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Brexit is firing gun to "decade of disruption" for the UK, warns landmark IPP...
29 Dec 2016 at 12:03am
A ROBOT revolution will see millions of British jobs at risk of automation, a new report warns today.

SNP call on PM to guarantee EU nationals their citizenship rights and take th...
29 Dec 2016 at 12:03am
The SNP has urged Theresa May to take the three million EU nationals living and working in the UK, including 186,000 in Scotland, ?out of limbo? and guarantee them their citizenship rights.

Business chief: I got abusive calls from 10 Downing Street
29 Dec 2016 at 1:21am
SENIOR Government policy advisers ?tend to think they?re in the West Wing or The Thick Of It?, a leading business figure has said.

Anti-Establishment feeling sent shock waves across democracies
29 Dec 2016 at 1:46am
Devolution has helped the SNP to portray itself as battling against the Establishment; that is, Whitehall

Michael Gove wants more scrutiny over ?experts?
29 Dec 2016 at 1:27am
MICHAEL GOVE has said that experts are too often treated as prophets, as he called for more scrutiny of their predictions.

Political change in the US and the threat of further upheaval in Europe make ...
29 Dec 2016 at 1:51am
GIVEN what happened in 2016, the only thing certain about 2017 is uncertainty, writes Michael Settle.

May accused of "fag packet" Brexit strategy after union chief warns of under-...
28 Dec 2016 at 6:21pm
THERESA May?s inability to speak openly about the complexities of Brexit could lead to a breaking point in Whitehall as UK Government staff struggle to cope with the huge workload on limited resources, the head of the senior civil servants? union has warned.

Scotland Office 'zombie department' whose costs are spiralling out of control...
28 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
THE Scotland Office has been branded a ?zombie department? whose spending has spiralled out of control, according to an SNP MP.

Corbyn brushes off Obama criticism after he suggests Labour has lost touch wi...
27 Dec 2016 at 2:30pm
JEREMY Corbyn has brushed aside criticism from Barack Obama after the outgoing US president suggested Labour had lost touch with reality and was disintegrating.

Only certainty of Supreme Court's Brexit ruling is it will produce fresh dram...
28 Dec 2016 at 12:30am
HIGH political drama will begin early in 2017.

UK Government is warned its plans for voting ID could disenfranchise poorest ...
27 Dec 2016 at 6:23pm
UK Government ministers have been accused of trying to disenfranchise the poor with plans to pilot anti-electoral fraud initiatives where voters will have to produce identity papers.

Smith reveals he is still receiving death threats three months after losing L...
26 Dec 2016 at 3:17pm
OWEN Smith, who unsuccessfully challenged Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership, is still receiving death threats, he has revealed.

Show more self-confidence over Brexit, former Bank Governor Lord King tells B...
26 Dec 2016 at 3:43pm
BRITAIN should be "more self-confident" about its prospects outside the European Union, a former Governor of the Bank of England has said.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to abandon referendum after Sir Tom Hunter warning
24 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been urged to heed the Scots tycoon Sir Tom Hunter and rule out a second independence referendum linked to Brexit.

Unspun: the political diary
24 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
KNEES up of the week was Nicola Sturgeon?s Christmas drinks for the media at Bute House. Letting her frown down for the evening, the FM fired off a series of gags, including one about Labour spindoctor Alan Roden winning the Tartan B******s prize for the year?s most fanciful reporting in his previous role as Political Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail. ?That makes him officially the only person in Scottish Labour to have won anything this year,? noted the FM.

 

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Little change to net migration inside single market
29 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Immigration from the EU will remain high if Britain stays in the European single market after Brexit, according to a report from campaign group Migration Watch UK.

Two-thirds of UK jobs at risk from ?rise of the machine?
29 Dec 2016 at 12:00am
Two thirds of jobs in the UK are at risk of being taken over by machine by 2030, according to a hard-hitting report into the future of the British economy.

Fewer school leavers have ?significant? maths qualification
29 Dec 2016 at 12:00am
The number of pupils leaving school without a “significant” maths qualification has nearly doubled in the past four years, a Labour MSP has claimed.

Memoirs of Scots sniper during Easter Rising to be published
29 Dec 2016 at 12:00am
The memoirs of a Scottish woman who played a key role in the Easter Rising that was to eventually lead to Irish independence have been published almost a century after she wrote them.

Turkey and Russia begin talks about possible Syrian ceasefire
28 Dec 2016 at 9:40pm
Turkish and Russian officials are discussing the contours of a cease-fire for Syria, Syrian opposition factions said yesterday.

Number of younger patients given treatment for dementia on rise
28 Dec 2016 at 9:35pm
The number of under-65s in Scotland being treated for dementia has risen by a third in the past six years, official figures have revealed.

