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Ian McConnell: Juncker gets to heart of Brexit as May draws tortuous football...
10 May 2019 at 5:10am
AS Theresa May has continued to flounder on Brexit, while trying to signal she is in control with an analogy between her prospects and Liverpool?s amazing comeback against Barcelona, it has been left again to Jean-Claude Juncker to provide the astute observations.


Teachers and police face Scots parking tax as first details published
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
TEACHERS, police officers and other non-NHS public sector workers will not get an automatic exemption from Scotland?s new parking tax.


Holyrood chief calls for re-think of Scottish Parliament's voting system
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
Holyrood's top official has called for a rethink of the Scottish Parliament?s voting system, arguing it remains unloved, overly complex and misunderstood after 20 years.


Scotland's youngest MSP: Westminster could learn from us at Holyrood
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
An MSP has spoken of his concerns when he became the youngest ever member of the Scottish parliament as Holyrood celebrates 20 years of devolution.


Sir Paul Grice on 20 years of devolution: 'We didn't know if it was going to ...
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
THE first words spoken in the Scottish Parliament 20 years ago were not exactly the stuff of legend.


Ruth Wishart: Scotland celebrated its new parliament like a world cup win. Bu...
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
It has been a long road; often a rocky one.


Memorable moments in Scotland?s 20 years of devolution
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
Donald Trump, fly cigars, handwritten protests, structural issues and budget woes are among the notable moments at Holyrood.


Willie Rennie: Lib Dems and Labour had talked, but had no plan, ahead of Holy...
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
Willie Rennie


David Steel 'has Lib Dem whip restored and suspension lifted' over Cyril Smit...
10 May 2019 at 12:02am
DAVID Steel has had the Liberal Democrat Party whip restored and his suspension lifted following an internal investigation into remarks he made about child sex abuse claims concerning the late MP Cyril Smith, according to a senior party source.


FMQs sketch: Game of Moans
10 May 2019 at 5:00am
RARELY has there been a build-up like it for FMQs.


FMQs As it happened: Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson face off for first tim...
9 May 2019 at 11:23am
First Minister's Questions: Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson renew acquaintances for the first time in seven months. The Scottish Conservative leader is returning to Holyrood following her maternity leave.


Police Scotland to roll out phone hacking gadgets 'towards end of summer'
9 May 2019 at 7:04pm
POLICE are aiming to roll-out controversial machines that allow them to hack into people?s phones ?towards the end of summer?.


Johann Lamont on 20 years of devolution: 'Labour went from 56 MSPs to 23'
9 May 2019 at 5:00am
IT was a moment that hinted at the roller-coaster to come.


Devolved Scottish benefit payment inundated with applications from rest of UK
9 May 2019 at 11:50am
OFFICIALS were forced to rewrite application forms for Scotland?s new benefits system after being deluged with claims from elsewhere in the UK.


BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claim...
9 May 2019 at 12:59pm
A former BBC member of staff has claimed journalists working on the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 lacked ?in-depth knowledge? about Scotland and Scottish independence.

 

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The meaning of power
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2019 at 12:21pm
We see that “giving you chores to do and calling it a present” is back: Sigh. As we’ve been pointing out ever since it was first mooted, the “assignation” of VAT receipts to the Scottish Government is neither a power nor a gift, but a trap. Holyrood will not have the ability to alter VAT in any …

Spilt black milk
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 May 2019 at 11:16am
Last week, Norway rubbed our faces in it again. In just THREE MONTHS, the investment return alone from its national oil fund was around £64 billion – more money than the total annual budget of Scotland, including both Scottish Government spending and money spent by the UK “on our behalf”. (If you click that link, …

At midnight all the agents
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 May 2019 at 11:00am
On Saturday, for the second year in a row, there was a huge and joyous independence march through the centre of Glasgow, which passed off with no incidents, arrests or disturbances despite attempted provocation from a small handful of abusive Unionist bigots led by a Holocaust denier. Most of the Sunday papers carried largely neutral …

David Mundell is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2019 at 5:13pm
This was the Secretary of State for Scotland on the BBC’s coverage of the Scottish Conservative conference earlier today. The broadcaster’s political editor Brian Taylor gets uncharacteristically indignant with Mundell’s response, and well he might. Mundell insists, as he has done for years, that Scots voted in 2014 while knowing that they’d subsequently be getting a referendum on EU …

