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Revealed: Sturgeon's plan to win indyref2
28 Aug 2016 at 12:16am
NICOLA Sturgeon is to launch the SNP?s long-awaited "summer initiative" on independence with a hard-nosed look at where the Yes side must improve to win next time.

Secret advice to ministers should be made public, says former top civil servant
28 Aug 2016 at 12:16am
THE secret advice used by Scottish ministers to make the biggest decisions in government ought to be public from now on, according to the country?s former top civil servant.

Yes Scotland admits it was £500,000 in the red after referendum
28 Aug 2016 at 12:16am
THE official Yes campaign is facing questions after finally admitting it was almost £500,000 in the red after the independence referendum.

SNP warn May against sidelining parliament over Brexit
28 Aug 2016 at 12:17am
THERESA May was last night warned not to bypass Scotland over the EU, after it was reported she might trigger Brexit without seeking parliamentary approval.

SNP politician defends links to Orange Order
28 Aug 2016 at 12:14am
A SENIOR SNP politician has defended accepting hospitality from one of the most ultra-Unionist groups in Scotland - the Orange Order.

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Concern over slow police emergency responses
28 Aug 2016 at 12:15am
POLICE officers in east and west Scotland took more than 20 minutes to respond to almost 1400 emergency call-outs last year which involved ?an immediate or apparent threat to life or a serious crime in progress?.

Party's anti-Indyref slogan rejected as "offensive"
28 Aug 2016 at 12:15am
ELECTION watchdogs have thrown out an attempt to launch a new political party with the slogan ?Sod Scottish Referendum?.

Theresa May 'can trigger Brexit without Parliament'
27 Aug 2016 at 4:14pm
MPs could be sidelined by Theresa May over Brexit, with the Prime Minister reportedly set to deny them a vote before formally triggering the process of leaving the European Union. MPs could be sidelined by Theresa May over Brexit, with the Prime Minister reportedly set to deny them a vote before formally triggering the process of leaving the European Union.

Corbyn rejects notion of breakaway Scottish Labour Party
27 Aug 2016 at 12:09am
JEREMY Corbyn has rejected any chance of Scottish Labour ?splitting off? from the UK party as he rebuked those at the Glasgow hustings who jeered at the leadership of Kezia Dugdale.

May orders race audit on delivery on UK public services
27 Aug 2016 at 12:09am
THERESA May has ordered an unprecedented investigation into the extent of racial discrimination in the delivery of public services in an attempt to ?end the burning injustices many people experience across Britain?.

UN body accuses British politicians of using 'divisive' and 'anti-immigrant' ...
26 Aug 2016 at 6:29pm
BRITISH politicians have been accused by a United Nations body of using "divisive" and "anti-immigrant" rhetoric during the EU referendum, which, it claimed, had helped to fuel a spike in race hate crimes in the weeks before and after the historic June 23 vote.

Scotland takes lion's share of Syrian refugees, latest Home Office figures show
26 Aug 2016 at 12:57pm
SCOTLAND has taken the greatest number of Syrian refugees under the UK Government?s resettlement scheme, 862, representing a third of the total number, new figures show.

Senior Labour figures clash over "rigged purge" of left-wingers claim
26 Aug 2016 at 4:57pm
LABOUR divisions over a "rigged purge" of left-wingers taking part in the leadership contest have deepened with Jeremy Corbyn intervening to express his deep concern.

I don't consider myself wealthy, says £138,000-a-year Labour leader Jeremy Co...
26 Aug 2016 at 4:36pm
JEREMY Corbyn has said he does not consider himself wealthy despite earning five times the average worker?s wage.

 

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why does the trump trail go cold in the hebrides?
27 Aug 2016 at 11:56pm
‘If only Donald Trump wasn’t such a nasty piece of work…” There are plenty in the Republican Party harbouring that sentiment at present, but for different reasons it also has resonance on the Isle of Lewis.

Councils challenge SNP vow to double free childcare
27 Aug 2016 at 11:55pm
Flagship plans to introduce Scandinavian-style free childcare in Scotland and attract a generation of mothers back into the workplace have been branded “irresponsible” and could be torpedoed by a lack of funding and planning.

Leader: Parents? lives will be transformed by nursery plan
27 Aug 2016 at 11:35pm
The Scottish Government seeks transformational change through its childcare policy, and today the Minister for Childcare and Early Years outlines his commitment to achieving this goal.

Leader: Trump as keen to play down Scottish links as we are
27 Aug 2016 at 11:29pm
The man who many believe is destined to be the next president of the United States of America is half Scottish. Who would ever have believed it? The figure who could become the most powerful person in the world is the son of a woman from the Outer Hebrides. It’s the sort of tale that would normally have Scottish hearts bursting with pride. When it comes to achievement, rarely is a Scottish connection too tenuous to celebrate. And with Donald John Trump, there is no digging to prove his Scottish credentials, because he is bona fide – the son of a Scottish immigrant who spent the formative first 18 years of her life in her native land.

Euan McColm: Road to oblivion paved with good intentions
27 Aug 2016 at 11:21pm
From the outside of the Labour Party looking in, it’s tempting to see the majority of members as rabid, left-wing extremists who place ideological purity above the desire to win power.

