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Putin?s Scots-based ?misinformation? agency hires Labour councillor
26 Dec 2017 at 6:32pm
Russian propaganda agency Sputnik has hired a former Labour candidate who describes himself as a ?loyal Corbynite?.

Theresa May aide slams 'fake news' after £500m blue passport claim goes viral
23 Dec 2017 at 7:27pm
One of Theresa May's top aides has hit out at "fake news" after false claims that post-Brexit blue British passports would cost taxpayers £500 million went viral.

Unspun: The political diary
23 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
FORCED out Bute House by a dodgy ceiling, the First Minister held Christmas drinks for the media in the bunker-like basement on a government office building. However the grim setting didn?t suppress her sense of humour as she speculated on who might follow Kezia Dugdale onto TV. Willie Rennie would do Pointless, she said. Richard Leonard was going to do Who Do You Think You Are? but no one knew who he really was. And Damian Green accidentally signed up for the X Factor. ?I say accidentally, he?d actually been googling Television X.?

House of Lords criticised for spending £70,000 on booze last Christmas
23 Dec 2017 at 5:07am
THE House of Lords splashed more than £70,000 on booze in the run-up to Christmas last year.

Two thirds of parents struggle to pay for childcare
23 Dec 2017 at 5:07am
MORE than two thirds of parents have struggled to pay for childcare in the past 12 months.

Boris Johnson ?gaining ground? in drive to tear up Brussels red tape
23 Dec 2017 at 1:47am
The Foreign Secretary was speaking during a visit to Moscow.

VIDEO: Johnson clashes with Russian minister over Moscow ?interference? in UK...
23 Dec 2017 at 12:10am
Sergey Lavrov accused the Foreign Secretary of being a ?hostage? of untrue Western narratives on the issue.

Gift for Brexit Secretary Davis is a bit fishy
23 Dec 2017 at 1:38am
An MSP has posted the UK Brexit Secretary a fishy gift to warn of the risks of the leaving the EU.

Tories warn over ageing NHS nursing staff
23 Dec 2017 at 1:40am
Scottish Conservatives have warned the staffing ?crisis? at Scottish hospitals could get worse as figures show nearly one in five nurses are 55 or older.

Sturgeon dismisses passport colour switch as 'insular nonsense'
22 Dec 2017 at 2:06pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has poured scorn on plans to bring back the blue cover for the British passport as "insular, inward looking, nonsense".

SNP condemns Russian disinformation as Alex Salmond does Christmas special on...
22 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
The SNP has launched its strongest attack yet on Kremlin "disinformation" just as its former leader hosted a Christmas special of his chat show on a Russian propaganda channel.

Theresa May: First I learned of Damian Green claims was when Kate Maltby wrot...
22 Dec 2017 at 9:18am
Ms Maltby said she told a Downing Street aide about her claims against Mr Green in September 2016.

Analysis: why Alex Salmond's Kremlin TV channel is an 'information weapon'
22 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
How information fits into Russia's warfare

MSPs reject third bid to decriminalise incest
22 Dec 2017 at 8:38am
MSPs have dismissed a bid for incest to be decriminalised for the third time.

Analysis: May has lost her Willie - can she find another?
22 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
RESILIENCE: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.



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Nick Clegg to be awarded ?knighthood in New Year?s Honours?
26 Dec 2017 at 12:00pm
Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is to receive a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list, it has been reported.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: A blue passport can?t cure a blue life
26 Dec 2017 at 11:11am
It’s normal, psychologists tell us, to feel a bit blue at Christmas, what with the long nights, the cold weather, and the family frictions made raw by close proximity and a bit too much supermarket prosecco.

SNP calls for protection over ?lost millions? in vouchers
26 Dec 2017 at 10:35am
Millions of pounds worth of presents handed over on Christmas Day are likely to be lost, in the form of gift cards which are never spent, an MP has warned.

Brian Monteith: Want a democratic revolution? Smash the party system
26 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Independents like Margo MacDonald and Martin Bell showed how good politicians could be, says Brian Monteith.

