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Holyrood faces being bypassed over final Brexit Bill that implements EU deal
17 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
HOLYROOD faces being bypassed by Theresa May on the crucial final Brexit Bill that will put the agreed UK-EU deal into law.

Police appear no nearer finding precisely how Skripals were attacked by nerve...
17 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
POLICE investigating the Salisbury incident appear no nearer to finding out precisely how Sergei Skripal and his daughter were attacked as the political row over Labour?s approach to the attempted murder intensified.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf contacts police over burka slur
16 Mar 2018 at 6:37pm
SCOTLAND?S transport minister has spoken to police after a councillor made an Islamophobic slur against him during a meeting with Scottish Government officials.

Complaint over SNP party political broadcast dismissed by Ofcom
16 Mar 2018 at 3:19pm
OFCOM has dismissed a complaint that the SNP used its party political broadcast to ridicule a prominent journalist.

Senior police chief asked for expenses to be paid 'by cash transfer'
16 Mar 2018 at 7:30pm
ONE of Scotland?s most senior police officers asked for relocation expenses to be paid by cash transfer ? sparking claims it circumvented tax.

Racism in politics? Diversity training will be standing room only
16 Mar 2018 at 5:47pm
ENLIGHTENED, cosmopolitan.

SNP Bill to help reunite Syrian refugee families clears first Commons hurdle
16 Mar 2018 at 2:52pm
A "Good Samaritan Bill" aiming to help reunite refugee families in the UK has cleared its first Commons test as Tory MPs demanded action.

Football Act repeal is a ?retrograde step?, says Sturgeon
16 Mar 2018 at 12:14pm
The First Minister said the focus must remain on tackling sectarianism across Scotland.

Boris Johnson blames Vladimir Putin personally for Salisbury nerve agent attack
16 Mar 2018 at 1:33pm
The Foreign Secretary said it was ?overwhelmingly likely? that the Russian president directed the use of a nerve agent on the streets of Britain.

Nicola Sturgeon gets on her bike for climate change
16 Mar 2018 at 11:10am
The First Minister made a smoothie from pedal power as she announced the latest £15.3m round of climate change funding.

UK braced for Russian retaliation as Western powers close ranks
16 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May is bracing herself today for Russian retaliation after she received a major diplomatic boost when America, France and Germany joined forces with Britain to blame Moscow directly for the Salisbury chemical attack.

Corbyn defends his Salisbury stance warning against "McCarthyite intolerance ...
16 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn has defended his stance on the Salisbury poison attack after he caused a row at Westminster for raising doubts over whether or not Russia was to blame.

Sketch: From Bute House boss to Red Square busker, Eck?s downhill odyssey con...
16 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
THERE are few things quite as ex- as an ex-politician. They are lost souls, drifting spectrally around the margins of public life, pining for the unrequited love of the electorate.

Russia?s Lavrov: Maybe Gavin Williamson lacks education
16 Mar 2018 at 11:37am
Moscow has hit back after the Defence Secretary suggested Russia should ?go away and shut up?.

SNP MP makes parliamentary bid to end "grievous injustice" for Syrian refugees
16 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
A bid to end a ?grievous injustice? facing refugees and help reunite family members fleeing war and persecution will be made in the Commons today by the SNP?s Angus Brendan MacNeil.

 

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Complaint over SNP broadcast dismissed by OFCOM
16 Mar 2018 at 4:36pm
A complaint to the broadcast regulator Ofcom over the content of an SNP Party Political Broadcast which was accused of targeting a prominent journalist has been dismissed.

Calls to investigate steep rise in winter deaths in Scotland
16 Mar 2018 at 4:11pm
Opposition MSPs are calling for an investigation into the biggest rise in winter deaths this century.

Government blocks SNP MP's bill to end unpaid trial shifts
16 Mar 2018 at 4:01pm
The Government has talked out a Bill which sought to ban unpaid trial shifts, amid concerns that people with learning disabilities are more likely to "fall victim" to the practice.

SNP MP's bid to reunite refugee families clears major hurdle
16 Mar 2018 at 3:21pm
Refugee rights groups have hailed an SNP MP's bid to allow divided families to be reunited in the UK after his private members? bill cleared its first parliamentary hurdle.

