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No legal basis to suspend Salmond from SNP - Sturgeon
26 Aug 2018 at 5:14pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said there is "no legal basis" to suspend Alex Salmond from the SNP, following accusations of sexual harassment.

Van Rompuy suggests no-deal Brexit could lead to Scottish independence
26 Aug 2018 at 11:55am
A no-deal Brexit would pose an ?existential threat to the UK? and could lead to independence for Scotland, Herman Van Rompuy, the former European Council President, has suggested.

Sturgeon ally demands top civil servant resigns if Salmond is cleared of sexu...
26 Aug 2018 at 5:13am
ONE of Nicola Sturgeon?s closest allies in politics has mounted a strong defence of former First Minister Alex Salmond after he was accused of sexual harassment in government.

Corbyn aide in dig at party deputy leader over anti-semitism row
26 Aug 2018 at 12:01am
JEREMY Corbyn?s Scottish aide accused Labour?s deputy leader of making an intervention against anti-Semitism because he did not get a speaking slot at the party conference.

STUC in firing line over "relying" on SNP Government for 60% of funding
26 Aug 2018 at 12:06am
THE Scottish Trades Union Congress is facing questions about its independence after the scale of its reliance on SNP Government funding was revealed.

Charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe returned to prison in Iran
26 Aug 2018 at 3:43pm
Charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has not been granted an extension to her temporary release from imprisonment in Iran and has returned to Evin prison, her husband Richard Ratcliffe has said.

Cable not relinquishing party leadership 'any time soon,' says Lib Dem HQ
26 Aug 2018 at 3:34pm
LIBERAL Democrat HQ has insisted Sir Vince Cable will not be relinquishing his party leadership ?any time soon? but talk of changing the rules on electing the leader is fuelling speculation that the 75-year-old?s time at the helm is coming to an end.

May set to hold key Brexit Cabinet as Tory recriminations multiply
26 Aug 2018 at 12:51pm
THERESA May is set to hold another key Brexit meeting with her Cabinet colleagues as yet more Conservative in-fighting broke out with Philip Hammond being accused of trying to "frighten the population" with Treasury warnings about the dire economic impact of a no-deal withdrawal.

STUC general secretary in row over extra three jobs on top of union role
26 Aug 2018 at 12:06am
SCOTLAND?s most senior trade union figure is topping up his salary with three paid posts in the public sector.

Rees-Mogg criticised after suggesting Irish border inspections post-Brexit
26 Aug 2018 at 8:02pm
ARDENT Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has come under fire for suggesting that ?inspections? like those during Northern Ireland?s Troubles could be carried out on the Irish border post-Brexit.

Renewed calls for SNP to suspend Salmond amid sexual harassment claims
25 Aug 2018 at 4:07pm
Scottish Labour has issued a fresh call for the SNP to suspend Alex Salmond, claiming Nicola Sturgeon was "too slow to act" on allegations of sexual harassment.

Nicola Sturgeon under pressure to suspend Alex Salmond amid allegations
25 Aug 2018 at 3:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon is under growing pressure to suspend her friend and political inspiration Alex Salmond ?with immediate effect? after police confirmed they are investigating sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Alex Salmond: 'I'm no saint but have never sexually harassed anyone'
25 Aug 2018 at 12:00am
ALEX Salmond has denied criminality as he spoke out for the first time since being accused of sexual misconduct.

Tom Gordon: Salmond and Sturgeon?s relationship is changed forever
25 Aug 2018 at 3:00am
?IT will quieten down soon,? the receptionist reassured guests checking in to the Champany Inn in Linlithgow yesterday.

Catalan leader arrives in Scotland to talk about independence
25 Aug 2018 at 3:00am
The exiled former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, unexpectedly arrived in Scotland last night with plans to highlight the issue of Catalan independence.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon: ?no legal basis? to suspend Alex Salmond from SNP
26 Aug 2018 at 4:45pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said there is “no legal basis” to suspend Alex Salmond from the SNP, following accusations of sexual harassment.

Salmond won't be suspended by SNP says Sturgeon
26 Aug 2018 at 4:36pm
Alex Salmond will not be suspended by the SNP over sexual harassment claims hanging over the ex-First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

European scepticism about an independent Scotland gone, says minister
26 Aug 2018 at 4:27pm
Scotland’s Constitutional Relations Secretary Mike Russell has suggested European scepticism about Scottish independence has “gone away”.

No-deal Brexit ?could lead to break up of UK?
26 Aug 2018 at 1:04pm
Former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy has warned that a no-deal Brexit could cause the United Kingdom itself to collapse.

John McCain, US senator and former presidential candidate, dies aged 81
26 Aug 2018 at 7:50am
US senator John McCain has died at the age of 81.

