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Ruth Davidson expresses hope for Shakespearean transformation of Boris Johnson
13 Aug 2019 at 9:40pm
RUTH Davidson has expressed her hope that Boris Johnson will defy expectations and undergo a character transformation to become a better Prime Minister than many predict.

Boris Johnson says trade talks with US will be 'tough'
13 Aug 2019 at 6:00pm
Boris Johnson expects negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with the US will be a "tough old haggle" but he expressed confidence that Britain "will get there".

John Bercow vows to fight any attempt to close parliament
13 Aug 2019 at 5:38pm
John Bercow has insisted he will fight any attempt to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit with every breath in his body.

Scots face paying out millions to nationalise shipyard
13 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
Taxpayers are facing a multi-million-pound bill to nationalise the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde after a government contract intended to save the business instead brought it to the brink of financial collapse.

UK 'first in line' for trade deal post Brexit, insists US security chief John...
13 Aug 2019 at 8:00am
BRITAIN will be ?first in line? for a trade deal with America, John Bolton, the US?s hardline national security adviser, has insisted, as he stressed how Donald Trump?s administration will avidly back a no-deal Brexit.

Date set for court battle to stop Boris Johnson forcing through no-deal Brexit
13 Aug 2019 at 11:35am
A DATE has been set for a court battle to stop Boris Johnson forcing through a no-deal Brexit by proroguing parliament.

Boris Johnson shown extreme methods prison inmates use to smuggle contraband ...
13 Aug 2019 at 6:59pm
BORIS Johnson grimaced and exclaimed "you are joking" as he was shown a body scan from a prisoner who had tried to smuggle contraband into jail in a Kinder egg hidden inside his body.

Labour councillor Fiona Dryburgh quits party amid Scottish independence row
13 Aug 2019 at 2:25pm
A Labour councillor has resigned from the party and joined the Lib Dems, citing her "vehement" opposition to Scottish independence as a reason for the move.

UK employment hits record high as more women enter workplace
13 Aug 2019 at 11:50am
UK employment has hit record highs as the market was boosted by higher numbers of working women and self-employed workers, new figures reveal.

Nicola Sturgeon to interview Ian Rankin at crime writing festival
13 Aug 2019 at 9:08am
Scotland?s First Minister said it will be a ?real pleasure? to question the Inspector Rebus author.

Tom Watson steps up pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to work with the Liberal Democrats
13 Aug 2019 at 9:55pm
TOM Watson has increased pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to work with the Liberal Democrats to prevent an "undemocratic and disastrous" no-deal Brexit under Boris Johnson.The deputy Labour leader?s comments came as Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, said she would work with Mr Watson despite her consistent criticism of the Labour leader over his Brexit stance.Senior figures within Labour have ruled out working in a cross-party alliance to prevent a no-deal departure as the Prime Minister prepares to leave the EU by October 31, regardless of whether a deal is in place.But Mr Watson took a different line as he spoke alongside Ms Swinson at an event by For Our Future's Sake and Our Future Our Choice, two youth movements campaigning for a second referendum."We cannot tolerate an undemocratic and disastrous no-deal being forced on the country by Boris Johnson," declared Mr Watson."To stop him, everyone who cares about democracy, our country and our future must work together because there are enough of us - from all parties in Parliament - to stop him."The MIdlands MP added: "Whether you're Liberal Democrats, social democrats or democratic socialists, we are all democrats. And democrats have got to realise in this crisis that we're stronger together if we work together."John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, and Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow Business Secretary, have both said Labour will not work in any pact with other parties.Instead they say Labour can win a majority at a general election, which may be looming.Ms Swinson has previously criticised Mr Corbyn as "indecisive" over Brexit, following calls for the Labour leader to firm up his party's stance towards a second referendum.But at the event she said she would work with other parties to prevent a "disastrous" deal-less departure."Boris Johnson and his Cabinet are now actively pursuing that dangerous path, and I am committed to working with others across party lines in Parliament to stop no-deal Brexit," insisted the East Dunbartonshire MP."This is no time for tribalism. That is why I am pleased to be here today with Tom to show that there is a desire across the political spectrum to stop Boris Johnson's reckless no-deal Brexit plan and instead deliver a brighter future inside the EU,? she added.Mr Corbyn has said he will call for a vote of no confidence in the Government this autumn in an attempt to prevent a no-deal.Meanwhile, the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign said 50 Constituency Labour Parties had voted to submit a motion for Labour?s annual conference which would shift party policy towards an explicitly anti-Brexit position.The campaign, led by left wing grassroots groups Another Europe is Possible, Labour for a Socialist Europe and Open Labour, has phonebanked thousands of party members and run meetings across the country under the banner of ?Remain, Reform, Revolt?. Naomi Smith, Best for Britain?s chief, said: ?Labour Brexit?s position was unclear for too long but has come on leap and bounds in the last few months - in no small part thanks to overwhelming grassroots pressure across the country, such as these important CLP motions.?We need to stop Brexit so we can start addressing the real issues facing our country from the NHS, to schools? funding and the climate crisis," she added.

