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Nicola Sturgeon hits out at UK Government over Scottish shipyard 'betrayal'
19 Apr 2018 at 4:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has condemned a decision to open up a £1 billion order for military ships to overseas tenders ? branding it ?nothing short of a blatant betrayal of Scottish shipyards?.

Ruth Davidson named in Time's 100 most influential people of the year
19 Apr 2018 at 5:38pm
RUTH Davidson has been named one of Time magazine?s 100 most influential people of the year ? one of only two British politicians to appear on the annual list.

Nicola Sturgeon condemns Glasgow NHS for 'unacceptable' closure announcement
19 Apr 2018 at 5:08pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit out at health chiefs over the ?unacceptable? way they communicated the imminent closure of a minor injuries unit.

FMQ sketch: Shona the Jonah
19 Apr 2018 at 7:20pm
SAY what you like about Ruth Davidson, she knows how to go bonkers.

Sturgeon stands by her Health Secretary as SNP MSPs complain
19 Apr 2018 at 4:16pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has defended her beleaguered health secretary amid a catalogue of failures at her local NHS board and rising complaints from SNP MSPs.

SNP met data row firm ahead of Holyrood election, Sturgeon reveals
19 Apr 2018 at 1:19pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has revealed her party had contact with the tainted data firm Cambridge Analytica in the run up to the last Holyrood election.

SNP pressed on data firm row as Sturgeon and Blackford at odds
19 Apr 2018 at 5:09am
THE SNP is facing growing calls to detail its contact with Cambridge Analytica after Nicola Sturgeon and her Westminster leader appeared to contradict each other on the matter.

Gove: UK Government could struggle to overturn Lords defeat
19 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
MICHAEL Gove has accepted UK ministers could struggle to overturn a House of Lords defeat on the Government's flagship Brexit Bill when it returns to the Commons.

McDonnell offers finance sector a role in Labour policy making
19 Apr 2018 at 12:54pm
The shadow chancellor said the City had a role to play in the ?transformative programme? he would enact if Labour came to power.

Scotland praised for standing 'completely apart' in its support for Catalonia
19 Apr 2018 at 5:07am
SCOTLAND has been praised for standing ?completely apart? from the rest of Europe over its support for Catalonia.

Transport minister left red-faced in Commons after mishearing question
19 Apr 2018 at 1:24pm
The gaffe drew laughter in the chamber as Nusrat Ghani admitted suffering a ?momentary lapse?.

MP?s Saddam jokes are disgusting says mother of soldier killed in Iraq
19 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
The mother of a soldier who died in Iraq has said a Conservative MP should stand down because of his "disgusting" behaviour while on a fact-finding visit in the country.

Bedroom tax delay leads to concerns over benefits devolution
19 Apr 2018 at 5:09am
SCOTTISH ministers have raised concerns over delays to the handover of welfare powers to Holyrood.

Fight over post-Brexit powers nearing "end game", says Sturgeon
19 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
THE stand-off between Edinburgh and London over Brexit and devolved powers is ?reaching the end game?, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Holyrood urged to back safe drug injection room in Glasgow
19 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
Public health minister Aileen Campbell is set to call on the Scottish Parliament to back a safe injecting room for drug users.



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Ruth Davidson named in Time list of 100 most influential people
19 Apr 2018 at 5:49pm
Ruth Davidson has said she is “extremely honoured” to be named as one of 2018’s most influential people by Time magazine.

Scotland?s population rises for eighth year on the trot
19 Apr 2018 at 2:11pm
Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year in a row and now stands at its highest ever level, official figures have revealed.

FMQs: Sturgeon won't name SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica
19 Apr 2018 at 2:05pm
Nicola Sturgeon has refused to name to the SNP consultant who met with the controversial political consultancy accused of harvesting the Facebook data of millions of users.

David Cameron: Calling a referendum on the EU was the right choice
19 Apr 2018 at 1:58pm
Former prime minister David Cameron has said he does not regret calling the referendum that triggered Brexit, despite believing the UK made the wrong decision.

