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Crunch talks to be held on future of BiFab as hundreds face redundancy
13 Feb 2018 at 6:07pm
CRUNCH talks to prevent job losses at troubled engineering firm BiFab will take place next week, as it confirmed staff had now been notified of potential redundancies.

Willie Rennie: UK Government must be honest about cutting immigration
13 Feb 2018 at 6:01pm
WILLIE Rennie has urged the UK Government to be honest about the devastating impact of cutting immigration, as he refused to accept that Brexit is ?unstoppable?.

Former Scottish Labour councillor rebuked for homophobic comment
13 Feb 2018 at 3:51pm
A LONG-SERVING former councillor has been publicly rebuked for posting a homophobic comment on social media.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour has a lot more campaigning to do in Scotland
13 Feb 2018 at 1:25pm
JEREMY Corbyn has admitted Labour has ?a lot of campaigning to do? before it can win back support north of the border.

BiFab confirms redundancy plans as hundreds face losing jobs
13 Feb 2018 at 12:12pm
ENGINEERING firm BiFab has confirmed staff face potential redundancy after union leaders warned hundreds of jobs were at risk.

Chancellor on Brexit tour of Europe with message that Britain ?still cares?
13 Feb 2018 at 12:34pm
Philip Hammond is on a whistle-stop tour to meet finance ministers and business leaders.

Lib Dem leader urges Labour politicians to join campaign for Brexit deal vote
13 Feb 2018 at 2:59am
Willie Rennie will make the appeal when he delivers a speech to the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh.

?Full and frank? talks with May boost hopes of deal at Stormont
13 Feb 2018 at 2:56am
THE Prime Minister has urged Stormont?s leaders to make one final push to strike a deal to salvage powersharing in Northern Ireland.

Diplomatic row looms over the fate of ?Beatles? terror suspects
13 Feb 2018 at 3:39am
The United States will use a meeting of coalition allies to urge them to take back captured Islamic State suspects.

Ian Blackford MP rules himself out of SNP deputy leadership race
12 Feb 2018 at 11:42am
IAN Blackford has ruled himself out of the SNP deputy leadership race ? insisting it is ?too much to ask? alongside his other commitments.

Protesters plan to ?occupy? bridges along M8 in support of independence
12 Feb 2018 at 8:23am
A campaign group is calling on Scottish independence supporters to ?populate? footpaths and bridges along the M8 motorway.

May and Varadkar in Belfast amid push for Stormont powersharing deal
12 Feb 2018 at 1:23pm
The Prime Minister and Taoiseach are in Northern Ireland for a joint push to help end the 13-month political stalemate.

Corbyn pledges to invest in 'every part of Scotland' if he gains power
12 Feb 2018 at 4:00am
JEREMY Corbyn has pledged to invest in every part of Scotland if he gains power ? from ?Saltcoats to Selkirk and Stornoway?.

First Minister?s residence Bute House ?needs £300,000 of repairs?
12 Feb 2018 at 2:34am
The First Minister?s official residence in Edinburgh is in need of repairs totalling around £300,000, it has been claimed.

Clarity demanded after third complaint against suspended SNP minister
12 Feb 2018 at 4:00am
CRITICS have demanded clarity as it emerged former children?s minister Mark McDonald is being investigated over claims a woman woke up in his hotel bed, with no memory of how she got there.



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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruption charges
13 Feb 2018 at 7:05pm
Police have recommended indicting Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pair of corruption cases, according to media reports.

Revealed: The cost of renting in Scotland
13 Feb 2018 at 2:48pm
Renters in Scotland spend almost a quarter of their income on housing costs, the latest official statistics show.

Jeremy Corbyn says Scotland can ?turn the corner? under Labour
13 Feb 2018 at 2:31pm
Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour still has a lot of campaigning to do to win back support in Scotland as he rounded off a visit north of the Border.

BP boss defends Theresa May over Brexit strategy
13 Feb 2018 at 10:29am
The boss of BP has defended Theresa May’s handling of Brexit, expressing his “sympathy” for the Prime Minister’s position and saying it was bad for the country to negotiate an EU divorce deal in public.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour administration ?desperately needed? at Holyrood
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
A Labour administration is “desperately” needed at Holyrood to stop Conservative cuts being passed on to local communities, Jeremy Corbyn will say today.

