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Nicola Sturgeon to join Jeremy Corbyn at Trade Union Bill rally
10 Dec 2015 at 9:08am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is joining Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in opposition to the UK Government's Trade Union Bill.

SNP: new figures show Scotland continues to "punch above its weight" in contr...
9 Dec 2015 at 7:57pm
SCOTLAND continues to ?punch above its weight? in terms of its economic contribution to the UK, the SNP leadership has insisted, following publication of the latest output figures for 2014.

Former Glasgow City Council leader abandons bid to become Labour MSP
10 Dec 2015 at 6:44am
Gordon Matheson has abandoned his bid to become a Labour MSP.

Independence peace camp given notice to leave Holyrood site by sheriff officers
8 Dec 2015 at 2:51pm
A peace camp set up by independence supporters outside to the Scottish Parliament has been given a notice to leave the site.

Scotland?s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a ?use it or lose...
8 Dec 2015 at 6:45am
Scotland?s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a ?use it or lose it? basis, the House of Lords will hear today.

EU 'leave' campaigners 'will not repeat SNP's mistakes' in referendum
7 Dec 2015 at 12:11am
CAMPAIGNERS pushing for the UK to exit the European Union say they have taken inspiration from Alex Salmond and the SNP but are determined not to make the mistakes they believe hampered the pro-independence side.

Eddi Reader: 'terrorist sympathisers' comment is a 'direct slur on the morali...
4 Dec 2015 at 7:27am
Scottish singer Eddi Reader has said that David Cameron's description of people opposed to air strikes in Syria as 'terrorist sympathisers' is a 'slur on the morality of the Scots populace'.

New Elitist Scotland report a "wake up call" for government
3 Dec 2015 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND'S leading professions are dominated by people from privileged backgrounds, according to a major new report which has been described as a "wake-up call".

Holyrood protest camp 'will remain until Scotland wins independence'
30 Nov 2015 at 5:46pm
AROUND a dozen activists have set up camp next to the Scottish Parliament and promised to remain there until the country becomes independent.

Police spy row chief to be summoned to Holyrood
2 Dec 2015 at 6:58am
A TOP police officer in charge of a unit behind an illegal spying mission on suspected journalists? sources is to be summoned to Holyrood to explain the single force?s unlawful conduct.

Alex Rowley calls for national plan for housebuilding
2 Dec 2015 at 10:42pm
SCOTTISH Labour's deputy leader Alex Rowley has urged the Scottish Government to empower local authorities to take the lead on housebuilding.

Former minister Tom Harris: Labour's finished if Jeremy Corbyn leads party in...
30 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
A FORMER Labour minister warned Labour is finished as an electoral force if Jeremy Corbyn leads the party into the next general election.

SNP approves 'anti abortion' candidate who opposed adoption rights for gay co...
28 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
THE SNP has come under fire from equality campaigners over claims that one of its top Holyrood candidates expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools and pledged to vote for new restrictions on abortion.

SNP continue by-election success as Holyrood elections loom
27 Nov 2015 at 11:54am
The SNP has maintained its progress at the ballot box, holding two seats with swings in its favour in the latest Scottish council by-elections.

Calls for stamp duty replacement tax review
25 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
Property experts have called for a review of Scotland's stamp duty replacement as new analysis shows it could face a shortfall of more than £30 million in its first year.



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Leaders: Lessons can be learned from Blair?s Libyan efforts
12 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
There is no question over the need to tackle the Islamic State, but a long-term strategy for Syria should be the ultimate goal

Plans for 1 million acres of community land unveiled
11 Dec 2015 at 11:46pm
An action plan has been published for achieving Alex Salmond’s ambitious target of one million acres of land in community ownership by 2020.

Phone hacking inquiry finished with no new charges
11 Dec 2015 at 11:44pm
The long-running inquiry into phone hacking has concluded after prosecutors announced no charges would be brought over remaining allegations.

Online measures to protect children from porn ?flawed?
11 Dec 2015 at 11:40pm
Online protections encouraged by the government could allow thousands of children to “freely” access adult material without their parents’ knowledge, peers have been warned.

Donald Trump: More UK Muslims join IS than UK army
11 Dec 2015 at 11:12pm
American presidential candidate Donald Trump has sparked widespread protests from anti-racist campaigners after he claimed that “in Britain, more Muslims join Isis than join the British army”.

Union hits out over pressure on ?overworked? NHS workers
11 Dec 2015 at 10:43pm
Only a third of NHS employees in Scotland feel that staffing is sufficient for them to do their job properly, according to a new survey.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde ?hopes UK will stay in EU?
11 Dec 2015 at 10:38pm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned about the “uncertainty” caused to the economy by David Cameron’s plans for an in/out referendum on European Union membership and hinted that the vote should be held sooner rather than later.

Brian Wilson: Please let this uncivilised word lie
11 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
IT adds little to the clarity or dignity of political life to have ministers or former ministers called liars, argues Brian Wilson

Jane Bradley: Only closed hearts could close borders
11 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
REFUGEES who want to live legally in the West are seeking peace and stability, not more unrest, writes Jane Bradley

Scotland trending: Today?s most talked-about stories
11 Dec 2015 at 4:50pm
TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including Ian Bell, Arnold Peralta and the Forth bridge.

Banksy creates Steve Jobs mural in Calais refugee camp
11 Dec 2015 at 4:13pm
The English graffiti artist Banksy has sprayed a poignant image of Steve Jobs at the site of French refugee camp ‘The Jungle’, a reminder that the late Apple co-founder was the son of a Syrian migrant.

Philip Hammond hails ?important? Syria peace process milestone
11 Dec 2015 at 3:43pm
The agreement by a wide range of Syrian opposition leaders to appoint a joint negotiating committee has been hailed as an “important step” in the peace process by Philip Hammond.

46% of Scots NHS staff say they are overworked, says survey
11 Dec 2015 at 1:32pm
ALMOST half of Scotland’s NHS workforce say they are unable to do their jobs properly because of a growing pressure on their time, an annual survey has found.

