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OBR warns no-deal Brexit could push UK into recession and increase borrowing ...
19 Jul 2019 at 12:02am
CRASHING out of the EU without a deal could push the UK's economy into recession and increase borrowing by £30 billion a year, the UK Government?s independent forecaster has warned.


Boris Johnson accused of 'fake news' for blaming kipper rules on EU - when th...
18 Jul 2019 at 7:46pm
BORIS Johnson has been accused of spreading fake news after claiming "Brussels bureaucrats" were behind rules about sending Isle of Man kippers by post.


MPs vote to thwart any bid to suspend Parliament and force through no-deal Br...
18 Jul 2019 at 1:59pm
NEARLY 50 Conservative MPs, including a string of ministers, rebelled against the UK Government to stop Boris Johnson as the future prime minister suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.


Tory by-election candidate once fined £600 for hurling abuse at amateur football
18 Jul 2019 at 1:09pm
A TORY candidate in the upcoming Shetland by-election was once fined £600 for hurling abuse during a heated amateur football match.


Gordon Brown: Boris Johnson could be last PM of the UK
17 Jul 2019 at 10:31pm
Boris Johnson could be the ?last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,? Gordon Brown has warned as he announced the setting up of a new think-tank to make the positive, progressive and patriotic case to maintain the 300-year-old Union.


House prices in Scotland grow at almost three times rate of England
18 Jul 2019 at 5:00am
HOUSE prices in Scotland are growing at almost three times the annual rate of England, new figures indicate.


Boris Johnson to travel to Scotland early in premiership to set out his devot...
18 Jul 2019 at 12:02am
BORIS Johnson has told Scottish Conservative MPs that he intends to travel to Scotland early in his premiership and will visit regularly in an attempt to bolster the Union.


Michel Barnier: Theresa May never threatened no-deal Brexit at EU talks
18 Jul 2019 at 8:25am
Theresa May and her ministers ?never? threatened during negotiations with the European Union to take the UK out without a deal, Michael Barnier has claimed.


UK Government could face court challenge after ruling out new inquiry into 'e...
18 Jul 2019 at 4:57pm
THE UK Government could face a legal challenge after it ruled out a new judge-led inquiry into allegations that UK agencies were complicit in the so-called ?extraordinary rendition? of terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks.


Labour peers to consider no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn
18 Jul 2019 at 2:58pm
Labour peers are to hold an emergency meeting next week to consider a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn.


OBR warns no-deal Brexit could push UK economy into recession
18 Jul 2019 at 10:35am
Crashing out of the EU without a deal could push the UK?s economy into recession and increase borrowing by £30 billion a year, the Office for Budget Responsibility has warned.


Dog control laws 'need reform to prevent attacks' say MSPs
18 Jul 2019 at 7:52am
Dog control laws are "not fit for purpose" and fail to prevent attacks on children, MSPs have said.


MPs set for vote to prevent no-deal Brexit
18 Jul 2019 at 10:16am
A showdown over moves to prevent a no-deal Brexit will provoke a Commons clash today.


Scotland faces £200m budget cut as income tax generates £941m less than forecast
18 Jul 2019 at 12:30pm
The Scottish Government?s budget will be cut by more than £200 million next year to help compensate for an income tax take of £941 million less than forecast.


Trump's migrant detention centres are concentration camps, says Scots MEP
17 Jul 2019 at 7:03pm
DONALD Trump?s migrant detention centres are ?concentration camps? which flout America?s founding principles, a Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP will say in her debut speech in the European Parliament.

 

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Tom Cruise debuts trailer for Top Gun sequel
Tom Cruise has debuted the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick.

OAP in court following alleged hit-and-run of cyclist
A man has appeared in court following an alleged hit-and-run in Fife.

Labour peers consider no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn amid anti-Semitis...
Labour peers are to hold an emergency meeting next week to consider a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as the crisis over the party’s response to anti-Semitism allegations continues to deepen.

Stunning Scottish island with rich history on sale for £1.4m
Estate agents expect world-wide interest in the sale of a Scottish island redolent with tales of secretive smugglers and violent Vikings.

Astronauts to test asteroid mining kits devised by Edinburgh University scien...
Astronauts are to test the world?s first asteroid mining devices, developed in Scotland, in an advance that could open up a new frontier in space exploration.

