...

Poverty and climate more important than Brexit, says Corbyn
by Severin Carrell and Dan Sabbagh
8 Mar 2019 at 2:24pm
Days before Brexit vote, Labour leader says party not ?obsessed by constitutional questions?Jeremy Corbyn has downplayed the Brexit crisis by claiming that poverty and climate change are far greater priorities for Labour and the country.Addressing Scottish Labour?s annual conference, Corbyn said ...

Sturgeon rules out independence poll without UK go-ahead
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Mar 2019 at 3:52pm
Scottish first minister clarifies after deputy suggested she could call referendum without approval Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding an unofficial Scottish independence referendum, after her deputy suggested she could call one without legal approval.Video footage emerged on Thursday showing ...

No 10 concedes police numbers are relevant in fight against violent crime - a...
by Andrew Sparrow
5 Mar 2019 at 5:57pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenJeremy Hunt?s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.47pm GMT At Cabinet this morning :: Home Secretary Sajid Javid called for millions more in emergency funding for police to combat knife crime and other serious violence. ...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The federalism fairy flaps again
We’re living in strange days. This is widely described as the greatest political crisis in the UK since WW2, and it’s entirely self-inflicted. Things in Ukania have got so bad that Scottish newspaper editorials have, on occasion, been forced to get through 1000 words without finding the time to slag off the SNP. The Conservative …

The Father Dougals of British nationalism
Sometimes when you are an advocate of Scottish independence and you are constantly confronted with the same specious arguments from British nationalists, you feel like you’re Father Ted, trying to explain a very simple concept to Father Dougal. No matter how often you go over it, it fails to penetrate, even when you use very …

The time to decide is coming
So how’s that security and stability of the United Kingdom working out for everyone? The UK is a state which makes a mass temper tantrum at a toddler’s party seem like a plan for order and calm. Actually, anything at all that could pass for a plan would be a vast improvement on what’s happening …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 5 April 2019
This week, Callum Baird and I discuss the on-going mess that is Brexit and how fed up everyone is with it, Theresa May’s trap for Jeremy Corbyn, and sectarianism in Scottish football.   You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email …

The tyranny of the rejects
The government, and I use that term loosely, has belatedly realised that people whose sole reason for getting up in the morning is to insist that the EU is the Antichrist are never going to agree to anything. So the Brexiters are furious again, he wrote as though that was somehow surprising or novel. Fury …

Beware of Theresas despairing rifts
It took seven and a half hours of Theresa May arguing about Brexit with Conservatives who want her job to come up with a great new strategy, and that great new strategy consists of arguing about Brexit with a Labour leader who wants her job. They could have done this by email and saved everyone …

The false choice
As the Commons continues to be deadlocked over Brexit, and a no deal crashing out looms, the blame game has got into full swing. So at least MPs are able to agree on something. They’re all able to agree that it’s not their party’s fault. Brexcrementalists blame the EU and remainers. Theresa May blames the …

The Tory government, the Tory state
The Conservative government of Theresa May doesn’t accept that the public might have changed its mind about Brexit, but it’s hell bent on repeatedly bringing Theresa May’s deal back to the Commons in the hope that MPs might have changed their minds. Jacob Rees Mogg changed his mind, but Jacob went to Eton and his …

The National

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SNP MP threatens to sue Ross Thomson over 'arms dealer' jibe
IAN Blackford has threatened to sue a Tory MP over a "false and defamatory" jibe about the SNP chief being an arms dealer.

SNP say some MPs 'cheered with delight' at starvation in Venezuela
THE SNP?s Brexit spokesman told the Commons some MPs "cheered with delight" at news of starvation in Venezuela.

WATCH: Irish premier says EU should 'always leave a light on for UK'
LEO Varadkar has said the EU should ?always leave a light on? for the UK in case it wants to rejoin in future.

READ: European Council president calls on EU27 to back Article 50 extension
THE president of the European Council has called on members to grant Theresa May an extension for her Brexit deal.

Growth Commission plans are a gift to our Unionist opponents
THERE is nothing surprising in a Tory politician being entirely comfortable with the Growth Commission policies ? after all, they are familiar (Ex-Tory shadow minister: Andrew Wilson plan could lead to Yes victory, April 9). What is on offer is public expenditure reduced as percentage of GDP, so serious restraints on public services at a time when we need their expansion for environmental and s...

It's time to stop dithering and call indyref2
I?M sorry, I don?t believe Nicola should wait for the ?fog? of Brexit to be lifted before she explains her plans for a second independence referendum, and apologies too to Carolyn Leckie, who said we should wait until autumn for indyref2.

