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Rival camps claim victory over minimum alcohol price ruling
23 Dec 2015 at 1:54pm
Opponents and supporters of minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland have claimed victory after a court ruled the plan would breach European Union (EU) law if alternative tax measures could be introduced.

Tax from house sales set to double in next parliament
20 Dec 2015 at 12:11am
EXCLUSIVE

Education cuts inevitable after Swinney's budget, warns council boss
20 Dec 2015 at 12:12am
Tom Gordon

May told to fix her own "abject failures" before attacking Scots cops
20 Dec 2015 at 12:12am
Tom Gordon

Justice Secretary backs probe into undercover police spying
20 Dec 2015 at 12:11am
Paul Hutcheon and Tom Gordon

Mundell tells voters to back Tories to avoid one party state
19 Dec 2015 at 12:13am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s government is arrogant, overbearing and the most centralising administration Scotland has seen, David Mundell has said.

Mundell: Swinney has "nowhere to hide" now he has tax and welfare powers
18 Dec 2015 at 10:12pm
John Swinney has "nowhere to hide" now that the Scottish Government is being given more tax and welfare powers, David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, has warned.

Labour MSP sends taxpayer-funded newsletter during selection contest
15 Dec 2015 at 4:37pm
A Labour MSP has used public resources to post a newsletter to party members during a selection contest to keep her job.

Scottish Budget: £500m council cuts 'will cost 15,000 jobs or 50 Tata Steelwo...
16 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
FINANCE secretary John Swinney has announced one of the biggest overhauls of the public sector since the birth of the Scottish Parliament with promises over major reform in the offing.

Holyrood committee: BBC must say how much cash it raises and spends in Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 2:09pm
A Holyrood committee is calling on BBC bosses to set out how much cash the corporation raises and spends in Scotland.

Sex workers back proposals to decriminalise prostitution
17 Dec 2015 at 12:07am
SEX workers have stepped up their calls for changes in the law to make them safer as they host a gathering to raise awareness of the issue.

Scottish Labour reveal candidate lists for 2016 Holyrood elections
14 Dec 2015 at 10:37am
Scottish Labour has released its candidate lists as the countdown to the 2016 Holyrood elections begins.

Catalan foreign secretary: EU needs to introduce 'mechanism' to let Scotland ...
14 Dec 2015 at 11:03am
Catalonia's foreign minister has called for EU reforms to allow Scotland or his own country to stay in the bloc.

Nicola Sturgeon to join Jeremy Corbyn at Trade Union Bill rally
10 Dec 2015 at 9:08am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is joining Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in opposition to the UK Government's Trade Union Bill.

SNP: new figures show Scotland continues to "punch above its weight" in contr...
9 Dec 2015 at 7:57pm
SCOTLAND continues to ?punch above its weight? in terms of its economic contribution to the UK, the SNP leadership has insisted, following publication of the latest output figures for 2014.

 

Scotsman

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?Inappropriate? to make BBC fund TV licenses for over-75s
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00pm
A former BBC boss has said it is wrong that the broadcaster has to bear the cost of TV licences for over-75s.

Historic agreement pulls Churches of England and Scotland closer
24 Dec 2015 at 10:37am
An historic agreement has been reached between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland, committing them to working closely together.

Political leaders deliver Christmas messages to the public
24 Dec 2015 at 12:23am
Scotland’s political leaders have urged people to pay special attention to children, the elderly and people in hardship this Christmas.

The struggle to recruit doctors ?is adding to NHS burden?
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
The NHS in Scotland will face “significantly more pressure” in the coming year despite a budget increase, doctors’ leaders have warned.

2015 in review: Terror stalks Paris | Trident proves divisive
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
MARTIN Hannan’s final look back at the past 12 months, covers October to December

Tom Peterkin: Fox reminds us Tories are still divided on EU
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
HOW one Scottish Tory MP has left his countrymen more than slightly foxed

Leaders: Legal profession moving in right direction, slowly
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
WOMEN now make up a majority of lawyers, but there is still a huge imbalance among the senior ranks

Joyce McMillan: Only co-operation can fix humanity?s ills
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
INTERNATIONAL co-operation may be weak and disjointed but that does not make it wrong argues Joyce McMillan

Bill Jamieson: In a galaxy far, far away ? past Fife
24 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
CAN you justify an intergalactic journey, past the Sea of Austerity, when oil is at $38 a barrel, asks Bill Jamieson

Female solicitors outnumber men for first time
23 Dec 2015 at 12:18pm
Female solicitors outnumber their male counterparts for the first time, according to new figures.

More than 100,000 homes in Scotland face flood risk
23 Dec 2015 at 11:06am
MORE than 4 per cent of homes in Scotland are thought to be at risk of flooding, a new report for the Scottish government has warned.

Scottish firms must do more to give a work life balance
23 Dec 2015 at 10:23am
Almost 70 per cent of Scottish working parents expected to be looking after their elderly parents within a decade, the Scottish Government’s Modern Families Index has found.

EU courts finds minimum pricing ?may? restrict trade
23 Dec 2015 at 10:23am
NICOLA Sturgeon’s bid to introduce a 50p per unit minimum price on alcohol suffered a setback when Europe’s top court ruled it would be against EU law if other tax options exist.

2015 in review: The M9 crash and the Migrant crisis
23 Dec 2015 at 12:51am
MARTIN Hannan’s recap of the past 12 months, continues today with July to September

British troops sent on mission to Afghanistan
23 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
BRITISH troops have been deployed to Afghanistan to help local forces as they fight to take control of a key town after it reportedly fell back under Taleban control.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

A bridge too far
by Chris Cairns
24 Dec 2015 at 8:52am

To the bitter end
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2015 at 11:25am
This was a brief exchange between the Scotland correspondent of the Guardian and the Political Editor of the Daily Record on Twitter last night. (The hug referred to is the one between Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru and Natalie Bennett of the Greens at one of the leaders’ debates for the May general …

Another blow for Sturgeon
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Dec 2015 at 10:59am
As SNP forecasting incompetence sees Forth Road Bridge re-open two weeks ahead of schedule, throwing holiday travel plans into chaos for thousands. Many questions to answer.

