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Unspun: The political diary
10 Feb 2018 at 5:05am
RICHARD Leonard gave a talk to the David Hume Institute about Brexit this week, but failed to draw the recents crowds enjoyed by Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon. Still, at least he had one fan. Introducing the Yorkshireman, DHI director Jane-Frances Kelly drooled over his ?fantastic? accent, insisting it was a ?pleasure to hear something different?. Ee bah gum!

Tom Gordon: Depute contest no shoo-in for SNP's Westminster leader
10 Feb 2018 at 5:08am
IT?S only a week since Angus Robertson announced his exit as the SNP?s depute leader, the loss of his Moray seat last year and the need to earn a crust making it impractical to carry on.

Whitehall has "reversed" its approach to Brexit Bill to allay Edinburgh's pow...
10 Feb 2018 at 12:02am
THE UK Government has ?reversed? its approach to the flagship Brexit Bill to place the centre of political gravity on Scottish matters at Holyrood rather than at Westminster in a bid to allay completely any fears of a ?power-grab? and secure MSPs? key support for the legislation.

SNP needs to conduct 'honest assessment' of why it lost so many MPs
9 Feb 2018 at 5:24pm
A SENIOR SNP figure has said the party needs to conduct ?an honest assessment? of why it lost so many MPs at the last election as it chooses a new deputy leader.

Tory donor splashes out £15,000 for dinner with Ruth Davidson
9 Feb 2018 at 11:39am
A WEALTHY Tory donor has splashed out more than £15,000 to have dinner with Ruth Davidson.

Transition period after Brexit 'not a given', warns EU
9 Feb 2018 at 2:44pm
BRITAIN could be denied a transition period to smooth over its exit from the European Union if deep divisions between the two sides are not cleared up, it has emerged.

Humza Yousaf rules himself out of SNP deputy race as field widens
9 Feb 2018 at 1:10pm
THE SNP?s transport minister has ruled himself out of the party?s deputy leadership race.

Sturgeon toughens ministerial code on harassment
9 Feb 2018 at 1:00pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has toughened the code of conduct for Scottish ministers in the wake of Mark McDonald resigning over alleged sexual misconduct.

Rift between Sarwar and Leonard over race row Labour MP
9 Feb 2018 at 5:06am
THE apparently lenient treatment of a left-wing MP who used racist and homophobic language at a Burns supper has split Scottish Labour?s front bench.

Sturgeon ready to consider police watchdog reform - in time
8 Feb 2018 at 5:10pm
THE body overseeing Police Scotland could be reformed to make it more accountable to the Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Police watchdog did not examine activities of notorious undercover officer
8 Feb 2018 at 6:13pm
A POLICE watchdog tasked with examining undercover policing in Scotland has admitted it did not look into the activities of a notorious officer who had sexual relationships with some of those he investigated.

Emeli Sande and Sandie Shaw to collect MBEs at Buckingham Palace
9 Feb 2018 at 5:00am
Two chart-topping artists from different eras of British music will be honoured at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

FMQs sketch: Sticks and stones
8 Feb 2018 at 7:12pm
IT?S official! Insulting MSPs is good for democracy. Let the bells ring out the news and joy be unconfined. We have Nicola Sturgeon, the glorious muppet, to thank for this permission slip.

Demand for probe into SNP government "meddling" in FoI cases
8 Feb 2018 at 4:44pm
THE information watchdog has been asked to investigate whether John Swinney improperly blocked the release of material about Prince Charles lobbying SNP ministers.

Evidence sought as probe launched into future of salmon farming
8 Feb 2018 at 3:11pm
A PROBE has been launched into the future of Scotland?s salmon farming industry amid widespread concerns over the deaths of millions of fish.



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Leader: Glasgow?s losing battle on equal pay
10 Feb 2018 at 11:37pm
Mistake after mistake has led to Glasgow City Council facing a bill of up to £500 million over equal pay, following decades of discrimination against women who were taken for granted and treated like a second-class species when it came to their salary.

Deaths from drug driving rise after alcohol limit cut
10 Feb 2018 at 11:23pm
Drug use among drivers who die in road accidents has increased since the Scottish Government reduced the drink driving limit, a new study suggests.

Insight: Mean City torn apart by equal pay debacle
10 Feb 2018 at 11:19pm
Mother and daughter Nancy and Amanda Green, both Glasgow City Council home carers, are in the living room of their Drumchapel house. Amanda, 26, has not been working; she is glam and refreshed. Nancy, 53, has just come in after a gruelling shift tending to some of the city’s most vulnerable people. It’s demanding work involving hoists, colostomy bags and checking on medication. Her hair is scraped back off her head and she looks shattered.

