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Labour MSP sends taxpayer-funded newsletter during selection contest
15 Dec 2015 at 4:37pm
A Labour MSP has used public resources to post a newsletter to party members during a selection contest to keep her job.

Scottish Budget: £500m council cuts 'will cost 15,000 jobs or 50 Tata Steelwo...
16 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
FINANCE secretary John Swinney has announced one of the biggest overhauls of the public sector since the birth of the Scottish Parliament with promises over major reform in the offing.

Holyrood committee: BBC must say how much cash it raises and spends in Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 2:09pm
A Holyrood committee is calling on BBC bosses to set out how much cash the corporation raises and spends in Scotland.

Sex workers back proposals to decriminalise prostitution
17 Dec 2015 at 12:07am
SEX workers have stepped up their calls for changes in the law to make them safer as they host a gathering to raise awareness of the issue.

Scottish Labour reveal candidate lists for 2016 Holyrood elections
14 Dec 2015 at 10:37am
Scottish Labour has released its candidate lists as the countdown to the 2016 Holyrood elections begins.

Catalan foreign secretary: EU needs to introduce 'mechanism' to let Scotland ...
14 Dec 2015 at 11:03am
Catalonia's foreign minister has called for EU reforms to allow Scotland or his own country to stay in the bloc.

Nicola Sturgeon to join Jeremy Corbyn at Trade Union Bill rally
10 Dec 2015 at 9:08am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is joining Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in opposition to the UK Government's Trade Union Bill.

SNP: new figures show Scotland continues to "punch above its weight" in contr...
9 Dec 2015 at 7:57pm
SCOTLAND continues to ?punch above its weight? in terms of its economic contribution to the UK, the SNP leadership has insisted, following publication of the latest output figures for 2014.

Former Glasgow City Council leader abandons bid to become Labour MSP
10 Dec 2015 at 6:44am
Gordon Matheson has abandoned his bid to become a Labour MSP.

Independence peace camp given notice to leave Holyrood site by sheriff officers
8 Dec 2015 at 2:51pm
A peace camp set up by independence supporters outside to the Scottish Parliament has been given a notice to leave the site.

Scotland?s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a ?use it or lose...
8 Dec 2015 at 6:45am
Scotland?s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a ?use it or lose it? basis, the House of Lords will hear today.

EU 'leave' campaigners 'will not repeat SNP's mistakes' in referendum
7 Dec 2015 at 12:11am
CAMPAIGNERS pushing for the UK to exit the European Union say they have taken inspiration from Alex Salmond and the SNP but are determined not to make the mistakes they believe hampered the pro-independence side.

Eddi Reader: 'terrorist sympathisers' comment is a 'direct slur on the morali...
4 Dec 2015 at 7:27am
Scottish singer Eddi Reader has said that David Cameron's description of people opposed to air strikes in Syria as 'terrorist sympathisers' is a 'slur on the morality of the Scots populace'.

New Elitist Scotland report a "wake up call" for government
3 Dec 2015 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND'S leading professions are dominated by people from privileged backgrounds, according to a major new report which has been described as a "wake-up call".

Holyrood protest camp 'will remain until Scotland wins independence'
30 Nov 2015 at 5:46pm
AROUND a dozen activists have set up camp next to the Scottish Parliament and promised to remain there until the country becomes independent.

 

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Police chiefs in spying row to give evidence to MSPs
17 Dec 2015 at 11:06pm
The head of Police Scotland’s controversial internal affairs unit is among those to have been called to give evidence to MSPs amid allegations that the force monitored the phone calls and Facebook posts of its own officers.

David Cameron?s demands ?unaccepable?, say EU leaders
17 Dec 2015 at 10:15pm
David Cameron’s demands to change the way the EU is run were dealt a blow by European leaders last night as the president of the European Council said parts of the British demands seemed ­“unacceptable”.

Joyce McMillan: Fight against austerity begins from bottom
17 Dec 2015 at 9:02pm
THE spiral of disempowerment meted out by politicians can be broken by the grassroots, writes Joyce McMillan

Euan McColm: Wrestling with mud slingers gets you dirty
17 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
WAR of words with Donald Trump suggests its time Alex Salmond took a backseat, writes Euan McColm

Alastair Dalton: Time for leadership from SNP over Heathrow
17 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
For the many Scots flying through Heathrow over the festive season, the latest delay to deciding on its expansion will simply make the agonising wait for improvements longer.

Vladimir Putin scorns Turkey over downing of fighter jet
17 Dec 2015 at 6:45pm
Russian president Vladimir Putin has launched a verbal attack on Turkey over the downing of a Russian combat jet last month, which resulted in the death of a pilot.

David Bell: Rise in income tax need not lead to inequality
17 Dec 2015 at 6:36pm
YOUR income tax won’t change next year unless your circumstances change, writes David Bell

Royal High School hotel bid rejected by Edinburgh Council
17 Dec 2015 at 5:11pm
A PLAN to turn the old Royal High School building in ­Edinburgh into a luxury hotel has been narrowly rejected by city ­councillors.

Scotland trending: Today?s most talked-about stories
17 Dec 2015 at 4:43pm
TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including Holyrood campers, Scottish seaweed and Jose Mourinho.

MSPs pass ban on smoking in cars when children are present
17 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
A BAN on smoking in cars when children are present is to come into force in Scotland early next year after MSPs unanimously voted the law through its final parliamentary stage.

North East council chief dies after tractor crash
17 Dec 2015 at 3:31pm
A North East council chief has died after a his car collided with a tractor on a country road almost two weeks ago.

John Swinney defends not varying Scots income tax
17 Dec 2015 at 3:02pm
JOHN Swinney has defended his decision not to vary income tax rates after opposition MSPs claimed he had “bottled” the opportunity to end austerity.

Legal bid to remove Scottish independence campers
17 Dec 2015 at 1:43pm
Legal proceedings have been launched in a bid to evict independence supporters who have set up camp on Holyrood grounds calling for a second referendum.