EU officials slam Boris Johnson for 'fake news' over kipper packaging claims
Rules for Isle of Man kipper sellers described by Boris Johnson as "pointless" and imposed by "Brussels bureaucrats" are set in the UK and not part of EU legislation, an EU spokeswoman has confirmed.

Watch as trio of 'spinning top' UFOs appear over south of Edinburgh
A trio of 'spinning top' UFOs have been spotted in the skies above the south of Edinburgh.

MP raises concern over delays in catching Scots paedophile Matthew Bell
Concerns have been raised by a senior MP over the length of time it took to apprehend a man thought to be the first in Scotland convicted of live streaming sexual abuse of children.

Man on-board train from Edinburgh hurls racist abuse and shouts 'get back to ...
A man on-board a train from Edinburgh Waverley hurled racist abuse at another passenger before telling him to 'get back to your own country'.

Young woman sexually assaulted on Cowdenbeath-Edinburgh train
A woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted on a train between Cowdenbeath and Edinburgh at the weekend.

Brexit: MPs vote to block suspension of parliament to force through no-deal
The next prime minister has had their hands tied to prevent them suspending parliament to force through a no-deal, after a split in the Conservative Party delivered a final Brexit defeat in the Commons for Theresa May.

Bishop warns Nicola Sturgeon of 'attacks' on anti-abortion SNP MP
A senior figure in the Catholic Church in Scotland has written to Nicola Sturgeon amid concern over "attacks" on an SNP MP who voted against lifting Northern Ireland's abortion ban.

Cost of food at Saughton prison slashed following crackdown on 'Jewish' inmates
Food costs at HMP Edinburgh have been cut drastically following a clampdown on prisoners claiming to be Jewish.

Boris Johnson to make Scotland 'first official visit as prime minister'
Boris Johnson could make Scotland the destination of his first official visit once he becomes prime minister next week, it has been reported.

10 Scottish adventures that you and your kids will love
Create your next family adventure with the help of National Trust for Scotland  

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The Darroch Affair

I am amused when I hear the resignation of Kim Darroch mooted as an attack on an apolitical civil service. Darroch’s rise to the top of the FCO was in fact a startling example of the politicisation of the civil service – there is no doubt that his enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, and […]

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Kim Darroch ? the Simple Explanation

The media is full of over-complicated theories as to who might have leaked Kim Darroch’s diplomatic telegrams giving his candid view on the Trump administration. I should start by explaining the FCO telegram system. The communications are nowadays effectively encrypted emails, though still known as “telegrams”: to the Americans “cables”. They are widely distributed. These […]

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Bought Politicians

Between just 28 May and 10 June Boris Johnson received £235,500 in “private” donations, to himself personally, as he prepares to become the UK’s unelected Prime Minister. The blatant corruption of the UK’s political system is part of the reason for popular alienation from the ruling classes. It was Blair who elevated British politics to […]

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Help Steven Leelah

With a callousness that defies belief, the British government continues to pursue and persecute Chagossians in pursuit of the genocide they initiated on the community in 1971. This blog has been campaigning for the Chagossians for over ten years, but following the recent resounding condemnation of the British government at the International Court of Justice, […]

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How To Spot A Twitter Troll

UPDATE: GCHQ are currently advertising to recruit more trolls to carry out precisely the activity I outline here. As their advertisement puts it: We are looking to recruit individuals who can contribute to a step change in the UK?s ability to project cyber power against our adversaries, in order to keep the UK safe. You […]

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A Moment in History

Sometimes we do not know when small actions could have the most momentous effects. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand loved his wife, which was most unusual for a Hapsburg. She was not of royal blood and strict protocol meant she could not appear in public ceremonies with him in Vienna. Which is why he chose to […]

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The Question of Character

Every now and then, I feel myself compelled to write something I know that the majority of my readers will not agree with. That is because I do not go along with left wing groupthink any more than I go along with the line of the Establishment. I do not subscribe to a set of […]

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That Mark Field Feared a Terrorist Attack is Clearly a Lie ? or He Is Dangero...

The reason that Mark Field attacked the lady who had just passed by him was that she wore a sash clearly identifying her as a climate change protestor. She had entered with the other guests, already wearing her sash, and making no effort at concealment. Field knew exactly that she was a climate change protestor […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Grasping the thistle
Last night, grudgingly, we watched the whole of the final Tory leadership debate, for a contest in which pretty much everyone believes Boris Johnson has already gathered enough votes to comfortably win even though there are several days of voting to go. The headline outcome the media appears to be focusing on is that both candidates …

The Expert

Forever England
Hey readers, remember that time when England went to war with Germany? You know, just England, under its Union Jack flag. Nobody else. (Bedfordshire’s crew was in fact British and Canadian.) Always remember what they really think of us, and what their “precious Union” really is, when they forget to pretend.

