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"Please don't leave," pleads top Scot in EU
27 Oct 2015 at 8:24am
ONE of Germany?s leading politicians has made an impassioned plea to his fellow Scots not to leave the European Union in the forthcoming in-out referendum.

SNP welfare spokesman took £3000 donation from Tory millionaire
25 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
A MEMBER of the SNP?s welfare team at Westminster has been accused of hypocrisy after taking a £3000 donation from a Tory hedge fund boss.

Stuff convention, we'll block cruel Tory welfare cuts in the Lords, Farron te...
25 Oct 2015 at 12:13am
THE leader of the LibDems yesterday vowed to block Tory welfare cuts in the Lords this week, accusing David Cameron of lying on the issue in the general election.

PM is "destroying the Union" with Evel, says his former Scottish Secretary
25 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
DAVID Cameron is ?systematically undermining and destroying? the Union with English votes for English laws, former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael warned yesterday.

'Creative' domestic abusers may expose loophole in revenge porn law
24 Oct 2015 at 12:11am
ABUSIVE partners will be able to exploit loopholes in legislation designed to outlaw revenge porn by sharing intimate text messages, emails or audio recordings from former lovers instead of images, equality campaigners have warned.

Nicola Sturgeon: Tory advisers are doing a good job for the SNP
23 Oct 2015 at 5:03pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused David Cameron's government of doing a "good job" for the SNP.

Willie Rennie urges independence supports to back Scottish Lib Dems
23 Oct 2015 at 12:10pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will make a direct appeal to independence supporters to back his party at next year's Scottish Parliament election.

Fergus Ewing: 'full force' of Government's enterprise network will be used to...
21 Oct 2015 at 7:56pm
The "full force" of the Government's enterprise network will be used to find a new commercial operator for two Scottish steel plants set for closure, business minister Fergus Ewing has said.

Greens say public should decide on Indyref2 timing
11 Oct 2015 at 12:33am
GREEN MSPs would not automatically vote for a second referendum in a hung parliament, despite the party advocating independence, it emerged yesterday.

Edinburgh City Council wants 2,000 workers to take voluntary redundancy to me...
23 Oct 2015 at 10:20am
Edinburgh City Council wants 2,000 workers to take voluntary redundancy in a bid to address its £126m budget shortfall.

Labour: rise in agency nurse use is evidence of SNP's NHS failure
23 Oct 2015 at 6:36am
MINISTERS are facing calls to clamp down on the use of expensive agency nurses to plug staffing gaps in the NHS, after it emerged they were being relied on four times more often than when the SNP won its historic majority.

SNP vote against tougher fracking stance at party conference
16 Oct 2015 at 1:38pm
SNP members have narrowly rejected a bid to toughen up the party's stance on fracking amid calls for an outright ban.

Sheridan's Solidarity party registers name "Hope Over Fear" for 2016 election
11 Oct 2015 at 12:13am
TOMMY Sheridan is set to rebrand his political party Solidarity as 'Hope Over Fear' at the forthcoming Holyrood election as he attempts a political comeback.

Scottish heritage quiz: Nicola Sturgeon knows the Broons but can only name on...
16 Oct 2015 at 1:36pm
A surprise quiz on Scottish heritage left Nicola Sturgeon spluttering.

Sturgeon in the running for a fourth title as The Herald Scottish Politician ...
8 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon could win an unprecedented fourth award as The Herald's Scottish Politician of the Year after she was again nominated for the prestigious prize.



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Developers warned to scale back Royal High hotel bid
28 Oct 2015 at 12:41am
DEVELOPERS behind a hugely-controversial luxury hotel earmarked for one of Edinburgh’s most historic landmarks were warned their plans would cause “exceptional and significant” harm to the building months before going public with their plans, The Scotsman can reveal.

Poorer Scots face £24,000 student debt burden
28 Oct 2015 at 12:31am
Poorer Scotttish students are being forced to take on higher loan burdens to get through their studies as bursaries and grants are slashed, official figures have shown.

Tories move to limit Lords power after defeat
28 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
A review into how MPs can be given the “decisive role” over key financial decisions has been set up following the UK government’s Lords defeat over plans to cut tax credits.

China warns US after navy sails by artificial island
28 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
A US Navy warship has sailed past one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, in a challenge to Chinese sovereignty claims that drew an angry protest from Beijing, which said the move damaged US-China relations and regional peace.

Leaders: No credit to stubborn Osborne on tax cuts
28 Oct 2015 at 12:00am
CONSERVATIVE Chancellor would be well-advised to heed his critics if only to safeguard his long-term political ambitions

Transport Scotland drafted in to help save steel
27 Oct 2015 at 11:46pm
Transport Scotland is reviewing its projects to see if there are any that would benefit from a Scottish steel supplier as part of attempts to save the industry.

Chris Marshall: Police funding crisis was foreseen
27 Oct 2015 at 10:35pm
POLICE Scotland’s funding crisis was foreseeable, writes Chris Marshall

Martyn McLaughlin: Calls for Shetland devolution
27 Oct 2015 at 10:21pm
‘WIR Shetland’ movement opens a can of worms for Scottish constitutional settlement, finds Martyn McLaughlin

Andrew Whitaker: Davidson?s popularity not enough
27 Oct 2015 at 10:00pm
TAX CREDIT fiasco puts Scots Tory leader between a rock and a hard place, writes Andrew Whitaker

HMRC to target cross border Scots tax avoiders
27 Oct 2015 at 6:59pm
HM Revenue and Customs is planning to crack down on wealthy Scots who change their addresses to south of the Border in an attempt to avoid the new Scottish rate of income tax.

Police Scotland facing £25m budget shortfall
27 Oct 2015 at 6:42pm
SCOTLAND’S cash-strapped police force is set for a £25 million overspend after it said previously identified savings would “not deliver” this year.

Call for Scottish ministers to be represented at EU steel talks
27 Oct 2015 at 5:48pm
Scottish ministers are demanding to be represented at European Union talks on steel, as the industry faces the threat of “devastating” job losses north of the Border.

Scotland trending: Today?s most talked-about topics
27 Oct 2015 at 5:17pm
TODAY’S top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond. In today’s edition, Scotland’s islands are found the be the happiest place to live in the UK, and Andrew Lloyd Weber is criticised for flying across the Atlantic Ocean to vote for tax credit cuts

SNP ministers under fire over climate change
27 Oct 2015 at 3:46pm

MINISTERS were attacked for a “deeply disappointing” record on tackling climate change after figures showed the Scottish government had missed its target for reducing harmful emissions for the fourth year in a row.

