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Brexit vote live: Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers crushing Commons defeat
15 Jan 2019 at 3:09pm
Theresa May is today facing a ?humiliating defeat? on her compromise Brexit Plan as she warned MPs that the biggest threat to the Union was now a no-deal outcome.


Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers crushing Commons defeat
15 Jan 2019 at 7:40pm
Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by MPs.


Former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh found guilty of professional misconduct
15 Jan 2019 at 1:31pm
A FORMER SNP MP and business partner of Alex Salmond has been fined £3,000 after being found guilty of professional misconduct during her time as a partner at a law firm.


Speaker Bercow riles Tories by rejecting 'lifeline amendment' that might have...
15 Jan 2019 at 4:13pm
JOHN Bercow, the Commons Speaker, has once again riled UK ministers after failing to select a so-called ?lifeline amendment? in tonight?s Brexit vote that they believed could have limited the scale of Theresa May?s expected defeat.


Alex Salmond took lawyer to sex probe meeting with Nicola Sturgeon
15 Jan 2019 at 11:35am
Alex Salmond took the advocate who worked on his legal challenge against the Scottish Government to his first meeting with Nicola Sturgeon about his sexual misconduct investigation, undermining her claim that it was a purely ?party matter?.


Nicola Sturgeon urges MPs to take greatest chance of staying in EU since 2016
15 Jan 2019 at 8:17am
The chances of Scotland staying in the European Union are at their highest since the 2016 referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed.


Holyrood inquiry into Salmond affair confirmed
15 Jan 2019 at 1:12pm
Nicola Sturgeon will face a Holyrood inquiry into the botched Alex Salmond sexual misconduct probe and its aftermath, it has been confirmed.


Nicola Sturgeon spokesman accuses Alex Salmond's camp of 'vendetta'
15 Jan 2019 at 1:50pm
Nicola Sturgeon?s chief of staff is the subject of a ?vendetta? by allies of Alex Salmond, the First Minister?s official spokesman has said.


Brexit brief: Latest news ahead of Common's crunch
15 Jan 2019 at 12:29pm
Here's the latest Brexit news you may have missed.


Theresa May facing biggest Commons defeat in modern times as last-ditch appea...
15 Jan 2019 at 11:50am
Theresa May appears to be heading for one of the heaviest parliamentary defeats in modern history after a last-gasp appeal to Tory rebels over her Brexit deal fell on deaf ears.


Brexit: Scottish police put officer cuts on hold as they brace for chaos
14 Jan 2019 at 6:02pm
Scottish police chiefs have put planned officer cuts on hold as they brace for potential Brexit chaos.


Brexit: Theresa May braced for 'humiliating defeat' as historic vote looms
15 Jan 2019 at 12:01am
Theresa May is today facing a ?humiliating defeat? on her compromise Brexit Plan as she warned MPs that the biggest threat to the Union was now a no-deal outcome.


Finance Secretary compares Westminster to Star Wars' "dark side"
15 Jan 2019 at 3:42pm
Scotland's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has compared Westminster to the dark side in movie franchise Star Wars.


David Mundell - Government could hold more votes on Theresa May's Brexit deal...
15 Jan 2019 at 1:35pm
MPs could have repeated votes on Theresa May's Brexit deal, according to Scottish Secretary David Mundell, who described Tuesday's Commons crunch as "an initial vote".


Bosses 'allowed Kaiam staff to work for nothing in run up to Christmas'
15 Jan 2019 at 4:00pm
STAFF at a manufacturing plant in Livingston were allowed to carry on working in the run up to Christmas despite bosses knowing they would not be paid, it has been claimed.

 

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?Time to stop Article 50?: Scottish politicians react to Theresa May?s Brexit...
15 Jan 2019 at 9:00pm
Nicola Sturgeon has reiterated her support for a second EU referendum after Theresa May’s Brexit plan was voted down by her own MPs tonight.

Poll: Were MPs right to reject Theresa May?s Brexit deal?
15 Jan 2019 at 8:42pm
MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt.

Theresa May?s Brexit deal overwhelmingly rejected by MPs
15 Jan 2019 at 8:01pm
MPs have rejected Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202, plunging the UK's departure from the EU into unprecedented uncertainty.

Edinburgh should double population in 25 years, says top economist
15 Jan 2019 at 7:15pm
EDINBURGH should double in size in the next 25 years as it leads Scotland’s vital population growth, a seminar on the Capital’s future has heard.

Brexit vote RECAP: MPs vote down Theresa May?s deal
15 Jan 2019 at 7:09pm
MPs have voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal following several days of debate in the House of Commons.

Kaiam crisis: Bosses allowed Livingston staff to keep working despite pay fears
15 Jan 2019 at 6:00pm
Staff at crisis-hit Livingston technology firm Kaiam were allowed to carry on working despite bosses knowing they would not be paid.

Humza Yousaf: Fall in Scots prisoner tagging is 'temporary'
15 Jan 2019 at 5:46pm
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf has said a three-quarter drop in prisoners being allowed to serve part of their sentence using an electronic tag is due to “risk aversion” ­following media scrutiny.

Alex Salmond accused of ?vendetta? against Nicola Sturgeon?s closest aide
15 Jan 2019 at 3:55pm
Alex Salmond has been accused of conducting a “vendetta” against Nicola Sturgeon’s closest aide as hostilities between the SNP big guns escalated today.

