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Theresa May lets slip Easter Holiday plans
28 Mar 2018 at 5:25pm
PRIME Minister Theresa May is to take a short walking break in Wales over the Easter weekend, Downing Street has confirmed.

Unionist campaign cleared after probe into donations
28 Mar 2018 at 5:52pm
THE country?s leading anti-independence campaign has been cleared of allegedly failing to declare more than £150,000 of large donations exposed in a data leak.

Bid to ban maps of Scotland which put Shetland in a box takes step forward
28 Mar 2018 at 1:22pm
AN MSP?s bid to ban public authorities from using maps of Scotland where Shetland appears in a small box has taken a step forward.

May warns Putin: UK will use "every capability" to defend itself
28 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
THERESA May has threatened to use any means necessary - including "cutting-edge military resources" - to warn off Russia from further aggression as international diplomatic tensions continue to escalate.

Corbyn under pressure over Labour?s ?backlog of cases of anti-Semitisim?
28 Mar 2018 at 2:27am
Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh criticism over his failure to tackle anti-Semitism in Labour following a report that the party has a backlog of 74 cases that are still to be dealt with.

May says London and Edinburgh "edging closer" to deal on Brexit Bill
27 Mar 2018 at 9:12pm
LONDON and Edinburgh are ?edging closer and closer? to securing a deal that avoids a constitutional crisis over the UK Government?s flagship Brexit Bill, Theresa May has told MPs.

Scotland and Wales call for clarity on post-Brexit rural funding
28 Mar 2018 at 1:05pm
The Scottish and Welsh Governments have united to call for clarity on rural funding after Brexit.

Thinktank: muddled SNP economic strategies hindering growth
28 Mar 2018 at 5:06am
THE SNP?s economic strategy risks becoming hopelessly confused as a myriad of plans and talking shops gets in the way of improvement, according to a leading thinktank.

Police patrols increased because of anti-Muslim hate campaign
28 Mar 2018 at 4:00am
POLICE Scotland are to step up patrols around mosques and other religious buildings to reassure communities amidst an anti-Muslim hate campaign.

PM warns of social media bullying amid calls to protect NHS mental health budget
28 Mar 2018 at 1:30pm
Mental health dominated the exchanges between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at Prime Minister?s Questions.

Northern Ireland same-sex marriage bill passes first stage
28 Mar 2018 at 3:27am
A Westminster bill calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland has passed its first parliamentary stage.

Britons may lose rights to urgent treatment in EU after Brexit, peers warn
28 Mar 2018 at 2:30am
Millions of Britons might lose their rights to urgent medical treatment while travelling in the EU after Brexit, a parliamentary committee has warned.

Labour MEP: EU bosses should intervene in Spanish extradition row
28 Mar 2018 at 5:00am
By Catherine Stihler, Labour MEP for Scotland and former rector of St Andrews University

Scottish ministers to 'raise concerns' over arrest warrants in wake of extrad...
28 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
SCOTTISH ministers are to raise concerns over the use of European arrest warrants in the wake of the attempted extradition of an ex-Catalan politician.

Academic at centre of extradition battle to hand herself in to police
28 Mar 2018 at 4:00am
AN ACADEMIC at the centre of an extradition battle will hand herself over to police today as she prepares to fight her case ? insisting her human rights cannot be guaranteed in Spain.



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Ex-Catalan minister Clara Ponsati: Spanish extradition ?grotesque?
28 Mar 2018 at 7:00pm
A former Catalan minister facing extradition from the UK to Spain on charges of fomenting rebellion has described the claims as a “grotesque distortion of the truth”.

SNP and Tories team up to defeat Green call to scrap council tax
28 Mar 2018 at 6:03pm
The Scottish Government, backed by the Conservatives, has defeated a Green motion to scrap the council tax system.

Why have experts criticised the SNP?s approach to the economy?
28 Mar 2018 at 5:13pm
The SNP, as a party of Government that still has an anti-establishment tinge, aren’t strangers to criticism from outside bodies.

Ex-Catalan minster Clara Ponsati released on bail by Edinburgh court
28 Mar 2018 at 3:23pm
A former Catalan minister facing extradition to Spain has been released on bail after handing herself in to police in Edinburgh.

