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Hunt gives backing to Kendall as he confirms he will not stand for Labour lea...
20 May 2015 at 4:57am
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said he will not be standing for the Labour leadership and has given his backing to the Blairite favourite, Liz Kendall.

SNP urge Cameron to drop "obsession" with EU referendum and prioritise more p...
19 May 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has been urged by the SNP to drop his "obsession" with ripping the UK out of Europe and prioritise giving Scotland more powers for Holyrood.

Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years
19 May 2015 at 6:11pm
A second independence referendum should not be held for at least 15 years, according to a group of devolution experts.

Mundell under pressure to beef up Scotland Bill before it is published next week
19 May 2015 at 6:10pm
DAVID Mundell, the new Scottish Secretary, is facing intense pressure to strengthen the UK Government's new Scotland Bill before it is published next week.

UKIP's economics spokesman quits over Nigel Farage remarks
19 May 2015 at 1:30pm
Ukip MEP Patrick O'Flynn has stepped down as the party's economic spokesman and apologised to leader Nigel Farage for publicly calling him "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive".

Union chief calls for co-ordinated action to defeat Tory Government's anti-st...
19 May 2015 at 1:15pm
BRITAIN'S trade unions need to "fight like never before" and co-ordinate action to hit back at attacks from the new Conservative Government, a union chief has insisted.

EU referendum Bill first to be published, says Government source, raising pro...
18 May 2015 at 6:11pm
THE European Union Referendum Bill is to be David Cameron's priority measure and will be the first legislation published when the Conservative programme for government is revealed next week, a senior Whitehall source has disclosed.

Speculation mounting Cameron will choose Keen to be Advocate General for Scot...
18 May 2015 at 11:50am
SPECULATION is mounting at Westminster that David Cameron's final appointment to his new-look majority Government, for the post of Advocate General for Scotland, will be Richard Keen QC, currently Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives.

Fundamental rethink needed after Labour suffers one of worst crises in its hi...
17 May 2015 at 6:11pm
LABOUR is facing one of the greatest crises in its 115-year history, according to the man who oversaw the writing of the party's manifesto.

Pressure begins to grow in post-election carnage for Scottish Labour to seek ...
17 May 2015 at 6:11pm
PRESSURE is mounting for Scottish Labour to consider becoming fully independent from the UK Labour Party after Andy Burnham, the frontrunner to succeed Ed Miliband as party leader, said there was "a case" for such a move.

Cameron pledge to truly seven day a week English NHS could bolster Scotland's...
17 May 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron's pledge today to give England a "truly seven-day a week NHS" is set to give Scotland's own healthcare service a multi-million pound shot in the arm.

Holyrood could block Cameron's bid to scrap Human Rights Act, says ex-Tory At...
17 May 2015 at 6:11pm
SCOTLAND, Wales and Northern Ireland could block David Cameron's bid to scrap the Human Rights Act, Dominic Grieve, the former Conservative Attorney General, has suggested.

Labour calls on SNP to vote to keep ban on fox hunting in England
17 May 2015 at 2:30pm
THE Scottish Nationalists at Westminster have been called on by their Scottish Labour opponents to vote against scrapping the ban on fox hunting in England.

Alyn Smith: The Tories agenda is simple, it is an attack on decent European v...
16 May 2015 at 6:16pm
As the dust settles on the election and we all start to work out what the election result means for Scotland, only a few facts are clear.

George Osborne to deliver his first all-Tory Budget in July
15 May 2015 at 6:16pm
George Osborne will deliver his first all-Tory Budget in July, with announcements expected on billions of pounds worth of welfare cuts and a pledge to spread the recovery across the entire UK.


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Scotsman

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Leaders: Ethics of living wage | SNP scrutiny
20 May 2015 at 3:00pm

THERE is a dangerous tendency to hear the words ‘living wage’ and unconsciously bracket this issue alongside benefits, credits and allowances.



Scots councils spend £13m on private consultants
20 May 2015 at 2:20pm

ALMOST £13 million has been spent on private consultants by Scottish councils in the past 15 months.



Prince Charles pays emotional tribute to Mountbatten
20 May 2015 at 2:14pm

PRINCE Charles has paid an emotional tribute to the ‘grandfather I never had’, murdered by the IRA 36 years ago, during a historic visit to Ireland.



Sturgeon demands Scots renewables assurances
20 May 2015 at 9:49am

Nicola Sturgeon has called for action from the new Tory Government to safeguard the future of Scotland’s flagship renewables industry and save closure-threatened Longannet Power station.



Scotland?s education record branded ?national scandal?
20 May 2015 at 9:46am

The SNP Government’s education record has been branded a “national scandal” by opposition parties at Holyrood today who say the “failings are severe.”



Willie Rennie plans Lib Dem ?roadshow?
20 May 2015 at 8:11am

LIBERAL Democrat leader Willie Rennie has announced plans to launch a policy roadshow this summer, as part of the party’s “biggest and most democratic listening exercise”.