Car ban on Kincardine Bridge partially lifted by minister
11 Dec 2015 at 1:06pm
A controversial car ban on the Kincardine Bridge following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge is to be lifted at weekends from tonight, transport minister Derek Mackay has said.

Tony Blair: Engaging Libya ?could have stopped IS?
11 Dec 2015 at 10:42am
THE decision to bring Libya “in from the cold” may have prevented a real risk of chemical weapons falling into the hands of the Islamic State terror group, former prime minister Tony Blair has suggested.

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

Look on down from the Bridge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
It’s Friday night, readers. Let’s kick back with a little history. 1995: Scottish Labour MP Alistair (now Baron) Darling rages furiously against the idea of a new road bridge across the River Forth. ?Mr. Darling: Do the Government still want to proceed with the building of a second Forth road bridge, which would devastate the …

Water under the Bridge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Dec 2015 at 3:04pm
We’ve been struggling to get a good grip on what’s happening with the Forth Road Bridge this week. It’s a confusing tale full of contradictory financial and engineering detail, being flayed for all it’s worth by the Unionist media and opposition. As usual, we’ll make this as simple as possible. 1. The decision not to …

Long to reign over us, part 2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Dec 2015 at 3:11pm
What a day it’s been to be a proud Scot. Knights and Lords and Ladies, all ours to cherish. Truly, we’re better together.

Long to reign over us
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Dec 2015 at 11:43am
Comrades! Be upstanding and bow your heads to your superior, The Right Honourable The Lord Darling of Ruilanish, revolutionary socialist of Her Majesty: Ah, the old days.

You can do it when you try
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Dec 2015 at 11:05am
Evidently the Daily Record actually IS capable of fixing dodgy stories: We wonder why they still haven’t done it here.

A bad case of the DTs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2015 at 10:17pm
A little light relief after a trying day might be in order. Ever-thirsty Scottish Labour grandees George Foulkes and Simon Pia, there, aiming for a couple of cheap points at the expense of the SNP after golf enthusiast, racist lunatic and next US President Donald Trump was sacked as a business ambassador for the GlobalScot …

Not in your papers tomorrow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2015 at 6:19pm
Alert readers may recall a very recent incident where the Daily Record made baseless insinuations about a trip by former SNP MP Natalie McGarry to Syria, and whether its funding had been declared on the Parliamentary Register Of Members’ Interests. (It had been, and the Record still hasn’t clarified its article to that effect.) So here’s …

An abuse of trust
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2015 at 2:00pm
We’ve been having some trouble trying to explain the Alistair Carmichael verdict to some English chums who hadn’t been following the case previously and have now just heard about it on the news. Lord Matthews and Lady Paton in their great wisdom concluded that Carmichael had lied about the ?Frenchgate? memo, and that he had …

Put in our place
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2015 at 10:41am
So now Scotland knows where it stands. Alistair Carmichael is innocent. There’s officially nothing wrong with a minister of the UK government deliberately lying in an attempt to undermine the democratically-elected First Minister of Scotland before a general election, smearing foreign ambassadors in the process, then openly admitting his wrongdoing but refusing to stand down, …

Two countries
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
Earlier this year, a Secretary of State in Her Majesty’s Government leaked an untrue memo to the press, with the intention of undermining the democratically-elected First Minister of Scotland and damaging her party in an imminent general election. He then went on national TV and lied about doing so, in order to protect his own reputation. The newspaper …

BBC Scotland

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Spending review 'will hit job services'
12 Dec 2015 at 1:18am
The Scottish government claims funding for employment services will be cut by £40m after the chancellor's latest spending review.

Dugdale backs SNP over union bill
11 Dec 2015 at 5:24pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale backs an attempt by SNP ministers to block the Trade Union Bill from applying in Scotland.

Bridge traffic restrictions eased
11 Dec 2015 at 3:24pm
Restrictions on a priority route for HGVs and buses put in place following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, are being eased to allow car drivers to use it at weekends.

Lecturers back industrial action
11 Dec 2015 at 1:05pm
College lecturers in Scotland vote overwhelmingly for industrial action over a pay dispute, after an offer they say is worth 1%.

NHS staff 'less positive' than last year
11 Dec 2015 at 3:59pm
NHS workers in Scotland are slightly less positive about their jobs than they were last year, according to the annual health service staff survey.

Journalist Ian Bell dies at age of 59
11 Dec 2015 at 9:00am
Tributes are paid to Herald journalist and columnist Ian Bell who has died at the age of 59.

Labour holds council by-election seat
11 Dec 2015 at 10:12am
Labour holds a South Lanarkshire Council seat in a by-election despite an 8% swing from the party to the SNP.

Davidson tops Tory election list
11 Dec 2015 at 5:27pm
Ruth Davidson is selected to top the Conservative Party election list for the Lothian region in next year's Scottish elections.

Bid to block union bill rejected
10 Dec 2015 at 4:52pm
An attempt by the Scottish government to block the Trade Union Bill from applying north of the border is rejected by the presiding officer.

Trump hits back after Scottish snubs
10 Dec 2015 at 5:58pm
Donald Trump hits back at high-profile Scottish snubs as the country's first minister joins calls for him to be banned from the UK.

Council warning over £20m budget cuts
11 Dec 2015 at 9:22am
Dumfries and Galloway Council is facing the "single biggest cut in council funding in a generation", its leader warns.

Sturgeon joins Corbyn at rally
10 Dec 2015 at 10:25pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joins Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a rally opposing the UK government's Trade Union Bill.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.

Q&A: The Alistair Carmichael election case
9 Dec 2015 at 10:55am
The background to the Alistair Carmichael legal challenge

What has Derek Mackay been saying?
9 Dec 2015 at 5:36pm
Derek Mackay is accused of misleading Holyrood over bridge repairs. So what has he said?

