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Yes demo at SNP conference to urge action on second independence referendum
16 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon is facing an embarrassing confrontation with Yes supporters demanding she hurry up and use her ?triple lock? mandate to call a second referendum.

Testing policy ?descending into chaos? says Labour
16 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
THE controversial policy of testing Scottish five-year-olds is ?descending into chaos?, opposition politicians have said.

Pressure on Sturgeon as SNP voters demand say on Brexit deal
16 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
SNP supporters are the most enthusiastic backers of a referendum on a final Brexit deal, adding to pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to get behind a so-called People?s Vote.

John Swinney: We must do everything in our power to ensure our schools are th...
16 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
As schools go back this week, education is once again a hot topic of conversation.

Minister welcomes baby box take-up on scheme?s first birthday
16 Aug 2018 at 3:40am
Some 52,065 baby boxes have already been distributed to families.

Boris Johnson's controversial Heathrow vote trip cost taxpayers £20k
15 Aug 2018 at 7:47pm
BORIS Johnson?s controversial trip to Afghanistan while MPs voted on whether to push ahead with a third runway at Heathrow cost taxpayers at least £20,000, it has been revealed.

Commuters face price hikes as ScotRail fares set to rise
15 Aug 2018 at 5:29pm
COMMUTERS face price hikes worth more than £100 when train fares increase next year, it has been warned.

Gordon Brown: Jeremy Corbyn has got to change over anti-Semitism row
15 Aug 2018 at 3:31pm
JEREMY Corbyn has got to change and adopt an internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism within the month, Gordon Brown has warned.

More than a million Labour leave voters 'turn their back on Brexit'
15 Aug 2018 at 1:30pm
MORE than a million Labour supporters who voted to leave the EU have now turned their back on Brexit, Gordon Brown has insisted.

Scottish GDP growth double that of UK as 2018 begins
15 Aug 2018 at 12:57pm
THE Scottish economy grew faster than the UK?s at the start of 2018, but has been more sluggish in the medium-term than previously thought, according to the latest data.

Public would blame May for no-deal Brexit, poll finds
15 Aug 2018 at 12:08pm
THERESA May would bear the brunt of the public?s anger if the UK crashed out of the European Union in a no-deal Brexit, according to a new poll.

No second independence referendum before 'early 2020s', says former SNP minister
15 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
THERE will not be a second independence referendum before the Holyrood election and Yes supporters should look to the ?early 2020s? instead, a former SNP minister has said.

Justice Secretary signals move to strengthen victims? rights
15 Aug 2018 at 11:29am
Humza Yousaf recently met with the families of two murder victims.

Gordon Brown: Scotland set to be engulfed in devastating child poverty crisis
15 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
SCOTLAND is becoming engulfed in a devastating child poverty crisis, Gordon Brown will warn today ? as he highlights figures showing poverty among youngsters is set to double in the coming years.

No growth report debate at SNP conference 'astonishing'
15 Aug 2018 at 12:00am
A SENIOR SNP councillor has said it is ?astonishing? that party members will not debate the party?s Growth Commission on independence at their autumn conference.

 

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Tom Peterkin: The massive elephant in the room at the SNP?s conference
15 Aug 2018 at 6:32pm
The lack of a debate on Andrew Wilson’s Growth Commission at SNP conference is a startling omission, writes Tom Peterkin.

Iain Livingstone appointed head of Scotland?s national police force
15 Aug 2018 at 6:11pm
The officer in temporary charge of Police Scotland will lead the national force on a permanent basis after being appointed as chief constable.

Scots economy outstrips annual UK growth over the past year
15 Aug 2018 at 4:56pm
Scotland's economy has outstripped growth across the UK over the past year, revised figures show.

Gordon Brown says Jeremy Corbyn is "simply wrong" on anti-semitism row
15 Aug 2018 at 3:46pm
Gordon Brown has launched a stinging attack on Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the anti-semitism row engulfing Labour and warned the current party leader "has to change."

Lack of dialogue ?could boost Scottish and Catalan independence campaigns?
15 Aug 2018 at 2:47pm
A breakdown in dialogue between central and regional governments only strengthens breakaway independence campaigns, a leading historian has warned in a landmark comparative study of Scotland and Catalonia.

