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Scottish cities to pay highest price for Brexit
27 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
Scotland?s cities will suffer the brunt of the damage to be wrought by Brexit with billions of pounds wiped off the value of their economies.

Canavan accuses Labour peers of ?affront to democracy? over Murray?s victory
27 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
LABOUR has been accused of committing an ?affront to democracy? after a group of the party?s peers supposedly helped a leading critic of Jeremy Corbyn secure a key Westminster role.

UK Government's immigration policy branded "a shambles" after Lewis suggests ...
27 Jul 2017 at 11:32am
THE UK Government?s immigration policy has been branded ?a shambles? after Brandon Lewis, the Immigration Minister, made clear that free movement of labour would end the moment Britain left the European Union in March 2019.

Committed to giving you the best news, sport, opinion and analysis in Scotlan...
27 Jul 2017 at 12:00pm
The Herald was founded in Glasgow in 1783 and today we continue to take great pride in those historic roots to bring you the very best in Scottish journalism.

MPs' new portraits inspire amusing fan-fiction
27 Jul 2017 at 12:30pm
It was inevitable.

Tory Government comes under fire over weak economic growth as GDP edges up in Q2
26 Jul 2017 at 12:34pm
THERESA May?s Government has come under fire over "weak" growth in the economy after official statistics showed GDP advancing at a sluggish pace in the second quarter of the year.

Alleged attempt by Corbyn to strengthen grip on Scottish Labour failed, claim...
26 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
AN alleged attempt by Jeremy Corbyn to strengthen his influence over Scottish Labour and stop a prominent critic securing a key Westminster role has failed, senior party sources have claimed.

Shetland independence supporter reports PM to police for election fraud
25 Jul 2017 at 11:38am
He is best known as Captain Calamity, the hapless wannabe round-the-world navigator who only made it 100 miles from home before being rescued at huge public expense.

'They call me fat, useless and a dykey lesbian': Ruth Davidson speaks out at ...
25 Jul 2017 at 7:17pm
RUTH Davidson has spoken out about the need to hit back at the ?vile? homophobic abuse she often gets on social media.

Brexit squeeze begins to bite as consumers tighten belts and economic growth ...
25 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
BRITAIN is in the grip of a ?Brexit squeeze? as gloomier economic forecasts undermine consumer confidence and families begin to tighten their purse strings on the High Street.

Moral imperative to secure EU citizens' rights, insists Davis, but role of EC...
26 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
DAVID Davis has insisted there is a "moral imperative" to reach a quick deal on the rights of European Union nationals in Britain and UK expats on the continent.

Trump hails prospects of "very big and exciting" post-Brexit trade deal with ...
26 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
DONALD Trump has talked up the prospects of a "very big and exciting" post-Brexit trade deal between the US and UK amid controversy over whether or not Britain would have to relax food standards to secure an agreement.

Labour leadership challenged to clear up its "confusing" stance on Brexit
25 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
LABOUR high command has been challenged over its "confusing" stance on Brexit after leading figures appeared at loggerheads over the party?s official position.

No 10 brushes off IMF growth downgrade, insisting UK economy is in "strong po...
24 Jul 2017 at 1:04pm
DOWNING Street has brushed aside the latest economic snapshot from the International Monetary Fund after it downgraded its growth forecast for the UK but upgraded those for many EU countries.

Frustrated Ruth Davidson challenges May Government to lead or lose
24 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
RUTH Davidson is leading a Scottish Conservative power surge at Westminster after warning Theresa May's lieutenants that the Prime Minister owes her position in Downing Street to the party's resurgence in Scotland and is urging her to "lead or lose".

 

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Free movement from UK to EU will end in March 2019
27 Jul 2017 at 12:26pm
Free movement will end when Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019, the Immigration Minister has said.

Police Scotland chief constable should ?step aside?
27 Jul 2017 at 11:33am
Police Scotland’s chief constable has been urged to step aside while an investigation into claims of gross misconduct takes place.

Scottish Government urged to ban petrol cars by 2030
27 Jul 2017 at 9:08am
Widespread scepticism has greeted UK Government plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 over its cost and the need for more urgent action to curb vehicle emissions.

Scottish and Welsh ministers to discuss Brexit repeal bill
27 Jul 2017 at 7:56am
Scottish and Welsh ministers will meet in Cardiff today to discuss their opposition to the Brexit repeal bill.

Scottish Government plan to save bees and butterflies
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government has launched a new strategy to protect native bees and butterflies to reverse massive declines in pollinating insects in Scotland.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh to be hardest hit by Brexit pain
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Aberdeen will be the UK’s worst affected city when it comes to the economic repercussions of Brexit, according to a new report analysing the impact of EU withdrawal.

Scottish Government failed to improve education, say critics
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
International experts appointed by John Swinney to boost Scotland’s education performance have warned against focussing too much on the Scottish Government’s schools reform and plans for more testing.

