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First of the Holyrood TV election debates to be held in Edinburgh
12 Feb 2016 at 4:34pm
STV will host the first televised leaders? debate of the Scottish election campaign in Edinburgh on March 29

Hospital link amazes Nigerian minister after 3,700-mile move to Scotland
11 Feb 2016 at 7:16pm
A minister who moved to Scotland from a small community in Nigeria has discovered an "amazing" connection with his new home town after a church member revealed she worked in the same hospital as his mother.

Sturgeon brands Labour's 1p income tax rise plans a 'con-trick'
11 Feb 2016 at 6:58pm
The First Minister has branded Scottish Labour's plans to raise income tax a "con-trick" on the lowest-paid.

Tories slam First Minister over EU farmer payment delays
11 Feb 2016 at 1:50pm
The First Minister has "lost the trust of rural Scotland" over delays to European Union (EU) funding payments to farmers, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said.

SNP minister rules out party campaigning with David Mundell against Brexit
11 Feb 2016 at 9:30am
A senior SNP minister has ruled out campaigning with David Mundell to keep Scotland in the EU.

Swinney: claims Scottish Government will drain £2.2bn from public services ar...
10 Feb 2016 at 9:05am
The Scottish Government has denied claims that £2.2bn will be drained from public services as a result of their budget decisions.

Cameron talks to Sturgeon on tax powers but fails to break deadlock
10 Feb 2016 at 7:38am
DAVID Cameron has spoken personally to Nicola Sturgeon in a bid to break the deadlock over tax powers as Labour today urges both leaders to ?get round the table? and seal the deal.

Scottish Greens pledge to ban fracking as party launches campaign
8 Feb 2016 at 10:00pm
The Scottish Greens have launched their Holyrood election campaign with a pledge to ban fracking.

Contaminated blood scandal financial moves needed urgently, committee told
9 Feb 2016 at 1:42pm
Improvements to the financial support given to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal must be made as a matter of urgency, MSPs have been told.

MSPs: pavement parking ban would be a positive step
8 Feb 2016 at 10:37am
MSPs have welcomed a Bill that would ban parking on pavements as a "positive step" that would help disabled people and young families.

Labour: Scotland deserves better than 'back and forth' blame game over new po...
8 Feb 2016 at 8:52am
Scotland deserves better than the ?back and forth blame game? over Holyrood?s new tax powers, Labour says today as the ninth intergovernmental meeting takes place in Edinburgh to break the deadlock.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils £4m funding for precision medicine research
8 Feb 2016 at 12:57pm
Research into diseases such as pancreatic cancer and multiple sclerosis will be boosted by a £4 million government investment in precision medicine.

Ruth Davidson: I'm ready to serve as Leader of the Opposition
8 Feb 2016 at 8:48am
Ruth Davidson has insisted that the Scottish Conservatives are set for their best ever Holyrood performance and she ?stands ready to serve? as the Leader of the Opposition in the Scottish Parliament.

New obstacle emerges to fiscal framework deal
7 Feb 2016 at 12:13am
THE ability of a future Scottish Government to borrow billions to cope with a recession has emerged as a second major obstacle in the row over new powers for Holyrood.

UKip MEP still employing assistant facing sex charges
7 Feb 2016 at 12:13am
SCOTLAND?S only Ukip politician is continuing to employ the party?s former chairman despite his recent appearance in court on sex charges.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Greg Hands: Scottish Government is getting a fair deal
14 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
The Chief Secretary on the Fiscal Framework believes that if the Scottish Government walks away from a deal now, it will be letting down the people of Scotland.

Euan McColm: Love is? leaving politics out of passion
13 Feb 2016 at 10:34pm
A DECADE or more ago, I was in a bar in Aviemore with a friend after a long day at an SNP conference. My chum, a ferociously ­enthusiastic supporter of the Labour Party, had spent the day on what she considered hostile territory and we were talking about the impact of political division on people’s lives.

Insight: The jury?s still out on ?not proven? verdict
13 Feb 2016 at 10:04pm
ON A summer’s day in 1893, three men – a tutor, his student and a friend – set off on a hunting trip on the Ardlamont estate near Tighna­bruaich in Argyll. Only two returned. The student, 20-year-old aristocrat Cecil Hambrough, lay dead in the woods from gunshot wounds. Soon the tutor, Alfred John Monson, was charged with his murder.

Andrew Tickell: Universities need object lesson in democracy
13 Feb 2016 at 9:43pm
THE year was 2006, and Teviot’s debating hall was stowed out. The atmosphere and aroma were democratic. A mephitic fug of cheap lager and unwashed student bodies crammed into the wooden panelled gallery at the top of Edinburgh’s senior student union. Teenaged hooray Henrys in daddy’s tweeds mingled with hand-knitted environmentalists. The bright and wholesome mixed with the slouched and seamy. A socialist bloc picked out a plum spot at the back left for hollering. I took my place in the crumpled centre, slurping something ungodly and chortling with anticipation.

130,000 patients ?put at risk in wrong wards?
13 Feb 2016 at 9:43pm
More than 130,000 patients in Scotland have been treated in the wrong ward in the past two years, new figures have revealed.

Gina Hanrahan: let?s turn warm words into warm homes
13 Feb 2016 at 9:28pm
I’VE lived in a lot of rented homes over the years, from 1970s student houses with paper thin walls to stone-built Victorian tenement flats. But they’ve all had one thing in common: they’ve been impossible to heat. Before I bought my first home last year I did what most people who aren’t energy geeks probably don’t do – I carefully examined its energy performance rating in the home report and was pleasantly surprised to discover it was a C; a good standard. I knew that would mean lower fuel bills and a cosier, healthier environment for me and my family.

Bill Jamieson: Charges shake foundations of property sector
13 Feb 2016 at 8:19pm
HOME-OWNERS, besieged by tumbling stock markets, can at least take comfort that Scotland’s housing market and prices are holding up.

John Swinney targets financial powers in Scotland Bill
13 Feb 2016 at 12:57pm
Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney has said agreement can be reached this week on financial rules underpinning new devolved powers.

Uk needs trident to maintain ?role on global stage?, says us
13 Feb 2016 at 10:45am
BRITAIN must keep its Trident nuclear deterrent to maintain its “outsized” role in the world, according to the US defence secretary.

MSPs urge return of work visas for international students
13 Feb 2016 at 9:59am
A HOLYROOD committee has backed calls for the reintroduction of post-study work visas for international students in Scotland.

Campaigners back legal aid ruling on medical records
13 Feb 2016 at 3:08am
Campaigners have welcomed a ruling that legal aid should be made available to those seeking to keep their medical records private.