Queen asks Commonwealth to put Prince Charles in charge
19 Apr 2018 at 1:16pm
The Queen has publicly called on Commonwealth governments to name Prince Charles as her successor to head the organisation, as she opened what could be her last summit in charge of the 53-nation bloc.

Green MSP calls for UK Government to revisit onshore wind subsidy
19 Apr 2018 at 12:54pm
The UK Government has been urged to revisit its decision to remove onshore wind projects from a key renewables scheme.

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon rejects call to sack Robison
19 Apr 2018 at 12:49pm
Nicola Sturgeon has rejected opposition calls to sack embattled health Secretary Shona Robison over the row involving mis-use of charity cash in the NHS.

Michael Gove insists UK is liberal and welcoming as Windrush anger grows
19 Apr 2018 at 12:16pm
Michael Gove has insisted that post-Brexit Britain will have a “positive, welcoming, liberal, forward-looking” immigration policy after a former head of the civil service revealed some in government saw ‘hostile environment’ practices to crack down on illegal immigration as “almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany".

Scotland?s population rises for the eighth year running
19 Apr 2018 at 11:41am
Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year running with migration driving the increase, latest figures show.

Fresh Scots bid to legalise Assisted Suicide
19 Apr 2018 at 11:34am
A new Holyrood inquiry into the prospect of Assisted Suicide being introduced in Scotland should be established to allow the issue to be "truly explored", MSPs have been told.

Assurances sought over Scotland?s military future
19 Apr 2018 at 10:31am
Calls have been made for the Defence Secretary to provide assurances over the future of the military in Scotland during an expected visit to the country.

Report reveals ?extremely murky goings-on? at NHS Highland
19 Apr 2018 at 8:48am
NHS bosses have had a contract with a medical centre for almost 20 years without any formal tender arrangements being put in place to ensure value for money, a leaked report has revealed.

Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit talks are close to ?end game?
19 Apr 2018 at 8:15am
Negotiations between the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments over key Brexit legislation are “reaching the end game”, the First Minister said ­yesterday.

Holyrood urged to back safe drug injection room in Glasgow
19 Apr 2018 at 7:17am
Public health minister Aileen Campbell is set to call on the Scottish Parliament to back a safe injecting room for drug users.

MSPs give their backing to Scotland?s Turing Bill
19 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
MSPs last night unanimously agreed to the general principals of proposed legislation that will pardon individuals convicted of same-sex relations in the past.

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A hostile environment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
From here: (NB These rules do not apply to Andrew Neil, Nick Robinson, etc etc. Like, duh.)

A story told in pictures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2018 at 11:37am
Because we have no words. Previous coverage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Trampling on graves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2018 at 9:49am
Last night – at the insistence of the SNP – the House Of Commons held a six-hour emergency debate in the wake of the UK’s unquestionably illegal bombing of Syria at the weekend, under the supposed justification of a chemical attack that may well not have happened at all, far less have been the responsibility of the …

Desperate fishwives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2018 at 11:35am
Scotland’s political opposition and media, today: There can surely be no country on Earth cursed and plagued with a more pathetic shower of petty, whining, gossiping harpies in those roles than Scotland. And while we knew that already, barely a day seems to go by without them reaching a new nadir. If you’ve got the …

The decoy
by Chris Cairns
14 Apr 2018 at 6:59am

The killer blow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2018 at 6:33pm
Yes, we know the Express announces a “killer blow” to independence every couple of weeks. But otherwise we can think of nothing to add to this story, so just click the pic to read and enjoy. EDIT 6.50pm: Duh! We’ve just noticed the article is in fact from exactly a year ago. Beamer for us! …

The elephant in the courtroom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2018 at 12:15pm
In one way or another, a lot of politics is being played out in courts at the moment. Whether it’s Spain trying to crush the Catalonian independence movement, America frantically trying to impeach its President before he does something REALLY crazy or the UK trying to redefine the most basic of human freedoms out of existence without …