SNP calls for investigation into "shady business" of Vote Leave funding
28 Mar 2018 at 2:26pm
The SNP has called for an investigation into the "shady business" behind claims of illegal co-ordination between different groups involved in campaigning for Brexit.

Will Scotland?s population shrink without its own migration system?
28 Mar 2018 at 2:14pm
The summer of 2016 is likely to be remembered for the Brexit referendum and subsequent rise to power of Theresa May. But another major event passed by unnoticed in June that year until official records were released 12 months later – Scotland’s population had reached a record high.

Shetland MSP bids to outlaw isles being put in box on maps
28 Mar 2018 at 1:29pm
A Liberal Democrat MSP has attempted to legally bar maps from putting Shetland in a box rather than “accurately and proportionately” representing their location.

11 independence movements around the world that could redraw the map
28 Mar 2018 at 1:18pm
A former Catalan minister facing extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion has turned herself in to police in Scotland.

Clara Ponsati defence fundraiser pulls in £100,000 in three hours
28 Mar 2018 at 11:58am
An online fundraiser set up to fight the extradition of a former Catalan minister from Scotland to Spain has pulled in more than £100,000 in just three hours.

Police alerted to ?vile? sectarian ?Smash a Fenian Day? flier
28 Mar 2018 at 9:31am
An MSP has reported plans for a violent ‘Smash a Fenian Day’ circular branded as “shocking” and “vile” to the police.

?Illegal? co-ordination won Brexit vote, claims whistleblower
28 Mar 2018 at 8:48am
The whistleblower behind claims about the misuse of Facebook users’ data has told MPs he is “absolutely convinced” that “totally illegal” co-ordination took place between pro-Brexit group and helped win the 2016 referendum.

SNP?s economic policy under fire as growth flatlines
28 Mar 2018 at 6:01am

New Scottish social security system facing cash and staff challenges
28 Mar 2018 at 6:01am
The cost of implementing new Holyrood powers – including a new benefits system – has not been properly estimated by the Scottish Government, Scotland’s public spending watchdog has warned.

Ayesha Hazarika: How rising anti-semitism could bring Corbyn down
28 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
This week I tweeted what was a throwaway comment typed in a moment of genuine frustration and it got a huge response rate. It’s never the ones you agonise over is it?

Leader comment: We?re losing one of the world?s best health services
28 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Yet another symptom of the NHS’s possibly terminal sickness showed itself yesterday with a leading neurologist warning of unfilled vacancies, locums making the situation worse and junior doctors giving up to pursue different careers instead.

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Break out the whitewash
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2018 at 12:17pm
Last week we dropped the Electoral Commission a short line to see if there’d been any progress in their investigation into our revelations of last December about the extremist loongroup Scotland In Union’s funding. Today we got a reply: So just to clarify: an organisation whose specific stated purpose is to fight elections, and which has been a registered …

If the Scots had won
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2018 at 11:46am
There was (unintentionally, we presume) a very revealing turn of phrase used by Tory MEP Jacqueline Foster on today’s edition of Good Morning Scotland: (Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 March 2018) . “Scotland held a referendum on independence a couple of years earlier, and if the Scots had won that referendum to leave the United …

With a weary sigh
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Mar 2018 at 11:11am
This is a grim and dispiriting time to be monitoring the Scottish political media, even by its normal low standards. So little is happening that Unionist newspapers desperate for any kind of SNP BAD story are scraping the residue from the scrapings from the barrel that they scraped away to splinters months ago. A case …

The winds of change
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2018 at 10:36am
Remember that time, barely over a decade ago, when the readers of the Scottish Daily Express came out for independence despite national polls only showing support in the 20s, the paper sold over 80,000 copies a day (now just 38,000) and Severin Carrell of the Guardian reported that it was about to adopt independence as …

The dragon fighters
by Chris Cairns
24 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

Pie in your face
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
With regard to this, some important commentary: (And some more.)

