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No second chance for pupils if SNP focus on Indyref2, warns Davidson
13 Feb 2017 at 12:07am
SCOTLAND?S schoolchildren ?won?t get a second chance? if Nicola Sturgeon puts fighting a second referendum ahead of improving their education, Ruth Davidson will warn today.

Green plan to cut residential speed limit to 20mph
13 Feb 2017 at 12:07am
THE speed limit in residential areas would be cut from 30 to 20mph under Scottish Green plans to reduce deaths and injuries on the road.

Minister says Bercow must convince MPs he can be neutral Speaker
13 Feb 2017 at 12:08am
JOHN Bercow must satisfy MPs that he is neutral enough to remain Commons Speaker after publicly stating he voted Remain in the EU referendum, a cabinet minister has warned.

Labour election boss says party has "plenty" of alternatives to Corbyn
13 Feb 2017 at 12:08am
LABOUR?S new election coordinator has said the party has plenty of other potential leaders in its ranks if Jeremy Corbyn decides to quit before the next general election.

Dugdale fleshes out Scottish Labour federalism plan
13 Feb 2017 at 12:07am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has fleshed out how she hopes to update her party?s position on the constitution at this month's spring conference.

SNP aide with pro-IRA views passes candidate vetting
12 Feb 2017 at 12:10am
An aide to an SNP MSP who received a warning for posting pro-IRA messages on social media has passed his party?s vetting to be a council candidate.

Commons leader insists there are no threats to peers over the Brexit Bill
12 Feb 2017 at 12:57pm
Ministers are not waiting in "back alleys" to "cosh" peers if the House of Lords moves to amend the Brexit Bill, the leader of the Commons has said.

Brokenshire: Troubles deaths to be investigated in date order
12 Feb 2017 at 1:10pm
Troubles killings should be investigated chronologically, the Northern Ireland Secretary said.

MPs 'must decide if Bercow is impartial enough to stay on as Speaker'
12 Feb 2017 at 1:07pm
MPs must decide whether Commons Speaker John Bercow is impartial enough to stay in his post after publicly stating he voted Remain, a senior Cabinet Minister has said.

Corbyn must improve popularity ratings, says Watson
12 Feb 2017 at 1:04pm
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has urged Jeremy Corbyn to improve his popularity ratings as he denied the party is vetting potential leadership successors.

Brexit Secretary `sorry´ over `Diane Abbott kiss´ text exchange
12 Feb 2017 at 1:01pm
Brexit Secretary David Davis has moved to play down controversy over a text exchange in which he appeared to say he would not try to kiss Labour's Diane Abbott because he is "not blind".

Salmond says trade, not currency, key to next referendum
12 Feb 2017 at 3:19pm
ALEX Salmond has downplayed the question of what currency an independent Scotland would use, saying that in another referendum the ?key battleground? would be trade.

David Davis apologies for "sexist" texts about Diane Abbott
12 Feb 2017 at 1:29pm
BREXIT Secretary David Davis has apologised after saying he would never kiss Labour?s Diane Abbott because he is ?not blind? and she would make a good eye test.

Glasgow dismisses Tory claims they consulted with councils on child refugees
12 Feb 2017 at 1:27pm
Scotland's biggest council has dismissed UK government claims that a decision to stop taking child refugees was made after consultations with local authorities.

How Americans turned to Scotland to find out how to slag #presidentbawbag
12 Feb 2017 at 12:05am
IT'S their job to put down their commander-in-chief. And they have come to Scotland, land of the drive-by slagging, to find out how.

 

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Donald Trump ?will not come to Scotland? during UK state visit
13 Feb 2017 at 8:14am
Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK will not include any events or stops in Scotland, according to reports.

Lesley Riddoch: Big Sister Theresa May is watching
13 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
The UK is facing some of the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy, writes Lesley Riddoch

Leader Comment: Indyref2 would be risky leap in dark
13 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
Alex Salmond would be well-advised to await outcome of Brexit negotiations before ramping up pressure for another vote

Labour to back federal approach to ?renew? UK
13 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will today unveil plans to make a federal UK the party’s formal policy in Scotland.

Newspaper apologises for confusing Trump with Baldwin
12 Feb 2017 at 8:24pm
A national newspaper in the Dominican Republic has apologised for printing a picture of Alec Baldwin impersonating Donald Trump rather than an image of the US President himself.

Poll: Most Scots believe care is individual?s responsibility
12 Feb 2017 at 7:28pm
Most Scots want to see an end to the country’s flagship free universal benefits such as university tuition and elderly care.

Alex Salmond: EU trade links ?key battleground? for indyref2
12 Feb 2017 at 6:09pm
Nicola Sturgeon is ready to build a second independence referendum on a battle for Scotland’s global trade links, according to her predecessor.

Green MSP bids to roll out 20mph limit in all residential areas
12 Feb 2017 at 2:56pm
A Green MSP is to try to change the law to cut the speed limit in all residential areas to 20mph.

Labour has ?plenty of potential leaders if Corbyn stands down?
12 Feb 2017 at 1:57pm
Labour has “plenty” of potential leaders waiting in the wings should Jeremy Corbyn choose to stand down, the party’s new election coordinator has said.

MPs have ?decision to make? on Commons speaker after revealing EU vote
12 Feb 2017 at 12:36pm
MPs must decide whether Commons Speaker John Bercow is impartial enough to stay in his post after publicly stating he voted Remain, a senior Cabinet Minister has said.

