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Tax from house sales set to double in next parliament
20 Dec 2015 at 12:11am

Education cuts inevitable after Swinney's budget, warns council boss
20 Dec 2015 at 12:12am
Tom Gordon

May told to fix her own "abject failures" before attacking Scots cops
20 Dec 2015 at 12:12am
Tom Gordon

Justice Secretary backs probe into undercover police spying
20 Dec 2015 at 12:11am
Paul Hutcheon and Tom Gordon

Mundell tells voters to back Tories to avoid one party state
19 Dec 2015 at 12:13am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s government is arrogant, overbearing and the most centralising administration Scotland has seen, David Mundell has said.

Mundell: Swinney has "nowhere to hide" now he has tax and welfare powers
18 Dec 2015 at 10:12pm
John Swinney has "nowhere to hide" now that the Scottish Government is being given more tax and welfare powers, David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, has warned.

Labour MSP sends taxpayer-funded newsletter during selection contest
15 Dec 2015 at 4:37pm
A Labour MSP has used public resources to post a newsletter to party members during a selection contest to keep her job.

Scottish Budget: £500m council cuts 'will cost 15,000 jobs or 50 Tata Steelwo...
16 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
FINANCE secretary John Swinney has announced one of the biggest overhauls of the public sector since the birth of the Scottish Parliament with promises over major reform in the offing.

Holyrood committee: BBC must say how much cash it raises and spends in Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 2:09pm
A Holyrood committee is calling on BBC bosses to set out how much cash the corporation raises and spends in Scotland.

Sex workers back proposals to decriminalise prostitution
17 Dec 2015 at 12:07am
SEX workers have stepped up their calls for changes in the law to make them safer as they host a gathering to raise awareness of the issue.

Scottish Labour reveal candidate lists for 2016 Holyrood elections
14 Dec 2015 at 10:37am
Scottish Labour has released its candidate lists as the countdown to the 2016 Holyrood elections begins.

Catalan foreign secretary: EU needs to introduce 'mechanism' to let Scotland ...
14 Dec 2015 at 11:03am
Catalonia's foreign minister has called for EU reforms to allow Scotland or his own country to stay in the bloc.

Nicola Sturgeon to join Jeremy Corbyn at Trade Union Bill rally
10 Dec 2015 at 9:08am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is joining Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in opposition to the UK Government's Trade Union Bill.

SNP: new figures show Scotland continues to "punch above its weight" in contr...
9 Dec 2015 at 7:57pm
SCOTLAND continues to ?punch above its weight? in terms of its economic contribution to the UK, the SNP leadership has insisted, following publication of the latest output figures for 2014.

Former Glasgow City Council leader abandons bid to become Labour MSP
10 Dec 2015 at 6:44am
Gordon Matheson has abandoned his bid to become a Labour MSP.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Peter Jones: Crude facts about North Sea?s future
21 Dec 2015 at 8:57pm
Oil price slump combined with additional supplies from Iran and Libya bode ill for Scottish industry, warns Peter Jones

Should Scotland?s planning system be reformed?
21 Dec 2015 at 6:26pm
A REVIEW of Scotland’s planning system should consider the introduction of an “equal right of appeal”, campaigners have said.

Scotland trending: Today?s most-talked about topics
21 Dec 2015 at 6:07pm
Today’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond. In today’s edition, Scottish tennis star Andy Murray is recognised as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and a reindeer does a runner from a Tesco Christmas event

The infamous five: 2015?s biggest villains
21 Dec 2015 at 5:16pm
FROM Sepp Blatter to Donald Trump, we count down the people that have been making the headlines this year for all the wrong reasons

Kenny MacAskill calls for drug policy to be devolved
21 Dec 2015 at 4:57pm
A former justice secretary has said drugs policy should be devolved to Scotland to allow for a major rethink.

Scottish Parliament poll: SNP increases lead over Labour
21 Dec 2015 at 2:44pm
The SNP has extended its lead over Labour despite facing sustained criticism on devolved issues including the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

Postgrad students should have loans paid - report
21 Dec 2015 at 12:48pm
Postgraduate Students in Scotland should have their student loans written off if they chose to stay and work north of the border, a Scottish Government report has recommended.

UK government accused of inaction over steel industry
21 Dec 2015 at 10:07am
The Government has been accused of failing to be alert to alarms raised by the steel industry before firms starting cutting thousands of jobs.

Scottish teachers take a million sick days in three years
21 Dec 2015 at 9:45am
Teachers across Scotland have taken more than one million sick days over the past three years, according to new figures.

SNP call for electronic voting at Westminster
21 Dec 2015 at 9:40am
The SNP has made a fresh call to introduce electronic voting for MPs.

Leaders: Locals battle with centralising inertia
21 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
SNP stands accused of failing to pass its recently acquired powers down the line and holding the reins of power in tight control

Rising number of Scots kids homeless on Christmas
21 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
There were 1,000 more children without a permanent home in Scotland last Christmas compared to the previous year, the latest figures show.

Holyrood wants betting machines axed from bookies
21 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
Controversial fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that can see players lose hundreds of pounds in minutes should be banned from Scotland’s high streets, MSPs have said.

Exit poll puts Spanish ruling party in power
21 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
A strong showing by a pair of upstart parties in Spain’s general election yesterday is threatening to overturn the country’s traditional two-party system.

Barack Obama spends hours with grieving families
21 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
Families of those killed in the California terror attack have told how US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle spent hours consoling them and listening to their grief-stricken stories.

Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Shocking incredible news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Dec 2015 at 12:05pm
Telling voters they’re morons and robots rather surprisingly hasn’t worked. We suspect the opposition parties will give it a few more years just to be sure. . (Readers may already have noticed that we rather slacked off over the weekend. In previous years Wings has largely carried on throughout the festive season, but this year …

Transparency and accountability
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
An alert reader recently decided to get a bit meta and send an FOI request to the BBC about how many FOI requests it got, and how many it responded to with its standard get-out clause that basically amounts to “None of your business, get stuffed”. This was the response. We’ve added the percentages in …

An end to the matter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2015 at 10:41pm
Remarkably, it seems some angry Unionists are still trying to dispute the known facts surrounding the Forth Road Bridge closure. We’d like to think this quote from today’s Central Fife Times – from Tony Martin, the man who was convenor of the authority managing the bridge until a few months ago – was unambiguous enough to …

He can?t get no satisfaction
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2015 at 11:02am
This tweet mysteriously vanished from Blair McDougall’s Twitter timeline last night: We’re not sure why, as we know that Scottish Labour love nothing more than to attack the Scottish Government (no matter how ham-fistedly) over education. And we’re pretty sure it’s not because McDougall felt guilty about picking out only the negative aspects of what Scotland’s …

Kelly?s Heroes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 9:55pm
Because some of you won’t have seen it yet.

The Pish Gallop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 3:55pm
We’ve spoken a number of times before on this site about the “gish gallop” or “swarm of wasps” debating technique, in which a person attempts to bury their opponent under such an overwhelming tsunami of false, misleading or nonsensical claims in a short space of time that they can’t possibly debunk it all. The Urban Dictionary gives an example …

Another Amazing Collapsing Story
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 2:07pm
So this sounds pretty bad, right? We imagine chaos and mayhem reigned on the streets. “A troubled police control room was unable to receive 101 calls for almost eight hours.” Oh. It was only non-emergency 101 calls, not 999 ones. “Bilston Glen, which took the initial report of the M9 crash which eventually claimed the …

Old soak dribbles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 12:32am
I know he’s a figure of comedy and pity, but this is something else. Someone glue the cork in the bottle, eh? For his own good.

The Forth Road Bridge FAQ
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Dec 2015 at 10:47am
Over the last few days, as most of Scotland’s media has focused on hysterical smear stories and outright lies, we’ve been digging around trying to uncover the truth about events around and leading to the closure of the Forth Road Bridge. Here’s what we’ve got so far. – 1. The reason there isn’t already a …

Lie by lie
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Dec 2015 at 4:53pm
The Scottish Mail on Sunday’s shock-horror Forth Road Bridge story today is also accompanied by an editorial leader. And if the main article was a piece of bare-faced deception, it’s got nothing on the opinion piece. No he didn’t. That’s a lie. The SMoS prints Barry Colford’s email, ostensibly in full, and it makes no …

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

MacAskill calls for drug policy rethink
21 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
A former Scottish justice secretary suggests that he would be in favour of decriminalising the possession of some illegal drugs.

Ministers appeal over turbines decision
21 Dec 2015 at 2:28pm
The Scottish government and energy company SSE say they intend to appeal against a legal ruling on a planned 67-turbine wind farm.

Ofcom: Rifkind and Straw probe was fair
21 Dec 2015 at 11:19am
Channel 4's undercover investigation into ex-foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, was fair, says regulator Ofcom.

Holyrood 'should devolve more powers'
21 Dec 2015 at 2:23pm
Scottish towns and cities risk being left behind other parts of the UK unless they are given more control over their own affairs, the Scottish secretary claims.

Call for high street betting machine ban
21 Dec 2015 at 11:00am
Holyrood should be given the power to ban fixed odds betting terminals from high street bookmaker shops, a committee of MSPs has concluded.

SNP calls for Commons electronic voting
21 Dec 2015 at 12:07am
Electronic voting should be introduced to speed up business in the House of Commons, the SNP suggests.

Monitors installed in bridge first
21 Dec 2015 at 1:19pm
Ten lorries are used during tests of a new state-of-the-art structural monitoring system installed at the Forth Road Bridge for the first time.

Covert police probe 'should be extended'
20 Dec 2015 at 11:47am
The Scottish government calls for the inquiry into the activities of undercover Metropolitan Police officers to be extended to Scotland.

17,000 missed five NHS appointments
19 Dec 2015 at 12:50pm
Nearly 17,000 patients in Scotland failed to show up for an NHS hospital appointment on at least five occasions last year, figures reveal.

Rule change call over Trade Union Bill
18 Dec 2015 at 1:28pm
Scottish Labour calls for a change to Scottish Parliament rules to let Holyrood oppose the Trade Union Bill.

Warning over £85m police funding gap
18 Dec 2015 at 4:21pm
Audit Scotland warns of potential £85m funding gap in Scottish police accounts by 2018/19 as "significant issues" arise.

Mhairi Black nominated for NME award
18 Dec 2015 at 12:45pm
SNP MP Mhairi Black has been announced as one of NME magazine's People of the Year nominees

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

The Excellence Factor
16 Dec 2015 at 2:15pm
What does the Curriculum for Excellence mean for Scotland's schools?

In pictures: Leaders' Christmas cards
16 Dec 2015 at 5:58pm
Party leaders' Christmas greetings

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Despair for Dugdale as SNP soar to 34% lead on the Holyrood list in tumultuou...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:18pm
It's been a long time since we've had a full-scale Scottish Parliament poll.  The most recent one was the Ipsos-Mori phone poll which completed its fieldwork in mid-November, and showed a slight dr...

We can, citizens
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:02am
If the Portuguese election result a couple of months ago was a touch complicated, tonight's Spanish election result is truly epic.  Once again, we have the conservatives emerging as the largest sin...

"Just forget about Scotland", part 2
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2015 at 9:28pm
I've been having a listen to the Polling Matters round-up of 2015, in which Rob Vance has once again been doing his "just forget about Scotland" routine.  He doesn't use those exact words this time...

