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MSPs gear up for constitutional clash as they reject key Brexit legislation
15 May 2018 at 5:08pm
THE stage has been set for an unprecedented constitutional clash as MSPs voted to reject the UK Government?s flagship Brexit legislation.

Mike Russell: There is no such thing as a single market in the UK
15 May 2018 at 1:03pm
SCOTTISH Brexit minister Mike Russell has come under fire after repeating his claim that there is no such thing as a UK single market.

Lawyer who was branded "untruthful" by judge is taking Scottish Labour to cou...
15 May 2018 at 3:54pm
A lawyer who was described as ?untruthful? by a judge in an employment tribunal case is taking Scottish Labour to court amid a race row in a Westminster selection contest.

Corbyn says UK Government response to Gaza deaths "wholly inadequate"
15 May 2018 at 3:37pm
JEREMY Corbyn has branded the response to the deaths in Gaza by the UK and other Governments as ?wholly inadequate? as the region braces itself for more violence.

Sturgeon insists Brexit process has strengthened case for Scottish independence
15 May 2018 at 12:02am
NICOLA Sturgeon has claimed the Brexit process has ?strengthened the democratic case? for Scottish independence as she warned Theresa May that if she ignored Holyrood?s rejection of the Brexit Bill today, it would prove she could not be trusted.

Nicola Sturgeon aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030
15 May 2018 at 1:50am
Nicola Sturgeon has set the goal of reducing childhood obesity by 50% in the next 12 years ? with TV chef Jamie Oliver saying the target shows Scotland?s First Minister ?cares? about youngsters? health.

Glasgow experiences surge in vulnerable residents seeking emergency cash
15 May 2018 at 4:00am
SCOTLAND?S largest council has experienced an "overwhelming" surge in vulnerable residents seeking emergency cash.

Holyrood vote set to trigger constitutional crisis over Brexit
15 May 2018 at 8:46am
A constitutional crisis is looming as the Scottish Parliament appears poised to formally refuse to give consent to Theresa May's Brexit legislation.

Cabinet still a team despite bitter rows, insists No 10
15 May 2018 at 12:02am
DOWNING Street has insisted that UK ministers are ?working together as a team? after Jeremy Hunt told Boris Johnson to ?belt up? over Brexit for fear he was helping the Brussels cause in UK-EU talks.

Lib Dems demand apology for suicide prevention plan delay
15 May 2018 at 9:30am
Ministers should apologise for failing to replace the national suicide prevention strategy for more than a year, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said.

WATCH: ?Courageous and brave? Dame Tessa Jowell receives emotional Commons tr...
15 May 2018 at 2:32am
Speaker John Bercow led MPs in remembering the former MP.

Devolve immigration policy post-Brexit, says Nicola Sturgeon
15 May 2018 at 3:40am
Immigration policy should be devolved to UK nations and regions after Brexit to cater for different labour needs, Scotland?s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Boris Johnson to meet French and German counterparts over Iran nuclear deal
15 May 2018 at 3:46am
Boris Johnson is meeting French and German counterparts to find a way to save the Iran nuclear deal after Donald Trump pulled US support for the accord.

Taoiseach condemns use of Down Syndrome images in abortion referendum
15 May 2018 at 10:32am
The Taoiseach has branded the use of children with Down Syndrome in posters for the abortion referendum as ?wrong?.

MSP pushes for new protections to help victims of stalking
15 May 2018 at 12:00am
NEW protections for victims of stalking will be considered under legislation set to be introduced to Holyrood.

 

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North Korea to suspend South Korea talks over US military drills
15 May 2018 at 8:24pm
Reports say that North Korea has announced that it will be suspending the scheduled talks with South Korea over claims US military drills in the country are “intentional provocation”.

Brexit bill ?power grab? row - the key questions
15 May 2018 at 7:01pm
We take a look at the key questions regarding the recent row between the Scottish and UK governments over the Brexit bill.

63 Windrush migrants deported from the UK, Javid admits
15 May 2018 at 5:25pm
At least 63 Windrush generation immigrants have been deported from the UK, Sajid Javid has revealed, with at least three of them now being told they can remain in the UK.

Rejected: Holyrood vote to refuse consent for Brexit Bill
15 May 2018 at 5:06pm
Theresa May’s key Brexit legislation has been rejected by the Scottish Parliament in an unprecedented vote that paves the way for a constitutional crisis.

Ex-Catalan minister Carla Ponsati battles extradition in Edinburgh
15 May 2018 at 1:39pm
Exiled Catalan leader Clara Ponsati was back in Court today battling extradition.