Shocking incredible news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Dec 2015 at 12:05pm
Telling voters they’re morons and robots rather surprisingly hasn’t worked. We suspect the opposition parties will give it a few more years just to be sure. . (Readers may already have noticed that we rather slacked off over the weekend. In previous years Wings has largely carried on throughout the festive season, but this year …

Transparency and accountability
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
An alert reader recently decided to get a bit meta and send an FOI request to the BBC about how many FOI requests it got, and how many it responded to with its standard get-out clause that basically amounts to “None of your business, get stuffed”. This was the response. We’ve added the percentages in …

An end to the matter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2015 at 10:41pm
Remarkably, it seems some angry Unionists are still trying to dispute the known facts surrounding the Forth Road Bridge closure. We’d like to think this quote from today’s Central Fife Times – from Tony Martin, the man who was convenor of the authority managing the bridge until a few months ago – was unambiguous enough to …

He can?t get no satisfaction
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2015 at 11:02am
This tweet mysteriously vanished from Blair McDougall’s Twitter timeline last night: We’re not sure why, as we know that Scottish Labour love nothing more than to attack the Scottish Government (no matter how ham-fistedly) over education. And we’re pretty sure it’s not because McDougall felt guilty about picking out only the negative aspects of what Scotland’s …

Kelly?s Heroes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 9:55pm
Because some of you won’t have seen it yet.

The Pish Gallop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 3:55pm
We’ve spoken a number of times before on this site about the “gish gallop” or “swarm of wasps” debating technique, in which a person attempts to bury their opponent under such an overwhelming tsunami of false, misleading or nonsensical claims in a short space of time that they can’t possibly debunk it all. The Urban Dictionary gives an example …

Another Amazing Collapsing Story
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2015 at 2:07pm
So this sounds pretty bad, right? We imagine chaos and mayhem reigned on the streets. “A troubled police control room was unable to receive 101 calls for almost eight hours.” Oh. It was only non-emergency 101 calls, not 999 ones. “Bilston Glen, which took the initial report of the M9 crash which eventually claimed the …

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Leaders issue Christmas messages
24 Dec 2015 at 1:15am
The first minister has wished Scots a Merry Christmas in a video message filmed with primary school children.

NHS facing 'pressure', doctors warn
24 Dec 2015 at 8:21am
The NHS in Scotland will face "significantly more pressure" in the coming year despite a budget increase, the doctors' leaders have warned.


Minimum drink price 'may breach EU law'
23 Dec 2015 at 2:01pm
A court has said the government's case for introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol is contrary to EU law if alternative tax options exist.

Child abuse inquiry announces key dates
23 Dec 2015 at 1:37am
The chairwoman of the Scottish inquiry into historical child abuse announces two key dates for the investigation.

EU exit could break up UK, says Hague
23 Dec 2015 at 1:53pm
Leaving the EU could lead to the break-up of the UK, according to Lord Hague - who says he is likely to vote to stay in.

Traffic returns to Forth Road Bridge
23 Dec 2015 at 5:17pm
Traffic returns to the Forth Road Bridge after the completion of temporary repairs to the structure but HGVs are still banned.


SNP politicians holds Iran trade talks
23 Dec 2015 at 1:19pm
SNP politicians including former first minister Alex Salmond hold talks on trade during a four-day visit to Iran.

Teachers' warning over 'bureaucracy'
23 Dec 2015 at 7:45am
A teachers union, the SSTA, warns that extra workload linked to new qualifications is "out of control" after a survey of secondary school teachers.


Low-income families 'need holiday help'
23 Dec 2015 at 11:04am
Low-income families should be given help to cope with increased emotional and financial pressures over the school holidays, a report recommends.


Renewables 'largest power generator'
22 Dec 2015 at 2:11pm
Renewables are now the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland, according to new figures.


MacAskill calls for drug policy rethink
21 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
A former Scottish justice secretary suggests that he would be in favour of decriminalising the possession of some illegal drugs.

Ministers appeal over turbines decision
21 Dec 2015 at 2:28pm
The Scottish government and energy company SSE say they intend to appeal against a legal ruling on a planned 67-turbine wind farm.

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

How are SNP MPs settling in at Westminster?
23 Dec 2015 at 8:15am
What do the 2015 intake of SNP MPs think of it so far?

The Excellence Factor
16 Dec 2015 at 2:15pm
What does the Curriculum for Excellence mean for Scotland's schools?

Scot Goes Pop

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

Should the SNP support Cameron's plans to weaken the powers of the Lords?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2015 at 8:44pm
Here's an interesting discussion point, given that I know how most of you feel about the House of Lords.  At some point next year, the Commons will probably be invited to vote on whether to abolish...

YouGov poll suggests SNP voters oppose the bombing of Syria by an overwhelmin...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2015 at 7:40pm
Thanks to my namesake James on the previous thread for drawing my attention to the fact that a full-scale Scottish YouGov poll seems to be on its way.  It was conducted between Thursday and yesterd...

Despair for Dugdale as SNP soar to 34% lead on the Holyrood list in tumultuou...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:18pm
It's been a long time since we've had a full-scale Scottish Parliament poll.  The most recent one was the Ipsos-Mori phone poll which completed its fieldwork in mid-November, and showed a slight dr...

We can, citizens
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:02am
If the Portuguese election result a couple of months ago was a touch complicated, tonight's Spanish election result is truly epic.  Once again, we have the conservatives emerging as the largest sin...

"Just forget about Scotland", part 2
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2015 at 9:28pm
I've been having a listen to the Polling Matters round-up of 2015, in which Rob Vance has once again been doing his "just forget about Scotland" routine.  He doesn't use those exact words this time...

