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Voting closes in Lib Dem leadership battle
15 Jul 2015 at 2:17am
Voting closes today in the battle for the Liberal Democrat leadership.

Tory ministers launch new strike crackdown
14 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
The Conservative Government will today publish plans for new laws designed to crackdown on strikes and picket lines.

Labour must be patriotic party to win, says Tristram Hunt
14 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Labour's lack of patriotism damaged it in England and the party must now "wrap itself" in the St George's Cross to win back voters, the shadow education secretary will say.

OSBORNE CONFIRMS THAT NO UK TAXPAYER FUNDS TO BE USED TO PROP UP GREEK BAILOUT
14 Jul 2015 at 11:45am
NO UK cash will be used to help prop up the eurozone bailout of Greece, Downing Street has insisted.

Europe Minister: I didn't give any credence to leaked 'Frenchgate' memo
14 Jul 2015 at 9:21am
The Europe Minister has said he "didn't give give any credence" to a leaked memo suggesting Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the general election.

David Cameron says new measures put firms under pressure to close equality gap
13 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Forcing large firms to reveal the difference between the average earnings of male and female staff will "pressure" them to improve women's wages, David Cameron said.

Labour urges SNP support for anti-fox hunting vote
12 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Labour has called on the SNP to vote with it against plans to amend foxhunting laws south of the Border, inflicting the first major Commons defeat on David Cameron's Conservative government.

SNP slams Whitehall gender balance
12 Jul 2015 at 6:15pm
The SNP has accused the UK Government of paying "lip service" to the issue of gender equality, pointing to figures showing "stark" inequalities at the heart of Whitehall.

Labour challengers warn of end of party under Jeremy Corbyn
12 Jul 2015 at 3:40pm
Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn would lead Labour to "oblivion", an ally of leadership rival Liz Kendall warned as the contest became increasingly bitter.

LibDems leader Nick Clegg hits out at Tory election spending
12 Jul 2015 at 3:40pm
The Conservative Party ran a "coach and horses" through rules on election spending limits in seats where they were targeting the Liberal Democrats, former leader Nick Clegg has claimed.

Harriet Harman says Labour won't oppose some of George Osborne's Budget
12 Jul 2015 at 3:05pm
Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has provoked an internal backlash after she announcing her party will accept some of the Chancellor's radical welfare cuts, including a two-child limit on tax credits.

Osborne's policy is not a living wage, says think tank which inspired it
10 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
GEORGE Osborne's policy is not a "living wage", the think tank which helped to inspire the Chancellor's announcement has warned.

Labour must unite across UK says Kendall
10 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
A Labour leadership contender has ruled out a separate Scottish party.

Burnham says the road to Downing Street for Labour runs through Glasgow
10 Jul 2015 at 4:15pm
ANDY Burnham will today insist "the road to Downing Street goes through Glasgow" as he puts the revival of the Scottish Labour Party, following its election landslide defeat, at the heart of his campaign for the party leadership.

Evel: Tories target their own backbenches
9 Jul 2015 at 6:10pm
Three years ago when the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition set up a commission to look into the West Lothian Question one government aide declared that the body had "nothing to do with Scotland".


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Barlinnie inmates to build Glasgow social housing
24 Jul 2015 at 7:58pm

CURRENT and former offenders are to help build 40 affordable homes as part of a social enterprise scheme in Glasgow.



Barack Obama wants UK to remain in EU
24 Jul 2015 at 7:55pm

US president Barack Obama has issued a warning about the prospect of the UK losing influence if it leaves the European Union.



Travel costs for Bercow branded an ?obscene waste?
24 Jul 2015 at 7:42pm

JOHN Bercow has been accused of “obscene waste” after racking up a £172 bill being chauffeur-driven to a conference just less than a mile from Parliament.



SNP anger over cash spent on EVEL voting system
24 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

THE SNP was last night angered that taxpayers’ money has been spent on new a House of Commons electronic voting system that will incorporate English Votes for English Laws (EVEL).



Tiffany Jenkins: Women?s party ignores major issues
24 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

WELL-MEANING attempt to create a new movement for equal rights fails by ignoring major issues, writes Tiffany Jenkins



Brian Wilson: We need commission on devolution
24 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

AN independent review of devolved powers could pay dividends, writes Brian Wilson



David Mundell greeted by protests at food bank opening
24 Jul 2015 at 10:26am

Scotland’s only Conservative MP was met by protesters as he launched a new foodbank.



Small businesses warn against tightening lobbying laws
24 Jul 2015 at 5:49am

SCOTTISH Government plans to tighten up lobbying rules risk discouraging businesses from taking part in public policy debates, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned.



Nicola Sturgeon calls on PM to act over MSP GCHQ snooping
24 Jul 2015 at 4:42am

NICOLA Sturgeon has called on the Prime Minister to declare whether MSPs’ communications have been intercepted amid fears intelligence chiefs are now free to “snoop” on them.



