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Sturgeon should ask Trump for help on EU, says former SNP leader
28 Jan 2017 at 12:11am
NICOLA Sturgeon should ask President Trump for help in securing her plan for a bespoke Scottish deal on Brexit, according to a former leader of the SNP.

Labour in more turmoil on Brexit yet signals it could still review its positi...
28 Jan 2017 at 12:03am
LABOUR has been plunged into deeper turmoil over Brexit after Jo Stevens resigned as Shadow Welsh Secretary but the party signalled it might yet oppose Theresa May?s Article 50 Bill.

Trump hails America's "most special relationship" with Britain as PM hits it ...
28 Jan 2017 at 12:03am
BREXIT will be a "fantastic thing for the United Kingdom" Donald Trump has insisted as the US President claimed the ties between Britain and America had never been stronger.

Alison Rowat: PM achieved more than expected, but at the same time not very much
28 Jan 2017 at 1:03am
WHICH Theresa May would turn up in the East Room of the White House, podium to podium if not shoulder to shoulder, with Donald Trump? Several appellations were suggested ? Theresa the lion tamer, Theresa the stiff headmistress, even Donald?s ?long lost sister? ? but no-one could be quite sure until she started speaking.

May's visit to Trump branded "terrible mistake" by Cable
28 Jan 2017 at 12:03am
THERESA May?s US visit has been branded a ?terrible mistake? by Sir Vince Cable, the former Business Secretary, who suggested it was done out of desperation to prepare the ground for a transatlantic trade deal post Brexit.

Union protest over foreign ferry crew being ?exploited? on Rosyth route
28 Jan 2017 at 12:34am
A UNION is calling for action to be taken against a freight ferry operator that gives ?poverty pay? to staff.

Shadow justice secretary Douglas Ross calls Airgun licensing delays as ?chaotic?
28 Jan 2017 at 12:38am
DELAYS in registering airguns under new legislation is forcing people who are waiting for a licence to store their weapons at a ?friend?s house?, it has been claimed.

Unspun: The political diary
28 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
BASH of the week was the Presiding Officer?s Burns Supper, when Ken Macintosh hosted the capital?s consular corps at Holyrood. In his address to the lassies, Labour?s Neil Findlay called sparring partner Annie Wells a ?working class lesbian ex-shop worker Tory Celtic-supporter from Glasgow?, and said the PO would need to find a dodo if he wanted anything rarer. To which, Ms Wells replied: ?Did Neil say dodo or dildo? Anyway, I don?t need either of them.?

Trump jokes about quick demise of special relationship after BBC's question
27 Jan 2017 at 7:44pm
Donald Trump joked about the quick demise of the special relationship between the UK and the US, after a grilling from the BBC's political editor.

Labour and LibDems step up calls to save HIE board
28 Jan 2017 at 12:09am
LABOUR and the LibDems will use separate events in Inverness today to press the Scottish Government to abandon controversial reforms of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Dysfunctional SNP council group faces purge
27 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
THE SNP?s ruling body has ordered the party?s most dysfunctional council group to appear before a special vetting session to weed out the worst offenders.

Budget Bill published amid MSP complaints
28 Jan 2017 at 12:12am
THE Finance Secretary has published legislation for next year?s budget amid complaints from Holyrood?s committees that they did not have enough time to scrutinise the figures.

A Scottish cup of friendship and a photo - gifts exchanged by May and Trump
27 Jan 2017 at 8:21pm
Donald Trump presented Theresa May with a picture of his illustrious predecessor Abraham Lincoln as a gift on her visit to him in the White House.

SNP win council seat in first Scottish local by-election of 2017
27 Jan 2017 at 11:15am
The SNP has held a seat comfortably in the first local by-election north of the border in 2017, which saw Labour's share of the vote fall.

Donald Trump accepts invitation from Queen for UK state visit
27 Jan 2017 at 6:30pm
Donald Trump has hailed the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States as a beacon for "justice and peace" as he welcomed Theresa May to the White House.

 

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Theresa May fails to condemn Donald Trump refugee ban
28 Jan 2017 at 7:21pm
Theresa May has failed to condemn Donald Trump’s widely criticised ban on refugees entering the United States.

US immigration ban forces airlines to refuse passengers
28 Jan 2017 at 6:57pm
Airlines have been forced to turn away passengers due to fly to the United States under President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Play takes note of music as method of torture
28 Jan 2017 at 6:35pm
A Scottish academic has contributed to a new dark comedy play about the music chosen to torture political prisoners and the dilemma of a musician whose work is used to psychologically break down detainees.

SNP MP Chris Law cleared of any wrongdoing by police
28 Jan 2017 at 2:54pm
AN SNP MP has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a police investigation into financial dealings.

More Scottish councils object to draft Holyrood budget
28 Jan 2017 at 2:28pm
More councils have written to the Scottish Government to raise concerns about “wrongheaded” budget settlements for local government.

?No evidence? UK will gain from post-Brexit trading
28 Jan 2017 at 1:35pm
SCOTLAND’S Brexit Minister has said there is “not the slightest shred of evidence” that the UK will benefit from global trading opportunities after leaving the European Union (EU).

