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How Brexit could open up new constituency of support for independence among m...
16 Jun 2016 at 3:37pm
In September 2014, Scots voted by a clear majority to remain within the United Kingdom. Less than two years on, might a vote for the UK to leave the European Union trigger a second independence referendum and the potential break-up of the UK?

Ministers planning for all EU poll eventualities, MSPs told
16 Jun 2016 at 3:04pm
The Scottish Government is carrying out "appropriate planning" to prepare for the economic shock that a vote to leave the European Union (EU) would cause, the First Minister has said.

Ministers hail 'productive' talks over transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood
16 Jun 2016 at 3:07pm
Scottish and UK government ministers have held "very productive" talks over the transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood.

Mark Millar: Scotland needs to get out of Europe while it still can
15 Jun 2016 at 10:50am
Mark Millar has said that Scots 'needs to get out of Europe' while they still can as he backed Brexit.

Watch: Zippos circus returns to Glasgow
15 Jun 2016 at 2:22pm
Acrobat Boris Borissov displayed his remarkable horsemanship as Zippos Circus began its latest run in Glasgow.

Scotland meets climate change targets for first time
14 Jun 2016 at 2:01pm
Scotland has met its annual climate-change target for the first time, the latest greenhouse gas emission figures show.

SNP accuse Michael Gove of 'nonsense' over immigration
14 Jun 2016 at 7:16am
NICOLA Sturgeon and Alex Salmond have clashed angrily with Michael Gove after the leading Leave campaigner claimed Holyrood would gain new powers over immigration if Britain left the EU.

SNP fail to meet socially-rented housing manifesto target
14 Jun 2016 at 1:54pm
The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year, official figures show.

As Others See Us: the world wakes up to the "spectre" of post-Brexit Scottish...
10 Jun 2016 at 3:53pm
German news magazine Der Spiegel is all red, white and true British blue this week. "Please don't go," its splash headline reads in English against a Union flag backdrop. "Bitte geht nicht," it repeats in its own language.

MPs voice BBC independence fears amid shake-up
8 Jun 2016 at 10:16am
THE SNP voiced concern at the scope of the broadcaster's shake-up being pushed through by ministers.

Youth worker taking up named-person role says scheme will unleash 'pandemonium'
8 Jun 2016 at 10:46am
A youth worker due to become a named person has warned the controversial Scottish Government policy will unleash "pandemonium".

Revealed: MSPs five times more likely to be privately educated than average Scot
7 Jun 2016 at 8:48pm
MSPs are now five times more likely than the average Scot to be privately educated, according to research carried out by The Herald.

Revealed: What Scotland's new MSPs think of God, cannabis, football and Coro...
6 Jun 2016 at 5:14pm
?WE are the people,? the chant goes. But not, it seems, the people in power.

Councillors call for review of extra pay for council chief election job
6 Jun 2016 at 12:09pm
Councillors are calling a for a review of "outdated" arrangements under which council chiefs receive thousands of pounds to oversee elections on top of their six-figure salary.

Kezia Dugdale slams EU poll 'immigration scare stories'
30 May 2016 at 10:29am
Claims that 12 million people from Turkey would come to the UK if the country joined the European Union "would be laughable were it not so serious", according to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.



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Jo Cox was a ?pocket rocket from the north? who fought for the weakest
16 Jun 2016 at 9:27pm
In just over a year as an MP, “proud Yorkshire lass” Jo Cox gained a reputation as a rising star, impressing colleagues with her energy, conviction and plain-spoken style. Her husband Brendan described her as having a “zest for life that would exhaust most people”.

Joyce McMillan: We must not risk the legacy of 1945
16 Jun 2016 at 9:09pm
EU is far from perfect but the alternative is a return to the divisive world of hostile nation states, writes Joyce McMillan

Obama flies to console mourners after Orlando mass shooting
16 Jun 2016 at 7:42pm
President Barack Obama has visited Orlando to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Row over asylum seekers hots up Australian election
16 Jun 2016 at 7:34pm
Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten rejected a newspaper report saying his centre-left Labour Party would welcome asylum seekers if it wins next month’s national election.

Jo Cox murder: MPs who have come under attack
16 Jun 2016 at 6:57pm
The shooting of Labour’s Jo Cox is not the first time an MP has been attacked in their constituency.

Husband of murdered MP Jo Cox calls for ?fight against hatred?
16 Jun 2016 at 6:26pm
The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox has urged people to “fight against the hatred that killed her.”

M9 crash report brings family ?closer to knowing what happened?
16 Jun 2016 at 6:08pm
The family of a woman who died after lying in a crashed car for three days despite the accident being reported to police said a new report takes them “another step closer to knowing what happened”.

Farage accused of resorting to Nazi-style propaganda
16 Jun 2016 at 5:17pm

Nigel Farage has been condemned for launching a poster depicting a long queue of refugees with the title “Breaking Point”.

Politicians unite in grief at loss of ?great star? Jo Cox MP
16 Jun 2016 at 2:12pm
The political world has united in shock and grief after the Labour MP Jo Cox was killed in a shooting and stabbing attack on a street in her constituency.

Armed police on Scotland?s streets to rise by a third
16 Jun 2016 at 2:02pm
POLICE Scotland is set to increase its number of armed officers by a third amid concerns over a Paris or Orlando-style terrorist attack.

