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SNP and Scottish Tories engage in war of words over each other's parliamentar...
26 Jul 2018 at 7:01pm
A war of words has broken out at Westminster between the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives with both decrying each other?s parliamentary performance and voting records while hailing their own.

Medical cannabis to be legalised within months as Home Office bows to pressure
26 Jul 2018 at 5:00pm
MEDICAL cannabis will be legalised within months as part of an overhaul of drug laws sparked by several high-profile cases, including children with severe epilepsy battling to get access to treatment.

Facebook releases documents revealing scale of pro-Brexit social media ads
26 Jul 2018 at 8:24pm
CONTROVERSIAL messages from being able to spend £350 million a week on the NHS, the prospect of Turkey joining the EU and even Brussels red tape threatening ?our cuppa? were all part of the Brexit campaign?s key strategy, Facebook has confirmed as it released a cache of adverts to MPs.

Scottish Government's Brexit Bill 'perfectly practical,' insists Lord Advocate
26 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
HOLYROOD?s Brexit Bill is ?perfectly practical,? the Lord Advocate told the UK Supreme Court and was backed up in his arguments by legal officers from Wales and Northern Ireland as the Scottish Government continued its unprecedented constitutional battle with Whitehall.

Top lawyer slams Scottish Government's legal aid review amid fees row
26 Jul 2018 at 4:00am
A TOP defence lawyer has delivered a stinging condemnation of the recent review into Scotland's legal aid system, suggesting the man behind it lacked a "basic understanding of the realities of business".

No-deal Brexit would push up food prices 'pretty significantly,' warns ex-Tra...
26 Jul 2018 at 12:09pm
A no-deal Brexit would put up the cost of basic foodstuffs to British consumers ?pretty significantly,? Lord Price, the former International Trade Minister, has warned.

Stockpiling food and medicine for no-deal Brexit should 'reassure' public, sa...
26 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
THE British public should be "comforted and reassured" that the UK Government is preparing the country for a no-deal Brexit with plans for the stockpiling of food and medicines, Theresa May has said.

Dugdale demands mobile help for older care leavers at college and university
26 Jul 2018 at 1:33pm
Kezia Dugdale has demanded ministers increase support to older students at college or university who have been in care.

Bragg attacks Corbyn's 'feebleness' on tackling anti-Semitism within Labour P...
26 Jul 2018 at 12:27pm
LABOUR peer Melvyn Bragg has accused Jeremy Corbyn of "feebleness" in tackling anti-Semitism in the party, claiming it had shamed the party?s traditional creed of tolerance.

Brexit blamed as number of EU teachers applying to work in Scotland plummets
26 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
A HUGE drop in the number of teachers from European countries applying to work in Scotland has sparked fears it will ?only exacerbate? the worsening school recruitment crisis.

Johnson: May's Chequers Plan would turn UK into 'EU colony'
26 Jul 2018 at 11:50am
BORIS Johnson has fired another broadside at Theresa May's Brexit plans, branding them unworkable and calling on fellow Tory MPs to "chuck Chequers".

May pledges post-Brexit farming industry 'fit for the future'
26 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
BREXIT will produce a farming industry ?fit for the future,? Theresa May will insist today as she visits the Royal Welsh Show in Powys.

Dominic Raab in Brussels for Brexit talks
26 Jul 2018 at 3:48am
The Brexit Secretary and the European Union?s chief negotiator Michel Barnier will hold talks on the latest developments.

Remainers who show 'extreme EU loyalty' should be tried for treason, says Tor...
25 Jul 2018 at 11:06am
THOSE who undermine the UK ?through extreme EU loyalty? should be tried for treason, a pro-Brexit Tory MEP has suggested.

Irish Government says it's willing to extend Brexit process to get deal
25 Jul 2018 at 1:06pm
DUBLIN would back any request from the UK for an extension to the Article 50 process to give more time to negotiate withdrawal from the EU, Simon Coveney, the Irish Foreign Minister, has said as he made clear Britain could ?not afford a no-deal Brexit?.

 

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EU "cannot and will not" accept key part of Theresa May's Brexit plan
26 Jul 2018 at 5:53pm
The EU “cannot and will not” accept any post-Brexit customs deal with the UK that gives a third country responsibility for tariff collection, its chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said in a blunt rejection of a key component of Theresa May’s strategy.