Mhairi Black, youngest MP for centuries, sworn in
20 May 2015 at 7:25am

PARLIAMENT has its youngest MP in centuries after Mhairi Black, SNP member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, was officially sworn in.



MSPs to vote on assisted suicide next week
20 May 2015 at 5:57am

Campaigners against assisted suicide are to hand in a 15,000 strong petition at Parliament opposing the plans with MSPs poised to vote on the measure next Wednesday.



MSPs call for more politics debate in schools
20 May 2015 at 5:22am

ACTION is needed to ensure issues surrounding elections are discussed in secondary schools, a committee of MSPs said.



Scottish Power ad banned over misleading claims
20 May 2015 at 1:19am

A SCOTTISH Power ad for a remote control heating system has been banned for claiming it could save customers up to 20 per cent off their gas bills.



Trust in pollsters falls, according to new poll
20 May 2015 at 1:08am

TRUST in pollsters is low after their failure to forecast the Tory majority in the general election - a poll has found.



Could Scottish Ensign replace Union Jack on ships?
19 May 2015 at 6:00pm

A PETITION has being lodged in a bid to boost the number of boats flying a Scottish Ensign flag with a St Andrew’s Cross in place of the Union Jack on the traditional “Red Duster”.



Analysis: Don?t panic! Deflation not on the cards
19 May 2015 at 6:00pm

IS it really Deflation? The statistics leave no room for doubt: The CPI – the main measure of UK inflation – turned negative in April for the first time, with the rate falling to minus 0.1 per cent.



Jail for Afghan police who let mob burn woman alive
19 May 2015 at 6:00pm

ELEVEN policemen accused of allowing a mob to kill a woman falsely alleged to have burned a Koran were each jailed for a year by a judge in Afghanistan ­yesterday.



Hillary Clinton?s e-mails to be posted online
19 May 2015 at 6:00pm

THE US State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of e-mails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by next January.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

Moodievision: The Queen And I
by Greg Moodie
20 May 2015 at 6:00am

We?ve lost track again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 May 2015 at 4:55am
So cutting Corporation Tax is back to being a good left-wing thing, yes? You’ll forgive us if we occasionally miss a switch or two, we hope.  

McTernan Predicts (slight return)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2015 at 6:04am
From last November: Another one for the CV, there.

The outsider
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 May 2015 at 2:45am
Note: we haven’t mocked this up. But jings, readers, it’s hardly any dafter than most of the others.

Covering all bases
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 May 2015 at 8:57am
For your licence fee this afternoon. A new guess every 30 seconds. Keep tuning in! EPILOGUE: Although he HAS now announced that he’ll be resigning, Murphy actually won the vote of confidence 17-14, which by a curious and amusing quirk of fate works out at 55% to 45%. Another resounding victory.

The Running Man
by Chris Cairns
16 May 2015 at 1:00am

Talking points
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 May 2015 at 3:57am
We’re still on semi-holiday and the sun’s out, so rather than do any actual work by analysing and commenting on the last few questions we asked people in our most recent poll, we thought we’d just stick the tables up, let you have a nose through them and discuss them amongst yourselves. Click the image […]

Falling out with Auntie
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 May 2015 at 1:00am
Many pundits are of the opinion that the new Tory Max government will be actively hostile to the BBC, which the party has long believed is an expensive public-sector hotbed of right-on lefties. So when we did our latest poll, it seemed worth finding out how much the people of Scotland valued the state broadcaster. There […]

Moodievision: The Fall And Fall?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 May 2015 at 6:00am
…Of Ed Miliband.

The lockout
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 May 2015 at 2:54am
There was an interesting line in The National yesterday: “The monthly Scottish Questions in Parliament looks set to be an odd affair. Under the current system the Secretary of State for Scotland will answer six questions from the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, while 56 SNP MPs watch on from the back benches and […]


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BBC Scotland

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

SNP MPs take oath 'Scottish style'
20 May 2015 at 7:30am
Scotland's new SNP MPs swear allegiance to the Queen during the traditional oath taking ceremony at the House of Commons.


Plea to teachers over pupil literacy
20 May 2015 at 12:51pm
Scotland's education secretary says the whole of the education system needs to do more to improve poor pupil literacy levels


Evans announced as top civil servant
20 May 2015 at 9:45am
Sir Peter Housden's successor as permanent secretary to the Scottish government will be Leslie Evans.


SNP announces 35 Westminster roles
20 May 2015 at 12:54pm
The Scottish National Party has announced the 35 roles some of its 56 MPs will undertake at Westminster.


Committee backs lowering voting age
20 May 2015 at 2:48am
Plans to give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in next May's Holyrood election take a step closer following backing from MSPs.


Measures to help offenders find work
19 May 2015 at 6:14pm
The Scottish government announces measures to help convicted offenders find work as most employers admit they discriminate against them.


Lib Dems to hold policy roadshow
19 May 2015 at 6:17pm
The Scottish Liberal Democrats will travel around the country this summer to find out what people think of their policies.


Dugdale considers leader contest
19 May 2015 at 10:08am
Scotland's Deputy Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale is to decide in the coming days whether to run for election to replace Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy.


