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Business Minister Harrington accuses ERG Tory Brexiteers of 'treachery' over ...
14 Feb 2019 at 8:01pm
RICHARD Harrington, the UK Business Minister, has accused members of the Tory anti-EU European Research Group of "treachery" over Brexit.


Cabinet leak: May to rule out no-deal for 'moment of truth' vote on February 27
14 Feb 2019 at 4:10pm
THERESA May is to rule out a no-deal Brexit outcome ahead of the ?moment of truth? Commons vote on February 27, a Cabinet source has told The Herald.


Theresa May suffers fresh Commons humiliation as MPs vote down Brexit plans
14 Feb 2019 at 5:50pm
Theresa May's authority has suffered another significant blow with a second humiliating Commons defeat on Brexit ? as a Cabinet source revealed she is now preparing to rule out a no-deal outcome.


Makers of BBC Question Time under new pressure after 'editing SNP MP response'
14 Feb 2019 at 9:36am
The makers of BBC Question Time are under more pressure this morning after it was claimed that Fiona Hyslop?s full response to a former UKIP candidate was edited out from last week?s Question Time in Motherwell.


SNP amendment to delay Brexit by at least three months selected for considera...
14 Feb 2019 at 2:29pm
Commons Speaker John Bercow has selected three amendments for consideration as MPs debate the Government's latest Brexit motion.


Theresa May hails Churchill after Labour's McDonnell brands him 'villain'
14 Feb 2019 at 1:09pm
NO 10 has made clear Theresa May?s admiration for Sir Winston Churchill after Labour?s John McDonnell sparked a row by suggesting the late Prime Minister was a ?villain?.


Key Sturgeon adviser urges 'softest possible form of Scottish independence'
14 Feb 2019 at 11:23am
ONE of Nicola Sturgeon?s closest advisers has said she should offer the ?softest possible? form of Scottish independence in order to win support from voters.


£200-a-day fines warning on new 'parking tax'
14 Feb 2019 at 12:55pm
BUSINESSES could be hit with crippling fines for ignoring the new parking tax based on experience south of the border, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed.


Scottish Government to overhaul HR operation after Alex Salmond case
14 Feb 2019 at 10:23am
The Scottish Government is overhauling human resources operations following the collapse of the botched misconduct investigation into Alex Salmond.


Theresa May faces Valentine's Day Commons humiliation as Tory Brexiteers pois...
14 Feb 2019 at 12:02am
THERESA May is facing a Valentine?s Day humiliation in the Commons this evening as Tory Brexiteers are poised to help defeat a UK Government motion on Britain?s EU withdrawal.


Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon announces no-deal information campaigns
13 Feb 2019 at 9:34pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government will soon be running public information campaigns to advise the public on what to do in the event of a no-deal Brexit as she condemned the UK Government?s actions in the withdrawal process as ?increasingly reckless and negligent?.


Corbyn playing Labour MPs 'for fools' over Brexit, says former Shadow Chancel...
14 Feb 2019 at 8:56pm
LABOUR?S disunity on Brexit was highlighted when a senior MP attacked his front bench's position on EU withdrawal, claiming colleagues were ?being played for fools? by Jeremy Corbyn.


Brexit is costing Britain £800m a week or £80bn since EU referendum, says Ban...
14 Feb 2019 at 5:09pm
BREXIT is costing the British economy £800 million a week - £80 billion since the 2016 referendum, a Bank of England policymaker has said.


Labour's John McDonnell criticised after branding Winston Churchill a 'villain'
14 Feb 2019 at 8:50am
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has branded Winston Churchill a "villain".


Donald Trump installs new golf simulator at White House
14 Feb 2019 at 9:52am
President Donald Trump recently installed a new golf simulator at the White House, according to a report from the Washington Post.

 

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Businesses in Scotland could be fined for failing to comply with parking levy
14 Feb 2019 at 7:25pm
Scots firms could face hefty fines over failures to comply with controversial plans for a workplace parking levy, the Tories have claimed.

Theresa May?s Brexit deal suffers a blow as MPs inflict another defeat
14 Feb 2019 at 6:46pm
Theresa May’s Brexit strategy was left in tatters on Thursday after Conservative MPs handed her another defeat that risks stripping the UK government of its remaining credibility in Brussels.

Brexit: Corbyn and May?s lack of plain-speaking is a serious problem ? Paris...
14 Feb 2019 at 4:19pm
As Brexit looms, our leaders have kept us guessing on the big decisions ahead. It hasn’t helped anyone, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

SNP adviser calls for ?softest of all? form of Scottish independence
14 Feb 2019 at 3:12pm
A key economic adviser to Nicola Sturgeon has called for the “softest of all” forms of independence in order to win a Yes vote.

