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Sturgeon says Holyrood should have right to call referendum within weeks if c...
29 Apr 2016 at 1:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon could move to call a second independence referendum within the next two months, she has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: I'll be wearing my lucky rhinestone pants on election night
28 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed her standard election night wardrobe ... a pair of lucky rhinestone pants.

Labour 'to finish behind Conservatives' in Holyrood election, according to poll
27 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish Labour are set to finish third behind the Conservatives in the Holyrood elections, according to a new poll.

Childcare plans will save parents £3,000 per year, Nicola Sturgeon says
27 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Drugs mule Melissa Reid could find out when she will return to the UK in the next few days as her appeal to be expelled from Peru is considered by a judge.

Ruth Davidson: SNP want to keep wounds of independence debate open
26 Apr 2016 at 2:23pm
The SNP want to ?keep the wounds of the independence debate open?, according to Ruth Davidson.

David Cameron said he didn't care about Scotland days after independence refe...
25 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
David Cameron said that he did not care about Scotland days after the country voted to remain part of the union, according to a former Liberal Democrat MP.

Natalie McGarry MP faces being sued after mistakenly accusing pro-Union campa...
25 Apr 2016 at 1:21pm
NATALIE McGarry MP faces being sued for up to £30,000 after mistakenly accusing an pro-Union campaigner of being a Holocaust denier, it has been reported.

Live Q&A: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
25 Apr 2016 at 2:20pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP must earn right to propose second indyref
20 Apr 2016 at 2:29pm
Nicola Sturgeon has conceded it would be "wrong" to set a date for a second referendum on independence before a majority of Scots back the country leaving the UK.

Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will oppose renewal of Trident in manifesto
19 Apr 2016 at 1:36pm
Opposition to the renewal of Trident will be included in Scottish Labour's manifesto for the Holyrood election, leader Kezia Dugdale has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: Tories will back Labour members who want Trident renewal
18 Apr 2016 at 11:49am
Tory leader Ruth Davidson has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Labour members and trade unionists who want the UK to retain its Trident nuclear deterrent.

Live Q&A: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
18 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Scottish Parliament staff agree pay deal
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
A union has welcomed a pay deal for Scottish Parliament workers worth at least 2% a year.

Sturgeon: SNP will focus on Scottish economy and jobs
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon has promised a "relentless" focus on boosting the economy and creating jobs if the SNP is elected for a third term in government.

Ruth Davidson: nothing can justify a second independence referendum
13 Apr 2016 at 2:05pm
Ruth Davidson has launched the Scottish Tories' programme for a "stronger opposition" at Holyrood with a pledge that her party will staunchly oppose a second vote on independence.

 

Scotsman

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Tom Ballantine: Time to ask the climate question
2 May 2016 at 8:28pm
ASKING the question can help provide the answer, writes Tom Ballantine

UKIP candidate warns party ?on brink of disintegration?
2 May 2016 at 3:10pm
Ukip has accused one if its top candidates of attempting to damage the party days before the elections by calling for a change of leadership in Scotland.

Polls will decide second independence vote, says Sturgeon
2 May 2016 at 1:02pm
The Scottish Parliament will propose a second referendum when a “range of polls” indicate most Scots want a second vote on the constitution, Nicola Sturgeon said today.

SNP campaign vans spotted parking illegally
2 May 2016 at 12:08pm
The SNP have been accused of “hypocrisy” and “double standards” after pictures of their campaign vans parked illegally emerged online.

Glasgow council under fire over £100,000 Old Firm handouts
2 May 2016 at 11:23am
Council chiefs in Glasgow have been condemned for handing £100,000 of public money to Rangers and Celtic for “outreach work” - despite facing cuts of £130million.

Five Holyrood 2016 candidates to watch
2 May 2016 at 9:45am
A host of new faces have their sights set on a seat at Holyrood - but which ones, if elected, are the most likely to rise through the ranks of their party? Here are the ones to watch, as picked by the party leaders

Donald Trump pinata in May Day celebrations
2 May 2016 at 8:55am
A Donald Trump pinata has been paraded around Los Angeles as marchers took to the streets on May Day.

Elderly polling clerks given P45s over age concerns
2 May 2016 at 8:51am
Elderly polling clerks with decades of experience have been given their cards - prompting allegations of ageism at the council which regularly employed them.

Leaders: Schools crisis will be early test of government resolve
2 May 2016 at 12:50am
STURGEON looks set to ease home on Thursday but she will face many problems in the months ahead, with education possibly the biggest

SNP?s cycling ?vision? is now impossible, say campaigners
2 May 2016 at 12:16am
The SNP’s ambition to have one in ten journeys made by bike within four years is now “impossible” at any likely funding levels, Scotland’s leading cycle lobby group has claimed.

Leaders debate: Indyref 2 a ?matter of principle?, says Sturgeon
2 May 2016 at 12:00am
Nicola Sturgeon has told Scots that a second independence referendum is an issue of “principle, conviction and belief”, as she came under fire from rival party leaders in the final TV clash before Thursday’s Holyrood election.

Anti-Semitism row could hit Labour?s election hopes
2 May 2016 at 12:00am
Senior Labour figures have warned that the anti-Semitism row engulfing the party could damage its hopes in UK-wide elections this week, including the Scottish Parliament vote.

