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SNP income tax hikes only delay "deep cuts" for a year
18 Dec 2017 at 5:10am
THE income tax hikes in the SNP?s Budget have merely deferred ?deep public spending cuts? for a year, and more tax rises may yet be needed, a leading think tank has warned.

Parents snub the box part of SNP's baby box
18 Dec 2017 at 5:09am
THE box element of the SNP?s baby box scheme is the item least used by parents, the Scottish Government?s own research has found.

Scottish Labour leadership donations top £200,000
18 Dec 2017 at 5:11am
MORE than £200,000 was sunk into Scottish Labour?s toxic leadership race, it has emerged.

Mhairi Black: Sturgeon needs to talk to her MPs more
17 Dec 2017 at 2:32pm
THE SNP?s youngest MP has revealed she has never had a proper talk with Nicola Sturgeon and that Alex Salmond offended her by suggesting she get a makeover.

?Hopeless? MP could rehearse how to ask questions over Christmas, says John B...
18 Dec 2017 at 5:58pm
Nigel Evans, a deputy speaker between June 2010 and September 2013, could be heard shouting: ?Absolutely ridiculous.?

Theresa May congratulates new Austria leader amid huge protest over coalition
18 Dec 2017 at 4:31pm
Theresa May has congratulated Austria?s new chancellor Sebastian Kurz on the formation of his government amid protests against his coalition with the right-wing nationalist Freedom Party.

Lethargic pension reform risks "lost generation" of savers
18 Dec 2017 at 5:08am
THE ?shockingly lethargic? pace of UK pension reform risks creating a lost generation of people unable to afford to retire, a former pensions minister has warned.

Hospitals and schools will suffer if migration collapses, warns Abbott
18 Dec 2017 at 1:27am
Businesses, the NHS and schools would be in a ?terrible position? if there was a large reduction in migration post Brexit, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has claimed.

Scottish Labour?s former deputy leader Alex Rowley in vow after quitting
18 Dec 2017 at 1:25am
Scottish Labour?s former deputy leader Alex Rowley has pledged to concentrate on serving his constituents after quitting the post.

Irish Government ?needs to repair relationship with DUP?
17 Dec 2017 at 2:13pm
Simon Coveney said he wanted to meet Northern Ireland?s largest unionist party before the end of the year.

Minister defends benefits sanctions as poverty rises
17 Dec 2017 at 5:45pm
THE minister in charge of benefits sanctions has admitted there have been ?cases where we get it wrong?, when quizzed about poverty and homelessness rising under the Tories.

Hammond accused of 'appeasing' EU over plan to remain in single market
17 Dec 2017 at 12:13am
A NEW Tory rift over Brexit emerged last night with Chancellor Philip Hammond accused of appeasing Brussels and undermining Theresa May by leading Eurosceptics after he revealed that the UK will stay in the single market after it leaves the EU.

51% of Britons want to remain in European Union, poll finds
17 Dec 2017 at 12:00am
It is the biggest margin in favour of remaining since the June 2016 referendum backed Brexit.

Hammond ?trying to appease Brussels? over Brexit transitional deal
16 Dec 2017 at 10:23am
The prospect of such a deal ? set out in guidelines issued by the EU ? has infuriated prominent Tory Eurosceptics.

Mackay urged to close income tax loophole for better off
16 Dec 2017 at 5:08am
DEREK Mackay has been urged to close a loophole in his draft Budget that could see some higher rate taxpayers get a tax cut next year.

 

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Deal reached on teachers? pay in Scotland
18 Dec 2017 at 6:39pm
An agreement has been reached on teachers’ pay in Scotland following months of negotiations.

Broadcasting watchdog to probe Alex Salmond's RT show
18 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into Alex Salmond's RT show over claims it breached "accuracy" rules.

Brexit war cabinet ?fails to agree position on UK-EU trade?
18 Dec 2017 at 3:55pm
The Brexit “war cabinet” has concluded without senior ministers agreeing a position on what trade relationship Britain should pursue with the European Union during exit negotiations, it is understood.

