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Sturgeon-May Brexit showdown to take place on October 24, MPs told
12 Oct 2016 at 6:54pm
THERESA May and Nicola Sturgeon will have their first Brexit showdown in London on Monday October 24, MPs have been told, as it was suggested any transfer of additional powers from Brussels to Holyrood on the back of Britain leaving the European Union might not be automatic.

Expert: Scotland is missing the deadline to hold independence referendum and ...
12 Oct 2016 at 8:51am
Nicola Sturgeon will miss a spring deadline to hold an independence referendum in time to keep Scotland in the European Union, an expert has warned.

Deputy leader of South Lanarkshire council charged by police after incident l...
12 Oct 2016 at 9:39am
THE deputy leader of South Lanarkshire council has been charged after an incident last month.

Tax Credit exemptions to be extended to families where third child is adopted
12 Oct 2016 at 6:03pm
Parents with two children who want to extend their families are being encouraged to adopt in order to avoid tax credit restrictions.

PMQs sketch: Corbyn gets tetchy, Robertson gets angry and May gets snooty
12 Oct 2016 at 5:16pm
IT got off to a tetchy start.

May makes clear no Commons vote on her Brexit blueprint before talks begin wi...
12 Oct 2016 at 3:25pm
THERESA May has refused to commit to giving MPs a vote on her Brexit strategy before triggering the process of leaving the European Union - despite allowing Tories to back a Labour call for "proper scrutiny" of the plan.

Shadow Scottish secretary to become full-time appointment, signals Labour
12 Oct 2016 at 6:02pm
LABOUR has signalled that it is to end the part-time nature of the role of shadow Scottish secretary and that the new-look frontbench is ?not a narrow Jeremy fan club?.

Respite for sterling on torrid trading day as Commons debates Brexit
12 Oct 2016 at 7:47pm
Theresa May has refused to commit to giving MPs a vote on her Brexit strategy despite growing Tory calls for more clarity on the plan before the formal process of leaving the European Union is triggered.

The Midge: 'Unshackled' Trump releases shocking attack ad questioning Clinton...
12 Oct 2016 at 6:55am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

SNP MPs hand over petitions calling for justice for women set to lose out on ...
11 Oct 2016 at 7:46pm
DOZENS of petitions urging the UK Government to help some 2.6 million women whose retirement plans have been ?shattered? by rapid increases to the state pension age have been delivered to Westminster by SNP MPs.

MPs must have vote before Brexit process begins to ensure UK Government has "...
12 Oct 2016 at 6:41am
WESTMINSTER should have a vote before the Brexit process begins to ensure the UK Government has a ?clear plan? of action on how Britain will leave the European Union, Labour has insisted.

SNP depute leadership election vote closes
12 Oct 2016 at 3:53pm
Voting has closed in the contest to be the SNP's new depute leader.

'Another low for transparency' as minutes of John Swinney's talks with Ineos ...
12 Oct 2016 at 6:41am
TRANSPARENCY campaigners have called on SNP ministers to back up their rhetoric over openness with action after key discussions with the company that wants to establish a fracking industry Scotland went unrecorded.

Ambulances arrived late at third of life-threatening call-outs last year
12 Oct 2016 at 6:41am
MORE than a third of emergency ambulances arrived late last year, new figures reveal.

Boris Johnson urges people to protest outside Russian embassy over Moscow's r...
11 Oct 2016 at 5:42pm
BORIS Johnson has urged people to demonstrate outside Russia?s embassy over Moscow?s involvement in the Syrian conflict as MPs heard how life in besieged Aleppo had become ?hell on earth?.

 

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Scots Nobel winner: Brexit could damage UK science
12 Oct 2016 at 6:33pm
The Scottish-born winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for chemistry has entered the immigration debate saying Brexit could put the UK’s reputation a as “science superpower” at risk.

Theresa May refuses to commit to MPs vote on Brexit strategy
12 Oct 2016 at 4:49pm
Theresa May has refused to commit to giving MPs a vote on her Brexit strategy before triggering the process of leaving the European Union - despite allowing Tories to back a Labour call for “proper scrutiny” of the plan.

Fiona Hyslop: Brexit "democratically unacceptable" for Scots
12 Oct 2016 at 4:33pm
External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop has warned it will be "democratically unacceptable" for Scotland to be taken out of the EU against its will as she prepares to meet leading European figures in Brussels.

Mr Q, guide dog for ex-SNP MSP Dennis Robertson, dies
12 Oct 2016 at 3:55pm
The guide dog who accompanied former SNP MSP Dennis Robertson for four years, has died.

Glasgow has smallest population growth among major UK cities
12 Oct 2016 at 2:16pm
Glasgow is lagging behind the population growth of other major UK cities, a survey of the country’s urban centres has found.

David Mundell: Devolution settlements will be changed by Brexit
12 Oct 2016 at 1:02pm
Brexit could lead to more powers being devolved to Holyrood, the Scottish Secretary has hinted.

Scottish economy falls behind UK despite marginal growth
12 Oct 2016 at 12:37pm
Scotland's economy is still continuing to fall behind the rest of the UK despite an increase in GDP north of the border, official figures today show.

Scotland?s first human trafficking strategy seeks help from public
12 Oct 2016 at 12:03pm
Members of the public will be urged to help identify potential victims of human trafficking as part of a strategy to eradicate the crime.