Failure to plan long-term has led to NHS staffing ?crisis?
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
A failure to plan for the long-term future of the NHS in Scotland has led to a staffing “crisis” as the service struggles to recuit senior medics and nurses, a report by the public spending watchdog has found.

Tom Peterkin: Mason?s knack for squabbles obscures real debate
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Views of the SNP’s John Mason attract controversy but they bring heat where there should be light, writes Tom Peterkin

Kenny MacAskill: ?Action is needed to assuage the collective pain etched deep...
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Last week I was in the Western Isles, the land of my father. There’s something mystical about the isles and they call out to those with roots there, as well as to others who discover them.

Bill Jamieson: Leadership needed to win Battle of Brexit
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The new film telling the story of the Dunkirk retreat has one strand that should be a lesson for the present day, writes Bill Jamieson

Kevan Christie: Minimum pricing is all about public health v big business
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The ongoing row over a minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland has been ramped up this week with a two-day hearing at the UK Supreme Court focusing minds on the impact of a ruling due out by the end of the year.

Employers must do more to support growing number of older workers
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Businesses in Scotland must do more to support older workers who choose to remain employment past retirement age, unions and charities have warned.

Leader comment: Ban can only work when electric cars finish their journey
26 Jul 2017 at 10:00pm
The UK government’s clear air strategy, which incorporates a plan to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, has been criticised by environmental groups for not going far enough or fast enough.

Police Scotland chief ?won?t be suspended? over alleged bullying
26 Jul 2017 at 9:19pm
The chief constable of Police Scotland is facing a high-level investigation over allegations of bullying, but won’t be suspended despite calls to step aside.

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Having to make a choice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2017 at 9:47am
Chris Wilson, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Previously: AC Grayling, historian. Richard Murphy, political economy professor. Simon Pia, former Scottish Labour spin doctor. Hilary and Carey, farmers. James, pensioner and former soldier. Sophie, philosophy professor. Kathi, language teacher from East Germany. Jackie Kemp, journalist. Mark, from Edinburgh via London. Elizabeth, cosmetic scientist. Erin, school pupil. Christopher, biker. …

Seeing it from here
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2017 at 5:58pm
I went to “Dunkirk” at the cinema today. If you want to know what it’s like, just watch this trailer 40 times in a row and save yourself the £12. It’s a poor movie, disjointed and aimless and curiously lacking in tension or narrative given the real-life subject matter. (It’s remarkably short on dialogue, which is …

Taking a stand
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2017 at 8:54am
Click pic to go to the Indiegogo fundraiser page, or click here to use PayPal. All-sources total as of 9am, Tuesday 25 July: £11,640. . Most of you have probably seen this by now: And most of you probably already know what it’s about. For the last six years, the supporters of independence have been relentlessly …

The delusion of hubris
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2017 at 12:51pm
Today’s Daily Record covers the story we mentioned yesterday about a report from a Scottish Labour campaign group making the pretty factually-uncontestable point that the branch office’s dismal strategy in last month’s election held the UK party back. And it made the Record really angry. Because the paper’s editorial leader is a furious rant against the authors …

Happy holidays
by Chris Cairns
22 Jul 2017 at 6:55am

Picking up the gauntlet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 6:06pm
We’ll be honest with you here, readers – even though it’s only July, when it comes to sheer ham-fisted, tin-eared, clown-shoed, foot-shooting idiocy we didn’t think anything in Scottish politics in 2017 could possibly top the SNP’s decision that the surefire way to win back voters after a poor election result was literally mutilating puppies. After …

The Pollyanna Problem
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 12:25pm
Broadly speaking, the psychological phenomenon known as the Pollyanna Principle is a tendency to neurotically see the most positive possible view of a situation. It’s not generally widely found in newspapers – for whom bad news as a rule sells much better than good news – but for some reason the Scottish press makes a uniform …

Friendly Help For Jeremy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 9:14am
From today’s Daily Record: Have you spotted Kindly Uncle Jez’s mistake, readers? Let’s try to explain it to him. We’ll use short words and speak slowly. Dear Jeremy, Here’s how many votes you’re currently short of being PM: 28 Here’s how many you’d be short if you took those 18 seats from the SNP: 28 …

The second-class licence fee
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2017 at 11:49am
Today the BBC finally officially revealed what everyone already knew. So now Scottish viewers definitely know where we stand. The Corporation doggedly refuses to publicly reveal what it pays for its entire TV and radio coverage of Scottish football, presumably out of embarrassment, but we already know because the SPFL told us in 2015. 1/60th of …

The proof of the pudden
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jul 2017 at 1:41pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale in the Daily Record today: If only there was somewhere that Labour DID already run the NHS so that we could judge the truth of that claim, eh readers? (In the latest data, NHS Scotland is treating 95.3% of A&E patients within the four-hour target, compared to just 80.9% in Wales.) (While …

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Scots and Welsh ministers meet to discuss Brexit concerns
27 Jul 2017 at 5:03pm
Ministers from the Scottish and Welsh governments meet in Cardiff to discuss concerns about Brexit legislation.


