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Labour win Coatbridge byelection amid SNP infighting
26 Oct 2018 at 12:35pm
LABOUR has won a high-profile council by-election in North Lanarkshire, after the SNP candidate was embroiled in an internal party feud.

Tory interim leader brands SNP in Glasgow an ?abject failure?
27 Oct 2018 at 3:04am
Scottish Conservative interim leader Jackson Carlaw has branded the SNP?s first 18 months at the helm of Scotland?s biggest council as an ?abject failure?.

Green ?to lodge complaint against peer who named him in #MeToo allegations?
27 Oct 2018 at 3:14am
Former cabinet minister Lord Hain used the protection of parliamentary privilege to identify the Arcadia chairman.

Scottish and Welsh ministers call for EU settlement pilot to include relatives
27 Oct 2018 at 3:11am
They say failure to allow family members to apply could deter workers from taking part.

Support for ailing high streets expected in Chancellor?s Budget
27 Oct 2018 at 3:20am
Philip Hammond will use Monday?s Budget to promise a tax break for small firms and a fund to transform town centres.

Michael D Higgins on course to win Irish presidential election, exit polls show
27 Oct 2018 at 3:17am
According to polls, he has secured more than 56% of the vote.

Jeremy Corbyn: Children?s lives put in danger by cuts to services
27 Oct 2018 at 3:08am
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the austerity measures were a ?tragic false economy?.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson gives birth to baby boy
26 Oct 2018 at 3:03pm
RUTH Davidson has spoken of her happiness after giving birth to a baby boy.

SNP MP signed non-disclosure agreement after being bullied at work
26 Oct 2018 at 11:35am
A SENIOR SNP MP has revealed she once signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) after being bullied at work.

FMQs sketch: Inaction Jackson
25 Oct 2018 at 7:48pm
HE came to praise Caesar, not to bury her. The Scottish Tories have a new leader while Ruth Davidson is on maternity leave, and Jackson Carlaw quickly made an impression.

100,000 NHS breaches deserve 'Barlinnie', Sturgeon told
25 Oct 2018 at 5:33pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has admitted the legal treatment time guarantee she introduced as health secretary six years ago has now been broken more than 100,000 times.

Humza Yousaf announces crackdown on criminals breaching tags
25 Oct 2018 at 7:40pm
VIOLENT criminals will generally no longer be able to serve part of their sentence at home while wearing an electronic tag.

Mundell in New York to mark 30th anniversary of Lockerbie bombing
26 Oct 2018 at 12:02am
DAVID Mundell will travel to New York next week to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, Britain?s worst terrorist atrocity.

SNP would push for People's Vote if MPs rejected May's take-it-or-leave-it Br...
25 Oct 2018 at 12:02am
THE SNP would push for an immediate Commons motion to set up a People?s Vote if MPs rejected Theresa May?s take-it-or-leave-it Brexit deal, Ian Blackford has insisted, stressing how Westminster would have to ?exert its authority over the Government?.

Damning report criticising Glasgow School of Art contractor 'irrelevant', say...
25 Oct 2018 at 12:10pm
THE architects behind the doomed restoration of the Glasgow School of Art have dismissed a damning report which blamed the project?s main contractor for fire safety failings elsewhere as ?irrelevant?.



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Scottish Labour told to ?get off the fence? on second EU referendum
27 Oct 2018 at 12:01am

Mesh implants investigation suffered from ?Systematic failures?
26 Oct 2018 at 9:46pm
The official investigation into the use of mesh implants in Scotland was so badly executed that it left several members of the panel “traumatised”, an independent review has found.

New drive to win backing for assisted dying law in Scotland
26 Oct 2018 at 9:14pm
Assisted dying campaigners claim there is now “empathy and understanding” among MSPs about the need to introduce the controversial measure in Scotland.

UK Government rail troubleshooter asks to meet wrong minister - and spells hi...
26 Oct 2018 at 6:40pm
A former airline chief leading the UK Government's rail review was today ridiculed for asking to meet Humza Yousaf - four months after he stopped being transport minister.

Ruth Davidson: ?I can?t wait to get this little one home to enjoy some family...
26 Oct 2018 at 3:01pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has given birth to a baby boy and said she and her partner Jen Wilson are “delighted” by their new son.

Report: Scottish Twitter users ?clear target? for bots
26 Oct 2018 at 2:02pm
A new report has found up to 12 per cent of Scottish Twitter activity could be malign amid concerns of fake activity by so-called ‘bots’ or foreign agents.

SNP MP Hannah Bardell: I signed non-disclosure agreement after workplace bull...
26 Oct 2018 at 10:41am
A Scottish politician has revealed that she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) after she experienced bullying in a job she held before entering politics.

