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I'd meet Donald Trump, says Nicola Sturgeon
12 Dec 2016 at 5:38pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that she would meet outspoken new US president-elect Donald Trump, a year after she stripped him of his ?Global Scot? status.

Labour attack over apparent social care funding move towards council tax bills
12 Dec 2016 at 5:05pm
Labour says it is unfair to "dump" solving the crisis in social care funding onto council tax bills.

Second independence referendum 'should not be held until after Brexit deal st...
12 Dec 2016 at 11:09am
A second Scottish independence referendum should not be held before Brexit negotiations are completed, former minister Alex Neil has said.

Breaking Bad fan jailed for 24 years for bondage murder of Scots police offic...
12 Dec 2016 at 11:39am
A Breaking Bad fan has been jailed for life for strangling a police officer during a bondage sex session and then attempting to cook and eat parts of his body.

The Midge: Scots Tory leader Davidson sticks a leg into Trousergate row
12 Dec 2016 at 7:21am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Amber Rudd asked to consider opening 'fix rooms' to cut drug-related deaths
12 Dec 2016 at 3:27pm
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been urged by Government advisers to consider creating units where addicts can take drugs under supervision.

Tories unveil £300 million mental health services policy
12 Dec 2016 at 2:07pm
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for a £300 million funding boost for mental health services.

Diane Abbott: Labour will close gap in polls with Tories within a year
12 Dec 2016 at 7:26am
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott says Labour will have closed the gap in the polls between them and the Conservatives within the next 12 months.

Rogue Culture Wars: how the latest Star Wars inflamed the alt-right
11 Dec 2016 at 12:13am
So what is this Rogue One? It doesn?t seem to follow on from Force Awakens. What happened to super-cool, kick-ass heroine Rey?

Fewer than 60 Scottish Labour members took part in pro-Kez study
11 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
An academic study showing support for Kezia Dugdale staying on as Scottish Labour leader was based on focus groups and interviews involving just 53 people.

Fears school inspection shake-up will give parents less information on educat...
11 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND'S schools inspectorate is under attack over plans that may see parents given less information on educational standards.

Anti-tax avoidance trade union has investment in tax haven firm
11 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
A TRADE union in the vanguard of the campaign to expose tax avoidance has an investment in a firm based in the Channel Islands tax haven of Jersey.

One third of Glasgow Labour councillors expected to stand down at next election
11 Dec 2016 at 12:10am
A THIRD of Labour councillors in Glasgow are expected to stand down at next year?s local authority election, prompting claims of an ?exodus? from the city chambers.

Former Labour rebels plan to stand against party next May
10 Dec 2016 at 12:11am
A GROUP of former Labour councillors are planning to stand against their old colleagues in North Lanarkshire, in a move which could help the SNP gain the council.

Ruth Davidson piles pressure on May to crackdown on tax-haven firm loophole
10 Dec 2016 at 12:10am
Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Theresa May to launch a crackdown against a legal loophole that has seen Scotland advertised as a tax haven across Eastern Europe after an intervention by all five party leaders north of the border.

 

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Forecasts for Scots economy remain ?weak? and hampered by Brexit
12 Dec 2016 at 6:47pm
Economic growth forecasts for Scotland have been increased but remain “weak” for the next few years and hampered by Brexit uncertainty, according to a new report.

Council bosses back £144m Glasgow Airport direct rail link
12 Dec 2016 at 5:58pm
Council leaders have taken another step forward in securing a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre.

Nicola Sturgeon named on 2016 ?global thinkers? list
12 Dec 2016 at 4:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been included in a list of the leading global thinkers of 2016 alongside the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Ban Ki-Moon.

Nicola Sturgeon: I?ll meet Donald Trump if he comes to Scotland
12 Dec 2016 at 4:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will meet US President-elect Donald Trump if the opportunity arises, telling a magazine she is “sure” the tycoon turned world leader will visit Scotland during his term in office.

Rail fare freeze demand after fresh delays
12 Dec 2016 at 4:05pm
More than 60 trains a day were cancelled or significantly late inside a month, the latest official figures have shown.

Borders Railway film to attract US tourists
12 Dec 2016 at 3:54pm
A new film featuring some of the treasures of the Scottish Borders is to be used to attract US tourists to the new Borders Railway to explore southeast Scotland.

Discovery sheds new light on life of Scottish political radical Thomas Muir
12 Dec 2016 at 3:44pm
In the modern era he has been hailed as the father of Scottish democracy, but was once considered a dangerous radical whose ideas must be suppressed.

Campaigners call for ?Scottish approach? to abortion
12 Dec 2016 at 3:06pm
Ministers are being urged to develop a “Scottish approach” to abortion which could see women permitted to end a pregnancy in their own home.

