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May warned not to "trade away" UK fishing rights after EU post-2020 demand
23 Mar 2018 at 7:01pm
THERESA May has been warned not to ?trade away? UK fishing rights after the EU made a bold pitch to maintain its current access to British waters even after the transitional deal ends in December 2020.

Human chain formed around Scottish Parliament 'to protect devolution'
23 Mar 2018 at 6:10pm
CAMPAIGNERS formed a human chain around the Scottish Parliament to protect ?democratic rights? in the wake of Brexit.

Council leader under fire for 'casting doubt' on racism claims against colleague
23 Mar 2018 at 4:34pm
A COUNCIL leader has been accused of ?shameless? behaviour after casting doubt on claims her colleague racially abused children.

Union campaigning against racism paid race row Scots MP £3000
23 Mar 2018 at 5:00am
A SCOTS Labour MP at the centre of a race row was given £3000 by a union campaigning against racism just 48 hours after he had to apologise for ?deeply offensive? remarks.

EU partners set to expel more Russian diplomats in show of solidarity with Br...
23 Mar 2018 at 7:02pm
MORE than a dozen EU countries are considering expelling Russian spies after the Brussels bloc showed an ?unprecedented? show of solidarity against Moscow in response to the Salisbury attack.

Absolute limits on landownership among proposals to make Scotland more equal
23 Mar 2018 at 5:00am
RESTRICTING the amount of Scotland one landowner can hold is among a range of radical plans aimed at making the country more equal.

FMQs sketch: Not even China fiasco could throw Sturgeon off her stride
23 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
LACKING a good Alex Salmond row to bring everyone together in enmity, FMQs was a rather disjointed affair.

Drawing of lots gives tied council by-election to Conservatives
23 Mar 2018 at 11:43am
A council by-election tied between Conservative and Labour was decided in favour of the Tory candidate by the drawing of lots, under a traditional procedure.

Prime Minister hails ?spirit of co-operation? after Brexit breakthrough
23 Mar 2018 at 11:40am
Theresa May has said Britain will enter negotiations on its future relationship with the EU in ?a spirit of co-operation?, after leaders of the remaining 27 member states cleared the way for trade talks to begin.

Whitehall lawyers drawing up plans to challenge Continuity Bill in courts
23 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
WHITEHALL lawyers are already drawing up plans to challenge the Scottish Government?s Brexit Bill in the courts, The Herald understands.

Seven new board appointments for troubled police oversight body
23 Mar 2018 at 12:26pm
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the new members would further strengthen the Scottish Police Authority.

EU leaders agree guidelines for talks on post-Brexit trade
23 Mar 2018 at 8:58am
The agreement sets the scene for discussions on Britain?s relations with the EU after withdrawal.

Salisbury police officer says normal life after attack "will probably never b...
23 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
THE police officer exposed to the Novichok nerve agent after the Salisbury poisoning has spoken for the first time about his experience, saying how "normal life for me will probably never be the same".

Record-breaking adventurer Mark Beaumont to join cycling protest
23 Mar 2018 at 6:37pm
WORLD record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont is to join a protest aimed at making cycling safer.

Sturgeon urged to avoid repeat of "Scottish shambles" in China
23 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been urged to double-check the businesses she meets on an official visit to China next month after her last Far East venture turned out to be a sham.



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Ex-councillor from Shetland found guilty of indecent assault
23 Mar 2018 at 8:36pm
A former councillor and prominent businessman has been found guilty of several charges including lewd conduct and indecent assault.

Cambridge Analytica search warrant granted after Facebook apology
23 Mar 2018 at 8:02pm
A judge has issued a warrant for the offices of Cambridge Analytica to be searched.

Owen Smith sacked from Corbyn?s shadow cabinet after Brexit call
23 Mar 2018 at 6:38pm
Jeremy Corbyn faced a backlash after sacking Owen Smith from his shadow cabinet over Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn questioned over support for anti-Semitic mural
23 Mar 2018 at 5:57pm
Jeremy Corbyn faced questions over his apparent support for an artist behind an anti-Semitic mural on a London street.