Police chief to stay on in post during 'bullying' probe
27 Jul 2017 at 5:54pm
Police bosses say it would not be appropriate for Phil Gormley to stand aside despite an ongoing "bullying" probe.


Aberdeen councillors asked to sign letter about insider dealing
27 Jul 2017 at 12:24pm
Aberdeen councillors are warned they face prison or fines if they break London Stock Exchange laws on insider dealing, BBC Scotland learns.


Scottish NHS 'urgently' needs long-term staffing plan
27 Jul 2017 at 12:46am
Scotland's government and health boards must plan ahead more effectively for "urgent" staffing challenges, auditors say.


Rise in drug deaths due to 1980s inequality, study finds
26 Jul 2017 at 12:24am
Rising inequality in the 1980s increased the risk of drug-related deaths among "Generation X", researchers claim.


International advisory group calls for education improvements
26 Jul 2017 at 12:02pm
More needs to be done to improve how some subjects are taught in Scottish schools, advisers warn.


Pollen plan to bring back bees and butterflies in Scotland
26 Jul 2017 at 12:55pm
A 10-year "pollinator strategy" is drawn up to halt the decline of bee and butterfly populations in Scotland.


Elderly prisoners' needs are not met, SPS report says
26 Jul 2017 at 12:28am
Report calls for 'innovative and different' solutions to problem of increasing numbers of elderly prisoners.


ScotRail passenger satisfaction increases to 90%
25 Jul 2017 at 1:38pm
Transport Focus found 90% of passengers satisfied overall with ScotRail services, up from 83% previously.


Doctors urge 'courageous decisions' in NHS Scotland reform
25 Jul 2017 at 1:10pm
MSPs have been gathering views from health professionals and groups about future budgets.


Scots 'crisis grant' payouts on the rise
25 Jul 2017 at 5:57pm
The number of crisis grants given out to Scots struggling to get by has risen by 14%, totalling more than £9m.


Supreme Court judges retire to consider minimum pricing appeal
25 Jul 2017 at 3:38pm
A two-day hearing was held at the Supreme Court over plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland.

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#50YearsLegal (except for readers in Scotland)
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2017 at 5:42pm
As you probably know, today is the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual sex between men in England and Wales.  It was part of a sweeping range of 'permissive' reforms introduced ...

Next time we're going to party like it's 1987
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2017 at 6:31pm
Stormfront Lite is beside itself with excitement this afternoon about a Populus analysis suggesting that the SNP would lose all but six of its seats at the next UK general election if it found itse...

Has Colonel Ruth FALLEN OFF HER TANK? Another day, another third place for t...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2017 at 4:27pm
In the continued absence of any full-scale Scottish polling, arguably the most meaningful guide to the state of play is the Scottish subsamples of YouGov's GB-wide polls - the reason being that You...

Logic problems
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2017 at 11:53pm
I'm confused, and I'm wondering if you can help me out. We've been repeatedly told over the last few days that people are "damaging the Yes movement" by criticising Cat Boyd for voting Labour. Impl...

Is saving the universe a girl job or a boy job?
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2017 at 3:45am
As long-term readers may recall, I'm a lifelong Doctor Who fan.  I'm basically a fan of what has become known as the 'classic series' (ie. the period between 1963 and 1989), but I've watched and en...

Ipsos-Mori subsample adds to the weight of evidence suggesting the SNP are st...
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2017 at 7:18pm
Ipsos-Mori's subsamples (just like Survation's) tend to be very small and produce extremely volatile results.  However, for what it's worth, the subsample from the firm's first post-election poll i...

The crumbling of Colonel Calamity : evidence begins to mount that the Scottis...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
Just as a slight corrective to the recent string of good polling results for the SNP, there's a new ICM poll which has the SNP a little behind Labour in the Scottish subsample: Labour 35%, SNP 33%,...

But we can still RISE now, and vote for a unionist party again...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 9:25pm
So is there anything to be said for Cat Boyd of RISE "proudly" voting Labour at the general election?  Well, there's certainly something positive to be taken from the fact that she's admitted doing...

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Scotland have bottled it in Euro 2017 so far. But we're now 1 goal from quali...
by /u/LowlanDair
27 Jul 2017 at 8:53pm
Argh. It's the hope that fucking kills you. Live on More4. submitted by /u/LowlanDair

Could we dump the North East with the rUK in the event of independence?
by /u/jaa12
27 Jul 2017 at 8:34pm
Like when Norway pawned Orkney and Shetland to Scotland centuries ago and somehow forgot to ask for the isles back. In the event of a second independence referendum, the North East will staunchly v...

Scotland receive £4,000 fine from Fifa for booing God Save the Queen
by /u/Eggiebumfluff
27 Jul 2017 at 8:10pm
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Help with a present to my SO from Uruguay !
by /u/guilleloco
27 Jul 2017 at 7:04pm
Hi, both my SO and I live in Uruguay and tomorrow is our anniversary. The thing is, we both went to Scotland two years ago and absolutely loved the country, we always bring it up in conversations a...

