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Swinson rules herself out of Lib Dem leadership race
18 Jun 2017 at 6:36pm
Jo Swinson has disappointed senior Lib Dem colleagues by announcing that she will not stand to replace Tim Farron as party leader.

Philip Hammond: Conservatives 'not deaf' to message at ballot box
18 Jun 2017 at 10:51am
The Chancellor Philip Hammond has signalled that the Conservative Government will ease austerity, saying that ministers were not "deaf" to the outcome of the General Election.

Top SNP MP Tommy Sheppard: 'Park indyref2 until Brexit talks are over'
18 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
LEADING SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has called for a second independence referendum to be "parked" pending the outcome of Brexit negotiations, in a dramatic intervention that breaks ranks with the party's leadership.

22 years on, the women of Srebrenica: their story must be told
18 Jun 2017 at 12:08am
?Where logic ends, Bosnia begins,? says Resad Trbonja, who defended Sarajevo as a teenage soldier in a war that ripped his city apart.

Queen's speech ditched next year for Brexit laws
18 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
IN a highly unusual move, the UK parliamentary session is being doubled to two years and year's Queen's Speech is being ditched by the Government to ease the way in Parliament for new Brexit laws.

Prime Minister meets Grenfell victims at Downing Street ? but criticism inten...
18 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
Prime Minister Theresa May met victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster for over two hours yesterday amid growing criticism of her initial response to the tragedy. May chaired the Government task force on the disaster and met victims, volunteers and community leaders afterwards at Downing Street.

Chancellor pushes for a soft Brexit - and says the public back him
17 Jun 2017 at 5:29pm
The Chancellor has publicly pushed for a major shift in the Conservative Government's approach to Brexit.

Unspun: the political diary
17 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
STRANGE scenes at Scottish Labour HQ on election night, we hear. So deep does the hatred of the SNP run in some quarters that it seems members of Kezia Dugdale?s team actually cheered the election of Tory MPs because it took out Nat incumbents. Alex Salmond?s defeat, in particular, induced a state of near rapture in some. Many of their Old Labour colleagues, however, were reportedly disgusted by the noisy enthusiasm for the auld enemy.

Tom Gordon: No rebranding the elephant in the room
17 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
IN public, we're told, Nicola Sturgeon is ?reflecting carefully? on the election and what losing 21 MPs portends for independence. Meanwhile in private, she is reportedly beavering away to ?rebrand? a second referendum to make it about the outcome of the Brexit talks. After she criticises media ?nonsense?, her new Westminster leader says there might not even be a referendum if there is a soft Brexit.

SNP MP with smallest majority in UK avoids election challenge
16 Jun 2017 at 1:41pm
THE MP with the smallest majority in the House of Commons at the general election has avoided a legal challenge to the result.

Gay Scottish Labour MP attacks Tory deal with DUP
17 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
SCOTTISH Labour?s first MP in a same-sex marriage has criticised Theresa May?s deal with the Democratic Unionist party ahead of today?s Edinburgh Pride march

Labour and SNP sign coalition deal to run Edinburgh Council
16 Jun 2017 at 4:46pm
Labour and the SNP have formally signed a coalition agreement to run the City of Edinburgh Council.

No extra cash for Scotland from DUP deal
16 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND will fail to secure extra cash from any deal between the Conservative government and DUP after sources scotched rumours of a windfall through the so-called 'Barnett consequentials'.

Scottish Lib Dems decide against legal action over North East Fife election r...
16 Jun 2017 at 2:54pm
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have decided not to take legal action over the North East Fife General Election result.

Sturgeon accuses 'one-trick' Davidson of failing to face up to Brexit
16 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused Ruth Davidson of a ?dereliction of duty? for focusing on a second referendum on the eve of the UK entering potentially disastrous Brexit negotiations.

 

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SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum
18 Jun 2017 at 7:22pm
Senior SNP figures have split over the party’s most fundamental belief, with some arguing a second Scottish independence referendum should be “parked” until after Brexit while others have urged Nicola Sturgeon to press ahead.

Swinson won?t go for Lib Dem leadership but seeks deputy job
18 Jun 2017 at 6:34pm
East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has ruled herself out of the race to become the next Liberal Democrat leader, saying she will seek the deputy post instead.

David Mundell tells Nicola Sturgeon: Remove indyref2 threat
18 Jun 2017 at 2:56pm
The Scottish Secretary has said he foresees “no circumstances” for a second Scottish referendum taking place before the 2021 Holyrood elections

Queen?s Speech ditched to enable Brexit laws scrutiny
18 Jun 2017 at 2:15pm
Next year’s Queen’s Speech is being ditched by the Government to ease the way in Parliament for new Brexit laws.

Air tax plans to reward Scotland?s richest - report
18 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
Plans to cut aviation tax in Scotland are “predominantly a tax giveaway for Scotland’s wealthiest households and corporations”, according to a new report.

Nicola Sturgeon must reshuffle ?failing? government - Labour
18 Jun 2017 at 11:04am
The Scottish Labour leader has called on the First Minister to reshuffle her “failing” Government.