The gloom hunters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2018 at 10:33am
The accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers – last seen charging the taxpayer an eye-watering £20.4m for just eight weeks’ work during the collapse of Carillion – today published a report into the declining number of high-street retail outlets in the UK. BBC Scotland was keen to put a regional slant on it. According to the …

Just plain lying
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2018 at 12:52pm
The front page of today’s Scottish Daily Mail: The problem: it’s completely and utterly made up. Here’s what the paper is claiming: “Tens of millions of pounds worth of potholes created by the ?Beast from the East? will not be repaired because of a major funding crisis. Scotland?s roads have been plagued by the craters …

The wrong end of the telescope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2018 at 1:45pm
This was the front page of yesterday’s Scotsman: As is often the case with Scottish newspapers these days, the story was based entirely on a fantasy – IF a certain number of people did a certain thing (flee to England to escape a 1p income tax rise), which the story doesn’t provide a shred of evidence …

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Sturgeon defends changes to terminal illness support plans
19 Apr 2018 at 4:57pm
The first minister says fast-tracked support for the terminally ill should be decided by doctors, not "arbitrary" time limits.

SNP met Cambridge Analytica before election
19 Apr 2018 at 3:10pm
Nicola Sturgeon says a consultant working for the party met the firm three months before the last Holyrood vote.

Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list
19 Apr 2018 at 5:13pm
The Scottish Conservative leader makes the Time magazine list of the world's most influential people.

MSPs voice support for 'fix room' law change
19 Apr 2018 at 5:31pm
A cross-party majority of MSPs urge the UK government to change the law to allow a Glasgow drug consumption room.

Sturgeon backs Shona Robison over NHS Tayside
19 Apr 2018 at 4:07pm
First minister supports her health secretary amid claims that warnings about the health board's finances were ignored.

Scottish population reaches new high
19 Apr 2018 at 12:33pm
Migration is largely behind the rise, despite a drop in the number of people moving from overseas after the Brexit vote.

'Higher crime' in areas where alcohol is most available, says study
19 Apr 2018 at 12:20am
Campaigners are calling for action to curb the number of places selling alcohol in areas with highest crime rates.

Borders Railway extension option remains open
19 Apr 2018 at 2:51pm
A study of transport needs in the Borders advises further consideration of taking the line beyond Tweedbank.

Brexit row 'reaching endgame' - Sturgeon
18 Apr 2018 at 3:46pm
The first minister says the dispute over powers after Brexit needs to be resolved in "days rather than weeks".

Mother's anger over MP's Iraq Facebook posts
18 Apr 2018 at 7:31pm
The mother of a soldier who died in Iraq criticises an MP who posed for pictures on Saddam's throne.

Closure halt call at Pinneys plant amid Young's Seafood sale plans
19 Apr 2018 at 8:36pm
MSPs say closure plans for the Pinneys plant should be put on hold as its parent company is looking for a buyer.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visits RAF Lossiemouth
19 Apr 2018 at 12:18pm
A new £132m RAF Lossiemouth facility will house the new Poseidon planes which are due to arrive in 2020.

Scot Goes Pop

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Why the Tories want the SNP to let their mandate for a referendum expire
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2018 at 10:06pm
Not for the first time, David Halliday has hit the nail on the head with this tweet -"If not having an independence referendum before 2021 is sensible then why has Ruth Davidson been fighting so ha...

Why I'm backing Chris McEleny for SNP depute leader
by James Kelly
14 Apr 2018 at 4:01pm
Because the candidates are perhaps a little less well-known than would usually be the case, I had planned to take my time before making a final decision about who to vote for in the SNP depute lead...

Renew the Section 30 request, put a deadline on it - and then if needs be go ...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2018 at 7:37pm
Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland has helpfully moved forward the debate over indyref timing by arguing that the Scottish Government should go ahead and legislate for a second referendum witho...

