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Pupils to return to class next week after Edinburgh school closures spark cal...
11 Apr 2016 at 5:36pm
The Scottish Government has been accused of having "washed its hands" on school safety, with Tories claiming the SNP three times refused their call for school inspectors to including building standards in their reports.

SNP accused over flood of ?trivial? Commons motions
11 Apr 2016 at 10:35am
SNP MPs are among the most eager tablers of House of Commons motions - accounting for almost 44 per cent of all so-called early day motions (EDMs) put down since the General Election last May.

Sturgeon vows 'better deal' for Scotland's elderly
11 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
Financial health checks for older people and reforms of the winter fuel allowance are among the measures the SNP is proposing to deliver a "better, fairer deal" for senior citizens, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Live Q&A: Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie
11 Apr 2016 at 11:04am
Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Sunday Herald Political Hustings: Culture & Arts
10 Apr 2016 at 12:07am
Fiona Hyslop

Nicola Sturgeon: David Cameron has betrayed public trust
8 Apr 2016 at 11:50am
THE SNP is piling the pressure on David Cameron over his financial affairs with Nicola Sturgeon accusing the Prime Minister of "betraying public trust" and bringing politics into disrepute and as her colleague Angus Robertson calls for the Tory leader to make a full Commons statement when MPs return on Monday.

Rennie: I'll never forgive Tories for Labour SNP coalition election 'fear str...
8 Apr 2016 at 11:11am
Willie Rennie has revealed that he will never forgive the Conservatives for dividing the UK during the General Election.

Axe to fall on rich following council tax reforms, think tanks says
8 Apr 2016 at 10:03am
A FAIRER system of local taxation is set to be introduced in Scotland with the rich set to see their bills rise by ten times more than the poor, a new analysis has found.

Ministers could be forced to defend £9m pro-EU leaflet spending before MPs
8 Apr 2016 at 8:42am
Ministers could be hauled to Parliament to defend spending taxpayers' cash on a pro-EU leaflet after a petition opposing it passed the 100,000 threshold.

Brexit vote 'might deter EU students from attending UK universities'
8 Apr 2016 at 8:44am
A Brexit could deter EU students from attending British universities and damage the economy, Remain supporters have said.

Six things the polls are indicating ahead of Holyrood election
7 Apr 2016 at 9:14am
Opinion polls for the Scottish elections all point to one thing - a decisive victory for Nicola Sturgeon and a second SNP majority at Holyrood.

Davidson: Tories are snapping at Labour's heels for second place in Holyrood ...
7 Apr 2016 at 9:21am
The Scottish Conservatives are "snapping at Labour's heels" for second place in May's election, leader Ruth Davidson has said.

Five constituencies to keep an eye on in the Holyrood election
7 Apr 2016 at 9:16am
While some polls suggest the SNP could be on track to sweep the constituency board in May, here are five areas where the contest could get interesting.

Rennie: Lib Dems are not interested in 'fighting the last war'
7 Apr 2016 at 9:08am
The Scottish Liberal Democrats are not interested in "fighting the last war", party leader Willie Rennie has said.

Independence views still key to half of Holyrood voters
7 Apr 2016 at 9:17am
Candidates campaigning for seats in the most powerful Scottish Parliament ever will have bagfuls of extra goodies to offer this session but many people only have one question: "What's your opinion on Scottish independence?"

 

Scotsman

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?Angry? David Cameron cracks down on offshore corruption
12 Apr 2016 at 12:42am
David Cameron has set out new measures to make it harder for people to hide the proceeds of corruption offshore, as Jeremy Corbyn and George Osborne published details of their tax returns.

School closures: Sturgeon calls for inquiry into PPP deals
12 Apr 2016 at 12:38am
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for an inquiry into controversial private finance deals after 17 Edinburgh schools were closed amid safety fears.

Scotland?s tax system could ?move away? from rest of UK
12 Apr 2016 at 12:26am
Scotland’s tax system could “move away” from the rest of the UK over the coming years with the prospect of lower earners paying less, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

North Korean spy boss defects to the South
12 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
A senior North Korean military officer who oversaw spying operations has defected, say South Korean officials.

Kerry says Hiroshima should teach human race to avoid conflict
12 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
An emotional John Kerry said Hiroshima’s history should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear weapons as he became the first US secretary of state to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing.

Leaders: How best to ensure the success of British Steel?
12 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
STIFF tariffs are needed to protect industry from cheap Chinese imports but this can only be done from within the EU, at present

Edinburgh school closures: council reveals contingency plans
11 Apr 2016 at 7:20pm
ALL primary and special school pupils will be back in schools by next Monday, the city council has said, as work continues to try to house high school students.

Sturgeon calls for inquiry into Edinburgh school closures
11 Apr 2016 at 5:51pm
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has intervened in the row over Edinburgh’s school clousres, calling on Labour to apologise for “signing up to extortionate PFI contracts” that had delivered “substandard buildings”.

Nicola Sturgeon vows ?better deal? for Scotland?s elderly
11 Apr 2016 at 12:31pm
Financial health checks for older people and reforms of the winter fuel allowance are among the measures the SNP is proposing to deliver a “better, fairer deal” for senior citizens, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

SNP accused of refusing calls for school building checks
11 Apr 2016 at 12:23pm
THE Scottish Government has been accused of having “washed its hands” on school safety, with Tories claiming the SNP three times refused their call for school inspectors to include building standards in their reports.

Donald Trump: I won over Scots and I?ll win over US
11 Apr 2016 at 11:27am
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Donald Trump claims his battle to build a controversial Scottish golf course will help him in his fight for the White House.

HMRC chief ?formerly linked to firm named in Panama Papers leak?
11 Apr 2016 at 10:54am
LABOUR has stepped up demands for an independent inquiry into the Panama Papers leak, after it emerged the head of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was previously a partner at a law firm which represented a number of offshore companies - including Blairmore Holdings, the fund set up by David Cameron’s father.

David Cameron facing Commons grilling over personal finances
11 Apr 2016 at 10:06am
DAVID Cameron will face questions in Parliament over his personal finances as he faces MPs for the first time since it emerged he had profited from an offshore fund.

Young people to quiz Scotland?s politicians in election debate
11 Apr 2016 at 9:57am
SCOTLAND’S political leaders will be quizzed by young people in an election hustings organised by student and apprentice unions today.

