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Chancellor brings forward Budget to avoid Brexit crunch talk clash
26 Sep 2018 at 5:32pm
Philip Hammond has revealed the autumn Budget will take place on October 29, just over a week before a summit in Brussels.

Corbyn fires up Labour saying party is 'ready to win, ready to govern'
26 Sep 2018 at 1:59pm
LABOUR is ?ready to win, ready to govern,? Jeremy Corbyn has insisted as he set out the most radical left-wing agenda of any mainstream party in a generation.

Corbyn says remaining in EU would be option in any future People's Vote
26 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn has sought to end the damaging divisions over Labour?s referendum row by confirming that remaining in the EU would be an option in any future People?s Vote backed by the party.

Corbyn unveils plan to kickstart 'green jobs revolution' with creation of 400...
25 Sep 2018 at 10:32pm
JEREMY Corbyn will today denounce ?greed-is-good capitalism? as he sets out plans for a radical reshaping of the UK economy, including a ?green jobs revolution? to create 400,000 skilled posts.

Sketch: Jezza rallies the Socialist faithful, saying 'we're ready to take cha...
26 Sep 2018 at 3:08pm
IT was like a revivalist rally.

Sturgeon adviser firm told no more cash on £97m ferry deal
26 Sep 2018 at 3:02pm
AN EXTRAORDINARY public row has erupted over a troubled £97m contract for two new CalMac ferries involving a billionaire adviser to Nicola Sturgeon.

Senior Labour figures distance themselves from People's Vote option
26 Sep 2018 at 11:24am
SENIOR Shadow Cabinet members have distanced Labour from a second Brexit referendum the day after party delegates voted to keep the option on the table.

Labour MP who called for general strike 'got a bit carried away,' admits Watson
26 Sep 2018 at 11:41am
LABOUR backbencher Laura Smith got a ?bit carried away? when she called for a general strike to oust the Tories from power, Tom Watson, the deputy leader, admitted.

SNP minister confirms talks with People's Vote campaign
26 Sep 2018 at 6:36pm
ONE of Nicola Sturgeon?s key ministers had held talks with the People?s Vote campaign.

Minister blames flu jab shortage on NHS Scotland procurement process
26 Sep 2018 at 5:00am
HALF a million Scottish pensioners will miss out on an updated winter flu jab available south of the border because of a procurement blunder, SNP ministers have admitted.

Labour unveils plans to revive UK high streets, including providing free publ...
25 Sep 2018 at 4:03pm
FREE public WiFi would be provided in town centres across the UK under Labour plans to reverse the decline in the nation's high streets, the party has announced.

Recorded crime in Scotland up for first time in 12 years
25 Sep 2018 at 1:28pm
RECORDED crime has risen in Scotland for the first time in 12 years, with sexual crimes at their highest level since records began almost half a century ago.

Labour to reconsider bankrolling Dugdale legal defence
25 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm
LABOUR is to re-examine its decision to withdraw financial support from Kezia Dugdale in her legal fight with controversial blogger Stuart Campbell.

Thornberry condemns 'sickening individuals' exploiting legitimate support for...
25 Sep 2018 at 4:46pm
FASCISM must be rooted out from Labour, Emily Thornberry has told the Labour conference, admitting there are "sickening individuals" exploiting legitimate support for Palestine.

Scotland in Union boss in row over 'shoot SNP' tweet
25 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
THE founder of the country?s leading anti-independence campaign has been condemned for endorsing a Twitter post about SNP activists being shot.

 

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UK Budget to take place in October
26 Sep 2018 at 4:41pm
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced the Budget will take place on October 29.

Food for thought as figures show 8% of Scots worry that the food cupboard may...
26 Sep 2018 at 3:39pm
Figures this week revealed 8 per cent of Scots are worried about running out of food, and one in 10 people living in the poorest areas have gone hungry in the last year because of lack of money.

SNP minister in talks with People's Vote campaign
26 Sep 2018 at 3:21pm
The Scottish Government has held "constructive talks" with the official campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, it has emerged.

Jeremy Corbyn tells Labour: 'Get ready for government within a year'
26 Sep 2018 at 2:02pm
Labour should prepare to be in government within a year, Jeremy Corbyn has told delegates in his speech closing party's conference in Liverpool.