Dear John McDonnell, if Winston Churchill is a villain, who is a hero? ? Alas...
14 Feb 2019 at 1:22pm
And here we go again. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has branded Winston Churchill a “villain” over his response to the Tonypandy riots in 1910.

Scottish independence: Top law officer refuses to reveal if Nicola Sturgeon a...
14 Feb 2019 at 11:25am
Scotland’s top law officer has refused to reveal if Nicola Sturgeon has sought his legal advice on holding a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Crossing borders with your dog after Brexit
14 Feb 2019 at 7:00am
If I am staying in pet friendly accommodation in the Republic of Ireland after Brexit will I still be able to take my dog across the border from Northern Ireland?

Jeremy Corbyn?s plan for ?Lexit? will see the left eaten alive ? Kenny MacAskill
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am
Opposing Brexit is essential for the left, which should have forged closer links with European social democrats, but Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership seem to believe leaving the EU offers the chance of creating a socialist paradise. It’s absurd, says Kenny MacAskill.

Brexit: UK?s strategy in talks with EU has a fundamental flaw ? leader comment
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am
Using the threat of a no-deal Brexit to win concessions from Brussels relies on EU leaders believing we’d ruin our own economy.

Donald Trump is ?probably? sane ? leader comment
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am
Donald Trump’s tweets are to be used at Edinburgh Science Festival to assess how the public make decisions about the state of a politician’s mental health.

Theresa May faces another embarrassing Commons defeat on Brexit
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am

Immigration is an ?economic necessity? for Scotland ? CBI
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am
This week CBI Scotland joined stakeholders from across Scotland in appearing before the House of Commons Scottish affairs committee to give the reaction of business to the UK government’s post-Brexit immigration proposals.

Two-year Brexit delay would inflict nervous breakdown on UK ? Bill Jamieson
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am
Bill Jamieson’s anxiety over the prospect of a two-year delay to Brexit appears to be affecting the mental health of his cat.

Most Scots would trust their GPs to advise them on assisted dying
14 Feb 2019 at 6:00am
Most Scots trust their GPs to make the call on whether they should be allowed to seek assistance to die, new research indicates.

Facebook removes over 100 adverts for Donald Trump?s businesses
13 Feb 2019 at 9:55pm
Facebook has removed more than 100 adverts for Donald Trump’s hotels and golf courses after ruling they had breached strict new transparency rules surrounding political advertising and failed to disclose who had paid for the promotions, The Scotsman can reveal.

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Counting With Jamie Greene
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Feb 2019 at 4:03pm
In this site’s view, the proposed new employee-parking levy which the 2019 budget will enable local authorities to implement if they choose to  – but which is in no sense being imposed on anyone by the SNP, who don’t have a majority on a single Scottish council – is a pretty rotten idea, which will do …

Counting With The Scottish Media #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2019 at 12:59pm
In today’s Daily Record: Half, you say? What the YouGov poll actually predicted was Labour losing FIVE of their current SEVEN seats to the SNP, holding onto only Edinburgh South and East Lothian. And, y’know, call us sticklers but we’re pretty sure five is quite a bit more than half of seven. (It’s actually 71%, …

An uncertain future
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Feb 2019 at 5:10pm
Another slow news day, so here’s one from the archives: Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you try to read it that size. In 2019, six weeks from a no-deal Brexit, suddenly “insignificance in Europe” and “an uncertain future in the EU” for Scotland don’t sound quite so bad, do they?

The outstanding balance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Feb 2019 at 11:21am
We had an interesting exchange with Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney this week on the deathless lie that is the “fiscal transfer” – the £10bn or so that Unionists rather startlingly insist the rest of the UK generously donates to Scotland every year out of the goodness of its heart, just for the pleasure of …

End-Of-The-Road Runner
by Chris Cairns
9 Feb 2019 at 6:59am

Counting With The Scottish Media
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2019 at 8:29pm
What does two plus two make? Let’s all do it together, shall we? One! Two! Three! Er, three again! Kudos to the Scottish Sun for getting there in the end, though. Stick with Wings, lads, we’ll keep you right.

