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Conservatives urge First Minister to uphold ?Sturgeon Test? on independence
21 Apr 2019 at 2:06am
The Scottish Conservatives have called on Nicola Sturgeon to stand by a test in her party?s election manifesto on holding a second independence referendum.


Tories and Labour running scared of independence, claims SNP depute leader
21 Apr 2019 at 2:20am
Keith Brown made the comments ahead of his party?s conference in Edinburgh next weekend.


Tom Watson says Labour cannot ?sit on the fence? as he urges second Brexit vote
21 Apr 2019 at 2:25am
The deputy Labour leader said his party could not be ?mealy-mouthed? in its response to the threat posed by Nigel Farage?s Brexit Party.


UK to export live langoustines to China under new deal
21 Apr 2019 at 2:10am
Also known as Dublin Bay Prawns, exports of the shellfish could be worth up to £26.5 million over the next five years.


EU provided over £100 million in funding to Scottish councils, figures indicate
21 Apr 2019 at 2:14am
The Scottish Liberal Democrats requested information on EU funding from local authorities across Scotland.


Brexit impact on cost of food and essentials ?top concern for Scots?
21 Apr 2019 at 2:12am
A study by Citizens Advice Scotland indicated the areas of most concerns for Scots ahead of the UK?s departure from the EU.


Tory grassroots revolt over May?s handling of Brexit
21 Apr 2019 at 2:30am
The Prime Minister?s grip on the Tory leadership has been dealt another blow as councillors call for her to go.


UK will stand up for religious freedom, Theresa May vows in Easter message
21 Apr 2019 at 2:20am
The Prime Minister used her message to highlight religious persecution while Jeremy Corbyn raised the plight of refugees.


People more open to case for independence over Brexit, says Sturgeon
20 Apr 2019 at 10:40am
There are more people in Scotland now open to hearing the arguments for independence as a result of Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon has said.


Members 'won't mention Theresa May on doorsteps' as Tories prepare for electi...
19 Apr 2019 at 9:12pm
Theresa May is now so unpopular with swathes of her own party that some Tory members won?t mention her by name on the doorstep or have ruled out campaigning altogether, it has emerged.


Tom Gordon: As the Indy marching begins, another anti-climax looms
20 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
THE MARCHING Season is upon us. Glasgow, Galashiels, Oban, Ayr, Campbeltown, Abderden, Perth and Edinburgh. Between May 4 and October 5, the All Under One Banner group expects hundreds of thousands of people to turn out at its events in support of independence.


New quango suggested to help make Scotland's homes more energy efficient
20 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
SCOTLAND should set up a new quango to oversee its ambitious plans to fight fuel poverty and make buildings more energy efficient, an official report has suggested.


Unspun: the political diary
20 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
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SNP MP calls for a network of tunnels for Scotland's islands
20 Apr 2019 at 5:00am
LINKED by lifeline ferry services and at the mercy of the stormy Atlantic, they are among Scotland?s most remote communities.


Juncker: Any type of Brexit is going to have ?negative consequences?
20 Apr 2019 at 2:23am
Any kind of Brexit will have ?negative consequences? which will be worse for Britain than the EU and be entirely the UK?s responsibility, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said.

 

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Why EU elections could break Tory party ? Kenny MacAskill
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
There’s been much written about Brexit and, unfortunately, there’s even more to come. But all its absurdity is surely encapsulated in the European elections, writes Kenny MacAskill.

Notre-Dame donations: Virtue-signalling for a tax break? ? Bill Jamieson
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Barely had the flames died down at Notre-Dame Cathedral than pledges of financial support for rebuilding began to pour in, writes Bill Jamieson.

Extinction Rebellion is part of our capitalist system ? Bill Jamieson
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Climate change activists like the members of Extinction Rebellion are part of our capitalist system, which provides the best way to save the planet from the perils of climate change, writes Bill Jamieson.

Scottish businesses hampered and weakened by ?Brexit cloud?
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
The prospect of a no-deal Brexit has taken its toll on the confidence of Scottish businesses and is “hampering” the country’s ability to compete internationally, a report has warned.

SNP overplays its hand over horrendous ?rape clause? ? Kenny MacAskill
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
After a row breaks out over the SNP’s criticism of the UK Government’s benefits ‘rape clause’ and the Scottish Government’s refusal to offset its effects in Scotland, Kenny MacAskill writes that the party needs to be careful not to overplay its hand.

SNP under fire for fall in Scottish college staffing levels
18 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Staffing numbers in Scotland’s colleges have plummeted by more than 1,700 in just over a decade according to official figures.

