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Lord Steel: Second independence referendum not going to happen in near future
11 Aug 2016 at 8:37pm
A second Scottish independence referendum will not take place in the near future, former Liberal leader Lord Steel has predicted.

New shadow Scottish Secretary refuses to back down from his stance on a coali...
11 Aug 2016 at 6:46pm
Labour?s new shadow Scottish Secretary has said he was right to refuse to rule out a coalition with the SNP, despite sparking a furious row within his party.

Unison backs Corbyn in Labour leadership
11 Aug 2016 at 2:43pm
One of the UK?s largest unions has given Jeremy Corbyn its backing in the Labour leadership race.

Scottish Labour react furiously to SNP coalition comments from new shadow Sco...
11 Aug 2016 at 6:50am
A furious row has erupted within Labour after the party?s new shadow Scottish Secretary refused to rule out a possible coalition with the SNP.

Labour waits for 150,000-vote leadership rules appeal verdict
11 Aug 2016 at 9:00pm
Tens of thousands of new members of the Labour Party are set to find out whether they have won the latest round of a legal battle for the right to vote in the forthcoming leadership election.

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Communist party condemns Labour 'entryism'
11 Aug 2016 at 5:14pm
The leader of Britain?s Communist Party has condemned alleged Trotskyist ?entryism? into Labour.

New row over Nicola Sturgeon's £10bn China deal as LibDems claim it is 'dead ...
11 Aug 2016 at 6:50am
A NEW row has broken out over Nicola Sturgeon's deal with two Chinese companies after she was accused of discreetly cutting ties with the firms after concerns over human rights abuses and corruption emerged.

The Midge: Job of Labour's Scots chief on the line as warring party returns t...
11 Aug 2016 at 12:28pm
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Labour officials in legal bid to reinstate leadership votes block for new rec...
11 Aug 2016 at 9:43am
Labour's ruling body is challenging a High Court decision allowing new party members to vote in the forthcoming leadership election.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils 'stimulus' but is accused of ramping up uncertainty w...
11 Aug 2016 at 6:50am
NICOLA Sturgeon has unveiled a £100 million 'stimulus' package aimed at shoring up the post-Brexit economy, but was challenged to instead boost business by standing up to SNP "fanatics" and ruling out a new independence vote.

Theresa May holidays in non-EU Switzerland in first break since becoming PM
11 Aug 2016 at 9:02am
With years of possibly tense negotiations with other European leaders ahead of her, Theresa May has decided to take her first holiday as Prime Minister in Switzerland.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils £100m 'stimulus' plan in bid to bolster post-Brexit e...
10 Aug 2016 at 3:23pm
AN additional £100 million will be spent on infrastructure projects this year in a bid to bolster the flagging post-Brexit economy, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Watson sends Corbyn 'Trots' dossier
11 Aug 2016 at 12:12am
Jeremy Corbyn has been sent a dossier detailing alleged hard-left activism within Labour- by his own deputy.

Scottish government scheme for cheap ferry travel leads to surge in popularit...
10 Aug 2016 at 3:23pm
A Scottish Government scheme to introduce cheaper ferry fares has led to a surge of popularity for visitors with more cars and traffic travelling to the island.



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Tight presidential race expected as Zambia goes to polls
11 Aug 2016 at 6:38pm
Zambians have formed long lines at polling stations in a tight election race for president and parliament that has been marred by violence between rival factions.

22 Scots businesses ?shamed? for failing to pay Minimum Wage
11 Aug 2016 at 6:09pm
Luxury accommodation provider Macdonald Hotels and iconic Fife bakery Fisher and Donaldson are among 22 Scottish businesses which have been “named and shamed” by the UK Government for failing to pay their workers the Minimum Wage.

Poll: Public rates Theresa May higher than Jeremy Corbyn
11 Aug 2016 at 5:14pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is 13 percentage points behind the Tories, according to an opinion poll which suggests the public rates Theresa May more highly than the Opposition leader.

Swinney's school overhaul comes under fire
11 Aug 2016 at 2:38pm
Flagship plans to overhaul the way Scotland's schools operate would be "absolute folly" and could distract from the teaching of youngsters, John Swinney has been warned.

School reforms warning issued by educational charity
11 Aug 2016 at 10:29am
AN educational charity has said it has “serious reservations” about the proposed timescale for implementing school reforms.

Keep indyref 2 ?fanatics? in line, Mundell warns Sturgeon
10 Aug 2016 at 10:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon is maximising uncertainty and damaging prosperity by “touting” a second independence referendum, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said.