Tom Baxter: The environmental case for leaving old oil rigs in sea
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The UK is set to spend billions on offshore decommissioning and removal. Activities will span a couple of decades as the existing producing fields become uneconomic.

MPs condemn auditors for ?feasting on the carcase ?of Carillion?
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Britain’s big four accountancy firms have been savaged by MPs who have accused them of “feasting on the carcase” of collapsed construction giant Carillion and collecting more than £70 million in the process.

NHS Lothian sees staff vacancies rise by 200% in a year
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The number of nurses and midwives leaving one of Scotland’s largest health boards has risen by 68 per cent over the last five years.

Leader comment: 4-mile-deep potholes show danger of road repair cuts
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Councillors have been forced into tough choices because of budget cuts, but Scotland’s roads are becoming dangerous.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Labour can worry about the polls later
13 Feb 2018 at 12:01am
The next election isn’t going to be fought on today’s battlefield, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

Oxfam executive resigns amid growing scandal over staff behaviour
12 Feb 2018 at 8:38pm
Oxfam’s deputy chief executive has quit in the wake of the aid worker sex scandal saying she was “ashamed” of what had happened.

Northern Ireland power-sharing deal could be confirmed this week
12 Feb 2018 at 8:18pm
Theresa May has called for a “final push” to restart power-sharing in Northern Ireland after political leaders raised hopes of a breakthrough in talks deadlocked for 13 months.

Scottish councils slash road maintenance budgets by 20%
12 Feb 2018 at 7:41pm
Councils across Scotland have cut roads maintenance funding by 20 per cent over the past seven years in response to pressure on their budgets, a report on local authority finances has found.

Who could be the next SNP deputy leader?
12 Feb 2018 at 5:10pm
Despite his standing with the rank-and-file membership, there was always something of an inevitability about Angus Robertson’s resignation as SNP Deputy Leader.

?Housing first? scheme needed to tackle homelessness, says Holyrood committee
12 Feb 2018 at 12:50pm
A Scotland-wide ‘Housing First’ scheme should be introduced to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, a Holyrood committee has said.

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Riding the rollercoaster
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2018 at 4:36pm
…with the Secretary of State for Scotland. Boo! But wait! Yay! But wait! Boo! But wait! Yay! But wait! Boo! But wait! Yay! But wait! Boo! And so on. We’re not sure what the latest position is, to be honest, but it doesn’t really matter – whatever it is, we’re sure another one will be …

From the archives #6
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Feb 2018 at 3:56pm
Just the one time, though, apparently.

Impact assessment
by Chris Cairns
10 Feb 2018 at 6:56am

Ruth Davidson is available
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2018 at 7:25pm
Not to discuss the UK government’s Brexit impact report on Scotland, of course. Not a single senior Scottish Tory will face the media about that, having all viciously rubbished the Scottish government’s assessment just last month as “scaremongering”, even though it turned out to be almost identical to the UK government’s version that we’re still …

Any day now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2018 at 10:46am
Bear with us just a little longer, folks. We’re hoping to have a man in the garden with a ladder some time this afternoon.

What Adam Didn?t Know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2018 at 8:44pm
The Scottish Conservatives have taken us all on quite a ride with regard to the UK government’s Brexit impact analysis on Scotland. In October, David Mundell told us it definitely existed. Then just a week later he told us it definitely didn’t. And this month he finally admitted it did. But his Scottish Tory colleagues knew …

Justice?s torn blindfold
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2018 at 10:09am
So it seems we opened quite a can of worms when we broke the story of the Scotland In Union donor leak last month. Yesterday saw the disturbing tale of police armed with battering rams seizing computers and phones from David Clews of right-wing Unionist group UK Unity, a former SIU member suspected of being …

Life comes at you fast
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2018 at 11:11pm
Because sometimes you just can’t even. Let’s all take a moment and imagine Labour stepping up to that situation, shall we? Oh yeah. Now we remember.

Brexit: The Story So Far
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2018 at 2:55pm

Unmuddied waters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2018 at 10:17am
We’ve had extremely poor internet at Wings HQ since Thursday of last week, which our telecoms company is trying to get to the bottom of. (We’re typing this on an iPhone via very flaky 4G.) We’ll be back with you ASAP. In the meantime, we’re being baffled by this assertion from the Financial Times that’s …

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BiFab warns staff of potential redundancies
13 Feb 2018 at 5:06pm
The engineering firm says it has informed its workforce and the Scottish government of the possibility of cuts.

