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Scotch Whisky Association issues EU membership call
17 May 2016 at 7:59am
The Scotch Whisky Association has argued EU membership is vital to growing Scotch whisky exports

Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's Independence campaign
8 May 2016 at 4:44pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has confirmed her intention to relaunch the SNP's independence campaign in the summer despite being reduced to a minority in Holyrood.

Michael Gove predicts majority of Scots will vote to leave EU
8 May 2016 at 4:23pm
A MAJORITY of people in Scotland will vote to leave the European Union, leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove has predicted.

VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon vows to 'work above party boundaries' after losing maj...
7 May 2016 at 3:37pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has pledged to work above party boundaries in the best interests of Scotland but vowed to assert the values set out in the SNP manifesto.

Mundell's celebrate double success in Dumfries and Galloway
7 May 2016 at 1:34am
THE Mundell family had plenty to celebrate after Oliver Mundell won the Dumfriesshire seat for the Conservatives.

Sadiq Khan hopes election victory will inspire more Muslims to enter politics
7 May 2016 at 2:41pm
SADIQ Khan said he hoped his election victory would inspire more Muslims to enter mainstream politics, despite the "desperate and divisive" campaign against him.

As Others See Us: Have Scots "poured a bucket of cold water" on SNP Indy aspi...
7 May 2016 at 3:37pm
The spectre is back. The spectre, that is, of Scottish nationalism.

Sturgeon holds talks on role of women in Syrian peace process
7 May 2016 at 12:16pm
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has discussed the role of women in the Syrian peace process during a United Nations initiative.

Live: Scottish election 2016
5 May 2016 at 9:38pm
Welcome to our live coverage of the Scottish election 2016.

Businesses urge SNP to "get economy growing again"
6 May 2016 at 7:54pm
BUSINESS leaders have urged the new government to ?get Scotland?s economy growing again?.

Conservatives make comeback in south west as party snatches back former Dumfr...
6 May 2016 at 6:03pm
THE South West of Scotland continued to buck the national trend and Conservatives coloured the electoral map blue.

Ruth Davidson tells independence supporters: give me a chance to hold SNP to ...
5 May 2016 at 4:11am
Ruth Davidson has called on independence supporters to vote Conservative to hold the SNP to account for their "lack of leadership" in government.

Tories have 'one in four chance' of beating Labour, according to election for...
3 May 2016 at 2:08pm
The Scottish Conservatives have a one in four chance of either beating Scottish Labour or finishing on an equal number of seats, according to a new election forecast.

Sturgeon says Holyrood should have right to call referendum within weeks if c...
29 Apr 2016 at 1:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon could move to call a second independence referendum within the next two months, she has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: I'll be wearing my lucky rhinestone pants on election night
28 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed her standard election night wardrobe ... a pair of lucky rhinestone pants.



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EU referendum: Research could be hit by Ł1bn EU funding loss
18 May 2016 at 12:00am
UK universities and research institutions could be at risk of losing £1 billion of funding every year if the public votes to leave the European Union next month, according to new research released today.

Under-funding of GPs ?to blame for strain on A&E?
17 May 2016 at 11:07pm
Rising pressure on A&E departments has been caused by a reduction in resources for family doctors rather than the ageing population, experts have claimed.

SNP propose ?Home Rule Bill? at Westminster
17 May 2016 at 10:59pm
The SNP will today set out proposals for a “Home Rule Bill” at Westminster as the party unveils an alternative Queen’s Speech.

Chris Marshall: Police Scotland hunting cash to make ends meet
17 May 2016 at 9:19pm
Scotland’s national police force is skint.

Hong Kong under tight security for Chinese official visit
17 May 2016 at 6:58pm
Hong Kong authorities have rolled out a massive security operation as they brace for protests during a top Beijing official’s visit to the semi-autonomous city, where tensions are rising over Chinese rule.

Nicola Sturgeon elected as First Minister in Holyrood vote
17 May 2016 at 4:31pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has told her opponents she will seek “progressive” alliances to prop up her left-of-centre minority government as she was officially reappointed as Scotland’s First Minister.

Schools closures: Independent inquiry will start after holidays
17 May 2016 at 4:20pm
AN INDEPENDENT inquiry into the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh due to safety fears will start after the school holidays.

Police urge surrender of air guns ahead of new licence fee
17 May 2016 at 3:03pm
AIR GUN owners seeking to avoid the new licence fee - or a fine and possibly imprisonment for an unlicensed gun - can surrender their weapon to the police next week.

House sales in March up by 21%, new figures show
17 May 2016 at 2:37pm
THE number of house sales across Scotland increased by more than a fifth in a month, according to new figures.

?Scots economy faces many challenges? despite new powers
17 May 2016 at 2:23pm
SCOTLAND is facing the prospect of a multi-million-pound black hole in public spending under new tax powers coming to Holyrood as the economy continues to slump, a report by a leading economist has found.

New Kirk Moderator vows to fight for the homeless
17 May 2016 at 2:04pm
THE SCALE of homelessness in Scotland is a “damning indictment” on modern society and politicians must do much more to tackle the problem, the incoming Moderator of the Church of Scotland has said.

SNP?s Stewart Hosie and Angus MacNeil in alleged affairs with same woman
17 May 2016 at 12:14pm
NICOLA Sturgeon’s re-election as First Minister was overshadowed yesterday by allegations that two senior married SNP MPs had affairs with the same woman.

Wealth creation needs to be top of economy minister?s agenda
17 May 2016 at 12:00pm
If Scotland is to be prosperous, possibly even able to stand on its own two feet at some point, some creative thinking about wealth creation is long overdue to ensure future success.

