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Clark underlines Whitehall rift with thinly-veiled rebuke to Hunt over Airbus
26 Jun 2018 at 12:02am
GREG Clark, the UK Business Secretary, has underlined the rift within Whitehall over Brexit by issuing a thinly-veiled rebuke to a senior Cabinet colleague for criticising the decision by Airbus to air in public its concerns about Britain?s EU withdrawal.

£14bn Heathrow expansion plan cleared for take-off as opponents pledge court ...
25 Jun 2018 at 10:31pm
Theresa May?s £14 billion plan to extend Heathrow has been cleared for take-off, helped by more than 100 Labour MPs backing the move in a Commons vote as the SNP was accused of ?letting Scotland down? after it decided to abstain.

Johnson branded "spineless" for flying to Afghanistan to avoid Heathrow vote
25 Jun 2018 at 8:04pm
BORIS Johnson has been mocked and branded ?spineless? after he flew 3,500 miles to Afghanistan to avoid the crunch Commons vote on Heathrow.

SNP accused of putting party interests before national interests on Heathrow
25 Jun 2018 at 7:29pm
THE SNP has been accused of putting party interests before Scotland's interests after confirming it will abstain on tonight?s crunch Commons vote on Heathrow?s third runway.

Jim Sillars: SNP risk undoing Yes vote with Brexit stance
25 Jun 2018 at 3:10pm
THE SNP risks helping Unionists wriggle out of independence if it supports a second referendum on Brexit, the party?s former deputy leader has said.

SNP insists it has an 'open ear' to calls for a second Brexit referendum
25 Jun 2018 at 5:05am
THE SNP has said it has an ?open ear? to a potential second referendum on the UK?s membership of the European Union, while continuing to fall short of backing one outright.

Scotland's railways must be brought back into public hands, Labour demands
25 Jun 2018 at 5:00am
RAILWAYS must be brought back into public ownership to finally bring to an end the ?gamble? of overcrowded, late-running trains, Labour has demanded on the week the East Coast Mainline was taken out of private hands.

No 10 says PM's preferred customs option still on table despite Cabinet colle...
25 Jun 2018 at 1:25pm
DOWNING Street has insisted Theresa May's preferred solution to the Brexit Irish border impasse remains on the table despite being dismissed by a senior Cabinet colleague as "bureaucratic, unwieldy and impractical".

Speaker Bercow tells his critics: I will not quit
25 Jun 2018 at 2:06pm
A defiant John Bercow has faced down his critics by insisting that he has "no intention of going anywhere".

Justin Webb turns air blue with Jeremy Hunt name blunder
25 Jun 2018 at 1:30pm
A presenter on BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme blundered by pronouncing the surname of Cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt as "C***".

Peer seeks to resume Lords polling probe after Brexit vote markets data claim
25 Jun 2018 at 6:44pm
A Labour peer is seeking to reconvene a Lords committee to probe a claim that market investors bought data from polling firms on the day of the 2016 EU referendum, which could have helped make them vast profits from the falling pound.

Alan Roden: Brussels has accepted Brexit, but it remains to be seen if Briton...
25 Jun 2018 at 5:06am
THIS Thursday in Brussels, all eyes will be on Belgium as they attempt to inflict defeat on a country which knows all too well about trudging away from the international stage.

Ministers announce cyber-crime cash
25 Jun 2018 at 4:51pm
SCOTTISH charities and small firms are being urged to protect themselves from cyber crime, with a warning they are just as liable to be victims as big business.

Johnson on Heathrow: 'My resignation would have achieved absolutely nothing'
25 Jun 2018 at 1:01pm
BORIS Johnson has defended his decision not to resign over his opposition to the UK Government's plan for a third runway at Heathrow as the SNP Government was called on to make a Holyrood statement on whether it still supported the controversial £14 billion proposal.

Fears over "culture of secrecy" at Glasgow School of Art after Mackintosh fire
24 Jun 2018 at 12:05am
THE Glasgow School of Art has been warned against adopting a ?culture of secrecy? in the wake of the fire that destroyed the iconic Mackintosh building.



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Paris Gourtsoyannis: This could be the final nail in Brexiteers? coffin
25 Jun 2018 at 8:15pm
Presented with business concerns that the UK is heading for a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson’s response was reportedly unprintable, but for once completely accurate.

Scotsman columnist Darren McGarvey wins Orwell Prize for political writing
25 Jun 2018 at 8:15pm
Scottish rapper and writer Darren McGarvey has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious prize for political writing at a ceremony in London.

Brexit pushed down agenda at EU summit as UK sticks to rejected plans
25 Jun 2018 at 8:14pm
Brexit is set to fall down the agenda at a crucial EU summit later this week as the UK government insisted it was sticking to Theresa May’s preferred solution to the Irish border impasse despite Brussels ruling it out.

