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Cameron's campaign of fear over Lab/SNP alliance "chilled the English heart",...
25 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
THE Tory election fear strategy of talking up an alliance between Labour and the SNP "really chilled the English heart" and helped spur the Liberal Democrat crash, Nick Clegg has admitted.

David Cameron's cyber-czar warns US internet giants need to do more to help c...
25 Jun 2015 at 3:25pm
The willingness of US internet giants to co-operate with British law enforcement agencies in counter-terrorism operations and other serious cases remains "incomplete", a report to David Cameron has warned.

Cameron accused of delaying bad rail news until after the election
25 Jun 2015 at 3:20pm
DAVID Cameron has been accused by Labour of hoodwinking the electorate by holding back bad news over the "mess" in the running of Britain's railways until after the General Election.

Cameron accused of retreat after accepting there will be no EU treaty change ...
25 Jun 2015 at 2:25pm
DAVID Cameron has been accused by Labour of "signalling retreat" on his ambitious plans to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the European Union.

Cherie Blair on case of Rwandan intelligence chief
25 Jun 2015 at 11:30am
A Rwandan intelligence chief arrested at London's Heathrow Airport over war crimes is being assisted in his fight to avoid extradition by Cherie Blair.

Alan Milburn warns Labour will not progress before it comes to terms with Ton...
24 Jun 2015 at 6:26pm
LABOUR must come to terms with the "great" Tony Blair and his legacy before it can make progress, one of his former cabinet ministers has claimed.

Ex-Scots Secretary accuses Cameron of 'almost psychopathic ruthlessness'
24 Jun 2015 at 6:26pm
Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has accused David Cameron of an "almost psychopathic ruthlessness" that has put the Union in jeopardy.

Whitehall could embark on major pro-EU publicity drive ahead of in/out poll
24 Jun 2015 at 6:26pm
WHITEHALL could undertake a Scottish referendum-style publicity drive on the costs of Britain leaving the European Union but only once David Cameron's negotiations with his EU partners has been completed, No 10 has indicated.

Nigel Lawson urges George Osborne to cut tax top rate to 40p in Budget
24 Jun 2015 at 5:00pm
Former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson has urged George Osborne to use his first all-Conservative Budget next month to cut the top rate of income tax to 40p.

UK considering sending more border security staff to Calais to help deal with...
24 Jun 2015 at 1:25pm
BRITAIN is considering sending more border security staff and sniffer dogs to Calais after David Cameron denounced the scenes showing scores of migrants trying to board UK-bound lorries as "totally unacceptable".

Sketch: Where's George when you need him - Clooney, that is
24 Jun 2015 at 8:35am
AS distractions go, it wasn't a bad one.

FFS, David Cameron tells the SNP, your policy is a shambles
24 Jun 2015 at 7:15am
David Cameron has dubbed one of the SNP's flagship policies FFS - "Full Fiscal Shambles" - as he accused the party of being obsessed with process not policies.

Ministers denies submarine testing range expansion linked to Trident
23 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
Conservative ministers have denied a multi-million pound upgrade to the submarine testing range off Skye is "stealth" preparation for Trident renewal.

Reducing tax credits could hit almost half of Scots families with children, L...
23 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
CUTTING tax credits for low-income households would have a devastating impact in Scotland with the possibility of nearly half of all families with children being affected, according to Scottish Labour.

Tories: All options remain on table over human rights convention
23 Jun 2015 at 1:45pm
Leaving the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) remains "on the table" in the Government's quest to introduce a British Bill of rights, Justice Minister Dominic Raab has said.


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Mother backs new law to bring in airgun licenses
25 Jun 2015 at 7:21pm

The mother of a toddler whose airgun death prompted a national campaign has spoken of her “delight” after MSPs passed new laws requiring owners to hold a licence.



Nicola Sturgeon pledges SNP crackdown on cybernats
25 Jun 2015 at 7:16pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has vowed to tackle the so-called “cybernats” who direct online abuse against the SNP’s opponents, as she warned that party members who “cross the line” will face disciplinary action.



Income tax powers controlled by Holyrood from 2018
25 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

THE Scottish Parliament is poised to take full control of income tax powers in three years, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said.



Victims condemn Boston Marathon bomber?s apology
25 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

Victims of the the Boston Marathon blasts have condemned the bomber after he apologised for the attack.



?Sex abuse? nuns challenge Holyrood ministers
25 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

TWO religious groups have launched a legal challenge to block the appointment of a respected QC to chair Scotland’s national inquiry into child abuse.



ISIS militants push back in attack on Kobani
25 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

ISLAMIC State (IS) militants launched two major attacks in northern Syria storming government-held areas in the Kurdish city of Hassakeh and pushing into Kobani – the Syrian Kurdish border town they were expelled from early this year.



