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Queen?s Speech clears Commons after abortion funding deal
29 Jun 2017 at 6:09pm
Theresa May has cleared her first major Commons hurdle of the new Parliament as MPs backed the Government?s legislative programme for next two years.

Jeremy Corbyn sacks three shadow ministers after they backed amendment
29 Jun 2017 at 8:19pm
Jeremy Corbyn has sacked three of his front bench team after the Commons debate on the Queen?s Speech opened up fresh Labour divisions on Brexit.

FMQs sketch: Captain caveman
29 Jun 2017 at 7:43pm
IN gentler days, as Patrick Harvie reminded us, the FMQs before summer was when ?party leaders struggled to find a little consensus and good will?. They sure struggled this year.

Tory Government 'shambles' over public sector pay cap U-turn as May survives ...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
THERESA May?s fragile government has been branded a ?shambles? after confusion blew up at Westminster over its position on ending the pay cap for millions of public sector workers.

Scotland's top judge claims judicial transparency would help "paranoid" reven...
29 Jun 2017 at 4:23pm
SCOTLAND?S most senior judge was claimed a bid to make the bench more transparent would help ?paranoid? litigants wreak revenge after losing their cases.

Scotland's economy "precarious" and on edge of recession, warns thinktank
29 Jun 2017 at 12:06am
SCOTLAND may have already entered a recession, the country?s leading economic think-tank has warned ahead of official figures being released.

?Rest in peace Big Al?: Tributes pour in for Labour?s Alistair Watson found d...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:47pm
Figures from across the political and entertainment spectrums have moved to pay tribute to Labour giant Alastair Watson who has been found dead in his Glasgow home.

Real terms spending per secondary pupil down £1140 under SNP
29 Jun 2017 at 6:20pm
SPENDING per secondary pupil is £1140 a year lower than when the SNP came to power, according to new figures from Holyrood?s independent information centre.

Scotland's Brexit minister Russell makes clear Holyrood agreeing LCM is "not ...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
HOLYROOD?S consent to Westminster legislating on its behalf on Brexit is ?not a given,? Michael Russell has made clear, raising the possibility of a constitutional battle ahead.

Whitehall dismisses SNP call for Mundell to resign over Con-DUP deal as a "si...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
THE SNP leadership?s call for David Mundell to resign over the Con-DUP deal has been dismissed as a ?silly stunt? by Whitehall insiders, who said it was aimed at distracting attention away from Nicola Sturgeon?s troubles at Holyrood.

May moves to avoid Queen's Speech defeat by agreeing to fund abortions in Eng...
29 Jun 2017 at 2:36pm
THE UK Government has moved swiftly to avoid an embarrassing defeat on its Queen?s Speech by announcing that it intends to fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland.

PMQs sketch: Jezza pops at Thezza - Grenfell Tower tragedy exposed "disastrou...
28 Jun 2017 at 5:11pm
IT was the first PMQs since you know what and it didn?t take long before the a-word took centre stage.

Westminster cuts tipped to reduce Scottish social security spending by £4 bil...
29 Jun 2017 at 4:23pm
UK Government welfare cuts are expected to reduce annual social security spending in Scotland by almost £4 billion by 2020/21, according to a new report.

Government defeats Labour amendment to Queen's Speech
28 Jun 2017 at 7:26pm
Theresa May's minority Government has survived its first test of the new Parliament by defeating a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech.

Ewing confirms SNP ministers will again miss EU farm payment deadline
28 Jun 2017 at 3:08pm
THE Scottish Government will miss the deadline for paying EU farm subsidies for the second year in a row because of a botched £178 million IT system, it has been confirmed.

 

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Scottish Government set to scrap 1% public sector pay cap
29 Jun 2017 at 8:23pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has said the Scottish Government will lift the one per cent cap on public sector pay north of the border.

Relief for Theresa May as MPs back Queen?s Speech
29 Jun 2017 at 7:30pm
Theresa May has cleared her first major Commons hurdle of the new Parliament as MPs backed the Government’s legislative programme for next two years.

SNP: David Mundell ?as much use as Emu without Rod Hull?
29 Jun 2017 at 5:40pm
Scottish Secretary David Mundell is “about as much use as Emu without Rod Hull” following the Government’s £1 billion DUP deal, the SNP has said.

Voters say there was ?intimidation? during indyref campaign
29 Jun 2017 at 5:18pm
A public consultation on the SNP’s plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence has led to claims there was “widespread bullying and intimidation” of voters on both sides of the argument ahead of the 2014 vote.

