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Fox softens on Brexit transitional period, saying one could last until 2022
23 Jul 2017 at 12:41pm
LIAM Fox, the International Trade Secretary, has signalled that a transitional deal following Britain's departure from the European Union could last three years until 2022.

Corbyn insists May's £1.5bn deal with DUP "unsustainable" and he is ready for...
23 Jul 2017 at 4:13pm
JEREMY Corbyn has branded the Conservatives? £1.5 billion deal with the Democratic Unionists to prop up Theresa May?s Government ?unsustainable? and that he is ready to fight another general election in the coming months.

Paul Hutcheon: Kezia Dugdale is unloved by both wings of her fractious party
23 Jul 2017 at 12:09am
JUNE's General Election result contained many surprises, but the shock on the faces of senior Scottish Labour figures was symbolic of the party?s low expectations.

Wings Over Scotland increases defamation claim against Kezia Dugdale to £25,000
23 Jul 2017 at 12:08am
A PRO-INDEPENDENCE blogger is suing Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale for £25,000 after she accused him of homophobia.

Labour left says Scottish party held back Corbyn at general election
22 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
One of Labour's main leftist factions has accused the Scottish wing of the party of holding back the UK wide effort to put Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10.

Farmers will be paid for delivering benefits for nature after Brexit, says Gove
21 Jul 2017 at 8:49pm
Under the Common Agricultural Policy UK farmers receive around £3 billion a year in subsidies.

Sillars and Scottish Corbynistas slam undemocratic halls for Brexit halt
22 Jul 2017 at 12:43am
Leftist Eurosceptics have condemned widespread Scottish calls for a second vote on leaving the EU as "sad and worrying".

Corbyn bringing tour to Scotland as Labour seeks to snatch 18 SNP seats
21 Jul 2017 at 2:15pm
Jeremy Corbyn is to bring his UK tour of marginal constituencies to Scotland next month, where he is targeting up to 18 SNP seats.

HMS Glasgow: a tradition as old as the British navy she will serve
21 Jul 2017 at 12:30am
Her name is as old as the British navy itself. The next HMS Glasgow will be the ninth called after Britain?s greatest shipbuilding city. The first - like the latest, a frigate - was commissioned in to the Royal Navy of the fledgling and fragile British state in 1707.

Video: Vince Cable is new leader of Liberal Democrats
20 Jul 2017 at 4:29pm
The former business secretary succeeds Tim Farron.

Theresa May?s rating plunges to 'worst on record' for prime minister post-ele...
20 Jul 2017 at 3:22pm
But Mrs May is still regarded as the most capable premier, according to the Ipsos Mori survey.

The ever shortening reigns of Scotland?s most senior police chiefs
21 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
Police chiefs used to reign like monarchs. Now some seem to last about as long as a Premiership football manager.

Government risks making immigration policy 'in the dark', peers warn
21 Jul 2017 at 12:08am
CONTROLLING post-Brexit immigration will be a struggle for the Government if it continues to rely on "woefully inadequate" information, a Lords report has said.

Scots will be hit disproportionately hard by increase in state pension age, w...
20 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
SCOTS will be hit disproportionately hard by the UK Government?s decision to raise the state pension age from 67 to 68 for six million men and women, it has been claimed.

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Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ?reboot?
23 Jul 2017 at 7:33pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has called for a rethink of Conservatism.

Post Brexit tranisitional period until 2022 ?no big deal?
23 Jul 2017 at 2:09pm
The International Trade Secretary has insisted it is “not a huge deal” if transitional arrangements when Britain quits the European Union last up until 2022.

Jeremy Corbyn: I never promised to write off student debt
23 Jul 2017 at 12:00pm
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he did not promise to write off student debt as he campaigned for the youth vote in the general election.

Brexit ministers ?mocked? for being chauffeured in Spanish-built car
23 Jul 2017 at 10:14am
Brexit ministers faced claims of hypocrisy after it emerged they have been chauffeured around in a Spanish-built car.

Donald Trump says he has ?complete power? to pardon
23 Jul 2017 at 10:04am
Donald Trump has said he has “complete power” to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.

Number of zero hour contracts in Scotland falls
23 Jul 2017 at 9:48am
The number of Scots on zero-hours contracts has fallen, despite an overall increase across the UK.

