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Labour facing even worse than predicted local elections rout
26 Apr 2017 at 12:07am
Labour is facing electoral defeat in the local elections on a scale far worse than even dire previous forecasts had predicted, experts have warned.

Labour pledges to give communities say on migration as it struggles to clarif...
26 Apr 2017 at 12:07am
A Labour government would give local communities a say on migration levels, the party's shadow Brexit secretary has pledged as he attempted to clear up confusion over his party's stance on the EU.

Gerry Braiden local elections analysis: Drama in the offing whatever the Glas...
26 Apr 2017 at 12:10am
THE local election in Glasgow will deliver a historic outcome, whoever the result favours.

PM warns Cabinet colleagues against complacency as she takes election fight t...
26 Apr 2017 at 12:02am
THERESA May has warned her senior colleagues to guard against complacency as she took the campaign fight to Labour?s Welsh heartlands, branding Jeremy Corbyn ?floundering, weak and nonsensical?.

Local elections: Inverclyde in social media squabbles ahead of tooth and claw...
26 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
The area spans the south shores of the Firth of Clyde from Port Glasgow to the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal, taking in Greenock, Gourock and the affluent Kilmacolm

Local elections: West Dunbartonshire's dysfunctional foundations may save Lab...
26 Apr 2017 at 12:14am
WEST Dunbartonshire is another of Scotland?s smallest authorities The council?s relatively recent history as the country?s most dysfunctional may see West Dunbartonshire remain Labour next week.

Tories isolated as Holyrood urges repeal of "repugnant" rape clause
26 Apr 2017 at 12:08am
A WOMAN who had a child after being raped may well have killed herself if forced to disclose her ordeal by the welfare ?rape clause?, MSPs have heard in a dramatic Holyrood debate.

Fraud probe MP says she will not stand for re-election in Glasgow East
26 Apr 2017 at 12:07am
THE Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry has confirmed she will not stand for re-election.

MSPs vote to urge UK Government to scrap 'repugnant rape clause'
25 Apr 2017 at 6:59pm
MSPs have voted to call on the UK Government to remove the two-child cap on tax credits and scrap the so-called rape clause.

Sturgeon delays her 'next steps' on second referendum until after General Ele...
25 Apr 2017 at 12:21pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of becoming a ?laughing stock? and leaving the SNP ?in disarray? after appearing to flip-flop over independence and the general election.

Tory MSP to quit Holyrood for General Election constituency fight
25 Apr 2017 at 3:21pm
A Tory MSP has announced he will stand down at Holyrood to focus on the fight for a target seat at Westminster.

Watch: Holyrood listens in silence as Kezia Dugdale reads email from rape vic...
25 Apr 2017 at 4:24pm
Tory MSPs have been urged to heed the "heart-breaking" testimony of a victim and oppose the UK Government's so-called "rape clause".

Senior Conservatives quit pro-EU campaign after Tory colleagues targeted in e...
25 Apr 2017 at 6:50pm
SENIOR Tories have quit a pro-EU campaign after it drew up a hit list of mainly Conservative MPs it wants to oust at the General Election.

Ministers confident cutting air departure tax will boost Scottish economy
25 Apr 2017 at 8:31pm
Scottish Government ministers are convinced plans to first cut and then abolish the tax paid by air travellers will deliver "strong economic benefits" - despite an independent economic assessment of the policy only just being commissioned.

Farron finally answers the question: gay sex is not a sin
25 Apr 2017 at 6:10pm
GAY sex is not a sin, Tim Farron has made clear after the Liberal Democrat leader endured days of pressure to clarify his personal stance on the issue.

 

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Brexit without a deal ?as damaging as independence? says Dugdale
26 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
Tory threats that Britain could leave the European Union without an agreed Brexit deal are as damaging to the UK as Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to hold a second independence referendum, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will claim.

MSPs vote to urge UK Government to scrap ?repugnant rape clause?
25 Apr 2017 at 5:23pm
MSPs have voted to call on the UK Government to remove the two-child cap on tax credits and scrap the so-called rape clause.

?Suspicious package? sent to SNP MP John Nicolson?s office
25 Apr 2017 at 3:45pm
Police sealed off a street in Kirkintilloch town centre after a suspicious package was sent to the constituency office of John Nicolson.

Sturgeon delays setting out her indyref2 plans
25 Apr 2017 at 3:10pm
Nicola Sturgeon has delayed outlining the how she intends to progress a second referendum until after the June election, it has emerged.

Tory John Lamont quits Holyrood to fight Westminster seat
25 Apr 2017 at 1:51pm
John Lamont, the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has announced he is resigning from the Scottish Parliament so that he can concentrate on winning a Westminster seat in June.

Plans unveiled to repopulate Skye crofting village
25 Apr 2017 at 1:10pm
A NEW affordable housing development has been announced for a remote Skye community – the first in 18 years – with an aim to repopulate Staffin village.

Selfie Queen Karen Danczuk applies to stand as Labour MP
25 Apr 2017 at 12:36pm
Selfie Queen Karen Danczuk is hoping to enter Parliament after applying to be a Labour candidate at the General Election.