Tam Dalyell, man of duty and integrity
28 Jan 2017 at 11:46am
HE coined the West Lothian Question, relentlessly pursued Margaret Thatcher over the sinking of the Belgrano during the Falklands War and strongly criticised Tony Blair over Iraq.

SNP ministers urged to save Highlands and Islands Enterprise
28 Jan 2017 at 9:17am
THE SNP should drop plans to scrap the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders have said.

Mother?s plea sees funding given for victim support
28 Jan 2017 at 8:51am
Extra funding has been found for a victim support fund following an impassioned plea from the mother of a woman murdered in a Glasgow park almost a decade ago.

Leader comment: May can take heart from first Trump encounter
28 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
The first public meeting between Prime Minister Theresa May and new US president Donald Trump was not the tense affair some had predicted. There were smiles, handshakes and even laughter as the two world leaders held a joint press conference.

Leader: Equipping soldiers is top priority
27 Jan 2017 at 9:49pm
Defence procurement minister Harriett Baldwin has said the government is committed to delivering “the best kit our armed forces at the best value for the taxpayer”.

Scots tourism boss warns rates hikes could hit businesses
27 Jan 2017 at 9:01pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been warned tourism businesses may be forced to close and jobs will be lost as a result of “crippling” business rates hike.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to use Trump?s Scottish links
27 Jan 2017 at 8:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to use Donald Trump’s Scottish connections to get the US president to advise Prime Minister Theresa May about the “outrageous way” Scotland is being treated in Brexit negotiations. The plea has been made in a letter to the First Minister from former SNP leader Gordon Wilson.

Welsh secretary resigns over Brexit vote
27 Jan 2017 at 7:34pm
Jo Stevens has resigned as shadow Welsh secretary from the shadow cabinet in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Brexit.

Trump: Brexit Britain is ?a blessing for the world?
27 Jan 2017 at 7:11pm
US president Donald Trump has given his strong backing for Brexit, telling Theresa May that “a free and independent Britain” would be “a blessing for the world”.

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Call the experts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jan 2017 at 8:57pm
Because when you really want people with their finger on the pulse of Scottish politics to analyse the implications of the Supreme Court decision on Brexit, where else would you go but to Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, to hear from um, former rugby league star and haircut pioneer Martin Offiah? OFFIAH: My first story is …

The simpler version
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jan 2017 at 11:12am
Way back in October last year we analysed what now seems to have become the key plank of Unionist argument against independence in the wake of Brexit – the idea that because Scotland does more trade with the rest of the UK than it does with the EU, independence would be economic suicide because Scotland …

While the truth gets its boots on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jan 2017 at 10:06am
Here’s Alex Salmond on last night’s Newsnight: Let’s just quickly fact-check that claim. Salmond says “Far more people in Scotland, by majority and percentage, wanted to stay within Europe as wanted to stay with the United Kingdom”. Is that true? Majority for staying in the UK: 383,937 Majority for staying in the EU: 642,869 The second number …

Fooled you again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jan 2017 at 9:59am
Supreme Court ruling just in: “LOL SUCKERS!” And here’s the short version. We look forward to Scotland’s lily-livered columnists explaining to us how “federalism” is still a viable alternative to independence, any minute now.

With their bombs and their guns
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2017 at 10:08am
We followed with interest an exchange over the weekend between Times columnist Kenny Farquharson and the anti-Brexit QC Jolyon Maugham, regarding the difference between the UK government’s insistence that there won’t be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland because of the UK leaving the EU, and its continued insistence that …

The Template
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jan 2017 at 10:26am
Actual Scottish politics news continues to be thinner on the ground than the crowds at a Donald Trump inauguration, so we sympathise once more with the gentle souls of the Scottish press as they endeavour to fill empty pages without doing anything more journalistically strenuous than slightly rewording a Labour or Tory press release. Fortunately for us, …

We need to talk about the oil
by Alan Brown
21 Jan 2017 at 10:30am
The link between the rise of modern Scottish nationalism and the production of North Sea oil is pretty indisputable. Both took off in the early seventies, with that decade?s campaigns powered by the slogan “It?s Scotland?s Oil” and it’s still a given in media circles that the desirability or even the feasibility of Scottish self-government …

The next pages of the script
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2017 at 3:02pm
It’s morning in America, readers. Judge Dredd: Origins was published in 2007, although in fact the basic story of how Bad Bob Booth became the last President of the USA and what he did next was established right back at the 1970s beginnings of Dredd’s parent comic 2000AD. We actually have a theory that it’s …

The new lie
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jan 2017 at 11:34am
Alert readers may recall as far back as July of last year, when we highlighted an odd thing that Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale had started saying. Regardless of the fact that it was total hooey, Dugdale repeated it every chance she got, and the inevitable Scottish-media consequences have duly followed. If Unionist politicians …

The competition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jan 2017 at 10:35pm
You very rarely get useful stats about online newspaper readership, so we were quite intrigued by this snippet on tonight’s BBC2 Scotland documentary “Paper Thistle”, about the 200th anniversary of The Scotsman. We don’t know what the numbers are or how brief the period was, but Wings’ average traffic is higher now than it was …

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SNP MP Chris Law cleared of financial wrongdoing
28 Jan 2017 at 11:07am
SNP MP Chris Law is cleared of any wrongdoing after a police investigation into his financial dealings.