Activists gather at Scottish Tory HQ to warn against threat of no-deal Brexit
13 Aug 2019 at 2:57pm
Young activists have gathered outside the Scottish Tory headquarters in Edinburgh to warn against the threat of a no-deal Brexit to the UK.

Key dates in countdown to Brexit
13 Aug 2019 at 6:28pm
KEY dates in countdown to Brexit:

Labour MSPs back Leonard on Indyref2, not McDonnell
13 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
LABOUR MSPs have reasserted their opposition to a second independence referendum in the current Holyrood term, in defiance of the UK leadership.

Ian McConnell: A gift for Johnson to stop very bad Brexit days for millions i...
9 Aug 2019 at 5:10am
IT is perhaps a shame that buying a gift for Boris Johnson is unlikely to be at the forefront of many people?s minds because the quickest of browses on Amazon throws up a book that looks like it would be ideal for the new Prime Minister.


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Teenager threatened during armed robbery in Scottish Marks and Spencers
Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery in Oban today.

Close shave for Edinburgh mum and son as huge tree lands feet away from car
A mother and son are counting their blessings after the car they were travelling in narrowly missed being flattened by a falling tree.

Controversy over plan for giant salmon farm off Canna
Plans to create a massive new salmon farm off the coast of a remote Hebridean island have sparked controversy.

Scottish bee colony to be destroyed after catching disease
A hive of bees is to be destroyed after it caught a disease which can quickly spread and kill off larva.

Edinburgh Trams disruption after medical emergency declared on Princes Street
Tram users in Edinburgh city centre are experiencing service disruption due to a medical emergency.

Scottish inventors design eco-friendly pot plant that can be posted
A pair of Scottish inventors have designed a revolutionary new eco-friendly plant pot that can be sent in the post as a letter.

Scottish Labour councillor quits party over independence stance
A Labour councillor has resigned following a row over whether the party would allow a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Scottish pupils barred from school amid 'blue water' health risks row
Some pupils at a school in North Lanarkshire will not be allowed on campus amid a row over "blue water" health risks.

African CO2 emissions equivalent of 200 million cars, Scots researchers find
A vast swathe of Africa blighted by drought and changing land use is emitting as much carbon dioxide each year as 200 million cars, according to Scots researchers.

Wings over Scotland denies Alex Salmond involvement in new pro-independence p...
A controversial political blogger, who has raised the possibility of launching a new pro-independence party, has denied that Alex Salmond is involved in its planning.

Judge brings stepsisters' legal battle over £300,000 inheritance to an end
A judge has brought a legal battle between stepsisters over a £300,000 inheritance to an end after ruling he could not be sure which of their elderly parents died first.

Pupils will only be allowed one day to strike for climate action after Edinbu...
PUPILS are set to be restricted to missing just one school day a year to protest against the climate emergency ? amid officials warning ?there is no appropriate exemption in the law? to give permission.

Police search for cyclist after Scottish schoolgirl sexually assaulted on cyc...
Police are appealing for a cyclist who may have information about a serious sexual assault which took place on a cycle path between Hurlford and Galston on Friday.

Brake valve closed on train which overshot Waverley station
A brake pipe valve on a Caledonian Sleeper train which overshot a platform at Edinburgh’s Waverley station was closed at the time, accident investigators have found.

Alex Salmond receives £500,000 in legal costs from Scottish Government over b...
Alex Salmond has received £500,000 in legal costs from the Scottish Government over a collapsed internal probe into complaints about his behaviour while First Minister.


Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Assange Must Not Also Die in Jail

The highly dubious death of Jeffrey Epstein in a US maximum security prison is another strong reason not to extradite Julian Assange into one – particularly as many of the same people who are relieved by Epstein’s death would like to see Assange dead too. But there is every reason to fear Assange is already […]

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Epstein?s Death Must Be the Start, not the End, of the Investigation

There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former Presidents and Prime Ministers where the inhabitants have a little bit more spring in their step following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. The media is rushing to attach the label “conspiracy theory” to any thought that his death might not have been suicide. […]

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The Unanswerable Case

Simon Jenkins gets it with this simple and unanswerable argument. Scots are now very significantly poorer than the Irish, the Norwegians, the Swedes, the Danes, the Icelanders or any of their obvious comparators. Every one of those nations is in the top 10 of the UN Human Development Index. The UK is not, and Scotland […]

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40% of Scottish Labour Voters Support Independence

The headline from the major new Ashcroft poll of Scottish public opinion is that Independence now has 52-48 majority support, and that is excellent news. Ashcroft himself is a Machiavellian Tory but his polling effort involves much larger samples than regular newspaper polls and has a generally good record. For me, the most interesting point […]

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In the World of Truth and Fact, Russiagate is Dead. In the World of the Polit...

Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. In the world of the political elite, the answer is Russiagate. What has caused the electorate to turn on the political elite, to defeat Hillary and to rush to Brexit? Why, the evil Russians, of course, are behind it all. […]

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Boris Johnson?s Fake Radicalism

We hear much about Johnson coming to power as an iconoclastic figure willing to cut a swathe through the ranks of the Establishment and especially the Civil Service, aided by blue skies thinker Dominic Cummings. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. There has never been a Prime Minister more entrenched in and […]

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The Removal of Humanity

Occasionally I post about my personal experience of butting up against the consequences of the removal of both common humanity and common sense from the administration of the systems which govern us. It is not that my experiences of this are worse, or more consequential, than those of anyone else. It is simply that I […]

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Tanker Seizures and the Threat to the Global Economy from Resurgent Imperialism

The British seizure of the Iranian tanker off Gibraltar was illegal. There is no doubt of that whatsoever. The Iranian response to the seizure of its tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar, by the seizure of a British Tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, was also illegal, though more understandable as a reaction. The implications […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

The big idea
Crazy stuff happens when we have a thought. Buckle in for a bumpy ride if you don’t like pictures of my ugly mug. The general reaction of the Scottish media and political sphere was to fall over itself in a rush to find people to immediately rubbish the notion of a Wings list party, which rather …

On Tape
We thought readers might possibly like to hear the unexpurgated audio of our interview with The Times this week, so that they could judge the tone of our “expletive-ridden condemnations” and whatnot for themselves. Other than a few bits of minor tidying-up – such as me umming and aahing trying to remember the name of a song, or when …

Running the numbers
So, there’s been quite a response to our interview in today’s Times. The interview was an interesting one in itself that we might talk more about later this weekend, but let’s leave that aside for now and talk about the headline take, because as usual the Scottish media is presenting it in a remarkably dishonest manner. …

Hung out to dry

Voices of the colonies
In case you missed it, there was an interesting phone-in on the subject of Scottish independence on James O’Brien’s LBC radio show from 10am this morning. I chipped my tuppence-worth in at the start (I’m the second caller, from about 6m 25s), but it’s fascinating listening to O’Brien’s tone evolve as the hour-long segment goes …

The Charlatans
Honestly, readers, our job is like shooting fish in a barrel sometimes. Gosh, whoever would take such a scandalous and unprincipled position? Oh yeah, we remember. But hey, let’s not forget this guy: Because, y’know, on “internationalism”: And on the terrible blight of flag-loving “nationalists”: And on “once in a generation, you lost, it’s over, never again”: Come …

Some things stay the same
New polling today: Scotland vs the Tories, with Scottish Labour on the wrong team. As it ever was. In truth, it’s still closer than most sane people anywhere else in the world would believe. Labour’s tiny handful of remaining voters are split almost down the middle about whether being an isolated xenophobic country with a …

The Woke Party
These are the Democratic Socialists of America, a fringe-left grouping in the USA with around 60,000 members (or roughly 10 times as many as the Scottish Greens, though per capita closer to the SSP or RISE), at their conference a couple of days ago. It’s our most fervent wish that one day the left will grasp the …

BBC Scotland

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Scottish government pays out £500,000 in costs to Alex Salmond
The former first minister is awarded £512,250 from the Scottish government over a court battle.

Brexit: Legal bid to stop Westminster shutdown goes to court
A group of politicians want the courts to rule out suspending parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.

Scotland sees surge in unemployment
From April to June Scots out of work rose by 12,000 to 102,000, although the rate is lower than the rest of the UK.

Is Orkney 'in the fast lane' on electric vehicles?
As part of its climate change season BBC Scotland meets islanders making the switch from petrol pump to charging point.

No-deal Brexit fears for Erasmus student exchange scheme
Scottish and Welsh governments worry about the future of the Erasmus programme if there is no Brexit deal.

Deprived areas see fewer early cancer diagnoses
Charities call for improved resources to help detect cancer early to give the greatest chance of successful treatment.

Scottish government 'ready' to nationalise Ferguson shipyard
However, owner Jim McColl has been strongly critical of the move towards public ownership.

How to tackle Scotland's 'climate emergency'
The Scottish government says "rapid change" is needed and "everybody" has a role to play in facing the issue.

Sturgeon 'would work with all-female emergency cabinet'
The first minister responds to the idea for stopping a no-deal Brexit suggested by Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Pro-indy blogger Stuart Campbell says his new party would target Unionist seats
A pro-independence blogger considering creating a new political party says his aim would be to increase the number of pro-independence list MSPs at Holyrood.

Labour deputy Watson voices indyref2 opposition
The UK Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson speaks out against a second Scottish independence referendum.

Gordon Brown: Union is 'sleepwalking into oblivion' amid nationalism
Ex-PM Gordon Brown attacks nationalism and a no-deal Brexit - and says the UK must rediscover empathy.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Why a Wings party is probably a bad idea: Part Two
A kind of fever has swept through parts of the Yes movement over the last 48 hours.  A number of people who were clear-sighted about the risks of "tactical voting on the list" (sic) in 2011 and 201...

Nothing has changed: vote-splitting in Holyrood elections is still a mug's game
So I've just been catching up with today's news (gleefully announced by Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson) that Wings Over Scotland editor Stuart Campbell is pondering the idea of setting up a new ...