Auntie?s Favourite
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2019 at 12:44pm
Last night we observed the considerable statistical difficulty involved in getting to speak on the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time not just once, or even twice, but THREE times, and the remarkable ease with which shouty sectarian UKIP and Loyalist bigot Billy Mitchell has achieved it. But readers, we’re afraid we must acknowledge …

We see you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2019 at 12:24am
This tweet, from a little over a year ago, remarks on the second consecutive speaking appearance on the BBC’s flagship Question Time of Billy Mitchell, a flute-band Loyalist and former UKIP candidate (an impressive 34 votes in Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill in 2013) whose standard contribution to the national debate is an incoherent shouted rant …

Standard Wales Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2019 at 6:26pm
Alert readers will recall that earlier today we conducted one of our regular context checks for statistics misleadingly-incompletely reported in the Scottish press. But while those are like shooting fish in a barrel, there’s one thing that’s an even more reliable open goal for the website editor looking for content in a slow news week. …

Context in numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2019 at 2:10pm
From the Scottish Daily Mail today: As readers will have come to expect, the article is entirely free of any figures by which readers could gauge whether 1000 was a high number or not. So as usual, we’ll have to do it for them. ScotRail runs close to 760,000 trains a year: So if 1000 …

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Brexit: Sturgeon steps up no-deal planning
13 Feb 2019 at 10:28pm
The first minister says she still believes no-deal can be avoided, but her government has a duty to plan for the possibility.


MPs voting on May's Brexit strategy
14 Feb 2019 at 5:35pm
Labour's call for another vote on the withdrawal deal by 27 February and an SNP bid to delay Brexit are defeated.


Maternity and neonatal services to be 'transformed'
14 Feb 2019 at 3:16pm
The new measures will ensure expectant mothers get more support and premature babies are given specialised care.


Brexit: SNP's Ian Blackford withdraws PM 'liar' claim
12 Feb 2019 at 6:28pm
The SNP's Westminster leader formally withdraws a claim that Theresa May was a "liar" during a Brexit debate.


Scottish council first to give 'safe leave' to abuse victim staff
13 Feb 2019 at 12:29am
South Ayrshire Council is the first in Europe to give time off to staff who have been subjected to domestic abuse.


Holyrood committee begins Scottish hospital safety inquiry
12 Feb 2019 at 8:32am
The deaths of two patients from an infection linked to pigeon droppings prompted the Scotland-wide probe.


Music tuition saved as Midlothian council hikes tax nearly 5%
12 Feb 2019 at 6:03pm
Councillors in Midlothian reject plans to cut music tuition and agree to raise council tax by almost 5%.


MP Ross Thomson 'reported to standards commissioner'
11 Feb 2019 at 10:41am
Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson says allegations of "sexual touching" in a Westminster bar are "completely false".


Humza Yousaf: Ditching EU security deals 'will help criminals'
11 Feb 2019 at 12:31pm
Scotland's justice secretary warns no future UK procedures would be as effective as those available as an EU member.


Partner of man who killed himself calls for mental health review
11 Feb 2019 at 12:58pm
Luke Henderson's partner claims he asked for medical help eight times in the week leading up to his death.


ScotRail ordered to improve performance by government
8 Feb 2019 at 4:24pm
The train operator has been hit with a second official notice by ministers unhappy with its performance.


Edinburgh tram extension cost soars to £207m
8 Feb 2019 at 2:32pm
New figures reveal that the cost of extending Edinburgh's tram line out of the city centre has increased by 25%.

Scot Goes Pop

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A projection that the SNP will prosper
by James Kelly
13 Feb 2019 at 3:47pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a piece in The National today about the latest YouGov seats projection for Westminster, which shows the SNP going up to 39 seats.  You can read the art...

Nicola Sturgeon's 3-5 year timescale points to an independence referendum in ...
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2019 at 11:44pm
One of the frustrating things about recent months has been the SNP leadership increasingly taking the view that the 'process' aspect of how Scottish independence will come about is none of the busi...


Scot Goes Pop: The Trailer
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2019 at 7:25am
During the summer, Phantom Power (the maker of the amazing Nation and Journey to Yes series) very kindly offered to film a short trailer for Scot Goes Pop.  You can see the results below...

Whether we like it or not, the constitutional destinies of Scotland and North...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2019 at 1:11am
Well, with a certain degree of trepidation, I'm going to make a few comments about the recent controversy relating to my fellow iScot columnist Jason Michael McCann.  My initial gut reaction to the...

Voters backed the SNP so they would be given a choice on Scotland's future *a...
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2019 at 8:55am
I'm not sure how much impact Andrew Wilson's article in The National on indyref timing will have, because we all know where he's coming from, so his views are already factored in - a bit like Jim S...

Watch Thou For The Mutant!
by James Kelly
30 Jan 2019 at 1:50am
Well, I was initially stumped as to how I could possibly top the truly bonkers, paranoid hysteria of the "Beware The Liars!" title of Peter A Bell's latest blogpost, which is accompanied by what (i...

The UDI that dares not speak its name
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2019 at 10:02am
As you may have noticed, I've recently been getting pelters in pretty much equal measure from both the "let's postpone Indyref2 indefinitely" people and the "UDI next Wednesday" people.  If I was S...