Quality of drinking water in Scotland ?among best in the world?
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27 Jul 2017 at 4:57pm
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Scottish voices needed for speech recognition.
by /u/ajaydee
27 Jul 2017 at 4:49pm
Mozilla, the team behind the Firefox browser are collecting audio recordings of voices to build a speech recognition system. I've noticed that there's a lack of Scottish voices, so maybe you could ...

I'm in scotland next week, where can I get a fried Mars bar?
by /u/nexus476p
27 Jul 2017 at 4:12pm
I've wanted to try one for years. I'm going to Scotland next week (I'm from London). Is it just a few chip shops that sell them or is it most fish and chip shops? Thanks submitted by /u/ne...

Can someone explain to me what Venom is?
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27 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
I see this drink every time i go on a night out and i want to know what it is and how much it is usually. submitted by /u/BasicallyNeymar

We missed the timeframe!
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27 Jul 2017 at 3:07pm
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Social Security Minister plans to help Daniel Blakes in the Borders (From Bor...
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27 Jul 2017 at 1:11pm
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ALEX BELL: Politics needs decency
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27 Jul 2017 at 12:58pm
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Man's romantic bottle gesture backfires
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27 Jul 2017 at 12:54pm
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Aberdeen councillors asked to sign letter about insider dealing - BBC News
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27 Jul 2017 at 12:35pm
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Police Scotland boss investigated for 'gross misconduct'
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27 Jul 2017 at 11:08am
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Even dogs in the street know welfare system is broken as more and more get si...
by Record View
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts to the harrowing experience of Pauline Pike - another horrific example of the Tories playing dodgeball with the welfare system.


Nicola Sturgeon urged to ban diesel and petrol cars in Scotland a decade befo...
by David Clegg
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
They will be banned throughout the UK from 2040 but environmental campaigners want Scotland to do it earlier.


SNP slammed for sneaking out critical report on their education policy
by Record Reporter
27 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Officials published the report during the recess and have been criticised for their policy.


Donald Trump bans transgender people from US military, blaming 'medical costs...
by Mikey Smith
26 Jul 2017 at 2:13pm
The military were last month given another six months to complete a review into whether allowing the registration of transgender people would affect readiness


Theresa May's holiday photos break new ground in dull politician getaway snaps
by Mikey Smith
26 Jul 2017 at 8:07am
Here's a peek at the Prime Minister's chillaxing trip to Lake Garda - and a look back at how other leaders spent their hols


Tory government are playing dodgeball with the welfare system
by Record View
26 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says Tories were supposed to help people into work and simplify the system but they've made it even worse.


Thatcher's destruction of Scotland's industrial heartlands doomed generation ...
by David Clegg
26 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
An explosive study for the NHS has also found policies pursued by the current Tory Government mean another generation now face a similarly bleak future.


Chicken washed in chlorine could be sold in Scotland as part of post-Brexit t...
by David Clegg
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The product is banned in Europe but could be allowed to be sold in Britain after we leave the European Union.


Stale SNP press the panic button after election result - and no wonder with t...
by Kezia Dugdale
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Our columnists argues that while nationalists talk a good left-wing game in Westminster, their record at Holyrood isn't exactly what you'd call 'progressive'.


Brexit chickens home to roost amid fears Liam Fox could let banned toxic poul...
by Record View
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Chlorine-washed chicken is just one of the products that could be heading to a supermarket near you if arch-Brexiteer Liam Fox gets his way.

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Journey To Yes ? 18 ? Chris Wilson
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2017 at 7:32pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

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On Holiday
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jul 2017 at 6:24pm
Bella is off for a weeks staycation seeking the sand between our toes and the midges to show mercy. We will be back in August after a digital detox, refreshed and re-charged for the challenges ahead … * We really need your support to develop though and we?d like to ask you to support us by …

Nothing Ever Happens Here, Bella Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jul 2017 at 6:14pm
Bella Spotify Playlists here. Jamie Sutherland, programmer of Summerhall’s Nothing Ever Happens Here live music schedule, chooses the music this week for Bella. From Blanck Mass to Lift to Experience, the playlist features many of the artists appearing during NEHH’s Fringe. All gigs are at Summerhall’s Dissection Room. Lift To Experience – These Are The …

A repone tae Norn Iron
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jul 2017 at 5:57pm
Glaikit braindeid nationalists at the helm o the country, fires burnin doon hoosies when they cowp, fitba supporters bungin toom Buckfest bottles at catholic pleyers an fechtin wi security. When oor media keeks owre the sheugh tae Northern Ireland these days it senns back an image that?s like Scotland seein its ain distorted form in …

More Moira Monologues
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2017 at 10:22am
All artists ? writers, musicians, actors ? get used to dividing an audience. I?ve long since grown accustomed to the five-star review on Amazon being followed up by a one-star scather, or someone being moved by a play that someone else responds to with a baffled shrug, or a newspaper columnist being outraged by the …