Organic farms hit out at no-deal Brexit risk
25 Aug 2018 at 11:58pm
Three-quarters of Scotland’s organic farmers say maintaining access to the EU for exports is their top priority after it emerged that a no-deal Brexit could cut off trade in organic produce for at least nine months.

Dani Garavelli: Why should Salmond be treated any differently?
25 Aug 2018 at 11:58pm
When Nicola Sturgeon called for a review of the way the Scottish Government handled sexual harassment claims in the wake of the Westminster scandal, she could scarcely have imagined that the first person to fall foul of the updated procedures would be her predecessor as First Minster.

Recruiting crisis leaves Scots troops a fifth under strength
25 Aug 2018 at 11:56pm
The Royal Regiment of Scotland is under-strength by more than a fifth as the army struggles to overcome an unprecedented recruitment crisis, it has been revealed.

Insight: Has Teflon President Trump come unstuck?
25 Aug 2018 at 11:51pm
On the afternoon of 27 August, 1998, amid mounting calls for a congressional impeachment inquiry against Bill Clinton for lying under oath and attempting to obstruct justice, a face familiar to millions of Americans appeared on cable news to denounce the “terrible” way in which the 42nd president of the United States had handled the situation.

Parents appeal to lord advocate over police response to son?s death
25 Aug 2018 at 11:39pm
The family of a man who died in mysterious circumstances more than 20 years ago have raised their case with a former lord advocate as part of her review of police complaints.

Rory Kennedy: How to raise the game for shooting standards
25 Aug 2018 at 11:10pm
It is a long held tradition that top London restaurants compete for the prestige of being the first to serve a grouse taken on the opening day of the season.

Euan McColm: Call out the Nats for Brexit double standard
25 Aug 2018 at 10:00pm
Consumed by the certainty of the zealot, former first minister Alex Salmond spent much of the 2014 independence referendum campaign loudly denouncing anyone who dared suggest that breaking up the United Kingdom might come at a cost to Scotland as a scaremonger.

Fresh calls for Sturgeon to suspend Salmond over allegations
25 Aug 2018 at 6:53pm
The SNP is under renewed pressure to suspend Alex Salmond from the party after details of the accusations against him were leaked to the media.

SNP holds first national assembly to debate Scottish independence blueprint
25 Aug 2018 at 3:09pm
About 400 people have attended the first of several SNP events being held to debate a new economic blueprint for independence.

Woman alleges Alex Salmond touched her breasts and bottom
25 Aug 2018 at 12:00pm
A woman who claims she was sexually harassed by Alex Salmond says the then first minister touched her breasts and bottom after an engagement at Bute House.

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An uncommon act
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2018 at 10:36am
Scotland’s newspapers are just one gigantic filthy avalanche of stinking, poisonous sewage today. They’re a disgrace to both journalism and humanity, and if we started listing the reasons why we wouldn’t be finished until sometime on Tuesday. (Although some of it’s leaked out onto Twitter already.) So instead, we’re going to do something we haven’t done …

Absolute Riddy Of The Day (25-08-18)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:57pm
GERS Week is always a good time to catch Unionists saying mad stuff. But in the midst of a rant last night about (genuinely) how countries aren’t best running their own affairs but having other countries do it for them, the former “Better Together” chief, recent spectacularly failed Labour candidate and current NOBODY KNOWS Blair McDougall …

The stamp of authority
by Chris Cairns
25 Aug 2018 at 6:59am

The worst apology in the world
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2018 at 9:51pm
Earlier this evening the Herald’s poor demented David Leask made an extraordinary and completely untrue allegation: We haven’t said a single word on the subject (we haven’t a clue if it’s true or not), so several people challenged Leask on the claim, and eventually got a response. We, um… we have no idea what any …

Dear Murray
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2018 at 12:48pm
The recent former Daily Record editor and even more recent Yes convert Murray Foote caught a few people’s eyes on Twitter this morning with a rather audacious use of the phrase “decent Tories like Adam Tomkins”. But it was a piece he wrote for The Times that we found harder to swallow. We’ve got some spare …

Absolute Riddy Of The Day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2018 at 9:20pm
We did a poll, and the people have spoken: Um, who was actually the UK government in fiscal year 2009/10, lads? The worthy runner-up is below: In fairness, at least “Simply The Best!” had enough intelligence and self-awareness to delete the tweet and lock their account (albeit not enough to notice that the football club they …

When they care who you are
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2018 at 1:46pm
Anyone who’s ever written to the BBC, or who follows this site, will already know that the Corporation’s instinctive standard response to any request for information is “Get stuffed, pleb. Just because you pay for us doesn’t mean we’re answerable to you.” But they do tend to show a little more respect if you used …

