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UK might have to stay in customs union beyond end of 2020 transition, say MPs
24 May 2018 at 1:01pm
BRITAIN might be forced to remain in the EU's customs union beyond the end of the transition period in December 2020 because of the UK Government's failure to set out alternative plans, MPs have said.

Every Scot to be £4,000 better off after independence, report claims
24 May 2018 at 4:00am
AN independent Scotland can emulate the world?s 12 best-performing small economies, a long-awaited SNP blueprint will claim.

Children had more opportunities under Thatcher than the SNP, Labour MSP says
24 May 2018 at 3:30pm
CHILDREN had more opportunities at school under Margaret Thatcher than they do under the SNP Government, a Scottish Labour MSP has claimed.

Kremlin blamed for hoax call to Boris Johnson
24 May 2018 at 3:05pm
The UK believes the Kremlin was behind a hoax call targeting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Blackford seeks meeting with May over 'shocking' plight of undocumented citizens
24 May 2018 at 12:02am
IAN Blackford is demanding a face-to-face meeting with Theresa May to resolve an ?absolutely shocking? situation in which thousands of people in the UK, like the Windrush Generation, are undocumented citizens being denied their basic human rights.

Tory MPs add pressure on Government to relax rules for non-EEA fishermen
24 May 2018 at 6:42pm
SCOTTISH Tory MPs have added their political weight to the growing pressure on the UK Government to make a ?concession? and waive immigration rules so that fishermen outwith Europe can work on inshore vessels around Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Michelle Obama to speak at charity dinner in Scotland
24 May 2018 at 11:34am
MICHELLE Obama is to speak about her time in the White House at a special fundraising dinner in Edinburgh.

Sturgeon 'would pay'to see debate between Dunblane victim's brother and Trump
24 May 2018 at 1:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she would "pay money" to see a confrontation between the brother of a Dunblane massacre victim and Donald Trump.

Culture of Westminster must change, insists Commons Leader Leadsom
24 May 2018 at 12:23pm
THE culture of Westminster must change to ensure that everyone is treated with "courtesy and dignity," Andrea Leadsom, the Commons Leader, has told MPs.

Firm whose work was branded 'criminal' in Holyrood lined up for Faslane contr...
24 May 2018 at 4:00am
A FIRM whose work on a botched leisure centre was branded "criminal" in Holyrood has been lined up for a series of lucrative contracts revamping Faslane naval base.

Boris's idea of a 'Brexit plane' fails to take off
24 May 2018 at 12:02am
BORIS Johnson's idea for a new brightly coloured "Brexit plane" to help him sell Global Britain abroad has failed to get off the ground.

Brexiteers' favoured customs option could cost business £20bn a year, say off...
24 May 2018 at 12:00am
THE customs option favoured by Boris Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers could cost businesses as much as £20 billion a year, top Treasury officials have claimed.

MPs talk pants amid concerns over M&S store closure plans
24 May 2018 at 5:22pm
MPS are often accused of talking pants but yesterday they went out of their way to air their enthusiasm for Marks and Spencer's underwear amid serious concerns over the High Street giant's future.

SNP's new report on independence sets out case for 'economic renaissance'
23 May 2018 at 12:02am
THE long-awaited SNP report on the renewed case for independence will set out an optimistic strategy for Scotland?s ?economic renaissance?.

Yulia Skripal breaks her silence and says she is 'lucky to be alive'
24 May 2018 at 12:00am
YULIA Skripal, the daughter of the ex-Russian spy who was poisoned in Salisbury, has broken her silence and said she is "lucky to be alive" after the attempt to kill her and her father, Sergei.



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FMQs: MSP claims youths had more opportunities under Thatcher than SNP
24 May 2018 at 2:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been told that people growing up in the Margaret Thatcher era had more opportunities than children growing up under her “negligent” Scottish Government.

Nicola Sturgeon horrified by photo of ?whistleblower taped to chair?
24 May 2018 at 1:34pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “absolutely horrified” by an image of a woman taped to a chair and gagged at a Scottish Government body.

SNP Growth Commission report: What we know so far
24 May 2018 at 1:02pm
The long-awaited report from the SNP’s Growth Commission is due to be published on Friday. What it says is likely to inform the constitutional debate for the next 12 months and beyond, writes Chris McCall

Refugees in Scotland to be given right to vote
24 May 2018 at 12:23pm
Refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland will be able to vote under new plans being put forward at Holyrood.

More EU nationals choosing to live in Scotland despite Brexit
24 May 2018 at 11:14am
The number of EU nationals choosing to live in Scotland rose significantly last year despite the uncertainty of post-Brexit immigration laws, official figures have revealed.

