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Corbyn accuses Sturgeon of not using Holyrood powers to end austerity in Scot...
24 Aug 2017 at 1:41pm
JEREMY Corbyn has accused the SNP Government of failing to use its powers to mitigate austerity in Scotland as he claimed Labour was ?in sight? of getting a lot more Scottish Labour MPs elected.

New migration figures show largest annual outflow of EU citizens from UK for ...
24 Aug 2017 at 12:43pm
BRITAIN is facing a ?Brexodus? of European workers, pro-EU campaigners warned today, as new statistics showed that net migration had fallen to its lowest level in three years driven by the highest outflow of EU citizens for nearly a decade.

SNP handed £500,000 election donation by £161m Euromillions couple
24 Aug 2017 at 3:40pm
Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir donated £500,000 to the SNP ahead of the snap general election in June.

UK could be forced to toe Brussels line to protect data flows post Brexit
24 Aug 2017 at 7:17pm
BRITAIN could be forced to toe the Brussels line on crucial legislation on privacy and national security for years after Brexit in order to maintain the free exchange of data with EU countries.

European judges will still have some power over UK decisions even after Brexi...
24 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
EUROPEAN judges will still have "considerable power" over the UK even after Brexit, it has been claimed as the UK Government set out plans to take back control of British laws.

Sturgeon urged to apologise over inaccurate independence forecasts
24 Aug 2017 at 12:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been urged to apologise after official data showed a chasm between what voters were promised in year one of independence and the true state of the economy.

Davidson breaks silence over council trolls amid new row over MP
24 Aug 2017 at 2:29pm
RUTH Davidson has broken her silence over two Stirling councillors readmitted to her party despite making a series of anti-Catholic and racist comments on social media.

Britain will boom once freed from "destructive, cack-handed" Brussels decisio...
24 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
BRITAIN?S economy will boom once the country is freed from the "destructive cack-handed" Brussels decision-making that has held back growth, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists.

North Sea oil "turning a corner" after price slump, says Sturgeon
24 Aug 2017 at 12:07am
THE North Sea oil and gas sector ?has turned a corner and is on the path to recovery?, Nicola Sturgeon said following the first increase in oil revenues in five years.

Sturgeon denies SNP tried to "con" voters over independent economy
24 Aug 2017 at 12:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s estimate for the state of the economy in the first year of an independent Scotland was off by up to £10billion, according to the SNP government?s own figures.

Sturgeon defends accuracy of GERS figures, with caveats
24 Aug 2017 at 12:06am
IT the most hotly debated publication in the Scottish Government's calendar, with enough ripe cherries and rotten apples for everyone.

Fresh calls made for the UK Government to drop foreign students from migratio...
24 Aug 2017 at 1:14pm
FRESH calls have been made for the UK Government to drop international students from official migration figures as Whitehall launches a major inquiry into the students' impact on Britain?s society and economy.

Sturgeon fuels reshuffle speculation with "wait and see" remark
23 Aug 2017 at 1:12pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has fuelled speculation about a cabinet reshuffle as part of her plans to refresh the SNP Government after a decade in power.

Ruth Davidson: Big Ben media coverage ?gets on my wick?
24 Aug 2017 at 2:24pm
The Scottish Conservative leader was joined by Jon Snow at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Parties get record £40m in donations ahead of snap General Election, new figu...
24 Aug 2017 at 2:17pm
BRITAIN?S political parties received a record £40.1 million in donations in the run-up to this year's snap General Election, according to new figures, with the Tories bringing in almost three times the amount Labour did.

 

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SNP ?failed to use powers to mitigate austerity? claims Jeremy Corbyn
24 Aug 2017 at 4:43pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has claimed the SNP failed to use its powers to mitigate austerity and said his party would tackle ‘third-world’ levels of poverty in parts of Scotland.

Edinburgh Zoo ?believes giant panda Tian Tian is pregnant?
24 Aug 2017 at 3:54pm
Edinburgh Zoo staff believe giant panda Tian Tian is pregnant, after the release of emails suggesting a cub could be born as early as tomorrow.

Net migration to Britain falls to 3-year low in wake of Brexit
24 Aug 2017 at 1:19pm
Net migration to Britain has fallen to a three-year low as a growing number of European Union nationals left the country following last year’s Brexit referendum, according to official figures released on Thursday.

Who should pay for renewable energy subsidies in Scotland?
24 Aug 2017 at 12:09pm
One of the UK’s largest trade unions has reignited the debate over how to pay for the development of the growing renewables sector after it called for an investigation into a “rip off wind farm racket” centred in Scotland.

Political donations: Weirs give SNP further £500,000
24 Aug 2017 at 11:47am
Euromillions winners Colin and Christine Weir handed a further £500,000 to the SNP ahead of June’s snap general election, providing more than 80 per cent of the party’s donations in the final quarter before the vote.

Celtic Park security increased amid ?severe? terror threat level
24 Aug 2017 at 11:43am
Security at Celtic Park is being increased as Scotland’s major venues continue to take action as the terror threat level in the UK remains at ‘severe’.

Scottish Police Authority chief ?to take early retirement?
24 Aug 2017 at 10:56am
Scottish Police Authority chief executive John Foley is to take early retirement, the watchdog has confirmed.

Labour should ?ignore SNP? to win back seats in Scotland
24 Aug 2017 at 9:33am
Labour can win back more seats in Scotland by ignoring the SNP and focusing on delivering its own message, one of the party’s new MPs has said.

