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Scottish Parliament staff agree pay deal
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
A union has welcomed a pay deal for Scottish Parliament workers worth at least 2% a year.

Sturgeon: SNP will focus on Scottish economy and jobs
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon has promised a "relentless" focus on boosting the economy and creating jobs if the SNP is elected for a third term in government.

Ruth Davidson: nothing can justify a second independence referendum
13 Apr 2016 at 2:05pm
Ruth Davidson has launched the Scottish Tories' programme for a "stronger opposition" at Holyrood with a pledge that her party will staunchly oppose a second vote on independence.

How will you vote in the Holyrood election? This online tool will help
12 Apr 2016 at 6:22pm
ACADEMICS in Glasgow have developed a tool to help voters decide which party they should vote for in the Holyrood election.

Ruth Davidson would make a better opposition leader than Kezia Dugdale, accor...
12 Apr 2016 at 10:21am
Voters think Ruth Davidson would make a better leader of the opposition at Holyrood than Labour's Kezia Dugdale, according to a new poll.

SNP 'to invest £200m in health centres focused on ageing population'
12 Apr 2016 at 2:13pm
New elective treatment centres for procedures such as hip and knee surgeries will be an "absolute priority" for another SNP government, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Pupils to return to class next week after Edinburgh school closures spark cal...
11 Apr 2016 at 5:36pm
The Scottish Government has been accused of having "washed its hands" on school safety, with Tories claiming the SNP three times refused their call for school inspectors to including building standards in their reports.

Scottish Greens to publish manifesto
12 Apr 2016 at 11:01am
The Scottish Greens will publish their manifesto for the Holyrood elections as other parties on the campaign trail focus on the key issue of health.

Sturgeon vows 'better deal' for Scotland's elderly
11 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
Financial health checks for older people and reforms of the winter fuel allowance are among the measures the SNP is proposing to deliver a "better, fairer deal" for senior citizens, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

SNP accused over flood of ?trivial? Commons motions
11 Apr 2016 at 10:35am
SNP MPs are among the most eager tablers of House of Commons motions - accounting for almost 44 per cent of all so-called early day motions (EDMs) put down since the General Election last May.

Live Q&A: Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie
11 Apr 2016 at 11:04am
Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Sunday Herald Political Hustings: Culture & Arts
10 Apr 2016 at 12:07am
Fiona Hyslop

Nicola Sturgeon: David Cameron has betrayed public trust
8 Apr 2016 at 11:50am
THE SNP is piling the pressure on David Cameron over his financial affairs with Nicola Sturgeon accusing the Prime Minister of "betraying public trust" and bringing politics into disrepute and as her colleague Angus Robertson calls for the Tory leader to make a full Commons statement when MPs return on Monday.

Rennie: I'll never forgive Tories for Labour SNP coalition election 'fear str...
8 Apr 2016 at 11:11am
Willie Rennie has revealed that he will never forgive the Conservatives for dividing the UK during the General Election.

Axe to fall on rich following council tax reforms, think tanks says
8 Apr 2016 at 10:03am
A FAIRER system of local taxation is set to be introduced in Scotland with the rich set to see their bills rise by ten times more than the poor, a new analysis has found.



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Leaders: Day of European unity takes lesson from history
16 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
THE START of official campaigning for the EU referendum coincides with two examples of what working together can achieve

School closures: Parents threaten boycott of plans to move pupils
15 Apr 2016 at 11:08pm
Parents at one of the Edinburgh high schools shut down over safety fears are threatening to boycott council plans to send their youngsters to a site on the other side of the city.

Brian Wilson: Schools show PFIs still going strong
15 Apr 2016 at 10:09pm
GIVEN ALL the hand wringing, why is the same thing being engaged in on an even bigger scale, asks Brian Wilson

Jane Bradley: Politics of the nursery wastes lives
15 Apr 2016 at 9:41pm
EUROPE’S governments, including Westminster, are failing refugees. What’s needed is a co-ordinated approach, writes Jane Bradley

UN quizzes nine candidates for position of secretary-general
15 Apr 2016 at 7:37pm
Nine candidates seeking to become the world’s top diplomat answered a total of about 800 questions over the past three days from ambassadors and advocacy groups in the first move in the UN’s 70-year history to open up the usually secret selection of the next secretary-general.

Clinton and Sanders exchange blows in debate before key primary
15 Apr 2016 at 7:00pm
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other’s judgment to be president in Thursday night’s Democratic debate, wrangling over Wall Street banks, the minimum wage and gun control just days before the critical New York primary.

Council rejected offer from Chinese firm at centre of government?s ?secret deal?
15 Apr 2016 at 1:28pm
COUNCIL leaders rejected a deal with a Chinese firm that has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Scottish Government.

National Museum of Scotland pay dispute settled after 3 years
15 Apr 2016 at 1:05pm
The Scottish Government has stepped in to resolve a bitter three-year dispute over the lowest-paid staff at the nation’s biggest visitor attraction.

New rules on land ownership if SNP returned to power
15 Apr 2016 at 12:35pm
TOUGH new rules to make clear who owns Scotland’s land will be brought in by the SNP following Panama papers revelations that thousands of acres are controlled offshore.

Food bank use at record levels
15 Apr 2016 at 9:31am
FOOD bank use remains at record levels, with more than 1.1 million units of emergency supplies given out by a leading charity in the last year, figures have revealed.

