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Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon heads to Brussels for EU talks
11 Jun 2019 at 12:00am
Nicola Sturgeon will voice the Scottish Government?s support for continued membership of the European Union on a visit to Brussels.

SNP MP Cherry says ?ridiculous? system behind party's record result
11 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
AN MP who sees herself a potential SNP leader has said her party?s biggest ever presence at Westminster was due to a ?ridiculous? voting system.

Derek Mackay facing showdown with MSPs over £1bn ?black hole?
11 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
OPPOSITION parties have stepped up pressure on Finance Secretary Derek Mackay ahead of a grilling over a £1bn black hole in the Scottish budget.

Boris Johnson's tax pledge could widen UK-Scottish pay gap by £8k
10 Jun 2019 at 8:19pm
High-earning Scots face paying nearly £8,000 a year more in tax than their counterparts south of the border under plans by Boris Johnson to make a massive cut for the wealthiest in the rest of the UK.

Gove mocks Johnson, warning no-deal Brexit on Oct 31 could see Corbyn in Down...
10 Jun 2019 at 7:57pm
MICHAEL Gove has taunted Boris Johnson after telling his former Leave campaign partner that if they were the two final candidates in the Conservative leadership race he would have one message for him: ?Don?t pull out.?

Johnson under fire for proposing £10bn tax cut for Middle England paid for in...
10 Jun 2019 at 2:11pm
BORIS Johnson has come under fire after proposing a £10 billion tax cut for high earners in Middle England paid for in part by taxpayers in Scotland as Nicola Sturgeon condemned the Conservative leadership race as a "horror show".

Catriona Stewart: Jailing Natalie McGarry when she has a young child is wrong
10 Jun 2019 at 10:14am
NAIVELY, when I started covering court cases for the Evening Times, I had expected those waiting to appear before the sheriff to be suited and booted.

Ruth Davidson backs Home Secretary for Tory leadership
10 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
RUTH Davidson has backed Sajid Javid in the race to become Prime Minister, avoiding a thornier choice between the main frontrunners.

Nicola Sturgeon brands Tory leadership contest a ?horror show?
10 Jun 2019 at 1:30pm
The contest to succeed Theresa May as the UK?s next prime minister has been branded a ?horror show? by Scotland?s First Minister.

Analysis: Gove et al attack Boris who appears happy staying in his campaign b...
10 Jun 2019 at 8:53pm
WITH scattergun promises of pay rises and tax cuts plus the demonisation of nasty ?Marxist? Labour and the even nastier ?separatist? SNP, you know we must be in the midst of a Tory leadership race.

'We must keep Union fit and robust - and Michael Gove is man to do that'
10 Jun 2019 at 8:57am
WE know the good that the United Kingdom does.

Michael Gove fights to stay in leadership race as cocaine row snowballs
10 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
MICHAEL Gove is struggling to stay in the Tory leadership race, after admitting he was lucky not to have gone to prison for his ?crime? of taking cocaine.

Boris Johnson branded 'bigger threat to Union than SNP' after he reveals tax ...
10 Jun 2019 at 8:01pm
Tom Gordon and Michael Settle

Boris Tax Cut Pledge to Widen UK-Scots Pay Gap to £8000
10 Jun 2019 at 7:45pm
HIGH-earning Scots face paying nearly £8,000 a year more in tax than their counterparts south of the border under plans by Boris Johnson to make a massive cut for the wealthiest in the rest of the UK.

SNP activist: why I helped expose Natalie McGarry for her crimes
9 Jun 2019 at 7:36am
A senior SNP activist has spoken for the first time about how she and her colleagues made the brave decision to expose Natalie McGarry for embezzling more than £20,000 from a pro-independence group.


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Calls for Westminster to protect Scottish seafood in no-deal Brexit
Thousands of tonnes of fresh Scottish fish and shellfish could be left to rot on the quayside in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to Scottish ministers.

Quarry drained in search for pair missing since 1976
A quarry has been drained of water allowing police to look for new leads in the search for a mother and son who disappeared more than 40 years ago.

Richard Dixon: Why motorway plan turned down in Wales gives hope to Bulgaria
Last week I was in south-west Bulgaria at the AGM of Friends of the Earth Europe.

Douglas Ross: Bank closures forced cashless society on parts of Scotland
The cashless society has already arrived for some, writes Moray MP Douglas Ross

Scots are more charitable than rest of UK
Scottish people are more generous than people in the UK as a whole when it comes to being charitable, but the percentage of people giving to charity is falling, according to the largest study of giving behaviour in the country.