Corbyn must improve popularity ratings insists deputy leader
12 Feb 2017 at 11:31am
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has urged Jeremy Corbyn to improve his popularity ratings as he denied the party is vetting potential leadership successors.

No threat to peers over Brexit bill insists Commons leader
12 Feb 2017 at 11:25am
Ministers are not waiting in “back alleys” to “cosh” peers if the House of Lords moves to amend the Brexit Bill, the leader of the Commons has said.

Only one fifth of Scots would back new currency after independence
12 Feb 2017 at 10:15am
A new study has revealed that only one in five Scots back the creation of a separate currency for an independent Scotland and that Brexit is a more important issue than Scottish independence.

Rising number of prisoners? deaths ?yet to be properly investigated?
12 Feb 2017 at 9:30am
A growing number of prisoners’ deaths in Scotland have still to be properly investigated, according to analysis by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

North Korea conducts missile test
12 Feb 2017 at 8:24am
North Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile in its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to US president Donald Trump.

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Wee Willie Won?t-He
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Feb 2017 at 6:38pm
Here’s Willie Rennie in the Times this week, castigating the Scottish Government for not having successfully done a £10bn deal with China: And here he is in today’s Scottish Mail On Sunday, lashing the Scottish Government for seeking investment from Qatar, on the grounds of its human rights record. We can only conclude from this …

Equal partners
by Chris Cairns
11 Feb 2017 at 6:55am

The centrifuge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Feb 2017 at 9:45am
Sometimes the word “spin” just isn’t enough to get the reality across. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you: the Scottish media. There’s only one small issue: what the “top EU official” actually said was the exact opposite of “you’ll have to join the euro and get to the back of the queue”. As ever, once …

A division of principles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2017 at 12:37pm
Below is part of a segment from Monday’s edition of Good Morning Scotland (from 2h 35m at the link beneath the clip), which featured an interview with Professor Allyson Pollock, an extremely experienced academic in the field of healthcare on both sides of the border who so far as we know has no dog in the Scottish …

A matter of disclosure
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2017 at 10:30am
There’s a truly abominable piece of hatemongering in today’s Times. A grotesequely dishonest Nat-bashing smear job based on stupendously misrepresented fragments of quotes, it’s penned by Patrick Harkness, someone who the paper identifies as “a past co-chairman of the RSE Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland”. For some reason it’s chosen to leave a …

The phantom unmasked
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2017 at 4:52pm
Alert readers will of course be aware that a recurring theme on this site is looking for the alleged abusive behaviour by supporters of independence which gets regularly reported in outraged terms by newspapers but is mysteriously almost never supported by any actual evidence of the supposed abuse. Case studies are almost endless – Labour MSP Cara …

The silent trumpet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2017 at 10:17am
We weren’t sure we’d woken up properly when we read this morning’s Times. “Much-trumpeted”? That’s, um, not quite how we remember things. Because last year, the entire media was telling us the “deal” was a secret. The non-binding memorandum the Scottish Government signed in 2015 with two Chinese companies, agreeing to maybe sort of think about …

Truth With Ruth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2017 at 6:40pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson a couple of hours ago: Just a few teeny tiny issues with that one. Firstly, as we all know by now, there was no “tax grab” in the budget. Not one single Scot had their taxes increased in any way whatsoever. Indeed, a person whose wages haven’t changed will pay …

A very long time in politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2017 at 1:35pm
Five minutes and 51 seconds, to be precise, is how long David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland, spent frantically quacking out meaningless noise on this morning’s Sunday Politics Scotland in order to avoid answering a simple Yes/No question until the interview ran out of airtime. We could quibble with presenter Gordon Brewer making the assertion that a Section …

Truth With Torrance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2017 at 11:07am
An exchange from Twitter this morning: Should we check out that link and find out whether the then-FM really DID “claim that the Scottish NHS would be privatised if Scots voted No”, readers? Let’s do! Oh, right. So the opposite thing, then. As you were, everyone.

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Alex Salmond sees autumn 2018 referendum
12 Feb 2017 at 3:02pm
Former first minister Alex Salmond indicates a decision on whether to hold a new independence referendum could come within weeks.


Farmers face up to costs and opportunities of Brexit
12 Feb 2017 at 3:38pm
Farmers who voted to stay in, and leave, the European Union are working out what Brexit will mean.


Call for review of Scottish business rates revaluation
12 Feb 2017 at 8:40am
Ruth Davidson writes to Nicola Sturgeon calling for an "immediate review" of the ongoing business rates revaluation.


Fresh Scottish protest held against Donald Trump
11 Feb 2017 at 12:44pm
A "national demonstration" against the policies of US President Donald Trump is held in Edinburgh.


Sturgeon: Cutting off Dubs child refugee route 'inhumane'
11 Feb 2017 at 12:22am
Nicola Sturgeon writes to Theresa May urging her to overturn a decision to cut off a "vital route to safety" for child refugees.


Fiona Hyslop promotes Scottish business in Japan
11 Feb 2017 at 12:23am
External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop is travelling to Japan to proclaim that Scotland is "open for business".


Bill aimed at eradicating child poverty tabled at Holyrood
10 Feb 2017 at 3:36pm
Legislation setting targets towards the eradication of child poverty in Scotland is tabled at Holyrood.


Sturgeon defends education record over 'shameful' report claims
9 Feb 2017 at 5:39pm
Nicola Sturgeon defends her government's record on education after a new report highlighted "major weaknesses".


More Scottish councils agree 2017/18 household rate rises
9 Feb 2017 at 5:35pm
Four more Scottish local authorities agree household rate increases of between 2.5% and 3%.


