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SNP summer of Indy initiative invented "night before" Sturgeon announced it
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
THE SNP?s much-vaunted summer initiative on independence was dreamed up by one of Nicola Sturgeon?s advisers at just a few hours? notice, the Sunday Herald has learned.

Father and daughter politicians in ethics row
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
A FATHER and daughter political duo are at the centre of an ethics row after a failure to declare property on a register of interests.

Scottish independence 'could prompt RBS to move HQ'
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
RBS could still move its headquarters out of Scotland if there is a Yes vote in a second independence referendum, chief executive Ross McEwan has said.

130,000 new members excluded from Labour vote after court challenge dropped
14 Aug 2016 at 3:47pm
Labour's leadership election will go ahead with the exclusion of around 130,000 new members after five of their number dropped their legal challenge against the decision to bar them.

Brexit campaign has legitimised racist language, says German-born minister
14 Aug 2016 at 2:15pm
A church minister who grew up behind the Berlin Wall said she fears being seen as an intruder in Scotland following the Brexit vote.

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It's decision day for Purcell on a political return
14 Aug 2016 at 4:06am
A controversial former Glasgow City Council leader will decide today whether to launch a high-stakes political comeback for Labour.

Swinney accused of "spinning down" expectations on schools reform
14 Aug 2016 at 4:06am
EDUCATION Secretary John Swinney has been criticised after it emerged the Government?s flagship policy of closing the attainment gap in education had been watered down.

Aide accuses former SNP health secretary of 'lying' over hospital cuts
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
FORMER SNP health secretary Alex Neil is chased round a car park and accused of ?lying? over hospital cuts by his old office manager in an extraordinary new video on YouTube.

Sputnik presenters facing questions about failed £37,000 TV venture
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
TWO of the presenters behind a Russian state-owned news operation are facing questions about their involvement in a failed TV venture funded by £37,000 in donations.

Labour plan to create a leader?s office may be in breach of parliamentary rules
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
LABOUR?s plan to create a leader?s political office for Kezia Dugdale by clawing back £10,500 from each MSP?s staffing allowance appears to be in breach of parliamentary rules.

Treasury plan to plug Brexit gap "not good enough", warns SNP
14 Aug 2016 at 12:56pm
TREASURY plans to plug the funding hole left by Brexit ?fall far short? of what Scotland?s communities and businesses need, finance secretary Derek Mackay warned.

State pupils hit by "unfair" exam appeal fees, say Labour
14 Aug 2016 at 12:15am
PRIVATE school pupils are three times more likely to appeal against their exam results than state pupils, new figures have revealed.

Sturgeon to meet EU nationals fearful over Brexit
14 Aug 2016 at 12:14am
NICOLA Sturgeon will hear the Brexit fears of EU citizens living in Scotland face-to-face this week as the Scottish Cabinet holds a special meeting to discuss Europe.

Why the furious Labour reaction to talk of deals with the SNP
13 Aug 2016 at 6:56am
Earlier this week Dave Anderson, Labour?s new shadow Scottish Secretary, missed the funeral of Edward Daly, the bishop who famously waved a blood-stained white handkerchief as a symbol of ceasefire on Bloody Sunday.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon to discuss Brexit vote with EU nationals
14 Aug 2016 at 12:57pm
Nicola Sturgeon is to meet EU nationals living in Scotland in an attempt to provide “reassurance and certainty” in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Scottish independence ?could prompt RBS to move HQ from Edinburgh?
14 Aug 2016 at 12:02pm
RBS could still move its headquarters out of Scotland if there is a Yes vote in a second independence referendum, chief executive Ross McEwan has said.

Zero tolerance: Britain?s gamble with rock bottom rates
13 Aug 2016 at 11:36pm
As the UK edges ever closer to a zero per cent interest rate, borrowing money has never been cheaper. Standing at a historic low of 0.25 per cent, further interest rate cuts are on the way as the Bank of England attempts to deal with the profound economic shock caused by the Brexit vote.

Euan McColm: Sturgeon should take heed of former SNP hothead
13 Aug 2016 at 11:07pm
In the SNP’s dark but not so distant past, the party was split over the way in which its objective of Scottish independence might be achieved.

Controversial SNP-China deal ?could still be on track?
13 Aug 2016 at 10:00pm
One of the key figures involved in setting up discussions between the Scottish Government and potential Chinese investors believes that the opportunity for business remains alive, despite criticism over alleged links to human rights abuses and corruption.

Sturgeon examines ?reverse Greenland? plan to keep Scotland in EU
13 Aug 2016 at 6:13pm
A PROPOSAL which could allow England and Wales to withdraw from the European Union and allow Scotland to retain its membership has been described as “interesting” by Nicola Sturgeon.

David Simpson: Scots must face facts after England?s blunder
13 Aug 2016 at 5:31pm
On 23 June 2016 England voted decisively to leave the European Union, of which it had been a member for more than 40 years. That decision has provoked a sense of deep dismay amongst Anglophiles throughout the world, of whom I am one. I believe that in the perspective of history it will be seen to be the most shameful decision the country has taken in recent years, even if not quite on the scale of Iraq.