Poll: A fifth of Tory members back David Davis as next leader
23 Jul 2017 at 9:24am
David Davis has topped a survey of Tory members as the candidate to replace Theresa May as leader but most want the Prime Minister to remain in post.

Refusal to give pledge on EU bank funding
22 Jul 2017 at 11:55pm
The UK government has been attacked by Labour for failing to provide assurances that Scotland will be able to access funds from the European Investment Bank (EIB) after Brexit.

MPs ready for summer recall if Brexit talks stall
22 Jul 2017 at 11:42pm
Pro-Remain MPs are prepared to demand that parliament is recalled early if Brexit talks suffer a summer collapse, it has been claimed.

Back our own indyref, Catalans urge Nicola Sturgeon
22 Jul 2017 at 11:37pm
Pressure is mounting on Nicola Sturgeon’s government to endorse the Catalan independence movement’s proposal to hold a referendum on seceding from Spain in October.

Euan McColm: Corbyn?s visit forces Sturgeon to pick sides
22 Jul 2017 at 11:23pm
Sometimes, in recent years, members of the SNP have looked more like football supporters than political activists.

Hospital staff treating terminally ill Charlie Gard sent death threats
22 Jul 2017 at 10:05pm
Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been bombarded with death threats over the case of terminally ill Charlie Gard.

Troubled past of lighthouse murder is recalled after island put on the market
22 Jul 2017 at 10:18am
The sale of a beautiful island has led to a retired architect recalling the fateful day he discovered the corpse of lighthouse keeper killed in one of Scotland’s most notorious murders.

Alex Salmond: Indyref2 will come right as Brexit goes wrong
22 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
IndyRef2 will come right because Brexit will go wrong, says Alex Salmond.

Land and building tax revenue in Scotland plummets by 31%
22 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Commercial revenue from Scotland’s stamp duty replacement fell by 31 per cent in June compared to the same month in 2016, it emerged yesterday..

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The delusion of hubris
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2017 at 12:51pm
Today’s Daily Record covers the story we mentioned yesterday about a report from a Scottish Labour campaign group making the pretty factually-uncontestable point that the branch office’s dismal strategy in last month’s election held the UK party back. And it made the Record really angry. Because the paper’s editorial leader is a furious rant against the authors …

Happy holidays
by Chris Cairns
22 Jul 2017 at 6:55am

Picking up the gauntlet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 6:06pm
We’ll be honest with you here, readers – even though it’s only July, when it comes to sheer ham-fisted, tin-eared, clown-shoed, foot-shooting idiocy we didn’t think anything in Scottish politics in 2017 could possibly top the SNP’s decision that the surefire way to win back voters after a poor election result was literally mutilating puppies. After …

The Pollyanna Problem
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 12:25pm
Broadly speaking, the psychological phenomenon known as the Pollyanna Principle is a tendency to neurotically see the most positive possible view of a situation. It’s not generally widely found in newspapers – for whom bad news as a rule sells much better than good news – but for some reason the Scottish press makes a uniform …

Friendly Help For Jeremy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 9:14am
From today’s Daily Record: Have you spotted Kindly Uncle Jez’s mistake, readers? Let’s try to explain it to him. We’ll use short words and speak slowly. Dear Jeremy, Here’s how many votes you’re currently short of being PM: 28 Here’s how many you’d be short if you took those 18 seats from the SNP: 28 …

The second-class licence fee
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2017 at 11:49am
Today the BBC finally officially revealed what everyone already knew. So now Scottish viewers definitely know where we stand. The Corporation doggedly refuses to publicly reveal what it pays for its entire TV and radio coverage of Scottish football, presumably out of embarrassment, but we already know because the SPFL told us in 2015. 1/60th of …

The proof of the pudden
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jul 2017 at 1:41pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale in the Daily Record today: If only there was somewhere that Labour DID already run the NHS so that we could judge the truth of that claim, eh readers? (In the latest data, NHS Scotland is treating 95.3% of A&E patients within the four-hour target, compared to just 80.9% in Wales.) (While …

The Victim
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jul 2017 at 11:38am
Deep in the summer news desert, the papers today are struggling for material again. The Sunday Herald has a shock-horror front-page exposé about some photos from an Orange Lodge party that turn out to be from 2010 and 2013, while the Scottish Mail On Sunday reaches all the way back to 1940 to fill a …

The power grab
by Chris Cairns
15 Jul 2017 at 6:59am

Glass house heavily stoned
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jul 2017 at 11:49am
And no, we’re not talking about Ruth Davidson living it up at Fingers Piano Bar. Kezia Dugdale tweeted this today: Which would be a little bit like us gloating that Andy Murray was rubbish at tennis on the grounds that he was knocked out of Wimbledon this week. Except that we wouldn’t actually believe that …

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Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism 'reboot'
23 Jul 2017 at 5:50pm
The Scottish Conservative leader also warns the UK government must show greater leadership.