New laws to demand 90% emission cut in Scotland by 2050
24 May 2018 at 10:03am
Scotland is to legislate for tougher action on climate change, with ministers proposing new laws that would require emissions to be cut by 90% by 2050.

Independence would see Scots £4,000 richer, claims SNP report
24 May 2018 at 6:58am
Scots will be around £4,000 better off in an independent Scotland, according to a much-anticipated SNP economic report due to be published tomorrow.

Rape victim set to push justice secretary for law change
24 May 2018 at 6:00am
A woman whose alleged rapist escaped prosecution is set to meet the justice secretary as she campaigns to have the centuries-old legal principle of corroboration scrapped.

Leader comment: The Scotsman finds Donald Trump?s perfect golf partner
24 May 2018 at 6:00am
There surely will be no shortage of takers. Who could possibly turn down the chance to play golf against a serving US President?

Leader comment: Testing P1 pupils must be stopped if it is ?abuse?
24 May 2018 at 6:00am
Educationalists have suggested putting primary one children through tests in literacy and numeracy skills is “tantamount ... to abuse”.

Tom Peterkin: Get ready, it?s indyref Groundhog Day again
24 May 2018 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon must hope Growth Commission paper rises to the economic challenge, writes Tom Peterkin.

Bill Jamieson: Terror attacks have changed Britain
24 May 2018 at 6:00am
The way we grieve major tragedies has altered radically since the Aberfan disaster in 1966, writes Bill Jamieson.

Kenny MacAskill: It?s not racist for Scots not to support England
24 May 2018 at 6:00am
The fitba season’s no sooner over than the World Cup begins, for some a nightmare, others a joy. Politicians are wading in and the demands to know which side you’re supporting are starting. But, it’s a game, not diplomacy or war by another name, though with some folk you’d never know.

Yulia Skripal: My recovery has been "slow and painful"
23 May 2018 at 6:30pm
The daughter of a Russian double agent who was poisoned alongside her father has spoken of her "slow and extremely painful" recovery and her wish to return to her native Russia.

No breakthrough yet in Brexit powers dispute, MSPs told
23 May 2018 at 5:35pm
Theresa May’s de-facto deputy has failed to respond to an “urgent” call from Scottish ministers to come to Holyrood to try to end the dispute over Brexit powers.

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The Bank Of The Clyde
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 May 2018 at 10:45am
Of all the dishonest memes regularly put around by the Unionist side in the Scottish constitutional debate, the most bare-faced is the notion of the “fiscal transfer”. Part-time pretend economists harp on endlessly about how the UK “transfers” money (the current popular figure is £9bn) to Scotland to balance the books every year, as if it …

Girls And Boys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 May 2018 at 10:59am
The phrase “the Labour Party has gotten itself into a catastrophic mess on X” is a sentence you can complete with almost any subject these days, whether it’s Brexit or anti-Semitism or anti-Asian racism or factionalism or Venezuela or just about anything else under the sun, so it should be no surprise that its gender policy is …

Guess who?s coming to dinner?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 May 2018 at 10:13am
Last week we revealed that English voters would happily see Scotland and Northern Ireland leave the UK if it was the price of securing Brexit. But one of the odder things was that those figures included a sizeable number of Remain voters, who don’t want Brexit to happen at all. We were a little perplexed, so …

Tomorrow?s man today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2018 at 5:13pm
Michael Gove has been saying some words today, to the general astonishment of all. Which seems like a good time to bring up some more data from our latest poll. Because with rumours flying that Theresa May has absolutely spewed her marbles and plans another general election in the autumn, we had Panelbase ask the …

The news you didn?t hear about
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2018 at 11:21am
It’s been a very sluggish few months in Scottish politics news, with only the significant but rather dry matter of the Brexit power grab to talk about, so you’d imagine that the publication earlier this month of some important new statistics concerning the Scottish economy would have raised some media attention. Yet fully three weeks …

Counting with the Daily Mail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2018 at 9:11am
After 27 unbroken pages of royal wedding “news” (following on from a full 46 in its Sunday edition), the Scottish Daily Mail finally gets down to reporting other stuff today. “Union support rising”, eh? Do we have any numbers on that? And it turns out that we do. Um, lads? If you’ve got 100 bananas, then someone gives …

The debut
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 May 2018 at 3:27pm
To the best of our recollection, today’s Sunday Politics Scotland was the first time a representative from this site has ever been invited onto a BBC Scotland TV show to discuss the affairs of the day since Wings was founded back in 2011. So we thought we better capture it for posterity in case it’s …

Dreaming the unpopular dream
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 May 2018 at 11:34am
A couple of weeks ago Scottish Labour announced, to the traditional merriment, its commitment to greater federalism for the UK, as it has done every year since 2011 or indeed since 1910. (Sometimes under the equally-meaningless term “Home Rule”.) In today’s Sunday Times, the much-missed former SNP spin doctor Kevin Pringle also pondered the idea, concluding that …

