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May splits cabinet in bid to find Brexit customs plan
12 May 2018 at 4:00am
THERESA May has assigned two groups of ministers to thrash out post-Brexit customs plans after her cabinet slated two previous options drawn up by officials.

Jeremy Corbyn accuses UK Government of 'power grab' over post-Brexit powers
12 May 2018 at 12:00am
JEREMY Corbyn has accused the UK Government of a ?power grab? over post-Brexit powers, putting him at odds with his party in Wales.

Unspun: the political diary
12 May 2018 at 4:35am
AT long last, Roseanna Cunningham has a fan. The prickly Environment Secretary has wowed her UK counterpart, Michael Gove, no less. It seems they share a love of recycling. An FoI release shows Mr Gove praised her ?ambitious programme of work? in a recent letter. He then added by hand ?and congratulations again on your leadership?. Leadership? Uh-oh.We fear that whenever Mr Gove spies leadership in someone else, a stiletto is never far behind.

Tory MPs taught how to be 'real people' on Instagram
12 May 2018 at 12:00am
CONSERVATIVE MPs have been offered invaluable training in how to appear like a ?real person? on the social media platform Instagram.

Corbyn denies backing Scottish independence during Govan shipyards visit
11 May 2018 at 1:53pm
JEREMY Corbyn has denied claims he told an SNP MP he backed Scottish independence during a private conversation.

Votes at 16 blocked by Government in ?corrupt and unfair filibuster?
11 May 2018 at 4:42pm
A fresh push to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 has been blocked amid accusations of a ?corrupt and unfair? filibuster by the Government.

Theresa May branded ?weak? on Brexit by Germany?s European Commissioner
11 May 2018 at 4:16am
Theresa May has been branded ?weak? by a European Commissioner, amid continuing deadlock over Britain?s proposals for customs arrangements after Brexit.

FMQs sketch: Offspring ingratitude hatches doze of real life
11 May 2018 at 12:00am
LITTLE ones. You bring them into the world, you do your best to help them, and then they turn around and humiliate you. By jacking up childcare fees, for instance.

New Scottish Enterprise boss under fire over canals legacy
11 May 2018 at 4:00am
THE incoming chief executive of Scotland?s national jobs quango is facing questions about his record in his current public sector role.

Blair called on to apologise over his Government's role in rendition of Libya...
11 May 2018 at 12:02am
TONY Blair has been called on to make a public apology for his government?s role in the rendition of former Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured by Colonel Gaddafi?s brutal regime.

Scots journalism school rethinks 'partnership' plan with Kremlin propaganda o...
11 May 2018 at 12:00am
ONE of Scotland?s top journalism schools has ruled out a partnership with a Russian propaganda outlet ? after emails showed it previously expressed interest in the idea.

Door is still open for deal on post-Brexit powers, Scottish ministers told
11 May 2018 at 4:00am
THE door is still open for Scotland to sign up to a last-minute deal on post-Brexit powers, Theresa May?s de facto deputy will say today.

Leave.EU faces record fine and possible police probe over EU referendum spending
11 May 2018 at 9:57am
The pro-leave group failed to include £77,380 in spending returns, taking it 10% over the limit for non-party registered groups, an inquiry found.

Westminster wants new environmental laws for post-Brexit Britain
11 May 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May's Government wants to ?co-design? with the Scottish Government a new system of environmental protections to maintain green standards across the whole of the UK after Brexit.

Tory Government accused of 'sinking into quicksand of Brexit' after posting n...
11 May 2018 at 12:00am
THERESA May?s Government has been accused of ?sinking into the quicksand of Brexit? after it failed to include any debate over the legislation relating to Britain?s withdrawal from the EU in Commons business for the next two weeks.



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Theresa May told ministers to get ?hands on? over customs dispute
11 May 2018 at 6:59pm
David Lidington said the Prime Minister had told ministers to take a more “hands on” approach to sorting out disagreements on the post Brexit customs arrangements.

Seven drugs available in England but not Scotland, Holyrood hears
11 May 2018 at 6:32pm
Seven drugs to treat patients with a range of conditions from cancer to muscular dystrophy are unavailable to Scottish patients despite being available south of the border, it has emerged.

Teachers forced to plug gaps in ASN teaching
11 May 2018 at 6:05pm
Teachers are being expected to fill the gap as cuts to funding for pupils with additional support needs (ASN) bite, representatives at the annual conference of NASUWT Scotland-the teachers’ union, argued today.

