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Legal action over Tory 'stitch-up' threatens to tarnish Ruth Davidson
12 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
RUTH Davidson is facing a potentially damaging legal action after a veteran Scottish Conservative activist was blocked from becoming Scotland?s next MEP.

John McDonnell claims that Government?s EU exit plans are in chaos
12 Aug 2017 at 1:08am
SHADOW Chancellor John McDonnell has accused the UK Government of being ?in chaos? over its plans for Brexit.

Tom Gordon: Brexit may defeat the logic of a deal on Holyrood powers
12 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
IT wasn?t in the Trump stakes. There was no ?fire and fury? or ?locked and loaded?. But Brexit minister Michael Russell didn?t stint on the rhetoric when Theresa May?s deputy came to town on Wednesday. Damian Green?s visit was heralded by a torrent of excitable verbiage.

Labour accused of "identify crisis" as it tries to out-green the Greens
12 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
LABOUR will today claim to be more green than the Scottish Greens, saying its left-wing rival is too distracted by independence to focus on the environment.

Corbyn in Korea move as he urges Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to ?calm down?
11 Aug 2017 at 4:10pm
Jeremy Corbyn has urged Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to ?calm down? amidst escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.

Ministers urged to preserve right to sue Government after Brexit
11 Aug 2017 at 5:17pm
Ministers must pass laws to ensure British people still have the right to sue the Government after the UK leaves the European Union as a ?chilling? clause in major Brexit legislation waters it down, campaigners have said.

John McDonnell tells Fringe audience Brexit objectives more important than st...
11 Aug 2017 at 3:47pm
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has insisted that it is the "objectives rather than the structures" of Brexit which are important, as he was challenged on his party's policy.

Two Cabinet ministers linked to talks on new anti-Brexit party
11 Aug 2017 at 11:47am
TWO serving Cabinet ministers have discussed the formation of a new centrist party aimed at blocking Brexit, a former aide to George Osborne and David Davis has claimed.

MacAskill in fresh attack on Sturgeon clique running SNP
10 Aug 2017 at 1:51pm
SNP bosses were more concerned with protecting Nicola Sturgeon than acting fairly during the Michelle Thomson affair, former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has claimed.

Warning that right to sue Government will be watered down by Brexit
11 Aug 2017 at 4:17pm
LEAVING the EU will dilute the rights of companies and individuals to sue the government because of a ?chilling? clause buried in the main Brexit Bill, lawyers have warned.

Expert: UK cannot use Brexit to return to 1970s London power-hoarding
11 Aug 2017 at 12:18am
The UK will not be able to return to a 1970s-style "hoarding of powers" in London after Brexit, according to the author of the UK's most read textbook on public law.

Holyrood could have extra powers "day one after Brexit" but SNP complaints wi...
10 Aug 2017 at 12:24pm
HOLYROOD could have extra powers on ?day one after Brexit?, Theresa May?s deputy has said, predicting the SNP?s current objections to the transfer process would ?melt away?.

Davidson rebuffed over call to drop Tory immigration target
10 Aug 2017 at 3:05pm
RUTH Davidson?s call for the Conservatives to abandon their long-standing immigration target has been given short shrift by Theresa May?s number two.

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to condemn Venezuela president after UN allegations
10 Aug 2017 at 4:02pm
Jeremy Corbyn has said he takes "very seriously" UN allegations of human rights violations by security forces and pro-government armed groups in Venezuela, but again declined to directly condemn president Nicolas Maduro.

Labour council leader faces crunch vote over financial probe
10 Aug 2017 at 6:25pm
THE Labour leader of North Lanarkshire Council is to face a vote on his future after allegations over his failure to declare links to companies' were made to the police

 

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Alex Salmond blocked from telling sadomasochism story
11 Aug 2017 at 4:54pm
Former First Minister Alex Salmond has been halted from sharing an anecdote about sadomasochism on national radio.

Video: Mash Report on Edinburgh Festival goes viral
11 Aug 2017 at 3:51pm
The Satirical BBC show the Mash Report had viewers in stitches with a ‘news’ report on the Edinburgh Festival that had capital locals ‘wondering where all the twats had come from’.

Nigel Farage slams ?False Conservative? Ruth Davidson on immigration
11 Aug 2017 at 2:42pm
Former UKIP chief Nigel Farage has launched a broadside against Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson after her intervention yesterday urging for a sensible debate on immigration.

Jeremy Corbyn to attack Tories for letting down cancer patients
11 Aug 2017 at 2:34pm
Jeremy Corbyn will continue his attack on the Government over the NHS as Labour warns that cancer patients and their loved ones are being let down.

