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PMQs sketch: Speaker intervenes over Nat and Tory "eccentric" fingerwaggery
25 Oct 2017 at 5:34pm
AFTER the volume rose several decibels, it took the Speaker to intervene to calm things down as Tories angrily jabbed their fingers at Nationalists and Nationalists angrily jabbed their fingers at Tories.

Scottish Secretary challenged over Brexit transfer of powers to Holyrood
25 Oct 2017 at 1:13pm
SNP MPs lined up to challenge the Scottish Secretary to name one power that would definitely come to the Scottish Parliament as a result of Brexit.

May contradicts Davis over MPs' say on EU exit deal
25 Oct 2017 at 1:20pm
Theresa May appeared to contradict the Brexit Secretary over his warnings that MPs may not get a say on the exit deal until after Britain quits the European Union because talks will go down to the wire.

Davis retreats on "post Brexit" Commons vote suggestion
25 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm
DAVID Davis has been forced into a humiliating climb-down over his suggestion that MPs might only be given a vote on the final Brexit deal until after Britain has left the European Union.

Glasgow University lecturer ridicules Brexit-curious Tory MP over letter to u...
25 Oct 2017 at 7:31am
The response comes after Chris Heaton-Harris also asks universities for information on the syllabus.

May called on to publish UK Government's Brexit analysis on Scotland
25 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
THERESA May has been called upon to publish the UK Government?s own analysis of the impact of Brexit on Scotland after David Mundell revealed Whitehall had agreed to share it privately with the Scottish Government.

May contradicts Davis overMay contradicts Davis over MPs? say on EU exit deal...
25 Oct 2017 at 3:03pm
Theresa May appeared to contradict the Brexit Secretary over his warnings that MPs may not get a say on the exit deal until after Britain quits the European Union because talks will go down to the wire.

It is up to UK whether there is 'a good deal, no deal or no BREXIT', says Tusk
24 Oct 2017 at 9:58am
It is up to the UK to decide whether there is a good Brexit deal - or even if the country decides to leave the European Union at all, Donald Tusk has told MEPs.

Pro-EU MPs fear no transition period and cliff-edge Brexit
24 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
PRO-EU MPs have expressed alarm that Britain could leave the European Union without any transition period if there is no deal on a new free trade agreement.

Scotland set for ?devastating? £30bn Brexit bombshell if UK leaves EU without...
24 Oct 2017 at 5:00am
SCOTLAND would suffer a ?devastating? Brexit bombshell with its towns and cities losing nearly £30 billion as a result of the UK leaving the EU

Boris Johnson attacks Russia over Syria chemical weapons probe
24 Oct 2017 at 9:35pm
Moscow used its veto at the UN to stop work to identify the perpetrators of atrocities being extended.

Winning the Great British Bake-off was the icing on our cakes, says Channel 4...
24 Oct 2017 at 3:41pm
The Great British Bake Off?s move to Channel 4 was ?not a snatch? from the BBC, C4's boss has claimed.

Mundell to be quizzed over "sunset clause" on transferred powers
24 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
DAVID Mundell and fellow Scottish ministers will be quizzed today about whether or not the transition of powers going to Westminster from Brussels post Brexit could be time-limited.

Theresa May says second Brexit referendum is ?out of the question?
23 Oct 2017 at 7:16pm
The Prime Minister was asked whether people should have the chance to vote again by Labour?s Paul Flynn.

Tories warned over ?crossing line? in phone calls to voters
23 Oct 2017 at 9:40pm
The Conservative Party has been warned over its use of a telephone call centre to contact voters in the run-up to the general election.

 

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David Mundell unable to name one post-Brexit power returning to Scotland
25 Oct 2017 at 5:51pm
An SNP MP has criticised Scottish secretary David Mundell for failing to identify a single power that would be returned to Holyrood post-Brexit.

Mobile banking in Highlands is in ?chaos? says MP
25 Oct 2017 at 4:23pm
Mobile banking, the major banks’ ‘solution’ to closing down branches in the Highlands, is not working and has resulted in chaos a Scottish MP has said.

Can the demand for new railway stations in Scotland be met?
25 Oct 2017 at 3:03pm
Railway travel in Scotland is undergoing something of a renaissance, with passenger numbers growing and 14 new or rebuilt stations opening in the last decade.

Nicola Sturgeon concerned over public sector severance payouts
25 Oct 2017 at 3:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon has expressed concern over bumper payouts for individuals leaving public sector organisations amid controversy, saying it creates the perception of rewarding failure.

Ayesha Hazarika: Catalonia is a minefield for Nicola Sturgeon
25 Oct 2017 at 12:59pm
Catalonia is a minefield for the First Minister, she needs to tread very carefully, writes Ayesha Hazarika.

Two-fifths of Scottish veterans report feeling isolated
25 Oct 2017 at 12:15pm
More than a third of veterans living in Scotland have reported feeling lonely or isolated after leaving the forces, a poll has found.

David Davis: MPs won't vote on EU deal until after Brexit
25 Oct 2017 at 11:28am
MPs will not get a vote on the UK's Brexit deal until after the country's exit from the European Union, David Davis has revealed.

Scottish businesses remain optimistic, survey shows
25 Oct 2017 at 11:06am
Businesses in Scotland are “remaining resilient” in the face of a fragile economy, according to an industry survey.

Independence ?not viable? as alternative to leaving EU - Christine Jardine
25 Oct 2017 at 10:20am
INDEPENDENCE is not a “viable option” as an alternative to Brexit, the Liberal Democrats’ new Westminster Scottish affairs spokeswoman has claimed.

Edinburgh council to charge for garden waste collection
25 Oct 2017 at 8:21am
THOUSANDS of householders across the Capital are set to be billed £25 a year for garden waste collections as part of a plan by the city council to find savings of £21 million in next year’s budget.