Edinburgh councillor summoned to showdown meeting over Humza Yousaf tweet
26 Oct 2018 at 10:13am
THE city councillor at the centre of a row over Twitter remarks about Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has been summoned to meet Labour group leader Cammy Day over his conduct today.

Joyce McMillan: Why Tories? two-child benefits rule is immoral
26 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
Conservative MSP Michelle Ballantyne’s claim that the UK Government’s two-child benefits rule is ‘fair’ shows how far Britain has fallen since 1946, writes Joyce McMillan.

Tagging for violent and knife crime convicts curbed following murder
26 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
Violent offenders and those with a history of knife crime will no longer be able to serve part of their sentence at home on an electronic tag after a catalogue of failures led to the murder of a man in an unprovoked street attack.

Richard Leonard: SNP is refusing to face the basic truth about the NHS
26 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government should be ashamed of its abject failure to meet NHS waiting time targets and does not seem to be able to face the basic truth that the health service is desperately short of funds, writes Richard Leonard, Scottish Labour party leader.

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: I was raped and beaten - then forced to apologi...
26 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
A man has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how he was made to apologise to his attacker after being raped and beaten as an eight-year-old.

Leader comment: P1 tests must not be political football
26 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
Education is too important an issue for political point scoring, so the fate of P1 tests should be decided by experts based on the evidence.

Don?t be angry about Malcolm Tucker being angry ? leader comment
26 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
How dare the BBC stereotype Scots as aggressive! It’s an outrage, a scandal and makes The Scotsman just, well, incredibly ANGRY!

Brexit: Pro-EU MPs tell Barnier to prepare for Brexit U-turn
25 Oct 2018 at 9:00pm
Michel Barnier was told to get ready for the UK to change its mind on Brexit through a fresh referendum in a meeting with pro-EU opposition politicians.

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Gremlins in the machine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Oct 2018 at 6:56pm
Apologies for the shortage of content in the last couple of days, folks. The 10-year-old Wings PC has been wheezing and groaning and emitting smoke for a few weeks, but it’s now reached a point where we can barely keep it from crashing for five minutes at a time, and we’ve run out of sticking plasters (and …

The rank outsider
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2018 at 6:59pm
And we do mean rank. It’s been quite a week already for super-hapless Labour MP Hugh Gaffney, but he excelled himself today when joining in with Scottish Labour’s campaign to resist building a new hospital in Gartcosh (which is the recommendation of an independent NHS panel), rather than on the site of the current one in Monklands. (And …

The Last Days Of Pompeii
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2018 at 12:22pm
In many ways the Glasgow equal-pay dispute feels like the impotent final fury of the dinosaurs after the dust cloud of a prehistoric asteroid impact blacked out the sun and condemned them all to death. What we’re seeing now is a futile howl of rage against irrelevance by the shady cabal of Labour politicians and senior …

Just enough rope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2018 at 5:44pm
We don’t know whether Sky News’ senior Scotland correspondent James Matthews recognised double-jobbing Labour MP and councillor Hugh Gaffney on today’s strike march in Glasgow or not. (We suspect he did, but as Gaffney’s only been an MP for a year and a half we can’t be sure.) What’s certain is that he gave him …

We must just be idiots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2018 at 1:44pm
On the face of it, this stuff is like shooting fish in a barrel. But let’s treat it with more dignity than it deserves and hear her out. Indeed. We completely agree that democracy doesn’t end after any single vote, and that people have the right to change their minds if circumstances alter. We’re just …

The unwelcoming committee
by Dave McEwan Hill
22 Oct 2018 at 4:59pm
The indyref sometimes caused feelings to run rather high, and people on both sides made themselves very unpopular with those on the other side. But four years of water has flowed under the bridge since then, and not everyone is still in the same trenches. Some high-profile names have switched to from No to Yes …

You know how it works by now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2018 at 1:11pm
Today: But that’s only fair, because after all – oh: Etc.

The rules where you are
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2018 at 1:34pm
Well well, look who suddenly believes in second referendums. It’s fascinating to note how you can completely reverse Kezia Dugdale’s position on the subject simply by substituting the word “Scotland” for the words “the UK” in that second tweet, and imagine she was talking about the independence march in heavily-Remain-voting Edinburgh earlier this month instead …

Friends like ours
by Chris Cairns
20 Oct 2018 at 6:59am

The recycling plant
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2018 at 2:54pm
The BBC’s Scottish politics website today prominently carries this story: Our famously alert readers may recall as far back as five-and-a-half months ago, which was the last time the Scottish media tried to whip up demented scare stories about baby boxes, which have been given to every new mother in Finland for approximately 70 years and caused …

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Teachers to march in Glasgow over pay demand
27 Oct 2018 at 12:00am
Members of the EIS union from across Scotland will gather in Glasgow for a march and rally.

Call to extend EU settlement scheme pilot to include family members
27 Oct 2018 at 12:00am
The Scottish and Welsh health secretaries want family members included in EU Settlement Scheme pilot.

