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Kezia Dugdale separates from partner six months after engagement
12 Jan 2017 at 1:49pm
KEZIA Dugdale has separated from her fiancée Louise Riddell, it has been announced.

FMQs Sketch: Trauma Queen
12 Jan 2017 at 6:18pm
IT took about 60 seconds for our tribunes to wire into each other after wishing one another a Happy New Year at FMQs. They?re not usually so sluggish. Perhaps it?s the cold.

Councils accused of 'massive waste' by SNP MSP
12 Jan 2017 at 2:05pm
An SNP MSP has accused some councils of "massive waste" and blamed local government for Scotland's falling performance in international education rankings.

SNP impact as words 'Scotland' and 'Scottish' nearly double in Commons usage
12 Jan 2017 at 1:16pm
The SNP's promise to shake up Westminster appears to have borne fruit with research showing mentions of the words "Scotland" or "Scottish" nearly doubled in the Commons after the party won 56 seats north of the border.

Labour suspends councillor charged with indecent images
12 Jan 2017 at 12:06am
SCOTTISH Labour has suspended one of its rising stars ?with immediate effect? after he appeared in court over alleged indecent child images.

SNP under fire as lifeline trauma centres delayed three years
12 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
A LIFE-SAVING network of hospital trauma centres promised by the SNP government has been delayed for at least three years, Nicola Sturgeon admitted yesterday.

Former SNP minister gets £15,000 job advising on fuel poverty
12 Jan 2017 at 12:07am
A FORMER SNP cabinet secretary who presided over a rise in fuel poverty is to earn up to £15,000 a year advising an energy company on reducing the problem.

SNP government will borrow "to the max", says Mackay
12 Jan 2017 at 12:07am
THE SNP government is planning to go billions of pounds into debt by using its new borrowing powers ?to the max?, the Finance Secretary has revealed.

Labour hierarchy "content" with Corbyn relaunch despite mixed messages
11 Jan 2017 at 6:23pm
LABOUR HQ has insisted it is "content" with Jeremy Corbyn's New Year relaunch, despite widespread media criticism of his performance and his political opponents branding it ?chaotic?.

The Midge: From a swipe at the BBC to kompromat ? the A to Z of THAT Trump pr...
12 Jan 2017 at 7:30am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Northern Ireland snap election seems inevitable after Sinn Fein move
11 Jan 2017 at 7:01pm
A snap election in Northern Ireland appears all but inevitable after Sinn Fein ruled out substantive negotiations to save the sinking powersharing administration.

The Midge: Trump livid over Russia scandal claims as he prepares to face press
11 Jan 2017 at 7:21am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Ministers will use new borrowing powers 'to the max', MSPs told
11 Jan 2017 at 3:02pm
The Scottish Government is preparing to use new borrowing powers being handed to ministers "to the max", Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has revealed.

£1,000-a-year levy on EU workers 'would kill businesses'
11 Jan 2017 at 6:23pm
Business leaders in Scotland have reacted with horror after the Conservative immigration floated the idea of charging businesses £1,000 a year if they hire an EU national after Brexit.

PMQs sketch: for once Jezza focuses and has May on the ropes over "NHS crisis"
11 Jan 2017 at 5:45pm
AFTER a "relaunch" worthy of the Carry On team, Jeremy Corbyn stood up to the Commons despatch box for the first PMQs of 2017 with many comrades squinting and holding tightly onto the green benches.

 

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Syrian torture survivors are ?not supported? after arriving in the UK
12 Jan 2017 at 7:53pm
Syrian torture survivors may not be receiving the specialist support they need after arriving in Britain as refugees, a report has warned.

Jeremy Corbyn questions Dugdale?s plan for ?new Act of Union?
12 Jan 2017 at 6:11pm
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to back Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale’s calls for a new Act of Union, in the latest sign of the rift between the pair.

Society mag Tatler puts Moray primary in ?top school? list
12 Jan 2017 at 4:13pm
TOP society magazine The Tatler has picked a Highland primary school as one of the best in the UK.

SNP?s impact see words ?Scotland? and ?Scottish? double in usage at Westminster
12 Jan 2017 at 4:09pm
The SNP’s promise to shake up Westminster appears to have borne fruit with research showing mentions of the words “Scotland” or “Scottish” nearly doubled in the Commons after the party won 56 seats north of the border.

Kezia Dugdale splits from partner
12 Jan 2017 at 3:42pm
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has separated from her partner, the party announced today.

