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SNP energy minister was 'on brink of resigning' over fracking policy
26 Sep 2015 at 12:13am
SNP energy minister Fergus Ewing was on the brink of resigning after being told to announce a moratorium on fracking, one of Holyrood's most high-profile MSPs has claimed.

Feminists in positions of power needed, Kezia Dugdale to say
26 Sep 2015 at 12:12am
Labour's Kezia Dugdale is to make a veiled attack on Scotland's First Minister, claiming "feminists in positions of power" are needed to help achieve gender equality rather than just female politicians in high office.

"Please don't leave," pleads top Scot in EU
26 Sep 2015 at 12:08am
Tom Gordon

Trams, maps and Bargain Buys: £12.49m of MSPs' expenses published
24 Sep 2015 at 10:53am
Only the former transport minister who signed off the billion-pound Edinburgh tram scheme uses it regularly, the latest MSPs expenses show.

Nicola Sturgeon challenged on 'unacceptable' bed-blocking figures
24 Sep 2015 at 2:40pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that progress is being made in tackling bed-blocking in Scotland's hospitals despite Labour saying the problem has trebled under her watch.

SNP energy minister rejects calls to extend fracking moratorium
24 Sep 2015 at 5:56pm
THE SNP energy minister has refused to extend a moratorium on fracking to cover a controversial method of burning coal underground, despite pressure from environmentalists and a growing campaign within his own party.

Rennie calls for action on GP 'crisis'
24 Sep 2015 at 2:30pm
The Scottish Government must bring forward "real action" to tackle the problems facing general practice (GP), Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said.

MSPs warned: Holyrood committees are under resourced and becoming les effecti...
24 Sep 2015 at 2:10pm
Scottish Parliament committees are under-resourced and becoming "less and less" effective at scrutinising government policy, MSPs have warned.

Sturgeon: I was 'internally conflicted' about Vogue photoshoot
24 Sep 2015 at 12:00pm
Scotland's First Minister has revealed she was "internally conflicted" about appearing in a photoshoot for a glossy fashion magazine.

SNP's favourite oil expert in North Sea warning
23 Sep 2015 at 3:25pm
THE SNP's favourite oil expert has painted a stark picture of the future of the North Sea, warning that it would not generate substantial tax revenues for the "foreseeable future".

MoD accused of riding roughshod over communities with torpedo range plan
24 Sep 2015 at 12:10am
THE Ministry of Defence has been accused of riding roughshod over communities on the west coast of Scotland in relation to its plan to double the size of a local torpedo range.

Academic society: Scottish Government could be branded 'anti-science' over GM...
24 Sep 2015 at 1:40pm
The Scottish Government risks being branded "anti-science" by banning genetically modified crops without any scientific advice or public consultation, an eminent academic society has warned.

Ewing: renewable electricity figures show subsidy cuts danger
24 Sep 2015 at 11:24am
New figures showing Scotland's progress towards decarbonising electricity generation demonstrate the risks posed by removing support for the renewables industry earlier than planned, energy minister Fergus Ewing has said.

Tim Farron: disgruntled SNP supporters should join the Lib Dems
23 Sep 2015 at 6:34pm
Tim Farron made an appeal to disgruntled SNP supporters to join the Liberal Democrats as he brought his annual party conference to a close.

Nicola Sturgeon warns Bill of Rights will damage UK's global reputation
23 Sep 2015 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon today launches her strongest attack yet on UK Government plans to replace European human rights protections with a British Bill of Rights.

 

Scotsman

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Mandelson: Corbyn opponents ?in for a long haul?
26 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

PETER Mandelson has advised Jeremy Corbyn’s critics within the Labour Party not to press ahead with an attempt to have replaced until the general public have formed a negative opinion of him.



Volkswagen: MPs told to ?come clean? about emissions
26 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

UK ministers have been told to “come clean” on when they were first told about the Volkswagen scandal.



Last UK prisoner of Guantanamo to be freed
26 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

THE last British resident being held in Guantanamo Bay is to be returned to the UK, the government said.



Saudi authorities ?closed? roads before Hajj stampede
26 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

SAUDI authorities were yesterday accused of triggering the hajj stampede that killed more than 700 by closing roads so dignitaries could reach a palace.



?Lives at risk? after Ukraine ultimatum
26 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

AID agencies operating in war-torn eastern Ukraine have condemned as “unacceptable” a decision by Moscow-backed rebels fighting to expel them, saying hospitals could run out of medicines and that “lives were at risk”.



Radical party set to be the kingmaker in Catalonia
26 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

A RADICAL left party has made a startling journey from colourful oddity to potential kingmaker in Catalonia’s independence drive.



Brian Wilson: ?Most of us were foreigners once?
25 Sep 2015 at 10:35pm

It’s time for leadership, not fear, and Pope Francis is showing us the way, writes Brian Wilson



John Mullin: Into the smoke-free zone
25 Sep 2015 at 10:35pm

Time limited campaigns urging us to give up the fags, or the booze for a month and get on our bikes may not have the health benefits some claim but they can still be game-changers, writes John Mullin



Leaders: Ruling out short prison sentences not the answer
25 Sep 2015 at 10:35pm

ALL the evidence suggests that while prison might be a necessary punishment for some, it is far from being an effective solution to reducing crime.



Nigel Farage calls for Ukip to ?put country before party?
25 Sep 2015 at 3:54pm

Nigel Farage has called on Ukip to “put country before party” as he claimed a new “united” campaign for Britain to leave the European Union was on course for victory.



Scottish Government under fire for sentencing plans
25 Sep 2015 at 3:37pm

The Scottish Government has been accused of operating a “soft touch” justice system after it announced new proposals to scrap short jail sentences and replace them with fines and community-based punishments.



Majority of Scots businesses support EU - survey
25 Sep 2015 at 10:21am

ABOUT three-quarters of Scottish businesses want to remain in the European Union (EU), a survey has found.



Private schools ?should be covered by FOI laws?
25 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

SCOTLAND’S information commissioner has said there is a case for extending disclosure laws to cover private schools.



US Nato chief warns of IS gaining missiles
25 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

THE US’s most senior Nato representative in Europe has warned of the threat posed to the continent of so-called Islamic State getting hold of ballistic missiles.



Council pensions ?at risk in dirty energy funds?
25 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

THOUSANDS of Scotland’s teachers, social workers and other council employees could be at risk of losing their pension pots due to massive investments in “dirty energy”, according to environmental campaigners.



Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
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The three non-Yorkshiremen
by Chris Cairns
26 Sep 2015 at 9:27am
Order “Welcome To Cairnstoon”, Chris’ compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

We need to talk about Ian
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2015 at 1:00pm
Given that he’s the last Labour MP left in Scotland, it’s perhaps just as well that Ian Murray is a quite interesting figure, because there’s going to be a lot of attention on him in the next five years. Unlike the over-promoted, under-skilled, Buggins’-turn knife-and-fork-operators who’ve disgraced what used to be weigh-the-vote Labour constituencies in Scotland […]

Counting to one
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2015 at 6:56pm
Ever since the SNP’s unexpected majority in 2011, there’s been a constant low-level whine of “one-party state” from various elements of the Unionist establishment. (The first example we could find from a quick Google search was Liberal Democrat buffoon Sir Malcolm Bruce in September of that year.) It’s a curiously bitter and irrational way to refer to […]

Yet another bad day for irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2015 at 9:00pm
The editor of the New Statesman just tweeted this image, trailing an interview with Jim Murphy, who alert readers may recall led Scottish Labour for a few months this year before its apocalyptic disaster of a general election campaign which saw it lose 40 of the 41 Scottish seats it won in 2010: Oh, wait […]

A sour taste
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2015 at 11:16am
Alert readers may recall an incident last year in which the Scottish media got itself very worked up about some independence supporters threatening to boycott holiday company Barrhead Travel after its owner sent a barking-mad letter to staff about how the company would go out of business if Scotland voted Yes. The Telegraph, Express, Times, Daily Mail […]

At first glance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2015 at 9:52pm
A story in the Scotsman tonight reports how the Scottish Parliament’s independent research body SPICE has found – contrary to long-running claims from Labour – that the Scottish Government has OVER-funded the eight-year Council Tax freeze. And that’s all very well, but not exactly stop-the-presses stuff – nobody reading this site is going to be terribly surprised […]

Separatists and their squillions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2015 at 4:53pm
So we weren’t expecting this. The Telegraph have sent us a reply after we complained to IPSO about this. It’s worth a read, so we thought we’d let you see it. “The article is clearly an opinion piece, in which the writer sets out his general views of the Scottish independence referendum on its first […]

There?ll always be a Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2015 at 11:44am
Kezia Dugdale on the BBC’s “Good Evening Wales” yesterday. (Good Evening Wales, BBC Radio Wales, 21 September 2015) . “Wales and Scotland are so much smaller in size than the rest of the… the rest of England.” The impressive bit is that that’s what she said AFTER she paused for thought.

A cautionary tale
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2015 at 6:23pm
So today we read this: And it was good. We don’t recommend buying “Project Fear” if you have a weak jaw, because you’re going to spend a lot of time banging it off your desk. From the opening pages it delivers stunning quotes like machine-gun bullets and it never lets up. (Readers who aren’t IDIOTS and […]

A short intermission
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2015 at 10:15am
We’ve got a book to read today, folks, so we’ll be with you later. We expect it to be in the top three funniest things we read today, but to be honest with you we wouldn’t like to commit to anything more specific than that.

BBC Scotland

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Corbyn will work with SNP on Trident
25 Sep 2015 at 5:02pm
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tells BBC Scotland he is willing to work with the SNP to remove Trident from Scotland.


Family not critical of police OAP probe
25 Sep 2015 at 7:12pm
The family of missing Glasgow pensioner Janet McKay have said they have no criticisms to make of the police investigation.


Move to outlaw short jail sentences
25 Sep 2015 at 12:32pm
Minor offenders would receive community-based punishments rather than short jail terms under plans being revived by the Scottish government.

Call for action over NHS scan results
25 Sep 2015 at 9:04am
Relatives of a man who was not told for more than a year that he had terminal cancer call for procedures to be put in place to prevent people waiting too long for test results.

Lord Advocate calls for safety power
25 Sep 2015 at 6:20pm
The Lord Advocate wants the Crown Office to be given statutory powers to lead investigations into health and safety failings.

Cosla chief executive to step down
25 Sep 2015 at 7:04pm
The chief executive of Cosla, the body which represents local councils in Scotland, is to step down after more than a decade in the job.

Talks start on expanding sub test area
25 Sep 2015 at 9:53am
The Ministry of Defence says it has started a public consultation on a planned expansion of a test area in Scotland for submarines.

Dementia campaigner to seek election
25 Sep 2015 at 4:57pm
Campaigners for free care for dementia patients under 65 are to field a Holyrood election candidate against Health Secretary Shona Robison.

FM 'misled Holyrood' over bed blocking
24 Sep 2015 at 5:43pm
Labour accuses the Nicola Sturgeon of misleading the Scottish Parliament over hospital bed blocking statistics.

BBC 'must catch up with devolution'
24 Sep 2015 at 6:03pm
The BBC needs to catch up with devolution and give its Scottish operation greater control of budgets, staffing and decision making, Scotland's culture secretary says.


Sturgeon asks for indyref two backing
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am
Nicola Sturgeon challenges Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing another Scottish independence vote.


FM's 'conflict' over Vogue photo shoot
24 Sep 2015 at 1:15pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks of the "internal conflict" she felt ahead of agreeing to a photo shoot with fashion magazine Vogue.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
24 Sep 2015 at 4:32pm
Opposition party leaders quiz Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions.


Keir Hardie - The man who broke the mould of British politics
26 Sep 2015 at 12:50am
The man who broke the mould of British politics


Changes due to school inspections
21 Sep 2015 at 4:21pm
A look at the new-style school inspections being piloted

Scot Goes pop

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

Press & Journal embarrass themselves again by commissioning yet ANOTHER indep...
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2015 at 3:01pm
Long-term readers of this blog may recall that during the referendum campaign, the Press & Journa...

Another straw in the wind suggests Corbyn hasn't changed the game in Scotland
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2015 at 2:24pm
Today brings word of a fourth Britain-wide voting intention poll to have been wholly conducted af...

Why independence requires the SNP to retain their majority
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2015 at 1:18am
A few days late, I've been catching up with James Mackenzie's blogpost entitled 'Why independence...

The increasingly daft arguments for closing off the possibility of an early s...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2015 at 2:21pm
As those of you brave/foolhardy enough to read the comments section of this blog will be aware, I...

How I voted to rank the SNP list candidates for Central Scotland next year
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 6:28pm
As some of you know, although I've consistently voted SNP since I turned eighteen, I didn't actua...

The most useless YouGov poll ever?
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 4:25pm

There are some polls that are guaranteed to produce inaccurate results no matter how well-conduct...



