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Johnson says Corbyn and Khan jeopardising Special Relationship after Trump pu...
13 Jan 2018 at 12:06am
BORIS Johnson has fuelled the controversy over Donald Trump?s unexpected decision to pull out of a visit to the UK by claiming Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan, Labour?s London Mayor, were putting the UK-US Special Relationship ?at risk?.

Government tsar: Businesses need to ensure they get a grip on sexual harassment
13 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
COMPANY bosses need to question ?whether or not they really do understand what?s going on in their organisations? on the back of the recent sexual harassment scandals, the UK Government's business equality tsar has said.

Tom Gordon: Matheson right not to be complicit in poor SPA decision
13 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
AS its fifth anniversary looms, Scotland?s single police force remains in the headlines for the wrong reasons. The saga of Police Scotland and its dysfunctional oversight body, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), is a long and tangled one.

Unspun: The Political Diary
13 Jan 2018 at 5:08am
BRASS neck of the week award goes to failed celebrity and former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. The Lothians MSP yesterday boasted she had donated £7500 to charity as a result of going on reality TV to drink blended animal parts. But a third of that was the salary she got for being an MSP while not actually being an MSP, and the rest was a fraction of her £85K package for three weeks in the sun. What did her spindoctor Alan Roden used to say about the gig? ?Promoting Labour values.? Obviously New Labour values.

Plans drawn up to save major projects if construction giant collapses
13 Jan 2018 at 5:13am
DEVELOPERS are being sounded out to rescue major infrastructure projects across Scotland if leading construction firm Carillion collapses.

Trump's alleged offensive remarks spark global outrage
13 Jan 2018 at 12:10am
OUTRAGE has been sparked across the globe as Donald Trump allegedly branded a number of countries ?sh*tholes?.

Analysis: Trump and trouble are synonymous
13 Jan 2018 at 5:13am
DONALD Trump and trouble are synonymous.

Corbyn expected to tighten grip on Labour with new NEC victories
13 Jan 2018 at 12:06am
JEREMY Corbyn is expected to tighten his grip on Labour with the election of three Momentum-backed candidates to the party?s ruling National Executive Committee.

Appeal for Government to halt closure of 12 care homes
13 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
The Scottish Government is being urged to step in and prevent care company Bield from ?abandoning? scores of elderly people by closing its 12 nursing homes north of the Border.

Scots Tories in row over "terrible" handling of Brexit bill
12 Jan 2018 at 5:37pm
ANGRY and dismayed Scottish Tory MPs have lashed out at the UK Government?s ?terrible? handling of its flagship Brexit Bill over devolution concerns.

Johnson accuses Labour of putting 'special relationship' at risk after Trump ...
12 Jan 2018 at 1:11pm
BORIS Johnson has fuelled the controversy over Donald Trump?s unexpected decision to pull out of a visit to the UK by claiming Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan, Labour?s London Mayor, were putting the UK-US Special Relationship ?at risk?.

Donald Trump 'shelves plans to visit Britain next month'
11 Jan 2018 at 11:19pm
Donald Trump has reportedly abandoned plans to visit Britain in February for the opening of the new United States embassy.

Remainers tell Farage to "bring it on" on second EU poll
12 Jan 2018 at 12:04am
PRO-EU campaigners have urged Nigel Farage to ?bring it on? after the former Ukip leader admitted to warming to the idea of a second EU referendum.

Sturgeon and Corbyn say May's 25-year green plan lacks urgency
12 Jan 2018 at 12:04am
NICOLA Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn have criticised the UK Government for a lack of urgency in tackling the scourge of plastic pollution.

Police forces merger jeopardises fight against terrorism, House of Lords told
11 Jan 2018 at 4:20pm
MERGING British Transport Police with Police Scotland would be an ?act of vandalism? and would ?jeopardise an effective fight against terrorism,? the House of Lords has heard.



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Sadiq Khan takes dig at Donald Trump as speech disrupted by protest
13 Jan 2018 at 1:24pm
London mayor Sadiq Khan responded to pro-Donald Trump protesters interrupting a speech he was giving by taking a swipe at the US president.

Scottish Socialist Party protest outside Edinburgh?s Apple store
13 Jan 2018 at 12:16pm
TECHNOLOGY giant Apple’s Edinburgh store is being targeted today by protesters campaigning against poverty pay.

