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More than 1,000 Labour councillors cite second indyref as they back Owen Smit...
19 Aug 2016 at 7:54pm
More than 1,000 Labour councillors have backed Owen Smith as their next leader citing the chance of another independence referendum.

Journalist 'gagged' by broadcaster after pressure from SNP
19 Aug 2016 at 12:44am
STV was yesterday criticised for caving into political pressure, while the party was accused of intimidating the media.

Nicola Sturgeon fears Brexit vote has fuelled racist attacks
19 Aug 2016 at 12:44am
NICOLA Sturgeon has expressed fears that the vote to leave the European Union has taken the UK back to a bygone age of racism and intolerance.

The Midge: Labour MP visiting from England told 'get a map' after Port Glasgo...
19 Aug 2016 at 8:46am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Devolution loophole 'could end benefit sanctions in Scotland'
19 Aug 2016 at 12:12am
SNP ministers can stop thousands of low income benefit claimants being hit by sanctions by refusing to share information with the UK Government, it has been claimed.

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Outcry after Rise candidate is invited to speak at Corbyn-backed alternative ...
19 Aug 2016 at 8:46am
A star of the Yes for independence movement has been invited to speak at an ?alternative? Labour conference endorsed by Jeremy Corbyn.

Nicola Sturgeon tells of fears Brexit vote has fuelled racism
18 Aug 2016 at 6:04pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she fears the vote for Brexit has taken the UK back to what she hoped was "a bygone age" of racism and intolerance.

Axing air travel tax would be 'obvious' move, says think-tank
19 Aug 2016 at 12:44am
SCOTLAND risks being "out of step" with the rest of the EU if controversial SNP plans to scrap a tax on air travel are not put into action, a think tank has warned.

Europe minister warns media on refugee crisis 'misinformation'
18 Aug 2016 at 7:30pm
The media has a duty not to "stoke the fires on misinformation" when it comes to the refugee crisis, Europe minister Alasdair Allan has said.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour needs to win over people 'tempted to vote Tory'
19 Aug 2016 at 12:44am
Jeremy Corbyn has conceded he will have to win over people who have previously been "tempted to vote Tory" to have a chance of forming a Labour government.

SNP councillor 'happy and relieved' after suspension sparked by racism claims...
19 Aug 2016 at 8:46am
AN SNP councillor who was suspended by her party over claims she made racist comments has had her membership reinstated.

Warning that Scotland is becoming ?Panama of the North? as Edinburgh tax have...
18 Aug 2016 at 12:33pm
UKRAINE is investigating a Scottish-registered firm for alleged corruption at the former Soviet bloc?s state-owned vodka manufacturer.

Think tank raises questions about independence of Holyrood committees
19 Aug 2016 at 8:46am
A THINK tank has questioned the independence of Scottish Parliament committees after backbench MSPs were made assistants to the ministers they are supposed to hold to account.

Edinburgh Council leader to step down next year
18 Aug 2016 at 1:44pm
City of Edinburgh Council leader Andrew Burns has announced he will stand down at the 2017 local election.



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Judges reject calls for new Tommy Sheridan trial
19 Aug 2016 at 11:00pm
Former MSP Tommy Sheridan will not face another trial after judges rejected an attempt by the owner of the now-defunct News Of The World to overturn his £200,000 defamation victory.

GCHQ?s spying powers ?play important role in fighting terror?
19 Aug 2016 at 10:52pm
Powers used by Britain’s spy agencies to hoover up vast troves of data play an important role in fighting terrorism and serious crime, a major review has concluded.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Give gold medals their proper value
19 Aug 2016 at 9:30pm
Spending on elite athletes isn’t about growing grassroots sport – those decisions must be made elsewhere, argues Paris Gourtsoyannis

Trump campaign chairman quits after two months at the helm
19 Aug 2016 at 7:04pm
Paul Manafort, campaign chairman for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, has resigned just two months after taking the helm.

Philippines frees top communist leaders to join peace talks
19 Aug 2016 at 6:59pm
Two top Philippine communist rebel leaders have walked out of a maximum security jail to join next week’s resumption of Norway-brokered peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions.

Judges reject call for new Tommy Sheridan trial
19 Aug 2016 at 4:54pm
Former MSP Tommy Sheridan will not face another trial after judges rejected an attempt by the owner of the now-defunct News Of The World to set aside his defamation victory.

Nicola Sturgeon launches new children?s reading challenge
19 Aug 2016 at 3:49pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched an initiative to get more children reading for pleasure.

Brexit: David Mundell admits ?significant? issues in oil industry
19 Aug 2016 at 11:52am
SECRETARY of State for Scotland David Mundell has met with senior figures from the energy industry as the government prepares to make an exit deal.

Trump sparks online row after ?Mr Brexit? claim
19 Aug 2016 at 11:09am
DONALD Trump has been ridiculed on social media after tweeting his belief that people will soon refer to him as Mr Brexit.

