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Alex Salmond under fire for nominating leading Leaver to head new Commons Bre...
18 Oct 2016 at 7:16pm
ALEX Salmond has come under fire for nominating a leading Leave campaigner to chair the new Commons Brexit committee whose role it will be to hold the UK Government to account over Britain?s decision to quit the European Union.

Tory MP: BBC Scottish news programme would boost SNP's independence effort
18 Oct 2016 at 6:35pm
A flagship BBC Scottish news show would "chip away at a great British institution" and boost the SNP's independence efforts, a Tory MP has claimed.

Airport expansion delayed for at least another year
18 Oct 2016 at 5:33pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of dithering after No 10 confirmed that plans to expand either Gatwick or Heathrow will be delayed for at least another year.

Owen Smith won Scotland and... nowhere else in the UK
18 Oct 2016 at 6:36pm
Scotland was the only part of the UK where Jeremy Corbyn lost the Labour leadership vote to his rival Owen Smith.

Nicola Sturgeon raises stakes on special deal to beat Brexit
18 Oct 2016 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon has upped her demand for Scotland to get a ?special deal? on Brexit after it emerged that the UK Government is seriously considering creating one for the City of London to maintain its prized access to the European single market.

Britain 'should be willing to suspend arms sales' over Saudi and Yemen conflict
18 Oct 2016 at 9:01pm
Britain should be willing to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Yemen if the two countries fail to reach a solution in their growing conflict, a senior MP has said.

Margaret Thatcher voted worst PM by historical writers
18 Oct 2016 at 4:57pm
Margaret Thatcher has been voted the worst Prime Minister of the last 100 years by an association of historical writers, just pipping David Cameron to the unenviable title.

Labour: Government put 'gun to BBC's head' over free TV licences for over-75s
18 Oct 2016 at 3:11pm
The Government has effectively placed a "gun to the head" of the BBC by demanding it meet the cost of free TV licences for over-75s while renegotiating its charter, Labour has said.

Boris told he can attack airport decision - in hint it will be Heathrow
18 Oct 2016 at 1:15pm
Conservative cabinet ministers will be allowed to rail against their own government?s decision on airport expansion - in the clearest hint yet that Heathrow will be given the nod.

The Midge: The curious case of Ruth Davidson and the missing backing for Bori...
17 Oct 2016 at 1:03pm
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Tory ministers accused of a cover up over England-only immigration scheme
18 Oct 2016 at 12:11am
Theresa May?s government has been accused of a cover up after it refused to publish the data used to lock Scottish universities out of a new scheme for talented foreign graduates.

'Misogynist' Donald Trump should not be President, says Nicola Sturgeon
17 Oct 2016 at 3:18pm
DONALD Trump is guilty of ?misogyny at its worst? and should not be US President, Nicola Sturgeon has said, breaking the traditional diplomatic silence about other nations? elections.

Alleged RBS ?dash for cash? victims interviewed by police
18 Oct 2016 at 12:12am
Alleged victims of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) ?dash for cash? scandal have been interviewed by police, their lawyers have said.

Opposition to Brexit should be made an act of treason, says Tory councillor
17 Oct 2016 at 11:34am
A Conservative councillor has started a petition to make opposing Brexit into an act of treason.

Controversial Scottish Ukip MEP says he could throw hat in leadership race
17 Oct 2016 at 8:30pm
Scotland?s only Ukip MEP has suggested that he could stand to be his party?s new leader.

 

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Labour lodge complaint over SNP independence Bill conduct
19 Oct 2016 at 12:00am
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has complained to the Holyrood authorities over Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to publish a new referendum Bill while MSPs are on their two-week Autumn break.

Women account for just 25% of councillors in Scotland
18 Oct 2016 at 11:51pm
Women remain under-represented across each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, accounting for just 25 per cent of the total number of councillors.

Hit to house prices blamed on ?sluggish? Scottish economy
18 Oct 2016 at 10:32pm
The Scottish economy’s “sluggish” performance has been blamed for house prices rising at around half the rate they have been across the UK as a whole over the past year.

Fall in NHS patients seen on time ?should be wake-up call?
18 Oct 2016 at 10:10pm
New figures showing a fall in patients seen on time at A&E should act as a “wake-up call” for ministers as winter approaches, opposition parties have said.

Bid to pressure BBC for ?Scottish Six? defeated in Commons
18 Oct 2016 at 9:45pm

Russia demands explantion for ?openly political? account closures
18 Oct 2016 at 9:40pm
The row between RBS-owned NatWest and Russian state broadcaster RT has escalated after the country’s embassy declared the decision to close the TV network’s bank accounts “openly political” and demanded the British government explain the lender’s actions.

Melania Trump: Donald?s comments about women were ?boy talk?
18 Oct 2016 at 9:19pm
Melania Trump has dismissed her husband’s sexually aggressive language as “boy talk”, insisting his remarks do not reflect “the man I know” and saying she does not believe he has assaulted any women.

Barack Obama rebukes Donald Trump over voter fraud claims
18 Oct 2016 at 8:03pm
US president Barack Obama has criticised Donald Trump for sowing suspicion about the integrity of the election, telling the Republican presidential nominee to “stop whining” and focus on winning votes.

