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Labour to emulate SNP promise by boosting Carers Allowance for 1m "unsung her...
17 Apr 2017 at 10:01pm
LABOUR is promising to give a boost to around one million ?unsung heroes,? who care for vulnerable relatives by pledging a £10 a week benefits hike if it got into power, Jeremy Corbyn will say on Tuesday.

Tories open up another 21-point lead over Labour as local election polls near
17 Apr 2017 at 4:49pm
WITH less than three weeks to go before the local elections north and south of the border, Theresa May?s Tories have posted a 21-point lead over Labour for the second day running.

More than one million single pensioners now wholly dependent on state pension...
17 Apr 2017 at 6:52pm
MORE than one million single pensioners across the UK are now entirely dependent on the state pension for their income, new analysis shows.

Nicola Sturgeon is told: Reveal findings of referendum consultation
17 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon is under pressure to reveal the findings of the government consultation on a second independence referendum before advancing her plans to hold it.

Tory candidates face public grilling on welfare "rape clause"
17 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
TORY candidates are to be quizzed on whether they agree with Ruth Davidson and support the so-called ?rape clause? as the issue acquires a growing role in the local elections.

Scottish Government failing to support teachers, union complains
17 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
TEACHERS have demanded more support and less bureaucracy from the SNP Government in order to reform schools and close the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils.

Youngest MSP may trade Holyrood for the manse
17 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
HOLYROOD?S youngest MSP has revealed he may swap parliament for the Kirk.

Unite considered targeting Ineos owner's family and neighbours during Grangem...
16 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
THE Unite trade union considered targeting the family and neighbours of the owner of the Grangemouth oil refinery during the bitter industrial dispute in 2013, leaked documents reveal.

Andy Murray among campaigners to urge PM to keep climate change promises afte...
16 Apr 2017 at 5:52pm
Leading environmental campaigners have warned the Government against scaling back on commitments to tackle climate change and end the illegal market in wildlife in order to secure post-Brexit trade deals.

Labour attack SNP failure to tax super-rich Scots
17 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
LABOUR have condemned the SNP for not using Holyrood?s new tax powers to extract more from super-rich Scots, after their total income almost doubled in five years.

Concern over "spike" in disability benefit rejections
17 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
THE number of people across the UK being refused disability benefit may have doubled over the last year, according to new figures suggesting a ?spike? in rejections.

Police body's decision to hire new £173,000 director slammed as 'bonkers' and...
16 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
FORMER Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has accused the Scottish Police Authority of making a ?bonkers? decision by hiring a new director on around £173,000 a year.

Government food adviser in row over paid links to sweets and fizzy drinks com...
16 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
FOOD Standards Scotland is under pressure over a leading member?s financial links to the confectionary and fizzy drinks industries.

Tory candidate apologies after Bloody Sunday post on Facebook
15 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
A TORY council candidate who asked people to ?like? a picture on Facebook of the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday has apologised for ?misjudgements? and causing offence.

Anger over SNP sports fund aimed at women that has never paid out
15 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
SNP ministers have been criticised after it emerged a £300,000 fund announced last July by Nicola Sturgeon to help women into sport has yet to pay out a penny.



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SNP unveils new plan for Glasgow Subway extension
17 Apr 2017 at 6:30pm
Plans have been put forward which would see new lines built on the Glasgow Subway for the first time since 1896.

Top law officer intervenes in bid to try Blair over Iraq war
17 Apr 2017 at 5:17pm
The UK Attorney General is seeking to block a bid to prosecute Tony Blair over the Iraq war, according to reports.

Scottish Tories ?plotting Holyrood boycott? amid indyref row
17 Apr 2017 at 3:10pm
The Scottish Conservatives are plotting to boycott Holyrood if the SNP forces through another referendum on independence without the backing of Westminster, according to The Sun.

Sturgeon says Tory rape clause response is ?contemptible?
17 Apr 2017 at 10:53am
The Scottish Conservatives’ “complicity” in the “utterly immoral policies” of the UK Government has been laid bare by leader Ruth Davidson’s response to the so-called rape clause, the First Minister has claimed.

Brian Cox: Scottish independence now ?less like a lost cause?
17 Apr 2017 at 10:30am
The actor Brian Cox has explained his support for a second independence referendum, saying the time is “ripe” for Scotland to go its own way.

Tory candidate apologises for calling Nicola Sturgeon a ?poison dwarf?
17 Apr 2017 at 9:14am
A Tory candidate has been forced to apologise over Facebook comments in which he referred to Nicola Sturgeon as a ‘poison dwarf’.

Scotland?s richest ?see income nearly double in five years?
17 Apr 2017 at 8:33am
The income of the richest people in Scotland has almost doubled over five years, according to Labour.

Lesley Riddoch: Tactical battle over election strategy
17 Apr 2017 at 8:00am
The SNP and Greens face a dilemma over whether to use their preference votes in next month’s ballot, writes Lesley Riddoch

Lloyds Banking Group chooses Germany for new EU base
17 Apr 2017 at 6:57am
Lloyds Banking Group’s board is understood to have chosen Germany as its European Union operating base after Brexit and is planning to apply for a banking licence in the country within the next six months.

Brian Monteith: SNP stoops low to score political points over ?rape clause?
17 Apr 2017 at 6:40am
If the First Minister objects to UK tax credit reform, she should use new powers to tackle it instead of carping says Brian Monteith

Scottish Tories call for tougher drug-driving laws
17 Apr 2017 at 1:00am
A campaign to bring in tougher laws to fight drug-driving on Scotland’s roads is being launched today by the Scottish Conservatives.