Pound bounces back as MPs prepare to scrutinise Brexit
12 Oct 2016 at 10:52am
The pound fought back after a torrid week, amid relief over Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to allow a Commons vote on her Brexit strategy.

Andrea Leadsom warned over pitfalls of lower-quality pigmeat
12 Oct 2016 at 8:16am
Next week, Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom will visit SIAL, the big food fair on the outskirts of Paris, before she flies off to China to try to boost trade with the world’s second-biggest economy.

English NFU members look for ?ambitious vision?
12 Oct 2016 at 7:58am
English farmers have given a thumbs-up to life after leaving the European Union with a vision of farm businesses being central to a “dynamic food chain” in “a countryside that works for everyone”.

Chris Marshall: Kenny MacAskill is right to argue the war on drugs has failed
12 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
Kenny MacAskill’s latest comments on the decriminalisation of drugs are likely to be a major source of frustration for campaigners seeking a new approach to an age-old problem.

Scott Macnab: The battle for the ?anti-politics? vote
12 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
The anti-establishment territory belongs to the Nationalists in Scotland - but only for now, says Scott Macnab

Scottish prisoner numbers decline as reforms gathers pace
12 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Scotland’s prison population is declining year-on-year but remains among the highest in Europe as Scottish Government justice reforms gather pace.

Kenny MacAskill: War on drugs is ?pointless?
11 Oct 2016 at 10:42pm
Former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said he believed in decriminalising drugs while still justice secretary but thought his government had “bigger fish to fry”.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Getting to Fawkes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Oct 2016 at 5:23pm
Readers may be aware that Wings Over Scotland is (fairly remarkably, really) the UK’s second-most-read politics blog, behind the hardcore right-wing “Guido Fawkes”. Our “competitor” isn’t a site we look at a lot – the comments make the Daily Mail readership seem like enlightened and thoughtful moderates – but last week someone asked us about a smear …

Galaxy-class stupid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Oct 2016 at 12:08pm
It’s Siobhan again, readers. Ever since Scottish Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden jumped ship to go and rearrange the deckchairs for Labour, his former paper has very noticeably toned down its hysterical “SNP BAD” content. We can go through the Mail for days on end now without finding some ludicrously distorted misrepresentation or screaming …

The Mayfly
by Chris Cairns
8 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

Why Scottish Labour will never recover
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2016 at 9:46pm
Because the party is still stuffed with braindead cockroaches like this: People of North Ayrshire, you’ve got a real prize there. Well done you. The next Scottish council elections are in May next year.

Strange times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2016 at 4:17pm
We fully endorse this message from LBC’s James O’Brien.

How it begins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2016 at 9:02am
It wasn’t easy to find a positive side for this. But we suppose that it’ll at least be bleakly funny, whenever the second independence referendum comes round, watching Labour try to sell a vote for the UK as a vote for internationalist brotherhood and solidarity.

Out comes the whitewash
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2016 at 12:42am
To be honest, readers, we gave up on taking any notice of David Torrance‘s mundane attempts at trolling in the Herald some time ago. But some alert readers pointed us towards this week’s column, suggesting that it was a bald rewriting of history some way beyond their usual bland irritancy. This was the passage they objected to: …

Waiting on the guns
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2016 at 8:00pm
The starting pistol hasn’t actually been fired on the two-year Brexit process yet, but now we have a clear statement of when it will be: this morning on The Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister pledged that it would happen before the end of next March. When she gave a speech to the Conservative conference later, …

Learning to fall
by Chris Cairns
1 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

The green and pleasant land
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2016 at 5:56pm
The Daily Telegraph just released a video called “100 Reasons Why Brexit Was A Good Thing”. It listed them to a soundtrack of “Jerusalem”, the same song that closed the Labour Party conference earlier this week with its stirring ode to just one of the four nations of the United Kingdom. 100 reasons why #Brexit was …

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David Mundell: Brexit will 'change' UK devolution
12 Oct 2016 at 2:21pm
The Scottish secretary hints that Holyrood may be given new powers due to Brexit under a "changed" devolution settlement.


Scotland's first human trafficking strategy launched
12 Oct 2016 at 6:06am
Consumers are to be asked to consider whether people working in their local businesses might have been trafficked into the country.


Put your questions to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
11 Oct 2016 at 1:20pm
Do you have a question for First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon who will be taking part in a half-hour BBC webchat?


Scottish government lawyer attends Brexit challenge case
12 Oct 2016 at 7:44am
A senior lawyer is instructed by the Scottish government to attend the High Court challenge to the Brexit process in London.


Heart patients urged to get flu vaccination early
12 Oct 2016 at 4:25pm
Heart patients are being urged to get the flu vaccination as early as possible this winter.


Further fall in Scottish murder rate
11 Oct 2016 at 2:26pm
The number of murders in Scotland has fallen again, according to official figures.


One in 10 Primary one pupils 'overweight or obese'
11 Oct 2016 at 11:44am
More than one in 10 children in Scotland have started primary school overweight or obese in the last decade, according to new figures.


Scotland tops home nations life study
11 Oct 2016 at 10:01am
A European study suggest that Scotland has the best quality of life among the home nations.


Scottish government backs Heathrow expansion
10 Oct 2016 at 4:54pm
The Scottish government says it is backing the plan to add a third runway at London's Heathrow airport.