Lib Dems to unveil manifesto promising investment in education
15 Apr 2016 at 7:51am
SCOTTISH Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will offer voters what he describes as “the biggest investment in education since devolution” as he launches the party’s election manifesto.

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over named person policy
15 Apr 2016 at 7:29am
CAMPAIGNERS against the controversial named person policy have challenged the First Minister over “confusing and inaccurate statements” made about the scheme.

Leaders: Corbyn has power to shore up faltering ?In? campaign
15 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
LABOUR leader plays to people’s employment concerns to influence around nine million supporters, citing need for EU allies

Lib Dems reveal sugar tax plan to build on Glasgow 2014 legacy
15 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
A national grassroots drive to get all Scots participating in sport will be launched with proceeds from the sugar tax under plans unveiled today by the Liberal Democrats.

Film producer Lord Puttnam urges creation of Scots film studio
15 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
THE AWARD-WINNING producer of Chariots of Fire, Local Hero and The Killing Fields has urged Scotland to create its first proper film studio, saying: “If you build it they will come.”

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The lady?s often for turning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Apr 2016 at 3:19pm
While we’re on the subject of Ruth “line in the sand” Davidson of the Ruth Davidson No Surrender To The SNP Anti-Referendum Party making U-turns, we thought we might remind you of another one, this time from rather more recent history than 2011. Just nine months ago, apparently Ms Davidson’s view was that “it would be wrong …

Sense less common
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Apr 2016 at 12:23pm
The Scottish Conservatives manifesto for Holyrood, 2011: But maybe it’s different if you’re openly campaigning to lose. There’s just no pleasing some people. (2016 manifesto here, 2011 here.)

The limits of science
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2016 at 12:55pm
Last weekend’s edition of the Sunday Times gave an article to a Green activist and party worker – not billed as such, even though until last month he was on the party’s regional candidate list for Lothian – to predict that the Greens would get 10 seats at next month’s election. Much campaigning by the various fringe parties …

Choosing their Unions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2016 at 10:37am
We’ve made some progress. It’s just three days since we outlined a question that all the leaders of the Unionist parties should be asked, and we have our first answer. An alert reader emailed it to Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and to his credit he gave a quick, straight and unequivocal …

A small vignette
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2016 at 10:51pm
We were having a quiet night in, readers. (Living in a cul-de-sac, it’s quite peaceful here in the evenings, unless we’re hosting a soirée.) We’d just made ourselves a late snack of a tasty baguette – preceded by a small apéritif, and a few canapés serving as hors d’oeuvre – as the au pair is on …

Balloon with a view
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2016 at 3:02pm
Dismayingly, this magnificent piece of virtuoso television interviewing from last night’s Scotland Tonight doesn’t appear to have been recorded in full splendid isolation for posterity anywhere, so it would be a grave failure of duty on our part not to preserve it for those viewers unfortunate enough to have been otherwise engaged. Some more of …

Every day is a new day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2016 at 11:59am
Not so very long ago, someone said this: Of course, it’s not that day any more. Which means it’s safe to reveal this: So, who’s feeling better together?

In the space of a single minute
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2016 at 10:25am
SNP tax plans simultaneously raise £300m and lose £900m: The Guardian’s daily sale in Scotland: 8,700 copies and falling.

Oranges are not the only fruit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2016 at 1:30pm
A reader directed us today to a tweet by one of the most consistently abusive Tory trolls on social media, slightly concerned about whether his gleeful assertion of a 12% drop in SNP support had any grain of truth to it. If you’re in a hurry, the short answer is “No”. It’s possible to make …

The difficult question
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2016 at 10:21am
We tried to ring BBC Radio Scotland’s phone-in show, presented by Louise White, this morning in order to ask Ruth Davidson a question, but because we’re not Scottish Labour activist Scott Arthur (who appears on air most weeks, including both today’s and yesterday’s shows) we didn’t get picked, as we normally don’t. It was a shame, …

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Lib Dems unveil Holyrood manifesto
15 Apr 2016 at 2:04pm
The Scottish Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto for the Scottish Parliament election.

Land reform raised on campaign trail
15 Apr 2016 at 2:52pm
Nicola Sturgeon pledges to "shine transparency" on who owns Scotland's land - but the Scottish Greens say her pledge is nothing new.

Think tank analyses party tax promises
13 Apr 2016 at 12:03am
A left-leaning think tank analyses the tax promises of Scotland's political parties and concludes that the Labour plan would raise the most revenue.

Leaders campaign on jobs and pensions
14 Apr 2016 at 2:03pm
Party leaders campaign on pensions and employment with three weeks to go until the Holyrood election.

Tories pledge 'strong opposition' to SNP
13 Apr 2016 at 3:17pm
The Scottish Conservatives pledge to provide "strong opposition' to the SNP as the party launches its manifesto for the upcoming Holyrood election.

Holyrood campaign focuses on health
12 Apr 2016 at 2:26pm
Scotland's politicians discuss their healthcare policies while out on the Holyrood campaign trail.

Calls for inquiry into school closures
11 Apr 2016 at 5:17pm
Nicola Sturgeon leads calls for a full inquiry to be held into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools over safety concerns.

