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Judge in Alistair Carmichael court case was an "active member" of the SNP
19 Nov 2015 at 7:03pm
ONE of the two election court judges deciding the fate of former LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael was previously an "active member" of the SNP.

French say bon appétit to Scottish whisky and salmon as exports soar
19 Nov 2015 at 7:56pm
Why are the French drinking less wine? The phenomenon has been put down to the recession, a decline in traditional family mealtimes and even the realisation across the channel that a daily tipple is just not particularly good for you.

FMQs sketch: Kez and Ruth come bearing gifts to Nicola's anniversary party
19 Nov 2015 at 1:36pm
HAPPY anniversary, Nicola. A year to the day in the top job.

Video: Nicola Sturgeon overtakes Alex Salmond to win The Herald Politician of...
20 Nov 2015 at 8:22am
NICOLA Sturgeon has won the top accolade at The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards, on the first anniversary of her becoming First Minister.

Labour MSP James Kelly joins fight for list slots as battle within party inte...
20 Nov 2015 at 6:14am
ANOTHER Labour constituency MSP has joined the fight for list slots for next May's Holyrood election, as an internal battle within the party intensifies.

Ruth Davidson named e-politician of the year at Herald awards
20 Nov 2015 at 10:43am
SCOTTISH Conservative leader Ruth Davidson was named the e-politician of the year in recognition of her successful engagement with social media.

Nicola Sturgeon threatens to block new Scotland Bill powers after economist w...
19 Nov 2015 at 3:35pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has repeated her threat to block Holyrood's new powers after a leading economist warned the deal could cost Scotland hundreds of millions of pounds.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland's cancer strategy will not be published until next ...
19 Nov 2015 at 2:00pm
Scotland's cancer strategy will not be published until next spring, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.

Sturgeon: I'm prepared to listen to case for UK air strikes on Syria
19 Nov 2015 at 9:57am
Nicola Sturgeon is "prepared to listen" to the case for the UK launching air strikes on Syria, but the Scottish First Minister insisted it was "incumbent" on David Cameron to make the case for this before any attack.

Ex-Scottish Labour deputy Anas Sarwar: I'm launching bid to become an MSP
18 Nov 2015 at 10:42am
Former Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar has announced he is launching a bid to become an MSP.

Alex Neil: Paris attacks show how freedoms must be protected at all costs
18 Nov 2015 at 3:37pm
The terror attacks in Paris show how the freedoms taken for granted can be threatened by those out to cause harm, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has said.

Scottish Government refuses permission for two Highland wind farms
17 Nov 2015 at 2:48pm
Ministers have refused to give consent to two proposed wind farms in the Highlands as they would have a "significant and unacceptable" impact on landscape.

Kezia Dugdale: a government must be judged by how it supports society's most...
16 Nov 2015 at 8:52am
Government performance should be judged by how it supports the most disadvantaged, the Scottish Labour leader has said as she outlined plans to support young people in care into higher education.

SNP challenge Cameron on EU reform over migrants' right to keep benefits
15 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
THE SNP is to make a stand against Tory plans to restrict in-work benefits for EU migrants ahead of the in-out referendum on Europe.

Children, Thatcher and Duran Duran ... Sturgeon opens up on Desert Island Discs
15 Nov 2015 at 12:11am
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit out at ?hurtful? comments about her not having children, saying people who assume she has chosen to put her career first ?know nothing of the reality?.

 

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Hannah McGill: No privacy when personal opinion is posted in public
22 Nov 2015 at 12:01am
It’s one of life’s more tiresome lessons that you don’t make an ignorant person less ignorant by mocking or haranguing them. Ever changed someone’s mind about a political matter by telling them they’re being a moron? No, because in a heated verbal confrontation, as in a physical one, “fight or flight” kicks in – not “fight, flight or ponder the new evidence presented, come to a rational conclusion, apologise and be forever changed”.

Leader: Syrian refugees are welcome in Scotland
22 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
THEY arrived in Scotland to a traditional welcome of hammering rain and biting cold. But while Scotland may seem an alien place to Syrian refugees, they have the chance now to rebuild their lives. It is incumbent on all of us to play whatever part we can in ensuring that those who have come to Scotland – and the many more who will arrive over the coming weeks – settle in as painlessly as possible.

Dani Garavelli: Masculinity can hurt men too
22 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
YOU’D think those who have been at the receiving end of the worst of the sneering over International Women’s Day might maintain a dignified silence over the male equivalent, if only to stop the men’s rights movement saying: “I told you so.”

Andrew Wilson: Ditch old-fashioned politics
22 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
ONCE upon a long time ago, sameness and consistency were consistent. Public policy’s job was simple: to deliver service and improvement to common standards. Politics followed suit.

Corbyn: Labour members to get more say on policy
22 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to give Labour Party members and supporters a greater say over policy-making in what he hailed as a “democratic revolution”.

Jim Gallagher: SNP all about hanging on power
22 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
IN AN extraordinary public recantation last week, Alex Salmond’s former head of policy, Alex Bell, denounced the SNP case for indep­endence as “morally dubious”. Scotland, on its own, could not support its present levels of public spending, so selling independence as an escape from austerity had been a deliberate deception.

Skin cancer becomes a little less frightening
22 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
RECENT years have seen quite remarkable progress in the treatment of cancer but still the disease kills a great many of us.

Bill Jamieson: Lords leave Scotland Bill with long way to go
21 Nov 2015 at 9:38pm
IN THE torrent of emails that daily cascade into our mobile phones and laptops, one headed “NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON” compels attention.

SNP and Labour push Osborne to axe tax credit cuts
21 Nov 2015 at 7:25pm
GEORGE Osborne was last night facing calls from the SNP and Labour to reverse tax credit cuts ahead of his Autumn Statement this week.

Ethics group warns on organ donor system changes
21 Nov 2015 at 7:23pm
Proposals to encourage more organ donation in Scotland could lead to an Alder Hey-style scandal – which saw the unauthorised harvesting of body parts – medical ethics ­experts will warn this week.

