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Dying grandmother calls on Health Secretary to quit after 'horrific' ordeal
26 Apr 2018 at 5:40pm
A DYING grandmother has spoken of her ?horrific? experience at the hands of Scotland?s NHS after she was forced to wait hours to receive basic pain relief ? despite phoning for an ambulance three times.

Babe Ruth! Davidson announces pregnancy
26 Apr 2018 at 4:31pm
SCOTTISH Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has announced she is expecting her first child.

Trump visit to uk confirmed for Friday July 13
26 Apr 2018 at 5:28pm
US President Donald Trump will visit the UK in July ? on Friday the 13th.

Amber Rudd raises prospect UK could remain in Customs Union
26 Apr 2018 at 3:27pm
AMBER Rudd has set a large Brexit hare running by raising the possibility that the UK Government could opt to stay in the European Customs Union, contrary to current policy.

Secret list of Unionist donors released on social media
26 Apr 2018 at 11:43am
A SECRET list of donors to the anti-independence group Scotland in Union is been widely circulated on social media after being inadvertently released by the Electoral Commission.

Donald Trump should visit Scotland, not London, insist right-wing groups
26 Apr 2018 at 12:07pm
DONALD Trump should skip London during his upcoming visit to the UK and come to Scotland instead, a group of right-wing supporters have said.

Defender in £100,000 SNP defamation case had theft conviction
26 Apr 2018 at 6:11pm
THE defender in a £100,000 defamation action has admitted having a conviction for theft but insisted she told the truth in court.

Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit deal 'not in Scotland's national interest'
26 Apr 2018 at 2:14pm
Nicola Sturgeon has made clear she will not do a deal to support key Brexit legislation unless further changes are made by the UK Government.

Rudd in customs union confusion as calls for her to quit grow louder
26 Apr 2018 at 10:13pm
AMBER Rudd continues under intense pressure today after angering Tory Brexiteers by suggesting Britain might not rule out staying in the European customs union and faced more Opposition calls to resign over the Windrush scandal.

FMQs sketch: We shall fight them on the benches
26 Apr 2018 at 8:00pm
TO deal or not to deal, that was the question at FMQs.

Doctorate honour for Andrew Neil
26 Apr 2018 at 3:14pm
Comedian Susan Calman and broadcaster Andrew Neil will receive honorary doctorates from the University of Glasgow this summer.

Wishart: Tory government in thrall to 'Brexit nutters'
26 Apr 2018 at 1:00pm
The Government is in thrall to "Brexit nutters" on its backbenches, an SNP MP has said, as the Commons prepares to debate the customs union.

Former spin doctor for Vladimir Romanov to be next Scottish Labour head of co...
26 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
A PR guru who was the spin doctor for former Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov is to become the head of communications for Scottish Labour.

Watchdog error reveals Unionist campaign's secret donors
26 Apr 2018 at 5:15am
A SECRET list of donors to the anti-independence group Scotland in Union has been inadvertently released by the Electoral Commission.

SNP hopes for last-minute deal with May on Brexit Bill
26 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
THE SNP leadership is hopeful an eleventh-hour deal with Theresa May can still be agreed on her flagship Brexit Bill and does not accept that the one endorsed by the Welsh Government is the Prime Minister?s final offer.

 

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Fresh call for Mark Zuckerberg to appear before parliament
26 Apr 2018 at 9:39pm
The chairman of the parliamentary inquiry into fake news has threatened Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with a formal summons to give evidence before the inquiry in person.

Leader comment: Preparing a best of British welcome for Mr Trump
26 Apr 2018 at 7:34pm
Friday the 13th is “considered an unlucky day in Western superstition”, according to Wikipedia. But this year, it will be the date when lucky old Britain gets to play host to the greatest American president ever.

Home Office ditches targets for removing immigrants from UK
26 Apr 2018 at 7:23pm
Amber Rudd has said the Home Office will abandon ­targets for removing people in the UK illegally from the ­country, less than 24 hours after she told MPs that the ­targets didn’t exist.

Rogue Scots puppy breeders to face ban
26 Apr 2018 at 6:42pm
Irresponsible dog breeders found to be mistreating animals in Scotland could be stripped of their licences under new laws being drawn up, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said.

Donald Trump?s ?working visit? to UK confirmed for July
26 Apr 2018 at 4:54pm
US President Donald Trump will visit the UK in July - on Friday the 13th.

Ruth Davidson announces she is expecting first child
26 Apr 2018 at 4:34pm
Ruth Davidson has announced she is expecting her first child with her partner Jen Wilson.

