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Look back at Theresa May's cabinet crunch talks as draft divorce deal revealed
14 Nov 2018 at 9:32am
Live updates as Theresa May's cabinet meet to discuss Brexit deal.


Theresa May's future hangs in the balance as her Cabinet backs Brexit deal
14 Nov 2018 at 10:00pm
THERESA May?s future is hanging in the balance after she secured her Cabinet?s blessing for a long-awaited Brexit deal ? but was immediately left facing down a mounting Tory rebellion.


Sturgeon insists MPs should not be 'blackmailed' as Brexit rebellion mounts
14 Nov 2018 at 10:23pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has insisted MPs should not be ?blackmailed into a choice between the frying pan or the fire? as the UK Government struggles with a growing rebellion within its own ranks.


Barnier says the UK's draft Brexit text is a "decisive and crucial step"
14 Nov 2018 at 10:20pm
EUROPEAN Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK's green light to the draft Brexit agreement marks a "decisive and crucial step" towards an "orderly withdrawal".


Nicola Sturgeon 'emphatically' denies cover-up of Salmond allegations
14 Nov 2018 at 6:03pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has ?emphatically? denied covering up claims of inappropriate behaviour by Alex Salmond towards Edinburgh Airport staff.


ScotRail handed £23m of public money early to shore up ailing finances
14 Nov 2018 at 3:21pm
SCOTRAIL was handed £23 million of taxpayers? money early to shore up its finances despite concerns over its performance, it has emerged.


Theresa May's Cabinet backs Brexit plans - but what happens next?
14 Nov 2018 at 3:52pm
It has been a long road since the referendum vote to leave the EU on June 23 2016.


Scottish Tories threaten to vote down Brexit deal over fishing policy
14 Nov 2018 at 5:20pm
All 13 Scottish Conversative MPs, including Scotland Secretary David Mundell - have signed a joint letter detailing their fears over the fishing policy detailed in the draft Brexit agreement. 


Outrage over EU and UK 'agreed Brexit deal text'
13 Nov 2018 at 4:49pm
A Brexit deal has been reached by negotiators in Brussels and will be the focus of a crunch Cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon.


Transparency concerns as UK Government withhold documents in Brexit legal battle
14 Nov 2018 at 5:00am
The UK Government has been accused of operating "under a cloak of secrecy" in its bid to thwart a legal case which could halt Brexit.


Theresa May secures cabinet support over Brexit but faces 'difficult days ahead'
14 Nov 2018 at 7:50pm
Theresa May has won her cabinet's backing over a draft agreement on the terms for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.


SNP urged to explain what party knew about Alex Salmond misconduct complaints
13 Nov 2018 at 3:35pm
Angus Robertson, who lost his seat as an MP in 2017, was reportedly told female employees at the transport hub had complained about the former First Minister.


Ministers pledge action following suicides of two young people in custody
13 Nov 2018 at 5:24pm
MINISTERS have pledged to take urgent action to address the ?spiralling epidemic? of suicides in Scotland's prisons following the deaths of two young people.


Around 70 trains cancelled every day as ScotRail's performance plummets
13 Nov 2018 at 5:00am
THE number of trains being cancelled across Scotland has risen to a new high, with the latest figures showing an average of around 70 services were scrapped every day.


Police probing Alex Salmond misconduct allegations question Edinburgh Airport...
12 Nov 2018 at 8:54pm
Officers interviewed workers at the airport last week amid investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by the then-first minister.

 

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May wins Brexit power struggle but real fight looms ? leader comment
15 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The UK Cabinet’s ‘collective decision’ to back the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan has staved off the collapse of the Government but the real battle is yet to come.

It?s everyone?s job to protect children from abuse ? Brigid Daniel
15 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
In 2002, a review of child protection resulted in a report with a title based on the observation of a young person: “It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright.” That was 16 years ago. Brigid Daniel asks to what extent have we embraced this sentiment.

Bill Jamieson: Here?s what I?d put in my Brexit Happy Hamper
15 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
As the UK Government tells everyone not to panic over Brexit, Bill Jamieson considers whether he should start start stockpiling Champagne, Belgian chocolate, toilet paper and soap, and looks out a wartime book on foraging.

?We need an eco-friendly diet ? but perhaps not with insects?
15 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
Cutting back on meat would help reduce carbon emissions, but other dietary factors – like health, affordability and cultural acceptability – are important too, writes Jennie Macdiarmid.

Brexit: Remainers are repeating mistakes of 2016 ? Kenny MacAskill
15 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The 2016 Remain campaign was one of the worst in Kenny MacAskill’s 40 years of political activism, he writes, and the ‘People’s Vote’ movement is repeating the same mistakes by ignoring the ‘left-behinds’ in UK society who struck out in anger and who blamed immigration for their situation.