More Scots taking ?staycation? summer holidays in UK
The UK is Scots’ top holiday destination this summer, according to new research.

Phone habits piling pressure on school chefs
If it wasn’t hot enough, it seems the ubiquitous mobile phone is adding to the heat in the school kitchen.

Leader comment: Time for the BBC to get priorities right
Broadcaster should think again about decision to scrap free licences for the over 75s.

Aidan Smith: We are loving Scottish tourism hotspots to death
How do we get the Facebook generation to slow down, wonders Aidan Smith.

One more (reluctant) fight ? that?s why we love comeback screen heroes ? Alas...
My first reaction to ­seeing the Rambo: Last Blood trailer was “squeeeee” – that’s not the ‘new’ or ‘recast’ or ‘remade’ Rambo, that’s the 72-year old Sylvester Stallone back for another two-hour blood bath.

Scots cyclist recognised as fastest woman to cycle around the world
She embarked on an epic four month-long journey through some of the world’s most inhospitable regions, overcoming punctures and fatigue.

Plants now going extinct 500 times faster than the ?natural? rate

Stuart Goodall: Carbon capture technology already exists ? it?s called planti...
We all need to love trees more. That was the concluding ­message from Scotland’s Rural Affairs ­Minister Mairi Gougeon MSP when she spoke at a conference in Ireland recently.

Dr Phoebe Cochrane: Let?s make sustainable products that last ? or the planet...
Climate change has been ­hitting the headlines ­recently and the Scottish Government has been one of the first to acknowledge the climate ­emergency and swiftly respond to scientific evidence that Scotland needs to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

Police say ?no evidence? telephone bomb threat to Edinburgh school was credible
Police Scotland has stated that there is “no evidence” that a telephoned bomb threat that saw an Edinburgh school evacuated was credible.


Craig Murray

Craig Murray
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Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist


Sorry have been out of touch the last few days, have been helping run the Eden Festival and will be here till about Wednesday. Will try not to end up in hospital this year. But while I am down here…

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A Swedish Court Injects Some Sense

When, eight years late, the European Arrest Warrant request for Assange was finally put before a Swedish court, the court refused to issue it. Readers of this blog are amongst the very few people who have had the chance to learn the information that the original European Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange from Sweden was […]

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The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masot

A Google news search reveals that not one single mainstream media outlet has mentioned Shai Masot in 2019. Not even once. Yet the main political news story the last two days has been the suspension of Labour’s Peter Willsman for “anti-semitism” for making the suggestion that the “anti-semitism” witch-hunt is promoted by the Israeli-Embassy. This […]

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Jeremy Hunt Works That Rogue State Status

When Jeremy Hunt decided to attack the United Nations on twitter yesterday, he didn’t expect them to respond. He got owned. Professor Melzer is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. Professor Melzer is Swiss. He is an extremely distinguished lawyer and Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow in addition to Professor […]

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The Unrelenting State

We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation and give instructions. There are very definite physical symptoms, particularly rapid weight loss, and we are not […]

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Thoughts on UK Politics

3.1% of those eligible to vote bothered to go to a polling station and vote Tory in an important UK wide election last week. That’s 1 voter in every 33. Yet the Tory Party is shortly going to choose internally, from within its despised ranks, the next Prime Minister of the UK, even though that […]

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The World: What is Really Happening

If you want to understand what is really happening in the world today, a mid-ranking official named Ian Henderson is vastly more important to you than Theresa May. You will not, however, find anything about Henderson in the vast majority of corporate and state media outlets. You may recall that, one month after the Skripal […]

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Vote SNP Today ? Chagos Just One Example of the Need to Dismantle the Imperia...

In Scotland I urge everybody to go out and vote SNP today, as the priority must be to send an unequivocal signal of support for Independence. I have respect for those who will vote Green and intend to send the same message, but it is not what I recommend you to do. In the rest […]

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Wings over Scotland

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The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Sir Brian Donohoe: A Life
We were rather startled to learn this morning that Brian Donohoe, the former Scottish Labour MP for Central Ayrshire, had been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s latest Birthday Honours List. Not by the award itself, but because we assumed he must have done a lot of unsung charity work in his community or something. …

As they that are left grow old

The news you won?t see
We all know how enthusiastically newspapers love to cover any celebrity story relating to Scottish independence, and this is actually quite a dramatic one. Because Dan Snow’s not just some hasbeen pop star or rando off Big Brother. Snow was behind the biggest celebrity anti-independence initiative of the entire indyref – the “Let’s Stay Together” …

A foolproof plan
This should definitely work. Because as we all know, nothing weakens the resolve of Scottish nationalists like having the Union Jack rammed in their faces every minute. This man wants to be Prime Minister, readers.