SNP abstain on Heathrow expansion vote despite Scottish Government backing
25 Jun 2018 at 7:48pm
The SNP was accused of putting “nationalist interests before the national interest” by abstaining on a vote on Monday evening to approve expansion of Heathrow, despite the Scottish Government signing off on the case for a third runway at the airport.

Scottish Government to give NHS staff nine per cent pay rise
25 Jun 2018 at 3:27pm
NHS workers in Scotland are to get a nine per cent pay hike over the next three years, it has been confirmed.

Brexit uncertainty could mean ?missed opportunity? for North Sea oil
25 Jun 2018 at 3:14pm
Uncertainty surrounding Brexit could result in a “missed opportunity” for the North Sea oil and gas industry, MPs have been told.

Girls ?negatively affected? by new rules on transgender school pupils
25 Jun 2018 at 10:21am
A campaigner has claimed that new rules allowing school pupils to adopt a different gender and share changing rooms and toilets will “negatively affect” girls, as a charity prepares a legal challenge over the guidelines.

SNP ?might refuse to back Heathrow expansion?
25 Jun 2018 at 9:28am
MPs from the Scottish National Party are as yet undecided on whether to back the UK Government over plans for a third runway at Heathrow, it has been claimed a head of a crucial vote today.

Lesley Riddoch: Brexit is pushing us to independence
25 Jun 2018 at 6:11am
Brexit is a crisis of English democracy which a growing number of Scots don’t want to be part of, writes Lesley Riddoch.

Brian Monteith: Scotland has become a failing McNanny state
25 Jun 2018 at 6:11am
Moves to further reduce the freedom of smokers are unjustified and pointless, writes Brian Monteith.

Nicola Sturgeon to lead delegation to Berlin
25 Jun 2018 at 6:11am
Nicola Sturgeon is leading a Scottish delegation to Germany to improve business links with the country.

Top Scots food brands face bleak future in post-Brexit global trade deals
25 Jun 2018 at 6:03am
Post-Brexit trade deals with non-EU countries such as the US could put protected Scottish foods at risk, according to a leading figure on the European Parliament’s internal market committee.

Anger over £15m spent by Scots NHS on taxi journeys
25 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
More than £15 million has been spent by the NHS in Scotland to meet the cost of taxi fares in recent years.

Video: People take to the streets for Anti-Brexit march in Perth
24 Jun 2018 at 9:03pm
Two years on from the European referendum, over a hundred people have taken to the streets of Perth to echo calls in London for a referendum on any exit deal.

Labour ?not going back? on decision to support Trident
24 Jun 2018 at 3:13pm
Labour will not reverse its decision to keep Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent, the shadow defence secretary has said.

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Whose mayhem is it anyway?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2018 at 11:47am
Leaflets being given out by Labour today in Scotland and England respectively: But for some reason there don’t seem to be any going around in Labour-run Wales. We can’t think why. Because it’s certainly not that the problems identified by the cards – fare increases, overcrowding, delays and cancellations – haven’t been happening in Wales too, as you …

Being our own media, part 26
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2018 at 9:50am
Michael Gray and Robert Somynne’s Scotia Live, episode 1:

To have and to have not
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2018 at 11:31am
The Sunday Times puts some poll results in an interesting frame today: And readers who’ve learned anything at all from this site over the last six years will be looking at that tweet and immediately wondering “what AREN’T we being told there?” Because the paper – not Wings Over Scotland, not the Scottish Government, not …

Sauces for the geese
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jun 2018 at 12:03pm
Willie Rennie in the Daily Record today: And to be absolutely fair to the Scottish Lib Dem leader, he’s always been consistent in his beliefs, such as the view that elected members should be given a second chance when they’ve committed a minor misdemeanour, and NOT have to (for example) stand down and face re-election. Oh, …

Heads up
by Chris Cairns
23 Jun 2018 at 6:55am

Deja news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jun 2018 at 11:30am
Oh joy, it seems it’s time for the Scottish media’s annual cretinous non-story about the Scottish Government’s (entirely necessary and intrinsically unavoidable) “underspend”. So as we’re busy today we’ll just refer you to some of the previous occasions we’ve covered it, because literally everything about it is exactly the same now as it was then. See you same …

A funny kind of Unionism
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jun 2018 at 12:41pm
In all the excitement of the torching of the devolution settlement, we forgot to mention a curious piece of data from our recent poll of English voters. Of all the people south of the border who would gladly throw Scotland and Northern Ireland under the bus (and more to the point, out of the UK) in …

The Day Before Tomorrow Today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jun 2018 at 10:06am
They’re back to save us all. Wait, correction, that should read: they’re back – God save us all.

Way back then
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jun 2018 at 12:59pm
Ah, those were the days. That’s a relief, at least. Oh. Remember when it was independence that would create a massive risk to Scotland’s security against crime and terror, readers?