The state of play in the EU referendum remains as clear as mud
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
I've been meaning to update the EU referendum Poll of Polls for quite some time, but because I had settled on a method that gives equal weight to telephone and online data collection, it wasn't pos...

Genuine question for Dan Hodges : if Jeremy Corbyn has already killed the Lab...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2015 at 6:36am
Merciful Dan Hodges has at last given Jeremy Corbyn some respite.  Just for once, it's Hodges' own fellow travellers in the PLP who are responsible for "killing" the Labour party, because (you've g...

Corsica follows in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia by electing a nati...
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2015 at 12:24am
Understandably, the mainstream media in the UK have been most interested in the French regional elections because of the failure of the National Front to make a really telling breakthrough and seiz...

Ten things that Scotland should be grateful to Donald Trump for
by James Kelly
12 Dec 2015 at 3:57pm
America's leading Hitler impersonator Donald Trump reckons that Scotland should stop criticising him for Islamophobia, and should instead get on with being grateful to him for all he's done for us....

Corbyn's top priority for internal reform should be changing the nominations ...
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2015 at 6:50pm
Some of Stephen Bush's political predictions this year have proved uncannily accurate (admittedly he didn't call the general election correctly but was much closer than most), so we should probably...

SNP secure 8% swing in bilious Blantyre by-election brawl
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2015 at 11:45pm
Just for once, we have an STV by-election in which the party 'defending' the seat actually won the popular vote in the ward last time around. (So no need for any 'confusion' over at Liberal Democra...

How to tell if you're a Dalek
by James Kelly
9 Dec 2015 at 8:30am
I'll keep this very brief because I'm in the middle of a technological apocalypse.  I suppose I always had a vague instinctive understanding that tomato sauce and computer keyboards don't really mi...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is opposed to bombing Syria
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2015 at 5:02pm
When YouGov produced its dramatic poll on the eve of the Commons vote on Syria showing that support for air strikes had slumped, the fieldwork was impressively bang up to date. So it's rather frust...

The STV political correspondent who thinks that "Scottish nationalists need n...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2015 at 7:26pm
There can be little doubt that STV are delighted to have Stephen Daisley as an online correspondent, and in some ways that's perfectly understandable.  Few would deny that he's a finer prose stylis...

The RISE case for "tactical voting" becomes ever clearer...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 5:59pm
Jim Sillars has today backed the claims of RISE that it is somehow possible to vote "tactically" on the Scottish Parliament list ballot, which I think should comprehensively settle the matter for a...

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Idea(s) for future (american) tourist threads
24 Dec 2015 at 11:33pm
The clan system is still really important in Scotland, the MacDonald/Mackenzie blood feud is still alive and strong and whatever you do don't let a Campbell and McGregor in the same room. In some p...


International Space Station will be visible from north of Scotland
24 Dec 2015 at 11:08pm
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QI: Name three Scottish inventions
24 Dec 2015 at 6:54pm
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Keep Track of the Policies Promised by the UK Government
24 Dec 2015 at 5:49pm
submitted by the-son-and-heir

Question(s) about Scottish culture from a silly American
24 Dec 2015 at 2:27pm
Hello! I'm not sure if this is the place to ask (still fairly new to reddit), but I figured it was the best. I also thank you for any response :) I really love looking up my genealogy and recently ...


What's cooking at your hoose this Xmas?
24 Dec 2015 at 1:24pm
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SNP MP branded "pathetic" after comparing women's rights in Westminster and I...
24 Dec 2015 at 1:17pm
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GET YER HAIRY XMAS BAWS OOT [song] - Merry Christmas!!
24 Dec 2015 at 1:10pm
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Scotland?s Hogmanay: origins and traditions
24 Dec 2015 at 12:44pm
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Johnnie Walker pitches for the post-cremation market...
24 Dec 2015 at 12:44pm
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Survey on Scottish national identity, please respond! I need data for my diss...
24 Dec 2015 at 11:30am
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Despite it all, something is going right and we should celebrate (From Herald...
24 Dec 2015 at 11:21am
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BRIDGEMAGEDDON! Erskine Bridge works will cause disruption for West Dunbarton...
24 Dec 2015 at 11:12am
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So it's warm for the time of year, you say?
24 Dec 2015 at 10:16am
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Churches of Scotland and England reach first formal pact
24 Dec 2015 at 10:11am
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Daily Record

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Torcuil Crichton: 2015...the year that Labour went naughty
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
TORCUIL rounds up who has made the nice list and who has been naughty...


'We have seen the very best of Scotland this year': Political leaders line up...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon broke conventions by delivering her message through a video posted online featuring pupils from an Edinburgh Primary School.


Groundbreaking new domestic abuse laws could turn emotional abuse and mind ga...
by Katrine Bussey
23 Dec 2015 at 6:17am
MSPs look at making domestic abuse an official offence and punishing partners for psychological and emotional bullying.


Record View: MacAskill's drugs idea is an interesting one.. but it comes far ...
by Record View
22 Dec 2015 at 8:55am
The former justice secretary wants a change to the approach on drugs - shame he waited until he was out of office to do it.


Tory MP DELETES family from website after love-affair with colleague revealed
by Jason Beattie
21 Dec 2015 at 7:39pm
Army veteran Jack Lopresti, 46, has been revealed to be dating Conservative backbencher Andrea Jenkyns


SNP increase lead over Labour in the polls despite recent criticism on devolv...
by dailyrecord
21 Dec 2015 at 2:25pm
A POLL with over 1,000 respondents found that support for the party went up by two points, with Labour down five points.


Nicola Sturgeon urges people to visit elderly friends and relatives this Chri...
by dailyrecord
21 Dec 2015 at 1:29pm
THE First Minister underlined the need for people to check in on elderly friends and relatives during a visit to Silver Line Scotland's HQ.