Gordon Brown: Labour Leave voters have abandoned support for Brexit
15 Aug 2018 at 1:31pm
More than one million Labour voters who backed Brexit have abandoned their support for it, with all sides “losing hope for a better future” for Britain, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

Calls to ban Scotland?s P1 testing as pressure builds on Government
15 Aug 2018 at 1:19pm
A children’s charity has been “flooded” with calls from parents wanting to take part in its “postcard” campaign letting headteachers know they do not want their child to sit controversial P1 tests.Upstart Scotland, the children’s education charity, launched the Scotland-wide joint campaign at the start of the new school year, with the support and backing of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union and a host of other children’s charities.Around 30,000 postcards have been sent to key allies for dispersal. An email version is also available on the charity’s Play Not Tests website.The aim is to encourage parents to withdraw their youngsters from the literacy and numeracy assessments launched last year by the Scottish Government. The postcard states: I do not want my child...to sit the Primary 1 SNSA tests of literacy or numeracy. I firmly believe that nationalstandardised assessment of this kind is not developmentally appropriated for young children and would, therefore, prefer assessment to be based on teacher observation and professional judgement, in accordance with the Early Level of the Curriculum for Excellence.”Sue Palmer, the charity’s chairwoman and a former headteacher, said they had been inundated with calls and emails from parents.“It shows the strength of feeling out there that parents are deciding to take action. No-one has been listening to those who work with very small children, especially nursery teachers, but they are the ones with the specialist knowledge of children’s ability.”Last week teachers said many young children had been left distressed coping with the pressures of the tests.Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the EIS, said: “We are sceptical about the worth of standardised assessments generally, but we’re particularly opposed to their introduction for P1 pupils.“They bring a rigid formality to assessment at a stage where the judgements of teachers, based on observation of child-centred learning, are all that’s needed.”Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, MSP, whose party highlighted that the government had not publicised the right of parents to withdraw their children from the tests, said: “This campaign is the product of an unprecedented effort on the part of campaigners, parents and teachers to bring these damaging national tests to an end.“It should never have been left to others to tell parents their rights and how to exercise them. “However, the Scottish Government have studiously avoided telling parents whether and how their children could be withdrawn from these tests so it is important that we get this information out there.“Teachers across the country have been warning that national tests for P1s are a waste of their time and energy and useless in assessing a child’s level. “How many teachers and parents have to boycott these tests before the Education Secretary finally listens?”

Michelle Mone blasts ?SNP moron? MP after criticism of daughter?s reality TV ...
15 Aug 2018 at 10:46am
Scottish Conservative peer Michelle Mone has hit back at an SNP MP who criticised one of her daughters for appearing on Channel 4’s Born Famous.

Scottish independence blueprint absent from SNP conference
15 Aug 2018 at 7:51am
The SNP leadership has been criticsed for failing to discuss its blueprint for independence at its autumn party conference.

Brexit travel insurance hike could leave holidaymakers out of pocket
15 Aug 2018 at 6:01am
Brexit could leave holidaymakers facing higher prices as a result of a hike in travel insurance costs.

Over 200 Scots teaching vacancies as schools return
15 Aug 2018 at 6:01am
Hundreds of schools in Scotland are still advertising teaching vacancies and classroom support roles as pupils return to the classroom after the summer holidays.

Gordon Brown warns of growing child poverty crisis
15 Aug 2018 at 6:01am
Former prime minister Gordon Brown will today warn of a “devastating child poverty crisis” across Scotland and the UK, with the number of ignored and neglected youngsters north of the Border set to double to almost 400,000.

Health Secretary urged to address shortage of radiologists
15 Aug 2018 at 6:01am
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has been urged to sort out a radiologist staffing crisis which could see patients developing incurable cancer.

Humza Yousaf pledges to learn lessons from early release killing
15 Aug 2018 at 6:01am
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf has pledged to put victims at the centre of Scotland’s criminal justice system and rejected claims his party has become a “soft touch”.

Figures show Scots prisoners doing less work in jail
15 Aug 2018 at 6:01am
Scottish prisoners are becoming less involved in improving activities such as work and education, official statistics have shown.