Mental health strategy unveiled by Tories
12 Dec 2016 at 2:03pm
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for a £300 million funding boost for mental health services.

Kilmarnock College opens on former Johnny Walker site
12 Dec 2016 at 1:57pm
Nicola Sturgeon has pledged her government will continue its commitment to colleges as she officially opened a new institution built on the site of a former whisky bottling plant.

Farmers right to have a beef with efficiency scheme
12 Dec 2016 at 9:24am
You would have thought that throwing a £45 million bone to Scotland’s beef producers in the form of the beef efficiency scheme (BES) would have had all the makings of a happy-ever-after story.

Ewan MacDonald-Russell: Our wish list for Derek Mackay
12 Dec 2016 at 8:43am
The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement showed just how challenging the next few years will be for the economy.

Big businesses back campaign for more female leaders
12 Dec 2016 at 7:51am
Some of Britain’s biggest businesses are looking to increase the number of women in top-level roles by nearly a third over the next five years, a UK government report has said.

Alex Neil: Postpone indyref2 until after Brexit deal for best chance
12 Dec 2016 at 7:13am
The SNP should postpone indyref2 until after a deal on Brexit, claims a former party cabinet minister.

Gloomy economic data prompts calls to boost businesses
12 Dec 2016 at 6:52am
Action is required to bolster the outlook for both the Scottish and UK economies, according to various economic studies published today pointing to a clouded horizon, but with some glimpses of optimism.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Court circulars
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Dec 2016 at 11:56am
Just a brief update on some legal shenanigans. Having received no response to TWO lawyers’ letters, I’ve filed a court claim against Express Newspapers over false and defamatory claims made in an article by Siobhan McFadyen (sourced by JK Rowling) on the Sunday Express website of 30 October, as detailed in this Wings article. The court …

The ratio of truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Dec 2016 at 9:57am
Alert readers will remember that last month we debunked a front-page story from the Scottish Daily Mail about SNP MPs’ expenses, which made the spectacularly untrue claim that they were more expensive than their Unionist predecessors, when in fact they cost significantly less and did far more work. A couple of days ago the Mail finally …

Red, white and blue
by Chris Cairns
10 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

At the top of the dial
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2016 at 9:38am
We’ll be honest, there are some bits of this that make us wince, and unfortunately most of them come in the first two minutes where they’ll do the most damage in terms of getting a persuadeable voter to watch the rest of it. But it’s an important piece of work, containing stuff even we didn’t …

Return of the vortex
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2016 at 3:19pm
Particularly alert readers may recall a phenomenon we haven’t covered much recently, whereby aspects of politics magically transform as they cross the border between Scotland and the rest of the UK. But this week we’ve had a sighting in a new area. Sounds pretty bad for poor old Wales. The results weren’t so great for Scotland …

Just following orders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2016 at 9:46am
Reiner Luyken is a 65-year-old German journalist who’s spent more than half of his life in the Highlands, and seems to have a knack for upsetting the neighbours. We’re sure it was just an unfortunate one-off misunderstanding. Oh. Perhaps not. Still, one thing that can be said is that when an instruction from a superior officer comes calling, …

This time they really mean it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Dec 2016 at 1:05pm
Alert readers may have noticed with barely-concealed disinterest that Scottish Labour have announced their intention to have another really hard think about devolution. With Labour not looking like being in power at either Holyrood or Westminster for at least a decade, and their opinions therefore being about as relevant as our ideas as to who …

The Gambit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Dec 2016 at 11:11am
Unionists got very excited last week about a YouGov poll for the Times which showed that not only had the post-Brexit bump in support for independence been undone, but that it was now (fractionally) below the level recorded in the indyref for the first time since the September 2014 vote. (It was a slightly curious poll, …

There?s no other way
by Chris Cairns
3 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 677
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2016 at 12:49pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale at FMQs today. Just for fun, let’s do the sums again, shall we? As the FM pointed out, when Labour were last in power 85% of patients were treated within 18 weeks. The figures since the SNP took power are 96% within 12 weeks. But since Kezia Dugdale is apparently unable to …

BBC Scotland

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How will budget impact on local council services?
12 Dec 2016 at 12:40pm
BBC Scotland local government correspondent Jamie McIvor looks at what Thursday's Scottish budget will mean for local services.


Ex-minister: 'No indyref2 before Brexit'
12 Dec 2016 at 10:39am
A second Scottish independence referendum should not be held before Brexit negotiations are completed, former minister Alex Neil says.


Police Scotland meets SFA over football abuse claims
12 Dec 2016 at 6:32pm
Police Scotland and officials from the Scottish Football Association meet to discuss allegations of child sex abuse within the sport.