The road to hell
by Chris Cairns
19 May 2018 at 6:55am

The island within an island
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 May 2018 at 1:39pm
Our poll of English voters has already revealed that, on balance, the people of England would be happy to ditch Scotland, Northern Ireland and (very narrowly) Gibraltar as the price of Brexit. But what about if we approached the idea of England’s independence the other way round? We thought of that too. If England was already …

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Nicola Sturgeon 'horrified' by gagged worker photo
24 May 2018 at 1:12pm
The first minister asks a top civil servant to conduct a full review and report to her personally.

'Disappointment' over climate change target
24 May 2018 at 11:33am
Campaigners say the target of reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050 is not enough.

Scotland 'can match top small countries'
24 May 2018 at 1:23pm
The SNP's growth commission report will set out policies to help Scotland match the world's best-performing small countries.

Edinburgh Tram Inquiry: Tram extension 'to learn from past mistakes'
24 May 2018 at 2:27pm
Council officials says past experience will guide an extension of the tram network in Edinburgh.

Tory councillor expelled over BNP links
23 May 2018 at 10:33am
Stephen Goldsack was listed as the BNP's "Scottish security adviser" in 2011, and was pictured holding its manifesto.

First minister 'very disappointed' by Edinburgh Woollen Mill move
24 May 2018 at 2:55pm
Nicola Sturgeon says her government will do all it can to keep the company's head office in Scotland.

Doctors call for post-Brexit immigration 'clarity'
23 May 2018 at 6:51am
Scottish doctors' leaders say "virtually no progress" has been made to allow medics to work in Scotland after Brexit.

Rape victims to inform Scottish justice research
23 May 2018 at 7:26am
The project aims to understand what influences victims of rape and sexual assault to engage with the justice process.

'Weaknesses' in NHS Tayside financial management
22 May 2018 at 9:38pm
An independent report, highlights a lack of "open and transparent governance" at the health board.

Trump may extend UK visit to play golf in Scotland
23 May 2018 at 2:11am
The US president owns two golf courses in Scotland and another in Doonbeg, Ireland.

Mark Carney says currency union 'economically possible'
22 May 2018 at 12:44pm
But Mark Carney says it will be for others to decide on the potential "political ramifications".

Judge halts Labour selection contest
22 May 2018 at 7:23pm
Asim Khan took the party to court after claiming dozens of his supporters were denied the chance to vote for him.

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Earl of Dumbarton ROCKED by new SHOCK poll that suggests monarchy could be DO...
by James Kelly
21 May 2018 at 3:30pm
There's a new poll out today that has a bit of something for everyone - republican-minded Yessers are delighted that it shows only a minority of the Scottish public are in favour of retaining the m...

Twitter poll suggests a virtual three-way tie in the SNP depute leadership co...
by James Kelly
20 May 2018 at 5:01pm
Just out of curiosity, I decided to run a poll on Twitter yesterday to see how people were planning to vote in the SNP depute leadership election (or how they had already voted).  I genuinely had n...

The case for Chris McEleny
by James Kelly
18 May 2018 at 5:19pm
As you probably know, voting is now open in the SNP depute leadership election, and if you're part of the 2%+ of the entire population of Scotland that are members of the SNP, you have until 8th Ju...

Is Sarah Smith auditioning (again) to become Scottish Tory press officer?
by James Kelly
15 May 2018 at 6:31pm
As you probably know by now, the Scottish Parliament voted at 5pm today to deny legislative consent for Westminster's EU Withdrawal Bill, and did so by a thumping 93 to 30 margin.  It would be an u...

Have the Sunday Herald built bridges after last week's misjudgements? (Spoil...
by James Kelly
13 May 2018 at 6:10am
You might remember a while back that CommonSpace took a brief financial hit after running an attack piece about Wings Over Scotland that had a particularly ill-judged and highly provocative headlin...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
12 May 2018 at 5:43pm
So I got a slightly patchier 7 out of 10 qualifiers right on Thursday.  The three I didn't pick out were the Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia.  Country music isn't really my thing (as I discovered ...

How does the SNP's near-total exclusion from BBC Question Time compare to the...
by James Kelly
11 May 2018 at 6:54pm
There's an indisputable fact of political arithmetic that our broadcasters need to be urgently reacquainted with.  The SNP are not only the third largest party in the elected chamber of the UK Parl...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Thursday's second semi-final
by James Kelly
10 May 2018 at 5:57pm
So I correctly picked eight out of the ten qualifiers in the first semi.  The two I overlooked were Austria and Ireland, which is really odd, because those are genuinely two of my personal favourit...

