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UK Govt criticised for not using majority share-holding to halt RBS branch cl...
20 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
THE UK Government has been accused of ?burying its head in the sand? after refusing a call from a Commons committee to use its majority stake in Royal Bank of Scotland to halt the branch closures programme.

May tells EU leaders: Chequers is 'only credible plan on the table'
19 Sep 2018 at 8:01pm
THERESA May has insisted her Chequers blueprint is the ?only credible? plan for Brexit and made clear she would ?never accept a second referendum? on EU withdrawal.

Scottish Government loses vote on P1 assessments
19 Sep 2018 at 5:07pm
OPPOSITION parties have demanded John Swinney respect the will of parliament after MSPs narrowly voted to halt a key plank of the government?s education policy.

Wales FM: General Election needed if Edinburgh and Cardiff vote against May's...
19 Sep 2018 at 4:59pm
A General Election should be called if Holyrood and Cardiff reject Theresa May?s Brexit deal, Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has insisted.

May urges EU27 to drop 'unacceptable' plans as she prepares for Salzburg summit
19 Sep 2018 at 12:44pm
THERESA May has urged Brussels to drop its ?unacceptable? demands as she prepares to sell her compromise plan to her fellow EU leaders over dinner at an informal summit in Salzburg this evening.

Storm grows over £45m loan to Sturgeon's adviser's firm
19 Sep 2018 at 5:00am
THE row over a £45m government loan to a struggling business owned by an adviser to Nicola Sturgeon has intensified after the Finance Secretary changed his justification for it and confirmed Holyrood was kept in the dark for seven months.

Labour ends funding for Dugdale's defence in Wings case
19 Sep 2018 at 4:17pm
UK Labour has pulled the rug from under its former Scottish leader by refusing to fund any more of her defence in a legal action brought by the controversial blogger Stuart Campbell.

Lord Steel says May should call off Brexit and back People's Vote
19 Sep 2018 at 1:12pm
LORD Steel, the former Liberal leader, has urged Theresa May to make a television broadcast to call off Brexit.

May not breaking from Thatcher's thinking on social housing, insists Brokenshire
19 Sep 2018 at 1:40pm
THERESA May is not breaking from Margaret Thatcher's vision of home-ownership as a central pillar of Conservative policy, James Brokenshire, the UK Housing Secretary, has insisted, after the Prime Minister called for an end to the "stigma" of social housing.

October European Council will be 'moment of truth' for Brexit, insists Barnier
18 Sep 2018 at 9:34pm
OCTOBER will be the ?moment of truth,? Michel Barnier has insisted.

SNP activist calls Yesser attacks on Davidson 'poisonous'
19 Sep 2018 at 12:55pm
A FORMER SNP candidate has condemned fellow Nationalists for ?poisonous? attacks on Ruth Davidson after she revealed her struggles with mental health.

Analysis: Brexit dominated Lib Dem conference as Vince waved goodbye
19 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
DESPITE the array of subjects debated and policies made from banning single-use plastics to scrapping business rates and replacing them with a land levy, stopping Brexit and the question of who?s going to replace Sir Vince Cable dominated the Lib Dem chatter by the Sussex coast.

Scottish economic growth outstrips UK again
19 Sep 2018 at 1:43pm
THE Scottish economy has grown faster than the UK?s in the first half of 2018, the latest official figures have confirmed.

Russell: unique NI soft Brexit would be UK 'duplicity'
19 Sep 2018 at 5:00am
DENYING Scotland the same soft Brexit option which could benefit Northern Ireland would be ?duplicity? of a high order on the part of the UK government, Michael Russell has said.

Article 50 author says second vote on Brexit is viable
18 Sep 2018 at 10:32pm
THE creator of the process for exiting the EU today claims there is a ?clear and viable route? to staging a People?s Vote on Brexit.



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Kezia Dugdale faces legal bill over Wings of Scotland case
19 Sep 2018 at 8:49pm
Kezia Dugdale may have to shell out for legal bills over a pro-independence blogger’s defamation claim after it was reported that Labour has limited its support.

London mayor says capital will copy Glasgow to cut knife crime
19 Sep 2018 at 8:39pm
London mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a violence reduction unit amid attempts to follow Glasgow’s lead in reducing knife crime on the streets of the English capital.