Let?s get ready for early indyref2, says SNP MSP James Dornan
10 Feb 2018 at 11:11pm
SNP deputy leadership candidate James Dornan said Scotland could vote for independence next year as he pledged to get the party ready for it in his pitch for the job.

Pressure on Oxfam over sex allegations
10 Feb 2018 at 6:08pm
The government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam after sex allegations against some of the charity’s staff.

Gerry Adams steps down as leader of Sinn Fein after 34 years
10 Feb 2018 at 3:28pm
Gerry Adams’ tenure as leader of Sinn Fein has come to an end after more than three decades, with Mary Lou McDonald officially taking over as party president.

Women council workers march in Glasgow for equal pay
10 Feb 2018 at 1:37pm
Hundreds of women, some dressed as suffragettes, have marched through Glasgow demanding equal pay from the city council.

Ruth Davidson: ?I did Bake Off because of death of partner?s mother?
10 Feb 2018 at 12:22pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said the death of her partner’s mother from cancer was behind her decision to star on a charity edition of the Great British Bake Off.

Labour plans for publicly-owned services ?would cost absolutely nothing?
10 Feb 2018 at 11:51am
Labour’s plans to bring services into public ownership would cost “absolutely nothing”, John McDonnell has said.

Scottish Government pledges £293k for DR Congo humanitarian projects
10 Feb 2018 at 11:45am
The Scottish Government has pledged £293,000 for humanitarian projects to help people in the crisis-hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ashley Highfield: Public must defeat Lords? plan to muzzle the media
10 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Unelected Lords have introduced a new law that would silence newspapers or force them to accept state control – unless the public takes action, writes Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press.

Leader comment: Scotland must not fail its most vulnerable children
10 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Campigners call for an extra £70m to ensure children with additional support needs actually get it.

Stephen Jardine: Scotland may not be famed for soft fruit much longer
10 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
A shortage of EU migrant labour may see farmers switch to other crops, says Stephen Jardine.

Attacks on ?greedy? baby boomers are unjustified, says academic
9 Feb 2018 at 8:11pm
The popular notion that baby boomers are wealth hoarders who have gained at the long-term expense of the young is unfair and unjustified, according to an academic.

NHS spent almost £500k a day on agency staff, report shows
9 Feb 2018 at 7:04pm
The Scottish Government spent almost £500,000 a day on agency staff for the NHS last year, new figures show.

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Impact assessment
by Chris Cairns
10 Feb 2018 at 6:56am

Ruth Davidson is available
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2018 at 7:25pm
Not to discuss the UK government’s Brexit impact report on Scotland, of course. Not a single senior Scottish Tory will face the media about that, having all viciously rubbished the Scottish government’s assessment just last month as “scaremongering”, even though it turned out to be almost identical to the UK government’s version that we’re still …

Any day now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2018 at 10:46am
Bear with us just a little longer, folks. We’re hoping to have a man in the garden with a ladder some time this afternoon.

What Adam Didn?t Know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2018 at 8:44pm
The Scottish Conservatives have taken us all on quite a ride with regard to the UK government’s Brexit impact analysis on Scotland. In October, David Mundell told us it definitely existed. Then just a week later he told us it definitely didn’t. And this month he finally admitted it did. But his Scottish Tory colleagues knew …

Justice?s torn blindfold
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2018 at 10:09am
So it seems we opened quite a can of worms when we broke the story of the Scotland In Union donor leak last month. Yesterday saw the disturbing tale of police armed with battering rams seizing computers and phones from David Clews of right-wing Unionist group UK Unity, a former SIU member suspected of being …

Life comes at you fast
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2018 at 11:11pm
Because sometimes you just can’t even. Let’s all take a moment and imagine Labour stepping up to that situation, shall we? Oh yeah. Now we remember.

Brexit: The Story So Far
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2018 at 2:55pm

Unmuddied waters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2018 at 10:17am
We’ve had extremely poor internet at Wings HQ since Thursday of last week, which our telecoms company is trying to get to the bottom of. (We’re typing this on an iPhone via very flaky 4G.) We’ll be back with you ASAP. In the meantime, we’re being baffled by this assertion from the Financial Times that’s …

The mastermind
by Chris Cairns
3 Feb 2018 at 6:59am

The waste disposal service
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2018 at 10:43am
Alert readers may recall as far back as November, when we ran an article on a bizarre Scottish Daily Mail hatchet job which claimed that “the SNP has squandered £2bn” in its ten years in office, but only actually listed around £800m in supposed waste. The independent press regulator IPSO is still in a great big sulking strop with …

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MSPs' fury over 'insulting' Brexit papers reading room plan
8 Feb 2018 at 5:32pm
MSPs label plans to provide Brexit analysis papers in a reading room over two days as "insulting" and "nonsense".