Rising youth unemployment deals blow to flagship SNP policy
28 Dec 2016 at 9:09pm
A flagship national drive to tackle youth unemployment in Scotland has suffered a blow after a Scottish Government “progress report” into the plan found a rise in jobless youngsters last year.

John Kerry defends UN abstention in face of Israeli criticism
28 Dec 2016 at 6:15pm
US secretary of state John Kerry has defended the Obama administration’s decision to allow the UN Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal - and warned that Israel’s very future as a democracy is at stake.

Scottish Cities Alliance hails £100m boost to economy
28 Dec 2016 at 1:18pm
The Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA) is celebrating bringing £100 million into the country’s economy in the past 18 months.

Brexit: Tech firms and banks offer assurance of UK presence
28 Dec 2016 at 12:01pm
Business and banking leaders offered commitments over their continued presence in the UK after Brexit as new figures revealed weak confidence in the prospects for economic growth in 2017 and a widening trade gap.

Immigration to ?remain high? if UK stays in EU single market
28 Dec 2016 at 11:03am
Immigration from the EU will remain high if Britain stays in the European single market after Brexit, according to a report.

PM adviser: Party donors should prove they deserve peerages
28 Dec 2016 at 11:00am
Political donors and party aides nominated for peerages should have to prove their suitability for the honour, Theresa May’s ethics adviser has signalled.

Michael Gove: Experts should not be treated as prophets
28 Dec 2016 at 10:50am
Michael Gove has defended the official Leave campaign’s rhetoric during the EU referendum, arguing that experts are too often treated as prophets.

UK struggling to confront rising Russian submarine incursions
28 Dec 2016 at 9:04am
The UK is facing an increasing number of incursions by Russian submarines through a strategic “choke point” in the North Atlantic and is struggling to confront Moscow’s increasingly muscular activity in or close to the United Kingdom’s territorial waters, experts have warned.

SNP questions why ?zombie? Scotland Office needs extra money
28 Dec 2016 at 8:06am
An SNP MP has demanded to know why the Scotland Office “requires such an enormous increase in its budget” after receiving an almost 20% rise in the past five years.

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It?s not them, it?s you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Dec 2016 at 12:08pm
The National has an interesting-sounding front page lead story today. Donalda MacKinnon’s immediate predecessor Ken McQuarrie has been a hostile and toxic presence at the top of BBC Scotland for many years now, so we were naturally intrigued to hear if a change of heart at the Corporation was on the horizon. We didn’t build …

The Big-Stats Quiz Of The Year
by Andrew Leslie
27 Dec 2016 at 10:44am
So called because doing it makes our traffic figures get larger ? JANUARY A “Top SNP MP” was accused of moonlighting as a £500-a-day NHS surgeon at which hospital? a) Ninewells, Dundee b) Crosshouse, Kilmarnock c) Borders General, Melrose d) Raigmore, Inverness ANSWER According to the Scottish Parliament Information centre, Holyrood would soon be: a) The …

Cops and cobblers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Dec 2016 at 10:36am
While its pages are mostly filled with toadying drivel about the Royal Family, today’s Scottish Daily Mail does manage to squeeze in a bit of supposed politics news. We say “supposed” because as alert readers may have already suspected, the story quickly disintegrates under inspection. The figure of 3000 police officers leaving the force since it …

Her Master?s Voice
by Chris Cairns
24 Dec 2016 at 6:58am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The Scottish Brexit FAQ
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Dec 2016 at 11:22am
We’ll be honest with you, readers, we’re not looking forward to 2017 one little bit. It’s going to be the most tedious year in Scottish politics since we started this website, and perhaps since the advent of devolution. Other than the mild distraction of the council elections in May – which are likely to be …

The eternal opposition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2016 at 8:47pm
The chap in the picture below, holding a placard with his name on it so that he doesn’t forget it, is Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Greene. He could probably do with writing a few other things on there too. That’s because he’s the Tories’ shadow minister for “Technology Connectivity, Digital Economy & Broadcast”, but today …

News just in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2016 at 11:53am
This is a picture of the Sun, which reports confirm became visible in the skies above parts of the Northern Hemisphere earlier today. A similar event is widely expected to take place around the same time tomorrow. This is the sea, which recent studies have shown to be almost entirely full of water. Here’s Pope …

All the people, all the time
by Chris Cairns
17 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

In your free and fair press today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2016 at 9:13am
Let’s have a quick round-up, shall we? This is a lie. There are in fact no “tax hikes” in the budget at all. The threshold for the higher rate of tax is increasing with inflation, ie in real terms it’s staying the same as it is now. Councils are being ALLOWED to raise Council Tax but …

All news is bad news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Dec 2016 at 11:27am
Figures released yesterday indicated that the number of full-time teachers employed in Scotland had risen by 253 over the past year, despite budget cuts imposed by the UK government’s austerity programme. This obviously presented the Scottish media with a dilemma: how could such statistics be presented as an “SNP BAD” story? Luckily, we’re dealing with …

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Payments made to infected blood victims in Scotland
29 Dec 2016 at 2:26am
Hundreds of people given infected NHS blood are now receiving extra financial support.


