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FMQs sketch: Scone of Destiny
23 Nov 2017 at 5:58pm
IT can?t be easy being eclipsed by a scone. Richard Leonard?s debut as Scottish Labour leader at FMQs was supposed to be the highlight of the Holyrood week.

Alison Rowat: Philip Hammond is a chancellor tinkering at the edges instead o...
23 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
THE most telling moment in Philip Hammond?s Budget speech arrived just short of an hour in, after he scrapped stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000. The Tory benches erupted with cries of ?More, more!? in anticipation of bigger rabbits following this one out of the hat.

Jeremy Peat: Productivity is our destination but we are stuck in the economic...
23 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
By Jeremy Peat

'Chaotic and incoherent': Leaked paper gives damning verdict on UK Government...
23 Nov 2017 at 12:48pm
THE performance of Theresa May?s Government in the Brexit talks has been slated as chaotic and incoherent in a leaked paper describing the views of top European officials.

Tax gap between Scotland and England set to grow with Hammond's Budget tax br...
23 Nov 2017 at 12:10am
THE tax gap between Scotland and England is set to grow wider after Chancellor Philip Hammond announced tax breaks for first-time buyers and middle earners south of the border.

Iain Macwhirter: Sleight of hand from Chancellor as Scotland bypassed by Barnett
23 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
THERESA May recently caused apoplexy among Scottish Conservatives by posting a tweet that talked as if Scotland was already a different country than the UK. But, looking at yesterday?s Budget, you can understand her confusion. In fiscal terms, the divergence between Scotland is becoming an aching void. Many of the key measures in Spreadsheet Phil?s speech either didn?t apply to Scotland or involved our old friend the Barnett bypass.

Scottish Labour grandee: 'foolish' to think party can win next election
23 Nov 2017 at 5:07am
ONE of the new Scottish Labour leader?s most senior colleagues has said it is ?foolish? to think Richard Leonard could become First Minister at the next election.

David Torrance: Davidson is in a better place than Hammond after the Budget
23 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
AT least one portion of the Chancellor?s Budget began to take shape as soon as the ink dried on the Conservative Party?s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

May says Hammond's job is safe after "very good Budget"
23 Nov 2017 at 1:05pm
THERESA May has insisted that Philip Hammond's job as Chancellor is safe after a "very good" Budget.

Sir Michael Fallon returns to Commons for Budget debate following sleaze claims
23 Nov 2017 at 1:19pm
Sir Michael Fallon has returned to the Commons benches for the first time since resigning from Theresa May's Cabinet following allegations about his conduct.

Leonard tells ministers 'use your powers to stop fire service cuts'
23 Nov 2017 at 2:30pm
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has urged the Scottish Government to prevent fire service cuts as he addressed a rally outside Holyrood.

Budget 2017: Scottish Tories credited with U-turn on blue light VAT
23 Nov 2017 at 12:10am
SCOTTISH Tory MPs have been credited with finally convincing the Chancellor to axe the £40m-a-year VAT bill on Scotland?s police and fire services.

Scottish Borders on track for hundreds of millions of pounds under ?growth deal?
23 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
HUNDREDS of millions of pounds is set to be pumped into the Scottish Borders after it was announced negotiations for a ?growth deal? will go ahead.

Budget 2017: £540m investment in electric, driverless cars
23 Nov 2017 at 12:10am
A HALF a billion pound down payment on electric and driverless cars has been announced as part of the Budget.

Tories prepare to fail in securing deal with EU
23 Nov 2017 at 5:00am
By David Hughes



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UK no longer in the world?s top five economies, says Chancellor
23 Nov 2017 at 5:37pm
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has admitted that the UK is no longer in the top five of a list of the world’s largest economies.

Wings Over Scotland begins defamation action against Kezia Dugdale
23 Nov 2017 at 5:03pm
A defamation action has begun against Kezia Dugdale from Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell.

Will Nicola Sturgeon raise income tax in Scottish Budget?
23 Nov 2017 at 4:51pm
Almost exactly a day on from Philip Hammond’s big Budget speech in the House of Commons, the finer points are still being fought over by politicians and journalists of all stripes.

Scottish ministers join sleep in the park event for homeless
23 Nov 2017 at 3:03pm
Scottish ministers are to take part in a huge sleep out to raise money for a charity helping the homeless.

FMQs: Richard Leonard tells Nicola Sturgeon to back "radical change"
23 Nov 2017 at 1:07pm
Nicola Sturgeon was today urged to back  "real and radical" change for Scotland as she clashed with new Labour leader Richard Leonard at First Minister's Question.

I?m a Celebrity: Kezia Dugdale confronts ?Sickola Sturgeon?
23 Nov 2017 at 12:20pm
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be shown on TV confronting a political themed Bushtucker Trial on I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here tonight as she struggles with ‘Sickola Sturgeon’.

Conservatives continue to dominate political donations
23 Nov 2017 at 12:18pm
The Conservatives remain by far the wealthiest of the UK’s political parties in terms of donations, new figures have revealed.

Book review: My Life, Our Times, by Gordon Brown
23 Nov 2017 at 11:33am
It is not unusual for political autobiographies to generate newspaper copy, but rarely do they produce the outpouring of news and comment devoted to Gordon Brown’s My Life, Our Times. It has been impossible to turn to the news pages lately without encountering his revelations about US perfidy on the sharing of intelligence on Iraq, his account of the 2008 financial crisis or his version of the deal struck with Tony Blair that determined the Downing Street pecking order.