Ian Blackford rules out running for SNP deputy leader
12 Feb 2018 at 1:19pm
The SNP's Westminster leader says he will not join the contest to succeed Angus Robertson.

New plan to tackle Scottish homelessness proposed
12 Feb 2018 at 12:10am
A Holyrood committee says the Finnish "housing first" model should be used across Scotland.

Arts body Creative Scotland appoints new chairman
13 Feb 2018 at 2:46pm
The arts body announces its new chairman after the recent resignation of two board members.

Probe into behaviour of former childcare minister is 'ongoing'
12 Feb 2018 at 12:47pm
Mark McDonald resigned as childcare minister after admitting his conduct caused "considerable distress".

Scottish Borders Council plans 3% tax increase
13 Feb 2018 at 4:00pm
Scottish Borders Council's draft budget outlines plans to increase council tax by 3%.

Plan to cut jobs at Aberdeen City Council
12 Feb 2018 at 12:52pm
The local authority's ruling administration proposes reducing hundreds of full-time equivalent jobs to save money.

NHS Scotland embarks on global radiologist search
12 Feb 2018 at 7:58am
Nine health boards are trying to attract radiologists to fill 32 vacancies across Scotland.

Scottish Labour plan to tackle discrimination
11 Feb 2018 at 2:25pm
MSP at centre of racism row welcomes plan to create anti-discrimination and harassment policy for Labour.

MSPs' fury over 'insulting' Brexit papers reading room plan
8 Feb 2018 at 5:32pm
MSPs label plans to provide Brexit analysis papers in a reading room over two days as "insulting" and "nonsense".

Homeless illegally turned away by councils
9 Feb 2018 at 2:12am
Homeless people are being illegally turned away by councils despite their statutory obligation.

Police watchdog changes to be considered
8 Feb 2018 at 2:51pm
Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish Police Authority appointment process will be looked at in the "fullness of time".

Scot Goes Pop

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James Today, Jam Tomorrow?
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2018 at 4:44pm
The dilemma thrown up by this year's SNP depute leadership contest is the same one we faced in 2014 - do we simply vote for the candidate with the strongest personal qualities, or do we base our vo...

The weasel-worded power grab
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2018 at 10:47pm
I suspect I'm not alone in finding Michael Settle's gossip-fuelled reporting for the Herald over the last 24 hours deeply unsatisfactory from a reader's point of view.  The first of the two article...

The birthplace of valour, the country of worth
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2018 at 6:30pm
Just a quick (and belated) note to let you know that I have an article in the February issue of iScot magazine, which also features contributions from Alyn Smith MEP, Derek Bateman, Paul Kavanagh a...

It's now thirty years and counting since a Scot last represented the UK at Eu...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2018 at 10:16pm
I was half-thinking of foregoing the Eurovision posts altogether this year, because some people seem to get weirdly irate when I do them.  But as Bill Palmer of the US went out of his way the other...

"Oooh, you little fibbers!" Shock and disbelief as Scotsman newspaper is cau...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2018 at 5:27am
The days of me religiously following the Scotsman newspaper (at least via its website) have long since passed. But I did vaguely register that at some point last year, an incoming editor announced ...

More on the new Survation poll
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2018 at 5:48am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National, with some more analysis of the new Survation poll showing support for independence steady at 46%, and an increase in the...

Mainstream media's narrative lies in TATTERS as SNP vote increases across the...
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2018 at 11:59pm
"Mike Smithson, calling Mike Smithson...Mike Smithson, come in please."  If you happen to be sitting next to a certain 'impartial election expert' who demonstrated such an inspiring willingness to ...

An independence referendum in 2019 or 2020 is looking increasingly likely
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2018 at 5:38pm
Somebody with more patience than I have will doubtless work their way line-by-line through Gerry Hassan's latest update of 'The Article'.  There are the familiar highlights - the claims that Nicola...

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Post yer pancakes!
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13 Feb 2018 at 7:35pm
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13 Feb 2018 at 6:50pm
Can anyone suggest the best way to go about a first time visit to Scotland? I don't drive so I had considered booking with a guided tour company but I'm not sure if it is worth the cost. Suggestion...

