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Why did it take eight years for Scottish Government to confirm Union flag curb?
27 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
THE Scottish Government has declined to say why it has taken eight years to provide guidance to drastically cut the occasions on which a Union flag can be flown from public buildings.

Bill Gates praises Scottish health workers for global impact
27 Jan 2018 at 6:23am
The philanthropist met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to hear about the work of NHS Scotland in Africa.

Tom Gordon: As the budget vote looms, council tensions are rising
27 Jan 2018 at 5:10am
HOLYROOD?S budget process moves into high gear this week with MSPs voting on the general principles of Derek Mackay?s tax and spending plan for 2018-19 on Wednesday. The final vote is in mid-February.

Unspun: the political diary
27 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
NICOLA Sturgeon is forever banging on about the SNP making Scotland ?fairer?, but what does that mean? Luckily, a recent FoI request asked just that. The answer? ?The Scottish Government has not formally outlined a definition of 'fairness', as this is subject to the lens, or context, to which it is attributed.? In other words, whatever we want it to mean. Fair play?

UK will ?maintain continuity? with EU rules during post-Brexit transition
27 Jan 2018 at 6:21am
Senior Cabinet ministers have set out the Government?s thinking on the two-year transition in an open letter to businesses.

Majority of voters want second EU referendum
27 Jan 2018 at 12:10am
AN overwhelming majority of voters back holding a second referendum on leaving the EU.

PM and Erdogan discuss Turkish offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria
27 Jan 2018 at 6:19am
Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Friday.

?Tories will lose next election? if Brexit is delivered ?in name only?, says ...
27 Jan 2018 at 6:17am
Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of Tory Brexiteers, warns Theresa May that the UK should not seek a ?status quo? Brexit transition period.

Apology offered to Corbyn amid controversy over Holocaust comments
27 Jan 2018 at 6:28am
The Labour leader was criticised by campaigners for not mentioning Jews in his memorial message.

MP warns of ?growing frustration? on Tory benches over May?s leadership
27 Jan 2018 at 12:10am
Mark Pritchard used Twitter to express concerns that the Prime Minister is taking her allies for granted.

Labour serious about ?Robin Hood tax? on City financial transactions, says Jo...
26 Jan 2018 at 1:16pm
The shadow chancellor told the World Economic Forum in Davos that corporations face an avalanche of discontent over the way global business operates.

Sturgeon secures newspaper apology over flag row
26 Jan 2018 at 9:42am
THE Daily Mail has apologised to Nicola Sturgeon after it reported she had drastically reduced the occasions on which a Union flag can be flown from public buildings.

Justice secretary: Why the law around arrest must be modernised
24 Jan 2018 at 5:09am
THE PROGRAMME of justice reform in Scotland in the last few years has been significant and is shaping a much more modern and progressive criminal and civil justice system. Importantly, this balances the needs of public protection and the serving of justice with the needs of individuals who come into contact with the police.

Cost of Edinburgh tram inquiry reaches £8 million
26 Jan 2018 at 12:28pm
THE inquiry into Edinburgh?s beleaguered trams project has ballooned by £1 million in the last four months alone.

Brexit vote has cost the UK ?tens of billions?, says Bank of England governor
26 Jan 2018 at 2:13pm
Mark Carney said investment is still lower than before the referendum but the economy may pick up later in the year.



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Stephen Jardine: Robert Burns could help Scotland survive Brexit
27 Jan 2018 at 7:00am
Burns Night is a global calling card and we should embrace it, writes Stephen Jardine.

Leader comment: A sinister theory about Donald Trump and the far-right
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Donald Trump’s offer to apologise for retweeting propaganda from a British far-right group and his claim not to know anything about them is part of a curious pattern of behaviour.

Donald Anderson: Edinburgh must not be scared of change
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Critics once lambasted the Balmoral’s ‘bulbous tower’ but now it’s a listed building, writes Donald Anderson.