Donald Trump: US ?locked and loaded? on North Korea
11 Aug 2017 at 2:05pm
President Donald Trump has said the US military is “locked and loaded” to deal with North Korea.

Scots acid attack numbers must be made public, say Tories
11 Aug 2017 at 12:12pm
The Scottish Government should start compiling figures on the growing problem of acid attacks, an MSP has said.

Eurovision winner Conchita cancels Festival show after band barred
11 Aug 2017 at 9:37am
Conchita Wurst, the bearded drag artist and Eurovision Song Contest winner, has withdrawn from the Edinburgh International Festival because her Syrian band was denied visas.

Brexit could be a mixed blessing for potato sector
11 Aug 2017 at 8:38am
While the wider potato industry might be much less exposed to some of the post-Brexit trade risks which could be disastrous for other sectors of agriculture, the industry still faces many challenges in the coming years.

Student teachers in class after just five weeks of training
11 Aug 2017 at 7:51am
Trainee teachers would be allowed to start work in Scotland after a five-week summer school under new fast-track proposals.

Joyce McMillan: Donald Trump?s ideology could finish us all
11 Aug 2017 at 7:00am
Donald Trump’s ‘macho unreason’ must be challenged. The future of the world could depend on it, argues Joyce McMillan

Celtic fans back scrapping of ?unjust? Football Act
11 Aug 2017 at 6:58am
A leading supporters’ group has backed the scrapping of the controversial Football Act describing it as “unjust” and saying it has “soured” relationships between fans and police.

Police Scotland warn of 'diminishing resources'
10 Aug 2017 at 9:52pm
Scotland’s national police force is operating with “diminishing resources” and becoming “increasingly stretched” in its attempts to engage with local communities, according to those on the frontline.

Donald Trump: Warning to North Korea ?wasn?t tough enough?
10 Aug 2017 at 9:48pm
US President Donald Trump has said that perhaps his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea “wasn’t tough enough”.

Amazon pays 50% less in UK coporation tax in 2016
10 Aug 2017 at 4:58pm
Internet giant Amazon saw a 50 per cent fall in the amount of UK corporation tax it paid last year while it saw a 54 per cent increase in turnover in the same period.

Further delays to opening of new Sick Kids Hospital
10 Aug 2017 at 3:03pm
Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital has been delayed until next year.

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The magic money rigs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2017 at 11:13am
A reader sent us an interesting snippet of information today. That seemed a startling fact, so we looked into it. And it’s true. “RTS” is the UK government’s – or more precisely HMRC’s – Regional Trade Statistics accounts, which seek to disaggregate the UK economy to see how much money is generated in which areas. When …

The Vanishings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2017 at 8:16pm
The Scottish media this week has started to rather resemble Argentina under General Galtieri’s military junta – everywhere you look are the ghosts of the disappeared. We’ve already documented at length the sudden non-existence of the Herald’s madly inaccurate front-page lead story from Monday (along with the corresponding piece in the Evening Times). And today two more things joined the missing …

Forever bad
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2017 at 10:57am
Here’s Daniel Sanderson in the Times in January this year, complaining that too few university students come from poor backgrounds and therefore the SNP are bad: So he’d be chuffed if that situation improved, right? But here’s the same author in the same newspaper today, reporting the news that the proportion of university pupils from poorer families …

The King Of Irony World
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2017 at 8:59am
In case you don’t know, Alan Roden is the former Scottish Daily Mail politics editor who’s now Scottish Labour’s director of communications. We haven’t edited this pic in any way, those genuinely are two consecutive tweets he posted yesterday. So this is almost too beautiful. The Herald’s correction only corrects about half of what it actually …

A series of coincidences
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2017 at 7:02pm
Earlier today we reported on the mysterious failure of the Herald to notice that its front page lead story about supposedly poor ScotRail punctuality figures made a number of serious errors with regard to the facts, most notably confusing the excellent figures for last month with a 12-month rolling average which was significantly worse. But …

Newspaper misses accuracy targets
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2017 at 1:52pm
This is the front-page lead on today’s Herald. Let’s fact-check that, shall we? “Half of trains arriving at busiest stations are late” UNTRUE. ScotRail records two sorts of punctuality figures – trains arriving “on time”, meaning within 59 seconds of schedule, and trains meeting the “PPM” figure, standing for Public Performance Measure, which means within five …

The ever-shifting goalposts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2017 at 10:18am
We’re back in the archives again today, because there’s still no news. (The Herald is desperately trying to whip up outrage over trains arriving 61 seconds late, and David Torrance has finally turned up at the “OMG YES MOVEMENT SPLIT” party just as the last stragglers are heading home and the hosts are going to bed.) And we’re particularly enjoying …