SNP questions Scotland Office budget rise
28 Dec 2016 at 1:03am
An SNP MP questions why the UK government's Scotland Office has seen its budget increase by 20% over the past five years.


Teachers lose more days to mental illness
27 Dec 2016 at 12:22am
The number of days teachers take off work due to mental health reasons in Scotland has increased over the past three years.


BMA head warns NHS in Scotland 'struggling to cope'
27 Dec 2016 at 12:20am
The chairman of the trade union that represents Scotland's doctors says the country's health service is struggling to cope.


Warning over additional support teaching
28 Dec 2016 at 1:03am
The ability to teach children with additional support needs in mainstream Scottish schools is under threat, the country's largest teaching union claims.


Scottish minister calls for clarity over UK single market status
26 Dec 2016 at 3:15am
Scotland's economy secretary says the Conservative government should indicate whether it wants the UK to stay in the single market after Brexit.


Campaigners call for end to Boxing Day hunts
26 Dec 2016 at 3:29am
Animal-rights campaigners want the Scottish government to make this year's Boxing Day hunts the last to be held.


Clash over 'rich v poor' university student numbers
24 Dec 2016 at 12:55am
The Scottish Labour party and the Scottish government clash over the number of people from deprived areas going to university.


Leaders urge Scots to think of others in Christmas greetings
23 Dec 2016 at 12:12pm
Scotland's political leaders have urged people to think of others this Christmas while delivering their festive messages.


West Dunbartonshire likely to raise council tax by 3% next year
23 Dec 2016 at 11:38am
West Dunbartonshire becomes the latest Scottish council to announce a planned council tax rise of 3% next year.


'Serious concerns' over Scottish youth football system
22 Dec 2016 at 3:04pm
MSPs voice "serious concerns" over pay, contracts and agents in Scotland's youth football system after questioning the game's chiefs.


Scottish police service faces £188m funding gap
22 Dec 2016 at 12:10pm
Scotland's police service is facing a £188m funding gap by 2020/21, the country's financial watchdog says.

Scot Goes Pop

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The unionist media are in denial about it, but a second independence referend...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2016 at 4:03am
As far as I can remember this has never happened before (which tells its own story), but it turns out that I owe a mainstream media journalist a comprehensive apology for taking him to task on Twit...

Yes, "The Vow" could have been delivered - but the UK government chose not to...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2016 at 3:43am
I've been meaning to make an additional point about the UK government's outrageous legal arguments relating to the Sewel Convention. I noticed on Twitter a few days ago that some independence supp...

Lashings of loveliness in Leven as SNP score key by-election triumph
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2016 at 12:53am
Leven, Kennoway and Largo by-election result, 15th December 2016 :SNP 37.0% (-4.0)Labour 28.4% (-6.9)Conservatives 18.5% (+11.7)Liberal Democrats 14.3% (+4.3)Greens 1.8% (n/a)Things have come to a ...

Heartbreak for Rennie as Carnoustie by-election fails to show much trace of a...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2016 at 12:53pm
Immediately after the Richmond Park result became clear a few days ago, Professor John Curtice speculated about the possibility of an 'Eastboune effect' - a reference to a by-election gain out of t...

UK government boasts that "The Vow" was a gigantic con-trick
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2016 at 7:32am
As we all remember, a key part of the panic-stricken last-minute "Vow" that helped to secure a narrow No victory in the independence referendum was the promise that the devolved Scottish Parliament...

You've dunnit again, Gov.
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about yesterday's YouGov poll on independence.  It also rehearses some of the many shortcomings of YouGov's poll...

"Engrossing" YouGov poll finds that Scotland is behind Sturgeon's drive to re...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2016 at 9:57am
A new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll is out today, and the most significant finding is that there is narrow majority support (albeit within the margin of error) for Scotland seeking to remain in t...

Amazement and astonishment in Arbroath, Angus as buoyant SNP bag a by-electio...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2016 at 5:28pm
Not entirely sure why a by-election was held on a Monday - it's deeply unnatural, like an accurate John McTernan prediction, or something like that.  Anyway, here is the result...Arbroath East and ...