Scots use 130m fewer plastic bags after 5p charge
23 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

SCOTS have dramatically ditched their use of supermarket plastic bags since a 5p charge was introduced, new figures have revealed.



SNP challenged to use powers to reverse Tory cuts
23 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

THE SNP have been challenged to use new tax and spend powers to make up for a £1 billion deficit in the Scottish block grant created by George Osborne’s latest austerity measures.



Tsipras wins vote on reforms for bailout talks
23 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

GREECE’S radical left-led government survived another revolt by rebels yesterday and passed reforms that should pave the way for the start of bailout discussions with European creditors.



SNP MSP calling for indyref in campaign literature
23 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

AN SNP MSP is circulating campaign literature saying a Nationalist victory in next year’s Scottish election will result in a second independence referendum.



Euan McColm: Corbyn will hand victory to the Right
23 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

‘Moronic’ prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn win would see Labour cede the centre ground to Cameron and co, writes Euan McColm



Joyce McMillan: In the twilight of social democracy
23 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

Labour party’s travails are part of wider retreat from politics of social justice, warns Joyce McMillan




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The unpayable ransom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2015 at 7:13am
Alert readers may have noticed something of a glut of articles in the press recently by right-wing commentators angrily challenging the SNP to prove its left-wing credentials if and when the new Scotland Bill ever becomes law and grants Holyrood more powers over taxation, some minor aspects of welfare and – of course – road signs. […]

Lying to Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2015 at 4:54am
From a bizarre, rambling Torcuil Crichton column in today’s Daily Record: It’s Torcuil Crichton, so we’d better check that, eh? Below are the findings of a Panelbase poll we commissioned at the end of last month. Oh look. In fact, Crichton’s claim isn’t only wrong, it’s the exact opposite of the truth. Of the four main […]

The perils of the bubble
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2015 at 8:30am
The battle-cry of right-wing Labour apologists all this week has been “realism”. It’s all very well people like Jeremy Corbyn having crazy old principles about what Labour is supposed to stand for, runs the argument, but you can’t argue with public opinion and public opinion is desperate for Labour to become Tories with a slightly […]

Don?t you just hate nationalism?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2015 at 5:59am
Tony Blair quoted in the Independent today: Tony Blair leaving office in 2007: We’re sure there’s a word for when you think your nation and your people are special and better than any other people or nation on Earth. It’ll come to us in a minute.

Our hearts are bleeding
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2015 at 4:47am
From “Record View” in today’s Daily Record: If only there’d been some way of ensuring Scotland was never “skewered by political decisions made on the basis of English priorities”, etc etc.

Things people really said
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2015 at 5:54pm
#1 in a series.

Not getting what you don?t not wish for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2015 at 11:26am
We’re sorry to keep going on about this, readers, but we’ve been going over and over it in our heads and we just can’t get it to make sense. Below is the failed Labour amendment to the Welfare Reform And Work Bill: As you can see, its sole intended purpose was to refuse a second reading to […]

Ian Murray is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2015 at 8:56am
In fact he abstained, along with roughly 80% of his Labour colleagues. (NB The glitch in the middle of the clip is on the original broadcast.)

The apologists? parade
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2015 at 5:56am
After last night’s debacle in the House Of Commons, various Labour activists and cheerleaders have been scrambled on social and print media to firefight the appalled reaction from voters on the left to the party’s abstention on the Tory welfare bill. And as usual, they’re talking cobblers. 308 Conservative MPs voted for the bill last night. […]

The end of irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jul 2015 at 4:32pm
The government’s brutal, monstrous welfare reform bill passed its second reading in the Commons tonight by 308 votes to 124, meaning that somewhere in the region of 80% of Labour MPs abstained on it. Half an hour earlier the party tweeted this: Presumably as a joke. Ladies and gentlemen, the opposition.


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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


Answers sought on MSP spying policy
24 Jul 2015 at 10:43am
Nicola Sturgeon has written to David Cameron seeking urgent assurances that the UK's intelligence agencies are not spying on MSPs.


Labour 'having a nervous breakdown'
24 Jul 2015 at 4:35am
A former Scottish Labour MP has said his party could be out of power for more than a decade.


Lords begin devolution inquiry
24 Jul 2015 at 6:36am
The House of Lords has begun an inquiry into the Union and devolution, chaired by Tory peer Lord Lang.


Charge cuts plastic bags by 147m
24 Jul 2015 at 4:30am
The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets in Scotland falls by 147 million - the first figures since a 5p charge was introduced.


Plan for wild salmon net-catching ban
24 Jul 2015 at 2:42am
Plans for a complete ban on catching wild salmon using coastal nets have been announced by the Scottish government.


Submarine test reactor shut down
24 Jul 2015 at 6:22am
A reactor at a Scottish nuclear test site at the centre of a political row is shut down as planned, says the Ministry of Defence.


