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Scottish Tories to lead charge against any Boris bid to oust May
2 Oct 2018 at 12:02am
SCOTTISH Conservatives are to lead the charge against Boris Johnson?s push for the Tory leadership, warning that if he succeeded, it would be ?a nightmare? for Ruth Davidson and could kill off her bid to become First Minister.

Raab tells Brussels Britain will not be bullied on Brexit
2 Oct 2018 at 12:02am
BRITAIN will not be bullied by Brussels on Brexit, Dominic Raab has insisted.

Hammond forecasts post Brexit 'dividend' once deal with Brussels is sealed
2 Oct 2018 at 12:02am
PHILIP Hammond has predicted there will be a post Brexit ?dividend? as he insisted the party?s political challenge was to ensure "21st century capitalism" delivered for people.

Salmond sexual misconduct hearing set for court in 2019
1 Oct 2018 at 4:42pm
ALEX Salmond?s legal action against the Scottish Government over allegations of sexual misconduct will not be heard until next year.

SNP MSP accused of bullying amid row over Stirling Castle independence ban
1 Oct 2018 at 3:26pm
A SENIOR SNP politician has been accused of a ?pathetic attempt at bullying people who are only doing their job? amid a row over independence demonstrators being banned from Stirling Castle.

Raab tells Brussels: we will not be bullied over Brexit
1 Oct 2018 at 1:35pm
BRITAIN will not be bullied by Brussels, Dominic Raab, has told the Tory conference.

Raab sends Brussels strongest signal yet that UK prepared to walk from Brexit...
1 Oct 2018 at 12:02am
DOMINIC Raab will today send his strongest warning yet to Brussels that Britain would be prepared to walk away from the Brexit talks, saying how its ?willingness to compromise is not without limits?.

Davis accuses Hammond of trying to 'frighten country to death' over bad Brexi...
1 Oct 2018 at 2:33pm
PHILIP Hammond has been accused of trying to ?frighten the country to death? over Brexit by using inaccurate Whitehall forecasts.

Hammond blasts Johnson, saying former Foreign Secretary will never by PM
1 Oct 2018 at 10:28am
PHILIP Hammond is leading the Conservatives' ?Stop Boris? campaign, insisting his former Cabinet colleague will never be Prime Minister.

What the judges will hear before deciding ins and outs of Brexit
1 Oct 2018 at 12:22pm
Andy Wightman and others asked the Court of Session to make a judgment that Article 50 can be revoked unilaterally and unconditionally by the UK Parliament.

Catherine Stihler: Voters have right to change minds over Brexit
1 Oct 2018 at 12:47pm
With the Leave campaign's lies exposed, it?s no wonder support for a ?People?s Vote? is growing.

Remainer Davidson makes clear she does not support People's Vote on Brexit
1 Oct 2018 at 8:17pm
RUTH Davidson has set her face against supporting a People?s Vote on Brexit, saying to do so would make her the ?worst type of hypocrite?.

Hammond promises Brexit dividend with boost to economic growth
1 Oct 2018 at 1:13pm
PHILIP Hammond has insisted there will be a Brexit ?dividend? once Britain leaves the EU as he told the Tory conference that the party?s challenge was to ensure "21st century capitalism" delivered for people.

Joanna Cherry: MPs need to know if Brexit can be reversed
1 Oct 2018 at 1:12pm
The majority of people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU and across the UK more and more people are wondering if Brexit could be reversed.

Ruth Davidson hints Tories will change sexual harassment rules following crit...
1 Oct 2018 at 10:18am
RUTH Davidson has suggested her party will change how it deals with sexual misconduct allegations following recent criticism.

 

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First Minister warns Scottish tourism industry is facing 'workforce crisis' o...
1 Oct 2018 at 10:21pm
Scottish tourism is facing the growing prospect of a ?workforce crisis? when Brexit takes effect unless the proposed immigration rules for EU nationals are relaxed, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Québec turns the page on independence
1 Oct 2018 at 8:20pm
Scotland needs a break from independence, Ruth Davidson told Conservative activists in Birmingham on Sunday.

Scots Tories plot to keep Boris Johnson out of Downing St
1 Oct 2018 at 7:26pm
Senior Scottish Tories are involved in a plot to keep Boris Johnson out of Downing Street over fears his leadership would destroy the party’s revival north of the Border.

