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First Minister's security enhanced after online death threats
21 May 2017 at 12:10am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon?s personal security has been beefed up in the wake of a torrent of online threats hurled at the country?s political leaders.

Top Scottish Labour donor vows: I won't give my party any donations during th...
21 May 2017 at 12:11am
ONE of Scottish Labour?s biggest donors has said he will not hand over any money for the General Election campaign after the party blocked a council deal with the Tories in Aberdeen.

East Renfrewshire: the Tories eye up Jim Murphy's former political base
21 May 2017 at 12:09am
IN normal political times East Renfrewshire would be a three-way marginal between the SNP, Labour and the Tories.

Head of shadowy pro-union groups refuses to reveal details of Scottish donations
21 May 2017 at 12:11am
A SHADOWY group that funded pro-Brexit campaigning in Northern Ireland and is planning to bankroll opposition to independence is refusing to disclose who is behind its Scottish donations.

Super-college chair admits sharing anti-SNP material online
20 May 2017 at 12:10am
THE chair of Scotland?s largest college is under fire after circulating criticism of the SNP?s education record on social media.

May under fire on constitution as she pledges "Unionist government"
20 May 2017 at 12:10am
THERESA May has promised to lead an intensely ?Unionist government? if returned as Prime Minister next month, as she claimed a vote for any party but the Tories would weaken the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn says Labour's 'message is getting through' to voters
20 May 2017 at 7:32pm
Jeremy Corbyn has claimed his message is "getting through" to voters, as two new polls showed Labour further eating into the commanding Conservative lead ahead of the June 8 general election.

Theresa May says Labour 'could not be trusted' to defend UK with Trident stance
20 May 2017 at 3:10pm
Theresa May has claimed Labour cannot be trusted with the defence of the country, after a row broke out within the shadow cabinet over the future of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

Nicola Sturgeon: Conservatives 'cannot be trusted to care for our older people'
20 May 2017 at 12:11pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to defend pensioners in Scotland as she branded Tory policies for the elderly as a "disgrace".

Tom Gordon: Labour's prophet warning
20 May 2017 at 12:10am
IF Kezia Dugdale finds herself looking for a new job after June 9, she could always apply to be Scotland?s Cassandra. The mythological original had the gift of prophecy but was cursed never to be believed. Ms Dugdale has a head start. In a speech last week, she warned of a bleak prospect for the country, but, being Scottish Labour leader, few people paid attention.

Theresa May: Prospect of Jeremy Corbyn walking through No 10 door 'should sca...
20 May 2017 at 7:22am
The idea of Jeremy Corbyn walking through the door of 10 Downing Street with John McDonnell and Diane Abbott should "scare us all", the Prime Minister has said.

Election Unspun: the political diary
20 May 2017 at 12:09am
SELF-confessed ?ginger twit? Paul Masterton, the Tory candidate in East Renfrewshire, keeps getting in a muddle over his CV. As we noted recently, his leaflets boast he chairs the community council - omitting that it?s actually in next door Paisley. Now we hear he?s quit as chair, making his bumf doubly misleading. What facts will survive to June 8, we wonder?

Labour vows to close pay gap which sees women earn £60,000 less than men
20 May 2017 at 7:08am
Women in Scotland face earning £60,000 less in their lifetime than men because of the gender pay gap, new analysis has shown.

Tories' winter fuel payment is 'all over the place', says SNP
20 May 2017 at 10:47am
The Scottish National Party has warned that taxpayers north of the border could be "short-changed" by Conservative plans to preserve the winter fuel payment for all Scottish pensioners while limiting it to the poorest in England and Wales.

SNP, Tories and Labour enjoy small gains in latest election polling
19 May 2017 at 8:11am
Support for the SNP remains well ahead but both Labour and the Conservatives have enjoyed a small boost in Scotland, a new poll suggests.

 

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SNP bid to reset Brexit debate after indyref2 setback
21 May 2017 at 12:01am
The SNP will attempt to place Brexit at the heart of its election campaign with the launch of its manifesto this week, amid growing fears that the focus on a second independence referendum will lose the party seats.

Dani Garavelli: A lot riding on Hawick?s two-horse race
20 May 2017 at 11:46pm
The shopkeepers of Hawick are in the grip of feverish preparations. Up and down the High Street, they are festooning their windows with blue and gold bunting. But though the town is situated in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Scotland’s most marginal Westminster constituency, and the Conservatives and the SNP are the two parties fighting for supremacy, the decorations are not proof of political engagement.

Can new blood from state schools cure GP crisis?
20 May 2017 at 11:31pm
A trip to the hospital for an operation on a shattered knee is the kind of experience that will stay ingrained in the mind of your average 13-year-old. But for hockey-loving Callum Cruickshank, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) led to 
a meeting with a surgeon that would 
put him on the path to medicine and propel him to set up a charity devoted to helping state school pupils become doctors.

Euan McColm: Dugdale blunders with suspension of disbelief
20 May 2017 at 11:24pm
It was – on the face of things, at least – an example of the sort of strong leadership we demand from senior politicians.

SNP shows promising pragmatism with Brexit reset
20 May 2017 at 11:00pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon can hardly be blamed for trying to use the result of last year’s EU referendum to further the cause of Scottish independence. The extraction of Scotland from the UK is, after all, her primary political objective.