Starmer promises ?radical? devolution in Labour Brexit plan
25 Apr 2017 at 12:33pm
A Labour government would rule out a “Whitehall power grab” and automatically devolve all powers returning from Brussels after the UK leaves the EU, the party’s Brexit spokesman has pledged.

Fraud charge MP Natalie McGarry will not seek re-election
25 Apr 2017 at 11:47am
An MP charged with fraud offences by police has confirmed she will not seek re-election.

Scottish Tories under fire at Holyrood for backing ?rape clause?
25 Apr 2017 at 11:30am
The Tories will come under fire at Holyrood today for supporting the UK Government’s so called “rape clause”.

Amount of vacant or derelict land in Scotland declines
25 Apr 2017 at 11:11am
More than 320 hectares of derelict or vacant land – the equivalent of about 450 football pitches – was brought back in to use in Scotland last year, a report has revealed.

Russia-linked Hackers target Emmanuel Macron campaign
25 Apr 2017 at 11:03am
Researchers say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers.

Fergus Ewing attacks post-Brexit agricultural policy
25 Apr 2017 at 8:10am
It could be another five years after the UK exits the European Union before a new agricultural policy is in place, Fergus Ewing, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity, has warned.

Darren ?Loki? McGarvey: Scottish Labour need independence
25 Apr 2017 at 8:00am
What the hell is going on with Scottish Labour? Just when you think things couldn’t get any more dire, another opinion poll comes out, reinforcing just how far the mighty have fallen. But despite the well of mean-spiritedness currently passing for political discourse in this angry corner of the world, not everyone who voted Yes feels an urge to cheer every time the Labour Party commits another senseless act of self-harm. There are many of us in favour of Scottish independence for the perfectly legitimate reason of national self-determination, who find the demise of the Labour Party in Scotland not only painful but wholly unnecessary.

Leader comment: Treating symptoms won?t solve A&E problem
25 Apr 2017 at 8:00am
One of the recurring tributes we hear about the NHS, from those diagnosed with an illness which requires urgent treatment, is that when the situation is serious, the health service responds promptly and often impressively.

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Faces Of Shame
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2017 at 5:33pm
This is the Conservative MSP group at Holyrood today, at the end of an unusually powerful speech from Kezia Dugdale during the rape clause “debate”. Click the picture to enlarge it if you want to see what people gazing into the hideous abyss of their own souls and not liking what they see looks like. We …

Some things that happened this month
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2017 at 8:34am
Leopards don’t change their spots, folks. Especially when they’re in the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party. Because the fat ones probably aren’t these kids, Edwina. But hey, vote Tory in case the SNP give you another referendum or something. Because the bad stuff could never happen to YOU, right?

The Decency Charter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2017 at 4:40pm
This site has spoken a few times, usually in jest, about forming its own political party and contesting elections. But as the UK heads for the biggest democratic trainwreck in its history – a vote which, depending on where you live, is really either a proxy Brexit referendum, a proxy independence referendum, a judgement on …

The last leap
by Chris Cairns
22 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

The selective calculator
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2017 at 3:23pm
Alert readers will be aware that we’ve been running a series of posts pointing out the gap between opposition rhetoric about the Scottish Government’s supposed failure to grow the economy, and their (total lack of) practical suggestions about what it should actually be doing, given that by design the Scottish Parliament controls almost none of …

All the way to the bottom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2017 at 7:26pm
An alert reader got in touch with us this evening to tell us that they’d been clearing out an old hard drive and found an interesting web page they’d saved from several years ago. They asked if we’d like to see it. “Sure”, we said. “Let’s have a look.” It turned out that they’d had …

A moment of candour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2017 at 12:13pm
We don’t often wholeheartedly agree with anything “Rape Clause Ruth” Davidson says at First Minister’s Questions, but we can’t fault this observation from earlier today.

Rushing to the gallows
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2017 at 9:49am
One of the most famous tales of the celebrated British hangman Albert Pierrepoint is that concerning James Inglis, a murderer who in 1951 sprinted the short distance from the condemned cell to the noose, enabling the entire execution to be concluded just seven seconds after Pierrepoint had first laid hands on him. We can’t help thinking of …

The end of sanity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2017 at 11:44am
Okay, so 2017 is turning out less dull than we expected. Because the Prime Minister of the UK has lost her mind. Let’s just go over the basics. – Firstly, the PM can’t actually announce a general election will be held on June 8th. To get around the restrictions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 680
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2017 at 12:58pm
It’s the holidays, so the papers are desperate to fill space and the political parties are all trying to help out by sending them helpful press releases which can be slotted directly onto pages, titled “PARTY X CONTINUES TO SUPPORT POLICY Z WHICH IT HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED. ALSO, THE OTHER PARTIES ARE BAD”. Scottish Labour’s …

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Child protection scheme for Scottish sport 'not working'
26 Apr 2017 at 12:16am
The system designed to prevent child abuse in sport is not working properly, according to a report by MSPs.


MPs call for review of Glasgow Jobcentre closure plans
26 Apr 2017 at 12:17am
A Scottish Affairs Committee report says the plans "showed a lack of clear planning".


Scottish aviation tax bill passes first Holyrood vote
25 Apr 2017 at 6:41pm
MSPs back the general principles of a bill for a devolved aviation tax, but many call for more details.