More than 200,000 face impact of disability benefit cuts
17 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
More than 200,000 people face being refused all or part of their disability benefit amid a “spike” of rejections, new figures suggest, prompting concerns over the accuracy of assessments.

Stressed out Scots teachers ?turning to drink and drugs?
16 Apr 2017 at 11:56pm
Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a poll by Scotland’s fastest growing teaching union.

SNP urged to set out five-year plan on tax
16 Apr 2017 at 11:55pm
Holyrood calls for “eye-catching” tax rises could risk long term economic damage in Scotland for the sake of “short-term” political gain, accountancy chiefs have warned.

?Powerful? new laws could protect Scots birds of prey
16 Apr 2017 at 11:54pm
New laws aimed at cracking down on bird of prey killings in Scotland could be a “powerful tool” in tackling the problem, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said.

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Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 680
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2017 at 12:58pm
It’s the holidays, so the papers are desperate to fill space and the political parties are all trying to help out by sending them helpful press releases which can be slotted directly onto pages, titled “PARTY X CONTINUES TO SUPPORT POLICY Z WHICH IT HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED. ALSO, THE OTHER PARTIES ARE BAD”. Scottish Labour’s …

The most sensitive way possible
by Chris Cairns
15 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

The ersatz referendum
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2017 at 4:55pm
For a party which insists the last thing it wants is a second independence referendum, it’s rather odd that the Tories are doing everything in their power to turn next month’s council elections into exactly that. Still, let’s do our bit to help them out. This site is actually of the rather old-fashioned view that …

Blue Is The New Orange
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2017 at 1:23pm
It’s now more than a year since we said this: And it’s probably time to start keeping track. 1. NEILL GRAHAM (Paisley Northeast and Ralston) “In March 2014, Mr Graham shared a Facebook post by the ‘Proud to be a Protestant banter’ group which showed a picture of the Parachute Regiment during Bloody Sunday.” (The email …

Anywhere but Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2017 at 11:19am
So far as we can tell, the primary occupation of chunky former “Better Together” head honcho, Scottish Labour apparatchik and tuba enthusiast Blair McDougall these days – he appears to be otherwise unemployed – is posting endlessly on Twitter about how the UK would rob Scottish pensioners who’ve paid National Insurance to the UK for …

A consensus is reached
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2017 at 1:37pm
The John Beattie Show on BBC Radio Scotland today hosted a 20-minute-long debate between Professor Richard Murphy and an amateur Unionist blogger who for the last several years has used the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures to prove that an independent Scotland would be economically unviable. Below is a very short extract from it. (The …

Scotland?s sourest grapes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2017 at 11:55am
Most of the Scottish media today reports the latest Lord Ashcroft poll, which found Nicola Sturgeon to be by a distance the most popular political leader in Scotland. “Scots feel quite positive about Sturgeon”, said the Daily Record, while the Scotsman headline was “Poll shows Scots approve of Sturgeon’s performance” and the Herald went with “Poll reveals …

Murdo Fraser Wins A Vote
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Apr 2017 at 4:55pm
Conservative list MSP Murdo Fraser is Scottish politics’ undisputed king of rejects. He’s had a 16-year career in the Scottish Parliament without once winning any sort of election, trousering close to a million pounds of taxpayers’ money in the process, and there’s pretty much nothing anyone can do to get him out of it. First of …

Tory council election manifesto launched
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Apr 2017 at 10:45am
It’s a comprehensive policy document focused on local issues wait no. We mean the other thing. Still, at least it’s a very different message from the Scottish Labour one wait no. We mean the other thing.

What they wish for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2017 at 11:10am
There’s an interesting article in today’s Sunday Times, about a cunning plan by which the Scottish Government could bypass the veto of Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and legislate for a second independence referendum – forcing a direct showdown in which the UK government would have to openly trample the Scottish Parliament and its electoral mandate. …

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Scottish local elections: Voter registration deadline looms
17 Apr 2017 at 12:00am
People who want to cast their vote in the council elections have until midnight on Monday to register.

Scottish politicians back Edinburgh 'march for science'
17 Apr 2017 at 11:30am
All five main parties in Scotland are supporting the initiative to "celebrate, promote and defend" science.

Survey finds care homes hit by staff shortages
16 Apr 2017 at 12:36pm
Survey finds 77% of homes have vacancies and nine in 10 care at home services have positions empty.

Children's commissioner Tam Baillie calls for smacking ban
15 Apr 2017 at 12:38pm
Scotland's children's commissioner claims children in Zimbabwe are better protected than those in Scotland

Organ transplants reach record level in Scotland
14 Apr 2017 at 1:22pm
The year 2016-17 saw the highest number of cases where people's organs were donated after their death.

Defects found at 72 more Scottish school buildings
13 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
At least 72 more schools in Scotland have similar defects to Edinburgh schools judged to be unsafe.

Glasgow rally held against tax credit 'rape clause'
13 Apr 2017 at 8:48pm
A demonstration is held in Glasgow against the so-called "rape clause" in changes to child tax credits.

Nurses consider taking strike action over low pay
13 Apr 2017 at 10:48am
Some Scottish nurses are resorting to using food banks because of low pay, the RCN tells BBC Scotland.