Lesley Riddoch: Scotland?s vacant shipyards at crucial junction
18 Dec 2017 at 10:35am
Jobs-starved locals are battling to save Britain’s biggest dry dock for industrial development, writes Lesley Riddoch

Scotland hits Syrian refugee target three years early
18 Dec 2017 at 9:14am
Homes have been provided for 2,000 Syrian refugees in Scotland three years ahead of schedule.

Scots may face tax hikes and longer working lives
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Further tax rises will be needed as soon as 2019 to avoid having to “restart” deep public spending cuts in Scotland, a leading think tank has warned.

Police chief ?quitting to avoid crime probe?
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
A senior police officer at the centre of a crime and misconduct inquiry is reportedly set to quit this week with a six-figure sum.

Alex Rowley return to Labour ?would spark anger?
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The prospect of former Labour Deputy leader Alex Rowley being welcomed “back into the party fold” after a collapsed harassment inquiry will be met with anger among colleagues, it has been claimed.

Brexit negotiator pours cold water on bespoke EU trade deal
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has dealt a blow to Theresa May’s hopes of a bespoke trade deal with Brussels.

Tax changes ?will penalise Scots wanting to cash in their pension?
17 Dec 2017 at 12:56pm
Scots who decide to “cash in” their pension face paying thousands of pounds extra as result of Scotland’s new income tax system, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed.

Mhairi Black: ?Alex Salmond suggested I get a makeover?
17 Dec 2017 at 10:29am
SNP MP Mhairi Black has revealed Alex Salmond suggested she give herself a makeover and offered to help her choose clothes.

SNP told to ?show some backbone? and back second EU referendum
17 Dec 2017 at 10:05am
SNP MPs must “show some backbone” and back an amendment to the Government’s Brexit Bill that would allow for a second referendum to be held, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has said.

Scots private school headteacher ?betrayed? by SNP rates hike
17 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
A leading headmaster has condemned the Scottish Government’s plan to raise £5 million from private schools, saying he now feels “utterly despondent” that he had supported the SNP in the past.

Dani Garavelli: Police Scotland firearms policy lacks scrutiny
16 Dec 2017 at 11:56pm
Police Scotland should have exposed its latest strategy to far greater public scrutiny given its controversial history, writes Dani Garavelli

Insight: The Scots investors in the Bitcoin boom
16 Dec 2017 at 11:52pm
Some Scots investors in the cryptocurrency can barely believe their luck, writes Dani Garavelli

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Another tragic victim
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2017 at 6:35pm
Yesterday we brought you news of the Scottish Mail On Sunday’s deep concern that the new Scottish budget might cost wealthy old people cashing in a £600,000 pension pot as one lump sum as much as £3,000 in extra tax. It was a heart-rending tale, but today we have one even more harrowing. That’s our …

Box almost half empty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2017 at 11:02am
The Scottish press and opposition have had it in for the baby box ever since the idea was mooted, but this is a pretty spectacular new low in barrel-scraping. “Almost half”, eh? How many are we talking about exactly? Oh. Apparently 38% is “almost half” now, which means that the remaining 62% must be just slightly over …

Please think of the millionaires
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2017 at 12:54pm
This week’s Scottish budget threw the opposition parties and the media into panic and disarray. Evidently having expected considerably more swingeing tax hikes than the extremely modest increases that were imposed on higher earners, they’d built up a head of steaming fury that had nowhere to go, and have been reduced to frantically scrabbling around for …

Rabbit Bugs Fudd
by Chris Cairns
16 Dec 2017 at 6:55am
. (Just 24 hours left to buy cartoon books for your friends in time for Christmas! Hurry!) .