Joyce McMillan: Is monarchy losing impartiality?
25 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

IS THE monarchy losing its famed, and rightly so, impartiality in the face of the SNP’s surge, asks Joyce McMillan



International theme for Festival of Politics
25 Jun 2015 at 12:03pm

The Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics will this year take on an international outlook.



Plans to end three-year bar on abuse cases
25 Jun 2015 at 10:44am

Historic survivors of child abuse will benefit from the removal of a “significant hurdle” to court justice under plans to end time limits on civil cases, the Scottish Government has said.



Mhairi Black graduates with first class degree
25 Jun 2015 at 10:38am

THE youngest elected MP for over 300 years has bagged a first class politics degree.



One in five Scots children in poverty
25 Jun 2015 at 10:27am

Campaigners have warned Scotland is facing a child poverty crisis as new figures showed that one in five children are still living in deprived conditions.



Fort Kinnaird retail park ?exempt from devolution?
25 Jun 2015 at 10:09am

WITH revenues from the Crown Estate set to be devolved to Scotland, the Scottish Government can look forward to reaping the benefit from all its vast holdings across the country, from acres of highland forestry land to hundreds of miles of foreshore.



Nicola Sturgeon backs macaroni pie campaign
25 Jun 2015 at 9:05am

Nicola Sturgeon today told MSPs at Holyrood she has joined the campaign to save the macaroni pie.



Former Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie to step down as MSP
25 Jun 2015 at 8:39am

Former Conservative leader Annabel Goldie has announced she is to stand down as an MSP at next year’s Holyrood elections.



FMQs: Sturgeon pledges to improve childcare
25 Jun 2015 at 6:59am

Nicola Sturgeon today pledged to “get on with the job” of improving Scotland’s childcare system after a report warned it must be radically expanded.




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Wings Over Scotland
The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

Good luck, remaining Labour voters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2015 at 7:04am
Pick two from five. No refunds.

In your media today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2015 at 8:33am
We’ve noted on more than one occasion that the spectacular SNP surge since the referendum appears to have completely unhinged much of the Scottish and UK press. Having pumped out a vast avalanche of hysterical coverage which utterly failed to stop the Scottish electorate returning 56 SNPs out of 59, the papers have responded to […]

Moodievision: 50 Shades Of Fluff
by Greg Moodie
24 Jun 2015 at 5:59am

One question answered
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jun 2015 at 5:23am
We’ve been keeping an eye out for something for a while now. And today we found out. “MPs have been told that potentially ‘problematic and controversial’ elements of the Smith Agreement on further devolution are not included in the Scotland Bill currently going through Westminster. The House of Commons Library noted that some important part […]

The truth about CalMac (short version)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jun 2015 at 6:30am
The Mirror, the Daily Record and Scottish Labour are currently working themselves up into a shrieking froth about the SNP’s supposed plans to “privatise” the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services to the Western Isles, which are due to be put out to tender again for the first time since the SNP took control of Holyrood in 2007. […]

The arithmetic of aspiration
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jun 2015 at 7:26am
We watched the Labour leadership hustings this week with interest. The most striking aspect in our eyes was the warm reception afforded by the audience to left-wing outsider Jeremy Corbyn, who’s been almost uniformly discounted, sneered at and worse by the commentariat (with the notable exception of the Guardian’s Owen Jones) as a suicidal option fit […]

Harry Potter And The Cycle Of News
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jun 2015 at 6:58am
A casual observer might perhaps wonder if JK Rowling, no longer writing books about wizards for children, simply wants to be noticed. Twice in the space of a few weeks she’s appeared on newspaper front pages bleating piously about the terrible hordes of cyber- and other-nats. Yesterday the Independent, Telegraph, Scotsman, Herald, Daily Record and more […]

Papering over the cracks
by Chris Cairns
20 Jun 2015 at 1:00am

The Tory Generation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jun 2015 at 6:10am
Yesterday we highlighted a quote from Labour MP Kate Hoey about how the party secretly expects their next leader, whoever it is, to be in opposition for the next 10 years, meaning the UK will have a Conservative-led government for at least 15 years. Kate Hoey is on the Labour fringes, but today one of the […]

Tossing your chips
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jun 2015 at 7:40am
Over and over again in the years leading up to the independence referendum, Scots were warned of the many dire consequences of voting Yes. Among the No campaign’s prime targets for scare tactics were subsidies for renewable energy. UK government subsidies drying up certainly sounded like a scary prospect. On a number of occasions, shameless nationalist propaganda sites […]


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

Holyrood backs airgun licence move
25 Jun 2015 at 12:06pm
The Scottish Parliament passes legislation which will require all airgun owners in Scotland to hold a licence.


Government lowers oil tax forecasts
25 Jun 2015 at 3:56pm
The Scottish government lowers its estimates for how much revenue will be generated from North Sea oil and gas.


