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Leaked Unite minute reveals plan for "more closer working" with far-left Mome...
23 Mar 2017 at 12:08am

Tory minister Ellwood hailed a hero after trying to save life of police offic...
23 Mar 2017 at 12:02am
TOBIAS Ellwood, the Foreign Office Minister, has been hailed a ?hero MP? after trying to save the life of the police officer killed in the Westminster terror attack.

Environment Secretary accused of "meltdown" as Holyrood suspended
23 Mar 2017 at 12:09am
THE Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was last night accused of ?absolutely disgraceful? behaviour after the Westminster terror attack cut short a debate on independence.

Votes for independence and EU must be separated, says Alex Neil
23 Mar 2017 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s rationale for a second referendum has been attacked by a former SNP cabinet colleague, who said independence and the EU should be ?decoupled?.

Michael Settle on the scenes at Westminster in the wake of the terror attack
22 Mar 2017 at 5:05pm
IT happened in an instant; just after 230pm. Shots were heard and my colleagues and I immediately crouched down onto the floor.

SNP MP yards from the scene of Westminster terror attack warns security will ...
22 Mar 2017 at 5:24pm
An MP who was just yards from the scene of a terror attack on the Palace of Westminster has warned that security will have to tighten in response.

Kenny MacAskill: SNP failure to address currency issue is becoming "laughable"
22 Mar 2017 at 11:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s failure to be clear about the currency of an independent Scotland is becoming ?not just lamentable but laughable?, a former SNP Cabinet Secretary has said.

Heart of Britain's democracy transformed into scene of carnage
22 Mar 2017 at 7:43pm
The heart of Britain's democracy was transformed into a scene of carnage in a few horrific moments which left Westminster shaken.

Bruising Holyrood debate sets angry tone for second referendum
22 Mar 2017 at 12:08am
DENYING Scots a second referendum would be ?wrong, unfair and utterly unacceptable?, Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday, as she was told voters were ?sick to death? of SNP games.

Corbyn backs creation of federal UK, says Dugdale
22 Mar 2017 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn supports the creation of a federal United Kingdom, Kezia Dugdale has suggested.

Minister in plea for universal credit roll-out to be halted
22 Mar 2017 at 2:54pm
The introduction of universal credit is pushing more people into debt and risking their tenancies, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has warned.

Galloway tries again for Westminster with bid to become MP for Manchester Gorton
22 Mar 2017 at 12:02am
GEORGE Galloway is to seek a return to Westminster by throwing his hat in the ring to succeed Sir Gerald Kaufman as the MP for Manchester Gorton.

SNP accused of dodging scrutiny on last day of Holyrood term
22 Mar 2017 at 12:08am
SNP ministers have been accused of trying to avoid parliamentary scrutiny by making a rash of statements on controversial issues just as MSPs take a two-week break from Holyrood.

Labour's civil war intensifies after Len McCluskey accuses Tom Watson of liv...
21 Mar 2017 at 4:27pm
LABOUR?s civil war has intensified after Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of the trade union Unite, accused Tom Watson, the party?s deputy leader, of living in a "world of skulduggery, smears and secret plots".

Analysis: Holyrood division points to ugly second referendum
22 Mar 2017 at 12:07am
BRUCE Crawford did his best. The former SNP minister and potential Presiding Officer was at his most reasonable when he appealed for MSPs to treat one another kindly.



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Tom Smith: Westminster attack has hallmarks of lone wolf
22 Mar 2017 at 10:30pm
The attack around the Palace of Westminster is obviously shocking for its violent nature, and while knife attacks in public are not new to the UK, they are very rare. Attacking Westminster is notable though, probably more symbolic rather than anything else.

Theresa May: Westminster attack was ?sick and depraved?
22 Mar 2017 at 9:41pm
Here is the full transcript of Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement following Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster:

Former Scots science chief says time to look again at GM crops
22 Mar 2017 at 8:39pm
Scotland’s former chief scientific officer has cast fresh doubt on the government’s controversial GM ban claiming it is time to look at the benefits of the technology.

Police Scotland facing ?elephant-sized? budget gap
22 Mar 2017 at 8:31pm
Police Scotland has included a projected deficit of nearly £50 million in its budget for the coming financial year.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: ?Two shots rang out and two people fell?
22 Mar 2017 at 8:04pm
Noisy protests are a fact of life for journalists at Westminster whose offices face out on to Parliament square.

Indyref2 vote on hold after Scottish Parliament suspended
22 Mar 2017 at 7:34pm
The Scottish Parliament was suspended amid bitter exchanges halfway through a flagship debate on a second independence referendum following the attack on Westminster.

Westminster attack: Donald Trump offers ?full co-operation and support?
22 Mar 2017 at 7:23pm
Donald Trump has offered the “full co-operation and support” of the United States in responding to the Westminster terror attack and “bringing those responsible to justice”.

Inverness pupils on flight home after terror attack
22 Mar 2017 at 6:44pm
Pupils at an Inverness school who had been on a visit to the Houses of Parliament were safely on a flight home this evening.

Armed patrols in Scotland increased following Westminster attack
22 Mar 2017 at 5:23pm
Armed patrols have been increased by Police Scotland around key sites following the terrorist attack in Westminster.

Westminster terror attack: Met Police statement
22 Mar 2017 at 5:16pm
Met Police commander BJ Harrington delivered the following statement following the incident at Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon: ?We feel sense of solidarity with London?
22 Mar 2017 at 4:20pm
The First Minister has said Scotland feels a sense of solidarity with the people of London following the Westminster terror attack.

