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Civil partnerships to be offered to heterosexual couples under new rules
25 Jun 2019 at 3:07pm
EVERY couple in Scotland will be able to enter into civil partnerships instead of marrying under proposals to address equality concerns.


Johnson makes 'do or die' commitment on Brexit by Oct 31 as he hits campaign ...
25 Jun 2019 at 2:34pm
BORIS Johnson has made a "do or die" commitment to pull the UK out of the European Union by October 31 as he began a fightback against his opponent?s claim that he was a ?coward? for shying away from the media spotlight.


Scottish independence now 'probable' says one of its greatest global foes
25 Jun 2019 at 9:31am
HE was perhaps the biggest voice of the intellectual world opposing Scottish independence. Now writer Mario Vargas Llosa believes what he has always called "separation" is likely.


Jeremy Hunt cuts off overseas support for Sturgeon to protect the Union
25 Jun 2019 at 1:15pm
JEREMY Hunt has withdrawn UK Government support for all of Nicola Sturgeon?s overseas trips in case she promotes independence.


Date revealed for new Tory leader announcement
25 Jun 2019 at 12:54pm
The new Tory leader will be announced on Tuesday July 23, the party has confirmed.


Brown attacks Johnson as narrow English Nationalist whose premiership would r...
25 Jun 2019 at 11:50am
GORDON Brown has branded Boris Johnson a purveyor of ?narrow, dogmatic nationalism,? who, if he became Prime Minister, would risk collapsing the 300-year-old United Kingdom.


Edinburgh should have a directly-elected mayor, says MSP
25 Jun 2019 at 12:11pm
EDINBURGH should have a directly-elected mayor to stand up for its needs and give the city fresh direction, an MSP has insisted.


Watch: Boris Johnson awkwardly refuses to answer questions about Carrie Symon...
25 Jun 2019 at 12:00pm
Boris Johnson has declined to discuss in detail the late-night quarrel at his home, saying it was ?simply unfair? to ?drag? his loved ones into the political arena.


Record delays in cancer treatment a 'scandal'
25 Jun 2019 at 11:17am
ALMOST a fifth of suspected cancer patients in Scotland are waiting longer than they should for their first treatment, with MSPs branding the new figures ?a scandal?.


Boris Johnson refuses to discuss row at partner Carrie Symond's flat
25 Jun 2019 at 9:00am
The leadership candidate refused to discuss the incident.


Union between Scotland and England 'under greatest strain in living memory'
24 Jun 2019 at 6:54pm
Theresa May's deputy has insisted the Union is under greater strain than at any time in living memory.


Calls for parliamentary inquiry into spending on the monarchy
25 Jun 2019 at 11:10am
Campaigners have called for a parliamentary inquiry to be launched into spending on the monarchy after royal accounts revealed the millions of pounds used to refurbish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?s home.


Holyrood to probe anti-Muslim hatred in Scotland
25 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
THE first inquiry into Islamophobia in Scotland is to be set up by Holyrood.


Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds publish 'loved up' photos after row
25 Jun 2019 at 12:02am
Boris Johnson sought to give the impression that everything was rosy with his partner Carrie Symonds following their early morning bust-up when ?loved up? pictures emerged of the couple holding hands and smiling in a Sussex garden.


Green MSP bids to ban fox and hare hunting with new bill
24 Jun 2019 at 11:24pm
They are a familiar sight in Scotland?s cities and suburbs, even trotting casually through the garden at the heart of the Scottish Parliament from time to time.

 

The Scotsman

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RNLI volunteer stunned after her boyfriend playing a 'casualty' in training e...
A lifeboat training exercise took a romantic twist when the actor playing a 'casualty' suffering from chest pains proposed to his 'rescuer' girlfriend.

Jeremy Kyle: TV bosses criticised for show's reliance on lie detector tests
Jeremy Kyle "strongly believed" in lie-detector tests, MPs have heard, as TV bosses were criticised for not knowing enough about them.

Judi Dench: We can't airbrush work of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein
Dame Judi Dench has defended the work of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, arguing the films they made should not be airbrushed from history.

Firm behind Sutherland spaceport pledges to operate in a 'green manner'
A company backing a proposed spaceport in the remote north of Scotland has promised to operate in a "green manner" ahead of an environmental assessment of the site.

