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Tories urged to keep May as critical Brexit talks loom
11 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
A FORMER Conservative cabinet minister has warned his party against the "chaos" of a leadership contest as it could further delay resolving Brexit.

Lib Dems ? success for leader Rennie, but modest gains
11 Jun 2017 at 12:08am
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT leader Tim Farron could not contain his disappointment, but Scottish counterpart Willie Rennie had genuine grounds to be pleased.

The General Election is yesterday's news. Now Ruth Davidson wants to be First...
11 Jun 2017 at 12:08am
THE Scottish Tories are savouring their best General Election result in over 30 years, but leader Ruth Davidson already has her eyes on becoming the next First Minister.

Holyrood requires former MSPs to agree to a 'no lobbying' rule at Parliament
11 Jun 2017 at 12:05am
FORMER MSPs will be required to sign a ?no lobbying? declaration if they want a special pass that gives them access to the Scottish Parliament.

Meet the DUP, Theresa May's saviours ? anti-gay rights and abortion
11 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
CONCERNS are growing about Prime Minister Theresa May relying on a right-wing, ultra-religious party from Northern Ireland to prop up her wounded Government.

'Batsh*t crazy': May's top Scottish aide quits amid Tory meltdown
11 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
THERESA MAY'S two closest aides have quit in the wake of the disastrous General Election campaign that resulted in the Tories losing their majority.

Kenny MacAskill: Nicola Sturgeon?s husband should be dumped as SNP chief exec...
11 Jun 2017 at 12:11am
A FORMER SNP Cabinet Secretary has called for Nicola Sturgeon?s husband to be replaced as party chief executive in the wake of the General Election result.

'When Theresa's Rottweiller served me underage pints'
11 Jun 2017 at 12:11am
SHE was the smiling barmaid with slash-red lipstick, a shirt tied off at the waist and the lefty student uniform of the day - Doc Martens and rolled up jeans.

Holyrood tightens lobbying rules for ex-MSPS who get Holyrood passes
11 Jun 2017 at 12:07am
FORMER MSPs will be required to sign a ?no lobbying? declaration if they want a special pass that gives them access to the Scottish Parliament.

May's chief of staff and joint chief of staff resign after disastrous result
10 Jun 2017 at 1:30pm
Theresa May's chief of staff Nick Timothy and joint-chief of staff Fiona Hill, have both resigned after the Tories' election result.

Pressure grows on May to abandon 'hard Brexit' in wake of election humiliation
10 Jun 2017 at 12:02am
PRESSURE is growing on a weakened Theresa May to abandon her plans for a ?hard Brexit? in the wake of her failed General Election gamble.

'We shot ourselves in the head, not just the foot': Tory hunt for scapegoats ...
10 Jun 2017 at 8:55am
THEY are the words that could come back to haunt Theresa May.

Winners and losers in the battle of the polls
10 Jun 2017 at 12:19am
FIRST it was the Cameron majority, then Brexit and finally Trump.

John Curtice: Argument for independence may not be enough to satisfy SNP vote...
10 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND has for so long been the weakest link for the Conservative Party. Even when the party?s fortunes south of the Border began to turn around under David Cameron?s leadership, the party north of the Border still seemed to be stuck perpetually at around 15-17% of the vote.

Ex-critics praise Corbyn but knives still out among some Labour MPs
10 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
Former critics lined up to praise Jeremy Corbyn after Labour secured its biggest increase in the share of the vote since the War - but the knives are still out for the veteran socialist among some of his own MPs.

 

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Leader: Devolution dividend pays off for Davidson
10 Jun 2017 at 11:58pm
The rise and rise of Ruth Davidson continues apace, as she rides the crest of an indyref2 backlash that has launched the Conservatives into the unusual position in Scotland of having a popular cause at the same time as a popular leader.

Euan McColm: It?s just a matter of time for May
10 Jun 2017 at 11:51pm
Surely the Prime Minister wasn’t kidding anyone? When she walked from her car on Friday afternoon towards the waiting media and told the nation she was ready to “provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country”, nobody bought it, did they?

Insight: Wake-up call for Sturgeon?s indyref2 dreamers
10 Jun 2017 at 11:49pm
In the end there was no real Portillo moment: the claiming of one high-profile scalp – such as Angus Robertson, the SNP leader at Westminster – that symbolised the much-touted blue surge.

Ruth Davidson?s Tories will dare to differ
10 Jun 2017 at 11:18pm
Ruth Davidson yesterday said her new team of MPs would stand up for Scotland amid growing signs that the Scottish Conservatives are planning a distinctive approach from the UK party.

Lynsey Kidd: Tying the knot without prejudice
10 Jun 2017 at 11:13pm
Last week saw a very special wedding at Cromlix House near Dunblane. On Thursday, the marriage of Alasdair and Louise Jack by HSS Registered Celebrant Melanie Leckie was a very special day. Special not only for the couple, their family and friends, but also for the Humanist movement and indeed Scotland.