Joyce McMillan: Brexiters unprepared for their victory
19 Aug 2016 at 8:51am
The subject of truth and lies is one of those that keeps recurring around this year’s Edinburgh Festival. From the Pushkin Theatre’s production of Moscow’s fine Measure For Measure in the International Festival, down to the smallest Fringe venue, there are shows about family secrets, about stolen identities, about whether false narratives can ever, any more, be replaced with more truthful ones; and everywhere, there’s unease at the idea of moving into a “post-truth” world, in which online and media myth-making matters more than argument based on facts.

Government ?committed? to short-term farm support
19 Aug 2016 at 8:30am
The political jousting over the future funding of Scottish farming continued yesterday with rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing confirming the Scottish Government remained committed to delivering “Common Agricultural Policy levels of support.”

Anger as anti-obestity plan ignores calls for curbs on TV adverts
19 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
Scotland’s food standards body has hit out at the UK Government after it published an obesity strategy branded “disappointing” and “watered-down”.

Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit has brought racism back
18 Aug 2016 at 8:43pm
Nicola Sturgeon yesterday spoke of her fears that the Brexit vote has taken the UK back to “a bygone age” of racism when she appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Edinburgh Trams inquiry could lead to criminal prosecutions
18 Aug 2016 at 12:10pm
The inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco could lead to criminal prosecutions, the judge chairing the investigation has said.

Government distances itself from crofting body in payments dispute
18 Aug 2016 at 10:03am
Calls for the overhaul of the Crofting Commission have intensified after the leaking of a letter in which Rural Affairs Minister Fergus Ewing told its convener that the Scottish Government’s interpretation of the law is “diametrically opposed to your own”.

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More phantom news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2016 at 10:14am
For several years now this site has been drawing attention to the weird phenomenon of phantom news – stories presented by the media without even a shred of supporting evidence yet treated as unquestionable empirical fact. And recently there have been more phantoms around the Scottish press than an episode of Scooby Doo. The thing Alan Roden – …

Swinging free
by Charlie Hebdo
17 Aug 2016 at 8:24am
Alert readers may have noticed reports in the press that the famous French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this month carried a four-page feature on the state of politics in Scotland, having sent two of its senior staff – accompanied by their French police bodyguard – over to conduct a series of interviews. We thought you might …

Making your minds up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Aug 2016 at 2:27pm
Here’s the BBC reporting Kezia Dugdale’s speech at the opening session of the new Scottish Parliament, less than three months ago: It seems the Scottish Labour leader’s had a change of heart since then. It’s hard to adequately convey just what a confused mess Dugdale’s position is in. She wants the SNP to work with …

Iron seas
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Aug 2016 at 10:53am
The Scottish media has worked itself into an indignant froth over the last few days about the appearance of Sputnik News – an Edinburgh-based arm of a publicly-owned, state-run Russian news agency, fronted by (among others) former Dateline Scotland and NewsShaft stars Jack Foster and Carolyn Scott. (Any resemblance to publicly-owned, state-run national news agencies …

Well-orchestrated competence of the year
by Chris Cairns
13 Aug 2016 at 8:57am

Tories Together
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Aug 2016 at 5:05pm
Annie Wells and Brian Whittle are two new Conservative MSPs. Look how happy and excited they are today at Labour winning a council by-election from the SNP. The SNP candidate actually won comfortably on first-preference votes, but was edged out at the sixth count under the Single Transferable Vote system when 78% of Tory voters gave …

It?s that story again!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Aug 2016 at 2:34pm
No, we’re not referring to the Spectator’s awful reheated whine from super-Unionist composer Sir James Macmillan, Knight Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire, in which he takes the audacious step of accusing some OTHER artistes of cravenly kowtowing to the establishment. (A complaint he’s been levelling for several years in any publication that’ll …

A new challenger appears
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Aug 2016 at 12:10pm
We thought yesterday’s Herald story – about a Scottish Government initiative designed to increase visitor numbers to island communities “backfiring” when it, er, increased visitor numbers to island communities – would be hard to top for this month’s SNP BAD Award, but when the paper grudgingly amended it a few hours later it seemed we’d …

The occasional flicker
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2016 at 8:55pm
This morning’s SNP BAD piece in the Herald has undergone a slight change in tone since we wrote about it. We’ll just assume that a small pang of conscience overcame someone. The actual text of the article is mostly unchanged, save for the first three paragraphs (original version on top, new version below): We’re particularly …

The unending badness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2016 at 12:13pm
There’s a story in today’s Herald about yet another SNP disaster: Backfires? What, the fares have gone UP? But it transpires that in fact the cheaper fares have been a huge success, increasing traffic to remote island communities by up to 80%, exactly as they were designed to do in the hopes of boosting the …

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Sturgeon launches school reading challenge
19 Aug 2016 at 11:36am
Nicola Sturgeon challenges pupils across Scotland to read from a list of up to 100 books as part of a drive to improve literacy.