Nicola Sturgeon vows to protect EU relations after Brexit
16 Jun 2016 at 1:23pm
The Scottish Government is making contingency plans to “protect” its relationship with the EU in the event of a UK-wide Brexit vote next week against the wishes of Scots, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.

EU referendum poll: Leave takes six point lead
16 Jun 2016 at 1:19pm
The Leave campaign has a six point lead over Remain, according to a poll published a week ahead of the EU referendum.

EU referendum: BoE warns of Brexit hit to pound
16 Jun 2016 at 1:17pm
The Bank of England today warned that it is “increasingly probable” that a vote to leave the European Union would send the pound plunging.

Natalie McGarry calls in police over online death threats
16 Jun 2016 at 12:23pm
GLASGOW MP Natalie McGarry has been advised to step up security at her office after receiving death threats online.

EU referendum: Scotland ?crucial? in outcome says Nick Clegg
16 Jun 2016 at 11:45am
SCOTLAND has the opportunity to lead the European Union referendum debate over the final week of campaigning, according to former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

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Another 24 hours
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jun 2016 at 6:46pm
Good grief. And we thought yesterday was grim. The media still managed to drag the SNP in, of course. Another week to the EU referendum yet, folks.

48 hours in Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2016 at 1:19pm
So, just to recap this week’s events so far: It’s now offensive to call gay people human beings, a Leave vote will destroy Western civilisation, a Remain vote will bring about an Orlando-style mass killing by Islamic terrorists, Ed Balls – whose party isn’t in government and who isn’t even an MP – has promised to …

Promotional feature
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2016 at 11:40am
Since it now looks increasingly like we might be doing this indyref thing all over again pretty soon, we thought you’d like to meet our Fulfilment Department: This short video by the ever-excellent Phantom Power Films takes you to the heart of AyeMail, who not only handle the delivery of immaculately-packaged donor perks for pro-indy …

Fast work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jun 2016 at 5:06pm
9 June 2016: 14 June 2016: Weirdly, STV’s digital editor doesn’t seem to have mentioned the story today.

A tough call
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jun 2016 at 12:50pm
Both of these things really happened today. Good luck with that rational, considered decision, everyone! Fair makes you miss the old times, doesn’t it?

We?re keeping this one
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jun 2016 at 10:15am
The Prime Minister with Andrew Marr this morning: So it’s great to be a small oil-rich independent nation? Who knew, eh? (The actual population of Norway is about 5.2m – almost identical to Scotland’s – rather than 4m, incidentally. But that’s not the real issue here.)

Remote viewing
by Chris Cairns
11 Jun 2016 at 7:55am

Knight follows day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jun 2016 at 10:56pm
You’ll never guess what’s happened, readers. At least they left a slightly more decent interval than with Michelle Mone.

People on glass bridges
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jun 2016 at 6:12pm
Readers may have noted that Scottish Labour’s complaints about the delay in opening the new Forth Bridge have been uncharacteristically subdued. It is, after all, rarely difficult to distinguish the branch office from a cuddly fluffy bunny made of candyfloss and children’s smiles. But this time we may know why. Because as it happens, while …

Learning difficulties
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jun 2016 at 11:29am
Sometimes we feel as though dumbing down Scottish politics until the Times’ political reporter Kenny Farquharson can understand it is our full-time job. It’s something we have to do quite a lot, whether it’s reminding him what manifestos look like, or pointing out that protecting EVERY child in Scotland from harm is actually a good thing, or even basic …

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EU campaigning cancelled after MP Jo Cox killed
16 Jun 2016 at 6:01pm
Campaigning in Scotland ahead of the EU referendum is suspended after MP Jo Cox dies following a shooting and stabbing attack.

Scotland to increase armed police numbers
16 Jun 2016 at 3:24pm
Scotland is to increase its number of armed police officers by about a third following warnings that the country would not be able to cope with a major terror attack.

Ministers pledge 'safe' transfer of new welfare powers to Scotland
16 Jun 2016 at 1:56pm
Ministers at Holyrood and Westminster have pledged to "work together" to ensure the "safe transfer" of new welfare powers to Scotland.

Scots secondary teachers vote to take industrial action
16 Jun 2016 at 5:13pm
Secondary teachers in Scotland are set to take industrial action over their "excessive" workload following the results of a ballot.

MSPs discuss EU referendum despite Holyrood purdah
16 Jun 2016 at 1:51pm
MSPs put forward arguments for leaving and remaining in the European Union during first minister's questions, despite Holyrood purdah rules.

Scottish students call for 'bold' support reform
16 Jun 2016 at 1:15pm
NUS Scotland has called for "bold and ambitious" reform of student support, as figures showed an increase in debt.

'Different' Scots approach to race equality identified
16 Jun 2016 at 12:25am
A report says devolution has allowed Scotland to fulfil equality duties more easily, but warns there is still much to do.

Toddler speech 'key issue' for education
16 Jun 2016 at 12:20am
Toddlers struggling with their first words is the biggest single issue affecting child development in Scotland, according to a charity.

Scotland's unemployment falls by 11,000
15 Jun 2016 at 11:22am
Unemployment in Scotland fell by 11,000 between February and April and now stands at 160,000, according to official figures.

Row over Sturgeon's Brexit 'Tory takeover' warning
15 Jun 2016 at 1:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon is criticised by Jim Sillars for claiming a Brexit vote could lead to a "right-wing Tory takeover".