The false starters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jun 2018 at 12:54pm
Although this site is blacklisted by the press regulator IPSO and therefore unable to file complaints about inaccurate and misleading newspaper articles, our alert readers sometimes pick up the baton from Wings articles and do the job themselves. We reported one such example a week ago. But the reader who took up that complaint has furnished …

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BMA Scotland warns of doctors 'pushed to the brink'
26 Jun 2018 at 2:14am
Two thirds of doctors responding to a survey said inadequate resources were significantly affecting patient care.

SNP MPs abstain in Heathrow third runway vote
25 Jun 2018 at 10:25pm
They were concerned about a lack of detail in the plans which the UK government says will boost Scottish flights.

NHS Scotland staff offered 9% pay rise over three years
25 Jun 2018 at 3:42pm
Health service staff are to be consulted on a deal which would see many receive a 9% pay rise spread over three years.

Petition supports nine councillors suspended by Labour
25 Jun 2018 at 12:07pm
The nine Aberdeen councillors were suspended by Labour in May last year after forming a coalition with Conservatives.

What's on at Holyrood? Gove quizzed and homelessness statement
25 Jun 2018 at 2:05pm
Brexit to dominate the week at Holyrood as its current session draws to a close for the summer.

Report finds a quarter of female prisoners are on remand
24 Jun 2018 at 12:00am
Research by Holyrood's Justice Committee also found access to services for women is limited.

Holyrood 'won't approve any Brexit bills'
22 Jun 2018 at 1:18pm
Scotland's Brexit secretary says devolution is "broken" as Nicola Sturgeon meets senior UK government figures.

Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon make Brexit appeal to PM
22 Jun 2018 at 12:14am
The Welsh and Scottish first ministers urge Theresa May to pledge to stay in the EU's single market.

Mark McDonald faces month suspension over sexual harassment
21 Jun 2018 at 1:14pm
A committee recommends Mark McDonald be suspended from Holyrood for a month for sexual harassment.

Scottish Child Abuse inquiry to be extended
21 Jun 2018 at 3:43pm
Inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith asked the Scottish government to remove the four-year deadline.

Strike closes all East Dunbartonshire schools
21 Jun 2018 at 10:44am
Schools, nurseries and other council facilities in East Dunbartonshire will remain shut for four days.

Colleges 'in better financial position'
21 Jun 2018 at 2:17am
But several still face significant financial challenges in the coming years, a watchdog's report says.

Scot Goes Pop

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The momentum is now unstoppable as the previously unionist Mail on Sunday dem...
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2018 at 11:01pm
You've probably already seen this, but it has to be one of the all-time classic newspaper front pages.  Today's Scottish edition of the Mail on Sunday declares that Scotland is an "OPEN DOOR FOR TE...

Is there a strategic advantage to what happened yesterday?
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2018 at 1:53pm
Obviously we all wanted the government to lose in the Commons yesterday, but now that they haven't, I'm trying to work out whether in the long run that will prove to be good or bad news for the SNP...

Sturgeon marches on: new Panelbase poll confirms SNP are on course for gains ...
by James Kelly
17 Jun 2018 at 4:33pm
Today brings word of a new full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase.  In one sense it repeats the recent findings of YouGov (albeit in less dramatic fashion) because it shows the SNP on the up, and ...

This may seem impossible, but the UK government is even less committed to the...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2018 at 6:39pm
David Mundell's statement to the House of Commons today was extraordinary.  It wasn't simply that he failed to strike a conciliatory tone or offer any path towards compromise.  It wasn't simply tha...

12.06.18: The day the calling of a pre-2021 independence referendum became in...
by James Kelly
13 Jun 2018 at 12:49pm
Huge respect to Ian Blackford for taking a stand at Prime Minister's Questions and sending the message that the unprecedented breach of the Sewel Convention that occurred yesterday, with the mass-s...

Sensational YouGov poll suggests SNP would make sweeping gains in a snap gene...
by James Kelly
8 Jun 2018 at 11:42am
For the first time in months we have a full-scale Scottish poll.  This one has certainly proved worth the wait, because on Westminster voting intentions it shows the SNP opening up an enormous seve...

This barefaced hypocrisy from Ruth Davidson cannot be allowed to stand. Not ...
by James Kelly
31 May 2018 at 3:42pm
I've always thought that equal marriage and abortion law in Northern Ireland are the ultimate tests of how committed you really are to devolution.  You may think you believe that any Westminster in...

Earl of Dumbarton ROCKED by new SHOCK poll that suggests monarchy could be DO...
by James Kelly
21 May 2018 at 3:30pm
There's a new poll out today that has a bit of something for everyone - republican-minded Yessers are delighted that it shows only a minority of the Scottish public are in favour of retaining the m...