Renewables target of 50% by 2030 achievable, says report
10 Oct 2016 at 12:51am
Producing half of Scotland's energy needs using renewable technology by 2030 is an achievable goal, according to a new report.


Glasgow City Council wants action to 'mitigate Brexit impact'
10 Oct 2016 at 6:29pm
Scotland's largest council says the greater Glasgow area will suffer unless there is specific government action to mitigate the effects of Brexit.


Armed forces veterans in Scotland to receive £600,000
10 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm
Organisations in Scotland supporting veterans will be able to apply for a share of £600,000 of funding over the next three years.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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Tommy Tommy Too-Tah, I said Too-Tah Too-Tah Tommy
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2016 at 10:38pm
Which is my way of saying that, after changing my mind about five times, I eventually voted for Tommy Sheppard in the SNP depute leadership election.  I have to say it was so much easier to make a ...

GAIN! Gallus SNP gallop to greatness in gorgeous Garscadden as lousy Labour ...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2016 at 1:52am
The exact result from the Garscadden and Scotstounhill by-election hasn't been published anywhere yet as far as I can see, but if Twitter is to be believed it's roughly as follows...SNP 43% (+16)La...

Why Theresa May's hard Brexit makes a second indyref almost inevitable
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2016 at 4:10pm
Just a quick note (another one) to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about how the recent ugly hardening of the Tory stance on Brexit has vastly simplified...

Theresa May and her Little Empire of Leftovers
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2016 at 5:33pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article on the TalkRadio website about Theresa May's new (and doomed) imperial zeal, the richly satisfying failure of the Labour coup, and the mi...

53% of public demand that a second independence referendum should be held wit...
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
Apologies for taking several days to write about Sunday's Panelbase poll - I'm still in southern Europe (not for much longer, alas!).  The delay may be just as well, though, because it appears that...

It was convincing, it was captivating...and it was Corbyn (again)
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2016 at 1:23pm
Apologies for recycling my John Motson-inspired headline from last year, but it seems appropriate because Labour have just recycled last year's leadership election result...Labour leadership electi...

Survation sing a song of satisfying solidity as support for independence rema...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2016 at 11:19am
Mr George Eaton's recent musings on Scottish opinion polling are an excellent example of how certain journalists, through either laziness or malice, constantly misrepresent polls to favour their ow...

Off on my travels
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2016 at 8:24am
Good morning from the beating heart of the Evil Empire, aka Victoria Station in central London.  God, it's grim here, and there are Tory voters everywhere.  I should really sit a few of them down a...

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I dont know if anyone was wondering about my cat Reginald.
by /u/youngandaimless_
12 Oct 2016 at 11:24pm
We had a few set backs and had to rub some oil where a cat parent shouldnt rub oil But we fingers crossed believe he is truly on the path to recovery, its a long long road and there may be surgery ...

Matt Forde's Political Party: Podcast including interviews with Ruth Davidson...
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12 Oct 2016 at 7:44pm
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Put your questions to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon - BBC News
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12 Oct 2016 at 6:31pm
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Scottish truck driver stops an attempted theft and assault in England (xpost ...
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12 Oct 2016 at 5:02pm
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The sterling flash crash and prospective currency
by /u/weejimmywylie
12 Oct 2016 at 3:33pm
With the pound hitting a new low in recent days, some airport currencies exchanging 99 euro cents per pound sterling, would this have any prospective implications in answering the Indy Scotland cur...

South Lanarkshire Council deputy leader charged by police
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12 Oct 2016 at 12:09pm
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My friend uploaded a Youtube video on the History of Scotland and I thought t...
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12 Oct 2016 at 12:02pm
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MPs are questioning the Secretary of State for Scotland on topics including t...
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12 Oct 2016 at 11:35am
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Inside Westminster: Tory gets upset, not at the daft idea of bringing back th...
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12 Oct 2016 at 11:18am
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Man who murdered schoolgirl Paige Doherty jailed for 27 years
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12 Oct 2016 at 11:15am
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Scotland is missing the deadline to hold independence referendum and stay in ...
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12 Oct 2016 at 10:54am
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Report: Blueprint for a Scottish National Investment Bank
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12 Oct 2016 at 9:46am
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It?s a family affair as Scotland is named UK?s best food producer
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12 Oct 2016 at 9:20am
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I would like advice for moving from NI over to Scotland.
by /u/Leaveitallbehinddd
12 Oct 2016 at 9:16am
Can anyone please give me an idea of how difficult it would be for me to move? I also have two children. How do I set up a job/home? Is there any organisation who would be able to help? Thank yo...

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SNP blast Tories for their 'xenophobic language' and claim it has left most p...
by Emma Clark
12 Oct 2016 at 1:47pm
SPEAKING at Prime Minister's Questions the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson said even UKIP believe the rhetoric has gone too far.


SNP conference: Six things you should look out for
by David Clegg
12 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has lots to think about as the conference kicks off at Glasgow's SECC tomorrow and Record Political Editor David Clegg outlines what to watch out for.


Toxic Donald Trump could still spring a surprise - Joan McAlpine
by Joan McAlpine
12 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
JOAN reckons that despite Donald Trump's latest disgusting comments, he could still spring a surprise in the US elections.