Teachers hit out at plans to give heads more power
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
John Swinney’s flagship teaching reform to give more power to headteachers could result in an increasing attainment gap between Scottish schools, teachers have claimed.

Home town honour for Scots missionary killed in Auschwitz
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The courage of a Scots heroine who died in a Nazi concentration camp will be honoured today, Holocaust Memorial Day, with the official opening of a heritage centre in her memory.

David Brooks: Is this professor the world?s most influential intellectual?
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Controversial academic Professor Jordan Peterson offers a tough alternative for men who’ve become ‘emasculated snowflakes’, writes David Brooks

Revealed: 1,000 workers employed by Carillion in Scotland
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am

Leader comment: Why we must remember Holocaust victim Jane Haining
27 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The story of Jane Haining will bring tears to the eyes of many. It is one of incredible bravery, loyalty and what is widely regarded as the greatest evil the world has ever known.

Bombardier wins in trade dispute over US tariffs
26 Jan 2018 at 8:48pm
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has won its case against United States proposals to impose tariffs of 292% on its imports to America in a move which should safeguard thousands of jobs in Belfast.

Maggie?s Centre hailed a ?great success? by Shona Robison
26 Jan 2018 at 8:33pm
HEALTH secretary Shona Robison has hailed the Maggie’s Centre as a “great success story” as it was celebrated at a reception in the Scottish Parliament.

Edinburgh tram inquiry costs have soared by £1 million
26 Jan 2018 at 5:42pm
THE cost of the Edinburgh tram inquiry is now at almost £8 million — having gone up by £1 million in the last four months.

Make maths a ?national priority? for Scotland?s schools
26 Jan 2018 at 3:47pm
Maths teaching should be made a national priority in Scotland’s schools and applicants to the profession should take an online numeracy test, according to a new report.

Scotland?s top police officer to remain on leave amid investigation
26 Jan 2018 at 12:11pm
Scotland’s most senior police officer is to remain on special leave while misconduct allegations against him are investigated.

Alex Salmond is taking his Fringe stage show on a UK tour
26 Jan 2018 at 11:14am
Alex Salmond is set to take his festival stage show on a UK tour.

Scrapping sectarian football law would ?send out wrong message?
26 Jan 2018 at 9:54am
Calls have been made to make changes to controversial legislation aimed at tackling anti-sectarianism in football, rather than scrap it.

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Heroes of the working class
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jan 2018 at 1:31pm
We’re a bit annoyed about this, because we were going to give the Absolute Fanny Of The Week award to Anas Sarwar every week as a joke, but now it seems we can’t. So that’s a professional journalist who’s studied the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act, or OBFA, so intently and diligently that he keeps calling it “OBAF” …

The Lord Ignoble
by Chris Cairns
27 Jan 2018 at 6:55am
(In case you missed this particular twist.)

Fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jan 2018 at 10:26am
The very strange man who is David Leask, chief reporter at the Herald, has been hard at work with a shovel ever since we ran a couple of stories on Monday. Accusing this site of publishing “an implausible blog about our paper this week, based on some unchecked &, well, weird assumptions”, he curiously neglected to …

An early failure
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jan 2018 at 11:51am
December: January: Although you’d think at least one of them would have caught this: Ah, but wait. Apparently it can’t be fake news if you can complain about it and maybe get a microscopic correction printed three months later: Oh, wait, sorry, we mean “very prominent” correction: You know, like this: (And this.) So everything’s …

By hook or by Cook
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2018 at 9:57am
(From The Archives #4) This is an interesting one. Almost 40 years on from the event, Scottish politics is still plagued by micro-brained Labour types insisting that the SNP “ushered in” Margaret Thatcher after the devolution referendum of 1979 was sabotaged by a Labour MP. SNP supporters counter that this is complete bollocks, largely because it’s …

The Fantasists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jan 2018 at 6:43pm
We thought it might be worth going through this in a bit more detail. The phrase “out of control” is in quote marks in the Herald’s front-page headline, leading readers to believe someone has said it, but who? Let’s investigate. Certainly not from Oxfam, whose report it does not appear anywhere in. Let’s see what else …