The weird origins of 20 Edinburgh street names
Considering that Edinburgh is home to literary sons and daughters through the ages, it's unsurprising that Edinburgh's street names have poetic and playful origins.

Nicola Sturgeon won't stop arguing for independence on foreign trips
Nicola Sturgeon will not be stopped from speaking out on Scottish independence on foreign trips, a spokesman for the First Minister has said.

End of school is something to prize
Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Boat rescue for 14 people at flood-hit Stirling rugby club
Fourteen people have been rescued by boat from a rugby club after it was hit by flooding.

Pushchair parts found in quarry search for Scots mum and toddler
Pushchair parts have been found at a quarry in the search for a mother and son who disappeared more than 40 years ago.

Caledonian Sleeper passengers locked out of Edinburgh Waverley Station
Caledonian Sleeper passengers have been left locked out of Waverley Station in Edinburgh in the latest nightmare for the troubled service.

East Lothian far right fanatic jailed for downloading terror manuals on bomb-...
An East Lothian far right fanatic who downloaded terror manuals on how to make bombs and how to murder people has been jailed.

Review ordered over plans to cut school music tuition in Midlothian
Midlothian Council will review plans to axe the provision of music and dance education after councillors cited the need for “further conversation” on the proposals.

Treasures spanning 150 years of Scottish history revealed in National Museum ...
Hundreds of treasures spanning more than 150 years of the nation's history from the Battle of Culloden to the death of Queen Victoria have been brought together for the first time for a major exhibition in Edinburgh.

Scotland flooding: These 17 photos show the chaos caused by torrential rain i...
Edinburgh and Fife suffered torrential downpours yesterday (24 June) with flash flooding experienced across the regions.

Boris Johnson won't say if campaign released photo of partner after row
Boris Johnson has refused to say whether his campaign was behind a picture released showing him with his partner Carrie Symonds, as he continues to face questions about a row at her flat that saw police called by neighbours.

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The Question of Character

Every now and then, I feel myself compelled to write something I know that the majority of my readers will not agree with. That is because I do not go along with left wing groupthink any more than I go along with the line of the Establishment. I do not subscribe to a set of […]

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That Mark Field Feared a Terrorist Attack is Clearly a Lie ? or He Is Dangero...

The reason that Mark Field attacked the lady who had just passed by him was that she wore a sash clearly identifying her as a climate change protestor. She had entered with the other guests, already wearing her sash, and making no effort at concealment. Field knew exactly that she was a climate change protestor […]

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The Broader View Reveals the Ugliest of Prospects

Standing back a little and surveying the events of the last couple of weeks, gives a bleak view of the current state of western democracy. We have seen what appears to be the most unconvincing of false flags in the Gulf. I pointed out why it was improbable Iran would attack these particular ships. Since […]

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The Gulf of Credibility

I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive the effects of US economic sanctions. […]

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Festivaling

Sorry have been out of touch the last few days, have been helping run the Eden Festival and will be here till about Wednesday. Will try not to end up in hospital this year. But while I am down here…

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A Swedish Court Injects Some Sense

When, eight years late, the European Arrest Warrant request for Assange was finally put before a Swedish court, the court refused to issue it. Readers of this blog are amongst the very few people who have had the chance to learn the information that the original European Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange from Sweden was […]

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The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masot

A Google news search reveals that not one single mainstream media outlet has mentioned Shai Masot in 2019. Not even once. Yet the main political news story the last two days has been the suspension of Labour’s Peter Willsman for “anti-semitism” for making the suggestion that the “anti-semitism” witch-hunt is promoted by the Israeli-Embassy. This […]

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Jeremy Hunt Works That Rogue State Status

When Jeremy Hunt decided to attack the United Nations on twitter yesterday, he didn’t expect them to respond. He got owned. Professor Melzer is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. Professor Melzer is Swiss. He is an extremely distinguished lawyer and Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow in addition to Professor […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

A failure of balance
After five days I’ve had no response to this: As Ofcom require any complaints about the BBC to be directed to the Corporation first, I’ve sent the BBC the letter below today (by physical mail, as the online complaint form is comically inadequate), which I expect to be a waste of time and energy. If …

The imperfect kiss

The loose end
Right then. Our 2019 crowdfunder is officially over (the page is actually still live at the moment because several readers have asked it be kept open until the weekend so they can make their own donations, but it’ll be finally closed down on Sunday night). And good heavens. The main page alone narrowly beat last year’s all-sources total (ie including donations …

It?s not just angels who have wings
My interview on this week’s Alex Salmond show: Click the pic to watch.