Annabel Goldie to step down as MSP
25 Jun 2015 at 6:35am
Former Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie is to step down as an MSP at the 2016 Holyrood election.


Youngest MP awarded honours degree
25 Jun 2015 at 1:04pm
The youngest MP to sit in the House of Commons for almost 350 years is awarded a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Glasgow.


Mundell and Swinney quizzed by MSPs
25 Jun 2015 at 8:25am
The Scottish secretary and Scotland's peputy first minister both appear before MSPs to argue their case over further devolution powers.


Austerity 'threat' to recovery
25 Jun 2015 at 5:20am
Further austerity measures in next month's Budget could threaten economic recovery in Scotland, a leading economic forecaster warns.

Sturgeon pledge over online abuse
25 Jun 2015 at 4:07am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promises that SNP members who "cross the line" with abusive comments on social media will be disciplined.


Waiting times 'obsession' criticised
24 Jun 2015 at 6:33pm
An "obsession" with waiting times statistics is diverting attention from the "real issues" in the Scottish NHS, a leading doctor says.


'Radical action needed' on childcare
25 Jun 2015 at 1:43am
'Radical action' is needed by both Holyrood and Westminster to transform childcare in Scotland, a report warns.


Blasts criticised after whale deaths
25 Jun 2015 at 6:37am
The SNP calls for an end to explosives being detonated in the sea around Scotland following a report into the deaths of 19 whales in 2011.


'No case' for elected convenors
24 Jun 2015 at 6:48pm
Case for elected conveners of Holyrood committees has not been made, according to a cross-party group of MSPs overseeing parliamentary reform.


Parents to be given school costs help
24 Jun 2015 at 6:37pm
Hard-up parents in Renfrewshire are expected to be given help in paying for school trips and activities under a council initiative.


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


What is it with macaroni pies?
25 Jun 2015 at 6:51am
Why a bakery chain's decision to stop selling macaroni pies has left a bad taste in the mouth


Healthy debate on Dutch care system
24 Jun 2015 at 7:05pm
Could Scotland learn from the Dutch care system?


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Scot Goes pop

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

Oscillation ongoing in ORB offering : why are online and telephone pollsters ...
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2015 at 12:07pm
As you're probably aware, there was an ORB poll earlier this week suggesting that the EU referend...

A little postscript on the Adam Ramsay discussion
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2015 at 7:53pm
Since my post the other day in which I tried to explain why Adam Ramsay is wrong to claim that ta...

Funny how the "Yes to PR, No to AV" campaign has been airbrushed from history
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2015 at 6:14am
I don't know if anyone else is having trouble commenting via Disqus on the Spectator website, but...


Common Space launch party film
by James Kelly
22 Jun 2015 at 7:28am


I mentioned yesterday that William Duguid and I were interviewed together for a Phantom Power vid...

Why Adam Ramsay is wrong to claim that tactical voting on the regional list i...
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2015 at 7:46pm
Adam Ramsay is someone I respect a great deal, and for that reason it's incredibly disappointing ...


Spending the Summer Solstice at the School of Art
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2015 at 1:40pm
As a few of you already know (because I met you there), I was at the Glasgow School of Art this a...

The grotesque end-point of unionist logic : if you don't vote in line with En...
by James Kelly
20 Jun 2015 at 12:14pm
I was a child when I heard Jeffrey Archer say it, but even then I could see that it was an intell...

Straw in the wind from Ipsos-Mori suggests SNP still have an enormous lead
by James Kelly
19 Jun 2015 at 7:53am
We're still hopelessly stranded in polling Antarctica, as the various firms lick their wounds aft...

Is J K Rowling embarrassed by her broken promise?
by James Kelly
18 Jun 2015 at 10:03am
Just for a moment, let's leave aside the details of J K Rowling's latest disgraceful attempt to s...

The "post-truth" Jackanory Jim
by James Kelly
17 Jun 2015 at 11:39am
I have my fears for the Polling Matters podcast, as it gradually deepens its new relationship wit...

The Tories think the Scottish Parliament should be permanent in a non-permane...
by James Kelly
16 Jun 2015 at 3:48pm
A few years ago, I stumbled across what was almost certainly the most moronic advice column in th...

Embattled Carmichael wins rare landslide victory - as you vote him the worst ...
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2015 at 6:31pm
Many thanks to all 558 of you who voted in our poll to choose the worst Secretary of State for Sc...

Do the SNP have a strategy for the Lords stage of the Scotland Bill?
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2015 at 4:39pm
Westminster has been at its disgraceful worst today, as the Tory government dismissed out of hand...

The day the Tories rejected the election result in Scotland - that's called c...
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2015 at 9:18am
Democratic mandates given to manifesto pledges are directly recognised by the chaotic British "co...

VOTE : Who has been the worst Secretary of State for Scotland since devolution?
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2015 at 5:31pm
Now count yourself lucky here - I was planning to really hurt your head by asking who your favour...