Theresa May told Brexit plans must be ?reworked? as time runs out
19 Sep 2018 at 4:50pm
Theresa May has been told her Brexit plans need to be “reworked” as time runs out to reach a deal with the European Union.

John Swinney urges Scots schools to continue P1 tests despite vote
19 Sep 2018 at 4:04pm
John Swinney has urged schools to continue with controversial tests for primary one pupils despite being dealt a humiliating defeat in the Scottish Parliament.

Subjects offered to students being ?squeezed? at Scottish schools
19 Sep 2018 at 2:33pm
A reduction in the number of subject choices in some schools is having a significant impact on pupils’ prospects, MSPs have been told.

London adopts Glasgow approach to violent crime
19 Sep 2018 at 2:19pm
London mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a violence reduction unit amid attempts to follow Glasgow?s lead in reducing knife crime on the streets of the English capital.

Quiz: Could you pass Scotland?s P1 test?
19 Sep 2018 at 10:09am
Testing for primary one pupils in Scotland are currently at the centre of an ongoing political row.

Chris Marshall: Scotland can?t afford to rest on its laurels over prisons
19 Sep 2018 at 6:09am
When inspectors visited HMP Bedford earlier this month they found a prison where inmates have effectively taken control, where both drugs and violence are rife and where rats have infested the squalor.

Half of patients waiting too long for physio appointments
19 Sep 2018 at 6:02am
More than half of people in Scotland who need physio or occupational therapy are waiting too long for an NHS appointment, new figures have revealed.

Scotland should be ?proud? of its prisons
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am

Brian Monteith: Why independence and Brexit are not the same
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
As I write this week’s column it is four years since the independence referendum took place, but there are times when it feels like the campaigning has never stopped. The demands for a rerun have seen to that, as have the two general elections and the Scottish elections that have given us earache in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

John Swinney told to ?listen? and scrap P1 tests
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Education secretary John Swinney has been urged to “listen and learn” by scrapping controversial primary one testing ahead of a crucial vote on the issue.

Leader comment: Scotland?s needs must be addressed
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
More heat and headlines than reasoned debate as we face a time for hard decisions on migration.

Humza Yousaf begins search for alternative to Railway policing plan
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf has said controversial railway policing plans have been put on hold and may never be enacted.

Westminster report: Scotland-specific immigration system ?not justified?
18 Sep 2018 at 6:23pm
Demands from the SNP for Scotland to be given control of migration powers are not justified, a major report on European immigration to the UK has found.

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Cash in, cash out
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2018 at 7:54pm
We’ve got to admit, the Yorkshire chap makes a fair point.

What isn?t a fact
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm
God bless our dear old pals at the Labour-fronted Tory money-sink that is Scotland In Union. Fresh from their latest stirring morning office singalong of “No Pope Of Rome”, they’ve decided to belatedly get in on the fact-checking game. As the established force in the field, we had to have a look. But first, let’s set the scene …

Everybody but you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2018 at 11:13am
There’s a fascinating piece in the Guardian this morning. It reveals that in attempting to solve the unsolvable Irish border problem, the EU’s Brexit negotiators are – at the UK’s behest – trying to come up with a plan which would preclude its use for Scotland in the event of independence. That’s an entirely legitimate …

The dead horse
by Chris Cairns
15 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

The tin-eared soldier
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2018 at 10:55am
Vince Cable, who was once apparently some sort of politician, took it upon himself to issue an opinion yesterday on the subject of referendums that had independence supporters on social media hooting with mocking laughter long into the night. The estimable Wee Ginger Dug has already dealt adroitly with just the 300 or so most …

Dunbar: A Lesson From History
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2018 at 3:24pm
As certain elements of the Yes movement do their best (yet again) to foment some sort of civil war over a popular 1990s movie for no better reason than to draw a little bit of attention to themselves in the face of rapidly-plummetting readership and influence, we found ourselves instead pondering a different Scottish historical battle …

The Chords Of Damocles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2018 at 3:42pm
Readers may have noted a fairly concerted attempt over the last 18 months or so by the opponents of Scottish independence to get Wings Over Scotland shut down. But sometimes the greatest danger comes from the people you least suspect. Because the thing SNP MP Pete Wishart is lauding in that tweet earlier today, and …