Appeal judges refuse to overturn Sheridan defamation verdict
19 Aug 2016 at 4:18pm
Appeal judges refuse to overturn the defamation verdict which saw former MSP Tommy Sheridan awarded £200,000 in damages.

Almost 700 firefighters leave since single service formed
19 Aug 2016 at 8:41am
Scotland loses almost 1,000 fire service staff, including 667 firefighters in three years.

Reform Scotland backs air passenger duty cut
19 Aug 2016 at 6:40am
A leading think tank gives its backing to Scottish government plans to cut and eventually scrap Air Passenger Duty.

Edinburgh Trams: Inquiry could lead to prosecutions
18 Aug 2016 at 12:03pm
The inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco could lead to criminal prosecutions, the judge chairing the investigation says.

North Lanarkshire Council pledges to build 1,000 new homes
18 Aug 2016 at 8:54am
Scotland's biggest council landlord says it is planning to build 1,000 new homes with investment worth nearly £160m.

Former college boss cleared of fraud calls for inquiry
18 Aug 2016 at 12:34am
A former senior college manager who was cleared of fraud is calling for a Holyrood inquiry to be re-opened.

Scottish economic advisors hold first post-Brexit meeting
18 Aug 2016 at 3:57pm
The first minister's council of economic advisers consider the implications for Scotland of the vote to leave the EU.

'No discussion' over UK obesity plans
18 Aug 2016 at 5:18pm
Food Standards Scotland says it is disappointed there was no discussion to develop a UK-wide approach to obesity.

Police Scotland insist "there is no overtime ban"
18 Aug 2016 at 10:32am
Police Scotland deny officers were told to abandon drug investigations in case they had to work extra hours.

Minority groups in Scotland 'still disadvantaged'
18 Aug 2016 at 7:11pm
Ethnic minorities in Scotland are more likely than white people to live in overcrowded accommodation, and be poor and out of work.

Edinburgh council leader Andrew Burns to stand down
18 Aug 2016 at 12:21pm
City of Edinburgh Council leader Andrew Burns is to stand down at next year's local elections.

Scot Goes Pop

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In vain I have struggled. It will not do.
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2016 at 5:47pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, which allows me to fulfill a lifetime ambition by mentioning Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in a piece about a ...

The best time to hold a second independence referendum is while there is stil...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2016 at 6:18pm
Iain Macwhirter had a piece in the Sunday Herald yesterday arguing that Nicola Sturgeon won't and shouldn't hold a second independence referendum for several years (2021 at the absolute earliest), ...

Sturgeon sensation as swanky SNP surge ahead of lousy Labour in two local by-...
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2016 at 1:57pm
I was a bit disconcerted last night when I heard that Labour had "gained a seat from the SNP" in a local by-election, but as is so often the case with STV by-elections, things weren't quite as they...

The future of this blog
by James Kelly
11 Aug 2016 at 1:23pm
As long-term readers will recall, the third and most recent Scot Goes Pop fundraiser was run last autumn, and with your incredibly generous help it raised £5680.  As with the previous two fundraise...

Democracy 1, Labour Plotters 0
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2016 at 2:49pm
I suggested the other day on Twitter that TV detector vans had better be an urban myth, because it's hard to think of a more self-defeating use of licence fee money.  But I think I've found somethi...

YouGov poll has a painful message for the Labour plotters - they actually nee...
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2016 at 11:00pm
One of the main justifications for the moral compromises of Blairism was/is that Labour "have to live in the real world", and can't win elections without putting forward policies that appeal to Mid...

Majority for independence in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 3:45pm
We've now had enough post-EU referendum polls on independence to make it worthwhile reintroducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls.  I'm going to tweak the rules slightly, though.  As before, the he...

Journey into the bizarre as Herald describes an increase in support for indep...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 1:17am
A new YouGov poll on independence has been released, and in line with the other three credible polls to be published since the EU referendum, it shows an increase in support for Yes...Should Scotla...

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Designs of the Times | Local Heroes shop at Edinburgh Airport
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19 Aug 2016 at 10:18pm
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New political party launched in West Dunbartonshire to fight for the people
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19 Aug 2016 at 8:58pm
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More than 1,000 Labour councillors cite second indyref as they back Owen Smit...
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19 Aug 2016 at 8:49pm
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We have to turn the tide on Scotland?s rising drug deaths
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19 Aug 2016 at 8:22pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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19 Aug 2016 at 6:04pm
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Horrifying moment group of teens walk around with ?dead baby in a bag? in aba...
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19 Aug 2016 at 5:54pm
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North Ayrshire Labour leader Peter McNamara stands down, days after instigati...
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19 Aug 2016 at 4:36pm
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Adam Tomkins, Conservative MSP and Professor of Public Law at Glasgow University
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19 Aug 2016 at 3:33pm
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Nearly 700 firefighters quit since national service formed
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19 Aug 2016 at 3:32pm
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Freedom within Freedom ? A study of German rehabilitation
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19 Aug 2016 at 3:28pm
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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE -the changing face of the Scottish press
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19 Aug 2016 at 12:44pm
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SNP socialists say left is already ?challenging for leadership? of the party
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19 Aug 2016 at 12:41pm
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Dae it
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Spycops activities in Scotland cannot be ignored
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Tommy Sheridan bags £200k damages payout after judges reject defamation appea...
by Paul Ward
19 Aug 2016 at 1:17pm
SHERIDAN won high-profile case against now-defunct Sunday paper and judges ruled his subsequent perjury conviction didn't undermine his initial victory.