Fresh call to retain Highlands and Islands Enterprise board
28 Jan 2017 at 4:41pm
Opposition leaders issue a fresh call on the Scottish government to let Highlands and Islands Enterprise retain its own board.


Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'
28 Jan 2017 at 10:45am
The Scottish government says up to 700,000 homes will benefit from its plans to make Universal Credit payments more flexible.


Scottish Borders Council to receive £3.8m for storm damage
28 Jan 2017 at 1:15pm
Scottish Borders Council is to receive £3.8m from the Scottish government to help deal with the damage caused by last year's storms.


'Uncertainty and volatility' fears over Scottish budgets
27 Jan 2017 at 3:31pm
Scotland faces more "uncertainty and volatility" in its budget process due to new powers and Brexit, Holyrood's finance committee says.


Finance Secretary commits to business rates help
27 Jan 2017 at 4:39pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay says he is committed to working with businesses and councils in the north east of Scotland to find a solution to rising business rates.


SNP hold East Ayrshire Council seat in by-election
27 Jan 2017 at 11:05am
The SNP holds a seat on East Ayrshire Council following a by-election in the Kilmarnock East ward.


Scottish fishing discards rules 'not enforced'
27 Jan 2017 at 12:15am
The ban on discards in the fishing industry is being undermined because it is not being effectively policed, WWF Scotland warns.


Former Labour MP Tam Dalyell dies
27 Jan 2017 at 9:20am
The former MP Tam Dalyell dies at the age of 84, after a short illness.


Judge to examine Scotland's football law
26 Jan 2017 at 3:33pm
The controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is to be examined by a senior judge as part of a review of Scotland's hate crime laws.


Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income
26 Jan 2017 at 7:41pm
The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality.


Mundell: Holyrood to be consulted on Great Repeal Bill
26 Jan 2017 at 2:23pm
Holyrood's consent is likely to be needed for the Great Repeal Bill which removes EU laws from the UK, David Mundell says.

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If the next No campaign targets lower-income voters with an anti-immigration ...
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2017 at 5:48pm
I've been asked to cast my eye over YouGov's latest Brown-esque "interventions" in the independence debate.  First of all, as you may have seen on Twitter, they're currently running an "independenc...

Kalamity Kez Krushed in Kilmarnock as SNP win by-election on 9% swing
by James Kelly
26 Jan 2017 at 11:52pm
Tonight's by-election triumph for the SNP on East Ayrshire Council is a seemingly quite rare example  under the STV system of a 'hold' both in theory and in practice - the vacancy was caused by the...

Apparently, the Supreme Court DON'T think Scotland has "the most powerful dev...
by James Kelly
24 Jan 2017 at 4:12pm
Well, you're spoilt for choice as far as 'just a little note' is concerned this afternoon.  I have a reaction piece in the International Business Times about the Supreme Court effectively ruling th...

Shock YouGov poll is torrid for Theresa, as Scottish public demand Holyrood M...
by James Kelly
19 Jan 2017 at 10:17am
The results of four YouGov poll questions on Brexit commissioned by the SNP have just been released.  I gather they were part of a much longer poll that included a straight question on independence...

Hard Brexit Means Independence Referendum
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2017 at 5:33pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about how Theresa May's hardline British nationalism (and the craven refusal of Labour and the Liberal Democrat...

Labour's wizard plan for avoiding Hard Brexit is to call it something else
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2017 at 4:48pm
In her speech today, Theresa May announced the following -* The UK will leave the Single Market.* The UK will leave the Customs Union (giving us a lesser status than Turkey).* The jurisdiction of t...

Scottish Government don't blink on single market membership : independence re...
by James Kelly
16 Jan 2017 at 4:05am
When the news broke on Saturday night that Theresa May was preparing to pull the UK out of the single market and the customs union, I suggested that this was the moment of truth for an independence...

It's post-truth, it's cultish...yup, it's Massie
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2017 at 6:04am
Scotland, eh?  The SNP.  Nicola Sturgeon.  Cybernats.  Jock-speak.  Streuth.  I mean...crikey.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's totally normal that all of these things exist.  Understandable.  Utterl...

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Have the Tories taken their eyes off the Central Belt to focus on the NE?
by /u/wookee8
28 Jan 2017 at 7:54pm
It seems they're investing more money and effort into making big wins there, not to mention they seem pretty confident too. Is this a wise step for them to make? They stand a good chance of becomin...

British-Iranian woman from Glasgow denied entry to the US - now stuck in Cost...
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28 Jan 2017 at 7:43pm
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Wolf whistling could become a hate crime in Scotland
by /u/bottish
28 Jan 2017 at 7:19pm
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SNP under-fire over "Tory crony" claim
by /u/mykeyboy
28 Jan 2017 at 7:16pm
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Shotts Bon Accord on Twitter: Shettleston goalkeeper Gary Whyte sent off afte...
by /u/FMN2014
28 Jan 2017 at 6:46pm
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Scottish government pushed on which projects will bear brunt of £900m loss
by /u/madaboutscotland
28 Jan 2017 at 6:45pm
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Outlander filming in Dunure, Ayrshire
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28 Jan 2017 at 6:00pm
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Feeding deer at Glencoe
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28 Jan 2017 at 5:52pm
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Looking to get to Edinburgh from inverness at some point soon
by /u/Rage_Virus
28 Jan 2017 at 1:14pm
I live just outside inverness and i want to go visit my friends in edinburgh within the next couple of weeks. Public transport is too much for me as i have an anxiety disorder so i havent been able...

