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The Herald

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Second SNP MP admits 'mistake' over failure to declare company shareholding
16 Jan 2016 at 12:11am
A SECOND nationalist MP has admitted breaking strict Westminster rules by failing to declare a shareholding in a private company.

Poll: over 50% of Scots will vote SNP in Holyrood elections
15 Jan 2016 at 10:32pm
Over half of Scottish voters will vote SNP in May and nearly two thirds will vote to remain in the European Union, a poll suggests.

Labour: Sturgeon must explain why public money was used to launch SNP MP's ch...
15 Jan 2016 at 8:57am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been drawn into the row over an SNP MP?s charity, as Labour demanded she explain why public money was used to launch the organisation.

Roseanna Cunningham: drop in students under SNP was 'deliberate move to elimi...
15 Jan 2016 at 11:17am
A 152,000 drop in college students since the SNP came to power was a deliberate move to eliminate part-time courses that were not considered high quality or capable of providing real benefits, Skills Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said.

SNP MP facing questions over charity's paltry donations to good causes
13 Jan 2016 at 8:48am
A PROMINENT Scots MP is facing questions over a taxpayer-backed charity she founded after it donated less than three per cent of its income to good causes while she was chairwoman.

Watchdogs urged to investigate SNP MP's charity over lack of donations to goo...
14 Jan 2016 at 6:26am
WATCHDOGS have been urged to investigate the charity chaired by SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh after just 2.8 per cent of its income was donated in her three years in charge.

Ruth Davidson: I plan to do a Skoda job on Scottish Tories
13 Jan 2016 at 2:25pm
Scottish Tories have been compared to much-mocked car manufacturer Skoda by the party's own leader.

Greens slam John Swinney over £15m drop in fuel poverty funding
13 Jan 2016 at 2:10pm
The Scottish Government has been accused of a lack of ambition after a drop in funding for fuel poverty.

Mhairi Black hits out at pension changes during Mumsnet discussion
12 Jan 2016 at 1:42pm
Mhairi Black has become the latest politician to take part in a live online discussion on parenting website Mumsnet, with questions centred on women's pensions.

Holyrood's newest MSP to be sworn in four months before May election
13 Jan 2016 at 8:36am
Holyrood's newest MSP is to be sworn in with just four months to go until the Scottish election.

Corbyn chairs first meeting of reshuffled shadow cabinet
12 Jan 2016 at 1:13pm
Jeremy Corbyn has chaired the first meeting of Labour's shadow cabinet since his controversial reshuffle.

Tommy Sheridan's wife to act as his campaign manager for Holyrood elections
12 Jan 2016 at 9:26am
Gail Sheridan has revealed that she will be her husband Tommy's campaign manager for the Holyrood elections.

Nicola Sturgeon to announce £54m boost for mental health services
12 Jan 2016 at 10:08am
The Scottish Government will announce a £54m boost for mental health services later today.

MSPs urged to back controversial Football Act review
12 Jan 2016 at 8:10am
MSPs from across Holyrood are being urged to back a review of controversial legislation aimed at tackling sectarianism.

Dugdale's new housing plans: a rip-off of scrapped SNP policy rubbished by La...
10 Jan 2016 at 12:12am
KEZIA Dugdale?s flagship housing policy is under fire after it emerged her own party denounced a similar scheme proposed by the SNP.

 

Scotsman

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Leaders: Case for verdict change may yet be not proven
16 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
Scotland’s ‘third way’ is defended by some while derided by others but a final decision is some way off – and may be subject to appeal

Dugdale and Corbyn rally unions to fight SNP?s council cuts
15 Jan 2016 at 10:24pm
Labour will today attempt to launch a Holyrood comeback as Jeremy Corbyn and Kezia Dugdale appeal to trade union leaders in Scotland to get behind the party and fight against SNP cuts.

Salmond ?highest paid politician? on Have I Got News For You
15 Jan 2016 at 9:56pm
Alex Salmond’s reaction to being paid more than any other politician for appearing in the latest series of the satirical quiz show Have I Got News For You may have owed something to the “Because I’m Worth It” slogan of the L’Oréal cosmetic brand.

Judiciary backs calls for ?not proven? verdict to remain
15 Jan 2016 at 9:54pm
Scotland’s “not proven” verdict should be retained amid a “media-driven” campaign to see it scrapped, it has been claimed.

Lord Janner?s alleged victims ?devastated? as case dropped
15 Jan 2016 at 9:51pm
Alleged victims of the late Lord Janner have been left “devastated” after his criminal case was dropped, decades after they first accused him of child sex abuse.

Pressure mounts on ?Big Six? energy firms to cut bills
15 Jan 2016 at 9:12pm
Pressure is mounting on the ‘Big Six’ energy firms to cut bills after the regulator Ofgem accused them of overcharging customers.

Brian Wilson: Unfair council tax kept for fear of voters
15 Jan 2016 at 8:29pm
FEAR of voter rejection ensures that a system which all agree is unfair continues to shackle local government, writes Brian Wilson

Turkey detains 12 academics for signing ?peace declaration?
15 Jan 2016 at 5:57pm
Turkish police have detained 12 people who were among more than 1,000 academics who signed a declaration denouncing military operations against Kurdish rebels in the country’s south-east, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Poll tax protest 1990: When Strathclyde council issued 250,000 warrants
15 Jan 2016 at 4:56pm
January 15, 1990 saw Strathclyde Regional Council ask for a quarter of a million summary warrants against those who refused to pay the Community Charge, or “Poll Tax”

Scottish Parliament election poll: SNP on course for over 50% of vote
15 Jan 2016 at 4:28pm
Over half of Scottish voters will vote SNP in May and nearly two thirds will vote to remain in the European Union, a poll suggests.

Mansion tax considered for Edinburgh?s high-value properties
15 Jan 2016 at 10:01am
RESIDENTS in high-value properties across the Capital face being hit with a “mansion tax” under plans aimed at helping cash-strapped city leaders balance the books.

Leaders: SNP must wake up to real value of colleges
15 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
FALL in student numbers suggests Scottish Government has lost interest in a crucial part of tertiary education

MSPs call for review into state support for multinationals
14 Jan 2016 at 9:00pm
Scotland’s businesses support regime, which hands millions of pounds in taxpayers’ cash to multinationals such as Amazon, should be reviewed, MSPs have said.