Justice Secretary accused of ?interfering? in Phil Gormley?s return
24 Dec 2017 at 1:07pm
The Justice Secretary has been accused of “interfering” in the decision over the return of Scotland’s top police officer to active duty.

Donald Trump?s Scottish golf resort will no longer get tax break
24 Dec 2017 at 12:44pm
A Scottish golf resort owned by US President Donald Trump will no longer qualify for a controversial tax break, it has emerged.

Scottish high streets braced for last-minute ?Scary Sunday? shoppers
24 Dec 2017 at 8:14am
Scottish retailers are set for a flurry of last-minute panic buyers today as customers prepare to shell out on Christmas presents.

Minister welcomes bid to fight Scots sleeping rough this winter
24 Dec 2017 at 7:56am
New measures aimed at stopping Scots from having to sleep on the streets this winter are being brought in at a “rapid pace”, a Scottish Government minister said.

Scotland?s leaders pay tribute to Christmas volunteers
24 Dec 2017 at 7:55am
Scotland’s political leaders have paid tribute to those who help others as they issued their annual Christmas messages.

Euan McColm: Don?t waste pity on the worst of a bad bunch
23 Dec 2017 at 11:55pm
Truly, it’s a Christmas miracle. Let us all give thanks. As the year draws to a close and the wind rattles the window frames, let’s all warm ourselves around the great news that Britain is to get its blue passports back.

Dani Garavelli: What pride in a blue passport represents
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
If you want an end-of-year snapshot of the UK’s descent into a basket case of distorted values, you need look no further than the juxtaposition of two statements made by Theresa May last week.

Council chief calls for cash to fill £2.7m budget gap
23 Dec 2017 at 11:28pm
A SNP local authority leader is calling for more cash from the Scottish Government to plug a £2.7 million gap caused by budget cuts.

John Swinney?s Named Person supervisor comes under fire
23 Dec 2017 at 11:07pm
The Scottish Government’s Named Person proposals were last night plunged into further controversy when a row erupted over a key appointment made by John Swinney.

Poll: Half of Scots ?back an independent Scotland in EU?
23 Dec 2017 at 11:33am
Almost half of Scots would back an independent Scotland in the European Union (EU) if a second referendum was held in early 2019, a new poll suggests.

Brexit-backing Tories fear blue passports will be made abroad
23 Dec 2017 at 10:10am
Leave-backing Tories have demanded that blue British passports which will be reintroduced after Brexit are made in the UK.

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Fight and you may die
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Dec 2017 at 10:21am
Scotland’s favourite Scottish movie is still Braveheart, folks. But the devil, as always, is in the detail. We asked Twitter users to name their favourite “Scottish” films – we didn’t specify what we meant by the term, leaving interpretation as open as possible – and put the 20 most popular answers into our latest Panelbase …

Not much longer now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
Have a great one, readers.

Alex Cole-Hamilton Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2017 at 10:53am
The prissy, easily-upset and extravagantly-funded Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton tweeted this this morning: Now, we’re not sure “you’ve had the government you’ve voted for about half the time in a two-horse race” would be all that great a selling point in the first place, but shall we see if it’s actually true, readers? SPOILER: IT’S …

How the Scottish media works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2017 at 12:39pm
Our poll story yesterday was a pretty interesting piece of politics news considering it’s the Christmas dead season. We put an interesting new angle on the independence question, and posted all the poll data so that reporters had plenty to get their teeth into. And we released it at lunchtime so they had plenty of …

A Christmas presence
by Chris Cairns
23 Dec 2017 at 6:55am

Anybody?s game
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Dec 2017 at 1:55pm
Now don’t get us wrong, readers. We’re sure that gormless Tory MP Ross Thomson is not, repeat NOT, permanently binned off his tulips on methamphetamine. He just has an unfortunate habit of photographing that way. So when an alert reader sent us a link this morning to an extraordinary interview in which the Brexiteer claimed …

Vegetarian Of The Year
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Dec 2017 at 11:10am
A very Merry Christmas to our old pal Michelle – sorry, Lady – Mone. We’re sure that’s some sort of giant cabbage in the picture or something. Hopefully everything’s going as well for the mega-entrepreneur as always. We miss the pictures of the deck, though.