Devolution plans discussed at talks
19 May 2015 at 12:21pm
The Scottish secretary insists the UK government "will deliver the Smith recommendations" after a meeting with MSPs.


Row over Commons seats intensifies
19 May 2015 at 1:06pm
A row over who sits where in the House of Commons intensifies, with Alex Salmond saying Labour needs to accept it did not win the election.


'Strong' support for land reform
19 May 2015 at 5:45am
Scotland's environment minister Aileen McLeod says there is "strong support" for land reform and for "much more" land to be brought into community ownership.


Trident sailor to hand himself in
18 May 2015 at 9:52am
A Royal Navy submariner who criticised safety procedures around the Trident nuclear-armed submarines says he will hand himself in to police later.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
20 May 2015 at 10:08am
MSPs take evidence from academics and experts on security of energy supply


VIDEO: Sturgeon on full fiscal autonomy
10 May 2015 at 5:15am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she believes David Cameron has to go beyond the Smith Commission proposals, giving Scotland greater fiscal autonomy.


VIDEO: 'Scotland's voice will be heard'
9 May 2015 at 5:46am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has joined her newly elected SNP MPs for a photocall.


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Scot Goes pop

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

Sympathy For The Devil
by James Kelly
20 May 2015 at 1:36pm
A guest post by Mary Stewart from A Greater Stage

And so the endless speculation on who is or isn?...

Where Labour went wrong
by James Kelly
19 May 2015 at 5:52pm
A guest post by Denise Findlay

The SNP did wonderfully in the general election but not all of the ...

I was frozen by the jingle of my keys at the door, as I got outside I smiled ...
by James Kelly
19 May 2015 at 4:34pm

I wasn't actually planning to do a reaction post on tonight's Eurovision semi, but just to send a...



Eurovision prediction : Tuesday's semi-final
by James Kelly
18 May 2015 at 8:19pm
Let me start by making my annual public service announcement.  This is the TWENTY-SEVENTH consecu...

Why "tactical voting on the regional list" does not work, and is likely to ba...
by James Kelly
18 May 2015 at 10:06am
On the last-but-one thread, the hoary old topic of "tactical voting on the regional list" came up...

SNP are right to reconsider their stance (or non-stance) on English fox-hunting
by James Kelly
17 May 2015 at 8:11pm
The parliamentary arithmetic on the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales is not entirely clear, b...

Scotland is a unionist country. And that is why it must become independent.
by James Kelly
17 May 2015 at 10:23am
A guest post by Mark Murray

Scottish nationalism is often tritely dismissed as a narrow-minded phi...

Murphy goes : good or bad news for the SNP?
by James Kelly
16 May 2015 at 8:46am
If Jackanory Jim ever becomes a judge, I wouldn't want to be a defendant in the dock.  He'd start...

If Labour want to pick a Blairite leader AND form the next government, they w...
by James Kelly
15 May 2015 at 6:43pm
This is obviously a symptom of how detached the Scottish political scene has become from UK polit...

Guest posts are welcome
by James Kelly
15 May 2015 at 12:35pm
On the day after the election, I very, very nearly set up another fundraiser for Scot Goes Pop to...

How Jim Murphy would explain to Jim Murphy that Jim Murphy's position as lead...
by James Kelly
14 May 2015 at 10:06pm
"Look, the question of whether Jim Murphy should be Scottish Labour leader was last week's disagr...

Has the time come for the SNP to hold their noses and take up seats in the Lo...
by James Kelly
14 May 2015 at 9:37am

Now I know what the vociferous reaction of 95% of you will be to that question, but at least hear...



If Cameron isn't lying about "the most powerful devolved parliament in the wo...
by James Kelly
13 May 2015 at 12:27pm
Just a short post, because this is a very simple point.  In the immediate aftermath of the Smith ...

Do former SDP members really not care about Tim Farron's attempts to rewrite ...
by James Kelly
12 May 2015 at 11:43pm
Twenty-seven years ago, the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged in acrimonious c...

I was playing with numbers, and I didn't know what it meant
by James Kelly
12 May 2015 at 7:44am
Now I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking : "That James Kelly, he just hasn't been on eno...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

SNP - Nicola not safe from HM Queen
20 May 2015 at 2:34pm

The Queen still technically owns all the sturgeons, whales, and dolphins in the waters around the...



Council loses horse case (Western Isles)
20 May 2015 at 2:17pm
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Solar Could Meet 100% Of Scottish Electricity Needs, New Data Seems To Show
20 May 2015 at 1:10pm
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David Cameron: Scotland is not a nation
20 May 2015 at 11:56am
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Scottish Munro suggested as name for alien exo-planet
20 May 2015 at 10:56am
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Scottish house prices increase at twice English rate
20 May 2015 at 10:46am
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The SFA needs to boycott next month's game against Qatar
20 May 2015 at 10:41am

Some people think that if Scotland goes ahead and plays the game against Qatar it'll draw more at...