Ex-MI6 officer linked to Trump dossier ?still working for British intelligence?
12 Jan 2017 at 3:38pm
Russia has claimed the former MI6 officer reportedly responsible for an explosive dossier on Donald Trump may still be working for British intelligence.

Charity appeals for bikes for refugees in Ayrshire
12 Jan 2017 at 2:46pm
A SCOTTISH charity is seeking help in providing bikes for refugees located in Ayrshire.

Public choose name for Police Scotland horse
12 Jan 2017 at 2:26pm
THOUSANDS of people have voted to name one of Police Scotland’s newest recruits - a horse now known as Harris.

FMQs: Sturgeon accused of ?celebrating? English NHS crisis
12 Jan 2017 at 1:50pm
Nicola Sturgeon today angrily denied "celebrating" claims that the NHS in England is facing a "humanitarian crisis."

Coral face court over Rangers relegation bet
12 Jan 2017 at 1:37pm
A MAN is suing Coral bookmakers for refusing to pay out £250,000 following a bet that predicted Rangers would be relegated in 2012.

Edinburgh MP asks PM to intervene to save city bank branches
12 Jan 2017 at 1:37pm
A CITY MP has called on Theresa May to step in and stop banks from closing local branches customers rely on.

Hard Brexit could see indyref2 vote held in 2018, say Greens
12 Jan 2017 at 1:28pm
A second independence referendum could be held next year if the UK Government “dig its heels in” and pursue a hard Brexit, Green co-convener Patrick Harvie said.

Chancellor hails £82m ?vote of confidence? in Funding Circle
12 Jan 2017 at 12:32pm
A group of investors has pumped $100 million (£82m) into peer-to-peer business lending platform Funding Circle, a move which the Government has said is a “vote of confidence” for the firm.

Patrick Harvie says Greens ?can?t support? SNP?s budget at the moment
12 Jan 2017 at 12:28pm
Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie has said his party is unable to support the Scottish Government’s budget at this stage.

BrewDog hits out at ?deluded? council in land sale row
12 Jan 2017 at 12:18pm
A leading Scottish brewery has branded Aberdeenshire Council ‘deluded’ in a row over the sale of land.

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The Great Urging
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2017 at 4:01pm
As we’ve always understood it, readers, the definition of “news” is supposed to be “a new thing which has happened that people didn’t previously know about”. Evidently the rules have changed since we were young cub reporters. 21 January 2015 (Ruth Davidson) 27 April 2016 (Kezia Dugdale) 6 May 2016 (Ruth Davidson) 17 May 2016 …

If I?m right and you are sinful
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2017 at 1:21pm
We’ve never been all that convinced by the political strategy of parties angrily pointing out their rivals have supposedly broken their manifesto promises once in government. After all, since by definition the complaining party was very probably opposed to the policies in question, shouldn’t they be delighted if they haven’t been enacted? (It’s different, of course, in …

Data without information
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2017 at 12:18pm
This week a Scottish journalist told us ruefully that over the festive holidays, all parties send the newspapers “Christmas boxes” comprising a load of ready-made and pre-chewed garbage stories, each embargoed to specific days, for them to run in the news desert between Boxing Day and January 3rd with no further effort required. (This year’s crop had …

The only explanation
by Chris Cairns
7 Jan 2017 at 6:55am

The dreams of the walking dead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2017 at 4:06pm
There’s no sign of Scottish Labour’s great voyage to the bottom of the polls hitting the sea-bed yet. Currently sitting at around 15% – a startling 10 points down on the abysmal performance that saw the party lose 40 of 41 Westminster MPs in 2015 – the North Britain Branch Office is now haemorrhaging voters …

Hypocrisy, actually
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2017 at 12:12pm
We weren’t going to dignify the utterly absurd media stushie over a tweet by Glasgow MSP John Mason yesterday with any coverage because it was too cretinous to even bear thinking about, but this from today’s Daily Record was just too good. In addition to putting the “story” on the front cover and giving it the …

Here it comes again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2017 at 10:49am
It might only be the 2nd of January, but it’s already pretty clear what we should expect from Scottish politics and the Scottish media in 2017. Yesterday saw an absurdly petty response from Scottish Labour to the SNP’s “baby box” initiative, sourly carping at a dirt-cheap measure with a proven record of reducing infant mortality and …