John Swinney asks for ideas to reduce teachers' workload
15 Jun 2016 at 12:16pm
Education secretary John Swinney asks teaching unions to suggest ways to reduce teachers' workloads as an education summit gets underway.

Man chased councillor with chainsaw
15 Jun 2016 at 4:38pm
A man is spared jail after chasing a councillor down the street with a running chainsaw and threatening to cut his head off during the general election campaign.

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Cameron and Osborne reaching the end of the road as two more telephone polls ...
by James Kelly
16 Jun 2016 at 2:04pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?Ipsos-Mori, telephone poll :Remain 47% (-10)Leave 53% (+10)Survation, telephone poll :Remain 42% (-2)Leav...

Indecision 2016
by James Kelly
16 Jun 2016 at 6:27am
A few people have been taking me to task in the comments section about my uncertainty over how to vote next Thursday - they reckon it's a no-brainer that every independence supporter in Scotland sh...

UK establishment rocked as Ipsos-Mori TELEPHONE poll reveals Scottish people ...
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2016 at 2:24pm
In the comments section yesterday, Calum Findlay bemoaned the fact that there have been very, very few full-scale Scottish polls giving voting intention for the EU referendum.  That's left us flyin...

ComRes catastrophe for Cameron as Remain's lead is almost wiped out in anothe...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2016 at 10:01pm
About two minutes after ICM had suggested the online/telephone divide was a thing of the past, it seems to be opening up again - online polls from other firms now seem to be mostly pointing to a re...

Tumultuous TNS poll tilts towards Leave
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2016 at 3:47pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?  (TNS, online)Remain 40% (-1)Leave 47% (+4)The fieldwork for TNS polls is often well out of date by the ...

Third poll out of three today to put Leave ahead - and it's another telephone...
by James Kelly
13 Jun 2016 at 10:00pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?  (ORB, telephone fieldwork) Remain 48% (n/c)Leave 49% (+2)For telephone polls, ORB now filter their head...

Britain could be on the brink of leaving the EU, as ICM online AND phone poll...
by James Kelly
13 Jun 2016 at 5:25pm
Until now, it's been possible to believe that the apparent spectacle of phone polls moving sharply in favour of Leave was illusory.  There had only been a handful of phone polls over the last two-a...

A few responses on the EU referendum dilemma
by James Kelly
12 Jun 2016 at 9:36pm
There was quite a bit of reaction to my post the other night about the dilemma I'm facing on how to vote in the EU referendum.  Some of the points raised were perfectly fair, but there were also qu...

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For those confused about the Iceland flag - this might explain it "Icelandair...
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16 Jun 2016 at 8:53pm
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Icelandic flag?
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16 Jun 2016 at 8:45pm
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"Disgusted that @LBC presenter @ShelaghFogarty has just accused SNP members o...
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16 Jun 2016 at 7:40pm
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Plans for a post-Brexit independence referendum are being considered, Nicola ...
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16 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm
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Rediscovered: 5,000-year-old figurine from Skara Brae
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16 Jun 2016 at 7:22pm
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Some Scottish Gaming Channels on Youtube
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16 Jun 2016 at 7:20pm
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[X-POST] MAPPORN [Map] UK MPs who are backing the leave or remain campaigns i...
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16 Jun 2016 at 6:43pm
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Scots secondary teachers vote to take industrial action
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16 Jun 2016 at 6:27pm
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Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack
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16 Jun 2016 at 5:23pm
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Scotland and the Referendum: Fears of the Exit after Brexit
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16 Jun 2016 at 4:56pm
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This dialog is conditioning me to do something regrettable...
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16 Jun 2016 at 3:24pm
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Temporary header for Euro 2016?
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16 Jun 2016 at 2:50pm
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16 Jun 2016 at 2:16pm
I find it mildly irritating: Easy fix: .entry { padding-right: 6px; } I'd greatly appreciate it. ;) Edit: As soon as I posted this I saw it also clips with top-level text ...

Haste Ye Back.... Tennents Euro 2016 ad.
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16 Jun 2016 at 1:39pm
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Next week's Brexit vote could destroy the Labour Party rather than the Tories
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Jun 2016 at 9:32pm
LABOUR can still turn the polls back round to a Remain vote – but at what cost asks Torcuil Crichton.

Jo Cox is first MP to be murdered in office since Ian Gow was killed by IRA i...
by Record Reporter
16 Jun 2016 at 7:32pm
THE Labour MP was fatally shot and stabbed at her constituency surgery near Leeds today – 26 years after the last sitting MP was murdered.

Brexit bust-up as Nigel Farage unveils 'racist' poster showing queue of Syria...
by Sam Lister
16 Jun 2016 at 4:54pm
UKIP leader is condemned by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Leave campaign's "disgusting" Breaking Point poster sparks uproar.

Scottish Politics Today: Torcuil Crichton checks out the latest in the EU in ...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Jun 2016 at 3:02pm
WAR of words continues as campaigners gear up for big day next week

Swinney: Don't believe Brexit con about more powers for Scotland
by David Clegg
16 Jun 2016 at 11:25am
DEPUTY First Minister blasts right-wingers' claims about more powers for Scotland if Britain leaves the EU.