Nicola Benedetti backs free music lesson plea
17 Dec 2015 at 11:50am
Classical star Nicola Benedetti says she is “deeply worried” by controversial plans to introduce charges for music classes for children in the Scottish capital.

Teaching union EIS votes in favour of industrial action
17 Dec 2015 at 9:13am
Secondary-school teachers have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action over the “excessive” workload caused by Scotland’s new exams.

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An end to the matter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2015 at 10:41pm
Remarkably, it seems some angry Unionists are still trying to dispute the known facts surrounding the Forth Road Bridge closure. We’d like to think this quote from today’s Central Fife Times – from Tony Martin, the man who was convenor of the authority managing the bridge until a few months ago – was unambiguous enough to …

He can?t get no satisfaction
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2015 at 11:02am
This tweet mysteriously vanished from Blair McDougall’s Twitter timeline last night: We’re not sure why, as we know that Scottish Labour love nothing more than to attack the Scottish Government (no matter how ham-fistedly) over education. And we’re pretty sure it’s not because McDougall felt guilty about picking out only the negative aspects of what Scotland’s …

Kelly?s Heroes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 9:55pm
Because some of you won’t have seen it yet.

The Pish Gallop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 3:55pm
We’ve spoken a number of times before on this site about the “gish gallop” or “swarm of wasps” debating technique, in which a person attempts to bury their opponent under such an overwhelming tsunami of false, misleading or nonsensical claims in a short space of time that they can’t possibly debunk it all. The Urban Dictionary gives an example …

Another Amazing Collapsing Story
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 2:07pm
So this sounds pretty bad, right? We imagine chaos and mayhem reigned on the streets. “A troubled police control room was unable to receive 101 calls for almost eight hours.” Oh. It was only non-emergency 101 calls, not 999 ones. “Bilston Glen, which took the initial report of the M9 crash which eventually claimed the …

Old soak dribbles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 12:32am
I know he’s a figure of comedy and pity, but this is something else. Someone glue the cork in the bottle, eh? For his own good.

The Forth Road Bridge FAQ
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Dec 2015 at 10:47am
Over the last few days, as most of Scotland’s media has focused on hysterical smear stories and outright lies, we’ve been digging around trying to uncover the truth about events around and leading to the closure of the Forth Road Bridge. Here’s what we’ve got so far. – 1. The reason there isn’t already a …

Lie by lie
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Dec 2015 at 4:53pm
The Scottish Mail on Sunday’s shock-horror Forth Road Bridge story today is also accompanied by an editorial leader. And if the main article was a piece of bare-faced deception, it’s got nothing on the opinion piece. No he didn’t. That’s a lie. The SMoS prints Barry Colford’s email, ostensibly in full, and it makes no …

The trick is to keep reading
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Dec 2015 at 2:05pm
We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve drawn people’s attention to the necessity of sticking with newspaper articles right to the end if you don’t want to be horribly misled by eye-catching headlines. But it never hurts to have another example. If you only read the start of today’s Scottish Mail On Sunday “bombshell” on the …

Not getting over it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Dec 2015 at 12:51pm
A strange phenomenon we’ve remarked upon numerous times since the independence referendum is the inexplicable undying rage of a certain subset of Unionist voters. Having won the vote, a casual observer might expect them to be happy, but instead they appear to exist in a constant state of fury. (Our own best guess is that …

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Smoking in cars with children banned
17 Dec 2015 at 9:41pm
Scotland is to ban smoking in cars that are carrying children after MSPs voted unanimously in favour of a change in the law.


Swinney defends council budget cuts
17 Dec 2015 at 2:10pm
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney defends his budget decision to cut local government revenues by 3.5%.

Council staff offered redundancy deals
17 Dec 2015 at 12:21pm
Almost all of Highland Council's staff are being asked if they want to take voluntary redundancy or work fewer hours.

Court order served on IndyCamp group
17 Dec 2015 at 11:54am
The Scottish Parliament wins permission at the Court of Session to serve legal notice on independence campaigners camped outside Holyrood.

Blood victims' payouts 'should double'
17 Dec 2015 at 4:19pm
People infected by contaminated NHS blood should have their compensation nearly doubled, a report to the Scottish government recommends.

Council warns of £21m in extra cuts
17 Dec 2015 at 5:49pm
South Lanarkshire Council warns it may need to make an extra £21m of cuts and savings next year following Wednesday's budget.

Teachers' action 'a step closer'
17 Dec 2015 at 12:05am
Scotland's largest teaching union the EIS warns that industrial action over increased workloads is a step closer.


Royal High School hotel plans rejected
17 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Plans to turn the old Royal High School building in Edinburgh into a luxury hotel are rejected by councillors.


Trump's European challenge to wind farm
17 Dec 2015 at 9:29am
Donald Trump plans to take his legal challenge to an offshore wind farm to the European courts, but will still invest in the north east of Scotland.

Extra 3% levy for buying second homes
16 Dec 2015 at 8:23pm
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced an extra charge for people buying second homes and buy-to-let landlords.

Forth Road Bridge inquiry to be held
16 Dec 2015 at 12:33pm
A Holyrood committee agrees to hold an inquiry into the structural defect which caused the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

Trump and Salmond in war of words
16 Dec 2015 at 1:22pm
A war of words has erupted between Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond and US tycoon Donald Trump.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.


Q&A: The Alistair Carmichael election case
9 Dec 2015 at 10:55am
The background to the Alistair Carmichael legal challenge


What has Derek Mackay been saying?
9 Dec 2015 at 5:36pm
Derek Mackay is accused of misleading Holyrood over bridge repairs. So what has he said?

Scot Goes Pop

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

The state of play in the EU referendum remains as clear as mud
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
I've been meaning to update the EU referendum Poll of Polls for quite some time, but because I had settled on a method that gives equal weight to telephone and online data collection, it wasn't pos...