Taking things personally
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jan 2018 at 3:51pm
Call us cynical if you will, but we were very suspicious when we saw today’s Herald. We were a little bit surprised that Oxfam would have commissioned a report into Scotland, so we thought we better check and see exactly what it said. And sure enough, despite the Herald being absolutely adamant that it was talking …

Absolute Fanny Of The Week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2018 at 2:39pm
We’ve got a shock result for the inaugural winner of this exciting new award, readers. Remarkably it’s NOT David Torrance – who wrote an arch review of a chapter of a book about Donald Trump that didn’t actually exist. Good effort, Davey, but no cigar. And it’s not even notorious Lib Dem atom-wit Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who …

Nothing to see
by Chris Cairns
20 Jan 2018 at 6:56am

David Torrance Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2018 at 10:49am
Remarkably, the notoriously unreliable and yet somehow omnipresent Scottish political commentator and reality-disputer David “Davey” Torrance was still digging last night in the wake of this story from three days ago. Never, eh? Let’s see if that’s true, shall we? Oh right – so he never wears a collar and tie except in his current …

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EIS union calls for 10% pay rise for Scottish teachers
26 Jan 2018 at 3:57pm
Both the EIS and a second union, the SSTA, have signalled willingness to take industrial action over pay.

Daily Mail apologises to Nicola Sturgeon over flag story
26 Jan 2018 at 8:00am
The Scottish Daily Mail prints a correction to its story about the Union flag being flown in Scotland.

Donald Trump 'would love to return to Scotland'
26 Jan 2018 at 9:54am
The president describes his regret at not being able to visit the country since his election.

Shetland radar base 'nearing completion'
26 Jan 2018 at 2:05pm
A new RAF radar facility that will track Russian military aircraft approaching the north of the UK will be operational soon.

Police chief's special leave extended for four weeks
26 Jan 2018 at 11:08am
The Scottish Police Authority update on Phil Gormley's case comes amid an ongoing political row.

Sturgeon denies lying over Royal Alexandra children's ward
25 Jan 2018 at 5:22pm
The first minister says proposals to close the Paisley ward were made a year after she told a TV debate there were no plans to do so.

Major reform planned for Crown Estate in Scotland
25 Jan 2018 at 12:21pm
The Scottish government introduces a bill to take control of the land managed by the Crown Estate.

'Serious concerns' over Clackmannanshire Council finances
25 Jan 2018 at 11:39am
Clackmannanshire Council is told by a spending watchdog it must act "urgently" to save £29m by 2021.

Scottish flu outbreak 'past its peak' as new cases drop
25 Jan 2018 at 4:38pm
Scotland may be over the worst of the winter illness as cases drop for the first time in a month.

New teacher training in rural schools announced
25 Jan 2018 at 11:32am
The course will be run by the University of Dundee and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Big losers but arts funding avoids 'cultural carnage'
25 Jan 2018 at 1:56pm
Funding for arts remains the same though 20 organisations are replaced in a shake-up of who gets the cash.

Fact check: Flag Rage
24 Jan 2018 at 11:28am
Newspapers claim that Nicola Sturgeon has changed the rules about flying the Union flag - but is this true?

Scot Goes Pop

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An independence referendum in 2019 or 2020 is looking increasingly likely
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2018 at 5:38pm
Somebody with more patience than I have will doubtless work their way line-by-line through Gerry Hassan's latest update of 'The Article'.  There are the familiar highlights - the claims that Nicola...

'I don't know what a sense of Britishness is anymore'
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2018 at 6:04pm
Sorry that blogging has been light recently - I've been a bit under the weather and rushed off my feet, which is never a great combination. Here are a couple of things to tide you over, though - f...