Tory leadership update
We suspect we might be running quite a few of these. So there’s last August. But then there was last December: But then, shock double-twist! Tune in tomorrow, readers, or possibly later this afternoon, to find out whether Jeremy Hunt has always been at war with Eurasia or Eastasia. EDIT 1.06pm. The line above was a …

The wrecking ball

Everything is transphobic
The modern world is an ideological minefield, readers, and is increasingly almost as dangerous as a real one. Having the wrong opinions about things can easily get you fired, ostracised from polite society, arrested or beaten up, and nowhere is this more the case than in the sphere of gender politics. The extremely brave intersex …

Starting the car
Ah, some classic Scottish Labour action right here: A week (and a day) really IS a long time in politics. Shall we say sometime tomorrow, readers?

BBC Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon to hold talks with European leaders
The Scottish first minister will meet Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier during a visit to Brussels.

MSPs to vote on organ donation opt-out legislation
A bill that would assume people support organ donation unless they state otherwise is set to win the backing of Holyrood.

John Swinney to make statement on P1 assessments
The statement comes after the government commissioned a review of the evidence around the scheme.

Plea to consider community sentences for vulnerable women
Judges are urged to consider community sentences over prison sentences of 12 months or less for vulnerable women.

Scottish Parliament: Your guide to the week ahead
Will MSPs vote against proposals to make 20mph the standard speed limit in residential streets?

Irish fishermen defy Rockall warning from Scottish government
Irish skippers say they will not leave disputed waters despite the Scottish government threatening enforcement action.

Ruth Davidson backing Sajid Javid for Tory leader
The Scottish Conservative leader says the home secretary is a "unifier" and the best candidate for PM.

Scots MP expects UK Labour policy change on Brexit
Paul Sweeney expects the UK Labour party to move to the same position that the Scottish party adopted on Saturday.

Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy
The party has voted to support a second EU referendum, but wants a Remain option to be put on the ballot paper.

Birthday Honours 2019: Tunnock's owner and football boss honoured
Boyd Tunnock and Scottish women's football manager Shelley Kerr are among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

MPs call for review of Scotland Office
Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee calls for the role of the Scotland Office to be reviewed.

Blue belt zones to protect minke whales
Special protections are planned for minke whales and basking sharks in their feeding grounds around Scotland.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

If you want a risk-free referendum, try living in a totalitarian state. This...
I've been meaning for a few days to write a detailed response to Pete Wishart's new article, in which he claims that the experience of Quebec provides proof for his well-rehearsed belief that the m...

Labour's narrow win in Peterborough doesn't significantly reduce the chances ...
I'm very surprised by the outcome of the Peterborough by-election.  John Curtice suggested during the BBC coverage that it wasn't such a shock, because the difference between the result tonight and...

Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser 2019
Click here to go straight to the fundraiser page.It's that time of the year again when I ask for your help as I continue to write about Scottish politics. If the fundraiser succeeds, the likelihoo...

Would it be better for the SNP if a general election takes place before Brexi...
Barely a blink of an eye has passed since we were quietly rejoicing at the creation of the Independent Group (now Change UK) because we thought it would split the unionist vote and make it easier f...

We've got to get out of this place: UK on course to elect Farage as Prime Min...
Britain-wide voting intentions for Westminster (Opinium):Brexit Party 26% (+1) Labour 22% (-4) Conservatives 17% (-5) Liberal Democrats 16% (+4) Greens 11% (+7) SNP 4% (n/c)Plaid Cymru 1% (n/c)Chan...

Historic YouGov poll puts the Tories and Labour in third and fourth place in ...
I think we can safely say we've never seen an opinion poll quite like this before.  I did wonder in my previous blogpost whether the first poll after the European elections would put the Brexit Par...

Remember that song about "when Nigel is in Number 10"...?
I was interviewed on Radio Sputnik yesterday (you can listen to the clip HERE), and I happened to hear the item that was on before me, which contained the startling suggestion that a No Deal Brexit...

And now we're being asked to believe that the SNP's support consists mainly o...
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of days.  It's been years and years since we last saw the anti-independence parties flailing about like this.  Having...

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Advice for Scotland Road Trip
Hi! I'm looking to get some advice on whether or not this driving itinerary is feasible: ​ Day 1 - Pick up car at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and head to Highland Games at Lochearnhead....