Holyrood 2016: Independence ?thwarts opposition parties? hopes
2 May 2016 at 12:00am
The independence question still divides Scotland and makes it “impossible” for opposition parties to ­challenge the SNP, a leading academic has said.

Brian Monteith: Time to call Nicola Sturgeon?s bluff on indyref 2
1 May 2016 at 9:00pm
THE referendum was supposed to be a once-in-a-generation decision so let’s make it one, writes Brian Monteith

Lesley Riddoch: Dull campaigning lacks any vision
1 May 2016 at 9:00pm
ASIDE from the SNP, Greens and Rise, the main parties all look pretty similar writes Lesley Riddoch

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

The Howling Of The Furies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 May 2016 at 11:01am
It’s been quite a 24 hours for watchers of the UK media. The Sunday papers saw two of the most demented rants to have been committed to print about Scottish politics since the independence referendum. One came from Neil Oliver in the Sunday Times – painting a blood-curdling picture of a “second hate-fest” should Scots ever …

A gap in our memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 May 2016 at 10:57am
We must confess, we don’t recall when this happened. If anyone can help us out, please do.

Generation and stimulation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Apr 2016 at 2:18pm
Yesterday we noted that we still hadn’t received a reply to a complaint we made to the BBC about a false assertion by David Dimbleby on Question Time over six weeks ago, despite the fact that it’s only supposed to take 10 working days. By coincidence we got the reply today, 36 days late, and it wasn’t worth the …

Four minutes of fun
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2016 at 12:57am
This evening’s Question Time saw one of the most incident-packed passages on the show in recent memory. From left to right onscreen the panellists were Paul Marshall (hedge fund manager, head of a chain of academy schools and co-author of the Lib Dems’ infamous “Orange Book”), Alex Salmond, Tory minister Greg Clark, Labour’s shadow home …

Scene missing again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Apr 2016 at 12:44pm
We’d hoped to be bringing you in-depth analysis of the Scottish Labour manifesto by now, readers, but a couple of hours after their launch event there’s still no sign of it anywhere (we’ve checked their website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, all blank). So we’re going to nip out to the shops for a bit. …

It?s Scottish Labour Manifesto Day!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Apr 2016 at 9:25am
We have high hopes. Well, high-ish.

Clarity and certainty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2016 at 12:31pm
We’re looking forward to the publication of the Scottish Labour manifesto for next month’s election, which is due to be published on Wednesday, just eight days before the vote. We confidently anticipate that it will definitively clear up a few issues we’re still not absolutely sure of the branch office’s position on. For a day …

Polling projected properly
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2016 at 2:59pm
Considering we’re only eleven days from a general election, there’s remarkably little politics coverage in the Sunday papers today. Most of what there is is in the Sunday Herald, which has a substantial (and quite entertaining) interview with Kezia Dugdale and another two pages devoted to what’s essentially spluttering attempted justification of its shambolic front-page lead from …

A careful choice of words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2016 at 10:13am
With fears growing that hundreds of jobs may be lost in the Clyde shipyards as the UK government slowly backs away from the commitments made during the independence referendum campaign, Kezia Dugdale was full of righteous outrage last night. But note how delicately that tweet is phrased. The clear implication – while not directly stated …

On thee our hopes we fix
by Chris Cairns
23 Apr 2016 at 6:55am

BBC Scotland

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Independence row dominates TV debate
2 May 2016 at 8:56am
The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence dominates the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties.

Call for new tax and welfare department
2 May 2016 at 12:01pm
The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood, a think tank suggests.

UKIP in Scotland 'close to civil war'
2 May 2016 at 3:02pm
A leading UKIP candidate says the party in Scotland is close to "all-out civil war" and calls for a change in leadership.

Questions over China investment deal
30 Apr 2016 at 4:10pm
Nicola Sturgeon says no deals will be done with a Chinese consortium if legitimate concerns about the firms involved are uncovered.

Health matters and the Holyrood election
29 Apr 2016 at 1:01am
Polls suggest that the health service is one of the issues which matters most to voters. Here, BBC Scotland's health correspondent Eleanor Bradford looks at some key questions.

Industrial action threat over new exams
1 May 2016 at 11:13am
Scotland's largest teaching union plans to ballot its members on industrial action over new school qualifications.

Sturgeon expects second indyref vote
1 May 2016 at 3:41pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she expects a second Scottish independence referendum while she is first minister.

Business rates discussed in campaigns
29 Apr 2016 at 2:10pm
Scotland's political leaders discuss their business policies after calls for a "comprehensive" review of rates.

Solidarity calls for independence vote
28 Apr 2016 at 11:30am
Solidarity launches its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years.

Campaigns mark one week until election
28 Apr 2016 at 2:30pm
Scotland's political leaders lay out their vision for the next five years with one week to go until the Holyrood election day.

Labour pledges 'return to party's roots'
27 Apr 2016 at 4:54pm
Scottish Labour describes its manifesto for the Holyrood election as being in the party's "best traditions" as it launches the document in Edinburgh.

Leaders campaign on childcare and jobs
27 Apr 2016 at 3:23pm
Scotland's political leaders outline pledges on childcare and the economy as Holyrood election campaigning continues.