Facebook releases details of Leave campaign ads targeted at users
26 Jul 2018 at 5:06pm
Facebook has released details of scores of online ads targeted at its users by Brexiteers during the EU referendum campaign.

UK doctors set to be legally able to prescribe cannabis
26 Jul 2018 at 3:56pm
Doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis for the first time in the UK after the government granted approval.

Controversial academic Jordan Peterson to give Glasgow lecture
26 Jul 2018 at 3:26pm
A controversial academic who has been accused of using social media to spread abusive misogyny is coming to Scotland to deliver a lecture on his latest book.

Syrian refugees in Scotland ?much happier? than those in England
26 Jul 2018 at 2:58pm
Syrian refugees in Scotland have been found by researchers to be happier and better supported than those in England.

Scottish FA chief Ian Maxwell apologises to young players who were abused
26 Jul 2018 at 2:10pm
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell has made a “heartfelt apology” on behalf of Scottish football to those who were sexually abused through their involvement in the game.

Boris Johnson: Theresa May?s Brexit plan makes UK a ?colony?
26 Jul 2018 at 12:55pm
Boris Johnson has fired another broadside at Theresa May’s Brexit plans, branding them unworkable and calling on fellow Tory MPs to “chuck Chequers”.

Ross Murdoch: Delay of Royal Navy ships puts defence of nation at risk
26 Jul 2018 at 10:48am
Following the UK Government’s decision to delay ordering five new Royal Navy frigates – saying it had received no viable bids – Ross Murdoch, of the GMB union, argues that the defence of this country should not be a “cut-price race to the bottom”.

Mary Church: Heat of climate change will kill thousands unless we act
26 Jul 2018 at 10:28am
As much of the country suffers under another week of sweltering temperatures, Westminster’s Environmental Audit Committee has issued a stark warning: heat-related deaths will treble by 2050 as a result of a warming climate.

Hundreds of students miss out on Nicola Sturgeon?s bursary scheme
26 Jul 2018 at 7:00am
Hundreds of students are missing out on Nicola Sturgeon’s flagship scheme to get more people who have been in care into university and college.

Kenny MacAskill: Corbyn?s Brexit rhetoric is stirring up xenophobia
26 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
As the chances of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit increase, Brexiteers’ responses have become increasingly bellicose. References are made to surviving two world wars and showing the Dunkirk spirit, along with other martial comments. It may not be war but the language, especially when directed towards Europeans, is unhealthy to say the least.

Bill Jamieson: Terrorists and surveillance state may exploit smart meters
26 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Smart meters can make it harder to switch suppliers and could even be used by terrorists or the ‘surveillance state’ to snoop on its citizens, writes Bill Jamieson.

Tom Peterkin: Scottish arts needs quiet flair of ex-Merchiston teacher
26 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The way that the arts can enrich lives means that every effort must be made to sort out arts quango Creative Scotland, writes Tom Peterkin.

Leader comment: The real treason is Brexiteers? myths
26 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
European immigrants are vital to the British economy, just as an alliance with EU is to the UK.

Donald Trump?s Washington meeting with Putin delayed until 2019
25 Jul 2018 at 8:30pm
US president Donald Trump’s proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has been delayed until 2019.

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Not down with the sickness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2018 at 11:52am
An alert reader sent us a piece of interesting follow-up info to yesterday’s piece on NHS Scotland costs. Because comparable figures for NHS England are available too, and they make for surprising reading. These are the Scottish figures for medicine costs at list price, ie before any negotiated discounts that the health service is able …

There Will Be Adequate Food
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2018 at 7:38pm
We’ve just been leaked this short clip of a secret UK government exercise preparing for the week after Brexit. We’re sure everything will be fine and no drastic measures will be required. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all fine. It’s all …

But what does journalism matter?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2018 at 11:14am
The BBC front page headline for this is actually just the alarming-sounding “Scottish prescription costs rise by 25%”, without even the qualifier about the timespan. It’s worse than that, though. Because 17 paragraphs down the piece, this bit of information is buried: Oh. So SOMEONE probably ought to take that into account, right? Because inflation in …

A collective breath
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2018 at 10:22am

This is where you stand
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2018 at 2:38pm
If you vote Scottish Labour: And if you vote Scottish Conservative: Always good to know. We’re starting shopping now to beat the rush, folks.