Derek Mackay: Westminster is like the dark side in Star Wars
15 Jan 2019 at 3:21pm
Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has compared Westminster to the dark side in Star Wars.

Former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh found guilty of professional misconduct
15 Jan 2019 at 1:59pm
Former MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has been found guilty of professional misconduct over her handling of a trust at a law firm where she was partner.

Nicola Sturgeon faces second inquiry into botched Alex Salmond probe
15 Jan 2019 at 1:15pm
Nicola Sturgeon is to face a second formal inquiry into the botched Scottish Government sexual harassment probe into her predecessor Alex Salmond after MSPs today announced a Holyrood probe will be established.

Brexit: Voting down Theresa May?s deal is in national interest ? Ian Murray MP
15 Jan 2019 at 12:58pm
Never in the recent history of the UK Parliament has one vote been so important to this country.

Nicola Sturgeon?s chief of staff ?suspected Alex Salmond complaint before mee...
15 Jan 2019 at 11:58am
Nicola Sturgeon’s chief of staff suspected a complaint had been made to the Scottish Government about Alex Salmond the month before he informed his successor about the probe, it has been claimed.

Scots Tory MP urges Theresa May to write off ?hard-line Brexiteers?
15 Jan 2019 at 11:15am
Theresa May should ignore her party’s “hard-line Brexiteers” and pass a Brexit deal with support from other parties, a Scottish Conservative MP has said.

Theresa May set for massive defeat on her Brexit deal
15 Jan 2019 at 10:17am
Theresa May is braced for a potentially crushing Commons defeat for her Brexit deal after an eleventh hour appeal for support apparently failed to win round critics.

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How to make lemonade
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2019 at 10:45pm
The Scottish media have been proclaiming, and simultaneously praying for, an “SNP civil war” for longer than we can remember. (Usually alternated with furious stories about how the party is a “cult” which doesn’t allow internal dissent.) But there can be little credible dispute that it’s finally got one. The party has been deeply divided by …

Out of the quagmire
by Lindsay Bruce
14 Jan 2019 at 12:19pm
UK politics is stuck fast in the mud, going nowhere, and the casualties are mounting. Whether on Brexit, independence or anything else, we?ve all become so dug-in to our positions that some people – naming no names – have forgotten where the battle lines are or what their political war was even about in the first place. …

The Prime Minister is a lying idiot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2019 at 10:58am
The extremely sharp and perceptive New Statesman writer Stephen Bush buries some of his political insight in a daily email newsletter (because, we assume, his fax machine doesn’t work, you can’t send telegrams any more and London flats don’t have enough room to keep a lot of messenger pigeons or let you send smoke signals). …

Meanwhile in the Scottish media
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2019 at 1:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon attended a meeting of the SNP NEC yesterday. Or maybe she didn’t. One of these people/publications, inescapably, is flat-out lying to their readers about the event in question. Given the Scottish media’s ingrained habit of lying about pretty much everything almost all of the time, we honestly wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as …

A comment on recent events
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2019 at 11:24am

All change in Moray
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2019 at 5:35pm
Blimey, that was quick. This was Tory MP Douglas Ross yesterday: Short version: “I don’t care what my constituents want, I will vote loyally for the party I was elected as a member of.” And this is him today: Never let it be said Wings readers don’t get things done.

The mess we?ve made
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2019 at 2:32pm
Last night the UK government lost a vote which, while largely symbolic, was designed to hamper its ability to generate its finances in the event of a no-deal Brexit (and therefore to try to incentivise it to avoid a no-deal). A handful of Tory MPs voted for the motion, combining with the opposition to defeat the …

Brass neck gleaming
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2019 at 5:08pm
Wow. That’s Monica Lennon sat directly behind him, by the way. That must have taken some amount of polishing. And yes, if you’re wondering, that last one is THIS Rhoda Grant: Still, the SNP, eh Richard?

Facing the wrong way
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2019 at 12:26pm
Scottish Labour mounted another of their infamous stunt “protests” today, as always dutifully assisted and advertised by the Scottish media. STV reported it as an event organised by a small rail union – not the RMT or ASLEF, but the little-known Transport Salaried Staff Association – which would feature “other campaigners”, but in fact it …

Return of the boat people
by Chris Cairns
5 Jan 2019 at 6:59am

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Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says another EU referendum 'only credible option'
15 Jan 2019 at 9:09pm
Scotland's first minister was speaking after MPs emphatically rejected the prime minister's Brexit deal.


How did your Scottish MP vote on the Brexit proposal?
15 Jan 2019 at 8:28pm
Scotland's 59 MPs were among those taking part in the key Brexit vote in the Commons - did they back, reject or abstain?


MSPs to hold inquiry over Alex Salmond row
15 Jan 2019 at 5:03pm
A special Holyrood committee is to examine the government's handling of complaints against Alex Salmond.


Former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh fined for professional misconduct
15 Jan 2019 at 5:12pm
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh was found guilty by a tribunal over her handling of a trust fund at a law firm where she was a partner.


New law will bring "zero tolerance" approach to drug driving
15 Jan 2019 at 6:29am
Ministers want new legislation to introduce a "zero tolerance" approach to motorists who drive after taking drugs.


Life-extending drug Perjeta approved for secondary breast cancer
14 Jan 2019 at 9:24pm
The drug can prolong the lives of incurable breast cancer patients by up to 16 months.