Twitter poll confirms overwhelming demand within the Yes movement for a pre-2...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2018 at 7:39pm
The Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has been holding a Twitter poll over the last 24 hours on the timing of an independence referendum.  The results are dramatic, with a combined total of 88...

Jim Sillars is now, to all intents and purposes, opposed to an independent Sc...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2018 at 2:48am
I think that's fair comment.  It's rather like Gordon Brown's famous "five economic tests" for joining the euro - they were intentionally designed never to be met, because for whatever reason Brown...

Landmark Panelbase poll finds 42% of Scottish public want a very early indepe...
by James Kelly
8 Apr 2018 at 11:33am
Today brings word of a full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase, and not for the first time it illustrates beautifully the yawning chasm between the actual state of public opinion, and the fictional...

The weak enslave themselves
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2018 at 5:32pm
Yesterday was a genuinely dispiriting day for me, because for the first time I discovered I'd been blocked by an SNP parliamentarian - in spite of the fact that I hadn't said anything remotely abus...

The Gathering
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2018 at 6:20pm
A guest post by Jason Baird of the National Yes RegistryMany thanks to James for the generous opportunity of a guest post on Scot Goes Pop. For all those who have not yet heard of the National Yes ...

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Bit of wishful thinking from the Beeb
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19 Apr 2018 at 9:21pm
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Heatwave over: Scotland set for sub zero temperatures
by /u/DukeHaggis
19 Apr 2018 at 8:14pm
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Loch Lyon Dam (x-post from r/InfrastructurePorn)
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19 Apr 2018 at 7:49pm
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Dundee City Council Planning
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19 Apr 2018 at 7:43pm
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thoughts on this tweet about the confederate flag in alloa?
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19 Apr 2018 at 6:16pm
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Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list
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19 Apr 2018 at 5:40pm
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Green MSP urges UK Government to U-turn on onshore wind subsidy: The UK Gover...
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19 Apr 2018 at 5:27pm
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Chris Green on Twitter: MSPs at Holyrood have backed the creation of a safe d...
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19 Apr 2018 at 5:13pm
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Hardeep Singh Kohli describes being placed on the BBC's blacklist of independ...
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19 Apr 2018 at 5:11pm
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LibDem Spring Conference Invite
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19 Apr 2018 at 4:16pm
Hi Xxxxx, Tomorrow our spring conference 2018 kicks off in Aviemore. This is our chance to showcase the progress of the Scottish Liberal Democrats but I appreciate that not every member can make it...

BBC News: SNP met Cambridge Analytica before election
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19 Apr 2018 at 3:46pm
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Scotrail: Only 3 coaches because...
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19 Apr 2018 at 3:41pm
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Mum who took bribe in drugs trial jailed for six years
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19 Apr 2018 at 1:55pm
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McDonald's apologises after paramedics refused service
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19 Apr 2018 at 1:37pm
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Hundreds turn out for protest against controversial 'rape clause' in Edinburgh
by Aoife Moore
19 Apr 2018 at 7:12pm
Former Labour leader Kezia Dugdale addressed the crowds in the capital voicing her vehement opposition to the clause.

'Hope' for Pinneys after high level talks at Annan seafood factory
by Record Reporter
19 Apr 2018 at 6:32pm
There could be 450 jobs lost at the seafood factory in Dumfries and Galloway.

Tories savaged for selling UK shipbuilders down the river over £1billion deal
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Unions have blasted the Government for opening up the building of military ships to international tender with Scottish yards set to lose out.

Scot caught up in Windrush scandal has been left a 'broken man' after three-y...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan reveals how her constituent lost his job and entitlement to benefits while he was also charged for accessing the NHS.

Scottish Tory MP under fire after 'channelling his inner dictator' on trip to...
by Andy Philip
18 Apr 2018 at 6:55pm
Ross Thomson has apologised for his antics and said there was no intention to cause offence.

