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Battle lines are drawn as May's plan for more selective educations comes unde...
10 Sep 2016 at 12:09am
THERESA May?s first domestic flagship policy, to create more selective schools as part of her aim to make Britain the ?world?s great meritocracy,? has come under strong fire from her own side.

Unspun: It's a knockout for cricketer Ruth
10 Sep 2016 at 12:14am
Highlight of the week was the send-off for Alan Roden, former Pol Ed of the Scottish Daily Mail who is now Scottish Labour?s top spin-doctor. Reflecting the high esteem in which his old paper is held by the party, more SNP MSPs turned up to the boozy bash than Labour ones. Or perhaps his new colleagues were still smarting from his ferocious lecture on how they must stop talking to the press now he?s boss. Little wonder he?s already nicknamed Roden of Iron.

SNP in cash for access storm as party offers up array of conference perks
10 Sep 2016 at 12:14am
THE SNP is offering business figures the chance to lobby its senior politicians in exchange for handing over thousands of pounds in sponsorship for the party's conference.

McDonnell gushes over Co-Operative Party, praising it for staying with Labour...
9 Sep 2016 at 10:04pm
JOHN McDonnell will praise the Co-operative Party for sticking with Labour through "thick and thin" just weeks after rumours circulated that it could be used as a method for opposing Jeremy Corbyn.

May expresses regret to Polish PM at attacks on Poles following Brexit vote
9 Sep 2016 at 7:56pm
THERESA May has expressed her "deep regret" over attacks on Polish citizens living in the UK following the Brexit vote in a telephone call to her counterpart in Warsaw.

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Dungavel branded a jail by one former detainee, who pledged to campaign again...
9 Sep 2016 at 7:38pm
A former detainee at Dungavel has branded the Scottish detention centre ?a jail? and described the UK Government?s decision to close it as a victory for 15 years of campaigning.

Police "assess and identify what criminal offences may have been committed" i...
9 Sep 2016 at 4:10pm
Scotland Yard is to "assess and identify what criminal offences - if any - may have been committed" in the wake of Sunday newspaper revelations about Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Internal Whitehall document suggests UK ministers might get free vote on crun...
9 Sep 2016 at 8:12pm
UK ministers could be given a free vote on whether to expand Heathrow Airport, an internal Whitehall document has revealed.

Boris Johnson gives up on Australian-style immigration reform pledge
9 Sep 2016 at 8:15pm
Boris Johnson has abandoned his referendum promise to push for Australian-style immigration reforms.

Boris Johnson: China must use influence over North Korea
9 Sep 2016 at 5:35pm
China must use its influence to stop North Korea carrying out nuclear tests, Boris Johnson has urged.

Nicky Morgan criticises Theresa May's grammar school plans
9 Sep 2016 at 6:53pm
Theresa May's plans for a new generation of selective grammar schools in the state system have come under fire from Conservative former education secretary Nicky Morgan.

The Midge: 'The courts will be bouncin' on Monday' ... What rest of UK is hea...
9 Sep 2016 at 12:10pm
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

May courts controversy on education as she says her plan is to make Britain "...
9 Sep 2016 at 12:05pm
THERESA May wants Britain to become the ?world?s great meritocracy,? setting out a mission where ordinary, working class people have more control over their own lives.

Theresa May tells Polish PM 'hate crime has no place in UK' in wake of attacks
9 Sep 2016 at 7:45pm
Theresa May has expressed her "deep regret" over attacks on Polish citizens living in the UK in a phone call to her counterpart in Warsaw.

 

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Police inquiry over Vaz to see if any offence committed
9 Sep 2016 at 9:26pm
Police are to “assess and identify what criminal offences – if any – may have been committed” in the wake of Sunday newspaper revelations about Labour MP Keith Vaz.

SNP slams BBC over Scottish coverage and ­sexist programming
9 Sep 2016 at 5:14pm
NICOLA Sturgeon’s government ­yesterday accused the BBC of ­sexist programming in a hard-hitting ­document which also stepped up its attacks on the Corporation’s coverage of Scottish politics.

Holyrood budget process to be reviewed in light of new powers
9 Sep 2016 at 4:15pm
A “fundamental review” of Holyrood’s budget process has been launched in light of Scotland’s new fiscal powers.

Boris Johnson seeks trade deal with ?true friend? Australia
9 Sep 2016 at 2:41pm
BORIS Johnson will push the case for a strong trade deal with Australia after Brexit as he meets the nation’s foreign minister for talks in London.

Nicola Sturgeon demands Tory apology after EU citizens remark
9 Sep 2016 at 9:55am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson should make an “unreserved apology” after her party appeared to question the participation of European Union citizens in Scottish politics, the First Minister has claimed.

Leaders: Named Person debate a sensible step forward
9 Sep 2016 at 12:00am
The delay to the contentious policy should pave the way for considered discussion instead of scaremongering

Nicola Sturgeon backs plans for access to school counsellors
8 Sep 2016 at 10:31pm
Nicola Sturgeon has indicated she will consider a proposal to give all Scottish schools access to counselling in an attempt to combat Scotland’s adolescent mental health crisis.

Missing CCTV in journalists' sources probe found in locker
8 Sep 2016 at 9:37pm
A “lost” piece of CCTV evidence which formed part of an internal police investigation into leaks from a murder case has been found – in an officer’s locker.