Greggs opens up a Westminster branch
23 Mar 2018 at 5:15pm
The smell of steak bakes will soon be wafting through the corridors of power after Greggs opened up a branch near the Houses of Parliament.

How the Brexit fishing row affects Scotland - and why it matters
23 Mar 2018 at 5:05pm
Despite fears that it could be a recreation of the ‘Battle of the Thames’ (the bizarre clash between rival pro and anti EU floatillas at the height of the referendum), Wednesday’s fish-throwing Brexit protest was something of a damp squib.

Humza Yousaf angered by racism row mistaken identity claim
23 Mar 2018 at 4:58pm
A senior Labour politician has come under fire for suggesting that a councillor embroiled in a racism row could have been the victim of mistaken identity.

In Pictures: ?Power grab? protesters encircle Scottish Parliament
23 Mar 2018 at 4:25pm
Thousands of protesters encircled the Scottish Parliament with a living chain of hands as a symbolic gesture of protection against a “Westminster power grab”.

EU ambassador to Moscow recalled over Russian nerve agent attack
23 Mar 2018 at 4:22pm
European Union leaders have promised an “unprecedented” diplomatic response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack after backing Theresa May’s assertion that Russia was to blame.

Lords urge rethink on giving UK passport contract to French firm
23 Mar 2018 at 3:36pm
National pride should force a Government rethink over its decision to choose a Franco-Dutch firm to make post-Brexit blue British passports, peers have heard.

Scotland hit by rise in cyber sex crime
23 Mar 2018 at 2:51pm
Scotland has experienced an increase in cyber sex crime with the majority of victims being children under the age of 16, a new Scottish Government report says.

SNP win by-election to become biggest party on Midlothian Council
23 Mar 2018 at 2:31pm
Former Midlothian provost Joe Wallace has won the Penicuik by-election for the SNP, making the Nationalists the biggest party on the council.

?Apprenticeships equal to university places? says SNP MSP
23 Mar 2018 at 2:19pm
Apprenticeships should be “sold” to pupils across Scotland as having the same value as university places, an MSP has said.

SNP MP says Russia tried to ?exploit? Indyref
23 Mar 2018 at 12:00pm
A senior Scottish National Party MP has written that he believes there is evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to ‘exploit’ the divisions of the 2014 referendum on Scottish Independence.

Union criticised over donation to Scottish Labour MP
23 Mar 2018 at 11:16am
A trade union has been criticised for donating £3,000 to a Scottish Labour MP at the centre of a race row just 48 hours after he was forced to apologise for “deeply offensive” remarks.

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Pie in your face
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
With regard to this, some important commentary: (And some more.)

Nazi pugs? Fuck off!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2018 at 5:22pm
The text in the image below might be the scariest words we’ve ever read. If you’re not sure why, read a little closer. Do you remember that law being passed, readers? Do you remember the huge public debate about whether it should be possible for the police to arrest, charge and convict people who even …

The right thing to do
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2018 at 12:32pm
One perspective: Another perspective:

The asymmetric war
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Mar 2018 at 10:52am
We’re at the halfway point of our 2018 fundraiser, and the all-sources total so far is a thumpingly impressive £103,266 in just two weeks. But while that’s a tremendous sum, it’s sobering too. Firstly because with an average monthly readership of  nearly 304,000 people it comes to an average contribution of slightly under 30p per reader. As with most crowdfunded ventures, fewer than 1% of …

Plenty more fish in the sea
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Mar 2018 at 4:59pm
We’ve been scouring our picture archives all afternoon for something more surprising than the fact that the UK government has screwed over the Scottish fishing industry again after it voted Brexit and Tory in 2016 and 2017, and we found this one. See also: literally anything else that has ever happened on Earth.

The usual suspect
by Chris Cairns
17 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

The greasy poll
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Mar 2018 at 11:43am
A new Scottish Labour propaganda website called The Red Robin attracted some attention at the weekend by claiming that new polling had shown Labour closing the Westminster voting gap on the SNP to just 4 points. To try to lend some credibility to this rather dubious assertion – the SNP’s average lead is currently around 15 …

The same as it ever was
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Mar 2018 at 10:00am
Particularly alert readers may have experienced a pang of deja vu at yesterday’s story highlighting media misrepresentation of polling figures. We can’t imagine why. (The actual “new low” of support for a referendum turned out to be… 75%.)