Labour chief suggests punishment for MP Hugh Gaffney who made racist and homo...
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13 Feb 2018 at 6:37pm
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Visiting Midlothian, a proud former mining area, I saw how the Tories and the...
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Mighty Deerstalker
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13 Feb 2018 at 5:48pm
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Check out Dundee
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Beyond the nationalist/unionist divide, how would you describe your political...
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13 Feb 2018 at 4:11pm
...and in a wider sense how would you like to see Britain/Scotland function politically, economically and socially along your ideals? Beyond our party political allegiancies we all have our own per...

Fairy Pools on a sunny day! Isle of Skye
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Transport group to discuss report on plans for upgrades at notorious A90 junc...
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Breadline Kids in Scotland
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Understanding the UK: A Unionist Philosophy | British Union ; Sovereignty Party
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GB's (Scotland's) Elise Christie into 500m short-track speed skating final
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Scotland's Data Desert: The case for a Scottish Statistics Agency
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[OC] View of Village Bay from an abandoned house on St Kilda, Outer Hebrides.
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Jeremy Corbyn says Scottish MP's apology over race slur at Burns supper is go...
by Andy Philip
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The UK Labour leader has backed Hugh Gaffney following his offensive remarks about Chinese and gay people and has refused to take further action.

Jeremy Corbyn needs to address some Labour issues before having another go at...
by Record View
13 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The Labour leader needs to fix some of the problems.

SNP MSP James Dornan expects Scotland to face IndyRef2 vote as early as next ...
by Record Reporter
12 Feb 2018 at 10:21am
Glasgow Cathcart MSP says second referendum could take place as early as 2019 as he says reveals securing Yes vote would be 'crucial' to his deputy leadership bid.

Anas Sarwar urges Scottish Labour leader to tackle racism in party head-on
by Andy Philip
12 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The MSP said Labour must be doing more as Richard Leonard tries to draw a line under recent damaging scandals.

The cat's out of the bag and now we're Labouring towards a Brexit disaster
by dailyrecord
12 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says stopping an extreme Brexit should be the Labour Party's No.1 priority.

Senior Tory Miles Briggs caught chapping doors with banned bigot
by Andy Philip
12 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Conservatives accused of not taking racism seriously after MSP snapped campaigning with an activist who had been suspended for online comments about Muslims.

Racist gaffe MP enjoyed free jaunt to China to make friends before Burns supp...
by dailyrecord
11 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Shamed Hugh Gaffney went on all-expenses paid trip to Far East just months before using racist language.

Shamed MSP Mark McDonald urged to return to Holyrood or quit after three mont...
by Mark Aitken
11 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The former minister hasn’t been seen at the Scottish Parliament since November following an allegation of inappropriate behaviour.

Being world champs of American football is like a shinty team saying they've ...
by John Niven
11 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
After watching the Super Bowl, our columnist can't quite get his head around the sport but at least he learned that while Americans are patriotic they're not all crazy.

Throwing killer kids like Venables and Thompson to the mob achieves nothing
by Lorna Hughes
11 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Horrific and disgusting as the crime was it was wrong to identify the 10-year-old killers of tragic James Bulger at the time, says Lorna Hughes.

Michael Greenwell

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

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
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Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

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

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

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

Bella Caledonia

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Resistance Theory: From The Province of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Feb 2018 at 3:38pm
“What we need is a new resistance theory to counter the self-serving monetarist agendas of these institutions who are so palpably failing both vocational training in the arts and the imagined future of our country. A new Scotland will be created out of a radical philosophy of creative participation with poetry at is heart, not …

Achd na Gàidhlig/Gaeilge
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Feb 2018 at 3:16pm
Thairis air na beagan mhìosan a chaidh seachad tha connspaid ann an Èirinn a Tuath air aire an t-sluaigh a tharraing, le buaidh ‘An Dream Dearg’ am measg eile, gu h-àraid don iarrtas airson ‘Acht na Gaeilge’ aig Stormont. ‘S e deagh rud a tha seo, ach tha e a’ togail cheistean cuideachd. Carson nach …

Couple Eat a Sandwich, Crowds Line the Streets
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Feb 2018 at 1:13pm
A Prince and Princess have arrived in Edinburgh to stop homelessness by eating a sandwich. The Evening News tell us that a miniature pony has joined the band “entertaining the lively crowd at Edinburgh Castle ahead of visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.” How miniature the pony and how lively the crowd we’re not …