Sketch: Tories must have wanted to change subject to nuclear physics
8 Sep 2016 at 9:32pm
Looking tanned and healthy after the long summer break, MSPs settled down to the inaugural First Minister’s Questions of the new term.

Joyce McMillan: Walls have no place in a free world
8 Sep 2016 at 9:30pm
In 1989 we celebrated them coming down, now they are returning, to our shame, writes Joyce McMillan

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to meeting ?in principle?
8 Sep 2016 at 7:06pm
Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that the Israeli and the Palestinian leaders have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow for talks in what the Russians hope will relaunch the Mideast peace process after more than a two-year break.

Child marriage remains serious problem in Nepal, says report
8 Sep 2016 at 7:01pm
Child marriage remains a serious problem in Nepal, where 10 per cent of girls marry before they are 15, a human rights report has claimed.

Armenian PM steps down to make way for ?new beginnings?
8 Sep 2016 at 6:50pm
The prime minister of Armenia has resigned following weeks of widespread protests, saying the country needed “new approaches” and “new beginnings”.

SNP announce ?intense? Named Person plan consultation
8 Sep 2016 at 4:59pm
John Swinney was yesterday forced into delaying the Scottish Government’s Named Person scheme for a year to address the legal issues surrounding the legislation.

Carwyn Jones: Nations must be at Brexit talks or risk UK break-up
8 Sep 2016 at 3:56pm
The UK risks breaking up unless all home nations play a hands-on role in the Brexit negotiations, Wales’s First Minister Carwyn Jones has warned.

Wings over Scotland blog

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Ready to rumble
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Sep 2016 at 11:38am
The tone of coverage deployed by the Daily Express (Scottish and English editions alike) with regard to the First Minister of Scotland in recent weeks has been both bizarre and disturbing. Yesterday the paper ran this “story”: It’s a load of gibberish, obviously. But if the FM was preparing herself for a punch-up, you could hardly blame …

Neither blood nor soil
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Sep 2016 at 1:54pm
Supporters of Scottish independence have known for years that the civic “nationalism” espoused by the Yes movement bears no relation to the so-called “blood and soil” varieties found in many other countries. Every racist or ethnic-nationalist organisation in Britain – the BNP, the EDL/SDL, the National Front and so on – was stridently No. But …

And twirling, always twirling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Sep 2016 at 11:21am
In your media today: Oh, right. One of THOSE days. So just to recap: the draft bill for a second referendum has – in the space of a single 48-word sentence in a 4,600-word speech – been edged towards, backed away from, shelved, threatened, lined up, put on the back burner and consulted on. That’s obviously …

Have you ever seen the rain?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2016 at 12:57pm
The BBC lunchtime weather forecast of 15 October 1987 is now fondly looked back on as a moment of shared national doh-what-are-we-like? comedy, in the same vein as a Morecambe and Wise Christmas show or something. But the reality was very dramatically different. Despite Michael Fish’s calm-bordering-on-patronising assurance to a worried viewer that there would be …

Nothing stays the same
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2016 at 9:03am
David Cameron, September 2006: And in January 2007, he added: The following month, the still-current Prime Minister Tony Blair said this in his speech to the Scottish Labour conference at Aviemore, as Labour sought a third successive victory at Holyrood in an election just 10 weeks away: What a long time a decade in politics …

Selective listening
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2016 at 9:10am
Eternally angry Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins has been even shoutier than usual this week, purple-faced with rage about the fact that the SNP has decided to spend some of its own money (not taxpayer cash) asking people for their opinions. It’s a curious argument from a member of a party that’s been rejected in successive elections in …

Shortbread-tin nationalism
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2016 at 1:46pm
When you choose to declare to the world that you’re not actually a country but just a small region of someone else’s, this sort of thing will happen. Still, at least they haven’t – Oh.

Junkies, tramps and thieves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2016 at 11:59am
Fear and lies work. Over many decades (and really for centuries) the Unionist parties and the media have succeeded in persuading a large percentage of Scots that they’re beggars, scroungers, vagrants and “subsidy junkies” dependent on the ever-generous charity of England to keep them from starvation. And in terms of the facts, that hasn’t always been …

Another bullet dodged
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2016 at 8:57am
Then: And how about now? “Defence jobs in Scotland ‘in decline’ A new academic study shows the decline in employment by the Ministry of Defence, down by nearly a quarter in the past eight years. The number of civilian MoD employees has fallen from 6,500 to 3,730 in eight years – a time of government budget …

How to disrespect the electorate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2016 at 10:18am
More or less since the morning of 19 September 2014, the Unionist parties in Scotland have kept up an unceasing chorus of “You lost! Accept it!” directed at the entire Yes movement, but primarily the SNP (despite the SNP having never to date disputed the result or called for a re-run of the referendum). Readers …

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'Fundamental' review of Holyrood budget process launched
9 Sep 2016 at 10:56am
A "fundamental" review of the Scottish Parliament's budgetary process is to be carried out in light of new fiscal powers.


'Logical' to scrap not guilty verdict, says Scots law expert
9 Sep 2016 at 12:40pm
A Scots law expert says it is "logical" for the not guilty verdict to be dropped, rather than the not proven verdict.


Former chief medical officer to lead NHS targets review
9 Sep 2016 at 2:46pm
Former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns is to lead a national review of the approach to targets in Scotland's NHS.