Scottish Government "leaving north behind", says Kezia
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28 Jan 2017 at 1:02pm
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Plan for a new Scottish pound 'likely' to be recommended by SNP Growth Commis...
by /u/JohnnyButtocks
28 Jan 2017 at 9:16am
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Spaceport plans delayed by Brexit
by /u/bottish
28 Jan 2017 at 9:10am
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Nicola Sturgeon says cutting student nurses as Health Secretary right "at the...
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28 Jan 2017 at 7:53am
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Tam Dalyell: MPs should 'have the balls' to block Brexit
by /u/Aleksandr_Netsuke
28 Jan 2017 at 7:46am
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Dundee SNP MP cleared after probe into financial dealings
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2017 at 12:58pm
Dundee West MP Chris Law was detained last September after allegations arose in connection to his Spirit of Independence campaign.


Watch Theresa May's US speech in full as Tory leader evokes spirit of Thatcher
by Jack Blanchard
27 Jan 2017 at 9:29am
Speaking to congressmen from the Republican Party in Philadelphia, Mrs May called on the USA to renew its special relationship with the UK


Left behind Scots should be angered by broken education system in Scotland
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Jan 2017 at 6:00am

 Torcuil points to author JD Vance as a survivor of a broken system in America and says that while peole are right to be angry with Donald Trump, they should be angry with the state of their o...


'No offer, no detail, zero, zilch, nothing': SNP slams pointless Tory Brexit ...
by Andy Philip
27 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Tory ministers are said to have revealed nothing new to the SNP Government on their plans to leave the EU.


Scotland's institutions are in a crisis and the government must pay attention
by Record View
27 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says it is time for the SNP government to accept there is a massive problem with the NHS and police service.


'Opposites attract': Theresa May confident she'll get on well with President ...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
The Prime Minister is set to meet Trump at the White House today and says she doesn't have any worries about her relationship with the President.


Police Scotland are in 'crisis' claims senior SNP MSP Alex Neil
by David Clegg
27 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Alex Neil told Holyrood that Police Scotland were facing a £200m black hole prompting calls from Labour for the SNP to stop burying their heads in the sand.


Former Labour MP Tam Dalyell dies aged 84 after a short illness
by Gavin Cordon
26 Jan 2017 at 6:47pm
The Edinburgh-born MP passed a battle with illness, his family announced in a statement.


'History's watching': JK Rowling's warning to Theresa May as Prime Minister p...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Jan 2017 at 11:02am
Rowling's message went to 9.1 million Twitter followers as Theresa May heaped praise on the new President in an attempt to rekindle the UK-USA "special relationship".


The numbers add up: It's only because of shared resources that Scotland benef...
by dailyrecord
26 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
The fiscal bonuses of being part of Britain are manifold according to the Scottish Government’s own Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 143 -Richard Walker on the Scottish Media & Ind...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jan 2017 at 12:15pm
Episode 143 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Richard Walker (interviewed in episode 135)  at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting …
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Remembering Ruth
by michaelgreenwell
25 Jan 2017 at 8:00am
Will Self recently described Trump and Farage as “grubby little opportunists”. I present (via NorthSeaSaltAir) Ruth Davidson…

The First Try
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jan 2017 at 10:04am
However the thing plays out, just remember that at first she tried to cover and obfuscate…

Scottish Independence Podcast 142 ? The Demographics of Indy
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jan 2017 at 12:25pm
Episode 142 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Dr Craig Dalzell (interviewed in episode 134)  at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. Craig’s talk was with regard to who did and didn’t vote for independence last time round, how the picture has changed since then and what sort of strategies we should …
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ScotIndyPod 141 ? The New Old Year
by michaelgreenwell
13 Jan 2017 at 12:13pm
The Scottish Independence Podcast is checking back in for 2017 and episode 141 is our way of starting it off by giving some time to our opponents (explicit content).. Hope you enjoy? You can download here if you right click THIS LINK and ?save as? You can listen online at the show?s spreaker web page, …
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London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

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Tory Benefit Cuts Hit Edinburgh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jan 2017 at 4:42pm
?Just about managing? no longer ? the benefit cap will push struggling families into deeper poverty. This month, 425 of the poorest households in Edinburgh had their benefits cut as the Tory government?s extended benefits cap was rolled out across the city. There is a cruel irony in the fact that just as the Conservatives …

Patriarchy and Ur-Fascism on Holocaust Memorial Day
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jan 2017 at 12:58pm
It’s Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2017, and all the people who smugly derided anyone pointing out that the coming to power of the far-right in the west would be curtailed by ‘checks and balances’ are a fair bit quieter now. On the day the Prime Minister Nobody Elected goes to fawn over the American advocate …

Tìr Phoblach Aimeireaga: Dualchas fo Bhagairt
by Daibhidh Rothach
27 Jan 2017 at 9:00am
Cruth-tìre nan Stàitean Aonaichte, mòr agus drùidhteach ann an ìomhaigheachd na dùthcha, tìr a? bheinn mhòir is na h-aibhne gile a tha fhathast saor o chuibhleachan gnìomhachais agus o làmh ghionach mac an duine. Agus o linn Roosevelt, ?s ann a tha na h-earrannan mòra dhith air a bhith saor o sheilbh phrìobhaideach. Nach mòr …

