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Kezia Dugdale wants all Brexit options explored- apart from independence vote
17 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
Kezia Dugdale has urged policymakers to "look at all of the options" to protect Scotland's interests in the Brexit negotiations - except another independence referendum.

Theresa May could start formal Brexit process by February, says Donald Tusk
17 Sep 2016 at 11:16am
Theresa May has declared that she wants to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union early next year, according to one of Brussels' leading figures.

'Childish' SNP ministers to snub fracking gas arrival despite jobs boost
17 Sep 2016 at 8:22am
SNP ministers will snub a landmark event to celebrate the arrival of fracking gas into Scotland, despite the new supply line from America safeguarding as many as 10,000 jobs.

Salmond predicts another independence referendum in two years
17 Sep 2016 at 8:22am
Scotland will have another independence referendum in roughly two years' time, Alex Salmond has predicted.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn admits to mistakes in first year in post
17 Sep 2016 at 11:35am
Jeremy Corbyn has admitted making mistakes in his first year as Labour leader and offered rebel MPs the chance to rejoin his frontbench if they agree with his anti-austerity policies.

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Glasgow City Council staff in demo over ICT privatisation proposal
17 Sep 2016 at 5:42pm
Council workers in Glasgow are to protest against a proposal to privatise the city's information and communication technology provision (ICT).

Juncker warns UK: No compromise on free movement of people
17 Sep 2016 at 8:22am
Britain cannot get access to the European single market without accepting the free movement of workers, the European Commission president has said.

Decision over Scottish Six 'for BBC alone', says UK Government
17 Sep 2016 at 12:15am
THE BBC alone will decide whether to establish a new 'Scottish Six' news programme north of the border, the UK Government has insisted.

Unspun: The slipper spinner
17 Sep 2016 at 12:14am
MORE news on Scottish Labour?s new spin doctor Alan Roden. With the party skint, Red Roddo has been poring over the press office budget, we hear. One wheeze was to save £2 a day by no longer buying The Guardian. This was met with lefty uproar Chez Kez and Roddo was forced to back down. The paper he used to work for, The Daily Mail, remains safe however, as does The Herald, which Roddo now checks in terror each week for diary stories.

Ministers set 'to double punishment for illegal mobile phone use'
17 Sep 2016 at 12:37am
Ministers want to double the punishment for illegal mobile phone use, Government sources said.

Alex Salmond: Nicola Sturgeon will hold second independence referendum in 2018
16 Sep 2016 at 3:29pm
Former First Minister Alex Salmond says he expected Nicola Sturgeon to hold a second independence referendum in two years.

Revealed: the team tasked by Nicola Sturgeon to explore economic policy optio...
16 Sep 2016 at 4:26pm
Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled the team she has tasked with exploring economic policy options for an independent Scotland.

Ruth Davidson overtakes Nicola Sturgeon in new opinion poll
16 Sep 2016 at 7:33am
PUBLIC satisfaction with Nicola Sturgeon has fallen to below that of Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, according to a new poll.

SNP fracking policy "not logical" given support for oil industry, claims expert
16 Sep 2016 at 6:45am
OPPOSITION to fracking is "not logical" if coupled with support for offshore oil and gas, a think tank has said.

 

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Leader: New referendum must answer all the old questions
17 Sep 2016 at 11:20pm
According to former first minister Alex Salmond, his successor “knows her own mind” on a second independence referendum, and the decision over holding one is “her judgment and her choice”.

E. coli crackdown threatens future of artisan foods
17 Sep 2016 at 11:13pm
Heading for a meeting with his lawyer, Humphrey Errington sounds like a man at the end of his tether. The artisan cheesemaker – considered a pioneer in his field – stands to lose his business after Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said a batch of his Dunsyre Blue cheese was linked to an 
E. coli outbreak which claimed the life of a toddler and put 13 others in hospital.

Euan McColm: Ukip doesn?t need Farage to form opposition
17 Sep 2016 at 11:06pm
And so, after a long and unsurprisingly unpleasant contest, the person with the right to explain that Nigel Farage is no longer Ukip leader is Diane James. On Friday, in front of an audience of people you wouldn’t want to get stuck with at your holiday hotel, James was announced as Farage’s successor at the top of the Eurosceptic party. And, as the circumstances demanded, she began by making some pretty bold claims.

Should you put all your pension funds in one pot?
17 Sep 2016 at 10:39pm
One particular question came up time and again for experts on a pensions awareness roadshow last week: how do I put all my pensions in one pot?

Independence rally held at George Square to mark anniversary
17 Sep 2016 at 7:09pm
Hundreds of independence campaigners gathered at George Square in Glasgow for the first of two events to mark the second anniversary of the 2014 independence referendum.

Scots Guards soldier becomes first woman to serve on the front line
17 Sep 2016 at 1:38pm
SOLDIER Chloe Allen will become the first woman to serve on the front line with the British Army - after enlisting as a man.

Nigel Farage denies ?nude swimming? at Ukip conference
17 Sep 2016 at 12:53pm
Nigel Farage has insisted he kept his underpants on after going for a late-night swim to celebrate his final conference as Ukip leader.

Jeremy Corbyn leads Owen Smith in Scots constituency parties
17 Sep 2016 at 10:48am
Jeremy Corbyn’s Scottish supporters claim the left-winger has so far received the biggest number of Constituency Labour Party (CLP) nominations north of the Border in the battle for the UK leadership.

