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Scottish Tories set for biggest Holyrood campaign warchest thanks to oil trad...
26 Aug 2015 at 6:06pm
THE Scottish Conservatives are set to have their biggest war-chest for any Holyrood election, estimated to top more than £1 million, thanks to the continuing largesse of Ian Taylor, the controversial oil trader and philanthropist.

Sturgeon will tell BBC her government can be an ally - but only with reforms
26 Aug 2015 at 6:10pm
NICOLA Sturgeon will today warn her government can be an ally to the BBC in the upcoming review of its governing charter - but only if the broadcaster proposes radical reform to how it operates in Scotland.

Leading left-wing think tank appoints first Scottish director
26 Aug 2015 at 6:11pm
One of the UK?s leading centre-left think tanks has appointed its first director in Scotland.

New study into controversial coal gas process not required, firm tells MSPs
26 Aug 2015 at 1:58pm
THE company behind plans to extract gas by burning coal under the Firth of Forth has said it is not in the public interest to conduct an inquiry into the process in Scotland.

Labour: SNP & Tories trying to ?bully? BBC in run up to review
25 Aug 2015 at 6:06pm
Labour has accused the SNP and Conservative governments of trying to ?bully? the BBC ahead of a review of the broadcaster's governing charter.

Convener defends Holyrood petitions committee against claims it short changes...
25 Aug 2015 at 6:09pm
THE convener of Holyrood's petitions committee has defended its record following claims it has been short-changing the public.

Revealed: How our democratic doorway to the Scottish Parliament has been slam...
24 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
MEMBERS of the public are being short-changed by the Scottish Parliament because civil servants are systematically blocking hundreds of requests for action.

Ruth Davidson calls for Scottish tax rates to be kept low
25 Aug 2015 at 8:57am
Scotland should roll out the red carpet to rich people, scientists and engineers by keeping taxes low and lifting the ban on GM crops and fracking, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said.

SNP fear Labour split could see it lose perks of third party status at Westmi...
24 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
The SNP fears losing the benefits that come with being the third party at Westminster if a Jeremy Corbyn victory prompts Labour to split.

SNP sources warn over rush to second independence poll
23 Aug 2015 at 6:06pm
A second independence referendum should not be held before 2020, warn senior SNP sources, because there is still too much uncertainty that the public would support Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.

Major Tory donor latest to question Mone's government appointment
22 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
ONE of Scotland?s biggest Conservative donors and most successful entrepreneurs has cast fresh doubt on Michelle Mone?s suitability as a Westminster business czar.

Revealed: new Scottish left party named as RISE
22 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Liz Kendall: Labour in Scotland lost touch with people and took voters for gr...
22 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
IT?S not easy being Liz Kendall. Eons ago, at the start of the UK Labour leadership contest, the smart money was tipping the Leicester West MP as the candidate to watch, the dark horse who could pull off a surprise win against Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper. Back then, Jeremy Corbyn barely rated a mention - a curious footnote to the serious action.

Dugdale: let Corbynistas stand for Holyrood
22 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
SUPPORTERS of Jeremy Corbyn who have only just joined Labour should get a chance to become MSPs next May, the party?s new Scottish leader has said.

Labour leadership contest "a shambles", says McConnell
22 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
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Call for Sinn Fein to be stripped over ?IRA murder?
27 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

EVIDENCE of Provisional IRA activity is strong enough to force the exclusion of Sinn Fein from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has claimed.



Joyce McMillan: Break the mind forged manacles
27 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

The women-only carriage row is a distraction from the fight for real freedoms, writes Joyce McMillan



Lori Anderson: Libraries are sanctuary of the mind
27 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

We must use them or we will lose them, warns Lori Anderson, with numbers already beginning to fall every year



Leaders: Credit where it is due to Stephen House
27 Aug 2015 at 4:00pm

The announcement that Scotland’s beleaguered police chief is to hand over control of the country’s new superforce almost a year early will come as little surprise to most.



SNP to blame for Tory win? Bollocks, says Nicola Sturgeon
27 Aug 2015 at 11:59am

Nicola Sturgeon has described claims that the rise of the SNP contributed to David Cameron winning a general election majority as “bollocks”.



Nicola Sturgeon criticises BBC indyref coverage
27 Aug 2015 at 11:18am

NICOLA Sturgeon has accused the BBC of letting down viewers with some of its coverage on the independence referendum, saying it had failed to create a level playing field and ensure its journalists were properly up to speed on the debate.



Come clean over T in the Park cash, SNP told
27 Aug 2015 at 9:21am

LABOUR has called for a full disclosure of the facts surrounding the Scottish Government’s £150,000 donation to T in the Park after it emerged that the ­organisers met John Swinney.



Michelle Mone among new faces in House of Lords
27 Aug 2015 at 7:18am

ENTREPRENEUR Michelle Mone is one of 45 new peers to be announced by Downing Street.



Sir Stephen House to quit Police Scotland early
27 Aug 2015 at 5:08am

SCOTLAND’s most senior police officer, Sir Stephen House, has brought forward his decision to step down amid mounting criticism of his force over a number of high-profile controversies.