Brexit legal challenge: Judges to rule ?quickly?
18 Oct 2016 at 5:44pm
Leading judges with the task of ruling on the historic Brexit legal challenge aim to give their decision “as quickly as possible”.

Brexit could see price of wine go up
18 Oct 2016 at 5:23pm
The price of a bottle of wine from the EU could go up by an average of 29p as a result of Brexit, drinkers have been warned.

Boris Johnson wants no-bombing zone in Syria
18 Oct 2016 at 3:20pm
Boris Johnson has suggested he wants MPs to rally behind proposals for a no-bombing zone in Syria.

Kate Hoey faces Hilary Benn to lead Brexit watchdog
18 Oct 2016 at 3:11pm
Pro-Leave Labour MP Kate Hoey is to run off against former shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn to lead the Commons watchdog on Brexit.

UK?s Brexit committee has majority of ?Remain? supporters
18 Oct 2016 at 3:07pm
The Cabinet committee responsible for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU contains a majority of ministers who campaigned to Remain, it has been revealed.

Ministers free to ?temporarily? disagree with airports decision
18 Oct 2016 at 1:31pm
Ministers opposed to the expansion of Heathrow will be permitted to speak out against the government’s position on expanding airport capacity in the south-east of England when it makes it final decision next week.

Labour calls for audit on NHS private spending
18 Oct 2016 at 1:16pm
The Scottish Government is facing calls for an urgent audit on the NHS’s private spending after it emerged ministers don’t know how much cash has been allocated to outsourcing services.

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Exploring the options
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2016 at 1:18pm
We had a bit of a debate at the weekend with ITV’s generally pretty decent Scotland correspondent Peter Smith, after he tweeted this: It wasn’t the curious choice of picture we objected to, nor the fact that the £14.8bn figure is a notional sum which is totally meaningless in the context of an independent Scotland (because …

Bowled out by the softballs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2016 at 4:09pm
Here’s David Mundell on Sunday Politics earlier today: It’s a pretty uncomfortable time. But it could have been a lot worse. Andrew Neil let Mundell get away several times with saying that Scots voted in 2014 while knowing that they’d subsequently be getting a referendum on EU membership. But as we’ve clearly established previously on this site, …

Meet The Ultra-Yoons
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2016 at 8:11pm
Hardcore nutter collective Scotland In Union are already the de facto unofficial No campaign group for the second independence referendum. Evidently very well-connected and already flush with cash from sources unknown, the limited company recently raised a reported £300,000 for itself at a “charity” dinner attended by such luminaries of the great and the good as Lord Alistair Darling, …

The wrong question
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Oct 2016 at 12:59pm
There was a rather comforting predictability about the headlines the Scottish media greeted the first day of the SNP conference in Glasgow with. Unsurprisingly, the Express’ lead story was a piece of fabricated drivel based on alleged quotes from an unnamed source claiming that the Scottish Government would resign in order to force an election and …

Another lucky escape
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Oct 2016 at 10:49am
Alert readers may recall that almost three years ago, the No campaign issued a series of dire warnings that independence could cause supermarket prices to rise: Thankfully, by staying in the UK and therefore leaving the EU, Scotland etc etc.

Getting to Fawkes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Oct 2016 at 5:23pm
Readers may be aware that Wings Over Scotland is (fairly remarkably, really) the UK’s second-most-read politics blog, behind the hardcore right-wing “Guido Fawkes”. Our “competitor” isn’t a site we look at a lot – the comments make the Daily Mail readership seem like enlightened and thoughtful moderates – but last week someone asked us about a smear …

Galaxy-class stupid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Oct 2016 at 12:08pm
It’s Siobhan again, readers. Ever since Scottish Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden jumped ship to go and rearrange the deckchairs for Labour, his former paper has very noticeably toned down its hysterical “SNP BAD” content. We can go through the Mail for days on end now without finding some ludicrously distorted misrepresentation or screaming …

The Mayfly
by Chris Cairns
8 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

Why Scottish Labour will never recover
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2016 at 9:46pm
Because the party is still stuffed with braindead cockroaches like this: People of North Ayrshire, you’ve got a real prize there. Well done you. The next Scottish council elections are in May next year.

Strange times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2016 at 4:17pm
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Coburn 'would consider UKIP leadership'
18 Oct 2016 at 9:21am
UKIP's Scottish MEP David Coburn tells the BBC he would "do his best" if colleagues asked him to stand for the party's leadership.


'Dungavel replacement' plans unveiled
18 Oct 2016 at 11:56am
Plans for an immigration removal centre next to Glasgow Airport are submitted to Renfrewshire Council by the UK Home Office.


Scottish Conservatives attack SNP over Police Scotland 'failings'
17 Oct 2016 at 10:53am
Concerns about the performance of Police Scotland "fall completely at the SNP's door", the Scottish Conservatives claim.


MoD gives 'no answers' over future of Fort George army base
17 Oct 2016 at 6:28pm
Political leaders from the Highlands fail to get reassurances about the future of the Fort George army base.


Judge Lady Smith's appeal to child abuse victims and witnesses
17 Oct 2016 at 4:27pm
The senior judge appointed to lead the Scottish government's child abuse inquiry urges victims and witnesses to come forward.


