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Nicola Sturgeon admits Indyref2 may be after 2021
20 Nov 2018 at 12:20pm
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted there may not be a second independence referendum in the current parliament, forcing her to try to secure one at the next Holyrood election.


Westminster showing 'contempt' for people in poverty - Patrick Harvie
20 Nov 2018 at 5:41pm
The UK Government has shown contempt for people impacted by poverty says Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie.


Nicola Sturgeon seeks Commons coalition with Jeremy Corbyn to stop PM's Brexi...
20 Nov 2018 at 5:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon wants to form a parliamentary anti-Brexit coalition with Jeremy Corbyn and even Remainer Tories to stop Britain crashing out of the European Union.


Scotland's "Union dividend" is £1,531 per person, says Mundell
20 Nov 2018 at 2:02pm
SCOTLAND?S ?Union dividend? is £1,531 per person, David Mundell has declared, after the latest Treasury figures showed this was the amount spent north of the border over and above the UK average.


Now or never: Jacob Rees-Mogg pressures colleagues to topple Theresa May quickly
20 Nov 2018 at 2:30pm
The Conservatives will be stuck with Theresa May as leader for the next general election unless they move to get rid of her now, ardent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned his party.


May off to Brussels to complete Brexit deal with Juncker
20 Nov 2018 at 12:07pm
THERESA May will travel to Brussels tomorrow for Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President.


Supreme Court rejects UK Government bid to appeal Brexit reversal case
20 Nov 2018 at 9:52am
THE UK Government has lost a last-ditch bid to prevent a group of Scottish politicians from finding out if Westminster can stop Brexit, adding to the pressure on Theresa May.


Nicola Sturgeon poised for Downing St showdown with Theresa May as Brexit ten...
20 Nov 2018 at 12:02am
Nicola Sturgeon will have a Brexit showdown with Theresa May this afternoon as David Mundell signalled he would resign if the Prime Minister tied UK fishing to EU rules beyond the December 2020 transition period.


Sturgeon voices 'degree of optimism' over Michelin
20 Nov 2018 at 5:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has said there are reasons for optimism around the threatened Michelin plant in Dundee, after the action group set up to save it held its second meeting.


Hunt warns Tory rebels they are risking 'most appalling chaos' in trying to t...
19 Nov 2018 at 9:20pm
TORY rebels who are trying to topple Theresa May are risking the ?most appalling chaos? that would damage Britain?s international reputation, Jeremy Hunt has warned.


Councils 'should be treated like the NHS' to save vital services
19 Nov 2018 at 5:00am
COUNCILS must be placed on a level footing with the NHS to prevent vital services such as libraries, community hubs and leisure centres from being scrapped, it has been warned.


May says her Brexit plan is best for Britain's jobs as she faces critical week
19 Nov 2018 at 1:24pm
THERESA May has insisted that her Brexit plan is the best one for jobs across the UK as she battles to keep her own job in Number 10 during another crucial week for her premiership.


Mundell signals he would resign if May tied UK fishing to EU rules beyond tra...
19 Nov 2018 at 8:01pm
DAVID Mundell has given the clearest indication yet that he would quit as Scottish Secretary if the UK stayed tied to EU fishing policies and quotas beyond the end of the transition period in December 2020.


Holyrood hit by Universal Credit snag
19 Nov 2018 at 10:00pm
HOLYROOD has been forced to cancel a traditional festive boost for staff because of fears it could lose them benefits.


Sturgeon: MPs could potentially back my Brexit plan
19 Nov 2018 at 2:51pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has claimed a majority of MPs could potentially support her plan for the softest possible Brexit.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon: SNP, Labour and Tories must form ?coalition? to fight Brexit...
20 Nov 2018 at 6:16pm
Labour, the SNP and pro-EU Tory rebels must form a “coalition” to defeat Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Patrick Harvie condemns UK Government?s dismissal of UN poverty report
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
The UK Government has shown contempt for people impacted by poverty, Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie has suggested.

Scots public spending £1500 higher than UK average
20 Nov 2018 at 4:18pm
Scots receive £1,500 more in spending on public services than elsewhere in the UK - and the gap is growing, official figures today revealed.

UK will split apart before Spain, says country?s Foreign Minister
20 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
Spain’s foreign minister has said he expects the UK to “split apart” before his own country does.

Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll ? Linda Fabiani
20 Nov 2018 at 2:59pm
Scotland in Union’s bid to secure an opinion poll to support their vision of Brexit Britain has badly backfired, writes Linda Fabiani.

Nicola Sturgeon says independence referendum could come after Holyrood election
20 Nov 2018 at 2:39pm
The prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum may not take place until after the next Holyrood election in 2021, Nicola Sturgeon has indicated.