Teachers to vote on strike action over pay offer
10 Jun 2017 at 11:11pm
Pupils could face widespread disruption in Scotland’s schools after teachers voted to ballot for strike action if their pay demands are not met.

Advisers resign to avert challenge to May?s leadership
10 Jun 2017 at 11:05pm
Theresa May’s top advisers have sacrificed themselves in a bid to save her premiership as friends and rivals alike move to exploit her government’s weakness.

SNP: Tories must put single market membership back on table
10 Jun 2017 at 8:48pm
THE Scottish National Party has insisted that May’s failure to secure a Westminster majority in the 2017 general election means EU single-market membership should be put ‘back on the table’.

Ousted MP named as replacement Tory chief of staff
10 Jun 2017 at 8:36pm
A former minister ousted in the General Election had been appointed as Theresa May’s new Downing Street chief of staff.

Tories and DUP to agree ?confidence and supply? deal
10 Jun 2017 at 8:24pm
Theresa May looks set to be backed by the Democratic Unionist Party as she attempts to run a minority government following her General Election disaster.

General Election: Corbyn ?would be PM if not for Scotland?
10 Jun 2017 at 3:23pm
JEREMY Corbyn would have been the next Prime Minister if it wasn’t for Scottish votes, says a major UK news outlet.

Former aide hits out at ?toxic? team around Theresa May
10 Jun 2017 at 11:58am
Theresa May’s closest advisers created a “toxic” environment in Downing Street and put forward “batshit crazy” ideas, according to a former aide of the Prime Minister.

Poll: Two thirds of Tory party members believe Theresa May should resign
10 Jun 2017 at 11:19am
A poll of 1,500 Conservative Party members has found that 60% believe that Theresa May should quit as Prime Minister.

Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim
10 Jun 2017 at 10:33am
Ruth Davidson has dismissed a suggestion she will seek to break the Scottish Conservatives away from the UK party following a humiliating General Election result for Theresa May.

Tory leadership battle ?unwise? says former cabinet member
10 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
A Conservative former cabinet minister has warned his party against the “chaos” of a leadership contest as it could further delay resolving Brexit matters.

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The knife-edgers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jun 2017 at 10:59am
This was the revealing reaction of the Question Time audience and panel last night when right-wing Daily Mail/Times journalist Isabel Oakeshott and Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti debated who’d “won” the election: On Thursday Jeremy Corbyn got 40% of the vote, 40% of the seats and lost by 2%. In Scotland, Ruth Davidson got 28% of …

Lame duck season
by Chris Cairns
10 Jun 2017 at 6:55am

The Coalition Of Chaos
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jun 2017 at 1:17pm
Not 36 hours after a campaign which focused relentlessly on the idea that a minority Labour government propped up by the SNP and the Liberal Democrats would be an unconscionable democratic outrage, the Prime Minister is as we write en route to 10 Downing Street to inform the Queen of her intention, despite having lost 13 …

Some things we know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jun 2017 at 4:24am
As we write this at just gone 4am, there are 140 seats still to declare. But there are some things we can say already. 1. The SNP have won the election in Scotland. They currently have 32 seats with a handful to declare, so they know that they’ll have more than the three Unionist parties …

The pitch
by Chris Cairns
8 Jun 2017 at 6:55am

Not saying No
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jun 2017 at 12:55am
There was a minor kerfuffle on the STV leaders debate tonight. The revelation that Kezia Dugdale may once have changed her mind about a second referendum on independence won’t have come as a particularly great shock to Wings readers, who just a week ago read a detailed account of the party’s countless U-turns and contradictions …

The Davidson Boys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jun 2017 at 4:59pm
Readers, we’d like you to meet Steven MacGregor. He’s the chap on the right of this pic, taken last Monday while campaigning for the Tories in Ochil & South Perthshire with party leader Ruth Davidson, just a foot or so away from him. He likes the England rugby and football teams, Jeremy Clarkson, AC/DC, the …

Where the money is
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jun 2017 at 2:45pm
Disclaimer first: as we always say in situations like this, BOOKMAKERS’ ODDS ARE NOT PREDICTIONS. They’re based in significant part on the level of wagers placed, which means that you could affect the odds simply by making a large bet, which of course wouldn’t actually change the likelihood of a particular candidate winning. So with …

This is a real thing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jun 2017 at 10:54am
…which we felt it important to preserve for posterity lest anything happen to it. We’d charitably blame it all on the Telegraph, who made it, were it not for the fact that the Scottish Conservatives have posted it on their own Facebook page. It’d be awfully embarrassing if they had a poorer-than-expected election result, eh?

The voice of sanity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jun 2017 at 8:58am
Hilary and Carey, South Lanark. Just a day and a bit left to help get more videos like this made. Do if you can. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

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Davidson says Scots Tory MPs will argue Scotland's case 'forcefully'
10 Jun 2017 at 6:11pm
Scottish Tory leader says the Brexit deal must have free trade and economic advancement at its heart


General election 2017: Sturgeon says Indyref2 'a factor' in SNP losses
9 Jun 2017 at 6:46pm
The first minister says plans for a second poll on independence were "undoubtedly" a factor in the result.


