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May to visit Scotland this week, insisting her Brexit deal will 'strengthen t...
26 Nov 2018 at 10:33pm
THERESA May will visit Scotland this week to sell her Brexit deal, insisting it will "strengthen the Union" and "delivers for every corner of the UK" with more powers flowing to Holyrood.


Theresa May's Brexit deal leaves Britain with 'worst of all worlds'
26 Nov 2018 at 4:49pm
Mr Corbyn told the Commons: "The Prime Minister may want to try and sell yesterday's summit as a great success, but to borrow a phrase, the reality is 'nothing has changed'."


Theresa May dodges TV debate challenge during Commons showdown
26 Nov 2018 at 4:33pm
It comes after Jeremy Corbyn said he would "relish a head-to-head" with the Prime Minister over the draft deal brought back from Brussels.


May warns Macron not to use backstop threat to gain UK access rights for EU f...
26 Nov 2018 at 3:29pm
THERESA May has fired a warning shot across Emmanuel Macron?s bows over his threat to push the future trade talks into the controversial backstop should EU fishermen fail to get full access to UK waters from 2021.


'Independence is now the only option for Scotland' says Ian Blackford
26 Nov 2018 at 10:49am
Ian Blackford has said that Westminster has to show more respect for Scotland stating that independence is now "the only option left"


UK-EU Brexit agreement has 'sold out Scotland' says Mike Russell
26 Nov 2018 at 8:08am
Scotland has been sidelined by the deal agreed between the UK and the EU, according to Scotland's Brexit Secretary Mike Russell.


Theresa May threatens 'division and uncertainty' in Brexit cabinet ultimatum
26 Nov 2018 at 12:04pm
The Prime Minister warned her Cabinet that rejecting her deal will "open the door to more division and uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail" at a meeting earlier this morning.


Nicola Sturgeon's aide rowed with BBC over Steve Bannon invite
26 Nov 2018 at 12:11pm
NICOLA Sturgeon?s chief of staff rowed with the BBC after it emerged Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon had been invited to speak at the same event as the First Minister.


New map to help online shoppers fight rip-off delivery charges
26 Nov 2018 at 2:40pm
SCOTS living in rural areas will soon be able to fight back against unfair parcel delivery charges using a crowd-sourced map.


Calls for Scottish Government to create fund to aid businesses post-Brexit
26 Nov 2018 at 11:50am
Business leaders are calling on the Scottish Government to set up a £75 million fund to help companies deal with Brexit.


Jailed academic Matthew Hedges pardoned by UAE after spying charges
26 Nov 2018 at 10:30am
British academic Matthew Hedges, who was jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on a spying charge last week, has been pardoned.


Irish hard border 'cannot be avoided through goodwill and wishful thinking' -...
26 Nov 2018 at 2:31pm
A hard border on Ireland cannot be avoided through goodwill and wishful thinking, the Irish premier has said.


Company behind 'People Make Glasgow' slogan chosen for new Scottish Independe...
26 Nov 2018 at 1:57pm
A Scottish design company has been selected to coordinate the national campaign for a Yes vote at the next independence referendum.


Donald Trump says Brexit deal 'means UK may not be able to trade with US'
26 Nov 2018 at 9:30pm
Theresa May's hopes of getting her Brexit deal through the Commons have been dealt a major blow after US President Donald Trump said it may harm trade with America.


Theresa May: Back my Brexit deal, Brussels won't offer a better one
25 Nov 2018 at 10:34pm
Theresa May will tell MPs today that there is no Plan B for Brexit, warning them that if they rejected her deal, she was ?absolutely certain? they would not get a better one from Brussels.

 

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Brexit: Theresa May confirms date of meaningful vote
26 Nov 2018 at 7:33pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the “meaningful vote” on Brexit will be held on December 11.

Readers? Poll: Should Nicola Sturgeon be involved in any Brexit TV debate?
26 Nov 2018 at 7:21pm
The SNP has written to bosses at Sky News calling for Scotland’s First Minister to be involved in any planned live televised Brexit debates.

Polmont official tells inquiry of shock at death of ?respectful? teen
26 Nov 2018 at 6:15pm
A top prisons official spoke of his shock and horror at learning of the death of a “respectful, well-manned” teenager who hanged himself with his shoelace after being transferred to young person’s prison from a secure unit for children.

Brexit: SNP say Nicola Sturgeon must join televised debate
26 Nov 2018 at 5:49pm
The SNP has written to bosses at Sky News calling for Scotland’s First Minister to be involved in any planned live televised Brexit debates.

Brexit: Theresa May's own MPs brand deal a ?huge gamble?
26 Nov 2018 at 5:01pm
Theresa May has been told by her own MPs the Brexit deal she has agreed is a “huge gamble” that will put the UK under “intolerable pressure”, in a rocky start for a two-week campaign to get it through Parliament.