Here?s to the back of that
by Chris Cairns
31 Dec 2016 at 9:14am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The final surrender
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Dec 2016 at 8:44am
From a remarkable front-page lead in today’s Herald. Never mind running local services better. All that Scottish Labour now care about is existing in order to go into coalitions with the Tories, to prevent a left-of-centre social-democratic party with which they agree on almost everything except the constitution from wielding power in an area that has …

Counting With Mr Gray
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2016 at 6:20pm
Several papers today carry a desperate story about education that’s sourced straight from a Scottish Labour press release, which pulls some figures out of thin air without providing any sources and appears to have left out at least one significant factor. But that’s not the funny bit. Two of the stories – the Herald’s (left above) and …

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Jeremy Corbyn rejects 'new Act of Union' call
12 Jan 2017 at 4:01pm
Jeremy Corbyn appears to contradict a call by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale for a "new Act of Union" to "save the UK".


Former FM Henry McLeish calls for more MSPs at Holyrood
12 Jan 2017 at 6:37pm
Two former first ministers - Henry McLeish and Jack McConnell - suggest major changes to the Scottish Parliament, including an increase in the number of MSPs.


Nicola Sturgeon defends trauma centre 'delays'
12 Jan 2017 at 5:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon insists her government is right to take its time developing a network of trauma centres.


'Big improvement' in ScotRail performance
12 Jan 2017 at 10:37am
The reliability of ScotRail trains significantly improved in the weeks after its improvement plan was published, according to new statistics.


Number of students in Scotland exceeds 235,000
12 Jan 2017 at 6:22pm
The number of people in higher education in Scotland exceeded 235,000 last year, as student numbers rose, figures show.


Scottish Greens voice concern over SNP government's draft budget
12 Jan 2017 at 10:09am
Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie believes his party might not be able to support the SNP government's draft budget.


Hyslop: Section 40 is 'threat' to press freedom
12 Jan 2017 at 11:55am
Press freedom could be threatened by plans for a new regulatory system, the Scottish government warns.


Holyrood cross-party Brexit group approved
12 Jan 2017 at 12:00pm
A cross-party group on Brexit headed by Leave-voting SNP MSP Alex Neil is set up at Holyrood.


MSPs quiz Derek Mackay over Scottish budget plans
11 Jan 2017 at 1:23pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay defends his tax plans as MSPs question him over his draft budget.


Rennie predicts 'rosy future' for Lib Dems
11 Jan 2017 at 10:36am
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats insists that "things are looking rosy" for his party ahead of May's council elections.


Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
11 Jan 2017 at 2:36pm
A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday.


New rules on stop and search published
11 Jan 2017 at 11:58am
Police officers will only be able to stop and search people when they have "reasonable grounds" to do so under new rules published by the Scottish government.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Co-belligerents rather than loved-up allies : a realistic view of how differe...
by James Kelly
12 Jan 2017 at 12:39am
So Bella Caledonia's future seems secure after all, without even needing to take up Craig Murray's offer to work as editor for free (although, after the overwhelming result of our poll the other ni...

How to do the Herald Hokey and the BMG Boogie
by James Kelly
10 Jan 2017 at 6:59am
OK, here are the rules of the dance.  They're pretty straightforward.Starting position : Britain's decision to leave the EU has made an early Scottish independence referendum very likely, with the ...

Poll finds overwhelming backing for Craig Murray's bid to save Bella Caledoni...
by James Kelly
10 Jan 2017 at 12:05am
There has been a great deal of shock at the sudden uncertainty hanging over the future of Bella Caledonia, one of the most prominent sites in the pro-independence alternative media.  The concern ha...

Don't forget to respond to the consultation on a second independence referendum
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2017 at 5:04pm
Just a public service reminder that the Scottish Government's consultation on a possible second independence referendum will be closing in a couple of days.  As you're probably aware, it's not a co...

Cochrane Must Answer
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2017 at 10:20pm
Friday : 'Cochrane wants fish and chips'There were incredible scenes in Largs this morning as the Telegraph's Alan Cochrane visited the Blue Lagoon.  "Yes, I would like fish and chips", said the ir...


A belated right of reply to Kirsty Strickland, James McEnaney and David Clegg
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2017 at 3:22am
Further to the post about the confected John Mason controversy the other day, I've just been made aware of a thread on Twitter that was partly about little old me.  It involved CommonSpace columnis...

The news where you might be, but probably aren't
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2017 at 8:17pm
I think most people would agree that STV have been somewhat better and more balanced in their coverage of the Scottish political scene than either their network ITV counterparts, or the BBC.  It wa...