Fit to be tied
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Dec 2017 at 4:40pm
Readers, meet Eric Simpson. He’s a fervent Tory, and the Secretary of Inverurie Community Council. He tweets as “ElginLoon59”, and as a busy pillar of the local community he’s got some pretty firm views on the sort of people who should and shouldn’t hold public office. In fairness, he doesn’t just attack the SNP. Simpson …

The darkest hour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Dec 2017 at 12:01pm
Today, on the shortest day of the worst year in recent memory, the people of Catalonia will vote in an election under the control of a brutally repressive government which has unjustly dissolved their devolved parliament, imprisoned their democratically-elected leaders, viciously beaten hundreds of voters for no crime other than trying  to vote, and banned almost all types of …

Another tragic victim
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2017 at 6:35pm
Yesterday we brought you news of the Scottish Mail On Sunday’s deep concern that the new Scottish budget might cost wealthy old people cashing in a £600,000 pension pot as one lump sum as much as £3,000 in extra tax. It was a heart-rending tale, but today we have one even more harrowing. That’s our …

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Leaders pay tribute to festive workers
24 Dec 2017 at 12:07am
Scotland's party leaders use their Christmas messages to thank emergency service workers and volunteers.

60% of rubbish in waste bins 'should have been recycled'
26 Dec 2017 at 12:11am
Zero Waste Scotland says sending this rubbish to landfill is costing councils about £54m a year.

Trump Turnberry will no longer get business rates relief
24 Dec 2017 at 1:18pm
The US president's golf resort in South Ayrshire had previously received business rates relief of more than £100,000.

MP campaigns to end unpaid 'trial shifts'
24 Dec 2017 at 12:07am
Glasgow South MP Stewart McDonald is urging his colleagues to back a Private Members' Bill.

New fund to help parents of premature babies in hospital
22 Dec 2017 at 9:50am
The money is to help with additional costs such as travel to the hospital and food and drink.

MSPs summon former police board chiefs over 'shocking mismanagement'
21 Dec 2017 at 4:39pm
Holyrood's public audit committee wants to quiz former Scottish Police Authority bosses over "financial mismanagement".

Tearful Jackie Baillie asks question about Cameron House deaths
21 Dec 2017 at 3:19pm
Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie was in tears as she raised the subject of fire safety following the deaths of two men in the Cameron House blaze.

Wild animals in travelling circuses banned in Scotland
20 Dec 2017 at 5:05pm
MSPs unanimously back legislation banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Scotland.

Scots online shoppers pay £36m more in delivery charges
20 Dec 2017 at 1:34pm
New research suggests Scots pay £36m more a year in parcel delivery charges than shoppers elsewhere in the UK.

Rape victim care improvements set out
20 Dec 2017 at 9:12am
National written standards for the forensic medical examination of victims will be introduced for the first time.

Leonard unveils new Scottish Labour front bench team
19 Dec 2017 at 2:47pm
Richard Leonard unveils his front bench team at Holyrood, with no role for predecessor Kezia Dugdale.

Setting boundaries
17 Oct 2017 at 12:18am
How did the latest proposals for Scotland's new electoral map come about, and what might they mean?

Scot Goes Pop

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Momentous Panelbase poll suggests Brexit could lead to majority support for i...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
You've probably seen by now that Wings has a new Panelbase poll out.  It looks like this is merely the first of several questions from the poll that will be published over the coming days (making i...

Catalan election dramatically reinforces mandate for independence
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2017 at 11:03pm
With almost all the votes in, this looks like being the result -Pro-independence parties: 70 seatsAnti-independence parties: 57 seatsNeutral party: 8 seatsPro-independence parties: 70 seatsAll othe...

Fresh blow for Leask as "Kremlin-backed alt-Nat TV show" conquers the ratings
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2017 at 6:05pm
You might be interested to know that the Alex Salmond Show have issued a press release that deals robustly with a couple of taunts that have been directed against the programme - firstly that it ha...