These are all the big pro-independence marches planned for 2019
AFTER the success of 2018?s All Under One Banner (AUOB) marches, a series of rallies have been scheduled for this year.

Theresa May arrives in Paris for Brexit talks with French president
THERESA May has arrived in Paris where she will urge the French president Emmanuel Macron to back her case for a delay to Brexit at a crunch EU summit on tomorrow.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important?
History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 2nd 2019 In recent years, from US campuses to towns to the UK, public statues have increasingly become a subject of heated debate and controversy. From Charlottesville in the US where one protestor was killed, to Cecil Rhodes in …

Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith
Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2019 The mantra of the current age is that we take child sex abuse seriously. We listen to victims, we respect them, and we act on allegations, knowing how difficult and painful it is for …

Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence
Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 20th 2019 Scotland was once infamous for its reputation and reality as a violent place. This was associated with all sorts of potent, demeaning caricatures of the angry, aggressive Scot, but underlying these images Scotland did have a problem. We had a culture of …

Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref
Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 19th 2019 As British politics enters a mixture of meltdown and an endgame, convulsed by Brexit, everywhere in political discourse there is an obsession with the past. From the rise of Churchill to unquestioned national hero, to the …

The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour
The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 13th 2019 One political principle unites not just the Labour Party from Jeremy Corbyn to Tom Watson but also the Conservative Party – from Theresa May to the most ultra-Brexiteers in the Jacob Rees-Mogg faction. That principle is a belief …

The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future
The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 6th 2019 There was major interest and debate last week about a UK Government paper on Scotland – the McCrone report – written nearly 45 years ago. The McCrone report was written in March 1974 by then Scottish Office civil servant …

1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and t...
1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 1st 2019 Today is the 40th anniversary of Scotland going to the polls to vote in the first devolution referendum on Labour?s proposals for a Scottish Assembly. This marked the beginning of Scotland?s constitutional …

The Birth of the New: BBC Scotland Finally Takes Off
The Birth of the New: BBC Scotland Finally Takes Off Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 27 February 2019 BBC Scotland?s new channel launched on Sunday at 7pm. There was a small amount of expectation, a countdown, and even nervousness. Sitting, waiting for it to begin, in those last few seconds I reflected how seldom a new …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

Scottish independence: Signs Nicola Sturgeon may ditch her natural caution ? ...
Scottish independence: Signs Nicola Sturgeon may ditch her natural caution ? Ian Swanson  The ScotsmanNICOLA Sturgeon is under pressure over a second independence referendum ? and not just from inside the SNP, writes Ian Swanson. Scottish Greens leader ...

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK? ...
Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK?  TheJournal.ie'Scottish Independence in the context of Brexit is like Schrödinger's Cat ? it's both alive and dead depending on who you ask', writes Gareth Brown.

Brexit: New poll gives boost to Scottish independence plans - The Scotsman
Brexit: New poll gives boost to Scottish independence plans  The ScotsmanTWO thirds of Scots who are "undecided" about independence, believe Brexit makes it more likely - and more than half would be more likely to vote Yes in a ...

In Aberdeen, Brexit is a storm of bad news ? but it could fill the sails of S...
In Aberdeen, Brexit is a storm of bad news ? but it could fill the sails of Scotland's independence movement  The Globe and MailScots who voted to keep Britain in the European Union are bracing for the economic shock that a 'hard Brexit' could bring to fisheries and oil ? and the debate ...

SNP

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Scotland's papers: 'Hypocrisy' of SNP MP and Brexit 'madness' - BBC News
Scotland's papers: 'Hypocrisy' of SNP MP and Brexit 'madness'  BBC NewsA row over Ian Blackford's business interests and the deadlock over Brexit feature on the front pages.

Nicola Sturgeon facing 'splits over currency' at SNP conference - HeraldScotland
Nicola Sturgeon facing 'splits over currency' at SNP conference  HeraldScotlandNICOLA Sturgeon and her ministers are facing high-profile splits at this month's SNP conference over their plans to keep using the pound after?

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

Poll: Tories and Labour have mountain to climb to catch SNP in Scotland - The...
Poll: Tories and Labour have mountain to climb to catch SNP in Scotland  The ScotsmanA new poll has shed light on the scale of the challenge facing both the Conservatives and Labour in Scotland as they try to make up ground on the SNP amid a ...

Richard Leonard: SNP defence of privatised bus services shows lack of imagina...
Richard Leonard: SNP defence of privatised bus services shows lack of imagination  The ScotsmanFree bus services can and do work, but the SNP insists on making petty bureaucratic objections in defence of the private-led status quo, writes Scottish Labour ...