Counting the hours
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2018 at 11:42am
The Scottish Daily Mail fished this story out of the news toilet today: So “man with major and important job gets paid the same rate for a full day’s work as Britain’s 800+ Lords and Ladies do for signing in for five minutes and then going home“ is apparently a shock-horror scoop now. But it gets …

Counting With Cretins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Sep 2018 at 12:43pm
There’s not much going on in Scottish politics at the moment, but you know that when the media resorts to printing stuff from echo-skulled Tory mousewit Annie Wells, there can’t even have been any barrel left to scrape. Grimly, the spelling in the headline is the LEAST embarrassing facet of the story. The piece is a desperate …

Stakeholder engagement
by Kenny McBride
8 Sep 2018 at 8:00am
Kenny McBride is a Wings reader. This is his personal experience and view.  A couple of weeks ago Ian Small, BBC Scotland?s Head of Public Policy, wrote an article for the Scotsman addressing the question of anti-independence bias at Pacific Quay. Naturally he defended the Corporation strongly, but he also made what seemed like an …

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MSPs defeat government to call for 'halt' to P1 assessments
19 Sep 2018 at 8:08pm
Opposition parties inflict a defeat on the Scottish government over assessments for five-year-olds.

'Work needed' to cut women prison numbers in Scotland
19 Sep 2018 at 12:29am
Prisons watchdog highlights concerns about the number of female inmates as a new unit in Glasgow is approved.

Scotland's migration needs 'similar to UK'
18 Sep 2018 at 5:52pm
A report concludes that Scotland does not need a "very different" policy to the rest of the UK.

Fine over £100,000 Scottish Tory donation
18 Sep 2018 at 5:21pm
The Irvine Unionist Club failed to properly register the donation to the Scottish Conservatives in 2016.

What are P1 assessments really like?
18 Sep 2018 at 3:04pm
MSPs are set to debate calls to scrap national assessments for P1 pupils - but how do the tests work?

Teachers reject 'derisory' 3% pay increase
18 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
Teaching unions, including the EIS, have been campaigning for a 10% pay increase for their members.

Probe into MP's election expenses dropped
18 Sep 2018 at 11:25am
Police say they have not found any criminality in Jo Swinson's spending during last year's general election campaign.

What's on at Holyrood? P1 testing and BTP merger
17 Sep 2018 at 3:03pm
A relatively Brexit-free week seeks MSPs focus on P1 testing, transport police and violence reduction.

Concern over EU 'talent loss' post-Brexit, BBC research finds
18 Sep 2018 at 12:12am
One Scottish council talks of "risks" due to uncertainty over immigration, another is expecting population decline.

Health board says Brexit poses 'very high' risk of disruption
17 Sep 2018 at 12:20am
A BBC investigation uncovers NHS concerns over how leaving the EU will affect staff and specialist medicines.

Swinney: Scrapping P1 tests would be 'irresponsible'
16 Sep 2018 at 2:29pm
Scotland's education secretary attacks "ill-informed" criticism of the assessments ahead of a parliamentary vote.

Pay to stay
13 Sep 2018 at 4:42pm
Tourist taxes have been sweeping across much of Europe, and now Edinburgh City Council wants to introduce one too.

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New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...

Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

First Scottish subsample since the Alex Salmond story broke has the SNP still...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 6:02pm
When news of the complaints against Alex Salmond was irresponsibly broken by the Daily Record, I said that we'd just have to wait for opinion poll evidence to see whether there would be much (if an...

On the subject of faith, wealth, and personal choice
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2018 at 3:31pm
It's with great trepidation that I even think of writing a little more about the current Alex Salmond story, because no matter what I say, some unionist journalist will doubtless interpret it as a ...

Will the SNP take an electoral hit from the Daily Record's cynical reporting ...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2018 at 2:15pm
The inconvenient truth for the unionist parties is that polling evidence suggests last year's general election was not some kind of staging-post on the way to a total SNP collapse, as the media nar...

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If Dundee was Africa - Michael Marra
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Beautiful poem from the streets of Glasgow
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Scottish Government defeated in primary one tests vote
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Scottish Government officials unable to say how many teachers trained for P1 ...
by Andy Philip
19 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The likely defeat will put more pressure on Education Secretary to ditch the controversial policy.

Scots Tory group fined for rule breach linked to £100k donation
by Richard Wheeler
18 Sep 2018 at 8:55pm
The Irvine Unionist Club were fined £400 by the Electoral Commission following the breach.