Scot Goes Pop

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The Sunday Herald's advice to voters is, quite simply, contradictory
by James Kelly
2 May 2016 at 7:53am
Not for the first time in this campaign, the Sunday Herald's lead story yesterday was hugely controversial, with the claim that Nicola Sturgeon was setting her sights on a second referendum now tha...

Mayday! Mayday! She cannae take anymore, cap'n! Pitiless Panelbase poll pu...
by James Kelly
1 May 2016 at 6:11pm
May Day is of course International Workers' Day, and it shows you just how catastrophically Scotland's very own "workers' party" (ahem) has fallen that a new poll putting Labour TWENTY-SIX points b...

Desperate Dugdale ducks for cover as latest polls reveal the Scottish people'...
by James Kelly
30 Apr 2016 at 6:23pm
Apologies for the three days of radio silence, during which we've had a couple of new Holyrood polls with slightly conflicting messages.  The TNS poll shows the SNP slipping down to comfortably the...


NEW FILM : How the voting system for the Scottish Parliament works, and why "...
by James Kelly
27 Apr 2016 at 3:01pm
A couple of weeks ago, I jetted off (if you can jet off by train) to a top-secret mystery town somewhere between Dunblane and Bannockburn (it's got a big castle in it) to record a video about the H...

Latest EU referendum telephone poll shows slight improvement for Leave
by James Kelly
26 Apr 2016 at 3:27pm
It's been ages since I last posted anything about EU referendum polling, which is probably just as well, because I've been exasperated at the acres of drivel that have been written on the subject o...

Reader's questions : a Patrick Harvie conundrum
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2016 at 5:18pm
Niall posed an interesting question on the previous thread, which I thought might be worth responding to in a bit of detail..."You know, these kinds of discussions usually take place between people...

One week on, have the Sunday Herald learned the lessons of their wildly inacc...
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2016 at 4:37am
The short answer to that question is "only partly".  As editor Neil Mackay hinted would probably be the case, they've gone big on the subject for a second Sunday in a row, with the lead story once ...

Devastated Dugdale starts praying for a "Bobby Ewing in the shower" moment af...
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2016 at 6:42am
Constituency ballot :SNP 53% (+1)Lab 18% (-3)Conservatives 17% (+1)Liberal Democrats 7% (+1)Regional list ballot :SNP 43% (-1)Conservatives 18% (+2)Labour 17% (-2)Greens 11% (+1)Liberal Democrats 7...

A different type of 'outer darkness'
by James Kelly
21 Apr 2016 at 11:34am
Iain Macwhirter in the Herald -"Though John Curtice has been cast into outer darkness along with the Sunday Herald for suggesting a vote for SNP on the list might be wasted in most regions..."Wit...

In the unlikely event that RISE win a seat, they'll be doing a John Swinburne...
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2016 at 11:58pm
You've probably already seen RevStu's "five cold, hard facts about the election".  You might think this is ironic coming from me, but the only one of the five I would very, very slightly take issue...

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Last summer I was near Fort William at Loch Leven and shot this episode for a...
by /u/noahliketheark
2 May 2016 at 8:00pm
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Angry Salmond's take on Ruth Davidson's election strategy.
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2 May 2016 at 7:58pm
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It's been winding me up for weeks, so I wrote something: Why Everyone, Even S...
by /u/random2502
2 May 2016 at 7:37pm
TL;DR: If you lean left, don?t #BothVotesSNP, vote for another left of centre party on the regional ballot because the regions will be weighted heavily against the SNP. If you live in Scotland then...

Jim Murphy: should the BBC be less rigidly neutral when it comes to the EU?
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2 May 2016 at 6:52pm
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Glasgow primary which has no indigenous Scots launches crowdfunding appeal to...
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2 May 2016 at 5:11pm
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SNP?s cycling ?vision? is now impossible, say campaigners
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2 May 2016 at 5:10pm
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Scottish Parliament election: The SNP currently have ownership of 'Scottishness'
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2 May 2016 at 4:12pm
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Wings: On the latest media meltdowns - "The howling of the furies".
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2 May 2016 at 3:27pm
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Places to live near Edinburgh?
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2 May 2016 at 1:31pm
Me and my husband are moving to Edinburgh for him to go to university in August. We are a young couple (both 20) and we don't think we can afford to live in Edinburgh. We have been looking at surro...

Associated Seafoods calls for Scottish smoked salmon protection
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2 May 2016 at 11:57am
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Willie Rennie: Five quick fire questions for the Scottish Lib Dem leader
by Record Reporter
2 May 2016 at 6:11pm
AS Scotland prepares to go to the polls the Lib Dems have predicted a constituency win for Scottish leader Willie Rennie.


Patrick Harvie: Five quick fire questions for the Scottish Green Party co-con...
by Record Reporter
2 May 2016 at 3:31pm
AS Scotland prepares to go to the polls, we take a closer look at party figure heads including the Greens' co-convenor Patrick Harvie.


Scottish Parliament Election 2016
by Iain Pope
2 May 2016 at 3:11pm
All you need to know about the Scottish Parliament election.