MSPs condemn child tax credit reform 'rape clause'
25 Apr 2017 at 6:30pm
A series of MSPs speak out against changes to child tax credits and a controversial provision known as the "rape clause".


GMB report says North Sea gas must remain in energy mix
25 Apr 2017 at 6:11pm
The union claims Scotland's energy consumption demands "cannot be credibly met without gas".


College lecturers' strike to go ahead after talks fail
25 Apr 2017 at 9:50pm
The strike will be held on Thursday after the EIS union and Colleges Scotland failed to reach agreement.


Police probe package sent to SNP MP John Nicolson
25 Apr 2017 at 4:29pm
The suspicious item was delivered to the office of John Nicolson in East Dunbartonshire.


Tory MSP to quit Holyrood to stand for Westminster
25 Apr 2017 at 2:20pm
Conservative MSP John Lamont is to quit his Holyrood seat to fight for one at Westminster, triggering a by-election.


General election 2017: Labour vows 'radical' devolution extension
25 Apr 2017 at 3:52pm
Party says powers transferred back from Brussels after Brexit should go straight to relevant devolved body.


General election 2017: Natalie McGarry will not seek re-election
25 Apr 2017 at 9:00am
Natalie McGarry, who was elected as an SNP MP in 2015, confirms she will stand down at election.


Aberdeen business rates relief plan rejected
25 Apr 2017 at 12:39pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay rejects calls by Aberdeen City Council to match-fund a scheme.


Trussell Trust says food parcel numbers hit new high
25 Apr 2017 at 12:18pm
The Trussell Trust says its food banks handed out more than 145,000 emergency food parcels last year.

Scot Goes Pop

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Drama as No-friendly TNS poll finds half of the Scottish public want an indep...
by James Kelly
25 Apr 2017 at 2:30pm
I've been having a look at the newly-released datasets from TNS to see if there is any potential explanation (other than the obvious one of data collection method) for why they are contradicting th...

Nostalgia night as TNS reverts to being an extreme No-friendly outlier
by James Kelly
25 Apr 2017 at 3:41am
You might remember that throughout much of the long campaign leading up to the 2014 independence referendum, TNS was one of the group of No-friendly pollsters, before sensationally swinging in the ...

Some more information about the Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2017 at 6:13pm
The datasets for Saturday night's Panelbase poll have been published, and the big surprise is that it appears as if 16 and 17 year olds were included in the sample.  At one point, the poll was list...

Terror strikes Tyrannical Theresa as astonishing BMG poll suggests Yes has pr...
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2017 at 11:46pm
Should Scotland be an independent country? (BMG)Yes 43% (+2)No 45% (+1)UPDATE : When I first put this post up, I thought I'd only have a few minutes to wait before more details appeared on the Hera...

Tories left reeling as new polls suggest support for independence has INCREASED
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2017 at 3:58pm
It shows you how much the calling of a snap general election changes our priorities, but we've just had two new polls in which the question about independence has been treated as an afterthought.  ...

SNP lead the Tories by 15% in first full-scale poll of the campaign
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2017 at 10:35pm
The first word on Scottish voting intentions for the general election comes tonight from Survation...Westminster voting intentions (Survation poll) :SNP 43.1%Conservatives 27.9%Labour 17.8%Liberal ...

Introducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the general election
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2017 at 5:51pm
Just for the sheer hell of it, we might as well have a Poll of Polls for Scottish voting intentions at the general election. I was going to check which methodology I used last time around...and the...

Your STV questions answered
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2017 at 4:54am
Over the last few days, I've received a number of emails asking for clarification on various aspects of the Single Transferable Vote system that will be used to elect councillors on 4th May.  Apolo...

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SNP MPs sign fishing pledge that would keep Scotland out of the EU
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25 Apr 2017 at 10:49pm
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Arbroath sunset
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25 Apr 2017 at 10:43pm
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Since we already have like 3 anthems, I propose a fourth.
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25 Apr 2017 at 9:38pm
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General election 2017: Labour vows 'radical' devolution extension
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25 Apr 2017 at 7:57pm
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Tory MSP Ruth Davidson attempts to defend #RapeClause
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25 Apr 2017 at 6:36pm
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Exports of Scottish farmed salmon leap by 17%
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25 Apr 2017 at 6:25pm
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Victim: Rape clause would have 'tipped me over the edge'
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25 Apr 2017 at 6:12pm
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Election expert: Scottish Labour heading for 'disaster'
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25 Apr 2017 at 4:46pm
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Drama as No-friendly TNS poll finds half of the Scottish public want an indep...
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"Reality Check: Are a quarter of Scottish children in poverty?"
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Scots whistleblower awarded $1m for pollution evidence - BBC News
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Mother's ballot paper alerts Tory to council candidacy
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Suspicious package sent to SNP MP's constituency office
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When is the UK general election 2017 - what happens next? Full timetable as B...
by Dan Bloom
25 Apr 2017 at 10:23pm
Britain is voting in a snap general election. Here's everything you need to know including the countdown, big dates and registering to vote


Read heartbreaking letter of rape victim as Tory MSPs urged to oppose controv...
by Tony Clerkson
25 Apr 2017 at 5:31pm
Kezia Dugdale read out the powerful testimony to a silent Holyrood chamber as Scots Tories were urged to oppose the UK Government 'rape clause'.