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Memoirs of Scots sniper during Easter Rising to be published
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29 Dec 2016 at 12:30am
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"Skyfall really doesn't show the British Secret service in a good light at all."
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28 Dec 2016 at 6:00pm
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Men sought over 'white trash' racist abuse on train - BBC News
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28 Dec 2016 at 4:07pm
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Loony Dook: how a hangover cure became a Hogmanay tradition
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28 Dec 2016 at 1:01pm
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King of Scotland
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28 Dec 2016 at 12:52pm
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Three hijabs are issued to Police Scotland officers
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28 Dec 2016 at 12:48pm
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Direct flights from Edinburgh to New York could cost just £60
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28 Dec 2016 at 12:08pm
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Recording your Munro bagging
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28 Dec 2016 at 11:58am
I bagged my first munros this year and looking to get out a lot more in 2017. I like the idea of recording the walks / runs with a few notes and photos over the years that it takes me to complete t...

Corbyn 'has not spoken to his only Scottish MP in months' (From HeraldScotland)
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28 Dec 2016 at 11:51am
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Looking for a recommendation for a shop to advise my wife on buying a piano k...
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28 Dec 2016 at 11:25am
My wife has decided to learn how to play a piano keyboard. As the only such shop in Perth closed years ago, I'm looking for a recommendation. We want somewhere that will look at my wifes needs and...

SNP questions budget of 'zombie department' Scotland Office
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28 Dec 2016 at 11:01am
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Workers 'breaking into schools' to grit playgrounds (From Evening Times)
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28 Dec 2016 at 9:42am
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Stay Classy Glasgow
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Are the banks open today?
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Reasons to be cheerful amid the doom and gloom of 2016
by Joan McAlpine
28 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Our columnist believes that most will ring out 2016 with few tears for its passing but remains hopeful we can do better next year.


List of top 10 highest earning MPs in 2016 - nearly all Tories - will make yo...
by Jack Blanchard
28 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
A total of 14 fatcat MPs make more money than the Prime Minister but not a single Labour or SNP MP appears on the list.


Call for fairer benefits system as poor Scots miss out on £2bn in social secu...
by Andy Philip
28 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The SNP government are preparing to bridge the gap with a 'benefits take-up' campaign to launch in 2017.


President Obama claims Labour Party has 'lost touch with reality' under Jerem...
by Shaun Connolly
27 Dec 2016 at 11:39am
The outgoing US president made the remark after being asked if he feared a "Corbynisation" of the Democratic Party in the wake of the defeat to Donald Trump.


Spare a thought for the workers this Christmas while you enjoy time off with ...
by Kezia Dugdale
27 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Kezia gives thanks to soldiers, shop workers, the NHS and all the nation's workers who keep working through Christmas.


'Give the gift of companionship': Nicola Sturgeon uses Christmas message to e...
by dailyrecord
23 Dec 2016 at 1:19pm
Ms Sturgeon also called on Scots to remember people working over the festive period, particularly in the emergency services and across Scotland's transport network.


'Someone cares': Gordon Brown reaches out to struggling families this Christmas
by Gordon Brown
23 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The former Prime Minister reaches out to kids who need food parcels, working parents on the breadline and those struggling with mental health issues.


Torcuil Crichton says Christmas is a time of giving ... pelters to politicians
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
After a long year the Record's Westminster editor goes on a last-minute present dash for Britain's politicians.


Nicola Sturgeon confronts her fear of dogs with peppy puppy Pippa's help at n...
by dailyrecord
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The First Minister tweeted her thanks to Scottish SPCA's Animal Rescue and Re-homing Centre in Cardonald, Glasgow.


Scottish Government uses rhetoric to disguise figures in their budget but it'...
by dailyrecord
22 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Kevin thinks the Scottish government are pulling the wool over our eyes, but calls them out on his budget deception.

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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

London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …
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My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …
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Bella?s Review of the Year
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Dec 2016 at 1:00pm
Bella’s review of the year in full – from the Melting Pot, Edinburgh, December 21 Panel 1 – Joyce McMillan, Andy Wightman, Heather Burns, Christopher Silver (and Sarah Kendzior from Ohio)… Panel 2 – Lesley Riddoch, David Pratt, Laura Cameron-Lewis, Gordon Guthrie … Likes(18)Dislikes(6)

Merry Christmas from Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Dec 2016 at 10:21am
As we hurtle towards a boozy-Yule I just wanted to say a tinselly thanks to all our readers and writers and to everyone who has supported us this year. I?m going to take a few days off and be back refreshed and revived (or something like that) to bring you more great content from our …

The Dug Faictory
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Dec 2016 at 2:39pm
Forrit tae an end tae the wrangous pauchlin o puppies in Scotland Oan Wadensday 21st December, ah hud the preevilege o leadin a debate in the Scottish Pairlament aboot the sleekit, foutie an hertless practice o the wrangous pauchlin o puppies in Scotland. Forby cawin fur chygnes tae mak the existin legislation mair strang, the …