The six key facts about GERS (2018)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2018 at 10:40am
We’re just going to reprint this piece every year, because only the numbers change. Today saw the publication of the 2017-18 GERS stats, which are once again triggering a convulsive orgy of “BLACK HOLE!” articles across the media as every Unionist in the land falls over themselves to portray their own country as a useless scrounging subsidy junkie without …

Off The Buses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Aug 2018 at 9:18am
So Jeremy Corbyn’s four-day crusade to win back Scotland is going swimmingly. In the rare moments when his MSPs and Lords aren’t undermining him by attacking him over Brexit and anti-Semitism or making embarrassing gaffes about arms companies, he’s giving speeches like this one yesterday at bus-maker Alexander Dennis: Boosting industry in Scotland benefits the whole …

Counting down the minutes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Aug 2018 at 10:41am
Whenever Scottish Labour rouse themselve to try to rally their handful of remaining supporters by whipping up some fake moral outrage – on this occasion about the Scottish Government giving a grant to an arms manufacturer (helped as always by an obedient Scottish press, and on this occasion by a fairly extraordinary on-air meltdown from Good Morning …

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Nicola Sturgeon: 'No legal basis' to suspend Alex Salmond
26 Aug 2018 at 6:44pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon responds to calls to suspend her predecessor from the party amid harassment claims.


Brexit: No-deal 'risks break-up of UK' - Herman Van Rompuy
26 Aug 2018 at 12:43pm
Herman Van Rompuy suggests a no-deal scenario could prompt Scotland to seek its independence.


Extra government funding for V&A Dundee
26 Aug 2018 at 12:59am
The Scottish government will give the project an extra £316,000 in its first year.


Hundreds attend growth commission event in Ayr
25 Aug 2018 at 3:58pm
The SNP holds the first in a series of gatherings to debate its new economic blueprint for independence.


Free sanitary products for pupils and students
24 Aug 2018 at 2:04pm
Every school, college and university in Scotland is to provide free sanitary products under a £5.2m government scheme.


Sunday Herald axed after 19 years
23 Aug 2018 at 3:49pm
The newspaper's final edition will be published on 2 September, with two new titles launched the following week.


No-deal Brexit 'would not threaten UK' - Lidington
23 Aug 2018 at 1:55pm
Scotland will benefit from being part of the UK even if it leaves the EU without a deal, the PM's deputy insists.


Public sector to compete for ScotRail franchise
23 Aug 2018 at 3:30pm
Ministers confirm that public sector bodies will be able to compete for the rail franchise.


What do the Brexit "no-deal" papers reveal?
23 Aug 2018 at 5:38pm
BBC editors and correspondents unpick the detail in the government's "no-deal" documents.


Glasgow City Council leader says equal pay claims bill 'not known'
23 Aug 2018 at 10:23am
Payouts to thousands of workers could have an impact on Glasgow City Council for years to come.


Scottish public finances show improvement
22 Aug 2018 at 4:03pm
The Gers report says the country spent £13.4bn more than it raised in taxes in the past financial year.


New BMA chief warning of 'unprecedented pressure'
23 Aug 2018 at 6:35pm
Dr Lewis Morrison outlines his concerns as he is elected to lead the British Medical Association in Scotland.

Scot Goes Pop

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Will the SNP take an electoral hit from the Daily Record's cynical reporting ...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2018 at 2:15pm
The inconvenient truth for the unionist parties is that polling evidence suggests last year's general election was not some kind of staging-post on the way to a total SNP collapse, as the media nar...

What actually is a "People's Vote" anyway?
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2018 at 5:23pm
It's sad to see an intelligent and talented man such as Rory Bremner (who I genuinely used to be a big fan of and in some ways still am) making a bit of a fool of himself with a hopelessly contradi...

Let's state the obvious again: waiting until Yes support is at 60% is a recip...
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2018 at 4:20pm
You might have seen that I was name-checked the other day in an article by Iain Macwhirter about a supposed danger of SNP disunity after Nicola Sturgeon makes her long-awaited decision in the autum...

John Curtice is wrong: the Yes rank-and-file would not accept the independenc...
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 8:58pm
"Ask John Curtice" was a Twitter meme a few years ago.  It was based on the BBC's endless attempts to get their money's worth out of Curtice's role as a studio pundit by asking him about topics tha...

Independence remains the only viable Brexit parachute
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 5:27am
You may have seen that Thomas Widmann of Arc of Prosperity has written a blogpost in which he turns conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that Magnus Linklater's notorious article in The Ti...

Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser 2018: An Update
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2018 at 6:32am
Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.There are times in life when you realise you're in the middle of making an incredibly stupid mistake, and you have to decide whether to see it thro...