?Wasteful? deals under scrutiny as checks continue at city?s schools
11 Apr 2016 at 12:14am
THERE are growing calls for burdensome private finance contracts to be renegotiated after one of the country’s largest councils was forced to order the closure of 17 schools.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

The Scottish Resistance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2016 at 6:50pm
It’s a rare occasion when we feel compelled to salute Scotland’s mainstream media, but their restraint on discovering that a whole slew of PFI schools commissioned by Labour might be in danger of falling down at any moment was highly commendable. Restricting themselves merely to excising all mention of Labour from their coverage, the press …

All across the land
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2016 at 1:09pm
The Unionist parties are taking such a kicking in the polls for next month’s Holyrood election that you could forgive them for not always knowing where they were. The above tweet does indeed have the potential to be “astonishing”, given that (a) Ruth Davidson isn’t standing in Carnoustie, and (b) the 2011 result suggests that there are …

One day we?d like to be surprised
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Apr 2016 at 5:43pm
Alert readers may recall that a few months ago the Scottish press got itself in a right old lather about a temporary closure of the Forth Road Bridge. The SNP were attacked relentlessly in the media for what a subsequent inquiry in fact found to have been an “unforeseeable” fault on the bridge which posed no risk …

Call The Midwife
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Apr 2016 at 11:40am
The Scottish press and opposition’s incandescent and somewhat vague fury at the Scottish Government working to bring billions of pounds in investment to Scotland has continued undiminished in this weekend’s newspapers. Scottish Labour in particular are getting themselves very worked up about today’s Sunday Times. “Incredible”? Sounds exciting. Let’s find out more. Here’s the key passage …

Under his hat
by Chris Cairns
9 Apr 2016 at 6:55am

The final meltdown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2016 at 11:15am
Poor old Daily Record. What a distance to fall. It can’t be easy to be the declining tabloid’s Westminster political correspondent these days. Accustomed to decades of spoon-fed stories from tame Scottish Labour MPs, the SNP landslide of 2015 has left Crichton’s contacts book barer than Kezia Dugdale’s talent cupboard. The resentment has been building …

The panellist and the activist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2016 at 5:54pm
Those of you who read our post of earlier today probably didn’t feel there was anything ambiguous going on in it. When Ruth Davidson intervened in an election debate to protest that the chair, the BBC’s Louise White, was being unfair to Nicola Sturgeon, it was pretty obvious who she meant, and White’s response removed …

Hostile questioning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2016 at 2:10pm
We were rather gobsmacked, readers, when we tuned into this morning’s BBC Radio Scotland phone-in at 9am. Ostensibly discussing the promotion of “Rangers” to the Premiership, presenter Louise White adopted the most astonishingly, openly partisan and aggressive approach we’ve ever heard from a host on the state broadcaster (which is no small feat), on the …

Surveying desire
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2016 at 2:42pm
Right then, we need to start sorting this out. And it needs doing in an orderly way. Since a couple of weeks ago we’ve been inundated – like, inundated to pieces – with enquiries about printed editions of The Wee Black Book. So it’s time to get organised, and what that initially means is getting …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 676
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2016 at 10:50am
Kezia Dugdale, 7 March 2016: Let’s just run that one through the ol’ Checkalizer 5000. Less than a year previously: 11 months after that poll, under Dugdale’s leadership Scottish Labour have, entirely by coincidence, lurched suddenly to the left with proposals to hike income tax across the board which aren’t supported by Labour anywhere else in …

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Greens to launch Holyrood manifesto
12 Apr 2016 at 12:12am
The Scottish Greens are to unveil their manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May.

Calls for inquiry into school closures
11 Apr 2016 at 5:17pm
Nicola Sturgeon leads calls for a full inquiry to be held into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools over safety concerns.

Scots party leaders publish tax returns
10 Apr 2016 at 3:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon joins Scotland's other party leaders by publishing her tax returns amid calls for transparency over politicians' finances.

Greens and UKIP target 'breakthrough'
10 Apr 2016 at 1:52pm
The Scottish Greens and UKIP both target 'breakthrough' results in May's Holyrood election, their leaders tell the BBC.

Corbyn hits Holyrood campaign trail
10 Apr 2016 at 10:14am
Jeremy Corbyn joins Kezia Dugdale at a rally in Edinburgh as Holyrood campaigning continues.

Leaders outline employment policies
8 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Scotland's political leaders discuss their employment policies while out and about on the Holyrood campaign trail.

UKIP wants new 30p tax rate in Scotland
7 Apr 2016 at 11:09am
UKIP's Holyrood election manifesto pledges to introduce a new 30p income tax rate for workers earning between £45,300 and £55,000.

Party leaders set out poverty plans
7 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Scotland's political leaders largely focus on how best to reduce poverty levels and inequality as the Holyrood election campaign continues.

Dugdale quizzed about SNP work claim
6 Apr 2016 at 4:27pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale plays down suggestions she applied for work experience with the SNP 13 years ago.


Who earns the most in the public sector?
6 Apr 2016 at 10:35am
BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser looks claims by UKIP's David Coburn that some public officials are earning salaries of £100,000 plus.


Labour pledge to follow poverty plan
7 Apr 2016 at 12:48am
Scottish Labour pledges to follow all recommendations of a government poverty advisor after the SNP delayed its response to the report.

Parties hit road for Holyrood campaign
5 Apr 2016 at 2:32pm
Scotland's political leaders hit the road to campaign about transport infrastructure and finance ahead of the Holyrood elections.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Benson images on display at Holyrood
11 Apr 2016 at 11:58am
The work of one of the world's most renowned photographers to go on display at Holyrood

South of Scotland radio election debates
7 Apr 2016 at 2:07pm
Be in the audience of special election programmes putting politicians under the spotlight

Scot Goes Pop

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

New podcast
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2016 at 2:27pm
Just a quick note to let you know that myself and Michael Gray are the guests in this week's edition of the Newsnet podcast, hosted as always by Derek Bateman.  Topics discussed include the state o...

Dugdale's daft dreams turn to dust as brutal Survation poll condemns Scottish...
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2016 at 6:28pm
With less than a month to go until polling day, a new Survation poll has just been released placing Labour an eye-watering THIRTY-ONE points behind the SNP on the constituency ballot.Constituency b...

This TNS poll is so God-awful for Scottish Labour that J K Rowling didn't eve...
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2016 at 5:10pm
The monthly TNS poll of Holyrood voting intentions came out earlier today, and the big news is that Labour have returned to their all-time low of 19% on the constituency vote.  They've only previou...