Trade deal possible by the end of 2020, EU chief negotiator says
14 Nov 2018 at 10:16pm
The UK and European Union have already got the basis for a future trade deal, Michel Barnier said as he welcomed a “decisive, crucial step” in the Brexit talks.

In full: Theresa May?s Brexit statement as Cabinet backs agreement
14 Nov 2018 at 7:59pm
Here is the full statement delivered by Theresa May in Downing Street after the marathon Cabinet meeting on Brexit:

Brexit: Theresa May wins support of cabinet for draft EU divorce deal
14 Nov 2018 at 7:39pm
Theresa May won the support of her cabinet for a draft EU divorce deal but faces an anxious wait for a possible leadership challenge from angry Brexiteers.

Brexit: ?Theresa May?s deal will leave UK poorer and weaker?
14 Nov 2018 at 6:28pm
If politicians are honest with themselves about Theresa May’s Brexit deal, they should realise it will leave the British public poorer and weaker, so a People’s Vote must now be held, writes Catherine Stihler.

Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon hits back at Nicola Sturgeon over conference snub
14 Nov 2018 at 5:57pm
Controversial former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon has hit back at Nicola Sturgeon's decision to pull out of a conference in Edinburgh today over his appearance.

Nicola Sturgeon ?emphatically? denies cover-up over Alex Salmond allegations
14 Nov 2018 at 5:37pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said it is “emphatically not the case” that allegations made against Alex Salmond were concealed.

100 join Edinburgh protest against ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon
14 Nov 2018 at 4:39pm
Around 100 people joined a protest against former White House strategist Steve Bannon as he addressed an international media event in Edinburgh.

Brexit: Why I will not vote for Theresa May?s deal ? Ross Thomson MP
14 Nov 2018 at 4:11pm
No self-respecting nation would accept the reported terms of Theresa May’s Brexit deal, writes Ross Thomson MP.

Scottish Tories warn Theresa May over post-Brexit fishing rights
14 Nov 2018 at 3:12pm
Scottish Conservative MPs including the Scottish Secretary David Mundell have warned Theresa May that they will not support a Brexit deal that gives unrestricted access to EU fishing fleets.

Government in climbdown over maximum betting machine stakes amid Commons revolt
14 Nov 2018 at 3:02pm
The Government is to make an embarrassing U-turn over the timing of a cut to maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the face of a Commons revolt.

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Theresa May?s Crack Team
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2018 at 4:59pm
…is what they’re calling Jack and James now, we hear. Draw your own conclusions about the word “crack” there.

Serving the nations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2018 at 11:48am
Ever aware of its need to deliver informed enlightenment to the populace, the state broadcaster has recently put up a “BBC Brexit Jargon Buster” page on its website. We’re not sure it was meant to be quite this candid. Apparently Brexit isn’t happening to us. And there are a few other rather surprising gaps in …

The whistleblower
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm
Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano affair was the final straw and Ponting’s leaking of …

When they think we?re not listening
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2018 at 2:59pm
This piece ran in the Telegraph – a newspaper with no Scottish edition and almost no Scottish sales – on Friday. Click to enlarge. Our favourite line is: “Think of what the UK would be like without the vast wealth generated by the 44bn barrels of oil pumped from British territory over the last 40 years.” …

The worst-laid plans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Nov 2018 at 12:17pm
Your occasional reminder about who’s been governing us since we refused to take the responsibility for it ourselves. To be quite honest, readers, if we’re going to leave our future in the hands of a Fox, we’d probably be better off with Basil Brush.

Bottom of the remedial class
by Chris Cairns
10 Nov 2018 at 6:58am

The news that could be
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2018 at 6:23pm

The seven-year itch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2018 at 12:16pm
Wings Over Scotland is seven years old today (the period of time defined by the Good Friday Agreement as a “generation” in terms of referendums), and it doesn’t feel like a day over 25. Can we hurry up and have another indy vote before the entire country burns to the ground around our ears, please? After …

A quick morality check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2018 at 12:39pm
There was a certain uncomfortable 2018 inevitability this morning over the fact that where people were offended, arrests would follow. And the burning of a cardboard model of the Grenfell Tower last night was certainly right up near the top in the pantheon of cretinously offensive things. Many victims of the appalling tragedy, which killed 72 …

What we could be
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2018 at 10:57am
…if only we could find the courage among ourselves.

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Brexit: Scottish Secretary David Mundell backs Brexit deal
14 Nov 2018 at 9:56pm
The Scottish Secretary and 12 other Scottish Tories had earlier sought assurances over the fishing industry.


Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit deal bad for Scotland
14 Nov 2018 at 9:25pm
Scotland's first minister says the draft deal is the "worst of both worlds" as her party pledges to oppose the proposals.


Holyrood committee to examine standardised school testing
15 Nov 2018 at 12:47am
A cross-party group of MSPs is to hold an inquiry into assessments in Scotland's schools.