Joyce McMillan: English anthem has implications for Union
14 Jan 2016 at 9:00pm
ENGLAND’S search for a national anthem has serious implications for the Union, writes Joyce McMillan

Australia snubs US request to ramp up response to IS terror
14 Jan 2016 at 6:06pm
Australia has told the US that its commitment would remain largely unchanged after being urged to increase their military contributions in Iraq and Syria following the Paris attacks in November.

Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Crunching the numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jan 2016 at 1:48pm
For ages now it’s been nagging at us that there wasn’t a quick and easy reference point for all the opinion polls we’ve commissioned, listing all the subjects covered by each poll and linking to both our own analyses of the figures and the raw data tables for people who wanted to go delving in …

Some brief thoughts on Scottish Labour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2016 at 11:45am
Number 2 in a series.

To cut out and keep
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2016 at 12:39pm
We thought we might leave this here so that Scottish journalists could print it out and stick it on their monitors as a memory aid. It’s something they keep unaccountably forgetting for some reason. You never know, it might just cheer them up a bit.

A hard rain falls
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jan 2016 at 4:49pm
Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP for the South of Scotland, extensively documented at the weekend the obstructiveness of Labour councillors in Dumfries and Galloway, who in an attempt to score some SNP BAD points were refusing to inform their constituents about the Scottish Government’s £1500-per-household flood relief grants to help people cope after recent storms. The …

SNP commit to second indyref
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jan 2016 at 3:16pm
Despite what you may have read in the newspapers at the weekend (and then in the Daily Record a day later), Scotland was today rocked by the news that the SNP’s manifesto for this May’s general election in fact DOES contain a commitment to a second independence referendum within the term of the coming Scottish Parliament. …

The ambulance chasers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jan 2016 at 1:20pm
We called it early. In the end it took almost exactly four hours. The corpse of the pop star, who died of cancer on Sunday, was barely cold on the slab before the Daily Record descended, ripping its limbs off to use as a club to bash independence supporters with. Evidently the delay was as long …

The full range of opinion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jan 2016 at 11:21am
From a speech by David Mundell today:

The art of the filibuster
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2016 at 12:23pm
This is what a man who REALLY doesn’t want to answer a question looks like. Just a couple of small points. 1. Murray never does get round to telling us why Scottish Labour have decided to divert money they were originally going to spend on the poorest people in society towards relatively wealthy couples with tens of …

School?s in
by Chris Cairns
9 Jan 2016 at 8:13am

The shifting foundations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2016 at 11:51am
As we noted on Tuesday, Scottish Labour’s opening election salvo for 2016 has been to blame the Scottish Government for unaffordable house prices. Of the 450 most obvious flaws in that argument, not least the extraordinary efforts a 13-year Labour government went to to keep the housing bubble inflated, the one that caught our eye was that …

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Party leaders to address union rally
16 Jan 2016 at 12:17am
Politicians including Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn are to address the Unite Scotland union conference in Glasgow.

High speed rail link plans 'shelved'
15 Jan 2016 at 12:03pm
Plans for a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh will now not be brought forward until a cross-border line is identified.

NHS cuts and closure paper 'not final'
15 Jan 2016 at 4:22pm
Scotland's largest health board says a leaked document outlining £60m of possible cuts is a "discussion paper" rather than an approved plan".

Minister defends college student numbers
15 Jan 2016 at 12:13pm
An apparent 152,000 drop in college students under the SNP was because of a deliberate move to eliminate low quality part-time courses, the skills secretary says.

Council 'optimistic' over job cuts plan
15 Jan 2016 at 9:02am
Edinburgh council leaders are "cautiously optimistic" they can shed 2,000 jobs in 12 months without the need for compulsory redundancies.

Scots parties condemn visa decision
15 Jan 2016 at 11:30am
Scotland's political parties come together to hit out after the Scottish secretary ruled out a return of post-study visas.

No sympathy for tax freeze doubters
14 Jan 2016 at 8:35pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shows no sympathy to local authorities considering ditching the eight-year-old council tax freeze.

Survey suggests support for 5% tax rise
15 Jan 2016 at 12:23pm
A survey by Highland Council suggests almost 62% of the respondents support a 5% rise in council tax but the same number oppose it increasing by 10%.

Powers to be cut from university bill
14 Jan 2016 at 3:33pm
The Scottish government agrees to cut controversial measures from the Higher Education Governance Bill during the first debate of it at Holyrood.

Spying row officers turn down Holyrood
14 Jan 2016 at 4:15pm
Three of four officers named in a Holyrood probe of police spying rule breaches turn down an invitation to give evidence to MSPs.

Potential buyer for Scots Tata plants
14 Jan 2016 at 11:17am
A new potential buyer has emerged for Tata Steel's two mothballed plants in Lanarkshire, where 270 jobs are going.


Call for regeneration policy changes
14 Jan 2016 at 6:22pm
Political parties are urged to debate regeneration policies in the run-up to the Holyrood elections to help reduce inequality.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Q&A: Will councils raise council tax
15 Jan 2016 at 12:59pm
Will councils raise council tax?


Are the Tories on rise in Scotland?
13 Jan 2016 at 11:46am
Could this be the moment for a Tory resurgence in Scotland?

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

SNP lead by 31% in supremely scrumptious Survation survey
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2016 at 10:43pm
Considering how close we are to the potentially hugely important fifth election to the Scottish Parliament, we haven't exactly been spoiled with a tonne of polls recently - there has only been one ...


If you want to, I'll change the situation. Right people, right time, just th...
by James Kelly
12 Jan 2016 at 6:23pm
A Scot Goes Pop reader found this Tory leaflet dropped through her letterbox in Upper Largo last night, beseeching her to cast her regional list vote for Ruth Davidson.  Upper Largo is in the Mid-S...

The SNP manifesto shouldn't just "not rule out" a referendum - it should make...
by James Kelly
10 Jan 2016 at 1:21am
You may have seen earlier this evening that within two minutes of the Sunday Herald tweeting that they had a story about the SNP manifesto omitting a commitment to a second independence referendum,...

SNP's mammoth lead increases further in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2016 at 6:30pm
I had some technological problems before Christmas, and wasn't able to update this blog's Poll of Polls for the Holyrood election when the most recent TNS poll came out.  So I sat down to do it tod...

The Glasgow Effect : why do the anti-independence media think Ellie Harrison'...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2016 at 7:39pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about the controversy over the awarding of £15,000 to an artist in return for her not leaving the ci...