Tom Peterkin: Swinney?s spinning plates with Fringe-like panache
10 Aug 2016 at 7:14pm
EDUCATION secretary has his hands full with his education and named person juggling act, writes Tom Peterkin

Bill Jamieson: The penalties of buying Mr Pogba
10 Aug 2016 at 6:38pm
AT a time of widening income inequality, paying £89m for a footballer is madhouse economics, writes Bill Jamieson

Theresa Fyffe: Get rid of targets to help improve NHS Scotland
10 Aug 2016 at 6:35pm
RETHINKING NHS Scotland’s ‘targets culture’ will benefit us all, writes Theresa Fyffe

Government officials ?met Chinese investor after rights abuse warning?
10 Aug 2016 at 4:50pm
SENIOR Scottish Government officials held discussions with a potential Chinese investor after Nicola Sturgeon was warned about its links to alleged “human rights abuses”, the Deputy First Minister has revealed.

Russian-backed Sputnik news channel lands in Edinburgh
10 Aug 2016 at 4:34pm
FROM an unprepossessing tower block in Edinburgh, the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news agency is working on its current affairs programme Brave New World.

Transgender pension claim to be decided by Supreme Court
10 Aug 2016 at 1:23pm
THE UK’s highest court is to rule on a transgender person’s claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60.

Brexit: Firms ?put hiring and expansion on hold?
10 Aug 2016 at 1:02pm
UK firms are expecting to put hiring and expansion plans on hold as they brace for a trading hit following the Brexit vote, according to the Bank of England.

Unison says police officer numbers ?unsustainable?
10 Aug 2016 at 12:44pm
POLICE Scotland has an “unsustainable” number of officers, a union has claimed.

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce backs Scottish independence
10 Aug 2016 at 12:12pm
A FORMER Labour MP has revealed he is now in favour of Scottish independence following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

It?s that story again!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Aug 2016 at 2:34pm
No, we’re not referring to the Spectator’s awful reheated whine from super-Unionist composer Sir James Macmillan, Knight Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire, in which he takes the audacious step of accusing some OTHER artistes of cravenly kowtowing to the establishment. (A complaint he’s been levelling for several years in any publication that’ll …

A new challenger appears
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Aug 2016 at 12:10pm
We thought yesterday’s Herald story – about a Scottish Government initiative designed to increase visitor numbers to island communities “backfiring” when it, er, increased visitor numbers to island communities – would be hard to top for this month’s SNP BAD Award, but when the paper grudgingly amended it a few hours later it seemed we’d …

The occasional flicker
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2016 at 8:55pm
This morning’s SNP BAD piece in the Herald has undergone a slight change in tone since we wrote about it. We’ll just assume that a small pang of conscience overcame someone. The actual text of the article is mostly unchanged, save for the first three paragraphs (original version on top, new version below): We’re particularly …

The unending badness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2016 at 12:13pm
There’s a story in today’s Herald about yet another SNP disaster: Backfires? What, the fares have gone UP? But it transpires that in fact the cheaper fares have been a huge success, increasing traffic to remote island communities by up to 80%, exactly as they were designed to do in the hopes of boosting the …

Chinese whispering
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2016 at 1:48pm
An alert reader spotted this today: How times have changed, eh, readers? Because the story linked in that tweet includes this paragraph: But just three months ago, Labour – and remember, there is only one Labour Party in the UK – had a somewhat different view of Chinese investment. We’re no absolutely sure, but as …

Agnostic like the Pope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2016 at 1:01pm
God knows, readers, there’s almost nothing we want to write about less than either David Torrance or the Scottish Six. Just to restate our own position for the record, we couldn’t care less either way about a dedicated teatime Scottish news programme on BBC Scotland – not because it’s a bad idea but because we …

A point of reference
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2016 at 10:35am
Straight from a Scottish Labour activist, here’s a little something that’s worth keeping in mind every day of the next decade (or more) of brutal Tory governments imposing policies rejected by the vast majority of Scots.

No-one likes them, they don?t care
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Aug 2016 at 1:06pm
WARNING: this post isn’t about football, but it will refer to football for quite a while in order to illustrate its point. Get over it or go outside for some fresh air. Today is the opening day of the SPFL Premiership season, and will see the top-flight debut of a four-year-old club which is legally entitled …

Reborn In The USA
by Chris Cairns
6 Aug 2016 at 9:28am

The Formula
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Aug 2016 at 2:42pm
Have you ever wondered how you try to poison and shut down a debate and a political environment that you fear you’ve found yourself on the losing side of, readers? Well, it’s funny you should ask, because as it happens we’ve got a visiting professor – an expert authority on the subject – with us today to …

BBC Scotland

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Minister Keith Brown says no post-Brexit plan to cut Scottish business rates
11 Aug 2016 at 2:00pm
Scotland's investment minister Keith Brown says there is no plan to cut Scottish business rates in light of the Brexit vote.

Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale urged to back a re-elected Corbyn
11 Aug 2016 at 5:04pm
Labour's Shadow Scottish Secretary Dave Anderson urges the party's leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale, to back Jeremy Corbyn if he is re-elected to his post.

Scots council chiefs and teaching unions voice education reform concerns
11 Aug 2016 at 5:51pm
Leading councillors and teaching unions voice concerns about the Scottish government education reforms.

