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Rural areas facing a 'no-deal disaster' after watchdog warns of threats to UK...
12 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
BRITAIN?s rural areas are facing a ?no-deal disaster? as an alarming report today suggests the country?s multi-billion pound food export industry could be threatened if there is no withdrawal agreement with Brussels.

Dangerous criminals fleeing the law 'stand to benefit from Brexit'
11 Sep 2018 at 7:08pm
CRIMINALS fleeing from country to country to escape the law stand to benefit from Brexit, it has been warned.

Boris claims May's Brexit plan 'substantially worse than the status quo'
11 Sep 2018 at 6:54pm
BORIS Johnson has launched another broadside against Theresa May?s Brexit plan, claiming it would be "substantially worse than the status quo" for British businesses.

Davidson forced to reprimand Tory text pest at Holyrood
11 Sep 2018 at 12:07pm
A FORMER Tory candidate for Westminster who works at Holyrood has been disciplined for pestering a female SNP MSP with unwanted text messages.

McDonnell pledges to join picket line if rail bosses don't respond to workers...
11 Sep 2018 at 5:31pm
JOHN McDonnell has pledged to join rail workers on the picket line after a union chief raised the prospect of a winter of discontent on Britain?s railways.

Garden centres risk closure under new tax plans, trade body warns
11 Sep 2018 at 10:00pm
STRUGGLING garden centres across Scotland risk being forced to close if ministers push ahead with plans to implement an extra tax on out-of-town businesses, it has been warned.

McDonnell dismisses claims hard left activists infiltrating Labour to oust Co...
11 Sep 2018 at 6:04pm
CLAIMS that hard left activists are infiltrating Labour to oust MPs opposed to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership have been brushed aside by his close ally John McDonnell.

UK's biggest car maker warns of "horrifying" hard Brexit
11 Sep 2018 at 4:46pm
THE head of the UK?s biggest car manufacturer has warned Theresa May a ?horrifying? hard Brexit could cost the industry tens of thousands of jobs.

Scots jobless rate falls again
11 Sep 2018 at 1:53pm
SCOTLAND?S unemployment rate fell to just 4.1 per cent in the last quarter, according to the latest official figures, but remained fractionally higher than the UK average.

Delayed discharge down but 1 in 13 beds still affected
11 Sep 2018 at 2:28pm
ALMOST half a million bed days were lost to Scotland?s NHS last year because patients were stuck in hospital despite being well enough to leave.

Tories have stripped workplace rights back to days of 1930s Depression, says ...
11 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
THE Conservative Government will today be accused of creating levels of workplace insecurity not seen since the economic depression of the 1930s.

Analysis - Barnier comes to May's rescue as Tory civil war heats up
11 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
WAS it a mere coincidence that as Theresa May suffered yet more internal flak from her Tory Brexiteer comrades, Michel Barnier popped up with some soothing continental balm.

Brexit talks will have to be extended beyond March 2019, suggests Lord Mandelson
11 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
THE UK Government will have to ask Brussels to extend the Brexit negotiation period beyond March 2019 given the current difficulties in reaching a deal, Lord Mandelson has suggested.

Opposition gear up to defeat SNP over controversial school tests
10 Sep 2018 at 5:06am
EFFORTS to force SNP ministers to ditch controversial tests for five-year-olds will shift up a gear today as opposition politicians unite behind a motion calling for them to be scrapped.

SNP tells May to drop pretence over No Deal
10 Sep 2018 at 10:20pm
THERESA May has been told to stop pretending the only alternative to her foundering Chequers plan is a no-deal Brexit.



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Brexit warning over extraditing violent criminals who flee Scotland
11 Sep 2018 at 10:04pm
The country's most senior prosecutor has warned that a no-deal Brexit will make it harder to extradite criminals who flee Scotland.

Gordon Munro: Many citizens in Scotland today remember the other 9/11
11 Sep 2018 at 4:01pm
Today there are citizens in Scotland who will be subdued, reflective and sad as they remember the other September 11th. Today is the 45th anniversary of the coup against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile.

Labour politicians back baby box roll-out for England and Wales
11 Sep 2018 at 3:16pm
The Scottish Government?s baby box initiative has won backing from an unlikely source - two leading Labour politicians.

