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SNP approves 'anti abortion' candidate who opposed adoption rights for gay co...
28 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
THE SNP has come under fire from equality campaigners over claims that one of its top Holyrood candidates expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools and pledged to vote for new restrictions on abortion.

SNP continue by-election success as Holyrood elections loom
27 Nov 2015 at 11:54am
The SNP has maintained its progress at the ballot box, holding two seats with swings in its favour in the latest Scottish council by-elections.

Calls for stamp duty replacement tax review
25 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
Property experts have called for a review of Scotland's stamp duty replacement as new analysis shows it could face a shortfall of more than £30 million in its first year.

John Swinney: Scottish Government will do everything within its power to prot...
25 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
The Scottish Government has pledged to do everything it can to protect families north of the border from further austerity measures to be announced by the Chancellor.

Nicola Sturgeon: I will consider action against Natalie McGarry but I need mo...
24 Nov 2015 at 5:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will consider action against Natalie McGarry, the SNP MP at the centre of an inquiry into approximately £30,000 that has gone missing from a pro-independence campaign group.

Nicola Sturgeon: George Osborne should abandon 'potentially catastrophic' tax...
24 Nov 2015 at 8:43am
Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help.

Police probe high-profile independence campaign group over missing cash
23 Nov 2015 at 12:52pm
A POLICE probe has been launched into the finances of a high-profile independence campaign group.

New hybrid tax most popular scheme to replace council tax
23 Nov 2015 at 12:09am
A NEW hybrid local tax, based on both property and income, looks certain to be among the recommendations of a government-backed commission after a survey revealed strong support for sweeping reforms of council tax.

Dugdale school bill pledges £1000 for every poor child
23 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
Head teachers will be given £1,000 for every poor child in their school and the discretion over how to spend it if Holyrood backs Labour's proposal for a fair start fund, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has pledged.

Scotland Bill row deepens as Holyrood prepares to ask for even more powers
23 Nov 2015 at 12:49am
The constitutional struggle between Holyrood and Westminster is set to intensify after SNP sources revealed ministers are considering campaigning for new powers in a second Scotland Bill even before the current one has reached the Statute Book.

Judge in Alistair Carmichael court case was an "active member" of the SNP
19 Nov 2015 at 7:03pm
ONE of the two election court judges deciding the fate of former LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael was previously an "active member" of the SNP.

French say bon appétit to Scottish whisky and salmon as exports soar
19 Nov 2015 at 7:56pm
Why are the French drinking less wine? The phenomenon has been put down to the recession, a decline in traditional family mealtimes and even the realisation across the channel that a daily tipple is just not particularly good for you.

FMQs sketch: Kez and Ruth come bearing gifts to Nicola's anniversary party
19 Nov 2015 at 1:36pm
HAPPY anniversary, Nicola. A year to the day in the top job.

Video: Nicola Sturgeon overtakes Alex Salmond to win The Herald Politician of...
20 Nov 2015 at 8:22am
NICOLA Sturgeon has won the top accolade at The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards, on the first anniversary of her becoming First Minister.

Labour MSP James Kelly joins fight for list slots as battle within party inte...
20 Nov 2015 at 6:14am
ANOTHER Labour constituency MSP has joined the fight for list slots for next May's Holyrood election, as an internal battle within the party intensifies.



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First Scots banknotes signed by a woman circulated
29 Nov 2015 at 1:31pm
The first ever Scottish banknotes to be signed by a woman are going into circulation.

David Mundell: Tories can overtake Labour in Scotland
29 Nov 2015 at 1:29pm
A leading Scottish Conservative has insisted they can “absolutely” overtake Labour and become Holyrood’s second largest party in next year’s elections.

Ruth Davidson: Named person plan could end in tragedy
29 Nov 2015 at 12:22pm
The Scottish Government’s controversial policy of appointing a “named person” for every child could result in “tragedy”, Tory leader Ruth Davidson has claimed.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots to train Syria peace-makers
29 Nov 2015 at 8:37am
Scotland is to help train Syrian women who are involved in the peace process, the First Minister has announced.

Hannah McGill: sexist dinosaur attitude deserves a goring
28 Nov 2015 at 9:39pm
Last week the American movie blogger Jeffrey Wells got backs up by tweeting about the new Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant, “Forget women seeing this.”

Grant Shapps forced to resign over Tory bullying claims
28 Nov 2015 at 8:37pm
ONE of David Cameron’s government ministers was forced to resign yesterday following claims that he had failed to take action against allegations of bullying in the Conservative youth wing.

£45k cost of Alex Salmond food and drink bill
28 Nov 2015 at 8:18pm
ALEX Salmond spent £45,000 on food, drink, and catering at receptions and almost £3,000 on hotels in his final two months as First Minister, documents released under freedom of information laws showed.

Leader: United we stand in Europe
28 Nov 2015 at 8:02pm
THE arguments over whether the United Kingdom should vote to stay within the European Union will, by and large, be about the economic benefits or otherwise of the relationship.

Jeannette Ellwood: Big landowners have become a law unto themselves
28 Nov 2015 at 8:01pm
LAND reform, long overdue in Scotland, is in Holyrood’s sights. Landowners, not surprisingly, are fighting it, particularly the underlying idea that they are land carers as much a property owners.

Murray urges free vote on air strikes in Syria
28 Nov 2015 at 7:52pm
THE turmoil engulfing Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour escalated yesterday when Ian Murray, the shadow Scottish Secretary, signalled that the party should give MPs a free vote on Syrian air strikes.

