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Willie Rennie: SNP ready to sell out Europe for dream of independence
20 Feb 2017 at 6:39pm
The SNP is prepared to "sell out Europe" for independence, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said.

Bid to remove John Bercow will fizzle out like gunpowder plot, says Alex Salmond
20 Feb 2017 at 7:24pm
Alex Salmond has compared the attempt to remove Commons Speaker John Bercow to the Gunpowder Plot - adding it will also "fizzle out".

Hotelier: Rates will bring down SNP Government
20 Feb 2017 at 7:58am
A LEADING nationalist hotelier has said the business rates backlash will be as fierce as against the Poll Tax and bring down the SNP government.

Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane
20 Feb 2017 at 1:51am
Independence could result in quickest entry into the bloc, claim academics

Independence will risk Scottish trade, claims Mandelson
20 Feb 2017 at 8:44am
PETER Mandelson has backed Tony Blair?s claim Brexit has strengthened the argument for Scottish independence.

Labour calls for North Sea assets to be brought into public sector
20 Feb 2017 at 11:24am
Labour is to debate a call for the UK and Scottish governments to bring key North Sea assets into public ownership to prevent oil and gas reserves being "turned off prematurely".

Tories widen lead over Labour to 18 points in new poll
20 Feb 2017 at 2:50pm
Theresa May's Conservatives have extended their poll lead over Labour to 18 points, according to a new poll.

Trump's election opened 'Pandora's box of hate'
20 Feb 2017 at 8:45pm
Donald Trump's election as US president has opened a "Pandora's box of hate", an MP has said as she recounted abuse directed at her.

European workers urge Theresa May to end uncertainty over right to stay
20 Feb 2017 at 2:37pm
Workers including nurses, charity staff and teaching assistants have voiced fears about their future status during a protest over their right to remain in the UK.

Thousands protest as MPs debate Donald Trump's state visit
20 Feb 2017 at 7:40pm
Thousands of protesters gathered outside Parliament as MPs debated Donald Trump's state visit to Britain.

Ex-presiding officer warns Holyrood 'struggles' to hold Government to account
20 Feb 2017 at 3:57pm
Holyrood has struggled to hold the Government to account, a former presiding officer has said.

Trump state visit a sign of Theresa May's trade deal desperation, say MPs
20 Feb 2017 at 7:14pm
Donald Trump will be able to detect Theresa May's desperation for a US-UK trade deal by the hasty offer of a state visit, according to MPs.

May urges peers not to 'hold up' delivery of Brexit
20 Feb 2017 at 1:36pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has said she does not want to see anyone holding up "what the British people want", as the Brexit Bill goes before the House of Lords.

Scottish Enterprise has given over £16.6m to fracking firm since 2009
19 Feb 2017 at 12:10am
A MULTI-NATIONAL company behind plans to bring fracking to Scotland has been awarded over £16 million by the country?s jobs quango in the last eight years.

The Midge: Trump lampooned after talk of Swedish terror attack
20 Feb 2017 at 7:19am
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Taxpayers foot bill for £120m public sector ?golden handshakes?
21 Feb 2017 at 12:00am
The cost of taxpayer-funded “golden handshakes” rose by £8 million last year to almost £120m.

Closing gender pay gap ?worth £6.5bn? for Scotland
21 Feb 2017 at 12:00am
The gender pay gap in Scotland currently stands at 15 per cent despite improved opportunities for women in the workplace, according to a new report.

Derek Mackay to act on business rates as firms step up pressure
21 Feb 2017 at 12:00am
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will today unveil a fresh package of measures to help firms hit by a massive hike in their business rates.

Grandparents ?saving working families billions in childcare?
21 Feb 2017 at 12:00am
An “army” of grandparents looking after their grandchildren are collectively saving parents more than £16 billion a year in formal childcare costs, a report has found.

Donald Trump has put R&A in ?uncharted territory?
20 Feb 2017 at 10:08pm
Donald Trump has put the R&A in “uncharted territory” since becoming US President but that will not stop Turnberry being considered for the Open Championship, the organisation’s chief executive has said.

Oil sector ?getting head above water? with £2bn revenues
20 Feb 2017 at 9:42pm
The oil and gas industry is getting its head above water after posting negative tax receipts for the first time in 2015-16, the body which represents the sector has said.

May underlines warning over Brexit delays with Lords visit
20 Feb 2017 at 8:45pm
Peers began scrutiny of legislation to trigger Brexit under the gaze of Theresa May after the Prime Minister took the highly unusual step of watching debate in the House of Lords in person.

Outlander star Sam Heughan voices support for indyref2
20 Feb 2017 at 5:55pm
Scottish actor Sam Heughan has taken to Twitter to voice his support for indyref2.

Poll: Conservatives extend lead over Labour to 18 points
20 Feb 2017 at 4:02pm
Theresa May’s Conservatives have extended their poll lead over Labour to 18 points, according to a new poll.

Brexit: Voters rate negotiations a low government priority
20 Feb 2017 at 3:45pm
Voters regard renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union as a low priority for Government, according to a new poll.

Fifth of world?s food lost to over-eating or thrown away
20 Feb 2017 at 2:07pm
Almost a fifth of the world’s food is lost to over-eating and waste, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh.