Northern Ireland parties set to miss power sharing deadline
29 Jun 2017 at 2:25pm
Stormont’s political leaders are set to miss a deadline to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland after a scheduled Assembly sitting to nominate ministers was axed.

Rupert Murdoch?s £11.7bn Sky bid set for further probe
29 Jun 2017 at 1:56pm
Culture secretary Karen Bradley has said she is minded to refer Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky to a further inquiry due to concerns over media plurality.

FMQs: Sturgeon under fire over education cuts
29 Jun 2017 at 1:04pm
Nicola Sturgeon today faced claims that her Government has cut spending on schools as she was confronted by new Holyrood research which indicates this has plummeted.

UK welfare cuts causing £4 billion fall for benefits in Scotland
29 Jun 2017 at 12:59pm
Women, disabled people and the young in Scotland are being harmed by UK Government welfare cuts, according to a report identifying an almost £4 billion fall in social security spend north of the border.

UK Government accepts abortion funding calls to avoid defeat
29 Jun 2017 at 12:19pm
The government has been forced into a major concession on the funding of abortions for women from Northern Ireland to avoid defeat in a vote on the Queen’s Speech.

Alistair Watson, Glasgow Labour council stalwart, found dead
29 Jun 2017 at 12:08pm
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has paid tribute to one of the party's local government stalwarts, Alistair Watson, who has been found dead.

Justin Trudeau to visit Scotland in July
29 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Scotland next week and will meet with the Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

1 in 10 people in UK ?are foreign citizens?
29 Jun 2017 at 10:48am
Nearly one in 10 people living in the UK last year were foreign citizens, according to a major international report.

Scotland's top judge hits out at "Register of Interest" for bench
29 Jun 2017 at 10:27am
Scotland's top judge has warned that the prospect of introducing a "register of interests" for the profession  would drive away the country's top legal minds from joining the bench.

MSPs grill Fergus Ewing over missed farm payments fiasco
29 Jun 2017 at 8:40am
While it was admitted that it now looks almost certain that the Scottish Government will fail to complete the required 95.24 per cent of farm support payments by the end of June deadline, this target will only be missed by “a few percentage points”.

Tom Peterkin: SNP pledges on health and schools may be in vain
29 Jun 2017 at 8:12am
Domestic policy should be the priority but it could prove difficult as the constitution dominates, says Tom Peterkin.

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The unplucky 13
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jun 2017 at 9:34am
Pictured below are Ruth Davidson and her 13-strong* cohort of Scottish Tory MPs. When they were elected earlier this month, the group rushed to tell anyone who’d listen that they were ready and willing to “defy” the UK leadership and act (ironically) as an independent party, standing up bravely for the people of Scotland. They would …

Contempt undimmed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2017 at 12:59pm
Last week the walking monotone drone that is James Kelly MSP lodged a motion (an inescapably appropriate term for his output, it must be said) at the Scottish Parliament instigating his private members’ bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act, having announced his intention to do so in February after putting together a ludicrously bogus “consultation” on the …

Slight reprise
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2017 at 10:29am
…on last night’s article. Because the Daily Mail isn’t standing for any of this confusion. It’s absolutely 100% clear that what’s happened is that the First Minister has U-turned and abandoned the prospect of a second independence referendum. And also that she’s absolutely refused to do exactly that. Finally, an end to uncertainty.

Up, down, and turned around
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 9:07pm
Just so we’re absolutely clear on what happened today: There’s been a U-turn (The Sun): Except that nothing has changed (the Scottish Lib Dems): Let’s see if we can get a rhythm going. There’s been a U-turn (the Telegraph): Except that nothing has changed (Politics.co.uk): There’s been a U-turn (Scottish Labour): Except that nothing has changed (also …

Changes to the SNP?s indyref policy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 4:27pm
1. No changes. 2. This article is over.

Well advised to go
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 12:59pm
AC Grayling, historian. Previously: Richard Murphy, political economy professor. Simon Pia, former Scottish Labour spin doctor. Hilary and Carey, farmers. James, pensioner and former soldier. Sophie, philosophy professor. Kathi, language teacher from East Germany. Jackie Kemp, journalist. Mark, from Edinburgh via London. Elizabeth, cosmetic scientist. Erin, school pupil. Christopher, biker. Tom Morton, former BBC broadcaster …

Things can?t only get better
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 8:12am
The Labour Party’s current state of euphoric hubris about losing another election is at least partly explicable. Jeremy Corbyn increased his party’s 2015 vote in England and Wales by a thumping 40%, took the highest vote share of any Labour leader since 2001 (beating Tony Blair’s 2005 victory by five points), the highest actual vote since Blair’s 1997 landslide, …