Funding pledge for projects ?won?t end post-brexit uncertainty?
13 Aug 2016 at 3:50pm
THE Scottish Government has said the Chancellor’s protection for European Union-backed projects will not end the post-Brexit uncertainty for Scottish communities.

Murray warns Corbyn: Not ruling out SNP alliance is a mistake
13 Aug 2016 at 2:17pm
LABOUR’S only Scottish MP has accused Jeremy Corbyn of a lack of understanding of the political dynamic in Scotland by failing to rule out an alliance with the SNP.

Philip Hammond urged to do more to plug EU funding gap
13 Aug 2016 at 12:38pm
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has been urged to take further steps to provide certainty to businesses, scientists and farmers after guaranteeing any European Union funding they lose after Brexit will be paid by the Government.

Police tighten security on Chief Constable?s Facebook profile
13 Aug 2016 at 12:06pm
POLICE Scotland has tightened security on Chief Constable Phil Gormley’s internet profile after his personal Facebook page was found to be open to the public.

I destroyed racist far right, claims mustachioed Nigel Farage
13 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
Nigel Farage has rejected suggestions he bears some responsibility for an apparent spike in race hate after the Brexit vote, and claimed he had “destroyed” the far right in Britain.

MSP kicks off campaign to scrap laws to tackle sectarianism
13 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
A Labour MSP is kicking off a grassroots campaign as part of his efforts to scrap controversial laws aimed at tackling sectarianism at football grounds.

Jane Bradley: Westminster should rethink wage shame game
13 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
Who is paid the government’s minimum wage is bamboozling both firms and workers, writes Jane Bradley

Russia threatens to break ties with Ukraine as tension rises
13 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
Russia could break diplomatic ties with Ukraine over reported security incidents in Crimea, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Well-orchestrated competence of the year
by Chris Cairns
13 Aug 2016 at 8:57am

Tories Together
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Aug 2016 at 5:05pm
Annie Wells and Brian Whittle are two new Conservative MSPs. Look how happy and excited they are today at Labour winning a council by-election from the SNP. The SNP candidate actually won comfortably on first-preference votes, but was edged out at the sixth count under the Single Transferable Vote system when 78% of Tory voters gave …

It?s that story again!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Aug 2016 at 2:34pm
No, we’re not referring to the Spectator’s awful reheated whine from super-Unionist composer Sir James Macmillan, Knight Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire, in which he takes the audacious step of accusing some OTHER artistes of cravenly kowtowing to the establishment. (A complaint he’s been levelling for several years in any publication that’ll …

A new challenger appears
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Aug 2016 at 12:10pm
We thought yesterday’s Herald story – about a Scottish Government initiative designed to increase visitor numbers to island communities “backfiring” when it, er, increased visitor numbers to island communities – would be hard to top for this month’s SNP BAD Award, but when the paper grudgingly amended it a few hours later it seemed we’d …

The occasional flicker
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2016 at 8:55pm
This morning’s SNP BAD piece in the Herald has undergone a slight change in tone since we wrote about it. We’ll just assume that a small pang of conscience overcame someone. The actual text of the article is mostly unchanged, save for the first three paragraphs (original version on top, new version below): We’re particularly …

The unending badness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2016 at 12:13pm
There’s a story in today’s Herald about yet another SNP disaster: Backfires? What, the fares have gone UP? But it transpires that in fact the cheaper fares have been a huge success, increasing traffic to remote island communities by up to 80%, exactly as they were designed to do in the hopes of boosting the …

Chinese whispering
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2016 at 1:48pm
An alert reader spotted this today: How times have changed, eh, readers? Because the story linked in that tweet includes this paragraph: But just three months ago, Labour – and remember, there is only one Labour Party in the UK – had a somewhat different view of Chinese investment. We’re no absolutely sure, but as …

Agnostic like the Pope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2016 at 1:01pm
God knows, readers, there’s almost nothing we want to write about less than either David Torrance or the Scottish Six. Just to restate our own position for the record, we couldn’t care less either way about a dedicated teatime Scottish news programme on BBC Scotland – not because it’s a bad idea but because we …

A point of reference
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2016 at 10:35am
Straight from a Scottish Labour activist, here’s a little something that’s worth keeping in mind every day of the next decade (or more) of brutal Tory governments imposing policies rejected by the vast majority of Scots.

No-one likes them, they don?t care
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Aug 2016 at 1:06pm
WARNING: this post isn’t about football, but it will refer to football for quite a while in order to illustrate its point. Get over it or go outside for some fresh air. Today is the opening day of the SPFL Premiership season, and will see the top-flight debut of a four-year-old club which is legally entitled …

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First minister to hold Brexit Q&A with EU nationals
14 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
Nicola Sturgeon is to hold a question and answer session with hundreds of EU nationals living in Scotland on the impact of the Brexit vote.


Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move
14 Aug 2016 at 10:51am
Royal Bank of Scotland still plans to move its registered office to England should there be a "Yes" vote in any future independence referendum.


Scottish Labour calls for exam appeal fees to be scrapped
14 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
Scottish Labour calls for exam appeal fees to be scrapped after figures show private schools are more likely to appeal results than local authority schools.


Brexit: Derek Mackay says funding pledge 'falls short'
13 Aug 2016 at 3:26pm
Scotland's finance secretary says the Treasury's pledge to replace EU funding lost due to Brexit "falls short" of what Scotland needs.


Scottish Labour rules out general election 'deal' with SNP
12 Aug 2016 at 5:32pm
Scottish Labour leaders rule out a general election deal with the SNP, despite the shadow Scottish Secretary's calls to consider one.


Police chief Phil Gormley internet safety reviewed
13 Aug 2016 at 1:09pm
Scotland's chief constable has his internet security reviewed after his personal Facebook page is found to be open to the public.


Minister Keith Brown says no post-Brexit plan to cut Scottish business rates
11 Aug 2016 at 2:00pm
Scotland's investment minister Keith Brown says there is no plan to cut Scottish business rates in light of the Brexit vote.


Labour becomes biggest party on North Ayrshire Council
12 Aug 2016 at 10:07am
Scottish Labour becomes the biggest party on North Ayrshire Council after a by-election win, but the SNP remain a minority administration.


Scots council chiefs and teaching unions voice education reform concerns
11 Aug 2016 at 5:51pm
Leading councillors and teaching unions voice concerns about the Scottish government education reforms.


Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale urged to back a re-elected Corbyn
11 Aug 2016 at 5:04pm
Labour's Shadow Scottish Secretary Dave Anderson urges the party's leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale, to back Jeremy Corbyn if he is re-elected to his post.


Sturgeon unveils £100m Scottish economic stimulus plan
10 Aug 2016 at 5:14pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces £100m of extra funding for 2016/17 to boost Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.


Eighth tagged eagle 'disappears' in Monadhliaths, says RSPB
11 Aug 2016 at 11:08am
An eighth golden eagle vanishes in an area of the Highlands in less than five years, amid concern they were killed illegally.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Sturgeon sensation as swanky SNP surge ahead of lousy Labour in two local by-...
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2016 at 1:57pm
I was a bit disconcerted last night when I heard that Labour had "gained a seat from the SNP" in a local by-election, but as is so often the case with STV by-elections, things weren't quite as they...


The future of this blog
by James Kelly
11 Aug 2016 at 1:23pm
As long-term readers will recall, the third and most recent Scot Goes Pop fundraiser was run last autumn, and with your incredibly generous help it raised £5680.  As with the previous two fundraise...

Democracy 1, Labour Plotters 0
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2016 at 2:49pm
I suggested the other day on Twitter that TV detector vans had better be an urban myth, because it's hard to think of a more self-defeating use of licence fee money.  But I think I've found somethi...

YouGov poll has a painful message for the Labour plotters - they actually nee...
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2016 at 11:00pm
One of the main justifications for the moral compromises of Blairism was/is that Labour "have to live in the real world", and can't win elections without putting forward policies that appeal to Mid...

Majority for independence in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 3:45pm
We've now had enough post-EU referendum polls on independence to make it worthwhile reintroducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls.  I'm going to tweak the rules slightly, though.  As before, the he...

Journey into the bizarre as Herald describes an increase in support for indep...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 1:17am
A new YouGov poll on independence has been released, and in line with the other three credible polls to be published since the EU referendum, it shows an increase in support for Yes...Should Scotla...

Three simple reasons why the Labour plotters will be more responsible than Co...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2016 at 4:22pm
1) Even in southern England, there is one factor that is a far bigger voter-repellent than a radical left party leader - and that's disunity.  According to YouGov, Labour went from enjoying a 3% le...

How "Devo or Death" became "Brexit or Bust"
by James Kelly
24 Jul 2016 at 3:48pm
Heads up pol peeps : those of you of a nostalgic bent really should be keeping an eye on the Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who is currently doing an extended one-man indyref...

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Question about how to pronounce the name of a great Scottish physicist
by /u/dc_sonoma
14 Aug 2016 at 8:55pm
I know this isn't an "Ask a Scottish person" subreddit, but I hope you'll humor me. One of the greatest scientists of all time, James Clerk Maxwell, was Scottish and lived in the 19th Century. I'm ...

David Simpson: Scots must face facts after England’s blunder
by /u/TheColinous
14 Aug 2016 at 8:06pm
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Some questions for RGU students/graduates.
by /u/TheDirtyWeatherMan
14 Aug 2016 at 6:02pm
Hey, /r/Scotland I'm looking at possibly transferring from the states over to RGU next year. I was looking for general opinions about the university (specifically the Physiotherapy program if anyo...