Kezia Dugdale: Stand up and be counted in fight against austerity
by Kezia Dugdale
20 Dec 2015 at 9:32pm
KEZIA is disappointed Nicola Sturgeon failed to guarantee there would be no job losses in our schools following the SNP’s budget last week.


Scottish Government call for inquiry into undercover policing to be extended ...
by Record Reporter
20 Dec 2015 at 5:11pm
SCOTTISH Justice Secretary Michael Matheson wants the Pitchford Inquiry to look at “any activity in Scotland conducted by English and Welsh forces”.


Experts warn Forth Road Bridge should be kept open even after new crossing opens
by Mark Aitken
20 Dec 2015 at 1:36pm
THE Scottish Government is being urged to invest in large-scale repairs to the Forth Road Bridge, so that traffic can use it even after the new Queensferry Crossing opens.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Happy Christmas from Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Dec 2015 at 12:51pm
As we hurtle towards a boozy-Yule I just wanted to says a tinselly thanks to everyone who has supported us this year, and to the volunteers who help run our Facebook group and David who helps with technical stuff. Big big thanks to my board who help keep the show on the road. Here’s our …

Mistress of Line
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Dec 2015 at 12:26pm
As we all go charging towards Yule mayhem we’re delighted to announce we’ll be publishing Lorna Miller’s political cartoons from January. So this seems the ideal time to show you lovely people this profile of her by Phantom Power – as she discusses working as a woman artist in Scotland, her experience of Lithuania’s struggle …

Da Night at Christ wis Boarn
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Dec 2015 at 11:57am
For Yule, a gracefu pensie poem by kenspeckle Shetland writer Stella Sutherland that passed awa no langsyne in 2015. Listen tae Mary Blance read the poem here. Wi thanks tae Linda Sutherland and her sister, and Frieda Morrison o Birseland Media. A lass, wis gaen ta cry, ta Bethlehem cam, weary an makkin maen, an fan …

What Just happened in Spain?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Dec 2015 at 4:55pm
The Spanish General Elections results of 20th December 2015 have thrown up a fragmented political map in Spain as multi-coloured as a paella valenciana with no single party – or even the likelihood of straightforward two party coalition – able to form a government in the wake of Sunday’s vote. Although the incumbent conservative Partido …

Paris: the Untold Story
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Dec 2015 at 11:41am
The last time I filed from Paris I was covering the Spring Collections. It’s a long way from where I am now, perched on a high stool in the lounge of a reconfigured hostel by the Gare du Nord, discussing Why the Message Doesn?t Get Across with a sociologist called Jean-Baptiste. This is a report …

Neureekie?s Xmaskracker
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2015 at 4:24pm
Some photos by Jannica Honey from the Neu! Reekie!’s XmasKracker

A Response to the Daily Mail Bile
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2015 at 9:29am
It’s hard to continue to be shocked by the moral sewer that is British tabloid journalism. But as a sheer act of pre-Christmas bile and bigotry, it’s hard to get past Sue Reid’s Daily Mail article on refugees coming to Bute. Reid, who specialises almost exclusively in stories stirring racial hatred, purposely ignores the wave …

Gaelic Arts Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2015 at 8:16am
Pròiseact nan Ealain / The National Gaelic Arts Agency recently announced that they are winding up, due to the withdrawal of funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, having lost core funding from Creative Scotland a few years previously. This article was originally publish in gaelic here.  PnE played a crucial role in the first wave of Gaelic …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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


Minimum alcohol price in Scotland breaches EU law, court rules
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
23 Dec 2015 at 12:24pm
Court says plan passed by Holyrood justified only if it was more proportionate and effective than tax measuresThe European court has ruled that the Scottish government?s plan to impose a blanket minimum price for alcohol is in breach of EU free-trade laws.In a significant blow to one of Nicola St...


The Guardian view on Scottish politics: mind the gap | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Dec 2015 at 6:52pm
The SNP is on course for a third win in 2016, but Nicola Sturgeon?s party is showing intimations of mortality that could cost it in the long termEven at the end of a very bad year for opinion polls, few would risk disagreeing with the current polling on Scotland?s 2016 election. In 2011, the Scot...


Push to extend inquiry into police infiltration of campaigners to Scotland
by Rob Evans
20 Dec 2015 at 12:09pm
Scottish government asks Theresa May to have inquiry examine covert police activity in Scotland as well as England and WalesThe Scottish government is pressing for a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political campaign groups to be broadened to examine covert operations in Scotla...


Away with the manger! It?s a holiday, not a holy day | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
20 Dec 2015 at 12:05am
Scotland is a non-binary, inclusive, diverse country. And the Messiah has no part in it, at Christmas or any other timeIt has been coming for a while, and I acknowledge that a lot of valuable and important steps have been taken on the journey to eradicate the Redeemer from the festive season. The...


Scotland budget: NHS spending boosted as council funds slashed
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Dec 2015 at 6:55pm
John Swinney redirects £500m to health service, in echo of UK budget, after prolonged criticism that he was allowing medical services to stagnateScotland?s finance secretary raided council spending and imposed a new tax on second homes, as he boosted funding for the crisis-hit NHS in his final bu...


Scottish government to freeze income tax rates in pre-election budget
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Dec 2015 at 11:13am
Finance minister John Swinney expected to reject Labour calls for a commitment to raise rates in higher tax bands in 2017 under new powersJohn Swinney, Scotland?s finance secretary, is expected to freeze income tax and council tax rates in a pre-election budget on Wednesday wherein which he will ...


Scottish councils hold record debts of £14.8bn ? and are still borrowing
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:35pm
Guardian identifies further £472m of capital projects funded through Scottish Futures Trust that will add to debt repayments already costing £1.5bn a yearCouncils in Scotland have borrowed record amounts to fund capital projects and are exposing themselves to even greater, long-term debts through...