SPA to discuss challenges after ?difficult summer?
27 Aug 2015 at 2:47am

THE Scottish Police Authority is to meet to discuss challenges facing officers after what it admits has been a “difficult summer”.



Environmental groups eye solar panel rule change
27 Aug 2015 at 2:31am

THE planning rules on the installation of some renewable technology should be changed to make it easier for households and businesses to reduce their carbon emissions, environmental groups have said.



Relatives denounce Chilcot statement delay
26 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

THE mother of a 19-year-old Scottish soldier killed in the Iraq War has rejected a statement by Sir John Chilcot explaining the reasons for the delay of his report into the conflict – and warned that relatives of the dead will go to the courts to force its publication.



?Arson attacks? warning over Kids Company closure
26 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

THE charity, Kids Company, warned ministers prior to its collapse that there was a “high risk of arson attacks on government buildings” should it close suddenly, according to reports.



Confidence in Scots schools falling among parents
26 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

SATISFACTION levels with local schools among Scottish parents has been falling steadily in recent years, it has emerged.



Nicola Sturgeon calls for radical reform of BBC
26 Aug 2015 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon is to call for radical reform of the BBC including the creation of a new distinctly Scottish television channel and a second Scottish radio station.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
kicking the media until it bleeds truth

The journey
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2015 at 8:02am
Then: And now: Keir Hardie would, we’re sure, have glowed with pride.

War is declared, and battle come down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2015 at 6:22am
Yesterday we noted an interesting apparent shift in the BBC’s political stance with regard to Scotland. Two serving senior political reporters have made open attacks on the SNP, backed up by other media and politicians, seemingly abandoning all notions of the impartiality to which the BBC is bound by charter. (The Guardian’s hostile editorial was particularly […]

The end of pretence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2015 at 1:18pm
This is quite an extraordinary thing to have happened. But it’s not the only one. It seems a curious way to dispel SNP supporters’ belief that the BBC is biased against their party to have two of its most senior political journalists, Scottish Labour and the Guardian all openly ganging up to attack it in the […]

Many a true word
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2015 at 3:59pm
You’d put this down as a slip of the tongue, but when it came in the middle of an extended bout of bodyswerving John Mackay’s straightforward question about a referendum on Trident, maybe Kezia Dugdale really was just saying what she meant.

The sweet spot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2015 at 7:44am
Stat-pummelled readers will be glad to know that this is the last article we plan to write about the vagaries of the AMS electoral system, and how it might apply to next year’s Scottish Parliament election, for some time. This one also shouldn’t be full of tables and figures, so strap yourself in and let’s […]

The narcissism of small differences
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2015 at 7:34am
We’ve only ourselves to blame, we’d be the first to admit. When we titled yesterday’s piece “AMS for lazy people” it was pretty much an invitation for people to get us to do their research for them, and so it proved. Even as we slumped exhausted over a red-hot calculator, several readers wasted no time […]

AMS for lazy people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2015 at 12:09pm
The email we’ve had more than any other since the 8th of May is this one: “Please can you explain how the Scottish election system works, and whether it’s a good idea for me as an SNP voter to give my list vote to someone else so as to ensure the maximum number of pro-Yes MSPs […]

None of your damn business
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Aug 2015 at 2:01am
Particularly alert readers may recall that we recently made a simple and seemingly innocuous Freedom Of Information request for the latest viewing/listening figures of two BBC Scotland politics programmes (Scotland 2015 and Good Morning Scotland), which was met with the standard BBC “get lost” response to any uppity licence-fee payer with the temerity to ask […]

The Top 10
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Aug 2015 at 10:13am
For reasons best known to himself, and almost certainly NOT related to the recent publication of his new book, the BBC’s Nick Robinson has today chosen to reignite the issues surrounding his infamous questioning of Alex Salmond a week before last year’s independence referendum, claiming that the reaction to his presentation of the incident was reminiscent […]

A thing that might happen next month
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2015 at 10:24am
Social media is alive today with tales of people being refused a vote in the Labour leadership election on the grounds that they don’t support Labour values (if anyone even knows what those are any more). We suspect you’ll be hearing quite a bit about it in the press over the coming days. The prevailing reaction […]


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BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


Former Scottish MPs to be made peers
27 Aug 2015 at 9:53am
Three former Scottish MPs, Menzies Campbell, Malcolm Bruce and Alistair Darling, will join businesswoman Michelle Mone as new life peers.


Scotland's top police officer to quit
27 Aug 2015 at 3:28pm
The under-fire chief constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, confirms he is to stand down from his post at the start of December.


Sturgeon sets out 'bold' BBC vision
27 Aug 2015 at 12:00pm
Nicola Sturgeon calls for the BBC to greatly enhance its presence in Scotland, with a new Scottish TV station and a second English-language radio station.


Police calls staffing 'not sufficient'
27 Aug 2015 at 8:11am
A senior officer tells a Scottish police watchdog that staffing levels at one of the force's main call centres "were not sufficient".


