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Corbyn is Labour's best hope for power, insists Abbott
13 Apr 2017 at 8:26pm
JEREMY Corbyn?s leadership is worth as much as 20 points in the opinion polls and replacing him would plunge Labour into single digits, Diane Abbott has insisted.

Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon can act to remove rape clause
13 Apr 2017 at 6:36pm
RUTH Davidson has been accused of desperation after trying to shut down the row over the welfare ?rape clause? that has dogged her all week by attacking Nicola Sturgeon.

MSP's daughter facing ethics probe over undeclared property
13 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
AN SNP council candidate is facing a formal ethics hearing over a property deal involving her MSP father, the Herald can reveal.

SNP scorn at Labour pair standing as independents
13 Apr 2017 at 12:10am
Rivals say councillors? move shows party is toxic

Syrian President insists reports of chemical attack on his own people are '10...
13 Apr 2017 at 3:24pm
Bashar-al Assad, the Syrian President, has insisted that the reports of a chemical attack by his country's forces on its own people were a "100 per cent fabrication".

Corbyn proposes shake-up in Whitehall procurement rules to boost local busine...
13 Apr 2017 at 11:20am
BREXIT could give Whitehall and local councils more power to support British firms bidding for public sector contracts, Jeremy Corbyn will argue today.

Sturgeon has "lost the plot" on referendum, claims LibDem leader
13 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
NICOLA Sturgeon has ?lost the plot? in her pursuit of independence and left people ?spitting mad? at her antics, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has claimed.

Scottish unemployment rate lower than UK average again
13 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
UNEMPLOYMENT north of the border fell below the UK rate last quarter, according to new figures which nevertheless flagged other warnings for the Scottish economy.

Leaked emails reveal Scottish Labour tensions in run up to Holyrood referendu...
12 Apr 2017 at 12:07am
SENIOR Scottish Labour MSPs clashed with each other ahead of the Holyrood debate last month on a second independence referendum, leaked emails reveal.

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Shameful' Ruth Davidson defending indefensible rape clause
12 Apr 2017 at 3:37pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has branded Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson "shameful" for her stance on the UK Government's so-called rape clause.

Lib Dem leader says Nicola Sturgeon has 'lost the plot' in her pursuit of ind...
12 Apr 2017 at 6:10pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has ?lost the plot? in her pursuit of independence and left people ?spitting mad? at her antics, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has claimed.

Diplomatic gulf between US and Russia laid bare as leaders swap barbs over Syria
12 Apr 2017 at 7:16pm
THE diplomatic gulf between Moscow and Washington has been laid bare after Vladimir Putin said relations between the two world powers had been ?degraded? while Donald Trump decried Russia for supporting an ?animal? in Syria?s Bashar al-Assad.

PM is called on to take action to avoid living standards crisis as rising inf...
12 Apr 2017 at 6:11pm
THERESA May has been called on to take ?urgent action? to stave off a fresh living standards crisis after new figures showed that rising inflation meant real-terms growth in people?s pay had ground to a halt.

Tory council candidate suspended over ?offensive? Sturgeon Facebook comments
12 Apr 2017 at 12:35pm
A Tory candidate in the local elections has been suspended from the party after posting "extremely offensive" online comments about Nicola Sturgeon.

Fur set to fly as pooches go head to head in Holyrood Dog of the Year competi...
12 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
PROMISING an election in which the fur will surely fly, voting has opened in the inaugural competition to find the Holyrood Dog of the Year.

 

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Leader comment: School checks should all have been done by now
13 Apr 2017 at 9:30pm
It has been revealed that there are 71 schools which have defects similar to that of an Edinburgh school which saw a wall collapse last year.

Hundreds call for scrapping of ?despicable? rape clause
13 Apr 2017 at 9:07pm
Hundreds of protesters have gathered to demand the scrapping of the UK Government’s so-called rape clause, as they branded the policy “vile” and “despicable”.

Dozens more schools across Scotland with structural faults
13 Apr 2017 at 6:48pm
At least 71 more schools in Scotland were found to have similar defects to Edinburgh schools judged to be unsafe.

Scotland?s forgotten political parties ? Movements that have since disappeared
13 Apr 2017 at 3:41pm
It’s become de rigueur in Scottish politics to point to the success of the SNP and claim it is proof that we live in a ‘one party state’.

From Trump to Sheridan: Most famous teetotal politicians
13 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
Donald Trump, despite outward appearances, has never had an alcoholic drink in his life.

Ruth Davidson blasts ?gross hypocrisy? in ?rape clause? row
13 Apr 2017 at 3:01pm
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson today hit back in the “rape clause” row, telling the SNP to use the powers it has Holyrood to offset the changes - or face claims of “gross hypocrisy”.

Tim Farron: Extremism lies beneath surface of SNP
13 Apr 2017 at 1:49pm
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said extremism lies beneath the surface of the SNP as he accused a leading local election candidate of “doing a Trump”.