Tom Peterkin: Failure to tackle online abuse harms Scottish politics
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The Twitter behaviour of politicians from across the parties can be excruciating writes Tom Peterkin

Bill Jamieson: Dark clouds hidden in GERS figures
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Latest economic statistics offer relief for the Scottish Government, but it could be one step forward, two steps back with Brexit says Bill Jamieson

Kenny MacAskill: Lexit is as damaging as Brexit, and its proponents are equal...
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour leader’s approach to Brexit is wrong-headed, writes Kenny MacAskill

Scottish private school heads attack business rates plan
23 Aug 2017 at 8:54pm
Headteachers at some of Scotland’s leading private schools last night warned that proposals to dramatically increase their business rates bill would force up fees and make their institutions more elitist.

New Tory MP Douglas Ross slammed for anti-Traveller comment
23 Aug 2017 at 7:31pm
A Conservative MP has been criticised by Amnesty International and the Traveller community after comments he made in an interview.

Fact Check: can Wales and Scotland block the Brexit repeal bill?
23 Aug 2017 at 4:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland and Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, in a joint statement published in reaction to the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on July 13, formerly known as the “Great Repeal Bill”.

Video: World?s most expensive holiday - $1,000,000 trip to Caribbean island
23 Aug 2017 at 4:19pm
Check out the world’s most expensive holiday - an $1,000,000 (£781,555) trip to a private Caribbean island complete with unlimited champagne and a chest of gold.

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The Too Wee Factor
by Lindsay Bruce
23 Aug 2017 at 8:37am
This morning sees the release of another set of GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) figures accompanied, no doubt, by the usual strange hybrid of sneering and cringing from Unionist politicians braying proudly that we?re too small, too subsidised and too stupid to ever look after our own country. So as the annual circus act …

The fine art of omission
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Aug 2017 at 11:49pm
We’ll only be making a very brief comment on the story in Tuesday’s Herald, for hopefully obvious reasons. The piece by Tom Gordon has been written for maximum innuendo to allow the wildest speculations on social media – which are of course duly taking place – but the alleged events relate entirely to some tweets …

The two types of oil
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2017 at 11:46am
With this year’s GERS figures imminent, there are two stories about North Sea oil in today’s papers which are markedly different in both tone and honesty. This, for example, is the front page of the Sunday Herald: It’s basically a reprise of a Wings story from almost a year ago, noting that despite producing broadly …

British news in British numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2017 at 8:45am
Number of references to “UK”, “Britain” or “British” in this story about salmon: 17 Number of references to “Scotland” or “Scottish”: 1 (in a quote) Percentage of “UK” salmon industry that’s actually in Scotland: 96.3% (Of the UK’s top 10 food and drink exports listed in the article, around 45% of the total value comes …

The trouble with Corbyn
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Aug 2017 at 9:27am
(By the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

The truth of the lobbies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Aug 2017 at 12:55pm
To be honest with you, readers, we’re still trying to make some sort of sense of the whole “vote Scottish Labour to get independence” thing. Because try as we might we can’t think of a single way in which having a Scottish Labour MP is better than having an SNP one in terms of either …

The grand sacrifice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Aug 2017 at 11:47am
The mainstream media is now, by our count, up to at least 13 sizeable articles on the Great Yes-Movement Schism Of 2017 – a minor online spat between a tiny handful of people who’ve never liked each other and most of whom the general public has never heard of – and shows no signs of …

More Bad News
by Chris Cairns
12 Aug 2017 at 6:55am

The magic money rigs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2017 at 11:13am
A reader sent us an interesting snippet of information today. That seemed a startling fact, so we looked into it. And it’s true. “RTS” is the UK government’s – or more precisely HMRC’s – Regional Trade Statistics accounts, which seek to disaggregate the UK economy to see how much money is generated in which areas. When …

The Vanishings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2017 at 8:16pm
The Scottish media this week has started to rather resemble Argentina under General Galtieri’s military junta – everywhere you look are the ghosts of the disappeared. We’ve already documented at length the sudden non-existence of the Herald’s madly inaccurate front-page lead story from Monday (along with the corresponding piece in the Evening Times). And today two more things joined the missing …

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Ruth Davidson defends reinstatement of Tory councillors
24 Aug 2017 at 1:01pm
Ruth Davidson says two councillors who made offensive Twitter posts deserve a chance to change.


SNP given £500,000 by lottery winners Christine and Colin Weir
24 Aug 2017 at 2:37pm
A couple who won a record £161m Euromillions jackpot made the donation ahead of the general election.


Scottish police authority chief executive retires
24 Aug 2017 at 11:21am
John Foley takes early retirement, months after a watchdog criticised a "dysfunctional" leadership.


Tory MP Douglas Ross criticised over gypsy remark
24 Aug 2017 at 10:41am
Douglas Ross says he would impose "tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers" if he was prime minister.


Audit Scotland: Care changes 'should benefit more people'
24 Aug 2017 at 12:13am
A new report says there is still a lot to do to provide self-directed support for everyone.


Scottish Borders Council raises school uniform grant
24 Aug 2017 at 4:28pm
A local authority highlighted in a BBC Scotland investigation agrees to increase its payment levels.


Gers figures: Scottish economy deficit cut to £13.3bn
23 Aug 2017 at 2:47pm
Scotland's public spending deficit has been reduced by about £1.3bn over the past year, according to official figures


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn begins tour of Scottish seats
23 Aug 2017 at 5:21pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has begun his five-day visit with a trip to the Western Isles.


Leisure centres and universities could face business rates bills
22 Aug 2017 at 5:23pm
Leisure centres, private schools and universities should be brought fully into the business rates system.


