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Sturgeon opens door to steep tax rises for high earners in first TV debate ah...
25 Mar 2016 at 12:58am
NICOLA Sturgeon has opened the door to a steep tax rise for Scotland's highest earners.

Sturgeon: 2014 independence campaign contained weaknesses
24 Mar 2016 at 1:07pm
The 2014 campaign for Scottish independence contained weaknesses, Nicola Sturgeon has conceded.

Sturgeon: Deal for two Scottish steelworks close to being struck
23 Mar 2016 at 5:21pm
A deal is close to being struck to secure the future of two Scottish steelworks, the First Minister has said.

Survey: support for Scottish independence 'at 15 year high'
23 Mar 2016 at 7:55am
Support for independence has reached a 15-year high in Scotland, with just under two fifths backing a breakaway from the UK, new research has revealed.

Holyrood leaders condemn Brussels terror attacks
23 Mar 2016 at 2:20pm
Holyrood's party leaders have condemned the Brussels terror attacks and sent their condolences to all those affected.

Income tax rise for top earners would be 'daft and reckless'
23 Mar 2016 at 1:34pm
Increasing income tax to 50p for top earners in Scotland right now would be "daft" and "reckless", Nicola Sturgeon said, as she hinted a future SNP government could raise the rate in the future.

Sturgeon: parents are not legally obliged to use named person scheme
23 Mar 2016 at 2:04pm
Parents are not legally obliged to use the Scottish Government's named person scheme but it is right that the service is universal, the First Minister has said.

Six things that Scottish independence would have changed
23 Mar 2016 at 8:43am
Here are six things that would have changed if Scotland had become independent:

March 24 2016: The proposed first day of an independent Scotland
23 Mar 2016 at 8:45am
It was to have been the birth of a new nation.

Sturgeon: Muslims face a 'double burden' after terror attacks
22 Mar 2016 at 2:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon has warned Europe?s Muslims face a ?double burden? after terror attacks such as today's assault on Brussels.

Queen to officially open new Scottish Parliament session in July
23 Mar 2016 at 1:41pm
The Queen will officially open the new session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday July 2.

Sturgeon: SNP will freeze income tax rates if party wins Holyrood election
22 Mar 2016 at 11:05am
HIGHER earning Scots will not receive George Osborne's Budget tax cut in full if the SNP returns to power after May's election.

Sturgeon: SNP would continue small business bonus scheme
18 Mar 2016 at 2:20pm
A Scottish Government initiative that has saved small firms more than £1 billion in rates charges will be continued for the next five years if the SNP is returned to power at Holyrood, the First Minister pledged.

Kezia Dugdale plays down Jeremy Corbyn party conference absence
18 Mar 2016 at 10:44am
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has insisted it is a "new age" for the party as she was quizzed on Jeremy Corbyn not addressing its spring conference this weekend.

Labour: 50% of our candidates for Holyrood election are women
18 Mar 2016 at 7:39am
Half of all Labour candidates fighting the Holyrood election are female, the party has announced.



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Winners and losers of the 6 April pensions shake-up
26 Mar 2016 at 9:45pm
The new state pension coming into force from 6 April has a lot to commend it, but there will, as ever, be winners and losers.

Euan McColm: open season on Labour?s ?righteous bystanders?
26 Mar 2016 at 9:29pm
A curious thing about politics is that many of those involved appear to have no interest in winning elections or effecting change.

Sturgeon compared to Sinn Fein heroine
26 Mar 2016 at 9:26pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been likened to the Irish republican heroine Countess Constance Markievicz in a new book identifying similarities in their desire for women’s equality.

Alistair S Duff: Apple wrong in its refusal to unlock phone
26 Mar 2016 at 2:55pm
Just how far can government go to get the information it needs? This age-old issue has resurfaced in the ongoing Apple-Federal Bureau of Investigation stand-off.

Edinburgh City Council cuts will hit private flats as repairs axed
26 Mar 2016 at 11:21am
TENS of thousands of private flat residents are set to be hit with new bills for stair lighting after the city council scrapped its repair service.

Elaine C Smith on returning to TV and her Scottish independence activism
26 Mar 2016 at 7:00am
AS Elaine C Smith returns to the small screen in new BBC sitcom Two Doors Down, she reflects on the highs and lows of her career so far. She tells Janet Christie how being funny can be lonely, and that she keeps her feet on the ground thanks to politics and activism. Portrait by Robert Perry

Leaders: More tax, less sweet talk to end obesity epidemic
26 Mar 2016 at 12:00am
WE ALREADY demonise fat, now we must ensure we treat sugar as its twin evil– and, complicated as it may be, we should tax the stuff

Anger as children?s healthy eating bus scheme has funds axed
25 Mar 2016 at 11:16pm
Campaigners have hit out at plans to close a healthy ­eating bus scheme after the Scottish Government withdrew its funding.

Brian Wilson: Light a little dimmer after death of Jim Innes
25 Mar 2016 at 9:00pm
THE DEATH of Jim Innes is a loss to left-wing politics as well as to his family and friends, writes Brian Wilson

Wives spat between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump takes nasty turn
25 Mar 2016 at 7:23pm
Ted Cruz branded Donald Trump a “snivelling coward” as the feud between the Republican presidential contenders over their wives took a nastier turn.

Nine unusual public petitions involving Scotland
25 Mar 2016 at 4:42pm
From Scottish independence to wonky veg and banning a Rugby referee, an online petition can push the burning issues of the day.

MP Natalie McGarry served with writ over holocaust claim
25 Mar 2016 at 10:52am
THE GLASGOW East MP Natalie McGarry is being taken to court over her failure to “adequately” apologise for wrongly accusing a leading unionist campaigner of being a “holocaust denier”.

Leaders: Security concerns should not lead directly to Brexit
25 Mar 2016 at 12:00am
THE FIGHT against terrorism is a global one – sharing intelligence and taking collective action as part of the EU means that we all benefit

Security chiefs clash over UK safety in event of Brexit
24 Mar 2016 at 10:54pm
Intelligence experts have clashed over the impact Britain’s exit from the European Union would have on the UK’s safety after a former head of MI6 claimed the cost of a vote to leave would be “low” and could result in “security gains”.