The state of play in the EU referendum remains as clear as mud
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
I've been meaning to update the EU referendum Poll of Polls for quite some time, but because I had settled on a method that gives equal weight to telephone and online data collection, it wasn't pos...

Genuine question for Dan Hodges : if Jeremy Corbyn has already killed the Lab...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2015 at 6:36am
Merciful Dan Hodges has at last given Jeremy Corbyn some respite.  Just for once, it's Hodges' own fellow travellers in the PLP who are responsible for "killing" the Labour party, because (you've g...

Corsica follows in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia by electing a nati...
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2015 at 12:24am
Understandably, the mainstream media in the UK have been most interested in the French regional elections because of the failure of the National Front to make a really telling breakthrough and seiz...

Ten things that Scotland should be grateful to Donald Trump for
by James Kelly
12 Dec 2015 at 3:57pm
America's leading Hitler impersonator Donald Trump reckons that Scotland should stop criticising him for Islamophobia, and should instead get on with being grateful to him for all he's done for us....

Corbyn's top priority for internal reform should be changing the nominations ...
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2015 at 6:50pm
Some of Stephen Bush's political predictions this year have proved uncannily accurate (admittedly he didn't call the general election correctly but was much closer than most), so we should probably...

SNP secure 8% swing in bilious Blantyre by-election brawl
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2015 at 11:45pm
Just for once, we have an STV by-election in which the party 'defending' the seat actually won the popular vote in the ward last time around. (So no need for any 'confusion' over at Liberal Democra...

How to tell if you're a Dalek
by James Kelly
9 Dec 2015 at 8:30am
I'll keep this very brief because I'm in the middle of a technological apocalypse.  I suppose I always had a vague instinctive understanding that tomato sauce and computer keyboards don't really mi...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is opposed to bombing Syria
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2015 at 5:02pm
When YouGov produced its dramatic poll on the eve of the Commons vote on Syria showing that support for air strikes had slumped, the fieldwork was impressively bang up to date. So it's rather frust...

The STV political correspondent who thinks that "Scottish nationalists need n...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2015 at 7:26pm
There can be little doubt that STV are delighted to have Stephen Daisley as an online correspondent, and in some ways that's perfectly understandable.  Few would deny that he's a finer prose stylis...

The RISE case for "tactical voting" becomes ever clearer...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 5:59pm
Jim Sillars has today backed the claims of RISE that it is somehow possible to vote "tactically" on the Scottish Parliament list ballot, which I think should comprehensively settle the matter for a...

Corbyn's success in Oldham confounds the media narrative
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 12:13am
All the early indications are that Labour are set for a much easier victory in the Oldham West and Royton by-election than anyone thought possible.  This might be a useful moment to flag up an obvi...

What we've learned tonight
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 10:46pm
1)  The idea that has been doing the rounds in the London media that Hilary Benn is a credible caretaker "unity" Labour leader is now dead in the water.  Becoming so visibly the darling of the Tory...

Reddit Scotland

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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

The 21st December is the shortest day of the year, and I always think it's th...
21 Dec 2015 at 8:26pm
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What's for dinner, gents?
21 Dec 2015 at 7:56pm
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Culinary Schools in Scotland?
21 Dec 2015 at 7:18pm
I love and adore Scotland, all of my ancestors come from there too! I look on google and don't see too much , I want to go to culinary school for a year or 2 in Scotland but I don't know of any pla...

Any BT employees here?
21 Dec 2015 at 5:24pm
Sorting out a move at the end of the month. Our current ISP is bt, and we were told the tennent in our new flat is also a BT customer. They said to my gf that they'd need to charge £160 to switch ...

Kirkwall to Stromness road now open following livestock collision
21 Dec 2015 at 5:12pm
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Someone needs to start this up in Scotland
21 Dec 2015 at 3:54pm
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ScotRail unveils £475 million project to improve train capacity and free wifi
21 Dec 2015 at 2:31pm
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David Mundell calls for ?honest debate? on devolution within Scotland
21 Dec 2015 at 1:37pm
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Refugees in Scotland find cold weather but warm welcome
21 Dec 2015 at 1:30pm
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In pictures: Glasgow at Christmas, then and now
21 Dec 2015 at 1:16pm
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Kenny MacAskill calls for drug policy rethink
21 Dec 2015 at 12:56pm
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Does anyone know how to find information on an abandoned property?
21 Dec 2015 at 12:15pm
There are a few houses near me, in relatively nice streets, that have been boarded up for at least a couple of years. I've no idea if they were abandoned, gutted by fire, or have some other problem...

SNP shrugs off opposition attacks to increase Holyrood poll lead
21 Dec 2015 at 12:06pm
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Stone of Scone 'should not automatically be loaned to England for next corona...
21 Dec 2015 at 11:49am
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Why did Alex Salmond take so long to turn on Donald Trump?
21 Dec 2015 at 11:00am
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Daily Record

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Tory MP DELETES family from website after love-affair with colleague revealed
by Jason Beattie
21 Dec 2015 at 7:39pm
Army veteran Jack Lopresti, 46, has been revealed to be dating Conservative backbencher Andrea Jenkyns

SNP increase lead over Labour in the polls despite recent criticism on devolv...
by dailyrecord
21 Dec 2015 at 2:25pm
A POLL with over 1,000 respondents found that support for the party went up by two points, with Labour down five points.

Nicola Sturgeon urges people to visit elderly friends and relatives this Chri...
by dailyrecord
21 Dec 2015 at 1:29pm
THE First Minister underlined the need for people to check in on elderly friends and relatives during a visit to Silver Line Scotland's HQ.

Kezia Dugdale: Stand up and be counted in fight against austerity
by Kezia Dugdale
20 Dec 2015 at 9:32pm
KEZIA is disappointed Nicola Sturgeon failed to guarantee there would be no job losses in our schools following the SNP’s budget last week.