Blood donation rules ease for gay and bisexual men
23 Jul 2017 at 9:45am
LGBTI campaigners say the regulation changes will allow more gay and bisexual men to donate blood.


Concern over Dubs resettlement scheme
23 Jul 2017 at 12:45am
Scottish and Welsh ministers criticise the way the Dubs resettlement scheme has operated.


Jeremy Corbyn to tour SNP-held constituencies
21 Jul 2017 at 2:19pm
The Labour leader will spend five days speaking to Scottish voters in marginal seats.


Scots NFU backs post-Brexit farm deal
21 Jul 2017 at 5:22pm
Farmers' leaders say approach signalled by UK environment secretary "chimes" with their thinking.


Three senior officials to leave Aberdeen City Council
21 Jul 2017 at 7:37am
Opposition councillors in Aberdeen voice concerns about the authority's ability to hold on to senior staff.


'Giant of Scots law' Lord McCluskey dies aged 88
21 Jul 2017 at 12:35pm
John Herbert McCluskey held roles as a defence counsel, a former Solicitor General and a Labour and crossbench peer.


First Type 26 frigate named HMS Glasgow
20 Jul 2017 at 12:09pm
The name is revealed by the defence secretary at a steel-cutting ceremony at BAE System's Govan shipyard.


Alexander Burnett election expenses probe finds 'no criminality'
20 Jul 2017 at 5:39pm
Police investigating claims a Tory MSP breached election campaign spending rules are taking no further action.


City Deal boost for Edinburgh and south-east Scotland
20 Jul 2017 at 12:39pm
It would provide cash for innovation, infrastructure, tourism and housing in Edinburgh and south-east Scotland.


Hazlehead Crematorium report 'must be published'
20 Jul 2017 at 12:19am
The critical report revealed "unethical and abhorrent" practices at Hazlehead Crematorium in Aberdeen.


Brexit: UK and EU at odds over 'exit bill'
21 Jul 2017 at 9:35am
The latest Brexit talks end without agreement on EU citizens' rights or the amount the UK should pay.

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Is saving the universe a girl job or a boy job?
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2017 at 3:45am
As long-term readers may recall, I'm a lifelong Doctor Who fan.  I'm basically a fan of what has become known as the 'classic series' (ie. the period between 1963 and 1989), but I've watched and en...

Ipsos-Mori subsample adds to the weight of evidence suggesting the SNP are st...
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2017 at 7:18pm
Ipsos-Mori's subsamples (just like Survation's) tend to be very small and produce extremely volatile results.  However, for what it's worth, the subsample from the firm's first post-election poll i...

The crumbling of Colonel Calamity : evidence begins to mount that the Scottis...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
Just as a slight corrective to the recent string of good polling results for the SNP, there's a new ICM poll which has the SNP a little behind Labour in the Scottish subsample: Labour 35%, SNP 33%,...

But we can still RISE now, and vote for a unionist party again...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 9:25pm
So is there anything to be said for Cat Boyd of RISE "proudly" voting Labour at the general election?  Well, there's certainly something positive to be taken from the fact that she's admitted doing...

More good polling news for the SNP - this time from YouGov
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 4:15pm
YouGov are the only firm I'm aware of that claim to weight the Scottish subsamples of their GB-wide polls separately.  Given the small size of those subsamples, a huge margin of error still applies...

SNP buoyed by two new polls
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
I'm not sure if it was Wimbledon or the Doctor Who announcement that distracted me, but I completely forgot to check on Saturday night whether there were any new opinion polls.  As it turns out the...

Colonel says "Phew"! Huge scare for Ruth as SNP run Tories close in Elgin by-...
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2017 at 12:19pm
It always looked fairly predictable that the Tories would win yesterday's Elgin North by-election.  They had won the popular vote in the ward in May, their tails were up after winning the Moray par...