Labour says Jeremy Corbyn would ?relish? TV debate on Brexit deal
26 Nov 2018 at 1:05pm
Jeremy Corbyn would ‘relish’ a debate on television with Theresa May over the terms of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, a spokesman has revealed.

HMS Duncan: Scots-built Royal Navy warship swarmed by ?unprecedented? Russian...
26 Nov 2018 at 12:25pm
Dramatic footage is being released of the moment a Scots-built warship was swarmed by 17 Russian jets as she led a Nato fleet through the Black Sea.

Michael Russell: Scotland ?sold out and sidelined? by Brexit deal
26 Nov 2018 at 11:14am
Scotland has been sidelined by the deal agreed between the UK and the EU, according to Scotland’s Brexit Secretary Mike Russell.

Brexit deal reaction: ?EU took 40 minutes to endorse plan..that?s how bad it is?
26 Nov 2018 at 10:25am
The heads of the 27 other EU governments took just 38 minutes to sign off the UK’s Brexit deal, paving the way for a crucial Commons vote likely to be in three weeks’ time.

British academic given life sentence for spying in UAE pardoned
26 Nov 2018 at 9:33am
British academic Matthew Hedges, who was jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on a spying charge last week, has been pardoned.

Lesley Riddoch: Every Scot should see film Nae Pasaran
26 Nov 2018 at 8:35am
The story of the Scottish workers’ solidarity against Chile’s General Pinochet is more relevant than ever, writes Lesley Riddoch.

Brian Monteith: Spain has taught UK lesson over Gibraltar Brexit panic
26 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The Spanish Prime Min­ister, Pedro Sánchez, has done the UK a service. By causing a brief but fevered panic over the issue of Gibraltar he has deftly illustrated what lies ahead if Westminster chooses to pass the Cabinet’s Withdrawal Agreement.

Holyrood law change needed to stop homeless people being left in B&Bs
26 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland’s law should be changed so that people who are made homeless spend no more than a week in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs, a cross-party group of MSPs has said.

Brexit: British and EU leaders warn ?there is no plan B?
25 Nov 2018 at 10:30pm
The UK will not get a better Brexit deal if they vote down the one agreed in Brussels yesterday, MPs have been told, with British and European leaders warning that there is “no plan B”.

David Mundell: Back Theresa May?s Brexit deal or face ?chaos?
25 Nov 2018 at 7:27pm
David Mundell has warned that a rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit deal threatens “chaos or more division”.

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Pretending to be stupid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2018 at 11:59am
All political discourse is plagued with genuine imbeciles, of course. But what’s far more depressing is when educated and normally perceptive people merely act like imbeciles for money, such as the case of Alex Massie in the Sunday Times today. Because for the last two years, commentators who ought to know better have insisted in presenting Scotland’s …

If you can?t hold on, hold on
by Chris Cairns
24 Nov 2018 at 6:59am

Helping out Murdo
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Nov 2018 at 8:46am
Because we know the poor lad’s not very bright. Yes, Murdo. Yes it has. Of course, it’s only good for 40 years or so. It’s volatile, and now that they’ve started extracting it it’s running out (again). Which will probably happen even faster, since it’s all imaginary. Tell you what, though, we can’t wait until …

A surprising convert
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
It’s always the ones you least suspect, isn’t it? Of course, there are differences between the UK and Norway: At some point they had to put two and two together, we suppose.

A different kind of beat
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Nov 2018 at 2:55pm
So this was in the Times football section today: And you find yourself thinking, “Well gee, why might THAT be, Alex?” Everyone’s entitled to take their own position on constitutional politics. But there’s something really dismaying about people who represent Scotland in international sport coming out and declaring that they don’t think Scotland is a …

Britain really is this stupid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Nov 2018 at 1:58pm
And we’re sure these guys are at least partly to blame.

The dust of the sawdust
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2018 at 1:18pm
We’re so far beyond mere “scraping the barrel” now. Unhappy with polls based on asking the simple and clear question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, and which have been stubbornly refusing to show any movement against independence, our dear old pals at Scotland In Union recently commissioned one of their own seeking to muddy the …

The staunch defenders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2018 at 12:12pm
If we were to write an article every time Murdo Fraser said something moronic, we’d have to rename this site Wings Over Murdo Fraser, and drink an awful lot of Red Bull to be able to cover it all. Stuff like this, for example, is almost too easy. 43% (actually 45.3% excluding Don’t Knows) is …

Waiting for the penny to drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2018 at 8:06am
This is the best one of these we’ve ever seen. Nobody tell him, now. Imagine the moment when he spots it for himself.

The armchair terrorists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2018 at 1:29pm
This is the editorial in today’s Scottish edition of The Times: It seems to be an increasingly popular viewpoint in the country’s media. This was Daily Record political editor Torcuil Crichton on Thursday: And this was Times columnist Kenny Farquharson the day before: It’s not his first time banging this drum, either. (We assume he …

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EU leaders still hope for post-Brexit fishing access
25 Nov 2018 at 6:56pm
Scotland's first minister warns of broken promises to the fishing industry, as the EU signs off the Brexit deal.