Spoiler alert : There are no spoilers. We don't know the election result unt...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2016 at 6:23pm
There's yet another "tactical voting on the list" (sic) article out today, this time from Fraser Stewart at Common Space.  This is becoming incredibly repetitive, but I'll just briefly deal with hi...

The BBC's guidelines for Holyrood election don't merely defy natural justice ...
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2016 at 11:48pm
I'm finding it hard to work myself up into my customary state of moral outrage over the BBC's (provisional) decision about which parties should be treated as 'major' in the coverage of this year's ...

Happy New Year
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2016 at 2:25am
2014 was referendum year, 2015 was election year...Welcome to election AND referendum year!  (Unless Cameron loses his nerve and puts the EU referendum off until 2017.)I'm on the long journey back ...

VOTE : What is your favourite type of dictatorship?
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2015 at 6:34pm
Some more festive fun for you, ie. I'm feeling too lazy to do a proper post.  If Britain had to abandon its democracy tomorrow (OK, semi-democracy, semi-aristocracy), what system should we replace ...

Seven things that will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU in 2016
by James Kelly
26 Dec 2015 at 8:50pm
1) The cause of a united Ireland will be back with a vengeance.  We've become used to polls showing that a large chunk of the nominally 'nationalist' community in Northern Ireland are content to re...

Should the SNP support Cameron's plans to weaken the powers of the Lords?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2015 at 8:44pm
Here's an interesting discussion point, given that I know how most of you feel about the House of Lords.  At some point next year, the Commons will probably be invited to vote on whether to abolish...

YouGov poll suggests SNP voters oppose the bombing of Syria by an overwhelmin...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2015 at 7:40pm
Thanks to my namesake James on the previous thread for drawing my attention to the fact that a full-scale Scottish YouGov poll seems to be on its way.  It was conducted between Thursday and yesterd...

Despair for Dugdale as SNP soar to 34% lead on the Holyrood list in tumultuou...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:18pm
It's been a long time since we've had a full-scale Scottish Parliament poll.  The most recent one was the Ipsos-Mori phone poll which completed its fieldwork in mid-November, and showed a slight dr...

We can, citizens
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:02am
If the Portuguese election result a couple of months ago was a touch complicated, tonight's Spanish election result is truly epic.  Once again, we have the conservatives emerging as the largest sin...

"Just forget about Scotland", part 2
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2015 at 9:28pm
I've been having a listen to the Polling Matters round-up of 2015, in which Rob Vance has once again been doing his "just forget about Scotland" routine.  He doesn't use those exact words this time...

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TIL of the Battle of George Square
16 Jan 2016 at 12:10am
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The Alex Salmond LBC Phone-In: 13th January 2016
15 Jan 2016 at 7:18pm
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Drink-driver jailed for killing Motherwell dog-walker
15 Jan 2016 at 5:29pm
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Sturgeon accused over "care crisis" (From Herald Scotland)
15 Jan 2016 at 5:26pm
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21 Small Moments That Are Borderline Orgasmic For Scottish People
15 Jan 2016 at 5:12pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
15 Jan 2016 at 5:04pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...


Jaws U.S.S SKITTERS
15 Jan 2016 at 4:43pm
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Vile vandals break into pensioner's Blantyre garden and scrawl abuse on her S...
15 Jan 2016 at 4:19pm
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Anti-racists prepare to oppose largest ever white power gig in Scotland
15 Jan 2016 at 3:48pm
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"F*** Tunnocks": Watch raging nationalist take a HAMMER to box of teacakes
15 Jan 2016 at 2:13pm
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SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has most expenses claims rejected of a...
15 Jan 2016 at 12:24pm
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Is there a police email address?
15 Jan 2016 at 12:12pm
If I needed to send an email to the police, are there any addresses to which I could do so? I've looked at the Police Scotland site but there is only a contact form, which wouldn't be of use to me....


Err this happened behind the Scottish Tories party political broadcast...
15 Jan 2016 at 12:02pm
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Aberdeen control room closure plan 'misleading', MSP claims
15 Jan 2016 at 11:04am
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Thug youth worker branded police 'f*****g monkeys' and gave Nazi salute at in...
15 Jan 2016 at 10:07am
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Daily Record

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SNP MP Phil Boswell in hot water AGAIN... this time for billing the taxpayer ...
by Dan Bloom
15 Jan 2016 at 3:46pm
PHIL BOSWELL defended his expenses claim for the video series shot soon after he joined Westminster - which ended up costing almost £1 per play.


BBC Question Time's 'right-wing' panel sparks anger from viewers and Labour MPs
by Dan Bloom
15 Jan 2016 at 9:53am
The panel pitched Corbyn-supporting Labour MP Cat Smith against a Tory minister, Ukip and two Murdoch journalists


SNP accused of 'con' for quietly shelving plans to create high speed rail lin...
by Mark McGivern
15 Jan 2016 at 9:00am
IN 2012, Nicola Sturgeon said her Government would 'fire ahead' with plans for the bullet link between Glasgow and Edinburgh, but she's been accused of a 'con'.


Watch Donald Trump's 'Freedom Kids' perform utterly bizarre North Korean-styl...
by Sam Webb
15 Jan 2016 at 8:48am
In the footage the trio of young girls in spangly Stars and Stripes dresses did a song and dance routine to a ballad


Torcuil Crichton: We're counting on Nicola Sturgeon to rescue the Union
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Jan 2016 at 6:00am
WITH the prospect of a referendum on Europe looming, Torcuil reckons only one woman can step in and save the day for the UK and for Europe... our own First Minister.


SNP on course to increase Holyrood majority: Daily Record poll shows Nicola S...
by David Clegg
14 Jan 2016 at 10:15pm
OUR exclusive survey shows a result which would guarantee Sturgeon will continue as First Minister - and could open the door to another independence referendum.


Humza Yousaf: Westminster stopping foreign students staying in Scotland to wo...
by Humza Yousaf
14 Jan 2016 at 5:26pm

 SCOTLAND needs the skills international students have learned at our universities, says Humza, but the Tories refuse to listen to calls to bring back the Post Study Work Visa despite all part...


Alex Salmond v Donald Trump: Ladbrokes make Salmond odds-on to win a square g...
by Record Reporter
14 Jan 2016 at 4:03pm
THE row between Salmond and Trump has continued, with the pair trading blows on the airwaves. Now one bookie has offered odds on them trading blows in real life.