The Tories begin their Great Attempt to Destroy Devolution
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2017 at 3:11pm
So it's official - the Tories have not only betrayed the promise that new powers will come to the Scottish Parliament after Brexit, but they have also announced that some of the existing devolved p...

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23 Jul 2017 at 6:37pm
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Writer claims Scotland's history has been deliberately distorted by centuries...
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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford takes another £3k from Tory millionaire
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Corbyn rules out single market membership
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Scottish Government to make it easier for gay men to give blood after timelin...
by Hilary Duncanson
23 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Men are not allowed to give blood within a year of having sex with another man – but that will be reduced to three months under the plans.


Police Scotland's job is to protect us - not stage lame PR stunts
by Mail Opinion
23 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Major cocaine seizures are worthy of photo opportunities, pouring teenagers' Buckie down a drain is not.


Scottish Labour's left are hell-bent on sabotaging the party
by Record View
22 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says the attack on Kezia Dugdale will only benefit the nationalists just as Labour are poised to deliver a knockout blow to the SNP.


Left-wing Labour group accuses Kezia Dugdale of fuelling Tory support by focu...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The Campaign for Socialism says the Scottish Labour leader failed to capitalise on the Jeremy Corbyn effect due to an obsession with the SNP.


Sean Spicer quits White House after Donald Trump snubs him for top job
by Record Reporter
21 Jul 2017 at 6:43pm
The press secretary chucked it after the US president named Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director.


Rearguard fight against Brexit needs a champion to get behind
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil doesn't know where a remain leader is coming from with Vince Cable elected leader of the Lib Dems.


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn targets 18 SNP seats in next bid for Downing Street
by David Clegg
21 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Corbyn will tour key seats next month as he prepares for the possibility of another election.


Brexit divorce turns ugly as pound plummets amid fears no deal will be done
by Ben Glaze
21 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
EU chief Michel Barnier hits out at UK for having no clear position on the rights of foreign workers and the £85bn divorce bill demand following four days of deadlocked talks.


Vince Cable replaces Tim Farron as Liberal Democrats leader as he's elected u...
by Shaun Connolly
20 Jul 2017 at 5:10pm
The 74-year-old will take over from Farron who left the role due to concerns over his Christian faith and the clash with the Lib Dem stance on homosexuality.


Tories to force people born after 1970 to work until 68 under new pension laws
by Torcuil Crichton
20 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The rise in pension age will come in from 2037 and the Tories have been accused of burying the bad news.

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Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

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Vukovi?s Epic 90s Bella Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jul 2017 at 11:00am
Spotify Bella playlist here. Having been longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award earlier this summer with their long-awaited muscular, colourful debut, Glasgow four-piece Vukovi follow their recent performance at TRNSMT with a set at Belladrum festival near Inverness on August 4. Vukovi frontwoman and recent Kerrang cover star Janine Shilstone makes us …

Beyond Old Empire Fantasies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jul 2017 at 10:49am
One of the central arguments put by the global anti-war movement of 2003 was simply this: bombing Iraq will only create more terrorists, and threaten to engulf the entire region in a quagmire of conflict. Back then, of course, we also knew that this being carried out under the guise of the ‘war on terror’ …

Violence and the Hamburg G20
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
Violence and the Hamburg G20 ? is there any way out? By Richard Henry Holland There were thousands of joyful moments for the tens of thousands participating in the week of peaceful protest and political education precipitated by the G20 in Hamburg. A personal highlight was unexpectedly spotting four members of the Scottish Socialist Party …

The Rough Wooing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2017 at 10:49am
The Westminster Parliament EU (Withdrawal) Bill provides invaluable illumination of the British problem of Brexit, and is a surprisingly transparent demonstration of Parliament?s limited power over the process. It is clear from the drafting of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, that the United Kingdom does not possess the resources, expertise or capacity to undertake Brexit; save …

Fringe Activity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2017 at 10:36am
Tammas Clark on the wisdom of Bukowski and the value of the festival. Picked up a copy o the Fringe catalogue at Galashiels bus station the ither day. Thocht ah wis gaun tae hiv tae buy it its ain seat on the X95 an aw. S?a muckle thing this year, like, near til five hunner …