DUP issues warning to Theresa May over confidence-and-supply deal
20 Nov 2018 at 1:50pm
Theresa May’s DUP allies have delivered a warning shot across the bows after accusing the Prime Minister of breaking fundamental promises on Brexit.

Fall in electronic tagging for prisoners after Craig McClelland murder
20 Nov 2018 at 1:31pm
The number of prisoners being allowed to serve part of their sentence using an electronic tag has fallen by around 75 per cent since new restrictions were introduced.

Supreme Court rejects UK Government bid to appeal Brexit challenge
20 Nov 2018 at 10:06am
The UK Government has been refused permission for an appeal at the country’s highest court over a cross-party legal challenge on Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon rejects ?false choice? of Theresa May?s deal or no deal
20 Nov 2018 at 10:03am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that voters should not face a ‘false choice’ of backing Theresa May’s Brexit deal or facing the ‘disaster’ of a no deal.

MP calls for Commons to debate cannabis prescription guidelines
20 Nov 2018 at 9:20am
Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for an urgent debate to be held in the House of Commons over the rigid guidelines governing the prescription of medical cannabis.

Readers? poll: Would you vote for Scottish independence in a second referendum?
20 Nov 2018 at 9:13am
A new poll has found 60 per cent of Scots would vote against independence if they were asked whether to leave or remain in the United Kingdom, a landmark poll has found.

Scottish Parliament workers to miss advance Christmas pay due to Universal Cr...
20 Nov 2018 at 6:02am
HUNDREDS of Scottish Parliament workers are to miss advanced Christmas pay this year because of the roll out of Universal Credit.

Scottish independence: If UK didn?t exist, we?d invent it ? Pamela Nash
20 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
Unionists will take heart from new Survation poll, but Brexit still poses a threat, writes Pamela Nash, chief executive of the Scotland in Union campaign group.

John Curtice: Poll reveals many Scottish independence voters happy in UK
20 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
Polling expert, Sir John Curtice, examines the latest Survation poll on attitudes towards Scottish independence.

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The dust of the sawdust
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2018 at 1:18pm
We’re so far beyond mere “scraping the barrel” now. Unhappy with polls based on asking the simple and clear question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, and which have been stubbornly refusing to show any movement against independence, our dear old pals at Scotland In Union recently commissioned one of their own seeking to muddy the …

The staunch defenders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2018 at 12:12pm
If we were to write an article every time Murdo Fraser said something moronic, we’d have to rename this site Wings Over Murdo Fraser, and drink an awful lot of Red Bull to be able to cover it all. Stuff like this, for example, is almost too easy. 43% (actually 45.3% excluding Don’t Knows) is …

Waiting for the penny to drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2018 at 8:06am
This is the best one of these we’ve ever seen. Nobody tell him, now. Imagine the moment when he spots it for himself.

The armchair terrorists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2018 at 1:29pm
This is the editorial in today’s Scottish edition of The Times: It seems to be an increasingly popular viewpoint in the country’s media. This was Daily Record political editor Torcuil Crichton on Thursday: And this was Times columnist Kenny Farquharson the day before: It’s not his first time banging this drum, either. (We assume he …

Unionist Blackjack
by Chris Cairns
17 Nov 2018 at 6:59am

The threatened member
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2018 at 7:20pm
Ah, remember these simpler times, readers? Thank goodness for etc etc.

The question begged
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2018 at 11:18am
Only an idiot would try to write anything today about the epic mess currently unfolding in British politics. You’d barely get to the end of typing a sentence before events had rendered it obsolete. But there’s one thing we’d really like to know, which bewilderingly nobody is mentioning. The primary root cause of Brexit was …

Theresa May?s Crack Team
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2018 at 4:59pm
…is what they’re calling Jack and James now, we hear. Draw your own conclusions about the word “crack” there.

Serving the nations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2018 at 11:48am
Ever aware of its need to deliver informed enlightenment to the populace, the state broadcaster has recently put up a “BBC Brexit Jargon Buster” page on its website. We’re not sure it was meant to be quite this candid. Apparently Brexit isn’t happening to us. And there are a few other rather surprising gaps in …

The whistleblower
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm
Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano affair was the final straw and Ponting’s leaking of …

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Brexit: Sturgeon has 'constructive' Corbyn talks
20 Nov 2018 at 6:34pm
Scotland's first minister says she wants to see a "coalition of opposition" over the draft Brexit agreement.


In full: Nicola Sturgeon interview with Laura Kuenssberg on Brexit
20 Nov 2018 at 5:21pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to form a "coalition of opposition" to Theresa May's Brexit plans with Labour and other parties, ahead of a vote of MPs at Westminster.