North-east councils forced to spend £30m to plug teaching gap
13 Feb 2016 at 2:44am
Cash-strapped councils in the North-east of Scotland have spent more than £30 million on supply teachers since 2012.

Minister warns smacking damages child?s long-term wellbeing
13 Feb 2016 at 1:34am
Scotland’s children’s minister has launched a outspoken attack on the smacking of children warning that “any form” of physical punishment can damage the long-term wellbeing of youngsters.

World powers continue attempt to negotiate Syria ceasefire
12 Feb 2016 at 11:54pm
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he intends to retake “the whole country” from rebel forces as world powers meet to arrange a temporary ceasefire within a week.

Brian Wilson: Leave us Scots to our grievance agenda
12 Feb 2016 at 9:28pm
THE ongoing fiscal wrangling is much less interesting than harbouring old grudges, writes Brian Wilson

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Free bird seed
by Chris Cairns
13 Feb 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

A bold interpretation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Feb 2016 at 2:18pm
There’s nothing unusual about reading something in the Scottish media that makes your eyes widen. But a piece we saw in the Courier earlier today stretched ours out to Clockwork Orange-like proportions. Now that’s a pretty intriguing opening (as the bishop said to the actress). At first we took it to mean that an independent Scotland …

Check against delivery
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Feb 2016 at 12:27pm
The title of this article is a phrase that people use when publishing a transcript of someone’s intended speech, to signify that this is what they INTENDED to say, but that the reader should verify it with the actual speech to check whether they did, because sometimes there are last-minute changes or the person simply …

The point of politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Feb 2016 at 11:05am
There’s an interesting article in today’s Guardian about the clown-shoed fiasco of a position the Labour Party has contorted itself into over Trident. It correctly identifies the conflict between a party representing its actual membership and being controlled by its Parliamentarians who insist they know better than the people they’re supposed to speak for, but then right …

Running to stand still
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2016 at 11:44am
A revealing moment from a meeting of the UK parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee last Tuesday, featuring the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean. Who knew, eh? The PACAC’s hearings aren’t transcribed in Hansard, so we’ll just put that line in writing for ease of future quoting: “My own view …

Why beggars will be losers
by Eric Joyce
6 Feb 2016 at 2:55pm
Scottish Labour?s announcement that it wants to increase tax for everyone earning over £20k (and therefore anyone on under that who fancies making a little bit more, or might do a wee bit of extra overtime), reflects its acceptance both that the far left is in charge now and that this year?s Holyrood race is virtually over …

The cost of everything
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2016 at 11:25am
From an excellent letter in today’s Herald by Chris McLaughlin of Giffnock: The only fault in Chris’ logic is that he’s a bit too generous to Labour. If the new Trident is to last for its official projected service lifetime of 32 years, and Scotland pays an 8.4% population share of the cost (assuming it …

Clown shoes
by Chris Cairns
6 Feb 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Meet the new blood
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2016 at 9:08pm
STV have leaked the results of Scottish Labour’s list-candidate rankings. Alert readers will recall that Kezia Dugdale promised that her leadership would see an influx of “new talent and fresh faces” to the beleaguered branch office’s ranks. So let’s see how that panned out. We’ll only list the top seven for each region, since there …

How the Daily Mail works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2016 at 10:33am
Sometimes it’s the smallest, most trivial things that give you away. Graham Grant is the Home Affairs Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, and earlier this morning he tweeted this snarky dig at prominent independence supporter and pundit Pat Kane, also of the primarily-1980s band Hue And Cry: Ostensibly it’s a throwaway gag aimed at …

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Gas fields 'could supply whole country'
14 Feb 2016 at 12:22am
Newly opened gas fields off Shetland could supply the whole of Scotland at peak production, analysts say.

Inspectors could shut hospital wards
14 Feb 2016 at 12:23am
Inspectors could be given powers to close Scottish hospital wards to new patients from April, if MSPs give their approval.

Lib Dems to oppose short jail terms
14 Feb 2016 at 12:24am
The Scottish Liberal Democrats announce a manifesto commitment to back a presumption against prison sentences of less than 12 months.

EU funds to tackle youth unemployment
14 Feb 2016 at 12:24am
A £60m programme to tackle youth unemployment in the south west of Scotland is launched with funds from the European Union.

MSPs call for return of post-study visa
13 Feb 2016 at 12:10am
Holyrood's devolution committee calls on the UK government to reintroduce post-study work visas which were cancelled in 2012.

New offer in fiscal framework talks
12 Feb 2016 at 3:09pm
John Swinney submits fresh proposals to the UK government in talks over a "fiscal framework" to underpin new devolved powers.

Trident 'lets UK punch above weight'
13 Feb 2016 at 5:21am
Britain must keep its Trident nuclear weapons system if it wants to play a significant role in the world, the US defence secretary tells the BBC.

Anti-rape groups hail legal aid ruling
12 Feb 2016 at 4:51pm
Campaigners welcome a ruling that abuse victims should be able to access legal aid to fight attempts to obtain their medical records.

'Significant progress' at Ninewells
13 Feb 2016 at 11:08am
Scotland's chief medical officer says Ninewells Hospital has made "significant progress" following an inquiry into patient safety in A&E.

NHS Scotland 'marking its own homework'
12 Feb 2016 at 4:41pm
A major review by the OECD calls for NHS Scotland to have better systems for dealing with mistakes and poor performance.

Hardship fund for delay-hit farmers
12 Feb 2016 at 3:58pm
Farmers hit by delays to EU payments are to be offered loans from a £20m fund set up by the Scottish government.

Ashes scandal 'will not happen again'
12 Feb 2016 at 9:37am
New legislation on cremations will ensure that Scotland's baby ashes scandal will never be repeated, the public health minister says.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Strained relations
9 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
A look at the funding offer being made to Scottish councils

Deadline looms for Scotland tax talks
8 Feb 2016 at 7:21am
A very unromantic deadline looms for fiscal framework talks

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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EU referendum : "Leave" campaign storms into the lead in average of online polls
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2016 at 6:02pm
So far, there have been two Britain-wide polls on the EU referendum since Cameron's failure to secure credible concessions, and both have shown leads for the "Leave" campaign that are clearly outsi...

New dictionary definition : Spannersplaining
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2016 at 3:55pm
Spannersplain (verb)1.  The process by which establishment figures, especially journalists, explain to members of the general public which matters are, and are not, of interest to the general publi...