The 20 best images from the 2016 Scottish election campaign trail
by Iain Pope
2 May 2016 at 3:07pm
We select the weird and wonderful photos from the Scottish election


Kezia Dugdale: Five quick fire questions for the Scottish Labour leader
by Record Reporter
2 May 2016 at 2:59pm
AS Scotland prepares to go to the polls, we take a closer look at the party leaders trying to persuade you to give them your vote - meet Kezia Dugdale.


Scottish Politics Today: Teachers' strike looms large as election campaign en...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 May 2016 at 2:49pm
OUR latest round-up of the day's big political news sees another education back on the agenda while Labour pull ahead of Tories in the polls.


If Sturgeon feels she can make the case for major education reform, why has s...
by dailyrecord
2 May 2016 at 2:45pm
EX-TEACHER James McEnaney, who is also a List candidate for Rise, says voters should be able to make a fully informed judgment before handing the SNP a carte blanche mandate to change education


Nicola Sturgeon: Five quick fire questions for the First Minister and SNP leader
by Record Reporter
2 May 2016 at 2:42pm
AS Scotland prepares to go to the polls, we take a closer look at the party leaders trying to persuade you to give them your vote - first up is the First Minister.


David Coburn: Everything you need to know about the Scottish UKIP leader
by Record Reporter
2 May 2016 at 2:38pm
AS Scotland prepares to go to the polls, we take a closer look at the party leaders trying to persuade you to give them your vote - including David Coburn.


Ruth Davidson: Five quick fire questions for the Scottish Conservative leader
by Record Reporter
2 May 2016 at 2:38pm
AS Scotland prepares to go to the polls new data suggests Ruth Davidson's party could take on Scottish Labour for second place.

Michael Greenwell


So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

The Scottish Independence Podcast 126 ? Who Were The Yes Campaigners? ? with ...
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 11:23am
We all remember the people we met, campaigned, and often made friends with during the referendum campaign. However, were the people we met representative of the campaigners as a whole? Who were they all? If the Telegraph were to be believed then the whole campaign was just that one muscular guy in a kilt with …
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The Trump V Sanders Debate
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 8:28am
The Trump V Sanders debate. Some funny moments, some not so funny, but it is worth the watch…

He?s Still Got A Job There
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
I have an article on the Hillsborough situation that I will put out in the next few days but,  for the moment, I have to say that James O’Brien’s comments about Kelvin Mackenzie are a pretty good summation of one part of the story…

A Little Motivational Kick
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 10:30am
The tories don’t provide many services. In fact, they usually do their best to run them down so that they can then make the case to sell them off, repackaging it as an improvement. One thing they are good at providing though, is motivation. Look at the following and tell me you aren’t bursting to …

Pro-Indy Parties In ??Want You To Vote For Them? Row?
by michaelgreenwell
25 Apr 2016 at 6:32pm
Advanced silliness on the Scotsman site yesterday, with no named journalist. A row has broken out in the pro-independence camp over a giant SNP billboard campaign urging voters to use both of their votes to protect Nicola Sturgeon?s majority at Holyrood. … But Greens elections convenor Sarah Beattie-Smith said: ?Greens agree a better Scotland is …

A Simple Solution
by michaelgreenwell
21 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
We’ve all been hearing about the great sacrifices that Her Bettiness has made and all the difficulties she has had in guiding the country through such diverse times. I for one would like to take those things into account, so here is your simple solution… Let’s retire the position. If we do that, then she …

Meter Blown
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2016 at 2:26pm
On this episode of BBC Hardtalk with Christine Lagarde, the current managing director of the IMF, the journalist who was interviewing her had this to say on the subject of Brexit (at around 11 minutes)… “Are you comfortable with the idea that the IMF is now making statements which clearly play a huge political role …

More Than Lingering
by michaelgreenwell
17 Apr 2016 at 10:01pm
“It is very disappointing that the SNP Government don’t deem this an event that is worthwhile of whole hearted and enthusiastic support. Perhaps this is an indication that there is still a lingering republican sentiment within the SNP ranks that the party hierarchy don’t want to upset.” The above is from Murdo Fraser, who has …

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
it's time to get above ourselves

Picture imperfect
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2016 at 1:22pm
In the same week as the Hillsborough Inquest finally delivered its verdict, to an outpouring of solidarity and shared celebration; the same week in which we saw renewed vilification for the slimy sods of News International – Nicola Sturgeon poses for THAT picture. Holding up a copy of the Sun, endorsing it as it endorses …

What Is A Radical Film?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2016 at 9:28am
Today is the last day of The Radical Film Network Festival and Unconference in Glasgow. To attend their closing events register here. Here’s Monday’s schedule – this film (a mash-up version of Hitchcock’s and Gus Van Sant’s separate versions of Psycho) is on at the Old Hairdressers at 3pm! Opening sequence below: The question in the header …

Meet TiSA, TTIP?s Ugly Sister
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2016 at 8:16am
Wikileaks expose new secret corporate takeover plans. Wikileaks have released massive new information about the secret trade deals that support TTIP. These revelations from Wikileaks brought to you by Real News and Paul Zeese about the rapid strengthening of corporate power through three new trade agreements put into context the domestic elections here and te …

Fairer, Greener and Healthier
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 May 2016 at 8:37am
‘Fairer, greener and healthier’ – that’s the core pitch of the Scottish Green Party manifesto. It’s an apple-pie trio of aspirations that’s difficult to challenge. There’s two other key ideas that run through the SGP message. First they argue that the Holyrood parliament needs to be bolder and more ambitious within the current settlement and …