The snivelling beggar
A crude clip of this segment from Shelagh Fogarty’s LBC show yesterday is doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment, and it deserves both better audiovisual quality and a wider audience. If features Regan Morann, a rather confused Tory from Scotland who has quite an opinion of himself. But for some reason, that swaggering self-confidence …

Watching the world catch up
The UK’s political commentariat is afire with shock today over a new poll. The poll showed that Tory members would by margins of around 2:1 willingly sacrifice Scotland and Northern Ireland – along with the UK economy and their own party – to make sure Brexit happened. Which is all very interesting, unless you read Wings …

From the archives #9
The Times, 30 June 1998. Wait, Michael who? Well, this should be good. And we were right. It was.

Whoever wins, we lose
You could actually weep for some of the people in our country. But the point Yes supporters understand and Unionists don’t is that it’s everything to do with the question ? because ?who is or might be Prime Minister, or which party is in government? is never our choice. It’s the choice of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and …

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics


Brexit: Survival of UK in doubt, Gordon Brown warns
The UK risks "unravelling" due to Brexit and the "narrow nationalism" of the Tories and SNP, ex-PM says.


Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on Scotland
Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt - what will the next prime minister mean for Scotland?


Cancer patients waiting longer for treatment in Scotland
The number of people being treated for cancer within 62 days of an urgent referral drops to 81.4%.


Minister 'optimistic' over securing BiFab contracts
With BiFab's yards in Methil and Burntisland currently mothballed, unions are campaigning to secure work on a Ł2bn offshore windfarm off Fife.


Auditors criticise pensions body over failed IT project
The Scottish Public Pensions Agency spent more than Ł6m before pulling the plug on the system.


Your guide to the week ahead at Holyrood
Scottish Parliament: Your guide to the week ahead


Scotland's reconviction rates remain at 20-year low
New figures show that a third of offenders sentenced to payback orders were reconvicted within a year.


Jeremy Hunt would not allow UK break-up
Boris Johnson's rival to replace Theresa May says he would defend the union with "every drop of blood in my veins".


Diversity concern as Scottish Parliament nears 20th anniversary
Warnings that the Scottish Parliament has "gone backwards" when it comes to the diversity of its MSPs.


Hunt and Johnson 'out of touch' with Scotland, Sturgeon says
Nicola Sturgeon says the Tory leadership race proves Scotland is on a "different political path".


Fixing the broken world of online argument
An idea which began life as a Highland teen's social media side project has garnered global attention.


What are Conservative leadership candidates saying about Scotland?
On a second independence referendum, the current 10 are clear that it should not happen.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Bombshell Panelbase poll shows support for independence at a three-year high ...
You've probably seen by now that there's a new Panelbase poll today suggesting that if Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister, there will be a majority of 53-47 in favour of independence.  But you al...

Humiliation for Ruth Davidson as Tory leadership result proves no-one in West...
What seems like a billion years ago (but in fact it was only a few months), there used to be this crazy notion that Ruth Davidson might be the next Prime Minister.  Bookies used to list her as a se...

A tentative forecast for the second round of the Tory leadership contest
As my 2016 track record will bear witness to, ballots of Tory MPs are notoriously hard to predict.  The classic example was Margaret Thatcher topping the first ballot in 1975 when Edward Heath was ...

Memo to Jeremy Hunt: the most recent poll shows a majority IN FAVOUR of an ea...
As you probably saw yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon "slapped down" Jeremy Hunt (to use official Express terminology) and told him that the people of Scotland, rather than random Tory leadership candidat...

Richard Leonard begs for mercy as brutal YouGov subsample puts Scottish Labou...
This poll was released 24 hours ago, but it's worth flagging up, because it suggests that the Peterborough by-election has not resulted in the tide going back out on the Brexit Party.Britain-wide v...

Support the campaign to get a Gaelic course added to Duolingo
Duolingo is the best-known and most effective free language-learning site on the internet.  I mentioned a few hours ago on Twitter how frustrating it is that it's possible to learn two fictional la...

