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Tories will 'get what they deserve' in Euro elections, says Nicola Sturgeon
16 May 2019 at 11:54am
12:32pm Nicola Sturgeon has said the Tories will 'get what they deserve' at the ballot box in light of the 'Westminster Brexit fiasco'.


Countdown to May's departure begins as she agrees to set her departure date a...
16 May 2019 at 8:01pm
THE countdown to Theresa May?s departure as Prime Minister has begun and she could announce her resignation from office in just three weeks? time if, as many expect, her fourth and final attempt to get her Brexit plan through the Commons fails.


Grieving families hit out at NHS Tayside mental health inquiry
16 May 2019 at 3:16pm
GRIEVING families have warned they are losing faith in an independent inquiry into mental health services at a troubled health board, amid claims they are being kept in the dark.


MSPs back plans to ban smacking in Scotland
16 May 2019 at 4:34pm
PLANS to ban smacking in Scotland have taken a major step forward after being backed by a Holyrood committee.


Theresa May agrees to set leaving date after Brexit vote
16 May 2019 at 3:14pm
THERESA May has won a Brexit reprieve after Tory grandees agreed to allow her to continue as the party leader until the Commons crunch vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill early next month.


Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken offers apology for 'offensive' Range...
16 May 2019 at 3:14pm
The leader of Glasgow City Council, Susan Aitken, has offered an apology for an  'offensive' Rangers fanzone Facebook post she shared about a rival politician in a private SNP Facebook group.


Boris Johnson announces he will run to be next Tory leader
16 May 2019 at 2:18pm
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he will run to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.


Nigel Farage to charge supporters £2.50 to attend his Brexit Party rally in E...
16 May 2019 at 11:03am
Nigel Farage has sparked outrage after revealing people will have to pay £2.50 to attend his Brexit Party rally in Edinburgh.


Nicola Sturgeon says rumours of her stepping down are "wishful thinking on th...
16 May 2019 at 10:28am
Nicola Sturgeon has said in an interview with Robert Peston that she would be willing to accelerate plans for independence if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead and that she has no plans to step down as First Minister.


Brexit Party leader Farage risks return to Edinburgh after 'ugly' reception o...
15 May 2019 at 5:30pm
NIGEL Farage will make his first campaign trip to Scotland on Friday evening as part of next week?s European elections campaign.


Nicola Sturgeon suggests independence drive could be accelerated if new PM wa...
15 May 2019 at 8:43pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has suggested the SNP?s campaign for Scottish independence would be accelerated if Theresa May?s successor in No 10 pushed for a hard Brexit.


May to be urged by Tory grandees to 'name the day' of her departure from No 10
16 May 2019 at 12:02am
THERESA May will be urged by Tory grandees today to ?name the day? of her departure as No 10 signalled that next month?s Commons vote on her Brexit Bill would be a make-or-break moment for her premiership.


Starmer makes clear Labour will 'oppose' May's Brexit Bill in absence of cros...
16 May 2019 at 12:42pm
LABOUR will oppose Theresa May's Brexit Bill if her deal remains unchanged, Sir Keir Starmer has warned.


Greens urge First Minister to reverse cuts to climate change fund
16 May 2019 at 1:30pm
Nicola Sturgeon faced criticism over cuts to funding for new projects to fight climate change, despite having declared a ?climate emergency?.


Ex-MI6 chief warns PM allowing Huawei role in UK's 5G poses 'potential securi...
16 May 2019 at 12:30pm
A former MI6 chief has warned Theresa May that allowing the Chinese tech giant Huawei to have a role in building the UK's 5G network poses an unnecessary risk to national security.

 

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David Cameron to publish ?For The Record? memoir later this year
Former prime minister ­David Cameron’s autobiography – titled For The Record – will be published in the autumn, its publisher has said.

Johnson favourite to win leadership as pressure mounts on May over June vote
Theresa May has started the clock on her exit from Downing Street, promising Conservative MPs that she will set out a timetable for her departure after a vote on her Brexit deal at the start of June.

Clyde stands in for Ganges so Sikhs and Hindus can hold funerals
The Sikh community in Scotland has been given the first official spot to scatter ashes in a funeral ritual traditionally carried out on the Ganges.

Parents remove children from island school over 5G mast
A couple have removed their three children from school to teach them at home in protest over a 5G mobile phone mast being fitted to their school building.

Call for law change so unmarried partners can inherit without will
Lawyers have called for a change in the law to allow unmarried people to inherit from a deceased partner who leaves no will.

Only 33% have ?silent killer? high blood pressure under control
The world’s largest high blood pressure screening study has revealed that just one in three people with the condition has it under control.