It's beginning to dawn on some of our leading unionist journalists that an in...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2017 at 6:32pm
The title is an ironic tribute to Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who ever since the shock of the Leave vote has been tying himself up in knots trying to convince himself that Brexit doesn't nee...

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Where The Scottish budget comes from.
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12 Jan 2017 at 7:14pm
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Limmy on mental health, millennials and the sitcom that never happened
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12 Jan 2017 at 5:22pm
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Man arrested over post office robberies - BBC News
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12 Jan 2017 at 5:52pm
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TIL Norways oil fund is worth 2% of the world's stock market valuation
by /u/bottish
12 Jan 2017 at 5:48pm
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38589629 : Norway's vast state oil fund [snip] owns around 2% of the world's stock market valuation I mean I knew it was big, but that's a heck of a fun...

Jeremy Corbyn rejects 'new Act of Union' call - BBC News
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12 Jan 2017 at 4:26pm
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Lovely day at the beach on the Isle of Harris
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12 Jan 2017 at 3:42pm
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Four-hour target in Accident and Emergency must be maintained [says The Royal...
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12 Jan 2017 at 2:40pm
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Extreme sore throat.
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12 Jan 2017 at 1:57pm
I'm traveling around Europe and right now I'm in Scotland obviously. My throat is extremely sore to the point I am barely talk. What do you guys recommend I go buy to cure it help it? Thanks sub...

Brewdog and the deluded council
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12 Jan 2017 at 1:07pm
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'Big improvement' in ScotRail reliability - BBC News
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[X-Post r/UKdocumentaries ] "Forth Road Bridge Construction" (Unknown, probab...
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Scottish Greens 'cannot support' SNP government's draft budget
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Washing Machine Recommendations??
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That thundersnow was something else!
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12 Jan 2017 at 8:20am
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has split with her long-term partner
by David Clegg
12 Jan 2017 at 2:20pm
The couple had announced their engagement in August after exchanging rings on holiday but they parted ways over the Christmas period.


Barack Obama's farewell speech in full: Tearful President warns of threat to ...
by Mikey Smith
12 Jan 2017 at 1:25pm
The outgoing President warned against racism, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment after he leaves office


13 things Donald Trump did at his jaw-dropping first press conference as Pres...
by Dan Bloom
12 Jan 2017 at 12:16pm
The President-elect slammed "fake news" and "sick people" at a chaotic exchange with reporters in New York's Trump Tower. Here are the highlights


Donald Trump denies he paid prostitutes to urinate on his hotel bed because h...
by Mikey Smith
11 Jan 2017 at 5:32pm
The President elect was forced to deny paying prostitutes to urinate on him in a dirty protest against Barack Obama


Scotland doesn't need to wait to build fairer future
by dailyrecord
11 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Our columnist argues that we already have the power to tackle many of society's failings and should do so now.


It's not a cap Jeremy Corbyn needs, it's a crash helmet
by Record View
11 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says Jeremy Corbyn's comments about a maximum wage saved Theresa May from having a bad week.


Don't cut lifeline to the world's poorest and keep giving overseas aid
by Joan McAlpine
11 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Joan believes everyone needs to continue showing the poorest in the world the kindness of charity.


Jeremy Corbyn reveals new plan to cap fatcat wages in firms that work for the...
by Jack Blanchard
10 Jan 2017 at 4:17pm
The Labour leader said firms should be stripped of government contracts if they don't restrict executive pay to 20 times the lowest-paid worker


Revealed: Shutting down North Sea oil platforms will cost taxpayers whopping ...
by David Clegg
10 Jan 2017 at 8:37am
A report by industry experts found the bill for dismantling and removing old rigs will be 50 per cent more than the UK Treasury’s original forecast of £16billion.


SNP must invest in the future and avoid being stuck in the past
by Kezia Dugdale
10 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia is disappointed with the cuts to the council and believes more money needs to be invested.