Hitch a ride on the turning tide
Things were different in 2009. Of course, they meant if they LOST the first one. But readers might feel that a certain degree of irony has perhaps manifested itself since then, particularly in terms of people knowing “what they would be in for” after June 2016. So just to recap the UK government’s rules for the …

The Screw
We’ve just received the verdict in the hearing over costs in our court case against Kezia Dugdale, and it’s an incomprehensible one. The sheriff has awarded costs in full to Dugdale, plus a 50% “uplift” mainly on the grounds of the “complexity” of the case, despite Dugdale having employed the services of perhaps Scotland’s highest-paid …

The four estates
There’s quite an interesting piece in today’s Sunday National detailing the extremely unequal representation of various parties on the BBC’s network politics shows in the last month, in which readers will be astonished to learn that the SNP (and Scotland in general) come off very poorly. (Five appearances compared to eight for the Lib Dems, 40 …

Field Of Dreams

The irrefutable argument
We haven’t done a good old-fashioned Quoted For Truth in quite some time, but on occasion someone else makes a point in a way that just can’t be improved on. We’ve always known/said that this is THE core case for independence, of course, but sometimes seeing it from another country’s perspective brings the message home.

BBC Scotland

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My son was scarred for life by dangerous dog
A mother from Bishopton has spoken out as MSPs hear attacks by dogs are still "unacceptably high".

Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh review ordered
The probe will check if water, ventilation and drainage systems at the Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh are safe.

Scottish income tax £941m short of forecast
The Scottish government will have to manage a £204m reduction in funding next year.

What can be done about Scotland's drugs crisis?
Experts back five ways of trying to halt Scotland's rising toll of drug-related deaths.

'I lost my mum, dad, two sisters and brother to drugs'
Jacquie says it was like a fire ripping through her family after five relatives died because of drug addiction.

Experts recommend 'latte levy' of 25p per cup
Environmental advisers want the charge made for each disposable cup to cut down on waste.

Fishermen 'still illegally discarding dead fish' says report
A House of Lords inquiry looked at the impact of the ban on fishing discards six months on.

Edinburgh's UK government hub named after Queen
The office complex that will house 3,000 civil servants is to be named "Queen Elizabeth House".

Brexit: 'No guarantee' of medicines if no EU deal agreed
Scottish minister Mike Russell says there could be problems obtaining adequate supplies.

Sandy Stuart: Tributes paid after death of Aberdeen SNP councillor
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon describes Aberdeen SNP councillor Sandy Stuart as a "great stalwart".

Brexit: Labour to back Remain as it calls for a new EU referendum
Jeremy Corbyn urges the next Tory PM to hold a vote, but doesn't say what he would do if he got to No 10.

Johnson v Hunt: Who came out on top in Perth?
The two Conservative leadership contenders went in front of Scottish party members.

Scot Goes Pop

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

If the McEleny/MacNeil alternative plan isn't even to be considered, what *is...
It's disappointing but not surprising that the very sensible resolution tabled by Chris McEleny and Angus MacNeil, calling for the next Holyrood or Westminster election to be used to seek an outrig...

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser hits target
Well, what can I say, you're all stars, every single one of you.  In spite of the fact that the £8500 target was slightly higher than in recent years, we got there after only a month or so.  Thank ...

It's perfectly possible that Yes are ahead already
As you may have seen, the senior SNP MP Angus MacNeil and the former depute leadership candidate Chris McEleny have tabled a resolution that would require the SNP to use the next Westminster or Hol...

Jeremy Hunt downgrades Scotland from an opinion poll democracy to an anecdote...
At the risk of tempting fate by complimenting a journalist too much, STV's Colin Mackay has often been noted for making an effort to be more even-handed than some of his peers in the Scottish broad...

Calling all Wikipedia editors
Until very recently, Wikipedia's list of UK opinion polls was immaculately inclusive - it had a separate column for each party that enjoyed a non-trivial level of support.  So the Greens, the SNP, ...

Boris Johnson's hapless attempt to blackmail Scotland over Brexit
As we all know, a potentially decisive factor in the outcome of the first independence referendum was the message from the No campaign that "a Yes vote puts Scotland's EU membership at risk, while ...