Scot Goes Pop

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

Corbyn's top priority for internal reform should be changing the nominations ...
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2015 at 6:50pm
Some of Stephen Bush's political predictions this year have proved uncannily accurate (admittedly he didn't call the general election correctly but was much closer than most), so we should probably...

SNP secure 8% swing in bilious Blantyre by-election brawl
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2015 at 11:45pm
Just for once, we have an STV by-election in which the party 'defending' the seat actually won the popular vote in the ward last time around. (So no need for any 'confusion' over at Liberal Democra...

How to tell if you're a Dalek
by James Kelly
9 Dec 2015 at 8:30am
I'll keep this very brief because I'm in the middle of a technological apocalypse.  I suppose I always had a vague instinctive understanding that tomato sauce and computer keyboards don't really mi...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is opposed to bombing Syria
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2015 at 5:02pm
When YouGov produced its dramatic poll on the eve of the Commons vote on Syria showing that support for air strikes had slumped, the fieldwork was impressively bang up to date. So it's rather frust...

The STV political correspondent who thinks that "Scottish nationalists need n...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2015 at 7:26pm
There can be little doubt that STV are delighted to have Stephen Daisley as an online correspondent, and in some ways that's perfectly understandable.  Few would deny that he's a finer prose stylis...

The RISE case for "tactical voting" becomes ever clearer...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 5:59pm
Jim Sillars has today backed the claims of RISE that it is somehow possible to vote "tactically" on the Scottish Parliament list ballot, which I think should comprehensively settle the matter for a...

Corbyn's success in Oldham confounds the media narrative
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 12:13am
All the early indications are that Labour are set for a much easier victory in the Oldham West and Royton by-election than anyone thought possible.  This might be a useful moment to flag up an obvi...

What we've learned tonight
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 10:46pm
1)  The idea that has been doing the rounds in the London media that Hilary Benn is a credible caretaker "unity" Labour leader is now dead in the water.  Becoming so visibly the darling of the Tory...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is evenly split on air strikes
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 12:26am
A new YouGov poll conducted over the last 48 hours suggests support across Britain for air strikes on Syria has dropped sharply in the last week, albeit with a plurality remaining in favour -Would ...

How many MPs will vote to bomb Syria?
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 5:05pm
The conventional wisdom at the moment seems to be that only 30 or 40 right-wing Labour MPs will go into the Tory lobby tomorrow night to vote in favour of bombing Syria.  That's a suspiciously low ...

Housekeeping note
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 2:54pm
To save anyone else having to look at the train-wreck of a comments section on the previous post, could I just make a few points -1) The frequency of extreme swearing is becoming ridiculous.  I don...

For as long as unionism has 50% support, the main opposition to the SNP is bo...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2015 at 6:34pm
There's a new article at Bella Caledonia by Jonathon Shafi of RISE, which is - at least in part - yet another attempt to bang the drum for the bogus idea that "tactical voting on the list" is viabl...

There are no consolation prizes for getting it wrong because you erred on the...
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2015 at 8:24pm
As you may have seen, Derek Bateman commented yesterday on my post about his views on the timing of a possible second independence referendum.  I won't try your patience with a full dissertation by...

The Daisley Commandments (even God only had ten)
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 10:40pm
1. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the United States of America, the greatest force for good in the modern world.2. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the State of Israel, which sitteth at the right h...

SNP live the high life in Fife as they soar to two by-election wins on big sw...
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 12:31am
There were two by-elections in Fife yesterday - and they both featured the familiar STV paradox (so lovingly misunderstood by Lib Dem commentators when it suits them) of a party 'defending' the sea...

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Try freezing a Tunnock's snowball
11 Dec 2015 at 11:30pm
It sounds crazy, but after a few hours in a freezer Tunnock's snowballs become super chewy and really nice. Cut it into slices with a big knife if you are feeling fancy. submitted by fireball_73 ...

Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights - The Magic Wee Hing
11 Dec 2015 at 10:42pm
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The Muslim community in Aberdeen has launched a fundraising drive to help the...
11 Dec 2015 at 7:08pm
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One of Ian Bell's best - Thatcher: Westminster's last authentic class warrior...
11 Dec 2015 at 6:32pm
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BrewDog founder pens letter to Donald Trump
11 Dec 2015 at 6:28pm
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Saudi-ized Scotland (Historical and Modern) (X-Post /r/vexillology)
11 Dec 2015 at 6:19pm
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Golf course groundskeepers rescue live salmon from flooded sand trap...
11 Dec 2015 at 6:15pm
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Oil at seven-year low as IEA warns of worse glut, U.S. stays warm
11 Dec 2015 at 6:12pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
11 Dec 2015 at 5:03pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

Edinburgh from Calton Hill
11 Dec 2015 at 4:45pm
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Scottish Parliament Demo No Cuts to Local services
11 Dec 2015 at 4:39pm
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Thoughts on Innis and Gunn?
11 Dec 2015 at 4:24pm
I really couldn't think of anywhere else to ask, sorry if you think this is dumb. I live in the south in the US, and my favorite beer is Innis and Gunn. Do y'all like this beer? I'm curious, becaus...

The Food Bank Scotland's Hidden Hunger BBC Documentary 2015
11 Dec 2015 at 4:15pm
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James McEnaney: Why we shouldn't rely on the SNP to deliver Scottish independ...
11 Dec 2015 at 3:24pm
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Danny MacAskill - Cascadia
11 Dec 2015 at 2:40pm
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Daily Record

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Des Clarke: Here comes Donald Trump so everybody better duck
by Des Clarke
11 Dec 2015 at 7:00pm
DES reckons that U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump, who's caused an outcry after calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the States, is full of hot air.

Tony Blair: My meetings with Gadaffi stopped Islamic State getting hold of ch...
by Andrew Woodcock
11 Dec 2015 at 1:22pm

 THE Former PM claims his dealings with the Libyan leader may have prevented the development of weapons of mass destruction in the unstable country which may have made their way to terrorists....

