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General Election 2017: Top SNP figures in danger of defeat to Tory gains
2 Jun 2017 at 12:57am
THE SNP?s deputy leader, Angus Robertson, would become the highest profile casualty of the General Election, according to analysis of an exclusive poll.

Police update prosecutors on spending probe into LibDem MSP
2 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
POLICE have updated prosecutors on their probe into alleged ?financial irregularities? in the Holyrood election spending of the Scottish Liberal Democrats? general election chair.

Sturgeon accused of being "in denial" after approval ratings slump
2 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
THE SNP has been accused of panic after a candidate took out adverts denying the election was about independence and Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly refused to explain her ratings slump.

Ukip Scotland chose to "stand aside" for Tories in top target seats
2 Jun 2017 at 12:09am
UKIP Scotland chose not to stand candidates in key SNP-held seats in order to help the Tories win, a senior party figure has claimed.

Election Unspun: the political diary
2 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
NAT MSP John Mason has being getting grief for Tweeting education has moved on since the three Rs and it?s not a problem if a ?good surgeon cannot spell?. Some sticklers reckon it?s important to tell an aneurysm from an orgasm. Labour?s James Kelly, for one, was livid. The FM must be squirming over the spelling Tweet, he wrote, attributing it to one ?John Madon?.

More patients waiting longer after treatment guarantee than before
2 Jun 2017 at 12:10am
PATIENTS were more likely to be treated in hospital within 12 weeks before the SNP introduced a legally-binding guarantee than after it, according to new figures.

Corbyn claims pro-Labour mood across Britain as he pledges to create 1m "good...
1 Jun 2017 at 10:32pm
JEREMY Corbyn believes there is a pro-Labour ?movement going on? across Britain as the party continues to gain momentum in the General Election campaign.

May insists voters can have "faith" in her as PM as she seeks to put Tory cam...
1 Jun 2017 at 9:07pm
THERESA May has insisted voters can have ?faith? in her as the nation's leader as she sought to put impetus back into a flagging Tory campaign by concentrating on her main strategy for re-election: Brexit.

Trump's state visit should be scrapped if he pulls US out of Paris climate ch...
1 Jun 2017 at 10:01pm
DONALD Trump?s state visit to Britain should be scrapped if, as expected, he pulls America out of the Paris climate change deal, the Liberal Democrats have said.

Scottish votes could determine size of Tory majority, says Nicola Sturgeon
1 Jun 2017 at 4:36pm
Voters in Scotland could play a decisive role in the General Election result as the polls narrow with just seven days to go, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Corbyn again suggests he would talk to the SNP about another independence ref...
1 Jun 2017 at 11:49am
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has again suggested he would talk to the SNP about another independence referendum ? just hours after he claimed that he and Kezia Dugdale agree on the issue.

McDonnell, Abbott and Thornberry would get top jobs in Labour cabinet says Co...
1 Jun 2017 at 9:41pm
Jeremy Corbyn has indicated that his "top team" of John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry will keep their briefs in a Labour cabinet if he wins next week's General Election.

'I will ask my questions': Tim Farron and Andrew Neil clash in stormy interview
1 Jun 2017 at 9:06pm
Tim Farron has clashed with broadcaster Andrew Neil in an ill-tempered interview in which the pair talked over one another and exchange barbs.

Election sketch: Jezza was in campaign heaven, insisting there is a pro-Labou...
1 Jun 2017 at 5:12pm
THE audience was melting.

Theresa May 'complicit' in Donald Trump's likely withdrawal from Paris agreement
1 Jun 2017 at 7:15pm
Theresa May is "complicit" in Donald Trump's likely withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change by not openly criticising his move, a campaigner has said as protesters gathered outside the US Embassy in London.

 

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Leader comment: ?America first? - at any cost to the planet
1 Jun 2017 at 9:30pm
From the moment Donald Trump was elected president, we knew there would be days like these, when hope would be overwhelmed by despair.

Donald Trump announces withdrawal from Paris climate accord
1 Jun 2017 at 9:24pm
President Donald Trump is pulling the US out of the world’s first comprehensive deal on climate change.

Sturgeon sidesteps claims indyref2 caused fall in popularity
1 Jun 2017 at 9:13pm
Nicola Sturgeon has sidestepped claims that the prospect of a second independence referendum is behind a dramatic fall in her personal popularity in Scotland.

Failure of £46m Police Scotland IT project ?a blow?
1 Jun 2017 at 6:34pm
Police officers are wasting vital time “at their keyboards” due to the failure of a £46 million IT project, MSPs have been told.

Lib Dems ?split? on independence, claim Conservatives
1 Jun 2017 at 6:20pm
The Tories have accused the Liberal Democrats of ‘hypocrisy’ after the party selected a Westminster candidate who previously expressed sympathy for Scottish independence, including writing poetry on the subject.

SNP and Tories clash over have ?squeezed? household incomes
1 Jun 2017 at 4:09pm
Household incomes have been squeezed by the Conservatives, the SNP claimed today as it promised to “stand up for families”.