Ruth Davidson ?raised tax credit cut concerns?
27 Oct 2015 at 2:05pm
GEORGE Osborne tried to drive through cuts to tax credits despite repeated advance warnings by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson that families north of the border faced a financial “cliff edge”, a Tory MSP has said.

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Did ye, aye?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2015 at 10:46pm

The sides line up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2015 at 11:55am
We’ve had no answer from the BBC’s Andrew Neil to the question we asked him at the weekend. There has, however, been an interesting development in the debate over whether there have been severe real-terms cuts to the Scottish Government’s budget since the Conservatives came to power in 2010. The extremely highly-respected economic analysts Jim …

Words without meanings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2015 at 8:55am
Labour put out a press release yesterday a few hours before the tax credits fiasco. It concerned the much-ballyhooed new arrangements for Scottish Labour “autonomy”, of exactly the sort that the branch office has been telling us it already had ever since the election of Johann Lamont as leader in 2011. We were excited to …

The Abstainers Ride Again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm
So tonight the Labour Party tweeted this: It’s a lie. There were three votes in the Lords tonight on the Tories’ planned cuts to tax credits. The first was a Liberal Democrat amendment, called a “fatal” motion, which as the name suggests would have completely killed the plans. So worried were the Tories about it …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, part 674
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Oct 2015 at 11:33am
From today’s Daily Record: “When the major new powers are transferred to Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament will be responsible for decisions about our schools, hospitals, transport, policing, justice and housing, as well as setting income tax rates and developing our own social security system.” This one is, in fairness, mostly true. Technically. Sort of. Well, …

A question for Andrew Neil
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2015 at 12:55pm
Alert readers who follow our Twitter account, like all sensible people do, may have noticed we’ve had a few exchanges with the BBC presenter Andrew Neil since we published a couple of articles about his interview with the SNP’s Angus Robertson on The Sunday Politics last week. The debate centred around a claim Neil put …

The Highlander Doctrine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2015 at 10:51am
Kezia Dugdale in yesterday’s Scotsman: “There?s three sort of tests being set for me, and that I?m setting myself. I have to prove the Scottish Labour Party is autonomous. I have to show we have a belief, a vision of what the future of ­Scotland might look like. And then there?s the question of whether …

The Illogical Song
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2015 at 10:19pm
Kezia Dugdale talking about her dad in today’s Scotsman: “We are not one nation now. As much as we are all trying to come back together, the referendum kind of burns on. I see it as emotional, not rational. My dad will see something on Wings Over Scotland and post it. For him, it is …

A poverty of imagination
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm
We don’t follow many Unionists on social media, because you end up wasting your day arguing pointlessly with a lot of people who are never going to change their minds and getting in a bad mood. But we’re told they were all very excited about an article in yesterday’s Daily Record. Penned by the paper’s …

The blunderbuss
by Chris Cairns
24 Oct 2015 at 6:55am

BBC Scotland

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Breastfeeding rate static over decade
28 Oct 2015 at 1:48am
The overall breastfeeding rate in Scotland has stayed relatively static over the last 10 years, despite efforts to highlight the benefits.

Ex-college staff face MSPs over payouts
28 Oct 2015 at 1:50am
The former principal and chairman of a college at the centre of a redundancy deals row are due to be questioned by MSPs later.

GP training posts in Scotland to rise
27 Oct 2015 at 2:22pm
The number of specialist GP training posts in Scotland is to increase from 300 to 400 next year, the first minister is due to announce.

MPs hear Dugdale's 'more control' plan
27 Oct 2015 at 9:02am
Scotland's Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tells MPs that a more autonomous party north of the border would improve its electoral chances.

Law society 'wrong' over ad ban claim
27 Oct 2015 at 3:08pm
The Law Society has said it was "wrong" over claims that parents picking children up from school wearing alcohol-branded sports tops could be criminalised by proposed new laws.

Plan for tax credit cuts 'is daft idea'
27 Oct 2015 at 1:28pm
SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie describes Chancellor George Osborne's plan for tax credit cuts as "a daft idea" and "simply wrong".

Kintyre ferry discussions 'positive'
27 Oct 2015 at 1:35pm
Campaigners who want a ferry link between Kintyre and Ayrshire to continue say a meeting with the transport secretary was "positive".

Midwife retirement 'time bomb' warning
27 Oct 2015 at 9:31am
The Royal College of Midwives warns that Scotland is facing a retirement time bomb.

NHS whistleblower cleared of bullying
27 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
An NHS whistleblower who was accused of bullying after he spoke out about patient safety is cleared of all allegations.

Traditional fishing fears aired
27 Oct 2015 at 10:20am
Fears for the future of traditional fishing methods which have been used on the Solway for centuries are to be aired at a special meeting.

Comprehensives 'better and fairer'
26 Oct 2015 at 12:04am
Comprehensive schooling has given more Scottish children equal opportunities to progress over the past 50 years, research suggests.

RET ferry fare scheme rolled out
26 Oct 2015 at 12:04am
A scheme offering lower cost ferry fares has been rolled out to all remaining ferry routes in the Clyde and Hebrides network.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.

Put your questions to Labour's Dugdale
26 Oct 2015 at 12:21pm
Put your questions to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

Tax credit changes: Winners and losers
20 Oct 2015 at 12:37am
Who are likely to be the winners and the losers?

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Redefining Supreme
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2015 at 3:02pm
Did you know that the UK Supreme Court's role in Scots Law was slightly trimmed back a few weeks ago?  I must admit it had escaped my notice, so when I caught up with the news today I couldn't resi...

The Tories only have two options for exacting revenge on the Lords, and neith...
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2015 at 12:25pm
I'll be genuinely fascinated to see what wheeze the Tory government are going to come up with to prevent any future defeats in the Lords of the sort they suffered last night.  Unless I'm missing so...

Gideon Through The Looking Glass
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2015 at 10:12pm
George Osborne tonight invoked the spirit of Lloyd George by expressing outrage that "unelected Labour and Lib Dem peers" had blocked his People's Budget, which received the backing of an overwhelm...

In praise of....David Halliday's Twitter account
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2015 at 6:49pm
Inexplicably, the brilliant David Halliday has only 1772 followers on Twitter, so if you're not one of them, I thought you might appreciate a chance to catch up with some of his gems from recent da...