Scottish Greens in 200,000 jobs pledge
12 Apr 2016 at 10:09am
The Scottish Green Party manifesto promises to create 200,000 jobs in the oil and gas decommissioning, renewables and housing sectors.

Scots party leaders publish tax returns
10 Apr 2016 at 3:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon joins Scotland's other party leaders by publishing her tax returns amid calls for transparency over politicians' finances.

Greens and UKIP target 'breakthrough'
10 Apr 2016 at 1:52pm
The Scottish Greens and UKIP both target 'breakthrough' results in May's Holyrood election, their leaders tell the BBC.

Corbyn hits Holyrood campaign trail
10 Apr 2016 at 10:14am
Jeremy Corbyn joins Kezia Dugdale at a rally in Edinburgh as Holyrood campaigning continues.

Leaders outline employment policies
8 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Scotland's political leaders discuss their employment policies while out and about on the Holyrood campaign trail.

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No, RISE are not "on 4% in Glasgow"
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2016 at 6:26pm
I was assailed on Twitter today by Jonathan Rimmer, who I gather writes for Common Space and various other publications.  His profile doesn't identify him as a RISE member, but it's pretty obvious ...

Kalamity Kez in crisis after unsparing YouGov poll confirms Scottish Labour's...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2016 at 11:29am
Today's new YouGov poll will come as something of a relief for the SNP, because the fieldwork is bang-up-to-date (it concluded yesterday), and there is no sign at all of the slippage on the list vo...

New podcast
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2016 at 2:27pm
Just a quick note to let you know that myself and Michael Gray are the guests in this week's edition of the Newsnet podcast, hosted as always by Derek Bateman.  Topics discussed include the state o...

Dugdale's daft dreams turn to dust as brutal Survation poll condemns Scottish...
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2016 at 6:28pm
With less than a month to go until polling day, a new Survation poll has just been released placing Labour an eye-watering THIRTY-ONE points behind the SNP on the constituency ballot.Constituency b...

This TNS poll is so God-awful for Scottish Labour that J K Rowling didn't eve...
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2016 at 5:10pm
The monthly TNS poll of Holyrood voting intentions came out earlier today, and the big news is that Labour have returned to their all-time low of 19% on the constituency vote.  They've only previou...

New EU referendum polls from ICM and YouGov show a virtual dead heat
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2016 at 4:33pm
The weekly ICM referendum poll is out, and on the face of it, the results look pretty routine, slotting in more or less in the middle of ICM's 'normal range' -Should the United Kingdom remain a mem...

ORB telephone poll puts Leave just seven points behind - but what does it mean?
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2016 at 10:15pm
There does seem to be something about EU referendum polls.  Every time we need a particular type of poll to make things a little clearer, we kind of get it, but in a form that isn't actually of muc...

Ochone! Opinium's overnight offering is awfully ominous for pro-Europeans, a...
by James Kelly
3 Apr 2016 at 5:37am
Opinium have only conducted one previous voting intention poll over the course of the EU referendum campaign, and it showed a razor-thin Leave lead, so their new poll showing a four-point Leave adv...

Hmmmm. Doesn't Kenny Farquharson know the rules?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2016 at 6:09pm
Fairly predictably, it's been confirmed that the SNP will use 'Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister' as their additional description on the regional list ballot in the May election.  Kenny "Devo or D...

"David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland"
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2016 at 4:16am
It's probably not unusual for political parties to commission private polling which tests how voters react to a set of fairly extreme propaganda statements.  However, it's certainly quite rare for ...

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Why do the SNP support leaving the UK yet shackling Scotland to the EU?
by /u/wookee8
16 Apr 2016 at 1:59am
When you think about it you're just transferring sovereignty to another union. Now I know the EU was originally made to bring Europe together economically but it's getting too big for it's britches...

Best places to visit as a Medieval history buff?
by /u/kingbovril
16 Apr 2016 at 1:51am
Hi everyone, I'm going to Scotland this summer for about 12 days total for a wedding in Crieff. The first 3 or so days will be spent in the Lake District of England and the Isle of Man because we'r...

First trip to Scotland: Where to go besides Islay?
by /u/mfb279
15 Apr 2016 at 10:31pm
I'll be in Scotland for two weeks in May. The first week I'll be working from Edinburgh, and the second week I'd like to see some of the rest of Scotland. After Edinburgh I was planning to spend a ...

Top 10 hotels in the Highlands of Scotland.
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15 Apr 2016 at 8:19pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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15 Apr 2016 at 6:03pm
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...

Revealed: £1m tax sweetener for Cairngorms land deal
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15 Apr 2016 at 5:43pm
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Getting out of the cage « Wee Ginger Dug
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15 Apr 2016 at 5:23pm
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What's it like 'being BROWN GIRL'? One girl has crafted the perfect letter to...
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15 Apr 2016 at 5:18pm
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Hidden pond in the hills, Glen Douglas.
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15 Apr 2016 at 3:39pm
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Handy list of Holyrood 2016 candidates. Includes links to their websites so y...
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15 Apr 2016 at 3:24pm
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Holyrood Election: Lib Dems' Willie Rennie says 'shine has come off' SNP as h...
by David Clegg
15 Apr 2016 at 10:48pm
SCOTS Lib Dem leader Rennie took to a kids soft-play area to launch his party's manifesto for the upcoming election - by insisting that the SNP aren't untouchable any more.