Brexit, Trident and the Death of Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jan 2017 at 12:18pm
Michael Fallon?s Department of Disinformation is doing a great job and the Supreme Court?s ruling has at the very least clarified the relationships of the nations that make up the ?United Kingdom?. We are subordinate and we can dispense with the need for such childish phraseology as ?partnership of equals? or ?family of nations?. We …

Tenement Stories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jan 2017 at 12:05am
This is for ‘half-educated tenement Scots’ everywhere. Years ago, my upstairs neighbour, living on the second floor of a three-storey tenement in Glasgow, broke her routine and left for work a little later than usual because she fancied a crumpet and jam. Each morning I heard her alarm pulse, followed by a predictable series of …

T2: Trainspotting
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2017 at 8:27pm
Alan Bissett reviews the Trainspotting sequel for Bella. For the past few weeks I?ve been asking anyone I meet ? friends, family, taxi drivers, barmen, hairdressers ? if they?re excited about the sequel to Trainspotting. Every one of them has replied in the affirmative. We?re used to being artificially stimulted about big sequels, of course, …

From the Women?s March in Edinburgh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2017 at 12:53pm
Vonny Moyes speech from the Women’s March in Edinburgh. “Good afternoon and thank you so much for inviting me here to talk today. I?d like to offer my thanks and congratulations to Leah and Calum for organising this event. I want to express how affirming it is to see that a generation of young people …

Scotland?s Climate Plan is about more than Our Low Carbon Future
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jan 2017 at 11:16am
The Scottish Government’s climate plan is a necessity for environmental justice, but is also key to jobs and the revival of rural communities argues Magnus Jamieson. The launch of a draft Climate Change Plan (“Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years”) lacks the bombast and ceremony of a presidential inauguration- given political developments …

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Why hasn?t Scotland changed its mind on independence? | Chris Curtis
by Chris Curtis
27 Jan 2017 at 2:11pm
Another referendum now would have a similar result to 2014?s. YouGov?s polling shows that Nicola Sturgeon faces a tricky task in turning things aroundWe know that the majority of Scotland backed staying in the EU ? so with Brexit looming, why are polls not showing a resultant shift in support tow...

Scottish government pushed on which projects will bear brunt of £900m loss
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jan 2017 at 10:14am
MSPs challenge government to provide full and comprehensive analysis of impact after EU spending rules were breachedThe Scottish government has been challenged to explain which new infrastructure projects have been hit after it ran foul of strict EU rules on public spending.MSPs on Holyrood?s fin...

Tam Dalyell obituary
by Brian Wilson
26 Jan 2017 at 10:35pm
Labour backbencher who harried Margaret Thatcher over the General Belgrano and asked how an MP from a devolved Scotland could vote on English issuesTam Dalyell, who has died aged 84, was a Labour MP for 43 years and Father of the House of Commons ? the member with the longest unbroken service ? w...

Tam Dalyell, former Labour MP, dies aged 84
by Alice Ross
26 Jan 2017 at 7:44pm
Long-serving politician, who retired in 2005, has died after a short illness, his family confirmsThe former Labour MP Tam Dalyell has died after a short illness at the age of 84, his family has announced. The Eton-educated baronet spent more than 40 years as a Labour MP, representing West Lothian...

Scottish secretary calls on Holyrood to back Brexit deal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Jan 2017 at 5:01pm
David Mundell says there would be ?very significant consequences? if the Scottish parliament failed to agree to the great repeal billThe Scottish secretary has admitted there would be serious consequences if the UK government failed to win Holyrood?s backing for its final Brexit deal.David Mundel...

Scottish opposition parties refuse to back budget motion
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Jan 2017 at 8:17pm
Parties protest at spending cuts and tax policy, saying result should force finance secretary to compromise on plans before official vote next weekNicola Sturgeon has suffered a blow to her authority after opposition parties blocked a motion on her government?s budget in protest at spending cuts ...

Scottish government set to table motion calling for article 50 rejection
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Jan 2017 at 6:12pm
Nicola Sturgeon will ask Holyrood to vote on symbolic Brexit motion as talk once again turns to independence referendumNicola Sturgeon?s government is preparing for a fresh constitutional battle over Brexit by tabling a motion calling on Holyrood to reject the UK government?s article 50 bill.Mike...