The unsurprising twist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jun 2017 at 1:00pm
This was David Mundell on Sunday, guaranteeing that any extra money produced for Northern Ireland to secure DUP backing for the Tory government would be matched by more funding for Scotland (as much as £4.5bn under normal Barnett Formula rules, because Scotland has nearly three times the population of the province): And here’s the truth 24 hours …

Politicians in uniform
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2017 at 11:34am
…are never anything to worry about. We’re pretty sure that’s right. >>SUB: PLS CHECK THE LAST ONE, THINK WE’VE GOT DAVIDSON TWICE

Come On Arlene
by Chris Cairns
24 Jun 2017 at 6:55am

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Apologies demanded as Scots farm payouts row continues
29 Jun 2017 at 3:33pm
The first minister insists she has been clear about the processing of European funds.


Scots economy in 'precarious' position, experts warn
29 Jun 2017 at 12:17am
The Fraser of Allander Institute warns it will be a "close run thing" whether Scotland slips into recession or not.


Frank's Law: Holyrood member's bill seeks law change
29 Jun 2017 at 2:27pm
An MSP is calling for free personal care to be offered to dementia patients aged under 65.


Scottish government to 'fall short' of farm payout deadline
28 Jun 2017 at 2:43pm
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says the government should make 90% of CAP payments by Friday's deadline.


Theresa May refuses to answer SNP's DUP deal question
28 Jun 2017 at 2:44pm
Theresa May does say she regularly receives representations from Mr Mundell on "matters relating to Scotland".


Opt-out organ donation system in Scotland planned
28 Jun 2017 at 1:09pm
The Scottish government is to legislate for an opt-out as opposed to an opt-in system for organ donation.


Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
27 Jun 2017 at 3:42pm
First minister puts her referendum plans temporarily on hold, but says one is still likely by 2021.


Scots ministers escalate dispute over Tory-DUP deal funds
27 Jun 2017 at 6:32pm
The Scottish government is preparing to trigger formal dispute resolution talks over the £1bn Tory-DUP deal.


MSPs pass Scottish railway policing merger bill
27 Jun 2017 at 6:41pm
MSPs have passed legislation aimed at merging railway policing duties into Police Scotland.


Brexit: Devolved institutions' consent sought on Repeal Bill
26 Jun 2017 at 11:25pm
Brexit Secretary David Davis urges devolved institutions to "come together" and support the new law.

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And this is why Indyref 2 is not going away...
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2017 at 6:06pm
As you may have seen, the House of Commons has just voted on an amendment to the Queen's Speech, tabled by Labour MP Chuka Umunna, calling on the UK to remain within both the EU single market and t...

Sturgeon sticks firmly with the policy of an independence referendum at the e...
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2017 at 3:36pm
For those that heard Nicola Sturgeon's speech, the title of this blogpost may seem like a statement of the bleedin' obvious, but I gather from a tweet written by Ipsos-Mori's Mark Diffley that some...

Boost for SNP in massive Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2017 at 6:42pm
My concern for the SNP over the last couple of weeks has been the risk they might slip to second place in Westminster voting intentions - not behind the Tories, who have probably come pretty close ...

We must fervently hope there is no truth in the Sunday Mail's "U-turn exclusive"
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2017 at 9:37pm
Did I speak too soon last night in saying that any worries about the SNP making the historic error of reversing their referendum policy had receded?  Today's Sunday Mail splashed with an "exclusive...

The option of a consultative referendum on independence
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2017 at 9:04pm
Assuming Nicola Sturgeon isn't about to make the dreadful mistake of substantively changing the SNP's policy on an independence referendum (and, touch wood, that worry has receded somewhat after Ia...

The DUP's "defeat", in numbers
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2017 at 4:39pm
It may be a surprise to you to learn that the DUP lost the general election in Northern Ireland, but as we all know the SNP's "defeat" in Scotland has become the accepted benchmark for electoral "f...

Did some SNP supporters stay at home because the party downplayed independence?
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2017 at 6:18pm
A number of people on social media today raised an eyebrow or two at YouGov findings that show people who voted SNP in 2015 were significantly more likely to simply stay at home in the 2017 electio...

Ruth is reeling after stunning ScotPulse poll finds majority of Scots are ope...
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2017 at 1:39pm
After last week's dodgy poll from the Daily Record with the leading question, we have a more neutrally-worded poll from ScotPulse on an independence referendum, and unsurprisingly it produces a rad...