Peter Rice: Families will suffer after decision to freeze alcohol duty
23 Nov 2017 at 10:01am
Today’s Budget showed the many Scottish organisations who developed and supported the policy of minimum unit pricing for alcohol were right not to look to the UK government for meaningful, substantial action on the price of alcohol.

Viewers react to Alex Salmond?s Brexit interview on RT
23 Nov 2017 at 9:38am
Viewers tuning into the second Alex Salmond Show have had their say online about the RT programme.

Alex Salmond on RT: UK facing ?total humiliation? over Brexit
23 Nov 2017 at 8:21am
Alex Salmond beleives Britain is facing “total humiliation” over Brexit as he focused on leaving the EU in his second show on RT.

Nicola Sturgeon told to scrap income tax plans
23 Nov 2017 at 6:54am
Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls to ditch the prospect of income tax rises in Scotland after the Chancellor unveiled a £2 billion funding package for Holyrood in the coming years.

Bill Jamieson: I bring a warning from the Ghost of Brexit-Yet-to-Come
23 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
From The Scotsman, Saturday, 30 March, 2019: This morning the country has awoken on the edge of a precipice. Can the rioting be stopped? Will the siege of parliament continue? Where is the UK headed now?

Tram developers failed to oversee key work, inquiry told
23 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Tram developers Tie failed to properly manage key contracts, one of its lawyers has told the Edinburgh tram inquiry.

Analysis: OBR forecast downgrade spells bad news for the UK?s finances
23 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Pain for the UK economy means difficulty for Scotland’s public finances, writes John McLaren

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The Loser
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Nov 2017 at 3:20pm
We wouldn’t say that the Scottish Daily Mail was obsessed or anything, but this is just today’s hysterical coverage of possible changes to taxation in Scotland which haven’t even been PROPOSED yet, let alone actually passed into law. A couple of bits caught our eye in particular. This table, for example, is mostly redundant. Every line …

A nation of hostages
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Nov 2017 at 1:31pm
The efforts by the Scottish Tories to pull off some frankly ambitious shenanigans over today’s Budget continued overnight in increasingly bizarre fashion. As with the Poppy Scotland funding, the party appears to be quite openly punting the line “We knew all along that this was possible and the right thing to do, but we deliberately punished Scotland …

Led by donkeys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2017 at 4:08pm
Yesterday’s edition of the Scottish Mail On Sunday devoted most of a page to a weird column from Ruth Davidson (in which she appeared to believe that Alex Salmond was still the First Minister), crowing about the great deal that Scotland’s 13 Tory MPs have supposedly won for Scotland in this week’s coming budget. The …

Critical Massie
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2017 at 11:29am
This is Spectator columnist Alex Massie reacting earlier this week to the news of Alex Salmond doing a show for Russian news channel RT. Alex Salmond is these days a private individual with no responsibilities to anyone, and RT is a legal, Ofcom-licenced UK broadcaster whose output is beamed free into every home in the …

The (branch) office jungle
by Chris Cairns
18 Nov 2017 at 6:55am

On Her Majesty?s Broadcasting Service
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2017 at 11:31am
We’ll be honest, readers – if this doesn’t make you want to leave the UK all by itself, it may be that there’s nothing that ever will and we should just give up. (Alternative titles considered for this piece included Live And Please Let Die, Doctor Oh God No, The Barely-Living Daylights and Quantum Of Bollocks.) The …

The Only Game In Town
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Nov 2017 at 10:02am
This documentary starts a little slowly, but becomes an eye-opening case study of how Labour steamrollered through crippling PFI contracts to build public infrastructure on the never-never when they ran the Scottish Executive from 1999-2007. We highly recommend giving it a watch.

Correcting the record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2017 at 3:13pm
Since David Torrance shows no sign of being willing to retract the falsehood below that he tweeted earlier today despite our requests, we’ll have to address it here. Apologies for the indulgence. We can find nowhere that we made any allegation of Torrance being “paid” by RT. We tweeted that he’d “worked for” them, and said …

The habit of lying
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2017 at 12:24pm
Yesterday’s Daily Record (which would increasingly be an accurate three-word name for the paper) ran an innocuous piece of page-filler fluff rubbish, and for once we’re not talking about a David Torrance column. It featured the “psychic” predictions of a man who, the Record told us – no fewer than FIVE times in the opening …

The Priti Boys
by Chris Cairns
12 Nov 2017 at 9:32am

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Leaders clash over Scottish budget 'con' claims
23 Nov 2017 at 3:55pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson trade barbs over Scotland's share of the chancellor's Autumn Budget.

Emma Caldwell: Police accused of gross misconduct
23 Nov 2017 at 5:34pm
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is investigating the role of seven Police Scotland officers.

Increased or minimum tobacco price 'could cut number of smokers'
23 Nov 2017 at 1:38am
Health experts suggest increasing the cost of tobacco or setting a minimum price to tackle health inequalities.

Kezia Dugdale enters I'm a Celebrity jungle camp
22 Nov 2017 at 9:58pm
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is introduced as a late-entry campmate on the reality TV show.

Government loan of £15m available to BiFab
22 Nov 2017 at 5:02pm
MSPs are told that the loan offer helped unlock a financial package which lifted the threat of administration.

'Virtual' clinics to reduce waiting times
22 Nov 2017 at 1:42pm
Patients will be able to speak to specialist clinicians using technologies like video and tele-conferencing.

Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May
21 Nov 2017 at 2:47pm
The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price of 50p-per-unit.

MSP criticises principal's reaction to George Watson's College bully row
21 Nov 2017 at 7:06pm
Green MSP Andy Wightman said comments by the principal of George Watson's College were "misleading".

Scottish Tory MP sent 'traitor' Christmas card over Brexit
21 Nov 2017 at 3:42pm
Scottish Conservative MP Paul Masterton was among those branded "mutineers" by the Daily Telegraph.

Scottish police officers 'feel vulnerable to spontaneous violence', says study
21 Nov 2017 at 11:54am
A Scottish Police Federation survey says many officers feel under-equipped to tackle violent crime and terrorism.

Setting boundaries
17 Oct 2017 at 12:18am
How did the latest proposals for Scotland's new electoral map come about, and what might they mean?

Reality Check
11 Oct 2017 at 3:01pm
How do plans to expand childcare provision in Scotland compare with schemes in the rest of the UK?

Scot Goes Pop

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For the fame, not the many
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2017 at 5:29pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about Kezia Dugdale's ill-advised decision to take part in I'm a Celebrity.  You can read it HERE.*  *  *It was ...

David Leask makes serious allegation against Ofcom - but does he have any evi...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2017 at 7:10pm
Because I'm now blocked on Twitter by the Herald's legendary David "Let's Block Everybody" Leask (as a result of just one polite interaction with him), it's harder for me to keep up with developmen...

Hothersall faces bushtucker trial of the soul as everything he thought he cou...
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2017 at 2:36pm
Fate has dealt Duncan Hothersall a cruel hand over the last eighteen hours or so.  Deep down, he probably always anticipated that mystery man Richard Leonard would take the Scottish Labour crown, b...

Andrew Neil: the mask slips
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2017 at 11:35pm
Amid the mindless hysteria about Alex Salmond's perfectly reasonable decision to run his show on an Ofcom-regulated UK television channel (it's on Freeview, for pity's sake!), there is also a sligh...

A gentle hint: this kind of behaviour doesn't just bring journalism into disr...
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2017 at 12:20pm
Those of you on Twitter are probably well aware that there's a Herald journalist called David Leask who is notorious for being the least tolerant person you could ever encounter.  It's almost comic...

New ICM poll is hammerblow for Dugdale...sorry, I mean Rowley...sorry, I mean...
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2017 at 5:54pm
Confusion reigns today over whether the role of interim Scottish Labour leader is now completely vacant or occupied by Jackie Baillie (and indeed confusion also reigns over whether we'd be able to ...

'We need to talk about the monarchy as part of independence'
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2017 at 1:01am
The latest from Phantom Power's Journey to Yes series, featuring someone who you might remember giving Ruth Davidson a (thoroughly deserved) hard time during the general election campaign.

Nineteenth subsample in a row puts the SNP ahead
by James Kelly
10 Nov 2017 at 8:59pm
A new Britain-wide YouGov poll is out today, so this may be a good moment to round-up the Scottish subsamples that have been published since my last update.  There have only been a couple...Ipsos-M...

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Tories have given up on Brexit, Tony Blair?s former spin doctor Alastair Camp...
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23 Nov 2017 at 7:06pm
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ScotRail to run latest-ever festive trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow
by /u/the_c00ler_king
23 Nov 2017 at 5:45pm
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Correspondence between the Scottish Government and the UK Government regardin...
by /u/GallusM
23 Nov 2017 at 3:13pm
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Budget 2017: Call for income tax rise in Scotland to be ditched
by /u/HenrikHasMyHeart
23 Nov 2017 at 2:52pm
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Majority of Scottish MSPs and MPs formally back UN nuclear weapons ban
by /u/MilkTheFrog
23 Nov 2017 at 2:25pm
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[INFO] A look at Brexit and youth employment opportunities in Scotland UK
by /u/Careerstuff1
23 Nov 2017 at 2:13pm
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"Let's have the £140 million that's been nicked from our emergency services b...
by /u/ewenmax
23 Nov 2017 at 1:08pm
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I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Downing Creek (video)
by /u/bottish
23 Nov 2017 at 12:42pm
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Scotland has banned smacking children - so should everyone else
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23 Nov 2017 at 12:19pm
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Philip Hammond accused of RBS fire sale to pay for Brexit
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23 Nov 2017 at 12:04pm
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Iain Macwhirter, Herald: Sleight of hand from Chancellor as Scotland bypassed...
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23 Nov 2017 at 11:48am
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Scottish Labour grandee: 'foolish' to think party can win next election
by /u/bottish
23 Nov 2017 at 11:33am
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New documentary highlights failings in PPP school row - A new documentary has...
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23 Nov 2017 at 11:19am
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NHS report recommends minimum cigarette pricing and licence fee to sell tobacco
by /u/bottish
23 Nov 2017 at 11:13am
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How much have cigarettes gone up after the Budget 2017? It's the biggest pric...
by Mikey Smith
23 Nov 2017 at 5:19pm
There's something different about this year's Budget - and the Chancellor had a decision to make

Is alcohol duty going up in the Budget 2017? Everything you need to know abou...
by Dan Bloom
23 Nov 2017 at 11:46am
Pubs are raising a glass to Philip Hammond after the Chancellor froze the duty in his November Budget. But there is one area where it's increasing

Budget 2017 shows Tories have virtually given up on balancing the books any t...
by Record View
23 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
Thanks to Brexit, everyone is going to be worse off in the next five years, says Record View.