Downgrading risk of Westminster attacker ?a sound decision?, says MI5 officer
26 Sep 2018 at 2:00pm
A senior MI5 officer has said the 2010 decision to class Westminster Bridge terrorist Khalid Masood as someone who did not pose a risk to national security was “sound”.

Post-Brexit UK will be ?unequivocally pro-business? says Theresa May
26 Sep 2018 at 12:50pm
Britain will be the low tax high-skilled place to invest after Brexit, Theresa May will tell company bosses in New York as she pledges the country will be “unequivocally pro-business”.

Second Brexit vote ?hypothetical?, say Labour frontbenchers
26 Sep 2018 at 10:51am
Senior shadow cabinet members have distanced Labour from a second Brexit referendum the day after party delegates voted to keep the option on the table.

Scottish independence rally at risk after organisers refused access to Holyro...
26 Sep 2018 at 10:05am
The organisers of a major Scottis independence march, dubbed 'the biggest independence rally yet' face a crisis after being denied access to Holyrood Park in Edinburgh to stage their event.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour?s ?green revolution? will bring UK 400,000 jobs
26 Sep 2018 at 9:58am
A Labour government would lead a “green revolution” if elected to government, creating 400,000 new jobs and cutting the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, Jeremy Corbyn will pledge today.

Economic experts back Nicola Sturgeon?s call to delay Brexit
26 Sep 2018 at 9:12am
Economy experts have backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call to delay Brexit, warning a disorderly separation from the European Union would risk Scotland‘s delicate economic growth.

Brian Montieth: Plan A+ gets a gold star from me
26 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
On Monday I took a day trip to London to attend a press conference about a new plan to deal with Brexit. About a third of the media you usually see on your telly were there. The other two-thirds of the media were in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference, naturally.

Ruth Davidson: Time for honesty about level of crime
26 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Yesterday Gerald Gavan was jailed for 11 years after he admitted trying to kill six children in an appalling hit-and-run.

Chris Marshall: Police Scotland?s £298m IT upgrade is long overdue
26 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
The last time Police Scotland attempted to update its ailing IT system, it proved to be an unmitigated disaster. More than six years in the making, the i6 programme was finally axed in 2016 after testing discovered a series of irredeemable glitches.

Crime levels rise for first time in more than a decade
26 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
The overall level of recorded crime has increased for the first time in 11 years following a rise in the number of violent and sexual offences.

Minister denies seeking vetos over UK-wide post-Brexit trade deals
25 Sep 2018 at 7:06pm
Scotland is not demanding any vetos over UK international trade deals post-Brexit, the Scottish Trade Minister has said.

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Geese and ganders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2018 at 11:23am
Tory MSP Miles Briggs was yesterday cleared of sexual harassment claims by an internal Conservative Party inquiry process. We haven’t the slightest idea of what the facts of his specific case may or may not be, and as such express no view on it, but the nature of the process has been severely criticised by Rape …

Where?s Richey?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2018 at 2:57pm
We’ve been watching the Labour Party annual conference today, at which North British Branch Office manager Richard Leonard apparently gave a speech. Unfortunately the BBC News coverage wasn’t very helpful with its captioning, so we have no idea which of the people below is him. Can anyone help? But even if we can’t find him, what …

Lord Of The Fruit Flies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2018 at 11:34am
Labour policy, Thursday morning: Labour policy, Sunday morning: About average, then.

The principles of opposition
by Chris Cairns
22 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

Theresa May?s Masterplan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2018 at 3:58pm

The King Of Opposite World
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2018 at 4:55pm
We think it’s fair to say that our bestest friend in all of the internet, Scottish Labour activist Duncan Hothersall, is absolutely hopping mad about the latest developments in our court case against the branch office’s former leader Kezia Dugdale. But keen followers of Dunc might particularly enjoy this demonstration of his legendary grasp of …

The monstering
by Cllr Chris McEleny
20 Sep 2018 at 12:59pm
Chris McEleny is an SNP councillor. This is a personal opinion. Three weeks into the Salmond saga and the MSM are getting increasingly desperate. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the breathless excitement of reportage of the Daily Record and their sister paper the Sunday Mail. For three successive days last week they led …

Cash in, cash out
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2018 at 7:54pm
We’ve got to admit, the Yorkshire chap makes a fair point.