Nurse stabbed after confronting ?evil? London Bridge terrorist
An off-duty nurse was stabbed in the neck by an “evil” terrorist after she rushed in to help a victim of the London Bridge attack, an inquest has heard.

Scottish government rejects plan to reshape Edinburgh over decade
A 400-page report who laid out a vision for the future of Edinburgh and south-east Scotland has been rejected.

Body of missing East Lothian man discovered by members of public
Police have confirmed that the body of a missing 22-year-old has been found in woodlands.

Trump ramps up China confrontation with Huawei ban
The Trump administration has issued an executive order apparently aimed at banning Huawei’s equipment from US networks and said it was subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls.

Close result predicted ahead of Australia?s weekend election
Australia’s conservative prime minister has predicted a close result at elections tomorrow as his rival used a campaign rally to revel in the memory of one of his centre-left party’s greatest victories 47 years ago.

Brits among four killed in Dubai plane crash
Three Britons have died after a UK-registered light aircraft crashed in Dubai, authorities said.

Compensation payouts for Scotrail delays rocket 70% in a year
Compensation paid out for delayed journeys on Scotrail has risen more than 70% in a year, topping £1 million.

Edinburgh scientists discovers DNA mutation link to dog breathing problems
A DNA mutation linked to breathing problems in popular dog breeds has been discovered by scientists.

Lewis Capaldi given own emoji on day face appears on Duke statue
Scots singing sensation Lewis Capaldi has celebrated being awarded his own personal emoji.

Wings over Scotland blog

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How to be goodest at numberology
Ruth Davidson led on numeracy (or as Tories call it, “numberacy”) at FMQs today. And we can see why she’s concerned. Because the party’s big line of attack yesterday was this: And, well, those numbers need some work. Because there are only 6,788 convicted criminals in Scottish prisons AT ALL. We know that around 1000 of …

Last Call
Click the image or here to go to the fundraiser page. Click here to donate directly by other means. . Total at 8am, 15 May: £98,688. Last 24 hours: £7,151 (Includes donations from all sources) . When we launched our 2018 crowdfunder, more than 14 months ago, we said “this is probably the last time we?re going to …

Mummy?s back

The meaning of power
We see that “giving you chores to do and calling it a present” is back: Sigh. As we’ve been pointing out ever since it was first mooted, the “assignation” of VAT receipts to the Scottish Government is neither a power nor a gift, but a trap. Holyrood will not have the ability to alter VAT in any …

Spilt black milk
Last week, Norway rubbed our faces in it again. In just THREE MONTHS, the investment return alone from its national oil fund was around £64 billion – more money than the total annual budget of Scotland, including both Scottish Government spending and money spent by the UK “on our behalf”. (If you click that link, …

At midnight all the agents
On Saturday, for the second year in a row, there was a huge and joyous independence march through the centre of Glasgow, which passed off with no incidents, arrests or disturbances despite attempted provocation from a small handful of abusive Unionist bigots led by a Holocaust denier. Most of the Sunday papers carried largely neutral …

David Mundell is a liar
This was the Secretary of State for Scotland on the BBC’s coverage of the Scottish Conservative conference earlier today. The broadcaster’s political editor Brian Taylor gets uncharacteristically indignant with Mundell’s response, and well he might. Mundell insists, as he has done for years, that Scots voted in 2014 while knowing that they’d subsequently be getting a referendum on EU …

The secret collectors
Alert readers may recall our ongoing enquiry with the Scottish Conservatives and the Information Commissioner’s Office about what may or may not constitute a lawful and legitimate “petition”, if one is conducted over a period of several years (during which signatories may changes their opinions, or die) and is never delivered to its supposed recipient, …

The leak inquiry

The slow learners
Poor old Gary Smith and the rest of the super-unionist GMB. We wonder how many times the UK government has to kick them up the arse before they stop bending over. We’re pretty sure we’ll need to take our shoes and socks off to count, though. Because he didn’t twig in 2015. Or in 2016. Or in …

BBC Scotland

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Theresa May agrees to set timetable to choose successor
Sources tell the BBC the prime minister will step down if she loses the vote on the Brexit bill next month.


Are Joanna Cherry's claims of SNP 'infighting' true?
What's behind Joanna Cherry's claims of "back-stabbing" and "infighting" in the SNP?


Councillor suspended over 'inappropriate' online comments
Scotland's only openly transgender councillor is sanctioned for "disrespectful conduct" in online posts.


Holyrood committee backs Scottish smacking ban bill
Holyrood's equalities committee backs a bill aiming to give children "equal protection from assault".


Ruth Davidson: Scotland should 'move on' from referendums
The Scottish Conservatives put "respect for referendum results" at the heart of their election campaign.