52% of Scots demand an early independence referendum in landmark Panelbase po...
You might have noticed that for weeks now, when a journalist or Tory politician has erroneously claimed that "there is still no appetite in Scotland for an independence referendum", I've been point...

Explaining democracy to unionist politicians
It strikes me that the "reasons" offered by unionist politicians for blocking an independence referendum are becoming increasingly bizarre and hard to defend.  But as we have a mainstream media tha...

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Is it Scottish Hip Hop or Hip Hop in Scotland ?
We heard this question being asked at a panel talk this year. As hip hop has a rebellious story telling strain in it, its always bound to reinvent itself. ​ As there is a next generation of...

Loading a pony onto a boat at Lochmaddy, North Uist circa 1897
submitted by /u/Somerlad

Adding a bike to train after booking
Don't know if this is the right place but I want to add a bike to my booking of a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Aviemore - does anyone know how to do this? Also do I have to pay to take my bik...

William Beggs: Limbs in the Loch Murder
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Mhairi Hunter, LeftUngagged | Scottish Drug Deaths - An Analysis
submitted by /u/IndiaOwl

James Mcavoy calls out Quentin Letts for labelling Scottish accents as 'whini...
submitted by /u/mizzlemoonn

Abandoned 3 Insane explores for Three
submitted by /u/Urbex_Pajerico

Borders Railway passenger told 'get back to your own country'
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Proud.
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Not appearing on STV or Beeb Scotland anytime soon. 2 Scotland's...
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Documents reveal John Major?s ?success? in keeping Scotland quiet
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Only one Scottish Tory voted against shutting Parliament down in order to pus...
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BBC to Air Scottish Esports Final in Online Broadcast First
submitted by /u/WhoopDeFreakinDo

Glasgow Metro 5G trial could give commuters augmented reality 'infotainment' ...
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Daily Record

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MPs vote to stop future Prime Minister from suspending Parliament to force No...
The Benn-Burt amendment was approved by 315 votes to 274, majority 41.


Petition to tackle Scotland's drug death crisis gains support as pressure gro...
Labour?s Neil Findlay has urged Conservatives to prioritise "the lives of constituents ahead of party? and adopt a fresh approach to the crisis.


Jeremy Corbyn to face no confidence vote as Labour peers to consider motion
A source said peers will meet on Monday afternoon to discuss the motion, with a ballot to be held on Tuesday or Wednesday if it is passed.


Gordon Brown calls for joint Westminster and Holyrood task force to tackle Sc...
The former Labour Prime Minister also hit out at the Tories and SNP for arguing with each other over who is to blame as people die needlessly.


Don't blame addicts for shameful drug death toll but poverty, family breakdow...
Daily Record columnist Darren McGarvey laments the loss of the 1187 Scots who died from drugs last year as he pins the blame where it really lies in the midst on the ongoing public health crisis.


Theresa May urges successor to seek Brexit agreement as no-deal fears grow
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt must find way to leave EU that's "in the national interest," says outgoing PM.


Michael Gove praises Boris Johnson in U-turn on Tory rival he slated
The two-faced UK Environment Secretary yesterday said his former Tory leadership rival would be a 'great' prime minister.


Boris Johnson refuses to say if girlfriend will move into No10 if he becomes ...
The Tory leadership hopeful snubbed questions on his relationship with Carrie Symonds during a debate with Jeremy Hunt.


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt refuse to call out Donald Trump for racist remarks
The US President sparked a backlash after telling four US congresswomen to "go back" to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came".


Shetland by-election date revealed after former Scottish Lib Dem leader steps...
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is standing down after landing a new job with Scottish Rugby.

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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

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Holidays
Bella is closed for annual holiday. Back at end of July.    

