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Leadsom warns Brussels: choose May's Chequers Plan or face no deal
20 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
BRUSSELS will have to accept Theresa May?s Chequers Plan on Brexit as Britain?s ?final offer? or see the UK crash out of the European Union without a deal, Andrea Leadsom has insisted.

May stands by Chief Whip as voting row escalates with resignation calls
20 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
UNDER pressure Theresa May is standing by her Chief Whip and the Tory Party Chairman after calls were made for them to go in an escalating Westminster row over claims they adopted underhand tactics during a crucial Brexit vote.

Chief Whip made ?honest mistake? in vote pact row, says Cabinet minister
20 Jul 2018 at 10:38am
But Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley declined to say if Julian Smith?s job was at stake.

BiFab workers accuse bosses of ditching full-time staff in favour of agencies
20 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
WORKERS at the troubled Burntisland Fabrications construction yards have accused bosses of seeking to sack full-time staff and replace them with temporary agency employees.

How Britain enables routine, everyday corruption and fraud in the ex-USSR
20 Jul 2018 at 5:20am
IN Armenia and Siberia there are questions about millions of dollars of missing tax. In Kazakhstan, holidaymakers are complaining about a hard-sell timeshare scheme.

Councils set to be handed powers to banish lap-dancing clubs
20 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
LAP-DANCING clubs could be banished from council areas across Scotland under new plans being pushed forward by ministers.

Theresa May: EU must change ?unworkable? Brexit position
20 Jul 2018 at 12:43am
Mrs May will use a speech on Friday to reiterate that any customs backstop that creates a border down the Irish Sea is unacceptable.

What happens if UK leaves EU without a deal?
20 Jul 2018 at 1:25am
Here are some of the possible impacts of a cliff-edge Brexit on March 29 2019.

I sympathise with Jewish anger at Labour over anti-Semitism, says Blair
20 Jul 2018 at 1:02am
The former prime minister said not adopting fully widely accepted definitions of anti-Semitism was a ?disastrous move?.

Pressure mounts on Tory Chief Whip Smith to quit over 'appalling conduct' in ...
19 Jul 2018 at 11:00pm
INTENSE pressure is mounting on Julian Smith, the Tory Chief Whip, and Brandon Lewis, the Conservative Chairman, to quit over a bitter row in which they are accused of using ?appalling conduct? to win a key Commons vote on Brexit.

SNP MSP apologises after independence claim on Kremlin-backed TV show
19 Jul 2018 at 11:34am
AN SNP politician has claimed he got confused after wrongly telling a Kremlin-backed TV channel a majority of Scots now support independence.

May survives but Europe now prepares for 'no deal'
19 Jul 2018 at 12:01am
THE EU will today step up plans for a no-deal Brexit after Theresa May survived her ?week from hell? with Boris Johnson maintaining the threat to her leadership over her ?miserable? sell-out to Brussels.

Tory chairman and Government Chief Whip under fresh pressure in voting row
19 Jul 2018 at 10:14am
Senior Tories have come under fresh pressure after claims that they deliberately broke voting pacts during a knife-edge Brexit vote.

Two in three Scots would rather stay in the EU than accept a no-deal Brexit, ...
19 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
Nearly two in three Scots would much prefer to remain in the EU than to accept a no-deal Brexit, a new poll has found.

May's Day: How the PM survived another fraught 24 hours
19 Jul 2018 at 12:01am
THERESA May?s day began like any other; full of uncertainty, tension and stoicism.



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Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands
20 Jul 2018 at 10:04am
Thousands of Scottish independence supporters are expected to march in Inverness later this month.

Leader comment: MPs are nothing without honour
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Pressure caused by Brexit is showing alarming signs of damaging our democratic process.

Scotland tops UK?s unavoidable death rate list
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am

Joyce McMillan: New political alliances vital to stop Brexit disaster
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The real threat of a catastrophic no-deal Brexit means it is time to form new alliances, writes Joyce McMillan.

Leader comment: UK dragged into new Cold War with Russia by the truth
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Russia has dismissed accusations that its agents were behind the Salisbury chemical weapons attack with a mixture of threats, bad-taste jokes and misinformation, including the idea it is all an anti-Russian conspiracy.

Thomas L Friedman: How US can curb power of a president with no shame
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
If your puppy makes a mess on your carpet and you shout “Bad dog”, there is a good chance that puppy’s ears will droop, his head will bow and he may even whimper.

Women?s groups call for Scotland-wide ban on lap dancing clubs
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Women’s groups have called for a national ban on lap-dancing clubs as Scottish Government plans to introduce a licensing scheme for sexual entertainment venues took a step forward.

Austerity politics ?contributing to suicides among veterans in Scotland?
20 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government must take immediate action to identify the number of veterans in Scotland taking their own lives after serving in conflicts, the Scottish Shadow Cabinet Secretary for health has said.

Jim Sillars: Kenny MacAskill talks ?tripe?, second Brexit vote hurts independ...
19 Jul 2018 at 7:51pm
In a letter to The Scotsman, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars says calls for a second EU referendum endanger the Scottish independence movement.

Theresa May under pressure to sack key allies amid Brexit votes row
19 Jul 2018 at 7:45pm
Theresa May faced calls last night to sack two senior figures in her government over claims they deliberately denied an MP on maternity leave her vote in a knife-edge Commons division on Brexit.

Scottish Government tourism campaign accused of ?pushing SNP message?
19 Jul 2018 at 6:43pm
A prominent advertising campaign aimed at attracting more visitors to Scotland has been accused of “blurring the lines” between advertising the country and the SNP.

Watch Theresa May slammed by Tory MP: ?When did Brexit mean Remain??
19 Jul 2018 at 5:34pm
Theresa May was blasted by one of her own MP’s during a highly charged session of Prime Minister’s Questions.

Doctors ?should be allowed to prescribe cannabis?
19 Jul 2018 at 5:12pm
Doctors should be allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the official body which advises the UK Government on drugs has said.

Scotch whisky under threat from fakes post-Brexit, warn Labour
19 Jul 2018 at 5:08pm
A group of Scottish Labour MPs are calling on the Brexit Secretary to clarify whether fake Scotch whisky will be banned following Brexit.

?Humiliating defeat? as Spain withdraws arrest warrant for Clara Ponsati
19 Jul 2018 at 1:49pm
Spain has withdrawn an international arrest warrant for former Catalan politician and St Andrews University academic Clara Ponsati who has been fighting extradition from the UK, in a move her lawyer characterised as a ‘disaster’ for the country.

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News of a world
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2018 at 10:20am

The People?s Mess
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jul 2018 at 11:33am
Oh God. Would you look at the absolute state of this, readers? Let’s make like everybody’s mental health and break that down. So firstly, Labour have taken the lead in the polls for the first time in nearly a year, not because they’ve had a sudden surge of support over their Brexit policy – since …

Don?t knows and don?t cares
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
The Daily Record’s politics lead story today is a slightly underwhelming poll that shows 41% of Scots believe the Tories are carrying out a power grab against the Scottish Parliament, against 34% who think they aren’t (and 25% who have no idea). Which seems a good time to round up the last results of our own most …

The bag carrier
by Chris Cairns
14 Jul 2018 at 6:59am

A cordial invitation
by Greg Moodie
13 Jul 2018 at 10:36am
Dear Mr. Trump, I?m a big fan of your work. Especially your later stuff. You are the obvious natural successor to those other great leaders, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush ? the perfect combination of dodgy and thick. You?ve got it all. Since the first day of your tangeroid slithering into Barack?s old gaff, …

Sliding-out doors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:51am
Most of Scottish Twitter has been enjoying itself greatly for the last few hours after England’s exit from the World Cup, but scattered in amongst the amusing memes has been a fair amount of angst about victors Croatia – a nation of 4 million people – being in the final when Scotland once again failed …

Back home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:06pm
Scotia episode 2, because posting anything about the World Cup feels too mean.

This might as well be the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 12:59pm

Too Wee Too
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:38am
Second in a series.

The Talent
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
So we stumbled, we thought, across a random Twitter idiot this morning. Alert readers may have spotted a flaw or two in that claim. Because as can be clearly seen in the thread, the data being used in the analysis only went up to 2011, so at an absolute maximum the SNP government at Holyrood …

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Spain withdraws Clara Ponsati arrest warrant
19 Jul 2018 at 3:35pm
The former Catalan education minister has been battling against extradition after being arrested in Scotland.

Tory chief whip Julian Smith under fire in pairing row
19 Jul 2018 at 9:57pm
Julian Smith faces pressure after an MP was told to break a pact and take part in a key Brexit vote.

Military personnel based in Scotland compensated for tax rises
19 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
The UK government will compensate soldiers facing higher income tax bills because they are based in Scotland.

Avoidable death rate in Scotland highest in the UK
19 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
Experts say deprivation and easy access to fast food and alcohol are factors in the high death rate.

Scottish Tories defend customs union vote
18 Jul 2018 at 11:34am
All of the party's 13 MPs opposed a bid to potentially keep the UK in a customs union in the event of a "no deal" Brexit.

Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement
18 Jul 2018 at 2:10pm
Lib Dem Jo Swinson says the Tory chairman broke an agreement not to take part in a Brexit vote.

Water help for communities 'running dry' after heatwave
18 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
The Scottish government promises emergency supplies to "off-mains" communities hit by low water levels.

Creative Scotland: A strange sense of Deja Vu
18 Jul 2018 at 5:57pm
BBC Scotland arts correspondent Pauline McLean analyses the latest goings on at arts body Creative Scotland.

New Boroughmuir School is already too small
18 Jul 2018 at 5:13pm
The £35m Boroughmuir High School will need to be upgraded to take in an additional 300 pupils by 2027.

HPV vaccination to be offered to Scottish boys
18 Jul 2018 at 3:21pm
Currently, the vaccination is offered to S1 to S3 girls, protecting against a virus causing cervical cancer.

Vote Leave claims 'unacceptable if true'
17 Jul 2018 at 6:31pm
The Brexit group's former Scottish director says he is shocked by allegations that it broke electoral law.

Scottish Tory MP Ross Thomson attacks May's Brexit plan
17 Jul 2018 at 3:56pm
Ross Thomson claims the prime minister's Chequers deal does not respect the result of the EU referendum.

Scot Goes Pop

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If an outright mandate for independence is sought at a parliamentary election...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2018 at 3:23pm
You may have seen that Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp's column in The National today sets out what he believes is the most likely timetable for seeking a mandate on independence.  As you know, I entirely ag...

An independence referendum looks ever more inevitable tonight as Tory rebels ...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2018 at 7:29pm
As I understand it, the SNP's strategy on an independence referendum since last summer's "reset" has been to focus all their energies on full-bloodedly and sincerely attempting to secure a soft Bre...

Heartbreak for the mainstream media as "Operation Hush-up" fails - Survation ...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2018 at 2:17pm
It's actually been quite difficult to get to grips with the new Survation poll that has been gradually released by Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters over the last few days, because as far I can see only ...

More about that sensational Survation poll
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National about yesterday's Survation poll, which put the SNP back up to levels of support that haven't been seen since before the ...

Spectacular Survation poll suggests SNP are on course for landslide
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2018 at 9:16am
Scottish voting intentions for next UK general election:SNP 42% (+3) Conservatives 24% (n/c) Labour 23% (-4)Liberal Democrats: 8% (+1)Scottish Parliament voting intentions (constituency ballot):SNP...

Drama as Survation poll shows support for independence INCREASING - and almos...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2018 at 10:54am
The ever-delightful Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters have today published their latest full-scale Scottish poll from Survation.  It tells a familiar tale, with respondents roughly split down the middle ...

The Brexit delusion over who calls the shots
by James Kelly
7 Jul 2018 at 2:32am
I don't know about anyone else, but I've been rubbing my eyes in disbelief over the last few hours.  If you've been listening to the mainstream media's verdict on what was agreed at Chequers, you'd...

Thoughts on the Plaid Cymru leadership election
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2018 at 4:41am
This speaks volumes about just how unequal this "union of equals" actually is, but I would have been totally oblivious to the fact that a Plaid leadership election is now underway if I had been rel...

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The National: Brexit could mean a return to food rationing
by /u/bottish
20 Jul 2018 at 10:21am
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UK government taskforce earmarks North East for carbon capture ? three years ...
by /u/zias_growler
20 Jul 2018 at 8:11am
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Scott Manley on the new Scottish Space Port
by /u/hauntedchippy
20 Jul 2018 at 8:05am
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BBC?s Editorial Complaints Unit upholds complaint appeal against BBC Scotland...
by /u/bottish
20 Jul 2018 at 7:53am
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Am I doing it right?
by /u/theyau
19 Jul 2018 at 9:56pm
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Edinburgh home to 50,000 companies for first time. Edinburgh is now home to 5...
by /u/bottish
19 Jul 2018 at 7:06pm
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Men's Shed Targeted
by /u/Imnotmrabut
19 Jul 2018 at 6:41pm
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Avoidable death rate highest in Scotland
by /u/_soapdodger
19 Jul 2018 at 6:30pm
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Peter Geoghegan, Bella Caledonia | Brexit?s Radical Right Agenda
by /u/IndiaOwl
19 Jul 2018 at 6:21pm
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Edinburgh Castle has changed a lot since I last saw it...
by /u/That_Weird_Scotsman
19 Jul 2018 at 6:04pm
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Just discovered that Doune Castle is a fantasy lover's dream visit - Game of ...
by /u/Ardziv
19 Jul 2018 at 5:33pm
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To the 4 teenage blonde girls who ran across the motorway...
by /u/Arroword-Warrior
19 Jul 2018 at 5:22pm
... you're fucking idiots with drink as well! Fuck sake you could have dropped it ya fannys - doh! submitted by /u/Arroword-Warrior

Is anybody else getting YouTube ads for the Scottish Family Party?
by /u/luv2belis
19 Jul 2018 at 4:07pm
These cunts are constantly on my sponsored ads, even when I've repeatedly made YouTube block this channel. Seems like typical right wing and anti SNP nonsense. Is this more of the paid right wing ...

Stag-Do Destinations/Suggestions
by /u/bezoomny_sneety
19 Jul 2018 at 3:52pm
So I'm the best man for my brother's wedding and this is the part I've been looking forward to. I'm from Belfast and I've been to Scotland a fair bit but looking for any help and ideas about where ...

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MSPs 'wilfully' blocked from helping constituents with problems claiming bene...
by David Clegg
19 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP’s Linda Fabiani angry over new procedures preventing Holyrood representatives from contacting the Job Centre Complaints’ Resolution Team.

Anas Sarwar hits out at yob who yelled 'P**i b*****d' at him during racist at...
by Jack Aitchison
18 Jul 2018 at 9:22am
The Labour MSP had been doing an interview on racism and Islamophobia at the time.

We can learn from Nelson Mandela how to defeat the tyranny of Donald Trump
by Annie Brown
18 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
On the centenary of the former South African leader's birth, our columnist Annie Brown looks at how people's protests can change the world for the better.

EU referendum result questioned after Vote Leave campaign failed to declare £...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Vote Leave failed to declare money they spent with controversial data firm, Aggregate IQ, the Electoral Commission said.

Fury as Labour rebels throw Theresa May lifeline after customs union vote scr...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Jul 2018 at 10:41pm
The Prime Minister has survived a Tory rebellion of MPs which could have led to a snap General Election thanks to maverick Labour MPs.

Keir Starmer: Labour will never support Theresa May's flawed Brexit blueprint
by Keir Starmer
17 Jul 2018 at 10:00pm
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer says the Prime Minister is making a mistake if thinks Labour will back her Chequers' plan

Former Royal Marine used his 'military training' to strangle Scottish wife of...
by Sam Russell
17 Jul 2018 at 4:35pm
Anne Searle, 62, died within minutes after being placed in a choke hold by her husband just months after he had an affair with their daughter-in-law.

Brexit scandal as Vote Leave reported to the police for breaking electoral law
by Shaun Connolly
17 Jul 2018 at 9:44am
The campaign group exceeded its legal spending limit of £7 million and returned an incomplete and inaccurate spending report with missing invoices.

It's time for Labour to demand free movement of people stays after Brexit
by Kezia Dugdale
17 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
While Donald Trump and the Tories embrace an anti-immigrant agenda, Kezia Dugdale believes the Labour Party should be keeping our borders open.

Theresa May's Brexit plan 'dead in the water' after crunch Commons vote
by Sam Lister
17 Jul 2018 at 1:02am
Defence minister Guto Bebb quits to join Tory rebellion with Government defeat only averted thanks to votes of three Labour MPs.

Michael Greenwell

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

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?     Advertisements

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

Bella Caledonia

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Becoming British
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
The latest fit of colonial semiotics needs a bit of deconstruction. First up, politics aside, football isn’t Great Britain. Plenty of people aren’t interested and are bored senseless by the vast sums of money poured into it, the overwhelming media saturation, the obscenely overpaid pundits and players and the bloated Premiership. Then of course there’s …

Brexit?s Radical Right Agenda
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 5:48pm
Political change ? even full-scale revolution ? does not happen overnight. Irish independence was presaged by myriad failed rebellions. The 2014 referendum was a product of decades, slowly preparing voters for an independent Scotland as a viable alternative to the union. A similar process has been happening in the UK, and especially England. Quietly, almost …

A Tale of Two Traps or ?What the Hell are We Supposed to do Now??
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 10:56am
As the Mother of Parliaments packs up its ineptitude for the last summer holiday its members are going to get before they and the rest of us need a Visa to pop over the Channel to the seaside, the sense of futility and uselessness that has afflicted the group of 36 SNP MPs since last …

The Widenin Sheuch
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 12:46am
Folk hae aye jooked atween Scotland an Ulster: the watter didnae sinder folk, it cleeked them thegither. I mind folk fae Ulster caain the North Channel “The Sheuch” tae mak the distance seem quare an wee, like ye near cud skite stanes owre. There are sae mony connections ye wudnae know whaur tae stairt: aiblins …

Brexit Britain and Nuclear Decommissioning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jul 2018 at 10:50am
As we head over the cliff to a Disaster Capitalist No Deal – it’s good to take stock of the British state we’re tied to. What food, energy and key infrastructure points do we have to mitigate against any coming shocks? The Office for Budget Responsibility July report is just out and makes for some …

The United States of Arms
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2018 at 7:04pm
U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary. The United States of Arms from Will Geary on Vimeo.

To Infinity and Beyond
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2018 at 12:03pm
The A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland has been announced, to some fanfare, as the host of the UK’s first Spaceport (whatever that is). The Indy reports, in a sentence that requires some deconstruction this will mean “paving the way for “space tourism’ that could be worth £4bn to the UK economy.” The announcement raises a number …

Learning from Assynt ? 25 Years On
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2018 at 9:48am
..."Because to colonise the land, the agents of the landed classes had to colonise the soul. They had to take power outwardly and inwardly. They did that by methods that the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, called ?cultural invasion? - Alastair McIntosh on 25 Years from Assynt

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Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
14 Jul 2018 at 4:48pm
Marchers stream through Edinburgh and group chants ?no racist USA? in Ayrshire Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Edinburgh against Donald Trump?s visit to the UK as the US president played golf at his Turnberry resort, on the west coast of Scotland.Trump was seen playing golf w...

'Well below par': protesting paraglider flies over Trump?s Scotland resort - ...
14 Jul 2018 at 11:38am
A paraglider has flown over Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. The Greenpeace protester was trailing a banner saying: 'Trump: well below par'. Police are currently searching for the protestor, who breached a no-fly zone Continue reading...

Wings Over Scotland blogger's defamation case against MSP starts
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2018 at 10:15am
Stuart Campbell is suing Kezia Dugdale after she accused him of homophobic commentA £25,000 defamation claim brought by a blogger against the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be heard in court in Edinburgh on Thursday.Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings Over Scotland, sued th...

UK government to foot police bill for Trump's golfing trip to Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Jul 2018 at 4:33pm
Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to £5m should planned visit go aheadThe UK government has pledged to cover up to £5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish government?s new jus...

Scottish government plans restrictions on sugary and fatty foods
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Jul 2018 at 2:28pm
Ministers to tackle obesity by targeting sale, advertising and promotion of unhealthy foodsThe Scottish government is preparing for sweeping restrictions on sugary and fatty foods including ice-creams and takeaway meals to cope with surging rates of obesity.Ministers in Edinburgh outlined plans o...

Slowly and patiently, Sturgeon is preparing for a new Scottish independence b...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The first minister may appear too patient and careful, but her tactics are worthy of NapoleonNicola Sturgeon is gathering her forces once more for another tilt at Scottish independence. Her strategy has been a careful one; too careful for some. Thus when she called for an independence referendum ...

MSPs demand action over use of Scottish airports for rendition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2018 at 2:49pm
Calls for public inquiry after report reinforces concerns over refuelling of CIA flightsMinisters in Edinburgh have been urged to step up their investigations into the use of Scottish airports to support CIA rendition flights.The Scottish Greens and Labour said a damning report into the UK govern...

Theresa May criticised for lack of progress on Brexit as EU summit begins ? a...
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the start of the EU summit in Brussels.Afternoon summary 5.43pm BST If I can deliver a humanitarian operation and it is cost appropriate and effective for me to seek the use of UK military assets to do so, then I will....

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

It?s all gone a bit rossthomson
One of the problems about writing about Brexit is the risk of running out of synonyms for crapocalypse, armaggodforsaken, galactofuck, crapastrophe, shitaclysm, chaotaclysm, debastardacle, disastacre. But having considered the alternatives, there is no better and more evocative description of the utter idiocy and stupidty of Brexit, and Theresa May’s handling of it, than to say, …

Fundraiser update
Tuesday was a long and tiring day. I had to drive all the way to Peterhead to speak at an event for The National Roadshow, and then drive all the way back to Glasgow again. It tiring, but well worthwhile, and I heard some great news about The National that I’m not allowed to tell …

Meaningful consequences
It is now official. The UK is leaving the EU on the basis of a corrupt campaign that was conducted illegally. Vote Leave has been fined a record amount by the Electoral Commission for breaches of electoral law during the EU referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission has taken the further step, reserved for the most …

Impotent imperialists and the pursuit of the impossible
Away back in 2016, when the world seemed a saner place – which is saying quite a lot because the world was pretty messed up in 2016 – the idea that the UK might crash out of the EU without any deal or with a deal that left us outside of the single market and …

The imodium to Trump?s logorrhea
I had planned to attend the anti-Trump rally in Edinburgh today, but the dug has eaten something that disagreed with him and is shiting everywhere. Rather like Donald Trump, although to be fair there are some significant differences. Whereas the dug is confining his crapfest to the local area, and it can cleaned up with …

Wee Ginger fundraiser
It’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able …

The baby has landed
You have to feel really sorry for people in London. There they were, depressed and hungover, out of the World Cup, home to what’s quite possibly the world’s most dysfunctional government, heading out of the EU despite voting heavily to remain and without even the prospect of an independence referendum to offer a modicum of …

Nation 2 ? Iceland, the extreme nation
The second episode of Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series of documentaries has been released, exploring Scotland’s northern neighbours and what we can learn from them. This episode focuses on Iceland, the extreme nation. A nation of just 300,000 people face the challenges of life in the far north with style and panache. Help …

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Watchdog warning for Brexit transport policy
THERE is an increasing risk that the Department for Transport (DfT) will not be able to deliver projects to ensure the UK sector is ready for Brexit, despite its ?determined effort? to address the ?significant and complex challenge? the exit from the EU will bring, according to the public spending watchdog.

Labour calls on government to clarify rules on fake Scotch post-Brexit
A GROUP of Scottish Labour MPs is calling on the UK Brexit Secretary to clarify whether fake Scotch whisky will be banned

Johnson's speech labelled 'completely delusional' but Scottish Tory laps it up
THE Tories? civil war over Brexit exploded into Scotland yesterday, with major differences exposed among senior figures north of the Border over Boris Johnson?s resignation speech.

SNP urge May to delay Brexit as fears over no deal mount
THE SNP stepped in to urge Theresa May to delay Britain?s exit from the EU as fears grow the UK could be on course to crash out of without a deal.

Davidson attacks Trump, Putin and Salmond following Helsinki summit
RUTH Davidson has not yet had lunch with the Russian donor who won her for £20,000 at a Tory party fundraising auction in February.

May apologises after Tory MP abandons 'paired' Brexit vote deal
THERESA May has apologised after one of her MPs welched on a deal not to vote while Lib Dem Jo Swinson is on maternity leave.

Former Labour MP urged to call a by-election after Corbyn attack
FORMER Labour MP and Jeremy Corbyn critic John Woodcock has been challenged to call a by-election after quitting the party with a scathing attack on the opposition leader.

DUP MP faces 30-day Commons suspension
THE Democratic Unionist Party?s Ian Paisley is facing a 30-day suspension from the Commons following a recommendation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and the Tories wome...
        16 Jul 2018: Working Women in Scotland Earn significantly Less than Men Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour?s economy spokeswoman, said it was ?shameful? that under the SNP and the Tories women were earning less than men over the course of their careers. She added: ?Closing the gender pay gap isn?t just … Continue reading "Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and th...

Conservative Party Voters With Their Hearts and Minds in Scotland Should Not ...
          Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme (Cash for Ash) The UK and Northern Ireland agreed to meet a EU target (15%) for obtaining energy from renewable sources by 2020. Eligible homeowners and businesses were persuaded to install biomass boilers which create energy from woodchips or pellets, rotted trees, manure and sewage. First … Continue reading "Conservative Party Voters With Their Hea...

Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Pow...
              Confirmation of the Intent of Westminster to Subjucate Scots is contained in the last verse of the UK National Anthem Lord grant that Marshal Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush, God Save The … Continue reading "Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Powers Conflicti...

Austerity ? Tory Government Policy ? Let The Needy Starve ? So That Foreign A...
            11 March 2018. Millions of Scots families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years Not a lot of Scots are aware of this but the Tory Government, having inflicted austerity on the UK for 10 years provides £100 million annually in overseas humanitarian aid to Saudi Arabia which … Continue reading "Austerity – Tory Government Policy – Let The Needy Starve – So That Foreign Aid Can b...

Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the ...
      Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the return of this sort of terrestrial reptile Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From that place he conducted a near 40 year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT … Continue reading "Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and D...

        The Orange Order and the the Protestant “Caliban” of Northern Ireland Established in 1998 the Caleb Foundation ( is the leading creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and ...

          This is What the Orange Order and DUP Would Bring to Scottish Politics       1. Same sex marriage The Party opposes same sex marriage repeatedly vetoing any change in the law. Jim Wells, (MLA) said “Peter will never marry Paul in Northern Ireland”.       2. LBGT … Continue reading "ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future-in-the-uk-heed-the-warning...

Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Party ? The Tory Party ? Scotland?s ...
        2007: Scandal and abuse of power – Buzzwords summarising the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP in Northern Ireland In 2005 the DUP became the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland, replacing the the Ulster Unionists who had dominated the unionist vote since the partition of Ireland. Introducing a new approach and ignoring … Continue reading "Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Pa...

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

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Scotland and Independence

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Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally
Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally  BBC NewsFull coverage

Theresa May attacks Scottish independence as SNP press her on Brexit shambles
Theresa May attacks Scottish independence as SNP press her on Brexit shambles  The NationalFull coverage

'Independence would HARM Scotland!' Theresa May SHUTS DOWN SNP leader during ...
'Independence would HARM Scotland!' Theresa May SHUTS DOWN SNP leader during fiery PMQs May rejects SNP plea to extend Article 50  The ScotsmanSNP MP demands Indyref2 within a year amid Brexit chaos  The CourierBritain's Next Conservative Leader May Be the Least Tory Ever  BloombergFull coverage

'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote coverage

This is the most likely independence timetable
This is the most likely independence timetable  The NationalFull coverage

Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence
Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

White House declares Scottish independence claiming Donald Trump 'left the UK...
White House declares Scottish independence claiming Donald Trump 'left the UK' as he flew to Prestwick airport  The Scottish SunWhite House Mocked for Saying Scotland is Not Part of UK in Now-Deleted Tweet  Sputnik InternationalWhite House Twitter blunder claims Scotland not part of UK  CGTN (press release)Welcome to Scotland? No Love Lost in Trump's Ancestral Home  BloombergWelcome to Scotland...

SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don'...
SNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsPoll: Half of Scots oppose second independence referendum  The ScotsmanSupport for independence rises ? but most Scots do not want vote this year  Press and JournalSNP boosted by increase in support for independence  The TimesFull coverage


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Google News

SNP's LGBT hypocrisy is nae cause fur Pride
SNP's LGBT hypocrisy is nae cause fur Pride  The NationalFull coverage

Survey: SNP councillors would prefer a Brexit Scotland to a united UK in the EU
Survey: SNP councillors would prefer a Brexit Scotland to a united UK in the EU  New StatesmanFull coverage

SNP politicians are grumbling ? but there's nothing they can do about their m...
SNP politicians are grumbling ? but there's nothing they can do about their main target  New StatesmanFull coverage

Scottish Government tourism campaign accused of 'pushing SNP message'
Scottish Government tourism campaign accused of 'pushing SNP message'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Compensation for thousands of troops hit by SNP income tax rise
Compensation for thousands of troops hit by SNP income tax rise  The TimesFull coverage

Scots soldiers to be compensated for SNP tax hikes
Scots soldiers to be compensated for SNP tax hikes  The ScotsmanScottish Government agencies 'blurring the lines' over advertising campaign that featured key SNP policies  The CourierScottish armed forces workers set to have wages topped up to offset SNP income tax hike  The Scottish SunFull coverage

Nearly half believe SNP's claim of Tory power grab
Nearly half believe SNP's claim of Tory power grab  The TimesFull coverage

SNP MSP James Dornan admits false independence claim on RT
SNP MSP James Dornan admits false independence claim on RT  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Survey: SNP councillors would prefer a Brexit Scotland to a united UK in the EU
Survey: SNP councillors would prefer a Brexit Scotland to a united UK in the EU  New StatesmanKenny MacAskill: Nationalists must push for Brexitref 2 before Indyref 2  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP boosted by increase in support for independence
SNP boosted by increase in support for independence  The TimesSNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsFull coverage

'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote coverage

Vote Leave claims 'unacceptable if true'
Vote Leave claims 'unacceptable if true'  BBC NewsSecond EU referendum 'essential' after Vote Leave broke law  The TimesEU referendum result questioned after Vote Leave campaign failed to declare £500k dodgy donation  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Jim Sillars: Kenny MacAskill talks 'tripe', second Brexit vote hurts independ...
Jim Sillars: Kenny MacAskill talks 'tripe', second Brexit vote hurts independence campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum
Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Spain ends bid to extradite professor Clara Ponsati in Catalan storm
Spain ends bid to extradite professor Clara Ponsati in Catalan storm  The TimesFormer Catalan minister Ponsati's lawyer welcomes Spanish ruling but remains wary  Business InsiderSpain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader  CNBCFull coverage

What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

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

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

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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 ...

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

Scottish Government Tax Raising Powers
On 15 December the Scottish Budget will take place with increased powers in relation to Income Tax.  Firstly it must be said these powers are very limited in their flexability and the Scottish Parliament has been given no powers to vary either Corporation Tax or VAT, the two big tax earners. ...

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

How good are your gnashers? I?m just out of the dentist and still at 38 I?ve never needed 1 single filling. Never smoked once and have never ever had a sweet tooth at all. As long as I remember I?d refuse sweeties and shite when I was wee. Discuss the pearlies. 

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

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...

Private Car Parking Fines - Scotland
Getting a fine in the post - was 40 mins over - should I pay it? Im sure I've read somewhere that if they cant prove you were driving your not liable.

Closedown Bank
Clydesdale Bank were a Scottish bank with the right to issue their own notes. They have recently started dishing out English notes from their cash machines. There are stories of some takeover by spoilt-brat Branson. Are we in the process of losing another Scottish institution, without consultatio...

Harsh sentence or not
21 months

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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.

Holyrood Magazine


European arrest warrant for Clara Ponsatí dropped

Pressure building on Tory chief whip Julian Smith to resign after breaking Jo...

Chequers agreement is ?final offer? to the EU, Andrea Leadsom says

UK Government unveils plans for Scottish soldiers tax relief

The Tory approach to renewables is bad for business

Police must brace for spike in hate crime after Brexit, English force watchdo...

Data in health: sharing is caring - a roundtable discussion

Exclusive: Home Office arrested and deported dozens of Europeans for sleeping...

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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.…

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…