Ruth Davidson gives birth to baby boy
26 Oct 2018 at 5:05pm
The Scottish Conservative leader says she and partner Jen Wilson are "delighted" to welcome Finn to the world.

Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'
26 Oct 2018 at 12:02pm
Twitter users in Scotland are a "clear target" for bots operated by hostile foreign states, research finds.

MP 'signed a non-disclosure agreement'
26 Oct 2018 at 7:54am
SNP MP Hannah Bardell says she signed the agreement after being bullied while working in business.

'Systematic' failings in mesh implants review
26 Oct 2018 at 7:00am
A report also finds that the original mesh inquiry was "ill-conceived, thoughtlessly structured and poorly executed".

Funding challenge issued over Tay Cities Deal
26 Oct 2018 at 1:09am
The Scottish government says it will invest £200m in the Tay Cities Deal - and challenges the UK government to match it.

'Mini Murrayfield' approval to be investigated by council
26 Oct 2018 at 2:48pm
Council to investigate permission given to Scottish Rugby's planned new 7,800-capacity stadium for Edinburgh on Murrayfield's back pitches.

Independent review ordered into P1 assessments
25 Oct 2018 at 4:45pm
The education secretary announces an "evidence-led review" that will determine whether the tests continue or not.

SQA chief executive Dr Janet Brown to retire
26 Oct 2018 at 11:46am
Dr Janet Brown led the Scottish Qualifications Authority through major changes of the exams system.

Vince Cable urges Barnier to prepare for new referendum
25 Oct 2018 at 10:25pm
UK opposition parties tell EU Brexit negotiator there is "cross-party resistance" to Tory Brexit.

Doctors' feedback to be sought on 'bullying' probe
26 Oct 2018 at 10:53am
NHS Highland says all doctors in its area will be asked to discuss the findings of its investigation.

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SNP vote holds up in agonisingly close Coatbridge South by-election
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2018 at 12:32am
So unfortunately it turns out that I was correct earlier tonight in suggesting that Labour's chances in the Coatbridge South by-election were being underestimated - they ended up pipping the SNP by...

In Coatbridge South? Don't forget to vote before 10pm
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2018 at 7:27pm
It's statistically inevitable (or highly likely at least) that a few readers of this blog are residents of the Coatbridge South ward.  If you're one of them, and if you haven't voted SNP in today's...

Why do we allow the Holyrood balance of power to be affected by the choice of...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2018 at 7:44pm
I know this is hardly the most pressing problem at the moment, but with talk of John Bercow finally taking his leave, the point has occurred to me again: why do we allow the balance of power in the...

If the SNP end up using the 2021 election to seek a constitutional mandate, i...
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2018 at 10:24am
If Brian Taylor was correct on last night's Reporting Scotland - and I emphasise the word "if" - that there are senior people in the SNP talking up the possibility of letting the mandate for an ind...

Survation telephone poll reveals astonishing recovery in support for independ...
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2018 at 4:58pm
So profuse apologies once again for the dog's breakfast of the last two posts.  I spent last night in a Highland hotel with a large Union Jack on the outside and a very dodgy wifi on the inside, an...

Survation sensation as new poll puts SNP on course for OVERALL MAJORITY in th...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2018 at 9:13pm
My apologies - I'm really playing catch-up with this latest Survation poll.  I've been away on a long weekend in the Highlands which has just been extended for another night because of bad weather,...

Stupefying Survation survey suggests Scotland will vote Yes to independence i...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2018 at 9:02am
There was a troll in the comments section a week or two back who claimed as a point of 'fact' that support for independence is now lower than it was in September 2014.  I deleted his comment for sp...

Britain is now a prison - the SNP must set out its escape plan
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2018 at 7:39am
Britain is no longer the country that most of us grew up in, and the transformation has been incredibly recent and sudden.  Every Prime Minister between Harold Wilson and David Cameron accepted tha...

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Best place to visit/experience scenery and stay overnight from Edinburgh?
by /u/MultitudinousGatos
27 Oct 2018 at 3:52am
I'm looking for somewhere not too far to drive to to spend a night over to experience some incredible Scottish scenery. Only want to travel as far as 2 hours or so max from Edinburgh if possible. ...

Outlaw King | Official Trailer #2 [HD] | Netflix
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27 Oct 2018 at 12:47am
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My father and I will fly from Israel to Scotland and go to Hampden Park on th...
by /u/ddaannkk123
26 Oct 2018 at 10:11pm
Tickets to the away team fans' stand are very expensive and the view from there doesn't seem so good either. The question is if my father and I can buy tickets through the Scottish FA site and whic...