Eric Gilligan: UK workers? rights on the line
20 Feb 2017 at 10:54am
The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

An independent Scotland could be ?fast-tracked into the EU?
20 Feb 2017 at 9:03am
Leading experts say a Yes vote to leave the UK could result in Scotland having the fastest ever entry to the European Union.

20mph: Final countdown as Edinburgh prepares for new limit
20 Feb 2017 at 8:54am
ThE signs are going up and the days are counting down – it’s nearly time for the next installment of 20mph.

Donald Trump state visit will be debated in Parliament
20 Feb 2017 at 8:32am
The state visit by Donald Trump will be debated in Parliament as protests take place across the UK against the US president.

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An auld familiar song
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Feb 2017 at 9:05am
The Scottish media has today leapt all over the front-page lead story from yesterday’s Sunday Times, in which “top economist” Douglas McWilliams of right-wing thinktank the Centre for Economics and Business Research made an apocalyptic prediction of a huge deficit turning an independent Scotland into “a Third World country”. The Express’ customarily restrained coverage is pretty …

In concrete boots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Feb 2017 at 9:04pm
From today’s Herald: It seems a good time to bring up another piece of our poll data. The “Yes” column, of course, won’t come as much of a surprise. But the fact that 44% of No voters believe most (29%) or all (15%) of the No campaign’s promises to have been broken is perhaps rather …

Before you vote
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Feb 2017 at 11:30am
No.3 in the series: Caroline, originally from Hastings in Sussex, now Edinburgh. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Spitting the dummy
by Chris Cairns
18 Feb 2017 at 6:55am

Here comes a surprise
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Feb 2017 at 3:54pm
No voters, Leave voters and Labour/Tory voters are more racist than Yes, Remain, Lib Dem and SNP voters. Who could ever have guessed? The former groups all agreed that there was a problem with too much immigration in Scotland. The latter groups all disagreed. It’s that stark, folks. Perhaps the only arguably-unexpected finding was that …

Doublethink of a number
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Feb 2017 at 10:30am
The one great pillar of the argument against Scottish independence – greater than not being allowed into the EU, greater than being forced to barter with beads and potatoes because we wouldn’t have a currency, greater than losing Doctor Who or having the Chinese take their pandas back – is the economy. Scotland is far too …

Every revolution starts with a lone voice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2017 at 4:57pm
From these small beginnings shall our ultimate victory come. The votes for “God Save The Queen” being driven by Tories, English-born residents and supporters of a particular football club probably won’t come as the biggest shock in the world to anyone. (Alert viewers will of course have noticed that due to MI5 INTERFERENCE in the poll, …

Dumbing it down for Ruth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2017 at 1:29pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson managed to make a bit of a balloon of herself earlier this month when she contrived to get THREE fairly key facts wrong in a single tweet about a poll on a second independence referendum. (We’re not sure who the guy in the picture with her is. Probably a colleague.) We suspected …

A close shave
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2017 at 10:05am
There’s a nice piece in today’s Scottish Sun about one of the findings of our newest Panelbase poll, on who was Scotland’s all-time best First Minister. We thought you’d want a more detailed look at the data behind it. The final result was a little closer than many might have expected, with SNP voters having …

Local colours
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Feb 2017 at 5:36pm
Just for fun. (The combined figure for all football fans, incidentally, is Yes 52% No 48%.)

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Holyrood to hold historic income tax vote
21 Feb 2017 at 12:24am
The Scottish Parliament is to make history by voting to set separate income tax rates and bands for the first time.


What to expect from party conferences
20 Feb 2017 at 10:45am
Scotland's political parties gearing up for their Spring conferences - here's what to expect.


Mental health of young carers highlighted in study
21 Feb 2017 at 12:36am
Young carers in Scotland are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, stress and sleep disorders than their peers, a study finds.


Holyrood committee to review 'hedge rage' legislation
20 Feb 2017 at 12:05am
MSPs are to review legislation aimed at settling "hedge rage" disputes between neighbours over overgrown shrubbery.


Public funding boost for Scotland's fishing sector
20 Feb 2017 at 1:06pm
Public funding totalling £8m is to be used to boost Scotland's fishing sector, it is announced.


Respect Brexit decision, peers urged
20 Feb 2017 at 10:45pm
Theresa May sits watching in the House of Lords as peers begin debating the Brexit bill.


Macmillan warns of cancer 'survival gap' in Scotland
20 Feb 2017 at 9:11am
A cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most and least deprived parts of Scotland, a charity warns.


Drivers who use mobiles at the wheel face £200 fine
20 Feb 2017 at 8:37am
Drivers are warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel as penalties are set to double.


Scottish intervention in Article 50 case cost £136,000
18 Feb 2017 at 12:33am
The Scottish government's intervention in the Article 50 court case cost more than £136,000, it is revealed.


Business for Scotland predicts Indyref2 announcement within weeks
19 Feb 2017 at 1:08pm
A prominent Scottish independence campaign group begins a fundraising drive, saying it expects a second referendum to be called within weeks.


Funeral of 'hero' MND campaigner Gordon Aikman is held
19 Feb 2017 at 8:03am
The funeral of prominent motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner Gordon Aikman hears him described as a true hero.


ScotRail payouts to passengers hit £2,000 a day
18 Feb 2017 at 12:32am
ScotRail had to pay out more than £2,000 a day to passengers during a period of disruption to services, it emerges.