A Very Portuguese Coup
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2015 at 4:12am
You may have seen the #PortugalCoup hashtag trending on Twitter.  It refers to the decision by the Portuguese President to block a coalition of three left-wing parties from taking power, even thoug...

Could the Lib Dems win even fewer seats next year?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2015 at 2:03am
I was asked by The National yesterday for an opinion on how many seats the Liberal Democrats are likely to win at the Holyrood election next year.  I don't think what I said has made it into the pa...

Unveiling the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the EU referendum
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2015 at 6:23pm
I know this falls into the category of "he would say that, wouldn't he", but I always felt that the Poll of Polls I ran on this blog during the independence referendum campaign gave a much more mea...

Canadian TV fails to learn the lesson of the 2008 debacle
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2015 at 1:15am
At this time last night I was watching a live-stream of the Canadian election results programme on CBC. It was mostly a pleasurable experience, with one of the nastiest right-wing governments in th...

If "SNP sources" are saying a second referendum cannot be held until Yes have...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2015 at 5:04pm
There. I've said it. As you know, I've had concerns recently that the SNP might be preparing to make itself the hostage of the polling industry. I've also been a tad worried that the party might...

SNP lead by 32% in the first Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the Holyrood ele...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2015 at 3:48pm
There wasn't much point in updating the independence Poll of Polls after last week's YouGov poll, because the numbers hadn't changed at all.  But with just over six months to go until the Holyrood ...

Sturgeon's road-map for the next referendum
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 5:22pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, which contains a bit more analysis of today's YouGov poll, and also discusses the increasing clarity...

Crucial YouGov poll suggests Corbyn and the Michelle Thomson affair have fail...
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2015 at 11:02am
The most recent YouGov poll of Scottish Parliament voting intentions was tantalisingly conducted between the 7th and 10th of September, just before the result of the Labour leadership election was ...

Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2015 at 1:09am
Scotland has jointly hosted the Rugby World Cup on no fewer than three occasions over the last quarter-of-a-century (1991, 1999 and 2007).  With my customary perversity, I didn't bother going to an...

Sturgeon mustn't become a prisoner of the pollsters
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2015 at 2:02pm
I didn't see Nicola Sturgeon on the Marr show this morning, because I've been recovering from a truly epic journey to Newcastle and back to see Scotland's decisive pool match at the Rugby World Cup...

SNP vote increases by 4.6% in Aird and Loch Ness by-election
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2015 at 1:46pm
Yesterday's by-election in Aird and Loch Ness saw the SNP and Lib Dems finish more or less level-pegging on first preferences (just 29 votes separated them).  But in contrast to the East Ayr by-ele...

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Constitutional necrosis
28 Oct 2015 at 5:42am
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People support the Tories tax credit reform
28 Oct 2015 at 3:33am
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Here's a video of an Adder we found near the Solway Firth
28 Oct 2015 at 3:16am
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How It's Made - OSB Wood Panels in Inverness, Scotland
27 Oct 2015 at 11:24pm
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John Belushi?s secret hideaway near Wick
27 Oct 2015 at 10:14pm
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Aerial video of the Renovation of Balintore Castle
27 Oct 2015 at 10:13pm
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Debt burden among Scotland's poorest students at record high - almost 20,000 ...
27 Oct 2015 at 9:51pm
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27 Oct 2015 at 9:04pm
So it's my girlfriend's birthday next weekend, and she wants to be whisked off to some romantic destination. After looking into flights to Vienna and Madrid, I've settled on Perth, mostly due to th...

Is anybody else going to carve a neep instead of a pumpkin?
27 Oct 2015 at 7:30pm
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Scottish Ski Bums
27 Oct 2015 at 6:51pm
Hello! I recently had an amazing time visiting your country on my honeymoon, and ran into a lot of very nice people. I felt very at home (maybe it because my ancestors are Scottish, who knows) and ...

Work visa/moving?
27 Oct 2015 at 6:31pm
I'm from the USA and have a UK employer who will hire and sponsor me for immigration into Scotland. My understanding is they will apply for the work visa for me. Once granted (here's the root quest...

Whats the current state of life like on the islands? What could be done to at...
27 Oct 2015 at 3:56pm
I was in Milport a few months back and noticed how many houses were up for sale, how many shops were no longer open and just how quiet the island was in general and the mornin I was thinking about ...

Touching base with Distant Relatives?
27 Oct 2015 at 3:12pm
I have an unusual question: Is it considered weird to try to find distant relatives when returning to the country of your families origin? My Grandmother moved to Australia from Scotland in the 30s...

A man drunkenly booked a holiday to Brazil and had a great time
27 Oct 2015 at 2:16pm
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Who was right in the Andrew Neil Scottish Budget Row?
27 Oct 2015 at 2:07pm
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Daily Record

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Joan McAlpine: Whisky tax trolls have a dram cheek
by dailyrecord
28 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
JOAN says she was surprised a line in last week's column mentioning Scots get none of the tax resulting from overseas sales of the spirit was misconstrued.

Record View: Let's truly extend the hand of friendship to those enduring lone...
by Record View
28 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
WE all have a responsibility to help combat the dangers of isolation highlighted in new Holyrood report.

11 millionaires who voted for Tory tax credit cuts in the House of Lords
by Dan Bloom
27 Oct 2015 at 2:46pm
A roll call of Britain's wealthiest people tried to save George Osborne's cuts - and could claim £300 each just for turning up

Michelle Mone slammed on Twitter after using her first vote in the House of L...
by Debbie Jackson
27 Oct 2015 at 12:41pm
BARONESS Mone told followers yesterday she was "excited" about taking part in her first vote in the second chamber.

MSPs told to loosen up proposed booze ad ban near schools to avoid criminalis...
by dailyrecord
27 Oct 2015 at 9:04am
LAW Society agrees with principle, but fears people in drinks-branded sports tops might be criminalised unnecessarily.

Record View: Osborne's brutal cuts are discredited by the Lords.. for once th...
by Record View
27 Oct 2015 at 8:05am
PEERS ganged up on the Chancellor's despicable plans and should be congratulated for stopping his attack on the working poor.

A Borne liar: George Osborne accused of deception over loss of 220 North Sea ...
by Gary Cruden
27 Oct 2015 at 7:18am
THE Chancellor announced '400 new jobs' at the Aberdeen base of Maersk Oil just eight weeks ago, now they're cutting hundreds.