Video: Aftermath of attack on Westminster Bridge
22 Mar 2017 at 3:26pm
A poltician travelling in a passing car appears to have caught harrowing footage of the immediate aftermath of a car careering out of control in today’s security incident at Westminster.

Westminster terror attack: Five dead and 40 injured
22 Mar 2017 at 2:52pm
Four people including a police officer were killed and 40 injured when a knife-wielding terrorist brought horror to the gates of Westminster.

Neil Findlay accused of ?sexism? over Nicola Sturgeon tweet
22 Mar 2017 at 2:04pm
A senior Scottish Labour MSP has been criticised for sending a ‘sexist’ tweet aimed at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

PMQs: Theresa May hits back at SNP Brexit agreement claims
22 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
Theresa May has brushed aside calls for Scotland to have a say on Brexit amid accusations she had “delayed, blocked and lectured” the devolved governments over leaving the European Union.

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Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 679
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2017 at 11:22am
Sky News earlier this morning: Our ears always prick up when Kezia says she’s counted something herself. Dugdale’s comment is absolutely unambiguous that what she’s talking about is the period of campaigning before the first referendum on 18 September 2014. So how has she arrived at a figure of 847 days? – The SNP won an overall …

The highlights reel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Mar 2017 at 9:20pm
Today the Scottish Parliament spent several hours heatedly debating a motion to call for a second Section 30 order to enable a new independence referendum (several more will follow tomorrow before the vote). We watched all of it so you didn’t have to, and are delighted to present you with a few clips that probably won’t …

Unreliable sources
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Mar 2017 at 10:49am
It seems counter-intuitive – given Rupert Murdoch’s often-overstated (despite endless and fevered speculation, the Scottish Sun didn’t back a Yes vote) but still seemingly real support for Scottish independence – that Sky News should be seen as the most hostile of the nation’s broadcasters to the Yes movement. Yet such it is. The channel’s nightly newspaper review is notable …

Stitched up like kippers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Mar 2017 at 4:26pm
Panelbase have released data tables for their recent Sunday Times poll. And wow. That’s quite something. Among people who voted No in 2014, a thumping 48% now intend to vote for the Tories in a general election, compared to just 22% voting Labour. Among the C2DE demographic – essentially the working class – the Tories lead Labour …

Asking the wrong questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Mar 2017 at 12:09pm
Here’s the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, speaking to BBC News this morning and giving a striking illustration of the term “dancing on the head of a pin”. Comically, his excuse for demanding another referendum on leaving the EU while opposing a second Scottish independence referendum is that his new EU vote would be a …

To keep links with the world
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Mar 2017 at 8:46am
No 9: Mark, until recently from London. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Come and join us
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Mar 2017 at 6:37pm
Our favourite bit is at 27m 52s.

by Chris Cairns
18 Mar 2017 at 6:55am

Does anyone speak Dugdale?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Mar 2017 at 10:39am
Scottish Labour’s regional branch manager (North Britain) clearly thought this was so important she needed to say it twice: But that’s not helping us make any sense of it. All sarcasm and snark aside, we can’t figure out what on Earth it’s supposed to mean. Who, if not the First Minister and the Prime Minister, …

How soon isn?t now?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Mar 2017 at 1:15pm
Sigh. None of the tweets below are true. We could list a hundred more. In a torrent of something less than journalism, almost every news outlet in the country has issued kneejerk blaring headlines in the last 10 minutes claiming something that Theresa May categorically did NOT say. In fact, as one or two slightly more …

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Nicola Sturgeon sees 'sense of solidarity' with London after attack
22 Mar 2017 at 10:27pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expresses her concern for those caught up in the terrorist attack at Westminster.

Tough new climate targets proposed for Scotland
22 Mar 2017 at 12:50am
The Scottish government is urged to significantly increase its long term target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Green MSP Andy Wightman being sued for defamation
21 Mar 2017 at 5:09pm
Green MSP Andy Wightman is being sued for defamation following comments he made on his blog.

Politicians argue over Brexit and second Scottish referendum
21 Mar 2017 at 8:31pm
The SNP's Fiona Hyslop and Scottish Conservative Adam Tomkins go head-to-head in a debate looking at Brexit and a possible second Scottish referendum.

Scottish government 'not told' about Article 50 date
20 Mar 2017 at 3:25pm
Holyrood's Brexit minister claims the UK government "forgot" to tell him the date for when it is going to trigger Article 50.

Lord King: Scotland 'could be independent'
20 Mar 2017 at 9:34pm
Former Bank of England governor suggests in BBC interview that fears around currency are unfounded.

Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week
20 Mar 2017 at 5:06pm
Theresa May will notify the EU on 29 March under the Article 50 process that the UK is leaving.

New guidance over National 4 and 5 qualifications
21 Mar 2017 at 1:13pm
New guidance is due to be published later this week to help ensure school students study for the right qualifications.

Alison Thewliss MP's tax credit 'rape clause' call rejected
20 Mar 2017 at 5:53pm
A Scottish MP has her call for an emergency debate in the Commons over a controversial change to tax credits rejected.

Ruth Davidson: 'Scots do not want a referendum'
19 Mar 2017 at 12:37pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says the SNP'S referendum call does not reflect the will of the Scottish people.