The star prize
by The History Twins
14 Mar 2018 at 9:41pm
For Jim – one of the greats – and for us, for now. RIP. (More Twinstoons here.)

Spinning down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Mar 2018 at 1:32pm
So here’s a headline from the (Dundee) Evening Telegraph. You know how we’re always pointing out how newspapers love to lie to readers without actually saying things that are untrue? Let’s have a quick case study. Because the actual numbers of Scots who want a second indyref in the next three years, according to the Ipsos …

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'Power grab' protest held at Scottish Parliament
23 Mar 2018 at 3:55pm
The Hands Off Our Parliament group says it wants to defy Westminster attempts to "undermine devolution".

Political heroes: Nicola Sturgeon on Winnie Ewing
23 Mar 2018 at 11:57am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the woman who "changed the course of Scottish political history".

Accuser describes Labour councillor racism claims
22 Mar 2018 at 8:50pm
The man tells BBC Scotland that Labour councillor Jim Dempster carried out sustained racial abuse against him 30 years ago.

Former Shetland councillor cleared of rape but convicted of sex assaults
23 Mar 2018 at 5:53pm
Former Shetland councillor Robert Henderson, 73, is cleared of rape but convicted of sex assaults on two girls.

Limits on land ownership suggested by former minister
23 Mar 2018 at 4:54pm
The idea has been put forward in a discussion paper, one of a number commissioned on land reform.

'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'
22 Mar 2018 at 11:52am
The former presiding officer of the Catalan parliament says Scotland holds the key to the region's political crisis.

Denmark PM: fishing access 'high priority' in Brexit talks
22 Mar 2018 at 5:32pm
Denmark's prime minister tells BBC Scotland he will make access to North Sea fishing grounds a "high priority" in Brexit talks.

Russian diplomat calls for Boris Johnson to quit
22 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
Boris Johnson compared Russia's staging of the this summer's World Cup to Hitler hosting the Olympics.

Aberdeen bypass delay 'until autumn' confirmed
22 Mar 2018 at 4:13pm
The Scottish government says the expected opening date has slipped until "late autumn".

Poverty and inequality on the rise in Scotland
22 Mar 2018 at 10:39am
Official figures reveal that one million Scots were in relative poverty after paying their housing costs.

New police rules to govern fingerprint and DNA retention
22 Mar 2018 at 11:58am
The guidelines will govern the acquisition, use and disposal of biometric data by Police Scotland.

MSPs pass Scottish alternative Brexit legislation
21 Mar 2018 at 7:54pm
MSPs pass the Scottish government's alternative Brexit legislation by a margin of 95 votes to 32.

Scot Goes Pop

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SNP p-p-p-pick up a Penicuik in crucial by-election GAIN
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2018 at 12:46pm
I'm not sure if I've been the only person at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event today who spent half the time frantically searching his phone for the word 'Penicuik', but the news was good in the...

If you want to get a Section 30 order, you first have to be serious about hol...
by James Kelly
22 Mar 2018 at 11:10am
My interest was caught by Peter A Bell's blogpost the other day about Green MSP Ross Greer's comments on Indyref 2, and not for the first time I find myself half-agreeing with Peter and half-disagr...

Senior BBC journalists are completely losing the plot in their posture toward...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2018 at 8:11am
If you haven't seen/heard Alex Salmond's exchange with the BBC's John Sweeney yesterday, it's worth following this link and having a listen, because it's one of the most extraordinary things I've e...

No, the OBFA repeal was not a surprise, and nor was it a victory for the litt...
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2018 at 7:07am
For some reason Angela Haggerty seemed to be going out of her way to wind up supporters of the SNP yesterday with a number of goading tweets.  Most obviously, there was her jubilation at the repeal...

More on that 48% Yes vote...
by James Kelly
15 Mar 2018 at 7:42am
Just a quick note to let you know I have a new article in The National, with more analysis of yesterday's sensational Ipsos-Mori poll that put support for independence at 48%.  You can read the art...