Hundreds of views on Football Act repeal bid to be studied
22 Aug 2017 at 4:25pm
Arguments for and against the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act are being studied by MSPs.


Scottish and Welsh governments to propose Brexit bill changes
22 Aug 2017 at 5:14pm
The Scottish and Welsh governments will work together to propose amendments to UK Brexit legislation.


Reduced Northern Isles ferry fare scheme to be rolled out
22 Aug 2017 at 12:04am
Road Equivalent Tariff will begin on Pentland Firth routes, with a variant for lines from Aberdeen.

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Dark day for Dugdale as Opinium subsample puts SNP first, and Labour third
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2017 at 12:58pm
Right on cue, here's the perfect antidote to the BMG subsample a few days ago that some people lost all sense of perspective over.  Far from having Scottish Labour in the lead, the new Opinium subs...

Calamity Cable?
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2017 at 3:30am
You may have heard that there's a new Britain-wide YouGov poll out showing a significant drop in Jeremy Corbyn's personal popularity.  For my money, though, the bigger revelation from the poll is t...

BMG subsample turns anxiety into despair for embattled Davidson
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2017 at 11:01pm
After a delay of a few days, the datasets for the new GB-wide BMG poll have finally appeared.  In spite of the Conservatives holding a narrow lead across Britain (unusual in polls since June 8th), ...

So what *is* a mid-spectrum blogger?
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2017 at 1:36am
The world hasn't seen a debate as fierce as this since the fateful day Donald Trump first uttered the word "covfefe".  Up and down the land, co-workers have been arguing, marriages have become stra...

Will "The Democrats" respect the Scottish democratic process?
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2017 at 6:51pm
James Chapman, the former political editor of the Daily Mail, seems to think he's the British Emmanuel Macron.  That's questionable enough, but in fact he thinks he's more than a Macron, because ap...


Pop Goes Global
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2017 at 3:30pm
Spotted this on Waverley Bridge when I was on my way to a Fringe show on Thursday night. I was going to sue, but then I remembered that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ("Imitation" i...


Greer makes a sectarian attack - will the self-appointed Civility Police inte...
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2017 at 3:48pm
Above is the Green MSP Ross Greer, in a cosy chat with the notorious James McEnaney of RISE, using sectarian anti-Irish language to attack Jason Michael of Butterfly Rebellion (who is not Irish him...

Westminster bubble yet to catch up with the Scottish Tories' slippage
by James Kelly
6 Aug 2017 at 5:15pm
James Forsyth had a very silly article in the Sun yesterday portraying Ruth Davidson as the kingmaker in any potential Tory leadership contest.  No-one would deny that Davidson is currently enjoyin...

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Baby panda expected to be born at Edinburgh Zoo soon
by /u/Radical_Rick
24 Aug 2017 at 8:57pm
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Does the east coast have its own answer to "Still Game"?
by /u/tejmuk
24 Aug 2017 at 6:16pm
A lot of people seem to treat "Still Game" as a touchstone of Scottish culture but it feels rather exclusively west coast like to a lot of us. submitted by /u/tejmuk

Scottish Police Authority chief ?to take early retirement?
by /u/abz_eng
24 Aug 2017 at 4:03pm
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Glencoe deer at the King's House Hotel
by /u/hiddenscotland
24 Aug 2017 at 3:23pm
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Ferret Fact Service: Sorry Irn-Bru, Scotland?s not the only place where Coca-...
by /u/alastairffs
24 Aug 2017 at 3:15pm
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Here are 10 photos that will make you pack your bags and head to Skye!
by /u/hiddenscotland
24 Aug 2017 at 3:01pm
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Is it safe to store bought eat haggis uncooked?
by /u/devtastic
24 Aug 2017 at 2:08pm
Hi /r/scotland. Sigh, that should read: "Is it safe to eat store bought haggis uncooked?" As the title really, does store bought haggis have to be heated to make it safe to eat or is it safe to op...

Is there a general Scottish sub, that isn't 80% politics?
by /u/SyanticRaven
24 Aug 2017 at 2:05pm
Like seriously. I just want to read about cool things happening in the country or events that people can look forward too. I feel like /r/Scotland is just /r/ScottishPolitics with a bit more bad ne...

Ruth Davidson defends reinstatement of Tory councillors
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24 Aug 2017 at 1:12pm
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Labour should ?ignore SNP? to win back seats in Scotland
by /u/bottish
24 Aug 2017 at 1:10pm
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My evidence to the Scottish Parliament on GERS
by /u/been_zhak_unt
24 Aug 2017 at 11:54am
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GERS 2017: why it remains irrelevant to Scottish decision making
by /u/been_zhak_unt
24 Aug 2017 at 11:53am
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Cultural exchange with /r/Palestine
by /u/heilan_coo
24 Aug 2017 at 10:11am
Please use this opportunity to ask us Scots about our culture, ways of life, or any thing else about Scotland and it's peoples. Usual reddiquette applies and this event will be heavily moderated. A...

Scotland's highest village to finally get rail link restored...
by /u/ewenmax
24 Aug 2017 at 9:45am
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Scottish Tory MP slammed for claiming top priority as PM would be 'cracking d...
by David Clegg
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Douglas Ross defended his comments, saying travellers 'flout local planning procedures'.


Sturgeon admits 'change in circumstances' for independence ? but she won't le...
by Record View
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The oil price collapse means a separate Scotland’s deficit last year would have been about £8billion more than the SNP predicted.