Nicola Sturgeon ?disappointed? as MSPs vote to scrap Football Act
16 Mar 2018 at 2:01pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “disappointed” by the vote to scrap a controversial law aimed at tackling sectarianism at football.

College students could ?solve? teacher shortage crisis
16 Mar 2018 at 10:56am
Scottish Universities are to target college students to fill Scotland’s teacher shortage crisis.

SNP MP?s bid to allow child refugees in UK to sponsor family members
16 Mar 2018 at 10:53am
Ministers have been urged to allow child refugees to sponsor their close families members to join them in the UK.

Humza Yousaf calls on Labour councillor to resign after burka slur
16 Mar 2018 at 9:48am
Scottish Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf is calling on a Labour councillor to resign after he made an Islamophobic comment about the MSP.

Willie Rennie praises ?tenacity? of Labour Brexit rebels
16 Mar 2018 at 9:16am
Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has offered to work with Labour rebels who want the UK to remain in the single market in order to prevent a hard Brexit.

Joyce McMillan: Hawking was an Enlightenment giant for 21st century
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Professor Stephen Hawking was a beacon of reason, humanity and scientific progress, writes Joyce McMillan.

Jim Duffy: I could be a Tory but here?s why Corbyn offers more hope
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
I’m a massive believer in enterprise, but it’s not right that the richest one per cent own as much as poorest 50 per cent, says Jim Duffy.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to take action over SNP NEC member?s role on Salmond show
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of turning a blind eye to a “direct funnel of money and influence” from the Kremlin into the SNP amid growing controversy over Alex Salmond’s contentious show on state-funded broadcaster Russia Today (RT).

Brian Wilson: Highland Clearances must not be erased from history
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
I was in Portree this week for the funeral of the artist Tommy Mackenzie, whose wonderful etchings of the Skye landscape adorn the walls of homes and offices around the world.

Nicola Sturgeon says sunset clause can end ?power grab? row
15 Mar 2018 at 10:30pm
The Scottish and Welsh governments have offered a way out of the deadlock over post-Brexit devolution if a “sunset clause” is introduced to put a time limit on any Westminster “power grab”, The Scotsman has learned.

MSPs vote to scrap controversial sectarianism law
15 Mar 2018 at 7:31pm
A controversial law aimed at tackling sectarian behaviour at football has been repealed by MSPs.

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The greasy poll
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Mar 2018 at 11:43am
A new Scottish Labour propaganda website called The Red Robin attracted some attention at the weekend by claiming that new polling had shown Labour closing the Westminster voting gap on the SNP to just 4 points. To try to lend some credibility to this rather dubious assertion – the SNP’s average lead is currently around 15 …

The same as it ever was
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Mar 2018 at 10:00am
Particularly alert readers may have experienced a pang of deja vu at yesterday’s story highlighting media misrepresentation of polling figures. We can’t imagine why. (The actual “new low” of support for a referendum turned out to be… 75%.)

The star prize
by The History Twins
14 Mar 2018 at 9:41pm
For Jim – one of the greats – and for us, for now. RIP. (More Twinstoons here.)

Spinning down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Mar 2018 at 1:32pm
So here’s a headline from the (Dundee) Evening Telegraph. You know how we’re always pointing out how newspapers love to lie to readers without actually saying things that are untrue? Let’s have a quick case study. Because the actual numbers of Scots who want a second indyref in the next three years, according to the Ipsos …

A historic breakthrough
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2018 at 9:44am
We could all do with some cheering up at the moment, so it’s with great pleasure that we can announce fantastic news for Scotland – the ancient plague of sectarianism has finally been defeated once and for all! At least, we assume it MUST have been, because this week the Scottish Parliament is set to …

In Scotland?s corner
by Chris Cairns
10 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

The Cupid Stunt
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2018 at 12:25pm
An alert reader conveniently located in the Aberdeen area pointed us to an “SNP BAD” story in the ever-willing Press & Journal today. And it raised an awful lot of questions the P&J didn’t seem to want to ask. “A pregnant Conservative councillor has said she will donate her baby box to charity ? and …

Using the Force
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2018 at 9:30am
From today’s Scottish Daily Mail: The slightly-less-well-known definition of “force” that means “a minority government persuading three out of four opposition parties to agree with it and democratically vote a measure through”, there. Maybe they should put out a special dictionary or something.