Auto Pilot
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Feb 2018 at 11:44am
You’re in the queue in the bank and the woman comes up to you and says: “What are you in for?” “Er, to do some banking” you offer defensively. “Would you like to do use one of these machines that can’t do any of the things you need?” she asks. “No, I’m fine thanks” you …

A Hollowed Out Britishness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Feb 2018 at 4:02pm
The tender paranoia of Unionists in Northern Ireland towards the now imminent Irish Language Act is palpable. It mirrors some of the hostility and hysteria of those here in Scotland who oppose language diversity and equality. As Brexit and the Irish border question converge in crisis, there are reports that the two sides are close …

Gender, the GRA and Women?s Rights
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Feb 2018 at 1:18pm
Here is the second our six-part series on the debate around trans issues, identity, feminism and solidarity aimed at building understanding and in a spirit of open dialogue. Read the previous by Jennie Kermode here ‘Gender Recognition ? it?s not what you think‘. There has been a good deal of debate regarding the Scottish Government?s proposals …

Killing Floor: the Business of Animal Slaughter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Feb 2018 at 7:26pm
We saw them peer out from between the slats of tightly packed trucks as they were steered through town. Often when lorries slowed at a road crossing, groups of children ? myself among them ? hung on to the rear for a free ride (a risky street game we called ?going for a hudgie?), but …

The Fluffitive
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2018 at 2:57pm
Readers will recall way back in June 1994:  OJ Simpson was on the run and live tv channels tracked the police chase as the former running back drove his White Bronco along the freeways of LA. Fast forward twenty-four years and David Mundell is driving his Vauxhall  Corsa in second gear across the Badlands of …

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Nicola Sturgeon rejects calls to clarify US military Prestwick use
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2018 at 5:52pm
Scottish Greens have urged first minister to release heavily redacted documents Nicola Sturgeon has rejected calls for the full disclosure of evidence that a publicly owned Scottish airport is being used for frontline military missions by US air forces and marines.The first minister was pressed b...

Scottish government calls for devolution of immigration policy
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Feb 2018 at 5:03pm
Cuts to UK immigration could cost Scottish economy £10bn per year by 2040, paper suggestsThe unique demographic challenges facing Scotland in the coming decades make the overwhelming case for a regional approach to immigration, according to a discussion paper from the Scottish government. Calling...

Scottish government criticised over US military use of airport
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2018 at 4:14pm
SNP accused of hypocrisy for funding Glasgow Prestwick airport which has links to TrumpA publicly owned Scottish airport is being used by the US military to launch frontline operations and is striking deals with Donald Trump?s golf resort in an effort to stem its heavy financial losses.An investi...

Police Scotland chief quits as misconduct claims are investigated
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Feb 2018 at 1:47pm
Phil Gormley, on leave since July, says it would be impossible for him to resume his dutiesThe head of Police Scotland has resigned with immediate effect, saying it was impossible for him to resume his duties in a meaningful way.Phil Gormley, who was named chief constable of the UK?s second-large...

Bid for legal ruling on whether UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit fails
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Feb 2018 at 12:15pm
Question is ?academic?, says judge, as ministers have no intention to reverse UK?s EU exitA judge in Scotland has thrown out an attempt to ask the European court of justice to rule on whether the UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit. In a blow to a cross-party group of seven Scottish politicians se...

The competition to be the worst PM ever | Brief letters
by Letters
4 Feb 2018 at 5:21pm
Worst prime minister | Best place for parliament | Carrie Gracie | Ingredients | Bookcases that become coffins | Plastic wrappingMuch though I, and I imagine most other Guardian readers, admire John Crace, his claim to be related to ?the country?s worst ever prime minister? identified as David Ca...

Angus Robertson steps down as SNP deputy leader
by Ruth McKee and agencies
3 Feb 2018 at 2:47pm
Robertson leaves role after losing Moray constituency to Tory Douglas Ross in MayThe deputy leader of the Scottish National party has stepped down eight months after losing his Westminster seat in the general election.Angus Robertson announced his resignation on Saturday. He said he felt he was n...

MPs will not get chance to vote against Brexit, Scottish court told
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Feb 2018 at 2:49pm
UK government lawyer dismisses legal questions on withdrawing article 50 as hypotheticalThe UK government has told a Scottish court it will never offer MPs the chance to vote against leaving the EU, even if the House of Commons rejects the final Brexit deal.David Johnston QC, a lawyer for the gov...