SNP urged to block brutal benefit sanctions that hammer 13,000 Scots with pen...
by Andy Philip
19 Aug 2016 at 12:32pm
SCOTLAND can now operate a separate body for benefits than the UK Government's Work Programme but the sanctions regime is still reserved to Westminster

Benefits system is the acid test for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP says Record ...
by Record View
19 Aug 2016 at 7:27am
RECORD VIEW says that the SNP have been correct to highlight the brutal benefits system but believes they must get it right with new powers.

Scottish Labour must be local champions... not try to out-Nat the Nats, says ...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Aug 2016 at 9:39pm
SEPARATING Scottish Labour from the UK party would be game over as it plays into the SNP's constitutional game.

Nicola Sturgeon says she fears Brexit vote has taken UK back to a 'bygone age...
by Record Reporter
18 Aug 2016 at 7:29pm
THE First Minister spoke out as she met Scots Makar Jackie Kay and claimed that the writer's story about a racist attack in the early 1980s "felt a bit too current".

Cambuslang nurse Pauline Cafferkey accused of concealing fever on return to t...
by Douglas Dickie
18 Aug 2016 at 3:24pm
The 40 year old, who hit headlines when she contracted Ebola in December 2014, is under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nicola Sturgeon demands Theresa May guarantee the rights of EU nationals in U...
by Lynsey Bews
17 Aug 2016 at 4:49pm
THE First Minister hosted a special public meeting in Edinburgh in an attempt to assuage the fears of EU nationals who live in Scotland.

Solar-powered spy plane that can stay in the air for 45 days bought by MoD in...
by Ross McCafferty-dr
17 Aug 2016 at 1:57pm
THE Zephyr-S is Airbus' latest lightweight spy plane (or drone) and the Ministry of Defence has now purchased three in a £13 million deal

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stuns debate audience by revealing he doesn't kno...
by Ross McCafferty
17 Aug 2016 at 11:26am
CORBYN'S stunning admission that he doesn't know who the chirpy Geordie duo are might just be the issue that costs him the Labour leadership.

Scottish unemployment rate falls by 1% as SNP hail the 'strong fundamentals' ...
by Ross McCafferty
17 Aug 2016 at 10:11am
EMPLOYMENT Minister Jamie Hepburn admits that there is still work for the Scottish Government today as youth and female unemployment figures continue to improve.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 131 ? Sharon Dolan-Powers
by michaelgreenwell
19 Aug 2016 at 9:59am
For the 131st episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Sharon Dolan-Powers, who I suspect most of you will know by another name, or indeed by one of her projects. Sharon is not a native Scot, but came to the country and got involved in politics on the Yes side of the Indy …

Getting The Band Back Together
by michaelgreenwell
17 Aug 2016 at 4:31pm
I was very happy to be interviewed and be half the subject matter (or a third if you count the dug) of the new short film by the excellent Phantom Power (his films are all here, and you can also hear him on the podcast here). Hope you enjoy.

Blow For Sturgeon As NASA Post Beautiful Picture
by michaelgreenwell
17 Aug 2016 at 12:24am
There was outrage today as NASA posted a possibly doctored photo of Scotland from space. Traditional journalistic wisdom would suggest that Scotland was too wee to appear that big and that beautiful. Some were quick to complain that it showed a lack of balance in that three pictures of an enlarged England had not been …

A First Little Thought on the Common Social
by michaelgreenwell
16 Aug 2016 at 8:31am
On Saturday Common Space launched their new social media platform The Common Social. Hundreds of people have already made an account and it seems to be going well. At the beginning of any new platform however, no one is quite sure exactly what it is or what it is going to be yet. And the …

Mhairi Black Debunks Trident
by michaelgreenwell
13 Aug 2016 at 8:35am
This has been getting a lot of hits, and rightly so…

IndyRef 2 Toolkit ? Item 1
by michaelgreenwell
11 Aug 2016 at 9:12am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 130 ? Inside The Common Space
by michaelgreenwell
6 Aug 2016 at 4:20pm
For the 130th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went along to the Glasgow office of the Common Space. I tried to find out how the project got started, who works there, how they work and their plans for the future. I spoke with Angela Haggerty, Ben Wray, Aidan McCrae, Stuart Rodger, Alice Muir, …