What kind of political leader would willingly walk the country into this abys...
by Record View
12 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
RECORD VIEW says Theresa May has no excuse for taking the country into an abyss that will see the country lose £66billion in tax.


'Hard Brexit' to cost UK economy £66 billion a year in tax revenue
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Oct 2016 at 9:00pm
A CABINET paper echoes the warning published by the Treasury under George Osborne before the referendum with the true cost of the exit described as “horrific”.


Watch Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton have the time of their lives in hilario...
by Record Reporter
11 Oct 2016 at 10:05am
WATCH as Trump and Clinton "sing" the lyrics from the film's iconic final scene.


When is the next US presidential debate? 2016 schedule, dates, UK times and h...
by Mikey Smith
11 Oct 2016 at 8:07am
Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will go head to head in a series of live televised debates. Here's everything you need to know


Brexit mess will herald new Britain that makes independence redundant as nati...
by dailyrecord
10 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
PROFESSOR Jim Gallagher is convinced Brexit was a mistake but reckons it will make Scotland more powerful and heal divisions caused by the Independence referendum.


Brexit chaos coming down the road will put Scotland on the path to Independence
by dailyrecord
10 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
FORMER SNP candidate Gordon Guthrie believes that 'unwanted' Scots won't side with Brexiteers because they feel they were dragged out of the European Union.


Donald Trump claims if he's President rival Hillary Clinton will be 'in jail'...
by Steve Robson
10 Oct 2016 at 3:32am
The Republican went on the offensive after the topic of his comments about groping women were was raised

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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

The Likely News ? One ? 5th May 2017
by michaelgreenwell
8 Oct 2016 at 1:02pm
5th May 2017 – Glasgow City Chambers and the surrounding area has been cordoned off for reasons of public safety. The drama began early this morning. After emerging victorious in the Council elections and winning control of Glasgow City Council, new SNP councillors entered the City Chambers and began to look at files previously unavailable …

The Hounds Unleashed
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2016 at 10:00pm
Faced with the complexities of it all, and so many possible ways that it could play itself out, it is easy to forget one or two of the potential outcomes of the Brexit situation. One of them hit me tonight. Before we get to the big one though, here are some of the policies a …

Ken Stott ? ?Straight Speaking Scot?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 ? Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:59pm
For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine. Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal. In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to …
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Memories
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2016 at 8:20am
If Indyref 2 is coming, it’s worth remembering how nicely the other side campaigned, and expect it again. They are already fundraising… Remember when they tried to get a film taken off the internet?

Who?s On First (Minister)?
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
There seems to be a weird tendency at the moment to portay Ruth Davidson as if she actually were the First Minister. In case you missed that story, that was the leader of the 2nd largest party, which does not form part of a pro-independence majority in the parliament,”ORDERING” the First Minister, who leads a …

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the f...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Oct 2016 at 8:37pm
The SNP have played a huge role in getting us to where we are today. They are central to where Scotland goes in the future – but they on their own are not enough. Without the SNP there is significant doubt that we would ever have got a Scottish Parliament. It is true that Labour …

Songs for Scotland 2: Culture and Political Change
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Oct 2016 at 6:07pm
In 2014 Bella Caledonia created a flagship musical event as a part of the Yes campaign. ?Songs for Scotland? was three part: it included producing a downloadable album of pro independence songs, Bella Caledonia: Songs for Scotland the Album; staging a (sold-out) event in the Oran Mor auditorium that featured pro independence artists, and recording …

Making it Happen
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Oct 2016 at 4:50pm
We all know that the Royal Bank of Scotland went rogue under Fred Goodwin. What was less clear ? until yesterday anyway ? was that, eight years after it was saved from oblivion thanks to Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling?s £850 billion bailout package, the bank appears be no less of a rogue institution today. …

Take Back Control
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Oct 2016 at 10:38am
Richard Taylor on a fantastic opportunity to take back control of our money from the commercial banks which could be key to indyref2. Positive Money is part of IdeaSpace in Glasgow this week. Scotland is on the brink of a great economic opportunity, below our radar. If you care about inequality, fairness or living in …

Europe in Scotland #EU2 #WeAreScotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Oct 2016 at 9:26am
Lithuanian student Ugne Viktorija Budre reflects on the Brexit vote in the next of our ‘Europe in Scotland’ series. If you’d like to contribute email us your thoughts. Read previous contributions from Emanuele de Vito, Svenja Meyerricks,  Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith, Agnieszka Karasiewicz and Dovydas Kulie?as  How I felt about Brexit Until 23 of June, Brexit in …

From Swamptrash to Shooglenifty
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Oct 2016 at 4:36pm
Magnificent fiddler Angus Grant of Shooglenifty has died aged just 49. A few years ago I programmed the Big Tent Festival in Fife. The Treacherous Orchestra, the Creole Choir of Cuba and Michael Marra shone in the rain but Shooglenifty headlined and stormed the day with a visceral connective joy. Many years before that they …

The Axis of Corruption: Westminster, the City and the Media ? #RIC2016
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Oct 2016 at 4:07pm
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Poundland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Oct 2016 at 3:37pm
Remember when Kirsty Wark ran a whole programme from a tent by the Tweed before the referendum? It was all a bit ‘Land o Kilts’ and included a wonderful sneer about the idea of a Scottish currency, with the memorable line: ?Would Scotland create its own currency, the pibroch perhaps?? So knowing, so culturally aware, …

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The Guardian view on the SNP conference: dominant amid the dilemmas | Editorial
by Editorial
12 Oct 2016 at 7:10pm
Scotland?s nationalists continue to rule the political roost, but there is not enough support for a second independence referendumBy any yardstick the Scottish National party commands the politics of Scotland. As they gather for their annual conference in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon?s party can look...