Questions for the BBC on the YouTube controversy
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 9:21pm
A great deal has been written about the closing down of the Wings and Moridura YouTube accounts, but there are a few points that I don't think have received enough attention yet.  The BBC suggested...

The Chequers shambles brought UKIP back from the dead - and May's fear of UKI...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 5:36pm
One of the paradoxes of last year's general election is that the Tories had to increase their vote sharply just to avoid going backwards any further than they did.  Theresa May took 42% of the popu...

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Alex Salmond should quit SNP now for the good of his party and himself
by Mail Opinion
26 Aug 2018 at 4:30am

 Putting the new allegations against him to one side, since losing his Westminster seat at last year’s general election Salmond has been a millstone round his ­successor’s neck.



A Jeremy Corbyn win, the way things are going, will be more shocking than a S...
by Lesley Roberts
26 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist is struggling to make sense of some of the news stories breaking while she was off on her travels.


Cops to probe Alex Salmond sex assault claims even if former First Minister w...
by John Ferguson
26 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
There are mounting calls for Salmond to be suspended from the SNP over the claims, which he has strenuously denied.


Ex-SNP chief turned lobbyist set up meetings between controversial missile fi...
by John Ferguson
26 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
We can reveal the SNP’s former Westminster chief of staff Luke Skipper has been acting as a corporate lobbyist for Raytheon in Scotland since moving into PR after the 2015 general election.


Jeremy Corbyn vows to 'spend billions' in bid to regain voters' trust in Scot...
by John Ferguson
26 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
In an interview with The Sunday Mail, the Labour leader pledged to put the country back on track with a policy programme he says voters can believe in.


US senator John McCain dead at 81 after war hero stops treatment for brain ca...
by Zoe Shenton
26 Aug 2018 at 1:26am
The Vietnam war veteran and 2008 Republican presidential nominee died at home in Arizona surrounded by family


Renewed calls for Alex Salmond's suspension from SNP in wake of sexual harass...
by Lynsey Bews
25 Aug 2018 at 4:06pm
Salmond strongly denies the allegations and has launched legal action against the government over the probe.


Alex Salmond accused of 'touching woman's breasts and bum in boozy Bute House...
by David Clegg
25 Aug 2018 at 12:58am
The Record has seen the wording of a detailed complaint made by a former Scottish Government staff member against the ex-SNP leader, who strongly denies all allegations of sexual impropriety.


Police Scotland confirm they are investigating complaint relating to former F...
by Graeme Thomson
24 Aug 2018 at 3:53pm
The former SNP leader denies the allegations that were reported to the police by the Scottish Government and has launched legal proceedings.


Alex Salmond sex assault allegations: How the Daily Record broke the story
by David Clegg
24 Aug 2018 at 2:31pm
We contacted Salmond uncovering compelling evidence that official complaints were made against him. At 9.32pm his lawyer responded by email. Its contents were startling.

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SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …
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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching… https://vimeo.com/232306617  

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?    

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …
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Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Bella Caledonia

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Media Failure in an Age of Disinformation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2018 at 12:07pm
In a week in which the President of the United states lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said: ?the truth is not the truth? it’s worth reflecting on a recent history of media failure. The examples go way beyond the relentless smears and attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, or the dreary miserablism of Scottish media bias. This is …

Bella Magazine
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Aug 2018 at 10:07am
With the changing landscape of the Scottish media we are unable to continue our monthly print supplement in collaboration with the National. We are glad to have created a magazine which we hoped to deepen and broaden the debates and issues addressed in Scottish media and to profile so many writers and artists including: Sara …

Leith Creative Responds
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Aug 2018 at 6:31pm
  This is a right of reply by Morvern Cunningham and Duncan Bremner. We are aware that our work has been recently questioned in an article in Bella Caledonia written by Stephen Pritchard, a Newcastle based artist and recent graduate from the University of Northumbria (‘Who Pays the Piper, Artwashing and the Planned Social Cleansing …

Banking on Ourselves
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Aug 2018 at 5:12pm
Next month sees the first of the SNP?s internal assemblies to discuss Andrew Wilson?s Growth Report. Andrew will appear in person to justify his strange dismissal of a separate Scottish currency following independence. For the record, I don?t think the Growth Report is some secret, pro-austerity manual. However, it is far too conservative in its …

Energising Scotland ? Introducing the ECO
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Aug 2018 at 1:08pm
There is perhaps no more crucial or contentious subject in the debate about Scottish independence than the subject of Scotland’s currency. There is nothing new about this: as long ago as 1705, in the run up to the 1707 Act of Union, John Law – the remarkable Scottish adventurer, gambler and originator in France of …

