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Wings Over Scotland attacks Kezia Dugdale's honesty in £25k defamation case
12 Jul 2018 at 7:03pm
FORMER Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale should be quizzed on her honesty after discrepancies emerged in her defence of a £25,000 defamation action, a sheriff has heard.

Sketch: new boy Raab caught with his trousers down - metaphorically
12 Jul 2018 at 5:58pm
On dearie me. Dominic Raab?s first speech as the shiny new Brexit Secretary did not get off to an auspicious start.

Only 1 in 4 back Sturgeon calling for second independence referendum this autumn
12 Jul 2018 at 11:10am
FEWER than a quarter of Scots want Nicola Sturgeon to call a second independence referendum this autumn, according to a new poll.

Orange Order leader slams 'silly fuss' over Arlene Foster visit to Fife parade
12 Jul 2018 at 4:16pm
The leader of the Orange Order in Scotland has slammed the "silly fuss" over Arlene Foster addressing a parade.

Trump visit: Americans in Scotland warned to keep 'low profile' amid violent ...
11 Jul 2018 at 10:32pm
AMERICANS are being urged to ?keep a low profile? during Donald Trump?s visit to Scotland and England amid fears widespread protests may turn violent.

Sturgeon?s attacks on Trump pay off... she doesn?t have to meet him
12 Jul 2018 at 5:00am
ALEX SALMOND had a series of convivial meetings with Donald Trump before the pair fell out over plans to site a windfarm off the tycoon?s Aberdeenshire golf course.

Trump lands fresh blow on May after attacking Brexit plan
12 Jul 2018 at 1:20pm
Donald Trump inflicted a fresh blow on Theresa May just an hour before he was due to arrive in the UK by attacking her Brexit plan and highlighting Cabinet divisions.

Criminal investigations needed into Vote Leave, MPs hear
12 Jul 2018 at 1:05pm
Official Brexit campaign Vote Leave should face criminal investigations over allegations it broke spending rules during the EU referendum, a former minister has said.

MPs told of shocking abuse by aid workers overseas
12 Jul 2018 at 5:00am
Shocking accounts of aid workers abusing children have been set out to MPs investigating exploitation in the charity sector.

Dominic Raab hails Brexit plans as practical way forward
12 Jul 2018 at 4:36am
The Brexit Secretary says the new white paper strikes the right balance.

Mundell branded 'Scotland's invisible man in the Cabinet'
12 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
OPPOSITION parties have continued to pile the personal pressure on David Mundell, branding him "Scotland's invisible man in the Cabinet".

Trump says UK in turmoil as May cosies up to Merkel
11 Jul 2018 at 12:03am
THERESA May withstood a mixture of emotions last night as Angela Merkel welcomed ?progress? on Brexit while Donald Trump claimed Britain was in ?turmoil? and he would find it easier talking to Vladimir Putin than her.

Spain 'monitors' Sturgeon's meeting with Catalan leader amid diplomatic tension
11 Jul 2018 at 1:12pm
SPANISH envoys will follow and "monitor" Catalonia's pro-independence president as he visits Scotland on Wednesday.

Plan to deck Big Ben clock tower in England flags dubbed 'boost for Scottish ...
11 Jul 2018 at 2:44pm
PLANS to permanently decorate the Elizabeth Tower at Westminster with shields displaying the England flag have been branded a ?welcome boost for Scottish independence?.

Labour pick Robin Cook's Socialist rival to fight his seat
11 Jul 2018 at 5:08am
A MEMBER of Militant who stood against Robin Cook has been chosen as the Labour candidate in the former Foreign Secretary?s old constituency.



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Ireland hails UK move towards ?much softer Brexit?
12 Jul 2018 at 8:08pm
The UK Government is moving in the right direction towards a more “pragmatic and sensible Brexit”, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister has said.

Protesters stage noisy gathering at US ambassador?s official residence
12 Jul 2018 at 7:23pm
Protesters are staging a noisy gathering near Winfield House where Donald Trump and his wife Melania are to spend the night.

Junior Scots doctors to get 46-hour respite after night shifts
12 Jul 2018 at 5:58pm
Junior doctors are to get a rest period of 46 hours after working a run of night shifts in an attempt to reduce fatigue, it has been announced.

