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Ex-MP Natalie McGarry sacks counsel days before embezzlement trial
16 Apr 2019 at 1:30pm
Former MP Natalie McGarry has come under fire in court after sacking her defence counsel just days before she is due to go to trial.


Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland 'should be a driving force within the EU'
16 Apr 2019 at 11:50am
Scotland should be a ?thriving and driving force within the EU?, Nicola Sturgeon has said.


Scotland's new benefits agency spends more than £70k on staff travel expenses
16 Apr 2019 at 2:10pm
SCOTLAND?S new benefits agency has spent the equivalent of more than £12,000 a month on staff travel expenses since it was set up last year, it has emerged.


Nicola Sturgeon vows not to destroy Alex Salmond probe data
16 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has promised not to delete personal emails, texts or mobile phone data at the request of MSPs investigating the Scottish Government?s botched sexual misconduct probe into Alex Salmond.


Spanish unionist again raises prospect of vetoing Scotland's membership of th...
15 Apr 2019 at 9:30pm
A senior Spanish politician has once again raised the prospect of vetoing Scottish membership of the European Union.


Mike Russell: Second EU referendum needed even if Brexit deal reached
16 Apr 2019 at 9:26am
Scotland?s Constitutional Relations Secretary said ?people have the right to choose? on Brexit.


SNP ministers to introduce new laws to combat unscrupulous puppy farmers
16 Apr 2019 at 7:04pm
MINISTERS are to bring forward new legislation aimed at cracking down on 'designer' pets and unscrupulous puppy farmers.


Nicola Sturgeon bombarded with furious letters over Christopher Daniel sex as...
16 Apr 2019 at 2:51pm
NICOLA Sturgeon was inundated with letters condemning the Scottish justice system following the controversial sentencing of dental student Christopher Daniel.


Change UK approved as a party for EU election
16 Apr 2019 at 3:26pm
THE anti-Brexit group set up by former Labour and Tory MPs has been formally recognised as a political party, allowing it to contest the European elections.


Report finds UK Government 'alienated' Edinburgh and Cardiff over Brexit
16 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
THERESA May ?alienated? the Scottish and Welsh governments by breaking promises over Brexit and her successor cannot afford to make the same mistake, a new report warns.


Vital allowance for poorer pupils falls by £1.6 million
16 Apr 2019 at 6:14pm
THE number of pupils receiving a vital allowance that helps them stay on at school or college has fallen by more than 2,500.


History of Scottish Parliament taught to younger generation in new comic book
16 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
AFTER the absence of a parliament in Scotland for nearly 300 years the second coming proved somewhat problematic.


Corbyn loyalist admits Zionism remark after years of denials
16 Apr 2019 at 4:40pm
ONE of Jeremy Corbyn?s most loyal defenders has been forced to apologise for saying ?Zionism is the enemy of peace".


Scotland's jobless figures hit yet another record low
16 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
SCOTLAND?S unemployment rate has fallen to yet another record low despite the continued uncertainty over Brexit.


Row as SNP minister refuses to find 'rape clause' cash
15 Apr 2019 at 12:13pm
SCOTLAND?S Social Security Secretary has been criticised after insisting she will not find the money to offset the so-called ?rape clause?, despite repeatedly deploring its impact.

 

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to appear in Edinburgh Fringe chat show
16 Apr 2019 at 8:35pm
Nicola Sturgeon is to appear in an Edinburgh Festival Fringe chat show this summer, it has been announced.

Capital?s concrete concert hall plans backed before crunch hearing
16 Apr 2019 at 7:11pm
Proposals to build the first new concert hall in Edinburgh for more than 100 years have been backed by planners ahead of a crunch hearing.

Environmentalists block bridge to bring Edinburgh to standstill
16 Apr 2019 at 6:09pm
Hundreds of climate change protesters brought central Edinburgh to a standstill during last night’s rush hour, blocking one of the capital’s main thoroughfares to traffic for hours.

SNP currency plan will ?amplify? austerity, says Richard Leonard
16 Apr 2019 at 5:44pm
Richard Leonard has claimed austerity would be “amplified” in an independent Scotland, as the debate on the SNP’s currency plan intensifies ahead of the party’s spring conference.

Former SNP MP sacks defence lawyer days before embezzlement trial
16 Apr 2019 at 5:14pm
A former MP has sacked her defence council a week before her trial is due to start.