When Friday Comes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Apr 2016 at 4:08pm
Here’s the bad news. You can set your phasers to stun for Jenny Lindsay and myself will soon plonk our asses in the Bella Caledonia editorial chair to give Mike some well earned rest. This will be after the Holyrood election ? nobody is going to trust a couple of off-message writers before then – …

On Hillsborough the Police and the Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Apr 2016 at 12:24pm
What does the Hillsborough ruling tell us about the police, the State, the law and the media? This week it was definitively agreed that the Hillsborough victims were ?Unlawfully Killed? due to police negligence and the rejected claims that even in some small way the behaviour of Liverpool fans had contributed to the disaster. The episode feels like a lengthy …

America at its Best
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Apr 2016 at 11:14am
We may think that the only thing we are likely to hear from modern American politicians is bellicose shouting or stock neoliberal ideology; or from a British perspective, American Presidents lecturing the British electorate about the facts of life; all facilitated by the British Government. We learned that lesson in Scotland in 2014. It is …

Cò leis Cànan? Agallamh le Iain MacCaluim: Breatannach, Ultach, agus Gàidheal
by Daibhidh Rothach
29 Apr 2016 at 9:59am
Ged a tha an cuid a bu mhiosa de dhaonnachd uaireannan a? tighinn am bàrr leis an daingneachadh de dh?aithne a thig o chòmhstri, ?s ann gu tric a tha ath-nuadhachadh cultarail a? tighinn còmhla cuideachd. Mar b? fhuiltiche an strì, ?s ann as motha an t-ath-nuadhachadh, is dà thaobh an sgaraidh, tha e coltach, …

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The Guardian view on the local elections: ignore England at your peril | Edit...
by Editorial
2 May 2016 at 7:10pm
The whole British electorate has a vote this week. But the key signals about the next general election will be the state of opinion in the rest of England, rather than London or ScotlandThis week?s local and devolved elections have inevitably been overshadowed by next month?s EU referendum. Never...

5 May: your guide to this week's local and mayoral elections
by Jamie Grierson
2 May 2016 at 11:16am
Here?s a breakdown to the votes happening across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandThe biggest set of elections, outside of a general election, for some time will be held on 5 May in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm. You can ...

Sturgeon accused of breaking independence promise at Scottish leaders debate ...
by Andrew Sparrow
1 May 2016 at 10:51pm
Rolling coverage of the final BBC Scottish election leaders debate, with comment and analysisVerdict and summary 10.45pm BST Election debates are more common in Holyrood politics than in Westminster politics, as I said earlier, and one of the consequences of that is that they probably make less i...

Second Scottish independence vote not yet on table, says Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
1 May 2016 at 10:40pm
SNP leader denies misleading voters, amid accusations during BBC debate of breaking pledge to respect result of 2014 referendumNicola Sturgeon has said a second independence referendum will be ?off the table? until there is a clear majority in favour of a fresh vote, as she faced a barrage of att...

Pre-prepared sandwich is just pre-preposterous | Brief letters
by Letters
1 May 2016 at 8:10pm
Contrasting Greens | Doctors? strike | Pointless prefixes | A rare actress | Politician-kissing babyCongratulations on your editorial finesse. Page 4 of last Friday?s Guardian had photos of two Greens. One was a knighted establishment figure who sold a high street chain store after taking out mil...

Sturgeon has four more years to make Scotland fairer | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
1 May 2016 at 12:02am
By the end of its new term, the SNP will have been in power for 13 years, enough time to tilt the balance of society in favour of the many rather than the fewOn Thursday, at long last, the campaign for Holyrood 2016 will be put out of its misery. Unlike the three most recent national polls in thi...

Scottish Labour leader: 'The SNP has been fundamentally dishonest' ? video
by Owen Jones and Adam Sich
30 Apr 2016 at 8:00am
Ahead of the Holyrood elections on 5 May, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tells Owen Jones that the SNP portrays itself south of the border as a socialist party ? but has failed to act austerity in Scotland, saying its hands are tied without independenceA longer version of this interview is ...

Nearly 60% of Scottish GPs plan to leave or cut their hours
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Apr 2016 at 5:25pm
Opposition parties say survey raises questions for Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader, after cuts in health spending by her governmentDoctors? leaders in Scotland have called for urgent action after a survey found nearly 60% of Scottish GPs plan to leave or cut their hours, with many citing underfunding...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The direction of respect
It would appear, according to the bunch of torn faces collectively known as Scotland’s Unionist parties, that there’s only one sort of respect that needs to be demanded in Scottish politics. That’s the respect that independence supporting parties are required to show the result of the referendum in 2014. Funnily enough, there doesn’t appear to …

Vote for the good guy
I’ve written before that Scotland needs a majority SNP government, preferably with a large contingent of Greens, after the Holyrood elections in order to ensure that we maintain the pressure for a second independence referendum. We also need the SNP to maintain its majority in government in order to ensure that the Unionist media doesn’t …

Death by LOLkat
Sometimes you feel like poking your eyes out with a rusty knitting needle. Either that or developing a deep empathy with those Russian Old Believer peasants who set off to live in cabins in the frozen depths of the Siberian taiga so that they could escape from the trivialisation of life produced by modern civilisation. …