Firth of Forth gas plan put on hold
27 Aug 2015 at 1:18pm
Plans to extract gas by unconventional methods from under the Firth of Forth are put on hold until the political debate is resolved.


NHS Grampian to invest £150m
27 Aug 2015 at 10:50am
NHS Grampian is to invest more than £150m at its Foresterhill campus in Aberdeen over the next five years.


Call for rabbit rights to be heard
26 Aug 2015 at 6:46pm
Campaigners hope a petition calling for greater legal protection for pet rabbits will get a second hearing in Holyrood next month.


Council urged to achieve £46m cuts
26 Aug 2015 at 6:52pm
Accounts Commission report into financial running of Falkirk Council says more must be done to achieve £46m of cuts over next three years.


Benefit sanctions 'postcode lottery'
26 Aug 2015 at 11:48am
Evidence of a postcode lottery in benefit sanctions is uncovered by a new analysis of the latest figures.


Councils unite on teacher shortages
26 Aug 2015 at 11:06am
Six councils in the north east and north of Scotland unite in a bid to tackle teacher shortages in schools.


'GPS tagging' of offenders examined
26 Aug 2015 at 3:01am
The Scottish government is examining whether new GPS technology could be used to help monitor sex offenders and domestic abusers.


Davidson: 'Keep Scottish taxes low'
26 Aug 2015 at 8:41am
Scotland should keep taxes low and lift the ban on GM crops and fracking, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives says.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.


Who is in Scottish Labour's frontbench team?
20 Aug 2015 at 4:38am
Find out more about Scottish Labour's frontbench team at Holyrood


Should we worry about headteacher vacancies in Scotland?
13 Aug 2015 at 7:48am
BBC data journalist Marc Ellison looks at statistics highlighting headteacher vacancies


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Scot Goes pop

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

A few Edinburgh Fringe mini-reviews
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 9:44pm
I'm a bit late with these, but the Fringe still has a few days to run, so maybe they'll be of som...

No, I don't think the Greens are "evil", or that they shouldn't exist
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 4:08pm

Thanks to Morag (Rolfe) for pointing me in the direction of a fan letter from someone calling the...



This is your conductor speaking
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 7:55am

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard the 2130 ScotRail shuttle service from Glasgo...



Daisley, the neocon link list, and the 1967 "liberation" of East Jerusalem
by James Kelly
24 Aug 2015 at 8:05pm
As a small addendum to the previous post, I've just noticed somebody on Twitter pointing out that...

Stephen Daisley and Israel
by James Kelly
24 Aug 2015 at 11:37am
It's hard to miss the fact that Israel is something of a preoccupation for STV's online columnist...

Military to Corbyn : Don't apologise, it'll mean we did something wrong
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2015 at 7:39am

Colonel Richard Kemp is turning purple at the thought of the next Labour leader issuing a formal ...



Why Labour will probably split unless Corbyn is deposed
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2015 at 12:06pm

There's an article at Open Democracy from the Scottish Green activist Gabriel Neil, outlining his...



The average British voter is older than you might think
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2015 at 5:39pm
This is a true pedant's post, but I think it's an interesting point all the same.  In an article ...

Being seen to rig the election against Corbyn is as bad as being seen to depo...
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2015 at 8:34am
I said the other night that the Daily Record's declaration for Jeremy Corbyn would only cause a h...

As one door opens for the Daily Record, another door slams shut
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2015 at 7:47pm
You can see why the Daily Record editorial team probably reckon their unexpected declaration of s...

Which "non-mad" electoral system would actually be sure of stopping Jeremy Co...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2015 at 12:18pm
If you think some of the coverage of the Corbyn surge in the UK press has been a tad hysterical, ...

More myth-busting on independence polling
by James Kelly
17 Aug 2015 at 4:42pm

Antifrank, in an article at Political Betting -

"No retains a small but consistent lead in nearly ...



Kezia's fairy-tale on nuclear disarmament
by James Kelly
17 Aug 2015 at 6:30am
Can anyone help me out here?  STV are quoting the new Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale as hav...

Sturgeon should not worry without porpoise
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2015 at 4:45pm

The Spectator Coffee House blog very rarely features posts from a pro-Labour perspective.  If it ...



For the first time, it's now possible to say it would have been better for La...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2015 at 8:41am
RevStu has highlighted a quote from Tom "Bomber Admin" Harris, in which the ex-MP basically says ...


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newest submissions : Scotland
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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.


Very Hot Hot Sauce From Glasgow, Scotland
27 Aug 2015 at 5:31pm
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Would you rather be a doctor in Scotland or the US?
27 Aug 2015 at 4:14pm

American here! I'm going to be a doctor, and I have the idea in the back of my mind to leave the ...