Tory Liar Of The Week (11-17 Dec 2017)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2017 at 12:17pm
Because to tell you the truth, readers, we’re not sure the word “idiot” is accurate any more. The tweets you’re about to read are far beyond simple stupidity and well into the shadowy realms of deliberate falsehood. (Delivered in the secure knowledge that the media won’t challenge it, and in fact will probably exaggerate and amplify …

The art of escalation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2017 at 9:31am
The Tories kicked off yesterday’s reaction to the budget with a straight-up lie. No promise has been broken. The basic rate HAS been frozen, at 20p, and low and middle earners HAVE been protected. Nobody who’s on less than £33,000 – which is considerably higher than the average (£23K) or full-time median (£28K) wages – will pay a …

The torn coupons
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Dec 2017 at 2:38pm
The revealing reaction of the Tory benches in Holyrood to Derek Mackay’s deft budget changes in tax, which ensure that 70% of Scots will pay less tax than they do now, and the lowest 55% of earners will pay less income tax in Scotland than they would if they lived elsewhere in the UK (and …

From the archives #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Dec 2017 at 11:32am
There was a time, readers, when Murdo Fraser was a bright young radical thinker who backed Full Fiscal Autonomy and even supported the idea of Universal Basic Income. We think “committed Unionist” in this case is a euphemism.

Reheats and revisions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Dec 2017 at 3:05pm
Alert readers of the Scottish Mail On Sunday – if any such people exist, that is – will have noticed that the paper has of late been cutting both costs and the middleman by giving Tory MSPs entire pages to spout party propaganda for free rather than paying a journalist to slightly rewrite it. First …

Easy come, easy go
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2017 at 5:56pm
Another then-and-now classic. (Source 1, source 2)

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Teachers agree backdated pay deal
18 Dec 2017 at 5:24pm
The 1% deal, which will rise to 2% in January, follows months of negotiations between the unions and local authorities.


Child mental health spending drops
18 Dec 2017 at 2:19pm
Three NHS boards cut spending on child mental health services despite failing to meet waiting times.


Broadcasting watchdog probes Alex Salmond Show tweets
18 Dec 2017 at 2:59pm
Ofcom received a complaint about tweets read out on the first edition of the Alex Salmond Show on RT.


Syrian refugee housing target met three years early
18 Dec 2017 at 12:08pm
Two years into a five-year scheme, 2,000 Syrians have been resettled in Scotland.


Campaigners threaten legal action over 'abortion pill'
17 Dec 2017 at 12:25am
An anti-abortion group opposes plans to allow women to take medication to end a pregnancy at home.


Alex Rowley relinquishes Scottish Labour deputy leader role
16 Dec 2017 at 6:04pm
The MSP's announcement follows a Scottish Labour investigation into claims he sent abusive texts to a former partner.


Scottish budget 2017: Greens put £150m price on support
15 Dec 2017 at 11:53am
The party says it cannot back the Scottish budget without a real-terms increase in council funding.


What does the budget mean for you?
14 Dec 2017 at 5:09pm
The plans laid out in Derek Mackay's budget will have an impact on almost everyone in Scotland.


Scottish budget: At a glance
14 Dec 2017 at 3:56pm
An overview of the key points from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's draft budget.


'Difficult decisions' needed on prosecutions due to budget cuts
15 Dec 2017 at 3:49pm
Ministers are warned they must make choices about what work they want the prosecution service to stop doing.


Scottish income tax changes unveiled
14 Dec 2017 at 9:45pm
Higher and middle earners will pay more than elsewhere in the UK, but lower earners will pay less.


Scottish Borders Council by-election date set after MSP resigns
15 Dec 2017 at 10:50am
Voters will go to the polls again in a Scottish Borders Council ward after Michelle Ballantyne stepped down.

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A gentle word in the ear of Tommy Sheppard: let's get real
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2017 at 9:52am
My jaw has just dropped to the floor upon reading an article in The National in which SNP MP Tommy Sheppard argues that if Kezia Dugdale defects from Labour to the SNP, she should be required to st...

Ruth Davidson set for "future of demeaning irrelevance" as yet another Scotti...
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2017 at 11:06am
Stuart Campbell of Wings has tweeted the following Survation polling figures, which appear to be from a new full-scale Scottish poll.  I can't find any other reference to them yet, so I suppose the...

It's IMPOSSIBLE for a devolved parliament to have a Brexit veto (except when ...
by James Kelly
8 Dec 2017 at 12:36pm
In my last blogpost, I posed the question: given the entrenched positions of the DUP, the Irish government and anti-European Tory MPs, how was it even possible for a deal to be reached?  Ireland re...