David Cameron accused of LYING over tax credits in scathing speech as Lords h...
by Jason Beattie
26 Oct 2015 at 9:26pm
Watch Labour peer Lord Dale Campbell-Savours brand the Prime Minister's promise tax credits would not be cut 'a lie to win a General Election'

George Osborne and David Cameron suffer DEFEAT over plan to cut tax credits a...
by David Clegg
26 Oct 2015 at 8:09pm
PEERS ignored warnings from the Prime Minister and backed a motion delaying the cuts until the Government responds to analysis of their impact.

George Osborne's tax credit cuts halted in dramatic Lords' vote
by Jason Beattie
26 Oct 2015 at 5:51pm
Peers deal hammer blow to Osborne's tax credits by voting for punitive plans to be delayed

Derek Bateman

Smoke Signals
by derekbateman1
27 Oct 2015 at 12:19pm
It took long enough. The BBC indicated it wanted a quick move to replace disgraced John Boothman as head of news but the weeks have dragged on and on. The final interviews were held last Friday morning and yet it took until late morning on Tuesday for the email to go round staff that their …

Creaks and Groans
by derekbateman1
23 Oct 2015 at 12:20pm
SNP: They?ve stopped Scottish MPs voting in Westminster on issues that only affect England. Voter: Oh aye. SNP: They will get a final say before anything becomes law but nevertheless? Voter: So you say. SNP: And they didn?t legislate for it, they used a statutory instrument to introduce it. Voter: Is that the time? I?ve …

Her Majesty?s Press
by derekbateman1
21 Oct 2015 at 11:41am
In catching up with the intellectual zeitgeist that is Scottish politics, I see what used to be the usual suspects? parade of Nat-bashers has been swelled by more open-minded commentators. It?s as if a dam has burst and a torrent of salty material unleashed. Bobbing in the foaming rush are the icons of infamy ? …

by derekbateman1
18 Oct 2015 at 10:30am
Just back from France?did I miss anything? And please don?t say the SNP conference. These events are the dullest, most choreographed bit of media tap-dancing you?ll ever come across, no matter how many cheering delegates and how many tambourines. Something must have happened. Meanwhile I was literally in the geographic centre of the country in …

A Depressed Market
by derekbateman1
6 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm
It may be a legitimate business practice but, like  rate-fixing at the banks, back-to-back house selling looks pernicious. It may have been an owner?s only hope of selling in a depressed market, they may have been grateful for the money, but the act of offering low in the knowledge of a high sale later looks …

Bella Caledonia

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Gender and the Alternative Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Oct 2015 at 6:04pm
It?s one thing to sidestep the ?traditional? media when it failed to deliver. But it?s quite another to build something better in its place. Where are the women and minorities in Scotland?s ?new media? landscape? Scotland?s new media revolution You often noticed a tangible sense of pride when independence supporters spoke about the blogs, podcasts …

Storming the Barricades in Robes of Ermine
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Oct 2015 at 12:51pm
It’s a degenerate form of democracy we live in, stained by illegitimate unelected toffs and tossers. None worse than Andrew Lloyd Weber (who’s worth an estimated £650 million), who flew from New York to help bolster numbers in the House of Lords backing a totally discredited scheme which would affect one in five families next year. This …

Who was right in the Andrew Neil Scottish Budget Row?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Oct 2015 at 11:56pm
On the BBC1 Sunday Politics Show of 18th October, Andrew Neil asked Angus Robertson, SNP leader in the House of Commons, by how much had the Scottish Government budget been cut in the past five or six years. With Angus Robertson being unable to reply, Andrew Neil went on to say that in real terms, …

Climate change, politics and the Arctic
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Oct 2015 at 12:34pm
The third annual Arctic Circle Assembly was held in Iceland earlier this month. Representatives from 50 countries gathered to discuss the future of the region, with climate change and resource management high on the agenda. Few would doubt that the stakes are high, but as Dominic Hinde finds in this special report, the players and the cards they hold may …

The State We?re In
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Oct 2015 at 11:29am
Malcolm Tucker would call it a cluster****. You could call it an omnsishambles. The combination of EVEL and the Branch Office rebellion, the naked class war being waged through Tax Credits and QE, where a new report shows the £325billion QE programme gave £600billion boost to the rich and nothing for bottom 50%, all combine to make …

Republic of Stories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Oct 2015 at 11:46am
This week saw the launch of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2015, ‘Stories Without Borders.’ As well as bringing together world cultures – with a specific focus this year on Scottish, European, Middle Eastern and North African storytelling – the festival explores global issues through storytelling. This year there is a focus on the environment …

Tick Tock
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Oct 2015 at 4:01pm
As Scottish Politics settles into another dreary round of on-line name calling, the action has most definitely moved to Westminster where the real politicians in the real parliament hang out. Why, on a phone in this morning on Radio Scotland, John Redwood, the single Tory MP probably most responsible for the adoption of English Votes …

Renminbi Me
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2015 at 10:36pm
As China buys into ‘The Most Expensive White Elephant in British History’ we explore what it might mean for Scotland. This must be a poignant moment for the Chinese people. Just over 150 years after Britain humiliated China in the Second Opium War, forcing them to accept our narcotics imports, the British Government has been …

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Scottish foxhunting review prompts report showing animals' benefit to farms
by Libby Brooks
28 Oct 2015 at 12:01am
Study published to coincide with Holyrood review of ban calculates rabbit predation by foxes can be worth £500 to farmersFoxes can benefit farmers to an average of £500 a year, according to a new study published to coincide with the Scottish parliament?s review of hunting legislation. Campaigners...

Watchdog fines pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Oct 2015 at 2:06pm
Electoral Commission orders Scottish referendum yes campaigner Stuart Campbell to pay £750, saying he failed to file complete spending returnsThe Electoral Commission has fined influential but controversial pro-independence blogger, Wings Over Scotland £750 for failing to file complete spending r...

Scottish Labour leader to push for more autonomy from party
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Oct 2015 at 4:26pm
Kezia Dugdale to unveil plans, believed to be backed by Jeremy Corbyn, for control over policymaking, candidate selection and membershipKezia Dugdale has set out radical plans for securing the autonomy of Scottish Labour from the main party, specifying complete control over policymaking, candidat...

Faslane staff raise 'grave' concerns about budget cuts on nuclear sub safety
by Ewen MacAskill Defence correspondent
23 Oct 2015 at 1:04pm
SNP presses defence secretary Michael Fallon on whether allowing submarines to spend longer without power while docking could pose safety riskStaff at the Faslane nuclear submarine base on the Clyde have expressed ?grave and genuine? fears about the impact of proposed cuts on safety at the site.T...