A gentle word in the ear of Tommy Sheppard: let's get real
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2017 at 9:52am
My jaw has just dropped to the floor upon reading an article in The National in which SNP MP Tommy Sheppard argues that if Kezia Dugdale defects from Labour to the SNP, she should be required to st...

Ruth Davidson set for "future of demeaning irrelevance" as yet another Scotti...
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2017 at 11:06am
Stuart Campbell of Wings has tweeted the following Survation polling figures, which appear to be from a new full-scale Scottish poll.  I can't find any other reference to them yet, so I suppose the...

It's IMPOSSIBLE for a devolved parliament to have a Brexit veto (except when ...
by James Kelly
8 Dec 2017 at 12:36pm
In my last blogpost, I posed the question: given the entrenched positions of the DUP, the Irish government and anti-European Tory MPs, how was it even possible for a deal to be reached?  Ireland re...

A paradox: did Tory losses at the general election make a hard Brexit more li...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2017 at 8:10am
There was a great deal of speculation back in June about whether the election resulting in a hung parliament - albeit, crucially, one in which the Conservatives and DUP held a majority between them...

Schrodinger's No Regulatory Divergence
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2017 at 2:03pm
I've just been catching up with the fudge on Northern Ireland that looks set to save the Brexit negotiations - but at what price?  My first reaction was that it would bring down the Tory government...

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Snowy trees
by /u/kerz15
26 Dec 2017 at 5:02pm
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The EU turned Scotland's Highland region into a model of economic success ? w...
by /u/thelazyreader2015
26 Dec 2017 at 7:36am
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'Eight in ten Scots' in favour of ban on fox hunting. New research has found ...
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26 Dec 2017 at 1:46am
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White Christmas in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire just before midnight on Christ...
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26 Dec 2017 at 12:43am
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Haggis and black pudding recalled over botulism concerns
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25 Dec 2017 at 7:08pm
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New to pc gaming? or looking for pals?
by /u/UnusualDonut
25 Dec 2017 at 6:26pm
Just got a new pc and looking for people to play games with? we've got a whole bunch of folk on the same boat. We have a discord server with over 700 scots. Heres the link to join. Play a whole mi...

Graun | Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income
by /u/IndiaOwl
25 Dec 2017 at 6:26pm
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Mods are all pished, post s***d!
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25 Dec 2017 at 5:54pm
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Christmas Thread?
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25 Dec 2017 at 4:53pm
Is the lack of a Christmas thread because of some rule, or is it just that no one has put one up? Either way, merry christmas ya argumentative cunts. submitted by /u/mankieneck [c...

Found out I'm Scottish, want to visit, where should I go?
by /u/ngp1623
25 Dec 2017 at 2:57pm
**Edit: I realize that I have Scottish ancestry but I myself am not Scottish, as much as I wish I could change the title of this post, I can't. That being said, I do apologize for the presumption, ...

Ah, Scotland! The Moors, the Braes, the Fried Pizza
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25 Dec 2017 at 9:46am
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Scot Scran - Cock-A-Leekie Soup
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25 Dec 2017 at 8:17am
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Richard Leonard says Scottish economy is ?weak? and needs ?radical change?
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25 Dec 2017 at 5:50am
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What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning December 25, 2017
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25 Dec 2017 at 12:15am
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

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Truth behind Tory employment stats shows the daily uncertainty faced by thous...
by Record View
26 Dec 2017 at 7:57am
The stewardship of the economy under Theresa May provides neither strength, nor stability to thousands of Scots at this time of year, says Record View.

More than £300m worth of Christmas gift cards lost each year as customers sho...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The SNP has called for greater protection to consumers by banning expiry dates altogether or introducing a minimum five-year period.

'Twas the night before Brexit
by Lesley Roberts
24 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Lesley Roberts has penned an EU alternative to a Christmas classic.

The Tories are getting a bit over-excited with some Brex-rated content
by Des Clarke
23 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Des Clarke talks Theresa May's 'exciting' Brexit and recalls some fields of wheat...

Nicola Sturgeon dismisses Brexiteers in Twitter spat over 'blue passport-obse...
by Gavin Cordon
23 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The British passport covers will change from burgundy to blue once we leave the EU in 2019.

