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SNP to shun 'independence day' amid claims breakaway Scotland would have face...
23 Feb 2016 at 12:10am
THE SNP is set to downplay the landmark date that Scotland would have left the UK if the country had voted Yes in the independence referendum.

Willie Rennie calls for parties to unite in EU vote campaign
22 Feb 2016 at 2:25pm
Scotland's political leaders should unite to make a positive case for the UK's continued membership of the European Union (EU), according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

New move to unite Yes parties and push for indyref2 in 2021
21 Feb 2016 at 12:15am
A NEW cross-party group is being set up to unite the Yes movement behind a common plan for independence and win a second referendum in 2021.

Scottish Resistance to target SNP veterans in 'Indycamp' row
21 Feb 2016 at 5:04pm
Scottish Resistance to target SNP veterans in 'Indycamp' row

SNP membership rises to over 115,000 ahead of Holyrood elections
17 Feb 2016 at 11:54am
The SNP's chief executive has revealed that membership of the party has passed 115,000 ahead of the Holyrood elections.

Labour backs Scottish Government in Westminster funding talks
15 Feb 2016 at 4:33pm
Labour has "fully supported" the Scottish Government in its efforts to get the best deal for Holyrood in crunch talks over future funding, Kezia Dugdale said.

Sturgeon urged to rule out independence vote as poll shows 36 per cent want r...
15 Feb 2016 at 12:09am
LITTLE more than a third of Scots want another independence referendum before 2021, according to a new poll.

No Borders campaign fined after belatedly filing accounts
14 Feb 2016 at 12:15am
ONE of the biggest-spending No campaign groups in the independence referendum has been fined almost £400 after filing late accounts.

First of the Holyrood TV election debates to be held in Edinburgh
12 Feb 2016 at 4:34pm
STV will host the first televised leaders? debate of the Scottish election campaign in Edinburgh on March 29

Hospital link amazes Nigerian minister after 3,700-mile move to Scotland
11 Feb 2016 at 7:16pm
A minister who moved to Scotland from a small community in Nigeria has discovered an "amazing" connection with his new home town after a church member revealed she worked in the same hospital as his mother.

Sturgeon brands Labour's 1p income tax rise plans a 'con-trick'
11 Feb 2016 at 6:58pm
The First Minister has branded Scottish Labour's plans to raise income tax a "con-trick" on the lowest-paid.

Tories slam First Minister over EU farmer payment delays
11 Feb 2016 at 1:50pm
The First Minister has "lost the trust of rural Scotland" over delays to European Union (EU) funding payments to farmers, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said.

SNP minister rules out party campaigning with David Mundell against Brexit
11 Feb 2016 at 9:30am
A senior SNP minister has ruled out campaigning with David Mundell to keep Scotland in the EU.

Swinney: claims Scottish Government will drain £2.2bn from public services ar...
10 Feb 2016 at 9:05am
The Scottish Government has denied claims that £2.2bn will be drained from public services as a result of their budget decisions.

Cameron talks to Sturgeon on tax powers but fails to break deadlock
10 Feb 2016 at 7:38am
DAVID Cameron has spoken personally to Nicola Sturgeon in a bid to break the deadlock over tax powers as Labour today urges both leaders to ?get round the table? and seal the deal.

 

Scotsman

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One-third of UK businesses do not support Brexit
23 Feb 2016 at 7:16am
Bosses at more than a third of Britain’s biggest businesses have come out in support of the campaign for the country to remain in the European Union.

Leader comment: Global threats require a joint response
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
The debate over defence in the event of Britain leaving the EU has produced some scaremongering and ill-chosen remarks

Outlander boss pleads with Holyrood for Scots film studio
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
ONE of the key figures involved in making the smash-hit TV series Outlander has pleaded with the Scottish Government to give the green light to the country’s first major film studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh - describing it as a “no-brainer.”

Obselete technology carries ?threat to UK borders?
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Illegal immigrants and smugglers are routinely entering the UK unchecked due to ailing security technology, it has been claimed.

Hilary Clinton says there?s work to do to convince voters
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Hillary Clinton admitted she has work to do to convince voters she has their best interests at heart, even as she celebrated her weekend win over rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Nevada.

North Sea oil industry future at risk as new projects stall
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
The North Sea oil and gas industry stands “at the edge of a chasm”, a stark industry report warns today, after a collapse in vital new investment and exploration for new fields.

Toolkit issued to help people object to alcohol sales
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
A leading anti-alcohol abuse campaign group has issued a “toolkit” to help local communities in Scotland raise objections at licensing boards.

George Galloway denies being Brexit camp hindrance
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Former Labour MP George Galloway has hit out at “childish” questions about whether he is turning voters off the Brexit campaign.

Calls for tighter rules on Scottish comestic surgery clinics
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Cosmetic surgery industry bosses say a tough new inspection regime is needed for the sector in Scotland amid concerns that “untrained and unregulated” practitioners 
are putting patients at risk.

Ian Murray MP compares Brexit campaign to Donald Trump
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
The European Union (EU) referendum could be won or lost on the votes of Labour supporters, according to shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray.

Peter Jones: There are few certainties in Brexit debate
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Forget clear-cut platitudes, this referendum is about the balance of probabilities, writes Peter Jones

Scott Macnab: Oil industry crash could affect Scots election
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
When Scotland’s foremost oil industry magnate, Sir Ian Wood, made a keynote intervention during the independence referendum campaign to warn that predictions about the future value of the North Sea to the country’s economic future were, frankly, a bit over the top he found himself at the centre of a political row.

Royal Mile strike threat across Scotland over sacked postman
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
The threat of Royal Mail strike action across Scotland is growing after management refused to reinstate a sacked postal worker despite being ordered to do so by an employment tribunal judge.

Scotland Bill: D-Day for deal to bring powers to Holyrood
23 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Negotiations aimed at bringing historic new powers over tax and welfare to the Scottish Parliament will come to a head today as the deadline looms for a deal to be struck.

David Cameron rules out second EU referendum
22 Feb 2016 at 4:20pm
David Cameron hit back at London mayor Boris Johnson yesterday as he told MPs he had “no other agenda than what is best for our country” in seeking to safeguard the UK’s place in the EU.

Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

England?s Dreaming
by Douglas Daniel
22 Feb 2016 at 11:52am
It’s quite incredible that someone with Jim Sillars’ political experience should be so naive about the tactics surrounding the EU referendum. Regardless of your feelings on the EU itself, there’s absolutely no point in any supporter of Scottish independence voting Leave this June, and here’s why. This referendum is not about Scotland, Wales or Northern …

More repeats
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Feb 2016 at 1:34pm
The slow news year in Scottish politics continues. These are all from today: Sound familiar? It should do, because here was the news three months ago: Nothing new has happened. No extra information has become available. Like the Daily Mail repeating a September 2015 puff piece on four front pages in January 2016 about “SNP second jobs”, …

The Taffy Tories
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Feb 2016 at 7:54pm
Alert readers can’t have failed to notice a desperate Scottish Labour dusting off the old “Tartan Tories” attack on the SNP recently, over the Nats’ unwillingness to join in with Kezia Dugdale’s kerrazy kaper of hiking up income tax. So after today we can only assume they’ll be looking for some similarly pithy zingers for their …

We agree with Michael Gove
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Feb 2016 at 1:37pm
And you can’t say that every day. These are paragraphs from a statement the Edinburgh-born MP made today: “My starting point is simple. I believe that the decisions which govern all our lives, the laws we must all obey and the taxes we must all pay should be decided by people we choose and who we …

All Hands On Deck
by Chris Cairns
20 Feb 2016 at 6:55am

The drained pool
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Feb 2016 at 11:32am
It’s curious that as the Scotland Bill negotiations deadlock drags on, well beyond its original deadline of 12 February and now hurtling headlong towards the extended 23 February one with no sign of progress on the horizon, that nobody is remarking on one of the most striking facets of the new devolution proposals. Remember “pooling and …

Toadies Of Toad Hall
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Feb 2016 at 2:31pm
Last night, MP Natalie McGarry made another heavily-qualified semi-apology to the popular abusive-tweeter enthusiast JK Rowling, because that’s how bullying works. (As far as we know McGarry has still refused Rowling’s demand that she make a sizeable donation to Rowling’s charity under threat of legal action.) One of George Orwell’s most-quoted lines is “Journalism is …

Making numbers dance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Feb 2016 at 11:14am
Without a doubt our new favourite Unionist website is this one: And it’s not just for the snazzy badges. The site’s core premise is that traditional last refuge of the truly desperate: the conceit that everyone who doesn’t vote for your opponents is tacitly voting for you. But we’re actually going to skate over that …

The SNPBAD Files
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Feb 2016 at 7:55am
Since the astonishing election of 56 SNP MPs to the UK Parliament last May, the Unionist media – suddenly deprived of a whole contacts book full of friendly Scottish Labour bench-warmers ready to feed it cosy stories over a boozy expenses lunch in Whitehall – has raked through every bin and gutter in the land …

Nationalism in reverse
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2016 at 12:54pm
We saw a very interesting article on the London School of Economics website today. It notes that in 2006, the year before the SNP came to power, 65% of Scots identified themselves as “Scottish not British” or “more Scottish than British”, but by 2014 – the year of the independence referendum – that number had fallen …

BBC Scotland

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Swinney and Mundell face fiscal grilling
23 Feb 2016 at 12:14am
John Swinney and David Mundell are to be questioned by MSPs over their inability to agree a deal on Scotland's new fiscal framework.

Oil and gas investment 'collapsing'
23 Feb 2016 at 12:02am
Investment in new offshore oil and gas projects is collapsing despite cost-cutting efforts, according to an industry report.

GPs call for more government funding
22 Feb 2016 at 11:53am
GPs have lost out on £1.6bn of investment over the last 10 years, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland.

Penicillin facility creates 55 new jobs
22 Feb 2016 at 12:56pm
Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is to create 55 new jobs at its newly-expanded penicillin-making plant in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

EU exit 'could spark Scots referendum'
21 Feb 2016 at 5:28pm
A second independence referendum will "almost certainly" be demanded by Scots if the UK votes to leave the EU but Scotland does not, says Nicola Sturgeon.

Parties trade claims over waiting times
21 Feb 2016 at 12:28am
The SNP and Scottish Labour issue contrasting claims about waiting times in Scotland's hospital wards.

Ex-college boss asked to return pay-off
21 Feb 2016 at 12:35am
A former college principal who received a £304,000 pay-off against official guidelines is asked by government lawyers to return some of the money.

Strong Scots EU campaign pledged
20 Feb 2016 at 5:14pm
Scotland's politicians argue the case for and against the UK remaining in the EU, as the date for the referendum was announced.


Piper Alpha papers reveal MP's concerns
19 Feb 2016 at 1:38pm
Conservative MP Cecil Parkinson raised concerns after the Piper Alpha disaster about what were seen as union attempts to make capital from the tragedy.

Fishing ban zone 'incursions' probed
19 Feb 2016 at 11:29am
Fast patrol boats are deployed to investigate reports of fishing boats operating illegally inside special marine protection zones.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Put your questions to Willie Rennie
22 Feb 2016 at 12:44pm
Send us your questions for Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie


VIDEO: Lego explains the fiscal framework
19 Feb 2016 at 1:07pm
Lego explains the fiscal framework

Is Scotland the most pro-EU part of the UK?
18 Feb 2016 at 2:03pm
Is Scotland the most pro-EU part of UK?

Strained relations
9 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
A look at the funding offer being made to Scottish councils

Scot Goes Pop

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

For the attention of Boris Johnson : your cut-out-and-keep guide to the overw...
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2016 at 3:14am
I'm getting the slight impression that the outgoing Mayor of London may have read one too many of those endless "Scottish public opinion is basically the same as English public opinion" articles fr...

VOTE : Have you changed your mind about the EU referendum?
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2016 at 4:10pm
A few months ago, I posed the EU referendum question in a readers' poll, and was quite startled that there was an overwhelming vote (in the region of 85% to 15%) in favour of Remain.  Perhaps that ...