Home for the Holidays
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Dec 2016 at 2:28pm
Support this great project, and buy this great album with This is the Kit, Stanley Odd, the Son(s), Wooden Box, Mersault, Withered Hand, Frightened Rabbit and loads more.. All proceeds from this release go to support Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity. Includes unlimited streaming of Home For The Holidays: A Christmas Songbook via …

Corridors
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Dec 2016 at 9:22pm
I wandered back to the crinkly brain soaked in a jar. All the experiences of the world happen here in this faint grey galaxy of thoughts. After looking for the longest while at the remains of a dead universe in a bottle ? microcosmic diamond particles amounting to a smudge on the glass like the …

Creating an ideas-rich environment for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2016 at 4:09pm
If we look at Scotland today with a cold, hard light, you would struggle to describe us as an ideas-rich environment. The legacy of the independence referendum has been changing that as activists become more interested in what is possible. Brexit poses massive new challenges. In this context what you might refer to as our …

Scotland 2021
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2016 at 4:03pm
What kind of country do you want to live in? What should we demand of our political leaders (now)? What should our priorities be for the next five years? The contributors to this new collection ? assembled in the immediate aftermath of the Holyrood elections 2016 and Brexit ? answer these questions attempting to go …

Jingo Belle
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2016 at 3:54pm
Here we stand, approaching the end of 2016 and looking at a whole new year ahead. With Trump being inaugurated in January unless a Christmas miracle stops a racist Pussy Grabber from sitting in the Oval Office, 2017 looms with a dark shadow already. Worryingly too, a peek preview of Le Pen sharpening her focus …

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'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first minister
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Dec 2016 at 6:13pm
Messages sent before his White House campaign show US president-elect harassing Alex Salmond over windfarmsDonald Trump harangued the former first minister of Scotland as ?Mad Alex? and accused him of being on a ?march to oblivion? in a series of increasingly angry and eccentric letters about win...

The Guardian view on Brexit and Scotland: different strokes for different fol...
by Editorial
20 Dec 2016 at 6:56pm
The UK government would be wise to look for compromises with Nicola Sturgeon?s latest demandsOn 23 June the people of Scotland voted decisively to remain in the European Union while the people of the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave. The nationalist government?s immediate reaction to the ...

May refuses to commit to giving MPs vote on final Brexit deal - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
20 Dec 2016 at 5:24pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s evidence to the Commons liaison committee about Brexit and health and social careHow Sturgeon?s plan to keep Scotland in single market would workMay?s evidence to the liaison committee - SummaryAftern...

Theresa May indicates MPs will not be given vote on final Brexit deal
by Anushka Asthana Political editor
20 Dec 2016 at 4:24pm
PM refuses to make commitment when asked repeatedly by Commons Brexit committee chair Hilary BennTheresa May has refused to commit to giving MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal struck by the government during two years of talks with representatives of the other 27 countries in the EU.Appearing be...

Nicola Sturgeon: make Scotland's place in single market 'integral' to talks
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Dec 2016 at 2:06pm
Scottish first minister sets out detailed proposals for Scotland?s relationship with EU after BrexitNicola Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to make Scotland?s continued membership of the single market ? even if the UK leaves ? ?an integral element? of negotiations with the EU after triggering a...

Scotland should keep free movement, Nicola Sturgeon will say
by Jessica Elgot and Libby Brooks
20 Dec 2016 at 10:33am
First minister set to launch Holyrood government paper calling for Scotland to remain in the single market after BrexitThere is no reason why Scotland should not keep free movement of EU citizens even if the rest of the UK puts new immigration controls in place after leaving the bloc, the Scottis...

Computer error blamed for HMRC blunder in Scotland
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2016 at 6:54pm
HMRC?s capacity to administer new tax powers is called into question after National Audit Office reportA computer error meant that 420,000 individuals who should be paying the new Scottish rate of income tax were not told of their changed status, the National Audit Office has found.A report by th...