Poll: Most Scots want international students to work in UK
13 Apr 2017 at 12:43pm
A large majority of Scots wish to see international students find jobs in the UK rather than return to their home countries upon graduation, a poll has found.

Investigation finds defects in over 70 schools across Scotland
13 Apr 2017 at 10:29am
More than 70 Scottish schools have been found to have defects similar to those in Edinburgh schools closed due to safety fears, according to an investigation.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in Edinburgh on campaign trail
13 Apr 2017 at 9:45am
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is to hit the campaign trail in Edinburgh, with hopes the party can deliver a record result in May’s local elections.

Donald Trump may have borrowed Russian money, claims spy chief
13 Apr 2017 at 8:59am
A British former spy chief has suggested Donald Trump borrowed money from Russian lenders to keep his property empire afloat.

Tom Peterkin: Greens guilty of naivety on local elections
13 Apr 2017 at 8:00am
Hopes that next month’s ballot will move beyond debate over independence are likely to be in vain says Tom Peterkin

Bill Jamieson: Are we a nation of quitters ? or boiled frogs?
13 Apr 2017 at 8:00am
Polls saying Scots will leave in their droves if there is independence are exaggerated writes Bill Jamieson

SNP ?appeals to EU politicians for Indyref2 support?
13 Apr 2017 at 7:40am
The SNP has appealed to European politicians for support as it tries to progress plans for a second independence referendum in the wake of Brexit.

Scottish protest over ?barbaric and vile? rape policy
13 Apr 2017 at 7:23am
A DEMONSTRATION against the UK Government’s so-called rape clause is to take place in a bid to force ministers to scrap the “barbaric and vile” policy.

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Anywhere but Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2017 at 11:19am
So far as we can tell, the primary occupation of chunky former “Better Together” head honcho, Scottish Labour apparatchik and tuba enthusiast Blair McDougall these days – he appears to be otherwise unemployed – is posting endlessly on Twitter about how the UK would rob Scottish pensioners who’ve paid National Insurance to the UK for …

A consensus is reached
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2017 at 1:37pm
The John Beattie Show on BBC Radio Scotland today hosted a 20-minute-long debate between Professor Richard Murphy and an amateur Unionist blogger who for the last several years has used the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures to prove that an independent Scotland would be economically unviable. Below is a very short extract from it. (The …

Scotland?s sourest grapes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2017 at 11:55am
Most of the Scottish media today reports the latest Lord Ashcroft poll, which found Nicola Sturgeon to be by a distance the most popular political leader in Scotland. “Scots feel quite positive about Sturgeon”, said the Daily Record, while the Scotsman headline was “Poll shows Scots approve of Sturgeon’s performance” and the Herald went with “Poll reveals …

Murdo Fraser Wins A Vote
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Apr 2017 at 4:55pm
Conservative list MSP Murdo Fraser is Scottish politics’ undisputed king of rejects. He’s had a 16-year career in the Scottish Parliament without once winning any sort of election, trousering close to a million pounds of taxpayers’ money in the process, and there’s pretty much nothing anyone can do to get him out of it. First of …

Tory council election manifesto launched
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Apr 2017 at 10:45am
It’s a comprehensive policy document focused on local issues wait no. We mean the other thing. Still, at least it’s a very different message from the Scottish Labour one wait no. We mean the other thing.

What they wish for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2017 at 11:10am
There’s an interesting article in today’s Sunday Times, about a cunning plan by which the Scottish Government could bypass the veto of Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and legislate for a second independence referendum – forcing a direct showdown in which the UK government would have to openly trample the Scottish Parliament and its electoral mandate. …

The levers of power
by Chris Cairns
8 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

Unionist Manifesto Update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2017 at 12:08pm
Yesterday we noted that while Scotland’s opposition parties and Unionist media were united in the staunch belief that the Scottish Government should do something to improve the poorly-performing economy over which it has almost no control, none of them seemed able to offer so much as a single actual policy they wanted changed or implemented …

Being economical without the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2017 at 1:36pm
We’ve been trying to take advantage of the current lull in politics, with Holyrood in recess for Easter, to have a bit of a semi-break. Having to watch all the Unionist party conferences in March is always toxic to the soul, and with the gargantuan torrent of insane lies emanating from the indyref2 and Article 50 …

Testing the water
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2017 at 10:11pm
We just got this email from a reader. We can’t verify it, but have no reason to doubt it. We thought you’d like to know, though.

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Defects found at 72 more Scottish school buildings
13 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
At least 72 more schools in Scotland have similar defects to Edinburgh schools judged to be unsafe.


Glasgow rally held against tax credit 'rape clause'
13 Apr 2017 at 8:48pm
A demonstration is held in Glasgow against the so-called "rape clause" in changes to child tax credits.


Nurses consider taking strike action over low pay
13 Apr 2017 at 10:48am
Some Scottish nurses are resorting to using food banks because of low pay, the RCN tells BBC Scotland.


Scottish Lib Dems launch council election manifesto
12 Apr 2017 at 10:17am
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie launches the party's council election manifesto in Fife.