Theresa May should get a swift reality check over obscenity of poverty on her...
by Record View
23 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Record View hits out as Tory austerity and welfare cuts continue to bite while the poor go hungry, with food banks now so busy it’s feared they will struggle to keep up.

It's Brexmas! Let's reward politicians for their hard work throughout the year
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil says: We slang ’em all year but really they do work hard, and for mostly honourable reasons.

BREAKING: Theresa May's deputy Damian Green sacked over porn probe
by Peter Davidson
20 Dec 2017 at 9:06pm
The member of parliament for Ashford had been hit by claims that police found "extreme" pornography on his computer when they raided his Parliamentary office.

MSP who lost Father to drink calls for "radical culture change" towards alcoh...
by Laura Paterson
20 Dec 2017 at 6:12pm
Labour MSP Monica Lennon says terms like "jakey, junkie and Alcky" and glorifying figures like Rab C Nesbitt are costing lives.

Poverty campaigners urge SNP to grasp golden opportunity for fairer welfare s...
by David Clegg
20 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Poverty Alliance calls for the government to be bolder as welfare shake-up clears first Holyrood hurdle.

Michael Greenwell

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …

Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Bella Caledonia

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2017 in Excruciating Detail, a Cofveve Review
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Dec 2017 at 1:50pm
In a year with so many memorable moments (I’m assuming here that by now we all know that ‘memorable’ is code for ‘cathartically, mind-blowing awful’) – one in May stands out. The Prime Minister had just announced a U-turn on her plans to make people pay more for social care just days after they were …

Bella Caledonia 2017
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Dec 2017 at 9:34pm
On the first Saturday of the month we publish a print magazine in collaboration with The National newspaper. This is a 24 page supplement that comes free with  the newspaper and combines commentary, features and opinion on politics and culture as well as listings, tv and arts coverage. Articles are then published online here. The …

The end of the ?Nation State??
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Dec 2017 at 10:08am
Government, as it has developed historically in the West, is now being undermined. I would point to Richard Murphy?s telling article in his Blog ?Tax Research UK? (21st December) on the failings of HMRC over Uber, titled ?HMRC should be hanging their heads in shame over Uber” (The EU has just decided that Uber is …

The Green Brigade: Football Hooligans or Gateway Politicos?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2017 at 6:35pm
. Celtic?s Ultras division, The Green Brigade, have been criticised by the mainstream press for some of their activities. But they?ve also been praised by many for their staged political actions and food bank drives. Jonathan Rimmer investigates which narrative is more accurate?   Football in Scotland remains massively popular, even in spite of rising …

Cheese Patriots
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2017 at 10:12am
The call to arms from Michael Gove for mass Cheese Patriotism is not just a slap in the face for the Lactose Intolerant Community but raises some diffcult questions about rennet and takes us perilously close to Cheddar Gorge. The chief Brexiteer who will bring Chlorinated Chicken to your table seems confused about cheese and …

British Sea Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2017 at 2:09pm
At the launch of the gigantic HMS Queen Elizabeth back in July there was much talk about being an “Island Nation” and “Projecting Power” across the globe. Gavin Williamson, the (brand-new) Defence Secretary, said: ?Today marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal Navy, and indeed the nation, as the future flagship is commissioned …

The Theresa May government?s nuclear obsession is a betrayal of democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2017 at 11:19am
* Theresa May’s party made a commitment to delivering the lowest cost power in Europe. The Conservatives also promised utter impartiality in deciding between power generation technologies. So how can it now justify a pro-nuclear energy policy that could cost each household £12,600? OLIVER TICKELL investigates. It seems like a long time ago now: the …

Bella?s Best Music of 2017
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2017 at 11:01am
2017 may have been a tumult of Trump and Brexit chaos but there’s some comfort to be had in the year’s releases. Here’s a selection of some of the best music to have come from Scotland in 2017, Bella Caledonia’s tenth birthday year, with some international choices too. in no particular order Mogwai: Party In …

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Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Dec 2017 at 5:00pm
Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party supportUniversal basic income is, according to its many and various supporters, an idea whose time has come. The deceptively simple notion of offering every citizen a regular pay...