Sturgeon unveils £100m Scottish economic stimulus plan
10 Aug 2016 at 5:14pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces £100m of extra funding for 2016/17 to boost Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Eighth tagged eagle 'disappears' in Monadhliaths, says RSPB
11 Aug 2016 at 11:08am
An eighth golden eagle vanishes in an area of the Highlands in less than five years, amid concern they were killed illegally.

School reforms timescale 'reservations'
11 Aug 2016 at 12:36am
An educational charity says it has "serious reservations" about the proposed timescale for the Scottish government's school reforms.

Exams day sees largest number of Scots pupils secure university places
9 Aug 2016 at 12:42pm
More pupils from Scotland get a university place on exams results day than in any previous year, it is confirmed.

'Fairer' pay call for Scotland's artists
10 Aug 2016 at 12:18am
Low pay for artists could mean their work loses its "edge and relevance", according to the public body that supports the industry in Scotland.

Russian news agency Sputnik sets up Scottish studio
10 Aug 2016 at 6:09pm
A Russian state-sponsored news agency, Sputnik, sets up a radio broadcast studio in Edinburgh.

'Golden hello' offered to some new GPs in Scotland
9 Aug 2016 at 12:27pm
The Scottish government is hoping to encourage more junior doctors to consider a career in general practice.

Police acted 'unlawfully' in data case, says tribunal
8 Aug 2016 at 6:35pm
A judicial tribunal which investigated whether Police Scotland breached spying guidelines rules the force acted "unlawfully."

Sturgeon in Berlin for Brexit talks with German minister
9 Aug 2016 at 4:39pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visits Berlin for talks with a member of the German government about the Brexit vote.

Scot Goes Pop

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

The future of this blog
by James Kelly
11 Aug 2016 at 1:23pm
As long-term readers will recall, the third and most recent Scot Goes Pop fundraiser was run last autumn, and with your incredibly generous help it raised £5680.  As with the previous two fundraise...

Democracy 1, Labour Plotters 0
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2016 at 2:49pm
I suggested the other day on Twitter that TV detector vans had better be an urban myth, because it's hard to think of a more self-defeating use of licence fee money.  But I think I've found somethi...

YouGov poll has a painful message for the Labour plotters - they actually nee...
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2016 at 11:00pm
One of the main justifications for the moral compromises of Blairism was/is that Labour "have to live in the real world", and can't win elections without putting forward policies that appeal to Mid...

Majority for independence in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 3:45pm
We've now had enough post-EU referendum polls on independence to make it worthwhile reintroducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls.  I'm going to tweak the rules slightly, though.  As before, the he...

Journey into the bizarre as Herald describes an increase in support for indep...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 1:17am
A new YouGov poll on independence has been released, and in line with the other three credible polls to be published since the EU referendum, it shows an increase in support for Yes...Should Scotla...

Three simple reasons why the Labour plotters will be more responsible than Co...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2016 at 4:22pm
1) Even in southern England, there is one factor that is a far bigger voter-repellent than a radical left party leader - and that's disunity.  According to YouGov, Labour went from enjoying a 3% le...

How "Devo or Death" became "Brexit or Bust"
by James Kelly
24 Jul 2016 at 3:48pm
Heads up pol peeps : those of you of a nostalgic bent really should be keeping an eye on the Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who is currently doing an extended one-man indyref...

One Country, Two Systems : How Scotland can remain in the EU
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2016 at 2:59pm
A guest post by Alasdair StirlingIt is an understatement of some magnitude to say that the words of the ancient Chinese curse - ?may you live in interesting times? ? are apposite today.The EU refer...

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An alt musical tour of Scotland | Guardian Travel
by /u/luath
11 Aug 2016 at 8:01pm
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A slice of Scottish Punk for you all. The Murderburgers - Waves
by /u/Jfreid05
11 Aug 2016 at 7:54pm
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I feel so ashamed Scotland
by /u/weejocktiny
11 Aug 2016 at 7:51pm
Fuck it I was pished last night and had salad on my kebab. It was the fucking dugs baws. At one point I was picking up chunks of onion and throwing it in. I admit I have a problem. But i need other...

Local Drinking (Skye specific)
by /u/jaydeflix
11 Aug 2016 at 6:29pm
Okay, you could call this a tourism related thread, but, in the long run, it isn't, since I'd buy the stuff here in Seattle too. I am going to Scotland and trying to figure out where to stay on the...