Scot Goes Pop

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Westminster rocked as majority of Scottish public demands second independence...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2017 at 7:31am
As we've discussed on this blog a number of times, the recent Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times holds the world record for being more distorted more often by more people than any other poll in hu...

Pro-independence vote increases to 46.1% in perspicacious Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2017 at 1:48pm
It turns out that I was wrong in my guesswork last night - when Panelbase said there was "no real change" in their latest independence poll, what they meant was that there was no change at all.  Ac...


Take your bully-boy tactics elsewhere, Mr Robertson
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2017 at 11:21am
As you may have seen, I wrote a blogpost yesterday that criticised a columnist for joking that Donald Trump should be "kicked in the balls".  I defy anyone to read that post and say it was in any w...

Valentine's vapourisation for doomed Dugdale after devastating Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2017 at 2:54pm
Someone said to me a couple of weeks ago that I'd be kept busy as May approaches, because of a flurry of opinion polls for the local elections.  I had to explain that dedicated polls for local elec...

No, it's not OK to joke about inflicting violence on Donald Trump. Even Dona...
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2017 at 12:38pm
I've no wish to reignite a dormant feud, but I feel very strongly about this so I'm going to say it anyway.  Last night, a certain radical left columnist said on Twitter that if Donald Trump ever o...

Labour nearly slump to single figures in latest Scottish subsample from ComRes
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2017 at 8:04am
I wouldn't normally post about an individual Scottish subsample from a Britain-wide poll (although I used to do that circa 2009), but it's probably worth making an exception for one from ComRes tha...

Bombshell on BBC bias : BMG poll reveals that less than a quarter of the Scot...
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2017 at 9:43am
As you may have seen overnight, it turns out that the BMG/Herald poll also asked a question about BBC bias against independence.  Because the poll was not commissioned by a pro-independence client,...

To what extent will the next Yes campaign be a "Remain" campaign?
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2017 at 8:12am
There's been a lot of talk in recent days about the UK government 'war-gaming' how things may play out if - as seems increasingly likely - Nicola Sturgeon declares her intention to hold an independ...

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21 Feb 2017 at 12:17am
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An auld familiar song
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21 Feb 2017 at 12:15am
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In concrete boots
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21 Feb 2017 at 12:12am
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An independent Scotland would face Greece-style austerity cuts
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20 Feb 2017 at 11:48pm
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Kessock Bridge, Inverness.
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20 Feb 2017 at 8:23pm
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Carol Monaghan SNP MP - Donald Trump Debate 20th Feb 2017
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Frankie on Trump
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Fyrish monument
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Senior German MEP warns Tories: ?Mess with EU and we?ll take Scotland?s side?
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20 Feb 2017 at 6:06pm
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Inverness is going to host a new comic convention
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20 Feb 2017 at 4:02pm
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Michelle Rodger: Young entrepreneur Tom Walkinshaw part of a growing number w...
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20 Feb 2017 at 3:53pm
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Tories must not claw back the Bedroom Tax when Scotland abolishes it
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20 Feb 2017 at 1:04pm
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Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?'
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20 Feb 2017 at 1:03pm
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Is anyone else worried by the rising tide of North Korea-style nationalism in...
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20 Feb 2017 at 12:39pm
Just looking at Scottish politics over the last few years, its disturbing how much a narrow nationalism has disfigured Scottish politics, with an undercurrent of violent imagery and ridiculous paen...

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Tory MP says many politicians will have said a 'ridiculous sexual comment' in...
by Kate Ferguson
20 Feb 2017 at 7:43pm
Fellow MPs protested as former minister Sir Edward Leigh asked the Commons, 'Which one of us has not made some ridiculous sexual comment some time in our past?"


Give us the powers to finally get rid of the bedroom tax for good
by Nicola Sturgeon
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon wants the Scottish Government to be given the powers to abolish the tax, which would affect 70,000 households in Scotland.


Europol is key to ending sex trafficking - Record View
by Record View
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says that while the full extent of sex trafficking in Scotland is unknown, it's vital we catch those behind it.


JeSuisIKEA: Donald Trump's bizarre Sweden 'terror' reference sparks spoof Twi...
by Natalie Evans
20 Feb 2017 at 4:44am
The President referenced an immigration-related security incident in Sweden that never happened and the internet did what it does best


Civil servants take Brexit negotiating 'masterclasses' amid fears lack of exp...
by David Clegg
19 Feb 2017 at 8:55pm
Staff are also being sent on 'first aid mental health' training, plus classes on economic cost benefit analysis as bosses worry about the scale of the challenge.


Second independence referendum ?weeks away? from being called
by Paul Ward
19 Feb 2017 at 4:28pm
Prominent Scottish independence campaign group Business for Scotland says it is getting 'back in full campaign mode' for a vote in 2018.


'Hi mum, I'm on the telly!': Excited Trump supporters get their moment of fam...
by Henrik Brandt
19 Feb 2017 at 3:57pm
The US President was speaking at a rally in Florida when a couple of his supporters decided to steal the limelight.


Ukip pledge to boot out sleazy former boss over sex phone calls to women
by Mark Aitken
19 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Arthur "Misty" Thackeray admitted committing 10 sexual offences between October 2007 and December 2015 involving 10 women.