The ultimate betrayal: Scottish Tory MPs vote to destroy the devolution settl...
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2018 at 11:00pm
I wasn't following the notorious events in the Commons the other night very closely, so I was intrigued to see what the wording of the Labour amendment on protecting devolution actually was.  Hansa...

Body blow for hapless Leonard as Labour slip back in first Scottish poll of 2018
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2018 at 4:24am
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for alerting me to the first full-scale Scottish poll of the New Year, conducted by YouGov for the Scottish edition of The Times.Scottish voting intentions for the nex...

Do the SNP have three times as many members as the unionist parties combined?
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2018 at 4:35am
Just thought I'd pass on a snippet of information sent to me by Stuart Dickson.  He spotted on Stormfront Lite that the ESRC-funded Party Members Project has found that 5% of Labour members live in...

Cable to the unknown
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2018 at 6:11pm
Just for the sake of completeness, and also because it happens to be a favourable one, here's what is presumably the last Scottish subsample from a GB-wide poll that was conducted during 2017.  It'...

To lead or not to lead - that is the question
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
As you may have seen, there's been a new outbreak of the intra-Yes culture wars today, triggered by a post on Wings about another question from the Panelbase poll, showing that by a margin of 58% t...

"Don't you DARE try to stop us!" say Scots in landmark Panelbase poll that RE...
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2018 at 10:17pm
OK, you've probably already seen this story earlier today on Wings, but you know me - I just couldn't resist the headline.  (It's a fond tribute to a characteristically unhinged headline that was r...

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Sturgeon denies lying over children's ward
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Husband of murdered MP Jo Cox reacts to Donald Trump's apology for re-tweetin...
by Danya Bazaraa
26 Jan 2018 at 12:09pm
In a one-to-one interview with Piers Morgan, the US President said he didn't know anything about the far right group when he re-tweeted the videos

Donald Trump apologises for re-tweeting far-right group Britain First during ...
by Lucy Needham
26 Jan 2018 at 9:27am
The US President said 'he didn't want to be involved with these people' before apologising and saying he loved the UK

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act has been given the red card ... now we ne...
by Record View
26 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Now that it's been given the sack, Holyrood must look at Strict Liability as a fitting replacement for the doomed Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.

Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'lying' over children's ward closure by Lib Dem le...
by Laura Paterson
25 Jan 2018 at 5:26pm
The First Minister hit back at Willie Rennie and called him a "pathetic attention seeker" before Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh stepped in to scold the pair.

Bertie Ahern warns Brexit border 'fudge' in Ireland will soon unravel
by Ed Carty
25 Jan 2018 at 2:11pm
The former Irish Taoiseach says the agreement will fall apart as soon as Britain leaves the single market and customs union.

Controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act set to be scrapped in Holyr...
by dailyrecord
25 Jan 2018 at 10:31am
Scottish Labour said the SNP are heading for a 'major defeat' on current legislation as opposition parties call for a major rethink.

Scots prisoners could be allowed to vote as MSPs set to debate ban
by Katrine Bussey
25 Jan 2018 at 10:27am
The move comes after Green MSP Patrick Harvie called for alternatives to the current blanket ban to be considered.

David Mundell faces calls to quit over failure to stop Tory 'power grab' of S...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Mundell dismissed suggestions from the SNP’s Pete Wishart that he should “consider his own position”.

Nicola Sturgeon says Union Flag snub claims are 'nonsense' and 'simply untrue'
by Paul Ward
24 Jan 2018 at 11:07am
The First Minister tweeted in response to claims published guidance has been changed to only fly the Union flag on Remembrance Day.

Carillion bosses handed out £500m to shareholders in just seven years as firm...
by Andrew Gregory
24 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling handed the debt-laden company a £62million contract in November – a month after the Ministry of Defence stopped awarding them work.