Homeless illegally turned away by councils
9 Feb 2018 at 2:12am
Homeless people are being illegally turned away by councils despite their statutory obligation.

Police watchdog changes to be considered
8 Feb 2018 at 2:51pm
Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish Police Authority appointment process will be looked at in the "fullness of time".

FOI concerns raised with first minister
8 Feb 2018 at 4:16pm
It follows claims information is being withheld on political grounds by Scottish government ministers and special advisers.

Wave energy 'more difficult' than thought
8 Feb 2018 at 1:28pm
A £10m prize for marine energy technology innovation has never been given out.

Brexit 'could hit Scottish growth by 9%'
7 Feb 2018 at 9:50pm
The figure is contained in a leaked UK government study, which analyses the economic impact of three Brexit scenarios.

Police Scotland chief constable quits
7 Feb 2018 at 12:35pm
Phil Gormley had been on special leave since September amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct.

Labour MP Hugh Gaffney sorry for 'deeply offensive' Burns Supper remarks
7 Feb 2018 at 3:59pm
Hugh Gaffney said he would undergo equality and diversity training after making the offensive comments.

Man fined over 'Jo Cox' death threat to Aberdeenshire MSP
7 Feb 2018 at 1:37pm
A man is fined £2,600 after telling Aberdeenshire MSP Stewart Stevenson to "remember what happened to Jo Cox".

Scottish undercover policing inquiry 'not necessary'
7 Feb 2018 at 4:35pm
Michael Matheson tells MSPs that a new report shows there is no need for a Scottish undercover policing probe.

Scottish suffragettes
6 Feb 2018 at 12:36am
Scottish suffragette Jenny McCallum was one of a group of women who stormed parliament in 1908.

Halfway to equality?
6 Feb 2018 at 12:37am
Young female MPs look back on an important anniversary and say there is still much to be done.

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The weasel-worded power grab
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2018 at 10:47pm
I suspect I'm not alone in finding Michael Settle's gossip-fuelled reporting for the Herald over the last 24 hours deeply unsatisfactory from a reader's point of view.  The first of the two article...

The birthplace of valour, the country of worth
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2018 at 6:30pm
Just a quick (and belated) note to let you know that I have an article in the February issue of iScot magazine, which also features contributions from Alyn Smith MEP, Derek Bateman, Paul Kavanagh a...

It's now thirty years and counting since a Scot last represented the UK at Eu...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2018 at 10:16pm
I was half-thinking of foregoing the Eurovision posts altogether this year, because some people seem to get weirdly irate when I do them.  But as Bill Palmer of the US went out of his way the other...

"Oooh, you little fibbers!" Shock and disbelief as Scotsman newspaper is cau...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2018 at 5:27am
The days of me religiously following the Scotsman newspaper (at least via its website) have long since passed. But I did vaguely register that at some point last year, an incoming editor announced ...

More on the new Survation poll
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2018 at 5:48am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National, with some more analysis of the new Survation poll showing support for independence steady at 46%, and an increase in the...

Mainstream media's narrative lies in TATTERS as SNP vote increases across the...
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2018 at 11:59pm
"Mike Smithson, calling Mike Smithson...Mike Smithson, come in please."  If you happen to be sitting next to a certain 'impartial election expert' who demonstrated such an inspiring willingness to ...

An independence referendum in 2019 or 2020 is looking increasingly likely
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2018 at 5:38pm
Somebody with more patience than I have will doubtless work their way line-by-line through Gerry Hassan's latest update of 'The Article'.  There are the familiar highlights - the claims that Nicola...

'I don't know what a sense of Britishness is anymore'
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2018 at 6:04pm
Sorry that blogging has been light recently - I've been a bit under the weather and rushed off my feet, which is never a great combination. Here are a couple of things to tide you over, though - f...

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Werid M8 graffiti
by /u/thelachst3r
10 Feb 2018 at 8:44pm
Driving down the M8 today, and kept on seeing graffiti on the back of road signs about a "flat earth" and that "the earth is changing" other signs said to "wake up" and "do research". wondering if ...