Puppy farms in Scotland targeted in new regulations for breeders
16 Apr 2019 at 3:39pm
A crackdown on puppy farms is to be launched by the Scottish Government through tougher regulations on breeding.

?System protects abusers?: Letters to Nicola Sturgeon reveal anger over stude...
16 Apr 2019 at 1:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf have received dozens of letters hitting out at the recent case of a student discharged from court after sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.

MSP calls for police to be banned from placing children in cells
16 Apr 2019 at 1:39pm
A new law which will raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland should also ban the locking up of children in police cells.

Scottish unemployment at lowest rate in 27 years
16 Apr 2019 at 11:57am
The unemployment rate in Scotland has hit a record low of 3.3 per cent - the lowest it has been since 1992.

Mike Russell: Second EU vote needed even if Brexit deal reached
16 Apr 2019 at 9:43am
Scotland’s Constitutional Relations Secretary has said a second Brexit referendum including an option to remain should be held, even if agreement is reached on the Prime Minister’s deal.

Richard Leonard: ?EU election must not be about Scottish and British national...
16 Apr 2019 at 7:21am
The upcoming European election must not become a false choice between British and Scottish nationalism, according to Richard Leonard.

Brexit: Gardening might help MPs think more clearly ? Kezia Dugdale
16 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
The delay of Brexit should give MPs time to think about the various options, writes Kezia Dugdale as she looks apprehensively towards EU elections that could be hijacked by the far right.

A lesson from a 31-year-old Coke can found on Cramond beach ? Kezia Dugdale
16 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
With too little waste being recycled, the Scottish Government should introduce a bottle and can deposit-return scheme, writes Kezia Dugdale.

Four environmentalists are murdered every week ? Dr Richard Dixon
16 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Amid climate change protests and school strikes in the UK, it is worth remembering that environmentalists in some parts of the world are regularly murdered, writes Dr Richard Dixon.

MP for Spain? Expats need a voice ? Alastair Stewart
16 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
The five million Brits who live overseas should have their own elected representatives, writes Alastair Stewart.

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The long drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2019 at 1:24pm
Almost exactly two years ago, this website suggested that it might not be the smartest idea for Labour to go along with Theresa May’s call for a snap election. (Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, it couldn’t have happened without Labour’s support.) And it occurred to us today that if they hadn’t, the current government would only have …

What you wish for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2019 at 1:38pm
The Conservatives’ disastrous handling of, and failure to deliver, Brexit seems to have finally begun to hurt them in the polls, with a clutch of recent stats showing Labour with a significant lead for the first time in many months. Most seat projections on the numbers show Labour failing to reach a majority either on their own …

Sufferin? Saints Eve
by Chris Cairns
13 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

Scotland?s first choices
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2019 at 12:22pm
We’ve still got a few of the results from our last Panelbase poll (conducted last month) to round up, and this one seems pertinent this week: As has been the case ever since we started asking this question about the nation’s twin constitutional dilemmas back in July 2015, the single most popular option in a four-way …

The ruined summer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2019 at 12:45pm
Firstly, our congratulations to Her Majesty’s Government (pictured below) on its setting last night of a new world record in incompetence. We can’t see it being beaten in a long time. But Jesus, what now? Well, let’s see what we know. – 1. THERESA MAY IS STILL THE PRIME MINISTER God save us all. The …

Waiting For Brexit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2019 at 3:48pm

Any minute now they?ll get it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2019 at 11:57am
Just you wait and see. Scottish political pundits: they’ve got all the pieces in their hands, but they still haven’t even worked out that it’s a jigsaw.

The problem with being liberal
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2019 at 1:40pm
We haven’t talked much on Wings about the court case currently in progress against former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, for hopefully obvious reasons. The case is currently “in avizandum” – legal jargon for “the sheriff is considering his decision” – and a result is hoped for around the end of this month, and while …

Minds locked shut
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2019 at 8:00am
Alert readers may have noticed that the deadline for the Conservative Party to respond to our formal query about their fake indyref 2 “petition” was about to expire (today, in fact), but fear not, compliance fans – at the eleventh hour a reply was received. This is it: So we’ve asked the obvious question. If we …

The balance of powers
by Chris Cairns
6 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

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Scotland's unemployment rate hits new low at 3.3%
16 Apr 2019 at 11:30am
The number of Scots out of work fell by 8,000 to 93,000 in the three months to February, official figures show.