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[x-post from r/Glasgow] What are you're NED related stories?
25 Jun 2015 at 4:22pm
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Boredom on a rainy day.
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SNP criticise UK Government EU Referendum Bill / Continue to argue for double...
25 Jun 2015 at 3:01pm
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Scottish land reform is on the agenda. And the rest of the UK should take not...
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Scottish government accused of trying to bury report on falling oil revenues
25 Jun 2015 at 1:13pm
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What the fuck is the deal with the St. Andrews seagulls? They're like fucking...
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Scottish Government reduces North Sea oil forecasts
25 Jun 2015 at 12:59pm
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Mhairi Black MP graduates with first class politics degree
25 Jun 2015 at 12:08pm
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Private Eye - Letter to the Editor 26th June 2015
25 Jun 2015 at 11:43am
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Now that I've asked if 16 years olds should be allowed to drink, drive, smoke...
25 Jun 2015 at 11:30am

And if you said they shouldn't be allowed to drink, drive, smoke or gamble, and you think they SH...




Irn Bru
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The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Irvine Welsh's Scotland
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Edinburgh police hunt bus wanker
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Pollster John Curtice warns Labour a majority in 2020 is 'improbable'
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First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 25th June 2015
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Slick? No, just a bit crude: Scottish Government accused of trying to sneak o...
by David Clegg
25 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm
THE latest oil and gas bulletin was released by the SNP on the day Parliament broke up for the su...


Tory stalwart Annabel Goldie bows out of Scottish Parliament next year to con...
by Record Reporter
25 Jun 2015 at 7:14am
DAVID CAMERON leads praise for 'unstoppable force' Baroness Goldie who plans to continue in polit...


Alistair Carmichael slams David Cameron for 'psychopathic ruthlessness' follo...
by Record Reporter
25 Jun 2015 at 4:13am
FORMER Scottish Secretary says PM built election campaign on English nationalism and accuses him ...


Nicola Sturgeon vows to stamp down on Cybernat internet abusers as she urges ...
by Record Reporter
25 Jun 2015 at 3:18am
STURGEON condemned the behaviour of individuals who use social media as a tool for abuse and impl...


Record View: Time for answers on past blacklisting of workers by construction...
by Record View
25 Jun 2015 at 2:08am
RECORD VIEW calls for a public inquiry into the blacklisting that caused untold misery for people...


David Clegg: SNP can't Rowl out old excuses for cybernats
by David Clegg
25 Jun 2015 at 1:00am
DAVID says Sturgeon?s response to cybernats needs to change from ?there is abuse on both sides? t...


Blacklist Blitz: Nicola Sturgeon's mum urges First Minister to hold inquiry i...
by David Clegg
24 Jun 2015 at 4:30pm
COUNCILLOR Joan Sturgeon and her North Aysrhire colleagues want an official investigation into th...


RECAP: Fracking.. The Facts: INEOS boss Tom Pickering answers your questions ...
by dailyrecord
24 Jun 2015 at 10:37am
INEOS operations director Tom Pickering answered your questions on the controversial process betw...


Police clash with disability rights protesters trying to gain entry to House ...
by dailyrecord
24 Jun 2015 at 9:59am
POLICE lined up outside the entrance to the chamber to prevent protesters, including around 10 in...


Heart operations SUSPENDED at new Scots children's hospital after deaths of t...
by dailyrecord
24 Jun 2015 at 6:22am
Kids suffering from hypoplastic left heart syndrome are now being ferried down to London?s Evelin...


Benefits assessors Atos admit backlog for claimants has been unacceptable
by Andy Philip
24 Jun 2015 at 1:33am
THE French-owned firm told MSPs they had worked hard to cut delays for people being put on person...


Joan McAlpine: The wait for answers from the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq wa...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
JOAN thinks that the delay in results from the Chilcot inquiry is a sign of how badly our democra...


Scottish Government set to face tough questions over efforts to reduce povert...
by Record Reporter
23 Jun 2015 at 8:30am
FOLLOWING the appointment of a new independent adviser on poverty and equality the Scottish Gover...


SNP unveil bold financial wishlist for Scotland Bill branded 'as far away fro...
by Andy Philip
23 Jun 2015 at 5:10am
IN a bid to gain sweeping powers over Scottish finances, Deputy First Minister John Swinney publi...


Why Fracking? Shale gas extraction could bring huge opportunities for Scotland
by dailyrecord
23 Jun 2015 at 4:40am
SHALE gas extraction has been used in the oil and gas industry for more than 50 years and could b...


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

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

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

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

Do t...

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

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

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




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

The Natz have obviously fu...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Now the Scots are Grabbing the Queens Cash!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2015 at 5:36am
By Mike Small ‘Scots grab Queen’s cash!’ bleats the Daily Mail in full indignant Jockophobic glor...