Michael Greenwell


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

London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …
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My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …
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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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Bella Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jan 2017 at 2:59pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia voted unanimously to keep the online magazine going at an emergency meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday night. We agreed that Bella still has a vital part to play in Scotland?s future; creating space for debate, an arena for new writers, and a focus on culture, language and politics which …

Statement from the Bella Caledonia Board
by Daibhidh Rothach
8 Jan 2017 at 7:40pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia confirms we are going to have to make the decision to close, unless an urgent fundraising appeal can be met. Mike Small has advised that despite his commitment to Bella, he will have to step down as editor as the position is too financially precarious and he is actively …

Bella Caledonia 2007-2017
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2017 at 2:39pm
Thanks to everyone for their support over the years, to the board members and writers who gave their time and to everybody who supported us financially and who took part in the debate. Couldn’t quite manage to do it.   Likes(77)Dislikes(89)

Oidhche Challain [The Old New Year]
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2017 at 11:37am
On January 12th we?ll say hello to the New Year in the old tradition, reaching an important point in the Celtic Calendar. The candle burning brightly in the window is a sure sign that we?ll be welcoming passing friends and neighbours inside for a traditional ceilidh at the Glad Café. Come and witness some of …

Stars Are The Aizles
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2017 at 10:58am
Moth Larva In The Muckle Tapestry History I digest slawly: Hou it sticks in ma thrapple! I got masel taigelt amang the Stuarts, Cuidnae follae the threid through Reformation, Swallaed the Union haill Till it unraivelled in thrums. I bide in the past and hae Collogued in monie a stitch up In the deid o …

A Fight Against The Absurd: From The Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2017 at 8:02pm
?Hellas and poverty are foster sisters? is a saying recorded in the 5th century BC by the Greek historian Herodotus. It invokes a continuous theme of Greek history: that the natural poverty of the land has acted as a spur to the enterprise of its inhabitants. A parallel theme has accompanied the Highlands and Islands …

2017 Decision Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2017 at 11:03am
Sturgeon?s wrong ? in 2017, liberals have to decide which side they are on, argues Ben Wray. What are the major political challenges of 2017? First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, in her New Year?s message, has given her analysis of the political crisis that has engulfed the western world in 2016, and what we should do …

Thinking Inside the Box
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2017 at 2:36pm
On only the very first day of 2017, the political scene on Scottish Twitter seemed to be in full-flow silly season. Like the daftie I am, I rolled my sleeves up and ploughed myself head first into melee First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon was celebrating the unveiling of the ?baby box? policy. Which to me personally, …

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Sturgeon rules out second Scottish independence referendum this year
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
9 Jan 2017 at 7:02pm
First minister says the direction of Brexit negotiations will influence whether second vote is held but No 10 says whole of UK should work togetherNicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a second Scottish independence referendum this year but said another ballot remained ?highly likely?.The first m...

May's hints at single market exit leave Scotland sidelined
by Andrew Sparrow and Severin Carrell
9 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
PM says UK will not keep ?bits of EU membership? despite threat of second independence referendumTheresa May has given her clearest signal yet that Britain will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union, despite a renewed vow from Nicola Sturgeon that a so-called hard Brexit would...

Sturgeon reiterates hard Brexit threat of Scottish independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Jan 2017 at 1:01pm
First minister says UK government would be making huge mistake if it thought she was bluffing about staging referendumNicola Sturgeon has again insisted she is not bluffing about her threat to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of a hard Brexit.The UK government ?would...

The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain
by Kevin McKenna
8 Jan 2017 at 12:05am
Support is growing for an idea that used to be considered eccentricIn the city where Adam Smith developed the free-market theories that inspired Thatcherism nearly 300 years later, a young Labour politician is pursuing an economic vision that takes a drastically different approach to ?the wealth ...

Sturgeon offers to shelve independence vote in return for soft Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Jan 2017 at 1:53pm
Scotland?s first minister would take quick referendum off table if UK wins favourable deal with EU and access to single marketNicola Sturgeon has said she would take a quick Scottish independence referendum off the table if the UK wins a favourable, soft Brexit deal with the EU.In an apparent ret...

Glasgow Children's Wood saved from development
by Libby Brooks
2 Jan 2017 at 7:00am
After a five year battle to save Glasgow?s green space, campaigners are hoping to pave the way for new Scottish legislationNorth Kelvin Meadow ? or Children?s Wood, as it has been renamed by campaigners ? has been saved from housing developers after a hard-fought five year battle, some two decade...

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland
by Libby Brooks
1 Jan 2017 at 9:24am
Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earningsScotland looks set to be the first part of the UK to pilot a basic income for every citizen, as councils in Fife and Glasgow investigate trial schemes in 2017.The councillor Matt Kerr ...