The Stag and the Blade
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Aug 2018 at 12:33pm
I went for a long walk last year. My first since marriage, parenthood, middle-age. There have been other solo trips ? day walks and the odd weekend ? but this was different: a chance to walk without timetables or the need for a swift return; without responsibility for anyone but myself. With the blessing of …

Ten Levels of Doom
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Aug 2018 at 12:37pm
Do you feel it too? The hopelessness that seems to grow every day? Level upon level of it, mounting, hand in hand with the realisation of how little agency we have over pretty much anything. It?s clear there is no escape, unless you?re one of those space barons, funding your flight of fantasy rather than …

Top Thirty Toxic Tories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Aug 2018 at 7:03pm
Cameron Archibald asks you to meet the Top 30 Toxic Tories in Scotland ...

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No-deal Brexit will break up UK, warns Van Rompuy
by Michael Savage
25 Aug 2018 at 8:09pm
Ex-president of European council says failure to reach a solution could increase pressure for Scottish independenceCrashing out of the EU without a deal would risk breaking up the United Kingdom, the former president of the European council has warned.Herman Van Rompuy, the former Belgian prime m...

Scottish Labour repeats call for SNP to suspend Alex Salmond
by Press Association
25 Aug 2018 at 4:57pm
Party says Nicola Sturgeon has been too slow to act over sexual harassment claims against former first ministerScottish Labour has issued a fresh call for the SNP to suspend Alex Salmond, claiming that Nicola Sturgeon has been too slow to act over allegations of sexual harassment against him. The...

Alex Salmond attacks 'flawed' sexual misconduct inquiry
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Aug 2018 at 6:07pm
Former first minister denies accusations after launching legal action against Scottish governmentAlex Salmond has begun a legal battle against Scotland?s top civil servant after she told him she was going public with two complaints of sexual misconduct against him.Salmond has been accused of sexu...

'Extremely upsetting': Nicola Sturgeon reacts to Alex Salmond legal battle ? ...
24 Aug 2018 at 4:51pm
Salmond's successor as first minister and SNP leader admits the allegations against her former mentor caused her great discomfort. Salmond vigorously denies all the allegationsAlex Salmond calls sexual misconduct claims 'ridiculous' Continue reading...

'I haven't harassed anyone': Alex Salmond denies sexual misconduct allegation...
24 Aug 2018 at 4:47pm
Alex Salmond has begun a legal battle against Scotland's top civil servant after she told him she was going public with two complaints of sexual misconduct against him.The former Scottish National party leader vigorously denied the charges and accused Leslie Evans, the permanent secretary to the ...

Alex Salmond sues Scottish government over sexual misconduct claims
by Severin Carrell and Nadeem Badshah
24 Aug 2018 at 11:21am
Former first minister is subject of complaints from two Scottish government staffThe former first minister Alex Salmond is taking Scotland?s top civil servant to court after she launched an inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations made against him by two government staff members.Salmond is the ...

Scotland's public finances limit its independence options | Larry Elliott
by Larry Elliott
22 Aug 2018 at 6:35pm
Talk of a fiscal black hole is political hot air but going it alone suddenly looks less attractiveIt is getting on for four years since Scotland voted to remain part of the UK and talk of a second referendum has gone a bit quiet. The latest figures outlining the state of the country?s public fina...

Labour could devolve asylum policies to Scotland, Corbyn suggests
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 Aug 2018 at 6:35pm
Leader says he would consider flexibility on housing and education for asylum seekersJeremy Corbyn has indicated that Labour could devolve some parts of asylum policy to Scotland, as he condemned Home Office handling of individual refugee cases in Glasgow.The Labour leader said he was willing to ...

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The bridge over troubled waters
August is traditionally a slow news month. August is usually the month that those of us who write and blog about political developments get to put our feet up, eat junk food, and watch crap on the telly, while complaining that Impossible is a whole lot crappier than Pointless and adding it to the ever …

A time of crisis is a time of opportunity
I get it, I really do. The Scottish independence movement exists in a country where the overwhelming majority of the media is opposed, where it actively seeks opportunities to scream SNPBaaaaad from the rooftops at the slightest provocation. And all too often without any provocation at all. I get it, that the unceasing attacks and …

Some observations on Thursday night?s events
I’ve only just heard that Alex Salmond is taking the Scottish Government to court over their handling of two allegations of sexual misbehaviour made against him. I know no more about the details of the allegations than you do, which is no more than has been revealed in the press, but allow me to make …

A GERSmas carol
It was a GERSmas morning, and all through the land the scare stories were tickling the naysayers’ glands. Doom and gloom was published by the papers out there, to get the wee Scots and Nicola into a scare. The britnats were nestled all snug in their twitter, while visions of penury made them all jitter. …