New EU referendum polls from ICM and YouGov show a virtual dead heat
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2016 at 4:33pm
The weekly ICM referendum poll is out, and on the face of it, the results look pretty routine, slotting in more or less in the middle of ICM's 'normal range' -Should the United Kingdom remain a mem...

ORB telephone poll puts Leave just seven points behind - but what does it mean?
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2016 at 10:15pm
There does seem to be something about EU referendum polls.  Every time we need a particular type of poll to make things a little clearer, we kind of get it, but in a form that isn't actually of muc...

Ochone! Opinium's overnight offering is awfully ominous for pro-Europeans, a...
by James Kelly
3 Apr 2016 at 5:37am
Opinium have only conducted one previous voting intention poll over the course of the EU referendum campaign, and it showed a razor-thin Leave lead, so their new poll showing a four-point Leave adv...

Hmmmm. Doesn't Kenny Farquharson know the rules?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2016 at 6:09pm
Fairly predictably, it's been confirmed that the SNP will use 'Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister' as their additional description on the regional list ballot in the May election.  Kenny "Devo or D...

"David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland"
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2016 at 4:16am
It's probably not unusual for political parties to commission private polling which tests how voters react to a set of fairly extreme propaganda statements.  However, it's certainly quite rare for ...

Magnificent Maryfield makes mincemeat of Dugdale's minions as classy SNP stor...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2016 at 11:48pm
Maryfield by-election result (31st March) : SNP 49.5% (-1.3)Labour 22.7% (-13.7)Conservatives 10.5% (+3.2)Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 5.1% (+3.3)Greens 4.1% (n/a)Liberal Democrats 3...

BMG bonanza for Bullingdon bore Boris as new poll puts Leave ahead
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2016 at 5:38am
Last night saw another potentially significant development in polling for the EU referendum, as the second poll to be conducted since the Brussels atrocity suggested both an outright Leave lead and...

Sensational Ipsos-Mori poll confirms that Remain's lead in telephone polling ...
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2016 at 3:16pm
As you might remember, I had difficulty knowing what to make of the ORB telephone poll showing Leave in the lead, and the succession of ComRes telephone polls showing the Remain lead had slumped, b...

Hubristic Hothersall's hopes for happy Easter left in ruins as cruel Survatio...
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2016 at 5:26pm
Constituency ballot (pensioners only) :SNP 43%Conservatives 28%Labour 19%Liberal Democrats 6%Regional list ballot (pensioners only) :SNP 38%Conservatives 27%Labour 18%Liberal Democrats 7%Greens 5%U...

Leave campaign receive big boost in landmark ComRes telephone poll
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2016 at 9:26pm
As you'll remember, the Leave campaign took the lead in a telephone poll last week.  That was a genuinely sensational result, because all previous telephone polls had put Remain ahead by either a s...

Bungling Sunday Express left red-faced after catastrophically misinterpreting...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2016 at 1:41am
As long-term readers of this blog will know, the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey generally shows much lower support for independence than standard opinion polls.  That may be partly because of the...

Doomsday dawns for distraught Dugdale as splendidly sadistic Survation survey...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2016 at 5:20am
The latest poll in Survation's monthly series for Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters is now out, and it shows Labour slumping to joint all-time lows for Survation polls in both the constituency and list b...

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Lesley Riddoch: The problem with land in tax havens
by /u/JohnnyButtocks
11 Apr 2016 at 11:06pm
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Sturgeon: Questions on old PFI contracts 'must be answered'
by /u/mankieneck
11 Apr 2016 at 10:17pm
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Scottish population fitted into England - Found it interesting.
by /u/luath
11 Apr 2016 at 7:13pm
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Scottish man admits murdering flatmate after she refused to have sex with him
by /u/BenV94
11 Apr 2016 at 7:00pm
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Dundee's newest PS4 game, sounds divisive.
by /u/scottofscotia
11 Apr 2016 at 5:43pm
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Nick Eardley on Twitter: "Kezia Dugdale tells @BBCScotlandNews she won't apol...
by /u/throwawaythreefive
11 Apr 2016 at 4:46pm
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School closures: Structural fault confirmed in two high schools
by /u/mankieneck
11 Apr 2016 at 4:40pm
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Councillor accused of trying to ?out? people in Inverclyde LGBT funding row
by /u/ewenmax
11 Apr 2016 at 4:10pm
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Government rejects call to save Scottish football emblems from ancient law
by /u/ewenmax
11 Apr 2016 at 4:02pm
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SNP accused of refusing calls for school building checks
by /u/the_oncoming_storm
11 Apr 2016 at 2:17pm
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Violent crime in Scotland dissertation survey
by /u/aidanmcl13
11 Apr 2016 at 12:17pm
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SNP accused over flood of ?trivial? Commons motions (From Herald Scotland)
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11 Apr 2016 at 11:13am
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Plans for £1bn expansion of Glasgow University revealed
by /u/mankieneck
11 Apr 2016 at 11:00am
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Luxury House And Dog Sitting With Sea View
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11 Apr 2016 at 10:48am
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Viva loch Vegas! The first ever Scottish Elvis festival - in pictures
by /u/StairheidCritic
11 Apr 2016 at 9:49am
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Daily Record

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EU Referendum: Report warns that Brexit could see 7 million people lose their...
by Alan Jones
12 Apr 2016 at 12:01am
THE TUC has warned that one in four workers have extra paid holidays as a result of European working rights laws.


Record View: Inquiry urgently needed but schools closure scandal is about so ...
by Record View
11 Apr 2016 at 11:15pm
THE RECORD thinks that the issue surrounding Scotland's PFI/PP schools and their safety should be the first item of business after the election next month.


Tory values laid bare as millionaire MP sneers at "low achievers" who aren't ...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Apr 2016 at 10:12pm
SIR ALAN DUNCAN, formerly a low ranking Government Minister, told a stunned House of Commons that critics of David Cameron's inherited wealth were 'low achievers'.


Edinburgh school closures: Council officials hope kids will be back in classr...
by Record Reporter
11 Apr 2016 at 8:06pm
AROUND 7000 pupils were unable to return after the Easter holidays as officials took the decision to shut 17 schools over fears about the structural safety of the buildings.


Firebrand MP Dennis Skinner booted out of parliament for branding David Camer...
by Record Reporter
11 Apr 2016 at 4:54pm
VETERAN Dennis Skinner, who has previously been censured for remarks about George Osborne, had his microphone cut off when he labelled the Prime Minister dodgy after the Panama leak.