Scottish soft fruit industry ?may lose out to Portugal? thanks to Brexit
by /u/shish-mish
10 Feb 2018 at 8:32pm
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Isle of Skye
by /u/macleanal
10 Feb 2018 at 8:22pm
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Someone has broken into your home in the middle of the night, you have a wife...
10 Feb 2018 at 8:09pm
I'm generally curious in what people have to say, I think most men/women would confront and attempt to injure/kill an intruder but that's my own opinion. Also Pt 2 of this is what force in this sit...

Homeless illegally turned away by councils
by /u/_soapdodger
10 Feb 2018 at 5:59pm
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'Suffragettes' lead march for equal pay in Glasgow
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10 Feb 2018 at 5:50pm
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More Sea Kayaking in Scotland...
by /u/Hoyerman68
10 Feb 2018 at 5:26pm
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Glenn Clova in the cold mist, Scotland
by /u/mrsdennistein
10 Feb 2018 at 4:28pm
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Princes street from calton Hill
by /u/JGrace16
10 Feb 2018 at 3:59pm
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My strip in today's National.
by /u/neilslorance
10 Feb 2018 at 3:10pm
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The Fluffitive
by /u/zias_growler
10 Feb 2018 at 12:41pm
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Under Scottish law do pubs need to provide adequate access for wheelchair users?
by /u/pyrocattuesday
10 Feb 2018 at 11:13am
If there are any lawyers here i would welcome your feedback. Under scottish law, are pubs legally obliged to provide adequate access for wheelchair users? (wheelchair friendly entrance. Properly fi...

Watchdog attacks Michael Matheson?s rivals over Phil Gormley row
by /u/mankieneck
10 Feb 2018 at 10:12am
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EU laws set to come to Holyrood
by /u/alba82
10 Feb 2018 at 8:29am
Fae the herald NICOLA Sturgeon will claim victory in a Brexit tussle with Westminster as Downing Street is set to announce powers being repatriated from Brussels will go directly to the Scottish Pa...

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Theresa May orders split Brexit cabinet to get chummy at Chequers in away day...
by Andy Philip
10 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The Prime Minister reportedly summoned squabbling ministers to her country residence to thrash out a joint position on trade demands after a second Brexit meeting ended without agreement.

Gerry Adams expresses regret for IRA ceasefire delay as he steps down as Sinn...
by dailyrecord
10 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Adams revealed his feelings over the peace deal as he resigns as Sinn Fein leader after 34 years.

Ruth Davidson to appear on charity edition of the Great British Bake Off in h...
by Laura Paterson
9 Feb 2018 at 2:37pm
The Scottish Conservative leader has said the death of her partner's mother from cancer was behind her decision to star on the show.

Nicola Sturgeon slated over cop chaos amid calls for police overhaul
by Andy Philip
9 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The resignation of Police Scotland's Chief Constable Phil Gormley dominated FMQ's where the First Minister faced calls to 'take responsibility' for the crisis.

Richard Leonard dismisses MP suspension calls after 'deeply offensive' Burns ...
by Andy Philip
9 Feb 2018 at 6:00am

 The Scottish Labour leader said Hugh Gaffney's promise to attend equality training was enough after the MP made shocking comments about gay and Chinese people at a student Burns supper.

A 28-hour working week? Now there's an idea for the EU
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Corbyn's 'jobs first Brexit' slogan is about as clear as the fog in the Channel, says Westminster Editor Torcuil Crichton.

Ferret Fact Service checks whether SNP have changed Brexit position four times
by dailyrecord
9 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard claimed the SNP had a 'moving position' on Brexit in a series of tweets.

SNP slam 'folly of Trident' as cost of replacing Britain's nuclear submarines...
by Torcuil Crichton
8 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The party's defence spokesman Stewart McDonald MP blasted the spend and claimed it was 'difficult to tell where the spiralling costs come from'.

Fury as Tory MSP suggests terminally-ill Scots who don't die within three yea...
by Andy Philip
8 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Proposals put forward by Jeremy Balfour were branded 'truly disgusting' as he looked set for an embarassing u-turn over his proposal.

Tory MP claims Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott 'supported and re...
by Harriet Line
7 Feb 2018 at 5:42pm
Simon Hoare made the accusations at the House of Commons during a debate on police budgets.

