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PM is "destroying the Union" with Evel, says his former Scottish Secretary
25 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
DAVID Cameron is ?systematically undermining and destroying? the Union with English votes for English laws, former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael warned yesterday.

Stuff convention, we'll block cruel Tory welfare cuts in the Lords, Farron te...
25 Oct 2015 at 12:13am
THE leader of the LibDems yesterday vowed to block Tory welfare cuts in the Lords this week, accusing David Cameron of lying on the issue in the general election.

SNP welfare spokesman took £3000 donation from Tory millionaire
25 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
A MEMBER of the SNP?s welfare team at Westminster has been accused of hypocrisy after taking a £3000 donation from a Tory hedge fund boss.

'Creative' domestic abusers may expose loophole in revenge porn law
24 Oct 2015 at 12:11am
ABUSIVE partners will be able to exploit loopholes in legislation designed to outlaw revenge porn by sharing intimate text messages, emails or audio recordings from former lovers instead of images, equality campaigners have warned.

Nicola Sturgeon: Tory advisers are doing a good job for the SNP
23 Oct 2015 at 5:03pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused David Cameron's government of doing a "good job" for the SNP.

Willie Rennie urges independence supports to back Scottish Lib Dems
23 Oct 2015 at 12:10pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will make a direct appeal to independence supporters to back his party at next year's Scottish Parliament election.

Fergus Ewing: 'full force' of Government's enterprise network will be used to...
21 Oct 2015 at 7:56pm
The "full force" of the Government's enterprise network will be used to find a new commercial operator for two Scottish steel plants set for closure, business minister Fergus Ewing has said.

Greens say public should decide on Indyref2 timing
11 Oct 2015 at 12:33am
GREEN MSPs would not automatically vote for a second referendum in a hung parliament, despite the party advocating independence, it emerged yesterday.

Edinburgh City Council wants 2,000 workers to take voluntary redundancy to me...
23 Oct 2015 at 10:20am
Edinburgh City Council wants 2,000 workers to take voluntary redundancy in a bid to address its £126m budget shortfall.

Labour: rise in agency nurse use is evidence of SNP's NHS failure
23 Oct 2015 at 6:36am
MINISTERS are facing calls to clamp down on the use of expensive agency nurses to plug staffing gaps in the NHS, after it emerged they were being relied on four times more often than when the SNP won its historic majority.

SNP vote against tougher fracking stance at party conference
16 Oct 2015 at 1:38pm
SNP members have narrowly rejected a bid to toughen up the party's stance on fracking amid calls for an outright ban.

Sheridan's Solidarity party registers name "Hope Over Fear" for 2016 election
11 Oct 2015 at 12:13am
TOMMY Sheridan is set to rebrand his political party Solidarity as 'Hope Over Fear' at the forthcoming Holyrood election as he attempts a political comeback.

Scottish heritage quiz: Nicola Sturgeon knows the Broons but can only name on...
16 Oct 2015 at 1:36pm
A surprise quiz on Scottish heritage left Nicola Sturgeon spluttering.

Sturgeon in the running for a fourth title as The Herald Scottish Politician ...
8 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon could win an unprecedented fourth award as The Herald's Scottish Politician of the Year after she was again nominated for the prestigious prize.

Swinney: SNP will share platform with other political opponents in pro-EU cam...
13 Oct 2015 at 11:45am
The SNP will share platforms with its political opponents in the fight to stay in the EU, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said.

 

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Remembering the First World War?s conscientious objectors
24 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm
THEY were often imprisoned, ostracised and sent white feathers in the post for their refusal to join the military services at a time when the majority of able-bodied men were being called up to fight in the Great War.

Union in call for MoD to keep Scots steel plants open
24 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm
SCOTTISH ministers should launch a plan to win Ministry of Defence contracts to save two closure-threatened steel plants, the steelworkers’ union has said.

Supreme Court will rule on SNP plans for named guardians
24 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm
CAMPAIGNERS against the Scottish Government’s plans to appoint named guardians for children are to take their battle to the Supreme Court next year.

Farron attacks Osborne?s ?obsession? with tax credit cuts
24 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm
UK Lib Dem leader Tim Farron made a scathing attack on George Osborne’s plans for cuts to tax credits when he addressed his Scottish party conference yesterday.

Women?s Equality Party targets Holyrood seats
24 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm
THE newly launched Women’s Equality Party (WEP), fronted by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and author Catherine Mayer, will put up candidates for next year’s Holyrood elections in all Scotland’s major cities.

Unite poised to back Labour Trident ban
24 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm
THE prospect of Scottish Labour backing the scrapping of Trident nuclear weapons was gathering momentum last night after it emerged that the trade union Unite is poised to come out against its renewal.

Dani Garavelli: Fizzy tax would be sweet for Jamie Oliver
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
A COUPLE of weekends ago I was persuaded to take my children to Five Guys, a trendy burger emporium which recently has reached our hood, on the way to the cinema. As a result, I spent all of the adverts and most of the previews before The Martian moaning about pester power and the fact I’d succumbed to it. Fifty pounds is a lot to spend on eating in a fast-food joint with all the sophistication of McDonald’s, even if the burgers are tastier and the potatoes’ field of origin is posted on the wall.

Comment: Optimistic figures put pessimists on back foot
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
THIS has been a good autumn for the pessimists. But the tide may be turning ahead of the Chancellor’s autumn statement next month.

Andrew Wilson: Let?s steel ourselves for hard choices
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
WATCHING the pain on the faces of Scottish steel workers again last week brought home sad memories of seeing the same in the early 1990s in steel towns of Wishaw and Motherwell where I grew up.

Benedict Dempsey: Border controls won?t stem tide of refugees
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
IN THE middle of the night a train arrives in Tabanovce, in the north of Macedonia close to the border with Serbia. Several hundred people, many of them women and children, get off into the cold darkness, a bitter wind driving rain into their faces. They ask local volunteers and NGO workers – including Mercy Corps staff – where they are.

Euan McColm: Ailing NHS gives the lie to SNP ?guardians?
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
THESE days, it’s not enough for a politician to pledge support for the NHS, it’s also essential to insist the opposition plans to destroy it. If you vote for us, we’ll cut waiting times and hire more doctors. If you vote for them, they’ll turn off Aunt Claire’s life support machine.