Lord Dunlop stands down from role with Scotland Office
10 Jun 2017 at 2:14pm
The Scotland Office minister says it is a "good moment" to go after the Tories' Scottish election success.


EIS union warns that teachers could strike over pay
10 Jun 2017 at 4:16pm
Union members back a motion saying failure to reach a pay deal would result in a ballot on industrial action.


Ruth Davidson given DUP gay rights assurance
9 Jun 2017 at 8:47pm
The PM tells the Scottish Conservative leader that a deal with the DUP will not affect LGBTI rights.


Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson lose seats to Conservatives
9 Jun 2017 at 12:40pm
Political heavyweights Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson are among significant SNP losses in the north east of Scotland.


Conservatives sweep seats in Borders and Dumfries and Galloway
9 Jun 2017 at 9:23am
The party wins all three constituencies covering Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.


General election 2017: SNP lose a third of seats amid Tory surge
9 Jun 2017 at 9:12am
Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson were among the high-profile casualties for the SNP.


General election 2017: Labour celebrates after capital result
9 Jun 2017 at 8:24am
Ian Murray significantly increased his majority over the SNP while the party also took a seat in Fife.


Conservatives gain seats at expense of SNP in Tayside and Central Scotland
9 Jun 2017 at 9:18am
The SNP retain Falkirk, Perth and Perthshire North and both Dundee seats with reduced majorities.


Jo Swinson returns to Westminster after unseating SNP
9 Jun 2017 at 9:03am
Former Lib Dem minister Jo Swinson made a dramatic return to Westminster after ousting the SNP's John Nicholson.


Rachael Hamilton wins Scottish Parliament by-election
9 Jun 2017 at 9:50am
Rachael Hamilton completes a momentous night for the Conservatives in the south of Scotland.

Scot Goes Pop

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It would be a historic error for the SNP to reverse policy on an independence...
by James Kelly
10 Jun 2017 at 4:05pm
I'm sure by now we're all aware of the mood music which appears (I only say appears) intended to prepare the ground for an announcement by Nicola Sturgeon over the coming days that might water down...

The barking mad benchmark
by James Kelly
10 Jun 2017 at 2:43am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at The National, reflecting on the SNP's general election victory in Scotland.  It ponders how the exceptional triumph of 2015 may in ret...

Putting the SNP's latest landslide victory into historical perspective
by James Kelly
9 Jun 2017 at 4:25pm
I don't know about anyone else, but I punched the air when Stephen Gethins won the final Scottish seat by just two votes.  In spite of the recounts and the relentless optimism of SNP supporters on ...

Exit Poll predicts SNP have 'triple lock' mandate for independence referendum...
by James Kelly
8 Jun 2017 at 10:05pm
Well, didn't I say that exit polls tend to throw up major shocks?  As I feared, the SNP are predicted to be below 40 seats - the exact number is 34, which does mean they are just about predicted to...

The case for pessimism...and the case for mild optimism
by James Kelly
8 Jun 2017 at 6:41am
One of the great dramatic rituals of British democracy will play out tonight when, at the exact moment Big Ben strikes 10, the main broadcasters simultaneously reveal the results of their jointly-f...

Devastation for Davidson as full-scale Scottish poll from Survation shows Tor...
by James Kelly
8 Jun 2017 at 1:00am
Scottish voting intentions for the UK general election (Survation, telephone fieldwork) :SNP 39% Labour 29% Conservatives 26% Liberal Democrats 6% The obvious health warning here is that Survation ...

Election Eve : Polling Roundup
by James Kelly
7 Jun 2017 at 8:42pm
We're midway through the barrel-load of GB-wide polls we're going to see tonight, so I'll use this post for rolling updates.  So far we've only seen three of the most Tory-friendly pollsters, and t...

YouGov's Election Eve projection suggests the SNP are on course to win three-...
by James Kelly
7 Jun 2017 at 2:42pm
YouGov have just updated their projection model for what will presumably be the third-last time (I'm guessing there'll be the usual update tomorrow afternoon, and then a final one after the polls c...

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Westminster voting intention: LAB: 45% (+5) CON: 39% (-3) LDEM: 7% (-) UKIP: ...
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11 Jun 2017 at 12:23am
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Scotland fans slammed on social media over Jimmy Savile song slur
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10 Jun 2017 at 11:16pm
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16:0317:37Friday 09 June 2017 127 HAVE YOUR SAY Does the General Election res...
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10 Jun 2017 at 11:05pm
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ELI5: Who / what are the Tories
by /u/clurt_
10 Jun 2017 at 10:50pm
Australian here and know very little. Couldnt find a party officially named tory or tories. Guessing it refers to a group of people that are right inclined or something. Cheers submitted by /...

Nicola sturgeon looks kinda funny
by /u/clurt_
10 Jun 2017 at 10:40pm
Anyone else see this? Its kinda like Tilda Swinton. You just look, different. Not necessarily ugly but very uncommon features or an uncommon combination of features. submitted by /u/clurt_ ...