More funding cuts 'disastrous' for councils, warns Cosla
12 Dec 2016 at 8:37am
Further cuts to council funding would be "disastrous", according to the head of local government body Cosla.


MSPs consider inquiry over merging of enterprise boards
12 Dec 2016 at 5:45pm
A Holyrood committee may consider holding an inquiry into plans for a single board to oversee Scotland's enterprise agencies.


Scottish diabetes equipment funding increase
11 Dec 2016 at 1:25am
People with diabetes are to be given improved access to equipment after a £10m funding programme is announced.


Trump phone call to Nicola Sturgeon
9 Dec 2016 at 8:34pm
US President-elect Donald Trump and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have their first phone conversation.


New BBC Scotland director in local funding pledge
10 Dec 2016 at 12:51am
BBC Scotland's new director pledges to spend more licence fee funds collected north of the border on Scottish programming.


Bill tabled to integrate railway policing into Police Scotland
9 Dec 2016 at 3:33pm
A bill is tabled at the Scottish Parliament to allow Police Scotland to take over the policing of railways north of the border.


Civil rights lawyer calls for football abuse inquiry
9 Dec 2016 at 10:49am
A leading civil rights lawyer adds his voice to calls for an inquiry into child abuse in Scottish football.


Tories back Air Passenger Duty tax cut on long-haul flights
9 Dec 2016 at 1:14pm
The Scottish Conservatives back abolishing Air Passenger Duty on long-haul flights, having previously opposed cutting the tax.


Rising workload 'hits patient care', BMA survey finds
9 Dec 2016 at 2:21pm
More than 90% of Scottish GPs say their rising workload has negatively affected patient care, a BMA Scotland survey finds.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Heartbreak for Rennie as Carnoustie by-election fails to show much trace of a...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2016 at 12:53pm
Immediately after the Richmond Park result became clear a few days ago, Professor John Curtice speculated about the possibility of an 'Eastboune effect' - a reference to a by-election gain out of t...

UK government boasts that "The Vow" was a gigantic con-trick
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2016 at 7:32am
As we all remember, a key part of the panic-stricken last-minute "Vow" that helped to secure a narrow No victory in the independence referendum was the promise that the devolved Scottish Parliament...

You've dunnit again, Gov.
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about yesterday's YouGov poll on independence.  It also rehearses some of the many shortcomings of YouGov's poll...

"Engrossing" YouGov poll finds that Scotland is behind Sturgeon's drive to re...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2016 at 9:57am
A new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll is out today, and the most significant finding is that there is narrow majority support (albeit within the margin of error) for Scotland seeking to remain in t...

Amazement and astonishment in Arbroath, Angus as buoyant SNP bag a by-electio...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2016 at 5:28pm
Not entirely sure why a by-election was held on a Monday - it's deeply unnatural, like an accurate John McTernan prediction, or something like that.  Anyway, here is the result...Arbroath East and ...

Scot Goes Pop mourns the passing of Fidel Castro
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2016 at 8:35pm
We interrupt your normal programming with a special message for our resident troll, who had this to say earlier -"Not even a mention of Fidel on this fash right wing Nat si blog."Consider Fidel men...

To state the bleedin' obvious : yes, the US presidential polls were wrong
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2016 at 10:43pm
As GA Ponsonby wittily put it a couple of hours ago -"The social media relationship between James Kelly and Stuart Campbell has broken down. Yet another reason for Humza to resign quite frankly."Ye...

The corner of Scotland that will be forever Trumpton
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2016 at 6:08pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the terrifying lessons Scotland has learned about Donald Trump from our own ill-fated dalliance with him ...

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What do Scottish banks actually get out of printing their own notes?
by /u/politicsnotporn
12 Dec 2016 at 6:47pm
Serious question I really just don't understand, they're businesses, I don't believe they'd spend so much money just to be quirky. submitted by /u/politicsnotporn

Women's groups urge Scotland to scrap two doctors abortion rule | World news
by /u/ewenmax
12 Dec 2016 at 6:24pm
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New RBS fiver under uv light
by /u/hairyneil
12 Dec 2016 at 6:04pm
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Fears missing woman came to harm as police dig up garden
by /u/speelingmistake
12 Dec 2016 at 5:51pm
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Aberdeen bypass hit by delay as contractor misses deadline
by /u/abz_eng
12 Dec 2016 at 4:31pm
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Here's a thought: let's devolve the issue of immigration
by /u/bottish
12 Dec 2016 at 4:14pm
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Nicola Sturgeon included in Foreign Policy's list of Global Thinkers
by /u/mankieneck
12 Dec 2016 at 4:11pm
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What caused the dramatic change in the results of the two devolution referend...
by /u/theonehundredmod
12 Dec 2016 at 3:05pm
So in the first one while there was a majority in favour it was hardly an overwhelming amount which is part of the reason the vote actually failed. Then not even 20 years later a much further reach...