Tory council candidate suspended over online comments
12 Apr 2017 at 2:22pm
A Conservative council candidate is suspended from the party over "extremely offensive" online comments about Nicola Sturgeon.


Sturgeon: Indyref2 'need not be divisive'
12 Apr 2017 at 7:39am
The first minister says the debate on Scotland's future should be conducted with "courtesy and respect".


Scotland's jobless total falls by 15,000
12 Apr 2017 at 4:43pm
Official figures show that the unemployment rate fell by 0.5% to 4.5% between December and February.


At-a-glance: Scottish Lib Dem council election manifesto
12 Apr 2017 at 12:35pm
An at-a-glance guide to the Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto for May's local authority elections.


Campaigners call for target to cut Scots alcohol consumption by 10%
12 Apr 2017 at 9:07am
A report calls on ministers to aim to reduce the amount of alcohol Scots drink by at least 10% over a decade.


Relatives offer higher wages due to care workers shortage
11 Apr 2017 at 5:48pm
An East Lothian man says 16 providers told him they had no capacity to help with care for his wife.


First Holyrood Dog of the Year contest to be held
11 Apr 2017 at 12:13pm
MSPs have put forward their pets for the first Holyrood Dog of the Year competition, which includes a public vote.


At-a-glance: Scottish Green council election manifesto
11 Apr 2017 at 1:05pm
An at-a-glance guide to the Scottish Green Party's national manifesto for May's local authority elections.

Scot Goes Pop

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Local Election Misinformation
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2017 at 2:46pm
I'm getting to the point where I almost despair of our chances of clearing up the misunderstandings about how the STV voting system works in time for polling day on 4th May, because people are so w...

Ranking the rank outsiders
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2017 at 3:29am
I've been having a belated look at the full candidate list for my own ward in the May local elections.  One thing I'd forgotten about until I checked is that the ward is being expanded from three s...

Why I Did It
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2017 at 2:52am
A guest post by Glasgow Working ClassFirst of all, I want to sincerely thank James Kelly for allowing me this opportunity to set the record straight and to very briefly bid you all farewell.  I can...

New podcast on Brexit, and charting the course towards a vote on independence
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2017 at 6:38pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm the guest on this week's edition of the Newsnet podcast, hosted as always by Derek Bateman.  The topics discussed include the symbolism of the already-leg...

POLL : Devastating blow for Theresa May as overwhelming majority of Scottish ...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2017 at 1:03pm
Survation seem to conduct telephone polls in Scotland pretty regularly, but most of them are private polls (probably for a unionist party) that are not intended for publication.  Today's Survation ...

All options for facing down Tyrannical Theresa must remain on the table
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2017 at 2:28am
There was a fascinating moment on the BBC news channel yesterday afternoon, when Professor John Curtice raised (with much more seriousness than most commentators have done thus far) the possibility...

Theresa May tried her best to say nothing in Scotland - but we did learn a li...
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2017 at 6:32pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about what we learned from Theresa May's visit yesterday - even though it was like trying to get bloo...

It's official, it's decisive : an independence referendum is the will of the ...
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2017 at 5:09pm
Scottish Parliament vote on holding an independence referendum :Yes 69 (53.9%)No 59 (46.1%)The BBC argued that the 55%-45% vote against independence in 2014 was "decisive", so as this is very much ...

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Different Countries Try Malort- the Worst Liquor Ever.
by /u/HHobbzzzz
13 Apr 2017 at 8:56pm
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SNP scorn at Labour pair standing as independents
by /u/fluffyvulvasalesman
13 Apr 2017 at 8:47pm
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Kezia Dugdale responds to Ruth Davidson: "This is, without doubt, one of the ...
by /u/mankieneck
13 Apr 2017 at 7:42pm
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Is it wrong that I think Child Benefit shouldn't exist at all?
by /u/Wastrelle
13 Apr 2017 at 7:35pm
Having kids is a pretty major step in life. It's a pretty big responsibility that you should be prepared for. It shouldn't entitle the parents to anything. Having kids while not being able to spend...

Edinburgh ranked as the best city in the UK to start a new business, accordin...
by /u/bottish
13 Apr 2017 at 6:32pm
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Punked? How an upstart brewing company sold up and sold out
by /u/JohnnyButtocks
13 Apr 2017 at 6:29pm
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Man cuts his own throat on West Nile St
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13 Apr 2017 at 5:54pm
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The Scottish electoral commision's leaflet is available in scots...
by /u/PanningForSalt
13 Apr 2017 at 4:47pm
I'm not sure how many people find it helpful to read this leaflet over the standard english one. http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/223414/Scots.pdf submitted by ...

Ross Greer MSP: "Our parliament doesn't just exist to mitigate the callous cr...
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13 Apr 2017 at 4:04pm
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Benefits Map of Britain
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13 Apr 2017 at 4:02pm
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Stay classy kilmarnock!
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13 Apr 2017 at 3:54pm
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Ruth Davidson's response to the Rape Clause
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13 Apr 2017 at 3:06pm
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Ken MacBrayne becomes third Tory council candidate binned over anti-muslim re...
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13 Apr 2017 at 2:46pm
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Ruth Davidson and Co have far more than a PR Problem
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13 Apr 2017 at 11:27am
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Petition launched to scrap rape clause as criticism of Tory reform continues
by Annie Brown
13 Apr 2017 at 5:52pm
The petition needs to gather 100,000 signatures to be considered for a parliamentary debate.