Ex SNP councillor fined after sending racist texts to Muslim lover
11 Sep 2018 at 1:47pm
A former SNP councillor who was fined £1,000 after sending a string of racist messages to his Muslim lover in the wake of the Paris terror attacks has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Michael Russell to update Holyrood on Scottish Government Brexit preparations
11 Sep 2018 at 1:00pm
Constitutional Affairs Minister Michael Russell is to update MSPs on the Scottish Government's Brexit preparations.

Man fined for Nazi pug video invited to speak at European Parliament
11 Sep 2018 at 11:26am
A man who was fined after filming a pet dog giving Nazi salutes has rubbed shoulders with Nigel Farage after being invited to speak about his case at the European Parliament.

Cadbury owner ?stockpiling ingredients? in case of no-deal Brexit
11 Sep 2018 at 9:34am
Cadbury owner Mondelez International has reportedly revealed it is stockpiling ingredients, chocolates and biscuits in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Man faces ejection from UK despite serving time and being described as ?very ...
11 Sep 2018 at 8:43am
A FORMER bank trader who is being threatened with deportation to a country he left 34 years ago wants to be seen as human and not a “test-case”.

SNP?s Ian Blackford faces fight to keep home turf as MPs count cost of changes
11 Sep 2018 at 8:35am
With only ten of the current 59 Westminster constituencies in Scotland untouched by the Boundary Commission’s proposals, it isn’t possible to make a direct comparison between the existing map and the new one, but a handful of Scottish MPs face difficult choices if changes are made before the next election.

Mike Russell: Tories pushing false choice on Brexit plans
11 Sep 2018 at 7:21am
The Conservatives are pushing a “false choice” between a no deal Brexit and the Chequers plans, Scotland Constitutional Affairs Secretary has said.

Anger at £700k bill for consultants as part of rail policing merger
11 Sep 2018 at 6:00am

Nicola Sturgeon: ?P1 tests will close attainment gap in schools?
11 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon has launched a staunch defence of Primary One testing in Scotland’s school amid growing opposition calls for them to be axed.

North Sea at ?crossroads? as drilling slumps to 50-year low
11 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland’s oil and gas industry revival may be jeopardised by a slump in exploration to find fresh deposits which have hit a 50-year low, an industry report warns today.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: A horror story to chill Vince Cable?s blood
11 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Turning the Lib Dems into a vessel for wider, pro-EU movement is a risky step – particularly in Scotland, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

Darren McGarvey: Bernie Sanders? BEZOS inequality bill is doomed
11 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
US Congressman Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill – named after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – that would force companies to pay a tax equal to the amount of benefits claimed by their workers. It’s a great idea but political centrists will kill it off, writes Darren McGarvey.

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Counting With Cretins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Sep 2018 at 12:43pm
There’s not much going on in Scottish politics at the moment, but you know that when the media resorts to printing stuff from echo-skulled Tory mousewit Annie Wells, there can’t even have been any barrel left to scrape. Grimly, the spelling in the headline is the LEAST embarrassing facet of the story. The piece is a desperate …

Stakeholder engagement
by Kenny McBride
8 Sep 2018 at 8:00am
Kenny McBride is a Wings reader. This is his personal experience and view.  A couple of weeks ago Ian Small, BBC Scotland?s Head of Public Policy, wrote an article for the Scotsman addressing the question of anti-independence bias at Pacific Quay. Naturally he defended the Corporation strongly, but he also made what seemed like an …

Data in depth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Sep 2018 at 12:59pm
Last night we stumbled across an interesting little statistical wrinkle to our story from Wednesday about voters’ satisfaction with Scottish public services. The middle set of figures there is especially revealing. Because what those stats say in every case is that people who actually use services have a higher opinion of them them those who don’t, …

For process, read rights
by Cllr Chris McEleny
7 Sep 2018 at 7:59am
Chris McEleny is an SNP councillor. This is a personal opinion. The open sewer of some newspapers has been in full torrent this week. However it surged over the overflow pipe with the hysteria in last weekend?s Sunday Mail. In a deranged editorial it actually argued that Alex Salmond should stay out of the SNP ?whatever …