Canadian Looking for Relatives..
by /u/putters_topkek
10 Jun 2017 at 10:33pm
Well to start it off , I live in Canada and I've never been to Scotland but I want to go so I'll try this out. My last name is McGinnigle & I'm one of the last remaining McGinnigle's in Canada. My ...

A huv a new review! John Wick 2!
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10 Jun 2017 at 10:16pm
https://www.reddit.com/r/ScottishMovieReviews/comments/6ghntq/john_wick_chapter_2/ submitted by /u/Hamish-the-lad

How do the snp win back corbyn voters?
by /u/Marxdaft
10 Jun 2017 at 10:07pm
The snp didn't have much of a presence in this election, despite corbyn ripping off the near entirety of our policies for his manifesto (apart from reversing all austerity and getting rid of triden...

Not a sign I ever expected to read in Scotland
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10 Jun 2017 at 9:39pm
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Ruth Davidson walks out on C4News interview...
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10 Jun 2017 at 8:56pm
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Christ what a day at Hampden. First football match I've went to in nearly 10 ...
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10 Jun 2017 at 8:46pm
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Never paid much bother to old Ruth Davidson, is she alright, or should we be ...
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10 Jun 2017 at 7:43pm
Is she going stop Brexit, but at what cost? submitted by /u/fifefe

Scotland vs England 2-2 All Goals & Highlights World Cup Qualification 10/06/...
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10 Jun 2017 at 7:42pm
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Theresa May to launch wide-ranging internet regulation and security changes d...
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DUP to back Theresa May and support minority government after 'confidence and...
by David Hughes
10 Jun 2017 at 8:13pm
The 10 MPs from the Northern Irish party could prove crucial in supporting the Tories on key votes after May's election disaster.


Watch as Brexit author eats own book live on Sky News after losing election bet
by Record Reporter
10 Jun 2017 at 7:01pm
Professor Matthew Goodwin claimed he would eat his own Brexit book if Labour won more seats in the General Election.


Theresa May trying 'to persuade DUP to enter into formal coalition' with Tories
by Record Reporter
10 Jun 2017 at 3:11pm
The Prime Minister sends team of officials to Belfast to negotiate details of an alliance with the Northern Irish Party.


Theresa May 'assures' Ruth Davidson LGBT rights will be protected after DUP pact
by Record Reporter
10 Jun 2017 at 10:56am
The Scottish Tory leader says Prime Minister insists gay rights won't be eroded in return for support from the Northern Irish party.


Petition against controversial Tory-DUP deal gains more than 360,000 signatur...
by Nicola Bartlett
10 Jun 2017 at 10:21am
The Prime Minister told the country she would seek to form a minority government with a 'confidence and supply' agreement with the DUP.


Chaos theories: Ten reasons for General Election upset that changed face of B...
by Record Reporter
10 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Theresa May thought snap election would be a shoo in for Tories but it didn't turn out quite as she expected and here's why...


So long Alex Salmond - you had a very good innings but your era is over
by dailyrecord
10 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Former First Minster's biographer David Torrance reflects on the SNP chief's failure to retain his Westminster seat.


Jeremy Corbyn could end up PM after incredible campaign even arch-enemies are...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil Crichton notes that even Peter Mandleson has lavished praise on the Labour leader as the party prepare for another election if Theresa May's DUP deal falls apart.


How long will Theresa May survive as Tory Prime Minister after general electi...
by Record Reporter
10 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
The Conservative leader is damaged goods after her vote gamble failed and we examine when she is likely to be ditched.


Election court battle looms as Lib Dems fight SNP's two-vote majority in Nort...
by Record Reporter
10 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
After three recounts it was announced Stephen Gethins had defeated Elizabeth Riches but her party are considering a legal challenge.

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Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

A Fundamental Error of Judgement
by michaelgreenwell
16 May 2017 at 8:09am
Worth reading and sharing…

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God Bless the Public
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jun 2017 at 5:12pm
Public service announcement from Werd? (SOS) & Lewis Findlay? …

Panzer Division
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jun 2017 at 11:13am
Colonel Ruth is, according to the Telegraph going to take her tanks and park them on her own lawn, or something. In what is possibly a case of being consumed by her own hype, Ruth Davidson is now: “… to defy Theresa May?s plans for a hard Brexit and tear her Scottish party away from …

Hit the North
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jun 2017 at 11:59am
“I think that there is a real possibility that concessions made by the Conservatives to the DUP may force Sinn Féin into a position where they consider taking their seats” argues Peter McColl. The politics of the north of Ireland has made a mark in this election, with the continual Tory attempts to link both …

Election Dawn and Crystal Balls
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jun 2017 at 11:51am
I spent most of last night in an impressively improvised TV Studio for Broadcasting Scotland in the same kind of incoherent shock as has been displayed by Theresa May ever since her tight wee circle of acolytes launched her manifesto, and the damn thing sank like a boat in a Buster Keaton movie. But come …