Law professor warns SNP over 'corrupt' Chinese firms as government is urged t...
by Andy Philip
11 Apr 2016 at 8:18am
THE PARTY has been warned not to go ahead with further business deals after corruption was exposed as Sturgeon considers a £10 billion investment contract with the exposed firm.


Nicola Sturgeon joins Scots party leaders by opening her books in wake of Pan...
by Record Reporter
11 Apr 2016 at 7:11am
THE SNP leader followed in the footsteps of Willie Rennie and Kezia Dugdale as she published her tax return and declared she has not benefited from any offshore schemes or dividends.


David Cameron faces public grilling over tax return revealing second secret s...
by Jack Blanchard
10 Apr 2016 at 10:46pm
TAX RETURNS showed the PM sold off £72,000-worth of shares in July 2010 while questions were also raised about a possible £200,000 inheritance tax dodge.


Under-fire David Cameron reveals what he has paid in tax as it emerges he ben...
by David Hughes
10 Apr 2016 at 8:54am

 THE PM has released records revealing he had a taxable income of £200,000 last year - but it has also emerged he benefited from a little-known 'tax free' perk when he took office.



Secret papers reveal government wanted Alex Salmond to sell Edinburgh Airport...
by Mark Aitken
10 Apr 2016 at 7:00am
FORMER First Minister Salmond was to try to convince oil-rich Qatar to buy Scotland's busiest airport during a visit in 2011, FOI documents have revealed.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
it's time to get above ourselves

PFI Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Apr 2016 at 11:06am
The sound of chickens coming home to roost can be heard all over Edinburgh as Labour’s disastrous PFI legacy hits home leaving 9,000 children affected by the closures of 10 primary and five secondary schools. But it’s not just about the schools. In George Monbiot’s Captive State (2001) he points out that the Skye Bridge was …

Eat Your Cereal
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Apr 2016 at 12:37am
There’s something really weird going on, and its been going on for too long. The movement that was about challenging power and questioning everything – in the name of transforming Scotland and seizing independence – has been transfixed into a turgid quietism. Paul Kavanagh and Derek Bateman are two of the sharpest of the new …

All Tomorrows Parties
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Apr 2016 at 7:11pm
I just completed a three-city tour of Stockholm, Malmö and Copenhagen to connect with other citizen journalist projects. It should have some good outcomes over the next few months for Bella as we try to build links to other movements and writers across Europe for content and syndication. Like most folks who’ve been inspired by …

Blairmore and the Panamanian ?heat?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Apr 2016 at 8:49am
Why are the real questions not being asked over Cameron and Blairmore? The puny £30,000 off-shore fund is mere smoke and mirrors to mask the much more serious issues surrounding Blairmore Holdings-the business that paid for Cameron?s privileged life-style including Eton, Oxford and Bullingdon. The fundamental issue being ignored over the Panama Papers is on …

Play Me Something
by Dougie Strang
7 Apr 2016 at 11:32am
Join Bella Caledonia at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow on Wednesday 4th of May, for a rare screening of Play Me Something, a hidden gem of Scottish cinema and winner of the Europa prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1989, the year of its release. The film is set on the Isle of Barra, in …

Panama Papers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Apr 2016 at 10:07am
The good people of Reykjavik must be feeling an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. On the 20th of January 2009, thousands of citizens from all walks of life took to the streets to peacefully overthrow the Icelandic government, kick-starting the infamous Pots & Pans protests that would lead to a crowdsourced constitution and the complete …

The Sunday Review Pilot
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2016 at 1:40pm
The pilot edition of new weekly politics and culture show featuring Iain MacWhirter and Christopher Silver.

Kezia?s Subway Moment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2016 at 12:52pm
Something seismic is going on in Scotland and the descent of Scottish Labour is a big moment for Scotland?s radicals argues Gerry Hassan. It has been a turbulent few days for the Scottish Labour Party. Its leader, Kezia Dugdale, on Friday, quietly came out, choosing the time, place and manner of her announcement. There was …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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The Guardian view on criminal policy: sex, money and the long arm of the law ...
by Editorial
7 Apr 2016 at 7:35pm
As long as serious efforts are made to help workers in the sex trade into safe work, the ban on buying sex just introduced by France could help reduce harmThe harm principle, the assertion that the only just use of power in a civilised community is to prevent harm, can be a handy weapon in the ar...

Scottish Conservatives best opposition to SNP, says Ruth Davidson
by Libby Brooks
7 Apr 2016 at 6:13pm
Tory leader in Scotland says her party, not Labour, offers actual alternative to Nicola Sturgeon?s party in May?s Holyrood electionsConservatives could replace Labour as the most viable opposition to Nicola Sturgeon?s SNP the Tory leader in Scotland has said.Arguing that only her party can offer ...

Ukip vows to roll back pub smoking ban in Scotland
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Apr 2016 at 12:01pm
Nigel Farage unveils party?s manifesto for Scottish elections, promising to raise drink-driving limit and provide free town centre parkingUkip has launched its Scottish manifesto by pledging to allow smoking in pubs, raise the drink-driving limit, and provide 30 minutes of free parking in all tow...

Scottish Labour leader accuses SNP of 'dirty tricks' after email leak
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Apr 2016 at 12:08am
Kezia Dugdale complains that job application she had ?absolutely zero recollection? of making to SNP MSP has reached journalistsThe Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, has accused the SNP of using ?dirty tricks? after it appeared that correspondence sent more than a decade ago to an SNP politi...

Nicola Sturgeon denies knowledge of allegations in row over Chinese firm
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Apr 2016 at 6:30pm
Opposition raises concerns that parent company of firm interested in investing in Scotland has been blacklisted by NorwayNicola Sturgeon has said she did not know about allegations of corruption against the parent company of a Chinese firm involved in a possible £10bn investment deal with the Sco...

The tartan rainbow: why it?s great to be gay in Scotland
by David Torrance
5 Apr 2016 at 7:11pm
The leaders of four of Scotland?s six main political parties have come out, and the country has been identified as offering the best legal protection for gay people. But how deep does this new liberality go?The most revealing thing about Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale?s recent interview in ...

Kezia Dugdale reveals she is in a relationship with a woman
by Tracy McVeigh and agencies
2 Apr 2016 at 8:00pm
Scottish Labour head becomes fourth party leader in Scotland to come out as gayThe leader of Scotland?s Labour party, Kezia Dugdale, has become the fifth key political figure and fourth party leader in Scottish politics to come out as gay. Giving an interview to a magazine, Dugdale said she had a...