Kezia Dugdale: ?This case was never about the definition of homophobia?
17 Apr 2019 at 8:02pm
For two long years, this legal case has been hanging over me. It has caused me, my family and my friends, deep distress and anxiety - and there have been some very difficult days along the way. Yesterday was a moment of immense relief.

Wings Over Scotland vs Kezia Dugdale case hinged on this key question
17 Apr 2019 at 7:40pm
The defamation case brought by Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell against Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale raised important questions about free speech.

Climate protesters cause London chaos by climbing on trains
17 Apr 2019 at 7:34pm
Campaigners who climbed on top of a train and glued themselves to the roof have been arrested as the third day of climate change protests, which have caused serious disruption in London, continued.

Poll: Nigel Farage?s Brexit Party in the lead for Europe elections
17 Apr 2019 at 6:09pm
Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party has opened up a five-point lead in the next month’s elections to the European Parliament, according to a new opinion poll.

?Patronising? Extinction Rebellion activist storms out of Sky News interview
17 Apr 2019 at 5:54pm
Extinction Rebellion activist Robin Boardman stormed out of a Sky News interview after presenter Adam Boulton accused him of being “patronising” and engaging in “middle-class self-indulgence”.

Scottish Government extends programme to tackle fuel poverty
17 Apr 2019 at 4:51pm
Scots at risk of fuel poverty stand to benefit from a further round of investment to ensure more homes across the country are energy efficient.

Average Scottish house prices suffer first annual fall in 3 years
17 Apr 2019 at 4:34pm
Property prices in Scotland dropped in February for the first time since March 2016, official figures have shown.

Kezia Dugdale wins defamation case against Wings over Scotland
17 Apr 2019 at 1:56pm
Kezia Dugdale has won a defamation case brought against by the pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland.

Westminster should follow Scotland and lower voting age, say reformers
17 Apr 2019 at 12:34pm
Westminster should follow Scotland’s lead in giving the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds, electoral reformers have claimed on the anniversary of the last piece of legislation to expand the UK electorate receiving royal assent.

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The Frightening Rabbit
by Chris Cairns
20 Apr 2019 at 8:15am

A tissue of fair comments
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2019 at 4:27pm
Most of the on-the-spot media reporting of the judgement in our court case against Kezia Dugdale on Wednesday was pretty fair and straightforward news coverage. The majority of pieces accurately and prominently mentioned the fact that the sheriff had found that I wasn’t a homophobe and that Dugdale’s article in the Daily Record which had claimed that …

The severed baby
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2019 at 12:59pm
My legal team and I have just received, unexpectedly early, the sheriff’s verdict in my defamation case against Kezia Dugdale. The short and paraphrased version is that yes, she did defame me by inaccurately calling me a homophobe, but because she’s an idiot who doesn’t know what words mean, she’s allowed to, so we lose. Some key passages …

The long drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2019 at 1:24pm
Almost exactly two years ago, this website suggested that it might not be the smartest idea for Labour to go along with Theresa May’s call for a snap election. (Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, it couldn’t have happened without Labour’s support.) And it occurred to us today that if they hadn’t, the current government would only have …

What you wish for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2019 at 1:38pm
The Conservatives’ disastrous handling of, and failure to deliver, Brexit seems to have finally begun to hurt them in the polls, with a clutch of recent stats showing Labour with a significant lead for the first time in many months. Most seat projections on the numbers show Labour failing to reach a majority either on their own …

Sufferin? Saints Eve
by Chris Cairns
13 Apr 2019 at 6:59am

Scotland?s first choices
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Apr 2019 at 12:22pm
We’ve still got a few of the results from our last Panelbase poll (conducted last month) to round up, and this one seems pertinent this week: As has been the case ever since we started asking this question about the nation’s twin constitutional dilemmas back in July 2015, the single most popular option in a four-way …

The ruined summer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Apr 2019 at 12:45pm
Firstly, our congratulations to Her Majesty’s Government (pictured below) on its setting last night of a new world record in incompetence. We can’t see it being beaten in a long time. But Jesus, what now? Well, let’s see what we know. – 1. THERESA MAY IS STILL THE PRIME MINISTER God save us all. The …

Waiting For Brexit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Apr 2019 at 3:48pm

Any minute now they?ll get it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2019 at 11:57am
Just you wait and see. Scottish political pundits: they’ve got all the pieces in their hands, but they still haven’t even worked out that it’s a jigsaw.

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Free tuition to continue for EU students in Scotland
19 Apr 2019 at 1:43pm
They will be entitled to the same support as Scots on courses which start in 2020 - even if the UK has left the EU.


Mental health support for girls affected by social media
19 Apr 2019 at 12:41am
The Scottish government has committed £90,000 to produce advice on the healthy use of social media.