The opposite of blaming the English
The other night on Newsnight on BBC, arch conservative David Frum, a former speechwriter to George W Bush, made the ludicrous claim that Scottish nationalism was being funded by the Kremlin. Being a former speechwriter to the president whose only redeeming feature is that he was merely off the planet and not actually out in …

Vote for the plaster, or vote for the cure
Kezia Dugdale finally got around to unveiling the Labour manifesto for Scotland yesterday, and it was received with rapturous applause and a renewed enthusiasm for the peepul’s party from the massed ranks of the Scottish working classes in Kezia’s imagination. That was jist fabby Kezia hen, said one of her synapses. Gaun yersel Kezia you’ve …

The Union?s hangover from Scotland-Lite
Davie Cameron is in denial. Scotland is gradually slipping its moorings and sailing away from the UK iceberg, but all Davie is interested in is arguing with Boris Johnson about whether it’s better to privatise the ice and sell it off as a ski resort from within or outwith the EU. Of course it’s not …

Jealousy with a halo
Ruth Davidson has been bemoaning the fissures in Scottish politics again, and has been demonstrating her displeasure by sticking a big tank turret into the fissure and waggling her cannon barrel about. From time to time she’ll fire a shell into any scar tissue that seems to be forming. The SNP will do anything to …

Computer says no
God I hate computers. I really hate computers. I spent much of the weekend metaphorically wrestling with a recalcitrant laptop, which on Sunday morning decided to die completely. On the other hand I now have a spotless living room, because as the old saying goes a clean house is a sign of a broken computer. …

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Inquiry after man dies in hospital following arrest
THE Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has launched an inquiry into the death in custody of a 33-year-old man.

Relatives of Scot killed in helicopter crash tell of their heartbreak
THE family of a Scottish oil worker killed in a helicopter crash in Norway say they have been left "heartbroken" by his death.

BBC presenter Neil Oliver sparks outrage with vitriolic attack on Salmond and...
THE historian and BBC presenter Neil Oliver has been met with derision after describing independence as a ?dead dog?.

Cash machine inventor recalls his $15 fee for revolutionising the world of ba...
IT MAY have been a humble beginning but the invention bundled onto a trolley in Glasgow?s Central Station went on to revolutionise the banking industry and make life easier for millions of people.

Think tank Reform Scotland praises SNP plans to hand greater powers to headte...
A LEADING pro-devolution think tank has praised the SNP?s plans to look at handing greater powers to schools and reforming the management of the NHS, stating that the proposed shake-up ?has to be welcomed?.

Bunnets on! Garden opens in honour of Tom and Rhona Weir
RED toorie bunnets were out in force on Loch Lomondside at the weekend as a garden in honour of mountain man Tom Weir and his widow, Rhona, was formally opened.

Labour big-hitters join trade unions on workers' march and call for votes
THOUSANDS of trade unionists yesterday took part in the annual May Day march and rally in Glasgow.

Homeless to be housed in igloos
A CHURCH in Hawaii believes it has found the solution for the state?s ongoing homelessness crisis: fibreglass igloos.

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Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Ignore the Duplicitous Public Face of Davidson and her Newborn Tory Party ? T...
          The Leopard Cannot Change its Spots – Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories are still toxic Ruth Davidson has been very busy in the last few months embracing the agenda of a compliant Unionist press and the BBC broadcasting images and reports always favourable to Unionist parties. So no change in the …

Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

John Lamont ? Tory Hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency ?...
        John Lamont, the Tory hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency claimed more in members’ expenses than Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale put together during the first nine months of the 2015/16 financial year. A trawl through the Scottish Parliament’s financial records shows most of the Conservatives elected in …

Homeland Security UK Style -Counter Terrorism Strategy Information is Widely ...
  The new powers       Counter-Extremism Strategy – Extract from the Foreword by David Cameron Over generations, we in Britain have built something extraordinary: a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our country today is more vibrant, buoyant and diverse than ever before in our history. There is still more to be done to defeat …

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ? Cameron and His Much...
        Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). (The first attempt at TTIP) In 1995, (MAI) appeared as a draft agreement, negotiated by OECD members. The mission statement: “To develop multilateral rules ensuring that international investment would be governed in a more systematic and uniform way between states.” Developed in secret the draft was …

There?s a cuckoo in the nest ? The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over S...
    There’s a cuckoo in the nest – The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over Scotland I wrote to the subject recently giving warning of the future shape of the UK now that independence has been rejected and the Scottish government has been bought off with increased powers making it the most …

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Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

Gerry Hassan

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Whatever happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution?
What happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 1st 2016 There is a Scottish election going on ? played out in TV and radio studios, photo-ops and the occasional party leader debates. Its main contestants are the party leaders, no one else from the main parties, and perhaps more ...

Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland
Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 29th 2016 A few months ago I watched the award-winning film ?Spotlight? – the story of the ?Boston Globe?s? investigative unit of the same name that examined allegations of Catholic Church sexual abuse. Although set in Boston in 2001 the ...

What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults?
What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 24th 2016 All the party manifestos are out – bar Labour. But the only really important one – that of the SNP – emerged this week. It was an event. A spectacle. A cross between an American ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 20th 2016 I am a European. I believe in Europe as an idea. And for all of my life I have felt an affinity and connection with the notion of greater European integration. Now I ...