Tell Me That One Again
by michaelgreenwell
6 Aug 2016 at 9:05am
I picked this one up on twitter. Go on then, tell me again that there is little difference between Scotland and England…

Bella Caledonia

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

Freedom within Freedom ? A study of German rehabilitation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2016 at 12:30pm
Prospective independence is something spoken about as an opportunity for real change in Scotland, a chance to push compassion and equality through every avenue of our political system and beyond. Rightly so. Less discussed, however, is how the promotion of these values could be used to benefit those who may not adhere to them now. …

International Scotland ? with independence we must conquer the Tower of Babel
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2016 at 12:10pm
There has been much chagrin recently in the dark nether regions of internet and in the unionist press, over the cost of Gaelic being promoted in public spaces. For the record I like many, found the spat of interchanges over the subject manufactured and frankly insular. To those of us aware of the weight of history, it is …

Grasping the Thistle ? Women, Rights and the proof of progress
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2016 at 11:31am
Who knew that writing about gender could strike quite so many nerves? I did! It is largely what motivated me to write my piece, Of Mice and Men – leadership, women and independence. I rightly believed that one of the main components in moving forward towards a second referendum is that the independence movement should …

On why the Olympic Refugee Team needs to inspire real action
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2016 at 11:07am
I will confess, at the outset, that I haven?t particularly been following the Olympics. I’m a man whose primary form of exercise consists of walking between my car and the next Indian buffet. I’ve never bought into state-sanctioned celebrations, and swooning over folk who are accomplished at running and jumping is a bit rich for …

Should the pro-indy left do more to support Jeremy Corbyn?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2016 at 10:47am
Re-watching old documentaries about Labour this week ? which I know makes my life sound thrilling ? made me take a step back and look at the party?s struggles from a different angle. Labour?s last left wing leader, Michael Foot, was regarded as a disaster by many. Although initially elected as a diplomatic figure who …

Poem ? ?Hopscotch? by Nadine Aisha ?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2016 at 10:30am
Our poetic offering today is from Nadine Aisha, author of Still, a debut poetry pamphlet exploring women’s stories and women’s survival. She is active in the movement to end gender-based violence, and works creatively with young people to educate and empower. She has blogged for a number of Scottish organisations about feminism and violence against women, and …

Poetry ? The Watt Selection
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Aug 2016 at 11:20am
Our second instalment of poetry this week comes from Roseanne Watt a poet and PhD student at the University of Stirling, reading in the disciplines of poetry and filmmaking. She was brought up in the Shetland Islands, and her work deals with the connection of self and place; her thesis explores the importance of time and …

A Catalogue o Sair Neglect
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Aug 2016 at 10:55am
As the weans stert back at the schuil, Ayrshire dominie John Hodgart, in the first o fower essays, spells oot why historically the fecht tae include Scottish Culture in the Scottish curriculum has been sae sair. The causes o oor national cultural cringe or ignorance aboot oor ain land are nae doot ruitit in the …

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Nicola Sturgeon tells EU nationals: 'You are not bargaining chips'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Aug 2016 at 2:19pm
Scotland?s first minister urges UK government to ?do the humane thing? and end post-referendum uncertaintyNicola Sturgeon told an audience of EU nationals ?you are human beings, not bargaining chips?, and described herself as heartbroken after hearing an Italian mother describe the painful uncert...

Trump golf resort in Scotland admits breach of data protection law
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Aug 2016 at 5:40pm
Exclusive: Critics call for full inquiry after resort owned by US presidential candidate fails to register with UK privacy watchdogDonald Trump?s golf resort in Aberdeenshire has admitted it failed to comply with strict data protection laws after not registering with the UK?s privacy watchdog, th...

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to marry long-term partner
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Aug 2016 at 3:41pm
MSP, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship four months ago, says she is ?thrilled? to be marrying the love of her lifeKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has announced she is to marry her partner, Louise Riddell.The couple announced their engagement on Monday after a holiday in M...

SNP MEP calls for vote on monarchy in event of Scottish independence
by Press Association
2 Aug 2016 at 3:54pm
Alyn Smith says people of Scotland should decide whether country continues as a monarchy or republicAn MEP vying to be deputy leader of the SNP has called for a referendum on the monarchy if Scotland becomes independent.Alyn Smith said the people of Scotland should decide whether the country cont...

'No real shift' towards Scottish independence since Brexit vote - poll
by Nadia Khomami
30 Jul 2016 at 12:12pm
Despite YouGov?s findings, the SNP?s business convener Derek Mackay says many voters in Scotland are reconsideringScottish voters are reconsidering their opposition to independence after the Brexit vote, the SNP?s business convener, Derek Mackay, has said, despite a poll that found a majority sti...

Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jul 2016 at 2:24pm
Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agencyThe Scottish government will consider abandoning the words ?benefits? and ?welfare? because of their negative connotations, as it begins the process of shaping the country?s first ever s...