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Daein it fur oorsels
It’s coming. You can feel it in your bones. You can smell it in the air. You can almost touch it. Things are changing. Things are developing. The seeds that the British establishment was so convinced it had buried in 2014 are germinating. A tightly coiled bud that has been guarding and maintaining its strength …

Why the indy movement needs to crowdfund
Someone pointed out to me today that someone on social media has been wondering why independence publications, sites, and bloggers like myself, Bella Caledonia, Wings Over Scotland, Scotland Goes Pop, iScot magazine, Indylive etc, do fundraisers and ask for donations whereas the British nationalist representatives on social media generally don’t. Now I should point out …

A country in a filing cabinet
The British Government is going to let members of the Scottish Parliament have a wee squatch at the impact study into the economic effects of Brexit on the various nations and regions of the UK. Isn’t that nice.  This is the study that they’d previously denied existed. David Mundell’s office wrote to the Presiding Officer …

Going over the top
You know how if you tell lies you’re supposed to end up weaving a complex web? The Scotland Office can’t even manage that much. It’s not so much a complex web of lies that they’ve woven as a moist tissue that falls apart with a gentle prodding. The only thing complex about the Scotland Office …

The symbol?s gone, the substance is the same
We’ve got a new BBC weather map! Whoop, and indeed, de doo. Scotland is growing before our very eyes. The new map is a vast improvement on the old one, which showed the distance between Aberdeen and Newcastle as being approximately the same as the much shorter distance between London and Southampton. On the downside …

The real lesson of WW2
It is an accurate assessment of British politics that if the answer is Theresa May, then you must be asking the wrong question. Unless that is the question is, “Who is the British politician least likely to give a straight answer to a straight question?” Or possibly, “Which British prime minister is most likely to …

Looking bullies in the eye
One of the most frustrating things about the Scottish Government has been its seeming reluctance to play hard ball. Too often, it has appeared, the Conservatives at Westminster or the British nationalist press in Scotland come out with some outrageous provocation or outright lie, and the Scottish Government tries to be the calm and sweet …

No time for talking about talking
Theresa May’s government has a perfectly logical and rational response to critics who have pointed out that her own government’s impact assessment of the economic effects of Brexit, which was recently leaked, have shown that there’s no scenario under which Brexit is beneficial. That logical and rational response has been to point out in return …

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Ian Blackford rules himself out of SNP depute leader race
IAN Blackford, leader of the SNP at Westminster, has ruled himself out of the race for the party?s depute leadership.

Oriol Junqueras: Spain won't let Carles Puigdemont be president
DEPOSED Catalan vice-president and leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) Oriol Junqueras has said that Spain?s central government will not let Carles Puigdemont become president again.

DUP and Sinn Fein urged to strike deal
BRITAIN?S big four accountancy firms have been savaged by MPs, who have accused them of ?feasting on the carcass? of collapsed construction giant Carillion and collecting more than £70 million in the process.

Doubts cast on safety jet safety record after fatal crash
THE safety record of Russia?s regional jets is being scrutinised after 71 people were killed in a crash outside Moscow on Sunday.

SNP depute candidate wants indyref2 early next year
SNP depute leadership candidate James Dornan has said Scotland could vote for independence next year as he pledged to get the party ready for it in his pitch for the job.

Labour leaders slammed for stance on single market
RICHARD Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn have been called on again to explain why they back leaving the single market, despite studies by both the UK and Scottish Government that the move will cause major economic damage.

Leonard put under pressure as racism row rumbles on
HUMZA Yousaf has accused Richard Leonard of a ?weak? response to racial slurs by a Scottish Labour MP, which he said was a ?slap in the face? for ethnic minorities.

Private eye firm hired by SNP to probe new McDonald complaint
A FIRM of private detectives has been hired by the SNP to investigate a new complaint made against former childcare and early years minister, Mark McDonald.

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Andrew ?Hound-Dog? Bowie ? Tory MP for Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine ? Cl...
    Andrew Bowie Born Aberdeenshire 1988 1999-2005: Inverurie Academy – high school education. Early career 2007-2010: The Royal Navy – On completion of an 11-month recruit training course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth he was posted to ships for fleet training with the purpose of qualifying as a junior Warfare Officer … Continue reading "Andrew “Hound-Dog” Bowie – Tory MP fo...

