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Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon should focus on helping Scotland cope with Brexit
3 Oct 2016 at 3:18pm
Nicola Sturgeon should focus on helping Scotland cope with Brexit rather than trying to "wish away" the referendum result, Ruth Davidson said.

Theresa May makes clear 'divisive Nationalists' in Holyrood will not have vet...
3 Oct 2016 at 12:03am
THERESA May has made clear ?divisive Nationalists? in Holyrood will not have a veto over the Brexit deal, sparking a cross-border row with the SNP.

David Cameron does not regret 'racist' attack on Sadiq Khan, says former spin...
3 Oct 2016 at 6:19pm
David Cameron does not regret his allegedly racist attack on Sadiq Khan in which he accused the London mayor of repeatedly sharing a platform with an Islamic State supporter, the former prime minister's spin doctor has said.

MSPs back motion calling for better budget scrutiny
3 Oct 2016 at 5:50pm
The Scottish Government is facing calls to give Holyrood a better chance to scrutinise its budget.

EU payments pledge the least businesses expect, says Derek Mackay
3 Oct 2016 at 3:10pm
An extended guarantee from the Chancellor over European Union (EU) payments post-Brexit has been dismissed as the "very least" communities and business could expect.

Liam Fox: UK will seek to influence Brexit trade deals while still in the EU
3 Oct 2016 at 6:34pm
The UK will push the European Union from within to strike deals that open up global trade until Brexit is formalised, Liam Fox has said.

Sterling nears 31-year low after Theresa May Brexit announcement
3 Oct 2016 at 6:54pm
Sterling hovered near 31-year lows on Monday after Theresa May announced the Government will trigger Article 50 by March next year.

The Midge: Labour's Mandelson in plea to Sturgeon ? save the UK from itself o...
3 Oct 2016 at 11:21am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Indy Scotland will need to nationalise banks, says SNP MP
2 Oct 2016 at 9:24am
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will have to nationalise its banking system to deliver the investment needed for a fairer society, one of the SNP?s Westminster economics team has said.

Stop picking fights with UK government, Ruth Davidson tells Nicola Sturgeon
2 Oct 2016 at 3:00pm
NICOLA Sturgeon should "pick up the phone" rather than "picking fights" with the UK Government over Brexit, according to the Scottish Conservative leader.

Dugdale blow as Blairite ally fails to land top policy role
2 Oct 2016 at 12:17am
KEZIA Dugdale has suffered a setback as Scottish Labour leader after a political ally failed to become the party?s new policy guru.

Kezia Dugdale to have seat at table for UK Labour manifesto
3 Oct 2016 at 6:58am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will have an unprecedented say in the content of the UK party?s manifesto for the next general election.

Ruth-v-Boris spat flares up on eve of Tory conference
2 Oct 2016 at 12:17am
RUTH Davidson has re-ignited her Brexit bust-up with Boris Johnson by taking pot-shots at the Foreign Secretary on the eve of the UK Conservative conference.

SNP parks decision on MP Michelle Thomson
2 Oct 2016 at 12:17am
THE SNP hierarchy has indefinitely postponed a decision on whether to reinstate Michelle Thomson, despite the party?s Westminster group openly backing the idea

Davidson pitches herself as next FM and says Scottish Tories must become cred...
3 Oct 2016 at 12:04am
RUTH Davidson has pitched herself as the next First Minister as she said that the Scottish Conservatives must use the next five years to present themselves as Scotland?s alternative government in waiting.

 

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Philip Hammond soothes Brexit fears with EU funding promise
3 Oct 2016 at 8:10pm
Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled a series of measures aimed at guiding the UK economy through Brexit “turbulence” and soothing business concerns.

MSPs back motion for better scrutiny of Government budget
3 Oct 2016 at 7:20pm
The Scottish Government is facing calls to give Holyrood a better chance to scrutinise its budget.

No opt-out for Scotland from Brexit - David Mundell
3 Oct 2016 at 5:17pm
Prime Minister Theresa May “wants to engage with all parts of the United Kingdom” as Brexit negotiations move forward, the Scottish Secretary has insisted.

Pound falls after Brexit Article 50 date announced
3 Oct 2016 at 4:30pm
Sterling took another knock on Monday after Theresa May’s announcement that the Government will trigger Article 50 by March 2017.

Leader: Hard Brexit test to come for May and SNP
3 Oct 2016 at 12:11pm
Some of the fog that has shrouded the UK government’s approach to Brexit and the timetable was lifted yesterday in Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party conference.

Ruth Davidson refuses to back Boris Johnson
3 Oct 2016 at 9:31am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has refused to give her full backing to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Brian Monteith: Teresa May looking for a Brexit ?clean break?
3 Oct 2016 at 9:24am
The Prime Minister has done well to avoid the false choice between a ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit, writes Brian Monteith.

Rural economy needs policies, not finger-pointing
3 Oct 2016 at 9:19am
There has been a great deal of political finger-pointing of late. Anyone watching last week’s Holyrood debate on the future of rural Scotland witnessed hands full of digits being pointed at other people.

Lesley Riddoch: No clear Brexit path for Sturgeon
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am
So D-Day will occur sometime in March 2017. Theresa May ended speculation this weekend by naming the month she plans to trigger Article 50, thus setting in train two years of negotiations to pull Britain out of the EU. Does that mean indyref2 has effectively been pencilled in too - for 2019? Despite the likely clamour from independence supporters, provocation by the Westminster Government and a powerful political logic - possibly not.

