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'Exclude Scotland from Tories' 'vindictive' anti-union laws'
18 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
SCOTLAND should be excluded entirely from the Tory government?s crackdown on trade union rights, the fair work secretary said yesterday.

Sturgeon pledges cash to make hospitals ready for ageing population
17 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
NICOLA Sturgeon will today pledge a major drive to ready the NHS for an older population as she sets out her pitch to win the next Holyrood election.

Fracking plans could be scrapped as SNP grassroots makes opposition clear
17 Oct 2015 at 12:08am
THE company that wants to establish a large-scale fracking industry in Scotland has warned that it could shelve its plans and instead invest in England, after the SNP leadership narrowly avoided an embarrassing rebellion over the issue from grassroots members.

SNP's Mhairi Black condemns 'cruel, right wing' Tory policies
17 Oct 2015 at 10:17am
SNP MP Mhairi Black has launched a fierce attack on the Conservatives' austerity policies as she insisted that investing in people is "a real long term economic plan".

Scottish heritage quiz: Nicola Sturgeon knows the Broons but can only name on...
16 Oct 2015 at 1:36pm
A surprise quiz on Scottish heritage left Nicola Sturgeon spluttering.

SNP vote against tougher fracking stance at party conference
16 Oct 2015 at 1:38pm
SNP members have narrowly rejected a bid to toughen up the party's stance on fracking amid calls for an outright ban.

Nicola Sturgeon: I don't know if Michelle Thomson knew lawyer had been struck...
16 Oct 2015 at 3:59pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she does not know whether suspended MP Michelle Thomson knew her lawyer had been struck off when she was selected to stand for the SNP.

Sturgeon: I intend to contest the 2021 Holyrood elections as SNP leader
16 Oct 2015 at 1:45pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she intends to contest the Holyrood elections in 2021 as SNP leader "all being well"

Sturgeon: public opinion has to change before SNP will hold second indyref
15 Oct 2015 at 9:01pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has sought to dampen speculation about an early rerun of last year's independence referendum, saying it would be "wrong" to hold a fresh poll without a significant shift in public opinion.

SNP plots to expose Labour's splits over Trident nuclear deterrent by forcing...
16 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
THE SNP will seek to expose deep divisions within Labour by calling a Commons debate on Trident before the end of the year, it has emerged.

Swinney: SNP will give Scottish councils the power to cut business rates
16 Oct 2015 at 7:57am
Local authorities in Scotland are to be handed the power to cut business rates in their area in two weeks' time.

Introduce pay caps on "greedy and self-centred" business fat cats, says SNP b...
15 Oct 2015 at 9:01pm
PAY caps should be introduced for "greedy and self-centred" private sector executives and the SNP should go into the next Holyrood election on a platform of raising taxes, one of the party's backbenchers has said.

Battle to convince SNP members on fracking intensifies ahead of conference de...
16 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
THE firm that wants to establish a fracking industry in Scotland has launched a bid to win the backing of the SNP, as environmentalists urged SNP members to ignore it and send a clear message to the party leadership

SNP MP: monstrous deceit of broken devolution promises will accelerate Scotla...
15 Oct 2015 at 7:13pm
The "monstrous deceit" of broken promises to devolve far more powers to the Scottish government will only accelerate the country's exit from the United Kingdom, a Scottish National Party MP warned.

Poll: SNP has 30% lead over Labour in Holyrood 2016 elections
15 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
The SNP has a 30% lead over Labour ahead of the 2016 Holyrood election, according to a new poll.

 

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Swinney vows to hit higher earners with new tax powers
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney yesterday signalled he will use the new income tax powers coming to Scotland to raise tax on higher earners.

Hungary shuts Croatian border to migrant flow
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
HUNGARY closed its border with Croatia to the free flow of migrants yesterday, shutting off another route for the tens of thousands of people fleeing wars and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia towards what they hope is a better life in western Europe.

Jeremy Corbyn takes vice-president role at CND
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
JEREMY Corbyn has signalled his determination to keep fighting against the renewal of Trident by becoming a vice-president of CND.

EU exit campaign to use SNP case for independence
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
SCOTLAND will have a separate European Union “exit” campaign from the rest of the UK which will use the SNP’s arguments for independence to try to persuade voters north of the Border to back breaking away from Brussels, Scotland on Sunday has learned.

Nicola Sturgeon to look for ?viable future? for steel
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has vowed to “leave no stone unturned” in an attempt to secure the future of the Scottish steel industry as the axe hangs over its 400 jobs.

Nicola Sturgeon makes pitch for working class voters
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday made a dramatic pitch to working class voters as she sought to cement the SNP’s dominance over Labour in Scotland.

Anger at SNP call to ?control broadcasting?
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
A SENIOR SNP figure sparked anger yesterday when she said gaining control over broadcasting could be “crucial” in helping Scotland become independent.

US Democrats bring expat conference to Edinburgh
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
EXPAT American Democrats from Europe, the Middle East and Africa are to gather in Edinburgh next month to discuss mobilising overseas members to vote in next year’s US presidential election.

Lockerbie bomb suspect ?close to being indicted?
17 Oct 2015 at 11:40pm
ONE of the new suspects in the Lockerbie bombing was “very close” to being indicted at the original trial along with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, according to the former FBI agent who headed up the US investigation.

Leaders: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon above the fray
17 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
With Sturgeon so secure, the battle to become the official opposition hardly seems to matter

Andrew Wilson: Opponents fail to understand SNP phenomenon
17 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
‘KNOW your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” The words of Sun Tzu struck home to me in Aberdeen as I observed the largest ever conference of the SNP.

Dani Garavelli: Lady Mone and the starry-eyed Tory
17 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
YOU’D think that having been dazzled by one flamboyant character who brought them a shed-load of trouble, the Tories would be steering clear of the colourful and controversial.

Canadian election defies stereotypes
17 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
WITHIN an hour of landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after driving into the city from the airport, a pick-up truck appears to the right with a leg pointing high in the air. Is it part of a mannequin? No, it’s a moose leg.

Stephen Breslin: Science can put us on road to success
17 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
IMAGINE a world with fewer accountants, lawyers and even journalists. If we could add estate agents to the list, there might be rejoicing in the streets. But behind the jokes around the public’s antipathy to these professions, we are entering an era where high-pay, high-skill jobs in areas like the law, medicine, accountancy and journalism are as much under threat from computerisation as low-skill occupations.