Legal action over whether UK can stop Brexit gets go-ahead
by Severin Carrell and Jennifer Rankin
22 Dec 2017 at 10:44am
Group of Scottish politicians want EU court to rule on whether Britain can halt process without other member states? approvalThe court of session in Edinburgh has said a legal action can go ahead to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop the Brexit process if British voters decide the fin...

Scotland bans use of wild animals in travelling circuses
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Dec 2017 at 6:27pm
Animal welfare groups welcome decision of Scottish parliament and call on Westminster to follow suitScotland has become the first country in the UK to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.Animal welfare campaigners said the legislation, which was passed by the Scottish parliament on...

Scottish government welfare plans flawed, say anti-poverty groups
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2017 at 11:27am
Organisations ?disappointed? by lack of clarity and no pledge to uprate payments in bill to enact newly devolved powersLeading anti-poverty groups have expressed concerns about the Scottish government?s plans for newly devolved welfare powers, as the bill to enact them reaches its first debate st...

Scottish Labour leader open to all-female shortlist for deputy's post
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
18 Dec 2017 at 2:26pm
Richard Leonard says there should be a gender balance after his previous deputy resigned over misconduct allegationsRichard Leonard, the new leader of the Scottish Labour party, has said he is sympathetic to having an all-female shortlist for the vacancy as his deputy leader.Senior Labour sources...

SNP told to find extra £150m for councils or lose Greens? support
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
15 Dec 2017 at 5:48pm
Scottish Greens tell Nicola Sturgeon they will not back Holyrood budget without real-terms rise in fundingNicola Sturgeon?s minority government has been told it must increase funding for Scottish councils by at least £150m to get its budget passed by Holyrood.The Scottish Green party said its six...

Minimum alcohol price will raise cost by up to 90% in Scotland ? study
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
Institute for Fiscal Studies says 50p minimum unit price will have dramatic impact with cider and lager prices soaring The Scottish government?s 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, which comes into force on 1 May 2018, will have a dramatic impact on prices, according to the Institute for Fiscal S...

Dominic Grieve says he received death threats after Brexit rebellion - Politi...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Dec 2017 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including David Davis taking questions in the Commons and Theresa May at the EU summitWhat Bercow said about David Davis not being in contempt of parliamentLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.43pm GMT 5.40pm GMT This is what B...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Are we there yet?
A guest post by Samuel Miller 2017… It’s a bit of a badly written disaster movie, isn’t it? What is it they call them? Mockbusters? Politics and its institutions falling apart and brought into disrepute near daily. Economy teetering on the brink of brexitmageddon. A society constantly having their frustrations, anger, fears and uncertainties stoked …

The evils of the Net tex
Darling, it’s just awful. As I was saying to Clarissa and Farquhar just the other day, we may have to forgo our second skiing holiday this year because of that horrid Sturgeon woman and her Net Tex. Or worse, we could end up having to go to some inferior resort in Austria instead of our …

How to train your bandwagon
This week we learned about the real priorities of the British nationalists in Scotland. We learned what they get really outraged about. Apparently it’s far more worthy of condemnation that a comfortably off person has to pay £30 a year more in tax than it is that a person struggling to get by on disability …

A dictionary of British politico-speak
Theresa May suffered her first big Commons defeat on Brexit this week. David Davis said that he was disappointed, which is politico-speak for banging your head off a wall until it bleeds while screaming for your mother. This isn’t the usual definition of disappointed, but when British politicians say words those words don’t usually mean …

The Westmonster Raving Yoony Party
It’s been a week for space geeks. It is deeply reassuring that the rest of the world is catching up because everyone in the UK has been living in a dystopian sci-fi nightmare for quite a while now. Who needs lizard alien overlords when you have the Conservatives? Scientists are investigating a strange object which …

Botchland Uber allies
That didn’t last long did it. The Conservatives’ newly found Brexit unity has gone up in flames faster than a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Despite the claims on the Tory benches on Friday that Theresa May had won a great victory for Britain by conceding everything that the EU had been demanding in the first …