Citizen Space - Making Things Last: Consultation on creating a more circular ...
27 Aug 2015 at 3:41pm
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Sunday Herald's sales rise 15%, powered by support for SNP at general election
27 Aug 2015 at 1:26pm
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Christian Allard MSP on Twitter
27 Aug 2015 at 1:23pm
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Lee Nelson Gets A Taste Of His Own Medicine From Edinburgh Festival Stage Inv...
27 Aug 2015 at 1:22pm
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Sturgeon's plan for Scottish BBC based on official blueprint proposals scrapp...
27 Aug 2015 at 12:25pm
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Wee Ginger Dug: Tonight at Six ... The news the UK gives us | Comment | The N...
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Ross Dunn jailed for Edinburgh baby murder bid
27 Aug 2015 at 11:24am
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Possible links between Edinburgh sex attacks
27 Aug 2015 at 11:24am
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West Highland Way - only hiking a few days - how to get back?
27 Aug 2015 at 10:49am

I'm meeting up with some family members to hike a few days of the WHW (they are doing the entire ...



What is with Craigslist's part time section in Scotland?
27 Aug 2015 at 10:24am

Ive recently started to go on the job hunt again, and want to branch out a bit more than just the...



Planning a Trip to Scotland
27 Aug 2015 at 10:04am

Hi,

Firstly, I apologise if this comes off as a boring post, I am aware that there are quite a nu...




Nicola Sturgeon says claim SNP cost Labour the election is "bollocks"
27 Aug 2015 at 9:29am
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Row as David Cameron hands peerages to Tory cronies William Hague, Douglas Ho...
by David Clegg
27 Aug 2015 at 4:58pm

 THERE were fresh demands for a democratically elected upper house as the Prime Minister rew...


David Clegg: No chance of a second independence referendum before 2021.. beca...
by David Clegg
27 Aug 2015 at 12:38pm

 DAVID is convinced the SNP would not dare to call another independence referendum because t...


John Swinney drawn into row over T in the Park being allocated £150,000 publi...
by Craig Robertson
27 Aug 2015 at 8:59am

 THE Deputy First Minister met festival boss Geoff Ellis at his constituency office in Blair...


Nicola Sturgeon to call for radical change of the BBC and how it broadcasts i...
by Lucy Christie
27 Aug 2015 at 2:40am

 MS Sturgeon will recommend the BBC have separate governance boards for each home nation and...


Record View: Scandalous policies must be put into reverse
by Record View
26 Aug 2015 at 3:49am

 AFTER a whistleblower spoke out against vulnerable job seekers being targetted by benefit s...


Ruth Davidson's charm offensive: Cheery smile masks same cold Tory heart with...
by David Clegg
26 Aug 2015 at 3:21am

 THE leader of the Scottish Tories made a speech in London yesterday, less than a day after ...


Jeremy Corbyn could introduce women-only train carriages if he's made Labour ...
by Dan Bloom
26 Aug 2015 at 1:48am
His idea has been slammed by critics, who compared it to the Taliban and mockingly said there sho...


Vulnerable are easy targets as a Job Centre Plus whistleblower reveals the sc...
by Keith McLeod
26 Aug 2015 at 12:00am

 THOSE who are 'under-educated' or mentally ill are the easy victims of Iain Duncan Smith's ...


Joan McAlpine: Iain Duncan Smith is hurting the sick and disabled with his we...
by Joan McAlpine
25 Aug 2015 at 3:00pm
JOAN says Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith is the pantomime villain of politics, and ...


Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor denies being part of a VIP paedophile ring alle...
by Record Reporter
25 Aug 2015 at 11:05am
THE MP has been interviewed under caution, and says he is "completely innocent" of the allegation...


Alex Salmond?s attacks on BBC political editor Nick Robinson branded 'bizarre'
by dailyrecord
25 Aug 2015 at 2:42am

 TODAY programme presenter Jim Naughtie says he is baffled by the outbursts by the former Fi...


Record View: Iain Duncan Smith's plans to force sick and disabled to work are...
by Record View
25 Aug 2015 at 12:00am

 THE Tories used to pretend they had some compassion but they no longer even try to conceal ...


Callous Tory Iain Duncan Smith plans to force ill and disabled to take jobs a...
by David Clegg
25 Aug 2015 at 12:00am
HEARTLESS Work and Pensions Secretary wants to hound the sick and infirm to seek out part-time em...


Gordon Matheson: I'm standing down so let's go out on a high
by Gordon Matheson
24 Aug 2015 at 7:50am

 CLLR MATHESON announced he was stepping down last week so takes time in this week's column ...


Jeremy Corbyn insists Labour won't split under his rule as he blasts Nato, me...
by Dan Bloom
24 Aug 2015 at 5:16am
In a major interview, the leadership hopeful says MPs will back him despite there only being a ha...


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EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party,...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party, a number of courage...

BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jun 2015 at 2:12pm
BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ranks, claiming thei...

EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2015 at 11:09am
EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to provide support to vi...

Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we had to comment.

Do t...

These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire webs...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jun 2015 at 10:11am
These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire website for us. And now ...

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmic...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2015 at 11:21am
BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmichael has claimed to ...

Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jun 2015 at 3:03pm
Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.




BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands. The Na...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2015 at 7:41am
BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands.