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Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too. Advertisements

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
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9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

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Neil Findlay ? Freend o the Wirkin Clesses
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jan 2018 at 7:53pm
Ma Labour-supportin freends ? the yins wha hivnae awready gave up on me ? are ayeweys bangin on aboot Neil Findlay. If it?s real chynge ah?m wantin tae see in the warld, proper socialism, forget the SNP, they tell me; Neil Findlay is the man for me. The moral coonterwecht tae the political careerists even …

The Immortality of Robert Burns
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jan 2018 at 9:00pm
Based on an Immortal Memory delivery by Alastair McIntosh to the GalGael Trust, Glasgow, 25 January 2018 The question that I shall address tonight is this: what is ?immortal? in the memory of Robert Burns? And beyond that, how might that speak to our condition today? Let me work through four of his poems. In …

Noble Poets
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jan 2018 at 4:30pm
The poetry world is having a meltdown if you don’t care just to let you know that I don’t care that you don’t care, so save us both somme time and don’t leave me a comment saying you don’t care – after a ‘review’ in the poetry journal PN Review by Rebecca Watts published a …

Scottish Spleen and other Stories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jan 2018 at 4:00pm
Christie Williamson's Shetlandic skites off the page like spume onto skerries - 'An da wind, da swall, da staur, da bird, da clock'll tell de - be du fu. Be du ay fu! O wine. O poyims. O virtue. Whitivvir taks de' ...

Move aside Robert Burns, it?s time to celebrate Scotland?s identity with a woman
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jan 2018 at 11:13am
The half-light of these weary January days has just been lit up by the linguistic thrills of Burns Night. This international celebration of Robert Burns? timeless poetry will see millions across the world raise a glass to Scotland?s bard on January 25. Burns is used by Scots as a frame upon which to hang a tremendous amount of …

Ipso Fact, Oh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jan 2018 at 11:01am
Twin outlooks of British nationalism were given full exposure this week as flag hysteria broke out. Having noticed something dreadful, dire and calamitous (that they hadn’t noticed in a decade) the Daily Mail – surrounded by a wave of exultant Union Jack enthusiasts – wailed about the terrible nationalists depriving poor Queeny of her red …

Trump is Not Stupid and Will Not Be Impeached
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jan 2018 at 6:56pm
Trump is a strategic actor – there I’ve said it. But Gordon, you’ve read Fire And The Fury? Indeed and a fine romp it was too, that the best bit was the Gorilla Channel wasn’t so much icing on the cake as a cheeky sprinkling of cocaine … Wearing your Lincoln glasses you observe he …

Oxfam ? Inequality Exists Shock
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jan 2018 at 10:00am
So, to recap on Wings Oxfam ‘analysis’ of the Oxfam inequality reports: There was a report. It was on their website. It was about Scotland. Inequality exists. Inequality is growing. As Commonspace reported: “Oxfam found that the UK, and indeed Scotland, was no exception to this rule, with the wealthiest one per cent in Scotland owning …

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Daily Mail apologises to Nicola Sturgeon over union flag claim
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jan 2018 at 9:32am
Scottish edition had accused first minister of wanting to curtail flying of the flag for royal events The Scottish Daily Mail has apologised to Nicola Sturgeon after the newspaper claimed the first minister had ?decreed? that the union flag should no longer be flown over dozens of public building...

Scottish Labour party to vote on using more women-only shortlists
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Plan for Westminster candidates set to get go-ahead, but vote for deputy likely to be delayed Scottish Labour is expected to introduce all-women shortlists to fight key target seats in a fast-track selection process to prepare for a second snap general election.The party has identified 20 key Wes...

Macron tells May City will get less access to Europe than now if UK leaves si...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Jan 2018 at 8:06pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s press conference with Emmanuel MacronWhat Macron said to May about Brexit - Key quote and analysisSummary 8.01pm GMT I think the City of London will continue to be a major global financial centre. That is...

Westminster Brexiters ignore Scotland at their peril | Gerry Hassan
by Gerry Hassan
15 Jan 2018 at 5:28pm
The will of the people cannot be respected on one issue only. Nicola Sturgeon could soon be calling for two referendumsBrexit has turned British politics upside down. But to the UK government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front. It doesn?t matter for them t...