The secret collectors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2019 at 12:57pm
Alert readers may recall our ongoing enquiry with the Scottish Conservatives and the Information Commissioner’s Office about what may or may not constitute a lawful and legitimate “petition”, if one is conducted over a period of several years (during which signatories may changes their opinions, or die) and is never delivered to its supposed recipient, …

The leak inquiry
by Chris Cairns
4 May 2019 at 6:59am

The slow learners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2019 at 12:35pm
Poor old Gary Smith and the rest of the super-unionist GMB. We wonder how many times the UK government has to kick them up the arse before they stop bending over. We’re pretty sure we’ll need to take our shoes and socks off to count, though. Because he didn’t twig in 2015. Or in 2016. Or in …

The restoration of faith
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2019 at 2:31pm
We should have known all along, really. The woman who said she didn’t want to be leader but did, then said she wouldn’t quit as leader but did, then said she had no intention of quitting politics altogether, just did. Or did she? Dugdale’s new job is a post at Glasgow University named after former Labour leader …

The soft block
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Apr 2019 at 11:53am
The BBC came in for a spot of criticism this week when its new BBC Scotland channel opted to show some snooker instead of Nicola Sturgeon’s major speech about a new independence referendum. But then things started to get weird. An alert Wings reader noted that they hadn’t been able to locate any coverage by the state …

Belts and braces
by Chris Cairns
27 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

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New post-Brexit immigration plan 'needed for Scotland'
10 May 2019 at 12:55am
The head of the CBI calls for a lower minimum salary for immigrants because of Scotland's ageing workforce.


'Hundreds' faced bullying at NHS Highland
9 May 2019 at 4:38pm
An independent review of allegations of bullying at NHS Highland says staff spoke of "fear and intimidation".


Stirling insulation maker Superglass returns to profit
10 May 2019 at 12:58am
Superglass, which was in financial difficulties several years ago, attributes growth in part to increased sales.


Could a £2,400 basic income eradicate extreme poverty in Scotland?
9 May 2019 at 1:20am
Replacing benefits with a basic income could put an end to destitution and improve health and wellbeing, according to a new report.


2019 European elections: Sturgeon says Scotland does not want Brexit
9 May 2019 at 4:30pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says voting for her party in the European elections will send a clear message that Scotland is not for Brexit.


Scottish prison officers' union 'to call for strike action'
9 May 2019 at 6:11pm
The move comes as the number of inmates at Scottish jails approaches record levels.


Scotland's bottle return scheme deposit to be set at 20p
8 May 2019 at 3:26pm
All retailers will have to comply and the scheme will affect plastic drinks containers, cans and glass.


Holyrood VAT plan likely to be postponed
8 May 2019 at 4:05pm
The Scottish government is likely to postpone plans for its budget to be assigned a share of VAT revenues, the finance secretary indicates.


Scotland has more GPs than rest of the UK, study finds
8 May 2019 at 12:21am
The number of GPs per head of population in Scotland is higher than rest of the UK, BBC research finds.


Scottish government scraps air tax cut
7 May 2019 at 4:49pm
Plans to cut the tax paid by passengers flying from Scottish airports are scrapped after a backlash over the environmental impact.


Restrictions on short jail terms has limited re-offending impact
8 May 2019 at 1:44pm
A presumption against short sentences has had little impact on imprisonment and re-offending rates, according to research.


Scottish Greens urge voters to choose 'hope over hate'
7 May 2019 at 10:50am
The party says it is the "antidote" to far right hate and that voting Scottish Green in the EU election is a vote to "stop Brexit".

Scot Goes Pop

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An all-out independence push would have been better, but 'Stop Brexit' is sti...
by James Kelly
10 May 2019 at 5:30am
There were two obvious possibilities for the SNP's pitch in the European elections - they could either make it all about independence and seek a 'quadruple lock mandate' for an independence referen...

Last call to register to vote in the European elections
by James Kelly
7 May 2019 at 6:57pm
It's 7pm as I write this, so you now have only a few hours left to register to vote in the European elections (that is, if you aren't already registered as a result of responding to the household e...

On the subject of "monetising the Yes movement"...
by James Kelly
6 May 2019 at 1:27am
You're probably aware by now that the ostensibly pro-indy journalist Neil Mackay has been at it again.  Not content with his proposal a few days ago that would essentially make it impossible for Ye...