Lib Dem leader Tim Farron slams SNP 'extremism and intolerance beneath the su...
by Record Reporter
13 Apr 2017 at 2:00pm
Farron criticised SNP candidate Frank Ross who suggested pro-Union parties only call themselves 'Scottish' as a branding exercise to win votes and also blasted 'weak' Ruth Davidson over 'rape claus...


Scottish council elections 2017 - When are they and how do I register to vote?
by Record Reporter
13 Apr 2017 at 10:20am
As the deadline for voters to register looms, here's everything you need to know about this year's local elections.


Indyref 2 is the dividing issue as battle lines are drawn for Scottish counci...
by David Clegg
13 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
The last time council voters went to the polls Alex Salmond was the SNP leader, independence was a fringe interest and Ruth Davidson was an unpopular Tory leader.


Support for rape clause shows the nasty truth about Ruth Davidson's Tory values
by Record View
13 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Record View is disappointed that the Scottish Conservatives leader has backed the clause and says it shows her values.


Donald Trump slams Vladimir Putin after Russian president supported Syria's B...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
The US president has criticised the most powerful man in Russia for his views nearly a week after he launching a missile strike on Syria.


Tory candidate suspended after describing Nicola Sturgeon as a 'stupid little...
by dailyrecord
12 Apr 2017 at 12:48pm
Another post targeted at the First Minister asked, "why can't someone stick a cattle prod up her nether region?"


Donald Trump's son proves the world needs grown-ups - not rich kids mouthing ...
by Record View
12 Apr 2017 at 9:18am
President Trump tweeted saying that North Korea 'is looking for trouble', maybe one of the president’s kids will kick a ball into the Chinese Army’s back yard next.


Nicola Sturgeon promises to 'lead by example' by urging supporters to treat o...
by David Clegg
12 Apr 2017 at 7:41am
The First Minister admitted her decision to push for another vote on the constitution means Scotland 'once again faces a time of intense political debate'.


Claws are out for Tory rape clause as experts warn it will cause 'significant...
by Paul O'Hare
12 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Calls for the clause to be ditched are growing with experts warning of it causing harm to mums who have been raped.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 152 ? Crying ?Wolf!?
by michaelgreenwell
11 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
For the 152nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I?ve pulled together some of the recent notable comments by some pro-indy folks and by some unionists. The Tories seem to want to deny everything, some people are trying to ramp up the hysteria and others are trying to calm it all down. In the middle …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …
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Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 148 ? Sweeties
by michaelgreenwell
13 Mar 2017 at 12:11pm
I had just put together and mastered episode 148 of the Scottish Independence Podcast before Sturgeon announced that we’re going for Indyref 2, so it doesn’t have any of that in it. I hope you’ll still find it funny and/or infuriating though. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . …
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Ruth and Co have far more than a PR Problem
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2017 at 11:18am
The Tory Rape Clause is a perfect storm of austerity, bureaucracy and misogyny, it exposes the punitive ideological agenda of Britain 2017, but it also exposes the biting hypocrisy of Ruth Davidson. She has been showered in plaudits by commentators for years and given a free pass as her own party mirrors her southern counterparts …

Scrap the Clause
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2017 at 10:19am
Ahead of this evenings demo in George Square, Ceris Aston @insocrates argues that it’s time to stand up for our rights and for the rights of others who suffer under this bitter and brutal austerity regime. Sometimes you wake up and feel like you’ve gone back in time – been swept into the dark ages, …

Mad King Donald?s Mar-a-Lago Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Apr 2017 at 11:55am
As Laurie Penny puts it: “If anyone?s crazy, it?s you for not adjusting to the new normal”. She writes: “Paying any attention to the news at all these days is like living inside a rolling panic attack, so you may have missed the fact that somewhere between the “Muslim Ban” and the utter destruction of American …

Antonio Gramsci?s Reception in Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Apr 2017 at 11:54am
?Gramsci?s relevance to Scotland today,? wrote one young socialist in 1975, ?is in his emphasis that in a society which is both mature and complex, where the total social and economic processes are geared to maintaining the production of goods and services (and the reproduction of the conditions of production), then the transition to socialism …

Easter Abroad
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Apr 2017 at 10:55am
The main pillars of the case for continuing dependence are crumbling each week. The vision of an economy tied to a fluctuating petro-chemical resource was disbanded by Andrew Wilson a few weeks ago. The idea of a country excluded from European affairs, either by veto from Spain or by or by some fantastical non-existent process …