Something to hide, George? Watch Osborne squirm as he dodges tax return question
by Ross McCafferty
15 Apr 2016 at 7:57pm
OSBORNE was caught by Channel 4 News' Kylie Morris, who was given short shrift by the Tory Chancellor and his aide when asking about his bare bones tax return.

Former No vote chief Alistair Darling says that EU referendum could be even c...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Apr 2016 at 11:13am
LORD Darling is warning of economic disaster for Britain if voters decide to leave the European Union.

Jeremy Corbyn: There is a strong socialist case to stay in the EU
by Record Reporter
15 Apr 2016 at 11:05am
THE Labour leader has given a speech saying the best way to change the EU is to work from the inside.

Celebrity threesome injunction: Ex-MP John Hemming calls on judges to lift 's...
by Brian Farmer
15 Apr 2016 at 7:05am
HEMMING previously used parliamentary privilege to expose Ryan Giggs as the celebrity protected by a privacy injunction.

Torcuil Crichton: Friendly fire shows that David Cameron is a lame duck PM wh...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Apr 2016 at 6:00am
TORCUIL reckons that when even David Cameron's own backbenchers are lining up to have a go, the Tory PM has to realise that he's no longer untouchable.

Brutal SNP cuts to council budgets set to cost 7000 jobs as opponents demand ...
by Andy Philip
15 Apr 2016 at 6:00am
THE job losses for 2016-17 are to be caused by Finance boss John Swinney slashing £500m from hard pressed Scottish councils, despite his claims job losses would be minimal.

David Coburn interview: The bungling UKIP MEP dismisses row over controversia...
by David Clegg
15 Apr 2016 at 6:00am
THE UKIP MEP has sparked more outrage by dismissing a row over his controversial remarks as overblown, as he sat down with David Clegg for an interview.

UKIP in ANOTHER racism storm as MEP David Coburn told to resign over shocking...
by David Clegg
14 Apr 2016 at 10:02pm
DAVID Coburn has said that a row over calling an Asian SNP Minister Abu Hamza was caused by an overreaction.

How long will it take you to earn David Cameron's annual salary? Use this cal...
by Nicola Oakley
14 Apr 2016 at 7:05pm
This will tell you how many years you would have to work to earn what our Prime Minister receives in just 12 months

Michael Greenwell

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

Media Studies Friday 12 ? The Camera Frequently Lies
by michaelgreenwell
15 Apr 2016 at 12:47pm
There are innumerable examples that you could use in an article with the title above but I’d just like to thank Etims for providing such a clear example. Oh and there is another one underneath from Jim Murphy if you remember him And here is a story about this kind of thing from Indyref time.

The Scottish Independence Podcast ? Abandoned Episode
by michaelgreenwell
13 Apr 2016 at 10:33pm
I have just spent about an hour mixing together a fairly passable version of The Laughing Policeman which had the words taken out and just left the hysterical laughing and the music. My intention was to cut it with David Coburn quotes from the interview he did last night. The problem came when I started …

What?s The Secret?
by michaelgreenwell
13 Apr 2016 at 7:47am
A little anecdote that John Pilger is fond of telling. The little story is about the USA and Russia, but what he says about journalism in general can be applied everywhere. You might want to think about the way the Scottish media covers certain things while watching….

John Oliver on House of Lords & Orange Bras
by michaelgreenwell
12 Apr 2016 at 8:32am

by michaelgreenwell
10 Apr 2016 at 9:18pm
I once read something by someone who could only be described as a thoroughgoing dissident, namely Derrick Jensen. Now, I believe there are some things  you can agree with him about, and others that I think I’d have to take a step back. However, there is one quote that has always stuck with me… “The …

This Is Not Happening
by michaelgreenwell
9 Apr 2016 at 12:32pm
So far no mention of this so far on the BBC, I am convinced they will mention it in passing soon enough though. I am also sure when they do eventually bother to mention it they will go with the official police estimate that there were only 3 people there. I can see quite a …

Media Studies Friday 12 ? Look There, Look There, Don?t Look Here!
by michaelgreenwell
8 Apr 2016 at 9:06am
After the announcement of the leak, but before Cameron owned up to some dealings in the Panama Papers scandal, the BBC rushed out a little documentary on it. It seems to have been put together very quickly. You might almost think that some of it was already prepared before the scandal broke. In any case, …

The System Works!
by michaelgreenwell
7 Apr 2016 at 9:23pm
It’s the USA in the cartoon, but the idea applies just as well to the UK…

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Both Votes Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2016 at 5:48pm
?Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister.? This is what appears on the regional – or ?list? – ballot for the SNP. At best, this is disingenuous – at worst, however, this is deliberately misleading. I had a conversation with a friend of mine who was particularly passionate about a party that was seeking list votes due …

This is England
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2016 at 4:21pm
In the first of a series of articles looking at contemporary English culture and politics in the run-up to St George’s Day 2016, Jay Griffiths reflects on stolen English indigeneity. In the deserts, a woman is staring at the parched landscape of arid plains. Her heart is thirsty, she is downcast and homesick, yearning for …