The National launches a Sunday edition
You might recall that a wee while ago I posted on this blog that I’d heard some good news about The National which I said that I wasn’t able to share in public. Now the news is out, and it is the fantastic development that The National is due to launch a Sunday edition starting …

The Scottish version of Groundhog Day
It’s GERS Day, Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland, the Scottish version of Groundhog Day. It’s the day when a certain anti-independence blogger goes around on social media showing off his graphs. It’s the day when the BBC misleads the public by telling us that the Scottish Government has a deficit of £13.4 billion, when in …

The shape of futures past
There’s a very peculiar trope which has developed amongst opponents of independence of late. It was seen in an article in the Daily Mail, or to give it its proper title the Daily spit Mail, by one Stephen Daisley. It was seen on Tuesday of this week in an article in the Herald by Andrew …

Don?t call us, Jeremy
Jeremy Corbyn is on a four day visit to Scotland in order to turn round the party’s ailing fortunes. He’ll be here for a few days, he’ll have a few meetings, and then he’ll return to London and the visit will be hailed as a huge success, and nothing will actually have changed. This is …

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No-deal Brexit papers can?t plaster over the UK's fatal wound
EARLIER this week, in what was possibly the sweatiest political performance since Richard Nixon, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab presented the UK Government?s papers on dealing with a no-deal scenario.

SNP Depute: Only independence can allow us to match our neighbours' prosperity
ONLY independence will allow Scotland to match the prosperity of the world?s most successful small nations, the SNP?s depute leader has said as he prepares to address 400 party members today.

Alex Salmond denies harassment claims as Nicola Sturgeon says they won't be i...
NICOLA Sturgeon has said harassment claims against Alex Salmond cannot be ?swept under the carpet? despite the difficult situation created for her and the SNP.

Scottish Government to provide free period products in educational facilities
A £5.2 MILLION fund has been set up to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

Keith Brown: We can?t rule out indyref2 within two years
THE newly elected depute leader of the SNP has said it would ?not be right? to rule out a second independence referendum until after 2021.

Orangemen, priests and the limits of freedom of expression
?GOD hates Catholics.? That was the legend announced across the three-feet by three-feet placard David Orr brandished on a lonely picket on a cold Sunday morning in February. For ecumenical balance ? and, presumably, ease of inter-denominational protest ? the back of Orr?s board read ?God hates the Kirk?.

Scotland is heading for a ?no-deal Brexit nightmare?
SCOTLAND faces a ?no-deal Brexit nightmare?, Constitutional Relations Secretary Mike Russell has said, following the UK Government?s publication of two dozen ?technical notices? to prepare for the UK leaving the EU in March with no agreement.

Brexit Secretary plays down food and medicine shortage fears
THERE are ?no plans to deploy the army? to distribute supplies after Brexit, Dominic Raab has said ? but government papers show consumers could take a multimillion hit over card charges.

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Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

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Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

 

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Second Scottish independence referendum will be held, predicts former Catalan...
Second Scottish independence referendum will be held, predicts former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont  The TimesCatalan ex-leader Puigdemont makes surprise visit to Scotland  The News InternationalFull coverage

European scepticism about an independent Scotland gone, says minister
European scepticism about an independent Scotland gone, says minister  The ScotsmanEx-Brussels chief Herman Van Rompuy suggests no-deal Brexit could lead to Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandBrexit: No-deal 'risks break-up of UK' - Herman Van Rompuy  BBC NewsNo-deal Brexit will BREAK UP the UK - Van Rompuy's stark WARNING to Britain  Express.co.ukFull coverage

SNP holds first national assembly to debate Scottish independence blueprint
SNP holds first national assembly to debate Scottish independence blueprint  The ScotsmanIndependence on the agenda as SNP hold first National Assembly  The NationalIndependence is on the agenda  SNP (press release)Full coverage

Whatever you think of Alex Salmond and Scottish independence, let's keep poli...
Whatever you think of Alex Salmond and Scottish independence, let's keep politics out of the latest sexual assault ...  The IndependentFormer Scottish first minister Alex Salmond denies sexual misconduct claims  CNN InternationalGiant of Scottish politics Alex Salmond faces biggest fight to save reputation  The TimesThe papers: Salmond reported to police over sex claims  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scots independence: Shock tactics
Scots independence: Shock tactics  BBC NewsWhisky tax and Switzerland-style defence spending would ease post-independence austerity, says professor  The CourierCalls for new 'whisky tax' to boost the coffers of an independent Scotland  Press and JournalFull coverage

What has Iran got to do with Scottish independence?
What has Iran got to do with Scottish independence?  The Straits TimesFull coverage