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Greens and environmentalists clash with Scottish Government over 'timid' Clim...
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24 May 2018 at 9:10pm
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On Honeymoon in Ardnamurchan, and have a question about the roads...
by /u/Ephemeral_Wolf
24 May 2018 at 8:13pm
So, we?re over from Ireland on honeymoon and currently staying in Ardnamurchan and heading to Skye tomorrow (but really don?t want to leave here just yet!) we were wondering though if the roads are...

North Sea firm warns of 70 job losses
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24 May 2018 at 7:55pm
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My mum and the dog walking along largs beach. Not as pretty during the day th...
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24 May 2018 at 7:11pm
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"The @ScotNational has a good list of 15 bigots within the @ScotTories. Howev...
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24 May 2018 at 6:58pm
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I love the people of this country...
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24 May 2018 at 5:37pm
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Rangers bus driver guilty of causing fan's death
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24 May 2018 at 5:25pm
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Switching from Tier 4-Tier 2 visa and finding employment/sponsorship.
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24 May 2018 at 5:13pm
Hello, everyone. Hope everyone is having a great week and a great day. I'm gonna be graduating on 25 June from Glasgow uni and want to switch my visa from tier 4-to tier 2 to work/remain in the UK ...

Found another old irn bru cap on the same beach
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24 May 2018 at 5:02pm
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Nicola Sturgeon 'horrified' by gagged worker photo - BBC News
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24 May 2018 at 4:38pm
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Annie Wells earning her generous salary today
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24 May 2018 at 3:14pm
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New IrnBru is basically the methadone of soft drinks
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24 May 2018 at 3:04pm
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Vice chair Glasgow Shettleston Constituency Labour Party using the anniversar...
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24 May 2018 at 2:24pm
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Rise in EU nationals living in Scotland despite Brexit
by /u/bottish
24 May 2018 at 12:41pm
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Boris Johnson pranked in excruciating 18-minute phone call by Russian blagger
by Dan Bloom
24 May 2018 at 2:02pm
The shock audio of a caller pretending to Armenia's Prime Minister was released by pranksters Lexus and Vovan in what appears to be a major breach of UK national security

'Back Scottish independence and we can boost economy by £4k per person', says...
by Andy Philip
24 May 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP-commissioned report will be published in full tomorrow.

Misconduct allegation against Commons Speaker John Bercow being 'assessed' by...
by dailyrecord
23 May 2018 at 10:32pm

 The Tory MP is embroiled in bullying claims amid allegations he called Commons leader Andrea Leadsom a "stupid woman" and "f****** useless".

Federal judge rules that President Donald Trump can't block people on Twitter...
by dailyrecord
23 May 2018 at 7:25pm
Judge Buchwald said the president was violating the American constitution by preventing voters from viewing his tweets.

Theresa May blasts 'appalling' SNP for urging M&S to market Scotch whisky as S...
by Jon Vale
23 May 2018 at 3:54pm
The Prime Minister says "It is frankly appalling that the Scottish government did not want to see the Union Flag and the word British on produce."

Scotland?s leading doctors condemn Theresa May?s shambolic Brexit for putting...
by Andy Philip
23 May 2018 at 4:30am
The chairman of the British Medical Association in Scotland warned that confusion about immigration could cut off vital supply of doctors and nurses.

Bank of England governor insists independent Scotland could share the pound
by David Clegg
23 May 2018 at 4:30am
Mark Carney admits a currency union is viable just as the SNP prepare to advocate the creation of a Scottish currency.

Jim Murphy says hard Brexit will kill off demand for new Scottish independenc...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 May 2018 at 4:30am
The former Scottish Labour leader told a London conference on Unionism that the UK leaving the EU will thwart the SNP's future hopes.

Theresa May's new batch of Tory peers to cost taxpayer extra £1million a year
by Ben Glaze
22 May 2018 at 4:30am
The Prime Minister triggered fury when she put forward a fresh batch of Tory cronies for the House of Lords as royal wedding fever was in full swing.

Pizza nonsense as Kezia Dugdale says banning two-for-one deals won't solve ob...
by Kezia Dugdale
22 May 2018 at 4:30am
The former Labour leader points out that budget cuts are forcing Glasgow City Council to scrap free swimming lessons for kids while the SNP are focused on meal deals.