Leaders? debate: Sturgeon confirms 50p tax rate still a possibility
24 Mar 2016 at 10:31pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to impose a 50p tax rate on the highest earners in the next parliament, despite warnings it will cost Scotland £30 million.

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

The Not-So-Great Dictator
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Mar 2016 at 11:59am
We had a little Twitter run-in last night with former Scottish Labour deputy leader and current unemployed halfwit Anas Sarwar, when he reported us to Police Scotland for making a joke about bank holiday mail deliveries, “people in England” and “especially” Scottish ones – which of course includes this site’s own editor, that being the gag. …

One day
by Chris Cairns
26 Mar 2016 at 6:59am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The state we?re in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2016 at 6:44pm
Here’s a column from Kenny Farquharson in today’s tablet edition of the Times, which hasn’t made it onto the website. We don’t know if it’s in the print version. Let’s just linger over those words for a moment. Because it appears we live, readers, in a world where the Scottish media regards “the power of child protection now …

At Easter the prophet rose again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2016 at 9:24am
A message of hope for Good Friday from everyone’s favourite Labour activist: And when this is your previous track record of prediction: …we can only salute the blind indefatigability of true faith. It does leave us a bit concerned about this one, though:

Once upon a time
by Lynn Blair
24 Mar 2016 at 7:05pm
“Dry your eyes. On your feet.” Sometimes the world’s random turns throw up a charmed piece of timing. That was the first tweet that I read on 19th September 2014, sitting on the side of the bed, eyes burning, wondering what on Earth I could possibly do with a day for which I?d bought champagne, …

The £5bn miracle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Mar 2016 at 4:55pm
Two front pages in the same newspaper, two weeks apart. The top image is Scotland within the UK. The bottom one is an independent Scotland. £5 billion better off with independence? We’d call that a no-brainer.

The Wee Black Book
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Mar 2016 at 12:00am
Scotland isn’t independent today. Let’s not get fooled again. . . . . . - . Download mirrors to save server strain. Please consider using one of them first: Mirror 1 Mirror 2 Slightly lower-resolution version for slow connections (Self-printable versions, and print copies, to follow.) . 5 days remaining. Total at 9am today: £73,650 (Last 24 …

The little guy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2016 at 7:37pm
We hadn’t heard of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust until today. It turns out that it’s a sister organisation to the highly admirable Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which does great work highlighting and fighting issues around poverty and social injustice. The Reform Trust, not so much. Because it was revealed today by BuzzFeed that the JRRT …

Yesterday, when they were mad
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2016 at 1:12pm
To mark the day when Scotland would have become independent had it voted Yes in 2014, the Scottish Conservatives have hired someone who sells dog food (not very successfully) for a living to produce a 37-page dossier about how absolutely dreadful Scotland is and how it would be the most bankrupt country in Europe – poorer …

All bad things to everyone
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2016 at 11:07am
We’re very confused today. Okay, so that’s all straightforward enough. The SNP are bad because they’re going to hit “middle Scotland” with more tax. Bunch of dangerous tax-and-spend lefties. Right? Oh, wait. Apparently they’re bad because they’re “pathetically timid” neo-Tories who’ve wimped out and changed almost nothing, as well as backtracking on a “commitment” to a 50p …

BBC Scotland

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Benefits of Scots smoking ban hailed
26 Mar 2016 at 10:51am
The smoking ban which came into force 10 years ago has saved Scots from breathing in more than half a tonne of toxic material, new research suggests.

MSPs piped out as Holyrood term ends
23 Mar 2016 at 2:51pm
MSPs are piped out of the Holyrood chamber as parliament's fourth term ends with a final goodbye from outgoing Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick.

Key policy had 'minimal' impact on jobs
23 Mar 2016 at 12:23am
One of the Scottish government's key economic policies has had "minimal" impact on jobs, says a report by one of its own agencies.

Deal 'close' over sale of steel mills
23 Mar 2016 at 6:01pm
International metals firm Liberty House confirms that a deal to buy two mothballed Lanarkshire steelworks is close.

Child abuse inquiry calls for evidence
23 Mar 2016 at 2:13pm
The inquiry into historical allegations of child abuse in Scotland outlines how it will take evidence.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

What are Scotland's tax powers?
22 Mar 2016 at 12:06am
Explaining Scotland?s tax powers

Are the EU campaigns copying Scotland?
20 Mar 2016 at 11:21pm
Are the in and out campaigns copying Scotland?

The day love was in the air at Holyrood
16 Mar 2016 at 4:20pm
MSPs of all sides rush to pay tribute to each other during the final debate on the Scotland Bill

What do you know about Scotland in Europe?
15 Mar 2016 at 1:09am
With 100 days to go to the EU vote, how well do you know Scotland in Europe?

The MSPs retiring from Holyrood
16 Mar 2016 at 11:23am
The 24 MSPs who will be stepping down from Holyrood ahead of the election

Scot Goes Pop

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Leave campaign receive big boost in landmark ComRes telephone poll
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2016 at 9:26pm
As you'll remember, the Leave campaign took the lead in a telephone poll last week.  That was a genuinely sensational result, because all previous telephone polls had put Remain ahead by either a s...

Bungling Sunday Express left red-faced after catastrophically misinterpreting...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2016 at 1:41am
As long-term readers of this blog will know, the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey generally shows much lower support for independence than standard opinion polls.  That may be partly because of the...

Doomsday dawns for distraught Dugdale as splendidly sadistic Survation survey...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2016 at 5:20am
The latest poll in Survation's monthly series for Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters is now out, and it shows Labour slumping to joint all-time lows for Survation polls in both the constituency and list b...

Drama as Leave take the lead for the first time in a telephone poll
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2016 at 6:45am
In spite of the lavish coverage of Lynton Crosby's grandiose musings on yesterday's EU referendum poll from ORB, I didn't actually pay a huge amount of attention to the poll itself, because at firs...

VOTE : What would Stephen do?
by James Kelly
15 Mar 2016 at 5:49pm
Alas, it's probably unlikely that Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, although he does still have a genuine fighting chance if he can follow up his sensational Michigan victory with ...

Desperate Dugdale reels in horror as apocalyptic YouGov poll prophesises the ...
by James Kelly
12 Mar 2016 at 1:26pm
It seems that YouGov are once again ploughing their own furrow - today's new full-scale Scottish poll contradicts much of the narrative from recent TNS, Survation and Ipsos-Mori polls.Constituency ...

