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TV watchdog moves closer to banning Kremlin channel hosting Salmond show
13 Mar 2018 at 4:05pm
Britain's broadcasting watchdog has signalled it may move against the Kremlin TV station showing the Alex Salmond Show.

McDonald defends Holyrood return but stays silent on his offences
13 Mar 2018 at 3:41pm
FORMER minister Mark McDonald has repeatedly refused to reveal the sexual misconduct which led him to resign from government and the SNP.

Salmond branded Putin's "useful idiot" as political pressure piles on ex-FM
13 Mar 2018 at 12:00pm
ALEX Salmond has been branded Vladimir Putin?s ?useful idiot? as he came under more political pressure to quit his chat show on the Kremlin-backed RT channel.

Sketch: Cellar dweller emerges into the light, but voters remain in the dark
13 Mar 2018 at 5:34pm
IT came from the basement. Four months ago, when he still had friends and a future, Mark McDonald occupied a rather enviable perch in the ministerial tower above Holyrood.

No evidence EU immigration undercuts wages, top expert insists
13 Mar 2018 at 3:34pm
CLAIMS that immigration undercuts wages ?flies in the face of the evidence?, one of the UK?s top economists has said.

Hammond buoyed by positive forecasts on borrowing, debt and growth
13 Mar 2018 at 1:21pm
The official forecast for growth was upgraded by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

May's ultimatum to Putin: respond credibly or face "full range" of UK measures
13 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May has given Vladimir Putin until the end of today to come up with a credible response to the claim Russia was behind the chemical weapon attack in Salisbury or face a ?full range of measures? from the UK.

Scottish Government turns to God to help solve Brexit
13 Mar 2018 at 4:00am
KIRK ministers are set to play a key role in helping to solve the thorny issue of Brexit.

Juncker: UK will come to regret Brexit decision
13 Mar 2018 at 10:08am
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has called for ?more clarity? about the UK?s plans for Brexit.

Russian foreign ministry mocks Theresa May
13 Mar 2018 at 9:58am
Moscow?s ministry of foreign affairs posted a tweet belittling Theresa May?s claim Russia is ?highly likely? to be behind the Salisbury attack.

Russia dismisses May's ultimatum over chemical attack as "circus show"
13 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
MOSCOW has contemptuously dismissed Theresa May?s ultimatum over the Salisbury chemical attack as a ?circus show in the British parliament".

Sex row minister insists he is 'morally justified' in returning to Holyrood t...
13 Mar 2018 at 4:00am
DISGRACED former minister Mark McDonald has admitted he might run into the women who accused him of harassment when he returns to the Scottish Parliament today ? but insisted he is ?morally justified? in staying on as an MSP.

Number of Special Constables in Scotland plummets
13 Mar 2018 at 5:10am
THE number of Special Constables in Scotland has more than halved since 2013, new research shows.

Marathon Brexit Bill debate sees peers push through until early hours
13 Mar 2018 at 3:41am
Peers endured their latest finish yet over key Brexit legislation as they pushed debate through until the early hours.

Scottish Brexit bill faces second test at Holyrood
13 Mar 2018 at 2:49am
The Scottish Government?s alternative Brexit legislation faces its second stage at Holyrood later.

 

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Russia warns UK: ?No one should threaten a nuclear power?
13 Mar 2018 at 6:48pm
Russia have sent an unsettling warning to the UK Government as tensions heighten over the Salisbury nerve attack, saying “no one should threaten a nuclear power”.

John Curtice: Indyref2 strategy ?based on false presumption?
13 Mar 2018 at 5:29pm
The country’s top polling expert, Sir John Curtice, has said that analysis appears to show that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made a political miscalculation on Brexit.

Mark McDonald says he?s not a criminal on Holyrood return
13 Mar 2018 at 4:36pm
Mark McDonald reveals he defied calls to resign as a MSP because his inappropriate behaviour towards women did not constitute a criminal offence.

Number of homes built by housing associations drops by a third
13 Mar 2018 at 3:44pm
Housing associations in Scotland completed far fewer homes in 2017 than in the previous year, official statistics have revealed.