English votes for English laws plan branded 'charter for end of the union'
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
22 Oct 2015 at 5:55pm
?Scotland is watching this, and the mood is darkening,? SNP says, before MPs vote through controversial measures after fractious debate The government has pushed through plans to give English MPs the right of veto over English laws ? a move that the shadow leader of the Commons described as ?a ch...

MPs pass English votes for English Laws plans ? politics live
by Frances Perraudin
22 Oct 2015 at 5:35pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political events, including the Commons debate on the government?s ?English votes for English laws? plans and an urgent question on China?s human rights record.Lunchtime summaryMPs vote for EVEL plansAfternoon summary 5.35pm BST 5.16pm BST Labour?s Chris Bryant asks...

English votes for English laws plan is ?incomprehensible mess?, Labour says
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
22 Oct 2015 at 12:51pm
Shadow Commons leader Chris Bryant says proposals will create ?confusion and division in parliament? as MPs prepare to debate issueLabour has warned that the government?s controversial plans to give English MPs the right of veto over English laws are an ?incomprehensible mess? that amount to a ch...

The Guardian view on English laws: a genuine issue but a partisan plan | Edit...
by Editorial
21 Oct 2015 at 11:12pm
A constitutionally constructive response to devolution?s effects on the UK parliament is overdue, but Chris Grayling?s plans do not measure upThe main item on the agenda for the House of Commons on Thursday may seem drily procedural, Westminster-bubble stuff. But the motion ?to approve standing o...

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Constitutional necrosis
by weegingerdug
27 Oct 2015 at 3:31pm
It’s been a strange week in the Ruritanian kingdom of Ukovia, where politics is a game played by rich people and Lords and Ladies dripping in ermine who debate austerity. The elected government, elected that is by 24% of those eligible to vote, decided in its wisdom that it’s unfair that the poorest paid workers …

Westminster?s nineteenth nose-job
by weegingerdug
26 Oct 2015 at 9:24pm
The cost of the Trident replacement have reportedly soared to an eye watering £167 billion, a figure wildly in excess of the excessive amount we were told it was going to cost in the first place. Britain needs Trident like Caligula needs a horse, like Norma Desmond needs a close up, or like the Scottish …

A fart in a hurricane
by weegingerdug
25 Oct 2015 at 6:46pm
It was the Scottish Lib Dem conference this weekend, held in the big cupboard off the upstairs back room of the Bus Driver’s Arms pub in Kelty. Once the buckets and spare mops had been moved out of the way, and the cleaner had found somewhere else to put the toilet paper that wasn’t being …

A rapidily disuniting kingdom
by weegingerdug
22 Oct 2015 at 11:00pm
Welcome to second class citizenship, Scottish people. You now live in a country whose elected representatives no longer have the same rights as representatives from other parts of the UK. You now live in a country which has no say over the determination of its overall budget. You now live in a country where representatives …

A rammy, a swerry word, and abuse
by weegingerdug
21 Oct 2015 at 1:18am
Sorry for the lack of updates to the blog for the past few days, but I’ve been unwell and lying languidly on the chaise longue familiarising myself with the finer points of the legal system. Some people would say that means I’ve really had my arse glued to the sofa, full of a cold and …

Ten other things I hate about Westminster
by weegingerdug
17 Oct 2015 at 2:52pm
1. Zombies Michael Forsyth has a seat in the House of Lords and influences Scots laws and policy despite the fact that he’s so much of a loser that the English rugby team look down on him. Forsyth lost his seat in the Commons in 1997 when he was the leader of the Scottish Tories. …

A dumb carpy spate of Unionists
by weegingerdug
14 Oct 2015 at 9:21pm
According to an assortment of Unionists who have been greeting their wee eyes out to anyone who will listen, which is pretty much most of the Scottish and UK media, Scotland is a one party state. Most recently the claim that Scotland is a one party SNP state has been made by Adam Tomkins, who’s …

The cat crap trap
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
The biggest problem with the Tories isn’t that they’re evil and selfish, although they are most certainly evil and selfish. You only have to look at George Osborne basking in the adulation of the Tory conference to see that. But that’s not the biggest problem with the Tories. The biggest problem with the Tories is …

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Potato price collapse brings fall in Scottish production
28 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
LAST year?s collapse in potato prices across Europe has been reflected in a new record low for the amount of Scottish agricultural land being used to grow the crop.

DNA advances re-open murder case linked to World?s End killer
28 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
DNA technology is being used to investigate the murder of a woman four decades ago that has been linked to World?s End killer Angus Sinclair, writes Janice Burns.

Neolithic cow and modern cattle related, study finds
28 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
SCOTLAND?S iconic Highland Cattle may be partly descended from wild oxen known as aurochs that roamed these islands thousands of years ago and have long been extinct. Scientists in Dublin have successfully extracted genetic material from an

We must challenge the media: Dugdale backs Write to End Violence Against Wome...
28 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
SCOTLAND?S Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is the latest big name to throw her weight behind the country?s prestigious Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

Dundee claims ugly record as worst city for domestic abuse
28 Oct 2015 at 12:30am
DUNDEE has the highest rate of domestic abuse of any city in Scotland.

Petition calls for probe into cervical cancer vaccine
28 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
CAMPAIGNERS have called for the vaccine which helps protect them from cervical cancer to be stopped until a ?proper investigation? is held into side effects.

?Legal highs? with value of £50,000 are seized
28 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
TRADING Standards officers from Edinburgh have raided 13 stores and seized £50,000 worth of so-called legal highs after becoming the first officers in Scotland to be granted new forfeiture orders.