Euan McColm: Labour on collision course with reality
17 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
THE temptation is to give the Labour Party the benefit of the doubt, even when the evidence that it’s doomed is so compelling.

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The one-party street
by Chris Cairns
17 Oct 2015 at 6:59am

With permission
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2015 at 9:34pm
So shortly after this: Came this: So there you have it. After months of “investigation”, Scottish Labour has made its decision on what it considers to be an acceptable standard of internet discourse. The above is fine in Kezia Dugdale’s book. Just a bit of harmless banter between adults. And that’s grand. But do feel free to bookmark it …

How politics works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
(Times story here, Tory manifesto here.) We thought we’d check for the Tories’ current position, in their 2015 manifesto: Seems they always “voiced concerns” about this “controversial” policy. How odd. (The bill was so controversial, in fact, that it was passed by 101 votes to 6 – see page 1588 here. The Conservatives, having campaigned on the …

Timewaster wastes time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2015 at 9:59pm
We wonder how many papers we’ll see this in tomorrow. “The Electoral Commission has today dismissed the nonsensical claims made in the press that Business for Scotland and the SNP broke campaigning rules by ‘working together’ during the 2014 referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission, in its letter to Business for Scotland, clearly states: “We are …

The professor of pish
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2015 at 6:03pm
We weren’t going to take Professor Adam Tomkins’ hysterical “NATMAGEDDON!” article for this week’s Spectator seriously enough to pull it apart line by line. But once we’d wiped the tears from our eyes we thought we’d better do our job. “Centralising, illiberal, catastrophic: the SNP?s one-party state” We covered those this morning. It’s hard to describe an …

The master of disaster
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2015 at 11:05am
The comedy “obnoxious Tory” stereotype/respected BBC pundit (delete as applicable) Adam Tomkins has a dramatic opinion piece in the Spectator this week, which also commands the magazine’s front cover. It’s a handy one-stop compilation of some of the most comprehensively-debunked Unionist myths and lies of the past couple of years, livened up for readers with some …

The talent puddle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2015 at 4:19pm
Today’s Herald reveals that the new Labour leader of Glasgow City Council, Frank McAveety (who was last seen in the headlines leering at a 15-year-old girl visiting the Scottish Parliament), has hired Bob Wylie as a special adviser. Wylie was communications director of the scandal-riddled Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), which readers may recall from last year’s banning …

The accusing fingers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2015 at 1:54pm
As readers may have noticed, it’s been an extremely slow news week this week. The papers, having strung out the Michelle Thomson “crisis” beyond all endurance, have been reduced (in the case of today’s Daily Mail) to printing shock-horror pictures of her still sitting beside SNP MPs in the Commons, so little else is there …

Joining the club
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Oct 2015 at 7:49pm
Was feeling a bit left out as the only person involved in the independence debate who hadn’t been accused of being in the pay of MI5. But no more! Thank goodness for thirsty old Ian.

A quiet revision
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Oct 2015 at 8:30pm
After we highlighted the ridiculous inconsistencies in press reports last week regarding Edinburgh MP Michelle Thomson’s business dealings with a couple in Cumbernauld, we’ve been in a lengthy dialogue with Sunday Mail editor Jim Wilson over the plainly utterly wrong claim in the latter paper that: “Wright, 61, and husband Douglas sold their flat to …

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Sturgeon: 'Judge SNP on its record'
17 Oct 2015 at 4:43pm
Voters at next May's Scottish Parliament election should judge the SNP on its record in government, party leader Nicola Sturgeon tells her conference.

Labour highlights A&E wait numbers
18 Oct 2015 at 12:38am
Nearly 4,000 patients have waited more than four hours in A&E at Scotland's newest hospital since May, says Scottish Labour.


Anti-slavery day marked in Scotland
18 Oct 2015 at 12:42am
Police and prosecutors are marking anti-slavery day by delivering a "crucial" message that there is no place for human trafficking in Scotland.


Call to exempt Scotland from union bill
17 Oct 2015 at 12:18pm
The Scottish government makes an official request for Scotland to be excluded from the UK government's bill proposing curbs on trade union powers.


Scots councils to control business rates
16 Oct 2015 at 4:52pm
Scotland's deputy first minister, John Swinney, is to give councils north of the border the power to cut business rates from the end of this month.

SNP members reject fracking ban call
16 Oct 2015 at 2:37pm
SNP members at the party conference in Aberdeen reject calls for the party to back an outright ban on fracking.


SNP delegates back stronger land reform
16 Oct 2015 at 6:30pm
Delegates at the SNP conference in Aberdeen tell their party to make the proposed Land Reform Bill more radical.

Salmond: Syrian intervention 'futile'
16 Oct 2015 at 6:51pm
Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond warns the UK against staging a "futile military intervention" in Syria.

Scotland sets sights on trade with Iran
16 Oct 2015 at 9:43pm
With Iran set to open up for business as sanctions are lifted, a number of Scottish companies are keen to start work in the country.


Big SNP win may not lead to referendum
15 Oct 2015 at 2:45pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC that even a "thumping win" at next year's Scottish elections would not be enough to push for a second referendum.


Farmers press for EU payments timetable
15 Oct 2015 at 12:02am
Pressure is mounting on the Scottish government to confirm when EU support payments will be delivered to farmers.


Rail line upgrade contractor named
16 Oct 2015 at 10:08am
The principal contractor for the £170m upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line is appointed.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.


Nicola Sturgeon's call for trust
17 Oct 2015 at 5:43pm
The BBC's Philip Sim on the "slick" SNP conference


Who are the SNP's new members?
16 Oct 2015 at 4:53pm
Who are the SNP's new members?

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Sturgeon's road-map for the next referendum
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 5:22pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, which contains a bit more analysis of today's YouGov poll, and also discusses the increasing clarity...

Crucial YouGov poll suggests Corbyn and the Michelle Thomson affair have fail...
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 11:02am
The most recent YouGov poll of Scottish Parliament voting intentions was tantalisingly conducted between the 7th and 10th of September, just before the result of the Labour leadership election was ...


Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2015 at 1:09am
Scotland has jointly hosted the Rugby World Cup on no fewer than three occasions over the last quarter-of-a-century (1991, 1999 and 2007).  With my customary perversity, I didn't bother going to an...