Leaders: Labour fighting against the tide benefits no-one
27 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
The party needs to put its house in order and become a viable opposition to give voters a genuine choice and uphold democracy

Scottish Government under pressure to set out police numbers
26 Aug 2016 at 11:40pm
Pressure is growing on the Scottish Government to set out the future of the national police force amid uncertainty over a long-running commitment on officer numbers.

Little evidence UK economy hit by Brexit says report
26 Aug 2016 at 11:13pm
The UK economy continued to grow in the run-up to the Brexit vote, with “very little anecdotal evidence” to suggest it had been hit by uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding
26 Aug 2016 at 10:34pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse years of “systemic under-funding” for the arts as he launched his culture strategy in Edinburgh.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Corbynistas are content with failure
26 Aug 2016 at 9:30pm
The people who make up the majority of Jeremy Corbyn’s support aren’t hung up on victory, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis

Scotland has taken largest share of Syrian refugees
26 Aug 2016 at 5:00pm
More than a tenth of the 20,000 Syrians the Government has pledged to resettle have been brought to Britain so far, with Scotland taking the greatest share of refugees.

Man puts Saltire protest stickers on Tesco strawberries
26 Aug 2016 at 4:38pm
A man has put saltire stickers on boxes of Tesco strawberries in a protest against the firm’s controversial decision to use the Union Jack.

Hillary Clinton hits out at Nigel Farage after Trump rally
26 Aug 2016 at 12:53pm
HILLARY Clinton has launched a vicious attack on Nigel Farage after the outgoing Ukip leader said he would not vote for the Democratic presidential-hopeful even if he was paid to do so.

Alan Cumming ?cures? Nicola Sturgeon?s fear of dogs
26 Aug 2016 at 12:35pm
SCOTTISH actor Alan Cumming claims to have helped cure Nicola Sturgeon’s lifelong fear of dogs after introducing her to his “very soothing” pet pooch.

Labour say ?tide has turned? after Fife by-election win
26 Aug 2016 at 9:54am
Labour say their fortunes in Scotland are turning around following a council by-election win in Fife last night.

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GERS: The Movie
by Chris Cairns
27 Aug 2016 at 7:55am

How to lose forever
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2016 at 11:35pm
This is the demented, McCarthyite state of madness the Labour Party has reached: This is a party now openly rejecting anyone as a member who has ever supported any other party. We’d take a minute to try to explain to them how the arithmetic of that one works out, but they’re a long, long way beyond …

Living in a world of quicksand
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2016 at 9:18am
Scottish Labour won a council by-election in Fife last night, held after the long-serving Communist Party/independent councillor Willie Clarke (seen on the last page of our Charlie Hebdo feature here) stepped down due to ill health. The successful candidate Mary Lockhart was understandably jubilant, but there were a couple of what seemed like pertinent facts missing …

Not a dry seat in the house
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2016 at 8:55pm
This can’t be a good sign.

At home with the Kardashians
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2016 at 1:32pm
The new January-June 2016 sales figures for “regional” Scottish newspapers: Aberdeen Evening Express: 27,441 copies per day (-11.3% vs Jan-Jun 2015) Dundee Courier: 41,243 (-8.5%) Dundee Evening Telegraph: 16,354 (-9.5%) Edinburgh Evening News: 20,235 (-14.1%) Glasgow Evening Times: 25,679 (-14.3%) The Herald: 30,402 (-11.6%) Paisley Daily Express: 4,986 (-7.4%) The Press & Journal: 54,270 (-7.2%) Scotland On Sunday: 19,059 …

The kingdom of wishful thinking
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2016 at 6:23pm
One thing you can always guarantee on GERS Day is that the latest set of figures for Scotland’s devolved economy inside the UK will trigger another uncontrolled spurt of “SNP HONEYMOON OVER” articles from the nation’s dogged commentariat. Today we’ve seen already examples (links below) from two ex-Scotsman editors, Iain Martin and Magnus Linklater, the …

The SIX key facts about GERS
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2016 at 1:46pm
We originally wrote this article in March, in response to the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (better known as GERS) figures for 2014-15. We’ve updated it to take account of events since that time, of which there’s been one rather major one. Today saw the publication (just five months after the 2014-15 GERS) of the 2015-16 …

And so it begins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Aug 2016 at 9:57am
“Black hole” grows by £2.4bn in the space of four minutes: Hopefully we’ll soon have the sort of totally definitive clarity we got last time.

Feeling yourself disintegrate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2016 at 12:28pm
“CRISIS-HIT POLICE TO AXE 300 OFFICERS”, blares the front-page lead of today’s Scottish Daily Mail. (Along with some exciting Prince Harry not-news.) “SECRET cuts to police numbers will see hundreds of officers axed as the single force faces a deepening cash crisis. The Mail can reveal controversial proposals to reduce frontline manpower ? while violent and sex …

One for the archives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2016 at 10:42am
Kezia Dugdale in yesterday’s Daily Record on the subject of Jeremy Corbyn: “We can?t pin our hopes on a leadership who speak only to the converted, rather than speaking to the country as a whole. I don?t think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government. He cannot appeal to a broad enough section …

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Summits to be held over rural economy links with the EU
28 Aug 2016 at 12:54am
A series of summits are to be held on ways to boost Scotland's rural economy and consider its role in the EU.