One in eight Scottish women stalked or harassed
17 May 2016 at 11:55am
FEWER than one in five rape victims report their ordeal to the police amid fears of “making matters worse”, according to a new report.

Could a bridge or tunnel one day link Scotland with Ireland?
17 May 2016 at 11:40am
IT’S AN idea that has long fascinated engineers and politicians on both sides of the Irish Sea.

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Fenian blood never failed me yet
by Chris Cairns
17 May 2016 at 10:36pm

James Kelly is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 May 2016 at 8:48am
Last night the Labour MSP James Kelly – who was resoundingly rejected by voters in Rutherglen earlier this month but was forced on the Scottish Parliament anyway by his party – appeared on Scotland Tonight to debate the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act. You can see the full segment from 15m 35s here. Mr Kelly told a number of …

The politics of hatred
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 May 2016 at 10:06am
It must be bewildering being the SNP sometimes. You win a historic third election with a second massive landslide, getting more than twice as many seats as your nearest challenger – the first time such a thing has ever happened in a Holyrood election – on the back of what’s (self-evidently) by and large a very …

The hearth of Pyrrhus
by Chris Cairns
14 May 2016 at 6:55am

An act of provocation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 May 2016 at 10:51am
We’re still on a break. But we’ve had another response from the BBC. “Dear Rev Campbell Reference CAS-3811554-X389DC Thank you for contacting us again about Question Time from Dundee. We flagged your comments with the editor of the programme who responded as follows: ?Rev Campbell is correct in that it was not the case at …

The stagnant pool
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 May 2016 at 11:27am
We’re supposed to be taking a few days off, but it’s been tipping it down outside for 36 solid hours, so when an alert reader emailed us a question relating to this article from Monday, we couldn’t help but go and research it just to pass some time. They’d asked how many of the Tory …

The separation of goals
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2016 at 11:18am
In amongst a torrent of pretty mad analysis of the election result at the weekend, we noticed the most insane reason yet suggested for the loss of the SNP’s majority: The co-founder of a much-lauded but little-read pro-independence website asserted that the SNP were cruising to victory until the Nats got the backing of the …

The chasm between words and actions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2016 at 12:00pm
We’ll just leave this here: Actual percentage of female MSPs returned in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election: Labour 46%, SNP 43%, Conservative 19%, Green 16%, Lib Dem 0%. Hmm. An interesting quirk of the Scottish electoral system is that if a list MSP stands down or dies, there isn’t a by-election. Because list votes are for a …

The Unsackables
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2016 at 8:02am
A few weeks ago we rather cruelly highlighted an old post from Kezia Dugdale’s blog in which she bitterly bemoaned the practice of candidates who’d been rejected by voters in constituency seats still being able to get into Parliament via the “back door” of the regional lists. Angrily Dugdale raged: “Alex Salmond will try every …

What happened and what happens next
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 May 2016 at 12:09pm
The social-media reaction to this post yesterday was astonishing. Merely pointing out calmly and quietly that our warnings before the election had been entirely vindicated, and that everyone else’s unequivocal assertions of a guaranteed SNP majority had been the rubbish we always said they were, unleashed a torrent of abuse equal to any we’ve ever …

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Lochhead to step down from cabinet
18 May 2016 at 12:47am
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is to step down from the cabinet ahead of Nicola Sturgeon's reshuffle, BBC Scotland has learned.

Sturgeon wins first minister vote
17 May 2016 at 3:28pm
Nicola Sturgeon is to be reappointed as first minister of Scotland after she was backed by 63 MSPs in a vote.

Pupils facing exams system 'lottery'
17 May 2016 at 1:34am
Pupils face a "lottery" in the number of exams they are allowed to sit at different schools across Scotland, according to think-tank Reform Scotland.

Call for statement over Lockerbie claims
16 May 2016 at 6:17pm
Scotland's justice secretary is urged to make a statement to parliament over claims made by his predecessor about the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Mundell calls for end to 'blame games'
16 May 2016 at 4:28pm
The Scottish and UK governments should end the "bickering and blame games" and work together in the national interest, the Scottish secretary says.

More students seek mental health help
16 May 2016 at 2:23pm
The number of students seeking help with mental health issues has increased by almost 50%, according to new figures.

Borders rail extension goal 'realistic'
16 May 2016 at 2:46pm
Extending the Borders Railway to Carlisle is "a realistic prospect", according to Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

Parliament could scrap sectarianism law
15 May 2016 at 2:56pm
Opposition parties at the Scottish parliament say they will seek to repeal controversial legislation on sectarianism.

China deal questions lodged at Holyrood
14 May 2016 at 12:21am
Dozens of questions are lodged at Holyrood about a memorandum of understanding the Scottish government signed with Chinese firms.

Brexit row over Scottish finance jobs
13 May 2016 at 1:34pm
Economists clash over claims tens of thousands of jobs in Scotland's financial sector could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU.

Ken Macintosh elected presiding officer
12 May 2016 at 7:48pm
Ken Macintosh is elected presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament on the first day of its fifth session.

MSPs sworn in for new Holyrood term
12 May 2016 at 4:40pm
MSPs sworn in for fifth session of Scottish parliament

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Winning With Willie
by James Kelly
17 May 2016 at 3:53pm
A real clash of the titans to look forward to as Rennie takes on Sturgeon. Wonder who will win? Should be close. #WinningWithWillie— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 17, 2016It would be embarrassing i...

Get set for Schrodinger's referendum as bombshell ICM poll reveals that Remai...
by James Kelly
16 May 2016 at 6:46pm
After a whole week without a single EU referendum poll (almost unbelievable this deep into the campaign), ICM have broken the drought with simultaneous phone and online polls, which once again show...