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Black Snake Mone
by Robert Knight
15 Aug 2018 at 2:24pm
It’s always nice to see Michelle Mone in the news again, especially when the Tory peer crowbars an attempted intervention into Scottish politics into everything she does. And since there’s not much else going on, it seemed like a good excuse to have a wee delve into what she’s been up to lately. It was …

To better days
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Aug 2018 at 10:46am
In the wake of this morning’s news that the Herald and Sunday Herald are to merge, we thought it’d be nice to remember the times – not SO long ago – when the paper used to do some proper journalism and there was some modest semblance of balance and professional integrity in the Scottish media. …

The corpse of independence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Aug 2018 at 1:28pm
In the continuing absence of any interesting current Scottish politics, we thought you might enjoy this Sunday Mail piece from exactly 11 years ago yesterday, confidently asserting that a quick chat would disabuse Scots of any notion of leaving the UK. (Click the pic to enlarge.) The editorial leader followed on from a page 2 piece claiming …

Yes, we are a long way from homes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Aug 2018 at 6:51pm
Several of today’s Scottish newspapers report on a marginal increase in the number of homeless people in Scotland, and in particular – for some reason – those who’ve slept rough for at least one night in the three months before declaring themselves homeless. Things become a little clearer when you see that the reported stats are courtesy …

It is a quiet time for politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Aug 2018 at 1:00pm
Seriously, anyone got anything?

The parapet
by Chris Cairns
11 Aug 2018 at 6:59am

Extended play
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2018 at 8:41am
You may have seen yesterday’s interview with new Catalonian president Quim Torra on The Alex Salmond Show. But we’re very excited to bring you this EXCLUSIVE full edit, almost twice as long as the broadcast edition. (And yes, we’ve got full copyright clearance for it.)

Summer cleaning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2018 at 12:16pm
Scottish politics is still resolutely on holiday, but in response to an enquiry from Prof. Sir John Curtice today we noticed that we still hadn’t published a few snippets of data from our most recent Panelbase poll. So in the absence of anything else to talk about, we might as well have a wee look. …

The fire sale
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Aug 2018 at 10:36am
Scotland On Sunday has a very odd front-page splash today. In a truly remarkable feat of sheer journalistic incompetence, the paper’s Tom Peterkin manages to cover three pages discussing the idea of an independent Scotland renting the Faslane naval base to the UK without once even mentioning the two very recent opinion polls conducted on that …

Magnificent men and their lying machines
by Chris Cairns
4 Aug 2018 at 6:59am

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Scotland's new police chief announced
15 Aug 2018 at 6:11pm
Iain Livingstone will take over as chief constable after being in interim charge of Police Scotland since last year.


Scots economic growth outstripped UK
15 Aug 2018 at 11:14am
Scotland's economy performed better than previously thought at the start of the year, according to official figures.


Gordon Brown says Jeremy Corbyn 'has to change'
15 Aug 2018 at 5:58pm
The former prime minster says immediate action is needed to tackle the "sore" of anti-Semitism within Labour.


Judge throws out challenge to Scots abortion pill move
15 Aug 2018 at 2:33pm
A legal challenge against letting women take abortion pills at home in Scotland is thrown out.


More than 52,000 baby boxes given out in scheme's first year
15 Aug 2018 at 8:31am
In the first year of the programme 52,065 baby boxes were gifted to parents of newborns.


Postcard campaign urges parents to boycott controversial P1 tests
15 Aug 2018 at 2:19pm
A new campaign is encouraging parents to withdraw their children from the controversial assessments.


Scots unemployment rate down slightly to 4.2%
14 Aug 2018 at 12:22pm
Official figures show 115,000 people in Scotland were looking for work between April and June this year.


Debate over Scotland's schools enters new term
15 Aug 2018 at 12:10am
As Scotland's children head back to school this week, the debate over education intensifies.


Radiologist shortage in Scotland 'red alert' warning
14 Aug 2018 at 12:53am
The Royal College of Radiologists says more doctors need to train in the specialism to meet demand.


Why Brexit is getting laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe
14 Aug 2018 at 5:31am
The Edinburgh festival known for its comedy is finding plenty of humour in the political hot potato.


Free school meals 'year-round' for low-income families
13 Aug 2018 at 1:09pm
The North Lanarkshire Council scheme provides meals at weekends and during school holidays.


Loans offer for Scottish farmers hit by adverse weather
13 Aug 2018 at 8:20am
A Scottish government scheme is being launched to allow farmers early access to their annual EU payments.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Let's state the obvious again: waiting until Yes support is at 60% is a recip...
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2018 at 4:20pm
You might have seen that I was name-checked the other day in an article by Iain Macwhirter about a supposed danger of SNP disunity after Nicola Sturgeon makes her long-awaited decision in the autum...

John Curtice is wrong: the Yes rank-and-file would not accept the independenc...
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 8:58pm
"Ask John Curtice" was a Twitter meme a few years ago.  It was based on the BBC's endless attempts to get their money's worth out of Curtice's role as a studio pundit by asking him about topics tha...