Kenny MacAskill blasted for branding harassment allegations in politics as 'w...
by Andy Philip
23 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The former justice secretary complained that some male MSPs now feel too scared to share lifts with young women.

Sturgeon dismisses Hammond's £2bn for Scotland as "smoke and mirrors"
by David Clegg
23 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
The First Minister said the Chancellors decision to scrap Scotland's emergency service from VAT payments was "welcome, if overdue."

13 things hidden in the Budget 2017 small print that Philip Hammond won't wan...
by Mikey Smith
22 Nov 2017 at 6:31pm
As always, the devil is in the detail. Here's what we've found in the small print

What does Philip Hammond's November Budget mean for Scotland? How the Chancel...
by Michael Reynolds
22 Nov 2017 at 3:11pm
Scotland's biggest announcement came as the Chancellor announced he would scrap VAT for Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

Watch Kezia Dugdale reveal why she decided to enter I'm A Celebrity ... Get M...
by Michael Reynolds
22 Nov 2017 at 12:32pm
The former Scottish Labour leader shared a video on Twitter revealing her reasons behind the controversial decision to join the reality show.

Kezia Dugdale reveals the REAL reason she's heading to the jungle
by Mark Jefferies
21 Nov 2017 at 10:30pm
The former Scottish Labour leader touched down in Australia amid a storm of controversy over her decision to skip three weeks of parliament to take part.

'Happy Brexit, Judas' as Scottish Tory MP branded a traitor in abusive Christ...
by dailyrecord
21 Nov 2017 at 8:11pm
Paul Masterton was one of 15 Tory rebels pictured on a Daily Telegraph front page under the headline "The Brexit Mutineers".

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Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …

Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Chomsky Explains The Cold War In Five Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
7 Nov 2017 at 6:41pm
I’ve taken the title for this post from the video itself, and if you were to say that’s a bold claim, I would agree with you. However, give it a watch and see if you think he got it right…

Just Passing It On
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2017 at 10:46am
I have no comment to make on this but I think I should just leave it here for those of you who didn’t see it on Twitter. I am sure the organisation involved probably does a lot of good work. However, you will have to make up your own mind about whether you think something …

Chomsky With New Entry In ?Insult Trump Competition?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Nov 2017 at 12:01pm
Chomsky recently came out with this… Here are some other frontrunners. I personally think ‘loofa-faced sh*tgibbon’ takes some beating…

El podcast de la Independència de Catalunya
by michaelgreenwell
27 Oct 2017 at 8:40pm
“We hereby constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent, sovereign, legal, democratic, socially-conscious state” You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and …

It?s Nearly That Time Again
by michaelgreenwell
26 Oct 2017 at 9:59am

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Two Giants go Head to Head
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Nov 2017 at 3:07pm
Two of the BBC’s most powerful journalists have been slugging it out all week to see who can make the biggest fools of themselves. Laura Kuenssberg took an early lead by trying to create some bizarre Conspiracy about the Irish Govt and the EU, before Andrew Neil took over with a spectacular Twitter spat with …

Scotland at COP23
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Nov 2017 at 11:42am
Steve Rushton reports from the climate negotiations in Bonn, on Scotland’s climate change strategy, and how they compare to our Nordic neighbours. What difference would independence make to our climate policy? At COP23, the annual climate negotiations in Bonn, I tried to imagine an independent Scotland attending. Would it push for global climate justice? Could …

BiFab and Beyond
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2017 at 6:24pm
We asked Jimmy Robertson, scaffolder at Bifab, Burntisland, to reflect on the BiFab victory and the challenges ahead. How can it be that Methil is in the top 5% of the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation? In 1883 the Denbeath pit was opened and until 1967 there was an average of 1900 people employed directly. …

Keepin the Heid ? men, mental health an wark
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2017 at 6:18pm
How can a force that naebody can see push ye aff a balcony or in front o a train ? or scrieve a sang that gies ye hope when ye?ve had enough? The mind can be oor greatest freen or oor maist fearsome enemy. Scottish men can be guid chanters an poets ? but oor …

Top Ten Anti-Gaelic Arguments Demolished
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2017 at 6:11pm
Here are the top 10 most common anti-Gaelic language arguments and why they?re daft: 1. Scottish Gaelic is an SNP Nationalist plot! It was the Scottish Secretary in Thatcher?s 1980s Government, George Younger, who began funding Gaelic TV and Radio, with gradual increases supported on a cross party basis from then on. This culminated in …

Could Northern Ireland Burn Again?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2017 at 6:03pm
The year is 2017. There has been peace in the North for 20 years???violence on the margins. The IRA has stopped being a murder gang and turned to politics???its members have grown up and given up their fantasies of fighting the North into a United Ireland. The IRA is disarmed. The great killing year of …

One Nation Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2017 at 5:40pm
We’re repeatedly told by David Mundell and Theresa May and Ruth Davidson that Scotland is being consulted and involved in Brexit debates, though things get a bit sketchy when asked for details. Now, as a result of some outstanding FOI work by Shaun Davey, it’s become clear that this is a complete nonsense. The simple …

Judgement day for Ratko Mladi?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2017 at 4:18pm
The main in the photograph is Fikret Alic. Today he was in the Hague to witness the trial for Ratko Mladi?, the Bosnian Serb commander. Charges relate to the forty-four month Siege of Sarajevo in which 10,000 civilians were killed, and the Srebrenica Massacre in which 8000 men and boys were killed. The trial judgement summary …

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Kezia Dugdale: I'll donate part of I'm a Celebrity fee to charity
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 Nov 2017 at 10:49am
Scottish MSP admits sums involved are not ?in any sense small? as she defends her decision to appear in reality TV showThe former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has promised to donate part of her fee from appearing in I?m a Celebrity ? Get Me Out of Here to a homeless charity as she defende...