Kezia's incomprehensible refusal to drop her support for Trident shows where ...
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 11:56am

In the space of ten days, Jeremy Corbyn has already proved to be a bigger disappointment on Tride...



The Spectator's take on Cameron and the pig
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2015 at 1:49am

12.15 : It's a non-story.  Just tittle-tattle.

12.20 : Is this really the best Ashcroft could do?

1...



Nicola 1, Dave 0
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2015 at 10:52am

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...



Comforting ComRes poll fails to detect any Corbyn effect in Scotland
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2015 at 10:39am

We finally have three Britain-wide voting intention polls this weekend that were wholly conducted...



Another setback for Ruth Davidson as SNP win local by-election in rare Scotti...
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2015 at 10:24am

If Twitter was anything to go by, the Tories threw the kitchen sink at yesterday's East Ayr by-el...



Corbyn might be deposed before 2020, but he might not be
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2015 at 8:16am

Keiran Pedley works for the polling organisation GfK NOP, which for many years now has not conduc...



Breaking : Survation telephone poll underway
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2015 at 6:01pm

I've been contacted by a reader whose daughter has just been polled by Survation over the phone. ...



Has the new question transformed the EU referendum campaign?
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2015 at 4:17pm
It's become clear from two online polls in recent days that the new question for the EU referendu...

Corbyn's top appointments may all have been male, but they all made logical s...
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2015 at 9:02pm

I feel a bit sorry for Jeremy Corbyn after the flak he's taken over failing to appoint women to s...



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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Native Scots of /r/Scotland. What is your opinion of Haggis?
26 Sep 2015 at 11:02am
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North Sea cod put back on the menu
26 Sep 2015 at 8:25am
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/r/Scotland report: Friday, September 18, 2015 - Thursday, September 24, 2015
26 Sep 2015 at 7:55am

Totals: 7 days, 173 posts, 3,207 comments.
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Dundee job offers?
26 Sep 2015 at 3:09am

I'm looking for employment in Dundee and don't know what I need to get a job or where to look for...




Shami Chakrabarti?s praise for Sturgeon shows that Liberty has lost interest ...
25 Sep 2015 at 11:07pm
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Twinty smackeroonies
25 Sep 2015 at 10:48pm
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questions about scotland
25 Sep 2015 at 9:28pm

what are the key differences between scottish and english senses humor?

and also is there anythin...




I've just returned from 2 weeks of driving through Scotland. Here are a few p...
25 Sep 2015 at 9:23pm
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All rise for the national anthem of rampant alcoholism
25 Sep 2015 at 7:35pm
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Jeremy Corbyn will work with SNP to remove Trident - BBC News
25 Sep 2015 at 5:30pm
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Justice For Rigged Scottish Referendum
25 Sep 2015 at 4:58pm
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BBC Radio 4 - Keir Hardie: Labour's First Leader
25 Sep 2015 at 4:09pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
25 Sep 2015 at 4:05pm
Hello ladies and gents!

Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about wh...




Scotland GM ban seen as ?anti-science?
25 Sep 2015 at 4:02pm
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Johnston Press revamps the Scotsman in print and online
25 Sep 2015 at 12:44pm
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Daily Record

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Shadow chancellor says Labour party will prove they are capable of balancing ...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Sep 2015 at 8:23am

 JOHN McDonnell reckons the Labour party can show people that austerity is not the only mean...


The SNP are starving us of cash: College staff demand ring-fencing of funds f...
by Andy Philip
26 Sep 2015 at 8:20am

 A REPORT said workers have no trust in management after high-profile payoffs and job losses...


Vile Tory troll Katie Hopkins claims picture of tragic Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi...
by Katrine Bussey
25 Sep 2015 at 2:44pm
SPEAKING at UKIP's annual conference the controversial columnist says the image was staged in ord...


Corbyn facing a rough ride at Conference as big votes could highlight party d...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Sep 2015 at 6:54am

 DELEGATES could be more party faith-less than faithful as Corbyn attempts to assert his aut...


Councillor suspended for setting fire to Smith Report makes a bid for top SNP...
by dailyrecord
24 Sep 2015 at 5:08pm

 DISGRACED Kenny MacLaren is attempting to push out the MP who suspended him and become Nati...


Humza Yousaf: Generosity and compassion from Scots in response to the refugee...
by Humza Yousaf
24 Sep 2015 at 10:43am

 HUMZA has been moved by the many stories of individuals, families and communities across Sc...


Revealed: SNP in dock over £10m public money black hole in Scottish courts
by David Clegg
24 Sep 2015 at 10:27am

 AUDIT Scotland investigation finds budget cuts and influx of complex cases is pushing syste...


Nicola Sturgeon challenges unionist parties to pave the way for a second inde...
by Andy Philip
24 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
THE First Minister's call came after Labour and Lib Dem leaders said their members would be free ...


Torcuil Crichton: Bring on IndyRef 2.. and the sooner the better
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
TORCUIL says No voters should be campaigning for a second independence referendum now, rather tha...


Nicola Sturgeon set to lock horns with Tories over abolition of Human Rights Act
by Record Reporter
23 Sep 2015 at 12:00pm
THE First Minister is dismayed by the Tory government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and w...


Joan McAlpine: The night Corbyn's dangerous, unpredictable pal sent hotel up ...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

 JOAN felt a familiar sense of disbelief when she heard Jeremy Corbyn had made Lord Watson a...


Record View: Health service is in a sorry state after treatment of 100-year-o...
by Record View
23 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

 BOSSES say they're sorry for leaving a 100-year-old woman on a trolley for eight hours, but...


Researchers rubbish claims Scottish Government are UNDERFUNDING the council t...
by David Clegg
22 Sep 2015 at 6:10pm
THE SNP have been repeatedly criticised by opponents over the £70 million given to local authorit...


Lord Sewel will not face charges over drug-taking claims due to "insufficient...
by Tim Moynihan
22 Sep 2015 at 4:52pm
THE scandal-hit peer resigned from the House of Lords after coming under intense pressure over fo...


Record View: PigGate will haunt Prime Minister and it sums up how detached To...
by Record View
22 Sep 2015 at 7:56am
LURID tales about David Cameron fatally undermine him as a serious politician while showing up ho...