Sturgeon: Holyrood's will 'must and will prevail'
18 Mar 2017 at 5:53pm
Nicola Sturgeon tells the SNP conference that "Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands".

Gordon Brown: 'Holyrood should gain Brexit powers'
18 Mar 2017 at 12:07pm
Ex-prime minister Gordon Brown calls for Holyrood to be handed a raft of new powers after Brexit.

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If Theresa May can only "win" a referendum by stopping it taking place, then...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2017 at 6:22pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about Theresa May's outrageous bid to overturn the long-standing British government policy that Scotland can onl...

CONFIRMED : Last night's ludicrous Sky "poll" was not weighted by EU referend...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2017 at 12:03pm
As you may have seen, Sky News made an exasperating attempt last night to distort the referendum debate with a wildly unreliable online "poll", conducted by themselves and using their own paying cu...

The Greens' vote in favour of an independence referendum is fully consistent ...
by James Kelly
20 Mar 2017 at 6:41pm
The latest desperate tactic of unionist politicians and journalists is to attempt to deligitimise the Greens' forthcoming vote in favour of an independence referendum by suggesting that it is someh...

HALF of Scottish public want an independence referendum within just TWO YEARS...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2017 at 2:24pm
Today brings word of the first full-scale Scottish poll to be wholly conducted since Nicola Sturgeon fired the starting-gun for a second independence referendum.  It's a Panelbase poll for the Sund...

How an early Scottish election can be triggered
by James Kelly
18 Mar 2017 at 10:23am
Opinions differ on how possible/probable the options of a consultative referendum or early Holyrood election are in the event that Theresa May remains intransigent.  Brian Taylor of the BBC, for ex...

Theresa is tanking : blow for autocrat PM as YouGov poll shows pro-independen...
by James Kelly
17 Mar 2017 at 1:27pm
I have to say I find it pretty incredible that a YouGov poll in which the headline Yes vote was unusually low has been so good for us in a variety of other ways. As I've already mentioned, it show...

What are Nicola Sturgeon's options for holding a vote on independence without...
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2017 at 10:26pm
Nicola Sturgeon said tonight she was determined to hold a vote on Scotland's future on the reasonable timescale she has already set out, and that she would "consider her options" if Theresa May tri...

This is now a hostage situation - Theresa May attempts to abolish Scottish de...
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2017 at 12:41pm
If the 'sources' chatter from journalists is correct, Theresa May will this afternoon reverse decades of British government policy and announce that Scotland does not have the right to democratic s...

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Some Ender's Game level planning in Glenrothes
by /u/inflagrante
23 Mar 2017 at 12:26am
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Launch of SCER: New Scottish EU Think Tank ? Scottish Centre on European Rela...
by /u/tejmuk
22 Mar 2017 at 9:36pm
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Why are so many in England against independence?
by /u/EmperorElagabalus
22 Mar 2017 at 9:30pm
I am an Englishman myself, and I am firmly in favour of it - because our cultures and values are so different. So it never made any sense to me that England should be in a Union with Scotland or Wa...

An independent Scotland could be a business 'gateway to Europe'€™ [says asset...
by /u/bottish
22 Mar 2017 at 8:54pm
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Wings Over Scotland is the Infowars of the Scottish independence crowd. An em...
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22 Mar 2017 at 8:17pm
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4 ways a second Scottish independence campaign would be different
by /u/rglassey
22 Mar 2017 at 7:34pm
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Radical shakeup of dinosaur family tree points to unexpected Scottish origins
by /u/DeathHamster1
22 Mar 2017 at 7:15pm
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Found while looking for Scottish tourism material.
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22 Mar 2017 at 7:02pm
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So lads and lasses, how do ye rate BBC's Shetland?
by /u/jerkymacface
22 Mar 2017 at 6:23pm
After loving Y Gwyll/Hinterland, I decided to give Shetland a shot on Netflix, and after watching the first two episodes, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with it myself. But I've also heard the ...

All this talk of No-Remainers and Yes-Leavers "switching" feels like hot air....
by /u/tejmuk
22 Mar 2017 at 5:34pm
A vast majority of my broader social group voted No. A vast majority of them also voted to Remain. Both these decisions were guided by pragmatism and a desire not to rock the boat. Regardless of yo...

"Defamation 2" (Andy Wightman lawsuit update)
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22 Mar 2017 at 4:47pm
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Scottish independence: Holyrood suspends referendum debate - BBC News
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22 Mar 2017 at 4:04pm
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Councillor blasts "Gaelic Gestapo" as region is forced to promote the languag...
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22 Mar 2017 at 3:51pm
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Scottish Parliament discussion thread v2.0
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IndyRef2 debate at Holyrood suspended following deadly terrorist attack in We...
by Record Reporter
22 Mar 2017 at 4:37pm
Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh eventually called a halt to proceedings over an hour after Westminster was rocked by terrorist attack.

Neil Findlay comes under fire for 'sexist' Tweet about SNP leader Nicola Stur...
by Christina O'Neill
22 Mar 2017 at 2:45pm
The Labour MSP sparked uproar on social media for 'appalling and crass' post directed at the First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon gets ready to 'fill in the blanks' and tell voters her plans ...
by Andy Philip
22 Mar 2017 at 8:47am
The First Minister is attempting to reassure swithering No voters as well as the undecided that independence is the way forward.

Theresa May is kidding herself if she thinks gender plays no part in stark in...
by Annie Brown
22 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
It's time for prominent women to stop turning their backs on feminism and acknowledge the obstacles that girls and women face on a day-to-day basis, says Annie Brown.

Why GERS figures may not be all they seem - and who we should listen to
by Joan McAlpine
22 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
Forget statistics, the next time someone tells you Scotland has a £15billion deficit, listen to Professor Richard Murphy, says Joan McAlpine.

Death threats and pictures of beheaded corpses force terrified SNP MP to inst...
by Record Reporter
21 Mar 2017 at 7:42pm
Dr Lisa Cameron's children have also been threatened.

'Sex Workers For Yes' group launch campaign backing IndyRef2 plan
by Keith McLeod
21 Mar 2017 at 5:06pm
The new body believes only independence will protect the EU nationals who work in the sex industry in Scotland form a hard UK Brexit.

Anti-Putin activist Alexei Navalny dyed green in bizarre liquid attack
by Record Reporter
21 Mar 2017 at 3:50pm
The opposition leader's face is stained bright green after he was doused in antiseptic liquid during a rally.

Martin McGuinness: From "Britain's number one terrorist" to peacemaker and St...
by dailyrecord
21 Mar 2017 at 7:11am
His unlikely journey took him from being second-in-command of the Provisional IRA in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday to Deputy First Minister (DFM) at Stormont

Martin McGuinness dies aged 66: The historic handshake with the Queen in ques...
by Natalie Evans
21 Mar 2017 at 6:49am
Such a gesture between the former IRA commander and Her Majesty would once have been unimaginable

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Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …

Scottish Independence Podcast 148 ? Sweeties
by michaelgreenwell
13 Mar 2017 at 12:11pm
I had just put together and mastered episode 148 of the Scottish Independence Podcast before Sturgeon announced that we’re going for Indyref 2, so it doesn’t have any of that in it. I hope you’ll still find it funny and/or infuriating though. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . …

Journeys To Yes ? This One Not By Phantom Power
by michaelgreenwell
13 Mar 2017 at 8:51am
Some slightly uncomfortable faces in the crowd as the young man makes his speech…

Journey To Yes ? 7
by michaelgreenwell
10 Mar 2017 at 8:46am
The seventh in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey To Yes ? 6
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2017 at 7:33pm
The sixth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

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The Empire Strikes Back
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Mar 2017 at 4:29pm
Theresa May?s lack of strategy is pseudo-pragmatism intent on old-fashioned separatism and an all-costs Westminster power-grab. The Tories are valued and respected as a strong and principled party. Their prevailing view is that society needs to do better and many of us need to work harder. Fundamental to this view is that in our society …

Faded Yes All Stars
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2017 at 3:16pm
As we debate Section 30, here’s a word for the jaded, the tired and the disillusioned. While some folk have been jubilant, many people (even, especially Yes voters) have expressed a quiet despair at the thought of another referendum. A kind of collective groan could be heard across the country from people who, as I …

Who?s Still Voting No?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2017 at 1:03pm
I enjoyed listening to a sleep-deprived Loki on Radio Scotland on Saturday talking about how he?d do this referendum differently. As someone who?s campaigned, let?s be generous, aggressively for independence; I tried to take Loki?s message on board. I set out to listen to what No voters had to say. So, I had semi-structured conversations …

An Unimagined Community
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2017 at 9:28am
‘A nation is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.’ – Benedict Anderson Dumfries and Galloway is a region rather than a nation. It has a population …

Dutch Elections: Curb Your Enthusiasm
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Mar 2017 at 5:56pm
After five years of propping up a coalition led by the right wing People?s Party (VVD), the chickens finally came home to roost for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) in the 2017 elections last week. The Netherlands? formerly largest social democratic party has gone the way of Greece?s PASOK, or indeed Scottish Labour. In the …

This is a Mandate: ?We say: yes to the Single Market?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Mar 2017 at 5:46pm
We all understand the nature of a mandate; in elections it is a sanction granted by the electors to the party that wins the election and forms the government. Here is a Conservative mandate, delivered in clear terms, in the 2015 Conservative Manifesto: ?A Conservative Government will not increase the rates of VAT, Income Tax …

Motor City Burning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Mar 2017 at 4:15pm
A new film, using home movies and unseen archive is being curated from the raw film footage of the infamous Detroit riots of 1967. The film will be called ’12th and Clairmount’ is named after the inter-section where the rioting first erupted. Bella Caledonia feature columnist, Stuart Cosgrove describes the origins of the disturbance in …

Strategic Planning and the Importance of Regionalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Mar 2017 at 7:55pm
For a small country, Scotland is regionally diverse, and it has a strong tradition of planning at the regional level dating back to the 1940s. Under Tom Johnston, Scotland?s wartime administration initiated the preparation of three major regional plans covering the most populous parts of the country to guide post-war reconstruction. The regional planning tradition …

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Westminster attack: PC Keith Palmer named as police officer killed ? live upd...
by Claire Phipps (now); Matthew Taylor, Kevin Rawlinson, Andrew Sparrow and Alexandra Topping (earlier)
23 Mar 2017 at 12:43am
Five dead, including police officer and attacker, and 40 injured after assault on Houses of ParliamentLondon attack: what we know so farFull report: police officer among five dead in ?sick and depraved? incident?All hell was let loose?: witnesses on the Westminster attack 12.43am GMT The intellig...