Former FBI director claims Donald Trump is 'morally unfit' to be US President
by James Powell
18 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
James Comey also labelled Trump a liar who treats women “like pieces of meat”.

Esther McVey challenged to meet women?s aid groups over rape clause comments
by Andy Philip
18 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
The Tory minister claimed the rape clause offers “double support” to woman who and would help sex crime victims during Holyrood grilling.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard calls for right-to-buy plan for closur...
by David Clegg
18 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
The MSP told the STUC that he wants all workers to be given the right to purchase businesses that are put up for sale or face closure.

'A bunch of cowboys' SNP reject claim they held meetings with Cambridge Analy...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2018 at 7:17pm
A former Cambridge Analytica employee says there had been "pitches and negotiations" between the company and the SNP in London and Edinburgh.

Westminster launches fight against Scottish Government's devolved Brexit bills
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2018 at 11:15am
The UK Government referred Scotland's recent Continuity Bill to the Supreme Court over fears it 'created serious legal uncertainty'.

Michael Greenwell

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

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin… Advertisements

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

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 …

Bella Caledonia

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Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2018 at 10:13am
The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament as ?non-invasive?, and the resuscitation of Enoch Powell?s ?rivers of blood? 1968 speech from beyond the grave. On top of this …

Bono, Groupthink and Partners
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Apr 2018 at 9:05am
The race is on for the job, as Robin McAlpine has put it, that ?no one wants?. 1 The three candidates to be the SNP?s next Depute Leader will gather this Saturday at Airdrie Town Hall for the first hustings of the contest. However, as others have already observed, the nature of the contest does …

Brexit Makes Me Angry, and You Should Be Too
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2018 at 9:28pm
Brexit makes me angry. It makes me very angry. This, as they say, might just be the proverbial understatement. There are no gritted teeth, just a visceral sense of powerlessness. I live and work in Spain and have done for the last four years. I spend three months every year in the UK and the …

A Line in the Sand
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2018 at 9:16pm
I do not, and could not, claim knowledge of Syria; still less the politics of Syria or the military situation in Syria. I know only that my Government has carried out military operations in Syria: in my name, and in yours. All I can do is ask why these operations are being carried out, and …

Depute Dilemmas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2018 at 2:26pm
The SNP is soon to choose a new Depute leader. To date much of the discussion surrounding the election has focused on the narrow question of when to hold an independence referendum, and which times would be more likely to secure an independence victory. On the face of it for a party which campaigns for …

Who is the man set to be Cambridge Analytica?s new boss?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2018 at 5:20pm
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Julian Wheatland is set to replace the disgraced Alexander Nix as CEO of Cambridge Analytica.  In the first of his investigations Liam O’Hare asks who is he? It’s a story of Airbus, Blackwater, Bell Pottinger and Bulgarian tech.   However, rather than any fundamental change this …

Airstrikes and Slime Balls
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Apr 2018 at 10:54am
There is No UN backing there is No Westminster backing there is No transparency and there is No process. The strikes on Syria have little to do with seeking peace and everything to do with covering the domestic shambles of Trump and May, the Prime Minister’s Brexit embarrassment and the President’s unfolding legal humiliation. Theresa …

People Make Glesga
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Apr 2018 at 5:57pm
Bella Caledonia got in touch with Chris McQueer to find out more about his new collection of short stories HINGS. But Chris couldnae bother his arse to reply. Instead he got one of the stars of his stories to write to us, giving us a tour of the Glasga she and her co-stars inhabit, the …

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The Windrush generation and a hostile Home Office ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Pippa Crerar with Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo, Sarah Teather and Libby Brooks; produced by Phil Maynard and Simon Barnard
19 Apr 2018 at 3:50pm
Pippa Crerar is joined by Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo and Sarah Teather to discuss the government?s chaotic response to reports of Caribbean people who came to the UK as children in the 1950s and 60s being denied their rights. Plus Libby Brooks reports from Holyrood on how the Scotti...