Sturgeon to hold talks with EU leaders
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The view from Buchaille Etive Beag
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Cycling in Glasgow on route NCR754 between Dumbarton and Maryhill
I was wondering how safe it is to ride a bike between West of Scotland Science park/Maryhill and Dumbarton road/ Yoker area in Glasgow? I was once met by an annoying bunch of teenagers once on the ...

I climbed Ben Arthur for the first time and took a time lapse
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I've been making these videos in Scotland, let me know what you think! This o...
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I'm a naive shitebag from not Scotland. Offered a job based in coatbridge. Heard rumours. Better to commute? Or bite the bullet and go for it? submitted by /u/LeighAnoisGoCuramach ...

The history & future of Scotland's greatest discovery: Antibiotics
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So it's war is it?
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Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry set to appeal against 18 month jail sentence
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Took a stroll around Kilmicheal, Lochgilphead where my Great Grandmother used...
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Dedication from Scottish Labour...
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Guardian: Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply
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The Church of St. Clement at Rodel, Harris.
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Daily Record

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Tory buffoon Boris Johnson wants Scots to fund £9.6bn tax cut for England hig...
Leadership frontrunner branded 'bigger threat to the Union than the SNP' for his plan which would reward the wealthy south of the border.

BBC cost-cutting on licence fees is nothing more than an extension of Tory au...
This dismal decision to scrap free licence fees for certain over-75s is easily traced back to the Government, writes Record View.

Tory leadership race is a six-week advert for Scottish independence
Nicola Sturgeon must be rubbing her hands with glee with Boris Johnson favourite to become next PM, writes David Clegg.

Universal Credit impact in Scotland to be examined by MPs
The Scottish Affairs Committee will examine how UK welfare policies may disproportionately affect parts of the country.

Tory candidates hoping to replace Theresa May revealed in race for PM successor
Ten candidates have now secured the necessary nominations to enter the first round of voting in the Tory leadership race.

Nicola Sturgeon slams 'horror show' as Tory leadership race officially underway
The First Minister expressed her concerns over "Brexit delusion" and "attacks on abortion rights" among others.

Scots TV presenter Lorraine Kelly snubs rape-clause fan Esther McVey in awkwa...
The Scottish TV star has been accused of "throwing shade" at the Tory leadership contender on Good Morning Britain.

Michael Gove admits he was lucky to avoid prison for cocaine use
The Tory leadership candidate also denied he is a hypocrite for taking Class A drugs and then criticising others who took them.

Jo Swinson branded a 'hypocrite' for taking fracker's cash as Lib Dem leaders...
Swinson claims to have ?campaigned tirelessly" on environmental issues but accepted a donation from a director of a firm involved in fracking.

Tory leadership drugs scandal hits new low as SIXTH candidate for PM admits b...
Andream Leadsom is the latest Tory law maker to admit illegal drug use this week as she joined list of party colleagues who happily flouted British drug laws.

Michael Greenwell

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

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

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

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

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

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

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

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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Let?s Talk about Sex (and Race and Colonialism)
As Western societies continue to experience social, environmental and economic crises, our ideas and beliefs on what constitutes work and what kinds of work are valued are ever changing: whether it be the ways care and sexual labour are regarded, the role of exploitation and criminalisation, or imagining what a post-work terrain could look like. …

A Very British Man Shaping BBC News
Rob Brown shines a critical spotlight on the ultra-ambitious executive who has supreme oversight of the corporation?s coverage of the campaign for IndyRef2  Aye, they?re still at it. Graphic illustration of how the BBC continues to strive to diminish support for Scottish independence was provided by the infographic Reporting Scotland concocted to shrink the scale …

High Tories
Ever since Bill Clinton admitted in 1992 that he’d “experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn?t like it. I didn?t inhale it, and never tried it again? the edifice of truth and denial about politicians and drugs has been crumbling like some fine Moroccan black. At the time, comedian Johnny Carson joked, …

An Open Letter to Ruth Davidson from Extinction Rebellion Scotland
Dear Ruth Davidson As you know, yesterday five Extinction Rebellion activists locked ourselves to the railings outside Parliament with bike locks, and sent the keys to five leading MSPs from the five parties at Holyrood, together with a covering letter which read: “This letter has arrived with a key, the key to our future. Please …

Government from Beyond the Grave
Douglas Wilson writes for Bella from Madrid on the state of Spanish democracy. As the trial of the ten democratically elected Catalan politicians and two independence activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, draws to a close this week in the Spanish Supreme Court, with testimony from more than 4oo witnesses having been heard, and the …