What isn?t a fact
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm
God bless our dear old pals at the Labour-fronted Tory money-sink that is Scotland In Union. Fresh from their latest stirring morning office singalong of “No Pope Of Rome”, they’ve decided to belatedly get in on the fact-checking game. As the established force in the field, we had to have a look. But first, let’s set the scene …

Everybody but you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2018 at 11:13am
There’s a fascinating piece in the Guardian this morning. It reveals that in attempting to solve the unsolvable Irish border problem, the EU’s Brexit negotiators are – at the UK’s behest – trying to come up with a plan which would preclude its use for Scotland in the event of independence. That’s an entirely legitimate …

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SNP minister has talks with People's Vote
26 Sep 2018 at 5:06pm
Scotland's Brexit secretary says he had "very constructive" talks with the official campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.


Plans for new Scottish disability support assessments set out
26 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Ministers set out plans for how disability support assessments will be run by Scotland's welfare agency.


Scotland Women: All players to be full-time up to World Cup with Government f...
26 Sep 2018 at 11:30am
The Scotland women's squad will be able to train full-time for next year's World Cup after a funding boost from the Scottish Government.


Smooth Brexit transition 'vital for Scots economy'
26 Sep 2018 at 12:00am
A think tank says extending the negotiation period "could be essential" to protect Scots jobs and livelihoods.


New flu vaccine only available to over-75s in Scotland
26 Sep 2018 at 11:22am
The Fluad jab is recommended for everyone over 65 in other parts of the UK but will only be available to over-75s in Scotland.


Recycled household waste overtakes landfill in Scotland
25 Sep 2018 at 11:42am
It is the first time the figures for Scottish household rubbish have reached such levels.


Scottish government criticised at start of blood inquiry
25 Sep 2018 at 4:38pm
Lawyers for patients question why Scottish ministers are not taking part in the UK-wide contaminated blood investigation.


Tory MSP 'cleared' after party sexual harassment probe
24 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Miles Briggs says the "completely false" allegations made his life "a living hell" during the probe.


Richard Leonard: 'I intend to be next first minister'
24 Sep 2018 at 3:45pm
Richard Leonard "fully intends" to be the next first minister of Scotland, he tells the Labour conference.


More than 400 revenge porn crimes reported
25 Sep 2018 at 12:32pm
A new law introduced last year made it easier to prosecute people who share, or threaten to share, intimate images without consent.


What's on at Holyrood? Brexit and budgets
24 Sep 2018 at 1:06pm
Find out what is happening at the Scottish parliament this week, from trade to cancer to paternity leave.


Labour official 'sorry' for anti-Catholic comment
24 Sep 2018 at 10:51am
Andy Kerr apologises "unreservedly" for making an anti-Catholic comment from the main stage at Labour's conference.

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Corbyn's day of infamy as Labour become the party of colonialism
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2018 at 6:41pm
If it was the case that Labour were simply saying that winning a majority in Scotland at the next general election would constitute a mandate to block an independence referendum, that might just ab...

Your all-important YouGov subsample update
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2018 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the radio silence of late - I'm out of the country at the moment.  But you know me, I'm a slave to my responsibilities, so here (albeit a couple of days late) is your all-important Yo...

New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...


Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

First Scottish subsample since the Alex Salmond story broke has the SNP still...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 6:02pm
When news of the complaints against Alex Salmond was irresponsibly broken by the Daily Record, I said that we'd just have to wait for opinion poll evidence to see whether there would be much (if an...

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If there had been a Scottish Delegation at the U.N. today
by /u/semantikron
26 Sep 2018 at 12:53am
And one of them had been willing to tell Trump, in the middle of his speech, what he or she really thought... Seriously, I wish there had been a delegation of Scots in that hall today, to punctuate...

'My abusive wife battered me over letting the cat in'
by /u/JohnKimble111
26 Sep 2018 at 8:20am
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Why These Scottish Sheep Eat Seaweed I Great Big Story
by /u/andrewvanzyl
26 Sep 2018 at 12:07pm
Published on Sep 25, 2018 Welcome to picturesque North Ronaldsay. This remote island, located way, way north in Scotland, is home to 50 people and some very special sheep. In order to free up grass...