Holyrood suspends referendum debate after Westminster attacks
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 Mar 2017 at 5:32pm
MSPs complained as Scottish parliament remained sitting for more than an hour after incidents in LondonThe Scottish parliament suspended its debate on a new independence referendum after MSPs complained it was still sitting more than an hour after the Westminster attacks.Ken Macintosh, Holyrood?s...

Nicola Sturgeon opens first day of Scottish referendum debate ? video
by Guardian Staff
21 Mar 2017 at 7:36pm
First minister Nicola Sturgeon opens the first of a two-day debate on Scotland?s second independence referendum. Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson accuses her and the SNP of playing a ?well-rehearsed game?, adding that most people in Scotland are ?sick to death? of gamesNicola Sturgeon accused o...

Nicola Sturgeon accused of hypocrisy as independence debate begins
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Mar 2017 at 6:13pm
Tories and Labour says first minister ignores will of Scottish parliament on issues she disagrees with yet wants Westminster to back Holyrood?s decisionOpposition parties have accused Nicola Sturgeon of hypocrisy after she insisted Theresa May had to respect Holyrood?s call for a second independe...

Scottish parliament debates call for second independence referendum - Politic...
by Andrew Sparrow (now); Matthew Taylor and Claire Phipps (earlier)
21 Mar 2017 at 5:29pm
Sinn Féin politician and Northern Ireland?s former deputy first minister dies aged 66Global Laundromat scandal UQ - SummaryGlobal Laundromat scandal UQ - VerdictOpening of the Scottish parliament debate - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.29pm GMT David Trimble's letter to McGuinness just days ago: "You...

Brexit weekly briefing: UK rift widens as May names article 50 day
by Jon Henley and Jessica Elgot
21 Mar 2017 at 7:00am
While the UK is ever more split over Brexit, the EU27 display almost unprecedented unity on what they want from talksWelcome to the Guardian?s weekly Brexit briefing, a summary of developments as Britain heads more or less steadily towards the EU door marked ?exit?. If you?d like to receive it as...

May v Sturgeon: Scottish education swept up in political war of words
by Jackie Kemp
21 Mar 2017 at 6:45am
Pupils in Scotland have fallen behind in science. Now the PM has attacked the country for its ?neglect? of schools. Is she right?From James Watt?s steam engine to Dolly the sheep, Scotland is proud of its strong science tradition, so a recent fall in the international rankings of Scottish pupils ...

Far-right millionaire: I'll use social media network to back Scottish indepen...
by Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
20 Mar 2017 at 9:34pm
Jim Dowson, whose Patriotic News Agency spread anti-Clinton and pro-Trump propaganda during the US elections, says: ?England is finished?A far-right millionaire with Ulster loyalist connections plans to use his international social media network, which backed Donald Trump, to support Scottish ind...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

How to terrify a Tory
On Tuesday and Wednesday the Scottish parliament is debating the bill to bring about a second Scottish indepedence referendum. The first day of debates was mature and thoughtful, allowing the advocates of Scotland remaining a part of the UK to introduce the truly vital and important arguments for their case. Arguments like those of Labour …

The things Theresa forgot
That Mike Russell’s pretty pissed off, and quite right too. There he was, hanging on the phone on David Davis’s Brexit hotline and never getting an answer and being kept on hold, because now that the UK hate foreigners they had to give up their contract with the call centre in Mumbai, and then he …

Journey to Yes, N° 9
The latest instalment in PhantomPower’s inspiring Journey to Yes series. Mark says Yes. We follow different people’s fascinating journeys to Yes and self-determination for Scotland. Londoner and businessman Mark followed Scotland’s first independence debate closely and had been inspired by the Yes campaign with its progressive and inclusive values. After the Brexit result, Mark was …

A gas giant in a distant galaxy
It’s as predictable as a Unionist on social media playing the victim card, or as Ruth Davidson having the gall to think that as leader of an opposition who came a poor second she’s got the right to dictate to the Scottish government about something they’ve got a mandate to do, while simultaneously complaining that …

Getting the last word
The Maybot has spoken. Scotland, you’re not allowed to decide your own future. Remember all that about being a respected and equal partner in a family of nations? Well what it really meant was that we’re all equally under Theresa’s thumb. She’ll decide what future we’re getting. She’ll decide Brexit. She’ll decide everything. And Scotland …

Journey to Yes, N°8
Latest in the series of Phantom Power’s inspiring Journey to Yes video series.  Elizabeth says Yes. As more Scots who voted No to independence reconsider their decision, we follow their journey to Yes and self-determination for Scotland. Scotland is a small business nation. There are around 350,000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) operating in Scotland, …

Every day of the week and twice on a Sunday
I watched Channel 4 news on Tuesday evening, and for the third or fourth time since Nicola Sturgeon made her announcement the previous morning, a reporter made the bald statement that the economic case for independence is now poorer than it was, and that it’s the Unionists who hold the economic cards. This is catagorically …

The cards are in Scotland?s hands
Oooh Theresa’s not best pleased. And neither is Ruthie, Kezia, and a whole load of Unionist commentators. So that’s a result then. Project Fear is getting off to an early start. Sky News gave air space to that well known expert on Scottish affairs, Nigel Farage, who predictably railed against Nicola Sturgeon and pro-European Scotland …

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An independent Scotland could be a business 'gateway to Europe?
SCOTLAND could become the business ?gateway to Europe? if it achieves independence within the EU, it has been claimed.