Fears over RAF bases as MoD reviews plane plans
21 Nov 2015 at 7:19pm
Concerns have been raised that Scotland will lose out in tomorrow’s UK Government defence review amid growing signs the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to station its maritime patrol aircraft south of the Border.

Highland stop on Suu Kyi?s long road to victory
21 Nov 2015 at 6:16pm
The sleepy town of Grantown-on-Spey seems far removed from the tumultuous events of Burmese politics and the painful struggle for democracy led by one of the world’s most charismatic politicians.

Russia sends puppy to French police after death of Diesel
21 Nov 2015 at 1:03pm
RUSSIA is to send a police puppy to France following the death of Diesel, the dog killed in an anti-terror raid in Paris last week.

Police to reveal MacAskill link to limbs in the loch killer
21 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
One of Scotland’s most notorious murderers has won a battle to force Police Scotland to reveal whether it holds information on Kenny MacAskill’s involvement in his case.

Commission to tackle Glasgow?s £4bn ?ill health? drain
21 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
Scotland’s largest local authority has called for a great devolution of powers wielded by quangos to help tackle the scourge of poor health in Glasgow and get people back into employment.

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A small revision of history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Nov 2015 at 1:45pm
This is John Humphreys on the Today programme on Radio 4 earlier this week: (Today, BBC Radio 4, 18 November 2015) . And there’s only one small thing wrong with that. As the alert listeners at the OffGuardian blog spotted, the problem is that Humphreys’ statement is not only false, it’s the exact opposite of the …

Fine Time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Nov 2015 at 11:18am
By a margin of over three-to-one you voted for a fundraiser, so here it is: 1,142 of you voted in favour, so we’re expecting at least £1,142

The enemy amid us
by Chris Cairns
21 Nov 2015 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Crowdfunder of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2015 at 8:44pm
We’ve been pondering this week whether or not to hold a quick fundraiser to pay the £750 fine levied on us recently by the Electoral Commission for being a bit late with some indyref paperwork, readers. (Our feeling is that there’s still plenty money left in the Wings War Chest from this year’s big crowdfunder, but lots of …

If only someone had said
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2015 at 10:33am
The media, bless it, has finally spotted the elephant. Every paper is awash in shock headlines at the revelation that the House Of Lords want the Scotland Bill held up because nobody has the faintest idea how the “fiscal framework” can actually be constructed in such a way as to avoid Scotland being left worse …

Chiels that ding
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
The Unionist media has leapt on former SNP adviser Alex Bell’s blog post about the economic case for independence this week like a starving dog thrown a sausage. It’s been wringing articles out of it for days, the latest being Torcuil Crichton’s column in today’s Daily Record, in which the unembarrassable hack (last seen trumpeting …

The sacrificial bams
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Nov 2015 at 11:17am
The Additional Member System by which the Scottish Parliament elects its MSPs is a fascinating construct. One of its functions, at least in theory, is to ensure that every party gets its best and brightest talents into the Holyrood chamber, by providing them with a “second chance” in the form of the regional lists. The …

World Irony Championship runner-up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2015 at 12:24pm
Of course, that particular problem is easily solved. All the SNP needs to do is decide NOT to offer an alternative, at which point one will magically be created out of thin air.

New World Irony Champion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2015 at 11:18pm
Because nobody would ever use terrorism in a referendum campaign, right? “Scottish Independence Would Make The Whole UK Vulnerable To Terror Attack, Military Officials Warn” “Scottish Independence will inspire ‘chaos, terrorism and aggression'” “Scottish independence: May terror warning” “Vote for Scottish independence would make ‘UK more vulnerable to terror attack'” “Scotland ‘more likely to suffer …

Ten more years
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2015 at 4:48pm
Here’s a very quick one from our latest poll: “From 0 (absolutely no chance) to 10 (a certainty), what do you currently think is the likelihood of Labour winning the 2020 UK general election?” Above the midpoint (ie people who DON’T think Labour will win): 56% Below the midpoint (people who DO think they’ll win): …

BBC Scotland

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Osborne challenged on tax credit cuts
22 Nov 2015 at 12:18am
George Osborne's plan to raise more money than he needs to spend is "unacceptable" when he is cutting benefits, according to John Swinney.

Scotland Bill powers 'may be unworkable'
20 Nov 2015 at 5:06pm
Scotland's new package of powers may not be workable and could require an entirely new method of funding devolved governments, according to economists.


Sturgeon scoops politician award again
20 Nov 2015 at 7:56am
Nicola Sturgeon is named Scottish Politician of the Year as she marks 12 months in her job as first minister.

Smacking 'creates cycle of violence'
20 Nov 2015 at 11:22am
Academics call for a ban on smacking after finding "compelling" evidence it creates a "vicious circle" of conflict and violence that carries into adulthood.


Peers call for halt to Scotland Bill
20 Nov 2015 at 4:16pm
A House of Lords committee calls for the Scotland Bill to be put on hold until issues over the funding package that accompanies it have been resolved.


Teachers balloted over industrial action
20 Nov 2015 at 2:07pm
Scotland's largest teaching union is to ballot its members in secondary schools on industrial action over "excessive and unsustainable" workloads.


Poor health costs Glasgow £4.6bn a year
20 Nov 2015 at 11:52am
A new group is set up to tackle sickness and deprivation in Glasgow - problems thought to be losing the city £4.6bn in productivity.

Salmond: 'UN needs to back air strikes'
19 Nov 2015 at 1:48pm
The SNP's foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond says a UN mandate would be a condition for his party to support military action in Syria.


Celtic hit out at MSP over wage call
19 Nov 2015 at 10:14am
An MSP who called on Celtic to become a living wage employer is accused by the club of using the issue for his own political purposes.

BBC appoints first Scotland Editor
19 Nov 2015 at 5:11pm
The BBC appoints Sarah Smith as its first Scotland Editor to help bring "more in-depth analysis and context" on big Scottish stories to UK audiences.

Glasgow drivers pay most CCTV fines
19 Nov 2015 at 9:40am
Drivers in Glasgow paid more in fines this year for traffic offences caught on CCTV than any other council area in the UK, new figures show.