Donald Trump ?with the UK all the way? in escalating row with Russia
13 Mar 2018 at 3:19pm
Donald Trump has said the US is “with the UK all the way” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Downing Street said.

SNP claims Scotland is ?shackled to a sinking ship? over Brexit
13 Mar 2018 at 2:42pm
Scotland “is shackled to a sinking ship” as the UK heads towards a hard Brexit, the SNP has said.

Philip Hammond hails "light at the end of the tunnel" for economy
13 Mar 2018 at 2:37pm
Philip Hammond has said there is "light at the end of the tunnel" for the UK economy, with the government's official forecaster upgrading short-term growth projections and predicting falls in inflation, debt and borrowing — but warning of the growing impact from Brexit in future years.

HMS Trent officially named at Govan shipyard
13 Mar 2018 at 1:55pm
The latest naval ship to be built on the River Clyde has been officially named at a ceremony in Glasgow this morning.

Donald Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
13 Mar 2018 at 1:18pm
Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State hours after Rex Tillerson backed the UK's claim that the Salisbury nerve agent attack was "highly likely" to have originated in Russia.

Alex Salmond accused of being 'Putin's useful idiot' amid calls to ban RT
13 Mar 2018 at 11:46am
Alex Salmond is facing growing pressure to abandon his programme for the state-funded broadcaster Russia Today (RT) amid calls for the channel to be banned in the UK.

Russia demands access to sample of Novichok nerve agent as deadline looms
13 Mar 2018 at 11:01am
Russia is demanding access to samples of the nerve agent that poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

Russian foreign ministry mocks Theresa May in a tweet
13 Mar 2018 at 10:31am
Russia’s foreign ministry mocked Theresa May over her conclusion that it was “highly likely” Moscow was responsible for the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Jean-Claude Juncker says UK "will regret" Brexit decision
13 Mar 2018 at 10:28am
The UK will come to regret its decision to leave the European Union, Brussels' top official has claimed.

Dugdale says ?brazen? Mark McDonald only returning to pick up pay
13 Mar 2018 at 10:05am
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has accused shamed MSP Mark McDonald of only returning to Holyrood to pick up his pay.

Labour Party MP accused of slapping cancer survivor on the bottom
13 Mar 2018 at 8:47am
A Labour Party frontbencher has been accused of slapping a cancer survivor and making crude comments to her.

Wings over Scotland blog

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A historic breakthrough
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2018 at 9:44am
We could all do with some cheering up at the moment, so it’s with great pleasure that we can announce fantastic news for Scotland – the ancient plague of sectarianism has finally been defeated once and for all! At least, we assume it MUST have been, because tomorrow the Scottish Parliament is set to give …

In Scotland?s corner
by Chris Cairns
10 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

The Cupid Stunt
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2018 at 12:25pm
An alert reader conveniently located in the Aberdeen area pointed us to an “SNP BAD” story in the ever-willing Press & Journal today. And it raised an awful lot of questions the P&J didn’t seem to want to ask. “A pregnant Conservative councillor has said she will donate her baby box to charity ? and …

Using the Force
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2018 at 9:30am
From today’s Scottish Daily Mail: The slightly-less-well-known definition of “force” that means “a minority government persuading three out of four opposition parties to agree with it and democratically vote a measure through”, there. Maybe they should put out a special dictionary or something.

Rocket launched
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2018 at 9:26am
This was us for most of yesterday: Because we were genuinely concerned about this year’s fundraiser. It was coming off the back of our lowest traffic month in four years (February was absolutely dead in Scottish politics, and we had almost no internet for the last two weeks of it), and some other indy sites …

Let?s Build A Rocket
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Mar 2018 at 8:59am
And fire it into the heart of the Union. (Fundraiser page here, or click here to donate directly.) . Running total (all sources) at 9am, Tue 13 March: £94,958. Last 24 hours: £1,005. Wings Over Scotland is only possible because of you. Everything we do is fuelled by the generous once-a-year donations of our readers, and …

Our problems and how to solve them
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Mar 2018 at 1:10pm
As the winter Scottish political news drought enters its 17th week, mainstream and alternative media commentators alike are scratching around desperately for anything to write about, which tends to end up in overlong reflective and/or hectoring essays about how to secure independence, invariably concluding that what we need is for everyone in Scotland to start thinking and acting …

The uninvited
by Chris Cairns
3 Mar 2018 at 6:55am

The terrible burden of volatility
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2018 at 8:39am
What you’re missing: That’s a single year’s profits. For a bit of perspective, it’s about four times the Scottish Government’s entire annual budget. Thank goodness we’ve had Westminster to manage our resources for us all this time, eh?

