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Sturgeon's soft Brexit plan labelled "complete madness" after 10-year delay e...
22 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s blueprint to keep Scotland in the EU single market after Brexit is under fire after it emerged a key precedent it cited had dragged on more than a decade.

Darling says if there were second independence vote tomorrow, Scotland would ...
22 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
ALISTAIR Darling has predicted that if there were another Scottish independence referendum tomorrow, the nation would still vote to stay in the UK "because it doesn't want to join the Euro".

Mackay admits he cannot guarantee cap on council tax rises, despite SNP manif...
22 Dec 2016 at 12:07am
THE Finance Secretary has admitted he cannot guarantee the SNP manifesto pledge to cap council tax rises at 3 per cent.

Labour's Reed to resign his seat and cause Corbyn to face another by-election...
22 Dec 2016 at 12:03am
JEREMY Corbyn will face an electoral test in the New Year after one of his most persistent backbench critics announced that he is to stand down from Westminster and cause a by-election.

Finance Secretary denies 'double counting' in draft budget
21 Dec 2016 at 2:28pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has denied accusations of "double counting" in the Scottish Government draft budget.

SNP calls on UK Government to up its game on taking in more refugees given sc...
21 Dec 2016 at 4:30pm
THE UK Government has been urged by the SNP to boost its efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in Britain amid fears that the target of accommodating up to 20,000 by the end of the decade might not be met.

May rejects Sturgeon's differentiated Brexit plea hours after its publication
21 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
THERESA May has ruled out any ?differential arrangement? for Scotland in the Brexit negotiations, delivering her rejection just hours after Nicola Sturgeon placed a separate Scottish deal at the heart of her own EU strategy.

In-care abuse inquiry will follow the evidence, vows John Swinney
21 Dec 2016 at 2:26pm
Scotland's inquiry into the historic abuse of children in care will be able to follow the evidence and look at the wider system, John Swinney has said.

Nicola Sturgeon overcomes dog phobia at opening of new Scottish SCPA centre
21 Dec 2016 at 12:00pm
Nicola Sturgeon has overcome her fear of dogs while opening the Scottish SPCA's new centre in Glasgow.

Corbyn critic Jamie Reed to quit as MP for Sellafield role
21 Dec 2016 at 2:13pm
One of Jeremy Corbyn's most persistent backbench critics has announced he is to stand down from Parliament to take up a job in the nuclear industry.

Ancient pine forest used in Harry Potter film bought by community group
21 Dec 2016 at 10:23am
An ancient pine forest which was used as a filming location in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been bought by a local community group.

UK could remain in EU for an "implementation period" after Brexit deal done, ...
21 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
BRITAIN could remain in the EU for an "implementation period" after a withdrawal deal is reached to give businesses and civil servants time to adapt to the new arrangements, Theresa May has indicated.

Ex-Ukip leader Diane James quit because she could not get rid of 'old guard'
21 Dec 2016 at 10:10am
Former Ukip leader Diane James, who quit after just 18 days, has said she stood down because she was unable to get rid of the party's "old guard".

Ex-Cabinet minister Lord Jenkin of Roding dies
21 Dec 2016 at 11:32am
Conservative former Cabinet minister Lord Jenkin of Roding has died, it has been announced.

Deloitte 'to stop bidding for Government contracts after memo row'
21 Dec 2016 at 10:16am
A major accountancy firm will temporarily stop bidding for Whitehall contracts in an attempt to heal relations with No 10 following a row over a memo suggesting Theresa May's administration had no plan for Brexit, according to reports.



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Tom Peterkin: End of year report has highs and lows for Davidson and Dugdale
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The Scottish Conservative and Scottish Labour leaders face different and difficult challenges but both can take heart from 2016, writes Tom Peterkin

Bill Jamieson: Despite gloomy forecasts for 2017 we can still hope
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
There is evidence that what lies ahead may not be as grim as we are being constantly told it will be, says Bill Jamieson

Leader comment: Creating opportunity is the way to tackle poverty
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The latest child poverty figures give cause for concern. They always do, and many say they always will. The two measures of poverty we examine when analysis is conducted are relative poverty, and absolute poverty. But by using these markers to judge progress, we have to recognise that both figures are relative, and as a result, there will always be a percentage of society that is not doing as well as other parts.

Report finds 1 in 5 Scottish children living in poverty
21 Dec 2016 at 9:09pm
An official Scottish Government report showing that around one in five Scottish children is living in poverty was described as a “scandal” last night.