New plan to keep fish plant open
23 Jul 2015 at 10:56am
Young's Seafoods no longer plans to shut its processing plant in Fraserburgh, but still expects to shed up to 650 jobs.


SNP demands wind farm subsidy U-turn
23 Jul 2015 at 8:11am
The UK government should relax its clampdown on onshore wind subsidies, the Scottish government says.


Foodbank defends Mundell decision
23 Jul 2015 at 6:34am
A charity defends its decision to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to open a new foodbank in Dumfries


'No cuts' to ferries workforce
23 Jul 2015 at 4:33am
A union involved in a dispute with CalMac says the agreement reached has ended a potential threat of job cuts.


Blair links SNP politics to cavemen
22 Jul 2015 at 8:12am
Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair compares the nationalism of the SNP to the "politics of the first caveman".


MoD 'relies on fishermen for intel'
22 Jul 2015 at 6:51am
The Ministry of Defence relies on fishermen and social media to alert it to foreign navy operations off Scotland, the SNP claims.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.


World's best press pictures come to Edinburgh
21 Jul 2015 at 6:39am
The Scottish parliament is hosting an exhibition of astonishing press images


Mhairi Black's first speech: Five things we learned
14 Jul 2015 at 6:39pm
Five things we learned as the UK?s youngest MP made her first speech in the Commons.


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Scot Goes pop

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

Katastrophe for Kendall as Ipsos-Mori poll reveals that more people think Cor...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2015 at 10:16am
We have that rarest of rare beasts today - a post-election voting intention poll.  I really had t...

Labour Uncut keeps telling itself comforting stories
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2015 at 5:35pm
Labour Uncut's editor Atul Hatwal was a constant source of light relief for me in the days leadin...

The only thing the Labour leadership contest is now missing is "The Vow"
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2015 at 9:48am
I've been having a look at the datasets for YouGov's Labour leadership poll showing Jeremy Corbyn...

Either YouGov is completely wrong (again), or Jeremy Corbyn has at least a 50...
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2015 at 5:54pm
I was extremely sceptical about the reports a few days ago that "private polls" were supposedly s...

Labour's dismissive message to their core vote : "Pair Off"
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2015 at 7:28pm
When it was pointed out earlier tonight that there would have been just about enough opposition M...

For the avoidance of doubt, Labour's failure to vote against the welfare cuts...
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2015 at 4:36pm

Just 308 MPs voted in favour of the Welfare Bill a few minutes ago.

Excluding the Deputy Speakers,...



Akehurst's "mutual respect" plan for Labour falls apart
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2015 at 9:37am

The Labour blogger and activist Luke Akehurst has gone on an interesting 'journey' during his par...



Peachy Panelbase poll puts the SNP on 53%
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm
As far as I can see, this is the first Panelbase poll to measure Holyrood voting intentions since...

Farq back
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2015 at 12:07pm
I knew there was something that didn't quite add up about the latest Times column from Kenny "Dev...

A Lib Dem election leaflet from a parallel universe
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2015 at 10:04am
Hi, I'm Alistair Carmichael, and I'm your Liberal Democrat candidate for the Orkney & Shetland by...

Tim Farron is the new Liberal Democrat leader
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2015 at 10:02am

Well, we all knew that was going to be the case, so I wrote this a few minutes ago, and hit 'publ...



Tip-top TNS poll suggests SNP honeymoon has extended into the summer
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2015 at 8:06am
The monthly TNS poll of Scottish Parliament voting intentions has been published today...
Constitu...

Could commendable challenger Corbyn conceivably clinch the crown?
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2015 at 8:11pm
Without in any way wanting to "do a Lovatt", I thought it might be interesting to have a quick lo...

Tally-ho! And off we go...
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2015 at 1:36pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a short article at the International Business Times...

Surveying the Survation survey that's seen splendid SNP storm to stupendous 56%
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2015 at 8:30am
Apologies for the delay, which was partly due to the Mail doing the tedious (and fruitless) #buya...


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newest submissions : Scotland
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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

/r/Scotland report: Friday, July 17, 2015 - Thursday, July 23, 2015
25 Jul 2015 at 2:25am

Totals: 7 days, 169 posts, 3,350 comments.
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Jeane Freeman: Labour are battling for their own future, not ours | Comment |...
25 Jul 2015 at 2:08am
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Final Report The Postal Ballot at the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014
24 Jul 2015 at 6:48pm
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Scots 'are more Right-wing than the English'
24 Jul 2015 at 6:41pm
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Why does our banner have the centrepiece as a woman bent over backward to avo...
24 Jul 2015 at 6:18pm
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Common Space - Gary Elliot: Why we shouldn't be too quick to ditch the BBC
24 Jul 2015 at 2:32pm
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Spying: Harvie demands answers from UK ministers Scottish Greens
24 Jul 2015 at 2:22pm
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Central Scotland, Urban Exploration?
24 Jul 2015 at 2:19pm

Anyone fancy going out tonight to do some urban exploration? Send me a mail if you do!