Nicholas Kristof: When a crackpot seeks high office
17 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
One of the mental traps that we all fall into, journalists included, is to perceive politics through narratives.

David Mundell warns euro is price of indy Scotland in EU
17 Sep 2016 at 12:00am
David Mundell will today warn that an independent Scotland in the EU would see the establishment of an Anglo/Scottish border and the adoption of the euro north of the Border.

Swedish court dismisses bid to stop Julian Assange warrant
16 Sep 2016 at 10:35pm
A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dismissing the latest attempt by the Australian to make prosecutors drop a rape investigation from 2010.

Angela Merkel?s CDU face electoral meltdown in Berlin state
16 Sep 2016 at 10:24pm
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party faces possible ejection from Berlin’s state government in an election this weekend, while a nationalist party hopes for more gains at the expense of Germany’s traditional political forces.

Former Glasgow University student to be extradited over hacking
16 Sep 2016 at 3:42pm
An autistic man accused of hacking into US Government computers can be extradited to the US from Britain to stand trial, a judge has ruled.

Majority of Scots back ban on electric shock dog collars
16 Sep 2016 at 2:41pm
A majority of Scots back some kind of ban on the use of electric dog collars amid concerns they are “harmful and cruel,” a Scottish Government report indicates.

Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018
16 Sep 2016 at 2:17pm
Alex Salmond has predicted that Scotland will see another independence referendum in around two years’ time in an interview marking the second anniversary of the 2014 vote.

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Hit for Six
by Chris Cairns
17 Sep 2016 at 6:55am

Following the trail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2016 at 12:00pm
Ruth Davidson opened First Minister’s Questions yesterday with an attack on the Scottish Government over the performance of the NHS, citing a report that the service faced “pockets of meltdown” this winter. But later in the session, alert backbench SNP MSP Clare Haughey claimed that the report being quoted by the Tory leader had only in fact …

Dissatisfaction guaranteed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:36am
The press and social media today are frothing with excitement about a new Ipsos Mori poll for STV which shows (for the second poll in succession) Ruth Davidson scoring marginally higher approval ratings than Nicola Sturgeon. But the problem is that that wasn’t what people were actually asked. This is the actual question in the …

Heads they win, tails you lose
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2016 at 12:10pm
We’ve been poring over the fascinating document released yesterday by the Fraser Of Allander Institute, examining in detail the prospects for the Scottish Government’s budget in the coming years. Admittedly at first we were chiefly doing it in order to embarrass the increasingly angry and belligerent BBC presenter Andrew Neil, who insisted repeatedly last year …

Notice of rule change
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2016 at 10:36am
The old rules (NB these apply to us): And the new rules (NB these apply to them): Everyone clear?

Sorry, guys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2016 at 7:04pm
but party time‘s over. A few minutes ago our Twitter account was reinstated, with no explanation of why it had been suspended or why it was being restored. We just got this email from Twitter: “Hello, Thanks for writing in. We have now unsuspended your account.” The email also explained that our follower numbers (which had plunged …

What you can?t say
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2016 at 8:31am
As several alert readers have already spotted, our Twitter account was suspended at some point in the early hours of this morning. We’ve had no email from Twitter offering any sort of explanation, but it seems most likely to have been at the behest of a Daily Express hack called Siobhan McFadyen who’s been huffily bleating to the …

Far below the gutters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Sep 2016 at 1:16pm
Daily Express hack Siobhan McFadyen had a quite extraordinary meltdown on Twitter last night and this morning after we highlighted an appalling article that she’d written for Saturday’s paper. After angrily attacking other users for a few hours, by the end she’d declared a full-on DefCon One, sending out a desperate plea for hauners from entities as …

Dredging the sewers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Sep 2016 at 5:31pm
We’ve already highlighted the abominable state of the Daily Express this week, but an article in today’s edition is surely some sort of record-breaking low. Hold onto your hats, folks, you won’t believe this one. “Legislation to secure more uncertainty”. Wow. We’re pretty sure that Nicola Sturgeon hasn’t “refused to accept the result of the …

Our Man In Strasbourg
by Chris Cairns
10 Sep 2016 at 8:56am

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Mundell calls for end to Brexit 'scaremongering'
17 Sep 2016 at 4:34pm
The Scottish secretary claims leaving the European Union would bring opportunities for Scotland and the rest of the UK.


Salmond predicts indyref 2 will happen in autumn 2018
17 Sep 2016 at 1:54pm
Former first minister Alex Salmond suggests a second referendum on Scottish independence could be held in 2018.


Marches held in Scotland over state pension changes
16 Sep 2016 at 12:32pm
Demonstrations are being held to protest at the effects of the UK government's alterations to the state pension age.


Highlands airports boss in challenge to Boris Johnson
16 Sep 2016 at 3:32pm
Boris Johnson is challenged to fly to Inverness Airport after describing Heathrow expansion plans as "fantasy" that should be consigned to the dustbin.


Highland councillors criticise boundary shake-up
16 Sep 2016 at 3:59pm
Highland councillors criticise a shake-up of ward boundaries with some claiming the changes will damage local communities.


Scots nurse to get cancer drug after funding u-turn
15 Sep 2016 at 4:33pm
An Aberdeenshire nurse who wrote to the first minister calling for reform of cancer drug funding will receive her treatment on the NHS following a u-turn.


UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley says 'Scottish Six' is matter for BBC
15 Sep 2016 at 5:42pm
The decision to introduce an hour-long TV news programme in Scotland is a matter for the BBC, the UK's culture secretary says.


Venison boom hampered by lack of deer farm growth
16 Sep 2016 at 2:23pm
Scotland risks losing out to countries like New Zealand because it cannot meet demand for venison products, according to the industry.


Details of Scottish Brexit role 'soon'
15 Sep 2016 at 4:10pm
The Scottish government's Brexit minister says he expects to announce a formal process for Scottish input in EU negotiations soon.


Concerns raised over school Army visits
15 Sep 2016 at 1:35pm
The Scottish Parliament hears claims that members of the armed forces are targeting pupils from deprived areas for recruitment.


Holyrood debates domestic abuse law
15 Sep 2016 at 5:47pm
Scotland is to become one of the first countries in the world to criminalise psychological abuse, a Holyrood debate is told.


'Still ashamed'
15 Sep 2016 at 1:23am
What will a change in the law for victims of child abuse mean for survivors - and the organisations which may have to defend themselves in court?

Scot Goes Pop

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It's a statistical tie as "remarkable" Ipsos-Mori TELEPHONE poll puts support...
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2016 at 7:39pm
Should Scotland be an independent country?Yes 48%No 52%More details to follow eventually.  I'm physically blogging this from the Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow, so it's not straightforward...

Drama as TNS poll reveals that Brexit has increased support for independence ...
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2016 at 3:27am
Back in May, in the run-up to the EU referendum, the polling firm TNS asked Scottish voters how they would vote in a new independence referendum if Brexit occurred.  The results were a tad surprisi...

Humiliation for "electable" Owen Smith as bombshell YouGov poll reveals the S...
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2016 at 3:15pm
Let's start with a detail from yesterday's new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll that may not be the most important, but is certainly the most amusing.  As we all know, pretty much the sole selling-p...

The art of conversation
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2016 at 6:12pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the launch of the new national conversation on independence. It also touches a little on today's new full...

Conventional Wisdom 1, Don Brind 0 : YouGov poll suggests Corbyn is on course...
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2016 at 6:31am
For some time now, Stormfront Lite's resident Labour 'moderate' Don Brind (he seems a decent enough chap in spite of the dodgy politics, so I won't call him a 'Blairite') has been trying to convinc...

Athens of the North, no more?
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2016 at 7:52pm
Because of the disruption on the trains from Queen Street, I spent much less time than usual in Edinburgh over the first half of the year.  But I've been there quite a bit during the festival, and ...

It's a flippin' Fife phenomenon as stormin' SNP secure a super 9.5% swing fro...
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2016 at 12:54pm
The Lochs was the second-weakest ward for the SNP in the whole of Fife in the 2012 local elections (the only worse one was the rarefied setting of St Andrews).  They put up only one candidate, who ...

Glitter, Murder, Echoes...
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2016 at 1:53am
So I sat down to write a long blogpost in response to a bizarre Twitter dispute I had with Stephen Bush of the New Statesman a few hours ago. (It was on the relatively obscure topic of a wildly in...

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Korean girl arrived glasgow :)))
by /u/leannebella
17 Sep 2016 at 9:51pm
Hi guys i just uploaded 2 posts before!! I just arrived glasgow today! I'm really excited but my dormitory is messy and so many chinese people in here rn???? so i feel like i'm in china now wtf? ho...

Big massive fire north of the forth rail bridge?
by /u/ComicalAli
17 Sep 2016 at 7:30pm
Was at south queensferry today and could see flames shooting up across the forth. Anyone got an idea of what it was? Looked like a continuous flare I figured submitted by /u/ComicalAli [l...

Did anyone start uni in Scotland around 2008 and claim the full means tested ...
by /u/steve7612
17 Sep 2016 at 7:05pm
Bit of a random one, but I'm trying to figure ball park out how much student debt I have and I've been so far unsuccessful in contacting SAAS. So my question is does anyone know much the maximum lo...

The feels.
by /u/luath
17 Sep 2016 at 5:00pm
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National Survey - opting out of getting emails
by /u/abz_eng
17 Sep 2016 at 2:35pm
I asked to be opted out of getting emails as a result of filling in the form, I got this as a response as an opt-out from the National Survey, and we are taking the necessary steps to remove any ...

Hi Scotland! There is an expression in French called "the Scottish shower", i...
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17 Sep 2016 at 2:21pm
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Can you help and send a Postcard from Scotland to a School in America Studyin...
by /u/daisygirl_79
17 Sep 2016 at 2:19pm
I have a friend who is doing an assignment on the world - i am working to get a postcard sent from places all over the world to his class to help them learn about different places. I am trying to s...

Independence campaigners hold referendum anniversary rally
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17 Sep 2016 at 3:53pm
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Luke Kelly and the Dubliners - The Battle of the Somme/Freedom Come-All-Ye [4...
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17 Sep 2016 at 3:42pm
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Transgender Scots Guard is first female soldier on front line
by /u/handmedownthemoon
17 Sep 2016 at 12:14pm
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See the yellow van? See the cones? Just sayin.
by /u/MintedStereo
17 Sep 2016 at 11:59am
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What do you look like?
by /u/BesottedScot
17 Sep 2016 at 11:40am
Lets see if any of you cunts are brave enough to show your coupon. I want to see if you look like what I expect hahaha. Plus its Saturday and its a nice day. Go! submitted by /u/BesottedSco...