Celtic living wage commitment welcomed
17 Oct 2016 at 6:05pm
An MSP who criticised Celtic for failing to pay some staff the living wage welcomes the news that the club is now paying the rate.


Fife Council's '20-year vision' delayed
17 Oct 2016 at 5:41pm
A plan for Fife's vision for the next 20 years is delayed because the council submitted insufficient information, according to government officials.


Sunset Song voted Scotland's favourite book
17 Oct 2016 at 9:00pm
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon is voted Scotland's favourite book in a poll for the BBC's Love To Read campaign.


Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland may seek separate EU trade deal
16 Oct 2016 at 11:51am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she believes a deal can be reached which would allow Scotland to retain access to the European single market.


Emotional Nicola Sturgeon pledges children in care review
15 Oct 2016 at 5:03pm
An emotional Nicola Sturgeon tells her party's conference that she will undertake a "root and branch review" of Scotland's children in care system.


SNP backs decriminalising cannabis for medical use
15 Oct 2016 at 2:01pm
Delegates at the SNP conference overwhelmingly backed a motion in favour of decriminalising cannabis for medical use.


Boundary changes
18 Oct 2016 at 12:17am
What could proposed boundary changes mean for Scottish MPs?

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With just a single touch, JK Rowling can cure any journalist of his misogyny
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2016 at 10:42pm
You've probably heard by now about Nick Cohen's batty piece which depicts STV's Fox News-style columnist Stephen Daisley as a modern-day Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who has been "silenced" by the total...

So what was it about Brexit that finally won Kezia Dugdale over?
by James Kelly
17 Oct 2016 at 3:13pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about Scottish Labour's curious journey from being officially undecided on whether to support a second independ...

A suggestion for Labour on Trident
by James Kelly
16 Oct 2016 at 2:04am
Owen Smith's failed pitch to the Labour selectorate was basically "Corbynism with bonus weapons of mass destruction", so the people who voted for Jeremy Corbyn may now want to ask for a refund, bec...

Sensational BMG poll reveals that 45% of Scots insist on "leaving the UK" eve...
by James Kelly
14 Oct 2016 at 1:57pm
I'm almost embarrassed for BMG Research.  For extremely good reasons, it's become the industry standard to ask the actual 2014 referendum question when polling on independence.  Although we don't k...

A 'Hard Brexit' means a second independence referendum. In other news, the P...
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2016 at 5:28pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about what we learned from Nicola Sturgeon's speech today : that SNP MPs will vote against Brexit, th...

Tommy Tommy Too-Tah, I said Too-Tah Too-Tah Tommy
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2016 at 10:38pm
Which is my way of saying that, after changing my mind about five times, I eventually voted for Tommy Sheppard in the SNP depute leadership election.  I have to say it was so much easier to make a ...

GAIN! Gallus SNP gallop to greatness in gorgeous Garscadden as lousy Labour ...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2016 at 1:52am
The exact result from the Garscadden and Scotstounhill by-election hasn't been published anywhere yet as far as I can see, but if Twitter is to be believed it's roughly as follows...SNP 43% (+16)La...

Why Theresa May's hard Brexit makes a second indyref almost inevitable
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2016 at 4:10pm
Just a quick note (another one) to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about how the recent ugly hardening of the Tory stance on Brexit has vastly simplified...

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Lemme tell you a little about Edinburgh, Scotland
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18 Oct 2016 at 11:41pm
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Tory MP: BBC Scottish news programme would boost SNP's independence effort (F...
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18 Oct 2016 at 10:15pm
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Scottish weans getting pished, do you blame the parents?
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18 Oct 2016 at 9:19pm
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Oil price is now $68 per barrel (* sort of)
by /u/bottish
18 Oct 2016 at 8:35pm
Just thinking aloud... Sept 2014 the pound was worth $1.629 Today the pound is worth $1.229 Brent Crude is priced world wide in dollars Today Brent Crude is worth $51.67 per barrel, so in 2014 equ...

Glasgow taxi driver fined £400 following cyclist's death
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18 Oct 2016 at 8:19pm
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Press censorship has begun in Scotland
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18 Oct 2016 at 7:55pm
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Does anyone actually feel betrayed by the broken promises of Better Together?
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18 Oct 2016 at 7:32pm
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Nicola Sturgeon: PM hasn't 'honoured' promise on Scotland - BBC News
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18 Oct 2016 at 5:58pm
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Cairngorms Project - help please! :-)
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18 Oct 2016 at 5:44pm
Hi Redditors, Not sure where the best place to post this is, so please feel free to cross-post on my behalf! I am part of a group at Glasgow School of Art doing a project on the use of Blockchain ...

I just noticed rule #9. I'm Canadian, and I don't want to create any waves on...
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18 Oct 2016 at 5:42pm
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Idea: The Scottish government has no powers over immigration, but it does hav...
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18 Oct 2016 at 2:18pm
So like I say, no ability to allow people to come here but that doesn't mean it can't try and convince those who don't actually need permission to be allowed to come. Scotland has a lot to offer, I...