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Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
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Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

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

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

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

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

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Killing Floor: the Business of Animal Slaughter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Feb 2018 at 7:26pm
We saw them peer out from between the slats of tightly packed trucks as they were steered through town. Often when lorries slowed at a road crossing, groups of children ? myself among them ? hung on to the rear for a free ride (a risky street game we called ?going for a hudgie?), but …

The Fluffitive
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2018 at 2:57pm
Readers will recall way back in June 1994:  OJ Simpson was on the run and live tv channels tracked the police chase as the former running back drove his White Bronco along the freeways of LA. Fast forward twenty-four years and David Mundell is driving his Vauxhall  Corsa in second gear across the Badlands of …

Scotland: A continuing conversation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2018 at 8:31pm
Prompted by a twitter chat about Pete Kravitz? seminal ?Book of Contemporary Scottish Fiction? I locate my copy on the dusty analogue bookcase, recently installed in my 58°0?N hideaway. I now live, play and work at the same latitude as Russia?s Kamchatka Peninsula to my East and Alaska?s Raspberry Island to my West. I suspect …

Negotiated Communities: Why the History of Community Action in Scotland Matters
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2018 at 3:41pm
Ideas of ?community? can all too often be viewed as either conservative and insular, or as a radical alternative to state bureaucracy. Lucy Brown argues that the history of community action in Scotland since the 1960s shows a more complex but distinctive form of politics, through which people sought to manage the emergence of the welfare state …

Ten Things We Now Know about Undercover Policing in Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Feb 2018 at 12:56pm
Today the Chief Constable Phil Gormley resigned. We don’t know whether it was to do with the publication of the Strategic Review of Undercover Policing in Scotland (read it here), or the catalogue of other complaints against him. Or if it was to do with the announcement that there won’t be a public inquiry into undercover …

For the fat romantics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Feb 2018 at 9:00pm
Accordin tae the UN Food an Agricultur Organisation, the UK is the ?fat man o Europe?. An tae ma mind, even mair concernin, Public Health England juist yestreen said owre hauf o bairns in some pairts o that country are dangerously owreweicht. I dinnae doot it?ll be ony different up here in Scotland. As it …

Creative Accounting
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2018 at 5:13pm
Music has the right to children. Children have the right to music, and theatre, and books, and art and film. It’s hard to reconcile the outpouring of dissent and high calibre criticism raining down on Creative Scotland with the sort of cartoon painted by the composer James MacMillan or the tabloid journalist Stephen Daisley of …

Imperial Fantasies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2018 at 1:14pm
First a simple but uncomfortable truth remains: “Scotland is not a colony, a semi-colony, a pseudo colony, a near colony, a neo-colony, or any kind of colony of the English. She is a junior but (as these things go) highly successful partner in the general business enterprise of Anglo-Scots imperialism. . . ”  – (Tom …

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Nicola Sturgeon rejects calls to clarify US military Prestwick use
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2018 at 5:52pm
Scottish Greens have urged first minister to release heavily redacted documents Nicola Sturgeon has rejected calls for the full disclosure of evidence that a publicly owned Scottish airport is being used for frontline military missions by US air forces and marines.The first minister was pressed b...

Scottish government calls for devolution of immigration policy
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Feb 2018 at 5:03pm
Cuts to UK immigration could cost Scottish economy £10bn per year by 2040, paper suggestsThe unique demographic challenges facing Scotland in the coming decades make the overwhelming case for a regional approach to immigration, according to a discussion paper from the Scottish government. Calling...

Scottish government criticised over US military use of airport
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2018 at 4:14pm
SNP accused of hypocrisy for funding Glasgow Prestwick airport which has links to TrumpA publicly owned Scottish airport is being used by the US military to launch frontline operations and is striking deals with Donald Trump?s golf resort in an effort to stem its heavy financial losses.An investi...

Police Scotland chief quits as misconduct claims are investigated
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Feb 2018 at 1:47pm
Phil Gormley, on leave since July, says it would be impossible for him to resume his dutiesThe head of Police Scotland has resigned with immediate effect, saying it was impossible for him to resume his duties in a meaningful way.Phil Gormley, who was named chief constable of the UK?s second-large...

Bid for legal ruling on whether UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit fails
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Feb 2018 at 12:15pm
Question is ?academic?, says judge, as ministers have no intention to reverse UK?s EU exitA judge in Scotland has thrown out an attempt to ask the European court of justice to rule on whether the UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit. In a blow to a cross-party group of seven Scottish politicians se...

The competition to be the worst PM ever | Brief letters
by Letters
4 Feb 2018 at 5:21pm
Worst prime minister | Best place for parliament | Carrie Gracie | Ingredients | Bookcases that become coffins | Plastic wrappingMuch though I, and I imagine most other Guardian readers, admire John Crace, his claim to be related to ?the country?s worst ever prime minister? identified as David Ca...