UK region of the nearest capital
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26 Oct 2018 at 10:05pm
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The Scottish legend of Tam Lin
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26 Oct 2018 at 9:12pm
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Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'
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26 Oct 2018 at 8:58pm
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Cairngorm Ski School will be closed all winter due to funicular railway problems
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26 Oct 2018 at 8:43pm
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Aberdeen City Sunset
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26 Oct 2018 at 8:20pm
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26 Oct 2018 at 8:06pm
Evenings All!! Probably should have posted this far sooner than now, but only just came to me! I work with Rob Wilson who plays for the Dundee United Amputees Team, and has also played for Scotland...

Humza Yousaf on Twitter | Just received a letter from the chap appointed by t...
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[Councillor] Russell Robertson accused of shouting sectarian remarks
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26 Oct 2018 at 6:35pm
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Winter is coming - snowing tonight at Glenshee
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26 Oct 2018 at 6:18pm
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Joyce McMillan: Why Tories? two-child benefits rule is immoral. Conservative ...
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26 Oct 2018 at 6:15pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

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Ruth Davidson has baby boy as Scottish Tory leader gives birth at Edinburgh R...
by Press Association
26 Oct 2018 at 3:12pm
The infant, named Finn Paul Davidson, weighed in at 10lb 1.5oz.

It's time to give the Scottish millionaire fishing barons club the hook
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Torcuil Crichton comments on the issues facing Scottish Tories over the Common Fisheries Policy.

Nicola Sturgeon demands sack for Tory MSP who claimed people on benefits 'can...
by Katrine Bussey
25 Oct 2018 at 5:31pm
The First Minister called Michelle Ballantyne's comments 'appalling' and 'Dickensian'.

Scots government £50k boost for daddy daycare funds
by Laura Paterson
25 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
The Scottish Government fund will be given to two colleges to run pilot projects.

Donald Trump played with fire and made America hate again
by Record View
25 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Record View on Donald Trump and his 'pandering to the worst extremes of the US electorate'.

Time to replace cruelty with care
by Record View
25 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Record View looks at the cruel case of David and Connolly as well as the a recent NHS audit dubbed 'damning'.

SNP's Tom Arthur explodes in furious rant after Tory claims people on benefit...
by Jack Aitchison
24 Oct 2018 at 7:46pm
Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne has been criticised over her comments about capping the amount of children people on benefits should have.

Nicola Sturgeon says no-deal Brexit 'most likely outcome' from EU negotiations
by Lynsey Bews
24 Oct 2018 at 6:35pm
The UK is due to leave the EU in March.

ITV rapped for Nicola Sturgeon interview on Good Morning Britain over false S...
by Stuart Macdonald
22 Oct 2018 at 10:17pm
Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard made false claims about an economic study into an independent Scotland and then dismissed Sturgeon's bid to correct him.

Donald Trump declares 'national emergency' as migrant caravan heads to US border
by dailyrecord
22 Oct 2018 at 8:09pm
The US President has vowed to cut aid to Central American countries as thousands of immigrants make their way to America.

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Journey to Yes 21 ? Ashley Graczyk
by michaelgreenwell
21 Oct 2018 at 8:45am
Here is the latest in the the wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power. It is episode 21. If you?d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too. Advertisements

Scottish Independence Podcast 171 ? Dr Philippa Whitford
by michaelgreenwell
9 Oct 2018 at 4:20pm
The 171st episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Dr Philippa Whitford (a previous guest on the show). I’m sure you do, but just in case you didn’t know, Dr Whitford MP is an SNP MP but before her time in politics she was a consultant breast surgeon, one who also worked …

Bloody Nora x 1000
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2018 at 8:58pm
Trump at the UN…

Nation 2 ? Iceland ? The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2018 at 8:34am
The second in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.

Scottish Independence Podcast 170 ? Mike Russell On Brexit & More
by michaelgreenwell
1 Oct 2018 at 5:59pm
The 170th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Mike Russell regarding the (bleak) situation with Brexit and people really should hear it. I am reproducing the talk here and thanks to Newsnet for allowing me to do so. There are also a couple of cameos, Martin Compston gets it right …

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 …

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. …

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Spreadsheet Phil?s Budget
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Oct 2018 at 7:18pm
MONDAY sees Chancellor Philip Hammond?s 2018 Budget. The old spring affair has been shifted to year?s end, in the hope it will make it easier to coordinate government tax and spending with the start of each new fiscal year, come April. Dream on, Phil. With a final Brexit deal still up in the stratosphere ? …

Sheep Hunter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Oct 2018 at 10:13am
The furore over the Americans hunting on Islay shines a useful light on this bizarre and macabre activity. But the more significant pair in this picture (right) are not the unfortunate Larysa and Jason but the figures on the left. We are used to seeing hunter pics shared and condemned on social media from Africa, …