Corbyn can stay on Labour leadership ballot, court rules ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 3.58pm BST It is important to underline that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe or withdrawing from the world. Britain will remain an outward-looking nation, a strong v...

Scottish farms face losing millions in subsidy after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jul 2016 at 3:13pm
UK government would need to increase funding to match common agricultural policy levels, Holyrood committee hearsWhat rural issues are important to you?Scottish farmers face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidy after Brexit unless the UK government increases funding for Holyrood, a Sc...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Who needs a sword?
A guest post by Samuel Miller ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ True, This! ? Beneath the rule of men entirely great The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold The arch-enchanters wand! ? itself is nothing! ? But taking sorcery from the master-hand To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike The loud earth …

Deal or no deal
A guest post by Samuel Miller First of all let’s be clear that this post is NOT exclusively about Kezia Dugdale. Besides, the ever vigilant Wings over Scotland has pretty much got the ups, downs, backwards and forwards of Kezia’s current predicament pretty well dissected. How and ever, it was Kezia’s latest exchange on twitter …

Glass half full
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto then! I?m seeing some glum faces oot there in the aether and as your resident agony ranter, (whilst the gaffer is having a well deserved lie doon with properly made tea), I huv decided unanimously to look into this glass half empty problem and jot down some of …

Politics as it is practised
A guest post by Samuel Miller The past week has been an educational experience in terms of politics as it is practised UK style. We’ve had media cock ups, which wouldn’t look out of place in a carry on film. There have been yet more court developments in Labour’s ongoing bout of self abuse. Two …

Answers on a postcard please
A guest post by Samuel Miller A bit sooner than expected for a second post, but then this happened: ?The number one thing Nicola Sturgeon could do right now to boost the Scottish economy is to remove the uncertainty of a second independence referendum, she could take that off the table right now.? David Mundell …

No Justification? Aye Right!
A guest post by Samuel Miller There’s an itch I’ve been meaning to scratch since I first heard the phrase ‘there is no justification’ malarkey for another referendum on Scottish independence and its about time sandpaper was applied to that itch. “As far as I’m concerned the Scottish people had their vote, and a very …

The broad shoulders of a headless chicken
The United Kingdom that Scotland was promised it could be a leading part of doesn’t exist. It’s as fictitious as the ghost in an episode of Scooby Doo, an artificial phantasm invented in order to distract from the real goings on. Most of you reading this will be as shocked by this relevation as you …

Kezia?s magic cloak of invisibility
Dave Anderson has accused Kezia Dugdale of ignoring him. You might think, “Well fair enough, who the hell is Dave Anderson?” He might as well be some random nutjob on Twitter for all that the rest of us know, or indeed care. But Dave Anderson isn’t just some random troll, he’s been specially appointed by …

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Save the Children welcome Russian backing for 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo
A HUMANITARIAN charity has welcomed an announcement by Russia that it will support a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo after a picture of a little boy bloodied and in shock as he sat in an ambulance after a bombing raid sent shockwaves throughout the world

Friends of LGBT Scots urged to show Pride
Friends and allies of young LGBT Scots must join this weekend?s Pride celebrations to help end prejudice, a leading charity claims.

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey faces medical hearing over allegedy concealing ...
SCOTTISH Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is facing disciplinary action over allegations she concealed her temperature during checks on her return to the UK.

Tour shines the spotlight on the many movie version of Macbeth
THE best big-screen adaptations of Macbeth are about to embark on a summer-autumn tour of Scotland.

?Children are being bombed in their homes, schools and playgrounds. We need a...
LITTLE Omran Daqneesh survived an airstrike in Aleppo earlier this week. But many others just like him do not.

How a photograph of a dazed and bloodied boy put Syria back in focus
A HEARTBREAKING picture of a tiny boy dazed and bloodied in an ambulance after being injured in a bombing raid late on Wednesday has focused the world?s attention once more on the brutality of the long-running Syrian civil war Little is know

Martian on the slab as father of sci-fi is honoured
THE chances of anything like this happening in a Scottish city are a million to one ? but an alien autopsy is to take place in Dundee later this year.

East Lothian MP George Kerevan seeks explanation for benefit system crash
EAST Lothian MP George Kerevan is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to explain why hundreds of vulnerable Scots were left penniless after a new universal credit computer system crashed.