The Borders Railway Disaster
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2018 at 11:12am
There’s a very weird story in the Scotsman today. As alert readers will have noticed from the third paragraph, the headline is actually an inexplicably negative spin on the fact that journeys on the line INCREASED last year by 5.8% to a new record high of 1.5 million. (Although interestingly, 1.2m plus 5.8% would only …

Getting no satisfaction
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Sep 2018 at 11:59am
This year’s Scottish Household Survey is out, and the press is in an absolutely gleeful orgy of misery over it. Here’s the Times, for example: The paper’s leading line is that “only half of those polled were happy with schools, the NHS and transport provision in their area”. So readers would naturally assume that the …

Dickie?s Taffy Puddings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Sep 2018 at 9:01am
Perhaps the single most striking feature of everyday non-constitutional Scottish politics is Labour’s constantly-recurring habit of highlighting some supposedly unsatisfactory statistic about the Scottish Government’s performance, only for it to be revealed that it’s vastly better than the comparable figure for Wales, where Labour has been in power ever since the Assembly was created in 1999. …

Pies Of The Day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2018 at 10:15am
It’s been a tough few days for the Daily Record. So maybe we should forgive this: Let’s just enjoy those pie charts for a moment. Magnificent work. The Pie Of The Day runner-up was this guy, btw: If you weren’t sure, yes that IS a “Rangers” supporter using the USA, Australia, India and Canada of …

The scissored isles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2018 at 9:59pm
New polling out tonight from British Polling Council members Deltapoll. Excluding don’t-knows, both of those sets of figures come out at 52-48 margins: for Yes if Brexit goes ahead, for No if it doesn’t. If Brexit isn’t mentioned in the question at all, the results are 49% Yes 51% No. Excluding don’t knows, the figures …

The Filth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2018 at 12:30pm
It’s an almost impossible task to identify the most despicable sewer-dredging piece of “journalism” that the Scottish press has spewed out in the past 10 days or so of demented obsession with as-yet-unsubstantiated allegations by two unnamed women against Alex Salmond, but today’s Sunday Mail must be a strong contender. The paper runs a four-page …

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P&O stops transporting calves following BBC investigation
11 Sep 2018 at 6:28pm
The ferry operator will no longer sail very young cattle abroad after concerns were raised by a BBC investigation.

MSPs warned of no-deal Brexit 'chaos'
11 Sep 2018 at 3:55pm
Brexit minister Mike Russell tells MSPs about work being done to prepare for the "worst case scenario" of a no-deal Brexit.

Scots jobless rate falls to 4.1% as workforce total dips
11 Sep 2018 at 11:34am
Official figures reveal the total number of people seeking work for May to July fell by 6,000.

Inquiry call over Dumfries campus safety closure
11 Sep 2018 at 3:31pm
An MSP says parents and staff are "hugely concerned" that the brand new school site in Dumfries is unsafe.

'Bed blocking' eases in Scottish hospitals
11 Sep 2018 at 11:54am
The number of Scottish hospital beds being "blocked" by delayed discharges has fallen over the past year.

More children taking part in school sports project
11 Sep 2018 at 8:17am
Sportscotland says there has been a 5% increase in pupils taking part in its Active Schools programme.

Teaching union EIS set to reject latest pay offer
11 Sep 2018 at 11:00am
Scotland's largest teaching union wants a 10% rise in salaries, while employers have limited their offer to 3%.

East Lothian Council suspends new 20mph zone bids
11 Sep 2018 at 11:50am
East Lothian Council has introduced a suspension until a decision is taken at a national level.

Council apology over new Dumfries school campus closure
10 Sep 2018 at 4:41pm
The local authority's chief executive says he is "angry and disappointed" at shutting the £28m campus.

What's on at Holyrood? Brexit update and suicide prevention
10 Sep 2018 at 1:43pm
From Brexit to suicide prevention, MSPs return to business as usual for the second week of the new term.

Boundary changes: Final proposals published
10 Sep 2018 at 4:04pm
The Boundary Commission's recommendations will reduce the number of MPs by 50.

A Brexit-free guide to the new term at Holyrood
4 Sep 2018 at 1:49am
MSPs are heading back to Holyrood for a new term. Brexit aside, what have they got in their in-trays?

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New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...

Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

First Scottish subsample since the Alex Salmond story broke has the SNP still...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 6:02pm
When news of the complaints against Alex Salmond was irresponsibly broken by the Daily Record, I said that we'd just have to wait for opinion poll evidence to see whether there would be much (if an...

On the subject of faith, wealth, and personal choice
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2018 at 3:31pm
It's with great trepidation that I even think of writing a little more about the current Alex Salmond story, because no matter what I say, some unionist journalist will doubtless interpret it as a ...

Will the SNP take an electoral hit from the Daily Record's cynical reporting ...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2018 at 2:15pm
The inconvenient truth for the unionist parties is that polling evidence suggests last year's general election was not some kind of staging-post on the way to a total SNP collapse, as the media nar...

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Question from a fervent American fan...
by /u/ilikemyeggsscrambled
12 Sep 2018 at 1:33am
Although I'm young (22 F to be exact), I've always wanted to live in a country other than my own (USA). I've always admired Scotland and everything/one in it, but, I have a bit of a dilemma... As ...

BBC - Scottish Referendum Live [the page for the devolution referendum, 21 ye...
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11 Sep 2018 at 11:56pm
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VIDEO: Braeview Academy fire ? Six fire crews battle blaze at high school
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11 Sep 2018 at 11:05pm
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Happy Battle o Stirlin Brig anniversary tae Unionists an Independanistas aw!
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11 Sep 2018 at 10:50pm
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Americans and Australians Trying To Understand A Scottish Accent
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11 Sep 2018 at 10:39pm
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Andrew Learmonth on Twitter: SNP MSPs Alex Neil, Sandra White, Gil Paterson a...
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11 Sep 2018 at 10:03pm
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Designer dog and cat breeding to be 'outlawed' in Scotland under new regulations
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11 Sep 2018 at 9:49pm
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Golfers/non-golfers - where to stay
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11 Sep 2018 at 9:34pm
I'm taking my family to Scotland next summer and my son and I plan to play courses in 2 regions - the St. Andrews area and the East Lothian area. My wife will be spending time with our 2 young daug...

Scottish wind output has record breaking August. Wind turbines produced enoug...
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11 Sep 2018 at 7:09pm
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Microwaves and Scotland
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11 Sep 2018 at 4:56pm
Hi all, This weekend I'm planning to leave Ireland and try hitch hike across Scotland with no money carrying a microwave. I'm doing it to raise money for a charity for a young girls medical treatme...

BBC | P&O stops transporting calves 'immediately'
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11 Sep 2018 at 4:30pm
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CONFIRMED: Scottish FA agree £5 million deal to stay at Hampden
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11 Sep 2018 at 3:15pm
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I made a video of Linlithgow Palace! Let me know what you think :)
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11 Sep 2018 at 2:54pm
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Tributes to Aberdeen inventor who helped develop 'game-changing' MRI
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar up for award after taking on the fight against Islamop...
by Andy Philip
11 Sep 2018 at 3:23pm
Sarwar is the only Scot on the shortlist for Thursday’s No2H8 Crime Awards set up in memory of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.

Boris Johnson blasted for 'dog whistle racism' by TUC leader Frances O?Grady
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
O’Grady called out the Tory Brexiteer for his burka rant as a crude attempt to stir racist populism in his bid to be prime minister.

Boris Johnson and his Tory hate brigade are hell-bent on destroying Britain's...
by Kezia Dugdale
11 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Kezia Dugdale writes that despite everything we know, the Tories at Westminster still manage to shock us.

Investment in more mental health experts is crucial for future of young people
by dailyrecord
10 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says early detection and intervention can be key to tackling mental health issues.

Health services in urgent need of improvement as annual report reveals seriou...
by Vivienne Aitken
10 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Cancer detection and waiting times for child mental health services are among the biggest concerns.

Trade unions back final 'People's Vote' over Theresa May's shambolic Brexit p...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Frances O'Grady, leader of the TUC, says she thinks people are fed-up with the idea that Brexit is all about the City of London.

Police chief warns Brexit could blow lid off peace process in Northern Ireland
by dailyrecord
9 Sep 2018 at 6:59pm
George Hamilton says the British government don't understand impact Brexit will have and that a hard border could lead to a new wave of terrorist attacks.