Scotland's PFI boom means £1.3bn a year bill is in the post
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Dec 2015 at 12:02pm
New roads, hospitals and public buildings are being built now, but latest Treasury data shows government repayments will peak in 10 years? timeTravelling around Scotland, the country feels dynamic. Motorways are being extended, new schools built and modern hospitals are springing up. But these pr...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


Tis the season to be trolling
by weegingerdug
21 Dec 2015 at 5:52pm
Merry Christmas readers, except if you’re Scottish, an immigrant, a refugee, a Muslim, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, a pacifist, a republican, disabled, unemployed, on a zero hours contract, European, or a council tenant, in which case you’re a dangerous threat to decent society and the Daily Mail will shortly be coming to Rothesay to …


The stink of a dead goldfish
by weegingerdug
19 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
Dianne Abbott,Labour?s shadow International Development Secretary, has upset the pouters and pettit lips of Labour in Scotland – which to be fair isn’t hard to do – by pointing out the bleedin obvious. All she said is that Labour is screwed and won’t get itself unscrewed in time for May’s Holyrood election. And it’s blatantly …


I?m a nonentity get me out of here
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2015 at 7:36pm
Well having been away for a week, I’ve missed all sorts of developments in Scottish politics. The Daily Record announced that it was really sorry for all the pish about the vow and vowed never to make crap up ever again, Jackie Baillie said something truthful – admittedly it was just during a conversation about …


Back from Boston with big news
by weegingerdug
16 Dec 2015 at 5:55pm
I’m getting married. I was going to dress it all up in fancy words, but well – I’m getting married. Woo Hoo! I told my handsome American boyfriend Peter that the reason I was flying over to Boston for a long weekend was because I miss him and didn’t want to wait until the spring …


Alistair Carmichael and his amazing incendiary underpants
by weegingerdug
9 Dec 2015 at 2:47pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, because I’ve got packing to do and have to take the dug to stay with friends in Glenboig before I go away first thing tomorrow morning. But the fact that we live in a country where not only is it deemed acceptable for a politician to lie to …


The mass extinction of Unionist monkeys
by weegingerdug
8 Dec 2015 at 10:57pm
Usually you can find Unionist monkeys up every tree, chucking poo at the SNP with the aid of the Daily Record, and gibbering more embarrassing nonsense than Donald Trump with a microphone as they planked their arses on a safe seat. Now it seems like the once ubiquitous Unionist monkey is an endangered species. The …


Has anyone seen Kezia?
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2015 at 7:24pm
Has anyone seen Kezia? She’s as elusive as Johann Lamont was when she was branch office manager of Labour in Scotland. Kezia is as elusive as Jim Murphy was ubiquitous. Every day Jim stood on an Irn Bru crate before the fawning ranks of the Scottish press to announce policies on things like the exploration …


In the land of the mad the sane are crazy
by weegingerdug
3 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
Amidst the claps and cheers of Tory MPs, Britain is at war again. A few months ago SNP MPs were castigated for clapping in the Commons chamber, but it seems that it’s fine to clap as long as you’re clapping bombing raids and war, as long as you’re clapping the militarism of the British state. …

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Supermarket voucher con prompts warning to social media users
24 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
COMPUTER security experts are warning social media users to be on their guard after a spate of fraudulent supermarket vouchers appeared on Facebook.


Blaze ravages Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page's former house beside Loch Ness
24 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
A SCOTTISH manor once owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page ? and before that occultist Aleister Crowley ? has been largely destroyed by a fire.


SNP trio hail their positive visit to Iran
24 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
THREE SNP politicians who took part in a trade delegation to Iran have hailed the visit as a ?hugely positive initiative, which could have profound and beneficial outcomes for Scotland?.


Action call as report finds over 108,000 Scots homes prone to flooding
24 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
AROUND one in 25 homes in Scotland is at the risk of flooding, according to new Government analysis.


Early Christmas for Fife as Forth Road Bridge reopens to cars
24 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
IT WAS the Christmas present Fife had hoped for and traffic was running well yesterday after the early morning reopening of the Forth Road Bridge, after initial repairs were completed 10 days ahead of schedule.


A not-so-lonely Christmas after Shetland schoolboy Aron Anderson is inundated...
24 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
IT started off as a report in a Sunday newspaper. It claimed to have found Britain?s loneliest schoolboy in 10-year-old Aron Anderson on Skerries in the Shetland Islands.


Love arrives by the bagful to ease suffering of refugees in Serbia
24 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
AS the cold sets in across the Balkans, thousands of refugees will today receive a Christmas gift from Scotland. More than 20 tonnes of aid collected around the country will be distributed to the various refugee camps currently erected in Serbia.


Students give insight into lives of Malawi?s jailed children
24 Dec 2015 at 12:28am
FIFTEEN pupils have agreed to give The National a sneak preview of their latest Malawi diaries being launched after the New Year which give an amazing insight into how they help disabled children and youngsters jailed in shocking conditions.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Blair McDougall ? Threats of an Alien Act by Westminster-Created a Climate of...
by caltonjock
24 Dec 2015 at 1:21pm
      Westminsters influence over the Scots In 1707 Scotland had more than 20% of the population of what is now the UK ? In the 300 years since, Westminster’s love of the Scots included, the Highland clearances and banishment to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas. Scotland’s population is now less than …

Rolls Royce in Trouble ? Public Purse To Be Used To Protect Trident Submarin...
by caltonjock
16 Dec 2015 at 12:23pm
                No Cloak of Invisibility for the Successor Nuclear Submarines The credibility and justification of the British “Successor” Trident missile submarine fleet is entirely dependent upon the “submarine at sea” being able to avoid detection so that it cannot be taken out by the enemy before it delivers …