With the tragic news about Dale Barclay, here's an amazing live performance b...
by /u/Alonissos
26 Sep 2018 at 6:57pm
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Police Scotland have confirmed a pay increase of 6.5%. Fire Service have a a ...
by /u/DemocracyDiesSlowly
26 Sep 2018 at 6:39pm
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SNP must take share of responsibility for Brexit vote, says Theresa May
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26 Sep 2018 at 5:12pm
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Hootsmon | SNP minister in talks with People's Vote campaign
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26 Sep 2018 at 4:32pm
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Labour to reconsider bankrolling Kezia Dugdale legal defence.
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26 Sep 2018 at 4:06pm
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I?ve made a cinematic travel video from my trip through Scotland. Thought I'd...
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26 Sep 2018 at 4:03pm
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The Amazing Snakeheads' Dale Barclay has died, aged 32
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26 Sep 2018 at 4:01pm
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Scottish government on track to meet affordable housing target. New figures h...
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26 Sep 2018 at 4:01pm
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'Ignorant yahoos' vandalise Corrour bothy
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26 Sep 2018 at 3:18pm
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What it feels like to become a meme
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26 Sep 2018 at 3:06pm
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Saving Scotland?s Heritage From the Rising Seas
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26 Sep 2018 at 2:38pm
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Jeremy Corbyn sets out radical left-wing agenda at Labour Party conference in...
by Andrew Woodcock
26 Sep 2018 at 2:50pm
Read the full speech as the Labour leader said his party was "ready to take charge" and deliver "a real alternative to the people of Britain.


United Nations delegates laugh at smug Donald Trump as he boasts during speech
by Mikey Smith
25 Sep 2018 at 5:19pm
This is the moment the US President was mocked during his big speech in New York after bragging about his 'achievements' while in office.


It's been a privilege to write for the Record - but now it's back to the day job
by Kezia Dugdale
25 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The former Scottish Labour leader has written just under a quarter of a million words for her column since 2014.


Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared over sexual harassment claims but apologised to...
by David Clegg
25 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
In a message seen by the Daily Record Miles Briggs texted the woman at the centre of the scandal to say sorry for his conduct.


Labour challenge Theresa May to 'bring it on' amid call for snap general elec...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell promised a Labour government would mop up the 'mess' left behind by the Tories during the party's annual conference


Scottish Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared of sexual harassment rap
by Laura Paterson
24 Sep 2018 at 4:28pm
Briggs faced a disciplinary hearing over accusations he made persistent unwanted advances to a female worker from another party.


Labour Party will keep nuclear weapons on the Clyde if they win election
by David Hughes
24 Sep 2018 at 9:27am
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says any new Labour government will maintain the UK's nuclear deterrent at Faslane.


Labour Party conference hit by anti-Catholic sectarian row after delegate moc...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Sep 2018 at 7:41am
Scottish trade union leader Andy Kerr later apologised for his ill-judged 'banter'.


Scots Tory MP Miles Briggs under investigation amid sexual harassment claims
by David Clegg
24 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Ruth Davidson's croney 'completely refutes' the allegations after a female worker from another party raised the complaint.


The 'hills are alive with the sound of a shambles' in Theresa May's Salzurg trip
by dailyrecord
24 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black thinks that the Tory Government's 'utter incompetence' means there is still 'no acceptable Brexit plan in place'.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 169 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. Courtesy of Phantom Power, the 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given …
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Results
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …
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The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …
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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching… https://vimeo.com/232306617  

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You Want it Darker
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Sep 2018 at 6:05pm
Andy Warhol said that everybody would get 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime.  In the world of hyper and ubiquitous social media that has been altered to suggest that now everyone was constantly famous – and so would instead get 15 minutes of privacy in their lifetime. Yesterday Richard Leonard got his fame, and …

Domestic Extremist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2018 at 5:23pm
For those of you who have been kettled, spied-on, beaten-up or impregnated this won’t come as a massive shock, but for the rest of you maybe it has. The recent expose of Police Scotland defining peaceful protestors defending communities against fracking as ‘domestic extremists’ might need some unpacking.   After reports of Police Scotland labelling …

Kate and the Brexit Lemons
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2018 at 4:39pm
There seems to be a convergence of post-factual truthers, Brexiteers, climate science deniers, people who hit quite a few of the branches when they fell out of the Stupid Tree and, er, Kate Hoey. Let’s see if we can separate the wheat from the chaff? First, those lemons. Poor Daniel Kawczynski, the Member of Parliament …

We Need to do More than Talk about Mental Health
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Sep 2018 at 8:08pm
Mental health is a political issue ? ignoring this fact will prevent real progress. When Ruth Davidson spoke out on her experience of depression and self-harm earlier this week, I, like many others, reflected on the best ways to raise awareness on the prevalence of mental ill-health and, importantly, how to address it. Out of …

