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May hails "special Union" as she makes her first visit as PM to Scotland
15 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
THERESA May will visit Scotland today in her first official engagement as Prime Minister in a clear indication of the strength of her commitment to maintaining the ?special Union?.

No Trident contingency plan despite potential independence vote
15 Jul 2016 at 12:10am

May accused of lurch to the right
15 Jul 2016 at 12:10am
Theresa May was accused of making a lurch to the right as she finalised her new cabinet.

Race to become SNP deputy leader finally hots up with six predicted to fight ...
15 Jul 2016 at 12:09am
THE RACE to become the SNP?s next deputy leader has exploded into life as insiders revealed that as many as six candidates will battle to become Nicola Sturgeon?s number two.

Labour row as rebels told to to 'pledge loyalty to Corbyn' if he survives revolt
15 Jul 2016 at 12:10am
A NEW row has broken out within Labour over plans to challenge Jeremy Corbyn's opponents to pledge loyalty to whoever wins the party's UK leadership contest.

Sturgeon hits back after chancellor rules out separate EU status for Scotland
14 Jul 2016 at 6:45pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit back at the new Chancellor after he dismissed the prospect of Scotland negotiating a special deal with the EU.

Theresa May hails 'bold' Cabinet after clear-out of Cameron allies
14 Jul 2016 at 8:03pm
Theresa May insists she has created a "bold" Cabinet that has hit the ground running.

Alex Salmond's advice to Theresa May: Don't mess with the people of Scotland
14 Jul 2016 at 5:50pm
Alex Salmond has warned Theresa May: "Don't mess with the people of Scotland," as he predicted Scottish independence is inevitable.

David Mundell 'focused on getting best deal for Scotland in EU talks'
14 Jul 2016 at 6:44pm
David Mundell has retained his post as Secretary of State for Scotland.

New Act of Union Bill published to create a federal UK and stave off Scottish...
14 Jul 2016 at 6:26am
DEVOLUTION should be ?turned upside down? to create a federal Britain, a group of senior cross-party politicians insists today as it publishes a draft Bill to create a new Act of Union.

Theresa May vows to 'build a better Britain' as she puts defence of Union at ...
14 Jul 2016 at 3:08pm
THERESA May has begun her premiership with a heartfelt commitment to maintaining the Union between Scotland and England while also appointing a raft of leading Brexiters to key roles.

Analysis: Gove's rise and fall all of his own making
14 Jul 2016 at 12:44pm
HE who lives by the sword dies by the sword; politically speaking, that is.

The Midge: Boris as the Minister for Ferrero Rocher? Labour urges apology for...
14 Jul 2016 at 11:40am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Corbyn's opponents accuse Unite of an 'attempted stitch-up'
14 Jul 2016 at 12:11am
Opponents of Jeremy Corbyn accused Unite of an "attempted stitch-up" after the union offered a vote in the Labour leadership contest for as little as £2-a-month.

Lord Wallace to step down as leader of Liberal Democrats in House of Lords
13 Jul 2016 at 5:07pm
Jim Wallace has announced his intention to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.



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PM May swings axe in bold and brutal reshuffle of Cabinet
14 Jul 2016 at 10:14pm
Theresa May spent the first full day of her premiership clearing out her ministerial team in a sweeping reshuffle that leaves no doubt about the new Prime Minister’s authority, and decisively breaks with the past.

May comes to Scotland in bid to preserve ?our special union?
14 Jul 2016 at 10:06pm
Theresa May will visit Scotland today for talks with Nicola Sturgeon on Brexit in a bid to protect the UK’s “special union” and stave off a second independence referendum.

Poll: Voters ?unconvinced? by Labour leadership options
14 Jul 2016 at 9:43pm
Labour’s crisis is laid bare in a poll that shows a majority of Britons believe the party needs a new leader before the next general election and remain unconvinced by both Jeremy Corbyn and his challenger Angela Eagle.

No plan to axe Faslane base after a vote for independence
14 Jul 2016 at 9:34pm
The UK government has signalled that it has not drawn up contingency plans to move Trident out of Scotland in the event of a Yes vote in a second independence referendum.

Labour tension grows as union calls for MPs to be reselected
14 Jul 2016 at 9:29pm
Tensions in the Labour Party escalated further yesterday as the Unite trade union called for the mandatory reselection of all MPs.

Outrage as Boris Johnson steps onto world stage
14 Jul 2016 at 9:23pm
Governments around the globe have reacted to Boris Johnson’s appointment as UK foreign secretary.

Joyce McMillan: Hold tight for the great step forward
14 Jul 2016 at 8:48pm
BREXIT vote means going it alone has now become the most appealing option for Scotland, writes Joyce McMillan

Leaders: Backing Boris is putting party before country
14 Jul 2016 at 8:27pm
THERESA May may have wanted to placate Tory Brexiteers but her choice of Foreign Secretary could be a diplomatic gaffe

Supreme Court Justice apologises for saying Trump is ?a faker?
14 Jul 2016 at 7:36pm
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologised yesterday for “ill-advised” public criticism of Donald Trump, promising to be more discreet in the future.