Scottish Labour in ?race row? over candidate selection
15 May 2018 at 1:14pm
Scottish Labour is facing legal action over a bitter selection contest to choose the party’s candidate for a key target seat in Glasgow.

Revealed: Survey uncovers what Scots hate most about Scotland
15 May 2018 at 12:37pm
Midge, potholes, and weather such that light cloud cover and temperatures just in double figures is enough to signal “taps aff!” have been unveiled as the things people living in Scotland hate most about their country, in a new poll unveiled today.

What is the Brexit Bill powers row and how does it affect Scotland?
15 May 2018 at 12:16pm
We take a look at the key questions around the EU Withdrawal Bill as Holyrood prepares to vote on whether to reject the legislation.

Unemployment down by 6,000 in Scotland
15 May 2018 at 10:45am
Unemployment in Scotland fell by 6,000 in the first three months of the year, new figures show.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence ?not off the table?
15 May 2018 at 10:14am
The First Minister has insisted Scottish independence is “not off the table” and would only stop being an issue if once it had been achieved.

Gammon racism row: why people are arguing about gammon
15 May 2018 at 10:06am
People are currently arguing about whether “gammon” is a racial slur – welcome to politics in 2018.

Josephine Mpango: Fountain of youth ready to take its place in politics ? and...
15 May 2018 at 6:00am
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) brought ­together leaders from all 53 ­member states to discuss and take action on issues of social, economic and ­political importance across the ­Commonwealth.

Dr Gordon Macdonald: Love thy neighbour with compassion for migrants and mode...
15 May 2018 at 6:00am
There is a temptation to turn a blind eye to large-scale tragedies and carry on with our everyday lives.

Motorists face inflation-busting cost increases when police remove cars
15 May 2018 at 6:00am
Scots motorists face inflation-busting hikes of up to 25 per cent in the cost of having their vehicles removed by police if they’ve broken down or been involved in accident.

Legal challenge over plans to allow women to take abortion drug
15 May 2018 at 6:00am
A lawyer has told a judge the Scottish Government’s plans to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home is “unlawful”.

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The Angry Man
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 May 2018 at 8:57pm
So it seems our article of earlier today rattled the Herald’s cage but good. Scottish political Twitter has been an absolute logjam of incandescent Herald Group hacks all afternoon, making all manner of wild accusations and threats. At the head of the fury, of course, was Chief Reporter And Witchfinder General Mr David Leask. Unfamiliar with …

The new world champion of irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 May 2018 at 12:14pm
Take a bow, Angela Haggerty of the Sunday Herald: Yesterday, just eight months after those two tweets, Haggerty took to the social media platform to spitefully reveal the gay partner of SNP MP Mhairi Black. She had no reason to do so – the comment was in response to a matter that had no specific …

Holiday Boy Still On Holiday
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 May 2018 at 12:52pm
Chris Cairns continues to slack in the USA. We anticipate his return to the drawing board next weekend, the wastrel.

Only Bad In Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 May 2018 at 11:20am
Following the Scottish media’s week-long frenzy of stories about the “scandal” of baby boxes – in which it was revealed to the astonishment of the nation that cardboard is flammable and incapable of stopping an armoured assault from a tank division or a zombie plague – we were a little startled to note that the …

Lower than the lowest low
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2018 at 5:49pm
We must admit, we didn’t think this would be beaten so soon. But there you go. Just goes to show you how little we know about the sick, despicable, sewer-dredging shitfestival that is the Scottish media, and how badly even we’ve been overestimating their humanity all these years. “Scandal”. It says “scandal”. To hell with every last …

Where the friendship is
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2018 at 4:22pm
Alert and intrepid reader Dougie Grant gets among Her Majesty’s most loyal subjects. (Alternative title: “A Journey Towards Unity”.)

The same difference
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2018 at 9:24am
This one won’t take long. This is the front page lead on today’s Herald: It’s a trope beloved of Unionists (and was a particular favourite of the paper’s departed columnist David Torrance) – how dare Scotland imagine that it’s special? – and the Herald bangs the drum extra-hard this morning, with Anas Sarwar given lots …

In vino non-veritas
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 May 2018 at 11:29am
The Scottish Sunday Express yesterday had a shock-horror exposé about a “HUGE loophole” in the Scottish Government’s minimum-pricing legislation for alcohol. We thought we’d give it a quick once-over. You’re in for a HUGE shock, readers. Because the story is complete cobblers. Firstly, even taken on the Express’s terms the headline is utter nonsense. The “huge” …

The twisted firestarters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2018 at 1:52pm
It’s not easy to type with your jaw on the floor, readers. But in the six and a half years we’ve been watching the Scottish media here on Wings, this surely has to be an all-time low. It’s exactly what it appears to be – the Scottish Sun have deliberately set fire to a baby box …

The Box Of DEATH
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2018 at 11:27am
Today’s Daily Record runs with a bizarre story lifted from yesterday’s Guardian, which resurrected the media’s longstanding but latterly-dormant hate campaign against the Scottish Government’s popular “baby box” initiative. Universal free baby boxes have been used in Finland for the past 69 years with no negative consequences, and have indeed coincided with an absolutely enormous reduction in child …

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Holyrood refuses consent for Westminster Brexit bill
15 May 2018 at 5:30pm
SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem MSPs unite to formally refuse consent for the EU Withdrawal Bill.