Welcome to Ruth Davidson's 674th position on the circumstances in which an in...
In a BBC Scotland interview yesterday, Glenn Campbell asked Ruth Davidson whether she was saying "no, never" to an independence referendum.  Scotland really does appear to be the only country in th...

Historians will puzzle over how it came to this, but the stars seem to be ali...
There's a strong case to be made that Have I Got News For You is indirectly responsible for Brexit.  If they hadn't helped Boris Johnson build up his image as a loveable buffoon, he'd never have be...

Reddit Scotland

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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Count your blessings
submitted by /u/schofieldius

Best websites to find a new job?
Is there a consensus on what are the best websites to look for jobs in Scotland? I have so many different results/websites come up in google searches that I am wondering if anyone can provide me wi...

Visited Dunnottar Castle Today
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Foreign office confirms it has removed support for Scottish Government foreig...
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Join a TV Audience in Glasgow
Free Drink - Free Comedy - Tonight at Classic Grand from 6pm. BBC Scotland are making a new comedy show, presented by Mark Nelson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgERDdqgTi4), in which Mark discus...

Scottish independence now'probable'says anti-separatist Mario Vargas Llosa
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UK: Privately educated getting five times as many top jobs as the rest of us
submitted by /u/bottish

Wearing Kilts
Does anybody else wish wearing Kilts were a little more normal than it is? I was at a wedding yesterday and ended up waking up in a hotel room with a tshirt, trainers, but no jeans (I'd ripped them...

The Best Places to Visit in East Lothian
submitted by /u/outaboutscotland

Am I Scottish?
Do I qualify as Scottish despite no Scottish parentage (English father and Italian mother), only living in Scotland for 8 sweet months, not having an accent, being shit at golf, and my only claim t...

Beautiful evening sky. Taken yesterday in Perth & Kinross.
submitted by /u/AspiringViking92

BBC editors told to reveal allegiances of guests in landmark ruling
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Nice pic of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland (Harry Potter bridge)
submitted by /u/Darri_oakenbear

Scottish folk, what is your opinion of Americans with Scottish lineage?
I've long desired to visit Scotland solely because my mother's side of the family is largely Scottish and I want to get a feel for the culture firsthand. Normally I would just dive in but a friend ...

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Boris Johnson refuses to answer question 26 times about 'staged' picture with...
The Tory leadership frontrunner has struggled to get his campaign back on track since police were called to a late-night quarrel at the home he shares with partner Carrie Symonds.


Campaign to give stem cell donors time off work wins cross-party Holyrood sup...
MSPs from every political party back petition to help more people become donors.


Donald Trump denies sexually assaulting writer saying 'she's not my type'
Writer E Jean Carroll said she pushed Trump off and ran away from a department store.


Conservative Party leadership race: What happens next?
Johnson and Hunt made it through to the last round after Sajid Javid and Michael Gove were eliminated.


Labour MSP Anas Sarwar launches Scotland's first public anti-Islam hate probe
Sarwar wants to hear from individuals and organisations about experiences and consequences of anti-Muslim prejudice.


Boris Johnson defends late-night 'row' silence as he's grilled over 'staged' ...
The wannabe Prime Minister said it was 'unfair' to drag loved ones into politics during an interview with the BBC.


John Prescott rushed to hospital after suffering stroke
The former deputy prime minister's family issued a statement on social media.


Boris Johnson appoints sex pest claim MP Ross Thomson as Scottish campaign ma...
Ross Thomson will also advise the Tory leadership contender on policy in Scotland.


Boris Johnson 'wants wife back' as pals claim that sparked bust-up with Carri...
Friends think the row with Carrie Symonds was sparked due to his pining for Marina Wheeler.


Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt? It's the worst of both worlds for Scotland
Ian Blackford writes that Scotland will suffer regardless of who wins the Tory leadership race.