Independence remains the only viable Brexit parachute
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 5:27am
You may have seen that Thomas Widmann of Arc of Prosperity has written a blogpost in which he turns conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that Magnus Linklater's notorious article in The Ti...

Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser 2018: An Update
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2018 at 6:32am
Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.There are times in life when you realise you're in the middle of making an incredibly stupid mistake, and you have to decide whether to see it thro...

Questions for the BBC on the YouTube controversy
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 9:21pm
A great deal has been written about the closing down of the Wings and Moridura YouTube accounts, but there are a few points that I don't think have received enough attention yet.  The BBC suggested...

The Chequers shambles brought UKIP back from the dead - and May's fear of UKI...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 5:36pm
One of the paradoxes of last year's general election is that the Tories had to increase their vote sharply just to avoid going backwards any further than they did.  Theresa May took 42% of the popu...

Any Blairite breakaway from Labour could be Christmas for the SNP
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2018 at 11:36pm
Subscribers to iScot magazine might remember that for my December 2017 column, I made a series of non-predictions for the year ahead.  That is to say, I made the point that the range of possibiliti...

Tonight (and every other night until the end of time) Scottish Labour are gon...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2018 at 6:33pm
It's always bemused me that there are two opinions about the SNP's history that seemingly nobody is allowed to express because the self-appointed experts have already long since decided that they a...

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Brewdog Native Son DIPA | John Drinks | Beer Review
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16 Aug 2018 at 2:53am
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When i think of Scotland as an American
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16 Aug 2018 at 2:39am
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I planted lavender to help the bees. Great success, I counted 6 this afternoo...
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15 Aug 2018 at 11:43pm
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Scottish band Ace of Dahlia vlogging the mking of their first EP
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Majority of Scottish voters feel ignored by UK ministers on Brexit - Guardian
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The Daily Gael's handy map for Runrig at Stirling Castle
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Fisheries officer loses harassment claim
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Wings Over Scotland | Black Snake Mone
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BBC | Judge throws out challenge to Scots abortion pill move
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Brexit support slipping as more Scots than ever want UK to remain in EU
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
A major poll of Scots attitudes to Brexit also found an overwhelming backing for a second vote on the outcome of negotiations.


Labour and SNP must step forward and demand second referendum on Brexit deal
by Record View
16 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
The findings of the massive YouGov survey for the People’s Vote campaign show that the tide of public opinion is shifting.


14,000 low paid Scottish workers told to earn more money or risk brutal benef...
by David Clegg
15 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
New figures reveal thousands of people working for poverty wages could be punished for not earning enough cash.


Boris Johnson is promoting fear and intolerance deliberately and he needs to ...
by Kezia Dugdale
14 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Columnist Kezia Dugdale reckons the Tory MP knows exactly what he's doing with his controversial burka remarks.


Scottish Labour sets 2050 carbon-free target as new plan unveiled to combat g...
by David Clegg
13 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
The Scottish Government's current proposals have been criticised for being "too timid".


Boris Johnson burka row could topple Theresa May as 'open warfare' erupts wit...
by Andrew Gregory
13 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Cabinet ministers have branded the Prime Minister's response to the scandal "stupid" and a rift is growing within the party.


Boris Johnson's burka slur was calculated to stir up hatred and bigotry
by dailyrecord
13 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black gives her take on the 'blatantly Islamophobic' comments made by the former Foreign Secretary.


Former I'm a Celebrity star Christine Hamilton dumped by charity over KKK twe...
by Press Association
12 Aug 2018 at 4:47pm
The 68-year-old sparked uproar after comparing the Islamic dress to the attire worn by white nationalists in America.


Britain 'only has 50 per cent chance' of securing Brexit trade and customs de...
by John Ferguson
12 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
100 leading experts say the likelihood of a 'no deal' UK exit from Europe next March is now too close to call.


Republican march against 'ongoing use' of internment passes peacefully in Bel...
by dailyrecord
11 Aug 2018 at 7:46pm
Loyalist counter-protesters took to the streets as the controversial parade took place in the city centre.

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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching… https://vimeo.com/232306617  

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?    