Rocket launched
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2018 at 9:26am
This was us for most of yesterday: Because we were genuinely concerned about this year’s fundraiser. It was coming off the back of our lowest traffic month in four years (February was absolutely dead in Scottish politics, and we had almost no internet for the last two weeks of it), and some other indy sites …

Let?s Build A Rocket
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Mar 2018 at 8:59am
And fire it into the heart of the Union. (Fundraiser page here, or click here to donate directly.) . Running total (all sources) at 9am, Fri 16 March: £100,916. Last 24 hours: £2,580. Wings Over Scotland is only possible because of you. Everything we do is fuelled by the generous once-a-year donations of our readers, and …

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Scottish Greens 'leading change' in Scotland
17 Mar 2018 at 12:24am
The party's co-convener will highlight its achievements as she addresses delegates at the Scottish Greens conference.


Councillor suspended over Islamaphobic slur about Humza Yousaf
16 Mar 2018 at 5:53pm
Labour's Jim Dempster admitted making the Islamophobic comment about Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.


MPs back bill to reunite child refugees with relatives
16 Mar 2018 at 3:10pm
Reuniting children with their families is the "right thing to do", the SNP's Angus MacNeil says.


'Sunset clause' offer in Brexit powers row
16 Mar 2018 at 5:33pm
Scottish and Welsh first ministers want limit on how long Westminster can "freeze" devolved powers after Brexit.


Nicola Sturgeon says Football Act repeal 'a retrograde step'
16 Mar 2018 at 1:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon "disappointed" by MSPs voting to scrap anti-sectarian law, but says it is now time to move on.


MP's bid to ban unpaid trial shifts fails
16 Mar 2018 at 5:15pm
Stewart McDonald says it is often the "lowest paid and lowest skilled" people who are exploited by the practice.


First low emission zone labelled 'no ambition zone' by campaigners
16 Mar 2018 at 5:10pm
Friends of the Earth say Glasgow's attempt at tackling pollution may not be a low emission zone at all.


Alex Salmond: Russian TV station 'not propaganda'
15 Mar 2018 at 12:41pm
Scotland's former first minister defends his weekly show on RT and warns against shutting down the channel.


MSPs vote to repeal football bigotry law
15 Mar 2018 at 5:13pm
MSPs vote to scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act despite opposition from the Scottish government.


Ethics watchdog to investigate Mark McDonald complaint
15 Mar 2018 at 12:12pm
Mark McDonald is to be investigated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


'Intense' child poverty in affluent areas of Scotland
15 Mar 2018 at 1:03am
A study suggests up to one in four children in areas not thought deprived are living in poverty.


Scottish Borders Council misconduct probe 'shameful'
15 Mar 2018 at 9:17am
An employment tribunal awards an ex-local authority employee more than £50,000 for unfair dismissal.

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No, the OBFA repeal was not a surprise, and nor was it a victory for the litt...
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2018 at 7:07am
For some reason Angela Haggerty seemed to be going out of her way to wind up supporters of the SNP yesterday with a number of goading tweets.  Most obviously, there was her jubilation at the repeal...

More on that 48% Yes vote...
by James Kelly
15 Mar 2018 at 7:42am
Just a quick note to let you know I have a new article in The National, with more analysis of yesterday's sensational Ipsos-Mori poll that put support for independence at 48%.  You can read the art...

Dramatic poll boost for independence campaign as SNP open up comfortable lead...
by James Kelly
14 Mar 2018 at 11:51am
Do you remember, around a year ago, before anyone even suspected that Theresa May was going to call a snap election, there was an Ipsos-Mori telephone poll that showed a 50/50 split on the independ...

The logic is inescapable: the UK government must pull England out of the Worl...
by James Kelly
13 Mar 2018 at 6:43pm
I'm fairly agnostic on the claims that Theresa May has made about Russian state involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. I find it entirely plausible that Russia might have...

Leonard left red-faced as Labour propaganda site admits SNP is still ahead in...
by James Kelly
10 Mar 2018 at 7:14pm
The new Scottish Labour and anti-independence propaganda site The Red Robin has until now been best known for the inexplicable decision of CommonSpace (an ostensibly pro-independence news outlet) t...

The Parable of the Reasonable Tory Thieves
by James Kelly
10 Mar 2018 at 9:18am
Tories:  Hey, Scotland!  We're going to have to break into your house soon and steal 111 items.  Don't worry, we'll only be taking what we need, and you'll still have plenty.  Next Tuesday suit you...