Is there time for another Brexit vote?
16 Apr 2019 at 12:23am
BBC Scotland's Glenn Campbell asks how long it would take to set up another referendum.


Poorer students' education allowance drops by £1.6m
16 Apr 2019 at 1:54pm
Scottish government statistics show a total of £23m was handed out in 2017/18, down from £24.6m in 2017/18.


Right to food 'should be enshrined in Scots Law'
15 Apr 2019 at 3:18am
The Scottish Human Rights Commission believes the move "would help tackle health inequalities".


Property tax reform call to boost Scottish council funding
15 Apr 2019 at 1:38pm
A new report is also calling for the introduction of environmental charges to increase council funding


Court defeat for Glasgow asylum seeker lock-change case
12 Apr 2019 at 4:24pm
A judge ruled in favour of the Home Office and its contractor Serco over its plans to evict refugees in Glasgow.


Brexit: Sturgeon urges May to 're-set' government approach
11 Apr 2019 at 1:55pm
Scotland's first minister urges Theresa May to seek "genuine consensus" with other parties over Brexit.


Q&A: European elections in Scotland
11 Apr 2019 at 12:00pm
The latest Brexit delay might see the UK hold European Parliament elections. How does this work in Scotland?


MP lodges bill to 'boost status' of Scottish banknotes in UK
11 Apr 2019 at 5:11pm
Alistair Carmichael wants to change the law to "oblige" all UK businesses to accept Scottish banknotes.


Renfrewshire Council errors led to £800k staff overpayments
11 Apr 2019 at 12:44am
Renfrewshire Council made more than salary 800 overpayments over a three-year period.


Call for public feedback on business rates reforms
9 Apr 2019 at 1:20am
Scottish government proposals include an end to independent schools having charitable status.


Yousaf warns government "will act" on football conduct
8 Apr 2019 at 3:55pm
Scotland's justice secretary says the Scottish government will step in if clubs fail to take action.

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Equating a Westminster veto with "legality" is a dangerous game
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2019 at 7:18am
Like most of us, I hold Michael Russell in the highest regard, but I'm rather troubled by his article over the weekend calling for "patience".  Apart from anything else, it seems to rewrite history...

Are the European elections about to hand Ruth Davidson a major setback?
by James Kelly
14 Apr 2019 at 7:59am
First things first - I've got an article in the Sunday National today about the voting system for the European elections.  You can read it HERE.  As you can see, one point I made at the end, which ...

It's another bonzer by-election breakthrough: Sunshine on Leith Walk for surg...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2019 at 7:17am
It's happened again - the SNP have notched up an impressive local by-election win in a formerly Labour-dominated area of the central belt, which is exactly the sort of place where they were constan...

Now is the time to decisively move up a gear in preparations for an independe...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2019 at 6:43pm
I was heartened to see Chris McEleny and Angus MacNeil pressing the case so forcefully today for an independence referendum this autumn.  In the wake of the six-month Brexit extension, we now stand...

The case for a consultative independence referendum
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2019 at 6:54pm
I've been having an exchange on Twitter with Iain Macwhirter over the last 24 hours about the possibility of holding a consultative referendum on independence in the absence of a Section 30 order. ...

Is Theresa May unwittingly making independence even more likely by implicatin...
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 8:55pm
Brexit seems to be taking us into a game of three-dimensional chess.  We have Jacob Rees-Mogg talking about how the UK could take advantage of a long Brexit delay by vetoing the EU budget or deeper...

"Boost for May" as Tory vote drops like a stone
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 7:05am
Mike Smithson, known and loved by thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as a keen letter-writing impartial Liberal Democrat election expert, surpassed himself the other day.  After a parliamen...

Is there any more ridiculous sight than a Tory commentator using a dud poll t...
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2019 at 7:40am
So just a quick postscript to the previous post about the ludicrous misreporting of the independence figures from the Progress Scotland poll.  I was taking a peek at Conservative Home yesterday, an...