Comment: Osborne?s tampon tax ?gift? is an insult to women
28 Nov 2015 at 7:51pm
I BET whichever Spad/civil servant it was that first came up with the idea of using the tampon tax to fund domestic violence refuges (and other women’s health and support services) thought he’d played an absolute blinder.

Euan McColm: Corbyn?s leadership has brought nothing but strife
28 Nov 2015 at 7:41pm
‘I REMEMBER,” said a Labour activist, “when we used to say things can only get better. Now we say things can’t get any worse. Then they do.”Even those in his party who pred­icted Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership would be a disaster must surely be astonished at just how quickly things have gone so very wrong.

Dani Garavelli: what future for Women for Independence?
28 Nov 2015 at 7:37pm
ON AUGUST 12, 2012 – two months before the Edinburgh Agreement was reached – a press release landed on news editors’ desks, announcing the launch of a new campaign group: Women for Independence.

Thousands join climate change march in the capital
28 Nov 2015 at 5:15pm
THOUSANDS of people have marched through Edinburgh to call for tougher action to tackle climate change.

Grant Shapps resigns over Tory bullying claims
28 Nov 2015 at 3:12pm
GOVERNMENT minister Grant Shapps has resigned amid allegations he failed to act on claims of bullying in the Tory youth wing, Downing Street said.

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The monstrous detriment of women
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2015 at 12:44pm
We were considering having a day off today, readers. There’s absolutely nothing of any note happening in Scottish politics, and the papers have been reduced to scraping up all manner of barely-reheated leftover dregs to fill their pages. But then someone drew our attention to something in Scotland On Sunday about the ongoing Women For Independence fiasco, and we …

Poking the bear
by Chris Cairns
28 Nov 2015 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The go-to guy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Nov 2015 at 2:44pm
For reasons which defy all known science, John McTernan remains the first number on the BBC’s speed-dial list when they need a commentator to represent Labour views. It’s a remarkable editorial decision, given that McTernan despises the party’s current leadership almost beyond words, and it doesn’t seem too fond of him either. But on today’s …

Another vow delivered
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Nov 2015 at 12:11pm
On the left, the Conservatives’ 2015 general election manifesto. On the right, yesterday’s Press & Journal. We wish we could even fake surprise.

The conjurer?s assistants
by Lindsay Bruce
26 Nov 2015 at 5:11pm
Yesterday George Osborne treated us to an Autumn Statement in which he performed one of the most remarkable political U-turns in living memory. The apparent need to cut £12bn from the welfare budget has long been sign-posted by the Tories as a requirement to getting us ?back in the black? and on the road to …

A grand bonanza
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Nov 2015 at 12:53pm
At today’s First Minister’s Questions, the Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale oddly chose to spend her entire allotted time not on any current issues affecting Scotland, but on attacking the SNP’s 2013 White Paper on independence, seemingly unaware that the referendum was held 14 months ago and resulted in a win for the No side. Happily …

Justified Ancients Of Mao
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Nov 2015 at 9:49am
Here’s our old pal John McTernan, angrily condemning Labour’s shadow Chancellor John McDonnell quoting Chairman Mao to make a point in the Commons yesterday: And for once he’s right. What sort of vile cretin would go around quoting Mao? We don’t really need to zoom out on that, do we? God bless him. (He’s not even right. …

Daily Record Maths For Beginners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2015 at 11:08am
We tweeted this yesterday: Increasingly, the line between satire of the Scottish media and reality is non-existent. The Record has pushed the “£30,000″ figure relentlessly. But as we already know the paper isn’t too great with numbers, it seemed worth taking a closer look at the figures. The Record’s only “source” is that it claims …

Down memory lane
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Nov 2015 at 12:26pm
Ah, the good old days. Obviously, actually including the exact phrases “within 45 minutes” and “weapons of mass destruction” might have been a little bit too near the knuckle, but the message comes across just the same: “Here we go again.”

The missing story
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Nov 2015 at 12:59pm
The Daily Record has this on its front page today. And that’s fine. The tale of a five-figure sum of money which might (or might not) have gone missing from the accounts of Women For Independence, who’ve promptly called the police to investigate an apparent discrepancy between their donated income and their expenditure, is entirely …

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Peace process training for Syrian women
29 Nov 2015 at 12:42am
Scotland is to offer training in negotiation and communication skills to Syrian women involved in the peace process.

'No majority yet' for Syria strikes
29 Nov 2015 at 6:23pm
The defence secretary says there is not yet a Commons majority for air strikes in Syria, as Labour's leader says he is deciding whether to give his MPs a free vote.

Child diabetes campaign launched
29 Nov 2015 at 12:43am
A campaign is launched to encourage warning signs of type 1 diabetes to be spotted earlier in children.

Thousands join climate change march
28 Nov 2015 at 4:42pm
Thousands of people march in Edinburgh to demand that the Scottish and UK governments act to prevent climate change.

Anti-racism march welcomes refugees
28 Nov 2015 at 4:16pm
An anti-racism march in Glasgow sends out a message that refugees are welcome in Scotland.

Scottish Greens re-elect co-convener
27 Nov 2015 at 3:57pm
Maggie Chapman maintains her position as co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, following a leadership election.

Anti-terror plans 'updated' after Paris
27 Nov 2015 at 4:18pm
Anti-terrorism police in Scotland have reviewed and updated their training and planning in the wake of the Paris attacks, officers reveal.

Key Syria questions 'remain unanswered'
26 Nov 2015 at 12:14pm
The SNP says it will not support air strikes in Syria unless the prime minister is able to address "key questions" that "remain unanswered".