Scottish Conservatives confirm candidates for EU election
19 Apr 2019 at 4:29pm
The Scottish Conservative Party's six candidates are made up of three women and three men.


Primary 1 assessments to be modified but not scrapped
18 Apr 2019 at 11:43am
Controversy has surrounded the testing of pupils in the first year of their primary education.


Scottish Lib Dems unveil Euro election candidates
18 Apr 2019 at 4:42pm
Leader Willie Rennie says a vote for his party in next month's election will be a "vote to stop Brexit".


Scottish Labour announce EU election candidates
18 Apr 2019 at 7:37pm
Leader Richard Leonard says the election is a chance to reject British and Scottish nationalism.


Kezia Dugdale wins Wings Over Scotland defamation case
17 Apr 2019 at 6:47pm
Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell took Ms Dugdale to court after she claimed he sent "homophobic tweets".


SNP MSPs criticise Nicola Sturgeon over trans rights
17 Apr 2019 at 5:15pm
The first minister is accused of being "out of step" with her party over her promotion of transgender rights.


Disorderly Brexit 'risks Scottish recession'
17 Apr 2019 at 8:50am
Economists predict the country's economy could dip by 5.5% - but also set out a possible path for growth.


Scotland's unemployment rate hits new low at 3.3%
16 Apr 2019 at 11:30am
The number of Scots out of work fell by 8,000 to 93,000 in the three months to February, official figures show.


Is there time for another Brexit vote?
16 Apr 2019 at 12:23am
BBC Scotland's Glenn Campbell asks how long it would take to set up another referendum.


Q&A: European elections in Scotland
11 Apr 2019 at 12:00pm
The latest Brexit delay might see the UK hold European Parliament elections. How does this work in Scotland?

Scot Goes Pop

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Is Davidson PLUNGING towards CALAMITY? Second YouGov poll in as many days sh...
by James Kelly
18 Apr 2019 at 6:30pm
How the mighty have fallen.  Just two years after her 'spectacular triumph' in the general election (ie. 'only' losing to the SNP by 8%), it genuinely does now look possible that Ruth Davidson is a...

DEVASTATION for Davidson as BOMBSHELL YouGov poll suggests the Scottish Torie...
by James Kelly
17 Apr 2019 at 6:38pm
As they say on reality TV shows, I've "been on a journey" over the last few days.  At the start of the weekend I was stating quite confidently - and I think with a fair bit of justification - that ...

Equating a Westminster veto with "legality" is a dangerous game
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2019 at 7:18am
Like most of us, I hold Michael Russell in the highest regard, but I'm rather troubled by his article over the weekend calling for "patience".  Apart from anything else, it seems to rewrite history...

Are the European elections about to hand Ruth Davidson a major setback?
by James Kelly
14 Apr 2019 at 7:59am
First things first - I've got an article in the Sunday National today about the voting system for the European elections.  You can read it HERE.  As you can see, one point I made at the end, which ...

It's another bonzer by-election breakthrough: Sunshine on Leith Walk for surg...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2019 at 7:17am
It's happened again - the SNP have notched up an impressive local by-election win in a formerly Labour-dominated area of the central belt, which is exactly the sort of place where they were constan...

Now is the time to decisively move up a gear in preparations for an independe...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2019 at 6:43pm
I was heartened to see Chris McEleny and Angus MacNeil pressing the case so forcefully today for an independence referendum this autumn.  In the wake of the six-month Brexit extension, we now stand...

The case for a consultative independence referendum
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2019 at 6:54pm
I've been having an exchange on Twitter with Iain Macwhirter over the last 24 hours about the possibility of holding a consultative referendum on independence in the absence of a Section 30 order. ...

Is Theresa May unwittingly making independence even more likely by implicatin...
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2019 at 8:55pm
Brexit seems to be taking us into a game of three-dimensional chess.  We have Jacob Rees-Mogg talking about how the UK could take advantage of a long Brexit delay by vetoing the EU budget or deeper...

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Austerity Us Killing People but You Won't See Mass Protests
by /u/lawlesstiger220
21 Apr 2019 at 2:41am
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Here's my super chuffed dad holding his first ever published book! So proud! ...
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21 Apr 2019 at 2:18am
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Scone Palace
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21 Apr 2019 at 1:25am
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Greenan Castle, Ayr.
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21 Apr 2019 at 12:00am
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My pals and I bagged Ben Vorlich & Stuc a'Chroin - made a video if you fancy ...
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20 Apr 2019 at 11:44pm
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ITAP of myself,sitting in a lift, reading the local evening paper, in a disus...
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20 Apr 2019 at 11:13pm
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Balmaha yesterday
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20 Apr 2019 at 10:16pm
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Shieldaig Island
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20 Apr 2019 at 8:40pm
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Nicola Sturgeon is an idiot (brexit and independence)
by /u/Vetrix1996
20 Apr 2019 at 8:34pm
Pretty funny that Nicola Sturgeon is against brexit yet "TAKE BACK CONTROL" was basically the campaign she used to try and break up the union in 2014 lol...and now she already wants another indepen...