Sgeul Ralph Ghlasser mu Chothrom agus Chlas Fhathast Freagarrach An-diugh
by Ruairidh Maciver
15 Apr 2016 at 4:08pm
Aig deireadh nan tritheadan, dh’fhàg Ralph Glasser am flat san robh e a? fuireach còmhla ri athair anns a’ Ghorbals air rothair a fhuair e air ionmhas o charaid teaghlaich, agus chuir e a cheann gu deas. Nuair a ruig e Oilthigh Ocsford trì là na dhèidh, cha robh e ach a? cur crìoch air …

#PanamaPapers tax returns show landlord politicians profiting from the housin...
by Alistair Davidson
14 Apr 2016 at 8:05pm
The Panama papers scandal has dominated the news the last few weeks, and with good reason – it linked twelve heads of state to offshore funds, exposed David Cameron?s secret fortune and caused Iceland?s prime minister?s attempted resignation. Street protests followed, the hashtag #dodgydave was created, and most Scottish and UK party leaders released their …

Truth and Reconciliation in Scottish Football
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2016 at 2:29pm
Sustainable and genuine reconciliation after a conflict is built on transparency, contrition and compromise. Intransigent denials or a thirst for punishment from either side usually achieves nothing but frustration and leaves unresolved issues which will make any future relationship very fraught and likely to collapse. In Scottish football ? as with anywhere else ? reconciliation …

London First, Last and Everywhere In-Between
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2016 at 9:30am
London First now wants £1 Trillion pounds of future investment over 35 years. It’s an infrastructure drain that distorts the whole of the UK argues John Warren. London First is a very appropriately named, major pressure group of big business organisations, operating in almost every conceivable sector (?Our Members?); which has the following mission ?to make …

Bernard Ponsonby vs A Spotted Hanky
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2016 at 11:18pm
This is possibly the most embarrassing thing you will ever see in your lifetime. The so called ‘MSM’ get slagged the whole time but Bernard Ponsonby is excellent in his understated demolition of UKIP’s David Coburn who appears here in the ultimate car-crash interview. Does this beat Willie Rennie’s amorous pig moment?

The Big Debate from Glasgow
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2016 at 5:52pm
Interesting livestream debate from the Riverside Halls Glasgow that includes Tommy Sheridan, Cat Boyd, Ivan McKee, Johann Lamont, Zara Kitson and more.

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Children affected by Edinburgh school closures spread between 61 sites
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Apr 2016 at 7:51pm
Edinburgh council uses 70 buses to transport pupils across city and describes relocation as ?huge logistical exercise?Thousands of children affected by school closures in Edinburgh have had to be spread between 61 schools, nurseries, early learning centres and a university while engineers fix the...

Scottish Lib Dems look to Charles Kennedy as inspiration for fightback
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Apr 2016 at 2:51pm
Party leader Willie Rennie faces losing last two constituencies but says ?positive? 2016 manifesto is in spirit of popular former MPThe Scottish Liberal Democrats are invoking the memory of the UK party?s former leader Charles Kennedy in an attempt to distance themselves from the deeply unpopular...

Building flaws found in all 17 closed Edinburgh schools
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Apr 2016 at 1:40pm
Report suggests some PFI-built schools may remain closed until after summer holidays to allow for repairsEdinburgh council has confirmed that building defects and flaws have been uncovered in all 17 schools closed for safety reasons, as fears grow that some may not reopen until the autumn.Andrews...

Scottish Conservative manifesto vows strong opposition to SNP
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
13 Apr 2016 at 3:13pm
Leader Ruth Davidson admits party cannot win but says it can succeed where Labour has failed in holding SNP to accountRuth Davidson has launched the Scottish Conservative manifesto with a candid admission that it is not a programme for government but a programme for a strong opposition, and pledg...

Nicola Sturgeon's tax plan will cost Holyrood £900m, says IPPR
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Apr 2016 at 8:43am
Scotland?s tax policy battle heats up as independent data suggests SNP?s plan would raise minimal extra fundsThe battle over tax policy in Scotland has taken a further twist following an independent forecast that found Nicola Sturgeon?s refusal to increase rates for the rich would cost Holyrood u...

Scottish Greens to press Nicola Sturgeon to tax rich after election
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
12 Apr 2016 at 3:08pm
Green party wants first minister to raise tax rates to prevent spending cuts if it gains seats in parliamentary pollThe Scottish Green party has promised leftwing voters it would put Nicola Sturgeon under friendly pressure to tax the rich if it wins a large number of Holyrood seats in May.Patrick...

The Guardian view on criminal policy: sex, money and the long arm of the law ...
by Editorial
7 Apr 2016 at 7:35pm
As long as serious efforts are made to help workers in the sex trade into safe work, the ban on buying sex just introduced by France could help reduce harmThe harm principle, the assertion that the only just use of power in a civilised community is to prevent harm, can be a handy weapon in the ar...