Two generations of immigrants, Two generations of identity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Apr 2017 at 10:22am
Two generations of immigrants, two generations of identity: Scotland?s case for choosing its own destiny. This past week, in her speech on women?s equality at the United Nations, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reiterated her internationalist outlook and commitment that Scotland should remain an inclusive and welcoming country in efforts to aid conflict resolution. Scotland, she …

Face Palm Sunday
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Apr 2017 at 9:46pm
With the sociopath and his mannequin daughter dictating Tomahawk diplomacy by whim, and the denials by Putin and his psycho-proxy being cheered-on by some confused souls, it’s difficult to get too excited about the imminent arrival of the Easter Bunny.  But some of the madness seems much closer to home. The Observer published a gushing …

The Great Edge
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Apr 2017 at 10:12am
What follows is fiction, but that doesn?t mean it is not true. It has yet to happen as described, but it has happened before. Differently. A long way back in the past. This is what could happen, sometime in the future. Soon. It was when he was pushed North West of Dunnet Head that he …

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Independent Scotland would be welcome to join EU, say Green MEPs
by Josh Halliday
10 Apr 2017 at 9:44am
Letter signed by 50 politicians offers full support to ensure swift and smooth transition if Scotland leaves UKFifty European politicians have said Scotland would be ?most welcome? to rejoin the European Union as a full member if it voted for independence.The group of mainly Green party politicia...

Nicola Sturgeon rejects speculation about snap Scottish elections
by Press Association
8 Apr 2017 at 11:55am
First minister vows to set out next steps on second independence referendum after Easter recess but is not considering court actionNicola Sturgeon has dismissed suggestions of early elections in Scotland to end a standoff with Theresa May over a second independence referendum.The first minister s...

May and Tusk agree to 'lower tensions' in Brexit talks when issues like Gibra...
by Andrew Sparrow
6 Apr 2017 at 4:41pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMay?s speech and Q&A - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 4.41pm BST Unfortunately, the proportional representation system we have in Wales doesn?t allow that fighting a byelection.I would say many of the people who voted Uki...

Small business owners support Sturgeon's plans for another referendum
by Emma Sheppard
6 Apr 2017 at 2:14pm
Guardian readers? poll reveals strong backing for a second independence vote and a number of entrepreneurs who will vote yes this time after Brexit resultIt?s been billed by critics as a vanity project for Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who wants independence from the rest of the UK wha...

Spain says it will not impose veto if Scotland tries to join EU
by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
2 Apr 2017 at 7:00am
Foreign minister says Madrid remains opposed to an independent Scotland, but would not block any EU application Spain has said it would not veto an attempt by an independent Scotland to join the EU, in a boost to Nicola Sturgeon?s campaign for a second independence referendum and the clearest sig...

Scottish Labour chose to forget about the workers | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
2 Apr 2017 at 12:04am
Concentrating on fighting against independence has wiped out the party?s credibilityThere have been many staging posts in Scottish Labour?s descent into political oblivion. The journey only really picked up speed, though, during the first independence referendum campaign, when it grotesquely misj...

EU delay on Brexit trade deal hits Sturgeon's referendum timetable
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Mar 2017 at 6:11pm
Insistence that trade deal follow British exit stymies Scottish first minister?s calls for independence vote shortly after BrexitNicola Sturgeon?s proposals for a vote on Scottish independence within weeks of a Brexit deal have been thrown into doubt by the EU?s decision to delay a trade deal.The...

Angus Robertson: 'It's hard to take May at face value on Scotland' ? video in...
by Owen Jones, Adam Sich and Alex Healey
31 Mar 2017 at 12:35pm
Angus Robertson tells Owen Jones that he and his Scottish National party colleagues have ?yet to be convinced by Theresa May?s government? and have ?a whole load of reasons to be sceptical? about her promises on Scotland. The SNP?s leader in Westminster discusses the possibility of a second refer...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Vote until you boak
There’s a need to do a wee explanation of STV for dummies because there seems to be a lot of confusion about it. Admittedly when you look at a typical Saturday evening’s entertainment on STV and wall to wall Ant and bloody Dec, it’s pretty apparent that they’re pretty good at doing dummies all by …

Sending a message
That didn’t last long did it. Just a few days ago the usual suspects were crowing that Ruthie Davidson was the most popular politician in Scotland, all on the basis of a shonky poll from SkyNews which didn’t even pretend to represent a balanced sample. But that didn’t stop them from hailing Ruth as the …

Being political about language
This is a quiet week for politics. So although I usually rant about Scottish politics, today I’ll rant about something else. When you rant about Scottish politics you invariably get a lot of negativity, and often outright abuse, on social media. You expect that. Politics affects people’s daily lives. It affects their employment and earnings. …

What Unionist parties do on their holidays
What did you do on your holidays? Both the Westminster and Scottish parliaments are in recess for the Easter break so it’s a slow news week. You can tell it’s a slow news week because Scottish Unionists are having to be outraged by things that are more ridiculous than the inanities that they typically get …

Let?s choose to live
One of the regular huffs of those who support the Union come what may is that the movement for Scottish independence is characterised by exceptionalism, by the belief that Scotland is somehow uniquely special, that it’s better than anywhere else, and particularly that it’s better than England. Because of course it’s a treasured trope of …