glencoe about a year ago
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20 Apr 2019 at 6:53pm
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First time up Conic Hill
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20 Apr 2019 at 6:21pm
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Munro Bagging for charity
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20 Apr 2019 at 6:14pm
Unsure if this is allowed here or not, couldn't really see any rules regarding this. ​ Our family suffered the loss of a great man earlier this month. It was sudden, unexpected and devastati...

Fairy glen in the Black Isle
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20 Apr 2019 at 6:09pm
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Visited the V&A today. I like what they?ve done with the weather.
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20 Apr 2019 at 6:06pm
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Call for UK Government to follow Scotland's lead and reduce voting age to 16
by John Ferguson
21 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The Electoral Reform Society is now calling for new legislation to see the measure extended across the UK.


Labour claim SNP have snubbed £1m offer to save 200 jobs at historic railway ...
by John Ferguson
21 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The St Rollox depot in Glasgow’s Springburn is due to close after Gemini Rail Services announced proposals to pull out last year.


Nicola Sturgeon has to stop preaching to converted if SNP are to win IndyRef2
by Mail Opinion
21 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
First Minister needs to show No voters she and her party can effectively run a country but their efforts on the NHS, education and ScotRail are far from convincing.


Married SNP minister accused of tryst with researcher 10 years his junior
by John Ferguson
21 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The SNP has been accused of whitewashing information about Jamie Hepburn's alleged relationship during a Holyrood sleaze probe.


Trump's America is a land of deliberate cruelty and its intent is to cause harm
by John Niven
21 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
John Niven hits out at the US President's latest lunacy as we await the full impact of the Mueller report.


Nicola Sturgeon claims more Scots are open to independence because of Brexit
by dailyrecord
20 Apr 2019 at 11:41am
The First Minister also said that it is the responsibility of independence supporters to persuade others that it is the best answer to the current questions faced.


Centrica chief 'slept in' on day 400 Scottish jobs were axed then blamed Reco...
by Sally Hind
20 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
MP says the energy firm's handling of the job cuts showed they "hold their workers in contempt”.


Nicola Sturgeon must delay IndyRef2 until Brexit process is finally over
by David Clegg
19 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Daily Record political editor David Clegg argues that the SNP leader must not rush into a second independence referendum vote if she wants to succeed.


SNP equality chief hounded by cybernats over Kezia Dugdale court support
by David Clegg
19 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
Fiona Robertson was branded a "mad cow" after praising Dugdale for her win over Wings Over Scotland.


Controversial Dundee mental health unit MUST be shut down
by Record View
19 Apr 2019 at 4:30am
The details of a leaked report into the conditions at the Carseview Centre are nothing short of horrifying, writes Record View.

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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

Wasting Your Time and Money
by michaelgreenwell
7 Apr 2019 at 10:01pm
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
by michaelgreenwell
7 Mar 2019 at 5:46pm
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2019 at 5:39pm
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
by michaelgreenwell
5 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
by michaelgreenwell
25 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

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Easter Rising
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2019 at 8:46am
This Wednesday the Citizen project launches at the Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh. Where: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR When: 16:00 ? 18:00 Wednesday 24 April, 2019 Bella is part of the emerging network that aims to change the way we understand the city. The group has evolved after years of …

Citizens Assemblies for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Apr 2019 at 5:54pm
Joanna Cherry MP argues that Scotland can learn from the Irish example of using Citizens Assemblies to make decisions about difficult divisive and deep problematic issues. Many now agree that Brexit is likely to be the catalyst that delivers a majority for Scottish independence. Not necessarily because Scotland will be taken out of the EU …

Brexit, Growth and Crash Economics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Apr 2019 at 4:32pm
A SCOTTISH CONUNDRUM: HOW TO GROW WHEN YOU HAVE FULL EMPLOYMENT? THE latest Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) report garnered a lot of media interest with its prediction that a ?disorderly? Brexit would precipitate a full-blown recession in the Scottish economy. The report reminds us that over 45 per cent of Scotland?s international exports are …

Car Free Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2019 at 4:59pm
I?ve never driven a car in Edinburgh. Not once in 26 years. I can, in fact, count on the fingers of one hand the number of times a car would be useful in any given year. Even during the scant two or three years when I did live with a driver, the car was almost …