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Benny Harvey R.I.P
24 Jul 2015 at 2:04pm

Gone but not forgotten, miss you big man.

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Murryfield stadium question
24 Jul 2015 at 1:53pm

So Im getting foo fighter tickets and was wondering if the west stand was VIP only has it had the...




Barack Obama accused of interfering in British politics after recommending UK...
24 Jul 2015 at 1:45pm
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Analysis: why hard numbers show even Corbyn can't save Labour in Scotland
24 Jul 2015 at 1:09pm
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**BREAKING NEWS** Greece to rename country to The Greece
24 Jul 2015 at 12:47pm

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Daily Record sanitises story of player banned for sectarian tirade
24 Jul 2015 at 11:50am
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David Mundell opens Dumfries foodbank amid protests
24 Jul 2015 at 11:46am
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Snoopgate: Nicola Sturgeon demands answers after Daily Record reveals top sec...
by David Clegg
25 Jul 2015 at 12:00am
THE First Minister has written to David Cameron after UK spooks astonishingly gave themselves per...


Watch as angry protesters chase Scotland's only Tory MP out of town after he ...
by David Taylor
24 Jul 2015 at 7:25am
SECRETARY of State for Scotland David Mundell was in Dumfries to launch the Trussell Trust food b...


Record View: Spying on MSPs is an affront to our parliament that can't be jus...
by Record View
24 Jul 2015 at 6:48am

 THE fact that Edinburgh politicians are less protected from interception than those in Lond...


Snoopgate: Scandal of Brit spooks spying on MSPs as GCHQ rewrite rules to pry...
by David Clegg
24 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 POLITICIANS' case in secret court reveals how Westminster safeguards against eavesdropping ...


Nick Clegg charging £35,000 to give speeches as he cashes in on his stint as ...
by Jason Beattie
23 Jul 2015 at 1:46pm

 LIB Dems paid the price of joining Tories in government as they were obliterated at last el...


Politicians back Scots tycoon?s plans to resume building ocean-going ships on...
by Chris Clements
23 Jul 2015 at 3:25am

 JIM McColl said yesterday that he wants to reinvigorate the struggling shipbuilding industr...


Record View: Tony Blair's positive legacy is forever overshadowed by war in Iraq
by Record View
23 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 THE former Prime Minister's attempts to influence present-day debates are fatally undermine...


Child sex abuse inquiry: Leon Brittan among leading Westminster figures named...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2015 at 3:16pm
THE former Tory Home Secretary's name is on government file along with other powerful Westminster...


Rare Tony Blair intervention urges Labour party not to shift to left.. or fac...
by Gavin Cordon
22 Jul 2015 at 4:10am
THE former Prime Minister warned the party not to repeat the mistakes of Labour in the 80s when t...


Joan McAlpine: Labour abandoned another core principle by refusing to vote ag...
by Joan McAlpine
22 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 JOAN says the Labour Party has moved so far to the right to try to capture Tory votes in En...


Annie Brown: It's time we were told the truth about Royal Family's links to t...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 ANNIE believes the archives should be opened up in light of the recent revelations and all ...


Nicola Sturgeon asks 'What is the point of Labour' after party fails to oppos...
by David Clegg
22 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 FIRST Minister rams home message that SNP are the 'real opposition' to the Conservatives fo...


'Sit down man!': Watch George Osborne being put in his place by Commons Speak...
by Record Reporter
21 Jul 2015 at 10:29am

 THE Speaker faced off with the Chancellor as he veered off-topic in Treasury Questions and ...


Pressure on Police Scotland chief Sir Stephen House intensifies as Labour lod...
by Record Reporter
21 Jul 2015 at 8:39am

 SHADOW Justice Secretary Hugh Henry said the public are “rapidly losing confidence" in the ...


Alex Salmond avoids Open Twitter gaffe after deleting tweet congratulating Jo...
by Chris Clements
21 Jul 2015 at 6:26am

 EAGLE-EYED followers were quick to correct the former First Minister after he sent a tweet ...


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EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party,...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party, a number of courage...

BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jun 2015 at 2:12pm
BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ranks, claiming thei...

EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2015 at 11:09am
EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to provide support to vi...

Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we had to comment.

Do t...

These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire webs...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jun 2015 at 10:11am
These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire website for us. And now ...

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmic...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2015 at 11:21am
BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmichael has claimed to ...

Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jun 2015 at 3:03pm
Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.




BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands. The Na...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2015 at 7:41am
BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands.

The Natz have obviously fu...

EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so) The UK media are in uproar as an SNP...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 10:26am
EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so)
The UK media are in uproar as an SNP MP had to apologise...

A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to cha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 7:34am
A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to challenge the Imperial Maste...

BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jun 2015 at 6:18am
BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has claimed that Orangemen...

Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...