With Katherine Grainger's win today, Team GB's most decorated male and female...
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11 Aug 2016 at 6:08pm
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Labour: Deal with SNP 'a price worth paying' to stop Tories
by /u/TheColinous
11 Aug 2016 at 5:40pm
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In case anyone is free this weekend...go to Moffat!
by /u/DuskytheHusky
11 Aug 2016 at 4:13pm
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TNS Poll Westminster voting intention: CON: 39% (+1) LAB: 26% (-5) UKIP: 11% ...
by /u/lamps-n-magnets
11 Aug 2016 at 2:27pm
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Why Primal Scream are the greatest band to ever come out of Scotland
by /u/Chew55
11 Aug 2016 at 2:11pm
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Brexit: How Scotland can chart a path through the rubble - UK and Scottish go...
by /u/MrRichardCeann
11 Aug 2016 at 12:52pm
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21 Scottish employers that have failed to pay minimum wage shamed
by /u/allytibbitt
11 Aug 2016 at 12:12pm
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Over half of all women in the workplace experience sexism
by /u/cb43569
11 Aug 2016 at 11:43am
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Ad Block banners on Scottish news websites
by /u/B-Sod_The_Majestic
11 Aug 2016 at 11:39am
anyone know how to get rid (apart from turning off my adblock) adblock banners from Scottish news websites, like Evening Times and the Herald. I beleive people should have the right to choose and n...

Scotland's population still booming on back of English migrants (From Herald ...
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11 Aug 2016 at 11:35am
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Beached oil rig is a testament to failure of our politics, says Torcuil Crichton
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Aug 2016 at 8:00pm
ISLANDERS were shocked when the 17,000-ton oil rig was blown ashore on Dalmore beach and Torcuil says it stands as condemnation of an abdication of responsibility.

Nicola Sturgeon has a post Brexit plan and Tories could do with taking a leaf...
by Record View
11 Aug 2016 at 8:27am
CRITICS rightly point out flaws in the First Minister's investment plan, but her proactive approach is an alarming contrast with the Westminster Government.

Brexit could cost Scots £6bn as Theresa May admits she can't match the funds ...
by Andy Philip
11 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
THE Conservatives hit Holyrood with the blow that Westminster can't guarantee the same funds earmarked for Scotland's economy after Brexit.

Donald Trump's bizarre stream of consciousness sends the internet into meltdown
by Record Reporter
10 Aug 2016 at 1:22pm
A SPEECH by the presidential candidate before he won the Republication nomination is doing the rounds on social media as everyone struggles to make sense of it.

Scottish Secretary is turning a blind eye to country's needs following Brexit...
by Joan McAlpine
10 Aug 2016 at 12:01am
JOAN reckons that David Mundell is more of a propagandist in Scotland, but he needs to start standing up for the country's interests.

SNP plans for standardised testing need backed up by more than just assertion...
by dailyrecord
9 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
JOURNALIST and teacher James says that while standardised testing in our nation's schools may sound like a good idea, the facts just don't support it.

Police Scotland forced to pay damages to former officer after trying to find ...
by Paul O'Hare
9 Aug 2016 at 12:01am

 THE Investigatory Powers Tribunal concluded that the national force's actions had breached the human rights of six individuals, including two former officers, two serving, and two women.

Scottish Government to consider Labour's calls for older teenagers to be remo...
by Mark McLaughlin
8 Aug 2016 at 12:00pm
DEPUTY First Minister John Swinney said calls for the controversial scheme to be limited to children under 16 could allay wider public concerns.

130,000 new Labour Party members win right to vote in leadership election aft...
by Record Reporter
8 Aug 2016 at 11:19am
THE court ruled the decision by party's National Executive Committee to refuse new members from voting in the contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith was 'unlawful'.

Tories accused of hypocrisy over windfarms as it emerges two of their MSPs pr...
by Andy Philip
8 Aug 2016 at 12:01am

 NORTH East MSP Peter Chapman and Ayr MSP John Scott revealed their personal gain in Holyrood’s register of interests - but SNP say that contradicts the party's stance on windfarms.

Michael Greenwell

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

IndyRef 2 Toolkit ? Item 1
by michaelgreenwell
11 Aug 2016 at 9:12am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 130 ? Inside The Common Space
by michaelgreenwell
6 Aug 2016 at 4:20pm
For the 130th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went along to the Glasgow office of the Common Space. I tried to find out how the project got started, who works there, how they work and their plans for the future. I spoke with Angela Haggerty, Ben Wray, Aidan McCrae, Stuart Rodger, Alice Muir, …

Tell Me That One Again
by michaelgreenwell
6 Aug 2016 at 9:05am
I picked this one up on twitter. Go on then, tell me again that there is little difference between Scotland and England…

by michaelgreenwell
5 Aug 2016 at 3:24pm
A little heads up about the new project by Phantom Power Films. His other work has been great, and I imagine this will be too…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 129 ? March For Independence 30/07/2016
by michaelgreenwell
3 Aug 2016 at 2:37pm
For the 129th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went along to the March For Indy in Glasgow on Saturday 30th July. Somewhere north of 5000 people walked from the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow to George Square, where there were stalls, speeches and an appearance from Bikers for Indy. A fair few of them …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 128 ? Paul Kavanagh aka Wee Ginger Dug
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jul 2016 at 12:22am
For the 128th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went to Wee Ginger Dug Mansions to speak with the writer that also happens to live there, Paul Kavanagh. Paul has been one of the most insightful, strident and funniest people writing about the Scottish Independence debate for a number of years. He started this …

If You Were On It, You?ll Be In It
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jul 2016 at 2:07pm
Yesterday, I went to this place… To sign this contract… And so, if you were on the Scottish Independence Podcast any time before the referendum, you’ll be in the National Library of Scotland Referendum Collection from around September.    