Jeremy Corbyn urges 'respect' for Kezia Dugdale
26 Aug 2016 at 6:33pm
Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour members to show "respect" to the party's Scottish leader after she was jeered at a hustings debate in Glasgow.


Workplace equality focus of new labour market strategy
26 Aug 2016 at 4:29pm
The Scottish government pledges to focus on improving equality in the workplace as it launches its new labour market strategy.


'UK's last Communist' councillor replaced by Labour candidate
26 Aug 2016 at 8:29am
Labour wins a council by-election prompted by the resignation of Willie Clarke, the UK's last elected communist.


Michael Russell appointed Scottish Brexit minister
25 Aug 2016 at 5:15pm
The Scottish government appoints Michael Russell as its new minister with responsibility for Brexit negotiations with the UK government.


Edinburgh school parking ban encourages walking
26 Aug 2016 at 11:54am
A pilot scheme to ban parking outside primary schools in Edinburgh has led to more pupils walking to school.


Derek Mackay: Deficit 'would not bar Scotland from EU'
25 Aug 2016 at 1:17pm
Scotland's £15bn deficit would not disqualify the country from EU membership, says Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.


Labour leadership: Smith claims Corbyn 'happy' about Brexit vote
25 Aug 2016 at 10:08pm
Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith claims during a hustings in Glasgow that Jeremy Corbyn was "happy" about the UK voting to leave the EU.


Scottish government 'firm commitment' to named person scheme
25 Aug 2016 at 9:19am
The government remains "firmly committed" to implementing the named person scheme as soon as practicable, despite delays.


Student numbers fall as Scottish colleges adjust to shake-up
25 Aug 2016 at 1:53pm
A spending watchdog says more work is needed to gauge the demand for college courses after a big fall in the number of part-time students.


Gers figures: Scottish economy deficit almost £15bn
24 Aug 2016 at 10:47am
Scotland's public spending deficit stood at just under £15bn in the past financial year amid plummeting oil revenues, according to official figures.


New Scottish hotline to tackle £1.2bn food crime problem
25 Aug 2016 at 10:05am
In the wake of the horse meat scandal a new phone line is being set up to allow people to report food crime suspicions.

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It's a flippin' Fife phenomenon as stormin' SNP secure a super 9.5% swing fro...
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2016 at 12:54pm
The Lochs was the second-weakest ward for the SNP in the whole of Fife in the 2012 local elections (the only worse one was the rarefied setting of St Andrews).  They put up only one candidate, who ...

Glitter, Murder, Echoes...
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2016 at 1:53am
So I sat down to write a long blogpost in response to a bizarre Twitter dispute I had with Stephen Bush of the New Statesman a few hours ago. (It was on the relatively obscure topic of a wildly in...

In vain I have struggled. It will not do.
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2016 at 5:47pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, which allows me to fulfill a lifetime ambition by mentioning Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in a piece about a ...

The best time to hold a second independence referendum is while there is stil...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2016 at 6:18pm
Iain Macwhirter had a piece in the Sunday Herald yesterday arguing that Nicola Sturgeon won't and shouldn't hold a second independence referendum for several years (2021 at the absolute earliest), ...

Sturgeon sensation as swanky SNP surge ahead of lousy Labour in two local by-...
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2016 at 1:57pm
I was a bit disconcerted last night when I heard that Labour had "gained a seat from the SNP" in a local by-election, but as is so often the case with STV by-elections, things weren't quite as they...


The future of this blog
by James Kelly
11 Aug 2016 at 1:23pm
As long-term readers will recall, the third and most recent Scot Goes Pop fundraiser was run last autumn, and with your incredibly generous help it raised £5680.  As with the previous two fundraise...

Democracy 1, Labour Plotters 0
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2016 at 2:49pm
I suggested the other day on Twitter that TV detector vans had better be an urban myth, because it's hard to think of a more self-defeating use of licence fee money.  But I think I've found somethi...

YouGov poll has a painful message for the Labour plotters - they actually nee...
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2016 at 11:00pm
One of the main justifications for the moral compromises of Blairism was/is that Labour "have to live in the real world", and can't win elections without putting forward policies that appeal to Mid...

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Shroud of secrecy as Sturgeon rejects request to publish costs of taxpayer fu...
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28 Aug 2016 at 1:27am
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Headed to Scotland for a few days, I have some questions and looking for some...
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27 Aug 2016 at 10:38pm
I'm headed to Edinburgh, Scotland for a few days, I'm just starting to explore whisky and I have a few questions when enjoying whisky at the pubs. First off, what's the average price for an inexpe...

Lily of St. Leonards: Should British citizens pledge loyalty to Britain?
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27 Aug 2016 at 7:41pm
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BBC Scotland and the loaded question
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27 Aug 2016 at 8:09pm
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The Stephen Rowan Show -http://stephenrowanshow.com
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27 Aug 2016 at 6:50pm
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A friend just posted this on Facebook [sorry if this breaks rule 9]
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27 Aug 2016 at 5:49pm
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West highlands on April
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27 Aug 2016 at 5:43pm
Hi guys! [Hope i am asking in the right subreddit]. Me and my wife are planning to visit Scotland in April and thinking about hiking the West Highland Way. Got any tips? Local pubs we should check ...

Winding up our 8 day Scottish adventure with Dinner at the Drymen Inn when su...
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27 Aug 2016 at 5:21pm
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Sunset at corryvreckan
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27 Aug 2016 at 1:52pm
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Jehovah's are getting good
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27 Aug 2016 at 1:14pm
Just answered the door to a middle aged smartly-dressed man with a folder. The usual thought is he is a salesman so I'm ready to tell him I'm not interested, but he starts off by saying he is talki...

Aberdeen University forced to turn down medical students because of SNP policy
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27 Aug 2016 at 12:54pm
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Short video I put together about my most recent trip to the Isle of Arran.
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27 Aug 2016 at 11:33am
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Scottish "fruit guerilla" replaces saltire on Tesco strawberries - Deadline News
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27 Aug 2016 at 10:59am
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Scotland takes lion's share of Syrian refugees, latest Home Office figures sh...
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27 Aug 2016 at 10:56am
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Jeremy Corbyn says he's not wealthy as he launches culture strategy in Edinburgh
by Hilary Duncanson
27 Aug 2016 at 9:01am
THE Labour leader says he hates elitism and the notion that only the rich can enjoy highbrow culture such as opera and classical music.


Farcical debate between Corbyn and Smith shows the sorry state of Labour, say...
by Record View
27 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
A GLASGOW debate between the two candidates for leadership of the Labour Party only proved to highlight the worst excess of the movement.


Owen Smith blames Jeremy Corbyn for Labour 'going backwards' in Scotland at h...
by David Clegg
26 Aug 2016 at 9:03am
THE leadership candidate insisted the current leader is responsible for Labour's Holyrood humiliation as the pair went head-to-head on Thursday.


Scots finance chief caught out talking a load of old deficit
by Andy Philip
26 Aug 2016 at 8:14am
DEREK McKay has been pilloried for saying the EU would ignore the budget rule.


Nat diehards could cost Nicola Sturgeon her independence dream: David Clegg
by David Clegg
26 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
DAVID reckons that the First Minister's hopes of getting independence is being hurt by members of her own party.


GERS figures are great news for Scotland despite the headlines: Kevin Hague
by dailyrecord
26 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
KEVIN reckons that despite the worries over the GERS figures, it is actually very good news for Scotland.


Mike Russell named as Scotland's Brexit minister ahead of talks with Westmins...
by Record Reporter
25 Aug 2016 at 2:50pm
THE move by the Scottish Government follows UK Prime Minister Theresa May's appointment of David Davis to a similar role at Westminster.


Jeremy Corbyn bags seat on Virgin train as he travels to Glasgow for Labour h...
by David Hughes
25 Aug 2016 at 1:24pm
THE Labour leader secured a seat on the train operator's London Euston to Glasgow service as he heads to Scotland for a clash with leadership contender Owen Smith.


GERS figures have left an gaping hole in the 'economic argument' for independ...
by Record View
25 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
THE damage that the plummeting share of North Sea Oil tax receipts have left Scotland's balance sheet in a perilous state.


Join my crusade and let's lead Labour to Government, writes leader Jeremy Corbyn
by Jeremy Corbyn
25 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
THE Labour leader writes for the Record as his leadership battle with challenger Owen Smith gets more and more heated.

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So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

The Scottish Independence Podcast 132 ? Danny McGregor
by michaelgreenwell
26 Aug 2016 at 9:30pm
For the 132nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I got in touch with Danny McGregor. Danny is a member of the Scottish Greens and is campaigning for Indyref 2. He also recently wrote an article for Bella Caledonia in which he talked about the various possibilities for the timing of the second independence referendum. …
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Somone?s Got To Say It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Aug 2016 at 10:51am
I recently came across this old World War 1 recruitment poster that I had never seen before and, I assume like most of you, I could easily think of answers for the questions. I have written them below the image… Probably more satisfied than I would have been sitting in a mudhole being shot at …

Thank You
by michaelgreenwell
24 Aug 2016 at 7:31am
A big thank you to all the people who donated to the fundraiser. You’ll all be getting an individual email too. And right now it’s time to get working on some more guests.

Scottish Independence Podcast ? One Day Fundraiser
by michaelgreenwell
21 Aug 2016 at 8:49am
In the next year I’d really like to step up the activity of the podcast. Firstly, instead of the more sporadic publishing of episodes, I’d like to be able to make sure I get at least one a week out. This of course takes time away from other activities (work) and carries its own costs. …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 131 ? Sharon Dolan-Powers
by michaelgreenwell
19 Aug 2016 at 9:59am
For the 131st episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Sharon Dolan-Powers, who I suspect most of you will know by another name, or indeed by one of her projects. Sharon is not a native Scot, but came to the country and got involved in politics on the Yes side of the Indy …
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Getting The Band Back Together
by michaelgreenwell
17 Aug 2016 at 4:31pm
I was very happy to be interviewed and be half the subject matter (or a third if you count the dug) of the new short film by the excellent Phantom Power (his films are all here, and you can also hear him on the podcast here). Hope you enjoy.

Blow For Sturgeon As NASA Post Beautiful Picture
by michaelgreenwell
17 Aug 2016 at 12:24am
There was outrage today as NASA posted a possibly doctored photo of Scotland from space. Traditional journalistic wisdom would suggest that Scotland was too wee to appear that big and that beautiful. Some were quick to complain that it showed a lack of balance in that three pictures of an enlarged England had not been …

A First Little Thought on the Common Social
by michaelgreenwell
16 Aug 2016 at 8:31am
On Saturday Common Space launched their new social media platform The Common Social. Hundreds of people have already made an account and it seems to be going well. At the beginning of any new platform however, no one is quite sure exactly what it is or what it is going to be yet. And the …

Bella Caledonia

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"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

Remember the Panama Papers?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2016 at 1:10pm
How quickly we forget. It was just four months ago we learned of the role of Panama in helping so many rich and famous folk to dodge their fair share of the tax burden. It was even more disgusting to see so many politicians in the rogues gallery. The first response from the Panamanian law …

The Age o Excellence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2016 at 10:52am
Pairt Twa o John Hodgart’s series on Scottish Culture in the curriculum. Efter mony curricular revisions in the saicond hauf o the twentieth century, the brave new world o Curriculum for Excellence was revealed unto us in the third millennium, wi a haill new vision o teachin an learnin an new articles o faith. But nae …

What does GERS tell us?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2016 at 10:38am
The publication of GERS – an assessment of Scotland?s nominal public finances – is by common consent the most tedious event in our political calendar. Unionists and nationalists alike spin the figures for cheap political points. Currently, the unionists are winning: GERS 2015-16, released today, show Scotland with a net fiscal deficit (the annual gap …

The Art of Labour
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Aug 2016 at 10:21am
Today Jeremy Corbyn is launching a ‘comprehensive strategy for the arts’ in Edinburgh, but it will have little or nothing to do with Edinburgh or Scotland, where art, culture and education are all devolved matters. It is another sign of how semi-detached and culturally removed Labour is that this could be happening at all. Although …

Lobbyist Scotland, Brexit and the Closed-Door System
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Aug 2016 at 2:48pm
I am a committed democrat, a yes voter and a Remainer. I am also, god help me, a Labour Party member. In the run up to the European referendum, I became familiar with Tom Harris, former Labour MP for Glasgow South East who had a Damascene and well-publicised conversion to Brexit. In some fairly robust …

Rappers v Poets
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Aug 2016 at 11:30am
This from Drew Devine @WerdSOS just about says it all on Scotland & Brexit. Get more from him at Bandcamp here Likes(9)Dislikes(3)

How I Want Thee
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Aug 2016 at 11:14am
‘How I want thee, humorous Hogarth! Thou, I hear, a pleasant rogue art. Were but you and I acquainted, Every monster should be painted: You should try your graving tools On this odious group of fools.’ The above almost romantic plea from Jonathan Swift to William Hogarth comes in the penultimate stanza in Swift?s poem …

GERS: or, A Wayward Exercise in the Capricious
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Aug 2016 at 11:51pm
The most important matter regarding GERS is not the output, the ?figures?, the so-called facts; the most important matter is the methodology used to create them. Without a sound, dependable, stable methodology we have nothing: nothing. The methodology is provided in ?Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland: Detailed Revenue Methodology Paper 2014-15? (http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00495355.pdf). The Methodology Paper …

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Owen Smith accuses Jeremy Corbyn of lying over EU referendum vote
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Aug 2016 at 7:12am
Labour leader insists Brexit was not what he wanted as he and challenger trade barbs at ill-tempered hustings event in GlasgowLabour leadership contender Owen Smith has accused Jeremy Corbyn, his rival, of lying about his remain vote in June?s EU referendum during a fractious hustings event in Gl...

Scottish deficit grows to nearly £15bn as oil revenues collapse
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Aug 2016 at 3:52pm
Deficit is now equivalent to 9.5% of its GDP, with latest figures showing bigger gap between tax income and spending than UKThe gap between Scotland?s public spending and tax revenues has widened, with the crash in global oil prices leading to a deficit of nearly £15bn.The latest official data sh...

Nicola Sturgeon to appoint Brexit minister
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
23 Aug 2016 at 5:56pm
First minister appears to put aside quest for second independence referendum to focus on protecting Scottish interests in EU talks Nicola Sturgeon is to appoint a Brexit minister to influence the terms of the UK?s exit from the European Union.The move is a tacit admission that a quick second refe...

Rival supporters stake their claims in Labour leadership fight | Letters
by Letters
22 Aug 2016 at 6:55pm
As general secretaries of unions that have nominated Jeremy Corbyn to remain as leader of the Labour party, we are writing to explain why the millions of members in our unions and the millions of workers beyond should vote for Jeremy.We have all known him for many years. He has supported us, stoo...

Ruth Davidson: ?I?ve never been caught out. That tells you something?
by Rachel Cooke
21 Aug 2016 at 8:30am
The Scottish Conservatives leader emerged as ?the people?s Tory? from the EU referendum. She talks about temper, being a gay role model and envying Ed BallsIt?s rather strange, swapping the craziness of the Edinburgh?s Royal Mile at festival time for the preternatural quiet of the Scottish parlia...