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
25 Jan 2017 at 4:06pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsSnap PMQs verdictPMQs verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatAfternoon summary 4.06pm GMT This U-turn comes just 24 hours after David Davis seemed to rule out a white pa...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

We can choose the shelter, or we can choose the storm
Well 2017 is shaping up to be pretty crappy, isn’t it. And there was us thinking that 2016 was the worst year ever. We’ve not even had a whole month of 2017 yet and already it’s so bad that it’s enough to make you long for the good old days of 2016 when it was …

Having all the smoke and mirrors that you want
Theresa May doesn’t do questions, or answers. Her response to a question is to talk about something else, and if she can she’ll squeeze in an unfunny wee jibe about Jeremy Corbyn. This is what passes for wit and repartee in the House of Commons. When former Tory Home Secretary and Chancellor Kenneth Clarke described …

Lying until they?re red white and blue in the face
Well now we know. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Westminster Parliament must have a voice on triggering Article 50 and starting the Brexit process, and that Theresa May cannot take us out of the EU and undo law and strip civil and legal rights without legislation. This is to be welcomed. But there …

Respect yourself
You might think that a constituent part of a union was deserving of respect by virtue of being a constituent part of a union, and that no further qualifications would be necessary. You might think that, but if you do you’re clearly not a member of Scotland’s Unionist party leadership. This week the Furst Meenister …

Scotland?s real deficit
It’s difficult to get your head into the mindset of Scottish Unionists. There is overwhelming evidence that the Conservatives are cruel and duplicitous money grabbers who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. This is the party which insists that everyone – with the exception of corporations, bankers, and the rich – …

Red white and blue complacency
There’s an important question to be asked in Scottish politics. Important like it’s important to ask how much life remains in a zombie. That question is, what precisely would it take to get the leadership of the Labour party in Scotland to recognise that Scotland’s best interests would be served by independence, and not by …

Oligarchs-R-Us
Well that’s it then. Remember during the 2014 independence referendum when JK Rowling said that if Scotland voted No we’d be in the position of the spouse who had threatened divorce but who had then agreed to stay, so we’d be in an incredibly strong position and have all our concerns and desires carefully listened …

Keeping granny on the bus
Over the weekend Theresa May hinted that she’s going to go full out for a hard Brexit, and prioritises controlling immigration over retaining British membership of the single market. This is despite the fact that prominent Leave campaigners during the EU referendum insisted that leaving the EU didn’t mean leaving the single market. We’re facing …

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Plan for a new Scottish pound 'likely' to be recommended by SNP Growth Commis...
AN in-depth plan is being drawn up for an independent Scotland to have its own currency after a recognition the case for continuing to use sterling was a flaw in the Yes argument in 2014.

Mhairi Black: Trump lies but the true damage in his policies is plain to see
LAST Friday, something most people thought was unimaginable happened.

Trump set for return to Scotland ... as May endures uncomfortable joint press...
DONALD Trump has accepted an invitation from the Queen to make a formal state visit to the UK ? and Whitehall Sources have told the BBC they expect the new President to come north of the Border and visit Scotland during his time on this side of the Atlantic.

Outrage as Department for Work and Pensions closes further 16 Scottish job ce...
ANOTHER 16 Scottish jobcentre sites are to close or move in a Westminster cuts programme affecting more than one in ten of the offices across the UK.

SNP to talk behind the scenes with LibDems and Greens to pass Budget
SNP MSPs are confident an election will be avoided and a deal made with another party so ministers can secure a majority in Holyrood and pass the Scottish Government?s budget.

Theresa May?s Brexit Bill angers opposition MPs
THEY had promised a brief and succinct Bill to start triggering Article 50 and at least the Tory Government delivered on that promise.

Jeremy Corbyn facing fresh revolt over bid to whip MPs on leaving EU
EMBATTLED Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faces another leadership crisis, after 60 MPs said they would rebel against his orders to vote for Article 50. Last night, Shadow Minister for Early Years, Tulip Siddiq resigned from Corbyn?s top team, insisting she would vote against the triggering of the process to formally leave the EU by the end of March.

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act to be reviewed
ONE of Scotland?s top judges will examine whether new legislation covering age and gender hate crimes needs to be created.

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Westminster ? Modern Day Sodom & Gomorrah ? SNP Should Boycott the Green Benc...
              Nicola Sturgeon’s Speech at the Doors of Westminster “The SNP will be the “principled opposition in this place to the Conservative government. The SNP has worked long and hard in this election to make Scotland’s voice heard. To have people in Scotland in such overwhelming numbers put their … Continue reading Westminster – Modern Day Sodom & Gomorrah – SNP Should Boycott the Green ...

Chilcot Inquiry Fraudulent Content ? Severely Compromised by the Old Boy Netw...
                The Chilcot Report ? Millions of words without meaning ? Philppe Sands catalogues the report?s criticisms of Blair and points to its failings: ?Yet the inquiry has chosen to hold back on what caused the multitude of errors: was it negligence, or recklessness, or something else? In … Continue reading Chilcot Inquiry Fraudulent Content – Severely Compromised by the Old Boy Network...

Westminster legacy to Many of Scotland?s Soldiers and Veterans ? After Nearly...
                The Armed Forces Covenant An Enduring Covenant Between The People of the United Kingdom Her Majesty?s Government ? and – All those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown And their Families The first duty of Government is the defence of the … Continue reading Westminster legacy to Many of Scotland’s Soldiers and Veterans – After Nearly 20 Years of War is a Life...

Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia ? Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up ...
                    Oil Finds In the Scottish Continental Shelf –  Billions of Barrels to be Recovered From Fields Off the Shetlands Only with independence will Scotland benefit from the abundance of oil yet to be recovered from the Scottish Continental Shelf. Delays will only benefit the UK … Continue reading Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia – Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up Its Secr...

Obama and the Democrats Beat their Chests In Anguish Claiming- Without Suppor...
                  Donald Trump Under Fire From the Democratic Party, Actors and Other Bleeding Hearts  Congressman John Lewis, a Democrat, said on Friday he would not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America on the grounds that he did not see … Continue reading Obama and the Democrats Beat their Chests In Anguish Claiming- Without Supporting Evidence ...