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I love Scotland for many personal reasons and have never encountered a Scot w...
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16 Apr 2019 at 6:53pm
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Glasgow Royal Infirmary ranked amongst world's top 100 hospitals
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16 Apr 2019 at 6:10pm
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SNP currency plan will ?amplify? austerity
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16 Apr 2019 at 5:55pm
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Disappointment at 'crash junction' report [Toll of Birness]
by /u/abz_eng
16 Apr 2019 at 4:36pm
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Oh yes ? agree on that
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16 Apr 2019 at 3:22pm
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The Bru must get thu
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16 Apr 2019 at 3:09pm
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Culloden
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16 Apr 2019 at 1:34pm
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Someone recently posted a photo of a dreich looking Dunure Castle in Ayrshire...
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16 Apr 2019 at 1:27pm
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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland should be a thriving and driving force within the EU
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Loch Ness Museum
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16 Apr 2019 at 12:24pm
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Oppose the City of Edinburgh Council?s proposed rent increase for Stills
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There you go since there's been a few Sutherland related posts of late, Finif...
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Dunure Castle, Ayrshire
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Rape clause row as SNP fail to free up cash to fix 'disgusting' Tory policy
by David Clegg
15 Apr 2019 at 8:51pm
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville says there is not enough money left in the Scottish budget to reverse the two-child cap imposed by Westminster.


Case of young dad sent home to die suggests postcode lottery exists in NHS
by Record View
15 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Record View says it's concerning that it took a newspaper to intervene and raise a patient's plight before he got satisfactory treatment.


Civil service union strike plan targets ports and airports amid Brexit chaos
by David Clegg
15 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) chief Mark Serwotka aims to exploit uncertainty around Brexit in fight for pay increase.


Brexit breathing space must be used wisely to end chaos created by Tories
by Ian Blackford
14 Apr 2019 at 10:00pm
SNP MP Ian Blackford says Theresa May’s damaging red lines must be ditched while a second EU referendum should also be on the table to help break the Brexit impasse.


Humans 'at war with nature' warning as protesters plan to bring London to sta...
by dailyrecord
14 Apr 2019 at 9:03pm
Former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams made the chilling warning on the eve mass demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group.


Labour MP David Lammy blasts 'Nazi' Tory Brexiteers and calls for TV ban
by Catherine Wylie
14 Apr 2019 at 7:32pm
Lammy compared Conservative hardliners to fascists during an angry outburst on The Andrew Marr Show and urged the BBC to stop giving airtime to Brexit 'extremists'.


UKIP leader Gerard Batten defends Labour MP rape tweet
by Sam Blewett
14 Apr 2019 at 4:20pm
Batten claims UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin's tweet to MP Jess Phillips was 'satire' while he also stood by his own comments that Islam is a 'death cult'. 


Tory bruiser Ann Widdecombe hits out in war of words with Scots pensions acti...
by John Ferguson
14 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The former shadow home secretary lashed out at WASPI campaigner May Rookes, saying she was trying to 'plunder' Government money.


Nigel Farage vows to target Scots voters with new Brexit Party at European el...
by John Ferguson
14 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The former Ukip leader officially launched his latest venture last week, promising a 'democratic revolution'.


Like Basil Fawlty, Brexiteers long for golden period of British greatness tha...
by John Niven
14 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
John Niven watches TV classic Fawlty Towers argues that, not only has it held up well over the last 40 years, it provides a perfect metaphor for where we are as a country now.

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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

Wasting Your Time and Money
by michaelgreenwell
7 Apr 2019 at 10:01pm
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
by michaelgreenwell
7 Mar 2019 at 5:46pm
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2019 at 5:39pm
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
by michaelgreenwell
5 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
by michaelgreenwell
25 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Bella Caledonia

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Tiggers, Melts and Radical Centrists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Apr 2019 at 12:29pm
James Chapman of The Independent Group (you know “politics is broken, lets fix it”) has just issued its first answer to the British constitutional crisis and its predictably shallow and useless. It’s a mix of populist ideas and pure nonsense, like someone who has just suddenly woken up to their being a problem and has …

Science Not Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2019 at 9:28am
Climate activists Extinction Rebellion Glasgow dropped a huge banner from Finnieston Crane today with the message: ?Science not silence?. The actions from Finnieston Crane and Glasgow City Chambers announce the start of International Rebellion in Scotland, with a Festival of Climate Reality taking place in Edinburgh, while roadblocks are planned for Tuesday, both organised by …