Sturgeon mustn't become a prisoner of the pollsters
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2015 at 2:02pm
I didn't see Nicola Sturgeon on the Marr show this morning, because I've been recovering from a truly epic journey to Newcastle and back to see Scotland's decisive pool match at the Rugby World Cup...

SNP vote increases by 4.6% in Aird and Loch Ness by-election
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
Yesterday's by-election in Aird and Loch Ness saw the SNP and Lib Dems finish more or less level-pegging on first preferences (just 29 votes separated them).  But in contrast to the East Ayr by-ele...

Tantalising TNS poll suggests the SNP still enjoy enormous lead
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
The long wait for a full-scale poll of Scottish voting intentions conducted after the election of Jeremy Corbyn is now over, with the publication today of the monthly TNS poll...Constituency ballot...

ComRes telephone poll deepens the uncertainty on the EU referendum
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:41pm
Since the Electoral Commission intervened to make the EU referendum question wording more neutral, a string of polls conducted among volunteer online polling panels have shown the 'Leave' camp jump...

Kezia Dugdale : An Explanation
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:49am
A guest post by Mike McCreadieYou probably don't know this, but Kezia Dugdale and that Ian fella are actually SNP secret agents. Hear me out for a minute...I dislike conspiracy theories as much as ...

A surfeit of surprises
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2015 at 11:48am
Those of you who are a bit older than me will probably recall the very likeable David Butler, who was the BBC's resident psephologist on every general election results programme between 1950 and 19...

Let's hope Corbyn fails (and not just in the way you might think)
by James Kelly
4 Oct 2015 at 11:37am
It seems that Richard Heller, the man who infamously wrote part of Jeremy Corbyn's conference speech five years in advance, wasn't quite so keen on other words that the new Labour leader uttered in...


By-election bonanza for buoyant SNP
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2015 at 8:40pm
While I was unexpectedly marooned on Arran (I think my host at the guest house may even have used the word "incarcerated" at one point), the evidence continued to mount that Jeremy Corbyn has faile...

Castaway Kelly
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 8:18pm
Good evening from the less-than-sunny Isle of Arran, where I've just got stranded AGAIN.  It wasn't even my fault this time - it was physically impossible to get back, because the ferry is apparent...

Ian Leslie and the fallacy of fatuousness
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 11:50am
I've just read a piece by Ian Leslie at the New Statesman called 'Jeremy Corbyn and the nirvana fallacy', and it's been a long time since any article made me so angry.  It basically argues that Cor...

Don't worry - Corbyn can't stop Labour destroying the world
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2015 at 2:57pm
I'm a tad baffled by the criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn for confirming the bleedin' obvious - that there is no way that he, as a lifelong unilateralist, would ever push the nuclear button and mass-mur...

The Corbyn/McDonnell 'Big Lie' approach to taking on the SNP isn't just cynic...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2015 at 1:54pm
I enjoyed listening to John McDonnell's speech at the Labour conference.  There's been a lot of talk about him and Corbyn hastily backtracking on their principles since they took over, but there wa...

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Trespassing in Scotland
18 Oct 2015 at 4:39am
I just read on another sight that trespassing "is not a thing in Scotland". In the context, it sounded as if trespassing is not considered a crime, and if you are found somewhere you are not suppos...

Could Scotland be nuclear-powered?
18 Oct 2015 at 2:12am
New Hinkley Point nuclear reactors will cost £16b for 2. If we paid for them over ten years, that works out at £266 per person per year for the 10 years. They last 60 years. We would need to run t...


SNP's Stewart Hosie asks interviewer 'why are you doing this?
17 Oct 2015 at 9:42pm
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Sturgeon says 'judge us on our record'
17 Oct 2015 at 8:35pm
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SNP Political Broadcast - A Tale of Two Cities
17 Oct 2015 at 7:44pm
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Makes me proud to be Scottish.
17 Oct 2015 at 7:13pm
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Nicola Sturgeon's £200m pitch to the elderly: First Minister in pledge for fi...
17 Oct 2015 at 7:03pm
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Scotland win appeal, Gray and Ford cleared to face Australia
17 Oct 2015 at 6:14pm
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The SNP and the Land Question
17 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
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Fracking plans could be scrapped as SNP grassroots makes opposition clear (Fr...
17 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
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Pig-headed some might say...
17 Oct 2015 at 5:04pm
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Ipsos Mori: "Which party do you think has the best policies for Scotland?"
17 Oct 2015 at 4:46pm
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SNP Conference: Sturgeon sets out vision for a 'can do Scotland'
17 Oct 2015 at 4:18pm
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Why is Mhairi Black pretending to be working class?
17 Oct 2015 at 3:01pm
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BBC accused of telling 'more half truths and lies than the Nazis' at SNP conf...
17 Oct 2015 at 1:37pm
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Nicola Sturgeon's £200m pitch to the elderly: First Minister in pledge for fi...
by David Clegg
17 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
THE First Minister will use her keynote speech to the party conference today to reveal five new centres specialising in hip or knee replacements and cataract removal.


SNP Conference: BBC accused of 'lies' over Scottish political coverage as sen...
by Joe Churcher
16 Oct 2015 at 8:36pm
FEELINGS are still running high over what pro-independence campaigners believed was a pro-Union slant to the BBC's coverage of last year's referendum.


Tearful mum who blasted Tory minister over tax credits reveals she could now ...
by Dan Bloom
16 Oct 2015 at 4:40pm
Footage of ex-Tory voter Michelle Dorrell tearing strips off Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on Question Time has been viewed by thousands. Now she has spoken out again


SNP members vote against toughening fracking stance at party conference
by Record Reporter
16 Oct 2015 at 3:09pm
A MOTION backing the current moratorium on fracking to be remitted for revision was narrowly voted down in Aberdeen.


Hardworking mum's tearful Question Time tirade over tax credits cuts nails To...
by Mikey Smith
16 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
Michelle Dorrell's emotional blast on Energy Secretary Amber Rudd prompted an outpouring of reaction, with one Tory saying his party made him feel 'sick to my stomach'


Heathrow Airport bosses cosy up to SNP in attempt to secure votes for planned...
by Keith McLeod
16 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm

 LONDON's two main airports are locked in a battle to secure government funding for planned expansions and the 55 SNP votes in the House of Commons could prove decisive in the awarding of the ...