Jim Duffy: Embattled Tony Blair isn?t exactly Whitney Houston
14 Jul 2016 at 6:38pm
WHAT must it be like to be the bodyguard to one of the most controversial figures of our time, wonders Jim Duffy

Alex Salmond warns Theresa May: Don?t mess with people of Scotland
14 Jul 2016 at 6:31pm
Theresa May is due to visit Scotland tomorrow and the former First Minister of Scotland had a few words of advice for the new leader.

Labour grassroots in Scotland rally round Jeremy Corbyn
14 Jul 2016 at 5:46pm
JEREMY Corbyn’s allies in Scotland insist it is “wrong in principle” for some Labour Party members to be barred from voting in the leadership contest, ahead of a strategy meeting this weekend.

Glasgow reacts to Boris Johnson?s appointment
14 Jul 2016 at 2:33pm
Following Boris Johnson’s appointment as the UK’s Foreign Secretary, residents of Glasgow responded in a typically Glaswegian manner.

New Act of Union proposed to ?stabilise? UK post-Brexit
14 Jul 2016 at 2:23pm
A new Act of Union has been proposed in a bid to ‘stabilise’ the United Kingdom in the wake of the Brexit vote.

MPs to consider Scotland?s relationship with EU
14 Jul 2016 at 1:07pm
MPs on a Westminster committee are to probe possible ways for Scotland to stay part of the European Union, despite the vote for Brexit.

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Into the briar patch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jul 2016 at 11:52am
The Scotsman reports a “blow” to Nicola Sturgeon this morning: “The UK?s new Chancellor has said Scotland should not have a different relationship with Europe than the rest of the UK. Philip Hammond, who replaced George Osborne as new Prime Minister Theresa May appointed her Cabinet, said the vote to leave the European Union was …

Fist brutally attacked by face
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2016 at 5:15pm
While we wait on tenterhooks to find out exactly how insane the Parliamentary Labour Party is, enjoy this jaw-dropping BBC Scotland news report on the trial of Labour MP Marie Rimmer for attacking a Yes campaigner at a polling station in September 2014. Coming soon: Shooting Victim Denies Deliberately Damaging Assailant’s Bullet.  (The Daily Record, amazingly …

Our Friends In Europa
by Al Harron
11 Jul 2016 at 10:59am
If your only source of news was the mainstream media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the consensus in the EU regarding an independent Scotland was bleak. Spain would, we’re told endlessly, veto Scotland?s place in the EU out of hand, and so, allegedly, would France. And when Scotland’s First Minister went to Brussels …

Dirty old pot attacks non-kettle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2016 at 10:29am
Some of you will have missed this over the weekend: Yes – Michelle Mone, of all the people on Earth, really did just go on TV and accuse Nicola Sturgeon of being all about ego. We’ll leave you to absorb that for a bit.

Arsenic vs old lace
by Chris Cairns
9 Jul 2016 at 8:40am

Kounting With Kezia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2016 at 11:22am
Earlier today we were moved to tweet our scepticism regarding a claim made by the Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, as reported in the Guardian. Even on the most casual glance, the numbers just didn’t seem to add up. If 62% of Scots voted to stay in the EU and 55% voted to stay in …

The UK Politics 2016 FAQ
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jul 2016 at 12:43pm
There’s a lot going on at the moment, readers, and an awful lot of conflicting analysis and commentary to confuse people trying to make sense of it. Luckily, as ever, Wings Over Scotland is here to cut through the bull and give you the straight answers to the burning questions of the day. - Q: …

The wages of sin
by Chris Cairns
6 Jul 2016 at 5:48pm

The Chilcot Report in full
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jul 2016 at 12:00pm
The short version is “Everything Tony Blair said was a lie”. The full report can be read in 58 sections at the inquiry’s website here, but in the quite likely event that it gets swamped today we’ve uploaded the entire thing as a single convenient RAR file here. EDIT: individual sections now compiled into the …

Going round in circles all the time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jul 2016 at 11:14am
We’re not naturally disposed to sympathy for Tories, but it must be hellish being poor Ruth Davidson at the moment. The poor woman doesn’t know which way she’s facing from one minute to the next. Here she is less than a year ago: That position was duly held absolutely staunchly, right up to the point where …

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Theresa May meeting Nicola Sturgeon for Brexit talks
15 Jul 2016 at 12:06am
Prime Minister Theresa May is set to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh for talks on the future of the EU and the union.

'No plans' to move nuclear weapons from Scotland
15 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
The UK government does not intend to make alternative plans for the storage of the UK's nuclear weapons outside of Scotland, it emerges.

Theresa May cabinet: David Mundell keeps Scottish Secretary job
14 Jul 2016 at 5:49pm
Scotland's only Conservative MP, David Mundell, keeps his Cabinet job of Scottish secretary.

Sturgeon's Standing Council on Europe has held first meeting
14 Jul 2016 at 5:40pm
A group of experts set up to advise the Scottish government in the aftermath of the Brexit vote has met for the first time in Edinburgh.

Timetable for transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood
14 Jul 2016 at 3:06pm
MSPs will take some responsibility for welfare for the first time when Holyrood returns from its summer break.

Hammond's 'no separate Scottish EU deal' is disappointing, says Sturgeon
14 Jul 2016 at 2:00pm
New chancellor Philip Hammond's view that Scotland will not be able to arrange a separate EU deal is "deeply disappointing", says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

ScotRail 'minimising strike disruption' for The Open travel
14 Jul 2016 at 10:36am
ScotRail promises an "enhanced timetable" on Glasgow to Troon services to prevent strike delays affecting those travelling to The Open.