The Lapelles frontman Gary Watson dies on his 22nd birthday after 'falling in...
by /u/luath
14 Aug 2016 at 5:38pm
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Chronically ill teen reported to child protection for school absence - 14-yea...
by /u/tejmuk
14 Aug 2016 at 4:22pm
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'I can no longer live in a society where I am not normal or accepted' (From H...
by /u/lamps-n-magnets
14 Aug 2016 at 3:48pm
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[Scottish] Labour plan to create a leader's office may be in breach of parlia...
by /u/bottish
14 Aug 2016 at 3:37pm
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Mum whose daughter was killed by OAP motorist wants checks on elderly drivers
by /u/lamps-n-magnets
14 Aug 2016 at 3:31pm
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Visitors to top 5 museums and galleries per 1000 resident population
by /u/soczewka
14 Aug 2016 at 3:20pm
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Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band reclaim world Title
by /u/BruceC96
14 Aug 2016 at 3:14pm
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Steak bakes and yum yums: Scots couple have 'Greggs-themed' wedding
by /u/bottish
14 Aug 2016 at 3:13pm
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Steven Purcell: I will decide today on a Labour comeback (From Herald Scotland)
by /u/pickled-egg
14 Aug 2016 at 2:55pm
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Back Scottish split or die, Labour warned
by /u/bottish
14 Aug 2016 at 2:47pm
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Question about learning to play the pipes/ practice chanters
by /u/Lishmi
14 Aug 2016 at 1:31pm
I have been interesting in learning for a long time. Recently I have been trying to do some research into practice chanters, as I thought it'd be a good idea to learn to play a bit before investing...

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Kezia Dugdale says there's no way she would back any pact with SNP
by Kezia Dugdale
14 Aug 2016 at 7:00pm
THE Scottish Labour leader says Westminster deal with SNP might sound appealing, but you only have to scratch the surface to see why that just wouldn’t work.


Jeremy Corbyn attacks his Labour deputy Tom Watson, accusing him of 'nonsense...
by Arj Singh
14 Aug 2016 at 12:06pm
THE Labour leader has rubbished claims 'Trotsky entryists' are manipulating support among younger party members.


Britain's reputation for stability is skewed and ambitious radicalism is the ...
by Gerry Hassan
14 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
GERRY reflects on how the post Brexit navel gazing has not been about the UK as a whole, but just about England and challenges the way elites run the country.


Ordinary people are being crushed by austerity and more could be done to help...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
14 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
ACCLAIMED author James Kelman believes Scots should think small in order to achieve big things, and talks about his latest novel, Dirt Road.


The Big Lies: How our leaders get away with it due to the enduring power of p...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
14 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
WRITER, propaganda expert and military historian Ian Garden says the dubious techniques employed by politicians today vary little to those used in World War II.


Carnage as 10 children killed in strike on Yemeni school after peace talks fail
by Billy Briggs
14 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
MPs demand UK arms ban following Saudi-led coalition air strikes that leave dozens dead and injured, with air raids probed as war crimes.


Johanna Baxter tells of tears and turmoil behind bitter fight for Labour lead...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
14 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
BAXTER, a constituency Labour Party representative on the 33-strong NEC, lost her position in elections to the governing committee last week.


Party outrage as judges block 130,000 new Labour member votes in leadership c...
by Ben Glaze
12 Aug 2016 at 8:38pm
APPEAL Court judges today backed Labour’s National Executive Committee’s original decision to bar members who have not been in the party for at least six months from voting.


Nigel Farage almost breaks the internet with 'preposterous' post-Brexit moust...
by Ross McCafferty
12 Aug 2016 at 4:25pm
THE UKIP stalwart was appearing on a Russia state TV station and had an extraordinary new top lip accessory.

Nicola Sturgeon has a post Brexit plan and Tories could do with taking a leaf...
by Record View
12 Aug 2016 at 11:59am
CRITICS rightly point out flaws in the First Minister's investment plan, but her proactive approach is an alarming contrast with the Westminster Government.

Michael Greenwell


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

Mhairi Black Debunks Trident
by michaelgreenwell
13 Aug 2016 at 8:35am
This has been getting a lot of hits, and rightly so…

IndyRef 2 Toolkit ? Item 1
by michaelgreenwell
11 Aug 2016 at 9:12am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 130 ? Inside The Common Space
by michaelgreenwell
6 Aug 2016 at 4:20pm
For the 130th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went along to the Glasgow office of the Common Space. I tried to find out how the project got started, who works there, how they work and their plans for the future. I spoke with Angela Haggerty, Ben Wray, Aidan McCrae, Stuart Rodger, Alice Muir, …
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Tell Me That One Again
by michaelgreenwell
6 Aug 2016 at 9:05am
I picked this one up on twitter. Go on then, tell me again that there is little difference between Scotland and England…