Chris Marshall: Police racism concerns cannot be simply ignored
25 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Nearly 20 years have passed since the publication of a landmark report which found “institutional racism” in the Metropolitan Police following the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Leader comment: Brexit figures must not be kept secret
25 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The debate in the run-up to last year’s Brexit referendum was lamentably short on details about its effects on the UK and Scottish economy.

Stuart Crawford: Free bus travel for all is affordable
25 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Getting people out of cars and into public transport is not necessarily a pipe dream says Stuart Crawford

Scotland can run its own immigration system
25 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
Scotland could overcome the practical barriers to setting up its own immigration system, but the benefits would be uncertain, a report has found.

Humza Yousaf to meet offshore workers over Super Puma safety
24 Oct 2017 at 9:43pm

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Scottish politics in numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2017 at 10:42am
Percentage of A&E patients in Scotland in 2017 to date seen within four hours (target 95%), described by Labour MSP Colin Smyth as a “deeply troubling” figure: 94% Percentage of the vote on which Mr Smyth was elected as an MSP in 2016: 8.9%

The Lonely Island/s
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2017 at 1:05pm
There’s so little happening in Scottish politics news today that we had to read David Torrance’s column in the Herald, and we must say we ended up pretty confused. Not by the fact that it was a free half-page advert for a new Unionist “thinktank” set up by an angry unsuccessful dogfood salesman readers may …

Ticking off the boxes
by Chris Cairns
21 Oct 2017 at 6:55am

An apology to the Daily Record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2017 at 9:31am
Yesterday we noted the remarkable lack of coverage in the Scottish press about the workforce at BAE Systems in Govan being stabbed in the back yet again over UK government warship orders, with five Type 31 frigates promised to the yard (to replace five more expensive Type 26s) now going to Merseyside instead. We claimed that …

We don?t see no ships
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2017 at 12:18pm
With the matter of the UK government’s orders for warships to be built on the Clyde having been such a vexed and contentious one over the last few years, you’d think that any significant developments in the story would be big news in Scotland. So yesterday, when it was revealed that BAE systems definitely wouldn’t …

Anas Sarwar Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2017 at 10:27am
Quite a few remarkable things were said on last night’s STV debate between the two prospective leaders of the Labour Party branch office in Scotland. This one, though, was especially striking. That’s Anas Sarwar denying three times that he was a part of the “Better Together” campaign with the Tories. A startled Colin Mackay claims …

The missing half of the equation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm
Readers will doubtless be startled to hear that today’s Scottish newspapers have taken a somewhat misleading approach to the facts on one of the day’s big stories. Several of them report the findings of a commission looking into the idea of a Citizen’s (or Universal) Basic Income, a scheme which pays every adult in the …

The 52%-empty glass
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 12:54pm
Investigative site The Ferret this afternoon published a report into the Scottish Futures Trust, the SNP’s replacement for Labour’s cripplingly costly PFI projects. The report was undertaken by Jim and Margaret Cuthbert, a pair of economists well regarded in nationalist circles, and makes some interesting if vague comments about downsides that MIGHT, in theory, exist …

Changing their hearts and minds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 11:14am
We long ago gave up expecting any sort of principled consistency from the Scottish Tories. Whether it was Ruth “line in the sand, no more powers” Davidson magically morphing into a champion of extended devolution, or suddenly reversing her position on free prescriptions, the party is now almost as fluid on policy as Scottish Labour. The …

Life In Sardinia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2017 at 3:18pm
The Guardian today on Ruth Davidson’s legendary commitment to the day job: And an action shot of those packed-in crowds two weeks ago: We hope nobody was injured in the crush.

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Brexit impact study 'will not be published'
25 Oct 2017 at 6:10pm
But the UK government analysis of the economic impact of leaving the EU will be shared with the Scottish government.


Scots ministers accuse Treasury of 'robbery' of CAP funds
25 Oct 2017 at 4:37pm
Both the Scottish government and the Scottish Conservatives have called for a rethink of how farm subsidies are distributed.


Fire stations to close, says leaked document
25 Oct 2017 at 2:58pm
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service documents, circulated to senior managers, outline plans to reduce "footprint".


Affordable housing in Scotland opened up to over-60s
25 Oct 2017 at 11:44am
Elderly people will be able to buy a retirement or supported home under shared equity schemes.


Colleges 'may offer more part-time courses'
25 Oct 2017 at 1:16pm
New guidance from the Scottish government removes the need for colleges to prioritise full-time courses.


Throughcare prison support scheme 'cuts reoffending'
25 Oct 2017 at 12:28am
An evaluation of the Throughcare initiative finds 78% of released prison inmates had stayed out of jail.


MSPs vote to endorse Scottish fracking 'ban'
24 Oct 2017 at 5:49pm
MSPs vote to endorse the Scottish government's "effective and immediate" ban on fracking north of the border.


LGBT groups oppose Football Act repeal bid
24 Oct 2017 at 2:18pm
Stonewall Scotland said scrapping the law would 'send a very negative signal'.


MSP Gillian Martin in Super Puma confidence call
25 Oct 2017 at 9:49am
Politicians discussed concerns about the potential return of the aircraft during a Holyrood debate.


Plans to integrate sign language into everyday life
24 Oct 2017 at 6:20pm
The Scottish government publishes a national plan for British Sign Language users.


New building's name recalls former MP Charles Kennedy
24 Oct 2017 at 3:20pm
The new community site in Fort William named in honour of the former Highlands politician and LibDem leader.


City of Edinburgh Council proposes 3% council tax rise
24 Oct 2017 at 6:31pm
The City of Edinburgh Council is considering the rise as it tries to make £21m savings.