Scottish government calls for end to work programme sanctions
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Oct 2016 at 8:11pm
Minister calls on UK to confirm that Scots taking part in voluntary work should be exempt from having benefits stoppedThe Scottish government is pressing Westminster to ensure that people taking part in voluntary work programmes in the country?s newly devolved social security system do not have t...

Ruth Davidson to tell Tories May has 'helped women at every turn'
by Rowena Mason and Anushka Asthana
5 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Scottish Conservative leader to defend PM?s activism for women and hints she might want to serve in future May cabinetRuth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has hinted she could want to serve in Theresa May?s cabinet in future, as she defended the prime minister against Labour accusatio...

Scotland could gain greater independence via Brexit, Holyrood told
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Oct 2016 at 6:00pm
Prof Alan Page tells MSPs that striking right deal after leaving EU may give more power over farming, fishing and industrial policyScotland stands to gain significant levels of independence over farming, fisheries and areas of industrial policy if it can strike the right deal with UK ministers af...

Ruth Davidson rules out backing grammar schools in Scotland
by Rowena Mason and Peter Walker
3 Oct 2016 at 8:34pm
Theresa May?s selective education plan ?won?t be in any manifesto that I write?, says leader of Scottish ConservativesRuth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has ruled out backing a return for grammar schools in Scotland, despite Theresa May pushing for more selective education i...

May says workers' rights will be protected as long as she is PM - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
2 Oct 2016 at 6:48pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s developments at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, including Theresa May?s speech on Brexit and her interview with Andrew MarrMay?s interview with Marr - Snap verdictMarr?s interview with Marr - SummaryMay?s Brexit speech - Summary and analysisAfternoon s...

Asylum seekers in Scotland at risk of being moved to England
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Sep 2016 at 6:30pm
Closure of Dungavel centre and lack of planning mean people will be taken away from support networks, campaigners sayVulnerable asylum seekers are at risk of being ?funnelled? out of Scotland and away from family, friends and legal representation under detention plans that are being challenged by...

SNP MP Chris Law held over alleged financial irregularities
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Sep 2016 at 2:53pm
Pro-independence Dundee West MP is third recently elected SNP MP linked to police investigationsPolice have detained and questioned Chris Law, the MP for Dundee West, over alleged financial irregularities with his pro-Scottish independence tour in a repainted green goddess fire engine.Law, who wa...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The Minister of State for Toys-R-Us
Fluffy Mundell, the only member of the UK cabinet who is lower ranking than the Downing Street cat, has been meeting with MPs to purr about Brexit. Scotland ought to stretch out on Liam Blofox’s lap and roll over to have its belly rubbed, insisted Theresa May’s pet Scotsman, otherwise you’ll all get thrown to …

On the one hand, on the other
At least we can’t complain any more that we don’t know what Brexit means. It means xenophobia and a dangerous dalliance in the foothills of fascism. It means secret lists of foreigners. It means a plummeting pound. But mostly it means telling different people different things in the hope that they don’t actually communicate with …

A song of migration #WeAreScotland
There was a hashtag trending on Twitter yesterday, #WeAreScottish. It was Scotland’s response to the xenophobia, racism, and British exclusionism of Thrasher May and her government of pygmy minds. Ordinary Scottish people took to social media to state our rejection of the inward looking Brits-first ideology of the Conservatives and to affirm that our Scotland …

Labour, mair shite than maist
A few months ago just before the Holyrood elections I passed a Labour canvasser in the streets of the East End of Glasgow, trying to persuade a young woman to vote for his discredited party. “Nae chance,” said the woman, “youse are mair shite than maist.” Labour’s keeching itself about next year’s council elections. They …

The two states of quantum Ruth
Ruth Davidson is a living breathing example of quantum theory, a living demonstration that it is in fact possible to be in two states simultaneously. And in that respect she is the very embodiment of Scottish Unionism. There she was just a short time ago, basking the adulation of the Foreigners Are Bad party in …

In the darkness of the storm, we can see the rainbow
You might think that with a Brexit vote supported by just 52% of those who voted that the Tories would go slowly and carefully on their plans to take the UK out of Europe. You might think that they’d be concerned to ensure that they gained the support of the whole country. You might think …

A jam of its own creation
Isn’t Brexit great? It’s creating loads of job opportunities for Britain’s young people. Now your kids can aspire to do all those minimum wage backbreaking unskilled agricultural labouring jobs that East European migrants used to do. Isn’t that marvellous? You thought that little Katie might go into engineering, but no, her country needs her to …

It?s time to grasp the thistle
Watching May in action is like being transported back in time to the Thatcher era. We’ve got a female prime minister who’s channelling a matron with a lubeless enema, and we’ve got a Tory government that blatantly doesn’t give a toss about what Scotland wants without even bother to hide it with a veneer of …

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Turf war fears as anti-fascist group plans food bank drive
GLASGOW city centre could become the front line in a Nazi soup kitchen turf war after a group of vigilante anti-fascists promised to take to the streets in a bid to fight far-right white supremacists targeting homeless people.