Pro-Brexit group Leave.EU fined £70,000 by election watchdog
11 May 2018 at 1:14pm
Brexit campaign group Leave.EU has been fined a record-equalling £70,000 and its chief executive has been referred to police over its spending during the EU referendum campaign, the Electoral Commission said.

Jeremy Corbyn: Brexit Bill is a ?power grab on the Scottish Parliament?
11 May 2018 at 11:23am
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK’s Brexit Bill is a “power grab” on the authority of the Scottish Parliament and branded this “unacceptable” on a visit to Glasgow today.

Axed NHS Tayside chief on full pay while off sick
11 May 2018 at 6:00am
The axed chief executive of a health board embroiled in a row over mis-use of charity cash could return to work in a new role, the head of NHS Scotland has hinted.

Leader comment: Scotland can still rise now and be a Daily Mile Nation
11 May 2018 at 6:00am
Nearly two-thirds of Scots are over-weight or obese, costing the economy up to £4.6 billion a year

Brian Wilson: Anti-Gaelic prejudice is still alive in Scotland
11 May 2018 at 6:00am
In the Gaelic language and culture, Scotland has a priceless asset, but why are so many Scots hostile towards our ancient tongue, asks Brian Wilson.

Joyce McMillan: The right-wing myth that life isn?t about politics
11 May 2018 at 6:00am
We should resist the temptation to avoid debates about Brexit, Trump or Scottish independence, writes Joyce McMillan.

Jim Duffy: Why a giant aircraft carrier brings tears to my eyes
11 May 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland can be proud of its part in building HMS Queen Elizabeth and making UK a global power, says Jim Duffy.

Anger over parking charges at remote island airports
11 May 2018 at 6:00am

Belle and Sebastian singer in ME protest
11 May 2018 at 6:00am
Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch will urge people to “make a noise” to help improve the lives of at least 20,000 Scots living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

Marian Docherty: Will votes at 16 engage youngsters in politics?
11 May 2018 at 5:58am
Throughout 2018, Scotland is celebrating the Year of Young People. As part of our Newbattle Conversations series, the college is looking at how to engage more young people in politics – including a discussion of whether they should be able to vote at 16.

INEOS criticises Scotland?s ?Alice-in-Wonderland? approach to fracking
10 May 2018 at 3:26pm
INEOS has accused the Scottish Government of taking an “Alice-in-Wonderland” approach to fracking warning that confusion over the ban would cost jobs and investment.

MSPs urge Holyrood to reject Brexit Bill without deal
10 May 2018 at 2:43pm
MSPs have called for the Scottish Parliament to reject the UK Government's Brexit Bill unless a "political solution" is reached to address fears of a "power grab."

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Only Bad In Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 May 2018 at 11:20am
Following the Scottish media’s week-long frenzy of stories about the “scandal” of baby boxes – in which it was revealed to the astonishment of the nation that cardboard is flammable and incapable of stopping an armoured assault from a tank division or a zombie plague – we were a little startled to note that the …

Lower than the lowest low
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2018 at 5:49pm
We must admit, we didn’t think this would be beaten so soon. But there you go. Just goes to show you how little we know about the sick, despicable, sewer-dredging shitfestival that is the Scottish media, and how badly even we’ve been overestimating their humanity all these years. “Scandal”. It says “scandal”. To hell with every last …

Where the friendship is
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2018 at 4:22pm
Alert and intrepid reader Dougie Grant gets among Her Majesty’s most loyal subjects. (Alternative title: “A Journey Towards Unity”.)

The same difference
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2018 at 9:24am
This one won’t take long. This is the front page lead on today’s Herald: It’s a trope beloved of Unionists (and was a particular favourite of the paper’s departed columnist David Torrance) – how dare Scotland imagine that it’s special? – and the Herald bangs the drum extra-hard this morning, with Anas Sarwar given lots …

In vino non-veritas
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 May 2018 at 11:29am
The Scottish Sunday Express yesterday had a shock-horror exposé about a “HUGE loophole” in the Scottish Government’s minimum-pricing legislation for alcohol. We thought we’d give it a quick once-over. You’re in for a HUGE shock, readers. Because the story is complete cobblers. Firstly, even taken on the Express’s terms the headline is utter nonsense. The “huge” …

The twisted firestarters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2018 at 1:52pm
It’s not easy to type with your jaw on the floor, readers. But in the six and a half years we’ve been watching the Scottish media here on Wings, this surely has to be an all-time low. It’s exactly what it appears to be – the Scottish Sun have deliberately set fire to a baby box …