Welcome to Anti Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jun 2017 at 10:02am
This result just deepens the democratic deficit, once again delivering a Tory government that Scotland has voted massively against. But there’s two new elements to the deficit. First it’s been a campaign with the unionist parties clambering over themselves to ram home one simple message: we’ll stop you having another say on managing your own …

What can possibly go wrong?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jun 2017 at 5:45pm
Cast your mind back to the beginning of this year. Since becoming Prime Minister in the unexpected summer of 2016, Theresa May has been thinking, of course, about the next election. There are two issues, she knows, that are going to be uppermost in the minds of the British electorate, whenever that next election is. …

End of Season Report
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jun 2017 at 5:13pm
After a season that has been dominated by ‘the Invincibles’, a resurgent (then woeful) Hearts, an inspired Aberdeen side (now being disbanded), and the best league result for Partick Thistle in years, we asked a selection of pundits and fans to come up with their ONE THING they’d change about Scottish football starting season 2017/18. …

Flaming Truth: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jun 2017 at 3:52pm
Come June 9th this appalling General Election campaign will be over. Nothing will have changed except, as the poster says, Theresa May is even more eager to follow Donald Trump to the end of the world and that leaving the European Union and the Paris agreement on carbon emissions are the two biggest common-sense reversals …

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What Nicola Sturgeon can learn from Jeremy Corbyn | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
11 Jun 2017 at 12:05am
After 10 ineffective years in power, the first minister should heed the success of the Labour party leaderOn the eve of an election when you had dared to hope that compassion might prevail over greed, a reality check was provided by the BBC. Jeremy Corbyn had just finished addressing his 90th ral...

Val McDermid: why Westminster should copy the Scottish electoral system
by Val McDermid
10 Jun 2017 at 11:00am
In a new series to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the novelist argues for a more a representative parliamentThe election of Donald Trump last November had an unexpected result in my household. My 16-year-old son developed a fascination with systems of governance. The disparity bet...

Tory-DUP deal: Ruth Davidson 'receives assurances' from PM over gay rights
by Press Association
10 Jun 2017 at 9:40am
Scottish Conservative leader says Theresa May has vowed there will be ?absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights?? General election aftermath - latest updatesThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, said she has received assurances from the prime minister over gay rights should the Tories ...

Theresa May adopts contrite tone after Tory MPs vent anger over election
by Heather Stewart
10 Jun 2017 at 9:08am
Prime minister apologises to Tories who lost seats and reaffirms top cabinet posts in DUP-backed minority governmentElection 2017 live: all the results, reaction and analysisResults tracker: seat by seat winners and losers A chastened Theresa May has apologised to her party colleagues, after squa...

UK general election 2017: Trump offers 'warm support' to Theresa May ? as it ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow, Matthew Weaver and Kevin Rawlinson
10 Jun 2017 at 2:24am
This live blog is closed. Click here for our new live blogElection results tracker: seat by seat guideSupport the Guardian?s journalism by becoming a monthly supporter or making a one-off contribution 2.24am BST This live blog is now closing, but coverage continues on our fresh live blog: Related...

The Guardian view on the 2017 election result: a call for a different Britain...
by Editorial
9 Jun 2017 at 7:56pm
The election has confounded Theresa May and many others. It is a vote against austerity and for a less abrasive Brexit, and it marks the revival of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn? Support our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporter or making a contribution. You can see this in action he...

Cheers and jeers: party leaders on election results day ? in pictures
by Guardian Staff
9 Jun 2017 at 7:01pm
A glum Theresa May meets the Queen, Jeremy Corbyn is all smiles after a Labour youthquake, and Tim Farron mocks ?coalition of chaos? as news of a hung parliament rattles BritainGeneral election 2017 ? live updates Continue reading...

Have we reached peak SNP? Don?t count on it | Lesley Riddoch
by Lesley Riddoch
9 Jun 2017 at 3:27pm
The Scottish National party?s leader Nicola Sturgeon may have lost some of her shine, and the campaign for a second referendum is becalmed ? but both could bounce backStubborn Scotland went its own way on Thursday night, witnessing a Tory revival (even as the party lost its Commons majority), a s...

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Journey to Yes 15 ? Beyond party politics
Simon says Yes. Simon Pia is a Journalist & Consultant, Lecturer and former spin doctor to Scottish Labour including former leader Wendy Alexander, Iain Gray MSP and Gordon Brown. Simon has always believed home-rule or federalism to be solution to Scotland?s democratic deficit. Torn over the independence question, Simon feels the Yes campaign?s economic argument …

The birth pains of a better country
Welcome to Tory Britain, you’ll have had your democracy. The Tories in Scotland came a distant second to the SNP, but they’re acting as though they’re the largest party. There was only one party which lost its majority this week, and it was Ruth Davidson’s. Theresa May has lost, but she’s acting as though she …