White Paper attacked by Brexiteers after shambolic launch
12 Jul 2018 at 4:50pm
The UK Government has been warned it faces a “race against time” to thrash out a deal with the EU after publishing its white paper setting out its plans for an Association Agreement with the EU.

Brexit White Paper plans ?will harm Scotland?s economy?
12 Jul 2018 at 4:46pm
Plans for Britain’s future relations with the EU revealed in Prime Minister Theresa May’s White Paper will harm the economy, the Scottish Government has said.

Donald Trump ?baby blimp? not allowed to fly over Turnberry
12 Jul 2018 at 4:38pm
A giant inflatable “Trump baby” will not be allowed to fly over the US president’s Turnberry golf course when he visits over the weekend, Police Scotland have said.

BiFab Fife yards ?effectively closed? as redundancies kick in
12 Jul 2018 at 4:24pm
BiFab is facing more turmoil as redundancy notices issued in May run out, leaving the once vibrant yards with barely any staff.

Fast-track teaching course to plug Scottish gaps gets go ahead
12 Jul 2018 at 2:23pm
A fast-track teacher training course aimed at plugging shortages has received official accreditation.

More than 700 empty Scottish homes brought back into use
12 Jul 2018 at 2:11pm
More than 700 homes lying empty for more than six months were brought back into use across Scotland last year.

Donald Trump 'threatens to pull US out of NATO'
12 Jul 2018 at 1:52pm
Donald Trump threw the NATO alliance into turmoil with a threat to pull the United States out unless its other members increase their military spending immediately.

Donald Trump attacks Brexit plan and says Britons ?like me a lot?
12 Jul 2018 at 1:24pm
Donald Trump inflicted a fresh blow on Theresa May just an hour before he was due to arrive in the UK by attacking her Brexit plan and highlighting Cabinet divisions.

Scottish church leaders criticise Donald Trump?s immigration policies
12 Jul 2018 at 1:22pm
Five church leaders representing four denominations in Scotland have signed an open letter to Donald Trump asking him to revise his administration’s policies on migrants and asylum seekers.

Push to cut physical inactivity by 15 per cent across Scotland
12 Jul 2018 at 12:56pm
Ministers have unveiled an action plan to help cut physical inactivity by 15 per cent across Scotland by 2030.

Donald Trump proclaims himself a ?very stable genius?
12 Jul 2018 at 12:34pm
Donald Trump has once again proclaimed himself to be a “very stable genius”.

Thousands sign petition to allow Donald Trump ?baby blimp? to fly over Scotland
12 Jul 2018 at 11:10am
Over 5,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the infamous Donald Trump ‘baby blimp’ be permitted to fly over the US President’s visit to his Turnberry golf course.

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Sliding-out doors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:51am
Most of Scottish Twitter has been enjoying itself greatly for the last few hours after England’s exit from the World Cup, but scattered in amongst the amusing memes has been a fair amount of angst about victors Croatia – a nation of 4 million people – being in the final when Scotland once again failed …

Back home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:06pm
Scotia episode 2, because posting anything about the World Cup feels too mean.

This might as well be the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 12:59pm

Too Wee Too
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:38am
Second in a series.

The Talent
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
So we stumbled, we thought, across a random Twitter idiot this morning. Alert readers may have spotted a flaw or two in that claim. Because as can be clearly seen in the thread, the data being used in the analysis only went up to 2011, so at an absolute maximum the SNP government at Holyrood …

And then there were fewer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jul 2018 at 10:28am
In the light of David Davis’ resignation last night and the continuing shambolic chaos that is UK politics, it seemed a pertinent time for these findings from our latest poll. Readers probably won’t be too shocked that it’s Scotland Vs The Tories again.