August 2017 start for Scotland's Named Person scheme
8 Sep 2016 at 4:46pm
Minister John Swinney says he hopes an amended Named Person scheme will commence in August 2017 - a year later than planned.


Brexit talks role for Belgian EU veteran Guy Verhofstadt
8 Sep 2016 at 6:49pm
A veteran European federalist, former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt, will be the European Parliament's negotiator in Brexit talks with the UK.


Four Scottish councils to host Syrian refugee language schemes
8 Sep 2016 at 5:53pm
An English language project for Syrian refugees living in Scotland is to be piloted by four local authorities.


Scale of Dumfries and Galloway Council staff cuts revealed
9 Sep 2016 at 12:27am
Dumfries and Galloway Council reduces staff numbers by the equivalent of more than 600 full-time posts in the space of a year.


University of St Andrews chief defends admissions policy
8 Sep 2016 at 12:47pm
The head of admissions at the University of St Andrews tells the BBC you can have a good "student diversity" policy without being a "charitable venture".


Dungavel immigration detention centre to close
8 Sep 2016 at 10:44pm
The controversial Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Lanarkshire is to be closed, the Home Office announces.


Revenue Scotland collects £572m in first year
8 Sep 2016 at 11:16am
Scotland's new tax agency collects £572m in its first year - well above the amount that had been expected.


Care of postnatal depression killer 'should have been better'
8 Sep 2016 at 8:18am
A mother who suffocated her baby while suffering from postnatal depression did not receive adequate treatment for her illness, a report finds.


Emergency tugboat review call rejected
7 Sep 2016 at 10:36pm
Calls for a review of emergency tugboat provision in the wake of the Transocean Winner grounding are rejected by UK ministers.

Scot Goes Pop

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Humiliation for "electable" Owen Smith as bombshell YouGov poll reveals the S...
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2016 at 3:15pm
Let's start with a detail from yesterday's new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll that may not be the most important, but is certainly the most amusing.  As we all know, pretty much the sole selling-p...

The art of conversation
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2016 at 6:12pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the launch of the new national conversation on independence. It also touches a little on today's new full...

Conventional Wisdom 1, Don Brind 0 : YouGov poll suggests Corbyn is on course...
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2016 at 6:31am
For some time now, Stormfront Lite's resident Labour 'moderate' Don Brind (he seems a decent enough chap in spite of the dodgy politics, so I won't call him a 'Blairite') has been trying to convinc...

Athens of the North, no more?
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2016 at 7:52pm
Because of the disruption on the trains from Queen Street, I spent much less time than usual in Edinburgh over the first half of the year.  But I've been there quite a bit during the festival, and ...

It's a flippin' Fife phenomenon as stormin' SNP secure a super 9.5% swing fro...
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2016 at 12:54pm
The Lochs was the second-weakest ward for the SNP in the whole of Fife in the 2012 local elections (the only worse one was the rarefied setting of St Andrews).  They put up only one candidate, who ...

Glitter, Murder, Echoes...
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2016 at 1:53am
So I sat down to write a long blogpost in response to a bizarre Twitter dispute I had with Stephen Bush of the New Statesman a few hours ago. (It was on the relatively obscure topic of a wildly in...

In vain I have struggled. It will not do.
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2016 at 5:47pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, which allows me to fulfill a lifetime ambition by mentioning Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in a piece about a ...

The best time to hold a second independence referendum is while there is stil...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2016 at 6:18pm
Iain Macwhirter had a piece in the Sunday Herald yesterday arguing that Nicola Sturgeon won't and shouldn't hold a second independence referendum for several years (2021 at the absolute earliest), ...

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Beer in us?
by /u/Guinnessron
10 Sep 2016 at 2:06am
If you were to come to the US, what beer would you want to try? submitted by /u/Guinnessron

Scots who Voted Leave - Why?
by /u/memmett9
10 Sep 2016 at 12:13am
With every voting area in Scotland having a Remain majority in the referendum, it is easy to claim that Scots as a whole want to stay in the European Union. While the majority of Scots obviously do...

Family calls for mortuaries review after 'traumatic' experience
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9 Sep 2016 at 9:54pm
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Scottish IFB fighter reads message to Erdogan.
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9 Sep 2016 at 8:30pm
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Since it seems to making the rounds on the other UK based subreddits. Does an...
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9 Sep 2016 at 7:27pm
I mean the answer should be pretty straightforward on r/Scotland. Personally for me it's goes Scottish > European > British. And I could probably squeeze a few more things in between European and ...

Levenmouth Police: "Sticks & stones may break yer bones but words will get ye...
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9 Sep 2016 at 6:58pm
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9 Sep 2016 at 6:03pm
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LiveLeak.com - How not to act at a petrol station [Apt x-post fae WTF]
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9 Sep 2016 at 5:38pm
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Cold calling firm fined £60K by ICO
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9 Sep 2016 at 4:56pm
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The Schrodinger's cat of nations
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9 Sep 2016 at 4:38pm
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Wings Over Scotland: Ready to Rumble
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9 Sep 2016 at 4:08pm
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Guy Verhofstadt Appointed Chief European Parliament Negotiator for Brexit Neg...
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Why Labour are losers
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9 Sep 2016 at 3:44pm
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Tea with Theresa
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Shock study shows brutal benefits sanctions are forcing the poor to commit cr...
by John Ferguson
9 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
THE study being presented in a briefing at Holyrood is the first wave of findings and shows that fraud and shoplifting are being used to alleviate extreme hardship.