Donald Trump: Parliament to debate barring controversial Presidential candida...
by Ross McCafferty
14 Jan 2016 at 12:17pm
THE business mogul and 2016 Republican candidate has sparked outrage for his comments about Muslims, with senior politicians calling on him to be banned.


SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh under fire after accusations her charity didn't g...
by Sally Hind
14 Jan 2016 at 9:14am
THE Scottish Asian Women's Association received £16,000 from the Scottish Government at their launch, but donated just £700 of their £25,000 income while she was in charge.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Don?t Mention the War
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jan 2016 at 7:08pm
As I write this it is nearly a whole 48 hours since a Labour MP has quit from one post or another, tossing a grenade behind them as they leave. These ?concerned comrades? are upset that the party?s membership exercised their democratic right to choose a leader under the ?one member – one vote? system, …

Understanding Mainstream Media ? Notes from Political Sociology
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jan 2016 at 11:55am
Media myths: representation of reality At a time when there is much talk about the need for reform within the media, what with the recent Laura Kuenssberg / Andrew Neil Labour front bench resignation curation, or the deep public disaffection with BBC Scotland, as was aired this week in the Scottish Parliament, it is perhaps …

We need to talk about how we talk
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jan 2016 at 1:03pm
It was with some fanfare and no little controversy last week that a column in the Scots language was launched in the National by Matthew Fitt  (who co-edits Bella’s own Scot’s language section which preceded the National’s). Language is a peculiarly culturally-sensitive topic. The words that pour fourth from our mouths reveal much about us; …

A tale of welfare reform destitution
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Jan 2016 at 10:26am
I recently spoke to a man, let?s call him John, who, despite serious illness had not received a penny in benefits for over six months. John had made a claim for Employment and Support Allowance, the benefit for people who have ?limited capability for work? a year or two ago.  He was asked to attend …

Gie it Laldy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jan 2016 at 11:33pm
Gie it laldy, he says. So I do. Dae? I will. Scrieve in Scots, the mannie says. But how can I? A? Naw, A soons daft, like A?m yawning. Oh. But A?m?s awricht? Man. A dunno.  It?s no as if it?s ma mither tongue, no in a hoose where yi got skelpit roon the lug …

Transparency, Democracy and Lobbying
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jan 2016 at 9:06pm
Last week The Ferret – a brilliant new investigative journalism platform – revealed that, in January 2015, the First Minister of Scotland was the special guest for a five-star, three-course meal in Edinburgh?s Balmoral Hotel. In the words of CommonSpace?s Michael Gray, this exclusive event ?brought together figures from across the Scottish establishment?, with the …

Oh You Pretty Things: Some Thoughts on Bowie and Culture
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jan 2016 at 9:59pm
On the day I moved out of my parents? home I walked into the first room I?d ever rented, considered the daunting prospect of the first real job I?d ever struggle to hold down, smoked a cigarette and looked for a CD to play. Whether through design or accident (I can?t actually recall) the first song …

Setting the financial ground rules for the next Indyref
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jan 2016 at 4:15pm
At first glance contactless debit cards for retail purchases less than £30 may seem to have little connection to Independence, but replacing the cash in our pockets with plastic cards marks the final demise of official government issued money. With that goes the last vestige of credibility from the role of the State in issuing …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice


Scottish councils warned again to properly oversee capital spending
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Jan 2016 at 12:01am
Councils spent £7bn over last three years on projects such as new schools but routinely failed to scrutinise spending effectively, says Accounts CommissionScottish councillors are failing to properly oversee billions worth of capital spending and failing to implement long-term strategic plans, a ...


Theresa May questioned by MPs on draft 'snooper's charter' - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Jan 2016 at 6:05pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and Theresa May being questioned by MPs about the investigatory powers bill, or ?snooper?s charter?PMQs - Snap verdictLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 6.05pm GMT Until Labo...


David Mundell: in a country famously hostile to Tories, he commands respect
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Jan 2016 at 3:13pm
Scotland secretary, who has come out as gay, has won admiration in difficult role as isolated figurehead for Tory governmentThere have long been jokes about Scotland being home to more pandas than Conservative MPs. There are two pandas living in Edinburgh and just one Tory, the soft-spoken, often...


BBC to launch online TV channel for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
12 Jan 2016 at 1:26pm
Director general admits corporation has been slow to match shift in political power from Westminster to HolyroodTony Hall, the director general of the BBC, has indicated the corporation will set up a new online TV channel for Scotland as part of a UK-wide shakeup of its spending and programme-mak...


Winning the election will be a piece of teacake for Nicola Sturgeon | Kevin M...
by Kevin McKenna
10 Jan 2016 at 12:12am
The SNP can do no wrong because its opponents are making an even bigger mess of thingsWhen the sole tactic of Unionism?s stoutest defenders is to denigrate unruly users of social media among Nationalists you know they have a serious problem.Last week, while the rest of the UK considered our ongoi...


The strange case of the Tunnock?s teacakes | Audrey Gillan
by Audrey Gillan
6 Jan 2016 at 2:26pm
Is it Scottish or British? A biscuit or a cake? A genuine controversy, or a canny marketing campaign? Mallow enthusiasts ? and sceptics ? deserve the truthTo me, it is a dome of cheapish chocolate covering a plasticky-tasting mallow ball that sits on top of an almost foosty (meaning gone off) bis...


Alex Salmond to host weekly phone-in on LBC
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Jan 2016 at 10:52am
Former SNP leader promises to ?shoot from the hip? on weekly radio show as he follows in footsteps of Nick CleggScotland?s former first minister Alex Salmond will join the esteemed company of the London mayor, Boris Johnson, and the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, to host a weekly phone-in show on LBC...