David Cameron received racy gift from underwear tycoon Michelle Mone a year b...
by Mikey Smith
15 Oct 2015 at 5:20pm
THE gift had to be declared due to it being worth more than £140 - but it is unclear whether the garment was for the Prime Minister or his wife.


Torcuil Crichton: Nicola Sturgeon lets slip biggest hint yet that a second re...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Oct 2015 at 3:39pm

 TORCUIL reckons Sturgeon is employing one of the oldest tricks in politics by reassuring one half of the electorate there will be no second referendum whilst leaving the door open to change h...


Nicola Sturgeon tells SNP conference she would NOT rule out second independen...
by Katrine Bussey
15 Oct 2015 at 2:45pm

 THE First Minister said at the moment there was no evidence to support a second poll but added the EU referendum, should the UK vote to leave against Scotland's will, could be the trigger.&#x...


Bra tycoon Michelle Mone takes seat in House of Lords
by dailyrecord
15 Oct 2015 at 1:53pm
MONE swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen before a crowded chamber and packed public gallery ahead of question time in the Lords.

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A Depressed Market
by derekbateman1
6 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm
It may be a legitimate business practice but, like  rate-fixing at the banks, back-to-back house selling looks pernicious. It may have been an owner?s only hope of selling in a depressed market, they may have been grateful for the money, but the act of offering low in the knowledge of a high sale later looks …

London Calling
by derekbateman1
5 Oct 2015 at 11:28am
Knowing your own business is a pre-requisite in any organisation, wouldn?t you say? Understanding what it does, how it works, what works and what doesn?t, who?s who and all that?you have to get it or you really shouldn?t be there at all. Without the basic knowledge, you?re just another waste of space. Worse ? you?re …

Her Majesty?s Media
by derekbateman1
4 Oct 2015 at 3:00pm
Michelle Thomson?s solicitor may have been struck off but she won?t be short of legal volunteers to represent her should she end up in court. Amer Anwar has taken up the case but any criminal lawyer seeking a dripping roast of fees and publicity would be carefully snipping out each and every newspaper cutting that …

Holy Jackie?s Prayer
by derekbateman1
1 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
Guilty! Thrice guilty! To the Tolbooth with them?let them dance to the hangman?s tune. How the mob love a lynching. There is part of us all which exults in punishment when it applies to someone else, as if their fate exonerates us. Holy Willie calls down the wrath of God on the Presbytery of Ayr …

Come In, Kezia?
by derekbateman1
30 Sep 2015 at 3:21pm
?.Your time is up. I appreciate the world hasn?t exactly been straining for my judgment on the new Scottish leader of the Labour Party but nevertheless here it is, belated or not. You?re out of your depth, Kezia. The election is lost. I don?t mean to be rude but I?ve waited since her elevation to …

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The SNP and the Land Question
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2015 at 5:18pm
One photo sums up, for me, the extraordinary events that took place in Aberdeen on Friday. In it, an SNP member is asking an embarrassed-looking young man to autograph his conference pass, saying ??I?ve never got an autograph before, but I just had to get yours!?. The embarrassed man is Nicky Lowden McCrimmon, and shortly …

G?.?I?.?M?.?P. ? Government Issue Music Protest
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2015 at 9:11am
‘Scotland has just emerged from one of the most turbulent, inspiring, unifying and yet divisive political campaigns in living memory. The new album by rapper, activist and writer Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey addresses the referendum result in an ambitious, multi-media project incorporating music, film, art and journalism. A veteran rapper and an important new voice in …

Democracy or deferral? The SNP?s Reluctant Radicalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm
On Wednesday two front pages summed up the uncanny effect that the Scottish National Party, now gathering for its party conference in Aberdeen, has had on Scottish public life. The Spectator ran with a feature by aspiring Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins casting Nicola Sturgeon as the sinister ruler of a ?one party state.? Meanwhile …

Neon Dundee
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2015 at 11:39am
Dundee is confirming its reputation as a hub of creative digital innovation with the hosting of NEoN, Scotland?s only digital arts festival, described as ‘a hybrid mix of exhibitions, installations, audio & performance across the city’. Neon returns next month to bring the best of digital and electronic art from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, …

Kim Jong Lizzie
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2015 at 8:17pm
BBC footage of the Queen’s birthday with BBC commentary about Kim Jong Il’s birthday dubbed over it …

The Need to Devolve Food and Farming
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2015 at 4:59pm
Last month the Scottish Government embarked a continuance of its long-held policy on GM food. Q a backlash with scribes like Euan McColm foaming at the mouth and Alex Massie chipping in with a grand parochial ignorance. Now, to the embarrassment of many of these pundits, Scotland’s food and agriculture policy lies at the very …

Jack Monroe: The hidden costs of austerity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2015 at 4:29pm
Food blogger and writer Jack Monroe speaks to the Scottish Green Party conference on the experiences of poverty and austerity in Britain…

Living Rent: a systematic vision for rent controls
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Oct 2015 at 7:22pm
100 years ago next month, the women of Glasgow made history. On 17 November, their rent strike, supported by workers on the Clyde who had stopped work to join them, marched in their tens of thousands all the way to the Old Sheriff Court on Brunswick Street in merchant city. Their, landlords were attempting to …

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The Scottish Nationalists take the sly road to independence | Andrew Rawnsley
by Andrew Rawnsley
18 Oct 2015 at 12:04am
When will Nicola Sturgeon?s party demand a second referendum? When they think they can win it, of courseThe blue backdrop to the platform swirls with a giant flag. The conference slogan has the word ?STRONGER? in a super-size font that punches you in the back of the eyeballs. And when she comes o...


Astute Sturgeon guides us gently to a second referendum | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Oct 2015 at 12:02am
The Scottish first minister has cooled the idea of an early referendum. She needs to plan well for the next bid for independenceThe favoured parlour game at the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen is counting the property dealers and corporate lobbyists who toiled once to carve out the party?s role...


Sturgeon tells Scottish voters: 'Trust me to always do the best for you' - SN...
by Andrew Sparrow
17 Oct 2015 at 6:05pm
Rolling coverage of the final day of the SNP conference in Aberdeen, including Nicola Sturgeon?s speechSturgeon?s speech - Snap verdict 6.00pm BST And here are four more verdicts on Nicola Sturgeon?s speech.Sturgeon has perfected the art of sounding both social democratic and nationalist at the s...