Implausible Welsh figures put a slight question mark on first post-agreement ...
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2016 at 6:11am
The first EU referendum poll conducted since the Brussels deal was finalised on Friday night has already been released, and strangely it's not all that helpful.  It's a Survation telephone poll, an...

A short EU referendum campaign doesn't shut down the risk for the Tory party
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2016 at 6:31pm
Last night, I happened to stumble on a Twitter discussion in which Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson and Paul Sinclair swapped examples of lessons that the Prime Minister had supposedly learned fro...

OK, OK, Donald Trump might start a nuclear war, but at least that'll "stabili...
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2016 at 9:26pm
When I was at university, I remember reading a book about nuclear weapons that had been written in the early 1980s.  (It's quite a famous book, I think, but the name of it temporarily escapes me.) ...

SNP's spectacular by-election gain is an oceanic Oban occasion
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2016 at 11:59pm
The SNP have gained a local council seat in the Oban North and Lorn by-election, which was bizarrely the third by-election to be held in the same ward since the 2012 election.  It's a genuine gain ...

Claire Smith ATOMISES hapless Irishman with the best tweet ever
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2016 at 2:58pm
Fans of Claire Smith from Oldham thought they were having a great day anyway - but then came the icing on the cake.  Claire's ex-boyfriend, an Irishman called Aidan Brennan, made the mistake of try...

Sumptuous Survation survey suggests SNP still lead by 31%
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2016 at 10:22pm
With these Holyrood polls, you are spoiling us, Mr Ambassador!  This must be the fourth in what, a couple of weeks?  It's the latest from Survation, who now seem to have firmly revived their monthl...

Is it suspicious that a former Tory strategist is trying to mislead SNP voter...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2016 at 9:51pm
A number of people have pointed me in the direction of comments made the other day by former Tory strategist Andy Maciver, who claimed that if SNP voters didn't switch to the Greens on the list, th...

Bizarre split opens up between two telephone pollsters on the EU referendum t...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2016 at 6:09pm
Did you imagine the EU referendum polling couldn't possibly get any stranger than the enormous gulf we've already seen between telephone and online firms? Think again. At least all firms have unt...

An important message from the radical left : 1) leave Emma Thompson alone, an...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2016 at 12:24am
I think I may have just received my favourite ever response to one of my attempts at a semi-humorous tweet.  This is what I said -"During the indyref, No campaign star Emma Thompson said she 'felt ...

Indyref 2 on the cards as earth-shaking EU referendum TELEPHONE poll shows Re...
by James Kelly
16 Feb 2016 at 8:03am
Before last night, there had only been two online Britain-wide voting intention polls on the EU referendum since David Cameron's failure to secure credible concessions from his European partners - ...

It's true, folks : If the SNP take all of the list votes, they'll take all of...
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2016 at 2:19am
As long-term readers know, I firmly believe that "No to AV" was one of the most disreputable campaigns in the whole of British political history.  Their landslide victory in the 2011 referendum was...


Spannersplanation urgently required for the Spanner-silence
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2016 at 3:44am
I've just been down with the lurgy for about a fortnight - I think it was two successive colds, and they were both absolutely wretched.  So when I published the now-famous blogpost on Monday that r...

EU referendum : "Leave" campaign storms into the lead in average of online polls
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2016 at 6:02pm
So far, there have been two Britain-wide polls on the EU referendum since Cameron's failure to secure credible concessions, and both have shown leads for the "Leave" campaign that are clearly outsi...

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BBC's Green Light For A Scottish Six
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23 Feb 2016 at 7:33am
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2015 House Price Rises in Scotland -0.2%, England +7.3%. Why is this? Is this...
by /u/BenV94
23 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
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Scotland Secretary: No Risk Of Scots Leaving The UK After EU Exit
by /u/JohnnyButtocks
22 Feb 2016 at 9:02pm
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Watch "Allan Bisset RIC Conference Feb20th 2016" on YouTube
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22 Feb 2016 at 8:49pm
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Dialect coach shows how to speak Scottish
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22 Feb 2016 at 8:43pm
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Exclusive report: Another first for Paisley?s Heedrum Hodrum Collider
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22 Feb 2016 at 8:33pm
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Drove through the Highlands today. Did not disappoint.
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22 Feb 2016 at 6:20pm
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Canada is broken, can I bring my family back?
by /u/LifeWin
22 Feb 2016 at 5:51pm
OK Canada is actually still a very nice place. But I'm bored of it. My family came to Canada in the 50s, and I've never been to Scotland. I've got a wife and 2 kids of my own now, and well...we fee...

Survey about group holidays
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22 Feb 2016 at 5:04pm
Hello! Please could you help out with my survey for a research project. It is about group holidays and booking considerations. It will only take a couple of minutes to complete. https://www.surveym...

Is there some way we can make both sides lose the EU referendum?
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22 Feb 2016 at 4:32pm
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Man in 'serious condition' after being found on riverbank at Dalmuir Park
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22 Feb 2016 at 4:05pm
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Scottish Resistance to target SNP veterans in 'Indycamp' row (From Herald Sco...
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22 Feb 2016 at 3:59pm
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Ministers dump consultant exposed as backing fracking
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22 Feb 2016 at 2:25pm
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Devil's Elbow visitor attraction plan given the go-ahead
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22 Feb 2016 at 1:57pm
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Theoretical Impact of the Forth Road Bridge Closure on Drive Time from Edinburgh
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22 Feb 2016 at 1:22pm
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Ex-Royal Marine minister wants Scotland to become the 'destination of choice'...
by James Moncur
23 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
VETERANS minister and former Royal Marine Keith Brown announced Scotland will refocus their efforts to serve as an attractive place to live for soldiers, veterans and their families.


Labour reveal 115 patients have died in 'hidden' hospital departments in wait...
by Vivienne Aitken
23 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
IMMEDIATE assessment units (IAU) have no Government target waiting times and are not monitored like A&E units as patients have been referred there by a doctor.


David Cameron seizes first chance to skewer Boris Johnson over referendum bet...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
PRIME Minister David Cameron openly mocked the mayor of London in front of a packed House of Commons over his voting strategy for leaving the EU.