Sturgeon spokesman accuses Salmond team of 'smears'
14 Jan 2019 at 3:37pm
A spokesman for Nicola Sturgeon accuses Alex Salmond's supporters of trying to discredit the first minister.


Week at Holyrood: Scottish government will respond to meaningful vote
14 Jan 2019 at 2:05pm
The Scottish government will respond to the Brexit vote on Wednesday afternoon.


Ex-MP showed 'disregard for rules' over law firm finances
14 Jan 2019 at 7:04pm
Solicitor Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh appeared before the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal.


MoD records 789 nuclear safety events at Scotland's bases
14 Jan 2019 at 10:44am
New MoD figures reveal the number of incidents at Faslane and Coulport between 2006 and 2018.


The five Alex Salmond row inquiries
15 Jan 2019 at 5:43pm
How are the multiple inquiries into the government's investigation of Alex Salmond likely to play out?


Q&A: Alex Salmond's case
8 Jan 2019 at 6:12pm
Why did the government concede in its court battle with Alex Salmond, and what does this mean going forward?

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Is it "inconceivable" for Sarah Smith to report Scottish politics objectively?
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2019 at 8:37am
I stumbled across this tweet overnight -Although I didn't hear the report in question, I have little difficulty imagining that Sarah Smith said exactly that, because she's been playing this little ...

Having just destroyed the devolution settlement, Nebulous Theresa makes bizar...
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2019 at 8:16am
Theresa May has got some nerve.  I know that as statements of the obvious go, that's right up there with "the Pope is a Catholic" and "Rory Stewart is from The Middleland", but sometimes it just ne...

Have the chances of a very early general election just increased?
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2019 at 5:39am
By now you may have seen the front page story in the Sunday Times, claiming that anti-Brexit Tory MPs are plotting a "coup" in collusion with John Bercow to wrest control of parliamentary business ...

Is the end NIGH for Ruth? SHOCK YouGov poll sets SNP on course for LANDSLIDE...
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2019 at 8:33am
The mystery I mentioned in the previous post has been solved much quicker than expected - and to be fair, it appears (just this once) that nothing sinister was going on.  The reason why the Scottis...

YouGov and the mystery of the missing Scottish subsample
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2019 at 5:14am
The remarkably well-resourced "People's Vote" campaign decided, for some reason, to commission a ridiculously enormous GB-wide YouGov poll of 25,537 respondents over the course of Christmas and New...

Would a snap Holyrood election in 2019 really be such a risk?
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2019 at 6:15pm
I'm beginning to realise what it must have felt like to be a social democrat in about 1980, finding yourself by default in a shrinking middle ground as political debate becomes ever more polarised ...

Welcome to the year in which Nicola Sturgeon will *probably* renew her demand...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2019 at 6:29pm
As I've said a number of times, political prediction is usually a mug's game, and that could hardly be more true than at this exact moment.  Britain might be about to leave the European Union, or t...

How will Nebulous Theresa answer the Lorraine Mann Question?
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2018 at 5:20pm
Over at Stormfront Lite, Alastair Meeks has made a set of rather bold political predictions for the coming year - including that Britain won't leave the European Union on schedule in March, and tha...

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Testing The World's Longest Echo at Inchindown oil tanks in Invergordon.
by /u/ewenmax
15 Jan 2019 at 9:12pm
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Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says another EU referendum 'only credible option'. Sc...
by /u/bottish
15 Jan 2019 at 9:09pm
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The Fortress called Doune and the retreat of Johnnie Cope.
by /u/Somerlad
15 Jan 2019 at 9:05pm
AN DŁN [Translation below] Tha ąite an seo shģos os cionn na h-eaglais? (eaglais Chatlaigeach) agus ?s e an Dłn a their iad ris. Tha balla mņr leathann mun cuairt uile gu lčir. Tha iad ag rądha gun...

It?s round two lads, Corbyn has called a VONC.
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15 Jan 2019 at 7:57pm
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Kevin Schofield on Twitter | BREAKING: MPs vote 432 to 202 AGAINST Theresa Ma...
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15 Jan 2019 at 7:42pm
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New law will bring "zero tolerance" approach to drug driving
by /u/ChimpyChompies
15 Jan 2019 at 6:17pm
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Full Scottish Breakfast...
by /u/CrocodileJock
14 Jan 2019 at 8:15pm
Over on r/pics a post called "British Breakfast" is getting a lot of traction. There are many comments along the lines of "can't beat a Full English". Well, yes you can. The "Full Scottish" of cour...

Andrew Cairney from Glasglow, Scotland loading all nine of The Ardblair Stones
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15 Jan 2019 at 5:15pm
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Messy way to eat a burger tbh. ?[He was] hanged, drawn quartered, emasculated...
by /u/Tuna_Stubbs
15 Jan 2019 at 5:09pm
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Can anyone read what area this is in Scotland (possibly Glasgow)?
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15 Jan 2019 at 4:31pm
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Went a walk, an thought I'd bring the wee man along with me
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15 Jan 2019 at 4:26pm
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What?s with Scottish people and goths ?
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15 Jan 2019 at 3:35pm
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Ian Blackford sums Brexit up perfectly
by /u/sukisogreat
15 Jan 2019 at 3:12pm
​ https://i.redd.it/e2c92q8wqla21.png ​ SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford says it is an "absolute travesty" that MPs are only being given the choice between the government's deal o...