Teachers overwhelmingly reject 'final' pay offer
20 Nov 2018 at 5:22pm
Members of Scotland's two biggest teaching unions overwhelming reject the employers' offer in a ballot.


Watchdog warns Police Scotland over budget challenges
20 Nov 2018 at 5:05pm
Audit Scotland reveals that Police Scotland, which was formed in 2013, has a deficit of more than £34m.


TV alcohol adverts could face '9pm watershed'
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
The Scottish government wants a "9pm watershed" for TV ads and better health labelling on products.


UK government fails in Brexit case appeal bid
20 Nov 2018 at 12:06pm
A last ditch attempt by the UK government to prevent European judges hearing a legal challenge to the Brexit process is rejected.


New rules cut home releases from Scottish prisons by 75%
20 Nov 2018 at 2:41pm
The number of prisoners let out of Scottish jails on a tag has been cut by 75%, MSPs are told.


Ballot set to close in crucial vote over teachers' pay
20 Nov 2018 at 1:05am
The EIS and SSTA have been campaigning for a 10% rise in wages since the start of the year.


Where do the Scottish Tory MPs stand on the Brexit deal?
19 Nov 2018 at 12:12pm
Scotland's 13 Tory MPs have fallen into three camps over the Brexit deal - for, against, and undecided.


Mundell: No deal Brexit 'catastrophic' for Scotland
19 Nov 2018 at 3:40pm
As UK and Scottish ministers meet over Brexit, the Scottish secretary says no deal would be "catastrophic".


Week ahead at Holyrood: Scrutiny of EU withdrawal agreement
19 Nov 2018 at 3:22pm
Brexit will continue to dominate this week as the Brexit secretary appears before the constitution committee.


Second new major trauma centre opens in Dundee
19 Nov 2018 at 4:33pm
The Dundee centre, which will treat the most seriously-injured patients, was opened by Nicola Sturgeon.

Scot Goes Pop

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Scotland in Union's "yawns" turn into blind panic as its OWN POLL backfires s...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2018 at 4:46pm
As you'll doubtless be aware, there was a crisis a few days ago at Johnston Press, which appeared to place in some doubt the future of The Scotsman newspaper.  Many independence supporters responde...

Any indyref strategy that could leave us powerless to act until 2026 is a str...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2018 at 12:27am
You may have seen a YouTube video doing the rounds of Nicola Sturgeon being unusually candid on Saturday about her strategy for seeking a mandate for independence if the UK government refuses a Sec...

The Daily Mail should be careful what it wishes for
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2018 at 7:57am
One of the amusing subplots of the recent Brexit chaos has been the way the Daily Mail, which previously regarded any form of compromise with the EU as treason, had an overnight change of heart a f...

Rare GB-wide Panelbase poll has Labour and the Tories locked together at 40% ...
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2018 at 1:55am
This isn't strictly a Scot Goes Pop exclusive, because the figures were attached to the Scottish Independence Foundation press release that went out several hours ago.  But as far as I can see no m...

Palpably pleasing Panelbase poll puts support for independence at eighteen mo...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2018 at 4:18pm
It's not very often that I'm given advance sight of a full-scale Scottish poll, so I was very grateful to the Scottish Independence Foundation for giving me a sneak peek a few days ago at the new P...

New BOMBSHELL Scottish poll suggests Ruth Davidson could face ANGUISH in snap...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2018 at 4:22am
As you may remember, one of the points of confusion about Channel 4's recent Survation poll was a set of Scottish voting intention figures for Westminster, which eventually proved to be merely a su...

We're about to see the difference between a real political party (the DUP) an...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2018 at 5:14pm
So there's a deal in principle between the UK government and the EU, but whether it will ever get through the various stages of ratification remains to be seen.  It seems likely that the text must ...

That Survation poll: a brief autopsy
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2018 at 6:07pm
In the end there was very little point in fleshing out last night's blogpost about the Survation mega-poll, because a lot of what had been reported about it on social media (and even in one or two ...

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How does Scotland's new broadcasting deal compare to other nations in Europe?
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20 Nov 2018 at 6:39pm
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Teachers reject 'final' pay offer
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20 Nov 2018 at 5:29pm
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BBC News: Brexit: Sturgeon has 'constructive' Corbyn talks
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20 Nov 2018 at 1:59pm
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Does Brexit hurt the economic case for Independence?
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20 Nov 2018 at 4:10pm
Wouldn't Brexit actually hurt the case for Scottish Independence, now that our largest trading partner post Brexit (the uk) would be outside of the customs union? Wouldn't we just have a Ireland/N....