Hands off: Tories' chief negotiator in Scotland financial powers talks snubs ...
by Andy Philip
22 Feb 2016 at 3:03pm
GREG Hands ditched Wednesday’s vital committee hearing a week after we revealed he’d jetted off to France for a break despite failure to reach a deal with the SNP.


Better Together II? Willie Rennie calls for all Scottish parties to campaign ...
by Record Reporter
22 Feb 2016 at 2:09pm
THE Scottish Lib Dem leader wants a united front ahead of June's referendum as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of IndyRef II if UK votes to quit Europe.


Bookies slash odds on Scottish independence as Nicola Sturgeon warns Brexit w...
by Record Reporter
22 Feb 2016 at 9:46am
IT is now just a 2/1 chance that another referendum will be held on Scottish independence in the next four years, as the chances of the UK leaving the EU narrow.


Scottish Politics Today: Bojo Brexit barney welcome relief from referendum De...
by Andy Philip
22 Feb 2016 at 9:32am
ANDY PHILIP rounds up the day's biggest political stories, with the Tories partying like it's 1989 by tearing themselves apart over Europe.


EU Referendum: Boost for Brexit as Tory heavyweight Boris Johnson backs an 'o...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Feb 2016 at 9:04am
THE Mayor of London has been accused of a cynical appeal to appeal to the Tory grassroots ahead of an expected bid for the Conservative leadership.


MSP urges Holyrood to change law on prostitution by making it an offence to p...
by Keith McLeod
22 Feb 2016 at 8:02am
RHODA Grant will put forward a motion at the Scottish Parliament today seeking to decriminalise the sale of sex acts and criminalise the buying of them.


George Osborne steps in to help stalled negotiations over finances of Scotlan...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
OSBORNE attended Scotland Bill talks for the first time after he had called First Minster Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday.

Derek Bateman



They Haven?t The Heart
by derekbateman1
11 Feb 2016 at 3:17pm
It was a grubby little vote in the Scottish Parliament that blocked progress of the organ donation bill this week. Put another way, it means MSPs voted to guarantee Scots will die (more than one a week) of renal failure while they look the other way. People will pay with their lives while our legislators …

Things Can Only Get?
by derekbateman1
7 Feb 2016 at 7:32pm
We may be witnessing one of the great myth-creation moments of modern politics as Labour hammers home its tax rise message. Actually, slogans aren?t always fanciful ? they can be pretty truthful too. I suppose Things Can Only Get Better falls into this category because it was destined to be proved correct in the face …

The Russian Doll*
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 5:28pm
Unravelling the layers in search of the nugget of Labour?s income tax policy is like the Russian doll. It seems to be impenetrable and then the result is disappointingly insignificant. Starting on the first layer, I suggest Labour has the biggest and most enduring obstacle of all. It?s called credibility. The question for Kezia isn?t: …

Clocking Off
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 2:24pm
Workers? rights, eh? Sounds historic, like boilersuits and clocking-on, mass meetings and sit-ins. When researchers investigated Labour?s election failure they found people associated them with that same past. Even the TUC sounds like a committee of boilermakers and wheel-tappers, all white bread sandwiches and bottled beer. The latest round of anti-union legislation will curtail further …

Author! Author!
by derekbateman1
1 Feb 2016 at 7:46pm
My fondest story about JK Rowling was when I asked the barman in my local some years ago what else he was doing to earn a living. He was a huge muscleman who couldn?t care tuppence ? about anything or anyone. He said he was labouring ? building a wall at a house in Edinburgh …

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Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice


Our one-party state allows bunglers such as Chris Grayling to thrive | Nick C...
by Nick Cohen
21 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
Chris Grayling is an example of the kind of nasty politician that rises when there is no credible oppositionBritain now contains two one-party states: Nationalist Scotland and Tory England. I don?t want to sound paranoid. They are not bad places by the standards of a wicked world.Both have the ru...


Nicola Sturgeon urges Cameron to intervene in Scottish funding talks
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Feb 2016 at 12:45pm
First minister writes to prime minister in bid to bring about deal on fiscal framework after deadline set by MSPs expiresNicola Sturgeon has written to David Cameron warning him that ?time is running out? to reach a deal on Scottish government funding, in the latest indication that talks between ...


Devolved BBC would boost Scotland's economy by up to £60m a year, says SNP
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
Scottish government argues for local control of licence fee income to increase investment and jobs north of the border Giving a decentralised BBC Scotland full control of licence fee revenue could boost the country?s economy by £60m a year, according to the Scottish government. In a policy paper ...


Nicola Sturgeon says Treasury is misleading media over Scottish funding
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Feb 2016 at 7:24pm
First minister accuses Treasury of falsely presenting £4.5bn concession as new offer amid signs funding deal may collapseNicola Sturgeon has angrily rejected claims by Treasury ministers that they have made a further £4.5bn concession in an effort to rescue the ailing £32bn deal on Scottish gover...


SNP denies 'nobbling' Fiscal Commission's oversight powers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
Scottish government accused of blocking cross-party plans to give Fiscal Commission authority to review Holyrood?s budgetsScotland?s finance secretary has been accused of killing off proposals in Holyrood to give a financial watchdog far greater powers to scrutinise his spending and borrowing pla...


Nicola Sturgeon tells Cameron to stop Treasury sabotaging Scottish deal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Feb 2016 at 9:55pm
First minister says Scotland would lose about £2.7bn over the next decade in plans being promoted by UK governmentNicola Sturgeon has urged David Cameron to overrule the Treasury after talks to agree a new financial deal for Scotland became deadlocked. In a letter to the prime minister, Scotland?...


Alistair Carmichael faces £150,000 bill after attempt to oust him
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2016 at 2:15pm
Court rejects former Scotland secretary?s bid to have legal costs awarded against constituents who challenged election winAlistair Carmichael, the former Scotland secretary, is facing a legal bill of about £150,000 after narrowly surviving a bid to have him ousted as MP for Orkney and Shetland.Tw...