Dramatic poll boost for independence campaign as SNP open up comfortable lead...
by James Kelly
14 Mar 2018 at 11:51am
Do you remember, around a year ago, before anyone even suspected that Theresa May was going to call a snap election, there was an Ipsos-Mori telephone poll that showed a 50/50 split on the independ...

The logic is inescapable: the UK government must pull England out of the Worl...
by James Kelly
13 Mar 2018 at 6:43pm
I'm fairly agnostic on the claims that Theresa May has made about Russian state involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. I find it entirely plausible that Russia might have...

Leonard left red-faced as Labour propaganda site admits SNP is still ahead in...
by James Kelly
10 Mar 2018 at 7:14pm
The new Scottish Labour and anti-independence propaganda site The Red Robin has until now been best known for the inexplicable decision of CommonSpace (an ostensibly pro-independence news outlet) t...

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It tastes disgusting!
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23 Mar 2018 at 6:29pm
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23 Mar 2018 at 6:21pm
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Fact check: No Scots private homeless housing claim is False
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23 Mar 2018 at 5:23pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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23 Mar 2018 at 5:10pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

Saltcoats road closed off after 'suspicious package in garden'
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23 Mar 2018 at 4:21pm
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Public Meeting (Glasgow): Nationalise the Monopolies!
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23 Mar 2018 at 2:19pm
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A month after Corbyn and Leonard visit Penicuik in effort to win by-election,...
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23 Mar 2018 at 2:05pm
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Whitehall lawyers drawing up plans to challenge Continuity Bill in courts
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23 Mar 2018 at 1:31pm
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EU demands access to UK fishing grounds after Brexit
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23 Mar 2018 at 1:14pm
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Ice scream shops near deep sea world?
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23 Mar 2018 at 11:13am
hi does anybody know a nice ice cream place near deep sea world? my wee girls birthday so want to make it special for her, cheers submitted by /u/dangerousdave369

Scottish school attainment gap cash used to send pupils on trips
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23 Mar 2018 at 10:45am
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Absolute limits on landownership among proposals to make Scotland more equal
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23 Mar 2018 at 9:15am
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EU university students post-Brexit (SAAS coverage?)
by /u/Guenieus
23 Mar 2018 at 6:23am
I?m having a hard time finding information regarding Scotland?s EU student policy for 2019 and forward. I?ve been told that students applying in 2017-2018 will be covered by SAAS, but I can?t find ...

Natural-birth panda expert could hold key to producing cubs at Edinburgh Zoo
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23 Mar 2018 at 5:17am
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Owen Smith axed from Labour shadow cabinet after calling for new EU referendum
by Shaun Connolly
23 Mar 2018 at 6:58pm
Smith was 'asked to step down' after breaking ranks with leader Jeremy Corbyn over the EU.

Hundreds gather outside Holyrood as Hands Off Our Parliament protest Westmins...
by Record Reporter
23 Mar 2018 at 6:13pm
Demonstrators joined hands around Scottish Parliament amid deadlock Brexit talks. 

Richard Leonard says any Labour racism problem 'reflective of Scottish society'
by David Clegg
23 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
The leader offered a limp defence of his party following a series of race scandals that have rocked Scottish Labour.

Fishing barons set to be real Brexit winners at cost of coastal communities
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Desperate for a Brexit win, the Tories have set Britain up for a fall over fishing quotas, says our Westminster Editor Torcuil Crichton.

Scotland votes nyet as SNP admits Russia may have tried to 'exploit 2014 Indy...
by David Clegg
23 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Stewart McDonald MP claimed there is a 'prima faice' case that Putin attempted to use the nationalist feeling in Scotland to destabilised the west.

Fraud rap ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry accused of failing to pass donations to c...
by Ashlie McAnally
22 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
The former Glasgow East MP made no plea when she appeared in private at the city’s sheriff court.

Fish fight on Thames most embarrassing moment in history for Scottish Tories
by Record View
22 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Anyone connected with the fishing fight should hang their head in shame, says Record View.

SNP Ian Blackford mocks Tory Brexit promises to protect fishing
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP Westminster leader said overblown claims by leading Brexiteers to return UK waters back to complete UK control would prove to be false.

Ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry appears in court on fraud charges
by Record Reporter
21 Mar 2018 at 4:06pm
Former Glasgow East representative appears in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Scottish NHS workers assured they will be paid 'at least as much' as English ...
by dailyrecord
21 Mar 2018 at 3:14pm
SNP Health Minister Shona Robison was responding to the 6.5 per cent pay rise offer over three years for NHS staff in England.

Michael Greenwell

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Bella Caledonia

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Croft Work
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Mar 2018 at 8:35pm
Can the harsh economics of urban life entice young people to repopulate the highlands? asks Ewen McLachlan. I recall a conversation of a decade or more ago about the sadness and continuing legacy of the Clearances. Sitting in an early evening session in one of Edinburgh?s many Rose Street bars, with one eye on the …

SCL and the Phantom Contract
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Mar 2018 at 1:37pm
In the second of our explosive expose of the SCL Group we ask: what is the phantom contract with the MOD from 2010/11 and what did the ?external training? a previous FOI revealed involve? The MOD is now contradicting previous information it has given out under Freedom of Information laws. As a senior SCL executive admits …

The Male Identity Crisis And Gender Inequality
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2018 at 7:56pm
"The Boys Are Not Alright, So Neither Are The Girls"

Facebook as Google for Criminals
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2018 at 7:37pm
"Once more, we should be surprised at the surprise. The Guardian video of Christopher Wylie, the so-called whistle-blower in the Cambridge Analytica case explains nothing that we do not know already..."

Our Plastic Sea
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2018 at 10:39am
A new report reveals that Scottish seas are contaminated by plastics and micro plastics. But the suggestions about what we should do in response are woefully inadequate...

SCL ? a Very British Coup
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Mar 2018 at 3:16pm
Liam O Hare on the deep connections between Cambridge Analytica’s parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group)  and the Conservative Party and military establishment, ‘Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors. This is scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.’ The scandal around mass …

Building a Nation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Martin O Connor’s Building a Nation explores word-loss, dialect, class, cultural self-loathing and swiftly changing identities norms and aspirations. To a packed audience at the Tramway, here acting as a neighborhood theatre, a show at the end of a long tour is received with rapture and recognition. He explains: “My own performance included poetry and …

Crofting, Communism and Potato Bureaucracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Mar 2018 at 12:28pm
There?s a long accepted truism in the North West Highlands that the best definition of crofting is as follows: ?A crofter is one who owns a small patch of land surrounded by acres of bureaucracy.? Since moving lock, stock and car boot full to the 58th parallel I find that I spend many of my …

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The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Mar 2018 at 6:05pm
Ex-minister quits SNP after inquiry substantiated claims of inappropriate behaviourNicola Sturgeon has urged her former childcare minister Mark McDonald to stand down as an MSP after he resigned from her party over inappropriate behaviour but refused to quit Holyrood.McDonald announced on Tuesday...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

HOOP: Hands Off Our Parliament
There’s an important event taking place in Edinburgh tomorrow. HOOP, Hands Off Our Parliament is a demonstration outside Holyrood to show the Conservative government that we the people of Scotland value the devolved parliament which we voted for, and that we will not sit back quietly while Theresa May and her minions use Brexit, something …

The Great British Boak Off
You might be forgiven for thinking, given that the promise to stand up for the interests of the Scottish fishing industry was the only commitment made by Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives? during last year’s General Election that consisted of saying more than “We don’t want another referendum”, that the Scottish media would now be hounding …

Gutted like a fish
“Well that was totally unexpected and absolutely no one could have predicted that it would happen. I never saw it coming,” said the guy who walked out into the middle of the M8 during rush hour and was run over by a fish lorry. That’s pretty much the response of Scottish Conservative supporters to the …

Happy 1000th to The National
They said it wouldn’t last, that it would disappear just as soon as the Yes movement evaporated away after the No vote in the 2014 referendum, but 1000 issues later and The National is still going strong. Congratulations to Callum Baird and all the team for working their wee socks off to produce the only …

Stooges of the Kremlin
There was an editorial in the Guardian yesterday titled “Tackling the troll state”. For a wee moment I thought it was about Theresa May’s government trolling the people of Scotland, but then reality kicked in and I realised that this was the Guardian. It was really about Theresa May and the Russians. No one in …