Maggie Chapman: Greens could become main Holyrood opposition
28 Oct 2015 at 12:28am
THE co-convener of the Scottish Greens is forecasting her party could become the main opposition to the SNP at Holyrood over the next five years as she stakes her claim to continue in the top post.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

UK Public Brainwashed Into Accepting Austerity ? We?re All in It Together ? N...
by caltonjock
24 Oct 2015 at 12:04pm
          21 September 2015: Hedge Funds and power over people and governments. This is power. Hedge Fund manager increases drug cost from $13.50 to $750 per unit What would you do if the price of your everyday prescription rose 5,500%? It may seem far-fetched, but it’s exactly what happened to Daraprim …

Scotland ? The Only Country Ever to Vote Yes To Being Governed by Another Na...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 9:32pm
    Early moves setting up the UK Goverment of Scotland         Let me Set The Scene The UK Government of Scotland Many will not know this body of government over Scotland exists, but it was formed in secret only recently. Sir Andrew Dunlop and Mundell are the architects of the change …

The Irish Story ? Just Change the Name of the Country to Scotland ? Westminst...
by caltonjock
22 Oct 2015 at 8:48am
        Ireland under the Union 1800 – 1900 In 1800 Westminster announced Ireland had agreed to join the United Kindom, mirroring the 1707 decision of Scottish lords. But, as it was in the case of Scotland where Scots were not consulted, the Irish too were sold down the river. It would take …

Ian Murray ? The Lone Arranger ? An Avid Twitterer ? A Look at His Tweets Rev...
by caltonjock
21 Oct 2015 at 3:03pm
    Couldn’t resist it April 2010: Murray Campaign gets nasty early – Sign of things to come? Early warning for anyone intending to run for political office against Murray. He gets into the gutter very early on and will broadcast anything to gain advantage regardless of truth. Success in politics is...

Scotland ? Bristling With Nuclear Weapons and Submarines ? But There Is No S...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 10:39pm
Nimrod aircraft scrapped at Stockport BAE factory   £30bn to be spent purchasing aircraft from the USA         Negligence bordering on the criminal – Scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 planes Left a bloody great hole in the defences of Scotland In 1994 proposals were submitted to the Tory government, which if implemented would …

JK Rowling ? Staunch Labour Party and Better Together Champion ? A £1Millio...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
  JK and Alistair Darling         “Yes” Campaign supporters consider JK Rowling £1million donation to the Labour Party’s anti independence campaign offensive In her letter to the public, JK predicted that some pro-independence campaigners would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that approach to the …

The Dogs of War Are At It Again In Westminster ? If Only the Scottish Elector...
by caltonjock
17 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
    British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps. Almost all ex Eton students   Eton boys and them   Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath           The Armed Forces Day Con In 2006. British armed …

The Fear Not Fair Scottish Referendum ? The Contretemps Over Sterling ? A ...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 8:14pm
          The Greatest Red- Herring of the Referendum In the course of the referendum I wrote to my blog that my preference would be for Scotland to establish it’s own currency following a, “Yes” vote. I did so in support  of the Scottish government’s preferred option which was to remain tied …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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EVEL: A Postscript
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
Photo Credit: @JamesDolemanEVEL, thundered Iain MacWhirter in the Independent, isn't about Scotland: it's about locking Labour out of power in the UK. After an admirably precise and succinct run down of what the Commons standing order changes will and will not do, Iain argues that:"... the next Labour Prime Minister could find that he or she is ...

What does EVEL actually do?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Oct 2015 at 4:48pm
What does the UK government's "English votes for English laws" scheme actually do? It makes Scottish MPs second-class citizens in the UK parliament. You might well think so, but how precisely do the new rules achieve this? EVEL violates the Act of Union. I'm really not convinced that it does, but I'll ask you again - even in outline - what diffe...

You have the right to remain silent
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Oct 2015 at 5:11pm
How does a profoundly deaf man, with no speech and only basic sign language skills, give evidence in court? This was the difficult question undergirding the Court of Criminal Appeal's decision in McDougall v. HM Advocate, published today. Louise McDougall, 24, was indicted in the Sheriff Court, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour towards...

Our "One Party State"...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Oct 2015 at 3:51pm
"One party state" Definition: relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted."One party state" (Scot only) Definition: relating or denoting a system of government in which many different parties are permitted to stand and enjoy representation at every level of democratic government. Composition of the ...

Carmichael questions, Carmichael answers...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Oct 2015 at 10:53pm
In Parliament House in Edinburgh today, Lady Paton and Lord Matthews reconvened the election court, investigating the return of Alistair Morrison Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland. Earlier, the two Court of Session judges held that the case against Mr Carmichael under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 couldn't be kicked o...

Mortgage fraud
by Lallands Peat Worrier
6 Oct 2015 at 5:52pm
As readers may have noticed, there has been a deafening silence at the heart of this blog on the Michelle Thomson affair. There are several reasons for my reticence about breenging into the fray. The first is consciousness of my own limitations. There are a number of areas of law which I understand pretty well: conveyancing and property transact...

"Labour is coming home. Come home to Labour..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Oct 2015 at 8:55pm
Since the Labour conference in Brighton, I've been trying precisely to pin down why I found John McDonnell's "come home to Labour" riff so irritating. Alex Massie captures some of the reasons in his stinging Spectator blog. My article in the latest edition of the Drouth harps on a similar string. But the sense of Labour entitlement implicit in t...

The Little Engine That Couldn't
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Sep 2015 at 11:41am
Choo, choo. At the risk of repeating myself, we really have to nail this one down: the Scottish Government does not have the legal power to take railways into any kind of public ownership. There aren't shades of grey here. There aren't knotty legal complexities. It is clear as day. Clear, apparently, to everybody except the new leader of the Lab...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
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?English votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain
by Gerry
26 Oct 2015 at 11:26am
?English Votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 25th 2015 This week the United Kingdom profoundly changed in how it does politics, democracy and how Parliament operates. The House of Commons decided by 312 to 270 voters to alter the nature of its composition by differentiating the voting rights ...

The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal
by Gerry
5 Oct 2015 at 9:46am
?Nationalism alone is not enough? as the SNP finally shows it is mortal Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 4th 2015 After eight years of defying the laws of political gravity, the normal rules of politics are back. The SNP are, like everyone else, mortal. Michelle Thomson, newly elected SNP MP for Edinburgh West, has built ...

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Corbyn and Anger: Rage against the Machine is understandable but never ever e...
by Gerry
21 Sep 2015 at 4:20pm
Corbyn and Anger: Rage Against the Machine is understandable but never ever enough Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 20th 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has dominated the news headlines this week. Let?s start with the obvious – the failure of mainstream politics. Conventional British politics are bust. The Labour right, the Blairites and soft left have nothing ...

Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ?Big Bang? of the Indy Ref and After
by Gerry
14 Sep 2015 at 2:39pm
Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ‘Big Bang’ of the Indy Ref and After Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 13th 2015 One year ago Scotland went to the polls. An amazing 85% of us voted: 45% for independence and 55% against ? both expressions of Scottish self-government and a desire for a different Scotland. Scotland ...