Here come the monsters again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2018 at 11:49am
If you’re a person (unemployed or working) subsisting via state welfare in the UK, there can be no more genuinely, blood-runs-cold, terrifying phrase in the English language than a Tory saying they’ve come up with “fresh thinking” on poverty and benefits. Because – and if you’re only going to trust us on one thing in your life, …

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Mark McDonald returns to Holyrood despite calls to quit
13 Mar 2018 at 5:05pm
It is the first time Mark McDonald has been seen in the parliament since allegations emerged in November.


Exiled Catalan minister calls for support
13 Mar 2018 at 3:48pm
Clara Ponsatí fled Spain in October and has now returned to the University of St Andrews.


NHS board criticised over 'scandalous' pain figures
13 Mar 2018 at 5:26pm
Only 14 patients out of 221 patients at NHS Ayrshire and Arran were treated within the target 18 weeks.


UK government reviews tax 'hikes' for Scotland-based personnel
12 Mar 2018 at 7:58am
The UK government says it is looking at ways to "counter tax rises" for military personnel.


Gove and Davidson in fisheries control call
11 Mar 2018 at 4:29pm
The UK environment secretary and Scottish Conservative leader back Scottish fishermen's call to leave the EU common fisheries policy.


Mark McDonald says he is 'morally justified' remaining an MSP
12 Mar 2018 at 5:08pm
The ex-minister who admitted inappropriate behaviour says he was elected to serve a full Holyrood term.


Richard Leonard wants to 'fundamentally change' economy
11 Mar 2018 at 11:45am
The Scottish Labour leader uses his first major speech to say the economy "needs less market and more planning".


Corbyn: Labour Brexit approach 'sensible'
9 Mar 2018 at 3:30pm
The Labour leader was speaking at his party's Scottish conference, which has featured a row over single market membership.


UK ministers want temporary control of devolved areas post-Brexit
9 Mar 2018 at 1:40pm
Ministers say they will need temporary control over 24 devolved areas after the UK leaves the EU.


Dumfries and Galloway Council staff in plea over stress
13 Mar 2018 at 11:38am
It comes after half the staff who took part in a survey reported work-related issues in the past 12 months.


Single market row at Scottish Labour conference
9 Mar 2018 at 11:21am
The Scottish Labour leadership attempts to stop members voting on whether to back membership of the trading bloc.


Mark McDonald profile
6 Mar 2018 at 2:56pm
A profile of former SNP MSP Mark McDonald, who is now the independent member for Aberdeen Donside.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

The logic is inescapable: the UK government must pull England out of the Worl...
by James Kelly
13 Mar 2018 at 6:43pm
I'm fairly agnostic on the claims that Theresa May has made about Russian state involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. I find it entirely plausible that Russia might have...

Leonard left red-faced as Labour propaganda site admits SNP is still ahead in...
by James Kelly
10 Mar 2018 at 7:14pm
The new Scottish Labour and anti-independence propaganda site The Red Robin has until now been best known for the inexplicable decision of CommonSpace (an ostensibly pro-independence news outlet) t...

The Parable of the Reasonable Tory Thieves
by James Kelly
10 Mar 2018 at 9:18am
Tories:  Hey, Scotland!  We're going to have to break into your house soon and steal 111 items.  Don't worry, we'll only be taking what we need, and you'll still have plenty.  Next Tuesday suit you...

You'd be forgiven for thinking the London Tories actually WANT an early indep...
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2018 at 9:16pm
Regular readers of the Herald will be aware that Iain Macwhirter has rarely missed an opportunity in his recent columns to state, supposedly as an established fact, that there isn't going to be ano...

London's legal challenge to the Continuity Bill perfectly illustrates how "Th...
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2018 at 4:40pm
Something suddenly crystallised in my mind the other day when I saw a tweet stating that the UK government were going to court in a bid to grab powers back from the Scottish Parliament.  Of course ...