Scottish Lib Dems launch council election manifesto
12 Apr 2017 at 10:17am
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie launches the party's council election manifesto in Fife.

Tory council candidate suspended over online comments
12 Apr 2017 at 2:22pm
A Conservative council candidate is suspended from the party over "extremely offensive" online comments about Nicola Sturgeon.

Sturgeon: Indyref2 'need not be divisive'
12 Apr 2017 at 7:39am
The first minister says the debate on Scotland's future should be conducted with "courtesy and respect".

Scotland's jobless total falls by 15,000
12 Apr 2017 at 4:43pm
Official figures show that the unemployment rate fell by 0.5% to 4.5% between December and February.

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A guide to the local election voting system
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2017 at 1:07am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National, about the Single Transferable Vote system that will be used to elect our local councils next month, and in particular ab...

Local Election Misinformation
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2017 at 2:46pm
I'm getting to the point where I almost despair of our chances of clearing up the misunderstandings about how the STV voting system works in time for polling day on 4th May, because people are so w...

Ranking the rank outsiders
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2017 at 3:29am
I've been having a belated look at the full candidate list for my own ward in the May local elections.  One thing I'd forgotten about until I checked is that the ward is being expanded from three s...

Why I Did It
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2017 at 2:52am
A guest post by Glasgow Working ClassFirst of all, I want to sincerely thank James Kelly for allowing me this opportunity to set the record straight and to very briefly bid you all farewell.  I can...

New podcast on Brexit, and charting the course towards a vote on independence
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2017 at 6:38pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm the guest on this week's edition of the Newsnet podcast, hosted as always by Derek Bateman.  The topics discussed include the symbolism of the already-leg...

POLL : Devastating blow for Theresa May as overwhelming majority of Scottish ...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2017 at 1:03pm
Survation seem to conduct telephone polls in Scotland pretty regularly, but most of them are private polls (probably for a unionist party) that are not intended for publication.  Today's Survation ...

All options for facing down Tyrannical Theresa must remain on the table
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2017 at 2:28am
There was a fascinating moment on the BBC news channel yesterday afternoon, when Professor John Curtice raised (with much more seriousness than most commentators have done thus far) the possibility...

Theresa May tried her best to say nothing in Scotland - but we did learn a li...
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2017 at 6:32pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about what we learned from Theresa May's visit yesterday - even though it was like trying to get bloo...

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Nicola Sturgeon ordered to DELAY referendum and told she may NEVER re-join EU
by /u/FondleBuddies
17 Apr 2017 at 10:30pm
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Who owns Rockall? The history of the Atlantic dispute between Ireland and the UK
by /u/bottish
17 Apr 2017 at 9:28pm
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A Concert in a Coire (Cuillin Hills of Skye) - Beautiful.
by /u/thtd
17 Apr 2017 at 9:20pm
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10k hike around Loch Muick yesterday
by /u/mollyagogo
17 Apr 2017 at 9:19pm
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Alyn Smith's interview with Mediapart translated into English
by /u/laska-laska
17 Apr 2017 at 8:32pm
I was going to reply to this in the comments here but it turned out to be way too long. I had a go at a quick and dirty translation of Alyn Smith's latest interview in case anyone's interested. It'...

We don't need no rules and none of your regulations, man...
by /u/ewenmax
17 Apr 2017 at 7:53pm
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SNP unveils new plan for Glasgow Subway extension
by /u/mankieneck
17 Apr 2017 at 6:49pm
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Scottish Gaming Channel, must watch
by /u/JeebusWept
17 Apr 2017 at 4:26pm
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Any adults taught yeself the pipes?
by /u/beachcomberfife
17 Apr 2017 at 3:54pm
How did you do it? Which drone/chanter, books etc? How you find it going? submitted by /u/beachcomberfife

Do you pronounce Scotland correctly?
by /u/stoter1
17 Apr 2017 at 1:34pm
Just a strawpoll, do you say Scotland as in Scawtland or Scoatlan with the rounded oa? submitted by /u/stoter1

420 event Glasgow Green
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17 Apr 2017 at 1:32pm
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Inverness Castle viewpoint opens doors
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17 Apr 2017 at 12:52pm
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Do you pronounce loch correctly?
by /u/politicsnotporn
17 Apr 2017 at 11:58am
Just a strawpoll, do you say loch as in lock or loch with the guttural ch? submitted by /u/politicsnotporn

Naughty Unicorn ? Interests
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17 Apr 2017 at 11:53am
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'Afghan mega bomb and Syrian strikes shows North Korea we mean business' warn...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2017 at 1:34pm
Pence issued the thinly-veiled threat while in South Korea following the North's latest failed missile test.

SNP's Alison Thewliss demands to know just how Tories will handle rape clause...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Apr 2017 at 7:34am
The Glasgow Central MP - who has been campaigning against the clause - has written an open leader to the Scottish Tory leader, demanding answers.

Ruth Davidson's complicity on rape clause exposes the Scottish Tory leader's ...
by Nicola Sturgeon
17 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon believes Davidson should have stood up to the abhorrent Westminster policy but instead she has put cash cuts above compassion.

Syrian dictator's glamorous British wife could lose citizenship as MPs ramp u...
by Record Reporter
16 Apr 2017 at 4:02pm
They say Asma Assad should not be able to defend Syria's "barbaric acts" and retain her British citizenship.