Putting lipstick on a pig
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. There’s no spin you can put on it, no positive gloss. This hasn’t been a good night for the SNP. The results of the General Election have been terrible for the party. Some of its biggest names are no longer representing Scotland in …

It?s fine to change your mind
On Tuesday evening STV broadcast its Scottish party leaders’ debate. Although the programme should have been more accurately titled the STV Some Party Leaders but not Patrick Harvie Debate. This meant we were treated to the Scottish media’s favourite kind of political show, a wee gaggle of Unionists ganging up on a single supporter of …

The Scottish Tories? self-harming obsession
Only two days to go now, and then the general election that no one wanted will all be over. It’s been the most dishonest election in memory, and some of us can still remember Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. This is the election that no one wanted, and this is the election that will seal …

Making Britain great again in a dank warehouse in Edinburgh
Theresa May is in Edinburgh, not that anyone who isn’t a fully paid up member of the Tory party or who doesn’t have a press pass would notice. As ever, Theresa is appearing in the only habitat in which she can thrive – that’s in front of a wee squad of Conservative party members waving …

Journey to Yes 14, Farming
Hilary and Carey say Yes. Help this series continue @ https://igg.me/at/journeytoyes. Hilary and Carey are organic farmers in South Lanark who voted No in 2014 and are now passionate Yes and SNP supporters. They are amongst 67,000 people directly employed in Scottish agriculture. The sector manages 80% of Scotland?s land mass and a further 360,000 …

Cruel Britannia
Theresa May keeps telling us that this is the most important election in her career, sorry, her lifetime. And so it is, just not for the reasons she thinks it is. This election is important because it’s the election in which the Conservatives seek to lock the UK, and Scotland with it, into an extreme …

The National

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James Kelly: The miracle of 2015 is being used to undermine a handsome SNP vi...
By James Kelly, author of the SCOTgoesPOP! blog

Wee Ginger Dug: Setbacks to be expected along the road to independence
WE?VE kept the flame of hope alive ? feel its warmth, hold on to it. We will heal, and we?ll be stronger for it. The pain we feel is the birth pain of a better Scotland. Bruised, but unbowed, bloodied, but unbeaten, we?re still standing. All movements have reversals. All campaigns for a better world have their setbacks.

Pat Kane: A focus on the day job came at the cost of our independence ideals
STRANGE ?defeat?, when this number of SNP seats would once have passed Margaret Thatcher?s rule ? that a majority of representatives for independence in Scotland guarantees a new nation-state. But the rules have changed since ? and to be fair, in its pursuit of a legal indy referendum in 2014, the SNP played its part in changing them.

Kirsty Strickland: This is an opportunity for the Yes movement to take stock
WHEN Theresa May stood outside Number 10 Downing Street yesterday and proclaimed, ?I will form a government,?? there was an almost audible, weary laugh across the country. During her speech, she spoke of her ?allies?

Tommy Sheppard among contenders who could fill key SNP roles at Westminster
TOMMY Sheppard, Joanna Cherry and Stephen Gethins are among the senior SNP politicians being discussed as possible contenders to take over from Angus Robertson as the Westminster leader of the party.

Europe?s key players Tusk and Juncker keen to get on with Brexit talks
THE head of the European Commission insisted Brexit talks should begin at once despite the loss of the Tory Westminster majority.

Pete Wishart: EVEL rule will have to be dumped for Tory-DUP pact to function
LEGISLATION barring MPs from the rest of the UK from voting on English matters may have to be ripped up in light of the DUP deal, it is claimed.

Paul Nuttall resigns as Ukip leader after disastrous showing
PAUL NUTTAL has resigned as leader of Ukip following a disastrous night at the polls which saw the anti-EU party wiped from the electoral map.

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Struggling With the SNP 2017 General Election Campaign Results ? Despair No M...
            The 2014 Independence Referendum and the Tory Blunders After Cameron blundered hugely: having actually signed a vow promising Scotland substantially extended devolution, the very day after the result, he turned around and retrospectively slapped conditions on it. The point is —– Cameron took a giant public dump on a … Continue reading "Struggling With the SNP 2017 General Election C...

Just in Case You Missed Any First Time Round ? Profiles of Tory and Labour Ca...
            Pen-Profiles – Key Scottish Constituencies – Twelve Tory Candidates and Two Labour   Tony Miklinski – North East Fife https://caltonjock.com/2017/06/06/i-started-off-liking-tony-miklinski-tory-candidate-for-north-east-fife-but-after-digging-around-a-wee-bit-i-have-concluded-he-is-as-bad-as-the-rest-of-ruth-davidsons-bunch-of-chancers/ Stephen Kerr – Stirling https://caltonjock.com/2...

I Started Off Liking Tony Miklinski Tory Candidate for North East Fife But Af...
            Anthony Miklinski Tory Candidate for North East Fife – Military Service Tony’s parents were Polish born upholsterer, Anatol and Williamina Miklinski. They married in 1947 in Yorkshire and had a daughter Elizabeth before moving to Dundee where Anthony was born in 1951. Educated in Dundee, Tony’s vocation was teaching … Continue reading "I Started Off Liking Tony Miklinski Tory Candid...