Kezia Dugdale under fire over 7% I?m a Celeb fee donation
13 Jan 2018 at 10:44am
Kezia Dugdale was last night under fire after it emerged she had donated just seven per cent of her £70,000 I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here fee to charity.

Jane Bradley: Brexit could risk outbreak of ?grocery racism? in UK
13 Jan 2018 at 7:00am
UK may get substandard versions of consumer goods unless Government takes action, writes Jane Bradley.

Concern over amount of Scots prisoners held on remand
13 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Concerns have been raised over the “heavy-handed” use of remand after it emerged that nearly one in five prisoners in Scotland are being held awaiting trial.

Leader comment: Some ?fake? news about Donald Trump
13 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
I had that Donald Trump in the front of my cab the other day. “US embassy please,” I said, but he turned and said in an accent part Mockney, part Queens: “Saff of the river? No chance, mate, I ain’t going to that s***hole”.

Leader comment: Tories say Scotland should be more like Norway
13 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The Scottish Tories have joined the SNP in praising how the Scandinavians do things, praising Norway’s health and social care system.

Miles Briggs: Scotland should look to Norway to help our ailing NHS
13 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
I was envious of the way the Norwegian health service dealt with the discharge of hospital patients, says Scottish Conservative Shadow Health Secretary Miles Briggs.

Donald Trump denies ?hate-filled? immigration comments
12 Jan 2018 at 9:04pm
Donald Trump has denied using vulgar language during a private meeting with lawmakers as he faced a global backlash over his comments about immigrants.

Kezia Dugdale received £70,000 fee for I?m a Celeb appearance
12 Jan 2018 at 1:15pm
Kezia Dugdale received a £70,000 fee for her short stint on “I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here”, it has emerged.

Calls for review of Scottish Police Authority after Phil Gormley case
12 Jan 2018 at 11:53am
Calls have been made for a review of the Scottish Police Authority after the watchdog apparently ruled Phil Gormley could return to work without informing Police Scotland or the body investigating allegations against the Chief Constable.

Winter pressure ?highlights lack of funding for NHS?
12 Jan 2018 at 11:33am
Winter pressures on the health service have highlighted a lack of funding and solutions required to make the NHS sustainable in the long term, doctors have said.

Ruth Davidson: My job is bigger than being cabinet Minister
12 Jan 2018 at 9:25am
Ruth Davidson has said that her job as Scottish Conservative leader is bigger than being in the Cabinet, as she admitted she is “frustrated” over delays to promised amendments to key Brexit legislation.

New scheme to help female workers return to a career in financial services
12 Jan 2018 at 7:58am
Thirteen employers have signed up for a return to work programme to help women back into the financial services industry after a career break.

Kate Seymour: Cutting cash for people with cancer is driving them into povert...
12 Jan 2018 at 7:00am
In April last year, the UK ­Government voted to cut a vital benefit for people with cancer. This was despite massive opposition from Macmillan Cancer Support, backbench Tories and the Lords.

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The House Scot and the Field Scot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2018 at 11:23am
An alert reader this weekend linked us to a 1963 speech by the famed American civil rights and racial equality campaigner Malcolm X. We’d never heard of it before, which is probably to our shame, but as we read it we were overcome by an inexplicable sense of incredible familiarity. We present it to you below for …

The political football
by Chris Cairns
13 Jan 2018 at 6:55am

A tale of two leaders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jan 2018 at 2:54pm
Ruth Davidson appeared on Good Morning Scotland today as part of their series of interviews with what they call “the leaders of the larger parties in Scotland”, which for some reason is also including the Lib Dems and Greens. You can listen to the piece – which showcased the usual evasive, time-killing waffle technique Davidson …

Talking Scotland up and down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2018 at 11:09am
The Scottish media has been operating at what former BBC journalist Paul Mason once called “full propaganda strength” for the last few weeks, trying to inflate some pretty standard seasonal fluctuations into a “WINTER NHS CRISIS”. One of the more egregious examples came yesterday when the state broadcaster’s Scotland editor Sarah Smith announced to the nation …