Folding your aces
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2018 at 12:09pm
Alert readers may recall that a few weeks ago we revealed how an independent Scotland could reduce its budget deficit by billions of pounds a year – by renting out the Faslane naval base to the rest of the UK to keep their nuclear weapons in. Voters in England, we learned, were more than happy to …

The nation?s favourites
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
From time to time in our Panelbase polls we like to test Scotland’s opinion of its media, since that’s the main focus of our website, and our newest poll was one such time. It found that Scotland’s preferred broadcaster for political coverage was… Channel 4. The station scored a net +23 rating with respondents, higher than STV …

Dark news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jul 2018 at 3:15pm

The divided kingdom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jul 2018 at 11:49am
So this is an interesting one. The UK government currently finds itself in an appalling mess over the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with Ireland, due to the inconvenient fact of a small part of Ireland being in the UK, and has no idea what to do about it. The closest thing Westminster has to a plan …

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'Trump Baby' balloon banned from Turnberry
12 Jul 2018 at 3:46pm
A giant balloon depicting Donald Trump as a baby will not be allowed to fly over his golf course, police say.

Trump golf course 'destroyed' dunes
12 Jul 2018 at 12:17am
BBC Scotland has seen a Scottish Natural Heritage draft report on the condition of the specially protected Aberdeenshire site.

Brexit White Paper 'falls far short of what Scotland needs'
12 Jul 2018 at 5:44pm
The Scottish government says Theresa May's Brexit White Paper is "not satisfactory" and "falls far short".

Schools told 'cut excessive uniform costs'
12 Jul 2018 at 12:06pm
MSPs call for a ban on unnecessary or excessively expensive items being included in school uniforms.

Fast-track teacher training course given green light
12 Jul 2018 at 2:41pm
The 18-month course, which aims to recruit teachers in rural areas, is given official accreditation.

Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra
11 Jul 2018 at 6:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon and new Catalan president Quim Torra issue a joint statement backing "peaceful" referendums.

Investigation into Aberdeen City Council tax form data breach
12 Jul 2018 at 11:40am
Aberdeen City Council says an "error" resulted in 947 tax forms being incorrectly issued to staff.

East Dunbartonshire Council strike action called off
12 Jul 2018 at 8:20am
Waste workers at East Dunbartonshire Council had been due to begin four days of industrial action.

David Mundell 'looking forward' to meeting Donald Trump
11 Jul 2018 at 10:31pm
The Scottish secretary will greet the President and sees the visit as a chance to "strengthen vital links" to the US.

Call to review 'tens of thousands' immigration target
11 Jul 2018 at 1:43am
MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee call for the target of cutting immigration to the UK to be review.

Alcohol-related brain damage at 10-year high
11 Jul 2018 at 7:52am
The equivalent of two people a day required treatment for brain damage after sustained alcohol misuse.

MPs' backing for Brexit plan 'highly questionable' - Sturgeon
10 Jul 2018 at 4:19pm
Scotland's first minister says single market membership is the only Brexit option that could win over MPs.

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Drama as Survation poll shows support for independence INCREASING - and almos...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2018 at 10:54am
The ever-delightful Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters have today published their latest full-scale Scottish poll from Survation.  It tells a familiar tale, with respondents roughly split down the middle ...

The Brexit delusion over who calls the shots
by James Kelly
7 Jul 2018 at 2:32am
I don't know about anyone else, but I've been rubbing my eyes in disbelief over the last few hours.  If you've been listening to the mainstream media's verdict on what was agreed at Chequers, you'd...

Thoughts on the Plaid Cymru leadership election
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2018 at 4:41am
This speaks volumes about just how unequal this "union of equals" actually is, but I would have been totally oblivious to the fact that a Plaid leadership election is now underway if I had been rel...

Pressure mounts on Theresa May to pass a Section 30 order after UK House of C...
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2018 at 10:10pm
When it emerged last night that the SNP were about to hold an opposition day debate in the Commons on the Claim of Right, I speculated on the pickle the unionist parties might get into depending on...

Border checks at Gretna Green? We're totally cool with that, say majority of...
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2018 at 6:20pm
As you've probably already seen, the latest release from the new Panelbase/Wings poll asks how people in Scotland would feel about border checks if that were necessary for Scotland to enjoy the sam...

Bend It Like Blackford
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2018 at 4:55am
The SNP's brilliant psychological tactic of forcing five lengthy parliamentary votes while England were playing a World Cup knockout match is surely destined to become the stuff of legend.  Labour ...