Media Climate
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Oct 2018 at 12:12pm
Much of the traditional media just can’t cope with the realty of climate breakdown. It doesn’t know how to respond to the scale of such a crisis, it can’t de-couple itself from the hegemonic norms of growth and all the things we’re told – and tell ourselves – are good. This is a particular problem …

Questions Raised about the Battle of Ideas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Oct 2018 at 4:44pm
The Battle of Ideas – what James Delingpole calls “the annual festival of free speech” is upon us in London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham – and across Europe. Free speech is a great thing and the people promote this ‘Battle of Ideas’ have been promoting the “right to be offensive’ for years now. You …

A Radical Plan for Gaelic Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Oct 2018 at 2:44pm
When a group of likeminded individuals set up the group Misneachd (confidence, courage) a little over two years ago, there was a strong feeling that a new grassroots movement was needed to campaign for Gaelic, and more importantly, for Gaelic communities. It was apparent that little had changed since the passing of the Gaelic Language Act and …

Who?s Making this Possible?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Oct 2018 at 8:28pm
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was quite right to pull out of the News XChange event next month and quite right to accuse the organisers of the risk of  ?legitimising or normalising far-right, racist views?. She was critical of the BBC for an attempt to justify Bannon?s inclusion at the three-day News Xchange event in Edinburgh on …

Ireland: the Mirror in which England Misunderstands Herself
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2018 at 10:30am
One of the great appeals of the Sealed Knot Of The Churchilliad is that every suburban one of us can be a Winston in their turn. And in the fools’ folly of this Churchillian Autumn Brexit I get my turn to lugubriously intone ?as the Brexit deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see …

The Peoples Temple
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Oct 2018 at 5:22pm
As the Brexit crisis stalks the Conservative Party and this weeks developments make a No Deal settlement seem more and more likely, the full extent of the looming national disaster becomes clear. David Mundell increasingly looks like a latter-day Jim Jones, leading his Peoples Temple to drink the Kool Aid while worshipping the precious, if …

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Ruth Davidson gives birth to baby boy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Oct 2018 at 4:10pm
Scottish Conservative leader says she and Jen Wilson delighted at arrival of FinnRuth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has announced that she has given birth to a baby boy named Finn, adding that she and her partner, Jen Wilson, are delighted.Davidson, the first UK party leader to have...

Scotland to review cull laws after 'sickening' goat hunt tweets
by Press Association
25 Oct 2018 at 8:02am
US ?professional huntress? Larysa Switlyk caused outrage with images posted from Islay The Scottish government is to review the law around animal culling after an American TV presenter caused outrage by tweeting pictures of herself and a companion posing with a wild goat shot on Islay.Larysa Swit...

May tells MPs UK and EU aren't 'far apart' as she insists UK must be able to ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
15 Oct 2018 at 9:25pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenWhat is the Brexit backstop?No 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryMay?s opening Commons statement - SummaryMPs question May on Brexit - Summary 9.25pm BST We?re going to close down this live blog now. Here?s a summary of ...

Nicola Sturgeon calls for extension of Brexit transition period
by Pippa Crerar Deputy political editor
15 Oct 2018 at 7:26pm
SNP leader says more time is needed to get ?commonsense? future relationship with EUNicola Sturgeon has called for an extension of the proposed 21-month Brexit transition period to give the UK government more time to negotiate a compromise with opposition parties, in order to deliver a ?commonsen...

Glasgow: thousands of women to strike over pay discrimination
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
More than 8,000 council workers, most of whom have never been on a picket line, will take part in two-day actionThousands of women council workers across Glasgow plan to bring the city to a standstill this week in what is believed to be the biggest equal pay strike seen in the UK.More than 8,000 ...

If Nicola Sturgeon wants a new referendum, now is the time to set the timetab...
by Kevin McKenna
14 Oct 2018 at 5:59am
Why wait for Brexit? The window for another campaign will not be open for ever?Managing expectations? is the SNP?s favoured locution in describing its current thinking about a second referendum on Scottish independence. ?Profound vagueness? would be a less charitable take. It was evident whenever...

Nicola Sturgeon touts 'commonsense' Brexit alternative
by Press Association
14 Oct 2018 at 1:43am
Scottish first minister and SNP leader to press case for continued membership of single market and customs unionScotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is to unveil a ?commonsense? alternative to the UK government?s Brexit plans.A new Scottish government paper, due out on Monday, will reinfor...

Like Banksy?s artwork, the United Kingdom is shredding itself in public | Ian...
by Ian Jack
13 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
Those who most loudly trumpet their patriotism would quite happily break up Britain ? just as long as they get their BrexitNearly two decades after the American broadcaster Ed Murrow immortalised London in the blitz as a city of everyday heroism ? where people ?stand very steady in their shoes? ?...