Dingo Sofa and the art of scamming
I got one of those scamming emails the other day, telling me I’d won millions in a lottery that I’d never entered and to contact someone in Burkina Faso for the details on how to collect my non-existent winnings. It was sent by someone calling himself Mr Dingo Sofa, which is the best name ever. …

The choice we?re facing
It’s been a full weekend. We’ve had threats of war with Spain. We’ve had Theresa May’s government cutting benefits payments to bereaved families. Life expectancy in the UK is falling for the first time since the last world war. We’ve had the UK turn into the laughing stock of the world, as a report in …

The Al Capone of Europe
Well that didn’t take long did it. The Spanish veto threats have been turned 180 degrees from what the Unionist politicians and their media supporters have been telling us for years, while those of us who were saying what was really going to happen were ignored and sidelined. This blog has been saying for years …

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Professor Richard Murphy: Kevin Hague thinks Scotland should know its place ?...
Richard Murphy is Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City, University of London

Lesley Riddoch: It?s complacency, not inequality, that is slowly strangling t...
THERE are days when you think the wheels are coming off the Westminster cart completely.

Willie Rennie claims voters are 'spitting mad' with Nicola Sturgeon over Scot...
?SPITTING mad? voters will back the LibDems in local elections next month out of anger at plans for a second indyref, Willie Rennie said yesterday.

Courtesy, empathy and respect will be at the heart of ScotRef campaign, says ...
NICOLA Sturgeon has placed ?courtesy, empathy and respect? at the heart of the next campaign for Scottish independence ? a vote she said would be an ?informed choice?, unlike the EU referendum.

Greens vow to give power to the people as they launch local election manifesto
THE Scottish Greens pledged to drive forward a transport revolution yesterday as they launched their manifesto for the local elections.

Kevin McKenna: All these layabouts and whingers need to realise this world do...
Ahead of the local council elections, the following is a political broadcast on behalf of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Wee Ginger Dug: Want to waste your local election vote? Then back the indyref...
THE cooncil elections are coming up, and we get a vote on the make-up of the bodies who are going to be in charge of local issues. The Tories have got this all carefully thought through and have a carefully and rigorously thought out set of policies about every area of local government competence. They?ve got local policies for local people. Well no, actually, that?s as much a lie as the statem...

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: We need to sell Scotland to the world ... Unionists sho...
FIFTY years ago this year Winnie Ewing shook the political establishment with her stunning and historic victory in the Hamilton by-election. Of all her successes and triumphs, there remains a single line from her victory speech which has stood the test of history: ?Stop the world. Scotland wants to get on.?

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Davidson?s Small Troop of MSP?s Overturn 20 Years of Scottish Support for the...
  Scottish Tories on the Golan Heights     25 February 2016: Scottish Parliamentary Pro-Israel Lobby Group and the Scottish Tory Friends of Israel Early in 2016 Ruth Davidson persuaded the Holyrood debating agenda to arrange a formal invitation to the Jewish Lobby Group (Culture for Coexistence) and Britain?s deputy Israeli ambassador Eitan Na?eh to … Continue reading Davidson’s Small Troop of ...

Tories Create a New Party Block (Think North) ? It includes Scotland Which it...
Scottish Local Elections 2017 You should be prepared to be subjected to a cacophony of English voices canvassing for your vote for the Conservative party in the days leading up to 4 May. loads of Tory supporters are being bussed from the North of England to Scotland to join with and boost local Tory activists … Continue reading Tories Create a New Party Block (Think North) – It includes Scotlan...

Post Brexit ? Another Independence Referendum ? Another No Vote ? Scotland Ge...
            Shocks in Store for Scotland if Ruth Davidson and her Tory Yes Ma’am politicians ever gain power in Scotland Ruth Davidson and her Westminster Unionist Tory are not seen as an immediate threat to Scots, who through their SNP devolved government at Holyrood provide health care and some social … Continue reading Post Brexit – Another Independence Referendum – Another No Vote – Scotlan...

Ruth Davidson Boasts No Love of Scots and is Concealing the Post Brexit Tory ...
              Whatever Happened to the Tory Party in Scotland The answer is that it perished. It is a dead party. It died the moment that Conservative Central Office in London decided it would take control of the party in Scotland and run it from London through a proxy leader … Continue reading Ruth Davidson Boasts No Love of Scots and is Concealing the Post Brexit Tory Party Centralising Agend...

Mary! They even knew the colour of your curtains!!! ? How a Professionally Ru...
        Obama and Blair Campaigns Contractors Awarded “Better Together” Exclusive Media Strategy Contract. Blue State Digital is a powerful USA media strategy and technology company specializing in online fundraising, social networking and constituency development. The Company provided digital strategy and technology services (cost Ł2million) to the Barack Obama presidential and a number … Cont...