Call for tougher wildlife crime fines
19 Nov 2015 at 9:06am
People convicted of wildlife crime could be imprisoned for a year and fined £40,000 under proposals being considered by the Scottish government.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.

Nicola Sturgeon's first year as FM
19 Nov 2015 at 1:21am
Nicola Sturgeon?s first year as first minister


Where do you work and how much do you get paid?
18 Nov 2015 at 3:56pm
Scotland and the gender pay gap - where's the best place for women?

Scot Goes Pop

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

It's a ComRes corker : GB-wide poll points to continued SNP dominance in Scot...
by James Kelly
21 Nov 2015 at 9:42pm
Tonight's much-trailed GB-wide ComRes poll is out, with the most eye-catching finding being that 40% of respondents agree that Jeremy Corbyn should be "removed by Labour MPs", while only 31% disagr...

From a strategic point of view, who should we want to win the Oldham West and...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2015 at 6:26pm
Hopefully my radar isn't faulty on too many occasions, but it's probably fair to say my headline one year ago today of 'Is Rochester and Strood the most important by-election since Darlington 1983?...

Teaser on Thursday
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2015 at 7:00am
I've come down with a heavy cold, so instead of a long blogpost today, here's a quick poser for you.There are two European states with elected monarchies.  Can you name at least one of the very sma...

SNP hold 30% lead in new Ipsos-Mori telephone poll
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2015 at 2:56pm
We actually haven't had much to go on recently as far as Holyrood voting intention polling is concerned - there was the TNS poll last week, but as usual much of the fieldwork for that was already o...

Solidarity are more likely than RISE to take a seat next year
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2015 at 3:10am
I very rarely make predictions on this blog, but having thought about this subject so much recently I'm going to stick my neck out and make two tentative forecasts for next May : 1) the two radical...

Vote "tactical", get Tory
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2015 at 5:50pm
It would be interesting to know whether it's now the editorial policy of Bella Caledonia to promote the bogus idea that "tactical voting on the list" is feasible, or whether it's just coincidence t...

Is Andrew Neil's Scottish fanbase much bigger than we ever suspected?
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2015 at 6:32pm
To test his suspicion that the BBC's Scotland 2015 has a very low number of viewers (perhaps as few as 5000 per night), RevStu used his latest Panelbase poll to ask respondents which political/curr...

Yes draws level for the first time ever in independence Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
14 Nov 2015 at 4:03pm
As you may already have seen, the first detail from the new Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland has been released - and it's the headline numbers on independence.Should Scotland be an independen...

Extensive New Powers
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2015 at 6:48pm
A guest post by Mike McCreadieThe Scottish Parliament will have extensive new powers. Fact. Extensive new powers. EXTENSIVE NEW POWERS. There, that's that then, I can get back to Downton.It's a...

Maintaining a pro-independence majority at Holyrood must be the overwhelming ...
by James Kelly
12 Nov 2015 at 5:39pm
In the wake of today's press release from RISE, which optimistically seeks to persuade us that SNP votes on the list will be wasted but that votes for a party that is currently on 0% of the list vo...

Tremendously tasty TNS poll gives SNP 34% lead on constituency ballot
by James Kelly
12 Nov 2015 at 12:46pm
A couple of months ago, we were wondering if the polls would show any kind of Corbyn effect in Scotland.  (They didn't.)  One month ago, we were wondering if the impact of the Michelle Thomson stor...


"Shredded" by a dead sheep
by James Kelly
12 Nov 2015 at 1:19am
A guest post by Andrew MorrisonKevin Hague?s sidekick Neil Lovatt has tried to dissect my previous posting on Scot Goes Pop. He claims to have ?shredded? it and some of their less intelligent foll...

How the Scottish general election result was once again overturned by English...
by James Kelly
11 Nov 2015 at 2:14am
I'm not sure whether anyone has done this yet, so I thought I'd put together a breakdown of how Scottish and non-Scottish MPs voted on some of the crucial amendments to the Scotland Bill on Monday....

Full Fiscal Autonomy for Smarties
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2015 at 4:48pm
A guest post by Andrew MorrisonAnybody who follows the online continuation of the Scottish referendum debate could not help but notice the ever greater prominence of Mr Kevin Hague. He is becoming...

Hasn't it occurred to Cathy Newman that devolving abortion law could help PRE...
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2015 at 1:58am
If you're in any doubt that Scotland currently has a second-class parliament, take a look at the very helpful list at the bottom of this document.  It sets out the powers that Westminster plans to ...

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Limmy live streaming Left 4 Dead 2
21 Nov 2015 at 10:08pm
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Typo means SNP's currently stance is to keep Trident
21 Nov 2015 at 8:11pm
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Polish student seeks for help in deciding on studying abroad
21 Nov 2015 at 6:35pm
Hello /r/Scotland I'm 18 year old student from Poland and I'm in my last year of highschool. I'm going to take advanced Maths Physics English and German on my A levels, I feel pretty comfortable in...

Scottish hydro 'unpaid' bills.
21 Nov 2015 at 6:13pm
My ex flatmate received an email from Scottish Hydro about unpaid bills in my name which doesn't make sense because I moved out more than 6 months ago and made sure I paid my bills before I left. I...


Oil exploration techniques could aid cancer research
21 Nov 2015 at 5:09pm
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Andrew Neil (Scot) has a message for ISIS
21 Nov 2015 at 4:55pm
submitted by _Hopped_ [14 comments]

Cross country skiing in Glenmore
21 Nov 2015 at 4:33pm
Just back form a slide around Loch Morlich and Glenmore Lodge, good snow for cross country skiing and should improve overnight. If anyone fancies it you can hire skies from the shop at Glenmore, g...


Larkhall residents erect sign telling ISIS to ?fuck off?
21 Nov 2015 at 2:12pm
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Facing fine from the Electoral Register
21 Nov 2015 at 2:04pm
Not me, fortunately, but someone I know has received letters from the Electoral Registration Office threatening a fine of £80 if they do not register. Now last year they received these letters and...