Anyone looking for a change of scene?
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15 Jan 2019 at 2:33pm
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Jeremy Corbyn tables no confidence vote in general election bid after Theresa...
by Press Association
15 Jan 2019 at 8:11pm
The Labour leader said the "catastrophic" defeat represented an "absolutely decisive" verdict on her negotiations.


Brexit vote result as Theresa May EU deal suffers crushing defeat by MPs in C...
by David Wilcock
15 Jan 2019 at 7:39pm
Tory rebels inflicted a hugely damaging blow for the Prime Minister, whose deal lost by 202 to 432.


SNP MP in last minute plea to Jeremy Corbyn to back second Brexit poll ahead ...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Jan 2019 at 3:15pm
It comes as MPs are expected to vote against Theresa May's Brexit deal in the Commons.


Former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh found guilty of professional misconduct
by Record Reporter
15 Jan 2019 at 2:47pm
The Law Society said the pair failed to keep proper accounts of a trust set up in May 2012


SNP 'mystery man' speaks out amid Salmond and Sturgeon 'smear' claims
by David Clegg
15 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Geoff Aberdein reveals how Sturgeon’s chief of staff had 'early' suspicions last March about a Holyrood probe into Salmond.


Inside track of how Salmond v Sturgeon row created political earthquake for SNP
by David Clegg
15 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Our political editor David Clegg analyses how Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond's 30-year friendship was wrecked by contentious meetings.


Brexit humiliation looms for Theresa May after botched plea to MPs over EU deal
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
The Prime Minister is expected to lose tonight's historic vote by a huge margin leaving the UK in uncharted political territory.


No-deal Brexit could mean 1 million Brits have to take a new driving test
by Mikey Smith
14 Jan 2019 at 5:58pm
Guidance from the Department for Transport reveals a crucial change to the UK driving licence


Nicola Sturgeon accuses 'Alex Salmond insiders' of a 'smear' campaign against...
by Jack Aitchison
14 Jan 2019 at 12:08pm
The First Minister denies accusations from 'sources close to Salmond' that she had prior knowledge of sexual harassment allegations. 


'Universal credit is destroying people's lives' blasts new Scots social secur...
by Andy Philip
14 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Dr Sally Witcher, who takes on her role as the head of Scotland’s new Social Security Commission has blasted Universal Credit and vowed to fight for a fairer society.

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

Who Has Most Per Head?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jan 2019 at 11:24am
A nice simple graphic that lays out some important stats.   Advertisements

The Spider?s Web ? Britain?s Second Empire
by michaelgreenwell
2 Jan 2019 at 3:11pm
?Over and over again, we have seen that there is a power in this Country, other than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests is able to assert itself against the Government of the Country. Those who control money, are able to …

David Mundell, Brilliant As Ever
by michaelgreenwell
10 Dec 2018 at 10:03pm
England’s man in Scotland David Mundell, simultaneously showing how much he is in the loop, and the quality of his powers of political prediction…

Scottish Media Reaches A New Level of Absurdity
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2018 at 3:40pm
If you had asked me before today what the most absurd thing I had seen in the Scottish media was, I would have shown you the piece below. Not a political piece, although it mentions politics, just thoroughly ridiculous… However, I think the Sunday Mail has just topped its sister paper the record, or at …

Theresa May?s Message to Scots (with honest subtitles)
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2018 at 9:09am
From the excellent Sarah Mackie. See more videos here.

An Odd video to use as pro Scottish Independence (but it perfectly illustrate...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Nov 2018 at 11:41pm
Here is an English woman conversing with an English man. The man in this video is a wonderful pianist. He does videos surprising the public with his piano playing (jazz, boogie woogie, blues) and there are lots of videos where he makes the passing punters happy, and even teaches some of them how to play …

Republican (with some Tory) Jesus
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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On French Protest Culture and Brexit from Brittany
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jan 2019 at 3:51pm
Ever since a child, I have seen images of protests relayed from France invariably appearing on the BBC. You know the ones, burning tyres and tractors blocking roads. Yes, there were regular reports of other protests from around the globe, but it seemed like there was a particular focus on France, a comparison of some …

Neon Fascism and the Cult of Heroic Failure
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jan 2019 at 10:27pm
After Brexit, and the weird fissures of Empire Loyalism it has laid open, not only is the sense of a unified coherent ‘Britain’ now just laughable, but the idea of a unified coherent British ‘people’ is implausible. So the constant evocation of “the people” as a force is an immeasurably stupid one. But increasingly “the …

Paradise Regained: Some Notes on the Idea of Reversals
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jan 2019 at 2:50pm
The idea of workers’ control has fallen off the agenda but an independent Scotland could put us back on the radical road, writes Paul Tritschler. There is an illusion in the field of psychology known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. It refers to low ability individuals who confidently believe they have superior ability, and who lack …

Guest Editor Opportunity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jan 2019 at 12:01pm
We?re excited to announce the return of our Guest Editor position over the next few months.  The idea is to make way for some fresh commissioning, to create different networks and unearth new writers and contacts. We also want to to begin to address issues of diversity and equality in Scottish media; and to give space to focus …

The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and the Nation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jan 2019 at 12:13pm
THE WEALTH OF THE NATION: SCOTLAND, CULTURE AND INDEPENDENCE by Cairns Craig, Edinburgh University Press (2018) Cairns Craig is a leading scholar in Scottish and modernist literature. He has been Professor of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen since 2005. Before that, he taught at the University of Edinburgh, serving as Head …