Their mouths and your money
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2018 at 11:47am
The gigantic-clown-shoed bunglemuppet that is Scottish Tory MP Ross Thomson was galumphing around social media yesterday, quoting a notoriously dim-witted Yoon troll to the effect that the Scottish Government could (and therefore presumably should) use its own money to compensate the “WASPI women” – a group who’ve been robbed of years of rightful pension payments by …

Setting the example
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2018 at 11:29am
In some little-noticed news slipped out last Friday, it was revealed that Kezia Dugdale is to take up a position on the governing body of the Scottish Parliament. Our favourite thing was her quote on the nomination: “I?m very pleased to be Labour?s nominee for the SPCB. Having argued for gender balance, I?m glad that …

Fearing your own voice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2018 at 11:28am
So this one was interesting. Firstly, of course, it’s more proof of the old pollsters’ adage that you can get 5-10% of respondents in a poll to vote for just about anything. 7% of Scottish Conservative voters in last year’s UK general election told us that they thought some form of LABOUR government would be …

The ordinary voter
by Chris Cairns
6 Jan 2018 at 6:55am

The essence of democracy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2018 at 3:02pm
This is the well-known hardcore Corbynite commentator John McTernan on the radio yesterday, detailing how outrageous it would be for politicians to attempt to block a second referendum on a divisive but important issue. (Talkback, BBC Radio Ulster, 4 January 2018) . No, not THAT kind of second referendum, silly!

Off the Bru
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2018 at 11:11am
As if we hadn’t had enough controversy this week, it’s time to tackle the big issues. The Scottish Sun’s been running stories for the last couple of days about the heresy that’s shortly going to be committed against Scotland’s most legendary iconic brand. Penny-pinching Cumbernauld drinks giant AG Barr – which carefully avoided getting involved in the …

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Government urged to act over Bield care home closures
13 Jan 2018 at 4:59pm
A public meeting is held in Glasgow calling for intervention to prevent the closure of the Bield homes.

I'm a Celebrity: Kezia Dugdale paid £70,000 for appearance
12 Jan 2018 at 12:54pm
The former Scottish Labour leader received the money for her recent appearance on I'm a Celebrity.

Davidson 'frustrated' by Brexit bill delay
12 Jan 2018 at 10:06am
The Scottish Tory leader says she will be meeting the prime minister on Monday to discuss changes to the legislation.

Council workers call for 6.5% pay rise
12 Jan 2018 at 9:15pm
Trade unions said Scotland's local authority staff should receive a minimum rise of £1,500 this year.

Diversity key to meeting childcare hours pledge
12 Jan 2018 at 7:04pm
Government plans to double provision mean 11,000 workers need to be found from non-traditional routes.

Health expert warns of flu impact on operations
12 Jan 2018 at 6:57pm
One of Scotland's leading medical figures warns operations could be postponed if flu number keep rising.

Deal agreed over Scots marriage allowance
12 Jan 2018 at 4:46pm
A change in the law will mean couples will still receive the allowance when Scottish income tax rates change.

Scottish government 'monitoring' Carillion
12 Jan 2018 at 6:12pm
The troubled construction firm is involved in several major infrastructure projects in Scotland.

No minutes of meeting on Gormley's future
11 Jan 2018 at 4:40pm
No official record was made of a meeting attended by the justice secretary to discuss the future of the chief constable.

Teenager dies after catching flu virus
12 Jan 2018 at 8:23am
Tributes are paid to an 18-year-old woman who died in hospital a week after becoming ill.

Sturgeon urges businesses to quicken pace of gender equality
11 Jan 2018 at 6:44pm
The first minister warns progress already made could stall unless firms improve female representation.

Stephen Ingledew to head up FinTech Scotland
12 Jan 2018 at 12:17am
Stephen Ingledew will head up an organisation promoting growth in the financial services sector.

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Do the SNP have three times as many members as the unionist parties combined?
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2018 at 4:35am
Just thought I'd pass on a snippet of information sent to me by Stuart Dickson.  He spotted on Stormfront Lite that the ESRC-funded Party Members Project has found that 5% of Labour members live in...

Cable to the unknown
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2018 at 6:11pm
Just for the sake of completeness, and also because it happens to be a favourable one, here's what is presumably the last Scottish subsample from a GB-wide poll that was conducted during 2017.  It'...