You'd be forgiven for thinking the London Tories actually WANT an early indep...
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2018 at 9:16pm
Regular readers of the Herald will be aware that Iain Macwhirter has rarely missed an opportunity in his recent columns to state, supposedly as an established fact, that there isn't going to be ano...

London's legal challenge to the Continuity Bill perfectly illustrates how "Th...
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2018 at 4:40pm
Something suddenly crystallised in my mind the other day when I saw a tweet stating that the UK government were going to court in a bid to grab powers back from the Scottish Parliament.  Of course ...

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Government blocks SNP MP's bill to end unpaid trial shifts
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SNP MP's 'refugee family reunion' bill passes first Westminster hurdle
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Recapturing energy of 2014 top of Green agenda, co-convener says
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'Sunset clause' offer in Brexit powers row
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Scotland?s attainment gap is closing thanks to national fund, heads say
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Nicola Sturgeon urged to take action over SNP NEC member?s role on Salmond show
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Vladimir Putin's political assault tried to isolate Britain and destabilise it
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter was a massive move against the West, says our Westminster editor Torcuil Crichton.


Public workers paid fee to pick up wages in 'shameful' practice by contracted...
by Andy Philip
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard blasted the "umbrella companies" and demanded an end to the practice in large public contracts.


This is not Theresa May's Falklands moment and she shouldn't get carried away...
by Record View
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Despite strong support from allies, the Prime Minister could still look impotent on the international stage in a few weeks, says Record View.


'No-one would have seen him under the Burka' Labour councillor suspended afte...
by David Clegg
16 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Councillor Jim Dempster made the remarks about Humza Yousaf when Transport Scotland officials visited Dumfries and Galloway.


Shamed MSP Mark McDonald to be investigated for second time over new sex-pest...
by Andy Philip
15 Mar 2018 at 1:54pm
A complaint about the former children’s minister was passed to Scotland’s independent ethical standards watchdog.


Russia labels spy poisoning accusations by UK 'insane' as they prepare to exp...
by Jamie Bullen
15 Mar 2018 at 12:37pm
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed retaliatory sanctions would be announced "soon".


Alex Salmond defends Russia Today show after nerve agent attack - 'I hold no ...
by Aoife Moore
15 Mar 2018 at 11:40am
The former First Minister insisted he can say what he likes on the TV show and labelled the chemical poisoning a 'heinous crime'.


MSPs demand full details of probe into shamed Holyrood minister Mark McDonald
by Andy Philip
15 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The disgraced former minister returned to parliament on Tuesday and the Scottish Government's standards committee meet today to discuss the allegations.


Theresa May expels 23 Russian diplomats over nerve agent attack
by Dan Bloom
14 Mar 2018 at 1:47pm
It is biggest single expulsion from the UK since the Cold War with all the people targeted identified as undeclared spies.


It's time we worked together to sort out Brexit mess
by Record View
14 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement yesterday in the House of Commons.

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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

An Interesting Comparison
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11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm
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Well Done Pep
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27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

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Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Mar 2018 at 12:26pm
Gerry Hassan on the need for maximum ‘dissent, heresy and imagination’. Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative Scotland?s decision making and funding priorities resulting in the …

I Come from Where?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
?Where do you come from?? is a question everybody gets asked.  Maybe when you?re at a party with your kids, standing awkwardly next to other parents at the bouncy castle, or when you?re waiting for the bus, people might, as a kind of conversation starter, ask ?where do you come from??.  It can be a …

Only Begin
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Mar 2018 at 10:24am
The Yes movement? A Renew movement? A movement renewed to renew a society that cares ... argues Justin Kenrick

Aberdeen Occupation ? Students Vindicated
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Mar 2018 at 9:22am
This is a press release from the Aberdeen Students Occupation which refutes the allegations of violence made by the university against students. The occupation is in solidarity with academics involved in the University College Union (UCU) pension dispute. CONTENT WARNING: video contains potentially distressing content and physical aggression against students Footage has now been released …

How to Start a New Country
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Mar 2018 at 6:39pm
I only occasionally do book reviews, largely because I am not the world?s greatest reader of them and so do not often think about writing them. But there have to be exceptions. In the last day I have speed read two versions of the new book by Robin McAlpine from the Scottish think tank Common …

RIC Spring Conference
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
The Radical Independence Campaign held its Spring Conference in Edinburgh on Saturday, 10th March. The conference was designed as one where the Left could take a strategic overview of the situation the Scottish Independence Movement is in. Over a hundred and twenty attended and the level of discussion was very good. When IndyRef1 was launched …

The Russians Aren?t Coming
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:15pm
The Russia's aren't coming. They're not coming to steal our food banks and they're not coming up the Clyde any time soon. They're already here propping up the Tory Party, running the Premiership and extending their reach in the City and the boardrooms and the political classes ...