A Golden Dawn at the Spectator
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jan 2019 at 11:57am
As the right and the far-right enjoy a Brexit mind-meld it’s causing for some problems for the BBC’s highest people. Steve Peers analyses the crisis at The Spectator … Thread by @StevePeers: “1/ In principle, I agree there’s an obvious distinction between publishing something and agreeing with it. After all, on a much smaller scal …

When May loses on Tuesday, there will be nowhere left to Hide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jan 2019 at 8:42pm
I?m saddened to see @HackneyAbbott doubling down on Labour leadership backing Brexit. Time for members and supporters to sign this. Members and supporters overwhelmingly want a @peoplesvote_uk https://t.co/sV06tqcCOD ? Ian Murray (@IanMurrayMP) 11 January 2019 My response: I?ve been re-reading Hugo Young?s ?This Sacred Plot? which is a wonderfully written history of the ?difficult? relationship …

Could a No Budget Deal Trigger a Holyrood Brexit Election?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jan 2019 at 8:13pm
AS I write, the Holyrood budget for 2019-2020 still has not been agreed. Of course, with the SNP government in a minority, there is always an annual negotiation involving the minor parties, in order to secure a deal to get the budget passed. It has been this way since Alex Salmond became First Minister back …

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Holyrood to launch inquiry into Salmond row
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Jan 2019 at 4:18pm
Investigation could be delayed until after ministerial code inquiry into Nicola SturgeonMSPs are to launch a special inquiry into the Scottish government?s handling of a botched investigation into claims of sexual harassment against Alex Salmond after the case collapsed in court last week.Party l...

Alex Salmond's aides ramp up criticism of Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Jan 2019 at 6:37pm
First minister?s spokesman accuses Salmond?s team of smears in row over harassment claimsAlex Salmond has escalated his attacks on Nicola Sturgeon?s government by implying that the Scottish first minister?s accounts about a sexual harassment investigation into him have been misleading.Salmond, St...

Sturgeon refers herself to ethics body over actions in Salmond case
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Jan 2019 at 2:20pm
Move follows admission first minister was briefed by Salmond on harassment inquiryNicola Sturgeon has referred herself to an independent ministerial ethics body after bowing to intense pressure to allow an investigation into her actions in the Alex Salmond sexual harassment case.The first ministe...

Alex Salmond reports Scottish government to watchdog after 'leaks'
by Press Association
10 Jan 2019 at 11:31pm
The former first minister is concerned about how sexual misconduct allegations against him became publicAlex Salmond has reported the Scottish government to a data watchdog, having earlier voiced concerns over how information about the sexual misconduct allegations against him entered the public ...

Sturgeon accused of breaching rules over Salmond inquiry
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Jan 2019 at 6:04pm
Scotland?s first minister urged to refer herself to watchdog for failing to disclose meetingsNicola Sturgeon is facing intense pressure to refer herself to Scotland?s ethics watchdog for potentially breaking ministerial rules over the Alex Salmond sexual harassment allegations.Richard Leonard, th...

Scotland census: sex question changes 'may risk reliability of data'
by Libby Brooks, Scotland correspondent
9 Jan 2019 at 4:35pm
Analysts suggest proposed switch in 2021 survey to non-binary sex question will make results harder to interpretProposed changes to a question about biological sex, asked in Scotland?s next census, risk undermining the reliability of the survey and set a difficult precedent for equalities protect...

The botched Alex Salmond harassment inquiry could stop women speaking out | D...
by Dani Garavelli
9 Jan 2019 at 2:50pm
A further erosion of trust in the complaints system is the opposite of what the Scottish government set out to achieveYou would assume that civil servants faced with allegations of sexual assault by a former first minister of Scotland would proceed with the utmost caution; that they would firepro...

Sturgeon defends handling of Salmond sexual harassment case
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Jan 2019 at 7:41pm
Scottish government admits inquiry was unlawful and ?tainted by apparent bias?Nicola Sturgeon has defended her government?s handling of sexual harassment claims against Alex Salmond after its investigation was thrown out in court.In a humiliating climbdown, the Scottish government admitted in cou...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The great defeat
After delays, prevarications, and attempts to sideline Parliament, Theresa May finally put her deal to the House of Commons on Tuesday. Theresa May never wanted this vote. She wanted to ram her deal through Parliament without any vote at all. Today we discovered just why she was so reluctant to put the matter to a …

The Great British Pseudocracy
Theresa May is currently engaged in a competition with Donald Trump to see which of the two of them can get away with the most lies. If she is in a competition with Trump, she’s narrowly in the lead. It’s the only plausible explanation for the Prime Minister’s curious lack of attachment to reality. It’s …

Scenting blood
The Scottish media pack has got itself a bone, and it’s going to chew it. And chew it. Lost amonst the vast tundra-like acreage of the Scottish media’s coverage of Alex Salmond, there was an article this week entitled Alex Salmond Is Looking For Blood. And I thought to myself, clearly, he’s not the only …

The National?s Wee Ginger Dugcast
Every Friday I’ll now be doing a podcast for The National which will be published on the newspaper’s site, and which I’ll also be sharing here. So now instead of reading my rants, you’ll get to hear my not-so-dulcet tones every Friday. You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log …