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So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2018 at 12:06am

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin…

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

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Wound Up in the Weeds of Westminster
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 May 2018 at 11:56am
There?s a century long tradition of MP?s with radical intentions taking the train to Westminster and getting caught up in Westminster?s cultural and political weeds. Recently Scotland on Sunday ran an article on the SNP Westminster defence team?s submission to the Ministry of Defence consultation on the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). Based upon the SOS …

Singed Milk
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2018 at 11:06am
On the Ulva buy-out and memories from Eigg twenty years ago. Maxwell MacLeod raises a glass to Scotland’s greatest treasures. As a no hoper freelance journalist with a knowledge of the Hebrides I have been asked by a major newspaper to give them some background on the Ulva buy-out, and as my head is now …

The Unelected are Our New Saviours
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 May 2018 at 8:44am
Scotland had previously been understood as a ‘Liminal Land’ – stuck halfway, mid-process – between the states of devolution and independence – between something and sovereignty. Democracy as a ‘form of becoming’ was understood by Donald Dewar who was this week referenced by Michael Russell as he spoke in the debate which rejected the EU …

Talking over a wall. A letter from Muck
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2018 at 5:35pm
Max MacLeod is praying for peace in Jerusalem, again. I am sitting typing this in a small cottage on the tiny island of Muck, my task today being to try and get two Palestinian nurses out of the current horror of the Middle East. The stark contrast between the two situations here on Muck and over …

How to Launch a Rocket
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2018 at 4:58pm
This is just a very quick article to explain in simple terms what the national Gathering of the groups is for, and why every dedicated Yesser and local group member should be attending as a top priority. The Gathering is designed to be the start of a collective process that has local groups, their members, …

Ivanka Praying for Peace
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 May 2018 at 2:17pm
As the Palestinian death toll in border protest has risen to thirty-seven, Ivanka is on Instagram selling jewellery and opening the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. This is the profane and the obscene wrapped delicately in a casual racism and projected expertly across social media. She writes: “We will pray for the boundless potential of …

Hostile Environment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 May 2018 at 9:52am
This spring saturday what do the newspapers tell us about the state we live in? The Daily Express wails at accountability for past military action – like the death rattle of a failed state now operating 95% on the ether of imperial nostalgia. In a surprise move the Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed she was …

Scotland?s Blockchain Democracy?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 May 2018 at 10:14pm
Scotland now has the potential to become the world’s leading direct democracy country argues Nicholas Russell. Reflecting on the 2014 referendum process, Scots were 21st century citizens, interacting with biased 19th century institutions, using 15th century voting systems. And Scots voted in 2014, mostly, without taking reference to the official White Paper, upon which the …

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Being excluded from EU Galileo satellite system creates 'irreparable security...
by Andrew Sparrow
24 May 2018 at 4:17pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenAfternoon summary 4.17pm BST 4.05pm BST Ipsos MORI has released some polling today.Half think #Brexit is working out as expected while 4 in 10 think it is worse; confidence in the PM to get a good Brexit deal remains low: new @st...

Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
24 May 2018 at 11:12am
Holyrood says ?net-zero? carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointingNew targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it...

Legal fight to abandon Brexit has no constitutional basis, court told
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 May 2018 at 3:22pm
MPs breaking ?parliamentary privilege? by bringing case on UK unilaterally stopping BrexitThe government has warned a group of MPs they are breaching parliamentary privilege by asking a court to rule on whether Brexit can be halted unilaterally by the UK.Three MPs are involved in a legal case bro...

'The right thing to do': Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Livingstone's resignation ? ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
21 May 2018 at 10:10pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenYuval Noah Harari: Brexit will not halt drive to ?human unification?Support for Brexit falls sharply in Northern IrelandNo 10 lobby briefing ? SummaryMay?s science and industrial strategy speech ? Summary and analysisEvening summa...

My fellow Tories, I?m afraid the crash generation just doesn?t trust us | Rut...
by Ruth Davidson
18 May 2018 at 5:02pm
Polls showing many young people won?t vote Conservative can be reversed ? but the party must work harder to achieve thatExamine the headline figures of the political views of under-40s in the UK today ? and weep, fellow Conservatives. New polling conducted by YouGov for the Centre for Policy Stud...

May says she working on new Brexit 'fallback option' but UK will runs its own...
by Andrew Sparrow
17 May 2018 at 6:09pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMay?s press conference in Macedonia - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 6.09pm BST 5.29pm BST Damian Green, the former first secretary of state, was on the Today programme this morning promoting a plan he has drawn up for a n...

Grenfell inquiry to begin taking evidence ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Pippa Crerar with Dawn Foster, Robert Booth, Deborah Coles, Dambisa Moyo and Libby Brooks; produced by Phil Maynard and Simon Barnard
16 May 2018 at 4:30pm
Pippa Crerar is joined by Robert Booth, Dawn Foster and Deborah Coles to discuss the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry which begins taking evidence next week. Plus economist Dambisa Moyo on how to fix the crises in global democracy and Libby Brooks on the SNP?s deputy leadership electionSir Martin Moor...