Boris Johnson facing backlash after 'suicide vest' Brexit jibe at Theresa May...
by David Hughes
9 Sep 2018 at 3:58pm
One senior minister said the crass comments marked the "political end" of the former foreign secretary.

Scotland's new social security system to 'protect the poorest and most vulner...
by dailyrecord
9 Sep 2018 at 2:30am
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People outlines how she intends to put 'people at the heart' of the service.

'Shameful' figures show rape victims waiting almost a year for support in Sco...
by John Ferguson
9 Sep 2018 at 2:30am
It comes as Nicola Sturgeon pledged a £2million support package in her programme for government last week.

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A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …

The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …

?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching…  

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?    

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 …

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Paris-Texas, Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Sep 2018 at 6:01pm
This summer everything seemed to come together. System failure surrounds us. Capitalism is facing a physical crisis that can’t be ignored. Coal, gas and oil have been capitalism?s main fuels since the industrial revolution. And yet, we’re told of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in just the last 50 years. …

From Brexit to Scexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Sep 2018 at 2:27pm
A Bespoke Deal for a Scottish Brexit. A tactical argument. I wish I could draw graphs…or flow charts…as I think it might help clarify my argument on a Scottish Brexit Deal being the probable way forward – but I’ll try to set it out verbally step by step. Right now, with everything still up in …

A Brexit Deal for Scotland? A Scottish Deal on Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Sep 2018 at 11:43am
As we enter a new Parliamentary term both in Holyrood and Westminster, to describe matters as being a wee bit ?in flux? is something of an understatement. It?s rather more like those of us living on this cluster of islands off the coast of Europe are inhabiting different political worlds while remaining on one piece …

Racism, the New Right and Media Failure
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Sep 2018 at 11:33am
The New Yorker ?festival of ideas?, having now disinvited Steve Bannon, is facing his ire ? despite the fact that he knows he?s won either way. Invited, he gets to peddle his half-truths and dog whistles; uninvited, and he?s the victim of PC culture. A Newsnight segment featuring, of all people, Laurie Penny and Ella …

The Valley of the Fallen
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Sep 2018 at 9:53am
40 years after Spain?s transition to democracy and over 40 years since the death of General Francisco Franco, at perhaps an unexpected juncture, the country?s new government is taking on a totemic issue ? removing the tomb of Franco from his basilica at the Valley of the Fallen.Last Friday week, the Spanish government issued a …

Contagion Spreading
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Sep 2018 at 10:46am
The Scottish Government revealed its legislative programme ? of which more anon – but that was not the big economic news this week. Globally, a storm has been brewing in the financial markets. Cash is pouring out of the so-called emerging markets (Asia and Latin America) and heading for the US of A, driven by …

Listen Up
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Sep 2018 at 10:25am
Bella is exploring how to produce a really high-quality regular podcast after various botched attempts in the past. So we’re scouring the globe for the best. Some of them are like old -school radio programmes, some are just conversations. It’s not so much the content as the form we’re interested in, if you have any …

Red and Yellow Maps
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Sep 2018 at 5:06pm
So the Twitter project @ElectionMapsUK has become a big success with a series of great graphics and political factoids. This week this one went viral purporting to show “How the next general election would look if only 18-24s were allowed to vote”. It was of course a sea of red and seemed to show a …

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Boundary changes: seats facing major shake-up
by Peter Walker Political correspondent
10 Sep 2018 at 5:00pm
Six constituencies where the Boundary Commission?s changes will have a big impactMuch of the controversy around the proposed House of Commons boundary changes centres on the reduction in seats from 650 to 600. But many seats will change radically ? and some will disappear altogether. Here is a se...

The IHRA definition of antisemitism: where UK parties stand
by Matthew Weaver
5 Sep 2018 at 2:41pm
Labour has been attacked for its stance on racism, but have other parties gone further?Labour faced widespread criticism for its delay in adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, but where do the other main parties stand?In July the Conservative party ...

Sturgeon accused of running out of ideas with policy programme
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Sep 2018 at 5:51pm
First minister unveils low-key legislative agenda focusing on mental health and transportNicola Sturgeon has pledged to increase spending on mental health, low-carbon vehicles, schools and hospitals as she unveiled a low-key legislative agenda.The first minister said the programme, based around 1...