Jeremy Corbyn urges Tories to give power straight to Scotland after Brexit
by Andy Philip
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour leader spoke out one day after Nicola Sturgeon joined forces with Welsh leader Carwyn Jones to warn of a “power grab” by the Tories.


SNP blunder as own figures reveal major exaggeration of independent Scotland ...
by David Clegg
24 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
A Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report showed the party "sold false hope" by underestimating Scotland's deficit by £7.8billion.


Theresa May denies Brexit court climbdown and insists 'we will take back cont...
by Record Reporter
23 Aug 2017 at 6:00pm
Critics claim Government plans to only end "direct" interference by the European Court of Justice will allow the EU to continue to have a say in the British legal system.


Cops fire tear gas at protesters as President Donald Trump holds rally in Ari...
by Record Reporter
23 Aug 2017 at 8:22am
The US President told the sparse crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center there were few demonstrators outside but there more protesters turned up than Trump supporters.


First Ministers of Scotland and Wales unite against Tory Brexit power grab
by Nicola Sturgeon
22 Aug 2017 at 8:13pm
Nicola Sturgeon has joined forces with Carwyn Jones in a bid to halt Theresa May's attack on the principles of devolution.


Jeremy Corbyn urges Theresa May not to 'obediently applaud' Donald Trump's Af...
by Mikey Smith
22 Aug 2017 at 2:28pm
The US President signalled an increase in troops and funding - and called on Britain and other allies to follow suit


Wife of Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary launches 'Marie Antoinette-style' I...
by Mikey Smith
22 Aug 2017 at 11:02am
Scottish-born Louise Linton, wife of Stephen Mnuchin, snapped over criticism of a 'day trip' on a military jet


Pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland arrested over alleged online har...
by Record Reporter
22 Aug 2017 at 10:14am
Stuart Campbell, who runs the Wings Over Scotland website, was arrested on Friday at an address in the Avon and Somerset area and bailed pending further enquiries.

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Playing Ball
by michaelgreenwell
18 Aug 2017 at 1:59pm
At the moment polls are still fluctuating between a small lead for independence and a small lead for staying in a rapidly failing state (I know, I know). That obviously means just over or just under half of the Scottish population support independence, and although people who work in some industries may be more one …

The Trouble With Corbyn
by michaelgreenwell
17 Aug 2017 at 6:03pm
The latest film by Phantom Power (you can find them all here) features writer Alan Bissett explaining the trouble with Corbyn…

A Basic Level
by michaelgreenwell
7 Aug 2017 at 11:06pm
I may be about to make the first  statement that won’t be taken as controversial on the internet in the last 5 years…. Whoever or wherever it is, and even if you disagree with them on many things, I think everyone in the world would like the leader of their country to be an intelligent …

Journey To Yes ? 18 ? Chris Wilson
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2017 at 7:32pm
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 ? 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 …

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Dance wi the Deil
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Aug 2017 at 2:16pm

The Trouble with Corbyn
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Aug 2017 at 12:00pm
Jeremy Corbyn has said he will be ?campaigning for real change? as he prepares to take his tour of constituencies across Scotland. Of the 64 seats Labour needs to win to secure a parliamentary majority, 18 – are in Scotland. Mr Corbyn is pledging to cross the country from ?Govan to Stornoway? later this week …

It Began In Orkney: The Making of Oceanallover?s Sea Hames
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Aug 2017 at 11:33am
In the studio with performance artist, designer and director Alex Rigg. Interview by Bram E. Gieben  Oceanallover?s Aritstic Director Alex Rigg has produced unique, often haunting, always fascinating ?interventions? in public places for years now with his artistic collective. Whether producing outlandish, sculpture-esque costumes or the baroque, improvised music which accompanies an Oceanallover show, he is …

Retro Design and Cartographic Colour
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Aug 2017 at 10:44am
Bella Postcard: our weekly micro blog, a (very) random ?best of the web? brought to you by Bonnie Gallagher. I’m bored of politics and sick of Trump memes and Big Ben Bongs so it’s all about design and illustration in this week’s Postcard. Mr Benn is 50. He’s the everyday hero who escapes from suburbia, …

September 14
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Aug 2017 at 9:45am
Following on from Charlottesville Magi Gibson has written this anti-fascist poem remembering the events of George Square the day after the Independence Referendum. She writes about “being an eyewitness – indeed standing right next to – what unfolded there both when and after the Unionists arrived to celebrate their victory in the square. I was there …

On Nationalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Aug 2017 at 5:49pm
The furore over the First Minister’s comments about nationalism are hugely over-played. It’s the silly season and bored journos are looking to fill pages. The rank hypocrisy of a political party led by a woman who dresses up in khaki and likes to pose on top of tanks, and whose own party has just unleashed the …

Bongs
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2017 at 10:38am
Are you worried about the Bongs? The Daily Mail’s Deputy Political Editor John Stevens (‘Always looking for stories’) is. While some of you may be worried about the catastrophic impact of Brexit on the economy, loss of jobs, human rights, freedom of movement or the potentially disastrous effect on our food security (for instance), the …

Playing Ball
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Aug 2017 at 8:21pm
At the moment polls are still fluctuating between a small lead for independence and a small lead for staying in a rapidly failing state (I know, I know). That obviously means just over or just under half of the Scottish population support independence, and although people who work in some industries may be more one …

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Independent Scotland would need to cut deficit, says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
23 Aug 2017 at 2:25pm
Data shows country spent £13.5bn more than it raised in taxes last year, a gap of 8.3%, compared to UK?s 2.4%Nicola Sturgeon has said an independent Scotland would face tough economic challenges after data showed the country spent £13.5bn more than it raised in taxes last year.The first minister ...