Scot Goes Pop: the fifth most-read alternative media site in Scotland?
by James Kelly
6 Mar 2018 at 7:20am
Well, it's been several years since I last did a self-indulgent stats post, so it's probably long overdue.  I spotted that a few hours ago the Indyref2 site had compiled a list of "the top six alte...

#ScotRefBefore2021
by James Kelly
5 Mar 2018 at 7:43am
I had an exchange with Peter A Bell last night about his "#Referendum2018" hashtag, the frequent use of which he thinks is an important tool to establish support for an early independence referendu...

Tory hubris cruelly exposed AGAIN as even the Beast From The East can't stop ...
by James Kelly
2 Mar 2018 at 12:43pm
To quote the immortal words of Ruth Davidson herself: "Well done, Clacks!"  When it was revealed that the turnout in yesterday's Clackmannanshire North by-election had somehow almost reached one-qu...

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Is Glasgow's drinking getting worse? 41 bottles of vodka sold per person last...
by /u/SteviesTV
13 Mar 2018 at 7:09pm
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No evidence EU immigration undercuts wages, top expert insists
by /u/CitrusConfusion
13 Mar 2018 at 6:42pm
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Just got accepted to university from Sweden
by /u/Thaik
13 Mar 2018 at 5:33pm
Holy shit guys! I just got my acceptance letter from Caledonian and as soon as I read it I started crying and had to lie down. Man, I've ever since a young age loved Scotland, two years ago I appli...

Alex Salmond accused of being 'Putin's useful idiot' amid calls to ban RT
by /u/_soapdodger
13 Mar 2018 at 4:18pm
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Dunblane survivors send support to Parkland school shooting students
by /u/boaaaa
13 Mar 2018 at 4:13pm
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Mark McDonald returns to Holyrood as it emerges victim had stroke
by /u/_soapdodger
13 Mar 2018 at 4:08pm
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Visiting Glasgow from 31/03 until 06/04 and I would like some help renting a ...
by /u/pk1234553
13 Mar 2018 at 3:32pm
Visiting Glasgow from 31/03 until 06/04 and I would like to rent a car. I have an EU license since 2012 but I was born in 05/1994. I was about to reserve a car for 6 days for a total of 108£ which ...

March 13th. A day we wont forget
by /u/NargaScuba
13 Mar 2018 at 2:15pm
Apologies for format of post. I?m not the best at this. Today is a special day in Scotland, a day of remembrance. 22 years ago, Thomas Hamilton took 4 handguns to Dunblane primary, cut the wires of...

Home Office errors allowed criminal to stay in Scotland - A CONVICTED crimina...
by /u/bottish
13 Mar 2018 at 1:09pm
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Visited Glencoe last week, managed to get this picture.
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13 Mar 2018 at 12:32pm
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Rape victims could be arrested if they refuse to face court
by /u/abz_eng
13 Mar 2018 at 10:45am
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The Free Enclopaedia That Awbody Can Eedit: Scots Wikipedia Is No Joke Salon.com
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13 Mar 2018 at 10:17am
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Scottish Government turns to God to help solve Brexit
by /u/zias_growler
13 Mar 2018 at 9:41am
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Attn: Farmfoods on Nicolson St, Edinburgh still have crates of old Irn Bru.
by /u/sultrystag
12 Mar 2018 at 11:21pm
2 crates for £10. submitted by /u/sultrystag

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Donald Trump fires Rex Tillerson and appoints hardliner who wants to tear up ...
by dailyrecord
13 Mar 2018 at 7:15pm
CIA Director Mike Pompeo will take over as Secretary of State with Tillerson joining a long list of high-profile people sacked by US President since he took office last year.


Shamed MSP Mark McDonald has ultimate brass neck as he returns to Holyrood
by David Clegg
13 Mar 2018 at 6:59pm
David Clegg watches as the former SNP minister brazenly shrugs off sex pest claims in surreal press conference.


'Sex-pest scandal' shows Scottish Parliament is not fit for purpose in dealin...
by Record View
13 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The internal party investigation showed persistent inappropriate behaviour by Mark McDonald.