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Exactly what it says on the tin
A guest post by Samuel Miller This isn’t going to end well you know. Brexit that is. I mean. We are aware that there never was an exit strategy. A plan for removing the UK from the EU. Right? That everything done (or not done) in the past two years has been on the hoof? …

When words fail
A guest post by Samuel Miller Y’know, you read appalling stuff about yer political class every day. Brexit shambles, leadership backstabbery, cash for access scandals, election campaign under investigation because reasons sorta thing. The levels of hypocrisy, cynical abuse of power and public manipulation can leave you speechless. For instance, I read a typically clinical …

A better way
A guest post by Samuel Miller Been quite the autumn so far. Seems everything is going off all at once and it’s coming at you from every direction. That can be frightening. And to be fair, it is. The politics of intolerance, exclusion and isolation seems to be rearing its ugly kisser whichever part of …

Kicking the can down the road
A guest post by Samuel Miller Wednesday’s summit went well then. Okay, perhaps a tad sarcastic, but the meeting went pretty much along expected lines. That would be the summit where some people had a fair idea that there wouldn’t be any agreement. That one. Ms May’s bespoke deal was widely expected to be a …

One more time with feeling
A guest post by Samuel Miller On Monday Nicola Sturgeon gave a bit of a keynote address to the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), on the current state of play surrounding Brexit. A speech which sets out Scotgov’s latest proposals for Scotland’s place in Europe: A Way Forward. One …

No laughing matter? maybe
A guest post by Samuel Miller I was looking forward to a nice Sunday with the feet up and maybe watching a box set of Laurel and Hardy’s best screwball slapstick. Had a bit of a hankering for some of the classics of comedy recently. Can’t think why. What I got instead was a nice …

This is it
    Hi there. You may have seen a piece this week in the National about the Scottish Independence Convention’s plans to try and help along with the rest of the movement reach our goal of Independence. It was an open letter from the executive committee. However this is a personal plea from me to …

Sauce for the goose
A guest post by Samuel Miller Been a hectic few weeks out there for political anoraks. Not to mention fairly enlightening for those of us who believe that self determination is the normal state of affairs for countries and individuals. A Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (badly) dances onto a stage when most folk are …

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SNP urge ?vile benefit speech? Tory MSP to resign
MICHELLE Ballantyne is coming under pressure to resign as Scottish Tory welfare spokesperson over her ?Dickensian? demand that parents on benefits don?t have children.

Theresa May to face ministers as leadership contest rumours persist
THERESA May is to face down her critics at a crunch meeting of Tory MPs in the Commons later today.

?Increasing chaos? of Brexit will cripple Scottish universities
BRITISH science could be crippled by Brexit, 29 Nobel prizewinners have warned in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Action call over victims of 'dodgy' Green Deal
THE ?shiny stamp? of UK Government accreditation has seen families? energy bills treble in a solar panel mis-selling scam, an MP claims.

Scottish Government apologises to victims of abuse in care
POLICE have received complaints from more than 360 people about physical and sexual abuse in Scottish orphanages run by Quarriers, Barnardo?s and Aberlour.

Scots urged to join protest against 'fascist' former Trump advisor
?DECENT people in Scotland? should take to the streets to

Scottish Government works on secret indyref2 briefings behind the scenes
THE Scottish Government has asked civil servants to compile at least 14 secret documents in 2017 and 2018 related to holding a second independence referendum.

Restless Tory MPs prepare to take on May as leadership rumours intensify
THE peg holding up Theresa May?s jacket became even shooglier yesterday, with reports that her former Brexit secretary David Davis was on manoeuvres.

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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

British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories
British politics, Misogyny and the Prejudice which festers in the Tories Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 24th 2018 The political world has been seen as an abrasive, macho and male club for centuries. Across the West this has meant to have changed in the last couple of decades with record levels of women?s representation and …

Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise
Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 17th 2018 The context and limits of freedom of speech have always been important, but everywhere this seems to have become increasingly contentious. Whether it is white supremacists in the US declaring they are protecting the US …

A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance?
A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance? Gerry Hassan New Statesman, October 12th 2018 Dundee is being talked about. This marks a big change for a city that traditionally has been ignored or presented in clichés – of jute, jam and journalism, the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, and William McGonagall. Now …

Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us
Toxic Masculinity must be defeated. Silence is not an option for any of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 10th 2018 Hate seems to be everywhere in public life. This week Scottish Justice minister Humza Yousaf floated making misogyny a specific hate crime illegal, while in the previous week, the Scottish Government launched a high …

Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead
Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 3rd 2018 The British Conservative Party is one of the most successful electoral parties in the developed capitalist world. They might not look like it at the moment but this is a force which has adapted to numerous …

Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable
Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable Gerry Hassan Compass, September 27th 2018 Labour conference this week is an important staging post in the new Corbyn-led, energised mass party – not just the biggest in Britain, but bigger than all the other party memberships put together. The Jeremy Corbyn-John …