Nicola Sturgeon: The people of Scotland must choose own fate and not have it ...
THE people of Scotland should not have their fates ?imposed upon? them, Nicola Sturgeon has told MSPs.

Martin McGuinness forced to act as peacemaker at Brexit meeting row between S...
MARTIN McGuinness was drafted in to calm down a blazing row at a recent meeting between the Scottish and UK Governments over Brexit, a former Northern Ireland first minister has claimed.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Sacrifices of anti-racism protesters must not be in vain
SIXTY years ago yesterday, 69 peaceful protesters were murdered by South African Police in the South African township of Sharpeville.

Kevin McKenna: Pitiful, pointless Labour keep fighting the wrong enemy
AS ALMOST every speech made by a Labour MSP at Holyrood yesterday turned into an anti-Nationalist harangue it was as though this once-proud party was pronouncing its own death rites.

Wee Ginger Dug: Speaking up will stop us being spoken down to
ACCORDING to Mike Russell, the SNP?s Minister for Dealing with David Davis, the Scottish Government only discovered Theresa May is due to trigger Article 50 because they saw it on the BBC. There was no communication via Westminster?s official channels from Westminster to do Holyrood the courtesy of informing them. They got to find it out from the media, just like everyone else. Mike thinks Ther...

Alyn Smith: The time has come for Scotland to make its own moves on the world...
STOP the world, Scotland wants to get on ? a famous quote from the famous Madame Ecosse, Winnie Ewing.

Professor Richard Murphy: Why you can't rely on GERS figures to judge Scotlan...
By Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City, University of London

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Brian Wilson ? Labour Party Agitator ? A Sad and Deluded Ex Politician ? Who ...
            Celtic Chief Brian Wilson (In Yet Another of his Sleekit Innuendo’s) Seeks to Accuse the SNP of Attempting to Sectarianise Scottish Politics Spouting his latest fantasy at a fringe meeting of the Labour party he said “nationalists are importing loaded political language from Ireland, which carries the risk of …

Murdo Fraser ? Deputy Deadwood ? 18 Years An Unelected MSP ? Spongebob Person...
            The Near Death and Signs of Recovery of the Tory Party in Scotland Murdo Fraser first stood for election to Holyrood in 1999 but was unsuccessful. Undeterred he turned his sights to bigger things and fought for a seat in the Westminster election in 2001(and failed). Never one to …

Bank of England Sacrifices Scotland?s Economy to Protect the Overheated Londo...
          5 November 1999: Scotland ‘Sacrificed’ as Interest Rates Rise The Bank of England was accused yesterday of sacrificing Scotland’s economy after slapping on another interest rate rise to stop the over heating in the London property market. Scotland’s hard pressed business community said the result of the boom in house …

Jackson Carlaw ? Tory Party in Scotland ? Deputy leader (Ruth Davidson?s Thir...
            Jackson Carlaw Carlaw stood as the Conservative candidate in the 1982 Queen’s Park By-election (failed) and in the 1983 GE in Pollok (failed) He gave up seeking election to Westminster and then turned his attention to Holyrood standing as a candidate for Eastwood in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 …

Gordon Brown Sets Out His Case For Scotland?s Independence ? I Kid You Not ? ...
              Scotland – The Relatively Good Years – 1880 -1914 Between 1880 and 1914, Scotland’s relative position within the United Kingdom was improving. Before World War One, Scotland was, first of all, one of the high growth and high employment regions of the United Kingdom. In 1913 Scotland’s unemployment …

Trojan Horse for American Politics ? the British American Project Wields Its ...
            Daniel Defoe The Spy – The Inspiration For the Agents of The British American Project (BAP) Daniel Defoe was a key contributor to the Act of Union between England and Scotland in the 1700s and in fact worked as a spy for the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Robert …

Willie Rennie & the Lib/Dem?s ? (In Government With Labour) ? Forced Through ...
              The Labour and Liberal Democratic Party Coalition Government – (1999-2007) In 2002 Labour and the Liberal/Democrat’s formed a powerful coalition government in Scotland. Their political dominance over a fractured opposition provided opportunity for their politicians to introduce novel and untested working arrangements. The Liberal/Democrats had enjoyed a long …

MP?s, Lawyers, Councillors, Ex-Councillors, Land Developers, Charities, Gangs...
    £600million Ponzie Scheme – Glasgow and West of Scotland –  Mathon Ltd – Heather Hedge Fund – Gregory King –  Aarkad PLC – Peter Watson – Scottish lawyer and Sheriff – ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain?
Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 15th 2016 The ides of March 2017. One single day – Monday March 13th – will go down as an epic day in the fragmentation of the United Kingdom. The Brexit Bill passed through all its …

Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are ...
Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are the Good Guys? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 8th 2017 Nationalism is one of the defining features of Scotland and modern Scotland. Last week UK Prime Minister Theresa May came north to the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow, asking the Scots …

The Long Suicide of Scottish and British Labour Hurts Us All
The Long Suicide of Scottish and British Labour Hurts Us All Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 1st 2017 Political parties rise and fall. They have no permanent right to a lease on the terrain they occupy and the voters they appeal to. Scottish politics has seen the decline of many once powerful forces – the …

Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack
Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 22nd 2017 The past is a powerful force and that is even more true in the strange times we are living in. Take the waves of reaction and revulsion emerging last week after Tony Blair came back from …