Sturgeon to warn Tories: SNP MPs ready to stage Brexit veto
SNP MPs could try and veto Brexit in Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon will tell her party?s conference today.

Businesses will fight restrictions over recruiting foreign talent
SCOTTISH businesses will continue to oppose UK Government plans to restrict access to international talent through ?the tightening of post-study work options?, according to a new report.

An independent Scotland in the EU could be a magnet for talent from the rest ...
A POLITICAL strategist credited with helping the SNP win the 2007 Holyrood election has set out how an independent Scotland in Europe could experience a cultural and economic renaissance after Brexit.

Lloyds Banking Group to shed more than 1,200 jobs
MORE than 1,200 jobs are being cut by Lloyds Banking Group ? which is nine per cent taxpayer-owned ? as part of a restructuring programme.

Scotland's sea eagle numbers set to soar in 'a genuine conservation success s...
SCOTLAND?S sea eagle population could soar to more than 220 breeding pairs within a decade, it is claimed. The species, which became extinct in Scotland in 1917, was reintroduced in Rum in the late 1970s, Wester Ross in the 1990s and Fife from 2007

Ministers again refuse to be drawn on how ?rape clause? reports would work
THE UK Government have again resisted calls to reveal how ?rape clause? reports will work under plans to limit the tax credit bill.

World 'a safer place', says Paige Doherty's mother, as teenager's killer John...
PAIGE Doherty's mother said the world was safer yesterday after the "monster" who killed her teenage daughter was jailed for at least 27 years for murder. The 15-year-old was last seen alive entering a deli owned by John Leathem in Clydebank,

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Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader ...
                  Ruth Davidson’s rose covered route from her humble home in Fife to the Holyrood Parliament a place she had no desire to be. Her destiny is as yet unfulfilled but she intends to get to Westminster, by any means.       Potty mouth     … Continue reading Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader of the Straight laced Tory Party?

The Eye of the Beholder ? Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers ? I thin...
            The eye of the beholder A few weeks back the Western press gave extensive coverage of the slaughter of innocents in the middle East conflicts. Pictures 1 and 2 were published depicting a young boy apparently slaughtered by forces in opposition to the West. But a few days later … Continue reading The Eye of the Beholder – Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers – I think not!!

Syria ? Assad ? Putin ? Allepo ? A Brutal War of Smoke ? Mirrors and Bombs ? ...
    Ayman Asfari and his boat         Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That?s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria – Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the “Syria Campaign” leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government. The shadowy “Syria Campaign” which is … Continue reading Syria – Assad – Putin – Allepo – A Brutal War of...

Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again ? There will be a Full Sturgeon Moon...
              The Next Scottish Independence referendum. There are some who think that another referendum is inevitable and will be sparked by the negative outcomes of Brexit negotiations within the next 2 years. If this is to be the case then activists within the pro-independence movement would be wise to … Continue reading Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again – There will be a Full Sturge...

bbc ? Sex ? drugs ? parties ? orgies ? chemsex ? Meow Meow ? Can it really be...
              The BBC and Drugs The BBC is the world’s largest broadcaster. It is funded by a compulsory annual TV licence fee. BBC output includes TV, radio, websites and magazines. Its reputation has been badly tarnished in recent years by a series of high-profile controversies involving drugs and sex … Continue reading bbc – Sex – drugs – parties – orgies – chemsex – Meow Meow – Can it reall...

A UK General Election is Closer than you think ? Time then to analyse just ho...
              Scotland – Look to the future but reflect on the recent past There is every chance the Tory government will call a General Election just as soon as they have completed boundary changes reducing the number of seats at Westminster from 650 to 600. The change will favour … Continue reading A UK General Election is Closer than you think – Time then to analyse just how the Tory Party w...

BBC Announce major changes ? Labour Party consolidates control over televisio...
              Oor lovable wee ken to be the newly created – Director of Nations and Regions – howzat that for a title??? (The title is to be formally challenged  and shortened since presenters on “Pointless” and William Hague at the time of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow advised the … Continue reading BBC Announce major changes – Labour Party consolidates control over television and radio me...

Henry Hendron ? Intelligent-Ambitious-Destined to Succeed-But Destroyed by th...
              What attraction does the Tory Party, London and Westminster hold for young gay men?  London is a cesspit of crime, vice, drugs, sex and politicians of all ages and sex who prey on immature and impressionable youngsters. The churn factor is high with many reported deaths and casualties … Continue reading Henry Hendron – Intelligent-Ambitious-Destined to Succeed-But Destroyed by the...

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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 ...

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

Gerry Hassan

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Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism
Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 7th 2016 The Tory conference tried to sail on as if the sea wasn?t turbulent and choppy, with the ship heading for the rocks. Tory statecraft, élan, even class confidence, have all contributed to this along with …

Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future
We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 19th 2016 No one needs reminding that Sunday represented the second anniversary of the indyref. It was a significant watershed: a passing of time from being in the shadow of the 2014 vote to looking to the …

It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland
It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 15th 2016 These are strange times. We are told everyday in every way by numerous experts and talking heads that this is an age of unprecedented change, uncertainty and flux. That nothing can be taken for granted. Yet this is also an age …

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit looms - Times of India

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Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit looms
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EDINBURGH: Scotland's ruling nationalists gather for their annual conference on Thursday with the issue of independence back on the table following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish ...
Pro-independence rally to be held outside SNP conference at Glas...