The Natz have obviously fu...

EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so) The UK media are in uproar as an SNP...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 10:26am
EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so)
The UK media are in uproar as an SNP MP had to apologise...

A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to cha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 7:34am
A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to challenge the Imperial Maste...

BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jun 2015 at 6:18am
BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has claimed that Orangemen...

Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...


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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - autonomy - self-determination

Ultimo Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Aug 2015 at 6:46pm
‘Our’ democratic institutions are now stuffed with Moat-cleaners, lackeys, toadies and lickspittl...

The Sociology of the National Cringe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Aug 2015 at 3:57am
The Personal and the Social: the debate on Scots in leadership positions needs a sociological per...

The McColm Principle
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2015 at 2:24pm
The Scottish media are struggling. The Scotsman illustrated their article about RISE with a photo...

MoodieVision: For Illustrative Purposes Only
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2015 at 5:55am
Series 2 Episode 6 of MoodieVision animation: For Illustrative Purposes Only The follow-up to ‘Gr...

The Case for Nationalising Oil
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2015 at 3:23am
For the Holyrood elections the left should focus on what is achievable within the confines of dev...

Yes Meet Jez
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Aug 2015 at 3:49am
Much space in the newspaper comment pages has been given over to speculation about what a Jeremy ...

Mike Vass ? in the Wake of Neil Gunn ? Heave and Roll
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Aug 2015 at 7:31am

RISE Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Aug 2015 at 6:55am
The phenomenon of people arguing that voting SNP is the answer to all and every problem in the un...

Exit Stage Left: the future for socialists in the SNP
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Aug 2015 at 11:33am
Forgive me if what has seemed little to you, to me is all ? Jose Saramago You don?t know me. I ha...

The Anti-Austerity Case for a Second Referendum
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Aug 2015 at 5:25am
Cat Boyd’s weekly vlog …


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Scotland and Independence

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Crime writer Val McDermid says it is 'a matter of time' until Scottish ... - ...
27 Aug 2015 at 2:19am

Financial Times

Crime writer Val McDermid says it is 'a matter of time' until Scottish ...
The Cour...


Alex Salmond pardon call for independence pioneer - Scotsman
24 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Alex Salmond pardon call for independence pioneer
Scotsman
?The exploits of Muir, a pioneer...


Brexit may lead to Scottish independence: Sturgeon - CNBC
30 Jul 2015 at 9:43pm

CNBC

Brexit may lead to Scottish independence: Sturgeon
CNBC
A withdrawal from the European Union (E...


Alex Salmond compares BBC's Scottish independence coverage to propaganda in ....
24 Aug 2015 at 5:47am

Mirror.co.uk

Alex Salmond compares BBC's Scottish independence coverage to propaganda in ...
Mirror...


New Scottish independence party to field Holyrood candidates - Scotsman
10 Aug 2015 at 12:50pm

Scotsman

New Scottish independence party to field Holyrood candidates
Scotsman
While the SNP continu...


Scottish independence-backers stage Glasgow march - Scotsman
1 Aug 2015 at 8:15am

Scotsman

Scottish independence-backers stage Glasgow march
Scotsman
Organiser Neil Mackay told the N...


BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum - RT
21 Aug 2015 at 11:05am

RT

BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum
RT
Thousands of pro-in...


Is the SNP about to split as a new Scottish Independence Party is formed? - T...
11 Aug 2015 at 7:07am

Telegraph.co.uk

Is the SNP about to split as a new Scottish Independence Party is formed?
Telegraph...


Gerry Hassan: A second independence referendum is not on the cards unless it ...
8 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scottish Daily Record

Gerry Hassan: A second independence referendum is not on the cards unless it...


New 'scriever' to push Scots 'amang folk an toons athort Scotlan' - Financial...
26 Aug 2015 at 6:51am

Financial Times

New 'scriever' to push Scots 'amang folk an toons athort Scotlan'
Financial Times
Wh...



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3400 new members sign up to boost Scottish Labour - Glasgow South and Eastwoo...
27 Aug 2015 at 6:29pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

3400 new members sign up to boost Scottish Labour
Glasgow South an...


Corporation hits back saying Scottish audiences get 'great value' from their ...
27 Aug 2015 at 6:27pm

The National

Corporation hits back saying Scottish audiences get 'great value' from their ...
The N...


SNP needs to explain what it means - The Times (subscription)
27 Aug 2015 at 6:05pm

The Times (subscription)

SNP needs to explain what it means
The Times (subscription)
Nicola Sturgeon...


Come clean over T in the Park cash, SNP told - Scotsman
27 Aug 2015 at 5:52pm

Scotsman

Come clean over T in the Park cash, SNP told
Scotsman
Now we are seeing yet another meeting...


ERCC1 SNP can identify good prognosis in nasopharyngeal CA - Medical Xpress
27 Aug 2015 at 4:41pm

ERCC1 SNP can identify good prognosis in nasopharyngeal CA
Medical Xpress
(HealthDay)?Excision repa...