Scotland's minimum pricing for alcohol to take effect in May 2018
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Nov 2017 at 3:42pm
Shona Robison announces plan to fix level at 50p a unit, aiming to reduce hospital admissions by 8,254 in first five yearsScotland?s minimum pricing policy for alcohol, to be fixed at 50p a unit, will come into force on 1 May 2018, the Scottish health secretary has announced.In a statement at Hol...

Kezia Dugdale avoids Scottish Labour suspension over I'm a Celebrity trip
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Nov 2017 at 3:35pm
Party?s MSPs decide not to take immediate action against former leader, as her partner defends decision to appear on showThe former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has avoided being suspended by the party after she joined the cast of I?m a Celebrity ? Get Me Out of Here without its approval....

Scotland's future: Brexit Means... podcast
by Presented by Jon Henley with Libby Brooks and Catherine Stihler. Produced by Rowan Slaney
21 Nov 2017 at 7:00am
Libby Brooks and Catherine Stihler join Jon Henley to look at how Brexit might affect remain-voting ScotlandSubscribe on iTunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Soundcloud and Acast and join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter and emailIn this episode we?re going to be looking at how Brexit might affect Sco...

New Scottish Labour leader admits he sides with England sports teams
by Patrick Greenfield
21 Nov 2017 at 12:49am
Yorkshire-born trade unionist Richard Leonard says he supports England when the two nations go head-to-headThe new leader of Scottish Labour has admitted he supports England over Scotland when the two nations go head-to-head in rugby and football.The Yorkshire-born trade unionist Richard Leonard ...

Kezia Dugdale joins I'm a Celebrity and causes split in Scottish Labour
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Nov 2017 at 5:52pm
Former leader?s decision to join jungle reality show overshadows election of her successor, Richard LeonardRichard Leonard, the new leader of Scottish Labour, has said ?feelings are running high? in the party after his predecessor, Kezia Dugdale, joined the reality TV show I?m a Celebrity ? Get M...

How to get our own back on Russia ? give them Alex Salmond | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
19 Nov 2017 at 12:05am
It wouldn?t be surprising if the Kremlin?s claim that Cameron asked for its help to stop Scottish independence was trueWhen Theresa May admonished Vladimir Putin last week over Russia?s meddling in UK affairs she told him: ?We know what you?re doing and it won?t succeed.? The Russian president mi...

Richard Leonard wins Scottish Labour leadership in decisive victory
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 Nov 2017 at 2:59pm
Pro-Corbyn candidate beats centrist rival Anas Sarwar as party stunned by Kezia Dugdale?s appearance on I?m a CelebrityJeremy Corbyn has strengthened his grip on the Labour party after Scottish members elected a leftwing trade unionist, Richard Leonard, as their seventh leader in the past decade....

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Marketing a lie
It’s a quiet news day. No other former Labour leaders have announced their decision to eat kangaroo testicles on national TV, and no more former SNP leaders have announced their decision to set up a broadcasting studio in Vladimir Putin’s front room where they’re going to read out the Kremlin’s little list of things that …

Nasty nasty
The past week has been a bit confusing. Isn’t it independence supporters who are supposed to be the nasty ones? That’s what the British press and political class keeps on telling us so surely it must be true. I’m a case in point. I’m certainly no saint. I can be exceedingly rude, especially about Wullie …

I?m a Labour ex-leader, get me out of here
So there you are, thinking that there can’t possibly be anything to top Alex Salmond presenting a chat show on Russian telly, and then along comes Kezia Dugdale going – Haud ma drink. Kezia has decided that she misses Scottish Labour’s diet of repellant, unpleasant and suspicious things that reek to high heaven, so she’s …

This ship is sinking
We’re on a cruise liner, and it’s on fire and holed below the waterline. The ship is on an erratic and unplanned course which is taking it ever closer to some dangerous rocks, meanwhile the senior crew members spend all their time and energy plotting against the captain. Mind you, none of them actually want …

The Brextremism Bill
This week the only de jure sovereign body in the UK is debating the Brexit bill, that is, those parts that the de facto sovereign body, which would be the cabinet, lets them have an influence on. They’re debating this because Brexiteers MPs insisted that the EU referendum was fought in order to ensure that …

Lies, damned lies, and newspaper headlines
There’s misleading headlines, there’s biased headlines, and then there’s outright trolling headlines. However an article in Tuesday’s Herald newspaper managed to have a headline which wasn’t just trolling, it was the newspaper attention seeking equivalent of baring your arse at a wedding, wiping your backside with the wedding cake, and all the while screaming that …

Things to crack you up
Generally the kind of pain which we’re used to in the Scottish independence movement is the emotional pain that comes from witnessing the likes of a newspaper which would be the periodical of choice of a Sith Lord posing as a great defender of moral values. Or there’s the pain incurred by our sensibilities on …

Alexandrevitch Salmondov TV
Oh dear gods. You stop blogging for a couple of days and in the meantime the Scottish Unionist establishment and their media pals go into a collective fit of hysterical meltdown because a private individual decides to take a gig with a telly channel which is owned by Russia. Alex Salmond, let us remember, holds …

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Ask Angry: Politicians on reality TV ? how far is this going to go?
DEAR Angry, In recent years I?ve noticed a growing trend for politicians to make appearances on reality television shows. From doolally Lembit Opik to George Galloway?s foolish feline follies to Kezia Dugdale?s recent decision to appear in the jungle, it seems that politicians love being considered to be celebrities.