Universal Credit, EU Migrants and Anti-Roma Racism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Sep 2018 at 7:40pm
Back in 2016, I wrote this article for Bella Caledonia. David Cameron had just been defeated in the Brexit referendum and among other consequences this has resulted in a humiliating climb down on some very racist benefit reforms. Cameron had wanted to ban EU migrants from claiming Jobseekers Allowance and restrict them from tax credits for …

Labours Lost Leader
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Sep 2018 at 9:41am
Labour is simultaneously coming together and falling apart. On the one hand Owen Jones writes: “A key theme coming out of Labour conference is: Socialism in 2018 means extending democracy to very part of society” – on the other Richard Leonard announces that Labour will oppose a second referendum on Scottish independence. This goes beyond …

Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 9:58pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. The 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given by Gerda Stevenson. As …

Loyalty, Labour and the IHRA
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 8:59pm
Anti-Semitism is regarded among the worst of all prejudices, due to the gruesome history of 20th century Europe. My maternal grandparents were lucky to avoid the worst of it, as their parents had left Latvia in the late 19th century from economic necessity. As in the Proclaimers song, I was told that one couple (everyone …

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Scotland needs tougher policies to meet CO2 targets, say experts
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Sep 2018 at 7:01am
Nicola Sturgeon told more vigorous action needed to achieve post-2020 emissions targetNicola Sturgeon?s government needs much tougher policies on cutting emissions from Scotland?s roads and farms to meet its ambitious CO2 reduction targets, experts have warned.The UK government?s committee on cli...

Why Hampstead and Hull can?t agree on Brexit | Letter
by Letters
23 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Christopher Clayton disagrees with the suggestion that Labour could keep voters in Hampstead and Hull happy with a second referendumPolly Toynbee portrays a rerun of the Brexit referendum as a way in which Labour can keep both Hull and Hampstead happy (Labour?s path to power lies in putting Brexi...

Scottish government to fight Alex Salmond court action
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2018 at 4:17pm
Former SNP leader claims inquiry into sexual harassment allegations was flawedThe Scottish government has confirmed it will contest Alex Salmond?s court action over his claims that its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him was flawed.Two women, both thought to be civil servants, ...

Glasgow School of Art accused of systemic failings over fire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2018 at 3:47pm
?The building has burned twice on their watch,? says campaigner as Scottish parliament holds hearingThe board of the Glasgow School of Art is unfit to manage the future of the famous Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire in June, after ignoring repeated warnings of fire risk before a prev...

Ruth Davidson praised after talking openly about mental health issues
by Sarah Marsh
16 Sep 2018 at 3:31pm
Scottish Conservative leader reveals she self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts as a teenagerThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has been praised by mental health experts, campaigners and MPs for talking openly about self-harming and having suicidal thoughts as a teenager.Davidson, wh...

Ruth Davidson rules out bid to become UK Conservative leader
by Press Association
16 Sep 2018 at 8:44am
Scottish Tory leader dismisses move for the sake of her mental health and relationshipThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has ruled out ever taking the UK leadership for the sake of her mental health and relationship.Davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, told how she had se...

Alex Salmond rejects claims of alleged bullying as malicious
by Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:45pm
Former first minister warns he could take legal action over reports civil servants raised concerns a decade agoAlex Salmond has rejected claims he allegedly bullied civil servants as malicious and unsubstantiated after suggestions of ministerial misconduct emerged in Scottish government papers.Th...

Boundary changes: seats facing major shake-up
by Peter Walker Political correspondent
10 Sep 2018 at 5:00pm
Six constituencies where the Boundary Commission?s changes will have a big impactMuch of the controversy around the proposed House of Commons boundary changes centres on the reduction in seats from 650 to 600. But many seats will change radically ? and some will disappear altogether. Here is a se...