Sturgeon publishes Brexit impact report saying staying in single market best ...
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Jan 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenSturgeon?s speech and Brexit impact report - Summary and analysisLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.03pm GMT Related: Carillion liquidation: Government statement on the crisis ? live updates 5.02pm GMT The Heywood hearing has ...

Brexit could cost Scottish economy £16bn a year ? report
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Jan 2018 at 1:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon says updated analysis strengthens case for UK staying in EU single marketScotland?s economy faces losing up to £16bn a year as a result of leaving the EU, according to a Scottish government forecast.The updated analysis warns that a hard Brexit, in which the UK falls back on World...

I'm A Celebrity: Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale paid £70,000 for appearance
by Libby Brooks and agency
12 Jan 2018 at 3:29pm
Former Scottish Labour leader who drank smoothie made from blended ostrich anus donated some of earnings to three charitiesKezia Dugdale has confirmed that she donated to charity just over £5,000 of the £70,000 fee she received for her controversial appearance on I?m A Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of H...

Ruth Davidson says there should be no second EU referendum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jan 2018 at 11:32am
Scottish Tory leader says referendums are divisive but expresses frustration over plans for Scotland in Brexit billThe leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said she does not want a second referendum to be held on EU membership, while expressing her frustration at delays to plans to protect Sc...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Going on the offensive against the offensive
The Daily Mail has today published an apology for its front page screech that Nicola Sturgeon was personally going about the country and ripping Union flegs out of the hands of poor wee sowels whose only crime is to oppose independence, because she hates the English. Or something like that. We’re still waiting for apologies …

Getting Union fleg knickers in a twist
I thought it was only spittle flecked nationalists who were supposed to care about things like flags? After all, that’s what our British nationalism-isn’t-nationalist-at-all friends are always telling us. Not caring about nationalist symbols like flags is one of the many things that they claim makes them morally superior to lesser breeds like Caledonian separatist …

How propaganda works
Over the weekend, as much of Scotland was covered in ice and snow, those of us who are dog owners still had to struggle out and slide about on the ice-rink that pavements and side-streets had been turned into. Not that I’m really complaining, the Spanish born dug loves snow. It seems to hold all …

Being deafened by the ?silenced?
The job of most media commentators in Scotland is to criticise the SNP.  To do so they use a Scottish media which overwhelmingly takes as its starting point that British nationalism is the norm and is a norm which is not nationalist at all. The job of the media in Scotland is to judge Scotland …

What has David Torrance ever done for us?
Usually Party Political Broadcasts are pretty boring affairs. The latest SNP party political broadcast has managed to generate considerable entertainment for independence supporters, at least those of us who follow politics enough to get the joke. The broadcast was based on the famous Monty Python sketch from the Life of Brian, “What have the Romans …

Labour?s broken pencil stub
On Wednesday the Scottish Parliament debated the Scottish Government’s draft budget. The Labour party in Scotland doesn’t like the Scottish Government’s budget. No really. I was as shocked as you are. Labour think it’s a bad budget. It’s a terrible budget. It’s a rotten budget. But worst of all, and for this it is beyond …

Journey to Yes: N° 20
Nina and Craig say Yes. North-East England voted emphatically to leave the European Union despite being a region that benefits most from EU trade and funding. The Brexit vote also triggered a rise in anti-immigrant attitudes and rethink for specialist nurses Nina and Craig about where to spend their future. Nina, a Danish EU National, …

When hand wringing becomes neck wringing
Scotland’s half baked baker’s dozen of Conservative MPs have been terribly upset of late. They tell us that they’re unhappy that their government hasn’t introduced the necessary amendments to the EU Exit Bill to make it comply with the devolution settlement. That’s despite the fact that promises were given by the British government to make …

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Leading cultural figures hit back at top composer's 'politically-motivated? a...
FIONA Hyslop has called for a ?respectful? discussion about Scottish culture as senior arts figures criticised what they said was a ?politically-motivated? attack on independence supporting artists and writers by a leading composer.