UK November borrowing higher than expected at £12.6bn
21 Dec 2016 at 8:52pm
The UK government borrowed a higher-than-expected £12.6 billion in November in the first update on the UK’s public finances since the Autumn Statement.

John Swinney defends cuts to education reform fund
21 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm
John Swinney has defended budget cuts for implementing education reforms despite concerns raised by MSPs.

Whisky Association?s price challenge set for Supreme Court
21 Dec 2016 at 4:33pm
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has been given the green light to take its appeal against minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland to the UK’s highest court.

Derek Mackay denies Scottish budget ?double counting?
21 Dec 2016 at 4:16pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has denied accusations of “double counting” in the Scottish Government draft budget.

UK ?overtaken by India? as wealth shrinks after EU vote
21 Dec 2016 at 3:54pm
India’s economy has overtaken that of Britain for the first time in more than 150 years.

UK split on country?s prospects in 2017, poll finds
21 Dec 2016 at 3:02pm
As one of the most tumultuous years in recent history draws to an end, Britain is split over whether 2017 will turn out to be a good year for the UK, according to a new survey.

Nicola Sturgeon: ?animal centre helped me conquer dog fear?
21 Dec 2016 at 2:39pm
Nicola Sturgeon said opening a refurbished animal rescue centre in Glasgow has helped conquer her fear of dogs.

SNP accused of education pledge ?con? as student support falls
21 Dec 2016 at 2:12pm
The Scottish Government’s promise to make education its top priority has been branded a “con” by Scottish Labour after new budget analysis showed cuts to support for the poorest students.

Donald Trump?s letters to Alex Salmond revealed via FOI
21 Dec 2016 at 1:13pm
Donald Trump warned that Scotland’s economy would become a “third world wasteland” as a result of its commitment to renewable wind power, only to vow weeks later to act as the Scottish Government’s “greatest cheerleader” if it performed a U-turn over offshore wind power, newly released correspondence shows.

European Court of Justice decision ?will complicate PM?s post-Brexit trade deal?
21 Dec 2016 at 1:08pm
A new decision in the European Court of Justice will “hugely” complicate Theresa May’s task of securing a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, experts have warned.

Brexit: Farming clarity lacking in First Minister?s plan
21 Dec 2016 at 8:19am
The proposals set out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for Scotland’s relationship with Europe in the post-Brexit era have fallen short of clearing the muddied waters surrounding the future of Scottish farming.

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The Scottish Brexit FAQ
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Dec 2016 at 11:22am
We’ll be honest with you, readers, we’re not looking forward to 2017 one little bit. It’s going to be the most tedious year in Scottish politics since we started this website, and perhaps since the advent of devolution. Other than the mild distraction of the council elections in May – which are likely to be …

The eternal opposition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2016 at 8:47pm
The chap in the picture below, holding a placard with his name on it so that he doesn’t forget it, is Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Greene. He could probably do with writing a few other things on there too. That’s because he’s the Tories’ shadow minister for “Technology Connectivity, Digital Economy & Broadcast”, but today …

News just in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2016 at 11:53am
This is a picture of the Sun, which reports confirm became visible in the skies above parts of the Northern Hemisphere earlier today. A similar event is widely expected to take place around the same time tomorrow. This is the sea, which recent studies have shown to be almost entirely full of water. Here’s Pope …

All the people, all the time
by Chris Cairns
17 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

In your free and fair press today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2016 at 9:13am
Let’s have a quick round-up, shall we? This is a lie. There are in fact no “tax hikes” in the budget at all. The threshold for the higher rate of tax is increasing with inflation, ie in real terms it’s staying the same as it is now. Councils are being ALLOWED to raise Council Tax but …

All news is bad news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Dec 2016 at 11:27am
Figures released yesterday indicated that the number of full-time teachers employed in Scotland had risen by 253 over the past year, despite budget cuts imposed by the UK government’s austerity programme. This obviously presented the Scottish media with a dilemma: how could such statistics be presented as an “SNP BAD” story? Luckily, we’re dealing with …

The missing numbers round
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:54am
We often say here on Wings that our job is to teach people to instantly recognise the sneaky tricks used by the media to try to create false impressions without saying things that are technically untrue. (Because despite the tiny size they’re allowed to print corrections at, they’re still rather embarrassing.) A key technique is to …

Court circulars
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Dec 2016 at 11:56am
Just a brief update on some legal shenanigans. Having received no response to TWO lawyers’ letters, I’ve filed a court claim against Express Newspapers over false and defamatory claims made in an article by Siobhan McFadyen (sourced by JK Rowling) on the Sunday Express website of 30 October, as detailed in this Wings article. The court …

The ratio of truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Dec 2016 at 9:57am
Alert readers will remember that last month we debunked a front-page story from the Scottish Daily Mail about SNP MPs’ expenses, which made the spectacularly untrue claim that they were more expensive than their Unionist predecessors, when in fact they cost significantly less and did far more work. A couple of days ago the Mail finally …

Red, white and blue
by Chris Cairns
10 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

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Most local authorities yet to reveal council tax plans
22 Dec 2016 at 12:39am
Most councils in Scotland have yet to indicate whether they might raise council tax next year.