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Breaking the glass of the fishbowl
So there you go, you write a blog article about the double standards of British nationalism, and how violent metaphors and imagery are the norm for opponents of independence, but if supporters of independence were to use equivalent words or imagery, there would be outrage. And then the very next day the zoomers of Scotland …

Trying to kill us but not with kindness
It’s been obvious for a good while now that the Labour Branch Office in Scotland is composed of an angry and embittered bunch of British nationalists who are united by only three things: their utter inability to comprehend that their British nationalism is in fact nationalism, their unshakeable conviction that they have an absolute entitlement …

Time for the stars to shine
Oh dear gods. Oh all the deities that anyone has ever worshipped. Oh anthropomorphised personification of an impersonal and uncaring universe. I’m fed up. I’m fed up with the wibbling wankwits dribbling drivel and calling it wisdom. I’m fed up with the mendacious mouth-breathers. I’m fed up with the self-serving and the selfish stupidity. I’m …

Labour rips up the Claim of Right
It is being reported today, Sunday, that following Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that he might be prepared to ‘allow’ Scotland to hold a future independence referendum should he become Prime Minister, that the Scottish Branch Office is to press for the inclusion of a clause in the Labour manifesto explicitly opposing another independence referendum. The Branch …

The gravity of theory
On Friday, Theresa May gave her considered response to the entirely predictable rejection of her Chequers Plan by the EU. The rejection should not have come as a surprise to anyone who was paying attention. The EU has been signalling ever since the Chequers Plan was cobbled together that it wasn’t going to be acceptable. …

When they try to silence us it means we?re winning
The National is reporting today that a number of newsagents have cancelled their orders for the Sunday National, despite selling out the copies that they previously received. The news has been received with the usual contempt and dismissal by opponents of independence, some of whom have openly accused the newspaper’s staff of consciously and deliberately …

You can?t have a Union Day if there is no Union
Yesterday, 18 September, was the anniversary of Scotland’s first independence referendum. Only the anniversary of the first one, mind. There will be another. However since the first one produced the result that opponents of independence craved, they are determined that Scottish democracy should be preserved in aspic, forever stuck in the hours after the 18th …

Stranger things
This beautiful poem by John McIntosh was sent to me after John met the dug, and me too, at James Dornan’s fundraising event in Cathcart Bowling Club earlier this month. As today is the anniversary of the first independence referendum, and as we anticipate another, I thought it was the perfect occasion to share it …

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Labour leadership split over terms of a people's vote on Brexit
LABOUR delegates overwhelmingly backed a motion at their party conference offering a people?s vote on Brexit.

Scottish Trade Minister demands Scottish role in Brexit talks
SCOTLAND must be guaranteed a role in formulating, discussing and implementing future international trade deals after Brexit, a minister has underlined.

Study reveals food poverty's tightening grip on Scotland
ONE in 10 single adults feared running out of food in the last year due to lack of cash, officials figures have revealed.

Richard Leonard distances himself from 'kill off' SNP comments
RICHARD Leonard has distanced himself from comments made by a Labour MP calling for Scottish nationalists to be ?killed off?.

MSPs back petition on register of judges' financial interests
A REGISTER of judges? financial interests came a step closer yesterday when the Scottish Parliament?s Justice Committee backed a public petition asking for such a register.

Minister pledges to improve mental health services across Scotland
MENTAL Health Minister Clare Haughey committed to improve services to meet ?changing demand? when she updated Holyrood on the government strategy on the subject yesterday.

Charities call for change to Scottish age of criminal responsibility
CHILDREN?S charities are urging MSPs to ?be courageous? in raising the age of criminal responsibility from the one being proposed by ministers.

FM warns Leonard ruling out indyref2 will leave Scottish Labour 'alienated'
SCOTTISH Labour has been warned of ?sliding into irrelevance? and ?running scared of democracy? after Richard Leonard said his party would fight a General Election on a commitment to oppose a second independence referendum.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence rally at risk after organisers refused access to Holyro...
Scottish independence rally at risk after organisers refused access to Holyrood Park  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanLabour manifesto to rule out second independence referendum, says Richard Leonard  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Scottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote
Scottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote  ReutersRichard Leonard: 'I intend to be next first minister'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Pri...
Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Prime Minister  Express.co.ukWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn fails to rule out allowing second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comFull coverage

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit  Express.co.ukScottish independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times more damaging than Brexit', unionists say  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Yanis Varoufakis reiterates support for Scottish independence 'on one conditi...
Yanis Varoufakis reiterates support for Scottish independence 'on one condition: a separate currency'  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Lab...
Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Labour gains power  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn: Labour government may give Nicola Sturgeon power for second independence referendum  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland
Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and a united Ireland  MetroBrexit: The case for Scottish independence  EURACTIVBrexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK, poll finds  CNBCFull coverage