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Why Ruth Davidson will almost certainly NOT be the next Prime Minister
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2017 at 6:17pm
You may have seen over the weekend that John Rentoul manned up and made a stout-hearted attempt to resuscitate the decomposing corpse of the 'Ruth Davidson for PM' campaign, with an article entitle...

It's getting close to unspoofable now
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2017 at 8:52pm
Another day, another ill-judged analysis of Scottish politics from Stormfront Lite's Bedfordshire-based editor Mike Smithson, known fondly to thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as an 'impar...

Europe is being slow to realise that it needs Spain to lose
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2017 at 3:41pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about what Nicola Sturgeon is likely to say and do in response to the Spanish crackdown on democracy.  You can ...

For the seventy-ninth time, yes, the SNP can be counted on to bring about an ...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2017 at 9:57am
Oh for the love of God.  The latest from Stormfront Lite -"Remember that the SNP, which opposed the 2017 election cannot be counted on to support any move which could prematurely cut its already re...

SNP vote increases by 6% in Inverurie by-election
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2017 at 12:57pm
Just for once we have an STV by-election result where the classification of "hold" is not misleading - the Tories were defending the Inverurie seat, and also comfortably won the popular vote in the...

Unethical constitutions deserve no respect
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2017 at 5:21pm
A guest post by Al SkinnerSpain?s vicious authoritarian response to the referendum in Catalonia got me thinking about constitutions. The constant refrain from Madrid is that the plebiscite was in v...

New Scottish poll is "unmitigated disaster" for Ruth Davidson as Tories slip ...
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2017 at 4:32pm
It's a hat-trick, folks - and in more ways than one.  YouGov's new poll is the third full-scale Scottish poll since the general election, and all three have shown that the SNP's support in Westmins...

Stunning rebuke for Ruth Davidson as new YouGov poll gives SNP a mammoth SEVE...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2017 at 10:39am
Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson is full of beans this morning about a new full-scale Scottish poll that his publication has commissioned from YouGov, and which he says shows that "Nicola Sturgeon...

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If Theresa May offered to personally deliver £100 to every Scottish citizen i...
by /u/vogSWS
25 Oct 2017 at 5:39pm
That's £100 to every registered voter. Would be personally delivered by her, a Conservative cabinet minister, affiliated personell or registered supporter. Simple referendum on the subject ? YES or...

Michel Gove to review Scottish farmer subsidies after claim they have been sh...
by /u/redherring16
25 Oct 2017 at 5:33pm
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"What binds our movement together is the determination to beat the Tories and...
by /u/frenchthehaggis
25 Oct 2017 at 5:07pm
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Glad I got to film Scotland's red deer while on holiday
by /u/WildlifeEncounters
25 Oct 2017 at 4:55pm
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Im still in disbelief the queensferry crossing is two lanes
by /u/Whisky-Toad
25 Oct 2017 at 4:54pm
I mean we had the problem of an old heavily congested two lane bridge and now we have a new heavily congested two lane bridge, but hey at least it was under budget! Oh and for all you long sufferer...

Prisoners posted nude pictures online
by /u/tngpc
25 Oct 2017 at 4:36pm
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5 of Scotland?s most remote pubs and how to get there
by /u/the_c00ler_king
25 Oct 2017 at 4:01pm
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A Full Scottish (lorne, haggis, tattie scone, black pudding, fried egg & baco...
by /u/FMN2014
25 Oct 2017 at 3:43pm
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Painting in Angus could prove to be ?one of the finest 16th century portraits...
by /u/ScottishGeology
25 Oct 2017 at 2:40pm
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A national tragedy
by /u/grmacp
25 Oct 2017 at 2:34pm
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Scottish politics in numbers. Percentage of A&E patients in Scotland in 2017 ...
by /u/been_zhak_unt
25 Oct 2017 at 2:29pm
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Going back to school
by /u/HairyGinger89
25 Oct 2017 at 2:28pm
Hey r/Scotland, Im a 28yo from Edinburgh. Im looking into going back to college to get my highers. Im intrested in math and english mostly, physics and a second langauge would be good too. I am a l...

Brexit: Mundell unable to list powers set for Holyrood. The Scottish secretar...
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25 Oct 2017 at 2:18pm
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Halloween strikes again
by /u/silent-farts
25 Oct 2017 at 1:11pm
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'Bunny boiler' and Nazi jibe councillor slams 'kangaroo court' after he's sus...
by Chris Taylor
24 Oct 2017 at 10:05am
Paul Mack regularly hurled insults at rivals and told a disciplinary panel he had “no regrets” over his political potshots.


Top trade union leader attacks Labour's 'right-wing' as moderates cry foul ov...
by David Clegg
24 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Unite Scotland's Pat Rafferty slammed Ian Murray after he raised concerns that the race is set up to help trade union favourite Richard Leonard win.


Pro-Brexit fishing leaders warn Tories over Westminster 'power grab'
by Andy Philip
24 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Fishermen’s ­Federation said the Government’s current exit plan will keep vital powers away from Holyrood.


Tories should not cast fishermen adrift in Brexit divorce as Holyrood stands ...
by Record View
24 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The UK Government, meanwhile, simply appear to be all at sea.


If only Green party made bold new tax rise proposal a red line
by Kezia Dugdale
24 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale reacts to Green party calls to tax the rich and the potential for public sector pay increases.


Ruth Davidson's band of Westminster MPs are offside as thousands are pushed i...
by dailyrecord
23 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Mhairi Black hits out at low Tory attempts to deflect from Douglas Ross missing a crucial Universal Credit vote to go to his other job at the football.


More red faces for Scottish Labour as Green councillor gets vote in shambolic...
by David Clegg
23 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Susan Rae is listed as an affiliated Labour supporter through trade union and follows SNP councillor Marie McNair who has also been registered to vote.