Oil prices jump on new output deal - BBC News
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12 Dec 2016 at 1:28pm
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The former Cumbernauld drug addict who's now a successful businessman - BBC News
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12 Dec 2016 at 12:53pm
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Second independence referendum 'should not be held until after Brexit deal st...
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12 Dec 2016 at 11:28am
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Travis cover Del Amitri's 'Nothing Ever Happens' for Spina Bifida Hydrocephal...
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12 Dec 2016 at 10:43am
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My first Sgian Dubh post seemed to go over well so here are some more I made ...
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12 Dec 2016 at 10:31am
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Inverness gains place in global tourism Top 10 following record growth
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12 Dec 2016 at 10:27am
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John Swinney calls for SFA to set up independent inquiry into historical chil...
by Lynsey Bews
11 Dec 2016 at 1:37pm
The Deputy First Minister believes an independent inquiry is needed, stating he would not allow the government's historical abuse inquiry to include football.


Gambling campaigners warn government ministers they'll have 'blood on their h...
by Mark Aitken
11 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling, fixed odds betting terminals can put punters out of pocket by as much as £100 every 20 seconds.


Scottish bomb factory linked to another war crime in crisis-hit Yemen as West...
by Billy Briggs
11 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Boris Johnson has accused Saudi Arabia of 'playing proxy wars' in the Middle East as Oxfam warns Yemen is being starved to death.


Playing cat and mouse around remote Scottish islands aboard hunter killer sub...
by Ali Kefford
10 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Rare insight into the lives of 120-crew about HMS Torbay as she does final training in the Atlantic before winter patrol.


It would do a disservice to brave Michelle Thomson if austerity harmed plight...
by Record View
10 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
THE Edinburgh MP bravely shared the details of her ordeal in a powerful speech in the House of Commons, but has warned charities need urgent financial help.


Donald Trump calls Nicola Sturgeon as previously clashing leaders have discus...
by Record Reporter
9 Dec 2016 at 8:20pm
Sturgeon was a vocal critic of Trump's during the campaign and even told Gary: Tank Commander during an election interview that she would 'dingy him'.


Labour MP warns party is heading for 'electoral disaster' after they finish f...
by Andrew Woodcock
9 Dec 2016 at 10:10am
Veteran MP David Winnick, 83, says the latest result shows that the leadership has to ditch its "bunker mentality" and join the real world.


Labour slump to fourth as Tories win English by-election to help retain slend...
by Record Reporter
9 Dec 2016 at 8:22am
New Conservative MP Caroline Johnson vows to bolster Theresa May's position in the UK Parliament to make sure Brexit is pushed through.


Nicola Sturgeon is reacting to a Brexit agenda rather than dictating an indep...
by David Clegg
9 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Our political editor reflects on how that old adage "events, dear boy, events" has the previously teflon First Minister seemingly on the back foot.


Former Chancellor George Osborne's £500K from seven-week speaking tour a disg...
by Record View
8 Dec 2016 at 10:23pm
If you didn't like him before, George Osborne just made around £26K an hour to talk ... more than the average UK salary.

Michael Greenwell


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

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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Frankie Boyle on JK Rowling
by michaelgreenwell
19 Oct 2016 at 11:01am
This was tweeted by someone this morning but has actually been on youtube for over a year. It’s short and to the point…

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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What?s going on in America?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Dec 2016 at 6:43pm
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2016, a Dictionary
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2016 at 9:39pm
Citizens of Nowhere – in this year of tumultuous change, let’s take another look at that most insidious beast, the language used to distort, manipulate and recreate our reality to suit the purpose of those in pursuit (or defence) of power. We’re not talking about the superb neologisms of the past year: ghosting (the practice …

Standing Our Ground
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2016 at 5:21pm
Standing Rock Last Sunday the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not grant the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River. With that the Standing Rock Sioux tribe secured a crucial victory in their months-long campaign against the Pipeline. Despite the freezing weather and the aggression of …

Fix the Train, then Get On It
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Dec 2016 at 8:17pm
It seems barely a week goes by without the debate on criticism from within the Independence camp rears its fire-breathing, double-sided head on social media or within comment sections on alternative media articles. The goalposts shift, but both sides fear an own goal, and differ on what might constitute that. Details each day vary, but …