To lead or not to lead - that is the question
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
As you may have seen, there's been a new outbreak of the intra-Yes culture wars today, triggered by a post on Wings about another question from the Panelbase poll, showing that by a margin of 58% t...

"Don't you DARE try to stop us!" say Scots in landmark Panelbase poll that RE...
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2018 at 10:17pm
OK, you've probably already seen this story earlier today on Wings, but you know me - I just couldn't resist the headline.  (It's a fond tribute to a characteristically unhinged headline that was r...

New Year hammerblow for the pro-nuclear wing of CND as Leonard fails to move ...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2018 at 2:40pm
I'm fairly certain I've never done this on New Year's Day before, but here is the latest Scottish Parliament voting intention poll, gleaned from datasets published today on Wings.Scottish Parliamen...

Jo Swinson CBE - is this some sort of joke?
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2017 at 11:34pm
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the news leaked out that Nick Clegg was to be knighted in the New Year's Honours list.  He is, after all, the man who inherited a party that won a post-war...

Was the SNP's victory in June 2017 the last time Scotland will participate in...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2017 at 6:21pm
You might remember that a few months ago Alastair Meeks royally entertained us by claiming, in all apparent seriousness, that the SNP could never even hope to 'recover' from the terrible setback of...

Momentous Panelbase poll suggests Brexit could lead to majority support for i...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
You've probably seen by now that Wings has a new Panelbase poll out.  It looks like this is merely the first of several questions from the poll that will be published over the coming days (making i...

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I Just Don't Know What To Do With My Cock by Half Bam Half Whisky AKA a song ...
by /u/ewenmax
13 Jan 2018 at 7:43pm
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Sell unsweetened and unsugared Irn Bru with accurately measured sugar sachets...
by /u/strayobject
13 Jan 2018 at 7:07pm
Just an idea ;-) submitted by /u/strayobject

I struggle with choosing between Strathclyde or Aberdeen (Economics & Psychol...
by /u/Deufernu
13 Jan 2018 at 5:57pm
Hello guys. (Hell yes, the deadline is coming, I've decided to study abroad just a week ago, so I'm in hurry. No matter) I would like to study Economics & Psychology at one of those unis, but I str...

Gym recommendations in Hamilton/East Kilbride area
by /u/GrassrootsSlap
13 Jan 2018 at 4:51pm
Been going to Exercise for Less but they're dropped a lot of their classes, especially the off peak times that I can mostly attend, so looking for a new gym now. Criteria: Decent classes with tim...

Kezia Dugdale under fire over 7% I'm a Celeb fee donation
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13 Jan 2018 at 3:59pm
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The I | Ruth Davidson, "My job is more important than most UK Cabinet jobs"
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13 Jan 2018 at 11:12am
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An excellent letter, explaining all the incredible work that goes on from the...
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13 Jan 2018 at 11:12am
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Irn Bru - 50,000 signatures gathered to stop recipe change.
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13 Jan 2018 at 10:12am
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M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of En...
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13 Jan 2018 at 8:12am
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Serbs are coming to Scotland :v
by /u/jovotschkalja
13 Jan 2018 at 12:50am
Lol we're coming over for a Celtic Connections festival and mainly to see Glasgow! we're in a pickle mainly as our friend that can drive is under 25 and you have this crazy young drivers law so its...

Invite Donald Trump to Scotland?
by /u/crow_road
13 Jan 2018 at 12:59am
The only thing that he has to do is debate with Nicola Sturgeon. I don't see how this can be a negative for Scotland, as long as the debate is non negotiable upon his acceptance of an invite from t...

The only autism support service in the Highlands might be closing, we could r...
by /u/MarquisOfHell
12 Jan 2018 at 11:59pm
The person who made it is far more eloquent and better informed about the whole thing than i am so i'll let the link do the talking

Norm MacDonald's thoughts on Scottish culture
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12 Jan 2018 at 10:46pm
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This is not just any unionism.... (Tomorrow's front page - The National)
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12 Jan 2018 at 10:42pm
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'Racist' Donald Trump blasted by UN for 's**thole attack on poor countries'
by dailyrecord
13 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The US President reportedly launched the vile expletive-filled remark about Haiti, El Salvador and Africa during an immigration meeting.

Nigel Farage accuses EU of 'being vindictive' after being fined £35k for 'mis...
by Andrew Gregory
13 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The former UKIP leader will have his MEP salary cut in half each month.