Angus Robertson steps down as SNP deputy leader
by Ruth McKee and agencies
3 Feb 2018 at 2:47pm
Robertson leaves role after losing Moray constituency to Tory Douglas Ross in MayThe deputy leader of the Scottish National party has stepped down eight months after losing his Westminster seat in the general election.Angus Robertson announced his resignation on Saturday. He said he felt he was n...

MPs will not get chance to vote against Brexit, Scottish court told
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Feb 2018 at 2:49pm
UK government lawyer dismisses legal questions on withdrawing article 50 as hypotheticalThe UK government has told a Scottish court it will never offer MPs the chance to vote against leaving the EU, even if the House of Commons rejects the final Brexit deal.David Johnston QC, a lawyer for the gov...

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A country in a filing cabinet
The British Government is going to let members of the Scottish Parliament have a wee squatch at the impact study into the economic effects of Brexit on the various nations and regions of the UK. Isn’t that nice.  This is the study that they’d previously denied existed. David Mundell’s office wrote to the Presiding Officer …

Going over the top
You know how if you tell lies you’re supposed to end up weaving a complex web? The Scotland Office can’t even manage that much. It’s not so much a complex web of lies that they’ve woven as a moist tissue that falls apart with a gentle prodding. The only thing complex about the Scotland Office …

The symbol?s gone, the substance is the same
We’ve got a new BBC weather map! Whoop, and indeed, de doo. Scotland is growing before our very eyes. The new map is a vast improvement on the old one, which showed the distance between Aberdeen and Newcastle as being approximately the same as the much shorter distance between London and Southampton. On the downside …

The real lesson of WW2
It is an accurate assessment of British politics that if the answer is Theresa May, then you must be asking the wrong question. Unless that is the question is, “Who is the British politician least likely to give a straight answer to a straight question?” Or possibly, “Which British prime minister is most likely to …

Looking bullies in the eye
One of the most frustrating things about the Scottish Government has been its seeming reluctance to play hard ball. Too often, it has appeared, the Conservatives at Westminster or the British nationalist press in Scotland come out with some outrageous provocation or outright lie, and the Scottish Government tries to be the calm and sweet …

No time for talking about talking
Theresa May’s government has a perfectly logical and rational response to critics who have pointed out that her own government’s impact assessment of the economic effects of Brexit, which was recently leaked, have shown that there’s no scenario under which Brexit is beneficial. That logical and rational response has been to point out in return …

Brexit fantasy politics
The British government has after all done an impact assessment of the effects of various Brexit scenarios on the UK economy. It’s just that they don’t want anyone else to see it because there is no universe in which Brexit is a good thing. Not even that Mirror Universe in Star Trek where everyone is …

Jaffa cake nationalism
There was a truly vile front page headline in Sunday’s Express newspaper. “NEW FEARS OF MIGRANT VIOLENCE” screamed the rag in huge lettering. It’s pretty damn close to an incitement to racial hatred. Most people don’t read further than the headline, certainly not in a busy supermarket where all that could be clearly read without …

The National

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Sturgeon: If NI gets to stay in single market then it's a 'practical necessit...
IF NORTHERN Ireland is to stay in the single market and customs union after Brexit, then it is ?a practical necessity? that Scotland does too, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

'Gay donkey horse' former Ukip leadership candidate starts new political party
A FORMER Ukip leadership hopeful best remembered for claiming his horse had been raped by a ?gay donkey? has launched a new party.

Tory ministers accused of treating Scotland with contempt over Brexit reports
TORY ministers have been accused of treating Scotland with ?contempt? after MSPs were ?granted? access to the UK Government?s Brexit assessments ? but only if they dropped everything they were doing, and rushed to the other side of town.

'If you're close to Corbyn, you get away with it': Labour anger at Gaffney ra...
JEREMY Corbyn and Richard Leonard have been accused of double standards about how the party disciplines misbehaving politicians following their failure to reprimand a Corbyn-supporting MP after he used racist and homophobic language.

SNP MP Pete Wishart lays out independence vision as he admits he's considerin...
THE SNP?s Pete Wishart is the latest politician to confirm he is considering standing to succeed Angus Roberton as party depute leader.

We need a new vision for independence ? with a gradual rejoining of the EU
WE need to talk. And as a party this deputy leadership contest should allow us the ideal opportunity to facilitate that debate. We need the widest possible conversation in the party at this important juncture for the SNP, and we need to ensure that it is inclusive and wide ranging.