Scotland's "Union dividend" is £1,531 per person, says David Mundell
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20 Nov 2018 at 2:12pm
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Celtic contribute £165million boost to Scottish economy every year
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20 Nov 2018 at 12:55pm
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Spanish Foreign Minister declares an independent Scotland would be welcome in EU
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Top EU court set to rule on whether Brexit can be CANCELLED
by Dan Bloom
20 Nov 2018 at 11:38am
The bid to cancel Brexit was set up by the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labour and Green politicians.


Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May to 'grow up' ahead of Brexit showdown
by Torcuil Crichton
20 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minster blasted the Tory leader for failing to provide 'grown-up' leadership as they prepare to meet today.


No-deal Brexit would be 'catastrophic' for Scotland says David Mundell
by dailyrecord
19 Nov 2018 at 3:17pm
The Scottish Secretary said he does not view such a scenario as being acceptable for the country.


Jeremy Corbyn is brave enough to challenge public opinion on anything except ...
by Record View
19 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Record View argues the Labour leader's steadfast refusal to pick a side on staying or going in a second referendum is frustrating in the extreme.


Baby banks are booming as cruel Tory cuts force Scots families to rely on han...
by Michael Pringle
19 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Alarming numbers of desperate families are needing handouts, including nappies, prams and clothes, following years of austerity.


Richard Leonard claims Scottish independence would be WORSE than Brexit turmoil
by Lucy Christie
18 Nov 2018 at 12:44pm
The Scottish Labour leader said he found people "increasingly hostile" to the prospect of IndyRef2.


Michael Gove may be a maniac but he's not daft enough for Brexit poisoned cha...
by John Niven
18 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist reckons that the job of Brexit secretary is impossible because the task is lunacy.


David Mundell says 'crass' Nicola Sturgeon has hit 'new low' in Brexit blast
by Lucy Christie
17 Nov 2018 at 8:30pm
The Scottish Secretary accused the First Minister of 'casting aside' the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland to make an 'opportunistic political point' while also throwing his support behind u...


Theresa May gets stay of execution after Brexit rebel Michael Gove remains in...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
The move prevented collapse of her premiership in the short term but Gove is simply hanging on with other anti-EU Cabinet members to try to rewrite the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.


Fishermen fear Theresa May's Brexit bungling has sold Scottish industry down ...
by Charlie Gall
16 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
Despite May's promises to Parliament yesterday many fear linking access to fishing waters to trade will mean that fishermen will lose out after Brexit.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 172 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
13 Nov 2018 at 9:48pm
The 172nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a speech given by Clive Ponting. Ponting is a famous whistleblower who exposed the UK Government over the sinking of The Belgrano, an act many believe to be a war crime. He has also authored a number of books exposing various levels of skulduggery and/or incompetence …
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Journey To Yes 22 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
12 Nov 2018 at 10:01pm
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. This time it is Clive Ponting, a man who really knows what the British Government tends to get up to and why. It’s partly an interview and partly taken from a talk. I am pleased to announce that in a sort of double feature, the new episode …

Nation 3 ? Norway, The Twin Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Nov 2018 at 12:08am
The third in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.  In all the most serious research, Norway is almost always the number 1 place to be. Scotland could do this, and without major difficulties, we have more resources than they have, we just need to show the will to do it…

?I was basically trying to rip off The Pixies? ? Kurt Cobain
by michaelgreenwell
28 Oct 2018 at 12:58am
For those of you of a certain age. This is an amazing documentary, very far from your usual triumphant reunion…

Journey to Yes 21 ? Ashley Graczyk
by michaelgreenwell
21 Oct 2018 at 8:45am
Here is the latest in the the wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power. It is episode 21. If you?d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Scottish Independence Podcast 171 ? Dr Philippa Whitford
by michaelgreenwell
9 Oct 2018 at 4:20pm
The 171st episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Dr Philippa Whitford (a previous guest on the show). I’m sure you do, but just in case you didn’t know, Dr Whitford MP is an SNP MP but before her time in politics she was a consultant breast surgeon, one who also worked …
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Bloody Nora x 1000
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2018 at 8:58pm
Trump at the UN…

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Conservatives in Scotland and Poverty in the UK
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Nov 2018 at 4:58pm
The Conservatives in Scotland have been very quiet about UN Special Rapporteur Professor Philip Alston’s findings on poverty in the UK – 1.5 million people are destitute due to the UK Government’s ideological choice to inflict austerity on the most vulnerable – a Government which is run by their party.