UK should not fear trade tariffs post-Brexit, says fishing chief
by Lisa O'Carroll and Libby Brooks
19 Dec 2016 at 2:19pm
Bertie Armstrong agrees British catch could at least double after withdrawing from ?generous? common fisheries policyThe UK should not be ?frightened to death? of the trade tariffs that could be introduced after Brexit as they may not prove to be a disaster, the head of the Scottish fishing indus...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Complaining that a shark is a shark
Rejoice! Huzzah! BBC Scotland’s got a new boss. Ken MacQuarrie is off to pastures new in his new role as pantomime villain in a production of No Good Scottish News Please We’re British. Now that there’s a change of leadership there’s going to be massive changes at Pacific Quay, in exactly the same way that …

Having a weary Brexmess
A huge thanks to Macart for keeping you all entertained in my absence with his great blog articles. That’s me back from a trip to soon-to-be Trumpland, where the prospect of the Donaldmaggedon had got everyone I met even more depressed than a black gay muslim EU immigrant at a Ukip Christmas party. Admittedly I …

It?s good to talk
A guest post by Samuel Miller When I sat down to have my final rant before our host gets back, I had this idea of highlighting and talking about of the latest dubious Labour and Conservative press releases on the Scottish budget. Y’know, the ones  where they claim that the Scottish Government has ripped £327 …

Another day at the office
A guest post by Samuel Miller Look, I know some readers may want to hear some hugely technical and in-depth feedback on yesterday’s budget, but that’s not really going to happen m’kay? Seein’ as how I am to budgets, what Shrek is to ballet, I reckon its best to leave that one to the experts. …

Hunting season
A guest post by Samuel Miller A few questions on a disturbing phenomenon which only the reader can answer in the privacy of their own thoughts. How has it come to this? What curse do ordinary people live under that we have to put up with the metric tonnes of what seems to be utter …

A matter of pride
A guest post by Samuel Miller I see both Mr Brown and Mr Darling have endorsed Kezia Dugdale’s musings on a constitutional convention and a call for movement toward some ambiguous form of federalism then. This in spite of the fact that the recent government submission in the Supreme Court kinda casts our ‘devolution journey’ …

A big boy did it? a cautionary tale.
A guest post by Samuel Miller You’d think they’d learn by this point wouldn’t you? Politics by sound bite and policy by media forum has worked out so wonderfully well for the peoples of the UK. Manipulating and driving the opinion of the masses using dog whistle, short termist strategies and the politics of expediency. …

This is the week
A guest post by Samuel Miller This is the week where Government, political class, nations and their electorates divided in a court room. This is the week where Scotland found out the true meaning of devolution, better togetherness, pooling and sharing and the nature of political union under the ?Mother of Parliaments?. This is the …

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

Article Published in the Sunday Post ? Same Info Presented Without the Anti ?...
            2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Scottish Press Shows Its Hand Towards the end of April, (less than 6 months before the September referendum) the BBC and Scottish press relentlessly bombarded Scotland with distrorted information designed to ensure the Scottish electorate would turn away from the “Yes” campaign in … Continue reading Article Published in the Sunday Pos...

Urban Regeneration ? New Labour ? Billions Frittered away ? The Tories ? Bill...
                Natural Selection Almost all of the towns and cities in the UK evolved meeting the challenges of the nineteenth century industrial revolution. But whilst the intensity and types of industry has changed markedly, in recent years the location and size of the vast bulk of UK towns … Continue reading Urban Regeneration – New Labour – Billions Frittered away – The Tories – Billions T...

The Tory Cornerstone Group and David Mundell ? Can anyone Spot the Incompatib...
          The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party. It is opposed to gay marriage and is generally fairly homophobic, global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinence in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration and … Continue reading The Tory Cornerstone Group and ...

Scottish Education is in Crisis ? If You Believe the BBC ? But Study the Fac...
                Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – The 2015 Report Judging one country’s performance against another, blindly utilising information contained in a PISA report is unsafe since there are so many conflicting characteristics to consider. It is only really useful to compare a country’s previous performance and … Continue reading Scottish Education is in Crisis – ...

Signs of a Westminster Civil Service Rebellion Against the Rule of Sir Jeremy...
              Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street Cabinet Secretary Issues Warning letter About Information Leaks – letter is Leaked to the press the Day After Prime Minister, Theresa May instructed her Cabinet Secretary to take urgent action preventing government officials from leaking information to journalists. He acted immediately, issuing a … Continue reading Signs of a Westminster Civil Se...

Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter warns against 'foolhardy' new vote on Scottish in...

Telegraph.co.uk
Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter warns against 'foolhardy' new vote on Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
One of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs has said he cannot understand why Nicola Sturgeon wants to keep Scotland in the EU while taking it out of its ?biggest trading union? with the rest of the UK. The First Minister has warned a second independence ...
Independence vote will dam...

Will Trump Support Scottish Independence? - Newsmax

Newsmax
Will Trump Support Scottish Independence?
Newsmax
President-elect Donald Trump Friday had a "short congratulatory call" with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon ? and transition staff said that the leaders looked "forward to strengthening the relationship between Scotland and the United States.".

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SNP's EU proposals would mean de facto Scottish independence - Left Foot Forward

Left Foot Forward
SNP's EU proposals would mean de facto Scottish independence
Left Foot Forward
Make no mistake about it, the Scottish government's proposals for Scotland's relationship with the EU post-Brexit are less a pragmatic set of ideas and more a back door to Scottish independence. While peppered with reminders that Holyrood's preference ...