Nicola Sturgeon tells EU nationals: 'You are not bargaining chips'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Aug 2016 at 2:19pm
Scotland?s first minister urges UK government to ?do the humane thing? and end post-referendum uncertaintyNicola Sturgeon told an audience of EU nationals ?you are human beings, not bargaining chips?, and described herself as heartbroken after hearing an Italian mother describe the painful uncert...

Trump golf resort in Scotland admits breach of data protection law
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
11 Aug 2016 at 5:40pm
Exclusive: Critics call for full inquiry after resort owned by US presidential candidate fails to register with UK privacy watchdogDonald Trump?s golf resort in Aberdeenshire has admitted it failed to comply with strict data protection laws after not registering with the UK?s privacy watchdog, th...

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to marry long-term partner
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Aug 2016 at 3:41pm
MSP, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship four months ago, says she is ?thrilled? to be marrying the love of her lifeKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has announced she is to marry her partner, Louise Riddell.The couple announced their engagement on Monday after a holiday in M...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Getting the Band Back Together (the Dug does Denny)
Recently I went and gave a talk for the local Yes group in Denny. It was a great evening.  Phantom Power films were on hand to record the event and have produced this short video of the occasion which also features an interview with Michael Greenwell of the Scottish Independence podcasts.   You can listen …

I?m backing Team DGB
I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to avoid the Olympics and the obligatory Great British cheerleading. To no avail. No matter how thick the duvet cover you pull over your heid you’re still going to be assailed by Clare Balding gushing over some person, whose name you’ll forget within five minutes, who managed to …

It?s quiet?too quiet
A guest post by Samuel Miller Other than the daily white noise of Essenpee badness, has anyone else noticed the lack of serious political news out there? Maybe we all got spoiled in May, June and July when daily we were bombarded with the Scottish elections, EU referendum and the Brexit result fallout. As for …

Who needs a sword?
A guest post by Samuel Miller ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ True, This! ? Beneath the rule of men entirely great The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold The arch-enchanters wand! ? itself is nothing! ? But taking sorcery from the master-hand To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike The loud earth …

Deal or no deal
A guest post by Samuel Miller First of all let’s be clear that this post is NOT exclusively about Kezia Dugdale. Besides, the ever vigilant Wings over Scotland has pretty much got the ups, downs, backwards and forwards of Kezia’s current predicament pretty well dissected. How and ever, it was Kezia’s latest exchange on twitter …

Glass half full
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto then! I?m seeing some glum faces oot there in the aether and as your resident agony ranter, (whilst the gaffer is having a well deserved lie doon with properly made tea), I huv decided unanimously to look into this glass half empty problem and jot down some of …

Politics as it is practised
A guest post by Samuel Miller The past week has been an educational experience in terms of politics as it is practised UK style. We’ve had media cock ups, which wouldn’t look out of place in a carry on film. There have been yet more court developments in Labour’s ongoing bout of self abuse. Two …

Answers on a postcard please
A guest post by Samuel Miller A bit sooner than expected for a second post, but then this happened: ?The number one thing Nicola Sturgeon could do right now to boost the Scottish economy is to remove the uncertainty of a second independence referendum, she could take that off the table right now.? David Mundell …

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New York Times Report ? Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
            The New York Times Magazine featured the under-noted must read story. In print, it occupies an entire issue. It is a very  long article and is perhaps best saved and perused over a few days     Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart This is a story …

Are the allegations that the BBC and the Labour party are in cahoots ripe for...
                        The labour Party in Scotland and its links to an impartial BBC Scotland The under-noted persons are given mention in this advisory note which questions yet again the oft stated impartiality of the BBC in Scotland. Former BBC officials: Big Boab Wylie, John …

Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

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Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

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Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence
Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 24th 2016 A couple of weeks ago I was involved in one of the many online conversations about politics that now characterise Scotland. Afterwards the animated chat in the pub turned to the previous day?s pro-independence march in Glasgow. Saltires had been …

What does the British Summer of Olympic Success mean?
What does the British Summer of Olympic Success mean? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 21st 2016 Rio 2016 has made the headlines. Before the games, there was the backstory of the Brazilian lack of preparation, corruption and wasting of billions in a country without basic sanitation and health facilities for millions of its population. As …

The Problem with Britain and Why It Can?t Be Tidily Put Back Together
The Problem with Britain and Why It Can?t Be Tidily Put Back Together Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 14th 2016 Britain throughout its history has had a reputation for stability and security. This after all was one of the main clarion calls in the indyref and, more recently, the Brexit vote, but this has always …

The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of indepe...
The SNP?s Depute Leadership Contest could aid a more honest version of independence and post-Brexit politics Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 7th 2016 The SNP is about to have a leadership election. A depute leader contest. Given the SNP is in government in Holyrood – with 63 out of 129 MSPs – and last year …

The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland?
The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 31st 2016 The summer of 2016 is proving dramatic and historic. Brexit, David Cameron resignation as PM, Theresa May becoming the new PM, Jeremy Corbyn?s travails. That?s just Britain. Across the world there is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, …

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

Scotland and Independence

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'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation - New York Times

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'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation
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Scottish nationalists lost a referendum on independence in September 2014, by 55 percent to 45 percent. But so many people, especially the young, were motivated by the campaign that they nearly quintupled the membership of the left-wing S.N.P. Only a ...
Exclusive: Elaine C Smith to host as Scottish Independence Convention reco...