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Scotlands Dumbest Criminals.....
by /u/Thee_Batchy
29 Jun 2017 at 8:54pm
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Video diary of my week travelling in Scotland playing shows. Touring in Scotl...
by /u/franccinelli
29 Jun 2017 at 8:32pm
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Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada.
by /u/ScottishGeology
29 Jun 2017 at 7:25pm
Dear Honourable Member of the Canadian Parliament & Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I would like to humbly ask you that while you are staying in our wonderful nation, Scotland could you visit the fi...

This is why indyref2 isn't going away
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29 Jun 2017 at 7:14pm
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scottish gardeners, what you growing now?
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29 Jun 2017 at 7:12pm
hello guys and gals, are you gardening? what you growing? submitted by /u/axis_of_elvis

85% of Scottish Labour MPs abstained on tonight's amendment on staying in the...
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29 Jun 2017 at 6:31pm
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Sturgeon mocks Tory MSP for raising 'male pay gap'
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29 Jun 2017 at 5:37pm
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English guys wanting a night out!
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29 Jun 2017 at 5:21pm
Hey! We are in Glasgow tonight and was wondering where is the best place to go for cheap drinks and have a dance? I know that it is Thursday and we have chosen a night where there are less uni stud...

Good news for Irn Bru lovers in Denmark. I saw Bru for sale in a Normal shop ...
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29 Jun 2017 at 4:43pm
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Nicola Sturgeon Rinsed A Tory MSP Who Asked Her To Protect Men From The Gende...
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Scotland?s weather: Edinburgh has ?wettest June on record?
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Itching for Indy?
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Second Only to a Glasgow Salad
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Commons goes casual as male MPs allowed to speak if they are not wearing a tie
by Jon Vale
29 Jun 2017 at 5:46pm
Lib Dem Tom Brake breaks the mould and speaker endorses dress-down democracy after being asked if rules had been changed.


Tory turmoil as Theresa May's Government descends into further chaos with two...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
The confusion began when a Downing Street official spokesman hinted May will buckle under pressure to drop the one per cent cap on pay rises for teachers, health workers and emergency services.


Cruel Tory MPs block bid to give nurses and firefighters a pay rise after day...
by Dan Bloom
28 Jun 2017 at 7:18pm
The Tories and DUP teamed up to kill off Labour's bid to end the 1% public sector pay cap in the first Commons vote since the general election


Theresa May reveals 120 tower blocks have failed fire tests and urges landlor...
by Mikey Smith
28 Jun 2017 at 12:15pm
The failure rate of testing of high-rise cladding remains at 100%


'She has a nice smile on her face' Watch President Donald Trump flirt with re...
by Chris kitching
28 Jun 2017 at 10:15am
Catriona Perry described the incident as "very bizarre" after being called over by Trump in the Oval Office.


Nicola Sturgeon steers crafty course as she says not never, just not now to I...
by Record View
28 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts to First Minister's announcing plans for a second independence referendum have been reset.


Response to Nicola Sturgeon's IndyRef announcement shows opposition can't mat...
by Joan McAlpine
28 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Joan McAlpine gives her reaction to the First Minister's decision to 'reset' a second independence referendum.


Arrogant Theresa May bribes DUP rats to save sinking Tory ship
by Annie Brown
28 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Annie Brown says Prime Minister has shackled the nation to a motley crew of bigots at a cost of £1bn.


Scottish MP wears his old Parcelforce shirt to Commons and calls for Royal Ma...
by Harriet Line
27 Jun 2017 at 6:00pm
New Labour MP Hugh Gaffney delivered his maiden speech in Parliament and said the postal service should be returned 'back to its rightful owners'.


It's over to Ruth Davidson to help Scotland after DUP deal with Tories
by Record View
27 Jun 2017 at 8:57am
The DUP gained £1billion for Northern Ireland in their deal with Theresa May and now Record View says Scottish Tory leader Davidson must get a deal for Scotland.