Scottish residents will be blocked from dodging higher taxes, HMRC says
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Mar 2016 at 2:01pm
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that a 50p top tax rate would make the wealthy flee south, but expert evidence and research by her own MSPs suggests that risk is far from certainIs there a serious risk that Scotland?s tax revenues would be hit hard by people fleeing south to avoid the new top rates ...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


Don?t mention the L word
by weegingerdug
11 Apr 2016 at 4:33pm
Shhhh. Don’t say the L word. Let’s report on the school closure debacle without mentioning who was the government at the time which decided to mortgage the future of public services to the shoddier practices of the private sector at ruinously high rates of interest because it was a wizzard wheeze that kept it of …


Raising a glass
by weegingerdug
10 Apr 2016 at 2:31pm
I didn’t blog anything yesterday because I was away at a wedding. One of my oldest friends married her girlfriend in a simple and beautiful ceremony, and then we celebrated over lunch. It was a little romantic tale of modern Scotland, remarkable and memorable only for the happy couple and those of us who had …


The last days of the Whinited Kingdom
by weegingerdug
7 Apr 2016 at 11:00pm
Sometimes you feel like banging your head against a brick wall at the rank stupidity of some people, like the idiots on Twitter who tweet at the National to express their displeasure that the paper employs an anonymous person who thinks he’s a dog to write comment pieces. I am of course entirely anonymous, which …


Shear the sheep don?t fleece the people
by weegingerdug
6 Apr 2016 at 4:11am
Remember all those promises that the Better Together campaign made to Scotland during the independence referendum campaign? All those tax office jobs that would be safe, all those EU memberships that would be secure, all those pensions that would be guaranteed, and all those steel workers who were going to stay in work, all thanks …


The Jerry Springer guest of Europe
by weegingerdug
3 Apr 2016 at 11:58pm
This week it’s one year since I went self employed and I’ve been struggling to get my wee head around registering for tax as a self-employed ranter, after having made sure that I’ve got enough built up in my savings account to pay the inevitable tax bill when it arrives. Little people, like a self-employed …


Weeds in the rubble
by weegingerdug
1 Apr 2016 at 10:04pm
You go away for a couple of weeks, and in your absence the tottering edifice of the Labour party in Scotland manages to collapse even more, proving that it is in fact possible to demolish a building that has already fallen in on itself. But it’s worse than that for the erstwhile people’s party, Labour’s …


Opportunity is always knocking
by weegingerdug
31 Mar 2016 at 4:41am
In a parallel universe there’s a Scotland which is reaching for the aspirin, complaining about its collective sore heid as it gets over the national hangover from the first independence day party. That’s a Scotland which has opened a blank page in a new book, and which is about to start writing a story for …

Hypothetically ? What next?
by Macart
28 Mar 2016 at 7:01pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller Safe to say that, at the moment, polling for the outcome of the Holyrood elections on May 5th indicates that in all likelihood an SNP government will see a third consecutive term in office and with what appears may be an enlarged majority. Now, since every other bod likes …

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All pupils hit by closure of 17 Edinburgh PFI schools 'will be back in class ...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:53am
ALL 7600 pupils affected by the closure of the 17 PFI schools in Edinburgh will be back in a classroom by next Monday, the city's council has insisted.


Unions warn paid holidays could be in danger if the UK votes to leave the EU
12 Apr 2016 at 12:44am
MILLIONS of workers north and south of the Border could lose the ?hard-won? right to holiday pay if the UK votes for a Brexit, the Trades Union Congress has warned in a new report.


Law Society of Scotland warns new UK Bill could breach human rights of those ...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:35am
THE controversial Investigatory Powers Bill that is currently before the Westminster Parliament could breach the human rights of people who discuss criminal or other confidential matters with their lawyers.


Protests as Aberdeen Airport drop-off fee soars
12 Apr 2016 at 12:30am
ANGRY passengers have protested after Aberdeen Airport doubled the cost of using its drop-off zone.


Former Runrig singer Donnie Munro to top the bill at Skye Live Festival
12 Apr 2016 at 12:30am
FORMER Runrig lead singer Donnie Munro is to return to his native Skye and headline at the Skye Live Festival for the second year in a row. Munro will take centre stage on the Saturday night of the two-day event and promises to delivery some o


Plea for Muscular Dystrophy drug by nine-year-old Michael Young fails ... but...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:30am
A BOY aged nine with a rare muscle wasting illness has been left devastated after his campaign to get help for other youngsters with his condition failed.


Women on trial for alleged murder of toddler
12 Apr 2016 at 12:30am
A MOTHER and her partner have gone on trial accused of murdering her two-year-old son.


Warning fear of debt is stopping poorest students applying for loans
12 Apr 2016 at 12:30am
LACK of financial support is putting some of the most disadvantaged students in Scotland at risk of hardship, mental health problems and dropping out of education according to new claims.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Political Dogma ? Scottish Private Finance Project Awards 2000 -2003 ? Here a...
by caltonjock
12 Apr 2016 at 12:18am
  Captain Charles McLeod MBE   Introduced PFI to Scotland     Labour Lib/Dem Coalition Government in Scotland –  Scottish Executive Private Finance Unit – The Key Role of Captain Charles McLeod MBE McLeod’s employment record is “chequered” by his own admission. Born in London, he spent his first seven years in Rhodesia, before moving back …

https://caltonjock.com/2016/04/09/the-three-isles-western-isles-orkney-and-sh...
by caltonjock
10 Apr 2016 at 4:57pm
  The report continued Part 1 of the report was centred upon the activities of Lib.Dem MP’s and David Mundell in Scotland actively undermining the Scottish government at Holyrood in the period 2013-2014, up to the time of the referendum. After the referendum, armed with a “No” vote majority and backed by the resources of …

The Three Isles (Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland) and British protected se...
by caltonjock
10 Apr 2016 at 12:09am
        The Three Isles (Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland) and British protected semi-autonomous British Overseas Status – Scotland to be Stripped of the Islands before any future independence referendum The Labour and Lib/Dem parties, at the time some aspects of governance were devolved to Scotland in 1999, put in place a rigged …

Is Tavish Scott a Numpty? ? Gentleman farmer ? Wants to be a Lord Like His D...
by caltonjock
8 Apr 2016 at 9:20am
  Gardie House. Tavish Scott’s residence in Shetland. The attaching estate takes up almost all of the island.       Tavish Scott MSP For Shetland Scott, the son of the Laird of Bressay, Sir John Scott was born on 6 May 1966 in Inverness, Scotland. He was schooled in Lerwick, Shetland and gained a …

Scottish Tory Party ? Ruth Davidson?s Rhetoric is insincere and Asinine ? Se...
by caltonjock
6 Apr 2016 at 2:36am
  Ruth Davidson and Glasgow University Association members The blonde chap kneeling in front with arms aloft is Ross McFarlane, her election agent and GUCA president. She later sacked him as her Holyrood assistant after mobile phone footage emerged of him drunkenly burning an EU flag in a street at 2am while a companion made …

Power-Sex-Drugs-Infidelity-Blackmail-Death-Back Stabbing-Appalling Moral Stan...
by caltonjock
4 Apr 2016 at 9:57pm
    Alexandra Paterson (left) Had an affair with Tory deputy chairman 46yo  Robert Halfon.   ?Tatler Tory? Mark Clarke (second left) and his high society friends     12 October 2015: Conservative Future Scandal: A Culture of Fear, Intimidation and Contempt Seems to Have Cowed the Rest. I?ve been active with the Conservative Party for …

Scots Need To Exercise Caution ? Ultra Right Wing ? Scottish Tory Party Youth...
by caltonjock
4 Apr 2016 at 1:19pm
    Professor Adam Tomkins (new boy on the block)       The demise of the Tory Party The David Cameron Tory government is fast unravelling as the sleazy conduct of its volunteers, officers, members and government is exposed, mirroring the 1997 downfall of the John Major government. This article provides (for comparative purposes) …

Tory Party Sleaze ? Scottish Conservative Future Deciding the Politics of the...
by caltonjock
3 Apr 2016 at 8:09pm
  The demise of the Tory Party The David Cameron Tory government is fast unravelling as the sleazy conduct of its volunteers, officers, members and government is exposed, mirroring the 1997 downfall of the John Major government. This article provides (for comparative purposes) briefing, outlining a number of the unsavoury incidents that gripped and destroyed …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


More Than A Shrug
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Apr 2016 at 8:58pm
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....


Old Habits
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Apr 2016 at 11:15am
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...


Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Mar 2016 at 7:07pm
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...


Just As Planned
by Lallands Peat Worrier
28 Mar 2016 at 5:09pm
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...


"She wore a blue collar..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Mar 2016 at 2:15pm
Every politician has their schtick, their story. Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson's, is that she is a ?good, old-fashioned? working-class Conservative, seasoned with a good pinch of socially liberal, unstarchy modernity.As Peter Ross' Times profile puts it this morning, "Ms Davidson grew up in two traditional small towns, Selkirk and Lundin L...


John Deighan: sans class, sans gorm, sans everything
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Mar 2016 at 8:40pm
I have a confession to make. Among the great shifting and disputatious tribes of Scottish public life, the sinners and the redeemed, there are relatively few people for whom I feel absolute, crushing contempt. In brash newspaper columns and in stressed television appearances -- we only see a glancing, partial depiction of the whole soul. But one...


Notes from "Middle Scotland"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Mar 2016 at 11:07am
Who are Scotland's "squeezed middle", and what, precisely, are they supposed to be in the "middle" of? The right wing press have begun to do their collective dingers about Nicola Sturgeon's hints yesterday, that George Osborne's decision to hike the threshold for paying the higher rate of tax looks unlikely to apply in Scotland once the Scotland...


Nicola's new appeal to self-interest
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Mar 2016 at 1:17pm
I've got out of the habit of watching First Minister's Questions, but I tuned in with interest this afternoon to see how the parties responded to yesterday's budget and the challenges it throws up for Scottish policy. Heckled by Kezia Dugdale, there were encouraging signs from the First Minister that the SNP are up for prosecuting the social dem...

Gerry Hassan

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

Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation
by Gerry
11 Apr 2016 at 9:08am
Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 10th 2016 One theme has dominated this week in Scotland and the UK – taxation. From April 6th 2016 the Scottish Parliament gained powers over a Scottish rate of income tax representing half of all income tax raised ? and from next year ...

Rainbow Nation Scotland
by Gerry
7 Apr 2016 at 8:50am
Rainbow Nation Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 6th 2016 Scotland is a land of tolerance and acceptance in at least one respect. Four out of six leaders of our main political parties are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Plus the Secretary of State for Scotland. This is a far cry from the Scotland of old. ...

What part of Britain is not for sale?
by Gerry
4 Apr 2016 at 8:30am
What part of Britain is not for sale? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 3rd 2016 This week the future of the steel industry moved centrestage, Scottish parties have finally started talking tax, and the Tories version of what they call a ?national living wage? came into force. British steel used to lead the world. In ...

In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter
by Gerry
28 Mar 2016 at 11:01am
In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2016 The Scottish Parliament broke up this week ? ending the fourth parliamentary term and marking the start of the election campaign. These are strange times. Politicians try to reassure us that everything will be alright, while they scare ...

?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history
by Gerry
24 Mar 2016 at 9:25am
?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 23rd 2016 Tom Devine has been a huge intellectual influence in Scotland in recent decades, having made major and thoughtful contributions to many important historical and contemporary debates. His latest work, ?Independence or Union: Scotland?s Past and ...

The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers
by Gerry
21 Mar 2016 at 10:10am
The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 20th 2016 George Osborne presented his eighth and potentially last Budget. Bad politics. Dodgy decisions and finances. All leading to Iain Duncan Smith?s sensational resignation sparking bitter Tory divisions. Osborne is a very political chancellor, convinced of his own sure touch ...

Donald Trump may a one-off but his politics are not a one-off
by Gerry
17 Mar 2016 at 9:23am
Donald Trump may be a one-off but his politics are not a one-off Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 16th 2016 Donald Trump may seem like a throwback to earlier, uglier times, but he is actually a very modern phenomenon. He is easy for opponents to hate, ridicule and throw insults at – from ?fascist? (which ...

Scotland needs a Parliament with more radical voices
by Gerry
14 Mar 2016 at 10:11am
Scotland needs a Parliament with more radical voices Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 13th 2016 Nearly everyone assumes an SNP victory in the forthcoming Scottish elections. There is a battle for second place between Labour and the Tories, while the leftovers will be fought over by the Lib Dems, Greens, UKIP and new left RISE. ...

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond - Toronto Star
9 Apr 2016 at 3:01pm

Toronto Star
Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond
Toronto Star
Canada, and its own struggles with Quebec independence bids and referendums, has figured strongly in the Scottish independence saga, on both sides of the question. Cameron's government sought advice from many Canadians on the federalist side of the ...

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com
3 Apr 2016 at 11:04am

The National
Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
NBCNews.com
LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
Polling expert: Tories will not become second party to the S...

Scotland's independence day - POLITICO.eu
22 Mar 2016 at 6:41am

POLITICO.eu
Scotland's independence day
POLITICO.eu
The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just £100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
Scotland's independence day that never wasAnadolu Agency
Nicola Sturgeon admits Scottish Indep...

Nigel Farage: I'll allow smoking in pubs and raise Scottish drink-drive limit...
7 Apr 2016 at 6:13pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Nigel Farage: I'll allow smoking in pubs and raise Scottish drink-drive limit
Telegraph.co.uk
Unveiling Ukip's Holyrood election manifesto in Edinburgh, Mr Farage argued that his was the only real pro-independence party because it would end rule from Brussels and urged Scots to use their second, regional vote to back his party as ?an open shot ...
Holyrood 2016: UKIP manifesto pledg...

Vote on Brexit would fuel Scotland independence push from the UK, Scot leader...
13 Mar 2016 at 5:00pm

Daily Sabah
Vote on Brexit would fuel Scotland independence push from the UK, Scot leader says
Daily Sabah
Scotland's leader says she doesn't want to use a possible British vote to leave the European Union as leverage to achieve independence. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon concedes that Scots' secessionist spirits would be inflamed if English voters ...
Nicola Sturgeon to launch fresh campaign ...

Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance - BBC News
1 Apr 2016 at 10:25pm

BBC News
Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance
BBC News
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has sought to clarify reports she might back Scottish independence if it could secure Scotland's EU membership. In an interview with the Fabian Review she was quoted as saying it was "not inconceivable" in such ...
Kezia Dugdale: I could vote for independence to keep Scotland in EUTelegraph.co.uk
Brexi...

Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News
20 Mar 2016 at 11:32pm

BBC News
Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
BBC News
Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Brexit supporters and Scottish independence advocates believe in a 'false freedom', says David MundellThe Ind...

Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a ...
19 Mar 2016 at 10:05pm

Birmingham Mail
Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a disaster
Birmingham Mail
Thursday, March 24, 2016, could have been the day the United Kingdom as we know it ceased to exist. Because it was due to be Scotland's independence day. If Scots had voted to leave the UK in 2014 then they would have become an independent country ...

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Nicola Sturgeon hints Scotland will move away from UK on income tax - The Nat...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:52am

The National
Nicola Sturgeon hints Scotland will move away from UK on income tax
The National
NICOLA Sturgeon has told students Scotland will ?move away? from the UK income tax structure in the future. The SNP leader plans to freeze income tax rates and bands, and raise the personal allowance to £12,750. Her proposals have led to claims she has ...

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SNP promises more help for poor students going to university - The Times (sub...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:33am

The Times (subscription)
SNP promises more help for poor students going to university
The Times (subscription)
Nicola Sturgeon promised last night that a re-elected SNP government would appoint a higher education watchdog to make sure poorer students get access to universities. The SNP leader said the entire education system had to do more to get students from ...

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SNP and Labour clash following Dugdale's pledge to protect local NHS services...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:31am

Herald Scotland
SNP and Labour clash following Dugdale's pledge to protect local NHS services
Herald Scotland
LABOUR will today pledge to protect local NHS services from the threat of closure, sparking claims from the SNP that the party is guilty of "astonishing hypocrisy". Kezia Dugdale will say that under a Scottish Labour government, a string of health ...

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SNP MP Joanna Cherry calls on Theresa May to give support to vulnerable child...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:31am

The National
SNP MP Joanna Cherry calls on Theresa May to give support to vulnerable child refugees after French camps visit
The National
AN SNP MP has called on the British Government to take responsibility for the hundreds of children with a legal right to be in the UK that she said are ?instead stuck in limbo? in refugee camps in Northern France. Home Secretary Theresa May faced calls ...



Warning fear of debt is stopping poorest students applying for loans - The Na...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:31am

The National
Warning fear of debt is stopping poorest students applying for loans
The National
In addition, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that an SNP government would work with universities to ensure people with care experience who meet minimum entry requirements will be guaranteed a place at university and receive a full bursary.

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Cameron urged to hit Scottish tax havens as he faces Commons over Blairmore r...
12 Apr 2016 at 12:31am

The National
Cameron urged to hit Scottish tax havens as he faces Commons over Blairmore row
The National
DAVID Cameron came under pressure from the SNP to go further on new measures to crack down on tax evasion, as the Prime Minister told MPs that he handled the row over his profits from an offshore fund badly in a tense Commons. SNP Westminster ...

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Holyrood 2016: Greens to launch election manifesto - BBC News
12 Apr 2016 at 12:12am

BBC News
Holyrood 2016: Greens to launch election manifesto
BBC News
And he has urged pro-independence Scots to elect "constructive" critics of the Scottish government rather than what he described as SNP "cheerleaders". The party has said its manifesto will seek to "meet the challenges of today" and deliver a "bolder ...

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SNP warns of defence threat as languages cut - Herald Scotland
12 Apr 2016 at 12:12am

Herald Scotland
SNP warns of defence threat as languages cut
Herald Scotland
New figures have revealed that there are now fewer than 500 "military linguists" in UK armed forces and as few as 15 specialists in Russian and 23 in German. The Ministry of Defence insists it has far more soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians with ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Nicola Sturgeon cautious on second Scotland referendum call - Financial Times
30 Mar 2016 at 12:09am

Financial Times
Nicola Sturgeon cautious on second Scotland referendum call
Financial Times
Ms Sturgeon's comments during a second televised debate ahead of Scottish parliamentary elections in May are an attempt to balance impatience among SNP supporters for independence and awareness a second referendum defeat would be disastrous for ...
Scotland's leaders' debate and how proportional representati...

Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com
3 Apr 2016 at 11:04am

BuzzFeed News
Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
NBCNews.com
LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
Scotland Could Be An Independent Member Of The EU By 2018, ...

Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond - Toronto Star
9 Apr 2016 at 3:01pm

Toronto Star
Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond
Toronto Star
Though he resigned the day after the referendum, Salmond continues to fight for an independent Scotland. He visited Toronto and New York this week in part to promote his book, titled after the vow he uttered even as he was stepping down: The Dream ...
Trump is 'offensive, absurd & dangerous' ? Alex SalmondRT

all 6 news ar...