Perspective
by michaelgreenwell
5 Aug 2016 at 3:24pm
A little heads up about the new project by Phantom Power Films. His other work has been great, and I imagine this will be too…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 129 ? March For Independence 30/07/2016
by michaelgreenwell
3 Aug 2016 at 2:37pm
For the 129th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went along to the March For Indy in Glasgow on Saturday 30th July. Somewhere north of 5000 people walked from the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow to George Square, where there were stalls, speeches and an appearance from Bikers for Indy. A fair few of them …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 128 ? Paul Kavanagh aka Wee Ginger Dug
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jul 2016 at 12:22am
For the 128th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went to Wee Ginger Dug Mansions to speak with the writer that also happens to live there, Paul Kavanagh. Paul has been one of the most insightful, strident and funniest people writing about the Scottish Independence debate for a number of years. He started this …
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If You Were On It, You?ll Be In It
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jul 2016 at 2:07pm
Yesterday, I went to this place… To sign this contract… And so, if you were on the Scottish Independence Podcast any time before the referendum, you’ll be in the National Library of Scotland Referendum Collection from around September.    

Bella Caledonia

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

Trickle Down Sustainability ? the challenges of substantial energy reform
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Aug 2016 at 1:00pm
In this piece Magnus Jamieson takes a comprehensive look at fundamental challenges of revolutionising energy policy at a time of gesture, stalemate and lack of imagination.   ?I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid …

Brexit and the Stateless ? Digital citizenship in a era of instability
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Aug 2016 at 11:35am
Karen Gregory, PhD Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh looks at the opportunities and risks of digital citizenship models in a political age characterised by instability and dominated by moneyed interest. It?s been hard to find any bright side to the Brexit vote, but in July this year Twitter shared an …

A Newsroom of Her Own ? Women and the Scottish Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Aug 2016 at 12:00pm
The Culture, Media & Sport Committee sparked a debate last week with its backing for a ?Scottish Six? news programme to be developed. Supporters of an hour long, Scotland-made nightly news say that it will breathe fresh air into the often stale and centralised focus of Reporting Scotland. Opponents are sceptical. Many worry, as one …

Shame on them who think evil of it ? honours for an independent Scotland 
by Bella Caledonia Webguy
12 Aug 2016 at 10:30am
What is honour? That was the question I asked myself when the outgoing prime minister, David Cameron dumped his predictable ‘honours list’ on an expecting and impotent public. There were to start with, a range of reactions like wether the honours were bad because of who gave them, or was it in fact to do with who …

Guest Editor 1
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Aug 2016 at 9:02am
Starting today we have the first of our guest editor slots, where we offer the pages of BC over to a different person for a week to shake us out out of our slumbers and ridges of habit and create and commission new content. We hope this keeps things fresh and also allows us to …

Brexit: Britain?s end of empire and Scotland?s constitutional moment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2016 at 6:56pm
The Sun Finally Sets Some supporters of Scottish independence have hailed the Brexit vote as the ?beginning of the end? for the United Kingdom. Of course, it is nothing of the sort. The beginning of the end happened long ago. This present crisis is pretty much the end of the end, the culmination of a …

Launching CommonSocial
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2016 at 4:58pm
On Saturday we’ll finally be launching CommonSocial, a brand new social network for Scotland created specifically to serve and nurture the explosion in political and social participation Scotland has enjoyed since the independence referendum campaign. It’s been a pretty huge project and it’s taken us nearly two years to complete. Building a social network is …

THE REPUBLIC OF HJALTALAND: From The Province Of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Aug 2016 at 11:50pm
When you go on any journey it is a search for something. On the other hand, as the great Roman Stoic Seneca put it, ?To be everywhere is to be nowhere.? My journey this Summer was a search for Scotland and what it means to me and, a bit like that undertaken by Edwin Muir …

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Trump golf resort in Scotland admits breach of data protection law
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Aug 2016 at 5:40pm
Exclusive: Critics call for full inquiry after resort owned by US presidential candidate fails to register with UK privacy watchdogDonald Trump?s golf resort in Aberdeenshire has admitted it failed to comply with strict data protection laws after not registering with the UK?s privacy watchdog, th...

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to marry long-term partner
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Aug 2016 at 3:41pm
MSP, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship four months ago, says she is ?thrilled? to be marrying the love of her lifeKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has announced she is to marry her partner, Louise Riddell.The couple announced their engagement on Monday after a holiday in M...

SNP MEP calls for vote on monarchy in event of Scottish independence
by Press Association
2 Aug 2016 at 3:54pm
Alyn Smith says people of Scotland should decide whether country continues as a monarchy or republicAn MEP vying to be deputy leader of the SNP has called for a referendum on the monarchy if Scotland becomes independent.Alyn Smith said the people of Scotland should decide whether the country cont...

'No real shift' towards Scottish independence since Brexit vote - poll
by Nadia Khomami
30 Jul 2016 at 12:12pm
Despite YouGov?s findings, the SNP?s business convener Derek Mackay says many voters in Scotland are reconsideringScottish voters are reconsidering their opposition to independence after the Brexit vote, the SNP?s business convener, Derek Mackay, has said, despite a poll that found a majority sti...

Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jul 2016 at 2:24pm
Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agencyThe Scottish government will consider abandoning the words ?benefits? and ?welfare? because of their negative connotations, as it begins the process of shaping the country?s first ever s...

Corbyn can stay on Labour leadership ballot, court rules ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 3.58pm BST It is important to underline that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe or withdrawing from the world. Britain will remain an outward-looking nation, a strong v...

Scottish farms face losing millions in subsidy after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jul 2016 at 3:13pm
UK government would need to increase funding to match common agricultural policy levels, Holyrood committee hearsWhat rural issues are important to you?Scottish farmers face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidy after Brexit unless the UK government increases funding for Holyrood, a Sc...

Scottish independence protesters ordered to close Holyrood camp
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm
IndyCamp, a collection of caravans and tents, has been set up in grounds of the Scottish parliament since 2015A group of hardline independence activists have been told by a judge they must abandon a protest camp in the grounds of the Scottish parliament. Holyrood officials said they would open ta...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Politics as it is practised
A guest post by Samuel Miller The past week has been an educational experience in terms of politics as it is practised UK style. We’ve had media cock ups, which wouldn’t look out of place in a carry on film. There have been yet more court developments in Labour’s ongoing bout of self abuse. Two …

Answers on a postcard please
A guest post by Samuel Miller A bit sooner than expected for a second post, but then this happened: ?The number one thing Nicola Sturgeon could do right now to boost the Scottish economy is to remove the uncertainty of a second independence referendum, she could take that off the table right now.? David Mundell …

No Justification? Aye Right!
A guest post by Samuel Miller There’s an itch I’ve been meaning to scratch since I first heard the phrase ‘there is no justification’ malarkey for another referendum on Scottish independence and its about time sandpaper was applied to that itch. “As far as I’m concerned the Scottish people had their vote, and a very …

The broad shoulders of a headless chicken
The United Kingdom that Scotland was promised it could be a leading part of doesn’t exist. It’s as fictitious as the ghost in an episode of Scooby Doo, an artificial phantasm invented in order to distract from the real goings on. Most of you reading this will be as shocked by this relevation as you …

Kezia?s magic cloak of invisibility
Dave Anderson has accused Kezia Dugdale of ignoring him. You might think, “Well fair enough, who the hell is Dave Anderson?” He might as well be some random nutjob on Twitter for all that the rest of us know, or indeed care. But Dave Anderson isn’t just some random troll, he’s been specially appointed by …

The downsides of independence
According to the Herald, Angus Robertson in his pitch for the deputy leadership said that the potential downsides of independence must be acknowledged. He thinks that the last indy campaign was too rosy and happy clappy, and he’s got a fair point. In its desire to present a relentlessly positive campaign, YesScotland didn’t speak much …

The things you miss when you?re away doing a talk for CommonWeal Moray in Elgin
On Tuesday I packed the dug into the car and drove to Elgin for a talk for Common Weal Moray. There was a great crowd, we had some fantastic craic and a few laughs, and the dug and I were lucky enough to benefit from the hospitality and kindness of Common Weal Moray members and …

Wullie Rennie?s magic wand
Poor Wee Wullie Rennie. He’s terribly upset that a party dedicated to the proposition of Scottish independence won’t rule out independence as an option in order to deal with the assault on Scotland’s democratic wishes that is the Brexit vote. Wullie doesn’t actually have any other ideas on how it might be possible to square …

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New York Times Report ? Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
            The New York Times Magazine featured the under-noted must read story. In print, it occupies an entire issue. It is a very  long article and is perhaps best saved and perused over a few days     Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart This is a story …

Are the allegations that the BBC and the Labour party are in cahoots ripe for...
                        The labour Party in Scotland and its links to an impartial BBC Scotland The under-noted persons are given mention in this advisory note which questions yet again the oft stated impartiality of the BBC in Scotland. Former BBC officials: Big Boab Wylie, John …

Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

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"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

AWOL
May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of indepe...
The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of independence and post-Brexit politics Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 7th 2016 The SNP is about to have a leadership election. A depute leader contest. Given the SNP is in government in Holyrood – with 63 out of 129 MSPs – and last year …

The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland?
The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 31st 2016 The summer of 2016 is proving dramatic and historic. Brexit, David Cameron resignation as PM, Theresa May becoming the new PM, Jeremy Corbyn?s travails. That?s just Britain. Across the world there is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, …

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK
A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 17th 2006 Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister this week ? elected on a mandate of 199 Tory MPs in what amounted to a very British coup. She is only Britain?s second ever …

After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like?
After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 14th 2016 Leadership in the modern world is cited as the answer to nearly every issue, problem or area of life ? from business, to turning round failing organisations, to the success of football clubs. In the last month, …

This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly being found out
This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly been found out Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 10th 2016 When has British politics ever been in such a state of flux? The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens in leadership contests; the Labour Party in a series of convulsions from top to …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move - BBC News

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Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move
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Royal Bank of Scotland still plans to move its registered office out of Scotland should there be a "Yes" vote in any future independence referendum. Chief executive Ross McEwan, however, stressed that it would not lead to major job losses in Scotland.
RBS would QUIT an independent Scotland because bank would be 'too big for ...