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So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

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Digital Slavery
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2017 at 11:33am
Recently in the news we have learned that the data analytical company Deep Root Analytics has had its database leaked and put on a public server. Deep Root Analytics are a data analysis contractor that work for the Republican National Committee (RNC). They were responsible for holding the data of 198 million Americans. This leak …

Stands Scotland Where She Did? (Part 1)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2017 at 10:53am
Gordon Guthrie on the cocaine politics of First Past the Post. Follow him at @gordonguthrie Time to take stock and understand where now we, the SNP, stand. Bad news first. Both the roads to Indyref are blocked off. Whoever the UK PM is can, and will, refuse Section 30 consent. Any attempt to hold a …

The Bones of a Nation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2017 at 10:20am
The skeleton of Scotland? its bens, glens, and lochs???were shaped by the brutal cleaving of the earth by glaciers; the deformities and scars reflecting the ruthless devastation wrought by Earth?s fury. There was no malice in how the world was shaped, it just Was. The flesh atop those bones is an entirely artificial construct, formed …

Gender and Twitter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 6:16pm
You may have seen this tweet by Lissted (‘Superhuman Social Listening’) getting shredded for being ALL MEN. It was they said charting the top ranked journalists and media outlets in our #GE2017 Twitter Influencers analysis (based on @PoliticsUKTD data): ‘PoliticsUKTD?s results were based on the tweets of thousands of the top influencers in relation to …

The Clenched Fist of Truth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 3:28pm
We have occasionally focused on the sorry task of Charting American Fascism – but it’s a busy old world and too often the term ‘fascist’ is used too liberally. There’s also a problem of fringe nut-jobs, or tiny niche sects getting over-exposure from some internet meme fluffing their actual real-world impact out of all proportion. But …

A Premature Keening for the Independence Movement
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 2:09pm
Amidst much doom and gloom, the professional mourners of the unionist press are out wailing and keening. David Torrance was on fine form on Radio 4 this morning combining a gloriously gloomy line with some barely concealed glee. He was repeating his line that “…my sense of the atmosphere at Holyrood is one of decay, …

True Divide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 11:23am
It’s funny when politicians deride those advocating change in Scotland as stirring up “division”. The true division is a society disfigured by poverty and inequality, a reality becoming more extreme year on year. The Ferret’s Karin Goodwin has this captured in a harrowing report “?Horrifying? numbers of homeless people are dying on Edinburgh?s streets”: “Figures …

Marmalade Tales
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
And then Auntie Nicola picked up the wee jar of whisky marmalade she’d been saving up for those cold Brexit winter nights, and she moved it one shelf up. She thought to herself, “it will be there when I need it, as a wee comfort, when times are hard.” At that very moment a great …

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Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2017 at 7:40pm
Holyrood?s finance minister says time is up for controversial policy after Westminster MPs voted down Labour motion to scrap it nationallyThe Scottish government has promised to unilaterally lift the cap on public sector pay in the face of threats by nurses to go on strike. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotl...

Scotland?s indyref2 may have been delayed. But expect it by 2021 | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
28 Jun 2017 at 6:59pm
Those who think Nicola Sturgeon?s statement this week means the end of the independence movement don?t understand her, or the SNPDoubtless the verb was carefully chosen. Nicola Sturgeon would ?reset? the timetable for a second independence referendum, she told the Scottish parliament in Holyrood ...

Scotland to introduce soft opt-out system for organ donation
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jun 2017 at 12:55pm
Policy where patients are assumed to have agreed consent aimed at reducing the number of people waiting for transplantsScottish ministers are to introduce a new system of organ donations based on presumed consent in an effort to increase life-saving organ transplants.Ministers in Edinburgh announ...

The Guardian view on Scotland?s indyref2: Sturgeon has faced reality | Editorial
by Editorial
27 Jun 2017 at 7:43pm
The SNP exists to lead Scotland out of the United Kingdom. But the tide is not running the nationalists? way and may even have turned against themNicola Sturgeon has announced a delay in any attempt to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. This is no more than a recognition of new polit...

Nicola Sturgeon shelves second Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2017 at 7:02pm
First minister accepts there is no popular support for another vote and will not introduce bill until autumn 2018 at earliestNicola Sturgeon has abandoned her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party lost a string of seats to pro-union parties in...

St Nicola turns off satnav for more scenic route towards independence | John ...
by John Crace
27 Jun 2017 at 6:10pm
Putting second referendum on hold was a huge concession Scotland?s first minister was making in making no real concession at allWhen a party loses more than a third of its seats at a general election, it tends to concentrate the mind. And Nicola Sturgeon was keen to let the Scottish parliament kn...

Vince Cable now overwhelming favourite to be next Lib Dem leader after Davey ...
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Jun 2017 at 5:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summary 5.32pm BST Very much admire & respect what my friend & colleague @EdwardJDavey has said today on Lib Dem Voice about the importance of family.Hammond also strongly hints that he wants UK to stay in the single mar...