Green light for £330m hub projects
26 Nov 2015 at 4:12pm
Scotland's finance secretary John Swinney gives the go-ahead for 12 new capital investment projects worth £330m.

College merger programme 'a failure'
27 Nov 2015 at 12:49am
A college merger programme is called "a failure" by lecturers, who say it "largely failed to deliver what it promised".

Salmond's portrait unveiling criticised
26 Nov 2015 at 6:53pm
Former first minister Alex Salmond is criticised for unveiling a new portrait in Edinburgh on the day MPs discussed possible military action in Syria.

SNP holds seats in by-elections
27 Nov 2015 at 10:53am
The SNP holds two seats on Fife Council following by-elections in the Dunfermline North and Rosyth wards.

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

Margaret Thatcher's legacy in Scotland
28 Nov 2015 at 12:32am
Why Margaret Thatcher still divides Scotland after 25 years

Will carbon capture come to the UK?
29 Nov 2015 at 12:43am
Will carbon capture ever happen in the UK?

Scot Goes Pop

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

There are no consolation prizes for getting it wrong because you erred on the...
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2015 at 8:24pm
As you may have seen, Derek Bateman commented yesterday on my post about his views on the timing of a possible second independence referendum.  I won't try your patience with a full dissertation by...

The Daisley Commandments (even God only had ten)
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 10:40pm
1. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the United States of America, the greatest force for good in the modern world.2. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the State of Israel, which sitteth at the right h...

SNP live the high life in Fife as they soar to two by-election wins on big sw...
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 12:31am
There were two by-elections in Fife yesterday - and they both featured the familiar STV paradox (so lovingly misunderstood by Lib Dem commentators when it suits them) of a party 'defending' the sea...

There's a difference between disempowerment and democracy
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2015 at 6:23pm
Given the reaction to John McDonnell brandishing Mao's Little Red Book yesterday, it's probably not the best idea for me to start quoting Karl Marx, and actually I'm going to avoid that danger beca...

The State We're In
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2015 at 5:21pm
Episode 3 of Phantom Power's Altered State series is now out, featuring contributions from myself, Greg Moodie, Derek Bateman, Paul Kavanagh, Christopher Silver and Professor John Robertson. Bear ...

To survive as leader, all Corbyn has to do is decide to survive
by James Kelly
24 Nov 2015 at 5:05pm
You know, it's on days like this that Mike "can't be arsed" Smithson utterly baffles me.  The title of his post on Stormfront Lite this morning was "You can get 11/8 on Corbyn being leader at gener...

Labour MPs don't need a free vote to exercise the same freedom that Corbyn en...
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2015 at 3:24pm
Amidst all the uncertainty about the position Labour will take on bombing Syria, one thing that intensely irritates me is the claim of the party's "moderates" that Jeremy Corbyn has no business imp...

It's a ComRes corker : GB-wide poll points to continued SNP dominance in Scot...
by James Kelly
21 Nov 2015 at 9:42pm
Tonight's much-trailed GB-wide ComRes poll is out, with the most eye-catching finding being that 40% of respondents agree that Jeremy Corbyn should be "removed by Labour MPs", while only 31% disagr...

From a strategic point of view, who should we want to win the Oldham West and...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2015 at 6:26pm
Hopefully my radar isn't faulty on too many occasions, but it's probably fair to say my headline one year ago today of 'Is Rochester and Strood the most important by-election since Darlington 1983?...

Teaser on Thursday
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2015 at 7:00am
I've come down with a heavy cold, so instead of a long blogpost today, here's a quick poser for you.There are two European states with elected monarchies.  Can you name at least one of the very sma...

SNP hold 30% lead in new Ipsos-Mori telephone poll
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2015 at 2:56pm
We actually haven't had much to go on recently as far as Holyrood voting intention polling is concerned - there was the TNS poll last week, but as usual much of the fieldwork for that was already o...

Solidarity are more likely than RISE to take a seat next year
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2015 at 3:10am
I very rarely make predictions on this blog, but having thought about this subject so much recently I'm going to stick my neck out and make two tentative forecasts for next May : 1) the two radical...

Vote "tactical", get Tory
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2015 at 5:50pm
It would be interesting to know whether it's now the editorial policy of Bella Caledonia to promote the bogus idea that "tactical voting on the list" is feasible, or whether it's just coincidence t...

Is Andrew Neil's Scottish fanbase much bigger than we ever suspected?
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2015 at 6:32pm
To test his suspicion that the BBC's Scotland 2015 has a very low number of viewers (perhaps as few as 5000 per night), RevStu used his latest Panelbase poll to ask respondents which political/curr...

Yes draws level for the first time ever in independence Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
14 Nov 2015 at 4:03pm
As you may already have seen, the first detail from the new Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland has been released - and it's the headline numbers on independence.Should Scotland be an independen...

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McAvoy believes Scotland will have a 'conscious uncoupling' with UK
29 Nov 2015 at 6:09pm
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Ghostbusters: Clydebank Style
29 Nov 2015 at 5:43pm
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Camping across Scotland under threat of ban from Forestry Commission
29 Nov 2015 at 5:09pm
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Three Scots Make "Scotch" Whisky At George Washington's Mount Vernon
29 Nov 2015 at 4:49pm
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Anybody remember this gem of cinematic mastery?
29 Nov 2015 at 3:33pm
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APB - One Day : Scottish brilliance that never made it to the big stage
29 Nov 2015 at 3:26pm
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Great Britain wins the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936
29 Nov 2015 at 3:14pm
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Scottish Twitter
29 Nov 2015 at 2:32pm
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In 1978 scots runner Robin Thomas completed the Triple 100 Challenge: run 100...
29 Nov 2015 at 1:54pm
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Scottish Warriors Sausage Temptations
29 Nov 2015 at 12:08pm
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Italia 90. Costa Rica have made a movie about their adventures at the World C...
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ScottishGovernment - News - Scotland to work with UN on Syria peace initiative
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Labour councillor in 'nepotism' row abandons Holyrood bid
29 Nov 2015 at 10:26am
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Sturgeon accepts UN invitation to host international woman's summit for peace...
29 Nov 2015 at 8:28am
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Deery me: A butcher has claimed the traditional Scottish haggis recipe is wrong
28 Nov 2015 at 8:47pm
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Daily Record