'Worrying failures' at Scottish Crofting Commission
10 Feb 2017 at 12:45pm
Scottish ministers demand "urgent action" after a report highlighted "worrying failures" at the Crofting Commission.


SNP pushes PM Theresa May for Brexit 'compromise'
8 Feb 2017 at 3:11pm
The SNP urges the prime minister to not "carry on regardless" with Brexit as it calls for her to secure a UK-wide compromise.


MSPs call on DWP to 'halt' Scots jobcentre closures
8 Feb 2017 at 5:49pm
MSPs call on the Department for Work and Pensions to "halt" the closure of a series of Scottish jobcentres.

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Labour nearly slump to single figures in latest Scottish subsample from ComRes
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2017 at 8:04am
I wouldn't normally post about an individual Scottish subsample from a Britain-wide poll (although I used to do that circa 2009), but it's probably worth making an exception for one from ComRes tha...

Bombshell on BBC bias : BMG poll reveals that less than a quarter of the Scot...
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2017 at 9:43am
As you may have seen overnight, it turns out that the BMG/Herald poll also asked a question about BBC bias against independence.  Because the poll was not commissioned by a pro-independence client,...

To what extent will the next Yes campaign be a "Remain" campaign?
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2017 at 8:12am
There's been a lot of talk in recent days about the UK government 'war-gaming' how things may play out if - as seems increasingly likely - Nicola Sturgeon declares her intention to hold an independ...

*** AGRICULTURE IS ALREADY DEVOLVED ***
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2017 at 6:24pm
Well, the title pretty much makes my point for me, but I'll expand on it just a little.  Three days ago, there was an Orwellian, black-is-white headline in the Telegraph, which paraphrased Scottish...

New BMG poll finds much greater support than Panelbase for an independence re...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2017 at 6:36pm
The datasets for last night's sensational BMG poll appeared late this afternoon.  There's not a huge amount in them, because it's just a basic two-question poll, and BMG's datasets are in certain r...

Support for independence surges to 49% as the roof caves in on Theresa May's ...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2017 at 3:25am
After a six or seven month spell during which polls across all firms have stubbornly refused to put support for independence any higher than 47%, we may at last have our breakthrough moment in the ...

Homage to Catalonia
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2017 at 4:42pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the appalling events in Catalonia, where the former Prime Minister Artur Mas has been put on trial simply ...

Scotland will become independent, says 61% of public in explosive Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Feb 2017 at 5:43pm
Panelbase have updated their datasets, thus solving the mystery of yesterday's tweet from Jason Allardyce suggesting that the public believe Scottish independence to be "inevitable".  That turns ou...

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What are some of your ideas for solving Scotland's health problems?
by /u/greenmanflyreddit
13 Feb 2017 at 7:56am
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Majority of UK expect Scotland to be independent within decade, new survey finds
by /u/yul_brynner
13 Feb 2017 at 3:16am
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What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning February 13, 2017
by /u/AutoModerator
13 Feb 2017 at 12:12am
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

Act, Sing, Dance, Write? Join /r/GlasgowCreatives!
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12 Feb 2017 at 11:03pm
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Massing the tea?
by /u/AWeirdCrab
12 Feb 2017 at 9:39pm
Right, I need your help, Reddit! My mum just said she was "massing the tea" -- which apparently means to steep the teabag fully in water and wait a bit. I've had a look online and can't see it any...

Six Nations: France 22-16 Scotland
by /u/abz_eng
12 Feb 2017 at 5:41pm
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Neil Lovatt: "Strange that the nats think that EU nationals will be getting a...
by /u/mankieneck
12 Feb 2017 at 4:24pm
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Anybody commute from Falkirk? Options if train station is 1.5-2 miles away?
by /u/micru
12 Feb 2017 at 3:36pm
Hi everybody, As the title says, what would be my options if I lived in Falkirk 1.5-2 miles away from the train station? I have a car, but plan to commute to Glasgow for work by train. I know there...

The vice president of @EPP ? the largest party in the European Parliament, Co...
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12 Feb 2017 at 1:50pm
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West Wing actor gets #PresidentBawbag trending after Trump protest in Edinburgh
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12 Feb 2017 at 1:47pm
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What did the Tories stand for in the past?
by /u/marvellous
12 Feb 2017 at 12:41pm
I've often heard about the Conservatives being more successful in Scotland in the past - here we can see that in the 1950's half of Scottish MPs were Tories, and they had a non-negligible cadre as ...

T2 Trainspotting?s obsession with the past says a lot about today
by /u/big_al11
12 Feb 2017 at 11:31am
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Support for Scottish EU membership by nation
by /u/AonghusMacKilkenny
12 Feb 2017 at 11:27am
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Warnings over Scottish-delivered bombs ignored
by /u/Mike_Rubin
12 Feb 2017 at 8:16am
submitted by /u/Mike_Rubin

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SNP can't answer crucial questions as they beat drum for second independence ...
by Record View
13 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
There are two big problems behind the SNP's proposal for a referendum in 2018, says Record View.


Majority in UK now expect Scotland to become independent as new poll reveals ...
by David Clegg
12 Feb 2017 at 8:00pm
Check out our interactive poll widget to see how your town or city voted as 54.7 per cent reveal they believe the break with the European Union will also lead to the break-up of Britain.


12 things the SNP need to do to win independence
by Alex Bell
12 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
As hearts beat faster and dreamers go misty-eyed with IndyRef angling for a date with destiny, our columnist Alex bell bins the dozen roses in favour of a 12-step guide for the SNP to win the next ...