Looking for a "mature" way forward? Start with a pragmatic acceptance that a...
by James Kelly
26 Jan 2019 at 4:45pm
In the wake of Joyce McMillan's clarion call for inaction and passivity last week, Kevin Williamson of Bella fame posted the following risible tweet -"Plenty of vitriol directed at @joycemcm and @A...

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I made an illustration video of the Fish Ladder in Pitlochry!
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15 Feb 2019 at 12:03am
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BBC | Definitive guide to ancient Norn language discovered
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15 Feb 2019 at 12:02am
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Jacob-Rees Mogg comments on concentration camps
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14 Feb 2019 at 11:54pm
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The Domino Defect
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14 Feb 2019 at 11:34pm
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What will "no deal" mean for food supplies in Scotland?
by /u/Alexander_Selkirk
14 Feb 2019 at 10:39pm
I am wondering what the immediate effect on food supplies will be. The more I think about it, the scarier it gets. Here is what I believe to be the facts: About 40 % of food in the UK is imported ...

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14 Feb 2019 at 10:19pm
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14 Feb 2019 at 8:14pm
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Scottish Wildcats have made it to Netflix. Has anyone watched this yet?
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14 Feb 2019 at 7:47pm
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14 Feb 2019 at 7:09pm
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Theresa May suffers fresh Brexit humiliation as Commons vote down her deal AGAIN
by Press Association
14 Feb 2019 at 6:12pm
On another dramatic day at Westminster, MPs voted by 303 to 258 against the motion endorsing the Government's approach.


SNP's Ian Blackford brands Theresa May 'not fit' for office of Prime Minister
by Torcuil Crichton
14 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
In the House of Commons, Theresa May tried to put Ian Blackford in his place about her Brexit plans.


Nicola Sturgeon puts brakes on IndyRef2 with delay threatening to split Yes m...
by David Clegg
13 Feb 2019 at 9:12pm
The First Minister says she needs more clarity on Brexit before pushing for another independence vote but many Yes voters don't want to wait.


SNP would gain half of Labour's seats in snap general election, poll suggests
by David Clegg
13 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
According to predictions, Rutherglen and Hamilton, Glasgow North East, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and Midlothian would return to SNP.


Labour's failure to capitalise on 2017 General Election resurgence will cost ...
by Record View
13 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
A new poll shows Labour would crash back down to three seats in a snap election - with Corbyn to blame for any setbacks, writes Record View.


Brexit bust-up as SNP MP Ian Blackford brands Theresa May 'liar' in fiery Com...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Feb 2019 at 8:12pm
The SNP Westminster leader narrowly avoided being thrown out after he shouted the slur across the chamber at the Prime Minister.


SNP MP slammed for 'tasteless' comparison of Abellio job relocations to Highl...
by Stephen Stewart
12 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has been branded "crass" for the comparison.


Time for callous Tories to say sorry as cruel Universal Credit IS linked to f...
by Record View
12 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
Amber Rudd’s admission is progress, is depressing, and she must match action to her words, writes Record View.


The no-deal Brexit passport warning that could affect your travel plans
by Record Reporter
12 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
TUI is warning holidaymakers they need to have at least six months left on their passports if they plan to travel to the EU.


Sneaky Tories must ditch shameless £7,000 raid on our pensioners
by Ian Blackford
11 Feb 2019 at 4:30am
Our columnist hits out at Tory opportunists who have sneaked through a cut to pension credit that could see some couple take a massive hit.

Michael Greenwell


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

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Even Worse
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2019 at 8:25am
The remarkable thing is that the current group are actually WORSE than this lot grew up to be…

Time Is Running Out For The Union
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2019 at 10:55am
The latest from Sarah Mackie

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

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…

Bella Caledonia

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Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Feb 2019 at 4:50pm
Andrew Wilson, author of the Growth Commission report, writes a new column in The National. This he does with great eloquence and passion. In his latest offering he attempts a defence of the Commission?s controversial proposal that independent Scotland keeps using the pound sterling for the foreseeable future. Regular readers of Bella will know I …

Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Feb 2019 at 2:39pm
Taking the kids to the Science Festival this year? Make sure to explain to them that the sponsors are destroying their future. The science is clear ? the activities of fossil fuel companies are incompatible with preventing catastrophic climate change. Fossil fuel companies, including many past and present Edinburgh International Science Festival sponsors, such as …

The Collective Amnesia of Colonialism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Feb 2019 at 10:30pm
I am supremely grateful for the opportunity to debate some of the most significant issues of our day. A first for me was to perform in such an environment as Question Time. I learned a lot about live television and communication. One of the points that I made that has attracted the most attention was …

One Cigarette
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Feb 2019 at 7:03pm
Jock Scot – One Cigarette by Edwin Morgan. A film by Steven Reynolds for Bella for Valentine’s Day.