Police search for camper after bags washed up by river Dee, Aberdeenshire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 10:05pm
Fears grow for Terence Kilbride, 48, who was reported missing on Monday, as flood-stricken communities remain on high alert across ScotlandPolice divers are searching the river Dee in Aberdeenshire for a missing camper after two bags containing his belongings were washed up beside the river on Sa...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


Bashing the birthday bash
by weegingerdug
15 Jan 2016 at 9:13pm
Got £150 to spare? Admittedly it’s unlikely you’ll have that amount of cash to waste, what with zero hours contracts, DWP sanctions, and the increasing insecurity in the job market, but if you did have £150 that you don’t know what to spend on, then you could always spend it on the richest woman in …


Bubble bubble spoil and troublemakers
by weegingerdug
15 Jan 2016 at 12:59am
There are few creatures more confused and bewildered nowadays than your average Unionist commentator. Scotland voted No, right? Yet here we are, almost 18 months later, and the Union is as shaky and insecure as ever. It wasn’t supposed to be like this back in those heady pre-referendum days when the metrocommentariat was confidently predicting …

Bill of goods
by weegingerdug
13 Jan 2016 at 3:39pm
A guest post by Sam Miller Well we?re sixteen months on from the referendum and on the edge of considering Westminster?s bestest ever settlement on devolution. In fact it?s going to be quite a busy year, what with the Holyrood elections and the possibility of a looming EU referendum. The outcome of our own referendum …


The Tony and Ken Show
by weegingerdug
12 Jan 2016 at 6:57pm
Despite mounting pressure, the BBC is still resisting any prospect of Scotland getting its own national channel. Due to the EU charter commitments of the UK Government to protect and foster the minority and regional languages, we’ve got BBC Alba broadcasting in Gaelic, but there’s no similar European treaty obligation to provide a national channel …


Fingers in a pie
by weegingerdug
11 Jan 2016 at 4:57am
The only news on Sunday was the revelation that Davey Cameron is a pie. At first it was thought that the announcement tweeted on the official account of Jeremy Corbyn that Davey Cameron is a pie was the result of hours of debate and discussion amongst members of the shadow cabinet and was the only …


Woman dresses sensibly in bad weather, shock, horror
by weegingerdug
9 Jan 2016 at 5:46pm
I have a terrible confession to make. I like to wear nice suits and am partial to tweed. That means I can’t be a proper socialist. Proper socialists like Ian Murray the sole Labour MP in Scotland wear suits that don’t fit properly and which are made from cheap polyester. Ian is such a proper …


Pacing the carpet of lies
by weegingerdug
8 Jan 2016 at 3:18pm
Gordie’s been intervening for the first time again. He intervenes for the first time on a regular basis, far more regularly than he could be arsed to turn up at the House of Commons and do his job when he was the MP for Kirkcaldy. All he did regularly after he lost his job as …


A minor reshuffle in a marked deck of cards
by weegingerdug
6 Jan 2016 at 4:37pm
After spending the last couple of days playing hard to get with the massed ranks of the UK press, Jeremy Corbyn has finally let the world know what’s going to happen with the Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle. You might think that the rearrangement of chairs on a ship that’s sailing straight to the bottom of …

The National

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'Mansion tax' plan floated for Edinburgh
16 Jan 2016 at 12:36am
SCOTLAND?S only local authority ruled by a Labour-SNP coalition is to make a powerful case for owners of more expensive properties in the capital to pay more in council tax than fellow citizens in less expensive homes.


Cressida the octopus sculpture swept away by Storm Frank set for return
16 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
SHE was the sculpture that helped start months of what has been described as ?creative intensity? on the sands of the Firth of Forth, but as The National revealed, Cressida the Tidal Octopus was swept away by Storm Frank from the beach at Portobe


Catalonia agrees fresh vote may be needed for independence
16 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
OFFICIALS in the Spanish region of Catalonia say they are ready to set out on their road map to independence, although they concede they may need another vote to confirm the end of the process.


?Victims? upset after Janner sex case dropped
16 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
ALLEGED child sex abuse victims of Lord Janner are ?devastated? that their evidence will not be heard in court after proceedings were dropped, their lawyer said yesterday.


Owner calls for rescue package to save Harris Tweed mill
16 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
HARRIS Tweed boss Derek Reid has warned that one of his three mills will go into voluntary administration on Monday unless the Scottish Government bails them out of trouble.


Use of detention in UK must be cut, says report
16 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
THE UK Government was yesterday accused of trying to ?extinguish the beacon? of sanctuary Britain has always been for refugees, following a damning report into detention centres.


Hip-hop veteran Grandmaster Flash in Glasgow gig death threats
16 Jan 2016 at 12:16am
GRANDMASTER Flash has ordered a venue in Glasgow to step up security after he received death threats on the internet.


Yes charter group calls on First Minister to make Unilateral Declaration of I...
16 Jan 2016 at 12:10am
A SOCIAL media campaign group calling for an online charter for Scottish independence has published an open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Jackie Bird ? Mother Teresa of BBC Scotland ? Or Wicked Witch of the West ? Y...
by caltonjock
12 Jan 2016 at 9:51pm
    Jackie Bird         Pen Picture of Jackie Bird Jackie Bird: Born: Jackie Macpherson: 31 July 1962 (age 53): Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland: Occupation: Scottish journalist and newsreader, currently anchor of BBC Scotland’s news programme Reporting Scotland. In October 2014 Bird celebrated 25 years of working on Reporting Scotland. She is …

The Thin Red Line To Be Painted in The Sands of Libya Once Again ? But At Wha...
by caltonjock
4 Jan 2016 at 9:29pm
        The Thin Red Line To Be Painted in The Sands of Libya Once Again – But At What Cost – How Many More of Our Young Men and Women Are to Be Sacrificed on the Alter of Oil Worship For a Pittance of a Wage. The main beneficiaries of the conflict that …

Blair McDougall ? Threats of an Alien Act by Westminster-Created a Climate of...
by caltonjock
24 Dec 2015 at 1:21pm
      Westminsters influence over the Scots In 1707 Scotland had more than 20% of the population of what is now the UK ? In the 300 years since, Westminster’s love of the Scots included, the Highland clearances and banishment to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas. Scotland’s population is now less than …

Rolls Royce in Trouble ? Public Purse To Be Used To Protect Trident Submarin...
by caltonjock
16 Dec 2015 at 12:23pm
                No Cloak of Invisibility for the Successor Nuclear Submarines The credibility and justification of the British “Successor” Trident missile submarine fleet is entirely dependent upon the “submarine at sea” being able to avoid detection so that it cannot be taken out by the enemy before it delivers …

A-Century-of-Strife-Created-by-Britain-and-France-Part 2-Turkey-Secular-Free-...
by caltonjock
15 Dec 2015 at 12:27am
        Doesn’t look good for Turkey       13 February 2013: Turkey and Membership of the European Union (EU) Turkey’s relations with the European Economic Community (EEC) date back to 1959. But it took forty years, until the Helsinki European Council of December 1999, for the country to obtain the status …

The Middle East ? A Century of Strife Created by Britain and France ? Part 1 ...
by caltonjock
14 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
  Today’s Map of the Middle east         The Middle East – What Does the Future Hold? It is as yet unclear where the Arab Spring will take the world and what will ultimately become of the Middle East. Apocalyptic scenarios are just as speculative as the hope that the region will …

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


EVEL is milquetoast
by Lallands Peat Worrier
15 Jan 2016 at 5:08pm
Back in October, I had a bit of a rant. I was fed up: fed up of some of the nonsense being peddled about the Tories' feeble new EVEL rules. With the final Commons vote on the England-only Housing Bill this week, the guffstorm surged back into life. Part of me is sympathetic. The changes to Parliament's standing orders which give effect to the pr...