Independent Scotland would be fast-tracked into EU says top Brussels official
by Graeme Murray
11 Feb 2017 at 4:44pm
Jacqueline Minor says Scotland would be "starting from a point different from other applicant countries" because it had already incorporated European laws.


'Utterly pathetic': Nicola Sturgeon hits out at Jeremy Corbyn for giving Tori...
by Andy Philip
10 Feb 2017 at 8:37am
The First Minister waded in after MPs passed a Bill that allows Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and start negotiations to leave the European Union.


US President Donald Trump blasts back after latest court blow to his Muslim t...
by Record Reporter
10 Feb 2017 at 7:17am
Three appeal court judges refuse to reinstate the President's anti-terror policy and Trump immediately vows to take case to the Supreme Court.


Tory in-fighting as MPs blast Government over plans to close Scottish Jobcentres
by Andy Philip
9 Feb 2017 at 10:57am
Minister Anna Soubry said the scheme needed to be ripped up and started again, while senior backbencher Christopher Chope has also been critical.


'Sturgeon takes no sh**': James Corden praises First Minister after she chall...
by Record Reporter
9 Feb 2017 at 8:23am
Sturgeon hit out at Corbyn for not doing more to stop a Brexit bill from being voted through - and Corden was a fan of her no-nonsense approach.


Don't sleepwalk into a bad Brexit - it's important to keep a cool head for to...
by Record View
9 Feb 2017 at 8:08am
Theresa May has outflanked Parliament and the courts but it's important that the public don't switch off now, says Record View.


Watch as SNP MPs get told off for singing EU anthem during Brexit bill vote
by Record Reporter
9 Feb 2017 at 7:04am
Beethoven's Ode To Joy has been adopted by the European Union as its anthem.

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That Small Fundraiser Time of Year Again
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2017 at 10:38pm
Once a year, the podcast has to pay a bill. As I said this time last year… With these podcasts I try (or have to try) to keep the direct costs as low as possible and I generally keep it down to the following Internet bill A decent new set of headphones with microphone every …

Scottish Independence Podcast 145 Stewart Kirkpatrick & Sarah Beattie-Smith
by michaelgreenwell
9 Feb 2017 at 12:29pm
Episode 145 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. This time round there are two talks. The first was given by Stewart Kirkpatrick, former Digital Operations Manager for Yes Scotland, and the second by Sarah Beattie-Smith of the Green Party and Women For Indy. Hope …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 144 ? Cat Boyd & Yes 2
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2017 at 6:53pm
Episode 144 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. This time round there are two talks. The first was given by  Cat Boyd and the second by the people from Yes 2  – Tony McCandless and John McHarg. Hope you enjoy. You can download here …
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New Podcast Feature
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jan 2017 at 7:13pm
Regular listeners will know that on the podcasts I have always tried to put on a range of guests as broad as the independence movement. I say “tried” because often people can’t come on because of prior engagements or are too nervous about sitting down to do an interview of half an hour or an …

Scottish Independence Podcast 143 -Richard Walker on the Scottish Media & Ind...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jan 2017 at 12:15pm
Episode 143 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Richard Walker (interviewed in episode 135)  at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting …
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Remembering Ruth
by michaelgreenwell
25 Jan 2017 at 8:00am
Will Self recently described Trump and Farage as “grubby little opportunists”. I present (via NorthSeaSaltAir) Ruth Davidson…

The First Try
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jan 2017 at 10:04am
However the thing plays out, just remember that at first she tried to cover and obfuscate…

Scottish Independence Podcast 142 ? The Demographics of Indy
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jan 2017 at 12:25pm
Episode 142 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Dr Craig Dalzell (interviewed in episode 134)  at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. Craig’s talk was with regard to who did and didn’t vote for independence last time round, how the picture has changed since then and what sort of strategies we should …
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Songs of Protest
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2017 at 11:52pm
Here’s the second of our new weekly mix-taped playlists see Keep Those Dreams Burning. This is from  Leo Condie,(who is the frontman for WHITE  & can be found at @leomiklasz.)  Tracklist and notes below – please share.. “I wanted to make a playlist of political songs, protest songs, freedom songs but with a difference – …

British Values
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2017 at 3:21pm
“UK Govt does not want to “incentivise” refugee children to come to Europe” says the UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd, bringing the language of business to the reality of people fleeing carnage. A more putrefying example of Tory Britain is hard to find. A culture so besotted, so unconsciously immersed in the ideological language of …

Scotland, Ireland and Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2017 at 2:28pm
  How is the Scottish border question tied to the Irish one? To understand Irish politics you must first master the acronyms. In the beginning there was the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) which begat the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and now we are bedevilled by the IRC (Ireland?s Really Complicated). Like their predecessors the IRC are …

From No to Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2017 at 10:53am
This is the first of a series from PhantomPower: “Fraser says Yes. As more Scots who voted No to independence reconsider their decision, we follow their journey to Yes and self-determination for Scotland. Fraser is a Labour member who, let down by the empty promises made by Better Together in the final days of indyref …

Scotland Against Trump ? National Demo
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Feb 2017 at 11:08pm
Scotland Against Trump – National Demo – Feb 11th – Edinburgh STATEMENT FROM ORGANISERS Donald Trump has set a course for nothing short than a turn to fascism, and Theresa May is backing it to the hilt. In the last few weeks Trump has brought forward a raft of executive orders that will embolden every …