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Equality campaigners question SNP candidate's suitability over anti-gay marri...
by Record Reporter
29 Nov 2015 at 1:26pm
SOPHIA COYLE reportedly told a Christian blogger she did not support gay marriage.

Pressure mounts on SNP as Nicola Sturgeon is urged to reveal when the party b...
by Lynn McPherson
29 Nov 2015 at 11:27am
LABOUR'S Jackie Baillie has written to the First Minister asking for answers about allegations made against MP Natalie McGarry.

Gerry Hassan: This is nothing less than a battle for the soul of Britain - an...
by Gerry Hassan
29 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
WHAT is coming to pass as the new mainstream of British politics is something unimaginable even a few years ago, reckons GERRY HASSAN.

Tory minister Grant Shapps dramatically quits amid claims of inaction over bu...
by Record Reporter
28 Nov 2015 at 9:20pm
SHAPPS said the slew of allegations about behaviour by Mark Clarke when he was party chairman had convinced him that the "buck should stop with me".

Record View: Labour go to war with themselves over Syria
by Record View
28 Nov 2015 at 12:50pm
RECORD VIEW says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has to pull his party together and show a united front on the issue of whether to launch airstrikes in Syria.

SNP chiefs must keep cracking the whip, says ex-chief of staff to Alex Salmond
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2015 at 9:01pm
STRATEGIST'S warning as Natalie McGarry scandal hits party before Holyrood poll.

Natalie McGarry handed four-figure sum to Women for Independence before the g...
by David Clegg
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
THE SNP MP is said to have provided the cash in a bid to sort out the "shambles" after financial discrepancies were revealed in the organisation's accounts.

George Osborne will claw back £1600 from working families despite his humilia...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
EXPERTS say the new universal credit system that is in the pipeline will slash welfare just as much as was being planned under tax-credit cuts.

Record View: Alex Salmond paints a poor picture of himself by purring at his ...
by Record View
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
THE former First Minister should not have let his renowned ego run away with itself given his position as  foreign affairs spokesman for the SNP.

Frankie Boyle tells David Cameron 'don't bomb Syria' as 25,000 prepare to pro...
by Dan Bloom
26 Nov 2015 at 6:05pm
The outspoken comic is one of 23 people who have signed a letter begging the PM to block air strikes - with Jeremy Corbyn opposing bombing too

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Thinking about ?terrorism?? Why Not Try the Movies?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2015 at 12:26pm
To Bomb or not to Bomb? That is the question. Why do they do it? Why would anyone do it? How did “normal” kids from Brussels, Paris or Bradford end up doing something like THAT? Something so extraordinary and terrible as detonate themselves on a tube train or get out of a car outside a …

The Climate
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2015 at 12:08pm
naturally It was an old car, slow as literature. Wings muddy and bulbous; seats stitched and cold, of overlapped leather; the stick a clammy lollipop. The small wet rubber hoods on the foot-levers were smooth, although one of them had a rip, the brake naturally. The front passenger was a publisher.                 Let’s go.                 …

Important Stories
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Nov 2015 at 10:50am
I didn?t want you cosy and neat and limited I didn?t want you to be understood Understandable I wanted you to stay mad and limitless Neither bound to me nor bound to anyone else’s or your own preconceived idea of yourself.. (Margaret Tait, ?To anyone at all?) ?Historical analogy is the last refuge of people …

Our youth, from the trigger to the heart
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Nov 2015 at 5:12pm
This piece was submitted by Paul MacGrady, a 22-year-old postgraduate student in History in Sciences Po Paris and Bella reader who has studied in Scotland. He lives in the XIth arrondissement of Paris. This is his account. The 13th of November, from one side of the rifle to the other, from the finger on the trigger to …

A Carrying Stream
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Nov 2015 at 11:49am
Last year Colin Waters wrote: “Throw a stone in Edinburgh or Glasgow today and you?ll hit a poet. The Scottish spoken word scene has exploded, reaching a level of popularity last seen in the late 1970s, another era, coincidentally, when the issue of Scottish self-determination was in the air. A generation of poets has emerged …

Consumer Jesus for Black Friday
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Nov 2015 at 11:00am
“It really isn’t Christmas till you’re broke …”

Challenging Patrick
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Nov 2015 at 9:37am
As the polls close on the Scottish Greens co-convener elections, William Mohieddeen (@Mocko500) argues that Patrick Harvie?s leadership of the Scottish Greens must now come under scrutiny. The Scottish Greens now come away from a keenly contested female co-convenership election ready to enter the Holyrood election campaign. The debate between Maggie Chapman and Zara Kitson, …

People Like You
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Nov 2015 at 12:08am
For all the desperate media spin at Osborne’s half-baked repositioning and the relentless assault on Labour, you are reminded by Matthew Hancock’s slipped-mask not of Jeremy Corbyn or John McDonnell but Aneurin Bevan, who said: “No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. …

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Scotland to train female Syrian peacemakers in conflict resolution
by Libby Brooks
29 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
In a UN initiative, Scotland will host an international women?s summit to support Syrian women in negotiation rolesScotland is to offer training to the Syrian women involved in building a lasting peace in the region.Nicola Sturgeon announced she has accepted an invitation from the UN special envo...