Candidates call truce in Edinburgh to respect late Jo Cox
20 May 2017 at 9:24pm
CANDIDATES from across the political divide will call an hour-long campaigning truce in Edinburgh in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

Sturgeon committed to indyref2 ahead of General Election
20 May 2017 at 7:06pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she remains committed to holding an independence referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Nicola Sturgeon says SNP manifesto will defend pensioners
20 May 2017 at 3:02pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to defend pensioners in Scotland in the SNP’s General Election manifesto as she branded Tory policies for the elderly as a “disgrace”.

Poll: 15% of Scottish voters plan to vote tactically
20 May 2017 at 2:48pm
Around 15% of Scots intend to vote tactically in the General Election to stop a political party they oppose, according to a new poll.

Labour pledges to end the gender pay gap in Scotland
20 May 2017 at 6:00am
Women in Scotland face earning £60,000 less in their lifetime than men because of the gender pay gap, the latest research on the long-running issue has found.

Ross Douthat: We have a child upon the throne
20 May 2017 at 6:00am
Donald Trump’s conduct shows that he does not understand the nature of the office or obligations he holds, says Ross Douthat

Leader comment: Mrs May?s manifesto leaves us little wiser
19 May 2017 at 10:00pm
Theresa May has conducted such an anodyne campaign in this election that there is a suspicion that if the Prime Minister had felt she could get away with not presenting a manifesto, she would have done just that. Riding high in the polls, and with Labour in no fit state to present a proper challenge, she has been able to glide through on soundbites. Why risk inviting trouble?

Teaching union votes for ?moratorium on education changes?
19 May 2017 at 4:42pm
Secondary school teachers have voted overwhelmingly for a moratorium on change in education policies for a minimum of three years in Scotland to counter the “almost continuous change” of the last ten years.

Poll: Which celebrity would you vote to be Prime Minister?
19 May 2017 at 4:31pm
Sir David Attenborough has been urged to swap Planet Earth for the political front benches after he came top in a poll to find Britain’s favourite celebrity Prime Minister.

Scottish Government videos branded ?misuse of taxpayers? cash?
19 May 2017 at 4:30pm
A series of videos produced by the Scottish Government to mark 10 years since the SNP won power at Holyrood have been branded a “flagrant misuse of taxpayers’ money” by a senior Labour member.

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In case you still weren?t sure
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 May 2017 at 11:59am
Kezia Dugdale tells voters in the Borders, Highlands and a number of other areas that voting Tory is a better way to stop the SNP than voting for her own party’s candidates. We assume she’ll be suspending herself shortly. (It was particularly notable that she said it on the same day Theresa May said that just …

The unholy union
by Chris Cairns
20 May 2017 at 6:55am

Becoming the squirrel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2017 at 3:50pm
I went to the dentist this morning, and boy was I ever in for a shock when I got back. So I guess we’d better talk about this for a minute. Because as you can see from the clip above, the absolutely extraordinary truth is that Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the North British branch …

Willie And Me
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2017 at 9:41am
If you weren’t listening to the Kaye Adams show earlier, and you probably weren’t, this was my call to Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie. (The Kaye Adams Programme, BBC Radio Scotland, 18 May 2017) . (Alert readers may have noticed that I had to adopt a wee bit of subterfuge to get on by …

A creeping feeling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 May 2017 at 4:55pm
No.11: Kathi, from Bernburg, Germany. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Kezia gets the messages
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 May 2017 at 11:40am
From today’s interview on Good Morning Scotland: (Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 17 May 2017) . That needs transcribing for the record. BILL WHITEFORD: You mention the two things there – independence and these other issues that you hope people will talk about. Let’s listen to some of what some people have said are …

This won?t take very long
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 May 2017 at 9:36am
Because in the 124-page Labour manifesto released yesterday, these 115 words are the entire amount of text devoted to Scotland: (That’s not a fake screenshot, btw. The giant Union Jack is really there.) So let’s take a very quick stroll through them. “Labour opposes a second Scottish independence referendum. It is unwanted and unnecessary, and …

A question of values
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 May 2017 at 4:55pm
We were intrigued to hear Labour activist Duncan Hothersall tell radio listeners this morning that his party’s opposition to independence was rooted in “Labour values”, and most specifically by his assertion that “nationalism and socialism are opposites”. So we thought we’d take a look back at our last Panelbase opinion poll, which we conducted in February, and see what …

The training of memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 May 2017 at 9:48am
The Labour general election manifesto is officially launched today, as if it mattered. It will reportedly say that the party will block a second independence referendum if it’s in power at Westminster, which of course it won’t be. And while Labour’s position on anything – particularly anything involving Scotland – is a complete irrelevance, it’s still quite …

The Invisibles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 May 2017 at 11:38am
Readers who’ve been following the ongoing avalanche of disturbing revelations about bigotry, sectarianism and racism among the ranks of Scottish Conservative politicians probably won’t need to be told that the party’s talent pool is desperately shallow. More than a quarter of its Scottish candidates for the forthcoming UK general election actually already hold elected office – nine of …

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Scottish politicians call election 'truce' for murdered MP Jo Cox
21 May 2017 at 12:48am
All the major Scottish parties will gather in Edinburgh to mark the Labour MP's death.