Kezia Dugdale reads out victim's harrowing letter at Holyrood as she urges Sc...
by Lynsey Bews
25 Apr 2017 at 4:44pm
The Scottish Labour leader's powerful plea came as she read testimony from a rape victim who said there was 'no way she could complete that awful form of shame'.


Who can vote in the General Election 2017 and when is the deadline? How to re...
by Abigail O'Leary
25 Apr 2017 at 2:15pm
Theresa May announced a snap General Election will be held on June 8 but the deadline to register is much sooner than that


Tory VAT rise to cost average family £2500 as Theresa May dodges questions on...
by Jack Blanchard
25 Apr 2017 at 8:25am
Every Tory Prime Minister has increased VAT since it was first introduced by Ted Heath in 1973 and a 2.5% hike is expected.


Tory rule shows failure of civilised society - parents shouldn't have to rely...
by Record View
25 Apr 2017 at 7:55am
It's a damning indictment of a world of sanctions, benefit cuts, temporary jobs and zero-hour contracts that have come to typify the age of austerity, says Record View.


Labour are focused on issues that matter while dismal SNP fail to stand up to...
by Kezia Dugdale
25 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale says that whether it's the local elections or the general election only a vote for Labour will provide a positive transformation across the country.


Nicola Sturgeon claims Tories 'bought' 2015 election and snap poll was called...
by David Clegg
25 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
The First Minister told delegates at the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore that the Conservatives must not be allowed to "escape accountability".


Election Diary: SNP polls apart from voters as IndyRef2 timetable is given co...
by Record Reporter
25 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Only a quarter of Scots support Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.


Marine Le Pen steps down as French National Front leader in cynical switchero...
by Record Reporter
24 Apr 2017 at 8:36pm
The "temporary" move is an attempt to distance herself from the toxic NF brand and appeal to a wider range of voters ahead of the May 7 run off with Emmanuel Macron.

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ScotIndyPod 153 ? Wait, what?
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2017 at 7:05pm
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Scottish Independence Podcast 152 ? Crying ?Wolf!?
by michaelgreenwell
11 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
For the 152nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I?ve pulled together some of the recent notable comments by some pro-indy folks and by some unionists. The Tories seem to want to deny everything, some people are trying to ramp up the hysteria and others are trying to calm it all down. In the middle …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …
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Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …
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Let us Dae or Dee!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Apr 2017 at 12:01pm
?LET US DAE OR DEE!? The French springheids o Burns?s Jacobin slogan-cries. Robert Burns? pairt-takkin fir the French Revolution is a weel-kent pairt o his legend an bides, mair nor twa hunner year efter his daith in 1796, an ongangin pynt o poleetical an academic stramash in Scotland. Aither tae ding doon his politics, tae …

For Jeremy, England, and Saint George!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Apr 2017 at 11:11am
To celebrate Saint George?s Day, we have a guest post from Mark Anthony France who publishes at Another England is Possible.  As France notes “Saint Georges Day 2017 is also the 40th Anniversary of ?The Battle of Wood Green? – The first big defeat of the National Front in April 1977 will be celebrated by …

Five out of Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Apr 2017 at 11:16am
It’s pleasant to sit-back and watch as the case for the Union unfolds in the detail of a General Election the Prime Minister didn’t need to call for any other reason than to avoid the ignominy of police investigations precipitating by-elections (which they’d have lost under the shadow of criminality.) Better Together won in 2014 …

Grieving Britain, a Therapeutic Guide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2017 at 2:11pm
Britain is dead. It was killed by neoliberalism not nationalism. They gutted it of its connective tissue, spleen and gizzard too. Now they remoan about ‘separatists’. Trying to comprehend this is a psychological process not just a political one. The institutions that were familiar and durable to allow ‘Britain’ to survive were sold-off, debased, privatised …

What would a Mélenchon victory mean for Scotland?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2017 at 9:43am
Paul Malgrati writes on the Unsubmissive France project, and the prospects for Scotland and EU reform of a Mélenchon victory. For the last few weeks, the British media have been discovering Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the French left-wing candidate currently surging in the polls, between 18 and 20%, just below Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Mélenchon could …

Change the World One Kiss at a Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2017 at 10:23pm
A Barra soundclash with Bella’s resident mixclouder – the Barrastinian – and Runway Graves…

Why do the birds go on singing?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2017 at 2:33pm
The train tweets through the loudspeakers, an announcement of sorts that begins with a feeble chirping sound, steadily growing as it approaches the platform, though sometimes no train appears; hidden among the hedges and bushes of the railway tracks, birds uncannily mimic the sound of incoming trains. I had often lifted my bag and numb …

The GERS Debate (concluded)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2017 at 6:55pm
Richard Murphy at Holyrood on the deficiencies of the #GERS figures. Richard Murphy at Holyrood on #GERS, and gets a couple of wee digs at we-know-who-wink-wink in. pic.twitter.com/9pgYJoizki ? Robbie (@RobDunsmore) April 19, 2017

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Labour predicted to lose hundreds of seats in local elections
by Alan Travis Home affairs editor
25 Apr 2017 at 2:26pm
Party expected to lose 75 councillors in England and more than 100 in Wales, and control of Glasgow and Cardiff city councilsLabour is set to lose hundreds of council seats across Britain next week and cede control of Glasgow and Cardiff city councils, according to leading psephologists.The party...