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Bella Caledonia

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independence - autonomy - self-determination

Songs for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2015 at 5:47am
Bella Caledonia: Songs for Scotland the Album is the definitive 2014 indyref compilation album , ...

Iceland?s Pirates
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jul 2015 at 6:09am
A slew of recently formed political parties have been topping polls across Europe ? think Syriza,...

MoodieVision: Reporting Jockland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jul 2015 at 5:50am
The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compila...

Caledonian Kaleidoscope
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2015 at 10:35am
Looking at UK Labour’s Leadership Election through the wrong end of a tartan telescope (Caledonia...

Leaving Ouranoupolis
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2015 at 10:23am
On the way home to Edinburgh we stay in Thessaloniki. We are told not to talk politics ? an unusu...

The Open Veins of the Gaidhealtachd
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2015 at 10:15am
Eduardo Galeano?s The Open Veins of Latin America* (Las Venas Abiertas de América Latin) is a lan...

Beauty and the mess
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jul 2015 at 3:16am
There?s a picture that lives in my mum?s house. It?s tucked away in a bottom drawer, and perpetua...

The Age of Gendersaurus
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2015 at 2:37pm
Here?s a curious little fact. Last year the Imaginate children?s theatre festival hosted a mornin...

Turning Japanese
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jul 2015 at 3:28am
What can Scotland learn from Japan in creating a de-growth economy? Could we reclaim our derided ...

Survation and Salvation for Holyrood 2016
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jul 2015 at 11:39am
Two new political scenarios emerge simultaneously and remain largely ignored. In the first, accor...


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Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence is not inevitable - Telegraph - Telegraph.co.uk
23 Jul 2015 at 6:57am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is not inevitable - Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish ref...


Scottish independence did not scare off investors - Scotsman
13 Jul 2015 at 7:29am

Scotsman

Scottish independence did not scare off investors
Scotsman
She said: ?These results demonst...


Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
3 Jul 2015 at 9:12am

The Independent

Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
Th...


Professor launches online study into motivations of Scottish independence ......
7 Jul 2015 at 5:41am

Professor launches online study into motivations of Scottish independence ...
CommonSpace
A LEADING...


Scots 'could back independence within five years' - Scotsman (blog)
28 Jun 2015 at 4:47am

Scotsman (blog)

Scots 'could back independence within five years'
Scotsman (blog)
The Moray MP also ...


UK 'backs Andy Murray despite independence view' - Scotsman
25 Jun 2015 at 3:33am

Scotsman

UK 'backs Andy Murray despite independence view'
Scotsman
Murray, who lives in Surrey with ...


EXCLUSIVE: Is independence back on the cards? Alex Salmond claims EVEL will ....
6 Jul 2015 at 6:01am

The Courier

EXCLUSIVE: Is independence back on the cards? Alex Salmond claims EVEL will ...
The Cou...


The Scottish independence victory - rabble.ca
27 Jun 2015 at 3:13pm

The Scottish independence victory
rabble.ca
Cat Boyd is a labour activist, feminist, and a leader o...


The Scottish way of Sarawak ? Tay Tian Yan - The Malaysian Insider - The Mala...
24 Jul 2015 at 7:02pm

The Scottish way of Sarawak ? Tay Tian Yan - The Malaysian Insider
The Malaysian Insider
I was quit...


Scotland would lose sovereignty in EU (From Herald Scotland) - Herald Scotland
24 Jul 2015 at 6:08pm

Scotland would lose sovereignty in EU (From Herald Scotland)
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SNP takeover of Labour benches | Rapid News Network - Rapid News Network
25 Jul 2015 at 2:09am

Rapid News Network

SNP takeover of Labour benches | Rapid News Network
Rapid News Network
The Common...


Labour Party in Meltdown Says UKIP - Ledger Gazette - Ledger Gazette
25 Jul 2015 at 1:38am

Labour Party in Meltdown Says UKIP - Ledger Gazette
Ledger Gazette
THE SNP are now the ?real opposi...


Corbyn poses party's greatest threat to SNP (From Bradford Telegraph and Argu...
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Corbyn poses party's greatest threat to SNP (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus ...
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Fife council calls on ministers to "come clean" over plans for underground .....
24 Jul 2015 at 11:41pm

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Fife council calls on ministers to "come clean" over plans for underground ...
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Letters to the National, July 25: A manifesto pledge to unite Yes and No ... ...
24 Jul 2015 at 6:28pm

Letters to the National, July 25: A manifesto pledge to unite Yes and No ...
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MIGHT I a...


Scotland would lose sovereignty in EU (From Herald Scotland) - Herald Scotland
24 Jul 2015 at 6:08pm

Scotland would lose sovereignty in EU (From Herald Scotland)
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Mhairi Black, in her w...


Agenda: Tavish Scott: We must not let fear of causing offence stop us from .....
24 Jul 2015 at 6:08pm

Agenda: Tavish Scott: We must not let fear of causing offence stop us from ...
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I wa...