Spain on Trial
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Feb 2019 at 8:41am
This week the trials began: the trials of Catalonian political prisoners in Spain, on trial for crimes of ?rebellion? and ?sedition?. Let?s just pause to reflect on this. We have a leading European state putting 12 people on trial for peaceful political activities. All 12 were either elected or legitimately recognised political leaders representing the …

Escaping Boris?s Blowhole
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Feb 2019 at 3:00pm
“It all has the feel of the world?s most boring thriller. Though there are only just under seven weeks left until Britain?s official date of departure from the European Union, public life seems drowsy with a lethal brew of fatalism, insouciance and burrowing cowardice…If Brexit was ever a principled uprising, it now more closely resembles …

When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Feb 2019 at 11:02pm
A radio play by Raymond Briggs, based on his cartoon book of the same name, with Peter Sallis and Brenda Bruce. From 1983. Relevant again.

Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Feb 2019 at 10:49pm
Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression An evening with Aziz Choudry and Eveline Lubbers Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4 PM ? 6 PM The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Pl, EH7 5HA Edinburgh Join us for an evening of discussion with Aziz Choudry and Eveline Lubbers, editor of and contributor …

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Scottish independence: new vote depends on Brexit outcome ? Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Feb 2019 at 2:28pm
First minister?s remarks in US seen as rebuff to those pressing her to exploit chaos by calling for new vote nowNicola Sturgeon has played down the prospects of an early vote on Scottish independence by warning her supporters that ?calm consideration? was needed first.Scotland?s first minister to...

Former SNP MP starts Scottish independence polling initiative
by Libby Brooks
3 Feb 2019 at 1:21pm
Angus Robertson sets up Progress Scotland with party reeling from Salmond claimsA new polling organisation gathering data on Scotland?s evolving views on independence has been launched by the Scottish National party?s former Westminster leader Angus Robertson, as the party leader and first minist...

SNP passes last-minute budget with Green party backing
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
31 Jan 2019 at 7:08pm
SNP agrees to Green demands for local government funding boost and new council tax systemThe Scottish National party has secured the support of the Greens to pass its government?s budget just hours before the first key vote on the spending plans.The deal was reached on Thursday afternoon after da...

As it happened ? MPs vote for Brady's Brexit amendment to renegotiate backstop
by Andrew Sparrow, Kevin Rawlinson and Martin Farrer
30 Jan 2019 at 2:57am
Commons also backs non-binding amendment to reject no-deal Brexit, as EU says withdrawal agreement is ?not open for renegotiation?This live blog is closed. Follow our new live blog hereFull results: how did each MP vote on the amendments? 2.57am GMT It?s been quite a day in Brexitland and it?s no...

Donald Trump's private visit cost Police Scotland £3.2m
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jan 2019 at 2:23pm
Exclusive: force spent millions covering Trump?s two-day visit to his own golf resort last yearPolice Scotland spent more than £3m covering the costs of Donald Trump?s private visit to Scotland last year, deploying more than 5,500 officers around the country.The US president spent two nights at h...

Extinction Rebellion activists occupy Scottish parliament
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Jan 2019 at 4:37pm
Climate campaigners stage one-hour peaceful sit-in protest in debating chamberAround 40 climate activists have staged a peaceful occupation of the Scottish parliament?s debating chamber, urging MSPs to introduce much tougher climate targets.Campaigners with the recently formed direct action group...

Sturgeon accuses May of driving UK towards 'no-deal cliff-edge'
by Heather Stewart and Libby Brooks
23 Jan 2019 at 7:37pm
First minister of Scotland says there isn?t ?much indication the PM is listening to concerns?Scotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has accused the prime minister of driving the UK towards a ?no-deal cliff-edge? by failing to compromise on her Brexit red lines.Emerging from a meeting with Th...

May should close parliament if necessary to stop bill blocking no deal Brexit...
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Jan 2019 at 6:05pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDelaying Brexit would be even worse than no deal, says Liam FoxMichel Barnier?s Luxembourg Times interview - SummaryPMQs verdictAfternoon summary 6.05pm GMT The prime minister?s deal probably is the one with the most support, but ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The alarm clock is ringing
The weekend was marked by the idiocies of Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary who decided to commission a ferry service from a company which had less experience in ferries than a pizza delivery guy who occasionally goes to Rothesay on holiday. You might think that this represented peak stupid from the Tories, and that’s a …

BBC Question Time?s definition of balance
I wasn’t planning to write a blog piece today, because Friday is the day that the Dugcast is released, but the farce that is BBC Question Time cannot pass unremarked. The programme is, frankly, a disgrace. BBC management were aware that the programme was tired and past its glory days, and so we got a …

