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Sturgeon tells independence supporters: don't hurl abuse online at No voters
19 Oct 2015 at 1:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon has warned independence supporters not to "hurl abuse" online at those who disagree with their views.

Expert and leading social worker appointed to child abuse inquiry panel
19 Oct 2015 at 2:07pm
A leading social worker and an expert on child abuse have been appointed to Scotland's public inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care.

'Exclude Scotland from Tories' 'vindictive' anti-union laws'
18 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
SCOTLAND should be excluded entirely from the Tory government?s crackdown on trade union rights, the fair work secretary said yesterday.

Fracking plans could be scrapped as SNP grassroots makes opposition clear
17 Oct 2015 at 12:08am
THE company that wants to establish a large-scale fracking industry in Scotland has warned that it could shelve its plans and instead invest in England, after the SNP leadership narrowly avoided an embarrassing rebellion over the issue from grassroots members.

Sturgeon pledges cash to make hospitals ready for ageing population
17 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
NICOLA Sturgeon will today pledge a major drive to ready the NHS for an older population as she sets out her pitch to win the next Holyrood election.

SNP's Mhairi Black condemns 'cruel, right wing' Tory policies
17 Oct 2015 at 10:17am
SNP MP Mhairi Black has launched a fierce attack on the Conservatives' austerity policies as she insisted that investing in people is "a real long term economic plan".

Scottish heritage quiz: Nicola Sturgeon knows the Broons but can only name on...
16 Oct 2015 at 1:36pm
A surprise quiz on Scottish heritage left Nicola Sturgeon spluttering.

SNP vote against tougher fracking stance at party conference
16 Oct 2015 at 1:38pm
SNP members have narrowly rejected a bid to toughen up the party's stance on fracking amid calls for an outright ban.

Nicola Sturgeon: I don't know if Michelle Thomson knew lawyer had been struck...
16 Oct 2015 at 3:59pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she does not know whether suspended MP Michelle Thomson knew her lawyer had been struck off when she was selected to stand for the SNP.

Sturgeon: I intend to contest the 2021 Holyrood elections as SNP leader
16 Oct 2015 at 1:45pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she intends to contest the Holyrood elections in 2021 as SNP leader "all being well"

Sturgeon: public opinion has to change before SNP will hold second indyref
15 Oct 2015 at 9:01pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has sought to dampen speculation about an early rerun of last year's independence referendum, saying it would be "wrong" to hold a fresh poll without a significant shift in public opinion.

SNP plots to expose Labour's splits over Trident nuclear deterrent by forcing...
16 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
THE SNP will seek to expose deep divisions within Labour by calling a Commons debate on Trident before the end of the year, it has emerged.

Swinney: SNP will give Scottish councils the power to cut business rates
16 Oct 2015 at 7:57am
Local authorities in Scotland are to be handed the power to cut business rates in their area in two weeks' time.

Introduce pay caps on "greedy and self-centred" business fat cats, says SNP b...
15 Oct 2015 at 9:01pm
PAY caps should be introduced for "greedy and self-centred" private sector executives and the SNP should go into the next Holyrood election on a platform of raising taxes, one of the party's backbenchers has said.

Battle to convince SNP members on fracking intensifies ahead of conference de...
16 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
THE firm that wants to establish a fracking industry in Scotland has launched a bid to win the backing of the SNP, as environmentalists urged SNP members to ignore it and send a clear message to the party leadership

 

Scotsman

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Chinese nuclear investment ?threat? to UK security
19 Oct 2015 at 4:54pm
CHINESE investment in the UK’s nuclear power industry could pose a threat to the UK’s national security, experts have warned ahead of a state visit by the Asian superpower’s leader.

Island council could invest £2.2m in energy efficient lights
19 Oct 2015 at 4:42pm
A cash-strapped Scottish council is investigating replacing thousands of its ageing street lights with energy-efficient LEDs in a scheme which could cost the authority £2.2million.

Scotland trending: Today?s most talked-about topics
19 Oct 2015 at 4:38pm
TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including rugby heartache, EVEL plans and Harry Potter stars.

BBC boss denies referendum coverage was biased
19 Oct 2015 at 4:34pm

THE director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie has denied suggestions that the corporation’s coverage of the independence referendum was “biased”.

Salmond aide: Yes campaign lost on economic case
19 Oct 2015 at 1:23pm
THE campaign for Scottish independence failed to convince voters of the economic case for leaving the UK, one of Alex Salmond’s closest aides has admitted.

EU rules could block Government steel intervention
19 Oct 2015 at 12:48pm
The Scottish Government is “severely constrained” by EU rules in its ability to step in and save two closure threatened steel plants, the business minister has said.

Labour proposes Scotland seat at Bank of England
19 Oct 2015 at 12:32pm
LABOUR’S shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will today unveil a radical proposal to give Scotland a seat on the powerful Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England, The Scotsman can reveal.

Nicola Sturgeon calls for an end to online abuse
19 Oct 2015 at 11:11am

NICOLA Sturgeon has warned supporters of independence to stop posting abuse on the internet about their opponents after the Harry Potter author JK Rowling was singled out online.

Group to examine cutting Scots food bank reliance
19 Oct 2015 at 8:32am
A NEW group set up to look at ways of reducing a reliance on food banks will hold its first meeting today.

Equality on Sentencing Council ?missed opportunity?
19 Oct 2015 at 8:30am
FAILURE to properly ensure gender equality on Scotland’s new sentencing council is a “missed opportunity”, it has been claimed.

MPs warn of legal action if Evel proposals go through
19 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
CONTROVERSIAL moves to limit the voting rights of Scottish MPs have come under fire from a Westminster committee that warns the plans will become embroiled in “legal challenges”.

Michael Fallon urges Labour MPs to back Trident renewal
19 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
DEFENCE Secretary Michael Fallon has appealed for Labour MPs to support the renewal of the UK’s Clyde-based Trident nuclear weapons system.

John McDonnell: Labour will reverse tax credit cuts
19 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
JOHN McDonnell has confirmed Labour would reverse Chancellor George Osborne’s planned cuts to tax credits after two shadow ministers ducked the question.

Nationalist party on track to win in Swiss election
19 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
PROJECTIONS last night showed that a nationalist party will come out ahead in Swiss legislative elections amid concerns about migration.

?Consumers should benefit from low costs of renewables?
19 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
RENEWABLE sources of energy are bringing down the wholesale cost of electricity, reducing the impact of clean power subsidies on consumer bills, research has shown.