The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future
The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 17th 2016 The Scottish election is underway – the winners already decided, the European referendum casting a shadow, and all the parties having difficulty shifting from the land of milk and honey to austerity and cuts. One seasoned observer ...

Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question
Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 13th 2016 Dundee, Scotland?s fourth city is on the move. It is often forgotten about or even patronised by those in the Central Belt – ?it is a place I have only passed through? is a regular refrain I have heard ...

Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation
Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 10th 2016 One theme has dominated this week in Scotland and the UK – taxation. From April 6th 2016 the Scottish Parliament gained powers over a Scottish rate of income tax representing half of all income tax raised ? and from next year ...

Rainbow Nation Scotland
Rainbow Nation Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 6th 2016 Scotland is a land of tolerance and acceptance in at least one respect. Four out of six leaders of our main political parties are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Plus the Secretary of State for Scotland. This is a far cry from the Scotland of old. ...

Scotland and Independence

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Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate - BBC News

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Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate
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The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has dominated the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens argued it would be undemocratic ...
Sturgeon says Scottish independence vote likely if she wins electionReuters...

Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com

Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
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Scots rejected independence in September 2014, voting to remain in the U.K. by 55 percent to 45 percent. Hours after that referendum result, British Prime Minister David Cameron declared that the issue of Scottish separation had been "settled for a ...

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Scottish Independence Back on the Table as Brexit Gains Momentum - World Poli...

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Scottish Independence Back on the Table as Brexit Gains Momentum
World Politics Review
According to the latest poll, released Wednesday, on the British referendum on European Union membership, 45 percent of Britons are in favor of remaining in the EU, while 38 percent are in favor of leaving. While the ?remain? camp maintains a ...
In or out of the EU, Britain faces more Scott...

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP - Newsweek

Newsweek
Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP
Newsweek
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Scots pe...

Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show - Breitbart News

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Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show
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According to the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above), a new referendum on Scottish independence would ?almost certainly? be triggered by the UK voting to leave the EU against Scotland's will. In her opinion the move would be justified by such ...
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leav...

Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says
Bloomberg
Scots overwhelmingly favor remaining in the EU, and if Cameron fails to carry the day in the June 23 vote on an EU exit it would convince more Scots of the need for independence, Salmond said. Should Brexit succeed, Cameron would embark on a two-year ...

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Labour MP Marie Rimmer accused of kicking Scottish independence supporter - T...

The Courier
Labour MP Marie Rimmer accused of kicking Scottish independence supporter
The Courier
A Labour MP has gone on trial accused of assaulting a Yes campaigner at a polling station on the day of the Scottish independence referendum. Marie Rimmer, 69, denies kicking Patricia McLeish and acting in a threatening or abusive manner towards her ...

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SNP

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Nicola Sturgeon warns "range of polls" will spark second independence referen...

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Nicola Sturgeon warns "range of polls" will spark second independence referendum
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The SNP's manifesto states Holyrood should have the right to hold another referendum if there is "clear and sustained evidence" that a majority of Scots support independence or there is a "significant and material change" such as Britain leaving the EU.

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SNP urged to guarantee education budget safeguard - Herald Scotland

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SNP urged to guarantee education budget safeguard
Herald Scotland
"Will the SNP protect the education budget in real terms across the next parliament? "It is a question they have dodged over and over in the last few weeks. "Labour has made a clear commitment - we'll use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to ...

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Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon taking Scotland 'down path of jobs destruction...

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Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon taking Scotland 'down path of jobs destruction'
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Nicola Sturgeon is taking Scotland ?down the path of job destruction?, Ruth Davidson has said after official figures demonstrated the SNP's ?super-tax? hits large and medium-sized businesses and not just multinationals. The Scottish Tory leader accused ...

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Scottish voters set the stage for post-poll drama - Financial Times

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Scottish voters set the stage for post-poll drama
Financial Times
Bookmakers are putting the SNP at 16-1 on to win another big majority ? repeating the 2011 feat that stunned even the party's own leaders. Such a vote would entrench the party's dominance of politics north of the border with England and give it a ...

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Willie Rennie interview: Liberalism in a cold climate as nationalism surges -...

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Willie Rennie interview: Liberalism in a cold climate as nationalism surges
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You have to keep it upbeat when you're running the Lib Dems in Scotland, where the party was punished heavily for its coalition with the Conservatives. The surge in nationalist sentiment following the 2014 referendum and the SNP's continuing march to ...

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Ruth Davidson: SNP business tax policy 'deeply irresponsible' - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Ruth Davidson: SNP business tax policy 'deeply irresponsible'
Herald Scotland
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has accused the SNP of "going down the path of job destruction" with its policy on business taxation. Ruth Davidson said almost 30,000 business premises would be affected by changes to tax rates, which will ...

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SNP not for fishermen (Gary Smith) - Shetland Times Online

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SNP not for fishermen (Gary Smith)
Shetland Times Online
In recent years the SNP government have shown the fishermen of Scotland that they are most definitely not a pro-fishing party. They are one of the few governments who voted in Europe for monitoring cameras on all fishing vessels. These cameras record ...



SNP under fire after pictures show vehicles left on double yellow lines and k...