A few thoughts on the Tory/Labour plan to legalise sectarian abuse at footbal...
by James Kelly
15 May 2016 at 3:47pm
It's been suggested today that because the SNP won a clear mandate at the Holyrood election, it's wrong for the opposition parties to press for the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act...

Thunder and lightning, it's getting exciting
by James Kelly
15 May 2016 at 2:25am
I knew that the sight of Australia racking up a huge Eurovision lead on jury votes, but losing it all on the public vote, reminded me of something.  It took me a while to put my finger on it, but o...

Eurovision 2016 : prediction for Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
14 May 2016 at 2:39am
Well, this is all getting rather uncanny - I correctly predicted all ten qualifiers from the second semi-final, after getting the first one mostly right as well.  I'm bound to come a cropper at the...

James Mackenzie : "As I correctly wait..."
by James Kelly
13 May 2016 at 3:46pm
You've got to hand it to the Greens' former PR man James Mackenzie, he's brazen if nothing else.  He's updated his Better Nation blog for only the second time since October (so it's probably safe t...

Eurovision 2016 : Prediction for Thursday's semi-final
by James Kelly
12 May 2016 at 6:25pm
After my success in correctly predicting nine out of ten qualifiers in the first semi, let's see how spectacularly I can fall from grace in round two.  Here are the ten countries I think will make ...

The pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament has just increased t...
by James Kelly
12 May 2016 at 1:43pm
The Presiding Officer doesn't have a vote in the Scottish Parliament (except in the event of a tie, when he or she is expected to vote in line with certain conventions), so the news that all five c...

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MP alleged to have claimed Ł16,665 in hotel expenses during fling with a writer
by /u/BenV94
17 May 2016 at 11:05pm
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The whole of Scotland could move to Edinburgh and it would still be 3.5 milli...
by /u/redandblackbackpack
17 May 2016 at 10:41pm
Crazy eh? The whole of Scotland could move to Edinburgh and it would be a city of 5.29 million, still much smaller than Greater London which is 8.6 million. If someone proposed everyone moving ther...

r/uk and r/ukpolitics discuss "Multiculturalism in Scottish Parliament"
by /u/iknowothershit
17 May 2016 at 9:12pm
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The Scunner Campbell could join Hydra
by /u/PostCaptainKat
17 May 2016 at 8:59pm
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Inverewe Garden - Poolewe, Scotland
by /u/waqasjaffar19
17 May 2016 at 7:34pm
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Persuading Britain to spend billions on Trident is like convincing a tramp to...
by /u/rojozorro
17 May 2016 at 6:32pm
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The Positive Case for the EU
by /u/wappingite
17 May 2016 at 6:00pm
What's great about being in the EU? submitted by /u/wappingite

Extraordinarily authoritarian: SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC on Tory IP Bill
by /u/throwawaythreefive
17 May 2016 at 4:48pm
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Good old ScotRail, if I set my target so low, I'd be proud too
by /u/Tainted-Archer
17 May 2016 at 3:53pm
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Total's boss says North Sea oil and gas 'has a future'
by /u/bottish
17 May 2016 at 2:46pm
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BBC Scotland News on Twitter: "Nicola Sturgeon confirmed as Scottish first mi...
by /u/YaManicKill
17 May 2016 at 2:30pm
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So what if the vote in the EU referendum is to remain, but without the Scotti...
by /u/redandblackbackpack
17 May 2016 at 1:42pm
We've heard for weeks about what Scotland might do if the UK votes to leave the EU, but Scotland votes majority to remain. Sturgeon says it could be a basis for a second referendum. However, no one...

The impact of a future pro-UK majority in Holyrood
by /u/wappingite
17 May 2016 at 12:46pm
When the SNP took power, we saw the effect immediately - a referendum was requested and given, to determine if Scotland should leave the UK. Most folks on both sides accepted that this decision wou...

Free wifi for Edinburgh's city centre
by /u/bottish
17 May 2016 at 12:35pm
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Meet woman at the heart of tawdry love triangle that led to the breakdown of ...
by Annie Brown
17 May 2016 at 10:52pm
STEWART Hosie and Angus MacNeil split from their wives after falling for 'mistress of reinvention' Serena Cowdy, a former actress turned political journalist.

Lovecheat MP Angus MacNeil enjoyed his love-triangle affair in swanky hotel o...
by David Clegg
17 May 2016 at 10:52pm
THE MP has come under fire after parliamentary records revealed he regularly billed the taxpayer for stays at the £150-a-night hotel where he entertained his mistress.

Joan McAlpine: Tories now bring up independence at every opportunity to hide ...
by Joan McAlpine
17 May 2016 at 10:18pm
JOAN reckons the Tories are constantly banging on about the possibility of another IndyRef as a diversionary tactic to deflect attention from their brutal policies.

Lord Heseltine writes off Boris Johnson's Tory leadership hopes as he slams h...
by Shaun Connolly
17 May 2016 at 9:24pm
THE former deputy prime minister says Johnson is behaving irresponsibly and that he has lost his judgement under the strain of the EU referendum campaign.

Scottish Politics Today: Coronation day at Holyrood and poverty under David C...
by dailyrecord
17 May 2016 at 11:25am
NICOLA STURGEON will be confirmed as First Minister today without any drama while poverty continues in Britain under David Cameron.

Record View: Lighting flares in football stadiums is a recipe for disaster
by Record View
17 May 2016 at 8:50am

 AS the Record reveals today, some of these cheap pyros can burn hot enough to melt steel, so anyone who doubts the dangers a flare can cause in a football stadium needs to pay more attention....