The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence
The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 15th 2017 Last week a Rubicon was crossed as the House of Commons voted 494 to 122 ? a government majority of 372 – to give a third reading to triggering Article 50. Just as seriously on the same day – …

Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis?
Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 8th 2017 It is a season of heated tempers and invective across the political world. One that matches the widespread atmosphere of confusion and disorientation. This is a mood in which there are winners and losers: people who crave …

Scottish Independence has to move with the times
Scottish Independence has to move with the times Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 1st 2017 Scotland has in recent times liked to see itself as progressive, democratic and European. What?s so special about that you might think? A bit like apple pie and being kind to animals. But these undoubtedly mainstream values were rightly seen …

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack - ... - WISC-TV3
Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack - WISC-TV3
LONDON (CNN) - Scotland's lawmakers, following a deadly terror attack at Westminster, shelved plans to vote on the prospect of a second independence referendum. The Scottish Parliament suspended business for the day after members urged Presiding ...
Shock moment SNP politician MOANS abou...

Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest - New Statesman

New Statesman
Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest
New Statesman
She would rather divide our country with the arguments of the past, than get on with tackling the problems Scotland faces. Another reason may be, grimly, more political ? there is now no credible argument for independence ending austerity. The paper ...
Flimsy reasons for another Scottish independence voteThe Courie...

Independence referendum threat 'headwind' for Scottish firms -
Independence referendum threat 'headwind' for Scottish firms
Mihir Kapadia, the chief executive and founder of Sun Global Investments, highlighted Scotland's £15 billion deficit and noted it would be the highest in the EU after independence. He said: ?It is going to be a hard battle ahead if Scotland falls for ...

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Data analysis: The charts that show what Scotland really thinks of Nicola Stu...
Data analysis: The charts that show what Scotland really thinks of Nicola Sturgeon's IndyRef2 plans
The Scottish Parliament will today vote on whether to hold a second independence referendum before Britain leaves the European Union. With the Scottish National Party and the independence-backing Greens holding the majority of seats in Holyrood, MSPs ...

Scottish Independence Can Wait - New York Times

New York Times
Scottish Independence Can Wait
New York Times
Negotiations will determine the relations Britain will have with the Continent after the formal parting. Ms. Sturgeon, who heads a minority government in Scotland, would like an independence referendum sometime in the last months of negotiations ...
A second Scottish independence referendum is never going to happenThe Independent
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Scotland's independence vote will complicate Brexit in some very interesting ...

Washington Post
Scotland's independence vote will complicate Brexit in some very interesting ways
Washington Post
She announced that she is introducing a vote to the Scottish Parliament for a second Scottish Independence referendum. Sturgeon anticipates holding the vote sometime between autumn 2018 and spring of 2019. Here's what you need to know. The vote is ...
Scottish independence: Referendum d...

Scottish independence looms over Brexit - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish independence looms over Brexit
Financial Times
Scotland has dominated the news this week as Nicola Sturgeon announced she was calling a second referendum on breaking up the UK. It was a question of when, not if Nicola sturgeon would stage another vote on independence. Scotland's first minister ...

Pro-Scottish independence group claims Treasury threw away ... - The Scottish...

The Scottish Sun
Pro-Scottish independence group claims Treasury threw away ...
The Scottish Sun
Pro-Scottish independence group claims Treasury threw away £17bn in taxes by slashing North Sea levies.

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Votes for independence and EU must be separated, says Alex Neil - Herald Scot...

Votes for independence and EU must be separated, says Alex Neil
Herald Scotland
NICOLA Sturgeon's rationale for a second referendum has been attacked by a former SNP cabinet colleague, who said independence and the EU should be ?decoupled?. Despite the First Minister making Europe integral to the independence debate, Alex Neil ...

SNP plans to lure English firms after Brexit - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
SNP plans to lure English firms after Brexit
The Times (subscription)
The SNP is drawing up plans aimed at enticing English businesses to Scotland to boost the economic case for independence. The growth commission set up by Nicola Sturgeon to develop strategies for tackling Scotland's £15 billion public spending deficit ...

Association study of MIF promoter polymorphisms with suicide completers in th...

Association study of MIF promoter polymorphisms with suicide completers in the Japanese population
Dove Medical Press
In this study, we sought to explore the relationship between two functional polymorphisms on the MIF gene promoter (MIF-794CATT5?8 microsatellite and MIF-173G/C single-nucleotide polymorphism SNP) and completed suicide by using one of the largest ...

Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack - ... - WISC-TV3
Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack - WISC-TV3
During the first day of a two-day debate Tuesday, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said, "most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games." "There cannot be a referendum until people know what they're voting for, until the Brexit ...

Causes Of Social Anxiety Linked To Genetics, Serotonin: Scientists Find 'SLC6...

Medical Daily
Causes Of Social Anxiety Linked To Genetics, Serotonin: Scientists Find 'SLC6A4' Gene Boosts Odds Of Disorder
Medical Daily
SLC6A4 is a specific serotonin transporter that possesses a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), which can change the genetic code of an individual. This SNP is involved in transporting serotonin ? a neurotransmitter that can affect mood and social ...

Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack - WUTR WFXV CNYhom...

Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack
During the first day of a two-day debate Tuesday, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said, "most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games." "There cannot be a referendum until people know what they're voting for, until the Brexit ...