Europe Is Lost
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Feb 2017 at 3:10pm
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The Drug Laws Don?t Work
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Feb 2017 at 2:32pm
The failure of the War on Drugs in Scotland means we badly need a re-think. There were 706 deaths from drug overdoses in 2015, which represents a rise of 14% from 2014. Government figures suggest every year over a thousand Scots die as a direct result of alcohol. The problem we have in Scotland is …

Time to Leave the Mother of All Parliaments
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Feb 2017 at 10:57am
Have you got some bit of equipment lying around the house you just don’t need any more? A Roll and Pour juice dispenser? A 1980s work-out abs-enhancer, lying dusty in the corner? Westminster is increasing looking like such a gadget, once full of good intentions and now just a waste of space. In a three …

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Independent Scotland 'would have to apply for EU membership'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
European commission reasserts that Scotland would have no automatic right to being part of EU if it voted to leave UKA senior EU official has cast doubt over claims that an independent Scotland could automatically join the EU or inherit the UK?s membership after Brexit.Jacqueline Minor, the Europ...

Clive Lewis quits shadow cabinet as article 50 bill clears House of Commons -...
by Guardian Staff
8 Feb 2017 at 10:27pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and the final day of Commons debate and votes on the article 50 billPMQs - Snap verdictGovernment says just 350 child refugees admitted under Dubs schemeMay accused of coming close...

Scottish parliament backs symbolic motion rejecting article 50
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2017 at 7:52pm
Scottish Labour, Lib Dems and Greens vote overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit motion put forward by SNPThe Scottish parliament has voted for a symbolic motion rejecting the UK government?s expected decision to trigger article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU. Labour, the Liberal Democrat...

Nicola Sturgeon accuses UK ministers of power grab over farm subsidies
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2017 at 6:47pm
First minister says responsibility for agricultural policy should remain with Scottish parliament after BrexitNicola Sturgeon has accused pro-Brexit ministers in London of ?grabbing power? from Scotland by refusing to honour referendum pledges to protect the country?s farmers. The first minister ...

Scotland needs publicly funded bank, says thinktank
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Feb 2017 at 7:00am
Report follows concerns about rising public debt from private financing of new roads, schools and hospitals in ScotlandThe Scottish government is under growing pressure to replace its private finance programme with a publicly funded bank to build new schools, roads and hospitals.The Common Weal, ...

Modest proposals to make Labour great again | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Feb 2017 at 12:05am
In the spirit of Swift, these policies could speed the languishing party back to powerNothing is more emblematic of the inadequacy of Glasgow city council?s ruling Labour group than its failure to address the running sore of begging in the streets.No visit to the centre of Scotland?s most importa...

Holyrood Brexit minister says UK reneging on Scotland powers promise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Feb 2017 at 3:25pm
Mike Russell says leave campaigners promised Scotland significant new powers after UK?s exit from EUMike Russell, Scotland?s Brexit minister, has accused the UK government of reneging on promises made by leave campaigners that Scotland would gain major new powers after leaving the EU.Speaking dur...

SNP deal with Green party saves Scotland's budget
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Feb 2017 at 5:50pm
Nicola Sturgeon?s government to freeze top 40% tax rate at £43,000 to win crucial support from Scottish Greens? six MSPsThe Scottish government has abandoned a planned tax cut for higher earners after striking a last-ditch deal with the Greens to save its budget worth £160m in extra spending.Dere...

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The crumbling wall
Another day, and another Scottish Unionist EU lie. Wings Over Scotland has already explained the desperate mendacity and lies of a Scottish Unionist media which sees the writing on the UK wall, but it’s worthwhile going over it again for the obdurate. Jacqueline Minor is the EU Commission’s representative in the UK, which is a …

Theresa?s secret plan to save the Union
The dug has managed to find a top secret copy of Theresa May’s contingency plans for a second independence referendum, which were being used to line the kitty litter tray of the Downing Street cat. The plan details the strategy that Better Together Mark II is going to use to ensure the continuation of this …

The Union is a lie
Are you feeling the lurve Scottish people? Are you feeling wanted and respected as an equal partner in this most perfect family of nations? Are you feeling that your voice is being heard and the views of Scotland are being taken into account by the mother of parliaments? No. Me neither. I watched parts of …

The real victims
Quite a few things have happened in the couple of days I was away in the belly of the beast. Stephen Daisley has come back to troll again, this time from the pages of his natural home in the Daily Mail after having been cruelly silenced by the evil SNP and the supine STV for …

Killing the things that you love the most
Over the past few weeks and months Scotland has received a message from our Conservative masters, most often delivered to us by Fluffy Mundell, that malignant tartanesque gonk who glories in the title of Uncle Tam the governor general for telling the jocks to put up and shut up. This week it was delivered by …

What Ruth Davidson really fears
You may have noticed that Scotland had an independence referendum a couple of years ago, one which the Unionist parties won on the basis of making certain promises to the Scottish people, promises which they had no intention of keeping. Despite the fact it ended in disappointment and Westminster deceit, the independence campaign was the …

EU queue is Unionist woo, guff, barf, drivel and crud
I thought I’d expand a bit on the idiocies that Unionists are excitedly telling themselves in an effort to persuade one another that Scottish independence is a non-starter. It’s bad enough when they tell one another nonsense of course, but Unionist nonsense has a habit of appearing in the pages of a newspaper and on …

Más cambia, más se vuelve la misma cosa
We had one of those blows for Nicola Sturgeon again, in case you hadn’t noticed. Nicola receives more blows than a tin hut in a hurricane, but unlike the tin hut, she’s still standing. Esteban González Pons has figured in the pages of this blog before. He’s the spokesperson of the right wing Spanish party …

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Indyref2 date could be revealed within weeks according to Alex Salmond
SCOTS could be asked to vote on independence in the Autumn of 2018, Alex Salmond has claimed.