Scottish Government call for inquiry into undercover policing to be extended ...
by Record Reporter
20 Dec 2015 at 5:11pm
SCOTTISH Justice Secretary Michael Matheson wants the Pitchford Inquiry to look at “any activity in Scotland conducted by English and Welsh forces”.

Experts warn Forth Road Bridge should be kept open even after new crossing opens
by Mark Aitken
20 Dec 2015 at 1:36pm
THE Scottish Government is being urged to invest in large-scale repairs to the Forth Road Bridge, so that traffic can use it even after the new Queensferry Crossing opens.

Sunday Mail opinion: The Scottish Parliament building is the best. MSPs need ...
by Mail Opinion
20 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
THERE is too much going on at Holyrood without any real public scrutiny says SUNDAY MAIL OPINION.

Gerry Hassan: Social justice and a fairer society ? just what we need - but w...
by Gerry Hassan
20 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
SCOTLAND'S mainstream parties are fiscally conservative - because no one wants to upset middle class voters reckons GERRY HASSAN.

Lord Janner dead at 87: Labour peer passes away 'after long illness', family ...
by Joe Churcher
19 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
The controversial Lord's family have revealed the news in a statement.

Britain set for EU referendum vote next year
by Jack Blanchard
19 Dec 2015 at 10:55am
SPECULATION has risen that June 16 may be a possible date for the referendum vote.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Neureekie?s Xmaskracker
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2015 at 4:24pm
Some photos by Jannica Honey from the Neu! Reekie!’s XmasKracker

A Response to the Daily Mail Bile
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2015 at 9:29am
It’s hard to continue to be shocked by the moral sewer that is British tabloid journalism. But as a sheer act of pre-Christmas bile and bigotry, it’s hard to get past Sue Reid’s Daily Mail article on refugees coming to Bute. Reid, who specialises almost exclusively in stories stirring racial hatred, purposely ignores the wave …

Gaelic Arts Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2015 at 8:16am
Pròiseact nan Ealain / The National Gaelic Arts Agency recently announced that they are winding up, due to the withdrawal of funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, having lost core funding from Creative Scotland a few years previously. This article was originally publish in gaelic here.  PnE played a crucial role in the first wave of Gaelic …

Whose News?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2015 at 5:24pm
It is a remarkable characteristic of major shibboleths in our society that matters that would quickly be seen as being logically contradictory, factually unsustainable, rationally incoherent or merely ridiculous can survive unscathed as conventional, unchallengeable wisdom for endless decades simply because they are long established in society as sources of unexamined authority, and the incoherence …

The Argument for Bombing Dalfador
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Dec 2015 at 9:28am
Grim revelations that ?30% of Republican primary voters nationally say they support bombing Agrabah?, a country notable for its non-existence have made some folks nervous that we might be going down the wrong tracks. But this idea may actually be the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for. Maybe Paul Mason is right and Trump, who …

Baubles and Trinkets for the Faithful
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Dec 2015 at 2:10pm
It’s the season for gongs and medals for the faithful. And, if you think the overt patronage and cronyism we’ve already witnessed with the elevation of Michelle Mone, and the ennoblement of chinless wunderkid Danny Alexander was a thing to behold, we’re now entering new territory. It’s a joy to live in such a meritocracy. …

The Summer Between and Before
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Dec 2015 at 7:50pm
The North On Monday the 27th of July in the morning, I left Kilburn and London for Donny in my Fiesta, and hung tight on the tails of an Audi who knew where the cameras were. And over the next two weeks or so of summer I drove up and down and back and forth …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Dec 2015 at 2:34pm
The offending word was circled in red pen: ?outwith? The note in the margin read ?Do you mean, WITHOUT??. A first class student for the past three years, I sat in my dissertation tutorial growling as my frustration increased. ?No. I mean ?outwith?. It?s completely different. You know? Outwith? To be outside the borders of …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from, the world's leading liberal voice

The Guardian view on Scottish politics: mind the gap | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Dec 2015 at 6:52pm
The SNP is on course for a third win in 2016, but Nicola Sturgeon?s party is showing intimations of mortality that could cost it in the long termEven at the end of a very bad year for opinion polls, few would risk disagreeing with the current polling on Scotland?s 2016 election. In 2011, the Scot...

Push to extend inquiry into police infiltration of campaigners to Scotland
by Rob Evans
20 Dec 2015 at 12:09pm
Scottish government asks Theresa May to have inquiry examine covert police activity in Scotland as well as England and WalesThe Scottish government is pressing for a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political campaign groups to be broadened to examine covert operations in Scotla...

Away with the manger! It?s a holiday, not a holy day | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
20 Dec 2015 at 12:05am
Scotland is a non-binary, inclusive, diverse country. And the Messiah has no part in it, at Christmas or any other timeIt has been coming for a while, and I acknowledge that a lot of valuable and important steps have been taken on the journey to eradicate the Redeemer from the festive season. The...

Scotland budget: NHS spending boosted as council funds slashed
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Dec 2015 at 6:55pm
John Swinney redirects £500m to health service, in echo of UK budget, after prolonged criticism that he was allowing medical services to stagnateScotland?s finance secretary raided council spending and imposed a new tax on second homes, as he boosted funding for the crisis-hit NHS in his final bu...

Scottish government to freeze income tax rates in pre-election budget
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Dec 2015 at 11:13am
Finance minister John Swinney expected to reject Labour calls for a commitment to raise rates in higher tax bands in 2017 under new powersJohn Swinney, Scotland?s finance secretary, is expected to freeze income tax and council tax rates in a pre-election budget on Wednesday wherein which he will ...

Scottish councils hold record debts of £14.8bn ? and are still borrowing
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:35pm
Guardian identifies further £472m of capital projects funded through Scottish Futures Trust that will add to debt repayments already costing £1.5bn a yearCouncils in Scotland have borrowed record amounts to fund capital projects and are exposing themselves to even greater, long-term debts through...