EU's chief Brexit negotiator agrees with Nicola Sturgeon that independent Sco...
by David Clegg
8 Sep 2016 at 9:31pm
FORMER Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt has been appointed to co-ordinate the European Parliament's response to the UK's bombshell departure.


'Intense' consultation announced for named person scheme as SNP aim to get pl...
by Katrine Bussey
8 Sep 2016 at 4:34pm
THE move comes after the UK Supreme court ruled parts of the policy contravened the right to privacy and family life.


New asylum seeker centre could have 'serious effect' on detainees mental heal...
by Ross McCafferty
8 Sep 2016 at 2:58pm
ANGELA Constance has said that the new centre to be opened near the grounds of Glasgow Airport to 'rapidly' deport those who shouldn't be here is 'unfair'.


Ruth Davidson branded a hypocrite after ignoring her party's dismal record to...
by David Clegg
8 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
THE Scottish Tory leader sparked anger after ignoring her party's brutal record against disabled people as she called for Nicola Sturgeon to do more with new powers.


Alex Salmond says dealings with Donald Trump prove 'dangerous manchild' isn't...
by Alex Salmond
7 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
THE former First Minister, writing in today's Daily Record, reflects on just how bizarre the behaviour of the businessman and Presidential candidate was.


Theresa May cannot ignore the warnings of business and international allies o...
by Joan McAlpine
7 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
THERE is unease in the east, writes Joan, as world leaders gather for the G20 Summit, and the pressing concern is the British decision to leave the EU.


Michael Gove's political comeback was ruined after he forgot to do his fly up
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Sep 2016 at 10:19pm
THE defenestrated former Justice Secretary, who torpedoed his one-time ally Boris Johnson's leadership ambitions, was trying to cast himself as the voice of the Union.


Nicola Sturgeon puts brake on plans for second indyref as she unveils economy...
by David Clegg
6 Sep 2016 at 6:46pm
THE First Minister DID announce a new draft referendum bill in the programme for government but won't commit to actually making it law.


Portrait honouring legendary politician Margo MacDonald unveiled at the Scott...
by Lynsey Bews
6 Sep 2016 at 6:27pm
MARGO died in 2014 at the age of 70, after spending four decades at the heart of the fight for Scottish independence, both outwith and within the SNP.

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

Roden Interview Text Leaked
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 11:55pm
A secret recording of former Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden’s successful job interview at the Scottish Labour branch office has been released by online whistleblowers Pishyleaks. Here is the transcript… Lab Guy One – What makes you suitable for this job? Roden – I hate the SNP. Lab Guy Two – So do we, …

How Daily Mail Are You?
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 9:09am
I’ve made a little survey for you all this morning. How Daily Mail are YOU? Do the survey and find out… http://www.opinionstage.com/scotindypodcast/you-are-the-daily-mail  

The Scottish Independence Podcast 134 ? Dr Craig Dalzell on Scotland?s Curren...
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2016 at 10:56am
For the 134th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Dr Craig Dalzell. Craig recently wrote a paper outlining the possible currency options for an independent Scotland. This is important work because an aspect of the Yes side that was much criticised during and after the 2014 referendum was the perceived lack of …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 133 ? Tommy Sheppard MP
by michaelgreenwell
1 Sep 2016 at 11:31am
The next referendum will be won in the years from now forward, rather than the months running up to it. For the 133rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East. Tommy has been involved in politics in Scotland and the UK for a number of years in …
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On Russia Today
by michaelgreenwell
31 Aug 2016 at 1:46pm
Here’s my little appearance on Russia Today. They have however put UKippers before and after me and cut out one or two choice words that I said about David Coburn…

Life Through The Eyes of a Trump Voter
by michaelgreenwell
30 Aug 2016 at 3:45pm

The Scottish Independence Podcast 132 ? Danny McGregor
by michaelgreenwell
26 Aug 2016 at 9:30pm
For the 132nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I got in touch with Danny McGregor. Danny is a member of the Scottish Greens and is campaigning for Indyref 2. He also recently wrote an article for Bella Caledonia in which he talked about the various possibilities for the timing of the second independence referendum. …
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Somone?s Got To Say It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Aug 2016 at 10:51am
I recently came across this old World War 1 recruitment poster that I had never seen before and, I assume like most of you, I could easily think of answers for the questions. I have written them below the image… Probably more satisfied than I would have been sitting in a mudhole being shot at …

Bella Caledonia

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

A Restricted View
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Sep 2016 at 1:45pm
As Adam Bienkov remarks (listening to the PM): “Almost everything in Theresa May?s grammar school speech is the exact opposite of the truth.” As the Tory leader takes us hurtling backwards, Paul Tritschler examines eugenics, education and the eleven-plus. Looking across London’s eastern expanse from our staffroom window in E10 ? sounds like Eton if …

Scottish Women Writers Network
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Sep 2016 at 12:22pm
Bella is creating a database and network for women writers, both for publishing in Bella and beyond. We are looking for a dynamic organised person to help manage this project. There’s a chronic gender imbalance in Scotland’s ‘alternative’ media and we’ve realised that commissioning more women to write changes the nature and tone of the …