The DIY project
We’re in the calm before the storm. A constitutional crisis is on the horizon and is heading our way, when it breaks it could threaten the entire basis of the devolution settlement and undermine the foundations of the British state. It could be the thread that unravels what passes for a Union and leads to …

The Stan Laurel of Scottish politics
Deep in a dark cave, eroded away over the millennia, covered by thousands of years of lime deposits, are the very faintest traces of some of the oldest art work ever created, scratched into the rock by early humans. Those enigmatic engravings have a higher profile, are more accessible, and are more relevant to modern …

Och, Jeremy Corbyn
On Wednesday evening I did a talk in Motherwell for the local Yes group. The venue held 120 people, and it was full. Many thanks to the organisers for a fantastic evening. It was great to see that interest in the cause of independence is undiminished in Lanarkshire. One of the questions I was asked …

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Davidson under fire for her fishy post-Brexit story
RUTH Davidson has come under pressure to say whether she knew EU fishing rules would continue to apply after Brexit despite issuing a statement saying they would not.

Leonard gets confused over reserved powers ... again
HAPLESS Labour leader Richard Leonard seemed to get confused with the whole devolved-reserved thing at First Minister?s Questions yesterday, when he attacked the Scottish Government for a decision taken by a UK Government body.

MSPs back bid to have judges in Scotland register their interests
IT?S taken nearly six years and 25 hearings but as The National predicted yesterday, a register of interests for all Scottish judges is set to become law.

Archbishop to back power grab on Holyrood
THE ARCHBISHOP of York is set to vote for Westminster to grab Scotland?s powers, saying Scots need to know that they?re part of the UK and not independent.

Tory MP seeks out hiding plaice from Farage during farcical Brexit fish stunt
ABERDEEN South MP Ross Thomson broke a promise to toss dead haddock into the Thames yesterday, because he had to run away from Nigel Farage.

Scottish NHS staff will not lose out after English pay deal
THE Scottish Government has promised that NHS staff in Scotland will not be disadvantaged following a pay deal for English workers.

Greens will not support SNP Budget unless demands are considered
A COMMITMENT to scrap the council tax, devolve business rates powers to local authorities and allow them to introduce a tourist tax are among the options being considered by the Scottish Greens as prospective demands to Derek Mackay in exchange for supporting next year?s Budget.

Dugdale reveals death threats ahead of Amnesty abuse campaign
KEZIA Dugdale has received three death threats online including one which said she should be ?bayoneted?.

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Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

Scotland and Independence

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Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent
Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The Scotsman22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP MP says Russia tried to 'exploit' Indyref
SNP MP says Russia tried to 'exploit' Indyref  The ScotsmanSeven new board appointments for troubled police oversight body  AOL UKScotland could be ?significantly more democratically enfranchised? than England post-Brexit  CommonSpaceLetters: Fishing trade-off shows Scotland is well on the way to vassal state status  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Political heroes: Nicola Sturgeon on Winnie Ewing
Political heroes: Nicola Sturgeon on Winnie Ewing  BBC NewsFull coverage

'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'
'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Keith O'Brien, Catholic cardinal in Scotland, 1938-2018
Keith O'Brien, Catholic cardinal in Scotland, 1938-2018  Financial TimesFull coverage

Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence
Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scottish Police Authority appoints seven new board members
Scottish Police Authority appoints seven new board members  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Let's bust the myth that Scotland is poor
Let's bust the myth that Scotland is poor  The NationalFull coverage


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SNP now biggest party on Midlothian Council after by-election win
SNP now biggest party on Midlothian Council after by-election win  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) Seeing Increased Action in Ses...
SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE) Seeing Increased Action in Session  Aldan PostFull coverage

SNP rebel angling for fight over EU fishing rights
SNP rebel angling for fight over EU fishing rights  The TimesPolitical heroes: Nicola Sturgeon on Winnie Ewing  BBC NewsFull coverage

SNP MP says Russia tried to 'exploit' Indyref
SNP MP says Russia tried to 'exploit' Indyref  The ScotsmanSNP ministers urged to end "outrageous" approach to FoI requests  HeraldScotlandScotland unemployment INCREASES: Sturgeon's 'complacent' SNP under fire coverage