SNP anger over cash spent on EVEL voting system - The Scotsman - Scotsman
24 Jul 2015 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

SNP anger over cash spent on EVEL voting system - The Scotsman
Scotsman
THE SNP was last ni...


SNP accused of pro-fracking stance after assurances to energy bosses | The Ti...
24 Jul 2015 at 5:41pm

The Times (subscription)

SNP accused of pro-fracking stance after assurances to energy bosses | Th...


Analysis: why hard numbers show even Corbyn can't save Labour in Scotland ......
24 Jul 2015 at 4:29pm

Herald Scotland

Analysis: why hard numbers show even Corbyn can't save Labour in Scotland ...
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SNP MP Margaret Ferrier asks about second referendum - BBC News
20 Jul 2015 at 10:30am

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SNP MP Margaret Ferrier asks about second referendum
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Referendum call is corrrect (From Herald Scotland) - Herald Scotland
24 Jul 2015 at 6:08pm

Referendum call is corrrect (From Herald Scotland)
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Mundell urges Sturgeon to "come clean" over second independence referendum - ...
22 Jul 2015 at 6:10pm

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Mundell urges Sturgeon to "come clean" over second independence referendum
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David Cameron showed 'little understanding of Scotland before the referendum ...
18 Jul 2015 at 4:33pm

The Independent

David Cameron showed 'little understanding of Scotland before the referendum ...
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First person in Scotland convicted of electoral fraud at independence ... - S...
11 Jul 2015 at 6:01pm

Scottish Daily Record

First person in Scotland convicted of electoral fraud at independence ...
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Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
3 Jul 2015 at 9:12am

The Independent

Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
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BBC criticised over tone of independence referendum coverage - Herald Scotland
14 Jul 2015 at 2:40pm

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BBC criticised over tone of independence referendum coverage
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Audience Council flag 'Anglified perspective' in some BBC Independence ... - ...
14 Jul 2015 at 10:51am

Scottish Daily Record

Audience Council flag 'Anglified perspective' in some BBC Independence ...
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Sturgeon: I've no plans for second referendum - The Times (subscription)
14 Jul 2015 at 4:25pm

The Times (subscription)

Sturgeon: I've no plans for second referendum
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The ...


Holyrood to examine implications of UK's European Union referendum - stv.tv
29 Jun 2015 at 6:08pm

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Nicola Sturgeon asks whether UK agencies spied on Scottish politicians
by Severin Carrell, Steven Morris, Ian Cobain and Henry McDonald
24 Jul 2015 at 11:37am

Cameron faces questions after GCHQ changed rules to allow eavesdropping on members of devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

David Cameron is under pressure to justify a secret...



Blair says SNP has caveman strategy, but next to the Tories it seems progressive
by Severin Carrell
22 Jul 2015 at 12:19pm

While former Labour leader asserts weaknesses in SNP?s record in office and attacks its nationalism, government?s policies keep boosting party?s profile

With characteristic directness, Tony Blair ha...



SNP's Westminster stunt: a theatrical distraction from tricky issues at home?
by Michael White
22 Jul 2015 at 7:36am

Causing trouble to make a point is a legitimate political device but it could also be a way of hiding from Holyrood?s problems in Scotland

The spectacle of a group of SNP MPs briefly taking over Lab...



SNP takes to opposition seats after blasting Labour for welfare bill stance
by Nadia Khomami
21 Jul 2015 at 1:59pm

Nicola Sturgeon says her party offered the only opposition to the Conservatives, after slamming Labour for abstaining from a crucial vote on welfare reforms

The Scottish National party defied conven...



Labour accuses David Cameron of manipulating electoral system
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
16 Jul 2015 at 10:34am

As Tories ignore Electoral Commission and expedite new voting register, Labour says government is pushing through boundary review rigged in its favour

Labour has accused David Cameron of attempting ...



Mhairi Black says Labour must get over election defeat and work with SNP
by Rajeev Syal
15 Jul 2015 at 7:36am

Britain?s youngest MP claims Labour is in shock and its MPs do not like voting alongside the SNP ?whatever the issue?

Mhairi Black, Britain?s youngest MP, has called for Labour to ?get over? its gen...



Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in maiden Commons speech
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Jul 2015 at 2:45am

After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing

Mhairi Black, the youngest person to be elected to parliament...



BBC urged to review Scottish coverage in wake of independence row
by Press Association
14 Jul 2015 at 10:12am

Audience panel says some programmes appeared to adopt an ?Anglified perspective? about the referendum and ignored grassroots campaigns

The BBC should review its approach to the coverage of ?controve...



Tory plan to relax foxhunting ban set to fail after threat from SNP
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2015 at 2:58pm

SNP will vote down Tory motion to relax ban on hunting with dogs even though it would bring England and Wales into line with Scotland

Foxhunting vote shelved by Tories in face of SNP opposition

David...