Party leaders lay out their own views on what matters to Scotland in run-up t...
by Record Reporter
16 Apr 2017 at 3:03pm
The leaders of Labour, SNP, Conservative, Green and Liberal Democrats battle it out with their own take on the issues facing our country.

Neo-Nazi Easter rally in Wishaw was a national embarrassment and Scotland mus...
by Record View
16 Apr 2017 at 11:58am
Sunday Mail Opinion asks why a hate-filled brigade of bigots and extremists were allowed to parade through a small Lanarkshire town at the expense of the taxpayer?

IndyRef2 is now a political dance and Nicola Sturgeon is teasing voters with ...
by Alex Bell
16 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Alex Bell wonders why the First Minister is holding back and reckons SNP shot themselves in foot years ago by relying on a referendum.

PFI scandal as Scottish NHS faces £10billion bill for hospitals that cost £2b...
by Mark Aitken
16 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Critics slam the toxic credit scheme introduced by Labour Party that has left health boards with a crippling bill of£7.8bn.

UKIP finally sack sex pest Arthur Thackeray three months after Scottish party...
by Mark Aitken
16 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
The former chief of staff to Euro MP David Coburn was put on the sex offenders’ register for making obscene phone calls to women.

North Korea flaunts missiles in show of force amid rising tensions with America
by dailyrecord
15 Apr 2017 at 4:17pm
North Korea says Donald Trump is "creating a war situation" and warned it will respond to a nuclear war with "our style of a nuclear attack".

Michael Greenwell

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 152 ? Crying ?Wolf!?
by michaelgreenwell
11 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
For the 152nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I?ve pulled together some of the recent notable comments by some pro-indy folks and by some unionists. The Tories seem to want to deny everything, some people are trying to ramp up the hysteria and others are trying to calm it all down. In the middle …

Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …

Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …

Scottish Independence Podcast 148 ? Sweeties
by michaelgreenwell
13 Mar 2017 at 12:11pm
I had just put together and mastered episode 148 of the Scottish Independence Podcast before Sturgeon announced that we’re going for Indyref 2, so it doesn’t have any of that in it. I hope you’ll still find it funny and/or infuriating though. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . …

Bella Caledonia

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Values of the Vicarage
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2017 at 7:29pm
Can you feel it? Everyone coming together like a 1970s Coca-Cola ad? As our unelected PM put it in her Easter message to the masses: “This year, after a period of intense debate over the right future for our country, there is a sense that people are coming together and uniting behind the opportunities that …

AdBusting Trump
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2017 at 5:16pm
Trump has turned the Presidency into a brand. This leaves him very vulnerable argues Naomi Klein… Likes(3)Dislikes(1)

Total Eclipse of the Sun
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2017 at 3:00pm
In a fit of self-parody The Sun has suspended Kelvin Mackenzie for writing something they proof-read, edited & then printed. Everton has now followed Liverpool FC in banning the paper from their ground. He wrote a nasty, stupid smear about the people of Liverpool again – the day before the anniversary of 96 deaths at Hillsborough …

What is Holyrood for?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Apr 2017 at 1:44pm
One positive to take out of the last few days ? and indeed it?s been a deeply disappointing few days, culminating in Ruth Davidson telling women who have had children as a result of rape not only that they don?t deserve dignity, privacy or compassion, but that their suffering is just a political football to …

How Reality Trumps Fiction in Scottish Film
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2017 at 11:31am
Earlier this month we published a piece highly critical of the Scottish film industry.  In contrast Sonja Henrici from the Scottish Documentary Institute outlines the thriving documentary film scene. When I?m travelling and I find myself chatting to strangers or taxi drivers, I inevitably end up telling them I produce documentaries. And more often than …

Unsubmissive France
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2017 at 10:04pm
We should know by now that nothing is for certain in politics. We are living in an era of massive change. The high water mark of mid-90s neoliberalism is over. In combination with the rapid erosion of public trust in the major institutions that run Western democracy the 2008 financial crisis has precipitated a most …

Ruth and Co have far more than a PR Problem
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2017 at 11:18am
The Tory Rape Clause is a perfect storm of austerity, bureaucracy and misogyny, it exposes the punitive ideological agenda of Britain 2017, but it also exposes the biting hypocrisy of Ruth Davidson. She has been showered in plaudits by commentators for years and given a free pass as her own party mirrors her southern counterparts …

Scrap the Clause
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2017 at 10:19am
Ahead of this evenings demo in George Square, Ceris Aston @insocrates argues that it’s time to stand up for our rights and for the rights of others who suffer under this bitter and brutal austerity regime. Sometimes you wake up and feel like you’ve gone back in time – been swept into the dark ages, …

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Scottish smallholder refuses to make way for £250m film studio
by Josh Halliday
14 Apr 2017 at 2:48pm
For Jim Telfer, 82, idea of leaving plot family has farmed outside Edinburgh for 102 years almost too painful to contemplate Jim Telfer can trace his roots on the rolling farmland outside Edinburgh back to 1915, when George V was on the throne and Allied troops were in the middle of the disastrou...

Independent Scotland would be welcome to join EU, say Green MEPs
by Josh Halliday
10 Apr 2017 at 9:44am
Letter signed by 50 politicians offers full support to ensure swift and smooth transition if Scotland leaves UKFifty European politicians have said Scotland would be ?most welcome? to rejoin the European Union as a full member if it voted for independence.The group of mainly Green party politicia...