Leader: Labour?s Trident U-turn leads nowhere
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
Scottish Labour’s priority should be holding SNP policies to account, not fruitless debate on defence

Kezia Dugdale interview: ?I just have my gut instinct?
24 Oct 2015 at 11:30pm
Lacking political experience, Kezia Dugdale believes her personal insight into voter apathy and national division has equipped her for ‘mission impossible’, she tells Dani Garavelli

Lib Dems shelve plans for tax rise to fund NHS
24 Oct 2015 at 2:47pm
A PROPOSAL to raise Scottish income tax to fund the NHS has been shelved by the Liberal Democrats.

Rennie calls on Sturgeon to end indyref debate
24 Oct 2015 at 2:45pm
NICOLA Sturgeon must end the independence debate which has “permanently damaged” relationships between one in twenty Scots and abandon her “secret criteria” for another referendum, according to Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.

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The Illogical Song
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2015 at 10:19pm
Kezia Dugdale talking about her dad in today’s Scotsman: “We are not one nation now. As much as we are all trying to come back together, the referendum kind of burns on. I see it as emotional, not rational. My dad will see something on Wings Over Scotland and post it. For him, it is …

A poverty of imagination
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm
We don’t follow many Unionists on social media, because you end up wasting your day arguing pointlessly with a lot of people who are never going to change their minds and getting in a bad mood. But we’re told they were all very excited about an article in yesterday’s Daily Record. Penned by the paper’s …

The blunderbuss
by Chris Cairns
24 Oct 2015 at 6:55am

The triumph of EVEL
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2015 at 3:55pm
We’ve been having a bit of a ponder over the effective passing into law of English Votes for English Laws, which has been remarkably little mentioned in Scotland’s media today. The BBC website has nothing about it at all on its Scotland front page, forcing readers to dig down into the politics section for some coverage. …

Vile abuse and harmless banter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2015 at 10:02pm
In that order, we presume.

Two kinds of lies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2015 at 3:47pm
The reaction of the Scottish media and political opposition to Audit Scotland’s annual report on the NHS today has been nothing if not predictable. But we thought you might like an instructive and enlightening look at the two very different types of approach they’ve taken to trying to mislead the Scottish people about it. First up is …

Pieces fall into place
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2015 at 11:40am
This month we’ve been noting a sudden avalanche of factually-questionable articles in the media attacking the SNP’s record in government. At the weekend and yesterday we also picked apart a highly misleading and disingenuous claim by Andrew Neil on the BBC’s Sunday Politics that there had been no cuts to the Scottish Government budget since the Conservatives …

That happened quietly
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2015 at 9:55pm
The Scotland Office is unexpectedly no more. It’s had an unannounced rebranding as “The UK Government For Scotland”. Although you can’t say the imagery isn’t still top-class. We’re serious. But we may have helped them out a bit with the Facebook one.

Fiddling the figures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2015 at 4:02pm
At the weekend this site noted that on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, presenter Andrew Neil claimed that the Scottish Government’s budget had not been reduced in real terms in “the last five or six years”, and that therefore Scotland has not faced cuts. But as we pointed out, the Scottish Government budget HAS been cut, year-on-year, since …

Tiny Correction Watch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2015 at 10:42am
The SNP MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Richard Arkless, made a post on Facebook last night in relation to this article in the Scottish Sunday Express three days ago. You can read it below. As you may have seen, I was splashed across the front page of the Sunday Express at the weekend with the …

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'Time to move on' from referendum
24 Oct 2015 at 6:04pm
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says the police, the NHS and schools have to take priority after the "damaging" independence referendum.


Call for action on Clutha report
25 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
The Scottish justice secretary urges the UK government to follow the Clutha crash report recommendations on flight recorders in helicopters as soon as possible.

'More Scots' struggling with bills
25 Oct 2015 at 12:05am
The has been a "clear growth" in the numbers of Scots who are struggling to pay their energy bills, according to Citizens Advice Scotland.

Housing 'first test' for English votes
23 Oct 2015 at 2:59pm
The right-to-buy for housing association tenants and airport expansion are set to be among the first tests of 'English votes for English laws'.

Hyslop submits T in the Park letter
23 Oct 2015 at 4:13pm
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop submits further evidence to a Holyrood committee about a grant given to T in the Park festival.


Call for council tax rise to save jobs
23 Oct 2015 at 11:44am
Edinburgh City Council warns it may have to make more job cuts unless it is allowed to increase the council tax.


Firms named and shamed over low wages
23 Oct 2015 at 2:00am
A dozen Scottish businesses are named and shamed by the UK government for failing to pay workers the minimum wage.


Steel plants purchase 'not ruled out'
22 Oct 2015 at 4:05pm
The first minister pledges to do "everything possible" to help find a buyer and keep production going at two threatened steel plants.

Row erupts over school's exam system
23 Oct 2015 at 2:20am
A row has erupted over the unusual way new qualifications have been introduced at a school in Argyll and Bute


'No plans' to rebrand Scotland Office
22 Oct 2015 at 3:06pm
The Scotland Office has said there are no plans to change its name after a revamp of its social media accounts.


NHS needs 'fundamental change'
22 Oct 2015 at 12:16am
Fundamental change is needed now if the NHS in Scotland is to cope with demand, according to the financial watchdog Audit Scotland.

SNP MP urges delay in protected areas
23 Oct 2015 at 5:16pm
An SNP MP calls on the Scottish government to delay its planned introduction later this year of Marine Protected Areas.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.


Have they got news for Ruth Davidson?
23 Oct 2015 at 8:37am
Have they got news for Ruth Davidson?


Nicola Sturgeon's call for trust
17 Oct 2015 at 5:43pm
The BBC's Philip Sim on the "slick" SNP conference

Scot Goes Pop

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Could the Lib Dems win even fewer seats next year?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2015 at 2:03am
I was asked by The National yesterday for an opinion on how many seats the Liberal Democrats are likely to win at the Holyrood election next year.  I don't think what I said has made it into the pa...