SNP gatecrash the English local elections by seizing control of Dundee City C...
by James Kelly
3 May 2019 at 1:29am
So here's a paradox within a paradox within a paradox.  On Scottish local elections night two years ago, the SNP failed to win an overall majority in any council, and yet they've somehow pulled tha...

Setting an artificial threshold of 60% for a Yes victory isn't "bold" - it's ...
by James Kelly
1 May 2019 at 1:20pm
You've probably seen Neil Mackay's rather provocative list of "issues" that the Yes movement must supposedly address in order to win.  Unsurprisingly it has sharply divided opinion, with some of th...

The Tories are overplaying their hand by moving from "now is not the time" to...
by James Kelly
30 Apr 2019 at 5:17am
In the spring of 2017, when Theresa May first trotted out her notorious line of "now is not the time", we were reliably informed by journalists who had spoken to government sources that the choice ...

ITV speaking power to truth
by James Kelly
29 Apr 2019 at 12:29am
Peter A Smith, the Scotland correspondent for ITV News (which these days is a depressingly pale imitation of the past glories of ITN), conducted an interview with Nicola Sturgeon the other day.  It...

Drama as new Panelbase poll continues to show support for independence at unu...
by James Kelly
28 Apr 2019 at 12:24am
Like the proverbial London buses, you wait ages for a full-scale Scottish poll, and then three come along all at once.  Hot off the press is Panelbase's latest polling on independence...Should Scot...

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1 week holiday in the north, tips?
by /u/natriusaut
10 May 2019 at 8:41am
Hello guys, soon on vacation with my girlfriend in the north of scotland for one week, wantet to ask if you have some hints or tips along our route. The route as planned is Glasgow-Dumfries-Selkir...

CBI boss calls for immigration tailored for Scotland
by /u/heavyhorse_
10 May 2019 at 8:08am
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Trying to find a coastal Castle/ruin I have only in memory
by /u/seanbluestone
10 May 2019 at 12:41am
I grew up in various places across Scotland but spent a lot of my youth up north near a small town called Buckie. I recently remembered a Castle ruin my mum took me to a couple times as a kid and c...

Great News! an English side must lose the Europa League Final
by /u/abz_eng
10 May 2019 at 12:12am
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Question Time 16 May - Elgin
by /u/abz_eng
9 May 2019 at 11:43pm
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Help me. Anyone know this old castle in scotland?
by /u/angellove_rm
9 May 2019 at 11:08pm
​ Anyone know old castle mansion in Scotland? thanks. ​ https://i.redd.it/38jscxnak9x21.jpg submitted by /u/angellove_rm

Visited Skye for the first time, my favourite pic I took from half way up Sgù...
by /u/GrantW01
9 May 2019 at 11:01pm
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Teachers and police officers not given national exemption for SNP-Green workp...
by /u/Turd_in_the_hole
9 May 2019 at 10:55pm
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Recent trip
by /u/ellesde9
9 May 2019 at 10:49pm
I just spent several days in a rental, driving all over Scotland, and I am having trouble with how to even begin putting my thoughts together about this trip. Your country is incredible. I'm not su...

Where do I get information on my upcoming local election?
by /u/thief90k
9 May 2019 at 9:30pm
Such as who is running for what, and what do they stand for? submitted by /u/thief90k

Yes Mary fetch out a bottle of the '84 vintage
by /u/Goznaz
9 May 2019 at 8:59pm
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Girl tried to push cyclist into canal
by /u/drjonsmith
9 May 2019 at 8:41pm
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Scientists urge people to check if Dundee is amongst the most polluted cities...
by /u/Fitzurse
9 May 2019 at 8:33pm
submitted by /u/Fitzurse

Valuable kit still lying in Forfar and Brechin leisure centres years after cl...
by /u/ScottishGeology
9 May 2019 at 8:03pm
submitted by /u/ScottishGeology

Daily Record

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Blacking up for fancy dress is offensive and people must understand its racis...
by Record View
10 May 2019 at 4:30am
Record View says that blacking up is a relic of dominance and ridicule of slave populations and the practice must be condemned as racist.


Universal Credit in Scotland could be replaced with new scheme - here's how m...
by Liam Thorp, David Bentley
10 May 2019 at 4:30am
Scotland is "on the brink" of testing Universal Basic Income - where everyone is paid a basic wage.