Out come the freaks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Aug 2017 at 11:54am
In the continuing summer absence of any sort of Scottish politics news (the Sunday papers consist of Michelle Thomson understandably taking a swipe at the SNP in the Sunday Post, the Sunday Times spluttering in impotent fury that Michelle Thomson wasn’t prosecuted, and the Sunday Herald giving a glowing write-up to idiot Tory MSP Annie …

Pups on parade
by Chris Cairns
5 Aug 2017 at 6:55am

The Too Wee Club #4
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Aug 2017 at 12:17pm
A series inspired by a Unionist blog insisting that “On a practical level, I do not believe for one moment that Scotland could thrive alone”, and which led to our thinking about some of the world’s other independent nations. NO. 4 – SWITZERLAND Switzerland has a problem, readers. Those poor Swiss, eh? The landlocked federal republic of Switzerland is roughly half the …

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Complaints about soldiers' housing increases five-fold
12 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
New figures reveal that complaints to the Ministry of Defence increased five-fold in one year.


Outbreak of bovine TB confirmed in Skye
11 Aug 2017 at 11:52am
The infected Skye herd is currently under restriction while further testing is undertaken.


North Lanarkshire Council leader urged to step aside over probe
11 Aug 2017 at 11:47am
The SNP want Jim Logue to stand down while police investigate allegations of corruption against him.


Scots NHS to improve cervical cancer screening with HPV test
11 Aug 2017 at 6:26am
Scotland's NHS is to introduce HPV checks to smear tests as a more accurate way of screening for cervical cancer.


School uniform grants still unequal
11 Aug 2017 at 12:08am
Grants to help low-income families buy school uniforms range from £40 in some areas to £110 in others.


Teaching union concern over 'second-class' National 4
10 Aug 2017 at 4:25pm
The SSTA teaching union says the new qualification lacks credibility after the number of entrants fall.


Scots homeless numbers predicted to soar over next 25 years
10 Aug 2017 at 12:05pm
Researchers warn of a 53% rise over 25 years in the number of people in Scotland in unsuitable accommodation.


Sweet multi-buys trigger sugar warning
10 Aug 2017 at 1:09am
Cancer Research UK says junk food promotions are resulting in Scots buying 110 tonnes of sugar a day.


No agreement in latest Scots-UK Brexit powers talks
9 Aug 2017 at 6:49pm
Scottish ministers say they still cannot back Brexit legislation after talks with UK counterparts end without agreement.


Second phase of Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry announced
9 Aug 2017 at 2:30pm
The second phase of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, including a series of case studies, will begin in November.


Ruth Davidson questions net migration target
8 Aug 2017 at 4:25pm
The Scottish Conservatives leader also says students should be left out of migration figures.


Students win record number of university places
8 Aug 2017 at 4:40pm
More than 28,000 Scottish students gain a university place on exam results day.

Scot Goes Pop

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Greer makes a sectarian attack - will the self-appointed Civility Police inte...
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2017 at 3:48pm
Above is the Green MSP Ross Greer, in a cosy chat with the notorious James McEnaney of RISE, using sectarian anti-Irish language to attack Jason Michael of Butterfly Rebellion (who is not Irish him...

Westminster bubble yet to catch up with the Scottish Tories' slippage
by James Kelly
6 Aug 2017 at 5:15pm
James Forsyth had a very silly article in the Sun yesterday portraying Ruth Davidson as the kingmaker in any potential Tory leadership contest.  No-one would deny that Davidson is currently enjoyin...

SNP by-election fundraiser
by James Kelly
5 Aug 2017 at 4:43pm
Just thought I'd give a quick plug to a particularly important SNP campaign fundraiser.  There's a local government by-election taking place in early September in the Cardonald ward - and it's one ...

Lament for the Colonel as Scottish Tories remain in third place in YouGov sub...
by James Kelly
4 Aug 2017 at 12:47pm
There's been such a drought of polling recently that I was beginning to think we weren't going to get anything more until the end of the English school holidays.  However, a Britain-wide YouGov pol...


Fly on the Wings of love, fly baby fly
by James Kelly
4 Aug 2017 at 2:26am
I was a bit wary when I started reading Robin McAlpine's reflections on the controversy of recent days, because I thought he might simplistically portray CommonSpace as the victim of the piece - an...

But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2017 at 3:14am
I'm indebted to a certain controversial rapper, because if I hadn't randomly followed a link in one of his tweets, I would be unaware of the fact that Allan Moore has charged me with (almost) singl...

The easily distracted
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2017 at 1:58am
Angela Haggerty is well within her rights to use her Sunday Herald column to further exacerbate the feud between CommonSpace and Wings Over Scotland if that's what she wants, but in doing so she's ...