Upping the Action
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2017 at 10:11am
Trident Ploughshares (TP) is a campaign to disarm the UK Trident nuclear weapons system in a nonviolent, peaceful and fully accountable manner. Disarmament camps have been taking place at Coulport since 1998. This year, TP agreed that a camp at Coulport would take place immediately following and welcoming the adoption of the United Nations Nuclear …

Vukovi?s Epic 90s Bella Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jul 2017 at 11:00am
Spotify Bella playlist here. Having been longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award earlier this summer with their long-awaited muscular, colourful debut, Glasgow four-piece Vukovi follow their recent performance at TRNSMT with a set at Belladrum festival near Inverness on August 4. Vukovi frontwoman and recent Kerrang cover star Janine Shilstone makes us …

Beyond Old Empire Fantasies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jul 2017 at 10:49am
One of the central arguments put by the global anti-war movement of 2003 was simply this: bombing Iraq will only create more terrorists, and threaten to engulf the entire region in a quagmire of conflict. Back then, of course, we also knew that this being carried out under the guise of the ‘war on terror’ …

Violence and the Hamburg G20
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
Violence and the Hamburg G20 ? is there any way out? By Richard Henry Holland There were thousands of joyful moments for the tens of thousands participating in the week of peaceful protest and political education precipitated by the G20 in Hamburg. A personal highlight was unexpectedly spotting four members of the Scottish Socialist Party …

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When will the SNP tackle Scotland?s shaming poverty? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
The party should focus on revolutionising life for the poorest instead of promoting feeble initiatives on gender and climateThe first sparks of social awareness to pierce my comfortable world came early and were delivered in the classrooms of the west of Scotland Catholic primary schools I attend...

Scotland and Wales formally call for funding boost after DUP deal
by Frances Perraudin
19 Jul 2017 at 10:01pm
Holyrood and Cardiff argue they should receive an extra £2.9bn and £1.67bn respectively under Barnett formula rulesThe Scottish and Welsh governments have joined forces to launch a formal dispute process over Theresa May?s deal with the Democratic Unionist party.Following last month?s general ele...

Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales
by Heather Stewart, Ewen MacAskill and Peter Walker
14 Jul 2017 at 5:59am
Great repeal bill rejected by Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones over concerns about human rights and Westminster ?power grab?Theresa May appeared to be heading for an explosive constitutional clash over Brexit after the Scottish and Welsh governments said they could not support the great repeal bi...

Scottish and Welsh governments threaten to refuse repeal bill legislative con...
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Jul 2017 at 5:36pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including publication of the Brexit repeal bill, and Theresa May?s first proper broadcast interview since the general election5 things we?ve learnt from Theresa May?s Radio 5 Live interviewAfternoon summary 5.36pm BST Just talke...

Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
There is much good news about the country, so why the endless denigration?In the UK?s political battleground, truth may well be the first casualty but a close second is the ancient and beautiful English language. In the world of politics, our language becomes a shallow and arid medium where meani...

Canadian PM meets the Queen in Edinburgh ? but not Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm
Snub to Scotttish first minister by Justin Trudeau in UK en route to G20 summit suggests opposition to independenceJustin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has praised Scotland?s role in global affairs after receiving an honorary degree for his campaigning on equality and diversity.Trudeau wa...

Ruth Davidson mystifies Twitter with Gillian Anderson stocking post
by Jamie Grierson
1 Jul 2017 at 12:44pm
Scottish Tory leader signs off on holiday with picture of X-Files star in stockings and stilettos, prompting a mixed responseThe Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has raised eyebrows by posting a picture of the actor Gillian Anderson in lingerie on social media.Davidson, 38, posted th...

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2017 at 7:40pm
Holyrood?s finance minister says time is up for controversial policy after Westminster MPs voted down Labour motion to scrap it nationallyThe Scottish government has promised to unilaterally lift the cap on public sector pay in the face of threats by nurses to go on strike. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotl...

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Rebooting Ruth
We learned something very interesting last weekend. We learned that if you want to start a blog which claims to give a platform to voices that aren’t usually heard in the traditional media and puts forward radical and challenging ideas, it’s best to start a right wing blog and claim that members of the Conservative …

Journey to Yes, 18 ? Chris?s story
The latest edition in Phantom Power’s compelling Journey to Yes series. Chris says Yes. 17 year old Chris Wilson is rising star in the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Central Scotland Youth Officer for the party. Chris’ home town of Motherwell was devastated by the Conservative’s deindustrialisation policies under Margaret Thatcher and John Major in the …

Wee Ginger Thank You
It’s been only a few days since the launch of the Wee Ginger Fundraiser, and the wonderful readers of this blog have truly blown me away with your generosity and support. The fundraiser hasn’t just reached its target within a few days, the target has been utterly smashed. Although the target had been set at …

