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SNP challenge Cameron on EU reform over migrants' right to keep benefits
15 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
THE SNP is to make a stand against Tory plans to restrict in-work benefits for EU migrants ahead of the in-out referendum on Europe.

Children, Thatcher and Duran Duran ... Sturgeon opens up on Desert Island Discs
15 Nov 2015 at 12:11am
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit out at ?hurtful? comments about her not having children, saying people who assume she has chosen to put her career first ?know nothing of the reality?.

Sheridan's Solidarity party struck off and blocked from standing candidates
14 Nov 2015 at 9:02pm
TOMMY Sheridan?s Solidarity party has been kicked off the UK register of political parties and barred from fielding election candidates.

David Cameron: Scotland Bill delivers 'the Vow' in full
14 Nov 2015 at 12:25am
David Cameron has called for the debate over more powers for Scotland to shift to how they are used, as he insisted the pre-referendum vow made by Westminster leaders has been "delivered in full".

Queensferry crossing workers suspended after 30ft climb
13 Nov 2015 at 7:58pm
Two workers on the new Forth crossing have been suspended from their jobs after they left a broken lift and climbed 350ft down a bridge tower.

Lord Smith breaks silence over devolution deal and says agreement HAS been de...
13 Nov 2015 at 11:47am
NEW legislation that will transfer sweeping new powers to Holyrood has honoured the recommendations of the Smith Commission, the convenor of the cross-party talks has said.

Sturgeon more popular than Dugdale among Labour voters
13 Nov 2015 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon is more popular than Kezia Dugdale even among voters who plan to back Labour at the next Holyrood election, a new poll has suggested.

Kezia Dugdale: Nicola Sturgeon has presided over some of the worst months in ...
12 Nov 2015 at 1:25pm
Nicola Sturgeon has invited the people of Scotland to cast their verdict on her Government after she was accused of presiding over some of the worst months in the history of policing.

MSP offers apology to group that accused her of sharing image "reminiscent of...
12 Nov 2015 at 9:25am
AN MSP has apologised to a Jewish organisation that accused her of sharing a "bizarre and hateful" antisemitic image that it said was "reminiscent of the very worst of Nazi propaganda".

UK Government plans to loosen Sunday trading laws face defeat as SNP voice op...
10 Nov 2015 at 4:31pm
Government plans to loosen Sunday trading laws in England and Wales are facing defeat in the Commons after the SNP indicated it will oppose them.

MSPs given extra £3m to hire staff as party bosses say Scotland Bill powers w...
10 Nov 2015 at 11:26am
MSPS? are to be given an extra £3million to hire staff after party bosses agreed Holyrood?s new powers would increase their workload.

Labour abstain on Commons vote to give Holyrood the power to call indyref2
9 Nov 2015 at 10:09pm
Labour have abstained on a Commons vote to give Holyrood the power to call a second independence referendum.

What new powers will Scotland Bill hand to Holyrood?
9 Nov 2015 at 2:28pm
The passing of the new Scotland Bill will mark a major transfer of new powers from Westminster to Holyrood, but how did the legislation come about and what does Scotland stand to gain?

MSPs urged to reject Labour's plans for tougher regulation of Buckfast
9 Nov 2015 at 1:27pm
The Scottish Government has urged MSPs to reject a Labour proposal to tighten the laws on the sale and promotion of alcohol which would include tougher regulation of Buckfast.

Review likely to signal children's ward closure to be 'hidden' from voters un...
6 Nov 2015 at 12:09am
AN INDEPENDENT report that is expected to signal the permanent downgrade or closure of a popular children's ward will be kept secret until after the Holyrood election as a health board fears its contents will prove "politically contentious".



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Brian Monteith: Cameron?s EU demands pushed back
15 Nov 2015 at 10:14pm
SECURITY will now dominate the agenda, and the PM’s reform demands will be pushed back, writes Brian Monteith

Lesley Riddoch: Don?t play into murderers? hands
15 Nov 2015 at 10:04pm
AFTER the horrors of Paris, Europe should welcome, not shun, more refugees, writes Lesley Riddoch

Paris attacks: France drops 20 bombs on IS stronghold
15 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm
FRANCE has launched airstrikes on the IS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria. Reports said fighter jets had dropped 20 bombs and hit a jihadi recruitment centre, training camp and arms depot run by the group.

Paris attacks: Police Scotland note rise in hate crimes
15 Nov 2015 at 6:57pm
POLICE Scotland said on Sunday night that it had investigated instances of crime motivated by religious hatred since the events in Paris on Friday.

Paris attacks: Events as they happened
15 Nov 2015 at 6:45pm
THE attacks on Paris were the worst terrorist assault on Europe in a decade. Here is how the weekend’s events unfolded.

French police hunt Paris suspect Abdeslam Salah
15 Nov 2015 at 5:39pm
A MANHUNT was under way last night for a terrorist on the run who escaped after Friday’s attacks in Paris which killed 129 people.

Paris attacks: Sturgeon chairs second resilience meeting
15 Nov 2015 at 1:17pm
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chaired a second Scottish government resilience (SGORR) meeting following the terrorist attacks in Paris,

Royal mail urged to reinstate wrongly sacked postie
15 Nov 2015 at 2:04am
AN MP is demanding to know why the Royal Mail is refusing to reinstate a postman – des­pite an employment tribunal judge ordering them to do so.

Fundraising drive sees push to preserve Canna heritage
15 Nov 2015 at 1:47am
A MULTI-MILLION pound fund-raising drive has been launched to preserve the unique heritage of Canna, including repairs to a picturesque church commemorating one of the island’s lairds.

140-day trial rule ?routinely flouted? by courts
15 Nov 2015 at 1:38am
LAWYERS have claimed that pressure on the legal system means it is failing to administer swift justice and large numbers of people are ­languishing in jail for months before cases are tried.