Week ahead at Holyrood: Tackling Scotland's drug problem
26 Nov 2018 at 1:28pm
Efforts to reduce drug deaths, gender-based violence and homelessness make up the three main debates this week.


MSPs call for seven-day cap on homeless B&Bs
26 Nov 2018 at 10:12am
A cross-party group has called on the Scottish government to introduce a week-long cap on "unsuitable" temporary accommodation.


Brexit: Theresa May regrets EU 'queue-jumpers' comment
26 Nov 2018 at 5:21pm
The PM faces a call from an SNP MP to apologise for "insulting" EU workers living in the UK.


EU court rejects Britons' anti-Brexit case
26 Nov 2018 at 5:17pm
A group of British expats argued that by opening Brexit talks the EU had violated their rights.


Scotland's first court sentencing guidelines come into force
26 Nov 2018 at 12:00am
The guidelines, approved by three senior judges, say the core principle of sentencing is "fairness and proportionality".


Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes
24 Nov 2018 at 11:58am
A Police Scotland report says there is "anecdotal evidence" to link benefit changes to a rise in robberies.


Reality Check: The SNP's Brexit policy
25 Nov 2018 at 3:48pm
The SNP wants the UK to remain in the single market and the customs union. But what would that mean?


Hundreds of babies born in Scotland 'addicted' to drugs
25 Nov 2018 at 12:22am
Data from health boards shows 584 infants were delivered suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome since 2015.


The Staircase lawyer David Rudolf backs not proven verdict
25 Nov 2018 at 12:20am
US attorney David Rudolf, who features in the TV documentary series, wishes not proven had been available in the US.


Independent inquiry call into curfew breach murder
24 Nov 2018 at 12:51am
It follows the killing of a young father who was stabbed to death by a man who was "unlawfully at large".


Mental health review ordered after deaths at Polmont
23 Nov 2018 at 10:09pm
The Scottish government says there will be a review of mental health services for young people in custody.

Scot Goes Pop

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Sky News are hellbent on undermining Scottish democracy - they must be challe...
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2018 at 5:19pm
You may have seen today that SNP depute leader Keith Brown has written to Sky News chiding them for their apparent plan to exclude Nicola Sturgeon from the proposed TV debate on the Brexit deal.  N...

YouGov poll suggests that Scotland is even more opposed to May's Brexit deal ...
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2018 at 9:50am
"The British people want us to get this done!" says Theresa May, implying that they want parliament to endorse her Brexit deal.  The only snag: opinion polling suggests they want no such thing.  He...

Putting a second indyref on pause for the last eighteen months may yet prove ...
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2018 at 9:01pm
Robin McAlpine has another article over at CommonSpace in which he castigates the leadership of "the movement" (by which he presumably means Nicola Sturgeon and her colleagues) for inaction on an i...

Here's why the Scotland in Union propaganda poll should not be included in an...
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2018 at 2:44am
A few hours ago, I was bemused to be contacted on Twitter by graph-wielding unionist uber-troll Steve Sayers, who I'm quite sure I blocked a year or two back in a successful bid to free up an extra...

Will tactical voting in the next general election be anti-SNP, anti-Tory, or ...
by James Kelly
21 Nov 2018 at 5:40pm
As I mentioned in previous posts, last week's Panelbase voting intention poll (which was both a GB-wide poll and a full-scale Scottish poll) was funded by the Scottish Independence Foundation.  The...

Scotland in Union's "yawns" turn into blind panic as its OWN POLL backfires s...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2018 at 4:46pm
As you'll doubtless be aware, there was a crisis a few days ago at Johnston Press, which appeared to place in some doubt the future of The Scotsman newspaper.  Many independence supporters responde...

Any indyref strategy that could leave us powerless to act until 2026 is a str...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2018 at 12:27am
You may have seen a YouTube video doing the rounds of Nicola Sturgeon being unusually candid on Saturday about her strategy for seeking a mandate for independence if the UK government refuses a Sec...

The Daily Mail should be careful what it wishes for
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2018 at 7:57am
One of the amusing subplots of the recent Brexit chaos has been the way the Daily Mail, which previously regarded any form of compromise with the EU as treason, had an overnight change of heart a f...

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Fuck everything about Outlaw King
by /u/IndividualNo6
26 Nov 2018 at 11:10pm
It's such a bullshit hagiography. It was a bunch of fucking toffs forcing peasants to kill each other for their scheming ambitions. I know the present day Scrymgeour, I went to school with his kids...

Little Loch Broom. It was about 4 degrees. Baltic but beautiful.
by /u/suscarbe
26 Nov 2018 at 11:05pm
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Question for Canadian expats!
by /u/clamchauder
26 Nov 2018 at 10:51pm
A friend is leaving soon for Scotland, and we'd like to put together a care package for her. Is there anything in Canada which you can't find in Scotland that you miss? Bonus: items with long expi...