Michael Greenwell


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

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Climate Struggle ?  a Struggle for Social Power
By Asbjřrn Wahl, a trade union adviser, recently retired climate change spokesman of the International Transport Workers Federation, writer and Norwegian political activist.  He is a keynote speaker at the Socialist Solutions to Climate Change taking place in Edinburgh on Saturday 29th June. Humanity is currently faced with a number of deep and challenging crises: …

Strě an Fhearainn: Story of the Land
The story of land is fundamental to our past, present and future. With a renewed sense of urgency in the context of climate breakdown and a growing awareness of landed power and its malign influence over our democracy, the case for land reform is coming again to the fore. Following the independence referendum in 2014, …

Chelmsford Blues
There’s a scene in the US version of The Office where Jim says about his co-worker Dwight: “This is the smallest amount of power I’ve ever seen got to someones head”. I was reminded of it watching Ruth Davidson in maneuvers in Chelsmford this week, backtracking faster than a Chieftain about her thoughts about working …

Gaelic Place Names
Here’s a selection of gaelic derived place names – from Ainmean-Ŕite na h-Alba (AŔA) ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland the national advisory partnership for Gaelic place-names in Scotland. Reproduced here with thanks to Ainmean-Ŕite na h-Alba and Bňrd na Gŕidhlig. For more on these names consult www.gaelicplacenames.org ** ** ** ** **   **  

Spanish Veto Myth: The Failure of a Far Right Conspiracy
By Pilar Fernández (@pilaraymara) It was 2011 when the SNP won the election. Alex Salmond became the First Minister of Scotland and he committed to an independence referendum. In Spain, where a party manifesto can be ignored after any election, the idea of Salmond doing what he had promised was not only a surprise but …

Day Dreaming in Darkness
As SERCO?s Managing Director talks about needing to “deliver value for their shareholders”, many are concerned about vulnerable, frightened people, both men and women, being violently evicted and that within the next two and a half months we will see at least 300 people being made totally destitute in Glasgow. Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair for …

Missed Climate Targets Shows Need for Urgent Action
A climate emergency declaration, a commitment to net-zero emissions by 2045 and a scrapped tax cut for the aviation industry; over the last month we have seen the Scottish Government setting out their climate credentials. So the news this week that they had missed their climate target for 2017 is a reminder of the need …

Seven Tongues: Modern Poetry In Translation
“My culture and my language have a right to exist,” said James Kelman, famously, in the incendiary speech he gave after winning the Booker Prize in 1994, ?and no one has the authority to dismiss that right.”  Since the post-war renaissance of Scottish literature began it?s been a long slog asserting that right, and the …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Jeremy Hunt pulls Foreign Office support for Nicola Sturgeon
Tory leadership candidate accused of playing politics with move against first ministerJeremy Hunt has been accused of trying to boost his Conservative leadership campaign by withdrawing Foreign Office (FCO) support for Nicola Sturgeon?s overseas visits.The foreign secretary has confirmed that he ...

Gordon Brown: unity of UK at risk from 'hijacking of patriotism'
Former Labour PM says Tories have turned Brexit debate into test of patriotismToday?s political developments - live updatesGordon Brown has said the unity of the United Kingdom has never been at greater risk, faced by the ?hijacking of patriotism? by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and, what the f...

Boris Johnson as PM would be 'catastrophe' for UK, say Scottish Tories
Fears that Tory frontrunner?s zeal for Brexit would boost support for independenceSenior Scottish Conservatives fear Boris Johnson?s election as Tory leader could be a ?catastrophe? for the UK, because it is likely to turbo-charge the campaign for Scottish independence.Senior Tories believe Johns...

Scotland to run new consultations before updating gender law
Equalities secretary says government failed to address concerns over rights of others in single-sex spacesThe Scottish government has postponed a planned update of gender recognition laws after concluding that it had failed to address concerns about the impact of its proposals.Shirley Anne Somerv...

SNP's Ian Blackford calls Boris Johnson 'racist' ? video
Boris Johnson has been labelled 'racist' in the House of Commons by the Scottish National party's Westminster leader, who said the Conservative leadership frontrunner was 'unfit' to be prime minister. Ian Blackford asked Theresa May if she agreed with Johnson that the Scottish people were a vermi...

Tory leadership candidates rule out pre-Brexit election in BBC debate ? as it...
Remaining candidates took part in TV hustings after Dominic Raab ousted in second round of votingStewart survives as Raab eliminated from Tory leadership raceFull results of the Conservative leadership election ? round 2Second round results - Snap analysisBBC Tory leadership debate - Snap verdict...

Scottish alcohol sales at lowest level in 25 years after price controls
Figures also show 3% fall in consumption of alcohol in Scotland last yearAlcohol sales in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in 25 years after the introduction of price controls, figures show.Scotland?s health secretary, Jeane Freeman, welcomed the figures, which also reveal a 3% fall in ...