Michael Gove: SNP willing to ?throw farmers under bus? for independence
26 Apr 2018 at 3:27pm
Michael Gove has accused the SNP of being prepared to throw Scottish farmers “under the bus” in pursuit of their “desperate desire” to secure independence.

Greens attack Sturgeon over Scottish Enterprise ?funding arms firms?
26 Apr 2018 at 2:50pm
Nicola Sturgeon has defended Scottish Government investment in companies involved in the manufacture of munitions.

Video: Shona Robison urged to quit by cancer patient after two hour ambulance...
26 Apr 2018 at 2:13pm
A terminally-ill cancer patient has called on Shona Robison to quit as Health Secretary after waiting for more than two hours for an ambulance when she collapsed at home.

President of Malawi addresses MSPs at Holyrood
26 Apr 2018 at 2:06pm
The President of the African nation of Malawi has addressed MSPs at Holyrood.

Conservative groups urge Donald Trump to visit Scotland and skip London
26 Apr 2018 at 12:50pm
A trans-Atlantic coalition of conservative groups have called on US President Donald Trump to skip London when he visits the UK later this year, and travel directly to Scotland instead.

Vladimir Romanov?s ex-PR advisor becomes Scottish Labour comms chief
26 Apr 2018 at 12:42pm
He was once employed to offer communications advice to one of Scottish football’s most controversial characters.

Rudd has ?total support? of Tory MPs over Windrush scandal
26 Apr 2018 at 9:19am
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been told she has the “total support” of Conservative MPs after she was summoned to the Commons to explain why she told a committee on Wednesday that no targets exist for removing people from the UK.

SNP accused of ?dogma? in Brexit row as Mike Russell rejects UK solution
26 Apr 2018 at 6:01am
The UK and Scottish Governments clashed over which side’s approach to post-Brexit powers risks undermining devolution, as the chances of deal to resolve the ongoing constitutional row all but disappeared last night.

Bill Jamieson: ?Papers please!? ID cards loom for UK
26 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
The Scottish NEC card could become the basis for a national identity system, writes Bill Jamieson.

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A rapist?s theory of consent
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Apr 2018 at 11:52am
We weren’t going to do anything on yesterday’s disturbing development in the legal wrangle between the Scottish and UK governments over devolved powers and Brexit, because the rest of the media has been covering it at length and we don’t have any particular expertise or insight to offer. But it was hard to ignore the …

Well, this is awkward
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2018 at 6:55pm
Alert readers may recall that the Electoral Commission recently chose, to everyone’s (cough) great surprise, to take no action against extremist Unionist shout-monkeys Scotland In Union over a number of clear breaches of electoral rules, or for failing to disclose a number of large donations from extremely wealthy donors. 10 days ago the EC published a …

The building bricks of bullshit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2018 at 11:39am
As alert readers will recall, nowadays we only look at the Scottish Daily Express if we’re absolutely desperate for material, so this piece slipped past us a few days ago: And since the only thing in the papers today is page after page of unbearable fawning drivel about the stupendously insignificant (fifth in line to the …

The Scottish Media For Dummies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2018 at 11:08am
A beginner’s guide to how it works: SUNDAY: The Sunday Times copies an SNP BAD nonsense story wholesale from the previous day’s Scottish Daily Mail. MONDAY: The Scottish Daily mail copies an SNP BAD nonsense story wholesale from the previous day’s Sunday Times. (The story itself being a worthless nano-crumb of utterly spurious cobblers from an unnamed source …

Due diligence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2018 at 11:41am
Even in a sluggish news season, it’s somehow extra-dispiriting to see a once-august newspaper like the Sunday Times fill its pages by trying to flog its readers reheated old cobblers from the previous day’s Daily Mail. We’ve already shredded the towering stupidity of the story itself (the Times dutifully repeats all the exact same drivel about meal …

Drowning the baby
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2018 at 12:15pm
Pointing out the spectacular levels of imbecility among Scotland’s elected Tories has threatened to become a full-time job for this website in recent months. We wish we could say that today’s example was even a particularly noteworthy one, but tragically it’s about par for the course. Today’s Scottish Daily Mail leads with a rather limp piece about …

A hostile environment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
From here: (NB These rules do not apply to Andrew Neil, Nick Robinson, etc etc. Like, duh. In a properly democratic country we’d be able to use FOI to actually see the blacklist, but this is the BBC we’re talking about.)