Celtic player Anthony Stokes approached by UDA murder plot accused
20 May 2015 at 10:10am
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Vince Cable on the Lib Dem collapse: the Tories won because fear triumphed ov...
20 May 2015 at 9:42am
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Scotland Is More Left-Wing Than The Rest Of The UK, It?s Not A Myth
20 May 2015 at 9:23am
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Mhairi Black, youngest MP for centuries, sworn in
20 May 2015 at 8:10am
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SNP?s Mhairi Black becomes youngest MP in decades as she is sworn in at Westm...
by Richard Wheeler
20 May 2015 at 1:11pm
POLITICS student Black, 20, was officially sworn in as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South toda...


Public lose trust in polls after General Election.. according to poll
by Record Reporter
20 May 2015 at 9:09am
JUST 17 per cent of 2010 British adults surveyed said they trust pollsters, under close scrutiny ...


Joan McAlpine: Trident rebel William McNeilly fires direct hit on establishment
by Tony McGuire
20 May 2015 at 5:29am
JOAN says the submariner is ­superior to all the character assassins for doing his duty when he b...


Scotland's school pupils have been failed in eight years of SNP rule, say cri...
by Torcuil Crichton
20 May 2015 at 12:53am
SNP Education Secretary Angela Constance gave a speech saying poverty can not be an excuse for fa...


Tory welfare reforms 'set to take cash from battered women and give it to the...
by Andy Philip
19 May 2015 at 6:12pm
AN expert has warned Iain Duncan Smith's planned Universal Credit will move cash away from women ...


Scottish Labour leadership battle: Kezia Dugdale to make an announcement in t...
by Record Reporter
19 May 2015 at 9:11am
THE deputy leader of the party in Scotland tells us to expect a decision by the end of the week.


SNP MP Mhairi Black reveals last job was in a chippy before historic win over...
by Lindsay Watling
19 May 2015 at 7:27am
THE chips are down for the 20-year-old in more ways than one, but the newly elected MP still has ...


Record View: 82-year-old Ivor Smith's hell shows desperate need for unions
by Record View
19 May 2015 at 12:00am
RECORD VIEW says Ivor's story is a prime example of the disgraceful way big employers are able to...


SNP vow to beat hated bedroom tax as charity warn cash to help vulnerable Sco...
by Andy Philip
19 May 2015 at 12:00am
CHILD Poverty Action Group warned money allocated by the Scottish and UK governments "may prove i...


Jim Murphy's close ally Ken Macintosh set to enter Scottish Labour leadership...
by David Clegg
19 May 2015 at 12:00am
EASTWOOD MP Ken Macintosh is "seriously considering" a bid to take the reins of the crisi-hit par...


Regular referenda in conjunction with voting reform could shake up centuries ...
by dailyrecord
18 May 2015 at 11:22am
FOLLOWING the general election RICHARD LILLEY discusses the first past the post voting system and...


SNP launch attack on Labour's left wingers by seizing their front row seats i...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 May 2015 at 6:44am
NEW SNP MPs have claimed the prime heckling spot, favoured by the likes of Dennis Skinner, as the...


Record View: Scottish Labour face a stark choice.. they have to adapt or die
by Record View
18 May 2015 at 4:14am
AS the fallout from the election and Jim Murphy's resignation continues, RECORD VIEW looks at wha...


Kezia Dugdale: Jim Murphy pictured a fairer future for every child in Scotland
by Kezia Dugdale
18 May 2015 at 3:24am
KEZIA pays tribute to departing Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy with whom she formed a close bo...


Union boss Len McCluskey threatens to withdraw funding from Scottish Labour a...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 May 2015 at 2:12am
THE UNITE chief made the threat as outgoing Labour leader Murphy announced plans to reduce the in...


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20 May 2015 at 4:31am
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A big thanks to all our 9000 Facebook fans. Over on Twitter, they're already...
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19 May 2015 at 10:52am
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Over on Twitter, they're already past 10,000 followe...

Please vote in our new poll: "Who will be the first SNP MP to be 'named' by t...
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18 May 2015 at 5:57am
Please vote in our new poll:
"Who will be the first SNP MP to be 'named' by the Speaker and exclu...

EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 May 2015 at 2:09pm
EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.


Polling disaster ? ?It w...

EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 9:24am
EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen to a new nadir as t...

SCOTTISH LABOUR FUTURE UPDATE Makeup staff doing final preparation before Ji...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 7:47am
SCOTTISH LABOUR FUTURE UPDATE

Makeup staff doing final preparation before Jim Morphy will be goi...

BREAKING NEWS Mags Curran being question by Police Scotlandshire following a...
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16 May 2015 at 7:42am
BREAKING NEWS

Mags Curran being question by Police Scotlandshire following an attempt to smuggle...

BREAKING NEWS Jim Morphy announces his candidacy to be First Minister in 201...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 6:58am
BREAKING NEWS

Jim Morphy announces his candidacy to be First Minister in 2016 Holyrood election.

EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS Jim Morphy sought leadership advice from Nigel Farage.
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 6:46am
EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS

Jim Morphy sought leadership advice from Nigel Farage.