Raptor killing video decisions queried
21 May 2017 at 12:56am
Holyrood committee asks why videos showing birds being killed were not used for prosecutions.


SNP make pledge to older voters
20 May 2017 at 5:28pm
Pension commitments feature in Scotland as parties continue to campaign in the General Election.


Election 2017: May and Davidson promise to stand up to SNP
19 May 2017 at 5:52pm
The Scottish Tories publish their manifesto saying they are the party of a strong UK.


Church of Scotland expected to back same-sex marriage
20 May 2017 at 12:16am
The General Assembly is asked to approve a study on how same-sex weddings could take place in church.


College lecturers and bosses agree deal to halt strikes
19 May 2017 at 9:58pm
Staff call off planned strike action after agreement over pay differences between colleges.


Labour warns against West Lothian Council coalition with Tories
18 May 2017 at 2:43pm
No decision on forming an administration was taken at a meeting of West Lothian Council.


Nicola Sturgeon criticises focus on women politicians' appearance
19 May 2017 at 11:00am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon criticises focus on women politicians' appearance.


Leaders' debate: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn absent from five-way clash
18 May 2017 at 11:02pm
Lib Dems, SNP, Greens, Plaid Cymru and UKIP debate Brexit, without Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn.


Border politics - the fight for Scotland's most marginal seat
19 May 2017 at 8:52am
Scotland's most marginal Westminster seat - Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk - will be hard fought on 8 June. So, what are the candidates saying?


SNP will run Glasgow City Council as minority
18 May 2017 at 4:37pm
The new administration brings to an end a period of Labour rule uninterrupted since 1980.


Election 2017: Tory manifesto says 'public consent' needed for indyref2
18 May 2017 at 1:19pm
Tory manifesto says no independence referendum unless there is "public consent" for it to happen.

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Finally the election explodes into life as YouGov poll moves the race closer ...
by James Kelly
20 May 2017 at 9:58pm
Whenever you see a Britain-wide poll showing a huge Tory lead (which has basically been every single poll in this campaign so far), it's worth bearing in mind that Jeremy Corbyn's theoretical objec...

Never forget that more than 42% of Moray voters backed independence in 2014
by James Kelly
20 May 2017 at 3:23pm
Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics has drawn attention to the fact that the SNP (at least according to the latest YouGov poll) have lost most of the anti-independence people who used to vote fo...

YouGov poll : Labour's current voters are less hostile to independence than t...
by James Kelly
19 May 2017 at 8:16pm
Since my last post I've had a chance to look at the YouGov datasets, and I was particularly interested in seeing what has happened to SNP voters from 2015.  It's important to stress there has been ...

SNP vote increases in "heartening" full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov
by James Kelly
19 May 2017 at 3:53am
After an insanely long wait of several weeks, we finally have the fourth bona fide full-scale Scottish poll of this campaign, and it comes from YouGov.Scottish voting intentions for the UK general ...

SNP lead by more than 16% in latest subsample average
by James Kelly
18 May 2017 at 6:40pm
The run of exceptionally good subsample results for the SNP was finally broken today when Ipsos-Mori actually put the Tories ahead of the SNP.  That hasn't happened previously in this campaign, but...

Drama as Lib Dem manifesto implicitly concedes the case for an independence r...
by James Kelly
17 May 2017 at 4:42pm
This is a direct quote from the Liberal Democrat manifesto published today -"Keeping the UK in the EU will remove the basis for the SNP?s divisive proposed referendum on independence."With the exce...

Latest subsample average suggests SNP have a huge 18% lead over the Tories
by James Kelly
16 May 2017 at 2:23pm
We may simply have had a run of good results by complete chance, but it has to be said that the last week of Scottish subsamples has made for considerably pleasanter reading as far as the SNP are c...

Subsample average fails to find any post-locals momentum for the Scottish Tories
by James Kelly
14 May 2017 at 12:24pm
Well, the "remarkable" poll in the Sunday Times did turn out to be an anti-climax, not for either of the reasons I speculated last night, but simply because it was a poll that had already been publ...

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Network Rail ?stealth plan? to make trains run on time
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20 May 2017 at 11:59pm
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So, this is what Labour are reduced to
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20 May 2017 at 10:57pm
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BBC iPlayer - North Coast 500 - Le Anne Lundon
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Blog post about places to see in Edinburgh
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20 May 2017 at 7:28pm
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The most surreal, scottish graffiti ive ever seen
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20 May 2017 at 6:24pm
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Do any Scots still wear kilts outside of formal or ceremonial settings?
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20 May 2017 at 6:02pm
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SNP and Labour freeze out Tories in East Renfrewshire
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Interactive Clan Map of Scotland
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20 May 2017 at 3:17pm
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Homeless in Glasgow, Blog Six.
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Dunnottar Castle
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Tories bow to wealthy antiques dealers and drop ban on elephant ivory in mani...
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20 May 2017 at 1:19pm
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'Yer a liar!' - voters round on Mhairi Black after mum is barred from sick ki...
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The best way to beat the SNP
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Labour blast 'sick and sneaky' Tory plan to take winter fuel payments from OAPs
by Jason Beattie
20 May 2017 at 9:37am
The Conservatives will exclude Scotland from the 'all-out attack' on the elderly prompting Lib Dem leader Tim Farron to brand Theresa May's party 'hypocrites'.