Brexit Battle of the Thames as Sir Bob Geldof's crewmates clash with Nigel Fa...
by Graeme Thomson
15 Jun 2016 at 5:29pm
BIZARRE war of words breaks out on the water as campaigners manning rival boats launch verbal broadsides at each other over loudspeakers.

New poll shows slump in Scottish support for remain vote just days before EU ...
by dailyrecord
15 Jun 2016 at 2:03pm
An Ipsos Mori poll for STV suggests backing for the remain camp, while still well ahead, has fallen by 13% over the last two months.

Game of Thrones Scottish stars Kate Dickie and Daniel Portman back Remain vot...
by Katrine Bussey
15 Jun 2016 at 9:53am
The actors are among more than 80 prominent members of Scotland's creative sector who argue Europe has benefited the country artistically and culturally

Scottish Politics Today: Bojo's Brexit Benefit would spell bad news for the r...
by David Clegg
15 Jun 2016 at 9:24am
DAVID Clegg looks over a day's news dominated by what seems to be the increasing likelihood of Britain voting to leave the EU Referendum.

Tories in meltdown as George Osborne warns of 2p Income Tax hike in event of ...
by David Hughes
15 Jun 2016 at 9:16am
&#xa; The chancellor has warned Income Tax will have to be raised by 2p if Britain votes to leave the EU, but nearly 60 pro-Brexit Tory MPs say his position will be untenable if he tries to impose ...

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

The Scottish Independence Podcast 127 ? David Cameron
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jun 2016 at 12:38pm
A surprise guest for the 127th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast. He makes a good case too. Hope you enjoy it? You can download here if you right click THIS LINK and ?save as? You can listen to the show online or you can subscribe with itunes. We can alse be found on youtube …

Sports Betting & Upper Class Yobs
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jun 2016 at 7:59pm
I think I’m prepared to bet that we are going to see a stark example of the British class system in action in the next few months. You see, at the Epsom Derby, which is a jolly day out for many of the more rah-rah elements of society, it seems that there was a bit …

The Turnout 2 ? On Homeopathy, with Michael Marsh
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2016 at 11:21am
For the 2nd episode of The Turnout I spoke with journalist Michael Marshall of The Good Thinking Society (as well as the Be Reasonable podcast and others). Michael was the man behind the 10:23 campaign  which was a … mass overdose of homeopathy outside branches of Boots UK in several major cities throughout the country, …

Scotland?s Missing Histories ? Episode 3 ? The 45 (with Maggie Craig)
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2016 at 11:38am
What do you know about the 45? Not the 45% of people who voted yes, I mean the events of 1745. We’ve almost been conditioned to believe that a gang of highlanders/catholics (referred to as Bare-arsed Banditti) were led on a fools’ errand by an effete Italian buffoon and that the whole thing ended  in …

Wikileaks on TTIP
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2016 at 12:07pm
Wikileaks have produced a video explaining some of what is going with TTIP and similar deals. It is quite alarmist, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when the subject material is so alarming…

Saturday Matinee 39 -In The King of Prussia, The Trial of the Plowshares 8
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2016 at 9:59am
Father Berrigan once said he had been arrested more times than he remembers, but fewer times than he should have. I’m not a religious man but since Daniel Berrigan passed away a couple of weeks ago, I have wanted to put something with him up on the site. The only priest ever to get on …

Both of These
by michaelgreenwell
20 May 2016 at 7:29am
Nothing to disagree with here…

There are image problems and there are image problems?
by michaelgreenwell
15 May 2016 at 10:16am
Formula one people seem to think that the major problem people have with their sport is that sometimes there isn’t enough overtaking. It may however be that having people like Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone involved has something to do with it. Here is Ecclestone’s recent outburst... And just in case you had forgotten about …

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EU referendum: Michael Gove on BBC's Question Time EU Special - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
15 Jun 2016 at 9:13pm
All the day?s news as chancellor warns of £30bn black hole if UK leaves the EU, and Nigel Farage leads pro-Brexit flotilla along the ThamesSign up to receive our morning briefing emailGeorge Osborne?s Today interview - SummaryPMQs - Snap verdictLunchtime summaryGove on Question Time - Snap verdic...

Scotland beats climate emissions reductions target six years early
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Jun 2016 at 12:40pm
2020 target of 42% cut reached earlier than expected, but climate campaigners sceptical about government?s roleScotland?s climate emissions have broken through a landmark reductions target six years early after a warm winter helped drive down energy use. The Scottish climate change secretary, Ros...

Sturgeon accuses Gove of lying over Scottish immigration quotas
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Jun 2016 at 2:03pm
SNP leader says politicians who opposed Scottish independence now pretending Brexit is great idea shouldn?t be trustedNicola Sturgeon has accused Michael Gove of telling ?a fib and a half? after he claimed Scotland would be able to set its own immigration quotas if the UK leaves the EU.The pair c...

Nicola Sturgeon?s EU position may return to haunt her | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
12 Jun 2016 at 12:05am
The first minister?s backing for Remain may misfireThere?s only one big European Union that most Scots truly want to be part of and it?s not the one that we?re being asked to vote for on 23 June. On Friday afternoon, the 15th European football championships commenced and Scotland, alone among te...

Corbyn urges voters in Scotland to show solidarity with people across EU
by Nadia Khomami
11 Jun 2016 at 3:55pm
Labour leader encourages Scots not to vote for Brexit in hope it would trigger second independence referendum Scottish voters hoping that a vote to leave the European Union could spark a second independence referendum should first consider their ?solidarity with people across the continent?, Jere...