The Box Of DEATH
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2018 at 11:27am
Today’s Daily Record runs with a bizarre story lifted from yesterday’s Guardian, which resurrected the media’s longstanding but latterly-dormant hate campaign against the Scottish Government’s popular “baby box” initiative. Universal free baby boxes have been used in Finland for the past 69 years with no negative consequences, and have indeed coincided with an absolutely enormous reduction in child …

Theresa?s Big Plan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 May 2018 at 11:35am
Sane people across the nation have watched in growing disbelief for the last two years as the UK government’s catastroshambles over Brexit has unfolded. In the latest jaw-dropping developments, David Davis has revealed that he’s only just now thinking of STARTING negotiating a trade deal with the EU – 22 months after the referendum and …

Nicola Sturgeon: a clarification
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Apr 2018 at 10:17pm
We apologise if any readers were inadvertently given a misleading impression by any of these headlines, stories or claims. The correct version of the report is below. For all instances of “Nicola Sturgeon”, please insert “the Conservative Party”. Yours sincerely, the Scottish media.

Soapbox: The War Of Words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2018 at 8:00am
So everyone’s fighting about Gaelic again. Provoked by a minor story about a Gaelic dictionary MSM and alt-media pundits are flying at each other with daggers over a language spoken by almost nobody on Earth and on which the government spends a few measly and irrelevant pennies, trying to turn it into a proxy war over politics and …

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Delay to Scottish EU farm subsidy review
12 May 2018 at 12:05am
The UK Treasury hold up is "completely unacceptable" says Scotland's Rural Economy minister Fergus Ewing.

Build all navy ships in UK, says Corbyn ahead of Govan visit
11 May 2018 at 12:41pm
There has been speculation a £1bn contract for three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships could go abroad.

Scotland Brexit: 'Door still open' for powers deal
11 May 2018 at 4:39pm
A UK government minister tells his Scottish counterparts it is not too late to end the long-running Brexit powers dispute.

Energy firm Ineos astonished over government's stance on fracking
10 May 2018 at 4:54pm
Ineos says it was a revelation to hear Scottish government lawyers tell a court there had been no ban.

Call for Scottish breast cancer drug deal
10 May 2018 at 2:57pm
Perjeta is already in routine use in England and Wales but has been rejected in Scotland on the grounds of cost.

Former NHS Tayside chief executive 'still employed' by health board
10 May 2018 at 1:38pm
Lesley McLay went on sick leave the day after NHS Tayside's top management team was replaced.

Daily Mile 'significantly improves health'
10 May 2018 at 11:02am
An initiative to get pupils to walk or run a mile every day leads to a major boost to their health, study finds.

Families will have voice in mental health inquiry says minister
9 May 2018 at 3:49pm
Shona Robison makes the pledge after an independent inquiry is ordered into mental health services in Tayside.

ScotRail confirms high-speed plan delays
9 May 2018 at 1:48pm
Not all trains on the main Glasgow to Edinburgh line will run in 42 minutes - as has been promised - until next year.

Date set for Holyrood consent vote on EU Withdrawal Bill
9 May 2018 at 5:32pm
MSPs will vote on whether to give their consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill next Tuesday.

Funeral of former Commons Speaker Michael Martin held
9 May 2018 at 2:57pm
Michael Martin's son says he hopes his late father will be an "inspiration" to people who feel the odds are against them.

'Like grandma's house'
2 May 2018 at 12:43am
Norway's method of dealing with child witnesses and victims of sexual assaults attracts interest from senior judges and ministers.

Scot Goes Pop

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How does the SNP's near-total exclusion from BBC Question Time compare to the...
by James Kelly
11 May 2018 at 6:54pm
There's an indisputable fact of political arithmetic that our broadcasters need to be urgently reacquainted with.  The SNP are not only the third largest party in the elected chamber of the UK Parl...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Thursday's second semi-final
by James Kelly
10 May 2018 at 5:57pm
So I correctly picked eight out of the ten qualifiers in the first semi.  The two I overlooked were Austria and Ireland, which is really odd, because those are genuinely two of my personal favourit...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Tuesday's first semi-final
by James Kelly
8 May 2018 at 6:50pm
Yes, it's that time of the year again, and with non-heartfelt apologies to the handful of people who traditionally storm off in disgust at this point, here is the eleventh (gasp!) running of the an...

Saturday's march in pictures
by James Kelly
7 May 2018 at 3:03am
I know you've already seen hundreds of these over the last 48 hours, but just for the hell of it, here's how Saturday's march looked from my vantage-point(s).  One thing I enjoyed about it was the ...