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

Are the allegations that the BBC and the Labour party are in cahoots ripe for...
                        The labour Party in Scotland and its links to an impartial BBC Scotland The under-noted persons are given mention in this advisory note which questions yet again the oft stated impartiality of the BBC in Scotland. Former BBC officials: Big Boab Wylie, John …

Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Gerry Hassan

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

The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of indepe...
The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of independence and post-Brexit politics Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 7th 2016 The SNP is about to have a leadership election. A depute leader contest. Given the SNP is in government in Holyrood – with 63 out of 129 MSPs – and last year …

The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland?
The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 31st 2016 The summer of 2016 is proving dramatic and historic. Brexit, David Cameron resignation as PM, Theresa May becoming the new PM, Jeremy Corbyn?s travails. That?s just Britain. Across the world there is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, …

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK
A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 17th 2006 Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister this week ? elected on a mandate of 199 Tory MPs in what amounted to a very British coup. She is only Britain?s second ever …

After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like?
After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 14th 2016 Leadership in the modern world is cited as the answer to nearly every issue, problem or area of life ? from business, to turning round failing organisations, to the success of football clubs. In the last month, …

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Sturgeon denies Scottish independence would lead to physical border with Engl...
Sturgeon denies Scottish independence would lead to physical border with England
Miss Sturgeon has said that another independence referendum is "highly likely" following the UK vote to leave the European Union (EU) despite an overwhelming vote to remain in Scotland. However, she has said she is also looking at options to keep ...

Nicola Sturgeon accused at public meeting of double standards over Brexit and...

Nicola Sturgeon accused at public meeting of double standards over Brexit and Scottish independence
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of double standards by reassuring immigrants from other EU countries they are welcome in Scotland after the Brexit vote but creating a ?cold house? for those from the rest of the UK. The First Minister and her Cabinet ...
First Minister dismisse...

Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move - BBC News

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Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move
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Royal Bank of Scotland still plans to move its registered office out of Scotland should there be a "Yes" vote in any future independence referendum. Chief executive Ross McEwan, however, stressed that it would not lead to major job losses in Scotland.
Scottish independence 'could prompt RBS to move HQ from Edinburgh'Scotsman...

Andrew Smith: Does Brexit really make Scottish independence more likely? - Co...

Andrew Smith: Does Brexit really make Scottish independence more likely?
THE case for another Scottish independence referendum is obvious. Scotland is about to be dragged out of the EU against the wishes of Scottish people, a move which directly undermines the promises of the Better Together campaign in 2014. Since the EU ...

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RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse - Telegraph....
RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse
Nicola Sturgeon's attempts to portray Scottish independence as a stable alternative to a post-Brexit UK have suffered a damaging blow after the Royal Bank of ...

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Eric Joyce: Why the Brexit vote pushed me to support Scottish ... -

Eric Joyce: Why the Brexit vote pushed me to support Scottish ...
When I went into politics, I'd been in the army outside Scotland for my entire adult life. So when I turned up at Westminster, I hadn't spent decades absorbing the ...

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Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumn - The National

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Fresh case for Scottish independence to be launched in the autumn
The National
A SECOND campaign for independence is to be launched this autumn with a mass mail drop and social media push presenting a new case to voters created in the wake of the European Union referendum turmoil. The Scottish Greens are behind the ...
Former SNP Cabinet minister warns Nicola Sturgeon against second in...

No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds ...
No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds
Britain's decision to leave the EU has not triggered a boost in support for Scottish independence, according to a new YouGov poll that undermines the SNP's push for a second referendum. Some 53 per cent of Scottish voters oppose independence while 47 ...
Could a second Scottish independence ...


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MIT-Led Group Develops Methods to Securely Search GWAS Databases - GenomeWeb

MIT-Led Group Develops Methods to Securely Search GWAS Databases
The MIT version of the method is designed to enable scientists to extract some statistical information from the database such as GWAS statistics or a list of SNPs that are correlated with a disease of interest. "In order to do that, we slightly perturb ...

Major Integrated Oil & Gas: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) Posit...

Major Integrated Oil & Gas: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) Position of the day
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Outlined as the total market value of all unsettled shares of the company, the current market cap for the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) Major Integrated Oil & Gas is valued at 88724.97. The dominant statistics will authorize the ...

Seafood recipe sweepstakes launches - Indianapolis Recorder

Seafood recipe sweepstakes launches
Indianapolis Recorder
As part of SNP's three-year public health education Healthy Heart Pledge campaign, the 2016 Seafood Nutrition Partnership Recipe Sweepstakes encourages people to show how easy, delicious, and nutritious fish and shellfish can be to add to weekly meals ...

Is China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.(NYSE: SNP), a large market cap stock a sm...

Is China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.(NYSE: SNP), a large market cap stock a smart buy?
The Daily Leicester
With a market cap of has a large market cap size. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE: SNP) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 10/18/2000. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. is in the Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry and Basic ...

SNP Northern Isles candidate passes away - The Orcadian

The Orcadian
SNP Northern Isles candidate passes away
The Orcadian
The Scottish National Party's (SNP) candidate for Orkney and Shetland during the 2015 election, Danus Skene, has passed away, aged 72. Mr Skene was also a candidate for Shetland at the 2016 Holyrood elections. during this year's Scottish elections.