Scottish Conservatives best opposition to SNP, says Ruth Davidson
by Libby Brooks
7 Apr 2016 at 6:13pm
Tory leader in Scotland says her party, not Labour, offers actual alternative to Nicola Sturgeon?s party in May?s Holyrood electionsConservatives could replace Labour as the most viable opposition to Nicola Sturgeon?s SNP the Tory leader in Scotland has said.Arguing that only her party can offer ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Getting out of the cage
The Scottish elections are almost upon us, three weeks from today we will know the composition of the new Scottish parliament. And it’s vital that the new parliament has an SNP majority. It’s the only way that we can be certain that when the time is right, Scotland will embark upon a second independence referendum. …

Deaf-Con Unionism
Tory Tank Girl Ruth Davidson has decided to campaign for the Scottish Parliament on the Edinburgh tea manifesto, ‘You’ll have had your referendum.’ Ruthie is pleased to talk down at the people of Scotland that under no circumstances will we be allowed another independence referendum, and that there are no circumstances which would justify one. …

W.A.N.K.I.S.H. behaviour
Poor Davie Cameron, according to bool-moothed commentator Charles Moore, or should that be Chahles Mauh, writing in the Telegraph, wee Davie suffers from the dreadful social handicap of being born into the kind of wealth that the rest of us can only achieve if we’re lucky enough to win the Euromillions lottery. Perhaps we ought …

Don?t mention the L word
Shhhh. Don’t say the L word. Let’s report on the school closure debacle without mentioning who was the government at the time which decided to mortgage the future of public services to the shoddier practices of the private sector at ruinously high rates of interest because it was a wizzard wheeze that kept it of …

Raising a glass
I didn’t blog anything yesterday because I was away at a wedding. One of my oldest friends married her girlfriend in a simple and beautiful ceremony, and then we celebrated over lunch. It was a little romantic tale of modern Scotland, remarkable and memorable only for the happy couple and those of us who had …

The last days of the Whinited Kingdom
Sometimes you feel like banging your head against a brick wall at the rank stupidity of some people, like the idiots on Twitter who tweet at the National to express their displeasure that the paper employs an anonymous person who thinks he’s a dog to write comment pieces. I am of course entirely anonymous, which …

Shear the sheep don?t fleece the people
Remember all those promises that the Better Together campaign made to Scotland during the independence referendum campaign? All those tax office jobs that would be safe, all those EU memberships that would be secure, all those pensions that would be guaranteed, and all those steel workers who were going to stay in work, all thanks …

The Jerry Springer guest of Europe
This week it’s one year since I went self employed and I’ve been struggling to get my wee head around registering for tax as a self-employed ranter, after having made sure that I’ve got enough built up in my savings account to pay the inevitable tax bill when it arrives. Little people, like a self-employed …

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MP's call to end UK Government secrecy over the fate of Yemeni refugees
A SCOTTISH MP is pressing the Home Office to end its secrecy over the treatment of Yemeni asylum seekers as international concern about the humanitarian crisis in their home country grows.

Artistic Director resigns from the National Theatre of Scotland
LAURIE Sansom, the National Theatre of Scotland?s Artistic Director is to leave after just three years in the top job.

Nicola Sturgeon promises to shine a light on who owns what land in Scotland
NICOLA Sturgeon has promised to introduce strict new rules to make clear who owns Scotland?s land if the SNP wins a third term in power after May?s Holyrood election.

Museum staff call off their planned strikes as a deal is agreed
The long running and bitter dispute between staff and management at the National Museum of Scotland has come to an end, after the Scottish Government stepped in to agree a new £1.2m deal. Strikes planned for the rest of the month have now bee

The funeral of fishing boat crewman who drowned off the Western Isles takes p...
THE funeral of a crewman killed when a fishing vessel sank off a Scottish island will be held today.

Play hunt the haggis at the Highland Haggis Festival
MORE than 20 haggises have been hidden around a Highland village as the world?s only festival dedicated to the dish prepares to begin.

Young boy tells court that he strangled Liam Fee but did not kill the two yea...
A TRIAL has heard a young boy say he ?strangled? toddler Liam Fee ? but that the two-year-old was still sitting up and watching television afterwards.

Destiny invites everyone to listen to the controversial preacher Creflo Dollar
EVANGELICAL church Destiny has defended its decision to invite Creflo Dollar, the controversial ?prosperity gospel? pastor, to Scotland.

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

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

"She wore a blue collar..."
Every politician has their schtick, their story. Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson's, is that she is a ?good, old-fashioned? working-class Conservative, seasoned with a good pinch of socially liberal, unstarchy modernity.As Peter Ross' Times profile puts it this morning, "Ms Davidson grew up in two traditional small towns, Selkirk and Lundin L...

John Deighan: sans class, sans gorm, sans everything
I have a confession to make. Among the great shifting and disputatious tribes of Scottish public life, the sinners and the redeemed, there are relatively few people for whom I feel absolute, crushing contempt. In brash newspaper columns and in stressed television appearances -- we only see a glancing, partial depiction of the whole soul. But one...

Gerry Hassan

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Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question
Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 13th 2016 Dundee, Scotland?s fourth city is on the move. It is often forgotten about or even patronised by those in the Central Belt – ?it is a place I have only passed through? is a regular refrain I have heard ...

Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation
Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 10th 2016 One theme has dominated this week in Scotland and the UK – taxation. From April 6th 2016 the Scottish Parliament gained powers over a Scottish rate of income tax representing half of all income tax raised ? and from next year ...

Rainbow Nation Scotland
Rainbow Nation Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 6th 2016 Scotland is a land of tolerance and acceptance in at least one respect. Four out of six leaders of our main political parties are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Plus the Secretary of State for Scotland. This is a far cry from the Scotland of old. ...