In a BBC Scotlandshire exclusive, youngest ever UK MP Mhairi Black has agreed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 May 2015 at 11:29am
In a BBC Scotlandshire exclusive, youngest ever UK MP Mhairi Black has agreed to write about the ...

Home Secretary Theresa May working on new counter extremism legislation to de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 May 2015 at 12:40am
Home Secretary Theresa May working on new counter extremism legislation to deal with hate organis...

Holyrood Mandy shows her Natz credentials when she calls for oor Jim to go. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 May 2015 at 2:42pm
Holyrood Mandy shows her Natz credentials when she calls for oor Jim to go.

We mustn't fall int...

Former SLAB Shadow Cabinet minister Alex Rowley MSP buys a Sgian-dubh from Ma...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 May 2015 at 10:36am
Former SLAB Shadow Cabinet minister Alex Rowley MSP buys a Sgian-dubh from Mags Curran (redundant).

Ian Duncan Smith and Priti Patel will today announce the new capital punishme...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 May 2015 at 1:53am
Ian Duncan Smith and Priti Patel will today announce the new capital punishment sanctions regime ...

No 10 issues orders to the Met Police to put Nicola Sturgeon on a plane back ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 May 2015 at 1:50am
No 10 issues orders to the Met Police to put Nicola Sturgeon on a plane back to Scotlandshire. #N...


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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

SNP and the Unions
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2015 at 12:04pm
By Bill Ramsay Much of the discourse around the future development of the relationship between th...

Have Free Software licenses Become More Important Than Human Rights?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 May 2015 at 2:45am
By Mike Edwards The Independent yesterday (16/5/2015) reported that ?The British government quiet...

End Games
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2015 at 5:16pm
A month is a long time in politics. Lesley Riddoch on the Jim Murphy debacle. So Jim Murphy has g...

Some Advice for Kezia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2015 at 4:31am
By Peter Arnott As a once upon a time Labour supporter, I sincerely hope that what I’m writing ri...

Where do we go from here?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 May 2015 at 10:17am
By James McEnaney How the potential of the Scottish Left can be realised in a new movement for th...

Why Does The Lord Provost Only Respect Dead Anti-War Campaigners?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 May 2015 at 4:42am
By Resist Militarism Network Today, the 15th of May, is International Conscientious Objectors Day...

There is no SNP wrecking strategy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 May 2015 at 4:17am
As David Cameron arrives in Scotland on the day Andy Coulson’s trial for #perjury he’s supposed t...

Democracy by Design
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 May 2015 at 3:54am
A profile of graphic artist Stewart Bremner, a short film by Phantom Power…   If you like Bella C...

Back to the Future?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 May 2015 at 11:13am
By Cat Boyd Last Thursday, it finally dawned on the remaining majority of Labour activists that t...

Who won the Election?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 May 2015 at 3:51am
By Ian Dey Nicola Sturgeon? David Cameron? Think again! The financial elite won this election; or...


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Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence 'within next decade' - poll - Scotsman
17 May 2015 at 10:21am

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'within next decade' - poll
Scotsman
But the vast majority of people ...


Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years - Glasgow Evenin...
20 May 2015 at 3:24am

Glasgow Evening Times

Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years
Glasgow Evening ...


As Nicola Sturgeon demands more powers, is a second Scottish independence ......
18 May 2015 at 1:22am

City A.M.

As Nicola Sturgeon demands more powers, is a second Scottish independence ...
City A.M.
Bu...


UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Closer ... - ...
9 May 2015 at 7:25am

International Business Times

UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Close...


Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m - BBC News
14 May 2015 at 4:39am

Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m
BBC News
Campaigners spent £6.7m ahead of ...


British PM Cameron Rules Out Another Scottish Independence Vote - Huffington ...
10 May 2015 at 6:00pm

Daily Mail

British PM Cameron Rules Out Another Scottish Independence Vote
Huffington Post
LONDON, M...


The End of Britain as We Know It - Politico
26 Apr 2015 at 7:44pm

Edinburgh Evening News

The End of Britain as We Know It
Politico
The Scottish National Party (SNP) l...


General Election 2015: SNP landslide is NOT a vote for Scottish Independence ...
8 May 2015 at 6:09am

Scottish Daily Record

General Election 2015: SNP landslide is NOT a vote for Scottish Independence...


JK Rowling tells Twitter user to 'get facts straight' over Scottish ... - Tel...
4 May 2015 at 5:22am

Telegraph.co.uk

JK Rowling tells Twitter user to 'get facts straight' over Scottish ...
Telegraph.c...


English football and Scottish independence - FT.com (blog)
3 May 2015 at 6:05am

English football and Scottish independence
FT.com (blog)
The morning's newspapers are full of previ...



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SNP

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Leaders: Ethics of living wage | SNP scrutiny - Scotsman
20 May 2015 at 3:02pm

Scotsman

Leaders: Ethics of living wage | SNP scrutiny
Scotsman
THIS month's general election demons...


German Journo: Scottish Nationalists are Nazi Lite - Breitbart News
20 May 2015 at 1:33pm

Breitbart News

German Journo: Scottish Nationalists are Nazi Lite
Breitbart News
A prominent German ...