Leading academic urges Nicola Sturgeon to ditch threats of second Scottish in...

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Leading academic urges Nicola Sturgeon to ditch threats of second Scottish independence referendum and make the ...
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Professor Jim Gallagher said the vote to leave the EU was economically bad for Scotland but paradoxically might offer the country a chance to ?reset? its relationship with the rest of the UK. He also warned that another independence vote ? nicknamed .....

SNP supporters 'don't want to rush' second Scottish independence referendum -...

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SNP supporters 'don't want to rush' second Scottish independence referendum
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Sturgeon is preparing a draft Referendum Bill that can be implemented immediately if she concludes that having another shot at independence is the best way to protect Scotland's interests against Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that ...
SNP blames Scottish independence on 'arrogant' T...

MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult' - Telegraph.co.uk

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MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult'
Telegraph.co.uk
A 'hard' Brexit makes Scottish independence more difficult because it would force the reintroduction of border customs controls with England, a senior MEP has warned a Holyrood inquiry. Labour's David Martin said it would ?not be good news? if a ...
Ian McConnell: Narrative about damaging independence unce...

Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years - Irish Independent

Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years
Irish Independent
Each of them took their movements closest to their respective aims: Home Rule in Parnell's case, and Scottish independence in Salmond's. And each of them failed in their ultimate objective - though Salmond will say his mission remains very much ...

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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows - Bloomberg

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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows
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?In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Scotland's contrasting position with much of the rest of Britain, the SNP would have hoped for more of an uplift in support for Scottish independence,? Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland, said in a ...
Poll: Support for Scottish independence higher than 2014Scotsman...

Scottish nationalists more likely to 'go commando' under kilts - Telegraph.co.uk

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Scottish nationalists more likely to 'go commando' under kilts
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But the delicate question of what a true Scotsman should, or should not, wear under his kilt may also have a contemporary political dimension, new research has suggested. A survey of Scottish men has found that those who voted for independence in the ...

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Brexit chaos coming down the road will put Scotland on the path to Independen...

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Brexit chaos coming down the road will put Scotland on the path to Independence
Scottish Daily Record
Cath said. The casual racism of my sweet little auld auntie was so unexceptional then that I immediately forgot it, and so raw and shocking to be vivid still to my girlfriend. It is on people like my Auntie Aggie that the fate of Scotland rests. For ...



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Sturgeon to open SNP conference with 'hard Brexit' pledge - BBC News

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Sturgeon to open SNP conference with 'hard Brexit' pledge
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Nicola Sturgeon is to open the SNP conference by pledging to lead the fight against a "hard Brexit". The first minister is to issue a warning that the right wing of the Tory party is seeking to "hijack" the EU referendum result. She will also confirm ...

Conference-goers eagerly await the results of race to be depute leader - The ...

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Conference-goers eagerly await the results of race to be depute leader
The National
THOUSANDS of SNP members are descending on Glasgow today for the start of the party's annual conference. But all eyes will be on just four of those members this morning, with the result of the party's depute leadership contest due at 10.30am. It's been ...

Sturgeon to warn Tories: SNP MPs ready to stage Brexit veto - The National

Sturgeon to warn Tories: SNP MPs ready to stage Brexit veto
The National
SNP MPs could try and veto Brexit in Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon will tell her party's conference today. In a move that will undoubtedly anger Brexiteers, the First Minister will use her opening speech to attack the ?xenophobia? of the Tories, and ...

Michael Fry: There are significant obstacles to a smooth Scremain - The National

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Michael Fry: There are significant obstacles to a smooth Scremain
The National
WE CAN expect the SNP to enjoy a lively conference in Glasgow over the next three days, and Nicola Sturgeon to finish it off with one of her eloquent speeches that will have roars of support from party members ringing in her ears. She can play on the ...

Scotland's Sturgeon seeks to unite opposition to 'hard Brexit' - swissinfo.ch

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Scotland's Sturgeon seeks to unite opposition to 'hard Brexit'
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will seek to unite and lead political opposition throughout Britain to any "hard Brexit", according to a speech to be given on Thursday. She will tell her Scottish National Party's (SNP ...

Sturgeon to Set Out Scottish Nationalists' Response to Brexit - Bloomberg

Sturgeon to Set Out Scottish Nationalists' Response to Brexit
Bloomberg
?With independent research showing that a 'hard Brexit' could cost 80,000 jobs in Scotland and hit exports by over 10 percent, it's absolutely right that the SNP stand up for the overwhelming desire of people in Scotland to keep our relationship with ...

An independent Scotland in the EU could be a magnet for talent from the rest ...

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An independent Scotland in the EU could be a magnet for talent from the rest of the UK, argues new book
The National
A POLITICAL strategist credited with helping the SNP win the 2007 Holyrood election has set out how an independent Scotland in Europe could experience a cultural and economic renaissance after Brexit. Gordon Guthrie believes the country could act as a ...

SNP MP's plan for Scotland to be an anti-capitalist laboratory labelled bonke...