Elsa Artadi could replace Carles Puigdemont as Catalonia president
TALKS involving Catalonia?s pro-independence parties could result in an agreement to install an aide to Carles Puigdemont as president of the Catalan parliament.

David Davis slams EU's Brexit impact report as ?unwise?
BREXIT Secretary David Davis has criticised the ?discourteous? European Union for publishing plans that would allow it to sanction the UK during a transition period.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Andrew ?Hound-Dog? Bowie ? Tory MP for Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine ? Cl...
    Andrew Bowie Born Aberdeenshire 1988 1999-2005: Inverurie Academy – high school education. Early career 2007-2010: The Royal Navy – On completion of an 11-month recruit training course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth he was posted to ships for fleet training with the purpose of qualifying as a junior Warfare Officer … Continue reading "Andrew “Hound-Dog” Bowie – Tory MP fo...

President Trump ? Pilloried by the Press, Lefty Luving Hollywood Elite and P...
                In Defence of President Trump In just about any other circumstance the people of Scotland would praise the achievements of “The  Donald” attributing them in some measure to the Scottish blood coursing through his veins. And they would be right to do so. But credit for his political success … Continue reading "President Trump – Pilloried by the Press, Lefty Luving Hollywood Elit...

Scotland Together ? The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Sco...
        Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Scotland Fed-up with the bare faced lies and biased output of BBC Scotland and commercial television. Need a break from Jacki Bird, Sarah Smith and fat-boy Taylor? Turn to Freeview Channel 989 or (Sky 545, Virgin333 and Freesat 67) … Continue reading "Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the...

        Colin James Clark Multi-Millionaire Colin James Clark was born 20 May 1969. His father Robbie owned a 1000 acre+ farm and three cottages (rented out) near Auchterless.  In 1990. His early career in agriculture to him to Lincolnshire where he developed an interest in organic farming of products for direct sale. … Continue reading "tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elec...

Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

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

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

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

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

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No
Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, January 15th 2018 Brexit has turned British politics and Britain itself upside down. But to the UK Government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front as far as Brexit …

The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate
The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 10th 2018 The New Year is always a time for reflection. I spent the Christmas and New Year break in the United States, providing an opportunity for reflection and a different take on the world. Two and a half …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

Scotland and Independence

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Bon voyage Britain, bonjour Auld Alliance? Why Scottish independence and Brex...
Bon voyage Britain, bonjour Auld Alliance? Why Scottish independence and Brexit pose big questions for the French  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Scotland's Brexit uncertainties
Scotland's Brexit uncertainties  The New EuropeanWe have to force the UK Government to sit up and listen to Wales on Brexit  Nation.Cymru (press release)European Union | The Irish Times  The Irish TimesLeaked Government analysis reveals post-Brexit impact on UK regions  Sky NewsFull coverage

The SNP needs to make Scottish independence 'relevant' to voters, says party'...
The SNP needs to make Scottish independence 'relevant' to voters, says party's Westminster deputy  Business InsiderFull coverage

Support for independence dwindles
Support for independence dwindles  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independence sceptics  Scottish Daily RecordScottish independence poll: 57% No, 43% Yes  HITCFull coverage

Pete Wishart lays out independence vision as he admits he's considering going...
Pete Wishart lays out independence vision as he admits he's considering going for Depute  The NationalHumza Yousaf rules himself out of SNP deputy race as field widens  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Pete Wishart: SNP must 'face reality' that Scotland is leaving EU
Pete Wishart: SNP must 'face reality' that Scotland is leaving EU  iNewsSNP needs to conduct 'honest assessment' of why it lost so many MPs  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

'Give Scotland seat at Brexit talks or risk indyref2'
'Give Scotland seat at Brexit talks or risk indyref2'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

The case for two votes on independence
The case for two votes on independence  The TimesBrexit 'will not be constitutional game changer' for SNP  The ScotsmanLetters: Let SNP withdraw referendum threat if it wants a Brexit role  HeraldScotlandFull coverage


SNP - Google News
Google News

Senior SNP MP tells party to stop lecturing Scots on benefits of an EU they f...
Senior SNP MP tells party to stop lecturing Scots on benefits of an EU they feel 'alienated' from needs to conduct 'honest assessment' of why it lost so many MPs  HeraldScotlandSNP must win back Leave voters, says Pete Wishart in attack at Nicola Sturgeon  The TimesFull coverage