Business voices concerns over 'muted' economic performance
14 Jul 2016 at 12:48am
Business leaders call on government to act amid signs that Scotland's economy was slowing down ahead of the Brexit vote.

Scotland could be at heart of Brexit negotiations, says Scottish secretary
13 Jul 2016 at 6:34pm
Scottish Secretary David Mundell believes new prime minister Theresa May would want Scotland to be "at the heart" of negotiations over Brexit.

Ruth Davidson appointed to Privy Council
13 Jul 2016 at 9:29pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been appointed to the Privy Council.

No SNP applause on Cameron's legacy at final PMQs
13 Jul 2016 at 1:48pm
The SNP's Angus Robertson attacks David Cameron's legacy during the outgoing prime minister's final appearance at the dispatch box.

Sturgeon says economic stimulus needed for UK after Carney talks
13 Jul 2016 at 8:01pm
Scotland's first minister calls for economic stimulus measures to prevent a UK-wide recession after a meeting with Bank of England boss Mark Carney.

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A worrying change in emphasis?
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2016 at 12:11am
I know I'll be criticised for saying this, but I'm just going to be honest anyway - I'm slightly disturbed by an apparent subtle change in the mood-music coming from the Scottish Government over th...

Should the SNP's strategy be to dare the UK government to reject a realistic ...
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2016 at 2:50pm
Just a passing thought : in the light of Philip Hammond helpfully pushing Scotland towards independence by declaring that it will be impossible for us to remain in both the UK and the EU, I'm wonde...

Election rules that would have made Stalin blush
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2016 at 11:22pm
If the lunatic new rules for Labour's leadership contest have been explained correctly, there are only two very narrow categories of people who will not be eligible to pay £25 and vote in the elect...

If we truly learn the lessons of 2014, we won't retreat to a left-wing comfor...
by James Kelly
11 Jul 2016 at 5:54pm
I have to admit that I've been reading Bella Caledonia much less frequently since I found myself on the wrong end of the editor's antics in January, but my eye was caught today by an article from H...

Mother Theresa
by James Kelly
11 Jul 2016 at 2:12pm
Just to prove that this blog can match the respect for democracy shown by those whoopin', cheerin', laughin', seamstress-mum-lovin' Labour plotters, I am delighted to report that these are the resu...

If you ever wondered what Hilary Benn's father would have said about the Labo...
by James Kelly
10 Jul 2016 at 7:48pm
So today we learned that, in a display of utter contempt towards both their own party and the democratic process in general, the Labour plotters will attempt to overthrow their elected leader witho...

Why is Corbyn being challenged by someone who finished FOURTH in the deputy l...
by James Kelly
9 Jul 2016 at 3:07pm
Labour deputy leadership election 2015, second round :Tom Watson 42.2%Stella Creasy 21.4%Caroline Flint 18.4%Angela Eagle 17.9%That was just ten months ago, and I'm not aware that Eagle has had a p...

Kinnock's rage against democracy : the abridged version
by James Kelly
8 Jul 2016 at 5:20pm
I met this guy in Wales who said Jeremy was weird. And let me tell you, comrades, a landslide 60% majority in a one member, one vote election is AS NOTHING compared to one random bloke in Wales wh...

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France has been attacked again, On Bastille Day, with 60 dead at the time of ...
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15 Jul 2016 at 12:16am
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Spectator / Discussion on Indy from EU and rUK
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14 Jul 2016 at 11:41pm
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Independent Scotland joining EU could be part of Brexit "package deal" (From ...
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14 Jul 2016 at 10:06pm
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Sturgeon?s expert EU panel agrees Scotland?s ?red lines? for Brexit (From Her...
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14 Jul 2016 at 9:49pm
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Alook inside an Abandoned Power Station in Ayrshire
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14 Jul 2016 at 9:19pm
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Robin McAlpine: It's not like catching Pokémon ? some thoughts on indy strategy
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14 Jul 2016 at 9:16pm
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CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND, a short story by Charlie Stross
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14 Jul 2016 at 8:39pm
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[From July 2015] How To Start a Currency From (Almost) Scratch
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14 Jul 2016 at 8:32pm
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Feature: The taxi driver's book
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14 Jul 2016 at 8:28pm
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We're never going to get independence
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14 Jul 2016 at 10:27am
This is a socractic argument, so we'll have to wait for the stats and evidence to back it up: People keep talking about the number of No voters who will swing to Yes, but I think this is about mayb...

PM Theresa May to meet Scotland's FM Nicola Sturgeon on Friday
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14 Jul 2016 at 6:11pm
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"Shogun - Vulcan"
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14 Jul 2016 at 5:44pm
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Thatcher on Scottish independence
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14 Jul 2016 at 5:40pm
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Sturgeon hits back after chancellor rules out separate EU status for Scotland...
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14 Jul 2016 at 4:28pm
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Scottish politician tipped as 'heir to Merkel' in Germany says Brexit decisio...
by Stephen Stewart
15 Jul 2016 at 12:01am
DAVID McAllister, an MEP who was born in West Germany as the son of a Scottish soldier, is seen as the darling of Germany's ruling centre-right party.