Little Statistics Can Mean A Lot
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2016 at 2:41pm
The pods will be back very shortly, I have already recorded one this week and will also be recording two specials. In the meantime, have a little think about what this says…  

Bella Caledonia

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

Brexit: Britain?s end of empire and Scotland?s constitutional moment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2016 at 6:56pm
The Sun Finally Sets Some supporters of Scottish independence have hailed the Brexit vote as the ?beginning of the end? for the United Kingdom. Of course, it is nothing of the sort. The beginning of the end happened long ago. This present crisis is pretty much the end of the end, the culmination of a …

Launching CommonSocial
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2016 at 4:58pm
On Saturday we’ll finally be launching CommonSocial, a brand new social network for Scotland created specifically to serve and nurture the explosion in political and social participation Scotland has enjoyed since the independence referendum campaign. It’s been a pretty huge project and it’s taken us nearly two years to complete. Building a social network is …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Aug 2016 at 11:50pm
When you go on any journey it is a search for something. On the other hand, as the great Roman Stoic Seneca put it, ?To be everywhere is to be nowhere.? My journey this Summer was a search for Scotland and what it means to me and, a bit like that undertaken by Edwin Muir …

The Way of the World
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2016 at 6:01pm
This is not an opinion piece; at least it is written simply in the form of a timeline, and for the most part it uses the words of the principals where possible (or provides primary sources to be read, or heard/watched by the reader), or of official reports, or of news reports. It offers no …

Jeremy Corbyn: What Was Done
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2016 at 5:48pm
A ruthless & uncompromising satire from the creators of ‘Jim Murphy – Saviour of the Union’ – from Bonnie Prince Bob (& pals). Please support this great project… Likes(13)Dislikes(12)

On the Scottish Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2016 at 5:38pm

Fighting State-Sponsored Starvation in ?Red Yes City?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2016 at 11:01am
This week the Tribe of Moles is very pleased to present a guest post by Tony Cox, a Dundee-based activist in the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network. The SUWN are carrying out inspiring frontline advocacy work at jobcentres and disability benefits assessments centres, in defiance of arrests and convictions ? on 21 July Dundee Sheriff Court …

The Scots Festival
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2016 at 10:51am
Alistair Heather previews the Scots language shows at the Edinburgh Festival. Anithir Festival Fringe lours. Curtains are tae raise aa ower Embra as thirty thoosan fowk, performin in twa thoosan shaws tak the stage. Whiles walein a shaw fae oot the thrang can be a guessin gemme. Tae help yis oot, wiv previewed a mixter-maxter …

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Trump golf resort in Scotland admits breach of data protection law
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Aug 2016 at 5:40pm
Exclusive: Critics call for full inquiry after resort owned by US presidential candidate fails to register with UK privacy watchdogDonald Trump?s golf resort in Aberdeenshire has admitted it failed to comply with strict data protection laws after not registering with the UK?s privacy watchdog, th...

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to marry long-term partner
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Aug 2016 at 3:41pm
MSP, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship four months ago, says she is ?thrilled? to be marrying the love of her lifeKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has announced she is to marry her partner, Louise Riddell.The couple announced their engagement on Monday after a holiday in M...

SNP MEP calls for vote on monarchy in event of Scottish independence
by Press Association
2 Aug 2016 at 3:54pm
Alyn Smith says people of Scotland should decide whether country continues as a monarchy or republicAn MEP vying to be deputy leader of the SNP has called for a referendum on the monarchy if Scotland becomes independent.Alyn Smith said the people of Scotland should decide whether the country cont...

'No real shift' towards Scottish independence since Brexit vote - poll
by Nadia Khomami
30 Jul 2016 at 12:12pm
Despite YouGov?s findings, the SNP?s business convener Derek Mackay says many voters in Scotland are reconsideringScottish voters are reconsidering their opposition to independence after the Brexit vote, the SNP?s business convener, Derek Mackay, has said, despite a poll that found a majority sti...

Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jul 2016 at 2:24pm
Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agencyThe Scottish government will consider abandoning the words ?benefits? and ?welfare? because of their negative connotations, as it begins the process of shaping the country?s first ever s...

Corbyn can stay on Labour leadership ballot, court rules ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 3.58pm BST It is important to underline that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe or withdrawing from the world. Britain will remain an outward-looking nation, a strong v...

Scottish farms face losing millions in subsidy after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jul 2016 at 3:13pm
UK government would need to increase funding to match common agricultural policy levels, Holyrood committee hearsWhat rural issues are important to you?Scottish farmers face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidy after Brexit unless the UK government increases funding for Holyrood, a Sc...