Taken on a bad phone camera, pretty sure this place is called ?Burntisland? I...
by /u/gairbear351
26 Nov 2018 at 10:26pm
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Guardian | Labour to block People's Vote [and non-Tory parties] taking part i...
by /u/IndiaOwl
26 Nov 2018 at 8:36pm
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Folding of the chert succession at Bennane Lea near Ballantrae
by /u/ScottishGeology
26 Nov 2018 at 7:36pm
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A Scottish reply to Theresa?s letter
by /u/cardinalb
26 Nov 2018 at 7:33pm
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Beautiful Loch Lomond
by /u/MuskokaKings
26 Nov 2018 at 6:48pm
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Looking for lovely wedding venues in Scotland. I'm Irish but herself is a Scott.
by /u/Spraoi_Anois
26 Nov 2018 at 6:33pm
Any nice venues would be much appreciated. submitted by /u/Spraoi_Anois

Staying in the Costa Rican jungle, 5287 miles from home, and what do we find?...
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26 Nov 2018 at 2:46pm
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Are the SNP hampering their own desire for independence?
by /u/TheBaikonurKing
26 Nov 2018 at 1:02am
Looking at opinion polling for Scottish independence, its clear to see that 'No' are winning and have been for awhile. Now this is an opinion, and I welcome debate on this as I may be wrong, but do...

Beinn Eighe, Scotland - My favourite place on earth
by /u/MaxTheLad
26 Nov 2018 at 1:54pm
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Call for Scotland to put 7-day limit on use of B&Bs for homeless
by /u/WhoopDeFreakinDo
26 Nov 2018 at 1:35pm
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Robot With Scottish AI Tech Performs Duet With Jimmy Fallon
by /u/WhoopDeFreakinDo
26 Nov 2018 at 1:34pm
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Donald Trump in Brexit blow to Theresa May after saying deal may hit US trade
by Andrew Woodcock
26 Nov 2018 at 10:22pm
The US President warned that he wanted May to 'do something' about the agreement to ensure the UK can trade with the US more freely.


Theresa May admits EU queue-jumpers Brexit jibe was wrong after SNP call her out
by David Clegg
26 Nov 2018 at 10:17pm
Scots MP Philippa Whitford got the Prime Minister to admit she was wrong to have a pop at EU citizens living in the UK.


Brexit vote set for December 11 as SNP and Labour reject Theresa May's deal w...
by Dan O'Donoghue
26 Nov 2018 at 6:06pm
The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford slammed "another sellout of the Scottish fishing industry", while Jeremy Corbyn said the PM's "botched" deal leaves Britain with the "worst of all worlds"...


Nicola Sturgeon calls for full leaders' TV debate on Brexit deal with Theresa...
by dailyrecord
26 Nov 2018 at 4:44pm
The First Minister joins other leaders in demanding an invite to any Brexit showdown after rumours the Prime Minister will challenge Jeremy Corbyn to a head-to-head debate on TV.


It's time to build a welfare system of dignity and fairness - Ian Blackford
by dailyrecord
26 Nov 2018 at 4:30am
With almost one-in-four people in the UK living in poverty, our columnist slams Theresa May and the Tory Government's dismissive “head in the sand” attitude.


Mayhem as US-Mexico border as America opens up with tear gas on migrants
by dailyrecord
25 Nov 2018 at 10:22pm
Families were caught up in the shocking scenes after border guards reportedly fired tear gas after migrants opened a small hole in concertina wire fence.


Brexit: What happens next? Your questions answered
by Record Reporter
25 Nov 2018 at 9:30pm
After the latest major developments surrounding Theresa May's Brexit deal, we take you through exactly what we can expect top happen in the near future.


French President Emmanual Macron picks fight with Scots fishermen over post-B...
by David Clegg
25 Nov 2018 at 8:31pm
Macron left the Scottish Tories all at sea after making it clear he will drive a hard bargain on quotas as part of an EU trade deal.


Nicola Sturgeon slams Theresa May's 'lies' in Brexit letter to the nation
by David Clegg
25 Nov 2018 at 5:51pm
The First Minister branded the Tory leader's open letter over her withdrawal deal 'desperate' and encouraged the UK Parliament to shoot down her plan.


EU leaders agree Theresa May's Brexit deal during 40 minute meeting in Brussels
by David Hughes
25 Nov 2018 at 11:50am
The announcement that the remaining 27 EU leaders had agreed the deal was reached in barely 40 minutes.