Nicola Sturgeon launches project to help young disabled people
1 Oct 2018 at 4:47pm
A project to reduce social isolation and increase independence among young wheelchair users has been launched by the First Minister.

Court date set for Alex Salmond legal battle
1 Oct 2018 at 4:11pm
Lawyers for former First Minister Alex Salmond will go to the Court of Session next month to begin legal action against the Scottish Government.

Thousands sign petition in bid to bring re-homed disabled man back to Glasgow
1 Oct 2018 at 2:42pm
The family of severely disabled man who was taken into care have launched a petition signed by 4,000 people in a bid to bring him home.

Ruth Davidson: Second independence referendum will be blocked until 2027
1 Oct 2018 at 1:59pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said that a second referendum on Scottish independence will be blocked until at least 2027 if her party remains in power.

Nicola Sturgeon announces nation-wide consultation on tourist tax
1 Oct 2018 at 1:18pm
The Scottish Government will stage a country-wide consultation on whether local authorities should have the power to impose a bed tax on visitors, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.

Lower drink-drive limit has had 'little effect' on road safety
1 Oct 2018 at 12:37pm
The reduction of Scotland's drink-drive limit has had little impact on deaths and accidents, according to research.

Philip Hammond says Boris Johnson 'will never be PM'
1 Oct 2018 at 11:09am
Chancellor Philip Hammond has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson, dismissing the former foreign secretary's Brexit proposals as "fantasy world" and repeatedly saying he does not expect him to become prime minister.

Corrie McKeague: Major fire breaks out at landfill site where Scots airman be...
1 Oct 2018 at 10:32am
Dozens of firefighters are tackling a blaze at a landfill site where the body of missing Scottish airman Corrie McKeague is believed to be buried.

Leader comment: Tories in chaos as we head off a Brexit cliff
1 Oct 2018 at 7:00am
There is something grimly compelling about the chaos at the heart of the United Kingdom government. Set aside the fact Prime Minister Theresa May’s actions as Brexit approaches stand to have huge consequences for the country and there is some sport to be had in watching a government under intense pressure and running low on ideas.

Lesley Riddoch: Scotland?s modern-day clearances under way
1 Oct 2018 at 6:12am
Duke of Buccleuch may be legally within his rights but sale plans to clear land for forestry are morally flawed, writes Lesley Riddoch.

Third Brett Kavanaugh accuser has extensive history of legal rows
1 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which a former employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application.

Jacqueline Moore: Employers must be ready to take stock
1 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
An end to free movement post-Brexit heralds the most significant change to immigration law in a generation and will present new challenges to businesses that have relied on EU workers. Few businesses are likely to be immune, given the prevalence of EU workers across all economic sectors.

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One tired eyebrow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2018 at 11:48am
We honestly don’t think they even see it, folks. We truly don’t.

Cutting your losses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2018 at 5:59pm
We’d hoped not to have to write any more about this for a while, but a story broke this evening on left-wing Labour website Skwawkbox that we thought those of you not on Twitter would want to see. Following a previous piece casting huge doubt on Dugdale and the Scottish media’s version of events, the …

The So Solid Crew
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2018 at 12:47pm
Three days ago, the Daily Record’s political editor and Kezia Dugdale’s chief media cheerleader Davie Clegg tweeted that Scottish Labour had “expressed full support and solidarity” for their former branch manager in her court battle with this website. It seems fair to say that the tweet hasn’t aged well. Perhaps “solidarity” – like “fairness”, “equality” and “justice” – …

My resignation from the Labour Party
by Allan T Moore
30 Sep 2018 at 7:55am
This article originally appeared on Allan’s blog. Reproduced with permission. Dear Richard Leonard, You can accept this letter as my formal resignation from membership of the Labour Party. And you may not like to hear that you are the straw that broke the camel?s back. Having been a Labour supporter for over 20 years, and …

Against all the odds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2018 at 11:26am
Politics in 2018 is almost impossible to satirise, and nowhere more so than in Scotland, where at least two of the main parties are currently campaigning on the principled policy of “any referendum we lose should be re-run, and any we win must never ever be held again because the decision was final”. So it’s quite …

For the bendy, not the few
by Chris Cairns
29 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

Learning to speak Kezia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2018 at 2:16pm
We hadn’t been intending to talk about this again today, but the John Beattie show on Radio Scotland just ran a segment that we really can’t let go unremarked. Here’s the whole thing. Some of that’s going to need interpreting for the sane. The quote everyone’s leapt on is this: “The Labour Party made a promise …