Scottish Greens target record number of MSPs in Scottish elections
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2016 at 2:11pm
Party says it can overtake previous best of seven MSPs by claiming second votes of radical SNP supportersScottish Green party leaders expect to quadruple their number of MSPs in May?s Holyrood elections in a campaign designed to appeal to Scottish National party voters and activists.The Greens ho...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


Scotland?s super power
by weegingerdug
22 Feb 2016 at 9:25pm
Amidst all the hoo, the ha, and the Borisoid crikeys about the EU referendum, there’s another date with destiny that’s being overlooked. Time is running out for the UK and Scottish governments to reach agreement on a financial settlement to underpin the Scotland Bill. No agreement, no bill, and the Smith Commission is deader in …


Brexit wrecks it
by weegingerdug
20 Feb 2016 at 6:45pm
The starting pistol has been fired, and we’re into a referendum campaign in which the English right which campaigned so viciously to keep Scotland a part of the UK will complain bitterly that the UK needs to leave the EU because the EU treats the UK like the UK treats Scotland. They complain that Europe …


Writers of fantasy dressed up as news
by weegingerdug
18 Feb 2016 at 6:33pm
Here we go again. Earlier this week the accusation surfaced for the umpteenth time that the campaign for Scottish independence is characterised by anti-English racism. The accusation was made by a notorious Twitter attention seeker and spanneroid, who occasionally poses as a journalist, in an attempt to deflect some criticisms made about an English-born fantasy …


A shopping trolley steered by a drunk
by weegingerdug
16 Feb 2016 at 6:07pm
If you’ve been paying any attention to the reports on Cameron’s negotiations with the EU, which to be fair is a bit like asking if you think the author of B&Q’s screws, fixings and widgets catalogue ought to be nominated as the next Makar, you’ll know that the pig lover has been porked by the …


Labour poses as red, Tory vileness is blue: a Valentine?s poem for the Scotla...
by weegingerdug
14 Feb 2016 at 9:32pm
Labour poses as red, Tory vileness is blue, twin ends on a spanner that want to screw you. When you make someone a promise it’s a moral law that if you renege and treat them like a heid the baw then they’re no longer beholden to the contract you made when you begged and pleaded …


Jibber Jabber the Butt parps some witless shizdom
by weegingerdug
12 Feb 2016 at 6:50pm
So how big an arse is Jibber Jabber the Butt, UKIP’s sole elected representative in Scotland? Is he an immense arse, a galactic arse, or is he merely a mahoosive arse? What there can be no doubt about is that the man is an arse, because every time he makes an utterance no one is …


Neil Findlay?s amazing gravity wave
by weegingerdug
11 Feb 2016 at 7:25pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Kezia Dugdale may have been making some points on Thursday during Furst Meenister’s Questions, but no one really noticed. You can always be certain about Kezia’s points, which are always SNP bad and delivered in a very whiny voice that is so high pitched that it would make mosquitos grate their teeth …


Asking a flea how to cure the bubonic plague
by weegingerdug
9 Feb 2016 at 9:17pm
Earlier this week Ruthie Davidson got down off her tank long enough to stand up on a podium and give a talk to the Rowntree Foundation on how to combat poverty. The invite to the Tory leaderene followed the successful speech about blood donation given to the same foundation recently by Dracula. To be fair, …

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Professor Sally Mapstone becomes second female principal of St Andrews Univer...
23 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
SCOTLAND?S oldest university has recruited its second female principal, it has been announced.


Aberdeen MP takes on learner drivers? cause as waiting time for a test soars ...
23 Feb 2016 at 12:27am
LEARNER drivers in Aberdeen are being forced to wait 14 weeks for a driving test, despite the UK Government claiming the wait is only three weeks in the city's north. The details came to light after Callum McCaig, SNP MP for Aberdeen South, wr


Scot pioneers new technique to rebuild earthquake-hit homes in Nepal
23 Feb 2016 at 12:23am
A SCOTTISH entrepreneur is using a new slant on a century-old construction method to rebuild earthquake-devastated homes in Nepal. Derek Cowan and a team of volunteers are in the village of Thangpalkot, in the foothills of the Himalayas, on a mission


Call for £2m initiative to cut accidents among under-fives and ease pressure ...
23 Feb 2016 at 12:21am
HEALTH professionals are calling for a £2 million annual programme to reduce accidental injuries to under-fives and help ease pressure on A&E departments.


More disabled politicians 'would have guarded against welfare cuts'
23 Feb 2016 at 12:20am
CAMPAIGNERS say welfare cuts that hit the vulnerable would not have been introduced if more disabled people were in public office. The claim comes as the SNP warn that today is the ?last chance? to put a stop to punishing Tory welfare c


Sweaty study finds why we are more tolerant of our own children's vomit
23 Feb 2016 at 12:09am
IT is a principle that parents of young children know well, and now science claims to have proved it ? your nearest and dearest are less disgusting than others, writes Kirsteen Paterson.


MSPs urge Scottish Parliament to drop indycamp case
23 Feb 2016 at 12:09am
THE Scottish Parliament has been exhorted by two MSPs to withdraw a legal bid to evict a pro-independence camp outside Holyrood as a court petition to have the proceedings stopped will be heard today.


Mother raises £10k for hospital to 'pass on' the good deed of parking fine be...
23 Feb 2016 at 12:05am
A MOTHER who had her parking ticket paid for by a stranger while she was rushing her son to hospital has raised more than £10,000 in a bid to continue the good deed.

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Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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Triggers
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Feb 2016 at 3:17pm
Inevitably, much of the political coverage this morning has descended into a game of personalities. Its detail undigested, interest in the achievements and failures of David Cameron's apparently hard-won European Union deal has already dissipated. The papers and politics shows are full of who is backing who, and the high ambitions and low animal...


In praise of a man
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Feb 2016 at 11:46am
My alma mater, the University of Edinburgh, wants to do a bonny thing.  Seven years after his death, their School of Law wish to mark the life of former SNP MEP, Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, with a brace of busts to set at the entrance of the School, and two more, in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery...


Weekend Reading
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Feb 2016 at 12:16pm
It is a bit of a mystery. Why is the Scottish Government blowing the PR war about the Higher Education Bill?  Those of you with faith in the power of the dark arts might attribute this to the influence of Kevin Pringle. The long-term SNP spinner and Sunday Times columnist recently joined public affairs consultants Charlotte Street Partners, and ...


Carmichael: The Saga Ends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Feb 2016 at 4:55pm
And that, as they say, is that. Barring any unexpected developments, yesterday decision by Lady Paton and Lord Matthews on liabilities for legal expenses brings the Alistair Carmichael election petition saga to its conclusion. In the National this morning, I have a wee reflection on the whole enterprise, and its various twists and turns. An exce...


"On HM Advocate v Charles Green, Craig Whyte et al..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Feb 2016 at 5:44pm
I'm not a football man. I have no team. I have never been to a football match. I have no intention of extending the frontiers of my experience in this regard. But I am interested in law, and in free speech, online media, and fair trials. In the life of this blog, legal issues and football have seemed increasingly to converge. From the Offensive ...


Schrödinger's womb
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
I've been traipsing after Michael Gove in his various - sometimes curious - parliamentary appearances on the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act. The Tories are in a bit of bother. Mopping up after the majestically incompetent predecessor Chris Grayling, the new Lord Chancellor has the thankless task of marshalling the Conservatives' jury...


Questions, questions
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 2:59pm
It is a finnicky detail, but an important one. Today, Kezia Dugdale has announced that Scottish Labour wants to increase income tax by 1 pence in the pound across all tax bands. Under the scheme, anyone earning over £10,600 or so will find themselves making a greater contribution to the Scottish exchequer. Wealthier folk considerably more. From ...


Harry Clarke: "insufficient evidence in law to prove a crime committed"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
I've written a greal deal about the legal fallout from the tragic crash in Glasgow on the 22nd of December 2014, which claimed six lives. Regular readers may feel I've exhausted my arguments. I probably have.But I wanted to add a brief word or two here about today's tidings: that the Lord Advocate has declined to extend his concurrence to the tw...

Gerry Hassan

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

The European debate begins but what about a debate about Britain?
by Gerry
22 Feb 2016 at 8:00am
The European debate begins but what about a debate about Britain? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 21st 2016 After months of rumours the official countdown to the European referendum on June 23rd begins. This is David Cameron?s triumph, the high point of his Premiership, and the beginning of the end for him. Whatever the merits ...

The Last of the True Believers: Comrades of the World Unite!
by Gerry
18 Feb 2016 at 9:25am
The Last of the True Believers: Comrades of the World Unite! Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 17th 2016 The age of insecurity has turned out to be an age of rage and anger. Yet, so far, a near-decade of economic collapse, turmoil and corporate deception hasn?t led to a widespread revival in the fortunes of ...

Are Scotland?s true Tartan Tories finally finding their voice?
by Gerry
15 Feb 2016 at 9:43am
Are Scotland?s true Tartan Tories finally finding their voice? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 14th 2016 For years the Scottish Tories have been in retreat and decline. Until now. A succession of Scottish Tory leaders from David McLetchie to Annabel Goldie have gained numerous plaudits, but not changed the political weather. Ruth Davidson has looked ...

The Real Glasgow Effect on all of us
by Gerry
11 Feb 2016 at 9:00am
The Real Glasgow Effect on all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 10th 2016 Glasgow is many things. It is a place, an idea and a story. Willie McIlvanney once captured this writing: ?Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is handsome. Glasgow is ugly. Glasgow is kind. Glasgow is cruel.? ...

Labour?s Taxing Problems: The Party is fighting for its very existence
by Gerry
8 Feb 2016 at 8:28am
Labour?s Taxing Problems: The Party is fighting for its very existence Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 7th 2016 This week Scottish Labour made a move on tax. Is it a daring or desperate move? It broke with the party?s position since the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999 not to propose any tax increases. ...

The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence
by Gerry
4 Feb 2016 at 10:15am
The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 3rd 2016 A series of illuminating conflicts in the last week – the Graham Spiers sacking from ?The Herald? and the J.K. Rowling/Natalie McGarry argument on twitter – show something revealing about modern Scotland. Spiers sacking ...

The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion
by Gerry
1 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 31st 2016 Something is wrong with the British economy. George Osborne seems to be experiencing his own ?Boom and Bust?. Just before Christmas he was singing the joys of the British economy on the mend.  Yet a few weeks later he changed ...

Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook unders...
by Gerry
28 Jan 2016 at 9:16am
Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 27th 2016 Everything is culture these days. It is what supposedly brings about real, lasting change, shifts attitudes, is everywhere and yet often intangible, and has spawned a plethora of ?cultural studies? from academics and writers eager ...

Scotland and Independence

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Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish independence referendum -...
21 Feb 2016 at 1:13pm

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Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
A second independence referendum will "almost certainly" be demanded by Scots if the UK votes to leave the EU but Scotland does not, the first minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Marr many people in Scotland would object to being ...
Brexit vote 'would trigger fresh Scottish independen...

Ruth Davidson slams Kezia Dugdale 'weak' stance on Scottish independence - Sc...
20 Feb 2016 at 2:21pm

Scotsman
Ruth Davidson slams Kezia Dugdale 'weak' stance on Scottish independence
Scotsman
Labour and the Liberal Democrats have signalled they would permit their members to campaign for independence, despite siding with Tories in the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. In a speech in Stirling, in the shadow of the Wallace ...

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Alex Salmond: Queen said she didn't 'purr' after Scottish independence no vot...
17 Feb 2016 at 8:46pm

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Alex Salmond: Queen said she didn't 'purr' after Scottish independence no vote
Scotsman
Alex Salmond has said the Queen ?assured? him she had not ?purred down the line? to David Cameron as the Prime Minister had claimed after Scotland voted against independence. Mr Salmond said that the Queen had denied she expressed a view on the ...
Salmond: Queen told me she didn't 'purr'The Times (subs...

Imagine the mess an independent Scotland would be in right now - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Feb 2016 at 7:44pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Imagine the mess an independent Scotland would be in right now
Telegraph.co.uk
If an independence referendum ends in a vote to leave, subsequent negotiations can take some time ? so Alex Salmond was keen to make sure that, in Scotland's case, talks would not drag on too long. He set March 24 2016 as Scotland's Independence Day.