Does the Sunday Herald really think the SNP should campaign to let another co...
by James Kelly
6 May 2018 at 4:38pm
Naming no names, but it's been bitterly disappointing to see a small number of people on the pro-indy side making negative comments about yesterday's historic march.  Here's what I don't understand...

Jeremy Corbyn is now jointly responsible for the destruction of the devolutio...
by James Kelly
4 May 2018 at 7:22am
I've been trying to make sense of what happened in the House of Lords on Wednesday without putting myself through the torture of reading every single word of the debate in Hansard.  Having done a s...

Whatever happened to Scotland's "second government"?
by James Kelly
3 May 2018 at 5:44pm
The Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson is generally of most use if for some reason you enjoy being trolled on a slow-burn setting, but in fairness he came up with something genuin...

Scot Goes Pop is 10 years old today!
by James Kelly
3 May 2018 at 2:01am
I'm not quite sure whether I should be excited or terrified about this milestone, but there's no point denying it - the calendar doesn't lie.  It all started on 3rd May 2008 with this post about Pl...

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'The charges are nonsensical' Exiled Catalan minister Clara Ponsati on her fi...
by Annie Brown
12 May 2018 at 4:30am
The former education minister opens up on the personal loss she has endured after the independence referendum.

Kezia Dugdale urges Nicola Sturgeon to help bail Labour out over Europe by le...
by David Clegg
11 May 2018 at 4:30am
In the first of the Daily Record's new Scottish Politics Podcasts the former Scottish Labour leader hits out over her own party's stance on EU debate.

Nicola Sturgeon and SNP are ignoring their supporters who voted for Brexit
by Torcuil Crichton
11 May 2018 at 4:30am
According to pollsters Yougov 35 per cent of the Yes-Leave voters have abandoned independence.

Two Scots Labour MPs to rebel against Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit single market...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 May 2018 at 4:30am
Ian Murray and Martin Whitfield are ready to defy their leader over the single market vote.

Anti-independence group abused by nationalists after watchdog revealed identi...
by David Clegg
10 May 2018 at 4:30am
More than 20 people are seeking legal action after their names were published.

Patients' legal right to NHS care within 12 weeks broken thousands of times b...
by Andy Philip
9 May 2018 at 7:47am
Labour are demanding it's made clear how long people really have to wait for NHS treatment.

Donald Trump withdraws United States from Iran nuclear deal
by Record Reporter
8 May 2018 at 7:48pm
The US president spoke out against the arrangement as "a horrible, one-sided deal" based on a lie.

Ruth Davidson urged to take action against her deputy Carlaw over 'offensive'...
by Laura Paterson
7 May 2018 at 4:52pm
Scottish Conservative second-in-command Jackson Carlaw tweeted to mark the anniversary of VE Day.

Nicola Sturgeon under pressure from inside SNP to back second Brexit referend...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 May 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister's former adviser Noel Dolan says the party should join the Lib Dems and campaign for a second Brexit vote.

Donald Trump tells US gun lobby that London is like a war zone due to rampant...
by dailyrecord
5 May 2018 at 4:05pm
Speaking at National Rifle Association convention in Dallas the US president said London is "getting used to" stabbings.

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March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2018 at 12:06am

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin…

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
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27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Bella Caledonia

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Scotland?s Blockchain Democracy?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 May 2018 at 10:14pm
Scotland now has the potential to become the world’s leading direct democracy country argues Nicholas Russell. Reflecting on the 2014 referendum process, Scots were 21st century citizens, interacting with biased 19th century institutions, using 15th century voting systems. And Scots voted in 2014, mostly, without taking reference to the official White Paper, upon which the …

An Other World
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2018 at 9:18pm
Layla-Roxanne Hill on why Scotland must break down invisible borders and ‘hostile environments’. The Windrush scandal has seen the lives of Black British citizens destroyed by policy designed to deliver reduced immigration within the UK. Those who had made Britain home, often whilst navigating environments which recognised them only as Other ? as not from …

Thousands Attended, Millions Didn?t
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2018 at 8:14pm
It has been interesting to watch the reaction to the massive independence demonstration that took place in Glasgow, and to analyse the way it has been reported. Naturally, there have been some sympathetic to the independence cause who have asked if such events are effective in converting No voters. Then of course we have seen …

May ?68 and Soul Culture
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2018 at 11:22am
Earlier this year Stuart Cosgrove’s book ‘Memphis 68’ won the Penderyn Music Book of the Year. He returns to Bella Caledonia to tell the unknown story of the Memphis saxophonist Ben Branch, a man who witnessed history in one of music’s most politically charged years. Ben Branch was sitting in a chair in a barber?s …