Mum tells of her Celtic grope hell: 'I was betrayed by the club I love'
by /u/Halk
17 Sep 2016 at 7:48am
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John Witherspoon (Actor from the 'Friday' movies) Is wearing a scottish black...
by /u/Trevor_Roll
17 Sep 2016 at 6:51am
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'Of course I've made mistakes': Humble-sounding Jeremy Corbyn invites rebel M...
by Arj Singh
17 Sep 2016 at 3:50pm
The Labour chief said rivals will not have to agree with him on "every crossed T" if he wins the party's leadership election


Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum in two years after UK fa...
by Andy Philip
17 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
THE former first minister believes Prime Minister Theresa May will fail to keep Scotland onside in negotiations to leave the EU, which he says will lead to indyref 2.


Pucker up for a party kiss: Nigel Farage and new UKIP leader Diane James in a...
by Record Reporter
16 Sep 2016 at 3:43pm
Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage and deputy chairman Diane James embrace at the party conference after she wins the race to succeed him.


Alex Salmond says there will be another Scottish independence referendum in t...
by Ross McCafferty
16 Sep 2016 at 1:09pm
THE former First Minister was speaking to Russia Today ahead of the anniversary of the 2014 vote on leaving the UK, and says a new poll will be sooner rather than later.


Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wants to bring back Royal Yacht Britannia to ...
by Ross McCafferty
16 Sep 2016 at 11:10am
THE decommissioned yacht, which is currently docked at Leith serving as a tourist attraction, is claimed to be a magnet for new trade deals.


Dramatic footage shows CND activist diving under nuclear convoy
by Ross McCafferty
16 Sep 2016 at 9:51am
THE footage, shot and published by the Stirling University branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, shows one elderly activists lying under a lorry.


SNP Councillor who is 'veterans' champion' slammed for claiming squaddies wer...
by Stephen Stewart
16 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
COUNCILLOR Joe Wallace of Midlothian claimed that the MoD was 'imposing' former soldiers with mental health and addiction problems.


Nicola Sturgeon lacks gambler's instincts of Salmond, and has overplayed her ...
by Ross McCafferty-dr
16 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
TORCUIL says that the perception of the cool, calm and collected First Minister in the wake of Brexit doesn't quite stack up to reality.


Raising cases like Anne Maclean-Chang's is vital, not politicisation no matte...
by Record View
16 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
THE desperate mum wrote directly to the First Minister begging for the vital drug Kadcyla, but Nicola Sturgeon's accusations of politicisation simply jarred.


Breast cancer sufferer gets access to life-extending drugs after appealing to...
by Andy Philip
15 Sep 2016 at 4:27pm
ANNE Maclean-Chang wrote in today's Daily Record about her need for the Kadcyla treatment that could give her more time with her young sons.

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

Who?s On First (Minister)?
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
There seems to be a weird tendency at the moment to portay Ruth Davidson as if she actually were the First Minister. In case you missed that story, that was the leader of the 2nd largest party, which does not form part of a pro-independence majority in the parliament,”ORDERING” the First Minister, who leads a …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 135 ? Richard Walker of The National
by michaelgreenwell
13 Sep 2016 at 1:05pm
For the 135th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Richard Walker. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting Scottish independence. We talked about those decisions and why they …
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Roden Interview Text Leaked
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 11:55pm
A secret recording of former Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden’s successful job interview at the Scottish Labour branch office has been released by online whistleblowers Pishyleaks. Here is the transcript… Lab Guy One – What makes you suitable for this job? Roden – I hate the SNP. Lab Guy Two – So do we, …

How Daily Mail Are You?
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 9:09am
I’ve made a little survey for you all this morning. How Daily Mail are YOU? Do the survey and find out… http://www.opinionstage.com/scotindypodcast/you-are-the-daily-mail  

The Scottish Independence Podcast 134 ? Dr Craig Dalzell on Scotland?s Curren...
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2016 at 10:56am
For the 134th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Dr Craig Dalzell. Craig recently wrote a paper outlining the possible currency options for an independent Scotland. This is important work because an aspect of the Yes side that was much criticised during and after the 2014 referendum was the perceived lack of …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 133 ? Tommy Sheppard MP
by michaelgreenwell
1 Sep 2016 at 11:31am
The next referendum will be won in the years from now forward, rather than the months running up to it. For the 133rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East. Tommy has been involved in politics in Scotland and the UK for a number of years in …
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On Russia Today
by michaelgreenwell
31 Aug 2016 at 1:46pm
Here’s my little appearance on Russia Today. They have however put UKippers before and after me and cut out one or two choice words that I said about David Coburn…

Life Through The Eyes of a Trump Voter
by michaelgreenwell
30 Aug 2016 at 3:45pm

Bella Caledonia

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

After Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Sep 2016 at 4:30pm
“…in combination with a pro-independence majority in Holyrood, a terminally weak Scottish Labour Party, and a British ruling class in crisis means that there may not be a better opportunity than in these next few years to seize the initiative”...argues Jonathon Shafi ahead of tomorrows Reassemably in Glasgow and October’s RIC conference. Alex Salmond has said …

Edinburgh Follies: a Dame for All Seasons
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2016 at 12:13pm
Strange, is it not, how even in Nicola’s exciting New Scotland the same old nomenklatura names just keep on popping up. With the Scottish Electoral Commissioner, John McCormick, due to step down at the end of the year the search has been on for a replacement. It is not Nicola, however, who will be signing …