Scottish independence and the Brexit paradox - Financial Times

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Scottish independence and the Brexit paradox
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When Scots voted against independence from the UK in the referendum in 2014, it seemed to be the reality of economics that won it. While most Scots identify themselves as Scottish first and British second or not at all, the argument that an independent ...
Scotland's huge deficit 'blows £15bn hole in case for independence'...

Tom Devine: Case for Scottish independence weakened by Brexit - Scotsman

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Tom Devine: Case for Scottish independence weakened by Brexit
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The case for Scottish independence has been substantially weakened by the Brexit vote, according to the nation's leading historian. Sir Tom Devine said the omens for Nicola Sturgeon were now ?really pretty bad? compared to the run-up to the 2014 poll.
Scottish fishermen accuse SNP of ignoring Brexit 'grand prize'Telegra...

Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move - BBC News

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Scottish independence would still prompt RBS office move
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Royal Bank of Scotland still plans to move its registered office out of Scotland should there be a "Yes" vote in any future independence referendum. Chief executive Ross McEwan, however, stressed that it would not lead to major job losses in Scotland.
Scottish independence 'could prompt RBS to move HQ from Edinburgh'Scotsman...

Sturgeon denies Scottish independence would lead to physical border with Engl...

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Sturgeon denies Scottish independence would lead to physical border with England
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Miss Sturgeon has said that another independence referendum is "highly likely" following the UK vote to leave the European Union (EU) despite an overwhelming vote to remain in Scotland. However, she has said she is also looking at options to keep ...



RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse - Telegraph....

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RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse
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Nicola Sturgeon's attempts to portray Scottish independence as a stable alternative to a post-Brexit UK have suffered a damaging blow after the Royal Bank of Scotland warned it would only make the situation significantly worse. RBS used its annual ...

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Andrew Smith: Does Brexit really make Scottish independence more likely? - Co...

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Andrew Smith: Does Brexit really make Scottish independence more likely?
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THE case for another Scottish independence referendum is obvious. Scotland is about to be dragged out of the EU against the wishes of Scottish people, a move which directly undermines the promises of the Better Together campaign in 2014. Since the EU ...

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First Minister dismisses Scottish independence 'hard border' claims - AOL UK

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First Minister dismisses Scottish independence 'hard border' claims
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Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed suggestions from one of her own former ministers that Scottish independence could lead to the creation of a "hard border" between Scotland and England. Scotland's First Minister said there is no reason for anyone to ...
Nicola Sturgeon accused at public meeting of double standards over Br...

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SNP warn May against sidelining parliament over Brexit - Herald Scotland

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SNP warn May against sidelining parliament over Brexit
Herald Scotland
THERESA May was last night warned not to bypass Scotland over the EU, after it was reported she might trigger Brexit without seeking parliamentary approval. The SNP reminded the Prime Minister that, at her first official meeting with Nicola Sturgeon ...

Yes Scotland admits it was £500000 in the red after referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Yes Scotland admits it was £500000 in the red after referendum
Herald Scotland
However in May 2015, the Sunday Herald revealed the SNP had bailed out Yes Scotland with £275,000 just eight days before the referendum, then another £550,000 in November 2014. Without the money, Yes Scotland would have been unable to settle its ...

Revealed: Sturgeon's plan to win indyref2 - Herald Scotland

Revealed: Sturgeon's plan to win indyref2
Herald Scotland
NICOLA Sturgeon is to launch the SNP's long-awaited "summer initiative" on independence with a hard-nosed look at where the Yes side must improve to win next time. The First Minister will start the "national conversation" in Stirling this week, at an ...

SNP politician defends links to Orange Order - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
SNP politician defends links to Orange Order
Herald Scotland
A SENIOR SNP politician has defended accepting hospitality from one of the most ultra-Unionist groups in Scotland - the Orange Order. David Stocks, leader of the SNP opposition on North Lanarkshire Council, attended the Order's annual awards ceremony, ...

Labour would be daft not to seek a deal with the SNP - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Labour would be daft not to seek a deal with the SNP
Herald Scotland
JEREMY Corbyn and Owen Smith came to Scotland last week to reject the idea of a progressive alliance with the SNP. They left with Labour looking as if it can scarcely establish a progressive alliance with itself. At the hustings debate in Glasgow ...

Councils challenge SNP vow to double free childcare - Scotsman

Councils challenge SNP vow to double free childcare
Scotsman
Childcare minister Mark McDonald insisted that the revolutionary proposals will prove to be the SNP's government's ?most transformative project?. But in an article for Scotland on Sunday today (see opposite) he warns that councils must now do more to ...

Shelve your independence campaign, Ruth Davidson tells SNP - STV News

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Shelve your independence campaign, Ruth Davidson tells SNP
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Ruth Davidson has urged the SNP to abandon a fresh summer campaign for independence in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU. The Scottish Conservative leader called on Nicola Sturgeon to ditch the planned initiative, first announced at the SNP's ...

You're WRONG Nicola! Scotland to enjoy £2bn Brexit BOOST despite fear mongeri...