Derek Bateman



We Remember
by derekbateman1
18 Sep 2015 at 8:19am
Monthly Archives: September 2014 September 17, 2014 It?s Time? Last post before voting?a couple of salient points occur. The first is about you. You are part of Scottish history now, woven into the national story as one of those who resisted, objected, debated and won the argument. The books may not record your name, but […]

Just Desserts
by derekbateman1
17 Sep 2015 at 11:49am
Remembering the tumultuous events of 2014, I have a bagful of images, from the Japanese TV crew filming our Yes meeting on a summer?s evening at Luss beside Loch Lomond, or saltires flying in George Square to faces ? thousands of them ? laughing and cheering in a prolonged carnival of optimism. But the abiding […]

The People?s Question Time
by derekbateman1
16 Sep 2015 at 5:50pm
My first response is Who Cares? PMQ?s? Haud me back?a platform for the bully boys and bigots to bawl at each other, point like cricket umpires as a wicket falls and wave their order papers like students on Putney Bridge watching the Boat Race. It is an arena for public schoolboys and Cameron, after his […]

Tony: My Hero
by derekbateman1
14 Sep 2015 at 4:31pm
The real failure of Labour wasn?t Blair, it was marketing. If they had known how to sell rather than spin and if they?d had the courage of their own policies, Labour could have told a story to avoid both a Tory government and a Corbyn leadership. No, this isn?t a guest column by John McTernan. […]

The Outsider
by derekbateman1
13 Sep 2015 at 8:03pm
If you didn?t know who it was, you?d still think the man speaking must be leader of the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn did his voters the justice of sounding like a reformer with socialist zeal in his acceptance speech and was a reminder of the last leader who displayed rhetorical passion ? before sliding into […]

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - autonomy - self-determination

How to win the Referendum
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Sep 2015 at 8:54am
Sooner or later there will be a second Scottish independence referendum. Before the first referendum campaign began, support for independence was around 30%. Over the course of the two year campaign this figure moved slowly up until on the day it reached 45%. Since last September, based on an average of 25 opinion polls, support […]

MoodieVision: Piggy Love
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2015 at 12:00pm
Series 2 Episode 10 of MoodieVision animation: Piggy Love The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compilation of mainly post-referendum cartoons from Bella Caledonia and The National and charts the run-up to the 2015 General Election. This 132-page colour-explosion is a large-format 297 x 297 cm (roughly 12″ […]

Bella Break
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2015 at 3:38pm
Bella is going to take a short break for a few days. We hope to be back in business next weekend after a rest in the west. Why not book your ticket for our Glasgow concert at the Glad Cafe here? Or download our Songs for Scotland album here (or view the concert film here). […]

The Day After a Year Ago
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2015 at 10:02am
With the Clackmannan result in, I really needed to go. In the time it took to get to the door The Glad Café had become sad. Walking back to Glasgow?s Mount Florida, the Yes ?bubble? where Claire and I had encamped in the final week of the Referendum, we were unable to rouse our hostess, […]

One Year On: how to lead from behind
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2015 at 9:48am
?Politicians argue that only if they are in power will decisions be the right ones, and thus we must suffer tedious rounds of facile political argument over enduring and deep-seated problems, when closer analysis of these problems leads to the more disturbing conclusion that no politician and no government ? ? is able to solve […]

Three Meetings with Janet Archer
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2015 at 8:27pm
Tragic , my version of the Hamlet story, is developed over two years, working with three of the last year of acting students I teach. The first production funding application to Creative Scotland is rejected because ‘it isn’t advanced enough’. After a struggle with emails going back and forward the officer suggests we meet. It […]

Bella Glasgow Fundraiser
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2015 at 3:08pm
We’re delighted to announce a fundraiser concert featuring singer songwriter Ricky Ross, the acclaimed Karine Polwart and rap duo Loki and Becci Wallace. We will also have some short films & animation. Ricky Ross said: “Over the last few years Bella Caledonia have consistently been an alternative voice to the Scottish mainstream media. I’m delighted to […]

Why there cannot be a Corbynist Labour Party in Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2015 at 2:51pm
One of the most exhilarating things about the referendum for the Yes movement was the sheer number of new people and organisations we got to know. From the referendum, lasting friendships have developed as diverse political movements once strangers came together in common cause. Underpinning the whole debate were the people themselves, many of whom […]

The Day Before a Year Ago
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Sep 2015 at 10:54am
In Whisky and Scotland (1935) Neil Gunn wrote: “any effort on the part of any section – such as Ireland or Wales or Scotland – of the Celtic fringe to form itself into a nation is not merely opposed but bitterly resented as if it were something in the nature of a betrayal of human […]

Die Stamp Patriots and the English Left
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2015 at 5:54pm
One of the most disappointing things about the independence referendum was the response of large parts of the English left to the Yes campaign. Although pockets of sympathy existed on the radical fringes of the English commentariat – Tariq Ali, George Monbiot and Anthony Barnett all came out for Yes – the broad consensus, encompassing […]

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence rivals unite in Charles Kennedy memorial - Scotsman
26 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

Scotsman

Scottish independence rivals unite in Charles Kennedy memorial
Scotsman
Former Chancellor Mr Darling, Ms Hyslop, Scottish Conservative MEP Ian Duncan and Liberal-Democrat MSP candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton defended the UK's place in the EU, while Labour MP Graham Stringer, John Mills, the founder and chairman of JML ...
Independence poll opponents unite to back EU membershipBelfast Telegraph

all 36 news articles »


Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ... ...
24 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

Daily Mail

Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...
The Independent
An apparently spontaneous remark by the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence referendum was ?a deliberate last-minute intervention? designed to persuade people to vote no, according to the latest extracts from Lord Ashcroft's controversial ...
Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence voteDaily Mail

all 3 news articles »


What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence? - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 6:45am

BBC News

What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence?
BBC News
A year ago Scotland voted "No" to independence by 55% to 45%. It looked as though what the Scottish National Party itself had said was a "once in a generation" event had indeed delivered the "decisive" verdict for which the UK government at least had ...
#StillYes Trends On Social Media Amid Scotland Independence Referendum AnniversaryThe Inquisitr
Alex Salmond: BBC bias was 'significant factor' in deciding Scottish ...The Independent
David Cameron: no need for second referendum on Scottish independenceTelegraph.co.uk...


Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am

BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence.
Sturgeon's gambit in constituional chess gameHerald Scotland
Dugdale's stolen a march on SturgeonScotsman

all 54 news articles »


Scottish independence debate far from over - BBC News
17 Sep 2015 at 12:39am

BBC News

Scottish independence debate far from over
BBC News
The independence campaign of 2014 was almost entirely prosaic, with advocates focusing on what the late Professor Sir Neil McCormick called a "utilitarian nationalism" which desired independence as "the best means to the well-being of the Scottish ...
Scottish independence: A yes vote would have plunged Scotland into a deep ...City A.M.
Scottish independence 'will come in time' - Sean ConneryScotsman
Scottish Independence: Secretary Of State David Mundell Says Separation Is Not ...Huffington Post UK
Financial Times
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David Cameron Thought 'S**t, We Might Lose' At Scottish Independence Vote ......
24 Sep 2015 at 11:09am

Huffington Post UK

David Cameron Thought 'S**t, We Might Lose' At Scottish Independence Vote ...
Huffington Post UK
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged the leaders of Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie to stop opposing a second independence referendum. Both leaders oppose it but have said, if one takes place ...