Autism Action
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2015 at 5:16am
By Mike Small Scottish policy makers are in danger of a category error. Here’s a clear example of...

Marching Against Austerity: London 20 June 2015
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2015 at 4:53am
By Lesley Docksey It was to be expected, and nothing more clearly illustrated the gap between the...

Bella?s Festival Preview
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2015 at 9:33am
In the olden days, the festival was so cheap you could go and see loads of stuff and if some of i...

Troll Hunter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2015 at 8:39am
By Stewart Bremner A few days ago, I did something that I was trained not to do: I replied to a t...

From the CommonSpace Launch Party
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2015 at 7:10am

Human Rights in Jamaica. Lloyd D?Aguilar Interview
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2015 at 5:12am
By Bonnie Prince Bob During the closing months of last year, I was in Jamaica to continue ongoing...

Asking for It
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jun 2015 at 7:48am
By Vonny Moyes I never thought I?d describe a rape-and-murder play as safe. I?d be lying if the v...

I Am Everyday Sexism (Part One) #everydaymisandry
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jun 2015 at 6:57am
The binary of feminine objectifies women, as the binary of masculine dehumanises men argues Laura...

Test Department ? Still Raging Against the Machine
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jun 2015 at 3:01am
Tonight the GFT is screening short films from Test Dept?s archive and a Q&A with founding members...


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Scotland and Independence

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

Scotsman

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


Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run' - B...
23 Jun 2015 at 6:04am

BBC News

Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run'
BBC News
The body...


Scottish independence referendum 'was well run' - Scotsman
23 Jun 2015 at 8:42am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum 'was well run'
Scotsman
John McCormick, head of the Electo...


Brexit referendum will trigger another Scotland independence vote, warns JP ....
10 Jun 2015 at 2:26pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Brexit referendum will trigger another Scotland independence vote, warns JP ...
Tel...


Scottish Independence 'might not change much' - Edinburgh Evening News
8 Jun 2015 at 2:44am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence 'might not change much'
Edinburgh Evening News
?For tho...


'Legal threat' over Alex Salmond's Scottish independence book - Belfast Teleg...
16 Jun 2015 at 6:22pm

Belfast Telegraph

'Legal threat' over Alex Salmond's Scottish independence book
Belfast Telegraph
Bu...


Second Scottish independence vote threatened by Nicola Sturgeon if England .....
2 Jun 2015 at 2:44pm

International Business Times UK

Second Scottish independence vote threatened by Nicola Sturgeon if...


John Byrne on art, Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence - Channel 4 News
3 Jun 2015 at 2:45pm

Channel 4 News

John Byrne on art, Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence
Channel 4 News
Scotland ...


Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland? - BBC News
28 May 2015 at 7:42pm

BBC News

Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland?
BBC News
The Scotland Bill will be based on re...


Nicola Sturgeon would be a fool to break up the royal love affair with Scotla...
24 Jun 2015 at 1:19pm

The Australian

Nicola Sturgeon would be a fool to break up the royal love affair with Scotland
Tele...



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Nicola Sturgeon pledges SNP crackdown on cybernats - Scotsman
25 Jun 2015 at 7:24pm

Scotsman

Nicola Sturgeon pledges SNP crackdown on cybernats
Scotsman
Ms Sturgeon and her predecessor...


MSPs rally to support ferry strike - The National
25 Jun 2015 at 6:30pm

The National

MSPs rally to support ferry strike
The National
The SNP TUG said: ?We believe that the ...


Can wind farm subsidies be justified? - Herald Scotland
25 Jun 2015 at 6:26pm

Can wind farm subsidies be justified?
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When the SNP were in opposition in Scotland i...


Herald View: Holiday reading for the First Minister - Herald Scotland
25 Jun 2015 at 6:26pm

Herald View: Holiday reading for the First Minister
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As Nicola Sturgeon takes a well...


Oil report 'blows hole in SNP plan' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
25 Jun 2015 at 6:20pm

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Oil report 'blows hole in SNP plan'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Ext...


Letters to The National, June 26 - The National
25 Jun 2015 at 6:18pm

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Letters to The National, June 26
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The Keeper of the Privy Purse raised conc...


Tax power demand sparks fresh fears over fracking - Herald Scotland
25 Jun 2015 at 6:18pm

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Tax power demand sparks fresh fears over fracking
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Cameron's campaign of fear over Lab/SNP alliance "chilled the English heart ....
25 Jun 2015 at 6:17pm

Cameron's campaign of fear over Lab/SNP alliance "chilled the English heart ...
Herald Scotland
"Te...


SNP 'cynical' over timing of oil report - Express.co.uk
25 Jun 2015 at 6:16pm

SNP 'cynical' over timing of oil report
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The Government report warning that North Sea ...