Power Grab
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jul 2017 at 9:28pm
The Brexit farce has gone from being a widening of the democratic deficit to an attack on democracy and devolution. Scotland voted against this exercise in economic self-harm and is now having powers stripped by a centralising Conservative government clinging to the wreckage of their own absurd and unpopular rule. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones …

Fuaigh ? Interweaving
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jul 2017 at 4:32pm
Using song, story, imagery and dance, Fuaigh ? Interweaving looks at the consequences of losing words, land and language and being forced to the edge. Fuaigh is a Gaelic theatre experience based on the theme of Home and Away. Using song, story, imagery and dance, Fuaigh looks at the consequences of losing words, land and …

Hodge-Podgeable
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Jul 2017 at 4:17pm
The problem for Theresa May’s constant commands and pleas for ‘Unity” and togetherness is that we live in a state of radical incoherence with multiple splits and division. Britain doesn’t really exist in any meaningful sense beyond the increasingly strained cultural voices repeating it till they’re hoarse.   Colin Kidd and Malcolm Petrie explore these themes …

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When will the SNP tackle Scotland?s shaming poverty? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
The party should focus on revolutionising life for the poorest instead of promoting feeble initiatives on gender and climateThe first sparks of social awareness to pierce my comfortable world came early and were delivered in the classrooms of the west of Scotland Catholic primary schools I attend...

Scotland and Wales formally call for funding boost after DUP deal
by Frances Perraudin
19 Jul 2017 at 10:01pm
Holyrood and Cardiff argue they should receive an extra £2.9bn and £1.67bn respectively under Barnett formula rulesThe Scottish and Welsh governments have joined forces to launch a formal dispute process over Theresa May?s deal with the Democratic Unionist party.Following last month?s general ele...

Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales
by Heather Stewart, Ewen MacAskill and Peter Walker
14 Jul 2017 at 5:59am
Great repeal bill rejected by Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones over concerns about human rights and Westminster ?power grab?Theresa May appeared to be heading for an explosive constitutional clash over Brexit after the Scottish and Welsh governments said they could not support the great repeal bi...

Scottish and Welsh governments threaten to refuse repeal bill legislative con...
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Jul 2017 at 5:36pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including publication of the Brexit repeal bill, and Theresa May?s first proper broadcast interview since the general election5 things we?ve learnt from Theresa May?s Radio 5 Live interviewAfternoon summary 5.36pm BST Just talke...

Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
There is much good news about the country, so why the endless denigration?In the UK?s political battleground, truth may well be the first casualty but a close second is the ancient and beautiful English language. In the world of politics, our language becomes a shallow and arid medium where meani...

Canadian PM meets the Queen in Edinburgh ? but not Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm
Snub to Scotttish first minister by Justin Trudeau in UK en route to G20 summit suggests opposition to independenceJustin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has praised Scotland?s role in global affairs after receiving an honorary degree for his campaigning on equality and diversity.Trudeau wa...

Ruth Davidson mystifies Twitter with Gillian Anderson stocking post
by Jamie Grierson
1 Jul 2017 at 12:44pm
Scottish Tory leader signs off on holiday with picture of X-Files star in stockings and stilettos, prompting a mixed responseThe Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has raised eyebrows by posting a picture of the actor Gillian Anderson in lingerie on social media.Davidson, 38, posted th...

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2017 at 7:40pm
Holyrood?s finance minister says time is up for controversial policy after Westminster MPs voted down Labour motion to scrap it nationallyThe Scottish government has promised to unilaterally lift the cap on public sector pay in the face of threats by nurses to go on strike. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotl...

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Meeting with the tea boy
The Daily SiegHeil is the favourite newspaper of the frothy tendency of the British right. The British press is renowned around the world for its extremism, its bile, and a dedication to the truth that makes Walter Mitty seem like the editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but the Daily Mail is the worst of a …

Waiting for the alarm clock
There is a theory that there is an infinite number of universes, that this universe we live in is just one reality in a countless myriad of realities which stretch out forever in the vastness of the possible, as limitless and unending as Ruth Davidson’s estimation of her own ability. If that’s true, then it …

Wee Ginger Fundraiser
I don’t usually do crowdfunding, having always preferred to sell books and rely on the donate button which is at the end of every blog article on this site – or at least at the end of every article I write myself. It wouldn’t be fair to attempt to raise donations on the back of …