Former Catalan minister back in court
15 May 2018 at 12:51pm
Prof Clara Ponsati is battling against extradition to Spain over her role in the disputed Catalan referendum.


Cancer patients urged to discuss 'end of life' plans
15 May 2018 at 12:36am
A report suggests the need for cancer patients to remain positive means they are not discussing end of life care.


New goal to cut Scots child obesity by half by 2030
14 May 2018 at 10:53pm
Nicola Sturgeon announces a new target to cut child obesity alongside celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.


MSPs urged to reject EU Withdrawal Bill
14 May 2018 at 12:46pm
MSPs will be asked to refuse to give Holyrood's consent to Westminster's main piece of Brexit legislation.


MSP calls for new stalking protection order
14 May 2018 at 1:41pm
The SNP's Mairi Gougeon wants to help victims who have to take legal action themselves through the civil courts.


MSPs support ending ban on prisoners voting
14 May 2018 at 12:07am
The Scottish government says it has no plans to allow prisoners to vote despite MSPs calling for the ban to be lifted.


Fears over tree felling threat to wildcats in Clashindarroch Forest
14 May 2018 at 1:58pm
Wildcat Haven says the forestry commission should stop "extensive commercial exploitation" in Clashindarroch Forest.


Leonard calls for cross-party talks to break Brexit deadlock
13 May 2018 at 4:15pm
The Scottish Labour leader has proposed discussions between all parties, the UK and Scottish governments.


Private renting in some areas 'completely unaffordable'
13 May 2018 at 12:03am
A Scottish government report blames Westminster welfare policies for an increase in rent arrears.


Delay to Scottish EU farm subsidy review
12 May 2018 at 12:05am
The UK Treasury hold up is "completely unacceptable" says Scotland's Rural Economy minister Fergus Ewing.


Build all navy ships in UK, says Corbyn ahead of Govan visit
11 May 2018 at 12:41pm
There has been speculation a £1bn contract for three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships could go abroad.

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Is Sarah Smith auditioning (again) to become Scottish Tory press officer?
by James Kelly
15 May 2018 at 6:31pm
As you probably know by now, the Scottish Parliament voted at 5pm today to deny legislative consent for Westminster's EU Withdrawal Bill, and did so by a thumping 93 to 30 margin.  It would be an u...

Have the Sunday Herald built bridges after last week's misjudgements? (Spoil...
by James Kelly
13 May 2018 at 6:10am
You might remember a while back that CommonSpace took a brief financial hit after running an attack piece about Wings Over Scotland that had a particularly ill-judged and highly provocative headlin...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
12 May 2018 at 5:43pm
So I got a slightly patchier 7 out of 10 qualifiers right on Thursday.  The three I didn't pick out were the Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia.  Country music isn't really my thing (as I discovered ...

How does the SNP's near-total exclusion from BBC Question Time compare to the...
by James Kelly
11 May 2018 at 6:54pm
There's an indisputable fact of political arithmetic that our broadcasters need to be urgently reacquainted with.  The SNP are not only the third largest party in the elected chamber of the UK Parl...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Thursday's second semi-final
by James Kelly
10 May 2018 at 5:57pm
So I correctly picked eight out of the ten qualifiers in the first semi.  The two I overlooked were Austria and Ireland, which is really odd, because those are genuinely two of my personal favourit...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Tuesday's first semi-final
by James Kelly
8 May 2018 at 6:50pm
Yes, it's that time of the year again, and with non-heartfelt apologies to the handful of people who traditionally storm off in disgust at this point, here is the eleventh (gasp!) running of the an...


Saturday's march in pictures
by James Kelly
7 May 2018 at 3:03am
I know you've already seen hundreds of these over the last 48 hours, but just for the hell of it, here's how Saturday's march looked from my vantage-point(s).  One thing I enjoyed about it was the ...

Does the Sunday Herald really think the SNP should campaign to let another co...
by James Kelly
6 May 2018 at 4:38pm
Naming no names, but it's been bitterly disappointing to see a small number of people on the pro-indy side making negative comments about yesterday's historic march.  Here's what I don't understand...