Scotland to benefit from broadband boost
22 Dec 2016 at 6:51am
Almost £18m is to be invested in broadband services in Scotland to improve access to superfast broadband.

Scotch Whisky Association allowed minimum pricing appeal
21 Dec 2016 at 2:20pm
The Scotch Whisky Association can appeal against alcohol minimum pricing at the UK Supreme Court, judges rule.

Donald Trump letters to Alex Salmond published
21 Dec 2016 at 4:43pm
A series of colourfully-written letters sent by Donald Trump to then-Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is published in full for the first time.

New Conservative MSP Bill Bowman takes his oath of allegiance
21 Dec 2016 at 4:56pm
The new list MSP for the North East region, Bill Bowman, takes his oath of allegiance at the Scottish Parliament.

Halfords lowers north of Scotland delivery charges
21 Dec 2016 at 3:25pm
Halfords revises delivery charges for northern Scotland after a £50 fee to send towels costing £5.99 to Speyside was criticised.

Call for views over Scotland's railway police merger plan
21 Dec 2016 at 2:50pm
MSPs are keen to hear what people think about plans to merge the British Transport Police (BTP) north of the border with Police Scotland.

Mesh implants treatment brings unnecessary risks says study
21 Dec 2016 at 1:20am
Using mesh implants to treat pelvic prolapse brings unnecessary risks, according to new research.

Call for clearer leadership over breast screening
21 Dec 2016 at 1:11pm
A report calls for clearer leadership after hundreds of women miss out on routine breast screenings.

Support for child poverty plans welcomed
21 Dec 2016 at 2:18pm
Plans aimed at dramatically cutting child poverty rates in Scotland are backed in a consultation.

Sturgeon: UK could stay in single market
20 Dec 2016 at 11:52am
Nicola Sturgeon says it would be possible for the UK to remain in the single market after Brexit.

MSP Emma Harper calls for end to puppy trafficking 'horrors'
21 Dec 2016 at 4:58pm
A south of Scotland MSP urges Holyrood to help to bring an end to puppy trafficking in Scotland.

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The unionist media are in denial about it, but a second independence referend...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2016 at 4:03am
As far as I can remember this has never happened before (which tells its own story), but it turns out that I owe a mainstream media journalist a comprehensive apology for taking him to task on Twit...

Yes, "The Vow" could have been delivered - but the UK government chose not to...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2016 at 3:43am
I've been meaning to make an additional point about the UK government's outrageous legal arguments relating to the Sewel Convention. I noticed on Twitter a few days ago that some independence supp...

Lashings of loveliness in Leven as SNP score key by-election triumph
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2016 at 12:53am
Leven, Kennoway and Largo by-election result, 15th December 2016 :SNP 37.0% (-4.0)Labour 28.4% (-6.9)Conservatives 18.5% (+11.7)Liberal Democrats 14.3% (+4.3)Greens 1.8% (n/a)Things have come to a ...

Heartbreak for Rennie as Carnoustie by-election fails to show much trace of a...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2016 at 12:53pm
Immediately after the Richmond Park result became clear a few days ago, Professor John Curtice speculated about the possibility of an 'Eastboune effect' - a reference to a by-election gain out of t...

UK government boasts that "The Vow" was a gigantic con-trick
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2016 at 7:32am
As we all remember, a key part of the panic-stricken last-minute "Vow" that helped to secure a narrow No victory in the independence referendum was the promise that the devolved Scottish Parliament...

You've dunnit again, Gov.
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about yesterday's YouGov poll on independence.  It also rehearses some of the many shortcomings of YouGov's poll...

"Engrossing" YouGov poll finds that Scotland is behind Sturgeon's drive to re...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2016 at 9:57am
A new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll is out today, and the most significant finding is that there is narrow majority support (albeit within the margin of error) for Scotland seeking to remain in t...

Amazement and astonishment in Arbroath, Angus as buoyant SNP bag a by-electio...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2016 at 5:28pm
Not entirely sure why a by-election was held on a Monday - it's deeply unnatural, like an accurate John McTernan prediction, or something like that.  Anyway, here is the result...Arbroath East and ...