Theresa May and Ruth Davidson say no IndyRef2 unless there's 'public consent'...
by David Clegg
20 May 2017 at 9:30am
The Prime Minister raises prospect of an endless block on a second independence referendum after refusing to outline what would trigger a second vote.


When is the UK general election 2017? Dates and full timetable as Britain hea...
by Dan Bloom
19 May 2017 at 10:47pm
Britain is voting in a snap general election. Here's everything you need to know including the countdown, big dates and registering to vote


When is the deadline to vote in the UK General Election 2017? Who can vote, h...
by Abigail O'Leary
19 May 2017 at 7:15pm
Theresa May announced a snap General Election will be held on June 8 but the deadline to register is much sooner than that


How to register to vote for the 2017 General Election before deadline day on ...
by Leeanna Faulkner
19 May 2017 at 6:07pm
Time is running out for people to make sure they are entitled to vote on June 8 with midnight on Monday the cut-off date.


Congressman brilliantly trolls Donald Trump over 'witch hunt' claims
by Steve Robson
19 May 2017 at 9:49am
Trump hit out after a special prosecutor was appointed to look into claims Russia effected the US elections


'We won't let you down Glasgow' the city's first ever SNP council leader make...
by Andy Philip
19 May 2017 at 9:06am
Susan Aitken said she was "proud and grateful" to take charge of Scotland's biggest council.


Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'backpedalling' over IndyRef2 in TV leaders debate
by Torcuil Crichton
19 May 2017 at 9:05am
The First Minister said Scotland should decide on its future when Brexit process is finished - while Tories slam her climbdown as political 'game-playing.'


Tories are gunning for Angus Robertson but bullish Moray MP says football ref...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 May 2017 at 6:00am
SNP deputy leader Robertson has turned the fire on Tory Douglas Ross who holds a seat in the in the Scottish parliament as well as being a referee.


People like Kathy Mohan will pay for the Tories' lost decades
by Torcuil Crichton
19 May 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil Crichton points to Prime Minister Theresa May's impromptu meeting with an angry voter in Abingdon as a defining moment in the election campaign.

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Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

A Fundamental Error of Judgement
by michaelgreenwell
16 May 2017 at 8:09am
Worth reading and sharing…

Journey To Yes ? New Series
by michaelgreenwell
11 May 2017 at 8:58am
Can’t wait…

This Is A Trump Adviser
by michaelgreenwell
6 May 2017 at 8:48am

Scottish Independence Podcast 155 ? A Party Political
by michaelgreenwell
1 May 2017 at 5:30pm
It’s good to give time to your opponents, so for the 155th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I’ve decided to cover this election broadcast by the Scottish Conservatives. (Warning, Explicit Content ). Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, …
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Indifferent to Truth
by michaelgreenwell
1 May 2017 at 2:06pm
“America has had 45 Presidents, but never before have we had one that is completely indifferent to the truth. Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Diogenes”.  – Denis Hayes (Coordinator of the first Earth Day) In case you missed it, here is Donald Trump claiming, in the present tense, to be good friends with …

Scottish Independence Podcast 154 ? McSmörgåsbord
by michaelgreenwell
28 Apr 2017 at 8:06am
At the moment there isn’t really enough talk about choices. Everything  is being presented as either a future in Brexit UK (with all the lack of choices that entails), or an independent future in the EU. However there are more options than that available. If one looks to Scandinavia it is possible to see many …
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The Psychology of Change
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 May 2017 at 11:09am
When hope drains into the sands. Paul Tritschler follows the downward spiral of irrational thinking, and finds inner resources for activists and social change. Imagine what we could achieve if we considered the oppression of others unthinkable ? if it became a habit. At the queue to the Louvre a woman punched me in the …

Chelsea is Free
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2017 at 3:46pm
This week Chelsea Manning walked free “Former Intelligence Analyst. Trans Woman. Former prisoner” – follow her @xychelsea ? Collateral murder? exposed US war crimes against Iraqi civilians ? and Chelsea Manning got 7 years for revealing it… ?Collateral murder? exposed US war crimes against Iraqi civilians ? and Chelsea Manning got 7 years for revealing …

Real World Print Posters (for you)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2017 at 2:09pm
Celebrating a new series of FREE print posters for you, from the prolific and generous Stewart Bremner ...