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Nick Clegg: EU no vote could lead to Scottish independence - Holyrood.com
21 Sep 2015 at 2:42pm

Nick Clegg: EU no vote could lead to Scottish independence
Holyrood.com
A vote to leave Europe in the forthcoming referendum could move Scotland closer to independence, former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has warned. Speaking to his party's conference in Bournemouth, the former Deputy Prime Minister said the result of the ...



Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence -...
2 Sep 2015 at 5:40pm

BBC News

Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence
BBC News
Political parties have been reacting to a poll suggesting that 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum. The SNP said the Ipsos Mori survey for STV was a "sensational" endorsement. The poll also indicated that ...
Scotland Independence: 53% In Poll Support Leaving The U.K.Headlines & Global News
Scottish referendum revisited: Is an independent Scotland becoming inevitable?City A.M.
Scotland would vote for independence in a second referendum, new poll findsThe Inde...


Kezia Dugdale won't "shut down the debate" on Scottish independence - Scottis...
20 Sep 2015 at 5:51pm

Scottish Daily Record

Kezia Dugdale won't "shut down the debate" on Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
LABOUR politicians should be able to campaign for independence in the event of another referendum, Scottish party leader Kezia Dugdale has suggested. Dugdale insisted that she did not accept that a second vote on the issue was inevitable but would not ...
Kezia Dugdale would allow indyref 'free vote'BBC News
Labour's Kezia Dugdale won't 'shut down' debate on Scotland independenceGlasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Thousands rally one year after Scottish independence voteSocialist Worker
Sco...


Second Scottish independence referendum could come within five years if SNP ....
14 Sep 2015 at 8:31am

The Independent

Second Scottish independence referendum could come within five years if SNP ...
The Independent
Recent polls have suggested that a majority of Scots now support independence, which Ms Sturgeon said did not surprise her ?in the slightest?. She ascribed the change to the actions of the Conservative Government, accusing it of failing to deliver the ...
Scottish independence 'inevitable by 2045' - pollScotsman
Nicola Sturgeon: Second Scottish independence referendum "triggers" will be in ...City A.M.
Scottish independence 'inevitable' by 2045, according to pollstv.tv
The Courier -Mirro...


SNP

SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Agenda: Scottish Labour should take lead from founding father Keir Hardie on ...
26 Sep 2015 at 10:56am

Agenda: Scottish Labour should take lead from founding father Keir Hardie on ...
Herald Scotland
Socialists will be pleased that Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour, has pledged to raise income tax on the wealthiest in order to promote a more financially equal society. However, she does not commit the party to match the SNP in wanting to ...

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Labour Will Join Forces With Scottish Nationalists To End Nuclear Deterrent -...
26 Sep 2015 at 10:36am

Breitbart News

Labour Will Join Forces With Scottish Nationalists To End Nuclear Deterrent
Breitbart News
It has a slim majority in parliament, so some of Prime Minister David Cameron's own lawmakers, as well as other opposition parties, would have to join with Labour and the SNP to defeat the plans. The Scottish National Party, which won 56 out of 59 ...

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The SNP are starving us of cash: College staff demand ring-fencing of funds ....
26 Sep 2015 at 8:20am

Scottish Daily Record

The SNP are starving us of cash: College staff demand ring-fencing of funds ...
Scottish Daily Record
Two-thirds believe services have become worse, with around 69 per cent blaming the SNP's merger policy. Opposition parties had already claimed colleges have been ?decimated? under Nicola Sturgeon's administration. Just days ago it emerged a college ...

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Farage's iron grip on UKIP is strangling it - Conservative Home
26 Sep 2015 at 7:00am

Conservative Home

Farage's iron grip on UKIP is strangling it
Conservative Home
In the past year, two of the UK's biggest political insurgencies suffered major setbacks: the SNP went down to a ten-point defeat in last autumn's independence referendum, whilst UKIP were smashed on the rocks of Thanet South in May.

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Amanda Kopel 'delighted' at turnout for protest over Frank's Law - Evening Te...
26 Sep 2015 at 6:12am

Evening Telegraph

Amanda Kopel 'delighted' at turnout for protest over Frank's Law
Evening Telegraph
Amanda Kopel was joined by supporters outside Shona Robison's SNP office on Friday to put pressure on the Scottish Government to support Frank's Law. Frank Kopel's widow has become increasingly frustrated at the perceived lack of support for Frank's ...

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Feminists in positions of power needed, Kezia Dugdale to say - AOL UK
26 Sep 2015 at 5:07am

Feminists in positions of power needed, Kezia Dugdale to say
AOL UK
Holyrood has three female party leaders, with SNP leader Ms Sturgeon and Ms Dugdale joined by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. Ms Dugdale will say: "Much has been made of the fact that in Scotland we have all three main parties led by women.

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SNP energy minister was 'on brink of resigning' over fracking policy - Herald...
26 Sep 2015 at 2:02am

Herald Scotland

SNP energy minister was 'on brink of resigning' over fracking policy
Herald Scotland
SNP energy minister Fergus Ewing was on the brink of resigning after being told to announce a moratorium on fracking, one of Holyrood's most high-profile MSPs has claimed. Patrick Harvie, the Green co-convenor, made the allegation at a Scottish Energy ...



Labour's Kezia Dugdale: Fight for women's equality doesn't need just high ......
26 Sep 2015 at 2:13am

Western Daily Press

Labour's Kezia Dugdale: Fight for women's equality doesn't need just high ...
Western Daily Press
Holyrood has three female party leaders, with SNP leader Ms Sturgeon and Ms Dugdale joined by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. Ms Dugdale will say: "Much has been made of the fact that in Scotland we have all three main parties led by women.