Police Scotland 'wrongly detained man for days'
13 Nov 2018 at 12:38pm
A watchdog claims Police Scotland tried to cover up a complaint from a man who was mistakenly arrested.


Scottish Rural Parliament staged in Stranraer
14 Nov 2018 at 1:24am
A three-day "parliament" examines the issues affecting parts of Scotland outside its main urban centres.


Asia Bibi: Scots church leaders urge asylum offer
14 Nov 2018 at 3:58pm
Seven church leaders call for the home secretary to help the Pakistani woman who was cleared of blasphemy.


At what age should children have a criminal record?
13 Nov 2018 at 12:47am
As MSPs debate the age of criminal responsibility, what is the law now and how is it likely to change?


Drop in pupils getting music tuition in Scottish schools
13 Nov 2018 at 4:02pm
A drop in the number of school pupils getting musical instrument tuition is linked with increases in charges.


Rape victim calls for end of 'not proven'
13 Nov 2018 at 6:09am
The woman who won a civil case against her attacker says the verdict is confusing and should be scrapped.


Edinburgh Airport 'assisting Salmond investigation'
12 Nov 2018 at 7:51pm
Police speak to staff at Edinburgh Airport as part of an inquiry into the conduct of the former first minister.


New Scots green laws 'needed post-Brexit'
13 Nov 2018 at 12:47am
Conservation groups call for the Scottish parliament to fill the void left by EU legislation.


Q&A: Can 850 Michelin jobs in Dundee be saved?
12 Nov 2018 at 1:25pm
Dundee's Michelin tyre plant is earmarked for closure, but could it yet be saved?

Scot Goes Pop

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New BOMBSHELL Scottish poll suggests Ruth Davidson could face ANGUISH in snap...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2018 at 4:22am
As you may remember, one of the points of confusion about Channel 4's recent Survation poll was a set of Scottish voting intention figures for Westminster, which eventually proved to be merely a su...

We're about to see the difference between a real political party (the DUP) an...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2018 at 5:14pm
So there's a deal in principle between the UK government and the EU, but whether it will ever get through the various stages of ratification remains to be seen.  It seems likely that the text must ...

That Survation poll: a brief autopsy
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2018 at 6:07pm
In the end there was very little point in fleshing out last night's blogpost about the Survation mega-poll, because a lot of what had been reported about it on social media (and even in one or two ...

Unionist chuntering heard all the way from Chichester after chipper Channel 4...
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2018 at 10:53pm
I've been out enjoying Bonfire Night, so I wasn't watching Channel 4's big Brexit show, and I'm trying to make sense of the Scottish figures from their Survation mega-poll, based on the limited inf...

New podcast
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2018 at 12:00am
Just a quick note to let you know that myself and Peter A Bell are the guests on this week's edition of the Through a Scottish Prism podcast. Topics under discussion are the Budget, the prospects ...

If a so-called People's Vote actually happened, what would be the consequence...
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2018 at 6:56am
After the events of a few months ago, it's refreshing to be able to get back to actually agreeing with Pete Wishart about something, and I do agree with him that there are dangers attached to the S...

There is no such thing as...
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2018 at 5:42am
What you are about to read are all genuine comments that have been posted on Twitter over the last 48 hours or so. You might be shocked at the contempt they display towards one particular gender, ...

You don't stamp out anti-semitism by stamping all over the innocent
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2018 at 4:48pm
The SNP's suspension of Grouse Beater is of special interest to me, because like him I'm a pro-independence blogger who also happens to be an ordinary member of the SNP.  Bloggers are self-evidentl...

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It's all getting serious in here, so here's Douglas Ross getting hit by a foo...
by /u/Radical_Rick
15 Nov 2018 at 6:06am
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I miss when we were all just British.
by /u/RageAgenda
15 Nov 2018 at 5:35am
Right now, nationalism is messing up the UK. It's so tragic when we've done so much together. submitted by /u/RageAgenda

The SNP's reasoned responses to Tory disrespect are no longer sufficient
by /u/theguyfromuncle420
15 Nov 2018 at 5:22am
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'Closey wi clathes pegs' Stobbie, Dundee.
by /u/RumbaAsul
14 Nov 2018 at 11:55pm
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I searched "Scotland" in the 585-page Brexit deal document
by /u/mublin
14 Nov 2018 at 10:53pm
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Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter | Not long off call with PM. She tried to tell me ...
by /u/zias_growler
14 Nov 2018 at 10:10pm
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Austerity's lasting impact
by /u/craigymeighan
14 Nov 2018 at 9:55pm
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Neist Point - Isle of Skye [OC]
by /u/ThatOneSlut
14 Nov 2018 at 9:45pm
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So Mel Gibson was actually William Wallace? Interesting.
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14 Nov 2018 at 9:42pm
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Brexit: Scottish Secretary David Mundell backs Brexit deal
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14 Nov 2018 at 9:35pm
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Draft EU Withdrawal Agreement (pdf, it's nearly 600 pages)
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14 Nov 2018 at 8:21pm
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SNP and Tories unite to deny Public Railway bid
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14 Nov 2018 at 8:16pm
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Leasky, Herald | Investigation: Obscure Scottish firm takes control of an ent...
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14 Nov 2018 at 7:10pm
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Labour move to truncate ScotRail franchise thrown out
by /u/zias_growler
14 Nov 2018 at 6:28pm
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Nicola Sturgeon 'absolutely satisfied' there was no cover-up of Alex Salmond ...
by David Clegg
15 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister said her Government and party had followed procedures in dealing with complaints.