Pressure mounts on Cameron : is he really going to betray The Vow, and risk r...
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2016 at 1:35pm
The negotiations on the fiscal framework have become a game of chess - both sides would prefer a deal, but both are trying to manoeuvre themselves into the most favourable position if a deal isn't ...

Inspirational Ipsos-Mori poll finds majority of Scottish voters still support...
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
After our little sneak peek at the unfiltered Ipsos-Mori numbers earlier, here are the official headline results filtered by certainty to vote - and they're even better than we expected for the SNP...

Ipsos-Mori look set to report SNP lead of around 30% in new Scottish Parliame...
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2016 at 11:49am
Three different people have given me a steer in this direction, so here goesThe quarterly Ipsos-Mori poll of Scottish voting intentions for STV appears to be on its way.  The headline numbers ha...

Everyone has a first love
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2016 at 10:49pm
In the light of recent events, I thought it might be fun to have a look at a short list of public figures, plus myself, and see which was the very first account we all followed on Twitter.  In most...

A conversation between the usual suspects and a creepy stalker
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2016 at 1:48pm
The Usual Suspects : So, Mr. G, what did you do when you saw these abusive tweets?Mr. G : Well, I scoured the internet for any clues as to the real identities of the people that wrote them.The Usua...

Merci, Monsieur Spanner. De nada, Ardrossan.
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2016 at 10:44pm
Well, I hope the people of Ardrossan are duly grateful for my heroic efforts on their behalf today - my previous blogpost single-handedly got them trending on Twitter across the whole UK.That's Ard...

EXCLUSIVE : Has J K Rowling's misogynistic friend "Brian Spanner" been traced...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2016 at 3:39pm
A Scot Goes Pop reader has been doing some detective work into the real identity and whereabouts of J K Rowling's notoriously abusive and misogynistic friend "Brian Spanner".  I'll let her email sp...

The Green party member who wants people to vote tactically in a non-tactical ...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2016 at 10:11pm
I was more than a little dismayed to see a link on Facebook to a blogpost by Green party member Morag Hannah, which can be roughly summarised as follows : "You should vote for whoever you want on t...

A question for Labour on abortion law
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2016 at 5:27am
If anyone from Labour happens to be passing, you might be able to help with a question that's been nagging away at me.  As I understand it, your party believes that the more abortion rights that wo...

YouGov polling on independence, and Scottish voting intentions for the EU ref...
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2016 at 2:57pm
Although the recent Panelbase poll showed a two-point drop in support for independence, that was simply a reversion to the mean.  The Yes vote was 47%, which is very typical of what Panelbase have ...

Labour slip to third place in Scotland in historic YouGov poll
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2016 at 1:05am
I spoke too soon yesterday afternoon when I pointed out that not a single Scottish Parliament election poll had yet shown the Tories in second place.  Right on cue, here is YouGov's first Scottish ...

SNP hold 36% lead in talebearing TNS poll
by James Kelly
4 Feb 2016 at 12:24pm
The monthly TNS poll is now out, and I'm beginning to think Kezia Dugdale should just go the whole hog and change her party's name to "Labour 21%", because this is the fifth poll in a row from a ra...

Why it's important to have an overall SNP majority, and not just a pro-indepe...
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2016 at 10:51am
I've just noticed that Adam Ramsay penned a response to the "tactical voting on the list" debate a few days ago.  It's a more nuanced piece than we've previously seen from him on the same subject, ...

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Scottish universities played part in gravitational waves discovery
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14 Feb 2016 at 2:01am
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Yes ahead in new IPSOS poll. Also SNP continue to dominate the polls. All thi...
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14 Feb 2016 at 12:53am
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Refugee Doctors are a healthy boost for Scotland
by /u/mankieneck
13 Feb 2016 at 9:13pm
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New boulders installed at Cove Harbour amid fishing row
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13 Feb 2016 at 7:09pm
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Huge gas field discovered off Shetland 'new fields could supply all of Scotla...
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13 Feb 2016 at 5:13pm
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Puffins at Sumburgh Head in Shetland Mainland Papageitaucher bei Sumburgh Hea...
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13 Feb 2016 at 3:25pm
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Fife schoolboy?s cancer charity ball in need of guests or will get cancelled
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13 Feb 2016 at 3:04pm
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Can i get free uni in Scotland?
by /u/pocarduss
13 Feb 2016 at 10:52am
Hi there, im a 17 year old living in Australia, i was born in Australia but i have a british passport through my father. I was wondering if i would be eligible for free or reduced cost uni in Scotl...

MSPs call on UK government to reinstate post-study work visa
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13 Feb 2016 at 7:56am
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Looking for a tattoo shop.
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13 Feb 2016 at 4:41am
I apologize for how ridiculous this may seem. 6 years ago my grandparents made a trip to Scotland. It was their last trip together before my grandpa passed away. They loved it. So much so that the...

Sardinia to Scotland
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13 Feb 2016 at 12:48am
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More creative insults from Scottish Cod Players
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12 Feb 2016 at 8:47pm
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TIL. Scotland was the first place outside of the USA to erect an heroic memor...
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12 Feb 2016 at 8:09pm
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Gold found in rocks on island of Great Cumbrae
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12 Feb 2016 at 7:58pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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Daily Record

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Record View: Labour's 'useless' insult could get the party going again
by Record View
13 Feb 2016 at 10:24am
LABOUR'S lack of MPs in Scotland speaks volumes about the party's policies says RECORD VIEW - now it's time to prove the anonymous MP wrong.

"Getting rid of 40 f***ing useless MPs": A Labour frontbencher described this...
by Andy Philip
12 Feb 2016 at 8:03pm
THE controversial comments came to light at a book launch earlier this week, but who said it?

Time is ticking as the Scottish Government proposes new Westminster funding deal
by Record Reporter
12 Feb 2016 at 5:21pm
DEPUTY First Minister John Swinney has made some new suggestions after discussions over the Scotland Bill and the block grant ended in stalemate.

Scottish Greens hope to raise a glass to electoral success with their own bra...
by Record Reporter
12 Feb 2016 at 3:58pm
HARVIE'S Hoptimistic has been unveiled as the Greens' secret electoral weapon after they increased their membership following the referendum.

Torcuil Crichton: It's no surprise John Swinney wants to keep close to London...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Feb 2016 at 8:41am
TORCUIL says a nationalist finance secretary like Swinney doesn't actually want to give up Scotland's rewards from a financial powerhouse like London.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over President Obama as they vie for...
by Natalie Evans
12 Feb 2016 at 8:29am
Clinton, who was defeated in the New Hampshire primary, attacked Sanders for being too critical of Obama

Holyrood's organ donation vote labelled a scandal after tweets reveal MSPs pu...
by dailyrecord
12 Feb 2016 at 7:56am
A VOTE to introduce an opt-out system failed this week, but it has emerged MSPs made the issue political - we get the verdict from one man who fears his wife and others may have been condemned to d...