A paradox: did Tory losses at the general election make a hard Brexit more li...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2017 at 8:10am
There was a great deal of speculation back in June about whether the election resulting in a hung parliament - albeit, crucially, one in which the Conservatives and DUP held a majority between them...

Schrodinger's No Regulatory Divergence
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2017 at 2:03pm
I've just been catching up with the fudge on Northern Ireland that looks set to save the Brexit negotiations - but at what price?  My first reaction was that it would bring down the Tory government...

Ruth Davidson faces "utter humiliation" at next election as Scottish Tories s...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2017 at 8:38am
Scottish voting intentions for next Westminster general election (Survation):SNP 37% (-2)Labour 28% (+2)Conservatives 25% (-1)Note that the percentage changes listed above are from the last Survati...

Ruth Davidson SHUDDERS as support for independence increases to 47% in long-a...
by James Kelly
3 Dec 2017 at 11:21pm
We're getting a bit closer to solving the mystery of the elusive full-scale Scottish poll from Survation - it turns out it was commissioned by the Record.  Given that publication's virulently anti-...

An indyref is much more likely to take place in 2019 or 2020 than next year
by James Kelly
3 Dec 2017 at 6:29am
First things first: a Survation-Watch update.  Stuart Dickson has spotted an article in the Sunday Post about a Scottish poll conducted by Survation between the 27th and 30th of November.  It was c...

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Alex Salmond RT show to be probed by Ofcom
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18 Dec 2017 at 4:35pm
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Removing the ball from your computer mouse
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18 Dec 2017 at 3:45pm
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Two dead in Cameron house fire
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18 Dec 2017 at 2:39pm
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Please think of the millionaires. This week?s Scottish budget threw the oppos...
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18 Dec 2017 at 1:51pm
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Box almost half empty. The Scottish press and opposition have had it in for t...
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18 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm
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Holyrood | Exclusive interview with Mhairi Black
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18 Dec 2017 at 12:27pm
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Scotland hits Syrian refugee target three years early
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18 Dec 2017 at 11:32am
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How can we make a negative headline from a positive story..
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18 Dec 2017 at 10:53am
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Income tax hike 'will only provide relief for one year'
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18 Dec 2017 at 10:31am
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Allegations under Investigation by the Commissioner [Mr Tommy Sheppard MP]
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18 Dec 2017 at 10:17am
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A super canal from Scotland to London could help solve water scarcity.
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18 Dec 2017 at 9:01am
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Scots private school headteacher ?betrayed? by SNP rates hike
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18 Dec 2017 at 7:46am
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Richard Leonard backs Scottish Labour as only 'real anti-austerity alternative'
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18 Dec 2017 at 3:26am
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Having my Scottish friend join my family for Christmas...
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18 Dec 2017 at 1:44am
My Scottish buddy's family is in Scotland and he didn't have the money this year to travel, so my mother is having him over to celebrate Christmas in Texas (where he currently lives). This dude is ...

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Tory MP's aide accused of raping woman in boss's office tells of 'joshing aro...
by Sally Wardle
18 Dec 2017 at 6:01pm
Samuel Armstrong, 24, denies 'taking advantage' of a parliamentary worker and told Southwark Crown Court the woman 'made all the appropriate noises'.


Alex Salmond's controversial Russian TV show probed over dodgy tweets
by Laura Paterson
18 Dec 2017 at 12:59pm
TV watchdog to investigate the former First Minister's RT program after suspect posts.


Income tax changes 'will only stops public service spending cuts for one year'
by Graeme Murray
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government has proposed income tax rises in its draft Budget for 2018/19 that will prevent spending cuts for most departments.


Spice zombie drug is a danger for jail staff and inmates and must be tackled
by Record View
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that we ask a lot from prison staff already, without them having to run the health risks of contact with an unqualifiable drug.


SNP chose fairness over narrow self-interest with budget .. unlike Tories and...
by dailyrecord
18 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The SNP MP says that Tory cuts have cost Scotland £200million this year alone and have placed the burden on our poorest and most vulnerable.


'I won't be told how to dress by a man' Mhairi Black claims former SNP leader...
by Hilary Duncanson
17 Dec 2017 at 3:34pm
The Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP suggested a trip to the shops with fellow member Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.