Wings over Scotland blog

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Person swears on internet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2015 at 3:25pm
Nation’s political journalists shocked. More “news” at 1pm, 6pm, 10pm, 10.30pm, etc, etc, etc, etc.

A failure of briefing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2015 at 12:22pm
Angus Robertson won’t enjoy watching today’s Sunday Politics Scotland again: But neither should Andrew Neil, because Andrew Neil was lying. Robertson should certainly have known the answer to Neil’s question. Readers of this site have known it for some time, and it’s fairly shocking that the SNP’s leader at Westminster wasn’t on top of such …

The one-party street
by Chris Cairns
17 Oct 2015 at 6:59am

With permission
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2015 at 9:34pm
So shortly after this: Came this: So there you have it. After months of “investigation”, Scottish Labour has made its decision on what it considers to be an acceptable standard of internet discourse. The above is fine in Kezia Dugdale’s book. Just a bit of harmless banter between adults. And that’s grand. But do feel free to bookmark it …

How politics works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
(Times story here, Tory manifesto here.) We thought we’d check for the Tories’ current position, in their 2015 manifesto: Seems they always “voiced concerns” about this “controversial” policy. How odd. (The bill was so controversial, in fact, that it was passed by 101 votes to 6 – see page 1588 here. The Conservatives, having campaigned on the …

Timewaster wastes time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2015 at 9:59pm
We wonder how many papers we’ll see this in tomorrow. “The Electoral Commission has today dismissed the nonsensical claims made in the press that Business for Scotland and the SNP broke campaigning rules by ‘working together’ during the 2014 referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission, in its letter to Business for Scotland, clearly states: “We are …

The professor of pish
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2015 at 6:03pm
We weren’t going to take Professor Adam Tomkins’ hysterical “NATMAGEDDON!” article for this week’s Spectator seriously enough to pull it apart line by line. But once we’d wiped the tears from our eyes we thought we’d better do our job. “Centralising, illiberal, catastrophic: the SNP?s one-party state” We covered those this morning. It’s hard to describe an …

The master of disaster
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2015 at 11:05am
The comedy “obnoxious Tory” stereotype/respected BBC pundit (delete as applicable) Adam Tomkins has a dramatic opinion piece in the Spectator this week, which also commands the magazine’s front cover. It’s a handy one-stop compilation of some of the most comprehensively-debunked Unionist myths and lies of the past couple of years, livened up for readers with some …

The talent puddle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2015 at 4:19pm
Today’s Herald reveals that the new Labour leader of Glasgow City Council, Frank McAveety (who was last seen in the headlines leering at a 15-year-old girl visiting the Scottish Parliament), has hired Bob Wylie as a special adviser. Wylie was communications director of the scandal-riddled Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), which readers may recall from last year’s banning …

The accusing fingers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2015 at 1:54pm
As readers may have noticed, it’s been an extremely slow news week this week. The papers, having strung out the Michelle Thomson “crisis” beyond all endurance, have been reduced (in the case of today’s Daily Mail) to printing shock-horror pictures of her still sitting beside SNP MPs in the Commons, so little else is there …

BBC Scotland

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English votes plan 'must be piloted'
19 Oct 2015 at 11:40am
Plans to give MPs from English seats a veto on bills applying only to England must be trialled before being brought in, a Commons committee says.


More bullying claims at State Hospital
19 Oct 2015 at 4:51pm
The number of bullying claims by staff at Scotland's highest security psychiatric hospital is twice as high as previously reported, it emerges.


Sturgeon in warning over online abuse
19 Oct 2015 at 9:36am
Nicola Sturgeon warns independence supporters to stop abusing their opponents online, following unpleasant exchanges about Scotland's defeat at the rugby.

Video games 'could eclipse oil boom'
19 Oct 2015 at 4:29pm
Scotland's video games sector could eclipse the impact of North Sea oil, the Scottish Affairs select committee hears in Dundee.

Food poverty taskforce meets
19 Oct 2015 at 12:19pm
A group established by the Scottish government to look at ways of reducing dependence on food banks holds its first meeting.

Scottish Sentencing Council established
19 Oct 2015 at 12:17am
A new sentencing council, responsible for preparing guidelines to help ensure a consistent approach to sentencing for Scotland, comes into force.


SNP 'has referendum benchmark'
18 Oct 2015 at 3:18pm
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over a year is a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, sources say.

A&E waiting times 'not good enough'
18 Oct 2015 at 10:08am
Nearly 4,000 patients have waited more than four hours in A&E at Scotland's newest hospital since May, says Scottish Labour.


Sturgeon: 'Judge SNP on its record'
17 Oct 2015 at 4:43pm
Voters at next May's Scottish Parliament election should judge the SNP on its record in government, party leader Nicola Sturgeon tells her conference.


Anti-slavery day marked in Scotland
18 Oct 2015 at 12:42am
Police and prosecutors are marking anti-slavery day by delivering a "crucial" message that there is no place for human trafficking in Scotland.


Call to exempt Scotland from union bill
17 Oct 2015 at 12:18pm
The Scottish government makes an official request for Scotland to be excluded from the UK government's bill proposing curbs on trade union powers.


Scots councils to control business rates
16 Oct 2015 at 4:52pm
Scotland's deputy first minister, John Swinney, is to give councils north of the border the power to cut business rates from the end of this month.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.


Nicola Sturgeon's call for trust
17 Oct 2015 at 5:43pm
The BBC's Philip Sim on the "slick" SNP conference


Who are the SNP's new members?
16 Oct 2015 at 4:53pm
Who are the SNP's new members?

Scot Goes Pop

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

If "SNP sources" are saying a second referendum cannot be held until Yes have...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2015 at 5:04pm
There. I've said it. As you know, I've had concerns recently that the SNP might be preparing to make itself the hostage of the polling industry. I've also been a tad worried that the party might...

SNP lead by 32% in the first Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the Holyrood ele...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2015 at 3:48pm
There wasn't much point in updating the independence Poll of Polls after last week's YouGov poll, because the numbers hadn't changed at all.  But with just over six months to go until the Holyrood ...

Sturgeon's road-map for the next referendum
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 5:22pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, which contains a bit more analysis of today's YouGov poll, and also discusses the increasing clarity...

Crucial YouGov poll suggests Corbyn and the Michelle Thomson affair have fail...
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 11:02am
The most recent YouGov poll of Scottish Parliament voting intentions was tantalisingly conducted between the 7th and 10th of September, just before the result of the Labour leadership election was ...


Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2015 at 1:09am
Scotland has jointly hosted the Rugby World Cup on no fewer than three occasions over the last quarter-of-a-century (1991, 1999 and 2007).  With my customary perversity, I didn't bother going to an...

Sturgeon mustn't become a prisoner of the pollsters
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2015 at 2:02pm
I didn't see Nicola Sturgeon on the Marr show this morning, because I've been recovering from a truly epic journey to Newcastle and back to see Scotland's decisive pool match at the Rugby World Cup...

SNP vote increases by 4.6% in Aird and Loch Ness by-election
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
Yesterday's by-election in Aird and Loch Ness saw the SNP and Lib Dems finish more or less level-pegging on first preferences (just 29 votes separated them).  But in contrast to the East Ayr by-ele...

Tantalising TNS poll suggests the SNP still enjoy enormous lead
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
The long wait for a full-scale poll of Scottish voting intentions conducted after the election of Jeremy Corbyn is now over, with the publication today of the monthly TNS poll...Constituency ballot...

ComRes telephone poll deepens the uncertainty on the EU referendum
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:41pm
Since the Electoral Commission intervened to make the EU referendum question wording more neutral, a string of polls conducted among volunteer online polling panels have shown the 'Leave' camp jump...

Kezia Dugdale : An Explanation
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:49am
A guest post by Mike McCreadieYou probably don't know this, but Kezia Dugdale and that Ian fella are actually SNP secret agents. Hear me out for a minute...I dislike conspiracy theories as much as ...

A surfeit of surprises
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2015 at 11:48am
Those of you who are a bit older than me will probably recall the very likeable David Butler, who was the BBC's resident psephologist on every general election results programme between 1950 and 19...

Let's hope Corbyn fails (and not just in the way you might think)
by James Kelly
4 Oct 2015 at 11:37am
It seems that Richard Heller, the man who infamously wrote part of Jeremy Corbyn's conference speech five years in advance, wasn't quite so keen on other words that the new Labour leader uttered in...


By-election bonanza for buoyant SNP
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2015 at 8:40pm
While I was unexpectedly marooned on Arran (I think my host at the guest house may even have used the word "incarcerated" at one point), the evidence continued to mount that Jeremy Corbyn has faile...

Castaway Kelly
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 8:18pm
Good evening from the less-than-sunny Isle of Arran, where I've just got stranded AGAIN.  It wasn't even my fault this time - it was physically impossible to get back, because the ferry is apparent...

Ian Leslie and the fallacy of fatuousness
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2015 at 11:50am
I've just read a piece by Ian Leslie at the New Statesman called 'Jeremy Corbyn and the nirvana fallacy', and it's been a long time since any article made me so angry.  It basically argues that Cor...

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Scotland on track to end toilet effluent being discharged onto railway
19 Oct 2015 at 8:45pm
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BBC Sport - World Rugby: 'Craig Joubert wrong to award penalty'
19 Oct 2015 at 7:29pm
submitted by scotsolidarity [9 comments]

Plusnet sends Engineer 1 month late, apologises, offers £2.50 compensation
19 Oct 2015 at 6:25pm
Incident and ongoing dispute I'm having with Plusnet. These 2 pictures tell the story: Plusnet admits it made a mistake: http://imgur.com/OUcjseU Plusnet compensates: http://imgur.com/35V1xPX Edit:...


Scottish video games industry 'could eclipse oil boom'
19 Oct 2015 at 4:59pm
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Spotted in an Edinburgh Sainsbury's
19 Oct 2015 at 4:58pm
submitted by greyjackal [8 comments]

Does anyone here have any old £5 coins? (Cross posted from r/UnitedKingdom).
19 Oct 2015 at 4:40pm
I'm looking for an old £5 coin which has been circulated. The ones on ebay all seem to be commemorative coins, or they want over a fiver for them. I realise it's a bit of a long shot, but thought ...


Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey's condition improves
19 Oct 2015 at 4:11pm
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5 refereeing decisions that broke Scottish hearts
19 Oct 2015 at 3:15pm
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Stephen Daisley on Nicola Sturgeon speech to SNP conference | Analysis | Scot...
19 Oct 2015 at 1:43pm
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House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee takes evidence in Dundee on the c...
19 Oct 2015 at 1:30pm
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Why Scotland's rugby team can't complain about the TMO decision
19 Oct 2015 at 1:24pm
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Scottish fans launch online petition to ban referee Craig Joubert from Scotla...
19 Oct 2015 at 12:36pm
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Craig Joubert named man of the match in Australian media after controversial ...
19 Oct 2015 at 12:26pm
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Scotland becomes first part of UK to recognise signing for deaf as official l...
19 Oct 2015 at 11:32am
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The Spectator Guide to opposing the SNP
19 Oct 2015 at 10:52am
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Row over abortion laws erupts at Holyrood after it's confirmed responsibility...
by David Clegg
19 Oct 2015 at 4:50pm
PRO-CHOICE and pro-life forces are already at loggerheads following the announcement by Scottish Secretary David Mundell last week.


Nicola Sturgeon warns cybernats not to 'hurl abuse' at people like JK Rowling...
by Record Reporter
19 Oct 2015 at 11:54am
FIRST Minister takes to Twitter to calm online attacks after JK Rowling feels full force of Independence campaigners for supporting Scotland's World Cup rugby team.


Iain Duncan GRINCH: Smith aims to ruin Christmas for 3 million families with ...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Oct 2015 at 8:59am
THE modern-day Scrooge begs George Osborne to let him tell poor working households about their brutal tax cuts in time for December 25.


Kezia Dugdale: Read my lips.. inequality is still rife in our country
by Kezia Dugdale
19 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
KEZIA believes the priority of any government should always be to close the gap between the richest and the rest.


Alex Salmond: 'Net is closing' on Tony Blair following leaked White House mem...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Oct 2015 at 3:43pm
A LEAKED memo appears to suggest Tony Blair backed military intervention in Iraq a year before seeking a parliamentary vote on the matter.


The long game: No danger of SNP revolt as new members hold the line on indepe...
by Mark Aitken
18 Oct 2015 at 1:02pm
DELEGATES at the party's conference in Aberdeen agree First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is making the right call on delaying plans for a second referendum.