Rees-Mogg claims Barnier agrees with him about PM's Chequers plan being 'rubb...
by Andrew Sparrow
3 Sep 2018 at 5:44pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBoris Johnson?s Brexit article - Summary and analysisNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.41pm BST Through his actions, Peter Willsman has shown he is unfit to serve on Labour?s NEC. The results suggest that had his c...

Salmond crowdfunding 'could put off sexual assault victims'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Sep 2018 at 11:42am
Women?s groups say funding appeal may discourage people from coming forwardWomen?s rights campaigners have warned that Alex Salmond?s crowdfunding appeal could discourage alleged victims of sexual assault from coming forward.Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women?s Aid said the former first mini...

It?s not just Salmond?s name at stake, but the future of independence itself ...
by Kevin McKenna
2 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
The resignation of the former first minister has done little to quell disquiet in his partyOn Tayside four years ago, beside an uneven row of modest shops and salons, Alex Salmond was preaching to the faithful. The first referendum on Scottish independence was less than a week away but the patron...

Alex Salmond closes crowdfunding appeal with £100,000 of donations
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Sep 2018 at 2:21pm
News comes as SNP activists meet to refocus on policy amid fallout of sexual harassment allegations against ex-leaderAlex Salmond has closed a crowdfunding appeal to fund a judicial review of the Scottish government?s handling of sexual harassment allegations against him after it reached more tha...

SNP politicians praise Sturgeon's 'dignity' in Salmond case
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
30 Aug 2018 at 6:47pm
Party?s Westminster leader downplays rift over handling of sexual harassment claimsSenior Scottish National party politicians have defended Nicola Sturgeon?s handling of the harassment allegations against Alex Salmond and downplayed a bitter rift inside the party.Ian Blackford, the SNP?s Westmins...

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I try very hard to keep out of disputes between independence supporters. They’re unproductive, all too often puerile, and only serve to benefit opponents of independence. But sometimes you just want to scream at people. There is a strain of puritan middle class self-righteousness within certain sections of the Scottish independence movement which would make …

11 September, La Diada, Catalonia?s national day
It’s a quiet day in Scottish politics, but a very big one in Catalonia. It’s La Diada today, the Catalan national day. Over half a million people, and possibly as many as one million, are expected to take to the streets of Barcelona in order to celebrate the national holiday and to show their support …

More offensive than a Boris Johnson opinion piece
The nightmare is chapping at the door. The ultimate worst case scenario, everything that Better Together told us back in 2014 that only a No vote could protect us from is in the street, peering in through the windaes, about to get in. Boris Johnson as Prime Minister presiding over the hardest Brexit imaginable. It’s …

The Sunday National front page
This is a shameless plug for the new Sunday National, Scotland’s only pro-independence Sunday newspaper. The first edition of the paper is published today, Sunday 9 September. Edited by Richard Walker, the founder of The National and the man responsible for bringing the Sunday Herald out as a YES supporting publication, the new sister paper …

There is no cheat mode
There’s a very interesting, thoughtful, and well-considered blog article doing the rounds on social media, which posits the view that it’s possible that Scotland could become independent if the Scottish Government develops its own written constitution, without any need for a referendum or plebiscite election. It’s a nice idea, but here’s the thing. There is …

The Great British kakistocracy
Theresa May’s government continues to reach new standards. There you were, thinking that David Mundell had smashed all world records for clueless secretaries of state for devolved nations, and was the sole contender for Norman Wisdom political cup, which is the only form of wisdom anyone in this Conservative government could aspire to, and then …

The National?s new advert
The television advert for The National’s new seven day a week publication has just been released, and for the very first time ever, there’s something that stars the human part of this blog operation, and not the Dug. Well slap me with a saliva covered doggy chew. Actually, the truth is that when the advert …

No more business as usual
We’re back to political business as usual after the craziness of the summer break. Which in Scotland’s case means that we’re still subjected to a barrage of stories in the media about how crap the SNP are. So it’s not really that different from the diet we were fed over the summer break when politicians …

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Theresa May admits she knew about Leave rule flout before Article 50
THERESA May knew that the Leave campaign had broken the law when she triggered article 50, her lawyer has revealed.

Academics divided over merits and risks of P1 assessments
OPINION is divided among academics about whether children should face formal education assessments when they start primary school.