Under-fire Scots Tory MP Douglas Ross to quit refereeing after 2018 World Cup
by Mark Pirie
22 Oct 2017 at 4:09pm
The MP for Moray caused controversy this week after acting as linesman in the Nou Camp and missing a vote in Westminster.


Greens leader Patrick Harvie warns Nicola Sturgeon to tax the rich as allianc...
by Mark Aitken
22 Oct 2017 at 7:38am
The Scottish Greens have claimed victory in convincing the Scottish Government to ban fracking, stop parents smacking their children and creating a not-for-profit energy company.


Leadership voting rules are farcical as SNP councillor signs up to vote in co...
by Record View
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
One day, and in the not too distant future, the wheel will turn again and some kind of balance and sanity will be introduced to Labour's election rules.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 161 ? Christians For Indy
by michaelgreenwell
22 Oct 2017 at 5:59pm
About a month ago I found the image below. I noticed that the only people I hadn’t had on the show among the conveners and voting organisations were Elaine C. Smith (I’ve tried – can’t seem to get in touch with her), AyeScotland, Christians For Independence and Pensioners for Independence. I then immediately tweeted out …
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Déjà Moo
by michaelgreenwell
22 Oct 2017 at 3:37pm
Oh look, it’s the same people peddling the same bullsh*t! Thanks to tradasro

Ruth Davidson In Being Wrong/Lying Shocker
by michaelgreenwell
20 Oct 2017 at 9:36am
Just because you say something in a convincing tone of voice, it does not mean it is true…

Scottish Independence Podcast Extra ? A Labour Promise
by michaelgreenwell
18 Oct 2017 at 9:02am

Scottish Independence Podcast 160 ? Ian Hamilton QC
by michaelgreenwell
15 Oct 2017 at 6:33pm
The 160th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Ian Hamilton QC, probably most known for going down to London with some friends and /taking back/stealing/repatriating/borrowing (delete as you wish) The Stone of Destiny/Scone. I have always wanted to have him on the show but unfortunately it wasn’t me that got to …
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Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 3
by michaelgreenwell
12 Oct 2017 at 8:25am
Two Labour people amazingly found EXACTLY the same words to endorse their candidate. Remarkable. It’s almost like the time when two world leaders wrote exactly the same speech to endorse the Iraq war (also supported by Labour). Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Tory Govt Launches New ?No Deal? Brexit Economic Plan
by michaelgreenwell
10 Oct 2017 at 7:40pm

Nonsensical Rifle Addiction
by michaelgreenwell
10 Oct 2017 at 7:08pm
Quite a nice video…

Bella Caledonia

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Five Reasons to Support Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Oct 2017 at 3:27pm
Why is Bella different and why should you support us? Here’s five reasons …. 1. We want to expand not stand still and plan to develop our audio and video content. See interview here.  Nobody is really doing quality films, shorts and memes in Scotland like Now This, Joe or Vice. But to produce this …

Nick Robinson?s Intellectual Poverty
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Oct 2017 at 11:03am
In the inaugural Steve Hewlett memorial lecture, Nick Robinson delivered a speech which made a number of curious claims. Firstly, he stated that alternative news sites are waging a ?guerrilla war? against the BBC in an attempt to promote their own editorial agenda (no sh*t Sherlock!). Secondly, he made the claim that alternative news sites, …

Dream Merchants
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Oct 2017 at 8:43am
New analysis by the London School of Economics show the full extent of the Brexit crisis suggesting that “Overall by 2024, the UK would lose £235bn with a soft Brexit and £430bn under a hard no-deal Brexit.” That’s an astonishing figure. Scotland would lose £30Bn – that’s double the notional #GERS deficit due to hard …

The Little Republic of Rulemaking
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Oct 2017 at 4:59pm
In the last few days we’ve exposed the networks operating to lobby against the revision of Scots Law that allows children to be smacked by their parents under what is termed “Justifiable Assault”. Some people are upset by this. It seems to represent to them a totemic shift. The shriek of outrage at the idea …

Chthonic Tories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Oct 2017 at 1:05pm
“I imagine that one of the reasons many people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain”. – James Baldwin, 1955 Surveying the wreckage of the 1992 general election in Chapman No 68 Christopher Harvie writes: “The spectacle of the …

Christians (and others) for Assault
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2017 at 11:34pm
The backlash against the eminently sensible, long overdue and (in European terms) completely unremarkable notion that children should have equal protection in law from assault – continues. But who are the networks combining to make sure you can assault your child? Here’s a handy graphic to cut out and keep. Tom Dissonance’s image updated ‘to …

Alternative indy media worth fighting for
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2017 at 7:28pm
An interview with Bella editor Mike Small about the plans to develop the project ...

El carrer serà sempre nostre (The streets are always ours)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2017 at 1:03pm
Catalonia is no mirror to Scotland, but it is worth reflecting on similar themes argues Steve Rusthon

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Scottish Labour leader contender targets high earners with tax plan
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Oct 2017 at 4:50pm
Anas Sarwar claims his proposal to raise £700m shows he is more radical than rival candidate backed by Corbyn supportersAnas Sarwar, a Scottish Labour leadership contender, has proposed substantial tax increases raising £700m from all higher earners in Scotland in an effort to outflank his Jeremy...

Davis partially rows back, saying he 'expects and intends' Commons Brexit vot...
by Andrew Sparrow
25 Oct 2017 at 5:56pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and David Davis giving evidence to the Commons Brexit committeeDavid Davis? evidence to Brexit committee - SummaryPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatAft...

Calls for UK-wide ban on smacking children after Scottish move
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Oct 2017 at 3:18pm
Children?s commissioners of all four nations welcome confirmation Scotland will give minors same legal protection as adultsThe children?s commissioners of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are calling for a UK-wide change in the law after the Scottish government confirmed its support ...