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Warning of Storm Barbara disruption to Christmas getaway
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22 Dec 2016 at 1:21am
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EU's highest court delivers blow to UK snooper's charter
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Glasgow's North Kelvin Meadow to be saved after 5 year battle with developers.
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Scottish National Party unveil letter to Father Christmas
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Chocolate festival folds after 'embarrassing' first day
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Wrangle over 'cultural vomit' statue in Elgin town centre
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Halfords cut Moray and Highland delivery charges from £50 to £2.99
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Willie Rennie Email - Scotland's Place in Europe
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21 Dec 2016 at 6:13pm
I wouldn't normally but I thought this was a particularly good read. Dear ______, This week's publication from the SNP Government on Europe is a barely concealed attempt to advance the case for in...

Supreme Court to hear minimum alcohol pricing appeal
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21 Dec 2016 at 5:15pm
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Scotland has nothing to gain from staying in the single market
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21 Dec 2016 at 4:49pm
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'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse ex-Scottish first minister
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New director of BBC Scotland: There are deficits in our coverage
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Stirling University scientists explain existence of sex
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Nicola Sturgeon confronts her fear of dogs with peppy puppy Pippa's help at n...
by dailyrecord
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The First Minister tweeted her thanks to Scottish SPCA's Animal Rescue and Re-homing Centre in Cardonald, Glasgow.

Scottish Government uses rhetoric to disguise figures in their budget but it'...
by dailyrecord
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Kevin thinks the Scottish government are pulling the wool over our eyes, but calls them out on his budget deception.

Listen up, Theresa May: First Minister lays out options to preserve Scots job...
by David Clegg
21 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The First Minister wants the nation to remain in the single market but May says she will only negotiate for the whole of the UK.

Westminster must grant Scotland the powers to remain in the European Union, w...
by Joan McAlpine
20 Dec 2016 at 9:28pm
The First Minister's first choice is Scottish Independence, but right now she's fighting for the Scottish 'Remain' vote to count for something in a post-Brexit Europe.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils plans to retain access to single market and avoid 'ha...
by Andy Philip
20 Dec 2016 at 12:02pm
The First Minister says devolution must be revisited so powers over fishing and farming are repatriated from Brussels to Holyrood.

The Tories would be so proud of SNP cuts writes Kezia Dugdale
by Kezia Dugdale
19 Dec 2016 at 10:24pm
The Scottish Labour leader describes the SNP Finance Minister Derek McKay's budget as an omnishambles citing £327million cuts to council services.

DWP Grinches prioritising benefit sanctions says everything about Theresa May...
by Record View
19 Dec 2016 at 8:29am
Whistleblowing staff have laid bare the brutal management style that underpins the punishing benefits system.

Outrage at claims DWP 'Grinches' are refusing to process appeals before Chris...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Dec 2016 at 8:16am
A whistleblower has come clean on the drive to punish benefit claimants rather than process appeals.

IndyRef2 might be our only option if Scotland is forced out of the single mar...
by Nicola Sturgeon
18 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Writing for The Sunday Mail, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants Scots to have the option of independence if they're torn out of The Single Market as they are from the EU.

Government too busy protecting Saudi interests to protect Yemen population st...
by Mail Opinion
18 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Sir Michael Fallon protecting Britain’s multi-billion-pound trade with the Saudis is priority number one, two and three.

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London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …

My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …

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Creating an ideas-rich environment for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2016 at 4:09pm
If we look at Scotland today with a cold, hard light, you would struggle to describe us as an ideas-rich environment. The legacy of the independence referendum has been changing that as activists become more interested in what is possible. Brexit poses massive new challenges. In this context what you might refer to as our …

Scotland 2021
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2016 at 4:03pm
What kind of country do you want to live in? What should we demand of our political leaders (now)? What should our priorities be for the next five years? The contributors to this new collection ? assembled in the immediate aftermath of the Holyrood elections 2016 and Brexit ? answer these questions attempting to go …

Jingo Belle
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2016 at 3:54pm
Here we stand, approaching the end of 2016 and looking at a whole new year ahead. With Trump being inaugurated in January unless a Christmas miracle stops a racist Pussy Grabber from sitting in the Oval Office, 2017 looms with a dark shadow already. Worryingly too, a peek preview of Le Pen sharpening her focus …