A story told in pictures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2018 at 11:37am
Because we have no words. Previous coverage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Trampling on graves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2018 at 9:49am
Last night – at the insistence of the SNP – the House Of Commons held a six-hour emergency debate in the wake of the UK’s unquestionably illegal bombing of Syria at the weekend, under the supposed justification of a chemical attack that may well not have happened at all, far less have been the responsibility of the …

Desperate fishwives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2018 at 11:35am
Scotland’s political opposition and media, today: There can surely be no country on Earth cursed and plagued with a more pathetic shower of petty, whining, gossiping harpies in those roles than Scotland. And while we knew that already, barely a day seems to go by without them reaching a new nadir. If you’ve got the …

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Ruth Davidson announces she is pregnant
26 Apr 2018 at 4:28pm
The Scottish Conservative leader says she will go on maternity leave in October but will return early next year.


Sturgeon: Rejecting Brexit deal 'in national interest'
26 Apr 2018 at 2:54pm
Nicola Sturgeon defends the decision as opponents accuse her of putting her party ahead of the country.


Donald Trump 'should visit Scotland, not London'
26 Apr 2018 at 4:52pm
UK-based supporters say the US president should focus on his "ancestral home" during a trip to Britain


Watchdog faces probe over data gaffe
26 Apr 2018 at 7:01pm
The Electoral Commission mistakenly released details of 168 individuals who donated to an anti-Scottish independence group.


Doctors' warning over pressures on children's wards
26 Apr 2018 at 12:01am
Paediatricians say doctors are facing too much pressure and key standards are not being met.


Holyrood approves social security bill
25 Apr 2018 at 7:30pm
Legislation that will establish a devolved Scottish social security system is unanimously passed by MSPs.


Fife councillor suspended from committee over comments
26 Apr 2018 at 2:14pm
David MacDiarmid, who represents Howe of Fife, made disrespectful comments about a taxi driver.


Sexual violence guide created for Scottish universities
25 Apr 2018 at 12:12am
It is backed by the mother of a student who took her own life after being in an abusive relationship.


Mandatory disclosure checks for youth sport coaches proposed
25 Apr 2018 at 12:12am
Disclosure Scotland plans to review the system for checking those working with children and vulnerable groups.


No Scots Brexit powers deal despite UK-Welsh agreement
24 Apr 2018 at 4:41pm
A "key sticking point" remains between Scottish and UK ministers despite the Welsh striking a deal over Brexit.


Ex-SNP digital chief met Cambridge Analytica
24 Apr 2018 at 12:32pm
Kirk Torrance confirms he was the unnamed consultant who concluded the firm was a "bunch of cowboys".


Pregnant politicians
26 Apr 2018 at 6:17pm
The announcement of Ruth Davidson's pregnancy highlights how few children have been born in office.

Scot Goes Pop

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The inconvenient truth the media don't want you to know about: the Scottish g...
by James Kelly
25 Apr 2018 at 6:11pm
I'm sure by now you've heard the unanimous verdict in the unionist media that the Welsh government's cave-in on the power grab has left Nicola Sturgeon "isolated", "under pressure", etc, etc.  But ...

How a vote to stay in the customs union could trigger another snap general el...
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2018 at 5:55pm
As I've noted a number of times before, Stephen Bush of the New Statesman has an uncanny habit of making political predictions that either prove correct, or that prove a hell of a lot closer to bei...

Sorry, Mr Wishart, but you are factually wrong: there is no "indy-gap"
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2018 at 5:43pm
So, with a certain amount of weariness, I've taken a look at Pete Wishart's latest 'contribution to the debate' on the timing of a second independence referendum (at least this time it's not a phon...

SNP vote remains rock-solid in Highland Perthshire by-election
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2018 at 5:40pm
Just for once we have a by-election outcome where the terminology of 'hold' or 'gain' isn't misleading due to the quirks of the voting system.  The Highland ward in Perth & Kinross was firmly Tory ...

Why the Tories want the SNP to let their mandate for a referendum expire
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2018 at 10:06pm
Not for the first time, David Halliday has hit the nail on the head with this tweet -"If not having an independence referendum before 2021 is sensible then why has Ruth Davidson been fighting so ha...

Why I'm backing Chris McEleny for SNP depute leader
by James Kelly
14 Apr 2018 at 4:01pm
Because the candidates are perhaps a little less well-known than would usually be the case, I had planned to take my time before making a final decision about who to vote for in the SNP depute lead...

Renew the Section 30 request, put a deadline on it - and then if needs be go ...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2018 at 7:37pm
Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland has helpfully moved forward the debate over indyref timing by arguing that the Scottish Government should go ahead and legislate for a second referendum witho...