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …
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Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …
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Bella Caledonia

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On Identity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Aug 2018 at 9:49pm
This is the second extract from the Freedom Papers, a collaboration between Gutter Magazine and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Afua Hirsch is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist for the Guardian, and a presenter on current affairs debate shows The Pledge on Sky News and Talk on CNN. Her bestselling book Brit(ish) …

On Freedom
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Aug 2018 at 9:09pm
This is the first extract from the Freedom Papers, a collaboration between Gutter Magazine and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Yaba Badoe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer, whose short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and African Love Stories: an Anthology. Her books include True Murder, A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, …

Can Scotland?s Parliament be persuaded to champion Regional Agency?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Aug 2018 at 6:25pm
When the Scottish Parliament begins Stage 2 of the consideration of the Planning (Scotland) Bill in mid-September, one of the issues for debate will be the future of strategic planning.  The Scottish Government intends that the Bill should remove the statutory requirement to prepare strategic development plans for the four city regions of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and …

Kenneth White, 1968 and Geopoetics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Aug 2018 at 5:07pm
Kenneth White was in Scotland at the end of May for a series of talks, film screenings, poetry readings and lectures, organised by the Research Network in Existential Philosophy and Literature in collaboration with the Institut Francais, Alliance Francais Glasgow and the University of Glasgow. White is a poet and writer originally from the Gorbals, …

The Wilder Shores, Part 2: Ships, Trains, Tourists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Aug 2018 at 10:15am
I Scotland needs ways in which a fast-growing number of sea tourists can be given all-weather, secure, environmentally-friendly ways of spending ?shore time? with us ? so that they can gain a ?sampler? of the place that makes them want to come back, and  invest, and live here. Looking at current sea-tourism, the present level of ?harbour expenditure? per head …

The Wilder Shores, Part 1
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Aug 2018 at 10:13am
At the end of 2015 Rupert Murdoch got his claws into National Geographic ? not always successful as a ?journal of science?, but it tried ?  and seemed latterly to be on a learning curve. Earlier that year, on 15 May I became about the last of its ?Global Vision Lecturers? (they?d started with Gorbachev and Gro Harlem …

Monster: From The Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Aug 2018 at 8:54pm
Halfway through Suetonius?s biography of Caligula (12 ? 41 AD) there comes a turning point, where he says, ?So much for Gaius the Emperor; the rest of this history must needs deal with Gaius the Monster.? All Summer long I have been searching for a way to make sense out of how we have made …

Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody?s Leid
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Aug 2018 at 1:01pm
Sara Clark revels in the richness of Scots (daurklins, drumly, glog, mirkie an wan lit …) . The first time ah realised there wis sic a thing as Scots, ah wis oan a date o sorts, at a Hawick Royal Albert match. Stuck for onythin tae say, an in the first capernoitit thraws o luve, ah wis aw …

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Majority of Scottish voters feel ignored by UK ministers on Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Aug 2018 at 10:00pm
Support in Scotland for remain has risen since 2016 referendum, poll suggestsAlmost two-thirds of Scottish voters believe the Westminster government is ignoring their concerns during Brexit negotiations, and there is now more support in Scotland for remaining in the EU than at the time of the 201...

Authors' visa struggles undermine book festival, says Sturgeon
by Daniel Khalili-Tari
9 Aug 2018 at 8:41pm
Scottish first minister urges UK government to resolve snags affecting Edinburgh eventNicola Sturgeon has accused the UK government of undermining the Edinburgh international book festival by failing to resolve authors? difficulties in obtaining visas.The festival?s director, Nick Barley, has sai...

UK and Scottish ministers hold talks over Glasgow asylum evictions
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Aug 2018 at 12:16pm
Home Office contractor Serco has threatened to change the locks on over-stayersUK and Scottish government ministers are meeting in Glasgow as part of efforts to resolve a row over the proposed eviction of asylum seekers.The Westminster government?s immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, will meet ...

Sturgeon likely to delay decision on second independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Aug 2018 at 8:23pm
Prospects for new referendum clouded by Brexit confusion, Scottish first minister warnsNicola Sturgeon has signalled she is unlikely to be able to make a decision on an independence referendum this autumn because of the uncertainties and confusion around Brexit.The first minister promised earlier...

Scottish ministers under fire as exam results decline again
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Aug 2018 at 2:26pm
Pass rates for Highers fall for third year running as Nationals drop two percentage pointsScottish ministers have been accused of complacency after the latest school exam results showed a continuing decline in grades.The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) disclosed on Tuesday that A-to-C pas...

Sajid Javid urged to halt Serco eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers
by Karen McVeigh
30 Jul 2018 at 6:29pm
City council and MPs demand help for more than 300 people who have been told they cannot stay in BritainThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, is being urged to intervene to stop a housing provider from locking hundred of asylum seekers out of their homes, leaving them destitute. Glasgow city council a...