Shamed MSP Mark McDonald is only back in Parliament to pick up pay
by Kezia Dugdale
13 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
It is hard to see how the Aberdeen Donside MSP can have an impact as an independent.


MSP lodges formal complaint over shamed MSP Mark McDonald's return to Holyrood
by Record Reporter
12 Mar 2018 at 5:05pm
James Dornan has lodged a formal complaint against the Aberdeen Donside politician Mark McDonald.


I pulled no punches over misogyny so perpetrators know they have no place in ...
by dailyrecord
12 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says she decided not to sugar-coat her recent speech to show the level abuse women face online.


Labour's Brexit nightmare will be sweetened with 'classic British fudge' says...
by Mark Aitken
11 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
John McDonnell said the party's row over the EU would be resolved with a compromise that leaves all groups satisfied.


Kowtowing to tyrants, brutes and bullies is no way for the UK to behave - and...
by Lesley Roberts
11 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist expects a weak response from Westminster to the Kremlin after spy novel horror on British streets, while at Buckingham Palace the Queen sips tea with the Saudis.


International Women's Day unleashes the stupidest, least funny men on the Int...
by John Niven
11 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist reflects on the usual suspects who take to Twitter every year to demand an International Men's Day, which already exists.


Russians in the dark over Salisbury poison incident as Putin's state-controll...
by Craig McDonald
11 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Leading Russian analyst Andrei Ostalski says the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter went largely unreported until details began to emerge on the internet.

Michael Greenwell


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

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm
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Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

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.

Bella Caledonia

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Occupy! No Capitulation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Mar 2018 at 6:09pm
Edinburgh University is #occupied, students have taken over the biggest lecture theatre on campus in support of striking staff and their actions are mirrored in Dundee and across Scotland. “Universities up and down the country have been shutting down as lecturers have walked out, arguing that the changes to their pension schemes could leave them …

The Russians Aren?t Coming
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:15pm
The Russia's aren't coming. They're not coming to steal our food banks and they're not coming up the Clyde any time soon. They're already here propping up the Tory Party, running the Premiership and extending their reach in the City and the boardrooms and the political classes ...

Plastic Sea
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Mar 2018 at 2:03pm
  Last year scientists on board the Greenpeace’s boat MV Beluga II skirted round Scotland’s coast collecting data on the concentration of plastic and microplastics in the sea microplastics are defined as pieces of plastic measuring less than 5mm in any dimension. All plastic waste tends to break down into microplastics over time, and most …

In Our Time but not ?in our voice?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Mar 2018 at 7:54pm
In Our Time but not ‘in our voice’: the BBC’s contribution to the misrepresentation of Highlanders and their history. At the height of the late 19th century land agitation in the Gàidhealtachd ? that part of Scotland inhabited by Gaels ? the Gaelic scholar JG MacKay published a trenchant leaflet called The Misrepresentation of Highlanders …

SEPA and the Life Aquatic
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Mar 2018 at 11:24am
The Gairloch community has taken to its beaches to demonstrate against Scottish Water?s plans to downgrade the current water treatment works to a system that will produce a dirtier discharge into the pristine waters of Loch Gairloch. Ewen Mclachlan on another SEPA failure. When Bella invited me to pen my thoughts on life in the …

In Search of Post-Carbon Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Mar 2018 at 10:18am
Christopher Silver on how the politics of geology have helped define a post-industrial Scotland that awaits a clear alternative. In October 2017 the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to support an indefinite ban on fracking. The move was, correctly, deemed historic. For the first time after centuries locked-in to the business of a carbon-based economy, seams of …

Heard in the Cougait
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Mar 2018 at 12:35pm
Many Capital citizens will be familiar with the work of John Kay (1742 ? 1826) whose caricatures scandalised Enlightenment-era Edinburgh, and whose pictures continue to adorn the walls of our more traditional taverns. However, I?m betting that very few of us will be equally familiar with his slightly later counterpart, one Walter Geikie (1795 ? …

Now is the Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Mar 2018 at 10:20am
There’s a trope in early Hollywood: a girl, bound to railway tracks, an oncoming train. That’s the situation we’re in now: Brexit is the oncoming train, and our Scotland, our Bella Caledonia, is bound to the tracks. But with what are are we bound? With chains? No: with caution, with timidity. Folk are saying that …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Mar 2018 at 6:05pm
Ex-minister quits SNP after inquiry substantiated claims of inappropriate behaviourNicola Sturgeon has urged her former childcare minister Mark McDonald to stand down as an MSP after he resigned from her party over inappropriate behaviour but refused to quit Holyrood.McDonald announced on Tuesday...

Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty
by Libby Brooks
5 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targetsThe Scottish government is coming under pressure to commit to using its newly devolved powers to top up benefits in order to meet its child poverty targets. Last November, Holyrood passed Scotland?s first chi...

From shortbread to the NHS: Scotland fears loss of workers after Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 Mar 2018 at 4:42pm
Employers have depended on EU nationals, many of whom are now embedded in the HighlandsThe snow is falling in Aviemore, but the window display of the Walkers shortbread bakery is springing with Easter treats, alongside the more traditional thistle rounds and petticoat tails.With its factory to th...

Ruth Davidson backs legal action against Scottish Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Mar 2018 at 12:56pm
Tory leader in Scotland says emergency legislation should be tested in supreme court if passedRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, has said she would support a legal challenge in the supreme court if the Scottish parliament voted for its own powers over Brexit.The Guardian reported it was hig...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The DIY project
We’re in the calm before the storm. A constitutional crisis is on the horizon and is heading our way, when it breaks it could threaten the entire basis of the devolution settlement and undermine the foundations of the British state. It could be the thread that unravels what passes for a Union and leads to …

The Stan Laurel of Scottish politics
Deep in a dark cave, eroded away over the millennia, covered by thousands of years of lime deposits, are the very faintest traces of some of the oldest art work ever created, scratched into the rock by early humans. Those enigmatic engravings have a higher profile, are more accessible, and are more relevant to modern …

Och, Jeremy Corbyn
On Wednesday evening I did a talk in Motherwell for the local Yes group. The venue held 120 people, and it was full. Many thanks to the organisers for a fantastic evening. It was great to see that interest in the cause of independence is undiminished in Lanarkshire. One of the questions I was asked …

The upside of a statue to Thatcher
Having voted for the Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson as their MP in the General Election last year, the good people of East Dunbartonshire must have been thrilled to hear that she has proposed that a statue should be erected to commemorate Margaret Thatcher. There’s a priority for you. Jo Swinson was born in 1980, which …

Five guys named Woe
That didn’t last long. Within a day and a half of Theresa May’s Road to Brexit speech, the speech whose main purpose was to signal the road to Conservative unity, the party’s at handbags at dawn again. You know that you’re in trouble when the ruling party in a country contains more drama than you’ll …

Extra cherries on the Brexit cake
The Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much anticipated speech on Brexit on Friday, in which she was expected to lay out some detail about what sort of Brexit the UK hopes to achieve. This was Theresa’s long awaited “Road to Brexit” speech, a phrase which half the country can no longer hear without humming …

The real reason they call it Perfidious Albion
While the nations of the UK are snowed under by the Beast from the East, the bumblin from London is getting mired in the shit from Brexit. On Wednesday the EU published the first draft of the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, which was based on things that the UK government had …

Doing something memorable
So there you are, planning to watch a movie and put your feet up because you’ve taken care of blogging responsibilities for the day, and then the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the famously unmemorable Ken Wossisname, finally goes and does something for which he’ll be remembered. It’s just a shame that what he’ll …

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Furious SNP MSPs say Mark McDonald's return will stop women coming forward
MARK McDonald?s ?triumphant? return to Holyrood will stop women coming forward to report sexual harassment, an MSP has warned.

Calls for investigation into staff bullying at Westminster
COMMONS leader Andrea Leadsom is recommending a ?short, independently led? inquiry into allegations of bullying of parliamentary staff.

Home Office errors while Theresa May was in charge allow criminal to stay in ...
A CONVICTED criminal who should have been deported to the Democratic Republic of the Congo will now be able to stay in Scotland permanently thanks to delays partly caused by the Home Office while Prime Minister Theresa May was in charge.