'Labour is coming back in Scotland': party predicts revival as Corbyn heads n...
by Ewen MacAskill
23 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Labour leader?s tour of 18 marginal seats offers chance to gauge whether electoral gains in June are a blip or the start of a comebackPaul Sweeney, one of Labour?s new Scottish MPs, knows exactly when he first realised the party?s fortunes north of the border might be reviving. He had been out ca...

Turnberry: Trump's golf hotel given £110,000 Scottish tax rebate
by Severin Carrell and Rob Edwards
22 Aug 2017 at 3:40pm
US president?s luxury resort benefits from scheme set up to help small businesses affected by economic slumpDonald Trump?s luxury hotel in Turnberry has been handed a £110,000 tax rebate by Scottish ministers as part of an emergency bailout intended to help struggling small businesses.Figures rev...

Disabled student told he will fail course because he cannot write shorthand
by Nadia Khomami
22 Aug 2017 at 8:36am
MSPs condemn exam board after Kyle Gunn, who has cerebral palsy, informed he would be denied journalism qualificationA student has been told he will fail a journalism course because his disability prevents him from writing shorthand.Kyle Gunn, 19, who has cerebral palsy, planned to do a two-year ...

Andrew O?Hagan?s romantic view of Scottish independence is nonsense | David T...
by David Torrance
17 Aug 2017 at 12:54pm
The London-based novelist?s sudden conversion to the pro-independence cause is based on woolly thinking ? as is his nostalgic take on ScotlandFor years, the novelist Andrew O?Hagan has kept quiet about Scotland. While almost every other writer, artist and poet weighed into the independence debate...

Clarence House should release Prince Charles?s Scottish spider memos | David ...
by David McClure
16 Aug 2017 at 2:46pm
What the heir to the throne has to say about teacher training may well be of less import than the issue of secrecy surrounding his correspondencePrince Charles?s black spider memos are now crawling into the realm of Scottish politics. After penning these in his scratchy hand on everything from fo...

Publish Prince Charles lobbying letters, Scottish government urged
by Severin Carrell and James McEnaney
15 Aug 2017 at 7:27pm
Pressure comes after the Guardian revealed ministers withheld or redacted documents from prince?s office on behalf of Teach FirstOpposition leaders have called on Scottish ministers to publish secret correspondence about lobbying by the Prince of Wales to reform Scotland?s teacher training system...

Scottish parliament hit by cyber-attack similar to Westminster assault
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Aug 2017 at 7:07pm
MSPs and Holyrood staff warned hackers trying to access numerous email accounts in ongoing ?brute force cyber-attack?Hackers have mounted a ?brute force? cyber-attack on the Scottish parliament?s computer systems, weeks after a similar attack on email accounts at Westminster.MSPs and Holyrood sta...

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Oh the irony
A guest post by Samuel Miller A few articles this week have caught my eye and more than one have a hint of irony about them, not to mention a soupçon of ‘who knew?’ First up was a piece on Fishing grouds/rights which is apparently causing a bit of a fallout between Messrs Hammond and …

W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G
A guest post by Samuel Miller So basically First Minister Nicola Sturgeon whilst attending an Edinburgh Festival event said that the word “national” could be “problematic” and that with a bit of twenty twenty hindsight, naming her party differently ninety years ago might have been a good idea. Anyone associated with the SNP, indeed anyone …

About that equal partnership??
A guest post by Samuel Miller Over the run up and course of the first independence referendum a great deal was made of equality, partnership and latterly of a union family by some weel kent faces. “Today we are equal partners in the United Kingdom. With independence Scotland’s budget would have to be approved beyond …

A dead water feeling
A guest post by Samuel Miller Dead water is the nautical term for a phenomenon which can occur when a layer of fresh or brackish water rests on top of denser salt water, without the two layers mixing. A ship powered by direct thrust under the waterline (such as a propeller), traveling in such conditions …

A reason to be cheerful
It’s time to be cheerful, and not just because I’m about to see my American other half for a two week visit during which we plan to go to the Highlands and then to London for a few days. It’s time to be cheerful because despite any local difficulties that the independence campaign might have …

Tory cat food
Charlottesville is an event that is based in a tragic American history of racism and discrimination against minorities which has long blighted the Land of the Free. For too long Free meant male, middle class and white, and there are still powerful and violent groups in the USA who are determined to ensure that the …

The unbearable triteness of Deerin
I wrote yesterday’s blog article about the importance of not allowing British nationalists to pose as non-nationalists or anti-nationalists before Chris Deerin’s piece was published in Tuesday’s Daily Herald newspaper. And there it was, in all its self-righteous and self-deluding glory, a proponent of British nationalism staking out the moral high ground and linking the …

Calling things what they really are
Language is important. It makes a difference what words we use to describe things. When we accede to the Conservative inspired move to rebrand social security as welfare, we’re acknowledging and giving justification to their ideologically inspired attempts to destroy a universal system which everyone pays into and which everyone benefits from and to replace …

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Craig Dalzell: Independence could be worth at least £7.5 billion to Scotland?...
THE UK is a deeply unequal Union and London continues to capture a greater and greater proportion of the wealth of the state to the detriment of everywhere else. This single fact has to frame everything we think and say about the finances of Scotland.