Every Loser Wins: How "democracy" works in Scotland as part of the UK
Scottish Labour seem to be slipping deeper and deeper into an Alice Through the Looking Glass world where the acceptance of reality is, at best, an optional extra.  First we had a letter from Labou...

Has Ashcroft poll turned Our Precious Union to ASHES? Westminster in shock a...
Apologies for the slight delay in getting this post up - I was writing an article for The National about the Ashcroft poll, which you can read HERE.  But here are the rather wonderful figures that ...

Remaining open-minded about a Remain alliance in Scotland
I have a new article in The National about the Brecon and Radnorshire result, entitled 'Could by-election-winning Remain alliance work in Scotland?'  You can read it HERE.I see that the reference t...

The real winner in Brecon and Radnorshire was the Welsh language
So a few quick thoughts about the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election result...* The big paradox is that the Liberal Democrats won, and they won essentially because they are a Remain party, and yet ...

On Robertson v McAlpine
I've just been catching up with the indirect war of words the other day between Fiona Robertson (the SNP's highly controversial Women's and Equalities Convener) and Joan McAlpine (SNP MSP for South...

Plaid Cymru make history by TAKING THE LEAD in a Welsh poll for the first tim...
Today's much-hyped Welsh poll from YouGov didn't disappoint: it shows Plaid Cymru taking the lead for the first time, and they've done it on both the constituency and the regional list ballots.  Th...

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Edinburgh pupils may be banned from more than one climate school strike a year
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Speedboat races across flooded rugby pitch in Kilmarnock
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Reaction to Celtic's loss tonight - highlights the rise anti Scottishness in ...
Only have to look at Twitter to see reams of English people (Supporters of all different clubs) reveling in Celtic's loss, it's remarkable. Highlights the rise in xenophobia in Brexit England? s...

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Jo Swinson: Lib Dems now the 'only pro-Union progressive party' in Scotland
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Why the Queen won't be able to eat grouse this year at Balmoral
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UK Government watchdog slams Liz Truss for Scottish budget claim
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Wasps going mental for the Buckfast
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The innocent man who discovered he had a fake criminal past
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Scotland in the style of Canada
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Neist Point first thing this morning. Not a soul in sight!
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Caramel Cake
I know this is a long shot, but here it goes. I'm on a cake hunt. When I was wee, my mum used to sometimes buy this brilliant cake. It was a round layer cake, white sponge, covered in caramel icing...

Furious backlash from Celtic and Rangers fans over Tory MSP Adam Tomkins ?thu...
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Bid to stop Boris Johnson suspending parliament to force through no-deal Brex...
A substantive hearing will take place at the Court of Session on September 6.

Emergency drugs death taskforce has still not met four months after Scottish ...
Public health minister Joe FitzPatrick told the Daily Record in March that an expert group would quickly be assembled to address the crisis.

Boris Johnson Brexit boost as poll shows 54% agree he must take Britain out o...
The UK-wide survey also found support for the Conservative Party had risen by six percentage points to 31% compared with 27% who back the Labour Party.

Nicola Sturgeon appears on Loose Women to dish out relationship advice on 'ge...
The SNP leader appeared on the ITV show to discuss women in politics and even weighed in on the Miley Cyrus/Liam Hemsworth split.

Blogger says Wings over Scotland political party would seek 'to win seats fro...
Stuart Campbell said there are no great plans currently being made to set up a Wings party but another pro-independence party could get a lot more seats and secure a pro-independence majority

SNP 'avoiding independence like plague' in unionist stronghold by-election ca...
Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael accused the nationalists of trying to distance themselves from their key policy in a bid to win in Shetland.

Nicola Sturgeon clashes with billionaire SNP backer over future of crisis-hit...
Ferguson Marine yard?s owner Jim McColl accused the First Minister?s Government of being incompetent and abusing their power.

Script on pain pills has to be reviewed
Today's Record View discusses powerful substances such as heroin need to be rigorously controlled.

New poll shows almost half of Brits think indyref2 should be allowed to go ah...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will oppose indyref2.

Labour's Tom Watson speaks out against Indyref 2
The party's deputy leader said a second referendum is 'not the answer' after shadow chancellor John McDonnell said a future Labour government would not block another vote.

Michael Greenwell

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

Anything But The Truth
Notwithstanding how distasteful it is, they are remarkably quick to get their bullsh*t in when tragedies happen. Some of these are elected representatives, some of them are loons. Unfortunately however, they are all people who in one way or another have an audience. These are the people that watch The Handmaid’s Tale and think “that’s …

Scottish Independence Podcast 174 ? Chuck D & More
The 174th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is just a little teaser and a way of saying the podcast will be back for a little summer season and hopefully beyond. In this one we’ve got something on the new cretin/b*stard (delete according to your mood) that has taken over as Prime Minister, there’s a …

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

55 Years Ago in Madrid
55 years ago this week 18-year-old Stuart Christie from Partick was arrested while carrying explosives to assassinate General Franco. He was later alleged to be a member of the Angry Brigade, but was acquitted of related charges. He went on to found the Cienfuegos Press publishing house and in 2008 the online Anarchist Film Channel …