Hinkley, oh my god Hinkley
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2016 at 4:23pm
There are few policy ideas so hauntingly stupid as Hinkley C. It is a catastrophic decision that will leave a legacy of nuclear waste, spiralling costs to the consumer and cede control over energy and technology to the French and the Chinese. It will bleed resources away from the renewable sector and further burden future …

The Precariat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2016 at 1:22pm
This newspaper is being produced as part of the NewBridge Hidden Civil war project in Newcastle. Likes(8)Dislikes(0)

People of the Delta
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2016 at 8:49am
Each week Bella brings you the best documentary film-making from around the world. Here’s an extraordinary new film from photographer and director Joey L in collaboration with Uri Muda Wado, a member of one of the local tribes in Ethiopia?s Lower Omo Valley. Likes(9)Dislikes(0)

Tak Tent o William Alexander
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2016 at 8:00am
Tom Hubbard gies us an introduction tae the the work of North-East Makar William Alexander. ?Heely, heely, Tam, ye glaiket stirk?: Tak Tent o William Alexander O Scottish novels scrievit i the late nineteenth century, the heich pynts are Robert Louis Stevenson?s The Master of Ballantrae, frae 1889, and William Alexander?s Johnny Gibb o Gushetneuk …

State Failure: the Conservative Government, Westminster and Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Sep 2016 at 3:05pm
The House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chaired by Crispin Blunt, a Conservative MP, has produced what can only be described as a comprehensively damning report ?Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK?s future policy options? (HC 119, 14th September 2016) on David Cameron and the Conservative Government?s appalling policy blunders …

Cold Ham
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Sep 2016 at 2:46pm
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Sturgeon 'gobsmacked' by lack of answers to basic Brexit questions
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Sep 2016 at 3:10pm
Scotland?s first minister warns long and complicated exit from EU could lead to ?lost decade of uncertainty and turmoil?Nicola Sturgeon has said she finds it ?gobsmacking? that Theresa May?s government is still unable to answer basic questions about its Brexit strategy, almost three months on fro...

Independent or not, Scotland?s financial future looks shaky | Alex Bell
by Alex Bell
14 Sep 2016 at 1:38pm
A combination of UK-wide austerity and the transfer of tax-raising powers from Westminster to Holyrood will hit the Scottish government hardThere is an idea that all that matters in Scotland is big constitutional change and that the Scots control this process. It is a dangerous illusion. Behind t...

Religious observance rules at Scottish schools to face judicial review
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Sep 2016 at 6:21pm
Secularist campaigners accuse Scottish ministers of acting unlawfully by refusing to grant pupils aged 16 and over an opt-outA Scottish court has given secularist campaigners approval to challenge strict rules requiring all school pupils to attend religious observance assemblies.Humanist Society ...

Scotland facing billions of pounds of budget cuts, say economists
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Sep 2016 at 1:14pm
Issues at Holyrood include costly spending pledges, a slowing local economy and a fall in UK government funding Scottish ministers will have to make billions of pounds of cuts to pay for costly new policies being planned at the same time as a sharp fall in UK government funding, economists have w...

Scottish 'named person' child support scheme delayed by a year
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Sep 2016 at 5:35pm
Education secretary, John Swinney, says period of ?intense engagement? on necessary amendments will now take placeThe Scottish government?s controversial ?named person? scheme for supporting children has been delayed for a year after the supreme court ruled that data sharing provisions were in br...

Looking for ground where the left can win | Letters
by Letters
7 Sep 2016 at 7:48pm
Mourning the terminal condition of the political left (Does the left have a future?, 6 September) has become something of a parlour game for those who once self-identified as proponents of transformative change. While it may be true that socialism?s less reflective adherents remain tied to an ana...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Theresa May to be more open on Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Sep 2016 at 5:11pm
Scotland?s first minister says UK government?s negotiations over the EU must not be concealed in a ?cloud of secrecy?Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Theresa May to dispel the ?cloud of secrecy? surrounding the UK government?s position on Brexit, as she warned that her own administration would not ...

Sturgeon shelves plan for quick second Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Sep 2016 at 6:34pm
First minister says referendum bill will be introduced only if she believes it is the best or only way to protect Scotland?s interestsNicola Sturgeon has shelved plans for a quick second referendum on Scottish independence after dire spending figures and a fall in public support for leaving the U...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The hourglass turns again
Two years ago Westminster danced and cheered as the Union hourglass was turned over and they thought the sands had run out on an independence movement. They’d bought themselves a reprieve at the cost of a Vow, and words are cheap. Gordie Broon’s hot air comes at the price of an ego massage. Clap those …

Ruthie skewers herself
It’s a tough life being the hero of Scottish Unionism, a position more hyped than an X-Factor contestant’s new single and generally equally short-lived. The current incumbent is Ruth Davidson who receives plaudits in the press that you more generally associate with the discoverer of a cure for cancer, the guy who single handedly brings …

The Union service broadcaster
According to the Tory Culture Secretary speaking on Thursday in the Commons, a key part of the renewed BBC charter is “supporting greater cohesion between the nations of the UK”. You might think that the words culture and Tory were mutually exclusive, because that certainly seems to be the case as far as Scotland is …

The melting of the special little snowflake
During the independence referendum campaign, the Yes side was pressed on every tiny detail of what would come to pass in an independent Scotland. What would be the price of a first class stamp? How many council houses were going to be built? Will there be a posthumous album from Fran and Anna – will …