Wee Ginger Dugcast with Anne McLaughlin
In this edition of the Dugcast, Callum Baird, the Dug, and I are joined by Anne McLaughlin, the former MP for Glasgow North East. This week we chat about Brexit, Angus Robertson’s new initiative Progress Scotland, and of course that episode of BBC Question Time. Or as it’s called hereabouts, BBC Where Did You Find …

Mistaking incompetence for sincerity
Well if you were counting on the Labour party to save us all from a Tory Brexit, think again. Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May to lay out his terms for supporting her deal. It’s clear that a second referendum on EU membership is the last thing that he wants. He has as much …

Brexit: Plan, Eh?
The Prime Minister is like one of those antibiotic resistant bacteria. The closest thing that she has to a political principle is MSRA. It doesn’t matter what countermeasures you throw at it, it’s still there, giving you stomach cramps and nausea. On Tuesday, Theresa May went to Northern Ireland to tell Irish people all about …

The crazy you get when opinion becomes fact
Brexit has been pretty much defined by batshit insanity, but this week has seen a development that is way out there in the far reaches of gibberage even by the standards of a campaign which hails Jacob Rees Mogg and Boris Johnson as heroes. Someone whose grasp on reality is even more tenuous than a …

The two pronged approach
Over the weekend the SNP’s former Westminster leader Angus Robertson announced the launch of a new think tank, Progress Scotland, which aims to build the case for independence by examining the arguments most persuasive to those who previously voted No. The initiative was backed by Murray Foote, the former editor of the Record responsible for …

Three good reasons
So we know now that the Queen is going to be safe after Brexit. Isn’t that nice. It’s just a shame that the rest of us are going to be royally screwed. Contingency plans are in place to evacuate the Royals in the event of civil unrest after Brexit. I thought she already spent most …

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May suffers yet another Commons defeat over her Brexit strategy as ERG abstains
THERESA May has suffered another humiliating Commons defeat after MPs again voted down her latest Brexit plans.

Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant
THE BBC has been plunged into fresh controversy with the sensational new revelation that Fiona Hyslop?s full response to an angry Unionist was secretly edited out from last week?s Question Time in Motherwell.

Revealed: 16 Scots councillors began year behind on council tax
AT LEAST 16 of Scotland?s councillors were behind in their council tax at the start of the year, new figures uncovered by The National have revealed.

Scotland's chief economist warns of major no-deal Brexit threat
A NO-DEAL Brexit would cause a ?major dislocation? of the Scottish economy, according to a major report by the country?s chief economist.

Experts urge Prime Minister to kick her mouldy jam habit
THERESA May should avoid eating mouldy jam as it ?may cause illness,? Food Standards Scotland has warned.

Our questions for the BBC over ranting Ukip man's Question Time invitation
THE BBC?s Question Time is being told to ?provide answers? after a failed Ukip candidate with links to loyalist organisations, who has appeared in the audience of the show four times, claimed he was bussed in by producers.

SNP accuses May of telling lies and 'rewriting history' over her Brexit deal
IAN Blackford accused Theresa May of being a ?liar? during a heated exchange in the Commons.

It's not just our place in the EU we'll lose ? devolution is under attack
IN the midst of all of this Brexit chaos, we all needed reminded that it is not just our EU membership that we?ll lose if time runs out on the Article 50 deadline.

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

The next Battle of Britain is going to be about England?s future
The next Battle of Britain is going to about England?s future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 6th 2019 Brexit certainly seems increasingly to be about England ? or a certain version of England and a rather specific version of the past. Take last week for example. The previous Tuesday was another landmark day for Brexit. …

Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words
Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 30th 2019 The tributes paid to Hugh McIlvanney spoke volumes for the influence of the man, his writing and for his humanity. They were laced with recollections and memorable stories of late nights, pressurised deadlines, and long conversations – often …

Independence is about more than an indyref. It is about changing minds and Sc...
Independence is about more than an indyref. It is about changing minds and Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 25th 2019 Independence has to be about more than tactics and processes ? which has dominated too many conversations since 2014. Independence is about more than an indyref – and in particular, timing, the question asked …

We Scots have to start listening to each other
We Scots have to start listening to each other Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 23rd 2019 Brexit seems to have no end, consuming nearly all political energy and devouring those who come into contact with it. Or so it seems for now. The Economist recently made the point in its ?Bagehot? column that one of …

Britain, Brexit and Why Winston Churchill is Alive and Kicking in this Mess
Britain, Brexit and Why Winston Churchill is Alive and Kicking in this Mess Gerry Hassan Le Monde, January 21st 2019 Britain is not a happy place. But then neither is much of the Western world. Instead, it is angry. A country where many people feel let down, not respected or listened to by politicians, institutions …

Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP
Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2019 Britain stands at an abyss. Three years of endless Brexit deliberations have resulted in the UK facing crisis, doubt and anxiety about what the future holds. Politics has become a high wire act of competing intransigencies and …

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 things 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 …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon adviser Andrew Wilson urges ?soft? Scottish independence - Th...
Nicola Sturgeon adviser Andrew Wilson urges ?soft? Scottish independence  The CourierA key adviser to Nicola Sturgeon has urged the ?softest possible? form of Scottish independence in order to win over voters. Andrew Wilson, author of the SNP's ...

Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish inde...
Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish independence?  The Washington PostEDINBURGH, Scotland ? The craggy Scottish capital is ancient and modern and pretty to look at. It's home to posh bankers, throngs of international students ...

Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum befor...
Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum before the end of Spring?  ITV NewsScotland is stuck between referendums. It is the most Remain-leaning part of the UK with 62% voting to stay in the EU, and polls show this nation is just as in ...

Reversal of fortune for Alex Salmond, Scotland?s independence champion - Fina...
Reversal of fortune for Alex Salmond, Scotland?s independence champion  Financial TimesCharges against ex-SNP leader and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond follow tension with successor.

PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence - BBC News
PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence  BBC NewsTheresa May says a second independence referendum in Scotland is the "last thing we want?.

UK and Scottish governments endured ?tense? relationship during Scottish inde...
UK and Scottish governments endured ?tense? relationship during Scottish independence referendum  Irish ExaminerRelations between senior members of the Scottish and UK Government ?could not have been more tense? at times during the 2014 independence referendum, ...

Political forecaster Sir John Curtice claims Brexit has made Scots independen...
Political forecaster Sir John Curtice claims Brexit has made Scots independence cause harder  The CourierThe UK's top political forecaster has claimed the SNP's anti-Brexit stance has dented the party's prospects of an independent Scotland. © DC Thomson.

Scottish independence must be achieved calmly and legally ? Joyce McMillan - ...
Scottish independence must be achieved calmly and legally ? Joyce McMillan  The ScotsmanNicola Sturgeon must not be overwhelmed by SNP supporters who have lost interest in building a consensus as she seeks to create a harmonious new Scottish ...

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Jeremy Corbyn suffers revolt as 41 Labour MPs back SNP call for 'immediate' d...
Jeremy Corbyn suffers revolt as 41 Labour MPs back SNP call for 'immediate' delay to Brexit  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn suffered a major revolt when 41 Labour MPs backed an SNP call for an ?immediate? move to delay Brexit by extending Article 50. The Labour ...

SNP adviser calls for ?softest of all? form of Scottish independence - The Sc...
SNP adviser calls for ?softest of all? form of Scottish independence  The ScotsmanA key economic adviser to Nicola Sturgeon has called for the ?softest of all? forms of independence in order to win a Yes vote.

SNP is taking the easy way out over Brexit - The Times
SNP is taking the easy way out over Brexit  The TimesDaily we examine the latest Brexit pronouncements from Labour and the Tories like the entrails of an ineptly slaughtered goat. The SNP's stance, meanwhile, ...

Brexit vote: Full list of 41 Labour rebels who voted for SNP Brexit amendment...
Brexit vote: Full list of 41 Labour rebels who voted for SNP Brexit amendment to extend Article 50  iNewsWhile Labour were whipped to abstain on the amendment, a number of Labour MPs rebelled, voting instead for the amendment. The amendment still failed, with ...

SNP administration?s proposed education cuts come under further fire - The Co...
SNP administration?s proposed education cuts come under further fire  The CourierSenior Dundee councillors have said the SNP administration must rethink its plans to cut schools budgets. The SNP wants to reduced the devolved school ...

BBC Question Time faces fresh row over claims it edited SNP retort to former ...
BBC Question Time faces fresh row over claims it edited SNP retort to former UKIP candidate  HeraldScotlandThe makers of BBC Question Time are under more pressure this morning after it was claimed that Fiona Hyslop's full response to a former UKIP?

SNP's Ian Blackford withdraws PM 'liar' claim - BBC News
SNP's Ian Blackford withdraws PM 'liar' claim  BBC NewsThe SNP's Westminster leader has formally withdrawn a claim that the prime minister was a "liar".

Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant - The Na...
Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant  The NationalTHE BBC has been plunged into *fresh* controversy with the sensational new revelation that Fiona Hyslop's full response to an angry Unionist was?

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish inde...
Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish independence?  The Washington PostEDINBURGH, Scotland ? The craggy Scottish capital is ancient and modern and pretty to look at. It's home to posh bankers, throngs of international students ...