George Orwell and Britain?s Constitutional Crisis
Eric Arthur Blair, or George Orwell as he is more commonly known, is a paradoxical figure. He was the author of two pretty wooden novels (Animal Farm and 1984) which nonetheless had a tremendous impact and influence on society and are still widely read today. An Eton-educated scholarship boy, Orwell was also something of a …

Highland Park Corner at Belladrum
Last week I gave away a bottle of whisky to some complete strangers. I always do it during the first week-end of August. Love it. It’s my favourite week-end of the year. Mind you they had to earn it. You see for the last few years I have run this street theatre stunt at Inverness’s …

from Gàidhlig Gu Leòr – Apple Clips This video DESTROYS anti-Gaelic bigotry in just SIXTY seconds… Wow! We literally spent £20 million on this video – money well spent smashing Gaelic myths from the Empire State and beyond…  

You Can?t Elect a Blocklist
Timing is everything in politics, so it’s particularly strange that Stuart Campbell should use this week to float the idea of his new party. It was according to Nicola Sturgeon a ‘watershed week for Scotland’s future’ – with polls showing the tide turning for independence and Labour and Scottish Labour in complete chaos. Into this …

Karine Polwart ? Women of the World (Visualiser)
Recorded at Chem 19, Karine Polwart?s Scottish Songbook features Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson, with Graeme Smillie (bass and keys), Calum McIntyre (kit and percussion) and Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow (vocals, guitar & percussion). Karine says, ?To me, these are songs of resilience and resistance, cries of despair and dreams of something better. They?re …

The First British Empire
As Scottish Labour form a disorderly circular firing squad and 2014 No Voters watch nervously as a No Deal scenario snaps into sharp focus, we are witnessing (finally) the end days of Britain. It’s unraveling in unseemly chaos. * Even Simon Jenkins writing with dripping condescension in the Guardian observed: “Johnson is in a long …

I?m with Nicola: stick to Plan A (but with more action)
In the last few weeks there has been a serious discussion as to how the SNP push forward with plans to hold another independence referendum. As usual in these circumstances there is, generally, two camps being created here. There is the Plan A camp, which is to stick with current strategy, and Plan B, which …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Alex Salmond receives £512,000 costs after ?botched investigation?
Scottish government makes payment after court defeat over sexual misconduct inquiryThe Scottish government has paid Alex Salmond more than £512,000 to cover his legal costs after he won a bitterly contested court battle over its sexual misconduct investigation.The government admitted in court it ...

The very idea of a united kingdom is being torn apart by toxic nationalism | ...
Boris Johnson?s Brexit strategy is imperilling centuries of common purpose. It can?t be allowed to succeedThe first step to solving a problem is to see it clearly. And if we are to understand why we are facing not only our most serious constitutional crisis since the 17th century but an unprecede...

Independence for Scotland and its appeal to English emigrants | Letters
Sue Hawthorne says there?s a strong case for a second Scottish independence referendum, while Judith Dunkerley and Hilary Ward reflect on Nicola Sturgeon?s invitation for people in England to move north of the borderAt the time of the last elections for the Scottish parliament in 2016, the positi...

UK chooses Glasgow to host major UN climate change summit
Picking city as likely venue of COP26 may be seen as move to shore up pro-union sentimentA crucial climate change conference expected to be co-hosted by the UK would take place in Glasgow, the government has announced, in a move that will be seen as trying to dampen pro-independence sentiment in ...

Independence for Scotland is inevitable ? we need a plan for it | Simon Jenkins
If I were a Scot I?d vote for independence tomorrow. This crisis is Nicola Sturgeon?s opportunityI hope Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon realise how much they may yet owe Boris Johnson. If I were a Scot, I would vote for independence tomorrow. I would want nothing more to do with the shambles of toda...

The Guardian view on Labour and Scotland: a wound born of weakness | Editorial
John McDonnell has left Labour facing both ways on a second Scottish referendum. But he thinks that is a price worth payingIf the shadow chancellor had planned a bombshell announcement that would create maximum havoc in the Scottish Labour party, it would look exactly like what he said this week....

Corbyn should tell Queen 'we're taking over' if Johnson loses confidence vote...
Shadow chancellor sees Corbyn-led government or general election as pathways to stop hard BrexitJohn McDonnell has doubled down on his pledge that Labour would reject a government of national unity and instead would push for Jeremy Corbyn to form a government or for a general election, in a move ...