Israeli Missile Attack on Syria ? Another Twist in the On-Going Battles Resha...
                  Monday 16th January, 2017: Russia to Upgrade Its naval Air bases in Syria Russia plans to improve and expand its naval and air bases in Syria, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed source, as Moscow cements its presence in the Middle Eastern country, … Continue reading Israeli Missile Attack on Syria – Another Twist in the On-Going Battles Reshaping the Mi...

Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters ? Now Donald Trump Is...
  Stare at the black dot in the centre and in a few moments the grey area surrounding the dot will disappear.   “Gaslighting” is an evil form of trickery introduced to the world of espionage by the CIA just after the end of WW2. It gained its name and notoriety from the 1944 film … Continue reading Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters – Now Donald Trump Is Under Attack by the...

Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

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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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Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 26th 2017 A haunting refrain echoes around the globe. The world, many emphatically say, has gone to pot what with Trump, Brexit, terrorism, ISIS, the march of the far right, fake news, alternative facts and more. This miserablist take …

Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region?
Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 18th 2017 When did present day Scotland begin? Not the ?modern? Scotland of post-war times, or the upside and then downside of Labour Scotland. But the land that we visibly live in today ? shaped by the ghosts of …

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

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How a nod from Germany could trigger a second Scottish independence referendu...

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How a nod from Germany could trigger a second Scottish independence referendum
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If a referendum is to be won, there must be a realistic expectation Scotland can remain in the EU. For this reason, the SNP is watching three countries closely. The first is Spain, which has its own independence problem in Catalonia, and could try to ...
Possible Scottish Independence Vote Set...

Should Sturgeon be allowed to call a second Scottish independence referendum?...

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Should Sturgeon be allowed to call a second Scottish independence referendum?
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Amid all the hilarious Scottish Nationalist strutting about since the Supreme Court ruled this week that Holyrood does not have the right to veto Brexit, voted for by the UK of which Scotland is a part, there has been some speculation about whether or ...
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Nicola Sturgeon pushes for second referendum on Scottish independence after U...

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Nicola Sturgeon pushes for second referendum on Scottish independence after UK Supreme Court ruling
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Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the need for another Scottish independence referendum after Britain's Supreme Court ruled the devolved assembly in Edinburgh did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit. While the court ruled against Theresa May's ...
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Patrick Harvie: Independent currency 'could take a decade' - BBC ... - BBC News

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Full independence for Scotland could take 10 years to achieve after any future referendum, according to the co-convenor of the Scottish Greens. The SNP's ...
Scottish researchers face up to the Brexit conundrum - Science ...Science Business

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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow - BBC News

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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow
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A conference of independence activists aimed at preparing Scotland for another referendum has been held in Glasgow. The Scottish Independence Convention is hosted the "Build" meeting at the Radisson hotel in the city. MPs and MSPs from the SNP and ...
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Alex Salmond predicts new Scottish independence referendum in autumn 2018 - RT

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Alex Salmond predicts new Scottish independence referendum in autumn 2018
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The former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader told LBC radio listeners on Wednesday evening that Brexit could precipitate another independence vote. It would come four years after Scots took to the ballot box to rule on the future of the nation, with ...
'Clock is ticking' on Scottish independence voteYahoo News
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Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish independ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish independence referendum closer
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The Prime Minister's plan to take the UK out of the European single market "undoubtedly" brings Scotland closer to a second referendum on independence, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister said Theresa May's hard Brexit proposal "threatens to ...
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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
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A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...

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Coming Out Swinging in the New Year: Stock Seeing Nice Gains This Month: Chin...

Coming Out Swinging in the New Year: Stock Seeing Nice Gains This Month: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ...
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Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) have climbed in the previous month. During that time period, shares are up 12.46% which has provided some nice profits for investors who may be looking to take advantage of the recent gains.

West Dunbartonshire Council leader objects to Scottish Government budget deal...

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West Dunbartonshire Council leader objects to Scottish Government budget deal
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With both the SNP government and local authorities preparing for local elections in May, the coming weeks will see increasingly pitched battles over funding. Cllr Rooney wrote: ?The tone of the settlement offer provided to local government is wholly ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) Broker Price Targets For Th...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) Broker Price Targets For The Coming Week
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Recently analysts working for various investment brokerages have changed their ratings and price targets on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP). According to the the latest analyst ratings which have been released, 0 brokers ...

SNP MP Chris Law cleared of any wrongdoing by police - Scotsman

SNP MP Chris Law cleared of any wrongdoing by police
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AN SNP MP has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a police investigation into financial dealings. Dundee West MP Chris Law was detained last September in a probe connected to his Spirit of Independence referendum campaign in 2014. The campaign ...

Todd Asset Management LLC Has $1049000 Position in China Petroleum & Chemical...

Todd Asset Management LLC Has $1049000 Position in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Todd Asset Management LLC held its stake in shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange ...

Dundee SNP MP cleared after probe into financial dealings - Scottish Daily Re...