Gerry Hassan: Nicola Sturgeon continues to ride high in the polls but her par...
by Gerry Hassan
18 Oct 2015 at 12:07pm
THE SNP are firmly focused on winning a third Holyrood term but need to explain how they will deal with the tough choices that lie ahead, says Gerry Hassan.


Nicola Sturgeon's £200m pitch to the elderly: First Minister in pledge for fi...
by David Clegg
17 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
THE First Minister will use her keynote speech to the party conference today to reveal five new centres specialising in hip or knee replacements and cataract removal.


SNP Conference: BBC accused of 'lies' over Scottish political coverage as sen...
by Joe Churcher
16 Oct 2015 at 8:36pm
FEELINGS are still running high over what pro-independence campaigners believed was a pro-Union slant to the BBC's coverage of last year's referendum.


Tearful mum who blasted Tory minister over tax credits reveals she could now ...
by Dan Bloom
16 Oct 2015 at 4:40pm
Footage of ex-Tory voter Michelle Dorrell tearing strips off Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on Question Time has been viewed by thousands. Now she has spoken out again

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J?espere
by derekbateman1
18 Oct 2015 at 10:30am
Just back from France?did I miss anything? And please don?t say the SNP conference. These events are the dullest, most choreographed bit of media tap-dancing you?ll ever come across, no matter how many cheering delegates and how many tambourines. Something must have happened. Meanwhile I was literally in the geographic centre of the country in …

A Depressed Market
by derekbateman1
6 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm
It may be a legitimate business practice but, like  rate-fixing at the banks, back-to-back house selling looks pernicious. It may have been an owner?s only hope of selling in a depressed market, they may have been grateful for the money, but the act of offering low in the knowledge of a high sale later looks …

London Calling
by derekbateman1
5 Oct 2015 at 11:28am
Knowing your own business is a pre-requisite in any organisation, wouldn?t you say? Understanding what it does, how it works, what works and what doesn?t, who?s who and all that?you have to get it or you really shouldn?t be there at all. Without the basic knowledge, you?re just another waste of space. Worse ? you?re …

Her Majesty?s Media
by derekbateman1
4 Oct 2015 at 3:00pm
Michelle Thomson?s solicitor may have been struck off but she won?t be short of legal volunteers to represent her should she end up in court. Amer Anwar has taken up the case but any criminal lawyer seeking a dripping roast of fees and publicity would be carefully snipping out each and every newspaper cutting that …

Holy Jackie?s Prayer
by derekbateman1
1 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
Guilty! Thrice guilty! To the Tolbooth with them?let them dance to the hangman?s tune. How the mob love a lynching. There is part of us all which exults in punishment when it applies to someone else, as if their fate exonerates us. Holy Willie calls down the wrath of God on the Presbytery of Ayr …

Bella Caledonia

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The View From Nowhere: Impartiality, Objectivity, Bias, and the BBC
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Oct 2015 at 12:10pm
There has been an important debate in Scotland about bias and impartiality in the media, and especially directed towards the BBC?s longstanding, insistent claim to impartiality, which has come under scrutiny following the broadcaster?s handling of the Referendum campaign. The debate itself has been hampered by a lack of balance in wider media reporting, perhaps …

Chilcot and the Powell Memo
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2015 at 1:25pm
The Iraq inquiry headed by Sir John Chilcot has already lasted six years and cost £10million. A source close to the inquiry told us all this June it is ‘unlikely to be published for another year at least’. It’s gone on so long that most people have just forgotten it exists. But, like Gordon Brown, …

The SNP and the Land Question
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2015 at 5:18pm
One photo sums up, for me, the extraordinary events that took place in Aberdeen on Friday. In it, an SNP member is asking an embarrassed-looking young man to autograph his conference pass, saying ??I?ve never got an autograph before, but I just had to get yours!?. The embarrassed man is Nicky Lowden McCrimmon, and shortly …

G?.?I?.?M?.?P. ? Government Issue Music Protest
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2015 at 9:11am
‘Scotland has just emerged from one of the most turbulent, inspiring, unifying and yet divisive political campaigns in living memory. The new album by rapper, activist and writer Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey addresses the referendum result in an ambitious, multi-media project incorporating music, film, art and journalism. A veteran rapper and an important new voice in …

Democracy or deferral? The SNP?s Reluctant Radicalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm
On Wednesday two front pages summed up the uncanny effect that the Scottish National Party, now gathering for its party conference in Aberdeen, has had on Scottish public life. The Spectator ran with a feature by aspiring Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins casting Nicola Sturgeon as the sinister ruler of a ?one party state.? Meanwhile …

Neon Dundee
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2015 at 11:39am
Dundee is confirming its reputation as a hub of creative digital innovation with the hosting of NEoN, Scotland?s only digital arts festival, described as ‘a hybrid mix of exhibitions, installations, audio & performance across the city’. Neon returns next month to bring the best of digital and electronic art from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, …

Kim Jong Lizzie
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2015 at 8:17pm
BBC footage of the Queen’s birthday with BBC commentary about Kim Jong Il’s birthday dubbed over it …

The Need to Devolve Food and Farming
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2015 at 4:59pm
Last month the Scottish Government embarked a continuance of its long-held policy on GM food. Q a backlash with scribes like Euan McColm foaming at the mouth and Alex Massie chipping in with a grand parochial ignorance. Now, to the embarrassment of many of these pundits, Scotland’s food and agriculture policy lies at the very …

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Labour?s options on Trident and Scotland | Letters
by Letters
19 Oct 2015 at 7:50pm
I agree with Kevan Jones MP (Letters, 19 October) that Labour?s policy on Trident should be grounded in fact. So I would like to correct his letter: there was no vote on Trident at this year?s conference. Instead, delegates explicitly decided not to discuss nuclear weapons. So the position remain...


The Guardian view on the SNP conference: a tactical approach for a volatile e...
by Editorial
18 Oct 2015 at 7:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon is no less committed than before to Scottish independence but she has had to put the SNP?s signature issue on the back burner for the 2016 election campaignScottish independence is what the Scottish National party exists to achieve. So, for as long as the SNP is in power, or is in...


The Scottish Nationalists take the sly road to independence | Andrew Rawnsley
by Andrew Rawnsley
18 Oct 2015 at 12:04am
When will Nicola Sturgeon?s party demand a second referendum? When they think they can win it, of courseThe blue backdrop to the platform swirls with a giant flag. The conference slogan has the word ?STRONGER? in a super-size font that punches you in the back of the eyeballs. And when she comes o...