Scottish Labour in new racism row as Facebook account blames Islam for terror...
by David Clegg
10 May 2019 at 4:30am
The Argyll and Bute Labour account claimed ?there is no such thing as Islamophobia? and that women in the Islamic world are treated as second-class citizens.


Nicola Sturgeon demands devolved powers to tackle Scotland's drugs crisis
by Mark McGivern
10 May 2019 at 4:30am
Despite the Scottish Government backing a safe consumption room, the Home Office are blocking plans.


'Scotland Loves Europe', but it seems Europe's just not that into us
by Torcuil Crichton
9 May 2019 at 8:31pm
The truth is the glitzy advertising appeal to Europe probably missed its mark, writes Torcuil Crichton.


'Esther McVile' PM nightmare looms as rape clause fan McVey to stand as next ...
by Graeme Thomson, Andrew Woodcock
9 May 2019 at 7:44pm
The benefits axewoman and hardline Brexiteer has announced she will stand for the Conservative Party leadership when Theresa May steps down.


Woman, 81, jumped to death in quarry after being left with £5 to her name in ...
by Lucy Clarke-Billings
9 May 2019 at 4:49pm
Joy Worrall, 81, had been forced to rely on her savings when the Department for Work and Pensions wrongly stopped her payments.


Tory MP calls for new law to make cycle helmets compulsory to reduce brain in...
by George Ryan
9 May 2019 at 4:42pm
Bill Grant, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, says the government should intervene to protect cyclists.


MPs have credit cards BLOCKED over issues with expenses claims
by Torcuil Crichton
9 May 2019 at 4:30am
Many MPs, including nine Cabinet ministers, had their cards suspended for wrong, incomplete or late claims.


SNP should name names or cybernat crackdown is just window dressing
by Darren McGarvey
8 May 2019 at 9:14pm
Daily Record columnists Darren McGarvey reckons the SNP's belated concern over cybernats is just another grand gestures without real substance.

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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20p for a Clean Planet ? Scotland Leads the way with the Circular Economy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 May 2019 at 6:37pm
The environmental movement is racking up victories as consciousness breaks through and policy catches up. Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government?s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system, which will be the first country in the UK to introduce such a scheme. Ministers have confirmed that glass, cans and some plastic containers …

Support Independent Scottish Journalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 May 2019 at 4:26pm
  Every day we bring you comment, analysis and opinion from our feature writers and columnists – and an ever-expanding rota of new voices and fresh thinking. At the turn of the year we launched our brand new website which archived a decades worth of content and created much easier navigation and an integrated contributors …

Remembering Gavin Kennedy (1940-2019)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 May 2019 at 3:51pm
SAD to note the passing of Gavin Kennedy (1940-2019) ? Scot Nat, iconoclast, respected and original economist; and revisionist biographer of Adam Smith. I first met Gavin back in the 1970s when he was one of a talented group of thinkers and activists busy recasting the SNP as a genuinely radical alternative to the moribund …

Doris Karloff and Claire Foster
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2019 at 8:35pm
Newsnight last night reported the slide towards the Brexit Party with a slew of Tories from the right declaring they either wouldn’t vote or would vote for Farage’s new outfit with the veteran Michael Heseltine declaring he wouldn’t vote for them either. So far so grim. The Tories are going to get annihilated and while …

Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2019 at 10:12am
After a week in which details of my families past – including my deceased fathers divorce – was shared on Twitter by a pro-indy blogger in an attempt to smear me – I have been reflecting on whether I want to carry on with editing and publishing this website. I realise that given the nature …

Time Lapse video of Scottish Independence March, Glasgow, May 4 2019
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2019 at 5:42pm
  Film: Jim Rusk Feature Image: Henry Bell

Nat Students Are No Longer Radical
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2019 at 5:11pm
As a Glasgow graduate, Rob Brown is sad to find its Nationalist club proclaiming social democracy. Stumbling upon the website of the Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association recently brought me back to my own student days beneath the soot-stained, neo-Gothic tower on Gilmorehill. A grainy photo of pals posing with placards outside the Scottish Tories? …

The Brexit Party, the RCP and the Brighton bomb
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2019 at 10:58am
    The Brexit Party are having two rallies in North West England on Saturday 4 May in Flyde and on Monday 6 May in Chester. Attending both rallies will be Nigel Farage, Ann Widdecombe and the Brexit Party candidates for that region – including Claire Fox. Ms Fox joined the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Sturgeon steps up call for pro-EU voters to shun Scottish Labour
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 May 2019 at 5:37pm
SNP leader describes Jeremy Corbyn?s party as pro-Brexit and dishonestNicola Sturgeon has stepped up her appeals to pro-European voters in Scotland to abandon Labour, describing Jeremy Corbyn?s party as pro-Brexit and dishonest.Launching her European election campaign, the Scottish National party...