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SNP MEP hits out at 'dirty tricks' over Spanish election - The National
26 Sep 2015 at 12:33am

The National

SNP MEP hits out at 'dirty tricks' over Spanish election
The National
AN SNP MEP has claimed there have been ?dirty tricks? over Catalonia within the European Commission as Spain prepares for an election that is viewed as a plebiscite on independence in the region. Alyn Smith, who will be observing the election in Spain, ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the...
25 Sep 2015 at 12:42pm

The Independent

Scottish referendum, the SNP and identity: Where the country is headed as the ...
The Independent
?The identity factor didn't cause the referendum, but it's a necessary precondition,? Sir Tom said. ?It would not have been possible without the development of a stronger sense of Scottish identity within the Union. What they were discussing during the ...
Scotland Urged to Create its own Digital CurrencyDCEBrief (press release)

all 2 news articles »


Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ... ...
24 Sep 2015 at 8:12pm

Daily Mail

Queen's remark on Scottish independence was 'deliberate intervention' in ...
The Independent
An apparently spontaneous remark by the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence referendum was ?a deliberate last-minute intervention? designed to persuade people to vote no, according to the latest extracts from Lord Ashcroft's controversial ...
Dave Cameron and the Queen had frosty breakfast before Scottish Independence voteDaily Mail

all 3 news articles »


Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:18am

BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence.

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WMN Letters: Let Scotland have another referendum - Western Morning News
24 Sep 2015 at 11:19am

BBC News

WMN Letters: Let Scotland have another referendum
Western Morning News
Perhaps sooner than expected Sturgeon and Salmond are pushing for another Independence referendum. Scotland has received a lot of help in the past from successive governments but it has always been a drain on the UK economy and as far as I am ...
Kezia Dugdale would allow indyref 'free vote'BBC News
Sturgeon challenges Labour and Lib Dems to back second referendumGlasgow Evening Times
Hundreds of Yes Scotland supporters vow to fight on at Dumbarton and Vale ...The Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter
Scotsman (blog) -R...


EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from Scotland - Financial Times
17 Sep 2015 at 2:22pm

BBC News

EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from Scotland
Financial Times
Scotland's referendum is not just recent political history for David Cameron; it is a user's guide to fighting a big constitutional battle. The lessons for the looming EU referendum are being pored over by Mr Cameron's team. As in Scotland, Mr Cameron ...
George Square rally marks referendum anniversaryBBC News
Scottish Nationalists Plan Second Independence Referendum Warning UK Is On ...Daily Caller
Battle over Scotland's future rages year after referendumYahoo News
The Inquisitr -Mashable -Scottish Daily Record
all 438...


Cameron 'was afraid he could lose Scotland' in referendum - The Times (subscr...
24 Sep 2015 at 11:40pm

The Times (subscription)

Cameron 'was afraid he could lose Scotland' in referendum
The Times (subscription)
A panicked David Cameron feared he would go down in history as the prime minister who lost Scotland ahead of last year's referendum, a new biography has claimed. The prime minister lost his ?equilibrium? after an independence referendum poll emerged ...



Scotland a year on from the referendum - BBC News
14 Sep 2015 at 12:47am

BBC News

Scotland a year on from the referendum
BBC News
As soon as it became apparent that Scotland had voted against independence by 55% to 45% in the referendum on 18 September 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would be setting up a cross-party commission headed by Lord Smith ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Second Scottish independence referendum "triggers" will be in ...City A.M.
SNP Holyrood manifesto will include timescale for second referendumstv.tv
Scotland's Sturgeon to spell out independence-vote triggers: reportCNBC
The Independent -RT -U.S. News & World Report
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The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It - BuzzFeed News
17 Sep 2015 at 5:30pm

BuzzFeed News

The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It
BuzzFeed News
To mark the anniversary of the historic vote, BuzzFeed News spoke to six of the people who shaped both sides of the referendum campaign. Individually, they told the story of why Scotland voted against independence, what happened behind the scenes in ...
Mundell attacks SNP referendum stanceBBC News
Just one year on, Scotland envisages new referendumYahoo News
Independence referendum one year on: nothing is settled in ScotlandThe Conversation UK
Politico -Scottish Daily Record -Scotsman
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Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move o...
17 Sep 2015 at 6:24am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move on ...
Scottish Daily Record
While new powers over income tax in the Scotland Bill have the "greatest potential" for increasing revenues, the report argued hikes in this are "highly unpopular in the UK", pointing out that recent chancellors have used "stealth taxes" to boost their ...
Time to move on from independence referendum, Sir Tom Hunter saysexpressandstar.com

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SNP has 'no early independence referendum plans' - Scotsman
20 Sep 2015 at 12:03am

Scotsman

SNP has 'no early independence referendum plans'
Scotsman
Smith was asked about the events that could trigger a second referendum including the possibility of Scotland voting to remain in the EU but being forced to leave because the UK as a whole had voted to leave. The MEP said he did not ?for a second ...
Scottish Independence Movement Marks 1 Year Since ReferendumteleSUR English
Scottish ruling party membership rises sharply after independence referendum ...Famagusta Gazette
Scottish referendum was influenced by 'pressure & scaremongering' from UK govt ...RT
Express.co.uk -Scotland Now...


Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Jeremy Corbyn planning to link up with SNP to remove Trident
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Sep 2015 at 6:25pm

Labour leader reaffirms his opposition to the nuclear weapons programme in BBC interview, and says of SNP: ?Yes, we will be voting with them on this?

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he intends to work with the SNP to remove nuclear weapons from Scotland.

Reaffirming his long-standing opp...



Nicola Sturgeon accused of playing games over Tory trade union bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Sep 2015 at 7:41am

Scottish first minister is ?totally at it? with plea to Jeremy Corbyn to back SNP bid to devolve union law, says Labour source

Labour has accused Nicola Sturgeon of playing games with the trade union movement after the Scottish first minister appealed for a joint front to attack Conservative refor...



Nicola Sturgeon rules out Westminster deal to scrap Human Rights Act
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
23 Sep 2015 at 12:35pm

Scottish first minister says she opposes any weakening of human rights laws ? not just in Scotland but across the whole of UK

The Scottish government will not do a deal with Westminster over human rights, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as the first minister laid to rest suggestions that SNP MPs might a...



Sunday Herald and Glasgow?s Evening Times editors resign
by Severin Carrell
22 Sep 2015 at 3:10pm

Richard Walker, who edited Sunday tabloid and launched The National daily paper, and Tony Carlin, editor of the evening paper take voluntary redundancy

The editors of the Sunday Herald, one of the few newspapers to put on sales this year, and the Evening Times in Glasgow have both resigned from th...



Pro-EU campaign must be positive, says Scottish Tory leader
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
22 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

Ruth Davidson says supporters of EU membership should point out ?the prize that awaits us?, and criticises Jeremy Corbyn?s stance

Supporters of EU membership have failed to make the positive case for Europe, according to the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, who also says Jeremy Corbyn?...