Scotland's PFI boom means £1.3bn a year bill is in the post
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:02pm
New roads, hospitals and public buildings are being built now, but latest Treasury data shows government repayments will peak in 10 years? timeTravelling around Scotland, the country feels dynamic. Motorways are being extended, new schools built and modern hospitals are springing up. But these pr...

Scottish students and graduates will owe £6bn by 2021, forecast shows
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 11:48am
Lucy Hunter Blackburn, a specialist in higher education funding, predicts borrowing will be three times the £2bn owed when the SNP took power in 2007The Scottish National party first won power at Holyrood on a promise of abolishing all student debt, but quickly found that was unaffordable. Instea...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Tis the season to be trolling
by weegingerdug
21 Dec 2015 at 5:52pm
Merry Christmas readers, except if you’re Scottish, an immigrant, a refugee, a Muslim, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, a pacifist, a republican, disabled, unemployed, on a zero hours contract, European, or a council tenant, in which case you’re a dangerous threat to decent society and the Daily Mail will shortly be coming to Rothesay to …

The stink of a dead goldfish
by weegingerdug
19 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
Dianne Abbott,Labour?s shadow International Development Secretary, has upset the pouters and pettit lips of Labour in Scotland – which to be fair isn’t hard to do – by pointing out the bleedin obvious. All she said is that Labour is screwed and won’t get itself unscrewed in time for May’s Holyrood election. And it’s blatantly …

I?m a nonentity get me out of here
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2015 at 7:36pm
Well having been away for a week, I’ve missed all sorts of developments in Scottish politics. The Daily Record announced that it was really sorry for all the pish about the vow and vowed never to make crap up ever again, Jackie Baillie said something truthful – admittedly it was just during a conversation about …

Back from Boston with big news
by weegingerdug
16 Dec 2015 at 5:55pm
I’m getting married. I was going to dress it all up in fancy words, but well – I’m getting married. Woo Hoo! I told my handsome American boyfriend Peter that the reason I was flying over to Boston for a long weekend was because I miss him and didn’t want to wait until the spring …

Alistair Carmichael and his amazing incendiary underpants
by weegingerdug
9 Dec 2015 at 2:47pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, because I’ve got packing to do and have to take the dug to stay with friends in Glenboig before I go away first thing tomorrow morning. But the fact that we live in a country where not only is it deemed acceptable for a politician to lie to …

The mass extinction of Unionist monkeys
by weegingerdug
8 Dec 2015 at 10:57pm
Usually you can find Unionist monkeys up every tree, chucking poo at the SNP with the aid of the Daily Record, and gibbering more embarrassing nonsense than Donald Trump with a microphone as they planked their arses on a safe seat. Now it seems like the once ubiquitous Unionist monkey is an endangered species. The …

Has anyone seen Kezia?
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2015 at 7:24pm
Has anyone seen Kezia? She’s as elusive as Johann Lamont was when she was branch office manager of Labour in Scotland. Kezia is as elusive as Jim Murphy was ubiquitous. Every day Jim stood on an Irn Bru crate before the fawning ranks of the Scottish press to announce policies on things like the exploration …

In the land of the mad the sane are crazy
by weegingerdug
3 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
Amidst the claps and cheers of Tory MPs, Britain is at war again. A few months ago SNP MPs were castigated for clapping in the Commons chamber, but it seems that it’s fine to clap as long as you’re clapping bombing raids and war, as long as you’re clapping the militarism of the British state. …

The National

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Final push aims to raise last £270 to offer Christmas dinner to 180 of the mo...
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
A CHILDREN?S charity worker is appealing for help to reach her target to pay for 180 Christmas Day lunches for the homeless, lonely elderly people, young carers and families struggling to make ends meet.

Young musicians to feature on charity Christmas card
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
YOUNG musicians from a deprived area of Glasgow are appearing on a Christmas card being sent to more than a million people around the UK.

Scotland's public finances face a 'time bomb' if the fiscal framework isn't r...
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
SCOTLAND?S public finances could be facing a ?time bomb? unless the Scottish and UK governments recognise the importance of ?future proofing? the fiscal framework that will accompany the Scotland Bill.

I?m staying as Labour leader, insists a defiant Corbyn
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has declared he intends to stay in post and yesterday marked his 99th day in office by rebuking the ?jingoistic? cheering of Hilary Benn?s speech advocating UK air strikes in Syria.

Senior MP criticises Cameron over Brexit as Tory divisions worsen
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
INTERNECINE strife in the Tory Party spilled out into the public view yesterday with a senior MP breaking ranks to call for an EU exit and cabinet ministers demanding the right to campaign for a Brexit.

SNP attack Mundell as the Tories change their tune on local government
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
THE SNP have accused the Conservatives of having ?absolutely no shame?, ahead of a speech today in which David Mundell will call for further local devolution in Scotland.

Lockerbie campaigners on the anniversary: 'The UK justice system is rotten'
21 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
IT WAS one of the worst terrorist atrocities of the 20th century ? 27 years ago today Pan Am flight 103 from London?s Heathrow Airport to JFK in New York was blown up over the town of Lockerbie.