Scotland's arts policy debate deserves better than MacMillan's attempt to hav...
JAMES MacMillan and I aren?t getting along. The great contemporary composer (and he is great, inarguably) has taken in recent years to launching broadsides. They are usually aimed at what he sees as a cosy and dangerous consensus between Scottish artists and indy-majority Holyrood governments.

Spain asks court to block Puigdemont's president bid
AN extraordinary session of Spain?s Constitutional Court (TC) will be held this afternoon to decide if Carles Puigdemont?s bid to be installed as president of Catalonia is legal.

Scots remain most in favour of new vote on Brexit
MORE than two-thirds of Scots want another referendum on Brexit, according to a new poll.

Russia says Tory claims are a ?plot? fit for Monty Python
MOSCOW has likened Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson?s claims that Russia is plotting an attack on the UK to ?a Monty Python sketch?.

Scottish Labour set to delay deputy leader vote
SCOTTISH Labour bosses are today expected to decide to delay holding their deputy leadership election until the summer.

First Minister slams Rennie for claim she 'lied' on ward closure
NICOLA Sturgeon labelled Willie Rennie a ?pathetic attention seeker? after he accused her of ?lying? during a television election debate, as they clashed at First Minister?s Questions yesterday.

Brexit rebels turn up the heat as May attends talks
THERESA May is coming under increased pressure from her backbenchers amid mounting speculation that poor local election results could trigger a challenge to her leadership.

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Scotland Together ? The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Sco...
        Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Scotland Fed-up with the bare faced lies and biased output of BBC Scotland and commercial television. Need a break from Jacki Bird, Sarah Smith and fat-boy Taylor? Turn to Freeview Channel 989 or (Sky 545, Virgin333 and Freesat 67) … Continue reading "Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the...

        Colin James Clark Multi-Millionaire Colin James Clark was born 20 May 1969. His father Robbie owned a 1000 acre+ farm and three cottages (rented out) near Auchterless.  In 1990. His early career in agriculture to him to Lincolnshire where he developed an interest in organic farming of products for direct sale. … Continue reading "tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elec...

Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

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Lallands 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

Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence
Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions abut the SNP and Independence Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 23rd 2018 ?What Do You Do When A Society Lies to Itself?? So said writer Umair Haque this week in the context of the constitutional standoff in Trump?s America. But it is true of most nations …

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No
Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, January 15th 2018 Brexit has turned British politics and Britain itself upside down. But to the UK Government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front as far as Brexit …

The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate
The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 10th 2018 The New Year is always a time for reflection. I spent the Christmas and New Year break in the United States, providing an opportunity for reflection and a different take on the world. Two and a half …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

Scotland and Independence

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Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandScottish independence poll: 57% No, 43% Yes  HITCNicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independence sceptics  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Why religion rather than UK identity has been a 'greater influence' on Scotti...
Why religion rather than UK identity has been a 'greater influence' on Scottish literature and culture over 300 years  The CourierFull coverage

Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy
Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy  The NationalWhat does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?  BBC NewsIndependence 'can still be Scottish answer to Brexit'  The TimesFull coverage

Scotland's arts policy debate deserves better than James MacMillan's attempt ...
Scotland's arts policy debate deserves better than James MacMillan's attempt to have a rammy  The NationalComposer James MacMillan claims Scottish Government is using culture strategy to shore up support for independence  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Can these flag-obsessed British nationalists please get on with the day job?
Can these flag-obsessed British nationalists please get on with the day job?  The NationalFull coverage

SNP "discrimination" case to consider whether Scottish independence is a phil...
SNP "discrimination" case to consider whether Scottish independence is a philosophical belief  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Greens set out price for backing Scottish National party's budget
Greens set out price for backing Scottish National party's budget  Financial TimesFull coverage