LGBTI history lessons won't turn your children gay, folks - it's about being ...
by Darren McGarvey
15 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Darren 'Loki' McGarvey has his say on the TIE campaign, Brexit, and Nicola Sturgeon's act of kindness.


Nicola Sturgeon slams Brexit deal in call to Theresa May after crunch Cabinet...
by Graeme Thomson
14 Nov 2018 at 10:50pm
The First Minister spoke to the Tory leader and pointed out that there isn't a single mention of Scotland in the agreement.


Nicola Sturgeon blasts Brexit deal and demands same special status for Scotla...
by Nicola Sturgeon
14 Nov 2018 at 10:22pm
Writing in the Daily Record, the First Minister says Theresa May's deal will leave Scotland high and dry compared to other nations in UK.


Brexit breakthrough as Theresa May says Tory Cabinet has backed draft deal wi...
by dailyrecord
14 Nov 2018 at 7:42pm
The Prime Minister made the announcement on the steps of 10 Downing Street after a marathon five-hour meeting of Cabinet.


Brexit latest as Theresa May fights to get ministers on board at marathon Cab...
by David Hughes
14 Nov 2018 at 6:48pm
Scottish Secretary David Mundell is believed to have issues with deal after signing letter with other Tories about the treatment of fisheries after Brexit.


Tory welfare reform blamed for rise in rent arrears
by Andy Philip
14 Nov 2018 at 12:26pm
Universal Credit claimants owed nearly £200,000 last month after first year of new system.


SNP told about Alex Salmond alleged sexual misconduct by Edinburgh Airport ch...
by David Clegg
14 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP, the Scottish Government and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have all insisted they had no knowledge of claims of sexual misconduct against Salmond until earlier this year.


Brexit divorce deal 'agreed' with the EU as Theresa May faces cabinet meeting
by Gavin Cordon
13 Nov 2018 at 5:31pm
A government source says Theresa May will be using the meeting to win over support for her deal.


Brexit timebomb as Theresa May warned she has 48 hours to get a deal and save...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The Tory leader faces a cabinet rebellion even if she manages to hammer out some sort of deal with the EU within the next two days.

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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

Scottish Independence Podcast 172 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
13 Nov 2018 at 9:48pm
The 172nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a speech given by Clive Ponting. Ponting is a famous whistleblower who exposed the UK Government over the sinking of The Belgrano, an act many believe to be a war crime. He has also authored a number of books exposing various levels of skulduggery and/or incompetence …
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Journey To Yes 22 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
12 Nov 2018 at 10:01pm
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. This time it is Clive Ponting, a man who really knows what the British Government tends to get up to and why. It’s partly an interview and partly taken from a talk. I am pleased to announce that in a sort of double feature, the new episode …

Nation 3 ? Norway, The Twin Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Nov 2018 at 12:08am
The third in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.  In all the most serious research, Norway is almost always the number 1 place to be. Scotland could do this, and without major difficulties, we have more resources than they have, we just need to show the will to do it…

?I was basically trying to rip off The Pixies? ? Kurt Cobain
by michaelgreenwell
28 Oct 2018 at 12:58am
For those of you of a certain age. This is an amazing documentary, very far from your usual triumphant reunion…

Journey to Yes 21 ? Ashley Graczyk
by michaelgreenwell
21 Oct 2018 at 8:45am
Here is the latest in the the wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power. It is episode 21. If you?d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Scottish Independence Podcast 171 ? Dr Philippa Whitford
by michaelgreenwell
9 Oct 2018 at 4:20pm
The 171st episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Dr Philippa Whitford (a previous guest on the show). I’m sure you do, but just in case you didn’t know, Dr Whitford MP is an SNP MP but before her time in politics she was a consultant breast surgeon, one who also worked …
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Bloody Nora x 1000
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2018 at 8:58pm
Trump at the UN…

Nation 2 ? Iceland ? The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2018 at 8:34am
The second in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.

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Brillo?s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Nov 2018 at 11:22am
An astonishing week of breakdown and breakthrough, clarity and exposure as forces of clandestine British power are revealed.  At the heart of a nexus of think-tanks and media is Andrew Neil,  the former UK Editor of the Economist, the Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, publisher of the Scotsman and supporter of the Adam Smith …

War School: the Battle for Britain?s Children
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 9:47pm
War School looks at what Remembrance means for veterans of Britain’s many conflicts in the century since the end of the War To End All Wars and reveals how government policies are targeting ever younger children for future rectruitment into the armed forces. More details here.    