McDonnell refuses to back down in Labour row over Scotland poll
Shadow chancellor says Corbyn shares view about not blocking independence referendumJohn McDonnell has deepened the row with Scottish Labour by claiming Jeremy Corbyn backs the decision to rewrite Labour?s stance on a second independence referendum.The shadow chancellor provoked a furious row wit...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Flying kites
The news today in the Scottish press is dominated by Stu Campell’s proposal for a new pro-independence party. Apparently the musings of a pro-indy blogger are the most important thing to happen in Scotland today. Well who knew? Perhaps the BBC might even start interviewing pro-indy bloggers now. Or maybe not. The first I knew …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 9 August 2019
In the latest edition of the dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss what has been a momentous week for the Scottish independence movement. The anecdotal reports that many people who had voted No in 2014 are now switching to Yes were confirmed by the poll from the Conservative pollster Michael Ashcroft which …

The Federalism Fairy flaps again, again
It’s as regular as prune addict on a high fibre diet, every time that there’s a boost in support for independence, some opponent of independence keeches out the Federalism Fairy.  Back when the Edinburgh Agreement was being negotiated between Alex Salmond and David Cameron, both the Conservatives and Labour refused to allow any question on …

It doesn?t take a generation to change your mind
These days the favourite sound bite of politicians opposed to Scottish independence is that the 2014 referendum was a “once in a generation” event.  They tell us that means that there should not and cannot be another for at least another decade or two. This is a profoundly anti-democratic stance to take. Effectively those who …

The arses who run what was the union
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has upset a lot of people within Labour in Scotland by remarking that the Westminster Parliament should respect the democratic choices of the people of Scotland. In an interview during the Edinburgh Festival, he said that Westminster shouldn’t block a second independence referendum if it had been approved by the …

The wind in our sails
It’s been a long time coming, but in the shape of Monday’s opinion poll showing a majority for yes, we finally have confirmation of the recent slew of anecdotal reports about previous no voters turning to independence. Once don’t knows are removed, 52% of those polled would vote yes to independence. A majority also support …

What the GERS figures really tell us
Possibly the most common reason that people give for opposing Scottish independence is the belief that Scotland can’t afford it. There is a deeply engrained view amongst sections of the Scottish population that this country is an economic basket case which is only kept financially afloat thanks to a massive injection of cash from the …

The propaganda office
When the Scottish Office was established in 1885 its main job was to oversee the various government departments operating within Scotland, Scottish education, farming, and other government roles. However the most important single task for the Scottish Office and the Secretary of State who headed it was to represent Scotland at cabinet level within the …

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UK Government watchdog slams Liz Truss for Scottish budget claim
BREXIT trade minister Liz Truss has been slapped down by the statistics watchdog over ?incorrect? claims about the UK government's generosity to Scotland.

Edwina Currie: 'Would Scotland want to lose hefty UK payments?'
FORMER Tory minister Edwina Currie has questioned whether Scotland would "want to lose the hefty payments that come from Westminster" by going independent.

LBC caller: 'Saltire is paraded through streets like Hitler used to'
Please stop, it's embarrassing

Leonard ?considering position? after McDonnell's indyref2 comments
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard was reported to be ?considering his position? ahead of a meeting with his MSPs yesterday.

Judge fast-tracks legal challenge to Boris Johnson No-Deal Brexit
A JUDGE has agreed to a fast-tracked hearing about whether Boris Johnson can legally suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Labour councillor Fiona Dryburgh joins LibDems amid indyref2 row
A LABOUR councillor has resigned from the party and joined the LibDems, citing her "vehement" opposition to Scottish independence as a reason for the move.

A new party standing for list seats would not be ?taking on the SNP?
THERE has been a misinterpretation ? deliberate indeed by the Unionist media ? of Stu Campbell?s suggestion of how to deal with the problems we face with the list vote at Scottish Parliament elections. It has been maliciously suggested that this will produce a split in the SNP support, or as the BBC very incorrectly and very deliberately described it, another party to ?take on the SNP?. That is...

Alex Salmond receives £500,000 legal costs payout from Scottish Government
THE Scottish Government has confirmed it has paid £512,250 in legal costs to Alex Salmond? after a court ruled its handling of complaints made against him were "unlawful".

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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
writing, research, policy and ideas

Govanhill: Glasgow?s Southside is changing for the better
Govanhill: Glasgow?s Southside is changing for the better Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 11th 2019 Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside is an area used to being noticed. But in the last week and a half it has been doing so on its own terms with the third Govanhill International Festival and Carnival including an annual parade …

What should we talk about to make Scotland a place we are proud to call home?
What should we talk about to make Scotland a place we are proud to call home? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 7th 2019 There is only one subject on the lips of many this week: independence and Michael Ashcroft?s 52:48 poll. This is the Scotland of 2019 – twenty years of the Scottish Parliament, five …

The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Council Housing across Scotland and the UK
The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Council Housing across Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 4th 2019 Council housing once defined much of Scotland ? geographically, culturally, and how people saw themselves and lived. In 1975 54% of Scottish homes were council owned; in England one-third of households then lived in …

The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland
The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 28th 2019 This is the summer of leadership contests. After the Lib Dems and Tories, next week sees the turn of the Scottish Greens. This might at first seem of less importance, but the outcome of this contest …

The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the...
The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the American Colonies and Ireland to Brexit Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 26th 2019 Britain is not only in crisis but under Boris Johnson?s new hardline Brexit government is heading for the rocks and disaster at turbo-charged speed. Yet with wall-to-wall mainstream media …

Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom?
Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 21st 2019 The world ? or rather a very narrow, self-selecting part of it ? is preparing to head to Edinburgh for the annual carnival of festivals and the Fringe. These are good times for Edinburgh. It has experienced over two decades of sustained population …

Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs
Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 14th 2019 Linda McCartney is a name known to most people but many will relate to her through her thirty-year relationship and marriage to Paul McCartney, not being fully aware of her undoubted talent as a photographer. Now, and not before …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 11th 2019 Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on …


Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News
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Brexiteer uses same arguments for Scottish independence to say they should st...
Brexiteer uses same arguments for Scottish independence to say they should stay in the UK  indy100LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz has called out a Brexiteer who believes that Scotland is better off remaining within the United Kingdom.