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SNP challenged to give teachers 10 per cent pay rise
SNP challenged to give teachers 10 per cent pay rise  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Letters: SNP is bent on making nation ungovernable after its inevitable defeat
Letters: SNP is bent on making nation ungovernable after its inevitable defeat  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

This MSP is the favourite to replace Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader
This MSP is the favourite to replace Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader  HITCLetters: It is high time party leaders raised the tone at Holyrood  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP 'eradicates' Union flag from Scottish government buildings with Saltire t...
SNP 'eradicates' Union flag from Scottish government buildings with Saltire to fly alone on royal occasions to remove Union flag from government buildings  The TimesUK's flag to be 'eradicated' from Scotland coverage

Husband discovered ex-SNP councillor's 'racist texts' to wife
Husband discovered ex-SNP councillor's 'racist texts' to wife  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP using art as propaganda, composer James MacMillan warns
SNP using art as propaganda, composer James MacMillan warns  The TimesFull coverage

SNP councillor 'sent racist texts to lover'
SNP councillor 'sent racist texts to lover'  The TimesFull coverage

SNP set for 'major defeat' on sectarian behaviour at football law
SNP set for 'major defeat' on sectarian behaviour at football law  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for ...
Sturgeon vows to decide by the Autumn whether to push ahead with demands for fresh Scottish independence ...  Daily MailSturgeon to decide on second independence referendum by end of 2018  New EuropeFirst Minister Sturgeon: Brexit deal will decide second referendum on Scottish independence  MercoPressFull coverage

Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests
Clock ticking on window for Scottish independence referendum, poll suggests  HeraldScotlandPoll: Majority of Scots don't want Indyref2 in next five years  The ScotsmanBlow for Sturgeon as poll finds barely a THIRD of Scots want another independence referendum despite stirring over ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Scots remain most in favour of new vote on Brexit
Scots remain most in favour of new vote on Brexit  The National#Brexit campaigners gear up for fight back to stop 'betrayal'  EU ReporterFull coverage

New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum...
New unionist group UK Unity calls for second Scottish independence referendum after Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of Eng...
M&S tells Scottish customer: You've had your referendum and you're part of England now  The NationalFull coverage

Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum
Brexit survey undermines Nicola Sturgeon's push for second referendum facing constitutional crisis over Brexit bill  The ScotsmanWhat does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for staying in single market
Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for staying in single market  ReutersFull coverage

Caledonia - a simple love song to Scotland
Caledonia - a simple love song to Scotland  BBC NewsFull coverage

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

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won. Sad.

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

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Saving the world with bullshit? "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World The global context has changed dramatically: geostrategic fissures have re-emerged on multiple fronts with wide-ranging political, economic and social consequences. Realpolitik is no longer just a relic of the ...

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

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Skipinnish,gaelic And West Coast Bands
I have always loved run rigs music and lately i have started listening to skipinnish, they have a few cracking tunes and have the potential to take run rigs place if they call it a day, i have also started listening to julie fowlis and again she has some brilliant songs, are there any other bands...

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

Mark E Smith
Sadly dead.  Didn't look that good when he cancelled some gigs before Christmas.   An absolute one-off.  

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...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

He wrote the words to the third most sung song in the English speaking World. He has more statues to him than any other non-religious figure after Victoria(cow) and Columbus. He was Bob Dylan?s single greatest influence. Michael Jackson based Thriller on Tam O? Shanter. He was the first person ev...

Bridge link between scotland and ireland
I seen on the news earliers on that following boris?s insane idea to bridge the chanel between France  and England, that folk are now speculating whether a bridge between ireland and scotland would be possible or feasible. I have to say the idea of that is very appealing but would it be worth the...

Fair innings.

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Daily Mail apologises to Nicola Sturgeon for flag story

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Sketch: Henry Bolton may be UKIP's best hope

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Associate feature: A happy anniversary for Children in Scotland, but let?s lo...

Forecasting errors from the Scottish Fiscal Commission would put finances at ...

Serious concerns from solicitors as expansion of police duty scheme comes int...

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Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…