Time to purge undesirable Scots. Yes Andy Murray, that means you | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Jul 2018 at 5:59am
Pinkos, nationalists and Remainers ? if you?re not worried, you really ought to beIn Britain?s postwar decades, it seems that if your name didn?t appear on a government blacklist then you could never consider yourself an authentic leftie. We all purport to be shocked at how 1950s America went mee...

Momentum heads to Glasgow to hold first Scottish training event
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2018 at 5:08pm
Pro-Corbyn group hopes to use grassroots support to win back marginal Westminster seatsMomentum will hold its first Scottish training event in Glasgow this Saturday, in the hope of galvanising the same levels of grassroots support for Labour that boosted the party?s prospects in England during th...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Creating some certainty of our own
There’s been some speculation in the press recently that the SNP is heading for a rupture in its hitherto impressive party unity over the subject of the timing of the next referendum. There the Tories and Labour are tearing themselves apart with all the vicious fervour of starving lions in the Colosseum, or worse but …

A CO2 filled box of frogs
Back from Islay now, where the dug and I had a fantastic time participating in The National Roadshow’s event at the Islay Show. Many thanks to the wonderful hospitality that everyone in Islay gave us. It’s very much the silly season politically, and it seems that this is a term which our British nationalist friends …

Plan B in outer space
Remember 2014? All we heard from the chorus of British politicians and the media was “What’s your plan B?” That was just about the currency of an independent Scotland, because the British government was saying that it wasn’t going to enter into a formal currency union with Scotland. It was relentless, and it successfully scared …

Being catapulted to the Moon
All the way through the campaign we were assured that leaving the EU didn’t necessarily mean leaving the customs union or the single market. The Brexit vote was won for leave on the very narrowest of margins. You’d think that would mean that the government would attempt to reconcile those who voted to remain, and …

Cool Scots
On Saturday I’m speaking at the Yes Bar at the Glasgow launch of Greg Moodie’s new book, Cool Scots. For the benefit of all of you who are far from Glasgow, or who have better things to do, or who are just too lazy to come along, here’s the speech I’ll be giving. I was …

Stuck in the middle of spew
It transpires that David Mundell’s own reelection campaign was a recipient of the dark money donated to the Scottish Conservatives by secret donors. His election victory was bought on the back of donations from unknown sources.  It shouldn’t really be a surprise that the Scottish Secretary of State’s reelection campaign in 2017 benefited from mystery …

The desperate hysteria of British nationalism
Shut up. Wheesht. Don’t dare imagine that you can voice your views. You’re a vile nationalist, a supporter of independence, and that means you’re the same as an English gassing Nazi. I say so and I’m British, which means I’m not nationalist at all. Being British means not being nationalist, that’s why the UK doesn’t …

The propaganda department
A report has just been published by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. The House of Commons report was written by anti-independence MPs, largely from England. It consists of 11 MPs, five of whom are Conservative, five Labour, and only one SNP. The sole SNP MP on the committee …

The National

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Brown declares war on 'SNPBad' stories with new rebuttal service
THE SNP has launched a new ?fact checking? service designed to refute claims made by political opponents.

Independence referendum not featured on SNP conference agenda
INDEPENDENCE and the key question of when a new referendum should be held will not be debated by SNP members at the party?s annual conference, according to a draft agenda for the event.

Analysis: Indyref2 will be talk of conference even if not on SNP agenda
THE SNP?s fundamental objective is Scottish independence and the party?s membership soared after the 2014 referendum defeat with an army of activists committed and determined to bring that goal about.

Number of students interested in studying foreign languages drops
APPLICATIONS for European language degrees have fallen by 30% in a decade across the whole of the UK, analysis shows.

SNP delegates may debate plan to devolve laws for drug ?fix rooms?
DELEGATES at this year?s SNP conference could be asked to offer support for safer drug consumption facilities to be introduced in Glasgow.

Scottish baby box scheme helps 52,000 families in its first year
MORE than 52,000 baby boxes have been gifted to newborns in Scotland in the first year of the scheme, which marks its first birthday today.

Holyrood revenue boosted by SNP government's LBTT tax
SCOTTISH Government finances have been given a boost with a seasonal upturn in the property market generating the third highest monthly return on the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) since it was introduced in 2015.

Councillor?s path proves the need for the SNP to win over Tories
THE switch by the Edinburgh councillor Ashley Graczyk from the Tories to the SNP should remind us that not all the members and supporters of Scotland?s governing party have moved there from the left.