Tributes paid to renowned Scottish journalist Ian Bell who has died at the ag...
by Hilary Duncanson
11 Dec 2015 at 11:04am
FIRST Minister leads the tributes to 'one of Scotland's finest writers and a man of deep intellect and principle.'

Record View: There are no more political points to score now.. Donald Trump h...
by Record View
11 Dec 2015 at 7:57am
THE Scottish politicians who gave the lunatic billionaire a reign of power have been quick to tear him down after they realised what we all already knew.

Nicola Sturgeon: I've no regrets over cutting Forth road bridge budgets
by David Clegg
11 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
THE First Minister was criticised for the bridge's closure in Holyrood but says she has no regrets.

Scottish government bid to stop Westminster trade union laws blocked
by David Clegg
11 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
THE SNP government had attempted to protect Scotland from the brutal crackdown but have been blocked.

Torcuil Crichton: Forth road bridge fiasco exposes our transport crisis in Sc...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
TORCUIL says that the Forth road bridge situation is just one of the things that exposes how bad Scotland's transport crisis is.

Nicola Sturgeon axes Donald Trump as Scotland business ambassador after 'ban ...
by Record Reporter
9 Dec 2015 at 3:14pm
THE First Minister labelled the business tycoon's comments as "obnoxious and offensive" as she terminated his GlobalScot membership with immediate effect.

Alistair Carmichael: I'll continue as an MP - this legal challenge was 'polit...
by Katrine Bussey
9 Dec 2015 at 11:43am
FORMER Scottish Secretary is pleased he has been cleared and says the nationalists wanted him out of Westminster.

Alistair Carmichael to remain MP after judge dismisses leaked memo election c...
by Record Reporter
9 Dec 2015 at 11:06am
THE reported memo leak wrongly claimed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted David Cameron to remain in Downing Street at the general election.

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Bella Caledonia

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Dè an Slighe air Adhart airson nan Ealan Gàidhlig?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2015 at 7:12pm
San alt seo tha Rona Dhòmhnallach a? beachdachadh air crìonadh Phròiseact nan Ealan agus na tha an dàn dha na h-ealainean Gàidhlig san àm ri teachd. (What is the Way Forward For Gaelic Arts?) In this article Rona Dhòmhnallach looks at the decline of the national Gaelic Arts Agency and considers a way forward for …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2015 at 3:05pm
This week news broke that work on the £7.3 million restoration project to Cardross Seminary ? led by arts charity NVA ? will start next year. The project will transform the 50-year-old Grade A-listed structure into an international arts centre named Hinterland. St Peter’s Seminary was designed by architects Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, but …

Danny MacAskill ? Cascadia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2015 at 11:37am
The terrifying Danny MacAskill takes it to a whole new level …

Remembering Ian Bell
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2015 at 11:23am
The palpable sense of loss with the passing of Willie McIlvanney has been added to by the sad news of the death of the writer Ian Bell. This is a tragedy for Scotland and beyond, for anyone who wants to understand the world and to strive for a better one. His writing gave a rhythm to …

American Nationalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
Scotland is a fairly tolerant place at the best of times. Our attention to human rights is meticulous for the most part, and our rights to freedoms of speech, a fair trial and liberty are ones we might not vocally revere, but most certainly respect with an intrinsic and habitual adherence. To extend such an …

No to Trade Union Bill, No to Austerity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Dec 2015 at 11:24am
Yanis Varoufakis, Jeremy Corbyn, and Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow (Live) from the Concert Hall – Thursday 10 December 7-9pm GMT. Also addressing the rally will be STUC general secretary Grahame Smith, SNP MP Chris Stephens, Scottish Labour MSP Jenny Marra and human rights lawyers Aamer Anwar. This stream is a new media collaboration between Independence …

Performance Poetry and Spoken Word in Scotland Part 1
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2015 at 1:15pm
Performance poetry, or spoken word, is an increasingly visible and important part of Scotland’s cultural life. Few of Scotland’s poets have reached quite such dizzy heights as Mercury Prize winner Kate Tempest or the increasingly ubiquitous George the Poet. Nevertheless, the art form’s profile continues to rise. The 2014 referendum sparked a new wave of …

Avengers Assemble!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Dec 2015 at 1:44pm
Walls Come Tumbling Down ? Assemble and the Turner Prize When artist, writer and musician Kim Gordon announced Assemble as the winner of the 2015 Turner Prize at Tramway in Glasgow on Monday night, she played an absolute doozy. This wasn’t just because she mentioned the city’s seminal 1980s Sunday psych-punk-indie club, Splash 1, where …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Jeremy Corbyn to repeal trade union bill if Labour wins next election
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspndent
10 Dec 2015 at 9:24am
Labour leader to share platform with Nicola Sturgeon at Scottish TUC event in Glasgow opposing crackdown on workers? rightsJeremy Corbyn will pledge to repeal the trade union bill if Labour is elected in 2020, as he sets out a range of measures to extend workers? rights, including giving every em...

Alistair Carmichael: election court rejects attempt to unseat MP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Dec 2015 at 5:17pm
Court rules that it cannot be proven Lib Dem?s MP?s dishonesty was designed to mislead Orkney and Shetland voters about his personal conductAn election court has thrown out an attempt to unseat the Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael, even though he told a ?blatant lie? about the leak of a me...

MPs debate the Shrewsbury 24 case - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
9 Dec 2015 at 4:46pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including PMQS with George Osborne and Angela EagleElection court throws out attempt to unseat Alistair CarmichaelCourt decision - Full detailsPMQs - My verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatLunchtime summaryAft...

Nicola Sturgeon memo: Alistair Carmichael 'delighted' over court ruling ? video
by Guardian Staff
9 Dec 2015 at 4:33pm
Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael says he is delighted after a court in Edinburgh ruled that the former Lib Dem Scotland secretary did not intend to mislead voters after he admitted lying about a memo concerning Nicola Sturgeon. The court heard that Carmichael authorised the leak of a memo ...