Wiping History
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present.? – George Orwell, 1984 With the …

Everything on the Table
The phrase “everything on the table” is intended to portray a stance of openness and innovation. It turns out it has more of a surgical vibe, and not in a good way. Trumps faux pas, which they are trying (and failing) to row back on today was a revelation that shouldn’t be lost on us. …

Pond Dipping with ExxonMobil
Why would an “Ecology Centre” send children to a plant that is the second biggest emitter of C02 in Scotland? Why would an “Ecology Centre” send children to the Fife Ethylene Plant, Mossmorran which is operated by ExxonMobil and is identified as a top-tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) site by the Health & …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Natalie McGarry deserved to be punished but did we really have to lock her up...
The imprisonment of the ex-MP was greeted with howls of glee that ignored her plight and that of others like herSocial media is a place to be avoided when it?s time for a public execution. At these times, it becomes something savage, as an assortment of semi-literate grotesques gather to yell ins...

Ex-MP Natalie McGarry jailed for 18 months for embezzlement
Politician stole more than £25,000 from Women for Independence and SNP groupThe former Scottish National party politician Natalie McGarry has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling more than £25,000 from pro-independence campaign groups, some of which she appropriated while she was ...

Scotland to allow supersized salmon-farms if they pass pollution tests
New policy expected to see larger farms created in deeper water further off Scottish coastScottish salmon farmers will be allowed to create supersized farms in return for accepting much stricter controls on parasites and marine pollution.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has said ...

Scottish government publishes independence referendum bill
Nicola Sturgeon says second vote before 2021 would give people chance to reject BrexitLegislation to enable a second referendum on independence has been published by the Scottish government, as Nicola Sturgeon said another vote before 2021 would give Scotland ?the opportunity to choose to be an i...

Scottish Labour throws weight behind second Brexit vote
Move comes as two frontbenchers step down and after disastrous European election resultRichard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, is to ask his party to back an automatic second referendum on Brexit and to support remain, to head off a crisis over the party?s disastrous European election.Scotti...

Scottish parliament votes in favour of smacking ban
Bill that removes defence of ?justifiable assault? of children wins majority at stage one The Scottish parliament has voted by a significant majority in favour of banning the physical punishment of children.The bill, lodged by the Scottish Green party MSP John Finnie and supported by the Scottish...

Sturgeon: strong case for independence vote after EU elections
First minister says result shows ?we meant it? when Scotland voted against Brexit in 2016Nicola Sturgeon has warned Labour and the Tories that the case for a fresh independence referendum has grown stronger after the Scottish National party?s sweeping victory in the European elections.The first m...

Labour wiped out in Scotland amid SNP surge
Party will have no MEPs from Scotland as its share of the vote slips below 10%European elections news and results - liveScottish Labour has failed to win a single European seat after more than 200,000 voters deserted the party over Brexit and it suffered its worst election in modern political his...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Letting the thistle thrive
Watching discussions of Scottish politics on the telly is a bizarre experience these days. It’s not bizarre because of the contorted inanities which we’ve come to expect from a representative of the Labour party in Scotland attempting to explain the branch office’s Brexit policy, even though that’s an exercise which makes explaining the geometry of …

The real Tory addiction
Tory logic and morality teaches us that you can’t admit to a history of drug use and be a teacher, but you can be Education Minister and aspire to become Prime Minister. It teaches us that it’s absolutely appalling that Diane Abbot sipped a can of mojito on a train, but it was just a …

Nazi Alien Ghosthunting Bigfoot Megastructure Brexit
Writing about British politics these days has basically become an exercise in finding different ways to say how screwed we are. Well now we have a new baseline measurement. British politics is so screwed that former Ayrshire Labour MP Brian Donohoe has been awarded a knighthood for his services to politics. Presumably what that really …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 7 June 2019
It’s been a quiet week in the news, since there are no new updates about the bins in Barlanark. So instead The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss the final end of the Spanish veto threat, the Natalie McGarry case, the latest in the Tory leadership mess, a surprising convert to support for another …

Ruth?s plan for Scotland
Remember when the Leave campaign told us that it wanted the UK out of the EU in order to restore full sovereignty to the Westminster parliament? Turns out that promise was just as hollow as Better Together’s promise that no Westminster government would ever interfere with the devolution settlement without the express consent of the …