Before the truth has its boots on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2018 at 11:14am
We’ve been keeping coverage of our ongoing court battle with former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale to a minimum on the site, partly because little of any material impact has actually happened yet. However, there was a mildly interesting development last night, which was scooped and accurately reported by the Scottish Sun. Reactions to …

Quick perspective check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2018 at 12:34pm
From today’s Scottish Daily Mail: Sounds terrible. Let’s take a look in more depth at this rising tide. Oh. Do we have anything that we could compare it against for context? But yeah, POLICE SCOTLAND IN CRISIS, SNP BAD, YOUSAF MUST GO, etc. See you again same time tomorrow, next week, next month and next …

Geese and ganders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2018 at 11:23am
Tory MSP Miles Briggs was yesterday cleared of sexual harassment claims by an internal Conservative Party inquiry process. We haven’t the slightest idea of what the facts of his specific case may or may not be, and as such express no view on it, but the nature of the process has been severely criticised by Rape …

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Learning disabilities care 'far from home'
2 Oct 2018 at 12:00am
New figures show people with learning disabilities are still being forced to live far from their families.


Flexible working urged to eradicate child poverty in Scotland
2 Oct 2018 at 12:00am
A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates one in four Scots children are living in poverty.


UK government urged to clear Highland Council's benefits costs
2 Oct 2018 at 12:00am
Highland Council is facing costs running to almost £2.5m as a result of implementing the benefits.


Date set for Salmond legal challenge against government
1 Oct 2018 at 5:25pm
The Court of Session will hear the judicial review of the government's sexual harassment procedures in January.


Ruth Davidson calls for 'practical and pragmatic' Brexit
1 Oct 2018 at 5:59pm
Ruth Davidson calls for "Conservative principles" to overcome "deep divisions" in her party about Brexit.


Sturgeon orders consultation on Scottish tourist tax
1 Oct 2018 at 2:53pm
Nicola Sturgeon orders a consultation on whether councils should be allowed to set a local tourism tax.


Hundreds told of partner's abusive past
1 Oct 2018 at 9:07am
Nearly 3,500 people have used a Police Scotland scheme to check if their partner had a violent past.


What's on at Holyrood? Remand and women's football success
1 Oct 2018 at 12:19pm
Social security, remand and women in sport are on the agenda in the last week before recess.


Brexit should create 'sea of opportunity' for fishing
1 Oct 2018 at 10:24am
Fishing chiefs believe leaving the EU should free Scottish fishermen from the "straitjacket" of the Common Fisheries Policy.


ScotRail pledges 'faster journeys and more seats' with new timetable
1 Oct 2018 at 5:44pm
New high-speed and electric trains are being introduced across the network as part of an improvement programme.


Ruth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'
30 Sep 2018 at 2:53pm
The Scottish Conservative leader says party colleagues should focus on getting a Brexit deal "over the line".


Jeane Freeman writes Brexit letter to EU NHS staff
30 Sep 2018 at 12:01am
Scotland's health secretary writes to EU nationals in the NHS calling on them to stay post-Brexit.

Scot Goes Pop

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Corbyn's day of infamy as Labour become the party of colonialism
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2018 at 6:41pm
If it was the case that Labour were simply saying that winning a majority in Scotland at the next general election would constitute a mandate to block an independence referendum, that might just ab...

Your all-important YouGov subsample update
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2018 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the radio silence of late - I'm out of the country at the moment.  But you know me, I'm a slave to my responsibilities, so here (albeit a couple of days late) is your all-important Yo...

New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...


Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

First Scottish subsample since the Alex Salmond story broke has the SNP still...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 6:02pm
When news of the complaints against Alex Salmond was irresponsibly broken by the Daily Record, I said that we'd just have to wait for opinion poll evidence to see whether there would be much (if an...

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The Hindu Bagpipers of New Jersey
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2 Oct 2018 at 1:18am
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Queensferry crossing rainbow
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What A Full Circle Rainbow Looks Like
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Alyn Smith: Article 50 was never designed to be used
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(Cairngorm) Mountain railway shut for 'several weeks'
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Tentsmuir Beach, St Andrews, Scotland
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The rest of us won?t survive new year
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PORRIDGE WARS LIKE STORAGE WARS WI A TWIST
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1 Oct 2018 at 8:51pm
Have invented a new game it?s called Porridge Wars. Based in Scotland a load of people. Baillifs, Coppers, Newspaper journalists, council workers. All stare through the letter box. What they see th...