Austerity warning as Scotland faces £239m cut in Hammond's Budget
SCOTLAND faces a funding cut of £239 million next year, the First Minister has warned as she dismissed Philip Hammond?s Budget pledge of an extra £2 billion as ?smoke and mirrors?.

Hammond?s Budget unravels as ?giveaway? exposed
PHILIP Hammond?s big Budget giveaway unravelled last night, after economists ripped apart his proposal to cut stamp duty for first-time buyers.

Tax break boost for North Sea industry in Hammond's Budget
TAX breaks will be introduced for the North Sea oil and gas industry from November 2018 in a bid to spur more investment.

Scotland in line for three more City Deals
CITY deals for Tayside, Stirling and the Borders were among the measures unveiled in the Chancellor?s Budget yesterday.

Chancellor's Stamp Duty move could backfire, warns OBR
THE headline announcement in the Budget was the abolition of stamp duty for first-time property buyers on homes worth up to £300,000 with a rate of five per cent will be charged on the value between £300,001 and £500,000.

Hammond expected to end emergency service VAT anomaly in Scotland but will no...
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond is expected to use his Budget to end the anomaly that means police and fire services in Scotland are the only ones in the UK who pay VAT.

Scottish ministers still haven?t seen Tory Brexit analysis despite repeated p...
SCOTTISH ministers still haven?t had any information from the UK Government about the impact of Brexit on Scotland ? despite promises made by David Mundell and David Davies last month.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

£Billions Sucked Out Of UK Universities By Equity Finance Enterprise Register...
            INTO University Partnerships – Labour Party Private Finance Initiative For Further Education Every year, INTO helps almost 14,000 students from 150 countries and territories around the world achieve their dream of studying overseas. Investing more than £46 million annually and working with around 1,000 carefully selected education counsellors, we … Continue reading "£Billions Sucked...

Bogus Colleges ? Bogus Student?s ? Bogus Diploma?s ? Bogus Directors ? Backdo...
        18 Jun 2004: Clampdown on Bogus Colleges The government has given details of a new register designed to stop people entering Britain by posing as students. Ministers want to stop people gaining visas by claiming to be students at bogus colleges. From now on, all colleges and other educational establishments will … Continue reading "Bogus Colleges – Bogus Student’s – Bogus Diploma’s – Bo...

Trump ? Putin Congressional Investigation ? Moving Finger of Fate Pointing at...
      George Papadopoulos       Papadopoulos and His Bid For Political Stardom George Demetrios Papadopoulos was born in August 1987 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He graduated from DePaul University in 2009 with a degree in political science and government. Richard Farkas, a Russian politics professor at DePaul University, on discovering that … Continue reading "Trump – Putin Congressional...

Hayley Valentine ? Yet Another BBC Unionist Supporting Grasshopper Imposed On...
      Hayley Valentine     Hayley Jane Valentine – A few Personal Details Family: Part of the Valentine’s Book Binding family of Falkirk. Born in Glenrothes in 1971 the youngest of three children. Schooling: Attended Auchtermuchty High School and Edinburgh University – Degree in Journalism Career: Started her career in Journalism working in … Continue reading "Hayley Valentine – Yet Another BBC...

Tory MSP Attacks Scottish Government?s Record On NHS General Practitioner (GP...
      6 Nov 2017: Tory List MSP Mile Briggs moans that a Scottish NHS recruitment drive has failed A Scottish Government plan to boost GP numbers has resulted in the recruitment of 18 doctors since it launched two years ago, according to figures highlighted by the Conservatives. The party said the “handful” of … Continue reading "Tory MSP Attacks Scottish Government’s Record On NHS General Prac...

Northern Sea Route Developing Fast ? But What Happened to the Transshipment C...
      Scapa Flo Orkney       Container Transshipment and Demand for Container Terminal Capacity in Scotland Scapa Flow in Orkney provides the best available deep water port in Europe with the potential to handle any amount of major transshipment of today’s mega-size container ships. The container port market in Northern Europe is … Continue reading "Northern Sea Route Developing Fast – But What...

Jamie Halcro-Johnston ? Tory Gentleman Farmer ? Four Time Election Loser Gets...
            The Tory Party and the farming community of Scotland I am at a loss when it comes to understanding the mentality of the bulk of Scottish farmers who continue to pledge their futures to Tory Party millionaire Gentlemen farmers and to the counsel of the Scottish Farmers Union which … Continue reading "Jamie Halcro-Johnston – Tory Gentleman Farmer – Four Time Election Loser Gets Into H...