Sturgeon Attacks BBC For Referendum Coverage, Accuses Journalists Of Being .....
27 Aug 2015 at 4:28pm

Huffington Post UK

Sturgeon Attacks BBC For Referendum Coverage, Accuses Journalists Of Being ...
H...


Nicola Sturgeon sides with Salmond over BBC reporting spat - The Guardian
27 Aug 2015 at 2:56pm

The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon sides with Salmond over BBC reporting spat
The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon...


ERCC1 Genotype Can Identify Good Prognosis in Nasopharyngeal Cancer - Cancer ...
27 Aug 2015 at 1:46pm

Cancer Therapy Advisor

ERCC1 Genotype Can Identify Good Prognosis in Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Cancer T...


Sturgeon TV channel 'could be funded by cuts to BBC's UK budget' - Telegraph....
27 Aug 2015 at 1:01pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Sturgeon TV channel 'could be funded by cuts to BBC's UK budget'
Telegraph.co.uk
Liz...


David Clegg: No chance of a second independence referendum before 2021 ... - ...
27 Aug 2015 at 12:38pm

Scottish Daily Record

David Clegg: No chance of a second independence referendum before 2021 ...
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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace' - ...
24 Aug 2015 at 3:40am

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace'
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"The BB...


Sturgeon: Second referendum 'if and when Scotland wants it' - BBC News
31 Jul 2015 at 2:53am

BBC News

Sturgeon: Second referendum 'if and when Scotland wants it'
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Nicola Sturgeon has sa...


BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum - RT
21 Aug 2015 at 11:05am

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BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum
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Robinson, who will ...


David Clegg: No chance of a second independence referendum before 2021 ... - ...
27 Aug 2015 at 12:38pm

Scottish Daily Record

David Clegg: No chance of a second independence referendum before 2021 ...
Sc...


Donald Trump says referendum 'bad period' - BBC News
30 Jul 2015 at 12:48pm

BBC News

Donald Trump says referendum 'bad period'
BBC News
US tycoon Donald Trump has said a second...


Gerry Hassan: A second independence referendum is not on the cards unless it ...
8 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scottish Daily Record

Gerry Hassan: A second independence referendum is not on the cards unless it...


EU vote could lead to snap independence referendum, says Martyn Day - stv.tv
5 Aug 2015 at 9:10am

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EU vote could lead to snap independence referendum, says Martyn Day
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A snap referendum ...


Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK - RT
2 Aug 2015 at 12:07pm

RT

Pro-Scottish independence campaigners demand fresh referendum in UK
RT
Hundreds of pro-independen...


BBC to appoint new Scotland Editor in admission "Scotland has become the stor...
27 Aug 2015 at 6:31pm

Herald Scotland

BBC to appoint new Scotland Editor in admission "Scotland has become the story"
Her...


Scottish Labour's Alex Rowley wants referendum on Trident - Scotsman
22 Aug 2015 at 7:49am

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Scottish Labour's Alex Rowley wants referendum on Trident
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Mr Rowley said the veter...



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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Police Scotland chief to step down early after series of controversies
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Aug 2015 at 6:18am

Sir Stephen House gives three months? notice of his resignation following criticism over Lamara Bell?s death and policy on armed officers

Sir Stephen House is to step down early as chief constable o...



Nicola Sturgeon calls on BBC to put forward bold proposal for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scotland?s first minister warns the BBC it will lose the trust of Scottish viewers unless it takes ?bold action? as part of charter renewal

Nicola Sturgeon is to call for the BBC to be reorganised a...



The EU referendum won?t be decided on the Eurostar but in the pub
by Rafael Behr
25 Aug 2015 at 2:17pm
Eurosceptics are quick to articulate their grievances. To win the argument, yes voters must be as fluent

Less than a year has passed since Better Together accomplished its mission to keep Scotland i...



The Guardian view on Alex Salmond versus Nick Robinson: political not persona...
by Editorial
25 Aug 2015 at 1:50pm
The revived argument about BBC reporting of Scotland?s referendum campaign raises much bigger issues than a clash between two big male beasts of the political jungle

At the height of the Scottish re...



Val McDermid: 'I'm working class ? I wouldn't be able to go to Oxford now'
by Hannah Ellis-Petersen
25 Aug 2015 at 10:49am

The titan of tartan noir talks about misogynistic trolls, Scottish independence and why this government is taking Britain back to Victorian levels of inequality

Val McDermid is standing in St Cuthbe...



The BBC must resist Alex Salmond's attempt to control its coverage
by Nick Robinson
24 Aug 2015 at 12:22pm

The former first minister has joined a long tradition of politicians alleging bias ? but there are are much more important debates to be had about broadcasting

Control. That, in a word, is what poli...



BBC's Nick Robinson heats up row with SNP's Alex Salmond
by Jane Martinson
24 Aug 2015 at 12:22pm

BBC journalist hits back at SNP MP?s claims that reporting of Scottish independence campaign was ?Pravda-like? propaganda

The BBC?s outgoing political editor Nick Robinson has accused Alex Salmond, ...