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Glasgow MELA festival 2018
by /u/Dez85
26 Jun 2018 at 3:05am
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Why do we hate the English sports teams?
by /u/RespirarChico
25 Jun 2018 at 11:44pm
I've been watching the world cup and have found that most Scots(including myself) hate the English football team with a passion but I cant remember why. submitted by /u/RespirarChico ...

Richard Leonard calling for the public ownership of ScotRail
by /u/_soapdodger
25 Jun 2018 at 11:05pm
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Scotland and renewable energy are besties
by /u/origiins
25 Jun 2018 at 7:53pm
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SNP abstain on third runway vote
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25 Jun 2018 at 7:22pm
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Ukip welcomes social media activists (Mark Meechan) linked to alt-right into ...
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25 Jun 2018 at 7:12pm
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We Are Scotland
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25 Jun 2018 at 7:03pm
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Girls ?negatively affected? by new rules on transgender school pupils
by /u/the_c00ler_king
25 Jun 2018 at 4:52pm
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Fuck me, I'm melting
by /u/Olap
25 Jun 2018 at 3:55pm
It's boiling. Way too hot to work. Who else is up for lobbying for 25C and we all get to bunk off? (Except pubs and shops for bbq stuff, sorry) submitted by /u/Olap

Hootsmon | Scottish Private schools' £5 million tax bombshell moves closer
by /u/IndiaOwl
25 Jun 2018 at 3:35pm
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Petition supports nine councillors suspended by Labour.
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25 Jun 2018 at 2:59pm
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Leaving Labour - HALP!
by /u/confusedscot1
25 Jun 2018 at 2:24pm
Looking for advice, this is a throw away account. Hey folks, labour party member living in Scotland, I used to work for the party about 5/6 years during but not limited to the indyref campaign, I ...

Senior US Republican Paul Ryan warns UK ?must diverge from EU rules or risk U...
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25 Jun 2018 at 1:58pm
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BBC | SNP MPs 'may not back Heathrow expansion'
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25 Jun 2018 at 11:43am
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BBC calls Tory Jeremy Hunt 'c***' AGAIN as presenter turns the air blue on fl...
by Dan Bloom
25 Jun 2018 at 8:40am
Tory minister Jeremy Hunt has been mispronounced in the rudest possible way by a BBC presenter - again

Scottish Labour step up campaign to see trains nationalised after criticism o...
by Andy Philip
25 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Richard Leonard wants the SNP Scottish Government to bring trains into public ownership.

Donald Trump's migrant shame puts spotlight on heartless Tories as red carpet...
by dailyrecord
25 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Daily Record columnist Mhairi Black says the US president has much in common with Tory leader Theresa May and her “hostile environment” towards immigrants.

NHS faces huge demands on tight budget but Government can't afford to let pat...
by Record View
25 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Record View argues that the Scottish Government must show they are able to get ahead of the problems facing the NHS.

Donald Trump says immigrants who 'invade' US should be sent back immediately ...
by Doina Chiacu
24 Jun 2018 at 5:59pm

 The US President says that people who 'break into' America should be returned 'with no Judges or Court Cases' and insisted that 'most children come without parents'.

Poll shows over half of Scots would pay more to fund NHS in Scotland
by Record Reporter
24 Jun 2018 at 11:04am
Ahead of its 70th birthday, the poll also found that nearly 50% think NHS Scotland's standards have become worse.

Ex-athlete turned MSP in plea for sport facility investment to fight childhoo...
by John Ferguson
24 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Alison Johnstone believes cash spent on running tracks, swimming pools, parks and cycle lanes will help tackle the problem.

Independence will condemn Scotland to 20 years of debt misery
by dailyrecord
24 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says even the SNP figures show economy will suffer following a Yes vote.

Court challenge threat on gender swap schoolkids over 'misguided' advice to t...
by Craig McDonald
24 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Lawyers for the Christian Institute have written to the Scottish Government in a row over the rights of parents to know if their child wants to change gender.

SNP say escaping Brexit Britain could lead to £30bn boost to Scottish economy...
by John Ferguson
24 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
The party claim that Westminster holds back Scotland’s economic potential and it will only get worse after Brexit.

Michael Greenwell

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

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2018 at 12:06am

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin…

Bella Caledonia

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Michael Bauwens on P2P the Commons and the Imagination
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jun 2018 at 10:01pm

SCOTIA with Michael Gray and Robert Somynne
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jun 2018 at 11:05am
New series featuring ‘live news’ combining analysis of social policy with live audience discussion.