Throwing some light on throwing shade
Wings Over Scotland has started a fundraiser in order to pay legal costs for Stu Campbell’s defamation case against Labour in Scotland’s leader Kezia Dugdale.  The case was brought after Kezia called Stu a homophobe after he insulted Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell by saying that Oliver’s public speaking skills were so risible that it was …

And then we will win
I have a long standing policy of refraining from attacking other people in the Yes movement. If we are to win Scotland’s independence, we can only do that with a broad based movement which encompasses a wide range of opinions, and a diversity of viewpoints. We need to attract those who disagree with us, and …

Meeting with the tea boy
The Daily SiegHeil is the favourite newspaper of the frothy tendency of the British right. The British press is renowned around the world for its extremism, its bile, and a dedication to the truth that makes Walter Mitty seem like the editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but the Daily Mail is the worst of a …

Waiting for the alarm clock
There is a theory that there is an infinite number of universes, that this universe we live in is just one reality in a countless myriad of realities which stretch out forever in the vastness of the possible, as limitless and unending as Ruth Davidson’s estimation of her own ability. If that’s true, then it …

Wee Ginger Fundraiser
I don’t usually do crowdfunding, having always preferred to sell books and rely on the donate button which is at the end of every blog article on this site – or at least at the end of every article I write myself. It wouldn’t be fair to attempt to raise donations on the back of …

The National

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Lesley Riddoch: Now is not the time for despair ? we must mobilise the passio...
LET?S be blunt. It?s feeling gey bleak right now.

My cat Boyd is spending more and more time at my neighbour Jeremy's house
DEAR Angry, I have three cats, most of whom are happily living with me in my proud Scottish home.

Kevin McKenna: Ruth Davidson?s mince about equality is just a thinly veiled l...
RUTH DAVIDSON?s juvenile approach to conducting politics in Scotland was evident yesterday in her party?s response to the front page of The National. Murdo Fraser is a prominent acolyte in the Scottish Tories? scarecrow faction which has been known to blame the melting glaciers in Greenland on a second ?nasty and decisive? independence referendum. Fraser was somewhat exercised yesterday followi...

Wee Ginger Dug: Why I'm backing Wings Over Scotland against claim of homophobia
AS regular readers of The National and my blog will know, these columns are not in fact written by a rescued mongrel from the most southernly Catalan-speaking city in Spain, they?re written by a gay man called Paul Kavanagh. I came out a long time ago, so long ago that Are You Being Served?s Mr Humphries was about the only visibly gay person on the telly. And it was not a whole bundle of laughs...

The National View: Jeremy Corbyn?s anti-immigration rhetoric shames Labour
THERESA May?s disastrous June election showed that even a disunited Labour could still appeal to voters as long as it had progressive policies, though not enough to prevent a Conservative-DUP victory.

Labour?s truce cracks over immigration and single market policy
LABOUR has been accused of embracing Ukip, as splits over Europe threaten to tear apart the fragile post election truce between Jeremy Corbyn and his MPs.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: The BBC's pay list should serve as an urgent call to ac...
LAST week?s publication by the BBC of the salaries of their highest-paid stars took the definition of public service broadcasting to a brand new level.

Alyn Smith: Battle tactic of the deluded Brexiteers is straight out of The Si...
IN AN episode of The Simpsons, Homer decides to take up boxing. His extraordinarily thick skull combined with his general flaccidity mean his technique is to take a beating that tires out his opponent, then gently push them over. It?s successful, and he rises up the ranks of the Springfield Hobo Boxing Association. One day Homer finds himself up against the heavyweight champion. Deluded about h...

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Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit ? The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lass...
  Timothy – May – Hill         Special Advisers – SPAD’s SPAD’s were created by “New labour” at the start of their period in government in 1997. There was a great furore at the time. The press and public believed the new posts to be entirely political and that apart from that … Continue reading "Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit – The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lassie From Greenock – A Wa...

David Mundell Promoted Yet Again ? He is Now the Official Guardian of Scotla...
      David Mundell Officially the Guardian of Scotland – and that’s Youse telt The recent release of important information from Downing Street to the press (through an unnamed Westminster political source) was seized upon with hearty gusto and hit the front pages of just about every major newspaper in the UK. The headline; … Continue reading "David Mundell Promoted Yet Again – He is Now the O...

State Pension Qualifying Age Increased ? Yet Again Scots Get Hammered by the ...
          State Pension Qualifying Age Increased. Yet Again Scots are Hammered by the Little Englander Chancellor Those who have paid their national insurance contributions throughout their working life build an entitlement to a state pension and politicians should not seek to find ways to deny them it. But the UK government … Continue reading "State Pension Qualifying Age Increased – Yet Again...

UK Financial Austerity ? Massive Debt Incurred By The Minority ? But Loans an...
              UK Budget Deficits & Loans In the UK there is no written constitution with result that there are no legal safeguards ensuring the maintenance of government budget deficits within specific limits. e.g. A % proportion of GDP. There is also no legislation preventing governments from gaining electoral advantage … Continue reading "UK Financial Austerity – Massive Debt Incurred By The ...