Call for inquiry into privately financed public projects in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 Oct 2017 at 5:40pm
Contracts including for schools, hospitals and roads shrouded in secrecy and offer poor value for probable £7.6bn cost to taxpayers, say expertsAn expert report has raised concerns about unjustified secrecy and poor value for money in privately financed projects in Scotland.The report by two seni...

Rising star: Ruth Davidson to appear on Great British Bake Off
by Caroline Davies
17 Oct 2017 at 12:32pm
Scottish Conservative leader will take part in charity special of Channel 4 programme to raise money for Stand Up to CancerFresh from packing them in at the Conservative party conference, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson?s profile is set be further raised with an appearance on a celebri...

MPs severely criticise DWP for withholding information on 'very bad' universa...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Oct 2017 at 5:37pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.37pm BST Let us be clear, the deal is working. What could today have been another North Korean crisis in the heart of the Middle East has instead been one problem that that region ...

Scottish government set to refuse consent for Brexit bill over 'power-grab'
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
16 Oct 2017 at 5:16pm
Scottish and Welsh administrations want more changes to EU withdrawal bill to avoid Westminster ?power-grab? on devolved policy areasThe Scottish government is set to refuse consent for the EU withdrawal bill unless it is significantly amended to protect devolution, after crunch talks with Theres...

Ministers warned of constitutional crisis risk over EU withdrawal bill
by Jessica Elgot
16 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
Senior figures in Welsh and Scottish governments say consent will not be given without amendments to devolve powersMinisters have been warned they must amend the EU withdrawal bill to curtail any possibility of a power grab away from the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations or risk a const...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Government by helium filled parrot
There are many reasons for wanting Scottish independence. There’s the potential for doing something about the gross inequalities that blight our country. There’s getting rid of the obscenity of weapons of mass destruction from the Clyde. There’s the prospect of a referendum on the future of the monarchy and the chance of a republic. There’s …

Local groups? conference in Dunblane
I don’t usually publish articles which I’ve written for the National on the blog. However the National’s editor Callum Baird has given me permission to republish the article I wrote for Saturday’s edition of the National because it’s important that this gets to as wide an audience as possible. The core of independence is independence …

El cop d?estat
Madrid has pressed the constitutional nuclear button and has announced that it’s going to dissolve the institutions of Catalan self-government and impose direct rule. The pro-independence Catalan media is describing it as a cop d’estat – a coup d’etat – against Catalonia by a Spanish government which is already holding two high profile independentistas as …

The pot plants of Brexit
We’re at that phase in the Brexit talks where the EU has realised that further rebuffs of Theresa May would be very like repeatedly kicking a small and particularly dense puppy which persists in doing Jackie Baillies all over a very expensive rug. Any more kicks and the puppy is likely to expire, and then …

The only way out of the darkness
If you’re old enough, you might remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then several years later the election of a Labour government after long and dark decades of Tory rule that crushed the soul, took a blowtorch to hope, and destroyed communities. The 90s were when many people really did have reason to …

Ruth?s soggy bottom
Well that’s it. Time to give up and go home. I don’t mean the independence campaign, Scotland needs it more than ever now. I mean serious political commentary – although thankfully this blog has never specialised in the serious. How can you be serious when the biggest piece of political news in Scotland today is …

The fantasies of a trailer park government
The UK government apparently knows more about the effects of Brexit than it’s prepared to reveal. This isn’t a good sign. If the effects were going to be just absolutely wonderful they’d be plastered all over the pages of the Tories’ favourite pro-Brexit propaganda sheets. According to a former aide to David Davis, the Brexit …

Brexit the Movie
A new movie has been released, Blade Runner 2049, which depicts a dark and dystopian future. It’s basically post-Brexit North Lanarkshire with Harrison Ford and special effects and some really high tech. The dystopia is already here. It’s just that there’s bugger all that’s artistic or Oscar worthy about it, and the most technically complex …

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How not to win a referendum: Canada's Charlottetown Accord 25 years on
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Mundell quizzed over huge increase in spending at 'Tory propaganda unit' Scot...
DAVID Mundell has been put on the spot about the rising cost of the Scotland Office.

Scottish Labour peers top the list of Lords who take huge expenses but make N...
THE House of Lords was yesterday involved in a fresh expenses row after new research showed that 73 peers ? almost one in 10 of the total in the upper house ? had failed to speak, sit on committees or submit any written questions, and 17 of them had claimed more than £10,000 in expenses.

MSPs back fracking ban - as Tories brand it 'ludicrous'
THE Scottish Government?s fracking ban has been backed by MSPs in a parliamentary vote.

Urgent calls for clarity amid fears there will be no transition period after ...
THERESA May has been asked for clarity on threats to walk away from a Brexit transition period if there is no trade deal.

Michael Fry: Government meddling in the private sector won't help Scotland at...
One reason we need to argue about wealth ? and The National makes a grand job of it ? is that we haven?t got as much of it as we should have. We can blame decades of Unionist economic mismanagement, in particular the frittering away of the oil revenues, all now to be worsened by Brexit. But in part we must also blame ourselves in Scotland, for having lost the instinct among a bleak country?s na...

Voters want indy campaigners to give them more facts and fewer statistics
VOTERS are overwhelmed by having to make political decisions and want independence campaigners to produce more facts and fewer statistics, according to exclusive new research commissioned by the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC).

Kirsty Strickland: Sexist rants of dinosaurs like Tom Gallagher deliberately ...
I REGRET to inform you that Tom Gallagher has been tweeting again. For those who don?t know, Tom Gallagher is an outspoken pro-Union author and academic who specialises in outlandish statements and ill-placed righteous fury.