General election: Ukip donor Arron Banks decides not to run in Clacton ? as i...
by Chris Johnston (now) and Andrew Sparrow and Martin Farrer (earlier)
24 Apr 2017 at 8:26pm
As parties here digest the lessons of the French election, Labour prepare for defence flak and the Tories take a leaf out of the book of MilibandThe Snap: sign up for the daily election briefing Lunchtime summary 7.55pm BST That?s all for today?s live coverage of the general election campaign. We...

Nicola Sturgeon accuses Theresa May of calling election to avoid expenses fra...
by Guardian Staff
24 Apr 2017 at 7:11pm
Speaking at Scottish TUC annual congress, Scotland?s first minister claims general election being held in order that Conservatives avoid ?possible criminal prosecutions for alleged expenses fraud? in 2015 campaignSturgeon claims May called snap election because of fears over expenses Continue rea...

Sturgeon claims May called snap election because of fears over expenses
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2017 at 6:16pm
SNP leader says PM wants to avoid police investigation into Tory election expenses in the 2015 campaign catching up with partyNicola Sturgeon has claimed that Theresa May called the snap election in part because she feared that numerous Tory MPs would be prosecuted for fraud over their election e...

Corbyn rules out anti-Tory pact at Scottish trade union conference
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2017 at 3:24pm
Speaking to the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Labour leader said unions were ?our family? and promised a £10 minimum wage ? General election 2017 - live coverageJeremy Corbyn has again dismissed speculation of a formal anti-Tory pact at Westminster, after urging Scottish trade unionists to ...

Scottish Tories back in contention 20 years on from New Labour rout
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2017 at 1:20pm
With party on brink of Westminster revival under Ruth Davidson, the main political dynamic in Scotland is now SNP v ToriesFor the first time in decades, Scotland?s Tories have a confident gleam in their eyes. Almost exactly 20 years after being wiped from Scotland?s electoral map by New Labour in...

Amid Hebridean vistas, Eigg celebrates its hard-won renewal
by Kevin McKenna
23 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
The population of Eigg has crept above 100 for the first time in half a century.The great unofficial census of Eigg is taking place in a sitting room offering the UK?s finest seascape. The waters of the Sound of Rum carry your gaze from beyond a spotless beach on the north-west side of this islan...

Scotland a happy place? Don?t make me laugh | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
All these wellbeing surveys are a plot to convince us that we don?t need another referendumA campaign, insidious in its stealth, has been under way for some years to make Scottish people feel significantly happier and more content than we actually are or truly want to be. As a nation, we are in d...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The monomaniacal single obsession party
The world’s most obsessional election leaflet is falling through Scottish letterboxes. A leaflet from a party with only a single policy, a single monomaniacal fetish, a sole idée fixe. That’s the single track mind of the Scottish Conservatives whose obsession is accusing another party of being obsessed. In the election leaflet from the Tories which …

The last UK General Election in Scotland
In France the National Front’s Marine Le Pen has done shockingly well in the first round of the French Presidential election, and it seems that the second round will focus on keeping the far right out of power. Here in the UK we don’t need to worry about keeping the far right out of power, …

We say No to the Tories. And we mean it.
Without the slightest trace of irony, or indeed self awareness, the Tories have unveiled their new slogan. “We said No. We meant it.” Know who else meant it when they said no? Rape victims also meant it when they said no, but they’re still going to have to go into the details of their assault …

National Yes Registry IndyApp 1.1
We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily co-ordinated and shared across the movement?s community group network. Locally, regionally and nationally. This link gives a detailed explanation of the National Yes Registry …...

The only realistic choice
This one is easy. For May’s local government elections there’s been all sorts of discussion and the banging of heads off brick walls in an attempt to explain the simplest tactical voting strategy to reduce the number of DTBs who get elected. That’s Durrty Tory Basterts, in case you were wondering that’s the real name …

Theresa May?s Erdo?an election
Despite saying just a few weeks ago that she had no intention of calling a snap General Election, Theresa May has now done just that. Now is the time after all. The Brexit negotiations are being put on hold because we’re facing a snap General Election, which is not unrelated to the fact that the …

Starting with a single ripple
Well we’re still here, for now. You can never be entirely certain that there will still be a morning to wake up to when the fate of the world is in the hands of two man-children for whom the unthinkable of nuclear warfare is perfectly thinkable. When you do wake up you feel around to …

An Easter homily
I’ve never been a Christian with a big C, but my mother tells me that I’m a christian with a small c. She means it as a compliment and I take it as such. She’s a Christian, a good Catholic, and she doesn’t wear her religion on her sleeve and cite it as proof that …

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Nicola Sturgeon holds fire on setting out indyref options until after General...
NICOLA Sturgeon is to delay setting out the ?next steps? of an independence referendum until after the snap General Election in June.