What Does it Mean to Face Up to Our Climate Reality?
Whether we want to admit it or not, climate breakdown is already upon us: record-breaking heat waves, flash floods, wildfires. Climate change does not cause all of these things to happen, it amplifies them. This is not happening in some far off place, it is the weather where you are. If we read the science …

Independent Media of Fresh Thinking
We’re building an independent media of fresh thinking for a new Scotland. Read our daily comment and analysis – our arts & cultural coverage – our analysis of media failure and triumph –  our international coverage – and much more. Read our regular columnists: George Gunn writes his regular ‘From the Province of the Cat’ …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on the definition. Glasgow matters. It?s success, wellbeing, vibrancy, the happiness of its people, sustainability, and state …

Small Press Day
By graphic novel creators Metaphrog aka John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs @metaphrog: Small Press Day 2019 this Saturday July 13th will see a celebration of self-publishing, DIY culture, and grassroots comics across the UK and Ireland. Small Press Day started from a Twitter conversation in 2016 that led initially to a buzz and almost immediately …

Boris, Brexit and the Hedge Funds (Part 1)
WHO does Boris Johnson really represent?  Put another way, which groups in society fund a hard Brexit and Boris Johnson?s election campaign.  The answer is a specific splinter group of City finance capitalists who run so-called ?hedge funds?.  Among the City hedge fund operators backing Boris are David Lilley of RK Capital, Jon Wood of …

Scottish Affairs Committee
Deirdre Brock MP has been doing a great job unearthing the amount of money being spent by David Mundell’s Scotland Office. The figures are vast and shocking and new, and signs of a new desperation … these are vast sums of money being ploughed into British propaganda …  

Democratising Scotland or Managing and Restricting its Potential?
Katie Gallogly-Swan assesses the state of democracy in Scotland after twenty years of devolution: “the question facing this young institution is whether the recent wave of democratic ?innovation? will simply change the parameters of management, or indeed be an opportunity to meaningfully release power not simply with the aim to pursue Scottish independence, but to …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Brexit must work for the whole UK to see off Scottish nationalism | David Mun...
The new prime minister must walk a careful line and strengthen the union, says the secretary of state for ScotlandIn a speech in Stirling on Thursday, the prime minister gave some thought to something the UK too often takes for granted: the UK itself.She acknowledged our union of four nations has...

New Edinburgh children's hospital delayed over safety concerns
Scotland?s health secretary halts imminent opening after ventilation system fails to meet standardsThe opening of a £150m children?s hospital in Edinburgh has been delayed indefinitely the day before the first patients and equipment were expected to move in, after final inspections revealed safet...

Tory leadership race: Boris Johnson pledges to 'get Brexit done' at hustings ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the leadership contestLunchtime summaryTheresa May?s speech on Scotland and UK union - Summary 9.43pm BST And that?s all from us for the evening as well. We?re closing this live blog down now ? you can ...

'Everything?s out of control': Stirling citizens on the Tory succession
View from the streets of Scottish city where Theresa May will deliver warning about threat to the union?Ooft,? says 16-year-old Jade Harrower behind her hand, ?he?s a bit daft, don?t you think? And that?s me being polite.? On Thursday lunchtime in Stirling city centre, where Theresa May will late...

May to warn successor: 'greatest' duty is to strengthen union
PM will give speech in Scotland highlighting threat to integrity of UK from no-deal BrexitTheresa May is warning her successor as prime minister about the grave responsibility of preserving the union, joining a growing chorus of senior Conservatives urging caution over a no-deal Brexit and the wi...

Theresa May to warn successors that no-deal Brexit threatens UK?s future
PM to deliver speech in Scotland on eve of Conservative leadership hustingsLatest Brexit and Tory leadership news - live updatesTheresa May is to warn her potential successors that a no-deal Brexit threatens the UK?s future, in her final speech in Scotland as prime minister.May will also unveil p...

Hunt says Merkel is willing to look at a new Brexit deal package ? as it happ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the Tory leadership contestJohnson pledges to increase stop and search powersManufacturers hit back at Johnson and Hunt?s Brexit pledgesHammond warns leadership rivals over spending vowsHunt?s Brexit sp...

The Guardian view on devolution since 1999: still grappling with who we are |...
Twenty years ago, the start of devolution was supposed to bring the UK together. But it hasn?t worked out that wayTwenty years ago on Monday, the newly devolved Scottish parliament met in Edinburgh for the first time. It heard a speech from the late Donald Dewar that can still send tingles down t...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Thoughts from afar
A guest post by John Fitzpatrick I haven’t lived in Scotland for over 40 years and now wish I had never left home. I’m ashamed to say that I actually wanted to leave my own country as so many did then. We were brought up to see Scotland as a forgotten corner at the edge …

Wee Ginger holidays
I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks, to spend some time with my husband. I’m back on 31 July. Unfortunately Sam Miller (Macart) isn’t able to look after the blog in my absence this time, so neither he nor myself will be doing be any updates to the blog until I get home. …