May?s Brexit plan leading to Tory party split, says former minister
SENIOR Tories are forecasting their party is facing a permanent split over Theresa May?s plan for a softer Brexit.

Michael Russell: Tories offering UK utterly false choice over Brexit
SCOTTISH Brexit secretary Michael Russell has accused the Tories of offering the country an ?utterly false choice? over Brexit.

Davidson urged to condemn Johnson's suicide vest comments
RUTH Davidson failed to condemn Boris Johnson?s comments that Theresa May?s Brexit plan left the UK strapped to a ?suicide vest? ? despite one Tory minister describing the remarks as ?disgusting?.

Scottish ministers to hear arguments for medicinal use of cannabis
CAMPAIGNERS for medicinal cannabis are to meet with Scottish Government officials in what could be the first step towards regulation of the drug.

Cross-party report calls for UK to do more to protect Syrian civilians
A HARD-hitting cross party report has condemned the UK?s failure to protect civilians in war-torn Syria, while warning that urgent action is need to prevent further mass atrocities.

Labour motion demands scrapping of tests for P1 pupils
SCOTTISH Labour is lodging a parliamentary motion calling for controversial primary school tests to be scrapped.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

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 …


Scotland and Independence

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Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland
Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland  MetroBrexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds  CNBCBrexit: The case for Scottish independence  EURACTIVFull coverage

Scots ministers to set out preparations for no-deal Brexit
Scots ministers to set out preparations for no-deal Brexit  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scottish independence movement 'in great health as SNP continues to build fre...
Scottish independence movement 'in great health as SNP continues to build fresh case'  Evening TimesFull coverage

Alex Salmond's troubles threaten the SNP and Scottish independence
Alex Salmond's troubles threaten the SNP and Scottish independence  Financial TimesEx-SNP Leader's Resignation Won't Balk Scottish Independence Movement - Sturgeon  Sputnik InternationalAlex Salmond splits Scottish separatists  POLITICO.euFull coverage

SNP gather in Edinburgh to debate Scottish independence plans
SNP gather in Edinburgh to debate Scottish independence plans  The ScotsmanFull coverage

The Scottish independence report which highlights a lack of maturity in the B...
The Scottish independence report which highlights a lack of maturity in the Brexit debate  The TimesDavidson urges Sturgeon to rule out holding second independence referendum  Aberdeen Evening ExpressRape Crisis Scotland criticises Alex Salmond's response to allegations of sexual harrassment  Press and JournalFull coverage

David Mundell admits 'chaotic Brexit' may spur Scottish independence
David Mundell admits 'chaotic Brexit' may spur Scottish independence  The ScotsmanSNP MP Angus MacNeil 'will continue to appear on RT'  BBC NewsAlex Salmond is a distraction when calls for independence are growing  The EconomistFull coverage

Letters: SNP plans for energy generation damage Scottish independence
Letters: SNP plans for energy generation damage Scottish independence  The ScotsmanLetters: The dearth of political talent in the UK is truly concerning  HeraldScotlandFull coverage


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SNP ministers 'leaving farmers in the dark' by refusing to include Scotland i...
SNP ministers 'leaving farmers in the dark' by refusing to include Scotland in Brexit Agriculture Bill coverage

SNP ministers reject plea by Scottish farmers to back Chequers Brexit plan
SNP ministers reject plea by Scottish farmers to back Chequers Brexit plan Sturgeon rejects Scottish farmers' pleas to back Theresa May's Brexit plans coverage

Top SNP figures face backlash over decision to speak at Sheridan rally
Top SNP figures face backlash over decision to speak at Sheridan rally  The TimesFull coverage

SNP gloom merchants want no deal Brexit to get Battle of Britain mark two
SNP gloom merchants want no deal Brexit to get Battle of Britain mark two coverage

SNP accused of 'STOCKPILING GRIEVANCE' as £27m in extra emergency Brexit fund...
SNP accused of 'STOCKPILING GRIEVANCE' as £27m in extra emergency Brexit funding announced criminals fleeing the law 'stand to benefit from Brexit'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP demands freedom of movement over North Sea Brexit warning
SNP demands freedom of movement over North Sea Brexit warning  Aberdeen Evening ExpressFull coverage