SNP Westminster leader: Brexit talks must involve all parties
18 Jun 2017 at 10:54am
The SNP’s new Westminster leader has made a final plea for the Conservatives to “reach out to others” before starting Brexit negotiations on Monday.

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard urges party to ?park? indyref2
18 Jun 2017 at 10:39am
Pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to outline her position on a second independence referendum is mounting as further senior SNP figures called for the vote to be postponed.

Insight: 1970s tactics in Theresa May?s battle for survival
18 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
There is very little left of the Theresa May that called a snap general election. Any association with strength and stability, gone. Her reputation as a safe pair of hands, evaporated.

SNP figures urge Nicola Sturgeon not to abandon indyref2 plan
18 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Senior SNP figures have urged Nicola Sturgeon to stand firm on her plan for a second independence referendum despite the threat of another vote being blamed for the party’s dismal general election showing.

Aloof and detached Theresa May is unfit to be Prime Minister
17 Jun 2017 at 11:49pm
Being Prime Minister is about so much more than decision making and policy delivery. These things may, of course, be central to the job but effective leadership requires something extra – the inspiration of confidence.

NHS in Scotland at risk of more cyber attacks warns expert
17 Jun 2017 at 11:14pm
Scotland is lagging behind England in the creation of “robust and dynamic” health service IT systems, a Holyrood inquiry into the recent cyber attack on the NHS has been warned.

DUP insists it will defend Union in deal with Tories
17 Jun 2017 at 9:37pm
DUP chief whip Jeffrey Donaldson has vowed his party will “unashamedly promote the Union” as talks continue with Conservatives to give Theresa May a majority.

Foodbank nurse Claire Austin abused while eating in restaurant
17 Jun 2017 at 5:55pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to condemn the abuse of nurse Claire Austin after she was branded “Tory scum” while eating in an Edinburgh restaurant.

Ex-SNP minister says indyref2 plans should be ?abandoned?
17 Jun 2017 at 4:50pm
A former Scottish Cabinet minister has said the SNP should abandon its current plans for a second Scottish independence referendum.

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To nobody?s amazement
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jun 2017 at 9:53am
(From yesterday’s Herald.) And remember, folks – those 12 Tory gains in Scotland were the difference between Theresa May being Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn leading a progressive alliance in Downing Street. That’s where Scottish Labour areat now.

The attainment gap
by Chris Cairns
17 Jun 2017 at 6:55am

At the bus stop #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jun 2017 at 7:36am
An alert reader emails with a talking point: Interesting idea, no?

The Failures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2017 at 12:03pm
The SNP were there for the taking in last week’s general election. Across the country they typically lost something around10,000 votes per seat compared to the 2015 tsunami, and the vast majority of those seats formerly belonged to Scottish Labour. Yet while Labour did take back sixseats of the 41 they lost two years ago …

The parlour game
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2017 at 6:43am
From just under two years ago.

At the bus stop #1
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jun 2017 at 9:20am
We know that people like to chat generally about issues of the day (and more) in the comments, so while we’re taking a break we’ll probably put up stuff like this now and again just so that we don’t end up with a single post with thousands of comments in it. (And so you know …

The other side of the mountain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jun 2017 at 4:16pm
We’re going to take our own advice, chill out for a few days and enjoy the show as the No Surrender Tories desperately try to Frankensteinsome sort of hilariousgovernment together. There’s nothing much anyone can do to advance the cause of independence right now, there’s no urgent crisis in need of addressing, everybody’s pretty frazzled …

The cannon fodder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jun 2017 at 11:59am
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have been a drastically reduced force in Westminster politics ever since they were all but wiped out (along with most of their UK colleagues) in the 2015 election. But there were still sizeable areasof the country where they retained a strong presence, even when they’d lost their seats. That changed dramatically …

From the ground
by Dave McEwan Hill
12 Jun 2017 at 8:53am
NB The following article is the view of an SNP activist, not Wings Over Scotland. Although we do agree withlargeparts of it. Let’s be clear on some things. In most of Scotland that unsatisfactory election result had little to do with Brexit, or with ?we don?t want another referendum?. It had nothing to do with …

Think of the country first
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jun 2017 at 3:57pm
Simon Pia, former Scottish Labour spin doctor. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

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Mundell: No indyref2 before 2021 Holyrood elections
18 Jun 2017 at 1:31pm
The Scottish secretary says a vote before a Brexit deal would be unfair on the people of Scotland.


Scotland MP out of Lib Dem leader contest
18 Jun 2017 at 5:51pm
The former minister had been the bookies' favourite to replace Tim Farron.


Sturgeon's 'unity' call at Jo Cox anniversary event
17 Jun 2017 at 3:51pm
The first minister says people have a responsibility 'not to let extremists divide us'.


Armed police presence to remain at Scottish Parliament
16 Jun 2017 at 11:11am
Armed officers will continue to patrol outside Holyrood as an "enhanced visible deterrent".