?Cauldron in Cowgate? inspired James Connolly?s cause
15 Nov 2015 at 1:05am
THE author of a new book on Edinburgh-born James Connolly, executed after being one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916, said a “unique cauldron of events in Edinburgh” created a fanatical true believer in the cause of Irish independence who left behind a “dreadful” legacy.

Top officer ?chaperoned to toilet? at Police HQ
15 Nov 2015 at 12:56am
A SENIOR officer who is taking legal action against Police Scotland claims officers were tasked with following him to the toilet at the force’s headquarters.

Paris attacks: World unites in solidarity
15 Nov 2015 at 12:21am
WORLD leaders stood united with France yesterday and pledged their support to the shaken country as the full horror of the Paris terrorist attacks emerged.

Insight: Nicola Sturgeon?s first year in tracks
15 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
AS Nicola Sturgeon’s first anniversary as the country’s leader is marked with an appearance on desert island discs today, we take a look back at a remarkable 12 months for the 
first minister through eight songs chosen by Dani Garavelli

Euan McColm: Swinney could produce education results
15 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
JOHN Swinney is key to giving unbeatable nationalists something to fight for, writes Euan McColm

Wings over Scotland blog

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Brick walls and open doors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2015 at 4:55pm
The task facing the Scottish independence movement is to change the minds of just 6% of Scots. That’s all it would take to turn September 2014’s defeat into a victory if and when another referendum comes around, and when you put it like that it doesn’t sound like an impossible job. The question for Yes supporters …

Lords and ladies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2015 at 12:55pm
The House of Lords has been in the news quite a bit recently, one way and another. So in our latest poll we thought it might be fun to ask a few questions about it. We decided to have something for everyone. The Scottish businesswoman Michelle Mone – now Lady Mone of Mayfair – was recently …

Dead air
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2015 at 8:55am
A few weeks ago, we were told by a source that BBC Scotland’s flagship weeknight current-affairs show Scotland 2015 was recording some truly shocking viewing figures, in the region of 5,000 people a night. When we sent the BBC an FOI request for the stats, it was rejected, like almost all FOIs to the Corporation …

A deliberate vagueness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2015 at 9:00pm
This one rather speaks for itself. (Data below from our latest Panelbase poll.) Last month the UK Labour conference passed a motion committing the party to renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system. However, this month the Scottish Labour Party conference passed a motion committing the party to opposing the renewal. Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale and …

The march of time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2015 at 2:23pm
As alert readers will know, we’ve just done another Panelbase opinion poll. You’ll be hearing more about the results over the next couple of days, but we thought we’d give you the headline finding first. The most interesting thing about those numbers is that as far as we can make out that’s the highest Yes …

One is the loneliest number
by Chris Cairns
14 Nov 2015 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Gordon Tries Again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2015 at 3:55pm
And has no more luck this week with hapless Scottish Labour list MSP Claire Baker than he did with her habitually mendacious colleague Jackie Baillie last week: (The Big Debate, BBC Radio Scotland, 13 November 2015) . Brewer’s weary sigh at 2m 14s speaks volumes. After two weeks, Labour still hasn’t even done the electorate the …

Still better together
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2015 at 11:07am
. . Theatrical pause before the inevitable. . .

The Trojan Horse
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
One of the stranger criticisms regularly levelled at this site is that we don’t attack the SNP/Scottish Government enough. That’s weird firstly because it’s not like there’s currently a shortage of hostile media scrutiny of Nicola Sturgeon and her colleagues, and secondly because we’ve never in our four-year life claimed for a moment to be neutral. …

From man to pig and pig to man
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Nov 2015 at 4:28pm
Below is an article taken from the UK media today about the Scotland Bill. Give it a read through, and pay attention. There’ll be a very short quiz at the end. DEMOCRACY HAS DELIVERED, AND THE WHINING SNP IS ABOUT TO COLLIDE WITH ECONOMIC REALITY What is that high pitched whining sound? It?s the SNP grievance …

BBC Scotland

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Labour claims 'hidden waiting lists'
15 Nov 2015 at 1:09pm
Scottish Labour says there should be an independent audit of what it claims are "hidden waiting lists" in Scottish hospitals.

First refugee charter flight due
14 Nov 2015 at 12:17am
The first charter flight of Syrian refugees will arrive in Glasgow on Tuesday, with more to follow in the coming weeks.

Smith: Scotland Bill 'honours agreement'
13 Nov 2015 at 12:52pm
The man who chaired the Smith Commission on Scotland's devolution settlement says the Scotland Bill honours the agreement that was reached.

NHS 24 shelves new £117m phone system
13 Nov 2015 at 4:38pm
The medical helpline NHS 24 has shelved a new £117m phone system over fears for patient safety caused by delays in answering calls.

MSP apologises over anti-Semitic tweet
13 Nov 2015 at 11:30am
An SNP MSP apologises unreservedly after retweeting a "repellent and offensive" anti-Semitic image.

Justice system 'punishes poorer people'
13 Nov 2015 at 7:26am
Scotland's criminal justice system punishes poorer people and makes it difficult for them to escape poverty, according to an academic study.

Lecturers to vote on industrial action
13 Nov 2015 at 7:02pm
Scotland's largest teaching union, the EIS, is to ballot its college lecturer members on possible industrial action.

US haggis ban 'could be lifted'
13 Nov 2015 at 11:35am
Haggis could be back on the menu in America by 2017 following "positive" meetings between the Scottish and US governments.

Unis 'should favour' less well-off
13 Nov 2015 at 12:46pm
Scottish universities should consider admitting students from deprived backgrounds whose grades are lower than their more affluent counterparts, according to a report.

Temporary reprieve for dementia unit
13 Nov 2015 at 4:52pm
A dementia unit in Stranraer is given a temporary reprieve, a week after NHS Dumfries and Galloway announced its closure.

Major job losses with HMRC closures
12 Nov 2015 at 3:29pm
The tax collection agency, HMRC, is to consolidate its UK office network in a move which could see more than 2,000 jobs lost in Scotland.