Question Time : It's Tayside, Jim, but not as we know it
by James Kelly
11 Mar 2016 at 5:03pm
I may have been in a small minority on this point, but I actually thought Question Time's attitude to Scotland in general and to the SNP in particular had improved somewhat over recent months.  We ...

Another harrowing evening for the British establishment as their crackpot pla...
by James Kelly
9 Mar 2016 at 6:13pm
The result of the Commons vote on the anti-Sunday trading amendment...Ayes (against extended Sunday trading) : 317 Noes (in favour of extended Sunday trading) : 286Although the SNP have effectively...

"Virtually no chance..."
by James Kelly
9 Mar 2016 at 6:15am
Speaking as a Bernie Sanders voter (and not wanting to pull rank on anyone, but I've now voted for him four times in various elections), I'm obviously delighted that America's only socialist senato...

How will the Greens' inclusion in the TV debates affect the other parties?
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2016 at 7:03pm
Although inclusive leaders' debates are undoubtedly the fairest outcome, I can't help feeling that the broadcasters have copped out somewhat. Past precedents and the logic that previously justified...

Will Europe make a "big and generous offer" to Scotland in the event of Brexit?
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2016 at 5:50pm
It's been a long time since I last braved the unparallelled horrors of the comments section at Stormfront Lite, but for some reason I decided to do so today.  I happened to stumble across this comm...

New podcast
by James Kelly
6 Mar 2016 at 10:57pm
Just a quick note to let you know that myself and Carolyn Scott are the guests on this week's edition of the Newsnet Scotland podcast, presented by Derek Bateman.  Topics discussed include council ...

YouGov eccentrically release four EU referendum polls all at once
by James Kelly
5 Mar 2016 at 4:58pm
Perish the thought that anyone could ever call YouGov "secretive".  Until today, we had assumed that their last four EU referendum polls showed Leave in the lead, but now we learn that they've been...

Dazzling double-header of Holyrood polls suggests SNP support is soaring into...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2016 at 10:30am
We knew that the monthly TNS poll of Holyrood voting intentions would turn up sooner or later, but today unexpectedly brings word of two polls, as the Record's regular pollster Survation starts up ...

"Leave" campaign narrows the gap to just 6.4% in latest EU referendum Poll of...
by James Kelly
29 Feb 2016 at 5:16pm
Happy Leap Day, everyone (or whatever it's called). Obviously I've done the prudent thing today and stayed indoors, because I can't be bothered having to fend off the hordes of women proposing mar...

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Predictable Paradox: The Myth of the Squeezed Middle
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Autistic teenager writes letters to Tory Toffs Cameron and Osborne demanding ...
by Sally Hind
24 Mar 2016 at 11:13pm
BRANDON CRAN has branded the PM and Chancellor 'ableists' over the botched plans to introduce more swingeing cuts to disabled people's income.

Nicola Sturgeon admits Scottish Independence Campaign had weaknesses
by Paul Ward
24 Mar 2016 at 2:10pm
THE First Minister announced she would hear concerns and address questions from no voters as SNP look to support a future independent Scotland.

Record View: We cannot allow fallout from independence referendum to fracture...
by Record View
24 Mar 2016 at 9:49am
A POLL conducted by this newspaper has shown Scotland still remains split over the issue of independence, but RECORD VIEW says this is a time we should become united rather than divided.

On the day Scotland would have left the UK: We are a nation STILL divided
by David Clegg
24 Mar 2016 at 12:52am

 IF the Yes side had won the referendum on September 18, 2014, Scotland would be starting life as an independent country today but polls show the country is still split down the middle on our ...

Ex-No Campaign adviser: Project Fear? Salmond was so wrong.. Better Together ...
by dailyrecord
24 Mar 2016 at 12:30am
BETTER Together advisor Paul Sinclair says the only thing they have to apologise for is underestimating the dire state an independent Scotland would have been in.

John Curtice: A lot has happened in 18 months, but opinions on Scottish indep...
by dailyrecord
24 Mar 2016 at 12:30am
SCOTLAND's leading polling expert Professor John Curtice says while a lot has changed since Scotland voted on independence, the divide is still almost identical.

Former Scottish Government advisor Ewan Crawford: We missed a chance to take ...
by dailyrecord
24 Mar 2016 at 12:30am
EWAN CRAWFORD on the chance that Scotland missed by not backing independence, and why the country should take control of its own destiny.

Holyrood election: Nicola Sturgeon asks Scots for personal mandate to continu...
by David Clegg
23 Mar 2016 at 8:00pm
THE SNP leader is bidding to lead the party to a third successive term as she fired the starting gun on the 2016 Holyrood Election.

Humza Yousaf: 40th birthday of Shelter shows what we need to do to tackle hom...
by Humza Yousaf
23 Mar 2016 at 5:49pm
HUMZA visited the Glasgow community hub of housing and homelessness charity Shelter, and was moved by a prescient comment by a staff member.

Scottish Politics Today: Latest on Brussels, Sturgeon's 'timid' tax plans and...
by David Clegg
23 Mar 2016 at 11:36am

 DAVID CLEGG brings us the latest from the Scottish political sphere including Nicola Sturgeon's lack of imagination when it comes to using the new tax powers and the pressure being exerted on...

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The Yellow Movement: A Scottish DIY Triumph
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Mar 2016 at 10:15pm
Talking to David Blair, member of Colonel Mustard & the Dijon Five, after their historic performance at Barrowlands a fortnight ago, he tells me: ?Our Yellow Movement manifesto lays it out clearly: ?lose your self-consciousness, lose your inhibitions?. If you dream it, you can believe it. If you believe it, you can achieve it. What …

Lessons from Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Mar 2016 at 10:06am
Reading through the Commonweal report “The Yes Volunteers – Capturing the “Biggest grassroots campaign in Scotland’s History” and responding to some of the discussions from yesterday, here’s some further points. Some people have accused this of being ‘navel-gazing’ and seem confused that it is self-congratulatory. It’s neither. It is the first comprehensive analysis of a …

Undependence Day
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Mar 2016 at 1:53pm
Today Longannet closes and Unelectable Jeremy Corbyn opens up a 14% lead over Cameron in the @IpsosMORI leader ratings. At least one of the STV News’s upcoming new columnists must of choked on his corn flakes reading that. The world’s changing so rapidly that the case we made yesterday is not the case we should make tomorrow. …