Grassic Gibbon was a true Scottish radical | Letters
by Leters
26 Nov 2015 at 7:31pm
It is gratifying to see that Lewis Grassic Gibbon?s classic Sunset Song has now been made into a film by the wonderful Terence Davies (Loons and queans and orramen by James Nughtie, G2, 25 November). It will hopefully lead to his Scots Quair trilogy finding a new and wider readership. His writing...

Scottish farmer facing eviction wins last-minute reprieve
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Nov 2015 at 1:29pm
Andrew Stoddart and his family, who were told they must leave farm he has tended for 22 years, secure eviction postponement after talks with landlordA tenant farmer facing immediate eviction with minimal compensation has won an 11th-hour reprieve in a case that has galvanised the land rights move...

Police Scotland criticised for breaching law to spy on journalists' sources
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Nov 2015 at 4:02pm
Watchdog says failures of police service, which intercepted communications without judicial approval, were ?reckless?Police Scotland has been described as ?reckless? by a privacy watchdog that found it breached the law on intercepting communications five times to spy on journalists? sources.The I...

SNP MP at centre of missing donations claim withdraws from party whip
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Nov 2015 at 8:28am
Natalie McGarry ?determined to clear her name? in wake of alleged discrepancies in accounts of Women for Independence campaign groupThe SNP MP at the centre of allegations that tens of thousands of pounds in donations may be missing from the pro-independence campaign group she helped to set up ha...

SNP MP Natalie McGarry linked to missing donations claim
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
24 Nov 2015 at 5:43pm
Questions raised over role played by Glasgow East MP after independence group calls in police to investigate discrepanciesAn SNP MP has been linked to an allegation that tens of thousands of pounds in donations may be missing from the prominent pro-independence campaign group she helped to set up...

Labour urges Nicola Sturgeon to suspend SNP MP Natalie McGarry
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
24 Nov 2015 at 11:04am
Questions raised about role played by McGarry after campaign group members said donated money had gone missingNicola Sturgeon says that she needs more information before taking action over the case of Scottish National party MP Natalie McGarry, after revelations linking her to an allegation that ...

Scottish independence group calls in police over missing donations
by Libby Brooks, Scotland correspondent
23 Nov 2015 at 9:47am
Women for Independence says it has identified discrepancy between its donation income and its expenditureOne of the most significant grassroots organisations to emerge from the Scottish independence referendum campaign has revealed that tens of thousands of pounds have gone missing from donations...

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Great British double standards
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2015 at 5:28pm
There are two kinds of people in the United Kingdom. There are those who divide people into two kinds of people, and there are those who don’t. If you’re one of the former you can also divide people in the United Kingdom into two kinds, those who are allowed to level accusations of Nazi behaviour …

A fatal fart bomb in a trance
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2015 at 3:35pm
We live in a country where policy is decided on the basis of appearance and not substance. In UK politics it’s not the Christmas present that’s important it’s the shininess of the wrapping on the big boxes under the tree. Only they contain nothing but air that’s been warmed up by a passage through the …

Altered State : part 3
by weegingerdug
25 Nov 2015 at 1:19pm
The third and final instalment of Phantom Power’s documentary looking at the role of the media during the independence referendum campaign.

Apocalypse vow
by weegingerdug
23 Nov 2015 at 6:53pm
So you remember all those things that were going to be safe only if Scotland voted No last year? How’s that all working out then. It would appear that the infamous vow wasn’t so much of a vow as a serving suggestion with ingredients that Scotland wouldn’t be allowed to eat on account of us …

A short blog break and a book launch
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2015 at 9:59pm
I’m going to have a short break from blogging because I’ve got a visitor coming from the USA and my services as a tour guide will be required. Peter is a very special friend, we’ve chatted online for 18 years but had never actually met until I visited Boston over the summer. When you chat …

Matron Dugdale?s Bide-a-Wee Mitigation Care Home
by weegingerdug
11 Nov 2015 at 10:48pm
This week’s word is mitigation. It was last week’s word too, and it will be next week’s as well, and the week after that, stretching ahead into a depressing future where it doesn’t matter if you take the red pill or the blue pill – you’re always going to wake up with the Tories. In …

The fog of Union
by weegingerdug
10 Nov 2015 at 1:09am
The vow was the cunning plan of the Unionists in the last fevered days of the independence referendum. The entire point of the vow was to phrase things in a sufficiently vague manner so that the Westminions could claim that what was on the table was superdooper devomax, the most federocious federalissimo, and the devolviest …

Remembering the appearance of things
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2015 at 3:23am
So it was Remembrance Sunday yesterday, warmongerers and advisors to arms companies put on their best suits and their blood red poppies and stood in silence in memory of those they’d killed in the furtherance of their careers and for the advancement of their bank balances. Tony Blair was there, bowed like a vulture weeping …

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Graeme Pearson ? Labour Party Spokesman for Justice ? Visionary ? Opportunist...
by caltonjock
28 Nov 2015 at 4:37am
  Graeme Pearson   Organised Crime in Scotland – One mans solution to the problem – Report Card: Failed This is a report on the ever increasing problems in Scotland centered on organised crime, illegal drugs manufacture and distribution and othe anti social activities. It covers the period 2004 – 2015 a time in which …