Scottish independence protesters ordered to close Holyrood camp
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm
IndyCamp, a collection of caravans and tents, has been set up in grounds of the Scottish parliament since 2015A group of hardline independence activists have been told by a judge they must abandon a protest camp in the grounds of the Scottish parliament. Holyrood officials said they would open ta...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Answers on a postcard please
A guest post by Samuel Miller A bit sooner than expected for a second post, but then this happened: ?The number one thing Nicola Sturgeon could do right now to boost the Scottish economy is to remove the uncertainty of a second independence referendum, she could take that off the table right now.? David Mundell …

No Justification? Aye Right!
A guest post by Samuel Miller There’s an itch I’ve been meaning to scratch since I first heard the phrase ‘there is no justification’ malarkey for another referendum on Scottish independence and its about time sandpaper was applied to that itch. “As far as I’m concerned the Scottish people had their vote, and a very …

The broad shoulders of a headless chicken
The United Kingdom that Scotland was promised it could be a leading part of doesn’t exist. It’s as fictitious as the ghost in an episode of Scooby Doo, an artificial phantasm invented in order to distract from the real goings on. Most of you reading this will be as shocked by this relevation as you …

Kezia?s magic cloak of invisibility
Dave Anderson has accused Kezia Dugdale of ignoring him. You might think, “Well fair enough, who the hell is Dave Anderson?” He might as well be some random nutjob on Twitter for all that the rest of us know, or indeed care. But Dave Anderson isn’t just some random troll, he’s been specially appointed by …

The downsides of independence
According to the Herald, Angus Robertson in his pitch for the deputy leadership said that the potential downsides of independence must be acknowledged. He thinks that the last indy campaign was too rosy and happy clappy, and he’s got a fair point. In its desire to present a relentlessly positive campaign, YesScotland didn’t speak much …

The things you miss when you?re away doing a talk for CommonWeal Moray in Elgin
On Tuesday I packed the dug into the car and drove to Elgin for a talk for Common Weal Moray. There was a great crowd, we had some fantastic craic and a few laughs, and the dug and I were lucky enough to benefit from the hospitality and kindness of Common Weal Moray members and …

Wullie Rennie?s magic wand
Poor Wee Wullie Rennie. He’s terribly upset that a party dedicated to the proposition of Scottish independence won’t rule out independence as an option in order to deal with the assault on Scotland’s democratic wishes that is the Brexit vote. Wullie doesn’t actually have any other ideas on how it might be possible to square …

Creating a country that is fit for a dignified people
Yesterday I had the pleasure of addressing the crowd at a massive pro-independence rally in George Square in Glasgow. I’ve spoken to small audiences before, but never had to speak in front of thousands of people in the very heart of Glasgow. It was an experience I’ll never forget. It was a fantastic day, meeting …

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Shocking level of sexual harassment at work revealed
WOMEN?S rights campaigners in Scotland are ?shocked but not surprised? at new figures revealing the true extent of sexual harassment in the workplace with many facing inappropriate touching, kissing and hugging from their bosses.

Mundell urges Sturgeon to take indyref2 'off the table'
SCOTTISH Secretary David Mundell yesterday insisted Westminster is ?doing its part? for Scotland as he challenged Nicola Sturgeon to take indyref2 off the table for the economy?s sake.

Three key planks of Sturgeon's protection plan for the economy
NICOLA Sturgeon?s strategy to protect Scotland?s economy amid fears over a recession in the wake of the shock Brexit vote involves three central aspects.

Voting Yes? There?s an app for that
INDEPENDENCE-supporting lost souls with no ideological home after Scotland?s political awakening during the independence referendum now have a new place to express their ideas and meet others of a similar mind.

New inquiry call into Sheku Bayoh's custody death as family 'lose confidence'...
THE family of a man who died in custody have renewed their call for a public inquiry and a fundamental reform of the police watchdog that investigated his death.

UK Government ?failed to win guarantees of oil decommission work?
SCOTLAND now faces the ??worst of all worlds?? in the North Sea oil industry, a trade union leader warned yesterday.

Fake job firm is part of international scam
A FAKE Scottish firm set up to con desperate unemployed people out of cash is part of an elaborate international scam.

Business groups and trade unions welcome Sturgeon's £100m plan to combat Brex...
TRADE union and business organisations united yesterday in welcoming the First Minister?s announcement she would fast-track £100 million for major capital projects in a bid to boost Scotland?s economy in the wake of the Brexit turmoil.