The SNP is settling into being a 'normal' Westminster party | Michael White
by Michael White
8 Dec 2015 at 1:35pm
Its MPs are integrating into the fabric of Westminster ? while normalisation closer to home makes for more robust debates I didn?t watch all of the Commons debate on Syria, but respected most of the speeches I did hear from both sides. Yet some London commentators complained that contributions ma...

Fracking firms target sites close to Scottish cities
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Dec 2015 at 11:01am
Nine companies have applied to drill for shale gas in 19 sites, each covering 100 sq km, in heavily populated areas of central ScotlandMajor energy and fracking companies have made new bids to exploit large shale gas reserves close to many of central Scotland?s biggest towns and cities.The Depart...

New Scottish stop and search fears over clampdown on children with alcohol
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Dec 2015 at 7:00am
Campaigners fear bill amendment being debated in Holyrood will reinstate police right to search under-18s The Scottish government is to reintroduce stop and search of children, according to campaigners who fear that an ?unprecedented? amendment being debated in Holyrood this week could worsen Pol...

?The silence on the Forth Road Bridge is the ghostly revenge of Scotland?s st...
by Kevin McKenna
6 Dec 2015 at 12:06am
An untimely transport calamity is causing Scotland to lament its fading power in the worldEven now, as the glow begins to fade in the dying embers of Scotland?s steel industry, the country has been given a stark reminder of how good it once was at making great things with this tough material. It ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Alistair Carmichael and his amazing incendiary underpants
by weegingerdug
9 Dec 2015 at 2:47pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, because I’ve got packing to do and have to take the dug to stay with friends in Glenboig before I go away first thing tomorrow morning. But the fact that we live in a country where not only is it deemed acceptable for a politician to lie to …

The mass extinction of Unionist monkeys
by weegingerdug
8 Dec 2015 at 10:57pm
Usually you can find Unionist monkeys up every tree, chucking poo at the SNP with the aid of the Daily Record, and gibbering more embarrassing nonsense than Donald Trump with a microphone as they planked their arses on a safe seat. Now it seems like the once ubiquitous Unionist monkey is an endangered species. The …

Has anyone seen Kezia?
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2015 at 7:24pm
Has anyone seen Kezia? She’s as elusive as Johann Lamont was when she was branch office manager of Labour in Scotland. Kezia is as elusive as Jim Murphy was ubiquitous. Every day Jim stood on an Irn Bru crate before the fawning ranks of the Scottish press to announce policies on things like the exploration …

In the land of the mad the sane are crazy
by weegingerdug
3 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
Amidst the claps and cheers of Tory MPs, Britain is at war again. A few months ago SNP MPs were castigated for clapping in the Commons chamber, but it seems that it’s fine to clap as long as you’re clapping bombing raids and war, as long as you’re clapping the militarism of the British state. …

The British barbed wire that surrounds Scotland?s heart
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2015 at 3:35pm
If you don’t want to blow up buildings, if you don’t want to wreak havoc and destruction, if you want to seek a peaceful resolution to conflict – then you’re a terrorist sympathiser. If you don’t want to go to war, if you seek to broaden debate, if you believe that fighting for peace is …

Labour still hasn?t found what it?s voting for
by weegingerdug
30 Nov 2015 at 5:36pm
Wee Dougie Alexander, the political patron saint of holy wullies, has got himself a new job after being booted out by the voters of Paisley at the last election. The Guardian described Wee Dougie’s debacle as a shock defeat for the Labour party, but the only people shocked by it were Wee Dougie and the …

Great British double standards
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2015 at 5:28pm
There are two kinds of people in the United Kingdom. There are those who divide people into two kinds of people, and there are those who don’t. If you’re one of the former you can also divide people in the United Kingdom into two kinds, those who are allowed to level accusations of Nazi behaviour …

A fatal fart bomb in a trance
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2015 at 3:35pm
We live in a country where policy is decided on the basis of appearance and not substance. In UK politics it’s not the Christmas present that’s important it’s the shininess of the wrapping on the big boxes under the tree. Only they contain nothing but air that’s been warmed up by a passage through the …

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Major blow to plan for hotel on Royal High School site as Edinburgh council p...
12 Dec 2015 at 12:38am
THE £75 million plan to develop a five-star luxury hotel in and around the former Royal School on Edinburgh?s Calton Hill looks to have been dealt a fatal blow after council planners rejected the proposal.

Young composer James Hind wins trip to New York after his Gaelic love song st...
12 Dec 2015 at 12:31am
A MUSIC student will hear his work performed live in New York after impressing writer Alexander McCall Smith with a Gaelic love song.

Nicola Sturgeon leads tributes to ?one of Scotland's finest writers' followin...
12 Dec 2015 at 12:29am
THE First Minister led the tributes that poured in yesterday following the sudden death of the award-winning journalist Ian Bell.

Nicola heads at the double to pop-up portrait show
12 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
NICOLA Sturgeon came face to face with a life-sized image of herself when she visited a pop-up portrait exhibition in Glasgow, where artist Gerard Burns says his works have ?gone down a storm?.

Traumatised otter cub found crying on doorstep is on the mend
12 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
AN OTTER cub was found crying on a doorstep after becoming separated from its mother during heavy rain.

MP Stewart McDonald comes within a whisker of winning beard award
12 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
STEWART McDonald MP missed out on winning the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award after Jeremy Corbyn clinched it by a whisker.

Katherine Jenkins lines up fundraising show
12 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
THE singer Katherine Jenkins is to perform a one-off charity concert in Aberdeen next year, it was announced yesterday.