The row of the summer
Well that went well. After loudly proclaiming that it’s time to get down to business with the EU, David Davis, the Secretary of State for Thick Vain Lazy Toads, spent less than 15 minutes with Michel Barnier in Brussels followed by a cursory meeting involving senior officials lasting an hour before heading back to London …

Reaching for the stars
On Saturday, the National published a front page article about the development of the space related industries in Scotland. Already, Scotland generates some £134 million annually in space-related industries, primarily in building small satellites, and Scotland’s contribution makes up a disproportionately large part of the UK space industry. 7000 of the total 38,500 UK jobs …

The repeal bill that will repeal the Union
According to our Unionist media, the big news of this week is not that Westminster is attempting the greatest power grab since Henry VIII changed England’s religion so that he could get his end away with Anne Boleyn after ransacking some monasteries. It’s not that Theresa May has been saying for months that she would …

The Walk of Shame
It’s yer actual 12th of July today, the hotspot of Orange hate. Over the past few days Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland have been subjected to a celebration of “Loyalist culture”. It’s always a good and positive thing for any community to celebrate its culture, the problem is that what passes for Loyalist culture …

Stinker, failer, soldier, cry
When I go on holiday, I switch off from Twitter. Going on holiday means just that, it means switching off, and instead of obsessing over what’s bubbling in the carp filled pond of Scottish politics, you lie on a beach somewhere sunny or take in the sights of a new city. That’s unless you’re Ruth …

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The National View: Conclusive proof that Scotland is not an equal partner in ...
THE concept which underlies the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is that the holder of the office is the Primus Inter Pares, the first among equals in a Cabinet of ministers which has a collective responsibility for governing the four countries which make up the current Union.

Elliot Bulmer: Scotland needs a written constitution for indyref2 ? and we ne...
THE First Minister has indicated that she wishes to re-boot the independence movement ? to shift the debate away from tactics, such as the timing of the next referendum, and back on to the high ground of making the case for independence. In making that case, it is important to begin with a clear understanding of what independence is, what independence is for, and why it matters.

Wee Ginger Dug: Scotland must make do with the UK?s scraps ? again
THE first of three new Royal Navy frigates is being built on the Clyde. Whoop, and indeed, dee-doo. The news was plastered all over the BBC?s Reporting Scotland and the Unionist papers, all of whom bigged it up as one of those Union benefits that we?re always being promised but which all too often fail to materialise. The fact they were giving lots of publicity to a development that could be us...

The Slorance Sketch: Boris Johnson and Theresa May discuss their Magic Money ...
Boris Johnson has an urgent letter to deliver from Scotland and Wales.

Pat Kane: Nationalism can be force for good ? as Scotland has shown the world
ANOTHER day, another metropolitan front cover with ?nationalism? in scare-quotes. This time, at least, there is the merit of a considerable intellect behind the charge.

Shona Craven: Why delivery riders are left vulnerable as acid attacks rise
THE plight of delivery riders in London might seem far removed from the politics of Scotland, but the protest staged by hundreds of them this week outside Parliament was important for several reasons. There are implications for both workers? rights, which are reserved to Westminster; and criminal justice responses, which Scotland decides for itself.

Ross Greer: Repeal Bill is a threat to democracy and a power grab too far
THE much-awaited draft Repeal Bill has now been published. This is the most important bit of legislation relating to Brexit.

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Forget the planet ? let?s go green to save money
BEFORE the big crash in 2008 the single largest trend impacting on consumer and economic thinking was environmentalism. Everyone was jumping on the green bandwagon, remember Al Gore?s 2006 docu-movie The Inconvenient Truth setting the tone? Gore, a long-term environmentalist, was remarkably quiet on the issue as Vice-President, so when he found himself out of a job (having actually beaten Bush ...

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State Pension Qualifying Age Increased ? Yet Again Scots Get Hammered by the ...
          State Pension Qualifying Age Increased. Yet Again Scots are Hammered by the Little Englander Chancellor Those who have paid their national insurance contributions throughout their working life build an entitlement to a state pension and politicians should not seek to find ways to deny them it. But the UK government … Continue reading "State Pension Qualifying Age Increased – Yet Again...

UK Financial Austerity ? Massive Debt Incurred By The Minority ? But Loans an...
              UK Budget Deficits & Loans In the UK there is no written constitution with result that there are no legal safeguards ensuring the maintenance of government budget deficits within specific limits. e.g. A % proportion of GDP. There is also no legislation preventing governments from gaining electoral advantage … Continue reading "UK Financial Austerity – Massive Debt Incurred By The ...