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Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling - Th...

The Independent
Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling
The Independent
Support for Scottish independence has fallen below the 45 per cent achieved in the 2014 referendum, a new poll has found. The YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found backing for a Yes vote in a second ballot on the country's constitutional future ...
Blow for Sturgeon as poll reveals LESS supp...

Patrick Harvie: Scotland needs new currency to stay in EU - iNews

iNews
Patrick Harvie: Scotland needs new currency to stay in EU
iNews
Fortunately for her, the pro-European Harvie ? who campaigned strongly for independence in 2014 ? has already said his party will offer unconditional backing for the introduction of legislation for another referendum. He has not changed his mind. ?We ...

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Alex Salmond calls for Scotland independence referendum within TWO YEARS - Ex...

Express.co.uk
Alex Salmond calls for Scotland independence referendum within TWO YEARS
Express.co.uk
The former First Minister was speaking after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled plans for Scotland to remain in the EU single market when Britain leaves the crumbling bloc. The Scottish Government has firstly proposed the UK as a whole should stay in the single ...



A leading pollster told us why Brexit is killing the chances of Scottish inde...

Business Insider
A leading pollster told us why Brexit is killing the chances of Scottish independence
Business Insider
A new YouGov poll put support for Scottish independence at 44% ? its lowest level since the September 2014 referendum, when 45% voted to remain part of the UK. In an August YouGov poll, support for the "Yes" vote was 46%, 2 points higher than ...
Chances of Second Scottish Referen...

Sterling hit by US dollar strength and Scottish independence talk - Belfast T...

Belfast Telegraph
Sterling hit by US dollar strength and Scottish independence talk
Belfast Telegraph
The possibility of Scottish independence from the UK also weighed on the currency after former first minister Alex Salmond suggested the Yes side would win a future referendum if the UK Government was determined to "sever" Scotland's European links.

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SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

John McLellan: SNP's aim is to be a shock to the system - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
John McLellan: SNP's aim is to be a shock to the system
Herald Scotland
There was no clearer expression of the SNP's core belief than in Scotland's Future, the 650-page prospectus upon which the SNP's independence referendum campaign in 2014 was built and which remains the essence of the argument for leaving the United ...

Scots Urge May to Give EU Residents Certainty Amid Brexit - Bloomberg

Scots Urge May to Give EU Residents Certainty Amid Brexit
Bloomberg
?It is highly detrimental to the U.K. economy and deeply unfair to families, for the U.K. government to continue to leave EU nationals in limbo over their residency status and rights,? Stephen Gethins, the SNP's Europe spokesman, said in an e-mailed ...

Deaths and injuries on killer A9 have dropped by almost half in under two yea...

The Scottish Sun
Deaths and injuries on killer A9 have dropped by almost half in under two years as duelling work gets underway
The Scottish Sun
But SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands Maree Todd said: ?The A9's improving safety record is really reassuring news for the thousands of drivers that use Scotland's longest trunk road every day as well as those travelling over the busy Christmas ...

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Labour slam SNP with claim that one in 16 pupils leave school without maths -...

The Scottish Sun
Labour slam SNP with claim that one in 16 pupils leave school without maths
The Scottish Sun
LABOUR has slammed the SNP's education record, claiming that one in every 16 Scots pupils leaves school unable to do maths. MSP Iain Gray said the number leaving school without a ?significant? maths qualification has nearly doubled in the past four ...

Deaths and injuries on killer A9 has dropped by almost half in under two year...

The Scottish Sun
Deaths and injuries on killer A9 has dropped by almost half in under two years as duelling work gets underway
The Scottish Sun
But SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands Maree Todd said: ?The A9's improving safety record is really reassuring news for the thousands of drivers that use Scotland's longest trunk road every day as well as those travelling over the busy Christmas ...

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SNP's aim is to be a shock to the system - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
SNP's aim is to be a shock to the system
Herald Scotland
There was no clearer expression of the SNP's core belief than in Scotland's Future, the 650-page prospectus upon which the SNP's independence referendum campaign in 2014 was built and which remains the essence of the argument for leaving the United ...

Pupils leave without maths qualifications - The Times (subscription)

Pupils leave without maths qualifications
The Times (subscription)
The number of Scottish pupils leaving school without a proper maths qualification has nearly doubled in the past four years. Analysis of government figures shows that in 2014-15 more than 3,200 pupils left Scottish schools without a pass of Scottish ...

SNP call on PM to guarantee EU nationals their citizenship rights and take th...