Kevin McKenna: No succour for the disadvantaged in the Tories? brutal hard-ri...
THE favourite pastime of England?s media establishment ? stitching up Jeremy Corbyn ? is now, it seems, an intrinsic part of its General Election coverage. Often it is invisible to the naked eye or initially inaudible. On BBC?s Breakfast Time yesterday I had to deploy the rewind function to reassure myself my imagination wasn?t playing tricks. But no, there it was: subtle, semi-subliminal and i...

Natalie McGarry will not stand for re-election in Glasgow East
AN MP charged with fraud offences by police has confirmed she will not seek re-election.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: We must use our votes to protect all in Scotland
FOR those of us who follow Scottish politics closely, there?s a lot we could get vocal about these days. With two election campaigns now simultaneously under way for control over local councils and for Scotland?s representatives at Westminster, the next six weeks will provide lots to talk about.

Wee Ginger Dug: Why this General Election will be Scotland?s last ?
IT?S week two of the General Election campaign that no-one wanted except the woman who says no to an independence referendum on the grounds that she doesn?t want it. The party whose clothes Theresa May has stolen has revealed its big election pledge. Having seen the Conservatives steal all their policies, Ukip has had no choice but to go full on frother, which wasn?t easy since they were alread...

Going Local: New party emerges to carry on the left-wing tradition in West Du...
PART of it was once known as Little Moscow when it was one of the first areas in the UK to elect a communist councillor, and now West Dunbartonshire is seeing the first foray onto the ballot paper of Scotland?s newest leftist political party.

Going Local: Aberdeen is a city facing up to harsh new realities
IT?S been a long five years since Scotland last elected its councillors, and there are fewer places where that difference is more marked than in Aberdeen.

Report finds child protection system may still be allowing 'unsuitable people...
A SYSTEM that registers those who work with children might not be stopping ?unsuitable people? having access to them, according to a parliamentary report.

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Disregard All the Hype From Westminster ? The 2017 General Election Is All Ab...
            2008 United Kingdom Bank Rescue Package A bank rescue package totalling some £500 billion was announced by the British government on 8 October 2008, as a response to the ongoing global financial crisis. After two unsteady weeks at the end of September, the first week of October had seen … Continue reading "Disregard All the Hype From Westminster – The 2017 General Election Is All Ab...

Updated: 2017 General Election ? Early Swing To Tories ? Labour Flat-lining ?...
          Regardless of what is going on in the other parts of the UK, the General Election in Scotland is developing into a test of the political will of the electorate. To the exclusion of all other factors voters will place their votes, either in support of the campaign for independence … Continue reading "Updated: 2017 General Election – Early Swing To Tories – Labour Flat-lining – Added in...

Inverclyde ? A Labour Party Fiefdom ? 50+ Years of Misrule ? The Good People ...
            September 2000; Inverclyde – Death of Inverclyde Clyde Under the Labour Party Inverclyde Council is officially Scotland?s poorest performing local authority. The Council, formerly a part of Strathclyde Region was created by a local government reorganisation. Its first year?s accounts required 2500 adjustments resulting in a net asset reduction … Continue reading "Inverclyde – A Labo...

Ruth ?the Mooth? Davidson?s ? Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeonin...
            January 2017: Glasgow Job Centres to be Cut by Half The Tory party are well versed in the practice of buying the votes of the electorate, usually within 3-6 months of an election. Conversely they are also expert in dealing negative voters out of any initiative which would improve … Continue reading "Ruth “the Mooth” Davidson’s – Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of th...

Annie Wells ? Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth ? Exercise Care Annie...
              Annie Wells – A Most Unlikely Tory Party Member Carol Ann (‘Annie’) Wells is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP0 for the Glasgow region. She qualified for a seat at Holyrood in 2016, as a list MSP representing Glasgow voters. Annie was born and … Continue reading "Annie Wells – Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth – Exercise Care Annie – T...

Austerity ? A ? Contentious ? Strategy ? Politically ? and ? Economically ? C...
            Moneys Tight and Times are Hard So this Year There’ll be no Fg Xmas Card Since taking office in 2010, the Tory Government at Westminster has reduced Scotland’s budget each year. To date the cuts amount to approximately 9 per cent real-terms reduction. In value context this equates to … Continue reading "Austerity – A – Contentious – Strategy – Politically – and – Economically –...

A Conversation ? Memories of Living in Glasgow?s Housing Under Sixty Years of...
    Guardian Readers’ –  A conversation About Memories of Sixty Year’s of Glasgow’s Housing Under the Labour Party High-rises of the 1960s and 70s built as a solution to slum conditions instead became a new form of slum housing that invited a fresh round of demolition. Who or what is to blame for the … Continue reading "A Conversation – Memories of Living in Glasgow’s Housing Under Sixty Years ...

Ruth Davidson is in deep S*** with the Women of Scotland Over Her Cold Uncari...
            About MSP Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell (b1952) in Coatbridge is a Scottish Conservative politician who, although never elected to office has enjoyed being a (list) Member in the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland since 2003. Husband Henry, an accountant (now retired) and Margaret are directors of at least two … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson is in deep S with the Wo...