Should Scottish Labour have a free vote on independence?
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Sep 2015 at 11:53am

The debate about how to campaign in any future referendum gathers pace as new leader Kezia Dugdale promises to democratise the party

The debate within Scottish Labour about whether the party should consider having a free vote in any future independence referendum rumbles on.

Former Labour first min...



Vote to leave EU means Scotland will leave UK ? Nick Clegg
by Frances Perraudin
21 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

Former deputy PM to tell Lib Dem conference that upcoming vote on Britain?s EU membership poses existential question to British people

If Britain votes to leave the European Union in the upcoming referendum it would risk breaking up the United Kingdom, according to Nick Clegg, the former deputy pr...



Scottish Labour should have free vote on independence, says former leader
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2015 at 11:47am

Johann Lamont says party still has lessons to learn from Labour?s bruising experience during and since 2014?s independence referendum

Labour should consider having a free vote in any future independence referendum, according to the former leader of the Scottish party, Johann Lamont.

In an in-depth...



The day Scotland said Yes and Mr Brown scored | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
20 Sep 2015 at 12:05am

At first independence seemed a disaster ? then Alex Salmond rang with an offer

Gordon Brown would never forget what he was doing on the morning when the phone call came that would halt the downward trajectory of what remained of his public life. The news that Scotland had voted Yes had been broken...



Third of SNP voters more likely to back Corbyn-led Labour - poll
by Joel Gunter
19 Sep 2015 at 10:20am

Survey suggests new Labour leader could revive party?s prospects in Scotland after it was wiped out in general election

More than a third of people who voted for the Scottish National party in the general election say they are more likely to vote for Labour now Jeremy Corbyn is the leader, accordi...



Charity could halt grants if Scottish government university plans proceed
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 Sep 2015 at 4:52pm

Carnegie Trust expresses concern about measure dictating makeup of university ruling councils, which has support of Scottish TUC

A charity set up by one of Scotland?s most famous philanthropists, the industrialist Andrew Carnegie, has warned it could cease funding university research if ministers...



Nicola Sturgeon's referendum anniversary speech: what she said, what she meant
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2015 at 2:27pm

?I?m the boss?: Severin Carrell delves beneath the rhetoric to analyse what the SNP leader and first minister?s words really meant

Continue reading...

10 things Scottish voters are feeling on the referendum anniversary
by James Walsh
18 Sep 2015 at 12:12pm

Excitement, more engaged politics, and a lingering resentment: here are 10 themes that emerged from our readers in Scotland one year on from Scotland?s independence referendum

Our readers have always been engaged on this issue, but the scale of the response to our call-out for views exceeded expec...



Nicola Sturgeon: no shortcuts to Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell and Rowena Mason
18 Sep 2015 at 11:48am

On anniversary of referendum, first minister tells SNP activists patience and care are needed to win over pro-unionists

Nicola Sturgeon has told Scottish National party activists ?there are no shortcuts? to independence as they would still face a tough challenge to win a second referendum.

In a spe...



Only a convincing Labour party stands between Scotland and independence | Owe...
by Owen Jones
18 Sep 2015 at 11:40am
Last year?s independence vote was not the constitutional full stop that many pundits claimed. Scotland is still rushing for the exits

It was the day that was supposed to resolve Scotland?s constitutional future forever, or so pundits had claimed. Scotland would reject independence in great numbers...



Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

A wee blog break
by weegingerdug
24 Sep 2015 at 1:19pm
Just a wee note to let you know there won’t be any updates to the blog for a few days because I need to process all the orders for the book. I’ve been inundated with orders, far more than I had anticipated. The books were delivered this morning and are currently sitting in a huge […]

The answer in the mouth of a pig
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2015 at 2:02pm
Truth they say, comes of out the mouth of a baby, or as we discovered today, in the mouth of Babe. Ed Miliband was subjected to endless abuse by the media because he couldn’t gobble bacon without making a weird face, and then we discovered that David Cameron got gobbled by a pig. History does […]

Wee Ginger Book Launch
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2015 at 7:55pm
The official launch of the Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug will be held in the Yes Bar Comedy Club at the Yes Bar in Drury Street Glasgow, starting at 7.00 pm on Monday 28th September. Tickets are £22 and as well as admission, gets you signed copies of the two volumes and a […]

Burning down the Labour party
by weegingerdug
19 Sep 2015 at 6:44pm
Despite having a poseur streak a mile and a half wide, and a large collection of vintage suits, I don’t care what Jezza wears. I don’t care if he wears a tie, I don’t care if he does up his top shirt button. It’s the content that matters, not the packaging. Scotland was expecting the […]

Independence of mind
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2015 at 6:50pm
It’s a year on from the big vote, and everything has changed and nothing has changed. Scotland has changed forever, Westminster hasn’t changed at all. Scotland buzzed with energy, with hope, and found a new self-confidence and inner strength. It wasn’t enough to win the vote, but it was enough to win independence of spirit […]

How now Brown?s Vow ? 12 months on
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2015 at 3:03pm
This week the Daily Record, a newspaper with all the self-awareness of a Labour MP in Scotland just before the last election staring at the oncoming headlights of the SNP freight train and thinking the bright lights are going to make them a star, claims that the infamous Vow has been fulfilled. It has been […]

Solidarity is not submission
by weegingerdug
14 Sep 2015 at 9:07pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s feet are hardly under the table and the UK media has already started a full scale onslaught on the Labour party. Democratic socialism cannot be allowed in the UK. It’s an insanity, cry those who believed in WMDs that didn’t exist and took the country to war on lies and tall tales. Madness, […]

The Jezzajism and the earthquake that shakes Scotland loose
by weegingerdug
13 Sep 2015 at 1:20am
Jeremy Corbyn has been overwhelmingly elected as leader of the Labour party. Scotland was already skiting along on the ice road to independence, through the cold Tory winter, but Corbyn’s victory puts it on a jet ski. Independence here we come. You might think, if you were a semi-literate Labour MSP, that the Jezzajism of […]

Why Scots is a language
by weegingerdug
11 Sep 2015 at 6:45pm
The Scottish Government has recently announced measures to support the Scots language. The measures are mild, and the Government has specifically stated that no extra funding is being made available. In a normal country they’d attract criticism on the grounds that they go nowhere near far enough and are a ridiculous tokenism for a language […]

Liz the Last takes the train
by weegingerdug
9 Sep 2015 at 5:53pm
On Wednesday the Queen of Scots took a trip on the new Borders Railway, and some elderly wummin from Windsor joined Nicola Sturgeon on the journey. The BBC has been having a collective royorgasm over the fact that an 89 year old woman with a permanently sour expression hasn’t died yet. She’s now the longest […]

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26 Sep 2015 at 8:15am

Car parks: Things are not fine
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25 Sep 2015 at 5:05pm

Ian Murray on surviving the General Election
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Health Secretary under pressure on targets
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Free school meals
25 Sep 2015 at 7:12pm

Looks like they are going down south.Could this be Camerons "milk" moment?