Tory Party Candidate For Stirling ? Stephen Kerr ? A Fellow Mormon Questions ...
          Mormon Church Doctrine From 1849 to 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) had a policy against the ordination of black men to the priesthood, and forbidding black men and women from taking part in ceremonies in LDS temples. In 1978, the church’s First Presidency declared … Continue reading "Tory Party Candidate For Stirling – Stephen Kerr – A Fellow Mormon...

Rifkind ? Fulton ? Straw ? Snookered the 2014 Independence Referendum and Are...
          April 1998: Rifkind Calls for Pact to Block Nationalists Rifkind called for the formation of a cross- party movement to protect the Union and prevent the SNP taking power. The former foreign secretary?s comments were the first clear indication that the Tory party north of the Border believed that Labour, … Continue reading "Rifkind – Fulton – Straw – Snookered the 2014 Independence Re...

Update On the Unaccountable Finance Finding Its Way To The Tory Coffers ? Eas...
 The full article is a must read The dark money driving the Scottish Tory surge The latest polls suggest the Conservatives could win up to ten seats in Scotland on Thursday. That?s ten times more than they?ve won at any point in the last 25 years. And it hasn?t come from nowhere: last year?s Scottish … Continue reading "Update On the Unaccountable Finance Finding Its Way To The Tory Coffers – E...

Stirling Candidate For Westminster ? Stephen Kerr ? First Counsellor ? The Ch...
              Politics or Church What Takes Priority When the head of Spiritual Organisation decides to Take on a political Role Westminster 2017 GE Tory Party candidate for Stirling Stephen Kerr, is passionate about the need for a more honest approach to politics. He believes that principle-centred leadership would do … Continue reading "Stirling Candidate For Westminster – Stephen Kerr – Firs...

Election Hustings ? Arbroath ? Angus ? Ms Hair Admitted She Could Not Bring F...
              2 Jun 2017: A Report On the Angus General Election Hustings at Arbroath Tempers flared in Angus as the second evening of The Courier?s hustings events took place. The audience packed into St Andrew?s Church in Arbroath to pose questions to candidates for the four main political parties … Continue reading "Election Hustings – Arbroath – Angus – Ms Hair Admitted She Could Not Bring ...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain
Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 28th 2017 Until last week this election was one in which nothing seemed to be happening. All of that changed with the horrors of Manchester. Such atrocities test the fabric of our democracy and civic …

Is it time to think of independence for London?
Is it time to think of independence for London? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 24th 2017 Every day in so many ways the UK becomes more obviously divided and fragmented. The current UK general election campaign showcases this – with the absence of any real national UK politics beyond the theatre of Westminster with instead …

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era?
 The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 10th 2017 Scotland?s permanent political campaign continued last week with the local elections. These were important for who runs Scotland?s 32 councils, local services and what passes for the remnants of local government, after decades …

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Scotland and Independence

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'The minute that Sturgeon talked about another referendum, that was it' - The...

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'The minute that Sturgeon talked about another referendum, that was it'
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As a young woman, Wendy Allan, now 42, was always loyal to the SNP to ensure there were ?bums on seats? in Westminster talking about the issues important to Scotland. But after what she describes as growing discontent in the Aberdeenshire town of ...

The SNP needs to learn from this miserable result - The Times (subscription)

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The SNP needs to learn from this miserable result
The Times (subscription)
There is no denying that the election result on Thursday was very disappointing for the SNP and that we need to learn lessons from it, especially as there could be another UK general election as early as October this year. First, we need to take the ...



Election: Scottish voters turned to three different parties to oust the SNP -...

Express.co.uk
Election: Scottish voters turned to three different parties to oust the SNP
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Retired Rolls Royce worker Vinnie Disotto, 65, voted for Labour but is happy with the result since it meant ousting the SNP. "To be honest, anything is better than the Nats,? he said, adding: ?I think even people who were for independence before agree ...

SNP: Tories must put single market membership back on table - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
SNP: Tories must put single market membership back on table
The Scotsman
THE Scottish National Party has insisted that May's failure to secure a Westminster majority in the 2017 general election means EU single-market membership should be put 'back on the table'. Stephen Gethins, the SNP's Europe spokesman says the Prime ...

SNP calls on PM to put EU single market membership 'back on the table' - Belf...

Belfast Telegraph
SNP calls on PM to put EU single market membership 'back on the table'
Belfast Telegraph
?Scotland needs a seat at the negotiations to leave the EU ? and it's time for the Tories to ditch their plans for an extreme Brexit.? He echoed Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who in the wake of the election result said the ...

The SNP have ambitious plans for the shadow cabinet - Irvine Times

The SNP have ambitious plans for the shadow cabinet
Irvine Times
The new SNP shadow cabinet met for the first time this week to discuss their ambitious plans for North Ayrshire over the next five years. Following the election result, which left both parties with 11 councillors, the SNP had proposed the formation of ...