Plea for lobbying bill to cover emails
12 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
The Scottish government announces plans for a statutory register of professional lobbyists in the wake of concerns over the issue in Westminster.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.

How to juggle politics with parenting
13 Nov 2015 at 9:59am
How MPs and MSPs juggle work and family

Davidson on her faith and being gay
5 Nov 2015 at 11:50am
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson speaks about her Christian faith and being gay

Scot Goes Pop

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Is Andrew Neil's Scottish fanbase much bigger than we ever suspected?
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2015 at 6:32pm
To test his suspicion that the BBC's Scotland 2015 has a very low number of viewers (perhaps as few as 5000 per night), RevStu used his latest Panelbase poll to ask respondents which political/curr...

Yes draws level for the first time ever in independence Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
14 Nov 2015 at 4:03pm
As you may already have seen, the first detail from the new Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland has been released - and it's the headline numbers on independence.Should Scotland be an independen...

Extensive New Powers
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2015 at 6:48pm
A guest post by Mike McCreadieThe Scottish Parliament will have extensive new powers. Fact. Extensive new powers. EXTENSIVE NEW POWERS. There, that's that then, I can get back to Downton.It's a...

Maintaining a pro-independence majority at Holyrood must be the overwhelming ...
by James Kelly
12 Nov 2015 at 5:39pm
In the wake of today's press release from RISE, which optimistically seeks to persuade us that SNP votes on the list will be wasted but that votes for a party that is currently on 0% of the list vo...

Tremendously tasty TNS poll gives SNP 34% lead on constituency ballot
by James Kelly
12 Nov 2015 at 12:46pm
A couple of months ago, we were wondering if the polls would show any kind of Corbyn effect in Scotland.  (They didn't.)  One month ago, we were wondering if the impact of the Michelle Thomson stor...

"Shredded" by a dead sheep
by James Kelly
12 Nov 2015 at 1:19am
A guest post by Andrew MorrisonKevin Hague?s sidekick Neil Lovatt has tried to dissect my previous posting on Scot Goes Pop. He claims to have ?shredded? it and some of their less intelligent foll...

How the Scottish general election result was once again overturned by English...
by James Kelly
11 Nov 2015 at 2:14am
I'm not sure whether anyone has done this yet, so I thought I'd put together a breakdown of how Scottish and non-Scottish MPs voted on some of the crucial amendments to the Scotland Bill on Monday....

Full Fiscal Autonomy for Smarties
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2015 at 4:48pm
A guest post by Andrew MorrisonAnybody who follows the online continuation of the Scottish referendum debate could not help but notice the ever greater prominence of Mr Kevin Hague. He is becoming...

Hasn't it occurred to Cathy Newman that devolving abortion law could help PRE...
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2015 at 1:58am
If you're in any doubt that Scotland currently has a second-class parliament, take a look at the very helpful list at the bottom of this document.  It sets out the powers that Westminster plans to ...

Labour : you confuse me
by James Kelly
9 Nov 2015 at 11:22pm
Now, I do fully appreciate that Labour hate the idea of devolving anything meaningful to the Scottish Parliament.  That's fine, that's their prerogative.  It's a big part of why they keep losing el...

The Vow : An Honest Translation
by James Kelly
9 Nov 2015 at 5:13pm
Daily Record, 16th September 2014THREE LEADERS SIGN BLUFF TO SCOTLAND Westminster's three party leaders - one of whom (apart from Nick Clegg) will be the next prime minister - sign a historic joint...

Horsin' around
by James Kelly
8 Nov 2015 at 3:39pm
A week or so after the independence referendum last year, I was whisked off by helicopter to a top-secret location near Falkirk (and luckily I don't think the two small sculptures in the background...

The Devlin's in the detail
by James Kelly
8 Nov 2015 at 3:36am
Kate Devlin of The Herald is the guest on the latest edition of the Polling Matters podcast.  It's a very enjoyable listen, but I'm more than a tad dubious about some of the specific points that Ka...

Stand by for a Damascene conversion : are Lib Dem commentators about to annou...
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2015 at 2:46pm
Now, I have to say this one is deliciously amusing.  You might remember that a few weeks ago, a number of Liberal Democrats (including Caron Lindsay, Prue Bray and our dear old friend Mike "can't b...

The Scot Goes Pop Hot Chocolate Fundraiser
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2015 at 4:46pm
Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.Hi, I?m James Kelly. I write the pro-independence blog Scot Goes Pop, which over the years has carved out a niche for itself with its detailed cov...

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?Strongest hints yet? of Still Game TV return
15 Nov 2015 at 10:25pm
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Kill Jingle!!!
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Nonsense on Stilts was NOTHING
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Look out for ?The Ice Destroyer? on the A85 this winter
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Whitehall reveals PM's private talks days ahead of independence referendum
15 Nov 2015 at 8:42pm
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Some bloke has paid the fees and registered a new political party - Solidarit...
15 Nov 2015 at 3:08pm
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Nicola Sturgeon is on Desert Island Discs starting now on Radio 4
15 Nov 2015 at 11:16am
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It?s a wonderful life: Scotland?s holiday isle prepares to greet its first Sy...
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Sheridan's Solidarity party struck off and blocked from standing candidates
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Should we petition the Scottish Government to reject the Scotland Bill in Hol...
15 Nov 2015 at 2:12am
A Modern Take on the Declaration of Arbroath I know we're meant to be waiting on an agreement on the fiscal framework, yada yada yada. But assuming that the Scotland Bill does become the Tory-engin...

Commentary: Bernard Ponsonby on the Alistair Carmichael leak case
15 Nov 2015 at 1:37am
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Kezia Dugdale: We cannot allow the devastating attacks in Paris to split our ...
by Kezia Dugdale
15 Nov 2015 at 9:41pm
SCOTTISH Labour leader KEZIA was stunned like everyone else by the attacks in the French capital but says we cannot allow terrorists to make us turn our backs on one another.