Why should a citizen exercising his legal rights cause a "schism"?
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2017 at 6:49pm
As a result of last night's bizarre episode, I was left with little option but to block another batch of 'trendy Yessers' on Twitter, so perhaps now I have even less to lose by saying what I think ...

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Alex Salmond Cut Off During Live BBC Interview As He Begins Sadomasochism Story
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Speccie (Massie): The battle for Scottish independence is far from over
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Holyrood and Westminster clash over EU Withdrawal Bill as Tories forced to de...
by dailyrecord.co.uk
11 Aug 2017 at 11:04am
SNP Brexit Minister Michael Russell and Tory Scottish Secretary David Mundell have their say on the devolution of EU laws.


Disabled people deserve free care - the mark of a civilised society is to hel...
by Record View
11 Aug 2017 at 10:51am
There shouldn't be a care tax on disabled people, says Record View, all adults who need care should be entitled to it for free.


Donald Trump's wildman routine could backfire in North Korea face-off
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil Crichton fears the escalating war of words could spill over as two maverick leaders go head to head.


'Brexit is a catastrophe' Former top Tory aide says leaving EU will 'destroy ...
by Jack Blanchard
10 Aug 2017 at 9:37am
David Davis's former right hand man said Theresa May's plan for a hard Brexit is 'deranged' and that Boris Johnson should be 'in jail' for lies told by the Leave campaign.


We may have lost the referendum but the arguments for independence remain con...
by Joan McAlpine
9 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Joan McAlpine reflects on five years writing her column for the Daily Record and says the shift in political attitude in Scotland in that time is permanent.


Ruth Davidson attacks PM on immigration and calls on Theresa May to drop 'eas...
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Conservative leader warned 'with the country on the road to full ­employment, potential for growth is facing ever greater limitations' without the boost from immigrants.


John Swinney's report card reads 'room for improvement' as higher pass rates ...
by Record View
9 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
This year's results show that SNP administration still have work to do in education while opposition parties say budget cuts are making things worse.


Nicola Sturgeon says Michelle Thomson crisis was 'not easy' for SNP
by Lynsey Bews
8 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The former MP withdrew from the SNP whip in 2015 during police probe into mortgage fraud allegations.


John Swinney should be granted time to pass education test - but not at expen...
by Record View
8 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The Education Secretary has promised to rebalance the exam assessment to teaching ratio in Scottish classrooms so more time is spent teaching and less time spent testing.


We need to get rail service back on track as train delays continue to cause c...
by Kezia Dugdale
8 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale says automatic refunds, fare freezes and improved accessibility for disabled passengers are all part of Scottish Labour's plan to overhaul rail services.

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A Basic Level
by michaelgreenwell
7 Aug 2017 at 11:06pm
I may be about to make the first  statement that won’t be taken as controversial on the internet in the last 5 years…. Whoever or wherever it is, and even if you disagree with them on many things, I think everyone in the world would like the leader of their country to be an intelligent …

Journey To Yes ? 18 ? Chris Wilson
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2017 at 7:32pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

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Nagasaki
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2017 at 6:09pm
This week Scottish CND group assembled at the Peace Tree beside the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow to remember the civilian men women and children who were killed 72 years ago by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On 9th August 1945 the US dropped its second atomic bomb on the Japan. We remember …

Rock Against Racism Remembered and Revived in Govanhill
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2017 at 9:56am
We all know that nostalgia can play tricks with us, the music of our youth was better than todays, the culture we associate with the years when we are actively involved in it will always better the decades when you are less involved or not involved at all. But I don’t think that its an …

GalGael 20 Years On
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Aug 2017 at 7:04pm
* In an important piece, first published in the Bella magazine, Gehan Macleod explores the differences between charity and solidarity (charity is vertical, solidarity is horizontal) and reflects on twenty years of collective experience with GalGael working with wood and building boats in the practice of craft in building community. In a world full of …

Last Night from Glasgow
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Aug 2017 at 3:29pm
Last Night From Glasgow is a crowd-funded label run by a collection of music lovers who dedicate their spare time and enthusiasm to unsigned bands in and around Glasgow. A workers cooperative of sorts, when they founded the label they wrote biographies of their tastes as a way to convince potential investors of their sound …

On the Trail of Thomas Muir
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Aug 2017 at 8:06pm
This years annual Thomas Muir lecture will be given by Tommy Sheppard. Tommy Sheppard is the MP for Edinburgh East and is on the the National Council of the Scottish Independence Convention and the board of Common Weal. He was Assistant General Secretary of the Labour Party under John Smith and founder of the hugely …