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HMG's proposed amendment to the Scotland Act today (it's the same for Wales a...
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Analysis: Scotland?s 11 billionaires ? did they really get rich 'through thei...
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15 May 2018 at 6:19pm
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Sturgeon says Growth Commission final report to be published in next few week...
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What if Holyrood rejects the Brexit bill?
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MSP's refuse consent to EU withdrawal bill.
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Herald Journalists - Circling the Wagons and Avoiding the Issues
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15 May 2018 at 11:21am
The past couple of days on twitter have been quite fascinating (to me at least). It all seems to have stemmed from Angela Haggerty's (news editor of the Sunday Herald, god forbid you get her job ti...

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Jobless total falls 6000 in Scotland with 118,000 people now unemployed
by dailyrecord
15 May 2018 at 12:01pm
New figures show that the number of people in employment also fell slightly by 2,000 to 2.63million in the first three months of the year.


Nicola Sturgeon says she 'can't trust' Theresa May on devolution
by Torcuil Crichton
15 May 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister said the UK Government just carry on regardless about Brexit.


Stalking victims could get easier access to legal help under new bill
by David Clegg
15 May 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP’s Mairi Gougeon announced details of a Holyrood member’s bill that would create a new form of protection order designed to clamp down on stalkers.


'Irrational, unreasonable and illegal' Race row lands Scottish Labour in cour...
by David Clegg
15 May 2018 at 4:30am
Asim Khan, a former candidate, wants to see a judicial review over the recruitment of new members.


EU warns Britain 'clock is ticking' and time is running out to seal a Brexit ...
by dailyrecord
14 May 2018 at 12:11pm
German EU Minister Michael Roth says there is no substantial progress and the Northern Ireland border question is a particular worry.


Theresa May couldn't deliver a pizza, never mind Brexit - Mhairi Black
by dailyrecord
14 May 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says Prime Minister's Questions highlights how incompetent this UK Government are.


Poisoned Russian spy Litvinenko's widow tells Alex Salmond to 'give up RT show'
by Laura Paterson
13 May 2018 at 9:59am
Marina Litvinenko claims the former First Minister cannot be excused for appearing on the Russian news channel.


Bare-chested, bear-wrestling Putin's influence can be clearly seen on insecur...
by John Niven
13 May 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist fears we're facing four decades of an awful, malevolent tyrant in Vladimir Putin, master of fake news and 'whataboutery'.


'The charges are nonsensical' Exiled Catalan minister Clara Ponsati on her fi...
by Annie Brown
12 May 2018 at 4:30am
The former education minister opens up on the personal loss she has endured after the independence referendum.


Kezia Dugdale urges Nicola Sturgeon to help bail Labour out over Europe by le...
by David Clegg
11 May 2018 at 4:30am
In the first of the Daily Record's new Scottish Politics Podcasts the former Scottish Labour leader hits out over her own party's stance on EU debate.

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March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
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8 May 2018 at 12:06am
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What?s Dangerous?
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4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
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When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
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An Interesting Comparison
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Scotland Has A Choice
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6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
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Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
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23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

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Ivanka Praying for Peace
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 May 2018 at 2:17pm
As the Palestinian death toll in border protest has risen to thirty-seven, Ivanka is on Instagram selling jewellery and opening the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. This is the profane and the obscene wrapped delicately in a casual racism and projected expertly across social media. She writes: “We will pray for the boundless potential of …

Hostile Environment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 May 2018 at 9:52am
This spring saturday what do the newspapers tell us about the state we live in? The Daily Express wails at accountability for past military action – like the death rattle of a failed state now operating 95% on the ether of imperial nostalgia. In a surprise move the Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed she was …

Scotland?s Blockchain Democracy?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 May 2018 at 10:14pm
Scotland now has the potential to become the world’s leading direct democracy country argues Nicholas Russell. Reflecting on the 2014 referendum process, Scots were 21st century citizens, interacting with biased 19th century institutions, using 15th century voting systems. And Scots voted in 2014, mostly, without taking reference to the official White Paper, upon which the …

An Other World
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2018 at 9:18pm
Layla-Roxanne Hill on why Scotland must break down invisible borders and ‘hostile environments’. The Windrush scandal has seen the lives of Black British citizens destroyed by policy designed to deliver reduced immigration within the UK. Those who had made Britain home, often whilst navigating environments which recognised them only as Other ? as not from …