EU elections: Change UK's lead candidate in Scotland quits
David Macdonald urges voters to back the Lib Dems instead of the party he was selected to stand for.


Brexit: MPs to vote on withdrawal bill in early June
This will happen even if there's no agreement between the government and Labour, Downing Street says.


Labour's Ian Murray and Neil Findlay in complaints row
BBC Scotland understands MP Ian Murray has accused Neil Findlay MSP of "bullying and harassment".


Lib Dems find 'no grounds for action' against Sir David Steel
The party lifts former leader David Steel's suspension after "clarifying" remarks he made about an MP accused of abuse.


Glasgow and Edinburgh fight to become the UK's first 'net-zero' city
The two city councils want to be the first to cancel out harmful gases and reach the ambitious environmental target.


Scottish Labour leaflets sent in Welsh instead of Gaelic
Voters in the Highlands were left baffled by Scottish Labour leaflets partly written in Welsh.


EU elections: Scottish Lib Dems vow to end 'constitutional shambles'
The Scottish Lib Dems put opposition to Brexit and indyref2 at the heart of their European election platform.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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Ruth Davidson's campaign pitch is just sooooo 2017
So I received my official Ruth Davidson's Conservatives Election Communication through the door this morning, and a few points leap out at me...* They seem to have entirely given up on voters with ...

Could Ruth Davidson be facing an ABRUPT END to her political career? SHOCK Y...
Every day seems to bring word of a poll showing even more progress for the Brexit Party, and the latest from YouGov is no exception.Britain-wide voting intentions for Westminster (YouGov):Conservat...

Opinium poll suggests Farage has a chance of becoming Prime Minister
It's not very often that Nicola Sturgeon tweets about a Britain-wide opinion poll, and I was initially slightly puzzled as to why she singled out ("it's time for independence, Scotland") today's ne...

Hats off to Haddington as SNP give Ruth Davidson's Tories the FRIGHT OF THEIR...
So this is more like it, after the slight disappointment of the by-election in Dundee last week. Haddington and Lammermuir isn't particularly SNP territory - the party finished third in the ward (...

An all-out independence push would have been better, but 'Stop Brexit' is sti...
There were two obvious possibilities for the SNP's pitch in the European elections - they could either make it all about independence and seek a 'quadruple lock mandate' for an independence referen...

Last call to register to vote in the European elections
It's 7pm as I write this, so you now have only a few hours left to register to vote in the European elections (that is, if you aren't already registered as a result of responding to the household e...

On the subject of "monetising the Yes movement"...
You're probably aware by now that the ostensibly pro-indy journalist Neil Mackay has been at it again.  Not content with his proposal a few days ago that would essentially make it impossible for Ye...

SNP gatecrash the English local elections by seizing control of Dundee City C...
So here's a paradox within a paradox within a paradox.  On Scottish local elections night two years ago, the SNP failed to win an overall majority in any council, and yet they've somehow pulled tha...

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ELI5: how do Scots who are pro-independence because they don't want to be rul...
Just for context, I voted Yes and for Brexit. Scottish sovereignty is my ideal. I'm looking for explanations, I'm too afraid to bring this up on personal social media because of the political vitri...

Sir Andy Murray receives knighthood
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Loch lochy so good they named it twice
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Hydrogen can meet Scotland's green energy needs, says specialist. Fledgling i...
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Dug. Rannoch Moor.
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Scotland: Brexit Party lead Conservatives and closing in on Labour ahead of E...
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May is 'so incompetent she can't even resign properly' - Ian Blackford
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Scotland can relate
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Isn't east lothian lovely.
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Urinals in my favourite Glaswegian pub.
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Irn-Bru maker to launch energy drink
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Could Ross Thomson get any further up Bojos arse?
Seen a wee snippet on the news about Theresa May resigning and potential candidates and it shows a shot of Boris Johnson who seemingly can't walk past anyone without that wee sycophantic lickspittl...

Lowering sun at Dunaverty Rock, Southend, Argyll.
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Laura Waddell, Hootsmon | Joanna Cherry, now?s not the time for SNP leadershi...
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Daily Record

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Theresa May agrees to set timetable for new Tory leader vote as Boris Johnson...
The Prime Minister will meet Conservative Party chiefs in the nest few weeks to agree the details of the leadership contest.


Nicola Sturgeon would accelerate IndyRef2 plans if new prime minister opts fo...
Legislation is set to be introduced by the Scottish Government this month setting out the rules of a second independence poll.


Tory Brexit chief says Theresa May's deal will be 'dead' if MPs reject it for...
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay admits it would be end of the road for the deal thrashed out with EU if the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) is defeated.