Go After the Whaler not the Whale: XR and Climate Action
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2019 at 8:41am
Extinction Rebellion is different in two important and related ways from previous environmental movements. The first is that it has given up all pretence of trying to give people hope. For years environmentalists have thought that if you give somebody too bleak a picture of the state of the world it will cause them to …

USUK ? You Suck! And So Do EU!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2019 at 11:44am
Rob Brown makes the case for nationalism without neoliberalism. Due to the phenomenal success of Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier was too often classified as a romantic novelist. Yet most of her prolific output, especially her short stories, contained a dark or even nasty side. Moreover, her final book prophesied Brexit ? even before our initial …

Why is Everything so Shit?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2019 at 7:26pm
In a world where Mark Francois and Fat Cops actually exist; a world in which the crowds shuffle through IKEA like slow-moving cattle blankly eyeing poor quality Swedish lifestyle goods; a world in which the hellhole of contemporary British and American politics isn’t a sick joke but a lived reality, the question Why is Everything …

The Coronation Chicken will Not Be Chlorinated
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2019 at 9:29am
In 1970 Gil Scott Heron argued that The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. In 2019 we have to hope that The Coronation Chicken will Not Be Chlorinated. As Nigel Farage launches yet another party, it’s worth reflecting on the make-up of the populist movement that leads Britain’s Left Behind. Brexit we’re constantly told is the …

Riding the Downwave Part 2
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Apr 2019 at 10:46pm
LAST week I wrote about Kondratiev waves ? generation-long economic pulses triggered by rising profit levels and booming investment in new technological clusters, followed by intensified class conflicts, falling profit levels and slow growth. I argued that the world entered a lnew Kondratiev upswing in the 1980s, with the victory of neoliberal ideas and the …

The Brexit Experience, Independence and the 1970s
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Apr 2019 at 9:21pm
Scotland?s first referendum on devolution was held on March, 1979. It saw 52 per cent vote in favour and 48 per cent against – the same margin as in the UK?s 2016 Brexit referendum. Isobel Lindsay, (Scottish Independence Convention founding member and Vice Chair of Scottish CND) looks back at the process and lessons for …

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'That?s legal tender, pal': bill aims to force shops to take Scottish notes
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2019 at 8:39am
Lib Dem MP lodges bill in same week Judy Murray has Scottish note rejected in London cafeWhen Judy Murray vented her frustration that her Bank of Scotland tenner had been rejected as payment in a cafe in London this week, thousands of Scots responded in sympathy.When you go to pay £9 for 2 donuts...

Another young life failed by what now passes for justice in Scotland | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
7 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Katie Allan had a dark and brutal experience in the prison system. Her parents are right to call for changeSuccessive Holyrood administrations have provided a dizzying array of legislative bells and whistles to make Scots feel all warm and pure. They are all well-meaning, of course, but some were...

Brexit: Corbyn 'very happy' to meet May to discuss compromise plan - as it ha...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
3 Apr 2019 at 12:03am
Rolling coverage of the day?s politics as they happen, including Theresa May chairing a five-hour cabinet meeting to decide what to do about BrexitMPs seek to stop no-deal Brexit by tabling article 50 billNo-deal Brexit more likely by the day, says Michel BarnierUp to 20 Tories could vote against...

Scottish Labour has gone missing.But it?s not too late to rediscover it | Kev...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Mar 2019 at 7:00am
The time has come for some straight talking to halt the loss of members and bring the party back to lifeWhen Scotland?s next generation of modern studies students is asked to explain the main reasons for the abject decline of the Labour party in Scotland, the possible answers should be offered in...

Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Mar 2019 at 2:46pm
Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump?s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council?s planning officers said the scheme,...

Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout
by Press Association
18 Mar 2019 at 7:22pm
Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arisePolice in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an ?unprecedented set of circumstances? after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should prot...

Poverty and climate more important than Brexit, says Corbyn
by Severin Carrell and Dan Sabbagh
8 Mar 2019 at 2:24pm
Days before Brexit vote, Labour leader says party not ?obsessed by constitutional questions?Jeremy Corbyn has downplayed the Brexit crisis by claiming that poverty and climate change are far greater priorities for Labour and the country.Addressing Scottish Labour?s annual conference, Corbyn said ...