Shock moment SNP politician MOANS about terror attack delaying Scottish indep...
Shock moment SNP politician MOANS about terror attack delaying Scottish independence vote
Shock moment SNP politician MOANS about terror attack delaying Scottish independence vote. AN SNP Cabinet member was at the centre of a row tonight after having "a meltdown" over Holyrood's suspension in the wake of the London terror attack. By Tom ...

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During the first day of a two-day debate Tuesday, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said, "most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games." "There cannot be a referendum until people know what they're voting for, until the Brexit ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack - CNN

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Scotland independence debate suspended after London attack
While the vote in Scotland's Parliament is expected to go in favor of those backing a second independence referendum, only the UK Parliament, which sits in London's Westminster, has the power to sanction one. On Tuesday, Sturgeon, who has championed ...
The Scottish Parliament suspends vote on second independence refere...

Nicola Sturgeon sees 'sense of solidarity' with London after attack - BBC News

The Sun
Nicola Sturgeon sees 'sense of solidarity' with London after attack
BBC News
The Scottish Parliament had been close to concluding its debate on a call for a referendum on Scottish independence when Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announced that the sitting would be suspended. He said the incident in London was affecting the ...
MSPs in Scotland suspend debate on a second independence refere...

'I've had enough!? Even this former 'YES' voter doesn't want a second Scottis...
'I've had enough!? Even this former 'YES' voter doesn't want a second Scottish referendum
Nurse Nikki Ford, who voted for Scotland to break away from the UK in the 2014 referendum, said now wasn't the time to trigger another say on the matter. Speaking on Sky News, she said having a vote within the next couple of years could sway the vote ...

Scotland's papers: Holiday laptop ban and referendum row - BBC News

BBC News
Scotland's papers: Holiday laptop ban and referendum row
BBC News
Passengers travelling to Britain from some countries in Africa and the Middle East will be banned from carrying laptops and tablets on to the flights amid fears of a terrorism plot, according to front page of the Scotland edition of The Times. The ...

'Why can't we have an ENGLISH referendum?': Piers Morgan rips off his earpiec...

Daily Mail
'Why can't we have an ENGLISH referendum?': Piers Morgan rips off his earpiece live on GMB and launches into ...
Daily Mail
Piers Morgan risked angering his ITV bosses today by tearing out his earpiece so he could rant about Scottish independence. The Good Morning Britain host couldn't contain himself after a interview with a Scottish nationalist and removed the earpiece ...
Political Pu...

Ruth Davidson: 'Scots do not want a referendum' - BBC News

BBC News
Ruth Davidson: 'Scots do not want a referendum'
BBC News
The Scottish Conservative leader has said the majority of Scots do not want a second independence referendum. Ruth Davidson told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that Nicola Sturgeon's call for such a vote was "not the will of the Scottish people". She said: ...
200000 people demand Sturgeon END bid to force Scotland into a SECOND referend...

'The people DON'T want it' Adam Boulton berates SNP member over Scottish refe...
'The people DON'T want it' Adam Boulton berates SNP member over Scottish referendum call
Linda Fabiani bashed the Prime Minister for ?not respecting the other nations of the UK? after the Government confirmed it would reject any request for a Section 30 order to trigger a Scottish referendum. It came after the Sky News anchor took aim at ...

Scottish independence: Referendum demand 'will be rejected' - BBC News

BBC News
Scottish independence: Referendum demand 'will be rejected'
BBC News
The UK government is to reject calls for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit after Theresa May said "now is not the time". The prime minister said the focus should be on getting the best Brexit deal for the whole of the UK. Scottish ...
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon to seek second independence referendumWas...

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

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!

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 ...

SNP MP's "chilling attack" on Catholic schools  A SENIOR SNP MP has been recorded outlining plans for the piecemeal eradication of Catholic schools in Scotland. The remarks by Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East,...

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

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

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

California as separate nation
Officials announce proposal that would establish California as separate nation
A proposal in California has been submitted to the Secretary of State?s Office on Thursday ...

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

Martin McGuinness
Has vacated the premises at the age of 66.

2017 running thread
So, what does everyone have planned for the year ahead? So far, I'm in for the following: 22nd Jan - Westhill Duathlon 25th Feb - National XC  22nd Apr - Balmoral 10k 21st May - Stirling Scottish Marathon 27th Aug - Great Aberdeen Half Marathon 24th Sep - Loch Ness Mar...

Westminster Attack ?
Reports of shots fired. Lockdown.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Neil Findlay MSP
What the hell was going through his head when he thought it was acceptable to tweet this ?   

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

2017 Gig Thread
Been buying quite a few tickets recently so seemed like a good time to start this!  Bought so far...... Belle & Sebastien @ O2 Academy (or I will in about 20 mins) Coldplay @ Croke Park Dublin Brian Wilson @ Kelvingrove Bandstand Shed Seven @ O2 Academy Also going to see Billy...

Cocaine addiction
Anyone ever had a problem with Cocaine? Starting to worry about myself. Not sure if addiction is the correct term because I can go months without it but when I do take it I binge for days and don't know when to call it a night. Had some left over yesterday and found myself taking it during wo...

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'Fragile' economic growth while Brexit and indyref uncertainties persist, war...

Never mind named person, an innovative idea is already ignored

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar elected rector of University of Glasgow

New fund announced to improve ASL in nurseries

Early years expansion - quantity or quality?

Westminster Houses of Parliament suspended after intruder shot by armed police

Accept a post-Brexit role for European Court of Justice, MPs tell UK Government

Scottish Parliament suspended after attack at Westminster

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

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

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

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

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

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