Ask Angry: So my bongs have stopped ? why is it such a big deal?
Angry says: It?s not your fault Ben ... it?s the establishment we need to change

Michael Fry: GERS statistics show Scotland is moving in the right direction, ...
THE great thing about the latest GERS figures is that they are moving in the right direction. The aggregates of income and expenditure revealed in the report are by any standards approximate, if not speculative, so the most important aspect to notice is the underlying trend. And the trend is at last in Scotland?s favour.

George Kerevan: GERS figures are problematic ? but still show Scotland?s defi...
CAN we trust the GERS figures?

Michelle Rodger: GERS publication can't teach us much about an independent Sc...
I AM heartily fed up with the ill-informed yet furious debate over GERS, a set of figures that are based on nothing more than estimates.

Kevin McKenna: The UK establishment knows how to play the royal card to mask ...
THE death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris in the early hours of Sunday, August 31, 1997, presented a major challenge to the production departments of some of Britain?s finest Sunday newspaper titles. This was perhaps the biggest story any of the journalists involved had ever encountered.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Time for Ruth to show her mettle and challenge the DUP
IT was difficult to see past the horror of the senseless terror attacks in Europe last week. But in the midst of the sadness, two quite different quotes from senior UK politicians on the subject of love caught my eye.

Michel Barnier rejects UK plea for EU to hold parallel withdrawal and trade t...
MICHEL Barnier has dismissed UK pleas for parallel talks to be held with the European Union over withdrawal from the bloc and a future trade deal.

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Glenfiddich Malt Whisky- Proudly Associated With Scotland ? The Distillers ? ...
  William Grant and Wife                        Austerity – A word foreign to the Estate owners of Scotland The Austerity years (2008 – 2030): Scots are burdened with the impossible task of breaking free of many years of austerity forced upon them by the criminal excesses of bankers and financial investors seeking to add … Continue reading "Glenfiddich Malt Whisky- Proudly Associated With Scotl...

Swiss Born Henry Angest ? Tory Party Financial Backer ? Scottish Estate Owner...
      Henry Angest       Swiss Born Henry Angest – Tory Party Financial Backer – Scottish Estate Owner Registered in Jersey – Donated £100,000 to the Better Together Campaign. Claims nearly 58,000 farming subsidy from the Scottish Taxpayer. Henry Angest is a Swiss born banker. He was an international executive with The … Continue reading "Swiss Born Henry Angest – Tory Party Financial Backer – ...

Direct Descendent of The Scottish Chancellor That Signed the Treaty of Union ...
                  2014 Scottish Referendum and the Earl of Seafield The Earl of Seafield, a peer of the United Kingdom confirmed his family ties to the Tory party remained as strong as they were when his forebear signed the 1707 Treaty of Union against the wishes of the … Continue reading "Direct Descendent of The Scottish Chancellor That Signed the Treaty of Union Confirms the Family Links to ...

Duke of Buccleuch Gets £1Million Farming Subsidy From the Taxpayer Each Year ...
    Dalkeith Estate     Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Aims and Rewards of the Scheme The scheme rewards landowners simply for owning title to land, as opposed to encouraging farmers to invest in improving product output to the public good. In terms of share the top 20% of claimants get 70%. The bottom 40% … Continue reading "Duke of Buccleuch Gets £1Million Farming Subsidy From the Taxpayer ...

Agricultural Policy ? Tory Landlords & Farmers Intend Retaining Their Annual ...
          The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will provide around £4 billion in subsidies within the UK by 2021 accounting for nearly 50% of all receipts from the EU budget to the UK. Scotland’s share should be around £850 million. EU regulations require the full financial allocation … Continue reading "Agricultural Policy – Tory Landlords & Farmers Intend ...

Abuse of a Nation ? Nobody in Westminster Gave a Toss About the Scots ? Manuf...
            Freedom of Information For many years the public were denied information by successive governments on the grounds of national security. Despite delaying tactics by the Scottish Executive, The Freedom of Information Act of 2005 forced politicians, on written request, to provide information opening files previously hidden away. Information in … Continue reading "Abuse of a Nation – No...

First Labour Coalition Executive Filled Their Pockets at the Expense of the S...
          Scottish Executive costs hit £150m The Scottish Executive has spent almost £150 million on travel, hospitality and office costs in the 6 years since devolution. The figures, show that nearly £34m has been spent by ministers, special advisers and civil servants on travel, and more than £3m on hospitality since … Continue reading "First Labour Coalition Executive Filled Their Pockets at...

Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the Aim of...
          Rooth the Mooth Is Determined to Improve the Quality of Tory MP and MSP’s and Introduces Intellect Testing of Potential Candidates Just before the last election potential candidates were gathered and put to the test. Davidson briefed those gathered: “As you know I am about to be promoted by her … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the ...

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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

Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics
Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 23rd 2017 Andrew O?Hagan is a gifted, talented writer and intellectual force who both encapsulates curiosity and creativity and encourages it in others. Last week he gave a fascinating keynote address in Edinburgh on the subject of Scotland. O?Hagan?s very public painful relationship …

The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and th...
The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and the Future of Our Nation Sunday Herald, August 20th 2017 Gerry Hassan SCOTTISH politics feels, and looks on the surface, becalmed at the moment. This is an age of permanent disruption ? of populist movements, protests, anger, indignation, dismay and social division. This …

Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism?
Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 16th 2017 All political leaders have a certain limited shelf life. If they are very successful and lucky they win elections, hold power and make decisions, but the public eventually grow tired and wary of their constant public presence. …

From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Stu...
From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 15th 2017 Alex Salmond is one of the big beasts not just of Scottish, but British politics and the defining figure of modern Scottish nationalism and the SNP. He has been …