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So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

Republican (with some Tory) Jesus
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22 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm
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Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 172 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
13 Nov 2018 at 9:48pm
The 172nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a speech given by Clive Ponting. Ponting is a famous whistleblower who exposed the UK Government over the sinking of The Belgrano, an act many believe to be a war crime. He has also authored a number of books exposing various levels of skulduggery and/or incompetence …
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Journey To Yes 22 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
12 Nov 2018 at 10:01pm
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. This time it is Clive Ponting, a man who really knows what the British Government tends to get up to and why. It’s partly an interview and partly taken from a talk. I am pleased to announce that in a sort of double feature, the new episode …

Nation 3 ? Norway, The Twin Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Nov 2018 at 12:08am
The third in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.  In all the most serious research, Norway is almost always the number 1 place to be. Scotland could do this, and without major difficulties, we have more resources than they have, we just need to show the will to do it…

?I was basically trying to rip off The Pixies? ? Kurt Cobain
by michaelgreenwell
28 Oct 2018 at 12:58am
For those of you of a certain age. This is an amazing documentary, very far from your usual triumphant reunion…

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.

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 …
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Bella Caledonia

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The Shoe-Shine Boys
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Nov 2018 at 8:38pm
Singers gotta sing, players gonna play and writers must write. If a person does not follow their passion it normally leads to internal disappointment. For me, writing is something I must do, sometimes it is spontaneous and seems to come from nowhere, the creative flame is lit by some spark and off I go. At …

Now That?s What I Call Scottish Pop
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Nov 2018 at 11:54am
To mark the end of Rip it Up, the National Museum?s exhibition of Scottish pop and rock we?ve compiled a pop quiz, giving you the chance to show off your vast knowledge of obscure and wonderful facts about Caledonia?s unique contribution to music. As prizes, we have 2 copies of Vic Galloway?s book of the …

2018 a Dictionary
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Nov 2018 at 8:39pm
Each year we gather the neologisms and phrases that have crept into usage from textspeak to slang to political jargon. Some of these terms are clearly cromulent, and many, predictably, swirl out from our empty tech-based world and our weird toxic politics. Some are clearly credible and may nestle into everyday use, others are not likely …

Dumb and Dumber
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2018 at 9:13pm
There’s something unsettling about being ruled-over by people who are clearly dense. We live in a kind of Oligarchy of Morons. It’s well established that many Tories suffer a deficiency of moral values, but growing evidence suggests some of them are also just forensically thick. Liam Fox, Liz Truss, David Davis, Boris Johnson and our …

When Retailers Fail so do Banks
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2018 at 4:51pm
It’s well-known that big department stores and retail chains are in financial trouble as a result ? mainly but not exclusively – of the trend to internet shopping. What is less appreciated is that the potential fallout goes far beyond the high street. Traditional shopping involves bricks and mortar stores. These high street stores and …

Spycops Scotland, the Scandal Continues
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2018 at 1:36pm
The Court of Session in Edinburgh yesterday ruled in the case brought by Tilly Gifford against the UK and Scottish governments. The judge, Lady Carmichael, rejected the claim for the inquiry into undercover police activity to include Scotland.  The Judicial Review was brought by Tilly Gifford, a climate activist who was herself targeted by the …

Poverty Safari: About The Author ? A short film by Steven Reynolds
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Nov 2018 at 11:37am

Stand Together ? Dance Together
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Nov 2018 at 4:04pm
Optimo legend Keith McIvor has launched a new anti-fascist music label ‘Against Fascism Tax’ with the aim of releasing ten 12″‘s in 2019. Here’s the statement: “Many small actions combined can have great power, and it is always better to try to do something than to do nothing. I have long believed this. It breaks …

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Catholic schools improve the lot of poor children, so what?s the problem? | K...
by Kevin McKenna
25 Nov 2018 at 6:00am
The first minister has praised the contribution of Catholic schools to ?modern Scotland?There was a time not very long ago ? perhaps 25 years, maybe 30 ? when Scotland wasn?t obsessed with how its education system was delivered.This is not to suggest that education was ever deemed less than cruci...

Corbyn says deal is '26 pages of waffle' and 'blindfold Brexit we all feared'...
by Andrew Sparrow
22 Nov 2018 at 6:18pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBrexit political declaration fails to offer frictionless trade8 things you need to know about political declaration for UK-EU futureAfternoon summary 6.08pm GMT Related: Brexit: leaked political declaration in full Related: The ...

Sturgeon urges Tory remainers to help build soft Brexit coalition
by Pippa Crerar
20 Nov 2018 at 7:28pm
SNP leader hints that opposition parties may back Norway model proposed by senior MPsConservative remainer MPs have a ?role to play? in building a coalition to drive a soft Brexit through the Commons, Nicola Sturgeon has said as opposition parties seek to find common ground with unhappy Tory back...

'What England wants, it gets': Brexit deal fails to win over Scottish voters
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Nov 2018 at 5:59pm
Few in Glasgow have a good word to say about Brexit, and many feel ignored by Westminster?Is there a deal at all?? asked Mairi McNeil, 65, as she sheltered from a rain shower off Buchanan Street with her husband, William, 66, a retired business analyst.While Scotland?s first minister. Nicola Stur...