Print Your Own Labels
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2016 at 2:39pm
Every six months or so I meet my friend?s son for a catch up. He?s twenty-one and has left home in the highlands for uni in Edinburgh. The last time we met he took his new girlfriend and the three of us went for coffee and a wander at the meadows. I asked his girlfriend …

Supporting Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2016 at 11:22am
Bella is ten years old next year and we’re organising some pretty special events to celebrate (details in January). Over that time have been building an ever-expanding community of writers, critics, journalists and thinkers with a commitment to challenging power and pushing for a Scottish democracy. But we need your help. We can only do …

Bein Yersels
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2016 at 10:57am
“Tae be yersels an tae make that worth bein, nae harder job tae mortals has been gien.” – Hugh MacDiarmid Author, language activist, playwright, documentary maker and Bella editorial board member Billy Kay has been recognised for his contribution to Scots at Na Trads -2016 Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards 2016, from Dundee. You can watch …

Supreme Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Dec 2016 at 12:11pm
The derision that followed Kezia Dugdales IPPR speech yesterday was amplified by its coming on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling on Article 50. Most people will just be bored to tears by the Supreme Court proceedings and its turgid, dire, over-complicated nonsensical legalese. But it’s important. As Iain Macwhirter puts it succinctly: …

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Women's groups urge Scotland to scrap two doctors abortion rule
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Dec 2016 at 5:54pm
Devolution of abortion law to Holyrood offers opportunity to develop a distinct approach, campaigners sayThe Scottish government should scrap the legal requirement for two doctors to approve a termination, effectively decriminalising the procedure, and consider regulating abortion drugs for use b...

Donald Trump calls Nicola Sturgeon for 'brief introductory' talk
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Dec 2016 at 8:38pm
Scotland?s first minister and US president-elect said to have discussed their nations? longstanding relationshipDonald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon have spoken for the first time since the US election. The president-elect called Scotland?s first minister on Friday for what aides described as ?a brie...

Brexit and the new devolution crisis: what are the issues?
by Dan Roberts Brexit policy editor
9 Dec 2016 at 1:10pm
Why should Brexit (or Ukexit) affect the UK?s internal arrangements, and what is Westminster?s response?The last week has seen a flurry of interventions by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland arguing for a greater say in how the UK government conducts negotiations to leave the European Union. Re...

The UK needs a new Act of Union to prevent it breaking once and for all | Kez...
by Kezia Dugdale
7 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The Tories? reckless Brexit gamble threatens to end our historic union. My proposals would meet the demands of the Scottish people and benefit all the UKThe historic union between the nations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is at risk once again.Little over two years since Scots voted decis...

Scottish Labour calls for new federal state to unite UK after Brexit
by Severin Carrell and Peter Walker
7 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale says UK needs ?new political settlement? to prevent a post-Brexit splitKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has called for a radical reshaping of the UK into a federal state with Scotland taking control over fisheries, farming and social rights now covered by EU laws.In a spee...

Government 'to lose foreign policy controls' if article 50 ruling upheld
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
6 Dec 2016 at 1:26pm
James Eadie tells supreme court Commons would gain new powers that could have ?serious implications? for foreign affairsParliament will gain new and extensive controls over the conduct of foreign policy if the supreme court rejects ministers? right to use the royal prerogative to trigger Brexit, ...

Scotland to raise age of criminal responsibility to 12 years
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:40pm
Legislation will end ?national embarrassment? of having lowest age of responsibility in Europe, eight years of ageScotland?s minimum age of criminal responsibility will be raised to 12 years, in line with UN standards, after the current minimum age of eight, the lowest in Europe, was labelled a ?...

UK government lawyers dismiss Scotland and Wales's article 50 fears
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:15pm
Row erupts before supreme court case over claims by devolved administrations that they should have say on triggering BrexitA constitutional row over devolution has erupted ahead of next week?s article 50 case in the supreme court, setting the attorney generals in London and Belfast at odds with t...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A matter of pride
A guest post by Samuel Miller I see both Mr Brown and Mr Darling have endorsed Kezia Dugdale’s musings on a constitutional convention and a call for movement toward some ambiguous form of federalism then. This in spite of the fact that the recent government submission in the Supreme Court kinda casts our ‘devolution journey’ …

A big boy did it? a cautionary tale.
A guest post by Samuel Miller You’d think they’d learn by this point wouldn’t you? Politics by sound bite and policy by media forum has worked out so wonderfully well for the peoples of the UK. Manipulating and driving the opinion of the masses using dog whistle, short termist strategies and the politics of expediency. …

This is the week
A guest post by Samuel Miller This is the week where Government, political class, nations and their electorates divided in a court room. This is the week where Scotland found out the true meaning of devolution, better togetherness, pooling and sharing and the nature of political union under the ?Mother of Parliaments?. This is the …