A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen
by Gerry
8 Sep 2015 at 6:06pm
A Revolution is coming to BBC Scotland ? let?s seize it and make it happen Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, September 6th 2015 The BBC is one of the key institutions of Scotland and the UK. It arouses passion in many forms: identification, reverence for some of its past glories, fury at current and historic shortcomings. ...

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience - Busine...
22 Oct 2015 at 4:10pm

Business Insider
Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience
Business Insider
After all, during the Scottish independence campaign, the leader of the SNP at the time, Alex Salmond nearly went blue in the face promising Scots things that he couldn't 100% deliver on ? a thriving oil economy, keeping the pound, keeping European ...
Role of Scots MPs in English laws restrictedF...

BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm

The Independent
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...
The Independent
Journalists at the BBC ?let themselves down? during Scotland's independence referendum by skewing the corporation's coverage in favour of preserving the Union, one of the SNP's most senior figures has said. Angus Robertson, the party's leader at ...
Nicola Sturgeon warns second Scottish...

'Autonomy' plan for Scottish Labour - BBC News
25 Oct 2015 at 4:32pm

BBC News
'Autonomy' plan for Scottish Labour
BBC News
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has set out plans for "more autonomy" for the party in Scotland. The proposals would see control over policy, membership, constituency parties and candidate selection transferred to Scotland. Ms Dugdale said the ...
Party differences would be 'political suicide'Shetland Times Online
Kezia calls for more autono...

Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence - S...
22 Oct 2015 at 6:01am

Scottish Daily Record
Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
It has taken a year for senior SNP figures to publicly acknowledge the economics of independence let them down so badly in the referendum. Whatever the excuses, voters didn't accept the case. Internally the party has accepted the lesson, as the ...

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SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scottish independence vote is now ... - ...
11 Oct 2015 at 11:31am

Daily Mail
SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scottish independence vote is now ...
Daily Mail
A second referendum on Scotland leaving the UK is now 'inevitable', Nicola Sturgeon has warned. The Scottish First Minister said she believes independence would happen in her lifetime but will monitor public opinion before calling another vote.
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says...

JK Rowling Trolled After Showing Support for the Scottish Rugby Team - TIME
20 Oct 2015 at 12:01pm

JK Rowling Trolled After Showing Support for the Scottish Rugby Team
Rowling, who was born in England but has lived in Scotland most of her life, was targeted by Scottish nationalists because she was a vocal opponent of Scottish independence. Stuart Campbell, who tweets under the handle Wings Over Scotland, found it ...
SNP's pro-independence 'cybernats' told to curb online abuse by Nicol...

Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters - Reuters
28 Sep 2015 at 9:46pm

Catalan, Scots independence drives enter new chapters
"The fact that we are such a big economy in Spain will help us," said Erola Pairo, 33, president of the Catalan Center of Scotland in Edinburgh and a supporter of independence. Scotland, on the other hand, is already widely seen as a separate political ...
Quebec sovereigntists rejoice over Catalan pro-independence

Brexit and Scottish independence - Channel 4 News (blog)
5 Oct 2015 at 9:33am

Brexit and Scottish independence
Channel 4 News (blog)
But they are aware of another lurking issue which is made privately to them by traditional Tories, like Margaret Thatcher's biographer Charles Moore: isn't there a strong chance that Brexit leads to Scottish independence? How can a self-respecting ...


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Henry Hill: Crabb attacks 'messed up' Welsh politics - Conservative Home
28 Oct 2015 at 6:46am

Henry Hill: Crabb attacks 'messed up' Welsh politics
Conservative Home
He claimed that the hysterical response to ?fairly technical legal arrangements? ? which were covered here last week ? were reminiscent of the divisive tactics employed by the SNP. Singled out for criticism were the Welsh Government's cries of an ...

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Party conference season: what did we learn? - Director magazine
28 Oct 2015 at 5:53am

Director magazine
Party conference season: what did we learn?
Director magazine
Despite having unexpectedly won the first outright Tory majority for 23 years, the celebration was much more muted than either the Labour or SNP conferences. Senior figures conceded that the need for those attending to dodge eggs and weather ...

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Kezia calls for more autonomy for Scottish Labour - The Weather Space
28 Oct 2015 at 2:42am

The Weather Space
Kezia calls for more autonomy for Scottish Labour
The Weather Space
The new leader still faces an uphill struggle, with the latest polling showing the SNP 30 points ahead of Scottish Labour in Holyrood voting intention. Welfare and Trident, Britain's nuclear weapons programme, are said to be Scottish Labour's target ...

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Maggie Chapman: Greens could become main Holyrood opposition - The National
28 Oct 2015 at 12:33am

The National
Maggie Chapman: Greens could become main Holyrood opposition
The National
THE co-convener of the Scottish Greens is forecasting her party could become the main opposition to the SNP at Holyrood over the next five years as she stakes her claim to continue in the top post. Maggie Chapman made the intervention as a leadership ...

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Pressure on Labour to ensure there is a debate on Trident - The National
28 Oct 2015 at 12:33am

The National
Pressure on Labour to ensure there is a debate on Trident
The National
Cara Hilton, the MSP for Dunfermline, signed a Holyrood motion put down by the SNP MSP Kevin Stewart condemning plans by the Tory Government to renew the nuclear missile system as ?morally indefensible?. The motion was backed by 21 MSPs, ...

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Kezia Dugdale on autonomy for Scottish Labour - Junior College
28 Oct 2015 at 2:38am

Junior College
Kezia Dugdale on autonomy for Scottish Labour
Junior College
A Scottish Labour Party with more autonomy will make us fit for the future so we can do a better job of holding the SNP Government to account and, more importantly, to ask people to put their trust in us once again?. BBC Scotland's Westminster ...

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Kezia Dugdale Wants Scottish Labour To Be Autonomous From The Labour Party - ...
28 Oct 2015 at 2:27am

Kezia Dugdale Wants Scottish Labour To Be Autonomous From The Labour Party
A Scottish Labour Party with more autonomy will make us fit for the future so we can do a better job of holding the SNP Government to account and, more importantly, to ask people to put their trust in us once again". "Also I don't think UK Labour and ...