When circumstances change
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2018 at 2:40pm
It’s probably overdue that we start collecting these together. So here’s Sir John Major on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, explaining why a “once in a lifetime” referendum should in fact be held again because its outcome was determined by something that turned out to be untrue. Which is, of course, totally different to Scotland being …

To save you some time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2018 at 11:23am
The entire Scottish media has today leapt like starving dogs at a tin of Chappie on a new “study” by right-wing flag-crazed imperialist nutjobs T***e I*****s, which claims to prove that an independent Scotland would have a BLACK HOLE!!! of infinity squillion pounds and all the crops would wither in the fields and stamps would be …

Stella Wants Her Groove Back
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2018 at 11:52am
Labour MP Stella Creasy, explaining to Sarah Smith on today’s Sunday Politics why she backs a so-called “People’s Vote” on Brexit because voters should have the right to change their mind about a referendum if circumstances change. Except, as always, for viewers in Scotland.

Our best offer
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21 Jul 2018 at 6:55am

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19 Jul 2018 at 10:20am

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Will EU teacher fall hit recruitment?
26 Jul 2018 at 5:05pm
Will the drop in would-be teachers from EU countries make it harder for some councils to fill vacancies?


Supreme Court hears defence of Scottish Brexit Bill
25 Jul 2018 at 4:38pm
Scotland's Lord Advocate defends Holyrood's Brexit bill on the second day of a Supreme Court hearing.


Frigate decision 'body blow' for shipyards say union bosses
25 Jul 2018 at 10:44am
The GMB and Prospect unions says restarting competition for work on Type 31e frigates indicates a "gloomy future" for shipbuilding.


Scottish prescription costs rise by 25% over 10 years
24 Jul 2018 at 3:22pm
The price of medicines, plus an increase in the number of prescriptions, has led to a larger bill for the Scottish government.


Scottish Labour leader urged to speak out on anti-Semitism
24 Jul 2018 at 6:04pm
Two Conservative MSPs have asked the Scottish Labour leader to clarify his position on the party's anti-Semitism row.


Scottish public asked for views on bottle return scheme
24 Jul 2018 at 2:15pm
A series of events will be held this summer aimed at gathering public opinion on the proposals.


Catalan extradition case formally dropped
23 Jul 2018 at 11:22am
Clara Ponsatí is told she is "free to go" at Edinburgh Sheriff Court after Spain dropped its bid to extradite her.


More action urged on women's human rights
23 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
Human rights campaigners say a Scottish social security system is an opportunity for change.


Ministers face calls to ban strip clubs
20 Jul 2018 at 3:46pm
Women's groups are urging the government to follow the example of Iceland where they are illegal.


Labour accuses PM of 'blatantly untrue excuses' in chief whip pairing row
20 Jul 2018 at 12:53pm
Theresa May insists her chief whip made an "honest mistake" when he told an MP to break a vote pact.


Spain withdraws Clara Ponsati arrest warrant
19 Jul 2018 at 3:35pm
The former Catalan education minister has been battling against extradition after being arrested in Scotland.


Military personnel based in Scotland compensated for tax rises
19 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
The UK government will compensate soldiers facing higher income tax bills because they are based in Scotland.

Scot Goes Pop

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Latest figures suggest Scot Goes Pop is Scotland's fifth most-read alternativ...
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2018 at 11:34am
Apologies for another self-indulgent stats post (in fairness I think the last one was in March!), but like other bloggers I do sometimes have to fight to make sure Scot Goes Pop gets the full recog...


The exclusion of the SNP from the summaries of poll results is arbitrary, Ang...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2018 at 7:03pm
As I've spent a fair bit of the last 48 hours having exchanges (sometimes downright surreal exchanges) about this subject on Twitter, I thought I might as well make the point here as well.  It's a ...


Yes vote stands at 46% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2018 at 6:58pm
It's been ages since I last calculated a polling average on independence, so I thought it might be time to give it a spin.  For those who don't remember, the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls takes into ...

If an outright mandate for independence is sought at a parliamentary election...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2018 at 3:23pm
You may have seen that Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp's column in The National today sets out what he believes is the most likely timetable for seeking a mandate on independence.  As you know, I entirely ag...

An independence referendum looks ever more inevitable tonight as Tory rebels ...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2018 at 7:29pm
As I understand it, the SNP's strategy on an independence referendum since last summer's "reset" has been to focus all their energies on full-bloodedly and sincerely attempting to secure a soft Bre...