Nicola Sturgeon rejects speculation about snap Scottish elections
by Press Association
8 Apr 2017 at 11:55am
First minister vows to set out next steps on second independence referendum after Easter recess but is not considering court actionNicola Sturgeon has dismissed suggestions of early elections in Scotland to end a standoff with Theresa May over a second independence referendum.The first minister s...

May and Tusk agree to 'lower tensions' in Brexit talks when issues like Gibra...
by Andrew Sparrow
6 Apr 2017 at 4:41pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMay?s speech and Q&A - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 4.41pm BST Unfortunately, the proportional representation system we have in Wales doesn?t allow that fighting a byelection.I would say many of the people who voted Uki...

Small business owners support Sturgeon's plans for another referendum
by Emma Sheppard
6 Apr 2017 at 2:14pm
Guardian readers? poll reveals strong backing for a second independence vote and a number of entrepreneurs who will vote yes this time after Brexit resultIt?s been billed by critics as a vanity project for Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who wants independence from the rest of the UK wha...

Spain says it will not impose veto if Scotland tries to join EU
by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
2 Apr 2017 at 7:00am
Foreign minister says Madrid remains opposed to an independent Scotland, but would not block any EU application Spain has said it would not veto an attempt by an independent Scotland to join the EU, in a boost to Nicola Sturgeon?s campaign for a second independence referendum and the clearest sig...

Scottish Labour chose to forget about the workers | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
2 Apr 2017 at 12:04am
Concentrating on fighting against independence has wiped out the party?s credibilityThere have been many staging posts in Scottish Labour?s descent into political oblivion. The journey only really picked up speed, though, during the first independence referendum campaign, when it grotesquely misj...

EU delay on Brexit trade deal hits Sturgeon's referendum timetable
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Mar 2017 at 6:11pm
Insistence that trade deal follow British exit stymies Scottish first minister?s calls for independence vote shortly after BrexitNicola Sturgeon?s proposals for a vote on Scottish independence within weeks of a Brexit deal have been thrown into doubt by the EU?s decision to delay a trade deal.The...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

An Easter homily
I’ve never been a Christian with a big C, but my mother tells me that I’m a christian with a small c. She means it as a compliment and I take it as such. She’s a Christian, a good Catholic, and she doesn’t wear her religion on her sleeve and cite it as proof that …

Things that happen when you go to London
Back from London now, where I was doing a talk for the London branch of the SNP. The talk went really well, I met some lovely people, and Ginger – as you can see – was resolutely unimpressed by a famous London landmark. That’s a photie of the Shard, in case you were wondering. I …

Vote until you boak
There’s a need to do a wee explanation of STV for dummies because there seems to be a lot of confusion about it. Admittedly when you look at a typical Saturday evening’s entertainment on STV and wall to wall Ant and bloody Dec, it’s pretty apparent that they’re pretty good at doing dummies all by …

Sending a message
That didn’t last long did it. Just a few days ago the usual suspects were crowing that Ruthie Davidson was the most popular politician in Scotland, all on the basis of a shonky poll from SkyNews which didn’t even pretend to represent a balanced sample. But that didn’t stop them from hailing Ruth as the …

Being political about language
This is a quiet week for politics. So although I usually rant about Scottish politics, today I’ll rant about something else. When you rant about Scottish politics you invariably get a lot of negativity, and often outright abuse, on social media. You expect that. Politics affects people’s daily lives. It affects their employment and earnings. …

What Unionist parties do on their holidays
What did you do on your holidays? Both the Westminster and Scottish parliaments are in recess for the Easter break so it’s a slow news week. You can tell it’s a slow news week because Scottish Unionists are having to be outraged by things that are more ridiculous than the inanities that they typically get …

Let?s choose to live
One of the regular huffs of those who support the Union come what may is that the movement for Scottish independence is characterised by exceptionalism, by the belief that Scotland is somehow uniquely special, that it’s better than anywhere else, and particularly that it’s better than England. Because of course it’s a treasured trope of …

Dingo Sofa and the art of scamming
I got one of those scamming emails the other day, telling me I’d won millions in a lottery that I’d never entered and to contact someone in Burkina Faso for the details on how to collect my non-existent winnings. It was sent by someone calling himself Mr Dingo Sofa, which is the best name ever. …

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George Kerevan: Ignore the ?official? reports ? Scotland is weathering this e...
WHAT is the true state of the Scottish economy? If you only read the BBC or the partisan Unionist media, you?d be forgiven for believing the local economy had imploded.

Going Local: Marco Biagi on Democracy in action ? why council elections matter
FIVE years ago 444 of the good burghers of one of the leafier parts of Edinburgh walked solemnly to the polling station, entered the sanctified privacy of the booth and with their stubby little pencil scribbled down a vote for a man dressed as a penguin.

Carolyn Leckie: Iceland, a land of ice and fire, could teach us plenty
JUST a two hour flight away from Glasgow, Iceland, a country of fire and ice, whose origins from hot lava cannot be hidden, confronts humanity with our own insignificance. My pal Rosie and I were as excited as weans at the thought of visiting the country whose volcanic eruption in 2010 caused the biggest air traffic shut down since World War Two.

Going Local: Independents will hold the key to power in hard-hit Angus
IT'S almost always Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire that grab the headlines when there are job losses in the North Sea oil and gas industry, but for Angus the impact can be even more devastating.

Tory candidate's 'pussy-grabbing' Trump costume sparks outrage
ANOTHER day, and yet another Tory council candidate has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Half of Labour supporters would choose Theresa May over Jeremy Corbyn
FEWER than half of Labour supporters would back Jeremy Corbyn for PM in a head-to-head choice between the party leader and Theresa May, a poll shows.