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon under fire over NHS and schools record
1 Jun 2017 at 1:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon faced a grilling from opponents over her record in running Scotland's schools and NHS at Holyrood today.

Concerns raised about tram track safety at FMQs
1 Jun 2017 at 1:15pm
Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, used First Minister’s Questions to raise concerns about safe cycling infrastructure following yesterday’s fatal accident in Edinburgh.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots have chance to hold Tories ?in check?
1 Jun 2017 at 1:12pm
Voters in Scotland could play a decisive role in the General Election result as the polls narrow with just seven days to go, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Helensburgh ?poster wars? between SNP and Tory supporters
1 Jun 2017 at 12:39pm
Posters are a long-standing feature of UK general election campaigns. But in one quiet Scottish coastal town, supporters of two rival parties have been locked in a battle for visual supremacy.

ELECTION 2017: Which of these manifesto pledges from parties in Scotland do y...
1 Jun 2017 at 11:14am
As we enter the final week of campaigning, all the major Scottish parties have published their manifestos.

GE2017: May tries to revive Tory campaign with Brexit push
1 Jun 2017 at 11:05am
Theresa May attempted to revive her party’s election campaign with a promise of a “brighter future” after Brexit as polls showed Labour continuing to close the gap on the Tories.

Wine prices at all-time high after Brexit
1 Jun 2017 at 10:06am
Brexit has already pushed the price of a bottle of wine to an all-time high, with further rises predicted, a trade body said.

Rural industry leaders examine post-Brexit landscape
1 Jun 2017 at 9:55am
A ten- to 15-year transition period leading to a policy framework that extends beyond agriculture to the wider rural economy and which has individual livelihoods at its centre.

John Curtice: 5 things the GE2017 poll of polls tell us
1 Jun 2017 at 9:12am
Just a couple of weeks ago the Prime Minister still seemed well set to win the large overall Commons majority she said she needed when she called the election.

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The personality crisis
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2017 at 12:03pm
We’re being told that this Tory leaflet, where Stephanie Smith is described as “Ruth Davidson’s candidate” for Edinburgh South, is standard across the whole country. Which is unfortunate timing. Because a week from the vote, Brand Ruth isn’t doing so well. The spectacular 26-point decline in Davidson’s popularity since Ipsos last asked eight months ago is probably …

Not too shabby
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2017 at 9:18am
…for one idiot and an occasional cartoonist talking to a country of only 4m adults. And one of us DOESN’T EVEN LIVE THERE!!!!! We’re indulging ourselves because May is usually our biggest time of year and that number will likely take a hefty dive next month, but it’s still almost 100,000 up on last May, which …

There is nothing you can do
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2017 at 10:33am
…that will satisfy the Unionist parties. Last night Ruth Davidson told STV viewers that even getting more than 50% of the vote in a general election wouldn’t give the SNP a mandate to pursue their manifesto policies. She was echoing the words of Kezia Dugdale just over a year ago: So that’s clear. There is …

We?ve thought of a way
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2017 at 11:26pm
“It couldn’t be clearer than that” was Kezia Dugdale’s assertion tonight on the subject of whether a Labour UK government would block a second independence referendum, during her “Ask The Leader” interview with the BBC’s Glenn Campbell. She’d insisted explicitly several times that a Jeremy Corbyn administration WOULD block a new indyref, even after being shown …

Scottish Labour indyref clarity grows
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2017 at 7:36pm
Today’s Daily Record has a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn for, well, let’s call them “mixed messages” over a second independence referendum. It suggests his Scottish branch manager Kezia Dugdale would have “her head in her hands” over his latest comments, which is a bit rich considering Dugdale’s own history on the subject. And since her …

Sub-topical analysis
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2017 at 11:37am
Apologies in advance about this, folks, but it’s driving us mad. We got into a Twitter argument with some Tory balloon last night and this morning, and to cut a long story short it got us looking at the 1951 UK general election result. History records it as a Tory majority, securing just over half of …

Fleeing England for their lives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2017 at 3:35pm
From the Victoria Derbyshire show today in Dunstable. “This election is life or death for us.” The Oxford University research she’s talking about, and the Napier and Heriot-Watt Universities research into the mental health impact of Work Capability Assessments.

Once in a lifetime
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2017 at 12:36pm
Tremendous news for the rest of Scotland’s football clubs as Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers promises never to win the treble unbeaten again, even if his side score more goals than the other team in all their matches. That’s how it works, right? (And presumably, of course, if they’d lost the cup final against Aberdeen yesterday, they’d …

The right way to go for Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2017 at 6:30pm
No.13: James, Aberdeenshire. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Once in a generation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2017 at 9:25am
…is roughly how often Aberdeen get to the final of the Scottish Cup these days. The last time was 17 years ago – a tournament which started in the last century and ended the year Rangers started paying their players with EBTs – when SFA rules meant that they had to play almost the entire game without …

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Election 2017: Labour 'creeping up' in polls, says Ruth Davidson
1 Jun 2017 at 9:09pm
The Scottish Tory leader says the Conservatives are polling higher than Labour did in 1997.


SNP MSP John Mason attacked over education tweets
1 Jun 2017 at 3:04pm
John Mason said there has been too much focus on academic subjects and schools have now "widened out".