Heartbreak for the mainstream media as "Operation Hush-up" fails - Survation ...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2018 at 2:17pm
It's actually been quite difficult to get to grips with the new Survation poll that has been gradually released by Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters over the last few days, because as far I can see only ...

More about that sensational Survation poll
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National about yesterday's Survation poll, which put the SNP back up to levels of support that haven't been seen since before the ...

Spectacular Survation poll suggests SNP are on course for landslide
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2018 at 9:16am
Scottish voting intentions for next UK general election:SNP 42% (+3) Conservatives 24% (n/c) Labour 23% (-4)Liberal Democrats: 8% (+1)Scottish Parliament voting intentions (constituency ballot):SNP...

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What is food provenance? And why is it important? Article on Keep Scotland th...
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26 Jul 2018 at 7:32pm
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Labour joins the calls for Scottish Tories to come clean over ?dark money?
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26 Jul 2018 at 6:40pm
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?Taps aff' culture may need to change, says NHS chief
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26 Jul 2018 at 6:25pm
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Herald | Brexit may cause dearth of cultural talent coming to the UK and Scot...
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26 Jul 2018 at 3:39pm
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For anyone interested in mental wellbeing
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26 Jul 2018 at 3:27pm
Hi all, I'm running a study (stay with me here) into mental wellbeing and attitudes to using therapists as part of an ongoing piece into reducing the stigma of addressing mental health. If anyone h...

TES | Brexit blamed for dramatic drop in EU teachers [previously posted with ...
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26 Jul 2018 at 3:26pm
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On Labour, the SNP & Palestine
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26 Jul 2018 at 3:00pm
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I didn?t know there were dragonflies in Scotland until i moved to Edinburgh
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26 Jul 2018 at 2:42pm
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After 2 referendums, this is how a lot of us are feeling I'd imagine
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26 Jul 2018 at 1:14pm
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Britain's largest gold nugget found on Scottish riverbed | UK news
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26 Jul 2018 at 12:23pm
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So who's coming to Inverness for the All Under One Banner march this Saturday?
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26 Jul 2018 at 10:52am
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Thousands of ScotRail staff could take industrial action over pay
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26 Jul 2018 at 7:12am
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Interested in buying apartment in Glasgow
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26 Jul 2018 at 1:15am
X-post from /r/glasgow Hi. I am a non resident UK citizen with Glasgow ancestors, very interested in buying a small apartment in Glasgow. First as a holiday home, maybe later to actually migrate to...

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25 Jul 2018 at 9:45pm
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EU Brexit chief slaps down Theresa May's Chequers plan in new blow to Tory le...
by Sam Lister
26 Jul 2018 at 8:01pm
Michel Barnier says the "facilitated customs arrangement" that underpins May's plan is not acceptable to the EU.


Supreme Court told Scotland's Brexit bill doesn't break UK law
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Jul 2018 at 11:07pm
James Wolffe said the Holyrood bill should not be stuck down by the Supreme Court.


President Donald Trump' Washington meeting with Vladimir Putin delayed until ...
by Record Reporter
25 Jul 2018 at 8:18pm
The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election has caused the trip to be put back.


Labour MP Fiona Onasanya appears in court charged with perverting the course ...
by David Hughes
25 Jul 2018 at 8:01pm
Court records show the 34-year-old has been charged over allegedly lying about who was behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle.


Bonkers Brexit Tory MEP demands people with 'extreme EU loyalty' should be tr...
by David Wilcock
25 Jul 2018 at 5:39pm
David Campbell Bannerman said the Treason Act should be aimed at terrorists and those seeking to halt the Brexit process.


All Jock Tamsin?s Bairns are equal in Scotland but only when it suits us
by Annie Brown
25 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Scotland is thankfully becoming home to an increasing number of refugees but as our doors open, the tighter some minds will close.


David Mundell warns of medicine and food shortage if UK gets no-deal Brexit
by Andy Philip
25 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The Scottish Secretary was asked five times whether catastrophic shortages and crippling transport delays are part of the Tory Government’s contingency plans.


Scots can all help tackle the evil of racism and hate
by Record View
25 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
No one is born racist, it is an attitude acquired in the family home and through the influence of peers.


Theresa May says stockpiling food amid Brexit chaos is sensible plan as panic...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The Prime Minister said people shouldn't worry that the Government are stocking up on emergency food and medicine.