Scottish and European
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2016 at 5:59pm
Nicola Sturgeon today unveiled ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ – the first plan anywhere in UK for dealing with Brexit. It’s a bit of an odd thing to watch, a highly detailed policy document being tossed into the void. You can read it here ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’. A key section is here: 20. In the context of …

In Defence of Identity Politics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2016 at 1:44pm
Identity politics is under attack, and in some quarters the theory underpinning it is being blamed for the rise of the Right. But as we move from a period of global-casino capitalism to a period of patriotic capitalism ? and in some places, fascism ? it is more important than ever to discuss the systems …

After Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2016 at 10:42am
In an extract from his new book Winning The Second Independence Referendum – a manifesto for Scotland and the EU after Brexit Gordon Guthrie argues that the SNP must simply ‘remain firm whilst the UK shakes itself to pieces, a island of stability in a sea of change.’ It is my opinion that Scotland will …

What to fear from Trump?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2016 at 12:45am
Sarah Kendzior is the author of The View From Flyover Country, a collection of essays published in 2015. She is a journalist, researcher and foreign policy expert who writes for De Correspondent, POLITICO, the Guardian and the New York Times. She is interviewed here for Philadelphia’s The Remix. Likes(6)Dislikes(3)

Have I Got (Fake) News for You
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Dec 2016 at 10:38pm
Tory Communities Minister Sajid Javid has recommended we introduce an oath of allegiance and swearing to a set of ‘British Values” for immigrants, elected officials, civil servants, and council workers. In a world where our humming ex PM actually barked: “Put on a proper suit, do up your tie, and SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM”, this may …

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'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first minister
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Dec 2016 at 6:13pm
Messages sent before his White House campaign show US president-elect harassing Alex Salmond over windfarmsDonald Trump harangued the former first minister of Scotland as ?Mad Alex? and accused him of being on a ?march to oblivion? in a series of increasingly angry and eccentric letters about win...

The Guardian view on Brexit and Scotland: different strokes for different fol...
by Editorial
20 Dec 2016 at 6:56pm
The UK government would be wise to look for compromises with Nicola Sturgeon?s latest demandsOn 23 June the people of Scotland voted decisively to remain in the European Union while the people of the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave. The nationalist government?s immediate reaction to the ...

May refuses to commit to giving MPs vote on final Brexit deal - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
20 Dec 2016 at 5:24pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s evidence to the Commons liaison committee about Brexit and health and social careHow Sturgeon?s plan to keep Scotland in single market would workMay?s evidence to the liaison committee - SummaryAftern...

Theresa May indicates MPs will not be given vote on final Brexit deal
by Anushka Asthana Political editor
20 Dec 2016 at 4:24pm
PM refuses to make commitment when asked repeatedly by Commons Brexit committee chair Hilary BennTheresa May has refused to commit to giving MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal struck by the government during two years of talks with representatives of the other 27 countries in the EU.Appearing be...

Nicola Sturgeon: make Scotland's place in single market 'integral' to talks
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Dec 2016 at 2:06pm
Scottish first minister sets out detailed proposals for Scotland?s relationship with EU after BrexitNicola Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to make Scotland?s continued membership of the single market ? even if the UK leaves ? ?an integral element? of negotiations with the EU after triggering a...

Scotland should keep free movement, Nicola Sturgeon will say
by Jessica Elgot and Libby Brooks
20 Dec 2016 at 10:33am
First minister set to launch Holyrood government paper calling for Scotland to remain in the single market after BrexitThere is no reason why Scotland should not keep free movement of EU citizens even if the rest of the UK puts new immigration controls in place after leaving the bloc, the Scottis...

Computer error blamed for HMRC blunder in Scotland
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2016 at 6:54pm
HMRC?s capacity to administer new tax powers is called into question after National Audit Office reportA computer error meant that 420,000 individuals who should be paying the new Scottish rate of income tax were not told of their changed status, the National Audit Office has found.A report by th...

UK should not fear trade tariffs post-Brexit, says fishing chief
by Lisa O'Carroll and Libby Brooks
19 Dec 2016 at 2:19pm
Bertie Armstrong agrees British catch could at least double after withdrawing from ?generous? common fisheries policyThe UK should not be ?frightened to death? of the trade tariffs that could be introduced after Brexit as they may not prove to be a disaster, the head of the Scottish fishing indus...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

It?s good to talk
A guest post by Samuel Miller When I sat down to have my final rant before our host gets back, I had this idea of highlighting and talking about of the latest dubious Labour and Conservative press releases on the Scottish budget. Y’know, the ones  where they claim that the Scottish Government has ripped £327 …