Willie Rennie ? A confidence trickster who clings to public office like a ?ch...
by caltonjock
17 Nov 2015 at 7:59pm
A fool or just deluded?       Willie Rennie – A confidence trickster who repeatedly tries to deceive the Scottish electorate with false claims and innuendo seeking to gain political advantage over the SNP government via some form of pretense or deception. Rennie is readily available to the right-wing Scottish press and media frequently …

Who the hell Runs Scotland? ? Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who
by caltonjock
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm
  A pictorial view of a corporate elite network   Who the hell Runs Scotland? – Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who Corporate elites have penetrated political and cultural networks in Scotland benefitting from the patronage of institutional connections. In this environment lobbying is seen as worthwhile by business interests, evidenced in the ever expanding …

The Tories never yet have taken up a cause which they did not ultimately betray
by caltonjock
15 Nov 2015 at 11:37am
        Cameron is playing cat and mouse with Scot’s on independence Despite repeated assertions from David Cameron that independence was for Scot’s to decide, without unwelcome input from Westminster, the Tory government used every trick in the book seeking, together with others to deny the SNP a fair campaign in the independence …

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

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

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

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

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Judge: victim "condoned" and "acquiesced" in her rape
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
HM Advocate v. SSM is a case of rape, and a case of the sexual abuse of children. In May this year, SSM was foung guilty by a jury in the High Court in Glasgow of seven charges. These are summarised in the Appeal Court's judgment this afternoon. I caution you. The details are unpleasant. But understanding the facts of the case is critical to con...

Glasgow: Forgetting slavery?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
"Don't keep your head down. Look up." Whether you're trudging through Glasgow in the summer sleet, or the winter snow, the local sometimes needs reminded to contemplate the grandeur of the place. Edinburgh's skyline sucks the air out of you, a jagged man-made silhouette of spikes and spires. Glasgow's mountainous legacy of wealth is more easily ...

Critical friends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm
Whenever media commentators talk about SNP supporters or politicians being uncritical drones, I always assume they either have few Nationalist friends, or spend too much time on Twitter. In July, Iain Martin argued the party was turning into a "sinister personality cult". Today, Stephen Daisley writes that "the nationalist movement desperately n...

Compassion, lighting up the human heart...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Nov 2015 at 1:13pm
This semester, I have been teaching jurisprudence, taking our law students through centuries of ideas about justice and mercy, of morality and law. It has been a fascinating - and sometimes challenging - process, reacquainting me with thinkers whose work I last considered in earnest some years ago. Just this week, we were talking about states of...

Three days in November
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Nov 2015 at 4:20pm
Alistair Carmichael must have had better weeks. For three days, his character has been under the judicial microscope. If Tavish Scott seemed black-affronted by the idea of testifying before the election court, Mr Carmichael's experience must have been altogether more mortifying. The former Secretary of State for Scotland appears to have approach...

by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Nov 2015 at 6:17pm
Halloween's blog had a necessarily negative theme. Some correspondents felt I was being unconstructive in emphasising the limits of Holyrood's powers instead of the opportunities to blunt the impact of the proposed changes to tax credits. Holyrood has no direct authority over tax credits rates and tapers: this we know. If the moneys can be found...

Kezia Dugdale: Doctoring with a cudgel...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
31 Oct 2015 at 4:57pm
Can Scottish Labour "reverse" Tory tax credits cuts, like-for-like? That's a money question, and an administrative question, but it is also a legal question. Scottish devolution is subject to an increasingly complicated set of founding documents and diktats. I sympathise with the bamboozled public. I sympathise with the bamboozled commentariat t...

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

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
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The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up?
by Gerry
2 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 1st 2015 Scottish Labour met this weekend. This used to be the key political gathering in Scotland. No longer. But the party is in better spirits than many would think after the May 2015 wipeout. It is a party changing. It ...

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead' - B...
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm

BBC News
Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead'
BBC News
A one-time adviser to former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has written an online blog saying the current case for an independent Scotland "is dead". Alex Bell, who was Mr Salmond's head of policy for three years, believed the SNP's model was ...

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Scottish independence group contacts police over missing donations - Irish Times
23 Nov 2015 at 1:54pm

Irish Times
Scottish independence group contacts police over missing donations
Irish Times
A prominent Scottish pro-independence group has called in police over tens of thousands of pounds in donations that have gone missing. Women for Independence (WFI) reported discrepancies between donations made to the organisation and its ...
Women for Independence calls in police over missing donationsshropsh...

James McAvoy claims Scotland will separate from the UK within the next ten ye...
29 Nov 2015 at 4:39pm

The Independent
James McAvoy claims Scotland will separate from the UK within the next ten years
The Independent
McAvoy made the comments on Scottish Independence when talking to the Sunday Times Culture magazine. Without saying which way he voted in last year's referendum, the actor says he thinks independence will happen within the next ten years, and ...
James McAvoy believes Scotland will have ...

£45k cost of Alex Salmond food and drink bill - Scotsman
28 Nov 2015 at 8:28pm

£45k cost of Alex Salmond food and drink bill
... Edinburgh and Stirling castles during his final weeks in office in the aftermath of the independence referendum defeat. Salmond's expenditure included more than £30,000 to cover the cost of two receptions at Stirling Castle to celebrate Scotland ...

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ... -...
29 Nov 2015 at 3:15pm

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ...
BuzzFeed News
Organisers hope the camp will eventually house 100 people, having drawn inspiration from from the 14th century declaration of Scottish independence known as the Declaration of Arbroath, which stated: ?As long as but 100 of us remain alive, never will ...