Going Local: East Ayshire was once a Labour heartland ... now the party?s fie...
IT is perhaps indicative of the Labour Party?s predicament in the forthcoming council elections that in one local authority area it is standing fewer candidates than it currently has councillors.

UK Government ?realises that Brexit is an act of self-harm?
THE UK Government is only just starting to realise exactly how much ?an act of great self-harm?, Brexit is, according to the civil servant leading Ireland?s EU negotiations.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A Conversation ? Memories of Living in Glasgow?s Housing Under Sixty Years of...
    Guardian Readers’ –  A conversation About Memories of Sixty Year’s of Glasgow’s Housing Under the Labour Party High-rises of the 1960s and 70s built as a solution to slum conditions instead became a new form of slum housing that invited a fresh round of demolition. Who or what is to blame for the … Continue reading "A Conversation – Memories of Living in Glasgow’s Housing Under Sixty Years ...

Ruth Davidson is in deep S*** with the Women of Scotland Over Her Cold Uncari...
            About MSP Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell (b1952) in Coatbridge is a Scottish Conservative politician who, although never elected to office has enjoyed being a (list) Member in the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland since 2003. Husband Henry, an accountant (now retired) and Margaret are directors of at least two … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson is in deep S with the Wo...

Davidson?s Small Troop of MSP?s Overturn 20 Years of Scottish Support for the...
  Scottish Tories on the Golan Heights     25 February 2016: Scottish Parliamentary Pro-Israel Lobby Group and the Scottish Tory Friends of Israel Early in 2016 Ruth Davidson persuaded the Holyrood debating agenda to arrange a formal invitation to the Jewish Lobby Group (Culture for Coexistence) and Britain?s deputy Israeli ambassador Eitan Na?eh to … Continue reading "Davidson’s Small Troop of...

Tories Create a New Party Block (Think North) ? It includes Scotland Which it...
Scottish Local Elections 2017 You should be prepared to be subjected to a cacophony of English voices canvassing for your vote for the Conservative party in the days leading up to 4 May. loads of Tory supporters are being bussed from the North of England to Scotland to join with and boost local Tory activists … Continue reading "Tories Create a New Party Block (Think North) – It includes Scotla...

Post Brexit ? Another Independence Referendum ? Another No Vote ? Scotland Ge...
            Shocks in Store for Scotland if Ruth Davidson and her Tory Yes Ma’am politicians ever gain power in Scotland Ruth Davidson and her Westminster Unionist Tory are not seen as an immediate threat to Scots, who through their SNP devolved government at Holyrood provide health care and some social … Continue reading "Post Brexit – Another Independence Referendum – Another No Vote – Scotla...

Ruth Davidson Boasts No Love of Scots and is Concealing the Post Brexit Tory ...
              Whatever Happened to the Tory Party in Scotland The answer is that it perished. It is a dead party. It died the moment that Conservative Central Office in London decided it would take control of the party in Scotland and run it from London through a proxy leader … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson Boasts No Love of Scots and is Concealing the Post Brexit Tory Party Centralising Agen...

Mary! They even knew the colour of your curtains!!! ? How a Professionally Ru...
        Obama and Blair Campaigns Contractors Awarded “Better Together” Exclusive Media Strategy Contract. Blue State Digital is a powerful USA media strategy and technology company specializing in online fundraising, social networking and constituency development. The Company provided digital strategy and technology services (cost £2million) to the Barack Obama presidential and a number … Cont...

Scottish Rugby Union ? Stuffed With Officials and Players No Better Than Fina...
        O flower of Scotland “When will we see your like again, That fought and died for, Your wee bit hill and glen, And stood against him, Proud Edward’s army, And sent him homeward, Tae think again. The hills are bare now, And autumn leaves lie thick and still, O’er land that … Continue reading "Scottish Rugby Union – Stuffed With Officials and Players No Better Than Financial Patriots – Sta...

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Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP
Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 29th 2017 Nearly every adult in Scotland has an opinion and view on the SNP: the good, the bad, the positive, the negative and the indifferent. The SNP have been a constant presence in public life at least since Winnie Ewing?s famous …

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties?
When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 22nd 2017 The 1960s are referenced throughout the world as a period of immense change, hope, protest and turbulence. There were ?the winds of change? of decolonisation, Latin American revolts and rebellions, the Chinese cultural revolution, upsurges in Paris and Prague, Biafra, the disastrous …

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain?
Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 15th 2016 The ides of March 2017. One single day – Monday March 13th – will go down as an epic day in the fragmentation of the United Kingdom. The Brexit Bill passed through all its …

Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are ...
Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are the Good Guys? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 8th 2017 Nationalism is one of the defining features of Scotland and modern Scotland. Last week UK Prime Minister Theresa May came north to the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow, asking the Scots …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause' - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause'
The Scotsman
Asked whether he would be publicly campaigning for Scottish independence for a second time, Cox expressed some reservations. ?Probably, except maybe I'll have to keep my mouth shut because people will be saying 'what is he daein', he lives in America'.
Scottish Voters 'Would Know More About Brexit By Time Of Sec...

I never thought I would support Scottish independence ? but Nicola Sturgeon's...