UK Government claims it still wants agreement on EU powers transfer
DOWNING Street has insisted they?ve not given up on trying to get consent from the Scottish and Welsh governments, despite tabling amendments to the Brexit repeal bill without the consent of the Scottish and Welsh governments.

McDonald will keep his £62k job as he has been ?rehabilitated?
MSP Mark McDonald has insisted he?s no ?sex pest?, saying he?s desperate to return to Holyrood to prove himself to colleagues and constituents.

No dissent as Labour conference toes Corbyn line and rejects single market me...
LABOUR in Scotland have rejected staying in the single market, with party conference delegates overwhelmingly backing Richard Leonard?s call to support Jeremy Corbyn.

Davidson urged to ditch Russian donor after assassination attempt
THE attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal has left Ruth Davidson under pressure to cancel lunch with the wife of a Russian oligarch who made billions as Putin?s deputy finance minister.

Davidson and Gove call for fast EU exit on fishing
RUTH Davidson has joined forces with Brexit cheerleader Michael Gove in an attack on the Tories? Remain-supporting Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.

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Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
      5 Mar 2018: Former Russian Spy Mysteriously Falls Ill in Britain. A man identified as a retired Russian military intelligence officer who once spied for Britain is critically ill at a British hospital, and the authorities were investigating his ?exposure to an unknown substance.? The man, found unconscious on a bench together … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok ...

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

Douglas Ross ? Moray MP ? Yet to Decide if he Intends to be a Politician or a...
    Douglas Gordon Ross: Football Referee and Part-Time Politician: (born Aberdeen 1983). Educated at Forres Academy and the Scottish Agricultural College.     Expected Earnings 2017-18: Between 110,000 and £115,000 (MP salary and income from soccer).     Family: His early years were spent on a dairy farm near Forres where his father worked … Continue reading "Douglas Ross – Moray MP – Yet to D...

Roads and Potholes ? Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Government Re...
          What is Asphalt / Tarmac? It is aggregate mixed with a binding agent of bitumen, (a dark, sticky substance derived from crude oil.) Advantages of Asphalt over Concrete Use 1. Removal and replacement of damaged asphalt is a simple and relatively easy process compared to concrete. 2. Asphalt is also … Continue reading "Roads and Potholes – Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Gove...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

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 …

Scotland and Independence

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Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence
Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian
Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian  The Globe and MailALEX BELL: It may be time for Devo Max  The CourierWe need to tell the Tories: Hands off our Parliament!  The NationalFull coverage

Exiled Catalan government minister moves to Scotland after fleeing rebellion ...
Exiled Catalan government minister moves to Scotland after fleeing rebellion and sedition charges in Spain  The IndependentExiled in Scotland Catalan independence leader seeks refuge here from arrest warrant in Spain  HeraldScotlandCatalans demand that lawmakers form regional government  WTRFFull coverage

Exiled Catalan minister calls for support
Exiled Catalan minister calls for support  BBC NewsFull coverage

Soldier's 3D map of Scotland celebrates Polish independence
Soldier's 3D map of Scotland celebrates Polish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Who will speak for Remain? Why all Scottish parties are weak on Brexit
Who will speak for Remain? Why all Scottish parties are weak on Brexit  The NationalMay's Next Brexit Headache Is Trying to Keep Scotland Happy  BloombergScottish Government turns to God to help solve Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Environment fears over Scottish independence rally on Ben Nevis
Environment fears over Scottish independence rally on Ben Nevis  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Radical Independence conference: Brexit is a symptom of the decline of the Br...
Radical Independence conference: Brexit is a symptom of the decline of the British state  CommonSpaceFull coverage

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SNP claims Scotland is 'shackled to a sinking ship' over Brexit
SNP claims Scotland is 'shackled to a sinking ship' over Brexit  The Scotsman'May's two fingers to Scotland': PM accused of bid to destroy devolution by SNP  HeraldScotlandMichael Russell letter to MSPs on the EU Withdrawal Bill  SNP (press release)Full coverage

Mark McDonald harassment victim 'needed chaperone from senior SNP MSP'
Mark McDonald harassment victim 'needed chaperone from senior SNP MSP'  Telegraph.co.ukFurious SNP MSPs say Mark McDonald's return will stop women coming forward  The NationalSNP's inquiry into McDonald revealed  The TimesSNP MSP James Dornan makes formal complaint over Mark McDonald's return to parliament  HolyroodFull coverage