Vince Cable: I was a victim of Tory-peddled fear - BBC News
20 May 2015 at 1:30pm

BBC News

Vince Cable: I was a victim of Tory-peddled fear
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Vince Cable has said he lost his ...


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The SNP have gone to war against, er, Dennis Skinner - Metro
20 May 2015 at 1:01pm

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Scottish National Party announces 35 Westminster roles - BBC News
20 May 2015 at 12:55pm

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Scottish National Party announces 35 Westminster roles
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Education minister makes plea to 'all teachers' over poor pupil literacy - BB...
20 May 2015 at 12:48pm

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Education minister makes plea to 'all teachers' over poor pupil literacy
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David Cameron's father in law offers to adopt a 'Rob Roy' style Scottish acce...
20 May 2015 at 12:27pm

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David Cameron's father in law offers to adopt a 'Rob Roy' style Scottish accent to...


German writer says SNP ideology is like ?national socialism? - Deadline News
20 May 2015 at 11:57am

German writer says SNP ideology is like ?national socialism?
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20 May 2015 at 3:24am

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20 May 2015 at 4:47am

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Cameron says second Scotland referendum 'not remotely on the cards' - Reuters UK
15 May 2015 at 7:46am

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10 May 2015 at 11:27am

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9 May 2015 at 7:25am

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Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m - BBC News
14 May 2015 at 4:39am

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Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m
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To Cameron, the Tory Victor, Now Go the Headaches - New York Times
8 May 2015 at 8:10pm

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Scotland facing bumper turnout after referendum boost - Edinburgh Evening News
7 May 2015 at 3:18am

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30 Apr 2015 at 8:40am

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13 May 2015 at 7:04pm

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Urgent action needed to preserve United Kingdom, thinktank says
by Owen Bowcott Legal affiars correspondent
20 May 2015 at 1:00pm

Study by Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law says UK has reached constitutional crossroads and needs major changes to work effectively


The roles of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland secretarie...



Ken Macintosh to stand for Scottish Labour leadership
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
19 May 2015 at 12:49pm

Senior Labour MSP and ally of outgoing Jim Murphy says he plans to formally announce candidacy once contest rules are agreed

A senior Labour MSP, Ken Macintosh, has confirmed he will stand for the l...



SNP considers voting to stop lifting of foxhunting ban
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
18 May 2015 at 1:26pm

Nicola Sturgeon hints that SNP could stand in the way of Tory clamour to repeal legislation

The Scottish National party is considering whether to oppose the repeal of the foxhunting ban in England a...



Unite union to debate proposals to break Labour link
by Nicholas Watt and Jessica Elgot
18 May 2015 at 4:01am

Union will debate resolutions at conference in July after SNP?s success in attracting working class voters in Scotland

Britain?s largest trade union will debate resolutions calling for a break in it...



Labour soul-searching in Scotland continues in wake of election disaster
by Staff and agencies
17 May 2015 at 5:40am

Union boss claims he is being portrayed as bogeyman, as Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham calls for clean break

The row over the future direction of the Labour party in Scotland has intensifi...



Jim Murphy's resignation throws Scottish Labour into turmoil
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
16 May 2015 at 10:39am

Leader says he feared his leadership would be dogged by deep internal divisions and launches attack on union leader Len McCluskey

Jim Murphy?s abrupt decision to resign as leader of Scottish Labour ...



Jim Murphy to stand down despite surviving no-confidence vote
by Chris Johnston and agencies
16 May 2015 at 8:48am

Leader of Scottish Labour announces he will go next month after party votes 17-14 in favour of him staying in the job

Jim Murphy will stand down as leader of Scottish Labour next month despite winni...



Martin Rowson on Cameron and Sturgeon's meeting to discuss Scotland ? cartoon
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15 May 2015 at 4:33pm
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Cameron to consider beefing up bill on Scotland welfare and tax powers
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
15 May 2015 at 10:17am

Prime minister confirms he will consider additional proposals to strengthen tax and welfare powers after talks with first minister

David Cameron has offered to strengthen a new bill to give Scotland...




David Cameron to look at further Scottish devolution ? video
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15 May 2015 at 9:15am
Prime minister David Cameron and first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon meet in Edinburgh on Friday to discuss plans for further devolution. After the meeting, Cameron says he will consider fur...

SNP prepared to defy Cameron on a second independence referendum
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
14 May 2015 at 9:02pm

Party would attempt to push ahead with vote without prime minister?s consent if he refused any future demand to hold one, senior SNP source indicates

The Scottish National party would be prepared to...



Len McCluskey tells Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to resign
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
14 May 2015 at 2:36pm

Leader of Unite union lays blame for Labour?s disastrous election result ?very squarely at the feet of Scottish Labour? and says Murphy should ?leave the scene?


The leader of the Unite union, Len M...



Anger as poll tax proponent Andrew Dunlop made a minister for Scotland
by Libby Brooks and Frances Perraudin
14 May 2015 at 11:49am

SNP and independence supporters furious at appointment of adviser in Margaret Thatcher government who helped introduce community charge

The deputy first minister of Scotland, John Swinney, has descr...