Astute Sturgeon guides us gently to a second referendum | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Oct 2015 at 12:02am
The Scottish first minister has cooled the idea of an early referendum. She needs to plan well for the next bid for independenceThe favoured parlour game at the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen is counting the property dealers and corporate lobbyists who toiled once to carve out the party?s role...


Sturgeon tells Scottish voters: 'Trust me to always do the best for you' - SN...
by Andrew Sparrow
17 Oct 2015 at 6:05pm
Rolling coverage of the final day of the SNP conference in Aberdeen, including Nicola Sturgeon?s speechSturgeon?s speech - Snap verdict 6.00pm BST And here are four more verdicts on Nicola Sturgeon?s speech.Sturgeon has perfected the art of sounding both social democratic and nationalist at the s...


Sturgeon bids to reassure the waverers: ?Trust me to always do the best for you?
by Daniel Boffey Policy editor
17 Oct 2015 at 5:48pm
Scotland?s leader, seen as her nation?s Angela Merkel, sidelined all talk of a referendum at the SNP conference in AberdeenShortly before Nicola Sturgeon delivered her big speech at the SNP conference, she swapped her Saltire-blue dress of earlier in the day for a scarlet one. It was a sign of th...


Nicola Sturgeon?s great conjuring trick | Sonia Sodha
by Sonia Sodha
17 Oct 2015 at 5:30pm
The SNP continues to pick up votes from all three parties while avoiding deep scrutiny? Nicola Sturgeon?s stance pleases everyone? for nowNicola Sturgeon?s speech wasn?t her strongest, whether judged for its rousing oratory or for its substantive content. Her defence of the SNP?s record was notab...


Nicola Sturgeon?s stance pleases everyone? for now | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
17 Oct 2015 at 4:56pm
The SNP leader?s speech at her party?s conference delivered few surprises ? but while she?s winning, who cares?When you are 35 points ahead of your rivals after being in government for eight years, your party has quadrupled in size in the past year and you are the only party leader with consisten...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Ten other things I hate about Westminster
by weegingerdug
17 Oct 2015 at 2:52pm
1. Zombies Michael Forsyth has a seat in the House of Lords and influences Scots laws and policy despite the fact that he’s so much of a loser that the English rugby team look down on him. Forsyth lost his seat in the Commons in 1997 when he was the leader of the Scottish Tories. …

A dumb carpy spate of Unionists
by weegingerdug
14 Oct 2015 at 9:21pm
According to an assortment of Unionists who have been greeting their wee eyes out to anyone who will listen, which is pretty much most of the Scottish and UK media, Scotland is a one party state. Most recently the claim that Scotland is a one party SNP state has been made by Adam Tomkins, who’s …

The cat crap trap
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
The biggest problem with the Tories isn’t that they’re evil and selfish, although they are most certainly evil and selfish. You only have to look at George Osborne basking in the adulation of the Tory conference to see that. But that’s not the biggest problem with the Tories. The biggest problem with the Tories is …

Unionist sheep bleat SNPbaaaad
by weegingerdug
12 Oct 2015 at 1:55am
The shine has come off the SNP, say people who’ve spent the past decade throwing mud and crap at the party in the hope that some of it might stick. The main result of this exercise has been to leave crap all over the hands of the mud throwers, and an SNP which sails on …

Gordie peddles the pedalo of delusion
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2015 at 1:55pm
Gordie Broon’s been intervening again. This time he’s intervening in a doomed attempt to save his credibility, if not the carpets that he paces up and down on. Unfortunately for the clunking fistula, the Gordie Broon credibility ship sailed to the mythical land of media adulation quite a long time ago, struck the iceberg of …

The bright light whooshing over Greater Britain?s head
by weegingerdug
7 Oct 2015 at 8:11pm
The world ended yesterday, according to some mad churchlet of Christian fundamentalists. And in equally accurate predictions, according to the equally mad breathless fanboys of the right wing press, after today’s speech to the Tory party conference Davie Cameron is the new voice of the left. In other news, Hannibal Lector is the new voice …

Going to work on an egg
by weegingerdug
5 Oct 2015 at 8:58pm
The Tory party conference is taking place in Manchester, behind steel barriers and protected by snipers in case someone throws an egg. A young fogey delegate goaded the crowd with a photo of Margaret Thatcher, but what’s to be condemned is that someone rose to the goading by throwing an egg, and not that an …

The problem child
by weegingerdug
4 Oct 2015 at 3:14pm
We need to talk about our problem child. The media in Scotland is suffering from a strange form of mass psychosis. It’s like the witch hysteria of the 17th century, only it involves screaming about the SNP. The same publications which denounce Jeremy Corbyn for being so left wing that even Lenin would consider him …

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Action plan on Tata steel closures is welcomed by unions
19 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
STEEL workers have called on the Scottish Government to help secure the future of the industry by supporting a ?short-time working programme? if proposed plant closures go ahead.


Human trafficking ?will not be tolerated in Scotland?
19 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
AUTHORITIES in Scotland marked anti-slavery day yesterday by reinforcing that human trafficking has no place in our country.


Govanhill Baths project receives £500,000 boost from new heritage body
19 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
THE restoration of Glasgow?s Govanhill Baths has been given a big boost, with a further half-a-million pounds being awarded to the project.


GCHQ?s right to spy on MPs up for debate
19 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
GOVERNMENT ministers are expected to be asked about GCHQ?s powers to spy on MPs at an emergency debate in the Commons today.


Corbyn may rethink opposition to spending 2% of GDP on defence as Fallon urge...
19 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn could U-turn on his desire to scrap the commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence, according to a report yesterday as Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon appealed to Labour MPs to support the renewal of Trident.