Daily Mail
SNP under fire after pictures show vehicles left on double yellow lines and kerbs
Daily Mail
The SNP has been accused of hypocrisy after its campaign vehicles were pictured apparently flouting parking restrictions, despite a pledge to crack down on irresponsible parking. The pictures shows MSP Christina McKelvie sitting in her campaign van ...

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Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate - BBC News

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Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate
BBC News
The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has dominated the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens argued it would be undemocratic ...
Scottish leaders debate prospects of second independence referendumBBC News...

Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence - Seeker (registration) (b...

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Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence
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The outcome dashes the hopes of the hundreds of thousands of Scots who voted to break away on Thursday in an unprecedented vote that ignited debate about governance in Britain but will reassure those worried about the economic risks of a break-up.



Inside Track: The inbuilt dangers of holding a referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Inside Track: The inbuilt dangers of holding a referendum
Herald Scotland
RESEARCHERS from the British Election Study and the University of Manchester this week released an interesting report on how the Scottish independence referendum affected voting patterns. Its findings, they believe, suggest that just as 2014's vote had ...
Dugdale Doesn't ?Ever? Want To Take Part In Another In...

Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
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LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
Scotland Could Be An Independent Member Of The EU By 2018, ...

Riddle deepens over Ruth Davidson and allegations of referendum election frau...

Herald Scotland
Riddle deepens over Ruth Davidson and allegations of referendum election fraud
Herald Scotland
CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 28: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party leader Ruth Davidson speaks on day two of the Welsh Conservative Party Conference at the SWALEC Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. Britain goes to the polls in a ...

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Holyrood 2016: Solidarity calls for new independence referendum - BBC News

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Holyrood 2016: Solidarity calls for new independence referendum
BBC News
Solidarity has launched its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years. The socialist party, which is headed by Tommy Sheridan, is fielding 40 candidates across the eight ...
Holyrood 2016; Solidarity vow second indyref 'within 2 years'Scot...

Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU - BBC News

BBC News
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU
BBC News
There would "almost certainly" be a second independence referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU and Scotland does not, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader said she hoped the situation did not arise, but said there would be "overwhelming" ...
Scotland's Sturgeon rules out new independence referendum until most Scot...

Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon
Reuters UK
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
Scottish National Party head says Scotland should hold new r...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Weirdo zoomers decide to manipulate 2p coins
http://fadmagazine.com/2016/04/25/chapman-brothers-risk-jail/        

BBC Hopetoun House Debate Thread
Buckle up. 

The newspaper that's seeking a fairer Scotland...

SNP voters more left wing than Labour voters
http://www.thenational.scot/politics/labour-voters-are-more-right-wing-than-those-who-back-the-snp-research-finds.16930?utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_term=Autofeed#link_time=1461909702   This is not new to me and is something SNP voters know, but now studies have p...

Holyrood 2016 Predictions
With a week to go to the Holyrood elections, is anyone interested in a wee game to try and forecast the likely outcome.  I thought it would be best to keep it simple, so all you have to do is predict the number of seats for the main parties (those that are likely to pick up more than a couple of ...

Immigration Bill amendment defeat
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36134837   MPs have voted against an attempt to force the government to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK from Europe.   Just let that sink in.    #bettertogether #poolingandsharing #broadshouldersoftheuk

Cameron 'doesn't care' about Scotland
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14449883.David_Cameron_said_he_didn_t_care_about_Scotland_days_after_independence_referendum__ex_MP_claims/?ref=mrb&lp=1


shocker wouldn't have guessed this at all. And the precise opposite of what ad fib said a fortnight ago whilst he was trolling.

Major mistakes.
Thread title gives my own view on what I think is my biggest political mistake. No doubt, the Tories needed to be ejected from power, as was done by Blair in 97, I celebrated the fact that we no longer had a Big C government, despite voting for SNP in that election, I did think Labour would bring...

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

Mid(ish)-life career change
As of today I'm officially unemployed thanks to the relentless cuts to charities & to services for the homeless, offenders & so on in which I've worked for 30 years. From the point I found out anyway I decided to pursue an old ambition of mine. Weary of imposing reactionary Government polices...

Ken Livingstone
I see Ken Livingstone has been labelled antisemitic for saying Hitler supported Zionism. It seems to have caused quite a stir , John Mann went mental and called him "Nazi Apologist" Here is what he said  "When Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Is...

Alcohol Reviews
Been away for 2 weeks, and wife has necked my 3/4's bottle of Laphroaig   - she didn't even drink whisky year ago - my training must been too good Anyways Anyone got opinions on  The Bottanist Gin (Produced by Bruchladdich) Appleton Estate Rum  Think those are my next targets ...

2 year old shoots mother in the car in America!
USA USA USA

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Windows 10
My laptop is 'suggesting' I upgrade to Windows 10 on an almost hourly basis at the moment. Anyone had any problems with the instillation? I've heard a few horror stories, although I'm guessing they're in the minority.

Neil Oliver - It's now official
The man is nothing more than a cvnt http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/snp-vision-of-independence-is-same-as-the-union-but-dead-shwfm3r6l?shareToken=47614e7323844e68066fd91789c54f67  

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

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What the parties have to say on justice issues ahead of Holyrood election

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