Holyrood backs new census questions on transgender identity
Scottish parliament offers unanimous support for voluntary questions in 2021The Scottish parliament has voted to ask new questions about transgender identity and sexual orientation in the next census, allowing national demographics to chart Scotland?s trans community for the first time.The census...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The iceberg and the lifeboat
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Beware the Scottish midgie
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A question of character
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Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 21 June 2019
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Bent bananas in the ears
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The Tory bumble-bluster, kitten smirk, tangent-bombast routine
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We knew all that already
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Not so precious after all
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The National

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Jeremy Hunt has just cut off all support for Nicola Sturgeon's trips abroad
FOREIGN Secretary Jeremy Hunt has withdrawn support for Nicola Sturgeon's overseas trips, saying he can no longer sign off on help for trips that "give a platform for independence".

WATCH: Boris's bizarre description of painting buses as a hobby
A BIZARRE video has emerged where Boris Johnson says he relaxes by making models of buses and painting happy passengers onboard.

These are Jeremy Hunt's past 'dodgy dealings' according to the SNP
JEREMY Hunt has a "track record of extreme views, dodgy dealings and ministerial failings", according to a dossier published by the SNP.

Download Now: Big Enough, Rich Enough, Smart Enough
WHEN was the first time you heard that Scotland couldn?t make it as an independent country?

New Tory leader to be announced on July 23, party confirms
The new Tory leader will be announced on July 23, the party has confirmed.

Nicola Sturgeon reacts to Jeremy Hunt cutting off support for trips abroad
JEREMY Hunt is "making the case for independence" by cutting off support for the First Minister's foreign trips, Nicola Sturgeon's spokesman has said.

BBC editors told to reveal allegiances of guests in landmark ruling
BBC editors have been reprimanded and told that they must reveal the political backgrounds of contributors.

WATCH: Boris Johnson refuses to confirm when Carrie Symonds photo was taken
Does this seem like the behaviour of a man we can trust to lead the UK?

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from?
Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 19th 2019 Scotland seems to be at an uneasy, calm place at the moment. The storm clouds are gathering on the horizon yet still seem distant – from the threat of Brexit and even worse the car crash of …

?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland
?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 12th 2019 Last week saw a significant moment in TV programming when ITV broadcast the latest in the legendary series ?Seven Up?, namely ?63 Up?. Michael Apted began first as a researcher then Director tracking fourteen seven year olds in 1964 and has subsequently …

Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice
Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 4th 2019 The Liberal Democrats have a spring in their step. After years of taking a kicking and coming to terms with the near-complete wipeout of 2015, they have stormed back into the reckoning winning second place in the European elections. They feel that …

Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us?
Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, June 2nd 2019 Scottish Labour once carried all before it. They were admired by some, feared by others. They couldn?t be ignored, were taken seriously and mattered. Today the party is not only struggling to …

The Story of Rose Reilly: A Scottish Football Pioneer
The Story of Rose Reilly: A Scottish Football Pioneer Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 29th 2019 Scottish football is on the way up – at the international level, in quality, achievements and in its recognition by others. Our national team has just beaten the mighty Brazil for the first time ever, and if that were …

How do we tell the stories of the past from generation to generation?
How do we tell the stories of the past from generation to generation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 22nd 2019 A number of events happened in the last week that brought home t the passing of time and what really matters in life – and how we understand it (or not). First and foremost, I …

The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator
The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 15th 2019 For eighteen years I have subscribed to and enjoyed reading The Spectator magazine. But under Fraser Nelson?s editorship from 2009 the magazine has slowly and irrevocably gone downhill and into the gutter. Gone are the days when …

The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the p...
The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the people? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 8th 2019 Twenty years ago last Monday Scotland went to the polls in the first democratic elections to the Scottish Parliament. This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the first session of that Parliament …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence now 'probable' says anti-separatist Mario Vargas Llosa ...
Scottish independence now 'probable' says anti-separatist Mario Vargas Llosa  HeraldScotlandBrexit: Survival of UK in doubt, Gordon Brown warns  BBC NewsGordon Brown says Union is in more danger than ever from nationalism  The ScotsmanGordon Brown warns of 'battle for Britain'  Jersey Evening PostView full coverage on Google News

Scottish independence: Holyrood must control future vote, says council leader...
Scottish independence: Holyrood must control future vote, says council leader  The ScotsmanHolding a future independence referendum should be under the control of the Scottish Parliament, according to the leader of Glasgow City Council. In a motion ...