A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement
A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement Gerry Hassan Sceptical Scot, August 9th 2017 It isn?t a happy time for the Scottish independence movement. To some it seems like the silly season; to others a summer of discontent. But clearly something is going on which matters for the state of Scottish politics and the …

A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow
A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 9th 2017 Summer, Scotland 2017. Edinburgh comes alive and Glasgow has the start of the football season to look forward too. A tale of two cities and two very different experiences. Edinburgh Festival Time. In the immediate weeks before hundreds of …

The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics
The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 2nd 2017 These are serious and dangerous times across the globe. There is the instability and gangland nature of the Trump administration, its ?America First? isolationism, disparaging of traditional allies, and open admiration for autocrats such as Putin …

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future
Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, July 26th 2017 The past is always around us in what passes for modern Britain. In recent years, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it seems more omnipotent and increasingly problematic. From politics to culture and most aspects …

Scotland and Independence

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Pro-Scottish independence blogger arrested for alleged harassment - Telegraph...

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Pro-Scottish independence blogger arrested for alleged harassment
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Stuart Campbell, who runs the Wings Over Scotland website, was arrested on Friday at an address in the Avon and Somerset area and bailed pending further enquiries. Police said the arrest was "on suspicion of harassment and malicious communications".
Wings Over Scotland blogger arrested over alleged har...

Scotland's vast deficit remains an obstacle to independence - New Statesman

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Scotland's vast deficit remains an obstacle to independence
New Statesman
As before, Nicola Sturgeon has warned of the threat posed by Brexit to the Scottish economy. But the country's black hole means the risks of independence remain immense. As a new state, Scotland would be forced to pay a premium on its debt, resulting ...
SNP is accused of selling 'false hope' to Scots over independ...

Gers figures: Scottish economy deficit cut to £13.3bn - BBC News

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Gers figures: Scottish economy deficit cut to £13.3bn
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The alarming figure is that Scotland's £13.3bn deficit accounts for almost 30% of the UK one. Alternatively, this shows what you get from being inside the UK, with relatively low tax take. From that pro-independence perspective, it is not a measure of ...

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Michael Keating and Gerry Hassan on Scottish independence post-Brexit - The S...

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Michael Keating and Gerry Hassan on Scottish independence post-Brexit
The Scotsman
As Big Ben fell silent for repairs yesterday, a discussion kicked off at the Book Festival about how the Scottish independence debate has shifted in the light of Brexit and the June General Election. ?One man think-tank? Gerry Hassan, and politics ...



Fisheries revival 'could scupper Scottish independence dream' - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fisheries revival 'could scupper Scottish independence dream'
Telegraph.co.uk
Far from revivifying the independence dream there is now the very real prospect that Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and consequently from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), could actually trigger its demise.



Exclusive: ex-chair of Scottish Independence Convention says SNP "needs all t...

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Exclusive: ex-chair of Scottish Independence Convention says SNP "needs all the help it can get"
CommonSpace
MURRAY RITCHIE, the former chair of the pro-independence umbrella group the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) and former Scottish political editor of the Herald, has said that closer cooperation between the SIC and the SNP is desirable, but that ...
Sturgeon urged to apologi...

Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence - Financial Times

Financial Times
Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence
Financial Times
An enthusiastic army of online supporters was seen as a major strength for the Scottish independence movement in the run-up to the failed referendum three years ago. Now many of the same campaigners are turning their ire on each other as a furious ...



Trump: Scottish independence vote 'would be terrible' - BBC News

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Trump: Scottish independence vote 'would be terrible'
BBC News
US President Donald Trump has suggested that Scottish independence would be "terrible", voicing fears about the future of the Open golf championship. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr Trump pondered whether Scotland would "go for the vote".
Trump's biggest fear about Scottish independence appears to be about golf...

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Jeremy Corbyn highlights life expectancy gap in drive against poverty - Times...

Times & Star
Jeremy Corbyn highlights life expectancy gap in drive against poverty
Times & Star
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine, who convenes Holyrood's Europe Committee said: "Jeremy Corbyn and Kezia Dugdale's claims about being on the side of those in work are utterly bogus if they persist in backing the Tories' plans to leave the European single ...



Active Stocks on Watch: WABCO Holdings Inc (WBC) and China Petroleum & Chemic...

Active Stocks on Watch: WABCO Holdings Inc (WBC) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Melville Review
Shares of WABCO Holdings Inc (WBC) are moving on volatility today -0.07% or $-0.10 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of $138.36 and 107473 shares have traded hands in the session. Dedicated investors often strive hard to set ...

What Message Are China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)'s Technicals Sending? ...

What Message Are China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)'s Technicals Sending?
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Investors may be tracking certain levels on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP). The current 50-day Moving Average is 76.99, the 200-day Moving Average is 77.46, and the 7-day is noted at 73.29. Moving averages can help spot trends and ...

SNP 'failed to use powers to mitigate austerity' claims Jeremy Corbyn - The S...

The Scotsman
SNP 'failed to use powers to mitigate austerity' claims Jeremy Corbyn
The Scotsman
He added: ?The SNP government has the powers if it wants to use them to mitigate the effects of austerity, they chose not to.? Mr Corbyn said he has been struck by the problems of inequality and social injustice in Glasgow. He said: ?This ward where we ...
EXCL Shadow minister suggests women-only train c...

Taking a Deep Dive into Technical Levels for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ...

Taking a Deep Dive into Technical Levels for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Stock Press Daily
Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) are moving on volatility today -0.39% or -0.29 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of 73.84 and 30617 shares have traded hands in the session. After an investor has figured out their ...