Senior SNP MP slammed for claims nationalists would vote for Thatcherism again
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The astonishing Commons admission from Tommy Sheppard, Edinburgh East MP came when he was challenged by Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray, during a debate on Strengthening the Union.

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Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?     Advertisements

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

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 …
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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 …
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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.

Bella Caledonia

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On Holiday
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 11:01pm
We’re going offline until the end of the month for a short staycation … dodging jellyfish, making sandcastles and reading pulp fiction. We’ll be back at the end of July with a brand new website and a whole programme of work. While we’re away here’s some choice cuts from our back catalogue for some summer reading … …

Where Now for Catalan Independence?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 7:56pm
Former Catalan Education Minister Clara Ponsati was due to begin a trial in Edinburgh on 30 July, but the Spanish Supreme Court has now dropped extradition charges against exiled pro-independence Catalan leaders. Despite this, nine political prisoners remain locked up in Spanish prisons on the same charges as those exiled. Those exiled are not allowed …

Sexism and Gender in Music
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 4:18pm
With Jenny Sturgeon, Laura Risk, Alistair Heather. Gender in the performing arts is a live issue. As soon as female performers go on stage they become sexualised objects, subject to critique for their appearance and its conformity to expected norms. Male performers are not subject to the same level of attention, and their music is …

Becoming British
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
The latest fit of colonial semiotics needs a bit of deconstruction. First up, politics aside, football isn’t Great Britain. Plenty of people aren’t interested and are bored senseless by the vast sums of money poured into it, the overwhelming media saturation, the obscenely overpaid pundits and players and the bloated Premiership. Then of course there’s …

Brexit?s Radical Right Agenda
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 5:48pm
Political change ? even full-scale revolution ? does not happen overnight. Irish independence was presaged by myriad failed rebellions. The 2014 referendum was a product of decades, slowly preparing voters for an independent Scotland as a viable alternative to the union. A similar process has been happening in the UK, and especially England. Quietly, almost …

A Tale of Two Traps or ?What the Hell are We Supposed to do Now??
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 10:56am
As the Mother of Parliaments packs up its ineptitude for the last summer holiday its members are going to get before they and the rest of us need a Visa to pop over the Channel to the seaside, the sense of futility and uselessness that has afflicted the group of 36 SNP MPs since last …

The Widenin Sheuch
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 12:46am
Folk hae aye jooked atween Scotland an Ulster: the watter didnae sinder folk, it cleeked them thegither. I mind folk fae Ulster caain the North Channel “The Sheuch” tae mak the distance seem quare an wee, like ye near cud skite stanes owre. There are sae mony connections ye wudnae know whaur tae stairt: aiblins …

Brexit Britain and Nuclear Decommissioning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jul 2018 at 10:50am
As we head over the cliff to a Disaster Capitalist No Deal – it’s good to take stock of the British state we’re tied to. What food, energy and key infrastructure points do we have to mitigate against any coming shocks? The Office for Budget Responsibility July report is just out and makes for some …

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Momentum heads to Glasgow to hold first Scottish training event
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2018 at 5:08pm
Pro-Corbyn group hopes to use grassroots support to win back marginal Westminster seatsMomentum will hold its first Scottish training event in Glasgow this Saturday, in the hope of galvanising the same levels of grassroots support for Labour that boosted the party?s prospects in England during th...

Scotland's Brexit bill is 'perfectly practical', supreme court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Jul 2018 at 4:26pm
Judges are being asked to rule on political standoff between Holyrood and WestminsterThe Scottish parliament?s Brexit bill is ?perfectly practical? and in keeping with EU principles of legal certainty and continuity, the supreme court has heard.Backed by senior legal representatives from Wales an...

Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
14 Jul 2018 at 4:48pm
Marchers stream through Edinburgh and group chants ?no racist USA? in Ayrshire Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Edinburgh against Donald Trump?s visit to the UK as the US president played golf at his Turnberry resort, on the west coast of Scotland.Trump was seen playing golf w...

'Well below par': protesting paraglider flies over Trump?s Scotland resort - ...
14 Jul 2018 at 11:38am
A paraglider has flown over Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. The Greenpeace protester was trailing a banner saying: 'Trump: well below par'. Police are currently searching for the protestor, who breached a no-fly zone Continue reading...

Wings Over Scotland blogger's defamation case against MSP starts
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2018 at 10:15am
Stuart Campbell is suing Kezia Dugdale after she accused him of homophobic commentA £25,000 defamation claim brought by a blogger against the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be heard in court in Edinburgh on Thursday.Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings Over Scotland, sued th...