#Readytogo? Rift over timing of indyref2 marks a turning point for yes movement
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
16 May 2018 at 1:01pm
While some Scottish independence activists warn against an early poll, others say a lengthy delay could pose an even bigger threatVoters are fizzing with adrenalin and have nowhere to put it Continue reading...

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Can Scotland afford not to become independent?
Back in 2014 the question constantly put forward by the forces of British nationalism in Scotland was – can Scotland afford to become independent? With the implication that of course it couldn’t. As we face the inevitability of a second independence referendum, one which has been brought about by the lies and deceit, the shortcomings …

The self-delusions of a British nationalist
There’s a test that scientists use to discover whether a species possesses self-awareness. They anaesthetise an animal and paint a dot on its forehead using an odourless and chemically inert paint. When the animal wakens, it is presented with a mirror, it it reacts to the image in the mirror by attempting to examine the …

When they?re not kissing babies they?re stealing their sweeties
Ruth Davidson and Michael Gove have announced the launch of a new think tank, because what the world really needs is yet another right wing think tank. The think tank is to be called Onward, as in onward and off a cliff with Brexit. Michael Gove is one of the most reactionary hard line Brexiteers …

What we can?t avoid
It’s like a version of that annoying audio version of thon wedding dress. Do you hear Laurel or Yanny? The BBC is pumping out non stop nausea about the bloody royal wedding, only instead of hearing “Isn’t it MARVELLOUS!” most people hereabouts are hearing “Oh furfuxake gaunie shuttit.” At least that’s all you can hear …

A Gaelic map of Scotland
Well, I promised you merchandising this year because I have a wedding to pay for and need to make some money.  First up is a Gaelic map of all of Scotland.  I’ve been doing regional maps of parts of Scotland, but people always want a map of their own area, so thought it best to …

The guarantee of lies
Scotland and the British government are heading for your actual constitutional crisis, but according to certain sections of the media in Scotland it’s all very arcane, and people aren’t going to get very upset about it. Apparently it’s all about highly technical stuff to do with obscure agricultural standards, nothing that those of us who …

A singular dishonesty
Here we go again. It’s always groundhog day with British nationalism in Scotland. I blogged some months ago about the important distinction between the unitary market of the British state, and the single market of the EU. British nationalists in Scotland are however determined to conflate those two very different political and economic beasts under …

Losing trust and building bridges
The first rule of digging yourself into a hole, is that when you’re in one, you should stop digging. The Sunday Herald had dug itself into a hole with its front page the day after the biggest pro-independence rally in Scottish history. Newspapers know the power of a front page, and the Sunday Herald’s front …

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Leading oilman calls for Holyrood to take control of offshore industry
THE head of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has said the big questions facing the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) had been answered with its latest offshore auction of more than 120 licences to 60 companies.

Case for Scottish independence will be built on back of toxic Brexit
NICOLA Sturgeon is right to wait till the Brexit arrangements are clear before naming the date for ? sorry, making a decision on ? a new independence referendum.

Imagine if Britain?s archaic energy system focused on renewables
AT long last the Scottish Government?s Growth Commission Report will be published tomorrow with facts, figures and scenarios about the economics of an independent Scotland. Doubtless, there will be arguments aplenty about the type of currency chosen and Scotland?s general ability to survive on its own. Which is fine. There are strong, convincing answers.

Russell snubbed over call for new Brexit power grab meeting
THERESA May?s de-facto deputy has failed to respond to an ?urgent? call from ministers in Edinburgh to come to Holyrood to try to end the dispute over Brexit powers.

New Catalan cabinet on hold as president Torra seeks legal advice
FORMATION of the new Catalan executive was yesterday put on hold after President Quim Torra said he would seek legal advice on the Spanish Government?s blocking of the appointments of four of his nominated ministers.

Tories ignored advice to raise Carillion risk level, report finds
THE UK Government ignored advice to put public sector outsourcing company Carillion on its highest risk rating less than two months before it collapsed in January with the loss of thousands of jobs, according to a report from Westminster?s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Swift decision promised in Article 50 court case
A CROSS-party legal challenge to the UK Government on Brexit is not ?hypothetical or academic?, Scotland?s highest civil court has been told.

BBC is failing in its duty to Scotland, SNP tell watchdog
THE BBC is failing to deliver on its Charter?s commitment to ?reflect, represent and serve? Scotland, according to a SNP submission to the broadcasting regulator.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Scottish Press the Labour Party in Scotland and BBC Scotland Conspiracy Pact...
        BBC – Labour Party Bias ? Not Us!!! In denying the Scottish public their right to active promotion, through broadcasting of cultural diversity with other parts of the United Kingdom the UK government and its centrally controlled BBC is in breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of … Continue reading "Scottish Press the Labour Party in Scotland and BBC Scotland C...

Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to Trust the Westminster G...
          The Application of Laws in England and Scotland before 1707 The principles of Roman Law, a system of ‘rights’ and ‘obligations’ prevalent in European countries was used to develop Scots law over many hundreds of years before 1707. Whilst, in England, lawmaking evolved by writing “Common Law” into statute, using … Continue reading "Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to ...

1820 Scottish Rising ? Scots Betrayed Yet Again By Unionist Spies Acting for ...
        The 1820 Scottish Uprising James Wilson, Andrew Hardie & John Baird (all weavers) were accused by the Crown of being leaders of the ?1820 Rising?, a group of Scots campaigning for universal male suffrage, better working conditions and a Scottish parliament. They, together with 19 others, mostly weavers: Thomas M?Culloch, Benjamin … Continue reading "1820 Scottish Rising – Scots Betrayed...

The BBC is the Most Powerful Government Mouthpiece in the World and Its Biase...
        1 May 2018: BBC Bias is Well Capable of Swinging an Election or Referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news could potentially have significant effects on election/referendum results. In 2017, Patrick Kennedy and Andrea Prat, economists from the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? … Continue reading "The BBC is the Most Powerful Gove...

Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government Attacking Proposals For Safe Dr...
          Drug-Control Policies in Britain The late Prof Geoffrey Pearson was an eminent and highly respected Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young. In his journal, The New Heroin Users (1987) he gave a voice to users and addicts, confounding many stereotypes concerning this demonised group, who were … Continue reading "Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government ...

Scotland ? Englands First Colony ? Ravished ? Pillaged ? Blockaded ? Betrayed...
          The Alien Act – Bully Boy Nation England Forces a Treaty of Union On Scotland The 1701 Alien Act was the culmination of the England’s efforts to subjucate Scotland, and the negative impact was huge. An embargo on Scottish goods to both England and its colonies, enforced by a naval … Continue reading "Scotland – Englands First Colony – Ravished – Pillaged – Blockaded – Betrayed – Casti...

Syria ? The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria ? New S...
                6 May 2018: Tensions Rising Between Syrian Army, Kurds Amid Creation of US Bases The probability of all-out war between the Syrian army and Kurdish militias in northern Syria has intensified amid reports of the creation of more new US bases, along with reports of a possible … Continue reading "Syria – The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria – New Strategy i...

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

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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

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind
Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 13th 2018 Scotland and the UK feel in hiatus and stasis – awaiting the unfurling and unraveling of Brexit. Some people are marching. Last Saturday?s gathering was significant given the lack of SNP and Scottish …

The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia
The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 9th 2018 Nostalgia is everywhere. The past seems all around us ? alive, noisy, ever-present, and more relevant and dynamic than the voices of today and the concerns of tomorrow. Take a couple of examples. The British Labour …

Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life
Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 2nd 2018 How many times do you hear people say that these are ?grim times?? It has become commonplace ? but a bit of perspective and history is needed. These aren?t after all as grim times …

Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers
Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 25th 2018 The bewildering nature of modern society ? its incessant, demanding change, shifts in employment, remuneration and technologies, and a sense that big decisions are taken elsewhere ? means that a feeling of loss is commonplace today in …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Scotland and Independence

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SNP growth commission to set out fresh economic case for Scottish independence
SNP growth commission to set out fresh economic case for Scottish independence  HolyroodSNP report to claim independence would bring £4000 bonus  The TimesCase for Scottish independence will be built on back of toxic Brexit  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking...
Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking up UK Murphy says hard Brexit will kill off demand for new Scottish independence vote  Scottish Daily RecordMark Carney: Independent Scotland currency union 'economically possible'  The ScotsmanLetters: Let us hope Growth Commission report will not be 'garbage in, garbage out'  HeraldScotlandFull cov...

Nicola Sturgeon says she will 'restart' debate on Scottish independence in co...
Nicola Sturgeon says she will 'restart' debate on Scottish independence in coming weeks  The IndependentScotland will consider independence vote after Brexit clarity, says Sturgeon  POLITICO.euSturgeon to 'restart debate' on Scottish independence  RTE.ieMark Smith: New independence blueprint needs to fix the mess on tax - Here's a few ideas to get started  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote
Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Pound Drops on Pledge to Restart Scotland Independence Push
Pound Drops on Pledge to Restart Scotland Independence Push  DailyFXFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scotland sets target of cutting greenhouse gases by 90% by 2050
Scotland sets target of cutting greenhouse gases by 90% by 2050  Financial TimesFull coverage

Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit
Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit  Aljazeera.comFull coverage