Another day at the office
A guest post by Samuel Miller Look, I know some readers may want to hear some hugely technical and in-depth feedback on yesterday’s budget, but that’s not really going to happen m’kay? Seein’ as how I am to budgets, what Shrek is to ballet, I reckon its best to leave that one to the experts. …

Hunting season
A guest post by Samuel Miller A few questions on a disturbing phenomenon which only the reader can answer in the privacy of their own thoughts. How has it come to this? What curse do ordinary people live under that we have to put up with the metric tonnes of what seems to be utter …

A matter of pride
A guest post by Samuel Miller I see both Mr Brown and Mr Darling have endorsed Kezia Dugdale’s musings on a constitutional convention and a call for movement toward some ambiguous form of federalism then. This in spite of the fact that the recent government submission in the Supreme Court kinda casts our ‘devolution journey’ …

A big boy did it? a cautionary tale.
A guest post by Samuel Miller You’d think they’d learn by this point wouldn’t you? Politics by sound bite and policy by media forum has worked out so wonderfully well for the peoples of the UK. Manipulating and driving the opinion of the masses using dog whistle, short termist strategies and the politics of expediency. …

This is the week
A guest post by Samuel Miller This is the week where Government, political class, nations and their electorates divided in a court room. This is the week where Scotland found out the true meaning of devolution, better togetherness, pooling and sharing and the nature of political union under the ?Mother of Parliaments?. This is the …

Enough gilding the red white and blue turd
I wasn’t going to blog again before leaving for my holidays, but today’s events in the Supreme Court can’t pass unremarked. Let’s be perfectly blunt here, Fluffy Mundell is a liar. He stood before the people of Scotland and he brazenly and openly lied to us. He’s a disgrace to Scotland. He’s the voice of …

The voice of the somersault-right
Over the weekend we had a welcome bit of offensiveness from the Scottish government. Usually it’s the Tories who are offensive, but then being offensive is a synonym for Tory in much the same way that populist is a synonym for fascist and alt-right is a synonym for white supremacist with body odour who blames …

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Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

Article Published in the Sunday Post ? Same Info Presented Without the Anti ?...
            2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Scottish Press Shows Its Hand Towards the end of April, (less than 6 months before the September referendum) the BBC and Scottish press relentlessly bombarded Scotland with distrorted information designed to ensure the Scottish electorate would turn away from the “Yes” campaign in … Continue reading Article Published in the Sunday Pos...

Urban Regeneration ? New Labour ? Billions Frittered away ? The Tories ? Bill...
                Natural Selection Almost all of the towns and cities in the UK evolved meeting the challenges of the nineteenth century industrial revolution. But whilst the intensity and types of industry has changed markedly, in recent years the location and size of the vast bulk of UK towns … Continue reading Urban Regeneration – New Labour – Billions Frittered away – The Tories – Billions T...

The Tory Cornerstone Group and David Mundell ? Can anyone Spot the Incompatib...
          The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party. It is opposed to gay marriage and is generally fairly homophobic, global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinence in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration and … Continue reading The Tory Cornerstone Group and ...

Scottish Education is in Crisis ? If You Believe the BBC ? But Study the Fac...
                Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – The 2015 Report Judging one country’s performance against another, blindly utilising information contained in a PISA report is unsafe since there are so many conflicting characteristics to consider. It is only really useful to compare a country’s previous performance and … Continue reading Scottish Education is in Crisis – ...

Signs of a Westminster Civil Service Rebellion Against the Rule of Sir Jeremy...
              Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street Cabinet Secretary Issues Warning letter About Information Leaks – letter is Leaked to the press the Day After Prime Minister, Theresa May instructed her Cabinet Secretary to take urgent action preventing government officials from leaking information to journalists. He acted immediately, issuing a … Continue reading Signs of a Westminster Civil Se...

Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

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

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

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

Scotland and Independence

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SNP's EU proposals would mean de facto Scottish independence - Left Foot Forward

Left Foot Forward
SNP's EU proposals would mean de facto Scottish independence
Left Foot Forward
Make no mistake about it, the Scottish government's proposals for Scotland's relationship with the EU post-Brexit are less a pragmatic set of ideas and more a back door to Scottish independence. While peppered with reminders that Holyrood's preference ...

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Nicola Sturgeon presents complex 'independence in Europe' plan to Theresa May...
Nicola Sturgeon presents complex 'independence in Europe' plan to Theresa May with warning of second referendum
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of trying to exploit Brexit to achieve independence by the back door after demanding a vast array of new powers so Scotland can stay in the single market even if the UK comes out. The First Minister unveiled a highly ...