Scottish Independence: Deputy PM warns Nicola Sturgeon against fresh campaign...
Scottish Independence: Deputy PM warns Nicola Sturgeon against fresh campaign  The ScotsmanNicola Sturgeon will today be warned against using the Scottish Parliament as a ?stepping stone? to independence by a senior UK government minister.

Scottish Independence: Most Scots would back independence under PM Boris John...
Scottish Independence: Most Scots would back independence under PM Boris Johnson  The ScotsmanA majority of Scots would back independence if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, a new poll suggests.

The Tories would now rather face Scottish independence than lose Brexit - New...
The Tories would now rather face Scottish independence than lose Brexit  New StatesmanFor Conservative Leavers, the 312-year-old Union between England and Scotland is secondary to the need to leave the EU at all costs.

Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate - Financial Times
Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate  Financial TimesOn a rainy summer afternoon there is a melancholy air to the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, a monument to the three-century old union of England and Scotland ...

Robert the Bruce actor: I hope film will boost support for Scottish independe...
Robert the Bruce actor: I hope film will boost support for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanActor Angus Macfadyen has said he hopes his new film Robert the Bruce will boost support for Scottish independence. Macfadyen reprises the role he first ...

Scottish independence: 'PM Boris Johnson' would be SNP's worst nightmare, say...
Scottish independence: 'PM Boris Johnson' would be SNP's worst nightmare, says Ross Thomson  The ScotsmanBoris Johnson would be the SNP's "worst nightmare" as Prime Minister, a Scots Tory MSP has said.

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How Extinction Rebellion's ?Holyrood Rebel Camp? exposed the SNP's lack of ra...
How Extinction Rebellion's ?Holyrood Rebel Camp? exposed the SNP's lack of radicalism  New StatesmanThe environmental movement is upholding the Scottish left's honourable tradition of non-violent direct action.

Holyrood stands in the way of SNP 'freedom' - The Times
Holyrood stands in the way of SNP 'freedom'  The TimesOn this day 20 years ago the Scots put on a bit of a show to mark the opening of their new parliament. There had been much debate about how grand it should ...

SNP MP criticised for calling trans campaigners at Edinburgh Pride 'misogynis...
SNP MP criticised for calling trans campaigners at Edinburgh Pride 'misogynistic'  The indy100SNP MP Joanna Cherry drew criticism after she tweeted a photograph of transgender rights activists and called them misogynistic. Taking to Twitter, the ...

SNP MP Ian Blackford brands Boris Johnson 'racist' at PMQs - BBC News
SNP MP Ian Blackford brands Boris Johnson 'racist' at PMQs  BBC NewsThe SNP's leader at Westminster leader has branded Boris Johnson a "racist" who is unfit to lead the country. Speaking during prime minister's questions, Ian ...

Boris Johnson will swat the SNP like a midge in Scotland - Telegraph.co.uk
Boris Johnson will swat the SNP like a midge in Scotland  Telegraph.co.ukIconic Aberdeen granite forms the foundational underpinning of the Palace of Westminster. In the same way, Scotland provides a foundational keystone to what ...

SNP?s vision makes independence a tough sell - Financial Times
SNP?s vision makes independence a tough sell  Financial TimesMure Dickie (?Brexit's test of old acquaintance?, The Big Read, June 20) points out how much Brexit uncertainty enlivens SNP politicians. They talk of little else, ...

Scottish independence: 'PM Boris Johnson' would be SNP's worst nightmare, say...
Scottish independence: 'PM Boris Johnson' would be SNP's worst nightmare, says Ross Thomson  The ScotsmanBoris Johnson would be the SNP's "worst nightmare" as Prime Minister, a Scots Tory MSP has said.

Former SNP MP pushes search for a measure to replace GDP - The National
Former SNP MP pushes search for a measure to replace GDP  The NationalA NEW book could help steer us away from the dominance of gross domestic product (GDP) as a key measure of economic progress, according to a former?

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Scottish independence: Holyrood must control future vote, says council leader...
Scottish independence: Holyrood must control future vote, says council leader  The ScotsmanHolding a future independence referendum should be under the control of the Scottish Parliament, according to the leader of Glasgow City Council. In a motion ...