Britain?s Persecution Complex #EU2
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Sep 2016 at 11:55am
Lithuanian Dovydas Kulie?as responds to the Brexit crisis. If I had to describe, in a word, how I feel about Brexit, the word would be ?furious.? I?m originally from Lithuania, and, right now, it so happens I?m a student at the University of Glasgow. I?ll be starting my second year of uni in just a …

Muros (Walls)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Sep 2016 at 8:45pm
Today I woke up reading ? once again – news about walls. This time it was in Calais, where work is about to begin on a new, 1km long wall along the ferry port?s approach road, to keep out refugees. Walls, fences and barbed wire seem to be the symbols of the world we are …

Scotland is a European Country
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Sep 2016 at 10:46pm
Scotland voted to remain in the EU. Scotland voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38% – with all 32 council areas backing Remain. We did so despite being told explicitly that the only way to stay in the EU was to vote ‘No’ in the independence referendum. Now …

Scots and the Curriculum
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Sep 2016 at 10:03pm
The final pairt o John Hodgart’s current series on Language and Culture in Scotland’s schules. Scottish Culture an Teacher Qualifications Nae doot some o ye micht hae heard the apparently apocryphal tale aboot the teacher wha was accused o cawin a boy ?an effin doormat? when whit he actually said was ?your faculties are dormant!? …

Brexit Detail Revealed
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Sep 2016 at 8:58am
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Hidden Civil War
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
Rather than thinking that civil war starts at the margins of society, what happens if its starts at the centre? What happens if its a constant in all of our lives? One that was exposed, via the financial crisis of 2008, when the tide went out and revealed the vested interests of the dominant and …

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Scottish 'named person' child support scheme delayed by a year
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Sep 2016 at 5:35pm
Education secretary, John Swinney, says period of ?intense engagement? on necessary amendments will now take placeThe Scottish government?s controversial ?named person? scheme for supporting children has been delayed for a year after the supreme court ruled that data sharing provisions were in br...

Looking for ground where the left can win | Letters
by Letters
7 Sep 2016 at 7:48pm
Mourning the terminal condition of the political left (Does the left have a future?, 6 September) has become something of a parlour game for those who once self-identified as proponents of transformative change. While it may be true that socialism?s less reflective adherents remain tied to an ana...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Theresa May to be more open on Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Sep 2016 at 5:11pm
Scotland?s first minister says UK government?s negotiations over the EU must not be concealed in a ?cloud of secrecy?Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Theresa May to dispel the ?cloud of secrecy? surrounding the UK government?s position on Brexit, as she warned that her own administration would not ...

Sturgeon shelves plan for quick second Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Sep 2016 at 6:34pm
First minister says referendum bill will be introduced only if she believes it is the best or only way to protect Scotland?s interestsNicola Sturgeon has shelved plans for a quick second referendum on Scottish independence after dire spending figures and a fall in public support for leaving the U...

David Davis - backed by Boris Johnson and Liam Fox - sets out Brexit plans - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
5 Sep 2016 at 6:55pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including Brexit secretary David Davis?s statement to the Commons on the government?s latest plans for leaving the EUMay?s G20 press conference - Summary and analysisDavid Davis?s Commons Brexit statement - Summary 6.55pm BS...

Sunday Times criticised for portrayal of female politicians without children
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 Sep 2016 at 1:29pm
?Childless politicians? panel accompanying Nicola Sturgeon book extract revealing her miscarriage draws cross-party condemnationPoliticians, campaigners and women of every political stripe have united in their condemnation of the Sunday Times for its presentation of a book extract about Nicola St...

Nicola Sturgeon speaks about her miscarriage at 40
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 Sep 2016 at 10:24am
Scotland?s first minister says she hopes she would still have held highest political office if she had childrenNicola Sturgeon has spoken for the first time about having had a miscarriage at the age of 40.Scotland?s first minister, who has been the subject of relentless questioning and speculatio...

How do Scots feel about having another independence referendum, post-Brexit? ...
by David Torrance, Vonny Moyes and Mike Small
2 Sep 2016 at 4:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon appears to be gearing up for another independence referendum for Scotland. Is that what the country needs? Three Scottish writers give their verdictsIt seems the SNP?s definition of ?summer? is as flexible as its concept of independence. An ?initiative? on another referendum was p...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Friends in high places
It must be a difficult psychological cross to bear, being a knee-jerk Unionist on Twitter. Scotland is shite. We couldn’t possibly afford it. We’re rubbish. It will all go horribly wrong. Anyway everyone hates us. After all, if you define love as the way that the Tory party treats us, then hate must be a …

Ruth?s permascowl and the law of karma
Ruthie’s really annoyed. She’s got her angry face on, the one that she uses whenever anyone says the magic words that are guaranteed to irk her. Those words would be “carpetbagging careerist on a tank”, “I think Murdo Fraser would have been a better leader,” or “Scottish independence”. It’s the last two words that are …

The Schrodinger?s cat of nations
Yesterday the Scottish Government revealed its plans for the new session of parliament and announced a consultation on a draft referendum bill. The consultation on the bill is to be launched before July next year, meaning that it could potentially be put before Holyrood late in 2017 or early in 2018. By that time, the …

Scottish sovereignty is a creative act
Who is sovereign in Scotland? According to Scottish tradition and to the Scottish Claim of Right that would be the Scottish people. The Westminster doctrine that sovereignty in the UK rests with the Crown in Parliament was famously ruled in 1953 by the Lord President of the Court of Session to have no standing in …