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5 reasons why #sgpconf changed my mind about the Greens - Bright Green
27 Oct 2015 at 11:38pm

Bright Green
5 reasons why #sgpconf changed my mind about the Greens
Bright Green
As a Glaswegian from a family of old Labour supporters who later turned to the SNP, I grew up without an obvious political home. Labour would never get my vote after their wee stramash in Iraq, and although the Lib Dems under Charles Kennedy had an ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Will EU referendum trigger indyref 2? New report says fewer than one in 10 .....
28 Oct 2015 at 6:47am

Daily Mail
Will EU referendum trigger indyref 2? New report says fewer than one in 10 ...
Herald Scotland
Ms Ormston, head of social attitudes at NatCen, wrote: "Much has been made in recent months of the possibility that a vote to leave the European Union could trigger a further referendum on Scottish independence, on the basis that Scotland is supposedly ...
Britain is least 'European' nation in ...

Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum - BBC News
24 Oct 2015 at 1:32pm

BBC News
Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has said the police, the NHS and schools have to take priority after the "damaging" independence referendum. He said that some of those who backed the SNP's cause of independence felt "let down" by its record in ...
Scottish nationalist leader wants new referendum only if enough suppor...

SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns - BBC News
18 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm

BBC News
SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns
BBC News
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over the period of a year has been identified as a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, senior SNP sources say. The figure is a "trigger point", but will not be publicly ...
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...The Independen...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:36am

The Independent
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?I guess I do believe that another referendum is inevitable. But it's not inevitable just because I say it should happen. It will only prove to be inevitable if that's what a majority of people in Scotland want,? she told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on ...
No one should stand in Scotland's way...

Yes campaigner Wings Over Scotland fined by referendum watchdog - Herald Scot...
27 Oct 2015 at 2:32pm

Herald Scotland
Yes campaigner Wings Over Scotland fined by referendum watchdog
Herald Scotland
WINGS Over Scotland, one of the most high-profile pro-independence campaigners in last year's referendum, has been fined by the Electoral Commission. The website, run by Stuart Campbell, was given a £750 financial penalty for failing to provide ...

Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parti...
29 Sep 2015 at 5:31pm

Scotland Offers to Share Referendum Experience With Spanish and Catalan Parties
On Sunday, less than a fortnight after the anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum which saw voters choose to stay in the union, Catalans cast their ballots in a regional election that pro-independence parties hailed as a stepping stone ...
Scottish Government offers to mediate between Catalo...

One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union .....
1 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm

Democratic Audit UK
One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union ...
Democratic Audit UK
Scotland's referendum on independence took place just over a year ago, with a narrow majority endorsing the proposition that the UK should remain in the United Kingdom. Another referendum may be on the horizon, however, with a referendum on Britain's ...

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Sketch: No opinions to offer on independence, Scottish Labour, a new ... - Th...
2 Oct 2015 at 12:07am

The National
Sketch: No opinions to offer on independence, Scottish Labour, a new ...
The National
IT started with a heckler jeering the new Labour boss about Trident, and just got worse. Jeremy Corbyn's first visit to Scotland since becoming party leader was a much anticipated media event. Would he hold a press conference? Would he give a speech?
Corbyn: Labour's alliance with Tories in the refere...

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Scottish Independence Debate
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Wings fined by electoral commission
27 Oct 2015 at 3:52pm
Fined £750 according to the Guardian. Failure to comply complete spending returns apparently.

house of Lords Tax
26 Oct 2015 at 5:00pm
Could be Historic overturn from the cradle of democracys scond house which has more religious representation than Irans.

25 Oct 2015 at 2:17pm
The f**k is going on there then?

From my sketchy knowledge it appears the president is refusing to allow the general election winners to form a government as he bel...

Scottish Lib Dem Conference
23 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will make a direct appeal to independence supporters to back his party at next year's Scottish Parliament election.     lol.

Well Playmates...
23 Oct 2015 at 3:01pm
Home at last after working away for the past week, no more boring nights stuck in hotels etc. This politics forum has been a blast. At one point I thought I was going to have to get a much bigger boat ya over sensitive wallipurrs


Things that are eroding British Nationalism
22 Oct 2015 at 6:30pm
It seems to me that a number of events are contributing to the slow, drip-drip erosion of unionism in Scotland. These are ongoing, and were evidently not in place for the Yes side to win the referendum. Amongst them, I recognise:

The decline of Religion: religion all over Scotland is mercifully d...

North Lanarkshire Council
22 Oct 2015 at 6:11pm
How much longer can the Scottish Govt ban council tax increases in light of the proposed job losses at NLC?

Better Together - Guaranteed Pensions
22 Oct 2015 at 4:07pm
Unless you are one of the near 600,000 public sector workers in Scotland who pay into a public service pension.

You now face a real terms 1.4% pay cut due to the end of state second pension and the loss of NI rebate.

If you are coming up for retirement you are likely to get less than you antici...

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Britain Needs Wholesale Federalisation
28 Oct 2015 at 7:35am  

Empty I-Fing
28 Oct 2015 at 1:24am
New memory on the Mac - everything on the memory of the i-pod is got tae - how can I fill the i-pod wi' music?   All help welcomed.    

Dotcom Norrie
28 Oct 2015 at 12:59am
LAT YEAR I LEARNED AT THIS TIME THE PATRIOT, DOTCOM - AND WE HAD SOME FUN - WENT 'NO' WELL' - He's away now, of course, but he really left a legacy.   Even folk that couldnae vote in Scotland, were educated in the back of his taxi how their support mattered.   I miss the mid-night - errrrr, 3.00a...

People V Carmichael 9 Nov 2015
27 Oct 2015 at 3:32pm   The Kirkwall team are needing some cash support to see them through against the liar Carmichael.   Please help them by contributing what you can. Thanks. 

Wanky Phrases
27 Oct 2015 at 11:33am
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you.

Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting.

Just fck off.

University Of Glasgow Health, Lifestyle & Wellbeing Study. Participate Online...
27 Oct 2015 at 9:12am
Hi All   We are a group of researchers based at the University of Glasgow seeking adults (18+ years, living in Scotland) to participate in a confidential survey. The study aims to understand the thoughts, feelings and lifestyles related to health and wellbeing.   Participation involves completing...

26 Oct 2015 at 12:41pm
Anyone watching the new series on channel 4? Quite exciting I think, not sure what Quinn's plan is for Carrie? Anyone with a theory? Hard to look online without getting spoilers as I believe its already been aired in states.

Poor Show 👎
26 Oct 2015 at 8:21am
All the Threads in the World Cup 2018 section enquiring to sluts/whores and getting a Davor have been removed.

I'd expect this oppression in Syria or Zimbabwe, but not Scotland.

Doon the Slope is in bits.

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