Scotland's independence day - POLITICO.eu
22 Mar 2016 at 6:41am

POLITICO.eu
Scotland's independence day
POLITICO.eu
The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just £100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
More Scots say they feel British after referendumThe Times (subscription)
'Independence or Uni...

Scottish Greens target SNP supporters but Patrick Harvie cautions against ear...
11 Apr 2016 at 4:30pm

Herald Scotland
Scottish Greens target SNP supporters but Patrick Harvie cautions against early re-run of the independence referendum
Herald Scotland
The co-convener of the Scottish Greens - who are hoping to win regional votes from SNP supporters in the Holyrood election - warned against letting June's EU referendum become a trigger for a second independence poll. In an interview with The Herald,...

Referendum to deepen Anglo-Scottish political gap - Irish Times
6 Apr 2016 at 1:04am

Irish Times
Referendum to deepen Anglo-Scottish political gap
Irish Times
When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support among Scots was more muted; while a majority voted in favour, Shetland and the Western Isles were ...
Large preference for Scotland remaining in the EU - many still unsureKantar...

Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum? - Scotsman
20 Mar 2016 at 12:05am

Scotsman
Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum?
Scotsman
Had there been a Yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, the past 18 months would have been a fascinating and fraught chapter in the nation's history. Instead of announcing his intention to step down, an ebullient First Minister Alex ...
Support for Union soars: Poll reveals 58 per cent of Scottish voters want to s...

Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News
20 Mar 2016 at 11:32pm

BBC News
Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
BBC News
Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Like the Scottish referendum, the public will be thinking of their pockets when they vote on EU membershipThe...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Scotland: Fixing things the UK Government won't
10 Apr 2016 at 12:45pm
Whilst the UK Government flounders over the Port Talbot fiasco (how long have they known?) the Scottish Government comes through- again - revitalising the plants at Clydebridge and Dalzell. On the back of the continued recovery of the saved Ferguson shipyard and the regeneration of Prestwick Airp...

Potential future party/branch office leaders
6 Apr 2016 at 1:19pm
So the elections are coming up and typically that leads to several resignations from the leaders of parties who are perceived to have had a poor night. 2011 claimed Iain Gray, Annabel Goldie and Tavish Scott from the unionist branch offices, 2007 saw the resignations of Jack McConnell and Nicol S...

Party Political Broadcasts
6 Apr 2016 at 12:23pm
More like this one please  

Holyrood 2016 : Voting Intentions
4 Apr 2016 at 7:35pm
so, there's just over a month to go, until the Holyrood elections. The SNP are predicted to win by a mahoosive margin with complacency and apathy, rather than one of the opposition parties, the main enemy.   so, what will it be? a vote for one of the choices on offer, or a juvenile cock & balls s...

political power
4 Apr 2016 at 9:52am
Just thinking, with the level of dominance which the SNP currently have in Scotland, how long will it last and what, other than independence, could lead to its decline? I can't think of much as SNP now have a very good leader who could lead the party for 10-15 years easily and they don't seem pro...

Voting Yes Not Inconceivable
4 Apr 2016 at 8:02am
A step too far for Kez or answer taken out of context?

My 2016 Holyrood forecast
4 Apr 2016 at 12:14am
Central Scotland   1.       Airdrie & Shotts - SNP 2.       Coatbridge & Chryston - SNP 3.       Cumbernauld & Kilsyth - SNP 4.       East Kilbride - SNP 5.       Falkirk East - SNP 6.       Falkirk West - SNP 7.       Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse - SNP 8.       Motherwell and Wishaw - SNP 9...

Panama tax evasion
3 Apr 2016 at 10:51pm
Aberdeen asset management
RBS
Stagecoach
The Rangers

That's the names being banded about so far. Of course this is all just rumour in case any lawyers are reading this.

This is also just one legal firm. Tip of the iceberg so to speak

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Musical Memories
9 Apr 2016 at 12:14pm
It never fails to amaze me how music can bring memories flooding back. I heard a song on the radio the other day that immediately transported me back to 1977 and Camphill High School S2 end of term disco.  The girls were standing down one side of the assembly hall , the boys down the other. A...

Explosions at Brussels Airport
22 Mar 2016 at 7:51am
Grim 

School closures
11 Apr 2016 at 2:16pm
How long before the MSM turn this story into SNP bad,, if these schools had been built while the SNP were in charge there would have been murder,,, i cant find any news outlet even linking labour to it,,, the MSM media are truely shocking in scotland 

Zika Virus
1 Feb 2016 at 10:07pm
strange one this. seems to have come out of nowhere.

Panama papers
3 Apr 2016 at 9:32pm
Looks like there has been a massive leak of documents from a Panamanian legal company that specializes in tax avoidance for the rich and famous. Looks like a story that will keep on giving for a long time since 11 million pages of documents have been released. Particularly funny at the moment is ...

Pubs in Manchester for a Sunday evening
9 Apr 2016 at 11:20am
Any recommendations?  Just walked past Port Street Beer House which looks like it might be decent. 

The walking dead
4 Apr 2016 at 3:04pm
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode.  At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol) 

Eltons New LP
11 Apr 2016 at 8:52pm
His new LP "Two's Company But Three's Better" is legally released in Scotland, seemingly it's illegal down south  Its back to his root this time, he's great on the piano but he sucked on the organs

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SNP demands every member of the UK cabinet declare whether they have benefite...
by Liam.Kirkaldy
11 Apr 2016 at 8:57am

Scottish Parliament asked to save Scottish football logos from archaic law
by jenni.davidson
11 Apr 2016 at 6:07pm

New figures reveal 1.5 million households living in cold homes in Scotland
by jenni.davidson
11 Apr 2016 at 7:30am

David Cameron to appear in Commons over Panama Papers
by Liam.Kirkaldy
11 Apr 2016 at 8:35am

Edinburgh PFI schools crisis ? private consortium will foot bill
by Tom.Freeman
11 Apr 2016 at 10:43am

Nicola Sturgeon promises review of family law as SNP sets out commitments for...
by Alan.Robertson
11 Apr 2016 at 11:38am

The Panama scandal raises questions about the use of tax powers in Scotland too
by jenni.davidson
11 Apr 2016 at 12:06pm

Q&A with Professor John H McKendrick of Glasgow Caledonian University on welfa...
by jenni.davidson
11 Apr 2016 at 3:49pm

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