'Outlaw King' Trailer: Watch Chris Pine Fight for Scottish Independence
'Outlaw King' Trailer: Watch Chris Pine Fight for Scottish Independence  Rolling StoneOutlaw King trailer: Chris Pine fights for Scottish independence as Robert the Bruce  The Indian ExpressOutlaw King TRAILER: Chris Pine's Robert the Bruce in Game of Thrones meets Braveheart  Express.co.ukNetflix - Comic Book  Comic BookFull coverage

Facebook removes pro-Scottish independence page linked to Iran
Facebook removes pro-Scottish independence page linked to Iran  The ScotsmanIt turns out Russia isn't the only country turning Facebook and Twitter against us  Washington PostSNP urged to investigate after fake pro-independence Facebook page taken down  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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Scottish Labour repeats call for SNP to suspend Alex Salmond
Scottish Labour repeats call for SNP to suspend Alex Salmond  The GuardianSNP facing calls over 'secret harassment meetings'  https://www.dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/ (blog)SNP warned not to close ranks over Salmond  The TimesAlex Salmond should quit SNP now for the good of his party and himself  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

'27 masters instead of one!' SNP voter RIPS INTO Sturgeon's plan to tie Scotl...
'27 masters instead of one!' SNP voter RIPS INTO Sturgeon's plan to tie Scotland to EU  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: 'no legal basis' to suspend Alex Salmond from SNP
Nicola Sturgeon: 'no legal basis' to suspend Alex Salmond from SNP  The ScotsmanSalmond calls sexual misconduct claims 'ridiculous'  gulfnews.comFull coverage

SNP urged to suspend Alex Salmond
SNP urged to suspend Alex Salmond  The TimesSNP urged to suspend Salmond over misconduct claims  HeraldScotlandHarassment complaints against Alex Salmond upsetting for SNP - Sturgeon  AOL UKFull coverage

SNP holds first national assembly to debate Scottish independence blueprint
SNP holds first national assembly to debate Scottish independence blueprint  The ScotsmanHundreds attend growth commission event in Ayr  BBC NewsIndependence is on the agenda  SNP (press release)Full coverage

STUC in firing line over "relying" on SNP Government for 60% of funding
STUC in firing line over "relying" on SNP Government for 60% of funding  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ex-SNP chief turned lobbyist set up meetings between controversial missile fi...
Ex-SNP chief turned lobbyist set up meetings between controversial missile firm and Scottish Government  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Highland Council's SNP group wants budget leader to tender resignation
Highland Council's SNP group wants budget leader to tender resignation  Press and JournalFull coverage

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Second Scottish independence referendum will be held, predicts former Catalan...
Second Scottish independence referendum will be held, predicts former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont  The TimesFull coverage

European scepticism about an independent Scotland gone, says minister
European scepticism about an independent Scotland gone, says minister  The ScotsmanBrexit: No-deal 'risks break-up of UK' - Herman Van Rompuy  BBC News'No Deal' Brexit Will Break Up UK, Claims Former EU President  Breitbart NewsFull coverage

Whatever you think of Alex Salmond and Scottish independence, let's keep poli...
Whatever you think of Alex Salmond and Scottish independence, let's keep politics out of the latest sexual assault ...  The IndependentFormer Scottish first minister Alex Salmond denies sexual misconduct claims  CNN InternationalScotland's ex-leader accused of sexual misconduct after #MeToo review  euronewsGiant of Scottish politics Alex Salmond faces biggest fight to save reputation  The Times...

Scottish rally highlights support for second Brexit vote
Scottish rally highlights support for second Brexit vote  Financial TimesSupporters of second Brexit vote rally in Scotland  euronews'They're INCOMPETENT!' Ex-BBC man lashes 'Brexit bunch' as Scots demand final deal vote  Express.co.ukFull coverage

'ACCEPT REALITY' Sturgeon warned to drop independence crusade in Scotland def...
'ACCEPT REALITY' Sturgeon warned to drop independence crusade in Scotland deficit row  Express.co.ukScotland's budget gap falls, Sturgeon warns of Brexit danger  ReutersGERS: Scotland's finances in first year of independence would have been worse than previously thought  HeraldScotlandWhat is Gers and how is it calculated?  BBC NewsFull coverage

'27 masters instead of one!' SNP voter RIPS INTO Sturgeon's plan to tie Scotl...
'27 masters instead of one!' SNP voter RIPS INTO Sturgeon's plan to tie Scotland to EU  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Scottish independence BLOW: Sturgeon admits she 'DOESN'T KNOW' when vote can ...
Scottish independence BLOW: Sturgeon admits she 'DOESN'T KNOW' when vote can take place  Express.co.ukTheresa May urges SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to back EU deal plans amid Scottish Government's No Deal Brexit fears  The SunTheresa May Visits Scotland as Polls Show Low Confidence in Post-Brexit Economy  NewsweekEU uncertainty set to delay second independence referendum decision, says Sturgeon ...