A metaphor for the UK
Back in Scotland, jet-lagged, with a cold, and depressed because my significant other is significantly very far away. But hey, all is just wonderful in the wonderful world of wonderful British politics, so that makes up for it then. Or it would, if we all possessed similar nervous systems and the same ability to comprehend …

Good for the goose?
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Alternatively titled: Karma in action) This’ll be a short one. I’m guessing that by this point most readers will be aware of Prime Minister May’s very own bad hair Monday? No? Well it turns out our intrepid PM toddled over to Brussels with a proposal which her best buds …

The National

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Letters: Theresa May?s talk of ?Christian heritage? is a silencing tactic
I EXPECT that many readers of The National were as intrigued as I by Theresa May?s Christmas message, which included a pious appeal to ?Christian values?. Showing an impressive level of doublethink, Ms May proclaimed that these were both especially Christian qualities, but also shared by non-religious people. ?Let us,? she continued, ?take pride in our Christian heritage.?

International relations expert: Catalonia vote had 'emotional side to it'
?This is just a reinforcement of our mandate for the Catalan republic,? said Judit Ros Domingo, a political scientist based in Barcelona who specialises in international relations.

Christmas partygoers urged to save environment by ditching straws
PARTYGOERS are being urged to go without straws in drinks this festive season in a drive to cut plastic waste.

Sex toy scandal trade minister keeps his job
THE Tory minister who called his researcher ?sugar tits? and sent her to buy him sex toys has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Rab Wilson: A fairer system fir Aa is whit we're aimin' for
A RANT oan taxation this week! But afore that, ye?se wid aa hae read Ashley Douglas?s braw ?maiden speech? in The National last week? Ah hae bin threipin fir a whilie nou that we need mair Scots scrievers writin in the National, an follaein discussions wi editor Calum Baird we cam up wi a cutty leet o verra able fowk.

Ask Angry: Should Mhairi Black be taking fashion advice from anyone?
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Lesley Riddoch: UK?s failure to protect Scotland brand is one of many reasons...
SO what does 2018 hold ?stasis or ScotRef?

Vote on incest leads to call for review of petitions system in Scotland
THERE have been calls for a shake up of Holyrood?s petitions committee after MSPs were forced to debate calls to legalise incest, for the third time.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

Jack Straw to Colin Powell ? A Few Weeks After the 7 Years In the Making Chil...
  ?To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.??Nuremberg Trial Proceedings   1 million march on Westminster to stop the invasion of Iraq       … Continue reading "Jack Straw to Colin Powell – A Few Weeks After the 7 ...

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

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

Scotland and Independence

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Rajoy's gamble on Catalan election backfires spectacularly
Rajoy's gamble on Catalan election backfires spectacularly  Irish TimesFull coverage

Politicians in Catalonia and Spain can reach compromise for the people throug...
Politicians in Catalonia and Spain can reach compromise for the people through dialogue  The IndependentFull coverage

How the EU failed to prevent the Catalan 'train crash'
How the EU failed to prevent the Catalan 'train crash'  EUobserverDialogue is the only answer to the Catalan crisis  EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)Full coverage

Electronic voting is more convenient but less transparent
Electronic voting is more convenient but less transparent  The TimesFull coverage

2017 Year in Review: Europe's secessionist movements
2017 Year in Review: Europe's secessionist movements  TRT WorldBrexit  BloombergQuintFull coverage

'DELUSIONAL' SNP shamed for hoping Spain will grant Scotland EU status after ...
'DELUSIONAL' SNP shamed for hoping Spain will grant Scotland EU status after Gibraltar row  Luxora LeaderFull coverage

The papers: SNP attacks Kremlin propaganda
The papers: SNP attacks Kremlin propaganda  BBC NewsFull coverage

Hair goes for Hogmanay as Borderer thanks charity for helpp
Hair goes for Hogmanay as Borderer thanks charity for helpp  The Southern ReporterFull coverage


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SNP calls for protection over millions lost in gift cards
SNP calls for protection over millions lost in gift cards  The NationalFull coverage