Tories bid to block Scottish MPs from key vote on third runway at Heathrow
19 Oct 2015 at 12:23am
THE Tories? plans to introduce English votes for English laws (Evel) descended even further in farce yesterday, as Scottish MPs have criticised a senior Tory MP who implied they could be blocked from voting on Heathrow?s third runway despi


Kevin McKenna: Why are traditional Christian views on abortion met with intol...
19 Oct 2015 at 12:21am
IN THE struggle for more powers it was inevitable that the first one to be thrown Holyrood?s way after the summer recess would cause more panic than reports of a Lidl in Morningside. The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, must have h


Neglect shown by our governments to migrants is at ?the point of abuse?
19 Oct 2015 at 12:20am
A YOUNG aid worker has told how refugees sleeping rough in Turkey are being neglected to the point of abuse.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

JK Rowling ? Staunch Labour Party and Better Together Champion ? A £1Millio...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
  JK and Alistair Darling         “Yes” Campaign supporters consider JK Rowling £1million donation to the Labour Party’s anti independence campaign offensive In her letter to the public, JK predicted that some pro-independence campaigners would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that approach to the …

The Dogs of War Are At It Again In Westminster ? If Only the Scottish Elector...
by caltonjock
17 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
    British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps. Almost all ex Eton students   Eton boys and them   Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath           The Armed Forces Day Con In 2006. British armed …

The Fear Not Fair Scottish Referendum ? The Contretemps Over Sterling ? A ...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 8:14pm
          The Greatest Red- Herring of the Referendum In the course of the referendum I wrote to my blog that my preference would be for Scotland to establish it’s own currency following a, “Yes” vote. I did so in support  of the Scottish government’s preferred option which was to remain tied …

The Labour Party ? One Nation ? Unionist to the Core ? But What About Scotlan...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 2:24pm
  Richard Heller       Richard Heller, (former adviser to Denis Healey and Gerald Kaufman): A Private View It could become a pub quiz question: who was the first British prime minister to sell himself to a foreign power? It would be too easy to guess the answer ? Tony Blair, who recently signed …

Berwick A Town Unwanted By England ? Torn From Scotland ? Left In Limbo By Th...
by caltonjock
14 Oct 2015 at 8:20pm
                Berwick – Ripped From Scotland By The Bloody Hands Of Edward Longshanks and His Successors – But Not Assimilated Into England Until 1974 With Westminster being almost 350 miles away from Berwick-upon-Tweed, its residents do not feel connected to English politics. With bagpipes playing and Scottish flags …

The Labour Party in Scotland Believe Education is Their Strong Point in the 2...
by caltonjock
14 Oct 2015 at 5:24pm
          The Labour Party in Scotland Flexes it’s Muscles Dugdale’s first major policy announcement came late in the month of September 2015 – Probably because she was head girl at her secondary school she chose Education as the stage for her first battle with the SNP government. Whoever is giving her …

Broadcast Media and the Press in Scotland ? The Scottish Electorate Places It...
by caltonjock
14 Oct 2015 at 1:24am
Broadcast media and the Press in Scotland were heavily biased (in their reporting to the Scottish public) against  the “Yes” campaign. The  shameful behaviour has continued unabated in the period since. I recently read an analysis of the Scottish Press written by Jennifer Rachel Birks BA (Hons). I commend it to you.       …

Oliver Mundell ? The Man Who Would Be King ? With More Than A Little help Fro...
by caltonjock
12 Oct 2015 at 11:03pm
Oliver Mundell – The man who would be the MSP for Dumfriesshire in 2016 Oliver Mundell has been selected by local Conservative Party members as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Dumfriesshire in next May’s Scottish Parliament Elections.  The Conservatives are targeting a win. Mundell hopes that the party’s strong stance on the Union …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


Our "One Party State"...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Oct 2015 at 3:51pm
"One party state" Definition: relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted."One party state" (Scot only) Definition: relating or denoting a system of government in which many different parties are permitted to stand and enjoy representation at every level of democratic government. Composition of the ...


Carmichael questions, Carmichael answers...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Oct 2015 at 10:53pm
In Parliament House in Edinburgh today, Lady Paton and Lord Matthews reconvened the election court, investigating the return of Alistair Morrison Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland. Earlier, the two Court of Session judges held that the case against Mr Carmichael under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 couldn't be kicked o...


Mortgage fraud
by Lallands Peat Worrier
6 Oct 2015 at 5:52pm
As readers may have noticed, there has been a deafening silence at the heart of this blog on the Michelle Thomson affair. There are several reasons for my reticence about breenging into the fray. The first is consciousness of my own limitations. There are a number of areas of law which I understand pretty well: conveyancing and property transact...


"Labour is coming home. Come home to Labour..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Oct 2015 at 8:55pm
Since the Labour conference in Brighton, I've been trying precisely to pin down why I found John McDonnell's "come home to Labour" riff so irritating. Alex Massie captures some of the reasons in his stinging Spectator blog. My article in the latest edition of the Drouth harps on a similar string. But the sense of Labour entitlement implicit in t...


The Little Engine That Couldn't
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Sep 2015 at 11:41am
Choo, choo. At the risk of repeating myself, we really have to nail this one down: the Scottish Government does not have the legal power to take railways into any kind of public ownership. There aren't shades of grey here. There aren't knotty legal complexities. It is clear as day. Clear, apparently, to everybody except the new leader of the Lab...


"We wish to hear evidence..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
29 Sep 2015 at 7:04pm
It's perhaps appropriate that I didn't have time to blog about the election court's Carmichael judgment this afternoon. I was giving a lecture to our young lawyers on Socrates, Plato, and that most basic and most intractable of questions, "what is justice"? Cast your mind back, if you can, to the two days of hearings earlier this month. The peti...


"Straight talking, honest politics..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
28 Sep 2015 at 5:25pm
A crib sheet can be a dangerous thing. Like the actor's prompt, they allow the harried speaker to cut corners and to maintain a superficial veneer of plausibility on an unfamiliar topic.If you trust the person who has pulled them together for you, in their judgement and in their diligence, they can be gold -- just so long as nobody asks you too ...


"Quod me nutrit, me destruit..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Sep 2015 at 7:50pm
A Latin motto is written in the top left-hand corner of a portrait which hangs in Corpus Christi College Cambridge, thought to represent the playwright Christopher Marlowe: Quod me nutrit, me destruit. "That which nourishes me, also destroys me." This Elizabethan sentiment was often symbolised by an upturned torch, its flame burning brightly, bu...

Gerry Hassan

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

The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Corbyn and Anger: Rage against the Machine is understandable but never ever e...
by Gerry
21 Sep 2015 at 4:20pm
Corbyn and Anger: Rage Against the Machine is understandable but never ever enough Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 20th 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has dominated the news headlines this week. Let?s start with the obvious – the failure of mainstream politics. Conventional British politics are bust. The Labour right, the Blairites and soft left have nothing ...

Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ?Big Bang? of the Indy Ref and After
by Gerry
14 Sep 2015 at 2:39pm
Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ‘Big Bang’ of the Indy Ref and After Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 13th 2015 One year ago Scotland went to the polls. An amazing 85% of us voted: 45% for independence and 55% against ? both expressions of Scottish self-government and a desire for a different Scotland. Scotland ...