SNP MP Joanna Cherry accuses fellow nationalists of 'backstabbing' her amid b...
The MP took to Twitter to vent her anger as the sniping campaign between rival factions of the SNP intensified online.


Nicola Sturgeon's Glasgow constituency highest in Scotland for child poverty
Data showed 46 per cent of children in the First Minister's constituency are in families that are in poverty.


Brexit showdown date confirmed as MPs set for fourth vote on Theresa May's deal
The Prime Minister will bring key legislation before the Commons on June 3 after holding fresh talks with Jeremy Corbyn.


Nicola Sturgeon admits suffering from 'imposter syndrome' as First Minister
The SNP leader revealed on a radio show that there are days she thinks 'should I even be here?'


Labour and Tory Brexit talks continue despite Tory opposition to Jeremy Corby...
After a marathon Cabinet meeting ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts.


Jeremy Corbyn warned 'learn IndyRef lessons or face Labour wipeout in EU elec...
Ian Murray MSP says the party leader risks being 'washed away' in a repeat of the party?s 2015 election disaster in Scotland.


Labour send Euro vote campaign leaflets written in Welsh to homes in Highlands
Scottish voters received bilingual literature saying Vote Welsh Labour.

Michael Greenwell


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

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Our Political Shambles from Across the Pond
Bonnie Prince Bob – @nonideefixe is disillusioned in New York. I?m in Brooklyn right now, in a place called Bed-Stuy, it?s holding out to gentrification (just) but will ultimately, just like the surrounding areas, succumb completely to Hipster twattery. Biggie Smalls, Ol? Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z all came from here and Spike Lee?s ?Do The …

Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and ...
A landmark report by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Oil Change International reveals, for the first time, the climate impact of North Sea oil and gas extraction, and urges the governments to prioritise a job-creating energy transition. The report lays out in the starkest terms the simple reality that the UK?s oil and gas …

5G Trade Wars: the US Empire Strikes Back
This past week the US-China trade war went ballistic. Remember these are the two largest economies on the planet. Let?s unpick what is happening. Yes, geopolitics is involved but the deeper reality is a battle over markets and profits. And the name of that battle is 5G. 5G is the so-called fifth generation of mobile …

Police Spies in Scotland ? We Need a Public Inquiry
Should the police be allowed to perform illegal surveillance, operate under false identities and form relationships and even impregnate peaceful activists in Scotland but not in England Wales? We?ve covered the Scottish dimension of the #SpyCops scandal here, here and here  – but a report out today published by the Scottish Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance …

White Noise
In a week when, miraculously, the Sunday Mail came out urging voters to vote Green in Scotland, it’s worth reflecting on the relationship between media and politics. I say “miraculously” not because the Scottish Green party doesn’t deserve support, it does, but because the Sunday Mail hasn’t created a reputation for far-sighted ecological politics and …

Dream State
Twenty years ago we voted in the first elections for the new Scottish Parliament and witnessed the opening of Holyrood with hope and expectation. Much of that seems lost now but is worth re-kindling. A familiar claim after the 1979 debacle was that a resurgent Scottish literature helped carry the fire for self-determination. In his …

The pellet with the poison?s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from ...
The responsibility for VAT is being transferred, but not the rights that go with it. John S Warren explores the problem. Fury, outrage and righteous indignation are the everyday currency of politics in Scotland, especially among the opposition political parties. The result is daily politics is now conducted by a mixture of bombast and accusation. …

The Tree that Danced
I watched you grow through the seasons and the years. You reached your full height, but you were still slim and unscarred, your bark a faintly-striped grey-white. Bare branches bent before the winter winds, giving way with grace and never breaking. But after every storm the ground around you was strewn with spiky twigs. As …

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UK will face either no-deal or no Brexit if MPs vote down withdrawal agreemen...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo 10 hints Commons vote on Brexit deal is make or break for MayPMQs verdict: Corbyn wins as May works out her noticeAnalysis: what are challenges facing the PM?s bill 5.01pm BST Pi...

Change UK in Scottish setback as candidate backs Lib Dems
European election candidate says he believes party is splitting remain voteYour guide to the European electionsThe pro-remain Change UK party has suffered an embarrassing setback in Scotland after its lead candidate in the European elections urged voters to back the Liberal Democrats.David Macdon...

Anti-Brexit feeling expected to help SNP in European elections
Polls show Labour and Tories losing votes over Brexit in Scotland, elections expert saysThe element of ?scunner? ? a Scottish word for disgust or dislike ? will be powerful among Scottish voters in next week?s EU elections, according to the MEP Alyn Smith, who has represented the Scottish Nationa...