UK government to foot police bill for Trump's golfing trip to Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Jul 2018 at 4:33pm
Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to £5m should planned visit go aheadThe UK government has pledged to cover up to £5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish government?s new jus...

Scottish government plans restrictions on sugary and fatty foods
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Jul 2018 at 2:28pm
Ministers to tackle obesity by targeting sale, advertising and promotion of unhealthy foodsThe Scottish government is preparing for sweeping restrictions on sugary and fatty foods including ice-creams and takeaway meals to cope with surging rates of obesity.Ministers in Edinburgh outlined plans o...

Slowly and patiently, Sturgeon is preparing for a new Scottish independence b...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The first minister may appear too patient and careful, but her tactics are worthy of NapoleonNicola Sturgeon is gathering her forces once more for another tilt at Scottish independence. Her strategy has been a careful one; too careful for some. Thus when she called for an independence referendum ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

This is where we are now
Back in 2014, if independence campaigners had urged people to vote Yes warning that the British state would be stockpiling supplies of food and vital medicines, that it would be making contingency plans for the lights going out, and that ports were threatened with gridlock and planes might not fly, we would have been accused …

Carrot and stick, but mainly stick!
A guest post by Samuel Miller It was inevitable really (sigh). Last week, as we are all well aware, UK government had a near biblical meltdown. Politics UK style and government were, by any standard, reduced to a near *shambolic mess. (*Way too big a list to go through folks, so just see the previous …

Absent Without Leave
A guest post by Samuel Miller Readers, I’m not entirely sure where to begin? We started the week with the fallout from the Chequers deal and some ministerial resignations. Then we had the EC’s ruling on the leave campaign’s alleged questionable shenanigans, cross party backstabbery over said Chequers deal and crucial Commons votes on the …

It?s all gone a bit rossthomson
One of the problems about writing about Brexit is the risk of running out of synonyms for crapocalypse, armaggodforsaken, galactofuck, crapastrophe, shitaclysm, chaotaclysm, debastardacle, disastacre. But having considered the alternatives, there is no better and more evocative description of the utter idiocy and stupidty of Brexit, and Theresa May’s handling of it, than to say, …

Fundraiser update
Tuesday was a long and tiring day. I had to drive all the way to Peterhead to speak at an event for The National Roadshow, and then drive all the way back to Glasgow again. It tiring, but well worthwhile, and I heard some great news about The National that I’m not allowed to tell …

Meaningful consequences
It is now official. The UK is leaving the EU on the basis of a corrupt campaign that was conducted illegally. Vote Leave has been fined a record amount by the Electoral Commission for breaches of electoral law during the EU referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission has taken the further step, reserved for the most …

Impotent imperialists and the pursuit of the impossible
Away back in 2016, when the world seemed a saner place – which is saying quite a lot because the world was pretty messed up in 2016 – the idea that the UK might crash out of the EU without any deal or with a deal that left us outside of the single market and …

The imodium to Trump?s logorrhea
I had planned to attend the anti-Trump rally in Edinburgh today, but the dug has eaten something that disagreed with him and is shiting everywhere. Rather like Donald Trump, although to be fair there are some significant differences. Whereas the dug is confining his crapfest to the local area, and it can cleaned up with …

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Lawyers from all three nations stand united against Westminster power grab
THE devolved legislatures of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland stood together in the UK Supreme Court yesterday to defend the right of the Scottish Parliament to pass the Continuity Bill that is aimed at preventing a power grab by the Tory Government in Westminster.

Theresa May says Tory government stockpiling of food and medicine is 'reassur...
PEOPLE should take ?reassurance and comfort? from Conservative government preparations for a no-deal Brexit, Theresa May has said after it emerged food and medicines are being stockpiled.

This is how Brexit will make independence inevitable
IN last week?s column I tried to offer some clarity on the scenarios that face Nicola Sturgeon in choosing a time for a second Scottish independence referendum.

Treacherous Tuesday proved how little we can trust May?s Tories
TREACHEROUS Tuesday happened this week ? the last day of the UK parliamentary term before the summer recess when the government slipped out a huge number of ?difficult? policy announcements, as usual. In Scotland the focus was on the betrayal of the Clyde shipyards over the latest frigate order. But looking at ALL the shabby decisions, backtracks and evasions delivered in one 24-hour period, yo...