A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen
by Gerry
8 Sep 2015 at 6:06pm
A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, September 6th 2015 The BBC is one of the key institutions of Scotland and the UK. It arouses passion in many forms: identification, reverence for some of its past glories, fury at current and historic shortcomings. ...

Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it?
by Gerry
7 Sep 2015 at 11:14am
Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 6th 2015 The Scottish Parliament is one of the central pillars of public life. It has become the unquestioned landmark and focus of domestic politics in the country. People look to it, want it to have ...

Scotland and Independence

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SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns - BBC News
18 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm

The Independent
SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns
BBC News
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over the period of a year has been identified as a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, senior SNP sources say. The figure is a "trigger point", but will not be publicly ...
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...The Ind...

BBC Scotland director rejects claims of 'unconscious bias' in independence .....
19 Oct 2015 at 6:08pm

The Courier
BBC Scotland director rejects claims of 'unconscious bias' in independence ...
The Courier
But he dismissed claims that the BBC demonstrated "unconscious bias" during its coverage of last year's Scottish independence referendum. In July, an annual report found 48% of Scots believe the BBC is good at representing their lives through news and ...
BBC boss denies referendum coverage was bi...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:34am

The Independent
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?It's then for people in Scotland, whether it is in this election or in future elections, to decide whether they want to vote for our manifesto and then if there is in the future another independence referendum, whether that's in five years or 10 years ...
SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of...

Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside th...
13 Oct 2015 at 11:32am

Telegraph.co.uk
Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside the EU?
Telegraph.co.uk
Fear helped keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom, it is said. The pro-unionist Better Together campaign, which helped ensure Scots voted by a 55-45 margin against independence, was privately dubbed "Project Fear" by one of its volunteers as a way ...



Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters - Reuters
28 Sep 2015 at 9:46pm

Reuters
Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters
Reuters
"The fact that we are such a big economy in Spain will help us," said Erola Pairo, 33, president of the Catalan Center of Scotland in Edinburgh and a supporter of independence. Scotland, on the other hand, is already widely seen as a separate political ...

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Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola -...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:03pm

Dispatch Times
Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola
Dispatch Times
David Mundell yesterday challenged Scottish ministers to reveal which benefits they were going to increase when Holyrood gets control over welfare payments. ?It is absolutely crucial that we get the chance to comment on them as meaningful consultation ...

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Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ... ...
24 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

The Independent
Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...
The Independent
An apparently spontaneous remark by the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence referendum was ?a deliberate last-minute intervention? designed to persuade people to vote no, according to the latest extracts from Lord Ashcroft's controversial ...

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Scottish independence: We voted "no" and it's time to move on - City A.M.
21 Sep 2015 at 5:45pm

City A.M.
Scottish independence: We voted "no" and it's time to move on
City A.M.
This time last year Scotland's fate was decided, we said "no" to independence and now it's time to move on for the better. Following the hasty offering of more powers to Scotland, we essentially said ?better the devil we know, than the devil we don't ...



SNP

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Nicola Sturgeon hopes to contest 2021 elections as SNP leader - Fx Report Daily
19 Oct 2015 at 7:58pm

Fx Report Daily
Nicola Sturgeon hopes to contest 2021 elections as SNP leader
Fx Report Daily
At the SNP conference in Aberdeen, delegates voted against a motion welcoming the introduction of the Scottish Government's Land Reform Bill by 570 votes to 440. A few have described the issue of when to push for a second vote on Scotland's future as ...

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Former SNP leader tells indyref2 campaigners to ?shut up? - Jewocity.com (pre...
19 Oct 2015 at 7:53pm

Jewocity.com (press release) (blog)
Former SNP leader tells indyref2 campaigners to ?shut up?
Jewocity.com (press release) (blog)
This is the same senior SNP MSP who, in the run up to indyref 1 ? in what was a Cabinet-wide campaign, is known to have spent time and effort in ingratiating himself with landowners and trying to win their support for the SNP's bid for independence in ...

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Sturgeon: SNP will 'campaign positively' to stay in EU - Sportnewsbase.com
19 Oct 2015 at 7:06pm

Sportnewsbase.com
Sturgeon: SNP will 'campaign positively' to stay in EU
Sportnewsbase.com
Kezia Dugdale is a more convincing first minister than Nicola Sturgeon? The nationalists have seen its support surge, largely at the expense of the once-dominant Labour party. If the SNP is voted into government for a record third time at Holyrood, she ...

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European Union exit campaign to use SNP case for independence - wireless good...
19 Oct 2015 at 6:52pm

wireless goodness
European Union exit campaign to use SNP case for independence
wireless goodness
The conference in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre got underway as a new poll showed the SNP are on course to win another majority in the Scottish Parliament next year. As well as being in power at Holyrood and boasting more than ...

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The rise of the SNP is based on emotion, not reason - Yahoo News UK
19 Oct 2015 at 6:44pm

Yahoo News UK
The rise of the SNP is based on emotion, not reason
Yahoo News UK
Nicola Sturgeon is by any measure the most successful politician in British politics. The SNP's landslide victory in this year's general election turned Scotland into a one-party state. When it comes to Westminster elections, the SNP now face less ...

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Scottish leader downplays independence talk, seeks to build power base - Fina...
19 Oct 2015 at 6:19pm

Financial Company Voices
Scottish leader downplays independence talk, seeks to build power base
Financial Company Voices
Steve Uncles, Campaign Director pointed out that informal discussions had taken place with Angus McNeil SNP MP, who had been kind enough to attend and speak at a previous English Democrats Conference. He predicted that, while they would win the ...

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Scottish leader Sturgeon tells Cameron -'We will decide on independence' - Je...
19 Oct 2015 at 6:12pm

Jewocity.com (press release) (blog)
Scottish leader Sturgeon tells Cameron -'We will decide on independence'
Jewocity.com (press release) (blog)
Meanwhile Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the creation of the Police Scotland national force had been ?one of the SNP's most significant policy failures? adding: ?After eight years of SNP government we have a situation where morale ......