Scottish Labour Brexit spokesman reveals why he thinks Jeremy Corbyn shouldn'...
by Andy Philip
12 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Neil Findlay told the Record that the UK Labour leader shouldn't show his hand until negotiations become 'clear'.

We're long overdue a Holyrood awakening and a parliamentary reboot
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Our Westminster Editor Torcuil Crichton looks back over a chaotic week for the UK Government and says it's time for Holyrood 2.0.

Hypocrite Michael Gove switches to reusable cup before Tories launch half-hea...
by John Ferguson
12 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The Environment Secretary marched past cameras last month with the very kind of cup he wants to ban - now he's changed his tune.

Nicola Sturgeon under fire as Labour chief Richard Leonard leads attack on SN...
by Nicholas Keyden
11 Jan 2018 at 7:27pm
The Scottish Labour leader took the First Minister to task at Holyrood as he brought up 80-year-old Tom Wilson horrific ordeal after he fell on New Year's Day.

Kez tells McVey to ditch 'medieval' rape clause and live up to feminist ideals
by Andy Philip
11 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The benefits axewoman dubbed 'McVile' promised to “reach to help and support other women” four years ago.           

Tory MP Esther McVey should do the right thing and ditch hateful rape clause
by Record View
11 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The new Work and Pensions Secretary must live up to her promise of supporting and fighting for women, says Record View.

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in gay sex U-turn as he brands homosexuality...
by Aoife Moore
10 Jan 2018 at 3:30pm
The evangelical Christian had told the BBC before last year's election that he didn't believe it was a sin but now he has changed his tune and condemned homosexuals.

Brexit brass neck as Tory chief David Davis complains about EU planning for N...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Jan 2018 at 9:07am

 Nicola Sturgeon described Davis’s “moaning” as “extraordinary” given the UK Government has set aside £3.7billion to prepare to leave the EU without an agreement.

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

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline. Advertisements

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …

Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

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In Praise of Shitholes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jan 2018 at 1:05pm
President Trump has referred to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole” nations and asked why the U.S. can’t have more immigrants from Norway. Probably because Norwegians don’t want to come and live in your dumbass country. At this stage nothing is surprising and none of this is normal. But it does make you …

Edinburgh?s being destroyed by developers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jan 2018 at 12:19pm
Edinburgh’s being destroyed by developers. Cocteau2000 (and eighteen) explores how…   Hey guys I found this beautiful old high school, 1 careful owner, surplus to council requirements that’s right near the Gaelic primary and might solve the accommodation dilemma. Oh you already sold it for luxury flats that nobody really needs? ? Cocteau 2000 …

A Secret Obsession: From the Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jan 2018 at 7:12pm
In his important new book ?How To Do Privacy In The 21st Century?, Peter Burnett writes, ?The War on Privacy is lost, and states and corporations now collect more of our data than even they know what to do with. No one person or group can understand the implications of this, but there is no …

A Message from the Thought Police
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jan 2018 at 12:58pm
The furore over the attacks on the poor old Daily Mail by the “thought police” has been building for some time. Elements of the political class, the commentariat and the right-wing press feel (rightly) threatened by the combined efforts of the campaign to Stop Funding Hate, Everyday Sexism, Boycott the Sun and the wider movement …

The Way Back In
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Jan 2018 at 10:23am
On the back of polling showing Scotland now at 68% against Brexit, Kirsty Hughes (Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations) asks if “The SNP are against Brexit, so why aren’t they trying to stop it?“. If you are trying to get your head around the alphabet soup of European institutions and the “way back in”, …

The Largely Peaceful Transfer of Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jan 2018 at 5:36pm
The increasingly ridiculous These Islands project has published another one of its learned essays. If Scotland in Union is marked as a sort of cartoon of class war and pheasant plucking Toffs gleefully tossing lolly into the cause, These Islands is an attempt at an airbrushed respectability. This is your Unionism ‘peer-reviewed’ and sifted for …

National Treasures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Jan 2018 at 2:56pm
In some kind of hell-hole of popular culture meets deranged far-right astro-turf indymedia, The Spectator writes: “Former Tory MP, borderline national treasure, and now Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ann Widdecombe is the common sense feminist icon we should all get on board with..” Widdecombe, sharp-eyed readers will recall, is the formers Prisons Minister who insisted …