Fishy Leave campaign fails to register accounts
BREXIT campaigners Fishing for Leave risk being struck off after failing to file any accounts.

A solid case well put by Lord Advocate ... but is it enough?
WHEN he put Scotland?s position on devolution issues during the famous Article 50 case back in early December 2016, Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC impressed all who saw his polished performance in the UK Supreme Court (UKSC). It was clear that he was respected by the Justices of the Court, even if in the end they found against him.

Little progress on Stormont crisis as British-Irish conference meets
UK and Irish ministers gathered in London yesterday but their meeting ended without major progress made on restoring the Stormont government.

Trump blasts former lawyer for leaking details of Playboy payment
TEFLON Donald in the White House looks set to ride out the crisis caused by the latest shock allegations against him contained in a leaked tape recorded by his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

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Reactionary Tory Government Introduces Legislation Shielding Unlawful Politic...
        30 Nov 2016: In the Honourable Cause of State Security Westminster Politicians Callously Exempted Themselves From Theresa May’s  New Wide-Ranging Spying Laws. The Investigatory Powers Act, brought to statute by Home Secretary, Mrs May, and a reactionary Tory government introduced the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to state … Continue reading "Reactionary Tory G...

Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and the Tories wome...
        16 Jul 2018: Working Women in Scotland Earn significantly Less than Men Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour?s economy spokeswoman, said it was ?shameful? that under the SNP and the Tories women were earning less than men over the course of their careers. She added: ?Closing the gender pay gap isn?t just … Continue reading "Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and th...

Conservative Party Voters With Their Hearts and Minds in Scotland Should Not ...
          Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme (Cash for Ash) The UK and Northern Ireland agreed to meet a EU target (15%) for obtaining energy from renewable sources by 2020. Eligible homeowners and businesses were persuaded to install biomass boilers which create energy from woodchips or pellets, rotted trees, manure and sewage. First … Continue reading "Conservative Party Voters With Their Hea...

Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Pow...
              Confirmation of the Intent of Westminster to Subjucate Scots is contained in the last verse of the UK National Anthem Lord grant that Marshal Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush, God Save The … Continue reading "Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Powers Conflicti...

Austerity ? Tory Government Policy ? Let The Needy Starve ? So That Foreign A...
            11 March 2018. Millions of Scots families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years Not a lot of Scots are aware of this but the Tory Government, having inflicted austerity on the UK for 10 years provides £100 million annually in overseas humanitarian aid to Saudi Arabia which … Continue reading "Austerity – Tory Government Policy – Let The Needy Starve – So That Foreign Aid Can b...

Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the ...
      Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the return of this sort of terrestrial reptile Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From that place he conducted a near 40 year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT … Continue reading "Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and D...

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        The Orange Order and the the Protestant “Caliban” of Northern Ireland Established in 1998 the Caleb Foundation (https://web.archive.org/web/20150307200052/http://www.calebfoundation.org/) is the leading creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and ...

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          This is What the Orange Order and DUP Would Bring to Scottish Politics       1. Same sex marriage The Party opposes same sex marriage repeatedly vetoing any change in the law. Jim Wells, (MLA) said “Peter will never marry Paul in Northern Ireland”.       2. LBGT … Continue reading "ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future-in-the-uk-heed-the-warning...

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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

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

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 …

Scotland and Independence

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Why the rise of the populist right threatens Scottish independence
Why the rise of the populist right threatens Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally
Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally  BBC NewsFull coverage

Mundell says no-deal Brexit would be better than Scottish independence
Mundell says no-deal Brexit would be better than Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Sturgeon's hands are tied by Brexit turmoil
Sturgeon's hands are tied by Brexit turmoil  The TimesWill the UK survive Brexit?  Premier (blog)Full coverage

Catalan separatist cabinet minister hailed as a hero in Scotland, gets reprie...
Catalan separatist cabinet minister hailed as a hero in Scotland, gets reprieve from Spain extradition warrant  The Globe and MailCatalan rebel Clara Ponsatí freed to 'exile' at St Andrews  The TimesEuropean arrest warrant for Clara Ponsati withdrawn  Scottish Legal NewsFull coverage

Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands
Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP Brexit Bill sets precedent for wildcat independence legislation, UK Supre...
SNP Brexit Bill sets precedent for wildcat independence legislation, UK Supreme Court told  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Robin McAlpine: Indy movement - stop looking up, start looking out
Robin McAlpine: Indy movement - stop looking up, start looking out  CommonSpaceFull coverage