Brexit threat to paid holidays as Tories plan to scrap EU rules on workers' r...
by Dan O'Donoghue
17 Dec 2017 at 12:33pm
Unions have hit out at a 'ministerial plot' by Brexiteers to bin rules which ensure workers are paid for holidays.


America is so deranged that, as close-run Alabama election shows, it's still ...
by John Niven
17 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
US politics has fallen so low that when a racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, evolution-denying, accused child molester only narrow loses an election race it's a cause for celebration.


Alex Rowley steps down as Scottish Labour deputy leader after harassment probe
by Graeme Murray
16 Dec 2017 at 8:33pm
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has asked Lesley Laird to take on the role on an interim basis.


Scottish Greens warn they will scupper SNP budget unless councils get £150m more
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Patrick Harvie's party hold the balance of power in Holyrood and they are demanding extra cash for local authorities.

Michael Greenwell


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Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise. Advertisements

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …
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Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …
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Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Chomsky Explains The Cold War In Five Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
7 Nov 2017 at 6:41pm
I’ve taken the title for this post from the video itself, and if you were to say that’s a bold claim, I would agree with you. However, give it a watch and see if you think he got it right…

Bella Caledonia

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Our Finest Hour
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Dec 2017 at 5:38pm
This is really going to piss Nigel Farage off. By any measure, the Battle of Britain stands with the October revolution as among the most historically decisive few weeks of the 20th Century. Little wonder its spirit is evoked so often in our national mythology and popular culture. It really was, bu any reasonable measure, …

Interview with Mireia Vehí, member of the Catalonian Parliament (CUP)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm
David Whyte interviews Mireia Vehí, member of the Catalonian Parliament (CUP) about the prospects for developing popular power in a new republic and what might happen after the Calalonian election next week. Please watch, comment, share …

The Search for the Positive Case for the Union continues?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Dec 2017 at 12:50pm
As everyone gets ready to rumble for the debate between Stephen Paton, Shona Craven and David Spokesperson tonight (7pm), let us first turn our attention to the fabulous Dan Snow and Tom Holland double-act. If Scotland in Union are UK Unity’s well-heeled grandparent, and These Islands their dotty Aunt Jessie, this footage of a recent …

The Scottish Left, Reviewed
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Dec 2017 at 9:48am
As a socialist in the SNP, it?s difficult to know what message I am supposed to take from the editorial in Scottish Left Review 101. The first few paragraphs appear to have been written exclusively for the Labour Party left and it remains partisan throughout, further on reading like a rallying cry to the Scottish …

Nae Pasaran
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Dec 2017 at 3:05pm
The amazing story of the Scottish workers who defied Pinochet and refused to maintain and repair Chilean air force engines.

Letts Take Back Control
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Dec 2017 at 1:37am
In a competitive group Quentin Letts (author of ‘Patronising Bastards – How the Elites Betrayed Britain‘) won the competition for Stupidest Tory Bigot of the Week today with this doozie of a tweet: “India in 1947 had rather less difficulty gaining its independence than we are having in 2017 leaving the Brussels empire. Time for …

Speak for England, Jacob
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Dec 2017 at 5:25pm
...we learned in 2014 that Breaking Up Britain was too big a job for the hesitant, equivocal Scots. Breaking Up Britain was always a job for the English - who went ahead with Brexit without, really, a second thought.... This despite the warnings (not entirely delivered with conviction, admittedly) that a Brexit vote in 2016 was a decisive step along that road.

The Case for a Fix Room
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Dec 2017 at 3:50pm
The case for a safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow, by Mhairi Hunter (writing in a personal capacity). Plans to establish a safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow have been in the news following reports that the Scottish Government is seeking the devolution of drug laws to enable an exemption which will allow the proposed …

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Scottish Labour leader open to all-female shortlist for deputy's post
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
18 Dec 2017 at 2:26pm
Richard Leonard says there should be a gender balance after his previous deputy resigned over misconduct allegationsRichard Leonard, the new leader of the Scottish Labour party, has said he is sympathetic to having an all-female shortlist for the vacancy as his deputy leader.Senior Labour sources...

