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Scottish Labour launches early offensive to win back seats from SNP
20 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
SCOTTISH Labour has launched an early General Election offensive by targeting key seats where the SNP holds a slim majority.

SNP accused of failing members over 'Monklands McMafia'
20 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
THE SNP has been accused of letting down its members after the party?s ?Monklands McMafia? faction refused to give up power despite an activist backlash.

One year on, has Trump delivered for people in the places that put him in pow...
20 Jan 2018 at 5:09am
WINTER has arrived in Arkansas, but still it is warm enough to sit outside on the porch to eat. Our lunch is traditionally, deliciously southern: baked ham with mashed potatoes, collard greens, yams cooked with marshmallows, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie, all washed down with iced tea.

Video: SNP accused of Trump-like attack on critic in broadcast
19 Jan 2018 at 11:46am
THE SNP have been accused of aping Donald Trump by launching a ?dangerous? attack on the freedom of the press in their latest party political broadcast.

Unspun: The political diary
20 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
BABY-Faced Tory Miles Briggs has been sharing his lesser-known qualities in a fascinating interview with Holyrood magazine. The Lothians MSP revealed that at school his fellow pupils perceptively voted him the person ?most likely to be a politician?. However, in a related metaphor, they also said he was the person ?most likely to be a prostitute?. Just to clarify the issue, he added: ?Luckily, the first one has been the road I have pursued in life.?

Tom Gordon: Time running out for the Nude Kelly Gang to find a plan
20 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
IT took the SNP just a couple of minutes to pull James Kelly?s trousers down on Wednesday, metaphorically speaking.

Trump and May to meet for talks in Davos after ?special relationship? tested
20 Jan 2018 at 5:04am
The announcement follows reports the US president planned to snub the PM.

Eurotunnel wants to be involved if Boris bridge to France goes ahead
20 Jan 2018 at 5:09am
The company has the rights to develop a second crossing.

Theresa May?s leadership is timid and lacks ambition, says former minister
20 Jan 2018 at 5:05am
Nick Boles said her government ?constantly disappoints?.

Defence recruitment contract fails to deliver more than £100 million in savings
20 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
Former defence ministers criticised the ?chaotic? Capita contract and urged the Army to come up with a ?Plan B? for its recruitment.

Russell to brief House of Lords on Edinburgh's Brexit Bill concerns
19 Jan 2018 at 6:25pm
MICHAEL Russell is set to brief peers on the Scottish Government?s concerns about Theresa May?s Brexit Bill just 24 hours before the House of Lords begins its deliberations on the flagship legislation.

Abbott suggests Left now in complete control of Labour
19 Jan 2018 at 5:36pm
DIANE Abbott has suggested the Left is now in complete control of the Labour Party, saying that "no one can now remember that they supported Tony Blair".

Richard Leonard: Booting PFI out of NHS should be priority
19 Jan 2018 at 1:00pm
The Scottish Labour leader called for an end to private contracts, and for an end to hospital car parking charges.

Johnson branded "clown" by Labour over his cross-Channel bridge idea
19 Jan 2018 at 12:01pm
BORIS Johnson has been branded a ?clown? over his proposal for a cross-Channel bridge as Theresa May distanced herself from the idea.

Rapist Worboys could be free in weeks after Government decides against judici...
19 Jan 2018 at 12:26pm
BLACK-cab rapist John Worboys could be freed within weeks after the UK Government opted not to challenge his release.



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UK urged to step up dialogue with Scotland ahead of Brexit talks
20 Jan 2018 at 6:12pm
Scotland’s Brexit Minister has called on the UK Government to step up its dialogue with the devolved nations ahead of the next phase of negotiations.

Kezia Dugdale calls on Holyrood to tackle sexual harassment
20 Jan 2018 at 5:37pm
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called for a national government-led campaign to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace.

Angela Constance: Scottish employers must tackle sexual harassment
20 Jan 2018 at 12:53pm
Employers have been urged to take the issue of sexual harassment seriously by Scotland’s Equalities Secretary.

US Government shutdown - now what?
20 Jan 2018 at 10:15am
The US government has shutdown as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending.