Hung out to dry: UK Government ignored steel industry warnings
21 Dec 2015 at 12:26am
MPS have delivered a ?damning indictment of the government?s record on the steel industry?.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Rolls Royce in Trouble ? Public Purse To Be Used To Protect Trident Submarin...
by caltonjock
16 Dec 2015 at 12:23pm
                No Cloak of Invisibility for the Successor Nuclear Submarines The credibility and justification of the British “Successor” Trident missile submarine fleet is entirely dependent upon the “submarine at sea” being able to avoid detection so that it cannot be taken out by the enemy before it delivers …

A-Century-of-Strife-Created-by-Britain-and-France-Part 2-Turkey-Secular-Free-...
by caltonjock
15 Dec 2015 at 12:27am
        Doesn’t look good for Turkey       13 February 2013: Turkey and Membership of the European Union (EU) Turkey’s relations with the European Economic Community (EEC) date back to 1959. But it took forty years, until the Helsinki European Council of December 1999, for the country to obtain the status …

The Middle East ? A Century of Strife Created by Britain and France ? Part 1 ...
by caltonjock
14 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
  Today’s Map of the Middle east         The Middle East – What Does the Future Hold? It is as yet unclear where the Arab Spring will take the world and what will ultimately become of the Middle East. Apocalyptic scenarios are just as speculative as the hope that the region will …

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

BBC Presenter Kirsty Wark is Still around ? BBC 2016 Election Coverage to be ...
by caltonjock
4 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
  Impartial Kirsty Wark   12 February 2006: Wark kept on BBC probation over bias fears Leading TV presenter Kirsty Wark was placed on probation by worried BBC chiefs a year ago as a direct result of her controversial holiday with Jack McConnell and will continue to be closely monitored. Concerned corporation governors put Wark …

Kezia Dugdale ? Refugees we must welcome and care for them ? Young girl from ...
by caltonjock
2 Dec 2015 at 9:33pm
          Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination

Dr Richard Simpson ? The Medical Worker ? Wonderful Career ? The Labour Party...
by caltonjock
1 Dec 2015 at 11:02pm
    Dr Richard Simpson     Profile: 73yo Dr Richard Simpson. Education: Trinity College, Glenalmond. Studied at Edinburgh University and gained medical qualifications. Qualified psychiatrist . In addition to being a medical adviser to the Samaritans and the Scottish Prison Service, also found time to be active in his local constituency Labour Party, serving …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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Do Police Scotland have the right to remain silent?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Dec 2015 at 11:10am
Holyrood's Justice Committee gave Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson a bit of a drubbing on Tuesday. MSPs questioned the senior police officer with uncharacteristic ferocity and skepticism, on how it came to be that Police Scotland "recklessly" obtained communications data about a journalist's sources without the necessary judicial approval....

Mr Trump goes to Strasbourg?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court put an end to Donald Trump's long-running legal action against the Scottish ministers. The case concerned the lawfulness of a planning consent, which ministers had granted to an offshore windpower project, overlooked by Trump's golfing paradise in Menie. As has become customary in cases of this kind, the wheels of...

Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...

No vindication here. Only survival.
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
"We had no concerns about the credibility and reliability of the witnesses, with one exception." A teller of "blatant" lies. "Unimpressive," his behaviour demonstrating "a lack of candour", "at best disingenuous, at worst evasive and self-serving" in his actions. These are not descriptions of a man vindicated. But the conclusion cannot be avoide...

No evidence Harry Clarke "ought to have known he was not fit to drive"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
7 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
This afternoon, Sheriff John Beckett published his determination in the Glasgow bin lorry crash fatal accident inquiry. Judges Scotland have made this shorter summary available. Sheriff Beckett's full conclusions and recommendations can be read here.  The determination is a lengthy and careful, and the various parties to the case are already rec...

Kezia Dugdale: no time for a novice?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Dec 2015 at 12:57pm
The admirable John Harris has a piece on Labour in Scotland in the Guardian this morning: "'There's a lot I'm still learning': can Kezia Dugdale resurrect Scottish Labour?" The new Scottish Labour leader has been posted missing since Jeremy Corbyn took over last September, and internecine conflicts on more or less everything broke out in the par...

Gove: human rights "neither reserved nor devolved"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Dec 2015 at 12:47pm
Does Westminster need Holyrood's consent to repeal the Human Rights Act? This blog has been asking this important question since the general election. In June, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Therese Coffey, told Joanna Cherry that human rights are "a reserved for the UK Parliament and not a devolved matter," implying that consent for rep...

Judge: victim "condoned" and "acquiesced" in her rape
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
Lord  Carloway, who allowed the appeal.HM Advocate v. SSM is a case of rape, and a case of the sexual abuse of children. In May this year, SSM was foung guilty by a jury in the High Court in Glasgow of seven charges. These are summarised in the Appeal Court's judgment this afternoon. I caution you. The details are unpleasant. But understanding t...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland
by Gerry
20 Dec 2015 at 11:36pm
Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 20th 2015 This was a significant week for the Scottish Government and Scottish politics. John Swinney presented his first ever budget since Scotland had been given limited income tax powers which allowed variety up or down by ...

The Day that Scotland Changed
by Gerry
19 Dec 2015 at 12:14pm
The Day that Scotland Changed Gerry Hassan Prospect, December 18th 2015 May 7th 2015 stands out as the day Scotland changed. The House of Cards that was Labour dominance collapsed: a domino effect which witnessed 40 out of 41 Labour seats being won by the SNP. Scotland has seamlessly switched from a nation of Labour ...

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2015
by Gerry
16 Dec 2015 at 10:17pm
MY FAVOURITE MUSIC OF THE YEAR: 2015 NEW ALBUMS December 16th 2015 1 C Duncan, Architect One man?s vision ? part classical, ambient, other worldly 2 Kamasi Washington, The Epic Jazz is rarely like this: mixing big band, soul & funk 3 Floating Points, Elaenia Stunning harmonies, spaces and silence https://www...

Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West
by Gerry
13 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 13th 2015 Only a generation ago, just after the Berlin Wall fell, liberal democratic opinion across the West was confident about the future. This was the era of the long boom across the West, the Clinton ...

The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind?
by Gerry
7 Dec 2015 at 10:22am
The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 6th 2015 Britain is off to war again. The parliamentary debate did not live up to the billing. Cameron and Corbyn underperformed. Hilary Benn stole the show and headlines. Great rhetorical moment this was not. This wasn?t of the quality ...