Brexit: Corbyn says second referendum could be 'healing process' ? as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow
9 May 2019 at 4:00pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour?s Euro elections campaignCorbyn says second referendum could be ?healing process? Corbyn?s speech and Q&A - SummaryGauke?s speech on populism - SummaryAfternoon summary 4.00pm BST 3.52pm...

My queer lioness: the artist unleashing a gender-bending cat on Venice
by Charlotte Higgins
8 May 2019 at 11:25am
Turner prize-winner Charlotte Prodger is representing Scotland at the Biennale ? with gargling bagpipes and a butch lioness with a beard. She reveals all about her wild attractionIt is entirely characteristic of Charlotte Prodger?s gentle, subtle wit that she has used the sound of bagpipes in her...

MSPs vote to raise criminal responsibility age to 12 in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 May 2019 at 6:52pm
Move unanimously backed but some want it raised further to 14 in line with UN?s stanceMinisters are under pressure to raise the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales after the Scottish parliament voted in favour of a new higher age of 12.The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (E...

Scottish independence march organiser charged over late start
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 May 2019 at 2:09pm
Manny Singh claims he was targeted for refusing to ?bend a knee to the British empire?The organiser of a pro-independence march in Glasgow is facing prosecution over the event?s start time.Manny Singh, who helped run the All Under One Banner march last Saturday, has been charged for failing to fo...

Thousands join Glasgow march for Scottish independence
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 May 2019 at 6:06pm
Rally comes as polls indicate SNP likely to make gains in European electionsThousands march for Scottish independence ? in picturesThousands of people have marched in Glasgow in the largest show of support for Scottish independence since Nicola Sturgeon said she would introduce legislation to hol...

Thousands march for Scottish independence ? in pictures
4 May 2019 at 5:34pm
Pro-Scottish independence activists take to the streets of Glasgow for the All Under One Banner marchThousands join Glasgow march for Scottish independence Continue reading...

Ruth Davidson says Tories and Labour getting closer to Brexit deal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 May 2019 at 2:40pm
Scottish Tory leader calls for compromise and pitches for non-nationalist voteRuth Davidson has said she believes Labour and the Tories are close to striking a deal over Brexit, and said both parties must compromise or face huge losses in the European elections.The Scottish Conservative leader sa...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The value of emotion
There’s been a lot of justified anger this week. Partly it’s a symptom of an SNP leadership which many feel is at risk of becoming out of touch, managerial, and tone deaf to the sensibilities of the wider independence movement. Partly it’s the febrile atmosphere of Brexit, which has produced a political uncertainty and British …

Some friendly advice to the SNP leadership
It’s been a long standing policy of this blog that I don’t criticise other independence supporters. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree with them. I frequently disagree with the SNP, with the Greens, with other pro-independence bloggers, organisations, or groups. But I usually keep quiet. I keep quiet because it’s important that we remain …

A proper conversation about online behaviour
If we’re going to talk about bad behaviour and abusive and threatening language in online discourse, and what to do about it, we need to do it properly.  That means that we can’t isolate out bad behaviour from independence supporters online and claim that there’s a specific problem proper only to one side in Scotland’s …

The double standards of the Scottish media: Part 7,952
Here we go again. More rank double standards from the Scottish media. I don’t listen to BBC Scotland at the best of times, and certainly not in the mornings, and most especially not the morning after a pro-independence march and rally when I’m knackered and my ageing bones are aching and my throat is hoarse …

What can?t be fixed must be left behind
On Friday we got the results of Thursday’s local elections in England and Northern Ireland, or more accurately, in Northern Ireland and in parts of England. Even so it was the biggest electoral test faced by the Conservatives and Labour since the General Election in 2017. Prior to the vote, Conservative spokesapologists were spinning that …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 3 May 2019
This week in the Wee Ginger Dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Bard and I discuss the SNP conference, double standards in the Scottish media, the over-rated Ruth Davidson, the English local elections, and tomorrow’s massive march and rally. Tomorrow at the march and rally, The National is giving away 10,000 copies of the paper for …