Genuine question for Dan Hodges : if Jeremy Corbyn has already killed the Lab...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2015 at 6:36am
Merciful Dan Hodges has at last given Jeremy Corbyn some respite.  Just for once, it's Hodges' own fellow travellers in the PLP who are responsible for "killing" the Labour party, because (you've g...

Corsica follows in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia by electing a nati...
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2015 at 12:24am
Understandably, the mainstream media in the UK have been most interested in the French regional elections because of the failure of the National Front to make a really telling breakthrough and seiz...

Ten things that Scotland should be grateful to Donald Trump for
by James Kelly
12 Dec 2015 at 3:57pm
America's leading Hitler impersonator Donald Trump reckons that Scotland should stop criticising him for Islamophobia, and should instead get on with being grateful to him for all he's done for us....

Corbyn's top priority for internal reform should be changing the nominations ...
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2015 at 6:50pm
Some of Stephen Bush's political predictions this year have proved uncannily accurate (admittedly he didn't call the general election correctly but was much closer than most), so we should probably...

SNP secure 8% swing in bilious Blantyre by-election brawl
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2015 at 11:45pm
Just for once, we have an STV by-election in which the party 'defending' the seat actually won the popular vote in the ward last time around. (So no need for any 'confusion' over at Liberal Democra...

How to tell if you're a Dalek
by James Kelly
9 Dec 2015 at 8:30am
I'll keep this very brief because I'm in the middle of a technological apocalypse.  I suppose I always had a vague instinctive understanding that tomato sauce and computer keyboards don't really mi...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is opposed to bombing Syria
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2015 at 5:02pm
When YouGov produced its dramatic poll on the eve of the Commons vote on Syria showing that support for air strikes had slumped, the fieldwork was impressively bang up to date. So it's rather frust...

The STV political correspondent who thinks that "Scottish nationalists need n...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2015 at 7:26pm
There can be little doubt that STV are delighted to have Stephen Daisley as an online correspondent, and in some ways that's perfectly understandable.  Few would deny that he's a finer prose stylis...

The RISE case for "tactical voting" becomes ever clearer...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 5:59pm
Jim Sillars has today backed the claims of RISE that it is somehow possible to vote "tactically" on the Scottish Parliament list ballot, which I think should comprehensively settle the matter for a...

Corbyn's success in Oldham confounds the media narrative
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 12:13am
All the early indications are that Labour are set for a much easier victory in the Oldham West and Royton by-election than anyone thought possible.  This might be a useful moment to flag up an obvi...

What we've learned tonight
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 10:46pm
1)  The idea that has been doing the rounds in the London media that Hilary Benn is a credible caretaker "unity" Labour leader is now dead in the water.  Becoming so visibly the darling of the Tory...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is evenly split on air strikes
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 12:26am
A new YouGov poll conducted over the last 48 hours suggests support across Britain for air strikes on Syria has dropped sharply in the last week, albeit with a plurality remaining in favour -Would ...

How many MPs will vote to bomb Syria?
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 5:05pm
The conventional wisdom at the moment seems to be that only 30 or 40 right-wing Labour MPs will go into the Tory lobby tomorrow night to vote in favour of bombing Syria.  That's a suspiciously low ...

Housekeeping note
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 2:54pm
To save anyone else having to look at the train-wreck of a comments section on the previous post, could I just make a few points -1) The frequency of extreme swearing is becoming ridiculous.  I don...

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"No room for complacency" as child poverty in Scotland lowest in UK
17 Dec 2015 at 8:21pm
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Scotland: The One Place Donald Trump Is Getting His Ass Kicked
17 Dec 2015 at 8:03pm
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Watch The Blight: A Wonderful Documentary On Glasgow's Barrowfield Gang Lands...
17 Dec 2015 at 8:01pm
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It was "right decision" to delay bridge repair work
17 Dec 2015 at 7:29pm
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Comparing the Slums of 1970s Glasgow to the Buildings That Stand There Today
17 Dec 2015 at 4:19pm
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Should Scotland be an independent country?
17 Dec 2015 at 3:48pm
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Scottish Parliament TV - First Ministers Questions (17/12/15)
17 Dec 2015 at 3:45pm
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Author Richie Venton inspired by historic labour struggles in Clydebank for n...
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chokka blog: Swinney: Confused or Aiming to Confuse?
17 Dec 2015 at 3:37pm
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Scots man sets up on-line petition to challenge Donald Trump to ?square go?
17 Dec 2015 at 1:24pm
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What music are you into at the moment?
17 Dec 2015 at 12:36pm
It's been a while since we had a good music thread. So, what music are you listening to right now? Whar new bands have you discovered recently? Been to any good concerts? I'll start. Been listening...


Hundreds of raptors illegally killed since 1994, says RSPB
17 Dec 2015 at 11:48am
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For That Special Someone
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Nicola Sturgeon Absolutely Destroys Opposition Criticisms of Yesterdays Budge...
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9 pieces of bad news the Tories tried to bury today
by Jason Beattie
17 Dec 2015 at 6:48pm
The Government took out the trash today, releasing more than 400 documents. Here are some of the bad stories they tried to hide


A Brexit will 'paralyse' day-to-day governance in Britain, legal expert warns...
by Record Reporter
17 Dec 2015 at 4:10pm
PROFESSOR Catherine Barnard tells MSPs a vote to quit the EU in David Cameron's planned referendum will tie up civil service for years as they try to unpick laws.


Secondary school teachers back industrial action in EIS vote against new curr...
by Katrine Bussey
17 Dec 2015 at 8:52am
THE new National 4 and 5 qualifications were brought in to replace the old Standard Grade system, with new material for 'new Higher' exams coming in this year.


Record View: John Swinney's raiding of Scottish councils casts question mark ...
by Record View
16 Dec 2015 at 11:59pm
THE finance minister's £300million raid on local authorities has once again called into question the SNP's position on Tory austerity measures.