Anglo-British: the Hybrid Nationalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Aug 2017 at 6:20pm
Anthony Barnett explains the identity crisis and elite uprising that brought us to the brink of Brexit oblivion. This article was first published in the print edition of Bella. In January this year, Theresa May told an audience of American Republican politicians that by leaving the European Union the United Kingdom had taken a decision …

Siobhan Wilson?s epic August Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Aug 2017 at 3:24pm
Francophile singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson chooses the music for Bella this week, following her triumph at the Green Man Rising finals in London. There Are No Saints, the excellent recent LP from the Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, was recently featured as Album Of The Day on BBC Radio 6 Music. Go here for the playlist or open …

Kick Off Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Aug 2017 at 10:07am
As the SPFL kicks off today, Andy Muirhead assesses the state of the game five years on from the prospect of ‘Armageddon’. Read Andy regularly at Last Ditch Tackle. Rangers Football Club hurtled into liquidation in the summer of 2012, Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan had his own ‘Mayan Prophecy’ in which cataclysmic events …

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I voted for Corbyn. And I still want Scottish independence | Cat Boyd
by Cat Boyd
11 Aug 2017 at 11:30am
My decision to back Labour in the general election caused outrage. But I?m a socialist, not a nationalist ? like thousands of others in ScotlandRoughly five years ago I co-founded the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland. I knocked on thousands of doors, spoke at hundreds of meetings, and wr...

UK to sign deal with Scottish government before repeal bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Aug 2017 at 1:39pm
Damian Green says agreement will set out post-Brexit powers for Holyrood but rejects claim that repeal bill should be rewrittenThe UK government expects to sign a formal deal with Scotland setting out its new powers before Brexit, to head off a confrontation over the repeal bill.Damian Green, the...

Where now for Scottish independence as the yes vote starts to splinter? | Dav...
by David Torrance
10 Aug 2017 at 12:34pm
Nicola Sturgeon?s election setback has seen hitherto-loyal activists begin to question nationalist orthodoxy and rethink their prioritiesThe pursuit of a momentous quest is useful when it comes to maintaining political unity. After the war, for example, communist intellectuals refrained from crit...

Scottish MSPs warn of narrow curriculum as uptake of creative subjects declines
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Aug 2017 at 4:08pm
Fall in pupils studying social sciences, modern languages and arts should be red flag, says Labour?s education spokesmanThe number of Scottish school pupils and students taking modern languages, social sciences and arts has fallen, prompting warnings from opposition parties over the dangers of a ...

Former SNP MP calls for apology from Sturgeon after fraud case dropped
by Rowena Mason Deputy political editor
6 Aug 2017 at 3:10pm
Michelle Thomson, asked to resign the whip in 2015 pending the investigation, also criticised party?s governance structureA former Scottish National party MP has criticised the governance structure of the SNP after a fraud investigation into her business dealings was dropped, and called for an ap...

Trump interview: golf, Brexit and why you don't hear about Britain any more
by David Smith in Washington
2 Aug 2017 at 8:17am
Full transcript of last week?s Wall Street Journal interview shows Trump appeared more keen to discuss golf than specifics of post-Brexit trade dealFor Britain it seems to be a case of: he?s just not that into you. Except when it comes to golf.Donald Trump seemed less than awestruck when talking ...

Prosecutors drop fraud case against former SNP MP
by Caroline Davies
1 Aug 2017 at 6:10pm
Michelle Thomson says she has been exonerated by inquiry into solicitor she used and will consider her next stepsA fraud case against the former SNP MP Michelle Thomson has been dropped because of ?an absence of sufficient credible and reliable evidence?.Thomson, who represented Edinburgh West, w...

Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit but all British cities will suffer ? report
by Elle Hunt
27 Jul 2017 at 3:58pm
Analysis from the Centre for Cities thinktank finds urban areas are likely be hit hardest by the increased trade barriers under both hard and soft BrexitsNew research examining for the first time the potential impact of Brexit on cities and towns has found Aberdeen could be the hardest hit by hig...

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Scottish democracy would be a good idea
There are many reasons for Scottish independence. We each have our own individual reasons for wanting to see Scotland regain its place amongst the independent states of this world. One of my reasons is to remove the obscenity of weapons of mass destruction from the Clyde. I’ve wanted to see the back of them ever …

A substandard democracy
What exactly is the point of a newspaper if all it does is to regurgitate press releases? It ceases to become a newspaper, it becomes a propaganda sheet. There’s a place for opinion, polemic, and bias in newspapers, that place is in the opinion columns. That’s why they’re called the opinion columns, the clue is …

Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated
According to David Torrance writing in Monday’s Herald newspaper, it’s all over for a Yes movement that has now fallen apart. Well he would say that, wouldn’t he. Reports of the Yes movement’s death have been greatly exaggerated. What has happened is that during the summer silly season when there’s relatively little in the way …