Enough gilding the red white and blue turd
I wasn’t going to blog again before leaving for my holidays, but today’s events in the Supreme Court can’t pass unremarked. Let’s be perfectly blunt here, Fluffy Mundell is a liar. He stood before the people of Scotland and he brazenly and openly lied to us. He’s a disgrace to Scotland. He’s the voice of …

The voice of the somersault-right
Over the weekend we had a welcome bit of offensiveness from the Scottish government. Usually it’s the Tories who are offensive, but then being offensive is a synonym for Tory in much the same way that populist is a synonym for fascist and alt-right is a synonym for white supremacist with body odour who blames …

The rights and wrongs of apathy
I’m an atheist. Well no, that’s not strictly true. Some atheists can be a bit shouty and Richard Dawkinsish. I used to be an atheist when I was young, mainly because I enjoyed winding up the priest and the RE teacher when I was at Catholic school. I’ve mellowed a lot now and converted to …

The sour Tory milk of human unkindness
Can Scotland get a special Brexit deal? Can Boris Johnson survive the Brexit process without pissing off a major European country? Can the adolescent supporters of the alt-right ever actually get laid, and will they ever realise that masturbating in front of internet photos of Pepe the Frog doesn’t really count as a sexual encounter? …

British Mortification
At long last we finally know what the hitherto meaningless phrase Brexit means Brexit means. Thanks to some Tory aide who wandered out into Downing Street clutching some briefing notes which were accidentally, or possibly accidentally on purpose, on show, the world has discovered that what we all thought all along is actually true. Brexit …

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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...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee ? Remaining With th...
        The vast majority of pensioners rely on the State pension for survival         Pension Payments are Unsustainable and Invite Radical Change The cost of pension support to the UK exceeds £110bn annually. Expenditure will automatically uplift by at least 2.5% each year (up to 2020) meeting the Tory … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee – Remaining Wi...

The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics ? But Stupid and Dangerous ? Not a...
      The Mundell political Dynasty           25 October 2016: Mundell’s son (the MSP) says that the SNP’s pursuit of a ‘Norway-style’ deal with the EU could force a Scottish English Border He said: “This is yet more evidence that the SNP are only interested in breaking up our United … Continue reading The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics – But Stupid and Dangerous – Not at All Funny – Th...

Lucy Frazer ? Tory MP ? Destined for Greatness ? Jewess ? Strangely Seemingly...
                Lucy Frazer (1972), is a Conservative Party politician. Born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire. She is the descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants. (Frazer is a common Jewish surname) Her paternal Great Grandfather was Jewish immigrant: Barnet Frazer. ( A tailor to trade, Russian born (1880-1933) settled in … Continue reading Lucy Frazer – Tory MP – Destined for Greatness – Jewess ...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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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 …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America
How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 10th 2016 America has shaken itself and the world. Something seismic has happened which has compounded experts, the political classes, and observers all round the world. But in this year of revolt and surprises – from Leicester City and …

What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics
What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, November 8th 2016 This has been a fascinating election; a true rollercoaster of emotions – of hope and fear, the spectre of bigotry and violence, and the flames of intolerance, and even insurrection, raised in some right-wing circles. Here …

Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland
Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, November 6th 2016 This weekend I attended a Donald Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire. It was a surreal experience – of a Presidential candidate who isn?t a professional politician, who has a limited conventional manifesto, and is running on what …

Scotland and Independence

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Will Trump Support Scottish Independence? - Newsmax

Newsmax
Will Trump Support Scottish Independence?
Newsmax
President-elect Donald Trump Friday had a "short congratulatory call" with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon ? and transition staff said that the leaders looked "forward to strengthening the relationship between Scotland and the United States.".
EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON - Commission says it WON'T negotiate separate Brexit deal for Scot...

Second independence referendum 'should not be held until after Brexit deal st...

Herald Scotland
Second independence referendum 'should not be held until after Brexit deal struck'
Herald Scotland
A second Scottish independence referendum should not be held before Brexit negotiations are completed, former minister Alex Neil has said. The SNP MSP told The Times newspaper he did not want to see a "premature referendum" and believes waiting to ...
Alex Neil: IndyRef2 ballot paper s...

Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling - Th...

The Independent
Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling
The Independent
Support for Scottish independence has fallen below the 45 per cent achieved in the 2014 referendum, a new poll has found. The YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found backing for a Yes vote in a second ballot on the country's constitutional future ...
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest s...

Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ... - Busine...

Business Insider
Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ...
Business Insider
Scotland could be offered a second referendum on independence from the UK, but only after Brexit has completed, according to a report by The Times on ...
Scotland deal would offer vote on independence after BrexitThe Times (subscription)
Support for Scottish independence down since Brexit vote, say...

YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ... - Business ...

YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ...
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Politicians predicted that Brexit would cause a surge in support for Scottish independence ? we asked Professor John Curtice why the opposite is happening.

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Robert the Bruce had leprosy: 3D scanning reveals diseased face of 700-year-o...

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Robert the Bruce had leprosy: 3D scanning reveals diseased face of 700-year-old father of Scottish independence
Daily Mail
The face of a heroic Scottish King has emerged from the shadows for the first time in 700 years. Scientists used 3D scans of Robert the Bruce's skull to create remarkable images of what he would have looked like during his reign of Scotland in the 14th ...
Is this the ...

Nicola Sturgeon faces dilemma over anti-Brexit push - Financial Times

Financial Times
Nicola Sturgeon faces dilemma over anti-Brexit push
Financial Times
Monica Frassoni, European Green party co-chair, said she was ?not generally in favour of new countries popping up?, but that the Brexit vote had clearly given Scottish aspirations for independence a ?different dimension?. Joachim Denkinger, a Green ...

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A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' sup...

A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' support for Scottish Labour
Business Insider
So what's happening? The question of Scottish independence is back on the table since the UK voted to leave the EU. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argues that a "material change in circumstances" gives her the mandate to call a second independence ...

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Women's groups urge Scotland to scrap two doctors abortion rule - The Guardian

The Guardian
Women's groups urge Scotland to scrap two doctors abortion rule
The Guardian
With abortion law devolved to Holyrood as part of the Scotland Act 2016, the report argues that the SNP government must now ?be bold in creating a distinctive approach? by removing it from criminal statute and regulating it like any other healthcare ...

Donald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon (PA Wire) - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Donald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon (PA Wire)
Herald Scotland
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that she would meet outspoken new US president-elect Donald Trump, a year after she stripped him of his 'Global Scot' status. The SNP leader said that she hoped that she could develop a ?relationship based on ...

OMV Petrom leads blue-chip gainers on Bucharest bourse, share indices mostly ...

SeeNews
OMV Petrom leads blue-chip gainers on Bucharest bourse, share indices mostly rise
SeeNews
BUCHAREST (Romania), December 12 (SeeNews) - Romania's top oil and gas group OMV Petrom SNP led the gainers among the blue chips on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) on Monday, bourse data showed. OMV Petrom shares went up after the ...

Genetic screening can spot people at greater risk of arsenic toxicity - Chand...

Chandigarh Tribune
Genetic screening can spot people at greater risk of arsenic toxicity
Chandigarh Tribune
Called SNP or snips (abbreviated for single nucleotide polymorphism), each such variation represents a difference in a single DNA building block, called a nucleotide. The study centred on the rs9527 SNP (having the nucleotide adenine instead of guanine).

Sinopec to sell 50% pipeline stake for $3.3B - Seeking Alpha

Sinopec to sell 50% pipeline stake for $3.3B
Seeking Alpha
Sinopec (SNP +0.2%) agrees to sell a near-50% stake in its Sichuan-East China gas pipeline project to two state-owned companies for 22.8B yuan ($3.3B) in a bid to raise capital to fund its growing natural gas business. SNP says China Life Insurance ...

Alan Cumming compares Nicola Sturgeon to wild animal looking after 'lucky cub...

Daily Mail
Alan Cumming compares Nicola Sturgeon to wild animal looking after 'lucky cubs'
Daily Mail
He returned to Scotland to interview the SNP leader for the latest edition of the Big Issue. And Cumming seemed to get slightly carried away as he described how the world was living in the 'Nicola Sturgeon era'. 'For me, she is the most respected ...

James McEnaney: @NicolaSturgeon must be held accountable for school league ta...

CommonSpace
James McEnaney: @NicolaSturgeon must be held accountable for school league tables
CommonSpace
The Australian NAPLAN system ? which, like the SNP's proposals, is heavily dependent upon standardised testing - is a good example of this, with investigations finding that it has had "largely negative" effects due in no small part to "the desire to be ...

Alex Neil: IndyRef2 ballot paper should have two questions on it - iNews

iNews
Alex Neil: IndyRef2 ballot paper should have two questions on it
iNews
Nicola Sturgeon should delay calling another referendum on Scottish independence until after the next general election in 2020, Alex Neil has said, adding that the ballot paper should have two questions on it. The former SNP cabinet minister, who ...

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Ex-minister: 'No indyref2 before Brexit' - BBC News

Herald Scotland
Ex-minister: 'No indyref2 before Brexit'
BBC News
A second Scottish independence referendum should not be held before Brexit negotiations are completed, former minister Alex Neil has said. Mr Neil told The Times newspaper he did not want to see a "premature referendum". And he believes waiting to see ...
Alex Neil: IndyRef2 ballot paper should have two questions on itiNews
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Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ... - Busine...