Scottish journalists voice fears over freedom of information requests
1 Jun 2017 at 12:46pm
An open letter has raised concerns over how requests are being handled by the Scottish government.


Abuse inquiry: State tried to 'insulate' children in care
1 Jun 2017 at 4:58pm
The official inquiry hears the background to historical abuse of children in residential care.


Election 2017: Scottish Liberal Democrats vow to 'change country's future'
31 May 2017 at 5:22pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto opposes an independence referendum but supports another one on Brexit.


Five-year plan for UK's biggest national park launched
1 Jun 2017 at 11:22am
Affordable homes and more woodland are proposed for the UK's largest national park.


EU funding boost to conserve NI habitats
1 Jun 2017 at 2:23pm
The RSPB in NI is to co-ordinate the plans for important habitats supporting butterflies and wading birds.


Care Inspectorate says more work needed to help addicts
1 Jun 2017 at 1:16pm
A Care Inspectorate report says the roll-out of new guidelines varies across Scotland, with many still experiencing stigma.


Scotland missing out on film production cash, MSPs told
1 Jun 2017 at 5:58pm
Only 2.5% of the £2bn UK expenditure on film and TV comes north of the border, says film manager.


Election 2017: Labour 'clear' on independence referendum opposition
30 May 2017 at 8:59pm
Kezia Dugdale denies she and Jeremy Corbyn hold different positions on blocking an independence referendum.


UKIP Scotland launch election manifesto
31 May 2017 at 6:16pm
UKIP Scotland launches its election manifesto with a pledge to "ensure Brexit means exit".


Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process'
30 May 2017 at 4:45pm
Nicola Sturgeon says referendum should be held "not now, but when the final terms of the deal are known"

Scot Goes Pop

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So what does THIS mean for your crazed plan to destroy Scottish democracy, Ru...
by James Kelly
1 Jun 2017 at 6:37pm
In case you're wondering, the title of this blogpost is merely a fond tribute to a characteristically barking mad anti-SNP headline in the Express yesterday.  Nevertheless, it's quite true that the...

Massive boost for the SNP as Ipsos-Mori phone poll gives them whopping 18% lead
by James Kelly
31 May 2017 at 11:25am
Who can now believe that we used to dread the arrival of Ipsos-Mori's quarterly "Hi, I'm John MacKay" poll for STV?  Recently, it's often been our salvation.  The new one confirms the message from ...

YouGov projection model points to better SNP result than regular polls
by James Kelly
31 May 2017 at 4:35am
YouGov seats projection :Conservatives 310Labour 257SNP 50Liberal Democrats 10Plaid Cymru 3Greens 1"Others" 1Northern Ireland Parties 18Hung Parliament : Conservatives short by 16, Labour short by ...

The campaign has moved onto the SNP's ground
by James Kelly
30 May 2017 at 6:17pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times to mark the SNP's manifesto launch.  It argues that the campaign's reversion to a traditional battle ...

Ice-cold ICM poll sends chill down Tyrannical Theresa's spine
by James Kelly
30 May 2017 at 5:44pm
I'm just back from the SNP manifesto launch in Perth.  I don't suppose I learned anything that I wouldn't have done from watching on TV, but there was that unmistakeable frisson of excitement in se...

Indications that the new Survation phone poll may show Tory lead dropping to ...
by James Kelly
29 May 2017 at 3:22pm
I'm going out on a limb with this one because these figures aren't officially confirmed yet, but having done a bit of Kremlinology on Twitter I'm inclined to believe they're probably accurate.  The...

Full-scale Scottish poll from SurveyMonkey gives SNP a 10% lead over the Tories
by James Kelly
28 May 2017 at 2:41pm
Today brings word of the first full-scale Scottish poll for quite a while, but frustratingly it's from SurveyMonkey - they have little track-record in Scotland and therefore it's very difficult to ...

Tyrannical Theresa finds it too close for comfort as average of tonight's fiv...
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 11:04pm
You're way ahead of me here, guys.*puts on Canadian accent*It's another terrrrr-ible night for the Conservative party.So far there have been five new GB-wide polls published this evening - three of...

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If Theresa May can't take on Woman's Hour what hope does she have for Brexit
by /u/bottish
1 Jun 2017 at 10:58pm
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Money is more valuable than the environment - the world according to Trump
by /u/dabhandluke
1 Jun 2017 at 10:19pm
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Fact-checking what Nicola Sturgeon told Andrew Neil about education
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1 Jun 2017 at 9:14pm
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Female council workers secure multi-million pound victory after long-running ...
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1 Jun 2017 at 7:46pm
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Jeremy Bernard Corbyn #WhatWasDone - is starting to trend on the Twitterverse...
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1 Jun 2017 at 7:44pm
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Reality Check: Do Scots pay more tax than the rest of the UK?
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1 Jun 2017 at 6:46pm
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A fishy business: why the Tories are back in [North East] Scotland - video | ...
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1 Jun 2017 at 6:28pm
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A wee bit different this but, I hate how Jerry Sadowitz removes all trace of ...
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1 Jun 2017 at 6:22pm
Such a fantastic and talented performer (and handsome, Jerry... you are) and it's damn near impossible to find even a 1 second GIF of the fucker. I was just imagining him and Louis CK improvising ...