Defence Secretary plans intervention to protect Armed Forces personnel from S...
Defence Secretary plans intervention to protect Armed Forces personnel from SNP tax rises  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Sarah Beattie-Smith: SNP Government is backsliding on climate change
Sarah Beattie-Smith: SNP Government is backsliding on climate change  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP accuses Westminster of reviving 'Project Fear' over Brexit
SNP accuses Westminster of reviving 'Project Fear' over Brexit  The ScotsmanSNP's alternative Brexit Bill clears first stage at Holyrood  HeraldScotlandTories returning to 'Project Fear' to defend assault on devolution, the SNP has said  CommonSpaceFull coverage

SNP MSP quits Twitter after 'attacks' from Old Firm fans
SNP MSP quits Twitter after 'attacks' from Old Firm fans  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP MP says people in MacDonald seat want fresh vote
SNP MP says people in MacDonald seat want fresh vote  BBC NewsFormer minister Mark McDonald quits SNP over sexual harassment but plans to remain an MSP  Telegraph.co.ukSex row minister quits SNP after admitting misconduct  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP  The GuardianFull coverage

SNP leadership contender Keith Brown on his vision for Indyref2
SNP leadership contender Keith Brown on his vision for Indyref2  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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Who will speak for Remain? Why all Scottish parties are weak on Brexit
Who will speak for Remain? Why all Scottish parties are weak on Brexit  The NationalMay's Next Brexit Headache Is Trying to Keep Scotland Happy  BloombergParis Gourtsoyannis: Brexit spotlight turns on David Mundell  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Exiled Catalan government minister moves to Scotland after fleeing rebellion ...
Exiled Catalan government minister moves to Scotland after fleeing rebellion and sedition charges in Spain  The IndependentExiled in Scotland Catalan independence leader seeks refuge here from arrest warrant in Spain  HeraldScotlandCatalan separatists march in Barcelona calling for split from Spain  Deutsche WelleFull coverage

Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian
Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian  The Globe and MailSNP accuses Westminster of reviving 'Project Fear' over Brexit  The ScotsmanLaw Society says early consultation on EU continuity bill is crucial  Law Society of Scotland (press release) (blog)Full coverage

John Curtice: Indyref2 strategy 'based on false presumption'
John Curtice: Indyref2 strategy 'based on false presumption'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Exiled Catalan minister calls for support
Exiled Catalan minister calls for support  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit
Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit  EUobserverScotland, Wales defy London with laws to keep powers after Brexit  Deutsche WelleLaw, politics and Scotland's Brexit continuity bill  BBC NewsTime running out for Theresa May to get Nicola Sturgeon on side with Brexit Bill  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Sturgeon's key man must stop grandstanding
Sturgeon's key man must stop grandstanding  The TimesLesley Riddoch: Brute force can have consequences for devolution  The ScotsmanIain Macwhirter: High Noon as Sturgeon prepares to take on May over powergrab  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

EU nationals 'to lose their right to vote in post-Brexit indyref2'
EU nationals 'to lose their right to vote in post-Brexit indyref2'  The NationalEU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during transition, say economists  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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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 ...

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won. Sad.

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!

Alex Salmond show on Russia Today
Alex Salmond will present a weekly show on RT. It's already sent the yoons into meltdown - ironically as they say it's just a propaganda TV station! 

The Official President Trump thread

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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

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...

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Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last minute.com in a meeting. Just fck off.

Belfast
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 ...

Stadium Sponsorship
I'm currently doing research on fan attitudes towards stadium and shirt sponsorship. Would really appreciate if you could take a couple of minutes to complete my survey.  https://goo.gl/forms/j6BLgOgI6aOgKjeA3 Hope this is posted in the right place, thanks to everyone who takes part. 

KenDoddDeid
Fair innings.

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Best car for snow
Given the inclement weather... Any ideas what is best car in wintry conditions? 

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

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West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

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…

NEW PRO-INDEPENDENCE UMBRELLA GROUP FORMS IN ABERDEEN
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…