'Sweeping' new powers for Scottish head teachers
15 Jun 2017 at 5:42pm
Education Secretary John Swinney sets out his plan to transform the way schools are run.


Davidson a 'one-trick pony' - Sturgeon
15 Jun 2017 at 5:31pm
Scotland's first minister claims the Scottish Conservative leader is only capable of talking about independence.


More cash needed to fix problematic farm subsidy IT system
15 Jun 2017 at 12:12am
Watchdog warns ministers to target funding so beleaguered farm subsidy IT system is "compliant and secure".


London fire: Reviews ordered on Scottish tower block safety
15 Jun 2017 at 12:46pm
Local authorities in Scotland are to review fire procedures and some materials used in tower blocks.


Aberdeen Depute Provost to become dual-role Tory MSP
15 Jun 2017 at 1:17pm
Tom Mason is to take up a seat at Holyrood in addition to his role as Depute Provost of Aberdeen City Council.


Ian Blackford MP elected SNP Westminster leader
14 Jun 2017 at 3:47pm
The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber takes over from Angus Robertson who lost his seat at the election.


Scottish police board chief Andrew Flanagan resigns
14 Jun 2017 at 2:00pm
Andrew Flanagan was criticised by MSPs over governance and transparency at the Scottish Police Authority.


Back to work (sort of)
17 Jun 2017 at 12:52am
Scotland's latest group of MPs have been in London adjusting to a new Parliament and, for some, new roles.

Scot Goes Pop

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Survation poll gives the lie to the notion that people are "scunnered" with r...
by James Kelly
18 Jun 2017 at 3:26am
Anyone who buys into the theory that people have just had enough of voting (and of referendums in particular) ought to take heed of the recent GB-wide YouGov poll showing a narrow majority in favou...

An open suggestion : if anyone on the pro-indy side has ever thought about co...
by James Kelly
16 Jun 2017 at 6:11pm
Most of you have probably come across Peter Hitchens' famous quote about the purpose of opinion polls -"Opinion polls are a device for influencing public opinion, not a device for measuring it. Cr...

The SNP performed BETTER last week than in most recent elections
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2017 at 11:54pm
Someone suggested on an earlier thread that the SNP's performance last week was "by far the worst in seven years".  That's completely and utterly untrue, and it's perhaps another sign of how the re...

Survation poll reinforces the need for the SNP to strongly speak up for their...
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2017 at 3:45pm
The Daily Record are full of beans about a poll they've commissioned from Survation showing that, by a roughly 2-1 margin, respondents think "Following the general election result, Nicola Sturgeon ...

The landslide winner is supposed to resign, apparently
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2017 at 2:18pm
London-based Alastair Meeks of Stormfront Lite has followed up yesterday's more measured piece with a barking mad article claiming bewilderment that Nicola Sturgeon hasn't resigned in the wake of l...

Of course the SNP will vote to bring down the Tories - if they can
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2017 at 2:42pm
Over at Stormfront Lite, Alastair Meeks has mused that an early general election is unlikely to happen, and that part of the reason is that the SNP would not vote for it -"The SNP also seem to be s...

The SNP mustn't allow itself to become hobbled for decades by the legend of a...
by James Kelly
13 Jun 2017 at 4:06pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, with more thoughts on why the SNP would be extremely unwise to reverse policy on an independence referendum.  I...

It would be a historic error for the SNP to reverse policy on an independence...
by James Kelly
10 Jun 2017 at 4:05pm
I'm sure by now we're all aware of the mood music which appears (I only say appears) intended to prepare the ground for an announcement by Nicola Sturgeon over the coming days that might water down...

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Mundell: No indyref2 before 2021 Holyrood elections
by /u/Radical_Rick
18 Jun 2017 at 7:17pm
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The most Scottish photo ever taken?
by /u/GautamaBrouhaha
18 Jun 2017 at 5:31pm
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Closing Time in Glasgow.
by /u/taoofdavid
18 Jun 2017 at 5:16pm
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Sunset on Loch Assynt
by /u/ScottishGeology
18 Jun 2017 at 4:40pm
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What do the people of Scotland think of Newcastle and the cities just south o...
by /u/AtlasTheDestroyer23
18 Jun 2017 at 4:07pm
I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne, born and raised there but I have never felt any allegiance to England or the Royal Family. Quite frankly the North East of England gets shat on by the government, alw...