Nicola Sturgeon: This latest fiscal framework 'offer' from the Treasury is ne...
by Nicola Sturgeon
11 Feb 2016 at 11:10pm
THE First Minister writes that the Tories are offering nothing new and that Scotland's budget would be cut by £3bn under Treasury plans.

No Deal! Nicola Sturgeon rejects Tory Treasury offer on fiscal framework afte...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Feb 2016 at 10:55pm
MEGAPHONE diplomacy was the order of the day yesterday as the Scottish and UK Governments traded barbs on the so-called fiscal framework.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay forced to withdraw remark after calling Nicola Sturge...
by Andy Philip
11 Feb 2016 at 8:50pm
LOTHIANS MSP Findlay was forced to withdraw his use of the 'unparliamentary' term liar, but decided to replace it with the word 'dishonest'.

Derek Bateman

They Haven?t The Heart
by derekbateman1
11 Feb 2016 at 3:17pm
It was a grubby little vote in the Scottish Parliament that blocked progress of the organ donation bill this week. Put another way, it means MSPs voted to guarantee Scots will die (more than one a week) of renal failure while they look the other way. People will pay with their lives while our legislators …

Things Can Only Get?
by derekbateman1
7 Feb 2016 at 7:32pm
We may be witnessing one of the great myth-creation moments of modern politics as Labour hammers home its tax rise message. Actually, slogans aren?t always fanciful ? they can be pretty truthful too. I suppose Things Can Only Get Better falls into this category because it was destined to be proved correct in the face …

The Russian Doll*
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 5:28pm
Unravelling the layers in search of the nugget of Labour?s income tax policy is like the Russian doll. It seems to be impenetrable and then the result is disappointingly insignificant. Starting on the first layer, I suggest Labour has the biggest and most enduring obstacle of all. It?s called credibility. The question for Kezia isn?t: …

Clocking Off
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 2:24pm
Workers? rights, eh? Sounds historic, like boilersuits and clocking-on, mass meetings and sit-ins. When researchers investigated Labour?s election failure they found people associated them with that same past. Even the TUC sounds like a committee of boilermakers and wheel-tappers, all white bread sandwiches and bottled beer. The latest round of anti-union legislation will curtail further …

Author! Author!
by derekbateman1
1 Feb 2016 at 7:46pm
My fondest story about JK Rowling was when I asked the barman in my local some years ago what else he was doing to earn a living. He was a huge muscleman who couldn?t care tuppence ? about anything or anyone. He said he was labouring ? building a wall at a house in Edinburgh …

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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Football, Politics and Police
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Feb 2016 at 9:48am
Scottish football has always been plagued by outside political interference. As far back as a century ago when the establishment searched for a club where they could propagate and influence society through large crowds of football fans. Initially trying to find a home at Queens Park (then one of the most successful teams in Scottish football) …

What is the future for public service broadcasting in Scotland?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Feb 2016 at 1:44pm
Increased autonomy for BBC Scotland has been on the agenda for many years, and periodically constitutional change in the UK has driven developments in both structure and programming. As long ago as the late 1970s, Alastair Hetherington, then Controller of BBC Scotland, was asking for devolved budgets and operational control for Scotland ? for which …

The Treasury just admitted that the Scotland Bill is a trap
by Alistair Davidson
11 Feb 2016 at 4:18pm
The Herald has an exclusive story today that the Treasury will offer Scotland £4.5 billion ?compensation? if we accept their preferred fiscal framework. This is a stunning admission that Scotland will lose out under the Scotland Bill. The SNP claim that the Treasury?s plan (without the “compensation”) could cost Scotland up to £7bn over 10 …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Feb 2016 at 3:17pm
Bernie Sanders results in Iowa and then New Hampshire leave him now standing at a pivotal moment in US history. He is on the brink of a  breakthrough that would offer the US public a genuine credible alternative choice for the first time in decades. As a veteran senator from Vermont he’s hardly an ‘outsider’ …

Voices for the Voiceless: Scottish Hip Hop in 2016
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Feb 2016 at 1:48pm
Jonathan Rimmer believes that it?s past time we started taking Scottish hip hop seriously. How on earth can you listen to rap music? It?s a question I get asked on a surprisingly regular basis and I tend to reel off the same reasons every time: the flows, the beats, the raw lyricism, the social commentary, …

A Scots Pairlament?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Feb 2016 at 11:04am
Ah wis up at the Scottish Pairlament the ither day. Ah say ?up? acause whaur ah bide, in the bonnie Borders, whether ye gaed up, doon, ower or acroass tae somewhaur is mair a quaisten o taste than actual geography. In the auld grey toon o Hawick, it daesna maiter whaur ye?re stairtin fae ? …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Feb 2016 at 10:18am
“Lent is not tidy. Days grow longer (the word “Lent” comes from ‘”lengthen”), the ground thaws, and the next thing we know, everything is filthy. Our windows need washing, our temples need cleaning, the earth itself needs a good bath … Winter doesn’t leave without blustery battles that push things over and mess things up …

The DWP?s plan to place staff in foodbanks is class warfare
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2016 at 2:55pm
I once attended a talk by a DWP employee on Universal Credit. There was a power point presentation that looked like it had been made by someone who had never seen one before. The term ?benefits assessment unit? was used where ?family? would have been more appropriate. But best of all there was this gem: …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nicola Sturgeon says Treasury is misleading media over Scottish funding
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Feb 2016 at 7:24pm
First minister accuses Treasury of falsely presenting £4.5bn concession as new offer amid signs funding deal may collapseNicola Sturgeon has angrily rejected claims by Treasury ministers that they have made a further £4.5bn concession in an effort to rescue the ailing £32bn deal on Scottish gover...

SNP denies 'nobbling' Fiscal Commission's oversight powers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
Scottish government accused of blocking cross-party plans to give Fiscal Commission authority to review Holyrood?s budgetsScotland?s finance secretary has been accused of killing off proposals in Holyrood to give a financial watchdog far greater powers to scrutinise his spending and borrowing pla...

Nicola Sturgeon tells Cameron to stop Treasury sabotaging Scottish deal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Feb 2016 at 9:55pm
First minister says Scotland would lose about £2.7bn over the next decade in plans being promoted by UK governmentNicola Sturgeon has urged David Cameron to overrule the Treasury after talks to agree a new financial deal for Scotland became deadlocked. In a letter to the prime minister, Scotland?...