A-Century-of-Strife-Created-by-Britain-and-France-Part 2-Turkey-Secular-Free-...
by caltonjock
15 Dec 2015 at 12:27am
        Doesn’t look good for Turkey       13 February 2013: Turkey and Membership of the European Union (EU) Turkey’s relations with the European Economic Community (EEC) date back to 1959. But it took forty years, until the Helsinki European Council of December 1999, for the country to obtain the status …

The Middle East ? A Century of Strife Created by Britain and France ? Part 1 ...
by caltonjock
14 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
  Today’s Map of the Middle east         The Middle East – What Does the Future Hold? It is as yet unclear where the Arab Spring will take the world and what will ultimately become of the Middle East. Apocalyptic scenarios are just as speculative as the hope that the region will …

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

BBC Presenter Kirsty Wark is Still around ? BBC 2016 Election Coverage to be ...
by caltonjock
4 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
  Impartial Kirsty Wark   12 February 2006: Wark kept on BBC probation over bias fears Leading TV presenter Kirsty Wark was placed on probation by worried BBC chiefs a year ago as a direct result of her controversial holiday with Jack McConnell and will continue to be closely monitored. Concerned corporation governors put Wark …

Kezia Dugdale ? Refugees we must welcome and care for them ? Young girl from ...
by caltonjock
2 Dec 2015 at 9:33pm
          Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination http://caltonjock.com/2015/04/24/kezia-dugdale-or-is-it-fifi-la-bon-bon-the-latter-is-unfit-for-politics-if-the-latt...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


? One more sleep til Christmas ?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Dec 2015 at 10:36am
With a wee piece in the National this morning on yesterday's minimum alcohol pricing decision, I hang up my wig for the year. I'm done. Just one more sleep till Christmas. The cider is mulling. Great trenches have been hacked from a fat, plumptious pork pie. The Muppets have been deployed, and Marley and Marley are summoned. 2015 has been a sple...


Do Police Scotland have the right to remain silent?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Dec 2015 at 11:10am
Holyrood's Justice Committee gave Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson a bit of a drubbing on Tuesday. MSPs questioned the senior police officer with uncharacteristic ferocity and skepticism, on how it came to be that Police Scotland "recklessly" obtained communications data about a journalist's sources without the necessary judicial approval....


Mr Trump goes to Strasbourg?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court put an end to Donald Trump's long-running legal action against the Scottish ministers. The case concerned the lawfulness of a planning consent, which ministers had granted to an offshore windpower project, overlooked by Trump's golfing paradise in Menie. As has become customary in cases of this kind, the wheels of...


Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...


No vindication here. Only survival.
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
"We had no concerns about the credibility and reliability of the witnesses, with one exception." A teller of "blatant" lies. "Unimpressive," his behaviour demonstrating "a lack of candour", "at best disingenuous, at worst evasive and self-serving" in his actions. These are not descriptions of a man vindicated. But the conclusion cannot be avoide...


No evidence Harry Clarke "ought to have known he was not fit to drive"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
7 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
This afternoon, Sheriff John Beckett published his determination in the Glasgow bin lorry crash fatal accident inquiry. Judges Scotland have made this shorter summary available. Sheriff Beckett's full conclusions and recommendations can be read here.  The determination is a lengthy and careful, and the various parties to the case are already rec...


Kezia Dugdale: no time for a novice?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Dec 2015 at 12:57pm
The admirable John Harris has a piece on Labour in Scotland in the Guardian this morning: "'There's a lot I'm still learning': can Kezia Dugdale resurrect Scottish Labour?" The new Scottish Labour leader has been posted missing since Jeremy Corbyn took over last September, and internecine conflicts on more or less everything broke out in the par...


Gove: human rights "neither reserved nor devolved"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Dec 2015 at 12:47pm
Does Westminster need Holyrood's consent to repeal the Human Rights Act? This blog has been asking this important question since the general election. In June, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Therese Coffey, told Joanna Cherry that human rights are "a reserved for the UK Parliament and not a devolved matter," implying that consent for rep...

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Books of 2015
by Gerry
24 Dec 2015 at 11:53am
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2015 December 24th 2015 NEW BOOKS: SCOTLAND Project Fear: How an Unlikely Alliance left a Kingdom United but a Country Divided, Joe Pike, Biteback A brilliant access all areas account of the chaos of the ?Better Together? campaign in the indyref. To think there was an even more Armageddon-ish?Project Fear?! Queer ...

Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland
by Gerry
20 Dec 2015 at 11:36pm
Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 20th 2015 This was a significant week for the Scottish Government and Scottish politics. John Swinney presented his first ever budget since Scotland had been given limited income tax powers which allowed variety up or down by ...

The Day that Scotland Changed
by Gerry
19 Dec 2015 at 12:14pm
The Day that Scotland Changed Gerry Hassan Prospect, December 18th 2015 May 7th 2015 stands out as the day Scotland changed. The House of Cards that was Labour dominance collapsed: a domino effect which witnessed 40 out of 41 Labour seats being won by the SNP. Scotland has seamlessly switched from a nation of Labour ...

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2015
by Gerry
16 Dec 2015 at 10:17pm
MY FAVOURITE MUSIC OF THE YEAR: 2015 December 16th 2015 NEW ALBUMS 1 C Duncan, Architect One man?s vision ? part classical, ambient, other worldly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvbJS3YVae0 2 Kamasi Washington, The Epic Jazz is rarely like this: mixing big band, soul & funk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCIAMO3Al1A 3 Floating Points, Elaenia Stunning harmonies, spaces and silence https://www...

Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West
by Gerry
13 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 13th 2015 Only a generation ago, just after the Berlin Wall fell, liberal democratic opinion across the West was confident about the future. This was the era of the long boom across the West, the Clinton ...

The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind?
by Gerry
7 Dec 2015 at 10:22am
The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 6th 2015 Britain is off to war again. The parliamentary debate did not live up to the billing. Cameron and Corbyn underperformed. Hilary Benn stole the show and headlines. Great rhetorical moment this was not. This wasn?t of the quality ...