Sturgeon rules out independence poll without UK go-ahead
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Mar 2019 at 3:52pm
Scottish first minister clarifies after deputy suggested she could call referendum without approval Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding an unofficial Scottish independence referendum, after her deputy suggested she could call one without legal approval.Video footage emerged on Thursday showing ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The Corporal Joneses of British nationalism
In the immortal words of Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army, they don’t like it up them. On Tuesday The National published my usual weekly article, one which had been inspired by the recent piece in The Scotsman listing ten things for Scotland to be ashamed by. Although it would be more accurate to say that …

I want independence because ?
There’s a new initiative called A Million Reasons for Yes. All you need to do to participate is to write down your reason for wanting independence, and to take a photograph of it, then upload it to amillionreasons.scot or Instagram Direct: amillionreasonsforsi; Facebook: A Million Reasons for Scottish Independence; email reasons to: reasons@amillionreasons.scot. Follow on …

The real question for Scotland in Brexit Britain
Nigel Farage has come out of retirement. This comes as news to those of us, approximately 60 million people, who never realised he’d gone away in the first place. Certainly the BBC never got over its love affair with him, and on Friday with his launch of his new Brexit party, the Corporation’s requited love …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 11 April 2019
The dugcast is a day early this week, because Callum is off for a long weekend in Bruges. It’s alright for some eh. This week we discuss the postponement of Brexit, the need for some progress on holding an indyref, and how we’re all sick to the back teeth of British politics and would love …

A candle in the darkness
It’s at times like this that I wish I still did drugs. Brexit has turned into a cross between the Neverending Story and the Walking Dead, only with gammons instead of dragons, and precious little magic. In recognition of the fact that Theresa May is an undead political leader, the EU have given her until …

The black hole of Brexit Britain
There’s nothing to do but wait while our fates are decided by the leaders of the small European countries that British nationalists in Scotland always scoffed at and told us that Scotland would become. Whether the UK can have an extension to Article 50 in order to avoid a chaotic and damaging Brexit will be …

The federalism fairy flaps again
We’re living in strange days. This is widely described as the greatest political crisis in the UK since WW2, and it’s entirely self-inflicted. Things in Ukania have got so bad that Scottish newspaper editorials have, on occasion, been forced to get through 1000 words without finding the time to slag off the SNP. The Conservative …

The Father Dougals of British nationalism
Sometimes when you are an advocate of Scottish independence and you are constantly confronted with the same specious arguments from British nationalists, you feel like you’re Father Ted, trying to explain a very simple concept to Father Dougal. No matter how often you go over it, it fails to penetrate, even when you use very …

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With the opposition divided, it?s time for Nicola to press the button
WHERE now for Brexit and, more importantly, where now for Scotland?

Pelosi issues US-UK post-Brexit trade warning during Ireland visit
UNITED States House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Dublin today for her two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland.

The Independent Group logo rejected ahead of election ... and there's no back up
Of course.

Brexit chaos should be a warning to those itching for indyref2
PEOPLE dedicated to achieving independence for Scotland should be aware that the holding of a referendum at too early a stage could result in the same political chaos as the Brexit shambles.

Comic book for school pupils to detail birth of the Scottish Parliament
SCHOOL pupils in Scotland will soon be able to learn about the history of the Scottish Parliament through a new comic book.

UK MEPs to be treated as 'full members' if EU elections go ahead
European Council president Donald Tusk insisted that if British MEPs are elected in May they must be treated as "full members", as he hinted that the UK could delay Brexit beyond October.

We should vote for independence while we are still in the EU
IN Sunday?s National we were told that after the Easter recess Nicola Sturgeon will give us an update on the situation concerning independence for Scotland in both the short and longer terms. Well, quite honestly, I and a lot of others in the Yes2 movement are beginning to get a bit sick of more updates. From your article (FM to give indy update after Easter recess, April 14), it would appear t...

Second Brexit referendum needed even if deal reached, says Michael Russell
Scotland 's Constitutional Relations Secretary has said a second Brexit referendum including an option to remain should be held, even if agreement is reached on the Prime Minister's deal.