Extinction Rebellion: the Denier Backlash
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2019 at 10:35am
The Extinction Rebellion protest movement has grown in scale and impact in recent weeks, bringing energy and chaos to the streets as people wake up to grim climate realities. Alongside the School Strikes, the new movement has been a massive, joyful, peaceful wake-up call to conservative environmentalists and compromised politicians alike. But not everyone is taking …

K Punk. The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Apr 2019 at 9:53am
Mark Fisher K Punk. The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016) Repeater Books “We have to invent the future” Mark Fisher There was a time back in the late 1970s and early 80s when within the covers of the New Musical Express you were as likely to encounter references to Dostoyevsky, William S …

Tiggers, Melts and Radical Centrists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Apr 2019 at 12:29pm
James Chapman of The Independent Group (you know “politics is broken, lets fix it”) has just issued its first answer to the British constitutional crisis and its predictably shallow and useless. It’s a mix of populist ideas and pure nonsense, like someone who has just suddenly woken up to their being a problem and has …

Science Not Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Apr 2019 at 9:28am
Climate activists Extinction Rebellion Glasgow dropped a huge banner from Finnieston Crane today with the message: ?Science not silence?. The actions from Finnieston Crane and Glasgow City Chambers announce the start of International Rebellion in Scotland, with a Festival of Climate Reality taking place in Edinburgh, while roadblocks are planned for Tuesday, both organised by …

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Sturgeon asked to clarify SNP stance on transgender rights
by Libby Brooks
17 Apr 2019 at 5:20pm
Leaked messages between MSPs claim first minister is ?out of step? with her partyNicola Sturgeon has been asked to clarify the Scottish National party?s stance on transgender rights following the leak of private messages between three prominent female MSPs that claim the first minister is ?out of...

Kezia Dugdale wins case against accusation of defamation
by Libby Brooks
17 Apr 2019 at 3:05pm
Blogger Stuart Campbell took Lothian MSP to court after she accused him of homophobiaA pro-independence blogger who accused the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale of defamation has lost his legal action against her.The £25,000 claim was brought by Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings...

'That?s legal tender, pal': bill aims to force shops to take Scottish notes
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2019 at 8:39am
Lib Dem MP lodges bill in same week Judy Murray has Scottish note rejected in London cafeWhen Judy Murray vented her frustration that her Bank of Scotland tenner had been rejected as payment in a cafe in London this week, thousands of Scots responded in sympathy.When you go to pay £9 for 2 donuts...

Another young life failed by what now passes for justice in Scotland | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
7 Apr 2019 at 6:00am
Katie Allan had a dark and brutal experience in the prison system. Her parents are right to call for changeSuccessive Holyrood administrations have provided a dizzying array of legislative bells and whistles to make Scots feel all warm and pure. They are all well-meaning, of course, but some were...

Brexit: Corbyn 'very happy' to meet May to discuss compromise plan - as it ha...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
3 Apr 2019 at 12:03am
Rolling coverage of the day?s politics as they happen, including Theresa May chairing a five-hour cabinet meeting to decide what to do about BrexitMPs seek to stop no-deal Brexit by tabling article 50 billNo-deal Brexit more likely by the day, says Michel BarnierUp to 20 Tories could vote against...

Scottish Labour has gone missing.But it?s not too late to rediscover it | Kev...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Mar 2019 at 7:00am
The time has come for some straight talking to halt the loss of members and bring the party back to lifeWhen Scotland?s next generation of modern studies students is asked to explain the main reasons for the abject decline of the Labour party in Scotland, the possible answers should be offered in...

Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Mar 2019 at 2:46pm
Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump?s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council?s planning officers said the scheme,...

Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout
by Press Association
18 Mar 2019 at 7:22pm
Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arisePolice in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an ?unprecedented set of circumstances? after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should prot...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Wee Ginger ?Duckcast? ? 19 April 2019
This week in the Wee Ginger “Duckcast” Callum and I discuss the Kezia Dugdale vs Stu Campbell defamation case, and how this blog is now apparently legally the Wee Ginger Duck. We also talk about annoying the SiU trolls who infest the comments section of The National, and trail a wee teaser for some interesting …

Writing our own future
The big scientific news this week is that researchers in the USA have succeeded in restoring some brain function to the brains of decapitated pigs which have been dead for several hours. This is the best news that the British government has had for quite some time, as it means that Theresa May will now …

Wee Ginger Duck
The judge has now made a ruling in Stu Campbell’s court case against Kezia Dugdale. I was a witness in the case on behalf of Stu, so it wasn’t possible for me to speak about it before the judge had come to a conclusion. Essentially the key finding is that the judge has ruled that …