The Principle of Consent
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2017 at 1:30pm
Theresa May’s extraordinary manifesto launch, in which she appeared as equal parts Shiva, Inspector Gadget, and badly regurgitated Thatcher, has been poured over by faithful stenographers and scribes for signs of ‘vision’. They may be disappointed. The story of the Conservative’s un-costed manifesto has three distinct elements: the first is it’s almost lupine aggression against …

Journey to Yes #11
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2017 at 10:01am
The next in the series by Phantom Power films …

The Language of Resistance
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 May 2017 at 1:49pm
Author Madeleine Bunting reflects on place, language and capitalism, and the influence of gaelic in the creation of George Orwell’s Newspeak. The haunting brilliance of George Orwell?s book Nineteen Eighty Four was his insight that some ideas become literally unthinkable when we lose the language to express them. The point about the continuous redacting of …

The government has a plan for gaelic and you won?t believe what it is
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 May 2017 at 5:39pm
An important dimension that?s often missing from the debates about whether it?s worthwhile to support Gaelic or promote Scots in Scotland is why one would do such a thing in the first place. In today?s feverish political environment these things slide all too often into outright constitutional mudslinging or at least a debate that foregrounds …

Fascist Groove Thang
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 May 2017 at 5:04pm
The trouble with Nigel Farage’s threat to ‘don the khaki and pick up a rifle’, a threat you might have last heard at the Golf Club Christmas dinner when Uncle Jimmy had too many sherries, is that we’ve actually seen Nigel in ‘front-line’ action already. He ran away. Bella readers might recall his visit to …

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The Guardian view on the election in Scotland: a pivotal poll for the SNP | E...
by Editorial
19 May 2017 at 7:34pm
The last general election was a triumph for the SNP. Now the nationalists face a pushback that will decide if Scotland has a second independence referendumThere are at least three different general elections taking place in the United Kingdom right now. The first, in England and Wales, is largely...

General election 2017: Tories called 'utter hypocrites' for wanting winter fu...
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
19 May 2017 at 5:14pm
All the day?s campaign news, as Labour calls Tory plans an ?84-page blank cheque? and Ruth Davidson unveils Scottish Conservatives? versionThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sFallon admits Tories don?t know how much plan to cut migration will cost economyKen Clarke?s ...

Theresa May: Tories will invest heavily in Scotland after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2017 at 4:47pm
PM appeals to unionist, pro-Brexit and Labour voters, saying Conservatives will help Scotland ?grow and flourish?Theresa May has said the Conservatives will help Scotland to ?grow and flourish? after Brexit by investing heavily in its industries and deprived communities.Defending herself against ...

Scottish Greens urge tactical voting to block Conservatives
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 May 2017 at 6:00am
Leader Patrick Harvie hints that supporters should postpone push for independence and focus on stopping Tory landslideThe Scottish Green leader has urged supporters to consider a tactical vote for Labour or the Liberal Democrats if their candidates have a better chance of stopping the Tories. Rel...

General election 2017: ITV hosts first leaders' debate ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
18 May 2017 at 11:10pm
All the day?s campaign news, as the Conservatives launch a manifesto for ?country and community? and the first leaders? TV debate takes placeConservative manifesto: key points and analysisThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sCare expert Andrew Dilnot condemns Tory plan...

Labour suspends Aberdeen councillors over coalition with Tories
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 May 2017 at 6:56pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale acted because of fears that power-sharing agreement would cause more austerityThe Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, has suspended every Labour councillor in Aberdeen after they ignored orders to abandon a power-sharing deal with the Conservatives.Dugdale ...

Election 2017: Tories should drop migration target, says Osborne's Evening St...
by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier)
17 May 2017 at 5:24pm
Live coverage of the day?s campaign news, as Tim Farron spells out his message to voters, and Len McCluskey overshadows Jeremy Corbyn?sThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?s10 thing we learnt from the May/Hammond press conferenceAfternoon summary 5.08pm BST 5.01pm BST ...

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to consider more federalised UK
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 May 2017 at 10:35pm
Labour manifesto will promise to investigate ways to reduce dominance of Westminster and look at replacing House of LordsJeremy Corbyn is to promise that a Labour government would investigate reorganising the UK on federal lines as part of changes to reduce Westminster?s dominance, the Guardian c...

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Survival of the fittest
A guest post by Samuel Miller Apparently the UK faces ‘challenges’ according to the Conservative manifesto released on Thursday. ‘Challenges’ That’s one word for it I suppose. There are of course others, but none the weans could read before the watershed. Brexit Britain, austerity ideology, UK populations and society in general fractured along so many …

Coming home to roost
A guest post by Samuel Miller Today’s the day we saw betterthigitherness coming home to roost in all its pooling and sharing glory. Are we surprised that a Tory government finally came for you where you live? ‘Forward together’ with ‘strong and stable’ government in the national interest. ?Stronger, fairer and more prosperous than ever …

Hypocrisy thy name is?
A guest post by Samuel Miller I honestly don’t know who or what is worse; Corbyn and his wannabe Kezia Dugdale, or May and her mini me Ruth Harrison (Fallon, the gift that keeps on etc.). Today was a benchmark day for both teams in hypocrisy and shear disingenuous cobblers. Let’s start with Ruth Davidson …

The difference a week makes
A guest post by Samuel Miller Y’know, you’d be forgiven for wondering what you have to do to get a balanced interview on any current issue were you a member of the Scottish government. Yesterday’s Andrew Marr show provided a perfect example as Scotland’s First Minister, ostensibly invited on to presumably answer questions on the …

What?s it all about then?
A guest post by Samuel Miller So what is this upcoming general election all about? Why are we having one at all? Well if you’re a Tory politician, they’ll tell you it’s all about Brexit and a strong mandate to carry it through. Yeah, seeing a bit of a logic gap there myself. Now to …