Ukip will probably been in need of a new leader soon, thinks John Niven
by John Niven
19 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
The Ukip leadership is a job with very demanding qualifications: A tiny-minded pro-life, anti-climate change, anti-NHS, pro-hanging racist who lies pathologically.


Watch in full: Tony Blair's dramatic comeback speech urging Britain to rise u...
by Paul Cockerton
17 Feb 2017 at 1:27pm
The former prime minister said voters had backed leaving the EU without knowing the true cost and should have the opportunity to change their minds

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

Journey to Yes ? 1
by michaelgreenwell
20 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The first in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Marching On
by michaelgreenwell
19 Feb 2017 at 3:15pm
The National ran a story yesterday regarding the next big Indy March in Glasgow… ACTIVISTS planning a pro-independence march face a five-figure security bill after council bosses ordered them to pay professional guards. I have underlined some important parts here… Organisers say 5,000 people attended the last March for Independence organised by All Under One …

Scottish Independence Podcast 146 ? Murray, Orr & Harvie
by michaelgreenwell
16 Feb 2017 at 10:06pm
First of all, a huge thank you to all of you who donated in our little fundraiser. You’ve secured the podcast for another year and we’re very grateful. Episode 146 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention and has a couple of little bonuses thrown …
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That Small Fundraiser Time of Year Again
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2017 at 10:38pm
Once a year, the podcast has to pay a bill. As I said this time last year… With these podcasts I try (or have to try) to keep the direct costs as low as possible and I generally keep it down to the following Internet bill A decent new set of headphones with microphone every …

Scottish Independence Podcast 145 Stewart Kirkpatrick & Sarah Beattie-Smith
by michaelgreenwell
9 Feb 2017 at 12:29pm
Episode 145 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. This time round there are two talks. The first was given by Stewart Kirkpatrick, former Digital Operations Manager for Yes Scotland, and the second by Sarah Beattie-Smith of the Green Party and Women For Indy. Hope …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 144 ? Cat Boyd & Yes 2
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2017 at 6:53pm
Episode 144 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. This time round there are two talks. The first was given by  Cat Boyd and the second by the people from Yes 2  – Tony McCandless and John McHarg. Hope you enjoy. You can download here …
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New Podcast Feature
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jan 2017 at 7:13pm
Regular listeners will know that on the podcasts I have always tried to put on a range of guests as broad as the independence movement. I say “tried” because often people can’t come on because of prior engagements or are too nervous about sitting down to do an interview of half an hour or an …

Scottish Independence Podcast 143 -Richard Walker on the Scottish Media & Ind...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jan 2017 at 12:15pm
Episode 143 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Richard Walker (interviewed in episode 135)  at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting …
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Bella Caledonia

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I Still Believe in Miracles
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Feb 2017 at 10:46am
On Sunday 100 protestors gathered at Inverleith House in Edinburgh to challenge what has been described as a work of cultural and civic vandalism – the closure of the space as a full-time contemporary art gallery. The protest organises under the banner ‘I Still Believe’, the title of the protest comes from a text work created by …

The Joy of Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Feb 2017 at 9:37pm
The cancellation of the Scottish Six broadcast is the end of one of Scotland’s longest-running media sagas. It’s an issue that used to be a central aspiration of the Scottish democracy movement. It’s not just about a lens through which we see the world, but a lens through which the world sees us. As recently …

Of Blair and Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Feb 2017 at 10:01am
Judging by the response so far in the newspapers and online, Tony Blair?s attempt at intervention on Friday morning in the headlong rush to Full English Brexit – or what he called, ?Brexit At All Costs,? his call to neo-liberal arms – has been still born, poisoned by the toxicity of both his legacy as …

It is now time for Scotland?s MP?s to declare Scotland?s Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Feb 2017 at 9:52am
Many Scots have increasingly become more aware, if they needed to be, that the 56 SNP MP?s elected to Westminster in May 2015 are wasting their time there, and wasting Scotland?s time. Scotland?s MP?s appear to have become more interested in process in the UK&EVEL parliament than in Scotland?s nationhood. Yet it matters little what …

Impulse Mixtape
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 9:03pm
The third of our new weekly mixtapes for your weekend. This week from Halina Rifai from @glasgowpodcart. Check out Leo Condie’s here and the Barrastinian’s here. . Sleevenotes: “I wanted to make a playlist of songs that were based on impulse. By that, I mean that the songs all have something in them that make …

Journey to Yes #3
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 6:13pm
The next in the series by Phantom Power featuring people who have changed their minds since 2014. Caroline is a business woman who lives in Edinburgh and is originally from Sussex. Likes(52)Dislikes(4)

The Right Honourable Liar Carmichael and the problem of Fake News
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 10:52am
This is my submission to the Westminster Culture Media and Sport Committee’s enquiry into ‘Fake News’ Before the 2015 General Election, a Scotland Office official leaked a story claiming that Nicola Sturgeon had told the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann, that she favoured the Conservatives to win. An enquiry was launched into the leak. Alistair Carmichael …

Trump Turns it Up
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 10:43am
“Political chaos is connected with the decay of language” said the bragaddocious George Orwell. It’s difficult to keep pace with the craziness but one shining light was the thought that Robert Harward dropped out of running for National Security Advisor after watching Trump’s press conference, (and presumably after realising he’d be a security advisor excluded …

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Britain starting to reassess US as an ally, Scottish Tory leader says
by Frances Perraudin
17 Feb 2017 at 10:30am
Ruth Davidson?s remarks about whether US can be considered reliable ally under Trump contrast with official UK policyBritain is beginning to reassess how reliable an ally the US is, the Scottish Conservative party leader, Ruth Davidson, has said, in comments that contrast starkly with the officia...