Business Insider
Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ...
Business Insider
Scotland could be offered a second referendum on independence from the UK, but only after Brexit has completed, according to a report by The Times on ...

Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum' - Scotsman

The Scottish Sun
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum'
Scotsman
Support for Scottish independence has plummeted in the past two years - according to a national survey. The newest findings from YouGov put support for separation at 44 per cent - one point lower than the independence referendum in 2014. Backing for ...
Nicola Sturgeon is warned the SNP's bid for a second ......

Who speaks in a referendum? Scotland's Indyref TV news coverage - EUROPP - Eu...

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Who speaks in a referendum? Scotland's Indyref TV news coverage
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
The 2014 Scottish independence referendum saw unprecedented political engagement on a scale rarely seen of late in the UK. But, ask Alenka Jelen-Sanchez and Marina Dekavalla, was this broad engagement replicated in mainstream television coverage?...

Alex Salmond: Respect Holyrood over Brexit or get indyref2 - Scotsman

Express.co.uk
Alex Salmond: Respect Holyrood over Brexit or get indyref2
Scotsman
He said: ?If the UK Government doesn't accede to Scotland's interests and it ignores the Scottish Parliament then that makes another independence referendum, as the First Minister has already said, highly likely. ?If the UK Government fails to respect ...
The real Conservative Party boss is at WestminsterHerald Scotla...

North sea oil - Scotland's drop in the ocean - Holyrood.com

Holyrood.com
North sea oil - Scotland's drop in the ocean
Holyrood.com
With the price of oil having crashed by nearly 100 per cent in the last 18 months, financial cases made during the 2014 referendum on independence are looking increasingly flimsy. While former first minister Alex Salmond claimed oil could make every ...



Minister who piloted legislation for the EU referendum through ... - Herald S...

Herald Scotland
Minister who piloted legislation for the EU referendum through ...
Herald Scotland
THE MINISTER piloting the EU Referendum legislation through Parliament admitted that the vote was merely "advisory", it has emerged.
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EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON - Commission says it WON'T negotiate separate Brexit de...

Express.co.uk
EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON - Commission says it WON'T negotiate separate Brexit deal for Scots
Express.co.uk
The Scottish First Minister has been spearheading a relentless campaign to keep Scotland in the European single market since the shock referendum result in June, which she claims is taking the majority of Scots out of the EU against their will. But in ...
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Tremendous Article
This is how we are being perceived and received abroad,  which you won't hear of in the British press.  Typical disgusting bigoted regressive interjection from murdo fraser for added comedy value.   He really is seething lol.    https://archive.is/dCc90

P&B Politics Awards 2016
Good afternoon As in many other parts of the forum December is the awards season. The politics forum is often more heat than light and it is probably only marginally better than the juniors but it would be a shame not to recognise the contribution made by many on here, who are presumably ...

Why do some people hate the SNP?
I for one am a member as I'm Scottish and it's the only party I trust for Scotland Opposing views?

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...

A A Gill's final article
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/more-life-with-your-kids-more-life-with-your-friends-more-life-spent-on-earth-but-only-if-you-pay-d7lwpht3j?shareToken=7542bf09098d2d7c8476534aace643bd "More life with your kids, more life with your friends, more life spent on earth ? but only if you pay." ...

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

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Can You Post Like "Fermer" ?
Well, can you write a post uncannily similar in content and tone to those of resident attention seeking, aggressive, threatening, mopish, alcoholic, anti-Catholic bigot that is "Fermer" and his bizarre, meandering, paranoid and contradictory posts ? I think I can. Here goes...... Quote...

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Architects and engineers 9/11
This isn't something I've spent a great deal of time looking into but came across this the other night.  Worth a watch and they present a convincing alternative to what happened to the buildings. 

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Ocean Colour Scene ticket for sale 10th Dec Glasgow Hydro
Ticket for sale level 2 Bk 226 Row V . Playing the Moseley Shoals album.  Glasvegas support act. Face value ticket price £37.50 or nearest reasonable offer. PM me if interested

Education In Scotland
Declining further. Stats are poor. Postcode and family income big determination on future success.  John Swinney has no answers in interviews today.  At least kids from private school get free uni and don't need to worry about end of grants.

WestWorld
Thoughts? I think that I think I know what the hell is going on. Could turn out to be a good TV series and I'll rewatch the original movie soon as well.

Find The Band
https://quiz.ifour.co.uk/ Been doing it since yesterday and currently got 94. Stuck now though.

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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 ...