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18 Oct 2016 at 2:07pm
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Plans for £120 million hospital and cancer centre given go-ahead - Evening Ex...
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18 Oct 2016 at 2:04pm
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Wings Over Scotland | Exploring the options
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18 Oct 2016 at 1:24pm
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Corbyn supporting broadcaster Paul Mason says Scottish Labour should ditch Ke...
by David Clegg
19 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
THE former Channel 4 news reporter made the suggestion to remove Kezia Dugdale, who backed Corbyn rival Owen Smith, in an article published by the New Statesman.


How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit ...
by Joan McAlpine
19 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
JOAN writes on the furore that has surrounded the SNP conference after Nicola Sturgeon announced a draft bill on a second referendum on independence for Scotland.


Margaret Thatcher voted worst Prime Minister of past 100 years ... beating Da...
by Andrew Woodcock
18 Oct 2016 at 8:07pm
THE Iron Lady pipped David Cameron to the unenviable title after being given the thumbs-down from an association of historical writers.


Bungling Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn hints that he is ready to stand for t...
by David Clegg
18 Oct 2016 at 7:44pm
THE controversial Coburn, who has a long charge sheet of gaffes from the hilarious to the downright offensive, is a rank outsider to replace Diane James.


When is the next US presidential debate? 2016 schedule, dates, UK times and h...
by Mikey Smith
18 Oct 2016 at 3:54pm
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head to head in a series of live televised debates. Here's everything you need to know


I second that motion: SNP MPs falling over themselves to register support for...
by David Ottewell
18 Oct 2016 at 1:54pm
Glasgow South West MP Christopher Stephens has out his name to a staggering 406 early day motions in Parliament


Alex Salmond's breathtaking arrogance once again fails when confronted with h...
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
KEVIN rails against the former First Minister's self proclaimed ability to put a positive face on the grim statistics that obliterated his case for independence.


UKIP leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe QUITS the party after collapsing fo...
by Ross McCafferty
17 Oct 2016 at 6:18pm
STEVEN Woolfe, who was hospitalized following an altercation with fellow UKIP MEP Mike Hookem which is believed to have turned physical, has abandoned Nigel Farage's party.


Timid SNP are nothing more than Tory Lite, says Kezia Dugdale
by Kezia Dugdale
17 Oct 2016 at 9:49am
SNP taking "marginally" different approach to Tories on taxes is a dereliction of duty and a kick in the teeth to voters who thought they were getting a left-wing alternative.


Bungling Brexiteer Boris Johnson is an insult to buffoons
by Record View
17 Oct 2016 at 8:47am
CLOWNSHOE Boris knew all about the dangers of Brexit, but put his own petty self-interest ahead of that of the country's.

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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

Perspective ? Taster Show
by michaelgreenwell
14 Oct 2016 at 8:55am
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but here is the taster show of the new series Perspective. These are made by one of the most talented people in the Indy movement, Phantom Power. He is also on twitter here and facebook here. Amongst others, this taster show features the community fightback to …

The Likely News ? One ? 5th May 2017
by michaelgreenwell
8 Oct 2016 at 1:02pm
5th May 2017 – Glasgow City Chambers and the surrounding area has been cordoned off for reasons of public safety. The drama began early this morning. After emerging victorious in the Council elections and winning control of Glasgow City Council, new SNP councillors entered the City Chambers and began to look at files previously unavailable …

The Hounds Unleashed
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2016 at 10:00pm
Faced with the complexities of it all, and so many possible ways that it could play itself out, it is easy to forget one or two of the potential outcomes of the Brexit situation. One of them hit me tonight. Before we get to the big one though, here are some of the policies a …

Ken Stott ? ?Straight Speaking Scot?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 ? Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:59pm
For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine. Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal. In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to …
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Memories
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2016 at 8:20am
If Indyref 2 is coming, it’s worth remembering how nicely the other side campaigned, and expect it again. They are already fundraising… Remember when they tried to get a film taken off the internet?

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On Energy Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2016 at 5:46pm
Chris Cook explores how resilience, security and independence are bottom up not top down. This is how we move from a national grid to a natural grid. Resource Resilience Independence is not a policy: it is  an aim of policy, in the same way that Security and Resilience ? which may be seen as aspects …

Getting a Grip
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2016 at 10:09am
Surely this mornings pearls of wisdom from our MEP @DavidCoburnUKip cements the case for his leadership challenge? The flamboyant if technically-challenged MEP told the radio that: “We want to put a cutlass in the small of the PM’s back to make sure she walks the plank on Brexit.” Coburn told Radio 4 “We just need …

1998 and all That
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2016 at 11:21pm
Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Israel, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro and San Marino. Of the 55 member countries of UEFA, these footballing titans are the only nations not to have qualified for a major tournament since Scotland last did, at the 1998 World Cup in France. …

Peace, Israel and Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2016 at 9:36pm
We need clarity, not confusion, over the SNP?s new pro-Israel group. The SNP conference at the weekend witnessed the first appearance of a controversial new group within the party. While other organisations were priced out of an official conference stall, ?SNP Friends of Peace in the Middle East? stumped up thousands of pounds for the …

Brexit?s Grapes of Wrath
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2016 at 2:09pm
“Taking migrant workers “out of the supply chain” would result in there being no homegrown produce on shop shelves” within five days we are told. Read the full story here. There’s a sort of madness in the air. These people have no idea what they have initiated and the coming debacle will get messy. But …

Yeast Extract
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2016 at 2:12pm
The euphoria about announcing a consultation was contained. Contained because whilst the unfolding nightmare of post-geography, pre-trigger Britain is a pretty unedifying spectacle, many of the major obstacles to a victory for a Yes vote remain in place. Everybody knows that. You may have woken up this weekend feeling you’re living somewhere between an Alan Moore …

Theatre In Scotland: A Field of Dreams
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2016 at 11:20am
What use is the professional critic? When arts pages are the first victims of relentless cuts in print journalism, when everyone is a critic invited to say their piece on social media, when long-form arts criticism is in danger of becoming merely a hobby for those who can afford the time, it’s surely worth asking. …

SNP Conference: Making Members Matter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Oct 2016 at 5:31pm
Rory Steel (SNP Youth Vice Convener and SNP Socialists Convener) puts forward the case for transforming the Standing Orders and Agenda Committee (SOAC), and democratising the conference process. SNP Conference can be an opportunity for members to discuss and decide on the big issues according to different communities across Scotland. That is why I am …

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Neo-Nazi band Bound for Glory cancels Scottish concert
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Oct 2016 at 9:45am
Concert organiser cites travel concerns for cancellation of gig amid calls for US white power band to be denied entry to UKThe neo-Nazi rock band Bound for Glory is believed to have cancelled its first gig in Scotland after campaigners and the Scottish government called for the group to be denied...

Scotland's exam board accused of paying invigilators less than living wage
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Oct 2016 at 2:00pm
Scottish Qualification Authority under investigation by charity that polices living wage accreditation scheme in ScotlandScotland?s examinations board is under investigation after claims it has been paying thousands of exam invigilators less than the living wage, in breach of Scottish government ...

Sturgeon: second Scottish referendum is likely to be held in event of hard Br...
by Jessica Elgot
16 Oct 2016 at 12:56pm
First minister says she will explore possibility of keeping Scotland in single market even if rest of UK leavesIt is highly probable that Scotland will hold a second independence referendum by 2020 if the UK is taken out of the EU single market, Nicola Sturgeon has said.Scotland?s first minister ...

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon's speech - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Oct 2016 at 6:10pm
Rolling coverage of the SNP conference in Glasgow, including Nicola Sturgeon?s keynote speechBrennan-Whitefield?s speech calling for cannabis to be decriminalised for medical useSturgeon?s speech - Snap verdict and summary 6.10pm BST This, from ID7748821 in the comments BTL, is very interesting.A...

Nicola Sturgeon?s keynote speech at SNP conference ? video highlights
by Guardian Staff
15 Oct 2016 at 5:27pm
Nicola Sturgeon says she wants Scotland to stay at the ?very heart? of Europe in her keynote speech at the SNP conference in Glasgow on Saturday. She outlines her party?s main policies for business, childcare and health. She also vows to hold a second Scottish vote on independence in the event of...

Sturgeon vows Scottish independence vote in event of hard Brexit
by Daniel Boffey Policy editor
15 Oct 2016 at 4:37pm
First minister tells SNP conference in Glasgow she will defy the prime minister if Tories break ?promises? made to ScotlandNicola Sturgeon has insisted that a hard Brexit would amount to the UK government breaking the promises it made during the Scottish referendum, and that such a departure from...

SNP promises EU students free tuition in Scotland after Brexit
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
14 Oct 2016 at 6:17pm
John Swinney makes pledge but says Westminster has not yet guaranteed visas for full duration of university coursesJohn Swinney, Scotland?s deputy first minister, has promised that EU students will still receive free tuition at Scottish universities after Brexit, at a potential cost of £300m.Swin...

SNP conference: May is 'in office but not in power', says Swinney - Politics ...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2016 at 6:06pm
Rolling coverage of the SNP conference in GlasgowSturgeon?s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 6.06pm BST We have to speak as a nation, we have to discuss as a nation, we have to act as a nation. And that is what we will do at every stage of the negotiations. We will not accept the arroga...

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The most powerful devolved parliament in the world. So that?s OK then.
Scotland has the most powerful devolved parliament in the world, is the proud boast of the Unionist parties as they try to persuade Scotland that they fulfilled their promises to give the Scottish parliament meaningful extra powers. And it’s true that with a couple of minor caveats and quibbles, Scotland is indeed the proud owner …

Let?s be nice
Let’s all be nice. Let’s all be beacons of tolerance, understanding, and empathy. Let’s bend over backwards to appreciate the points of view of others. Let’s receive anger but send out love. Let’s preach peace and civic responsibility. Let’s never utter a harsh word. Let’s not slag off James Kelly MSP for being the most …

The past belongs to the Union, the future belongs to independence
You can’t have a second referendum Scotland! Respect the result! You had a vote two years ago and you lost, get over it! End of. And so on and so on, ad nauseum. These are the usual responses of diehard Unionists to the prospect that the Scottish Government is considering holding a second independence referendum …

The path we?re walking
The sluagh ghairm of the second Scottish independence referendum is ringing from the hills and glens of the country. All across this ancient land, an anguished people cry out, “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for Pot Noodle and Marmite, which no honest man gives …

The Minister of State for Toys-R-Us
Fluffy Mundell, the only member of the UK cabinet who is lower ranking than the Downing Street cat, has been meeting with MPs to purr about Brexit. Scotland ought to stretch out on Liam Blofox’s lap and roll over to have its belly rubbed, insisted Theresa May’s pet Scotsman, otherwise you’ll all get thrown to …

On the one hand, on the other
At least we can’t complain any more that we don’t know what Brexit means. It means xenophobia and a dangerous dalliance in the foothills of fascism. It means secret lists of foreigners. It means a plummeting pound. But mostly it means telling different people different things in the hope that they don’t actually communicate with …

A song of migration #WeAreScotland
There was a hashtag trending on Twitter yesterday, #WeAreScottish. It was Scotland’s response to the xenophobia, racism, and British exclusionism of Thrasher May and her government of pygmy minds. Ordinary Scottish people took to social media to state our rejection of the inward looking Brits-first ideology of the Conservatives and to affirm that our Scotland …

Labour, mair shite than maist
A few months ago just before the Holyrood elections I passed a Labour canvasser in the streets of the East End of Glasgow, trying to persuade a young woman to vote for his discredited party. “Nae chance,” said the woman, “youse are mair shite than maist.” Labour’s keeching itself about next year’s council elections. They …

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?Horrific? radio talk as callers debate Ched Evans case on Kaye Adams show
BBC Radio Scotland?s phone-in was criticised yesterday morning after a debate about rape went ?badly wrong?.

'Radical' new energy firm to give 75% of profits back to customers
A ?RADICAL? new energy firm aiming to challenge the ?big six? will give 75 per cent of its profits back to customers, it is claimed.

Government to reduce RBS stake to tackle public debt
GOVERNMENT plans to reduce the burden of public debt in the Autumn Statement could fall up to £7 billion short as it prepares to write down its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

Lewis Grassic Gibbon?s Sunset Song is voted the nation's favourite book
IT COVERS family strife, tragedy, hardship and poverty ? and has been voted Scotland?s best-loved book.

Buzzcocks drummer John Maher puts focus on nation?s housing crisis with exhib...
A FORMER punk musician is to give a keynote speech at a housing conference after shedding light on abandoned crofts.

First-time buyers 'being hobbled? by rises in home report valuations
AN Edinburgh-based property expert is calling for an urgent consultation on the increasing numbers of first-time buyers who are being ?hobbled? as house prices surge above home report valuations.

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Syria ? Aleppo Factual Update Late October 2016 ? Ignore the Hype
    Tuesday 18 October 2016: Aleppo Update – Do Not Believe the Hype -These are the facts Terrorists of Al-Quaeda (recently renamed Al Nustra) in East-Aleppo are boxed in with nowhere to go. The Syrian army is steadily reducing terrorist held areas engaging in close combat, house to house fighting. Syrian and Russian air-forces … Continue reading Syria – Aleppo Factual Update Late October 2016 ...

Referendum Protocols ? A Look back at the 1979 Debacle ? February 2014 Voting...
              Referendum Protocol A referendum is concerned with major questions of policy change and views will be strongly divided. There is a clear need, therefore, that its conduct should be accepted by the electorate as efficient and fair. Guidelines should be established early and accepted by all parties ensuring … Continue reading Referendum Protocols – A Look back at the 1979 Debacle – ...

2014 Scottish Referendum ? Unionist Strategy ? Treat the Scots like Children ...
          Unravelling and reporting on the many plots and subterfuges of politicians is difficult but not impossible. It is sadly often the case that they enjoy long and successful political careers within which the finger of fate may be pointed in their direction but never sticks. This article highlights a small … Continue reading 2014 Scottish Referendum – Unionist Strategy – Treat the Scots ...

Ruth Davidson ? Tank Commander ? Wrapped up in her Union Jack ? Shades of Wal...
    Look at me Ma: “Top of the World”         14 June 2016: An interview with Ruth (the Dragonslayer)) Davidson Her advice to aspiring journalists: Keep your personal politics out of your reporting, explaining; ?When I contacted the Conservative party and said that I wanted to join and be a candidate … Continue reading Ruth Davidson – Tank Commander – Wrapped up in her Union Jack – Shades of Wa...

Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader ...
                  Ruth Davidson’s rose covered route from her humble home in Fife to the Holyrood Parliament a place she had no desire to be. Her destiny is as yet unfulfilled but she intends to get to Westminster, by any means.       Potty mouth     … Continue reading Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader of the Straight laced Tory Party?

The Eye of the Beholder ? Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers ? I thin...
            The eye of the beholder A few weeks back the Western press gave extensive coverage of the slaughter of innocents in the middle East conflicts. Pictures 1 and 2 were published depicting a young boy apparently slaughtered by forces in opposition to the West. But a few days later … Continue reading The Eye of the Beholder – Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers – I think not!!

Syria ? Assad ? Putin ? Allepo ? A Brutal War of Smoke ? Mirrors and Bombs ? ...
    Ayman Asfari and his boat         Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That?s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria – Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the “Syria Campaign” leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government. The shadowy “Syria Campaign” which is … Continue reading Syria – Assad – Putin – Allepo – A Brutal War of...

Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again ? There will be a Full Sturgeon Moon...
              The Next Scottish Independence referendum. There are some who think that another referendum is inevitable and will be sparked by the negative outcomes of Brexit negotiations within the next 2 years. If this is to be the case then activists within the pro-independence movement would be wise to … Continue reading Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again – There will be a Full Sturge...

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

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

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

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...

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High-wire Politics, the SNP after Conference and the Next Independence Campaign
High-wire Politics, the SNP after Conference and the Next Independence Campaign Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 17th 2016 The SNP?s rise to become Britain?s third party ? in parliamentary seats and mass membership ? has corresponded with its annual conference adopting the importance, scale and feel of one of the two UK big parties This …

The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the f...
The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 12th 2016 The SNP have played a huge role in getting us to where we are today. They are central to where Scotland goes in the future – but they on …

Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism
Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 7th 2016 The Tory conference tried to sail on as if the sea wasn?t turbulent and choppy, with the ship heading for the rocks. Tory statecraft, élan, even class confidence, have all contributed to this along with …

Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future
We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 19th 2016 No one needs reminding that Sunday represented the second anniversary of the indyref. It was a significant watershed: a passing of time from being in the shadow of the 2014 vote to looking to the …

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 …

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Sturgeon Threatens Scottish Independence Vote Over Brexit - Bloomberg

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Sturgeon Threatens Scottish Independence Vote Over Brexit
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While hinting at a rerun of 2014's independence referendum is popular with supporters of a sovereign Scotland, the first minister's rhetoric risks taking her to a place where it's hard for her not to announce such a vote. Sturgeon's overarching ...
The oil price and Scotland's independenceFull Fact
Nicola Sturgeon says Sco...

A canny bluff - The Economist (blog)

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A canny bluff
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For keen pro-independence campaigners, some of whom have been clamouring for a new vote on quitting the United Kingdom since they lost the one in 2014, this is the SNP's golden chance. Time to crack on with a new vote: time to untether Scotland from a ...
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Scottish Independence & Brexit: British Pound Could See Heavy Losses vs Euro,...

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Scottish Independence & Brexit: British Pound Could See Heavy Losses vs Euro, US Dollar Warns Jim Rogers
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Currency exchange investors have been warned of heavy losses for the British Pound to Euro rate (and vs the US dollar) should Scotland break away from UK on a Brexit. The Pound to Euro exchange rate today: +0.86pct at 1.11966, best GBP/EUR in month ...
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Broadcasters Should Report Next Scottish Independence Referendum Fairly - Spu...

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Broadcasters Should Report Next Scottish Independence Referendum Fairly
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Former senior broadcasting executive with the BBC and Scottish Television News Blair Jenkins said that although he was optimistic broadcasters would report a future Scottish independence referendum more evenly there were little signs the UK print media ...



Leading academic urges Nicola Sturgeon to ditch threats of second Scottish in...

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Leading academic urges Nicola Sturgeon to ditch threats of second Scottish independence referendum and make the ...
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Professor Jim Gallagher said the vote to leave the EU was economically bad for Scotland but paradoxically might offer the country a chance to ?reset? its relationship with the rest of the UK. He also warned that another independence vote ? nicknamed .....

Catalan delegates in solidarity visit to Scotland's independence movement - C...

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Catalan delegates in solidarity visit to Scotland's independence movement
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INDEPENDENCE campaigners from Catalonia have reached out to the SNP at its ongoing conference in Glasgow, hoping to share information on both nation's mutual moves towards independence. CommonSpace spoke to representatives of Esquerra ...



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MPs To Debate Theresa May's 'Disgraceful' Use Of EU Nationals As Brexit 'Barg...

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MPs To Debate Theresa May's 'Disgraceful' Use Of EU Nationals As Brexit 'Bargaining Chips'
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His comments were attacked by opposition parties, including Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP. Yesterday, the Polish ambassador to the UK, Arkady Rzegocki warned that Poles living in the UK were ?afraid? about the rise in hate crime since the EU ...

Control over BBC Scotland 'must be transferred north of the Border' - Herald ...

Control over BBC Scotland 'must be transferred north of the Border'
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THE BBC ?is not delivering for Scotland?, it has been claimed as fresh calls were made for a new flagship news show north of the Border. Former BBC Breakfast presenter John Nicolson, who is the SNP's culture spokesman, said audiences and BBC staff ...

How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit ...

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How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit position, says Joan McAlpine
Scottish Daily Record
So the starting gun has fired on a second independence referendum. Or perhaps not ? Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference that a draft Bill on a second referendum would be published this week. It will be put out to consultation ? like every other ....

SNP councillors block cycle path that flies against party's transport policy ...

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SNP councillors block cycle path that flies against party's transport policy
Scottish Daily Record
SNP councillors have blocked a cycle path project in spite of their party's active transport strategy. The Bears Way was set to link up a key route used by thousands of commuters from Milngavie to nearby Glasgow. It would have played a major role in ...



Mackay urges Constituents to Give Blood - Renfrewshire 24 News

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Mackay urges Constituents to Give Blood
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Derek Mackay, a local SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North & West is encouraging his Renfrewshire constituents to help save a life by donating blood this week. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service aim to stock six days' worth of each blood type at ...



Bid to pressure BBC for 'Scottish Six' defeated in Commons - Scotsman

Bid to pressure BBC for 'Scottish Six' defeated in Commons
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MPs have rejected an attempt to increase the pressure on the BBC over a ?Scottish Six? news programme after the SNP attached a demand for broadcasting to be devolved to the corporation's latest charter agreement. Seeking to amend the motion agreeing ...

Nicola Sturgeon's dream of Scottish independence suffers another blow as Amer...

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Nicola Sturgeon's dream of Scottish independence suffers another blow as America tells her to respect the will of ...
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NICOLA Sturgeon may have difficulty trying to win backing for Scottish independence from whoever wins next month's presidential election as America tells her to respect the will of the British people. In television interviews the SNP leader said she ...

Salmond under fire for nominating leading Leaver to head new Commons Brexit c...

Salmond under fire for nominating leading Leaver to head new Commons Brexit committee
Herald Scotland
But Ms Hoey, who represents Vauxhall in London, has also thrown her hat in the ring and, among those nominating her, is the former SNP leader. The onetime sports minister has said she wants Britain to have the fullest possible access to the single ...

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Scotland considers 2nd independence referendum - CNN

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Scotland considers 2nd independence referendum
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"I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence -- and to do so before the UK leaves the EU -- if that is necessary to protect our country's interests," she said at a Scottish National Party (SNP ...
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Scotland Could Buck 'Brexit' with New Independence Referendum - snopes.com

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Scotland Could Buck 'Brexit' with New Independence Referendum
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Scottish voters may get to reconsider whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom, following an announcement by the country's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 13 October 2016. Sturgeon's plan to publish an independence referendum bill is ...
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Nicola Sturgeon's dream of Scottish independence suffers another blow as Amer...

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Nicola Sturgeon's dream of Scottish independence suffers another blow as America tells her to respect the will of ...
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Back in 2009, when Clinton was the Secretary of State, she slammed Scotland's decision to release the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. And press briefings after the EU referendum reveal the White House does not think the result gives Sturgeon a ...
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Broadcasters Should Report Next Scottish Independence Referendum Fairly - Spu...

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Broadcasters Should Report Next Scottish Independence Referendum Fairly
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Former senior broadcasting executive with the BBC and Scottish Television News Blair Jenkins said that although he was optimistic broadcasters would report a future Scottish independence referendum more evenly there were little signs the UK print media ...



Scotland's referendum passion fades - POLITICO.eu

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Scotland's referendum passion fades
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After an initial post-Brexit bump, support for leaving the U.K. is roughly where it was at the last referendum, two years ago on Sunday. Polls show 52 percent of Scots would vote against independence. More significantly, opposition to holding another ...
Scottish independence: MacAskill warns against 'headlong rush' to indyref2BBC News

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Only an independence referendum can protect Scotland from May and Brexit now
International Business Times UK
Only an independence referendum can protect Scotland from Brexit now. In the finest traditions of London imperialism, May has ignored the 62% Remain victory north of the border. James Kelly. By James Kelly. October 6, 2016 16:03 BST ...
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UK NewsSturgeon: Second Scottish referendum bill to be published next week
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Ms Sturgeon, who had already warned that a second Scottish independence referendum is highly likely, claimed the Brexit vote was being hijacked by a ?rampant right wing? within the Conservative party that is using the result as a ?licence for the ...



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Churchill
Was he really the great blighty hero?Seemed to spend all his time in the safe haven of the London underground http://punditwire.com/2012/11/29/scotlands-forgotten-heroes/

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

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

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...

Nicola Sturgeon
Is she the ugliest "woman" ever in politics if not the world? Discuss  

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

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

Michelle Mone (again)
To lead a review of businesses in deprived areas for the Tories. http://news.stv.tv/west-central/1326328-michelle-mone-to-lead-tory-review-of-business-in-deprived-areas/

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Primal Scream's Robert Young Dies Young
T'ra Throb.

Yorkshire Dales
Usually holiday in Lake District and Aviemore with wife........walking,cycling, pottering about, country pubs. Thinking of Yorkshire Dales for a change. Any suggestions for a Base?  Best wee town/Villages? 

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...

WestWorld
Thoughts? I think that I think I know what the hell is going on. Could turn out to be a good TV series and I'll rewatch the original movie soon as well.

Weird Neighbours
The guy that lives three doors down from me has been out the back for nearly three hours now just swinging a golf club aimlessly about. He's married with a kid and that's how he spends his time most nights  Five doors down lives a guy who's always fannying about in the garden with a big chains...

Teenage fanclub
Anyone got any spare tickets for Glasgow? Some on Stubhub for 50-odd quid but don't wanna see them that much. 

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...

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It would be a ?very good thing? if Westminster held up Article 50, says Nick ...

Lifetime of Scotland's nuclear plants could be extended, says EDF

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Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

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 ...