SNP told to find extra £150m for councils or lose Greens? support
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
15 Dec 2017 at 5:48pm
Scottish Greens tell Nicola Sturgeon they will not back Holyrood budget without real-terms rise in fundingNicola Sturgeon?s minority government has been told it must increase funding for Scottish councils by at least £150m to get its budget passed by Holyrood.The Scottish Green party said its six...

Minimum alcohol price will raise cost by up to 90% in Scotland ? study
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
Institute for Fiscal Studies says 50p minimum unit price will have dramatic impact with cider and lager prices soaring The Scottish government?s 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, which comes into force on 1 May 2018, will have a dramatic impact on prices, according to the Institute for Fiscal S...

Dominic Grieve says he received death threats after Brexit rebellion - Politi...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Dec 2017 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including David Davis taking questions in the Commons and Theresa May at the EU summitWhat Bercow said about David Davis not being in contempt of parliamentLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.43pm GMT 5.40pm GMT This is what B...

Scotland?s highest earners to pay £164m more in income tax
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Dec 2017 at 3:05pm
SNP uses strengthened powers to raise higher and top tax rates by 1p to fund public services and tax cuts for low earnersTaxes for Scotland?s highest earners will rise by £164m next year to help fund pay rises for public sector workers, modest tax cuts for lower earners and £400m extra for the NH...

Kezia Dugdale ?deeply regrets? effect of Celebrity trip on successor?s first ...
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
13 Dec 2017 at 6:46pm
Former Scottish Labour leader to receive written warning for agreeing to take part in reality show I?m a Celebrity without formal approval Kezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader who angered colleagues by joining the reality show I?m a Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of Here! just as her successo...

Scottish jobless rise prompts calls for tax restraint
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Dec 2017 at 4:32pm
Business leaders call on government to rein in planned tax increases after figures show 32,000 fewer Scots in employmentThe Scottish government is facing renewed pressure from business leaders to temper its plans for income tax rises after the jobless total increased and inflation rates rose.Dere...

Russian cyber-activists 'tried to discredit Scottish independence vote'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Dec 2017 at 7:00am
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts accused of spreading false information that vote was rigged to ensure pro-UK voteAn expert in Russian cyber-operations has accused Russian activists of running a disinformation campaign to discredit the Scottish independence referendum result, by wrongly all...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

How to train your bandwagon
This week we learned about the real priorities of the British nationalists in Scotland. We learned what they get really outraged about. Apparently it’s far more worthy of condemnation that a comfortably off person has to pay £30 a year more in tax than it is that a person struggling to get by on disability …

A dictionary of British politico-speak
Theresa May suffered her first big Commons defeat on Brexit this week. David Davis said that he was disappointed, which is politico-speak for banging your head off a wall until it bleeds while screaming for your mother. This isn’t the usual definition of disappointed, but when British politicians say words those words don’t usually mean …

The Westmonster Raving Yoony Party
It’s been a week for space geeks. It is deeply reassuring that the rest of the world is catching up because everyone in the UK has been living in a dystopian sci-fi nightmare for quite a while now. Who needs lizard alien overlords when you have the Conservatives? Scientists are investigating a strange object which …

Botchland Uber allies
That didn’t last long did it. The Conservatives’ newly found Brexit unity has gone up in flames faster than a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Despite the claims on the Tory benches on Friday that Theresa May had won a great victory for Britain by conceding everything that the EU had been demanding in the first …

A metaphor for the UK
Back in Scotland, jet-lagged, with a cold, and depressed because my significant other is significantly very far away. But hey, all is just wonderful in the wonderful world of wonderful British politics, so that makes up for it then. Or it would, if we all possessed similar nervous systems and the same ability to comprehend …

Good for the goose?
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Alternatively titled: Karma in action) This’ll be a short one. I’m guessing that by this point most readers will be aware of Prime Minister May’s very own bad hair Monday? No? Well it turns out our intrepid PM toddled over to Brussels with a proposal which her best buds …

They?re not using what now?
A guest post by Samuel Miller There’s another theme running through unionist political releases of recent times which may bear a little closer scrutiny. Basically, that Scottish Government, critical institutions and services are seemingly always on the brink of catastrophic failure/crisis. More crucially, that the Scottish Government has the powers to deal with these crises, …

For what it?s worth
A guest post by Samuel Miller Back in May of this year I wrote the post Survival of the fittest. In that post I outlined what I considered to be my own personal summary of the challenges faced by UK society and the nature of the forces ranged against the YES movement, or indeed any …

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Brexit hardliners urge May to ditch working time directive
TORY Brexiteers are today expected to demand Theresa May ditches safeguards post Brexit which were designed by the EU to protect employees from working excessive hours.