The law of double standards #FreeWings
Stu Campbell of Wings Over Scotland is in many ways the Marmite of Scottish politics. He’s got a legion of fans, and he’s got a legion of haters. I don’t always agree with him, but what can’t be denied is that single handedly he does considerably more for the cause of Scottish media accountability than …

The rag that?s lost the rag
Is it possible for a newspaper to go insane? There are only two possible explanations for the stories about Scottish independence that have been appearing in the Daily Express of late. Either the newspaper has gone insane and lost whatever tenuous grip on reality that it might once have possessed, or it has descended into …

Friends in high places
It must be a difficult psychological cross to bear, being a knee-jerk Unionist on Twitter. Scotland is shite. We couldn’t possibly afford it. We’re rubbish. It will all go horribly wrong. Anyway everyone hates us. After all, if you define love as the way that the Tory party treats us, then hate must be a …

Ruth?s permascowl and the law of karma
Ruthie’s really annoyed. She’s got her angry face on, the one that she uses whenever anyone says the magic words that are guaranteed to irk her. Those words would be “carpetbagging careerist on a tank”, “I think Murdo Fraser would have been a better leader,” or “Scottish independence”. It’s the last two words that are …

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Overseas sales of Scotch whisky increase thanks to demand from India and France
SCOTCH whisky is toasting its first rise in overseas sales for the first time in three years after strong demand from India and France.

Scots stars of the Olympics and Paralympics set to meet sports fans at public...
SCOTLAND?S Olympic and Paralympic stars will meet fans at a public celebration in Edinburgh later this month.

Japanese visitors bring hopes for business links with Scotland despite Brexit
A HIGH-profile visit to Scotland by a delegation from Japan has raised hopes that more business links can be developed between the two countries.

Edinburgh litter bins to get 'smart' with sensors to detect when they need em...
EDINBURGH is taking another step towards becoming a ?smart city? after the city council installed new sensory technology in more than 300 litter bins to make sure they are emptied before they become full.

Plea to stop Scottish hacker Lauri Love's extradion to US fails
SCOTTISH computer activist Lauri Love is nearing extradition to the US after losing an appeal in Westminster Magistrates? Court.

Nuclear power station is a ?£100bn boondoggle? says top Scots expert
THE Tories are backing the wrong energy horse with the ?£100 billion boondoggle? that is the new nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, according to one of Scotland?s leading energy experts, writes Greg Russell.

Lawyer presses case for annual ground rent system to reduce taxes and answer ...
A SCOTTISH independence-supporting lawyer has been touring the country promoting a public revenue system that would reduce personal and indirect taxation and substantially increase people?s disposable income.

Crimestoppers offers £10,000 reward for information about 1996 murder of scho...
A REWARD of £10,000 is being offered for help to catch the killer of Scottish schoolgirl Caroline Glachan two decades on.

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Libya ? Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire fo...
                 The Assassination of Colonel Khadaffi was ordained by President Obama and Hilary Clinton Tony Blair urged Khadaffi to find “a safe place to go” as part of a managed process of political change before the situation reached “the point of no return”. Failure to accept the offer … Continue reading Libya – Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire for the Co...

Corbyn V Labour Friends of Israel ? How many bodies will the Internecine st...
              Smearing Corbyn – with friends like his who needs enemies? The Labour right and its “new Labour” MP’s, under the leadership of Mandelson et al is determined to smear their party leader, Jeremy Corbyn as being in league against Jews together with a myriad of unnamed anti-Semites in … Continue reading Corbyn V Labour Friends of Israel – How many bodies will the Internecine strife ...

Alex Rowley ? The man Who Would Be King ? But Needs First to Get Rid of the Q...
      About Alex Rowley Alex Rowley was born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty. He attended Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in continuing education. He was also a local councillor with Fife Regional Council between 1990 – 2012 and was elected to the post … Continue reading Alex Rowley – The man Who Would Be King – But Needs First to Get...

Brexit Pitfalls ? Passenger and Freight Air Travel ? Scottish Independence B...
              Ryanair – Brexit – Air Passenger Duty The National reported today that Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary anticipates lower growth in airline traffic resulting in financial loss to his business over the next few years, whilst Brexit is being negotiated at Westminster. Referring to the Scottish Government’s intention to … Continue reading Brexit Pitfalls – Passenger and Freight Air Trav...

Brexit ? Smoke and Mirrors designed to Split the Scots ? Time to Prepare for ...
            4 July 2016: The United Kingdom and its exit from the European Union. Road Transport Trade agreements will have to be renegotiated and UK legislation decoupled from EU regulations. Depending on negotiations, a full Brexit ? which includes an exit from the European Economic Area ? seems likely, to … Continue reading Brexit – Smoke and Mirrors designed to Split the Scots – Time to Pre...

Aberdeen ? An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? ? 2017 will provide the...
      Aberdeen – An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? – 2017 will provide the answer – break with the unionist ‘s and embrace the nationalists – or keep the heid doon and stick with Westminster Aberdeen is a lively, cosmopolitan city located in North East Scotland, famous for its beautiful architecture … Continue reading Aberdeen – An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? – 2017 will pr...

controversial land deals and the Labour party ? A wee gander at the Grampian ...
    Lord Jack and Lady Bridget McConnell       29 May 2006: Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell  was facing demands last night to set up an inquiry into a controversial land deal involving his brother-in-law. A company part-owned by Robert McLuckie, the brother of Jack McConnell?s wife, Bridget, bought three quarters of an … Continue reading controversial land deals and the Labour party – ...