Herald Scotland
SNP call on PM to guarantee EU nationals their citizenship rights and take them "out of limbo"
Herald Scotland
The SNP has urged Theresa May to take the three million EU nationals living and working in the UK, including 186,000 in Scotland, ?out of limbo? and guarantee them their citizenship rights. Stephen Gethins, the party's Europe spokesman, warned the ...



Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Bad Brexit deal could force new Scotland vote - Sky News

Sky News
Bad Brexit deal could force new Scotland vote
Sky News
Setting out her vision in a 50-page paper titled Scotland's Place in Europe, Ms Sturgeon said she wanted to "explore if we can find common ground with the UK Government around a solution that would protect Scotland's place in the European single market ...
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (file photo)Press TV
Scotland Threatens...

Alex Salmond calls for Scotland independence referendum within TWO YEARS - Ex...

Express.co.uk
Alex Salmond calls for Scotland independence referendum within TWO YEARS
Express.co.uk
The former First Minister was speaking after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled plans for Scotland to remain in the EU single market when Britain leaves the crumbling bloc. The Scottish Government has firstly proposed the UK as a whole should stay in the single ...



Scotland could get a second independence referendum after Brexit - Business I...

Business Insider
Scotland could get a second independence referendum after Brexit
Business Insider
Scotland could be offered a second referendum on independence from the UK, but only after Brexit has completed, according to a report by The Times on Wednesday. Government ministers are cooking up a scheme to allow Scotland's First Minister Nicola ...

Humiliation for Sturgeon as Spain REJECTS 'soft' Brexit plan for Scotland wit...

Express.co.uk
Humiliation for Sturgeon as Spain REJECTS 'soft' Brexit plan for Scotland within a DAY
Express.co.uk
Since the June 23 referendum, EU member states have consistently rubbished Ms Sturgeon's demands to negotiate separately with Brussels or for Scotland to be handed a bespoke Brexit settlement. Spain is one of the fiercest opponents of Scotland being ...
New independence vote 'within 2y...

BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon: 'We want to understand ... - iNews

iNews
BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon: 'We want to understand ...
iNews
The BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 has led to a ?loss of trust? in the corporation among viewers north of the border, the new ...
BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon causes Twitter row with ...The National

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Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum' - Scotsman

Scotsman
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum'
Scotsman
Support for Scottish independence has plummeted in the past two years - according to a national survey. The newest findings from YouGov put support for separation at 44 per cent - one point lower than the independence referendum in 2014. Backing for ...
Nicola Sturgeon is warned the SNP's bid for a second ...The Scot...

Sturgeon told to delay another independence referendum by her OWN former Cabi...

Express.co.uk
Sturgeon told to delay another independence referendum by her OWN former Cabinet minister
Express.co.uk
Recent polls suggest that around a third of SNP voters backed Brexit in June's referendum. In an interview published today Mr Neil warned "there's too much rubbishing by party leaders in Scotland of Brexiteers". Scottish Tory chief whip John Lamont ...
Ex-minister: 'No indyref2 befo...

Brexit's constitutional conundrum for the UK - Financial Times

Financial Times
Brexit's constitutional conundrum for the UK
Financial Times
The Scottish National party, which dominates representation at Westminster, has seized on the emphatic Remain vote to push the case for another independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon, first minister in Edinburgh, has astutely argued that Scotland ...
SNP's aim is to be a shock to the systemHerald Scotland

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Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

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

The Official President Trump thread

The British National Anthem: Boooo!
Hidden away in the annual Poppy debate, it may have slipped a lot of people's attention, but the SFA were fined 20,000 Swiss Francs, in part due to the actions of Scotland fans booing (yes, booing) the British National anthem at the last England V Scotland match in November. Apparently FIFA d...

Obama's birth certificate
Five year (wat) investigation into Obama's birth certificate concludes that it's a forgery.Immediate question for me is how do they know the other certificate isn't the forgery, using Obama's as a source?popcorn.gif

"Fake News"
There has been a push since the US election to name and shame alleged 'fake news' sources, with some mainstream media outlets and commentators publishing lists of the culprits. The charge is that such misinformation may have influenced the result of the election, and thus is a danger to democracy...

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Celebrities that have aged badly
In light of Carrie Fisher's sad demise (RIP) it got me to thinking of how badly she aged. On looking back at photos it would appear that she was already old/wiser before her time (looked 30 when she was 20) - no doubt due to her parents stardom, plenty money, access to drugs and booze etc ...

Princess Leia
Deid. Ffs. Reaper is having a busy week....

Debbie Reynolds RIP
Sadly follows her daughter Is there no end to this nightmare ...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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.

The Queen looks like [your description here]
As title in one word or less. See what I did there?

George Michael
Dead ,only 53

Only an Excuse
Having just seen the trailer, I thought I'd start this thread early. 

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Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

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 ...