Tory Defence Minister Philip Dunne says there will be no Indyref II and that ...
by Andy Philip
14 Jul 2016 at 9:56pm
DUNNE reveals there is no Plan B for Trident as there will not be another referendum and that most Scots are happy having nuclear weapons on our doorstep.

Theresa May to hold Brexit showdown talks with Nicola Sturgeon tomorrow as ne...
by Laura Paterson
14 Jul 2016 at 8:02pm
THE FIRST Minister has demanded that Scotland's decision to remain in the EU is respected but new Tory leader May wants to nip talk of another indyref in the bud.

Alex Salmond tells Theresa May 'not to mess with people of Scotland' as he pr...
by Mark McLaughlin
14 Jul 2016 at 6:15pm
SALMOND is the SNP's Foreign Affairs spokesman, meaning he is headed for parliamentary showdowns with new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Free fitbits for fat folk? Health boss says obese Scots should be given fitne...
by Ross McCafferty
14 Jul 2016 at 1:51pm
HEALTH SERVICES researcher DR Heather Morgan says that handing out the popular kit could reduce Scotland's appalling obesity figures.

Michael Gove sacked as Justice Secretary as new Prime Minister Theresa May co...
by Record Reporter
14 Jul 2016 at 10:39am
THE former Tory leadership contender becomes the second major casualty from David Cameron's cabinet, joining former Chancellor George Osborne on the backbenches.

Separate EU deal for Scotland written off by new Chancellor Philip Hammond
by Record Reporter
14 Jul 2016 at 10:36am
THE new man in number 11 Downing Street has dismissed the possibility of Scotland staying in Europe

SNP accuse Tory axeman Stephen Crabb of living in denial over link between be...
by Andy Philip
14 Jul 2016 at 10:26am
SNP made an FoI request that revealed the DWP had not sought advice on the link - now they want Work and Pensions secretary Crabb ditched from Theresa May's cabinet.

Theresa May's Cabinet Reshuffle: New Prime Minister to finalise her top team ...
by Record Reporter
14 Jul 2016 at 10:02am
PART TWO of the reshuffle will get underway at 11am - this is how the cabinet looks so far.

Boris Johnson is foreign secretary but there are 7 reasons why he probably sh...
by Mikey Smith
14 Jul 2016 at 9:37am
The bumbling blonde Brexit backer has blazed a trail of high-profile gaffes and controversies on the international stage.

Michael Greenwell

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

God, Thatcher, Junk Science & An End To Workers Rights
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 9:04am
At the moment a lot of people are asking who Andrea Leadsom actually is. Well, a few folks have been digging around her blog and some of her statements, and it’s possible to see something other than what the Telegraph chose to publish in this piece. Let’s start with science… Journalist Frank Swain tweeted a …

Ken Clarke Ridicules Tory Candidates
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 8:39am

Universal Stramash
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:12pm
It seems we are in a moment of worldwide stramash. In such times it is of some comfort to think that some people really do have (or had) an idea what the hell is going on and even though the heads of the brexit campaign might not like to admit it, some of those were …

Just In Case You?ve Never Heard It
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:50am
I didn’t make this video. If I had made it, I wouldn’t have put that music on it for a start. Anyway, just in case you’ve never heard it, here is the phone call between Darius Guppy and Boris Johnson in which Guppy tries to get Johnson to find him the number of a journalist …

Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest
by michaelgreenwell
1 Jul 2016 at 8:13am
It was a little surprise to find this talk given by Larry Bogad on the TED talks list. Larry Bogad is an author, artist, and professor of political performance. Scots may remember him being in the Clown army when the G8 came to Gleneagles. In this talk he talks about how creative actions are highly …

From Parody to (in part) Prescience
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jun 2016 at 10:39pm
I just watched the last episode of the New Statesman again. From 1992. What they did as an extrapolation of all the worst possible bits has more or less come to pass.

Worth a Post of its Own
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jun 2016 at 10:28am

A Little Selection
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jun 2016 at 7:24am
  In the light of all the above… Images from the excellent Zarkwan

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

The Party is Over
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 10:40pm
The Party is Over?and both Corbyn and his enemies know it. What is going on now can no longer be seen as a fight for control of an existing institution. The split has already happened in all but name. There are already two parties. There is no unitary Labour Party to be fought over anymore. …

A Nasty Piece of Work
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 2:58pm
Boris Johnson faces a proper journalist for a change. If you haven’t seen this classic interview with Eddie Mair you should watch it now. It raises significant issues about the new Foreign Secretary’s integrity and character. Likes(22)Dislikes(8)

The First Time She Saw A Ciabatta
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 1:59pm
(Reflections on Brexit) The first time she saw a Ciabatta Was on one sunny springlike day In a snack bar, by the meadows Sometime round ?92 I?d say. She stopped and gasped, ?A Ciabatta? I never thought I?d see the day. A ciabatta, here in Edinburgh. And look ? so casually displayed Just tossed into …

Goodbye to Cameron
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 1:33pm
Commenting on today’s cabinet changes Robert Peston has said: “To repeat, this is a HUGE reshuffle – total remaking of government. Massive political, cultural and social shift by Theresa May”. The scale of the changes and people waking up to the reality that this is a fresh lurch to the far right belies the idea …