The Yes volunteers: Capturing the ?Biggest grassroots campaign in Scotland?s ...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Mar 2016 at 12:35pm
By Dr. Iain R. Black. Heriot Watt University, School of Management and Languages,and Sara Marsden, Social Researcher and activist with Common Weal Edinburgh North & Leith. Much has been said about the Yes campaign, much has been written about its vibrancy and excitement, openness and inclusivity. It was planned to be the biggest grassroots campaign …

Lèirmheas: Shrapnel
by Daibhidh Rothach
23 Mar 2016 at 9:49am
‘S toil le Theatre gu Leòr dùbhlan, a-rèir choltais. Ciamar a bheir thu nobhail a tha an àiteigin eadar Raymond Chandler, Ulysses agus Cré na Cille chun an àrd-ùrlair? Nuair a thuirt Catrìona Lexy Chaimbeul ri h-athair Tormod, ùghdar na nobhail, gu robh i am beachd feuchainn cha robh e a? creidsinn gun gabhadh e dèanamh. …

The Crash To Come: Why Britain Can?t Cope with Another Economic Crisis
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Mar 2016 at 6:50pm
RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance has published a detailed new report into the state of the British economy. With the current sharp focus on the contradictions and crisis of the British political elite, the reports is timely and sure to cause discussion across the landscape of the Holyrood elections. The paper, written by Sheffield University …

From Tony?s Cronies to Chumocracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Mar 2016 at 4:01pm
Watching the awakening of Iain Duncan Smith’s conscience is a jaw-dropping live event, like OJ on the run in his Bronco or the Iranian Embassy siege. It’s compelling car-crash TV that’s made for the 24 hour news cycle. “Tory Death-Throes Live”: like cage-fighting with suits. Let’s take a brief moment before returning to the Blue on …

The death of Duncan Smith?s dream
by Alistair Davidson
19 Mar 2016 at 6:04pm
Just yesterday, we described the proposed changes to PIP assessment as part of an ?unstoppable force of welfare reform?. Since then Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has resigned and the policy has been ?kicked into the long grass.? Events have moved at an astonishing pace, and today we find …

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Meet the Scottish Resistance
by Peter Ross
26 Mar 2016 at 8:00am
In the week that Scotland would have declared independence, the Scottish Resistance are still angry with JK Rowling, Tunnock?s teacakes and even the SNP. So are they just a fringe joke ? or standard-bearers of a new movement?The Tunnock?s chocolate factory rises above Uddingston, a small town sev...

Nicola Sturgeon backtracks on 50p rate of income tax
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Mar 2016 at 9:29pm
Scotland?s SNP first minister had appeared to rule out higher tax rate but now insists it could be brought in after 2017/18Nicola Sturgeon has disclosed she could yet introduce a new 50p rate of income tax in Scotland as she sharply changed tack to fend off opposition attacks on her modest tax ch...

New Zealand?s decision on the flag has lessons for Britain?s EU referendum | ...
by Martin Kettle
24 Mar 2016 at 7:35pm
Voters across the world, when given the chance to change things, tend to stick with what they know. Will this mean no Brexit?Never underestimate the capacity of human beings to step back from the brink; or in many cases their wisdom in choosing to do so. That would seem to be the wider message fr...

IFS warns Scottish deficit has become three times greater than UK's
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
24 Mar 2016 at 9:35am
Forecast from the Institute for Fiscal Studies says a collapse in oil prices has left a growing gap between Scottish spending and tax incomeA fresh economic forecast released to coincide with the day Scotland was to become independent has warned the country?s deficit has deepened, projected to be...

Scottish independence campaigners to fight eviction order
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Mar 2016 at 6:00am
IndyCamp Live, comprising 20 people, six tents and a caravan, have been in grounds of Scottish parliament since NovemberA small group of 20 independence campaigners camped in the grounds of the Scottish parliament calling for a fresh referendum are facing eviction, on the day chosen by Alex Salmo...

What if Scotland had voted yes?
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
24 Mar 2016 at 6:00am
Four prominent yes voters give their view on what would have happened if Scotland had voted for independenceHad Scotland voted to sever its links from the rest of the UK in the referendum of September 2014, the then first minister Alex Salmond said he would have proclaimed the independent state o...

The Guardian view on the Scottish elections: let?s talk about money too | Edi...
by Editorial
23 Mar 2016 at 7:17pm
Nicola Sturgeon?s nationalists remain politically ascendant, but the Scottish public conversation is shifting on to material choices that challenge the SNP?s priorities. That?s all to the good?We propose,? said the Scottish government?s 2013 white paper on independence, ?that Scotland?s independe...

Independent Scotland would be facing £10bn black hole, says IFS
by Larry Elliott Economics editor
23 Mar 2016 at 6:00pm
Scotland would become independent on Thursday if it had voted yes and report says oil price plunge would have hit it hardThe full extent of the impact of plunging oil prices on Scotland?s finances has been laid bare in a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing that a post-independence ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Timing is everything
by Macart
26 Mar 2016 at 8:12am
A guest post by Samuel Miller So what’s with all the negative waves man? OK, we’ve gone over the well worn establishment strategy of ‘Don’t look over here‘, in a post already. For bods of an independent tendency, its what the past three weeks have been all about after all. Does anyone seriously think that …

This could have been?
by Macart
24 Mar 2016 at 12:46pm
This could have been independence day. It could have been the day when the biggest street party Scotland has ever seen took place. A historic day. A day of colour and song and hope for the future. A future unwritten, ever uncertain and yet full of promise, choice and possibility. Not on this day. It …

Patience is a virtue (definitely) part 2
by Macart
22 Mar 2016 at 8:11pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller As noted by the ever excellent Scot Goes POP and Wings Over Scotland, the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has recently been released and the figures make for encouraging viewing for those of an independent mind. Fact it was such a bombshell one particular mainstream title was prepared to …

Spinning an exit
by Macart
21 Mar 2016 at 7:43am
a guest post by Samuel Miller Well that was quite a weekend. It had all the elements of the classic theatre. There was high drama, big headlines, betrayal, infighting, division, angst and spookily it had bugger all to do with Labour. There may also have been tears, but that would be hard to verify without …