EU referendum: Boris Johnson v Nicola Sturgeon in ITV debate - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
10 Jun 2016 at 12:03am
Rolling coverage of the ITV?s EU debate, with Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuart for Leave against Nicola Sturgeon, Angela Eagle and Amber Rudd for RemainITV debate - Snap verdict 12.01am BST I fear that the only number that Boris is interested in is the one that says No 10.He is th...

The political dilemma for parliament after a vote for Brexit | Letters
by Letters
9 Jun 2016 at 7:18pm
Your report on the consequences of a leave vote (Guerilla campaign mooted, 7 June) quotes a pro-European MP saying ?We would have to respect the mandate of the referendum?. But it is quite unclear what that mandate might be, as the referendum question does not specify the range of alternatives to...

Tony Blair and John Major warn Brexit would threaten union ? video
by Guardian Staff
9 Jun 2016 at 2:24pm
In a joint appearance at Ulster University on Thursday, former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major speak about the risks of voting to leave the EU. Major says a Brexit vote would mean a second Scottish independence referendum. Blair says it would also mean closing the border between Norther...

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New books! The Collected Yaps volumes 3 and 4
Last year I published the Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug volumes 1 and 2, covering the period from when this blog first started in October 2013 until the independence referendum of September 2014. The books sold amazingly well, so well in fact meant that it meant I didn’t need to do an official …

Voting against being the sacrificial chicken
Boris Johnson, who has his finger on the pulse of Scotland in the same way that a dad-dancer is dahn wit da yoot, has assured us that there’s no demand in Scotland for another independence referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU but Scotland votes to remain. Boris knows this to be true …

Bubble from a goldfish?s mouth
Remember during the heady days of the independence referendum campaign when we actually had a referendum that people were interested in? Scotland is responding to this EU referendum in much the same way as we respond to invitations from Nicholas Witchell to pop along to M&S to get in our supplies for a street party …

Wild-eyed mutants in the rubble of Europe
We’ve only got a week and a half to go before the EU referendum, if we can survive that long. It’s not the threats of terrorist atrocities in every high street from the Brexit campaign that will do us in, nor the dire warnings of impending apocalypse from the Remain campaign, by Thursday of next …

The indyref2 guide to voting in the EU referendum
Some Unionist commentators are trying to spread some murk around the best way for Scottish independence supporters to vote in the EU referendum. Apparently it’s all terribly confusing, and there was me thinking it was perfectly transparent, as transparent as a Unionist journalist’s attempts to sow discord where there is no need for any. It’s …

Born to drool
According to the BBC news, the only thing of note that happened today was that an obscenely wealthy 90 year woman with access to the best health care money can buy hasn’t died yet. All across the country there are elderly women and men turning 90, many of whom have had to live in poverty …

Closing the Tory book of nightmares
Our current Prime Minister, who’s current in the same way as a rivulet in a desert, dried up and going nowhere, has once again been using Scotland as a threat in order to scare Middle England into voting how he wants. If the rest of the UK votes to leave the European Union, it could …

The theftocrisy of British business
On Tuesday Mike Ashley the owner of Sports Direct, purveyor of cut price sporting clothing to middle aged men with beer guts who insist on dressing like they were really Olympic athletes, appeared before a committee of MPs in the Commons to address concerns about working conditions in his company’s warehouses. Workers for a company …

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Ukip Leave poster accidentally mimics Nazi propaganda
NIGEL Farage today launched Ukip's new EU poster advocating a leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum. Twitter users were quick to point out, however, that it looked rather...familiar.

Plan to give backbenchers more power at Westminster is given short shrift
THE Government have ?swatted away? plans to give more power to backbench MPs, according to the SNP. Plans to reform the way in which an MP can introduce a bill into the House of Commons were suggested by the Procedure Committee earlier in the yea

?Indymobile? with C45 YES plate is up for sale ... to nationalist driver
A UNIQUE number plate declaring support for Scottish independence could be yours ? if you buy the classic car attached to it.

Japanese OAPs on the run as veteran athletes plan 6,000-mile trip from Tokyo ...
IT takes a lot of preparation to run a marathon ? 15 years, according to Japanese pensioners now limbering up for a Highland challenge.

'Don't use Orlando shootings to demonise Islamic communities', say prominent ...
PROMINENT Scots are among signatories to an open letter published in The National today condemning the use of the Orlando massacre by figures such as Donald Trump to stoke Islamophobia.

Canal Lesley Banks artist seeks stories of waterways
SCOTLAND?S first canal artist-in-residence has been taken on to capture the beauty of the nation?s waterways on canvas and the public?s stories and memories of them.

Funding boost to aid production of new mini-series on killer Peter Manuel
A NEW TV drama on the killing spree of Peter Manuel has been given Scottish Government funding.

MP?s plea in Brains family deportation case
THE Brain family?s MP yesterday kept pressure on the government as time runs out to prevent their deportation.