Nazi pugs? Fuck off!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2018 at 5:22pm
The text in the image below might be the scariest words we’ve ever read. If you’re not sure why, read a little closer. Do you remember that law being passed, readers? Do you remember the huge public debate about whether it should be possible for the police to arrest, charge and convict people who even …

The right thing to do
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2018 at 12:32pm
One perspective: Another perspective:

The asymmetric war
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Mar 2018 at 10:52am
We’re at the halfway point of our 2018 fundraiser, and the all-sources total so far is a thumpingly impressive £103,266 in just two weeks. But while that’s a tremendous sum, it’s sobering too. Firstly because with an average monthly readership of  nearly 304,000 people it comes to an average contribution of slightly under 30p per reader. As with most crowdfunded ventures, fewer than 1% of …

Plenty more fish in the sea
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Mar 2018 at 4:59pm
We’ve been scouring our picture archives all afternoon for something more surprising than the fact that the UK government has screwed over the Scottish fishing industry again after it voted Brexit and Tory in 2016 and 2017, and we found this one. See also: literally anything else that has ever happened on Earth.

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Clara Ponsati: Arrested Catalan politician released on bail
28 Mar 2018 at 4:19pm
Clara Ponsati is being sought by Spanish authorities over her role in the Catalan independence referendum.

Scottish social security system plans at 'critical point'
28 Mar 2018 at 12:08am
Audit Scotland calls for greater transparency over costs and plans for Scotland's new social security system.

'Clutter' of strategies stifling Scotland's growth, say economists
28 Mar 2018 at 12:06am
A leading think tank criticises the number of initiatives and advisory groups looking at Scotland's economy.

East Dunbartonshire strike action by teachers to begin
27 Mar 2018 at 12:25am
The strike is going ahead despite a legal challenge by East Dunbartonshire Council to prevent the action.

Ex-Catalan minister to hand herself in to police on Wednesday
27 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Clara Ponsati's lawyer says she will hand herself into police in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning.

MSPs to discuss concerns over 'vile' Islamophobic letters
27 Mar 2018 at 8:53am
MSPs tasked with tackling Islamophobia will meet police about the "Punish a Muslim" letters.

Pollution experts quit clean air group
25 Mar 2018 at 2:06pm
The advisers said they were frustrated by a lack of ambition and urgency from the government strategy team.

One in three children living in poverty by 2031, says new analysis
26 Mar 2018 at 7:52am
The Scottish government commissioned projections as part of work to draw up a poverty action plan.

Scottish officials sought seal shooting ban exemption
25 Mar 2018 at 3:17pm
Scottish officials tried to secure an exemption from a US ban on salmon from fish farms that kill marine mammals.

Migrant staff shortfall blamed on Brexit worries
25 Mar 2018 at 12:30am
Scotland's farming industry suffered a shortfall last year amid concern over Brexit.

'Power grab' protest held at Scottish Parliament
23 Mar 2018 at 3:55pm
The Hands Off Our Parliament group says it wants to defy Westminster attempts to "undermine devolution".

Status update
26 Mar 2018 at 12:45pm
BBC Scotland's Fiona Stalker speaks to EU nationals in Scotland on their thoughts ahead of Brexit.

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It's fine, don't worry about it, just go back to sleep
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2018 at 6:56pm
I stand corrected.  I had formed the firm impression on Friday that the only TV camera crew in attendance at the Hands Off Our Parliament rally was from a Chinese channel, but as you can see from a...

Hands Off Our Parliament
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2018 at 3:02am
So as I mentioned in the previous post, I spent a few hours at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event at Holyrood yesterday.  I was even invited to make a short speech - as you can see for yourself, ...

SNP p-p-p-pick up a Penicuik in crucial by-election GAIN
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2018 at 12:46pm
I'm not sure if I've been the only person at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event today who spent half the time frantically searching his phone for the word 'Penicuik', but the news was good in the...

If you want to get a Section 30 order, you first have to be serious about hol...
by James Kelly
22 Mar 2018 at 11:10am
My interest was caught by Peter A Bell's blogpost the other day about Green MSP Ross Greer's comments on Indyref 2, and not for the first time I find myself half-agreeing with Peter and half-disagr...

Senior BBC journalists are completely losing the plot in their posture toward...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2018 at 8:11am
If you haven't seen/heard Alex Salmond's exchange with the BBC's John Sweeney yesterday, it's worth following this link and having a listen, because it's one of the most extraordinary things I've e...