Get ready for the National Yes Registry IndyApp!
Guest post by Jason Baird of the National Yes Registry Hello Wee Ginger Duggers and thank you so much to the WGD (and Paul of course) for allowing me this opportunity to describe what the National Yes Registry IndyApp project is all about before we finally launch it for public download on September the 18th. …

Hope springs and the dance begins anew
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a national conversation about Scotland’s future, and already the usual suspects are in full froth. You can’t have another independence referendum they cry, because obviously there was a rider to the question asked of us in September 2014 which said that if we voted to remain a part of the UK …

Sauce for the Irish goose and sauce for the Scottish gander
Our caring sharing listening and respectful Tory government has announced that it’s going to press ahead with Brexit negotiations without the approval of parliament, and without any meaningful input from Scotland. Scotland’s going to get poured a big bowl of stale Brexit cereal and we’ll be expected to eat it up quietly and do what …

Let?s face a future that we determine for ourselves
A poll out this week shows that Jeremy Corbyn is leading in the Labour leadership contest by a crushing margin. Jezza enjoys the support of 62% of Labour members according to this week’s YouGov poll, with Owen Wossisname trailing on a meagre 38% giving Jezza a lead of 24%. Jezza’s commanding lead is, by coincidence, …

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Nicola Sturgeon: Westminster has us at its mercy if we don?t look at independ...
POLITICIANS ruling out a second referendum on independence don?t have Scotland?s ?best interests at heart?, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Holyrood budget process review after new powers
A ?FUNDAMENTAL review? of Holyrood?s budget process has been launched in light of Scotland?s new fiscal powers.

Grab a slice of Scotland as bakers build nation in cake
HUNDREDS of amateur and professional bakers from all across Scotland are recreating the country?s top 100 buildings in cake this weekend.

Two schools are hit by the norovirus sickness bug
TWO Scottish schools have been hit by suspected outbreaks of the norovirus sickness bug.

Councillor rapped for calling rival a Nazi is probed after labelling SNP as t...
A COUNCILLOR censured for calling a rival a Nazi, comparing another to a serial killer and opposing gay rights is again under investigation for allegedly saying SNP rivals are ?just like the Stasi?.

Murdered teenager Paige Doherty's mother lists how donated cash was spent aft...
THE mother of murdered teenager Paige Doherty has said she felt compelled to tell the world how she spent £25,000 of money donated by well-wishers after being trolled on her daughter?s tribute Facebook page.

A million take Borders train in its first year
MORE than one million people have used the Borders Railway in its first year, figures show.

Millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca
MILLIONS of people began arriving in the Saudi Arabian city Mecca yesterday for the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

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Alex Rowley ? The man Who Would Be King ? But Needs First to Get Rid of the Q...
      About Alex Rowley Alex Rowley was born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty. He attended Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in continuing education. He was also a local councillor with Fife Regional Council between 1990 – 2012 and was elected to the post … Continue reading Alex Rowley – The man Who Would Be King – But Needs First to Get...

Brexit Pitfalls ? Passenger and Freight Air Travel ? Scottish Independence B...
              Ryanair – Brexit – Air Passenger Duty The National reported today that Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary anticipates lower growth in airline traffic resulting in financial loss to his business over the next few years, whilst Brexit is being negotiated at Westminster. Referring to the Scottish Government’s intention to … Continue reading Brexit Pitfalls – Passenger and Freight Air Trav...

Brexit ? Smoke and Mirrors designed to Split the Scots ? Time to Prepare for ...
            4 July 2016: The United Kingdom and its exit from the European Union. Road Transport Trade agreements will have to be renegotiated and UK legislation decoupled from EU regulations. Depending on negotiations, a full Brexit ? which includes an exit from the European Economic Area ? seems likely, to … Continue reading Brexit – Smoke and Mirrors designed to Split the Scots – Time to Pre...

Aberdeen ? An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? ? 2017 will provide the...
      Aberdeen – An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? – 2017 will provide the answer – break with the unionist ‘s and embrace the nationalists – or keep the heid doon and stick with Westminster Aberdeen is a lively, cosmopolitan city located in North East Scotland, famous for its beautiful architecture … Continue reading Aberdeen – An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? – 2017 will pr...

controversial land deals and the Labour party ? A wee gander at the Grampian ...
    Lord Jack and Lady Bridget McConnell       29 May 2006: Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell  was facing demands last night to set up an inquiry into a controversial land deal involving his brother-in-law. A company part-owned by Robert McLuckie, the brother of Jack McConnell?s wife, Bridget, bought three quarters of an … Continue reading controversial land deals and the Labour party – ...

New York Times Report ? Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
            The New York Times Magazine featured the under-noted must read story. In print, it occupies an entire issue. It is a very  long article and is perhaps best saved and perused over a few days     Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart This is a story … Continue reading New York Times Report – Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

Are the allegations that the BBC and the Labour party are in cahoots ripe for...
                        The labour Party in Scotland and its links to an impartial BBC Scotland The under-noted persons are given mention in this advisory note which questions yet again the oft stated impartiality of the BBC in Scotland. Former BBC officials: Big Boab Wylie, John … Continue reading Are the allegations that the BBC and the Labour party are in cahoots ripe for rebuttal??

Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache … Continue reading Dugdale defects to the USA – New Labour survival guaranteed

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Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland
Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 28th 2016 At the end of every summer Edinburgh becomes a global village – walking down any street or lane entails coming across numerous nationalities, languages and different cultures. Streets are packed with tourists, sightseers, and cultural backpackers; there are performances in …

Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence
Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 24th 2016 A couple of weeks ago I was involved in one of the many online conversations about politics that now characterise Scotland. Afterwards the animated chat in the pub turned to the previous day?s pro-independence march in Glasgow. Saltires had been …

What does the British Summer of Olympic Success mean?
What does the British Summer of Olympic Success mean? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 21st 2016 Rio 2016 has made the headlines. Before the games, there was the backstory of the Brazilian lack of preparation, corruption and wasting of billions in a country without basic sanitation and health facilities for millions of its population. As …

The Problem with Britain and Why It Can?t Be Tidily Put Back Together
The Problem with Britain and Why It Can?t Be Tidily Put Back Together Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 14th 2016 Britain throughout its history has had a reputation for stability and security. This after all was one of the main clarion calls in the indyref and, more recently, the Brexit vote, but this has always …

The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of indepe...
The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of independence and post-Brexit politics Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 7th 2016 The SNP is about to have a leadership election. A depute leader contest. Given the SNP is in government in Holyrood – with 63 out of 129 MSPs – and last year …

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Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of placing a ?lead weight? on Scotland's economy after announcing her government will draw up plans for a second independence referendum that are ready for ?immediate introduction?. Unveiling her programme for ...
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Scotland will not hold an independence vote for five years, says former le......

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to honor their vote by whatever means necessary, including via a possible new referendum on independence although she has also named a "Brexit" minister, Michael Russell, to ensure Scotland's voice ...
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Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish ... - The Independent

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Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish ...
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Michael Gove has been ridiculed by MPs during a heated debate on Scottish independence after giving a speech with his flies undone.

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Owen Smith 'would not oppose' Scottish independence vote - BBC News

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Owen Smith 'would not oppose' Scottish independence vote
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Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has said he would not oppose a second Scottish independence referendum. Mr Smith is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership and has the support of Scottish party leader Kezia Dugdale. He told the BBC that ...
Labour in CHAOS as Owen Smith says he WON'T oppose second Scottish indepe...

Hard Brexit would make it much harder to achieve Scottish independence, claim...

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Hard Brexit would make it much harder to achieve Scottish independence, claims leading academic
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A hard Brexit would make Scottish independence much more difficult to achieve, a leading academic has argued, as the political war of words over retaining membership of the European single market intensified. Michael Keating, Professor of Politics at ...

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SNP to target 'soft' No voters in new Scottish independence drive - Scotsman

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The cross-party Scottish Independence Convention is to be relaunched with chairwoman Elaine C Smith announcing a major rally in Glasgow on 18 September, the two-year anniversary of the last referendum. A recent YouGov poll showed support for ...
SNP to launch new Scottish independence drive 'this week'iNews
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Scottish independence and the Brexit paradox - Financial Times

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Scottish independence and the Brexit paradox
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When Scots voted against independence from the UK in the referendum in 2014, it seemed to be the reality of economics that won it. While most Scots identify themselves as Scottish first and British second or not at all, the argument that an independent ...
Daniel Mahoney: GERS figures a blow for Scottish independenceScotsm...

Nicola Sturgeon launches new debate on Scottish independence - New Statesman

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Nicola Sturgeon launches new debate on Scottish independence
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Nicola Sturgeon is launching "Scotland's biggest ever listening exercise" on the future of the country after Brexit. All Scottish regions voted to Remain in the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Westminster has us at its mercy if we don't look at independence
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The First Minister made the comments at Business For Scotland's annual dinner in Glasgow on Thursday night, where she also revealed that just under 300,000 people have taken part in the SNP's National Survey. She told the 300 guests that Brexit meant ...

Councillor rapped for calling rival a Nazi is probed after labelling SNP as t...

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Councillor rapped for calling rival a Nazi is probed after labelling SNP as the 'Stasi'
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A COUNCILLOR censured for calling a rival a Nazi, comparing another to a serial killer and opposing gay rights is again under investigation for allegedly saying SNP rivals are ?just like the Stasi?. Ex-Falkirk provost Dennis Goldie is subject to an ...



Letters: SNP has achieved so much - despite Westminster cuts ... - Herald Sco...

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Letters: SNP has achieved so much - despite Westminster cuts ...
Herald Scotland
WILLIAM Durward (?So, what has the SNP achieved??, letters, September 9) suggests that ?past performance is a better indicator of future?

Unspun: It's a knockout for cricketer Ruth - Herald Scotland

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Unspun: It's a knockout for cricketer Ruth
Herald Scotland
Highlight of the week was the send-off for Alan Roden, former Pol Ed of the Scottish Daily Mail who is now Scottish Labour's top spin-doctor. Reflecting the high esteem in which his old paper is held by the party, more SNP MSPs turned up to the boozy ...

SNP in cash for access storm as party offers up array of conference perks - H...

Herald Scotland
SNP in cash for access storm as party offers up array of conference perks
Herald Scotland
The SNP is seeking up to £23,000 a time excluding VAT to sponsor an array of events, private lounges and conference paraphernalia at next month's showpiece, with even a creche up for grabs to corporate backers. Those who agree will be able to display ...