Row over Scottish Government?s broadband coverage claim
20 Jan 2018 at 6:01am
The Scottish Government claims it has met a key target to provide 95 per coverage in Scotland of state-of-the-art fibre broadband.

Leader comment: Boris Johnson comes up with another bonzer idea
20 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Boris Johnson likes to see himself as a visionary leader, someone prepared to think big and leave the minor details to lesser mortals. Take, for example, his idea to create an artificial “Boris Island” in the Thames Estuary to accommodate a four-runway airport.

Leader comment: Scotland finally set for digital age
20 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland is blessed with large areas of some of the most scenic countryside in the world, but for many the downside of life in such idyllic scenery is isolation.

SNP rejects claims of ?Trump-like? mocking of David Torrance
19 Jan 2018 at 2:58pm
The SNP has been accused of “Trumpian tactics” amid claims it has lampooned Nicola Sturgeon’s biographer and journalist David Torrance in a party political broadcast.

Nicola Sturgeon congratulates New Zealand PM over pregnancy
19 Jan 2018 at 2:39pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has congratulated New Zealand's prime minister after she announced that she is expecting her first child in June.

Wife of police boss Phil Gormley speaks out in misconduct row
19 Jan 2018 at 1:27pm
Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley has not been interviewed about misconduct claims seven months after the allegations were first made, his wife has said.

Richard Leonard pledges to ?boot out? PFI deals from NHS
19 Jan 2018 at 12:54pm
Labour leader Richard Leonard has pledged to scrap costly PFI deals in Scottish hospitals with a call to for the deals to be "booted out" of the NHS.

What are the odds of Trump surviving 2018 in office? An expert crunches the n...
19 Jan 2018 at 10:46am
Donald Trump has been under constant fire from critics since he began his campaign in the summer of 2015, and his presidency has so far been perhaps the most chaotic and bizarre in recent decades, writes Christoph Siemroth.

Poll: Scots want private school charity status axed
19 Jan 2018 at 10:20am
Most Scots want private schools to be stripped of their charitable status, according to a new poll.

Boris Johnson proposes bridge across the English Channel
19 Jan 2018 at 8:44am
Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of a second crossing for the English Channel after top-level talks between the UK and France.

Nun accused of child abuse ?destroyed? diaries
19 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
An elderly nun accused of abusing children at an orphanage more than 50 years ago has said she destroyed her own written records of that time.

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Absolute Fanny Of The Week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2018 at 2:39pm
We’ve got a shock result for the inaugural winner of this exciting new award, readers. Remarkably it’s NOT David Torrance – who wrote an arch review of a chapter of a book about Donald Trump that didn’t actually exist. Good effort, Davey, but no cigar. And it’s not even notorious Lib Dem atom-wit Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who …

Nothing to see
by Chris Cairns
20 Jan 2018 at 6:56am

David Torrance Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2018 at 10:49am
Remarkably, the notoriously unreliable and yet somehow omnipresent Scottish political commentator and reality-disputer David “Davey” Torrance was still digging last night in the wake of this story from three days ago. Never, eh? Let’s see if that’s true, shall we? Oh right – so he never wears a collar and tie except in his current …

A sense of inclusion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jan 2018 at 10:12am
Previous episodes in the series are here. If you’ve got a story like this to tell, or you know anyone who does, Phantom Power want to hear from you – drop them a line.

The Great Whiteout
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:59am
Late last night in the House Of Commons saw one of the most significant votes in the history of UK constitutional politics. A group of Scottish Tory MPs voted to oppose an amendment which would have protected the central building block of Scottish (and Welsh) devolution – the principle that any powers not explicitly reserved …

The Streets Of Dan Francisco
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jan 2018 at 7:39pm
The past week saw the return to the public eye of the former Independent columnist Johann Hari, who vanished in disgrace a few years ago in a plagiarism scandal over claiming to have done things that he hadn’t. It also saw the return of ubiquitous Scottish politics scribe David Torrance from a trip to San Francisco, the …

The provision of context
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jan 2018 at 10:57am
We’ve commented quite a few times in recent months about the Scottish media’s habit of running statistical stories rendered meaningless by the absence of any context. The reasons for this aren’t necessarily sinister – sometimes journalists are just lazy or the full stats are hard to establish because like-for-like figures aren’t published – but usually it’s just …

Something to keep in mind
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jan 2018 at 11:58am
…as the Scottish Government releases its Brexit impact paper. (Panelbase, Scottish adults, fieldwork mid-December 2017) Perhaps unsurprisingly, given their party’s complete and openly-admitted absence of any comprehensible position on the subject, Labour voters are the most confused.