Unveiling the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the EU referendum
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2015 at 6:23pm
I know this falls into the category of "he would say that, wouldn't he", but I always felt that the Poll of Polls I ran on this blog during the independence referendum campaign gave a much more mea...

Canadian TV fails to learn the lesson of the 2008 debacle
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2015 at 1:15am
At this time last night I was watching a live-stream of the Canadian election results programme on CBC. It was mostly a pleasurable experience, with one of the nastiest right-wing governments in th...

If "SNP sources" are saying a second referendum cannot be held until Yes have...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2015 at 5:04pm
There. I've said it. As you know, I've had concerns recently that the SNP might be preparing to make itself the hostage of the polling industry. I've also been a tad worried that the party might...

SNP lead by 32% in the first Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the Holyrood ele...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2015 at 3:48pm
There wasn't much point in updating the independence Poll of Polls after last week's YouGov poll, because the numbers hadn't changed at all.  But with just over six months to go until the Holyrood ...

Sturgeon's road-map for the next referendum
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 5:22pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, which contains a bit more analysis of today's YouGov poll, and also discusses the increasing clarity...

Crucial YouGov poll suggests Corbyn and the Michelle Thomson affair have fail...
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 11:02am
The most recent YouGov poll of Scottish Parliament voting intentions was tantalisingly conducted between the 7th and 10th of September, just before the result of the Labour leadership election was ...


Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2015 at 1:09am
Scotland has jointly hosted the Rugby World Cup on no fewer than three occasions over the last quarter-of-a-century (1991, 1999 and 2007).  With my customary perversity, I didn't bother going to an...

Sturgeon mustn't become a prisoner of the pollsters
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2015 at 2:02pm
I didn't see Nicola Sturgeon on the Marr show this morning, because I've been recovering from a truly epic journey to Newcastle and back to see Scotland's decisive pool match at the Rugby World Cup...

SNP vote increases by 4.6% in Aird and Loch Ness by-election
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
Yesterday's by-election in Aird and Loch Ness saw the SNP and Lib Dems finish more or less level-pegging on first preferences (just 29 votes separated them).  But in contrast to the East Ayr by-ele...

Tantalising TNS poll suggests the SNP still enjoy enormous lead
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm
The long wait for a full-scale poll of Scottish voting intentions conducted after the election of Jeremy Corbyn is now over, with the publication today of the monthly TNS poll...Constituency ballot...

ComRes telephone poll deepens the uncertainty on the EU referendum
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:41pm
Since the Electoral Commission intervened to make the EU referendum question wording more neutral, a string of polls conducted among volunteer online polling panels have shown the 'Leave' camp jump...

Kezia Dugdale : An Explanation
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2015 at 1:49am
A guest post by Mike McCreadieYou probably don't know this, but Kezia Dugdale and that Ian fella are actually SNP secret agents. Hear me out for a minute...I dislike conspiracy theories as much as ...

A surfeit of surprises
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2015 at 11:48am
Those of you who are a bit older than me will probably recall the very likeable David Butler, who was the BBC's resident psephologist on every general election results programme between 1950 and 19...

Let's hope Corbyn fails (and not just in the way you might think)
by James Kelly
4 Oct 2015 at 11:37am
It seems that Richard Heller, the man who infamously wrote part of Jeremy Corbyn's conference speech five years in advance, wasn't quite so keen on other words that the new Labour leader uttered in...

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Lallands Peat Worrier: EVEL: A Postscript
25 Oct 2015 at 7:57am
submitted by amadeus2803


Revealed: where Scotland's worst drivers live (From Herald Scotland)
25 Oct 2015 at 7:30am
submitted by stilldontknow2 [1 comment]


Named Person Myth Busters
25 Oct 2015 at 6:31am
submitted by skfscotlad [2 comments]


What time is it?
25 Oct 2015 at 12:32am
submitted by ewenmax [1 comment]


Could Lockerbie suspects be extradited from Libya? BBC News
24 Oct 2015 at 11:39pm
submitted by Chazmer87


Well done Nicola Sturgeon. Yes, really.
24 Oct 2015 at 4:27pm
submitted by GallusM [9 comments]


Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum [at SLibDem confer...
24 Oct 2015 at 4:13pm
submitted by nogdam [10 comments]

Anyone know what the Muslim March in Glasgow today is?
24 Oct 2015 at 3:48pm
It was on woodlands road. submitted by baconmma [12 comments]


Could Scotland nationalise stricken steel plants?
24 Oct 2015 at 10:15am
submitted by kaibeezy [18 comments]


Sturgeon blamed for role in cutting student nurses
24 Oct 2015 at 10:04am
submitted by hebsevenfour [11 comments]


Lallands Peat Worrier: What does EVEL actually do?
24 Oct 2015 at 9:53am
submitted by amadeus2803 [2 comments]


Faslane staff raise 'grave' concerns about budget cuts on nuclear sub safety
24 Oct 2015 at 9:27am
submitted by gowerpower


EVEL isn't about Scotland. It's about locking Labour out of power in the UK |...
24 Oct 2015 at 8:34am
submitted by amadeus2803 [71 comments]

/r/Scotland report: Friday, October 16, 2015 - Thursday, October 22, 2015
24 Oct 2015 at 8:12am
Totals: 7 days, 163 posts, 3,577 comments. Included in this report: The top 163 posts, and 3,571 of the top comments, by 631 distinct authors. No comments or posts were gilded :( See the comments ...


Willie Rennie to make plea to independence supporters
24 Oct 2015 at 4:35am
submitted by throughthisironsky [13 comments]

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Gerry Hassan: It is sheer political vandalism - and probably the beginning of...
by Gerry Hassan
25 Oct 2015 at 12:01am
IT took 169 days from the election of the 56 SNP MPs for Westminster Tories to vote to change the rules. That looks like seeking revenge reckons GERRY HASSAN.


Sunday Mail opinion: Did Britain's leaders really have to sook up to Chinese ...
by Mail Opinion
25 Oct 2015 at 12:01am
THE performance of Cameron and  his ministers - who prostrated themselves before Xi Jinping - was embarrassing, abject and morally bereft reckons SUNDAY MAIL OPINION.


SNP and LibDems launch fight to end unfair 'Tory Tampon Tax'
by Mark McLaughlin
24 Oct 2015 at 2:32pm
CROSS-PARTY group calls for the end of this "tax on women" after five years of the Tories ignoring the issue.