The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s
by Gerry
30 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 29th 2015 These are tumultuous times. Chaos in Syria. Complex and shifting alliances. The Turks shooting down a Russian plane. There is disarray in the Labour Party on Syria and Trident. And all in the week of ...

The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

Scotland and Independence

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A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
JZ Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland's public opinion regarding voting...

Catalan MEP @RamonTremosa to Scotland: We must coordinate our independence .....
20 Dec 2015 at 8:23am

Catalan MEP @RamonTremosa to Scotland: We must coordinate our independence ...
As Catalonia votes as part of the Spanish general election, MEP Ramon Tremosa calls for an independence referendum plan between his nation and Scotland. He is also author of the book 'Let Catalonia Vote'. (Portic: 2015) ...
Catalonia's separatist bid: the 'hot potato' of Sunday's Spanish elections...

Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids' - Edinburgh Evening News
16 Dec 2015 at 12:35pm

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids'
Edinburgh Evening News
I owe it to my children to make this movie, and keep independence in everyone's minds for years to come.? Freedom for a Day will be filmed across Scotland, including Mr Gilhooley's home town. Mr Gilhooley, who attended St Margaret's Primary School in ...

Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil - BBC News
30 Nov 2015 at 3:09pm

BBC News
Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil
BBC News
A group of campaigners has set up camp outside the Scottish Parliament calling for a second independence referendum. BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim visited the camp to learn more about it. "We're prepared to stay here for five years ...

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Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independ...
2 Dec 2015 at 10:02am

Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independence?
WESTMINSTER IS SET to push ahead for another Middle Eastern bombing campaign in a war that will strengthen the case for Scottish independence, according to peace campaigners. At least 57 (97 per cent) of Scotland's 59 MPs are set to vote against ...

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Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years' - The Courier
26 Nov 2015 at 5:22pm

The Courier
Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years'
The Courier
Mark Diffley, director at Ipsos Mori Scotland, said: "This poll represents good news for Yes supporters, with more than half of Scots believing independence is likely by 2025. "Opinions may change if and when a second referendum is announced but, for ...

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Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence - Glasg...
30 Nov 2015 at 4:53pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow Labour councillor has come out in support of Scottish independence, putting him at odds with his party's pro-union position. Russell Robertson, who campaigned against separation in the run up to last year's referendum, revealed his U-turn in ...

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ... -...
29 Nov 2015 at 3:15pm

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ...
BuzzFeed News
They hope the camp will eventually house 100 people, having drawn inspiration from from the 14th-century declaration of Scottish independence known as the Declaration of Arbroath, which stated: ?As long as but 100 of us remain alive, never will we on ...


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Minor gains and losses in latest TNS poll on May 2016 voting intentions, with...
21 Dec 2015 at 9:22pm

Minor gains and losses in latest TNS poll on May 2016 voting intentions, with ...
For Argyll
The latest TNS Poll hows the SNP holding steady on its constituency vote share while nudging its Regional List vote share progressively further upwards. This is now 26% up in the seven month period since the General Election. This may reflect the new ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Sinopec In Talks To Acquire Anadarko Petroleum - Benzinga
21 Dec 2015 at 9:05pm

EXCLUSIVE: Sinopec In Talks To Acquire Anadarko Petroleum
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNP) -- commonly referred to as Sinopec -- is mulling a takeover of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC), source familiar with the matter told Benzinga. China Petroleum is an $89 billion market cap ...

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Report: Sinopec in talks to acquire Anadarko Petroleum - Seeking Alpha
21 Dec 2015 at 8:09pm

Report: Sinopec in talks to acquire Anadarko Petroleum
Seeking Alpha
Anadarko Petroleum (APC +0.9%) spikes more than 3% before fading, following chatter that Sinopec (SNP -1.2%) is considering a takeover bid for the E&P company. Stifel analyst Michael Scialla tells Benzinga the rumor fits into the story around the China ...

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SNP increases election lead as poll finds voter support rising -
21 Dec 2015 at 6:21pm
SNP increases election lead as poll finds voter support rising
The SNP has extended its lead over Labour despite facing sustained criticism on devolved issues including the closure of the Forth Road Bridge. A TNS poll of 1035 over-16s found support for the party in the regional list section for 2016's Holyrood ...

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SNP comes under attack for centralising power - Financial Times
21 Dec 2015 at 6:09pm

Financial Times
SNP comes under attack for centralising power
Financial Times
Analysis last year by the Reform think-tank suggested that the SNP's plans for independence would have left 100 per cent of tax revenues under the control of Holyrood if Scotland had voted to leave the UK in the 2014 referendum. An independent Scotland ...

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Analysts Offer Predictions for Wave Life Sciences Ltd's FY2020 Earnings (WVE)...
21 Dec 2015 at 5:49pm

Analysts Offer Predictions for Wave Life Sciences Ltd's FY2020 Earnings (WVE)
Storm Investor
In Huntington's disease, the Company has programs targeting HTT SNP-1 and HTT SNP-2; in DMD, it is targeting Exon 51, and in IBD, it is targeting SMAD7. The Company has late-stage discovery programs in epidermolysis bullosa simplex, in which it is ...

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Thousands of Scots children homeless at Christmas - Glasgow Evening Times
21 Dec 2015 at 5:42pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Thousands of Scots children homeless at Christmas
Glasgow Evening Times
In the eyes of the SNP they care more about immigrants than 'Real' Scottish people, it would be a travesty for them for an immigrant to be homeless. I am sure the people of Scotland will remember this when it comes to voting time. Cra ig. In the eyes ...