Norwegian wouldn?t
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2018 at 12:21pm
(From The Archives #3.) Now remember, small oil-rich countries bordering the North Sea, there’s just no way you can thrive on your own. After all, would this guy lie to you? He’s from the fair and unbiased media! And in fairness, Neil was right about “failing” Norway. Without wise old Westminster to run its affairs for …

The House Scot and the Field Scot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2018 at 11:23am
An alert reader this weekend linked us to a 1963 speech by the famed American civil rights and racial equality campaigner Malcolm X. We’d never heard of it before, which is probably to our shame, but as we read it we were overcome by an inexplicable sense of incredible familiarity. We present it to you below for …

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Solicitor 'revolt' at legal advice change
19 Jan 2018 at 1:51am
New rules that entitle anyone in police custody to legal advice will be unworkable, solicitors have warned.

Gormley faces fourth gross misconduct probe
19 Jan 2018 at 9:29pm
The latest complaint made against Scotland's chief constable would amount to gross misconduct if true, a watchdog rules.

Paisley children's ward closure goes ahead
19 Jan 2018 at 4:09pm
Minister agrees services can move from Paisley to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Frustration at leak of Highland Council draft cuts paper
19 Jan 2018 at 4:28pm
The leader of Highland Council says no decision have been made on the suggestions which include job cuts.

New Scottish GP contract gets BMA go-ahead
18 Jan 2018 at 5:30pm
The British Medical Association agrees to implement a new deal for GPs after 71.5% back it in a poll.

Sturgeon backs justice secretary over chief constable meeting
18 Jan 2018 at 2:19pm
Nicola Sturgeon says her justice secretary acted "entirely appropriately" in a meeting over Police Scotland's chief constable.

Assistant Chief Constable faces new misconduct claims
18 Jan 2018 at 5:56pm
The police watchdog is already conducting two investigations into Bernard Higgins, who is suspended.

Belford Hospital met waiting time targets in 'busy week'
19 Jan 2018 at 12:23pm
The Highlands hospital managed the achievement during an "incredibly busy" week at the start of 2018.

Scottish welfare assessment rights outlined
19 Jan 2018 at 1:39pm
The Scottish government says its legislation will allow people to have someone with them during benefit assessments.

Travel warnings should be 'simplified' says Humza Yousaf
18 Jan 2018 at 1:28pm
Scotland's transport minister says the system for warning about travel and weather should be more explicit.

Nicola Sturgeon holds talks with Isle of Man over scallop fishing rules
18 Jan 2018 at 5:14pm
New rules were imposed over concerns about the accuracy of catch reports, the Manx government says.

Nine calls to Holyrood harassment helpline
18 Jan 2018 at 12:00pm
The Scottish Parliament's sexual harassment helpline was set up in November after concerns were raised.

Scot Goes Pop

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The ultimate betrayal: Scottish Tory MPs vote to destroy the devolution settl...
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2018 at 11:00pm
I wasn't following the notorious events in the Commons the other night very closely, so I was intrigued to see what the wording of the Labour amendment on protecting devolution actually was.  Hansa...

Body blow for hapless Leonard as Labour slip back in first Scottish poll of 2018
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2018 at 4:24am
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for alerting me to the first full-scale Scottish poll of the New Year, conducted by YouGov for the Scottish edition of The Times.Scottish voting intentions for the nex...

Do the SNP have three times as many members as the unionist parties combined?
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2018 at 4:35am
Just thought I'd pass on a snippet of information sent to me by Stuart Dickson.  He spotted on Stormfront Lite that the ESRC-funded Party Members Project has found that 5% of Labour members live in...