My fellow Scots, I have seen the future, so read on? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jan 2017 at 12:04am
Let me mark your card on football, politics and the likelihood that some famous people will die in the year aheadThere are many reasons why I feel I must review my exposure to, and deployment of, social media in 2017. Not the least of these is all those long pronouncements that people insist on h...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Down the toilet in 2017
With the Tories being clueless on Brexit and making sitting in a dark basement with a bag over your head seem like an exercise in illumination, you might have thought that Labour would seize the opportunity to provide some clarity and leadership. The Government is in such a state of headless chickenry that it wouldn’t …

Quantum squirrels
Theresa Maybe gave an interview for Sky News on Sunday, during which she showed off the incredible political skill which has characterised her premiership – speaking at length while saying absolutely nothing at all and never, ever, giving a direct answer to a direct question. And you know that when she says she wants to …

Independence means independence
I’m not about to give a running commentary on what independence will mean, but let me be absolutely clear, independence means independence. We’re going to achieve an independence that will be a bespoke deal for the people of Scotland, not an off the shelf independence which might suit some nations which are not as great …

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest
Oh dear God I’m bored. Fed up. Pissed off. And simultaneously angry and seething with contemptuous indignation at the sheer mind-numbing moronity of British politics and its media cheerleaders. It’s like we’re all being drowned in a big vat of stupid that’s being stirred with the silver spoons that the rich and powerful have in …

Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls
A New Year, a fresh start, but the same auld mince from the usual suspects in Scotland’s not-so-merry band of grip losing Unionists for whom hysteria is a substitute for reason. The Unionists in Scotland are exactly like the Brexiteers. Both won their referendums, and both have reacted to their victories with ill-grace, bad tempers, …

The people?s party that chose to stand against the people
Well now we know. The only thing that Labour in Scotland stands for is defending the Union, and they’re even prepared to go into coalition with the Tories in order to do so. Mind you, we knew that already, but this week we had confirmation that Labour doesn’t exist in order to protect working people …

Complaining that a shark is a shark
Rejoice! Huzzah! BBC Scotland’s got a new boss. Ken MacQuarrie is off to pastures new in his new role as pantomime villain in a production of No Good Scottish News Please We’re British. Now that there’s a change of leadership there’s going to be massive changes at Pacific Quay, in exactly the same way that …

Having a weary Brexmess
A huge thanks to Macart for keeping you all entertained in my absence with his great blog articles. That’s me back from a trip to soon-to-be Trumpland, where the prospect of the Donaldmaggedon had got everyone I met even more depressed than a black gay muslim EU immigrant at a Ukip Christmas party. Admittedly I …

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Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters ? Now Donald Trump Is...
  Stare at the black dot in the centre and in a few moments the grey area surrounding the dot will disappear.   “Gaslighting” is an evil form of trickery introduced to the world of espionage by the CIA just after the end of WW2. It gained its name and notoriety from the 1944 film … Continue reading Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters – Now Donald Trump Is Under Attack by the...

Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

Article Published in the Sunday Post ? Same Info Presented Without the Anti ?...
            2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Scottish Press Shows Its Hand Towards the end of April, (less than 6 months before the September referendum) the BBC and Scottish press relentlessly bombarded Scotland with distrorted information designed to ensure the Scottish electorate would turn away from the “Yes” campaign in … Continue reading Article Published in the Sunday Pos...

Urban Regeneration ? New Labour ? Billions Frittered away ? The Tories ? Bill...
                Natural Selection Almost all of the towns and cities in the UK evolved meeting the challenges of the nineteenth century industrial revolution. But whilst the intensity and types of industry has changed markedly, in recent years the location and size of the vast bulk of UK towns … Continue reading Urban Regeneration – New Labour – Billions Frittered away – The Tories – Billions T...

The Tory Cornerstone Group and David Mundell ? Can anyone Spot the Incompatib...
          The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party. It is opposed to gay marriage and is generally fairly homophobic, global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinence in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration and … Continue reading The Tory Cornerstone Group and ...

Scottish Education is in Crisis ? If You Believe the BBC ? But Study the Fac...
                Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – The 2015 Report Judging one country’s performance against another, blindly utilising information contained in a PISA report is unsafe since there are so many conflicting characteristics to consider. It is only really useful to compare a country’s previous performance and … Continue reading Scottish Education is in Crisis – ...

Signs of a Westminster Civil Service Rebellion Against the Rule of Sir Jeremy...
              Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street Cabinet Secretary Issues Warning letter About Information Leaks – letter is Leaked to the press the Day After Prime Minister, Theresa May instructed her Cabinet Secretary to take urgent action preventing government officials from leaking information to journalists. He acted immediately, issuing a … Continue reading Signs of a Westminster Civil Se...

Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

Scotland and Independence

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A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...
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Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referen...

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Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referendum
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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that she is "not bluffing" about her vow to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence if Britain leaves the Single Market after Brexit. Scotland's First minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that she felt that he ...
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Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence vote in 2017 - Financial Times

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Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence vote in 2017
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Voters in Scotland backed staying in the EU in last year's Brexit contest but polls suggest no substantive increase in support for independence since then. Many in Ms Sturgeon's Scottish National party fear a second independence referendum defeat would ...
Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referend...

Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence - New Sta...

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Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence
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She told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme that she was prepared to "put aside" her "preferred option of independence" if a "hard Brexit" could be avoided. "Am I going to stop arguing for independence or believing in independence? Am I going to ...

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Support for Scottish independence unchanged from 2014 vote - Scottish Daily R...

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Support for Scottish independence unchanged from 2014 vote
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A majority of people in Scotland do not want another referendum on independence this year, a new poll suggests. The BMG poll for the Herald newspaper found that, when those who are unsure are excluded, 61.5 per cent were against holding a fresh vote in ...

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Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter warns against 'foolhardy' new vote on Scottish in...

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Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter warns against 'foolhardy' new vote on Scottish independence
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One of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs has said he cannot understand why Nicola Sturgeon wants to keep Scotland in the EU while taking it out of its ?biggest trading union? with the rest of the UK. The First Minister has warned a second independence ...
New independence vote 'wit...

Scottish Greens voice concern over SNP government's draft budget - BBC News

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Scottish Greens voice concern over SNP government's draft budget
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The nationalists might have expected support from the Greens, which backs Scottish independence. However, Mr Harvie said the budget failed to have a "progressive approach" to taxation. He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme ...
Patrick Harvie says Greens 'can't support' SNP's budget at th...

Scots urged to give final views on second independence ... - Business Insider

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Scots urged to give final views on second independence ...
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The Scottish Government is calling for people to give their views on a draft independence bill before the consultation phase ends next week. The bill would ...

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It's deal or bust for SNP budget: Lib Dem's Rennie challenges Sturgeon over cuts
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The Lib Dem leader challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to reverse college cuts as his party emerged as the most likely to strike a deal over spending plans. It came after Green co-convener Patrick Harvie give his clearest warning yet his six ...

Scotland's largest hospital turns away pregnant women as Nicola Sturgeon boas...

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Scotland's largest hospital turns away pregnant women as Nicola Sturgeon boasts Scottish NHS is better than England's
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... the Scottish Labour leader, said it was ?quite incredible? that the First Minister had raised the situation south of the Border when challenged about a catalogue of failings at the QUEH and a three-year delay to new trauma centres promised by the...

Pressure mounting on Culture Secretary to ditch 'threat to press freedom' - E...

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Pressure mounting on Culture Secretary to ditch 'threat to press freedom'
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She said: ?While press regulation and the operation of the courts is devolved to the Scottish Government and Section 40 will not be introduced in Scotland, the UK government consulted on a range of options and SNP MPs will look at any proposals that ...

Scotland attacks new UK media law - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scotland attacks new UK media law
Financial Times
And in a statement on Thursday, Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish government's secretary for culture, said the SNP had no plans to introduce such a measure north of the English border. But Ms Hyslop warned that Scottish local and national media could also be ...

Press freedoms clampdown? UK govt urged to bin Section 40 proposals - RT

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Press freedoms clampdown? UK govt urged to bin Section 40 proposals
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Scottish National Party (SNP) culture minister Fiona Hyslop warned UK ministers a plan to implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 poses a threat to press freedom and urged them to ?carefully consider? the impact on the media and democracy.

SNP MP: UK should clear British cluster bombs from Yemen - STV News

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SNP MP: UK should clear British cluster bombs from Yemen
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The UK government should take responsibility for clearing Yemen of unexploded British-made cluster bombs used in its civil war, an SNP MP has said. Margaret Ferrier called on the Government to "clean up its own mess" and "show an appropriate level of ...

Nicola Sturgeon defends trauma centre 'delays' - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon defends trauma centre 'delays'
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"The SNP promised the trauma centres would be open in 2016, but yesterday the first minister announced a three-year delay and she looked like she was celebrating that delay. Given what the experts tell us, does the first minister accept this delay ...

North-east MP helps reunite bunny lost outside House of Commons with owner - ...