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

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scots independence: Shock tactics
Scots independence: Shock tactics  BBC News'Cut benefits and tax whisky to avoid independence austerity'  The TimesSNP independence plan 'implies 15% spending cuts'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence blueprint absent from SNP conference
Scottish independence blueprint absent from SNP conference  The ScotsmanNo second independence referendum before 'early 2020s', says Alex Neil  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

ET rules belief in Scottish independence is a protected philosophical belief
ET rules belief in Scottish independence is a protected philosophical belief  The HR Director MagazineFull coverage

Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy f...
Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy for UK on the world stage  Times of India (blog)Commentator Estimates Second Scottish Independence Vote Chances  Sputnik InternationalEnergy minister Paul Wheelhouse: No deal Brexit increases odds of second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Disruption expected as more than 10000 due at Dundee independence march
Disruption expected as more than 10000 due at Dundee independence march  The CourierFull coverage

Scottish independence a safe and sensible choice, says ex-Tory councillor
Scottish independence a safe and sensible choice, says ex-Tory councillor  Aberdeen Evening ExpressFull coverage

Letters: Lesley Riddoch wrong to claim BBC fails to report pro-Scottish indep...
Letters: Lesley Riddoch wrong to claim BBC fails to report pro-Scottish independence marches  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Thousands expected in Dundee for Scottish independence rally
Thousands expected in Dundee for Scottish independence rally  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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SNP under fire over education 'OMNISHAMBLES' as primary school tests boycott ...
SNP under fire over education 'OMNISHAMBLES' as primary school tests boycott launched  Express.co.ukPressure building to scrap P1 tests in face of opt-out campaign  Warrington GuardianTesting policy 'descending into chaos' says Labour  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Labour and SNP under pressure in Scotland as poll shows voters strongly suppo...
Labour and SNP under pressure in Scotland as poll shows voters strongly support fresh referendum  The IndependentMajority of Scottish voters feel ignored by UK ministers on Brexit  The GuardianScottish Labour Voters Back Second Referendum On Brexit, New Survey Shows  HuffPost UKFull coverage

Yes demo at SNP conference to urge action on Indyref2
Yes demo at SNP conference to urge action on Indyref2  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Labour's Brexit plan poses a dilemma for SNP
Labour's Brexit plan poses a dilemma for SNP  The TimesScottish independence blueprint absent from SNP conference  The ScotsmanIndependence referendum not featured on SNP conference agenda  The NationalFull coverage

Tom Peterkin: The massive elephant in the room at the SNP's conference
Tom Peterkin: The massive elephant in the room at the SNP's conference  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP: UK failing on 'bread and butter' sea defences
SNP: UK failing on 'bread and butter' sea defences  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Michelle Mone blasts 'SNP moron' MP after criticism of daughter's reality TV ...
Michelle Mone blasts 'SNP moron' MP after criticism of daughter's reality TV stint  The ScotsmanMichelle Mone hits back at 'moron' SNP MP Alison Thewliss after 'poverty safari' comments over daughter's trip to ...  The Scottish Sun'Another SNP moron': Michelle Mone slams MP as Janey Godley weighs in on 'poverty safari' claims  Evening TimesFull coverage

Letters: This SNP Government is letting us down on health and education
Letters: This SNP Government is letting us down on health and education  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Labour and SNP under pressure in Scotland as poll shows voters strongly suppo...
Labour and SNP under pressure in Scotland as poll shows voters strongly support fresh referendum  The IndependentPoll finds that just under half of Scots would support referendum on Brexit deal  The Sunday PostSupport for remaining in the EU rises in Scotland, finds YouGov  HolyroodFull coverage

Scots shoppers 'hit by £400 Brexit price hike since referendum vote'
Scots shoppers 'hit by £400 Brexit price hike since referendum vote'  The ScotsmanMore than 100 seats 'have switched from Leave to Remain since EU referendum'  Irish ExaminerMore than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU  The GuardianMore than 100 UK seats have switched from Leave to Remain since Brexit vote  Irish TimesFull coverage

Scottish Labour Voters Back Second Referendum On Brexit, New Survey Shows
Scottish Labour Voters Back Second Referendum On Brexit, New Survey Shows  HuffPost UKFull coverage

Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy f...
Brexit raises Scottish independence spectre, which would be a double whammy for UK on the world stage  Times of India (blog)Commentator Estimates Second Scottish Independence Vote Chances  Sputnik InternationalEnergy minister Paul Wheelhouse: No deal Brexit increases odds of second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Lack of dialogue 'could boost Scottish and Catalan independence campaigns'
Lack of dialogue 'could boost Scottish and Catalan independence campaigns'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scots independence: Shock tactics
Scots independence: Shock tactics  BBC NewsFull coverage

No second independence referendum before 'early 2020s', says Alex Neil
No second independence referendum before 'early 2020s', says Alex Neil  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

The UK needs a People's Vote on Brexit, and Scotland needs another independen...
The UK needs a People's Vote on Brexit, and Scotland needs another independence referendum  The CanaryFull coverage

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Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

The Official President Trump thread

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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!