Panelbase poll suggests the prize of staying within the EU will boost Yes sup...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2018 at 5:44pm
The new full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase, which is being released bit by bit over on Wings Over Scotland, has failed to provide any comfort for the small minority of SNP parliamentarians who...

Anguish for mystery man Leonard as Scottish Labour slump to THIRD in new Pane...
by James Kelly
28 Jun 2018 at 12:34am
Tonight has seen the publication of a new full-scale Scottish poll, conducted by Panelbase and commissioned by Wings Over Scotland.  Funnily enough, I had advance warning this was coming, because o...

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Temporary GPs charging as much as £1,400 per day in Scotland
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Children's convener issues climbdown over expletive-laden Twitter outbursts
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Scotland to Trump: Beat it, Bawbag
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BiFab yards shutdown after order book dries up
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Theresa May hosts Donald Trump as she rolls out red carpet for lavish welcome...
by Andrew Woodcock
12 Jul 2018 at 8:55pm
Protesters lined the streets outside of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire as Theresa May met with the US President.

Giant inflatable 'Trump baby' banned from flying over Turnberry golf course d...
by Lynsey Bews
12 Jul 2018 at 5:13pm
Campaigners planned to fly the inflatable balloon over Turnberry during the President's visit to Scotland over the weekend.

Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces...
by David Clegg
12 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Our poll also shows that support for independence is at 47% – two percent higher than it was in the 2014 referendum.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has first class fail as pictures show trai...
by Record Reporter
12 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Perhaps the ex-MP for Gordon has seen a sneak peak of the Daily Record's poll on a second independence referendum...

Donald Trump's massive Air Force jets and secret service agents arrive in Sco...
by dailyrecord
11 Jul 2018 at 10:32pm
The massive operation is underway at Prestwick Airport ahead of the US President's visit on Friday.

Plea to ban Donald Trump from using Scottish Government-owned Prestwick Airpo...
by Lynsey Bews
11 Jul 2018 at 10:28pm
Richard Leonard and Patrick Harvie said the publicly-owned facility should not be available to the US President.

When and where are protests against Donald Trump taking place across Scotland?
by Stuart Hodge
11 Jul 2018 at 12:01pm
Here is a list of all of the biggest Trump protests taking place throughout the country.

Donald Trump backstabs Theresa May after hailing Boris Johnson and claiming U...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The US President offered his British counterpart little support after the high profile resignation of top Brexiteers from her Cabinet.

Joyous news of Thai cave rescue tinged with grief for brave diver who lost hi...
by Record View
11 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
In the midst of celebrations for the boys and their families we should not forget the loss of Saman Kunan.

Theresa May hit by fresh Tory resignations over Brexit amid 'Prime Minister J...
by Andrew Woodcock
10 Jul 2018 at 8:54pm
Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield quit and said plans for close links with EU post-Brexit risked handing the Labour leader the keys to No 10.

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The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
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NATO and its Shared Values
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jul 2018 at 6:06pm
The arrival of the Trump political circus has Europe?s diplomatic and military networks in a bit of a lather. The first performance will be at the NATO HQ in Belgium on Wednesday with a ritual kissing of ?Snow White?s? ring by NATO?s 28 Dwarves. The finale next Monday is the anticipated and for some much-dreaded …

Let Them Eat Cake
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jul 2018 at 12:05pm
The Sun reports that in a cunning move “Ministers have drawn up secret plans to stockpile processed food in the event of EU divorce talks collapsing – to show Brussels that ?no deal? is not a bluff. Theresa May has ordered ?no deal? planning ?to step up? ? with the government poised to start unveiling some …

Give Trump the Welcome He Deserves
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jul 2018 at 2:20pm
Graphic artist Stewart Bremner is providing a range of free posters for the Trump visit. You just click ‘Add to Cart’ to download the printable version, so you can make your own copy to take to your protest. You can choose from one of twenty free designs here. This is a free A3 poster to …