New York Times Report ? Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
            The New York Times Magazine featured the under-noted must read story. In print, it occupies an entire issue. It is a very  long article and is perhaps best saved and perused over a few days     Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart This is a story … Continue reading New York Times Report – Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

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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 ...

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Gerry Hassan

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

It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland
It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 15th 2016 These are strange times. We are told everyday in every way by numerous experts and talking heads that this is an age of unprecedented change, uncertainty and flux. That nothing can be taken for granted. Yet this is also an age …

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland
Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 28th 2016 At the end of every summer Edinburgh becomes a global village – walking down any street or lane entails coming across numerous nationalities, languages and different cultures. Streets are packed with tourists, sightseers, and cultural backpackers; there are performances in …

Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence
Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 24th 2016 A couple of weeks ago I was involved in one of the many online conversations about politics that now characterise Scotland. Afterwards the animated chat in the pub turned to the previous day?s pro-independence march in Glasgow. Saltires had been …

What does the British Summer of Olympic Success mean?
What does the British Summer of Olympic Success mean? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 21st 2016 Rio 2016 has made the headlines. Before the games, there was the backstory of the Brazilian lack of preparation, corruption and wasting of billions in a country without basic sanitation and health facilities for millions of its population. As …

The Problem with Britain and Why It Can?t Be Tidily Put Back Together
The Problem with Britain and Why It Can?t Be Tidily Put Back Together Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 14th 2016 Britain throughout its history has had a reputation for stability and security. This after all was one of the main clarion calls in the indyref and, more recently, the Brexit vote, but this has always …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence has become a zombie policy - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

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Scottish independence has become a zombie policy
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Sunday is the second anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, the second 'Here's what you could have won' day of thanksgiving. Or, if you prefer, atonement. The referendum is only over in the purest, most technical, sense. The campaign ...
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa M...

Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows - Bloomberg

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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows
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?In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Scotland's contrasting position with much of the rest of Britain, the SNP would have hoped for more of an uplift in support for Scottish independence,? Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland, said in a ...
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Scottish independence: Sturgeon launches 'new conversation' - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon launches 'new conversation'
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Nicola Sturgeon has launched a "new conversation" on independence as she urged Scotland to "control its own destiny". In a speech in Stirling, Ms Sturgeon acknowledged that choosing independence would be a "big decision" in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Nicola Sturgeon prepares Scottish independence Referendum Bill that co...

Owen Smith 'would not oppose' Scottish independence vote - BBC News

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Owen Smith 'would not oppose' Scottish independence vote
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Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has said he would not oppose a second Scottish independence referendum. Mr Smith is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership and has the support of Scottish party leader Kezia Dugdale. He told the BBC that ...
Owen Smith and Labour's Scottish independence questionBBC News
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SNP to target 'soft' No voters in new Scottish independence drive - Scotsman

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SNP to target 'soft' No voters in new Scottish independence drive
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The cross-party Scottish Independence Convention is to be relaunched with chairwoman Elaine C Smith announcing a major rally in Glasgow on 18 September, the two-year anniversary of the last referendum. A recent YouGov poll showed support for ...
Exclusive: Elaine C Smith to host as Scottish Independence Convention r...

Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish independence in Par...

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Michael Gove ridiculed by SNP MPs after debating Scottish independence in Parliament with flies undone
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The former justice secretary had accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of ignoring fresh powers to manoeuvre towards another independence referendum following the vote for Brexit. The prominent Leave campaigner, who was born in Scotland and grew ...

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Protesters call for second Scottish Independence referendum - Daily Mail

Protesters call for second Scottish Independence referendum
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Protesters call for second Scottish Independence referendum. Supporters of Scottish independence gathered in Glasgow's city centre on Saturday, calling for a new referendum on the issue of the country seceding from the UK. Protesters call for second ...



Scottish independence and the Brexit paradox - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish independence and the Brexit paradox
Financial Times
When Scots voted against independence from the UK in the referendum in 2014, it seemed to be the reality of economics that won it. While most Scots identify themselves as Scottish first and British second or not at all, the argument that an independent ...
Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish independence dream in tatters as oil rev...

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Wave Life Sciences Ltd (NASDAQ:WVE) has been downgraded to Sell in a statemen...

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Wave Life Sciences Ltd (NASDAQ:WVE) has been downgraded to Sell in a statement by Zacks Investment Research ...
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In Huntington's disease, it has programs that target HTT SNP-1 and HTT SNP-2; in DMD, it targets Exon 51, and in IBD, it targets SMAD7. It has selected lead product candidates in its programs targeting HTT SNP-1 and Exon 51. It has late-stage d...

Ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond says indyref2 will be in 2018 - International Busi...

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Ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond says indyref2 will be in 2018
International Business Times UK
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said a second referendum on Scottish independence could be held in two years time. In a column in the National newspaper, Salmond said he was in little doubt the next test was coming and that he anticipated a ...

Salmond predicts indyref 2 will happen in autumn 2018 - BBC News

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Salmond predicts indyref 2 will happen in autumn 2018
BBC News
He said that his "guess" on timing is that "it is likely to be the autumn of 2018". Opposition parties pointed out that the SNP previously said the independence referendum was "once in a generation". Mr Salmond resigned as SNP leader after losing the ...

Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers Brexit - Da...

Daily Mail
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers Brexit
Daily Mail
His comments put him at odds with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has been insisting publicly that independence is only one of several options to keep the country in the single market. And a survey released this week said more than half of Scots oppose ...

Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018 - Scotsman

Scotsman
Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018
Scotsman
Ms Sturgeon, his successor as SNP leader and First Minister, has pledged to explore all options to keep Scotland in the EU. In the immediate aftermath of the Leave vote in June, Ms Sturgeon said a second Scottish independence referendum was ?highly ...

David Mundell calling on SNP to end Brexit 'doom-mongering' - Witney Gazette

Witney Gazette
David Mundell calling on SNP to end Brexit 'doom-mongering'
Witney Gazette
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's warnings of a "lost decade" after Brexit are becoming "increasingly alarmist". In a speech in Glasgow today, Mr Mundell said Brexit will herald "a phase full of opportunity for Scotland ...

Scottish independence has become a zombie policy - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Spectator.co.uk (blog)
Scottish independence has become a zombie policy
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
And, in one sense, that is reasonable. The SNP didn't spend eighty years losing elections to give up now they're can see the winning post at last. One more defeat, even a large and significant one, doesn't sting so much when placed in that historical ...

David Mundell calling on SNP to end Brexit 'doom-mongering' - The Northern Ec...

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David Mundell calling on SNP to end Brexit 'doom-mongering'
The Northern Echo (registration)
The UK Government has warned the SNP to cease its march towards a second independence referendum with Brexit "doom-mongering" and embrace the "opportunities" of leaving the European Union (EU). Scottish Secretary David Mundell said SNP leader ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers Brexit - Da...

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Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers Brexit
Daily Mail
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has claimed there will be a second independence referendum within two years. Mr Salmond said another vote will be needed if Scotland wants to remain in the European Union. His comments put him at odds with ...
Salmond predicts indyref 2 will happen in autumn 201...

SNP urged to abandon plans for second independence referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
SNP urged to abandon plans for second independence referendum
Herald Scotland
Ministers at Westminster have urged the SNP to ditch any plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Scottish Office minister Lord Dunlop told peers at question time that the possibility of another referendum should be "taken off the table".
You want this AGAIN Nicola? Sturgeon urged to stop mu...

Details of Scottish Brexit role 'soon' - BBC News

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Details of Scottish Brexit role 'soon'
BBC News
The UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union in June's referendum, but the Scottish government wants to protect Scotland's place in Europe after 62% of voters in Scotland backed Remain. Ms Sturgeon announced last month that Mr Russell, the ...
A tale of two cities: Scotland's post-Brexit dilemmaNew Statesman
May expected to chair first ...

'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years' - The Hindu

The Hindu
'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years'
The Hindu
Scotland will not hold another vote on independence in the next five years because there is no sign it can be won, but the risk of secession from the U.K. is growing, a former Scottish First Minister predicts. Henry McLeish said Scotland's future would ...



Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second referen...

The Independent
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second referendum
The Independent
Giving a speech in the town where "Braveheart" William Wallace won a historic battle against the English, the Scottish First Minister said she would trigger the "biggest ever political listening exercise" to convince voters a second referendum is needed.
Scottish independence: Sturgeon l...

'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation - New York Times

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'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation
New York Times
In the June 23 referendum on British membership in the European Union, Scotland is one pristine color, voting to remain, while England and Wales are a different color, voting to leave. Similarly, in the May 2015 general elections, Scotland is again a ...

Scotland's papers: Second referendum and winter disability link - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Second referendum and winter disability link
BBC News
The Herald says that children conceived during the winter months are more likely to suffer from learning disabilities, according to Scottish research. Nicola Sturgeon has warned the UK is no longer a "safe harbour" for Scotland and has stepped up her ...
Scottish independence and the Brexit paradoxFinancial Times
Nicol...

Salmond threatens May: It's the single market or ANOTHER independence referen...

Express.co.uk
Salmond threatens May: It's the single market or ANOTHER independence referendum
Express.co.uk
Speaking on LBC, the former first minister of Scotland said a deal outside the EU's single market would be grounds for an early second referendum on Scottish independence. He told radio host Iain Dale: ?The SNP is a pro-independence party but Nicola ...
Scotland readies referendum bill as ba...

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16 and 17 year olds voting- are they mature enough?
If so then why are they not mature enough to decide whether they participate in religious assemblies at school?Tried asking on another thread but it ain't being answered.

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

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

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

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

Pass The Vaz-aline
Surely to fuckery THIS time the slimy b*****d's finished?

N.Ireland border poll
Could N.Ireland beat Scotland in leaving the UK? 

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Black Lies Matter UK
Great to see this coming to the UK to replace Pokemon as the fad du jour for imbeciles. Chain yourself to a friend and lie down in the road to protest the 0 deaths of black people by police in the UK this year. When will this genocide stop?

The Saughton House Mystery
Saughton House. A large government office in Broomhouse, west Edinburgh. It takes the form of several institutional 2-story blocks called 'spurs' joined by a long corridor, that are suggestive of hospital wards. No wonder, because that is what Saughton House was built as, a hospital for the use o...

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...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

Jimmy Shand
Greatest Scotsman ever,Sitting in my room playing his albums full blast. The joys of being teetotal.

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

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Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...