Willie Rennie tells Nicola Sturgeon: It's time to end independence debate for...
by Mark McLaughlin
24 Oct 2015 at 2:11pm
SCOTTISH LibDem leader says families have been torn apart by arguments over the issue and SNP needs to abandon its "secret criteria" for another referendum.


Des Clarke: I've been ruminating on the state visit of the President of China...
by Des Clarke
23 Oct 2015 at 6:32pm
DES fires off the jokes about the goings-on at Westminster this week.


Record View: To force Iain Duncan Smith to give people breathing space before...
by Record View
23 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
RECORD View says the Draconian system has been the root cause of the rise of foodbank Britain and the source of misery for thousands.


Daily Record?s exposure of Tories? cruel campaign against the poorest forces ...
by Keith McLeod
23 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
CLAIMANTS no longer get benefits stopped immediately – they have a fortnight to prove cases are genuine.


How economy remains obstacle to second indy ref: Figures show Scotland would ...
by David Clegg
22 Oct 2015 at 8:53pm
THE Deputy First Minister is struggling to show how the Yes campaign could make a convincing argument the second time round with Scotland's economic position much weaker.


Humza Yousaf: SNP conference shows we are determined not to rest on our laure...
by Humza Yousaf
22 Oct 2015 at 6:50pm
HUMZA is proud of the work done by the SNP in government so far and reckons their 2015 conference shows their determination to keep progressing ahead of next year's Holyrood election


More than 3 million families will be hit by tax credit cuts - but George Osbo...
by Ben Glaze
22 Oct 2015 at 1:09pm
More than 3million families are to lose out from the tax credit cuts. But George Osborne tells MPs he's 'comfortable' with that

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Creaks and Groans
by derekbateman1
23 Oct 2015 at 12:20pm
SNP: They?ve stopped Scottish MPs voting in Westminster on issues that only affect England. Voter: Oh aye. SNP: They will get a final say before anything becomes law but nevertheless? Voter: So you say. SNP: And they didn?t legislate for it, they used a statutory instrument to introduce it. Voter: Is that the time? I?ve …

Her Majesty?s Press
by derekbateman1
21 Oct 2015 at 11:41am
In catching up with the intellectual zeitgeist that is Scottish politics, I see what used to be the usual suspects? parade of Nat-bashers has been swelled by more open-minded commentators. It?s as if a dam has burst and a torrent of salty material unleashed. Bobbing in the foaming rush are the icons of infamy ? …

J?espere
by derekbateman1
18 Oct 2015 at 10:30am
Just back from France?did I miss anything? And please don?t say the SNP conference. These events are the dullest, most choreographed bit of media tap-dancing you?ll ever come across, no matter how many cheering delegates and how many tambourines. Something must have happened. Meanwhile I was literally in the geographic centre of the country in …

A Depressed Market
by derekbateman1
6 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm
It may be a legitimate business practice but, like  rate-fixing at the banks, back-to-back house selling looks pernicious. It may have been an owner?s only hope of selling in a depressed market, they may have been grateful for the money, but the act of offering low in the knowledge of a high sale later looks …

London Calling
by derekbateman1
5 Oct 2015 at 11:28am
Knowing your own business is a pre-requisite in any organisation, wouldn?t you say? Understanding what it does, how it works, what works and what doesn?t, who?s who and all that?you have to get it or you really shouldn?t be there at all. Without the basic knowledge, you?re just another waste of space. Worse ? you?re …

Bella Caledonia

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Tick Tock
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Oct 2015 at 4:01pm
As Scottish Politics settles into another dreary round of on-line name calling, the action has most definitely moved to Westminster where the real politicians in the real parliament hang out. Why, on a phone in this morning on Radio Scotland, John Redwood, the single Tory MP probably most responsible for the adoption of English Votes …

Renminbi Me
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2015 at 10:36pm
As China buys into ‘The Most Expensive White Elephant in British History’ we explore what it might mean for Scotland. This must be a poignant moment for the Chinese people. Just over 150 years after Britain humiliated China in the Second Opium War, forcing them to accept our narcotics imports, the British Government has been …

Trident ? there?s consultation for you
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2015 at 6:42pm
Consultation on the Westminster government?s National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review will close this Wednesday. Is it worth the time and effort to respond? What?s the point of spending any precious time on something that is a lot like trying to cool a volcano with an ice cube? Nuclear disarmers tend …

Mainstreaming Watergate
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2015 at 5:11pm
There was once a scandal so big that every abuse of political power since has been named after it. It led to the indictments of 69 people and the only ever resignation of an American president. At the heart of it was a simple criminal act: a political leader using the power of the state …

This is our island, keep swimming
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2015 at 1:09pm
Here in Shetland a new campaign group has been formed, with the aim of gaining autonomy for the islands. The group, Wir Shetland, was launched on 14 October and its website lays out guiding principles of opposition to Scottish independence and the European Union, and to a belief in self-governance for Shetland. Wir Shetland don?t …

The View From Nowhere: Impartiality, Objectivity, Bias, and the BBC
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Oct 2015 at 12:10pm
There has been an important debate in Scotland about bias and impartiality in the media, and especially directed towards the BBC?s longstanding, insistent claim to impartiality, which has come under scrutiny following the broadcaster?s handling of the Referendum campaign. The debate itself has been hampered by a lack of balance in wider media reporting, perhaps …

Chilcot and the Powell Memo
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2015 at 1:25pm
The Iraq inquiry headed by Sir John Chilcot has already lasted six years and cost £10million. A source close to the inquiry told us all this June it is ‘unlikely to be published for another year at least’. It’s gone on so long that most people have just forgotten it exists. But, like Gordon Brown, …

The SNP and the Land Question
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2015 at 5:18pm
One photo sums up, for me, the extraordinary events that took place in Aberdeen on Friday. In it, an SNP member is asking an embarrassed-looking young man to autograph his conference pass, saying ??I?ve never got an autograph before, but I just had to get yours!?. The embarrassed man is Nicky Lowden McCrimmon, and shortly …

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Faslane staff raise 'grave' concerns about budget cuts on nuclear sub safety
by Ewen MacAskill Defence correspondent
23 Oct 2015 at 1:04pm
SNP presses defence secretary Michael Fallon on whether allowing submarines to spend longer without power while docking could pose safety riskStaff at the Faslane nuclear submarine base on the Clyde have expressed ?grave and genuine? fears about the impact of proposed cuts on safety at the site.T...