New independence vote 'within 2yrs' if Scots' Brexit demands dismissed ? Alex...

New independence vote 'within 2yrs' if Scots' Brexit demands dismissed ? Alex Salmond to RT (VIDEO)
Salmond says if the proposals are brushed off, a second independence referendum is ?highly likely.? ?If Theresa May rejects the proposals, says she's not interested in what Scotland has to say, says she couldn't care less on the interests of Scotland ...
Nicola Sturgeon's Baldrick momentSpectat...

Sterling hit by US dollar strength and Scottish independence talk - Belfast T...

Belfast Telegraph
Sterling hit by US dollar strength and Scottish independence talk
Belfast Telegraph
The possibility of Scottish independence from the UK also weighed on the currency after former first minister Alex Salmond suggested the Yes side would win a future referendum if the UK Government was determined to "sever" Scotland's European links.

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Will Trump Supports Scottish Independence? - Newsmax

Will Trump Supports Scottish Independence?
President-elect Donald Trump Friday had a "short congratulatory call" with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon ? and transition staff said that the leaders looked "forward to strengthening the relationship between Scotland and the United States.".

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Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling - Th...

The Independent
Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling
The Independent
Support for Scottish independence has fallen below the 45 per cent achieved in the 2014 referendum, a new poll has found. The YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found backing for a Yes vote in a second ballot on the country's constitutional future ...
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest s...

YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ... - Business ...

Business Insider
YouGov: Support for Scottish independence has plummeted since ...
Business Insider
Politicians predicted that Brexit would cause a surge in support for Scottish independence ? we asked Professor John Curtice why the opposite is happening.
Chances of Second Scottish Referendum Fading as Scots Reject ...Sputnik International
Robin McAlpine: You can't win an argument without arguing .....

Trump threatens Scottish minister over windfarms in newly-released letters - RT

Trump threatens Scottish minister over windfarms in newly-released letters
The billionaire businessman sought to get his way by telling Salmond the dream of Scotland's independence would be ?gone with the wind? if he continued with his support of windfarms. Trump also claimed the Scottish economy would ?become a third world ...
Explosive letters reveal Donald Trump portrayed himself as 'savio...


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Tom Peterkin: End of year report has highs and lows for Davidson and Dugdale ...

Tom Peterkin: End of year report has highs and lows for Davidson and Dugdale
Later in the year the Scottish Conservatives published their five-point Brexit plan, which did not make an explicit commitment to the single market and thus made Davidson vulnerable to attacks from the SNP. The incongruity of Davidson having to defend ...

Scottish Government uses rhetoric to disguise figures in their budget but it'...

Scottish Daily Record
Scottish Government uses rhetoric to disguise figures in their budget but it's at odds with the facts, writes Kevin ...
Scottish Daily Record
After all, we hear so much from the SNP about Tory austerity that few would expect the real-terms trend in Scotland's budget to be upwards over the last four years ? but that is the reality. In fact, if you look carefully at the graph, ...

Value Composite Score Update on SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (DB:SHF...

Value Composite Score Update on SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (DB:SHF)
The Business Journal
In looking at the Value Composite score for SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (DB:SHF), we see that the firm has a rank of 66. This is based on a 0 to 100 scale where a lower score indicated an undervalued company and a higher score would indicate ...

Improved links between the north-east to central belt could still be another ...

Press and Journal
Improved links between the north-east to central belt could still be another 10 years away
Press and Journal
Her concerns were echoed by North East Tory MSP Ross Thomson, who said: ?It is hardly surprising that there is no funding set aside for this hugely important investment in the north east rail network, given the dithering and delay we have seen from the ...

Britain starting to get serious about a Federal UK - Irish Times

Irish Times
Britain starting to get serious about a Federal UK
Irish Times
... plan entitled Scotland's Place in Europe. The SNP-led administration stopped short of advocating federalism directly because it believes ?the constitutional arrangements of England, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the people of those ...

Opposition pledge to fight north-east business tax bombshell - Press and Journal

Press and Journal
Opposition pledge to fight north-east business tax bombshell
Press and Journal
Opposition parties have pledged to challenge the SNP over its controversial changes to business rates, which could hammer north-east businesses. It has emerged that firms are facing a ?catastrophic? multi-million pound tax bombshell as a new framework ...

A look at a High Market Cap Stock: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., SNP - Th...

A look at a High Market Cap Stock: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., SNP
The Daily Leicester
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., SNP is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Major Integrated Oil & Gas in the sector of Basic Materials. Based in China, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., SNP has a market cap of 93293.73. Since its IPO date on the ...