Government loses two House of Lords votes on EU withdrawal bill ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Apr 2018 at 8:01pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and peers voting on the EU withdrawal billReport: government suffers Lords defeat on leaving customs unionPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatEvening summary 7.59pm BST...

Legality of Scottish and Welsh Brexit bills challenged
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 Apr 2018 at 11:38am
Supreme court ruling sought on whether devolved parliaments can legislate for BrexitThe UK government is challenging the legality of emergency Brexit bills passed by the Scottish and Welsh parliaments after months of dispute about their policy-making powers.The attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC,...

May refuses to back Boris Johnson's claim there will be 'Brexit dividend' - P...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Mar 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s tour of the UK to mark Brexit now being just one year awayJohn McDonnell?s morning interviews - SummaryTony Blair?s Brexit Q&A - SummaryTheresa May?s BBC interview - SummaryMay refuses to back Boris Johns...

The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Increasing the immigration statistics by one
I thought I’d write a more personal blog article this time, so that you can all know what my plans are for the coming months. Readers, I’m getting married. My partner Peter and I have set a date, the wedding will be on Friday 26th October and will be celebrated on the coast of the …

Hard work, but not difficult work
The one-man whirlwind that is Robin McAlpine of CommonWeal has recently published a book which is an invaluable contribution to the independence debate and which provides many of the answers which we were struggling for during the first referendum campaign back in 2014. Called How to Start a New Country, a Practical Guide for Scotland, …

Let us be very clear
In an article for the Sunday Times this weekend, Jeremy Clarkson says that he doesn’t understand the need for Scottish independence, but then no one has ever knowingly accused Jeremy of having any sort of insight into anyone who doesn’t fully subscribe to the agenda of the right wing British nationalist press. Jeremy is now …

Mission accomplished
Remember when we said that Donald Trump would start WW3 on Twitter and we thought it was a joke? There he was the other day boasting about how smart his missiles are, which made everyone wonder if the missiles wouldn’t be a more intelligent American president, and now along with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron …

Oh, and one more thing!
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto then. One more time with feeling. This is going to be short and sweet, but I think it’s an important issue. So listen up! In my post Mushroom farming the population, I stressed the need to support Scotland’s emerging new and traditional media sources. iScot, Independence Live, Phantom Power, …

You get what you give
A guest post by Samuel Miller You know, I still can’t get my head round it. So many questions and so few answers. Especially given the headlines of the past few weeks. Questions are good though. For instance, just what makes some people put others in harms way? Why mislead to manipulate opinion, when you …

How bad could it be?
A guest post by Samuel Miller They say timing is everything and given the nature of my previous post, this Q.E.D. moment couldn’t be allowed to pass. It appears that some folk yesterday were quite concerned about Scottish economic performance lagging behind the UK. Others? Not so much.  Very much a glass half empty or glass half …

Mushroom farming the population
A guest post by Samuel Miller From the lack of serious Scottish political news out there you’d be forgiven for thinking that bugger all is happening. Not to mention you may be feeling a bit frustrated, anxious or downright borderline paranoid. Perhaps worth remembering, that one way or another this is going to be a …

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Tory MP ?insulted victims? by smiling on Iraq throne
AN Iraqi refugee whose grandfather and three uncles were murdered by Saddam Hussein?s regime has said she is deeply insulted by a picture of a Scots Tory MP sitting smiling on the former dictator?s throne.

Petition launched to prevent mother being deported from Scotland
THE public must help keep a deportation-threatened mother with her family in Scotland, an MSP says.

Theresa May backs Esther McVey in row over ?good? rape clause
THERESA May has doubled down on DWP claims that the government is being supportive when it forces victims of rape to choose between reliving their violent sexual attack or losing their benefits.