Poll: Scots love Nicola Sturgeon - City A.M.
1 Nov 2015 at 4:42pm

City A.M.
Poll: Scots love Nicola Sturgeon
City A.M.
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has been rated the most popular and "widely appreciated" living person for Scots, according to new analysis. The YouGov analysis of close to 30,000 Scottish people revealed that out of 5,000 public figures ...

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The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized...
8 Nov 2015 at 6:43am

Democratic Audit UK
The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized ...
Democratic Audit UK
16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for ...

MSP Scandal: Women for Independence pulled the plug on Natalie McGarry's ... ...
28 Nov 2015 at 8:58am

Scottish Daily Record
MSP Scandal: Women for Independence pulled the plug on Natalie McGarry's ...
Scottish Daily Record
She said: ?It now appears that Women for Independence had concerns about Natalie McGarry as far back as February, despite claims they only became aware of this problem in the summer. We now need full transparency from both the SNP and Women for ...
Dani Garavelli: what future for...


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Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of trying to capitalise on Syria crisis - ...
29 Nov 2015 at 6:22pm

The Courier
Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of trying to capitalise on Syria crisis
The Courier
Mr Salmond, the SNP's spokesman for foreign affairs in Westminster, was criticised for snubbing Mr Cameron's Syria statement on Thursday in the Commons in favour of engagements in Edinburgh, including the unveiling of a portrait of himself. His party ...

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MSP want to quiz Justice Secretary over police 'illegal surveillance' - Glasg...
29 Nov 2015 at 4:03pm

MSP want to quiz Justice Secretary over police 'illegal surveillance'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Graeme Pearon, Labour's justice spokesman, said: " Michael Matheson has said he knew nothing about this case but he has been SNP Justice Secretary for more than a year now, and has been invisible during the biggest crisis of confidence in Scottish ...

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Call for Justice Secretary to face questions from MSPs over police 'illegal ....
29 Nov 2015 at 3:59pm

The Courier
Call for Justice Secretary to face questions from MSPs over police 'illegal ...
The Courier
Graeme Pearon, Labour's justice spokesman, said: "Michael Matheson has said he knew nothing about this case but he has been SNP Justice Secretary for more than a year now, and has been invisible during the biggest crisis of confidence in Scottish ...

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Call for Justice Secretary to faces questions from MSPs over police 'illegal ...
29 Nov 2015 at 3:59pm

The Courier
Call for Justice Secretary to faces questions from MSPs over police 'illegal ...
The Courier
Graeme Pearon, Labour's justice spokesman, said: "Michael Matheson has said he knew nothing about this case but he has been SNP Justice Secretary for more than a year now, and has been invisible during the biggest crisis of confidence in Scottish ...

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MSP want to quiz Justice Secretary over police 'illegal surveillance' - Heral...
29 Nov 2015 at 3:29pm

Herald Scotland
MSP want to quiz Justice Secretary over police 'illegal surveillance'
Herald Scotland
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson is being urged to come to Parliament and answer questions from MSPs after police carried out "illegal surveillance" in a bid to find out more details of journalistic sources. Former officer Gerry Gallacher was ...

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Labour question SNP over £90 million cost of redundancy package payouts to .....
29 Nov 2015 at 2:40pm

Scottish Daily Record
Labour question SNP over £90 million cost of redundancy package payouts to ...
Scottish Daily Record
Their public services spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: ?College mergers are one of the few public sector reforms undertaken by this SNP Government and it has been a complete failure, not least for the 140,000 students who have been locked out of ...

Equality campaigners question SNP candidate's suitability over anti-gay ... -...
29 Nov 2015 at 1:27pm

Scottish Daily Record
Equality campaigners question SNP candidate's suitability over anti-gay ...
Scottish Daily Record
EQUALITY campaigners have blasted the SNP over claims that one of their top Holyrood election candidates is against gay marriage and adoption. North Lanarkshire councillor Sophia Coyle reportedly told a Christian blogger she did not support gay ...

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Lack of specialist centres for young people with mental health problems attac...
29 Nov 2015 at 1:04pm

Lack of specialist centres for young people with mental health problems attacked
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP government are in denial. There has been not one additional consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist appointed since 2008." Separate figures published earlier this week showed just 73% of children with mental health problems began treatment ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...
Alex Salmond told us why another independe...

SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referend...
8 Nov 2015 at 8:03pm

The Independent
SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referendum
The Independent
The Scottish Government should have the power to call a second referendum on independence with or without Westminster's backing, SNP MPs have said. Former First Minister Alex Salmond and the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson are among ...
SNP call for Holyrood to have power to ca...

Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum ...
13 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum year
The gap between spending in the two nations rose by eight per cent in the year of Scotland's independence referendum. The revelation sparked outrage among English MPs and fuelled suspicions that government money was used to 'bribe' voters ahead of ...

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's - MoneyWeek
13 Nov 2015 at 10:09am

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's
We're eurosceptics. Asked to vote in an EU referendum tomorrow, MoneyWeek would tick the ?out? box. But on the topic of Scottish independence, we were (and are) pro-Union. Some view these stances as contradictory. How can we believe it would be good ...

Peers back lowering age in EU referendum - Herald Scotland
18 Nov 2015 at 8:37pm

Herald Scotland
Peers back lowering age in EU referendum
Herald Scotland
The Lords has backed giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the upcoming in-out EU referendum. In the latest of a string of defeats inflicted on the Government, the upper house voted by 293 to 211 to approve the reform by a majority of 82 during a ...
Why the timing of the EU referendum may depend on who can voteBBC News

Scots 'should have another referendum to stay in the UK' - Herald Scotland
4 Nov 2015 at 5:44pm

Scots 'should have another referendum to stay in the UK'
Herald Scotland
Scots should have another referendum to keep them in the Union, a leading expert has suggested. The vote would "endorse" the new powers going to Holyrood, according to John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University. Without such backing ...