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

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

For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

The European Integration Project ? Never heard of it? Read on McDuff
      7 May 2013: The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project – Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   An annual workshop Convened by the “Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society and the Department of Politics and Government” (CSEPS). It’s …

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

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

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

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

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

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

May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Gerry Hassan

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

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

The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland?
The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 31st 2016 The summer of 2016 is proving dramatic and historic. Brexit, David Cameron resignation as PM, Theresa May becoming the new PM, Jeremy Corbyn?s travails. That?s just Britain. Across the world there is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, …

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK
A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 17th 2006 Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister this week ? elected on a mandate of 199 Tory MPs in what amounted to a very British coup. She is only Britain?s second ever …

After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like?
After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 14th 2016 Leadership in the modern world is cited as the answer to nearly every issue, problem or area of life ? from business, to turning round failing organisations, to the success of football clubs. In the last month, …

This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly being found out
This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly been found out Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 10th 2016 When has British politics ever been in such a state of flux? The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens in leadership contests; the Labour Party in a series of convulsions from top to …

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When I went into politics, I'd been in the army outside Scotland for my entire adult life. So when I turned up at Westminster, I hadn't spent decades absorbing the ...
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Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumn - The National

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Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumn
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A SECOND campaign for independence is to be launched this autumn with a mass mail drop and social media push presenting a new case to voters created in the wake of the European Union referendum turmoil. The Scottish Greens are behind the ...
Scottish Conservatives Urge SNP to Leave 2nd Independence Vote Plan...

RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse - Telegraph....
RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse
Nicola Sturgeon's attempts to portray Scottish independence as a stable alternative to a post-Brexit UK have suffered a damaging blow after the Royal Bank of ...
EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - BetfairBetting.betfair
Gary Paterson: The option that would keep Scotland in both the ...

Scottish Independence must be about breaking from flawed economics - Bright G...

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Scottish Independence must be about breaking from flawed economics
Bright Green
The lack of opposition to Conservative Mark Garnier's suggestion that Scotland should become a ?financial services hub? has highlighted just how effective Tory propaganda continues to be about the causes of the last crash and, therefore, the role of ...

Eric Joyce to campaign for Scottish independence -

Eric Joyce to campaign for Scottish independence
Despite the fact Joyce campaigned for a No vote in 2014, the recent vote to leave the EU has ?fatally undermined? arguments against Scottish independence, he said, arguing unionists would need ?outright dogmatism? not to reconsider their opinion.

Charlie Hebdo pens forecast of Scottish independence (or, 'Ecosse, bientot le...

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Charlie Hebdo pens forecast of Scottish independence (or, 'Ecosse, bientot les couilles libres sous le kilt', as ...
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CHARLIE Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, is the latest publication to forecast that Scotland will become independent. This week's issue carries a four page report on the country and is headlined in its distinctive irreverent style: ?Scotland ...

SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independ...
SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independence opposition
A senior SNP MSP has been called ?petulant beyond belief? after he disclosed he has boycotted a major Scottish travel agency for more than two years because it opposed independence before the 2014 referendum. John Mason, the deputy convener of the ...
'Unacceptable' Fury as S...

No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds ...
No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds
Britain's decision to leave the EU has not triggered a boost in support for Scottish independence, according to a new YouGov poll that undermines the SNP's push for a second referendum. Some 53 per cent of Scottish voters oppose independence while 47 ...
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View this table: In this window In a new window TABLE 3 Effect of chronic nicotine treatment on A23187- and SNP-induced relaxations of uterine arteriesTo determine the potential effect of nicotine on endothelium-independent relaxations, ...

This Week in Nature - GenomeWeb

This Week in Nature
In this week's Nature Genetics, a New York University-led group of investigators present a SNP map of African rice ? a cereal closely related to Asian rice and known for its resistance to abiotic stresses ? from their whole-genome resequencing of 93 ...

SNP's school reform plans could damage learning, experts warn - iNews

SNP's school reform plans could damage learning, experts warn
The SNP's plans to give Scottish headteachers millions of pounds to raise standards in schools have come under fire from education experts, who say the reforms are being rushed through and could end up damaging pupils' progress. A coalition of council ...

Labour: Deal with SNP 'a price worth paying' to stop Tories - STV News

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Labour: Deal with SNP 'a price worth paying' to stop Tories
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Labour's shadow Scottish secretary Dave Anderson has said a coalition with the SNP may be a price worth paying to keep the Tories out of power. The MP, who represents Blaydon in the north east of England, has called on his party to consider the move if ...

SNP MP calls on Theresa May to rule out replacing Human Rights Act - Holyrood...
SNP MP calls on Theresa May to rule out replacing Human Rights Act
The SNP's justice and home affairs spokesperson Joanna Cherry has called on Theresa May to scrap plans to replace the Human Rights Act. It has been reported the Prime Minister has asked the UK's Justice Secretary Liz Truss to reconsider plans to ...

InventHelp Inventor Develops Kit to Improve Safety in Medical Settings (OCM-1...

InventHelp Inventor Develops Kit to Improve Safety in Medical Settings (OCM-1002)
Press Release Rocket
Based in Pittsburgh, InventHelp is attempting to submit this idea, S N P STOP AND PREVENT to companies for their review. PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) August 11, 2016. "In my profession as a medical assistant, I saw a couple ways to prevent the spread of ...

Promises over Vale Hospital maternity unit must be kept - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Promises over Vale Hospital maternity unit must be kept
Scottish Daily Record
She said: ?The landmark Vision for the Vale agreement was very clear that the community maternity unit would be sustained and the SNP Government must ensure this promise is kept. Anything less would be a complete slap in the face for local people.