Tory peer refuses to rule out second Brexit referendum
3 Oct 2016 at 8:38am
A Tory peer has refused to rule out a second referendum on Britain leaving the European Union as she hinted at splits in the Conservatives in the issue.

Chancellor confirms that fiscal policies to be ?reset?
3 Oct 2016 at 8:06am
Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed he will “reset” the government’s fiscal policies in next month’s Autumn Statement, with a new “pragmatic” plan which allows greater scope for investment to boost the economy.

MSPs to examine election payouts to council chiefs
3 Oct 2016 at 7:12am
Scotland’s MSPs are to examine how appropriate payments received by election returning officers in Scotland are.

Union chief calls for Labour MPs mandatory reselection
2 Oct 2016 at 8:12pm
A trade union leader has called for mandatory reselection of Labour MPs and demanded that unions critical of Jeremy Corbyn pipe down and concentrate their attacks on the Conservatives.

Liam Fox: Corbyn is ?very dangerous leader? of a ?mad? party
2 Oct 2016 at 7:55pm
Jeremy Corbyn is the “very dangerous” leader of a Labour Party that has gone “completely mad”, Cabinet minister Liam Fox has warned.

Ruth Davidson: I can lead the next Scottish Government
2 Oct 2016 at 7:40pm
Ruth Davidson made an audacious pitch to be the next First Minister and pledged she would put the Scottish Conservatives in a position to win the next Holyrood election.

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Waiting on the guns
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2016 at 8:00pm
The starting pistol hasn’t actually been fired on the two-year Brexit process yet, but now we have a clear statement of when it will be: this morning on The Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister pledged that it would happen before the end of next March. When she gave a speech to the Conservative conference later, …

Learning to fall
by Chris Cairns
1 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

The green and pleasant land
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2016 at 5:56pm
The Daily Telegraph just released a video called “100 Reasons Why Brexit Was A Good Thing”. It listed them to a soundtrack of “Jerusalem”, the same song that closed the Labour Party conference earlier this week with its stirring ode to just one of the four nations of the United Kingdom. 100 reasons why #Brexit was …

Just your imagination
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2016 at 1:47pm
From a ridiculous piece by Hadley Freeman in today’s Guardian: Actually, we’re pretty sure it isn’t and we can. While we were compiling Kezia’s Greatest Hits, though, we also stumbled across this, which is our very favourite. It’s from almost exactly a year ago: How things change, eh readers?

Expressway to Lietown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2016 at 11:24am
Low-wattage Labour list MSP Neil Findlay (rejected by the electorate of Almond Valley by a thumping 8,393 votes in May) puffed himself up to maximum socialism this week and attacked the SNP’s rather more popular Paisley MP Mhairi Black over a Scottish Daily Express story about travel expenses. It might have been an idea if he’d read the …

The voice of unity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 5:48pm
You can see the full unedited Kezia Dugdale interview with Gordon Brewer on today’s Sunday Politics Scotland at this link, so you can verify that the shortened edit below isn’t misrepresenting anything. But if you don’t have time or attention span for the full 20 minutes, this’ll give you the gist without all the desperate …

20 Minutes In Hell
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 4:22pm
This is the longest piece of continuous TV exposure Kezia Dugdale will get between now and next year’s crucial council elections. Judge for yourself whether she seized the opportunity, readers. A Sunday Times/Panelbase poll released today put Scottish Labour’s support at 16%, with the SNP on 50% and the Tories on 21%. 

An absence of challenge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 9:11am
Kezia Dugdale isn’t even trying to make our life difficult. “I don?t think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government. He cannot appeal to a broad enough section of voters to win an election.” (22 August 2016) “I believe that Jeremy can unite the Labour Party and win a general election.” (24 September 2016) …

Kez?s Nightmare
by Chris Cairns
24 Sep 2016 at 6:55am

The squandered bounty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:26pm
It’s long been a bone of contention for Scots – and not just nationalists – that the UK government, by common agreement, wasted the vast wealth windfall of the North Sea on funding Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s programme of deliberate de-industrialisation, mass unemployment, huge tax cuts for the wealthy and bribes to the working class in …

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Theresa May 'still wants to engage with Scotland'
3 Oct 2016 at 12:23pm
The prime minister still wants to involve Scotland in talks ahead of the UK's Brexit negotiations, the Scottish secretary insists.


MSPs to examine election officials' pay amid 'public concern'
3 Oct 2016 at 12:21am
MSPs on Holyrood's local government committee are to examine payments received by election returning officers in Scotland.


SSTA members vote for industrial action
3 Oct 2016 at 2:00pm
Members of a Scottish teaching union vote in favour of industrial action in a dispute over workload.


Most working parents 'unhappy with work-life balance'
3 Oct 2016 at 7:37am
Most working parents in Scotland are unhappy with the balance between their home and work life, a poll by a group of voluntary organisations suggests.


MSPs 'might block' EU Great Repeal Bill
2 Oct 2016 at 3:19pm
Scotland's Brexit minister says the Scottish Parliament might try to block Theresa May's "Great Repeal Bill".


Mother of two's deportation over visa delayed
3 Oct 2016 at 12:04pm
A mother of two who was at risk of being deported on Saturday has been given time to try and resolve an issue with her visa.


Police officers and staff take 200,000 sick days over mental health
2 Oct 2016 at 9:39am
Police Scotland officers and staff suffering psychological problems have taken nearly 200,000 sick days over the last three years, new figures show.


'Clare's Law' requests top 1,000 in first year
1 Oct 2016 at 12:26am
More than 1,000 requests are made in the first year of a scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past.


May: Scots will be 'fully engaged' in Brexit talks
30 Sep 2016 at 5:59pm
The Scottish government will be "fully engaged" in the Brexit talks, but the UK will take the lead in all areas, Theresa May tells the BBC.


Call for extra scrutiny of 'increasingly complex' Scots budget
30 Sep 2016 at 6:54pm
The auditor general calls for extra transparency and scrutiny of the Scottish government's "increasingly complex" budgets.


Prejudice of all types 'falling across Scotland'
30 Sep 2016 at 12:06pm
Prejudice based on age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or religion is falling, a study for the Scottish government suggests.


New 999 ambulance priorities piloted
30 Sep 2016 at 10:00am
A new response system for 999 calls is to be piloted by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Scot Goes Pop

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53% of public demand that a second independence referendum should be held wit...
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
Apologies for taking several days to write about Sunday's Panelbase poll - I'm still in southern Europe (not for much longer, alas!).  The delay may be just as well, though, because it appears that...

It was convincing, it was captivating...and it was Corbyn (again)
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2016 at 1:23pm
Apologies for recycling my John Motson-inspired headline from last year, but it seems appropriate because Labour have just recycled last year's leadership election result...Labour leadership electi...

Survation sing a song of satisfying solidity as support for independence rema...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2016 at 11:19am
Mr George Eaton's recent musings on Scottish opinion polling are an excellent example of how certain journalists, through either laziness or malice, constantly misrepresent polls to favour their ow...

Off on my travels
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2016 at 8:24am
Good morning from the beating heart of the Evil Empire, aka Victoria Station in central London.  God, it's grim here, and there are Tory voters everywhere.  I should really sit a few of them down a...

It's a statistical tie as "remarkable" Ipsos-Mori TELEPHONE poll puts support...
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2016 at 7:39pm
Should Scotland be an independent country?Yes 48%No 52%More details to follow eventually.  I'm physically blogging this from the Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow, so it's not straightforward...

Drama as TNS poll reveals that Brexit has increased support for independence ...
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2016 at 3:27am
Back in May, in the run-up to the EU referendum, the polling firm TNS asked Scottish voters how they would vote in a new independence referendum if Brexit occurred.  The results were a tad surprisi...

Humiliation for "electable" Owen Smith as bombshell YouGov poll reveals the S...
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2016 at 3:15pm
Let's start with a detail from yesterday's new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll that may not be the most important, but is certainly the most amusing.  As we all know, pretty much the sole selling-p...

The art of conversation
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2016 at 6:12pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the launch of the new national conversation on independence. It also touches a little on today's new full...

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Watch activist Sean Clerkin try to set fire to Union Jack ... and fail
by /u/mykeyboy
3 Oct 2016 at 8:20pm
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What's the most distinctive, but most low-key piece of Scottish lingo there is?
by /u/cringyoxymoron
3 Oct 2016 at 6:43pm
I'd vote 'Yous'. Never hear a southerner say "How're yous?". submitted by /u/cringyoxymoron

Want to buy a haunted village in Scotland?
by /u/samjamtimtam
3 Oct 2016 at 6:41pm
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Union Flag goes up in flames in Scotland: Fury as independence activist sets ...
by /u/Ossien
3 Oct 2016 at 6:08pm
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Fun fact for today: more Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom than to st...
by /u/SeyStone
3 Oct 2016 at 5:50pm
2,001,926 vs 1,661,191 Combined with the much greater turnout for the indy ref then it seems fair to say that there was a greater democratic mandate for the result of the indy ref than the votes of...

?No indyref2 until Brexit talks complete?
by /u/ChaosOdin
3 Oct 2016 at 4:55pm
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Our trip on the Skye Trail that ended in a small rescue...
by /u/NoRoadsNoProblem
3 Oct 2016 at 4:49pm
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Scots not offended when called 'Jocks,' says Ofcom
by /u/pickled-egg
3 Oct 2016 at 4:40pm
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Orange Order rallies behind controversial SNP councillor (From Evening Times)
by /u/stoter1
3 Oct 2016 at 3:16pm
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MSPs debate BBC charter renewal and low level of spend in Scotland
by /u/Ossien
3 Oct 2016 at 2:44pm
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Industry's battle to block drinks deposit scheme
by /u/cb43569
3 Oct 2016 at 2:43pm
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Norman's Law (North East Fife)
by /u/the_bloated_scot
3 Oct 2016 at 2:02pm
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Flip-flopping Ruth is branded a ?born-again Brexiteer? after she sings the pr...
by /u/bottish
3 Oct 2016 at 1:53pm
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Lost masterpiece [Raphael] discovered at North-east estate could fetch millio...
by /u/abz_eng
3 Oct 2016 at 1:47pm
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Tory chancellor warns of 'rollercoaster' ride as he admits Brexit will take i...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Oct 2016 at 7:38pm
NEW Treasury chief Philip Hammond ditches George Osborne's austerity plans to balance the books in order to try to repair economic damage from Brexit.


Donald Trump in new sexism storm over tycoon's crude comments to women on The...
by Record Reporter
3 Oct 2016 at 4:57pm
THE controversial Presidential candidate has been accused of lewd behaviour towards women over remarks he made while fronting the hit TV show.


Theresa May's uncompromising stance on Scotland's EU future forces Brexit bat...
by Record View
3 Oct 2016 at 7:52am
NICOLA Sturgeon is determined to keep Scotland in the EU, while Theresa May insists she will not allow 'divisive nationalists' to block Brexit.


Kezia Dugdale says we shouldn't trust the Tories to defend the union
by Kezia Dugdale
3 Oct 2016 at 7:35am
AS the Conservatives 'celebrate the union' at their annual conference, the Scottish Labour leader says it's a stark reminder of the party's bare-faced cheek.


Theresa May warns Scotland that there's no opt-out from Brexit
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Oct 2016 at 11:42pm
THE Prime Minister is on a collision course with Nicola Sturgeon after insisting there will be no opt-out for Scotland.


When are the US Presidential election debates 2016? Dates, UK times and how t...
by Mikey Smith
2 Oct 2016 at 9:32pm
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go head to head in a series of live televised debates. Here's everything you need to know


Judge Lord Carloway faces demands from MSPs over judges' register
by Mark Aitken
2 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
THE Lord President has been asked to appear before Holyrood’s petitions committee, who are considering a submission for a judicial register of interests.


Ruth Davidson sets sights on demolishing Labour's local authority power base
by Mark Aitken
2 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
DAVIDSON is planning her party’s campaign to win councils from Labour in next year’s local elections.


Donald Trump 'declared £700 MILLION loss in 1995 and could have avoided tax f...
by Steve Robson
2 Oct 2016 at 3:17am
The Republican Presidential candidate has repeatedly refused to publish his tax records


Laird of Lochee: Embezzlement probe MP set to buy £620k castle
by David Clegg
1 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
CHRIS Law – whose Dundee West constituency covers some of Scotland’s most-deprived communities – made an offer on Inverquharity Castle.

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

Ken Stott ? ?Straight Speaking Scot?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 ? Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:59pm
For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine. Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal. In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to …
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Memories
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2016 at 8:20am
If Indyref 2 is coming, it’s worth remembering how nicely the other side campaigned, and expect it again. They are already fundraising… Remember when they tried to get a film taken off the internet?

Who?s On First (Minister)?
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
There seems to be a weird tendency at the moment to portay Ruth Davidson as if she actually were the First Minister. In case you missed that story, that was the leader of the 2nd largest party, which does not form part of a pro-independence majority in the parliament,”ORDERING” the First Minister, who leads a …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 135 ? Richard Walker of The National
by michaelgreenwell
13 Sep 2016 at 1:05pm
For the 135th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Richard Walker. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting Scottish independence. We talked about those decisions and why they …
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Roden Interview Text Leaked
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 11:55pm
A secret recording of former Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden’s successful job interview at the Scottish Labour branch office has been released by online whistleblowers Pishyleaks. Here is the transcript… Lab Guy One – What makes you suitable for this job? Roden – I hate the SNP. Lab Guy Two – So do we, …

Bella Caledonia

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The Ministry of Silly Buggers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2016 at 5:42pm
Semi-educated tenement Scots unite, our takeover of the English media is almost complete … Likes(25)Dislikes(0)

Highlands and Islands Entropy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2016 at 3:47pm
To hear and see people lying in the name of fear (like Belikov, like all governments), to witness entire nations destroying their humanity, their future, and then to be called a spy, a fool, an enemy for pointing it out or even for putting up with it, is the lot of the writer, the artist, the active citizen, the voice of dissent in this brave new century.

Retro Unionism, Rewriting History
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2016 at 2:26pm
You’ve got to love David Torrance – purveyor of a weekly corrective in your Monday Herald. This week he is explaining with all the patience of a grandfather to a retarded child how the Better Together campaign may have suggested that this was some kind of partnership we were in… but really what they meant …

Jam Tomorrow
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2016 at 12:29pm
This is getting really confusing. According to our beloved Prime Minister, Scotland – the country that voted to remain within an international union of nations – is guilty of “divisive nationalism”. Got it you divisive ingrate bastards? Pondering the eternal question of what “Brexit means Brexit” actually means, today it seems to mean both Jam and …

Strategies for Yes need New Institutions
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2016 at 11:34am
Pat Kane on the timings and sequence of Scotland’s response to Brexit – and the “serious failure … to have set up serious, autonomous but independence-minded policy institutes.” 50 Shades of May The ratchet just clicked forward again, irreversibly. Teresa May announced on Sunday that her Conservative government would trigger Article 50 (the mechanism whereby a …

Defend the Right to be Accompanied at Job Centre Interviews
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Oct 2016 at 8:23pm
On Monday 3rd October demonstrators will be descending on High Riggs jobcentre at Tollcross in Edinburgh. From noon till 2pm protestors will be insisting that ?Advocacy is not a crime? and that the DWP must recognise the right of all claimants to be accompanied at all benefits interviews. What?s this all about? On 1st September …

There?s Nothing Illicit about Solidarity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Oct 2016 at 7:48pm
Liam O’Hare on the wider impact of Celtic fans display of solidarity with the people of Palestine. On Wednesday evening Celtic hosted Manchester City in a frantic and pulsating Champions League tie. After a few years in the European doldrums, the game was evidence that the club were back mixing it with the best that …

Scotland Continental
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2016 at 3:11pm
Columba, herring, Burns and Ossian helped put Scotland in Europe a long time ago, argues Neal Ascherson. In those stunned days after the Brexit vote was declared, John Swinney spoke to the Scottish Parliament. The Scots had voted to ?Remain?, but the English UK majority had voted to ?Leave?. Swinney had to explain why the …

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May says workers' rights will be protected as long as she is PM - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
2 Oct 2016 at 6:48pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s developments at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, including Theresa May?s speech on Brexit and her interview with Andrew MarrMay?s interview with Marr - Snap verdictMarr?s interview with Marr - SummaryMay?s Brexit speech - Summary and analysisAfternoon s...

Asylum seekers in Scotland at risk of being moved to England
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Sep 2016 at 6:30pm
Closure of Dungavel centre and lack of planning mean people will be taken away from support networks, campaigners sayVulnerable asylum seekers are at risk of being ?funnelled? out of Scotland and away from family, friends and legal representation under detention plans that are being challenged by...

SNP MP Chris Law held over alleged financial irregularities
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Sep 2016 at 2:53pm
Pro-independence Dundee West MP is third recently elected SNP MP linked to police investigationsPolice have detained and questioned Chris Law, the MP for Dundee West, over alleged financial irregularities with his pro-Scottish independence tour in a repainted green goddess fire engine.Law, who wa...

North Sea oil difficulties unlikely to go away, says Mark Carney
by Angela Monaghan
28 Sep 2016 at 9:43am
Bank of England governor warns that ?challenging environment?, which has seen revenues plunge, is likely to persistPressure on the North Sea oil industry is likely to persist, according to the Bank of England governor, as the sharp drop in prices takes its toll on the wider economy.Mark Carney su...

Charity urges MSPs to give free tampons to women on benefits
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Sep 2016 at 7:15pm
Scottish parliament hears about women and girls using newspaper and socks as ?period poverty? is debated for first timeTampons and other sanitary products should be given free to women receiving working age benefits, the Trussell Trust charity has said as the Scottish parliament held its first de...

Jeremy Corbyn loses majority support of Labour NEC
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
27 Sep 2016 at 5:30pm
Nominations from Scottish and Welsh Labour leaders tip executive committee balance in favour of anti-Corbyn factionJeremy Corbyn has lost his majority on Labour?s national executive committee after a fierce debate at the party conference, where there were accusations of attempts to rig the balanc...

Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry charged with embezzlement
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Sep 2016 at 5:28pm
Police inquiry linked to alleged disappearance of money donated to campaign group Women for IndependenceNatalie McGarry, the MP for Glasgow East, has been charged with embezzlement after a 10-month police investigation.Police Scotland?s inquiry related to allegations that she was linked to tens o...

The unromantic truth: oil money is vital to the Scottish nationalist cause | ...
by Ian Jack
24 Sep 2016 at 7:00am
Sorry, Nicola Sturgeon, but if the sums don?t add up, the push for independence is reduced to a romantic struggleWas Scotland a country or was it a nation? Growing up there I heard it referred to more often as the first ? a great wee country, a bonnie country, sometimes a ghastly country. ?Nation...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

It?s time to grasp the thistle
Watching May in action is like being transported back in time to the Thatcher era. We’ve got a female prime minister who’s channelling a matron with a lubeless enema, and we’ve got a Tory government that blatantly doesn’t give a toss about what Scotland wants without even bother to hide it with a veneer of …

Overwhelmingly yes
On the eve of the Tory party conference in the picturesque UKIP voting village of Frothing-at-the-Mouth, Theresa May has graced Scotland with a few words. Well one word really, repeated several times. And that word is NO. No, Scotland, you shouldn’t have another independence referendum, said Theresa. The question, according to Theresa, isn’t whether there …

Doing it for ourselves
Following the news that the police have now formally charged Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry, the infamously litigious George Galloway has announced his decision to stand as a candidate for the Westminster seat of Glasgow East. According to the Herald a source close to the Gorgeous One said that the lycra clad cat impersonator and …

End of. Full Stop.
Isn’t it funny how things change in a couple of years. A couple of years ago the merest hint from European leaders that they’d prefer no changes to the existing settlement were spun into massive threats to veto Scottish membership of the EU. In fact even when those European representatives were talking about something else …

Who?s laughing now
The UK’s Brexit plans are starting to make CoCo the Clown look like a serious minded bean counter who ran away from the circus to join a firm of chartered accountants. There are paradoxes mused upon by ancient Greek philosophers which are clear cut and straightforward in comparison to the UK’s Brexit strategy. Zeno famously …

Drawing a Gaelic map of Glasgow makes you a fascist
I’ve had a fun day on Twitter, blocking and muting Unionists. Over the past day or so I’ve discovered that I’m a demagogue, a blood and soil nationalist, and a fascist, all because I’ve had the temerity to produce some detailed Gaelic maps. I’ve been called jingoistic, by a Scots Tory with a Union fleg …

The clear and consistent miracle that is Kezia Dugdale
Saturday was a day of wonder and portents, of omens and miracles, at least for the Labour party. First off there was the second coming of JC, which was rapidly followed by Kezia Dugdale’s miraculous conversion on the road to a press release. Kezia’s now so autonomous that she’s autonomous from things that she said …

A sock, a pile of ooss, and a lost vote
Poor Kezia. There she is, getting all ready to vote with the Tories because the Labour party hates the SNP even more, and then she gets into a bout of snarking with an SNP MSP who was slagging her off for supporting the party that’s wreaking malicious havoc on the Scottish working class communities that …

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Trump hits out after New York Times exposes his tax records and reveals $916m...
DONALD Trump boasted about ?knowing the complex tax laws better than anyone? after it was revealed that he may have avoided paying federal income taxes in the US for up to 18 years after declaring a $916 million (£706m) loss on his tax returns i

Three Scottish images make it into calendar
STUNNING Scottish images of a Sheltand pony, a mountain hare and a black grouse are three of the top photos to feature in next year?s BBC One?s Countryfile calender.

Save the Children urges phone users to ditch their devices this Friday as par...
SAVE the Children has launched a ?Phoneless Friday? campaign after finding 2.4 million people ?would not be able to cope? if they left their phone at home for a day.

Operation to recover rig delayed after bad weather
POOR weather over the weekend has delayed the operation to load the oil drilling rig Transocean Winner on to a heavy-lift vessel off the Isle of Lewis.

Boxer Mike Towell's tragic death likely to prompt fatal accident inquiry, say...
INVESTIGATIONS into the death of Dundee professional boxer Mike Towell after a bout in Glasgow on Thursday night are likely to end up in the Sheriff Court and will centre on reports that he had suffered a series of headaches in the days and weeks lea

Brexit will 'liberate our nation', says Johnson
BORIS Johnson used his conference speech to outline how the UK would be ?liberated? by leaving the European Union. ?I know that not everyone will agree with this, but what the hell ? I believe that vote on 23 June was for economic free

Fans plan 39th-minute Ibrox tribute to father killed in bus crash
RANGERS fans are set to honour Ryan Baird, 39, who died on Saturday when a coach carrying fans to Ibrox crashed in Ayrshire, by holding a minute?s applause at the 39th minute of the club?s next home game.

Flip-flopping Ruth is branded a ?born-again Brexiteer? after she sings the pr...
RUTH Davidson has been labelled a ?born-again? Brexiteer as she spoke warmly of Boris Johnson months after challenging him to tell the ?truth? about how many jobs would be lost if the UK leaves the EU.

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BBC Announce major changes ? Labour Party consolidates control over televisio...
              Oor lovable wee ken to be the newly created – Director of Nations and Regions – howzat that for a title??? (The title is to be formally challenged  and shortened since presenters on “Pointless” and William Hague at the time of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow advised the … Continue reading BBC Announce major changes – Labour Party consolidates control over television and radio me...

Henry Hendron ? Intelligent-Ambitious-Destined to Succeed-But Destroyed by th...
              What attraction does the Tory Party, London and Westminster hold for young gay men?  London is a cesspit of crime, vice, drugs, sex and politicians of all ages and sex who prey on immature and impressionable youngsters. The churn factor is high with many reported deaths and casualties … Continue reading Henry Hendron – Intelligent-Ambitious-Destined to Succeed-But Destroyed by the...

Ruth Davidson Has an epiphany ? Scottish Tories to Back Independence in the ...
      Scottish Tories increasingly restless about Brexit In the months following the outcome of the European Union referendum Ruth Davidson and her Tory party colleagues in Scotland have been significantly reticent about getting involved in the political scene in Scotland. It appears to be the case that many MSP’s and Party activists in … Continue reading Ruth Davidson Has an epiphany – Scotti...

The Labour Part in Scotland ? So This is What Harmony Looks Like!!!!!
            So This is What Harmony Looks Like!!!!   Evidence Kezia Dugdale and the Labour Party in Scotland are not singing from the same song-sheet. The under-noted 13 local Councillors backed Owen Smith in the recently run Labour Party leadership contest. Revealing where her small power-base is located and how … Continue reading The Labour Part in Scotland – So This is What Harmony Looks Lik...

Is the Labour Party at War with the Zionists? If Affirmed Will the Party Spli...
    Ken Livingstone         20 April 2016: Ken Livingstone leaves the Labour Party in turmoil after claiming Hitler backed moving Jews to Israel When Jeremy Corbyn finally suspended Naz Shah, a Labour MP, for anti-Semitic comments on Wednesday afternoon he had hoped to draw a line under the furore engulfing his … Continue reading Is the Labour Party at War with the Zionists? If Affirmed Will th...

Brian Wilson ? Unionist Labour Party ? Politics Before People Advocate ? Hate...
          Brian Wilson Brian Wilson former Labour party minister at Westminster and in Scotland has been at the forefront of Scottish and Westminster politics for nearly 40 years. He is an accomplished author and Journalist responsible for many hard hitting articles almost always attacking the SNP government. He is always vociferous … Continue reading Brian Wilson – Unionist Labour Party – Poli...

Scottish Pensioners to reap the reward for voting against independence ? Ther...
                    On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday 18 September 2016 Work and pensions secretary Damian Green said he would not reverse Iain Duncan Smith’s devastating welfare cuts which have unfairly targetted the poorest members of society creating hardship and increasing the levels of poverty beyond … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners to reap the reward for voting against independence ...

Libya ? Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire fo...
                 The Assassination of Colonel Khadaffi was ordained by President Obama and Hilary Clinton Tony Blair urged Khadaffi to find “a safe place to go” as part of a managed process of political change before the situation reached “the point of no return”. Failure to accept the offer … Continue reading Libya – Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire for the Co...

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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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future
We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 19th 2016 No one needs reminding that Sunday represented the second anniversary of the indyref. It was a significant watershed: a passing of time from being in the shadow of the 2014 vote to looking to the …

It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland
It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 15th 2016 These are strange times. We are told everyday in every way by numerous experts and talking heads that this is an age of unprecedented change, uncertainty and flux. That nothing can be taken for granted. Yet this is also an age …

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland
Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 28th 2016 At the end of every summer Edinburgh becomes a global village – walking down any street or lane entails coming across numerous nationalities, languages and different cultures. Streets are packed with tourists, sightseers, and cultural backpackers; there are performances in …

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'Will somebody help me?' Hardline Scottish independence activist tries to set...

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'Will somebody help me?' Hardline Scottish independence activist tries to set fire to Union flag but epically fails
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A hardline Scottish independence activist was caught on camera trying to set fire to a Union Jack ? but epically failing. Sean Clerkin filmed himself in front of the flag as part of a launch for the Scottish Resistance splinter group Action For Scotland.
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Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years - Irish Independent

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Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years
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Each of them took their movements closest to their respective aims: Home Rule in Parnell's case, and Scottish independence in Salmond's. And each of them failed in their ultimate objective - though Salmond will say his mission remains very much ...
No Westminster politician can set a boundary on Scotland's ma...

MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult' - Telegraph.co.uk

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MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult'
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A 'hard' Brexit makes Scottish independence more difficult because it would force the reintroduction of border customs controls with England, a senior MEP has warned a Holyrood inquiry. Labour's David Martin said it would ?not be good news? if a ...
Letters: The concept of independence in Europe is an illu...

Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows - Bloomberg

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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows
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?In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Scotland's contrasting position with much of the rest of Britain, the SNP would have hoped for more of an uplift in support for Scottish independence,? Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland, said in a ...
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Scottish independence: MacAskill warns against 'headlong rush' to indyref2
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Kenny MacAskill has become the latest senior SNP figure to caution against a "headlong rush" into a second Scottish independence referendum. The former justice secretary said the Brexit vote left too many questions that the SNP still had to answer. It ...
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Nicola Sturgeon after Scottish independence 'at any cost' - Scotsman

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Nicola Sturgeon after Scottish independence 'at any cost'
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Scotland yesterday marked the second anniversary of the independence referendum. A new poll showed that Scots remain split on the issue, with 48 per cent wanting independence, according Panelbase, while 52 per cent support staying in the UK.
Scottish nationalists revive independence campaign, with an assist from BrexitCBC.c...

Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means - Huffington Post

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Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means
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After Britain's vote to leave the EU, Sturgeon said Scotland may seek another independence referendum - something that could split the world's fifth largest economy apart just as it attempts to go it alone outside the European bloc. A supporter of EU ...
Theresa May tells Scotland to forget about independenc...

'There is no op-out from Brexit': PM sparks fury with speech attacking 'divis...

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'There is no op-out from Brexit': PM sparks fury with speech attacking 'divisive nationalists'
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THERESA May drew fury yesterday when she described supporters of Scottish independence as ?divisive nationalists? and insisted there will be ?no opt-out from Brexit? for any part of the UK. In a speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, the ...
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Today's Top Gainers in the Market China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP)...

Today's Top Gainers in the Market China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) from Basic Materials
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Today's top gainers include the company China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) which is in the industry Major Integrated Oil & Gas, gaining 1.99% today. In the last week its performance is 5.42%, and 3.46% for the past quarter. Currently, China ...



Equiteq sells SAP data management consultancy to SNP AG - Press Release Rocket

Equiteq sells SAP data management consultancy to SNP AG
Press Release Rocket
Equiteq, a consulting sector M&A specialist, is pleased to announce the sale of Harlex Management Ltd (?Harlex Consulting?) to SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG. Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to Harlex Consulting. The transaction ...

Brexit 'could create £270m travel barrier for Scotland' - STV News

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Brexit 'could create £270m travel barrier for Scotland'
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Brexit could create a £270m barrier to business and tourism due to visa charges, the SNP have claimed. The party says figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there could be £120m worth of visa charges for EU visitors visiting ...

Davidson: There should not be a blanket refusal to indyref2 - STV News

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Davidson: There should not be a blanket refusal to indyref2
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Independence: Ruth Davidson has called on the SNP to drop any plans for a second independence referendum since June. Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images. Ruth Davidson has warned the UK Government not to issue a "blanket refusal" to ...

Stop Ignoring Me: Sturgeon Accuses May of Disregarding Scotland Over Brexit -...

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Stop Ignoring Me: Sturgeon Accuses May of Disregarding Scotland Over Brexit
Sputnik International
George Kerevan, SNP MP for East Lothian, told Sputnik that it would make "utter sense" to have a referendum on Scottish independence before Brexit is finalized. "If there's going to be a Brexit and Scotland has voted to stay in the EU then it would ...

The SNP think Theresa May just gave their independence plans a big boost - Ne...

New Statesman
The SNP think Theresa May just gave their independence plans a big boost
New Statesman
Publicly the SNP are inevitably angry at what some claim is a betrayal. Following her first meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon back in July, the PM: ?I won't be triggering Article 50 until I think that we have a UK approach and objectives for ...

Equiteq sells SAP data management consultancy to SNP AG - PR Web (press release)

PR Web (press release)
Equiteq sells SAP data management consultancy to SNP AG
PR Web (press release)
Equiteq, a consulting sector M&A specialist, is pleased to announce the sale of Harlex Management Ltd (?Harlex Consulting?) to SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG. Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to Harlex Consulting. The transaction ...

Leader: Hard Brexit test to come for May and SNP - Scotsman

Leader: Hard Brexit test to come for May and SNP
Scotsman
The first is determined opposition from the SNP administration which could see the Scottish parliament seeking to frustrate the EU separation process by voting it down at Holyrood, thus triggering a constitutional clash with Westminster. The second is ...

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Scotland's referendum passion fades - POLITICO.eu

Scotland's referendum passion fades
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After an initial post-Brexit bump, support for leaving the U.K. is roughly where it was at the last referendum, two years ago on Sunday. Polls show 52 percent of Scots would vote against independence. More significantly, opposition to holding another ...

Brexit No Excuse for New Scottish Breakaway Bid, Minister Says - Bloomberg

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Brexit No Excuse for New Scottish Breakaway Bid, Minister Says
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Sturgeon has said that the June 23 vote for Brexit means a new independence referendum remains an option because Scotland voted to stay in and risks being dragged out of the EU by the rest of the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told delegates in ...
PM May says Scotland will have no veto over BrexitReuters UK
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Colombians reject peace deal in shock referendum result - Herald Scotland

Colombians reject peace deal in shock referendum result
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Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means - Huffington Post

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Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means
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After Britain's vote to leave the EU, Sturgeon said Scotland may seek another independence referendum - something that could split the world's fifth largest economy apart just as it attempts to go it alone outside the European bloc. A supporter of EU ...
Sturgeon 'could call second scottish independence refe...

Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years - Irish Independent

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Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years
Irish Independent
... and Scottish independence in Salmond's. And each of them failed in their ultimate objective - though Salmond will say his mission remains very much unfinished business, despite the failure of the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014.
No Westminster politician can set a boundary on Scotland's...

Scotland's papers: Second referendum and council tax - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Second referendum and council tax
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The Herald reports that "big hitters" within the SNP have pressed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for a delay in calling another referendum on independence. According to the Scotsman, local authorities in Scotland want additional tax-raising powers to ...
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers BrexitDai...

Snowball's chance of independence without referendum - Herald Scotland

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Snowball's chance of independence without referendum
Herald Scotland
Before the 2014 referendum, when asked to give a view on the wording of the question on the ballot paper, my proposal was "Scotland should be an independent country within the Commonwealth", so I can appreciate Iain Macwhirter's suggestion that ...



Scotland readies referendum bill as back-up plan - EUobserver

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Scotland readies referendum bill as back-up plan
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?To ensure that all options are open to us, this programme for government makes clear that we will consult on a draft referendum bill, so that it is ready for immediate introduction if we conclude that independence is the best or only way to protect ...
Salmond threatens May: It's the single market or ANOTHER independence refere...

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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!

The BBC
The UK Government launched its new BBC Charter Review insisting the corporation must look to ?contribute to the social cohesion and well being of the United Kingdom?.   Sparks were flying after sources close to the review process were reported as saying that the Scottish bulletin was dead...

The killing of Tony Blair film
Anyone seen it? Just downloaded and watched it from Amazon. Absolutely sickening.

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 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

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

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...

Philippines president sets out his plans for tackling substance abuse...
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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

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...

Tyson Fury
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-3815978/Tyson-Fury-notified-failed-test-cocaine-random-urine-sample-pulling-Wladimir-Klitschko-fight.html

Cheap coach hire companies in Edinburgh
Hi, Do you guys know some cheap coach hire companies in Edinburgh? For a group of approx 20 people, 100 miles needed. I have e mailed a lot of them and for now only got 2 answers. 410£ for 29 person, and 320£ for 16.   Many thanks for any help.

Peter Hook And The Light
Whilst Peter Hook and The Light are little more than a covers band and Hooky isn't the greatest singer in the world (though no worse than Barney) they put on a fantastic show at the Glasgow School of Art last night, one of the most enjoyable gigs I've been to for years. Played the New Order songs...

Makes you think a bit..
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37530734 tragic event from friday. have not seen any comments from tambers on this which is poor form. thoughts with all connected, horrible thing an rta.

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

The Great Glen Way
Has anyone walked it? What's it like?

Stone Roses
Announcement today seemingly. Got a heads up last week about gigs at the ethiad so booked hotels before prices rocketed. Can cancel if it's a hoax.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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