Let's get ready for early indyref2, says SNP MSP James Dornan
Let's get ready for early indyref2, says SNP MSP James Dornan  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Tom Gordon: Depute contest no shoo-in for SNP's Westminster leader
Tom Gordon: Depute contest no shoo-in for SNP's Westminster leader  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ferret Fact Service checks whether SNP have changed Brexit position four times
Ferret Fact Service checks whether SNP have changed Brexit position four times  Scottish Daily RecordPete Wishart confirms interest in becoming SNP depute leader  The ScotsmanPOLL: Who do YOU want to see as the next SNP Depute leader?  The NationalFull coverage

John Swinney accused of blocking release of Prince Charles documents in SNP s...
John Swinney accused of blocking release of Prince Charles documents in SNP secrecy row coverage

SNP hit out after investigation reveals data security breaches in Whitehall
SNP hit out after investigation reveals data security breaches in Whitehall  The Sunday PostFull coverage

SNP hit back at Tories on RBS branch closures
SNP hit back at Tories on RBS branch closures  The NationalFull coverage

Growing Scotland's successful food and drink sector
Growing Scotland's successful food and drink sector  SNP (press release)Full coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for ...
Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for fresh Scottish independence ...  Daily MailSturgeon to decide on pushing for indyref2 by end of year  BBC NewsHard Brexit would cost Scotland £13bn a year, SNP warns  Financial TimesFull coverage

Pete Wishart: SNP must 'face reality' that Scotland is leaving EU
Pete Wishart: SNP must 'face reality' that Scotland is leaving EU  iNewsFull coverage

Let's get ready for early indyref2, says SNP MSP James Dornan
Let's get ready for early indyref2, says SNP MSP James Dornan  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandSupport for independence dwindles  The TimesBlow for Sturgeon as poll finds barely a THIRD of Scots want another independence referendum despite stirring over ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Scotland's Brexit uncertainties
Scotland's Brexit uncertainties  The New EuropeanWe have to force the UK Government to sit up and listen to Wales on Brexit  Nation.Cymru (press release)Leaked Government analysis reveals post-Brexit impact on UK regions  Sky NewsFull coverage

Holyrood gains new oil and gas powers in wake of referendum
Holyrood gains new oil and gas powers in wake of referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

'Give Scotland seat at Brexit talks or risk indyref2'
'Give Scotland seat at Brexit talks or risk indyref2'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of Eng...
M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of England now  The NationalFull coverage

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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!

Middle east
I wonder what you'd do about it if you were POTUS? Or PM       On a side note this Israeli jet that was shot down seems to be dominating the news all day for some reason? I like the way its reported as "crashed whilst under fire" " came down while engaged militarily " anything...

The Official President Trump thread

Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

Alternative visions for what an Independent Scotland could look like?
First of all I made a new account because I havent posted here since September 2014 and before that 2009, have no idea what my old passwords are for the email I signed up with but just curious where PnB stands these days regarding Independence. I'm curious to know what older SNP members speci...

The Official SNP Deputy Leadership Thread
This deserves its own thread due to the fact that this position is second only to Nicola in Scotland's party, the party of eternal government, the Salmondist movement on which the sun shines it's  blessings and the moon and stars weep at its beauty. So far confirmed James "Fucking' Dornan, go...

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

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...

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it.Anybody recommend any worth watching?Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good).Tried Game of Throne...

High ceilings WTF
Just changed some light bulbs in an Edinburgh 'townhouse/ flat/ tenement (for the weegies). Why are the ceilings so high? 'kin m3 of empty space doin nothing, teetering on the top of tall steps just to change a light bulb. Come the revolution, they're going. Surely some scumbag landlord has s...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Red wine and Skiing
There are  2 subjects I have questions on and rather than clutter the board with 2 uninteresting threads I thought I would combine them. My first question is about skiing. I was going to put it in the ?other sports?  section but folk might think I know about skiing when infact I know fook all...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

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.

Holyrood Magazine


David Davis accuses EU of being 'discourteous' over Brexit punishment threat

MPs could be sacked for sexual harassment under tough new measures

Atrial Fibrillation: Maintaining momentum

HMICS review finds ?no evidence? of inappropriate behaviour by undercover pol...

Sketch: Willie Rennie takes on the patriarchy

Northern Ireland will stay in single market and customs unions after Brexit, ...

Environment committee calls for views on future of Crown Estate Scotland

Scottish Labour's Hugh Gaffney apologies after LGBT and Chinese jokes at Burn...

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

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

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…