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 …


Scotland and Independence

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Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'
Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Billy Connolly: Scottish independence may be the way to go after Brexit disaster
Billy Connolly: Scottish independence may be the way to go after Brexit disaster  Irish ExaminerSir Billy Connolly reveals he's ready to switch his support in favour of Scottish independence amid fears over Brexit  The Scottish SunBilly Connolly ready to back Scottish independence in wake of Brexit 'crime'  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Is Scottish independence still possible?
Is Scottish independence still possible?  Aljazeera.com20000 rally for Scottish independence as Brexit looms  South China Morning Post'Scottish independence will happen' thanks to Brexit - Sturgeon  NewshubBrexit 'boosts case for Scottish independence'  BBC NewsIain Macwhirter: Nicola Sturgeon shouldn't be afraid of a People's Vote on Brexit - it's the only referendum she's likely to ...  Heral...

Scottish independence fundraiser gets fast start amid Brexit nerves
Scottish independence fundraiser gets fast start amid Brexit nerves  ReutersFormer SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars says election victory could pave the way for Scottish independence  The TimesScottish National Party proposes pact with Labour for second Brexit referendum  World Socialist Web SiteFull coverage

Sturgeon calls for 'patience' over Scottish independence
Sturgeon calls for 'patience' over Scottish independence  BBC NewsSNP Leader in Westminster REFUSES to rule out Catalonian-style independence referendum and May's 'disgraceful failure of leadership' pave way for second Scottish independence referendum, Nicola ...  The IndependentFull coverage

Brexit, Ireland and the case for Scottish independence
Brexit, Ireland and the case for Scottish independence  HolyroodVote Again on Brexit  BloombergFull coverage

Thousands march in Edinburgh for Scottish independence
Thousands march in Edinburgh for Scottish independence  BBC NewsThousands march through Edinburgh to back Scottish independence  ReutersTens of thousands rally in Edinburgh for Scottish independence vote  Deutsche WelleFull coverage

Fraser Nelson SHUTS DOWN calls for Scottish independence in BRILLIANT Questio...
Fraser Nelson SHUTS DOWN calls for Scottish independence in BRILLIANT Question Time point's more to being a democratic country than independence alone  The NationalFull coverage


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Tory interim leader brands SNP in Glasgow an 'abject failure'
Tory interim leader brands SNP in Glasgow an 'abject failure'  GazetteFull coverage

SNP councillor in charge of arranging controversial marches, Russell Robertso...
SNP councillor in charge of arranging controversial marches, Russell Robertson, accused of shouting sectarian abuse ...  The Scottish SunSNP councillor Russell Robertson appears in court on sectarian slur rap  Scottish Daily RecordRussell Robertson accused of shouting sectarian remarks  Evening TimesFull coverage

Labour win Coatbridge byelection amid SNP infighting
Labour win Coatbridge byelection amid SNP infighting  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP pledges boost to infrastructure
SNP pledges boost to infrastructure  The TimesFull coverage

New poll shows SNP could lose 11 seats in next Holyrood election as voters dr...
New poll shows SNP could lose 11 seats in next Holyrood election as voters drift away  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP must act on wake-up call as new poll shows party is on slide
SNP must act on wake-up call as new poll shows party is on slide  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP MP: Indyref2 needs to be 'progressed pronto'
SNP MP: Indyref2 needs to be 'progressed pronto'  The NationalFull coverage

SNP MP signed non-disclosure agreement after being bullied at work
SNP MP signed non-disclosure agreement after being bullied at work  HeraldScotlandSNP MP Hannah Bardell: I signed non-disclosure agreement after workplace bullying  The ScotsmanMP 'signed a non-disclosure agreement'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish Labour told to 'get off the fence' on second EU referendum
Scottish Labour told to 'get off the fence' on second EU referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scotland drafts plans for new independence vote
Scotland drafts plans for new independence vote  EUobserverFull coverage

Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'
Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'  BBC NewsFull coverage

Billy Connolly: Scottish independence may be the way to go after Brexit disaster
Billy Connolly: Scottish independence may be the way to go after Brexit disaster  Irish ExaminerSir Billy Connolly reveals he's ready to switch his support in favour of Scottish independence amid fears over Brexit  The Scottish SunBilly Connolly voices support for independence to keep Scotland in the EU coverage

Scottish independence fundraiser gets fast start amid Brexit nerves
Scottish independence fundraiser gets fast start amid Brexit nerves  ReutersScottish National Party proposes pact with Labour for second Brexit referendum  World Socialist Web SiteScottish leader vows to reject UK PM's Brexit deal  FRANCE 24Full coverage