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?How deep is Nicola Sturgeon and Kezia Dudgale's social democratic commitment...
21 Dec 2015 at 5:42pm

?How deep is Nicola Sturgeon and Kezia Dudgale's social democratic commitment??
Slugger O'Toole
The SNP have positioned themselves as the party of Scotland's interests. Labour are lost, regrouping and confused. The Tories have a niche but little more. The Lib Dems self-destructed years ago. The Greens are the only party challenging any of this ...

Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wron...
18 Dec 2015 at 9:44pm

The Independent
EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wrong
The Independent
When he needs some relief from the increasingly nasty headache of renegotiating Britain's EU membership terms, David Cameron takes some comfort from the Scottish referendum last year. At the crunch, the Scottish people voted for the status quo (plus a ...
David Cameron sets the stage for d...

Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland? - Huffingto...
19 Dec 2015 at 8:38pm

Huffington Post UK
Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland?
Huffington Post UK
This is, in essence, what it's like to live in post-referendum Scotland. If you criticise the party of government, you become a pariah - all of a sudden, you're faced with a deluge of SNP warriors to defend yourself against. What is becoming of ...
Euan McColm: Artists have been betrayed by SNPSc...

Catalan MEP @RamonTremosa to Scotland: We must coordinate our independence .....
20 Dec 2015 at 8:23am

Catalan MEP @RamonTremosa to Scotland: We must coordinate our independence ...
As Catalonia votes as part of the Spanish general election, MEP Ramon Tremosa calls for an independence referendum plan between his nation and Scotland. He is also author of the book 'Let Catalonia Vote'. (Portic: 2015) ...
Catalonia's separatist bid: the 'hot potato' of Sunday's Spanish elections...

A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
JZ Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland's public opinion regarding voting...

Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...

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EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas - Herald Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 7:47pm

Herald Scotland
EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas
Herald Scotland
The Government's promise to hold a referendum on EU membership is set to become law before Christmas after peers backed down in their clash with the Commons over lowering the voting age. Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government had ...

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Lord Heseltine: free vote on EU referendum will make David Cameron an ... - H...
21 Dec 2015 at 10:34am

Lord Heseltine: free vote on EU referendum will make David Cameron an ...
Herald Scotland
David Cameron will make himself an international "laughing stock" if he bows to demands to give ministers a free vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the EU, Tory grandee Lord Heseltine has warned. The Prime Minister has been ...

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Scottish ministers back BBC shake-up - Herald Scotland
20 Dec 2015 at 4:09pm

Herald Scotland
Scottish ministers back BBC shake-up
Herald Scotland
The BBC's output was called into question during 2014's Scottish independence referendum and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has since called for a dedicated Scotland channel and a second English-language radio station. She also wants Scotland to have ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
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Local tax commission: replacing council tax
14 Dec 2015 at 12:29pm
So the cross party (apart from the Tories) commission has published it's final report, as you'd expect for a cross party communique it's equal parts verbose and vague. the report can be found here:   The conclusions seem to be that the cou...

Donald Trump wants to shag his Daughter
13 Dec 2015 at 7:31pm

The prosecution rests its case...

Guess who wrote this?
11 Dec 2015 at 9:10pm
Toffee apple for the winner....   The members’ tea room in the House of Commons has been buzzing this week in a way that I have not seen for some time. What, I hear you ask, has stirred up our nation’s legislators in this way? You might think it would be spending cuts or maybe the closure of RAF ...

Benefits of the Union Part 94.
11 Dec 2015 at 4:26pm
Brendan Hynes ‏@Hyvast 40m40 minutes ago Sept 2014 the Weir Group said we were stronger in the Uk & BetterTogether Their share Price was £27:00 Today it is £9.94

Sarwar and Curran are on the list
9 Dec 2015 at 8:59am
Hearing that Sarwar and Mags Curran have made the Labour list.


Lucy Allan MP
7 Dec 2015 at 1:09pm
The BBC are very quiet about this.  Funny that.  I don't think they'd be as quiet if it was an SNP or Corbyn supporting Labour MP.  Faking death threats is something you would have thought an MP would be sacked for.

Friends Of Israel?
5 Dec 2015 at 10:53pm
Why does every major UK political party have a friends of Israel club?

Tom Watson MP
5 Dec 2015 at 11:32am
I've not really followed his career and was wondering what others thought about him.
He seems to have been in the media for (IMO) the wrong reasons over the last few days.
Condemning intimidation to staff by peaceful protestors at Creasy's constituency office - despite the office being closed an...

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Latest Holyrood Polling
21 Dec 2015 at 4:20pm
Latest polling figures incredible. Even with the Forth Road Bridge crisis, the SNP are absolutely solid and Labour continue to bomb. Im pretty scathing of the opposition and the media in this country but assumed I was very biased and vastly over-estimated just how sympathetically the electorate l...

Just About
21 Dec 2015 at 7:52am
Is it only sports commentators who use the phrase just about to mean just? Surely just about means almost? "He just about kept that in," means he nearly did, but it's overwhelmingly used to mean he just did. Rips my knitting but maybe I'm wrong. Just (just about) seems wrong.

21 Dec 2015 at 7:46am
Is it a recent thing or have some folk always called them tor-tisses? Hardly anyone calls them tortoises now.

Carol Singers
20 Dec 2015 at 5:30pm
I didn't think this happened any more but there are actually Carol singers outside my house.  I feel like I've woken up in Dickensian London!

Good Luck Today, Catalonia
20 Dec 2015 at 4:49pm

Lord Janner
19 Dec 2015 at 5:25pm
Who would have credited it?   Edit to add link.....

Itunes Installation Problems
19 Dec 2015 at 3:51pm
Due to some issues with my computer running slowly, I reinstalled windows and decided to reset the machine.   Trying to reinstall iTunes, I keep getting this error.   Anyone on here had this problem?  

Jimmy Hill
19 Dec 2015 at 2:25pm
Deed....   (oops just seen there's a thread in Football related - pls delete this EK_celt style)

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