What part of Britain is not for sale?
What part of Britain is not for sale? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 3rd 2016 This week the future of the steel industry moved centrestage, Scottish parties have finally started talking tax, and the Tories version of what they call a ?national living wage? came into force. British steel used to lead the world. In ...

In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter
In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2016 The Scottish Parliament broke up this week ? ending the fourth parliamentary term and marking the start of the election campaign. These are strange times. Politicians try to reassure us that everything will be alright, while they scare ...

?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history
?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 23rd 2016 Tom Devine has been a huge intellectual influence in Scotland in recent decades, having made major and thoughtful contributions to many important historical and contemporary debates. His latest work, ?Independence or Union: Scotland?s Past and ...

The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers
The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 20th 2016 George Osborne presented his eighth and potentially last Budget. Bad politics. Dodgy decisions and finances. All leading to Iain Duncan Smith?s sensational resignation sparking bitter Tory divisions. Osborne is a very political chancellor, convinced of his own sure touch ...

Donald Trump may a one-off but his politics are not a one-off
Donald Trump may be a one-off but his politics are not a one-off Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 16th 2016 Donald Trump may seem like a throwback to earlier, uglier times, but he is actually a very modern phenomenon. He is easy for opponents to hate, ridicule and throw insults at – from ?fascist? (which ...

Scotland and Independence

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
Scots rejected independence in September 2014, voting to remain in the U.K. by 55 percent to 45 percent. Hours after that referendum result, British Prime Minister David Cameron declared that the issue of Scottish separation had been "settled for a ...
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The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just £100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
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Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond - Toronto Star

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Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond
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Canada, and its own struggles with Quebec independence bids and referendums, has figured strongly in the Scottish independence saga, on both sides of the question. Cameron's government sought advice from many Canadians on the federalist side of the ...

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Five facts you should know about the Scottish Election - BBC News

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Five facts you should know about the Scottish Election
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Scotland has already seen a referendum on independence and a general election in the last 18 months - but now it's decision time again. On 5 May millions will vote in the Scottish elections to elect the new parliament, known as Holyrood. There's a lot ...
Conservative leader Ruth Davidson unveils fresh drive for Scotland to st...

Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News

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Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
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Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Brexit supporters and Scottish independence advocates believe in a 'false freedom', says David MundellThe Ind...

Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a ...

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Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a disaster
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Thursday, March 24, 2016, could have been the day the United Kingdom as we know it ceased to exist. Because it was due to be Scotland's independence day. If Scots had voted to leave the UK in 2014 then they would have become an independent country ...

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Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance - BBC News

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Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has sought to clarify reports she might back Scottish independence if it could secure Scotland's EU membership. In an interview with the Fabian Review she was quoted as saying it was "not inconceivable" in such ...
Kezia Dugdale: I could vote for independence to keep Scotland in

Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum? - Scotsman

Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum?
Had there been a Yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, the past 18 months would have been a fascinating and fraught chapter in the nation's history. Instead of announcing his intention to step down, an ebullient First Minister Alex ...
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Alex Salmond: Enda Kenny must make friends in Dáil, and quickly - Irish Times

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Alex Salmond: Enda Kenny must make friends in Dáil, and quickly
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And so it is towards minority government that Ireland is now likely bound. As it happens, this is something I know just a little about. In 2007, I led the Scottish National Party to a historic first election triumph. The SNP won 47 of the 129 seats in ...

China deal: Now SNP call for transparency after council snub - Herald Scotland

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China deal: Now SNP call for transparency after council snub
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In a letter to the Falkirk Council Chief Executive, SNP group leader Cecil Meiklejohn said "serious questions have to be asked with regards to the openness, transparency and ethos" if decisions had been taken without consultation with opposition ...

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The Wee Ginger Dug: It's the same old faces telling us Labour has changed - T...

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The Wee Ginger Dug: It's the same old faces telling us Labour has changed
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There's no consistency in what they tell the public, other than letting us know at every available opportunity that the SNP are a shower of malefactors who only want to get into power to chew the heads off cute British kittens. When you have a ...

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NICOLA Sturgeon has promised to introduce strict new rules to make clear who owns Scotland's land if the SNP wins a third term in power after May's Holyrood election. The First Minister vowed if she is re-elected, one of the first acts of her ...

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Pro-EU group are warned against using 'Project Fear' style tactics - The Nati...

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Pro-EU group are warned against using 'Project Fear' style tactics
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CAMPAIGNING in the EU referendum is being dominated by ?scaremongering with alarming similarities? to the way the anti-independence group Better Together led by Alistair Darling conducted itself, the SNP's Europe spokesman has said. SNP MP Stephen ...

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The way to a nation's heart is through its stomach - Herald Scotland

The way to a nation's heart is through its stomach
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GOVERNMENTS are often accused of cooking the books. It is more rare to find them booking the cooks. However, that could be the scenario if the SNP is returned to power next month. As we report today, the party's forthcoming manifesto will include a ...

The SNP is fighting a lacklustre election campaign. And it's brilliant - Hera...

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The SNP is fighting a lacklustre election campaign. And it's brilliant
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Exactly a year ago, Nick Clegg was launching the LibDems' manifesto with a dire warning that the SNP or Ukip could end up holding the balance of power. Let the LibDems form a "coalition with conscience," he said, rather than allow the country to "lurch ...