Organising against Spycops in Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2018 at 3:55pm
On Saturday, 23rd June 2018, 100 people gathered in the Pearce Institute in Govan to discuss spies. Not the James Bond type of spy; but the real kind who stole the identities of dead children, and targeted women activists to form close relationships for years and then abandoned them when their mission was done. The …

Border World
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jun 2018 at 10:29am
To see how disorientated we are in Trumpland today James Comey is the new Che Geuvara and Stormy Daniels is the latter day Rose of Sharon as she heads to the border to ‘save the children’. She is competing with Melania Trump for the saviour role, but Stormy is edging ahead after Melania’s Quadrophenia Moment. …

CommonSpace talks to Paul Mason
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jun 2018 at 7:46pm
Ben Wray from CommonSpace interviews Paul Mason on the day of the Democracy 21 event in Glasgow… ?

The NHS: Smoke, Mirrors and Sleight-of-Hand
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jun 2018 at 4:46pm
Theresa May has announced a £20Bn uplift in NHS England budgets over the next few years: which the PM presented as a ?Brexit dividend?, neatly responding to the ?£350m-per-week- on-the-side-of-a-bus? stunt, which so promptly disappeared, post-referendum – until the week-end. It has been brought back from the dead as the May Government desperately tries to …

Glasgow Up in Arms
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jun 2018 at 10:14am
The arms industry is coming to Glasgow, a city that has experienced a rich history of anti-war mobilisations. The Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition will be held at Glasgow?s SEC from 26-28 of June. It will promote defence and security equipment and will host delegations from 40 different countries. The conference is run by Clarion events …

The Plague Ghosts of the Atomics: From The Province of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jun 2018 at 1:03pm
Why does the UK have a nuclear energy industry? Because they have a nuclear weapons programme. Why does the UK have nuclear weapons? Because it suits the US and allows the UK to have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

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Nearly 150,000 Scottish NHS staff offered minimum 9% pay rise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Jun 2018 at 2:38pm
Nurses, midwives and paramedics all included in most generous NHS deal in UKScottish nurses, midwives and paramedics are on course to receive a minimum pay rise of 9% over the next three years, ending nearly a decade of pay restraint.Health service unions have recommended their members back the d...

Scottish independence supporters march to Bannockburn
by Patrick Greenfield
23 Jun 2018 at 10:57pm
About 8,000 people head to site where Robert the Bruce triumphed over English armyThousands of Scottish independence supporters have marched from Stirling to Bannockburn. About 8,000 people took part in Saturday?s march to the site where Robert the Bruce claimed victory over Edwards II?s English ...

Holyrood standards watchdog says MSP Mark McDonald should be suspended
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Jun 2018 at 1:34pm
Scottish parliament standards committee proposes sanction for former minister over sexual harassmentThe Scottish government?s former childcare minister Mark McDonald faces suspension from the Holyrood parliament for a month after the public standards watchdog found him responsible for sexual hara...

Glasgow must review heritage planning following fire, says MP
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
18 Jun 2018 at 9:44am
Glasgow North East MP calls for radical action to protect city?s Victorian architectureThe city of Glasgow should undertake a ?radical and very honest? review of the way it manages its heritage buildings after the fire that gutted the Glasgow School of Art?s Mackintosh building, according to a lo...

Westminster?s contempt has lifted Scotland?s hopes of independence | Kevin Mc...
by Kevin McKenna
17 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
The Commons showdown and SNP walkout have put the spotlight sharply on Brexit?s impact on devolutionWe?ll never know if Nicola Sturgeon is among those who daily solicit the intervention of the Almighty, Scots being traditionally reticent regarding their religious habits, or if she rather chooses ...

Independent Scotland would face 'extended austerity' under SNP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Jun 2018 at 2:05pm
Growth commission?s strategy would lead to extra decade of cuts and restraint, says IFSAn independent Scotland would face an extra 10 years of austerity if it implemented plans outlined by a Scottish National party report, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned.The IFS, a highly regarded eco...

Government publishes amendment to EU withdrawal bill - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Jun 2018 at 8:14pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenCarwyn Jones? Brexit speech - SummaryAfternoon summary 8.14pm BST That?s it from me this evening. For a full report on the government?s amendment to the EU withdrawal bill, read this: Related: Tory rebellion back on after MPs reje...

The Guardian view on the SNP?s protests: signs of weakness and strength | Edi...
by Editorial
14 Jun 2018 at 6:30pm
Scotland?s governing party has been in power for 11 years. Independence is stalled and Nicola Sturgeon has low ratings, but the party still shapes the agendaScotland was short-changed in this week?s Commons debates on changes to the EU withdrawal bill. Because of the way the timetable for debate ...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Falbhaibh is gabhaibh ur gnùisean airson càca
At the All Under One Banner marches and rallies there are many people with whom to disagree. Disgreeing with people is part and parcel of any grassroots movement. There are plenty of people who disagree with Tommy Sheridan, both with his politics and with his person. There are plenty of people who disagree with the …