Parental alienation: Scotland's shame
by /u/JohnKimble111
18 Jun 2017 at 4:00pm
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Kezia Dugdale's team cheer the election of Tory MPs
by /u/HyperCeol
18 Jun 2017 at 2:19pm
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Took my wife to Scotland for our anniversary. This was our favorite pic from ...
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18 Jun 2017 at 1:41pm
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Orange marchers can fuck right off
by /u/sexyjigsawpuzzle
18 Jun 2017 at 12:41pm
I usually ignore them but they're getting far more on my tits since this DUP/Tory wankery. Get to fuck. submitted by /u/sexyjigsawpuzzle

Top SNP MP Tommy Sheppard: 'Park indyref2 until Brexit talks are over'
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18 Jun 2017 at 12:32pm
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Post-election poll: SNP on 41 seats
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18 Jun 2017 at 12:00pm
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Back in 2014 the Scottish government introduced new legislation that made it ...
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18 Jun 2017 at 11:46am
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Fuck me it's hot
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18 Jun 2017 at 11:43am
Sweatin ma baws aff here in Perth, not even noon yet! submitted by /u/ClunkyBlocks

Mhairi Hunter: This "secret talks with Apple" story is a classic example of w...
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18 Jun 2017 at 11:28am
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Listen to Boris Johnson's sister spark outrage by saying Theresa May is 'vict...
by Jonathan McFarlane
18 Jun 2017 at 6:04pm
Rachel Johnson made the claims in a radio interview as she tried to defend the Prime Minister over her dithering response to the horrific fire.


Bookies favourite Jo Swinson reveals she won't stand in Lib Dem leadership el...
by Record Reporter
18 Jun 2017 at 5:13pm
The Scottish MP has ruled herself out of replacing Tim Farron as the leader of the party after he quit last week.


What happens if Theresa May resigns? Here's who could take over and what woul...
by Mikey Smith
18 Jun 2017 at 4:29pm
With growing opposition from her own MPs, it could be a matter of days - here's what happens next


Theresa May's aides 'bullied' and blocked civil servants from meeting PM
by Mark Aitken
18 Jun 2017 at 11:52am
The pair fuelled "toxic dynamic" in Whitehall as senior figure Sir Ivan Rogers claims he was frozen out from talking to the Tory leader.


Jim Sillars says Nicola Sturgeon made tactical blunder by calling for IndyRef...
by Mark Aitken
18 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
The veteran politician revealed even his grandchildren voted Labour at General Election but reckons campaign for independence is far from over.


Tories admit Brexit talks will leave British politics crippled for next two y...
by Mark Aitken
18 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom has revealed next year's Queen's Speech is being ditched so MPs can focus on repealing every EU law.


Grenfell is the lie of the right wing laid bare and they should hang their he...
by John Niven
18 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
John Niven slams Tory MPs who voted against forcing private landlords to make homes suitable for human habitation.


SNP concentrated too much on not being England instead of focusing on Scotlan...
by Alex Bell
18 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Alex Bell says party looked too old grievances at General Election but new generation of Scots will now shape country's future.


Theresa May to cancel next year's Queen's Speech so she can stay as PM for TW...
by Nigel Nelson
17 Jun 2017 at 10:30pm
It also means the Tories can dodge controversial Commons votes which could topple the PM until after Brexit


Former SNP minister calls for IndyRef2 plans to be axed in wake of General El...
by Record Reporter
17 Jun 2017 at 5:46pm
Ex-Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill believes Nicola Sturgeon should give up on her party's referendum push.

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Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

Bella Caledonia

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Dark Tower
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jun 2017 at 2:08pm
This isn’t a political crisis for the Conservative Party, or an individual problem for Theresa May’s career trajectory, it is a much deeper crisis of citizenship. The economic system which defines people as objects to be exploited, consumers whose only duty is to buy, and in a British context, loyal subjects is broken, exposed and …

Khadija Saye
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jun 2017 at 10:25am
Rose Strang reflects on the life and work of Khadija Saye, an important emerging artist who lived on the 20th floor of the Grenfell tower and died last week. Two days ago I hadn?t heard of Khadija Saye. There was a time when I kept up with the latest artists featuring at the Venice Biennale …

Out of the Silos
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jun 2017 at 11:05am
The reality of relations between the dispossessed and the elite of this country haven’t been as raw and exposed since Orgreave. But some of the characters have changed. The industrial working class is dead, morphed into a thousand powerless voices, from the workers on zero hours to the homeless and abused, the low-pay workers and …

A Peeliewally Campaign; the SNP Must Discover some Smeddum if Independence is...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jun 2017 at 3:34pm
Definitions.Smeddum: courage, spirit, common-sense, drive. Smeddum is a fine word from my other native tongue, and like a lot of Scots words is a little difficult to define in English. Two more Scots words: peeliewally and peeliewersh. Peeliewally is the better known word, it means weak, insipid, off-colour. However, I suspect peeliewally only really applies …

State of Tension
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jun 2017 at 2:46pm
The fire is now precipitating a full-blown national crisis argues Jonathan Shafi, and instead offear and racism people are showing strength and solidarity in times of crisis. It is fair to speculate that crisis meetings are being held in the heart of the British State and very likely in the security and intelligence services. The …

Modern Studies ? June Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jun 2017 at 11:13am
One of the 20 acts Longlisted for the Scottish Album Of The Year Award for their Swell To Great debut LP, Perthshire-via-Glasgow-via-Yorkshire chamber pop band Modern Studies choose this week’s Bella playlist. Jane Weaver: Did You See Butterflies? We’re all big Broadcast, CAN and Stereolab fans. The new Jane Weaver record borrows from these influences …