SNP accused of 'faux outrage' over Brexit - BBC News
SNP accused of 'faux outrage' over Brexit  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon is more interested in pushing for independence than she is in finding a solution to Brexit, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed. All 35 SNP ...

SNP dismiss Commons debate on nuclear deterrent as ?back slapping love-in? - ...
SNP dismiss Commons debate on nuclear deterrent as ?back slapping love-in?  The ScotsmanNationalist MPs have dismissed a House of Commons debate on the 50th anniversary of the UK's continuous at sea deterrent as a ?back slapping love-in?.

Angus MacNeil: MoD says it was not to blame for SNP MP missing Brexit vote - ...
Angus MacNeil: MoD says it was not to blame for SNP MP missing Brexit vote  BBC NewsThe MoD has denied that a major military exercise was to blame for an SNP MP missing a series of Brexit votes in the House of Commons. Western Isles MP ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

In Aberdeen, Brexit is a storm of bad news ? but it could fill the sails of S...
In Aberdeen, Brexit is a storm of bad news ? but it could fill the sails of Scotland's independence movement  The Globe and MailScots who voted to keep Britain in the European Union are bracing for the economic shock that a 'hard Brexit' could bring to fisheries and oil ? and the debate ...

Scottish independence: Signs Nicola Sturgeon may ditch her natural caution ? ...
Scottish independence: Signs Nicola Sturgeon may ditch her natural caution ? Ian Swanson  The ScotsmanNICOLA Sturgeon is under pressure over a second independence referendum ? and not just from inside the SNP, writes Ian Swanson. Scottish Greens leader ...

Scottish Greens want clarity on timing of independence poll - BBC News
Scottish Greens want clarity on timing of independence poll  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon should spell out her plans for a second independence referendum, the Scottish Greens have claimed. Party co-convener Patrick Harvie said ...

Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK? ...
Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK?  TheJournal.ie'Scottish Independence in the context of Brexit is like Schrödinger's Cat ? it's both alive and dead depending on who you ask', writes Gareth Brown.

Pie and Bovril forum

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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 ...

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 ...

Ian Blackford MP
  How low can the SMSM stoop too? Lower than a midgets c**t the lot of them They have now started a smear campaign against Ian in regards to Saudi arms deals that he has profited from. The bare faced cheek of the Tory c***s knows no bounds We are now on the cusp of our birthright, Scottish Indepe...

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!

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

The Official President Trump thread

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

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

Tamb - where did it all go wrong Part II?
Closing 20 page threads now because of one post?

Alternative holiday reading books.
Never did fiction, read enough  tortured or not celeb autobiographies. Gimme a bit of science/maths/engineering.

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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

Christchurch NZ shootings
News feeds reporting at least 40 dead after shootings at 2 mosques in the city. 4 arrested in connection.    

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

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit Spun By ...
      1981: Peter Salmon takes up employment with the BBC Peter Salmon started at the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981. A programme maker, he eventually became BBC Bristol’s, Head of Factual output. He also worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, BBC  Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Manchester’s, File On Four current … Continue reading "My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit S...

Media Provision through the Eyes of the Welsh ? Devolution has demonstrated j...
    Jan 2008: Memorandum submitted by Tinopolis PLC to the Commons Select Committee for Welsh Affairs I have been asked to give evidence on the key areas under inquiry, namely the impact of globalization on broadcasting and the creative industries. The issues surrounding broadcasting and the creative industries and their future are … Continue reading "Media Provision through the Eyes of the...

A Time of Despair For Scots ? Blessed With A Neutered Authority in Scotland a...
      The 2014 Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin engaged with thousands of stakeholders across Scotland during the work of the Smith Commission. The outcome prompted him to make a personal recommendation in the Smith Commission Agreement. He said: “There is a strong desire to see the principle of devolution further … Continue reading "A Time of Despair For Scots – Blessed With A Neutere...

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Party in Scotland ? Ross...
    Tory MP Ross Thomson spoken to by police amid ‘sexual touching’ claims in Commons bar It is alleged that: Thomson repeatedly sexually assaulted three young men  having been three times escorted out  of the Commons Bar. He returned repeatedly to feel their bottoms and fondle their genitalia and tried to enter their … Continue reading "Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Pa...

Removing the Bias From Scottish Broadcasting ? This is the Solution Pass it O...
      Introduction Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel BBC Alba, attracts many more Scottish viewers than there are Gaelic speakers and the potential for growth is well recognized in the trade. Independent programme makers in Scotland produce quality television for the station but in insufficient quantity to fully support the channel. The … Continue reading "Removing the Bias From Scottish Broad...

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Poorest toddlers more than twice as likely to have development concerns

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…