Self-Determination: Learning from Kurdistan
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2018 at 9:03pm
Referendums and democratic progress for the Kurds by Roza Salih (one of the Glasgow Girls and cofounder of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan) 2017 was a historic year for Kurds. On 25th September, 93% in South Kurdistan voted in a referendum in favour of independence for the Kurdish Region of Iraq. In Northern Syria the Kurdish led …

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I'm A Celebrity: Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale paid £70,000 for appearance
by Libby Brooks and agency
12 Jan 2018 at 3:29pm
Former Scottish Labour leader who drank smoothie made from blended ostrich anus donated some of earnings to three charitiesKezia Dugdale has confirmed that she donated to charity just over £5,000 of the £70,000 fee she received for her controversial appearance on I?m A Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of H...

Ruth Davidson says there should be no second EU referendum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jan 2018 at 11:32am
Scottish Tory leader says referendums are divisive but expresses frustration over plans for Scotland in Brexit billThe leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said she does not want a second referendum to be held on EU membership, while expressing her frustration at delays to plans to protect Sc...

Scotland to become first UK country to ban plastic cotton buds
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
11 Jan 2018 at 10:14am
Crackdown on manufacture and sale of product will cut Scotland?s contribution to marine plastic pollution by half, says expertThe Scottish government plans to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in a move that will cut the country?s marine plastic pollution by half, accord...

PM likely to survive final Commons Brexit vote, says John Curtice
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Jan 2018 at 10:30pm
Elections expert predicts deal will be agreed with EU and approved in Commons, with Theresa May remaining in postTheresa May will probably survive the final Commons vote on Brexit because the Conservatives? instincts for survival will override any divisions over the eventual deal, the elections e...

Scots blast Westminster for missing Brexit bill deadline
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Jan 2018 at 8:07pm
Scottish secretary David Mundell accused of ?selling out Scotland? after plans to amend controversial clause 11 were droppedScottish National party and Conservative politicians have lambasted the UK government for dropping plans to protect Scotland?s position in the Brexit bill at the last moment...

Brexit department announces concessions over EU withdrawal bill ahead of key ...
by Andrew Sparrow
9 Jan 2018 at 5:58pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May continuing the government reshuffleAfternoon summary 5.53pm GMT Related: Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out The PM with her newest appointments to the Government Whips' Offi...

Teachers in Scotland warn of strikes without above-inflation pay rise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
Educational Institute of Scotland, a union representing four-fifths of Scottish teachers, demands end to years of pay freezes and capsScotland?s largest teaching union has said there will be industrial action in schools this year unless teachers are given significant pay rises.The Educational Ins...

Young people see Labour as Scotland's radicals, new leader says
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jan 2018 at 11:59am
Richard Leonard also hits out at SNP linking of second independence vote to Brexit and defends voting for article 50 in first newspaper interview since his electionYoung people now see Labour as the radicals in Scotland, according to the party?s new leader, Richard Leonard.In his first UK newspap...

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When you rewrite the past, you?re scared of the future
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m devastated, devastated I tell you, that Donald Trump isn’t coming to the UK to open the new American embassy after all. He’s cancelled his trip to London because the authorities can’t guarantee that he won’t be met with hostile demonstrations. Though the word “hostile” is probably superfluous …

A question of trust
The hapless contingent of Scottish Tory MPs aren’t happy. Partly they’re not happy because by definition being a Tory in Scotland means that you’re a miserable bastert who thinks that everything in Scotland is a bit crappy, but mainly they’re not happy because of all the delays to changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Amendments …

The job that Tories are good at
You’ll have had your reshuffle. It was supposed to be Theresa May putting her stamp of authority on her rebellious party, but instead her rebellious party stamped on her. You might have thought that Jeremy Hunt, who is in charge of the flatlining NHS in England where the only machine that goes beep is the …

What is clear
The infighting in the White House is extremely amusing. Petulantly tweeting that you’re a “very stable genius” is a pretty good indicator that you’re no such thing. And then when you tweet “my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart”, you’re coming across as a teenage Valley Girl upset because …