We ignore poverty and visit ruin on the planet. But I have a plan? | Kevin Mc...
If Nicola Sturgeon is serious about making Scotland carbon-neutral, she should read my modest proposalPerhaps there?s a reason why still too few of us pay heed to warnings about how we are killing the planet by cruel and unusual methods. How can you persuade people to stop endangering other speci...

Second Brexit referendum would be doing SNP's work, Boris Johnson claims
Ex-minister hits out at campaigners pushing for a fresh vote Boris Johnson has accused supporters of a second Brexit referendum of ?doing the work of the Scottish National party? by making a second Scottish independence vote more likely and threatening the union.In a speech in Aberdeen on Friday,...

SNP faces fines for data protection breach after election mailing error
Party refers itself to ICO after voters receive campaign letters not addressed to themThe Scottish National party faces being fined for a breach of data protection laws after sending out tens of thousands of European election mailings to the wrong addresses.The Information Commissioner?s Office c...

Sturgeon steps up call for pro-EU voters to shun Scottish Labour
SNP leader describes Jeremy Corbyn?s party as pro-Brexit and dishonestNicola Sturgeon has stepped up her appeals to pro-European voters in Scotland to abandon Labour, describing Jeremy Corbyn?s party as pro-Brexit and dishonest.Launching her European election campaign, the Scottish National party...

Brexit: Corbyn says second referendum could be 'healing process' ? as it happ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour?s Euro elections campaignCorbyn says second referendum could be ?healing process? Corbyn?s speech and Q&A - SummaryGauke?s speech on populism - SummaryAfternoon summary 4.00pm BST 3.52pm...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The three sham egos of Brexit
Cheer up. Yes, it’s all a complete mess. Yes, the UK is going to hell in a handbasket. Yes, the Labour and Conservative parties are so consumed by their short term manoeuvring that they don’t care that the entire UK is about to be consumed by the bonfire of Brexit’s vanities. Yes, the bool in …

Preserving our values
Long long ago, back in the distant days of 2014 when Labour dinosaurs still stalked the Earth, or at least stalked Central Scotland, we were told that Scotland needed to vote to stay under Westminster rule because we benighted Caledonians require the tender mercies of the British state to provide us with the best possible …

Wee Ginger Dugcast with Elaine C Smith
Welcome to the 10 May edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast where Callum and I are chatting with our very special guest, Elaine C Smith. We talk about Voices for Scotland, Elaine’s own journey to Yes, and much more besides. My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from …

The value of emotion
There’s been a lot of justified anger this week. Partly it’s a symptom of an SNP leadership which many feel is at risk of becoming out of touch, managerial, and tone deaf to the sensibilities of the wider independence movement. Partly it’s the febrile atmosphere of Brexit, which has produced a political uncertainty and British …

Some friendly advice to the SNP leadership
It’s been a long standing policy of this blog that I don’t criticise other independence supporters. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree with them. I frequently disagree with the SNP, with the Greens, with other pro-independence bloggers, organisations, or groups. But I usually keep quiet. I keep quiet because it’s important that we remain …

A proper conversation about online behaviour
If we’re going to talk about bad behaviour and abusive and threatening language in online discourse, and what to do about it, we need to do it properly.  That means that we can’t isolate out bad behaviour from independence supporters online and claim that there’s a specific problem proper only to one side in Scotland’s …

The double standards of the Scottish media: Part 7,952
Here we go again. More rank double standards from the Scottish media. I don’t listen to BBC Scotland at the best of times, and certainly not in the mornings, and most especially not the morning after a pro-independence march and rally when I’m knackered and my ageing bones are aching and my throat is hoarse …

What can?t be fixed must be left behind
On Friday we got the results of Thursday’s local elections in England and Northern Ireland, or more accurately, in Northern Ireland and in parts of England. Even so it was the biggest electoral test faced by the Conservatives and Labour since the General Election in 2017. Prior to the vote, Conservative spokesapologists were spinning that …

The National

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FMQs Sketch: Ruth Davidson is back ? but not with a bang
ASK me no questions and I will tell you no lies. So please, nobody ask whether this week?s FMQs was good television. I don?t enjoy criticising such an important symbol of our democracy, so I?ll just put it this way: don?t fret about catching up if you missed it.

Greens hit out at BBC over 'anti-independence' Question Time bias
THE BBC?s Question Time has been hit by fresh accusations it is biased against independence.

Game of Thrones star declares 'love' for Ian Blackford
IAN Blackford?s barnstorming performances in the House of Commons have long won him admirers ? and now he has a famous face to add to the list.

Boris Johnson confirms he will stand for Tory party leadership
BORIS Johnson has publicly declared his intention to challenge for the Conservative Party leadership.