RIPA: Police Scotland's whoops apocalypse
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Jan 2016 at 9:15pm
On the 25th of March 2015, a new code of practice on the use of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act came into force. RIPA, as it tends to be known, sets out the procedures and authorisations which public authorities - including Police Scotland - must employ if they want to intercept telecommunications, tap phones, or gain access to what is ca...


2016
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Jan 2016 at 5:16pm
I once knew a woman who tried to be all sweetness. In word and thought and deed, she hoped the world would believe she lived her life according to the motto: ?I have a heart, blessed and cursed, with the inability to feel hatred or anger,? with never a bad word uttered, and never a black thought contemplated. She wanted not only to turn a scepti...


"He hath a daily beauty in his life that makes me ugly..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
29 Dec 2015 at 3:19pm
It has become something of a ritual. During the summer, I try to go back to Shakespeare. Like everything you are introduced to in school, there is always the temptation to consign his works to the bad fire as an adult, unread and unseen. You recall the clunky BBC adaptations. The emotionally-empty and unrelatable Gielgud-style performances. The ...


? One more sleep til Christmas ?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Dec 2015 at 10:36am
With a wee piece in the National this morning on yesterday's minimum alcohol pricing decision, I hang up my wig for the year. I'm done. Just one more sleep till Christmas. The cider is mulling. Great trenches have been hacked from a fat, plumptious pork pie. The Muppets have been deployed, and Marley and Marley are summoned. 2015 has been a sple...


Do Police Scotland have the right to remain silent?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Dec 2015 at 11:10am
Holyrood's Justice Committee gave Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson a bit of a drubbing on Tuesday. MSPs questioned the senior police officer with uncharacteristic ferocity and skepticism, on how it came to be that Police Scotland "recklessly" obtained communications data about a journalist's sources without the necessary judicial approval....


Mr Trump goes to Strasbourg?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court put an end to Donald Trump's long-running legal action against the Scottish ministers. The case concerned the lawfulness of a planning consent, which ministers had granted to an offshore windpower project, overlooked by Trump's golfing paradise in Menie. As has become customary in cases of this kind, the wheels of...


Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...

Gerry Hassan

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

Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut?
by Gerry
14 Jan 2016 at 4:46pm
Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 13th 2016 Once upon a time there was a thing called the Scottish Tut. It defined many of our exchanges, stalked our land and policed the boundaries of permissible behaviour. It gave and took away acceptance; and once it was seemingly everywhere and now ...

The Phoney War in British and Scottish Politics Will End Soon
by Gerry
11 Jan 2016 at 7:00am
The Phoney War in British and Scottish Politics Will End Soon Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 10th 2016 The big news this week wasn?t the Corbyn re-shuffle of people no one had heard of. Nor was it Cameron?s retreat on the Euro referendum over Cabinet collective responsibility. And it certainly wasn?t Donald Trump threatening to ...

There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Ian Bell, Willie McIlvanney & the Power...
by Gerry
7 Jan 2016 at 8:56am
There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Ian Bell, Willie McIlvanney and the Power of the Word Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 6th 2016 Scotland values words. It has always had a place in its heart for wordsmiths and for those who powerfully combine language with a sense of some higher calling ? from ...

Scotland isn?t really this Divided Nation. The Importance of Detail, Dissent ...
by Gerry
4 Jan 2016 at 6:30am
Scotland isn?t really this Divided Nation. The Importance of Detail, Dissent and Deeds Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 3rd 2016 One of the recurring stories of Scotland in the referendum and after has been to say that politics and debate have become bitterly polarised and divided. This sense of a divided Scotland links into history: ...

2016: The Year of the UK as a Disunited Kingdom in an Unstable World
by Gerry
28 Dec 2015 at 1:11am
2016: The Year of the UK as a Disunited Kingdom in an Unstable World Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 27th 2015 ?The future ain?t what it used to be? – said American baseball player Yogi Berra. This year saw unpredictability, shocks and upsets. There was the election of a majority Conservative Government which no polls ...

My Favourite Books of 2015
by Gerry
24 Dec 2015 at 11:53am
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2015 December 24th 2015 NEW BOOKS: SCOTLAND Project Fear: How an Unlikely Alliance left a Kingdom United but a Country Divided, Joe Pike, Biteback A brilliant access all areas account of the chaos of the ?Better Together? campaign in the indyref. To think there was an even more Armageddon-ish?Project Fear?! Queer ...

Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland
by Gerry
20 Dec 2015 at 11:36pm
Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 20th 2015 This was a significant week for the Scottish Government and Scottish politics. John Swinney presented his first ever budget since Scotland had been given limited income tax powers which allowed variety up or down by ...

The Day that Scotland Changed
by Gerry
19 Dec 2015 at 12:14pm
The Day that Scotland Changed Gerry Hassan Prospect, December 18th 2015 May 7th 2015 stands out as the day Scotland changed. The House of Cards that was Labour dominance collapsed: a domino effect which witnessed 40 out of 41 Labour seats being won by the SNP. Scotland has seamlessly switched from a nation of Labour ...

Scotland and Independence

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Oil Economists Who Backed Scottish Independence Admit Yes Case ?Heavily Dente...
14 Jan 2016 at 1:59pm

BuzzFeed News
Oil Economists Who Backed Scottish Independence Admit Yes Case ?Heavily Dented?
BuzzFeed News
Ahead of 2014's referendum, the Scottish government based its case for independence on the price of a barrel of oil remaining at around $113. Since then, the price has plummeted: At one point on Thursday it fell below $30 a barrel for the first time in ...