2017 General Election ? Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party ? The SNP C...
            Devolved Government in Scotland The 1999 introduction of a Scottish parliament, with devolved powers (forced on the UK government by the EC) should have been a game changer. For the first time in 300 years Scots had a forum allowing discussion of matters local to Scotland over which their … Continue reading "2017 General Election – Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party – The SNP...

Theresa May Forging Ahead with her Totalitarian State ? All Private Informati...
          Spying on all of the Queen’s subjects is OK – But Not Westminster MP’s and the Lords The only amendment to the government?s sweeping new spying bill so far made by politicians is to stop them from being spied on. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/snoopers-charter-only-amendment-politicians-have-submitted-to-controversial-bill-is-to-stop-mps-a6948211.html   ...

Afghanistan ? Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times the...
                Westminster Governments Sent Scottish Troops Into Afghanistan, Helmand Province on a Wing and a Prayer In April 2006 the UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, (the bulk of the teeth armed units being Scottish) tasked with creating a safe base and active participation (as part of a … Continue reading "Afghanistan – Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times ...

The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favoured Farmers Make Clai...
          The Farmers Case for Financial Support The Scottish farming community is apparently on its knees, the bulk of farmers having barely two coins to rub together. It is surely unacceptable that Scottish society is unable to provide adequate financial support to these poor individuals who struggle to survive in the … Continue reading "The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favo...

Television Broadcasting in Scotland ? The Opportunity For Policy and Content ...
          BBC- Alba (Gaelic name for Scotland) Finance Responsibility for the financial support of the public television broadcasting service BBC-Alba is remitted to the BBC and Scottish government in 2015. Annual operational running costs are approximately £25m. The BBC provides about £10m in the form of broadcasting , technical support and … Continue reading "Television Broadcasting in Scotla...

The Tory Party Monday Club ? Lies ? Spies and Criminality ? £425,000 Donation...
          19 May 2017: Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook At the Centre of a £425,000 (DUP) Major Brexit funding scandal. A modest, semi-detached house in Clarkston on Glasgow?s Southside seems an unlikely source for a secretive, £425,000 donation to the Democratic Unionist Party?s Brexit campaign. But the occupant ? Richard Cook … Continue reading "The Tory Party Monday Club – Lies – Sp...

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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

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

Scotland and Independence

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?So it is not just the government it is also a majority of the Scottish people who have the same idea as us, which is why we would like to have the support. But it is up to the Scottish Government to decide if it is the right moment to do so ? or ...
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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 15 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
Nicola Sturgeon urged to bar English soldiers and students...

Theresa May roasts SNP MP in PMQs over Scottish independence ... - Express.co.uk

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THERESA MAY roasted the SNP's Westminster leader in PMQs saying the Scottish government should ?get on with the day job? instead of pushing ...

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'Sturgeon made a rare mistake and boxed herself in on Scottish independence' - Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 16
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This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tommy Sheppard debate Nicola Sturgeon's independence climbdown, Michael Deacon calls for a more brutal, honest politics and MP Sheryll Murray reveals the extent of public abuse she gets.



Jeremy Vine 'paid £80000' for his running commentary on Scottish referendum -...

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Jeremy Vine 'paid £80000' for his running commentary on Scottish referendum
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Jeremy Vine was paid as much as £80,000 for just one programme on the night of the Scottish independence referendum. A well-placed source has told The Daily Telegraph that the BBC offered Vine the sum for working on the 2014 referendum. The payment ...

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Brexit changes Scottish independence context, says games firm ... - Belfast T...

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The co-founder of the UK's biggest independent mobile games firm says his Dundee-based business is better off in the EU and would welcome Scottish ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC raised its position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) by 23.5% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and ...

Manning & Napier Advisors LLC Invests $9.68 Million in China Petroleum & Chem...

Manning & Napier Advisors LLC Invests $9.68 Million in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Manning & Napier Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Manning & Napier Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm purchased 123,214 ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) Head-To-Head Survey
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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitabiliy, ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) Raises Dividend to $2.47 Pe...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) Raises Dividend to $2.47 Per Share
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) declared a semiannual dividend on Thursday, March 30th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, July 18th will be given a ...