Scottish Tories accuse SNP of seeking to weaponise Brexit vote
by Frances Perraudin
13 Feb 2017 at 6:38pm
Ruth Davidson says nationalists have been ?cranking up the grievance machine? in hope of new independence bidThe Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, has accused the SNP of copying the tactics of the leave campaign and seeking to ?weaponise Brexit? in an attempt to boost support for Scottish inde...

Independent Scotland 'would have to apply for EU membership'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
European commission reasserts that Scotland would have no automatic right to being part of EU if it voted to leave UKA senior EU official has cast doubt over claims that an independent Scotland could automatically join the EU or inherit the UK?s membership after Brexit.Jacqueline Minor, the Europ...

Clive Lewis quits shadow cabinet as article 50 bill clears House of Commons -...
by Guardian Staff
8 Feb 2017 at 10:27pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and the final day of Commons debate and votes on the article 50 billPMQs - Snap verdictGovernment says just 350 child refugees admitted under Dubs schemeMay accused of coming close...

Scottish parliament backs symbolic motion rejecting article 50
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2017 at 7:52pm
Scottish Labour, Lib Dems and Greens vote overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit motion put forward by SNPThe Scottish parliament has voted for a symbolic motion rejecting the UK government?s expected decision to trigger article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU. Labour, the Liberal Democrat...

Nicola Sturgeon accuses UK ministers of power grab over farm subsidies
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2017 at 6:47pm
First minister says responsibility for agricultural policy should remain with Scottish parliament after BrexitNicola Sturgeon has accused pro-Brexit ministers in London of ?grabbing power? from Scotland by refusing to honour referendum pledges to protect the country?s farmers. The first minister ...

Scotland needs publicly funded bank, says thinktank
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Feb 2017 at 7:00am
Report follows concerns about rising public debt from private financing of new roads, schools and hospitals in ScotlandThe Scottish government is under growing pressure to replace its private finance programme with a publicly funded bank to build new schools, roads and hospitals.The Common Weal, ...

Modest proposals to make Labour great again | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Feb 2017 at 12:05am
In the spirit of Swift, these policies could speed the languishing party back to powerNothing is more emblematic of the inadequacy of Glasgow city council?s ruling Labour group than its failure to address the running sore of begging in the streets.No visit to the centre of Scotland?s most importa...

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First steps in Gaelic imperialism
A while ago I announced on this blog that I was working on some Gaelic maps.  Although the overwhelming response from readers was positive and enthusiastic, for my pains frothing Unionists on social media called me a fascist, a blood and soil nationalist, and insisted that Gaelic had never been spoken in X, Y or …

It?s time for a Scottish public service broadcaster
Well that’s it Scotland. You’re not getting your own hour long news programme on the BBC. Even the prospect of an hour of Jackie Bird has been deemed too dangerously separatist by the BBC’s mandarins in London. A report in this week’s Sunday Herald says that the idea of an hour long Scottish based news …

Weaponised Brexit
In decades to come, if Donald Trump hasn’t set off WW3 or condemned us all to the collapse of civilisation due to rampant global warming or appalling hairstyles, historians will look back on 2014 as the great lost opportunity of the United Kingdom. 2014 was the year when the UK narrowly avoided losing one of …

Turning the hysteria up to eleven
If Scotland votes to become independent, the very next day the SAS will abseil down the side of your local branch of Morrison’s and make everyone in the checkout queue turn out their pockets and confiscate their money, because Scotland won’t be allowed to use the pound. It’s true. Unionists on Twitter say so. They …

The crumbling wall
Another day, and another Scottish Unionist EU lie. Wings Over Scotland has already explained the desperate mendacity and lies of a Scottish Unionist media which sees the writing on the UK wall, but it’s worthwhile going over it again for the obdurate. Jacqueline Minor is the EU Commission’s representative in the UK, which is a …

Theresa?s secret plan to save the Union
The dug has managed to find a top secret copy of Theresa May’s contingency plans for a second independence referendum, which were being used to line the kitty litter tray of the Downing Street cat. The plan details the strategy that Better Together Mark II is going to use to ensure the continuation of this …

The Union is a lie
Are you feeling the lurve Scottish people? Are you feeling wanted and respected as an equal partner in this most perfect family of nations? Are you feeling that your voice is being heard and the views of Scotland are being taken into account by the mother of parliaments? No. Me neither. I watched parts of …

The real victims
Quite a few things have happened in the couple of days I was away in the belly of the beast. Stephen Daisley has come back to troll again, this time from the pages of his natural home in the Daily Mail after having been cruelly silenced by the evil SNP and the supine STV for …

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House of Lords warned to respect referendum result as they debate Brexit Bill
PEERS were warned against disrespecting the EU referendum result, as they debated the Government?s Brexit Bill late into the night.

Cat Boyd: Thin-skinned, vain, and dangerous ... Tony Blair is the yin to Dona...
TONY Blair is back, and he?s beating the drum for an uprising of the 48 per cent. Senior liberals, including Nick Clegg, now see him as the man to save Britain from itself.