Moray: 'We are fed up with the SNP. It's as simple as that'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2017 at 2:04pm
After the most stunning election in recent history, Guardian reporters are writing from four key constituencies to make sense of the results. In Moray, Severin Carrell and photographer Murdo MacLeod find palpable antipathy towards the SNP and little appetite for a second Scottish independence vot...

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A few bits and pieces
I’m off to Thurso tomorrow as part of The National’s Roadshow events, and will be speaking at the Weigh Inn, Burnside, Thurso KW14 7UG from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The event is free, so if you’re at the top end of the mainland, please come along and meet the National’s editor, me, and of …

The U-turn that wasn?t
Today Nicola Sturgeon spoke to the Scottish Parliament about her plans for another independence referendum. There had been rumours that she was going to shelve the referendum, even that it would be taken off the table like a plate of salmonella. What happened was that she clarified what she’d originally said when a second independence …

The Colonel Boakie March
Over the weekend, Ruth Davidson crossed the thin red line between jolly photo opportunities, and dangerously narcissistic attention seeking. She appeared for her adoring public, or at least for her adoring pals in the press, dressed in army uniform as Colonel Ruth of the 32nd Signal Regiment. She was signalling that Scotland is now in …

The false flag patriotism of the Tories
This blog isn’t patriotic enough. It needs to be published with a red white and blue background and a rousing chorus of Rule Britannia ought to start automatically whenever you load the page. Andrea Leadsom said so. Asking questions about the negative consequences of Brexit means that you’re in cahoots with Brussels and are a …

The fireball in the sky
There’s a fireball in the sky, it’s getting closer and closer. The dinosaurs aren’t, for the most part, worried about it. It shines in the sky, it brightens up the day, why be concerned? That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Even if it does hit the Earth, it won’t be so bad. Things are never …

The bendiness of bananas
When I was a wean people used to scoff about banana republics where the establishment had no respect for democracy, no respect for the rule of law, no respect for the checks and balances that ensure that the people get a hearing in the corridors of power. They’d laugh at the inflated balloons in their …

The ship of fools in the ship of state
Theresa May is supposed to be conducting what are widely agreed to be some of the most difficult and important negotiations that the UK has faced in recent history, and she can’t even negotiate a deal to keep her own government in office. Mind you, it’s not like anyone should have had high expectations of …

Journey to Yes, 16 : The Economy
The latest in Phantom Power’s Journey to Yes series.  This is the 16th in the series and the second of the Sector episodes, this time dealing with the vital issue of the economy and taxation. This episode is perhaps one of the most important and raises crucial issues for the independence movement. Richard Murphy is …

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Lesley Riddoch: The SNP can?t fight on every front ... that?s why us Yessers ...
NICOLA Sturgeon does calm defiance very well.

Ask Angry: It's nice to see Nicola Sturgeon come round to my 2020 vision
Was Nicola Sturgeon right to reset the timescale for indyref2? ? Scott, Glasgow

Rab Wilson: Mair fowks should be oot thair gettin on thair bikes
OAN Setterday ah loadit up a couple o ma auld Flying Scot racin bikes an heidit doun the Ayrshire coast tae Girvan. This wis tae tak pairt in a day?s cyclin ongauns unner the auspices o the Big Bike Revival an a new local cyclin initiative The Girvan Wheelers.

Wee Ginger Dug: Nicola Sturgeon has just issued a call to arms for the Yes mo...
NICOLA Sturgeon is going to take the proposal for another independence referendum off the table, crowed the Unionist press. She?ll bow to the inevitable and won?t be serving up something Scotland doesn?t want, said the Conservative supporters who?ve managed to turn the normal processes of democracy on their head. Only that?s not what?s happened; however much the Unionists would like the proposa...

Analysis: So when will indyref2 be held then?
DO you remember those early summer days of the General Election campaign of 2017?

Our readers react: It?s up to us now to prove Yes is the best way forward
HAVING read the First Minister ?s statement, I believe she has chosen the best way forward for Scotland. It was a measured reflection on what has been and a firm, clear statement on the way ahead for us in light of the unravelling shambles of Brexit and Westminster. Now it?s up to those of us who believe that independence is the best way for Scotland. It?s not up to the SNP, this is for all of ...

Kevin McKenna: May?s bribe to the DUP makes the case for indy better than any...
IN the four years that have elapsed since Alex Salmond fired the starting gun on the first independence referendum nothing else has defined so starkly the case for self-determination than the events of the last three weeks. Set against this Nicola Sturgeon?s modest re-calibration of the timetable for a second referendum was almost insignificant. At Holyrood yesterday she could have rammed home ...