What has Iran got to do with Scottish independence?
What has Iran got to do with Scottish independence?  The Straits TimesFull coverage

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

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Nipper Salmond
Well well well
 
I?ve been reading some of the left fascist scum hypocrisy over the last few hours and I must say it?s laughable. The same imbeciles who were up in arms about the alleged Donald Trump allegations are defending and sweeping under the carpet the Alex Salmond allegations
 
It seems that ...

Alex Salmond show on Russia Today
Alex Salmond will present a weekly show on RT. It's already sent the yoons into meltdown - ironically as they say it's just a propaganda TV station! 

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 ...

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...

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

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Madden 19 NFL Tournament mass shooting
Held in Jacksonville today Before the video cuts out you can see a laser sight on the player on the right  

Aberdeen
the missus & I are up for the Proclaimers gig in November. Only been up there for the fitba so no got a clue on location wise staying near the train station. What's the best way to get to the gig & then back for late night drinkie poos?  

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Scotland is a region of England
According to BBC football text on 390.  As is Wales and NI.  The three COUNTRIES should refuse to pay licence.  Makes me angry but maybe that's the Glenlivet.  But maybe not.   Edit. I will be contacting Radio Scotland Sport to discuss.  See what Tam Cowan and his counterparts think.  Esp...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Sunday Herald
Bought my Herald from Ruchill shop early Sunday whilst they were opening the stalks of papers. I asked is the Heralds been open yet and said it was on the shelf all ready. There was only 1 there. Only 1 I said guy said that is all the manufacturer gives them whilst loads of all the other papers. ...

IPTV
Can't get away with how good it is and how for all their money, Sky, BT et al can't keep the streams off. Had it for a good while now, absolutely love it. Anyone else have it?   

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

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9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

Liam Fox and Ian Paisley ? Tarred by the same brush ? The Tory Party and the ...
            13 October 2011: Liam Fox and The Sri Lanka connection It was a classic south Asian scene. Sundown, some drinks, a colonial-era hotel with fans cooling a terrace, waves crashing on the nearby beach, a group of British diplomats, a minister ? and a 34-year-old businessman called Adam Werritty. … Continue reading "Liam Fox and Ian Paisley – Tarred by the same brush – The Tory Party an...

Liam Fox ? Only for the serious reader of my blog ? This post reveals just wh...
              Who runs Britain? The British Israel Communications and Research Centre, (BICOM), is an influential pro-Israel lobby operating in the corridors of power at Westminster and is a common thread running through the political and financial network of political friendships enjoyed by Liam Fox.       Government within … Continue reading "Liam Fox – Only for the serious reader of my blog ...

plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and-...
        March 2015: Disinformation distribution continues In a blatant misuse of taxpayers money a Con/Dem government leaflet promoting the “vow”, (production and distribution cost estimated at £3 million) was sent to every one of the 2.5 million households across Scotland promoting changes to be implemented over the next 2 years. The 8-page … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminste...

The brutal subjugation of Scots after Culloden is remembered with deep bitter...
          After Culloden The Angus Jacobite’s who rose up in 1745 were led by twenty year old Lord David Ogilvy, whose force of around 600 men came from his father’s estates. His father and Sir David Kinloch later managed to raise another 400 men from Angus and the Mearns. Following the … Continue reading "The brutal subjugation of Scots after Culloden is remembered with deep bitterness by many...

misuse of voters personal data for political gain is unacceptable and should ...
          August 9 2018: Emma’s Diary Data Used to Get Mums in Labour The “Diary”, a subsidiary of “Lifecycle Marketing”, is one of the UK’s leading baby clubs for mums-to-be, providing expert advice on every aspect of pregnancy and childcare. It claims to be the best UK new born baby club … Continue reading "misuse of voters personal data for political gain is unacceptable and should be crimin...

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            Sep 2014: Tomkins and Goldie – Addressing the the Strathclyde proposals A letter from Tomkins and Tory constitution spokeswoman Annabel Goldie MSP stated: ?We stand by the recommendations and analysis of the Strathclyde Commission. We regard its recommendations as a starting point for further discussion ? as a floor … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-t...

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            May 2014: Tomkins – Reasons to be Cheerful The mood music in much of the Scottish press is that it?s all doom and gloom for the “No” campaign, and that ?momentum? is building in favour of a “Yes” vote in September. Some of my Nationalist friends are making the … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and-their-preparedness-to-do-so...

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

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

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

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

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…