Alison Phipps: One day without us ... here?s what the history book might say ...
IT is 2037. A new Refugee History of Europe 2015-2035 has just been published by the University of Glasgow Press. Its analysis is stark.

Màiri Dhòmhnallach: Is math an sgàthan eòlas agus aithne ? Tha ath-sgrùdadh a...
THA e doirbh a chur an cèill cho faisg ?s a tha sinn air reifreann eile air ceist neo-eisimeileachd na h-Alba an-dràsta fhèin. Tha mi ag ràdh sin air sàilleabh adhbhar neo dhà ? adhbharan air am bruidhinn mi fhathast ? ach tha e coltach gum bi fios a? nochdadh taobh a-staigh seachdain neo dhà air reifreann eile. Ge be cuine neo carson a bhios an reifreann ùr seo, tha an t-àm ann coimhead air ai...

Michael Gray: Scotland?s poorest need SNP action on inequality
THERE?S nothing better at creating a sense of urgency than remembering that in a relatively short period of time I?ll be dead. Relatively speaking, of course. Even if I?m fortunate enough to live until I?m 80, I?m almost a third of the way through my life.

Willie Rennie: SNP would sell their granny on Amazon to secure independence
LIBDEM leader Willie Rennie has accused the SNP of abandoning principles in their quest for independence, which he says will be a ?disaster? leaving Scotland outside of the EU.

Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?'
ALEX Salmond has urged Scots to ask Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats what has happened to The Vow.

Ellon Roadshow: Rural Yes supporters unite in Aberdeenshire to say: We?re sti...
JENNIFER Allison had come from Rhynie for this.

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President Putin Eats babies ? The Magnitsky case ? A Tale of Espionage Fraud,...
          Sergei Magnitsky         2007: The Magnitsky case The case involved the theft of US$ 230 million from the Russian Treasury and is one of the largest tax fraud cases in Putin?s Russia. The crime was uncovered in 2007 by Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was working for … Continue reading President Putin Eats babies – The Magnitsky case – A Tale of Espionage Fraud,Murder and Attempted Reg...

Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party Surge in Scotland a load of Tosh ? Yet Anoth...
          11 Sep 2011: Only 6% of Scots think Scottish Tories put Scotland first Polling of 1,500 Scottish voters for the Tory Party in Scotland before the Holyrood elections asked whether certain parties put mainly English, Scottish or British issues first. The Scottish Conservatives were seen as the most English and … Continue reading Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party Surge in Scotland a load ...

Unionist Scaremongering 2014 referendum ? Scots are simply not genetically pr...
            David Cameron: English Politician: “It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another successful, independent country.”     James A Froude: English Historian: “No nation in Europe can look with more just pride on their past than the Scots, and no young Scotsman aught to grow … Continue reading Unionist Scaremongering 2014 referendum – Scots are simply not genetically p...

Westminster and the City of London ? Nests of Financial Vipers Plundering the...
    Alistair Darling    Gordon Brown         Alistair Darling – His Unmitigated Disastrous Treasury brief from 1992-98 and 2007-10 Darling was central to the economic calamities of the New Labour Government. His record included a fixation with financial services and a property boom ? which drove growth, but at the expense of … Continue reading Westminster and the City of London – Nests of Finan...

Chinese Inward Investment in Scotland Snookered ? Another Victim of Davidson?...
              2010: Chinese Inward Investment Potential Chinese worldwide investment expansion from 2009 attracted many entrepreneurs who wished to grasp any business opportunities which might arise. To facilitate this Sir Richard Branson formed the “E2Exchange” a network of talented budding and established business people. This in turn spawned the “88Initiative” … Continue reading Chinese Inwa...

UK Minister of Defence Ratchets Up the Hard Talk ? Russia Exercises Its Right...
      Sir Michael Fallon, Minister of Defence         The Last Honest Journalist in the UK ?In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies’ resources and intentions only served in the … Continue reading UK Minister of Defence Ratchets Up the Hard Talk – Russia Exercises Its Righ...

Top Army General Warns Minister of Defence Sir Michael Fallon That the UK Arm...
              19 May 2016: Defence Minister, Philip Hammond ‘tried to court-martial senior general General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato?s deputy supreme allied commander for Europe until 2014, said before standing down from the post the Government was taking ?one hell of a risk? by cutting the regular … Continue reading Top Army General Warns Minister of Defence Sir Michael Fallon T...

UK Armed Forces Fail to Achieve Recruiting Targets ? The Answer ? Introduce c...
          6 Mar 2015: Children in State Schools to complete “readiness for war” education projects A government-issued teaching resource which includes a task asking pupils to devise a plan for going to war, is presenting a ?sanitised? and ?positive? view of life in the armed forces, claims a prominent educationalist and … Continue reading UK Armed Forces Fail to Achieve Recruiting Targets – Th...