Speaking power unto truth
There’s some welcome news in today’s The National, the final confirmation of the death of the Spanish veto myth. A letter from the Spanish Consul General in Scotland has confirmed that Spain would not veto Scottish membership of the EU, and confirmed that in the opinion of the Spanish government there is no membership queue …

A simple choice
The Tory party ERG learns nothing. It listens not at all, and it doesn’t understand the difference between engaging and navel gazing. All its proposals for leaving the EU basically boil down to descriptions of unicorns. However today, lost amongst the wall to wall coverage of the D-Day commemorations – that’s Donald Day in case …

The UK offers Scotland a future as a chlorinated chicken
Well there you have it. If Scotland remains a part of the UK, the NHS will not be safe. During the press conference on Tuesday after his meeting with Theresa May, Donald Trump claimed that a “phenomenal” trade deal could be negotiated between the USA and the UK after Brexit, and then went on to …

The National

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Johnson reveals plan to make Scots fund tax cut for rich in England
BORIS Johnson wants to make working Scots fund a tax cut for the richest people in England.

SNP hit out at BBC over move to ?burden? over-75s with TV licence fee
THE SNP have slammed the Tories for breaking yet another election promise as it was revealed that the BBC will end blanket free TV licenses for over-75s.

FM deems Tory leadership race a ?horror show? after confirmations
NICOLA Sturgeon has branded the contest to elect a new Tory leader a ?horror show?.

One of these people will be your next prime minister. Be very afraid.
Whatever happens, it's not ideal.

This is why Ruth Davidson is the biggest Tory hypocrite of the lot
THIS weekend the Conservative leadership contest was consumed with the question of who consumed what, as contenders vied with one another to admit to drug taking. It?s fine to admit to a history of drug use if you?re a middle-class Conservative Party hopeful ? the subtext here is that they have the strength of character to rise above it, and resist drug use becoming drug abuse.

Four years on, Scottish ministers have yet to learn this crucial lesson
SOMEWHERE in the depths of Whitehall there must have been a master plan for a summer of triumph: Trump, D-Day, gongs for decrepit punk stars and teacake makers. Pity about the reality of unable-to-Brexit Britain.

Swinney urged to scrap rather than reform P1 assessments
JOHN Swinney is due to update MSPs on changes to P1 tests this afternoon, but the Education Secretary is coming under increasing pressure to scrap the assessments entirely.

Plan launched to tackle skills gaps in rural Scotland
AN action plan to address skills gaps in rural Scotland has been launched.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice
Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 4th 2019 The Liberal Democrats have a spring in their step. After years of taking a kicking and coming to terms with the near-complete wipeout of 2015, they have stormed back into the reckoning winning second place in the European elections. They feel that …

Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us?
Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, June 2nd 2019 Scottish Labour once carried all before it. They were admired by some, feared by others. They couldn?t be ignored, were taken seriously and mattered. Today the party is not only struggling to …

The Story of Rose Reilly: A Scottish Football Pioneer
The Story of Rose Reilly: A Scottish Football Pioneer Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 29th 2019 Scottish football is on the way up – at the international level, in quality, achievements and in its recognition by others. Our national team has just beaten the mighty Brazil for the first time ever, and if that were …

How do we tell the stories of the past from generation to generation?
How do we tell the stories of the past from generation to generation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 22nd 2019 A number of events happened in the last week that brought home t the passing of time and what really matters in life – and how we understand it (or not). First and foremost, I …

The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator
The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 15th 2019 For eighteen years I have subscribed to and enjoyed reading The Spectator magazine. But under Fraser Nelson?s editorship from 2009 the magazine has slowly and irrevocably gone downhill and into the gutter. Gone are the days when …

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

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

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


Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News
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Scottish Independence: Spanish diplomat axed after support for SNP on Europe ...
Scottish Independence: Spanish diplomat axed after support for SNP on Europe  The ScotsmanA Spanish diplomat who intervened in the Scottish independence debate to back the SNP's position on EU membership has been sacked by Madrid it has ...

Referendum bill has ?energised? grassroots Scottish independence activists - ...
Referendum bill has ?energised? grassroots Scottish independence activists  The ScotsmanThe Scottish Government's referendum bill has ?energised? pro-independence campaigners who insist its positive message can offer an ?antidote? to voter ...

Scotland?s budget is a taste of independence - Financial Times
Scotland?s budget is a taste of independence  Financial TimesScotland is set for a taste of independence. Further devolution of social spending and income tax has left a hole in the country's budget plans. From now on ...

SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision - The Scotsman
SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision  The ScotsmanSenior SNP figures are embarking on a roadshow to attempt to sell their independence vision to Scots as uncertainty around Brexit continues to define British ...

Scottish independence: Labour MSP says SNP needs fresh mandate for IndyRef2 -...
Scottish independence: Labour MSP says SNP needs fresh mandate for IndyRef2  The ScotsmanA senior Labour figure has told the SNP to seek a "*fresh* mandate" for another independence referendum in the 2021 Holyrood elections.

Sturgeon moves towards second Scotland independence vote - Financial Times
Sturgeon moves towards second Scotland independence vote  Financial TimesThe Scottish government on Wednesday published legislation intended to pave the way for a second referendum on independence, saying it would be a ...

Tory leadership race is a six-week advert for Scottish independence - Daily R...
Tory leadership race is a six-week advert for Scottish independence  Daily RecordNicola Sturgeon must be rubbing her hands with glee with Boris Johnson favourite to become next PM, writes David Clegg.

Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage - The Ind...
Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage  The IndependentNigel Farage has made a pitch for SNP voters saying Scottish independence would only be possible if the UK first leaves the European Union.


"SNP" - Google News
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SNP will soon face its own leadership drama - The Times
SNP will soon face its own leadership drama  The TimesMy word, what a boiling shambles this Tory leadership election contest is. The Conservative Party, which used to think itself a sensible, measured kind of beast, ...

SNP Government is stupid to pick this fight with Ireland - HeraldScotland
SNP Government is stupid to pick this fight with Ireland  HeraldScotlandIT'S not a good look for the SNP Government to pick a fishing war with Ireland ? in fact, it's plain stupid.

Boris Johnson 'a bigger threat to the Union than the SNP' - The Scotsman
Boris Johnson 'a bigger threat to the Union than the SNP'  The ScotsmanBoris Johnson has been branded "a bigger threat to the Union than the SNP" after unveiling a proposed tax cut for high-earners that could see workers in ...

Slower growth and grant cut give SNP budget headache - Financial Times
Slower growth and grant cut give SNP budget headache  Financial TimesEven as she predicts slowing economic growth and a £1bn hit to the Scottish budget, Susan Rice, chair of Scotland's independent forecaster, flinches slightly at ...

Scottish Independence: Spanish diplomat axed after support for SNP on Europe ...
Scottish Independence: Spanish diplomat axed after support for SNP on Europe  The ScotsmanA Spanish diplomat who intervened in the Scottish independence debate to back the SNP's position on EU membership has been sacked by Madrid it has ...

Boris Johnson 'wants Scots to pay for tax cut for high earners', claims SNP -...
Boris Johnson 'wants Scots to pay for tax cut for high earners', claims SNP  The ScotsmanA proposed tax cut by Conservative leadership front-runner Boris Johnson would leave workers in Scotland paying for his "massive giveaway" for high-earners, ...

SNP go to war against 'arrogant' Tories in new campaign - The National
SNP go to war against 'arrogant' Tories in new campaign  The NationalTHE SNP has begun ?ramping up? its attack on the Tory leadership contest's Brexiteers ? especially bookies' favourite Boris Johnson,?

SNP hit out at BBC over move to 'burden' over-75s with TV licence fee - The N...
SNP hit out at BBC over move to 'burden' over-75s with TV licence fee  The NationalTHE SNP have slammed the Tories for breaking yet another election promise as it was revealed that the BBC will end blanket free TV licenses for?

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland: Government tables bill on new referendum rules -
Scotland: Government tables bill on new referendum rules  Aljazeera.comIndependence Referendum Bill: what you need to know  SNPEyeing new independence vote, Scotland sets out referendum rules  ReutersTory leadership candidates tell Nicola Sturgeon they will block second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comIain Macwhirter: Enough is enough: it's time for an advisory referendum on independen...

Scotland a step closer to new independence referendum - Euronews English
Scotland a step closer to new independence referendum  Euronews EnglishScotland is one-step closer to a second independence referendum as the government in Holyrood approved new legislation yesterday which could enable ...

Referendum bill has ?energised? grassroots Scottish independence activists - ...
Referendum bill has ?energised? grassroots Scottish independence activists  The ScotsmanThe Scottish Government's referendum bill has ?energised? pro-independence campaigners who insist its positive message can offer an ?antidote? to voter ...

Scotland?s budget is a taste of independence - Financial Times
Scotland?s budget is a taste of independence  Financial TimesScotland is set for a taste of independence. Further devolution of social spending and income tax has left a hole in the country's budget plans. From now on ...

Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy - BBC News
Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy  BBC NewsThe party has voted to support a second EU referendum, but wants a Remain option to be put on the ballot paper.

SNP surge in European elections has major implications for a second independe...
SNP surge in European elections has major implications for a second independence referendum  The Conversation - UKThe fallout from the European elections in Scotland is of interest not just to voters north of the border but also for its potential wider ramifications. Unlike most of ...

Labour Party in Scotland commits to backing second Brexit referendum after di...
Labour Party in Scotland commits to backing second Brexit referendum after disastrous EU election result  Channel 4 NewsThe Labour Party in Scotland has committed itself to backing a second Brexit referendum.

Scottish Independence: Spanish diplomat axed after support for SNP on Europe ...
Scottish Independence: Spanish diplomat axed after support for SNP on Europe  The ScotsmanA Spanish diplomat who intervened in the Scottish independence debate to back the SNP's position on EU membership has been sacked by Madrid it has ...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Scotland First Country To Introduce LGBT Lessons
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?

Highlight is surely gonna someone's uncle raging that a school's "teaching weans to be poofs".

Well the real highlight will be the promotion of LGBT sexualities and genders being "equal" to typical sexualities and gender...

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

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

Runners and Riders.... Next PM.
So, looks like 15 in so far, favourite is Boris!! Unfortunately for Scottish independence the favourite never wins! So from the Brexit side it will probably be Rabb, so who from the remain side? Will Hunt and Javid go back to form and champion remain, or will they stick to their new found 'kinda'...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

The Official President Trump thread

Debate Night
Donald Cameron (daddy is Cameron of Lochiel), I wonder how he found his way to the higher echelons of the blues in Scotland, is spectacularly unimpressive. This programme, it seems to me, has the capacity to out the paucity of positivity of those that have won their place by some patrician li...

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

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 Thr...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Legal advice - Holiday booking
Just wondering if anyone could shed some light on where my friend stands with a holiday booking. A few months ago she booked a family holiday for 7 people. 5 of them ( my friend, her youngest son, her friend, her brother and her sister) are going to the hotel for 2 weeks.  The other 2 ( her h...

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...

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

18 MONTHS IN THE CLINK   For embezzling £25.000   Although she has a young child.... didnt know that is this an example made or a just sentence ?

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement  

Walking, hiking, camping and all things outdoors
Anyone got any exciting hiking / camping plans this year? Did the west highland way last year and did some 3/5 day hikes in Australia and NZ so looking at extending on those.  Looking at the Te Araroa trail in NZ end of this year and the Scotland national trail next summer. 

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Scottish and Uk Politics

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

Ruth Davidson?s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...
        Jun 2016: A Delusional Ruth Davidson reflects On Her short career as a BBC Reporter and even shorter career as an intrepid soldier signaller in the British Army Reserve. Her advice to a group of aspiring journalists: “Keep your personal politics out of your reporting. When I contacted … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson’s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...

A Rare Event ? A Tory Condemns Party Policy and Exposes Members Discontent Wi...
          Former Tory MEP Struan Stevenson warns of Brexit farm ‘meltdown’ Stevenson, Tory MEP between 1999-2014 said: “Farmers and landowners, far from benefiting from the Arch-Brexters, much promised new worldwide trade deals will see their markets decline sharply as competition from cheap imports expands. Subsidies will … Continue reading "A Rare Event – A Tory Condemns Party Polic...

An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report Provides Irrefutable Confirma...
      Devolution powers shelved at the last minute from Smith Commission report New powers were formally committed to in the heavily promoted Unionist “Vow” made in the last few days before the 2014 independence referendum. The Smith Commission Panel subsequently agreed to a full devolution of abortion law, the creation of … Continue reading "An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report ...

Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassment Charges ? Tory Party Close...
      Miles Briggs answers sexual harassment charge Miles Briggs, Tory (list) MSP says he has been through a ?living hell? after being cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing into the claims. He insisted that the accusations made by a female worker with another party were ?completely false.? But … Continue reading "Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassme...

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

Holyrood Magazine


Changing the culture: Glasgow and the west of Scotland since devolution

Holyrood 426 / 3 June 2019

Ruth Davidson backs Sajid Javid in the Tory leadership contest

Nearly half of Scots targeted by scams at least once in the last year

Tory leadership contest: Boris Johnson vows to cut income tax for people earn...

Labour sees off Brexit Party challenge to win Peterborough by-election

Women's work: interview with RBS's Alison Rose

New fund available to help struggling families with school costs

Independence Live

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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