Twitter poll confirms overwhelming demand within the Yes movement for a pre-2...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2018 at 7:39pm
The Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has been holding a Twitter poll over the last 24 hours on the timing of an independence referendum.  The results are dramatic, with a combined total of 88...

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Abandoned We Enter Hebrews 10:19
by /u/Urbex_Pajerico
27 Apr 2018 at 12:06am
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Unending Sky over Eilean Donan, April 8th 2018
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26 Apr 2018 at 11:38pm
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Offshore 'near disasters' warning
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26 Apr 2018 at 10:36pm
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Some boys climb the Glasgow Tower and mange to get onto the roof
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26 Apr 2018 at 10:26pm
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Nice M-folds near Kinlochleven (Binnein Schist)
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26 Apr 2018 at 7:40pm
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Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter - Many congratulations to @RuthDavidsonMSP and her...
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26 Apr 2018 at 7:24pm
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TIL of one of the world's largest boat parties, held on Lake St Clair, Michig...
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26 Apr 2018 at 4:53pm
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Labour will lead Trump visit protests, says Richard Leonard
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26 Apr 2018 at 4:51pm
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Our little family of three is becoming four....(Ruth Davidsonis pregent, due ...
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26 Apr 2018 at 4:26pm
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Definitely in Scotland today!
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Anyone know about the rules of Short Term Tenancy
by /u/Spartancfos
26 Apr 2018 at 3:40pm
My Landlord has sprung on us that we need to give a 2 month warning that we wish to leave, even though our Short Term Assured Tenancy ends on 31st May. We didn't say anything to them, as we didn't ...

Anyone know the Scottish history references in this?
by /u/Philmarlow
26 Apr 2018 at 3:24pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15iC5Pm4sdc So, I know this satirical Corries version of Scotland the Brave has been posted here before, but I wanted to ask you lot a question about it. There are c...

Vote: Which Scottish projects should get £50,000?
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26 Apr 2018 at 3:03pm
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Grant Morrison is a very famous Glasgow comic book writer in case you've neve...
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Tory minister Dominic Raab's secretary 'would love to get sacked' for having ...
by Nick Sommerlad
26 Apr 2018 at 7:55pm
The housing minister Dominic Raab has said he is investigating.


Donald Trump blocks release of secret JFK assassination files over national s...
by Record Reporter
26 Apr 2018 at 6:38pm
The FBI and CIA told Trump not to open the lid on the classified documents five decades after the president was shot.


Ruth Davidson pregnant with Scottish Tory leader expecting first child with p...
by Hilary Duncanson
26 Apr 2018 at 4:40pm
The couple will welcome the new arrival in late autumn and Davidson said she and her partner are "overjoyed" at the prospect of starting a family together.


Scotland gets its own unique welfare system after historic legislation passed...
by David Clegg
26 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
The Social Security Bill will see Holyrood take control of 11 benefits as important devolution powers promised during IndyRef vote are delivered.


Tory minister Dominic Raab?s aide caught selling sex to sugar daddies online
by Nick Sommerlad
26 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
It is a huge potential security breach with the diary secretary boasting how she knew the minister's every move.


Theresa May blasted by Labour for trying to hide her role in Windrush scandal
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
In a blistering attack Labour MP Yvette Cooper said the Prime Minister was “hiding behind” civil servants and Cabinet colleagues.


Minimum price of alcohol voted through by MSPs with just six days to go
by Laura Paterson
25 Apr 2018 at 7:58pm
Legislation was cleared in November and Holyrood today unanimously agreed the minimum unit price which will come in on Tuesday.


Unionists embroiled in Cambridge Analytica row after meeting at plush busines...
by Record Reporter
25 Apr 2018 at 1:29pm
Scotland in Union admit vice-chair suggested a formal meeting with the controversial data firm - but it was turned down by campaign bosses.


Theresa May to take UK out Customs Union after Tory Brexiteers threaten to ou...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
The Prime Minister will not do a U-turn on hardline stance after pro-Brexit MPs signalled any backsliding would mean the end of her tenure.


SNP must do right thing in relieving terminally ill from cruel Tory benefit s...
by Kezia Dugdale
24 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
We have an opportunity for Scotland to build a welfare system with fairness at its heart, making different choices from the Tories, says Kezia Dugdale.