MSPs tackle illegal puppy trade - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
MSPs tackle illegal puppy trade
The Times (subscription)
Emma Harper, an SNP MSP, led a debate at Hollyrood to highlight the practice of puppy trafficking. It was welcomed by the Scottish SPCA, which has been leading a campaign against the lucrative illegal industry. Ms Harper said: ?The illegal farming and ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Bad Brexit deal could force new Scotland vote - Sky News

Sky News
Bad Brexit deal could force new Scotland vote
Sky News
Setting out her vision in a 50-page paper titled Scotland's Place in Europe, Ms Sturgeon said she wanted to "explore if we can find common ground with the UK Government around a solution that would protect Scotland's place in the European single market ...
Nicola Sturgeon vows to call SECOND independence referendum if Britain quits sin...

Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ... - Busine...

Business Insider
Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ...
Business Insider
Scotland could be offered a second referendum on independence from the UK, but only after Brexit has completed, according to a report by The Times on ...

No Need, Reason for Another Independence Referendum in Scotland - Sputnik Int...

Sputnik International
No Need, Reason for Another Independence Referendum in Scotland
Sputnik International
There is no need or reason for another independence referendum in Scotland amid the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, UK Prime Minister ...
New independence vote 'within 2yrs' if Scots' Brexit demands dismissed ? Alex Salmond to RT (VIDEO)RT
Scotland wants EU market access, more power...

Emergence of North Korea rebel movement - New Europe

New Europe
Emergence of North Korea rebel movement
New Europe
Scotland will hold a second referendum on independence if the U.K. does not remain a member of the European single market, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warns. The ultimatum was delivered on Sunday through a Financial Times commentary. ?It remains ...

Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum' - Scotsman

The Scottish Sun
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum'
Support for Scottish independence has plummeted in the past two years - according to a national survey. The newest findings from YouGov put support for separation at 44 per cent - one point lower than the independence referendum in 2014. Backing for ...
Nicola Sturgeon is warned the SNP's bid for a second ......

SNP's EU proposals would mean de facto Scottish independence - Left Foot Forward

Left Foot Forward
SNP's EU proposals would mean de facto Scottish independence
Left Foot Forward
Alternatively, if the PM rejects it she plays into the arms of the SNP and others who argue that she is disrespecting the wishes of the people of Scotland to remain in the EU. This then takes us back to the idea of a second referendum on Scottish ...

How Damaging Is a Scotland Referendum to the Pound? - Bloomberg

How Damaging Is a Scotland Referendum to the Pound?
Geoffrey Yu, head of the U.K. investment office at UBS Wealth Management, discusses Scotland's threat to leave the U.K. and its potential impact on markets. He speaks with Bloomberg's Anna Edwards and Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe.

SNP Brexit minister says Scotland will stay in single market even if UK doesn...

The Independent
SNP Brexit minister says Scotland will stay in single market even if UK doesn't after leaving the EU
The Independent
The Scottish government's Brexit minister has said there is an ?overriding obligation? on Theresa May to consider proposals to stay in the European single market. The SNP's Mike Russell made the comments in advance of publication of a Government ...

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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

The Official President Trump thread

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The British National Anthem: Boooo!
Hidden away in the annual Poppy debate, it may have slipped a lot of people's attention, but the SFA were fined 20,000 Swiss Francs, in part due to the actions of Scotland fans booing (yes, booing) the British National anthem at the last England V Scotland match in November. Apparently FIFA d...

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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

Obama's birth certificate
Five year (wat) investigation into Obama's birth certificate concludes that it's a forgery.Immediate question for me is how do they know the other certificate isn't the forgery, using Obama's as a source?popcorn.gif

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

Tories close 8 military sites in Scotland Fort George gone. Glencorse gone. No navy presence in Fife. You could have seen this coming after the wee titbit Scotland has been thrown about maybe building ships. Maybe. Sometime.  

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

Happy Winter Solstice
It will be Spring before we realise it.

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

The Man In The High Castle - S02
I'm rather enjoying this, but I do have a question. And I'm putting it in a Spoiler. do I do that?

Glasgow - where to live
Alrighty? Might be moving back to Scotland next year, to Glasgow - a place that I don't know very well at all (other than Hampden, Parkhead and Ibrox, and I don't want to live in any of those places!) What areas would  people recommend that we look at for buying a house? Folk have tol...

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

Blade Runner 2049
As a distraction to all the shit going on here is something a bit exciting The only proviso is that i hope they dont waste the memories of the original  

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

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

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

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

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...