An Atlas of Opportunity, putting Scotland at the centre of the map
A review copy of a book was delivered when I was away visiting my husband in the USA over Christmas and the New Year. Unfortunately I didn’t get it sooner, as it would have been ideal for readers to purchase as a Christmas present. Not my copy mind. I’m keeping it. I’ve already had to …

Sock washing and constitutional crises
So you finally get around to doing the pile of washing that’s been staring at you in the dirty clothes basket since you got back from your holidays, you make a proper dent on the housework, go to the supermarket, all those wee chores that you’ve been putting off, and while you’re doing so there’s …

The problem with Holyrood
This year the Scottish Parliament becomes 20 years old. For the past 20 years Scotland has had a forum to express its national will, we have seen a parliament restored to our capital city and for the first time in the history of this ancient nation the people have enjoyed the exercise of mass democracy. …

The year of the making of Scotland
Many thanks to Sam for looking after the blog while I was away. Like the British political establishment, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks avoiding work and responsibilities. I went off to the USA to spend Christmas and the New Year with my husband in Connecticut and had a great time with my significant …

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What happens next with Brexit? Here?s the main options after the vote
AS Mary Poppins says in her new movie ?everything is possible, even the impossible?. Theresa May will be holding on to that thought as MPs troop through the lobbies at around 7pm tonight to cast their meaningful vote on the Prime Minister?s Brexit deal. But it?s doubtful if even the Georgian supernanny, armed with a whole shovelful of sugar, could do anything to save May?s deal.

Deja vu as Theresa May makes last ditch attempt to save 'botched' Brexit deal
NICOLA Sturgeon urged Scotland?s MPs to reject Theresa May?s Brexit agreement tonight, saying the chances of remaining in Europe are now ?at their highest? since 2016?s referendum.

Theresa May?s lies on devolution just insult our intelligence
PLEASE make it stop. Please make it go away. We?re in for another week of drama, recriminations, tantrums, and idiotically childish behaviour, and I?m not even talking about the British nationalist media in Scotland?s obsession with SNP bad stories. No, this is the drama, recriminations, tantrums, and idiotically childish behaviour that has come to define and characterise that British state who...

Alyn Smith: What do we do when the deal fails? We need to find a way to stop ...
I TWEETED over the weekend that this week is going to be tough, and I?m afraid it is. We?ll need to look after each other in the next few weeks. I know from my own inbox and being out and about that for a lot of people Brexit is not just a news crisis far away, it is real life and folk are anxious.

FM 'victim of a smear campaign' in newspaper reports on Salmond allegations
NICOLA Sturgeon?s spokesperson has claimed the First Minister is the victim of a ?smear campaign? over her handling of allegations against Alex Salmond.

Former SNP MP cleared of dishonesty over law firm trust fund case
FORMER SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has been cleared of any dishonesty or impropriety in the case of a trust fund operated by her former law firm Hamilton Burns of Glasgow.

Speaker: 'Lamentable' that MP had to postpone birth to vote on crucial Brexit...
SPEAKER of the House of Commons John Bercow has called for progressive change after a Labour MP was forced to postpone the birth of her child to vote on the crucial Brexit bill today.

Blackford urges MPs to 'take control' and stop no-deal Brexit
IAN Blackford has called for MPs to ?take control? of the House of Commons and ensure a no-deal Brexit is avoided.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

My Favourite Books of 2018
My Favourite Books of 2018 December 22nd 2018 Gerry Hassan This is a list of my favourite books of the year. It is a totally subjective and idiosyncratic list: made up things I have read, come across, been involved in or inspired by and which have stopped me and made me think. There is a …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018 December 21st 2018 Gerry Hassan This is my fourth year of doing a comprehensive music list of thing I have bought, been listening to, and had come my way in the past year. It has been as usual an eclectic year musically but highlights include the Southside Record …

Memorable Moment of 2018 and Anticipation for 2019
Memorable Moment Living with Two Gentle Giants: Salt and Pepper Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 19th 2018 I have lived with cats since a teenager, but this year I ventured into completely new territory by getting two cats at the same time. They are brothers, from the same litter, half Maine Coon, and were one …

Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist?
Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 12th 2018 As the United Kingdom seemingly collapses and its political class shows unprecedented incompetence, where stands Scotland? Where is that much talked about sentiment that we are radical, different, and more left-wing than the rest of the UK? For some …

The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain
The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 5th 2018 Last week I attended an event at Dundee University on the ideas and impact of the Scottish thinker Tom Nairn. Many of his books were discussed, including his critique of the monarchy, and the insularity of …

This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t
This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 28th 2018 This should be the moment for Corbyn?s Labour. They face a divided, incompetent Tory Government. A party that has lost nine Cabinet ministers in the last year, which has no domestic agenda to speak of, …

The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The Whi...
The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The White Album? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 20th 2018 The Sixties never really went away. We have had the baby boomers and their endless nostalgia about themselves and their youth – followed by the soft disappointment for many of the decades that …

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

 

Scotland and Independence

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END OF UK? May warns no-deal would BOOST Irish unification and Scottish indep...
END OF UK? May warns no-deal would BOOST Irish unification and Scottish independence  Express.co.ukPRIME Minister Theresa May has warned a no-deal Brexit would destroy Great Britain by boosting calls for Irish unification and Scottish independence.

No-deal Brexit will fuel Scottish independence calls, Theresa May admits - Th...
No-deal Brexit will fuel Scottish independence calls, Theresa May admits  The ScotsmanA no-deal Brexit would fuel demands for a second referendum on Scottish independence and a border poll on Irish reunification, Theresa May has admitted.

Nicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independ...
Nicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independence  ExpressNICOLA STURGEON has said she will unveil a plan for a second Scottish referendum amid the turmoil over Theresa May's Brexit deal.

People's Vote 'should come with independence chance' | Scotland - The Times
People's Vote 'should come with independence chance' | Scotland  The TimesA second Scottish independence referendum should take place at the same time as any repeat vote on EU membership, senior SNP politicians have said.

Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown - Th...
Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown  The NationalANALYSIS has revealed that support for independence continues to increase, ahead of a year in which a no-deal Brexit could trigger a second?

WikiLeaks posts bizarre poll about England invading Scotland after independen...
WikiLeaks posts bizarre poll about England invading Scotland after independence  The NationalWIKILEAKS has stunned Twitter users by sharing a bizarre poll about what would happen in an independent Scotland post-Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence -...
Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has increased the expectations of a bid for a second Scottish referendum in the midst of Brexit, saying independence offered?

Andy Murray: Why Scotland adores one of their favourite sons - BBC Sport
Andy Murray: Why Scotland adores one of their favourite sons  BBC SportFrom little acts of kindness to changing perceptions of Dunblane, BBC Scotland's Tom English explains why Andy Murray is so adored by his compatriots.

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SNP politicians call for an emergency meeting to help safeguard the future of...
SNP politicians call for an emergency meeting to help safeguard the future of a stricken Aberdeen paper mill  Press and JournalAs announced earlier today, more than 450 jobs are currently hanging in the balance after the troubled owners of the Arjowiggins' Stoneywood Mill in Bucksburn ...

Former SNP MP guilty of professional misconduct - Irish Examiner
Former SNP MP guilty of professional misconduct  Irish ExaminerFormer Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has been found guilty of professional misconduct over her handling of a trust at a law firm where she was a partner.

SNP warn May's Brexit deal will put 'workers on the dole' - BreakingNews.ie
SNP warn May's Brexit deal will put 'workers on the dole'  BreakingNews.ieIan Blackford issued the warning after securing approval to table amendments to the vote on May's deal.

Scottish universities warn SNP not to take away £90 million spent giving EU s...
Scottish universities warn SNP not to take away £90 million spent giving EU students free tuition  Telegraph.co.ukScotland's universities have warned they face a "devastating" financial blow after Brexit if SNP ministers refuse to let them keep the £90 million a year currently ...

Alex Neil denies claims of SNP 'civil war' over Salmond - BBC News
Alex Neil denies claims of SNP 'civil war' over Salmond  BBC NewsA top SNP MSP has denied there is a "civil war" in the party amid a deepening row over the government's investigation of Alex Salmond. Nicola Sturgeon has ...

West End councillor calls for Labour and SNP group leaders to put ?Punch and ...
West End councillor calls for Labour and SNP group leaders to put ?Punch and Judy politics? behind them  The CourierA Liberal Democrat councillor has labelled the latest spat between SNP and Labour councillors in Dundee as ?unedifying?. West End councillor Fraser ...

SNP's Ian Blackford urges MPs to block Brexit deal - BBC News
SNP's Ian Blackford urges MPs to block Brexit deal  BBC NewsMPs must take control of the House of Commons and ensure that a no-deal Brexit is avoided, the SNP's Westminster leader has said. Politicians are due to vote ...

Letters: SNP should back May's Brexit deal for Scotland's sake - HeraldScotland
Letters: SNP should back May's Brexit deal for Scotland's sake  HeraldScotlandTHE increasingly desperate plight of the Prime Minister in trying to push her withdrawal deal through Parliament offers a rare opportunity for the SNP to leverage ...

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Letters: Our MPs must not act as slaves to the EU referendum - HeraldScotland
Letters: Our MPs must not act as slaves to the EU referendum  HeraldScotlandSturgeon calls for another EU referendum  BBC NewsNo-deal Brexit will fuel Scottish independence calls, Theresa May admits  The ScotsmanScottish Government writes to MPs ahead of crucial Brexit vote  ITV NewsRussell to MPs: Factor Scotland's future into your Brexit vote decision  The NationalView full coverage on Google...

END OF UK? May warns no-deal would BOOST Irish unification and Scottish indep...
END OF UK? May warns no-deal would BOOST Irish unification and Scottish independence  Express.co.ukPRIME Minister Theresa May has warned a no-deal Brexit would destroy Great Britain by boosting calls for Irish unification and Scottish independence.

People's Vote 'should come with independence chance' | Scotland - The Times
People's Vote 'should come with independence chance' | Scotland  The TimesA second Scottish independence referendum should take place at the same time as any repeat vote on EU membership, senior SNP politicians have said.

Nicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independ...
Nicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independence  ExpressNICOLA STURGEON has said she will unveil a plan for a second Scottish referendum amid the turmoil over Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Nicola Sturgeon urges MPs to grasp opportunity for new EU referendum - shrops...
Nicola Sturgeon urges MPs to grasp opportunity for new EU referendum  shropshirestar.comThe Scottish First Minister believes the chances of avoiding Brexit are now greater than at any other point since the 2016 vote.

Scotland can't be in the passenger seat if UK is driven off Brexit cliff edge...
Scotland can't be in the passenger seat if UK is driven off Brexit cliff edge  SNPWestminster carries on riding roughshod over Scottish interests. Scotland cannot be towed along in the Tories' Brexit mess, and the decision over the EU ...