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Aberdeen City Council 2017 Elections Tory Surge A Fantasy Created by the Unio...
            2017 Local Council Elections Aberdeen City The Scottish Conservative and Unionist party brought forward absolutely nothing new in the way of local council policies preferring to stick to their tried and tested and rejected mantra of cuts in services. But Ruth Davidson had a couple of tricks up her … Continue reading "Aberdeen City Council 2017 Elections Tory Surge A Fantasy Created ...

Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor ? Scottish Media Ecstatic ? Major Breakthr...
          Thomas Kerr: Shettleston councillor: growing up poor in Glasgow made me a Tory His view of politics in Glasgow is warped and confused. Some of his quotes: ?Beforehand, when you were working class, you went into the mines, or the shipyards,? he says. ?Margaret Thatcher opened up a big inbox … Continue reading "Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor – Scottish Media Ecstatic – Major Breakth...

Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City Cou...
          Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City       Councillor Pensioner To Give Up, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Swimming and Hill Walking and other Retirement Pastimes Born in 1943, Businessman, Robert Gordon University lecturer, Justice of the peace and city councillor Tom Mason retired in 2012 to … Continue reading "Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year ...

No Country in History has ever rejected Independence ? Until Scotland in 2014...
The biggest study yet of how Scotland made its historic decision on September 18 has found that the votes of people born outside Scotland were crucial to the result. While 52.7 per cent of native-born Scots voted Yes, a massive 72.1 per cent of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union. There … Continue reading "No Country in History has ever rejected Independence – Until ...

North Lanarkshire Labour / Tory Unholy Alliance Fought Tooth and Nail to Deny...
            May 2017: North Lanarkshire Labour Party Fiefdom North Lanarkshire is the fourth largest Scottish local authority, located in west central Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It covers an area of 47,358 and serves a population of 328,000 people. Party insiders are on record as saying that: ?if Labour lose … Continue reading "North Lanarkshire Labour / Tory Unholy Alliance Fough...

National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Contract...
        2 Oct 2017: Kick in the Teeth for the Farmers Union as Tory Party Contracts Foreign sugar company to sponsor its conference The Conservative Party is under fire from angry farmers after allowing a major US sugar company to sponsor its conference in Manchester. US sugar company Tate & Lyle Sugars, … Continue reading "National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Co...

Post Brexit ? Food Standards to be Compiled ? Introduced and Monitored Throug...
          2000: New Labour created a non-ministerial government department ? the Food Standards Agency (FSA) After the collapse in public trust triggered by a number of high-profile outbreaks and deaths from food borne illness including the BSE crisis, civil servants within the then Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries were perceived … Continue reading "Post Brexit – Food Standards to be ...

BBC Environment Podcasts ? Informative If Biased ? Well Worth Listening In ? ...
          Environment reporting by the British Biased Corporation (BBC) Audio podcasts covering the daily news of food, farming, fishing, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC’s experts in the field. An extract of podcasts reporting on subjects relevant to Scotland. Listeners should track to the subject … Continue reading "BBC Environment Podcasts – Informat...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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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

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain?
Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 11th 2017 The British Conservatives have for most of their history been an impressively successful political force, winning elections and forming the UK government on its own or in coalition for two-thirds of the 20th and 21st centuries. It …

Scottish Independence in the Age of Dirsruption: Big Questions for the SNP, L...
Scottish Independence in the Age of Disruption: Big Questions for the SNP, Labour and Tories Gerry Hassan LSE Politics Blog, October 9th 2017 Scottish politics are in a strange place at the moment – not one of calm, but of transition with the future uncertain. After several years of high-octane politics, and the twin peaks …

Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-dete...
Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-determination Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 4th 2017 There are many reasons to be thankful for living in Scotland. This came home to roost in the last week with the Catalan referendum, the experience of the Iraqi Kurds voting on independence, and even, more dramatically, …

Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force
Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force Gerry Hassan The Herald, October 4th 2017 The Conservative Party love to tell themselves they are one of the most successful parties electorally in the Western world. Chancellor Philip Hammond was giving Tories this reassuring message on Monday. But this …

Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself
Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 26th 2017 This week the Labour Party Conference gathered in Brighton. It hasn?t been in such good spirits for many a year – with the highest membership of any party in Europe, and the biggest increase …

Where have all the leaders gone?
Where have all the leaders gone? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 20th 2017 We have a problem with leaders – specifically, a dearth of them in Scotland, the UK and most of the Western world. There is a crisis of authority, trust and legitimacy with, for some, populism, trusting instincts and voicing your inner rage …

Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution
Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 13th 2017 Twenty years ago this week Scotland held a referendum and voted decisively for a Scottish Parliament and for it to have tax-raising powers. This anniversary provides an opportunity to look back and assess what the last …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Nobel prize-winning economist makes the case for Scottish independence in the...

CommonSpace
Nobel prize-winning economist makes the case for Scottish independence in the EU
CommonSpace
JOSEPH STIGLITZ, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and member of the Scottish Government's council of economic advisors, has argued if Scotland were to ?go its own way? by achieving independence and subsequently re-join the EU, it would ?resolve a ...
Brexit latest - Sturgeon demands Theresa May...

SNP must be 'brilliant' at running Scotland to win independence - iNews

iNews
SNP must be 'brilliant' at running Scotland to win independence
iNews
The SNP must be ?brilliant? at running Scotland from Holyrood to persuade people that independence will benefit the country, an academic study has found. Undecided voters want to be given ?facts? upon which to base their decision, which is likely to be ...

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Why Brexit and Catalonia Could Rekindle Scotland's Independence Movement - Da...

Daily Signal
Why Brexit and Catalonia Could Rekindle Scotland's Independence Movement
Daily Signal
EDINBURGH, Scotland?Scottish nationalists' dreams of independence from the United Kingdom have gotten a fresh set of legs due to the tandem effects of Catalonia's ongoing gambit for independence from Spain, and Britain's floundering, ongoing Brexit ...
Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence re...