The Independent
I never thought I would support Scottish independence ? but Nicola Sturgeon's feminism is pushing me towards it
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon faced a storm of criticism as she embarked on her ?grievance tour? of the US this month, instead of focusing on negotiating a second referendum for Scottish independence. Yet one aspect of that visit was grossly overlooked. At the Women ......

Kezia Dugdale in Scottish independence U-TURN? MEP claims Labour leader is 's...
Kezia Dugdale in Scottish independence U-TURN? MEP claims Labour leader is 'sympathetic'
And just a few months later, she said it was ?not inconceivable? that she herself would back independence to keep Scotland in the EU after Brexit. But she later backtracked on her comments, following a fierce unionist backlash. Mr Martin, however, said ...

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Is Europe softening its stance on Scottish independence? - BBC News

BBC News
Is Europe softening its stance on Scottish independence?
BBC News
Large banners hang in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg celebrating 60 years since the Treaty of Rome. They are visible en route to the chamber where MEPs this week set out their key objectives for Brexit talks over the next two years ...
Nicola Sturgeon rules out legal action to secure second Scottish independe...

Scotland's economic case for independence must be 'politically bomb-proof' - ...

Scotland's economic case for independence must be 'politically bomb-proof'
Scottish independence is not about sympathy but rather the grounds for its cessation from the U.K. should be based on "pure economic logic" with a "politically bomb-proof" plan to boot. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defiantly declared her ...
The Ukrainian Argument for Scottish IndependenceBloomberg

Why Scotland's new film studio may be denied a Hollywood ending by Scottish i...

The Independent
Why Scotland's new film studio may be denied a Hollywood ending by Scottish independence
The Independent
At a time when Brexit could produce a gold rush for the UK's film business, it raises questions about whether Scottish independence could prevent the new studio from fully playing a part. Considering Scotland's distinguished screen history, it has long ...

Sturgeon Sticks With Timing for Scottish Independence Referendum - Bloomberg

Sturgeon Sticks With Timing for Scottish Independence Referendum
The Scottish National Party leader last week wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May seeking the power to hold one once the terms are known for Britain's departure from the European Union, something that Scots opposed. In an interview with Bloomberg ...
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon takes campaign for independence to...

Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest - New Statesman

New Statesman
Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest
New Statesman
She would rather divide our country with the arguments of the past, than get on with tackling the problems Scotland faces. Another reason may be, grimly, more political ? there is now no credible argument for independence ending austerity. The paper ...
Scottish independence: Holyrood to debate referendum callBBC Ne...


SNP - Google News
Google News

Labour to emulate SNP promise by boosting Carers Allowance for one million "u...

Herald Scotland
Labour to emulate SNP promise by boosting Carers Allowance for one million "unsung heroes"
Herald Scotland
The promise by Labour south of the border comes just weeks before the local council elections in May and mirrors the same one offered by the SNP Government in Scotland; to uprate Carers Allowance to the same level as Jobseekers Allowance; a rise of 17 ...

Market Monitor: Looking at Signals for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) ...

Market Monitor: Looking at Signals for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Stock Rover
Taking a look at opinion indicators for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP), we have noted that the signal is currently reading 96% Buy for the previous week. This is the combined signal for the last week using a variety of studies incorporating ...

Kezia Dugdale urges anti-independence voters NOT to back Tories in anger agai...

The Scottish Sun
Kezia Dugdale urges anti-independence voters NOT to back Tories in anger against SNP's push for IndyRef2
The Scottish Sun
And she will urge those who are against indpendence not to back Ruth Davidson's party in anger at the SNP's push for another referendum. Speaking in Edinburgh, Ms Dugdale will say: ?If you vote for the Tories, you are voting for them to control your ...

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Labour to emulate SNP promise by boosting Carers Allowance for 1m "unsung her...

Herald Scotland
Labour to emulate SNP promise by boosting Carers Allowance for 1m "unsung heroes"
Herald Scotland
The promise by Labour south of the border comes just weeks before the local council elections in May and mirrors the same one offered by the SNP Government in Scotland; to uprate Carers Allowance to the same level as Jobseekers Allowance; a rise of 17 ...

Local elections hustings set for Clydebank Town Hall - Clydebank Post

Clydebank Post
Local elections hustings set for Clydebank Town Hall
Clydebank Post
Organised by the Joint Trade Unions at West Dunbartonshire Council, UNITE, UNISON, GMB, EIS, and Clydebank TUC, Clydebank Town Hall will see the SNP's Claire Gallagher face Labour's Martin Rooney and Dean Allardice from the Community Party.

Dundee's youngest councillor named SNP group leader - The Courier

The Courier
Dundee's youngest councillor named SNP group leader
The Courier
Strathmartine councillor John Alexander has been named leader of the SNP group ? and looks set to become the next leader of Dundee City Council. Barring an almost-impossible-to-imagine collapse in the SNP vote in the local government elections on May ...

Political rivals raise hundreds with Easter dip - Irvine Times

Irvine Times
Political rivals raise hundreds with Easter dip
Irvine Times
Labour candidate Ian Clarkson and the SNP's Dr Philippa Whitford MP went head-to-head at Irvine Beach over the weekend to raise money for two charities. After a challenge from Mr Clarkson at the recent Civic Pride Awards, the Labour and SNP rivals both ...

SNP and Tories condemned over job creation - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
SNP and Tories condemned over job creation
Glasgow Evening Times
Scottish Labour economy spokeswoman Jackie Baillie condemned both the Tories and the SNP over the statistics, saying: "These figures expose the myth that (former PM) David Cameron's long-term economic plan worked for everyone across the UK, but ...

Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause' - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause'
The Scotsman
The actor, who was talking ahead of the broadcast of his BBC documentary Brian Cox's Russia, cited a perceived difference between attitudes in Scotland and England. ?The whole zeitgeist with Brexit in the UK, and the clown here President Donald Trump ...
Scottish Voters 'Would Know More About Brexit By Time Of ...

Nicola Sturgeon's secret plan to build £50m financial capital in independent ...
Nicola Sturgeon's secret plan to build £50m financial capital in independent Scotland
Although the SNP had campaigned for independence based on the hope Scotland would be able to keep the pound and retain the Bank of England as its central bank, civil servants were asked to come up with a blueprint for a £50m-a-year 'Scottish Monetary ...
Outrage as Sturgeon says Scottis...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week two of ...

Press and Journal
How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week two of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week two of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...

Scotland could ditch the UK for Canada following second ... - Metro - Metro

Scotland could ditch the UK for Canada following second ... - Metro
Scotland should ditch the UK and join forces with Canada, an author has suggested.

Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from Britain - Los Ange...

Los Angeles Times
Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from Britain
Los Angeles Times
The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a new referendum on independence, a day before the British government plans to trigger the start of its exit from the European Union. Scottish lawmakers in Edinburgh ...
Scottish Parliament backs referendum callBBC...

Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission? - T...

The Ferret (registration)
Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission?
The Ferret (registration)
Nicola Sturgeon has asked Westminster for permission to hold a second independence referendum, but the Prime Minister thinks now is ?not the time? for a new vote as the UK hurtles towards Brexit. While the First Minister has the support of the Scottish ...
New referendum bil...

EU referendum won't happen, Scots were told - Financial Times

EU referendum won't happen, Scots were told
Financial Times
Sir, John S Burton (Letters, April 6) is rewriting history in asserting that Scottish nationalists ?knew well before the vote on independence . . . that there would almost certainly be a vote on EU membership?. In a TV debate two weeks before the 2014 ...

Independent Scotland would be 'most welcome' to be full member of ... - The I...

The Independent
Independent Scotland would be 'most welcome' to be full member of ...
The Independent
Scotland would be ?most welcome? to join the EU if it voted for independence, according to a group of 50 politicians. The open letter, signed by 26 MEPs and ...
Scotland 'most welcome' to join EU as full member after BrexitInternational Business Times UK

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Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Intelligent unionist posters
Where are they.... The HB's etc. ( although I think Bishop briggs may know HB ) Even the bat shit mental Raynards and Mr Bairns. I kind of miss them. They were original and banter. Now this forum is fuckt with 3rd raters such as mcspreader, chlamydia and that latest fud Mickymack. Are...

The Official President Trump thread

Independent Unionism.
I can think of 3 family members who are still (and probably always will be) Labour voters. However, all 3 are also pro independence. Genuine question for you all. Is it just my (admittedly strange) family like this or do you know of Labour/libdem/even Tory voters who back Indy?

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

Future of the party leaders post council elections
Thought I should start a thread in preparation for the aftermath of the May elections, as we could see a few leaders being binned after poor performances. Nicola Sturgeon SNP- Looking likely to take control of all the central belt and Glasgow councils and perhaps gaining seats elsewhere. Shou...

May Election Thread
We should probably start a thread for the May council elections. Apparently Labour are afraid of disappearing into oblivion and are pinning their hopes of a unionist coalition with the Tories.

Tories failing Scotland
I think it appropriate to start a thread in response to the "SNP failing Scotland" thread....

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!

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

North It Again
More 'look at us' rhetoric? or Is there something more substantial this time?

The Lord Is Calling Us To The Table
As we acknowledge and give thanks for the greatest act of agape love in history...   Jesus said to them, ?I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." John 6:35 -------------------------------------------------...

Tamb - where did it all go wrong?
Worst day I have ever seen on the board. Seems to be spiraling.  So few threads dominating and they are toxic ones. Grim.

Facebook live execution
Cleveland USA Steve Stephens video recorded himself calmly picking an old guy at random, getting out his car and shooting him in the face. What the fvck is the world coming too

Council elections
Just noticed that nominations in Aberdeenshire closed today ( notice) thought I'd start a thread for the fellow election fans on the board.  Somewhere to discuss an upcoming  election vote with ...

End of an era
The last person to live in the 19th century has left us... Ma granny was born in the same year as her, lived to a ripe old age, and still died 25 years ago!  

Tamb - Make the Tamb Great Again
Well for one thing - transparency. Who owns this place? I think that goes to the heart of it. Ideally going forward it should be fan owned. It is full of fannies anyway so it makes sense. ho ho. Whatever happens in the future... keep reekysporran off all committees.

Theresa May
Horiffically ugly Tory witch with teeth that would make Neil Lennon shudder. Why has nobody pointed this out before ?  

Holyrood Magazine


Northern Ireland to face fresh elections or Westminster rule if parties fail ...

Donald Trump: Nato is no longer obsolete

Final week for applications to SOCITM Top Talent leadership programme

Scottish small business confidence on the rise

Ruth Davidson accuses Nicola Sturgeon of ?gross hypocrisy? over two-child tax...

Council elections 2017: The Scottish Green Party

Social security powers transfer needs 'clear plan' say committees

Council elections 2017: Scottish Labour

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Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells it’s ?decision time”! recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...