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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
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The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence
The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 15th 2017 Last week a Rubicon was crossed as the House of Commons voted 494 to 122 ? a government majority of 372 – to give a third reading to triggering Article 50. Just as seriously on the same day – …

Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis?
Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 8th 2017 It is a season of heated tempers and invective across the political world. One that matches the widespread atmosphere of confusion and disorientation. This is a mood in which there are winners and losers: people who crave …

Scottish Independence has to move with the times
Scottish Independence has to move with the times Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 1st 2017 Scotland has in recent times liked to see itself as progressive, democratic and European. What?s so special about that you might think? A bit like apple pie and being kind to animals. But these undoubtedly mainstream values were rightly seen …

Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 26th 2017 A haunting refrain echoes around the globe. The world, many emphatically say, has gone to pot what with Trump, Brexit, terrorism, ISIS, the march of the far right, fake news, alternative facts and more. This miserablist take …

Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region?
Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 18th 2017 When did present day Scotland begin? Not the ?modern? Scotland of post-war times, or the upside and then downside of Labour Scotland. But the land that we visibly live in today ? shaped by the ghosts of …

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence backers 'in full campaign mode' and fundraising for sec...

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Scottish independence backers 'in full campaign mode' and fundraising for second referendum next yeat
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SCOTTISH independence campaigners are raising cash ? expecting a second referendum in May or September next year. Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting ?back in full campaign mode? for a ...
Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland in...

Outlander star Sam Heughan: Scottish independence worth the ... - Herald Scot...

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Outlander star Sam Heughan: Scottish independence worth the ...
Herald Scotland
Sam Heughan has claimed that Scottish independence could be worth the 'gamble'.
Outlander star Sam Heughan takes to Twitter to voice support for ...Scottish Daily Record
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Journey to Yes: Why businesswoman Caroline has switched to Yes on Scottish in...

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Journey to Yes: Why businesswoman Caroline has switched to Yes on Scottish independence
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IN the latest episode of Journey to Yes from Phantom Power Films, Caroline explains why she will be voting Yes in the next Scottish independence referendum. Caroline is a businesswoman who lives in Edinburgh and is originally from Sussex. Traditionally ...

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Even Tony Blair thinks Scottish independence is credible now - New Statesman

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Even Tony Blair thinks Scottish independence is credible now
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Scottish independence increasingly is being presented as a relatively neat solution to a multi-cornered constitutional problem. But if an independent Scotland looks more credible than it did three years earlier, the irony is that the original economic ...
Tony Blair: Scottish independence 'more credible' after ...

Politicians and activists meet to plot route to Scottish independence - The N...

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Politicians and activists meet to plot route to Scottish independence
The National
Activists from Yes2, Women for Independence, Radical Independence, the Common Weal and Business for Scotland also took part in the discussions, which followed a gathering of 800 people at the Scottish Independence Convention in Glasgow last month.
Sturgeon could turn independent Scotland into 'THIRD WORL...

The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence - Open Democracy

Open Democracy
The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence
Open Democracy
We are stuck in a perpetual Groundhog Day about the single market, trade, soft and hard Brexit: arguing about the issues which should have been decided in the referendum. Imagine Scotland after a second referendum and a 52:48 vote for independence.
'Joining the EU is hard work' ? key Angela Merkel ally on Sc...

Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum - Investopedia

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Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum
Investopedia
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her team were quick to warn that a vote on Scottish independence was ?highly likely? after the rest of the U.K. opted to leave the European Union (EU) last June. With Article 50 now on the brink of being triggered ...
Scottish Independence Vote May Be Decided 'Within Weeks'Fortune
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Rhiannon Spear: Scottish independence used to be an alternative - now it's a ...

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Rhiannon Spear: Scottish independence used to be an alternative - now it's a necessity
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INDEPENDENCE for Scotland has gained far more weight in my mind recently. It is becoming the only light at the end of the hell hole of a tunnel that is 2017, and it's only February. In 2014, independence was about choosing something different: an ...



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SNP appears to bow to growing pressure against soaring Scottish business rate...

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SNP appears to bow to growing pressure against soaring Scottish business rate
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The Finance Secretary announced he is to offer firms hit by massive hikes further support amid a backlash against the SNP Government. Mr Mackay has come under mounting pressure to freeze plans which will see some companies face a rise of up to 620 ...

Mackay vows to give ground following business rates backlash - The Courier

The Courier
Mackay vows to give ground following business rates backlash
The Courier
?It was clear that a crisis was emerging but instead of acting the SNP sat back and tried to pretend that it had nothing to do with them. Businesses weren't buying it, and they'll now want reassurances that the SNP will take urgent action to redress ...

SNP ready to sell out Europe for dream of independence: Willie Rennie - Aberd...

Aberdeen Evening Express
SNP ready to sell out Europe for dream of independence: Willie Rennie
Aberdeen Evening Express
The SNP is prepared to ?sell out Europe? for independence, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said. He argued the party's commitment to the European Union has been ?compromised? amid growing speculation the SNP is preparing to ...

Reliable stocks in today's share market: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporati...

Reliable stocks in today's share market: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) exhibits a P/E ratio of 18.24 with a forward P/E of 12.92. At present, the PEG is valued at 0.67 alongside the P/S ratio of 0.37 and P/B ratio of 0.95. The corporation showed significant change in the ...

Trump's election opened 'Pandora's box of hate' - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Trump's election opened 'Pandora's box of hate'
Herald Scotland
Donald Trump's election as US president has opened a "Pandora's box of hate", an MP has said as she recounted abuse directed at her. Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West) said she tweeted that "xenophobic, racist, sectarian and sexist rhetoric has just ...