Scot Chris Nelson reported missing in Amsterdam
21 Nov 2015 at 12:39pm
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Angels' share cut after whisky barrel breakthrough
21 Nov 2015 at 11:12am
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Nicola Sturgeon threatens to block new Scotland Bill powers after economist w...
21 Nov 2015 at 8:08am
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/r/Scotland report: Friday, November 13, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015
21 Nov 2015 at 7:36am
Totals: 7 days, 123 posts, 2,989 comments. Included in this report: The top 123 posts, and 2,980 of the top comments, by 509 distinct authors. No posts were gilded, but 1 comment was gilded. See ...


Sorry, Scotland. :D
21 Nov 2015 at 7:03am
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Nicola Sturgeon accused of accepting 'bribes' from anti-foxhunting lobby
20 Nov 2015 at 11:41pm
submitted by Asifthatwastrue [20 comments]

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Gerry Hassan: SNP are best when bold and visionary - that?s Sturgeon's challe...
by Gerry Hassan
22 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
SCOTLAND is ready for a more nuanced language and era of politics and the SNP need to find a credo and mission beyond independence, says GERRY HASSAN.


Lords Committee halts Scotland Bill over 'seven big issues' which threaten th...
by dailyrecord
20 Nov 2015 at 8:05am
PEERS are concerned about the financial package which will accompany the handing over of further powers to the Scottish Parliament.


UKIP buffoon told to apologise for ?blatant sexism? at Holyrood
by Andy Philip
20 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
THE SNP have called for UKIP's David  Coburn, who is notorious for his insulting remarks, to say sorry for saying women are “a special kind of man".


Scotland Bill heads for crisis as SNP and UK Treasury talks hit brick wall ov...
by David Clegg
20 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
The Record has learned that both sides are becoming concerned that a deal on the “fiscal framework” for the Scotland Bill will not be reached.


Racist admits to vile Twitter slur at SNP minister Humza Yousaf
by Stuart Macdonald
19 Nov 2015 at 11:44pm
JOHNATHAN McAuley, 20, from ­Huddersfield, plead guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court after sending a tweet calling the a ‘P***’.


Humza Yousaf: Caring Glaswegians reaffirmed our solidarity with innocent vict...
by Humza Yousaf
19 Nov 2015 at 10:24am

 HUMZA reflects on the horror of last Friday's Paris attacks and speaks of his pride at the empathy and compassion shown by fellow Glaswegians in the immediate aftermath of the massacre.



Celtic should give their staff the living wage, urges MSP
by dailyrecord
19 Nov 2015 at 10:01am
JAMES KELLY is urging the Hoops board to put living wage discussions back on the table ahead of tomorrow's 2015 AGM.


Nicola Sturgeon's first year in charge of Scottish Government is a triumph of...
by David Clegg
19 Nov 2015 at 9:13am
DAVID argues Sturgeon has been more successful as leader of the SNP than head of the Scottish Parliament.


Record View: The SNP's childcare sums must add up to be trustworthy
by Record View
19 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
THE SNP's pledge for a near doubling of childcare hours for eligible youngsters sounds excellent, but they must deliver, says RECORD VIEW.


Torcuil Crichton: Alex Bell chimed in with some honest truths on independence
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Nov 2015 at 10:22pm
ALEX Salmond's former top advisor said the SNP's case for independence didn't add up, admitting a truth we already knew, says TORCUIL.

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Bella Caledonia

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Playing for Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Nov 2015 at 1:33pm
Playing for Independence, The Story of Equipe FLN Rachid Djebaili will always be a footnote in the history of Scottish football. He was one of many thousands of foreign-born players who came to Scotland in the aftermath of the Bosman-ruling and played for St Johnstone in 2001. His story is a fascinating one and says …

Judge Dredd has a Typewriter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Nov 2015 at 12:36pm
The civil war being waged in the Labour Party this week looks like the carnage of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. The abuse Corbyn is taking as the Blair Toddlers throw the dummy out the pram is astonishing. Those who have spent the week mewing about the need for a Shoot to Kill policy and berating …

What Lurks Behind Walls
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Nov 2015 at 3:31pm
Borders are scratched across the hearts of men by strangers with a calm, judicial pen and when the borders bleed we watch with dread the lines of ink along the map turn red. – Marya Mannes We are creatures obsessed with walls and borders. The defining attribute of a ?civilized? city – until very recently – …

Turning to the Young
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Nov 2015 at 2:12pm
?We have to do the peace process under new conditions- not so much between states as generations. Today if you want to do something you must turn to the young.? Shimon Peres, President of Israel, 17 November 2013 On 1 November the Israeli Military Intelligence chief, Herzel Halevi, noted the extent to which Palestinian ‘despair …

Trident agus na Làbaraich: Sgeul Dà Phàrlamaid
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Nov 2015 at 12:03pm
Anns an alt seo tha Daibhidh Rothach a’ coimhead air seasamh nan Làbarach ann an Alba air Trident, agus a’ togail cheistean mu rùn a’ phàrtaidh. (‘Trident and Labour: A Tale of Two Parliaments’) In this article Daibhidh Rothach looks at Scottish Labour’s position on Trident, and questions the party’s motives in adopting an anti-renewal …

Safer Together, Stronger Together
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Nov 2015 at 11:03am
A new daily series of ?postcard? micro blogs: a random selection of the best of the web in under 250 words. The Fear Factory First up the giant figure of a man that is David Mundell rekindles Project Fear with some spectacularly stupid ‘Pooling and Sharing’ rhetoric. ‘Safer Together’ never sounded so stupid.  As Iain …

Hands up for Griogair
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
Congratulations to Griogair who has been nominated in Gaelic singer of the Year 2015. Hands Up for Trad reports: “Having released two critically acclaimed albums, Griogair is widely considered by both fans of Scottish Gaelic music and academics alike to be one of the finest exponents of old style (sean-nòs) traditional Gaelic song and has …

The News Where You Are
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Nov 2015 at 11:25am
A new series of ?postcard? micro blogs: the best of the web in under 250 words. Lesley Riddoch is in fine form over at the National: “My enduring beef is simple ? who makes news and what constitutes balance? …David Cameron ? as the very embodiment of the Establishment ? made news by simply breathing. …

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Edinburgh council votes to complete tram line to Leith
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 Nov 2015 at 2:53pm
Extension will take route down Leith Walk ? connecting Ocean Terminal with city?s airport, via Princes Street ? if it clears final hurdle in DecemberCouncillors in Edinburgh have voted in principle to complete the city?s troubled tram line, four years after they were forced to stop the service th...