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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

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin… Advertisements

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

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

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

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

Bella Caledonia

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We Can?t Just Be Rabbits in Brexit?s Headlights
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Apr 2018 at 12:10pm
Scottish Socialist Voice editor Ken Ferguson outlines the purpose of this Saturday?s Forum organised by the paper. Since the Brexit vote the subsequent debate has been totally dominated by the British and EU elites who in turn have focused largely on what are in effect the concerns of big business with working people?s needs reduced …

The Principle of Consent
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Apr 2018 at 11:01am
So THIS is what they meant by “Taking Back Control!” Actually, that’s not just a flip remark. “Take Back Control” worked so well as a slogan in the Brexit Referendum because it answered a very specific social and psychological need. For the English people to take back something they felt they’d lost. The globalised economy …

Cosmhalachd an Taighe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Apr 2018 at 9:46am
This is a translation into Gaelic of a piece by SupGaleano of the Zapatisas, a kind of parable comparing our current economic and political structures to an unstable and poorly-built house. Subcomandante Galeano (or SupGaleano for short) is one of the leading figures and spokespeople in the Zapatisa insurgency and autonomous region. He used to go …

Alternative Press Awards 2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Apr 2018 at 7:58am
The Scottish media are gathering this week for the annual self-congratulatory backslapping awards. It’s characterised by a complete incomprehension of new developments outside its own bubble and comedy notions of what ‘digital journalism’ is. Meanwhile there’s a outpouring of new media, micro-press, self-publishing and alternative press. So we’re inviting nominations for Scotland’s Alternative Press Awards. …

The History of Scottish Music Funding
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Apr 2018 at 10:45pm
This is a guest blog by Tom Bancroft, legendary jazz drummer, who has led dozens of large scale community and education projects, and was behind Caber Music (which released nearly 40 CDs 1998-2006), the Tom Bancroft Orchestra and is currently the drummer with the Dave Milligan Trio (amongst countless other projects). It focuses on the shift in …

The Power of the Colonised Mind
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Apr 2018 at 11:20am
I started to write this article in Gaelic, with a view to bolstering Bella?s already excellent corpus of Gaelic-language articles, but I realised that in doing so, I would be shutting off the very people who need to read it from its key messages. Indeed, I don?t need to preach to the Gaelic-speaking community about …

Thistles of Innovation, a Blue Economy for Scotland?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Apr 2018 at 9:28am
A couple of weeks ago Edinburgh hosted its second Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conference in 11 years. The theme was Enhancing Rural Innovation. As Scotland is predominantly rural with the vast majority of us squeezed into the somewhat tight 3680 miles of the central belt out of our total 30,090 square miles, …

Bouncing Babies, Brexit and Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Apr 2018 at 3:19pm
You get battle-weary of these phenomenon. The stream of jubilees, weddings, babies, marriages, divorces, and minor incidents is relentless. If they’re not dying they’re being born. And we haven’t even got to Harry and Meghan yet which is going to make Charles and Diana’s do look an exercise in restraint and frugality. Yesterday as St …

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'We're really, really happy': Ruth Davidson announces pregnancy ? video
26 Apr 2018 at 9:01pm
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, announces she is 13 weeks pregnant with her first child.The 39-year-old said she and her partner, Jen Wilson, were delighted to be expecting a baby in October after undergoing IVF treatmentScottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson announc...

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson announces pregnancy
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Apr 2018 at 5:06pm
The 39-year-old says she is expecting a baby in October after undergoing IVF treatmentThe leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, has announced that she is 13 weeks pregnant with her first child.The 39-year-old said she and her partner, Jen Wilson, were delighted to be expecting a ba...

SNP admits contacting Cambridge Analytica over election campaign
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Apr 2018 at 12:07pm
Emails suggest party approached controversial data firm for help fighting 2016 Holyrood electionsThe Scottish National party has admitted it sought help for its election campaigning from Cambridge Analytica, after it came under mounting pressure to disclose its dealings with the company. The SNP ...

Rees-Mogg claims Home Office 'socialism' to blame for Windrush injustices - a...
by Andrew Sparrow
24 Apr 2018 at 5:47pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenKogan?s evidence to MPs on Facebook/Cambridge Analytica - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.36pm BST 5.25pm BST Ministers have received a new warning not to allow Britain?s withdrawal from the European Union to jeopardise the Good Frida...

Wales isolates Nicola Sturgeon over EU powers after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2018 at 5:31pm
Welsh government?s acceptance of UK concessions leaves Scotland fighting lone battleThe Welsh government has left Nicola Sturgeon unexpectedly isolated after agreeing to sign a controversial deal with UK ministers over the sharing of EU powers after Brexit.Mark Drakeford, the Welsh finance secret...