Thousands Attended, Millions Didn?t
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2018 at 8:14pm
It has been interesting to watch the reaction to the massive independence demonstration that took place in Glasgow, and to analyse the way it has been reported. Naturally, there have been some sympathetic to the independence cause who have asked if such events are effective in converting No voters. Then of course we have seen …

May ?68 and Soul Culture
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2018 at 11:22am
Earlier this year Stuart Cosgrove’s book ‘Memphis 68’ won the Penderyn Music Book of the Year. He returns to Bella Caledonia to tell the unknown story of the Memphis saxophonist Ben Branch, a man who witnessed history in one of music’s most politically charged years. Ben Branch was sitting in a chair in a barber?s …

From Paris to Nantes, State Violence 1968-2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2018 at 11:42am
As part of our series reflecting on the 50th anniversary of May 1968, Chloe Farand looks at the destruction of the ZAD protest community, and what it tells us about Macron and Macronism. When a journalist called out French President Emmanuel Macron in a televised interview last month for misnaming his centrist party En Marche …

Sunny Days in Glasgow
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2018 at 11:16am
Yesterday’s march was a huge and brilliant turnout which far exceeded the organisers expectations. It is a manifestation of the movements strength and an inspiration for all. Marches like this are a message of intent, a learning curve for organisers and a boost of confidence for tired and battle-weary protestors and activists. The fact that …

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The Guardian view on Brexit and devolution: wanted ? joined-up thinking | Edi...
by Editorial
15 May 2018 at 6:42pm
Brexit is not only about the hard/soft argument. It is also about who gets the last word in the different nations of BritainBritain?s Brexit argument began life as a dispute between remaining in the European Union and leaving it. After the vote to leave in 2016, that original dispute has graduall...

Theresa May holds press conference with Turkish president - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
15 May 2018 at 6:27pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenLeaving customs union clearly most popular Brexit customs option - poll Government offers concessions on data protection bill - DetailsAfternoon summary 6.27pm BST 6.20pm BST Sky News have cut their coverage of the press coverage...

Scottish parliament decisively rejects EU withdrawal bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 May 2018 at 5:15pm
Legislation voted down by large margin, putting UK on brink of constitutional disputeThe Scottish parliament has voted against Theresa May?s Brexit legislation by a large margin, putting the UK on the brink of a major constitutional dispute.Holyrood rejected the UK government?s EU withdrawal bill...

Sturgeon pressed to allow prisoners to vote in Scottish elections
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 May 2018 at 6:01am
Move by equalities committee seen as challenge to first minister?s emphasis on SNP?s progressive idealsNicola Sturgeon has been urged to allow all Scottish prison inmates to vote in the country?s elections by a majority of MSPs on Holyrood?s equalities committee. The committee said allowing priso...

Corbyn condemns EU withdrawal plan as 'Whitehall power grab'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
11 May 2018 at 4:50pm
Speaking in Scotland, Labour leader attacks plans to share powers with devolved administrations Jeremy Corbyn has condemned as a ?power grab? the UK government?s plans to share powers between Whitehall and the devolved administrations after Brexit, despite Welsh Labour agreeing to the deal two we...

Labour backbenchers urge Jeremy Corbyn to back remaining in EEA
11 May 2018 at 12:01am
As poll finds slim majority wants vote on Brexit deal, MPs say EEA option should be on tablePro-Europe Labour backbenchers are fighting to keep the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to reconsider his opposition to membership of the European Economic Area, as new polling for the People?s Vote campaign con...

Scottish parliament likely to reject EU withdrawal bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 May 2018 at 4:01pm
Majority of MSPs expected to reject bill due to concerns over UK government?s plans for sharing EU powers after BrexitThe Scottish parliament is expected to reject the UK government?s plans for sharing EU powers after Brexit, increasing pressure on Theresa May to offer further compromises.A large...

How to treat people on benefits with respect ? a lesson from Scotland | Ruth ...
by Ruth Patrick
7 May 2018 at 3:45pm
People shouldn?t feel degraded by the social security system. It?s a fundamental human right, as Scotland has enshrined in lawAs we witness the destitution caused by welfare reform, it can be hard to believe in the possibility of a better future, one where the original promise and intent of socia...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A singular dishonesty
Here we go again. It’s always groundhog day with British nationalism in Scotland. I blogged some months ago about the important distinction between the unitary market of the British state, and the single market of the EU. British nationalists in Scotland are however determined to conflate those two very different political and economic beasts under …

Losing trust and building bridges
The first rule of digging yourself into a hole, is that when you’re in one, you should stop digging. The Sunday Herald had dug itself into a hole with its front page the day after the biggest pro-independence rally in Scottish history. Newspapers know the power of a front page, and the Sunday Herald’s front …