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

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

2016 Scottish Election ? Did SNP Blunders Allow this lot Win Their Seats?
              Is anyone analysing the outcome of the marginals in the 2016 Scottish election? It is imperative the SNP learn from the strategic error of relying on a blanket, “one message fits all approach” when the electorate of a number of marginal constituencies were clearly in need of a …

Too sick to work Syrian migrant ? now wants to bring 12 more children and 2 m...
        In another seemingly top EU priority, the meddling European lawmakers made it illegal for prunes to be sold as a superfood that fights bowel problems       The demography of Northern European nations, (including the UK) is changing with increasing speed due primarily to the uncontrolled inward acceptance of  massive …

The Tory Party at Play ? Massive Expense Claims ? Recovering the Cost of Over...
          Illicit sex and the Tory Party are no strangers. The recent furore, (without foundation) created by the right wing press in Scotland, (namely “The Herald” and “The Scottish Daily Mail”) over two SNP MP’s (both legally separated from their wives), their dalliances with an attractive actress/model and alleged inappropriate submission …

Jackie Baillie ? A liar Should Have a Memory Like an Elephant ? But She Forgo...
      I have great admiration for the 13,413 Dumbarton voters who on 5 May 2016 supported the SNP candidate, Gail Robertson.  So close to defeating Jackie Baillie who enjoyed a pyrrhic  victory by 106 votes. But her victory was achieved at great cost to the party she purports to support. Her stance also further …

Breaking news: Turkey Has Europe by the Short and Curlies and the floodgates...
    President Erdo?an         24 May 2016: Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travel Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned the European Union that Turkey would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand …

Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Gerry Hassan

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

What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland?
What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 15th 2016 There is something about Scots and class, and in particular about working class identities. Many Scots define themselves when given a choice as working class, yet in terms of occupations and status, on any definition, a majority would be …

Was 1966 the last great British sporting moment? Andy Murray apart?
Was 1966 the last great British sporting moment? Andy Murray apart? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 12th 2016 ?They think it?s all over. It is now.? These are some of the most famous words ever in the history of British sporting commentary. The fiftieth anniversary of 1966 is upon us. When England beat West Germany …

The SNP, Centre-Left Politics and the State of Social Democracy
The SNP, Centre-Left Politics and the State of Social Democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 8th 2016 One party stands head and shoulders above all others in Scotland – namely, the Scottish National Party. It has got there through its own efforts, hard work and virtues, along with the numerous mistakes and weaknesses of its …

Confused by the European Debate? You should be!
Confused by the European Debate? You should be! Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 5th 2016 The EU referendum is so far one of the worst political debates in my lifetime, with no sign of it improving. It is unlikely to descend to the gutter of Trump v. Clinton coming up shortly. But it still leaves …

My Favourite Seinfeld Episodes
My Favourite Seinfeld Episodes Gerry Hassan June 3rd 2016 ?Seinfeld? is without question IMHO the greatest TV comedy show every made. Its storylines sing with wit and invention. The four main characters: Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine, play brilliantly off each other as they attempt to avoid (often unsuccessfully) disaster, embrace maturity and learn from …

Does Glasgow have a chip on its shoulder?
Does Glasgow have a chip on the shoulder? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 1st 2016 Glasgow is not Scotland. For most of its history it has seen itself as bigger than the nation that hosts it – looking out to Transatlantic trade and commerce routes, and linked to the world through shipbuilding and human connections. …

Glasgow?s Success is Key to Scotland?s Success
Glasgow?s Success is Key to Scotland?s Success Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 29th 2016 Glasgow is Scotland?s biggest city. It may only contain 606,340 people in its council boundaries, but the Greater Glasgow conurbation is double that – at 1.2 million. Glasgow is one of the drivers of the Scottish economy and society: a place …

Why Does Football Matter So Much? And is it about something else?
Why Does Football Matter So Much? And is it about something else? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 25th 2016 Football saturates Scotland. It fills numerous conversations and dominates spaces, both public and private ? and affects attitudes, thoughts and emotions. According to some measures Scotland is the most football mad part of Europe; in others, …

Scotland and Independence

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Alex Salmond says Brexit will lead to second Scottish independence referendum...

The Independent
Alex Salmond says Brexit will lead to second Scottish independence referendum
The Independent
Brexit would trigger a new Scottish independence referendum, former SNP leader Alex Salmond has insisted. The comments appear in contrast to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's stance that she is only interested in campaigning for a Remain vote ...
'Brexit' could trigger second Scots ...

Scotland's assertive Catholics weigh up independence - National Catholic Repo...

National Catholic Reporter
Scotland's assertive Catholics weigh up independence
National Catholic Reporter
But if the rest of Britain votes to leave the European Union, against Scottish preferences, in a new referendum on June 23, pro-independence politicians could demand a fresh ballot. Like it or not, Scotland's independence looks set to remain a live issue.

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Will leaving the EU lead to Scottish independence and the break-up of the UK?...

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Will leaving the EU lead to Scottish independence and the break-up of the UK?
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The Scottish National Party says the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum after a ?material change in the circumstances? ? such as Brexit against Scotland's wishes ? or ?clear and sustained evidence that independence has ...
Would Brexit, against the wishes o...

EU referendum debate: Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out second Scottish Ind...

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EU referendum debate: Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out second Scottish Independence referendum
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out a second Scottish Independence referendum after she was labelled anti-democratic as a debate over Britain's position in the EU turned to the subject of sovereignty. Speaking in the ITV debate, ex-serviceman Len ...
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Brexit would trigger second Scottish referendum within three years, Alex Salm...
Brexit would trigger second Scottish referendum within three years, Alex Salmond warns
David Cameron could face a second independence referendum in Scotland within the next three and a half years if Britons vote to leave the European Union, Alex Salmond has said. The former First Minister of Scotland also said that Scots were more ...
Alex Salmond: Second EU Referend...