Bringing Theresa May down to earth
Tomorrow, Monday, there’s a vote in the House of Commons on the expansion of Heathrow airport. Until recently the measure was going to be backed by the SNP because even though it’s a Conservative government measure, it was going to come with promises attached that should the SNP vote in favour, then Heathrow Airport Ltd …

The heart that beats stronger
Chris Deerin, yes that Chris Deerin, Chris Deerin of “voting No is the moral choice” Chris Deerin, Chris Deerin the apologist for British nationalism because it’s not nationalist at all Chris Deerin, Chris Deerin who’s never come across any mud he’s been incapable of slinging at the independence movement Chris Deerin, has just published an …

Lies, damned lies, and newspaper headlines
When you see a newspaper headline that baldly states, “Court rules fracking is not banned, despite SNP rhetoric,” what are you going to think? What are you going to think happened in court this week when you know that the chemical giant Ineos has been taking legal action to challenge the Scottish Government on fracking …

Accept no substitutes
In recent days there’s been a suggestion on social media that there’s some wizzard wheeze that means that Scotland can legally unchain itself from Westminster rule and leap free in a single bound. This kind of thing surfaces pretty often amongst certain circles within the Scottish independence movement. This time the claim is that because …

Katie Price and the smouldering squirrel
This week’s Sunday newspapers in Scotland were all devoted the serious issues which assail the country. There’s the utter disarray and confusion about Brexit in which both the Conservatives and Labour are mired as the clock is ticking and time is running out to reach a position that the EU will consent to. There’s the …

There?s been a Broontervention
You can always tell when the forces of British nationalism in Scotland are feeling a bit unsettled. They wheel out the great sulker himself for a Broontervention. Broonterventions are a phenomenon that is unique to Scotland, and proof that Scotland can indeed achieve things that no other nation can achieve, in this case meddling with …

The Sewer Convention
It’s been a good week for the Scottish independence movement. The British nationalist parties have proven beyond any shadow of doubt that they fail even on their own terms and are incapable of defending Scottish interests within the context of the UK. The SNP has, at last, finally found some bottle and is no longer …

The National

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Labour say 'we'll keep Trident' and insist party will never change stance
LABOUR are refusing to change their minds on keeping Trident, despite Jeremy Corbyn voting against its renewal.

We should know by now that we can?t trust the Tories on devolution
AT the outset I want to make it clear that I bear no ill-will towards Jim Sillars. I would suggest many pro-independence activists and supporters who became involved in politics during the 2014 referendum are unaware of his immense contribution to the cause.

Harvie calls for immigration power 'olive branch' for Holyrood
A SENIOR MSP has urged the UK Government to give Holyrood new powers over immigration as an ?olive branch? on the second anniversary of the EU referendum result announcement.

First Minister leads business mission to German amid hard Brexit threat
THE First Minister is leading a Scottish delegation to Germany in a bid to improve business links.

Portuguese MEP: Spain must release politically manipulated Catalan prisoners
A FORMER Portuguese diplomat has urged Spain to immediately release nine Catalan political prisoners who are in Madrid jails for their role in October?s independence referendum.

Rees-Mogg triumphant after key Brexit bill passes ... and the UK is suffering
EXACTLY two years to the day on which the UK voted to leave the EU, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the arch-Eurosceptic and champion of a devastating hard Brexit, can scent victory.

Airbus future in UK threatened by 'catastrophic' no deal Brexit
UNIONS reacted with fury yesterday after Airbus said it could pull out of the UK with the loss of thousands of jobs if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

History will judge the UK Government on spineless welcome to Trump
WHENEVER my daughter asks me a question, I try to answer honestly. Whether it?s her curiosity about where babies come from, the intricacies of periods, or the reality of death, I give her information in an age-appropriate way. Yet, I let her believe that fairies flutter just out of sight in the garden, bathing in morning dew. She goes to bed on Christmas Eve convinced that she will hear the bel...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Boris Johnson Avoids Heathrow Runway Vote to Commit More UK Soldiers to the K...
        15 Feb 2008: Poor equipment kills British soldier The first casualty of Britain’s deployment in Helmand was Captain James Phillipson, who died in June 2006 when rescuing ambushed colleagues. The ministry of defence admitted he lacked “mission essential equipment”, like night-vision goggles. Today a coroner damningly concluded that Captain James Phillipson … Continue reading "Boris Johns...

A General Election Looms ? Will Labour be Returned to Government? ? Heed the ...
        20 Sep 2015: The British Army could stage mutiny if labour form a government under Corbyn A senior serving general has reportedly warned that the general staff would begin directly and publicly challenging a Jeremy Corbyn government if it tried to scrap Trident, pull out of Nato or announce any plans … Continue reading "A General Election Looms – Will Labour be Returned to Government? –...