Plastic Sea
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Mar 2018 at 2:03pm
  Last year scientists on board the Greenpeace’s boat MV Beluga II skirted round Scotland’s coast collecting data on the concentration of plastic and microplastics in the sea microplastics are defined as pieces of plastic measuring less than 5mm in any dimension. All plastic waste tends to break down into microplastics over time, and most …

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Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Mar 2018 at 6:05pm
Ex-minister quits SNP after inquiry substantiated claims of inappropriate behaviourNicola Sturgeon has urged her former childcare minister Mark McDonald to stand down as an MSP after he resigned from her party over inappropriate behaviour but refused to quit Holyrood.McDonald announced on Tuesday...

Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty
by Libby Brooks
5 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targetsThe Scottish government is coming under pressure to commit to using its newly devolved powers to top up benefits in order to meet its child poverty targets. Last November, Holyrood passed Scotland?s first chi...

From shortbread to the NHS: Scotland fears loss of workers after Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 Mar 2018 at 4:42pm
Employers have depended on EU nationals, many of whom are now embedded in the HighlandsThe snow is falling in Aviemore, but the window display of the Walkers shortbread bakery is springing with Easter treats, alongside the more traditional thistle rounds and petticoat tails.With its factory to th...

Ruth Davidson backs legal action against Scottish Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Mar 2018 at 12:56pm
Tory leader in Scotland says emergency legislation should be tested in supreme court if passedRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, has said she would support a legal challenge in the supreme court if the Scottish parliament voted for its own powers over Brexit.The Guardian reported it was hig...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Happy 1000th to The National
They said it wouldn’t last, that it would disappear just as soon as the Yes movement evaporated away after the No vote in the 2014 referendum, but 1000 issues later and The National is still going strong. Congratulations to Callum Baird and all the team for working their wee socks off to produce the only …

Stooges of the Kremlin
There was an editorial in the Guardian yesterday titled “Tackling the troll state”. For a wee moment I thought it was about Theresa May’s government trolling the people of Scotland, but then reality kicked in and I realised that this was the Guardian. It was really about Theresa May and the Russians. No one in …

The DIY project
We’re in the calm before the storm. A constitutional crisis is on the horizon and is heading our way, when it breaks it could threaten the entire basis of the devolution settlement and undermine the foundations of the British state. It could be the thread that unravels what passes for a Union and leads to …

The Stan Laurel of Scottish politics
Deep in a dark cave, eroded away over the millennia, covered by thousands of years of lime deposits, are the very faintest traces of some of the oldest art work ever created, scratched into the rock by early humans. Those enigmatic engravings have a higher profile, are more accessible, and are more relevant to modern …

Och, Jeremy Corbyn
On Wednesday evening I did a talk in Motherwell for the local Yes group. The venue held 120 people, and it was full. Many thanks to the organisers for a fantastic evening. It was great to see that interest in the cause of independence is undiminished in Lanarkshire. One of the questions I was asked …

The upside of a statue to Thatcher
Having voted for the Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson as their MP in the General Election last year, the good people of East Dunbartonshire must have been thrilled to hear that she has proposed that a statue should be erected to commemorate Margaret Thatcher. There’s a priority for you. Jo Swinson was born in 1980, which …

Five guys named Woe
That didn’t last long. Within a day and a half of Theresa May’s Road to Brexit speech, the speech whose main purpose was to signal the road to Conservative unity, the party’s at handbags at dawn again. You know that you’re in trouble when the ruling party in a country contains more drama than you’ll …

Extra cherries on the Brexit cake
The Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much anticipated speech on Brexit on Friday, in which she was expected to lay out some detail about what sort of Brexit the UK hopes to achieve. This was Theresa’s long awaited “Road to Brexit” speech, a phrase which half the country can no longer hear without humming …

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Ofcom gives its verdict on the SNP's 'David Torrance' video
'Davey' reminded a lot of people of a certain journalist ...