First Minister told to raise starting age to SEVEN if she wants to truly tran...
by dailyrecord
16 May 2016 at 11:05pm
TEACHER and journalist James McEnaney tells Nicola Sturgeon what her priorities for Scottish education should be in order to raise standards and reduce inequality.

One in three Brits suffered poverty in the three years after David Cameron be...
by Jack Blanchard
16 May 2016 at 9:41pm
LABOUR spokesman says statistics showing 32.5 per cent of the population lived in poverty between 2011 and 2014 "destroys Tory myth that we're all in it together".

Watch Donald Trump launch fresh attack on Sadiq Khan and admit he may not hav...
by Dan Bloom
16 May 2016 at 10:03am
SPEAKING on Good Morning Britain, the Republican candidate hit back after London's first Muslim mayor said his "ignorant" views on religion will make the world less safe if he becomes President.

Record View: Tax dodge retired politician Nigel Griffiths comes a whopper
by Record View
16 May 2016 at 8:52am
AS Griffiths struggles to explain his involvement in a tax avoidance scheme, his defence has more holes in it than the nets at Ibrox.

Michael Greenwell

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

There are image problems and there are image problems?
by michaelgreenwell
15 May 2016 at 10:16am
Formula one people seem to think that the major problem people have with their sport is that sometimes there isn’t enough overtaking. It may however be that having people like Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone involved has something to do with it. Here is Ecclestone’s recent outburst... And just in case you had forgotten about …

Discrimination in Action
by michaelgreenwell
12 May 2016 at 10:33am
TV news makes many sins of omission and other propaganda techniques are in there. However, you often find much more propaganda, lifestyle propaganda, in other programs on TV. This lifestyle propaganda is all about showing people what those that control the TV output believe to be acceptable behaviour. Here we have a truly stunning example, …

The Turnout 1 ? Mark Frankland on Hillsborough
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2016 at 12:48am
This is the first in a new series of podcasts looking at issues around the world. Future episodes will come from far and wide, but we start in North England, 27 years ago. Mark Frankland was in the stadium on the day the Hillsborough disaster happened. I asked him about his experience and what followed. …

Bernie Sanders Is Not A Radical
by michaelgreenwell
4 May 2016 at 10:16am
Noam Chomsky pointing out that not so long ago, Sanders positions would not have been considered radical at all…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 126 ? Who Were The Yes Campaigners? ? with ...
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 11:23am
We all remember the people we met, campaigned, and often made friends with during the referendum campaign. However, were the people we met representative of the campaigners as a whole? Who were they all? If the Telegraph were to be believed then the whole campaign was just that one muscular guy in a kilt with …

The Trump V Sanders Debate
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 8:28am
The Trump V Sanders debate. Some funny moments, some not so funny, but it is worth the watch…

He?s Still Got A Job There
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
I have an article on the Hillsborough situation that I will put out in the next few days but,  for the moment, I have to say that James O’Brien’s comments about Kelvin Mackenzie are a pretty good summation of one part of the story…

A Little Motivational Kick
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 10:30am
The tories don’t provide many services. In fact, they usually do their best to run them down so that they can then make the case to sell them off, repackaging it as an improvement. One thing they are good at providing though, is motivation. Look at the following and tell me you aren’t bursting to …

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Give Me a Child Until they are Seven
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 May 2016 at 3:40pm
Our school age is to dictated by a decision made by Victorian politicians back in the 1860s. It has more to do with economics than education. As James McEnananey writes: “We should raise the school starting age to seven. Just 12 per cent of countries send their children to school aged four or five, and …

Scotland Redefines Corruption?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 May 2016 at 1:49pm
David Ellis and David Whyte (editor of ‘How Corrupt is Britain?’) asks why was the alternative to British crony capitalism not at the heart of the Indyref debates? see also A Very British Disease. Recent revelations about the Tory party election investigations and the huge numbers of British-owned shell companies in British Overseas Territories and …

Kate Tempest ? Progress
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 May 2016 at 12:03pm
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Bella Needs You #backingbella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 May 2016 at 9:30am
We’ve been asking people why they value Bella Caledonia and support our fundraising efforts to continue. Here’s some responses: “Bella Caledonia was a trailblazer for independent online media in Scotland. Now we have a plurality of sparky blogs and netzines focussed on Scotland and its future. It has not always been so. Bella was one of …

Passing Sentence: the malaise of our times
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2016 at 6:13pm
This article is by way of providing a mere illustration of a deep malaise that afflicts us. We are expected not to think about it. We are invited to watch television and celebrate celebrity instead. The British Government has published its White Paper on the future of the BBC, ?A BBC for the future: a …

Backing Bella for 2016/17
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2016 at 10:45am
We’re launching our annual crowd fund appeal today – and asking for your support. We’ve tried to up our game in the last year and have ambitious plans for expanding our content in 2016/17 (see here for a sample of them). Next month we’ll be producing our first book (in lovely old-fashioned print!), launching our …

When Friday Comes #3 ? Football As Never Before
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 May 2016 at 2:47pm
George Best was 24 years old, and at height of his fame, if not his football career, when avante garde German film director, Hellmuth Costard, rolled up at Old Trafford in the autumn of 1970. Costard, known in his home country as a political artist and leftfield provocateur, achieved a certain notoriety in 1968 when …

Getting Carried Away
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 May 2016 at 7:18am
Alex Massie makes a brave defence of the Tory revival thesis proclaiming not just the popularity of Thatcher and the Poll Tax in Scotland but much more. In doing so he inadvertently charts the long-term decline of the party and their ideology. Where now are the giants of the 80s like Michael Forsyth and Malcolm …

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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed as Scottish first minister
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 May 2016 at 4:38pm
SNP leader re-elected by 63 votes to five as three largest opposition parties abstained during formal election contestNicola Sturgeon has been confirmed as Scotland?s first minister after she overcame a token challenge for the post from the Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie.Sturgeon was re-e...

Scottish Labour leader challenges SNP to make the case for Europe
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
13 May 2016 at 2:28pm
Kezia Dugdale uses launch of Labour In for Scotland campaign to ask SNP to drop negative tactics and argue for staying in EUKezia Dugdale has challenged the Scottish National party to make the positive case for Europe as she formally launched the Labour In for Scotland campaign with its UK chair,...

Ken Macintosh elected as presiding officer of Scottish parliament
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 May 2016 at 8:12pm
Macintosh, who has to renounce party affiliation, becomes first Scottish Labour member elected to the speaker roleKen Macintosh has become the first Scottish Labour member to be elected to the role of presiding officer of the Holyrood parliament.The MSP won in the third round of a knockout ballot...

Talking about Scotland's 'Ulsterisation' is jaw-droppingly disrespectful | Li...
by Libby Brooks
11 May 2016 at 6:12pm
It?s true that politics in Scotland is divided along binary lines more than anywhere else in mainland Britain. But the word brings with it ugly resonancesWith two era-defining referendums and a pair of tsunami-like elections in under three years, Scotland has had to make its peace with political ...

Scotland to get new cabinet post focusing on faltering economy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 May 2016 at 2:39pm
Nicola Sturgeon will split finance secretary job in two to create economy secretary to tackle poor productivity and job creationNicola Sturgeon is to create a new cabinet post to focus on Scotland?s struggling economy following a slump in job creation and amid faltering productivity.The first min...

Putting together the jigsaw of last Thursday?s election results | Letters
by Letters
10 May 2016 at 6:35pm
It was very clear to most commentators, and certainly to most Labour supporters, that Kezia Dugdale?s attempt to attract votes with promises of income tax increases to be used on public services plus the non-renewal of Trident, while undeniably brave, admirable even, was soundly rejected by voter...

Ruth Davidson?s got Scottish Tories back in the game. But nowhere near power ...
by Dani Garavelli
9 May 2016 at 3:47pm
In a country conditioned to see the Conservatives as an endangered species, the election results were just another shift in an unstable political landscapeOn a sunny May day 19 years ago, to the strains of Things Can Only Get Better, the Conservatives were effectively wiped out as a political for...

Scottish farmers left in the dark about Brexit, MPs told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 May 2016 at 2:42pm
NFU Scotland vice-president says farmers? body remains neutral on leaving EU but questions ?total lack of evidence? for exitScottish farming and fishing leaders have told a parliamentary committee that their members are facing a ?total lack of evidence? about how the UK would cope with Brexit.The...

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Slaves to ukonomics
You want to know the price of the Union? Following the news that the infamous Glasgow Effect is a by-product of decades of Westminster inspired social engineering, a study carried out by Sheffield Hallam University has found that by 2020 Scotland is going to suffer from Ł1.1 billion worth of cuts to the social security …

Showing the Union a real Glasgow effect
My grandfather never reached pension age, he wasn’t alone. It’s not uncommon for Glasgow men to die in their 40s or 50s. It’s called the Glasgow effect, the city’s residents have poorer health outcomes than can be predicted from statistics on unemployment or poverty. Other cities with similar problems to Glasgow have better health. A …

A very Tory referendum
The EU referendum is getting even more heated, which is a bit like saying that the Labour party in Scotland is getting even more pointless or that Ruth Davidson is getting jolly hockey stickier. In the past week alone we’ve had dire warnings from Davie Cameron and George Osborne for the Remain campaign that leaving …

Fŕilte gu Poblachd na h-Alba
In a shameless display of artificial outrage, Labour’s Ian Murray and the Tories’ Jackson Carlaw have declared that they are angered and appalled by the admission from the SNP’s Humza Yousaf that most people in his party would support getting rid of the monarchy. That’s a bit like expressing shock and horror that people in …

BBC, licenced to shill
The BBC charter has been renewed, and now BBC Scotland is going to stop being a branch office of the Union. It will accurately reflect the fact that half of the population want independence and will be independent of London and wholly controlled and funded within Scotland. In other news, Ruth Davidson has admitted that …

How many interventions is that now then?
Gordie’s been intervening again. He didn’t bother intervening during the recent Holyrood election because even he could see that his party was going to tank, and not because Ruth Davidson was sitting on it posing for a photo shoot for the Scotsman. His old seat of Kirkcaldy has turned into an SNP stronghold and what’s …

Photo ops and a whole load of bull
Flushed by their spectacular ground breaking victory which broke the mould of Scottish politics forever by coming such a distant second behind the SNP that you need binoculars to see the buffalo that Ruthie is sitting on, the Ruth Davidson Photo Op Party are dizzy with excitement about all the things they’re going to be …

Union balls
We should expect it by now, the Unionist media in Scotland is a kind of British nationalist lottery machine. It feeds on the hopes and aspirations of the voters of Scotland, and it spews out a load of balls. I said before the election that if the SNP loses its overall majority, the only narrative …

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Homeless levels branded obscene by new Kirk leader
"OBSCENE" levels of homelessness are a "damning indictment" on Scotland, the incoming Moderator of the Church of Scotland said yesterday.

Lockerbie victims' families say don?t scrap rights act
RELATIVES of victims of the Lockerbie bombing have today joined a major civil society coalition to defend the under-threat Human Rights Act.

Lockerbie bombing conviction ?crumbling?, says Jim Swires
Victims' families say don?t scrap rights actTHE official case against Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, is crumbling, acc

Police launch airgun surrender campaign as new licence fee approaches
AIRGUN owners seeking to avoid the new licence fee ? or a fine and possibly imprisonment for an unlicensed gun ? can surrender their weapon to the police next week.

Some neck: Scientists say they've cracked the mystery of giraffe evolution
UNIQUE genes that affect the skeleton, heart and nervous system may explain how the giraffe evolved into the world?s tallest land animal, researchers have revealed.

Evidence of huge asteroid reveals clues to prehistory found in Australia
EVIDENCE of a monster asteroid that smashed into the Earth 3.46 billion years ago has been uncovered in Australia.

New figures show reports of sex crimes in Scotland are not falling, in spite ...
THE reality of sexual crimes, domestic abuse, stalking and harassment in Scotland was laid bare yesterday in official reports.

Judge urges Holyrood indycamp to get lawyer
LEGAL proceedings in the case to evict independence supporters from a camp outside the Scottish Parliament will resume at the end of this month.

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Jackie Baillie ? A liar Should Have a Memory Like an Elephant ? But She Forgo...
      I have great admiration for the 13,413 Dumbarton voters who on 5 May 2016 supported the SNP candidate, Gail Robertson.  So close to defeating Jackie Baillie who enjoyed a pyrrhic  victory by 106 votes. But her victory was achieved at great cost to the party she purports to support. Her stance also further …

Turkey Abandons Secularism For Islam ? Warnings From History are Many ? E.U. ...
              The EU Refugee & Migrant Crisis Angela Merkel, Germany?s chancellor, recently agreed a EU deal with Turkey on Syrian migrants. This entailed Turkey closing it’s doors to an ever increasing flood of migrants and also accepting a return to Turkey of any such refugees or migrants deemed to …

Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Ignore the Duplicitous Public Face of Davidson and her Newborn Tory Party ? T...
          The Leopard Cannot Change its Spots – Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories are still toxic Ruth Davidson has been very busy in the last few months embracing the agenda of a compliant Unionist press and the BBC broadcasting images and reports always favourable to Unionist parties. So no change in the …

Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

John Lamont ? Tory Hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency ?...
        John Lamont, the Tory hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency claimed more in members’ expenses than Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale put together during the first nine months of the 2015/16 financial year. A trawl through the Scottish Parliament’s financial records shows most of the Conservatives elected in …

Homeland Security UK Style -Counter Terrorism Strategy Information is Widely ...
  The new powers       Counter-Extremism Strategy – Extract from the Foreword by David Cameron Over generations, we in Britain have built something extraordinary: a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our country today is more vibrant, buoyant and diverse than ever before in our history. There is still more to be done to defeat …

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Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

Gerry Hassan

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An Open Letter to the SNP
An Open Letter to the SNP Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 15th 2016 Congratulations on last week?s historic third term. It was well deserved. The party has rightly established a reputation for competence. Nicola Sturgeon is popular and liked; none of the opposition come near. The SNP has contributed enormously to public life. It is ...

Armageddon Days are Here Again: Ulsterification and the Potential of DIY Scot...
Armageddon Days are Here Again: Ulsterification and the Potential of DIY Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 11th 2016 Language, words and how people communicate matter. Yet, many would agree that much of the conduct of politics and politicians – and even public life in Scotland and the UK ? falls short and leaves a ...

The End of An Era: Goodbye to the 1980s and the Age of the Imperial SNP
The End of An Era: Goodbye to the 1980s and the Age of the Imperial SNP Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 8th 2016 Last week?s election marked the end of a historic era -  a Scotland defined by the explosion and aftermath of the independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have been given a ...

The Scottish Revolution that isn?t quite what people expected
The Scottish Revolution that isn?t quite what people expected Gerry Hassan May 6th 2016 The Scottish election was a foregone conclusion. Everything was settled we were told. But it hasn?t quite turned out that way. A third SNP term, but without the expected overall majority that the Nationalists and polls expected. A Tory revival beyond ...

Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council
Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council May 5th 2016 Dear Mr Hassan, I saw your article on ?Scottish Review? about Govanhill and, as a press officer for Glasgow City Council, was particularly taken the paragraph, which said: For years Govanhill has had a palpable feeling of falling between the cracks and has not received ...

Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Stur...
Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Sturgeon?s Constituency Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 4th 2016 A couple of years ago a community arts project in Glasgow designated Albert Drive on the city?s Southside as ?Scotland?s most ethnically diverse street?. It was a good strapline ? filled with positivity and ...

Whatever happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution?
What happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 1st 2016 There is a Scottish election going on ? played out in TV and radio studios, photo-ops and the occasional party leader debates. Its main contestants are the party leaders, no one else from the main parties, and perhaps more ...

Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland
Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 29th 2016 A few months ago I watched the award-winning film ?Spotlight? – the story of the ?Boston Globe?s? investigative unit of the same name that examined allegations of Catholic Church sexual abuse. Although set in Boston in 2001 the ...

Scotland and Independence

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Michael Forsyth: SNP dream of Scottish independence in Europe is a 'cruel lie...
Michael Forsyth: SNP dream of Scottish independence in Europe is a 'cruel lie'
Quoting from the document, the 1320 declaration of Scottish independence, he will say: ?We fight not for riches nor honour nor glory but for freedom alone which no honest man surrenders but with his life.? He will say the SNP government could not ...

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Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority - ABC News

Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority
ABC News
The independence-minded Scottish National Party won a third consecutive term in government Friday but failed to secure an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament. In an eye-catching reversal, the Conservative Party secured its best result in the 17 ...
Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaignScotsman...

Impact of Brexit on Scotland's independence drive is hard to call - Open Demo...

Open Democracy
Impact of Brexit on Scotland's independence drive is hard to call
Open Democracy
In the immediate aftermath of last week's elections to the Scottish Parliament, some London commentators had strong but contrasting opinions on what the results mean for the chances of a second independence referendum in Scotland if the UK votes for ...
Tom Peterkin: Labour needs conviction on Scots inde...

It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play - Bloomberg

Herald Scotland
It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play
Scotland's drive for independence was supposed to run out of road after voters rejected it in the September 2014 referendum, the economic case hollowed out as the price of oil the nationalists said would underpin growth collapsed. Less than two years ...
Poll: UK voters more worried about Scottish independence tha...

Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Scots persuaded ...

Reuters UK
Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Scots persuaded
Reuters UK
EDINBURGH Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday her pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) would not press for a second independence referendum until it was clear most Scots wanted to leave the United Kingdom.
Watch: Rise targets independence at manifesto launchHerald Sco...

Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate - BBC News

BBC News
Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate
BBC News
The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has dominated the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens argued it would be undemocratic ...
Sturgeon says Scottish independence vote likely if she wins electionReuters...

Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says - Bloomberg

Reuters Blogs (blog)
Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says
Scots overwhelmingly favor remaining in the EU, and if Cameron fails to carry the day in the June 23 vote on an EU exit it would convince more Scots of the need for independence, Salmond said. Should Brexit succeed, Cameron would embark on a two-year ...
Scotland in the euro zone? Gordon Brown outlines a...


SNP - Google News
Google News

Westminster's full of marriage wreckers like Serena the siren... and she's no...

Daily Mail
Westminster's full of marriage wreckers like Serena the siren... and she's not coming within a mile of my husband ...
Daily Mail
She writes mostly for The House, Westminster's equivalent of a trade magazine. Perhaps it was her sparkling prose that brought her to the attention of SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie, 53, and his colleague Angus MacNeil, a 45-year-old father of three.

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Nicola Sturgeon has been drawn into SNP love triangle - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has been drawn into SNP love triangle
Herald Scotland
A former actress turned journalist, Serena Cowdy, 36, was alleged to have been in a relationship with Mr Hosie for several months but had previously been involved with SNP MP Angus MacNeil during the Scottish independence referendum. Mr MacNeil ...

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Hosie's independence role questioned - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Hosie's independence role questioned
Herald Scotland
STEWART Hosie's future at the head of the SNP's summer independence drive is uncertain after it emerged he was involved in a political love triangle. An SNP source said that the party would have to look again at his prominent position within the ...

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Married SNP MPs in 'love triangle' face questions over expenses claims - Tele...
Married SNP MPs in 'love triangle' face questions over expenses claims
?The SNP told us they would be stronger for Scotland in the House of Commons, but it turns out they have simply been an embarrassment to Scotland. People will be losing count of the number of SNP MPs who have caused a headache for Nicola Sturgeon.?.

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Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: SNP thinks positive in opposing the Tories - The National

The National
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: SNP thinks positive in opposing the Tories
The National
THE 2016 Holyrood election campaign was perhaps unique in our democracy, in that only one of the political parties standing in the election put themselves forward as a credible party of government. While the SNP set out a comprehensive manifesto that ...

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Letters II: Democracy thrives somewhere ? though not in the UK - The National

The National
Letters II: Democracy thrives somewhere ? though not in the UK
The National
MR Mundell is being deliberately disingenuous in claiming Ms Sturgeon has no mandate for a second referendum (Mundell queries SNP's mandate, The National, May 17). Even a recently arrived tourist from Alpha Centauri would have to be blind and deaf to ...

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MP claimed nights at five-star hotel on taxpayer 'during affair' - The Times ...

The Times (subscription)
MP claimed nights at five-star hotel on taxpayer 'during affair'
The Times (subscription)
An SNP MP claimed thousands of pounds for staying in a five-star hotel where he is believed to have met his mistress, it has been claimed. Angus MacNeil, 45, is understood to have stayed at the five-star Park Plaza hotel near the Houses of Parliament ...

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Herald View: Fallout from SNP sex scandal could be damaging - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Herald View: Fallout from SNP sex scandal could be damaging
Herald Scotland
Ultimately, the breakdown of the marriages of two SNP MPs, allegedly following affairs with the same woman, is a matter for those involved and their families. With this in mind, there are no doubt some who would question whether the private lives of ...

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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EU referendum has a familiar feel to it in Scotland - BBC News

BBC News
EU referendum has a familiar feel to it in Scotland
BBC News
Will anyone ever make a film based on the EU referendum? Probably not. But if someone is interested there are lots of people in Scotland who could help them write the script. Because as the EU referendum campaign enters its final act many of us here in ...
Gareth Hay: What Scottish nationalists should have done with the #SP16 lis...

Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independence referend...

The Independent
Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independence referendum?
The Independent
A burly man in a tartan kilt was playing the bagpipes outside Edinburgh's central Waverley station. With the SNP again set to form the next Scottish government, the issue of independence has made its way back to the fore. Nicola Sturgeon herself has ...
UK Elections: Scotland May Hold An...

David Cameron warns SNP over 'neverendum' threat -
David Cameron warns SNP over 'neverendum' threat
An SNP spokesman said: "David Cameron knows it is the people of Scotland who will have the ultimate say on the country's future, and that it would be counterproductive for any Tory prime minister to try to stand in the way of a second independence ...
David Mundell queries SNP's mandate to hold a second independence refere...

EU referendum poll: 76 per cent of Scots against Brexit - Scotsman

EU referendum poll: 76 per cent of Scots against Brexit
John Edward, senior campaign spokesman, said: ?The referendum looks like being extremely close UK-wide, and we are putting all our supporters and activists on alert that the votes of the people of Scotland could make the difference in achieving a ...
Scottish EU remain campaign launches in EdinburghBBC News
An odds expert told...

SNP condemned for failing to rule out second independence referendum - Herald...

Herald Scotland
SNP condemned for failing to rule out second independence referendum
Herald Scotland
The SNP's inability to rule out a second bid for independence is a bigger uncertainty for Scotland than the EU referendum, David Mundell has said. The Scottish Secretary insisted June's vote on Britain's membership of the EU should not be a "re-run" of ...
David Cameron contradicts Ruth Davidson by ...

Alison Rowat: Continuing referendum debate keeps us going - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Alison Rowat: Continuing referendum debate keeps us going
Herald Scotland
Towards the other end of the spectrum are those who count themselves among the massed ranks of independence supporters. They can hail from several parties, but they tend to be found mostly in the SNP; and while the strength of opinion can differ, they, ...

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Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate - BBC News

BBC News
Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate
BBC News
The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has dominated the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens argued it would be undemocratic ...
Summer battle looms over future of Scotland after referendum pledgeScotsman...

Hosie's independence role questioned - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Hosie's independence role questioned
Herald Scotland
In the wake of her election to lead the Scottish Parliament, Ms Sturgeon was asked if she retained confidence in Stewart Hosie's ability to lead the party's summer independence project and replied that the allegations against her deputy were a "private ...
SNP politician Shona Robison breaks down and gets hug from Nicola SturgeonD...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Kenny MacAskill

Deary me.

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won.

Welsh Assembly
Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood have tied the vote on becoming the assembly leader 29-29.   Leanne was voted for by Tory and UKIP, I'm sure she won't go anywhere near a coalition though, it goes against the grain as much as it would up here.  Labour would be best going into a minority administration...

EU Referendum Spreadsheet
In case anyone is interested (probably no-one lol), I have pulled together this spreadsheet to record the results of the EU referendum.   There is going to be 382 count centres across the UK, each making their own declaration.    Once all 382 results are in, the final total will be announced.   L...

Who is your favourite new MSP?
Of the new intake, who's your favourite?   The SNP's Gail Ross for me.      

SNP beaten in 14 constituencies, can any problems be found?
Last year in the UK general election the SNP took all but three of the 59 seats up for grabs in Scotland.    In the FPTP element of this year's Holyrood election some 14 of 73 seats would go elsewhere.   A slight sign of weakness in the SNP armour, this result wasn't quite the clean up they enjoy...

Ross Greer
Thinks it's time the ginger hero had his own thread on here tbh

The Ad Lib of environmentalism. The most famous VL in all of West Central Scotland.

New Scottish Parliament
Thought it would be useful to have a thread taking about policies from this point on.

I'm very much in favour of this, however it would be very hypocritical of Labour if they push this in Holyrood but not Westminster.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Sinead O' Connor She had been officially reported missing to police in Chicago today before later being found and taken to a hospital. Troubled lassie.

Stone Roses
Announcement today seemingly. Got a heads up last week about gigs at the ethiad so booked hotels before prices rocketed. Can cancel if it's a hoax.

Willie Rennie
Fooking hell - just watched this goon on the daily politics show masquerading as ..or maybe he is..the village idiot. Sits there spouting complete shyte with his inane little smile ...completely delusional. Been a long time since Ive seen such a complete nonentity or such a poor politician .

Eurovision 2016 thread
I was hoping someone else would start it However You are welcome

Offensive Behaviour Act
Does anyone seriously believe that the three Unionist parties have the interests of football fans at heart ? All 3 parties have taken advantage of religion keeping Scots divided for decades therefore it suits their long term agenda to keep that ongoing. Thats whats going on here Secta...

New Radiohead Album
Noted the Stone Roses thread there, and thought the new Radiohead album deserved a mention. I'm conscious of hyperbole, so I'll just say IT'S THE BEST MUSIC SINCE MUSIC BEGAN EVER, SINCE THE DAWN OF MUSIC AND TIME! Honestly, I'm not even a huge Radiohead fan. I've listened to all their al...

Most Irritating Adverts
If I hear "" once more, I'm jumping off a high-rise.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Holyrood Magazine


John McDonnell: Labour will 'rescue' EU referendum debate from Tory Project Fear

Nicola Sturgeon welcomes support of Willie Rennie?s son for her bid to become...

Nicola Sturgeon elected as First Minister by Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh city centre to get free Wi-Fi coverage

Nicola Sturgeon set to be named First Minister

Edinburgh launches independent inquiry into PFI schools construction

Mhairi Black urges young people to make their voice heard in the EU referendum

Former justice committee convener Christine Grahame elected deputy presiding ...

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There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...

Neil Oliver and his unionist hate fest
  Todays Sunday Times article by the BBC?s Neil Oliver is so stunning in it’s inaccuracy, it’s difficult to know where to begin. It oozes personal hate towards Salmond and Sturgeon, disdain towards the SNP and bitterness towards his fellow Scots who aspire towards a better vision for Scotland. Neil talks of ?schoolboy logic? but ...

Long form podcast extra: Prof John Curtice Prof John Curtice, renowned psephologist and political commentator, chats to Common Space journalist Michael Gray about the upcoming Scottish Parliament election, opinion polls, the voting system and the nature of democracy itself. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast ...

Long form podcast: John McTernan John McTernan, political strategist and commentator, spends an hour chatting to Common Space journalist Michael Gray. John McTernan gives his insight into what is wrong with some of the SNP’s policies and what was great about the New Labour project. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can ...