Nicola Sturgeon prepared to listen to case for extending anti-Isis airstrikes
by Frances Perraudin
19 Nov 2015 at 8:40am
SNP leader says she is not yet convinced the case has been made for airstrikes in Syria, and David Blunkett calls for Labour to allow free voteScotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said she is prepared to listen to the case put forward by David Cameron for extending British airstrikes a...


Traditional haggis could soon be back on US menus amid rethink of lamb imports
by Severin Carrell, Scotland editor, and Ellen Brait in New York
13 Nov 2015 at 7:12pm
Scottish agriculture minister says US government is preparing to lift longstanding ban on Scotch lamb products by 2017For nearly 45 years, any Scottish emigré living in the US who wanted to eat a traditionally produced haggis on Burns Night had to resort to cross-border smuggling or a long flight...


'Scotland is at a tipping point in terms of gender equality'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Nov 2015 at 10:45pm
Snapshots from the Women 50:50 campaign?s first conference in Edinburgh, with Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale and Alison JohnstoneThe top lines from Nicola Sturgeon?s speech had already made the morning headlines, and the first minister was greeted with applause as she pledged at the first Women 5...


Lawyer asks judges to throw out Sturgeon memo leak case
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Nov 2015 at 6:01pm
Bulk of evidence alleging that former Scotland secretary Alistair Carmichael lied to protect his election chances is irrelevant, his lawyer arguesTwo judges have been urged to throw out a case alleging that Alistair Carmichael, the former Scotland secretary, is guilty of telling a ?Homeric catalo...


Campaigners call for land reform as Scottish farmer faces eviction
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
10 Nov 2015 at 6:30pm
Andrew Stoddart and his family must leave farm they have tended for 22 years by end of the month, with minimal compensationLand reform campaigners have gathered outside the Scottish parliament to protest against the threatened eviction of a tenant farmer, in a case that has galvanised activists a...


Alistair Carmichael 'leaked Sturgeon memo thinking it was true'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Nov 2015 at 4:19pm
Former Scotland secretary denies intent to smear first minister by leaking supposed preference for a Tory general election winAlistair Carmichael has told a special court he leaked a confidential memo that claimed Nicola Sturgeon secretly wanted a Tory general election victory because he believed...


Lib Dem MP admits to 'untruthfulness' over Sturgeon memo leak
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Nov 2015 at 6:25pm
Election court hears that former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael misled inquiry until after retaining Westminster seatAlistair Carmichael deliberately misled a Cabinet Office inquiry over the leak of a memo on Nicola Sturgeon?s view of May?s general election to save his political career, a...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


A short blog break and a book launch
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2015 at 9:59pm
I’m going to have a short break from blogging because I’ve got a visitor coming from the USA and my services as a tour guide will be required. Peter is a very special friend, we’ve chatted online for 18 years but had never actually met until I visited Boston over the summer. When you chat …


Matron Dugdale?s Bide-a-Wee Mitigation Care Home
by weegingerdug
11 Nov 2015 at 10:48pm
This week’s word is mitigation. It was last week’s word too, and it will be next week’s as well, and the week after that, stretching ahead into a depressing future where it doesn’t matter if you take the red pill or the blue pill – you’re always going to wake up with the Tories. In …


The fog of Union
by weegingerdug
10 Nov 2015 at 1:09am
The vow was the cunning plan of the Unionists in the last fevered days of the independence referendum. The entire point of the vow was to phrase things in a sufficiently vague manner so that the Westminions could claim that what was on the table was superdooper devomax, the most federocious federalissimo, and the devolviest …

Remembering the appearance of things
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2015 at 3:23am
So it was Remembrance Sunday yesterday, warmongerers and advisors to arms companies put on their best suits and their blood red poppies and stood in silence in memory of those they’d killed in the furtherance of their careers and for the advancement of their bank balances. Tony Blair was there, bowed like a vulture weeping …

Altered State : part 2
by weegingerdug
8 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Second part of PhantomPower’s documentary. Winner Take Nothing begins with the increasingly desperate ?No? campaign arranging Her Majesty?s backing. The impact of Project Fear’s negativity, elite self-interest, media imbalance and last-minute promises finally proved too much to overcome for the Yes campaign. Interviewees consider aspects of voter behavior and results as well as flaws in …

A passport to patronisation
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2015 at 5:47pm
Like a fish that doesn’t notice the water, for generations Scots either didn’t notice or silently tolerated the continual slights, disdain and patronising contempt in which Scottish distinctiveness was held by the Unionist establishment and its apologists. But we do notice now, and we voice our disapproval, and this is dismissed as grievance hunting by …

Taxing Scotland?s patience
by weegingerdug
4 Nov 2015 at 4:07pm
Tax is the big issue in Scotland this week. The media is fixated on the tax affairs of over privileged and over paid big weans who kick baws about while ruining a good lawn in a display which is allegedly symbolic of 400 years of sectarianism. The Inland Revenue has won its tax case against …

If you?re going to wear a poppy, wear a white one
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2015 at 2:33pm
Every year the poppy parading gets earlier and earlier like Christmas adverts. The poppy police have been out in force since mid October, complaining that there are people on the telly not bearing the obligatory badge of British militarism. If you don’t wear a poppy you don’t support the troops, and if you don’t support …

The National

Calton Jock

caltonjock
Scottish and Uk Politics

Willie Rennie ? A confidence trickster who clings to public office like a ?ch...
by caltonjock
17 Nov 2015 at 7:59pm
A fool or just deluded?       Willie Rennie – A confidence trickster who repeatedly tries to deceive the Scottish electorate with false claims and innuendo seeking to gain political advantage over the SNP government via some form of pretense or deception. Rennie is readily available to the right-wing Scottish press and media frequently …