STOP THE SNP?
A guest post by Samuel Miller Why?  What have they done in office that is so much more reprehensible than anyone else? If you had to take political opponents at their word, the current Scottish government have apparently brought the entirety of Scotland’s institutions and services to the brink of catastrophe. Going by the headline …

On the sofa with Theresa and Philip
Theresa May isn’t doing debates in her Me Myself I election. She’s carefully kept away from anyone who’s ever met a real life member of the public and who hasn’t had their brains surgically removed and replaced with a Maybotadulationometer. Strong and stable. Coalition of chaos. Bloody difficult woman. She certainly won’t stoop to anything …

Unionism?s fatal illness
This weekend, the Sunday Herald reported that a number of those elected as representatives of the Conservatives and Labour in the council elections last week are members of the Orange Order. I’ve been told of a Unionist councillor in North Lanarkshire of a markedly Orange persuasion. There are certainly others. On social media over the …

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Mhairi Black: This election is about one big question ? who can we trust with...
THE main dividing line in the UK General Election is becoming ever clearer with each passing announcement, particularly those from the London-based parties. Gone is the traditional left versus right political debate, which has now been replaced by a more basic democratic issue. Who do the people of Scotland trust with their future?

Pat Kane: Why the Big Yin deserves big, big love as Billy Connolly fades from...
HE looked like a wise, hippy lion ? but very still, nothing spontaneous, other than the occasional tremor. Earlier this week, Billy Connolly was beamed in from beachside in Florida, sporting a tropical shirt somewhere between very expensive and complete piss-take, as he received a lifetime achievement gong.

SNP on track to win General Election north of the Border with Tories picking ...
THE SNP are on course to win next month?s General Election north of the Border, according to a new poll.

SNP: Labour in deal with Tories ?by backdoor? in North Lanarkshire
LABOUR councillors in North Lanarkshire have been accused of agreeing a ?backdoor? deal to form an administration with the Tories.

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: The price of Brexit to rural Scotland will be costly
IF there is any certainty around Brexit it is that we are entering into a period of uncertainty like no other. Most people muddle through economic crashes, and recessions are seen by entrepreneurs as periods of disruption and therefore opportunity. The trouble with Brexit is that we haven?t been here before, it is completely uncharted territory. The problems are easy to identify and any opportu...

Here's why you don't see more disabled MPs, explains candidate
A GENERAL Election candidate told The National ?you can see why there aren?t more MPs with disabilities? after being denied funds for her campaign.

John Finnie: Time our children were given the same protections as adults
I AM sure all of us want Scotland to be among the most progressive, socially just, and equal nations in the world. We all want our children to be happy and healthy and to give them the very best start in life. Yet in 2017, we still give children less protection from assault than we do adults.

Call for end to ?secrecy? over public procurement deals
EXCLUSIVE SECRECY in how public money is spent on the building of infrastructure projects in Scotland must be ended, according to a leading economist, who wants to see wide-ranging changes to ensure accountability and transparency.

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The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotla...
          Political Fun and Games Much has been made in the Unionist press and media of a resurgence in the fortunes of the Tory Party in the local Council elections. Some political pundits attribute the change to a transfer of allegiance by the Protestant Orange Order away from the Labour Party … Continue reading "The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotland ...

Katie Mackie ? Tory Born and Bred ? Twice Rejected by Edinburgh Voters ? Got ...
        April 2017: Scottish Tory Candidate Selections Proceed Apace Using Fast-Track Rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm to offer … Continue reading "Katie Mackie – Tory Born and Bred –...

Edinburgh and South West ? Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Uni...
          Miles Edward Frank Briggs – His Family Heritage Miles was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1983. His parents are James Edward and Jean Briggs (nee Haliwell). He has a sister Christina Helen Briggs who was also born in Preston, in 1979. In the mid-1980’s his mother had charge of the … Continue reading "Edinburgh and South West – Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Unionist Gia...

West Dunbartonshire ? Bad News Day ? The Parcel of Rogues Are Back Seeking to...
Penny     Penelope (Penny) Alison Veronica Hutton (nee Salvesen) Tory candidate for West Dunbartonshire Her fabulously rich family are linked to some of the richest landowners in Scotland. The old saying holds true “if she cut herself she would bleed blue blood. Quite why she is the Tory candidate for West Dunbartonshire defeats me … Continue reading "West Dunbartonshire – Bad News Day – The Pa...

Iain McGill ? Fantasist ? Twittererati and Tory Candidate for Edinburgh North...
            April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm … Continue reading "Iain McGill – Fantasist – Twittererati a...

Newly Elected Kinross Tory Councillor Guilty of AGM Election Fraud ? Callum ...
      Purves & Donnell front centre     4 May 2017: Newly Elected Kinross Councillor Guilty of AGM Election Foul Play Callum Purves (Society President) and Ian Donnell, (Ulsterman: believer in Faith, Flag and Family and Society Chairman) were investigated and found guilty of serious electoral foul play. The odious behaviour of senior … Continue reading "Newly Elected Kinross Tory Councillor Gui...