Salmond: Scottish independence vote 'within two years' of Brexit - BBC News

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Salmond: Scottish independence vote 'within two years' of Brexit
BBC News
Alex Salmond has predicted that Scotland would vote for independence within two years of the UK voting to leave the European Union. Mr Salmond, the former Scottish first minister and SNP leader, was speaking during a televised BBC EU debate.
ALEX SALMOND: Scotland would become independent of Britain within 2 years of...

Salmond: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in two years - Telegraph....
Salmond: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in two years
Mr Salmond warned that it could all come down to differences in opinion between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. If the majority of Scottish voters opt on June 23 to stay in the 28-member bloc but the weight of ballots in the rest of ...
Alex Salmond: Brexit Could Mean Scottish Independence ...

Jeremy Corbyn urges Scottish voters to leave independence out of EU vote choi...

The Courier
Jeremy Corbyn urges Scottish voters to leave independence out of EU vote choice
The Courier
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appealed to Scots to put thoughts of a possible second independence referendum to one side when deciding if the UK should remain part of Europe. SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly warned a ...
Corbyn urges Scots to distinguish EU and indep...


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SNP leaders to hold Moray meeting on EU membership - Press and Journal

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SNP leaders to hold Moray meeting on EU membership
Press and Journal
Moray's political leaders will host a public meeting next week to try and convince locals of the benefits of remaining in the European Union. SNP MP Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead hope to win over voters who are still undecided on the ...

Wave Life Sciences Ltd (NASDAQ:WVE)'s Company Shares Increased 16.32% After H...

Wave Life Sciences Ltd (NASDAQ:WVE)'s Company Shares Increased 16.32% After High Volatility
Franklin Independent
It designs, develops and commercializes nucleic acid therapeutic candidates for Huntington's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and inflammatory bowel disease. Huntington's disease, the Company has programs targeting HTT SNP-1 and HTT SNP-2; ...

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Growing Applications of SNPs in Plant Genetics to Fuel SNP Genotyping and Ana...

Growing Applications of SNPs in Plant Genetics to Fuel SNP Genotyping and Analysis Market
Digital Journal
Transparency Market Research (TMR), a market intelligence company, provides answers to a number of key questions related to the SNP genotyping and analysis market. These answers provide a better understanding of the major factors impacting the ...

Brexit negotiations would leave Scotland with ?no say whatsoever?, says Toni ...

Brexit negotiations would leave Scotland with ?no say whatsoever?, says Toni Giugliano #EUref
Anti-EU campaigners in Scotland have called for the SNP to demand inclusion within any negotiations, to ensure devolution of further powers to the Holyrood parliament. Yet Giugliano dismisses hopes that Westminster negotiators would prioritise Scottish ...

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Will support for Leave be boosted by the 'political establishment' backing Re...

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Will support for Leave be boosted by the 'political establishment' backing Remain?
ITV News
As the Scottish party leaders gathered outside Holyrood to show their united support for a Remain vote a week today the cry went up: Where's Willie?". The Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie was expected to join the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth ...

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Ministers planning for all EU poll eventualities, MSPs told - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Ministers planning for all EU poll eventualities, MSPs told
Herald Scotland
The SNP leader also repeated her warning that if the vote on June 23 results in Scotland being removed from the EU "against our democratically-expressed will", this could result in a second Scottish independence referendum. Polls in Scotland have ...

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Scottish Politics Today: Torcuil Crichton checks out the latest in the EU in ...

Scottish Daily Record
Scottish Politics Today: Torcuil Crichton checks out the latest in the EU in or out debate ? and the pace is farce ...
Scottish Daily Record
Don't let Christmas come early for Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and other assorted right-wing Tories is the message from the SNP's John Swinney today. The Deputy FM has blasted claims from the Leave camp that Brexit would lead to more dev...

Engineers Created a New Electrical Chip That Detects DNA Mutations - The Scie...

The Science Explorer
Engineers Created a New Electrical Chip That Detects DNA Mutations
The Science Explorer
The probe is a synthetic piece of double stranded DNA with a sequence coding for a specific type of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) ? one of the most common genetic mutations. Current SNP detection methods are relatively slow, expensive, and ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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EU referendum: Scotland 'crucial' in outcome says Nick Clegg - Scotsman

EU referendum: Scotland 'crucial' in outcome says Nick Clegg
The Liberal Democrat MP said Scottish votes could make ?a crucial difference? to the outcome of the 23 June referendum as he urged Remain voters to make their voices heard. Speaking ahead of a pro-EU rally in Edinburgh, appearing alongside Scottish ...
Scotland can make the difference in EU Referendum, says former Lib De...

EU campaigning cancelled after MP Jo Cox killed - BBC News

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EU campaigning cancelled after MP Jo Cox killed
BBC News
Campaigning in Scotland ahead of the EU referendum has been suspended after the death of MP Jo Cox following a shooting and stabbing attack. The Leave campaign had been due to hold a rally in Glasgow on Thursday evening, but it was called off as ...
Jo Cox dead: EU referendum campaigning suspended after Labour MP killed in sho...

Scotland's likely 'Remain' vote in EU referendum narrows - Ipsos MORI - Reute...