Nicola Sturgeon: I won't campaign alongside Cameron in EU referendum - ITV News
16 Feb 2016 at 1:49pm

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Nicola Sturgeon: I won't campaign alongside Cameron in EU referendum
ITV News
The SNP leader will not commit to a second referendum on Scotland breaking away from the UK - but she does say a vote to leave Europe (when Scotland voted to remain) will increase demand for independence North of the Border. And interestingly, for the ...

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Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence' - BBC News
26 Jan 2016 at 2:15pm

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Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence'
BBC News
Tony Blair has said he thinks Scotland will leave the Union if the UK votes to break away from the European Union. The ex-PM said he hoped voters in the forthcoming referendum would choose to stay a part of the 28-member bloc. And speaking to French ...
Blair: Brexit Will Spark Scottish IndependenceSky News
Tony Blair: Brexit ...

Poll: 54% of Scots would back independence following Brexit - Scotsman
10 Feb 2016 at 1:36pm

Scotsman
Poll: 54% of Scots would back independence following Brexit
Scotsman
More than half (54 per cent) of Scots would vote Yes in a post-Brexit second independence referendum, according to the survey which underlines the dominance of the SNP in Scottish politics. Nicola Sturgeon has said indyref2 could be triggered if ...
Brexit Would Make Scottish Independence More Likely, Says PollNewsweek
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Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence...
27 Jan 2016 at 11:59am

Reuters UK
Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence hopes
Reuters UK
Sturgeon has said that if Scots voted to stay but the majority of Britons voted to leave that could trigger another independence referendum on Scottish independence. Scots rejected independence by 55-45 percent in a vote in 2014 but since then the SNP ...
David Cameron vows to bolster North Sea...

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SNP to shun 'independence day' amid claims breakaway Scotland would have face...
23 Feb 2016 at 2:19am

Herald Scotland
SNP to shun 'independence day' amid claims breakaway Scotland would have faced fiscal disaster
Herald Scotland
THE SNP is set to downplay the landmark date that Scotland would have left the UK if the country had voted Yes in the independence referendum. According to the timetable set out ahead of the historic 2014 poll, Scotland would become autonomous in just ...

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Scotland Back in the Day: The origins of the SNP ? from Burns to MacEwen - Th...
23 Feb 2016 at 12:36am

The National
Scotland Back in the Day: The origins of the SNP ? from Burns to MacEwen
The National
She was not actually the first SNP MP ? that was Dr Robert McIntyre who won the Motherwell by-election on April 12, 1945, only to lose the seat 84 days later in the General Election of July 5 that year. Progress for the party from 1967 on was very much ...

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Scottish funding talks 'have some distance still to travel' - Lutterworth Mail
23 Feb 2016 at 12:24am

Scottish funding talks 'have some distance still to travel'
Lutterworth Mail
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said: "Nicola Sturgeon said that the referendum would be once in a generation, but these comments make it clear that the SNP has dumped that promise and is looking for any excuse to take us back to ...

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More disabled politicians would have guarded against welfare cuts - The National
23 Feb 2016 at 12:21am

The National
More disabled politicians would have guarded against welfare cuts
The National
CAMPAIGNERS say welfare cuts that hit the vulnerable would not have been introduced if more disabled people were in public office. The claim comes as the SNP warn that today is the ?last chance? to put a stop to punishing Tory welfare cuts. The SNP's ...

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SNP MSP demands living wage in SPFL - Morning Star Online
23 Feb 2016 at 12:12am

SNP MSP demands living wage in SPFL
Morning Star Online
SCOTTISH National Party MSP James Dornan urged all Scottish Premiership clubs to pay their staff the living wage. Hearts are the only club in the top flight who have signed up to the Scottish Living Wage scheme, which is currently set at £8.25 and ...

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Pro-Union groups prepare to gloat on 'independence day' - The Times (subscrip...
22 Feb 2016 at 11:42pm

Pro-Union groups prepare to gloat on 'independence day'
The Times (subscription)
Ms Sturgeon announced in November 2013 that if Scots backed separation the following year, the SNP government would negotiate independence in time for March 24, 2016. The move would have meant that Alex Salmond would most likely have been the ...

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Letters I: Clean for the Queen? We are not peasants - The National
22 Feb 2016 at 10:05pm

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Letters I: Clean for the Queen? We are not peasants
The National
Apparently the SNP does, and until it says otherwise that will be the perception of the Scottish electorate. Those who were recent converts to Scottish independence, but who are not strongly in favour of the EU, now have an alternative; a UK which is ...

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Stock Making News: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) - Vangua...
22 Feb 2016 at 9:02pm

Stock Making News: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)
Vanguard Tribune
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) is included in the group of top buzzers in today's session as its stock recorded the first trade at 56.94 and was trading at 57.82 at time of writing. The stock moved up to hit a high of 58.12 in the ...

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POLL: Will EU referendum drive Scotland toward Indy Ref 2? - Press and Journal
22 Feb 2016 at 11:25am

Press and Journal
POLL: Will EU referendum drive Scotland toward Indy Ref 2?
Press and Journal
David Cameron has warned leaving the EU will put UK jobs at risk as London Mayor Boris Johnson delivered a major blow to the Prime Minister by joining the Out campaign. A second Scottish independence referendum would be ?probably unstoppable? if the ...
Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish ...

Will Brexit trigger another referendum in Scotland? - Hindustan Times
21 Feb 2016 at 7:20pm

Hindustan Times
Will Brexit trigger another referendum in Scotland?
Hindustan Times
If the vote in the EU referendum on June 23 is for Britain to leave the European Union, it will trigger demands for another referendum on Scotland's independence, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday, reflecting its major implications for the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: I won't campaign alongside Cameron in EU referendum - ITV News
16 Feb 2016 at 1:49pm

ITV News
Nicola Sturgeon: I won't campaign alongside Cameron in EU referendum
ITV News
She won't campaign alongside Mr Cameron, she told me, but she will make her case in England as well as Scotland. The SNP leader will not commit to a second referendum on Scotland breaking away from the UK - but she does say a vote to leave Europe ...