Scottish Unionism?s new Irish problem
There are those amongst the British nationalist apologists in Scotland who accuse independence supporters of romanticism, of dealing in distortions of fact, but it’s a fact that there is no proponent of Scottish independence who would ever come out with something as ludicrously batshit as an article which was published this week in a site …

The difference between poor and impoverished
Usually when that Scottish economics think tank with a name that sounds like a knitwear college in Pitlochry, the Fraser of Allander Institute, publishes one of its papers, the British nationalist media in Scotland is all over it like flies at a dug’s arse, looking for the crap. There is absolutely nothing in this universe …

A grown up parliament for a grown up country
They’re clearly rattled. There have been a number of articles in the British nationalist press about Saturday’s march and rally. None of which, you won’t be surprised to hear, are remotely positive. A mass demonstration of a minimum of 35,000 people in the streets of Glasgow, the largest pro-independence demo this country has ever seen, …

Choosing the Scottish path
I managed to get to the end of the rally in Glasgow Green on Saturday afternoon, and met up with some friends for a little while. I’d have got there much earlier, but I couldn’t get out of the house because my street was closed off and there were polis, fire engines, ambulances, the bomb …

Aspiring to normality
The UK has a government whose model for building a new relationship with Europe is trashing a bar in Benidorm while on a week long drunken bender. In Tory Britain in the 21st century the only boom industry is the search to find new synonyms for screw up. You may be familiar with the cartoon …

The definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy
For the past few days the Scottish media has been telling us that Nicola Sturgeon is standing alone like General Custer in her battle against Westminster’s power grab and we are just waiting for the arrows to cut her down. So I was planning to write a blog article today calling on the Labour party …

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Cabinet colleague tells Boris Johnson to 'keep quiet' about Brexit
BORIS Johnson has been told to keep out of public debate over what sort of post Brexit customs arrangement the UK Cabinet wants to have with the EU after he described the Prime Minister?s favoured option as ?crazy?.

Sturgeon: ?Scottish independence is not off the table?
NICOLA Sturgeon increased hopes of a second referendum after she suggested independence would only stop being an issue once it had been achieved.

New Catalan president Quim Torra pledges to reinstate Puigdemont
CATALAN MPs have agreed a successor to Carles Puigdemont as president, bringing an end to seven months of political vacuum.

Catalan academic Clara Ponsati back in court to fight extradition
ST Andrews University academic Professor Clara Ponsati will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today for the latest hearing in her battle against extradition to Spain.

UK Cabinet split over customs union deepens as May's plea for unity is ignored
UK Cabinet tensions over Brexit erupted again yesterday as Michael Gove said there were ?significant question marks? over the customs partnership option favoured by the Prime Minister.

Labour suggest cross-party summit to break Brexit deadlock
RICHARD Leonard has put forward a plan for a cross-party summit in a bid to break a deadlock between the UK and Scottish Government?s on crucial Brexit legislation.

Corbyn confusion: Labour leader two-faced on Brexit Bill
JEREMY Corbyn has backed the SNP argument that the UK?s main Brexit legislation is a ?power grab? which would undermine devolution.

Leave campaign boss reported to Metropolitan police over spending
BREXIT campaign group Leave.EU has been reported to police over the organisation?s spending in the run up to the 2016 referendum.

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Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to Trust the Westminster G...
          The Application of Laws in England and Scotland before 1707 The principles of Roman Law, a system of ‘rights’ and ‘obligations’ prevalent in European countries was used to develop Scots law over many hundreds of years before 1707. Whilst, in England, lawmaking evolved by writing “Common Law” into statute, using … Continue reading "Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to ...

1820 Scottish Rising ? Scots Betrayed Yet Again By Unionist Spies Acting for ...
        The 1820 Scottish Uprising James Wilson, Andrew Hardie & John Baird (all weavers) were accused by the Crown of being leaders of the ?1820 Rising?, a group of Scots campaigning for universal male suffrage, better working conditions and a Scottish parliament. They, together with 19 others, mostly weavers: Thomas M?Culloch, Benjamin … Continue reading "1820 Scottish Rising – Scots Betrayed...

The BBC is the Most Powerful Government Mouthpiece in the World and Its Biase...
        1 May 2018: BBC Bias is Well Capable of Swinging an Election or Referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news could potentially have significant effects on election/referendum results. In 2017, Patrick Kennedy and Andrea Prat, economists from the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? … Continue reading "The BBC is the Most Powerful Gove...

Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government Attacking Proposals For Safe Dr...
          Drug-Control Policies in Britain The late Prof Geoffrey Pearson was an eminent and highly respected Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young. In his journal, The New Heroin Users (1987) he gave a voice to users and addicts, confounding many stereotypes concerning this demonised group, who were … Continue reading "Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government ...