Shut up and go huawei
Yesterday, Chris Failing Grayling managed to cost taxpayers another £50 million due to his incompetence and hauf-airsed handling of ferry contracts for the event of a no-deal Brexit, taking the total that his uselessness has cost us all to about £3 billion, and he still wasn’t the most hopeless Conservative cabinet minister of the day. …

Barking Up the Right Tree ? 2019
My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices.  Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date.  Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of …

The National

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First Minister calls on voters to send Brexit message to Westminster
ONLY the SNP can fight Brexit as Labour and the Tories unite to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon told voters yesterday as she launched her party?s European elections fight.

Place your bets now as top Tory failures limber up for leadership contest
READY, steady, go! The news that failed work and pensions secretary Esther McVey is to join the Tory leadership race means we now have two confirmed wannabe PMs in addition to an entire subs? bench of rumoured runners.

First Minister pulls out Tory leaflet in clash with Davidson at FMQs
THE First Minister has slammed the Tories for their lack of policies during Ruth Davidson?s return to FMQs.

HMRC bosses admit they thought 45 MSPs were not in Scotland
HMRC bosses failed to identify almost a third of MSPs as being Scottish taxpayers.

New pro-EU group tells Scottish Remainers to vote SNP
A NEW pro-EU organisation has called on Remain-backing Scots to vote for the SNP.

Blink and you'll miss BBC website coverage of SNP EU election launch
THE SNP launched its European elections campaign yesterday ? but users of the BBC?s news website will have been hard pushed to know it.

Margaret Ferrier: Here's what the EU elections can mean to Scotland
THE SNP?s European campaign launched yesterday on Europe Day ? marking decades of peace and co-operation on the continent.

Elaine C Smith says No voters will be at heart of Voice For Scotland debate
SCOTTISH Independence convention convener Elaine C Smith has spoken exclusively to The National about Voices For Scotland, the convention?s new campaign organisation.

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

The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the p...
The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the people? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 8th 2019 Twenty years ago last Monday Scotland went to the polls in the first democratic elections to the Scottish Parliament. This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the first session of that Parliament …

Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all
Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 30th 2019 Last week I attended a talk about one of the seminal bands of late 1970s Britain – Joy Division – where the author and cultural commentator Jon Savage discussed at an event run by Monorail, …

The importance of hearing the sounds of silence
The importance of hearing the sounds of silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 24th 2019 Art Garfunkel performed in Glasgow on Easter Sunday; in an age filled with what seems to be incessant noise, it has never been more critical than to listen to seek out, and listen to, the sounds of silence. Despite everything, …

Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration
Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2019 Dundee is the talk of the town. The once forgotten city of Scotland ? certainly in the eyes of the Glasgow and Edinburgh chatterati ? is now widely celebrated and recognised. It is winning piles of awards and attention, the latest …

How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football?
How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 10th 2019 Scottish football last week witnessed the regular circus of an Old Firm match. It was the usual pantomime of bad feeling and nastiness, with two Rangers players sent off and Celtic captain Scott Brown assaulted. Both clubs, Rangers …

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 and Independence

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SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence - The Scotsman
SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence  The ScotsmanThe SNP has rejected comments made by Tony Blair in which the former prime minister claimed Scottish independence was as ?foolish? as the UK leaving the ...

Nicola Sturgeon declares 'climate emergency' at SNP conference - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon declares 'climate emergency' at SNP conference  BBC NewsBrexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicScottish independence: "It's time," says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon  Euronews EnglishBrexit drives support for Scottish independence to 49 percent: YouGov  ReutersPoll: Brexit Pushes Support for Scottish Independence to 49%  VOA NewsView full covera...

Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence - DW (English)
Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence  DW (English)In the first rally since First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted another vote on Scottish independence, tens of thousands of people marched in support in ...

The U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum - Fortune
The U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum  FortuneScots voted against Brexit so, if Brexit goes ahead, leader Nicola Sturgeon will push for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland - Financial Times
Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland  Financial TimesAt the whim of the Tory party, Scots have been told to surrender their European identity.

BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claim...
BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claims former staff member  HeraldScotlandA former BBC member of staff has claimed journalists working on the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 lacked ?in-depth knowledge? about?

Indyref2 and 3? Expert says two Scottish independence polls needed - The Scot...
Indyref2 and 3? Expert says two Scottish independence polls needed  The ScotsmanThe Scottish Government should explore the possibility of holding another two referendums on independence or risk repeating the mistakes made by ...

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The SNP is trying to win over unionists ? so where's Ruth Davidson's offer to...
The SNP is trying to win over unionists ? so where's Ruth Davidson's offer to Yes voters?  New StatesmanThough the SNP has launched a charm offensive on unionist voters as it seeks to persuade more of them to switch to supporting independence, it seems that ...

Teachers and police officers not given national exemption for SNP-Green workp...
Teachers and police officers not given national exemption for SNP-Green workplace parking tax  Telegraph.co.ukTeachers and police officers will not have a national exemption from a controversial workplace parking tax agreed by the SNP and Greens, under plans lodged ...

SNP pledge to close attainment gap being met in stronghold 'thanks to decline...
SNP pledge to close attainment gap being met in stronghold 'thanks to decline in wealthy pupils' results'  Telegraph.co.ukNicola Sturgeon's pledge to close the wealth attainment gap in schools is being met in a Scottish city thanks to a collapse in performance by the richest pupils, ...

Derek Mackay: SNP's stance on Heathrow third runway 'hypocritical' - The Times
Derek Mackay: SNP's stance on Heathrow third runway 'hypocritical'  The TimesThe Scottish finance secretary has been accused of hypocrisy after refusing to reverse the government's backing for a third runway at Heathrow.This week ...

Nicola Sturgeon sends 'unequivocal message' to Theresa May as she launches SN...
Nicola Sturgeon sends 'unequivocal message' to Theresa May as she launches SNP EU election campaign  ITV NewsLeader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon has said "Scotland does not want Brexit", as she launched her party's European Election campaign in Edinburgh. She asked ...

It?s too late for the SNP to rein in the cybernats - Spectator.co.uk
It?s too late for the SNP to rein in the cybernats  Spectator.co.uk'It is better to ride the tiger's back than let it rip your throat out' is reputedly how Tony Blair rationalised his close relationship with the Sun. The quote is thrown ...

Senior SNP figures call for end to online abuse - BBC News
Senior SNP figures call for end to online abuse  BBC NewsProminent figures from the SNP have called for an end to online abuse in Scottish politics. Alyn Smith MEP, Stewart McDonald MP and the party's former depute ...

SNP members change leadership's currency plan - BBC News
SNP members change leadership's currency plan  BBC NewsThe SNP has backed proposals for a new currency in an independent Scotland - although the leadership was defeated over the timing. The party's conference ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish Leader Wants UK Independence Referendum by 2021 - TIME
Scottish Leader Wants UK Independence Referendum by 2021  TIMESturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsThe U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum  FortuneSturgeon: Brexit should trigger Scottish independence vote by 2021  POLITICO.euScottish Leader Calls for Independence Referendum if Britain Leaves the E.U.  The New York TimesView full coverage ...

Tens of thousands of Scots march in Glasgow to demand second independence ref...
Tens of thousands of Scots march in Glasgow to demand second independence referendum  Euronews EnglishDavidson says will resist new referendum on Scottish independence  ReutersScottish nationalists CLASH with pro-Union activists at independence march in Glasgow  ExpressInside Europe: Another push for Scottish independence  Deutsche WelleScotland's Davidson Girds for Fight as Support for Indepen...

Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence - DW (English)
Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence  DW (English)In the first rally since First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted another vote on Scottish independence, tens of thousands of people marched in support in ...

Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence - The New Republic
Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicMeet the other group of secession-minded nationalists in Britain: A few hundred miles north of where the details of Brexit continue to be debated, members of the ...

SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence - The Scotsman
SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence  The ScotsmanThe SNP has rejected comments made by Tony Blair in which the former prime minister claimed Scottish independence was as ?foolish? as the UK leaving the ...

Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland - Financial Times
Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland  Financial TimesAt the whim of the Tory party, Scots have been told to surrender their European identity.

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claim...
BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claims former staff member  HeraldScotlandA former BBC member of staff has claimed journalists working on the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 lacked ?in-depth knowledge? about?