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EU referendum: Brexit 'would give Holyrood new powers' - BBC News
18 Feb 2016 at 8:31am

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EU referendum: Brexit 'would give Holyrood new powers'
BBC News
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has travelled to Brussels, where he will attempt to agree a deal on changes that will pave the way for the UK's in/out referendum. So far, much of the debate in Scotland about the impact of a possible UK exit from the EU ...

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EU referendum clashes with Glasto and Euro 2016 - Herald Scotland
21 Feb 2016 at 12:19am

Herald Scotland
EU referendum clashes with Glasto and Euro 2016
Herald Scotland
THE Prime Minister has set June 23 as the day of the EU referendum - but thousands may well not be in the mood for voting, as the dates clashes with both Glastonbury music festival and Euro 2016 games. Masses of England, Wales and Northern Ireland ...
EU referendum date clashes with Glastonbury and Euro 2016Scotsman (bl...

Scotland's Brexit reactions, Syrian war propaganda & the EU referendum debate...
20 Feb 2016 at 11:39am

RT
Scotland's Brexit reactions, Syrian war propaganda & the EU referendum debate (E309)
RT
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the potential of a Scottish referendum, if Brexit happens, on leaked attempts of Syrian propaganda and on the War in Syria itself. Alex Salmond, Scotland's former First Minister discusses his country's expected ...



EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to ...
28 Jan 2016 at 5:51pm

EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to independence'
The Independent
Some Scottish nationalists may vote for the UK to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum because they think it will speed up the route to independence, a former leader of the SNP has said. Gordon Wilson, who served as head of the party for more ...

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Labour voters could be key in EU referendum, Ian Murray says - Herald Scotland
22 Feb 2016 at 6:29pm

Herald Scotland
Labour voters could be key in EU referendum, Ian Murray says
Herald Scotland
The European Union (EU) referendum could be won or lost on the votes of Labour supporters, according to shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray. Labour's only Scottish MP said his party had a "crucial" role to play in the debate over the future of the UK ...



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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

EU in/out Referendum - 23 June 2016
20 Feb 2016 at 9:03am
Date to be confirmed after Cabinet meeting this morning:   23 June 2016.

Fiscal framework
16 Feb 2016 at 10:33pm
I won't pretend to fully understand the detail but seems like a deal is becoming less and less likely.

I'm sure I read even SLab have backed the SNP position in face of a rather obvious trap from the Tories.

Can we expect holyrood to vote down the Scotland Bill?

Why is Shitebaggery a national trait in Scotland?
14 Feb 2016 at 5:50pm
Evident in Football, Rugby and Politics

When will Osborne's bubble pop?
14 Feb 2016 at 12:07am
BuytoLet housing bubble due to burst. RBS telling clients to sell everything. Austerity lol, has doubled debt under him. Are they still printing cash? Well respected financial experts have predicted crisis.

Rumours of crisis worse than 2007, they haven't learned a thing, elite and banking/finance...

General Politics Thread
11 Feb 2016 at 10:23am
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...

Big Eck challenged to a square go!
10 Feb 2016 at 9:45pm
http://news.stv.tv/scotland/1342338-alex-salmond-challenged-to-fight-by-william-wallace-on-his-radio-show/

Big Eck was challenged to a fight by Bill Wallace. Mr Wallace was shown to be an uneducated britnat with no understanding or indeed relevance to Scotlands current journey. In summary a servi...

Scottish journalists
9 Feb 2016 at 5:25am
I'm getting a wee bit sick and tired of their faux-affrontery, double standards, wagon circling, demonisation of nats and all round shoddy journalism.   I don't think anyone would argue that there is an imbalance in the Scottish MSM at present.  Spannergate has simply crystallised what has been g...

Tory Election Fraud
8 Feb 2016 at 7:31pm
http://www.channel4.com/news/conservatives-appear-to-have-overspent-on-three-by-elections

Quite extraordinary report of Channel 4 News about systemic fraud in three English by-elections where it is claimed the spent tens of thousands over the legal limit and didn't declare it.

Seems however there...

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Eu Refernedum - Project Fear Part 2
27 Jun 2015 at 4:09pm
David Cameron's "firm aim" is to ensure the UK remains in the EU and he will warn of the risks of exit in a future referendum....Mr Cameron is planning to focus his EU referendum campaign on the "risky" consequences of a British exit.- "people will ultimately vote for the status quo if the altern...

Eu Membership Referendum
20 Sep 2014 at 8:38pm
Imagine this scenario:Westminster 2015 ElectionTories win an overall majority as Labour crumbleSNP have a majority North of the border.Tories hold a referendum on the EUUK votes to exit EUMajority of people in Scotland vote to remainHere are my questions on the above scenario for those of you clu...

Marrying abroad
22 Feb 2016 at 5:29pm
Looking for anyone that has done this before,we are getting married in September in Cyprus,got about 18 guests coming over and having a function when we return.  What we have been thinking about recently is what to do in the evening.  Get married at 3pm,photos after that,then we have a be...

Quiz ideas
20 Feb 2016 at 11:08pm
I ran an SNP quiz for St. Andrew's day and had 6 rounds of 15 questions. So that the rounds weren't all just standard questions I thought I would do something slightly different for the movie round. I gave them the name of a film as it was know in another country and they had to say what it was c...

Michelle Mone
22 Feb 2016 at 7:59am
That's a shame. >>> Foot gubbed

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?
15 Jan 2016 at 1:06pm

Pothole
21 Feb 2016 at 10:17pm
My dad hit a pothole and knackered his tyre and I told him to put claim into Glasgow council. He wasn't sure so I told him it was easy to do. He asked me to do it and I'm discovering it's not that easy, or if it is I've missed the easy bit.  I can report single or multiple potholes, post photos b...

Looking for an Android Tablet with an HDMI socket
22 Feb 2016 at 8:34pm
Been watching my showbox using Chromecast, but sometimes it just drops out. Tried a few things, but it all points at the transfer of film.   Chromecast works spot on with all my other stuff. So anyone know of a Tablet that is Android and has an HDMI socket.   

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