Torcuil Crichton: How Nicola Sturgeon's fancy footwork has kept the Prime Min...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Dec 2015 at 11:47pm
TORCUIL admires the clever political manoeuvres of Scotland's First Minister as she leaves David Cameron guessing... and Labour MSPs in a stew over th Trade Union Bill.


John Swinney launches £300m raid on councils' cash in bid to bail out Scotlan...
by Andy Philip
16 Dec 2015 at 10:31pm
THE Scottish Government finance minister claimed his budget was an alternative to Tory austerity - but local authority chiefs said it could cost 15,000 jobs.


Humza Yousaf: We will freeze council tax for a ninth straight year
by Humza Yousaf
16 Dec 2015 at 6:24pm
HUMZA says the SNP recognised people - especially families with single incomes - simply could not afford the rising cost of council tax bills.


Holyrood committee to probe Forth Road Bridge shambles with engineers and min...
by David Clegg
16 Dec 2015 at 1:12pm
MSPs on the Infrastructure Committee will investigate whether the structural problems that closed the bridge could have been avoided or dealt with differently.


Police investigating death threat against Scottish Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmic...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Dec 2015 at 12:10pm
THE MP has been the focus of an online hate campaign since he admitted he was behind a leaked memo ahead of the general election.


John Swinney to reveal new Scottish rate of income tax today as he presents b...
by Katrine Bussey
16 Dec 2015 at 9:31am
DEPUTY First Minister is expected to keep income tax north of the border in line with the rest of the UK when he announces his financial plans to MSPs.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Summer Between and Before
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Dec 2015 at 7:50pm
The North On Monday the 27th of July in the morning, I left Kilburn and London for Donny in my Fiesta, and hung tight on the tails of an Audi who knew where the cameras were. And over the next two weeks or so of summer I drove up and down and back and forth …

Ootland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Dec 2015 at 2:34pm
The offending word was circled in red pen: ?outwith? The note in the margin read ?Do you mean, WITHOUT??. A first class student for the past three years, I sat in my dissertation tutorial growling as my frustration increased. ?No. I mean ?outwith?. It?s completely different. You know? Outwith? To be outside the borders of …

Donald, Where?s your Troosers?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:39pm
  Are we watching America slide into fascism? The fact that the leader of this new movement is a clown doesn’t make it funny. The key elements are all there: a militarised police force acting with impunity, a leader talking to highly orchestrated gatherings of fanatical supporters, a culture of fear and heightened racial tension, …

The View from Catalunya, with Tariq Ali
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Dec 2015 at 11:24am
Tariq Ali talks to Quim Arrufat, one of the leaders of Popular Unity Candidacy, the radical socialist independence party, about Catalunya?s fight for independence.

Everyone is the Mother of Victory
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Dec 2015 at 5:22pm
Everyone is the mother of victory; No one is the father of defeat. Do we claim COP21 as a success, and risk watching it being used by fossil fuel failures to carry on burning humanity, and so become complicit in defeat? Do we claim COP21 was a failure, and risk being the naysayers who didn?t recognise the …

Writing Against Violence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Dec 2015 at 11:39am
It is rare and refreshing to be at a media or politics event where women outnumber men. This usually only happens when the topic is a ?women?s issue? – that dreaded term that sees good writers and politicians relegated to discussions of childcare, or care work, or tampons. Some might see the third and largest …

Money, Money, Money
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Dec 2015 at 11:47am
Must be funny, sang Abba ? and it is, as  we’ll see later. First, here’s a question: do you trust me? You do a bit. At the very least you have started to read this article. So you must hold a modicum of trust that reading it will bring you something of value ? a …

Mouth ? Brain Connection Lost
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Dec 2015 at 8:54pm
It’s been a difficult week for defenders of the Union and the arse-end of the Liberals, now clinging to office with an air of stoic desperation. The harsh reality is that Carmichael won. But these losers are used to winning big and losing long. If this is the bar set by the political class who …

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Scotland budget: NHS spending boosted as council funds slashed
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Dec 2015 at 6:55pm
John Swinney redirects £500m to health service, in echo of UK budget, after prolonged criticism that he was allowing medical services to stagnateScotland?s finance secretary raided council spending and imposed a new tax on second homes, as he boosted funding for the crisis-hit NHS in his final bu...


Scottish government to freeze income tax rates in pre-election budget
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Dec 2015 at 11:13am
Finance minister John Swinney expected to reject Labour calls for a commitment to raise rates in higher tax bands in 2017 under new powersJohn Swinney, Scotland?s finance secretary, is expected to freeze income tax and council tax rates in a pre-election budget on Wednesday wherein which he will ...


Scottish councils hold record debts of £14.8bn ? and are still borrowing
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:35pm
Guardian identifies further £472m of capital projects funded through Scottish Futures Trust that will add to debt repayments already costing £1.5bn a yearCouncils in Scotland have borrowed record amounts to fund capital projects and are exposing themselves to even greater, long-term debts through...


Scotland's PFI boom means £1.3bn a year bill is in the post
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:02pm
New roads, hospitals and public buildings are being built now, but latest Treasury data shows government repayments will peak in 10 years? timeTravelling around Scotland, the country feels dynamic. Motorways are being extended, new schools built and modern hospitals are springing up. But these pr...


Scottish students and graduates will owe £6bn by 2021, forecast shows
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 11:48am
Lucy Hunter Blackburn, a specialist in higher education funding, predicts borrowing will be three times the £2bn owed when the SNP took power in 2007The Scottish National party first won power at Holyrood on a promise of abolishing all student debt, but quickly found that was unaffordable. Instea...


Scottish investment in rail funded with record borrowing
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 11:31am
Scotland?s total rail debt is forecast to reach £4.9bn by 2019, according to the Office of Rail and Road ? more than double what it was in 2009The opening of the Borders railway in September came with the full royal fanfare. The Queen?s presence at its official launch crowned a surge in line upgr...


Scotland's debt mountain: Holyrood's borrowing could hit £50bn by 2020
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 11:30am
Guardian investigation finds public sector borrowing for schools, roads, rail and education is set to dwarf Scottish parliament?s annual £30bn budget, prompting auditor general and opposition parties to call for greater transparencyPublic sector debt in Scotland has mushroomed to record levels af...