Catalonia and Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jun 2017 at 9:24pm
What Does The Catalan Independence Referendum Mean For Citizens, Activists, Living And Working In The Region? ?The referendum is going to be a real test of how far the Catalans are actually prepared to put themselves at risk in order to stand up to Madrid????Kathryn Crameri In 2014, Nearly two million (81% of 2.34 million) …

Boris and the Clown Army
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jun 2017 at 8:05pm
As soon as it was over everyone turned around and wondered why they’d put up with it for so long. That which seemed impossible now seems inevitable. That which seemed invincible now seems intolerable. That we are in the last days of Theresa May’s rule sees clear. What also seems obvious is that as the …

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Glasgow East: where just 75 votes stopped Labour ousting the SNP
by Guardian Staff
15 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters visited constituencies across the UK to find out what matters in your area. In the final dispatch from Glasgow East, Lisa O?Carroll finds disenfranchised voters may not have been swayed by Corbyn, but many young people were. Photograph...

Tim Farron resigns as Liberal Democrat leader ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Jun 2017 at 9:59pm
Follow all the day?s events in and around Westminster and sometimes beyondSign up to the Guardian?s Morning Briefing and start the day one step aheadAfternoon summary 9.59pm BST 9.06pm BST The prime minister Theresa May has said that once emergency services have completed work at the Grenfell To...

Ruth Davidson is playing the long game. Her influence can help soften Brexit ...
by Alex Bell
13 Jun 2017 at 10:29am
The Scottish Conservative leader is a pragmatist, unburdened by policy detail, at ease in her skin and she has charm and political instinct that could take her farAt a time when most politicians are dithering, Ruth Davidson is doing a good job of stamping her mark on events. The leader of the Sco...

A strong stable? The Tory factions Theresa May needs to appease | Rowena Maso...
by Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot
13 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
From Boris and his henchmen to Gove?s full-fat Brexiters, the PM must face party groupings with conflicting policy prioritiesAfter a bruising election campaign, a chastened Theresa May has the backing of her party publicly, but behind the scenes she will need to keep multiple factions happy, incl...

The Scottish Tories have yet to say what they stand for | Letters
by Letters
12 Jun 2017 at 7:18pm
Ruth Davidson?s campaign was based only on opposition to a second independence referendum, write David Reid and Andrew Anderson. Plus Paul Alldred on how the SNP benefits from first past the postTruly we live in interesting times! For example, who would have thought even six months ago that the C...

Nicola Sturgeon calls for May to pause Brexit negotiations
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
12 Jun 2017 at 10:45am
Scottish first minister says election has left UK government so weak that a cross-party approach is needed before EU talks beginGeneral election 2017 ? live updatesNicola Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to pause the Brexit negotiations to build a new cross-party, ?four-nation? consensus on the...

Election 2017: Michael Gove appointed environment secretary in cabinet reshuf...
by Nicola Slawson (now), Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
11 Jun 2017 at 11:33pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments, as Theresa May begins naming her new cabinet? Support our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporter or making a contributionLunchtime summaryEvening summary 11.33pm BST I am signing off now but thanks so much for joining me this evening and ...

What Nicola Sturgeon can learn from Jeremy Corbyn | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
11 Jun 2017 at 12:05am
After 10 ineffective years in power, the first minister should heed the success of the Labour party leaderOn the eve of an election when you had dared to hope that compassion might prevail over greed, a reality check was provided by the BBC. Jeremy Corbyn had just finished addressing his 90th ral...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Welcome to Tory Britain
The alarm goes off and you drag yourself out of bed. Drudge, trudge, nursing a grudge against the alarm clock that rules you. You got through another sleepless night, tossing, turning, sitting upright at every sound at every creak at every voice in the distant night. The nightmare of fire burns in your mind. You …

The consequence of greed and arrogance
All our thoughts and sympathies go out to those affected by the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower in London. In the aftermath of such a horrifying disaster, the priority must be the welfare of the living and the support of the bereaved while survivors are still traumatised and families are raw in grief and bodies …

Let?s do what the Tories don?t want
I’ve not blogged for a few days. I consumed something that turned out to be extremely disagreeable and then was stuck on the toilet pan with no energy or enthusiasm and feeling like my guts were making more contorsions than Theresa May in an attempt to cling on to crap. At first I thought it …

Ye?ve goat tae be kiddin
It’s official. We’re in a mess. It’s an official mess, as opposed to the unofficial mess that has characterised the UK ever since a slight majority of the people of England and Wales decided that curvy bananas were more important to them than job security and the ability to travel freely throughout Europe. Theresa May …

Chaos theory
There are dead cats with more bounce than this government. Are you feeling strong and stable? How are those broad shoulders of the United Kingdom working out for you, the ones that are now wearing an orange sash? Are you better together with the lodge? After spending the election campaign screaming that Jeremy Corbyn was …

Journey to Yes 15 ? Beyond party politics
Simon says Yes. Simon Pia is a Journalist & Consultant, Lecturer and former spin doctor to Scottish Labour including former leader Wendy Alexander, Iain Gray MSP and Gordon Brown. Simon has always believed home-rule or federalism to be solution to Scotland?s democratic deficit. Torn over the independence question, Simon feels the Yes campaign?s economic argument …

The birth pains of a better country
Welcome to Tory Britain, you’ll have had your democracy. The Tories in Scotland came a distant second to the SNP, but they’re acting as though they’re the largest party. There was only one party which lost its majority this week, and it was Ruth Davidson’s. Theresa May has lost, but she’s acting as though she …

Putting lipstick on a pig
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. There’s no spin you can put on it, no positive gloss. This hasn’t been a good night for the SNP. The results of the General Election have been terrible for the party. Some of its biggest names are no longer representing Scotland in …

The National

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Mhairi Black: Anything is possible in these interesting times
WE certainly live in interesting times.