Former SNP MP in court over fraud claims
Former SNP MP in court over fraud claims  BBC NewsFormer SNP MP Natalie McGarry in court over embezzlement claims'Indy Scotland won't rejoin EU if bad fishing deal', says SNP MSP  The ScotsmanFull coverage

The Russian spy poisoning is tearing the SNP apart
The Russian spy poisoning is tearing the SNP apart (blog)Full coverage

SNP win Penicuik ward council by-election
SNP win Penicuik ward council by-election  The NationalFull coverage

'Dubious' SNP Brexit Bill headed for Supreme Court if no powers deal
'Dubious' SNP Brexit Bill headed for Supreme Court if no powers deal coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'
'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Political heroes: Nicola Sturgeon on Winnie Ewing
Political heroes: Nicola Sturgeon on Winnie Ewing  BBC NewsFull coverage

Poll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years
Poll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The ScotsmanLatest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The National22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland votes nyet as SNP admits Russia may have tried to 'exploit 2014 Indy...
Scotland votes nyet as SNP admits Russia may have tried to 'exploit 2014 IndyRef'  Scottish Daily RecordScotland's female leaders tell Twitter: Clamp down on online abuse of women  ReutersScotland could be ?significantly more democratically enfranchised? than England post-Brexit  CommonSpaceLetters: Fishing trade-off shows Scotland is well on the way to vassal state status  HeraldScotlandFull c...

Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit
Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit  EUobserverScotland, Wales defy London with laws to keep powers after Brexit  Deutsche WelleBeware moves to break up UK after Brexit, minister warns  The NationalTime running out for Theresa May to get Nicola Sturgeon on side with Brexit Bill  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Fewer than half of Scots want second independence vote despite Brexit fears
Fewer than half of Scots want second independence vote despite Brexit fears  PoliticsHome.comFull coverage

Scottish Police Authority appoints seven new board members
Scottish Police Authority appoints seven new board members  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Let's bust the myth that Scotland is poor
Let's bust the myth that Scotland is poor  The NationalFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

The Official President Trump thread

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

Richard Leonard
I think Dick Leonard now deserves a thread of his own. Managed to catch up with yesterday's FMQ's  and Leonards'  performance was as bad as I've ever seen.  I'm going to state he is the worst leader of Labour in Scotland since the parliament was set up. That's quite some achievement given...

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

Local Council c***s
Thought a thread to share the sort of shit local councils get up to might highlight some very cuntish behaviour and I want to see if other local councils are as bad as Aberdeen. The other day there were reports in the P&J that they could start charging homeless people to store their belonging...

The Life in the UK Test
I didn?t know whether this belong in the General Politics forum (for people interested in Immigration policy) or General Nonsense (for people who like pub quizzes I was recently helping my brother in law practice for the test you need to pass if you want to apply for UK citizenship or permanent r...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


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

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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...

You know you're getting old when...
...Your barber asks if you want your eyebrows trimming 

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

TV programmes that need to be taken off air?
Not sure if it's the presenter's, guests or format but i think Soccer am is well past it's best. I think it's that bad i will have some cookery programme on in the background instead of soccer am, sad really.

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Still Game
Still Game carried on from where it left off and lived up to its expected disappointment. It only slightly picked up with about 5 minutes to go. Again they shoehorned Methadone Prick into it It reached its peak around series 3/series 4. Shouldn't have been brought back Itll go down ...

My mum is in hospital and when she eventually gets out she has promised to give up smoking.  In recent times her years of smoking has had a terrible affect on her health and this time she says she is giving up for good. She has tried in the past, though I am not convinced she has really wante...

Holyrood Magazine


Interview: Mike Russell on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit

Sketch: Brexit, fishing and cold sick

Men should sit out next Labour leadership contest so the party can elect a wo...

EU backs Theresa May on Russia and prepares to expel diplomats

HMRC explores use of artificial intelligence for tax cases

NHS staff pay rise will be ?at least? matched in Scotland

Child poverty on the rise in Scotland

It would be a mistake to see GDPR as a hindrance

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West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…