Labour as a Counter Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 8:57am
As the Tory party lurches to the right, the struggle for the Labour Party continues with Paul Mason outlining a radical alternative in this interview with Novar media: 'We can struggle to make this party what it should be' – @paulmasonnews on the Labour coup — Novara Media (@novaramedia) July 13, 2016 Likes(15)Dislikes(1)

Boris Represents You
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 8:04am
A racist Prime Minister, a racist Foreign Secretary, a disgraced International Trade Secretary and a pro-capital punishment Brexit Minister. This isn’t a sick joke, this is your government. Yesterday David Cameron resigned in disgrace having just instigated constitutional and economic crisis. It was expected that you join in the BBC’s reverent tones and the House …

Right Here, Right Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jul 2016 at 7:00am
Theresa May is the new Prime Minister. There will be no election, either by members of the Conservative Party, or (far more importantly) the British electorate: there will be no General Election. In that decision, established by May even before her ?victory? had been ratified by the Party, we are provided with the real purpose …

Continuity and Carnage ? Kissing Hands with the Queen
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jul 2016 at 1:36pm
Once again, a new Prime Minister neither I nor my country ever voted for is kissing hands with the Queen this morning. Once again, as of last night, the Labour Party is running a leadership contest between the unelectable and the unspeakable ? between a leader who is heartily despised by one wing of the …

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Visa scheme cancellation 'betrayal of trust', Australian couple tell MPs ? video
by Guardian Staff
13 Jul 2016 at 10:45am
Australian couple Gregg and Kathryn Brain speak to the Commons home affairs committee on Tuesday about the cancellation of the post-study work visa scheme. The scheme had allowed the family to live in Dingwall, Highlands, but they have been retrospectively denied the right to work Cancellation of...

Ruth Davidson pokes fun at Andrea Leadsom and Boris Johnson
by Anushka Asthana Political editor
13 Jul 2016 at 12:18am
Scottish Tory leader jokes about claims that Leadsom exaggerated her achievements in the City and about withdrawal of JohnsonThe leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, made fun of former party leadership hopefuls Andrea Leadsom and Boris Johnson during a lighthearted speech to journ...

Cancellation of visa scheme was a betrayal, Australian couple tell MPs
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2016 at 7:06pm
Gregg and Kathryn Brain, who have a son who speaks Gaelic, give evidence to home affairs committee about visa ordealAn Australian couple facing deportation from Scotland along with their Gaelic-speaking son have told MPs how a ?relatively straightforward? visa arrangement resulted in ?an extraord...

Challenges Theresa May inherits from Cameron: from Brexit to benefits
by Guardian Staff
12 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
On her first day in No 10, the new PM?s in-tray will be packed with problems: on the EU, Trident, schools, the NHS and moreTheresa May will find a number of pressing matters in her in-tray on her first day in No 10 ? and not just about how Britain will leave the EU. From universal credit to junio...

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale: ?I don?t want to choose between two uni...
by Stephen Moss
11 Jul 2016 at 7:00am
The woman with one of the toughest jobs in British politics talks about her hopes for keeping Scotland in both the EU and the UK, and why it?s time for Corbyn to goThere are plenty of terrible jobs in Britain?s febrile political life at the moment, but being leader of the Scottish Labour party mu...

The Guardian view on the Act of Union: time to reimagine the UK | Editorial
by Editorial
10 Jul 2016 at 7:56pm
New ideas for a federal relationship between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales should get a proper debate going about the post-Brexit unionIn the heat of the EU referendum argument, too little attention was paid to the consequences of Brexit for the relationship between England, Scotl...

Dugdale: UK must allow Scottish independence vote if people want it
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Jul 2016 at 2:53pm
Scottish Labour leader says government would be ?categorically wrong? to prevent second referendum on Scotland?s futureKezia Dugdale has warned that Scotland is not immune to the social divisions highlighted by the Brexit vote and insisted that it would be ?categorically wrong? for the UK governm...

Scottish Brexit voters pose quandary for independence campaign
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2016 at 2:09pm
A yes vote second time around in an independence referendum would be no given for Scots who opted to leave the EUThe boats in Lossiemouth harbour are still flying the Fishermen for Leave flag, and in the Steamboat pub there is a mood of stoic optimism which contrasts sharply with the broad sense ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Having a Scottish voice, or swallowing the bitter Brexit cereal
We live in a land where delusion has taken over from policy. Theresa May is going to save the Union. Stop laughing at the back there. She began her first speech as Prime Minister by remarking that not a lot of people know that the full name of her party is the Conservative and Unionist …

The UK, it had a future once
Bye then Davie Cameron, he was the future once. It must be something to do with not speaking ill of the walking dead, but Davie Cameron’s last PMQ’s was remarkably free of people telling him begone, you worst prime minister in living memory. It was all terribly jolly. Tory and Labour MPs united to stand …

We can do this
Everyone else seems to be doing it this week, so I thought I’d have my own shot at a blog post saying how – in my opinion – we can win the next independence referendum. It’s now looking highly likely that we’re going to have one, a whole lot sooner that anyone expected. I’m no …

Good days and bad days
It’s been another one of those days. On Monday we discovered that the Tory leadership race had turned into a coronation, only without the bunting, and the next Prime Minister of the UK is going to be Theresa May. She’s also going to be the last Prime Minister of the UK, because by the time …