SNP MSP accused of bullying amid row over Stirling Castle independence ban
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Dan Vevers on Twitter | 'Have you heard anything positive about Brexit for Sc...
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Thousands of Scots forced into poverty due to 'devastating impact' of cruel T...
by dailyrecord
1 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
UK Government cuts are expected to see social security spending in Scotland reduce by £3.7billion.


Tories need to get their own house in order before they can criticise Scotland
by dailyrecord
1 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Mhairi Black says Theresa May has a brass neck to lecture the SNP on what matters to Scottish people.


Nicola Sturgeon urged to 'set record straight' over Alex Salmond sex allegations
by David Clegg
1 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Rhoda Grant MSP has called for a parliamentary statement and transparency over 'who knew what and when?' following fresh claims about the former first minister.


Alex Salmond court dates set in legal fight against Scottish Government
by Laura Paterson
1 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
The former SNP leader is taking court action over the complaints process activated against him in relation to sexual harassment allegations.


Jeremy Hunt warns Brussels other countries will want to escape EU 'prison' if...
by Harriet Line
30 Sep 2018 at 7:10pm
The foreign secretary tells the EU to "never mistake British politeness for British weakness".


Top Tories hit back at Boris Johnson after Brexit broadside slams Theresa May...
by David Hughes
30 Sep 2018 at 5:22pm
The former foreign secretary branded May's call for a facilitated customs arrangement 'entirely preposterous".


Time to shed the light of justice on the Sheku Bayoh tragedy
by Mail Opinion
30 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The Sunday Mail says Sheku’s long-suffering family deserve the truth after waiting more than three years for answers.


Truth behind 'balti bailout' revealed after Fred Goodwin almost broke the ban...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
30 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The then RBS chief refused to accept the government's bailout offer until the last minute with cash machines about to run out of money.


No complaints against Alex Salmond received by Scottish Government before Jan...
by Press Association
29 Sep 2018 at 6:52pm
Two allegations of sexual harassment were made in January against the former First Minister, who strongly denies the claims.


Boris Johnson's party profile changed to hardcore porn as Tory app falls to s...
by Mikey Smith
29 Sep 2018 at 4:43pm
His title was almost immediately changed to 'd******d' and his position was edited to say 'HARD BORDER'.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 170 ? Mike Russell On Brexit & More
by michaelgreenwell
1 Oct 2018 at 5:59pm
The 170th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Mike Russell regarding the (bleak) situation with Brexit and people really should hear it. I am reproducing the talk here and thanks to Newsnet for allowing me to do so. There are also a couple of cameos, Martin Compston gets it right …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 169 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. Courtesy of Phantom Power, the 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given …
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Results
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …
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The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …
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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Bella Caledonia

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Let?s Have a Festival!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2018 at 11:51am
On the ‘Jacobite Express’ to Mallaig you cross the viaduct now touted as a Harry Potter location (was Charles Edward Stuart in Slytherin?). On the “greatest railway journey in the world” passengers tip their excrement directly onto the tracks, jobbies litter Glenfinnan and Arisaig stations like confetti at a Quidditch cup final.  In Rosyth decommissioned …

Ceci N?est Pas Une Leid
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2018 at 10:11am
Say we hidnae aw decidit that Scots wis a language. Say it hidnae been estaiblisht ? tae the saitisfaction o aw concernt ? that Scots hauds doon a patch on the same Wikipedia page as German, French an Esperanto. An say, for whitever reason, the notions o experts on this an ilka ither subject cairit …

Catalonia and Post-Fascism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Sep 2018 at 6:47pm
There is a troubling lack of understanding about what has really been happening in Catalonia over the past year. Some left commentators have been quick to label this the ?return of Franco.? Others have dismissed the police violence, the political prisoners and the shutting down of a democratically elected government as a reasonable reaction by …

Trump?s Inflation Timebomb
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Sep 2018 at 7:06pm
THE week has been dominated by trade wars, Italian insolvency, oil prices and Jeremy Corbyn. Start with trade. The mad Donald Trump ratcheted up his economic war on the rest of the planet by slapping a 10 per cent levy on $200bn worth of Chinese goods entering the US. This is set to rise to …