Willie (Lonesome) Rennie ? Sleaze ? Not Me!!! Yes Willie ? You!!!
          William Cowan Rennie ? Liberal Democrat Became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dunfermline and West Fife in a by-election, in February 2006. Removed from office in the 2010 GE.       July 2009: Willie Rennie in Expenses sleaze probe A Parliamentary sleaze probe is to be held investigating … Continue reading "Willie (Lonesome) Rennie – Sleaze – Not Me!!! Yes Willie – You!!!"

Afghanistan ? Revealed ? Retired US Army General Accuses UK General of Failin...
    U.S. General Daniel Bolger (pictured) has claimed his British counterpart was a ?peppy, pushy fellow?   Sir Nick Carter     17 Nov 2014: British troops died because of UK general, say...

An Independent Scotland Faces a Dystopian Future if the DUP is to be believed...
      Arlene Foster DUP Leader     Arlene Foster – Leader of the DUP in Ulster “Nationalism is narrow and exclusive whilst Unionism stands for pluralism and multi-culturalism, there is no place in Ulster for intolerance in 2018”. But in her follow up, she confirmed the “narrow and exclusive” policies of the DUP … Continue reading "An Independent Scotland Faces a Dystopian Future if the DUP is t...

446 ? British soldiers died in Afghanistan ? four times the rate of US troops...
        Poorly equipped Scottish soldiers deployed to hell on earth, Helmand Province Afghanistan In April 2006 the Labour government deployed over 3,000 military personnel to Helmand Province, Afghanistan tasked with supporting a US-led force already deployed throughout the country eliminating Taliban militants. Political and military leaders were briefed, by US intelligence of … Continue read...

Fact: The British State Predetermined the Outcome of the 2014 Scottish Indepe...
        The Tory Government – British Army Media and Psychops Elite Unit The Brigade, named the 77th in tribute to the Chindits, the British guerrilla force led by Maj Gen Orde Wingate against the Japanese in Burma during the second world war, was formed in 2013/14. It is headquartered near Newbury, in … Continue reading "Fact: The British State Predetermined the Outcome of the 2014 Scottish In...

The DUP and the Orange Order in Scotland and Their Near 150,000 Scottish Vote...
            The Orange Order of Scotland, supporters of the DUP and the Tory Party in Scotland The Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland Grand Master Jim McHarg, in a speech in 2017 said: “The bulk of the Lodge?s estimated 50,000 Scottish supporters are Tories, and more members of the Order are … Continue reading "The DUP and the Orange Order in Scotland and Their Near 150,000 Scottish Voters Have Est...

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Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind
Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 13th 2018 Scotland and the UK feel in hiatus and stasis – awaiting the unfurling and unraveling of Brexit. Some people are marching. Last Saturday?s gathering was significant given the lack of SNP and Scottish …

Scotland and Independence

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Thousands march for Scottish independence
Thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn
Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn  The ScotsmanFull coverage

BREXIT PLOY: Sturgeon using EU exit to win further Scottish independence, cla...
BREXIT PLOY: Sturgeon using EU exit to win further Scottish independence, claim critics changing democracy: the British political tradition has never been more vulnerable  Democratic Audit UKScotland withdraws consent to any further Brexit legislation until ?devolution system is fixed?  MercoPressFull coverage

SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comSturgeon tweets Growth Commission defence  BBC News'You only want another referendum because you lost the last one': Tory MP slams Sturgeon's latest Scottish ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?
Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?  Al-ArabiyaFull coverage

Who can challenge Nicola Sturgeon's SNP and the drive towards Scottish indepe...
Who can challenge Nicola Sturgeon's SNP and the drive towards Scottish independence?  New StatesmanFull coverage

No change in support for Scottish independence
No change in support for Scottish independence  The TimesSturgeon starts new route to Scottish independence after setbacks  ReutersBrexit vote failed to deliver a surge in support for Scottish independence, claims Sir John Curtice  The Sun'Stop obsessing' on timing of second Scottish independence vote, Sturgeon says  Gibraltar ChronicleFull coverage


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SNP MPs 'may not back Heathrow expansion'
SNP MPs 'may not back Heathrow expansion'  BBC NewsScottish National Party abstains in Heathrow third runway vote  Financial TimesBlackford: SNP abstaining from Heathrow expansion vote  AOL Travel UKSNP, vote no to Heathrow expansion ? or betray everything you stand for  The GuardianFull coverage

SNP accused of putting party interests before national interests by abstainin...
SNP accused of putting party interests before national interests by abstaining on Heathrow vote  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Jim Sillars: SNP risk undoing Yes vote with Brexit stance
Jim Sillars: SNP risk undoing Yes vote with Brexit stance  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Bail breaches in Scotland rise under 'soft?touch' SNP
Bail breaches in Scotland rise under 'soft?touch' SNP  The TimesFull coverage