MSP calls on MoD to end sea bombs after it admits causing the deaths of 19 pi...
25 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm

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MSP calls on MoD to end sea bombs after it admits causing the deaths of 19 pilot ...
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SNP condemns Westminster proposals for EU membership referendum - stv.tv
24 Jun 2015 at 6:08pm

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SNP condemns Westminster proposals for EU membership referendum
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Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run' - B...
23 Jun 2015 at 6:04am

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Electoral Commission says Scottish independence referendum was 'well run'
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Scottish independence referendum 'was well run' - Scotsman
23 Jun 2015 at 8:42am

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Scottish independence referendum 'was well run'
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John McCormick, head of the Electo...


Referendum vote to leave EU could spark Scottish exit from UK, warns SNP MP -...
9 Jun 2015 at 3:43pm

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SNP threatens to call another independence referendum - Financial Times
14 Jun 2015 at 1:34pm

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SNP threatens to call another independence referendum
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SNP to vote against EU referendum at second reading in Westminster - stv.tv
9 Jun 2015 at 4:30am

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SNP to vote against EU referendum at second reading in Westminster
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SNP: EU referendum poll 'must be separate from Holyrood election' - stv.tv
10 Jun 2015 at 3:00pm

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Second independence referendum "unstoppable" if Scotland is forced out of EU ...
1 Jun 2015 at 7:09pm

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Labour's referendum strategy 'a major factor in General Election failure' - T...
22 Jun 2015 at 6:51pm

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Government sees off rebellion over European Union referendum - stv.tv
16 Jun 2015 at 2:32pm

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Scottish government accused of trying to bury report on falling oil revenues
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
25 Jun 2015 at 9:27am

Oil and gas bulletin, which reveals revenues from North Sea oil are expected to plummet, is released on last day before Holyrood?s summer recess

The Scottish government has been accused of trying to...



Nicola Sturgeon denies plan to cut Scottish funding of royal family
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 2:28pm

First minister says Scotland ?by hook or by crook? will pay its full contribution to sovereign grant after further devolution

Nicola Sturgeon has denied that her government wants to cut Scotland?s f...



Queen's grant: Treasury still controls sovereign fund not Scots
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 10:01am

Edinburgh?s takeover of Scottish Crown Estate assets may rile the royal household worried for its purse, but a misdirected fight could feed Scots? republican instincts

The royal household is annoyed...



Scottish funding changes will not leave Queen £2m short, Treasury says
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2015 at 6:53am

Treasury says it will ensure the proposal to devolve control over Scottish crown estate assets to Holyrood will not lead to a cut in sovereign grant

The Treasury has moved to dampen down the row ove...



Scottish funding changes could leave Queen short of £2m
by Caroline Davies
23 Jun 2015 at 6:17pm

Scottish parliament intends to use profits from crown estate in Scotland for use in Scotland, but says country will still contribute via taxes to Treasury

The Queen is set to no longer receive fundi...



Anger as proposal to cap land ownership in Scotland is dropped by government
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
23 Jun 2015 at 1:24pm

With the Scottish Green party estimating half the country is owned by just 432 people, campaigners looking for limits are left disappointed by land reform bill

Nicola Sturgeon?s government has been...



CommonSpace joins Scotland's burgeoning alternative media outlets
by Roy Greenslade
22 Jun 2015 at 7:23am

New media sites favour journalistic collaboration rather than competition

One of the major legacies of the Scottish referendum has been the rise of alternative media, not least because the majority...



Votes for 16- and 17-year-olds ? where else outside Scotland?
by George Arnett
18 Jun 2015 at 1:00am

A move to lower voting age is expected to sail through the Scottish parliament. But where else in the world can under-18s can take part in elections?

Late last year, the UK government devolved the p...



Scottish football fans may win legal right to buy their clubs
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
17 Jun 2015 at 2:23pm

Proposed powers would give supporters? groups right to be first and preferred bidders if club owner decides to sell or if it faces closure

Scottish football fans could soon win the legal right to bu...



Scottish government renews call for extra powers on tax and welfare
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
15 Jun 2015 at 11:35am

John Swinney asks for Holyrood to be given control of £8.5bn of national insurance, £3bn corporation tax, the new universal credit and minimum wage

The Scottish government has again called for bill...



Jeremy Corbyn makes it on to ballot for Labour leadership - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Jun 2015 at 10:45am

The day?s political developments as they happened

Jim Murphy says voters right to reject Labour at the electionBurnham calls for parity between vocational and academic educationWho benefits from hav...

Jim Murphy to make final speech of political career
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
14 Jun 2015 at 8:48am

Former Scottish Labour leader, who stepped down this weekend, rules out standing again and vows to ?leave the stage? after thinktank address

Jim Murphy will make what he has called the final speech ...