SNP MP's plan for Scotland to be an anti-capitalist laboratory labelled bonkers
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND should become an anti-capitalist ?laboratory? in which ?social friction? would be the price paid for a radically different economy, according to one of the SNP's Treasury team. In a forthcoming book, George Kerevan upends SNP economic ...

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Expert: Scotland is missing the deadline to hold independence referendum and ...

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Expert: Scotland is missing the deadline to hold independence referendum and stay in EU
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She added: "A referendum by the end of 2018, would mean Scotland could, as part of its divorce talks with the UK, hold parallel membership talks with the EU, and attempt to limit the damage so that its laws did remain consistent with the EU, allowing ...

SNP supporters 'don't want to rush' second Scottish independence referendum -...

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SNP supporters 'don't want to rush' second Scottish independence referendum
Scotsman
Sturgeon is preparing a draft Referendum Bill that can be implemented immediately if she concludes that having another shot at independence is the best way to protect Scotland's interests against Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that ...
Only an independence referendu...

Scottish nationalists huddle to talk Brexit, independence - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle
Scottish nationalists huddle to talk Brexit, independence
Deutsche Welle
Brexit - and a possible second referendum on independence - will be uppermost in the minds of the 3,000 or so delegates at the SNP conference starting Thursday in Glasgow. On paper, the UK's vote to leave the European Union looks like a boon for ...
Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit loomsTimes of Ind...

Scotland's referendum passion fades - POLITICO.eu

POLITICO.eu
Scotland's referendum passion fades
POLITICO.eu
After an initial post-Brexit bump, support for leaving the U.K. is roughly where it was at the last referendum, two years ago on Sunday. Polls show 52 percent of Scots would vote against independence. More significantly, opposition to holding another ...
Scottish independence: MacAskill warns against 'headlong rush' to indyref2BBC News

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Support for Second Independence Referendum has 'Slumped' in Scotland - Newsweek

Newsweek
Support for Second Independence Referendum has 'Slumped' in Scotland
Newsweek
The majority of those who were likely to vote and who expressed a preference said they would back Scotland remaining part of the U.K. in the event of a referendum, with 52 percent voting to stay and 48 percent voting to become an independent country.
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May trigge...

Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means - Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means
Huffington Post
After Britain's vote to leave the EU, Sturgeon said Scotland may seek another independence referendum - something that could split the world's fifth largest economy apart just as it attempts to go it alone outside the European bloc. A supporter of EU ...
Sturgeon 'could call second scottish independence refe...

Scotland's economic output rose 0.4% in Q2 - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Scotland's economic output rose 0.4% in Q2
Scottish Daily Record
Commenting on the latest figures, Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses' head of external affairs in Scotland, said: ?These pre-referendum statistics might feel like a history lesson, but they teach us that Scottish growth was weak even ...
Scottish economy lagging behind the rest of the UKHolyrood.co...

SNP's referendum desire 'like a sword of Damocles for Scotland' - Aberdeen Ev...

Aberdeen Evening Express
SNP's referendum desire 'like a sword of Damocles for Scotland'
Aberdeen Evening Express
The SNP's desire for a second independence referendum hangs like a ?sword of Damocles? over Scotland's economy, David Mundell has said. The Scottish Secretary also criticised the SNP for their ?doom-mongering? over the vote to leave the European ...
Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon does n...

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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!

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

Expats right to vote to be extended
I have seen a story on the BBC website saying there are plans to scrap the current limit of 15 years for expats to vote in UK elections. My feelings are if you no longer live in a country you should have no right to vote for it government, I would be interested in others views on this.

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

16 and 17 year olds voting- are they mature enough?
If so then why are they not mature enough to decide whether they participate in religious assemblies at school?Tried asking on another thread but it ain't being answered.

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 ...

snp sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beasties
What is the betting on the the sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beasties calling for indy 2 at their gaitherin this week. 

Post EU referendum result job losses/gains.
How many ACTUAL jobs have been lost or created since June 23rd? How many instances of companies cutting production or moving it elsewhere. Or increasing production , as the case may be. Also how many new trade deals have been struck and how many have been lost? Or even just good or bad po...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Weird Neighbours
The guy that lives three doors down from me has been out the back for nearly three hours now just swinging a golf club aimlessly about. He's married with a kid and that's how he spends his time most nights  Five doors down lives a guy who's always fannying about in the garden with a big chains...

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

WestWorld
Thoughts? I think that I think I know what the hell is going on. Could turn out to be a good TV series and I'll rewatch the original movie soon as well.

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

New Council Tax proposals
I see that Sturgeon has announced the SNP position:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35702374   What are the alternatives likely to be laid out by the other parties and what is a realistic, workable alternative?   

Scotland is the best place to live in the UK
As if we needed to be told... https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/scots-enjoy-best-quality-life-britain-say-researchers/   Hasn't impressed the Daily Mail readers though... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3831573/Scots-better-quality-life-English-Brussels-bureaucrats...

Droid Box
Following the chat about sky and the ever increasing cost thoughts went into looking at one of these bad boys.Anyone got one that could discuss their experience? And practical examples on how it works on their broadband?? Also is it legal in UK? I know streaming is so I assume it is!

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Human trafficking awareness push in Scotland

Scottish economy lagging behind the rest of the UK

National Library of Scotland to recruit ?Gaelic Wikipedian?

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Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...