SNP MPs may abstain on key Heathrow third runway vote
SNP MPs may abstain on key Heathrow third runway vote  The NationalFull coverage

SNP to block Brexit laws in row over powers
SNP to block Brexit laws in row over powers  The TimesTom Gordon: SNP presenting the Tories with an unwinnable dilemma  HeraldScotlandSNP vow to block Brexit legislation until Scotland's 'broken' devolution system is fixed  The Scottish SunFull coverage

SNP government to cough up £6m to combat failing cancer waiting times
SNP government to cough up £6m to combat failing cancer waiting times  Scottish Daily RecordSupporting a strong NHS workforce  SNP (press release)BMA Scotland warns of doctors 'pushed to the brink'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Labour slam SNP over positive spin on number of school leavers working zero-h...
Labour slam SNP over positive spin on number of school leavers working zero-hour contracts  Scottish Daily RecordIan Blackford: SNP 'open' to idea of second EU referendum  iNewsFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?
Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?  Al-ArabiyaFull coverage

SNP insists it has an 'open ear' to calls for a second Brexit referendum
SNP insists it has an 'open ear' to calls for a second Brexit referendum  HeraldScotlandEurophile & Eurosceptic independence supporters respond to SNP 'open ear' on second EU referendum  CommonSpaceFull coverage

SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comDO YOUR JOB! Sturgeon accused of putting independence dream ahead of governing Scotland with Alex Salmond, Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014  The Yale PoliticLetters: The real Scottish patriots were those who voted No in the 2014 referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP set to miss 2021 seats target for new independence referendum
SNP set to miss 2021 seats target for new independence referendum  The TimesFarage explains why Sturgeon's SNP will NEVER SUCCEED in creating independent Scotland Brown brands SNP as Scotland's austerity party after Growth Commission report  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Give the people another vote, says Brexit minister Mike Russell
Give the people another vote, says Brexit minister Mike Russell  The TimesIndependence will condemn Scotland to 20 years of debt misery  Scottish Daily RecordBlackford: SNP has open ear to potential second EU referendum  AOL UKFull coverage

No change in support for Scottish independence
No change in support for Scottish independence  The TimesSturgeon starts new route to Scottish independence after setbacks  Reuters'More certain than ever' Sturgeon vows SNP will achieve Scottish independence after Brexit'Stop obsessing' on timing of second Scottish independence vote, Sturgeon says  Gibraltar ChronicleIain Macwhirter: The SNP was roaring ahead even before the Gro...

Labour would benefit most from referendum
Labour would benefit most from referendum  The Times'Be careful' - SNP warns UK government of tipping Scotland towards independence  Reuters'Be careful': SNP warns UK govt of tipping Scotland towards independence  FirstpostFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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 ...

The Official President Trump thread

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

Scottish Politics Podcasts
With spending more time in my car, due to a change in job late last year, I?m now in the interesting world of listening to podcasts. I?m on the look out for any good (and balanced if one exists) Scottish Politics podcasts. Does anyone know of any? You don?t have to look far to see what my politic...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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

The TSB scandal
A massive story which still really hasn't peaked or hit the headlines yet. Their IT switchover last month left millions unable to log on or do any internet banking, for about 4 weeks , this of course has left to great distress and fuckoffedness , with people not knowing what's been paid and w...

The Scottish Government has been running a consultation on the potential use of fracking and coal bed mining in Scotland. Today is the last day if you want to express your views on it: ...

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

So I See The Uk And America Have Pulled Out Of Yemen As It Erupts Into Civil War
A couple of hundred special forces and drone programme personnel have fled Yemen as it goes tits up there too. The Houthi's have taken 9 of the 21 provinces and the President has had to move the Capital to Aden, Special forces fleeing Aden?? Deja Vu indeed.Seems a significant increase in activity...

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...

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it.Anybody recommend any worth watching?Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good).Tried Game of Throne...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Bayer and Monsanto merge
A match made in hell Seems like one of the most radicle things a person can do these days is buy locally grown food. 

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Drygate Brewery
Never heard of this place before until I bought a bottle today In Aldi. Cracking Bearface Lager. Anyhow while googling them I see they do tours and seems like they do good food too so thinking of using it for a lads trip out one Sunday and looking to see if anyone on here thinks it?s as worth...

Rory Gallagher
Is/was a genius. That I've only discovered his music this month is criminal.  

Holyrood Magazine


Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, turns two: childcare choices

Sectarianism: still Scotland?s shame

Tories slam Boris Johnson for leaving the country ahead of Heathrow vote

Cyber security for Scottish businesses and charities to get half a million fu...

US Republican Paul Ryan warns the UK ?must diverge from EU rules or risk trad...

Scottish research to get £11.6m boost to compete within UK

NHS Scotland staff offered nine per cent pay deal

Q&A: MSPs on the joys and woes of living in rural Scotland

Independence Live

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Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…