English votes for English laws plan branded 'charter for end of the union'
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
22 Oct 2015 at 5:55pm
?Scotland is watching this, and the mood is darkening,? SNP says, before MPs vote through controversial measures after fractious debate The government has pushed through plans to give English MPs the right of veto over English laws ? a move that the shadow leader of the Commons described as ?a ch...


MPs pass English votes for English Laws plans ? politics live
by Frances Perraudin
22 Oct 2015 at 5:35pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political events, including the Commons debate on the government?s ?English votes for English laws? plans and an urgent question on China?s human rights record.Lunchtime summaryMPs vote for EVEL plansAfternoon summary 5.35pm BST 5.16pm BST Labour?s Chris Bryant asks...


English votes for English laws plan is ?incomprehensible mess?, Labour says
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
22 Oct 2015 at 12:51pm
Shadow Commons leader Chris Bryant says proposals will create ?confusion and division in parliament? as MPs prepare to debate issueLabour has warned that the government?s controversial plans to give English MPs the right of veto over English laws are an ?incomprehensible mess? that amount to a ch...


The Guardian view on English laws: a genuine issue but a partisan plan | Edit...
by Editorial
21 Oct 2015 at 11:12pm
A constitutionally constructive response to devolution?s effects on the UK parliament is overdue, but Chris Grayling?s plans do not measure upThe main item on the agenda for the House of Commons on Thursday may seem drily procedural, Westminster-bubble stuff. But the motion ?to approve standing o...


Labour?s options on Trident and Scotland | Letters
by Letters
19 Oct 2015 at 7:50pm
I agree with Kevan Jones MP (Letters, 19 October) that Labour?s policy on Trident should be grounded in fact. So I would like to correct his letter: there was no vote on Trident at this year?s conference. Instead, delegates explicitly decided not to discuss nuclear weapons. So the position remain...


The Guardian view on the SNP conference: a tactical approach for a volatile e...
by Editorial
18 Oct 2015 at 7:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon is no less committed than before to Scottish independence but she has had to put the SNP?s signature issue on the back burner for the 2016 election campaignScottish independence is what the Scottish National party exists to achieve. So, for as long as the SNP is in power, or is in...

The Scottish Nationalists take the sly road to independence | Andrew Rawnsley
by Andrew Rawnsley
18 Oct 2015 at 12:04am
When will Nicola Sturgeon?s party demand a second referendum? When they think they can win it, of courseThe blue backdrop to the platform swirls with a giant flag. The conference slogan has the word ?STRONGER? in a super-size font that punches you in the back of the eyeballs. And when she comes o...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

A rapidily disuniting kingdom
by weegingerdug
22 Oct 2015 at 11:00pm
Welcome to second class citizenship, Scottish people. You now live in a country whose elected representatives no longer have the same rights as representatives from other parts of the UK. You now live in a country which has no say over the determination of its overall budget. You now live in a country where representatives …

A rammy, a swerry word, and abuse
by weegingerdug
21 Oct 2015 at 1:18am
Sorry for the lack of updates to the blog for the past few days, but I’ve been unwell and lying languidly on the chaise longue familiarising myself with the finer points of the legal system. Some people would say that means I’ve really had my arse glued to the sofa, full of a cold and …

Ten other things I hate about Westminster
by weegingerdug
17 Oct 2015 at 2:52pm
1. Zombies Michael Forsyth has a seat in the House of Lords and influences Scots laws and policy despite the fact that he’s so much of a loser that the English rugby team look down on him. Forsyth lost his seat in the Commons in 1997 when he was the leader of the Scottish Tories. …

A dumb carpy spate of Unionists
by weegingerdug
14 Oct 2015 at 9:21pm
According to an assortment of Unionists who have been greeting their wee eyes out to anyone who will listen, which is pretty much most of the Scottish and UK media, Scotland is a one party state. Most recently the claim that Scotland is a one party SNP state has been made by Adam Tomkins, who’s …

The cat crap trap
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
The biggest problem with the Tories isn’t that they’re evil and selfish, although they are most certainly evil and selfish. You only have to look at George Osborne basking in the adulation of the Tory conference to see that. But that’s not the biggest problem with the Tories. The biggest problem with the Tories is …

Unionist sheep bleat SNPbaaaad
by weegingerdug
12 Oct 2015 at 1:55am
The shine has come off the SNP, say people who’ve spent the past decade throwing mud and crap at the party in the hope that some of it might stick. The main result of this exercise has been to leave crap all over the hands of the mud throwers, and an SNP which sails on …

Gordie peddles the pedalo of delusion
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2015 at 1:55pm
Gordie Broon’s been intervening again. This time he’s intervening in a doomed attempt to save his credibility, if not the carpets that he paces up and down on. Unfortunately for the clunking fistula, the Gordie Broon credibility ship sailed to the mythical land of media adulation quite a long time ago, struck the iceberg of …

The bright light whooshing over Greater Britain?s head
by weegingerdug
7 Oct 2015 at 8:11pm
The world ended yesterday, according to some mad churchlet of Christian fundamentalists. And in equally accurate predictions, according to the equally mad breathless fanboys of the right wing press, after today’s speech to the Tory party conference Davie Cameron is the new voice of the left. In other news, Hannibal Lector is the new voice …

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UK Public Brainwashed Into Accepting Austerity ? We?re All in It Together ? N...
by caltonjock
24 Oct 2015 at 12:04pm
          21 September 2015: Hedge Funds and power over people and governments. This is power. Hedge Fund manager increases drug cost from $13.50 to $750 per unit What would you do if the price of your everyday prescription rose 5,500%? It may seem far-fetched, but it’s exactly what happened to Daraprim …