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Dundee SNP MP cleared after probe into financial dealings
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Dundee SNP MP cleared after probe into financial dealings. Dundee West MP Chris Law was detained last September after allegations arose in connection to his Spirit of Independence campaign. Share. ByCatriona Webster. 12:58, 28 JAN 2017; Updated ...

SNP MP Chris Law cleared of financial wrongdoing - BBC News

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SNP MP Chris Law cleared of financial wrongdoing
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An SNP MP has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a police investigation into his financial dealings. Dundee West MP Chris Law was questioned by police in September in relation to his Spirit of Independence referendum campaign in 2014. The campaign ...

SNP MP cleared of wrongdoing following probe into finances - STV News

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SNP MP cleared of wrongdoing following probe into finances
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SNP MP Chris Law has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a police investigation into his finances. The Dundee West MP was detained in September last year during a probe into his financial dealings. The investigation is thought to have centred on ...

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Should Sturgeon be allowed to call a second Scottish independence referendum?...

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Should Sturgeon be allowed to call a second Scottish independence referendum?
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Amid all the hilarious Scottish Nationalist strutting about since the Supreme Court ruled this week that Holyrood does not have the right to veto Brexit, voted for by the UK of which Scotland is a part, there has been some speculation about whether or ...
Brian Wilson: Another referendum? Not in my nameS...

How a nod from Germany could trigger a second Scottish independence referendu...

New Statesman
How a nod from Germany could trigger a second Scottish independence referendum
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But while the SNP faithful will be digging out their Yes posters, Sturgeon has already ruled out a referendum for 2017. Party realists do not want to call one unless they can be confident of a comfortable win. They understand that Scotland's swing ...
Bill Jamieson: who speaks for Scotland on ...

Nicola Sturgeon pushes for second referendum on Scottish independence after U...

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Nicola Sturgeon pushes for second referendum on Scottish independence after UK Supreme Court ruling
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Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the need for another Scottish independence referendum after Britain's Supreme Court ruled the devolved assembly in Edinburgh did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit. While the court ruled against Theresa May's ...
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After Brexit, Doubts on Independence Referendum Resurface in Scotland - Ashar...

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After Brexit, Doubts on Independence Referendum Resurface in Scotland
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London- Britain's government on Thursday officially published a draft law that would authorize Prime Minister Theresa May to begin the procedure for leaving the European Union. The two clause ?European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill? asks ...



Is Scotland stepping closer to a second independence referendum? - BBC News

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Is Scotland stepping closer to a second independence referendum?
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In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum result, Nicola Sturgeon said "indyref2" was "highly likely". After Theresa May set out some of her Brexit plans, indyref2 became even "more likely"; indeed, when the first minister was asked by BBC ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish...

Alex Salmond predicts new Scottish independence referendum in autumn 2018 - RT

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Alex Salmond predicts new Scottish independence referendum in autumn 2018
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He also explained that ?a referendum has to be within the two-year negotiating period, so we would be talking about a year come the autumn, or something like that. You would want to have the Scottish referendum before the Brexit process had been ...
Poll: Should Scotland be given a second referendum for independence?s...

Donald Trump was not actually in Scotland to predict Brexit - euronews

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Donald Trump was not actually in Scotland to predict Brexit
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In his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump claimed to have been in Scotland in the run-up to June's Brexit referendum. However Trump was not actually in the UK at that time, though he did land in ...
Trump mentions his Scotland golf course in appearance with British prime ...

Sturgeon 'WOULD WIN' battle for Scottish independence, claims ex-SNP advisor ...

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Sturgeon 'WOULD WIN' battle for Scottish independence, claims ex-SNP advisor
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Ms Sturgeon, the current First Minister, has made clear she is ?determined to save Scotland from Brexit? as she promised she would deliver a second independence referendum by 2018. Speaking during last week's First Minister's Questions, she again ...
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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

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Why no polls?
With speculation over a second Independence Referendum and an alleged surge in support for Yes, is anyone else surprised that there haven't been more opinion polls?Does anyone know if there is any coming up?

California as separate nation
Officials announce proposal that would establish California as separate nation
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/27/officials-announce-proposal-that-would-establish-california-as-separate-nation.html
A proposal in California has been submitted to the Secretary of State?s Office on Thursday ...

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

Question Time
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He drinks a whisky drink....
right I know a few of you like a dram but i have a wee bit of a dilemma with regard to a wee bottle of whisky i have in the house, so some advise please.   I bought a bottle of Highland Park 30 year old for around £350 in 2013 and to be honest i'd forgotten all about it, i don't drink the...

Films 2016
Already seen The Revenant and The Big Short, and went to see The Hateful Eight at the cinema last night. All brilliant, Hateful Eight in particular. Di Caprio better finally bag his Oscar for his turn in The Revenant. Will be seeing Creed next.

Shetland to scale
https://www.nafc.uhi.ac.uk/media/news/shetland-to-scale   Rather interesting piece of output showing the geographical size of the Shetland Islands    Many maps of the UK have Shetland squeezed into a small box to one side, or (like many weather maps) distort the size of the island...

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...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

R.I.P A True Hero.
Many Clouds I salute you.  Beating the mighty Thistlecrack a fitting parting shot!!

Sir John Hurt
Passes away at the age of 77 but leaves us all behind some classic work to enjoy  An absolutely unbelievable actor Mucho appreciation  

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

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Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...