George Keveran: Westminster is a toothless old dog, and nothing Speaker John ...
SOON after I was elected an MP in 2015, Speaker John Bercow invited me as a new boy for tea at his ornate Westminster apartments next door to Big Ben. He is an affable bloke, though with a certain air of self-importance. As is his wont, he was more than frank regarding other members of the Commons. ?Parliament is intimate like a small village,? he mused. ?Except with more than one village idiot.?

Carolyn Leckie: Labour will never be the Union?s best defenders ... the Torie...
IF I was Theresa May I would be worried, very worried, right now.

Labour MPs demand sacking of Brexit Secretary David Davis over ?sexist? and ?...
LABOUR MPs have called for ?silly, sexist, patronising? Brexit Secretary David Davies to be sacked, after he was forced to apologise for criticising the physical appearance of Labour?s Diane Abbott.

Henry McLeish: The five questions No voters must ask themselves to decide Sco...
EMBRACING at least the spirit of Shakespeare?s Mark Antony, and looking at the dispiriting state of British politics, our new mantra should be: ?We come to bury Brexit not to praise it. The evil that politicians ? men and women ? do lives after them.?

SNP deselects four councillors linked to North Lanarkshire's 'Monklands McMaf...
FOUR SNP councillors linked to the so-called North Lanarkshire Monklands McMafia turf war have been deselected by the party.

Tories don?t rate fishing as high priority in any future EU negotiations
Just days after analysis showed that the only places in Scotland to vote for Brexit were fishing towns, a new leaked document claims the UK Government don?t regard the industry as high priority in EU talks.

Wee Ginger Dug: There is no fight in Jeremy Corbyn but the same can't be said...
?THE real fight starts now,? Jeremy said, after capitulating to the hard Tory Brexit in return for a concession that boils down to having a choice between jumping off a cliff or being pushed off it. There are rabbits frozen in headlights which have more fight in them than Jeremy Corbyn?s Labour Party. Some of those bunnies can be vicious and can give a nasty nip, which is a whole lot more than ...

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UK Minister of Defence Ratchets Up the Hard Talk ? Russia Exercises Its Right...
      Sir Michael Fallon, Minister of Defence         The Last Honest Journalist in the UK ?In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies’ resources and intentions only served in the … Continue reading UK Minister of Defence Ratchets Up the Hard Talk – Russia Exercises Its Righ...

Top Army General Warns Minister of Defence Sir Michael Fallon That the UK Arm...
              19 May 2016: Defence Minister, Philip Hammond ‘tried to court-martial senior general General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato?s deputy supreme allied commander for Europe until 2014, said before standing down from the post the Government was taking ?one hell of a risk? by cutting the regular … Continue reading Top Army General Warns Minister of Defence Sir Michael Fallon T...

UK Armed Forces Fail to Achieve Recruiting Targets ? The Answer ? Introduce c...
          6 Mar 2015: Children in State Schools to complete “readiness for war” education projects A government-issued teaching resource which includes a task asking pupils to devise a plan for going to war, is presenting a ?sanitised? and ?positive? view of life in the armed forces, claims a prominent educationalist and … Continue reading UK Armed Forces Fail to Achieve Recruiting Targets – Th...

Scots Do Not Need to Remain Under the Governance of a Bunch of Spivs ? Time t...
            Time For Scotland To Escape the Madness The outcome of the next UK general election is already established. The Tories will be returned to power and Scots will be subjected to rule (for another 5 years) by a government it did not vote for. There is so much to … Continue reading Scots Do Not Need to Remain Under the Governance of a Bunch of Spivs – Time to Break Free From Westminster...

Obama ? The Worst President in the History of the United States of America
                President Obama – Playboy of the Western World Obama was a bought man who through his conduct, as President managed to alienate almost the entire world from the US. Within his own country he fostered division through a constant drive to divide American society into groups of … Continue reading Obama – The Worst President in the History of the United States of America

Aberdeen Council Runs Roughshod over the Electorate ? Does the Mafia Influenc...
            Aberdeen Council Leader Barney Crockett         Aberdeen (Its all true there is a mafia in Aberdeen , its called the labour party) The city has returned the labour party to power in all but one election and is very much a Unionist party stronghold. In every circumstance domination … Continue reading Aberdeen Council Runs Roughshod over the Electorate – Does the Mafia Influence Event...

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          Alex Salmond blasts the Deputy Speaker for breaching Commons debating protocol The very last statement by the Deputy Speaker reveals that the entire debate was a prearranged stitch up. “you’ve done better that was supposed to have happened!!!”                   Nicola Sturgeon’s Speech … Continue reading

Chilcot Inquiry Fraudulent Content ? Severely Compromised by the Old Boy Netw...
                The Chilcot Report ? Millions of words without meaning ? Philppe Sands catalogues the report?s criticisms of Blair and points to its failings: ?Yet the inquiry has chosen to hold back on what caused the multitude of errors: was it negligence, or recklessness, or something else? In … Continue reading Chilcot Inquiry Fraudulent Content – Severely Compromised by the Old Boy Network...