'A disgrace': BBC condemned by Alex Salmond for referendum coverage
by Kevin Rawlinson
23 Aug 2015 at 6:19pm

Former first minister claims Nick Robinson ?should be both embarrassed and ashamed? for his reporting during campaign

Alex Salmond has described the BBC?s coverage of the Scottish independence refer...



Nicola Sturgeon must try harder to kill off elitism in Scotland?s schools | K...
by Kevin McKenna
22 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
Since devolution, Scotland has had an unbroken pattern of left-of-centre government ? yet unearned social advantage runs through our education system

For a moment or two last week, it was possible t...



BBC's Nick Robinson attacks 'bullying' over Scottish referendum coverage
by Press Association
21 Aug 2015 at 2:41am

Political editor admits regret over row with Alex Salmond during independence campaign but says response was unjustified

The BBC?s political editor Nick Robinson has compared protests against his co...



Independence would leave Scotland £7bn worse off, oil forecasts show
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
19 Aug 2015 at 11:43am

Thinktank analysis used government?s most optimistic oil and gas revenue forecast to predict how country would fare if it was financially independent

The Scottish government?s latest oil forecasts ...



MP Michelle Thomson's details shown in Ashley Madison data hack
by Nadia Khomami
19 Aug 2015 at 11:03am

The married SNP representative for Edinburgh West denies using the adultery website and claims her identity was ?harvested?

A married SNP MP whose email address was among the millions released in a ...



Kezia Dugdale can win back victory for Labour in Scotland | John McTernan
by John McTernan
18 Aug 2015 at 6:13am
The newly elected Scottish Labour party leader must grip the organisation, project a modern version of its ideals and plot the long path back to victory

?Mission: Impossible has a happy ending, righ...



The Guardian view on Scottish Labour?s new leader: she must play the long gam...
by Editorial
16 Aug 2015 at 12:37pm
Kezia Dugdale has one of the most difficult tasks in politics in reviving her party without fuelling nationalist views

To be elected leader of the Scottish Labour party is to be handed the poisoned ...



Kezia Dugdale urges end to infighting on first day as Scottish Labour leader
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Aug 2015 at 11:59am

Labour?s youngest ever leader in Scotland has questioned Jeremy Corbyn?s suitability to lead UK party, but says she will work with whoever is elected

Kezia Dugdale has urged an end to party infighti...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Get tae
by weegingerdug
27 Aug 2015 at 7:15am
Scotland’s over-abundance of right wing commentators have reacted predictably to suggestions from Nicola Sturgeon that the BBC should be federalised and Scotland gain its own dedicated English lang...

The unbearable snideness of Iain
by weegingerdug
25 Aug 2015 at 2:35pm
Once upon a time, there was a discredited Tory leader. There’s been a fair few of those. This one had led his party to electoral humiliation at the hands of Tony Blair’s New Labour, and his lack of...

The Tories are fucking bastards
by weegingerdug
22 Aug 2015 at 7:34pm
The Sunday Herald has reported that Benefits Agency staff are now being given special training so that they know what to say when a claimant threatens suicide. The social security system, the safet...

The Nick Robinson show
by weegingerdug
21 Aug 2015 at 7:09am
The British establishment media is parochial and provincial, narra-nebbit and noxious. Living entirely inside a wee anglophone bubble in London, many, if not most, of its denizens speak only two la...

One party in a state
by weegingerdug
20 Aug 2015 at 7:25am
According to complaints voiced regularly by the surprisingly large number of right wing Unionist commentators which a left leaning country produces, Scotland is now a one party state. The overwhelm...

Jezza the Unionist
by weegingerdug
18 Aug 2015 at 2:45pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s leading role in the Labour leadership campaign is to be welcomed. He’s showing a discredited and directionless party that it is possible for them to rediscover their soul and regain...

Gordie Broon, the popular expert on popularity
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2015 at 11:25am
Gordie Broon has been intervening again. Gordie’s always intervening in something or other, possibly in atonement for the fact he could never be arsed to intervene in the affairs of his own constit...

Fresh starts and an Atlantic of tears
by weegingerdug
15 Aug 2015 at 9:59am
Congratulations are in order to Kezia Dugdale on her election as branch manager of the Labour party in Scotland. So let’s congratulate her in the inimitable style of her own tweets. Well done Kezia...

Shining a light in the darkness
by weegingerdug
14 Aug 2015 at 7:54am
The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War – which you, me, yer granny and her dug all know was illegal and conducted on a false premise – won’t be published this year after all. This is because Chilcot...

The British state ? the Citroen 2CV of politics
by weegingerdug
12 Aug 2015 at 10:56am
It’s a hard life being a Tory government minister, getting to watch Kezia Dugdale and Ken Macintosh have all the fun of blaming the SNP for everything from plagues of locusts in Africa to the fact ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
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List of 45 new peerages
27 Aug 2015 at 7:15am

Gaze at your superiors, serfs.