No, the OBFA repeal was not a surprise, and nor was it a victory for the litt...
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2018 at 7:07am
For some reason Angela Haggerty seemed to be going out of her way to wind up supporters of the SNP yesterday with a number of goading tweets.  Most obviously, there was her jubilation at the repeal...

More on that 48% Yes vote...
by James Kelly
15 Mar 2018 at 7:42am
Just a quick note to let you know I have a new article in The National, with more analysis of yesterday's sensational Ipsos-Mori poll that put support for independence at 48%.  You can read the art...

Dramatic poll boost for independence campaign as SNP open up comfortable lead...
by James Kelly
14 Mar 2018 at 11:51am
Do you remember, around a year ago, before anyone even suspected that Theresa May was going to call a snap election, there was an Ipsos-Mori telephone poll that showed a 50/50 split on the independ...

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Liam McLaughlan on Twitter: SNP promised to #ScrapTheCouncilTax when elected ...
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28 Mar 2018 at 6:20pm
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Court backs removal of horse from house
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28 Mar 2018 at 5:34pm
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Loch Lomond Aurora
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28 Mar 2018 at 4:49pm
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Painting gifted to Scots university found to be worth £2m
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28 Mar 2018 at 4:41pm
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Disabled woman's 'voice' is stolen
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28 Mar 2018 at 3:54pm
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Photos from Islay and Edinburgh - what a beautiful country!
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28 Mar 2018 at 3:49pm
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"Speaking to @PeteWishart the Minister of State for Immigration "I wouldn't g...
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28 Mar 2018 at 3:36pm
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Digital terrain models for Scotland?
by /u/unix_nerd
28 Mar 2018 at 2:51pm
I've been using the Ordnance survey LIDAR data to generate DTMs from this site: It's superb but mainly o...

Can anyone identify where this old photo was taken?
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28 Mar 2018 at 2:32pm
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Derilict buildings around Aberdeenshire/Dundee?
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28 Mar 2018 at 2:01pm
wondering if anyone has any suggestions! i have been to a few back in the day but seems most of them are burnt down now! also does anyone know if you can get into the fenced area in Edzell, i mean ...

Shetland MSP bids to outlaw isles being put in box on maps
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28 Mar 2018 at 1:52pm
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Inflatable jacuzzi thief in hot water
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28 Mar 2018 at 1:09pm
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Record | Sheriff who convicted Coatbridge man for posting video of dog giving...
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28 Mar 2018 at 12:56pm
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Scottish TV comedy suggestions
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28 Mar 2018 at 12:52pm
I?m English (I come in peace) and I discovered Still Game a few years ago, watched them all (and the latest series), best thing I?ve ever seen. Then I watched Chewing the Fat after learning that?s ...

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Cops must prove invisible spray plan actually deters anti-social yobs
by Record Reporter
28 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Marker spray plans spark concern over where this kind of policing method is heading.

Exiled former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati to hand herself in to police in ...
by Andy Philip
27 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Her lawyer Aamer Anwar will fight extradition and claims the independence supporter's right to a fair trial cannot be guaranteed in the Spanish courts.

Brexit will cause a political and economic crisis when we leave a year from now
by Kezia Dugdale
27 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
On Thursday it will be one year till the United Kingdom quits the European Union.

Time to hit Vladimir Putin where it hurts - the pocket
by Record Reporter
27 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Targeting the corrupt elites and their dirty money in the UK is the shortcut to really hitting back at Putin.

Jewish community blast Jeremy Corbyn for siding with anti-Semites in Labour P...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Hundreds of people took to Parliament Square yesterday evening to protest against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

More than 100 Russian spies to be expelled from Western capitals in wake of S...
by Gavin Cordon
26 Mar 2018 at 7:42pm
The United States are to force out 60 Russian agents while 14 European Union member states have also rallied round to support the UK's position.

Nicola Sturgeon 'powerless' to stop extradition of Catalan minister Ponsati
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Mar 2018 at 9:21am
A ­European arrest warrant was issued for Clara Ponsati on Friday, she is currently working at St Andrew's University.

Scottish Labour's 'diversity training' not enough to combat racial hatred
by dailyrecord
26 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says more must be done to combat racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny.