Scottish independence split: Major campaigner abandons Sturgeon - 'SNP is a s...
Scottish independence split: Major campaigner abandons Sturgeon - 'SNP is a shambles!' Sturgeon has been abandoned by a major campaigner for a second Scottish Independence referendum.

Poll: 41 per cent say UK government should grant a second Scottish independen...
Poll: 41 per cent say UK government should grant a second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanTwo fifths of voters believe that the UK government should grant a second Scottish independence referendum in the next five years, while a third say it should be ...

Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon said there was "growing urgency" for Scotland to become independent "sooner rather than later". The first minister believed the country faced ...

Boris Johnson Love Bombs the Other Union - Bloomberg
Boris Johnson Love Bombs the Other Union  BloombergOne of the first things Boris Johnson did as prime minister was to give himself a new title: Minister of the Union. That's a laugh, say many Scots. They suspect the ...

Maajid Nawaz Drills Down On Brexiter Who Mirrors Calls For Scottish Independe...
Maajid Nawaz Drills Down On Brexiter Who Mirrors Calls For Scottish Independence  LBCMaajid Nawaz drills down on a Brexiter who believes Scotland is better off remaining within the United Kingdom, despite using arguments for Scottish ...

Is Brexit Worth Scotland?s Independence? - The Atlantic
Is Brexit Worth Scotland?s Independence?  The AtlanticLeaving the EU presents difficult choices for those on both sides of the Scottish-independence question.

'There is no safe path to Scottish independence' - Telegraph readers on this ...
'There is no safe path to Scottish independence' - Telegraph readers on this week's top stories the week that travel chaos prevented thousands of Britons from reaching their holiday destinations, there are growing suggestions that Britain could be ...


"SNP" - Google News
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SNP set to nationalise last civilian shipbuilder to save ferry contracts - Th...
SNP set to nationalise last civilian shipbuilder to save ferry contracts  The GuardianThe Scottish government is expected to nationalise the last civilian shipbuilder on the Clyde this week in an effort to save two high-profile ferry contracts.

A new party standing for list seats would not be 'taking on the SNP' - The Na...
A new party standing for list seats would not be 'taking on the SNP'  The NationalTHERE has been a misinterpretation ? deliberate indeed by the Unionist media ? of Stu Campbell's suggestion of how to deal with the problems?

FactCheck: Scottish police numbers under the SNP - Channel 4 News
FactCheck: Scottish police numbers under the SNP  Channel 4 NewsThat was the claim from the party's ?fact-checking and rebuttal *service*? Twitter account, The SNP Media. But there's more to this than meets the eye.

John McDonnell has offered the SNP more than he had to on independence - The ...
John McDonnell has offered the SNP more than he had to on independence  The GuardianThere's no way the Scottish National party would vote down a minority Labour government and put the Tories back in power, says Guardian columnist Jonathan ...

SNP considers public ownership for Ferguson Marine shipyard - Financial Times
SNP considers public ownership for Ferguson Marine shipyard  Financial TimesThe Scottish government is considering nationalising the last civilian shipyard on the River Clyde after the yard announced plans to go into administration ...

Hospital scandal exposes SNP duplicity about private finance ? Richard Leonar...
Hospital scandal exposes SNP duplicity about private finance ? Richard Leonard  The ScotsmanA dogmatic commitment to market-based solutions ? by Conservative, Labour and SNP governments ? has delivered sub-standard services at inflated prices ...

Open letter to young voters in Shetland ? vote SNP to stop Brexit - SNP
Open letter to young voters in Shetland ? vote SNP to stop Brexit  SNPAhead of Tuesday's deadline to register to vote for the Shetland by-election, SNP hopeful Tom Wills has penned an open letter to young voters?

Pro-indy blogger's plans for party to take on SNP - BBC News
Pro-indy blogger's plans for party to take on SNP  BBC NewsA pro-independence blogger has said he is considering plans to create a political party to contest the next Scottish Parliament elections. Stuart Campbell, of the ...

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"Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph" - Google News
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Brexiteer uses same arguments for Scottish independence to say they should st...
Brexiteer uses same arguments for Scottish independence to say they should stay in the UK  indy100LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz has called out a Brexiteer who believes that Scotland is better off remaining within the United Kingdom.

Poll: 41 per cent say UK government should grant a second Scottish independen...
Poll: 41 per cent say UK government should grant a second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanTwo fifths of voters believe that the UK government should grant a second Scottish independence referendum in the next five years, while a third say it should be ...