Scottish independence slips into hibernation - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish independence slips into hibernation
Financial Times
In the wake of Scotland's unsuccessful independence referendum three years ago, the outgoing leader of the Scottish National party, Alex Salmond, declared that ?for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die?. His dream of breaking ...
'There will be!' SNP deputy promises another Scottish independence vot...

Scottish independence becomes a more distant dream - The Economist

The Economist
Scottish independence becomes a more distant dream
The Economist
The shout was a painful reminder that the party's ultimate aim of independence is some way off. After an aborted push for a second referendum earlier this year (the first such plebiscite was lost by 45% to 55% in 2014), Scotland's nationalist party now ...

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Scottish independence case helped by "Brexit chaos": Sturgeon - Reuters

Reuters
Scottish independence case helped by "Brexit chaos": Sturgeon
Reuters
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain's struggles to chart a way out of the European Union are boosting the case for Scottish independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday, but she shied away from committing to a date for another referendum vote.
Nicola Sturgeon threatens second Scottish independence referendum with...

Are Brexit and Catalonia Reviving Scottish Hopes of Independence? - Newsweek

Newsweek
Are Brexit and Catalonia Reviving Scottish Hopes of Independence?
Newsweek
Edinburgh, Scotland?Scottish nationalists' dreams of independence from the United Kingdom have gotten a fresh set of legs due to the tandem effects of Catalonia's ongoing gambit for independence from Spain, and Britain's floundering, ongoing Brexit ...

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Scottish Independence Convention announces line-up for largest ... - CommonSpace

CommonSpace
Scottish Independence Convention announces line-up for largest ...
CommonSpace
Speakers will include Alex Salmond, Maggie Chapman and Catalan activist Anna Arqué THE SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE CONVENTION (SIC), the ...
Alex Salmond to appear at Scottish independence rally in Edinburgh ...The Scotsman

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SNP

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Zacks Investment Research Lowers China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)...

Zacks Investment Research Lowers China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) to Hold
The Ledger Gazette
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a ?buy? rating to a ?hold? rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

David Mundell unable to name one post-Brexit power returning to Scotland - Th...

The Scotsman
David Mundell unable to name one post-Brexit power returning to Scotland
The Scotsman
An SNP MP has criticised Scottish secretary David Mundell for failing to identify a single power that would be returned to Holyrood post-Brexit. Speaking in the House of Commons today, Tommy Sheppard asked the minister to give more detail on the so ...

Base Editing Now Able to Convert Adenine-Thymine to Guanine-Cytosine - The Sc...

The Scientist
Base Editing Now Able to Convert Adenine-Thymine to Guanine-Cytosine
The Scientist
Base Editing Now Able to Convert Adenine-Thymine to Guanine-Cytosine. With the arrival of a new class of single-nucleotide editors, researchers can target the most common type of pathogenic SNP in humans. By Catherine Offord | October 25, 2017.

Nicola Sturgeon concerned over public sector severance payouts - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Nicola Sturgeon concerned over public sector severance payouts
The Scotsman
Mrs Sturgeon is obviously thinking of and criticising the SNP's Alex Salmond who has trousered no less than 3 taxpayer funded redundancy payments - one taxpayer funded redundancy payment as an MSP (May 2016) and two taxpayer funded redundancy ...

SNP MP quizzes David Mundell on post-Brexit Holyrood powers - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
SNP MP quizzes David Mundell on post-Brexit Holyrood powers
The Scotsman
An SNP MP has criticised Scottish secretary David Mundell for failing to identify a single power that would be returned to Holyrood post-Brexit. Speaking in the House of Commons today, Tommy Sheppard asked the minister to give more detail on the so ...

PMQs sketch: Speaker intervenes over Nat and Tory "eccentric" fingerwaggery -...

HeraldScotland
PMQs sketch: Speaker intervenes over Nat and Tory "eccentric" fingerwaggery
HeraldScotland
The cause of the greater Scottish fingerwaggery was Conservative backbencher Luke Graham's complaint that 17 per cent of homes in Scotland were without superfast broadband and suggested the SNP regime in Edinburgh should engage "constructively" ...

Analyst Research Roundup: Sanmina Corporation (SANM), China Petroleum & Chemi...

Analyst Research Roundup: Sanmina Corporation (SANM), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)
Analyst Journal
Sanmina Corporation (SANM) tinted gains of +0.78% (+0.3 points) to US$38.85. The volume of 0.34 Million shares climbed down over an trading activity of 498.68 Million shares. EPS ratio determined by looking at last 12 month figures is 2.74. Over the ...

Special Needs Plans: A Minibus Rider - Lexology

Special Needs Plans: A Minibus Rider
Lexology
This post marks is the first in an exploratory series illuminating the structure, funding, and outlook of the Special Needs Plans (SNPs). Additionally, drawing on potential riders affected by the current health care minibus, the ?minibus? refers to a ...



Referendum (Google News)

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Spain was 'bemused by Scottish referendum' - The Times

The Times
Spain was 'bemused by Scottish referendum'
The Times
The Spanish government was ?bemused? by David Cameron's willingness to allow an independence referendum in Scotland, a former government minister has said. Theresa Villiers, who was Northern Ireland secretary between 2012 and 2016, said that Mr ...
The independence movements around the worldAxios

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First Scotland, then Catalonia: Now Milan and Venice step up calls for greate...

CNBC
First Scotland, then Catalonia: Now Milan and Venice step up calls for greater autonomy
CNBC
However, lawmakers have agreed ahead of the forthcoming ballots that Sunday's vote is about fiscal autonomy and not secession. And while both votes have been authorized by the relevant state institutions, the referendum results will not be legally binding.
Italy's Veneto and Lombardy overwhelmingly bac...

First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ... - New Yor...