Gerry Hassan: In or out of the European Union, we will, undoubtedly, be shake...
by Gerry Hassan
15 Nov 2015 at 10:51am
GERRY believes the EU vote is a lose lose situation for the UK.

Sunday Mail opinion: It is easy to forget we are at war. But we should.
by Mail Opinion
15 Nov 2015 at 10:37am
WE cannot live in constant fear of terrorist attacks because, MAIL OPINION says, then they will have won.

Nicola Sturgeon: I hope to do this for a while but there will be plenty of li...
by Mark Aitken
15 Nov 2015 at 10:09am
NICOLA STURGEON takes a breath from her hectic schedule as First Minister to look back on her debut year as head of the Scottish Government.

John Niven: David Cameron seems genuinely astonished that his cuts to public ...
by John Niven
15 Nov 2015 at 8:59am
JOHN says the PM seems to have forgotten cuts have been asked for by his own Chancellor and approved by...himself.

Paris terror attacks: Nicola Sturgeon chairs meeting of Scottish Government r...
by Record Reporter
14 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
THE First Minister described the incident, in which at least 127 people were killed, as "unspeakably awful".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expresses her shock over Paris terr...
by dailyrecord
13 Nov 2015 at 11:55pm
SHE tweeted saying the news was "getting more horrific by the minute."

Scottish Devolution chairman Lord Smith: It?s now up to the politicians to us...
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2015 at 9:35pm
LORD Smith of Kelvin writes for the Daily Record on the new powers for Scotland.

Tory minister 'insults' families hit by tax credit cuts by saying they should...
by Jack Blanchard
12 Nov 2015 at 6:24pm
Sports minister Tracey Crouch says she meets families who claim they are "struggling" financially but still have expensive TV contracts

Justice secretary Michael Matheson under fire for shifting blame over Police ...
by David Clegg
12 Nov 2015 at 10:02am
THE SNP’s Michael Matheson said “austerity policies which are being pursued by the Tories” had put pressure on the force’s budget.

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Bella Caledonia

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Vote what?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2015 at 11:33pm
Why #BothVotesSNP = more Labour MSP?s. The latest TNS poll was a whopper of the biggest kind, it shows that the SNP are on course to win just about every constituency seat in the country, and by doing so give itself a strong majority at Holyrood without even needing to look at the list seats. …

Credo (Heresy alert!)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2015 at 10:41pm
Economics is much more than the study of money, writes Paul Mobbs. It is a belief system, and in its ‘mainstream’ incarnation, one that serves a very useful purpose – for those that reap the benefits. But as Brian Davey shows in his insightful new book, it’s letting the rest of us down: failing to …

This one small book explains the Inspiring Rojava Revolution
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Nov 2015 at 3:52pm
Rojava?s social revolution deserves more global attention and solidarity. The Kurdish autonomous region in Northern Syria is a working experiment creating a society based on direct democracy, with women?s empowerment central in that model. It is being organized beyond and outside a state-centric capitalist system; mutual aid and cooperation are challenging structural exploitation and inequality. …

Mr Green, in the Boardroom with the Truth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Nov 2015 at 8:06pm
A routine costs hearing at the Court of Session turned into a highly significant debate about the status of Rangers and Scottish football today. Advocates for the former CEO of the Ibrox team, Charles Green, who did not appear in court, demanded that Rangers honour a contractual commitment to pay his legal fees for his …

TNS poll shows SNP 2nd votes wasted: Alan Bisset backs RISE for a Yes parliament
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Nov 2015 at 7:05pm
In response to today?s TNS poll, RISE is highlighting the fact that, for supporters of Scottish independence, their second ?list? vote will be wasted on the SNP due to the nature of Scotland?s electoral system, and that there is a ?unique opportunity? to create a ?diverse, pro-Yes parliament? at Holyrood while still having a majority …

Cò tha a? Riochdachadh Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Nov 2015 at 4:55pm
Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan looks at who currently represents the Gaelic community and asks if individuals and certain organisations could do more. Cleas iomadach ceist, tha diofar thaobhan air an dearbh cheist, a tha a’ buaireadh dhaoine an-diugh ann an iomadach dòigh. Anns a? chiad àite, dè, no cò, th? ann an coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig …

On the Contrary (Part 1)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Nov 2015 at 1:18pm
#1 – 15 things about the left that may or may not undermine the left 1. How can people be so heartless, how can people be so cruel? We assume that because our intentions are good that this automatically means people opposing us politically must harbour malign intentions. This creates a paranoid world view in …

The Powers of the Scotland Bill
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Nov 2015 at 6:48pm
The big question with the Scotland Bill is this ? are ‘powers’ and ‘power’ the same thing? Is power the ability to do something or the ability to change something? If I have the power to press a button but all it does is put on a light saying ‘stop pressing the button’, am I …

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Traditional haggis could soon be back on US menus amid rethink of lamb imports
by Severin Carrell, Scotland editor, and Ellen Brait in New York
13 Nov 2015 at 7:12pm
Scottish agriculture minister says US government is preparing to lift longstanding ban on Scotch lamb products by 2017For nearly 45 years, any Scottish emigré living in the US who wanted to eat a traditionally produced haggis on Burns Night had to resort to cross-border smuggling or a long flight...

'Scotland is at a tipping point in terms of gender equality'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Nov 2015 at 10:45pm
Snapshots from the Women 50:50 campaign?s first conference in Edinburgh, with Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale and Alison JohnstoneThe top lines from Nicola Sturgeon?s speech had already made the morning headlines, and the first minister was greeted with applause as she pledged at the first Women 5...

Lawyer asks judges to throw out Sturgeon memo leak case
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Nov 2015 at 6:01pm
Bulk of evidence alleging that former Scotland secretary Alistair Carmichael lied to protect his election chances is irrelevant, his lawyer arguesTwo judges have been urged to throw out a case alleging that Alistair Carmichael, the former Scotland secretary, is guilty of telling a ?Homeric catalo...