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SNP Growth Commission report: What we know so far
SNP Growth Commission report: What we know so far  The ScotsmanSNP report to claim independence would bring £4000 bonus  The TimesIndependent Scotland could become 'the new Denmark', says SNP Growth Commission  iNewsFull coverage

SNP 'bullying' M&S over Union flag on Scotch
SNP 'bullying' M&S over Union flag on Scotch  The Drinks BusinessTheresa May blasts 'appalling' SNP for urging M&S to market Scotch whisky as Scottish and not British  Scottish Daily RecordTheresa May brands SNP 'appalling' in Marks & Spencer Union flag row  The ScotsmanSNP branded 'appalling' for bullying M&S over using Union flag on goods  The SunFull coverage

SNP councils get biggest funding rise
SNP councils get biggest funding rise  The TimesFull coverage

Scottish pupils 'not being offered a fair choice' of subjects under the SNP
Scottish pupils 'not being offered a fair choice' of subjects under the SNP coverage

SNP to launch fresh drive for independence this summer
SNP to launch fresh drive for independence this summer  iNewsSNP's new report on independence sets out case for 'economic renaissance'  HeraldScotlandWomen in the justice system, CEO pay, Gaza and party reform: SNP conference agenda unveiled  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Economic roadmap is a turning point for SNP
Economic roadmap is a turning point for SNP  The TimesFull coverage

The SNP has caused its own baby box blues
The SNP has caused its own baby box blues  The GuardianRuth Davidson: If the SNP wants to win, it needs to talk about potholes and teachers rather than banging on about Brexit  iNewsALEX BELL: SNP policy has proven to be a complete waste of energy  The CourierSNP electoral prospects put new vote in doubt  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Disabled will be protected from cuts, SNP vows
Disabled will be protected from cuts, SNP vows  The TimesFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Independence would see Scots £4000 richer, claims SNP report
Independence would see Scots £4000 richer, claims SNP report  The ScotsmanIndependent Scotland will have to embrace HIGHER taxes and more immigration, admits SNP Commission report sets out independent Scotland cash boost  The NationalLetters: Another independence campaign will cause more problems than Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking...
Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking up UK'BBC has not rebuilt the trust it lost in Scotland during the indyref'  The NationalJim Murphy says hard Brexit will kill off demand for new Scottish independence vote  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Scotland will Consider a New Referendum on Independence
Scotland will Consider a New Referendum on Independence  Novinite.comScotland will consider independence vote after Brexit clarity, says Sturgeon  POLITICO.euNicola Sturgeon vows to 'restart' Scottish independence debate  Sky NewsFull coverage

Case for Scottish independence will be built on back of toxic Brexit
Case for Scottish independence will be built on back of toxic Brexit  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote
Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Minister: Scots still looking for 'least worst' Brexit option
Minister: Scots still looking for 'least worst' Brexit option  EURACTIVFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit
Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

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The Official President Trump thread

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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

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

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 TSB scandal
A massive story which still really hasn't peaked or hit the headlines yet. Their IT switchover last month left millions unable to log on or do any internet banking, for about 4 weeks , this of course has left to great distress and fuckoffedness , with people not knowing what's been paid and w...

Votes for prisoners
Surely not. If they try and force this through then it is a BIG mistake.

Local Council c***s
Thought a thread to share the sort of shit local councils get up to might highlight some very cuntish behaviour and I want to see if other local councils are as bad as Aberdeen. The other day there were reports in the P&J that they could start charging homeless people to store their belonging...

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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Who do you tip/don?t tip and why? Why do some people get a tip and others don?t? A taxi driver is traditionally fair game for a tip but a bus driver isn?t. A taxi driver doesn?t declare full earnings and receives tips regularly whereas a bus driver doing an honest days graft gets hee-haw ...

The What do you do thread 2018
And what would you actually prefer to do.  Do - Mental health nurse  Prefer - Postman 

Happy Royal Wedding Day Fellow Plebs

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Hunting Hitler
Is the tv show I?ve been binging on. It?s from the History channel and contains a squad of the World?s finest manhunters and war crimes specialists trying to piece together whether Hitler fled alive to Argentina instead of the suicide that we are told to believe. There?s some pretty fascinating s...

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Holyrood Magazine


Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, turns two: childcare choices

"It does take its toll": MSPs talk about politics and mental health

Scottish Government rejects calls for net-zero emission target in climate cha...

SNP growth commission to set out fresh economic case for Scottish independence

Irish border fears ?could lead to extended Brexit transition period?

First female chief inspector of prisons for Scotland appointed

Promote the aquaculture industry to school leavers and graduates, urges HIE

SNP backs plans to give refugees and people seeking asylum the right to vote

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FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…