Jacob Rees-Mogg urges 'patience' over no-confidence vote in May - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
20 Nov 2018 at 5:15pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.13pm GMT Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urges opposition parties to "work together to come up with an alternative" to the #Brexit deal, after talks with leaders in WestminsterMore: h...

Glasgow School of Art chair says building management 'exemplary'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2018 at 5:50pm
Muriel Gray regrets not doing more to communicate with local community after fireThe chair of Glasgow School of Art, Muriel Gray, has defended the management of the Mackintosh building ? which was gutted by fire in June ? as ?exemplary?, while acknowledging she could have done more to communicate...

Sturgeon: Brexit chaos makes independence case stronger every day
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Nov 2018 at 4:12pm
Scottish first minister suggests she may soon update Holyrood on timing of second independence poll? Follow the latest Brexit news and reaction - live updatesThe ongoing Brexit chaos makes the case for Scottish independence stronger every day, Nicola Sturgeon has said, suggesting that she may upd...

Critics line up after May wins cabinet support ? as it happened
by Kate Lyons (now), Andrew Sparrow , Matthew Weaver and Ruth Quinn (earlier)
15 Nov 2018 at 2:31am
PM announces she has secured backing for plan after ?long, detailed and impassioned debate?Brexit deal: May secures cabinet backing for Brexit dealTheresa May?s Brexit deal: everything you need to knowLabour confident its Brexiters will vote down May?s dealLatest summaryMay?s statement in full 2....

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A Scottish reply to Theresa?s letter
Dear Theresa, Thank you for your begging letter. However let’s not be too churlish, congratulations are in order. The UK was divided as never before, fearful of the future, angry and anxious, and against all the odds you have managed to unite this disunited and dysfunctional kingdom. Everyone thinks that your deal sucks. You ask …

Ireland?s superpower is independence
There’s a new and deeply unpleasant narrative developing amongst Brexits. Although to be honest this is scarcely unsurprising since Brexit was always a deeply unpleasant narrative in the first place. However now that the Brexit pigeons have come home to roost and have crapped all over Liam Fox and David Davis, someone has to be …

David Mundell hasn?t resigned yet
David Mundell hasn’t resigned yet. I say yet, but that’s like saying Donald Trump hasn’t taken the blame for anything yet, or Ruth Davidson doesn’t have any policies except self-promoting photo ops yet, or the Scotsman hasn’t published a pro-independence front page yet. In a letter that he sent to Theresa May earlier this month, …

Hypocrisy, thy name is North Briton
I had originally planned to write this blog article yesterday, but events got in the way in the shape of the news that the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell had once and for all definitively killed off the much touted British nationalist myth that Spain would veto an EU membership application by an independent Scotland. …

The final death of the Spanish veto myth
There’s one thing that this blog has been saying consistently ever since I started writing it in 2013, and that’s that Spain would not veto an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but this blog has been a lone voice in Scotland arguing from a position of …

This is the state we?re still in
This is the state we’re still in. Back in 2014, another age, another era, when the UK could still pretend that it was open and welcoming and respectful of the people who make it up, Scotland was promised that by voting against independence, we could have the best of both worlds. The best of both …

Acknowledging Scotland?s existence
Finally, Theresa May has managed to unite the UK. Everyone thinks her deal is rubbish, even the guy who was supposedly in charge of negotiating it. The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned, so Raab C Brexit is now Raab C Exit. Fellow Brexist Esther McVey has taken time out of her busy schedule of …

A very big deal
You can’t turn on the telly today without seeing some eager interviewer standing outside Westminster or Downing Street, sticking their microphone in the face of a random political passer by and asking them about the government’s Brexit deal. The cracks are already showing, not least in the rictus grins of the Conservatives. It’s that uncomfortable …

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People Make Yes in bold new Scottish independence campaign
A LEADING Scottish design company has been chosen to pull together the national campaign for a Yes vote at the next independence referendum.

Labour and SNP deny indyref coalition talks
LABOUR and the SNP have dismissed reports that they are in talks about a possible DUP-style confidence and supply agreement.

Has class politics been marginalised by focus on other types of identity?
I RECENTLY came across an article in the Guardian under the intriguing headline ?Why coming out as working class was harder than coming out as gay?. The author, an American Professor called Justin Quarry, described the ordeal he had growing up in the Deep South while struggling with his sexuality. But worse still was his experience at an elite university after winning a subsidised scholarship, ...

Designer behind new campaign will help YOU deliver independence
HERE at Tangent we?re extremely proud to be working on the new grassroots campaign for the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). Since winning the pitch, the whole studio has been energised by the work ? it?s sparked lots of ideas and debates in our studio from day one.

Macron tells May: sell out fishermen or face hard Brexit
THERESA May could be forced into a hard Brexit unless she gives European boats access to British waters, Emmanuel Macron has warned.

Momentum growing for indyref2 as senior SNP figures insist 'now is the time'
MOMENTUM is growing for a second independence referendum after SNP MPs have said that ?now is the time for a new vote?.