Sturgeon bids to reassure the waverers: ?Trust me to always do the best for you?
by Daniel Boffey Policy editor
17 Oct 2015 at 5:48pm
Scotland?s leader, seen as her nation?s Angela Merkel, sidelined all talk of a referendum at the SNP conference in AberdeenShortly before Nicola Sturgeon delivered her big speech at the SNP conference, she swapped her Saltire-blue dress of earlier in the day for a scarlet one. It was a sign of th...


Nicola Sturgeon?s great conjuring trick | Sonia Sodha
by Sonia Sodha
17 Oct 2015 at 5:30pm
The SNP continues to pick up votes from all three parties while avoiding deep scrutiny? Nicola Sturgeon?s stance pleases everyone? for nowNicola Sturgeon?s speech wasn?t her strongest, whether judged for its rousing oratory or for its substantive content. Her defence of the SNP?s record was notab...


Nicola Sturgeon?s stance pleases everyone? for now | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
17 Oct 2015 at 4:56pm
The SNP leader?s speech at her party?s conference delivered few surprises ? but while she?s winning, who cares?When you are 35 points ahead of your rivals after being in government for eight years, your party has quadrupled in size in the past year and you are the only party leader with consisten...


SNP conference: Sturgeon to commit party to vote against Syria intervention
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
17 Oct 2015 at 12:01am
SNP leader will seek to pile further pressure on Jeremy Corbyn as she contrasts her party?s disciplined stance with Labour?s chaotic position on the issueNicola Sturgeon is to commit the Scottish National party to voting against any military intervention by the UK in Syria at Westminster in a mov...


Atmosphere at SNP conference sober as party ponders independence
by Nicholas Watt
16 Oct 2015 at 8:33pm
A second referendum is undoubtedly on the minds of all SNP members ? but the party must bide its time if it is to further the cause in the long term SNP veterans from the days when the party was seen as a fringe force with just a handful of MPs are pinching themselves as they marvel at the crowds...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Ten other things I hate about Westminster
by weegingerdug
17 Oct 2015 at 2:52pm
1. Zombies Michael Forsyth has a seat in the House of Lords and influences Scots laws and policy despite the fact that he’s so much of a loser that the English rugby team look down on him. Forsyth lost his seat in the Commons in 1997 when he was the leader of the Scottish Tories. …

A dumb carpy spate of Unionists
by weegingerdug
14 Oct 2015 at 9:21pm
According to an assortment of Unionists who have been greeting their wee eyes out to anyone who will listen, which is pretty much most of the Scottish and UK media, Scotland is a one party state. Most recently the claim that Scotland is a one party SNP state has been made by Adam Tomkins, who’s …

The cat crap trap
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
The biggest problem with the Tories isn’t that they’re evil and selfish, although they are most certainly evil and selfish. You only have to look at George Osborne basking in the adulation of the Tory conference to see that. But that’s not the biggest problem with the Tories. The biggest problem with the Tories is …

Unionist sheep bleat SNPbaaaad
by weegingerdug
12 Oct 2015 at 1:55am
The shine has come off the SNP, say people who’ve spent the past decade throwing mud and crap at the party in the hope that some of it might stick. The main result of this exercise has been to leave crap all over the hands of the mud throwers, and an SNP which sails on …

Gordie peddles the pedalo of delusion
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2015 at 1:55pm
Gordie Broon’s been intervening again. This time he’s intervening in a doomed attempt to save his credibility, if not the carpets that he paces up and down on. Unfortunately for the clunking fistula, the Gordie Broon credibility ship sailed to the mythical land of media adulation quite a long time ago, struck the iceberg of …

The bright light whooshing over Greater Britain?s head
by weegingerdug
7 Oct 2015 at 8:11pm
The world ended yesterday, according to some mad churchlet of Christian fundamentalists. And in equally accurate predictions, according to the equally mad breathless fanboys of the right wing press, after today’s speech to the Tory party conference Davie Cameron is the new voice of the left. In other news, Hannibal Lector is the new voice …

Going to work on an egg
by weegingerdug
5 Oct 2015 at 8:58pm
The Tory party conference is taking place in Manchester, behind steel barriers and protected by snipers in case someone throws an egg. A young fogey delegate goaded the crowd with a photo of Margaret Thatcher, but what’s to be condemned is that someone rose to the goading by throwing an egg, and not that an …

The problem child
by weegingerdug
4 Oct 2015 at 3:14pm
We need to talk about our problem child. The media in Scotland is suffering from a strange form of mass psychosis. It’s like the witch hysteria of the 17th century, only it involves screaming about the SNP. The same publications which denounce Jeremy Corbyn for being so left wing that even Lenin would consider him …

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Nicola Sturgeon: 'The only real alternative to Tory governments we don't vote...
17 Oct 2015 at 4:40pm
"The only real and lasting alternative to Tory governments we don't vote for is independence for our country," Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP also need to shout their record in government from

Calton Jock

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The Dogs of War Are At It Again In Westminster ? If Only the Scottish Elector...
by caltonjock
17 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
    British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps. Almost all ex Eton students   Eton boys and them   Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath           The Armed Forces Day Con In 2006. British armed …

The Fear Not Fair Scottish Referendum ? The Contretemps Over Sterling ? A ...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 8:14pm
          The Greatest Red- Herring of the Referendum In the course of the referendum I wrote to my blog that my preference would be for Scotland to establish it’s own currency following a, “Yes” vote. I did so in support  of the Scottish government’s preferred option which was to remain tied …

The Labour Party ? One Nation ? Unionist to the Core ? But What About Scotlan...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 2:24pm
  Richard Heller       Richard Heller, (former adviser to Denis Healey and Gerald Kaufman): A Private View It could become a pub quiz question: who was the first British prime minister to sell himself to a foreign power? It would be too easy to guess the answer ? Tony Blair, who recently signed …

Berwick A Town Unwanted By England ? Torn From Scotland ? Left In Limbo By Th...
by caltonjock
14 Oct 2015 at 8:20pm
                Berwick – Ripped From Scotland By The Bloody Hands Of Edward Longshanks and His Successors – But Not Assimilated Into England Until 1974 With Westminster being almost 350 miles away from Berwick-upon-Tweed, its residents do not feel connected to English politics. With bagpipes playing and Scottish flags …