President Trump ? Pilloried by the Press, Lefty Luving Hollywood Elite and P...
                In Defence of President Trump In just about any other circumstance the people of Scotland would praise the achievements of “The  Donald” attributing them in some measure to the Scottish blood coursing through his veins. And they would be right to do so. But credit for his political success … Continue reading "President Trump – Pilloried by the Press, Lefty Luving Hollywood Elit...

Scotland Together ? The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Sco...
        Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Scotland Fed-up with the bare faced lies and biased output of BBC Scotland and commercial television. Need a break from Jacki Bird, Sarah Smith and fat-boy Taylor? Turn to Freeview Channel 989 or (Sky 545, Virgin333 and Freesat 67) … Continue reading "Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the...

        Colin James Clark Multi-Millionaire Colin James Clark was born 20 May 1969. His father Robbie owned a 1000 acre+ farm and three cottages (rented out) near Auchterless.  In 1990. His early career in agriculture to him to Lincolnshire where he developed an interest in organic farming of products for direct sale. … Continue reading "tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elec...

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

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

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

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

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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

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark
The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 31st 2018 Glasgow?s history has long been the stuff of legend ? the stories of Red Clydeside, rent strikes, the power of shipbuilding, the scale of slum clearance – and of course, football. In Scotland we …

The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Cap...
The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Capitalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 24th 2018 The world has been turned upside down in the last few weeks. Ten years after the banking crash showed that the economic assumptions which shaped most of our lives were bogus, along …

Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence
Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions abut the SNP and Independence Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 23rd 2018 ?What Do You Do When A Society Lies to Itself?? So said writer Umair Haque this week in the context of the constitutional standoff in Trump?s America. But it is true of most nations …

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No
Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, January 15th 2018 Brexit has turned British politics and Britain itself upside down. But to the UK Government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front as far as Brexit …

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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James Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019
James Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019  The NationalSNP deputy leadership hopeful: Scotland could vote for independence next year  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence campaign group to demonstrate along the M8 motorway
Scottish independence campaign group to demonstrate along the M8 motorway  Scottish Daily RecordProtesters plan to 'occupy' bridges along M8 in support of independence  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Brexit's losses may be independence's gains
Brexit's losses may be independence's gains  The TimesFull coverage

Bon voyage Britain, bonjour Auld Alliance? Why Scottish independence and Brex...
Bon voyage Britain, bonjour Auld Alliance? Why Scottish independence and Brexit pose big questions for the French  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Independence protesters to 'occupy' bridges along M8 motorway
Independence protesters to 'occupy' bridges along M8 motorway  The ScotsmanFull coverage

The case for two votes on independence
The case for two votes on independence  The TimesRuth Davidson: 'there is life after Brexit'  The ScotsmanLetters: Let SNP withdraw referendum threat if it wants a Brexit role  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Support for independence dwindles
Support for independence dwindles  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independence sceptics  Scottish Daily RecordScottish independence poll: 57% No, 43% Yes  HITCFull coverage

'Deviant' remark ex-councillor censured
'Deviant' remark ex-councillor censured  BBC NewsFull coverage


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Who could be the next SNP deputy leader?
Who could be the next SNP deputy leader?  The ScotsmanIan Blackford MP rules himself out of SNP deputy leadership race  HeraldScotlandIan Blackford rules out running for SNP deputy leader  BBC NewsFull coverage

Ian Blackford rules himself out of SNP depute leader race
Ian Blackford rules himself out of SNP depute leader race  The NationalFull coverage

Clarity demanded after third complaint against suspended SNP minister
Clarity demanded after third complaint against suspended SNP minister  HeraldScotlandSNP hire private eye firm to probe fresh Mark McDonald complaint  The NationalProbe into behaviour of former childcare minister is 'ongoing'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scottish councils warn SNP school reforms could 'derail' closing gap between ...
Scottish councils warn SNP school reforms could 'derail' closing gap between rich and poor pupils coverage

SNP MSP slams Ruth Davidson over dinner-for-cash with Russian donor
SNP MSP slams Ruth Davidson over dinner-for-cash with Russian donor  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Senior SNP MP tells party to stop lecturing Scots on benefits of an EU they f...
Senior SNP MP tells party to stop lecturing Scots on benefits of an EU they feel 'alienated' from needs to conduct 'honest assessment' of why it lost so many MPs  HeraldScotlandSNP must win back Leave voters, says Pete Wishart in attack at Nicola Sturgeon  The TimesFull coverage

SNP bring in private investigators to probe new claim against sex-text MSP Ma...
SNP bring in private investigators to probe new claim against sex-text MSP Mark McDonald as party insiders are left in ...  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Smart money on Tommy Sheppard in SNP deputy leadership race
Smart money on Tommy Sheppard in SNP deputy leadership race  HeraldScotlandJames Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019  The NationalFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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James Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019
James Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019  The NationalSNP MSP James Dornan expects Scotland to face IndyRef2 vote as early as next year  Scottish Daily RecordTommy Sheppard favourite in SNP deputy leadership race  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandSupport for independence dwindles  The TimesBlow for Sturgeon as poll finds barely a THIRD of Scots want another independence referendum despite stirring over ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Pete Wishart: SNP must 'face reality' that Scotland is leaving EU
Pete Wishart: SNP must 'face reality' that Scotland is leaving EU  iNewsSNP must win back Leave voters, says Pete Wishart in attack at Nicola Sturgeon  The TimesFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

'Give Scotland seat at Brexit talks or risk indyref2'
'Give Scotland seat at Brexit talks or risk indyref2'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scotland's Brexit uncertainties
Scotland's Brexit uncertainties  The New EuropeanLeaked Government analysis reveals post-Brexit impact on UK regions  Sky NewsFull coverage

Scottish M&S told woman who complained 'Scotland is part of England now'
Scottish M&S told woman who complained 'Scotland is part of England now'  MetroM&S sorry for telling Scots they were part of England  The TimesFull coverage

The case for two votes on independence
The case for two votes on independence  The TimesBrexit may not be 'the constitutional game changer' that some in the SNP are hoping for  The ScotsmanLibDem peer slams UK for treatment of Scottish Government on Brexit  The NationalLetters: Let SNP withdraw referendum threat if it wants a Brexit role  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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

Head of the Commonwealth
Liz Windsor?s piss must be boiling this morning. Representatives of 52 countries are meeting today in London, and likely to discuss her successor as Head of the Commonwealth: Naturally Liz has ...

The Official SNP Deputy Leadership Thread
This deserves its own thread due to the fact that this position is second only to Nicola in Scotland's party, the party of eternal government, the Salmondist movement on which the sun shines it's  blessings and the moon and stars weep at its beauty. So far confirmed James "Fucking' Dornan, go...

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza" SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

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

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

Middle east
I wonder what you'd do about it if you were POTUS? Or PM       On a side note this Israeli jet that was shot down seems to be dominating the news all day for some reason? I like the way its reported as "crashed whilst under fire" " came down while engaged militarily " anything...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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Robot Uprising
This is where it starts....  

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

So, how do we think the 'like' function's going?
Evening All A few months back, when this new, bells-&-whistles version of the board was in its infancy, there was some discussion about whether the 'like' feature should be resurrected after a previous, disastrous attempt years ago (you could also 'dislike' posts in that version and it all en...

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...

Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

TV licence and iPlayer etc
So it seems that if they think you are not paying the TV licence they send you a threatening letter - that basically assumes you are already guilty and breaking the law - threatening 'enforcement', an 'investigation', a 'visit', and threatening fine and possible prosecution and court appearance. ...

Apologies for sticking this in here, but I cannot seem to find or if there is a 'General Travel' forum these days. Was hoping someone could advise me on a good place to stay? The city centre seems very small anyway from Google maps and walking distances, but also, is it better to stay nearer ...

Red wine and Skiing
There are  2 subjects I have questions on and rather than clutter the board with 2 uninteresting threads I thought I would combine them. My first question is about skiing. I was going to put it in the ?other sports?  section but folk might think I know about skiing when infact I know fook all...

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Committee chair calls for ?change to workplace culture? as harassment inquiry...

Capital connections: City of Edinburgh Council leader Adam McVey

The EU continues to be a key market for Scotland?s food and drink exports

Government 'must act urgently' on energy price cap - MPs

Government could force social media giants to adopt new anti-extremism techno...

Theresa May calls for 'one final push' from Northern Irish parties

Work on new system to register EU migrants has "barely begun", warn Home Offi...

Report: Councils continue to perform well, despite reduction in finances

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Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

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

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

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

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

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

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