Want to really help with Scotland's mental health crisis? End austerity now
by Kezia Dugdale
18 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Kezia Dugdale says austerity is a failed political ideology that must be abandoned for the sake of our country's mental health.

Experts warn no deal Brexit 'a disaster for Britain' as hard right Tories rou...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Christine Lagarde waded in after the Prime Minister claimed her Chequers plan is the only alternative to no deal.

Scottish Tory toff booted out of party over council tax debt
by Charlie Gall
18 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Councillor Sebastian Leslie, who lives in a castle and is father to Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie, is understood to have been around £2500 in arrears.

Let's consign a decade of Tory austerity to the dustbin of history - Mhairi B...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist says the fallout from the financial crisis of 2008, where UK taxpayers were forced to pay billions to bail out the banks, is still hurting families.

Political classes must heed warnings from nurses stretched to breaking point
by Record View
17 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Record View argues that the Scottish NHS is in Scottish hands and so staffing crisis must be sorted out.

Hardline Tory rebels plot to axe Theresa May, slash workers rights and turn U...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Brexit hardliners will hold off from a coup until EU exit deal is delivered, after which it's believed they will unveil a “shock and awe” strategy to turn Britain into a low-tax, offshore economy.

Poor Scots prepare for 'social hurricane' as chaotic Universal Credit benefit...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
MPs warn claimants for the new benefit will suffer hardship and that housing associations will quickly see rent arrears mount as the system is introduced.

Ruth Davidson reveals self-harm scars as Scottish Tory leader tells of depres...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2018 at 7:55am
The mum-to-be has wounds on her arm inflicted when she was a teenager and says she doesn't want to be Prime Minister because she values her mental health too much.

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by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …

The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …

?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching…  

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?    

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Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2018 at 4:05pm
If you look, you will see. Observation is, after all, the basis for all the arts and sciences. When I look across the Pentland Firth I see two oceans meeting, swirling and colliding with each other in a fluid, renewing, vibrant ballet that allows the world to breathe. What you see in the governance of …

Announcing a New National Campaign
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2018 at 3:44pm
As reported this morning: “A NEW national campaign organisation to help win a future independence referendum on Scottish is set to be launched on St Andrew?s Day. The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), a voluntary cross and non party organisation, is to launch a fundraising appeal to provide staff and resources for the new group to be …

The Disgrace of the Spectator
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2018 at 9:51pm
This is by the journalist Sunny Hundal on the extraordinary publishing of the Spectator magazine: Thread by @sunny_hundal: “So this is Rod Liddle in the Spectator (apparently the *leading* magazine of the UK right), writing about how it’s SO difficult to avoid bei ?”

On Londongrad, Dark Money and Crony Capitalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2018 at 6:48pm
To deal with Putin, Britain needs to change lock, stocks and oil-barrels, argues Steve Rushton. Six months after the nerve agent attacks in Salisbury, the British state says Russia poses a ‘real’ and ‘active’ threat to British and international security. To deal with this, we need to end the dominance of finance, the military industrial …

Angelic Upstarts
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2018 at 10:50am
There are deep ironies in the reflex defensiveness against the Upstart campaign to encourage play-based learning – either by extending this approach into primary school, or by delaying the school entry point. The idea is based on the very simple observation that young children learn through play: observing and absorbing through repeat experimentation and interaction …

Not Another Fake NewsCast
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2018 at 9:42pm
I spoke with Gerry and Paul from Not Another Fake NewsCast “a Scottish based News & Politics podcast which tries to sift through the misreporting, fake news & sometimes outright lies presented to us all on a daily basis. By carrying out thorough research & looking at statistics we try to get to the truth …

V and A
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2018 at 7:42pm
Projected cost £27m. Actual cost £80m. That’s the sort of mismatch that used to cause squeals of public outcry about the use of public funded projects, with acres of print media about it … with the V&A it’s just a shrug. Hasn’t Dundee already had a decade or more of arts-fuelled ‘restoration’. It doesn’t seem …

The Rehabilitation of Gordon Brown
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2018 at 11:38am
Gordon Brown is back. Again. Earlier this week, to mark the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis, the former prime minister treated us all to another nakedly self-serving political intervention. In two separate puff piece interviews – one with the Guardian and one with the BBC – he issued a series of stark claims and …

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Ruth Davidson praised after talking openly about mental health issues
by Sarah Marsh
16 Sep 2018 at 3:31pm
Scottish Conservative leader reveals she self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts as a teenagerThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has been praised by mental health experts, campaigners and MPs for talking openly about self-harming and having suicidal thoughts as a teenager.Davidson, wh...