Sturgeon and Cameron to discuss cooperation over UK terrorism threat
by Frances Perraudin
14 Dec 2015 at 12:01am
Scottish first minister visits Downing Street to examine ways of working together more effectively on security with prime ministerDavid Cameron will meet Nicola Sturgeon on Monday to discuss how the UK and Scottish governments can cooperate to protect the UK from Islamic State-inspired extremism....

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear


I?m a nonentity get me out of here
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2015 at 7:36pm
Well having been away for a week, I’ve missed all sorts of developments in Scottish politics. The Daily Record announced that it was really sorry for all the pish about the vow and vowed never to make crap up ever again, Jackie Baillie said something truthful – admittedly it was just during a conversation about …


Back from Boston with big news
by weegingerdug
16 Dec 2015 at 5:55pm
I’m getting married. I was going to dress it all up in fancy words, but well – I’m getting married. Woo Hoo! I told my handsome American boyfriend Peter that the reason I was flying over to Boston for a long weekend was because I miss him and didn’t want to wait until the spring …


Alistair Carmichael and his amazing incendiary underpants
by weegingerdug
9 Dec 2015 at 2:47pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, because I’ve got packing to do and have to take the dug to stay with friends in Glenboig before I go away first thing tomorrow morning. But the fact that we live in a country where not only is it deemed acceptable for a politician to lie to …


The mass extinction of Unionist monkeys
by weegingerdug
8 Dec 2015 at 10:57pm
Usually you can find Unionist monkeys up every tree, chucking poo at the SNP with the aid of the Daily Record, and gibbering more embarrassing nonsense than Donald Trump with a microphone as they planked their arses on a safe seat. Now it seems like the once ubiquitous Unionist monkey is an endangered species. The …


Has anyone seen Kezia?
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2015 at 7:24pm
Has anyone seen Kezia? She’s as elusive as Johann Lamont was when she was branch office manager of Labour in Scotland. Kezia is as elusive as Jim Murphy was ubiquitous. Every day Jim stood on an Irn Bru crate before the fawning ranks of the Scottish press to announce policies on things like the exploration …


In the land of the mad the sane are crazy
by weegingerdug
3 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
Amidst the claps and cheers of Tory MPs, Britain is at war again. A few months ago SNP MPs were castigated for clapping in the Commons chamber, but it seems that it’s fine to clap as long as you’re clapping bombing raids and war, as long as you’re clapping the militarism of the British state. …


The British barbed wire that surrounds Scotland?s heart
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2015 at 3:35pm
If you don’t want to blow up buildings, if you don’t want to wreak havoc and destruction, if you want to seek a peaceful resolution to conflict – then you’re a terrorist sympathiser. If you don’t want to go to war, if you seek to broaden debate, if you believe that fighting for peace is …


Labour still hasn?t found what it?s voting for
by weegingerdug
30 Nov 2015 at 5:36pm
Wee Dougie Alexander, the political patron saint of holy wullies, has got himself a new job after being booted out by the voters of Paisley at the last election. The Guardian described Wee Dougie’s debacle as a shock defeat for the Labour party, but the only people shocked by it were Wee Dougie and the …

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Fair wind for food bank as green energy firm provides Christmas dinners
17 Dec 2015 at 9:21pm
FOODBANK clients in one of Scotland?s most deprived areas will receive Christmas hampers thanks to a £10,000 donation from a green energy firm.


Rise in number of eagle nesting sites reported in Cairngorms area
17 Dec 2015 at 12:40am
A NEW survey has revealed that golden eagles are nesting in 58 different areas in the moors used for grouse shooting.


Fight against agricultural crime in Scotland boosted by tough new policy
17 Dec 2015 at 12:36am
PROSECUTORS have announced a tough new approach to tackling agricultural crime in Scotland.


Pentland Hills Regional Park expansion plan is rejected
17 Dec 2015 at 12:33am
A BILL to extend the boundaries of the Pentland Hills Regional Park ?would have a damaging impact? and has been recommended for rejection by a Holyrood committee.


Argyll and Bute cuts proposal dubbed unsustainable by Audit Scotland
17 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
A COUNCIL?S cuts plan has been branded ?unsustainable? in a damning report by watchdog Audit Scotland.


Tears as Glasgow gives William McIlvanney a fitting send-off
17 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
IT was a Wednesday afternoon in Glasgow, and the city stopped to stare.


Holyrood parties unite to mark anniversary of Hebdo attack
17 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
HOLYROOD will unite behind the principles of freedom of speech when it commemorates the Charlie Hebdo massacre in a special debate on the first anniversary of the Paris murders next year.


Book shows children how to stay safe from home injuries
17 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
YOUNG children arriving at hospital with injuries caused in the home will get a book telling them about such risks in a bid to prevent a second trip.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Rolls Royce in Trouble ? Public Purse To Be Used To Protect Trident Submarin...
by caltonjock
16 Dec 2015 at 12:23pm
                No Cloak of Invisibility for the Successor Nuclear Submarines The credibility and justification of the British “Successor” Trident missile submarine fleet is entirely dependent upon the “submarine at sea” being able to avoid detection so that it cannot be taken out by the enemy before it delivers …

A-Century-of-Strife-Created-by-Britain-and-France-Part 2-Turkey-Secular-Free-...
by caltonjock
15 Dec 2015 at 12:27am
        Doesn’t look good for Turkey       13 February 2013: Turkey and Membership of the European Union (EU) Turkey’s relations with the European Economic Community (EEC) date back to 1959. But it took forty years, until the Helsinki European Council of December 1999, for the country to obtain the status …

The Middle East ? A Century of Strife Created by Britain and France ? Part 1 ...
by caltonjock
14 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
  Today’s Map of the Middle east         The Middle East – What Does the Future Hold? It is as yet unclear where the Arab Spring will take the world and what will ultimately become of the Middle East. Apocalyptic scenarios are just as speculative as the hope that the region will …

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

BBC Presenter Kirsty Wark is Still around ? BBC 2016 Election Coverage to be ...
by caltonjock
4 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
  Impartial Kirsty Wark   12 February 2006: Wark kept on BBC probation over bias fears Leading TV presenter Kirsty Wark was placed on probation by worried BBC chiefs a year ago as a direct result of her controversial holiday with Jack McConnell and will continue to be closely monitored. Concerned corporation governors put Wark …

Kezia Dugdale ? Refugees we must welcome and care for them ? Young girl from ...
by caltonjock
2 Dec 2015 at 9:33pm
          Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination http://caltonjock.com/2015/04/24/kezia-dugdale-or-is-it-fifi-la-bon-bon-the-latter-is-unfit-for-politics-if-the-latt...