Scotland bill 'falls short of previous cross-party recommendations'
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
14 May 2015 at 8:02am

Scottish parliamentary committee report says legislative clauses do not meet the spirit or substance of recommendations on welfare and benefits

The draft clauses for the new Scotland bill set out by...



SNP MPs flout Commons etiquette with first-day tweets
by Libby Brooks
14 May 2015 at 5:22am

Expanded cohort of Scottish National party MPs ruffle a few feathers by sharing on social media their induction into parliament

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Sitting uncomfortably
by weegingerdug
19 May 2015 at 11:06am
Are you sitting comfortably? This past week has given us a few significant news stories. There’s the Royal Navy whistle-blower who has revealed that weapons designed to blow up half the planet and ...

Unleashing the dogs of woe
by weegingerdug
18 May 2015 at 10:38am
It says a lot about the priorities of our Tory overlords that one of the first votes in the Commons is to be a vote to legalise the barbaric cruelty of tearing apart creatures they don’t control wi...

How to kill a coyote
by weegingerdug
16 May 2015 at 1:48pm
You can’t kill the Coyote. Throw him off an electoral cliff so he plunges into a deep canyon which is impossible to climb out of, crush him under a boulder of votes, run him over with the on-coming...

Resistance is fertile
by weegingerdug
15 May 2015 at 2:18pm
So the Cameron one has deigned to bestow a visit upon the little Scottish people, who are decidedly unimpressed with his munificence. Caledonian ingrates. Davie promised, nay swore blind, that he’d...

The Secretary of State for Mundellirium
by weegingerdug
14 May 2015 at 5:24pm
So we’ve got a new number two in the Scotland Office. And he is, by all accounts, a number two who has been dropped on the head of the Scottish body politic from a very great height. It’s a bit of ...

The prince over the twatter
by weegingerdug
13 May 2015 at 1:04pm
Not that anyone believed that the Royals were really politically neutral anyway. The only other institution which has an entire department of the BBC devoted to fawning over it is the Labour party ...

Chaos theory
by weegingerdug
12 May 2015 at 10:09am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) ?Chaos theory is a field of study in mathematics, with applications in several disciplines including meteorology, sociology, physics, engineering, economics, ...

Skooshing away from the stuffed panda tea party
by weegingerdug
11 May 2015 at 10:15am
Davie Cameron has told us that we’re not going to be allowed to have another independence referendum. The wee sowel thinks it’s up to him to decide whether we can or not, bless. We’ll tell you when...

The Govefish and the Baurheid doo
by weegingerdug
10 May 2015 at 1:04pm
It’s Sunday, and Jim Murphy still hasn’t resigned. The half of Scotland who voted SNP on Thursday wants Jim to remain in post. Jim lost over 97% of Labour’s MPs, he could still repeat the trick wit...

Oh what a night
by weegingerdug
8 May 2015 at 12:07pm
Well that was some night. So you know how we’re supposed to be gracious and generous in victory? How we should be mature adults, be bigger people than the small minded pursed lippy types of Labour?...


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Your Worst MP
20 May 2015 at 2:10pm

As the title says - who do you consider to be the worst Member of Parliament that's represented your area? Let's include the Scottish and European Parliaments as well; why not.

 

My representative at Westminster was Ann Widdecombe for several years. As someone without much money, I can't say she ...



“Separation or Solution”- grievances’ of frustrated people of Briton
20 May 2015 at 1:54pm

“Separation or Solution”-   grievances’ of frustrated people of Briton?

 

Democracy recognizes the principle of majority rule and guarantees protection of minorities. Democracy also builds faith in electoral contestation to gain public office and gives legitimacy to political parties as primary i...



An Independent Scotland must focus on education. MUST.
20 May 2015 at 11:28am

If Scotland is to succeed as a newly independent country, a modernised education system MUST be at the forefront of our economic development. Here I put the case forward as to why this is true.

 

One of, if not the most important reasons why independence is slowly but surely becoming the majority...



Here's why I'm glad I voted SNP..
20 May 2015 at 5:12am

You'd NEVER get this from a Labour trougher...

 

Philippa Whitford MP@P_Whitford_MP · 4m 4 minutes ago

To ALL in Central Ayrshire; I promise to do my best.

 

 



The NHS should be abolished and all doctors should be sacked
18 May 2015 at 5:14pm

Hypothetical scenario:

Man has disease, goes to hospital and gets cured. Man mates with Woman has a Boy with his disease gene. Boy grows up and mates with Woman, passes down the disease gene to a whole new generation, ect.

Humanity continues to grow weaker.

Hypothetical scenario 2:

Man has disease an...



Trident "A disaster waiting to happen"
18 May 2015 at 5:37am
Not really that shocked if it turned out to be true

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32771925

Call me a cynic, but I doubt security would be so relaxed if it was based near a heavily populated city in the south of England

When you watch this...
17 May 2015 at 2:24pm

 

 

Then you realise that so many of the no-supporting snakes were utterly humiliated in the election last week, it really does soothe the soul. 