Scotland ? Englands First Colony ? Ravished ? Pillaged ? Blockaded ? Betrayed...
          The Alien Act – Bully Boy Nation England Forces a Treaty of Union On Scotland The 1701 Alien Act was the culmination of the England’s efforts to subjucate Scotland, and the negative impact was huge. An embargo on Scottish goods to both England and its colonies, enforced by a naval … Continue reading "Scotland – Englands First Colony – Ravished – Pillaged – Blockaded – Betrayed – Casti...

Syria ? The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria ? New S...
                6 May 2018: Tensions Rising Between Syrian Army, Kurds Amid Creation of US Bases The probability of all-out war between the Syrian army and Kurdish militias in northern Syria has intensified amid reports of the creation of more new US bases, along with reports of a possible … Continue reading "Syria – The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria – New Strategy i...

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

Dirty Tricks ? Trumpgate and Skripal ? All Roads Lead to London and MI6
          Note:  This article is a follow up to the undernoted link. (https://caltonjock.com/2017/11/17/trump-putin-congressional-investigation-moving-finger-of-fate-pointing-at-the-tory-party-and-stirling-university-on-the-hook-as-well/)       Boris Johnson – Trump – The Tory party Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targ...

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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

Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind
Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 13th 2018 Scotland and the UK feel in hiatus and stasis – awaiting the unfurling and unraveling of Brexit. Some people are marching. Last Saturday?s gathering was significant given the lack of SNP and Scottish …

The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia
The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 9th 2018 Nostalgia is everywhere. The past seems all around us ? alive, noisy, ever-present, and more relevant and dynamic than the voices of today and the concerns of tomorrow. Take a couple of examples. The British Labour …

Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life
Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 2nd 2018 How many times do you hear people say that these are ?grim times?? It has become commonplace ? but a bit of perspective and history is needed. These aren?t after all as grim times …

Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers
Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 25th 2018 The bewildering nature of modern society ? its incessant, demanding change, shifts in employment, remuneration and technologies, and a sense that big decisions are taken elsewhere ? means that a feeling of loss is commonplace today in …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children
Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 11th 2018 Scottish education has always had an important, even disproportionate place in society – emphasising its distinctiveness, traditions, and of course, multiple individual stories and experiences. Yet our education system has had for all the good and positive stories, too …

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence is never off the table, Sturgeon says
Scottish independence is never off the table, Sturgeon says  Reuters#Scotland independence is never off the table, Sturgeon says  EU ReporterScottish independence not off the table until realized, Sturgeon says  Daily SabahFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scottish independence is not off the table'
Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scottish independence is not off the table'  The NationalNicola Sturgeon insists Brexit process has strengthened case for Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandBrexit Rebels in Scotland Add to Theresa May's Disarray  BloombergFull coverage

Scotland: Catalan separatist fighting Spanish extradition case
Scotland: Catalan separatist fighting Spanish extradition case  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Everything is about independence in Scotland, so UK ministers should ensure H...
Everything is about independence in Scotland, so UK ministers should ensure Holyrood gets its powers  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit
Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn denies claims by Mhairi Black that he backed Scottish independence
Jeremy Corbyn denies claims by Mhairi Black that he backed Scottish independence  The Sunday PostJeremy Corbyn denies claims he told Mhairi Black he backed Scottish independence during a private conversation  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Mhairi Black: Jeremy Corbyn told me he supports Scottish independence
Mhairi Black: Jeremy Corbyn told me he supports Scottish independence  The ScotsmanJeremy Corbyn 'secretly backs Scotland independence' claims SNP politician Mhairi Black  The SunJeremy Corbyn Has 'Sold His Soul' Over Issue Of Scottish Independence, Says Mhairi Black  HuffPost UKFull coverage

SNP

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Paris Gourtsoyannis: Why SNP arguments are not the end of independence
Paris Gourtsoyannis: Why SNP arguments are not the end of independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Barometer still set fair for SNP, so let's take the initiative
Barometer still set fair for SNP, so let's take the initiative  The NationalLetters: Sturgeon has clear option for getting new independence referendum vote  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Brexit news: Labour and Lib Dems side with SNP despite pleas to not block EU ...
Brexit news: Labour and Lib Dems side with SNP despite pleas to not block EU Withdraw Bill  Express.co.ukScottish parliament refuses consent for Britain's EU withdrawal bill  ReutersThe Guardian view on Brexit and devolution: wanted ? joined-up thinking  The GuardianFull coverage