Who the hell Runs Scotland? ? Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who
by caltonjock
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm
  A pictorial view of a corporate elite network   Who the hell Runs Scotland? – Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who Corporate elites have penetrated political and cultural networks in Scotland benefitting from the patronage of institutional connections. In this environment lobbying is seen as worthwhile by business interests, evidenced in the ever expanding …

The Tories never yet have taken up a cause which they did not ultimately betray
by caltonjock
15 Nov 2015 at 11:37am
        Cameron is playing cat and mouse with Scot’s on independence Despite repeated assertions from David Cameron that independence was for Scot’s to decide, without unwelcome input from Westminster, the Tory government used every trick in the book seeking, together with others to deny the SNP a fair campaign in the independence …

UK Public Brainwashed Into Accepting Austerity ? We?re All in It Together ? N...
by caltonjock
24 Oct 2015 at 12:04pm
          21 September 2015: Hedge Funds and power over people and governments. This is power. Hedge Fund manager increases drug cost from $13.50 to $750 per unit What would you do if the price of your everyday prescription rose 5,500%? It may seem far-fetched, but it’s exactly what happened to Daraprim …

Scotland ? The Only Country Ever to Vote Yes To Being Governed by Another Na...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 9:32pm
    Early moves setting up the UK Goverment of Scotland         Let me Set The Scene The UK Government of Scotland Many will not know this body of government over Scotland exists, but it was formed in secret only recently. Sir Andrew Dunlop and Mundell are the architects of the change …

The Irish Story ? Just Change the Name of the Country to Scotland ? Westminst...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 8:48am
        Ireland under the Union 1800 – 1900 In 1800 Westminster announced Ireland had agreed to join the United Kindom, mirroring the 1707 decision of Scottish lords. But, as it was in the case of Scotland where Scots were not consulted, the Irish too were sold down the river. It would take …

Ian Murray ? The Lone Arranger ? An Avid Twitterer ? A Look at His Tweets Rev...
by caltonjock
21 Oct 2015 at 3:03pm
    Couldn’t resist it April 2010: Murray Campaign gets nasty early – Sign of things to come? Early warning for anyone intending to run for political office against Murray. He gets into the gutter very early on and will broadcast anything to gain advantage regardless of truth.  http://caledonianmercury.com/2010/04/07/campaign-gets-nasty-early-sign-of-things-to-come/004982 Success in politics is...

Scotland ? Bristling With Nuclear Weapons and Submarines ? But There Is No S...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 10:39pm
Nimrod aircraft scrapped at Stockport BAE factory   £30bn to be spent purchasing aircraft from the USA         Negligence bordering on the criminal – Scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 planes Left a bloody great hole in the defences of Scotland In 1994 proposals were submitted to the Tory government, which if implemented would …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


Critical friends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm
Whenever media commentators talk about SNP supporters or politicians being uncritical drones, I always assume they either have few Nationalist friends, or spend too much time on Twitter. In July, Iain Martin argued the party was turning into a "sinister personality cult". Today, Stephen Daisley writes that "the nationalist movement desperately n...


Compassion, lighting up the human heart...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Nov 2015 at 1:13pm
This semester, I have been teaching jurisprudence, taking our law students through centuries of ideas about justice and mercy, of morality and law. It has been a fascinating - and sometimes challenging - process, reacquainting me with thinkers whose work I last considered in earnest some years ago. Just this week, we were talking about states of...


Three days in November
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Nov 2015 at 4:20pm
Alistair Carmichael must have had better weeks. For three days, his character has been under the judicial microscope. If Tavish Scott seemed black-affronted by the idea of testifying before the election court, Mr Carmichael's experience must have been altogether more mortifying. The former Secretary of State for Scotland appears to have approach...


Will-o-the-wisps...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Nov 2015 at 6:17pm
Halloween's blog had a necessarily negative theme. Some correspondents felt I was being unconstructive in emphasising the limits of Holyrood's powers instead of the opportunities to blunt the impact of the proposed changes to tax credits. Holyrood has no direct authority over tax credits rates and tapers: this we know. If the moneys can be found...


Kezia Dugdale: Doctoring with a cudgel...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
31 Oct 2015 at 4:57pm
Can Scottish Labour "reverse" Tory tax credits cuts, like-for-like? That's a money question, and an administrative question, but it is also a legal question. Scottish devolution is subject to an increasingly complicated set of founding documents and diktats. I sympathise with the bamboozled public. I sympathise with the bamboozled commentariat t...


EVEL: A Postscript
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
Photo Credit: @JamesDolemanEVEL, thundered Iain MacWhirter in the Independent, isn't about Scotland: it's about locking Labour out of power in the UK. After an admirably precise and succinct run down of what the Commons standing order changes will and will not do, Iain argues that:"... the next Labour Prime Minister could find that he or she is ...


What does EVEL actually do?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Oct 2015 at 4:48pm
What does the UK government's "English votes for English laws" scheme actually do? It makes Scottish MPs second-class citizens in the UK parliament. You might well think so, but how precisely do the new rules achieve this? EVEL violates the Act of Union. I'm really not convinced that it does, but I'll ask you again - even in outline - what diffe...


You have the right to remain silent
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Oct 2015 at 5:11pm
How does a profoundly deaf man, with no speech and only basic sign language skills, give evidence in court? This was the difficult question undergirding the Court of Criminal Appeal's decision in McDougall v. HM Advocate, published today. Louise McDougall, 24, was indicted in the Sheriff Court, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour towards...

Gerry Hassan

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

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

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up?
by Gerry
2 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 1st 2015 Scottish Labour met this weekend. This used to be the key political gathering in Scotland. No longer. But the party is in better spirits than many would think after the May 2015 wipeout. It is a party changing. It ...