Porn star Stormy Daniels could bring down Donald Trump over sex scandal and '...
by Andrew Gregory
26 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Stormy has lifted the lid on her 'affair' with the tycoon on TV and claims a threat was made against her daughter in bid to silence her.

Blundering Boris Johnson blasts claims leave campaign broke spending rules
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
The Foreign Secretary took to social media to voice his frustration at the aklegations.

Michael Greenwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Bella Caledonia

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The Time for Action is Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Mar 2018 at 11:41am
As former Catalan Education Minister, Clara Ponsati, hands herself in to Scottish police after Spain reissued an extradition warrant for her arrest, the truncheons of Spanish police still reign down on the innocent civilians in Catalonia who dare to stand up for their rights. Despite violent oppression taking place since the independence referendum in October, …

Shadow Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2018 at 11:49pm
Liam O’Hare delves into how the Strategic Communication Labs/Cambridge Analytica scandal which leads to the heart of the British establishment …

What?s British Democracy Worth? About £20k
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2018 at 6:26pm
So it turns out Brexit Means Doping and what we are seeing is the secret state in operation argues Mike Small. As the DUP march against racism – and the Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll is issued, the world is crazier than ever. British politics is broken from top to bottom from East to West from …

Indy Pledge
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2018 at 9:14am
A new grassroots initiative just launched aims to “reflect the Scotland we want to be” and sets out simple positive principles with “the intention to encourage people to be mindful of how our actions, in person or online, can impact positively or negatively on the independence movement.” This is a really great and overdue move which …

Lèirmheas na Ràithe: Turas a? Bhradain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Mar 2018 at 2:04pm
Nam biodh co-dhiù aon cheudamh de phrògraman iasgach math air an teilidh na th? ann de dh?iasgairean gearanach air bruaichean aibhne na h-Alba, ?s mathaid gun tig gàire air an aodann gruamach o àm gu àm. ?S e an fhìrinn ge-tà gu bheil a? mhòr-chuid dhiubh uabhasach, air am milleadh le amaideas phreasantair leithid Robson …

North by Northeast
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Mar 2018 at 1:34pm
A significant new initiative is launched this week to support and develop the Scots language. On the 28th of March a new body will be launched to improve the attitude to, visibility and promotion of the Scots leid. The North-East Scots Language Board will have its official launch at the University of Aberdeen, the spiritual …

St Andrews University must defend Clara Ponsati
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Mar 2018 at 7:03pm
Practical solidarity now: St Andrews University must defend Catalan Professor Clara Ponsati argues Michael Gray. The arrest of a politician for carrying out her democratic mandate is a serious attack on democratic and human rights. The arrest of an academic – someone whose freedom is vital to think, research, and publish – for politically activity …

In Defence of Social Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
Somehow we need to reclaim the tools of social media that have been captured by corporate interest and the political elite and used as a means of spreading fear and hatred. Abandoning Facebook feels like abandoning public broadcasting because the BBC is shit. It feels like another aspect of resignation that technology and media inevitably acts against us as if this a natural state of being. It's not.

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The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Mark McDonald to resign as MSP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Mar 2018 at 6:05pm
Ex-minister quits SNP after inquiry substantiated claims of inappropriate behaviourNicola Sturgeon has urged her former childcare minister Mark McDonald to stand down as an MSP after he resigned from her party over inappropriate behaviour but refused to quit Holyrood.McDonald announced on Tuesday...

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As others see us ? com les altres ens veuen
A Scottish court has had the good sense and common decency to free Clara Ponsatí on bail while she fights the extradition order brought against her by the Spanish government seeking to prosecute her on politically motivated charges which could potentially result in the former Catalan education minister facing up to 30 years in a …

Getting pecked to death by a chlorinated chicken
There’s a lot of very serious stuff going on. It’s being alleged that Cambridge Analytica and the Vote Leave campaign stole the EU referendum and it’s entirely possible that the UK is being dragged out of the EU on the basis of a fraud. It’s bad enough that the Conservatives have decided after the event …

Defending democracy
Today, Sunday, came the news that the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has been arrested by German police acting on a European warrant issued by the Spanish authorities. Puigdemont had fled to Belgium after Spain announced that it was seeking to arrest him and members of his pro-independence government. Spain filed an international arrest warrant …