The Eagle is stranded
You can always rely on the Parliamentary Labour Party. You can rely on it to abstain when the Tories are attacking the poor and the disabled. You can rely on it to troop into the same lobby as the Tories when Trident is being renewed or the country is going into another war of dubious …

We?re not going to suck it up
This week we discovered that the Chilcot report found Blair guilty of taking the country to war even though it was very far from being the last option. We discovered that most of the Parliamentary Labour Party are venal careerists who put their place in the Commons before the good of the country. We discovered …

Shades of crazy under the comfort blanket
Just when you think that the UK has reached peak crazy you discover that the intelligence services were apparently relying on a guy who’d watched too many Nicholas Cage movies when they reported that there was information that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. We can only hope that Scotland gets independence before M15 launches …

The criminal incompetence of the British state, it?s not a bug, it?s a feature
After seven long years the Chilcot report was published on Wednesday, giving the country a bit of relief from the self-inflicted disaster of Brexit by focusing on the self-inflicted disaster of the Iraq war. No wonder the Blairites wanted Jeremy Corbyn out of power before it was published. The thing to remember about the Chilcot …

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Orkney Four get £5k from trust that handed liar £50k
FOUR island constituents who took their lying MP to court have been awarded £5,000 towards their legal bill from the same trust that gave their opponent £50,000 towards his costs.

Rare Rembrandt to be put on display at Duff House
A UNIQUE etching by Rembrandt that was rediscovered in Edinburgh two years ago is to be displayed at Duff House, a Georgian mansion in Banff.

Secrets of the universe unpicked by cosmic cartography
AT FIRST glance, it looks something like a magic eye poster.

Cancer patient mum 'overjoyed' after success of frozen ovary treatment
A CANCER patient who has become the first woman in the UK to give birth after having frozen tissue from her ovaries reimplanted said she is ?astonished and overjoyed? at the success of the treatment.

Award-winning jazz artist kicks off festival with rooftop show
SINGER Alison Affleck and her band Copper Cats took to the rooftops of the Scottish capital to launch the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Military chiefs lacked ?courage? dealing with Blair, says MP Johnny Mercer
MILITARY chiefs failed to ?stand up? to Tony Blair?s government over the Iraq war, a former soldier told the House of Commons yesterday.

Labour infighting goes on as union members told they face voting ban
JEREMY Corbyn?s chances of holding on to the top job in Labour took a hit yesterday when the party severely restricted who could vote in the leadership contest .

Edinburgh Zoo's new arrivals get up to monkey business
TINY and holding on tight, five baby squirrel monkeys have joined the troop of monkeys at a Scottish zoo.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

The European Integration Project ? Never heard of it? Read on McDuff
      7 May 2013: The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project – Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   An annual workshop Convened by the “Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society and the Department of Politics and Government” (CSEPS). It’s …

Oh! what a tangled web they weave ? The rich elite get richer- screw the many...
      Joanne Hammerman Alter   The start and expansion of a Dynasty Joanne H Alter (nee Hammerman) 1927 – 2008 was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother Celia K. Hammerman, was an immigrant who fled the riots in Czarist Russia. Her father, Sol Hammerman, worked for J.K. Industries in …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly being found out
This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly been found out Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 10th 2016 When has British politics ever been in such a state of flux? The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens in leadership contests; the Labour Party in a series of convulsions from top to …

The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair
The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 7th 2016 It is hard to envisage now but once upon a time Tony Blair was an eager to please, likeable, pragmatic politician. In 1997 he caught the mood of the times and led Labour to an election …

After Britain: Is Scottish Independence the New Normal?
After Britain: Is Scottish Independence the New Normal? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 6th 2016 These are unprecedented times. The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens are all in the middle of leadership elections, while Jeremy Corbyn is holding on by his fingertips in a stand-off with his own parliamentary party There is a …

Is this the beginning of the end of Britain?
Is this the beginning of the end of Britain? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 3rd 2016 It may not be the beginning of the end of the UK quite yet. But it is the end of British politics – and Britain, as we know it. The British state faces its biggest geo-political set of challenges …

Nine Months in the Death of Labour: A Response to the Corbynistas
Nine Months in the Death of Labour: A Response to the Corbynistas Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2016 These are surprising times in Britain and its politics. Cameron gone. England and Wales dragging the UK out of the EU. The England football team defeated by Iceland. And somehow Jeremy Corbyn was meant to be …

This is the world of little Britain and Scotland wants no part
This is the world of little Britain and Scotland wants no part Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 26th 2016 This is what the death of a nation looks like – petty nationalism, populism, fact-free politics, and surprises everywhere. This is the world of ?little Britain? – and it isn?t pretty. These are unpredictable times. There …

Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building
Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 22nd 2016 The UK has already left Europe. It never really joined in any real sense. National debates like this reveals much about the psyche of a country, and how it sees its collective hopes and fears. For one, it illuminates a …

The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign
The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2016 Sometimes we should struggle to find the appropriate words. This is such a time and moment. A campaign that has already reached new lows plummeted to depths previously unimaginable with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. …

Scotland and Independence

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Letter from Cambuslang: In Scotland's Rust Belt, a new push for independence ...