Not Spoken Here
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jul 2018 at 12:03pm
After David Mundell’s attempts to re-brand Scotland out of the Scottish Office, we speculated about what a further de-Scottishification process might look like – “Welcome to the Beautiful Beautiful Banks of Lake Lomond” – “Go in search of the Lake Ness Monster” – “read about the Massacre of the Valley of Coe” etc. Thankfully Andy …

An Invisible Hand no more: challenging corporate dominance in Scotland means ...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jul 2018 at 10:04am
I’m a real fan of Summer. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is either, given how many folks are out and about everywhere you look in Edinburgh. Making the most of the heatwave while it lasts! The Summer is still young – after all, it’s only July! Yet, there’s another immediate context today …

What is the Plan? The Plan is to have no Plan
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jul 2018 at 9:51am
Britain has spent over two years negotiating a settlement with the EU, not by negotiating with the EU, or even with itself, but in the form of an undisguised, acrimonious argument conducted solely within the Conservative Party. With little time now left for Britain to prepare for exit in March, 2019; to scale-up the customs …

The Disposability of the Precarious Worker
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jul 2018 at 6:58pm
?Our job is to not exist,? my friend told me in reference to his new minimum wage service job. This accurately poignant observation cleverly summarises the experience of the service industry workers. He didn?t intend for it to, he was only describing the role of a waiter in a high-end eatery. However, it perfectly explains …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jul 2018 at 12:10pm
In the hot July sun Britain feels like some kind of delirious literary experiment, something from the pages of The Cement Garden meeting The Road in a sort of incoherent pre-apocalyptic end-times novel. As the slogans of “taking back control”, “it’s coming home’ and “strong and stable” elide into a mesmerising McSlurry of anglo-normative nationalism …

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Wings Over Scotland blogger's defamation case against MSP starts
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2018 at 10:15am
Stuart Campbell is suing Kezia Dugdale after she accused him of homophobic commentA £25,000 defamation claim brought by a blogger against the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be heard in court in Edinburgh on Thursday.Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings Over Scotland, sued th...

UK government to foot police bill for Trump's golfing trip to Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Jul 2018 at 4:33pm
Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to £5m should planned visit go aheadThe UK government has pledged to cover up to £5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish government?s new jus...

Scottish government plans restrictions on sugary and fatty foods
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Jul 2018 at 2:28pm
Ministers to tackle obesity by targeting sale, advertising and promotion of unhealthy foodsThe Scottish government is preparing for sweeping restrictions on sugary and fatty foods including ice-creams and takeaway meals to cope with surging rates of obesity.Ministers in Edinburgh outlined plans o...

Slowly and patiently, Sturgeon is preparing for a new Scottish independence b...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The first minister may appear too patient and careful, but her tactics are worthy of NapoleonNicola Sturgeon is gathering her forces once more for another tilt at Scottish independence. Her strategy has been a careful one; too careful for some. Thus when she called for an independence referendum ...

MSPs demand action over use of Scottish airports for rendition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2018 at 2:49pm
Calls for public inquiry after report reinforces concerns over refuelling of CIA flightsMinisters in Edinburgh have been urged to step up their investigations into the use of Scottish airports to support CIA rendition flights.The Scottish Greens and Labour said a damning report into the UK govern...

Theresa May criticised for lack of progress on Brexit as EU summit begins ? a...
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the start of the EU summit in Brussels.Afternoon summary 5.43pm BST If I can deliver a humanitarian operation and it is cost appropriate and effective for me to seek the use of UK military assets to do so, then I will....

MP breaks House of Commons taboo by discussing her period
by Sarah Marsh
28 Jun 2018 at 4:38pm
Danielle Rowley highlights period poverty during debate on cost of sanitary productsAn MP has been praised for breaking a taboo by talking about being on her period during a debate over the cost of sanitary products, which many women cannot afford. Scottish Labour?s Danielle Rowley, who represent...