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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

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

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

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

Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence
Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 20th 2019 Scotland was once infamous for its reputation and reality as a violent place. This was associated with all sorts of potent, demeaning caricatures of the angry, aggressive Scot, but underlying these images Scotland did have a problem. We had a culture of …

Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref
Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 19th 2019 As British politics enters a mixture of meltdown and an endgame, convulsed by Brexit, everywhere in political discourse there is an obsession with the past. From the rise of Churchill to unquestioned national hero, to the …

The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour
The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 13th 2019 One political principle unites not just the Labour Party from Jeremy Corbyn to Tom Watson but also the Conservative Party – from Theresa May to the most ultra-Brexiteers in the Jacob Rees-Mogg faction. That principle is a belief …

The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future
The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 6th 2019 There was major interest and debate last week about a UK Government paper on Scotland – the McCrone report – written nearly 45 years ago. The McCrone report was written in March 1974 by then Scottish Office civil servant …

1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and t...
1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 1st 2019 Today is the 40th anniversary of Scotland going to the polls to vote in the first devolution referendum on Labour?s proposals for a Scottish Assembly. This marked the beginning of Scotland?s constitutional …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence? - The Scotsman
Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence?  The ScotsmanIndependence supporters should be in no rush to stage a second referendum when recent polls suggest they are unlikely to win, a prominent Yes campaigner ...

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

?Biggest ever? march for Scottish independence planned - The Scotsman
?Biggest ever? march for Scottish independence planned  The ScotsmanCampaigners are planning the largest ever march for Scottish independence in Glasgow next month.

Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

Nicola Sturgeon under pressure as Brexit fails to hasten Scottish independenc...
Nicola Sturgeon under pressure as Brexit fails to hasten Scottish independence  Telegraph.co.ukIt was very much a case of the dog that didn't bark in the night. Desperate to find a locus for her complaints that Scotland was being ignored in the protracted ...

Is Scotland scunnered with Brexit? - BBC News
Is Scotland scunnered with Brexit?  BBC NewsPoliticians turn to the Scots language to sum up the country's view of the latest Brexit developments.

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SNP currency plan will ?amplify? austerity, says Richard Leonard - The Scotsman
SNP currency plan will ?amplify? austerity, says Richard Leonard  The ScotsmanRichard Leonard has claimed austerity would be ?amplified? in an independent Scotland, as the debate on the SNP's currency plan intensifies ahead of the ...

READERS? LETTERS: Brexit delay will come back to bite SNP - The Courier
READERS? LETTERS: Brexit delay will come back to bite SNP  The CourierMadam, ? I wonder if the Conservative, Labour, DUP and SNP politicians who have deliberately delayed Brexit realise the seriousness of what they have done?

With patience, planning and persistence, Scotland is moving towards independe...
With patience, planning and persistence, Scotland is moving towards independence  SNPI have been through times when the party was lucky to secure double figures in opinion polls and times when we swept all before us. But I won't be *content* ...

SNP under fire over Police Scotland call centre blunders - Express
SNP under fire over Police Scotland call centre blunders  Express*FRESH* fears have been raised over the way Police Scotland handles calls after nearly 200 control room blunders in just 16 months.

Greens in 'stitch-up plot' with the SNP - Express
Greens in 'stitch-up plot' with the SNP  ExpressThe Scottish Greens have been accused of plotting a separatist ?stitch-up? after their joint leader signalled her backing for an electoral pact with the SNP.

IndyRef2 won?t be far behind an SNP-Labour coalition - Lesley Riddoch - The S...
IndyRef2 won?t be far behind an SNP-Labour coalition - Lesley Riddoch  The ScotsmanAs the polls start pointing towards a Labour/SNP coalition, indyref2 won't be too far behind, says Lesley Riddoch.

SNP ministers to introduce new laws to combat unscrupulous puppy farmers - He...
SNP ministers to introduce new laws to combat unscrupulous puppy farmers  HeraldScotlandMINISTERS are to bring forward new legislation aimed at cracking down on 'designer' pets and unscrupulous puppy farmers.

Former SNP MP sacks defence lawyer days before embezzlement trial - The Scotsman
Former SNP MP sacks defence lawyer days before embezzlement trial  The ScotsmanA former MP has sacked her defence council a week before her trial is due to start.

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Is there time for another Brexit vote? - BBC News
Is there time for another Brexit vote?  BBC NewsThe latest delay to Brexit has energised those campaigning for another EU referendum. The extension to 31 October gives them more time to make the case for ...

Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence? - The Scotsman
Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence?  The ScotsmanIndependence supporters should be in no rush to stage a second referendum when recent polls suggest they are unlikely to win, a prominent Yes campaigner ...