An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 4:23pm
Dear Ms MacKinnon, Like thousands of licence fee payers across the country I am deeply concerned by BBC Scotland’s decision to support the upcoming News Xchange event featuring Steve Bannon. As an individual synonymous with white nationalism and the rise of racist, hate-fuelled politics I believe Mr Bannon?s inclusion is fundamentally dangerous, and simply by …

Brexit Farce in Detail
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 9:27am
As the Brexit ‘end game’ nears, here’s a devastating collection of facts about the organisational crisis, panic and flight, bureaucratic log-jam and a government overwhelmed by its own incompetence … Thread by @uk_domain_names: “Ok, it’s high time to look at the REAL effects of Brexit 1/50 # ?” #marr #ridge #pienaar #bbcsp

Sympathy for the Devil
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Nov 2018 at 10:42pm
In the days leading up to his joint commemoration of World War 1 with Theresa May, French President Macron publicly announced his interest in honouring France’s chief Vichy collaborator  Marshal Philippe Pétain for his role in France’s WW1 war effort. A storm of public protest forced him to abandon the idea, but the subsequent dispute …

The BBC, Fake News and Media Literacy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Nov 2018 at 4:07pm
This is from Jamie Bertlett, author of  ?The People Vs Tech?, ‘The Dark Net & Radicals’. Secrets of Silicon Valley. Follow him at @JamieJBartlett Thread by @JamieJBartlett: “The BBC is running a ‘fake news week’. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d do a thread. ‘Fake news’ is a very unhelpful term, which describe ?” #Thread

Flipstones
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Nov 2018 at 10:25pm
?For all my family. For all my friends. Including you.? So goes the most heart-warming dedication to a poetry collection you?re likely to read this year. In his latest book, Flipstones, St Johnstone?s poet-in-residence Jim Mackintosh has caught the imaginations of so many, not only through the dazzling array of subjects on display in his …

Outrage over killing of journalists is essential
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Nov 2018 at 5:57pm
In the week when the world watched Jim Acosta be attacked by the American president, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad looks at the the threat to journalism – and democracy – all over the world. It was rare for Marie Colvin to be daunted by danger. During Lebanon?s ?war of the camps?, she once ran a gauntlet …

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Critics line up after May wins cabinet support ? as it happened
by Kate Lyons (now), Andrew Sparrow , Matthew Weaver and Ruth Quinn (earlier)
15 Nov 2018 at 2:31am
PM announces she has secured backing for plan after ?long, detailed and impassioned debate?Brexit deal: May secures cabinet backing for Brexit dealTheresa May?s Brexit deal: everything you need to knowLabour confident its Brexiters will vote down May?s dealLatest summaryMay?s statement in full 2....

Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Nov 2018 at 10:12am
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment.State sc...

UK cannot stop article 50 case going to ECJ, says Scottish court
by Libby Brooks
8 Nov 2018 at 1:55pm
Group seeks ruling on whether Britain can unilaterally withdraw from Brexit processScotland?s highest court has refused the UK government leave to appeal its referral of a case to the European court of justice that seeks to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit. This paves the way...

Alex Salmond 'not adequately informed' of sexual harassment claims, court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Nov 2018 at 1:42pm
Former first minister is challenging the Scottish government over its handling of allegationsAlex Salmond was not given sufficient information about two sexual harassment allegations made against him, according to lawyers acting for the former first minister in the first court hearing of his lega...

England?s sorry delusions are Scotland?s best argument for independence | Kev...
by Kevin McKenna
4 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
As the cracks in the union proliferate, the SNP should focus on forward thinkingThere are pitfalls to be avoided, many of them associated with expression and attitude, when you attempt to make the case for a nation?s independence.These occur often and can be difficult to avoid. How do you proclai...

Tracey Crouch resigns as sports minister over fixed odds betting terminals de...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
1 Nov 2018 at 10:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenAfternoon summary 10.03pm GMT We?re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading. Here?s a summary of this evening?s events: Related: Sports minister resigns over delay to gambling curb 8.48pm GMT Crouch also has th...

No-deal Brexit 'may mean cancelled NHS operations and staff shortages'
by Jessica Elgot Political correspondent and Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Oct 2018 at 3:46pm
Exclusive: Warnings revealed in notes on contingency plans for NHS Scotland and WalesA no-deal Brexit could mean cancelled NHS operations, delays in diagnoses and long-term pressure on staffing numbers, private letters and briefing notes seen by the Guardian reveal.The set of 30 documents release...