Pie and Bovril forum

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

A postive case for the union
Anybody got any good arguments to stay in the union Or can they tell me why Scotland can not be a successful Independent country?  

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

Tony Blair on How to Stop Independence
Reading earlier on there an article and Tony Blairs way to stop Independence from happening and his answer is wait for it "let's merge the football leagues of Scotland and England"

The mans a nutter and if he thinks thats the answer to stop it from happening he is deluded;

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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!

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

Herald Article about Abusive Cybernats
Interesting article in the Herald. Good to see the SNP hierarchy tackling this issue head-on. There are plenty of people on this forum who need to step back and think about how they are behaving. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17619592.snp-declares-war-on-cybernats/

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

James Hewitt a grandad
An African sunset delivery

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.

Old Nightclubs/pubs You Used To Haunt
Probably a thread for old gits (I'm 44 from Edinburgh)...but what clubs/pubs did you used to hang about in a lot. My lot were pub crawlers, so used to visit different bars, all over the city, every night out, but there was always the regular places. While at school, Buster Browns in Edinburgh use...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

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

Glass Cheques
It's all over http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-33985022

Entering a race (or competion) experiences?
Hi folks, was curious to see and imagine how diverse the board is, that a few folk have ran/cycled in races, and how the experience was. From about 2010-15 or so I was a very keen runner, maybe even ran too much! Then kinda mixed it in with walking, cycling, and the gym, so I ran a bit le...

The Great Global Warming Swindle
Came across this on YouTube, shown on channel 4 in 2007, unthinkable now adays. Probably worth a watch.   

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

MP Expense Claims Exceed £120 Million Each Year ? Up by 25% ? Many Fall Foul ...
  2 Days ago: Hundreds of MPs’ have their parliamentary credit cards suspended for breaking expenses rules The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), was set up in the wake of the disgraceful expenses scandal 10 years ago. Parliamentary credit cards were introduced for MPs’ following the scandal, to ensure spending could be closely monitored. … Continue reading "MP Expense Clai...

Westminster Officials Personal Expenditure On Their Taxpayer Funded Gold Card...
      August 2011: Voter fury over Gold Card abuse cover-up Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O?Donnell has been blamed by key members of the Government for blocking moves to reveal the true extent of spending on the cards, which are given to officials to pay for their ?expenses?. A cloak of … Continue reading "Westminster Officials Personal Expenditure On Their Taxpayer Funded Gold Cards Exceeds...

The Smith Commission Committed Westminster to Devolving Powers To the Scottis...
      November 2014: Devolution deal for Scotland Lord Smith of Kelvin, praised Scottish political leaders for coming together after a “bruising” referendum, with a reminder that: A cross-party commission had been set up after the unionist parties promised greater powers for Scotland in the event of a no vote in the … Continue reading "The Smith Commission Committed Westminster to Devolving...

Tried and Tested and Successful Secret Services Tactics Designed to Damage Cr...
        The AUOB march in Glasgow last weekend was a tremendous success, in spite of disruptive efforts designed to reduce the impact on the Scottish public by Glasgow District Council the BBC and nearly all of the Scottish media outlets. Another Scottish Independence referendum is scheduled to be held … Continue reading "Tried and Tested and Successful Secret Services Tactics Designed to...

A Bunch of Political Ba-Heids Aim to Manipulate Gullible Scots by Deception ?...
  Baroness Smith, David Mundell, Catherine Smith, Michael Gove and Lord McCluskey at the launch of the centre   The Glasgow University supported John Smith Centre is an insidious development that will adversely impact upon Scottish politics. This warning might possibly fall upon many deaf ears but it is my intention to post/repost … Continue reading "A Bunch of Political Ba-Heids Aim to Man...

The Maladroit Performance of the Unionist Politicians in Scotland is Disgrace...
    The imposition of Welfare cuts by Westminster politicians In the period 2002, to date, the UK welfare benefits system was subject to significant reforms. First introduced by “New Labour”, under the auspices of Blair and Brown, the cuts were followed up by rampant Tory’s who didn’t hang about when they took … Continue reading "The Maladroit Performance of the Unionist Politicians in Scot...

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...

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MSP who witnessed suicide calls for support for those who experience traumati...

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Review into NHS Highland reports widespread bullying and harrassment of staff

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'Existential threat' of climate change must be at heart of UK aid spending, M...

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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.…