2017 General Election ? Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party ? The SNP C...
            Devolved Government in Scotland The 1999 introduction of a Scottish parliament, with devolved powers (forced on the UK government by the EC) should have been a game changer. For the first time in 300 years Scots had a forum allowing discussion of matters local to Scotland over which their … Continue reading "2017 General Election – Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party – The SNP...

Theresa May Forging Ahead with her Totalitarian State ? All Private Informati...
          Spying on all of the Queen’s subjects is OK – But Not Westminster MP’s and the Lords The only amendment to the government?s sweeping new spying bill so far made by politicians is to stop them from being spied on. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/snoopers-charter-only-amendment-politicians-have-submitted-to-controversial-bill-is-to-stop-mps-a6948211.html   ...

Afghanistan ? Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times the...
                Westminster Governments Sent Scottish Troops Into Afghanistan, Helmand Province on a Wing and a Prayer In April 2006 the UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, (the bulk of the teeth armed units being Scottish) tasked with creating a safe base and active participation (as part of a … Continue reading "Afghanistan – Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times ...

The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favoured Farmers Make Clai...
          The Farmers Case for Financial Support The Scottish farming community is apparently on its knees, the bulk of farmers having barely two coins to rub together. It is surely unacceptable that Scottish society is unable to provide adequate financial support to these poor individuals who struggle to survive in the … Continue reading "The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favo...

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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

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future
Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, July 26th 2017 The past is always around us in what passes for modern Britain. In recent years, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it seems more omnipotent and increasingly problematic. From politics to culture and most aspects …

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

Scotland and Independence

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - The i ...
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Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal.
Tories accuse Nicola Sturgeon of 'not getting on with the day job ...The Scotsman

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 16 of T...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 16 of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 16 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Independence campaigners welcome SIC meeting with Nicola Sturgeon - CommonSpace

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Independence campaigners welcome SIC meeting with Nicola Sturgeon
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ACTIVISTS have welcomed news of a meeting that first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will have with the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). It was reported in yesterday's National that the first minister will meet with leading independence ...

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Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence - Fair Observer

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence
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In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland's independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in Catalonia and actually held unofficial ...

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
'Force is slipping' Sturgeon's biographer says she's lost ...

Lesley Riddoch: Now is not the time for despair ? we must mobilise the passio...

Lesley Riddoch: Now is not the time for despair ? we must mobilise the passion for indy
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A small but significant change of direction will take place in early August when Nicola Sturgeon meets leaders of the Scottish Independence Convention. The SIC is the umbrella group representing every independence-supporting group and includes parties ...



Scotland's independence referendum on hold - Sky News Australia

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Scotland's independence referendum on hold
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Scotland's secessionist leader has postponed plans for a second independence referendum until the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union are clear. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was putting on hold plans to introduce ...
Scottish Independence Referendum 'Reset' Still Means Another Vote 'Like...

Ian Blackford: "I have no doubt Scottish independence will happen ... - Polit...

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Ian Blackford: "I have no doubt Scottish independence will happen ...
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The SNP's new leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, says his first job is to scrutinise Brexit plans and oppose Tory austerity. But, he tells James Millar, his party ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Greenleaf Trust increased its position in shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) by 109.3% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund ...

Greenleaf Trust Purchases 3533 Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporati...

Greenleaf Trust Purchases 3533 Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Greenleaf Trust boosted its position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) by 109.3% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 6,764 shares of ...

Analysts See $-0.29 EPS for China Petroleum & Chemical (ADR) (SNP), Maltese C...

Analysts See $-0.29 EPS for China Petroleum & Chemical (ADR) (SNP), Maltese Capital Management Has Raised ...
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Analysts expect China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP) to report $-0.29 EPS on August, 28.They anticipate $1.82 EPS change or 118.95% from last quarter's $1.53 EPS. After having $1.98 EPS previously, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ...

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WAVE Life Sciences Ltd. - Receive News & Ratings Daily
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The Company has late-stage discovery programs in epidermolysis bullosa simplex, in which it is targeting KRT14 SNP-1 and KRT14 SNP-2 and in DMD, it is focused on an additional DMD target, Activin Receptor type IIb. WAVE Life Sciences Pte. Ltd. is ...

SNP worker who posted homophobic abuse about one of the party's members on Fa...

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SNP worker who posted homophobic abuse about one of the party's members on Facebook fined £400
The Scottish Sun
AN SNP worker who admitted posting homophobic abuse about one of the party's members online has been fined £400. Kirsten Felvus, 40, who works for MSP Richard Lyle, used Facebook to make anti-gay remarks about John Marshall and accused him of ...



£43.9m set aside for affordable Borders homes - Border Telegraph

£43.9m set aside for affordable Borders homes
Border Telegraph
Christine Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, welcomed the announcement. She told us: ?The announcement that the Borders will receive £43.9m over the next three years provides the certainty that the Borders and the ...