Unlike the royals, the poor mustn?t be allowed to breed like rabbits | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
28 Oct 2018 at 5:04am
The Scottish Tories? views on tax credits are nowhere near Dickensian enoughHow quick we are to assemble a firing squad when some well-meaning Tory espouses a radical approach to social welfare and population control.Last week, it was Michelle Ballantyne?s turn to take her place on the scaffold. ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A very big deal
You can’t turn on the telly today without seeing some eager interviewer standing outside Westminster or Downing Street, sticking their microphone in the face of a random political passer by and asking them about the government’s Brexit deal. The cracks are already showing, not least in the rictus grins of the Conservatives. It’s that uncomfortable …

Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting
The latest instalment in Phantom Power’s fantastic Journey to Yes series. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly disgusted by what he saw. …

Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs
When I was a kid, the Union fleg was only regularly seen flying on Orange Walks. As a Catholic wean from a family that was partly of Irish descent, it was a flag that said that people like me were not welcome, that we were excluded, that we were regarded as aliens in the land …

A draft constitution for the Scottish state
The constitutional scholar Dr. Mark McNaught, who is a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, is one of those who has been attempting to devise a draft constitution for an independent Scottish state.  Other groups and individuals have also been working on similar projects. This draft is not intended …

Sold out going in, sold out going out
Sorry for not having blogged the past couple of days, but I’ve been having internet issues. Virgin Cable’s online service check thingy insists there’s no broadband issues in my area, but I’m constantly getting DNS lookup errors. Fingers crossed it’s sorted now. Onieweys, it’s not like there’s a whole lot going on in the world …

The only poll that matters
There’s been a bit of gloating from British nationalists this week over the opinion poll that never was. Those nats eh, what are they like. After Channel 4 broadcast its programme Brexit – What the Nation Really Thinks, claims were made on social media that the megapoll conducted for the show was giving a result …

Norway: The Twin Nation
The latest in Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series. The Norway film tells the story of Scotland?s twin nation. We have the same population, share the oil, gas and fishing resources of the North Sea and have similar geography. But over the last 200 years Norway has withdrawn from a Union with first Denmark …

If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself
Well that’s me back from the USA with a ring on my finger. And thanks to Theresa May and her hostile policy for immigration, I’m married with all of the consequences that brings for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, but without actually being able to wake up next to …

The National

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Theresa May's reign as PM teeters on brink despite Cabinet support for EU deal
THERESA May?s reign as Prime Minister could come crashing to a halt today, with angry Tory MPs calling for a vote of no confidence.

Mundell ?content? with May?s Brexit agreement despite threats to quit
HOURS after rumours circulated that he was on the brink of resigning, David Mundell backed the Prime Minister to the hilt saying he was ?content? with the Brexit draft agreement.

What?s going to happen? The Brexit scenarios for the weeks ahead
WHAT are the possible scenarios which lie ahead?

Sturgeon demands Scotland is given equal treatment in Brexit deal
THE First Minister has again insisted that Scotland should be given the ?same opportunity? as Northern Ireland to stay in Europe?s single market post-Brexit.

Rees-Mogg calls on Tories to reject PM?s Brexit ?undemocratic? deal
THERESA May?s Brexit plan is ?profoundly undemocratic? and would lock the UK into the EU?s rules, Jacob Rees-Mogg warned fellow Tories.

EU summit could sign off on Brexit deal before end of the month
A SUMMIT of EU leaders could be held by the end of the month ? potentially on November 25 ? to sign off the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement, Irish Premier Leo Varadkar has signalled.

ScotRail contract survives as Labour call for public ownership rejected
A SCOTTISH Labour move move to exercise the break clause in the ScotRail contract has been voted down by MSPs at Holyrood.

Government pledges improvement to health and social care integration
The Scottish Government has vowed to improve the integration of health and social care services following a damning report by public services watchdog Audit Scotland.

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

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 …

Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland
Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 7th 2018 Thirty years ago Scotland was a very different place. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the poll tax was yet to be implemented, and there was no Scottish Parliament. Then along came the Govan by-election ? a seat that …

Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? an...
Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? and ?Nae Pasaran? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, November 3rd 2018 It is a rare occasion when two films are released on the same day about working class histories of Britain. This weekend sees such a situation with the release of Mike Leigh?s much awaited …

Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet
Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 31st 2018 A spectre is haunting the modern world: fascism. All around the world people are talking about and identifying fascists. Newspaper headlines abound in the US such as ?Is Donald Trump a fascist??, ?How fascist is Donald Trump?? …

British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories
British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 24th 2018 The political world has been seen as an abrasive, macho and male club for centuries. Across the West this has meant to have changed in the last couple of decades with record levels of women?s representation and …

Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise
Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 17th 2018 The context and limits of freedom of speech have always been important, but everywhere this seems to have become increasingly contentious. Whether it is white supremacists in the US declaring they are protecting the US …

A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance?
A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance? Gerry Hassan New Statesman, October 12th 2018 Dundee is being talked about. This marks a big change for a city that traditionally has been ignored or presented in clichés – of jute, jam and journalism, the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, and William McGonagall. Now …

Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us
Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 10th 2018 Hate seems to be everywhere in public life. This week Scottish Justice minister Humza Yousaf floated making misogyny a specific hate crime illegal, while in the previous week, the Scottish Government launched a high …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scots jarred by Brexit terms on Northern Ireland, fishing
Scots jarred by Brexit terms on Northern Ireland, fishing  ReutersDraft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesSturgeon: Draft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland  Malay MailLetters: May's contempt for the Scottish Government is neither surprising nor new  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

The True Story Behind Outlaw King: What to Know About Scottish Independence H...
The True Story Behind Outlaw King: What to Know About Scottish Independence Hero Robert the Bruce  TIMEOutlaw King Picks Up Where Braveheart Left Off  The AtlanticNetflix's Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a Scottish warrior-king, is bloody medieval fun  VoxReview: 'Outlaw King' Is Bloody Good Tale Of Rebellion, Betrayal, And Love  ForbesFull coverage

'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?
'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?  Popular Mechanics?Outlaw King:? boring depiction of Scottish wars  Texas A&M The BattalionNetflix turns out rousing historical epic with 'Outlaw King'  UConn Daily CampusFull coverage

Next referendum will be on Scottish independence
Next referendum will be on Scottish independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

Scottish Independence Convention campaign fund hits halfway mark
Scottish Independence Convention campaign fund hits halfway mark  The NationalScottish Independence Convention fund raises £90k after crowdfunding campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Listen and learn how to campaign for Scottish independence
Listen and learn how to campaign for Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Analysis: As 'no deal' turns to 'bad deal' could the pro-EU indy pitch falter...
Analysis: As 'no deal' turns to 'bad deal' could the pro-EU indy pitch falter on soft Brexit?  CommonSpaceSNP: Scotland should have same opportunity as Northern Ireland from Brexit  St Helens StarBrexit Live Updates: UK Cabinet Approves Draft Deal  New York TimesFull coverage

Brexit 'chaos and despair' could see Scots vote for independence, SNP claims
Brexit 'chaos and despair' could see Scots vote for independence, SNP claims  Irish ExaminerSNP claim Brexit 'chaos' will result in Scottish independence majority  The ScotsmanSturgeon's plans for independence DESTROYED by own MEP - 'Don't see any good news!'  Express.co.ukFull coverage

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SNP: 'Scotland will not compete with NI'
SNP: 'Scotland will not compete with NI'  Sky NewsFull coverage

SNP leadership urged to 'come clean' over what it knew about Alex Salmond all...
SNP leadership urged to 'come clean' over what it knew about Alex Salmond allegations  Telegraph.co.ukAlex Salmond denies misconduct at Edinburgh Airport  Sky NewsFull coverage

'People spoke in 2016!' Simon McCoy SHUTS DOWN SNP urging MPs 'STEP UP' to st...
'People spoke in 2016!' Simon McCoy SHUTS DOWN SNP urging MPs 'STEP UP' to stop Brexit  Express.co.ukFull coverage

SNP: Scotland should have same opportunity as Northern Ireland from Brexit
SNP: Scotland should have same opportunity as Northern Ireland from Brexit  Irish ExaminerSNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland should have same opportunities as Northern Ireland in Brexit deal  Independent.ieLetters: May's contempt for the Scottish Government is neither surprising nor new  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon denies being part of SNP cover-up of Alex Salmond sexual misc...
Nicola Sturgeon denies being part of SNP cover-up of Alex Salmond sexual misconduct claims  Telegraph.co.ukSNP told about Alex Salmond alleged sexual misconduct by Edinburgh Airport chief in 2008  Scottish Daily RecordSNP accuse Labour of point scoring over Alex Salmond allegations  The NationalFull coverage

SNP must tread softly towards independence
SNP must tread softly towards independence  The TimesFull coverage

The SNP needs a political philosophy beyond independence
The SNP needs a political philosophy beyond independence  New StatesmanFull coverage

Herald View: The coalition that could sink May's deal
Herald View: The coalition that could sink May's deal  HeraldScotlandAnalysis: As 'no deal' turns to 'bad deal' could the pro-EU indy pitch falter on soft Brexit?  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Draft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Ni...
Draft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesScots jarred by Brexit terms on Northern Ireland, fishing  ReutersSturgeon: Draft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland  Malay MailLetters: May's contempt for the Scottish Government is neither surprising nor new  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Next referendum will be on Scottish independence
Next referendum will be on Scottish independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

Brexit 'chaos and despair' could see Scots vote for independence, SNP claims
Brexit 'chaos and despair' could see Scots vote for independence, SNP claims  Irish ExaminerScotland will back independence after Brexit, according to latest poll  The Scottish SunSNP claim Brexit 'chaos' will result in Scottish independence majority  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP must tread softly towards independence
SNP must tread softly towards independence  The TimesNeil MacKay: The Yes camp must throw its weight behind a People's Vote  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Give people the final say on Brexit ? except in Scotland
Give people the final say on Brexit ? except in Scotland  The NationalFull coverage