All-woman shortlist expected as Scottish Labour prepares for deputy leadershi...
SCOTTISH Labour is to begin yet another internal contest following Alex Rowley?s resignation as deputy leader.

Indyref2 in early 2019 would mean easy EU entry for Scotland, says top expert
NICOLA Sturgeon needs to hold a second referendum by early 2019 if an independent Scotland wants to move smoothy to European Union membership, according to a leading expert.

EU warns May second phase of Brexit will be ?significantly harder?
EUROPEAN leaders have warned Theresa May of significant challenges ahead after giving the green light to talks on the future relationship between the EU and UK.

Scotland leaves UK behind with progressive tax shape-up
SCOTLAND is the fairest taxed part of UK, Derek Mackay signalled as he set out a new five band system of income tax that will see those on modest wages pay less, the better off pay more and generate an extra £164 million for public services.

Davis will not be held in contempt of Parliament over Brexit reports
JOHN Bercow?s decision to not hold David Davis in contempt of Parliament over the release of Brexit impact assessments is ?clearly unsatisfactory?, according to the SNP.

Patrick Harvie: Tax innovation is proof that our Green approach is delivering
DEREK Mackay has one of the most challenging jobs in politics. He has to construct a Budget which not only balances the books, but defends against Tory austerity and meets rising demand for public services. He has to respond to the competing demands for investment in the future and also to the different views across a parliament of minorities.

Budget analysis: This was more about smart politics than big changes
BUDGET day is rarely easy for Finance Ministers and this year would have been no different for Derek Mackay. Yet another year of austerity has eroded the Scottish budget by several hundred million pounds whilst at the same time placed higher demands on public services such as healthcare and social services. Not to mention the rising demands from one side of the Parliament that he cuts taxes and...

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Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

Jack Straw to Colin Powell ? A Few Weeks After the 7 Years In the Making Chil...
  ?To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.??Nuremberg Trial Proceedings   1 million march on Westminster to stop the invasion of Iraq       … Continue reading "Jack Straw to Colin Powell – A Few Weeks After the 7 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence
The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 1st 2017 Scandals and controversies are thick and fast these days. There are the indictments against senior members of the Trump campaign, allegations of impropriety by sexpest MPs, and the ongoing stand-off and clampdown by the Spanish authorities in Catalonia. All of these …

Scotland and Independence

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Catalan Separatists Want Independence. Who Else?
Catalan Separatists Want Independence. Who Else?  New York TimesSacked Catalan councillor: We want to pursue a negotiated independence  EURACTIVEven if separatist parties win the Catalan election, international law doesn't provide a right to independence  The Conversation UKFull coverage

Indyref2 in early 2019 would mean easy EU entry for Scotland, says top expert
Indyref2 in early 2019 would mean easy EU entry for Scotland, says top expert  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish companies say Brexit already making it hard to find staff
Scottish companies say Brexit already making it hard to find staff  ReutersFull coverage

£120000 investigation under way to consider whether 16-year-olds should get t...
£120000 investigation under way to consider whether 16-year-olds should get the vote  EurekAlert (press release)Full coverage

Stunning Catalan poll predicts majority for pro-independence parties
Stunning Catalan poll predicts majority for pro-independence parties  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish income tax changes unveiled
Scottish income tax changes unveiled  BBC NewsFull coverage

The papers: Warning of more tax rises
The papers: Warning of more tax rises  BBC NewsFull coverage

Moody's downgrade's Scotland CT's GO to A2
Moody's downgrade's Scotland CT's GO to A2  Moodys.com (press release)Full coverage