Pat Kane: I'm up for a bit of the well-being sociologists say autonomy brings
IT?S crazy out there, no doubt about it. Hard to know how to orient yourself, in what sometimes feels like a rattling-apart of many established structures.

Wee Ginger Dug: Sorry Ruth, opinion polls and second place are no match for a...
FOR a politician whose party leader called a General Election because the opinion polls told her that she?d get a whopping majority, only to discover once the votes were in that she?d lost the slender majority that she had, you?d think that Ruth Davidson would be a bit more circumspect about demanding that parties in power make decisions based on opinion polls.

The Slorance Sketch: Tim Farron quits the LibDems

Labour and SNP sign fresh Capital Coalition deal to run Edinburgh City Council
THE leaders of the SNP and Labour groups on Edinburgh Council yesterday signed a deal to re-create the Capital Coalition that has run the city since 2012.

Patrick Harvie: We must do all we can to offset the malignity of the DUP
?MAY I say just one more thing Prime Minister; if you must do this damn silly thing, don?t do it in this damn silly way.?

Shona Craven: Tim Farron was wrong to believe the personal was not political
LAST week, as Theresa May dithered and swithered about whether she had a deal or no deal with the DUP, I had a pang of nostalgia for the comparatively simple days of 2010, when Nick Clegg?s gung-ho LibDems hopped swiftly into bed with the Tories.

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: The economy is the key to winning independence
THE independence movement is a broad church and so is the SNP but at times in the last few months that seems to have been forgotten. The left will support independence if you prove to them that it will mean a more widely shared prosperity and the right level of social protection. The right will support independence if it is used to create a wealthier nation, grow business, exports create and op...

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Six Months After Voting ?No? in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots Were P...
            The 2015 General Election The General Election in Scotland in May 2015 was completed only 6 short months after the 2014 referendum. The election provided a unique opportunity for Scots to confirm the results of the 2014 referendum and there appeared to be no definitive reason why this should … Continue reading "Six Months After Voting “No” in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots W...

2017 General Election ? The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why...
            The 2017 General Election I first posted this forecast 6 weeks before the GE and am following up with this before and after report which makes interesting reading. The General Election in Scotland will be a re-run of the 2014 referendum and the landslide victory achieved by the SNP … Continue reading "2017 General Election – The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why They...

Unionist Parties in Scotland Made Their Move and Blew It ? Scottish Independe...
          The 2017 General Election The freak landslide victory achieved by the SNP in the 2015 GE was a one off. In view of this and the downward adjustment that would surely follow at the next GE I completed a voting analysis of the Scottish electorate and published it around 6 … Continue reading "Unionist Parties in Scotland Made Their Move and Blew It – Scottish Independence is Firmly on th...

Struggling With the SNP 2017 General Election Campaign Results ? Despair No M...
            The 2014 Independence Referendum and the Tory Blunders After Cameron blundered hugely: having actually signed a vow promising Scotland substantially extended devolution, the very day after the result, he turned around and retrospectively slapped conditions on it. The point is —– Cameron took a giant public dump on a … Continue reading "Struggling With the SNP 2017 General Election C...

Just in Case You Missed Any First Time Round ? Profiles of Tory and Labour Ca...
            Pen-Profiles – Key Scottish Constituencies – Twelve Tory Candidates and Two Labour   Tony Miklinski – North East Fife https://caltonjock.com/2017/06/06/i-started-off-liking-tony-miklinski-tory-candidate-for-north-east-fife-but-after-digging-around-a-wee-bit-i-have-concluded-he-is-as-bad-as-the-rest-of-ruth-davidsons-bunch-of-chancers/ Stephen Kerr – Stirling https://caltonjock.com/2...

I Started Off Liking Tony Miklinski Tory Candidate for North East Fife But Af...
            Anthony Miklinski Tory Candidate for North East Fife – Military Service Tony’s parents were Polish born upholsterer, Anatol and Williamina Miklinski. They married in 1947 in Yorkshire and had a daughter Elizabeth before moving to Dundee where Anthony was born in 1951. Educated in Dundee, Tony’s vocation was teaching … Continue reading "I Started Off Liking Tony Miklinski Tory Candid...