Campaigners call for land reform as Scottish farmer faces eviction
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
10 Nov 2015 at 6:30pm
Andrew Stoddart and his family must leave farm they have tended for 22 years by end of the month, with minimal compensationLand reform campaigners have gathered outside the Scottish parliament to protest against the threatened eviction of a tenant farmer, in a case that has galvanised activists a...

Alistair Carmichael 'leaked Sturgeon memo thinking it was true'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Nov 2015 at 4:19pm
Former Scotland secretary denies intent to smear first minister by leaking supposed preference for a Tory general election winAlistair Carmichael has told a special court he leaked a confidential memo that claimed Nicola Sturgeon secretly wanted a Tory general election victory because he believed...

Lib Dem MP admits to 'untruthfulness' over Sturgeon memo leak
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Nov 2015 at 6:25pm
Election court hears that former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael misled inquiry until after retaining Westminster seatAlistair Carmichael deliberately misled a Cabinet Office inquiry over the leak of a memo on Nicola Sturgeon?s view of May?s general election to save his political career, a...

Devolving abortion a chance to reframe Scottish law, campaigners say
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Nov 2015 at 6:15pm
Many pro-choice groups believe Scotland bill poses opportunity for progressive change of legislationWomen?s groups in Scotland believe devolving abortion law could be a chance to ?completely reframe? the legislation north of the border, despite concerns about the way Westminster is rushing throug...

A radical shift in thinking on mental health issues | Letters
by Letters
8 Nov 2015 at 8:04pm
Bipolar disorder is a major global healthcare crisis, causing untold levels of distress and costing lives daily. For too long this crisis has gone unacknowledged. Lack of progress in understanding and addressing bipolar disorder means that too many people worldwide are left in a painfully dark li...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

A short blog break and a book launch
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2015 at 9:59pm
I’m going to have a short break from blogging because I’ve got a visitor coming from the USA and my services as a tour guide will be required. Peter is a very special friend, we’ve chatted online for 18 years but had never actually met until I visited Boston over the summer. When you chat …

Matron Dugdale?s Bide-a-Wee Mitigation Care Home
by weegingerdug
11 Nov 2015 at 10:48pm
This week’s word is mitigation. It was last week’s word too, and it will be next week’s as well, and the week after that, stretching ahead into a depressing future where it doesn’t matter if you take the red pill or the blue pill – you’re always going to wake up with the Tories. In …

The fog of Union
by weegingerdug
10 Nov 2015 at 1:09am
The vow was the cunning plan of the Unionists in the last fevered days of the independence referendum. The entire point of the vow was to phrase things in a sufficiently vague manner so that the Westminions could claim that what was on the table was superdooper devomax, the most federocious federalissimo, and the devolviest …

Remembering the appearance of things
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2015 at 3:23am
So it was Remembrance Sunday yesterday, warmongerers and advisors to arms companies put on their best suits and their blood red poppies and stood in silence in memory of those they’d killed in the furtherance of their careers and for the advancement of their bank balances. Tony Blair was there, bowed like a vulture weeping …

Altered State : part 2
by weegingerdug
8 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Second part of PhantomPower’s documentary. Winner Take Nothing begins with the increasingly desperate ?No? campaign arranging Her Majesty?s backing. The impact of Project Fear’s negativity, elite self-interest, media imbalance and last-minute promises finally proved too much to overcome for the Yes campaign. Interviewees consider aspects of voter behavior and results as well as flaws in …

A passport to patronisation
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2015 at 5:47pm
Like a fish that doesn’t notice the water, for generations Scots either didn’t notice or silently tolerated the continual slights, disdain and patronising contempt in which Scottish distinctiveness was held by the Unionist establishment and its apologists. But we do notice now, and we voice our disapproval, and this is dismissed as grievance hunting by …

Taxing Scotland?s patience
by weegingerdug
4 Nov 2015 at 4:07pm
Tax is the big issue in Scotland this week. The media is fixated on the tax affairs of over privileged and over paid big weans who kick baws about while ruining a good lawn in a display which is allegedly symbolic of 400 years of sectarianism. The Inland Revenue has won its tax case against …

If you?re going to wear a poppy, wear a white one
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2015 at 2:33pm
Every year the poppy parading gets earlier and earlier like Christmas adverts. The poppy police have been out in force since mid October, complaining that there are people on the telly not bearing the obligatory badge of British militarism. If you don’t wear a poppy you don’t support the troops, and if you don’t support …

The National

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

The Tories never yet have taken up a cause which they did not ultimately betray
by caltonjock
15 Nov 2015 at 11:37am
        Cameron is playing cat and mouse with Scot’s on independence Despite repeated assertions from David Cameron that independence was for Scot’s to decide, without unwelcome input from Westminster, the Tory government used every trick in the book seeking, together with others to deny the SNP a fair campaign in the independence …

UK Public Brainwashed Into Accepting Austerity ? We?re All in It Together ? N...
by caltonjock
24 Oct 2015 at 12:04pm
          21 September 2015: Hedge Funds and power over people and governments. This is power. Hedge Fund manager increases drug cost from $13.50 to $750 per unit What would you do if the price of your everyday prescription rose 5,500%? It may seem far-fetched, but it’s exactly what happened to Daraprim …

Scotland ? The Only Country Ever to Vote Yes To Being Governed by Another Na...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 9:32pm
    Early moves setting up the UK Goverment of Scotland         Let me Set The Scene The UK Government of Scotland Many will not know this body of government over Scotland exists, but it was formed in secret only recently. Sir Andrew Dunlop and Mundell are the architects of the change …

The Irish Story ? Just Change the Name of the Country to Scotland ? Westminst...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 8:48am
        Ireland under the Union 1800 – 1900 In 1800 Westminster announced Ireland had agreed to join the United Kindom, mirroring the 1707 decision of Scottish lords. But, as it was in the case of Scotland where Scots were not consulted, the Irish too were sold down the river. It would take …

Ian Murray ? The Lone Arranger ? An Avid Twitterer ? A Look at His Tweets Rev...
by caltonjock
21 Oct 2015 at 3:03pm
    Couldn’t resist it April 2010: Murray Campaign gets nasty early – Sign of things to come? Early warning for anyone intending to run for political office against Murray. He gets into the gutter very early on and will broadcast anything to gain advantage regardless of truth. Success in politics is...