The SNP has caused its own baby box blues
The SNP has caused its own baby box blues  The GuardianSNP ministers accused of 'Alice in Wonderland' stance on fracking ban  HeraldScotlandRuth Davidson: If the SNP wants to win, it needs to talk about potholes and teachers rather than banging on about Brexit  iNewsFull coverage

BNP Paribas close to ticking off ?10bn SNP target
BNP Paribas close to ticking off ?10bn SNP target  International Financing ReviewFull coverage

North Ayrshire Labour and SNP's pothole row
North Ayrshire Labour and SNP's pothole row  Ardrossan and Saltcoats HeraldFull coverage

SNP insists abuse has no place in politics following Sunday Herald row
SNP insists abuse has no place in politics following Sunday Herald row  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP would shackle Scottish fishermen to the EU forever, says David Duguid
SNP would shackle Scottish fishermen to the EU forever, says David Duguid  Press and JournalFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Brexit Rebels in Scotland Add to Theresa May's Disarray
Brexit Rebels in Scotland Add to Theresa May's Disarray  BloombergScotland set to vote against Brexit bill  Arab NewsScottish Parliament rejects UK's Brexit bill  Journalducameroun.com - English - (press release)Full coverage

Scotland: Catalan separatist fighting Spanish extradition case
Scotland: Catalan separatist fighting Spanish extradition case  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scottish independence is not off the table'
Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scottish independence is not off the table'  The NationalScottish independence not off the table until realized, Sturgeon says  Daily SabahScotland's Sturgeon Warns of Catastrophic 'No Deal' Brexit  U.S. News & World ReportFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Letters: Sturgeon has clear option for getting new independence referendum vote
Letters: Sturgeon has clear option for getting new independence referendum vote  HeraldScotlandBarometer still set fair for SNP, so let's take the initiative  The NationalFull coverage

Another EU vote isn't the referendum Scots need
Another EU vote isn't the referendum Scots need  The NationalFull coverage

Scotland Yard probes 'potential crime' over Leave.EU's referendum spending
Scotland Yard probes 'potential crime' over Leave.EU's referendum spending  Evening StandardBrexit: Police examining evidence Leave.EU chief committed crimes during referendum campaign  The IndependentBrexit campaigners fined £70000 for breaking EU referendum spending rules and its boss reported to police over ...  The SunFull coverage

Former Catalan minister back in court
Former Catalan minister back in court  BBC NewsEx-Catalan Minister Appears In Court In Scotland In A Bid To Stop Her Extradition.  Kfm RadioFull coverage

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Oil Price
'Brent could head back to $80 a barrel'
The rise in Brent crude prices through $75 a barrel along with a positive broker note on BP from Goldman has seen the oil and gas sector continue to lead the recent gains. According to the note BP is on the cusp of delivering one of the strongest pipelines...

Votes for prisoners
Surely not. If they try and force this through then it is a BIG mistake.

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!

Official Geo-Political Analysis Thread
Thread for geo-political analysis and for posting interesting articles.  Looking to discuss the more serious goings on in the world rather than Trump tweets or what Ruth's baby should be called. Also no dodgy or poor quality sources.  

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

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

Minimum Alcohol Pricing
The policy comes in to effect today. And this is just the beginning - Prohibition for the Poor. Watching BBC Reporting Scotland last night was the most biased reporting I think I have ever seen. They had an A&E doctor, an activist who campaigned for it, a recovering alcoholic all saying that ...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

The What do you do thread 2018
And what would you actually prefer to do.  Do - Mental health nurse  Prefer - Postman 

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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...

Twitter
OK folks who do you recommend following on twitter

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Dentists
Any dentists out there? Unlikely I know. A couple of months ago a could feel a something had chipped off one of my back teeth. I left it for a while then decided I had better get it checked out even though it wasnt giving me any pain. I hadnt been to the dentist for a few years as I had no pr...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. /emoticons/default_shocked.gif" alt=":shocked:">Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. /emoticons/default_smile.png" alt=":)"> Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland. /emoticons/default_cheer...

Frightened Rabbit
Singer Scott Hutchison has gone missing from his hotel next to the Forth Bridge. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-44055054 Doesn't sound good /emoticons/default_sad.png" title=":(" />  

Holyrood Magazine

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Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, turns two: childcare choices

Scottish Parliament refuses consent to EU Withdrawal Bill

NHS Ayrshire and Arran will ?require further loans?, MSPs hear

National Trust for Scotland calls for halt to fish farm expansion

House of Lords defeat government again with fresh call for Leveson 2

MSPs urged to vote against EU Withdrawal Bill

Sharing intelligence across Europe more necessary than ever, head of MI5 warns

Holyrood Magazine issue 403 / 7 May 2018

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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.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…