UK Government and BBC in Breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection an...
        EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – Article 11 – Freedom of expression and information Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. The freedom and pluralism … Continue reading "UK Government and BBC in Breach of the U...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence
The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 1st 2017 Scandals and controversies are thick and fast these days. There are the indictments against senior members of the Trump campaign, allegations of impropriety by sexpest MPs, and the ongoing stand-off and clampdown by the Spanish authorities in Catalonia. All of these …

The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit
The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, Oct0ber 25th 2017 British democracy used to be presented as the envy of the world – the Whig version of history, the rule of law and above all the sense of continuity which was meant to differentiate the …

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain?
Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 11th 2017 The British Conservatives have for most of their history been an impressively successful political force, winning elections and forming the UK government on its own or in coalition for two-thirds of the 20th and 21st centuries. It …

Scottish Independence in the Age of Dirsruption: Big Questions for the SNP, L...
Scottish Independence in the Age of Disruption: Big Questions for the SNP, Labour and Tories Gerry Hassan LSE Politics Blog, October 9th 2017 Scottish politics are in a strange place at the moment – not one of calm, but of transition with the future uncertain. After several years of high-octane politics, and the twin peaks …

Scotland and Independence

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Suspended Russian Twitter accounts also mentioned Scottish independence debat...

Suspended Russian Twitter accounts also mentioned Scottish independence debate
RUSSIAN Twitter accounts suspected of interfering in the US presidential election also posted messages on the Scottish independence debate. Professor Laura Cram, who is scrutinising social media posts as part of a research project into Brexit, said ...
Revealed: Bogus accounts' 400000 tweets...

Theresa May blasted for Scottish independence Twitter blunder - HeraldScotland

Theresa May blasted for Scottish independence Twitter blunder
Prime Minister Theresa May has come under fire for a Twitter gaffe suggesting Scotland was independent from the rest of the UK. A Tweet posted from her official account after meeting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for Brexit talks was critcised by ...

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Tactical voting in referendums: did SNP's mixed signals encourage those for i...

British Politics and Policy at LSE (blog)
Tactical voting in referendums: did SNP's mixed signals encourage those for independence to vote for Brexit?
British Politics and Policy at LSE (blog)
Zachary Green, Jae-Jae Spoon and Christopher Williams argue that some proponents of Scottish independence may have resorted to tactical voting in the EU referendum. They did so in the hope that a Leave win w...

Opponents to Scottish independence outstrip Yes voters four-fold, petition sh...

Opponents to Scottish independence outstrip Yes voters four-fold, petition shows
A PARLIAMENTARY petition against a second independence referendum received over four-and-a-half times more support from Scotland than a campaign backing a new vote. A geographical breakdown of petition backers reveals that 33,892 of 38,515 ...
Alex Salmond interview: Nicola Sturgeon is pre...

Could Donald Trump back Scottish independence? - BBC News

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Could Donald Trump back Scottish independence?
BBC News
Donald Trump could back Scottish independence in a future referendum - but only if he thinks it makes economic sense, a former aide has said. Sebastian Gorka said the US president "believes that nation states prosper when they are sovereign". Mr Trump ...
Donald Trump 'could back INDEPENDENT Scotland' Nicola Sturgeon breakaway given h...

Catalonia fallout will quash Scottish independence and deliver a hard Brexit ...

The Independent
Catalonia fallout will quash Scottish independence and deliver a hard Brexit
The Independent
In addition to Scotland's respecting the decision on Catalan independence, a motion is to be submitted to the Finnish parliament by the country's MP for Lapland, Mikko Karna, calling on Finland to officially recognise Catalonia as an independent republic.

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Alastair Stewart: Can you really compare Scotland and Catalonia? - CommonSpace

Alastair Stewart: Can you really compare Scotland and Catalonia?
WAS the Catalan vote for independence illegal? Yes. It's that simple. The 1978 Spanish Constitution, agreed across the country in the years following General Francisco Franco's death in 1975, makes two explicit provisions regarding Spain's unity. The ...

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Richard Leonard is elected Labour's new leader in Scotland - The Economist

Richard Leonard is elected Labour's new leader in Scotland
The Economist
It is now one of Britain's tightest constituencies, a three-way marginal between Labour, the Tories and the SNP, which holds it. Only 360 votes separated the three parties in the general election in June, but everything from class to nationalism and ...

Nicola Sturgeon mocked over claim more than half £2 billion Budget boost is '...
Nicola Sturgeon mocked over claim more than half £2 billion Budget boost is 'wrong sort of money'
In a jibe that caused the Tory benches at Holyrood to erupt with laughter, Ms Davidson told First Minister's Questions that the SNP usually complained it did not have enough money but ?today we have a brand new one: it is the wrong kind of money that ...

Nicola Sturgeon determined to go ahead with tax rises to fund spending - The ...

The Times
Nicola Sturgeon determined to go ahead with tax rises to fund spending
The Times
The SNP promised to protect the basic rate of income tax and they are now preparing to hike it up ? so isn't that the difference between us, when it comes to tax we keep our promises to Scotland's workers and she breaks hers?? Ms Sturgeon said the ...

Councillors slam brakes on 20mph limit as it is too costly - Press and Journal

Press and Journal
Councillors slam brakes on 20mph limit as it is too costly
Press and Journal
Councillors have slammed the brakes on proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit across Moray's towns and villages ? because it would cost too much. The authority's SNP group had urged the local authority to investigate the prospect of rolling out the ...

Reviewing the necessary data for the best stock in today's share market ? Chi...

Reviewing the necessary data for the best stock in today's share market ? China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ...
The News Journal
When looking for the right stock to invest in, there are many different aspects you have to observe. It is typically broken down between fundamental analysis and technical analysis, with fundamental analysis checking the engine of the company so to ...