Back our own indyref, Catalans urge Nicola Sturgeon - The Scotsman

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Although sympathetic to the Catalan separatists, the SNP administration is wary of angering Madrid, which opposes the referendum organised by Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Catalan regional government. Spain's central government has said the ...

Analyst Target Update & Review on China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYS...

Analyst Target Update & Review on China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 2. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 152. This number is based on the 2 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. Successfully tackling the equity markets may ...

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The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are back at last
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There are echoes of this in Scotland now. The 'no' campaign risks being out-organised by highly motivated 'yes' supporters, many of whom have not previously had any great involvement with politics. The referendum is a contest between two large ? and ...

Back our own indyref, Catalans urge Nicola Sturgeon - The Scotsman

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?We follow Scottish politics closely,? he said. ?I believe the Scottish Government chooses a path of non-interference because we know the Spanish state is very uneasy and we will respect any decision the Scottish Government takes with our referendum.?.
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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 15 of T...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 15 of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 15 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
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LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Scotland Puts Plans For Second Independence Referendum On Hold - HuffPost

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Scotland Puts Plans For Second Independence Referendum On Hold
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EDINBURGH, June 27 (Reuters) - Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on ...
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Elliot Bulmer: Scotland needs a written constitution for indyref2 ... - The N...

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Elliot Bulmer: Scotland needs a written constitution for indyref2 ...
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THE First Minister has indicated that she wishes to re-boot the independence movement ? to shift the debate away from tactics, such as the?

George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on ... - The Nat...

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THERE is a general feeling of disorientation among SNP activists following the General Election. I'm blaming no-one: politics is a rough?

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

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

The Official President Trump thread

Sturgeon/Barnier Meeting
Any views on this meeting, in here. What was she up to? What did they have for lunch? My bet's on Haggis and tatties.

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
http://m.heraldscotland.com/politics/13620831.Revealed__new_Scottish_left_party_named_as_RISE/ SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

Jobs Jobs Jobs
After the extremely positive news that Scotlands economy is growing offset against the very disappointing news the rUK is not; it appears more jobs have been created north of border.Well done the Scottish Government, managing the country extremely well!! http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotla...

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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Hannah Bardell ....Scotland shirt
Don't know if this has already been commented on  but was just watching some news and spotted Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston, wearing a Scotland football top in the House of Commons!...good for her ???

'Mane' for men
I sent one of my colleagues in Manchester the link to that video about the Scottish bloke playing Heads Up that Ormond posted. After commenting on the humour he mentioned what a fine head of hair the young bloke had.  My colleague is in his early 50's and told me that when he goes out on the ...

HS2
Bridging the North-South divide.....aye ok...   UK Connectivity....?        

The Loch
Anybody else watching that load of utter honking P1SH? Dunno what's worse - the ridiculous storyline, the even dafter subplots that have you thinking everyone's the killer or the acting that's hammier than the M&S cold meat counter.  It's so atrociously bad that it's compulsive viewing just t...

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

Rowing/Canoeing
I just did this today for my first time, and loved it. Does anyone do this regularly or know how possible it is to hire boat/life belt and a paddle around a loch, water for a few hrs?   Apologies if this is pretty vague, but I really have no idea eg do I need to buy my own or is there a c...

The walking dead
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode.  At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol) 

Gayle Newland
With regards crimes and sentences i am really struggling to understand how she can get 6 and a half years for this all things considered. Maybe it's me but how can you have sympathy with the "victim" who "agreed to wear a blindfold at all times when they met" ?    http://www.bbc.co.uk...

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Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…

Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement
The JxSí pro-independence party is ?outraged? by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill. On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the…

Scotland Pays Tribute to Catalan Film
Edinburgh and Glasgow to screen week of productions in second edition of Homage to Catalonia festival from September 27 to October 5 Scotland will pay its own tribute to Catalonia in September when Edinburgh once again hosts Scotland?s Catalan Film Festival, Homage to Catalonia, from 27 to 30, with the event moving to neighboring Glasgow…

?The Spanish Can?t Stop Us? ? Catalan Vote to Trigger UDI
And so the game is on. The devolved autonomous Catalan Government have announced their intention to hold a vote on independence for Catalunya which will – if successful – be a trigger for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. A website with full details has also been launched leaving no-one with any excuse for not knowing…

The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw…