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Tory poll shows Davidson just behind Boris in leadership stakes
29 Sep 2017 at 5:00pm
RUTH Davidson is the second place choice of Tory members to replace Theresa May as party leader, with only Boris Johnson more popular, according to a new poll.

Holyrood's richest MSP facing ban after second conduct breach
28 Sep 2017 at 10:51am
SCOTLAND?S richest MSP is facing an unprecedented ban on tabling questions at Holyrood after being found guilty of a second code of conduct breach in as many weeks.

Video: Anas Sarwar facing questions over "distasteful" meeting with fraud sus...
28 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm
ANAS Sarwar is facing fresh questions over his judgment, after a video emerged of him laughing and joking with a suspect in a multi-million pound VAT fraud investigation.

FMQs sketch: 'Red Eeyore had escaped'
28 Sep 2017 at 6:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon is nothing if not fair. Last week she flattened Anas Sarwar. This week she demolished rival poisoned chalice chaser, Richard Leonard. How very sporting.

Nicola Sturgeon says civil war shows Scottish Labour unfit to govern
28 Sep 2017 at 3:42pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has weighed into Scottish Labour?s civil war, accusing the party of ?selfish and self-indulgent? behaviour that makes it unfit to be in power.

Corbyn's unity message wrecked by Scottish Labour civil war
28 Sep 2017 at 5:12am
JEREMY Corbyn?s promise of unity under Scottish Labour?s next leader has been ?blown apart? by the party descending into civil war amid claims of ?plotting? and personal abuse.

Corbyn insists Labour is now "political mainstream" and on the threshold of p...
27 Sep 2017 at 5:13pm
LABOUR is ?now the political mainstream? in Britain, Jeremy Corbyn has insisted, as he claimed the centre ground of politics had shifted decisively to the Left.

Scotland's young girls hit by epidemic of cybersex crime
27 Sep 2017 at 5:12am
Scotland has been hit by an epidemic of phone and online sex crime with girls under 16 making up three quarters of its victims.

Scottish Labour infighting erupts over leaked Rowley tape
27 Sep 2017 at 3:10pm
THE Scottish Labour leadership contest has descended into civil war, with rival factions accusing one other of plotting to overthrow Kezia Dugdale and ?barrel-scraping desperation?.

Sketch: Jezza rides a wave of adulation in his chariot of fire towards a Soci...
27 Sep 2017 at 3:49pm
Oh Jeremy Corbyn! Oh Jeremy Corbyn!

Anas Sarwar and the multi-million pound tax fraud suspect
28 Sep 2017 at 7:01pm
ANAS Sarwar is facing fresh questions over his judgment, after a video emerged of him laughing and joking with a suspect in a multi-million pound VAT fraud investigation.

Scottish Labour leadership frontrunner Leonard expresses hope that Westminste...
27 Sep 2017 at 5:00am
SCOTTISH Labour leadership frontrunner Richard Leonard has expressed hope that Westminster could stop Brexit in its tracks as the in-fighting between the rival camps continued.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is now government-in-waiting
27 Sep 2017 at 12:56pm
Jeremy Corbyn was given a rapturous reception from Labour delegates in Brighton as he told them that the party was now the "government-in-waiting".

Watson said Labour was "surprised" by its success in Scotland at General Elec...
27 Sep 2017 at 11:42am
TOM Watson, Labour?s deputy leader, has said the party was "surprised" by its success in Scotland in the General Election.

Budget squeeze becoming unsustainable, thinktank warns
27 Sep 2017 at 5:13am
A CREEPING squeeze on funding for public services is coming to a head and ?continuing as before is not an option,? Scotland?s leading economic thinktank has warned.

 

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Richard Leonard?s press officer steps down after ?p*sh? press release
29 Sep 2017 at 7:35pm
A member of Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard’s team has quit in the aftermath of the party infighting of the past week.

Anas Sarwar?s ex-MP father flies in to support leadership bid
29 Sep 2017 at 7:22pm
Anas Sarwar’s famous politician father has flown back to Scotland where he is expected to provide support and advice during his battle with Richard Leonard for the Scottish Labour leadership.

Catholicism ?set to become? most popular religion in Scotland
29 Sep 2017 at 7:02pm
Catholicism will become the most popular religion in Scotland in less than a decade, it was claimed yesterday.

Parents wait for details in Trinity Academy teaching row
29 Sep 2017 at 6:51pm
Parents who were asked to help a secondary school find maths teachers to fill vacant posts will have to await the results of a Freedom of Information request to find out how many applications have been received.

Tories eject offensive tweet councillor who refused to apologise
29 Sep 2017 at 6:22pm
Tory councillor Robert Davies who was reinstated by the Scottish Conservatives after being suspended over offensive tweets has had his membership terminated, according to the party.

UKIP elects new leader: ?We are not UK Nazi party?
29 Sep 2017 at 6:09pm
Ukip’s new leader Henry Bolton has said the party has avoided becoming the “UK Nazi Party” with his election at the expense of a candidate who described Islam as “evil”.

?Take kids out of school? - Reactions to Katie Hopkins tour
29 Sep 2017 at 4:25pm
A furious reaction was sparked as news emerged on Thursday that controversial presenter Katie Hopkins had apparently secured bookings to speak to children at Scottish schools.

Michael Fallon hits out at SNP?s ?confused? position on Trident
29 Sep 2017 at 4:22pm
The Defence Secretary has hit out at the SNP’s “confused” position on nuclear weapons on a visit to the Clyde Naval Base.

19 Glasgow tower blocks have Grenfell-style cladding
29 Sep 2017 at 3:55pm
Residents of 19 tower blocks in Glasgow are being given letters confirming their building contains cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower.

John Swinney accused of education `omnishambles?
29 Sep 2017 at 1:56pm
John Swinney has been accused of presiding over an education “omnishambles” amid suggestions he is to U-turn on flagship school reforms and reports of unfilled teacher training places.

Ruth Davidson comes second in Tory leader poll
29 Sep 2017 at 12:06pm
Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson is the second favourite among party members to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, just behind Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

New land body to reveal land ownership in Scotland
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The thorny issue of land ownership in Scotland and its large concentration in the hands of a few is to be probed by the new Scottish Land Commission.

Joyce McMillan: Social justice on hold for five years
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Occupying the centre ground has long been one of the main ambitions of most British politicians. Elections, we are told, are almost always won from the centre; hence Labour’s electorally successful 1990s move to the right under Tony Blair, and the dogged centre-leftism of the SNP, sometimes self-contradictory, but highly successful at the ballot box throughout the last decade.

Brian Wilson: Nicola Sturgeon should keep her nose out of Catalonia
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon’s intervention in Catalonia’s affairs is surprising since it kicks away any chance of Spain, in future, accepting separate Scottish entry into the EU, writes Brian Wilson.

Rivals say Labour discord must end with appeal for ?tolerance?
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Labour leadership rivals Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar have called for end to the open warfare which has marked the race to replace Kezia Dugdale in recent days with an appeal for “tolerance and respect”.

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Here?s to you, Mr Robinson
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2017 at 8:38pm
It’s always interesting to make the news. But the BBC man seems a little confused. Interestingly, the Guardian report of Robinson’s comments – due to be made tonight at the first Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture – completely omits the ostensible point of the speech, but it is mentioned in the Press Gazette’s coverage: Apparently he’ll tell …

The papier-mache press
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2017 at 11:23am
As readers who were once children will probably recall, papier-mache is a substance in which incredibly flimsy material – such as tissue paper or newspaper – is turned into something rather more hard and durable by dint of combining multiple layers of it with a simple flour-and-water solution. What’s less well-known is that the process also …

Nothing like the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2017 at 12:28pm
The Scottish Daily Mail almost explodes with fury over new crime statistics today: Which is weird. Because there’s less crime in Scotland than there’s ever been at any time in modern history. How do we know that? Because the Mail tells us so. The paper’s strapline and opening paragraph make a huge deal over the …

From March to September
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2017 at 9:23am
It’s embarrassing to even have to point it out, to be honest. Yet just six months later, with nothing having changed, everything had changed: But when it comes to Unionist politics in Scotland, embarrassment is the default state.

The Cunning(hame) Plan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Sep 2017 at 10:29am
We stuck this short clip up on YouTube yesterday as a throwaway while watching the Labour conference in slack-jawed astonishment (a visitor from an alien planet would have concluded it was the gathering of a party that had just won a landslide victory, not lost its third general election in a row), but on reflection …

Super sigh me
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2017 at 8:44pm
In today’s Herald, for no apparent particular reason, this drivel again: And who might this latest impartial “expert” be, we wonder? Oh, it’s this guy: It’s like they’re not even trying any more. Forgive our weary expression, won’t you?

The government in waiting
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2017 at 10:33am
Labour will start their autumn conference in Brighton properly today, but the comrades have already been at the seaside over the weekend. We thought we’d see how the UK’s official alternative to the Tories was getting along. We’re sure it’s a well-oiled machine. Apparently last night was “Scotland Night”, so someone was hastily despatched to find …

All the alarms and no surprises
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2017 at 9:08am
This weekend’s Scottish Mail On Sunday carries a column from UK Cabinet Office minister Damian Green which, if anyone was still in any doubt, rings just about every warning bell imaginable in terms of the Tories’ plan to use Brexit to cripple devolution both in principle and in practice. It’s tucked away on page 27 …

Ole Ola
by Chris Cairns
23 Sep 2017 at 6:55am
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Looking forwards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2017 at 11:37am
We’re not saying it’s been a slow news week in Scottish politics, but this is what the Scotsman’s going with today: We might go for a walk.

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Grenfell-type cladding at 19 tower blocks in Glasgow
29 Sep 2017 at 5:01pm
Nineteen private tower blocks in Glasgow have been clad in material similar to that used on Grenfell Tower.


Hundreds of places on teacher training courses unfilled
29 Sep 2017 at 6:53am
BBC Scotland understands a quarter of places on postgraduate courses for secondary teaching have not been taken up.


Action 'being taken' on nurse staffing
29 Sep 2017 at 10:46am
Scotland's health secretary says she wants things to be better for nurses "as soon as possible".


May to have Brexit talks with Sturgeon
28 Sep 2017 at 5:00pm
The prime minister says she will speak to Scotland's first minister in a bid to end the Brexit deadlock.


Rowley 'gutted' over leadership row tape
28 Sep 2017 at 2:36pm
Alex Rowley says he intends to stay on as interim Scottish Labour leader despite the row over claims of a "plot".


Mesh patients say they were 'duped'
28 Sep 2017 at 6:34pm
Elaine Holmes tells MSPs she was "cynically used" by the review group on mesh implants.


MSPs back general principles of Domestic Abuse Bill
28 Sep 2017 at 6:10pm
MSPs unanimously back the general principles of legislation to strengthen the law on domestic abuse.


Tory MSP faces sanction for failing to declare interests
28 Sep 2017 at 11:37am
Holyrood's standards committee has ruled against Alexander Burnett for the second time in two weeks.


Two neo-Nazi groups added to banned list
28 Sep 2017 at 4:03pm
Scottish Dawn and NS131, aliases of neo-Nazi group National Action, to be banned under UK terror law.


MSPs' expenses up to £16m due to staff increase
28 Sep 2017 at 3:14pm
MSPs' expenses rose by more than £3m in the previous financial year after allowances for staffing were lifted.


Study into impact of land ownership in Scotland
28 Sep 2017 at 12:13am
The new Scottish Land Commission's study could lead to further changes to land law.


'Pivotal' role
19 Sep 2017 at 5:52pm
Philip Rycroft is promoted to permanent secretary in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

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Davidson's despair deepens as latest batch of subsamples shows the SNP ahead ...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2017 at 11:30am
I'm still in foreign climes, so I haven't been staying on top of the Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls.  But here's a round-up of the subsamples that have been published since my last upd...

The other type of 'winner'
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2017 at 8:47pm
After the result of the German federal election became clear last night, I posted a couple of tweets about the BBC's misleading headline reporting of the subject."My standard complaint about BBC re...


Land of the valiant, reciprocator of firm friendship
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2017 at 2:10pm
As you know, I'm out of the country at the moment (albeit not in Indonesia, as someone thought on the previous thread).  So I do hope you're duly appreciative of the fact that I forewent my siesta ...

Crisis mounts for embattled Ruth Davidson as three more subsamples put the SN...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2017 at 3:22pm
Just for the sake of completeness, here are the three most recent Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls -ICM: SNP 34%, Conservatives 32%, Labour 21%, Greens 4%, UKIP 4%, Liberal Democrats 4%Y...

Sensational poll suggests SNP would make sweeping GAINS in an early Westminst...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2017 at 4:11pm
Rarely have I been so delighted to be proved wrong.  I had suspected that last week's Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times contained a Westminster voting intention question that was being withheld u...

Massive boost for Sturgeon as Survation confirm SNP have staggeringly sizeabl...
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2017 at 2:27pm
Hot on the heels of Panelbase's first Scottish Parliament poll in an eternity comes the same from Survation.  The findings of the two polls are strikingly similar on the constituency ballot (which ...

Scale of Davidson flop becomes clear as "extraordinary" Panelbase poll reveal...
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2017 at 5:45pm
Panelbase have released the datasets for the full-scale Scottish poll that was published (and so comically misrepresented) in yesterday's Sunday Times.  Here are a few points that leap out -1) As e...

Enormous lead for the SNP in first post-June Scottish poll
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2017 at 2:45pm
"The findings are likely to dismay Nicola Sturgeon" says Jason Allardyce of the Sunday Times about a new poll which he must know perfectly well is going to absolutely thrill Nicola Sturgeon, becaus...

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Catholicism set to become most popular religion in Scotland
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29 Sep 2017 at 8:01pm
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People Make Glasgow
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29 Sep 2017 at 6:44pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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29 Sep 2017 at 6:06pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

Donald Trumps big Saltire at Turnberry
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29 Sep 2017 at 4:11pm
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Scottish Labour?s leadership contest is turning ugly
by /u/tejmuk
29 Sep 2017 at 4:10pm
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Racist Tory councillors quits party after refusing to apologise for his comments
by /u/Saltire_Blue
29 Sep 2017 at 3:34pm
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Spin doctor behind Labour "p***" row leaves leadership campaign
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29 Sep 2017 at 2:53pm
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Loch Dunmore Reflections - Faskally Woods
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29 Sep 2017 at 12:22pm
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Noel Edmonds warns that Royal Bank of Scotland could 'sink' if FCA report is ...
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29 Sep 2017 at 11:26am
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Fry up recommendations near Glasgow Central Station please?
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29 Sep 2017 at 11:07am
Hi to everyone in (or familiar with) Glasgow! Me and my missus (aka the boss) are heading up on the sleeper from London next week to do the west highland way (spur of the moment idea); bit nervous ...

Ever wonder what happened to ex-Hamilton boss Billy Reid? (probably not!)
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29 Sep 2017 at 10:37am
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Secretary for Education John Swinney Rolling Out Some Sass on Twitter
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29 Sep 2017 at 10:12am
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11% of Scots think capitalism is working well in Britain, 39% want it revampe...
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29 Sep 2017 at 8:37am
https://yougov.co.uk/opi/surveys/results#/survey/844dd1bc-a42f-11e7-a111-4b12f9bd0a33/question/d935a8c6-a42f-11e7-a111-4b12f9bd0a33/region (Because Reddit dislikes links with hashtags in them) s...

Our Scots language and accents are dying and all we'll soon have left are son...
by /u/TheXandMk4
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
So I got drunk and listening to old Scots songs on Youtube and it occurred to me that the Scots language is effectively dead, and the braw, bonnie Scots accents with their lilting brogues are dying...

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UKIP instantly accused of ripping off the Premier League after unveiling its ...
by Dan Bloom
29 Sep 2017 at 11:41am
The Premier League is understood to be consulting lawyers after UKIP members flocked to vote for the 'British lion' design to replace the pound sign


The Record has been leading the way in securing a fair deal for live music fa...
by Record View
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Record view discusses taking on the ticket touts, fighting fascism and celebrating the big wins with our readers.


Theresa May might need to take a leaf from Neil Kinnock's book
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil Crichton wonders if the Prime Minister's conference speech next week will be a rallying cry or as memorable as a September shower.


P*sh-take time as Labour civil war dominates First Minister's Questions
by Record Reporter
28 Sep 2017 at 6:31pm
Nicola Sturgeon almost says the P word in Holyrood debate after Scottish Labour leadership battle becomes embroiled in p*shgate row.


The left has triumphed in Labour but can Jeremy Corbyn's Red revolution sweep...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Sep 2017 at 9:21am
Torcuil Crichton witnesses the cult of Corbyn in full flow at the party's Brighton conference but wonders if voters are ready to leap to the left en mass in search of a better Britain.


SNP make U-turn on sepsis awareness campaign after claiming it wasn't 'necess...
by dailyrecord
28 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Health Secretary Shona Robison announced the campaign yesterday after a meeting with sepsis awareness charity the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust.


Glasgow City Council warned it faces being stripped of enforcement powers ove...
by Andy Philip
27 Sep 2017 at 3:38pm
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart says he could take over building standards enforcement in a row over potentially unsafe cladding.


Jeremy Corbyn insists Labour would strike Brexit deal with single market access
by Jon Vale
27 Sep 2017 at 2:48pm
The Labour leader told the party conference in Brighton that he would secure a new cooperative relationship with Europe once in power.


Scotland can pride itself in a world-class academic reputation but we should ...
by Annie Brown
27 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Scots from socially deprived areas are being excluded from accessing a university education and it must be remedied, says columnist Annie Brown.


Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard face tough questions at Daily Record's Labour...
by Oliver Milne
26 Sep 2017 at 3:22pm
Torcuil Crichton chaired the debate as the two Scottish Labour leadership hopefuls went head-to-head with trade unions and Trident major talking points.

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Worth A Post of Its Own ? 2
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2017 at 9:40am
A little reminder of who wanted what extra powers for the Scottish Parliament. One party in particular doesn’t seem to want to be responsible for anything… Advertisements

A Long Time Ago In A Labour Conference Far Far Away
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2017 at 12:59pm

Better Together?s Broken Promises in Four Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2017 at 8:42am
This is from last year, think how many more you could add now…

Power Grab
by michaelgreenwell
24 Sep 2017 at 10:26am
The latest film by Phantom Power examines the very real threat posed to the Scottish Parliament by recent events at Westminster.  

Another Day, Another Better Together Idea Rubbished
by michaelgreenwell
23 Sep 2017 at 8:30am

The Grand Old Days of Empire, Robbery and Murder
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2017 at 1:12pm
Some of the brexiteers have peddled the bizarre fantasy in the title of this post, specifically that we could have Empire 2.0. Let’s just take a quick look at all the killing empire 1.0 involved…

That?s What Friends Are For
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2017 at 10:24am
You remember all that stuff about a family of nations? Well, here is a reminder that the UK government tried to use their friends (including Russia apparently) in order to f*ck up members of the “family”. Furthermore, I actually have a copy of one of the propaganda pieces they sent abroad to be translated into …

A Grant Shapps Reminder
by michaelgreenwell
20 Sep 2017 at 10:32pm

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The Key that Opens the Lock
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Sep 2017 at 3:17pm
Make no mistake, what is happening in Catalonia is a thuggish and ugly right-wing coup.  The full mechanisms of Catalonian government, the police, the transport systems, and rest of the infrastructure has been seized by a militarized state that is transporting armed police and tanks and water cannons across the border.   Yet it increasingly looks …

Self Determination and Human Rights
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Sep 2017 at 4:57pm
?If I have a problem with my wife, I send flowers ,? Josep Borrell 1 Josep Borrell, Socialist former President of the European Parliament, who describes himself as ?Catalan, Spanish and European,? is actually opposed to the Catalan referendum on independence, but he is at least clear eyed enough to see that the use of …

Catalonia interview with Jenny Morrison
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2017 at 12:55pm
As the crisis in Catalonia rumbles on, with Spanish state repression meeting mass and increasingly militant resistance from the people, David Jamieson spoke to Barcelona based Scottish activist Jenny Morrison about the background to and nature of the dramatic political developments in the country. David Jamieson: Can you give us a quick background to the …

Florence and the Machine Politician
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2017 at 9:40am
The strength of feeling that the Scottish people have about this need for control and the direct accountability of their politicians is one reason why, throughout its membership Scotland has never totally felt at home being in the British Union. And perhaps because of our history and geography, the British Union never felt to us …

Homage to Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2017 at 2:22pm
With the Catalan crisis coming to  a head, a timely film festival in Scotland celebrates Catalan culture. Homage to Catalonia ? Scotland’s Catalan Film Festival runs from September 27 to October 6.  As well as feature films, the programme offers a week of poetry, spoken word, parties, gastronomic events, talks and a strong showing of short …

Build: Bridges to Indy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2017 at 9:53am
The Scottish Independence Convention has announced a major conference in Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th November, called Build: Bridges to Indy. It promises to be a huge convergence of the independence movement around practical issues and capacity-building, forging unity and communication and building strategy for the future. Lesley Riddoch said: ?This is a …

Interview with Anna Arqué on Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Sep 2017 at 10:44am
Interview with Anna Arqué on Catalonia in four parts … Follow Scottish Indy Podcast here.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 12:30pm
?It?s an exhibition that covers a huge sweep of European history over 200 years. We are telling a broad story of the attempts by the Jacobites to restore the Stuart dynasty. It?s not a Scottish story, or a narrow Gaelic-related story.? – Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director of National Museums Scotland In reality the story …

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Delving deeper into the BBC?s idea of impartiality | Letters
by Letters
29 Sep 2017 at 6:28pm
Readers respond to Nick Robinson?s recent Guardian article about the mainstream media winning back trustNick Robinson?s article asserting that Nigel Lawson should be corrected but not silenced by the BBC on climate change (Silencing the disagreeable won?t work. Put them on air, 28 September) sugg...

In defence of referendums ? they?re unpopular, but we need them | Richard Rus...
by Richard Russell
28 Sep 2017 at 1:41pm
Brexit and the Calatonia vote have shown how bitter and divisive referendums can be, but without them, anger bottles up and politics gets stuckReferendums seem to be everywhere at the moment, Kurdish people voting on independence: the Irish getting a say on abortion, and there are still calls for...

Labour conference: Corbyn says Brexit has some 'positives' and he's not plann...
by Andrew Sparrow
26 Sep 2017 at 6:27pm
Rolling coverage of events at the Labour conference in Brighton 6.27pm BST 6.17pm BST A delegates comes up to point out that Watson?s speech was only supposed to last five minutes, but stretched to 22 minutes.Watson had been expecting to speak mid afternoon, but then it was decided that he would...

Climate experts criticise Scotland's greenhouse emissions cuts strategy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Sep 2017 at 8:23am
Committee on Climate Change says policies needed to reach 2050 goal of 90% reduction are too weak and ill thought outClimate experts have warned the Scottish government its ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions lack credibility and risk stalling unless its strategies improve dramaticall...

Barnier tells May UK will have to obey EU rules during transition - politics ...
by Nicola Slawson (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
21 Sep 2017 at 7:28pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMichel Barnier?s speech - SummaryAfternoon summary 7.28pm BST We?re going to close this blog for today. Thanks so much for joining us and for all your comments. Join us again tomorrow, which is set to be an interesting day with Th...

Scottish Labour candidate Anas Sarwar laughs off 'neoliberal Blairite' tag
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2017 at 7:00am
Glasgow MSP says label is ?simply untrue? and highlights past record of attacking some of Tony Blair?s foreign policy decisions while in WestminsterAnas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leadership hopeful, has said it is ?laughable? for his critics in the party to describe him as a neoliberal Blairite...

Scottish and Welsh leaders seek to ward off Westminster 'hijack' of powers
by Steven Morris and Severin Carrell
19 Sep 2017 at 7:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones table 38 amendments to EU withdrawal bill to avert what they see as a post-Brexit power-grabThe Scottish and Welsh first ministers have attempted to increase the pressure on the UK government over Brexit by jointly publishing a series of amendments to the EU withd...

Hard Brexit like religious fundamentalism, says Welsh first minister
by Steven Morris
18 Sep 2017 at 4:19am
Carwyn Jones also compares London?s attitude to devolved nations over issue to Brezhnev?s approach to eastern blocThe first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has branded the pursuit of a hard Brexit ?a kind of religious fundamentalism?.Jones also compared Westminster?s approach to the devolved nat...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Taking the Jackie Baillie out of Labour
At the very moment that Jeremy Corbyn gave a rousing speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton and said that the party had never been more united, supporters of Richard Leonard, one of the candidates for leadership of the party’s Scottish accounting unit, released a statement to the press entitled “Comment on Jackie Baillie …

The avocado toilet suite of politics
Don’t you kind of yearn for the days when it was the SNP that the media told us was a sinister cult? Now we’ve actually got real cult at the heart of British politics, and the sound of silence is deafening. Because when you’ve got people chanting Oooooh Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-Brexit rally, such …

Having their Corbyn cake and eating it
It’s getting insane now. Even those of us who specialise in hyperbole are running out of hyperbolic adjectives and similes to describe just how divorced from the real world British politics and the British state have become. I’ve given up watching the Labour party conference. It seemed to be being beamed to us directly from …

Down in the oozing magma
Sometimes you wonder when the declining reputation of the British state is going to hit bedrock, but that implies that there’s some solid base to the British establishment. Then you realise that it went through the bedrock quite a long time ago and is now deep down there somewhere swimming in the oozing magma with …

The question of the Kurds
There’s awareness in Scotland about Catalonia’s looming independence referendum. Or at least there’s awareness if you don’t confine yourself to BBC Scotland news. The Catalan vote is due to be held a week on Sunday, 1 October. However there’s another nation which is going to hold an independence referendum even sooner. On Monday Iraqi Kurdistan …

The edge of the abyss
In just ten days time, the government of Catalonia is determined to hold an independence referendum that the government of Spain is equally determined to prevent. What’s happening in Spain is heading towards the logical conclusion of what you get when the loyalist defenders of the central state refuse to countenance that a country within …

The Power Grab
POWER GRAB – The Threat to Scottish Democracy. 20 years after devolution and the creation its own Parliament, Scotland now faces its biggest challenge in the form of Brexit and a hard-right UK Tory Govt determined to centralise power. Former MP, MSP and Presiding Officer, George Reid, was involved in the 1979 devolution vote won …

Twenty one thousand thank yous
The Wee Ginger Fundraiser on Indiegogo has now closed. I sought to raise £10,000 in order to ensure that for another year I can continue full time to write, blog, and give talks about independence all over Scotland. You have surpassed that target by an enormous amount. £12,540 has been donated via the main fundraising …

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Former SNP minister warns against basic rate tax rise
A FORMER Scottish Government minister has warned Nicola Sturgeon about raising the basic rate of income tax saying it would hit low-paid workers.

John Finnie: Forget air tax cuts, let's invest instead in the public transpor...
RAIL passengers in Scotland will see another rise in regulated rail fares from January next year, this time by 3.6 per cent. So when I heard that the Scottish Government was to announce a transport policy aimed at reducing fares, I thought great! Only, this wasn?t for public transport, but airline tickets.

Scottish singer says playing for Sturgeon at St Andrew's dinner will be more ...
SHE has already played to 12,500 people at Wembley.

Brexit could stall for months over UK ?daydreaming? as Lords warn of Tory pow...
BREXIT talks could stall for months unless the UK agrees to meet its financial commitments, the EU?s chief negotiator has said.

Scottish vision for land rights and responsibilities is hailed as a ?world fi...
THE Scottish Government yesterday claimed a ?world first? with the publication of its vision for land rights and responsibilities.

Nurses say lack of time is affecting levels of care
MORE than half of nurses in Scotland feel they do not have enough time to provide the level of care they would like, a survey has found. Almost half said care was not at the level they would want to receive as a patient.

Is there any way to save Labour?s branch office?
Dear Angry,

'Catalan nationalists have succeeded in exposing the chauvinistic authoritari...
A PRO-Scottish independence activist who has studied extensively in Spain has forecast a Yes vote in Sunday?s Catalan independence referendum, although he said Catalonia would not ?instantly? become independent.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Tales From the Backside ? Lies Spies and Naked Thighs ? News and Current Affa...
          20 Sep 2017: BBC News and Current Affairs Scotland Staff and Presenters Are Guilty of Presenting Information Biased Against Scotland Eleven years after exposure to the public that blatant bias is doctored into news bulletins and documentary reports the BBC News & Current Affairs Division of the corporation still actively … Continue reading "Tales From the Backside – Lies Spies and Nak...

People of Influence ? Richard Leonard ? The Likely Lad From Yorkshire Thinks ...
      Richard Leonard       Family Background – Richard Leonard – Labour Party (List) Member of Scottish Parliament Richard’s 3rd Great-grandfather, (Roman Catholic), Francis Leonard, his wife Jane and 4 children left Co Tyrone around 1850 and took up residence in Whitfield, Yorkshire. Francis was a stone cutter to trade. His two … Continue reading "People of Influence – Richard Leonard – The L...

Westminster Confirms Scottish Agricultural Policy Will be Decided in London a...
          28/11/13: Scotland?s Farming and rural Constitution and democracy The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, outlined some of the benefits of independence for Scottish farming including the EU rule that by 2019 no member state would receive farm payments of less than ?196 per hectare ? … Continue reading "Westminster Confirms Scottish Agricultural P...

Twins of Distrust ? The Tory Party and the Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Le...
        22 Sep 2017: Fishermen of Shetland Press Lord Duncan for answers on Brexit plans and get the usual waffle Shetland fishermen reiterated their desire to see the UK take control of its waters post-Brexit after meeting with Scotland Office minister Lord Duncan. The Association chairman said Brexit presented an opportunity for … Continue reading "Twins of Distrust – The Tory Party and the S...

The Unionist Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mis...
              The Laws of the Sea Convention The Convention allows countries to establish an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. When UK leaves the EU it will have control of all fish within this zone. But, there are “riders”, the laws place a commitment … Continue reading "The Unionist Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mists of Uncertaint...

The Once Proud and Powerful Scottish Liberal Democratic Party Membership Shou...
    The remorseless decline of the Liberal-Democratic Party in Scotland 2007: In the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections, the party won one fewer seat than in the two previous Scottish elections. The experience led to criticism of the party’s election strategy. Although it was arithmetically possible to form a majority coalition with the Scottish National … Continue reading "The Once Proud and P...

Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine ? Tory MP for Aberdeen South ? Ross Thoms...
          Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine – Tory MP for Aberdeen South – Ross Thomson – seizes his chance to donate his own weird and wonderful interpretation of historical events In yesterday’s General Debate on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, Conservative MP Ross Thomson said that his visit to Israel and the West Bank last … Continue reading "Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine – Tory MP...

Lest Ye Forget ? The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum
        THE NO CAMPAIGN?S BROKEN PROMISES The EU During the referendum, the Better Together website said : ‘Scotland enjoys membership of the EU because of our membership of the UK and if we no longer are members of the UK then it follows that we are no longer are part of the … Continue reading "Lest Ye Forget – The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum"

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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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

Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself
Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 26th 2017 This week the Labour Party Conference gathered in Brighton. It hasn?t been in such good spirits for many a year – with the highest membership of any party in Europe, and the biggest increase …

Where have all the leaders gone?
Where have all the leaders gone? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 20th 2017 We have a problem with leaders – specifically, a dearth of them in Scotland, the UK and most of the Western world. There is a crisis of authority, trust and legitimacy with, for some, populism, trusting instincts and voicing your inner rage …

Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution
Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 13th 2017 Twenty years ago this week Scotland held a referendum and voted decisively for a Scottish Parliament and for it to have tax-raising powers. This anniversary provides an opportunity to look back and assess what the last …

Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind
Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind Gerry Hassan The Guardian, September 11th 2017 Twenty years ago today Scotland voted 3:1 for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. It was clear the old Westminster system of governing Scotland was discredited. Voters recognised it was undemocratic, and produced bad politics and legislation. The case for …

Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top?
Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 6th 2017 Scotland has had much media prominence in the last few days. The new Queensferry Crossing opening across the Forth; Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world according to ?Rough Guide? readers, while even the …

Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next?
Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 30th 2017 Scottish Labour used to offer certainty. It had its differences and divisions, but it was in the business of running Scotland, dominating local government and town halls, and was concerned with administration, holding office and doing practical things. That seems …

Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street?
Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 28th 2017 Jeremy Corbyn has been causing waves in Scotland, as he has been across the entire UK. A five-day visit has seen him get lots of coverage and in places crowds, while annoying his political …

Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics
Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 23rd 2017 Andrew O?Hagan is a gifted, talented writer and intellectual force who both encapsulates curiosity and creativity and encourages it in others. Last week he gave a fascinating keynote address in Edinburgh on the subject of Scotland. O?Hagan?s very public painful relationship …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum
The Scotsman
The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence resonated with Kurds said Zandi, with many of those living in Scotland actively campaigning for a Yes vote. He added: ?But the referendums in Scotland and Kurdistan were two very different models, but the ...
David Pratt in Kirkuk: Kurds go to the polls on independe...

Pete Wishart: Scottish independence campaigners must seek renewed mandate in ...

The Sunday Post
Pete Wishart: Scottish independence campaigners must seek renewed mandate in 2021
The Sunday Post
NICOLA STURGEON should put a second Scottish independence referendum on hold, a senior SNP MP has suggested. Pete Wishart, who is the chair of the House of Commons' Scottish Affairs Committee and a former constitution spokesman for his party at ...
Delay Indyref2 until after 2021 Holyro...

Scottish Resistance 'occupy' Spanish consulate over Catalonia - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scottish Resistance 'occupy' Spanish consulate over Catalonia
The Scotsman
In 2016, they issued a 'Declaration of Glasgow' on the 696th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, a letter sent by Scottish nobles in 1320 to Pope John XXII to reaffirm the country's independence. Copies of the group's declaration were be sent ...



On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work to...

The Independent
On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work towards a united country
The Independent
With the third anniversary of Scottish independence now upon us, I see the first signs of reconciliation emerging. The SNP have been given a bloody nose in Scotland at the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2016, the Local Council Elections and then ...
Support for Sc...

Referendums are a blunt tool but people have a right to decide - Financial Times

Financial Times
Referendums are a blunt tool but people have a right to decide
Financial Times
For Scottish and Welsh independence, the figures were 51 per cent and 56 per cent. There was no outcry when Eurosceptics organised unofficial, local referendums on the EU in 2011. If the Cornish nationalists got their act together, we would probably shrug.



Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence re...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence referendum will take place
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when she will call another referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum after her party suffered a setback at the general election ...
Nicola Sturgeo...

Scotland May Hold Second Independence Vote Within Five Years ? Think Tank - S...

Sputnik International
Scotland May Hold Second Independence Vote Within Five Years ? Think Tank
Sputnik International
LONDON (Sputnik) ? The consequences of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union may result in holding of the second Scottish independence referendum in less than five years, the director of the left-leaning Scottish think tank Common ...

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Independent Scotland would have been the next Greece, says expert - HeraldSco...

HeraldScotland
Independent Scotland would have been the next Greece, says expert
HeraldScotland
Professor Ronald MacDonald, from Glasgow University, said if Scotland had voted for independence in 2014 the chosen currency regimes of the Scottish Government would have led to ?huge disruption to the Scottish economy, and of a magnitude similar to ...

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SNP

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Price Target Reviews on China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) and...

Price Target Reviews on China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) and XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE:XPO)
Davidson Register
Brokerage firms currently have a positive stance on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP). The majority of analysts covering the equity have either a Buy or Strong Buy recommendation on the stock, yielding a consensus score of ...



Are Cagey Traders Interested in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:...

Are Cagey Traders Interested in China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)?
Morgan Research
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) are being monitored closely by investors today as the name is currently priced at $75.70, a 0.93% difference from where it most recently opened. So where is the stock headed from here? We will take a ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Med...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows
StockNewsTimes
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation logo Media headlines about China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press ...

Trading Lines in Review for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) - MTNV

Trading Lines in Review for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
MTNV
Avid investors may be following technical signals on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP). After a recent check, we have noted that the 60-day commodity channel index reading is Hold. The CCI indicator is generally used to identify ...

Qumu Corporation (QUMU) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Seeing Need...

Qumu Corporation (QUMU) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Seeing Needle Moving This Session
Akron Register
Qumu Corporation (QUMU) shares are moving today on volatility 0.66% or $0.02 from the open. The NASDAQ listed company saw a recent bid of $3.05 and 58421 shares have traded hands in the session. Knowledgeable investors are typically better ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Needle Moving 1.74% - Stonington Post

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Needle Moving 1.74%
Stonington Post
Needle moving action has been spotted in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) as shares are moving today on volatility 1.74% or 1.29 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of 75.56 and 58378 shares have traded hands in the ...

Defence Secretary Hits Out At SNP's "Confused" Nuclear Stance - Forces Network

Forces Network
Defence Secretary Hits Out At SNP's "Confused" Nuclear Stance
Forces Network
The Defence Secretary has hit out at the SNP's "confused" position on nuclear weapons on a visit to the Clyde Naval Base. The remarks come as Sir Michal Fallon holds global security talks with NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and 29 ...

Trading Monitor: What's Next For China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)? - Pie...

Trading Monitor: What's Next For China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)?
Piedmont Register
Traders have been keeping a close eye on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP). Currently, the company has a 14-day RSI of 37.73, the 7-day is 28.45, and the 3-day is resting at 20.63.The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is one of multiple ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Google News

Comment: Why Scots should not get dewy-eyed about Catalan referendum - Herald...

HeraldScotland
Comment: Why Scots should not get dewy-eyed about Catalan referendum
HeraldScotland
I get questions on why could Spain did not "do a Scotland" and hold a referendum on secession. There is a lot of global and Scottish criticism of Spanish measures in Catalonia. This criticism is partly thanks to the very skilful communication campaign ...
Spain's disregard for Catalan press freedom is...

Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum
The Scotsman
The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence resonated with Kurds said Zandi, with many of those living in Scotland actively campaigning for a Yes vote. He added: ?But the referendums in Scotland and Kurdistan were two very different models, but the ...

Scots for Catalonia: how Holyrood is reacting to Spain's referendum crackdown...

New Statesman
Scots for Catalonia: how Holyrood is reacting to Spain's referendum crackdown
New Statesman
Over the last few days ? as Catalonia attempts to hold an unapproved referendum to leave Spain ? the region's flag has been appearing in Scotland, on car dashboards, on computer backgrounds, or slapped over Saltire flags. Pro-independence newspaper ...

'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity - EURACTIV

EURACTIV
'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity
EURACTIV
Sympathy with Catalonia's bid to hold an independence referendum next week is running high in Scotland, where lawmakers are increasingly vocal in condemning Spain's actions and a group of volunteers is heading out to help. Veterans from Scotland's ...
Scottish solidarity efforts intensify as Catalan referendum date approachesCom...

On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work to...

The Independent
On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work towards a united country
The Independent
Should the Spanish government succeed in preventing the Catalans holding their own referendum this will only serve to strengthen the hand of Theresa May and hard-line Unionists who would seek to prevent Scotland having a second independence ...
Support for Scottish ind...

Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult' - B...

BBC News
Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult'
BBC News
A Scottish Conservative MP has admitted she did not vote in last year's EU referendum because the decision was "very difficult". Kirstene Hair said she left the choice to "everyone else" and decided to go with the "will of the UK". But she said she had ...

Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence re...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence referendum will take place
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when she will call another referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum after her party suffered a setback at the general election ...

Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalan referendum calls - BBC News

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalan referendum calls
BBC News
Ms Sturgeon went on to argue that the Edinburgh Agreement between the UK and Scottish governments, which paved the way for Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, should be seen as a "shining example" and a "template that could be used by ...
Spain Has Hit Back At The Scottish Government After It Backed A Catalonian ReferendumBuzz...

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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!

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

MSP Expenses
Congratulations to our worthy MSP's regarding their expenses.  Why put your hand in your pocket when the taxpayer can stump up. Special congratulaions to SNP John Mason who saw fit to claim 45p for a pint of milk and Greens Patrick Harvie who climed £35 for an Ikea kitchen trolley.  Hope some...

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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 ...

The Official President Trump thread

Kezia Dugdale
Resigning tomorrow, per sky news.  Would be shocked if Ian Murray isn't the new leader, given his massive majority in the GE.

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

TAMB Closure part 2
Is it not about time the admin/owners gave an update considering the closure posts have been deleted?

What brought you to the TAMB?
I first came across the board through a Google link when I was searching for coaches from Rome to Bari in 2007.  What was it that first brought you to the board? 

Newsreaders & Weather Presenters Ye'd Love Tae Ride
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The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

Foreign Citizenship
Who has or is eligible for it somewhere else?  I?ve just been talking about it on social media with someone who was talking about their Irish eligibility. I?m good for Ireland too  due to my Grandmother being a Paddy but I don?t think it?s something I?d ever be interested in doing.  Would...

Hugh Hefner
What a life.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41423845 (apologies for link to state propaganda)     

Goodbye Runrig 1973-2018
The curtain will fall next year for Runrig  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41398307   Quote   Veteran Scottish rockers Runrig are to stage a farewell concert next year to mark their retirement after 45 years in the music business. ...

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Nursing staff levels may be unsafe, warns RCN

Value of fish landings up by 25 per cent in 2016

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Independence is in the Streets Already ? Catalunya
A report on the revolt against Spain?s bid to stage a coup, raiding Catalan ministry HQs and arresting senior government officials. The alarm bells went off early in the morning, when nearly everyone was on their way to work, school or the day?s meetings. They had entered the Finance Ministry. They had arrested a number…

Spanish Raid Catalan Government Offices
The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested 12 high-ranking Catalan officials in a large scale anti-referendum operation. Spain has shifted up a gear this Wednesday morning. Military police Guardia Civil officers entered offices of three Catalan government ministries: Economy, Governance and Social Affairs. The raids started around 8am local time and they are part of a…

Is The Tide Turning Towards Independence?
Is the tide turning towards independence? The way to look at it is this. The vote in 2014 was a half and half split given that YES was leading and only swung back in the last week with ‘The Vow’ and various other breaches of purdah. Many Scots were taken to manager’s meetings where they…

Spain Threatens to Take Control of Catalunya?s Finances
The measure is to ‘guarantee that no euros are spent on illegal activities’, said Spanish Treasury Minister In a desperate flail the out of touch Madrid Government have snatched at the purse strings of the aspiring Catalan Autonomy. Vilaweb have reported today that Spain is out to ensure that not a single penny more of…

Has Kezia Dugdale been pushed into supporting Independence?
So, did Jeremy Corbyn merely partake in an embarrassingly badly attended 5-day tour to remind everyone of his lack of support in Scotland? Or did he have plans to wish Kezia Dugdale well in whatever she chose to do next? For me, it was the later. I don?t think she so much ?passed the baton?…

The Endocannabinoid System ? A Wee Primer
This is just a basic primer and bullet points of the mechanics and pictures of moments and systems, in time. They do not explain the full function of the EC system which is always on the quest for homeostasis, balance, equilibrium? and through this, allows us to be fully engaged in the flow of life.…

The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…