May insists Labour must shoulder blame for Windrush blunders
THERESA May laid the blame for the Windrush scandal at Labour?s feet yesterday as Jeremy Corbyn accused her of making the Home Office ?heartless?.

Tories refuse to answer who?s going to pay for Holyrood Continuity Bill court...
THE Tories have refused to say who was paying for the UK Government?s decision to challenge the Scottish Parliament?s Brexit bill in the courts.

'Slapstick' Scotland in Union aims to replace Better Together
IN a pre-emptive boost for independence supporters, slapstick non-party movement, Scotland in Union, says it could replace Better Together as the lead designated campaigner for the no side in a new indyref.

Unanimous support in Holyrood for gay pardon bill
HOLYROOD came a step closer to pardoning gay men convicted under historical discriminatory laws yesterday.

?Worry? changing Tory priorities may delay Scottish benefits
TORY indifference could delay Scotland taking control of its own benefits system, the Scottish social security minister has warned.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

Dirty Tricks ? Trumpgate and Skripal ? All Roads Lead to London and MI6
          Note:  This article is a follow up to the undernoted link. (       Boris Johnson – Trump – The Tory party Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targ...

Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the US (FUKUS) to Res...
      Planned Invasion by the Western Allies of Syria in the Spring of 2018 Late 2017 the Syrian Army liberated parts of their eastern provinces, re-establishing a land route stretching from Iran to Syria and the formidable Hezbollah forces based in the Lebanon. This is unacceptable to the Western allies and a major … Continue reading "Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the...

Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U.S. State...
            Family Ties Rodney Ford has been a major influence in African affairs for nearly 20 years. His partner is Gillian Apfel also a senior US diplomat. Gillian is the sister of Lauren Apfel, wife of Adam Tomkins, Tory MSP and constitutional affairs spokesman for the Tory party in Scotland. This short … Continue reading "Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U...

Porton Down Director Distances His Establishment From Prime Minister May?s Ac...
        Extracts from Hansard: House of Commons: Tuesday 24 September 2002 The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Today we published a 50-page dossier, detailing the history of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programme, its breach of United Nations resolutions, and its attempts to rebuild that illegal programme. As the dossier sets out, … Continue reading "Porton Down Director Distances His Es...

Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children
Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 11th 2018 Scottish education has always had an important, even disproportionate place in society – emphasising its distinctiveness, traditions, and of course, multiple individual stories and experiences. Yet our education system has had for all the good and positive stories, too …

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

Scotland and Independence

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Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Jeremy Clarkson: 'I don't understand the need for Scottish independence'
Jeremy Clarkson: 'I don't understand the need for Scottish independence'  iNewsJeremy Clarkson takes swipe at Scotland over independence bid amid 'post-Brexit' rant coverage

Jeremy Clarkson urges Scots to forget about independence
Jeremy Clarkson urges Scots to forget about independence  The ScotsmanJeremy Clarkson: choose life, Scotland. Choose a job. Choose exquisite views. But forget independence  The TimesFull coverage

Dear Jeremy Clarkson, you don't have a clue about Scotland
Dear Jeremy Clarkson, you don't have a clue about Scotland  The NationalFull coverage

Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?
Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?  New StatesmanFull coverage

Stuart Cosgrove: Scottish Independence should not hamper Glasgow's bid to be ...
Stuart Cosgrove: Scottish Independence should not hamper Glasgow's bid to be new home of Channel 4  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon denies 'GRANDSTANDING' over Scottish independence on US trade...
Nicola Sturgeon denies 'GRANDSTANDING' over Scottish independence on US trade trip Scotland where all can truly flourish is not just a dream  The NationalFull coverage

Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list
Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list  BBC NewsFull coverage