Nae fish and yer passport is French
For the rest of the UK, and particularly for those people in England who voted to leave because they really believed in the myths of British exceptionalism, the entire Brexit process must be very like discovering what it feels like to be the Scottish fitba team. There they were, chanting Eng-er-land Eng-er-land and looking forward …

HOOP: Hands Off Our Parliament
There’s an important event taking place in Edinburgh tomorrow. HOOP, Hands Off Our Parliament is a demonstration outside Holyrood to show the Conservative government that we the people of Scotland value the devolved parliament which we voted for, and that we will not sit back quietly while Theresa May and her minions use Brexit, something …

The Great British Boak Off
You might be forgiven for thinking, given that the promise to stand up for the interests of the Scottish fishing industry was the only commitment made by Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives? during last year’s General Election that consisted of saying more than “We don’t want another referendum”, that the Scottish media would now be hounding …

Gutted like a fish
“Well that was totally unexpected and absolutely no one could have predicted that it would happen. I never saw it coming,” said the guy who walked out into the middle of the M8 during rush hour and was run over by a fish lorry. That’s pretty much the response of Scottish Conservative supporters to the …

Happy 1000th to The National
They said it wouldn’t last, that it would disappear just as soon as the Yes movement evaporated away after the No vote in the 2014 referendum, but 1000 issues later and The National is still going strong. Congratulations to Callum Baird and all the team for working their wee socks off to produce the only …

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David Mundell argues against Scotland having a say in immigration
TORY Scottish Secretary David Mundell was yesterday accused of making ?bizarre and unhelpful? comments as he argued against Scotland having a say in UK immigration policy.

Millionaire Tory MSP asks taxpayers to pay for tourist signs
SCOTLAND?S richest MSP had come under fire for asking taxpayers to stump up for road signs highlighting tourist attractions near his estate.

Boris Johnson pulled up for ?frankly sexist? comment
BORIS Johnson has been rapped for making ?inappropriate and frankly sexist? comments in the House of Commons.

Scottish Government needs to do 'significant' work on welfare
ONE year before Holyrood takes responsibility for the first wave of devolved benefits, auditors say the Scottish Government has made ?good early progress? but now stands at a ?critical point? with a ?significant amount of work? still required.

Red Clydeside II: John Maclean forged the Scots link in socialism
THE period of Red Clydeside thrust greatness on ordinary people who rose to become leaders of the working classes at the time of their mightiest struggles in 20th-century Scotland.

Court refuses Puigdemont bail
EXILED Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was sent back to his German jail cell yesterday, refused bail by a court in the northern town of Neumunster.

Scottish Tories have had very little contact with Brexit department
SCOTLAND?S Tory MPs have had next to no contact with the government?s Brexit department.

Green MSPs to hold vote on scrapping 'outdated' council tax
GREEN MSPs are to hold a vote in Holyrood in a bid to get the Scottish Government to scrap the ?outdated unfair? council tax system.

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

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

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

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

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

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

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

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

Scotland and Independence

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Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence
Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence  The ScotsmanScotland Office used tax-payer funded Facebook ads to 'manipulate voters'  The FerretSign the Indy Pledge ? and help improve our movement  The NationalFull coverage

Clara Ponsati: Catalan politician hands herself in to Scottish police
Clara Ponsati: Catalan politician hands herself in to Scottish police  BBC NewsCatalan fighting extradition from Scotland poses nationalist dilemma  ReutersCatalan independence: Wanted ex-minister Clara Ponsati posts bail in Scotland  Deutsche WelleCatalan fugitive politician to fight extradition after handing herself in to police in Scotland  The IndependentFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon ROASTED for setting up NEW website to 'mobilise SECOND refere...
Nicola Sturgeon ROASTED for setting up NEW website to 'mobilise SECOND referendum' support coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link
Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link  The NationalFull coverage

Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?
Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent
Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The Scotsman22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Alex Neil: EU reply to Scotland on European Arrest Warrants crucial
Alex Neil: EU reply to Scotland on European Arrest Warrants crucial  The NationalFull coverage