Scotland ? Bristling With Nuclear Weapons and Submarines ? But There Is No S...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 10:39pm
Nimrod aircraft scrapped at Stockport BAE factory   £30bn to be spent purchasing aircraft from the USA         Negligence bordering on the criminal – Scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 planes Left a bloody great hole in the defences of Scotland In 1994 proposals were submitted to the Tory government, which if implemented would …

JK Rowling ? Staunch Labour Party and Better Together Champion ? A £1Millio...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
  JK and Alistair Darling         “Yes” Campaign supporters consider JK Rowling £1million donation to the Labour Party’s anti independence campaign offensive In her letter to the public, JK predicted that some pro-independence campaigners would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that approach to the …

The Dogs of War Are At It Again In Westminster ? If Only the Scottish Elector...
by caltonjock
17 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
    British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps. Almost all ex Eton students   Eton boys and them   Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath           The Armed Forces Day Con In 2006. British armed …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Compassion, lighting up the human heart...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Nov 2015 at 1:13pm
This semester, I have been teaching jurisprudence, taking our law students through centuries of ideas about justice and mercy, of morality and law. It has been a fascinating - and sometimes challenging - process, reacquainting me with thinkers whose work I last considered in earnest some years ago. Just this week, we were talking about states of...

Three days in November
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Nov 2015 at 4:20pm
Alistair Carmichael must have had better weeks. For three days, his character has been under the judicial microscope. If Tavish Scott seemed black-affronted by the idea of testifying before the election court, Mr Carmichael's experience must have been altogether more mortifying. The former Secretary of State for Scotland appears to have approach...

by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Nov 2015 at 6:17pm
Halloween's blog had a necessarily negative theme. Some correspondents felt I was being unconstructive in emphasising the limits of Holyrood's powers instead of the opportunities to blunt the impact of the proposed changes to tax credits. Holyrood has no direct authority over tax credits rates and tapers: this we know. If the moneys can be found...

Kezia Dugdale: Doctoring with a cudgel...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
31 Oct 2015 at 4:57pm
Can Scottish Labour "reverse" Tory tax credits cuts, like-for-like? That's a money question, and an administrative question, but it is also a legal question. Scottish devolution is subject to an increasingly complicated set of founding documents and diktats. I sympathise with the bamboozled public. I sympathise with the bamboozled commentariat t...

EVEL: A Postscript
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
Photo Credit: @JamesDolemanEVEL, thundered Iain MacWhirter in the Independent, isn't about Scotland: it's about locking Labour out of power in the UK. After an admirably precise and succinct run down of what the Commons standing order changes will and will not do, Iain argues that:"... the next Labour Prime Minister could find that he or she is ...

What does EVEL actually do?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Oct 2015 at 4:48pm
What does the UK government's "English votes for English laws" scheme actually do? It makes Scottish MPs second-class citizens in the UK parliament. You might well think so, but how precisely do the new rules achieve this? EVEL violates the Act of Union. I'm really not convinced that it does, but I'll ask you again - even in outline - what diffe...

You have the right to remain silent
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Oct 2015 at 5:11pm
How does a profoundly deaf man, with no speech and only basic sign language skills, give evidence in court? This was the difficult question undergirding the Court of Criminal Appeal's decision in McDougall v. HM Advocate, published today. Louise McDougall, 24, was indicted in the Sheriff Court, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour towards...

Our "One Party State"...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Oct 2015 at 3:51pm
"One party state" Definition: relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted."One party state" (Scot only) Definition: relating or denoting a system of government in which many different parties are permitted to stand and enjoy representation at every level of democratic government. Composition of the ...

Gerry Hassan

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

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up?
by Gerry
2 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 1st 2015 Scottish Labour met this weekend. This used to be the key political gathering in Scotland. No longer. But the party is in better spirits than many would think after the May 2015 wipeout. It is a party changing. It ...

?English votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain
by Gerry
26 Oct 2015 at 11:26am
?English Votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 25th 2015 This week the United Kingdom profoundly changed in how it does politics, democracy and how Parliament operates. The House of Commons decided by 312 to 270 voters to alter the nature of its composition by differentiating the voting rights ...

The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience - Busine...
22 Oct 2015 at 4:04pm

Business Insider
Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience
Business Insider
After all, during the Scottish independence campaign, the leader of the SNP at the time, Alex Salmond nearly went blue in the face promising Scots things that he couldn't 100% deliver on ? a thriving oil economy, keeping the pound, keeping European ...
English votes for English laws: MPs 'should w...

.@yanisvaroufakis: English establishment is denying Scots their national iden...
13 Nov 2015 at 3:13pm

.@yanisvaroufakis: English establishment is denying Scots their national identity
Varoufakis spoke at length on his support for Scottish independence within the European Union for the first time in a new media interview organised by tech start-up Kiltr, citizen journalism group Independence Live and CommonSpace. Varoufakis worked in ...

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Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence - S...
22 Oct 2015 at 6:01am

Scottish Daily Record
Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
TORCUIL believes most Scots don't believe independence could provide any better insulation against the rigours of global markets, which makes independence a hard sell. Shares. Taking this survey will help to keep the Daily Record's online news free for ...

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The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized...
8 Nov 2015 at 6:43am

Democratic Audit UK
The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized ...
Democratic Audit UK
16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for ...