Humza Yousaf: The clock is ticking ? not just on the Prime Minister's plans f...

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Humza Yousaf: The clock is ticking ? not just on the Prime Minister's plans for Brexit, but on Scotland's future in ...
Glasgow Live
The amendments included a proposal to protect EU citizens living, working and contributing to the UK which, despite receiving the backing of SNP MPs, Labour, Greens, Lib Dems and several Tories, were callously voted down by the UK Government.

Yearly Price Target Of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) At $...

Yearly Price Target Of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) At $103.6
Markets Daily
Market experts outlook on China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) equity is positive. As of 2017-02-19, the stock ABR is 1. The score array is 1-5. A position of strong sell is directed from '5' score and strong buy recommendation shoots from ...

Still no timescale for fare cuts or new mechanism for funding inter-island fe...

Shetland News
Still no timescale for fare cuts or new mechanism for funding inter-island ferries
Shetland News
Speaking on a visit to Shetland to attend the Highlands and Islands Convention, Yousaf said the SNP government was only nine months into its new term and remains fully committed to meeting its manifesto commitment to bring fares down. Meanwhile, local ...

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Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN ... - Express.co.uk

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Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN ...
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A SECOND referendum on Scottish independence is just 'weeks away' from being called, with a vote expected next year, according to a 'Yes' campaign group.
Business for Scotland predicts Indyref2 announcement within weeksBBC News
Scottish independence backers 'in full campaign mode' and fundraising for second ...

Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane
Herald Scotland
The experts, however, believe that their assumed date of an independence referendum and EU exit ? autumn 2018 and early 2019 ? would not enable an independent Scotland to simply take over UK membership of the bloc. Ms Hughes had previously ...

Factbox: Who decides whether Scotland holds a new independence referendum? - ...

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Factbox: Who decides whether Scotland holds a new independence referendum?
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Scotland's government could present a bill in the Scottish parliament saying that a referendum would be called, but such a move would be open to a legal challenge, say constitutional experts. With prior agreement between governments in London and ...
Support for Scottish independence spikes as May braces ...

Agenda: How independence could secure Scotland a smooth ... - Herald Scotland

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Agenda: How independence could secure Scotland a smooth ...
Herald Scotland
ONCE Theresa May triggers Article 50 next month, Brexit talks will start. Barring unforeseen developments, the UK will leave the EU by March 2019. If Scotland ...
Sturgeon could turn independent Scotland into 'THIRD WORLD ...Express.co.uk
Independent Scotland 'could be full EU member by 2023'Aberdeen Evening ...

Scotland's papers: Trump visit and the next referendum - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Trump visit and the next referendum
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The number of attacks on health service workers in Scotland - averaging 38 a day - is the main story in the Scottish Daily Mail. The Scottish Daily Express returns to the prospect of an independence referendum - a suggestion which is strongly ...
EU trade links could be 'key battleground' for second Scottish referendumAberdeen...

Tony Blair says independence case is 'more credible' after Brexit - BBC News

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Tony Blair says independence case is 'more credible' after Brexit
BBC News
In relation to Scotland, he said: "In addition to all this, the possibility of the break-up of the UK - narrowly avoided by the result of the Scottish referendum - but now back on the table but this time with a context much more credible for the ...
Tony Blair: Scottish independence case 'much more credible'The ...

Britain tells Scotland: No need for second independence referendum - TODAYonline

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Britain tells Scotland: No need for second independence referendum
TODAYonline
ROME/LONDON - Britain sees no need for a second Scottish independence referendum and the devolved Scottish government should focus on improving the economy and tacking domestic issues rather than flirting with secession, a senior British minister ...
No need for second Scotland referendum: UK ministerBusiness...

Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum - Aljazeera.com

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Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum
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In an interview with Scottish newspaper The Herald on Wednesday, Britain's Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said nationalists could "forget" about UK help for another vote. Calls for a second referendum over Scottish independence have increased ...
Scotland told to 'forget' about holding a second independence refere...

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

How do you define an "extremist"?
I read an opinion piece in some downmarket Scottish tabloid this weekend which was decrying Trump as "an extremist". He continually cited his support for capital punishment, pro-life values, attitude towards islam as evidence of his extremism.  When did being anti abortion become a sign of some ...

Not populist not xenophobes they are racist
Its about time we called out racists like Trump, Farage, Nuttall and  people that vote UKIP are. They are racist. Stop using their alternative fact language. They are racist. The reason the UK and the USA are in the mess now is because of these simpletons. From now on I make a pledge anybody on a...

The Official President Trump thread

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!

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

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 ...

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Thoughts and Questions About God
Attempting to keep the 'Rangers In Crisis' thread on topic...

Getting rid of Sky
Looking to get rid of Sky as the cost Is getting ridiculous. Can remember people taking about various boxes and the like you can get.  what are the best options? 

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

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...

First Bbc Scotland Editor
Is the daughter of labour peer and former leader, Sarah Smith. I'm sure we'll be getting more balanced news with Scotland at the heart of it.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-34873891

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Folk who annoy you at work
There's a girl I work with who is probably about 18stone and chuckles constantly at things that barely merit a smile. She's got terrible chat to boot.  Its got me thinking, there must be that one guy/girl at work who does your head in daily. 

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Tony Blair: independence is back on the table with a more ?credible? context

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Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...