Alistair Carmichael faces £150,000 bill after attempt to oust him
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2016 at 2:15pm
Court rejects former Scotland secretary?s bid to have legal costs awarded against constituents who challenged election winAlistair Carmichael, the former Scotland secretary, is facing a legal bill of about £150,000 after narrowly surviving a bid to have him ousted as MP for Orkney and Shetland.Tw...

Scottish Greens target record number of MSPs in Scottish elections
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2016 at 2:11pm
Party says it can overtake previous best of seven MSPs by claiming second votes of radical SNP supportersScottish Green party leaders expect to quadruple their number of MSPs in May?s Holyrood elections in a campaign designed to appeal to Scottish National party voters and activists.The Greens ho...

Treasury officials arrive in Scotland to finalise funding deal
by Severin Carrell
4 Feb 2016 at 6:28pm
Talks to focus on how Holyrood will be funded by UK tax payers after it gains£18bn worth of new tax and welfare powers, and VAT income, in 2017Senior Treasury officials have arrived in Edinburgh in an effort to thrash out a final deal on restructuring funding for Scotland before crunch talks betw...

Tories and SNP 'miles apart' over future of UK grant for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Feb 2016 at 7:05pm
UK Treasury minister says he backs funding formula already firmly rejected by Scottish government as deadline loomsA rift has emerged between Conservative and Scottish National party ministers in their secretive talks over the future of the Treasury grant that funds the Scottish parliament.As the...

The Guardian view on Labour?s Scottish tax pledge: a big, bold move | Editorial
by Editorial
2 Feb 2016 at 7:30pm
Kezia Dugdale is right to challenge the SNP?s claim to be Scotland?s party of the left. But what?s good for politics may not turn out to be good for LabourRepeatedly wounded in recent elections, the Scottish Labour party is a shadow of its former self. Labour has a sole Scottish MP. It stands on ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Jibber Jabber the Butt parps some witless shizdom
by weegingerdug
12 Feb 2016 at 6:50pm
So how big an arse is Jibber Jabber the Butt, UKIP’s sole elected representative in Scotland? Is he an immense arse, a galactic arse, or is he merely a mahoosive arse? What there can be no doubt about is that the man is an arse, because every time he makes an utterance no one is …

Neil Findlay?s amazing gravity wave
by weegingerdug
11 Feb 2016 at 7:25pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Kezia Dugdale may have been making some points on Thursday during Furst Meenister’s Questions, but no one really noticed. You can always be certain about Kezia’s points, which are always SNP bad and delivered in a very whiny voice that is so high pitched that it would make mosquitos grate their teeth …

Asking a flea how to cure the bubonic plague
by weegingerdug
9 Feb 2016 at 9:17pm
Earlier this week Ruthie Davidson got down off her tank long enough to stand up on a podium and give a talk to the Rowntree Foundation on how to combat poverty. The invite to the Tory leaderene followed the successful speech about blood donation given to the same foundation recently by Dracula. To be fair, …

The slinkie of Scottish politics
by weegingerdug
8 Feb 2016 at 8:03pm
Poor Alistair Carmichael, it wasn’t enough for him that he got away on a technicality with lying through his teeth to the voters during last years General Election, he wanted vengeance on the little people who had the temerity to challenge his right to lie his way into office. On Monday the judges ruled against …

Labour?s abortion of devolution
by weegingerdug
6 Feb 2016 at 8:32pm
The Labour party, that would be the same party that promised Scotland home rule and the nearest thing to federalism possible this side of the black hole at the centre of the galaxy, has decided that it doesn’t want Scotland to have much in the way of home rule at all. Their commitment to devolution …

The upside down world of the people?s party
by weegingerdug
5 Feb 2016 at 4:16pm
The world has turned upside down. The sun rises in the west. Unionist hate trolls really are just bantering satirically. And the Tories are ahead of Labour in a Scottish opinion poll. The last time that happened rationing was still in force, the Scotsman was still a respected newspaper, and people thought that the BBC …

The cancer of the British body politic
by weegingerdug
4 Feb 2016 at 2:21pm
The Daily Mail wants to know “who will speak for England”. Its front page editorial was a ranting demand that the Brexit campaign gets its act together and ensures that the United Kingdom is taken out of the European Union and into a mid-Atlantic neo-conservative dystopia even more nightmarish than the one we’re currently trapped …

The Better Together Tax
by weegingerdug
2 Feb 2016 at 11:10pm
Kezia’s got a brand new plan. On the day that Jackie Baillie publishes an article for a Labour blog saying that we need more honesty in Scottish politics, you might think that we’d had our quota of irony for the week, but then Kezia goes and meets her irony and raises her some parody with …

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Labour Party In Meltdown ? Read What Their Own People Say
by caltonjock
13 Feb 2016 at 8:57pm
      The Progress Network – Labours Progressives – The Party Within a Party The Labour Party in Scotland will be seeking the support of the Scottish electorate in a few weeks time. The party motto “Unity is Strength” will no doubt feature in their propaganda leaflets, biased press, television and speeches. But Scots …

Brown?s Plans For Scotland Post a No Vote in the Referendum ? Not Honoured or...
by caltonjock
12 Feb 2016 at 8:57pm
        10 Downing Street – Mid February 2014 – clandestine Meeting – Cameron & Brown (So secret it cannot be confirmed it ever happened) but let us pretend that it did. Dave: Thank you for meeting with me Gordon. As you are aware Salmond appears to be gaining the upper hand. Polls …

Westminster Promises -How Did You Spend Your Referendum Bonus Last Year
by caltonjock
12 Feb 2016 at 5:10pm
            Scottish Referendum – 12 things that the £1,400 UK Dividend could buy Analysis shows that every Scot will be £1,400 better off every year staying part of the UK, but how far does £1,400 go? New financial analysis from HM Treasury shows that every one of us in Scotland …

Labour MSP?s Behaviour Under Dugdale is Comparable to That of a Pack of Dingos
by caltonjock
12 Feb 2016 at 12:19am
      The BBC must think we Scots ?button up the back?. Today in Holyrood Findlay called the First Minister a ?Liar?. He was shouted down by the SNP members present but achieved his aim , namely disruption of proceedings. (The act of a schoolboy bully I thought) The Presiding Officer later recalled the …

Scotland After the Referendum ? Is It Now A Nation of Political Eunuchs
by caltonjock
11 Feb 2016 at 12:38am
    Scotland After the Referendum – Is It Now A Nation of Political Eunuchs The outcome of the 2014 Scottish referendum was pleasing for Unionist partys since Westminster gained much by retaining the union. But there existed the fear that 59 Scots MP’s holding nationalist sympathies would, through their eloquence extend and cause confusion …