The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s
by Gerry
30 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 29th 2015 These are tumultuous times. Chaos in Syria. Complex and shifting alliances. The Turks shooting down a Russian plane. There is disarray in the Labour Party on Syria and Trident. And all in the week of ...

The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

Scotland and Independence

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Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague war...
23 Dec 2015 at 11:17am

The Independent
Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague warns
The Independent
The United Kingdom leaving the European Union could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague has warmed. The former foreign secretary said the Scottish National Party would ?jump at the chance? to hold another referendum on independence, using ...
Brexit to raise chances of Scottish i...

George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum - Daily Mail
8 Dec 2015 at 1:42am

Daily Mail
George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
George Osborne has ruled out a second independence referendum for Scotland, saying the SNP MPs were a 'noisy and aggressive block' in the House of Commons. On a whirlwind tour of New York, the Chancellor and aspiring Prime Minister told foreign ...

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A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
JZ Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland's public opinion regarding voting...

Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids' - Edinburgh Evening News
16 Dec 2015 at 12:35pm

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids'
Edinburgh Evening News
I owe it to my children to make this movie, and keep independence in everyone's minds for years to come.? Freedom for a Day will be filmed across Scotland, including Mr Gilhooley's home town. Mr Gilhooley, who attended St Margaret's Primary School in ...



Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independ...
2 Dec 2015 at 10:02am

CommonSpace
Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independence?
CommonSpace
WESTMINSTER IS SET to push ahead for another Middle Eastern bombing campaign in a war that will strengthen the case for Scottish independence, according to peace campaigners. At least 57 (97 per cent) of Scotland's 59 MPs are set to vote against ...

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Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years' - The Courier
26 Nov 2015 at 5:22pm

The Courier
Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years'
The Courier
Mark Diffley, director at Ipsos Mori Scotland, said: "This poll represents good news for Yes supporters, with more than half of Scots believing independence is likely by 2025. "Opinions may change if and when a second referendum is announced but, for ...

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Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence - Glasg...
30 Nov 2015 at 4:53pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow Labour councillor has come out in support of Scottish independence, putting him at odds with his party's pro-union position. Russell Robertson, who campaigned against separation in the run up to last year's referendum, revealed his U-turn in ...

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ... -...
29 Nov 2015 at 3:15pm

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ...
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They hope the camp will eventually house 100 people, having drawn inspiration from from the 14th-century declaration of Scottish independence known as the Declaration of Arbroath, which stated: ?As long as but 100 of us remain alive, never will we on ...



SNP

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Tories blame SNP 'grievance agenda' for fall in variety of individuals dancin...
24 Dec 2015 at 11:17pm

Tories blame SNP 'grievance agenda' for fall in variety of individuals dancing ...
The Times (subscription)
A fall in the number of people dancing in Scotland is the fault of the Scottish National Party, the Conservatives have claimed. The number of people who reported dancing regularly has halved from 14 per cent to seven per cent since 2007 when the SNP ...



Both sides claim victory in alcohol minimum pricing case - Press and Journal
24 Dec 2015 at 4:11pm

Press and Journal
Both sides claim victory in alcohol minimum pricing case
Press and Journal
Europe's highest court has ruled the Scottish Government's plan to impose a minimum price on alcohol is contrary to EU law. Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg concluded yesterday that the flagship SNP policy would only be legal ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) - Mid-Day Large Cap Report - Wall...
24 Dec 2015 at 2:53pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) - Mid-Day Large Cap Report
Wall Street Observer
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP), from the Basic Materials sector had a price of $ 63.64 today, indicating a change of 0.05%. The company is predicting an earnings per share growth of 23.45% in the coming year. The earnings per share ...



China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) - Large Cap Morning Report - Wall...
24 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) - Large Cap Morning Report
Wall Street Observer
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSESNP), from the Basic Materials sector had a price of $ 63.61 today, indicating a change of 5.58%. The company is predicting an earnings per share growth of 23.45% in the coming year. The earnings per share growth ...

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MP Calum Kerr's Christmas message - Hawick News
24 Dec 2015 at 3:07pm

Hawick News
MP Calum Kerr's Christmas message
Hawick News
My own personal moment to remember was when I won the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat for the SNP at the general election in May. It was hugely humbling to realise how much trust people put in me. My aim is now to help transform our region ...



Wave Life Sciences Ltd (WVE) Trading Down 7.8% - Putnam Standard
24 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm

Wave Life Sciences Ltd (WVE) Trading Down 7.8%
Putnam Standard
In Huntington's disease, the Company has programs targeting HTT SNP-1 and HTT SNP-2; in DMD, it is targeting Exon 51, and in IBD, it is targeting SMAD7. The Company has late-stage discovery programs in epidermolysis bullosa simplex, in which it is ...

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Thurs Pre-Market Thoughts: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP), Voya ... -...
24 Dec 2015 at 10:29am

Thurs Pre-Market Thoughts: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP), Voya ...
WallStreet Scope
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP) closed higher on Wed with a weekly performance of 4.31% ending the day at $63.61, a gain of 5.58%. Investors traded at a volume of 147,276 shares and relative volume of 0.99. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.

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Latest Analysts Reports On WAVE Life Sciences Ltd. (WVE) - Risers & Fallers
24 Dec 2015 at 10:12am

Latest Analysts Reports On WAVE Life Sciences Ltd. (WVE)
Risers & Fallers
The Company has late-stage discovery programs in epidermolysis bullosa simplex, in which it is targeting KRT14 SNP-1 and KRT14 SNP-2, and in DMD, in which it is focused on an additional DMD target, Activin Receptor type IIb. Its subsidiaries include ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wron...
18 Dec 2015 at 9:44pm

The Independent
EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wrong
The Independent
When he needs some relief from the increasingly nasty headache of renegotiating Britain's EU membership terms, David Cameron takes some comfort from the Scottish referendum last year. At the crunch, the Scottish people voted for the status quo (plus a ...
June 16 likely date for EU referen...

Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland? - Huffingto...
19 Dec 2015 at 8:38pm

Huffington Post UK
Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland?
Huffington Post UK
This is, in essence, what it's like to live in post-referendum Scotland. If you criticise the party of government, you become a pariah - all of a sudden, you're faced with a deluge of SNP warriors to defend yourself against. What is becoming of ...

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George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum - Daily Mail
8 Dec 2015 at 1:42am

Daily Mail
George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
George Osborne has ruled out a second independence referendum for Scotland, saying the SNP MPs were a 'noisy and aggressive block' in the House of Commons. On a whirlwind tour of New York, the Chancellor and aspiring Prime Minister told foreign ...

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Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...

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A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
JZ Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland's public opinion regarding voting...

Catalan MEP @RamonTremosa to Scotland: We must coordinate our independence .....
20 Dec 2015 at 8:23am

CommonSpace
Catalan MEP @RamonTremosa to Scotland: We must coordinate our independence ...
CommonSpace
As Catalonia votes as part of the Spanish general election, MEP Ramon Tremosa calls for an independence referendum plan between his nation and Scotland. He is also author of the book 'Let Catalonia Vote'. (Portic: 2015) ...

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EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas - Herald Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 8:00pm

Herald Scotland
EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas
Herald Scotland
The Government's promise to hold a referendum on EU membership is set to become law before Christmas after peers backed down in their clash with the Commons over lowering the voting age. Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government had ...

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Churches of England, Scotland agree closer cooperation - Yahoo News
24 Dec 2015 at 3:27pm

Yahoo News
Churches of England, Scotland agree closer cooperation
Yahoo News
Scotland, which became part of Britain in 1707, voted to remain part of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum last year. Britain now faces another referendum on whether to stay in the European Union by the end of 2017. The churches have ...
Kirk and Church of England to sign first declaration of union since the ...

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Minimum Unit Alcohol Price Illegal, says European Court of Justice
23 Dec 2015 at 10:27am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35160396   This will now be referred back to the Scottish courts but it looks to be a victory for the Scotch Whisky Association.

Worst SNPbad story yet
23 Dec 2015 at 8:40am
People are dancing less, because SNPbad!!!   http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2015/12/7905/   22 Dec 2015 The number of people dancing in Scotland has halved since 2007 – proof that the SNP has taken the spring from the country’s step, new figures have suggested. A survey of householders acr...

Local tax commission: replacing council tax
14 Dec 2015 at 12:29pm
So the cross party (apart from the Tories) commission has published it's final report, as you'd expect for a cross party communique it's equal parts verbose and vague. the report can be found here: http://localtaxcommission.scot/download-our-final-report/   The conclusions seem to be that the cou...

Donald Trump wants to shag his Daughter
13 Dec 2015 at 7:31pm
 

The prosecution rests its case...

Guess who wrote this?
11 Dec 2015 at 9:10pm
Toffee apple for the winner....   The members’ tea room in the House of Commons has been buzzing this week in a way that I have not seen for some time. What, I hear you ask, has stirred up our nation’s legislators in this way? You might think it would be spending cuts or maybe the closure of RAF ...

Benefits of the Union Part 94.
11 Dec 2015 at 4:26pm
Brendan Hynes ‏@Hyvast 40m40 minutes ago Sept 2014 the Weir Group said we were stronger in the Uk & BetterTogether Their share Price was £27:00 Today it is £9.94

Sarwar and Curran are on the list
9 Dec 2015 at 8:59am
Hearing that Sarwar and Mags Curran have made the Labour list.

Thoughts?

Lucy Allan MP
7 Dec 2015 at 1:09pm
The BBC are very quiet about this.  Funny that.  I don't think they'd be as quiet if it was an SNP or Corbyn supporting Labour MP.  Faking death threats is something you would have thought an MP would be sacked for.   http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/12/07/telford-mp-lucy-allan-hits-back-i...

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Santa Claus
24 Dec 2015 at 10:41pm
Keep tabs on where the big man is. He better be careful going over Turkish airspace though

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Edinburgh Hogmanay
24 Dec 2015 at 3:17pm
Anyone else going to see the Biff in Princes Street Gardens?

Pheasant
24 Dec 2015 at 12:46pm
any would be hestons out there looking for the best way to cook a pheasant and to add a nice sauce at the end oh and by the way have a good one all the best

Minimum Price For Alcohol
24 Dec 2015 at 7:12am
Can anyone work out why the SNP are pushing for a minimum alcohol price of 50p a unit instead of increasing tax on alcohol?

Increasing tax would mean that not only would alcohol become more expensive which would achieve the aim of hopefully reducing demand through price out would also raise more ...

Wedding Songs
23 Dec 2015 at 11:07pm
is Dougie Mclean Caledonia an appropriate pre ceremony song ?   I'm already  having Dougine Mclean "The Gael" and Highland Cathedral   This is not in a church - outside event at a wine estate in ZA 

Best Insults That Include No Swear Words
23 Dec 2015 at 10:19pm
And that means none, even the slightest bit rude.

I'll start with -

Don't talk, you lower the IQ of the whole street

Grey Tracky Bottoms
23 Dec 2015 at 6:46pm
Anyone else think that wearing these in public is unacceptable? Or have I turned into a total snob?

It's almost a year since I was last in Glasgow so maybe it's always been like that and I just didn't notice before but the amount of people jumpin around in those grey tracksuit bottoms is unbeliev...

F*** Christmas
23 Dec 2015 at 3:47pm
The sooner this pish is over with the better.   Went to Silverburn to attempt to get a few cards and presents for folk. Car parks full signs up (at 14:00hrs on Wed). I still horsed in and got a place.   I then entered what can only be described as hell on earth: screaming bairns, fat burds with a...

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