Ruth Davidson rules out bid to become UK Conservative leader
by Press Association
16 Sep 2018 at 8:44am
Scottish Tory leader dismisses move for the sake of her mental health and relationshipThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has ruled out ever taking the UK leadership for the sake of her mental health and relationship.Davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, told how she had se...

Alex Salmond rejects claims of alleged bullying as malicious
by Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:45pm
Former first minister warns he could take legal action over reports civil servants raised concerns a decade agoAlex Salmond has rejected claims he allegedly bullied civil servants as malicious and unsubstantiated after suggestions of ministerial misconduct emerged in Scottish government papers.Th...

Boundary changes: seats facing major shake-up
by Peter Walker Political correspondent
10 Sep 2018 at 5:00pm
Six constituencies where the Boundary Commission?s changes will have a big impactMuch of the controversy around the proposed House of Commons boundary changes centres on the reduction in seats from 650 to 600. But many seats will change radically ? and some will disappear altogether. Here is a se...

The IHRA definition of antisemitism: where UK parties stand
by Matthew Weaver
5 Sep 2018 at 2:41pm
Labour has been attacked for its stance on racism, but have other parties gone further?Labour faced widespread criticism for its delay in adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, but where do the other main parties stand?In July the Conservative party ...

Sturgeon accused of running out of ideas with policy programme
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Sep 2018 at 5:51pm
First minister unveils low-key legislative agenda focusing on mental health and transportNicola Sturgeon has pledged to increase spending on mental health, low-carbon vehicles, schools and hospitals as she unveiled a low-key legislative agenda.The first minister said the programme, based around 1...

Rees-Mogg claims Barnier agrees with him about PM's Chequers plan being 'rubb...
by Andrew Sparrow
3 Sep 2018 at 5:44pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBoris Johnson?s Brexit article - Summary and analysisNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.41pm BST Through his actions, Peter Willsman has shown he is unfit to serve on Labour?s NEC. The results suggest that had his c...

Salmond crowdfunding 'could put off sexual assault victims'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Sep 2018 at 11:42am
Women?s groups say funding appeal may discourage people from coming forwardWomen?s rights campaigners have warned that Alex Salmond?s crowdfunding appeal could discourage alleged victims of sexual assault from coming forward.Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women?s Aid said the former first mini...

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You can?t have a Union Day if there is no Union
Yesterday, 18 September, was the anniversary of Scotland’s first independence referendum. Only the anniversary of the first one, mind. There will be another. However since the first one produced the result that opponents of independence craved, they are determined that Scottish democracy should be preserved in aspic, forever stuck in the hours after the 18th …

Stranger things
This beautiful poem by John McIntosh was sent to me after John met the dug, and me too, at James Dornan’s fundraising event in Cathcart Bowling Club earlier this month. As today is the anniversary of the first independence referendum, and as we anticipate another, I thought it was the perfect occasion to share it …

SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign
The cross-movement campaign to win a future independence referendum has been announced today by the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). The SIC has revealed its plans to provide staff and resources for the movement as part of a package that will act as a national campaign organisation. The as-yet-unnamed campaign body will provide the strategic capacity, …

Depression is not just a personal struggle
I’m not going to criticise Ruth Davidson for speaking publicly about her struggles with mental health issues when she was younger. There was, and is, a veritable epidemic of mental health problems, of depression, of low self-esteem, of self-harm, of self-medication on drugs and alcohol, and of suicidal thoughts, especially amongst young people, and especially …

Brexit Day blues
There’s a belief amongst sections of the independence movement that after Brexit happens Scotland will lose its ability to hold an independence referendum and so we need to hold an independence referendum before March 2019, otherwise we’ll never be able to hold one at all. In a similar vein there are those who assert that …

Help Edinburgh Yes Hub
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The confirmatory referendum
Sometimes you can’t help but feel sorry for the Lib Dems. There they are, devoting themselves to a career in politics only to discover that they are less relevant than Sydney Devine in a Lady Gaga soundalike contest. And then a Lib Dem goes and opens their mendacious gob, and immediately any residue of sympathy …

What?s really important
Never mind a screening of Braveheart, which in the cosmic scheme of things is as important as the crumb content of David Mundell’s beard, there’s stuff happening which really matters. Now, unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past two years, you may have noticed that the UK is just weeks away from …

The National

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The National

Scottish MPs call for Europe to act in Catalonia and Spain dispute
TWO Scottish MPs have called on Europe to intervene in the dispute between Catalonia and Spain which has seen public figures and politicians jailed for almost a year without trial and other leaders exiled throughout the EU.

Government clashes with Home Office over Scots migration policy
SCOTTISH ministers have clashed with the UK Government?s independent Migration Advisory Committee after it disputed claims Scotland has its own immigration needs

'Appalling' secret Tory plot to shut out Scotland in Brexit deal exposed by leak
THE TORIES are secretly plotting to undermine Scotland?s interests during negotiations with the EU, in what Brexit secretary Michael Russell described last night as a ?massive insult?.

Swinney invites MSPs to see P1 tests first-hand ahead of vote to scrap them
EDUCATION Secretary John Swinney has invited opponents of national testing for P1 pupils to see first-hand what the tests involve, before MSPs vote on scrapping them.

EU chief urges Britain to work with the bloc for a safer future
A LEADING Eurocrat has said he believes the UK?s relationship with the bloc ?will be very complicated? post Brexit but appealed for Britain to work together to combat mutual security problems.

John Swinney set to ignore MSPs on ?political? P1 tests vote
JOHN Swinney has indicated that the government could disregard the outcome of a Holyrood vote if MSPs back scrapping standardised assessments for primary ones. The SNP administration face almost certain defeat on Wednesday, with the Tories, Labour, the LibDems and the Greens all joining forces to back a motion calling for the tests to be ditched.

Swinney stands firm on P1 testing despite criticism from opponents
EDUCATION Secretary John Swinney has launched a fresh defence of standardised testing after criticism by ?ill-informed? and ?hypocritical? opponents of the national assessments for primary one pupils.

Keith Brown: Join our Day of Action and help us learn where the nation is
MY first recollection of door knocking for the SNP was during a wintry council by-election in Broughty Ferry in the mid 80s.

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

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …


Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times more damaging than Brexit', unionists say  Edinburgh Evening NewsFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce Scottish independence referendum
Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce plans for second Scottish independence refe...
Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce plans for second Scottish independence referendum as hundreds attend Glasgow ...  The Scottish SunFull coverage

SNP to hold national 'day of action' on Scottish independence
SNP to hold national 'day of action' on Scottish independence  iNewsScotland's SNP to target 50000 voters in 'day of action' on independence  ReutersSNP to stage 'day of action' on independence  Daily BusinessFull coverage

Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland
Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland  MetroBrexit: The case for Scottish independence  EURACTIVBrexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds  CNBCFull coverage

Alex Salmond's troubles threaten the SNP and Scottish independence
Alex Salmond's troubles threaten the SNP and Scottish independence  Financial TimesEx-SNP Leader's Resignation Won't Balk Scottish Independence Movement - Sturgeon  Sputnik InternationalAlex Salmond quits Scottish National Party  POLITICO.euFull coverage

Vince Cable proposes new hurdle to independence
Vince Cable proposes new hurdle to independence  BBC NewsSNP to target 50000 voters in new push for independence  Aberdeen Evening ExpressLetters: This Brexit mess demands a rerun of the independence vote  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland's tech sector is a beacon of success
Scotland's tech sector is a beacon of success  The TimesFull coverage


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Google News

Key plank of SNP's school reforms defeated in Scottish parliament
Key plank of SNP's school reforms defeated in Scottish parliament  Financial TimesSNP accuses opponents of 'hypocrisy' over P1 tests  STV NewsSwinney urged to respect Parliament after Government defeated on P1 testing  Wirral GlobeFull coverage

The real reason the SNP won't back a referendum on the Brexit deal
The real reason the SNP won't back a referendum on the Brexit deal  New StatesmanFull coverage

Businessman who became an SNP favourite
Businessman who became an SNP favourite  The TimesFull coverage

BBC host SHUTS down SNP politician for being 'OUT OF STEP' with Scottish peop...
BBC host SHUTS down SNP politician for being 'OUT OF STEP' with Scottish people on Brexit Farage, Blackford BBC Row Causes Twitter Meltdown  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

SNP activist calls Yesser attacks on Ruth Davidson 'poisonous'
SNP activist calls Yesser attacks on Ruth Davidson 'poisonous'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Patients forced to wait because of SNP's failure to meet its own targets
Patients forced to wait because of SNP's failure to meet its own targets coverage

'Breaking up is hard to do', Rennie tells SNP leader Sturgeon
'Breaking up is hard to do', Rennie tells SNP leader Sturgeon  Aberdeen Evening ExpressFull coverage

SNP ministers 'leaving farmers in the dark' by refusing to include Scotland i...
SNP ministers 'leaving farmers in the dark' by refusing to include Scotland in Brexit Agriculture Bill ministers reject Agriculture Bill as further 'power grab'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times more damaging than Brexit', unionists say  Edinburgh Evening NewsFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce Scottish independence referendum
Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

WATCH: Scottish Tory MP posts ludicrous video about 2014 referendum
WATCH: Scottish Tory MP posts ludicrous video about 2014 referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Independence supporters hold Glasgow rally
Independence supporters hold Glasgow rally  BBC NewsFull coverage

Brexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds
Brexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds  CNBCBrexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland  MetroBrexit could sway Scottish voters towards independence from UK - poll  FirstpostFull coverage

SNP to hold national 'day of action' on Scottish independence
SNP to hold national 'day of action' on Scottish independence  iNewsScotland's SNP to target 50000 voters in 'day of action' on independence  ReutersFull coverage

Vince Cable proposes new hurdle to independence
Vince Cable proposes new hurdle to independence  BBC NewsSir Vince Cable calls for second check on any successful independence vote  shropshirestar.comSNP to target 50000 voters in new push for independence  Daily MailLetters: This Brexit mess demands a rerun of the independence vote  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Second Scottish independence referendum will be held, predicts former Catalan...
Second Scottish independence referendum will be held, predicts former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont  The TimesFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

All of the #indy #yes marches and events and rallies and all that
Watching one of the at least two Scottish Indy groups doing yet another thing. (Hope over Fear. This Time It's Yes Rally) Lots of shouting, lots of wish fulfilment, lots of fake news, lots of amateur/semi-pro music. This one was in George Square, aka Freedom Square. And was a Tommy Sherid...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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!

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

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

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

Marijuana Legalised In Canada
Pot becomes legal here in Canada on October 17th, 2018 Let's look at what the Bible has to say about drugs in Revelation...   "nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts." Revelation 9:21 "and the light of a lamp will shine i...

September 18 2014
I wrote this on Indy eve - such an opportunity missed.

"And so, here we are. As darkness falls over Scotland on this late summer evening, all the work has been done. The speeches speeched, the canvassing canvassed. There's one more opinion poll due out tonight - but who cares?
As we go to the...

Severe weather tomorrow and flights ?
Any thoughts from our frequent flyers here about possible flight cancellations tomorrow due to the storm ? I've never flown much more than 1-2 times a year and never had bad weather. I'm due to fly from Edinburgh to Europe and no idea what the likelihood of cancellations might be.

Passport changes
  Just noticed that as of this week passport renewals will not honour any unused time left on your passport. So anyone travelling to countries that require you to have 6 months on your passport , will have renew early and lose the time left!

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 Thr...

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...

Sunday Herald
Bought my Herald from Ruchill shop early Sunday whilst they were opening the stalks of papers. I asked is the Heralds been open yet and said it was on the shelf all ready. There was only 1 there. Only 1 I said guy said that is all the manufacturer gives them whilst loads of all the other papers. ...

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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Scottish teachers reject 3% pay rise

Scottish Conservative donor fined by Electoral Commission

Interview: Scotland?s national clinical director Jason Leitch on changing cul...

Could Artificial Intelligence save the health service?

One third of Scottish solicitors have experienced violence or threats because...

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable to blast 'erotic spasm' of Brexit in speech to par...

Emily Drouet's death shows us no-one should be waiting for help

End favourable immigration status for EU citizens, recommends UK advisory body

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

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

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

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

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

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…