Cable to the unknown
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2018 at 6:11pm
Just for the sake of completeness, and also because it happens to be a favourable one, here's what is presumably the last Scottish subsample from a GB-wide poll that was conducted during 2017.  It'...

To lead or not to lead - that is the question
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
As you may have seen, there's been a new outbreak of the intra-Yes culture wars today, triggered by a post on Wings about another question from the Panelbase poll, showing that by a margin of 58% t...

"Don't you DARE try to stop us!" say Scots in landmark Panelbase poll that RE...
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2018 at 10:17pm
OK, you've probably already seen this story earlier today on Wings, but you know me - I just couldn't resist the headline.  (It's a fond tribute to a characteristically unhinged headline that was r...

New Year hammerblow for the pro-nuclear wing of CND as Leonard fails to move ...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2018 at 2:40pm
I'm fairly certain I've never done this on New Year's Day before, but here is the latest Scottish Parliament voting intention poll, gleaned from datasets published today on Wings.Scottish Parliamen...

Jo Swinson CBE - is this some sort of joke?
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2017 at 11:34pm
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the news leaked out that Nick Clegg was to be knighted in the New Year's Honours list.  He is, after all, the man who inherited a party that won a post-war...

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Right to Buy
by /u/MrChaunceyGardiner
20 Jan 2018 at 8:57pm
I?m aware that this has been abolished in Scotland, and quite right too. I?m renting a housing association flat, and it states in the lease that you may be able to buy the property at the market ra...

Looking SW towards the Drumochter hills from the snowy slopes of Meall Chuaich.
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20 Jan 2018 at 8:18pm
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Ben Cruachan this morning
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20 Jan 2018 at 7:05pm
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Typical Glasgow on night oot
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20 Jan 2018 at 6:28pm
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The East Kilbride engineers who defied General Pinochet and are now the stars...
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20 Jan 2018 at 6:02pm
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Even though we couldn?t get skiing, the sight of Glencoe in the snow made the...
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20 Jan 2018 at 5:52pm
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It's a whaler's life: Leith locals recount tales from the sea
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20 Jan 2018 at 5:36pm
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Tories want Scotland to follow Norway's health model
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20 Jan 2018 at 5:33pm
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Theresa May attacks SNP record as Scottish economy grows at half UK rate
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20 Jan 2018 at 5:13pm
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SNP HQ accused of failing party members in latest 'Monklands McMafia' row
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20 Jan 2018 at 2:53pm
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"The reason that Brexit hasn't fired up the Scottish independence debate is a...
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20 Jan 2018 at 2:46pm
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Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP on Twitter [Alex Cole-Hamilton decides to double down ...
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20 Jan 2018 at 2:07pm
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Scottish Labour launches early offensive to win back seats from SNP
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20 Jan 2018 at 1:45pm
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What a Naughty Unicorn book now available!
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20 Jan 2018 at 12:38pm
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Who is the First Family? From Donald Trump to little Barron, here's who's bee...
by Emmeline Saunders
20 Jan 2018 at 1:35pm
All the main members of the Trump Tribe - and how they're all related

Nicola Sturgeon accused of lying amid outrage over decision to close RAH kids...
by David Clegg
19 Jan 2018 at 6:39pm
The First Minister is facing backlash after she insisted the children's ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley would remain open.

Nicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independen...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The long-awaited Growth Commission report will give Brexit-traumatised voters the answers they want on Scottish independence, says Torcuil Crichton.

Vulnerable 94-year-old faces 'traumatic' eviction from nursing home of 20 years
by David Clegg
19 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
First Minister has been urged to help Nancy Sutherland as hundreds of elderly residents face move.

Top Tory who called for jobless to have vasectomies also wanted to relocate p...
by Andrew Gregory
18 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Ben Bradley praised London council bid to move claimants hundreds of miles from home amid 'social cleansing' scandal.

RBS are deep in a hole but they've only got themselves to blame
by Record View
18 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The bank's sick suicide analogy was latest drip-fed PR disaster and they've done precious little to endear themselves.

'Aliens stopped me filing my tax return' Dozy freelancers' most bizarre excus...
by Adam Bennett
17 Jan 2018 at 8:00pm
Self-employed get imaginative with these weird and wonderful reasons for not turning in self-assessment by the January 31 deadline.

Nicola Sturgeon demands 'failing' Universal Credit system be scrapped
by David Clegg
17 Jan 2018 at 5:14pm
The First Minister urges new Work and Pension Secretary to bin benefit system that has plunged Scots into poverty.

The cognitive test Donald Trump took to show he doesn't have dementia - could...
by Andrew Snell
17 Jan 2018 at 4:29pm
Are you fit to be President of the United States? Donald Trump passed this test with 30 out of 30

Donald Trump medical reveals he is in good shape after 'nuclear button' menta...
by Graeme Thomson
16 Jan 2018 at 10:24pm
A doctor carried out a cognitive test of the US President amid demands he be given a psychiatric exam following his comments about North Korea.

Michael Greenwell

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

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

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The Curiously Absent
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jan 2018 at 4:17pm
Newbie National columnist, bon viveur and reknowned Peat Worrier Andrew Tickell writes: “£28,354 seems to unite every wing of our politics in unease. The figure seems to baffle both the left and the right. The rich miscall it, and the poor don?t recognise it. Socialist supporters of Scottish independence struggle to accept it, and objectively …

Trump: Year One
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jan 2018 at 12:02pm
  A year on and the Trump carnival continues. But how should the media cover Trump, and what does his Presidency tell us about America? What wider response and ‘resistance’ should we enact against the politics of the new right? Covering the spectacle is itself deeply problematic because you become part of it. Confession: I …

To the Editor
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jan 2018 at 3:53pm
The editor of the New York Times has done a remarkable thing. On the anniversary of the first year of the Trump ‘Presidency’, in ‘the spirit of open debate,’ he has given over his pages to Trump supporters to say what they think. Read them all here: ?Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone?. My favourite is from Philip …

Baron Knights
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2018 at 7:24pm
The Scotland in Union ‘data dump’ raises a number of questions about the nature of the Unionist coalition, the power of conservative Scotland and the prospects for any future Better Together campaign. At first sight the organisation of SIU and allied projects seem formidable. Scotland in Union is ahead of the curve, raising hundreds of …

A Sense of Britishness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2018 at 4:58pm
Here’s Journey to Yes 20 from Phantom Power with Nina and Craig …. Please watch and share

Lost Leader
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2018 at 1:54pm
The list of senior Tories slated to replace Theresa May when she is finally ousted from Number 10 Downing Street is getting shorter every week. Phillip Hammond?s reputation is cratering faster than the British economy; Boris Johnson is an obvious dud; and the appeal of staunch Brexiteers such as David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg is …

Brexit will Break Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2018 at 12:53pm
The case for English nationalism, hiding behind its British proxy is based on a basket of Marmite, wine and gin, and a jar of Piccalilli.

The Ink Truck
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jan 2018 at 3:53pm
There’a a flurry of writing competitions, prizes and opportunities … here’s some of them with deadlines looming this month: Gutter Magazine, Scotland’s Magazine of new writing, is looking for submissions of prose and poetry in English, Scots, Gaelic and other languages for its 18th Issue. Submit your work by 17 Jan 2018. Go here for …

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Macron tells May City will get less access to Europe than now if UK leaves si...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Jan 2018 at 8:06pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s press conference with Emmanuel MacronWhat Macron said to May about Brexit - Key quote and analysisSummary 8.01pm GMT I think the City of London will continue to be a major global financial centre. That is...

Westminster Brexiters ignore Scotland at their peril | Gerry Hassan
by Gerry Hassan
15 Jan 2018 at 5:28pm
The will of the people cannot be respected on one issue only. Nicola Sturgeon could soon be calling for two referendumsBrexit has turned British politics upside down. But to the UK government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front. It doesn?t matter for them t...

Sturgeon publishes Brexit impact report saying staying in single market best ...
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Jan 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenSturgeon?s speech and Brexit impact report - Summary and analysisLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.03pm GMT Related: Carillion liquidation: Government statement on the crisis ? live updates 5.02pm GMT The Heywood hearing has ...

Brexit could cost Scottish economy £16bn a year ? report
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Jan 2018 at 1:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon says updated analysis strengthens case for UK staying in EU single marketScotland?s economy faces losing up to £16bn a year as a result of leaving the EU, according to a Scottish government forecast.The updated analysis warns that a hard Brexit, in which the UK falls back on World...

I'm A Celebrity: Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale paid £70,000 for appearance
by Libby Brooks and agency
12 Jan 2018 at 3:29pm
Former Scottish Labour leader who drank smoothie made from blended ostrich anus donated some of earnings to three charitiesKezia Dugdale has confirmed that she donated to charity just over £5,000 of the £70,000 fee she received for her controversial appearance on I?m A Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of H...

Ruth Davidson says there should be no second EU referendum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jan 2018 at 11:32am
Scottish Tory leader says referendums are divisive but expresses frustration over plans for Scotland in Brexit billThe leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said she does not want a second referendum to be held on EU membership, while expressing her frustration at delays to plans to protect Sc...

Scotland to become first UK country to ban plastic cotton buds
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
11 Jan 2018 at 10:14am
Crackdown on manufacture and sale of product will cut Scotland?s contribution to marine plastic pollution by half, says expertThe Scottish government plans to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in a move that will cut the country?s marine plastic pollution by half, accord...

PM likely to survive final Commons Brexit vote, says John Curtice
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Jan 2018 at 10:30pm
Elections expert predicts deal will be agreed with EU and approved in Commons, with Theresa May remaining in postTheresa May will probably survive the final Commons vote on Brexit because the Conservatives? instincts for survival will override any divisions over the eventual deal, the elections e...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

What has David Torrance ever done for us?
Usually Party Political Broadcasts are pretty boring affairs. The latest SNP party political broadcast has managed to generate considerable entertainment for independence supporters, at least those of us who follow politics enough to get the joke. The broadcast was based on the famous Monty Python sketch from the Life of Brian, “What have the Romans …

Labour?s broken pencil stub
On Wednesday the Scottish Parliament debated the Scottish Government’s draft budget. The Labour party in Scotland doesn’t like the Scottish Government’s budget. No really. I was as shocked as you are. Labour think it’s a bad budget. It’s a terrible budget. It’s a rotten budget. But worst of all, and for this it is beyond …

Journey to Yes: N° 20
Nina and Craig say Yes. North-East England voted emphatically to leave the European Union despite being a region that benefits most from EU trade and funding. The Brexit vote also triggered a rise in anti-immigrant attitudes and rethink for specialist nurses Nina and Craig about where to spend their future. Nina, a Danish EU National, …

When hand wringing becomes neck wringing
Scotland’s half baked baker’s dozen of Conservative MPs have been terribly upset of late. They tell us that they’re unhappy that their government hasn’t introduced the necessary amendments to the EU Exit Bill to make it comply with the devolution settlement. That’s despite the fact that promises were given by the British government to make …

The cost of the Union
Wheesht noo. Stop criticising the Scottish media. It’s not helpful. It’s not entirely clear who it’s not helpful to, but stop it anyway. Just because. It’s bad for democracy when people criticise the media, but it’s not as bad as it is when that media is totally unrepresentative of the country it purports to report …

When you rewrite the past, you?re scared of the future
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m devastated, devastated I tell you, that Donald Trump isn’t coming to the UK to open the new American embassy after all. He’s cancelled his trip to London because the authorities can’t guarantee that he won’t be met with hostile demonstrations. Though the word “hostile” is probably superfluous …

A question of trust
The hapless contingent of Scottish Tory MPs aren’t happy. Partly they’re not happy because by definition being a Tory in Scotland means that you’re a miserable bastert who thinks that everything in Scotland is a bit crappy, but mainly they’re not happy because of all the delays to changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Amendments …

The job that Tories are good at
You’ll have had your reshuffle. It was supposed to be Theresa May putting her stamp of authority on her rebellious party, but instead her rebellious party stamped on her. You might have thought that Jeremy Hunt, who is in charge of the flatlining NHS in England where the only machine that goes beep is the …

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Scottish MP demands transparency on deportation of homeless EU citizens
SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd asking for confirmation that the Home Office has stopped deporting homeless EU Citizens.

Nicola Sturgeon?s adviser says Brexit will hit Scotland hardest
NICOLA Sturgeon?s chief Brexit advisor has warned the impact on Scotland of leaving the European single market could be ?catastrophic?.

Boris Johnson's bridge could cost £120 billion, experts warn
BORIS Johnson has been ridiculed after calling a for a bridge between France and England.

?The profit motive in the NHS should end as soon as possible?
RICHARD Leonard has said he wants to see private finance ?booted out? of the NHS as a priority as he argued running health services for profit was an ?anathema?.

May told to sack MP over sick blog rants
THERESA May is being called on to sack her newly appointed Conservative vice-chairman Ben Bradley following a series of offensive blog posts in which he attacked people out of work, public sector workers and supported police brutality.

More than half of Scots back SNP?s income tax plans
MORE than half of voters in Scotland support Nicola Sturgeon?s government ?s plans to raise income tax for the better off, according to a poll.

May and Macron confirm new defence deals after security and intelligence summit
THERESA May and Emmanuel Macron enjoyed a gastropub lunch yesterday as the pair met for a summit on intelligence and security.

RBS treatment of businesses like an ?abattoir? say MPs
ROYAL Bank of Scotland?s treatment of small businesses was more akin to an ?abattoir,? an MP has claimed.

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Scotland Together ? The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Sco...
        Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Scotland Fed-up with the bare faced lies and biased output of BBC Scotland and commercial television. Need a break from Jacki Bird, Sarah Smith and fat-boy Taylor? Turn to Freeview Channel 989 or (Sky 545, Virgin333 and Freesat 67) … Continue reading "Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the...

        Colin James Clark Multi-Millionaire Colin James Clark was born 20 May 1969. His father Robbie owned a 1000 acre+ farm and three cottages (rented out) near Auchterless.  In 1990. His early career in agriculture to him to Lincolnshire where he developed an interest in organic farming of products for direct sale. … Continue reading "tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elec...

Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

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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

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No
Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, January 15th 2018 Brexit has turned British politics and Britain itself upside down. But to the UK Government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front as far as Brexit …

The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate
The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 10th 2018 The New Year is always a time for reflection. I spent the Christmas and New Year break in the United States, providing an opportunity for reflection and a different take on the world. Two and a half …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland is leading fight against isolation ? but we need independence
Scotland is leading fight against isolation ? but we need independence  The NationalFurther help deliberate for Scots welfare claimants  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independen...
Nicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independence sceptics  Scottish Daily RecordScottish independence poll: 57% No, 43% Yes  HITCSupport for independence dwindles  The TimesLetters: We must wake up and stop this sleepwalk to economic suicide  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Dilemma for Sturgeon as poll shows backing for Scottish independence falls
Dilemma for Sturgeon as poll shows backing for Scottish independence falls  The CourierFull coverage

Messing with Brexit puts Yes victory at risk, warns Sillars
Messing with Brexit puts Yes victory at risk, warns Sillars  The ScotsmanScottish leader says will look at independence vote by end of year  ReutersNicola Sturgeon says she will decide on second independence referendum after Brexit details  The IndependentNo consensus on Brexit for SNP until they drop referendum plan coverage

Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?
Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?  The ScotsmanIndependence is the answer to UK's cultural and economic vacuum  The NationalUnrestricted immigration would accelerate national debt  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy
Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy  The NationalUK pledges to amend EU withdrawal bill, soothe Scottish devolution worries  ReutersIndependence 'can still be Scottish answer to Brexit'  The TimesFull coverage

Independence gets a festive poll boost
Independence gets a festive poll boost  The TimesAlmost half of Scots would back an independent Scotland in the EU  The Scottish SunStudy reveals Russian meddling in the Scottish and Brexit referendums  SOFREP (press release)Full coverage


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SNP HQ accused of failing party members in latest 'Monklands McMafia' row
SNP HQ accused of failing party members in latest 'Monklands McMafia' row  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP deny ridiculing critic David Torrance in party's video
SNP deny ridiculing critic David Torrance in party's video  The TimesTV watchdog urged to probe 'misleading' SNP Monty Python inspired video need more political parodies like the SNP's 'Davey Torrance'  The NationalFull coverage

Wife of Scotland's Chief Constable hits out at SNP minister in fightback over...
Wife of Scotland's Chief Constable hits out at SNP minister in fightback over bullying row coverage

SNP accused of betrayal over closure of children's ward
SNP accused of betrayal over closure of children's ward  The ScotsmanChildren's ward at Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital set to close  The Sunday PostFull coverage

SNP rejects claims of 'Trump-like' party political broadcast
SNP rejects claims of 'Trump-like' party political broadcast  The ScotsmanLiberal Democrat MSP complains to Ofcom about 'Trumpian' SNP party political broadcast  The Sunday PostThe LibDems are really angry about the SNP's 'David Torrance' video  The NationalFull coverage

SNP slams Scots Tories over Brexit bill
SNP slams Scots Tories over Brexit bill  BBC NewsSupport for both Labour and SNP down, according to poll  Daily MailScottish voters back SNP plan to raise taxes  The TimesFull coverage

Glasgow now has a Government after SNP change the name
Glasgow now has a Government after SNP change the name  iNewsFull coverage

Scottish Labour launches early offensive to win back seats from SNP
Scottish Labour launches early offensive to win back seats from SNP  HeraldScotlandRichard Leonard speech: To those who say we must never be a party of protest ? think of our history of fighting for our ...  LabourListFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandSupport for independence dwindles  The TimesMajority of Scots don't want Indyref2 in next five years, new poll finds  iNewsFull coverage

Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for ...
Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for fresh Scottish independence ...  Daily Mail'Scotland is the powerbroker when it comes to Brexit': Labour grandee says Scottish Government is key to forcing ...  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon says she will decide on second independence referendum after Brexit details  The IndependentFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of Eng...
M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of England now  The NationalFull coverage

Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum
Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum facing constitutional crisis over Brexit bill  The ScotsmanWhat does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Brexit creating chronic labour shortages in Scotland, says UK minister
Brexit creating chronic labour shortages in Scotland, says UK minister  Irish TimesFull coverage

7 things to consider if a second EU referendum takes place
7 things to consider if a second EU referendum takes place  HITCFull coverage

Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?
Tom Peterkin: Is Scotland's love affair with Europe going cold?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

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

Just saw the new PPB by the SNP - top trolling with the David Torrance look alike getting telt   

A Logical Liberals Beef With the Left
I've always been a left-wing liberal but I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to understand what the hell is going on with left wing politics with every passing day. My main issue is identity politics and the tremendous lack of logic that is used by those on the left to push forward the gro...

Alternative visions for what an Independent Scotland could look like?
First of all I made a new account because I havent posted here since September 2014 and before that 2009, have no idea what my old passwords are for the email I signed up with but just curious where PnB stands these days regarding Independence. I'm curious to know what older SNP members speci...

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

The Official President Trump thread

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won. Sad.

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

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Warmest You've Been
What's the hottest temperature you have been in. Just curious as I visited Morocco in 2016 and one afternoon it reached +47. Some locals were even saying that was almost record temperatures. If you stood still in open exposed areas you could feel your feet starting to burn through you're footwear...

Lots of snow across Scotland, some great pics out there I see there's a tracker for the gritters on the main roads

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

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

Rab C Nesbitt v Still Game
What's your favourite in its original form, forget all about Rab C's 2009 comeback and Still Games recent comeback which appeared to be made purely to shoehorn Methadone Mick in

Coldest you have been..
Whats the coldest temperature you have been in..Just curious as I live in Ottawa and it is -40 below with the wind at this very moment.?????

Holyrood Magazine


"Real anxiety" over future of UK waste policy after Brexit, Lords warn

BMA approves new GP contract

Associate feature: Finding the right medication can help us fight cardiovascu...

Scots to be entitled to bring supporter when claiming benefits

First Minister invited to join international taskforce on fiscal policy for h...

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission sets out above-inflation budget rise in ...

Up the workers

Taxpayers will pay at least £200bn for PFI deals over next 30 years

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Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…