InventHelp Inventor Develops Kit to Improve Safety in Medical Settings (OCM-1...

InventHelp Inventor Develops Kit to Improve Safety in Medical Settings (OCM-1002)
He created a prototype for the S N P STOP AND PREVENT to prevent cross-contamination in medical settings. The kit reduces the risk of diseases being transmitted between patients and staff. This is designed to enhance personal safety and offer added ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers
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John Swinney faces a rebellion over his flagship school reforms this week when education experts will warn they risk undermining his attempts to help poor children to achieve better qualifications, writes the Scotland on Sunday. The SNP is demanding ...
Sturgeon in 'secret plot' for second independence referendum NEXT YEARE...

Sturgeon unveils £100m Scottish economic stimulus plan - BBC News - BBC News

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Sturgeon unveils £100m Scottish economic stimulus plan - BBC News
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces £100m of extra funding for 2016/17 to boost Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Scotland's Sturgeon makes surprise visit to GermanyReuters UK
Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumnThe National
Keep indyref 2 'fanatics' in line, Mundell ...

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betfair -

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betfair
The majority of Scottish voters chose to remain in the EU. Does this mean the country will seek independence from the UK to stay in the union?
11 lessons the Yes campaign must learn to win a second referendumThe National
SNP to debate second independence referendum at party conferencePress and Journal

Brexit - Foreign Office tell Sturgeon she WON'T be able to negotiate ... - Ex...
Brexit - Foreign Office tell Sturgeon she WON'T be able to negotiate ...
SCOTTISH First Minister Nicola Sturgeon WON'T be able to discuss her own Brexit deal with the EU, the Foreign Office have confirmed.

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum? - Newsweek

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum?
The British government would need to allow another referendum for it to be legitimate; if it didn't, Spain, which recently saw an illegitimate independence vote in Catalonia, would be all but certain to veto an independent Scotland's right to ...
Theresa May rules out second referendum on Scottish independenceThe Independ...

Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum t...
Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum tomorrow?
Dr Kenealy said this all-encompassing uncertainty means ?no-one knows? if the Scottish people would vote to leave the UK if there was a referendum tomorrow. Polls show growing support for independence after the Brexit victory intensified the feeling ...
Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call ...

Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in...
Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in TWO years
During her first PMQs, Mrs May told Parliament: ?I do find it a little confusing given that only two years ago in the Scottish referendum the Scottish National Party was campaigning for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, which would have meant ...
Sturgeon says 2nd Scottish referen...

SNP calls for END OF MONARCHY: Now MEP wants referendum on Queen as head of S...

Glasgow Evening Times
SNP calls for END OF MONARCHY: Now MEP wants referendum on Queen as head of Scotland
He said: "I want to see the people of Scotland in charge of Scotland's future, so once we regain independence I would be up for a referendum on the subject and the people will choose, but let's do it after independence so we can have a proper debate ...
"EU referendum and indepen...

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Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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 ...

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

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

Right-Wing Chip Papers
I've been noticing a lot lately when i've been visiting different shops (from small news agents to super market giants) that when I have a look through the newspaper section, all of the papers that are neatly stacked and in plain view are papers such as the Telegraph, Scotsman, Daily Mail, Expres...

SNP Deputy Leader
Candidates confirmed as MPs Angus Robertson and Tommy Sheppard, MEP Alyn Smith and Inverclyde Councillor Chris McEleny Who are the SNP members on here leaning towards?

Nuclear vs Renewable
Surprised there hasn't been a thread about this. Where do people stand on this?

Personally I think the new nuclear power plant will prove to be completely impracticable and will shoot up energy prices right across the UK. It's not the direction I believe we should be going in. Not to mention the...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Scottish food reputation
Just spent a week on the continent being constantly told how shite our food is by various (well meaning but utterly irritating) locals.  Im fairly laid back and dont' easily get annoyed at folk..i'll even allow the odd "In England.." error without much fuss..but this happened so many times it's h...

Euro Disney Paris- Anyone Been ?
Looking to take the family to euro disney paris, end of june / first week in july,Anyone been before ?Can they reccomend a travel company?

edinburgh festival
got tickets for this 2morra night might go "under the influence" just to get the full affect  

DC v Marvel
Poor reviews for the latest DC release - Suicide Squad. Although Snyder did not have any hand in the movie I can't help but think his strong influence and control over Batman, Superman and all the Justice League characters would have meant he would have had some impact on the script or movie tone...

Great Covers

Rio 2016
Unlikely to be seeing scenes like this...  

Humour - East Coast vs. West Coast
Here's a topic for debate............ A common gripe I've encountered from East Coasters (Aberdonians in particular) about West Coasters (particularly Glaswegians) is that the two have very different types of humour.  West Coast humour is apparently coarse, crude, moronic and celebrates m...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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Councils to discuss council tax reform impact on education

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David Cameron is the most popular PM since Margaret Thatcher, according to poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...