 

GIRFUY.



The Scottish Office
17 May 2015 at 12:10pm
This needs to be scrapped asap, mundell as no mandate. Scottish/UK affairs should be discussed by the PM and FM.
Incidentally who is the secretary of state for England? Rhetorical btw.
Its so colonial

Anti-Scottish Xenophobia/Racism Catalogue
17 May 2015 at 7:56am
Let's start with this one:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3084815/Let-Scots-sail-doomed-adventure-ll-bust-come-begging.html



Do we really need them?
17 May 2015 at 7:41am

These two comments are from the Daily Mail as posted in another thread here.

I would have preferred Laura to say that I was a horrid republican as that sounds mair classy.

 

Laura1973, Stirling, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago

This is the real snp a bunch of horrible republicans , how can anyone sup...



Get back in your box Jocks
17 May 2015 at 5:17am

They don't like it up em do they?

 

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-affairs-committee-future-in-doubt-1-3775088

 

 

It's my ball and yer no playing wi it.

 

Is this a case of the papers looking for a story that isn't there, or is there something more underhand at work...



The devolution vote in 1970s
17 May 2015 at 4:11am
I remember voting in that and something was corrupt. What was it that happened?

Where do Yes/No voters do their shopping?
17 May 2015 at 4:06am

Hi, it's my disser...naw, just kidding. It's a Sunday and i'm curious. Are certain supermarkets more likely to have staunch unionists and raging BritNats cutting about buying milk, bread and cornflakes? Are certain supermarkets more likely to have hardcore, raging cybernats buying their chicken f...



Election fraud in Kent
16 May 2015 at 10:56am

Or was it?

 

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/election-candidate-who-got-no-votes-demands-recount-because-he-picked-himself/story-fnh81p7g-1227357411146

 

Seems very suspicious.



SNP to Abstain from Fox Hunting Vote
16 May 2015 at 6:27am
Disgraceful

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More Collars Getting Felt
20 May 2015 at 11:28am


Apparently some well known Scots on the list.

http://m.stv.tv/news/1321108-police-identify-37-scots-vips-among-110-child-sex-abuse-suspects/

Wallace Letter Extension
20 May 2015 at 10:16am

Another 2 year extension has been given.Chuffed to bits with this as it aint going anywere

 

http://nationalrecordsofscotland.gov.uk/news/2015/wallace-letter-loan-extended



Graduates With A Decent Degree... Be A Pilot
19 May 2015 at 6:14pm

Obviously no good for me, but, this lot are keen to take prospective pilots on and their press release landed on my desk  - fancy it?

 

CTC Aviation selected to train Wizz Air future airline pilots for the next 5 years

 

Airline pilot training and resourcing company CTC Aviation, has entered into...



Holyrood 2016 Election - Polls Ahoy.
19 May 2015 at 2:41pm

Constituency:

SNP: 49% (+4)
LAB: 25% (-6)
CON: 15% (+1)
LD: 7% (-1)
GRN: 2% (n/c)
UKIP: 1% (+1)

Regional:

SNP: 43% (-1)
LAB: 24% (-2)
CON: 16% (+4)
LD: 6% (+1)
GRN: 7% (+3)
UKIP: 2% (+1)
SSP: 3% (+3)

Projected seats

SNP: 70 (+1)
LAB: 30 (-7)
CON: 17 (+2)
LIB DEM: 6 (+1)
GRN: 6 (+4)
UKIP: 0 (-)

 

S...



Classic Fm Young Musician........
19 May 2015 at 1:29pm

The Classic FM advert for nominating a Young Musician of the Year has the wonderful line...."If you know a 14-18 year old who is totally dedicated to their instrument....."

 

If that was the criteria then I would have been challenging Mozart.



Making A Will
19 May 2015 at 4:07am

A good Scotland supporting friend of mine suffered the tragic loss of his wife at the weekend.

 

The only positive I can take from it, is it's gave me a shake and made me realise I need to sort a will out as I don't have one in place just now.

 

I have a house, a wife and a son and if something w...



Call For Next Generation Of Anti-Biotics
18 May 2015 at 4:25pm

doomed, were all doomed



Fox Hunting
18 May 2015 at 3:27pm

Should the SNP vote against the proposed repeal of the fox hunting ban, or abstain as it only applies in England & Wales?

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/18/snp-considers-voting-to-stop-lifting-of-foxhunting-ban

 



Guns, Baggy Breeks, But Dare Wear A Kilt!
18 May 2015 at 1:03pm
http://wgntv.com/2015/05/18/nc-teenager-kicked-out-of-prom-because-he-wore-kilt/

Trident Whistleblower: Disaster Waiting To Happen
18 May 2015 at 8:18am

A Royal Navy whistleblower who wrote in an explosive report that Trident is a “disaster waiting to happen” has said he will hand himself in.

Able Seaman, William McNeilly, went absent without leave last week following the damning 18-page report revealing the dangers onboard HMS Victorious includi...




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