Unconscious Bias ? How the BBC Use the Dark Arts to Bludgeon Scots with misin...
by caltonjock
9 Feb 2016 at 8:50pm
Referendum: Scots protest outside BBC Scotland Headquarters     Unconscious Bias – How the BBC Use the Dark Arts to Bludgeon Scots with misinformation BBC Scotland: Politics – BBC text editorial staff are masters of the dark art of using subliminal messages that influence and oft adversely affect the readers mind without their being aware …

Dr Adam (Mohammed) Osborne -Sex Drugs and Rock-n-Roll
by caltonjock
9 Feb 2016 at 12:10pm
  Adam Osborne’s Muslim Wedding       December 6 2009; George Osborne’s Brother Becomes A Muslim To Marry The younger brother of Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has converted to Islam to allow him to marry a beautiful Bangladeshi-born plastic surgeon he met at university. Adam Osborne, 33, who was temporarily banned from working as …

Scotland ? Catalonia ? Corsica ? Northern Ireland ? Flanders ? Wallonia ? Are...
by caltonjock
6 Feb 2016 at 7:56pm
        The Scottish Referendum – Where Do We Go From Here? There is no going back. Scots up to age 60 voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence. It was only the “old guard” that held sway and tipped the balance in favour of remaining with the Union. Europe is the next frontier …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Carmichael: The Saga Ends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Feb 2016 at 4:55pm
And that, as they say, is that. Barring any unexpected developments, yesterday decision by Lady Paton and Lord Matthews on liabilities for legal expenses brings the Alistair Carmichael election petition saga to its conclusion. In the National this morning, I have a wee reflection on the whole enterprise, and its various twists and turns. An exce...

"On HM Advocate v Charles Green, Craig Whyte et al..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Feb 2016 at 5:44pm
I'm not a football man. I have no team. I have never been to a football match. I have no intention of extending the frontiers of my experience in this regard. But I am interested in law, and in free speech, online media, and fair trials. In the life of this blog, legal issues and football have seemed increasingly to converge. From the Offensive ...

Schrödinger's womb
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
I've been traipsing after Michael Gove in his various - sometimes curious - parliamentary appearances on the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act. The Tories are in a bit of bother. Mopping up after the majestically incompetent predecessor Chris Grayling, the new Lord Chancellor has the thankless task of marshalling the Conservatives' jury...

Questions, questions
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 2:59pm
It is a finnicky detail, but an important one. Today, Kezia Dugdale has announced that Scottish Labour wants to increase income tax by 1 pence in the pound across all tax bands. Under the scheme, anyone earning over £10,600 or so will find themselves making a greater contribution to the Scottish exchequer. Wealthier folk considerably more. From ...

Harry Clarke: "insufficient evidence in law to prove a crime committed"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
I've written a greal deal about the legal fallout from the tragic crash in Glasgow on the 22nd of December 2014, which claimed six lives. Regular readers may feel I've exhausted my arguments. I probably have.But I wanted to add a brief word or two here about today's tidings: that the Lord Advocate has declined to extend his concurrence to the tw...

Scottish Times
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Jan 2016 at 7:47pm
In the interests of shabby self-promotion -- as some of you may have noticed from recent punts on social media, the Scottish edition of the Times has been carrying a few bits and pieces from me of late, most recently a fairly critical, godless look at the emergence of the new anti-abortion group, Don't Stop a Human Heart, and the ailing and somt...

Harry Clarke: in the dock?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Jan 2016 at 3:36pm
News this morning that the families of Erin McQuade, and her grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, have submitted a bill of criminal letters to the Crown Office. The long-promised private prosecution of Harry Clarke has begun. Various outlets have the story, though the precise charge sheet remains a little hazy. The Times "understands that Mr ...

Justice, divided?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
19 Jan 2016 at 3:17pm
A niche interest, perhaps, but let's talk about Holyrood's Justice Committee. Christine Grahame's committee often pops up on the pages of this blog, sometimes favourably, and sometimes taking a bit of a shellacking.  Today, Holyrood's sexy Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee reported, making recommendations about how the Scot...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

The Real Glasgow Effect on all of us
by Gerry
11 Feb 2016 at 9:00am
The Real Glasgow Effect on all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 10th 2016 Glasgow is many things. It is a place, an idea and a story. Willie McIlvanney once captured this writing: ?Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is handsome. Glasgow is ugly. Glasgow is kind. Glasgow is cruel.? ...

Labour?s Taxing Problems: The Party is fighting for its very existence
by Gerry
8 Feb 2016 at 8:28am
Labour?s Taxing Problems: The Party is fighting for its very existence Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 7th 2016 This week Scottish Labour made a move on tax. Is it a daring or desperate move? It broke with the party?s position since the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999 not to propose any tax increases. ...

The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence
by Gerry
4 Feb 2016 at 10:15am
The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 3rd 2016 A series of illuminating conflicts in the last week – the Graham Spiers sacking from ?The Herald? and the J.K. Rowling/Natalie McGarry argument on twitter – show something revealing about modern Scotland. Spiers sacking ...

The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion
by Gerry
1 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 31st 2016 Something is wrong with the British economy. George Osborne seems to be experiencing his own ?Boom and Bust?. Just before Christmas he was singing the joys of the British economy on the mend.  Yet a few weeks later he changed ...

Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook unders...
by Gerry
28 Jan 2016 at 9:16am
Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 27th 2016 Everything is culture these days. It is what supposedly brings about real, lasting change, shifts attitudes, is everywhere and yet often intangible, and has spawned a plethora of ?cultural studies? from academics and writers eager ...

The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain
by Gerry
24 Jan 2016 at 11:00am
The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 24th 2016 2016 will be a turbulent year for Britain and the world. One issue will dominate the UK political classes beyond economic and financial worries or anxieties about immigration and security, and that is Europe. Europe will ...

The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland
by Gerry
21 Jan 2016 at 8:25am
The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 20th 2016 These are turbulent times for the BBC. The patrician age of benign liberal paternalism and enlightened elites knowing what is best for us, unquestioned and unchallenged, have long since passed. We have now swung to the other end of the ...

Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland
by Gerry
18 Jan 2016 at 6:45am
Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 17th 2016 It has been a tough few years for the BBC ? with challenges from every direction, and potshots and criticism from every quarter. This week Tony Hall, BBC?s head, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament alongside BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie. Hall ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Brexit Would Make Scottish Independence More Likely, Says Poll - Newsweek
10 Feb 2016 at 2:57pm

Brexit Would Make Scottish Independence More Likely, Says Poll
18/09/14_Bagpipes A bagpiper in front of the Houses of Parliament on Westminster Bridge in London September 18, 2014. Scotland would be more likely to vote to leave the U.K. in the event of a Brexit, a poll has found. Reuters/Luke MacGregor.
North Sea makes only £7 million 'Scottish' tax per
EU out ...

Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence' - BBC News
26 Jan 2016 at 2:15pm

BBC News
Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence'
BBC News
Tony Blair has said he thinks Scotland will leave the Union if the UK votes to break away from the European Union. The ex-PM said he hoped voters in the forthcoming referendum would choose to stay a part of the 28-member bloc. And speaking to French ...
Tony Blair: Brexit will lead to Scottish

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EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll - Scotsman
17 Jan 2016 at 11:15am

EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll
She would have the backing of 54% for another referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU, the poll of of 1,053 voters in Scotland and 1,034 adults in England and Wales suggests. And the Yes to independence campaign would win the day by 52% - up seven ...

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Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence...
27 Jan 2016 at 11:59am

Reuters UK
Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence hopes
Reuters UK
Scots rejected independence by 55-45 percent in a vote in 2014 but since then the SNP has gained further strength, taking 56 of the 59 seats representing Scotland in the national parliament in London in last May's election. However, the SNP's support ...

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Why the Brexit poll could become England's ballot on Scotland leaving UK - Da...
18 Jan 2016 at 1:45am

Daily Mail
Why the Brexit poll could become England's ballot on Scotland leaving UK
Daily Mail
'If the SNP is stupid enough to force a second Scottish independence referendum on the back of Brexit, as a Scottish businessman close to the 2014 Better Together campaign recently told me, it would make an SNP independence referendum victory all the ...

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Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independe...
31 Jan 2016 at 9:35pm

Scottish Daily Record
Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independence?and Bono
Scottish Daily Record
Mhairi Black has revealed her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independence?and Bono. While critics accuse the crusading U2 frontman of hypocrisy and hubris, Westminster's youngest MP ? and long-time U2 fan ? counters by simply pointing ...

EU referendum: Brexit could trigger second Scottish independence vote says To...
27 Jan 2016 at 12:26pm

International Business Times UK
EU referendum: Brexit could trigger second Scottish independence vote says Tony Blair
International Business Times UK
A Brexit from the EU could trigger a second referendum on Scottish independence, former prime minister Tony Blair has said. Speaking to a French radio station, he warned of the wider implications of voting to leave the bloc and added that he expects ...

Anti-Scottish independence campaign Better Together fined for failing to prov...
19 Jan 2016 at 12:54pm
Anti-Scottish independence campaign Better Together fined for failing to prove £50000 of its spending
The official anti-Scottish independence campaign has been fined for failing to prove more than £50,000 of its spending existed. A watchdog said Better Together failed to file receipts for £57,000 worth of work during the 2014 campaign - 5% of its total ...

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SNP - Google News
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Tory plan 'cuts £3bn' to Holyrood - The Sunday Times
14 Feb 2016 at 2:49am

Tory plan 'cuts £3bn' to Holyrood
The Sunday Times
DAVID CAMERON has been accused of planning to axe the equivalent of 8,000 nurses or 6,000 police officers as part of a £3bn cut which could be imposed under a deal to hand Holyrood powers over income tax. Scottish and UK ministers remain locked in ...

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SNP MPs back Greens motion to withdraw from pension investment in fossil fuel...
14 Feb 2016 at 2:04am

Herald Scotland
SNP MPs back Greens motion to withdraw from pension investment in fossil fuel firms
Herald Scotland
A DOZEN SNP MPs have backed a Green motion urging the Westminster Parliament to withdraw its multi-million pound pension funds from fossil fuel companies to help tackle climate pollution. This is despite a recent statement by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon ...

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One last chance for new powers deal, warns Swinney - Herald Scotland
14 Feb 2016 at 1:47am

Herald Scotland
One last chance for new powers deal, warns Swinney
Herald Scotland
JOHN Swinney last night warned there was one last chance to strike a deal on securing new tax and welfare powers for Holyrood before the election. The Finance Secretary said he would meet Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands this week for a tenth ...

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The SNP is a one-issue party - Herald Scotland
14 Feb 2016 at 1:27am

Herald Scotland
The SNP is a one-issue party
Herald Scotland
Yet in preparing their independence campaign, the SNP leadership recognised a shortfall in their future funding for Scotland, and chose to simply fill that gap with unrealistically high net oil revenues. Scotland as part of the UK is not overly ...

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Scottish Tories targeting disenchanted Labour and Lib Dem voters - Glasgow So...
14 Feb 2016 at 1:13am

Scottish Tories targeting disenchanted Labour and Lib Dem voters
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
A spokesman for the party said: "Ruth is setting out a very clear pledge to people at this election: if you want the SNP held to account, if you oppose a second referendum and if you want family finances protected, then she will fight your corner. "We ...

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UK's "outsized" world role depends on Trident, says US Defence Secretary - He...
14 Feb 2016 at 12:30am

Herald Scotland
UK's "outsized" world role depends on Trident, says US Defence Secretary
Herald Scotland
THE UK needs to keep its Trident nuclear deterrent to maintain its ?outsized role? on the world stage, the US defence secretary said yesterday. However, SNP MSP Bill Kidd, vice-president of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation hit back ...

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Holyrood election sees former Better Together allies fall out over the Union ...
14 Feb 2016 at 12:20am

Herald Scotland
Holyrood election sees former Better Together allies fall out over the Union
Herald Scotland
TORY leader Ruth Davidson will this week hammer the final nail into the coffin of Better Together, when she attacks her former allies for being too weak to defend the Union. In a pitch to disaffected Labour and LibDem voters, Davidson will send 600,000 ...

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Referendum not a priority say most Scots - The Sunday Times
14 Feb 2016 at 3:02am

Referendum not a priority say most Scots
The Sunday Times
ONLY 10% of Scots believe that holding another referendum should be a priority, in spite of Nicola Sturgeon's threat to stage another vote if Britain pulls out of the EU, according to a new poll. The YouGov survey for Scotland in Union, a campaign ...

Scotland Stronger in Europe pledges to make positive case in EU referendum - ...
10 Feb 2016 at 11:12am
Scotland Stronger in Europe pledges to make positive case in EU referendum
The Scottish wing of the campaign to keep the UK in the European Union launched today, promising to make the positive case for Europe in the upcoming referendum. The Scotland Stronger in Europe campaign board is made up of five women and five men ...
Pro-EU campaign boss backs June referendumScotsma...

Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum - Huffing...
31 Jan 2016 at 9:00pm

Huffington Post UK
Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum
Huffington Post UK
The received wisdom du jour in Scotland is that, regardless of the position one may have taken, our 2014 referendum on independence was a "good thing". As someone who participated on panels and in debates across Scotland during that interesting time I ...

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David Cameron urged to delay EU referendum by first ministers - BBC News
3 Feb 2016 at 11:53am

BBC News
David Cameron urged to delay EU referendum by first ministers
BBC News
The first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have urged David Cameron not to hold an EU referendum in June, saying it will "distract" from devolved elections taking place in May. Nicola Sturgeon, Carwyn Jones and Arlene Foster have ...
EU referendum: David Cameron dismisses ruling June out for voteThe Ind...

David Cameron on collision course with Scottish Government as he hints refere...
19 Jan 2016 at 7:35am

Scottish Daily Record
David Cameron on collision course with Scottish Government as he hints referendum will take place weeks after ...
Scottish Daily Record
The Holyrood election is on May 5, meaning June 23 ? the last Thursday before Scots schools break up ? is the most likely referendum date. But Nicola Sturgeon has warned it would be disrespectful to hold it within six weeks of the Scottish Pa...

EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to ...
28 Jan 2016 at 5:51pm

The Independent
EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to independence'
The Independent
Some Scottish nationalists may vote for the UK to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum because they think it will speed up the route to independence, a former leader of the SNP has said. Gordon Wilson, who served as head of the party for more ...

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EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying....
4 Feb 2016 at 2:47pm

Scottish Daily Record
EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying.. but the gap is narrowing
Scottish Daily Record
Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said: "With the referendum on membership of the EU looking increasingly likely to take place in 2016, people may be starting to focus on Britain's membership of the European Union despite concerns expressed by the ......

Nigeria should emulate Scotland and hold Biafran independence referendum! - N...
4 Feb 2016 at 1:11pm

Nigeria should emulate Scotland and hold Biafran independence referendum!
Editor's note: In September 2014, the Scottish people came together to answer the question ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? The ?No? side won, with 55.3% of voters being against secession, and the matter was settled for the time being.

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

When will Osborne's bubble pop?
14 Feb 2016 at 12:07am
BuytoLet housing bubble due to burst. RBS telling clients to sell everything. Austerity lol, has doubled debt under him. Are they still printing cash? Well respected financial experts have predicted crisis.

Rumours of crisis worse than 2007, they haven't learned a thing, elite and banking/finance...

General Politics Thread
11 Feb 2016 at 10:23am
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...

Big Eck challenged to a square go!
10 Feb 2016 at 9:45pm

Big Eck was challenged to a fight by Bill Wallace. Mr Wallace was shown to be an uneducated britnat with no understanding or indeed relevance to Scotlands current journey. In summary a servi...

Scottish journalists
9 Feb 2016 at 5:25am
I'm getting a wee bit sick and tired of their faux-affrontery, double standards, wagon circling, demonisation of nats and all round shoddy journalism.   I don't think anyone would argue that there is an imbalance in the Scottish MSM at present.  Spannergate has simply crystallised what has been g...

Tory Election Fraud
8 Feb 2016 at 7:31pm

Quite extraordinary report of Channel 4 News about systemic fraud in three English by-elections where it is claimed the spent tens of thousands over the legal limit and didn't declare it.

Seems however there...

If UK voted to leave the EU...
5 Feb 2016 at 10:25pm
If the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU but the majority of those in Scotland voted to remain, what % chance do you think there would be in a soon to follow Scottish independence referendum a 'yes' vote

Voting Habits
5 Feb 2016 at 11:22am
We have all met people who vote a certain way because that was the way their family voted.
Areas where a monkey in a red/blue/gold/yellow rosette would be elected despite their ability.
I'd like to think that with the advent of the internet and demise of MSM that people, especially the younger ge...

Euro Referendum
2 Feb 2016 at 5:01pm
I know this has been covered on other threads but given its importance and likely imminence I thought I'd start this.

Early reports and all that, but it looks like this falls well short of what Cameron himself promised. He will have on...

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Runrig Usher Hall Ticket For Sale
11 Feb 2016 at 7:48am
One ticket for sale cover price (£28) for Saturday night if anyone is interested?

Speed Camera On A1 To Berwick
10 Feb 2016 at 4:37pm
Was driving down this road the other night when suddenly got flashed by speed camera on other side of the road- single carriageway at this point. Couldn't see a fooking thing - completely blinded and nearly crashed.   I presume I can still get caught despite it being a GATSO camera set up to take...

I've Had 3 Vodka And Cokes...
9 Feb 2016 at 7:17pm
...And I'm mad wi it

Kendrick Lamar -To Pimp A Butterfly
9 Feb 2016 at 6:17pm
some fuckin album

Andy Murray
9 Feb 2016 at 11:08am
Congratulations to the Murrays on the birth of their daughter.   Father and daughter both well.

New X Files Series ?
9 Feb 2016 at 10:53am
Anyone watch it last night ?   Watched it for old times sake (enjoyed the original back in the 90's) was pretty disappointed TBH, too much CGI for my liking & Scully's had a face lift 

Death By Meteorite
9 Feb 2016 at 12:10am
Now that is unlucky!

Roll And Crisps
8 Feb 2016 at 6:27am

Seen an article covering the fall of crisp sales in the UK which got me thinking how little I eat them nowadays and how often I did when I was younger.

I was particularly fond of a roll and crips, with cheese and onion being my favourite filling closely followed by roast beef!

Anyone else keen o...

Holyrood Magazine


Boomerangs fly at the Scottish budget debate
by Liam.Kirkaldy
12 Feb 2016 at 7:30am

John Swinney makes further offer on the fiscal framework
by jenni.davidson
12 Feb 2016 at 5:08pm

Income tax in Scotland to stay the same as rest of UK
by jenni.davidson
12 Feb 2016 at 9:09am

What's the deal with the Fiscal Framework?
by Liam.Kirkaldy
12 Feb 2016 at 10:47am

MSPs pass Community Justice Bill amid ongoing concerns over funding
by Alan.Robertson
12 Feb 2016 at 10:55am

Two thirds of councils delivering second language lessons in primary one
by jenni.davidson
12 Feb 2016 at 1:22pm

College lecturers consider strike action over pay
by Tom.Freeman
12 Feb 2016 at 1:28pm

Scottish Police Authority chiefs experience the Mary Scanlon treatment during...
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12 Feb 2016 at 1:57pm

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