The Labour Party in Scotland Believe Education is Their Strong Point in the 2...
by caltonjock
14 Oct 2015 at 5:24pm
          The Labour Party in Scotland Flexes it’s Muscles Dugdale’s first major policy announcement came late in the month of September 2015 – Probably because she was head girl at her secondary school she chose Education as the stage for her first battle with the SNP government. Whoever is giving her …

Broadcast Media and the Press in Scotland ? The Scottish Electorate Places It...
by caltonjock
14 Oct 2015 at 1:24am
Broadcast media and the Press in Scotland were heavily biased (in their reporting to the Scottish public) against  the “Yes” campaign. The  shameful behaviour has continued unabated in the period since. I recently read an analysis of the Scottish Press written by Jennifer Rachel Birks BA (Hons). I commend it to you.       …

Oliver Mundell ? The Man Who Would Be King ? With More Than A Little help Fro...
by caltonjock
12 Oct 2015 at 11:03pm
Oliver Mundell – The man who would be the MSP for Dumfriesshire in 2016 Oliver Mundell has been selected by local Conservative Party members as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Dumfriesshire in next May’s Scottish Parliament Elections.  The Conservatives are targeting a win. Mundell hopes that the party’s strong stance on the Union …

Monetary Policy On The Hoof ? Trusty BBC Always On Hand To Assist Government ...
by caltonjock
12 Oct 2015 at 12:36am
      12 February 2014: Scottish Independence Osborne will rule out currency union The headliner posted by the BBC was widely read and many say proved to be a pivotal moment in the referendum campaign. A careful read of the evolving statement reveals a more complex story. The final post was reached after the …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Our "One Party State"...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Oct 2015 at 3:51pm
"One party state" Definition: relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted."One party state" (Scot only) Definition: relating or denoting a system of government in which many different parties are permitted to stand and enjoy representation at every level of democratic government. Composition of the ...


Carmichael questions, Carmichael answers...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Oct 2015 at 10:53pm
In Parliament House in Edinburgh today, Lady Paton and Lord Matthews reconvened the election court, investigating the return of Alistair Morrison Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland. Earlier, the two Court of Session judges held that the case against Mr Carmichael under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 couldn't be kicked o...


Mortgage fraud
by Lallands Peat Worrier
6 Oct 2015 at 5:52pm
As readers may have noticed, there has been a deafening silence at the heart of this blog on the Michelle Thomson affair. There are several reasons for my reticence about breenging into the fray. The first is consciousness of my own limitations. There are a number of areas of law which I understand pretty well: conveyancing and property transact...


"Labour is coming home. Come home to Labour..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Oct 2015 at 8:55pm
Since the Labour conference in Brighton, I've been trying precisely to pin down why I found John McDonnell's "come home to Labour" riff so irritating. Alex Massie captures some of the reasons in his stinging Spectator blog. My article in the latest edition of the Drouth harps on a similar string. But the sense of Labour entitlement implicit in t...


The Little Engine That Couldn't
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Sep 2015 at 11:41am
Choo, choo. At the risk of repeating myself, we really have to nail this one down: the Scottish Government does not have the legal power to take railways into any kind of public ownership. There aren't shades of grey here. There aren't knotty legal complexities. It is clear as day. Clear, apparently, to everybody except the new leader of the Lab...


"We wish to hear evidence..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
29 Sep 2015 at 7:04pm
It's perhaps appropriate that I didn't have time to blog about the election court's Carmichael judgment this afternoon. I was giving a lecture to our young lawyers on Socrates, Plato, and that most basic and most intractable of questions, "what is justice"? Cast your mind back, if you can, to the two days of hearings earlier this month. The peti...


"Straight talking, honest politics..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
28 Sep 2015 at 5:25pm
A crib sheet can be a dangerous thing. Like the actor's prompt, they allow the harried speaker to cut corners and to maintain a superficial veneer of plausibility on an unfamiliar topic.If you trust the person who has pulled them together for you, in their judgement and in their diligence, they can be gold -- just so long as nobody asks you too ...


"Quod me nutrit, me destruit..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Sep 2015 at 7:50pm
A Latin motto is written in the top left-hand corner of a portrait which hangs in Corpus Christi College Cambridge, thought to represent the playwright Christopher Marlowe: Quod me nutrit, me destruit. "That which nourishes me, also destroys me." This Elizabethan sentiment was often symbolised by an upturned torch, its flame burning brightly, bu...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
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The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Corbyn and Anger: Rage against the Machine is understandable but never ever e...
by Gerry
21 Sep 2015 at 4:20pm
Corbyn and Anger: Rage Against the Machine is understandable but never ever enough Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 20th 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has dominated the news headlines this week. Let?s start with the obvious – the failure of mainstream politics. Conventional British politics are bust. The Labour right, the Blairites and soft left have nothing ...

Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ?Big Bang? of the Indy Ref and After
by Gerry
14 Sep 2015 at 2:39pm
Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ‘Big Bang’ of the Indy Ref and After Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 13th 2015 One year ago Scotland went to the polls. An amazing 85% of us voted: 45% for independence and 55% against ? both expressions of Scottish self-government and a desire for a different Scotland. Scotland ...

A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen
by Gerry
8 Sep 2015 at 6:06pm
A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, September 6th 2015 The BBC is one of the key institutions of Scotland and the UK. It arouses passion in many forms: identification, reverence for some of its past glories, fury at current and historic shortcomings. ...

Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it?
by Gerry
7 Sep 2015 at 11:14am
Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 6th 2015 The Scottish Parliament is one of the central pillars of public life. It has become the unquestioned landmark and focus of domestic politics in the country. People look to it, want it to have ...

One Year on from the IndyRef: Making the Scotland of the Future
by Gerry
2 Sep 2015 at 7:30am
One Year on from the IndyRef: Making the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, September 2nd 2015 Scottish public life has dramatically changed in recent times ? the SNP 2011 first landslide, the independence referendum, and the 2015 tartan tsunami. Yet Scotland, like everywhere, is about more than politics. In this and other ...

Scotland and Independence

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BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm

E&T magazine
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...
The Independent
Journalists at the BBC ?let themselves down? during Scotland's independence referendum by skewing the corporation's coverage in favour of preserving the Union, one of the SNP's most senior figures has said. Angus Robertson, the party's leader at ...
Do the SNP really want Scottish Independe...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:34am

Daily Mail
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?It's then for people in Scotland, whether it is in this election or in future elections, to decide whether they want to vote for our manifesto and then if there is in the future another independence referendum, whether that's in five years or 10 years ...
SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scot...

Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola -...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:03pm

The Courier
Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola
Dispatch Times
David Mundell yesterday challenged Scottish ministers to reveal which benefits they were going to increase when Holyrood gets control over welfare payments. ?It is absolutely crucial that we get the chance to comment on them as meaningful consultation ...
Opportunity to progress abortion lawHerald...

Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside th...
13 Oct 2015 at 11:32am

Telegraph.co.uk
Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside the EU?
Telegraph.co.uk
Fear helped keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom, it is said. The pro-unionist Better Together campaign, which helped ensure Scots voted by a 55-45 margin against independence, was privately dubbed "Project Fear" by one of its volunteers as a way ...



Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters - Reuters
28 Sep 2015 at 9:46pm

Reuters
Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters
Reuters
"The fact that we are such a big economy in Spain will help us," said Erola Pairo, 33, president of the Catalan Center of Scotland in Edinburgh and a supporter of independence. Scotland, on the other hand, is already widely seen as a separate political ...

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What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence? - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 6:45am

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What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence?
BBC News
A year ago Scotland voted "No" to independence by 55% to 45%. It looked as though what the Scottish National Party itself had said was a "once in a generation" event had indeed delivered the "decisive" verdict for which the UK government at least had ...
David Cameron: no need for second referendum on Scottish independe...

Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence ...
23 Sep 2015 at 11:35pm

Daily Mail
Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence vote
Daily Mail
Testing times: During the Prime Minister's stay at the Queen's Scottish hideaway - Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire (pictured) - he became increasingly worried about the referendum on independence. The PM's pollster, Andrew Cooper, said: 'It was the ...
Queen's remark on Scottish independence was...

Brexit and Scottish independence - Channel 4 News (blog)
5 Oct 2015 at 9:33am

Brexit and Scottish independence
Channel 4 News (blog)
But they are aware of another lurking issue which is made privately to them by traditional Tories, like Margaret Thatcher's biographer Charles Moore: isn't there a strong chance that Brexit leads to Scottish independence? How can a self-respecting ...



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Nicola Sturgeon today addressed the SNP party conference in Aberdeen, talking...
18 Oct 2015 at 4:27am

The Weather Space
Nicola Sturgeon today addressed the SNP party conference in Aberdeen, talking
The Weather Space
Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, Doctor Richard Dixon welcomed the debate: "SNP members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of reigning in Underground Coal Gasification", he said. "There is a police investigation under way into property ...

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Sturgeon unveils benefits blueprint for power - The Sunday Times
18 Oct 2015 at 3:28am

The Sunday Times
Sturgeon unveils benefits blueprint for power
The Sunday Times
With Labour in crisis under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and the SNP soaring in the polls, nationalist strategists are confident the party can make further gains at Labour's expense with a promise, as Sturgeon put it yesterday, to be a strong voice for ...

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SNP must shut up on new poll, says ex-leader - The Sunday Times
18 Oct 2015 at 3:00am

The Sunday Times
SNP must shut up on new poll, says ex-leader
The Sunday Times
Sturgeon has been careful in recent days to emphasis that another Scottish parliament election win for the SNP in May will not guarantee another referendum as she seeks to build support for the party among ?no? voters for an unprecedented third term of ...

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Scottish Leader Downplays Independence Talk, Seeks to Build Power Base - Spor...
18 Oct 2015 at 2:36am

Sportnewsbase.com
Scottish Leader Downplays Independence Talk, Seeks to Build Power Base
Sportnewsbase.com
When it comes to Westminster elections, the SNP now face less political opposition than a few African dictatorships. But much harder to reconcile will be the true believers, who will not be happy that a debate on ?IndyRef 2? has been cut from this year ...

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SNP fights to keep Britain in EU - 3News NZ
18 Oct 2015 at 1:03am

3News NZ
SNP fights to keep Britain in EU
3News NZ
Should a British exit from the EU appear likely, the SNP's opposition to the move could precipitate renewed calls for another vote on Scottish secession, following a referendum in September last year that saw 55 per cent of Scots vote to stay within ...

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The Scottish Nationalists take the sly road to independence - The Guardian
18 Oct 2015 at 12:04am

The Guardian
The Scottish Nationalists take the sly road to independence
The Guardian
When I arrived at the SNP conference in Aberdeen, a colleague in the Scottish media shook my hand with the wry greeting: ?Welcome to North Korea.? I was more reminded of Tory conferences in the mid-1980s when Margaret Thatcher was at her zenith.

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Nicola Sturgeon turns on 'unelectable' Labour as she reveals SNP membership -...
18 Oct 2015 at 1:15am

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Nicola Sturgeon turns on 'unelectable' Labour as she reveals SNP membership
WAGs World Cup
Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of Scottish National Party (SNP), said the results of the last referendum must be respected. In a clear sign of Labour's waning influence among trade unionists in Scotland, Smith will welcome Sturgeon's promise to oppose the ...

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EU exit campaign to use SNP case for independence - Scotsman
17 Oct 2015 at 11:49pm

Scotsman
EU exit campaign to use SNP case for independence
Scotsman
SCOTLAND will have a separate European Union ?exit? campaign from the rest of the UK which will use the SNP's arguments for independence to try to persuade voters north of the Border to back breaking away from Brussels, Scotland on Sunday has ...



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16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm

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BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...
The Independent
Journalists at the BBC ?let themselves down? during Scotland's independence referendum by skewing the corporation's coverage in favour of preserving the Union, one of the SNP's most senior figures has said. Angus Robertson, the party's leader at ...
SNP conference 2015: Sturgeon says big ele...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:34am

Reuters UK
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?I guess I do believe that another referendum is inevitable. But it's not inevitable just because I say it should happen. It will only prove to be inevitable if that's what a majority of people in Scotland want,? she told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on ...
No one should stand in Scotland's way over...

Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola -...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:03pm

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Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola
Dispatch Times
David Mundell yesterday challenged Scottish ministers to reveal which benefits they were going to increase when Holyrood gets control over welfare payments. ?It is absolutely crucial that we get the chance to comment on them as meaningful consultation ...
Sheppard slams 'monst...

Scottish Nationalists Plan Second Independence Referendum Warning UK Is On .....
18 Sep 2015 at 7:45pm

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Scottish Nationalists Plan Second Independence Referendum Warning UK Is On ...
Daily Caller
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that the United Kingdom is ?living on borrowed time? and has told supporters of independence that they have years of hard work ahead of them to achieve secession. One year on from Scotland's failed ...
Battle over Scotland's future rages year af...

Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence.

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Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the...
25 Sep 2015 at 12:42pm

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Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the ...
The Independent
?It would not have been possible without the development of a stronger sense of Scottish identity within the Union. What they were discussing during the referendum was the future of Scotland as a nation, possibly as an independent sovereign state ...

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Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ... ...
24 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

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Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...
The Independent
An apparently spontaneous remark by the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence referendum was ?a deliberate last-minute intervention? designed to persuade people to vote no, according to the latest extracts from Lord Ashcroft's controversial ...

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Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parti...
29 Sep 2015 at 5:31pm

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Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parties
Newsweek
On Sunday, less than a fortnight after the anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum which saw voters choose to stay in the union, Catalans cast their ballots in a regional election that pro-independence parties hailed as a stepping stone ...
Catalan, Scots Independence Drives Enter New Chapter...

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Corbyn to become CND vice-president
17 Oct 2015 at 10:21am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34558956     "Mr Corbyn was also criticised by many of his MPs for saying he would never use nuclear weapons if he became PM"

SNPgood
15 Oct 2015 at 1:47pm
What with all the frothing unionists and media DESPERATE to stick the boot into the SNP no matter how tenuous the story, and the endless desperate SNPbad potshots from Slab, I thought I'd start a thread to discuss the many, many merits of our lovely, beautiful governing party in Holyrood.   I'll ...

SNP15
15 Oct 2015 at 11:52am
And we're off!!

SNP conference 2015 is in Aberdeen Thu-Sat.

First impressions are it is night and day from previous conferences.

3000 delegates and 1000 exhibitors and media.

Got interviewed by Radio 1 this morning. They would never have known the SNP conference was on a year ago. Speaking to a ...

Abortion law to be devolved to Holyrood
15 Oct 2015 at 10:52am
So Fluffy Mundell has amended the Scotland Bill to allow Holyrood to control laws over abortion.  At present, the Scottish Governent don't plan to change any of it.   BUT. Check out Kezia's indignation.     Kezia Dugdale @kdugdalemsp Ministers b...

We need to talk about Irish Independence
14 Oct 2015 at 7:10pm
https://purgedwordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/we-need-to-talk-about-irish-independence/

Greens on Israel
13 Oct 2015 at 7:36am
Well said Mr Harvie




ONE of Scotland's fastest growing political parties has voted to campaign for an economic and cultural boycott of the "racist apartheid" state of Israel until it withdraws to pre-1967 borders and senior political and military personnel are tried for war crime.
The Scottish Gre...

The Media in Figures: Sales of national newspapers in Scotland
12 Oct 2015 at 11:18am
http://www.allmediascotland.com/press/109607/the-media-in-figures-sales-of-national-newspapers-in-scotland-2/   The Media in Figures: Sales of national newspapers in Scotland THE year-on-year average circulations in Scotland of both The Times and The Financial Times newspapers have increased,...

GP Crisis?
11 Oct 2015 at 6:06pm
Before I begin, I have mentioned a few times that I work in a Medical Centre.  To me this is a bit 'no shit sherlock' and will be to the numerous patients waiting, at times weeks for a non urgent appointment.  It's frustrating for both my team and for our patients when you can't provide a service...

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Ta Ta To The Steel Industry
16 Oct 2015 at 9:52pm
Another hammer blow to our traditional industry.  Hopefully there can be another successful intervention like at Ineos and Fergusons...   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-34552970    

Flora's Top Tips And Advice
16 Oct 2015 at 8:34pm
After talking about it on another thread I thought it best for TAMB members to pose their problems here and the great Flora could answer us all with his life knowledge of sticky situations and mishaps. Here's my first......   Dear Flora, Recently I've noticed that when I'm coming home from the pu...

The Beatles
16 Oct 2015 at 6:42pm
If there is anyone who love The Beatles? Which album or song is your favourite one?

Passport Different To That Entered Online.
16 Oct 2015 at 4:43pm
Me and my pal fly out tomorrow. Long and short he had to get an passport today because his was stolen.

When we were registering online we had his old one.

I'm right in thinking it will all be ok as the airline never check it, it's only customs?

Snp Not Radical Enough... ?
16 Oct 2015 at 4:21pm
I see the BBC reporting that the conference members voted against a motion to have an outright ban on fracking.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-34552962    There was also criticism on C4 news (from mainly pro-SNP people) last night after the SNP not going far enough wit...

Carpet Specialists
16 Oct 2015 at 11:15am
How the phuqq do you get a milk-shake, half Grouse, Stella out yer maw's carpet?   oh..and snout burn

Euro Disney Paris- Anyone Been ?
15 Oct 2015 at 8:33pm
Looking to take the family to euro disney paris, end of june / first week in july,   Anyone been before ?   Can they reccomend a travel company?

2016 Polling
15 Oct 2015 at 4:09pm
YouGov Poll - Constituency/List SNP - 51/45 (±0/±0) Lab - 21/20 (-1/±0) Con - 19/19 (+1/+1) Lib - 5/5 (+1/+1) Grn - 1/6 (-1/±0) UKIP - 2/3 (+2/±0) SSP - 0/3 (-2/±0)   Conservatives closing in on Labour...   Should Scotland be an indepedent country? Yes - 48 (±0) No - 52 (±0)

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How have the new SNP MPs been getting on?
by Liam.Kirkaldy
17 Oct 2015 at 6:32am

SNP focus: Education
by Tom.Freeman
17 Oct 2015 at 8:00am

Steve Richards: A powerful role exists for a disciplined third party
by Alan.Robertson
17 Oct 2015 at 8:00am

JIm Sillars: leadership keeping control
by Tom.Freeman
17 Oct 2015 at 8:00am

Nicola Sturgeon on challenges facing the SNP
by jenni.davidson
16 Oct 2015 at 6:00am

SNP members urge leadership to strengthen land reform plans
by Alan.Robertson
16 Oct 2015 at 4:19pm

Polling analysis: Nothing looks like halting the SNP bandwagon
by Liam.Kirkaldy
16 Oct 2015 at 6:02am

Despite mounting criticism, recent events have done little to throw the SNP o...
by Liam.Kirkaldy
16 Oct 2015 at 5:45am

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