'Brexodus': EU nationals to leave Scotland unless indyref2 called
THOUSANDS of EU nationals hoping for a Yes vote are currently planning to leave Scotland after giving up waiting for a second independence referendum, The National has been told.

Why we want to leave ? EU citizens fear for future without indyref2
JUDITH MacNeil settled in Scotland 14 years ago, but is now considering a new life in Denmark as she bids to escape Brexit to save her career.

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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

The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The Whi...
The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The White Album? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 20th 2018 The Sixties never really went away. We have had the baby boomers and their endless nostalgia about themselves and their youth – followed by the soft disappointment for many of the decades that …

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland
Glasgow Govan: The Seat that Rocked and Made Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 7th 2018 Thirty years ago Scotland was a very different place. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the poll tax was yet to be implemented, and there was no Scottish Parliament. Then along came the Govan by-election ? a seat that …

Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? an...
Telling the Missing Stories of Working Class Culture in Cinema: ?Peterloo? and ?Nae Pasaran? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, November 3rd 2018 It is a rare occasion when two films are released on the same day about working class histories of Britain. This weekend sees such a situation with the release of Mike Leigh?s much awaited …

Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet
Trump, Bolsonaro, Orban: This is not an Age of Fascism Yet Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 31st 2018 A spectre is haunting the modern world: fascism. All around the world people are talking about and identifying fascists. Newspaper headlines abound in the US such as ?Is Donald Trump a fascist??, ?How fascist is Donald Trump?? …

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 …

 

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MARION VAN RENTERGHEM: 'Brexit is the perfect argument for Scottish independe...
MARION VAN RENTERGHEM: 'Brexit is the perfect argument for Scottish independence'  The New EuropeanAnalysis: Brexit deal document fishing row  BBC NewsScotland complains EU/UK deal means broken promises to the fishing industry  MercoPressScotland's Brexit dilemma: accept May's deal, no deal or push for independence | View  euronewsFull coverage

People Make Yes in bold new Scottish independence campaign
People Make Yes in bold new Scottish independence campaign  The NationalFull coverage

Company behind 'People Make Glasgow' slogan chosen for new Scottish Independe...
Company behind 'People Make Glasgow' slogan chosen for new Scottish Independence campaign  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Spain's intervention is a reminder Scottish independence could work nicely fo...
Spain's intervention is a reminder Scottish independence could work nicely for the EU  New StatesmanFull coverage

Female voters 'won over to Scottish independence' by policies and style
Female voters 'won over to Scottish independence' by policies and style  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: decision on a second Scottish independence referendum in the...
Nicola Sturgeon: decision on a second Scottish independence referendum in the 'not too distant future'  Telegraph.co.ukIndyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again  thejournal.ieBrexit is turning Scottish politics in the SNP's favour  New StatesmanFull coverage

Where were the Brexit no deal warnings during the Scottish independence debate?
Where were the Brexit no deal warnings during the Scottish independence debate?  Spectator.co.uk (blog)Full coverage

How Scotland's science minister aims to protect research from Brexit
How Scotland's science minister aims to protect research from Brexit  Nature.comFull coverage

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READ: Keith Brown's letter to Sky News calling for SNP inclusion on Brexit le...
READ: Keith Brown's letter to Sky News calling for SNP inclusion on Brexit leaders' debate  The NationalTheresa May: SNP wants 'real sell-out' of Scottish fishermen  Telegraph.co.ukBrexit: SNP say Nicola Sturgeon must join televised debate  The ScotsmanBrexit vote set for December 11 as SNP and Labour reject Theresa May's deal with EU  Daily RecordLeaders of all parties demand involvement in Br...

Brexit: What is the SNP's Brexit policy? - BBC News
Brexit: What is the SNP's Brexit policy?  BBC NewsAll eyes on Sturgeon as SNP figures call for indyref2 push  The NationalLeonard frozen out of thaw between Scottish Labour and SNP  The TimesScotland's Brexit dilemma: accept May's deal, no deal or push for independence | View  euronewsSNP: Cutting EU migration could cost Scotland £2 billion  The ScotsmanView full coverage on Google News

WATCH: SNP MP forces May to admit 'insulting comments' were a mistake - The N...
WATCH: SNP MP forces May to admit 'insulting comments' were a mistake  The NationalTHERESA May has been forced to admit her ?thoughtless and insulting comments? were wrong after being confronted by an SNP MP.

Leading SNP MP under fire for UAE visit - The Ferret
Leading SNP MP under fire for UAE visit  The FerretA senior SNP politician has defended an international trip paid for by a regime accused of war crimes and human rights abuses.

Time for the SNP to play hardball at Westminster - The National
Time for the SNP to play hardball at Westminster  The NationalAS we commemorate the end of the First World War, it's worth remembering a forgotten incident that occurred in April 1918. The last great German?