Sturgeon calls for 'patience' over Scottish independence
Sturgeon calls for 'patience' over Scottish independence  BBC NewsBrexit and May's 'disgraceful failure of leadership' pave way for second Scottish independence referendum, Nicola ...  The IndependentOnly independence can resolve Scotland's Brexit quandary: Nicola Sturgeon  The Indian ExpressHERALD VIEW: Time for the SNP to follow the leader  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesRuth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'  BBC NewsRuth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexit without giving the SNP a second ...  Daily MailPaul Hutcheon: Ruth Davidson's path to becoming First Minister is blocked  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland could get independence without second referendum, SNP MP claims
Scotland could get independence without second referendum, SNP MP claims  Irish Examiner20000 rally for Scottish independence as Brexit looms  South China Morning PostSturgeon: Scottish MPs will back second Brexit referendum  POLITICO.euIs Scottish independence still possible?  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

The Official President Trump thread

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

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here.   Best Scottish politician full stop.   Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets ????

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 ...

Could there be another Falklands war?
I'm sure May and her gov/t will manage to cobble some kind of compromise/fudge Brexit deal by March 29th, but if she doesn't and we end up with no deal, will the Argies invade the Falklands again?

Are you right wing?
As the title says. A lot of right wingers seem a bit reluctant to say they are for some reason. Surely if you believe your own views so much you wouldn't have any issue with them?

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

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

Las Vegas Mass Shooting
It's been a few months since the last one  20 dead at the moment  Would appear not to be ISIS related as Trumpy would have tweeted if it was 

Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots'
Apparently Scottish Twitter 'has a problem with bots' This could be wider (rounder?) than politics... - Refers to outside interference associated with both indy and Brexit - Malign bots associated with #DissolveTheU...

The Great Global Warming Swindle
Came across this on YouTube, shown on channel 4 in 2007, unthinkable now adays. Probably worth a watch.   

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

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.

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...

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...

"Dirty Derek fae the Broch"
Anyone else heard this ? Some randy middle aged bastard from Fraserburgh accidentally sent a seriously dirty voicemail message not just to his "quine" but also to his pals, who put it online. (disclaimer: this video contains language and themes that members of the Ned Flanders Tartan Army...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

The Tory Party ? Brexit ? Political Suicide ? Déjà vu
          15 Nov 2018: The Theresa May Government – A promising start and a dismal end Theresa May’s leadership was plunged into a new crisis last night after claims that she had described her former and remaining anti-European market Cabinet colleagues as “bastards” in comments accidentally recorded after a television interview. … Continue reading "The Tory Party – Brexit – Political Suicide –...

Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him
          1997 – The Fall of the Tory Party and Rise of New Labour After nearly 20 years in government the Tory Party collapsed under a mire of lies, sex scandals and just about every political crime imaginable. The single saving grace was the economy which was in robust health due … Continue reading "Tony Blair the Confidence Trickster That Defrauded the Nation Who Trusted Him"

Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Battle to the Streets Ca...
            Industrial Action in Glasgow Indications are that women employed by Glasgow District Council will be taking industrial action very soon in pursuance of their long running campaign seeking equal pay with male workers as required by law. It is important that the hard working people of Glasgow attribute fault … Continue reading "Glasgow Council Female Staff To Take Their Equal Pay Batt...

The murky world of Westminster politics ? big business protection ? and the a...
        A Murky World In the article before this I provided a “through the keyhole report on the activities of Hayluyt. It generated a bit of interest and begged the question. How deeply entrenched in the British state is this bunch of very rich individuals? This article provides some answers and raises … Continue reading "The murky world of Westminster politics – big business protection – and ...

British Spymasters revealed
            I am publishing the under-noted article which exposed the activities of the British Secret Services to the public in Scotland. Many of the principal characters involved went on to dominate Scottish politics and, operating out of London still do so. After reading the article you might wish to read … Continue reading "British Spymasters revealed"

Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to get off the Bus Sharpish
          The Political Ideology of “New Labour” The political thinking of right wing “New Labour” politicians is closely aligned with their Tory “soft left” colleagues in Westminster and in political pressure groups in England, Wales and Scotland The right wing faction opposes just about all of the economic policies of the … Continue reading "Transatlanticism drives UK politics- Scots need to ...

The 1707 Act of Vandalism is not fit for purpose and should be binned without...
      Massacre of the Macdonalds at Glencoe       Events that break the political union The discredited Westminster political system of government is close to collapse and its welcome termination might be closer than the pundits would have you believe. The press is increasingly headlining that a huge majority of little Englanders … Continue reading "The 1707 Act of Vandalism is not fit for purp...

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...

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Mesh scandal: conflict of interests in review confirmed by investigation

From philosophy teacher to politician tipped as a future Tory leader

Scottish Government pledges £200m for Tay Cities Region Deal

Sajid Javid apologises after Home Office forced immigrants to provide DNA sam...

Climate change tastes like chicken

Give the people a second chance

Ruth Davidson gives birth to baby boy

Breaching home detention could be made criminal offence in Scotland

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness 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.…