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Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP
Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 29th 2017 Nearly every adult in Scotland has an opinion and view on the SNP: the good, the bad, the positive, the negative and the indifferent. The SNP have been a constant presence in public life at least since Winnie Ewing?s famous …

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties?
When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 22nd 2017 The 1960s are referenced throughout the world as a period of immense change, hope, protest and turbulence. There were ?the winds of change? of decolonisation, Latin American revolts and rebellions, the Chinese cultural revolution, upsurges in Paris and Prague, Biafra, the disastrous …

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Scotland and Independence

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Poll blow for Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence support drops to 40 per ...

Telegraph.co.uk
Poll blow for Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence support drops to 40 per cent
Telegraph.co.uk
Support for Scottish independence has dropped to 40 per cent, according to a new poll that further undermines Nicola Sturgeon's demand for another referendum. The research in the Kantar Scottish Opinion Monitor also said there appeared to be a ...
New poll shows drop in support for Scot...

Hundreds of Scottish independence supporters turn out for ... - Scottish Dail...

Scottish Daily Record
Hundreds of Scottish independence supporters turn out for ...
Scottish Daily Record
The organisers are now collaborating with the Germans for Scottish Independence Group to organise a rally in Berlin on September 2.
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How May's Election Bet Could Help Scots Independence Forces - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
How May's Election Bet Could Help Scots Independence Forces
Bloomberg
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spent the past month pushing for a second referendum on independence -- only to end up with a different vote as a result of Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise announcement of a U.K. general election on June 8.
The general election will be a vote on Scottish independenceSpectato...

Back In The Day: The shameful dying days of Scotland's independence before th...

The National
Back In The Day: The shameful dying days of Scotland's independence before the Act of Union
The National
IT was the final year of an independent Scotland ? at least until the next referendum ? but the full story of the 12 months or so leading up to May 1, 1707, is rarely told to Scots. No wonder, for the details of how the Act of Union came into being ...



Doctor Who brings Indyref2 to Saturday night telly with 'Scotland jab' - The ...

The Scottish Sun
Doctor Who brings Indyref2 to Saturday night telly with 'Scotland jab'
The Scottish Sun
Bill asked: ?Is there a Scotland in space?? The Doctor said: ?They're all over the place, demanding independence from every planet they land on.? The question may have reminded fans of Rose Tyler asking the Ninth Doctor about his Northern accent but ...

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STURGEON'S INDEPENDENCE BLOW: One in FOUR Scottish jobs 'rely on trade with r...

Express.co.uk
STURGEON'S INDEPENDENCE BLOW: One in FOUR Scottish jobs 'rely on trade with rest of UK'
Express.co.uk
The information is based on the Scottish Government's own export figures, released earlier this year, which show that Scotland sells goods and services worth £49.8 billion to the rest of the UK, and £12.3 billion to the EU. It means 24 per cent of ...



Scottish independence: Sturgeon to set out 'next steps' in April - BBC News

BBC News
Scottish independence: Sturgeon to set out 'next steps' in April
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon is to reveal next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block calls for an independence referendum. The first minister was speaking ahead of MSPs voting on whether to seek permission for a referendum to be held.
Scottish lawmakers back call for independence voteCNN
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Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause' - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause'
The Scotsman
Asked whether he would be publicly campaigning for Scottish independence for a second time, Cox expressed some reservations. ?Probably, except maybe I'll have to keep my mouth shut because people will be saying 'what is he daein', he lives in America'.

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SNP

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Local elections: Inverclyde in social media squabbles ahead of tooth and claw...

Local elections: Inverclyde in social media squabbles ahead of tooth and claw tussle
Herald Scotland
ONE of the country's smallest authorities, Inverclyde's only option for a majority-run council lies with the SNP, with Labour fielding just enough to form a coalition. Run by Labour since 2007 and fronted by the combative Stephen McCabe, the SNP ...

Gerry Braiden analysis: Drama in the offing whatever the Glasgow outcome - He...

Gerry Braiden analysis: Drama in the offing whatever the Glasgow outcome
Herald Scotland
In the unlikely event Labour clings to power, the party will have halted a trilogy of electoral wipe-outs in a city of mythical proportions in its own sense of self and given itself a platform critical for any future return as a genuine force in ...

Labour facing even worse than predicted local elections rout - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Labour facing even worse than predicted local elections rout
Herald Scotland
It comes as internal SNP figures showt the party is polling just over 50 per cent in Scotland's biggest city. Over half those polled in Glasgow have said they would vote Nationalist, according to senior sources. If replicated on May 4, Labour would be ...

Fraud probe MP says she will not stand for re-election in Glasgow East - Hera...

Herald Scotland
Fraud probe MP says she will not stand for re-election in Glasgow East
Herald Scotland
THE Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry has confirmed she will not stand for re-election. Ms McGarry, who was elected for the SNP in 2015 but later suspended by the party, was charged last year over alleged fraud relating to the Women For Independence ...

Election race descends into tit-for-tat as SNP and Tories blast each other ov...

The Scottish Sun
Election race descends into tit-for-tat as SNP and Tories blast each other over candidates and IndyRef2
The Scottish Sun
BICKERING Nats and Tories branded each other laughing stocks yesterday as the double election race descended into petty name-calling. Ruth Davidson's party was on the end of SNP ridicule as it emerged one Conservative candidate for the council poll ...