SNP and case for independence 'in fine fettle'
SNP and case for independence 'in fine fettle'  The TimesSNP national assembly held in Edinburgh to debate independence plans  BBC NewsIndependence movement in great health ? SNP depute  Irish ExaminerFull coverage

Ex SNP councillor fined after sending racist texts to Muslim lover
Ex SNP councillor fined after sending racist texts to Muslim lover  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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Brexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds
Brexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds  CNBCPoll: Brexit will build majority support for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanEND OF UK: Shock poll shows BREXIT SURGE in support for Irish and Scottish independence coverage

Constitutional chess at Holyrood
Constitutional chess at Holyrood  BBC NewsFull coverage

The Scottish independence report which highlights a lack of maturity in the B...
The Scottish independence report which highlights a lack of maturity in the Brexit debate  The TimesRuth Davidson demands Sturgeon call off independence quest 'people have had ENOUGH' Davidson urges Nicola Sturgeon to rule out holding second referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Fuelling independence? Scotland's oil hub embraces green energy
Fuelling independence? Scotland's oil hub embraces green energy  ReutersFull coverage

Scotland only entitled to a second independence referendum in 20 years, says ...
Scotland only entitled to a second independence referendum in 20 years, says Jacob Rees-Mogg  The IndependentFull coverage

Rees-Mogg backs second independence referendum (in 20 years)
Rees-Mogg backs second independence referendum (in 20 years)  The TimesFull coverage

Scotland launches major renewable energy scheme
Scotland launches major renewable energy scheme  Independent.ieFull coverage

Scottish independence movement is 'eating itself' over Alex Salmond
Scottish independence movement is 'eating itself' over Alex Salmond  Financial TimesEx-Scottish Leader Salmond Resigns From SNP Amid Misconduct Allegations  U.S. News & World ReportAlex Salmond quits Scottish National Party after sexual misconduct claims  South China Morning PostNow that Alex Salmond has spectacularly quit the SNP, will this be the end of an era for Scottish nationalism?  The I...

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

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 ...

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!

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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 ...

Inverness Independence March
The All Under One Banner Inverness Independence March is on this coming Saturday the 28th,  participants will gather  at 1230 in the Northern Meeting park and will leave the park at 1330. The route will be Ardross Street, Ardross Terrace, Ness Walk, Ness Bridge, Bridge Street, Castle Street, ...

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

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Fenella Fielding RIP
Just after Liz Fraser too    

Liz Fraser
Has passed away too at the age of 88 Her death will obviously be overshadowed by Burt Reynolds going but she was some bit of gear RIP

Sunday Herald
Bought my Herald from Ruchill shop early Sunday whilst they were opening the stalks of papers. I asked is the Heralds been open yet and said it was on the shelf all ready. There was only 1 there. Only 1 I said guy said that is all the manufacturer gives them whilst loads of all the other papers. ...

Neil Oliver History Of Scotland
Just watched episode 1 on youtube, the next episodes seems to have been deleted????? Can somebody confirm if I have had to much to drink tonight, my laptop is having a bad day, or the Ruk is denying that Scotland ever existed until the the SNP was created last Thursday?

Why don't Police carry guns in Scotland?
So this has been a question for me for ages.iF I am correct. Why are Police in Scotland not required to carry a gun. I know the crime in Glasgow is one of the highest in Europe. I can't get my head around this. My younger brother is a Police Officer in Ottawa, he carries a firearm, thank fuck. I ...

Community Reputation. How does it work?
So I was just reviewing my profile. It sais in "Community Reputation" I'm a great guy. We already know that. In saying that, who and how does one get rated? I'm greatful and flattered you feel that way about me. Just wondering how it works? Cuz I am sure as fuck Larky Masher had nothing to do wit...

Burt Reynolds.

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...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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School uniform grant pledge met across Scotland

Scottish teachers 'work longest hours'

Interview with Jeremy Corbyn: 'my whole life has been about opposing racism'

Shetland recommended as location for ultra-deep water decommissioning port

Post-study work visa needed for international students

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Theresa May to commit over £100m to low emission vehicle technology

Alex Salmond, Donald Trump and allegations of sexual misconduct

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Support Alex Salmond #forFairness I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

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…