Edinburgh pushes for legal powers to impose tourist tax
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2018 at 3:01pm
Council calls for levy on hotel rooms as city struggles to cope with surge in visitorsEdinburgh is poised to become the first city in the UK to introduce a special levy on tourists as it struggles to cope with a surge in visitors. Related: Edinburgh is magical. But a tourist tax could break its s...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The baby has landed
You have to feel really sorry for people in London. There they were, depressed and hungover, out of the World Cup, home to what’s quite possibly the world’s most dysfunctional government, heading out of the EU despite voting heavily to remain and without even the prospect of an independence referendum to offer a modicum of …

Nation 2 ? Iceland, the extreme nation
The second episode of Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series of documentaries has been released, exploring Scotland’s northern neighbours and what we can learn from them. This episode focuses on Iceland, the extreme nation. A nation of just 300,000 people face the challenges of life in the far north with style and panache. Help …

Wee Ginger T-shirts
You wanted t-shirts, you’ve got t-shirts.  For the best part of the past two years I’ve had readers of this blog asking me for Wee Ginger t-shirts and now, finally, I’ve got some organised.  The long awaited Wee Ginger t-shirts are now on sale. Only they’re not ginger, they’re white, but you get the drift.  …

A string of aubergine emojis
Well that didn’t last long did it. There was Nick Robinson of the BBC and OOooooh Thattalicsammin doesn’t answer questions fame telling us all how the Chequers agreement meant that there would be no more excuses for the EU in the Brexit negotiations, and now we find that the only excuse is the British government …

Coming next door to home
So apparently there’s a fitba competition on. It’s not like it’s important or anything. It’s hardly RuPaul’s Drag Race, but it’s being foisted upon us all. English fitba commentators on the telly keep saying “we”, which comes as something of a surprise to those of us of a Caledonian, Cymric, or Hibernian persuasion, who were …

Theresa?s Brexit fudge makes independence sweeter
The UK cabinet has finally, after two long gruelling years of fighting, back-stabbing, briefing against one another, and flying off to Afghanistan in order to avoid the war zone that is the parliamentary Conservative party, agreed to agree with one another about a Brexit proposal that it can put to Brussels. That’s how bad things …

Nemo meam tabletam impune lacessit
You may take our Scottish Parliament. You may take our devolution settlement. You may take our membership of the European Union. But so long as 100 of us remain alive we will never consent to you taking our tablet. I think that you will find that although politics are rarified and boring for the majority, …

We are the people, and we can say yes
It is a fundamental principle of the Scottish constitutional debate that the people of Scotland constitute the sovereign body in this land, not the Westminster Parliament, not Theresa May or any other British Prime Minister. The people of Scotland have asserted their sovereign rights ever since the Declaration of Arbroath of 6 April 1320. According …

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Tory mutineers are realising the hard Brexit gamble is not worth the risk
SO that?s it then? The UK Government?s Brexit lead negotiator resigns. Two low-ranking members of the government resign. The politician with the biggest ego in Britain resigns (that?s Boris in case you think Jacob Rees-Mogg has just taken a dive).

Quim Torra: Scotland and Catalonia are nations with the same goal
TWO nations with the same goal ? independence ? the difference is that Scotland was allowed to have a referendum while Catalonia?s poll was met with unprecedented police violence against people who only wanted to cast their vote.

Ponsati vows to fight not cry as Torra meets Sturgeon
CLARA Ponsati, the St Andrews University professor and former Catalan education minister, who is at the centre of an extradition battle with Spain, has said she does not want to cry and only ?wants to fight?.

Tory turmoil as Eurosceptics bid to block May?s Brexit trade bill
THE turmoil in the Conservative party over the Prime Minister?s plan for a softer Brexit continued yesterday when angry Eurosceptics submitted four amendments to the government?s trade bill, arguing Theresa May has broken their trust.

Dear Dunderheid: An open letter tae Donald Trump
Dear Dunderheid,

Trump says Germany captive of Moscow
DONALD Trump arrived at the NATO summit yesterday morning and immediately attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing her of being ?captive? to Russia.

Calls for Trump to be barred from landing at Prestwick ahead of visit
DAVID Mundell will be on the tarmac at Prestwick Airport when Donald Trump arrives in Scotland on Friday night, it?s been confirmed.