MPs could be handed chance to force fresh Brexit referendum before vote on Ma...
MPs could be handed chance to force fresh Brexit referendum before vote on May's Brussels agreement  The IndependentLabour MPs who back Theresa May's Brexit deal are betraying the national interest  New StatesmanPMQs LIVE: May fights for her life as Corbyn rages 'Brexit deal is FAILURE in OWN TERMS'  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Analysis: As 'no deal' turns to 'bad deal' could the pro-EU indy pitch falter...
Analysis: As 'no deal' turns to 'bad deal' could the pro-EU indy pitch falter on soft Brexit?  CommonSpaceHerald View: The coalition that could sink May's deal  HeraldScotlandBrexit Live Updates: UK Cabinet Approves Draft Deal  New York TimesFull coverage

Independent Scotland wouldn't get special treatment from EU ? Eva Oer
Independent Scotland wouldn't get special treatment from EU ? Eva Oer  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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Scotland First Country To Introduce LGBT Lessons
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?

Highlight is surely gonna someone's uncle raging that a school's "teaching weans to be poofs".

Well the real highlight will be the promotion of LGBT sexualities and genders being "equal" to typical sexualities and gender...

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!

A World Government
Is this remotely possible in the future? Is it the only way to stop current issues such as tax havens, man made global warming and nuclear weapons?  I would argue that until we have this, we are on a slippery slope towards the end of humankind. No idea how you would work it though - any thoug...

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 ...

Are you right wing?
As the title says. A lot of right wingers seem a bit reluctant to say they are for some reason. Surely if you believe your own views so much you wouldn't have any issue with them?

National Action
I guess this belongs in the Politics forum. EDL on steroids?  Any lawyers on here tell us why a 22 year old cannae be named? 

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

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The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis. https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU...

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

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

The Annual Poppy Debate
This year, as every other year of my life, I will not be wearing a poppy. Here's a good read. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/poppy-appeal-2014-this-is-why-i-wont-be-wearing-a-red-poppy-this-year-9814449.html

Outlaw King
'Outlaw King' has premiered at the TIFF...  

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is dead ? A look back at a few o...
    The man that would have inspired Machiavelli is dead and politicians sleep  more soundly. If only it were possible to delve into his diaries. Sir Jeremy Heywood, civil servant and permanent secretary to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, Cameron and May and confidant to the rich and powerful elite of British politics and their … Continue reading "The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is d...

The Tory Party ? Brexit ? Political Suicide ? Déjà vu
          15 Nov 2018: The Theresa May Government – A promising start and a dismal end Theresa May’s leadership was plunged into a new crisis last night after claims that she had described her former and remaining anti-European market Cabinet colleagues as “bastards” in comments accidentally recorded after a television interview. … Continue reading "The Tory Party – Brexit – Political Suicide –...

Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him
          1997 – The Fall of the Tory Party and Rise of New Labour After nearly 20 years in government the Tory Party collapsed under a mire of lies, sex scandals and just about every political crime imaginable. The single saving grace was the economy which was in robust health due … Continue reading "Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him"

Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Battle to the Streets Ca...
            Industrial Action in Glasgow Indications are that women employed by Glasgow District Council will be taking industrial action very soon in pursuance of their long running campaign seeking equal pay with male workers as required by law. It is important that the hard working people of Glasgow attribute fault … Continue reading "Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Batt...

The murky world of Westminster politics ? big business protection ? and the a...
        A Murky World In the article before this I provided a “through the keyhole report on the activities of Hayluyt. It generated a bit of interest and begged the question. How deeply entrenched in the British state is this bunch of very rich individuals? This article provides some answers and raises … Continue reading "The murky world of Westminster politics – big business protection – and ...

British Spymasters revealed
            I am publishing the under-noted article which exposed the activities of the British Secret Services to the public in Scotland. Many of the principal characters involved went on to dominate Scottish politics and, operating out of London still do so. After reading the article you might wish to read … Continue reading "British Spymasters revealed"

Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to get off the Bus Sharpish
          The Political Ideology of “New Labour” The political thinking of right wing “New Labour” politicians is closely aligned with their Tory “soft left” colleagues in Westminster and in political pressure groups in England, Wales and Scotland The right wing faction opposes just about all of the economic policies of the … Continue reading "Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to ...

The 1707 Act of Vandalism is not fit for purpose and should be binned without...
      Massacre of the Macdonalds at Glencoe       Events that break the political union The discredited Westminster political system of government is close to collapse and its welcome termination might be closer than the pundits would have you believe. The press is increasingly headlining that a huge majority of little Englanders … Continue reading "The 1707 Act of Vandalism is not fit for purp...

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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.…