Labour leader behind 'coup' plot on Sturgeon's mum quits - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Labour leader behind 'coup' plot on Sturgeon's mum quits
Glasgow Evening Times
THE Labour leader at the centre of a plot to oust the mother of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon from her key council post has himself quit. Just 48 hours after the authority's SNP administration announced it was resigning en mass, Peter McNamara has ...

Think Tank Calls For Scottish APD To Be Scrapped -

Think Tank Calls For Scottish APD To Be Scrapped
The SNP Government has said that it is committed to reducing the overall burden of APD by 50 percent. Its manifesto for the May 2016 election pledged the introduction of initial reductions in April 2018, and the full delivery of the promised cuts by 2021.

SNP MPs Called 'Bullies' For 'Intimidating' STV Into 'Silencing' Journalist S...

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SNP MPs Called 'Bullies' For 'Intimidating' STV Into 'Silencing' Journalist Stephen Daisley
Huffington Post UK
Journalists have described accusations that the SNP bullied a major broadcaster into ?gagging? one of its commentators ?deeply disturbing?. Stephen Daisley, digital politics and comments editor for broadcaster STV, has not had a column published on its ...

Referendum (Google News)

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UK ministers try to woo Scotland after Brexit - Financial Times

Financial Times
UK ministers try to woo Scotland after Brexit
Financial Times
The flurry of activity highlights intense jockeying for advantage between the Edinburgh and Westminster governments as they try to define the terms of debate over Scotland's relationship with Europe following the EU referendum. ?What we need to do is ...
Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office moveBBC News
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The dilemma facing Scotland's Eurosceptic nationalists - BBC News - BBC News

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The dilemma facing Scotland's Eurosceptic nationalists - BBC News
BBC News
What does the prospect of Brexit mean for Scotland's Eurosceptic nationalists?

Eilidh Doyle: Hurdler reveals fears Scottish referendum would break up Team G...

Evening Standard
Eilidh Doyle: Hurdler reveals fears Scottish referendum would break up Team GB
Evening Standard
Hurdler Eilidh Doyle has spoken of her fear that a second Scottish referendum could lead to the break-up of Team GB. The Scot, from Perth, said it would be sad if, in the event of a vote to leave the UK, her fellow countrymen and women had to start ...

Scotland's FM Nicola Sturgeon calls for EU citizens guarantee - BBC News

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Scotland's FM Nicola Sturgeon calls for EU citizens guarantee
BBC News
Following the meeting, the Westen's said they would give their decision to leave Scotland further thought. The UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union in June's referendum, but voters in Scotland backed staying in by 62% to 38%. Ms Sturgeon has ...
Nicola Sturgeon 'considered calling snap independence referendum...

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betfair -

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betfair
The majority of Scottish voters chose to remain in the EU. Does this mean the country will seek independence from the UK to stay in the union?
SNP to debate second independence referendum at party conferencePress and Journal
Who will hold the aces in the great Brexit poker game?Herald Scotland

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Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers
BBC News
John Swinney faces a rebellion over his flagship school reforms this week when education experts will warn they risk undermining his attempts to help poor children to achieve better qualifications, writes the Scotland on Sunday. The SNP is demanding ...
Sturgeon in 'secret plot' for second independence referendum NEXT YEARE...

Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in...
Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in TWO years
During her first PMQs, Mrs May told Parliament: ?I do find it a little confusing given that only two years ago in the Scottish referendum the Scottish National Party was campaigning for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, which would have meant ...
Bill Jamieson: A serious case of r...

Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum t...
Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum tomorrow?
Dr Kenealy said this all-encompassing uncertainty means ?no-one knows? if the Scottish people would vote to leave the UK if there was a referendum tomorrow. Polls show growing support for independence after the Brexit victory intensified the feeling ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Westminster hand...

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Daisley binned
I see Stephen Daisley has been binned/ reined in by STV. He actually started out as a pretty decent writer, but seemed to develop a weird hatred of the SNP over time and, towards the end was just a typical entitled Scottish journalist, lashing out at anyone connected with the SNP, sooking up ...

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

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...

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'

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

Post EU referendum result job losses/gains.
How many ACTUAL jobs have been lost or created since June 23rd? How many instances of companies cutting production or moving it elsewhere. Or increasing production , as the case may be. Also how many new trade deals have been struck and how many have been lost? Or even just good or bad po...

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

Nuclear deterrent.
Interested to see what P&B think about this?

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

Greatest film ending
Go on, beat this.  

Rio 2016
Unlikely to be seeing scenes like this...  

This might not end well for Jesus   Considering the sadistic things they do to underlings of the other side, and anyone else who gets in their way, I don't think the bold guzman is getting to have a happy end to his life.

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

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...

Ebola Case In Glasgow
Breaking news on STV there

Becoming a Plumber In Your 30s
Is it possible to train to become a plumber whilst in your thirties? What are the best places to train and whats the cost and how long is the course and will it actually qualify you to get a plumbers job in a few years time


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North Lanarkshire to build 1,000 council houses

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

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

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

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

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...