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Scottish independence: Entrepreneur says nation paying penalty for indyref - ...
10 Jan 2016 at 7:54am

Scotsman
Scottish independence: Entrepreneur says nation paying penalty for indyref
Scotsman
In a letter to Business Insider magazine, MacDonald wrote: ?Across the board what I hear is that company bosses are wary about increasing investment and employee numbers in Scotland? They see Scotland becoming a low growth, high tax environment, ...



Henry McLeish: I'd back Scottish independence after Brexit - Scotsman
10 Jan 2016 at 11:37am

Scotsman
Henry McLeish: I'd back Scottish independence after Brexit
Scotsman
FORMER Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has warned that the UK would split if there is a vote to leave the EU - and says he will back Scottish independence if this happens. Mr McLeish says there would be a ?constitutional crisis? if the UK votes to ...
Former First Minister Henry McLeish would back Scottish independence...

Nicola Sturgeon pledges to renew push for Scottish independence - Telegraph.c...
3 Jan 2016 at 5:39pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon pledges to renew push for Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
"It is our job now to lead a renewed debate about how the enduring principle of the independence case - that decisions about Scotland are best taken by people who live here - is relevant to, indeed demanded by, the circumstances of the world we live in ...

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Alex Salmond dodges independence questions on LBC debut - Telegraph.co.uk
13 Jan 2016 at 7:13pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Alex Salmond dodges independence questions on LBC debut
Telegraph.co.uk
The pair then got into a heated row over how many people pay tax in Scotland and would have had to fund independence. After Mr Dale pointed out that economists have calculated a separate Scotland would have an additional annual deficit of up to £10 ...
Trump blasts former Scottish leader as war of words growsYah...

Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague war...
23 Dec 2015 at 11:17am

The Independent
Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague warns
The Independent
The United Kingdom leaving the European Union could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague has warmed. The former foreign secretary said the Scottish National Party would ?jump at the chance? to hold another referendum on independence, using ...

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Legal bid to remove Scottish independence campers - Scotsman
17 Dec 2015 at 1:57pm

Scotsman
Legal bid to remove Scottish independence campers
Scotsman
Legal proceedings have been launched in a bid to evict independence supporters who have set up camp on Holyrood grounds calling for a second referendum. The Scottish Parliament lodged a petition at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Wednesday ...

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Oil price fall leaves Scottish economy trailing - Financial Times
13 Jan 2016 at 5:06pm

Financial Times
Oil price fall leaves Scottish economy trailing
Financial Times
... the UK as a whole. Third-quarter gross domestic product data on Wednesday posed questions about the resilience of Scotland's economy and could have political and constitutional implications in the febrile aftermath of the 2014 independence referendum.

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SNP

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Jeremy Corbyn to give Unite Scotland conference address - expressandstar.com
16 Jan 2016 at 2:10am

expressandstar.com
Jeremy Corbyn to give Unite Scotland conference address
expressandstar.com
Labour is also fighting to hold favour with unions in Scotland, with many members defecting to the SNP and Scottish branches of major unions such as the RMT and the Communication Workers Union voting for independence in 2014. SNP leader Nicola ...

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SNP and Labour at loggerheads over graduate work visas as recriminations begi...
16 Jan 2016 at 1:58am

Herald Scotland
SNP and Labour at loggerheads over graduate work visas as recriminations begin
Herald Scotland
A POLITICAL consensus over the need to reintroduce automatic work visas for international graduates has been shattered after Labour accused the SNP of "making a song and dance" over the issue despite not raising it in Westminster debates. Ian Murray ...

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Second SNP MP admits 'mistake' over failure to declare company shareholding -...
16 Jan 2016 at 12:52am

Herald Scotland
Second SNP MP admits 'mistake' over failure to declare company shareholding
Herald Scotland
A SECOND nationalist MP has admitted breaking strict Westminster rules by failing to declare a shareholding in a private company. Brendan O'Hara, the SNP's defence spokesman, said he had made a "mistake" by not disclosing his 50 per cent stake in Oh!

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'Mansion tax' plan floated for Edinburgh - The National
16 Jan 2016 at 12:40am

The National
'Mansion tax' plan floated for Edinburgh
The National
SCOTLAND'S only local authority ruled by a Labour-SNP coalition is to make a powerful case for owners of more expensive properties in the capital to pay more in council tax than fellow citizens in less expensive homes. Dubbed the Edinburgh equivalent ...

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SNP predicted to win 70 seats in Holyrood election - The National
16 Jan 2016 at 12:31am

The National
SNP predicted to win 70 seats in Holyrood election
The National
MORE than half of all voters in Scotland will back the SNP at May's parliamentary elections, according to a new poll. In the constituency vote the SNP are at 52 per cent, a whole 31 points ahead of Labour on 21 per cent. The Conservatives are on 16 per ...

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Scottish Labour's spending call lacks detail, claims SNP - The National
16 Jan 2016 at 12:31am

The National
Scottish Labour's spending call lacks detail, claims SNP
The National
THE SNP has accused Labour of playing ?transparent political games? by calling for more spending without detailing how they would pay for it. On four occasions since October, the SNP claim, Labour has committed to spending money raised by scrapping the ...

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Jeremy Corbyn to give Unite Scotland conference address - Halifax Evening Cou...
16 Jan 2016 at 12:20am

Jeremy Corbyn to give Unite Scotland conference address
Halifax Evening Courier
SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said: "Despite swingeing Tory cuts to Scotland's budget, Labour have spent the last few months calling for increased spending across the board - and have steadfastly refused to set out how this would be paid for. "The fact is that ...

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Jeremy Corbyn to give Unite Scotland conference address - Northamptonshire Te...
16 Jan 2016 at 12:19am

Jeremy Corbyn to give Unite Scotland conference address
Northamptonshire Telegraph
SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said: "Despite swingeing Tory cuts to Scotland's budget, Labour have spent the last few months calling for increased spending across the board - and have steadfastly refused to set out how this would be paid for. "The fact is that ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish politicians outline views on EU referendum - BBC News
10 Jan 2016 at 2:00pm

BBC News
Scottish politicians outline views on EU referendum
BBC News
Scottish politicians have been outlining their views on the EU as the Prime Minister said he was "hopeful" of reaching a deal by February. David Cameron said the in-out vote "would follow" if agreement with EU leaders was reached on his reforms. The ...
Indyref enemies join forces for EU referendumHerald Scotland

all 106 news arti...