The Corporal Joneses of British nationalism
In the immortal words of Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army, they don’t like it up them. On Tuesday The National published my usual weekly article, one which had been inspired by the recent piece in The Scotsman listing ten things for Scotland to be ashamed by. Although it would be more accurate to say that …

I want independence because ?
There’s a new initiative called A Million Reasons for Yes. All you need to do to participate is to write down your reason for wanting independence, and to take a photograph of it, then upload it to amillionreasons.scot or Instagram Direct: amillionreasonsforsi; Facebook: A Million Reasons for Scottish Independence; email reasons to: reasons@amillionreasons.scot. Follow on …

The real question for Scotland in Brexit Britain
Nigel Farage has come out of retirement. This comes as news to those of us, approximately 60 million people, who never realised he’d gone away in the first place. Certainly the BBC never got over its love affair with him, and on Friday with his launch of his new Brexit party, the Corporation’s requited love …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 11 April 2019
The dugcast is a day early this week, because Callum is off for a long weekend in Bruges. It’s alright for some eh. This week we discuss the postponement of Brexit, the need for some progress on holding an indyref, and how we’re all sick to the back teeth of British politics and would love …

A candle in the darkness
It’s at times like this that I wish I still did drugs. Brexit has turned into a cross between the Neverending Story and the Walking Dead, only with gammons instead of dragons, and precious little magic. In recognition of the fact that Theresa May is an undead political leader, the EU have given her until …

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Nicola Sturgeon: This plan is ambitious AND credible ? it can win us independ...
THE UK may have descended even deeper into Brexit crisis in recent weeks, but that hasn?t stopped the architects of the 2014 Project Fear campaign ? yes, the same people who said Scotland would lose EU membership if we voted for independence ? springing back into action.

We need the facts about the Union to be exposed
CONTRARY to the assertion of David Coull (Letters, April 18), I did not mention a mythical body but proposed the creation of a real one before the next independence referendum.

First Minister sets out independence plan ? with a big warning to critics
NICOLA Sturgeon has today set out her ?ambitious? and ?credible? proposals to win independence as she prepares to update Scotland in the coming days on her plans for a second referendum. In a major intervention the First Minister referred to the ongoing Brexit turmoil and more people being open to back the Yes case, but she suggested such voters may not be won over with easy answers.

Infamous EU lie by Better Together is featured on our new billboard campaign
IT is the tweet which has been brought up many times by independence supporters since the Brexit vote in 2014 ? and now Scots can see it up in lights as part of our new billboard campaign.

No voters reveal their journeys to Yes at Dundee indy event
THE Yes Hub is delighted to give advance notice of an important event being held in Dundee early next month in which several people will speak openly about their conversion from No to Yes since 2014.

Take forecasts about Scotland?s oil reserves with a pinch of salt
IN 2014 I couldn?t pick up a newspaper or switch on the news without seeing Ian Wood gleefully telling anyone that would listen how little oil there was in the North Sea. A committed British Unionist, he astutely managed to second-guess the oil business for years, making him a billionaire.

SNP reveal list for Euro elections as party go for three MEPs
TWO former MSPs, an ex-MP, an MEP and a councillor have been named as the SNP?s candidates for next month?s European election.

SNP minister slams Labour claim about pay rise for Scots
THE SNP have slammed a Labour Party claim that nearly half a million Scots would get a pay rise if they were in government.

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

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

Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration
Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2019 Dundee is the talk of the town. The once forgotten city of Scotland ? certainly in the eyes of the Glasgow and Edinburgh chatterati ? is now widely celebrated and recognised. It is winning piles of awards and attention, the latest …

How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football?
How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 10th 2019 Scottish football last week witnessed the regular circus of an Old Firm match. It was the usual pantomime of bad feeling and nastiness, with two Rangers players sent off and Celtic captain Scott Brown assaulted. Both clubs, Rangers …

History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important?
History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 2nd 2019 In recent years, from US campuses to towns to the UK, public statues have increasingly become a subject of heated debate and controversy. From Charlottesville in the US where one protestor was killed, to Cecil Rhodes in …

Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith
Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2019 The mantra of the current age is that we take child sex abuse seriously. We listen to victims, we respect them, and we act on allegations, knowing how difficult and painful it is for …

Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence
Scotland?s Culture of Colluding with Violence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 20th 2019 Scotland was once infamous for its reputation and reality as a violent place. This was associated with all sorts of potent, demeaning caricatures of the angry, aggressive Scot, but underlying these images Scotland did have a problem. We had a culture of …

Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref
Scotland?s Independent Story isn?t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 19th 2019 As British politics enters a mixture of meltdown and an endgame, convulsed by Brexit, everywhere in political discourse there is an obsession with the past. From the rise of Churchill to unquestioned national hero, to the …