From Paris to Nantes, State Violence 1968-2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2018 at 11:42am
As part of our series reflecting on the 50th anniversary of May 1968, Chloe Farand looks at the destruction of the ZAD protest community, and what it tells us about Macron and Macronism. When a journalist called out French President Emmanuel Macron in a televised interview last month for misnaming his centrist party En Marche …

Sunny Days in Glasgow
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2018 at 11:16am
Yesterday’s march was a huge and brilliant turnout which far exceeded the organisers expectations. It is a manifestation of the movements strength and an inspiration for all. Marches like this are a message of intent, a learning curve for organisers and a boost of confidence for tired and battle-weary protestors and activists. The fact that …

Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible! ? Mary Hopkin, Lulu Selling Tea and the ...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2018 at 10:25pm
In 1990, The Proclaimers released a four-track EP, the lead track of which was a cover of Roger Miller?s countrified blue-collar paean to life as a permanent road trip, cheap, easy and positively revelling in its commitment-free existence. Released by Miller in 1964, the song?s crossover smash hit status chimed with the new freedoms that …

May 68 -May 2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 May 2018 at 9:53am
It’s 50 years since the Paris protests of May 1968 which rocked the world and came to be emblematic of an era of counter culture, radical protest and revolutionary fervour. If the individuals of that time have been derided as sell-outs and the moment analysed to death it still holds a powerful place in collective …

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Corbyn condemns EU withdrawal plan as 'Whitehall power grab'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
11 May 2018 at 4:50pm
Speaking in Scotland, Labour leader attacks plans to share powers with devolved administrations Jeremy Corbyn has condemned as a ?power grab? the UK government?s plans to share powers between Whitehall and the devolved administrations after Brexit, despite Welsh Labour agreeing to the deal two we...

Labour backbenchers urge Jeremy Corbyn to back remaining in EEA
11 May 2018 at 12:01am
As poll finds slim majority wants vote on Brexit deal, MPs say EEA option should be on tablePro-Europe Labour backbenchers are fighting to keep the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to reconsider his opposition to membership of the European Economic Area, as new polling for the People?s Vote campaign con...

Scottish parliament likely to reject EU withdrawal bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 May 2018 at 4:01pm
Majority of MSPs expected to reject bill due to concerns over UK government?s plans for sharing EU powers after BrexitThe Scottish parliament is expected to reject the UK government?s plans for sharing EU powers after Brexit, increasing pressure on Theresa May to offer further compromises.A large...

How to treat people on benefits with respect ? a lesson from Scotland | Ruth ...
by Ruth Patrick
7 May 2018 at 3:45pm
People shouldn?t feel degraded by the social security system. It?s a fundamental human right, as Scotland has enshrined in lawAs we witness the destitution caused by welfare reform, it can be hard to believe in the possibility of a better future, one where the original promise and intent of socia...

Thousands of Scottish independence supporters march through Glasgow
by Nicola Slawson
5 May 2018 at 5:34pm
March was organised by All Under One Banner coalition, which aims to run regular events until ?Scotland is free?Tens of thousands of independence supporters marched through the streets of Glasgow, aiming to bring Scotland?s largest city to a standstill.Marchers draped in Saltires waved flags and ...

Sajid Javid disowns 'hostile environment' phrase in first outing as home secr...
by Andrew Sparrow (now); Jamie Grierson and Martin Farrer (earlier)
30 Apr 2018 at 7:26pm
Home Office wants ?compliant environment? for immigrants, Javid tells MPsWho is Sajid Javid?Fresh Lords Brexit defeat for government makes ?no deal? less likelyAfternoon summary 6.17pm BST We will do right by the Windrush generation.I want to start by making a pledge, a pledge to those from the W...

Scotland to debate policy that may force rape victims to testify
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
30 Apr 2018 at 3:50pm
New guidance on ?reluctant complainers? is retrograde step, say MSPs and campaignersThe row over new prosecution guidelines that would compel rape complainants to give evidence in court is to be debated in the Scottish parliament, as campaigners say the policy will have a ?chilling effect? on wom...