Reuters UK
Scotland's likely 'Remain' vote in EU referendum narrows - Ipsos MORI
Reuters UK
Support for a new independence vote, should Scotland's EU vote diverge from the nation as a whole in the June 23 referendum, is evenly split, the Ipsos MORI poll for STV showed. Out of 1,000 people, polled between June 6 and June 12, 53 percent were ...
New poll shows slump in Scottish support for remain vot...

EU referendum: Scottish economy 'would be damaged by Brexit' - Scotsman

EU referendum: Scottish economy 'would be damaged by Brexit'
The stark warning in an economic report published by independent forecasters came as a new poll showed that support for the Remain campaign has fallen by 13 percentage points in Scotland since April. Although Scotland is still on course to record a ...
Scotland could be plunged into RECESSION, experts

EU referendum debate: Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out second Scottish Ind...

The Independent
EU referendum debate: Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out second Scottish Independence referendum
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out a second Scottish Independence referendum after she was labelled anti-democratic as a debate over Britain's position in the EU turned to the subject of sovereignty. Speaking in the ITV debate, ex-serviceman Len ...
Nicola Sturgeon ...

EU referendum poll puts Leave 7 points ahead - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
EU referendum poll puts Leave 7 points ahead
Herald Scotland
Another poll has found a significant lead for the Leave campaign just over a week before the European Union referendum. The TNS poll puts Leave 7 percentage points ahead on 47 per cent, with Remain on 40 per cent, and undecided voters or those who ...
Brexit: Will Britain leave the EU? Latest polls, odds and predictionsExp...

Will leaving the EU lead to Scottish independence and the break-up of the UK?...

The Independent
Will leaving the EU lead to Scottish independence and the break-up of the UK?
The Independent
Opinion polls suggest that a majority (54 per cent) of people in Scotland want to remain in the European Union, with 32 per cent wanting to leave and 14 per cent saying ?don't know?. If the UK voted to leave in the 23 June referendum, it would reopen ...
Would Brexit, against the wishes of ...

EU Referendum: How European is Scotland? - BBC News

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EU Referendum: How European is Scotland?
BBC News
How European are we in Scotland, out here on the North Western margin of the continent? The last time the UK voted on membership of what was then the European Community, Scotland was pretty sceptical. The majority for staying in was lower here than ...
Scottish people 'bored' of the EU referendumiNews

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Jo Cox MP
Her office confirm she has been stabbed and shot at her surgery in west Yorkshire.

Alex Salmond Vs Boris Johnson - LIVE
Also featuring Priti Patel and Liz Kendall.   Live action kicks off at 7pm:  

Survey help - Scottish Christian Party post election
Hi folks, my cousin stood for the Scottish Christian party in the recent elections.   They didn't really do very well, and in fact have lost a bit of ground on previous results, so they've got a 10 question survey to try and help them understand a) how aware the public is of them as a party, and ...

Another SNPbad smear fails
While we STILL wait on any charges being brought to Natalie McGarry or Michelle Thomson, an attempt to discredit Hosie and MacNeill by Jackson Carlaw fails.  Unionists still not enjoying the journey, it would seem..

Scottish Defence League
The nazi SDL are planning to demonstrate in George Square on June 4th. These are proper racial nationalists, not to be confused with the EDL who at least pretend to be only against 'extremist Islam'.

Sure there...

Secretary of State for Scotland 1980
The Tories under Maggie Thatcher were in power a year.
Who was the Secretary of State for Scotland when the 1980 Hampden Riot happened?
Dom't remember anybody getting a petition going to get the Scottish Secretary to resign because of the trouble.
The Secretary of State for Scotland in 1980 would...

Sexay MSPs II
We have a new Parliament, so it's time to get to the serious business and re-run the sexy MSP poll. Can Green Beefcake Patrick Harvie retain the title, or is someone else catching your eye this time?   Will have to post the shortlist over a few pages due to maximum images per page. Starting with....

CalMac win
CalMac retain contract, a good decision as Serco would only screw the T&Cs of the employees and the service itself into the ground (or the bottom of the sea),   CalMac wins £900m ferry contract

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Labour MP shot and stabbed

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

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...

Orlando Nightclub shooting
Now being reported as a terrorist attack Orlando mayor says at least 50 have been killed and 53 injured  

Galloway Attacked In London
What a shame.

Going in a couple of weeks for work, but got a few spare days tacked on at the end. Anybody got any recommendations of things worth seeing or doing there? Or things to avoid?

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...

SIR Rod Stewart!
Given we have honours...pleased Rod at last has one...well deserved. .a greater singer and performer and song writer. ..and of course a passionate member of the Tartan Army.CCongratulations Rod from all of us!

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Support for leaving the EU grows in Scotland

Cost of bus travel varies greatly across Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland r...

Tributes paid to murdered MP Jo Cox

First words ?crucial? to attainment gap

Michael Matheson unveils funding for community service punishments

We must not forget the success stories when we talk about social intervention

Women and equality in Scotland: still room for improvement

Profile: Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Oliver and his unionist hate fest
  Todays Sunday Times article by the BBC?s Neil Oliver is so stunning in it’s inaccuracy, it’s difficult to know where to begin. It oozes personal hate towards Salmond and Sturgeon, disdain towards the SNP and bitterness towards his fellow Scots who aspire towards a better vision for Scotland. Neil talks of ?schoolboy logic? but ...