Instant payouts offer lifeline to Scotland's rough sleepers
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
22 Apr 2018 at 12:00pm
Outreach workers given cash to help those in need with anything from hotel rooms to haircutsOutreach workers in Scottish cities can make instant payouts of up to £200 for anything from haircuts to hotel rooms as part of a radical approach to entrenched rough sleeping. The funding, directly from t...

The Windrush generation and a hostile Home Office ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Pippa Crerar with Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo, Sarah Teather and Libby Brooks; produced by Phil Maynard and Simon Barnard
19 Apr 2018 at 3:50pm
Pippa Crerar is joined by Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo and Sarah Teather to discuss the government?s chaotic response to reports of Caribbean people who came to the UK as children in the 1950s and 60s being denied their rights. Plus Libby Brooks reports from Holyrood on how the Scotti...

Government loses two House of Lords votes on EU withdrawal bill ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Apr 2018 at 8:01pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and peers voting on the EU withdrawal billReport: government suffers Lords defeat on leaving customs unionPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatEvening summary 7.59pm BST...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Yes is consent, silence is consent, no is consent
The language of the British Government’s supposed concession to Scotland over the terms of Clause 11 of the EU Exit bill is breathtaking in its insensitivity. Insensitivity is what we have come to expect from a government which has deported British citizens of the Windrush generation and then expects them to be grateful for the …

Standing firm for Scotland?s interests
Westminster is using Brexit, something that Scotland didn’t vote for, in order to undermine something that Scotland did vote for. Those were words which Mike Russell used in Holyrood yesterday, words which I’m proud to say first appeared in this blog. That’s the fundamental issue here. Westminster is using the results of the Brexit referendum, …

Things worth despising
Some British nationalists are trying to stir up some controversy because SNP MSP James Dornan said on Twitter that he despises being a part of the UK. Cue major harrumphage from the usual suspects, those British nationalists who are always the first to claim victimhood status in defence of the right of the British state …

Scraping beneath the bottom of the Vow barrel
It’s the political corpse that keeps coming back from the dead. Every time you think it’s dead it pops back up again. It’s been battered over the head. It’s been blown apart. It’s been forensically dissected and the pieces packed up and sent into orbit around whatever planet it is that Wullie Rennie comes from. …

We?re all bastards from Newsnet now
When independence campaigners who are compelled to pay a licence fee on pain of criminalisation complain about how the BBC doesn’t reflect their views, and demand that the Corporation refrain from its anti-independence bias, they’re accused of trying to silence journalists and being enemies of democracy. It now transpires that it’s the BBC which has …

Increasing the immigration statistics by one
I thought I’d write a more personal blog article this time, so that you can all know what my plans are for the coming months. Readers, I’m getting married. My partner Peter and I have set a date, the wedding will be on Friday 26th October and will be celebrated on the coast of the …

Hard work, but not difficult work
The one-man whirlwind that is Robin McAlpine of CommonWeal has recently published a book which is an invaluable contribution to the independence debate and which provides many of the answers which we were struggling for during the first referendum campaign back in 2014. Called How to Start a New Country, a Practical Guide for Scotland, …

Let us be very clear
In an article for the Sunday Times this weekend, Jeremy Clarkson says that he doesn’t understand the need for Scottish independence, but then no one has ever knowingly accused Jeremy of having any sort of insight into anyone who doesn’t fully subscribe to the agenda of the right wing British nationalist press. Jeremy is now …

The National

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The First Minister isn't isolated on Brexit deal ? Scotland has her back
SO is Scotland isolated now that Wales has accepted a Brexit deal with Theresa May? Maybe. But we are where we always are within the Celtic sisterhood ? leading from the front for a proper not a patsy agreement about the division of powers post Brexit. And since the powers and divvy up are vital for the proper functioning of the Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast parliaments, you could say the Scot...

Former coalition MSP tells Labour and LibDems to back FM over Brexit bill
FORMER Labour minister Malcolm Chisholm has given his support to the First Minister in resisting Theresa May?s demands over Westminster holding on to a range of devolved powers being transferred from Brussels after Brexit.

'Wales capitulated to the Tories on Withdrawal Bill'
LABOUR?S Welsh Government was yesterday accused of ?capitulating? to Theresa May over her demands on the transfer of devolved powers from Brussels after Brexit.

Historic legislation sees Scotland take a fairer path on social security
SCOTLAND?S Social Security Minister has pledged to ?do things differently? as Holyrood approved legislation that will see the introduction of a new benefits system north of the Border.