Sturgeon: SNP will 'campaign positively' to stay in EU - Fx Report Daily
19 Oct 2015 at 6:07pm

Fx Report Daily
Sturgeon: SNP will 'campaign positively' to stay in EU
Fx Report Daily
If the SNP is voted into government for a record third time at Holyrood, she pledged an extra £200 million for the NHS to create a new network of elective treatment centres. A solemn silence descended on the hall when, half way through her opening ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns - BBC News
18 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm

BBC News
SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns
BBC News
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over the period of a year has been identified as a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, senior SNP sources say. The figure is a "trigger point", but will not be publicly ...
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...The Independen...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:34am

The Independent
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?I guess I do believe that another referendum is inevitable. But it's not inevitable just because I say it should happen. It will only prove to be inevitable if that's what a majority of people in Scotland want,? she told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on ...
No one should stand in Scotland's way...

Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola -...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:03pm

Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola
Dispatch Times
David Mundell yesterday challenged Scottish ministers to reveal which benefits they were going to increase when Holyrood gets control over welfare payments. ?It is absolutely crucial that we get the chance to comment on them as meaningful consultation ...

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Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence.

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Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the...
25 Sep 2015 at 12:42pm

The Independent
Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the ...
The Independent
?It would not have been possible without the development of a stronger sense of Scottish identity within the Union. What they were discussing during the referendum was the future of Scotland as a nation, possibly as an independent sovereign state ...

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Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ... ...
24 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

The Independent
Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...
The Independent
An apparently spontaneous remark by the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence referendum was ?a deliberate last-minute intervention? designed to persuade people to vote no, according to the latest extracts from Lord Ashcroft's controversial ...

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Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parti...
29 Sep 2015 at 5:31pm

Newsweek
Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parties
Newsweek
On Sunday, less than a fortnight after the anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum which saw voters choose to stay in the union, Catalans cast their ballots in a regional election that pro-independence parties hailed as a stepping stone ...

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SNP has 'no early independence referendum plans' - Scotsman
20 Sep 2015 at 12:03am

Scotsman
SNP has 'no early independence referendum plans'
Scotsman
Smith was asked about the events that could trigger a second referendum including the possibility of Scotland voting to remain in the EU but being forced to leave because the UK as a whole had voted to leave. The MEP said he did not ?for a second ...
Scottish Independence Movement Marks 1 Year Since ReferendumteleSUR English
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Unsolicited Political Mail
19 Oct 2015 at 6:34pm
What's the deal with this? I don't mean the standard leaflets, etc, but specifically the letters addressed and posted directly to you.   I received one today, and given that I have never joined any political party and that I opted out of the extended register thing on the electoral roll, I'm wond...

Corbyn to become CND vice-president
17 Oct 2015 at 10:21am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34558956     "Mr Corbyn was also criticised by many of his MPs for saying he would never use nuclear weapons if he became PM"

SNPgood
15 Oct 2015 at 1:47pm
What with all the frothing unionists and media DESPERATE to stick the boot into the SNP no matter how tenuous the story, and the endless desperate SNPbad potshots from Slab, I thought I'd start a thread to discuss the many, many merits of our lovely, beautiful governing party in Holyrood.   I'll ...

SNP15
15 Oct 2015 at 11:52am
And we're off!!

SNP conference 2015 is in Aberdeen Thu-Sat.

First impressions are it is night and day from previous conferences.

3000 delegates and 1000 exhibitors and media.

Got interviewed by Radio 1 this morning. They would never have known the SNP conference was on a year ago. Speaking to a ...

Abortion law to be devolved to Holyrood
15 Oct 2015 at 10:52am
So Fluffy Mundell has amended the Scotland Bill to allow Holyrood to control laws over abortion.  At present, the Scottish Governent don't plan to change any of it.   BUT. Check out Kezia's indignation.     Kezia Dugdale @kdugdalemsp Ministers b...

We need to talk about Irish Independence
14 Oct 2015 at 7:10pm
https://purgedwordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/we-need-to-talk-about-irish-independence/

Greens on Israel
13 Oct 2015 at 7:36am
Well said Mr Harvie




ONE of Scotland's fastest growing political parties has voted to campaign for an economic and cultural boycott of the "racist apartheid" state of Israel until it withdraws to pre-1967 borders and senior political and military personnel are tried for war crime.
The Scottish Gre...

The Media in Figures: Sales of national newspapers in Scotland
12 Oct 2015 at 11:18am
http://www.allmediascotland.com/press/109607/the-media-in-figures-sales-of-national-newspapers-in-scotland-2/   The Media in Figures: Sales of national newspapers in Scotland THE year-on-year average circulations in Scotland of both The Times and The Financial Times newspapers have increased,...

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60% Yes For A Year
19 Oct 2015 at 12:01pm
Will this rule out another referendum for a generation after all?

http://m.heraldscotland.com/news/13877169.SNP_want_polls_to_show_60__support_for_independence_for_a_whole_year_before_calling_referendum/
 
 

Adele Xmas Number 1
19 Oct 2015 at 11:29am
think adele could be xmas number 1, few quid on @ 50/1

Zombies
19 Oct 2015 at 7:48am
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/19/man-24-dies-on-board-dublin-bound-aer-lingus-flight

Wtf

Kim Jong Lizzie
18 Oct 2015 at 7:24pm
http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2015/10/15/kim-jong-lizzie/  

Blair's 'deal In Blood' With Bush - Memo Revealed
18 Oct 2015 at 6:11pm
It may not be big news to anyone who suspected/assumed Blair pledged to Bush to back him over Iraq, privately, while insisting publicly he hadn't made his mind up and would aim to go through UN channels (before backtracking and invading Iraq anyway). Still, these guys have to be held to account e...

Car Tyres
18 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm
Where abouts in Glasgow sells car tyres on a Sunday?

Your Memories Of The 1979 Devolution Referendum
18 Oct 2015 at 11:38am
I wasn't even alive at this time but am really interested in this chapter in Scottish history. I'm keen to read the boards memories of the 1979 referendum on devolution.   Many of you I imagine were kids or teenagers at the time and starting to become interested in politics. A couple of you may h...

Ta Ta To The Steel Industry
16 Oct 2015 at 9:52pm
Another hammer blow to our traditional industry.  Hopefully there can be another successful intervention like at Ineos and Fergusons...   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-34552970    

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by Liam.Kirkaldy
19 Oct 2015 at 11:14am

Scottish Sentencing Council launched
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Charlie Anderson, Fife Council Head of ICT
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Government review of corroboration to begin work next month
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EVEL plans are ?over-engineered and potentially burdensome on the House?, Com...
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Jim Sillars: leadership keeping control
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17 Oct 2015 at 6:32am

SNP focus: Education
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