Dr Richard Simpson ? The Medical Worker ? Wonderful Career ? The Labour Party...
by caltonjock
1 Dec 2015 at 11:02pm
    Dr Richard Simpson     Profile: 73yo Dr Richard Simpson. Education: Trinity College, Glenalmond. Studied at Edinburgh University and gained medical qualifications. Qualified psychiatrist . In addition to being a medical adviser to the Samaritans and the Scottish Prison Service, also found time to be active in his local constituency Labour Party, serving …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


Mr Trump goes to Strasbourg?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court put an end to Donald Trump's long-running legal action against the Scottish ministers. The case concerned the lawfulness of a planning consent, which ministers had granted to an offshore windpower project, overlooked by Trump's golfing paradise in Menie. As has become customary in cases of this kind, the wheels of...


Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...


No vindication here. Only survival.
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
"We had no concerns about the credibility and reliability of the witnesses, with one exception." A teller of "blatant" lies. "Unimpressive," his behaviour demonstrating "a lack of candour", "at best disingenuous, at worst evasive and self-serving" in his actions. These are not descriptions of a man vindicated. But the conclusion cannot be avoide...


No evidence Harry Clarke "ought to have known he was not fit to drive"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
7 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
This afternoon, Sheriff John Beckett published his determination in the Glasgow bin lorry crash fatal accident inquiry. Judges Scotland have made this shorter summary available. Sheriff Beckett's full conclusions and recommendations can be read here.  The determination is a lengthy and careful, and the various parties to the case are already rec...


Kezia Dugdale: no time for a novice?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Dec 2015 at 12:57pm
The admirable John Harris has a piece on Labour in Scotland in the Guardian this morning: "'There's a lot I'm still learning': can Kezia Dugdale resurrect Scottish Labour?" The new Scottish Labour leader has been posted missing since Jeremy Corbyn took over last September, and internecine conflicts on more or less everything broke out in the par...


Gove: human rights "neither reserved nor devolved"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Dec 2015 at 12:47pm
Does Westminster need Holyrood's consent to repeal the Human Rights Act? This blog has been asking this important question since the general election. In June, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Therese Coffey, told Joanna Cherry that human rights are "a reserved for the UK Parliament and not a devolved matter," implying that consent for rep...


Judge: victim "condoned" and "acquiesced" in her rape
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
Lord  Carloway, who allowed the appeal.HM Advocate v. SSM is a case of rape, and a case of the sexual abuse of children. In May this year, SSM was foung guilty by a jury in the High Court in Glasgow of seven charges. These are summarised in the Appeal Court's judgment this afternoon. I caution you. The details are unpleasant. But understanding t...


Glasgow: Forgetting slavery?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
"Don't keep your head down. Look up." Whether you're trudging through Glasgow in the summer sleet, or the winter snow, the local sometimes needs reminded to contemplate the grandeur of the place. Edinburgh's skyline sucks the air out of you, a jagged man-made silhouette of spikes and spires. Glasgow's mountainous legacy of wealth is more easily ...

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2015
by Gerry
16 Dec 2015 at 10:17pm
MY FAVOURITE MUSIC OF THE YEAR: 2015 NEW ALBUMS December 16th 2015 1 C Duncan, Architect One man?s vision ? part classical, ambient, other worldly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvbJS3YVae0 2 Kamasi Washington, The Epic Jazz is rarely like this: mixing big band, soul & funk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCIAMO3Al1A 3 Floating Points, Elaenia Stunning harmonies, spaces and silence https://www...

Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West
by Gerry
13 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 13th 2015 Only a generation ago, just after the Berlin Wall fell, liberal democratic opinion across the West was confident about the future. This was the era of the long boom across the West, the Clinton ...

The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind?
by Gerry
7 Dec 2015 at 10:22am
The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 6th 2015 Britain is off to war again. The parliamentary debate did not live up to the billing. Cameron and Corbyn underperformed. Hilary Benn stole the show and headlines. Great rhetorical moment this was not. This wasn?t of the quality ...

The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s
by Gerry
30 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 29th 2015 These are tumultuous times. Chaos in Syria. Complex and shifting alliances. The Turks shooting down a Russian plane. There is disarray in the Labour Party on Syria and Trident. And all in the week of ...

The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up?
by Gerry
2 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 1st 2015 Scottish Labour met this weekend. This used to be the key political gathering in Scotland. No longer. But the party is in better spirits than many would think after the May 2015 wipeout. It is a party changing. It ...

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids' - Edinburgh Evening News
16 Dec 2015 at 12:35pm

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids'
Edinburgh Evening News
I owe it to my children to make this movie, and keep independence in everyone's minds for years to come.? Freedom for a Day will be filmed across Scotland, including Mr Gilhooley's home town. Mr Gilhooley, who attended St Margaret's Primary School in ...



A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
JZ Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland's public opinion regarding voting...

Legal bid to remove Scottish independence campers - Scotsman
17 Dec 2015 at 1:43pm

Scotsman
Legal bid to remove Scottish independence campers
Scotsman
Legal proceedings have been launched in a bid to evict independence supporters who have set up camp on Holyrood grounds calling for a second referendum. The Scottish Parliament lodged a petition at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Wednesday ...
Legal bid launched to evict independence camp from Holyrood groundsThe Courier
Scotti...