A lesbian with family values: why Tories love Ruth Davidson | Katy Balls
by Katy Balls
27 Apr 2018 at 3:16pm
Even before her pregnancy, the Scottish party leader had caused the most Conservative members to rethink their prejudicesIf a decade ago anyone had told you that the leader of the Scottish Conservatives was the bookies? favourite to be the next first minister of Scotland, you?d have given them a ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Scottish Unionism?s new Irish problem
There are those amongst the British nationalist apologists in Scotland who accuse independence supporters of romanticism, of dealing in distortions of fact, but it’s a fact that there is no proponent of Scottish independence who would ever come out with something as ludicrously batshit as an article which was published this week in a site …

The difference between poor and impoverished
Usually when that Scottish economics think tank with a name that sounds like a knitwear college in Pitlochry, the Fraser of Allander Institute, publishes one of its papers, the British nationalist media in Scotland is all over it like flies at a dug’s arse, looking for the crap. There is absolutely nothing in this universe …

A grown up parliament for a grown up country
They’re clearly rattled. There have been a number of articles in the British nationalist press about Saturday’s march and rally. None of which, you won’t be surprised to hear, are remotely positive. A mass demonstration of a minimum of 35,000 people in the streets of Glasgow, the largest pro-independence demo this country has ever seen, …

Choosing the Scottish path
I managed to get to the end of the rally in Glasgow Green on Saturday afternoon, and met up with some friends for a little while. I’d have got there much earlier, but I couldn’t get out of the house because my street was closed off and there were polis, fire engines, ambulances, the bomb …

Aspiring to normality
The UK has a government whose model for building a new relationship with Europe is trashing a bar in Benidorm while on a week long drunken bender. In Tory Britain in the 21st century the only boom industry is the search to find new synonyms for screw up. You may be familiar with the cartoon …

The definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy
For the past few days the Scottish media has been telling us that Nicola Sturgeon is standing alone like General Custer in her battle against Westminster’s power grab and we are just waiting for the arrows to cut her down. So I was planning to write a blog article today calling on the Labour party …

A few wee bits and pieces
iScot magazine is doing a subscription and fundraiser drive. There are over a million and a half supporters of independence in Scotland, yet collectively we spend vastly more supporting a media which actively campaigns against independence than we do supporting those few media outlets which do support independence or at least give it a fair …

Gaelic illiteracy
Here we bloody go again. Another example of Gaelic illiteracy from the Scottish media, with an ill-informed and ignorant anti-Gaelic rant in the Herald which, as is typical for this kind of discourse, displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how language works and an almost complete absence of factual knowledge about the Gaelic language itself. I …

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Corbyn confusion: Labour leader two-faced on Brexit Bill
JEREMY Corbyn has backed the SNP argument that the UK?s main Brexit legislation is a ?power grab? which would undermine devolution.

Leave campaign boss reported to Metropolitan police over spending
BREXIT campaign group Leave.EU has been reported to police over the organisation?s spending in the run up to the 2016 referendum.

Expert panel to tackle Scottish plastic pollution problem
DAME Sue Bruce has been appointed to lead a panel of experts from retail, the waste and chemical industries, the public sector and academia to combat plastic pollution in Scotland.

Is Farage set to join the DUP in a bid to be elected as an MP?
NIGEL Farage ?could join? the Democratic Unionist Party amid speculation he is considering another bid to be elected as an MP.

Plan backed by Brexit hardliners ?would harm 145,000 firms?
A CUSTOMS proposal being pushed by Boris Johnson and backed by four Scottish Tory MPs would damage hundreds of thousands of companies, min isters have been told.

Libyan dissident issued apology from PM for 'appalling treatment'
PRIME Minister Theresa May has apologised for UK?s role in the ?appalling treatment? of a Libyan dissident and his pregnant wife over their rendition to Libya.

Pressure mounts for city council leader over arms exhibition
THE boss of Scotland?s biggest local authority is to be challenged next week on the decision to support an arms fair next month.

Boris is revolting ... and Lords inflict ANOTHER defeat on May
THERESA May has refused to rebuke Boris Johnson despite the Foreign Secretary calling the Prime Minister?s Brexit plan ?crazy?.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

1820 Scottish Rising ? Scots Betrayed Yet Again By Unionist Spies Acting for ...
        The 1820 Scottish Uprising James Wilson, Andrew Hardie & John Baird (all weavers) were accused by the Crown of being leaders of the ?1820 Rising?, a group of Scots campaigning for universal male suffrage, better working conditions and a Scottish parliament. They, together with 19 others, mostly weavers: Thomas M?Culloch, Benjamin … Continue reading "1820 Scottish Rising – Scots Betrayed...

The BBC is the Most Powerful Government Mouthpiece in the World and Its Biase...
        1 May 2018: BBC Bias is Well Capable of Swinging an Election or Referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news could potentially have significant effects on election/referendum results. In 2017, Patrick Kennedy and Andrea Prat, economists from the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? … Continue reading "The BBC is the Most Powerful Gove...

Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government Attacking Proposals For Safe Dr...
          Drug-Control Policies in Britain The late Prof Geoffrey Pearson was an eminent and highly respected Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young. In his journal, The New Heroin Users (1987) he gave a voice to users and addicts, confounding many stereotypes concerning this demonised group, who were … Continue reading "Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government ...

Scotland ? Englands First Colony ? Ravished ? Pillaged ? Blockaded ? Betrayed...
          The Alien Act – Bully Boy Nation England Forces a Treaty of Union On Scotland The 1701 Alien Act was the culmination of the England’s efforts to subjucate Scotland, and the negative impact was huge. An embargo on Scottish goods to both England and its colonies, enforced by a naval … Continue reading "Scotland – Englands First Colony – Ravished – Pillaged – Blockaded – Betrayed – Casti...

Syria ? The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria ? New S...
                6 May 2018: Tensions Rising Between Syrian Army, Kurds Amid Creation of US Bases The probability of all-out war between the Syrian army and Kurdish militias in northern Syria has intensified amid reports of the creation of more new US bases, along with reports of a possible … Continue reading "Syria – The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria – New Strategy i...

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

Dirty Tricks ? Trumpgate and Skripal ? All Roads Lead to London and MI6
          Note:  This article is a follow up to the undernoted link. (       Boris Johnson – Trump – The Tory party Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targ...

Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the US (FUKUS) to Res...
      Planned Invasion by the Western Allies of Syria in the Spring of 2018 Late 2017 the Syrian Army liberated parts of their eastern provinces, re-establishing a land route stretching from Iran to Syria and the formidable Hezbollah forces based in the Lebanon. This is unacceptable to the Western allies and a major … Continue reading "Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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 ...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia
The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 9th 2018 Nostalgia is everywhere. The past seems all around us ? alive, noisy, ever-present, and more relevant and dynamic than the voices of today and the concerns of tomorrow. Take a couple of examples. The British Labour …

Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life
Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 2nd 2018 How many times do you hear people say that these are ?grim times?? It has become commonplace ? but a bit of perspective and history is needed. These aren?t after all as grim times …

Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers
Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 25th 2018 The bewildering nature of modern society ? its incessant, demanding change, shifts in employment, remuneration and technologies, and a sense that big decisions are taken elsewhere ? means that a feeling of loss is commonplace today in …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children
Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 11th 2018 Scottish education has always had an important, even disproportionate place in society – emphasising its distinctiveness, traditions, and of course, multiple individual stories and experiences. Yet our education system has had for all the good and positive stories, too …

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Scotland and Independence

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Jeremy Corbyn denies claims by Mhairi Black that he backed Scottish independence
Jeremy Corbyn denies claims by Mhairi Black that he backed Scottish independence  The Sunday PostJeremy Corbyn Denies Backing Scottish Independence In Conversation With Mhairi Black  HuffPost UKFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit
Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn denies secretly supporting Scottish independence
Jeremy Corbyn denies secretly supporting Scottish independence  The Week UKJeremy Corbyn 'secretly backs Scotland independence' claims SNP politician Mhairi Black  The SunCorbyn secretly backs Scottish independence, claims Mhairi Black  The NationalMhairi Black: Jeremy Corbyn told me he supports Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Analysis: Why marches are unlikely to lead to Scottish independence
Analysis: Why marches are unlikely to lead to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanForget about indyref2 and switch focus to Brexit, SNP urged  The TimesHeathrow's night flight limits should be retained for the sake of residents  The IndependentFull coverage

Union Jack flag-wavers GATECRASH Scottish independence protest in angry event...
Union Jack flag-wavers GATECRASH Scottish independence protest in angry event in Glasgow under One Banner march in Glasgow piles on pressure for second Scottish independence referendum  The TimesFull coverage

Angela Haggerty: Don't dismiss Scottish independence marchers
Angela Haggerty: Don't dismiss Scottish independence marchers  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage


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The SNP has caused its own baby box blues
The SNP has caused its own baby box blues  The GuardianSNP ministers accused of 'Alice in Wonderland' stance on fracking ban  HeraldScotlandRuth Davidson: If the SNP wants to win, it needs to talk about potholes and teachers rather than banging on about Brexit  iNewsFull coverage

Letters: SNP has a long list of successes to show for its time in government
Letters: SNP has a long list of successes to show for its time in government  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon and SNP are ignoring their supporters who voted for Brexit
Nicola Sturgeon and SNP are ignoring their supporters who voted for Brexit  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Parties attack SNP as productivity dips again
Parties attack SNP as productivity dips again  The TimesFull coverage