More than half of votes 'wasted' in general election, reform campaigners clai...

More than half of votes 'wasted' in general election, reform campaigners claim
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Conservative MP Paul Masterton took the seat from the SNP's Kirsten Oswald. Meanwhile in Paisley and Renfrewshire North more than 62.6 per cent of trips to the ballot box were 'wasted' where SNP man Gavin Newlands retained his spot at Westminster.

How would parliament look under Proportional Representation? - Channel 4 News

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How would parliament look under Proportional Representation?
Channel 4 News
In this year's General Election, the Conservative Party only won 42 per cent of the overall vote, compared with Labour's 40 per cent. But they ended up with 318 parliamentary seats, while Labour only won 262 seats. Meanwhile, the SNP got around twice ...

SNP handed £500000 election donation by £161m Euromillions couple - Herald Sc...

Herald Scotland
SNP handed £500000 election donation by £161m Euromillions couple
Herald Scotland
Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir donated £500,000 to the SNP ahead of the snap general election in June. The couple won £161 million in the Euromillions lottery in 2011 and have since gifted £4.5 million to the party. According to the latest data ...

Referendum (Google News)

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EU Nationals In Scotland 'Could Tip Balance In Second Independence Referendum...

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EU Nationals In Scotland 'Could Tip Balance In Second Independence Referendum'
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?If a second referendum is held before Brexit, EU voters could tip the balance towards independence. If it happens after the UK, and Scotland, leaves the EU, then this would reduce the likelihood of independence by excluding the cohort of non-UK EU ...
How EU nationals could BREAK UP Britain: Citi...

SNP given £500000 by lottery winners Christine and Colin Weir - BBC News

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SNP given £500000 by lottery winners Christine and Colin Weir
BBC News
A couple who won a record £161m Euromillions jackpot six years ago donated a further £500,000 to the SNP ahead of June's general election. Christine and Colin Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, each donated £250,000 to the party on 27 April, according ...

Scotland deficit more than three times UK as a whole - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scotland deficit more than three times UK as a whole
Financial Times
Scotland's geographic share of UK North Sea oil revenues rose to £208m in 2016-17, up from the paltry £56m recorded for the previous years, but still far below levels enjoyed before the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. In 2011-12, revenues from ...
SNP blunder as own figures reveal major exaggeration of indep...

Gers figures: Scottish economy deficit cut to £13.3bn - BBC News

BBC News
Gers figures: Scottish economy deficit cut to £13.3bn
BBC News
Prior to the 2014 referendum, the Scottish government's White Paper estimated a much lower deficit and significantly higher oil and gas revenue in 2016/17, which would have been the first year of independence after a Yes vote. First Minister Nicola ...

Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humi...

The Independent
Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humiliation' of Brexit is realised
The Independent
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has said that Scotland should have a second independence referendum ? but only after what he predicts will be the 'humiliation' of Brexit becomes apparent. The former Scottish First Minister was speaking with his SNP ...



Jeremy Corbyn urges Tories to give power straight to Scotland after Brexit - ...

Scottish Daily Record
Jeremy Corbyn urges Tories to give power straight to Scotland after Brexit
Scottish Daily Record
Corbyn dodged saying whether he supported the threat, and he cautioned that UK voters backed Brexit in the referendum, whatever the differences in Scotland. He said: ?The Bill is coming up for the UK Parliament in September. Our primary consideration ...
Jeremy Corbyn's Scotland to...

RBS takes steps to prepare for new independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
RBS takes steps to prepare for new independence referendum
The Scotsman
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had initially hinted at a second referendum being held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. But following the SNP's loss of 21 seats in June's general election, the timeframe was pushed back to 2021. RBS chief Ross McEwan ...
RBS share price: Group takes precautions against potential ...

How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics - BBC News

BBC News
How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics
BBC News
The referendums on independence and Brexit have "completely transformed" the party political system in Scotland, a new analysis has concluded. The British Election Study charted how the party order has switched over the three general elections since ...

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Friends with your enemies
Labour MP Laura Pidcock has caused controversy by stating that she "will never be friends" with Conservative MPs. Pidcock said she thinks that Conservatives are the enemies of lots of women and classes. Several Tory MPs have been quoted denouncing her remarks and they certainly go against how ma...

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

The Official President Trump thread

Stephen Daisley
Here's what the current darling of the Britnat media has written about Gerald Kaufman, less than a week after his death. Classless doesn't even begin to cover it.

Who is the best leader?
If you had to chose between the two, who would you rather have as leader? 

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!

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

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

Wings Harassment
I see Wings over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell has been arrested (and bailed) for harassment.  

Glasgow summer sessions
Just got tickets for Eminem at belahouston park.  Is transport back to the city centre readily available from this area? Just looking into hotels now,so trying to find the best option.  Thanks in advance. 

Aberdeen true north Festival
Other than PSB who's worth bothering with?  http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth

Game of Thrones
What a season that was...

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Salmond Unleashed
Anybody on here been to see the former FM's Fringe show? Checking the twitter feed and there's been an interesting array of guests so far:- David Davis, Elaine C Smith, John Bercow, Fatima Manji, David Hayman, Tom Devine, Martin Compston, Neil Lennon, Brian Cox (actor).  

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Associate feature: Time for a real ban on foxhunting

Amnesty International calls for Douglas Ross to apologise over gypsy remarks

Private schools hit back over business rates proposal

Poor oil revenues still leaving Scotland with deficit, GERS figures show

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The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…

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…