Pensioning off the pensions scare story
During the independence referendum of 2014, there were numerous reports of anti-independence activists who were canvassing on doorsteps, telling elderly people that if Scotland became independent, then they would lose their pensions. This was scaremongering of the very worst sort, an overt attempt to bully elderly people who very often subsist on one of the …

Not hating ? what really drives the indy movement
The Scottish independence campaign is frequently accused of being motivated by anti-English racism. It’s possibly the most frequently made accusation against independence supporters. As a campaigner for independence, I’ve been called an anti-English racist myself, despite the fact that my late husband was English and I gave up everything to care for him when he …

The Wee Ginger Book, getting ready for the indy campaign
As you may already have heard, I’m planning a new pro-independence project. I’m writing a book covering some of the most important topics in the independence debate, and when the book is ready the plan is to crowdfund to raise the money to get it printed so that it can be distributed to Yes groups …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 12 July 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast with myself and Callum Baird of The National. This week we discuss the Tories’ panicked attempts to plaster union flags on things in an attempt to save the union that they themselves have broken, plus we also talk about an exciting project that I’m working …

Rebellious Scots to shush
Faced with the realisation that they’ve broken the precioussssss union, the Conservatives have now come up with a master plan to save it. They’re going to use tax money paid by Scotland in order to tell Scotland how great it is being ignored by Westminster. That’ll see off those pesky nats, because sticking union flags …

Nationalism and Thatessempee
How many times have you heard someone say that they’re not going to vote for independence because they “hate that SNP”. Often Thatessempee is spat out as though it was a single word, and a swerrie word at that. Just as frequently you’ll hear people say that they don’t want to vote for independence because …

The National

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MPs back amendment that could prevent no-deal Brexit
MPS have voted to make it harder for Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament.

Thatcher said no-one had the right to block our independence
IN response to Charlie Kerr?s letter in yesterday?s National suggesting that as Scotland?s government was dissolved and England?s was not at the time of the 1707 Treaty of Union, this made Scotland a part of ?Greater England?, I would refer to none other than Margaret Thatcher.

It seems what the PM needed was a lecture from her future self
ALL hail Theresa May?s Damascene conversion to the virtues of civilised political discourse, the ability to accommodate others? point of view, and her new awareness of the damage done to the political environment by undermining democratic values.

Ian Blackford slams Theresa May's Tories for 'silence' on racism
THERESA May?s penultimate Prime Minister?s Questions saw her party slammed for ?silence? on racism.

Nick Clegg says Brexit means Union's break-up 'more likely than not'
BREXIT has left the break-up of the United Kingdom ?more likely than not?, former LibDem leader Nick Clegg has admitted.

These are the best reactions to Boris Johnson's Brexit Mars bars claim
BORIS Johnson has reassured the nation that the UK will still be able to make Mars bars if we leave on October 31 with no deal.

Our SNP politicians are not being bought with anyone?s gold
KEVIN McKenna senses paralysis in the SNP?s approach to seeking independence (The SNP leadership is paralysed on independence at just the wrong time, July 17) . Worse, he suggests that they are distracted by the attractive incentives and rewards available to a nation?s top politicians. He can relax ? they are not being bought and sold by English or anyone else?s gold.

Documents reveal John Major?s ?success? in keeping Scotland quiet
KEEPING Scotland quiet was a ?success? for the Tory government in the 1990s, newly released bombshell documents reveal.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs
Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 14th 2019 Linda McCartney is a name known to most people but many will relate to her through her thirty-year relationship and marriage to Paul McCartney, not being fully aware of her undoubted talent as a photographer. Now, and not before …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 11th 2019 Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on …

The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution??
The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution?? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 1st 2019 It was twenty years ago today that the Scottish Parliament officially opened. Donald Dewar spoke eloquently, the Queen attended, and there was a small amount of pomp and circumstance in Edinburgh Old Town. Time for reflection …

Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty
Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 26th 2019 The world at the moment is in a state of flux. Yet everywhere there is assertion and statements that imply certainty and do not allow for any doubt. Doubt is central to being human. Galileo once …

Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from?
Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 19th 2019 Scotland seems to be at an uneasy, calm place at the moment. The storm clouds are gathering on the horizon yet still seem distant – from the threat of Brexit and even worse the car crash of …

?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland
?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 12th 2019 Last week saw a significant moment in TV programming when ITV broadcast the latest in the legendary series ?Seven Up?, namely ?63 Up?. Michael Apted began first as a researcher then Director tracking fourteen seven year olds in 1964 and has subsequently …

Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice
Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 4th 2019 The Liberal Democrats have a spring in their step. After years of taking a kicking and coming to terms with the near-complete wipeout of 2015, they have stormed back into the reckoning winning second place in the European elections. They feel that …

Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us?
Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, June 2nd 2019 Scottish Labour once carried all before it. They were admired by some, feared by others. They couldn?t be ignored, were taken seriously and mattered. Today the party is not only struggling to …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Why Boris Johnson as prime minister would be a win-win for the SNP - New Stat...
Why Boris Johnson as prime minister would be a win-win for the SNP  New StatesmanAs a 17-year-old living in Glasgow, a city which voted for Scotland to leave the UK in the 2014 independence referendum, it's difficult to ignore the rumblings of ...

Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fe...
Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fears  The ScotsmanThe prospect of another referendum on Scottish independence has seen a "dramatic" slump in investment from UK finance giants north of the border, it has been ...

Scottish independence won't be achieved through this delusion - The National
Scottish independence won't be achieved through this delusion  The National'WE have a government indifferent or even hostile to capitalism, and more intent on making us politically correct than globally successful.?

Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster? - T...
Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster?  The ScotsmanHe is perhaps the best-loved Scottish artist of his generation, a writer so respected that his verse was carved on to the wall of the parliament building at ...

David Lidington: No-deal Brexit could seal Scottish independence - The National
David Lidington: No-deal Brexit could seal Scottish independence  The NationalTHERESA May's de facto deputy has admitted the UK is in danger of breaking up.

Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum -...
Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum  The ScotsmanThe SNP winning a majority of seats in either a Holyrood or Westminster election could be enough to spark independence negotiations if the UK Government ...

Is Scottish Independence 'inevitable' under continued Tory rule? - Left Foot ...
Is Scottish Independence 'inevitable' under continued Tory rule?  Left Foot ForwardMalcolm Chisholm: "If we had continuing Conservative government I think Scotland would vote for independence and I think I would as well"

Scottish independence: Cabinet warned of 'real risk' of UK breaking up - The ...
Scottish independence: Cabinet warned of 'real risk' of UK breaking up  The ScotsmanCabinet ministers were warned yesterday there was a "real risk"of the UK breaking up if the country crashes out of the EU with no deal, which could eventually ...

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Bishop warns Nicola Sturgeon of 'attacks' on anti-abortion SNP MP - The Scotsman
Bishop warns Nicola Sturgeon of 'attacks' on anti-abortion SNP MP  The ScotsmanA senior figure in the Catholic Church in Scotland has written to Nicola Sturgeon amid concern over "attacks" on an SNP MP who voted against lifting Northern ...

SNP tax policy under fire over £200m shortfall - Express
SNP tax policy under fire over £200m shortfall  ExpressSCOTLAND'S budget is on course for a £200 million shortfall after tax revenues came in nearly £1 billion below forecast.

Communications chief in running for SNP candidacy - Shetland News
Communications chief in running for SNP candidacy  Shetland NewsTHE SNP's head of communications is in the running to become the party's candidate for the upcoming Scottish Parliament by-election in Shetland.

Why Boris Johnson as prime minister would be a win-win for the SNP - New Stat...
Why Boris Johnson as prime minister would be a win-win for the SNP  New StatesmanAs a 17-year-old living in Glasgow, a city which voted for Scotland to leave the UK in the 2014 independence referendum, it's difficult to ignore the rumblings of ...

The SNP must work to dispel the myth of 'subsidised Scotland' - The National
The SNP must work to dispel the myth of 'subsidised Scotland'  The NationalAS we move closer to the referendum, the Unionist press is beginning to step up a gear regarding subsidised Scotland. More and more we will hear the?

SNP is 'failing drugs victims' - Express
SNP is 'failing drugs victims'  ExpressTHE number of drug deaths in Scotland is now at record levels and is the highest in the EU. In a damning indictment of SNP health policies, statistics show ...

Gordon Brown: 'Boris and Brexit' will dominate SNP's indyref2 drive - The Nat...
Gordon Brown: 'Boris and Brexit' will dominate SNP's indyref2 drive  The National"BORIS and Brexit" will be at the heart of the SNP's independence campaign, Gordon Brown has predicted.

Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row - The Times
Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row  The TimesA backlash against SNP leaders has begun after a radical plan for Scottish independence was blocked from the debating floor of the party conference.Internal ...

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Why Boris Johnson as prime minister would be a win-win for the SNP - New Stat...
Why Boris Johnson as prime minister would be a win-win for the SNP  New StatesmanAs a 17-year-old living in Glasgow, a city which voted for Scotland to leave the UK in the 2014 independence referendum, it's difficult to ignore the rumblings of ...

Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fe...
Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fears  The ScotsmanThe prospect of another referendum on Scottish independence has seen a "dramatic" slump in investment from UK finance giants north of the border, it has been ...

Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate - Financial Times
Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate  Financial TimesOn a rainy summer afternoon there is a melancholy air to the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, a monument to the three-century old union of England and Scotland ...

Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum -...
Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum  The ScotsmanThe SNP winning a majority of seats in either a Holyrood or Westminster election could be enough to spark independence negotiations if the UK Government ...

Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row - The Times
Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row  The TimesA backlash against SNP leaders has begun after a radical plan for Scottish independence was blocked from the debating floor of the party conference.Internal ...

Scottish independence: why we need a Plan B for indyref2 - The National
Scottish independence: why we need a Plan B for indyref2  The National"IT'S time.? That's the campaign slogan of the new Yes campaign body.

Scottish independence: Dugdale says Corbyn could allow indyref2 - BBC News
Scottish independence: Dugdale says Corbyn could allow indyref2  BBC NewsThe former leader of Scottish Labour says there is a "serious prospect" Jeremy Corbyn would agree to hold an independence referendum.

Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster? - T...
Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster?  The ScotsmanHe is perhaps the best-loved Scottish artist of his generation, a writer so respected that his verse was carved on to the wall of the parliament building at ...

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Runners and Riders.... Next PM.
So, looks like 15 in so far, favourite is Boris!! Unfortunately for Scottish independence the favourite never wins! So from the Brexit side it will probably be Rabb, so who from the remain side? Will Hunt and Javid go back to form and champion remain, or will they stick to their new found 'kinda'...

The Official President Trump thread

Nationality is embarrassing
As some poster recommended and I agree this should be passed to the pP forum. It does embarrass me to have a well heard of ?nationality ? that relies on not much more than a few ever less inspirational sports teams an individuals to express Scotland nationhood. When we still defer to the majo...

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

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

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!

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Life after Death
Does anyone believe in this?  For most of my adult life I have believed that when we die we are gone and there is no afterlife.  My mum died a few months ago and at the time my aunt told me that things would happen that would give me reassurance that she was still there . My aunt lost a s...

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...

The all new Irn Bru
Forget minimum pricing for alcohol, there will be civil war if Barrs dont get this right. Hope they make a better job of it than Lucozade did of their Energy Orange.  https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2050674/irn-bru-petition-recipe-change-sugar-tax/

CJD and the British Beef Scandal
Did anyone else see this ? I caught it last night but it was on a week or so ago Another to be added to the list of Government cover ups with the Tories up to their necks in it Was absolutely heartbreaking https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006p49/mad-cow-disease-the-great-br...

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

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A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Blairs Ongoing role in it...
    University College London’s Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS) The ISRS was founded in 2008 by former “New Labour” Defence Secretary, John Reid. Reid was a key Blair ally in the run-up to the Iraq war deployment of British forces to Afganistan and earned the reputation as Blair’s ‘enforcer’. He was … Continue reading "A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Bla...

Gordon Brown and New Labour ? MOD Purchasing Policy and the Corrupt Practice ...
  Blairs first Cabinet 1997     What is State Capture? Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as ?a situation where powerful individuals, institutions, companies or groups within or outside a country use corruption to shape a nation?s policies, legal environment and economy to benefit their own private interests?. Comment: An online … Continue reading "Gordon B...

Should Gordon Brown Surface in Scotland and Offer His Opinion to the Public ?...
    The terrible truth about Gordon Brown?s criminal miscalculations – A devastating indictment of his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. Now available, figures of the “New labour” Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began expose the total cost of Gordon Brown?s mishandling of the … Continue reading "Should Gordon Brown Surface ...

Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale ? Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed or di...
      The Reverend v Ms Dugdale Extracts from the judgement are entered below together with comments as necessary setting out the judgement was in favour of The Reverend. Sheriff Ross Ms Dugdale denied that she intended to go beyond criticising the tweet itself. She said she did not intend to label … Continue reading "Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale – Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed o...

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

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