WATCH: Ruth Davidson slated for 'legendary flip-flopping' at FMQs
RUTH Davidson has been condemned for her ?legendary flip-flopping? at First Minister?s Questions after criticising the SNP?s education policy.

David Cameron's autobiography will cement his unrivalled legacy
THERESA May is clinging on to power. Boris Johnson has declared his intention to challenge her for the Tory leadership. Nigel Farage?s Brexit Party is riding high in the polls. The UK is sleepwalking through crisis after crisis ? dragging Scotland with it.

Blackford does well to avoid attempts by the BBC to trip him up
AS a regular listener to the various news programmes of the ?English Broadcasting Corporation?, I would like to congratulate Ian Blackford on his calm and courteous conduct during his interview with Sarah Montague on Wednesday?s The World at One.

Nigel Farage charging £2.50 for Brexit rally in Edinburgh
NIGEL Farage is facing fierce criticism over the decision to charge people to attend a Brexit Party rally in Edinburgh.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator
The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 15th 2019 For eighteen years I have subscribed to and enjoyed reading The Spectator magazine. But under Fraser Nelson?s editorship from 2009 the magazine has slowly and irrevocably gone downhill and into the gutter. Gone are the days when …

The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the p...
The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the people? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 8th 2019 Twenty years ago last Monday Scotland went to the polls in the first democratic elections to the Scottish Parliament. This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the first session of that Parliament …

Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all
Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 30th 2019 Last week I attended a talk about one of the seminal bands of late 1970s Britain – Joy Division – where the author and cultural commentator Jon Savage discussed at an event run by Monorail, …

The importance of hearing the sounds of silence
The importance of hearing the sounds of silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 24th 2019 Art Garfunkel performed in Glasgow on Easter Sunday; in an age filled with what seems to be incessant noise, it has never been more critical than to listen to seek out, and listen to, the sounds of silence. Despite everything, …

Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration
Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2019 Dundee is the talk of the town. The once forgotten city of Scotland ? certainly in the eyes of the Glasgow and Edinburgh chatterati ? is now widely celebrated and recognised. It is winning piles of awards and attention, the latest …

How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football?
How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 10th 2019 Scottish football last week witnessed the regular circus of an Old Firm match. It was the usual pantomime of bad feeling and nastiness, with two Rangers players sent off and Celtic captain Scott Brown assaulted. Both clubs, Rangers …

History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important?
History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 2nd 2019 In recent years, from US campuses to towns to the UK, public statues have increasingly become a subject of heated debate and controversy. From Charlottesville in the US where one protestor was killed, to Cecil Rhodes in …

Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith
Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2019 The mantra of the current age is that we take child sex abuse seriously. We listen to victims, we respect them, and we act on allegations, knowing how difficult and painful it is for …

 

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News
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Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party - Spiked
Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party  SpikedOf all the odd experiences I've had amid the current political turmoil in British politics, standing on Princes Street in Edinburgh handing out leaflets with Nigel ...

Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence - The New Republic
Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicScottish independence: "It's time," says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon  Euronews EnglishPoll: Brexit Pushes Support for Scottish Independence to 49%  VOA NewsBrexit drives support for Scottish independence to 49 percent - YouGov  Reuters UKBrexit boosts support for Scottish independence to 49 percent  POLITICO.euView full ...

Nicola Sturgeon suggests independence drive could be accelerated - HeraldScot...
Nicola Sturgeon suggests independence drive could be accelerated  HeraldScotlandNICOLA Sturgeon has suggested the SNP's campaign for Scottish independence would be accelerated if Theresa May's successor in No 10 pushed for a?

Sturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021 - BBC News
Sturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if the country is taken out of the EU. The first minister told ...

SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence - The Scotsman
SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence  The ScotsmanThe SNP has rejected comments made by Tony Blair in which the former prime minister claimed Scottish independence was as ?foolish? as the UK leaving the ...

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claim...
BBC lacked 'in-depth knowledge during Scottish independence referendum' claims former staff member  HeraldScotlandA former BBC member of staff has claimed journalists working on the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 lacked ?in-depth knowledge? about?

Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland - Financial Times
Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland  Financial TimesAt the whim of the Tory party, Scots have been told to surrender their European identity.

SNP

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Joanna Cherry, now?s not the time for SNP leadership ambitions ? Laura Waddel...
Joanna Cherry, now?s not the time for SNP leadership ambitions ? Laura Waddell  The ScotsmanSNP MP Joanna Cherry attacks party colleagues over 'backstabbing' in rebuff to Nicola Sturgeon olive branch  Telegraph.co.ukSNP MP Joanna Cherry accuses fellow nationalists of 'backstabbing' her amid bullying row  Daily RecordBully inquiry MP Joanna Cherry hits out at 'backstabbers'  The TimesJoanna Cher...