Aberdeen Evening Express
North-east MP helps reunite bunny lost outside House of Commons with owner
Aberdeen Evening Express
A little girl has been reunited with her favourite bunny after leaving it outside the gates of Westminster thanks to a North-east SNP MP. Kirsty Blackman, SNP MP for Aberdeen North, found the bunny outside the Carriages Gates entrance to Westminster ...



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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
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A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...
Consultation on legislation that could pave way for second independence r...

Nicola Sturgeon 'not bluffing' on second independence referendum - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon 'not bluffing' on second independence referendum
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Speaking to Andrew Marr the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said the country is not bluffing about holding a second independence referendum. Ms Sturgeon said that in the case of a so-called hard Brexit "it would be right for Scotland to ...
Nicola Sturgeon ditches call for a second referendum to keep Sc...

She's STILL keeping UK in limbo! Sturgeon roasted for ruling out independence...

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She's STILL keeping UK in limbo! Sturgeon roasted for ruling out independence vote in 2017
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The Scottish First Minister has consistently threatened a new independence vote if her EU demands are not met in the wake of last summer's UK-wide Brexit vote. But the SNP leader has insisted she will not be pushing for a second referendum in 2017 ...
Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Sc...

Nicola Sturgeon takes next step towards second Scottish independence referend...

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Nicola Sturgeon takes next step towards second Scottish independence referendum
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The Scottish Government is calling for people to give their views on a draft independence bill before the consultation phase ends next week. The bill would determine how any future referendum on independence for Scotland will be run, and a public ...

Michael Fry: Call for a referendum when it's winnable - The National

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Michael Fry: Call for a referendum when it's winnable
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Denis Macniven declared this was ?yet more propaganda worthy of BBC Scotland, where you will doubtless soon appear? (alas, I have yet to appear). ?That is why we have to call the referendum soon and go for it,? urged Lorna Campbell, ?we have already ...



Nicola Sturgeon 'not bluffing' on independence referendum if Scotland faces '...

Nicola Sturgeon 'not bluffing' on independence referendum if Scotland faces 'hard Brexit'
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Nicola Sturgeon has warned she is not "bluffing" on the proposal of a second independence referendum for Scotland, if Theresa May's government continues on the path to a "hard Brexit". The first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party said ...



Scottish Labour's 'new act of Union' pledge not backed by Jeremy Corbyn - Her...

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Scottish Labour's 'new act of Union' pledge not backed by Jeremy Corbyn
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A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "The Tories' reckless Brexit gamble has given the Nationalists the excuse they need to try to force another independence referendum on the people of Scotland. "Labour will not support another independence referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn rejects 'new Act of Union' callB...

Scots urged to give indyref2 bill views - BBC News

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Scots urged to give indyref2 bill views
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Members of the public have been urged to give their views on the Scottish government's draft independence bill as the consultation enters its final week. The draft bill proposes rules that would govern any future referendum, largely mirroring those put ...
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Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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

The Official President Trump thread

Rudd speech recorded as a "hate incident"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38597714What an absolute rocket! No wonder Michael Gove said people had had "enough of experts"...

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

We can?t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/poverty-jobs-johnes/ Let's have a chat about poverty.

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 ...

Amazon Warehouse
Workers in Scotland working under oppressive conditions according to this Guardian report.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/11/amazon-accused-of-intolerable-conditions-at-scottish-warehouseAnyone work there? It seems, anecdotally at least, that large companies are exploiting increas...

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Dugdale sinks to a new low
Apparently pointing out that Scotland has the best performing NHS is, 'celebrating the English NHS crisis'. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/fmqs-sturgeon-accused-of-celebrating-english-nhs-crisis-1-4337954 What a pathetic accusation. What a pathetic headline and story, actually.  

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Forth Road Bridge Closed
From midnight until its fixed, at least 24 hours. Good luck traveling in the east tomorrow!!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35001277

Brew Dog Share Offer
As it says they are having another crowd funding mcthingy today - they hoping to raise a few million to expand even more..If u fancy it then i can give u my referral code - i get some freebies :-) https://www.brewdog.com/equityforpunks/prospectus-download

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

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

Oil
Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/market_data/commodities/143908/intraday.stmThat's an extraordinary fall in a short time. I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

No wonder Eleanor Bradford resigned...
With stories about the collapse of the NHS in England coming out at in a steady stream, it maybe explains why Eleanor Bradford left BBC Scotland.  It is now becoming clear that the NHS in Scotland, whatever its problems, is in a far better state than the NHS in any of the other components of the ...

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Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

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

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