Suspicious package which caused major lock down around SNP MP's office turns ...

The Scottish Sun
Suspicious package which caused major lock down around SNP MP's office turns out to be a BISCUIT
The Scottish Sun
A SUSPICIOUS package which caused an entire street surrounding an MP's office to be locked down turned out to be a biscuit, sources have claimed. Emergency crews sealed off the area around Nats politician John Nicolson's HQ when staff raised the alarm ...

SNP MPs sign fishing pledge that would keep Scotland out of the EU - The Courier

The Courier
SNP MPs sign fishing pledge that would keep Scotland out of the EU
The Courier
SNP MPs have been accused of ?hypocrisy? on Europe after signing a pledge that would protect fishermen by keeping Scotland out of the EU. Politicians including Mike Weir, the Angus MP and party's chief whip, and Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford ...



EXCLUSIVE: SNP replacements for police probe MPs will be chosen by party boss...

The Courier
EXCLUSIVE: SNP replacements for police probe MPs will be chosen by party bosses
The Courier
Both lost the SNP whip after they were placed at the centre of separate police probes. Now it can be revealed that the SNP's ruling National Executive Committee decided on Saturday that it would choose who replaces the duo, as well as the candidates ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scots don't want another independence referendum: survey - POLITICO.eu

POLITICO.eu
Scots don't want another independence referendum: survey
POLITICO.eu
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a second independence referendum to be held in fall 2018 or spring 2019, after Scots voted by a wide margin to stick with the EU in last June's referendum, unlike the U.K. as a whole, which voted to ...
Which referendum exactly will GE 2017 be about in Scotland?EUROPP ...

Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from Britain - Los Ange...

Los Angeles Times
Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from Britain
Los Angeles Times
The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a new referendum on independence, a day before the British government plans to trigger the start of its exit from the European Union. Scottish lawmakers in Edinburgh ...
Scottish lawmakers back independence referen...

If 'now is not the time' for a Scottish referendum, how is it the time for a ...

iNews
If 'now is not the time' for a Scottish referendum, how is it the time for a General Election?
iNews
There was David Cameron's politically illiterate ?English Votes for English Laws? speech on the steps of Downing Street after the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Then we had the promise of a EU referendum ? a move purely designed to win Ukip ...



Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission? - T...

The Ferret (registration)
Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission?
The Ferret (registration)
Nicola Sturgeon has asked Westminster for permission to hold a second independence referendum, but the Prime Minister thinks now is ?not the time? for a new vote as the UK hurtles towards Brexit. While the First Minister has the support of the Scottish ...
New referendum bil...

Sturgeon Sticks With Timing for Scottish Independence Referendum - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
Sturgeon Sticks With Timing for Scottish Independence Referendum
Bloomberg
The Scottish Parliament voted last week to allow Sturgeon to pursue the referendum, which would come a little over four years after the last one, based on her timetable. The U.K. government's response was swift, reiterating May's position that it's not ...
Out of my mind: Double divorceThe Indian Express
Scotland Fo...

How might the general election play out in Scotland? - BBC News

BBC News
How might the general election play out in Scotland?
BBC News
If this election is to be a referendum on Brexit in the rest of the UK then in Scotland it will be dominated by arguments over whether there should be another referendum on Scottish independence. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she doesn't need to ...
Referendum: Britain's election could boost Scotland independence callsLuxe...

Nicola Sturgeon is accused of 'living in dreamland' after she insists second ...

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon is accused of 'living in dreamland' after she insists second Scottish independence vote would NOT be ...
Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon has been derided for living in 'dreamland' after claiming that a second Scottish independence referendum would not be divisive. The row reignited as the SNP leader stepped up her demand for Theresa May to grant a fresh vote before the ...
Nic...

Scotland's leaders react to snap General Election as Theresa May in shock Dow...

The Scottish Sun
Scotland's leaders react to snap General Election as Theresa May in shock Downing Street announcement
The Scottish Sun
Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: "Brexit is a mess of the Tory party's making, and they are calling this election for much the same self-serving reasons as the EU referendum itself. "Since June they have also consistently ignored voters in Scotland ...
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June 8th General Election
It's on.

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 ...

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!

Why do working class and poorer people vote Tory
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/working-class-tories-are-not-just-turkeys-voting-for-christmas Reasonable article this one. Talks about Tory voters wanting to be left alone by politicians and lefties believing the state knows best and needs to intervene everywhere. I...

General Election 2017: Scottish Seat Predictions
Did this for the last election and fewer than 5% of voters correctly guessed that the SNP would win more than 51 seats. So try to guess better this time, idiots. I can't add more than three questions so please post the number of seats you think Labour will win in the thread. I think they'll w...

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. 

The Official President Trump thread

Natalie McGarry- Again
Agent McGarry once more doing the bidding of her puppet masters in MI5.   http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/650621/MP-faces-legal-action-over-internet-troll-lie

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

Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last minute.com in a meeting. Just fck off.

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

This Rape Clause Thing
What's the go with this?   Surely any right thinking person thinks it is completely abhorrent for the Tories to bring in the legislation.   The way I see it is this: As if its not bad enough that the credits are not getting paid for any amount of children, when the population is i...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

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

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The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...