SNP Signals Resistance To July EU Referendum Favoured By David Cameron Becaus...
15 Jan 2016 at 6:16pm

Business Insider
SNP Signals Resistance To July EU Referendum Favoured By David Cameron Because ...
Huffington Post UK
The Scottish National Party has signalled it would look to derail David Cameron's hopes of holding a snap in-out EU referendum in July as it clashes with school holidays north of the border. The party's Europe spokesman, Stephen Gethins, has told The ...
Scotland's Sturgeon says Br...

Gordon Brown: Scotland could see 70-30 split in EU referendum - Scotsman
7 Jan 2016 at 10:13am

Scotsman
Gordon Brown: Scotland could see 70-30 split in EU referendum
Scotsman
Gordon Brown is to claim that Scotland could vote to stay in the European Union by a margin of 70 per cent to 30 per cent in the UK government's In-Out referendum. Mr Brown will make the claim as he launches the Scottish Labour Movement for Europe ...
The EU referendum curse: May you live in interesting timesHerald Scot...

Scotland's school holidays could thwart David Cameron's plans for snap ... - ...
9 Jan 2016 at 9:32am

Scottish Daily Record
Scotland's school holidays could thwart David Cameron's plans for snap ...
Scottish Daily Record
Downing Street is still officially committed to reaching a deal at the February EU summit, keeping open the option of a June referendum. If Cameron gets his deal, he could squeeze in a UK-wide vote on EU membership before the Scottish school holidays ...
UK Prime Minister David Cam...

Expect UK's EU Referendum In June Or July This Year ? Here's Why ? - Social E...
15 Jan 2016 at 9:42am

Social Europe
Expect UK's EU Referendum In June Or July This Year ? Here's Why ?
Social Europe
The 2014 Scottish independence referendum is a clear precedent for the downside of a protracted debate. As the 18-month campaign dragged on, support for independence gained traction, especially in the absence of a positive message about the British ...

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Nicola Sturgeon voices 'concern' over early EU referendum - BBC News
12 Jan 2016 at 6:54pm

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon voices 'concern' over early EU referendum
BBC News
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "increasingly concerned" about the possibility of an early EU referendum. Some reports have suggested the prime minister, David Cameron, could call the vote in June. Ms Sturgeon said a "longer ...
Nicola Sturgeon concerned by EU referendum 'narrow focus'Glasgow South an...

Think-tank calls for neutral EU campaign to help emulate Scots referendum ......
2 Jan 2016 at 12:07am

Herald Scotland
Think-tank calls for neutral EU campaign to help emulate Scots referendum ...
Herald Scotland
A neutral campaign should be set up for the forthcoming EU referendum to help generate the same level of enthusiasm seen during the Scottish independence poll, an independent think-tank has recommended. Under plans put forward by British Future, ...
EU referendum voter turnout campaign reco...

EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wron...
18 Dec 2015 at 9:44pm

The Independent
EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wrong
The Independent
When he needs some relief from the increasingly nasty headache of renegotiating Britain's EU membership terms, David Cameron takes some comfort from the Scottish referendum last year. At the crunch, the Scottish people voted for the status quo (plus a ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
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Mundell votes on English law
15 Jan 2016 at 10:51pm
Unbelievable          Seems like EVEL only excludes the SNP MPs

Operation Northwoods
15 Jan 2016 at 6:16am
For people who think that the American Authorities aren't capable of orchestrating attacks against their own people then blaming it on regimes in other countries. This is an interesting find - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods   May explain the CIAs motive for the murder of John ...

What model of wealth distribution would you favour of these 5 represen
14 Jan 2016 at 6:05pm

2016 Scottish Parliament Election
13 Jan 2016 at 7:58pm
Anyone else a bit 'meh' about this? It's already a foregone conclusion, after all.

The Only Show in Town will run riot and the other minnows will be left with the scraps.

Don't think I'll have much interest in the debates etc as the unionist diddies will know fine well what's coming. It will just...

Daily Politics Watch
12 Jan 2016 at 12:27pm
Anybody listen to that wicked cow on Daily Politics? "Doctors should never strike under any circumstances".   Unbelievable.

EU Referendum: media bias watch
12 Jan 2016 at 12:24pm
We all saw it during the independence referendum. The media spun one line and one line only - the threat and risk to Scotland of a Yes vote. Their 'balanced' media coverage was 50% Better Together arguing about price hikes and 50% Yes Scotland saying that there won't be. At no time were Yes argum...

Ukip in Wales
12 Jan 2016 at 8:20am
Watched a programme on BBC last about Ukip in Wales.
It stated that Ukip are on course to win at nine seats in the Welsh Assembly.
That would be twenty MSPs in a Scottish election, the Welsh Assembly has 60 members and Holyrood has 129.
Even odder was half of the Ukip candidates were English rath...

Euro collapse
11 Jan 2016 at 6:01pm
This one for the oldies, as asking for an 'old friend'.

Can anyone remember which year it was when some of the more excitable anti-EU posters on here predicted the collapse of the Euro?

Cheers!

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Stock Market Crash?
15 Jan 2016 at 8:32pm
Seems an opportune moment to post a link to this...   Some numbers have a special resonance. It is hard not to see some strange significance in the level of 666, which the S&P 500 touched on Friday afternoon, March 6 2009.   That was the lowest level the US stock market has hit since the crisis th...

Scottish Spaceport
15 Jan 2016 at 6:08pm
Statement from SNP's Whitford... and Star Trek endorsements https://www.rt.com/uk/329111-vulcan-salute-parliament-spaceport/

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?
15 Jan 2016 at 1:06pm

Lord Donkey Gobbler
14 Jan 2016 at 5:46pm
Will the weasely wee shyte be found out or will the establishment rally round the horrible ######er.

Alan Rickman
14 Jan 2016 at 12:11pm
Fantastic as the bad guy in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Die Hard

Galloway Wants To Be A Scots Mp Again
13 Jan 2016 at 3:19pm
Apologies for posting a link to the Record but when is this moron going accept that his time is up ?

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/political-firebrand-george-galloway-targets-7172917
  POLITICAL firebrand George Galloway has targeted Monklands as a possible destination for a retur...

Council Tax Thaw On The Way?
13 Jan 2016 at 2:25pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35300106

England Is Getting A New Nation Anthem
13 Jan 2016 at 2:14pm
According to the BBC.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-35296296   What should it be - Jerusalem? Swing Low Sweet Chariot? Land of Hope and Glory? The theme tune to the Archers?

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