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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

Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis?
Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 8th 2017 It is a season of heated tempers and invective across the political world. One that matches the widespread atmosphere of confusion and disorientation. This is a mood in which there are winners and losers: people who crave …

Scottish Independence has to move with the times
Scottish Independence has to move with the times Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 1st 2017 Scotland has in recent times liked to see itself as progressive, democratic and European. What?s so special about that you might think? A bit like apple pie and being kind to animals. But these undoubtedly mainstream values were rightly seen …

Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 26th 2017 A haunting refrain echoes around the globe. The world, many emphatically say, has gone to pot what with Trump, Brexit, terrorism, ISIS, the march of the far right, fake news, alternative facts and more. This miserablist take …

Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region?
Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 18th 2017 When did present day Scotland begin? Not the ?modern? Scotland of post-war times, or the upside and then downside of Labour Scotland. But the land that we visibly live in today ? shaped by the ghosts of …

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum - Investopedia

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Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her team were quick to warn that a vote on Scottish independence was ?highly likely? after the rest of the U.K. opted to leave the European Union (EU) last June. With Article 50 now on the brink of being triggered ...
Support for Scottish independence spikes as May braces for second referendumPO...

David Tennant wants Scottish independence - NEWS.com.au

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David Tennant wants Scottish independence
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In the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum the country voted by a margin of around 55 per cent to 45 per cent to stay part of the United Kingdom. But there have been calls for a second referendum after Scots voted to remain in the EU last ...
Ex-Doctor Who David Tennant backs Scottish independence after losing faith in Jeremy...

Only one fifth of Scots would back new currency after independence - Scotsman

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Only one fifth of Scots would back new currency after independence
Scotsman
Scottish independence was ranked as the most important by 8% of people with the majority of ?Yes/Remain? voters saying Brexit was more important than independence. The poll also found that 36% of respondents who voted SNP in 2015 agreed with the ...
Independent Scotland would be fast-tracked into EU sa...

Russian embassy blasts claims Sputnik news agency aiming to 'encourage' Scott...

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Russian embassy blasts claims Sputnik news agency aiming to 'encourage' Scottish independence
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Russia's London embassy criticized allegations that Russian news agency Sputnik is seeking to promote the cause of Scottish independence. Following accusations made against Sputnik by NATO officials, the BBC has questioned whether the network's new ...
Nato says viral news outlet is part of "Kremlin ...

Britain tells Scotland - No need for second independence referendum - Reuters UK

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Britain tells Scotland - No need for second independence referendum
Reuters UK
A demand for a second independence referendum from Scotland's devolved government would throw the United Kingdom into a constitutional crisis just as PM May seeks to negotiate the terms of the Brexit divorce with the EU's 27 other members. Defence ...
Not now, Nicola: Scottish town sees no haste for new indepe...

Three reasons why Brexit has failed to boost support for Scottish independenc...

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Three reasons why Brexit has failed to boost support for Scottish independence
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
In the immediate aftermath of the UK's decision to leave the EU, several opinion polls showed a majority of people in Scotland would vote for independence in a hypothetical second referendum. However, as Sean Swan writes, the polli...

Exclusive: ?It is Independence or nothing? - The German conditions for Scotla...

CommonSpace
Exclusive: ?It is Independence or nothing? - The German conditions for Scotland in the EU
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?INDEPENDENCE OR NOTHING,? was the statement from sources within the dominant ruling party of Germany when asked about Scotland's chances of accession to the European Union. Members of the Auswärtiges Amt, the German federal foreign office, ...



How a nod from Germany could trigger a second Scottish independence referendu...

New Statesman
How a nod from Germany could trigger a second Scottish independence referendum
New Statesman
If a referendum is to be won, there must be a realistic expectation Scotland can remain in the EU. For this reason, the SNP is watching three countries closely. The first is Spain, which has its own independence problem in Catalonia, and could try to ...
Possible Scottish Independence Vote Set...

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Parking charges for residents living near Glasgow super-hospital to be scrapp...

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Parking charges for residents living near Glasgow super-hospital to be scrapped, vow SNP
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CONTROVERSIAL parking charges for residents living near Glasgow's super hospital will be scrapped should the SNP win control of the council in May. The party has announced it will not introduce parking permits for locals living near the Queen Elizabeth ...

Scotland: Thousands protests in Edinburgh against Trump's attacks on migrants...

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Scotland: Thousands protests in Edinburgh against Trump's attacks on migrants
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These calls are in line with the position advanced by the Scottish National Party (SNP) government and taken up by sections of the pseudo-left, in the aftermath of last year's Brexit referendum result. The SNP used last year's UK referendum vote to ...

SNP can't answer crucial questions as they beat drum for second independence ...

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SNP can't answer crucial questions as they beat drum for second independence referendum
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP want to present a referendum in 2018 as a choice between two uncertain, risky futures ? one in a UK outside the European Union and one in an independent Scotland facing the world on its own and knocking at the door to get back into the EU.

SNP vows to scrap G51 parking charges - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
SNP vows to scrap G51 parking charges
Glasgow Evening Times
CONTROVERSIAL parking charges for residents living near Glasgow's super hospital will be scrapped should the SNP win control of the council in May. The party has announced it will not introduce parking permits for locals living near the Queen Elizabeth ...

David Torrance: Unionists may allow another referendum ? but not on the terms...

David Torrance: Unionists may allow another referendum ? but not on the terms SNP wants
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IT'S generally forgotten now, but back in May 2008 the then Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander called on the Scottish Government to ?bring on? an independence referendum. Her analysis was simple. The SNP, she said, appeared to be ?toying? with the ...