We are the Robots
by Macart
20 Mar 2016 at 6:51am
A guest post by  The G-man Yes Scotland’s Future Despite the rise in people engaging with politics since the Independence Referendum the media still focus on leaders not ordinary people. Leaders are figureheads but its real people who put flyers through letter boxes and convince no voters to change their attitudes. There are different approaches to …

A cunning plan?
by Macart
18 Mar 2016 at 4:39pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller Aye, it appears that the political classes and assorted meeja types are at a bit of a loss as to why no one will listen to their air biscuits of wisdom currently. Their cunning plan to date seems to be comprised of an avalanche of editorial, twitter snark (whatever …

Don?t look over here?
by Macart
17 Mar 2016 at 10:25am
A guest post by Samuel Miller Right then. George Osborne?s recent history in the No.2 chair. Since November last we?ve gone from this: to this: and now as of yesterday, this:

On the fast track out of the Union
by weegingerdug
15 Mar 2016 at 4:34pm
It’s the budget day tomorrow. George Osborne has been spending the last week like Scrooge, working out new ways in which he can extract a few more pennies out of Bob Cratchet in order to benefit the bank. Already over the past couple of weeks the Tories have cut benefit payments for people with disabilities …

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?Magic molecule? find could transform treatment of long-term conditions
26 Mar 2016 at 10:11pm
FOR many years doctors and scientists have searched for so-called magic bullets that could cure diseases such as cancer, and a few discoveries have even been acclaimed as such.

Plea to trace mechanic Brian McKandie's killer
26 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
THE family of a 67-year-old man found murdered in his rural Aberdeenshire home has made a heartfelt plea for help to find his killer.

Smoke-free areas saving lives
26 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
ON the 10th anniversary of Scotland?s landmark legislation for smoke-free enclosed public spaces, research from health campaigners is claiming it has saved the Scottish adult population from breathing in over half a tonne of toxic material.

Suspect held over death of newsagent
26 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
A MAN has been arrested in connection with the death of a popular shopkeeper who was attacked outside his shop.

'They should donate money to the people of Orkney and Shetland - not a self-c...
26 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
A HITHERTO respected charity came under attack yesterday after its sister company increased from £34,000 to £50,000 an award to lying MP Alistair Carmichael to help with his £150,000 legal bill for the Frenchgate case.

Kitesurfers to crowdfund revolutionary cAno weather device
26 Mar 2016 at 12:14am
TWO Scottish kitesurfers, who were inspired by a lack of accurate information about the weather at their local beach, are set to crowdfund an autonomous sensing device which will revolutionise access to real-time conditions in remote locations.

Glasgow Disability Alliance hold protest demanding that George Osborne resigns
26 Mar 2016 at 12:07am
MEMBERS of the Glasgow Disability Alliance gathered in George Square to demand George Osborne resign as chancellor.

Tommy Sheridan?s Solidarity party is set for ?collapse? after a mass exodus o...
26 Mar 2016 at 12:07am
TOMMY Sheridan?s Solidarity are on the verge of collapsing after more than half of the party?s candidates for May?s election resigned. Twelve senior members, including nine candidates, have now left with more expected over the weekend. Those r

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Scotland a Nation Again in 2020 -Advisory Briefing
by caltonjock
25 Mar 2016 at 7:21am
        Independence – A Scottish Referendum It is the intention of the Scottish government to inform the Westminster government that Scotland will withdraw from the United Kingdom on 5 May 2020. The intended action will be subject to the will of the Scottish public who will be given opportunity to vote against …

Farming Subsidies ? Ruth (the Golden Child) ? A Timely Message From (Waiting ...
by caltonjock
22 Mar 2016 at 12:49am
        Scottish farm subsidy payments In the previous post I provided information providing information relating to dastardly attacks by Ruth (Golden Child) Davidson and her group of Gentlemen landowners on the Scottish government and Richard Lochhead the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment. I highlighted that the Rural Payments Agency …

Ruth (the Golden Child) Davidson ? Farming Subsidies ? Liars and Figures
by caltonjock
20 Mar 2016 at 3:39pm
        The Golden Child and her leadership of the Tory party in Scotland In recent months Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party have been actively working, together with the National Farmers Union (NFU) intent on placing blame, with the Scottish government for alleged late payments of financial support entitlement to farmers in …

by caltonjock
17 Mar 2016 at 9:48pm
          This post covers the period 2012-2016 concentrating on the 2 prime movers in the Better Together campaign group (Mundell and Davidson). Mundell and Davidson went off to London (not long after Davidson had settled into her new job as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party) to meet with their mentors …

Scottish Tories ? A Party of Political Eunuchs Managed By Mundell and Davidso...
by caltonjock
16 Mar 2016 at 11:01pm
This post covers 2011. In this period the party in Scotland elected a new leader. Murdo Fraser, many of his supporters and Party financiers were brutally sidelined by David Cameron and his Westminster Tories in favour of his protege Ruth Davidson. A chosen group of arrogant, bigoted and racist “Tory young Turks” studying at Glasgow …

Scottish Tories ? A Party of Political Eunuchs Managed By Mundell and Davidso...
by caltonjock
16 Mar 2016 at 8:28pm
  This post exposes Tory Party in-fighting in Scotland in the period 2005-2016. The party is hopelessly divided in many areas of policy and the bitter legacy of battles for the hearts and minds of party members and officials will only be resolved when the Party in Scotland asserts its right to autonomy from Westminster …

2014 ? Scottish Referendum ? State Subversion Denied Scots Their Freedom ? Ne...
by caltonjock
15 Mar 2016 at 11:22pm
    Throughout the Scottish Referendum campaign the government in Westminster deployed the Civil Service against the Scottish electorate in direct contravention of the Civil Service Code – Facts supporting the many allegations of misconduct surfaced following many hours of investigation – even when confronted with evidence of State Subversion those responsible either denied the …

Is This the New Dawn? ? The Scottish Sun ? Times and Sunday Times To Be Auton...
by caltonjock
9 Mar 2016 at 9:29pm
      “News Scotland” (formally News Corp) has announced it has been given the freedom from London to govern itself from 7 April 2016. It is unclear if the new business model includes maintaining the existing “namby pamby” editorial content, providing blanket support for anything that shines a positive light on Westminster and a …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

"She wore a blue collar..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Mar 2016 at 2:15pm
Every politician has their schtick, their story. Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson's, is that she is a ?good, old-fashioned? working-class Conservative, seasoned with a good pinch of socially liberal, unstarchy modernity.As Peter Ross' Times profile puts it this morning, "Ms Davidson grew up in two traditional small towns, Selkirk and Lundin L...