Tory Party Candidate For Stirling ? Stephen Kerr ? A Fellow Mormon Questions ...
          Mormon Church Doctrine From 1849 to 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) had a policy against the ordination of black men to the priesthood, and forbidding black men and women from taking part in ceremonies in LDS temples. In 1978, the church’s First Presidency declared … Continue reading "Tory Party Candidate For Stirling – Stephen Kerr – A Fellow Mormon...

Rifkind ? Fulton ? Straw ? Snookered the 2014 Independence Referendum and Are...
          April 1998: Rifkind Calls for Pact to Block Nationalists Rifkind called for the formation of a cross- party movement to protect the Union and prevent the SNP taking power. The former foreign secretary?s comments were the first clear indication that the Tory party north of the Border believed that Labour, … Continue reading "Rifkind – Fulton – Straw – Snookered the 2014 Independence Re...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain
Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 28th 2017 Until last week this election was one in which nothing seemed to be happening. All of that changed with the horrors of Manchester. Such atrocities test the fabric of our democracy and civic …

Is it time to think of independence for London?
Is it time to think of independence for London? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 24th 2017 Every day in so many ways the UK becomes more obviously divided and fragmented. The current UK general election campaign showcases this – with the absence of any real national UK politics beyond the theatre of Westminster with instead …

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

Scotland and Independence

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SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum
The Scotsman
Senior SNP figures have split over the party's most fundamental belief, with some arguing a second Scottish independence referendum should be ?parked? until after Brexit while others have urged Nicola Sturgeon to press ahead. Tommy Sheppard MP ...
Former Scottish Cabinet minister Kenny MacAskill calls for SNP to...

Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by n...

Business Insider
Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by new poll
Business Insider
LONDON ? Nicola Sturgeon's dreams of holding a second Scottish independence referendum could be at an end after a new poll found a large majority of Scots want her to drop her plans. The Daily Record poll found that 60% of Scots want her to scrap her ...
Scottish independence refer...

Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table - POLITICO.eu

POLITICO.eu
Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table
POLITICO.eu
The Scottish National Party suffered its worst election in over a decade Thursday, losing 21 seats and more than a quarter of its vote share. The result pushes the prospect of a second referendum on independence from the U.K. ? central to the party's ...
Colorful Conservative Davidson Blunts Drive for Scottish I...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ... - NBCNew...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ...
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Over the horizon of President Donald Trump's oldest Scottish golf resort, a constitutional storm is brewing, fanned by the fallout from Brexit.

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Lib Dems plot to STOP Sturgeon's Scottish independence dream for length of th...

Lib Dems plot to STOP Sturgeon's Scottish independence dream for length of this parliament
Express.co.uk
The letter was written to the Scottish Greens co-leader on Sunday, but Mr Harvie has not responded, according to the Times. If the Greens were to abstain from the vote of alternatively back the motion, Sturgeon's independence tilt would be crushed ...



In the debate over Brexit, the Scottish independence movement gets shelved - ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
In the debate over Brexit, the Scottish independence movement gets shelved
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
In fact, the push for Scottish independence may be headed for a rough patch as Britain reasserts its island status. ?What happens in the near term is something quite unpleasant,? predicted the fellow on the other side of my lunch. We were in an airy ......

May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote - Financial ...

Financial Times
May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote
Financial Times
Conservative leaders have waved aside calls to clarify their conditions for a second Scottish independence referendum beyond their general election manifesto's ambiguous insistence that one should not be held without ?public consent?. The reticence ...
Why Tories have a different General Election strate...

Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on second Scottish independence re...

Independent.ie
Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on second Scottish independence referendum as SNP suffers big losses
Independent.ie
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to the media at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, as 3 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to the media at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, as counting is under way for the General Election. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Scottish...

SNP

SNP - Google News
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SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum
The Scotsman
Senior SNP figures have split over the party's most fundamental belief, with some arguing a second Scottish independence referendum should be ?parked? until after Brexit while others have urged Nicola Sturgeon to press ahead. Tommy Sheppard MP ...

Analysts Expect China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Will Post Earnin...

Analysts Expect China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Will Post Earnings of -$0.29 Per Share
The Cerbat Gem
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Brokerages expect China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) to post ($0.29) earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Zero analysts have provided estimates for China ...

Senior SNP figures call for Nicola Sturgeon to ditch IndyRef2 plans until Bre...

Scottish Daily Record
Senior SNP figures call for Nicola Sturgeon to ditch IndyRef2 plans until Brexit chaos is over
Scottish Daily Record
Pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to outline her position on a second independence referendum is mounting as further senior SNP figures called for the vote to be postponed. SNP MP Tommy Sheppard said the independence campaign should be ?parked? until ...

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table ...

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table
Craven Herald
Mr Mundell told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland: ?The people of Scotland sent Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a very, very clear message in last week's General Election ? with the cataclysmic performance of the SNP compared to the 2015 general election.

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table ...

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table
Bournemouth Echo
Mr Mundell told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland: ?The people of Scotland sent Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a very, very clear message in last week's General Election ? with the cataclysmic performance of the SNP compared to the 2015 general election.

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table ...