The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air? or a timebomb at the heart of Westminster?
by Carole Cadwalladr
12 Jul 2015 at 2:00am
They eat chips. They speak frankly. They expose the arcane and the ridiculous. The new SNP MPs are certainly refreshing ? even if their ultimate aim is to destroy the country as we know it. We meet...

Robbed by George Osborne? while the royals play decoy | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
11 Jul 2015 at 6:05pm
The chancellor is applauded while the poor get poorer, and Glasgow names its new hospital after Her Majesty. Enough said

Each time you think the gas that has anaesthetised British working people for...



English votes for English laws plan to be revised after Commons revolt
by Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
9 Jul 2015 at 8:05am

The government will publish watered-down proposals after Tory rebels joined forces with DUP, with vote on matter delayed until autumn

The government is to water down plans for English-only votes in ...



MPs hold emergency debate on English votes for English laws (Evel) - Politics...
by Andrew Sparrow
7 Jul 2015 at 11:43am

Rolling covering of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the Competition and Markets Authority report into the energy industry

Competition watchdog says energy ...

Anti-abortion MPs propose giving Scotland power to set own laws
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
7 Jul 2015 at 6:31am

Government has indicated it may support proposal, which is backed by the SNP, to devolve responsibility to Scottish parliament

Scotland could get the power to set its own laws on abortion after the ...



West Lothian question still needs answering | Letters
by Letters
6 Jul 2015 at 2:07pm

Your analysis of the potential implications of Chris Grayling?s proposals on English votes for English laws (Editorial, 3 July) may well be correct, but I think you significantly misrepresent the p...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Captain Caveman and the shock of the new
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2015 at 4:12pm
Labour’s hierarchy, the careerists and the SPADs, the spin doctors and the politics grads, are in full scale panic mode this week. Headless chickens have been known to run around more calmly and wi...

The party which ran away
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2015 at 7:17am
Are there any principles left in the moral vacuity that has replaced the Labour party? Is there anything that can be said that will get through to the party’s bankrupt leadership? Are there any bar...

#60mins The hashtag that refused to trend
by weegingerdug
20 Jul 2015 at 8:49am
As someone who wants Scottish independence, by definition I am opposed to the British state. Anything which weakens the British state strengthens my cause. But not like this, I don’t want it to hap...

BBC Cringe: the Norma Desmond of broadcasters
by weegingerdug
16 Jul 2015 at 9:59am
Earlier this week, the youngest Scottish MP ever gave her maiden speech in the Chamber of the House of Commons. You’d think that a 20 year old working class Scottish woman from Paisley might be int...

It?s been a good week
by weegingerdug
14 Jul 2015 at 12:10pm
It’s been a good week. OK, we still have the slimiest evillest Tory government since slimy evil first crawled out of the primordial slimy evil soup – which by a strange coincidence was also the stu...

What is the point of you?
by weegingerdug
12 Jul 2015 at 5:51pm
Jesus wept, Keir Hardie spun in his grave, the ghost of Aneurin Bevin howled in impotent rage at the vacuity of the press release, the spirits of the Jarrow marchers sat down and wept, and millions...

London Calling : How the BBC stole the referendum
by weegingerdug
11 Jul 2015 at 10:42am
My friend and former colleague on NewsnetScotland GA Ponsonby has published a book which, in exquisite detail, destroys the claim of our national broadcaster to have been neutral and unbiased in it...

Stalling the EVEL minion monkeys
by weegingerdug
10 Jul 2015 at 10:55am
The evil Tories have had to make an evil delay to their evil EVEL plans. Not because they’ve suddenly realised that it’s evil to make major constitutional changes through the back door of a procedu...

Tory budget blues
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2015 at 9:28am
When I was a wean, budget day was about the price of beer and ciggies. It was about how much a gallon of petrol was going to cost. Now it’s about how little poor people are going to have to eat. It...

The Scottish play
by weegingerdug
6 Jul 2015 at 3:07pm
You can say pretty much what you like in the British media, especially about Scotland. You can publish screaming headlines that tell outright lies about public figures, especially if they support S...


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Scottish Independence Debate
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Remember this story?
24 Jul 2015 at 12:53pm
http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/1341629

What a belter it was.



No more London in Londonderry
24 Jul 2015 at 6:31am
The BBC will be happy at least.

http://m.rte.ie/news/2015/0724/716882-derry/

The Unionists are diminishing,
23 Jul 2015 at 2:27pm
Two more people I know who voted No would now vote Yes.
Independence is less than a decade away!!

Greatest Political Leader
19 Jul 2015 at 3:10pm
Was having a discussion in the pub about who the greatest PM was (which I think has been done here before)- it sort of then led on to who was the greatest political leader (not necessarily politician).

Lots of the usual suspects came up - Ghandi, Mandela etc - so who would you consider to be the ...

Bookworm
19 Jul 2015 at 1:08pm
Can I suggest that everyone ignores the z-list troll?