US, Germany and France unite with UK over Russian spy attack
THE leaders of America, France, and Germany have offered their support to Theresa May in her fight with Russia over the nerve agent chemical attack in Salisbury earlier this month.

Disgraced MSP Mark McDonald may face pay docking and Holyrood ban
MARK McDonald faces being banned from the Holyrood building and having his salary docked after MSPs are to order the public standards watchdog to investigate the shamed former childcare minister minister?s conduct.

Minister voices fears after opposition MSPs unite to scrap football act
SCOTTISH ministers have warned that Parliament?s decision to scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act will ?expose vulnerable communities to abuse?.

Bypass row Rumbles on as Government admit finish date unknown
THE Scottish Government does not know when the £745 million Aberdeen bypass will open, it has emerged.

Scotland is ?prepared? for attack same as Salisbury
NICOLA Sturgeon has said Scotland?s emergency services are prepared for a Salisbury-like chemical attack in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee.

Alex Salmond insists his show is not controlled by the Kremlin
ALEX Salmond has launched a staunch defence of Kremlin backed TV station, Russia Today.

SNP give their backing to Tory sanctions on Russian 'spies'
TWENTY-three Russian government officials are to be kicked out of the UK in one of the biggest diplomatic rows since the Cold War.

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Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
        5 Mar 2018: Former Russian Spy Mysteriously Falls Ill in Britain. A man identified as a retired Russian military intelligence officer who once spied for Britain is critically ill at a British hospital, and the authorities were investigating his ?exposure to an unknown substance.? The man, found unconscious on a bench … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve A...

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

Douglas Ross ? Moray MP ? Yet to Decide if he Intends to be a Politician or a...
    Douglas Gordon Ross: Football Referee and Part-Time Politician: (born Aberdeen 1983). Educated at Forres Academy and the Scottish Agricultural College.     Expected Earnings 2017-18: Between 110,000 and £115,000 (MP salary and income from soccer).     Family: His early years were spent on a dairy farm near Forres where his father worked … Continue reading "Douglas Ross – Moray MP – Yet to D...

Roads and Potholes ? Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Government Re...
          What is Asphalt / Tarmac? It is aggregate mixed with a binding agent of bitumen, (a dark, sticky substance derived from crude oil.) Advantages of Asphalt over Concrete Use 1. Removal and replacement of damaged asphalt is a simple and relatively easy process compared to concrete. 2. Asphalt is also … Continue reading "Roads and Potholes – Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Gove...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark
The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 31st 2018 Glasgow?s history has long been the stuff of legend ? the stories of Red Clydeside, rent strikes, the power of shipbuilding, the scale of slum clearance – and of course, football. In Scotland we …

The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Cap...
The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Capitalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 24th 2018 The world has been turned upside down in the last few weeks. Ten years after the banking crash showed that the economic assumptions which shaped most of our lives were bogus, along …

Scotland and Independence

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Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent
Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The Scotsman22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

If you support Scottish independence there is no point voting for Labour
If you support Scottish independence there is no point voting for Labour  The NationalFull coverage

Most Scottish authors want to break up the Union ? why don't they write about...
Most Scottish authors want to break up the Union ? why don't they write about it?  The Conversation UKFull coverage

Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence
Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour has to embrace federalism as the only alternative to independence
Labour has to embrace federalism as the only alternative to independence  HolyroodFull coverage

Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian
Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian  The Globe and MailALEX BELL: It may be time for Devo Max  The CourierWe need to tell the Tories: Hands off our Parliament!  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish football fans have been criminalised
Scottish football fans have been criminalised  SpikedFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon sends 1000th edition congratulations to The National
Nicola Sturgeon sends 1000th edition congratulations to The National  The NationalFull coverage

SNP

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The papers: Row over RT co-host's SNP role
The papers: Row over RT co-host's SNP role  BBC NewsSNP MSP joins party boycott of Alex Salmond's Kremlin TV station  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Government blocks SNP MP's bill to end unpaid trial shifts
Government blocks SNP MP's bill to end unpaid trial shifts  The ScotsmanSNP MP names and shames companies over use of unpaid trial shifts  Left Foot ForwardFull coverage