Question For President Obama at the 26 May 2017 Edinburgh Fund Raiser- What d...
              2017: CIA files: US & Soviet nuclear sub crash off Scotland ?could have sparked global war? Newly declassified CIA files indicate that a US submarine laden with 160 warheads collided with a Soviet vessel off the coast of Scotland in 1974. Experts say it could easily have caused … Continue reading "Question For President Obama at the 26 May 2017 Edinburgh Fund Raiser- What did your...

North Lanarkshire A Troubled Region ? So Many Inter Tribal Clashes ? SNP Una...
          North Lanarkshire Council 3 May 2017: Comprises 70 Councillors North Lanarkshire Council 3 May 2017: 41 Labour, 26 SNP, 2 LibDem and 1 other. A Labour council is in place North Lanarkshire Council 4 May 2017: Comprises 77 Councillors North Lanarkshire Council 4 May 2017: 32 Labour, 33 SNP, 10 … Continue reading "North Lanarkshire A Troubled Region – So Many Inter Tribal Clashes – SNP...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era?
 The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 10th 2017 Scotland?s permanent political campaign continued last week with the local elections. These were important for who runs Scotland?s 32 councils, local services and what passes for the remnants of local government, after decades …

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it?
Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 26th 2017 The only excitement this year in senior Scottish domestic football has been whether Celtic will go through the season undefeated in league, Scottish Cup and League Cup, and whether a historic treble is possible. Along with …

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Scotland and Independence

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Independence referendum will cause break-up of SCOTLAND not UK, warns top pro...

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Independence referendum will cause break-up of SCOTLAND not UK, warns top professor
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Even if Scotland votes for independence, a narrow Yes victory could lead to some areas like Orkney and Shetland remaining in the UK. Which means the SNP will have ?succeeded in breaking up a country - just not the one they had intended to?, according ...
May refuses to give clarity on sec...

Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent' ...

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Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent'
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In a direct attack on Nicola Sturgeon, the manifesto said the demand for the referendum came from those who ?would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom? in talks with the EU. Instead it argued that all parts of ...
Tory manifesto places 'double lock' ...

Candidates give Scottish independence views - The Northern Scot

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Candidates give Scottish independence views
The Northern Scot
"This is not a referendum on independence," he said. "That issue was dealt with in last year's Scottish Parliament elections and the outcome of any referendum is a matter for the Scottish people. "This is an election about who represents Moray and I ...
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'Why don't you f*** off back to Scotland': Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting ...

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'Why don't you f off back to Scotland': Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting Scottish independence
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A Tory MP blasted a Scottish girl who said she would vote for independence in a second referendum, saying: ?Why don't you f off back to Scotland.? James Heappey, 36, fighting to stay MP for Wells, Somerset, has apologised, insisting he was joking.
Tory told schoolgirl to '...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week seven o...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week seven of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week seven of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit - iNews

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Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit
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Russia is poised to change its stance on Scottish independence and oppose the country's withdrawal from the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, a closed-door meeting at the Scottish Parliament has been told. The Kremlin was previously sympathetic to the ...
Russia 'set to U-turn on support for Scottish independence' - The ...The S...

Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed un...

The Scottish Sun
Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed until 2049
The Scottish Sun
The Tory boss claimed there has been a ?relentless drumbeat? from the Nats for a new independence poll. She said: ?Nicola was standing up in her first few weeks in the job saying, 'I want to be a First Minister for all of Scotland.' There was a lot ...
Sturgeon says Independent Sc...

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

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Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
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HALIFAX, England British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that now was not the time for another Scottish independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a ...
Corbyn's Policy On Scotland May Cost HimHuffPost ...

SNP

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SNP says manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerity'
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The SNP will launch its General Election manifesto on Tuesday, setting out an alternative to "unnecessary Tory austerity" and plans to ensure Scotland has a strong hand in Brexit negotiations. The party said its manifesto will set out progressive ...

SNP says manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerity' - N...

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SNP says manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerity'
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The SNP will launch its General Election manifesto on Tuesday, setting out an alternative to "unnecessary Tory austerity" and plans to ensure Scotland has a strong hand in Brexit negotiations. The party said its manifesto will set out progressive ...

SNP says manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerity' - N...

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SNP says manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerity'
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The SNP will launch its General Election manifesto on Tuesday, setting out an alternative to "unnecessary Tory austerity" and plans to ensure Scotland has a strong hand in Brexit negotiations. The party said its manifesto will set out progressive ...

SNP manifesto will commit to Westminster voting change - Herald Scotland

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SNP manifesto will commit to Westminster voting change
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THE present first-past-the-post election system would be scrapped and the electorate would vote for MPs in order of preference under SNP plans for a shake-up of Westminster elections. Nicola Sturgeon will commit to replace the UK's present voting ...

SNP shows promising pragmatism with Brexit reset - The Scotsman

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SNP shows promising pragmatism with Brexit reset
The Scotsman
And so it makes perfect political sense for the SNP now to refocus its attention on the Brexit negotiations to come. The nationalists' general election manifesto will make membership of the European single market their top Brexit demand. This is ...

SNP chiefs say manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerit...

The Scottish Sun
SNP chiefs say manifesto will offer alternative to 'unnecessary Tory austerity'
The Scottish Sun
Speaking ahead of the launch, SNP Depute Leader Angus Robertson, candidate for Moray, said: ?Now more than ever it is vital that we have a strong group of SNP MPs who can stand up for Scotland, but also represent progressive values across the UK.