Perthshire fields filled with rotting fruit after worker shortage
TONNES of soft fruit is being left to rot in the fields of Perthshire because farmers can?t find enough seasonal workers to meet demand.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Conservative Party Voters With Their Hearts and Minds in Scotland Should Not ...
          Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme (Cash for Ash) The UK and Northern Ireland agreed to meet a EU target (15%) for obtaining energy from renewable sources by 2020. Eligible homeowners and businesses were persuaded to install biomass boilers which create energy from woodchips or pellets, rotted trees, manure and sewage. First … Continue reading "Conservative Party Voters With Their Hea...

Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Pow...
              Confirmation of the Intent of Westminster to Subjucate Scots is contained in the last verse of the UK National Anthem Lord grant that Marshal Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush, God Save The … Continue reading "Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Powers Conflicti...

Austerity ? Tory Government Policy ? Let The Needy Starve ? So That Foreign A...
            11 March 2018. Millions of Scots families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years Not a lot of Scots are aware of this but the Tory Government, having inflicted austerity on the UK for 10 years provides £100 million annually in overseas humanitarian aid to Saudi Arabia which … Continue reading "Austerity – Tory Government Policy – Let The Needy Starve – So That Foreign Aid Can b...

Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the ...
      Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the return of this sort of terrestrial reptile Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From that place he conducted a near 40 year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT … Continue reading "Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and D...

        The Orange Order and the the Protestant “Caliban” of Northern Ireland Established in 1998 the Caleb Foundation ( is the leading creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and ...

          This is What the Orange Order and DUP Would Bring to Scottish Politics       1. Same sex marriage The Party opposes same sex marriage repeatedly vetoing any change in the law. Jim Wells, (MLA) said “Peter will never marry Paul in Northern Ireland”.       2. LBGT … Continue reading "ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future-in-the-uk-heed-the-warning...

Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Party ? The Tory Party ? Scotland?s ...
        2007: Scandal and abuse of power – Buzzwords summarising the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP in Northern Ireland In 2005 the DUP became the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland, replacing the the Ulster Unionists who had dominated the unionist vote since the partition of Ireland. Introducing a new approach and ignoring … Continue reading "Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Pa...

NHS Scotland Funding Debacle ? My September 2014 Blog Gave Warning Of A Futu...
            September 2014: If you are English and sick you are in trouble A letter, supported by 95% of Doctors in England, signed off by the leader of the BMA has this week been sent to Mr Cameron warning that the sick, frail and elderly are being failed by Westminster. … Continue reading "NHS Scotland Funding Debacle – My September 2014 Blog Gave Warning Of A Future Tied to England – Blame ...

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

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence
Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don'...
SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsOnly a quarter of Scots want Nicola Sturgeon to issue Indyref2 demand this autumn, poll finds  The CourierFull coverage

Yes DIY: We must reframe the narrative of Scottish independence
Yes DIY: We must reframe the narrative of Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

England flags plan for Big Ben is 'welcome boost for Scottish independence'
England flags plan for Big Ben is 'welcome boost for Scottish independence'  The CourierUK Parliament say addition of St George's Cross to Big Ben not a snub to other UK nations  CommonSpaceBig Ben to get £61000000 St George's cross and blue face makeover  MetroScottish and Welsh MPs erupt in fury after officials unveil plans to paint the England flag on Big Ben - but the Union ...  Daily MailF...

Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces...
Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces vote dilemma  Scottish Daily RecordPoll suggests support for independence is higher than 2014 but little backing for an autumn Indy Ref 2  The Sunday PostNew Brexit vote comes with strings attached  The TimesFull coverage

The siren call of separatism
The siren call of separatism  The EconomistFull coverage

Maggie Chapman: Scots radicalised by indyref are ditching neo-liberalism
Maggie Chapman: Scots radicalised by indyref are ditching neo-liberalism  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Robin McAlpine: Four lessons the independence movement should learn from the ...
Robin McAlpine: Four lessons the independence movement should learn from the Brexit fiasco  CommonSpaceFull coverage


SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don'...
SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsFull coverage

SNP MP brilliantly slips 'tadger' into House of Commons speech as his closing...
SNP MP brilliantly slips 'tadger' into House of Commons speech as his closing argument runs long  The Scottish SunFull coverage

Researchers Develop 'Nanotweezer' Microchip for Real-Time SNP Detection
Researchers Develop 'Nanotweezer' Microchip for Real-Time SNP Detection  GenomeWebFull coverage