Royal Nazis
18 Jul 2015 at 3:44am

Just extend your fingers a bit George.....that's right, well done

 



EVEL
15 Jul 2015 at 4:24pm
Well the respect agenda lasted quite a long time.
Some Tory back bencher has asked about taking back powers from Holyrood.....

Iran nuclear deal
15 Jul 2015 at 12:12pm
Great news that a deal has been done with Iran and sanctions will be eased , this will bring much needed finance to a crippled country, no surprise though to see Israel call it an historically bad deal.
Never thought I would see the US open up to Cuba and Iran.

Tories launch biggest crackdown on trade unions in 30 years
15 Jul 2015 at 1:03am

Well no surprises here is there?

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/15/trade-unions-conservative-offensive-decades-strikes-labour

 



What party?
13 Jul 2015 at 4:30pm
Well following the referendum I joined the SNP and was inspired by their policies and the work that Nicola Sturgeon has carried out, including the general election. I agree with the social democratic policies they represent. However I've just been informed that my constituency candidates are all ...

ANNIVERSARY
13 Jul 2015 at 10:08am

There's a favorite anniversary coming up. How should we commemorate it. The Glenturret Distillery could produce an especially strong Whisky, say about 44.7% proof and call it the Famous Disastergrouse. That would be a fitting way to solemnize it.



Famous Unionist's & their quotes
12 Jul 2015 at 3:45pm

I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.”

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Pull that flag down
9 Jul 2015 at 4:55pm

Pull that flag down. It no longer belongs to all the people. A flag must belong to all the people and not a single section of society. So I say pull that St Andrews Saltire down as it is no longer is the symbol of all the people of Scotland as the SNP have hi-jacked the St Andrews Saltire for the...



Corbyn on Scotland
1 Jul 2015 at 12:13pm

http://labourhame.com/a-mountain-to-climb-together/

 

I would like to make a few points.

 

1) He has had a pop at the SNP but he makes exactly the same kind of pop at his own party all the time. In other words, his words are not party political.

 

2) He's said Labour needs to win back voters from...



IDS has expenses credit card suspended
1 Jul 2015 at 9:34am

From the devil reincarnate man who backed prepaid cards for benefits claimants.  Words cannot express my hatred for this man. 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/01/iain-duncan-smith-among-19-mps-to-have-official-credit-card-suspended

 

Iain Duncan Smith had his official credit card s...




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Anything Goes

9.87
24 Jul 2015 at 5:46pm

Obviously too tall to be proper sprinter.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thOhA5E_vzc



Reggie Yates
23 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm
.... I've never liked the khunt.
Far too smarmy

But I've just been watching 'Far Right & Proud' - Oor Reginald in Moscow, on the Beeb, following around nationalist far right groups - and fair doos, Reg has some baws, mixing with those horrible hateful bastirts.
Makes me sick though that Alastair ...

Battle Of Orgreave
23 Jul 2015 at 1:39pm

"We were fed lies about the violence at Orgreave. Now we need the truth"

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/22/orgreave-truth-police-miners-strike

 

This refers to police fabrication of what happened and also the BBC are criticised by the miners as "They complained that the BBC had...



Nightshift Work- Advice Please
23 Jul 2015 at 4:08am
After 25 year or so of being a 9-5 mon - fri type worker in the main, have been offered a job which is constant nightshift, 4 on, 4 off type work - it's the same type of work - telephone, call centre type work - so not physical job.

Just wondering if anyone who does work / has worked nightshift i...

How The Referendum Was Won
22 Jul 2015 at 3:47pm

 

The Postal Ballot at the Scottish Independence Referendum

 

 

 

 

How The Postal Ballot Was Rigged

The only way the  ‘McTernan’ plan could have worked is if a UK Government Agency such as MI5 carried it out. You or I, or any political party, could not have done this, but for MI5 it was child’s ...



David Mundell
22 Jul 2015 at 2:48pm

Opening a foodbank on Friday FFS.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-33612612

 

 



Switching Energy Companies
22 Jul 2015 at 9:06am
I know that most of you on the TAMB are a savvy lot, but I thought I'd briefly share my experience with my gas/electricity (dual fuel) supply, to make sure everyone shops around for the best provider.

I live in a 3 bedroom detached house and we are a family of 3. I am currently with British Gas ...

Hey Barack Obama - This Is A Penis And This Is A Vagina
21 Jul 2015 at 6:13pm

Barack Obama's gaun back to his birthplace for a visit n the locals didn't trust his Sex Ed classes in Hawaii

 

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/07/21/5000-naked-anti-gay-protesters-to-greet-President-Obama-in-Kenya/9511437473622/?src=r

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 21 (UPI) --

An anti-gay ...



Maggie
21 Jul 2015 at 2:22pm
Is a pile o keek,save yer £s & body swerve this

Ashley Madison Data Leak
21 Jul 2015 at 11:11am

Alright, who is Shiteing themselves then? 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/20/ashley-madison-hacked-cheating-site-total-shutdown




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