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Brian Monteith: SNP ministers have their hands in your wallet
Brian Monteith: SNP ministers have their hands in your wallet  The ScotsmanScottish budget: what it means for families  SNP (press release)Full coverage

SNP decision to charge Scottish private schools business rates 'will cost tax...
SNP decision to charge Scottish private schools business rates 'will cost taxpayer double'  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Parents snub the box part of SNP's baby box
Parents snub the box part of SNP's baby box  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP tests strength of leftwing politics with change to tax structure
SNP tests strength of leftwing politics with change to tax structure  Financial TimesFull coverage

'I'm never going to be told how to dress - especially by a man!' SNP rising s...
'I'm never going to be told how to dress - especially by a man!' SNP rising star Mhairi Black reveals excruciating ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Prescriptions clampdown demanded by SNP MSP 'demolishes' case for tax rises, ...
Prescriptions clampdown demanded by SNP MSP 'demolishes' case for tax rises, say Tories  The CourierFull coverage

Jeane Freeman SNP MSP hits out at NHS over response to future of cancer ward
Jeane Freeman SNP MSP hits out at NHS over response to future of cancer ward  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Scotland Budget 2017: SNP slash £70million off NHS building funds
Scotland Budget 2017: SNP slash £70million off NHS building funds  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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"Absolute bloody shambles": Scottish businesses abandon hope in UK Government...
"Absolute bloody shambles": Scottish businesses abandon hope in UK Government's Brexit negotiations  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Indyref2 in early 2019 would mean easy EU entry for Scotland, says top expert
Indyref2 in early 2019 would mean easy EU entry for Scotland, says top expert  The NationalFull coverage

Scotland breaks from rest of UK with tax hike for higher earners
Scotland breaks from rest of UK with tax hike for higher earners  Times of MaltaFull coverage

Catalan Separatists Want Independence. Who Else?
Catalan Separatists Want Independence. Who Else?  New York TimesEven if separatist parties win the Catalan election, international law doesn't provide a right to independence  The Conversation UKSacked Catalan councillor: We want to pursue a negotiated independence  EURACTIVFull coverage

£120000 investigation under way to consider whether 16-year-olds should get t...
£120000 investigation under way to consider whether 16-year-olds should get the vote  EurekAlert (press release)Full coverage

Meet the Scots who can't wait to finish Brexit and get out of the EU
Meet the Scots who can't wait to finish Brexit and get out of the EU  New StatesmanFull coverage

Biafra: MASSOB attacks British Government over comments on IPOB, secession
Biafra: MASSOB attacks British Government over comments on IPOB, secession  Daily Post NigeriaFull coverage

North East still firmly behind Brexit as May plans for trade talks
North East still firmly behind Brexit as May plans for trade talks  ChronicleLiveFull coverage

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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

bias in the press
should the press pick a side and say which one or pretend to be neutral like the beeb while sucking the nipple of vested interests? i say the beeb should come out as tory.

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

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

The Official President Trump thread

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

Vlad Doonicans annual meathon
We laughed we cried we shared some jokes all good stuff , but at least he does come out and answer some shit could you imagine Trumptard or May..hem doing this?  

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Festive Jokes
Thought I'd start a festive joke thread..............so feel free to join in     

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Mo farah
Not watched this for decades but Farah wins at 50/1 and Joshua the 1/7 favourite finishes outside the top 3, wonder what the bookies made of that (not a lot being the obvious answer) Unusual for them to get it so wrong  

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Strangest Celebrity Sightings
Who and where is the most random place you've met or seen a "celebrity" He's hardly a celebrity but mines would be when we seen Simon Weston at the lap dancing in Cardiff

Forgiveness
We're told this is supposed to be the season that the Roman Catholic Church decided to set aside to remember that the Second member of the Trinity took on flesh in the form of a newborn (nearly 2,000 years ago) with the purpose of reconciling man with God.  Jesus would become the perfect sacr...

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

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence
Resolution declaring independent Catalan republic passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions. Catalan Parliament has declared independence. In an historic plenary session after weeks of tensions with the Spanish government, and before the Senate votes on the suspension of self-rule, Catalan MPs passed a resolution that makes effective the electoral mandate…