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SNP ministers yet to work out cost of new Scottish social security system
SNP ministers yet to work out cost of new Scottish social security system accused of registering website for Indyref2 campaign  The ScotsmanSNP makes abolition of blasphemy law party policy  Scottish Legal NewsFull coverage

SNP calls for investigation into "shady business" of Vote Leave funding
SNP calls for investigation into "shady business" of Vote Leave funding  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP warned it will struggle to pass Budget without council tax reform
SNP warned it will struggle to pass Budget without council tax reform  iNewsSNP and Tories team up to defeat Green call to scrap council tax  Peeblesshire NewsFull coverage

Thinktank: muddled SNP economic strategies hindering growth
Thinktank: muddled SNP economic strategies hindering growth  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Elaine Smith: The SNP has failed to tackle child poverty for a decade
Elaine Smith: The SNP has failed to tackle child poverty for a decade  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP 'open to council tax reform'
SNP 'open to council tax reform'  The TimesFull coverage

Economic growth 'held back by SNP confusion'
Economic growth 'held back by SNP confusion'  The TimesWhy the SNP had to be brilliant at social media  The NationalFull coverage

SNP defends voter database
SNP defends voter database  The Times'Utterly hypocritical' SNP have been harvesting voters social media data for SEVEN years Sturgeon's SNP makes a stand for what's right, and sticks two fingers up at the Tories  The CanaryFull coverage

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Ex-Catalan minister surrenders to authorities in Scotland
Ex-Catalan minister surrenders to authorities in Scotland  Aljazeera.comDefiant Catalan academic Ponsati turns herself in to fight Spanish charges in Scotland  Channel NewsAsiaCatalan ex-minister Clara Ponsati surrenders to police in Scotland  The Straits TimesCatalan fugitive politician to fight extradition after handing herself in to police in Scotland  The IndependentEx-Catalan minister to h...

Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link
Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link  The NationalFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence
Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence  The ScotsmanLabour MEP: EU bosses should intervene in Spanish extradition row  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon: Scotland needs independence to realise full potential  Jersey Evening PostFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon ROASTED for setting up NEW website to 'mobilise SECOND refere...
Nicola Sturgeon ROASTED for setting up NEW website to 'mobilise SECOND referendum' support coverage

Alex Neil: EU reply to Scotland on European Arrest Warrants crucial
Alex Neil: EU reply to Scotland on European Arrest Warrants crucial  The NationalFull coverage

Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?
Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'
Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'  The ScotsmanThe original remainers: how 1975 produced a successful pro-Europe referendum campaign  New StatesmanLabour MEP says second EU referendum 'only fair course of action'  BT.comLetters: Why we need a second and more representative EU referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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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 ...

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

The Official President Trump thread

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

Richard Leonard
I think Dick Leonard now deserves a thread of his own. Managed to catch up with yesterday's FMQ's  and Leonards'  performance was as bad as I've ever seen.  I'm going to state he is the worst leader of Labour in Scotland since the parliament was set up. That's quite some achievement given...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Cambridge Analytic
No one been following the cambridge Analytica. How it was meant to be the Russians influencing the elections but it was actually an English company the Tories had used twice?  

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

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

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...

Still Game
Still Game carried on from where it left off and lived up to its expected disappointment. It only slightly picked up with about 5 minutes to go. Again they shoehorned Methadone Prick into it It reached its peak around series 3/series 4. Shouldn't have been brought back Itll go down ...

You know you're getting old when...
...Your barber asks if you want your eyebrows trimming 

My mum is in hospital and when she eventually gets out she has promised to give up smoking.  In recent times her years of smoking has had a terrible affect on her health and this time she says she is giving up for good. She has tried in the past, though I am not convinced she has really wante...

Holyrood Magazine


Derogatory remarks do not enjoy enhanced rights of expression simply because ...

Holyrood's MSP editorial panel on the 'what ifs...'

Three-quarters of Scottish council areas expected to see population growth ov...

UK Government to consult on a deposit return scheme

Scottish teachers reject 3% pay offer

Lib Dems call for legalisation of cannabis

Scottish women and girls to give their experiences of gender-based bullying a...

Tony Blair: Corbyn does not understand the seriousness of anti-Semitism problem

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

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

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

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

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

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…