Giant Saltire stolen from Trump's Menie golf course - BBC News
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1 Jun 2017 at 5:59pm
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Did anybody else get a wee letter from Ruth today ?
by /u/sos_wtf
1 Jun 2017 at 5:17pm
Very nice of her to take the time to write to me to tell me who I should vote for and why I should Interesting to note that not once did she reply to my emails but she did seem happy to take my add...

Unionist parties 'working against SNP in key seats'
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1 Jun 2017 at 4:14pm
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Westminster voting intention: CON: 44% (-4) LAB: 36% (+3) LDEM: 7% (-) UKIP: ...
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Not just very slow...
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When is the UK general election 2017? Dates and full timetable as Britain hea...
by Dan Bloom
1 Jun 2017 at 3:51pm
Britain is voting in a snap general election. Here's everything you need to know including the countdown, big dates and registering to vote


When is the deadline to vote in the UK General Election 2017? Who can vote, h...
by Joshua Taylor
1 Jun 2017 at 3:46pm
The snap General Election will be held on June 8 but the deadline to register is much sooner than that - and you haven't got long left


'Scotland can hold the Tories firmly in check' Nicola Sturgeon says Scottish ...
by Lynsey Bews
1 Jun 2017 at 3:40pm
As polls narrow on whether Theresa May can increase her majority, the First Minister says voters in Scotland could play a decisive role.


SNP trump Tories in hilarious battle of the banners general election skirmish
by Record Reporter
1 Jun 2017 at 1:54pm
The Helensburgh branch of the SNP turn the tables on the Tories as their upstairs neighbours are brilliantly trolled by their ground-floor rivals.


Jeremy Corbyn joins live TV debate snubbed by Theresa May but Labour leader f...
by Torcuil Crichton
31 May 2017 at 10:07pm
Corbyn was not scheduled to take part but his late U-turn didn't pay off as Angus Robertson, Tim Farron and Caroline Lucas took the lead in taking on the Tories.


Jeremy Corbyn will make surprise appearance in BBC TV debate tonight and chal...
by Record Reporter
31 May 2017 at 1:58pm
The Labour leader told Theresa May to 'come and have a go' as he reveals he will take part in tonight's head-to-head debate.


Side-splitting Mean Girls election spoof shows May and Corbyn swap places wit...
by Record Reporter
31 May 2017 at 12:50pm
Theresa May stars as Plastics ringleader Regina George and Jeremy Corbyn is high school misfit Janis Ian as Comedy Central recasts the beloved teen flick.


Donald Trump tweets his most ridiculous tweet ever and it includes a word tha...
by Record Reporter
31 May 2017 at 9:11am
The President's baffling update left Twitter struggling to make sense of a message that doesn't actually make any sense.


Worthy win for women workers betrayed by council boys' club and put through y...
by Record View
31 May 2017 at 8:18am
Record View congratulates thousands of female workers for battling Glasgow City Council over equal pay and blasts Labour administration for letting it happen.


Bonuses joy for women workers as council loses appeal in equal pay dispute
by James Mulholland
31 May 2017 at 7:50am
Scotland's most senior judge rejects Glasgow City Council appeal and rules in favour of female council workers during long-running discrimination case.

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Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

A Fundamental Error of Judgement
by michaelgreenwell
16 May 2017 at 8:09am
Worth reading and sharing…

Journey To Yes ? New Series
by michaelgreenwell
11 May 2017 at 8:58am
Can’t wait…

Bella Caledonia

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Do you believe in Father Christmas?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2017 at 2:19pm
“You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit”  Theresa May has told us, which is interesting given she didn’t believe in Brexit until it became politically expedient. But the elevation of Brexit into a semi-mythical entity, like Nessie, Santa or Bigfoot is in line with much of their current thinking. At first we …

Frack This
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 May 2017 at 4:08pm
You only have the rest of today to submit your views on fracking.  You can add your name via the quick form here: https://act.foe.scot/take-action-ban-fracking-now Or submit your own text using the official form: http://www.talkingfracking.scot/ Here’s the comprehensive Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Hydraulic Fracturing, May 2017 by Cllr Paddy Scott Hogg, BA Hons P.D.I.S. Since the …

I am Not a Gay Writer
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 May 2017 at 3:15pm
Few plays are as raw as Who?s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The great American playwright Edward Albee?s 1962 magnum opus is over three hours long, has two intervals and fizzes with the fury of a vicious marriage between two bitter intellectuals who hold each other in even more contempt than their youthful, vacuous guests, Nick …

Ruth Davidson is Toast
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 May 2017 at 10:11am
Ruth Davidson is a duplicitous politician and when her party fails big after this wildly-incompetent grasping farce of a campaign she will be left exposed to chunter on and on about the referendum. The picture painted by her supporters protesting outside the SNP conference at Perth was of a rural branch of the British Resistance, …

The Battle for No 10
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2017 at 12:04pm
At one point in last night’s awful #BattleforNo10 experience, the artist formerly known as Strong and Stable uttered the immortal lines, with teeth and fists clenched in barely restrained fury, as if to explain everything: “We have a situation where there is a devolved government in Scotland”. Sadly, we do Dear Prime Minister. The event was …

Foot Stompin?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2017 at 7:07am
Here’s a great new podcast from Hands Up for Trad featuring the Elephant Sessions, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Saltfishforty, Karine Polwart, Peter Mallan, Ross Ainslie, Jeannie Robertson, Twelfth Day, Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor Krauss, Jenna Cumming and Tom Orr Band … More about Hands Up for Trad here. Previous playlists are here: Podcast Playlists

Catastrophic Tory TV
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2017 at 2:20pm
Catastrophic Tory TV appearances are becoming a daily occurrence. Michael Fallon moved quickly to double-up his epic disaster-zone interview with Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy  – with this head-bangingly stupid tête-à-tête with Robert Peston.  Britain in early summer 2017 is a very weird place to be. In a wonderfully British piece of absurdism M15 today begins …

Hope in the Dark (and Trump bog roll)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2017 at 12:25pm
Bella Postcard: a new series of micro blogs. A (very) random ‘best of the web ‘ in under 250 words. Donald Trump has to have some uses, right? It seems he really does with Boing Boing reporting this brilliant new Mexican product, a Trump toilet paper, with 30% of the profits going towards helping migrants. …

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The Guardian view on May and the constitution: what does she mean by that? | ...
by Editorial
1 Jun 2017 at 8:04pm
The Conservative manifesto proposes abolishing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. It doesn?t say why, and it doesn?t say what would replace itThe current general election will already be quite enough for most readers. Not even a masochist in an anorak will yet have given any serious thought to the o...

Election debate: reaction and analysis after Jeremy Corbyn and party leaders ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
31 May 2017 at 10:45pm
This live blog is closed. Click here for today?s live blogThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sJeremy Corbyn?s press conference - SummaryMay offers four alternative reasons for not debating CorbynBBC debate - Snap verdictBBC debate - Verdict from the Twitter commentari...

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland | Gerry Hassan
by Gerry Hassan
31 May 2017 at 10:23am
Now the SNP is the party of government and the Conservatives are the protesters. Scottish politics is about to get more interestingIt is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, now regularly challenges the Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, for goi...

Jeremy Corbyn interviewed on The One Show ? as it happened
by Chris Johnston (now), Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps (earlier)
30 May 2017 at 9:05pm
The Snap: sign up for our daily election emailCorbyn?s Woman?s Hour inteview - VerdictMay?s Brexit speech - Summary and analysisGuardian/ICM poll shows Tory lead over Labour down 2 to 12 points 9.05pm BST We are wrapping up today?s edition of Politics Live - here?s a brief summary of Tuesday?s hi...

The Guardian view on the SNP manifesto: a step back for Sturgeon | Editorial
by Editorial
30 May 2017 at 8:12pm
After 10 years of remarkable success, Scotland?s biggest party is not having everything its own wayThe Scottish National party?s manifesto, which was launched in Perth on Tuesday, is a sign that politics in Scotland is changing in important ways. The change is summed up in the statistics in party...

Nicola Sturgeon proves two can play at being Supreme Leader | John Crace
by John Crace
30 May 2017 at 4:09pm
SNP wants everyone in the UK ? yes, you in Totnes even ? to look on its MPs as their guardian angelsSay what you like about the Scottish National party, you can?t deny they know how to enjoy themselves. There were no semi-comatose cabinet ministers dressed as Stepford Husbands as there had been a...

SNP general election manifesto: key points and analysis | Alan Travis
by Alan Travis Home affairs editor
30 May 2017 at 3:30pm
Scottish National party makes ending the Tory austerity programme its top priority as an independence vote slips down the list? General election 2017 - live updatesThe SNP manifesto does not, as might be expected, place independence at its heart but instead puts pledges to ?roll back the impact o...

Sturgeon steps back from independence referendum demands
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
30 May 2017 at 11:58am
First minister sidelines quest for second independence vote in favour of attack on Tory austerity in SNP manifesto? General election 2017 - live updatesA second Scottish independence referendum should be held after the Brexit process is complete, Nicola Sturgeon has said, signalling a significant...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Jeremy Bernard Corbyn ? What was done
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The monkey and the organ grinder
Politics in the United Kingdom is increasingly resembling a toilet pan down which democracy is being flushed. There’s already a clear mandate for a second independence referendum. A bill for a referendum has been voted through by the Scottish Parliament with a majority achieved entirely legitimately according to the most impeccable processes of democracy, and …

?Mon then if ye think ye?re haurd enough
The gloves are most definitely off now. The Tories decided that they’re going to fight this general election on a platform of implacable opposition to another independence referendum. It’s their sole policy. It’s the only thing that they talk about. The Tories don’t want to mention Brexit or say what they’ll do to avoid the …

That?s bollocks
The signs and omens were poor from the start as Theresa May prepared to go not quite head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn. She had at least conceded to appear in the same television studio as him, although not at the same time. Emborissing Johnson was deeply discountenanced by the leaderene’s woeful refusal to do what every …

Vote to close your eyes
There are people are considering voting Tory, even people who live in working class communities blighted by poverty and the searing destruction of the soul that deprivation engenders. They’re considering voting Tory because they don’t want another independence referendum, because they don’t want to think about the calamitous consequences of even a supposedly successful Brexit, …

The incompetent bossiness of Theresa May
Theresa May is bossy and controlling. She’s secretive. She’s manipulative. She’s all the worst aspects of management rolled into a designer clown suit with extremely expensive shoes. What she isn’t is competent. Theresa May isn’t competent. You only need to look at her record as Home Secretary to see that. To see that she’s incompetent …

Journeys to Yes, 11, 12, & 13
While I was away a few more of Phantom Power’s excellent videos in his Journey to Yes series have been released.  Help to make some more of these videos which are a wonderful campaigning tool to persuade wavering voters to come to yes – contribute here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/journey-to-yes-film#/ Number 11 – Kathi Kathi left East Germany …

Looking at the bigger picture
I’m not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn as far as Scotland is concerned. On topics Caledonian, he channels the knuckle-dragging careerist element of Labour in Scotland and since Scotland’s movement for self-determination isn’t sufficiently glamorous or unambiguously anti-colonialist, it’s the only movement for self-determination he won’t support. If only Scotland had more fields of quinoa …

The National

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Lesley Riddoch: Forget SNP losses ... can they win a seat that was once impre...
OPINION polls predict SNP losses in next week?s vote and given the extraordinary circumstances of the 2015 General Election, which came hot on the heels of the indyref, that?s probably inevitable. But I wonder if anyone?s considered the possibility that the SNP might just gain a new seat too?

Calls for Davidson to apologise over alleged manifesto timing slur
RUTH Davidson has been urged to apologise by SNP MSPs who claimed the Scottish Consevative leader suggested Nicola Sturgeon delayed the launch of her manifesto to gain political advantage by moving it closer to polling day.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Time to stand up to the Tories and choose a better future
POLITICS is about choices.

Environmental groups urge Scottish Government to prohibit fracking
ENVIRONMENTAL groups have called on the Scottish Government to ban fracking and unconventional oil and gas extraction because of risks to our climate, environment and public health.

Robison gives £50m injection for health boards as patients wait longer for tr...
SCOTLAND?S health boards are being given an extra £50 million to help cut waiting times after new figures showed more patients having to wait longer for treatment and tests.

Poorer families to be better off under new system pledges Angela Constance
FINANCIAL support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said.

Scottish Government launches strategy to combat human trafficking
THE Scottish Government has launched a new strategy aimed at eliminating the ?appalling? crime of human trafficking.

Labour in turmoil as Jeremy Corbyn says yes to indyref talks days after Kezia...
LABOUR were in chaos ? again ? last night after Jeremy Corbyn undermined Kezia Dugdale and his party?s Scottish manifesto when he suggested Nicola Sturgeon could have a second independence referendum after Brexit negotiations had concluded.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Racism and Handicapism ? Learned Behaviours Unacceptable in Society ? And Ye...
              Learned Behaviour The capacity for humans to learn is infinite. The teaching programme begins at childhood within the family and never stops. On reaching adulthood the conduct of an individual in private or in public is reflected in their lifestyle of choice.             … Continue reading "Racism and Handicapism – Learned Behaviours Unacceptable in Society – And Yet They Are App...

Nurse Claire Austin ? Food Banks and Pay-Caps ? The BBC Debacle ? Malice Afor...
                  Nurse Claire Austin The recent BBC television stage managed ambush on the First Minister by the Nurse, Claire Austin ended up providing the press with a day of blood letting. Unfortunately there was no BBC blood spilt but the Nurse was hung out to dry. Was … Continue reading "Nurse Claire Austin – Food Banks and Pay-Caps – The BBC Debacle – Malice Aforethought – The Ambush On ...

Sheila Low ? Tory Party Candidate For East Lothian ? Political Purpose ? Prot...
    The Low Family Sheila Catriona Dorothy Low (nee Mackie) DOB: June 1964. Education University of Aberdeen, Degree Law 1982 ? 1985 In 1991 Sheila married William Low of the Dundee based Low family, who sold out their chain of supermarkets to Tesco for approximately £1Billion (in today’s terms) in 1994. His parents then … Continue reading "Sheila Low – Tory Party Candidate For East Lothian – P...

Kirstene Hair ? A Little Sweetheart ? From a Good Looking Rich Landowning Fam...
The Hair Family     The Hair Family – Landowners and Electricity Providers Two brothers Hair (James and John) are third generation major landowners owning: Smithfield Electricity Production at Farm Monikie, (East Drums Wind Turbine) valued in excess of £1million and a large farm at Mains of Ardovie, value in excess of £1million. James is … Continue reading "Kirstene Hair – A Little Sweetheart –...

Little Rich Girl ? Grace Okeeffe ? Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North ? Her Wi...
    Robert & Julia Grace and boyfriend     The Okeeffe Family – Born to Rule Over Us Grace Okeeffe has been selected by Ruth Davidson to stand for the Aberdeen North seat on 8 June 2017. An examination of her track record reveals little since she has not been in the public political … Continue reading "Little Rich Girl – Grace Okeeffe – Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North – Her Wish is to be Succ...

Ross Thomson & Braden Davy ? Charlatans Both ? Surely the Scottish Electorate...
            April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm … Continue reading "Ross Thomson & Braden Davy – Charlatans ...

Tory Or Labour ? Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland ? C...
          Jock – The Labour Party in the West of Scotland Was Never Entirely Reliant on the Orange Order Vote – Willie You are Confused You are correct but with an added fact. The Labour Party was always to the fore in the West of Scotland but the Tory’s held the … Continue reading "Tory Or Labour – Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland – Calton Jock’s Letter to Willie"

The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotla...
          Political Fun and Games Much has been made in the Unionist press and media of a resurgence in the fortunes of the Tory Party in the local Council elections. Some political pundits attribute the change to a transfer of allegiance by the Protestant Orange Order away from the Labour Party … Continue reading "The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotland ...

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

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain
Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 28th 2017 Until last week this election was one in which nothing seemed to be happening. All of that changed with the horrors of Manchester. Such atrocities test the fabric of our democracy and civic …

Is it time to think of independence for London?
Is it time to think of independence for London? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 24th 2017 Every day in so many ways the UK becomes more obviously divided and fragmented. The current UK general election campaign showcases this – with the absence of any real national UK politics beyond the theatre of Westminster with instead …

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era?
 The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 10th 2017 Scotland?s permanent political campaign continued last week with the local elections. These were important for who runs Scotland?s 32 councils, local services and what passes for the remnants of local government, after decades …

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it?
Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 26th 2017 The only excitement this year in senior Scottish domestic football has been whether Celtic will go through the season undefeated in league, Scottish Cup and League Cup, and whether a historic treble is possible. Along with …

Scotland and Independence

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Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum and what has Nicola S...

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Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum and what has Nicola Sturgeon said about IndyRef2 ahead of ...
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The Scottish Parliament has backed it but Westminster will first need to grant the second referendum before it can be pencilled in for a date. The UK government immediately slapped down the decision, with a spokesperson saying it is time to ?be working ...
Who will w...

Independent Scotland is an economic opportunity for the north of England - Co...

Independent Scotland is an economic opportunity for the north of England
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Last week, Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine gave a lecture a the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) on how Scottish independence could benefit the economy of the north of England. We re-publish the blog post which the lecture ...

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Lib Dems 'split' on independence, claim Conservatives - The Scotsman

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Lib Dems 'split' on independence, claim Conservatives
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The Tories have accused the Liberal Democrats of 'hypocrisy' after the party selected a Westminster candidate who previously expressed sympathy for Scottish independence, including writing poetry on the subject. Jenny Blain, Lib Dem candidate in Dundee ...

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If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote...

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If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote -Sturgeon
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, arrives for a photocall with the SNP Westminster Group, following Tuesday's announcement that a general has been called for June, in Westminster, central London, Britain April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville.

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May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote - Financial ...

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May refuses to give clarity on second Scottish independence vote
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Conservative leaders have waved aside calls to clarify their conditions for a second Scottish independence referendum beyond their general election manifesto's ambiguous insistence that one should not be held without ?public consent?. The reticence ...
Scotland should not hold independence referendum un...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight o...

Press and Journal
How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week eight of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit - iNews

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Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit
iNews
Russia is poised to change its stance on Scottish independence and oppose the country's withdrawal from the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, a closed-door meeting at the Scottish Parliament has been told. The Kremlin was previously sympathetic to the ...
Russia 'set to U-turn on support for Scottish independence' - The ...The S...

'Why don't you f*** off back to Scotland': Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting ...

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'Why don't you f off back to Scotland': Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting Scottish independence
Mirror.co.uk
A Tory MP blasted a Scottish girl who said she would vote for independence in a second referendum, saying: ?Why don't you f off back to Scotland.? James Heappey, 36, fighting to stay MP for Wells, Somerset, has apologised, insisting he was joking.
Tory told schoolgirl to '...

SNP

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Is Scotland on the cusp of a Tory resurgence? - BBC News

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Is Scotland on the cusp of a Tory resurgence?
BBC News
"I'll be voting Tory to keep the SNP out," says Dougie Wilson. "The majority of people down here don't want independence. So it will have to be a tactical vote - in case the Lib Dem and the Tory vote splits and lets the SNP back in again." Stephen ...

Top SNP figures in danger of defeat to Tory gains - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Top SNP figures in danger of defeat to Tory gains
Herald Scotland
THE SNP's deputy leader, Angus Robertson, would become the highest profile casualty of the General Election, according to analysis of an exclusive poll. In a survey of Scottish voting preferences by BMG, the SNP has again emerged as the most popular ...

Search the BBC Search the BBC - BBC News

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Image caption The Times reports that Labour has said it would try to form a minority government and rely on SNP votes to implement its policies in the event of a hung parliament. The paper says shadow home secretary Emily Thornberry spoke as polls ...

Newspaper headlines: 'Labour - SNP deal'? - BBC News

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Newspaper headlines: 'Labour - SNP deal'?
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Image caption The Times reports that Labour has said it would try to form a minority government and rely on SNP votes to implement its policies in the event of a hung parliament. The paper says shadow home secretary Emily Thornberry spoke as polls ...

Sturgeon accused of being "in denial" after approval ratings slump - Herald S...

Herald Scotland
Sturgeon accused of being "in denial" after approval ratings slump
Herald Scotland
THE SNP has been accused of panic after a candidate took out adverts denying the election was about independence and Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly refused to explain her ratings slump. Opponents said East Lothian candidate George Kerevan had ...

We will use SNP to give us power, says Labour - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
We will use SNP to give us power, says Labour
The Times (subscription)
Labour will try to form a minority government and rely on SNP votes to implement its policies in the event of a hung parliament, it said yesterday. Although the party insisted that it would strike ?no deals? with the Scottish Nationalists or others, it ...

SNP candidate is against new referendum - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
SNP candidate is against new referendum
The Times (subscription)
An SNP candidate has tried to disown his party's latest bid to secure a new referendum as opponents claimed moves for an independence vote explained a plunge in Nicola Sturgeon's popularity. George Kerevan, who is hoping to be re-elected in East ...

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Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum and what has Nicola S...

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Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum and what has Nicola Sturgeon said about IndyRef2 ahead of ...
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The Scottish Parliament has backed it but Westminster will first need to grant the second referendum before it can be pencilled in for a date. The UK government immediately slapped down the decision, with a spokesperson saying it is time to ?be working ...
Election 2...

SNP candidate is against new referendum - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
SNP candidate is against new referendum
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George Kerevan, who is hoping to be re-elected in East Lothian, took out an advert in a local newspaper to declare ?this election is NOT about independence? just days after the SNP launched a manifesto in which it said winning a majority of Scottish ...
Liberal Democrat's Scottish manifesto will reject second ...

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

Reuters
Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
Reuters
... independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said a new referendum on Scottish independence should not take place without public consent ...
Kevin McKenna: Tories have gift-wrapped Sturgeon...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight o...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week eight of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition - BBC News

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Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition
BBC News
Speaking at the event in Edinburgh, leader Kezia Dugdale gave a "cast-iron guarantee" that her party will oppose a second referendum. She accused the SNP of prioritising independence over education and health. And she said Scotland was already divided ...
Nicola Sturgeon faces nurse forced to use foodbanks during firs...

Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed un...

The Scottish Sun
Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed until 2049
The Scottish Sun
The Scots Conservatives leader said that when the pair signed the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012, setting out the terms of the referendum, Ms Sturgeon declared she would ?respect the result?. Ms Davidson said: ?I believed her. She said it would be for a ...
Election 2017: Ten seats t...

'There's too much else going on to worry about instead of another Scottish re...

News & Star
'There's too much else going on to worry about instead of another Scottish referendum'
News & Star
Just over 55 per cent voted to stay in the UK, with just under 45 per cent in favour of leaving. Since then the political landscape has shifted radically. The general election the following year might have returned a Conservative government for the UK ...

Why Tory victories in Scotland could be good news for Labour - New Statesman

New Statesman
Why Tory victories in Scotland could be good news for Labour
New Statesman
Labour campaigners have long complained that both the SNP and the Tories have thrived thanks to the divisions over a second referendum. The admission by Scotland's SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that an independence referendum will occur at the ...
SNP would prop up Jeremy Corbyn in 'coalition of chaos', To...

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June 8th General Election
It's on.

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. 

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

The Official President Trump thread

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

Fracking
The Scottish Government has been running a consultation on the potential use of fracking and coal bed mining in Scotland. Today is the last day if you want to express your views on it: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/fracking-unconventional-oil-and-gas/ ...

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 🏻

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 ...

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

Guns 'n' Roses
For anyone interested. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/report-reunion-tour-of-classic-guns-n-roses-lineup-close-to-being-revealed/Axl Rose must be up there with the biggest bell-ends of all time as far as the music industry goes? I would probably still line the khunts pockets mind you.

Anyone Had Rats in the Hoose?
I've had mice before - twice.  I sort of expect that considering where we live.  You hear scratching in the attic, put poison down, noises stop, job done.  You never even see the wee furry bastirts - they just crawl away somewhere and die. However, my mrs woke me the other night cos there was...

Scottish second sight
Does antone believe that Meadiums have the ability to see into the future? Therea a local medium who has a fantastic reputation for giving accurate readings, i ahave always been tempted to go but am a bit scared to be honest. I have read a few articles regarding the "scottish foresight" and how a...

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Any solicitors on the TAMB?!
Dont suppose anyone on the TAMB is qualified to give a wee bit of legal advice?!

My wife was on maternity leave for a year, and was due to go back in April. However we've since left where we were living and moved to Scotland, so she advised them back in February that she wouldn't be returning at...

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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...

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The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw ...

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...