BBC Scotland staff consider industrial action in dispute over bullying claims
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
12 Jun 2015 at 8:32am

Staff and union leaders are meeting management to press for action after complaint of bullying successfully made against BBC Scotland?s head of news


Union leaders and staff at BBC Scotland are consi...



Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader: ?Up here, you have to make more ...
by Decca Aitkenhead
12 Jun 2015 at 8:00am

The Conservatives won their lowest share of the vote in Scotland since 1965 at the election ? but their leader there, Ruth Davidson, is still tipped as a successor to Cameron. From her eye-catching...



Scottish Labour considers changes to leadership elections and candidate lists
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
12 Jun 2015 at 7:06am

Party expected to launch quick leadership contest and to back Jim Murphy?s proposals for a one-member, one-vote system

The Scottish Labour party is expected to launch a swift contest to elect a new ...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Patience is a virtue (probably)
by macart763
24 Jun 2015 at 9:41am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I?m seeing a recurring theme across the interwebby and the meeja these days and it boils down to ?there?s only 56 of them, they can?t do anything, they don?t ...

Send in the clowns
by macart763
23 Jun 2015 at 2:08am
A guest post by Ally Farquhar Whilst the wee dug is off being spoilt in the Lanarkshire countryside and the Wordmeister is recovering from a bout of well earned Boston Baked Beans I thought it woul...

The Fingers of One Hand
by macart763
21 Jun 2015 at 1:01am
A guest post by Eric Rice Of the thirty-two Local Authorities in Scotland, there are only five remaining where the Labour Party now commands an overall majority. True, there are a number of additio...

Sorry seems to be the hardest word
by macart763
19 Jun 2015 at 6:09am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Yeah, so the circus that is memogate rumbles on in the form of  a possible slap on the wrist for the Telegraph. This is expected to be delivered by the Indepe...

What?s in a name?
by macart763
18 Jun 2015 at 2:15am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) You know that veto, that’s not a veto? It seems that Mr Mundell couldn’t even wait for the new bill, debates, amendments, ratifications and/or ink to dry befo...

It?s only a game
by weegingerdug
16 Jun 2015 at 8:55pm
A short story, guest blog by Elizabeth Angus So there we ur at the gemme, Denny an me, and it?s bloody great. Ma furst Old Firm game ? it took me ages tae get ma maw tae let me go. But ahm no a daf...

Labour?s number 2s
by weegingerdug
15 Jun 2015 at 12:36pm
This article should have been published a few hours ago, but when I heard the news that Gordon Matheson thought he could be a great deputy leader for the Labour party in Scotland I had to go and ch...

Bye bye Jim
by weegingerdug
13 Jun 2015 at 12:04pm
Bye bye Jim Murphy, he shall coyote no more and shall be sadly missed by a couple of dozen parody accounts on Twitter. Jim has finally given up the leadership of the Labour party in Scotland, or to...

Nous ne vivons pas au Québec
by weegingerdug
12 Jun 2015 at 7:35pm
Scotland isn’t Quebec. We don’t speak French, we think poutine is the homophobic president of Russia, and Celine Dion is not a national hero. And it’s because we’re not Quebec that Scottish indepen...

OBR ? Osborne?s basketcase reasons
by weegingerdug
11 Jun 2015 at 4:38pm
I’m still struggling with the premise of the Unionist argument against Full Fiscal Autonomy. When the UK runs a deficit, this is normal, but if Scotland were to do it it would be the end of civilis...


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Wellbeing Index
25 Jun 2015 at 7:41am

http://www.well-beingindex.com/americas-lead-highs-sub-saharan-africa-lows-in-well-being

 

"For the second consecutive year, Panama leads the world in well-being", Norway in "financial well-being".

 

That'll be Panama who don't have their own currency and Norway who have an oil fund, then.



Has Football influenced your national identify and/or political leanin
24 Jun 2015 at 7:44am

Apart from the UK Nations are there any other Football Associations in Europe or even the World that don't exclusively belong to one independent country?

 

I remember being obsessed with Football from an early age.

 

Because Football was/is such an important factor in my life, it genuinely struck...



Independence & the current Tory Government
24 Jun 2015 at 2:48am

Is anyone here of the thought process that the actions of the Tories are likely to bring about a genuine case for Scottish Independence sooner rather than later?

 

I'm not sure how much worse the Tories can get.  An absolute and utter disregard for the Scotland Bill with no wiggle room being offe...



Jeb Bush talks about his foreign bride
21 Jun 2015 at 7:21pm

On Tuesday presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke about the first meeting between himself and his future foreign bride, Columba. " It was love at first sight. I spoke little Spanish and she spoke little English, but when you are in love you can overcome those barriers pretty quick. There's another...



The fall of Labour in Scotland - in their own words
21 Jun 2015 at 12:29pm

The fall of Labour in Scotland - in their own words

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33198969

 

 

Should be fun...