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SNP met Cambridge Analytica before election
SNP met Cambridge Analytica before election  BBC NewsFMQs: Sturgeon's party in UPROAR after she is asked about 'SNP links to analytics firm' refuses to name consultant who met Cambridge Analytica for SNP  BT.comFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica 'met SNP' to pitch services
Cambridge Analytica 'met SNP' to pitch services  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon: SNP has shown 'complete transparency' over Cambridge Analytica talks Rowat: SNP top tier should spread message that it's good to talk  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP challenge Prime Minister on 'disgrace' of rape clause
SNP challenge Prime Minister on 'disgrace' of rape clause  The ScotsmanReason to fear SNP control of welfare  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Sturgeon stands by her Health Secretary as SNP MSPs complain
Sturgeon stands by her Health Secretary as SNP MSPs complain  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP accused of manufacturing Brexit row to push for new independence referendum
SNP accused of manufacturing Brexit row to push for new independence referendum  Daily MailFull coverage

BPCE returns to Aussie dollars for SNP
BPCE returns to Aussie dollars for SNP  GlobalCapitalFull coverage

Nominations close in SNP deputy leadership race
Nominations close in SNP deputy leadership race  BBC NewsNominations to close in SNP deputy leadership race  EU ReporterFull coverage

Government challenges SNP Brexit Bill in Supreme Court
Government challenges SNP Brexit Bill in Supreme Court coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Scotland praised for standing 'completely apart' in its support for Catalonia
Scotland praised for standing 'completely apart' in its support for Catalonia  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?
Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?  New StatesmanLetters: EU powers dispute shows the weakness of devolution  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland's population rises but migration from overseas down amid Brexit
Scotland's population rises but migration from overseas down amid Brexit  The NationalScotland's population rises for the eighth year running  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Letters: All roads are leading to a second independence referendum
Letters: All roads are leading to a second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Division over timing of second referendum as SNP ratings slip
Division over timing of second referendum as SNP ratings slip  The TimesSNP MP to quiz Cambridge Analytica chief Alexander Nix over Scottish independence referendum  HeraldScotlandSNP MP Pete Wishart rails against online abuse from indy supporters  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Dear Jeremy Clarkson, you don't have a clue about Scotland
Dear Jeremy Clarkson, you don't have a clue about Scotland  The NationalFull coverage

Jeremy Clarkson takes swipe at Scotland over independence bid amid 'post-Brex...
Jeremy Clarkson takes swipe at Scotland over independence bid amid 'post-Brexit' rant coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

The Official President Trump thread

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 ...

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!

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


Absolute shocker   British government in lying through their teeth shocker

Rivers of blood Radio 4 are to broadcast the entirety of Enoch Powell's infamous speech this weekend. Predictably, there's much outrage at this decision. Personally, I find it pretty irrele...

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

The Official SNP Deputy Leadership Thread
This deserves its own thread due to the fact that this position is second only to Nicola in Scotland's party, the party of eternal government, the Salmondist movement on which the sun shines it's  blessings and the moon and stars weep at its beauty. So far confirmed James "Fucking' Dornan, go...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Red wine and Skiing
There are  2 subjects I have questions on and rather than clutter the board with 2 uninteresting threads I thought I would combine them. My first question is about skiing. I was going to put it in the ?other sports?  section but folk might think I know about skiing when infact I know fook all...

The walking dead
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode.  At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol) 

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

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...

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...

Painting - great works of art (in your eyes)
Alma-Tadema 1903     

Still Game
Still Game carried on from where it left off and lived up to its expected disappointment. It only slightly picked up with about 5 minutes to go. Again they shoehorned Methadone Prick into it It reached its peak around series 3/series 4. Shouldn't have been brought back Itll go down ...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

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Ruth Davidson named in Time magazine's top 100 people

Talks commence to save Annan seafood plant

Warnings about NHS Tayside finances ?were not taken seriously? says Auditor G...

HMRC refused to raid firm investigated for money laundering, citing the fact ...

Ross Thomson criticised by dead soldier's mother for Iraq pictures

Lords defeat UK government to endorse Labour?s Brexit customs union position

Getting to know you: Maurice Golden MSP

Home Office destroyed thousands of Windrush landing cards

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

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

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

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…