Scottish Rugby Union ? Stuffed With Officials and Players No Better Than Fina...
        O flower of Scotland “When will we see your like again, That fought and died for, Your wee bit hill and glen, And stood against him, Proud Edward’s army, And sent him homeward, Tae think again. The hills are bare now, And autumn leaves lie thick and still, O’er land that … Continue reading Scottish Rugby Union – Stuffed With Officials and Players No Better Than Financial Patriots – Stau...

Lest Ye Forget ? Ruth (the Mooth) Davidson ? Elected Leader of the Tory Party...
          The Mantra of Unionist Supporters in Scottish Politics “Ask not what I can do for Westminster, But, what can Westminster do for me?” Mundell to get a peerage for selling out his country? Ruth Davidson after? and what about the rest of them It’s all me me me me me!!! … Continue reading Lest Ye Forget – Ruth (the Mooth) Davidson – Elected Leader of the Tory Party in Scotland by 28% of t...

Scottish Farming Subsidy Payments Pilfered by Westminster and Given to Obscen...
                21 March 2017: NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates call for UK-wide framework to replace Common Agricultural Policy Westminster Policy Forward Planning Scotland?s farmers and landowners are in support of the repatriation of agricultural policies from Brussels to Westminster, with the provision that support should then … Continue reading Scottish Farming Subsidy Payments Pil...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP
Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 29th 2017 Nearly every adult in Scotland has an opinion and view on the SNP: the good, the bad, the positive, the negative and the indifferent. The SNP have been a constant presence in public life at least since Winnie Ewing?s famous …

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties?
When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 22nd 2017 The 1960s are referenced throughout the world as a period of immense change, hope, protest and turbulence. There were ?the winds of change? of decolonisation, Latin American revolts and rebellions, the Chinese cultural revolution, upsurges in Paris and Prague, Biafra, the disastrous …

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain?
Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 15th 2016 The ides of March 2017. One single day – Monday March 13th – will go down as an epic day in the fragmentation of the United Kingdom. The Brexit Bill passed through all its …

Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are ...
Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are the Good Guys? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 8th 2017 Nationalism is one of the defining features of Scotland and modern Scotland. Last week UK Prime Minister Theresa May came north to the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow, asking the Scots …

Scotland and Independence

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I never thought I would support Scottish independence ? but Nicola Sturgeon's...

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I never thought I would support Scottish independence ? but Nicola Sturgeon's feminism is pushing me towards it
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Nicola Sturgeon faced a storm of criticism as she embarked on her ?grievance tour? of the US this month, instead of focusing on negotiating a second referendum for Scottish independence. Yet one aspect of that visit was grossly overlooked. At the Women ......

Council elections shouldn't be about Scottish independence, say ... - iNews

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Council elections shouldn't be about Scottish independence, say ...
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The issue of Scottish independence should not be used to sway voters at next month's council elections, the Green Party has said as it launched its manifes.

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Why Scotland's new film studio may be denied a Hollywood ending by Scottish i...

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Why Scotland's new film studio may be denied a Hollywood ending by Scottish independence
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At a time when Brexit could produce a gold rush for the UK's film business, it raises questions about whether Scottish independence could prevent the new studio from fully playing a part. Considering Scotland's distinguished screen history, it has long ...



It's a Scottish coup! MEPs demand Scotland should be POACHED by the EU after ...

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It's a Scottish coup! MEPs demand Scotland should be POACHED by the EU after Brexit
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?We recognise that this was not your choice however and that Scotland voted strongly to remain within the EU. The question of Scotland's constitutional future, and your relationships with the UK and the EU are for the people of Scotland to decide.

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week two of ...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week two of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week two of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Is Europe softening its stance on Scottish independence? - BBC News

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Is Europe softening its stance on Scottish independence?
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Large banners hang in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg celebrating 60 years since the Treaty of Rome. They are visible en route to the chamber where MEPs this week set out their key objectives for Brexit talks over the next two years ...
Nicola Sturgeon rules out legal action to secure second Scottish independe...

Shetland Islands could go independent if Scotland leaves UK, former Chancello...

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Shetland Islands could go independent if Scotland leaves UK, former Chancellor claims
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The Shetland Islands could become an overseas territory if Scotland votes for independence, a former Tory chancellor has said. Lord Norman Lamont, who ran the Treasury between 1990 and 1993, has argued for the islands to sever ties with the Scottish ...

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Scotland's economic case for independence must be 'politically bomb-proof' - ...

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Scotland's economic case for independence must be 'politically bomb-proof'
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Scottish independence is not about sympathy but rather the grounds for its cessation from the U.K. should be based on "pure economic logic" with a "politically bomb-proof" plan to boot. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defiantly declared her ...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon to set out 'next steps' in Ap...

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Davidson provokes fury as she calls on SNP to offset effects of Tory rape cla...

Davidson provokes fury as she calls on SNP to offset effects of Tory rape clause
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Davidson told Nicola Sturgeon the SNP would be guilty of ?gross hypocrisy? unless they clean up the mess the Tories have created down south. In an astonishing statement that provoked a furious response, the Scots Tory leader said if the SNP Government ...



Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Crewe...

Crewe Guardian
Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Crewe Guardian
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Evesh...

Evesham Journal
Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Evesham Journal
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Crave...

Craven Herald
Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Craven Herald
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Banbu...

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Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Banbury Cake
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Witne...

Witney Gazette
Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Witney Gazette
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Strou...

Stroud News and Journal
Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Stroud News and Journal
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause - Daily...

Daily Echo
Hundreds of protesters call for scrapping of 'despicable' rape clause
Daily Echo
... on Thursday evening to call for the Government at Westminster to change its stance. Addressing the crowd, SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the changes, said no UK ministers have been able justify the policy ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Outrage as Sturgeon says Scottish referendum NOT divisive - Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Outrage as Sturgeon says Scottish referendum NOT divisive
Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon has been derided for living in 'dreamland' after claiming that a second Scottish independence referendum would not be divisive. The row reignited as the SNP leader stepped up her demand for Theresa May to grant a fresh vote before the ...
Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May in stand-off over Scottish referen...

EU referendum won't happen, Scots were told - Financial Times

EU referendum won't happen, Scots were told
Financial Times
Sir, John S Burton (Letters, April 6) is rewriting history in asserting that Scottish nationalists ?knew well before the vote on independence . . . that there would almost certainly be a vote on EU membership?. In a TV debate two weeks before the 2014 ...



Scotland could ditch the UK for Canada following second ... - Metro - Metro

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Scotland could ditch the UK for Canada following second ... - Metro
Metro
Scotland should ditch the UK and join forces with Canada, an author has suggested.

Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission? - T...

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Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission?
The Ferret (registration)
Nicola Sturgeon has asked Westminster for permission to hold a second independence referendum, but the Prime Minister thinks now is ?not the time? for a new vote as the UK hurtles towards Brexit. While the First Minister has the support of the Scottish ...
SCARED Nicola? Stu...

Scottish Parliament passes motion in favor of referendum on independence - Wa...

Washington Post
Scottish Parliament passes motion in favor of referendum on independence
Washington Post
LONDON ? The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of seeking another referendum on independence, setting the stage for a clash between the British prime minister and the first minister of Scotland. The motion in the semiautonomous Scottish ...
Scottish Parliament backs referendum callBB...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week two of ...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week two of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week two of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Independent Scotland would be 'most welcome' to be full member of ... - The I...

The Independent
Independent Scotland would be 'most welcome' to be full member of ...
The Independent
Scotland would be ?most welcome? to join the EU if it voted for independence, according to a group of 50 politicians. The open letter, signed by 26 MEPs and ...
Scotland 'most welcome' to join EU as full member after BrexitInternational Business Times UK

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Shetland Islands could have their own independence referendum if Scotland lea...

Scottish Daily Record
Shetland Islands could have their own independence referendum if Scotland leaves the UK - Norman Lamont
Scottish Daily Record
The Shetland Islands could break away from Scotland if votes for independence in a second referendum, a former chancellor has suggested. Lord Norman Lamont said the islands could have their own referendum to leave Scotland, in a bid to remain part of ....

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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May Election Thread
We should probably start a thread for the May council elections. Apparently Labour are afraid of disappearing into oblivion and are pinning their hopes of a unionist coalition with the Tories.

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 ...

No Voters - what say you?
I want to hear the thoughts of people who intend to vote No when the time eventually comes. I ask of you two things: What are the main reasons as to why you are against independence? Can you present a solid case for Scotland to stay in the UK? Lets have a leveled, dignified discussion...

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

Intelligent unionist posters
Where are they.... The HB's etc. ( although I think Bishop briggs may know HB ) Even the bat shit mental Raynards and Mr Bairns. I kind of miss them. They were original and banter. Now this forum is fuckt with 3rd raters such as mcspreader, chlamydia and that latest fud Mickymack. Are...

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

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Tamb - Make the Tamb Great Again
Well for one thing - transparency. Who owns this place? I think that goes to the heart of it. Ideally going forward it should be fan owned. It is full of fannies anyway so it makes sense. ho ho. Whatever happens in the future... keep reekysporran off all committees.

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

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.

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

Split Fixtures 16/17
The clubs in the top and bottom six of the Ladbrokes Premiership are now confirmed - we expect to publish the post-split fixtures early next week. (8 April 2017). Round 34 - Saturday 29 April, 2017 Round 35 - Saturday 6 May, 2017 Round 36 - Saturday 13 May, 2017 Round 37 - ...

Resting Punch Face
Resting bitch face is a well known thing women suffer from, "come on love give us a smile," "hey what so miserable about," "oh look, thinks she's better than us," when all the victim of this is doing is vacantly wondering what to have for tea.  Anyway guys get a similar affliction. Where you ...

Investment Opporchancities
So, after 38 years, I've been handed my redundancy/early retirement notes. I'm just thinking of my opportunities. I'm getting a fairly good package which includes early retirement. I've no family so no need to invest longer than me and the wife lives. Should I go for property or can anyone recomm...

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Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

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

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

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