The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour
The ?F? word rears its head again: Federalism and Labour Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 13th 2019 One political principle unites not just the Labour Party from Jeremy Corbyn to Tom Watson but also the Conservative Party – from Theresa May to the most ultra-Brexiteers in the Jacob Rees-Mogg faction. That principle is a belief …

The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future
The Importance of the McCrone Report and Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 6th 2019 There was major interest and debate last week about a UK Government paper on Scotland – the McCrone report – written nearly 45 years ago. The McCrone report was written in March 1974 by then Scottish Office civil servant …

 

Scotland and Independence

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People more open to case for Scottish independence over Brexit, says Sturgeon...
People more open to case for Scottish independence over Brexit, says Sturgeon  Irish ExaminerNicola Sturgeon: People more open to Scottish independence thanks to Brexit  The ScotsmanLetters: Let the next independence referendum require a majority for all areas of Scotland  HeraldScotlandTories and Labour running scared of independence, claims SNP depute leader  ITV NewsView full coverage on Goo...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Scottish independence and Remain camps should beware this 'unicorn' ? Joyce M...
Scottish independence and Remain camps should beware this 'unicorn' ? Joyce McMillan  The ScotsmanThe EU election in May and the 2021 Scottish Parliament election are no replacements for second referendums on Brexit and Scottish independence ...

Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan - BBC News
Scottish independence: Andrew Wilson defends SNP currency plan  BBC NewsThe man who drew up controversial proposals for an independent Scotland's currency has insisted they offer the best chance of winning a referendum. Andrew ...

Majority believe Scottish independence will happen, survey finds - Irish Exam...
Majority believe Scottish independence will happen, survey finds  Irish ExaminerMore than 60% of people believe Scotland will become an independent country, according to a new poll. The survey by pro-independence group Progress ...

Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence? - The Scotsman
Early referendum ?could kill off Scottish independence?  The ScotsmanIndependence supporters should be in no rush to stage a second referendum when recent polls suggest they are unlikely to win, a prominent Yes campaigner ...

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Sturgeon asked to clarify SNP stance on transgender rights - The Guardian
Sturgeon asked to clarify SNP stance on transgender rights  The GuardianSNP MSPs criticise Nicola Sturgeon over trans rights  BBC NewsSNP MSPs say Nicola Sturgeon 'out of step' with party on transgender rights  Telegraph.co.ukSNP MSPs say Nicola Sturgeon 'out of step' on transgender rights  HeraldScotlandThree SNP MSPs in trans rights row over Twitter messages criticising Nicola Sturgeon  iNews...

SNP: UK government 'stalling' on replacing EU cash for communities - The Scot...
SNP: UK government 'stalling' on replacing EU cash for communities  The ScotsmanThere are growing fears that communities across Scotland face losing out on millions of pounds in vital European Union cash after Brexit amid claims ...

SNP accused of 'faux outrage' over Brexit - BBC News
SNP accused of 'faux outrage' over Brexit  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon is more interested in pushing for independence than she is in finding a solution to Brexit, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed. All 35 SNP ...

SNP must convince voters born outside Scotland to win IndyRef2, says Andrew W...
SNP must convince voters born outside Scotland to win IndyRef2, says Andrew Wilson  The ScotsmanA senior SNP adviser has claimed Nationalists must do more to convince voters born outside of Scotland to back independence if they are to win a second ...

Senior SNP figure accuses activists of 'ganging up on women' in trans row - H...
Senior SNP figure accuses activists of 'ganging up on women' in trans row  HeraldScotlandA MEMBER of the SNP's ruling body has weighed into the row over transgender rights in the party, accusing some activists of ?ganging up on?

SNP reveal list for Euro elections as party go for three MEPs - The National
SNP reveal list for Euro elections as party go for three MEPs  The NationalTWO former MSPs, an ex-MP, an MEP and a councillor have been named as the SNP's candidates for next month's European election.

Scotland's papers: 'Hypocrisy' of SNP MP and Brexit 'madness' - BBC News
Scotland's papers: 'Hypocrisy' of SNP MP and Brexit 'madness'  BBC NewsA row over Ian Blackford's business interests and the deadlock over Brexit feature on the front pages.

Election opportunity for Labour ? and disregard for SNP?s steadfast Brexit st...
Election opportunity for Labour ? and disregard for SNP?s steadfast Brexit stance  The GuardianLetters: Anthony Isaacs proposes a strategy for the Labour party in the European elections, and Fabia Gray makes a plea for Scotland and its MPs to be heard.

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange...
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Corbyn's indyref2 opposition is 'strange'  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon says it would be "strange" for Jeremy Corbyn to oppose indyref2 while backing self-determination elsewhere.

Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence - BBC News
Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe SNP hopes to build support for independence by telling Scottish voters they are being ignored by the government in London.

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen - BBC ...
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says new referendum will happen  BBC NewsFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has predicted that another independence referendum will take place in Scotland. But she said it was reasonable for her to wait for ...

Scottish independence and Remain camps should beware this 'unicorn' ? Joyce M...
Scottish independence and Remain camps should beware this 'unicorn' ? Joyce McMillan  The ScotsmanThe EU election in May and the 2021 Scottish Parliament election are no replacements for second referendums on Brexit and Scottish independence ...

Conservatives urge First Minister to uphold 'Sturgeon Test' on independence -...
Conservatives urge First Minister to uphold 'Sturgeon Test' on independence  ITV NewsThe Scottish Conservatives have called on Nicola Sturgeon to stand by a test in her party's election manifesto on holding a second independence referendum.

Sturgeon: Independence would be nothing like Brexit disorder - The Times
Sturgeon: Independence would be nothing like Brexit disorder  The TimesNicola Sturgeon has said that there would be ?nothing disorderly? about Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as she prepared to outline her plan for a second ...

Sturgeon battles on with Scots currency vote | Scotland - The Times
Sturgeon battles on with Scots currency vote | Scotland  The TimesSNP ministers have dismissed suggestions that Nicola Sturgeon could lose a vote on the party's plans for a Scottish currency in an independent Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon RUMBLED? How EU RUBBISHED claim Scotland can easily enter blo...
Nicola Sturgeon RUMBLED? How EU RUBBISHED claim Scotland can easily enter bloc  ExpressNICOLA STURGEON hopes to keep Scotland in the EU by calling a second independence referendum, but a newly-resurfaced report suggests that the First ...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Journalist killed in Derry riots
Lyra McKee, a 29 year old journalist, was killed last night, shot while covering a riot in the Creggan area of Derry.  The riot had occurred following police raids on houses in the area.  The raids were against suspected dissident republicans, who have previously attacked police around Easter, th...

Unusual Candidates In Your Area
Time for us to look at some of the more...'alternative' candidates in your area for these upcoming elections.   For some reason Inverness always has at least one Christian Party candidate at every election.  Donald Boyd, who seems one of their only candidates, is running for the council in In...

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

Natalie McGarry- Again
Agent McGarry once more doing the bidding of her puppet masters in MI5.   http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/650621/MP-faces-legal-action-over-internet-troll-lie

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

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

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!

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

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

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

Ex-Hibs Casual
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/breaking-trainspotting-2-star-named-14388722

Julian Assange
Media starting to report that the UN have ruled in his favour.

Setting up a Will
My folks are doing a will, they?ve been told that if they set up a trustee it means that your house can?t be used to pay for care if and when you?re needed a nursing home etc. think it?s 4k to set up.  Lots of old folk on here apparently, any advice? Cheers 

The Brexit Thread
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The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit Spun By ...
      1981: Peter Salmon takes up employment with the BBC Peter Salmon started at the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981. A programme maker, he eventually became BBC Bristol’s, Head of Factual output. He also worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, BBC  Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Manchester’s, File On Four current … Continue reading "My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit S...

Media Provision through the Eyes of the Welsh ? Devolution has demonstrated j...
    Jan 2008: Memorandum submitted by Tinopolis PLC to the Commons Select Committee for Welsh Affairs I have been asked to give evidence on the key areas under inquiry, namely the impact of globalization on broadcasting and the creative industries. The issues surrounding broadcasting and the creative industries and their future are … Continue reading "Media Provision through the Eyes of the...

A Time of Despair For Scots ? Blessed With A Neutered Authority in Scotland a...
      The 2014 Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin engaged with thousands of stakeholders across Scotland during the work of the Smith Commission. The outcome prompted him to make a personal recommendation in the Smith Commission Agreement. He said: “There is a strong desire to see the principle of devolution further … Continue reading "A Time of Despair For Scots – Blessed With A Neutere...

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Party in Scotland ? Ross...
    Tory MP Ross Thomson spoken to by police amid ‘sexual touching’ claims in Commons bar It is alleged that: Thomson repeatedly sexually assaulted three young men  having been three times escorted out  of the Commons Bar. He returned repeatedly to feel their bottoms and fondle their genitalia and tried to enter their … Continue reading "Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Pa...

Removing the Bias From Scottish Broadcasting ? This is the Solution Pass it O...
      Introduction Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel BBC Alba, attracts many more Scottish viewers than there are Gaelic speakers and the potential for growth is well recognized in the trade. Independent programme makers in Scotland produce quality television for the station but in insufficient quantity to fully support the channel. The … Continue reading "Removing the Bias From Scottish Broad...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

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

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

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

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

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