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots have right to decide future with independence - The Na...
Nicola Sturgeon: Scots have right to decide future with independence  The NationalScottish Independence: Deputy PM warns Nicola Sturgeon against fresh campaign  The ScotsmanSturgeon confronted by Ridge over independence referendum delay - 'Worried you won't win?'  ExpressBrexit has left UK and Scotland relationship 'in shreds', Sturgeon claims  BreakingNews.ieNicola Sturgeon: No minimum vote th...

Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate - Financial Times
Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate  Financial TimesOn a rainy summer afternoon there is a melancholy air to the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, a monument to the three-century old union of England and Scotland ...

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on Scotland - BBC News
Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on Scotland  BBC NewsBoris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt - what will the next prime minister mean for Scotland?

Sturgeon moves towards second Scotland independence vote - Financial Times
Sturgeon moves towards second Scotland independence vote  Financial TimesThe Scottish government on Wednesday published legislation intended to pave the way for a second referendum on independence, saying it would be a ...

Brexit: Survival of UK in doubt, Gordon Brown warns - BBC News
Brexit: Survival of UK in doubt, Gordon Brown warns  BBC NewsGordon Brown has warned the future of the union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "more at risk" than at any time in 300 years.

Scottish Independence: Most Scots would back independence under PM Boris John...
Scottish Independence: Most Scots would back independence under PM Boris Johnson  The ScotsmanA majority of Scots would back independence if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, a new poll suggests.

The Tories would now rather face Scottish independence than lose Brexit - New...
The Tories would now rather face Scottish independence than lose Brexit  New StatesmanFor Conservative Leavers, the 312-year-old Union between England and Scotland is secondary to the need to leave the EU at all costs.

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Runners and Riders.... Next PM.
So, looks like 15 in so far, favourite is Boris!! Unfortunately for Scottish independence the favourite never wins! So from the Brexit side it will probably be Rabb, so who from the remain side? Will Hunt and Javid go back to form and champion remain, or will they stick to their new found 'kinda'...

Mark Field MP
Top story all day is the Mark Field MP intervened to stop a protester walking on stage in the middle of  the Chancellor's speech. Usual suspects on twitter are outraged and calling for his sacking/imprisonment. Surely I can't be the only one who thinks this is a nonsense non-story?   

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

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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!

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

The Official President Trump thread

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

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...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Ryanair Baggage
What's the script with hand baggage now?

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

Traditional boozers in Glasgow
Can anyone recommend some good traditional boozers in the centre of Glasgow, preferably within 10mins of Central Station? My faither in law is coming to visit next week, and I was going to take him on a wee pub crawl after I pick him up from the station

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

Summer solstice.
Can't quite believe it's took me 50 odd years to figure out the best holiday to have is the summer solstice. Spent all that time 'celebrating' lots of made up festive times. So couple of days off celebrating those long summer nights. (Obviously the glorious recent weather may have influenced thin...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

Ruth Davidson?s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...
        Jun 2016: A Delusional Ruth Davidson reflects On Her short career as a BBC Reporter and even shorter career as an intrepid soldier signaller in the British Army Reserve. Her advice to a group of aspiring journalists: “Keep your personal politics out of your reporting. When I contacted … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson’s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...

A Rare Event ? A Tory Condemns Party Policy and Exposes Members Discontent Wi...
          Former Tory MEP Struan Stevenson warns of Brexit farm ‘meltdown’ Stevenson, Tory MEP between 1999-2014 said: “Farmers and landowners, far from benefiting from the Arch-Brexters, much promised new worldwide trade deals will see their markets decline sharply as competition from cheap imports expands. Subsidies will … Continue reading "A Rare Event – A Tory Condemns Party Polic...

An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report Provides Irrefutable Confirma...
      Devolution powers shelved at the last minute from Smith Commission report New powers were formally committed to in the heavily promoted Unionist “Vow” made in the last few days before the 2014 independence referendum. The Smith Commission Panel subsequently agreed to a full devolution of abortion law, the creation of … Continue reading "An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report ...

Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassment Charges ? Tory Party Close...
      Miles Briggs answers sexual harassment charge Miles Briggs, Tory (list) MSP says he has been through a ?living hell? after being cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing into the claims. He insisted that the accusations made by a female worker with another party were ?completely false.? But … Continue reading "Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassme...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

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.…