£43.9m set aside for affordable Borders homes - Peeblesshire News

£43.9m set aside for affordable Borders homes
Peeblesshire News
Christine Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, welcomed the announcement. She told us: ?The announcement that the Borders will receive £43.9m over the next three years provides the certainty that the Borders and the ...



Investment Analysts' Downgrades for July, 27th (AUO, AZN, FFIV, FMBI, HCA, SC...

Investment Analysts' Downgrades for July, 27th (AUO, AZN, FFIV, FMBI, HCA, SCL, TNK, TPH, TSC, UNT)
The Cerbat Gem
It designs, develops and commercializes nucleic acid therapeutic candidates for Huntington's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and inflammatory bowel disease. Huntington's disease, the Company has programs targeting HTT SNP-1 and HTT SNP-2; ...

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Second independence referendum consultation cost more than ... - Herald Scotland

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Second independence referendum consultation cost more than ...
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The Scottish Government spent more than £22000 consulting on a possible second independence referendum before the plans were shelved by Nicola?
Independence campaigners welcome SIC meeting with Nicola ...CommonSpace

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - The i ... - iNews

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - The i ...
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Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal.
Tories accuse Nicola Sturgeon of 'not getting on with the day job ...The Scotsman

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Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence - Fair Observer

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence
Fair Observer
In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland's independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in Catalonia and actually held unofficial ...

Morton Fraser links revenue rise to Brexit referendum - BBC News - BBC News

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Morton Fraser links revenue rise to Brexit referendum - BBC News
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Morton Fraser said the referendum had led to "a notable increase" in corporate and property transactions.

Scottish Tories look to Ruth Davidson as the leader of an 'alternative govern...

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Scottish Tories look to Ruth Davidson as the leader of an 'alternative government'
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It is clear speaking to any Scottish Tory that the union has been the defining issue in the turnaround of the party's fortunes, as they successfully campaigned against independence and have since argued against holding a second referendum in Scotland.

Scotland's Sturgeon postpones second independence vote until after Brexit - R...

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Scotland's Sturgeon postpones second independence vote until after Brexit
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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland's secessionist leader on Tuesday postponed plans for a second independence referendum until the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union are clear. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was putting on hold plans ...
Scotland's independence referendum on holdSky News Aust...

The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
National Review
When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
Nicola Sturgeon shelves referendum plansThe Week UK
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George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on ... - The Nat...

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THERE is a general feeling of disorientation among SNP activists following the General Election. I'm blaming no-one: politics is a rough?

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Jez and the next General Election
Question for the P&B masses- Jez Corbyn (motivator of the youth) is 68 years old. If the next General Election goes ahead when scheduled, can you see him fighting for PM come that time? Or do you think he is simply a replaceable leader of a movement to remove influence of blairites from within th...

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

Vladimir Putin
Currently watching the Putin interviews which I had no intention of watching for more than a few minutes, but 45 minutes on I'm still watching.  Keen to know what everyone's opinion is of him? I'm in a mindset that I trust Russia more than I trust the USA. Putin comes across as a straight tal...

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
http://m.heraldscotland.com/politics/13620831.Revealed__new_Scottish_left_party_named_as_RISE/ SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

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!

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 ...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

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Embarrassing moments
I really have had so many but thought I would share the latest one , if only for a bit of therapy. I was in London yesterday visiting clients with one my male colleagues . I was wearing a summer dress as the weather down there has been decent. We came up from an underground station and it was...

Charlie Gard
Aghast that in the U.K. in 2017 there's a courtroom battle where one party want to kill a wee baby. Granted it's not as straightforward as that, but the money is there and there are willing doctors, surgeons etc. in USA and The Vatican, so I don't see what's to be gained by not giving it a go...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

HebCelt Festival
Anyone ever been?  Just bought a ticket.

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

Aberdeen to be city most affected by brexit
Report in the guardian       I'm saying nothing

Traditional boozers in Glasgow
Can anyone recommend some good traditional boozers in the centre of Glasgow, preferably within 10mins of Central Station? My faither in law is coming to visit next week, and I was going to take him on a wee pub crawl after I pick him up from the station

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last minute.com in a meeting. Just fck off.

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More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…

Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…

Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement
The JxSí pro-independence party is ?outraged? by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill. On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the…

Scotland Pays Tribute to Catalan Film
Edinburgh and Glasgow to screen week of productions in second edition of Homage to Catalonia festival from September 27 to October 5 Scotland will pay its own tribute to Catalonia in September when Edinburgh once again hosts Scotland?s Catalan Film Festival, Homage to Catalonia, from 27 to 30, with the event moving to neighboring Glasgow…

?The Spanish Can?t Stop Us? ? Catalan Vote to Trigger UDI
And so the game is on. The devolved autonomous Catalan Government have announced their intention to hold a vote on independence for Catalunya which will – if successful – be a trigger for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. A website with full details has also been launched leaving no-one with any excuse for not knowing…