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Corbyn urged to get behind Westminster voting change - The National

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Corbyn urged to get behind Westminster voting change
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JEREMY Corbyn is under pressure to back the scrapping of the UK's controversial first-past-the-post electoral system as the SNP claimed it gives the Tories ?free reign? to make massive cuts to public services north and south of the Border. SNP MP Tommy ...

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It worked, however, and Labour faces a decade-long struggle to restore its relevance and its fortunes in Scotland. Now the party must ensure its voice is not silenced in the EU referendum ? and one photograph from this week tells us why. It showed a ...

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LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
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Nicola Sturgeon cautious on second Scotland referendum call - Financial Times

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Nicola Sturgeon cautious on second Scotland referendum call
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Ms Sturgeon's comments during a second televised debate ahead of Scottish parliamentary elections in May are an attempt to balance impatience among SNP supporters for independence and awareness a second referendum defeat would be disastrous for ...
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Scotland's independence day -
Scotland's independence day
The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just £100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
More Scots say they feel British after referendumThe Times (subscription)
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Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News

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Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
BBC News
Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Like the Scottish referendum, the public will be thinking of their pockets when they vote on EU membershipThe...

Scots' passion for politics has grown since independence referendum, report s...

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Scots' passion for politics has grown since independence referendum, report says
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THE Scottish public's passion for politics has increased since the high engagement of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, making Scots far more knowledgeable about and interested in politics than their counterparts south of the border, a ...

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Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond - Toronto Star

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Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond
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Though he resigned the day after the referendum, Salmond continues to fight for an independent Scotland. He visited Toronto and New York this week in part to promote his book, titled after the vow he uttered even as he was stepping down: The Dream ...

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Support for Union soars: Poll reveals 58 per cent of Scottish voters want to ...
Support for Union soars: Poll reveals 58 per cent of Scottish voters want to stay in UK
The latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey shows that just 42 per cent of people want the country to leave the UK, compared with 58 per cent who want to stay. It is the greatest support for the Union seen since August 2014 - one month before the ...
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US upset by Russian Planes in Baltic
The US are ripping their tights over Russian planes getting too close to their ships in the Baltic..yes the Baltic!
No doubt the US would be cool about a Russian Aircraft carriers in the Caribbean.

Guardian reporting that the blame is going to be shoved on to the military.....   Can't have Saint Tony blamed, after all, he just ordered the armed forces in.....

Scotland: Fixing things the UK Government won't
Whilst the UK Government flounders over the Port Talbot fiasco (how long have they known?) the Scottish Government comes through- again - revitalising the plants at Clydebridge and Dalzell. On the back of the continued recovery of the saved Ferguson shipyard and the regeneration of Prestwick Airp...

Potential future party/branch office leaders
So the elections are coming up and typically that leads to several resignations from the leaders of parties who are perceived to have had a poor night. 2011 claimed Iain Gray, Annabel Goldie and Tavish Scott from the unionist branch offices, 2007 saw the resignations of Jack McConnell and Nicol S...

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Holyrood 2016 : Voting Intentions
so, there's just over a month to go, until the Holyrood elections. The SNP are predicted to win by a mahoosive margin with complacency and apathy, rather than one of the opposition parties, the main enemy.   so, what will it be? a vote for one of the choices on offer, or a juvenile cock & balls s...

political power
Just thinking, with the level of dominance which the SNP currently have in Scotland, how long will it last and what, other than independence, could lead to its decline? I can't think of much as SNP now have a very good leader who could lead the party for 10-15 years easily and they don't seem pro...

Voting Yes Not Inconceivable
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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Panama papers
Looks like there has been a massive leak of documents from a Panamanian legal company that specializes in tax avoidance for the rich and famous. Looks like a story that will keep on giving for a long time since 11 million pages of documents have been released. Particularly funny at the moment is ...

The walking dead
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode.  At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol) 

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Kodi Schmodi
Just got all exited with Kodi there. I realised they had the entire Play for Today anthology. just Another Saturday Elephant's Graveyard Donal and Sally Just a Boy's Game etc etc etc. All there.  every single one of them..........."no stream available" WTF!!!!

Dental Implants
Anyone had any Dental Implants? Lost another one of my chewing teeth (abscess) and I'm thinking of getting dental implants. Got any ideas on costs and any recommendations for clinics in the central belt?

Holyrood predictions
whats everyone predictions for the up coming elections? I dont think anyone will argue thats its almost certain to be a snp government elected but will it be with a majority ? Do you think that the torys may sneak into opposition? personally i dont think the snp will win a out right majority,...

New tyres
I bought two new tyres for the car last week and was offered 2 free retro shirts from Toffs as part of the deal. Got the codes in today and ordered, its the real deal 16 Euro Nations to choice from including Scotland , you get the shirt named as well. Now IIFC a Retro shirt costs arou...

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Scottish Liberal Democrats to launch manifesto for Scottish Parliament election

Willie Rennie: Lib Dem agenda 'fits with the modern public mood in Scotland'

Heart failure in Scotland remains a challenge

British Heart Foundation's James Cant on how research can save lives

SNP pledges new Register of Controlling Interests on land ownership

National Museums Scotland contract dispute with PCS resolved

Prison is not the right answer to every question of penal reform

Research warns of 'internal structural disconnects' within Police Scotland

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