 



Chinese praise for Gideon...
25 Sep 2015 at 2:51pm

.. for putting business ahead of human rights.

Hyuh hyuh!  Well done Gidiot!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-34356097

Osborne praised for 'not stressing human rights' in China  

UK Chancellor George Osborne has been praised by Chinese state media for focusing on business ahea...



We need to talk about Ian
25 Sep 2015 at 1:58pm

Excellent article. showing why certain parts of Labour cannot and will not change.

 

http://wingsoverscotland.com/we-need-to-talk-about-ian/

 

We need to talk about Ian

 

Given that he’s the last Labour MP left in Scotland, it’s perhaps just as well that Ian Murray is a quite interesting figur...



Well, surprise surprise!
22 Sep 2015 at 3:36pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34328196

 

The police are to take no action against Lord Sewel over allegations of drug use which led to him quitting the House of Lords.

The peer resigned in July after being filmed by the Sun allegedly taking drugs in the company of prostitutes.

The case le...



Cambridge University Hospitals Trust placed in special measures
22 Sep 2015 at 10:32am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-34317265

 

When will David Cameron address the NHS crisis!?!?!?111?!?!?11

 

NHS is on IT'S KNEES under Westminster rule!11!!!1!!!1!

 

Cameron must go!!!11!!1!!

 

Tories OUT!!!1111!!!!11!



Mutiny/coup
21 Sep 2015 at 8:42am
So I've been reading various tweets however can't find the source article that an as yet unnamed general has suggested should Corbyn get in power there would be a mass mutiny and underneath that are whispers of a coup. What do PnB politicos think? Is this likely/an affront to democracy?

Cameron initiation
20 Sep 2015 at 11:58pm
What no thread on the big breaking political story involving PM and a pig?

One year ago today
18 Sep 2015 at 5:04am

In the year of our Lord 2014, patriots of Scotland, starving (there were some pretty big queues outside the polling stations, tbf) and outnumbered (just), charged the polling stations of Scotland. They voted like warrior poets. They (just under half) voted like Scotsmen. And (almost) won their fr...



Victory speech
16 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm
Salmond has revealed his speech he had ready for if it was a yes vote.


"In the early hours of this morning, Scotland voted Yes. We are a nation reborn.

"The community of this realm has spoken. Scotland shall be independent once again. To those who voted No, I extend an immediate hand of friendshi...

Will the Blairites defect?
16 Sep 2015 at 2:16pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34267886

 

Just speculation for the moment, but there is chatter regarding several of the more Blairite MPs crossing the floor, as they feel politically closer to Gideon & Call Me Dave than Corbyn & McDonnell.

 

Thoughts? Also, who do you think may defect if it ...



The 56: Knights in tainted armour?
15 Sep 2015 at 10:47am

Jim Sillars spoke last week about the dangers of the 56 SNP MP's at Westminster being enticed by the shiny, shiny of that there London, and slipping into bad ways. How long before the first reports of MP's hitching a ride on the gravy train they are apparently there to derail?



Injocktrination
15 Sep 2015 at 10:07am

Injocktrination: The process of slowly eradicating Scottishnesss from the collective psyche and introducing a sense of Britishness

 

I was in Edinburgh on Sunday I watched the around 250 horses and riders take part in the Riding of the Marches which proceeded up the Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross...



The Trade Union Bill
15 Sep 2015 at 9:29am

I'm sure that the irony is not lost on many people of a Conservative government elected on around 23% of the total amount of people registered to vote, implementing legislation to prevent workers going on strike if they fail to have the support of over 50% (or 60% depending on which sources you f...



Scottish Labour Hall of Fame
15 Sep 2015 at 8:22am

Following Kezia's display on TV last night, where she said that Labour didn't campaign with the Tories during Indyref and where she described Trident as one of Labour's "bad bits", I wonder which individual, for you, embodies what has went so hilariously wrong for the Scottish Branch of London La...



Tony Abbott
14 Sep 2015 at 1:17pm
The horrible, hypocritical c**t who barged into the indyref debate has been disposed of like a pair of shit-covered old shoes.

Humiliated.



Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Kidney Stones
26 Sep 2015 at 9:50am
They are pure and utter cunts, that is all.

Kevin Bridges
25 Sep 2015 at 5:07pm

Anyone been, going to the Hydro?  I've got tickets for the Playhouse in Edinburgh, hoping he is back to some form, last tour was not so good.



Dynamo
25 Sep 2015 at 1:10pm

Anyone attending any of his live tour shows? Got a ticket for the Clyde Auditorium in November.

 

 



Peter Hook And The Light
25 Sep 2015 at 1:01pm

Whilst Peter Hook and The Light are little more than a covers band and Hooky isn't the greatest singer in the world (though no worse than Barney) they put on a fantastic show at the Glasgow School of Art last night, one of the most enjoyable gigs I've been to for years. Played the New Order songs...



Animal Loving Do-Gooders
25 Sep 2015 at 10:16am

 

What are peoples thoughts on that video? Are the do-gooders right to "save" the dog? There's a lot of nasty shit on the internet that I've been desensitized to but this actually got to me a bit!

 

As an animal lover (not in the Cameron way...) I've always had a lot of respect for people who de...



Bishopbriggs
24 Sep 2015 at 7:11pm

WTF's going on at the 'briggs? Gangsters shooting each other outside a primary school?



Red Shift
24 Sep 2015 at 6:11pm

Labour MPs call for ten "Red Shifts" to win a majority in England

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2015/09/labour-mps-call-ten-red-shifts-win-majority-england



Stereophonics Tickets For Sale
24 Sep 2015 at 12:50pm
2 standing tickets for 9 dec at hydro. Face value of £87 for both. Event sold out . Genuine fan only please .

Madrid Digs
24 Sep 2015 at 12:35pm

Just booked a flight for me and the wife to Madrid. Anyone got any recommendations or experience of city centre hotels or apartments in the city centre area?



Mountain Goats
23 Sep 2015 at 11:02pm

Awful shite



 

 

 

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