Head to Head Contrast: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) and Encana Corp ...

Head to Head Contrast: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) and Encana Corp (ECA)
The Cerbat Gem
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE: SNP) and Encana Corp (NYSE:ECA) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, ...

The SNP calls on Theresa May to put EU single market membership 'back on the ...

The Sunday Post
The SNP calls on Theresa May to put EU single market membership 'back on the table'
The Sunday Post
THE SNP has urged Theresa May to put membership of the EU single market ?back on the table? following the Prime Minister's failure to secure a majority government. Stephen Gethins, the party's spokesman on Europe at Westminster, said Mrs May must ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote - CNN

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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote
CNN
Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, euphoric about her party's gains in Scotland, said that IndyRef 2, the colloquial name for a second referendum, was dead in the water. "I think we have seen the country's reaction in the number of SNP ...
Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum and what has Ni...

Independence referendum 'dead' as Nicola Sturgeon's SNP suffer major blow - S...

Scottish Daily Record
Independence referendum 'dead' as Nicola Sturgeon's SNP suffer major blow
Scottish Daily Record
Plans for a second independence referendum have taken a major blow after the SNP lost 20 seats in the general election. Scotland's Former First Minister Alex Salmond and veteran Angus Robertson were two of the main casualties on a night when the ...
The ONE Election victory: How May...

Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table - POLITICO.eu

POLITICO.eu
Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table
POLITICO.eu
The Scottish National Party suffered its worst election in over a decade Thursday, losing 21 seats and more than a quarter of its vote share. The result pushes the prospect of a second referendum on independence from the U.K. ? central to the party's ...
Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on second Scott...

Nicola Sturgeon now says she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025 ? ...

The Sun
Nicola Sturgeon now says she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025 ? despite demanding referendum next ...
The Sun
NICOLA Sturgeon now says she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025 ? despite demanding a second referendum next year. The SNP leader claimed she had not changed her timetable for breaking up the UK though, and accused the interviewer of ...
General election 2017...

Catalonia To Hold Referendum In October On Leaving Spain - NPR

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Catalonia To Hold Referendum In October On Leaving Spain
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Catalonia will hold a referendum on October 1 on whether to leave Spain, the head of the region announced Friday. "The question will be: 'Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic'," said Carles Puigdemont, the head ...
Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from SpainThe ...

Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process' ...

BBC News
Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process'
BBC News
Opposition to an independence referendum will be "democratically unsustainable" if the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader was speaking in Perth as her party's general election manifesto was published.
Nicola Sturgeon promises second independence referendum: 'Th...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ... - NBCNew...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ...
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Over the horizon of President Donald Trump's oldest Scottish golf resort, a constitutional storm is brewing, fanned by the fallout from Brexit.

REVEALED: Votes that show, this time Scotland voted to QUIT the EU - so will ...

Express.co.uk
REVEALED: Votes that show, this time Scotland voted to QUIT the EU - so will Sturgeon act?
Express.co.uk
The combined number of votes for the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP - who all pledged to honour the June 23 result - was 1.48million in Scotland, a 55.9 per cent share of the vote. The parties who promised to obstruct Brexit or hold a new referendum on ...



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June 8th General Election
It's on.

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

General Election 2017: Scottish Seat Predictions
Did this for the last election and fewer than 5% of voters correctly guessed that the SNP would win more than 51 seats. So try to guess better this time, idiots. I can't add more than three questions so please post the number of seats you think Labour will win in the thread. I think they'll w...

Next Tory Leader
I don't believe May will survive much longer, maybe the summer recess. So who is most likely to take over? Boris? Rudd? Ruthie? Personally I can see David Davis going for it this time, smarmy ct that he is.

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

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

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

General Election Data
I have pulled together the data of each Scottish seat for the last 3 elections.   On the right hand side, you can toggle between the 2005, 2010 and 2015 elections (currently on 2015)   Also on the right, you can select which constituency you want to see data for (currently on Angu...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Holy Cow Batman
Adam West gone to the Batcave in the sky at 88

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...

Tempur Mattress
Having had our current mattress for 16 years, and which is now saggier than my 53yr old body,  I decided to invest in a good mattress and purchased  a Tempur 22 duluxe.  I have had it for 3 weeks now and not certain the investment has paid off. Prior to purchasing it I had low back pain which...

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

B=sides that shouldn't have been
It's quiet round here these days, so for those of us of a certain age, I'll start you off with: Fleetwood Mac - Silver Springs (B-side of Go Your Own Way) The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down (B-side of Get Back)

London Bridge Incident
Here we go again Reports of Van driving into people at London Bridge then stabbings

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

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Jeremy Corbyn calls on Theresa May to resign after disastrous election result...

Stephen Gethins holds North East Fife for SNP by just two votes

Theresa May announces deal with DUP to form minority government

SNP lost out from surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn, says Nicola Sturgeon

Willie Rennie calls on Nicola Sturgeon to rule out independence referendum af...

Difficult night for SNP as party loses 21 seats

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The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw ...

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...