Being exceptional
If you want a bomb proof career, if you want to sail through life without being negatively affected by the consequences of your professional choices, then get a job in Conservative politics. For a bunch of people who are always banging on about how the market rewards success and penalises failure, they’re very good at …

Blood?s A Rover
The Wee Ginger Fundraiser has exceeded its target by an amazing amount, so it’s only right that I give some space to some other projects which are worthy of consideration and support. We all know that the Scottish film industry is struggling, movies made in Scotland, about Scotland, and starring Scottish actors, are few and …

Golf club rules
It’s getting more and more difficult to come up with novel and witty descriptions of the many splendoured screw up that is our Conservative government. While the SNP government in Holyrood gets castigated and thrashed in the press for being less than perfect, even when the Scottish public service in question is out-performing its equivalents …

Time for some tough talking
It’s been a bruising and bloody week in the world of Scottish independence. Not because of anything that the Unionists have done, they’ve been sitting back with the popcorn while they watch the independence movement tear itself apart with mutual recriminations, insults, abuse, and aspersions being cast like stones. I’ve been attacked. The National has …

A sense of perspective
There are some people who want to spend their time obsessing over how nasty a certain independence blogger has been on Twitter. They’d prefer to vilify anyone who has dared to point out that the nasty thing he said was not nasty in the way they’d like it to be nasty. They’re obsessed with getting …

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Pat Kane: Scotland and trademarks ? is it ok for National Trust Scotland to ?...
HOW can you possibly trademark Glencoe, Culloden, Bannockburn and St Kilda? The freedom cry (that is, freedom from lawyers) went up this week, as National Trust Scotland (NTS) got itself into a right fankle.

Wee Ginger Dug: Tories? devolution power grab over Brexit is just legalised t...
DAMIAN Green and David Mundell came to Edinburgh this week to meet with the Scottish Government to discuss the devolved powers that Westminster is determined to cling on to. The meeting wasn?t being held with any great willingness on the part of Westminster to negotiate in good faith. It was all just a window-dressing exercise so that Westminster can claim that it has been consulting with the S...

Mhairi Black: Has anybody worked out what Labour's position on leaving the EU...
IT?S been a couple of weeks since my last column and a lot of interesting news has been circulating. Labour, once again, found itself in a mess, with Jeremy Corbyn ruling out maintaining our place in the single market and his frontbenchers instantly jumping up to contradict him.

The Slorance Sketch: Can Donald Trump be trusted with the nuclear codes?
A year is a long time for Donald Trump supporters.

Shona Craven: Getting in a flap over school tests will not help primary ones
AS the latest intake of primary ones toddle along to their first day at school next week, the littlest ones dwarfed by their jazzy new rucksacks, they?ll have another weight on their shoulders too. The weight of expectations added by the Scottish Government?s dastardly plan to make them sit tests.

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Why a hard Brexit will mean TTIP on steroids
I HAD an interesting discussion the other day about the problems with Brexit and forecasting the economic impact it will have with a leading economist. It was soon clear that neither of us could find any silver lining. We agreed that we expect interest rates to rise, expect food inflation to soar and the general cost of living to rise by 10 per cent in the three years following Brexit. Expect f...

Andy Wightman: We need to take action to regulate short-term let market
THIS week, I was fortunate to catch-up on a film, which celebrates the life of one of America?s greatest urbanists, Jane Jacobs. In a similar vein to Sir Patrick Geddes, Jacobs? revolutionised how we think about cities as living organisms. Moreover, her pioneering spirit and acute observations brought together policy and practice and it got me thinking about how we manage cities in Scotland.

Lesley Riddoch: It?s Scotland?s fish ? why we need to fight Westminster?s Bre...
IT?S Scotland?s fish.

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Abuse of a Nation ? Nobody in Westminster Gave a Toss About the Scots ? Manuf...
            Freedom of Information For many years the public were denied information by successive governments on the grounds of national security. Despite delaying tactics by the Scottish Executive, The Freedom of Information Act of 2005 forced politicians, on written request, to provide information opening files previously hidden away. Information in … Continue reading "Abuse of a Nation – No...

First Labour Coalition Executive Filled Their Pockets at the Expense of the S...
          Scottish Executive costs hit £150m The Scottish Executive has spent almost £150 million on travel, hospitality and office costs in the 6 years since devolution. The figures, show that nearly £34m has been spent by ministers, special advisers and civil servants on travel, and more than £3m on hospitality since … Continue reading "First Labour Coalition Executive Filled Their Pockets at...

Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the Aim of...
          Rooth the Mooth Is Determined to Improve the Quality of Tory MP and MSP’s and Introduces Intellect Testing of Potential Candidates Just before the last election potential candidates were gathered and put to the test. Davidson briefed those gathered: “As you know I am about to be promoted by her … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the ...

Saudi Arabia ? A Nation On Its Last legs and in Deep Trouble ? Things You Sho...
              The Ottoman Empire and the Growth of Wahhabism The Ottoman Empire held sway over much of Arabia up to 1800, but due to perpetual unrest within the country they were forced to concentrate their forces in fortified towns and the city of Mecca. Around 1730, Muhammad ibn Abd … Continue reading "Saudi Arabia – A Nation On Its Last legs and in Deep Trouble – Things You Should Know But D...

Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit ? The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lass...
  Timothy – May – Hill         Special Advisers – SPAD’s SPAD’s were created by “New labour” at the start of their period in government in 1997. There was a great furore at the time. The press and public believed the new posts to be entirely political and that apart from that … Continue reading "Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit – The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lassie From Greenock – A Wa...

David Mundell Promoted Yet Again ? He is Now the Official Guardian of Scotla...
      David Mundell Officially the Guardian of Scotland – and that’s Youse telt The recent release of important information from Downing Street to the press (through an unnamed Westminster political source) was seized upon with hearty gusto and hit the front pages of just about every major newspaper in the UK. The headline; … Continue reading "David Mundell Promoted Yet Again – He is Now the O...

State Pension Qualifying Age Increased ? Yet Again Scots Get Hammered by the ...
          State Pension Qualifying Age Increased. Yet Again Scots are Hammered by the Little Englander Chancellor Those who have paid their national insurance contributions throughout their working life build an entitlement to a state pension and politicians should not seek to find ways to deny them it. But the UK government … Continue reading "State Pension Qualifying Age Increased – Yet Again...

UK Financial Austerity ? Massive Debt Incurred By The Minority ? But Loans an...
              UK Budget Deficits & Loans In the UK there is no written constitution with result that there are no legal safeguards ensuring the maintenance of government budget deficits within specific limits. e.g. A % proportion of GDP. There is also no legislation preventing governments from gaining electoral advantage … Continue reading "UK Financial Austerity – Massive Debt Incurred By The ...

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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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A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement
A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement Gerry Hassan Sceptical Scot, August 9th 2017 It isn?t a happy time for the Scottish independence movement. To some it seems like the silly season; to others a summer of discontent. But clearly something is going on which matters for the state of Scottish politics and the …

A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow
A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 9th 2017 Summer, Scotland 2017. Edinburgh comes alive and Glasgow has the start of the football season to look forward too. A tale of two cities and two very different experiences. Edinburgh Festival Time. In the immediate weeks before hundreds of …

The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics
The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 2nd 2017 These are serious and dangerous times across the globe. There is the instability and gangland nature of the Trump administration, its ?America First? isolationism, disparaging of traditional allies, and open admiration for autocrats such as Putin …

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future
Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, July 26th 2017 The past is always around us in what passes for modern Britain. In recent years, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it seems more omnipotent and increasingly problematic. From politics to culture and most aspects …

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

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The battle for Scottish independence is far from over - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

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The battle for Scottish independence is far from over
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Which suggests that it might be imprudent to write off the notion that Scotland might one day demand a vote on independence and then vote for it. The circumstances that led to the 2014 referendum were in many ways some gorgeous accident but that hardly ...



Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence - Financial Times

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Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence
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An enthusiastic army of online supporters was seen as a major strength for the Scottish independence movement in the run-up to the failed referendum three years ago. Now many of the same campaigners are turning their ire on each other as a furious ...



Brexit 'HUMILIATION' will spark second Scottish independence vote, claims Sal...

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Brexit 'HUMILIATION' will spark second Scottish independence vote, claims Salmond
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The former Scottish first minister, who failed in his own attempt to break Scotland out of the United Kingdom, says Nicola Sturgeon's plans for another vote will be revisited after Brexit. Ms Sturgeon was forced to shelve plans for another independence ...
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Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humi...

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Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humiliation' of Brexit is realised
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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has said that Scotland should have a second independence referendum ? but only after what he predicts will be the 'humiliation' of Brexit becomes apparent. The former Scottish First Minister was speaking with his SNP ...



Glasgow Diary: Charlotte Mendelson on Scottish independence - Financial Times

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Glasgow Diary: Charlotte Mendelson on Scottish independence
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I was, unusually, lost for words. Over toast, my Glaswegian hosts and I were discussing Scottish independence. Young, Green, and angry, they were furious with Nicola Sturgeon for delaying plans to hold another referendum. I said that in their place I'd ...