Washington Post
Letter from Cambuslang: In Scotland's Rust Belt, a new push for independence
Washington Post
CAMBUSLANG, Scotland ? It was gloomy inside the Ritz Bar, an establishment that doesn't quite live up to its name, in the Scottish rust belt. Not just because it was so dark, although it was, but because the men drinking pints and chewing over the ...

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How Outlander Keeps Getting Tangled Up in Real-Life U.K. Politics - Slate Mag...

Slate Magazine (blog)
How Outlander Keeps Getting Tangled Up in Real-Life U.K. Politics
Slate Magazine (blog)
Though the U.K. as a whole voted to leave the EU in June, 62 percent of Scotland voted to remain, a disparity that reignited the debate over Scottish independence when Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she would revisit the possibility ...

UK NewsDavidson: second Scottish independence vote 'irresponsible' - Financia...
UK NewsDavidson: second Scottish independence vote 'irresponsible'
Financial Times
A second independence referendum in Scotland would be ?unjustified and irresponsible?, Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative party, will say at a speech in London today. Ms Davidson, who backed Theresa May's campaign to become Prime ...
Ruth Davidson blasts 'irresponsible' SNP over Scott...

Scottish independence 'opportunity' says 2014 critic - BBC News

BBC News
Scottish independence 'opportunity' says 2014 critic
BBC News
Supporters of Scottish independence now have a "golden opportunity" to re-cast their economic case in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to one of the most senior critics of the 2014 plans. Sir Nicholas Macpherson has proposed a separate Scottish ...
Brexit vote a 'golden opportunity' for Scottish independenceScotsman

The case for Scottish independence looks stronger post-Brexit - Financial Times

Financial Times
The case for Scottish independence looks stronger post-Brexit
Financial Times
With the UK leaving the EU, there is a golden opportunity for proponents of Scottish independence to reappraise their economic prospectus. Clearly, membership of the EU will lie at the heart of it. That will enable Scotland to have access to the ...

Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Off The Table?For Now - TIME

Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Off The Table?For Now
Certainly Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Nationalist Party leader of Scotland's devolved government, now argues a second referendum on Scottish independence is ?highly likely.? Though defeated in 2014, the cause remains alive. Besides, she now says, the ...
Ruth Davidson: Next PM should not block Scottish independence referend...

Europe|Scotland Says New Vote on Independence Is 'Highly Likely' - New York T...

New York Times
Europe|Scotland Says New Vote on Independence Is 'Highly Likely'
New York Times
EDINBURGH ? Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, said Friday that a new referendum on independence in Scotland was ?highly likely? now that Britain had voted to leave the European Union. Voters rejected an effort to break free from the United ...
Scotland Presses Ahead With Plans For New Independen...

The End of the United Kingdom? - Jacobin magazine

Jacobin magazine
The End of the United Kingdom?
Jacobin magazine
Brexit has suddenly made Scottish independence and a united Ireland possible. What does it mean for the Left? by Sean Bell. Sign advocating Scottish independence in August 2014. Liz Smith / Flickr. As every politically attuned masochist knows, the ...

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May hails "special Union" as she makes her first visit as PM to Scotland - He...

Herald Scotland
May hails "special Union" as she makes her first visit as PM to Scotland
Herald Scotland
She is thought to have believed David Cameron caved in too easily to SNP demands before and after the 2014 referendum. One source, reflecting on the prospect raised by Ms Sturgeon of a second independence referendum, said: ?Theresa is a tough cookie ...

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On first trip as PM, May to discuss Brexit with Scotland's Sturgeon - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
On first trip as PM, May to discuss Brexit with Scotland's Sturgeon
Reuters UK
May's Conservative Party, hugely unpopular in Scotland for decades, holds only one of those 59 seats, although it has recently improved its standing, coming second to the SNP in the Scottish parliamentary election in May. It is now the official ...

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Prime Minister Theresa May to meet Scotland's FM Nicola Sturgeon this Friday ...
Prime Minister Theresa May to meet Scotland's FM Nicola Sturgeon this Friday
The crunch talks in Edinburgh will be seen as a last-ditch attempt to prevent the SNP leader from carrying out her threat to pursue a second independence referendum. News of the meeting came hours after new Chancellor Philip Hammond said Scotland will ...

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Is China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.(NYSE: SNP), a large market cap stock a sm...

Is China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.(NYSE: SNP), a large market cap stock a smart buy?
The Daily Leicester
With a market cap of has a large market cap size. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE: SNP) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 10/18/2000. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. is in the Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry and Basic ...

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Alex Salmond tells Theresa May 'not to mess with people of Scotland' as he pr...

Scottish Daily Record
Alex Salmond tells Theresa May 'not to mess with people of Scotland' as he predicts another indyref
Scottish Daily Record
The former first minister said the new Prime Minister will cave under pressure from Holyrood for another independence referendum if Nicola Sturgeon decides that is the best way to protect Scotland's place in the European Union. Salmond, now the SNP's ...


Alex Salmond's advice to Theresa May: Don't mess with the people of Scotland ...

Glasgow Evening Times
Alex Salmond's advice to Theresa May: Don't mess with the people of Scotland
Glasgow Evening Times
Alex Salmond has warned Theresa May: "Don't mess with the people of Scotland," as he predicted Scottish independence is inevitable. The former first minister said the new Prime Minister will cave under pressure from Holyrood for another independence ...