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

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Ben Stokes
Another England international sportsman found not guilty after video assistant referee decision. Stevie Gerrard got lucky as well after punching the fook out of someone a few years ago in Southport bar. I'm still fooking raging after that unfunny khunt Ken Dodd got off with tax evasion when the j...

Where Eagles Dare
Plane crash in Switzerland leaves 20 dead  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45076060 As Where Eagles Dare is one of my all time favourite movies my senses piqued when i heard it was a JU-52 and yes i believe it is the same plane used in the making of the film in 1968 - nobody has p...

Ayr Races
I was at Ayr Rces yesterday, Ladies Day. Had Grandstand tickets, the experience was underwhelming to say the least.  The sports bar was like being in a giant bookies shop,  with drinks in cheap plastic cups and really poor choice of spirits and wine. Ie. no choice. I realise that  alcohol  is...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



2001 A Space Odyssey ?
Okay - Just watched this movie for the first time - I understand the beginning, basically the dawn of man adapting to our environment and finding bones & stone to use as tools / weapons, the said early humans (ape like) wake up one morning and find this monolith standing in front of them - the fi...

What a way to go!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45153535  

Perseid
Perseid peak tonight, hopefully the clouds will disperse.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

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        March 2015: Disinformation distribution continues In a blatant misuse of taxpayers money a Con/Dem government leaflet promoting the “vow”, (production and distribution cost estimated at £3 million) was sent to every one of the 2.5 million households across Scotland promoting changes to be implemented over the next 2 years. The 8-page … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminste...

The brutal subjugation of Scots after Culloden is remembered with deep bitter...
          After Culloden The Angus Jacobite’s who rose up in 1745 were led by twenty year old Lord David Ogilvy, whose force of around 600 men came from his father’s estates. His father and Sir David Kinloch later managed to raise another 400 men from Angus and the Mearns. Following the … Continue reading "The brutal subjugation of Scots after Culloden is remembered with deep bitterness by many...

misuse of voters personal data for political gain is unacceptable and should ...
          August 9 2018: Emma’s Diary Data Used to Get Mums in Labour The “Diary”, a subsidiary of “Lifecycle Marketing”, is one of the UK’s leading baby clubs for mums-to-be, providing expert advice on every aspect of pregnancy and childcare. It claims to be the best UK new born baby club … Continue reading "misuse of voters personal data for political gain is unacceptable and should be crimin...

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            Sep 2014: Tomkins and Goldie – Addressing the the Strathclyde proposals A letter from Tomkins and Tory constitution spokeswoman Annabel Goldie MSP stated: ?We stand by the recommendations and analysis of the Strathclyde Commission. We regard its recommendations as a starting point for further discussion ? as a floor … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-t...

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            May 2014: Tomkins – Reasons to be Cheerful The mood music in much of the Scottish press is that it?s all doom and gloom for the “No” campaign, and that ?momentum? is building in favour of a “Yes” vote in September. Some of my Nationalist friends are making the … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and-their-preparedness-to-do-so...

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        2012:  The Independence Referendum The Scottish government?s offer to include, ?Devo Max? in the questions, to be put to the Scottish electorate was firmly rejected. It had to be ?all or nothing.? and there was no intention on the part of any of the Unionist parties, to give Scotland any new … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and...

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    Fulton and Cameron  (Thatchers cronies)     Sep 2011: Davidson and Fraser Slugging match The loss of Annabel Goldie, to the “House of Lords” created a leadership vacancy and the application of Murdo Fraser, supported by a majority of Scottish Tory Party members and officials and Ruth Davidson, the hopelessly inexperienced choice of … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hood...

Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 1707 and 2014 an...
          May 2008: Increasing Nationalist support in Scotland alerts and alarms Westminster and the US. The Labour Party in Scotland was in meltdown and it was entirely possible a majority SNP government would be in place in 2011 which would bring with it calls for Scottish independence and a referendum. There … Continue reading "Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 170...

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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.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…