Extinction Rebellion ? Scotland Launch
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Nov 2018 at 2:09pm
Systems Collapse Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an acknowledgement that our system has failed, catastrophically. It has delivered us a society where poverty has been institutionalised and the poor are punished, where our health and education systems are being shredded by neo-liberalism, where the media has been captured by oligarchs and where the conditions for our …

Labour for Indy?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Nov 2018 at 11:15am
With Theresa May flailing on Brexit and the UK government in crisis, the prospect of another general election is increasingly likely. In such a scenario, Scottish independence will inevitably return to the agenda. Labour’s position on the issue remains firm, but is there scope for it to change? Jonathan Rimmer investigates by speaking to the …

A Way out of Madness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2018 at 5:17pm
Remember when people voted No in 2014 because Britain was a source of economic stability and political certainty? The idea that Britain was somehow ‘multicultural’  ‘open’ and outward-looking was actually believed. People arguing for self-determination were somehow ‘separatists’. It seems laughable now doesn’t it? But the main compelling argument that we were ‘Better Together’ was …

China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Nov 2018 at 2:43pm
CHINA is the world?s largest economy, with a GDP in 2017 of $23 trillion, based on purchasing power parity. By comparison, the EU (including Britain) clocked up $20 trillion and the United States came in a global third at $19 trillion. America?s diminished economic power explains a lot about Donald Trump?s trade tantrums but how …

Brillo?s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Nov 2018 at 11:22am
An astonishing week of breakdown and breakthrough, clarity and exposure as forces of clandestine British power are revealed.  At the heart of a nexus of think-tanks and media is Andrew Neil,  the former UK Editor of the Economist, the Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, publisher of the Scotsman and supporter of the Adam Smith …

War School: the Battle for Britain?s Children
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 9:47pm
War School looks at what Remembrance means for veterans of Britain’s many conflicts in the century since the end of the War To End All Wars and reveals how government policies are targeting ever younger children for future rectruitment into the armed forces. More details here.    

An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Nov 2018 at 4:23pm
Dear Ms MacKinnon, Like thousands of licence fee payers across the country I am deeply concerned by BBC Scotland’s decision to support the upcoming News Xchange event featuring Steve Bannon. As an individual synonymous with white nationalism and the rise of racist, hate-fuelled politics I believe Mr Bannon?s inclusion is fundamentally dangerous, and simply by …

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'What England wants, it gets': Brexit deal fails to win over Scottish voters
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
Few in Glasgow have a good word to say about Brexit, and many feel ignored by Westminster?Is there a deal at all?? asked Mairi McNeil, 65, as she sheltered from a rain shower off Buchanan Street with her husband, William, 66, a retired business analyst.While Scotland?s first minister. Nicola Stur...

Glasgow School of Art chair says building management 'exemplary'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2018 at 5:50pm
Muriel Gray regrets not doing more to communicate with local community after fireThe chair of Glasgow School of Art, Muriel Gray, has defended the management of the Mackintosh building ? which was gutted by fire in June ? as ?exemplary?, while acknowledging she could have done more to communicate...

Sturgeon: Brexit chaos makes independence case stronger every day
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2018 at 4:12pm
Scottish first minister suggests she may soon update Holyrood on timing of second independence poll? Follow the latest Brexit news and reaction - live updatesThe ongoing Brexit chaos makes the case for Scottish independence stronger every day, Nicola Sturgeon has said, suggesting that she may upd...

Critics line up after May wins cabinet support ? as it happened
by Kate Lyons (now), Andrew Sparrow , Matthew Weaver and Ruth Quinn (earlier)
15 Nov 2018 at 2:31am
PM announces she has secured backing for plan after ?long, detailed and impassioned debate?Brexit deal: May secures cabinet backing for Brexit dealTheresa May?s Brexit deal: everything you need to knowLabour confident its Brexiters will vote down May?s dealLatest summaryMay?s statement in full 2....

Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Nov 2018 at 10:12am
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment.State sc...

UK cannot stop article 50 case going to ECJ, says Scottish court
by Libby Brooks
8 Nov 2018 at 1:55pm
Group seeks ruling on whether Britain can unilaterally withdraw from Brexit processScotland?s highest court has refused the UK government leave to appeal its referral of a case to the European court of justice that seeks to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit. This paves the way...

Alex Salmond 'not adequately informed' of sexual harassment claims, court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Nov 2018 at 1:42pm
Former first minister is challenging the Scottish government over its handling of allegationsAlex Salmond was not given sufficient information about two sexual harassment allegations made against him, according to lawyers acting for the former first minister in the first court hearing of his lega...