Labour and SNP deny indyref coalition talks - The National
Labour and SNP deny indyref coalition talks  The NationalLABOUR and the SNP have dismissed reports that they are in talks about a possible DUP-style confidence and supply agreement.

SNP MP branded ?disgraceful? following UAE trip - The Courier
SNP MP branded ?disgraceful? following UAE trip  The CourierA Fife MP has faced criticism for going on an overseas trip paid for by the Middle Eastern country where a British student has been jailed. Stephen Gethins' ...

Nicola Sturgeon must 'nail down' Spanish over Scottish EU entry, former SNP d...
Nicola Sturgeon must 'nail down' Spanish over Scottish EU entry, former SNP deputy leader says  Telegraph.co.ukNicola Sturgeon must "nail down" the Spanish government in case it revives its historic opposition to Scotland joining the EU as an independent country, the ...

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Scotland's Brexit dilemma: accept May's deal, no deal or push for independenc...
Scotland's Brexit dilemma: accept May's deal, no deal or push for independence | View  euronews'Independence is now the only option for Scotland' says Ian Blackford  HeraldScotlandScottish independence campaigners aim to thrive on Brexit turmoil  The ScotsmanMARION VAN RENTERGHEM: 'Brexit is the perfect argument for Scottish independence'  The New EuropeanFull coverage

Only a referendum on Theresa May's Brexit deal can end deadlock in parliament...
Only a referendum on Theresa May's Brexit deal can end deadlock in parliament ? what the options should be  The Conversation UKThe failings in Brexit negotiations: Second vote on referendum gains momentum  Graphic OnlineBrexit: Theresa May defends deal amid criticism from MPs  BBC NewsBrexit showdown puts Britain's fault lines on full, irate display  CBC.caFull coverage

How Scotland's science minister aims to protect research from Brexit
How Scotland's science minister aims to protect research from Brexit  Nature.comFull coverage

Spain's intervention is a reminder Scottish independence could work nicely fo...
Spain's intervention is a reminder Scottish independence could work nicely for the EU  New StatesmanFull coverage

Universities Scotland remains neutral on second referendum
Universities Scotland remains neutral on second referendum  The TimesFull coverage

Female voters 'won over to Scottish independence' by policies and style
Female voters 'won over to Scottish independence' by policies and style  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Where were the Brexit no deal warnings during the Scottish independence debate?
Where were the Brexit no deal warnings during the Scottish independence debate?  Spectator.co.uk (blog)Full coverage

Company behind 'People Make Glasgow' slogan chosen for new Scottish Independe...
Company behind 'People Make Glasgow' slogan chosen for new Scottish Independence campaign  HeraldScotlandFull 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!

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 ...

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 normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

Scotland First Country To Introduce LGBT Lessons
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?

Highlight is surely gonna someone's uncle raging that a school's "teaching weans to be poofs".

Well the real highlight will be the promotion of LGBT sexualities and genders being "equal" to typical sexualities and gender...

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

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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...

Iron Horse
https://www.change.org/p/glasgow-city-council-save-the-iron-horse-bar-0ad51f24-60ff-459b-a4f9-e344e8c1f2bb?recruiter=121771365&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_abi_select_all_contacts.select_all.pacific_email_copy_en_gb_4.v1.pacific_email_...

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis. https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Hi, I'd just like to tell you about Je........
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-46286215 Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Allman Brothers Band
I'm bored tonight and can't be fucked with the childish nonsense going on elsewhere on this board. So......................what's your favourite Allman Brothers Band album and why?

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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

Calton Jock

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Zionism-Churchill and Israel History Revisited 1
    Winston Churchill and Zionism Churchill fervently believed in markets free of restrictive practices. However,his beliefs were at odds with the Tory Party and increasingly disillusioned he offered his support to the Liberals, on condition he would be selected to stand for a seat in Manchester, at that time the centre of … Continue reading "Zionism-Churchill and Israel History Revisited 1...

Lest We Forget
        Scottish Home Rule In the period 1905 -1914 ever increasing unrest in Ireland coupled with growing unrest in Scotland concentrated the minds of politicians at Westminster. By the Spring of 1914  a “Scottish Home Rule Bill” , passed two readings and was fully supported by the Liberal … Continue reading "Lest We Forget"

The Familiar Whiff of Corruption Wafts Through the Corridors of Westminster a...
      Opening Narrative The Brexit endgame is not that far off and it is important to look-back to other events and the actions taken by the political and royal elite to protect their interests where the Westminster establishment was perceived to be under threat. An event occurred in Ireland in … Continue reading "The Familiar Whiff of Corruption Wafts Through the Corridors of Westminster...

The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is dead ? A look back at a few o...
  The man that would have inspired Machiavelli is dead and politicians sleep  more soundly. If only it were possible to delve into his diaries. Sir Jeremy Heywood, civil servant and permanent secretary to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, Cameron and May and confidant to the rich and powerful elite of British politics and their … Continue reading "The Machiavelli of the British Civil Service is d...

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 ...

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

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

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

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…