Anti-Brexit feeling expected to help SNP in European elections - The Guardian
Anti-Brexit feeling expected to help SNP in European elections  The Guardian5 reasons why you should vote SNP at the EU Elections  SNPNicola Sturgeon's 'HOLY GRAIL' to secure independence referendum ? SNP voters will HATE  ExpressSNP: Brexit ?backroom? deal between May and Corbyn would ?sell out? Scotland?s people  The ScotsmanPMQs: Blackford and May on Brexit and EU elections  BBC NewsView ful...

Are Joanna Cherry's claims of SNP 'infighting' true? - BBC News
Are Joanna Cherry's claims of SNP 'infighting' true?  BBC NewsAn SNP MP has hit out at party "infighting" after claims of "back-stabbing" and "politically motivated smears". What is the Joanna Cherry row all about, and what ...

SNP faces fines for data protection breach after election mailing error - The...
SNP faces fines for data protection breach after election mailing error  The GuardianThe Scottish National party faces being fined for a breach of data protection laws after sending out tens of thousands of European election mailings to the wrong ...

Nicola Sturgeon under fire for ?the wrong call? in SNP bullying row - The Sco...
Nicola Sturgeon under fire for ?the wrong call? in SNP bullying row  The ScotsmanNicola Sturgeon was accused of making ?the wrong call? as her party is engulfed in factional infighting over allegations of bullying by Joanna Cherry, the ...

SNP fears CONFIRMED: Brexit Party makes HUGE gains in polls sending WARNING t...
SNP fears CONFIRMED: Brexit Party makes HUGE gains in polls sending WARNING to Sturgeon  ExpressTHE Brexit Party is in second place in Scotland according to a new poll, in a dramatic blow to Nicola Sturgeon's claim that Scots oppose Brexit.

SNP calls for Scotland to take control of post-Brexit visas - Financial Times
SNP calls for Scotland to take control of post-Brexit visas  Financial TimesScotland should have its own liberal visa regime after Brexit that allows EU nationals to easily come and work in the country, according to the Scottish minister ...

Labour and SNP politicians quit over trans rights row - The Scotsman
Labour and SNP politicians quit over trans rights row  The ScotsmanTwo politicians have quit their parties in the last 24 hours in the growing row over trans rights.

Referendum (Google News)

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Google News

Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party - Spiked
Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party  SpikedOf all the odd experiences I've had amid the current political turmoil in British politics, standing on Princes Street in Edinburgh handing out leaflets with Nigel ...

Scottish Leader Wants UK Independence Referendum by 2021 - TIME
Scottish Leader Wants UK Independence Referendum by 2021  TIMESturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsThe U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum  FortuneScottish Leader Calls for Independence Referendum if Britain Leaves the E.U.  The New York TimesSturgeon: Brexit should trigger Scottish independence vote by 2021  POLITICO.euView full coverage ...

Tens of thousands of Scots march in Glasgow to demand second independence ref...
Tens of thousands of Scots march in Glasgow to demand second independence referendum  Euronews EnglishTens of thousands of people took to the streets of Glasgow - the largest city in Scotland - on Saturday (May 4) to demand a second referendum on independence ...

Sturgeon pledges to DISMISS second Brexit referendum result even if UK voted ...
Sturgeon pledges to DISMISS second Brexit referendum result even if UK voted Leave AGAIN  ExpressNICOLA STURGEON has promised to 'step up' her effort to Remain in the European Union even if a second Brexit referendum was once again won by the ...

Scottish independence: "It's time," says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon - Euronew...
Scottish independence: "It's time," says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon  Euronews EnglishBritain's parliamentary system is "broken" Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon told a party conference in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland - Financial Times
Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland  Financial TimesAt the whim of the Tory party, Scots have been told to surrender their European identity.

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence - The Scotsman
SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence  The ScotsmanThe SNP has rejected comments made by Tony Blair in which the former prime minister claimed Scottish independence was as ?foolish? as the UK leaving the ...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

Dundee councillor suspended
Dundee councillor Gregor Murray has been officially censured by the Standards Commission for Scotland for sending abusive messages on Twitter.  Murray was found to have "used terms that were insulting and offensive during a Twitter exchange with a member of the public, on gender issues, in Januar...

Ruth Davidson.
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Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

The Official President Trump thread

European Election - 23rd May 2019
With just under two weeks to go I am surprised this doesn?t have a thread of its own. So, who are the P&B masses all voting for?

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

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...