Finnish basic income trial on track despite reports it was failing
FINLAND has said the Nordic country?s trailblazing basic income experiment is going ahead as planned.

SNP MPs question ?targeted? adverts put out by the Scotland Office
SNP MPs have raised questions in the Commons after claiming the Scotland Office undertook a ?very targeted? social media campaign in the Scottish Secretary?s own constituency.

Scottish Labour tries to distance itself from anti-semitism row
SCOTTISH Labour has moved to distance itself from the anti-semitism row that has dominated the UK party in recent weeks.

May under pressure as she's accused of siding with 'cynical Brexiteers'
THERESA May has been accused of siding with ?cynical Brexiteers? over her refusal to pursue a customs union with the European Union.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

Dirty Tricks ? Trumpgate and Skripal ? All Roads Lead to London and MI6
          Note:  This article is a follow up to the undernoted link. (https://caltonjock.com/2017/11/17/trump-putin-congressional-investigation-moving-finger-of-fate-pointing-at-the-tory-party-and-stirling-university-on-the-hook-as-well/)       Boris Johnson – Trump – The Tory party Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targ...

Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the US (FUKUS) to Res...
      Planned Invasion by the Western Allies of Syria in the Spring of 2018 Late 2017 the Syrian Army liberated parts of their eastern provinces, re-establishing a land route stretching from Iran to Syria and the formidable Hezbollah forces based in the Lebanon. This is unacceptable to the Western allies and a major … Continue reading "Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the...

Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U.S. State...
            Family Ties Rodney Ford has been a major influence in African affairs for nearly 20 years. His partner is Gillian Apfel also a senior US diplomat. Gillian is the sister of Lauren Apfel, wife of Adam Tomkins, Tory MSP and constitutional affairs spokesman for the Tory party in Scotland. This short … Continue reading "Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U...

Porton Down Director Distances His Establishment From Prime Minister May?s Ac...
        Extracts from Hansard: House of Commons: Tuesday 24 September 2002 The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Today we published a 50-page dossier, detailing the history of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programme, its breach of United Nations resolutions, and its attempts to rebuild that illegal programme. As the dossier sets out, … Continue reading "Porton Down Director Distances His Es...

Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers
Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 25th 2018 The bewildering nature of modern society ? its incessant, demanding change, shifts in employment, remuneration and technologies, and a sense that big decisions are taken elsewhere ? means that a feeling of loss is commonplace today in …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children
Breaking the Taboos and Silences of Belting Scotland?s Children Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 11th 2018 Scottish education has always had an important, even disproportionate place in society – emphasising its distinctiveness, traditions, and of course, multiple individual stories and experiences. Yet our education system has had for all the good and positive stories, too …

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

Scotland and Independence

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Calexit: California independence bid to emulate Scottish Yes campaign
Calexit: California independence bid to emulate Scottish Yes campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally
Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Tom Peterkin: Nicola Sturgeon left in splendid isolation over Brexit 'power g...
Tom Peterkin: Nicola Sturgeon left in splendid isolation over Brexit 'power grab'  The ScotsmanGove: SNP willing to 'throw farmers under the bus' over independence bid  HeraldScotlandSturgeon's Nats 'block Brexit deal in desperate bid for a new vote on independence'  The SunApril 24, 2018 - Twitter  TwitterFull coverage

'Sturgeon wants to be Viceroy for EU' MEP SLAMS SNP who have 'no interest in ...
'Sturgeon wants to be Viceroy for EU' MEP SLAMS SNP who have 'no interest in independence'  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Scotland in Union suffer ANOTHER embarrassing data leak
Scotland in Union suffer ANOTHER embarrassing data leak  The NationalFull coverage

Jeremy Clarkson: 'I don't understand the need for Scottish independence'
Jeremy Clarkson: 'I don't understand the need for Scottish independence'  iNewsJeremy Clarkson takes swipe at Scotland over independence bid amid 'post-Brexit' rant  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Scotland will realise why Labour is talking mince on federalism
Scotland will realise why Labour is talking mince on federalism  The NationalFull coverage

SNP

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SNP admits contacting Cambridge Analytica over election campaign
SNP admits contacting Cambridge Analytica over election campaign  The GuardianFull coverage

Emails claim SNP 'interested' in Cambridge Analytica deal six weeks after mee...
Emails claim SNP 'interested' in Cambridge Analytica deal six weeks after meeting  Telegraph.co.ukSNP releases email contacts with Cambridge Analytica  HeraldScotlandRow over SNP's link to Cambridge Analytica escalates  The ScotsmanFull coverage