Nazis aren?t Right Wing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Sep 2018 at 10:09am
A former Tory Cabinet leader has this week, in an actual newspaper, claimed that: “It is either delusional or deceitful to call the Nazi or Fascist parties “Right wing”. Norman Tebbit, a notorious minister in Thatcher’s cabinet of the 80s took aim at that most placid of centrist organs, the New Statesman arguing: “… perhaps …

You Want it Darker
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Sep 2018 at 6:05pm
Andy Warhol said that everybody would get 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime.  In the world of hyper and ubiquitous social media that has been altered to suggest that now everyone was constantly famous – and so would instead get 15 minutes of privacy in their lifetime. Yesterday Richard Leonard got his fame, and …

Domestic Extremist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2018 at 5:23pm
For those of you who have been kettled, spied-on, beaten-up or impregnated this won’t come as a massive shock, but for the rest of you maybe it has. The recent expose of Police Scotland defining peaceful protestors defending communities against fracking as ‘domestic extremists’ might need some unpacking.   After reports of Police Scotland labelling …

Kate and the Brexit Lemons
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2018 at 4:39pm
There seems to be a convergence of post-factual truthers, Brexiteers, climate science deniers, people who hit quite a few of the branches when they fell out of the Stupid Tree and, er, Kate Hoey. Let’s see if we can separate the wheat from the chaff? First, those lemons. Poor Daniel Kawczynski, the Member of Parliament …

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Alex Salmond sexual harassment case resolved in 2013, claim advisers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Oct 2018 at 5:02pm
Sources say then first minister apologised to female civil servant for ?misunderstanding?Alex Salmond will argue in court that one of the two sexual harassment cases against him was resolved nearly five years ago, as he continues his legal battle against the Scottish government.The former first m...

Ruth Davidson: ?We?re not as far along in the conversation about mental healt...
by Libby Brooks
28 Sep 2018 at 4:00pm
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives on why she needed to speak out about her depression ? and how she deals with Boris Johnson types in the partyThat Ruth Davidson does not want to be prime minister ought not to make headlines, she says. ?I have been asked it so many times and said it in so ...

Corbyn says he was not negotiating Brexit during 'useful' meeting with Barnie...
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Sep 2018 at 5:57pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen 5.53pm BST We cannot have a situation in the negotiation between a sovereign power like Britain and one of the biggest countries in the EU and the EU where every time we come up with a proposal, instead of engaging with that prop...

Scottish government told to be more transparent about loans to businesses
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Sep 2018 at 5:43pm
Auditor general?s intervention comes after row over £45m loan to company owned by SNP adviserScotland?s auditor general has said Nicola Sturgeon?s government needs to be more open about its loans to private firms following a row about a bailout for a Glasgow-based shipbuilder.Caroline Gardner sai...

Scotland needs tougher policies to meet CO2 targets, say experts
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Sep 2018 at 7:01am
Nicola Sturgeon told more vigorous action needed to achieve post-2020 emissions targetNicola Sturgeon?s government needs much tougher policies on cutting emissions from Scotland?s roads and farms to meet its ambitious CO2 reduction targets, experts have warned.The UK government?s committee on cli...

Why Hampstead and Hull can?t agree on Brexit | Letter
by Letters
23 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Christopher Clayton disagrees with the suggestion that Labour could keep voters in Hampstead and Hull happy with a second referendumPolly Toynbee portrays a rerun of the Brexit referendum as a way in which Labour can keep both Hull and Hampstead happy (Labour?s path to power lies in putting Brexi...

Scottish government to fight Alex Salmond court action
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2018 at 4:17pm
Former SNP leader claims inquiry into sexual harassment allegations was flawedThe Scottish government has confirmed it will contest Alex Salmond?s court action over his claims that its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him was flawed.Two women, both thought to be civil servants, ...