Shadow boxing lies ahead for Russell in the Brexit negotiating ring - Herald ...

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Shadow boxing lies ahead for Russell in the Brexit negotiating ring
Herald Scotland
A former writer and television producer described best as a ?man of parts?, his avuncular demeanour belies his reputation as a political bruiser, born from years working in the SNP backrooms, and from his tenure as Education Secretary, where he pushed ...

Tommy Sheppard: I believe the SNP organisation needs an upgrade ... - The Nat...

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Tommy Sheppard: I believe the SNP organisation needs an upgrade ...
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WE'RE past the halfway mark in the SNP depute leadership contest. Ballot papers go out in just 10 days' time. This has been, and will continue to be, a good ...

SNP in cash for access storm as party offers up array of conference ... - Her...

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SNP in cash for access storm as party offers up array of conference ...
Herald Scotland
THE SNP is offering business figures the chance to lobby its senior politicians in exchange for handing over thousands of pounds in sponsorship?

Referendum (Google News)

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'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years' - The Hindu

'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years'
The Hindu
Scotland will not hold another vote on independence in the next five years because there is no sign it can be won, but the risk of secession from the U.K. is growing, a former Scottish First Minister predicts. Henry McLeish said Scotland's future would ...



Wetherspoon boss unfazed by Scots referendum talk - Herald Scotland

Wetherspoon boss unfazed by Scots referendum talk
Herald Scotland
JD WETHERSPOON boss Tim Martin has declared the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence holds no concern for the pub giant, as he again rounded on those politicians, economists and City institutions who had warned the Brexit vote ...

Scotland readies referendum bill as back-up plan - EUobserver

EUobserver
Scotland readies referendum bill as back-up plan
EUobserver
?To ensure that all options are open to us, this programme for government makes clear that we will consult on a draft referendum bill, so that it is ready for immediate introduction if we conclude that independence is the best or only way to protect ...
Salmond threatens May: It's the single market or ANOTHER independence refere...

Sturgeon shelves plans for quick 2nd Scottish referendum - Press TV

Press TV
Sturgeon shelves plans for quick 2nd Scottish referendum
Press TV
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has suspended plans for a snap second referendum on Scottish independence, saying more consultations are needed amid a decline in public support for leaving the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, Sturgeon said a ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second refer...

Economists Propose a Digital Currency for Scotland, Backed by Scottish Parlia...

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Economists Propose a Digital Currency for Scotland, Backed by Scottish Parliament and Banks
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It's worth noting that the possibility of a Scottish national digital currency was also discussed in connection with the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014. The referendum failed, but the possibility of a new referendum surfaced again ...

Europe|'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation - New York Times

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Europe|'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation
New York Times
In the June 23 referendum on British membership in the European Union, Scotland is one pristine color, voting to remain, while England and Wales are a different color, voting to leave. Similarly, in the May 2015 general elections, Scotland is again a ...

Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish independence in Par...

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Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish independence in Parliament with flies undone
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?The Scottish government and the Scottish Parliament must ultimately reserve the right to hold another referendum on independence for Scotland, if it becomes clear that the best or only way for Scotland to remain in the EU is for Scotland to become an ...

Scotland's papers: Second referendum and winter disability link - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Second referendum and winter disability link
BBC News
The Herald says that children conceived during the winter months are more likely to suffer from learning disabilities, according to Scottish research. Nicola Sturgeon has warned the UK is no longer a "safe harbour" for Scotland and has stepped up her ...
Nicola Sturgeon set to unveil 'indyref2' legislationScotsman
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Grammar Schools in Scotland?
Adding more grammar schools is a bit of a hot topic down here and has generated a lot of heat from typical left and right wing folk. Is there any appetite for reintroducing selective (on academic ability) education back to Scotland?

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?

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

The National Survey
Everyone should have access to this, whatever your politics. Have your say in a meaningful way!    http://www.survey2016.scot/?mc_cid=69db517e7c&mc_eid=ba4b8b3fef

Pass The Vaz-aline
Surely to fuckery THIS time the slimy b*****d's finished?

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

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

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Westminster
Surely if the repair cost to Westminster is £4 billion, which would no doubt rise during works   There must be a business case for repair to be untenable and a new purpose built parliament for even £1 billion proposed   Within this should contain the House of Lords being disbanded...

Any light bulb experts on the TAMB?
I've got a table lamp in my living room which I have on a timer so it comes on when I'm not in the house.  A few weeks back, I went to bed and the light was on. Next day, light didn't come on at the usual time so I went to see if the light bulb had blown...low and behold...no light bulb at all, n...

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...

Black Lies Matter UK
Great to see this coming to the UK to replace Pokemon as the fad du jour for imbeciles. Chain yourself to a friend and lie down in the road to protest the 0 deaths of black people by police in the UK this year. When will this genocide stop?

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

iPhone 7
Was surprised at the lack of innovation Apple have shown. Seem to be focusing their efforts on value added purchases, eg. Wireless earphones (£119).  The appeal of their devices has worn off for me now. 

Gambling Adverts
Just me or have they really increased on TV over the years?

Pedal for Scotland this weekend
Anyone else doing any of the events on Sunday? Didn't realise the finishing point had changed to Ingleston.  Last year trying to get a train was a nightmare. The Royal highland centre is good for me as it makes my journey back to Falkirk a little shorter.  Hopefully the mutants in Avonbri...

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Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...