Referendum negotiations will not address the key EU issues - Herald Scotland
12 Nov 2015 at 5:53am

Herald Scotland
Referendum negotiations will not address the key EU issues
Herald Scotland
I AM among the 55 per cent of Scots who wish to stay in the EU, and I shall vote Yes in the referendum. But I profoundly resent being asked to engage in this charade. We are not being asked to assess the pros and cons of EU membership, but rather ...
EU referendum: Votes to be counted overnightBBC News

all 6 n...

UK Government: EU referendum poll will be UK wide - Herald Scotland
16 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm

Herald Scotland
UK Government: EU referendum poll will be UK wide
Herald Scotland
The British Government has ruled out holding separate referenda in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland on EU membership. A UK-wide poll is due by 2017 and Sinn Fein has said a Westminster-driven exit agenda would be bad for Northern Ireland.

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Benefit Sandwiches
29 Nov 2015 at 3:25pm
It appears that a lot of our Tory friends think that providing benefit claimants with sandwiches,milk and possibly the luxury of a tiny little piece of meat once of twice a week = life of luxury!
That's fair enough, they're arseholes, and Tory arseholes at that! At least they don't hide their d...

Grant Shapps resigns
28 Nov 2015 at 2:39pm
Grant Shapps has resigned as International Development Secretary.  He has been linked to the developing story of bullying within the Conservative Party's youth wing and it's offshoot 'Road Trip' which helped with campaigning during the General Election.  Shapps had been linked with Mark Clarke, t...

Next Scottish Labour leader
28 Nov 2015 at 2:29am
Kezia is obviously a sacrificial lamb brought in to preside over the impending trouncing in May 2016.

Who will be next to follow her? I can imagine the job of leading Labour up here is about as attractive as being Kerry Katona's dermatologist. I'd be surprised if anyone puts their name forward fo...

Alec salmond.
26 Nov 2015 at 3:56pm
1,is the foreign affairs spokesman for the SNP but was not even in parliament for the debate on syria but was in scotland to unveil a portrait of himself.

2,falls asleep when he is in parliament when representing the scottish people.

3,is a fud. Attached Thumbnails

26 Nov 2015 at 1:59pm
What a vicious bugger he is.      New York Times slams 'outrageous' Donald Trump for mocking reporter's disability

Queen Gets 7% Rise in Royal Funding
26 Nov 2015 at 9:54am

Buried on p.121 of the Autumn budget is a rise in funding for the top tier of the UK's aristocracy. Undoubtedly, the usual cap-doffers of the nation will be quick to try and mask their abject servitude by claiming that it'...

Bombing Syria
26 Nov 2015 at 8:11am
Will Cameron get his way this time?    His argument that we're letting others do all the dirty work here just to keep Britain safe is, for me, seriously flawed. I'm not convinced that Isis will be wiped out  just through bombing campaigns. There will be a need for ground forces too. Cameron shoul...

Oil Revenue Forecast
25 Nov 2015 at 7:10pm
OBR forecast North Sea oil and gas receipts down 94% from the SNPs £7.5billion to........... £130million.That makes Edinburgh Tram forecast look bang on.Just wondering where Swinney would be getting the cash to make up for this as independent Scotland ploughed ahead reversing austerity and keepin...

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Andrew Marr
29 Nov 2015 at 4:58pm
Government puppet and a ######. This is all.

Haggis Dishes
28 Nov 2015 at 3:48pm
Going to a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow at a mates house. I'll be taking some food with me but I also mentioned to my mate that I have a few tins of haggis in my cupboard that I'll bring along too.   Does anyone know any good haggis dishes I could make rather than just heating it up and serving i...

Sky Sports Offer
28 Nov 2015 at 1:20pm
Not really one for this Black Friday nonsense but sky are currently offering sports for 12months half price (£12.75)
Decent offer IMO

Simple Minds At The Hydro Tonight
28 Nov 2015 at 12:41pm
Are any of you strange bastards going ?

Marx Brothers
28 Nov 2015 at 12:54am
young folks watch these guys on youtube so far ahead of there time its unbelivebe   

Edinburgh Transport
27 Nov 2015 at 7:15pm
We've made a bit of a schoolboy error by booking to take the kids to see 'Stick Man' in St. Andrews square at 1.15pm, on the same day that the wee man is singing Away in a Manger at his nursery nativity at 10.45am - in Broughty Ferry . We should be able to scoop him up and make a run for it and ...

Western Bombs Will Fill Isis With Joy
27 Nov 2015 at 8:15am  

Donald Trump Fur Fox Sake
27 Nov 2015 at 7:09am


Kents in America are actually considering voting for this feck nugget to be the President

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Tommy Laughlin, Public Sector Liaison Manager, ScotlandIS
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27 Nov 2015 at 11:12am

David Coburn arrives at the Scottish Parliament
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27 Nov 2015 at 7:24am

The cost of security - how Paris informed the spending review
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27 Nov 2015 at 5:08pm

Primary focus - do we ask too much of our GPs?
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27 Nov 2015 at 11:47am

The Islamist terrorist threat grips Europe: is Scotland a target?
by Alan.Robertson
27 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm

Wargames - the motivations for war in Syria
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27 Nov 2015 at 12:50pm

Lecturers slam college merger reforms
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27 Nov 2015 at 2:23pm

Maggie Chapman re-elected as Scottish Greens co-convener
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