 



Dealing With The Harsh Reality - Options For The Scottish Government
20 Jun 2015 at 3:45pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33210354

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33190881

What options are realistically available to our politicians in Holyrood to deal with the harsh realities of a Tory majority at Westminster determined to force more austerity on the peop...

Your favourite pre-election predictions?
19 Jun 2015 at 4:27pm

These are definitely up there for me.

 

H_B on the SNP winning in the region of 20 seats at the General Election:

 

Which is of course an absolute fantasy land figure in the first place.

 

The SNP are a complete irrelevance in General Election terms, and will remain so.

 

H_B on the SNP winni...



Let's talk politics - an unsolvable problem?
17 Jun 2015 at 5:26pm
There are third and fourth generations of families who are contributing little to the economy and are a drain on resources. Kids growing up in families who know nothing more than claiming benefits and for whom the idea of working is totally alien. It is genuinely a 'cultural problem' that has d...

An open proposal to David Cameron
17 Jun 2015 at 8:21am

I saw an interesting article on NMA which raises some good points and asks the existing Government to consider key reforms for the benefit of the UK, what does P&B think bearing in mind this was written for a website that probably has views markedly different to the norm on this forum:

 

http://ci...



Repayable loans could replace JSA
12 Jun 2015 at 2:52pm

I see some think tank has suggested a change of the way benefits are paid. The idea is that instead of just handing out the £58 per week to those seeking a job, it would be done in the same way as the government loans that help students with the cost of living.

 

The way it works in Scotland is t...



Explain being Scottish. In Three words.
12 Jun 2015 at 1:58pm

Full of shite.

F**king hells bells.

It wisnae me.

Blame the English.

F**ked it up.

Who me, naw.

Right up ye.

Bend over sonny.

Shut yer gub.

Pull ma boaby...



PaddyPower Advert
12 Jun 2015 at 5:30am

Both funny and true....

 



"One of the most powerful devolved Governments in the world"
9 Jun 2015 at 4:54am

This is a line I've heard trotted out amongst mainly Conservatives, but from most if not all Unionist parties in justification of a weak Scotland Bill.  It's certainly been used by pretty much all of the Conservative front bench in relation to Holyrood.

 

How many devolved Governments does "the w...



Hey guys I found the_kincardine's twitter
5 Jun 2015 at 4:56am

https://twitter.com/daztfc

 



Don't blame me I voted Yes!
5 Jun 2015 at 3:19am

You were warned before and during the indyref1  that the Scottish budget would be cut, but some of you still voted No.

 

The cuts to the Scottish budget have started when Osborne, with any pre-consultation with the Scottish government, decided just like that, to slash nearly £200m this year alone...




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25 Jun 2015 at 2:38pm



Oil And Gas Bulletin
25 Jun 2015 at 11:10am
Interesting reading.....

Aberdeen Airport Parking
25 Jun 2015 at 7:59am

Is there anywhere cheap or free that I can park car for a 5.30am flight next month?



Bothies
23 Jun 2015 at 12:32pm

I just realised that anyone can turn up at a Mountain Bothies Association bothy, no need to be a member, book, or pay...

http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/

 

Anyone have good or bad experiences, or tips for bothies?

 



Facebook, Any Idea How To Stop Getting Links To Britains First?
23 Jun 2015 at 5:43am

I keep getting posts from 'friends' that have links to garbage from Britains First. I have already unfriended one guy but anyone know if you can just stop the links showing up?? 



True Detective
23 Jun 2015 at 1:58am
Season premiere was all sorts of wonderful. And just to reassert its position as the best looking thing on telly, what about that closing shot?

Aurora Red Alert Tonight
22 Jun 2015 at 2:53pm
For this interested in seeing the Nortgern Lights I've just received a big RED alert so if skies are clear there should be aurora all over Scotland and down into England/Wales.
A good northern hoirzon and dark sky (not easycat midsummer!!!!) would be ideal

Tinted Windows On Car
22 Jun 2015 at 8:51am
Anyone know the legalities of doing this? Going to tint the back 3 windows of the motor to keep the sun out of the bairns eyes. Mrs Angus Young has decided the front windows also need a 'light tint' as it will 'look stupid otherwise' . I always thought it was illegal to put any sort of tint on yo...

Gps Watch
22 Jun 2015 at 8:33am

Looking for some advice/tips. The old dear is heavily into her walking and would like a GPS watch to track some of her hikes around Scotland, and a hiking holiday in Iceland this summer. Does anyone know of any decent GPS watches geared towards walking or whether the well known running watches (s...



Edinburgh Airport (Again)
22 Jun 2015 at 2:42am

Shambles at Edinburgh airport (again)...

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/scots-fliers-blast-shambolic-airport-5925178

 

 

I wonder when the airport management will actually do something about this ?

 

30 minutes or more queueing is unacceptable... never mind some of the rudest, ...




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