Will Nicola Sturgeon raise income tax in Scottish Budget? - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Will Nicola Sturgeon raise income tax in Scottish Budget?
The Scotsman
Minority government in Scotland's parliament means that Mr Mackay, the SNP's Finance Secretary, will have his work cut out persuading at least some opposition members to vote for his package of measures. READ MORE: Are Scots prepared to pay more in ...

Israel's Military Detention of Palestinian Children. Motion against Israel in...

Israel's Military Detention of Palestinian Children. Motion against Israel in Britain's Parliament
Center for Research on Globalization
The primary sponsor of the EDM, officially tabled on Monday, is Labour MP Richard Burden, joined by five co-sponsors: Labour's Lisa Nandy, Andy Slaughter, and Grahame Morris, along with the Liberal Democrats' Alistair Carmichael, and SNP MP Tommy ...

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What Scotland can learn from the referendum from below in Catalonia - CommonS...

What Scotland can learn from the referendum from below in Catalonia
IN our recently published book, we argued that referendums have become increasingly a means for movements to bring about fundamental structural change. We coined the term referendums from below to analyse the mass grassroots engagement in some ...

Devolve Brexit powers to Scotland or risk another referendum, warns leading S...

Scottish Daily Record
Devolve Brexit powers to Scotland or risk another referendum, warns leading SNP MP
Scottish Daily Record
A leading SNP MP last night said a second independence referendum will be held if the UK Government don't concede to demands to devolve Brexit powers to Scotland. Tommy Sheppard, a former contender for SNP deputy leader, gave the warning ahead ...
Alex Salmond interview: Ni...

Richard Leonard is elected Labour's new leader in Scotland - The Economist

Richard Leonard is elected Labour's new leader in Scotland
The Economist
To restore Labour's dominance in Scotland, Mr Leonard must win over the voters who deserted the party en masse for the SNP after the independence referendum in September 2014, when Scotland elected to stay in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%.

Brown: Third referendum option would have killed independence - The Times

The Times
Brown: Third referendum option would have killed independence
The Times
A third option in Scotland's referendum offering voters a beefed-up parliament with more powers would have seen support for independence collapse, Gordon Brown has claimed. The former prime minister said that he wanted a third option on the ballot ...

COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' ...
COLD WAR 2: Russian spies 'trying to force Scottish independence referendum' warns US
Earlier this year, former British ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood warned that the Kremlin may seek to interfere in a future Scottish independence referendum. Sir Andrew said Russia would seek to break up the United Kingdom and this presents a ...

What happened to Catalonia can't happen to Scotland -
What happened to Catalonia can't happen to Scotland
Since the Catalan government's decision to stage a referendum on independence on October 1, there has been much comment on the rise of separatist movements across Europe. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU ...

Scotland needs to remain united in the face of a second referendum - The Student

The Student
Scotland needs to remain united in the face of a second referendum
The Student
Between Catalonia's independence crisis and growing uncertainty surrounding the UK's Brexit deal, it's looking increasingly likely that Scotland will hold another independence referendum: when this will happen, however, is less clear. Speaking to STV ...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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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 ...

Donald Trump for First Minister?
Donald Trump is aiming to become the first person in history to hold the office of President of the United States and First Minister of Scotland simultaneously. Is this even possible?

The Official President Trump thread

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!

Anas Sarwar
This man has to be the biggest lying duplicitous shit in Scottish politics. Currently posting on Facebook about SNP trolls targeting him. No Anas you block anyone who dares question you like I did last week. I'm not a member of the SNP. I'm not a troll. However, you are a ct of the first degree...

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up..

Minimum Unit Alcohol Price Illegal, says European Court of Justice This will now be referred back to the Scottish courts but it looks to be a victory for the Scotch Whisky Association.

Present Korea Crisis
For much of my working life I worked, travelled and lived in the Far East so I have some understanding of what lies beneath the present tension. What most people in the west are not aware of is that Japan is despised in most of the countries throughout the far east, especially in China, most ...

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

Hunting Hitler
Is the tv show I?ve been binging on. It?s from the History channel and contains a squad of the World?s finest manhunters and war crimes specialists trying to piece together whether Hitler fled alive to Argentina instead of the suicide that we are told to believe. There?s some pretty fascinating s...

Dundee WTF?
In the top 5 must see destinations in the world! Been a few years since I was there, I'll need to arrange a return trip...  

Strangest Celebrity Sightings
Who and where is the most random place you've met or seen a "celebrity" He's hardly a celebrity but mines would be when we seen Simon Weston at the lap dancing in Cardiff

The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

The Alex Salmond Show

Peaky Blinders
If you've no seen it, watch it, magic.

Greggs Nativity
How can you be outraged by the Greggs nativity when you realise that 'Lord Jesus' written backwards reads as 'Susejd Rol'?

Selling the Hoose
As it says on the tin. Never sold a hoose before.  Been in this one 28 years. Any good/bad experiences with estate agents, i.e. any I shouldn't touch with a bargepole?  Suppose I'm looking at paying the least amount I can but still getting a good service!

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence
Resolution declaring independent Catalan republic passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions. Catalan Parliament has declared independence. In an historic plenary session after weeks of tensions with the Spanish government, and before the Senate votes on the suspension of self-rule, Catalan MPs passed a resolution that makes effective the electoral mandate…

A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…

President of Catalunya?s Statement
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalunya: 10/10/17 “I want to follow people?s will for Catalonia to become an independent state. We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration… in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum… Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue. I…

An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…