Scotland ? The Only Country Ever to Vote Yes To Being Governed by Another Na...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 9:32pm
    Early moves setting up the UK Goverment of Scotland         Let me Set The Scene The UK Government of Scotland Many will not know this body of government over Scotland exists, but it was formed in secret only recently. Sir Andrew Dunlop and Mundell are the architects of the change …

The Irish Story ? Just Change the Name of the Country to Scotland ? Westminst...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 8:48am
        Ireland under the Union 1800 – 1900 In 1800 Westminster announced Ireland had agreed to join the United Kindom, mirroring the 1707 decision of Scottish lords. But, as it was in the case of Scotland where Scots were not consulted, the Irish too were sold down the river. It would take …

Ian Murray ? The Lone Arranger ? An Avid Twitterer ? A Look at His Tweets Rev...
by caltonjock
21 Oct 2015 at 3:03pm
    Couldn’t resist it April 2010: Murray Campaign gets nasty early – Sign of things to come? Early warning for anyone intending to run for political office against Murray. He gets into the gutter very early on and will broadcast anything to gain advantage regardless of truth.  http://caledonianmercury.com/2010/04/07/campaign-gets-nasty-early-sign-of-things-to-come/004982 Success in politics is...

Scotland ? Bristling With Nuclear Weapons and Submarines ? But There Is No S...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 10:39pm
Nimrod aircraft scrapped at Stockport BAE factory   £30bn to be spent purchasing aircraft from the USA         Negligence bordering on the criminal – Scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 planes Left a bloody great hole in the defences of Scotland In 1994 proposals were submitted to the Tory government, which if implemented would …

JK Rowling ? Staunch Labour Party and Better Together Champion ? A £1Millio...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
  JK and Alistair Darling         “Yes” Campaign supporters consider JK Rowling £1million donation to the Labour Party’s anti independence campaign offensive In her letter to the public, JK predicted that some pro-independence campaigners would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that approach to the …

The Dogs of War Are At It Again In Westminster ? If Only the Scottish Elector...
by caltonjock
17 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
    British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps. Almost all ex Eton students   Eton boys and them   Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath           The Armed Forces Day Con In 2006. British armed …

The Fear Not Fair Scottish Referendum ? The Contretemps Over Sterling ? A ...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 8:14pm
          The Greatest Red- Herring of the Referendum In the course of the referendum I wrote to my blog that my preference would be for Scotland to establish it’s own currency following a, “Yes” vote. I did so in support  of the Scottish government’s preferred option which was to remain tied …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


EVEL: A Postscript
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
Photo Credit: @JamesDolemanEVEL, thundered Iain MacWhirter in the Independent, isn't about Scotland: it's about locking Labour out of power in the UK. After an admirably precise and succinct run down of what the Commons standing order changes will and will not do, Iain argues that:"... the next Labour Prime Minister could find that he or she is ...


What does EVEL actually do?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Oct 2015 at 4:48pm
What does the UK government's "English votes for English laws" scheme actually do? It makes Scottish MPs second-class citizens in the UK parliament. You might well think so, but how precisely do the new rules achieve this? EVEL violates the Act of Union. I'm really not convinced that it does, but I'll ask you again - even in outline - what diffe...


You have the right to remain silent
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Oct 2015 at 5:11pm
How does a profoundly deaf man, with no speech and only basic sign language skills, give evidence in court? This was the difficult question undergirding the Court of Criminal Appeal's decision in McDougall v. HM Advocate, published today. Louise McDougall, 24, was indicted in the Sheriff Court, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour towards...


Our "One Party State"...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Oct 2015 at 3:51pm
"One party state" Definition: relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted."One party state" (Scot only) Definition: relating or denoting a system of government in which many different parties are permitted to stand and enjoy representation at every level of democratic government. Composition of the ...


Carmichael questions, Carmichael answers...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Oct 2015 at 10:53pm
In Parliament House in Edinburgh today, Lady Paton and Lord Matthews reconvened the election court, investigating the return of Alistair Morrison Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland. Earlier, the two Court of Session judges held that the case against Mr Carmichael under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 couldn't be kicked o...


Mortgage fraud
by Lallands Peat Worrier
6 Oct 2015 at 5:52pm
As readers may have noticed, there has been a deafening silence at the heart of this blog on the Michelle Thomson affair. There are several reasons for my reticence about breenging into the fray. The first is consciousness of my own limitations. There are a number of areas of law which I understand pretty well: conveyancing and property transact...


"Labour is coming home. Come home to Labour..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Oct 2015 at 8:55pm
Since the Labour conference in Brighton, I've been trying precisely to pin down why I found John McDonnell's "come home to Labour" riff so irritating. Alex Massie captures some of the reasons in his stinging Spectator blog. My article in the latest edition of the Drouth harps on a similar string. But the sense of Labour entitlement implicit in t...


The Little Engine That Couldn't
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Sep 2015 at 11:41am
Choo, choo. At the risk of repeating myself, we really have to nail this one down: the Scottish Government does not have the legal power to take railways into any kind of public ownership. There aren't shades of grey here. There aren't knotty legal complexities. It is clear as day. Clear, apparently, to everybody except the new leader of the Lab...

Gerry Hassan

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The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Corbyn and Anger: Rage against the Machine is understandable but never ever e...
by Gerry
21 Sep 2015 at 4:20pm
Corbyn and Anger: Rage Against the Machine is understandable but never ever enough Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 20th 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has dominated the news headlines this week. Let?s start with the obvious – the failure of mainstream politics. Conventional British politics are bust. The Labour right, the Blairites and soft left have nothing ...

Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ?Big Bang? of the Indy Ref and After
by Gerry
14 Sep 2015 at 2:39pm
Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ‘Big Bang’ of the Indy Ref and After Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 13th 2015 One year ago Scotland went to the polls. An amazing 85% of us voted: 45% for independence and 55% against ? both expressions of Scottish self-government and a desire for a different Scotland. Scotland ...

A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen
by Gerry
8 Sep 2015 at 6:06pm
A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, September 6th 2015 The BBC is one of the key institutions of Scotland and the UK. It arouses passion in many forms: identification, reverence for some of its past glories, fury at current and historic shortcomings. ...

Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it?
by Gerry
7 Sep 2015 at 11:14am
Where does real political power sit in Scotland? And where do we want it? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 6th 2015 The Scottish Parliament is one of the central pillars of public life. It has become the unquestioned landmark and focus of domestic politics in the country. People look to it, want it to have ...