John Deighan: sans class, sans gorm, sans everything
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Mar 2016 at 8:40pm
I have a confession to make. Among the great shifting and disputatious tribes of Scottish public life, the sinners and the redeemed, there are relatively few people for whom I feel absolute, crushing contempt. In brash newspaper columns and in stressed television appearances -- we only see a glancing, partial depiction of the whole soul. But one...

Notes from "Middle Scotland"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Mar 2016 at 11:07am
Who are Scotland's "squeezed middle", and what, precisely, are they supposed to be in the "middle" of? The right wing press have begun to do their collective dingers about Nicola Sturgeon's hints yesterday, that George Osborne's decision to hike the threshold for paying the higher rate of tax looks unlikely to apply in Scotland once the Scotland...

Nicola's new appeal to self-interest
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Mar 2016 at 1:17pm
I've got out of the habit of watching First Minister's Questions, but I tuned in with interest this afternoon to see how the parties responded to yesterday's budget and the challenges it throws up for Scottish policy. Heckled by Kezia Dugdale, there were encouraging signs from the First Minister that the SNP are up for prosecuting the social dem...

For the SNP, taxing problems lie ahead...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
16 Mar 2016 at 6:01pm
In university, I had the misfortune to study the law of tax. In fairness to my teachers, they were learned, talented and clear. I didn't do badly. But the arcane, shifting, three dimensional geometry of tax law hurt my head. I had no real talent for it. At the time, jobless, incomeless, it all seemed a little arcane, gesturing towards a fantasy ...

Bin lorry crash: Matheson's populist move
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Mar 2016 at 1:49pm
This morning, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, announced that the Scottish Government has decided to extend legal aid to the families seeking criminal letters to prosecute Harry Clarke privately. The precise charges they want to press against him remain undisclosed, but may include causing death by dangerous driving, and fraud. T...

#SP16: Ruth Davidson's blue collar, still washed whiter
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Mar 2016 at 5:52pm
On the 23rd of June, the British people will cast their verdict on the UK's membership of the European Union. On Thursday the 5th of May, folk living in Scotland will determine the shape of Holyrood for the next half decade. With two months to go until the Scottish Parliament ballot boxes are opened, life is only now, only just, beginning to sti...

Peat Worrying at DeclarationFest
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Mar 2016 at 11:45am
As reported in the National this morning (thanks for the punt, lads), in Glasgow tomorrow, I'm compeering a session as part of a new human rights festival - Declaration.  Each of the sessions is organised around one of the Articles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Mine is Article 10 - the right to a fair, public hearing. We've inter...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history
by Gerry
24 Mar 2016 at 9:25am
?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 23rd 2016 Tom Devine has been a huge intellectual influence in Scotland in recent decades, having made major and thoughtful contributions to many important historical and contemporary debates. His latest work, ?Independence or Union: Scotland?s Past and ...

The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers
by Gerry
21 Mar 2016 at 10:10am
The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 20th 2016 George Osborne presented his eighth and potentially last Budget. Bad politics. Dodgy decisions and finances. All leading to Iain Duncan Smith?s sensational resignation sparking bitter Tory divisions. Osborne is a very political chancellor, convinced of his own sure touch ...

Donald Trump may a one-off but his politics are not a one-off
by Gerry
17 Mar 2016 at 9:23am
Donald Trump may be a one-off but his politics are not a one-off Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 16th 2016 Donald Trump may seem like a throwback to earlier, uglier times, but he is actually a very modern phenomenon. He is easy for opponents to hate, ridicule and throw insults at – from ?fascist? (which ...

Scotland needs a Parliament with more radical voices
by Gerry
14 Mar 2016 at 10:11am
Scotland needs a Parliament with more radical voices Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 13th 2016 Nearly everyone assumes an SNP victory in the forthcoming Scottish elections. There is a battle for second place between Labour and the Tories, while the leftovers will be fought over by the Lib Dems, Greens, UKIP and new left RISE. ...

What are politicians for today? In Defence of a Different Poliitics
by Gerry
10 Mar 2016 at 9:05am
What are politicians for today? In Defence of a Different Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 9th 2016 For all my adult life, I have defended the potential of politics and politicians to aid a better world. I have defended politics as the means to bring about change, for people to come together collectively and ...

Who will make the big, bold decisions if Nicola won?t?
by Gerry
7 Mar 2016 at 8:06am
Who will make the big, bold decisions if Nicola won?t? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 6th 2016 These are supposedly exciting times in the broad sweep of Scottish history. There?s the epic spectacle of the referendum; a union questioned and nearly broken; and an upsurge of political engagement, activism and hopes. Yet, sometimes the predominant ...

Fear, Loathing and the Problem of ?Sovereignty? in the EU Referendum
by Gerry
3 Mar 2016 at 9:00am
Fear, Loathing and the Problem of ?Sovereignty? in the EU Referendum Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 2nd 2016 After years of second guesses and a rising tide of Europhobia and scare stories, finally the UK faces the certainty of a vote on June 23rd on whether or not it remains a member of the European ...

Welcome to the Future: The Age of Uncertainty
by Gerry
28 Feb 2016 at 9:30am
Welcome to the Future: The Age of Uncertainty Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 28th 2016 Politics and public life are meant to follow neat, tidy, predictable patterns. Experts and forecasters are supposed to be able to give informed analysis on future change. This doesn?t always work out. Even experts have a continuity bias, while sudden ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scotland's independence day -
22 Mar 2016 at 6:41am
Scotland's independence day
The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just £100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
Scotlands Independence Day - 50 years onThe National
Scotland's independence day that never wa...

Tory MP slammed for "pathetic line" about Scottish independence - Press and J...
26 Mar 2016 at 8:52am

Press and Journal
Tory MP slammed for "pathetic line" about Scottish independence
Press and Journal
An Aberdeen MP has accused a UK Treasury minister of ?glib point-scoring? for responding to a question on oil and gas with a ?pathetic line? about Scottish independence. Kirsty Blackman has written to David Gauke to raise the exchange, which came ...
Oil slump would have been disastrous for independe...