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Why Theresa May will be tough for Nicola Sturgeon to deal with - The Conversa...

The Conversation UK
Why Theresa May will be tough for Nicola Sturgeon to deal with
The Conversation UK
But should the EU effort fail, Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson said recently that a second independence referendum would follow. Philip Hammond, her new chancellor, has since signalled that Sturgeon's EU initiative is unlikely to be workable.

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Lucrative Stocks in today's market:China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., (NYSE:SN...

Lucrative Stocks in today's market:China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., (NYSE:SNP)
The News Journal
With the amassed value of the company based on its existing stock price alongside the total amount of outstanding stocks, today's market cap for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. is valued at 90103.59. The value of the Market cap relatively ensures a ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Ruth Davidson urges Theresa May to have 'positive engagement' with Scotland -...

BBC News
Ruth Davidson urges Theresa May to have 'positive engagement' with Scotland
BBC News
The No 10 meeting took place ahead of a speech by the MSP in which she will say holding a second Scottish independence referendum would be "irresponsible". Ms Davidson said she chatted with Mrs May, who will become PM on Wednesday, about our ...
SNP will call independence referendum 'if attempts fail to ke...

Angus Robertson warns next Tory leader: Do not block second Scottish referend...
Angus Robertson warns next Tory leader: Do not block second Scottish referendum
?Even Ruth Davidson at the weekend was on TV confirming that if there was a desire to hold another referendum in Scotland that it would go ahead. We live in a democracy in both Scotland and the UK and I think any incoming Tory PM who stood in the way ...
Robertson tells next PM not to b...

Brexit: Will Scotland Call Another Independence Referendum? - Newsweek

Brexit: Will Scotland Call Another Independence Referendum?
Ahead of the Scottish elections on May 5, 2016, the Scottish National Party (SNP) stated in their manifesto: ?We believe that the Scottish parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that ...
Scotland Is Already Hinting at Another Referendum to Leave the UK After Br...

EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave - BBC News

BBC News
EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
BBC News
Scotland has voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38% - with all 32 council areas backing Remain. But the UK as a whole has voted to Leave - raising the prospect of Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will. First Minister ...

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The End of the United Kingdom? - Jacobin magazine

Jacobin magazine
The End of the United Kingdom?
Jacobin magazine
Scotland could naturally come to the conclusion that self-government is preferable to a deeply reactionary, nativist kind of nationalism.? Whenever another referendum takes place, the SNP will almost certainly place greater emphasis on winning over ...

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Scots favour second independence referendum following Brexit, poll finds - Th...

The Independent
Scots favour second independence referendum following Brexit, poll finds
The Independent
Scottish people now favour a second independence referendum, a poll on the subject after the EU referendum result has found. Britain voted to leave the European Union by 52 per cent to 48 per cent ? but Scotland overwhelmingly voted to stay by 62 per ...
'No second Scottish referendum' insists M...

The case for Scottish independence looks stronger post-Brexit - Financial Times

Financial Times
The case for Scottish independence looks stronger post-Brexit
Financial Times
The EU referendum last month has raised existential issues of nationality across the British Isles. Applications for Irish passports are at a record level, with even Ian Paisley Jr, the Democratic Unionist MP, tweeting: ?My advice is if you are ...

Kezia Dugdale: EU referendum result exposed Scotland's divisions - LabourList

Kezia Dugdale: EU referendum result exposed Scotland's divisions
The EU referendum exposed the same social divisions as it did in the rest of the UK, Kezia Dugdale said today. The Scottish Labour leader also called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to get on with the work of governing Scotland after a destabilising ...
Kezia Dugdale: EU referendum exposed the same divisions in...

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Reports of truck being driven into a crowd, reports people dead

Queens of rUK and other questions
Does anyone know, what was the proposed arrangement for retaining the Queen in the event of Scottish independence? Would she revert to the pre-1603 'Queen of Scotland', becoming Queen Elizabeth I of Scotland? Or is it more complex than that? The Queen is, besides the Queen of the UK, of c...

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

Angus Robertson
Am I the only person who cannot stand this fanny. He's a jumped up wee nyaff. Everytime I see him on the tele he's getting on his high horse about something. PRRRRRRICK!!!  

New uk government
Boris Johnson is the new foreign secretary 

Western General Travel Clinic
Has anyone ever been here before?? Ive been told I'm too late to get injections at my GP before I go travelling so they've advised me to go to the Western who will do it for me. They've advised me to get injected for Hepitis A, Typhoid, a tetanus and something else I can't remember. D...

Nicholas Cage
Motorbike Accident seemingly 

A general Election?
Now Mrs May is the new PM should we have a General election? The Tories were elected and everyone knew we Dave would step down and we would haave another PM before the next election, it has just happened a wee bit sooner. Now normally I am all for a General Election to get the Tories out ...

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Her chances, your choices - Introducing Kirsty, the Holyrood baby

UK Government: Prime Minister Theresa May's new cabinet

David Cameron describes being prime minister as 'the greatest honour? of his ...

New prime minister Theresa May promises to build a better Britain

Boris Johnson appointed foreign secretary

Scotland?s new welfare powers set to be transferred

Michael Gove sacked in cabinet reshuffle

Liz Truss appointed as UK's new justice secretary

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Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...