NHS staff are happy to go the extra mile, says new survey
12 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
THE MAJORITY of NHS staff say they are happy to go that ?extra mile? at work, according to a nationwide survey.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

BBC Presenter Kirsty Wark is Still around ? BBC 2016 Election Coverage to be ...
by caltonjock
4 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
  Impartial Kirsty Wark   12 February 2006: Wark kept on BBC probation over bias fears Leading TV presenter Kirsty Wark was placed on probation by worried BBC chiefs a year ago as a direct result of her controversial holiday with Jack McConnell and will continue to be closely monitored. Concerned corporation governors put Wark …

Kezia Dugdale ? Refugees we must welcome and care for them ? Young girl from ...
by caltonjock
2 Dec 2015 at 9:33pm
          Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination

Dr Richard Simpson ? The Medical Worker ? Wonderful Career ? The Labour Party...
by caltonjock
1 Dec 2015 at 11:02pm
    Dr Richard Simpson     Profile: 73yo Dr Richard Simpson. Education: Trinity College, Glenalmond. Studied at Edinburgh University and gained medical qualifications. Qualified psychiatrist . In addition to being a medical adviser to the Samaritans and the Scottish Prison Service, also found time to be active in his local constituency Labour Party, serving …

Graeme Pearson ? Labour Party Spokesman for Justice ? Visionary ? Opportunist...
by caltonjock
28 Nov 2015 at 4:37am
  Graeme Pearson   Organised Crime in Scotland – One mans solution to the problem – Report Card: Failed This is a report on the ever increasing problems in Scotland centered on organised crime, illegal drugs manufacture and distribution and othe anti social activities. It covers the period 2004 – 2015 a time in which …

Willie Rennie ? A confidence trickster who clings to public office like a ?ch...
by caltonjock
17 Nov 2015 at 7:59pm
A fool or just deluded?       Willie Rennie – A confidence trickster who repeatedly tries to deceive the Scottish electorate with false claims and innuendo seeking to gain political advantage over the SNP government via some form of pretense or deception. Rennie is readily available to the right-wing Scottish press and media frequently …

Who the hell Runs Scotland? ? Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who
by caltonjock
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm
  A pictorial view of a corporate elite network   Who the hell Runs Scotland? – Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who Corporate elites have penetrated political and cultural networks in Scotland benefitting from the patronage of institutional connections. In this environment lobbying is seen as worthwhile by business interests, evidenced in the ever expanding …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...

No vindication here. Only survival.
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
"We had no concerns about the credibility and reliability of the witnesses, with one exception." A teller of "blatant" lies. "Unimpressive," his behaviour demonstrating "a lack of candour", "at best disingenuous, at worst evasive and self-serving" in his actions. These are not descriptions of a man vindicated. But the conclusion cannot be avoide...

No evidence Harry Clarke "ought to have known he was not fit to drive"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
7 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
This afternoon, Sheriff John Beckett published his determination in the Glasgow bin lorry crash fatal accident inquiry. Judges Scotland have made this shorter summary available. Sheriff Beckett's full conclusions and recommendations can be read here.  The determination is a lengthy and careful, and the various parties to the case are already rec...

Kezia Dugdale: no time for a novice?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Dec 2015 at 12:57pm
The admirable John Harris has a piece on Labour in Scotland in the Guardian this morning: "'There's a lot I'm still learning': can Kezia Dugdale resurrect Scottish Labour?" The new Scottish Labour leader has been posted missing since Jeremy Corbyn took over last September, and internecine conflicts on more or less everything broke out in the par...

Gove: human rights "neither reserved nor devolved"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Dec 2015 at 12:47pm
Does Westminster need Holyrood's consent to repeal the Human Rights Act? This blog has been asking this important question since the general election. In June, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Therese Coffey, told Joanna Cherry that human rights are "a reserved for the UK Parliament and not a devolved matter," implying that consent for rep...

Judge: victim "condoned" and "acquiesced" in her rape
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
Lord  Carloway, who allowed the appeal.HM Advocate v. SSM is a case of rape, and a case of the sexual abuse of children. In May this year, SSM was foung guilty by a jury in the High Court in Glasgow of seven charges. These are summarised in the Appeal Court's judgment this afternoon. I caution you. The details are unpleasant. But understanding t...

Glasgow: Forgetting slavery?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
"Don't keep your head down. Look up." Whether you're trudging through Glasgow in the summer sleet, or the winter snow, the local sometimes needs reminded to contemplate the grandeur of the place. Edinburgh's skyline sucks the air out of you, a jagged man-made silhouette of spikes and spires. Glasgow's mountainous legacy of wealth is more easily ...

Critical friends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm
Whenever media commentators talk about SNP supporters or politicians being uncritical drones, I always assume they either have few Nationalist friends, or spend too much time on Twitter. In July, Iain Martin argued the party was turning into a "sinister personality cult". Today, Stephen Daisley writes that "the nationalist movement desperately n...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind?
by Gerry
7 Dec 2015 at 10:22am
The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 6th 2015 Britain is off to war again. The parliamentary debate did not live up to the billing. Cameron and Corbyn underperformed. Hilary Benn stole the show and headlines. Great rhetorical moment this was not. This wasn?t of the quality ...

The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s
by Gerry
30 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 29th 2015 These are tumultuous times. Chaos in Syria. Complex and shifting alliances. The Turks shooting down a Russian plane. There is disarray in the Labour Party on Syria and Trident. And all in the week of ...

The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up?
by Gerry
2 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 1st 2015 Scottish Labour met this weekend. This used to be the key political gathering in Scotland. No longer. But the party is in better spirits than many would think after the May 2015 wipeout. It is a party changing. It ...

?English votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain
by Gerry
26 Oct 2015 at 11:26am
?English Votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 25th 2015 This week the United Kingdom profoundly changed in how it does politics, democracy and how Parliament operates. The House of Commons decided by 312 to 270 voters to alter the nature of its composition by differentiating the voting rights ...

The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum - Daily Mail
8 Dec 2015 at 1:42am

Daily Mail
George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
George Osborne has ruled out a second independence referendum for Scotland, saying the SNP MPs were a 'noisy and aggressive block' in the House of Commons. On a whirlwind tour of New York, the Chancellor and aspiring Prime Minister told foreign ...