SNP condemns Russian disinformation as Alex Salmond does Christmas special on...
SNP condemns Russian disinformation as Alex Salmond does Christmas special on Kremlin TV  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP): Analysts Sizing Up The Shares
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP): Analysts Sizing Up The Shares  Stock RoverFull coverage

Teacher numbers on slide in two target areas despite extra funding
Teacher numbers on slide in two target areas despite extra funding  The TimesFull coverage

Share Performance Check on SNP Leefung Holdings Ltd (0623.HK): Move -1.09%
Share Performance Check on SNP Leefung Holdings Ltd (0623.HK): Move -1.09%  MTNVFull coverage

MSP accused of ignoring complaints about 'sickening' porn posts by SNP's cand...
MSP accused of ignoring complaints about 'sickening' porn posts by SNP's candidate  Luxora LeaderFull coverage

'DELUSIONAL' SNP shamed for hoping Spain will grant Scotland EU status after ...
'DELUSIONAL' SNP shamed for hoping Spain will grant Scotland EU status after Gibraltar row  Luxora LeaderFull coverage

SNP ministers in secret talks on single market with top Brussels power broker
SNP ministers in secret talks on single market with top Brussels power broker  Luxora LeaderFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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How the EU failed to prevent the Catalan 'train crash'
How the EU failed to prevent the Catalan 'train crash'  EUobserverDialogue is the only answer to the Catalan crisis  EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)Arrogance of Madrid explains this chaos  The TimesFull coverage

Brexit price rises hitting choco-holics in the wallet
Brexit price rises hitting choco-holics in the wallet  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Brexit  BloombergQuintFull coverage

How political polling tells the story of 2017
How political polling tells the story of 2017  BBC NewsFull coverage

Is it going to be a case of arise Sir Nicholas Clegg?
Is it going to be a case of arise Sir Nicholas Clegg?  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ups and downs
Ups and downs  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Sturgeon sidesteps May as Scotland signs agreement with state trying to BREAK...
Sturgeon sidesteps May as Scotland signs agreement with state trying to BREAK AWAY from US  Luxora LeaderFull coverage

SNP ministers in secret talks on single market with top Brussels power broker
SNP ministers in secret talks on single market with top Brussels power broker  Luxora LeaderFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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The Official President Trump 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 ...

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. 

Benefit sanctions
How many more stories like the below are we going to have to hear about? I realise the Conservatives poor-bashing is entirely ideological but how long is this going to fucking continue for? These stories make my blood boil. Mark Robot Arm @MarkRobotArm 14h My partner - ...

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

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

Tory MPs being accused of sexual harassment.   Discuss.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Festive Jokes
Thought I'd start a festive joke feel free to join in     

We're told this is supposed to be the season that the Roman Catholic Church decided to set aside to remember that the Second member of the Trinity took on flesh in the form of a newborn (nearly 2,000 years ago) with the purpose of reconciling man with God.  Jesus would become the perfect sacr...

Boxing day, time to relax??????????
Ah well, another Christmas day over with. Just up, house a mess, dishes to be done, left overs to be nibbled at. Day to relax and watch the football and horse racing. I wish, grandson coming over at lunchtime, not seen him yet. Let the carnage start again. The joy's of the festive holidays. Hope ...

He's been
Feck me this doesn't get any easier! Ach well they'll be teenagers before I know it. Looking forward to about 5 hours sleep now. Merry Christmas TAMBers    

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

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

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

What?s everyone?s favourite xmas song then? I can?t pick one, they?re all fantastic.  Apart from the one Coldplay just had on magic Xmas, but that?s maybe just because I fucking detest Chris Martin.  The Elbow version of Golden Slumber for the John Lewis advert is amazing. 

Holyrood Magazine


Nick Clegg to be considered for knighthood

The poverty trap

Holyrood Magazine issue 394 / 18 December 2017

UK Government to bring back blue passports within months after Brexit

Scottish Parliament?s Justice Committee backs changes to personal injuries cl...

Ambulance staffing levels ?putting lives at risk?, claims UNISON

Prostitution is one of the most divisive issues in politics

Houses of Parliament 'could be the next Grenfell Tower', Black Rod warns

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Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…