New York Times
First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ...
New York Times
A poster advertising the upcoming referendum on the back of a bus in Milan. Voters in the Northern League-governed regions of Lombardy and Veneto will ...

Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's le...

The Independent
Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's leading EU expert
The Independent
Support for a second independence referendum in Scotland could surge in the event of a no-deal Brexit, an expert on Scotland's relationship with the EU has said. Kirsty Hughes, director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER), has said a ...
Why Brexit and Catalon...

Wee Ginger Dug: Here's how we can hold indyref2 if Westminster refuses permis...

The National
Wee Ginger Dug: Here's how we can hold indyref2 if Westminster refuses permission
The National
What this means for Scotland is that if the British Government refuses to agree to a Section 30 order for another referendum, Scotland won't face a mass influx of English and Welsh police officers trying to physically prevent voters from participating ...
Leader comment: Brexit figures must n...

Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum
Financial Times
A Scottish business campaign group is stepping up preparations to oppose a future independence referendum, warning that supporters of union with the UK ...

Scottish Labour leader candidate Anas Sarwar rules out second independence vo...

Easterneye (press release)
Scottish Labour leader candidate Anas Sarwar rules out second independence vote as he outlines vision for party
Easterneye (press release)
SCOTTISH Labour leader candidate Anas Sarwar has said he opposes a second independence referendum as he wants to ?strengthen Scotland's place in the UK, not weaken it?. In a wide-ranging interview with Eastern Eye, Sarwar said: ?We sh...

'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity - EURACTIV

EURACTIV
'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity
EURACTIV
Sympathy with Catalonia's bid to hold an independence referendum next week is running high in Scotland, where lawmakers are increasingly vocal in condemning Spain's actions and a group of volunteers is heading out to help. Veterans from Scotland's ...
What to Know About the Catalan Independence ReferendumTIME
Catalonia referendum...

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Fracking
The Scottish Government has been running a consultation on the potential use of fracking and coal bed mining in Scotland. Today is the last day if you want to express your views on it: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/fracking-unconventional-oil-and-gas/ ...

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

The Official President Trump thread

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum
Worth noting, I suppose, that along with the Catalan referendum, the KRG have called a referendum for the 25th of September.  This being in the face of the international community telling them not to and last minute talks aimed at postponement.  Those talks look to have failed, and there's more t...

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

MP or Assistant Referee?
  Tory MP misses vote be assistant referee at Champions League game Tory MP Douglas Ross is to miss a vote on universal credit to be an assistant referee at a Champions League match. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41660040

German Election
German election exit polls:CDU/CSU - 32.5%SPD - 20%AfD - 13.5%FDP - 10.5%Greens - 9.5%Left party - 9%  So with voting closed and the exit poll in, the only real certainty seems that Merkel will have a fourth term as Chancellor.  CDU went down 9% from last election, if this is right, and the SPD h...

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

Since it's a Wednesday.....
During Desert Storm, an American Air Force officer met a Saudi Air Force officer.

Their love of flying bonded them together and soon they became friends. One day, while making small talk, the discussion turned to family. Each expressed how much they missed their wives and children. The Saudi off...

What do you want to see?
The board is for you, the posters. So tell us what you want to see! What new forums would you like to see? What features would you like? What doesn't work on the board? Anything you don't like? Your feedback is needed so we can get things working how you want them!

Parks and Recreation
@Larky Masher  I just saw an article about Brent Briscoe?s death,  was surprised to learn he was only 56 years old.  JJ?s diner definitely closed down now. ?  http://www.nme.com/news/tv/brent-briscoe-dies-twin-peaks-parks-and-recreation-2152081

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.

Gardening.
Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

Minimum Price For Alcohol
Can anyone work out why the SNP are pushing for a minimum alcohol price of 50p a unit instead of increasing tax on alcohol?Increasing tax would mean that not only would alcohol become more expensive which would achieve the aim of hopefully reducing demand through price out would also raise more m...

Irrelevant and Alarming
Just thought I'd highlight this as it now appears as a main forum/sub thread on the main screen. May be an insight into the background of the new custodians. I think the history of this board proves that the folks who like to discuss betting are more than capable of creating their own threads etc...

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Interview: Can Anas Sarwar be the champion of the working class?

Nicola Sturgeon says there "may well be merit" in having each minister report...

The cracks in sisterly solidarity over period poverty were disappointing to see

IT contract for Scotland?s social security system awarded to IBM

Scottish Government civil servant appointed as interim chief officer of Scott...

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A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…

President of Catalunya?s Statement
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalunya: 10/10/17 “I want to follow people?s will for Catalonia to become an independent state. We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration… in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum… Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue. I…

An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…

Catalunya wins independence vote
A very warm welcome to the independent Republic of Catalunya. Total votes: 2,262,424 Yes: 2.020.144 (90,09%) No: 176.565 (7,87%) Blank: 45.586 (2,03%) Null: 20.129 (0,89%)  

Independence is in the Streets Already ? Catalunya
A report on the revolt against Spain?s bid to stage a coup, raiding Catalan ministry HQs and arresting senior government officials. The alarm bells went off early in the morning, when nearly everyone was on their way to work, school or the day?s meetings. They had entered the Finance Ministry. They had arrested a number…

Spanish Raid Catalan Government Offices
The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested 12 high-ranking Catalan officials in a large scale anti-referendum operation. Spain has shifted up a gear this Wednesday morning. Military police Guardia Civil officers entered offices of three Catalan government ministries: Economy, Governance and Social Affairs. The raids started around 8am local time and they are part of a…

Is The Tide Turning Towards Independence?
Is the tide turning towards independence? The way to look at it is this. The vote in 2014 was a half and half split given that YES was leading and only swung back in the last week with ‘The Vow’ and various other breaches of purdah. Many Scots were taken to manager’s meetings where they…