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table
Largs and Millport Weekly News
Mr Mundell told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland: ?The people of Scotland sent Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a very, very clear message in last week's General Election ? with the cataclysmic performance of the SNP compared to the 2015 general election.

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table ...

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
Mr Mundell told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland: ?The people of Scotland sent Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a very, very clear message in last week's General Election ? with the cataclysmic performance of the SNP compared to the 2015 general election.

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Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table ...

Mundell to Sturgeon: Take threat of second Scottish referendum off the table
Ealing Times
Mr Mundell told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland: ?The people of Scotland sent Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a very, very clear message in last week's General Election ? with the cataclysmic performance of the SNP compared to the 2015 general election.

Referendum (Google News)

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Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by n...

Business Insider
Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by new poll
Business Insider
LONDON ? Nicola Sturgeon's dreams of holding a second Scottish independence referendum could be at an end after a new poll found a large majority of Scots want her to drop her plans. The Daily Record poll found that 60% of Scots want her to scrap her ...
Scottish independence refer...

SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
SNP split on whether to press on with independence referendum
The Scotsman
Senior SNP figures have split over the party's most fundamental belief, with some arguing a second Scottish independence referendum should be ?parked? until after Brexit while others have urged Nicola Sturgeon to press ahead. Tommy Sheppard MP ...
Mundell: No indyref2 before 2021 Holyrood electionsBBC News
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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote - CNN

CNN
Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote
CNN
Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, euphoric about her party's gains in Scotland, said that IndyRef 2, the colloquial name for a second referendum, was dead in the water. "I think we have seen the country's reaction in the number of SNP ...
Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum and what has Ni...

Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process' ...

BBC News
Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process'
BBC News
Opposition to an independence referendum will be "democratically unsustainable" if the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader was speaking in Perth as her party's general election manifesto was published.
Jeremy Corbyn says he would 'open discussions' about a secon...

Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on second Scottish independence re...

Independent.ie
Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on second Scottish independence referendum as SNP suffers big losses
Independent.ie
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to the media at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, as 3 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to the media at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, as counting is under way for the General Election. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Nicola S...

General election: wounded Sturgeon to reflect on referendum - The Times (subs...

The Times (subscription)
General election: wounded Sturgeon to reflect on referendum
The Times (subscription)
Pushed on to the defensive by her party's surprise reversals, Ms Sturgeon said yesterday that the SNP had won the election in Scotland but admitted that her plans for a second independence vote had ?undoubtedly? been a factor in the poor performance.



General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide - B...

BBC News
General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide
BBC News
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has argued the vote by 62% of Scots to remain in the EU last year means there should be a second independence referendum, and that an independent Scotland could stay within the EU. Will education be the key factor?

Nicola Sturgeon's falling popularity could be disastrous for the Scottish ind...

The Conversation UK
Nicola Sturgeon's falling popularity could be disastrous for the Scottish independence cause
The Conversation UK
She gained the support of voters supportive of independence, but because she did not threaten another referendum at that stage, her disapproval ratings among unionists started low. This did not change during the 2015 UK election, when she performed ...
How will Scotla...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

Where are the Tory hoarded shrieking "lefty scum"?
The Conservative party lost the general election, even if they are still in power (at time of writing). It was a defeat ? as awful and fundamental a defeat for the political right as any I can remember. Brexit is now endangered. And few would doubt that a subsequent election would mean a victory ...

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 ...

June 8th General Election
It's on.

The Official President Trump thread

2017 election post-mortem
The dust has settled. The zoomball Nats have spent days repeating that they won, they did, they totally won and if you say they didn't then don't speak to them or their son ever again. The Yoons have been re-watching the Gordon declaration over and over, while having the world's angriest strangle...

Mhairi Black appreciation thread

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

Sir Billy Connolly
What a sell out piece of shite. Everything he claimed to stand for is now a pile of bollocks.

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound.

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

2017 Gig Thread
Been buying quite a few tickets recently so seemed like a good time to start this! Bought so far...... Belle & Sebastien @ O2 Academy (or I will in about 20 mins) Coldplay @ Croke Park Dublin Brian Wilson @ Kelvingrove Bandstand Shed Seven @ O2 Academy Also going to see Billy...

B=sides that shouldn't have been
It's quiet round here these days, so for those of us of a certain age,I'll start you off with: Fleetwood Mac - Silver Springs (B-side of Go Your Own Way) The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down (B-side of Get Back)

Guns 'n' Roses
For anyone interested. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/report-reunion-tour-of-classic-guns-n-roses-lineup-close-to-being-revealed/Axl Rose must be up there with the biggest bell-ends of all time as far as the music industry goes? I would probably still line the khunts pockets mind you.

Tower block on fire in London
Looks really bad, some reported dead already,people still trapped

Fat bottomed girls.....
I've spent my life exercising to make sure my arse doesn't get too big...clearly I was born too early if this is now desirable! Warning - you are clicking onto an article from The Scottish Sun And before I get slagged - part of my job means I need to read all the Scottish dailies, includi...

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The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw…

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail. What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previousmarches…

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily…

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll…

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material…

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to…

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis…

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50…