#GE2017 Jim Eadie SNP candidate for Edinburgh Sou... - The Edinburgh Reporter

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#GE2017 Jim Eadie SNP candidate for Edinburgh Sou...
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Jim Eadie is standing as the SNP candidate in Edinburgh South. Today he met with supporters at the local bowling club where he was joined by SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon. Mr Eadie said : ?We have been out campaigning for the last several weeks, out on ...

SNP vows to keep winter fuel allowance in Scotland - as long as rest of UK pa...

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SNP vows to keep winter fuel allowance in Scotland - as long as rest of UK pays for it
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However deluded Nicola Sturgeon's promises could backfire after politicians from the Scottish National Party (SNP) called for Westminster to cough up £158 million. SNP pensions spokesman Ian Blackford said it was not clear whether the Tories were ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Independence referendum will cause break-up of SCOTLAND not UK, warns top professor
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She said: ?Let us suppose that the SNP gets its way and calls another referendum. Let us further suppose that the result is a narrow majority in favour of Scotland leaving the UK. The majority of that majority would be concentrated in certain areas ...
May refuses to give clarity on secon...

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

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Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
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HALIFAX, England British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that now was not the time for another Scottish independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a ...
Corbyn's Policy On Scotland May Cost HimHuffPost ...

Labour will launch a manifesto pledge to oppose a second independence referen...

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Labour will launch a manifesto pledge to oppose a second independence referendum
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?Holding another referendum on leaving the UK is the wrong thing to do for Scotland's economy, especially when there is so much economic uncertainty from the Tories' plans for a reckless Brexit. ?Labour will campaign tirelessly to ensure Scotland ...
Candidates give Scottish independence viewsThe...

Scotland's leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don'...

Washington Post
Scotland's leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don't.
Washington Post
After Britain has its general election, the next question is likely to be whether there is another referendum on Scottish independence. Following First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon's recent call for a second referendum, further constitutional ...
Which referendum exactly will GE 2...

Election 2017: Tory manifesto says 'public consent' needed for indyref2 - BBC...

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Election 2017: Tory manifesto says 'public consent' needed for indyref2
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The Conservative manifesto claims that "some would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom with calls for a divisive referendum that the people of Scotland do not want". It goes on to say: "We have been very clear ...
Tory manifesto places 'double lock' on Scottish independen...

General Election 2017: Lib Dems 'not inconsistent' on referendums - BBC News

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General Election 2017: Lib Dems 'not inconsistent' on referendums
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There is no inconsistency in supporting a second referendum on Brexit but not on independence, the Scottish Lib Dem leader has insisted. The Liberal Democrat manifesto says the British people should be offered a vote on the final deal to leave the EU.

Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed un...

The Scottish Sun
Ruth Davidson insists next Scots independence referendum should be delayed until 2049
The Scottish Sun
The Scots Conservatives leader said that when the pair signed the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012, setting out the terms of the referendum, Ms Sturgeon declared she would ?respect the result?. Ms Davidson said: ?I believed her. She said it would be for a ...
Guide to the parties: Scot...

Most Scots against Sturgeon's second referendum timetable - The Times (subscr...

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Most Scots against Sturgeon's second referendum timetable
The Times (subscription)
Nicola Sturgeon faces an uphill battle to persuade Scots to back her plan for an independence referendum within the next two years, according to a new poll for The Times. The first minister has made it clear she wants to hold a vote on Scotland's ...
Conservatives resurge as Scots shun new re...

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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. 

Most loathsome Tory
Who is the most loathsome Tory these days? For me, David Mundell is really coming into his own. A truly despicable Tory. I believe he is capable of just about anything. The mask has definitely slipped from Ruth Davidson as well, exposing her 'cuddly safe harmless Tory' act as the complete...

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

June 8th General Election
It's on.

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

The Official President Trump thread

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

Politician Spotting
I quite like the fact that MSPs mingle with us on public transport. Yesterday I spotted Mrs Doubtfire (Annabel Goldie) at Queen Street Station and Mike 'grumpy' Russell at Waverley Station. How many points do I get for these spots? At least I recognised this pair. There should be a points system...

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

Council elections
Just noticed that nominations in Aberdeenshire closed today ( https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/local-government-elections-2017/# notice) thought I'd start a thread for the fellow election fans on the board.  Somewhere to discuss an upcoming  election vote with ...

Glasgow - The World's Greatest City
Is Glasgow (Georgie Sq in particular) on a hot, sunny day not just the finest place to be on earth ? Embra, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth - can you beat it ? Don't you love Glasgow ? I'm bored, so let's see who bites shall we ?

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

The MWI
Right troops. This is the thread for the weekend warriors to talk garbage about anything and everything while we're oot wur box. Declare what you're drinking/snorting and get in among it. 2x bottles of Devon's finest for me. Listening to Dre's 2001 album and watching the game back from last n...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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.

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Renault Clio
My wife has an 08 Reg Clio. The headlights won't  go off so I took it to the garage the other day. They said it was the fuse box had blown and it would cost £220 plus vat for the box alone. I laughed and said you are joking right ? Does anyone know anything about electrics? I keep hearing this is...

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A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

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