Scotland can survive without oil: Sturgeon - CNBC
8 Dec 2015 at 8:15am

CNBC
Scotland can survive without oil: Sturgeon
CNBC
Speaking to CNBC on the sidelines of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), said the country could manage independence despite the sharp drop in ...

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James McEnaney: Why we shouldn't rely on the SNP to deliver Scottish independ...
11 Dec 2015 at 12:04pm

CommonSpace
James McEnaney: Why we shouldn't rely on the SNP to deliver Scottish independence
CommonSpace
It is, of course, beyond dispute that the SNP election success in 2011 - which handed them Holyrood's first ever single-party majority - enabled, even forced, the nationalists to call a referendum on Scottish independence. As supporters of the party ...
Scotland's devolution: 'Settled will' or ...

Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independ...
2 Dec 2015 at 10:02am

CommonSpace
Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independence?
CommonSpace
WESTMINSTER IS SET to push ahead for another Middle Eastern bombing campaign in a war that will strengthen the case for Scottish independence, according to peace campaigners. At least 57 (97 per cent) of Scotland's 59 MPs are set to vote against ...

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Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years' - The Courier
26 Nov 2015 at 5:22pm

The Courier
Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years'
The Courier
Mark Diffley, director at Ipsos Mori Scotland, said: "This poll represents good news for Yes supporters, with more than half of Scots believing independence is likely by 2025. "Opinions may change if and when a second referendum is announced but, for ...
Poll: Over half of Scots expect independence in next ten yearsThe ...

Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence - Glasg...
30 Nov 2015 at 4:53pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow Labour councillor has come out in support of Scottish independence, putting him at odds with his party's pro-union position. Russell Robertson, who campaigned against separation in the run up to last year's referendum, revealed his U-turn in ...

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SNP

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares Gap Down to $57.82 - Putnam Stan...
17 Dec 2015 at 10:07pm

Putnam Standard
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares Gap Down to $57.82
Putnam Standard
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp logo Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday , MarketBeat Ratings reports. The stock had previously closed at $56.30, but opened at $57.82. China ...

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Alastair Dalton: Time for leadership from SNP over Heathrow - Scotsman
17 Dec 2015 at 9:05pm

Scotsman
Alastair Dalton: Time for leadership from SNP over Heathrow
Scotsman
But there is a glaring anomaly in the Scottish Government's position. What Mr Brown didn't say is the SNP still hasn't said whether it backs a new runway at Heathrow or rivals Gatwick. That's pretty fundamental, because when it comes to the crunch ...



Scotland budget criticised as too austere - Financial Times
17 Dec 2015 at 6:59pm

Scotland budget criticised as too austere
Financial Times
With its cautious use of new powers and emulation of UK Conservative policies, Scotland's 2016-17 budget offered more ammunition to those who say the Scottish Nationalists' record belies their left-leaning rhetoric. But the real test of the SNP's ...

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SNP's £10 Million Cut To Legal Aid ?Could Deny Justice To Most Vulnerable Sco...
17 Dec 2015 at 5:47pm

SNP's £10 Million Cut To Legal Aid ?Could Deny Justice To Most Vulnerable Scots?
BuzzFeed News
The SNP government's budget, which was outlined by finance secretary John Swinney on Wednesday, included a target to reduce Scotland's legal aid fund from from £136 million to £126 million ? the lowest the fund has been for over a decade. Legal aid ...

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John Swinney defends income tax rate decision after claims 'he bottled it' - ...
17 Dec 2015 at 5:40pm

The Courier
John Swinney defends income tax rate decision after claims 'he bottled it'
The Courier
Mr Swinney has pledged to outline the SNP's intentions ahead of next year's May Holyrood elections, saying he needs to know what the deal will be on Scotland's future funding before he makes that decision. Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said Mr Swinney has ...

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Peter MacMahon's Politics Blog: Scottish politics gets "a whole lot more seri...
17 Dec 2015 at 5:05pm

ITV News
Peter MacMahon's Politics Blog: Scottish politics gets "a whole lot more serious"
ITV News
Scottish Secretary David Mundell has been in Holyrood today to meet, among other people, the SNP Deputy First Minister, John Swinney. Mr Mundell, the Tory MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale, was looking remarkably chipper. As the only ...

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John Swinney defends not varying Scots income tax - Scotsman
17 Dec 2015 at 3:27pm

Scotsman
John Swinney defends not varying Scots income tax
Scotsman
... him by using the tax powers the SNP have been campaigning for for years and he bottled it.? But the Deputy First Minister argued the limited powers now available to Scottish ministers would not have allowed him to target income tax rises at wealthy ...

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Last First Minister's Questions of 2015 - BBC News
17 Dec 2015 at 3:12pm

BBC News
Last First Minister's Questions of 2015
BBC News
It has never been used, despite the SNP's early eagerness to spend a Penny for Scotland. (Mr Swinney's youthful enthusiasm has dissipated.) From next April, the SP will be in charge of 10p worth of income tax at both the standard and upper rates.

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Referendum (Google News)

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EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas - Herald Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 8:00pm

Herald Scotland
EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas
Herald Scotland
The Government's promise to hold a referendum on EU membership is set to become law before Christmas after peers backed down in their clash with the Commons over lowering the voting age. Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government had ...
There's one big reason the Tories will never allow 16 and 17-year-olds ...

Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...

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A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
It would seem that following the explicit, albeit narrow, outcome in favour of remaining within the Union in the most recent Scottish independence referendum, the issue of secession would lose its political and public prominence, at leas...

Britain could be stuck in EU even if most English vote to LEAVE - Express.co.uk
3 Dec 2015 at 5:59pm

Express.co.uk
Britain could be stuck in EU even if most English vote to LEAVE
Express.co.uk
Rachel Ormston, of NatCen Social Research, said: "England is the most eurosceptic of the four nations of the UK and it is easily conceivable that England could vote differently in the referendum to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. "This appears to ...