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: It?s time to futureproof our case for Scotland?s indy f...
LIKE each of the hundred thousand plus members of the Scottish National Party, it was my personal support for Independence which brought me to join the SNP almost two decades ago.

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Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? th...
  Neils Holck.       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betraya...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? an...
    Some of the main characters     17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? an...
    2,500 assault rifles & 1.5 million bullets supplied       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms – A Complex Tale of – Greed – Intrigue and Betra...

Conservative Future Scotland ? Davidson?s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Ele...
            20 May 2010: Richard Cook The Man Behind the Rebirth of the Conservative Party in Scotland The former Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party said ?I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds … Continue reading "Conservative Future Scotland – Davidson’s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Electora...

tory-party-in-scotland-and-growing-links-with-the-dup-will-it-all-end-badly-r...
Ian Donnell behind Ruth and members of the St Andrews University Conservative Future Tory Club     Ian Donnell – Strabane – Northern Ireland Ian is a descendent of one of four Donnell brothers, all of whom were first members of the Tullywhisker Border Guards before serving with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR. One brother, … Continue reading "tory-party-in-scotland-and-growing-links-with-the-d...

Six Months After Voting ?No? in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots Were P...
            The 2015 General Election The General Election in Scotland in May 2015 was completed only 6 short months after the 2014 referendum. The election provided a unique opportunity for Scots to confirm the results of the 2014 referendum and there appeared to be no definitive reason why this should … Continue reading "Six Months After Voting “No” in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots W...

2017 General Election ? The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why...
            The 2017 General Election I first posted this forecast 6 weeks before the GE and am following up with this before and after report which makes interesting reading. The General Election in Scotland will be a re-run of the 2014 referendum and the landslide victory achieved by the SNP … Continue reading "2017 General Election – The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why They...

Unionist Parties in Scotland Made Their Move and Blew It ? Scottish Independe...
          The 2017 General Election The freak landslide victory achieved by the SNP in the 2015 GE was a one off. In view of this and the downward adjustment that would surely follow at the next GE I completed a voting analysis of the Scottish electorate and published it around 6 … Continue reading "Unionist Parties in Scotland Made Their Move and Blew It – Scottish Independence is Firmly on th...

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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

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
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Nicola Sturgeon urged to work with Scottish Independence Convention to build the case for a Yes vote
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NICOLA Sturgeon is being urged by the co-convener of the Scottish Greens to help spearhead a new mass grassroots Yes campaign. Maggie Chapman said it was essential the First Minister got involved in re-energising the movement and assisted in ...



SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is ready to dump 2019 Scottish independence refere...

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is ready to dump 2019 Scottish independence referendum plan
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Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader Jackson Carlaw said: ?Nicola Sturgeon needs to takes the threat of a second independence referendum off the table altogether. ?If this month's election results showed anything it was that Scots are sick and tired of ...
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Scottish independence vote postponed, Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs - the Irish ...

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Scottish independence vote postponed, Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs
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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a second vote on Scottish independence is being postponed as she announced a "reset" of the timetable set out for another referendum. The First Minister had said in March she wanted to give Scots a second chance to vote on ...



Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
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LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table - POLITICO.eu

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Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table
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The Scottish National Party suffered its worst election in over a decade Thursday, losing 21 seats and more than a quarter of its vote share. The result pushes the prospect of a second referendum on independence from the U.K. ? central to the party's ...
Colorful Conservative Davidson Blunts Drive for Scottish I...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ... - NBCNew...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ...
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Over the horizon of President Donald Trump's oldest Scottish golf resort, a constitutional storm is brewing, fanned by the fallout from Brexit.

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Trilogy Global Advisors Lp increased its stake in China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) by 10.26% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Trilogy Global Advisors Lp bought 57,827 shares as the company's stock rose 4.36% with the market.

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Trilogy Global Advisors Lp increased its stake in China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) by 10.26% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Trilogy Global Advisors Lp bought 57,827 shares as the company's stock rose 4.36% with the market.

Trilogy Global Advisors LP Increased Its China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) Positio...

Trilogy Global Advisors LP Increased Its China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) Position by $4.11 Million as Share Value Rose
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Trilogy Global Advisors Lp increased its stake in China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) by 10.26% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Trilogy Global Advisors Lp bought 57,827 shares as the company's stock rose 4.36% with the market.

Trilogy Global Advisors LP Position In China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) Was Lifte...