The British tax on love
I’m glad to see that the SNP is highlighting an issue which is personally close to me, the UK’s restrictive and harsh immigration rules for spouses and family members. The SNP’s immigration spokesperson Stuart McDonald MP has released a statement criticising the UK’s policy for leaving many families in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK …

Telling them why
There was an interesting Twitter exchange the other day which in a single word illustrated all that is wrong with the Scottish media. The estimable Lesley Riddoch tweeted a link to her latest article in the Scotsman, a plea to the Scottish media that when they engage in their regular bouts of slagging off NHS …

When even astroturf is too common
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Scotland in Union and its claim to be a grassroots organisation. Poor sowels. There you are, telling anyone who’ll listen that you represent the voices of grassroots supporters of the British state and along come those pesky cybernats with their Scoobie Doo impressions who bust you and …

Reasons to be cheerful in 2018
Sorry about the lack of blog posts over the past week or so. On a whim I decided to spend Christmas with my significant other in the USA because otherwise it was looking like I would be spending the holiday by myself. So thanks to @PaulaHoneyRose the Belle of Brechin who agreed on extremely short …

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The Slorance Sketch ... Trump cancels state visit
Theresa May receives a phone call from Donald Trump about his planned visit...

Toby Young?s views on eugenics at least raise a much-needed debate
I?VE certainly met some media chancers in my time (takes one to know one). But it?s rare to see such an outright specimen as Toby Young. Provocative Tory journalist, recently sober-sided advocate of free schools, but now hung high on the hook of being a promoter of eugenics.

Trump pulls out of UK visit as UN describes him as a racist
EVEN by his standards, yesterday was a crazy wind-up day for President Donald Trump who managed to insult and annoy everyone from Battersea to Botswana by way of Haiti and was even called a racist by the United Nations.

You had one job, David! Why didn?t you do it?
THERE?S a website called You Had One Job which is a compilation of videos and photos of spectacular job fails. There?s a photo of a burger chain advertising its ?new mighty anus burger?, presumably because the old mighty anus burger wasn?t a pass. There?s the macaroni cheese being sold for 79 cents a packet, but if you buy eight or more you can get each packet for the special bargain price of 7...

Councils face 6.5 per cent pay rise claim
COUNCIL workers deserve a pay rise of up to 6.5 per cent this year, unions say. A joint pay claim calls on local authorities to give all staff a flat rate increase of £1500 or 6.5 per cent, whichever is greater.

Closing tax loophole could raise extra £90m
MINISTERS are considering freezing the threshold at which people start paying the higher rate of income tax in a bid to close a new loophole which would see some well-paid workers pay less tax next year.

Stark Brexit warning for Scots farming and fishing due to focus on England
UNCERTAINTY caused by Brexit over Scotland?s farming subsidies and fishing quotas took a worrying turn for the worse yesterday.

Scrutiny of the police is healthy... so let?s stay rowdy
FOR kids growing up in Glasgow, the police motto ? Semper Vigilo ? probably feels like a banal fact of life. Day and daily, officers cross your path. CCTV cameras sprout from every lamppost. You don?t bat an eyelid at matchday battalions and hardly flinch at the urban soundscape of sirens. The police presence becomes everyday.

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Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

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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 ...

Gerry Hassan

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

The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate
The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 10th 2018 The New Year is always a time for reflection. I spent the Christmas and New Year break in the United States, providing an opportunity for reflection and a different take on the world. Two and a half …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Scotland and Independence

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M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of Eng...
M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of England now  The NationalFull coverage

Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?
Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?  The ScotsmanUnrestricted immigration would accelerate national debt  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy
Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy  The NationalUK pledges to amend EU withdrawal bill, soothe Scottish devolution worries  ReutersNo deal Brexit would make fresh Scottish independence referendum 'irresistible', claims Sturgeon  Daily MailFull coverage

Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on
Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Brexit creating chronic labour shortages in Scotland, says UK minister
Brexit creating chronic labour shortages in Scotland, says UK minister  Irish TimesFull coverage

SNP "discrimination" case to consider whether Scottish independence is a phil...
SNP "discrimination" case to consider whether Scottish independence is a philosophical belief  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Westminster is a dead space for Scottish politics ? and 2017 proved it
Westminster is a dead space for Scottish politics ? and 2017 proved it  The NationalFull coverage