Perthshire SNP politicians hit back at ?scaremongering? over PRI
Perthshire SNP politicians hit back at ?scaremongering? over PRI  The CourierFull coverage

Letters: Thank goodness for strong SNP MPs at Westminster
Letters: Thank goodness for strong SNP MPs at Westminster  The NationalFull coverage

We won't back Chequers plan, says SNP
We won't back Chequers plan, says SNP  The TimesSNP will FIGHT General Election to keep UK SHACKLED to EU customs union and single market Sturgeon: SNP will press for single market membership  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Biosensor Chip Helps SNP Detection Go Wireless
Biosensor Chip Helps SNP Detection Go Wireless  Technology NetworksFull coverage

SNP urges UK government to challenge Trump on his record
SNP urges UK government to challenge Trump on his record  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Poll: Half of Scots oppose second independence referendum
Poll: Half of Scots oppose second independence referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces...
Half of Scots against second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon faces vote dilemma  Scottish Daily RecordPoll suggests support for independence is higher than 2014 but little backing for an autumn Indy Ref 2  The Sunday PostNew Brexit vote comes with strings attached  The TimesFull coverage

Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum
Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Maggie Chapman: Scots radicalised by indyref are ditching neo-liberalism
Maggie Chapman: Scots radicalised by indyref are ditching neo-liberalism  The ScotsmanFull coverage

The siren call of separatism
The siren call of separatism  The EconomistFull coverage

Only 1 in 4 back Sturgeon calling for second independence referendum this autumn
Only 1 in 4 back Sturgeon calling for second independence referendum this autumn  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra
Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra  BBC NewsCatalan leader visits Scotland for historic meeting  FRANCE 24Catalonia president hails Indyref as best citizen rights' example  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP Remoaner wants ANOTHER Scottish independence vote 'to PROTECT his people'...
SNP Remoaner wants ANOTHER Scottish independence vote 'to PROTECT his people' from Brexit says people 'require' a vote on the final outcome of Brexit  MercoPressNats Brexit chief Mike Russell says SNP will back second vote on Britain leaving EU  The Scottish SunFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

The Official President Trump thread

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

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 ...

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!

Durham Miners' Gala - The Big Meeting
Anybody else going this weekend? The biggest Trade Union event in the country, and a great display of Working Class organisation in the beautiful setting of the Land of the Prince Bishops. Quick check on thetrainline shows you can get the full day out (including Billy Brag playing live) for 27 qu...

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

Next Tory leader /Prime minister
With all the shenanigans today and the 1922 commitee meeting (rumour) who is likely to be next???With the Tories always look for somebody thats not been involved with the goings on so im thinking Gavin Williamson

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

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Bridge across the Irish Sea?
Just hearing that the DUP leader has suggested that she want's a bridge built between Northern Ireland and Scotland. The speech was made at the Orange walk she attended in Fife. Not sure that idea would be welcomed, by most Scottish people, by the leader of a party that keeps the Tory government ...

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

Who do you tip/don?t tip and why? Why do some people get a tip and others don?t? A taxi driver is traditionally fair game for a tip but a bus driver isn?t. A taxi driver doesn?t declare full earnings and receives tips regularly whereas a bus driver doing an honest days graft gets hee-haw ...

French air traffic control strike
Anyone affected by the French air traffic control strike? got to Bournemouth Airport yesterday 3 hours before flight was due to leave was told that the flight was cancelled whats the score with the compensation ? Now leaving on Friday from Bournemouth the cunts at the airport wanted me to travel ...

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Holyrood Magazine


Scotland prepares for Donald Trump visit

UK Government Brexit white paper ?falls short?, Scottish Government says

Labour takes polling lead over Tories

Eurosceptic Tory MPs launch plan to derail Theresa May's Brexit strategy

The journey from Our Islands Our Future to the Islands Act

Information watchdog to review data practices of UK political parties

Input from nursing staff needed to make progress in in digital healthcare, RC...

Jeremy Hunt appointed as new foreign secretary after resignation of Boris Joh...

Independence Live

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Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

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…