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience - Busine...
22 Oct 2015 at 4:10pm

Business Insider
Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience
Business Insider
After all, during the Scottish independence campaign, the leader of the SNP at the time, Alex Salmond nearly went blue in the face promising Scots things that he couldn't 100% deliver on ? a thriving oil economy, keeping the pound, keeping European ...
English votes for English laws: MPs 'should w...

Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence - S...
22 Oct 2015 at 6:01am

Scottish Daily Record
Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
It has taken a year for senior SNP figures to publicly acknowledge the economics of independence let them down so badly in the referendum. Whatever the excuses, voters didn't accept the case. Internally the party has accepted the lesson, as the ...
North Sea oil 'makes first loss in...

BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm

The Independent
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...
The Independent
Journalists at the BBC ?let themselves down? during Scotland's independence referendum by skewing the corporation's coverage in favour of preserving the Union, one of the SNP's most senior figures has said. Angus Robertson, the party's leader at ...
Nicola Sturgeon warns second Scottish...

JK Rowling Trolled After Showing Support for the Scottish Rugby Team - TIME
20 Oct 2015 at 12:01pm

TIME
JK Rowling Trolled After Showing Support for the Scottish Rugby Team
TIME
Rowling, who was born in England but has lived in Scotland most of her life, was targeted by Scottish nationalists because she was a vocal opponent of Scottish independence. Stuart Campbell, who tweets under the handle Wings Over Scotland, found it ...
SNP's pro-independence 'cybernats' told to curb online abuse by Nicol...

SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scottish independence vote is now ... - ...
11 Oct 2015 at 11:31am

Daily Mail
SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scottish independence vote is now ...
Daily Mail
A second referendum on Scotland leaving the UK is now 'inevitable', Nicola Sturgeon has warned. The Scottish First Minister said she believes independence would happen in her lifetime but will monitor public opinion before calling another vote.
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says...

Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters - Reuters
28 Sep 2015 at 9:46pm

Reuters
Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters
Reuters
"The fact that we are such a big economy in Spain will help us," said Erola Pairo, 33, president of the Catalan Center of Scotland in Edinburgh and a supporter of independence. Scotland, on the other hand, is already widely seen as a separate political ...
Quebec sovereigntists rejoice over Catalan pro-independence victoryCBC.ca
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One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union .....
1 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm

Democratic Audit UK
One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union ...
Democratic Audit UK
Scotland's referendum on independence took place just over a year ago, with a narrow majority endorsing the proposition that the UK should remain in the United Kingdom. Another referendum may be on the horizon, however, with a referendum on Britain's ...

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Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside th...
13 Oct 2015 at 11:35am

Telegraph.co.uk
Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside the EU?
Telegraph.co.uk
Fear helped keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom, it is said. The pro-unionist Better Together campaign, which helped ensure Scots voted by a 55-45 margin against independence, was privately dubbed "Project Fear" by one of its volunteers as a way ...



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SNP demands seat at European crisis summit to save Scottish steel towns - Her...
25 Oct 2015 at 1:34am

Herald Scotland
SNP demands seat at European crisis summit to save Scottish steel towns
Herald Scotland
With 270 jobs threatened north of the border, SNP business minister Fergus Ewing insisted Scotland had to be represented at discussions in Brussels in the coming days. Tory business secretary Sajid Javid told MPs he would try to enlist the support of ...

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SNP welfare spokesman took £3000 donation from Tory millionaire - Herald Scot...
25 Oct 2015 at 1:03am

Herald Scotland
SNP welfare spokesman took £3000 donation from Tory millionaire
Herald Scotland
A MEMBER of the SNP's welfare team at Westminster has been accused of hypocrisy after taking a £3000 donation from a Tory hedge fund boss. Pensions spokesman Ian Blackford, who last week denounced ?callous Tories? over welfare cuts, took the cash ...



Supreme Court will rule on SNP plans for named guardians - Scotsman
24 Oct 2015 at 11:49pm

Scotsman
Supreme Court will rule on SNP plans for named guardians
Scotsman
Supreme Court will rule on SNP plans for named guardians. The government measure assigns a named person to look out for the welfare of children under 18. Picture: TSPL. Tom Peterkin. 22:18 Saturday 24 October 2015. 2. Have your say. CAMPAIGNERS ...

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Willie Rennie calls on Nicola Sturgeon to end independence debate - Glasgow S...
25 Oct 2015 at 12:29am

Willie Rennie calls on Nicola Sturgeon to end independence debate
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
In responses to Mr Rennie's speech, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said: "Willie Rennie's speech offered no apology, no ideas and no ambition for Scotland - it was just another rehearsal of the same old, negative lines the Lib Dems have been using since the ...

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Topic of the week: Scotland and slavery - Herald Scotland
25 Oct 2015 at 12:11am

Herald Scotland
Topic of the week: Scotland and slavery
Herald Scotland
During her speech to the SNP conference, the party leader listed a number of good things that Scotland has given the world. Included was the expansion of commerce. While it is indisputable that Scottish merchants played a pivotal role in the promotion ...



Gerry Hassan: It is sheer political vandalism - and probably the beginning of...
25 Oct 2015 at 12:01am

Scottish Daily Record
Gerry Hassan: It is sheer political vandalism - and probably the beginning of ...
Scottish Daily Record
The Conservatives then, and in the general election, when they questioned the legitimacy of a Labour government supported by the SNP, were prepared to deploy a scorched-earth policy with regard to the Scottish Tories. The party of historic unionism, to ...

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Doctors query SNP campaigns - The Sunday Times
24 Oct 2015 at 10:47pm

Doctors query SNP campaigns
The Sunday Times
DOCTORS have accused the SNP government of being short-sighted for launching public health campaigns without properly considering the impact they will have on already stretched resources. Days after a damning report by the public spending watchdog ...



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Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum - BBC News
24 Oct 2015 at 1:32pm

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Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has said the police, the NHS and schools have to take priority after the "damaging" independence referendum. He said that some of those who backed the SNP's cause of independence felt "let down" by its record in ...
Scottish nationalist leader wants new referendum only if enough suppor...

SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns - BBC News
18 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm

BBC News
SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns
BBC News
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over the period of a year has been identified as a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, senior SNP sources say. The figure is a "trigger point", but will not be publicly ...
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...The Independen...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:36am

The Independent
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?I guess I do believe that another referendum is inevitable. But it's not inevitable just because I say it should happen. It will only prove to be inevitable if that's what a majority of people in Scotland want,? she told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on ...
No one should stand in Scotland's way...

Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the...
25 Sep 2015 at 12:42pm

The Independent
Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the ...
The Independent
?It would not have been possible without the development of a stronger sense of Scottish identity within the Union. What they were discussing during the referendum was the future of Scotland as a nation, possibly as an independent sovereign state ...

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Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parti...
29 Sep 2015 at 5:31pm

Newsweek
Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parties
Newsweek
On Sunday, less than a fortnight after the anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum which saw voters choose to stay in the union, Catalans cast their ballots in a regional election that pro-independence parties hailed as a stepping stone ...
Scottish Government offers to mediate between Catalo...

One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union .....
1 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm

Democratic Audit UK
One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union ...
Democratic Audit UK
Scotland's referendum on independence took place just over a year ago, with a narrow majority endorsing the proposition that the UK should remain in the United Kingdom. Another referendum may be on the horizon, however, with a referendum on Britain's ...

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Sketch: No opinions to offer on independence, Scottish Labour, a new ... - Th...
2 Oct 2015 at 12:07am

The National
Sketch: No opinions to offer on independence, Scottish Labour, a new ...
The National
IT started with a heckler jeering the new Labour boss about Trident, and just got worse. Jeremy Corbyn's first visit to Scotland since becoming party leader was a much anticipated media event. Would he hold a press conference? Would he give a speech?
Corbyn: Labour's alliance with Tories in the refere...

Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola -...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:03pm

Dispatch Times
Scottish independence: A second referendum is now ?inevitable?, says Nicola
Dispatch Times
David Mundell yesterday challenged Scottish ministers to reveal which benefits they were going to increase when Holyrood gets control over welfare payments. ?It is absolutely crucial that we get the chance to comment on them as meaningful consultation ...

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Scottish Lib Dem Conference
23 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will make a direct appeal to independence supporters to back his party at next year's Scottish Parliament election.     lol.

Well Playmates...
23 Oct 2015 at 3:01pm
Home at last after working away for the past week, no more boring nights stuck in hotels etc. This politics forum has been a blast. At one point I thought I was going to have to get a much bigger boat ya over sensitive wallipurrs



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Things that are eroding British Nationalism
22 Oct 2015 at 6:30pm
It seems to me that a number of events are contributing to the slow, drip-drip erosion of unionism in Scotland. These are ongoing, and were evidently not in place for the Yes side to win the referendum. Amongst them, I recognise:

The decline of Religion: religion all over Scotland is mercifully d...

North Lanarkshire Council
22 Oct 2015 at 6:11pm
How much longer can the Scottish Govt ban council tax increases in light of the proposed job losses at NLC?

Better Together - Guaranteed Pensions
22 Oct 2015 at 4:07pm
Unless you are one of the near 600,000 public sector workers in Scotland who pay into a public service pension.

You now face a real terms 1.4% pay cut due to the end of state second pension and the loss of NI rebate.

If you are coming up for retirement you are likely to get less than you antici...

Have I got news for you....
21 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
Just letting everyone know that Ruth Davidson is on it this Friday....

Another attempted SNP smear
21 Oct 2015 at 11:01am
There's going to be a lot of these over the next 5 years.  The dates are interesting.  It would seem that the newspaper contacted Trading Standards BEFORE the complaint was lodged.  Hmmmm...   http://wingsoverscotland.com/tiny-correction-watch/   Tiny Correction Watch   Posted on October 21, 201...

Womens Equality Party
20 Oct 2015 at 8:16pm
Banana - just take a moment to calm down before posting. Think of Sean Dillon whispering softly in your ear.

For everyone else the WEP have announced they are standing candidates in the Holyrood elections.

Here is a summary of a similar party's existence and legacy in Iceland http://www.theguardi...

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Business
25 Oct 2015 at 12:40am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34597906 It'd break your heart, capitalists constantly having to strive to find the most efficient way of exploiting  employees.

Boiler Law Changes In Scotland - Help
24 Oct 2015 at 9:10pm
A friend was telling me something about changes to gas boiler rules in Scotland from next year, something about boilers not installed on an exterior wall.

Anyone know anything? My boiler is in middle of flat. Does it need moved? Any grants available? - been told some grants are available but fri...

Willie Rennie To Make Plea To Yes Voters
24 Oct 2015 at 11:58am
Had to check it wasnt April 1st lol   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-34616826   More neck than a giraffe

Tamb Eu Poll
23 Oct 2015 at 11:31pm
Following on from this proposal: A poll on the board for this subject would be interesting, theres more people wanting to leave on here than i though there would be   http://goo.gl/forms/VQQTv7xIfc   I've included a space to enter your username, purely to prevent people voting more than once...

Hurricane Patricia
23 Oct 2015 at 12:45pm
Not heard much about this in the news, but the strongest recorded hurricane is about to hit Mexico. Wind speeds predicted at 200 mph - that's sustained wind speeds, i.e. it's at that speed for one minute. Gusts up to 250mph. Rainfall of up to 20 inches forecast in the next 24 hours. 

March For Indy, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Sat 24Th Oct
23 Oct 2015 at 10:22am
For those interested, especially in the light of the evel bill, there's a Pro Indy March tommorrow 11am, meeting at the skateboard area in Kelvingrove Park and  marching to Glasgow Green. March leaves at 11.30 sharp. Bring your flags!   For those who think this is a waste of time/time could be sp...

Qrops
23 Oct 2015 at 8:04am
Out of interest - anyone considered offshoring their pension ?   any typical underhand charges to watch out for ? 

Outlander
22 Oct 2015 at 11:12pm
After a fair old search at many local supermarkets, I finally managed to buy a copy of Outlander on dvd. Wasn't sure what to expect, but after watching all 16 episodes I can see why this was not shown on UK tv before the referendum.

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