England?s sorry delusions are Scotland?s best argument for independence | Kev...
by Kevin McKenna
4 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
As the cracks in the union proliferate, the SNP should focus on forward thinkingThere are pitfalls to be avoided, many of them associated with expression and attitude, when you attempt to make the case for a nation?s independence.These occur often and can be difficult to avoid. How do you proclai...

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The final death of the Spanish veto myth
There’s one thing that this blog has been saying consistently ever since I started writing it in 2013, and that’s that Spain would not veto an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but this blog has been a lone voice in Scotland arguing from a position of …

This is the state we?re still in
This is the state we’re still in. Back in 2014, another age, another era, when the UK could still pretend that it was open and welcoming and respectful of the people who make it up, Scotland was promised that by voting against independence, we could have the best of both worlds. The best of both …

Acknowledging Scotland?s existence
Finally, Theresa May has managed to unite the UK. Everyone thinks her deal is rubbish, even the guy who was supposedly in charge of negotiating it. The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned, so Raab C Brexit is now Raab C Exit. Fellow Brexist Esther McVey has taken time out of her busy schedule of …

A very big deal
You can’t turn on the telly today without seeing some eager interviewer standing outside Westminster or Downing Street, sticking their microphone in the face of a random political passer by and asking them about the government’s Brexit deal. The cracks are already showing, not least in the rictus grins of the Conservatives. It’s that uncomfortable …

Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting
The latest instalment in Phantom Power’s fantastic Journey to Yes series. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly disgusted by what he saw. …

Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs
When I was a kid, the Union fleg was only regularly seen flying on Orange Walks. As a Catholic wean from a family that was partly of Irish descent, it was a flag that said that people like me were not welcome, that we were excluded, that we were regarded as aliens in the land …

A draft constitution for the Scottish state
The constitutional scholar Dr. Mark McNaught, who is a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, is one of those who has been attempting to devise a draft constitution for an independent Scottish state.  Other groups and individuals have also been working on similar projects. This draft is not intended …

Sold out going in, sold out going out
Sorry for not having blogged the past couple of days, but I’ve been having internet issues. Virgin Cable’s online service check thingy insists there’s no broadband issues in my area, but I’m constantly getting DNS lookup errors. Fingers crossed it’s sorted now. Onieweys, it’s not like there’s a whole lot going on in the world …

The National

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The National

Kirsty Hughes: Backstop debate is a distraction from real damage from Brexit
THE backstop for the Irish border in the draft withdrawal agreement has been the focus of a major row between the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Government in recent days. Beyond that, there have been criticisms in Scotland that the withdrawal deal mentions Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Gibraltar amongst others, but not Scotland (though in fact, it doesn?t mention England either).

FM heads to London in bid to derail Tories' Brexit deal
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to travel to London this week in a bid to establish a united front against Theresa May?s Brexit plan.

True toll of 'unnecessary' Tory austerity laid bare in UN report
THE UN has accused the Tories of choosing to make the poorest people in Britain poorer while funding tax cuts for the wealthy.

May clings to power as momentum fades for confidence vote
THERESA May?s grip on power was looking more secure last night as Brexiteer rebels conceded momentum had slowed for their campaign to oust her.

Blackford: Brexit shambles underlines imperative for independence
SCOTLAND?S treatment by the UK Government in the Brexit process illustrates the need for independence, according to the SNP?s Westminster leader.

Nicola Sturgeon slams Tories for last-minute invite to Brexit meeting
NICOLA Sturgeon has reacted with fury after the UK Government demanded she cancel constituency commitments to meet with Theresa May?s de facto deputy.

EU member countries concerned over fishermen?s access to UK waters
THERESA May could be about to face another Brexit battle after a number of EU member states protested about access to British waters for European fishing fleets.

Glasgow council chiefs challenge UN criticism over Welfare Fund
GLASGOW City Council has rejected criticism made of the local authority in Philip Alston?s report into poverty in the UK.

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

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland
Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 7th 2018 Thirty years ago Scotland was a very different place. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the poll tax was yet to be implemented, and there was no Scottish Parliament. Then along came the Govan by-election ? a seat that …

Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? an...
Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? and ?Nae Pasaran? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, November 3rd 2018 It is a rare occasion when two films are released on the same day about working class histories of Britain. This weekend sees such a situation with the release of Mike Leigh?s much awaited …

Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet
Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 31st 2018 A spectre is haunting the modern world: fascism. All around the world people are talking about and identifying fascists. Newspaper headlines abound in the US such as ?Is Donald Trump a fascist??, ?How fascist is Donald Trump?? …

British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories
British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 24th 2018 The political world has been seen as an abrasive, macho and male club for centuries. Across the West this has meant to have changed in the last couple of decades with record levels of women?s representation and …

Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise
Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 17th 2018 The context and limits of freedom of speech have always been important, but everywhere this seems to have become increasingly contentious. Whether it is white supremacists in the US declaring they are protecting the US …

A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance?
A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance? Gerry Hassan New Statesman, October 12th 2018 Dundee is being talked about. This marks a big change for a city that traditionally has been ignored or presented in clichés – of jute, jam and journalism, the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, and William McGonagall. Now …

Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us
Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 10th 2018 Hate seems to be everywhere in public life. This week Scottish Justice minister Humza Yousaf floated making misogyny a specific hate crime illegal, while in the previous week, the Scottish Government launched a high …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll ? Linda Fabiani
Scottish independence: Unionists wrong about new poll ? Linda Fabiani  The ScotsmanNew independence poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK  Scottish Daily RecordScottish independence: Number of Scots who would vote to remain in UK revealed  Evening TimesFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: decision on a second Scottish independence referendum in the...
Nicola Sturgeon: decision on a second Scottish independence referendum in the 'not too distant future'  Telegraph.co.ukIndyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again  thejournal.ieIn Brexit aftermath, Nicola Sturgeon told to forget dreams of a second Scottish referendum  inews.co.ukFull coverage

Scottish independence: If UK didn't exist, we'd invent it ? Pamela Nash
Scottish independence: If UK didn't exist, we'd invent it ? Pamela Nash  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Spain Would Not Oppose Future Independent Scotland Rejoining EU: Minister
Spain Would Not Oppose Future Independent Scotland Rejoining EU: Minister  U.S. News & World ReportFull coverage

Analysis: Whose Brexit is this and what does it mean for Scottish independence?
Analysis: Whose Brexit is this and what does it mean for Scottish independence?  CommonSpaceNicola Sturgeon admits Indyref2 may be after 2021  HeraldScotlandSturgeon to meet May amid escalating Brexit tensions  Press and JournalFull coverage

Brexit will cause the UK to 'split apart', Spanish government warns
Brexit will cause the UK to 'split apart', Spanish government warns  The IndependentFull coverage

'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK
'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK  Express.co.ukBrexit has strengthened case for Scottish independence: Sturgeon  ReutersDraft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesLetters: May's contempt for the Scottish Government is neither surprising nor new  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Next referendum will be on Scottish independence
Next referendum will be on Scottish independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

SNP

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Work with Plaid and SNP on Brexit, Price urges Labour
Work with Plaid and SNP on Brexit, Price urges Labour  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon: SNP, Labour and Tories must form 'coalition' to fight Brexit deal  The ScotsmanIan Blackford: Theresa May should consider SNP offer  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon confirms SNP MPs will vote against Brexit deal
Nicola Sturgeon confirms SNP MPs will vote against Brexit deal  BBC NewsSNP MPs to vote against Theresa May's Brexit bill  The National'Scottish independence case stronger after Scotland sidelined in Brexit talks'  The ScotsmanBrexit is turning Scottish politics in the SNP's favour  New StatesmanFull coverage

The SNP cannot afford to ignore Labour's popularity among young Scots
The SNP cannot afford to ignore Labour's popularity among young Scots  The NationalFull coverage

SNP demand an end to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia
SNP demand an end to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia  The NationalFull coverage

SNP leadership urged to 'come clean' over what it knew about Alex Salmond all...
SNP leadership urged to 'come clean' over what it knew about Alex Salmond allegations  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Fight to defeat Theresa May's Brexit deal a national 'emergency', SNP says
Fight to defeat Theresa May's Brexit deal a national 'emergency', SNP says  The ScotsmanBrexit is a tragedy which is rapidly turning to farce  SNP (press release)Brexit: Backlash over May's EU nationals 'queue jumping' vow  BBC NewsFull coverage

SNP: 'Scotland will not compete with NI'
SNP: 'Scotland will not compete with NI'  Sky NewsFull coverage

SNP seek to take advantage of Westminster's Brexit turmoil
SNP seek to take advantage of Westminster's Brexit turmoil  Press and JournalSNP: Scotland should have same opportunity as Northern Ireland from Brexit  Irish ExaminerFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK in new referendum
Poll shows 60% of Scots would vote to remain in UK in new referendum  Irish ExaminerFull coverage

Readers' poll: Would you vote for Scottish independence in a second referendum?
Readers' poll: Would you vote for Scottish independence in a second referendum?  The ScotsmanScottish independence: Number of Scots who would vote to remain in UK revealed  Evening TimesFull coverage

Indyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again
Indyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again  thejournal.ieSturgeon TAUNTED over no 'GUTS' to call for new Scotland referendum after Brexit deal  Express.co.ukBrexit is turning Scottish politics in the SNP's favour  New StatesmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon admits Indyref2 may be after 2021
Nicola Sturgeon admits Indyref2 may be after 2021  HeraldScotlandBrexit deal works for all UK, PM Theresa May tells Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesScottish MPs Urge Jeremy Corbyn-Nicola Sturgeon Alliance for 2nd Brexit Vote  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

Spain Would Not Oppose Future Independent Scotland Rejoining EU: Minister
Spain Would Not Oppose Future Independent Scotland Rejoining EU: Minister  U.S. News & World ReportFull coverage

'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK
'Scotland WILL choose INDEPENDENCE' Sturgeon warns Brexit to break up UK  Express.co.ukDraft Brexit deal 'devastating' for Scotland, says pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon  The Straits TimesSturgeon under pressure to outline plans for second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandExtending Article 50 is now the only way to avoid Brexit chaos | View  euronewsFull coverage

Next referendum will be on Scottish independence
Next referendum will be on Scottish independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

Brexit will cause the UK to 'split apart', Spanish government warns
Brexit will cause the UK to 'split apart', Spanish government warns  The IndependentFull coverage

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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

Scotland First Country To Introduce LGBT Lessons
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?

Highlight is surely gonna someone's uncle raging that a school's "teaching weans to be poofs".

Well the real highlight will be the promotion of LGBT sexualities and genders being "equal" to typical sexualities and gender...

TV Tax
Just curious to see who still pays to be told what to think.

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

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 ...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

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

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Christmas is back
I was in  Costa Coffee today and staff were wearing reindeer antlers (foam not real), also saw my first Christmas tree of the season in local chemists. I'm used to seasonal food being on display from September but today's sightings have still caught me by surprise.

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...

Hockney
Nice enough picture. Not really bothered about the price, it's worth what someones willing to pay. Apparently it's a 'modern masterpiece' why'?.

Catalonia & the UK media blackout of events
What is this so called free press that we hear about ? It is quite something

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

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. https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU...

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is dead ? A look back at a few o...
    The man that would have inspired Machiavelli is dead and politicians sleep  more soundly. If only it were possible to delve into his diaries. Sir Jeremy Heywood, civil servant and permanent secretary to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, Cameron and May and confidant to the rich and powerful elite of British politics and their … Continue reading "The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is d...

The Tory Party ? Brexit ? Political Suicide ? Déjà vu
          15 Nov 2018: The Theresa May Government – A promising start and a dismal end Theresa May’s leadership was plunged into a new crisis last night after claims that she had described her former and remaining anti-European market Cabinet colleagues as “bastards” in comments accidentally recorded after a television interview. … Continue reading "The Tory Party – Brexit – Political Suicide –...

Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him
          1997 – The Fall of the Tory Party and Rise of New Labour After nearly 20 years in government the Tory Party collapsed under a mire of lies, sex scandals and just about every political crime imaginable. The single saving grace was the economy which was in robust health due … Continue reading "Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him"

Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Battle to the Streets Ca...
            Industrial Action in Glasgow Indications are that women employed by Glasgow District Council will be taking industrial action very soon in pursuance of their long running campaign seeking equal pay with male workers as required by law. It is important that the hard working people of Glasgow attribute fault … Continue reading "Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Batt...

The murky world of Westminster politics ? big business protection ? and the a...
        A Murky World In the article before this I provided a “through the keyhole report on the activities of Hayluyt. It generated a bit of interest and begged the question. How deeply entrenched in the British state is this bunch of very rich individuals? This article provides some answers and raises … Continue reading "The murky world of Westminster politics – big business protection – and ...

British Spymasters revealed
            I am publishing the under-noted article which exposed the activities of the British Secret Services to the public in Scotland. Many of the principal characters involved went on to dominate Scottish politics and, operating out of London still do so. After reading the article you might wish to read … Continue reading "British Spymasters revealed"

Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to get off the Bus Sharpish
          The Political Ideology of “New Labour” The political thinking of right wing “New Labour” politicians is closely aligned with their Tory “soft left” colleagues in Westminster and in political pressure groups in England, Wales and Scotland The right wing faction opposes just about all of the economic policies of the … Continue reading "Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to ...

The 1707 Act of Vandalism is not fit for purpose and should be binned without...
      Massacre of the Macdonalds at Glencoe       Events that break the political union The discredited Westminster political system of government is close to collapse and its welcome termination might be closer than the pundits would have you believe. The press is increasingly headlining that a huge majority of little Englanders … Continue reading "The 1707 Act of Vandalism is not fit for purp...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

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

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

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

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

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