?English votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain
by Gerry
26 Oct 2015 at 11:26am
?English Votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 25th 2015 This week the United Kingdom profoundly changed in how it does politics, democracy and how Parliament operates. The House of Commons decided by 312 to 270 voters to alter the nature of its composition by differentiating the voting rights ...

The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead' - B...
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm

BBC News
Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead'
BBC News
A one-time adviser to former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has written an online blog saying the current case for an independent Scotland "is dead". Alex Bell, who was Mr Salmond's head of policy for three years, believed the SNP's model was ...

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Poll: Scots love Nicola Sturgeon - City A.M.
1 Nov 2015 at 4:44pm

City A.M.
Poll: Scots love Nicola Sturgeon
City A.M.
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has been rated the most popular and "widely appreciated" living person for Scots, according to new analysis. The YouGov analysis of close to 30,000 Scottish people revealed that out of 5,000 public figures ...

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Scotland 'should have power to call second independence vote' - BT.com
8 Nov 2015 at 9:24am

BT.com
Scotland 'should have power to call second independence vote'
BT.com
The SNP has tabled an amendment to the Scotland Bill calling for Holyrood to be given control over any future referendum on independence. Former first minister Alex Salmond and Westminster leader Angus Robertson are among six of the party's MPs ...

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The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized...
8 Nov 2015 at 6:43am

Democratic Audit UK
The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized ...
Democratic Audit UK
16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for ...



Not-so united kingdom: legal aspects of Scottish independence - The Lawyer
23 Oct 2015 at 11:10am

Not-so united kingdom: legal aspects of Scottish independence
The Lawyer
Not-so united kingdom: legal aspects of Scottish independence. 23 October 2015. By John Hodge and Alan Gilfillan. One key matter that is likely to have a major impact on all charities is the devolution of tax powers to the Scottish Parliament. Until ...

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The Battle for the soul of the Green Party in Scotland - Herald Scotland
22 Nov 2015 at 12:13am

Herald Scotland
The Battle for the soul of the Green Party in Scotland
Herald Scotland
She achieved prominence in the independence referendum through her involvement in National Collective, the pro-Yes movement made up of writers and artists, and her assertive media appearances, as well as her work on LGBT youth issues. She first cut ...

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SNP's Alex Salmond back in London with no regrets - Irish Times
21 Nov 2015 at 1:03am

Scotsman
SNP's Alex Salmond back in London with no regrets
Irish Times
From May 2007, when he became Scotland's first minister, he was based in Edinburgh and made only occasional forays to London. Everything changed on September 19th last year, the day after Scotland rejected independence in a referendum by 55 to 45 ...
Brian Wilson: The 'dodgy dossier' of independenceScotsman
Letters to the Nationa...

Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - BT.com
22 Nov 2015 at 12:40am

BT.com
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
BT.com
The UK's youngest MP has called for 16 and 17-year-olds to be given the vote in the forthcoming referendum on European Union (EU) membership. Mhairi Black said the "remarkable" contribution of young people during Scotland's independence referendum ...

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SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - Cumn...
22 Nov 2015 at 7:18am

Cumnock Chronicle
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
Cumnock Chronicle
"The SNP has always argued that the EU referendum should meet the gold standard set by Scotland's independence referendum, where 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and participate in such an important, democratic decision for the first time.

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - Sout...
22 Nov 2015 at 7:18am

South Wales Guardian
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
South Wales Guardian
"The SNP has always argued that the EU referendum should meet the gold standard set by Scotland's independence referendum, where 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and participate in such an important, democratic decision for the first time.

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Gerry Hassan: SNP are best when bold and visionary - that's Sturgeon's ... - ...
22 Nov 2015 at 6:00am

Scottish Daily Record
Gerry Hassan: SNP are best when bold and visionary - that's Sturgeon's ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP are hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a reverse of the 1980s. Labour sat for most of the decade on 50 per cent in the polls, the SNP on 20 per cent or less.

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - expr...
22 Nov 2015 at 2:39am

expressandstar.com
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
expressandstar.com
The 21-year-old SNP MP spoke out in the wake of a House of Lords vote to amend the EU Referendum Bill to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to participate in the in/out poll. The move would see some 1.5 million extra teenagers eligible to vote in the referendum ...

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - Ardr...
22 Nov 2015 at 2:32am

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
"The SNP has always argued that the EU referendum should meet the gold standard set by Scotland's independence referendum, where 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and participate in such an important, democratic decision for the first time.

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - St H...
22 Nov 2015 at 2:12am

St Helens Star
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
St Helens Star
"The SNP has always argued that the EU referendum should meet the gold standard set by Scotland's independence referendum, where 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and participate in such an important, democratic decision for the first time.

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - The ...
22 Nov 2015 at 1:55am

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
"The SNP has always argued that the EU referendum should meet the gold standard set by Scotland's independence referendum, where 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and participate in such an important, democratic decision for the first time.

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum - Bour...
22 Nov 2015 at 1:54am

Bournemouth Echo
Youngest MP Mhairi Black issues call on teenage votes in EU referendum
Bournemouth Echo
"The SNP has always argued that the EU referendum should meet the gold standard set by Scotland's independence referendum, where 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and participate in such an important, democratic decision for the first time.

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Peers back lowering age in EU referendum - Herald Scotland
18 Nov 2015 at 6:45pm

Herald Scotland
Peers back lowering age in EU referendum
Herald Scotland
The Lords has backed giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the upcoming in-out EU referendum. In the latest of a string of defeats inflicted on the Government, the upper house voted by 293 to 211 to approve the reform by a majority of 82 during a ...
Why the timing of the EU referendum may depend on who can voteBBC News
EU ref...

SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referend...
8 Nov 2015 at 8:03pm

The Independent
SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referendum
The Independent
The Scottish Government should have the power to call a second referendum on independence with or without Westminster's backing, SNP MPs have said. Former First Minister Alex Salmond and the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson are among ...
SNP call for Holyrood to have power to ca...

Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum ...
13 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm

Express.co.uk
Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum year
Express.co.uk
The gap between spending in the two nations rose by eight per cent in the year of Scotland's independence referendum. The revelation sparked outrage among English MPs and fuelled suspicions that government money was used to 'bribe' voters ahead of ...



Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's - MoneyWeek
13 Nov 2015 at 9:10am

MoneyWeek
Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's
MoneyWeek
We're eurosceptics. Asked to vote in an EU referendum tomorrow, MoneyWeek would tick the ?out? box. But on the topic of Scottish independence, we were (and are) pro-Union. Some view these stances as contradictory. How can we believe it would be good ...



UK Government: EU referendum poll will be UK wide - Herald Scotland
16 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm

Herald Scotland
UK Government: EU referendum poll will be UK wide
Herald Scotland
The British Government has ruled out holding separate referenda in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland on EU membership. A UK-wide poll is due by 2017 and Sinn Fein has said a Westminster-driven exit agenda would be bad for Northern Ireland.

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Conservative ministers reject call for separate EU referendum in Scotland - H...
16 Nov 2015 at 3:31pm

Herald Scotland
Conservative ministers reject call for separate EU referendum in Scotland
Herald Scotland
Recent polls suggest that that the outcome of the pledged In/ Out referendum could be close. More than half of UK voters want to leave, according to a Survation poll for the 'out' campaign. There is also evidence that Scots are more pro-EU than the ...



Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum - BBC News
24 Oct 2015 at 1:32pm

BBC News
Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has said the police, the NHS and schools have to take priority after the "damaging" independence referendum. He said that some of those who backed the SNP's cause of independence felt "let down" by its record in ...
Scottish nationalist leader wants new referendum only if enough suppor...

Referendum negotiations will not address the key EU issues - Herald Scotland
12 Nov 2015 at 5:53am

Herald Scotland
Referendum negotiations will not address the key EU issues
Herald Scotland
I AM among the 55 per cent of Scots who wish to stay in the EU, and I shall vote Yes in the referendum. But I profoundly resent being asked to engage in this charade. We are not being asked to assess the pros and cons of EU membership, but rather ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Oor Nic
20 Nov 2015 at 4:44pm
Always great to hear from her! Am I the only one that gets excited when she infiltrates my Inbox?

SNP for hire.
20 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/620728/10000-donation-hunting-hints-SNP-hire

Ohh dear SNPbad but never mind £10,000 is not bad the SNP are getting right into the westminster way of life.

SNP's Model for Independence 'Broken Beyond Repair'
16 Nov 2015 at 4:36pm
...says Salmond's former head of policy, Alex Ball.
 
This might be a bit of a TL;DR moment, so I've put his article in a spoiler.
 
 
Spoiler
 
The SNPs model of independence is broken beyond repair. The party should
either build a new one or stop offering it as an alternative to Tory cuts, s...

Scottish political Twitter parody accounts
12 Nov 2015 at 1:52pm
Alistair Darling's parody account makes me lol regularly.  Are there any other genuinely funny Scottish political ones? (other than Angry Salmond, obvs)       Lord Darling @A_LordDarling 5m Superb response for Gordon Brown's latest intervention this morn...

Trade Union Bill
10 Nov 2015 at 6:50pm
Hi, I hope the P&B political experts can help me out with this one.   Why is there such an outcry over this? The only thing I've heard so far are there would be a requirement for a 50% turnout for industrial action to take place, which to me seems fair. If not even half of folk can be bothered to ...

This deserves it's own thread
10 Nov 2015 at 3:47pm
From an actual Labour MSP after last night's "events"     Dr Richard Simpson @RSimpsonMSP On Sat 14th Nov we are taking to the streets to campaign against the Tory government’s cuts to tax credits, join us scottishlabour.org.uk/campaigns/entr… ...

Sunday Trading Laws
10 Nov 2015 at 2:59pm
It looks like the UK Government's attempts to liberalise Sunday trading laws in England and Wales, bringing them into line with Scotland, are going to be blocked by a House of Commons vote in which the SNP MPs will vote against the change.   It seems to me intuitively ridiculous that the SNP are ...

98 years ago today
7 Nov 2015 at 11:30am
Today is the 98th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.   Up the workers etc.   Any P&Bers ever taken part in regime change?

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Pies
21 Nov 2015 at 10:41pm
go for it

Scotland Should Turn The Other Cheek To Isis
21 Nov 2015 at 5:44pm

Documentaries
21 Nov 2015 at 9:52am
Anyone recommend any? Fancy sickening myself further on how horrible the world is.

Watched a good few today

Fire in the blood - 2013 one about how AIDS treatment was restricted in he developed world

The corporation - 2003 one about ###### capatlists

Manufactung Consent - based on the Chomsky ...

Android Or Iphone
21 Nov 2015 at 9:38am
Recommendations please lads and lassies.   Never really been into phones.  Used to always have the £10 handsets from Tesco with a sim only contract.  Last 3 years I've been using an iPhone as it was supplied through my part-time job.  Finishing up with them in a couple of weeks so now need to get...

Notorious Female Cybernat Is A Man
21 Nov 2015 at 8:56am
He/She's had banter with Paul Monaghan MP and flirtation with Rev Stu & Hardip Kholi and a mass of followers enjoying the nastiness and slip up with racism while getting gifts from others.

A wonderful catfish moment. It's a 40+ man.

http://cybernatclairerobertson.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/episode-1...

Pink Elephants
21 Nov 2015 at 1:02am
watchin youtube of scrum and i could swear saw a pink elephant emday else see it   

Learning A Language
20 Nov 2015 at 4:57pm
Hola! I started my second attempt at learning Spanish this week, which is going well so far. I work with a lot of multi-lingual people and I'm always a bit embarrassed at only speaking English so I'm determined to do it this time. Anyone on here speak another language? Got any tips for learning?

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Political Demographics
20 Nov 2015 at 10:37am
An interesting article in the NY times. It reckons that people's voting intentions in presidential elections are largely formed by experiences in the 14-24 age range. These experiences are three times more likely to influence people than experiences at age 40.    http://www.nytimes.com/interactiv...

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Lords call for halt to Scotland Bill
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20 Nov 2015 at 11:03am

Inverclyde Council introduces new living wage rate
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