Evidence of Evolution
Ok Ally and anyone else.  Please show me the observable evidence for the theory of evolution. I.e. something evolving into something else that can be observed right now.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

2019 European Elections
May as well start this thread now ?

Seems to be quite a bit of chat that if we do take part in the Euro Elections that there will be a a whole load of hardline Brexiteer MPs going over to cause trouble.

I don't think this is correct for a few reasons.

The EU elections use a PR system, wh...

PDC Darts - Getting Decent Tickets? Advice Please?
I have been to several PDC Darts events such as Premier league (in Glasgow), etc. Have always only been able to get tickets for the arena upper levels which whilst being more affordable and you are in the venue which is OK but you are a fair distance from the action. I would always buy tickets if...

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Entering a race (or competion) experiences?
Hi folks, was curious to see and imagine how diverse the board is, that a few folk have ran/cycled in races, and how the experience was. From about 2010-15 or so I was a very keen runner, maybe even ran too much! Then kinda mixed it in with walking, cycling, and the gym, so I ran a bit le...

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A Rare Event ? A Tory Condemns Party Policy and Reveals Members Discontent Wi...
          Former Tory MEP Struan Stevenson warns of Brexit farm ‘meltdown’ Stevenson, Tory MEP between 1999-2014 said: “Farmers and landowners, far from benefiting from the Arch-Brexters, much promised new worldwide trade deals will see their markets decline sharply as competition from cheap imports expands. Subsidies will … Continue reading "A Rare Event – A Tory Condemns Party Polic...

An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report Provides Irrefutable Confirma...
      Devolution powers shelved at the last minute from Smith Commission report New powers were formally committed to in the heavily promoted Unionist “Vow” made in the last few days before the 2014 independence referendum. The Smith Commission Panel subsequently agreed to a full devolution of abortion law, the creation of … Continue reading "An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report ...

Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassment Charges ? Tory Party Close...
      Miles Briggs answers sexual harassment charge Miles Briggs, Tory (list) MSP says he has been through a ?living hell? after being cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing into the claims. He insisted that the accusations made by a female worker with another party were ?completely false.? But … Continue reading "Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassme...

MP Expense Claims Exceed £120 Million Each Year ? Up by 25% ? Many Fall Foul ...
  2 Days ago: Hundreds of MPs’ have their parliamentary credit cards suspended for breaking expenses rules The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), was set up in the wake of the disgraceful expenses scandal 10 years ago. Parliamentary credit cards were introduced for MPs’ following the scandal, to ensure spending could be closely monitored. … Continue reading "MP Expense Clai...

Westminster Officials Personal Expenditure On Their Taxpayer Funded Gold Card...
      August 2011: Voter fury over Gold Card abuse cover-up Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O?Donnell has been blamed by key members of the Government for blocking moves to reveal the true extent of spending on the cards, which are given to officials to pay for their ?expenses?. A cloak of … Continue reading "Westminster Officials Personal Expenditure On Their Taxpayer Funded Gold Cards Exceeds...

The Smith Commission Committed Westminster to Devolving Powers To the Scottis...
      November 2014: Devolution deal for Scotland Lord Smith of Kelvin, praised Scottish political leaders for coming together after a “bruising” referendum, with a reminder that: A cross-party commission had been set up after the unionist parties promised greater powers for Scotland in the event of a no vote in the … Continue reading "The Smith Commission Committed Westminster to Devolving...

Tried and Tested and Successful Secret Services Tactics Designed to Damage Cr...
        The AUOB march in Glasgow last weekend was a tremendous success, in spite of disruptive efforts designed to reduce the impact on the Scottish public by Glasgow District Council the BBC and nearly all of the Scottish media outlets. Another Scottish Independence referendum is scheduled to be held … Continue reading "Tried and Tested and Successful Secret Services Tactics Designed to...

A Bunch of Political Ba-Heids Aim to Manipulate Gullible Scots by Deception ?...
  Baroness Smith, David Mundell, Catherine Smith, Michael Gove and Lord McCluskey at the launch of the centre   The Glasgow University supported John Smith Centre is an insidious development that will adversely impact upon Scottish politics. This warning might possibly fall upon many deaf ears but it is my intention to post/repost … Continue reading "A Bunch of Political Ba-Heids Aim to Man...

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Treatment time guarantee ?giving false hope?, warn Lib Dems

Labour vow to nationalise energy grid in bid to tackle climate change

Further strikes in long-running college pay dispute

Boris Johnson confirms he will run to be the next Tory leader, as Theresa May...

Michael Gove commits to maintain farm subsidy support levels

Cash boost calls after new data reveals rising child poverty across Scotland

Top Scottish Change UK candidate quits and backs Lib Dems

SNP commitments on climate change to be tested at next budget, Roseanna Cunni...

Independence Live

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…