SNP accused of misleading voters over fracking ban
SNP accused of misleading voters over fracking ban  The ScotsmanFracking: Government QC tells Ineos hearing that drilling is NOT really banned Government's lawyer reveals SNP ban on fracking was just PR 'gloss'  The Scottish SunFull coverage

SNP under fire over economic setbacks
SNP under fire over economic setbacks  The ScotsmanSNP accused of "breath-taking" failures on economy  HeraldScotlandTories claim SNP have missed five key economic targets since winning power  The Scottish SunFull coverage

'A crate of fireworks in the vicinity of SNP conference': Grassroots indy cam...
'A crate of fireworks in the vicinity of SNP conference': Grassroots indy campaigners energised by huge march look to ...  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Leanne Wood backs SNP position on Brexit ?power grab?
Leanne Wood backs SNP position on Brexit ?power grab?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland Yard probes 'potential crime' over Leave.EU's referendum spending
Scotland Yard probes 'potential crime' over Leave.EU's referendum spending  Evening StandardBrexit campaigners fined £70000 for breaking EU referendum spending rules and its boss reported to police over ...  The SunElectoral Commission | Leave.EU fined for multiple breaches of electoral law following investigation  Electoral CommissionCambridge Analytica 'Did What Wasn't Allowed by Terms of Ser...

Another EU vote isn't the referendum Scots need
Another EU vote isn't the referendum Scots need  The NationalFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn denies claims by Mhairi Black that he backed Scottish independence
Jeremy Corbyn denies claims by Mhairi Black that he backed Scottish independence  The Sunday PostCorbyn denies backing Scottish independence during Govan shipyards visit  Daily MailIain Macwhirter: So why can't the UK have the least bad option over Brexit?  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon 'won't block' second Brexit referendum
FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon 'won't block' second Brexit referendum  The ScotsmanFMQs: Willie Rennie's Brexit mischief  BBC NewsRuth Davidson: If the SNP wants to win, it needs to talk about potholes and teachers rather than banging on about Brexit  iNewsSNP electoral prospects put new vote in doubt  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Mhairi Black: Jeremy Corbyn told me he supports Scottish independence
Mhairi Black: Jeremy Corbyn told me he supports Scottish independence  The ScotsmanJeremy Corbyn 'secretly backs Scotland independence' claims SNP politician Mhairi Black  The SunMhairi Black: 'Jeremy Corbyn told me he backs Scottish independence'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Analysis: Why marches are unlikely to lead to Scottish independence
Analysis: Why marches are unlikely to lead to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanForget about indyref2 and switch focus to Brexit, SNP urged  The TimesHeathrow's night flight limits should be retained for the sake of residents  The IndependentFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

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

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

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 ...

The Scottish Government has been running a consultation on the potential use of fracking and coal bed mining in Scotland. Today is the last day if you want to express your views on it: ...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

Official Geo-Political Analysis Thread
Thread for geo-political analysis and for posting interesting articles.  Looking to discuss the more serious goings on in the world rather than Trump tweets or what Ruth's baby should be called. Also no dodgy or poor quality sources.  

Oil Price
'Brent could head back to $80 a barrel'
The rise in Brent crude prices through $75 a barrel along with a positive broker note on BP from Goldman has seen the oil and gas sector continue to lead the recent gains. According to the note BP is on the cusp of delivering one of the strongest pipelines...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it.Anybody recommend any worth watching?Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good).Tried Game of Throne...

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...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

Frightened Rabbit
Singer Scott Hutchison has gone missing from his hotel next to the Forth Bridge. Doesn't sound good  

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Mixmag article on House Music in Scotland Decent article if you are interested. Interesting quote in it:  Quote At its height, it seemed like everyone wanted in on the action. Harri cites an incident one night at the Sub as an example: ?I r...

Music for Video
I'm making a goal of the month video for my local football team, and I'm looking for some appropriate music to use as background music. Any suggestions of music with even a slight relation to football? So far I've got: Junior Senior - Move Your Feet Eiffel 65 - Blue (the team play in ...

Holyrood Magazine


Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, turns two: childcare choices

Build new Royal Navy ships in UK shipyards, urges Jeremy Corbyn

Caithness health campaigners deny call to film NHS staff

Majority of British public in favour of vote on final Brexit deal, finds poll

Loki: A letter to my son

The Holyrood baby - a report card on the second year

Maree Todd: It takes a whole village to raise a child

Brexiteer customs plan 'would hurt thousands of companies', Treasury warns

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FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…