Matthew Fitt: Czechs and balances on what would have been Scotlands Independe...
24 Mar 2016 at 12:28am

The National
Matthew Fitt: Czechs and balances on what would have been Scotlands Independence Day
The National
SCOTLAND play the Czech Republic at fitba the nicht in a freendly match in Prague. Win, draw or get gubbed, the twa teams are playin on whit wid hae been Scotland's Independence Day. 24th Mairch 2016. Toom Tabard, eat yer hert oot. The day o ...

Brexit supporters and Scottish independence advocates believe in a 'false fre...
22 Mar 2016 at 12:43am

The Independent
Brexit supporters and Scottish independence advocates believe in a 'false freedom', says David Mundell
The Independent
People who want Britain to leave the EU are similar to supporters of Scottish independence because both believe in a ?false freedom? which would actually end up setting their country back, the Scotland Secretary is set to claim. Drawing parallels ...
Are the Scottis...

Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a ...
19 Mar 2016 at 10:05pm

Birmingham Mail
Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a disaster
Birmingham Mail
Thursday, March 24, 2016, could have been the day the United Kingdom as we know it ceased to exist. Because it was due to be Scotland's independence day. If Scots had voted to leave the UK in 2014 then they would have become an independent country ...

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Would Brexit lead to Scotland leaving the UK? - Financial Times
1 Mar 2016 at 8:37am

Financial Times
Would Brexit lead to Scotland leaving the UK?
Financial Times
Jim Sillars, a former SNP deputy leader, rejects the notion that a UK decision to leave the bloc would lead to Scottish independence. ?I don't think it stands up to very serious analysis,? he says, arguing that many Scottish voters would balk at the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon announces new drive for Scottish independence -
12 Mar 2016 at 8:09pm
Nicola Sturgeon announces new drive for Scottish independence
Scots voted against independence by 55 per cent to 45 per cent when a referendum was held in September 2014. Her announcement came as the government considered plans to give full ?Home Rule? to England in revenge against Scottish MPs who ...
Vote on Brexit would fuel Scotland independence push from the UK,...

Journalist @PaulMasonNews: Leftwing mood makes Scottish independence ?inevita...
21 Mar 2016 at 12:55pm

Journalist @PaulMasonNews: Leftwing mood makes Scottish independence ?inevitable?
WRITER AND BROADCASTER Paul Mason has said that Scottish independence is ?inevitable? due to the left-wing surge behind social change in Scotland. Mason, who closely follows new political movements in Europe, the Middle East and America, argued ...


SNP - Google News
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Key Stocks of the Day: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) - The News...
26 Mar 2016 at 10:16pm

Key Stocks of the Day: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP)
The News Journal
As it reflects the theoretical cost of buying the company's shares, the market cap of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) is currently rolling at 82482.06, making it one of the key stocks in today's market. Hence, the existing market cap ...

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#SP16 Nick Cook Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Eastern - The Edinburgh ...
26 Mar 2016 at 7:51pm

The Edinburgh Reporter
#SP16 Nick Cook Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Eastern
The Edinburgh Reporter
Now, in 2016, he has been selected to stand as a candidate in May's Scottish Parliamentary election for Edinburgh Eastern, and he told The Edinburgh Reporter exactly why he thinks he is the best man for the job. Until recently Kenny Macaskill was SNP ...

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#SP16 ? Ben Macpherson SNP candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith - The E...
26 Mar 2016 at 5:13pm

The Edinburgh Reporter
#SP16 ? Ben Macpherson SNP candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith
The Edinburgh Reporter
Ben lives in the constituency he aims to win for the SNP, and has always lived in the north of the city. He has worked in renewable energy and read Politics and Philosophy at the University of York before graduating in Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Trending Stock Review: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.( NYSE:SNP ) - WallStr...
26 Mar 2016 at 3:17pm

Trending Stock Review: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.( NYSE:SNP )
In the last month, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) shares have moved up, giving investors a nice push. Shares of the company have been up 10.07% over the last month. Looking at the past five days of trading, shares are changed -3.46%.

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Leaders clash over tax as campaign enters second day - Press and Journal
26 Mar 2016 at 12:52pm

Press and Journal
Leaders clash over tax as campaign enters second day
Press and Journal
As the election campaign entered its second day, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale claimed the SNP were in ?disarray? in the wake of Ms Sturgeon's comments, while the Scottish Conservatives' Ruth Davidson warned against a ?fresh tax grab? in ...

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Leaders travel the country as Holyrood campaigning begins -
26 Mar 2016 at 12:13pm
Leaders travel the country as Holyrood campaigning begins
The SNP, Conservatives and Greens will focus their main vote-winning efforts on Glasgow, while Labour and the Liberal Democrats will be promoting their key messages on the other side of the country. Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will ...

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Record View: SNP may dodge Tory tax trap but Labour need to tread carefully -...
26 Mar 2016 at 11:54am

Scottish Daily Record
Record View: SNP may dodge Tory tax trap but Labour need to tread carefully
Scottish Daily Record
Hands up any left-wing SNP candidates or MPs? But above the quiet you can hear a creaking noise. It's a Tory tax trap being wound tight ready for release. The Conservatives know Ruth Davidson's low tax attack might not snap shut on Sturgeon. She is ...

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Kezia Dugdale accuses Nicola Sturgeon of hypocrisy over 50p tax rate followin...
26 Mar 2016 at 9:16am

Scottish Daily Record
Kezia Dugdale accuses Nicola Sturgeon of hypocrisy over 50p tax rate following first Leaders Debate
Scottish Daily Record
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale slated the SNP leader as the cross-party row on tax for the rich spilled over from the first TV debate on the Holyrood election on to the Easter campaign trail. Dugdale hit out in Edinburgh, saying: ?The SNP are in ...


Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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More Scots say they feel British after referendum - The Times (subscription)
25 Mar 2016 at 10:21pm
More Scots say they feel British after referendum
The Times (subscription)
Despite Scotland's independence referendum and a bumper crop of seats for the SNP at last year's general election, research shows a resurgence of Britishness north of the border. The SNP won 56 out of 59 Westminster seats and the party is poised to win ...
Scotland's independence
Scotland goes to th...

Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News
20 Mar 2016 at 11:32pm

BBC News
Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
BBC News
Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Brexit supporters and Scottish independence advocates believe in a 'false freedom', says David MundellThe Ind...

Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum? - Scotsman
20 Mar 2016 at 12:05am

Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum?
Had there been a Yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, the past 18 months would have been a fascinating and fraught chapter in the nation's history. Instead of announcing his intention to step down, an ebullient First Minister Alex ...
Support for Union soars: Poll reveals 58 per cent of Scottish voters want to s...

Nicola Sturgeon reveals the SNP will push for ANOTHER independence referendum...
12 Mar 2016 at 6:37pm

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon reveals the SNP will push for ANOTHER independence referendum
Daily Mail
Speaking in December, he said: 'In terms of the referendum, certainly the Scottish nationalists are not asking for another referendum. And it was agreed before we had the referendum that the outcome would be decisive and that would settle the issue at ...

Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a ...
19 Mar 2016 at 10:05pm

Birmingham Mail
Opinion: It's Scottish Independence Day this week - and it would have been a disaster
Birmingham Mail
Thursday, March 24, 2016, could have been the day the United Kingdom as we know it ceased to exist. Because it was due to be Scotland's independence day. If Scots had voted to leave the UK in 2014 then they would have become an independent country ...

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Record View: We cannot allow fallout from independence referendum to fracture...
24 Mar 2016 at 9:50am

Scottish Daily Record
Record View: We cannot allow fallout from independence referendum to fracture our nation
Scottish Daily Record
The drive for independence was meant to take us to a different destination. Instead, Scotland looks at itself through the fractured mirror of nationalism, with no left-right divide and splits between conservative and progressive principles rendered ...
17 'broken prom...

Scottish independence remains decisive factor for voters at Holyrood election...
24 Mar 2016 at 1:55pm

Scotland Now
Scottish independence remains decisive factor for voters at Holyrood election, poll reveals
Scotland Now
Nine-tenths do not regret their vote in the independence referendum - with the 6% who wish they had voted Yes cancelled out by the 7 per cent who wish they voted No - but support for independence remains higher than the result on September 18 2014 at ...
Poll finds independence view...

EU referendum: Tom Harris to head Scottish Vote Leave campaign - BBC News
18 Mar 2016 at 2:48pm

BBC News
EU referendum: Tom Harris to head Scottish Vote Leave campaign
BBC News
A former Labour MP has confirmed he is to head the Scottish branch of a campaign for the UK to leave the EU. Tom Harris said the debate was about "putting our own country, our own economy, our own people first". The former Glasgow South MP is to be the ...
Scots lawmakers see UK becoming more detached from EU, regardle...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Who are today's great statesmen and women?
25 Mar 2016 at 10:59pm
This topic was inspired by another thread. It's easy to look back in history and identify famously great orators and men/women of state. Even if one doesn't agree with their policies (and I sure as hell don't), it's difficult to argue with people like Thatcher, Blair* and Churchill being pretty g...

Holyrood 2016 - Debates/Hustings
24 Mar 2016 at 3:53pm
Thought it might be an idea to have a thread for the various tv/radio debates and hustings which we will see in the lead up to the Holyrood elections. I read there will be six tv debates over the next while, and the BBC are hosting regional debates on their radio stations as well.

The BBC are hos...

wee Black Book Out Today
24 Mar 2016 at 2:38pm
You can download it on wings, decent but could have been more hard hitting imo.

Happy Independence Day
24 Mar 2016 at 8:18am
Had Salmond, Sturgeon, Sheridan et al not been sent away tae think again.

Surely each and every snivelling and slobbering Yes voter now realises that a massive bullet was dodged by staying within Great Britain given the plummeting oil price and the utterly monumental deficit we would have been fa...

IDS resigns
18 Mar 2016 at 11:03pm
On the back of disabled cuts to pay for tax cuts for more well off, in budget. IDS has resigned with a stinging attack on Osborne and Cameron.

Could the Conservatives become Scotland's 2nd biggest party?
18 Mar 2016 at 12:06am
With the downfall of Labour more evident each and every day I have pondered the possibility of the Conservatives becoming official opposition to the SNP.

In the most recent poll it has seen the Conservatives match Labour in the amount of support. Looking back a good few weeks and it has viewed th...

16 Mar 2016 at 11:22pm
Probably belongs in here. Language is a deeply political thing and our Scots words are undoubtedly one of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other parts of the union.

So, what role should Scots play in modern Scotland?

I'm all for it. Especially in early years education where early literac...

Land Reform
16 Mar 2016 at 7:00pm
Anyone bothered?

Land Reform Bill went through final reading in Holyrood today.

Lots of positives. The fact there is a new bill in first place. End of tax relief on shooting estates. Enhanced rights for community buy out. A land register so we actually know who owns the land.

Where the govt have ...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Easter Rising 1916
26 Mar 2016 at 11:41am
BBC news (via NI & Dublin, comes under world/europe) Guardian editorialising Bob Geldof KBE ? '...

Sports Songs
23 Mar 2016 at 6:03pm
After hearing Chelsea Dagger from the Fratellis 400 million times on the radio over here the last year(It's the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team's anthem here), it got me wondering. What songs stick in your mind which can be connected to a sport? Whether it's Fleetwood Mac and The Chain or Snoo...

End of the road for AC/DC?
8 Mar 2016 at 9:56am
US tour canceled as doctors have advised Brian to retire in order to preserve what is left of his hearing before he goes completely deaf. Do not think I would like it if they went down the Queen route of guest vocalists   

25 Mar 2016 at 2:14pm
Grassing bastards

2016 Tamb Running Thread
1 Jan 2016 at 9:26pm
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

22 Mar 2016 at 8:00pm
That 50% pledge didn't last very long did it. Swinney controls the finances. Sturgeon takes a selfie with crocodile tears.

Marshall Islands
19 Mar 2016 at 5:07pm
There is a letter in today's National about the Marshall Islands suing all 9 nuclear armed states at the Intl Criminal Court for their failure to implement the Non-proliferation Treaty which they signed on 1968.  I have never heard of this which in itself isnt surprising however i cannot see ...

University Education
21 Mar 2016 at 7:10pm
From experience disappointing, overrated, under resourced and benefits the middle classes. Progressive. Redistributive. Fair.

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