Trump: Scottish independence vote 'would be terrible' - BBC News

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Trump: Scottish independence vote 'would be terrible'
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US President Donald Trump has suggested that Scottish independence would be "terrible", voicing fears about the future of the Open golf championship. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr Trump pondered whether Scotland would "go for the vote".
Trump's biggest fear about Scottish independence appears to be about golf...

EU Nationals In Scotland 'Could Tip Balance In Second Independence Referendum...

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EU Nationals In Scotland 'Could Tip Balance In Second Independence Referendum'
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?If a second referendum is held before Brexit, EU voters could tip the balance towards independence. If it happens after the UK, and Scotland, leaves the EU, then this would reduce the likelihood of independence by excluding the cohort of non-UK EU ...
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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - The i ... - iNews

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Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal.

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?If a second referendum is held before Brexit, EU voters could tip the balance towards independence. If it happens after the UK, and Scotland, leaves the EU, then this would reduce the likelihood of independence by excluding the cohort of non-UK EU ...

Alex Salmond calls Donald Trump 'a complete nincompoop' over Scottish referen...

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Alex Salmond calls Donald Trump 'a complete nincompoop' over Scottish referendum comments
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Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has described Donald Trump as ?a complete and utter nincompoop? after the US President said a second referendum on Scottish independence would be ?terrible? for the country. ?The Grand Canyon is a minor ...
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The battle for Scottish independence is far from over - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Spectator.co.uk (blog)
The battle for Scottish independence is far from over
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
Which suggests that it might be imprudent to write off the notion that Scotland might one day demand a vote on independence and then vote for it. The circumstances that led to the 2014 referendum were in many ways some gorgeous accident but that hardly ...



How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics - BBC News

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How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics
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The referendums on independence and Brexit have "completely transformed" the party political system in Scotland, a new analysis has concluded. The British Election Study charted how the party order has switched over the three general elections since ...

Community: Why are Catalan referendum events the core of the YES strategy her...

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Community: Why are Catalan referendum events the core of the YES strategy here in Barcelona?
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WHILE the Catalan independence movement can spill over a million people on to the streets, the YES movement in Scotland are still ignoring the power of events. Why are catalan referendum events the core of the YES strategy here in Barcelona?



We may have lost the referendum but the arguments for independence remain con...

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We may have lost the referendum but the arguments for independence remain constant
Scottish Daily Record
Independence as an aspiration is normal. Polls show it leads among people under 55 ? and has convinced the young completely. There are more independent women ? and men ? now. We lost the referendum but progress continues. Scotland is on a journey ...

Agenda: How to make our mark in the world post Brexit - Herald Scotland

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Agenda: How to make our mark in the world post Brexit
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The independence referendum produced levels of participation previously unheard of: 85.5 per cent of the voting population exercised their democratic right, the highest turnout in any UK vote. Also, Scotland has led the way for the rest of the UK in ...



Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - iNews

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans
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Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal figures have revealed. A total of £22,593 was spent preparing the consultation and analysing ...

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

The 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?

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 ...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
http://m.heraldscotland.com/politics/13620831.Revealed__new_Scottish_left_party_named_as_RISE/ 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...

Vladimir Putin
Currently watching the Putin interviews which I had no intention of watching for more than a few minutes, but 45 minutes on I'm still watching.  Keen to know what everyone's opinion is of him? I'm in a mindset that I trust Russia more than I trust the USA. Putin comes across as a straight tal...

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Team GB Football - Again
English FA are going to put forward a womans team for the next Olympics and will as usual ride 'rough shod' over any objections so it will happen this time. (followed by a men's team soon after without a doubt.  The online article on BBC had a comments page and this one just about summed it al...

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

Counterfeit Currency
Lets say, Hypothetically of course, that someone had acquired fake currency. As an example, two 50euro notes. How would YOU use them? 

Lost Scottish Clan
https://www.google.com/amp/www.bbc.com/news/amp/magazine-40865981 Maybe Lou Macari was the link?

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Oil
Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/market_data/commodities/143908/intraday.stmThat's an extraordinary fall in a short time. I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

Aberdeen to be city most affected by brexit
Report in the guardian       I'm saying nothing

Tamb - where did it all go wrong?
Worst day I have ever seen on the board. Seems to be spiraling.  So few threads dominating and they are toxic ones. Grim.

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The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…

Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…

Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement
The JxSí pro-independence party is ?outraged? by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill. On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the…

Scotland Pays Tribute to Catalan Film
Edinburgh and Glasgow to screen week of productions in second edition of Homage to Catalonia festival from September 27 to October 5 Scotland will pay its own tribute to Catalonia in September when Edinburgh once again hosts Scotland?s Catalan Film Festival, Homage to Catalonia, from 27 to 30, with the event moving to neighboring Glasgow…