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Scotland can survive without oil: Sturgeon - CNBC
8 Dec 2015 at 8:15am

Scotland can survive without oil: Sturgeon
Speaking to CNBC on the sidelines of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), said the country could manage independence despite the sharp drop in ...

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James McEnaney: Why we shouldn't rely on the SNP to deliver Scottish independ...
11 Dec 2015 at 12:04pm

James McEnaney: Why we shouldn't rely on the SNP to deliver Scottish independence
It is, of course, beyond dispute that the SNP election success in 2011 - which handed them Holyrood's first ever single-party majority - enabled, even forced, the nationalists to call a referendum on Scottish independence. As supporters of the party ...
Scotland's devolution: 'Settled will' or ...

Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil - BBC News
30 Nov 2015 at 3:09pm

BBC News
Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil
BBC News
A group of campaigners has set up camp outside the Scottish Parliament calling for a second independence referendum. BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim visited the camp to learn more about it. "We're prepared to stay here for five years ...

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Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead' - B...
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm

BBC News
Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead'
BBC News
A one-time adviser to former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has written an online blog saying the current case for an independent Scotland "is dead". Alex Bell, who was Mr Salmond's head of policy for three years, believed the SNP's model was ...

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Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independ...
2 Dec 2015 at 10:02am

Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independence?
WESTMINSTER IS SET to push ahead for another Middle Eastern bombing campaign in a war that will strengthen the case for Scottish independence, according to peace campaigners. At least 57 (97 per cent) of Scotland's 59 MPs are set to vote against ...

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth - The Register
12 Nov 2015 at 10:07am

The Register
Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth
The Register
As debate kicks off at Westminster over the surveillance powers of spies and the police, the 55 Scottish National Party lawmakers look likely to be a restraining influence. The party's general election manifesto pledged to oppose the Snooper's Charter.

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Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence - Glasg...
30 Nov 2015 at 4:53pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow Labour councillor has come out in support of Scottish independence, putting him at odds with his party's pro-union position. Russell Robertson, who campaigned against separation in the run up to last year's referendum, revealed his U-turn in ...

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Corbyn and SNP go toe-to-toe in Glasgow (and agree Trade Union Bill must go) ...
12 Dec 2015 at 12:13am

Corbyn and SNP go toe-to-toe in Glasgow (and agree Trade Union Bill must go)
Morning Star Online
JEREMY CORBYN told an audience of trade unionists on Thursday that he would repeal the Tories' Trade Union Bill should it become law, and introduce a ?positive charter? for workers' rights. Speaking at a rally against the Bill organised by the Scottish ...

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Time for some clarity on fracking - Herald Scotland
12 Dec 2015 at 12:12am

Time for some clarity on fracking
Herald Scotland
If the First Minister is making any early plans for new years' resolutions, high on her list should be a pledge to be more open about fracking. Already we have had concerns about secret talks with industry leaders and internal pressure in the SNP ...

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Transport Minister Derek Mackay still won¹t say sorry for chaos on Forth road...
12 Dec 2015 at 12:01am
Transport Minister Derek Mackay still won¹t say sorry for chaos on Forth road ...
"For the SNP Transport Minister to go on the radio this morning and say no works were delayed is unacceptable, when the evidence of budget cuts and project delays is there in black and white. It¹s no wonder the public are rapidly losing patience with ...

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Union hits out over pressure on 'overworked' NHS workers - Scotsman
11 Dec 2015 at 10:43pm

Union hits out over pressure on 'overworked' NHS workers
?Our NHS staff do incredible work every day but under the SNP government they are undervalued and overworked. ?We hear stories about staff in tears and sick with stress at the new flagship hospital in Glasgow. After eight years in government and a ...

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Ted Cruz questions Donald Trump's "judgment" to be president - Gazettestandar...
11 Dec 2015 at 7:07pm (blog)
Ted Cruz questions Donald Trump's "judgment" to be president (blog)
SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh called on the government to make Trump the 85th "hate preacher" banned from entering Britain at a fiery exchange during yesterday's Prime Minister's Question Time. The White House had said that his comments about ...

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Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Scotland does not want Donald Trump's money - Telegraph...
11 Dec 2015 at 7:05pm
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Scotland does not want Donald Trump's money
But Ms Ahmed Sheikh, a close ally of Alex Salmond, was pressed on the BBC's This Week programme whether the SNP also wanted him to stop investing in Scotland. She initially stated the row was ?not about money?, but when pressed on the issue by host ...

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Kezia Dugdale backs SNP over bid to block Trade Union Bill - BBC News
11 Dec 2015 at 5:26pm

BBC News
Kezia Dugdale backs SNP over bid to block Trade Union Bill
BBC News
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has backed SNP ministers over a bid to block the Trade Union Bill from applying to Scotland. SNP minister Roseanna Cunningham attempted to lodge a legislative consent memorandum to give Holyrood a say on the ...

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Poll; 75% of nurses say there are not enough staff to do their jobs properly ...
11 Dec 2015 at 4:18pm

Herald Scotland
Poll; 75% of nurses say there are not enough staff to do their jobs properly
Herald Scotland
"After eight years in government and a majority in parliament there are no excuses for the SNP on our NHS. But what we have seen from the SNP is a tendency to squeeze health spending in Scotland harder than even the Tories in England, whilst failing to ...

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum - Daily Mail
8 Dec 2015 at 1:42am

Daily Mail
George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
George Osborne has ruled out a second independence referendum for Scotland, saying the SNP MPs were a 'noisy and aggressive block' in the House of Commons. On a whirlwind tour of New York, the Chancellor and aspiring Prime Minister told foreign ...

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Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...

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Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's - MoneyWeek
13 Nov 2015 at 10:09am

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's
We're eurosceptics. Asked to vote in an EU referendum tomorrow, MoneyWeek would tick the ?out? box. But on the topic of Scottish independence, we were (and are) pro-Union. Some view these stances as contradictory. How can we believe it would be good ...

Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum ...
13 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum year
The gap between spending in the two nations rose by eight per cent in the year of Scotland's independence referendum. The revelation sparked outrage among English MPs and fuelled suspicions that government money was used to 'bribe' voters ahead of ...

BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage - Herald Scotland
2 Dec 2015 at 1:09pm

Herald Scotland
BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage
Herald Scotland
In October, the BBC was accused of peddling more ''half truths and lies'' than the Nazis as SNP activists vented their anger at its perceived bias against Scotland and independence. Feelings were still running high over what pro-independence ...

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16 year olds blocked from voting in EU referendum bill -
8 Dec 2015 at 5:32pm

Herald Scotland
16 year olds blocked from voting in EU referendum bill
Those 16 and 17-year-olds who vote in next year's Scottish Parliament elections will not be able to vote in the forthcoming in/out referendum on EU membership, after MPs voted down the plan today. The House of Lords had amended the legislation paving ...
MPs reject giving 16 and 17-year-olds vote in EU referendumHer...

Scotland can survive without oil: Sturgeon - CNBC
8 Dec 2015 at 8:15am

Scotland can survive without oil: Sturgeon
Sturgeon said she "took it on the chin" that she and her party did not win a referendum on Scottish independence that was held last September ? 55 percent of Scots voted against leaving the U.K. against 44 percent in favor. However, she said she didn't ...
Brian Monteith: Is Forth fiasco bridge too far for SNP?Scotsman

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Peers back lowering age in EU referendum - Herald Scotland
18 Nov 2015 at 8:37pm

Herald Scotland
Peers back lowering age in EU referendum
Herald Scotland
The Lords has backed giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the upcoming in-out EU referendum. In the latest of a string of defeats inflicted on the Government, the upper house voted by 293 to 211 to approve the reform by a majority of 82 during a ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
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Guess who wrote this?
11 Dec 2015 at 9:10pm
Toffee apple for the winner....   The members’ tea room in the House of Commons has been buzzing this week in a way that I have not seen for some time. What, I hear you ask, has stirred up our nation’s legislators in this way? You might think it would be spending cuts or maybe the closure of RAF ...

Benefits of the Union Part 94.
11 Dec 2015 at 4:26pm
Brendan Hynes ‏@Hyvast 40m40 minutes ago Sept 2014 the Weir Group said we were stronger in the Uk & BetterTogether Their share Price was £27:00 Today it is £9.94

Sarwar and Curran are on the list
9 Dec 2015 at 8:59am
Hearing that Sarwar and Mags Curran have made the Labour list.


Lucy Allan MP
7 Dec 2015 at 1:09pm
The BBC are very quiet about this.  Funny that.  I don't think they'd be as quiet if it was an SNP or Corbyn supporting Labour MP.  Faking death threats is something you would have thought an MP would be sacked for.

Friends Of Israel?
5 Dec 2015 at 10:53pm
Why does every major UK political party have a friends of Israel club?

Tom Watson MP
5 Dec 2015 at 11:32am
I've not really followed his career and was wondering what others thought about him.
He seems to have been in the media for (IMO) the wrong reasons over the last few days.
Condemning intimidation to staff by peaceful protestors at Creasy's constituency office - despite the office being closed an...

The Named Person Scheme
4 Dec 2015 at 9:36pm
I was in town a couple of weeks ago and was handed a leaflet about this. I'd never heard of it til then.

Against its purpose reading the leaflet attacking the scheme actually made me warm to it.

For those who know a lot more about it than me, is it a good idea to protect children? Or nanny state ...

More expenses fiddlers
4 Dec 2015 at 12:26pm   Wonder what names and what parties it will be this time.

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Anything Goes

Steve Jobs- Apple
11 Dec 2015 at 11:00pm
Interesting film.

Two sides to the story, on one side he was a technical geniuos.

The other a manipulative bully who avoided taxes.

Steve Jobs
11 Dec 2015 at 10:59pm
Interesting film.

Two sides to the story, on one side he was a technical geniuos.

The other a manipulative bully who avoided taxes.

11 Dec 2015 at 9:31am
I've to speak about myself for 5 minutes for a job.   Being a shy kent, I've no idea what to do. Do you parade aboot the place, or stand in the same place?

Ian Bell Dead
11 Dec 2015 at 12:11am
Ian Bell the Herald Columnist has died at the age of 59.   RIP    

The Bus
10 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Had to get the bus tonight, for the first time in about 20 years. Young lassie gets on with her wee ned boyfriend, after arguing, successfully I may add, to get on for a half fare. In the 15 minutes I was in her company she said the following to another maniac, who was already on the bus.

'av go...

Dealing With Idiots Online
10 Dec 2015 at 9:27pm
Harsh or justified?

Holiday Cottages - Scotland
10 Dec 2015 at 9:06pm
German friends looking for affordable holiday cottage in Scotland for Autumn trip with their 2 young kids.....anyone suggest somewhere that is scenic and also close to a pub!!   All help appreciated.   I know there are loads of websites but always find personal recommendations are better.

Bbc Sport
10 Dec 2015 at 4:31pm
Bastards are shelving the darts from Lakeside following the next one to save money. Why the f uck not get rid of the "Varsity" rugby match. Elitist pish - watched by how many?  Surprised the fat ugly Balding wasn't presenting.   Same with boat race - I'm just mystified why this sort of crap is so...

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Plans for new AECC approved
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11 Dec 2015 at 4:56pm

Phil Gormley set for face-to-face talks with senior Police Scotland colleagues
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11 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm

Scottish Government bid to block Trade Union Bill rejected
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11 Dec 2015 at 9:44am

How politics stole Christmas
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11 Dec 2015 at 7:30am

European young councillors meet in Edinburgh
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10 Dec 2015 at 7:26pm

Pictures from the Scottish Public Service Awards 2015
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10 Dec 2015 at 1:15pm

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10 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm

Are integrated health and social care boards stuck in silos already?
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