'Everything is tactics' Michael Gove slams 'DESPERATE' SNP over Brexit deal
'Everything is tactics' Michael Gove slams 'DESPERATE' SNP over Brexit deal  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Dying grandmother joins calls for SNP Health Minister to quit after waiting t...
Dying grandmother joins calls for SNP Health Minister to quit after waiting three hours for pain relief  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Gove: SNP would throw farmers under bus for independence
Gove: SNP would throw farmers under bus for independence  STV NewsMichael Gove: SNP willing to 'throw farmers under bus' for independence  The ScotsmanAnger as Tory MP 'plagiarises' SNP's Bill at Westminster  The NationalLetters: May has played a blinder in calling Sturgeon's bluff  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ex-SNP digital chief met Cambridge Analytica
Ex-SNP digital chief met Cambridge Analytica  BBC NewsIdentiy of SNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica revealed  The ScotsmanSNP consultant who met Cambridge Analytica named as key figure in party's digital operations  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP raises questions over Scotland Office's social media campaign
SNP raises questions over Scotland Office's social media campaign  HeraldScotlandScottish Government don't understand needs of islands claims Halcro Johnston  The OrcadianFull coverage

SNP 'pursued relationship' with data row firm Cambridge Analytica
SNP 'pursued relationship' with data row firm Cambridge Analytica  The TimesSecond key SNP figure caught up in Cambridge Analytica row  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Calexit: California independence bid to emulate Scottish Yes campaign
Calexit: California independence bid to emulate Scottish Yes campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence
Rushing into a second referendum would doom Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally
Dutch campaign for Scottish independence prepares for rally  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Indy Scotland can learn from Boris Yeltsin's Russian referendums
Indy Scotland can learn from Boris Yeltsin's Russian referendums  The NationalFull coverage

Watchdog faces probe over data gaffe
Watchdog faces probe over data gaffe  BBC NewsFull coverage

Tom Peterkin: Nicola Sturgeon left in splendid isolation over Brexit 'power g...
Tom Peterkin: Nicola Sturgeon left in splendid isolation over Brexit 'power grab'  The ScotsmanScotland has First Minister's back on Tory Brexit power grab  The NationalNicola Sturgeon's response to Brexit has utterly failed  Spectator.co.uk (blog)April 24, 2018 - Twitter  TwitterLetters: May has played a blinder in calling Sturgeon's bluff  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland will realise why Labour is talking mince on federalism
Scotland will realise why Labour is talking mince on federalism  The NationalFull coverage

Scotland in Union suffer ANOTHER embarrassing data leak
Scotland in Union suffer ANOTHER embarrassing data leak  The NationalFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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 ...

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 pregnant...
Can someone explain to me, without going into too much detail. how this could have happened?

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

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

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Ruth Davidson
Now tripping over herself to be the ultimate Uncle McTom.. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/snp-mps-are-sent-to-annoy-the-english-davidson-tells-tories-1-4248684    

Songs you hate.
Pink Floyd. Another brick in the wall. Starters, we do need education and for seconds I don't need some middle class twats.(I was going to say telling us we don't need no educashon but it reads better without).

Worst live band you've ever seen
The Eagles, Glasgow Apollo, Saturday 30th March 1977. Worst 5 quid I've ever spent. Not even Joe Walsh could spare them that night. Detested them with a passion ever since.

Authoritarian Scotland?
So the Scottish Courts rules that context in a joke is irrelevant. The state convicting "Count Dankula" for offence. Ruling the context of a joke is irrelevant and potentially jailing him. I could write reams about this, but i'll see if anyone is interested before wasting my time. Really ...

Royal Baby
Just seen on the news loads of people camped outside the hospital all exited waiting on the arrival.Any Tambers down there?

Since it's Friday
I was asked last year where I saw myself in five years time.
I said, "I don't know, I haven't got 2020 vision".

Ads
Board is now almost unreadable - jumping up and down to whatever ad is the flavour of the day Posting this was also difficult

Tail Docking
WTF?  Why would people vote for this? "Nicky Sturgeon the puppy surgeon" Irvine Welsh.

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Ruth Davidson and partner expecting baby

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Scottish social security system given unanimous backing from MSPs

MPs launch inquiry into long-term viability of the North Sea oil and gas indu...

Consent on campus - building on the #EmilyTest

?He who learns but does not think, is lost!?

Digital healthcare to be led by national decision-making board, according to ...

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

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…