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BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage - Herald Scotland
2 Dec 2015 at 1:18pm

Herald Scotland
BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage
Herald Scotland
In October, the BBC was accused of peddling more ''half truths and lies'' than the Nazis as SNP activists vented their anger at its perceived bias against Scotland and independence. Feelings were still running high over what pro-independence ...

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Peers back lowering age in EU referendum - Herald Scotland
18 Nov 2015 at 8:37pm

Herald Scotland
Peers back lowering age in EU referendum
Herald Scotland
The Lords has backed giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the upcoming in-out EU referendum. In the latest of a string of defeats inflicted on the Government, the upper house voted by 293 to 211 to approve the reform by a majority of 82 during a ...
Politicians Must Show Confidence in Our Young People and Let Them Vote in th...

Vote on EU referendum in June 2016 if David Cameron gets deal - Daily Mail
17 Dec 2015 at 1:16am

Daily Mail
Vote on EU referendum in June 2016 if David Cameron gets deal
Daily Mail
CLAIM: If we left there must be a high probability that Scotland will have another referendum and leave the UK. The UK would be fractured ? that would be very damaging. Our international prestige, I think, would suffer. Rebuttal: Scotland is on course ...
EU referendum: Major warns against 'flirting' with EU exitBBC...

Scotland trending: Today's most talked-about stories - Scotsman
17 Dec 2015 at 4:43pm

Scotsman
Scotland trending: Today's most talked-about stories
Scotsman
Legal bid to remove Scottish independence campers. Legal proceedings have been launched in a bid to evict independence supporters who have set up camp on Holyrood grounds calling for a second referendum. A Scottish Parliament spokesman said: ?We ...
Legal bid launched to evict independence camp from Holyrood groundsHerald Scotla...

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Local tax commission: replacing council tax
14 Dec 2015 at 12:29pm
So the cross party (apart from the Tories) commission has published it's final report, as you'd expect for a cross party communique it's equal parts verbose and vague. the report can be found here: http://localtaxcommission.scot/download-our-final-report/   The conclusions seem to be that the cou...

Donald Trump wants to shag his Daughter
13 Dec 2015 at 7:31pm
 

The prosecution rests its case...

Guess who wrote this?
11 Dec 2015 at 9:10pm
Toffee apple for the winner....   The members’ tea room in the House of Commons has been buzzing this week in a way that I have not seen for some time. What, I hear you ask, has stirred up our nation’s legislators in this way? You might think it would be spending cuts or maybe the closure of RAF ...

Benefits of the Union Part 94.
11 Dec 2015 at 4:26pm
Brendan Hynes ‏@Hyvast 40m40 minutes ago Sept 2014 the Weir Group said we were stronger in the Uk & BetterTogether Their share Price was £27:00 Today it is £9.94

Sarwar and Curran are on the list
9 Dec 2015 at 8:59am
Hearing that Sarwar and Mags Curran have made the Labour list.

Thoughts?

Lucy Allan MP
7 Dec 2015 at 1:09pm
The BBC are very quiet about this.  Funny that.  I don't think they'd be as quiet if it was an SNP or Corbyn supporting Labour MP.  Faking death threats is something you would have thought an MP would be sacked for.   http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/12/07/telford-mp-lucy-allan-hits-back-i...

Friends Of Israel?
5 Dec 2015 at 10:53pm
Why does every major UK political party have a friends of Israel club?

Tom Watson MP
5 Dec 2015 at 11:32am
I've not really followed his career and was wondering what others thought about him.
He seems to have been in the media for (IMO) the wrong reasons over the last few days.
Condemning intimidation to staff by peaceful protestors at Creasy's constituency office - despite the office being closed an...

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Laptop Help/advice
17 Dec 2015 at 7:48pm
Laptop powers on but only to black screen. Tried a few things from various sites but to no avail. Thinking of replacing it anyway it's out of warranty and running slow.

If I bought a new laptop could I key in the Microsoft word licence key and all my documents would be saved? Same with iTunes?

T...

Any Kernt Else Want Some Of My Money ?
17 Dec 2015 at 4:44pm
My bank card has taken a bigger battering today than Katie Price's ring piece


You might need to have a whip round troops so I can get some Heath Ledgers & a bag of beak to party through the festive period.

What Does The Tamb Want For Christmas ?
17 Dec 2015 at 3:59pm
I know I'm getting two books: Alistair Horne's work on the Paris Commune and Tim Pat Coogan's work on the Easter Rising.    Together with some white chocolate and the traditional new pair of slippers.   So what are you all wanting ?   Signed picture of Jimmy Calderwood ?   Bondage gear ?   Lib De...

Adults Going To The Cinema In Fancy Dress
17 Dec 2015 at 9:36am
Are for watching.   Discuss...

Housing Costs In 2025
17 Dec 2015 at 9:03am
Thoroughly depressing story this...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35102130

Nearly half a million for an average sized hoose!

My kids will be starting out on their careers around then. I fear for their generation's disposable income if it's going to cost so much to put a roof over their head...

Absent Tambers
16 Dec 2015 at 9:34pm
After witnessing Ek Celt the other day and the ongoings. Which other board members no longer post and why not?
Guys like Flure and Jock Strap are a couple who come to mind. The longer more established posters will know of a few more from times past.

Sniffing Teabags
16 Dec 2015 at 6:12pm
I like holding a teabag up to my nose and taking a long, deep, lingering smell of the teaey goodness before putting it in the cup.

Anybody else got any odd habits?

Scottish Budget
16 Dec 2015 at 4:35pm
Pretty boring from a spend that is now today almost double since first Holyrood budget.

Council Tax freeze benefiting middle to upper earners.
Mirrored George Osbourne with 2nd home stamp tax.
Mirrored George Osbourne by not touching income tax.
Promised to "continue to maintain the safe operatio...

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