Eric Joyce: Why the Brexit vote pushed me to support Scottish ... - Holyrood.com

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Eric Joyce: Why the Brexit vote pushed me to support Scottish ...
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When I went into politics, I'd been in the army outside Scotland for my entire adult life. So when I turned up at Westminster, I hadn't spent decades absorbing the ...

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RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse - Telegraph....

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RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse
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Nicola Sturgeon's attempts to portray Scottish independence as a stable alternative to a post-Brexit UK have suffered a damaging blow after the Royal Bank of ...
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Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumn - The National

The National
Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumn
The National
A SECOND campaign for independence is to be launched this autumn with a mass mail drop and social media push presenting a new case to voters created in the wake of the European Union referendum turmoil. The Scottish Greens are behind the ...
Berwick-upon-Tweed to become 'new Calais' if Sturgeon pushes ahead ...

Eric Joyce to campaign for Scottish independence - Holyrood.com

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Eric Joyce to campaign for Scottish independence
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Despite the fact Joyce campaigned for a No vote in 2014, the recent vote to leave the EU has ?fatally undermined? arguments against Scottish independence, he said, arguing unionists would need ?outright dogmatism? not to reconsider their opinion.



'Second Scottish independence referendum not going to happen in ... - the Iri...

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'Second Scottish independence referendum not going to happen in ...
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A SECOND Scottish independence referendum will not take place in the near future, former Liberal leader Lord Steel has predicted. The veteran politician said ...

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No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds ...

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No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds
Telegraph.co.uk
Britain's decision to leave the EU has not triggered a boost in support for Scottish independence, according to a new YouGov poll that undermines the SNP's push for a second referendum. Some 53 per cent of Scottish voters oppose independence while 47 ...
'Lost souls join a cult' Social media...

SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independ...

Telegraph.co.uk
SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independence opposition
Telegraph.co.uk
A senior SNP MSP has been called ?petulant beyond belief? after he disclosed he has boycotted a major Scottish travel agency for more than two years because it opposed independence before the 2014 referendum. John Mason, the deputy convener of the ...
'Unacceptable' Fury as S...

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Shares Yielding Gains Over the Last Six Months: China Petroleum & Chemical Co...

Shares Yielding Gains Over the Last Six Months: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP)
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Investors China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) are heading into 2nd half of this year on a positive note as the stock provided some gains of 33.93% over the past 6 months. More recently the stock is 0.79% over the past 5 trading days. Looking a ...

An Independent Scotland Should be Free from the EU and NATO - Center for Rese...

An Independent Scotland Should be Free from the EU and NATO
Center for Research on Globalization
Since the Brexit vote, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has been agitating for a second Scottish independence referendum following the September, 2014 vote which saw the remain side ...



Aide accuses former SNP health secretary of 'lying' over hospital cuts - Hera...

Herald Scotland
Aide accuses former SNP health secretary of 'lying' over hospital cuts
Herald Scotland
FORMER SNP health secretary Alex Neil is chased round a car park and accused of ?lying? over hospital cuts by his old office manager in an extraordinary new video on YouTube. Neil is shown being pursued by his former aide Peter Owens after a meeting ...

Controversial SNP-China deal 'could still be on track' - Scotsman

Controversial SNP-China deal 'could still be on track'
Scotsman
One of the key figures involved in setting up discussions between the Scottish Government and potential Chinese investors believes that the opportunity for business remains alive, despite criticism over alleged links to human rights abuses and corruption.

Euan McColm: Sturgeon should take heed of former SNP hothead - Scotsman

Scotsman
Euan McColm: Sturgeon should take heed of former SNP hothead
Scotsman
Neil had stood against Swinney for the SNP leadership when Alex Salmond quit, for the first time, in 2000. Neil's ?friends? did not take his defeat well. If a lazy reporter was short of a story, then a quick chat with one of these ?friends? would ...

Ayr SNP secretary hits out as row over beaten candidate gets personal - Scott...

Scottish Daily Record
Ayr SNP secretary hits out as row over beaten candidate gets personal
Scottish Daily Record
We told last month how the aftermath of the SNP's defeat in May led to fierce internal criticism of Dunn's campaign. At the first constituency meeting after the vote, at which Dunn wasn't present, members made their feelings clear on where her bid went ...



Father and daughter politicians in ethics row - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Father and daughter politicians in ethics row
Herald Scotland
However Marina, who became an SNP councillor in North Lanarkshire two months after the transfer, never declared the property in her register of interests. Under Section 4.18 of the Councillors' Code of Conduct, they must publicly register an interest ...