Former SNP councillor sent racist texts to secret lover
Former SNP councillor sent racist texts to secret lover  Telegraph.co.ukFormer Dundee SNP councillor sent racist texts  BBC NewsFull coverage

SNP MP's bid to reunite refugee families clears major hurdle
SNP MP's bid to reunite refugee families clears major hurdle  The ScotsmanSNP Bill to help reunite Syrian refugee families clears first Commons hurdle  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

£15 million of SNP attainment fund left unspent thanks to school staff shortage
£15 million of SNP attainment fund left unspent thanks to school staff shortage  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Prestigious foreign portal notes architectonic value of SNP Memorial
Prestigious foreign portal notes architectonic value of SNP Memorial  The Slovak SpectatorFull coverage

Ofcom dismiss 'David Torrance' SNP party broadcast complaint
Ofcom dismiss 'David Torrance' SNP party broadcast complaint  The NationalFull coverage

Complaint over SNP broadcast dismissed by OFCOM
Complaint over SNP broadcast dismissed by OFCOM  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Brexit 'not a game changer on Scottish independence'
Brexit 'not a game changer on Scottish independence'  iNewsLatest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour has to embrace federalism as the only alternative to independence
Labour has to embrace federalism as the only alternative to independence  HolyroodFull coverage

Most Scottish authors want to break up the Union ? why don't they write about...
Most Scottish authors want to break up the Union ? why don't they write about it?  The Conversation UKFull coverage

Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit
Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit  EUobserverScotland, Wales defy London with laws to keep powers after Brexit  Deutsche WelleBeware moves to break up UK after Brexit, minister warns  The NationalTime running out for Theresa May to get Nicola Sturgeon on side with Brexit Bill  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Exiled Catalan government minister moves to Scotland after fleeing rebellion ...
Exiled Catalan government minister moves to Scotland after fleeing rebellion and sedition charges in Spain  The IndependentExiled in Scotland Catalan independence leader seeks refuge here from arrest warrant in Spain  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian
Brexit is turning Scotland more Canadian  The Globe and MailSNP accuses Westminster of reviving 'Project Fear' over Brexit  The ScotsmanLaw Society says early consultation on EU continuity bill is crucial  Law Society of Scotland (press release) (blog)Full coverage

Nicola Sturgeon sends 1000th edition congratulations to The National
Nicola Sturgeon sends 1000th edition congratulations to The National  The NationalFull coverage

Today is The National's 1000th edition! Here's how your newspaper is doing ...
Today is The National's 1000th edition! Here's how your newspaper is doing ...  The NationalFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

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!

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 ...

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 Official President Trump thread

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won. Sad.

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

The Liberal Elite
They get a bad name but without them we'd still have State sanctioned execution, people like Alan Turing would still be experimented on and driven to suicide by the State, gay marriages would still be outlawed, slavery would have been a profitable industry for the wealthy in Glasgow, Liverpool an...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Still Game
Still Game carried on from where it left off and lived up to its expected disappointment. It only slightly picked up with about 5 minutes to go. Again they shoehorned Methadone Prick into it It reached its peak around series 3/series 4. Shouldn't have been brought back Itll go down ...

Short But Funny
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09sz12j/episodes/player  

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.

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

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Moving to Scotland from Northern Ireland
Where better to ask than a Scotland national team football forum eh? Gutted we both aren't going to the World Cup. Anyways... (asking in as many places as possible to get the best answers) Hello. The thread title is pretty self-explanatory, but I?ll put a bit more background info....

Crossing a picket line (or not)
Can anyone enlighten me to what my rights are here.  I work on a site that has two organisations on it - one part of a university, one not (I work for the non-university part). With the ongoing industrial action by the University lecturers I think there may be a picket line in the next few da...

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Rise in mortality rates needs investigation, say researchers

Glasgow low emission zone plans will 'condemn city to illegal air for years t...

Reaching a balance: women on boards

Sir Tom Hunter to give 100 young people £1,000 to be ?disrupters?

Labour suspends councillor for Islamophobic comment

Scottish Climate Challenge Fund distributes over £100m to more than 1,000 pro...

Labour has to embrace federalism as the only alternative to independence

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West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

NEW PRO-INDEPENDENCE UMBRELLA GROUP FORMS IN ABERDEEN
North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…