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'Irresponsible and dangerous' SNP condemned over cancer waiting times
'Irresponsible and dangerous' SNP condemned over cancer waiting times  Express.co.ukFull coverage

SNP defends age limit on flu vaccine
SNP defends age limit on flu vaccine  The TimesMinister blames procurement process on flu jab shortage  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP minister confirms talks with People's Vote campaign
SNP minister confirms talks with People's Vote campaign  HeraldScotlandSNP minister has talks with People's Vote  BBC NewsMinister 'offered to back vote on Brexit deal if Lib Dems support indyref2'  shropshirestar.comFull coverage

Richard Leonard distances himself from 'kill off' SNP comments
Richard Leonard distances himself from 'kill off' SNP comments  The NationalFull coverage

The SNP needs to put forward a clear Brexit strategy
The SNP needs to put forward a clear Brexit strategy  The NationalFull coverage

Hugh Kerr: Why I quit Labour to rejoin the SNP
Hugh Kerr: Why I quit Labour to rejoin the SNP  The ScotsmanScottish Labour official should drop NEC role after anti-Catholic remark ? SNP  Bridport and Lyme Regis NewsPensioners will be victims of Labour's 'half-baked' tax plan, say SNP  The NationalFull coverage

Scotland in Union boss in row over 'shoot SNP' tweet
Scotland in Union boss in row over 'shoot SNP' tweet  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared of sexually harassing SNP worker at party
Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared of sexually harassing SNP worker at party  The TimesFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanScottish Labour leader: 'There is no case for a second independence referendum' in Scotland  BreakingNews.ieFull coverage

SNP minister has talks with People's Vote
SNP minister has talks with People's Vote  BBC NewsMinister 'offered to back vote on Brexit deal if Lib Dems support indyref2'  shropshirestar.comSNP minister confirms talks with People's Vote campaign  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Letters: A second EU referendum must include the option to remain
Letters: A second EU referendum must include the option to remain  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote
Scottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote  ReutersScots Labour pledge to block indyref2 after Corbyn wobble  Express.co.ukRichard Leonard: 'I intend to be next first minister'  BBC NewsScottish Labour rules out support for a second independence referendum  HolyroodFull coverage

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Pri...
Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Prime Minister  Express.co.ukWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn fails to rule out allowing second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comJeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' indyref2 consent if elected PM  The NationalFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Lab...
Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Labour gains power  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn: Labour could grant second independence referendum  The ScotsmanJeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out allowing second independence referendum  HolyroodFull coverage

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit  Express.co.ukScottish independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times worse' than hard Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SCVO to ask for views on a second EU referendum
SCVO to ask for views on a second EU referendum  Third SectorFull coverage

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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...

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

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!

Oil Price
'Brent could head back to $80 a barrel'
The rise in Brent crude prices through $75 a barrel along with a positive broker note on BP from Goldman has seen the oil and gas sector continue to lead the recent gains. According to the note BP is on the cusp of delivering one of the strongest pipelines...

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The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

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 ...

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Liverpool
I put this in the General Travel section but i've a feeling not many people check that these days as it's a bit hidden.....   I'm heading down to Liverpool at the weekend and will be taking in the undoubted 0-0 that will be Everton v Fulham!  Anyone got any recommendations of decent place...

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...

Best folk venues in Glasgow
Hi folks, A couple of pals are coming from Iceland to Glasgow in late November for a conference and making a weekend of it. They were asking me about good folk music venues, both for ceilidh/trad music or just singer-songwriter Scottish or even Irish folk songs. I said the Park Bar was always...

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

Glasgow Band Name
My mate and I were talking over the weekend about support bands we've seen and we got to talking about a specific band we seen a couple of times.  They were pretty unmemorable music wise (generic indie rock) however they stood out because the drummer either had no arms, one arm or a similar disab...

Riga
Thought there was a travel section on the board but couldn't find it so asking here. Anyway, first trip to Latvia for a few nights on Sunday and can't find a pub who are showing the Kilmarnock and Celtic game. Can anyone who's been there before recommend a place that will show Scottish fo...

Scottish ferries shake-up?
New plans for the future of Scotland's ferry fleet would see more smaller vessels https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16897174.new-plans-for-the-future-of-scotlands-ferry-fleet-would-see-more-smaller-vessels/ Makes out as if a radical new way of organising ferry services, but seems to me ...

Chas Hodges
Give it a rest in peace Chas Chas is on the left

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A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-it...
          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

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…