State pupils hit by "unfair" exam appeal fees, say Labour - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
State pupils hit by "unfair" exam appeal fees, say Labour
Herald Scotland
?The figures clearly show that the SNP's introduction of exam appeal fees has put pupils from state schools at a disadvantage compared to those educated privately. That is just not fair." The headteachers body School Leaders Scotland last year said the ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move - BBC News

BBC News
Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move
BBC News
Royal Bank of Scotland still plans to move its registered office out of Scotland should there be a "Yes" vote in any future independence referendum. Chief executive Ross McEwan, however, stressed that it would not lead to major job losses in Scotland.
RBS is "too big" for the economy of an independent ScotlandCity A.M.
RBS ch...

Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers
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John Swinney faces a rebellion over his flagship school reforms this week when education experts will warn they risk undermining his attempts to help poor children to achieve better qualifications, writes the Scotland on Sunday. The SNP is demanding ...
Sturgeon in 'secret plot' for second independence referendum NEXT YEARE...

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betfair - Betting.be...

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EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betfair
Betting.betfair
The majority of Scottish voters chose to remain in the EU. Does this mean the country will seek independence from the UK to stay in the union?
11 lessons the Yes campaign must learn to win a second referendumThe National
SNP to debate second independence referendum at party conferencePress and Journal
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'Second Scottish independence referendum not going to happen in ... - the Iri...

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'Second Scottish independence referendum not going to happen in ...
the Irish News
A SECOND Scottish independence referendum will not take place in the near future, former Liberal leader Lord Steel has predicted. The veteran politician said ...

Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum t...

Express.co.uk
Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum tomorrow?
Express.co.uk
Dr Kenealy said this all-encompassing uncertainty means ?no-one knows? if the Scottish people would vote to leave the UK if there was a referendum tomorrow. Polls show growing support for independence after the Brexit victory intensified the feeling ...
Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call ...

Brexit - Foreign Office tell Sturgeon she WON'T be able to negotiate ... - Ex...

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Brexit - Foreign Office tell Sturgeon she WON'T be able to negotiate ...
Express.co.uk
SCOTTISH First Minister Nicola Sturgeon WON'T be able to discuss her own Brexit deal with the EU, the Foreign Office have confirmed.

Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in...

Express.co.uk
Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in TWO years
Express.co.uk
During her first PMQs, Mrs May told Parliament: ?I do find it a little confusing given that only two years ago in the Scottish referendum the Scottish National Party was campaigning for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, which would have meant ...
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE BETTING: Boo...

Sturgeon unveils £100m Scottish economic stimulus plan - BBC News - BBC News

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Sturgeon unveils £100m Scottish economic stimulus plan - BBC News
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces £100m of extra funding for 2016/17 to boost Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumnThe National
SNP MSP Alex Neil questions whether an independent Scotland should be a full member of the EUHolyrood.co...

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By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

Nuclear vs Renewable
Surprised there hasn't been a thread about this. Where do people stand on this?

Personally I think the new nuclear power plant will prove to be completely impracticable and will shoot up energy prices right across the UK. It's not the direction I believe we should be going in. Not to mention the...

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

Right-Wing Chip Papers
I've been noticing a lot lately when i've been visiting different shops (from small news agents to super market giants) that when I have a look through the newspaper section, all of the papers that are neatly stacked and in plain view are papers such as the Telegraph, Scotsman, Daily Mail, Expres...

SNP Deputy Leader
Candidates confirmed as MPs Angus Robertson and Tommy Sheppard, MEP Alyn Smith and Inverclyde Councillor Chris McEleny Who are the SNP members on here leaning towards?

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Rio 2016
Unlikely to be seeing scenes like this...  

Scottish food reputation
Just spent a week on the continent being constantly told how shite our food is by various (well meaning but utterly irritating) locals.  Im fairly laid back and dont' easily get annoyed at folk..i'll even allow the odd "In England.." error without much fuss..but this happened so many times it's h...

Dugs
After months of consideration, I got myself a dog today. A red cattle dog. 9 month old rescue type but happy temperament and fully housetrained. A great wee bitch. Bonnie as anything. I named her Alba.  What fancy dog breeds are favourites of the TA and any funny tales?   

World Pipe Band Championships
Had an absolutely fantastic day at Glasgow Green yesterday.  Weather was iffy but it didn't matter a jot as my son's band became grade 4b champions and Champion of Champions. Made even better as my nephew also plays in the band.  Proud doesn't even touch it. Stood in a field greetin like a ba...

Recording radio shows
I've got a radio show on the TV and want a recording of it on cassette or MP3. Any ideas how to do this? I've got the TV hooked up to the hifi and the hifi has a USB port.

Parkheid
Starting new job on Tuesday and whole day induction is at thems park.  I am sure I will cope.  Parkheid here I come.  Will swllow my pride prodably.  Scotland forever,      

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The David Bowie prom
for all us Bowie fans there is a David Bowie prom on bbc 4 at 22:15 tonight should be a cracking night of the great mans music with a classical twist 

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May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...