The First Minister is irresponsibly hijacking the Brexit process - The Student
The First Minister is irresponsibly hijacking the Brexit process  The StudentScottish independence: Top law officer refuses to reveal if Nicola Sturgeon asked for indyref2 advice  The ScotsmanBrexit: Sturgeon steps up no-deal planning  BBC NewsNo-deal Brexit ?disaster? could hit food and medicine supplies, warns Sturgeon  Irish ExaminerView full coverage on Google News

Too soon for new Scottish independence referendum, warn SNP bigwigs - The Times
Too soon for new Scottish independence referendum, warn SNP bigwigs  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has been warned by senior colleagues it would be foolhardy to rush into another Scottish independence referendum as she prepares to set out ...

Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum befor...
Will Nicola Sturgeon call for a second Scottish independence referendum before the end of Spring?  ITV NewsScotland is stuck between referendums. It is the most Remain-leaning part of the UK with 62% voting to stay in the EU, and polls show this nation is just as in ...

Reversal of fortune for Alex Salmond, Scotland?s independence champion - Fina...
Reversal of fortune for Alex Salmond, Scotland?s independence champion  Financial TimesCharges against ex-SNP leader and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond follow tension with successor.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to step up pressure for new independence referendum - T...
Nicola Sturgeon urged to step up pressure for new independence referendum  The TimesPressure is growing on Nicola Sturgeon to accelerate a second vote on Scottish independence by formally asking Theresa May for powers to hold a referendum.

PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence - BBC News
PMQs: Theresa May and Stephen Kerr on Scottish independence  BBC NewsTheresa May says a second independence referendum in Scotland is the "last thing we want?.

Letters: No credible reason for the UK to veto a second Scots referendum - He...
Letters: No credible reason for the UK to veto a second Scots referendum  HeraldScotlandI TEND to agree with most of Iain Macwhirter's political comments, but find his forecast of the UK eternally vetoing the right of Scots to determine?

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

The Bethnal Green Schoolgirls
Surprised there isn't already a thread on this, unless I'm missing something. Should these girls who went out to Syria in support of Isis be allowed to return to the UK? I bet this will be the first question on Question Time tonight.

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

BBC Syria producer: Syria Chemical Attack Was Staged
https://twitter.com/Dalatrm BBC Syria Producer   https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201902141072399864-syria-douma-gas-attack-vicitms-footage-hoax/    

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 ...

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

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 ...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

New Laptop - advice
Anyone recommend decent but not too expensive? (not Apple tho)  

IPTV
Can't get away with how good it is and how for all their money, Sky, BT et al can't keep the streams off. Had it for a good while now, absolutely love it. Anyone else have it?   

Tommy Robinson on Paul Ferris.
Called Paul Ferris a "Has Been". Probably not the smartest thing to do. Fuckin idiot. I have read a bit on Ferris, not someone you want to fuck with....

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

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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Scottish and Uk Politics

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Party in Scotland ? Ross...
    Tory MP Ross Thomson spoken to by police amid ‘sexual touching’ claims in Commons bar It is alleged that: Thomson repeatedly sexually assaulted three young men  having been three times escorted out  of the Commons Bar. He returned repeatedly to feel their bottoms and fondle their genitalia and tried to enter their … Continue reading "Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Pa...

Removing the Bias From Scottish Broadcasting ? This is the Solution Pass it O...
      Introduction Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel BBC Alba, attracts many more Scottish viewers than there are Gaelic speakers and the potential for growth is well recognized in the trade. Independent programme makers in Scotland produce quality television for the station but in insufficient quantity to fully support the channel. The … Continue reading "Removing the Bias From Scottish Broad...

Arch Plotter David Mundell ? More Damaging to Scottish Aspirations for Self G...
    The impact of the 2007 Holyrood election of the SNP to government The Holyrood election of 2007 elected an SNP minority government, turning on its head the weird and wonderful electoral system designed by the Unionist party’s with blocking mechanisms to ensure there would never be an SNP government. To say … Continue reading "Arch Plotter David Mundell – More Damaging to Scottish Aspira...

Westminster Governance of Scotland Policies ? Post Brexit ? Rule Britannia
    Post Brexit the Tory Party Will Continue to Govern Scotland With Mutual Respect David Mundell, (affectionately known as “Fluffy”) will remain in office as Scottish Secretary. He is an accredited mediator in “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, which has proved to be a useful tool in his successful time in office. The “Barnett … Continue reading "Westminster Governance of Scotland Policies ...

Improper Use of Government Masking Tape to Secure Troublesome Civil Servant T...
      Judith Mackinnon – Authoritive Figure Addressing Mental Health and Wellbeing 2005 – 2015: Judith was the Director for HR and National Programmes for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), for 9 years. She introduced “The Managing Mental Health at Work Strategy” for the 800 strong workforce, as well as … Continue reading "Improper Use of Government Masking Tape to Secure Tr...

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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.…