Trilogy Global Advisors LP Position In China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) Was Lifted
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Trilogy Global Advisors Lp increased its stake in China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) by 10.26% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Trilogy Global Advisors Lp bought 57,827 shares as the company's stock rose 4.36% with the market.

Scottish Government set to scrap 1% public sector pay cap - The Scotsman

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Scottish Government set to scrap 1% public sector pay cap
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Not only will the SNP commit to that, but we will do it.? Mr Mackay's comments came after the Tories and the DUP combined at Westminster to reject a bid by Labour to scrap the limit. The defeated Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech was supported by ...

Jeremy Corbyn hit by 50-strong Labour rebellion over Brexit - iNews

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Jeremy Corbyn hit by 50-strong Labour rebellion over Brexit
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SNP MP Kirsty Blackman said: ?'This debate has shown clearly that this is a parliament of minorities: that the Tories do not have a mandate for their endless austerity or extreme Brexit and the Labour leadership is confused and incoherent over the ...

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers - The Guardian

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Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
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Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance secretary, pledged to act after Conservative and Democratic Unionist MPs voted down a Labour motion, backed by the Scottish National party (SNP), to lift the pay cap across the UK on Wednesday. The vote followed ...

North East Fife MP appointed SNP international affairs spokesperson - The Saint

North East Fife MP appointed SNP international affairs spokesperson
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The MP for North East Fife, Stephen Gethins has been appointed as the Scottish National Party's (SNP) spokesperson on International Affairs and Europe. Having previously dealt with just European issues and specifically Brexit, Mr Gethins takes over ...



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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
Scotland won't be having another independence referendum any ...

Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
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LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Poll: Majority of Scots want second EU referendum - The Scotsman

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Poll: Majority of Scots want second EU referendum
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10 per cent of Leave voters in Scotland would change their vote if there was another EU referendum, while just 3 per cent of Remain voters would switch sides, the poll found. Holding another referendum on the final terms of Brexit wasn't backed by any ...
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is ready to dump 2019 Scottish independenc...

Referendum delayed but threat of a fresh vote looms - The Times (subscription)

Referendum delayed but threat of a fresh vote looms
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Nicola Sturgeon has ditched her timetable for holding another referendum on Scottish independence following the SNP's reversals in the general election. The first minister refused to take the threat of another vote off the table completely yesterday ...



Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote - CNN

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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote
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Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, euphoric about her party's gains in Scotland, said that IndyRef 2, the colloquial name for a second referendum, was dead in the water. "I think we have seen the country's reaction in the number of SNP ...
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP suffers election night catastrophe with second Sc...

Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by n...

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Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by new poll
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LONDON ? Nicola Sturgeon's dreams of holding a second Scottish independence referendum could be at an end after a new poll found a large majority of Scots want her to drop her plans. The Daily Record poll found that 60% of Scots want her to scrap her ...
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Scots economy 'facing lost decade' as growth stays weak - The Scotsman

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Scots economy 'facing lost decade' as growth stays weak
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Labour's economy spokesperson Jackie Baillie said: ?Scotland is teetering on the brink of recession because Nicola Sturgeon has been more interested in running a campaign for a second independence referendum than running a government. Ministers ...
Scotland's economy "precarious" and on edge of recession, warns thinkt...

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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!

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

Problem is vast Majority of Population don't give a shite
I enjoy a post on politics as much as anyone... we hear about tory scandals, labour incomptencies and SNP Holyrood failings. But most people take no heed or interest in any of that stuffBottom line is people will just vote yes or no; and that won't change soon..

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 ...

FMQ's
Moves afoot to put a motion before The Scottish Parliament that in the future the FM will not be notified of the questions she will be facing. Given that they know the questions in advance and can hardly give a decent answer then this will be chaotic.

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

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

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Outer Hebrides
Lads, some help... After being down south for 20 years it belatedly occurred to me a few years ago that I hadn't seen my own country. Did the West Highland Way and Skye last year and now keen to visit the Outer Hebrides. Was thinking of getting the ferry from Oban to Barra and the wor...

Tower block on fire in London
Looks really bad, some reported dead already,people still trapped

Oil
Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/market_data/commodities/143908/intraday.stmThat's an extraordinary fall in a short time. I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

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Ruth Davidson unveils reshuffled Scottish Tory shadow cabinet

Soft opt-out organ donation scheme to be introduced in Scotland

Labour to force Queen?s Speech vote on investment in emergency services

Scotland ?taking early years workforce more seriously? than other UK nations

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The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw…

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches…

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily…

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll…

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material…

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to…

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis…

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50…