What on earth is Alex Salmond up to? Hardly a week goes by without him on TV ...

The Scottish Sun
What on earth is Alex Salmond up to? Hardly a week goes by without him on TV talking up indyref2
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With a third of Scots ? many SNP voters ? backing Brexit, a second independence poll would be a test. Will these voters back the Nats to deliver an independence vote, despite the SNP love affair with the EU, or will they choose Britain outside Europe ...

No second chance for pupils if SNP focus on Indyref2, warns Davidson - Herald...

Herald Scotland
No second chance for pupils if SNP focus on Indyref2, warns Davidson
Herald Scotland
Or to push ahead with a second referendum. I say, Scotland's children won't get a second chance. ?Either she focuses on her own-stated priority of education. Or she betrays that pledge in favour of the SNP's constitutional obsession. She simply cannot ...

First Minister told to focus on Education system rather than independence - G...

Glasgow Live
First Minister told to focus on Education system rather than independence
Glasgow Live
Tory leader Ruth Davidson said another vote on the future of the UK would only "distract" the First Minister from her stated priority of closing the attainment gap in Scotland's schools. Ms Davidson told the SNP leader that "Scotland's children won't ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Alex Salmond sees autumn 2018 referendum - BBC News

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Alex Salmond sees autumn 2018 referendum
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Former first minister Alex Salmond has indicated a decision on whether to hold a new independence referendum could come within weeks. He said the UK government's response to Scottish plans to protect trade with Europe would be crucial. Mr Salmond ...
EU trade links could be 'key battleground' for second Scottish referendumAberdeen Evening E...

David Tennant says he'd back Scottish independence in a second referendum - T...

The Sunday Post
David Tennant says he'd back Scottish independence in a second referendum
The Sunday Post
The 45-year-old Dr Who and Broadchurch star, who previously kept quiet on the issue, branded everything Brexit-related ?depressing?, but said he did not expect people to listen to what he said. Speaking to The Times Magazine, he said: ?And I'm now at ...
David Tennant reveals he would back Scot...

Support for Scottish independence spikes as May braces for second referendum ...

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Support for Scottish independence spikes as May braces for second referendum
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British Prime Minister Theresa May believes Scotland is weeks away from demanding a second independence referendum, local media reported. The British leader is coordinating with Conservatives in Scotland to hold talks with First Minister Nicola ...
Factbox: Who decides whether Scotland holds a new i...

Britain tells Scotland: No need for second independence referendum - Reuters

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Britain tells Scotland: No need for second independence referendum
Reuters
A demand for a second independence referendum from Scotland's devolved government would throw the United Kingdom into a constitutional crisis just as PM May seeks to negotiate the terms of the Brexit divorce with the EU's 27 other members. Defense ...
No need for second Scotland referendum: UK ministerThe New Indian ...

Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum - Aljazeera.com

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Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum
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In an interview with Scottish newspaper The Herald on Wednesday, Britain's Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said nationalists could "forget" about UK help for another vote. Calls for a second referendum over Scottish independence have increased ...
Westminster 'will refuse second Scottish referendum', senior ministe...

Most Scots do not want ANOTHER independence referendum - Express.co.uk

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Most Scots do not want ANOTHER independence referendum
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... the European Union. "An independent Scotland would not be in the European Union." Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray said the SNP was "fixated" on independence, insiting that "people in Scotland are very clear that they don't want another referendum".



Failure of federal UK reform makes a second referendum inevitable ... - The T...

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Failure of federal UK reform makes a second referendum inevitable ...
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Anyone who follows the twists and turns of Scottish politics would be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing new under the sun. The arguments on the ...

Scotland Shouldn't Have Another Referendum. Here's Why - The Market Mogul

The Market Mogul
Scotland Shouldn't Have Another Referendum. Here's Why
The Market Mogul
Following Prime Minister Theresa May's first official Brexit speech on January 16th, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon again hinted at the increased possibility of a second independence referendum. But can Sturgeon garner enough support amongst ...
Scottish independence poll: Majority oppose second refere...

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The Official President Trump thread

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

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

Kevin Mckenna
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/13/scotland-catholics-not-persecuted https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/12/catholics-are-again-scotlands-oppressed-minority He seems confused.

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

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

Spit Hoods
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/38896745?client=safari Spit hoods, tight mesh hoods to be put over suspects heads, are becoming increasingly prevalent amongst police forces in the UK. Human rights groups argue they are humiliating for those forced to wear them, make monitoring...

The Syrian Draft Constitution Thread
Since the peace talks in Astana ended, meaningful progress has been made towards the settlement of the Syrian crisis. The guarantor countries managed to do impossible ? to make Syrian government and the armed opposition sit down at one table to discuss the current situation in the country. ht...

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Rural Alberta Advantage
 

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

The walking dead
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode.  At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol) 

Still Game Live 2
Went to see this last night. Excellent, hillarious and top class production. Anyone else been / goin?

Getting rid of Sky
Looking to get rid of Sky as the cost Is getting ridiculous. Can remember people taking about various boxes and the like you can get.  what are the best options? 

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

The Last Man on the Moon
RIP Gene Only 6 of them left....  

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NHS Tayside patients ?could face longer waits? due to financial woes

Child poverty bill published by Scottish Government

New national standards for forensic examination of rape victims to be introdu...

Sketch: Lentils, watermelons and the budget

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Environmental groups "disappointed" with Scottish Government draft climate ch...

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Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

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 ...