 

Nominations from the Leader of the Conservative Party

James Arbuthnot – former MP for North East Hampshire and Front Bench Minister Rt Hon Gregory Barker – former MP for Bexhill and Battle and former Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Chan...

In the Lebanon
25 Aug 2015 at 1:03pm
Anti Government protests in Beirut ongoing, not getting much coverage wouldn't be surprised if it ended in many deaths with both sides blaming each other.

Chinese economic slowdown
24 Aug 2015 at 4:17am

The Chinese stockmarket is down 8% this morning, it's down about 30% over the last few months.  While economic growth remains strong (depsite some observers doubts about official forecasts) even the threat of a slowdown has huge implications for WEstern economies.  China is a massive consumer of ...



RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
23 Aug 2015 at 2:43pm
http://m.heraldscotland.com/politics/13620831.Revealed__new_Scottish_left_party_named_as_RISE/

SCOTLAND’S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

Iranian separatists
23 Aug 2015 at 11:02am

The British Embassy in Iran has reopened with 'Death to England ' graffiti.
The SNP must stamp this filth out immediately.

By election updates
22 Aug 2015 at 8:17am
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...

The Next P&B election
21 Aug 2015 at 8:54am

When is the next P&B election?



I smell shiiiiiiiiiiite.....
21 Aug 2015 at 2:57am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33999675

If you were going to try and "smear" a politican surely you would aim a bit higher up the pecking order? They must have hacked her credit card details as well...

 



Jackie Baillie to lead Labour attack on the SNP
19 Aug 2015 at 4:55am

One of Slab's biggest liars to be given the opportunity to make an even larger arse of herself.

 

 

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/jackie-baillie-to-lead-labour-attack-on-the-snp-1-3862324

 

Jackie Baillie to lead Labour attack on the SNP  

FORMER social justice min...



Defence - who defends Scotland?
17 Aug 2015 at 12:34pm
Well I see the numbers are declining to just over 9000 personnel.

Comments?

Marie Rimmer MP to appear back in Court
17 Aug 2015 at 4:07am

The case should never have collapsed, but she's due back in Court.  I'm sure you all know this anyway, as the case has attracted as much attention as an egg being thrown at Jim Murphy......   Oh, wait...

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13600630.Prosecutors_re_issue_charges_against_MP_cleared...



Andrew Neil
15 Aug 2015 at 1:26pm

 



Scottish Labour are in ruins
12 Aug 2015 at 4:14am

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/sectarian-facebook-bile-leads-labour-6235943

 

 

A council election in the most pro SNP ward of the country's most pro SNP constituency (John McNally got the highest personal vote of any SNP politician ever, and the 3rd biggest majority in the entir...



The best British political insults and putdowns
11 Aug 2015 at 8:23am

Some absolute belters.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/11519453/best-british-political-insults.html



Michelle Mone (again)
11 Aug 2015 at 4:23am
To lead a review of businesses in deprived areas for the Tories.

http://news.stv.tv/west-central/1326328-michelle-mone-to-lead-tory-review-of-business-in-deprived-areas/


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Where's All The "since It's Friday" Jokes?
27 Aug 2015 at 7:39pm
Two pensioners are enjoying oral sex together.
The old man says, "I can't stay down here any longer, it stinks"!
The old lady replies, "It's my arthritis".
The old man says, "Arthritis, in your vagina"
"No", says the lady, "It's in my shoulder. I can't wipe my erse"!

Where's All The "since It's Friday" Jokes
27 Aug 2015 at 7:38pm
Two pensioners are enjoying oral sex together.
The old man says, "I can't stay down here any longer, it stinks"!
The old lady replies, "It's my arthritis".
The old man says, "Arthritis, in your vagina"
"No", says the lady, "It's in my shoulder. I can't wipe my erse"!

Bbc & Gaelic
27 Aug 2015 at 4:27pm
1.1% of Scots speak Gaelic, contributing ~£3m in license fees. £14.2m is spent on BBC Alba and Radio nan Gàidhael.

Interesting fact.

Fargo - Season 2 Trailer
27 Aug 2015 at 3:48pm

Set in 1979 (Season 1 was set in 2006)

 



Fao - Bosses
27 Aug 2015 at 10:00am
A friend of mine is worried he got charged throwing a bottle at hûns - do employers really check up?

Stevie Ray Vaughan
27 Aug 2015 at 8:09am
27th Aug 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan wa...

Shur Sean
27 Aug 2015 at 6:04am

85 years young this week.

 

Watched this decent profile of the great man's career the other night...

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0674mg5/sean-connery-in-his-own-words

 



Stephen House To Stand Down
27 Aug 2015 at 5:05am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-34072703

 

Understandable. A few high profile bad stories and your neck is on the line in a job like that. I've been a bit worried about the Strathclyde-ification of Police Scotland since the unitary force was established, I hope this sees an end to it.



Two Us Journalists Shot Dead Live On Air
26 Aug 2015 at 9:14am

Interview from a breakfast TV programme and a guy appears and kills the camera man then the interviewer

 

Shocking

 

(its not graphic)

 



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