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You're WRONG Nicola! Scotland to enjoy £2bn Brexit BOOST despite fear mongering
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Scotland could see £2billion Brexit boost despite SNP boss Nicola Sturgeon's fearmongering. The First Minister last week unveiled a Scottish Government report which predicted that cutting ties with Brussels would lead to a massive reduction in the ...

Referendum (Google News)

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'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation - New York Times

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'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation
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In the June 23 referendum on British membership in the European Union, Scotland is one pristine color, voting to remain, while England and Wales are a different color, voting to leave. Similarly, in the May 2015 general elections, Scotland is again a ...
Exclusive: Elaine C Smith to host as Scottish Independence Convention reco...

Sturgeon's independence dream SHATTERED as plunging oil revenues leave £15bn ...

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Sturgeon's independence dream SHATTERED as plunging oil revenues leave £15bn black hole
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"It is time she acted like a proper First Minister, ended her unwanted plan to take us back to another toxic referendum, and allowed Scotland to move on." Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the figures were "a reality check for those calling for ...
Scotland's papers: Second re...

Yes Scotland admits it was £500000 in the red after referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Yes Scotland admits it was £500000 in the red after referendum
Herald Scotland
Yes Scotland Ltd said it had owed creditors £600,607, more than 20 times the previously stated debt. And instead of net assets of £75,117, it had emerged from the referendum nursing a £496,525 deficit. Launched in early 2013, Yes Scotland was made up ...

BBC works to restore trust in Scotland - Financial Times

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BBC works to restore trust in Scotland
Financial Times
Four days before the Scottish referendum in 2014, a group of about 1,000 gathered outside the BBC's headquarters in Glasgow to protest against perceived bias in its coverage of the independence campaign. The crowd was responding to a row between the ...

UK ministers try to woo Scotland after Brexit - Financial Times

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UK ministers try to woo Scotland after Brexit
Financial Times
The flurry of activity highlights intense jockeying for advantage between the Edinburgh and Westminster governments as they try to define the terms of debate over Scotland's relationship with Europe following the EU referendum. ?What we need to do is ...
STOP STURGEON: Scots need second referendum 'like a HOLE IN THE HEAD...

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betting.betfair

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EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit?
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One of the questions on many people's lips since the EU Referendum in June is how leaving the union would affect relationships between the different countries within the UK. After all, only England and Wales supported Brexit; Scotland and Northern ...
SNP to debate second independence referendum at party conferen...

Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: 'Secret' referendum and rabbit killers
BBC News
John Swinney faces a rebellion over his flagship school reforms this week when education experts will warn they risk undermining his attempts to help poor children to achieve better qualifications, writes the Scotland on Sunday. The SNP is demanding ...
Sturgeon in 'secret plot' for second independence referendum NEXT YEARE...

Police Scotland report an increase in hate crimes following the EU referendum...

Scottish Daily Record
Police Scotland report an increase in hate crimes following the EU referendum
Scottish Daily Record
This racist note was delivered to some houses in Cambridgshire after the Brexit vote. THE number of hate crimes reported to police in Scotland rose slightly in the week following the EU referendum . There were 121 hate crimes reported to the police ...

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

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

Scottish Resistance chucks Sean Clerkin out of their groovy gang
With the Corbynistas hogging the limelight this week in conjunction with the Sex Pistols old record label's former owner, have missed out seeing our own Buckled Lefties? © Reynard (Deceased) managing to machine gun themselves in the foot again. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sean-cle...

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...

Politician Spotting
I quite like the fact that MSPs mingle with us on public transport. Yesterday I spotted Mrs Doubtfire (Annabel Goldie) at Queen Street Station and Mike 'grumpy' Russell at Waverley Station. How many points do I get for these spots? At least I recognised this pair. There should be a points system...

Wings fined by electoral commission
Fined £750 according to the Guardian. Failure to comply complete spending returns apparently.

Daisley binned
I see Stephen Daisley has been binned/ reined in by STV. He actually started out as a pretty decent writer, but seemed to develop a weird hatred of the SNP over time and, towards the end was just a typical entitled Scottish journalist, lashing out at anyone connected with the SNP, sooking up ...

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 ...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

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...

Scottish Daily Newspaper Sales Down (Again)
Thought some would be interested to read this. Figures for UK "regional" daily newspapers. All in decline.  http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2016/news/cuts-hit-regional-daily-newspaper-tops-abc-league/ Anyone know why the Daily Record isn't listed ? Paisley Daily Express ...

Euro Disney Paris- Anyone Been ?
Looking to take the family to euro disney paris, end of june / first week in july,Anyone been before ?Can they reccomend a travel company?

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

Lord Provost Lampost
Bought a house last year and always had a love hate with the lampost in the garden/drive.    I was preparing to remove it when I was told by the old boy across the road that i couldn't. So i was going to light it but again was told i couldn't. So whats the point?    Tried asking c...

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

Rio 2016
Unlikely to be seeing scenes like this...  

World Incidents
Why don't they ever happen when big events such as the World Cup,  Olympics or any other major event is happening?    And not necessarily sports.  I know Scotty was having a difficult time, but I miss his insight to these questions.    I also gave him a hard time/tough questions - hope he too...

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Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...