Could 2018 be the year Nicola Sturgeon calls a second Scottish independence r...
Could 2018 be the year Nicola Sturgeon calls a second Scottish independence referendum?  iNewsFull coverage


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How we're cutting plastic waste in Scotland
How we're cutting plastic waste in Scotland  SNP (press release)Full coverage

Leader comment: The issue that's uniting the Tories and the SNP
Leader comment: The issue that's uniting the Tories and the SNP  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Iain Gray: SNP must realise zero-hour jobs don't represent success
Iain Gray: SNP must realise zero-hour jobs don't represent success  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Parliamentary authorities chasing £17000 worth of owed money from MPs ? inclu...
Parliamentary authorities chasing £17000 worth of owed money from MPs ? including from former SNP politicians who ...  The SunFull coverage

Polygenic SNP Score Correlates With Early-Onset Coronary Artery Disease Risk
Polygenic SNP Score Correlates With Early-Onset Coronary Artery Disease Risk  GenomeWebFull coverage

It's easy to make fun of Theresa May. But somehow the SNP made a mess of it
It's easy to make fun of Theresa May. But somehow the SNP made a mess of it coverage

Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers  The TimesNicola Sturgeon: A spirit of Scottish assertiveness will fight an extreme Brexit  SNP (press release)Scots blast Westminster for missing Brexit bill deadline  The GuardianFull coverage

'You always blame Brexit!' Tory savages Sturgeon for 'ABYSMAL' record during ...
'You always blame Brexit!' Tory savages Sturgeon for 'ABYSMAL' record during fiery FMQs coverage

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M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of Eng...
M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of England now  The NationalFull coverage

Brexit creating chronic labour shortages in Scotland, says UK minister
Brexit creating chronic labour shortages in Scotland, says UK minister  Irish TimesFull coverage

A second Brexit referendum would only cause more suffering
A second Brexit referendum would only cause more suffering  The IndependentUKIP News, Policies and Updates on New Leader Henry Bolton | Daily Mail Online  Daily MailFarage slams 'vindictive' Eurocrats after he has £35000 docked from MEP salary in row over staff costs  Daily MailNigel Farage's suggestion for a second referendum would struggle to pass Parliament  New StatesmanFull coverage

Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?
Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum
Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum Scots Oppose Sturgeon's Plans for Scotland to Stay in EU Single Market  Sputnik InternationalNicola Sturgeon: 'No Brexit preferable to no deal'  BBC NewsFull coverage

What would happen if there was a second referendum?
What would happen if there was a second referendum?  New StatesmanFull coverage

Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on
Rocked by data leaks, Scotland in Union vows to fight on  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum debate was uninformed & UK is unprepared for Brexit impact, argue ...
Referendum debate was uninformed & UK is unprepared for Brexit impact, argue SNP duo  Shetland NewsFull coverage

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Second EU referendum
If a second EU referendum was held tomorrow, would you vote Remain or Leave? Would your voting choice be different from how you voted in the 2016 referendum? 

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up..

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 ...

Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

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!

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

What?s going on in Iran these days? Reports of a bunch of people shot but nothing in the media. Does it need Donny T to go in and sort them out?  

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

If moving to Scotland....
Someone I know is planning to move to Scotland from Germany and asked where I thought was a nice place to live. Has to be near major airports and have decent schools....   Thoughts anyone? 

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The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

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

2018 movie thread
Watched restless natives for the first time in about 30 years this afternoon. Not the greatest film ever made but holds some nostalgia for me as most of it was filmed not far from were I grew up, it also has a great soundtrack by Big Country. Anybody know the real locations of the "highlands" sce...

Celtic Connections Festival
Local band called "A New International" are playing the Glad Café on Sat 27th January....once managed by a young up and coming Tartan Army DJ......absolutely brilliant if you want a night of superb live music............    

Coldest you have been..
Whats the coldest temperature you have been in..Just curious as I live in Ottawa and it is -40 below with the wind at this very moment.?????

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Chief executive appointed for FinTech Scotland

Flu rates in Scotland four times higher than same week last year

Nicola Sturgeon "confident" in legality of decision to ban fracking

Sketch: Stewart Stevenson's fishy tale

Kezia Dugdale reveals fee from I?m a Celebrity, and how much of it she gave t...

Donald Trump cancels visit to London to open US embassy

Scottish EU continuity bill 'due next month'

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Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…