WikiLeaks posts bizarre poll about England invading Scotland after independen...
WikiLeaks posts bizarre poll about England invading Scotland after independence  The NationalWIKILEAKS has stunned Twitter users by sharing a bizarre poll about what would happen in an independent Scotland post-Brexit.

END OF UK! England should seek INDEPENDENCE to deliver Brexit, ex-Ukip leader...
END OF UK! England should seek INDEPENDENCE to deliver Brexit, ex-Ukip leader claims  ExpressENGLAND should seek independence as it is the only way it will be able to deliver Brexit, former Ukip leader Diane James has shockingly claimed.

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

The Official President Trump thread

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 ...

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 ...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Thinking politically of course, 2 obvious suggestions immediately spring to mind. Corbyn may very well get his wish for a GE granted sometime during the next 12 months. I'm quite sure that would result in a hung parliament (they should be hung) but if the SNP can win 56 seats again wiping out...

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

New Gillette Advert - caution
Impressive number of dislikes already. Why they thought this would be a good business decision is beyond me. 

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Double Deckers. Do you feel safe?
The reason I am posting this is to gain another perspective and hear some thoughts on Double Decker buses. On Friday Jan 11, a DD bus here in Ottawa was involved in one of the worst public transit accidents in Ottawa history. 3 people were killed, 25 hurt, with 10 in critical condition. It's the ...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

Book Publishing
I have recently completed a book and the script is currently with Luath press awaiting their verdict. I don't have any unrealistic expectations given I know how difficult it is getting these things into print. I spoke with Ted Christopher on the subject fairly recently and he was pretty scathing ...

Thanks Andy
Deserves its own thread. A sad day but what a decade or so he's given us. 

Favorite song. 40s 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s
Wee trip down memory lane. What is your favorite song, band, of the above decade. I'm 50, so 80s, 90s for me.             80s. Fav song. West end Girls.                   90s. Fav song. Wonderwall.                        Bands. U2, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Big Country, Coldplay...

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...

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Leslie Evans & Judith Mackinnon ? Is there a Conspiracy to Destroy the SNP Go...
    Leslie Evans Born in Northern Ireland in 1958. Relocated to Sheffield. Attended High Storrs Comprehensive School 1970-76. Gained a degree in Music from Liverpool University. Married Derek McVay 1990. One son. At School: (her own words, nearly) Absorbed lots of knowledge. Music important – soft spot David Bowie, likes reggae and … Continue reading "Leslie Evans & Judith Mackinnon – Is th...

Depleted Uranium ? The Toxic Time Bomb Gifted to Scots By The Westminster Gov...
    Nov 2011: Depleted Uranium – Kirkcubright – Cancer and Birth Defects A summary of early government papers covering the period 1973 to 1977 was released by The National Archive. The exchanges showed there was knowledge about potential persistent contamination from Depleted Uranium dust. But what also emerged was the manoeuvring by … Continue reading "Depleted Uranium – The Toxic Time Bom...

The Westminster Government is Content that All Is Well With Procedures for Nu...
  Coulport   28 Nov 2018: Marked Increase in Safety Incidents Aboard UK Atomic Submarines A recent report released by the MOD lists around 259 safety incidents on Trident submarines, and 246 on other nuclear-power but conventionally armed hunter-killer submarines, in the past 12 years (including near-misses, equipment failures, human error or procedural … Continue reading "The Westminster G...

Tories Confirm Ruth Davidson Has No Future in the Party- But Will She Resign??
      Tory Party Hard Right Wing Views on Society Exposed in New Poll Ruth Davidson’s views on society are at odds with her colleagues and her future in the Party is uncertain in the event of a leadership election should Teresa May resign given the findings of a new poll … Continue reading "Tories Confirm Ruth Davidson Has No Future in the Party- But Will She Resign??"

Tory Fisheries Policy Towards Scotland is Decided in Consultation with the Sc...
        Impact of the 2014 and 2016 referendums In the 2014 referendum the affluent North East of Scotland constituencies voted to remain in the UK Union. In the 2016 referendum they voted to leave the EC. In 2016 the Tory party concentrated their political campaigning in the North East … Continue reading "Tory Fisheries Policy Towards Scotland is Decided in Consultation with the Scottish...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
  Truth Will Out The wall of silence may not be able endure much longer. Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan ordered an official investigation into the Institute, and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, a target of the Initiative’s critical tweets, seized the issue with some gusto. In a parliamentary debate December 12, she noted the “Integrity Initiative’s” use … Continue reading "red...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
    The “Institute For Statecraft” and “Shared Outcomes Initiatives”   In a summary of a “private discussion” between Chris Donnelly, the Director of the “Institute for Statecraft” and retired British Army officer Gen. Sir Richard Barron, the British Army’s Twitter and Facebook wing, the 77th Brigade is praised for its “exploitation of … Continue reading "reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
      13 Dec: 2018:  British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft Craig Murray published his take on events in his blog: (https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/). Stating: “Having been told where the “Institute for Statecraft” skulk, I...

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New 'zero tolerance' drug driving limits to be introduced in Scotland

Breast cancer drug approved for secondary stages in Scotland at fourth attempt

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Theresa May on course for historic defeat over Brexit deal

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Government whip Gareth Johnson quits ahead of Commons vote on Theresa May's B...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…