Not-so united kingdom: legal aspects of Scottish independence - The Lawyer
23 Oct 2015 at 11:10am

Not-so united kingdom: legal aspects of Scottish independence
The Lawyer
Not-so united kingdom: legal aspects of Scottish independence. 23 October 2015. By John Hodge and Alan Gilfillan. One key matter that is likely to have a major impact on all charities is the devolution of tax powers to the Scottish Parliament. Until ...

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Gerry Hassan: In or out of the European Union, we will, undoubtedly, be shake...
15 Nov 2015 at 10:55am

Scottish Daily Record
Gerry Hassan: In or out of the European Union, we will, undoubtedly, be shaken ...
Scottish Daily Record
There's also the chance of an exit majority due to English votes with Scotland ? and Wales ? being taken out of the EU against public opinion. The SNP have indicated that such an eventuality would be a trigger for a second independence vote. This could ...
UK Politics Betti...

Nicola Sturgeon: I hope to do this for a while but there will be plenty of .....
15 Nov 2015 at 10:09am

Scottish Daily Record
Nicola Sturgeon: I hope to do this for a while but there will be plenty of ...
Scottish Daily Record
He presented her with a book of photographs of his final year at school, which sits on a display shelf in her office next to a copy of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act signed by SNP legend Winnie Ewing. She said: ?He was the most wonderful ...
Sturgeon reveals what make...

Around the world in hostels - Mason City Globe Gazette
15 Nov 2015 at 7:02pm

Mason City Globe Gazette
Around the world in hostels
Mason City Globe Gazette
He canceled his flight home and made the rest of his plans, which included seeing the referendum in Scotland. The Scottish independence referendum did not pass, but Broshar did not regret his decision. He was able to stretch the money he brought with ...


SNP - Google News
Google News

Scottish referendum loss left Nicola Sturgeon in 'floods of tears' - HITC
15 Nov 2015 at 4:31pm

Scottish referendum loss left Nicola Sturgeon in 'floods of tears'
Yet the Scottish National party (SNP) leader said she remained convinced that Scotland would one day become independent, and stood by her view that the country could hold a second referendum if the UK voted to leave the European Union. During the ...

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Sturgeon reveals what makes her tick on Desert Island Discs - BBC News
15 Nov 2015 at 1:07pm

BBC News
Sturgeon reveals what makes her tick on Desert Island Discs
BBC News
Scotland's first minister has appeared on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, so these choices of words, records and books are hers, not mine. "My childhood obsession with the wonderful Cilla Black," the SNP leader tells Kirsty Young, led to "the first ever ...

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Scottish referendum loss left Nicola Sturgeon in 'floods of tears' - The Guar...
15 Nov 2015 at 12:24pm

The Guardian
Scottish referendum loss left Nicola Sturgeon in 'floods of tears'
The Guardian
Yet the Scottish National party (SNP) leader said she remained convinced that Scotland would one day become independent, and stood by her view that the country could hold a second referendum if the UK voted to leave the European Union. During the ...

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Not too late for 'another look' at tapestry project - Hawick News
15 Nov 2015 at 11:05am

Hawick News
Not too late for 'another look' at tapestry project
Hawick News
Since the last time I wrote to the papers the saga of the tapestry building has rumbled on unabated. It is worth noting that the tapestry project was initially passed at a full council meeting by only 18 councillors (all of the SNPs, the Liberals and ...

Nicola Sturgeon: I hope to do this for a while but there will be plenty of .....
15 Nov 2015 at 10:09am

Scottish Daily Record
Nicola Sturgeon: I hope to do this for a while but there will be plenty of ...
Scottish Daily Record
She has enjoyed a hectic but exhilarating 12 months at the top as the SNP surged to dizzying new heights after bouncing back from the despair of defeat in the referendum. Under her leadership, the party's membership has soared to more than 114,000 ...

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Nicola Sturgeon would insist on coffee fix for desert island - Harrogate Adve...
15 Nov 2015 at 9:29am

Harrogate Advertiser
Nicola Sturgeon would insist on coffee fix for desert island
Harrogate Advertiser
"I was fascinated, long before I joined the SNP, in the world around me, current affairs really interested me." Reflecting on her political career as she marks the anniversary of her first year as First Minister, she added that she " regularly feels ...

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Nicola Sturgeon denies sacrificing motherhood to have a successful political ...
15 Nov 2015 at 8:35am

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon denies sacrificing motherhood to have a successful political ...
Daily Mail
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has denied sacrificing motherhood for the sake of her political career. Ms Sturgeon, 45, has said she never made a 'cold and calculated decision' to put her career ahead of her family. She tells Kirsty Young on ...

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MP to hold emergency talks over care home - The Galloway Gazette
15 Nov 2015 at 7:03am

The Galloway Gazette
MP to hold emergency talks over care home
The Galloway Gazette
Dumfries and Galloway SNP MP Richard Arkless is to hold emergency talks with NHS Dumfries & Galloway over the sudden closure of the Darataigh mental health unit in Stranraer. Last Thursday health board officials announced that the unit was to ...

Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum ...
13 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum year
The gap between spending in the two nations rose by eight per cent in the year of Scotland's independence referendum. The revelation sparked outrage among English MPs and fuelled suspicions that government money was used to 'bribe' voters ahead of ...

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's - MoneyWeek
13 Nov 2015 at 9:10am

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's
We're eurosceptics. Asked to vote in an EU referendum tomorrow, MoneyWeek would tick the ?out? box. But on the topic of Scottish independence, we were (and are) pro-Union. Some view these stances as contradictory. How can we believe it would be good ...

SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referend...
8 Nov 2015 at 8:03pm

The Independent
SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referendum
The Independent
The Scottish Government should have the power to call a second referendum on independence with or without Westminster's backing, SNP MPs have said. Former First Minister Alex Salmond and the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson are among ...
SNP table amendment to Scotland Bill in b...

SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns - BBC News
18 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm

BBC News
SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns
BBC News
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over the period of a year has been identified as a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, senior SNP sources say. The figure is a "trigger point", but will not be publicly ...
SNP look to polls ahead of any new referendumYahoo News UK

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Referendum negotiations will not address the key EU issues - Herald Scotland
12 Nov 2015 at 5:53am

Herald Scotland
Referendum negotiations will not address the key EU issues
Herald Scotland
I AM among the 55 per cent of Scots who wish to stay in the EU, and I shall vote Yes in the referendum. But I profoundly resent being asked to engage in this charade. We are not being asked to assess the pros and cons of EU membership, but rather ...

Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum - BBC News
24 Oct 2015 at 1:32pm

BBC News
Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has said the police, the NHS and schools have to take priority after the "damaging" independence referendum. He said that some of those who backed the SNP's cause of independence felt "let down" by its record in ...
Scottish nationalist leader wants new referendum only if enough suppor...

The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized...
8 Nov 2015 at 6:43am

Democratic Audit UK
The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized ...
Democratic Audit UK
16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for ...

Sturgeon reveals what makes her tick on Desert Island Discs - BBC News
15 Nov 2015 at 12:03am

Radio Times
Sturgeon reveals what makes her tick on Desert Island Discs
BBC News
From losing Scotland's referendum on independence, which left her "in floods of tears? totally and utterly devastated" to the euphoria of this year's general election, where the SNP won every seat in Scotland bar three. But this was an interview more ...
SNP's Nicola Sturgeon says she hated Margaret Thatcher when she w...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Scottish political Twitter parody accounts
12 Nov 2015 at 1:52pm
Alistair Darling's parody account makes me lol regularly.  Are there any other genuinely funny Scottish political ones? (other than Angry Salmond, obvs)       Lord Darling @A_LordDarling 5m Superb response for Gordon Brown's latest intervention this morn...

Trade Union Bill
10 Nov 2015 at 6:50pm
Hi, I hope the P&B political experts can help me out with this one.   Why is there such an outcry over this? The only thing I've heard so far are there would be a requirement for a 50% turnout for industrial action to take place, which to me seems fair. If not even half of folk can be bothered to ...

This deserves it's own thread
10 Nov 2015 at 3:47pm
From an actual Labour MSP after last night's "events"     Dr Richard Simpson @RSimpsonMSP On Sat 14th Nov we are taking to the streets to campaign against the Tory government’s cuts to tax credits, join us… ...

Sunday Trading Laws
10 Nov 2015 at 2:59pm
It looks like the UK Government's attempts to liberalise Sunday trading laws in England and Wales, bringing them into line with Scotland, are going to be blocked by a House of Commons vote in which the SNP MPs will vote against the change.   It seems to me intuitively ridiculous that the SNP are ...

98 years ago today
7 Nov 2015 at 11:30am
Today is the 98th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.   Up the workers etc.   Any P&Bers ever taken part in regime change?

The Irish Economy
6 Nov 2015 at 5:21pm

As above

Will Scottish Labour ever back Independence
3 Nov 2015 at 7:40pm
A simple question. Do you think Scottish Labour will ever back Independence?

Land of the Free?
30 Oct 2015 at 4:02pm

'The last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay has landed in the UK, having been detained for 13 years.'

'The government's long-promised investigation into substantial allegations that our agencies became mixed up in rendition and torture - unwitting...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

15 Nov 2015 at 4:26pm
Excellent live session from Jeff Lynne's ELO on the BBCi player at the moment.

The Prodigy - Sse Hydro
15 Nov 2015 at 12:30pm
A week tomorrow. Anyone going?

New album has divided opinion. Certainly a heavier set than they have done in recent years.

Really looking forward to it myself. One thing about them is they generally fill their set lists with newer material rather than totally relying on the old favourites. Altho...

Inbetweeners 2
14 Nov 2015 at 10:20pm
Wasn't a patch on the first one, good enough for a sturday night on the sofa though.   Best bit was the flume, when "wull" was chased by Mr Hankey      

The Last Post
14 Nov 2015 at 9:27pm
was at my sons air force cadet remembrance day parade on Nov 11 with rest of family
- in some provinces in Canada , Nov 11 is a stat holiday....

lone bugler doing the last post before the minutes silence ; i find it cuts right through you
in a way unlike anything else ; even the pipes

was quite a mul...

14 Nov 2015 at 3:18pm
I know there was a topic about android tv boxes and Kodi but I'm looking at a Mag 250 IPTV
Box, think it's fairly similar.

Wondered if anyone had used one?

Warren Mitchell
14 Nov 2015 at 10:50am
Warren Mitchell who played Alf Garnet in Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and In Health has died aged 89


13 Nov 2015 at 8:50pm
Breaking news on BBC that some nutter's unloaded an automatic weapon into a bar and an explosion near the Stade de France

Let Joy Be Unconfined
13 Nov 2015 at 8:39pm
The Mr Kipling Frosted Fancies are back in the shops.

Holyrood Magazine


Scotland ?leads the way? on alcohol policy
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13 Nov 2015 at 12:28pm

Cally Russell, Mallzee CEO
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13 Nov 2015 at 9:56am

Trip to the Labour conference
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13 Nov 2015 at 10:22am

Plans for regeneration of Sauchiehall and Garnethill reach the next stage
by jenni.davidson
13 Nov 2015 at 5:37pm

Ten years on: Violence Reduction Unit on 'aspiring for something better'
by Alan.Robertson
13 Nov 2015 at 1:07pm

Scottish Government rejects Richard Simpson's alcohol bill
by Tom.Freeman
13 Nov 2015 at 1:35pm

Domestic abuse offence to be consulted on in 'next few weeks'
by Alan.Robertson
13 Nov 2015 at 1:36pm

Fergus Ewing calls for end to uncertainty over renewable heat
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13 Nov 2015 at 1:37pm

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