Mike Russell: Second EU referendum needed even if Brexit deal reached - Heral...
Mike Russell: Second EU referendum needed even if Brexit deal reached  HeraldScotlandScotland's Constitutional Relations Secretary said ?people have the right to choose? on Brexit.

Scotland's unemployment rate hits new low at 3.3% - BBC News
Scotland's unemployment rate hits new low at 3.3%  BBC NewsScotland's unemployment rate fell to a new record low in the three months to February, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said ...

?Biggest ever? march for Scottish independence planned - The Scotsman
?Biggest ever? march for Scottish independence planned  The ScotsmanCampaigners are planning the largest ever march for Scottish independence in Glasgow next month.

Brexit chaos leaves Scotland on independence tightrope - The Japan Times
Brexit chaos leaves Scotland on independence tightrope  The Japan TimesEDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - With the U.K. tearing its hair out over Brexit confusion, Scotland's government is biding its time as it prepares for the ultimate prize ...

Brexit's effect on the case for independence - BBC News
Brexit's effect on the case for independence  BBC NewsHonesty, detail and truth-telling are required for constitutional change, post-Brexit. So how is the SNP going to deliver those on the economic case in for ...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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 ...

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!

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

The secretary of state for Scotland.
What the feck is the point of this office?  the present incumbent comes across as a Buffoon on TV interviews  and appears more like a bewildered hamster the more I see the twat. We have a Scottish Government and Civil Service which do liaise with the central government meanwhile so what does ...

The Official President Trump thread

INDEPENDENT GROUP
the seven have been joined by an 8th..... and now three Tories https://news.sky.com/story/live-speculation-more-mps-will-quit-to-join-independent-group-11642586 Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston have left the Conservative Party for the Independent Group They ain't quitting ...

India v Pakistan
Two massive countries with huge armies and nuclear weapons getting lairy - what could go wrong? Militants in Kashmir killed dozens of Indian policeman, India blamed Pakistan for hosting the militant training camps and have followed up with airstrikes across the Kashmiri line of control.  Paki...

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

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

Notre Dame fire
Was Muriel Gray there on holiday ? Seriously though it looks gubbed  

Relationships
I like to think of myself as a pretty rounded person who always takes everyones thoughts into perspective, however my wife and long term girlfriend just seems to have drama attached, for example my best friend through my teenage years was the worst thing ever, now my mother who brought me up on h...

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

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

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.

Julian Assange
Media starting to report that the UN have ruled in his favour.

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

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Scottish and Uk Politics

My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit Spun By ...
      1981: Peter Salmon takes up employment with the BBC Peter Salmon started at the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981. A programme maker, he eventually became BBC Bristol’s, Head of Factual output. He also worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, BBC  Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Manchester’s, File On Four current … Continue reading "My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit S...

Media Provision through the Eyes of the Welsh ? Devolution has demonstrated j...
    Jan 2008: Memorandum submitted by Tinopolis PLC to the Commons Select Committee for Welsh Affairs I have been asked to give evidence on the key areas under inquiry, namely the impact of globalization on broadcasting and the creative industries. The issues surrounding broadcasting and the creative industries and their future are … Continue reading "Media Provision through the Eyes of the...

A Time of Despair For Scots ? Blessed With A Neutered Authority in Scotland a...
      The 2014 Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin engaged with thousands of stakeholders across Scotland during the work of the Smith Commission. The outcome prompted him to make a personal recommendation in the Smith Commission Agreement. He said: “There is a strong desire to see the principle of devolution further … Continue reading "A Time of Despair For Scots – Blessed With A Neutere...

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Party in Scotland ? Ross...
    Tory MP Ross Thomson spoken to by police amid ‘sexual touching’ claims in Commons bar It is alleged that: Thomson repeatedly sexually assaulted three young men  having been three times escorted out  of the Commons Bar. He returned repeatedly to feel their bottoms and fondle their genitalia and tried to enter their … Continue reading "Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Pa...

Removing the Bias From Scottish Broadcasting ? This is the Solution Pass it O...
      Introduction Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel BBC Alba, attracts many more Scottish viewers than there are Gaelic speakers and the potential for growth is well recognized in the trade. Independent programme makers in Scotland produce quality television for the station but in insufficient quantity to fully support the channel. The … Continue reading "Removing the Bias From Scottish Broad...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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