Glasgow School of Art accused of systemic failings over fire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2018 at 3:47pm
?The building has burned twice on their watch,? says campaigner as Scottish parliament holds hearingThe board of the Glasgow School of Art is unfit to manage the future of the famous Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire in June, after ignoring repeated warnings of fire risk before a prev...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The dangerous hypocrisy of the Conservatives
So that’s you lot telt, you uppity Scottish people who dare to imagine that you have a sovereign right to choose the form of government that’s best for Scotland’s needs. Ruth Davidson, the leader of a party that came a distant second in the last Holyrood elections and an equally distant second in the last …

The Festival of Exit Britain
The Conservative party say that they’re going to introduce innovative technological solutions to the Irish border question, but they can’t even introduce an app for their conference without buggering it up. The app was so poorly designed that it allowed anyone to log in as members of the Cabinet and see all their personal contact …

The Cheshire cat of politics
I had been toying with the idea of writing this blog article about how it’s unproductive for supporters of independence to join in the social media campaign calling for a boycott of the Guardian newspaper. About how when we embark on campaigns directed against individual newspapers we only allow that paper to paint itself as …

Not keeping calm and carrying on
Safer. Are you feeling safer? More secure. Are you feeling more secure? Those were the key promises of the Better Together campaign in 2014. Why risk independence when you can continue to enjoy the safety and security of the UK, they told us. It was their key selling point, the single point that more than …

Saying what really matters
Theresa May is scared. She gave an interview to Reporting Scotlandshire and instructed us to forget about another independence referendum and told Nicola Sturgeon to concentrate on the day job. Which is pretty rich coming from Theresa May. Nicola Sturgeon manages her day job rather well, presiding over a government which manages – on the …

Breaking the glass of the fishbowl
So there you go, you write a blog article about the double standards of British nationalism, and how violent metaphors and imagery are the norm for opponents of independence, but if supporters of independence were to use equivalent words or imagery, there would be outrage. And then the very next day the zoomers of Scotland …

Trying to kill us but not with kindness
It’s been obvious for a good while now that the Labour Branch Office in Scotland is composed of an angry and embittered bunch of British nationalists who are united by only three things: their utter inability to comprehend that their British nationalism is in fact nationalism, their unshakeable conviction that they have an absolute entitlement …

Time for the stars to shine
Oh dear gods. Oh all the deities that anyone has ever worshipped. Oh anthropomorphised personification of an impersonal and uncaring universe. I’m fed up. I’m fed up with the wibbling wankwits dribbling drivel and calling it wisdom. I’m fed up with the mendacious mouth-breathers. I’m fed up with the self-serving and the selfish stupidity. I’m …

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Tory civil war looms as May is undermined on Brexit deal
THERESA May?s surprise offer of further compromise on her Chequers deal has been blown out of the water by her Brexit secretary.

Leaked letter claims Labour did not make funding promise to Dugdale
LABOUR stopped funding Kezia Dugdale?s legal battle with Wings Over Scotland after taking advice from a lawyer on the likelihood of her winning, it has been revealed.

Theresa May's Festival of Brexit Britain plan mocked
THERESA May?s plan for a post-Brexit ?Festival of Britain? had the nation talking yesterday but perhaps not in the way the Prime Minister had intended.

SNP dismiss Labour 'smokescreen' claims over Alex Salmond case
THE SCOTTISH Government has dismissed claims that they are trying to ?throw up a smokescreen around? the Alex Salmond sexual harassment allegations, insisting that they had never received a complaint about the former first minister?s behaviour before January this year.

Civil disputes could be 'transformed' by proposals
FASTER, cheaper and ?less confrontational? ways to end civil disputes should be used to keep cases out of court, MSPs say.

Furious Dugdale says you can't trust the Labour Party as fees row continues
KEZIA Dugdale has warned voters against trusting Labour, after the party walked away from a promise to pay legal fees in the MSP?s defamation battle with Wings Over Scotland.

Tories consumed by infighting after Johnson's Brexit plan is revealed
A FURTHER round of Tory infighting erupted yesterday after Boris Johnson issued a blistering attack on Theresa May?s Brexit strategy ? just days before the Conservative Party conference.

UK first as Scottish council supports a people's vote on final Brexit plan
A COUNCIL has become the first in Scotland to vote in favour of holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal, including an option for the UK to remain in the EU.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable
Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable Gerry Hassan Compass, September 27th 2018 Labour conference this week is an important staging post in the new Corbyn-led, energised mass party – not just the biggest in Britain, but bigger than all the other party memberships put together. The Jeremy Corbyn-John …

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote: Davidson
Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote: Davidson  ReutersFull coverage

Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesRuth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexit without giving the SNP a second ...  Daily MailRuth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Interview: Yanis Varoufakis on Scottish independence and being a Eurosceptic ...
Interview: Yanis Varoufakis on Scottish independence and being a Eurosceptic remainer  HolyroodFull coverage

Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanLabour's next manifesto will oppose a second Scottish independence poll, insists Richard Leonard  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted
Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted  BBC NewsFull coverage

Movement politics and the 2014 party membership surge in Scotland
Movement politics and the 2014 party membership surge in Scotland  British Politics and Policy at LSE (blog)Full coverage

Sturgeon can afford to play a waiting game
Sturgeon can afford to play a waiting game  The TimesFull coverage

UK PM May's Brexit Is 'Wilful Economic Vandalism': Scotland's Sturgeon
UK PM May's Brexit Is 'Wilful Economic Vandalism': Scotland's Sturgeon  U.S. News & World ReportFull coverage

SNP

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A slick SNP show in Glasgow can't hide pressure for independence vote
A slick SNP show in Glasgow can't hide pressure for independence vote  The GuardianScots Tories vow to end SNP secrecy  Express.co.uk'Day of action' hailed as a success by SNP activists and party figures  The NationalFull coverage

Ruth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexi...
Ruth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexit without giving the SNP a second ...  Daily MailRuth Davidson urges Tories to be credible alternative to SNP while turning heat on Boris Johnson's 'unwise' language ...  The Scottish SunFull coverage

Scottish Secretary urges SNP to end 'constitutional Groundhog Day'
Scottish Secretary urges SNP to end 'constitutional Groundhog Day'  BT.comFull coverage

Scots police mistakenly tweet anti-SNP message
Scots police mistakenly tweet anti-SNP message  The TimesEdinburgh police 'mistakenly' post anti-SNP message on social media  BT.comFull coverage

SNP MSP accused of bullying amid row over Stirling Castle independence ban
SNP MSP accused of bullying amid row over Stirling Castle independence ban  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP receives fresh complaints lodged against Salmond
SNP receives fresh complaints lodged against Salmond  The TimesSturgeon refuses to comment on Salmond  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Scottish Secretary urges SNP to end `constitutional Groundhog Day´
Scottish Secretary urges SNP to end `constitutional Groundhog Day´  Daily MailFull coverage

Edinburgh Indy march organiser: SNP must provide 'clear answer' on #indyref2 ...
Edinburgh Indy march organiser: SNP must provide 'clear answer' on #indyref2 strategy  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesRuth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexit without giving the SNP a second ...  Daily MailRuth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'  BBC NewsPaul Hutcheon: Ruth Davidson's path to becoming First Minister is blocked  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Why did party membership in Scotland surge following the 2014 referendum?
Why did party membership in Scotland surge following the 2014 referendum?  British Politics and Policy at LSE (blog)Full coverage

Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote: Davidson
Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote: Davidson  ReutersScottish Tories to lead charge against any Boris Johnson bid to oust Theresa May  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsScottish Labour leader: 'There is no case for a second independence referendum' in Scotland  Irish ExaminerLabour's next manifesto will oppose a second Scottish independence poll, insists Richard Leonard  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Interview: Yanis Varoufakis on Scottish independence and being a Eurosceptic ...
Interview: Yanis Varoufakis on Scottish independence and being a Eurosceptic remainer  HolyroodFull coverage

Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted
Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted  BBC NewsScottish police social channel 'mistakenly' sent anti?independence tweet  The TimesFull coverage

Two Yorkshiremen With Different Views on Scottish Democracy
Two Yorkshiremen With Different Views on Scottish Democracy  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

Sturgeon can afford to play a waiting game
Sturgeon can afford to play a waiting game  The TimesFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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All of the #indy #yes marches and events and rallies and all that
Watching one of the at least two Scottish Indy groups doing yet another thing. (Hope over Fear. This Time It's Yes Rally) Lots of shouting, lots of wish fulfilment, lots of fake news, lots of amateur/semi-pro music. This one was in George Square, aka Freedom Square. And was a Tommy Sherid...

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

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here.   Best Scottish politician full stop.   Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets ????

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!

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 ...

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.  

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

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...

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

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.

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

IPTV
Can't get away with how good it is and how for all their money, Sky, BT et al can't keep the streams off. Had it for a good while now, absolutely love it. Anyone else have it?   

Plea for votes!
Shamelss plug here. I am shortlisted for Teacher of the Year. It is football related for starting up school football competitions in The Highlands. Postal votes are in the local papers tomorrow and you can also vote online. Please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HeroesVote2018...

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...

Gardening.
Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-it...
          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…