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Letters: Imagine the outcry if the SNP planned to stockpile
Letters: Imagine the outcry if the SNP planned to stockpile  The NationalFull coverage

Letters: Creative Scotland shows SNP forsaking their roots
Letters: Creative Scotland shows SNP forsaking their roots  The NationalFull coverage

SNP politician's FURIOUS rant claiming that Scots could 'go WITHOUT food' due...
SNP politician's FURIOUS rant claiming that Scots could 'go WITHOUT food' due to Brexit  Express.co.ukFull coverage

SNP Brexit Bill sets precedent for wildcat independence legislation, UK Supre...
SNP Brexit Bill sets precedent for wildcat independence legislation, UK Supreme Court told  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP and Labour need to stop the spats and try to save shipbuilding
SNP and Labour need to stop the spats and try to save shipbuilding  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Could Brexit revive the SNP's fortunes?
Could Brexit revive the SNP's fortunes?  Spectator.co.uk (blog)Beast from the East not nearly so beastly as Sturgeon's grandiose SNP  The Conservative WomanFull coverage

SNP Government looks at protecting patients at abortion clinics
SNP Government looks at protecting patients at abortion clinics  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP MP: Supreme Court battle over Brexit will further case for independence
SNP MP: Supreme Court battle over Brexit will further case for independence  iNewsFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Sturgeon's hands are tied by Brexit turmoil
Sturgeon's hands are tied by Brexit turmoil  The TimesFull coverage

Alex Massie: Scotland's Brexit hangover lingers but second referendum could p...
Alex Massie: Scotland's Brexit hangover lingers but second referendum could put UK on the line once more  The TimesFull coverage

Catalan separatist cabinet minister hailed as a hero in Scotland, gets reprie...
Catalan separatist cabinet minister hailed as a hero in Scotland, gets reprieve from Spain extradition warrant  The Globe and MailEuropean arrest warrant for Clara Ponsati withdrawn  Scottish Legal NewsEx-Catalan minister Clara Ponsati told she is free to go  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Why the rise of the populist right threatens Scottish independence
Why the rise of the populist right threatens Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

Follow UK lead on Scotland's independence referendum, Torra urges Spain
Follow UK lead on Scotland's independence referendum, Torra urges Spain  The NationalFull coverage

Robin McAlpine: Indy movement - stop looking up, start looking out
Robin McAlpine: Indy movement - stop looking up, start looking out  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands
Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands  The ScotsmanFull coverage

This is how Brexit will make independence inevitable
This is how Brexit will make independence inevitable  The NationalFull coverage

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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!

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

Inverness Independence March
The All Under One Banner Inverness Independence March is on this coming Saturday the 28th,  participants will gather  at 1230 in the Northern Meeting park and will leave the park at 1330. The route will be Ardross Street, Ardross Terrace, Ness Walk, Ness Bridge, Bridge Street, Castle Street, ...

The Official President Trump thread

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

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 ...

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

The UK to re-introduce the death penalty
It's only a matter of time.

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

Evidence of Evolution
Ok Ally and anyone else.  Please show me the observable evidence for the theory of evolution. I.e. something evolving into something else that can be observed right now.

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...

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

Private Car Parking Fines - Scotland
Getting a fine in the post - was 40 mins over - should I pay it? Im sure I've read somewhere that if they cant prove you were driving your not liable.

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Does ScottyCTA Have A Weegie Accent?
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/leigh-griffiths-left-speechless-celtic-12957967

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

2018 movie thread
Watched restless natives for the first time in about 30 years this afternoon. Not the greatest film ever made but holds some nostalgia for me as most of it was filmed not far from were I grew up, it also has a great soundtrack by Big Country. Anybody know the real locations of the "highlands" sce...

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John Swinney: Figures revealed by Holyrood prove immigration must be devolved

£5m Glasgow fire recovery fund announced

Child protection policies in football need urgent improvements, finds review

Labour edge ahead in UK polls as public trust in Theresa May over Brexit ?col...

Sajid Javid confirms medical cannabis to be available on NHS from this autumn

Exclusive: numbers of teachers coming to Scotland from EU has ?fallen off a c...

Scotland?s shipyards: victims of misplaced optimism

Sketch: Brexit does not necessarily mean we will all starve to death

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Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

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…