Labour Party split over its stance on Scottish Independence referendum - New ...
Labour Party split over its stance on Scottish Independence referendum  New EuropeA pledge by Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell that a future Labour government would not block a second referendum on Scottish independence has ...

Johnson's Scotland visit exposes deep divisions over Brexit, independence ref...
Johnson's Scotland visit exposes deep divisions over Brexit, independence referendum  EuronewsDespite a cash pledge to boost growth, the new prime minister's readiness for a no-deal Brexit is under fire in the pro-EU nation.

Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon said there was "growing urgency" for Scotland to become independent "sooner rather than later". The first minister believed the country faced ...

Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit -...
Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit  The Globe PostScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to Johnson to say the Scottish Parliament would consider legislation another vote on seceding from the UK.

John McDonnell refuses to back down from Scottish referendum claim despite gr...
John McDonnell refuses to back down from Scottish referendum claim despite growing Labour backlash  The IndependentJohn McDonnell has refused to back down from his position that Labour would not block a second Scottish independence referendum, despite facing a growing ...

Voices of Scotland: Out of Britain, back into Europe - Morning Star Online
Voices of Scotland: Out of Britain, back into Europe  Morning Star OnlineUnder the SNP Scotland should leave the United Kingdom to rejoin the EU, argues BILL KIDD MSP.

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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!

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

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

Derangement Syndrome
The phrase "Trump Derangement Syndrome" has entered the cultural lexicon in the past few months and years.  It's taken to refer to people whose opposition to Donald Trump's presidency causes them to become more and more extreme and irrational in their outbursts and reactions to anything he does. ...

Monarchy and an Independent Scotland
An Independent Scotland seems to be more and more possible, I've read that the Queen has a claim to be Scotlands Head of State when Independance is gained. Personally if this is the case I would be absolutely strongly against this, but I am aware that there are Scots who would welcome the Win...

The Official President Trump thread

Nipper Salmond
Well well well
I?ve been reading some of the left fascist scum hypocrisy over the last few hours and I must say it?s laughable. The same imbeciles who were up in arms about the alleged Donald Trump allegations are defending and sweeping under the carpet the Alex Salmond allegations
It seems that ...

General Election Speculation
Damian Hinds either being incredibly stupid or going for the most brazen intentional leak of all time here. When?s the election going to happen? Who?s going to win? Overs/ Unders on SNP seats? Will this election kill off the latest H_B alias? All the speculation as it happens  

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

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...

Apologies if this is elsewhere - but thought the following was quite inetresting in and of itself - Interesting what you can do with a drone these days - with the "totally co-incidental" huge fire -

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Foo Fighters at Bellahouston Park
I have a spare ticket for the Summer sessions at Bellahouston Park on Saturday featuring the Foo Fighters if anybody is wanting one.

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Ferguson's Yard Great news for shipbuilding on the Clyde. Well played Jim McColl This was such a depressing thread last year...

VPN hotspot plus laptop?
Hi folks, For the next few months I'll be using my phone as hotspot (to access the internet on the laptop). Would a VPN work via this? Sorry I really am clueless about many things including this, and don't even know if I have worded this right, but basically have 150 gb of data a month so...

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Blairs Ongoing role in it...
    University College London’s Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS) The ISRS was founded in 2008 by former “New Labour” Defence Secretary, John Reid. Reid was a key Blair ally in the run-up to the Iraq war deployment of British forces to Afganistan and earned the reputation as Blair’s ‘enforcer’. He was … Continue reading "A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Bla...

Gordon Brown and New Labour ? MOD Purchasing Policy and the Corrupt Practice ...
  Blairs first Cabinet 1997     What is State Capture? Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as ?a situation where powerful individuals, institutions, companies or groups within or outside a country use corruption to shape a nation?s policies, legal environment and economy to benefit their own private interests?. Comment: An online … Continue reading "Gordon B...

Should Gordon Brown Surface in Scotland and Offer His Opinion to the Public ?...
    The terrible truth about Gordon Brown?s criminal miscalculations – A devastating indictment of his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. Now available, figures of the “New labour” Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began expose the total cost of Gordon Brown?s mishandling of the … Continue reading "Should Gordon Brown Surface ...

Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale ? Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed or di...
      The Reverend v Ms Dugdale Extracts from the judgement are entered below together with comments as necessary setting out the judgement was in favour of The Reverend. Sheriff Ross Ms Dugdale denied that she intended to go beyond criticising the tweet itself. She said she did not intend to label … Continue reading "Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale – Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed o...

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

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Scottish Government pays out £500,000 in legal costs to Alex Salmond

Early cancer diagnosis more likely in ?less deprived? parts of Scotland: report

Public would back Boris Johnson in shutting down parliament for Brexit, poll ...

Legal bid to stop Boris Johnson suspending parliament begins in Edinburgh

Tom Watson outlines opposition to second independence referendum

Scottish Government swoops in to take over Ferguson shipyard

Gordon Brown accuses John McDonnell of falling into a ?nationalist trap? on i...

Wings Over Scotland blogger considering new political party

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