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Senior Labour MSP to rebel over Trident as party faces claims it is in "chaot...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:10am
SCOTTISH Labour will today face the first major test of its new policy against Trident renewal with one of its most senior MSPs in open revolt and the party facing accusations that it is in a "shambolic, incoherent and chaotic mess."

Government u-turn as housing associations set to come under FoI law
3 Nov 2015 at 12:10am
HOUSING associations are set to be brought under the scope of Freedom of Information laws for the first time after ministers launched a shock U-turn.

Scotland Bill: 'Scottish ministers can triple the dole - if they can find the...
2 Nov 2015 at 6:31pm
The Scottish Government will soon be able to triple the amounts jobseekers receive if ministers can find the money to pay for it, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said.

Alex Salmond's university refused to host monument to its famous student
2 Nov 2015 at 2:32pm
ALEX Salmond's former university turned down the chance to become home to a "monument to himself" which the then-First Minister unveiled hours before he resigned, it has emerged.

Unspun: Is Labour in pizza trouble over conference slogan?
31 Oct 2015 at 12:03am
THE slogan 'take a fresh look' is plastered all over Scottish Labour's conference in Aberdeen and senior politicians shoe-horned it into their speeches.

Cameron told he may miss Syrian refugee target after rejecting offers of help...
30 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
David Cameron has been warned he may miss his target to accept 4,000 Syrian refugees this year after rejecting offers of accommodation from members of the public and politicians like Nicola Sturgeon.

"Please don't leave," pleads top Scot in EU
27 Oct 2015 at 8:24am
ONE of Germany?s leading politicians has made an impassioned plea to his fellow Scots not to leave the European Union in the forthcoming in-out referendum.

SNP welfare spokesman took £3000 donation from Tory millionaire
25 Oct 2015 at 12:09am
A MEMBER of the SNP?s welfare team at Westminster has been accused of hypocrisy after taking a £3000 donation from a Tory hedge fund boss.

Stuff convention, we'll block cruel Tory welfare cuts in the Lords, Farron te...
25 Oct 2015 at 12:13am
THE leader of the LibDems yesterday vowed to block Tory welfare cuts in the Lords this week, accusing David Cameron of lying on the issue in the general election.

PM is "destroying the Union" with Evel, says his former Scottish Secretary
25 Oct 2015 at 12:12am
DAVID Cameron is ?systematically undermining and destroying? the Union with English votes for English laws, former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael warned yesterday.

'Creative' domestic abusers may expose loophole in revenge porn law
24 Oct 2015 at 12:11am
ABUSIVE partners will be able to exploit loopholes in legislation designed to outlaw revenge porn by sharing intimate text messages, emails or audio recordings from former lovers instead of images, equality campaigners have warned.

Nicola Sturgeon: Tory advisers are doing a good job for the SNP
23 Oct 2015 at 5:03pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused David Cameron's government of doing a "good job" for the SNP.

Willie Rennie urges independence supports to back Scottish Lib Dems
23 Oct 2015 at 12:10pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will make a direct appeal to independence supporters to back his party at next year's Scottish Parliament election.

Fergus Ewing: 'full force' of Government's enterprise network will be used to...
21 Oct 2015 at 7:56pm
The "full force" of the Government's enterprise network will be used to find a new commercial operator for two Scottish steel plants set for closure, business minister Fergus Ewing has said.

Greens say public should decide on Indyref2 timing
11 Oct 2015 at 12:33am
GREEN MSPs would not automatically vote for a second referendum in a hung parliament, despite the party advocating independence, it emerged yesterday.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Salmond?s ?tuition fees? stone rejected by St Andrews
3 Nov 2015 at 1:42am
A commemorative stone inscribed with Alex Salmond’s self-proclaimed rallying cry against tuition fees was originally planned for St Andrews University, which he attended.

MPs ?not persuaded? on case for war in Syria
3 Nov 2015 at 12:39am
David Cameron should not ask MPs to back military action against Islamic State (IS) in Syria until he can show there is a clear plan to both defeat the jihadists and end the bloody civil war in the country, a powerful House of Commons committee has said.

Labour steps up Trident opposition in Holyrood vote
3 Nov 2015 at 12:03am
Scottish Labour will step up its opposition to Trident today by seeking the support of MSPs for a party call to have the Clyde-based nuclear deterrent scrapped.

World must respect election victory, says Erdogan
3 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed a big victory for his ruling party in the country’s parliamentary election and demanded that the world respect the result.

Australian PM scraps knights and dames titles
3 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
Australia is dumping the titles “knights” and “dames” - again.

Leaders: UK right to be cautious over Syria
3 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
IT IS heartening that the foreign affairs select committee is urging the government to take a cautious and measured approach to thoughts of extending UK military attacks in Syria.

Protester shot dead after Nepal police station attack
3 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
Police shot at ethnic protesters who attacked a police station with petrol bomb and stones on Nepal’s southern border, killing an Indian man who was among the attackers, Nepalese officials said.

David Maddox: Suspicions over ?snoopers charter?
2 Nov 2015 at 10:24pm
‘BIG BROTHER’ bill could result in defeat for UK government, writes David Maddox

Peter Jones: This isn?t division - it?s devolution
2 Nov 2015 at 10:00pm
WE ARE allowed to be different north and south of the Border. That’s what the Scotland Act was all about, writes Peter Jones

Scotland trending: Today?s most talked-about topics
2 Nov 2015 at 5:29pm
TODAY’S top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including a boost for Nicola Sturgeon and a big Stone Roses announcement

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill
2 Nov 2015 at 3:58pm
MINISTERS will be able to “treble” dole payments and raise other social security benefits under sweeping new post-referendum powers coming to Holyrood, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said.

Nicola Sturgeon is ?most popular person? among Scots
2 Nov 2015 at 8:21am
FIRST Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon is the ‘most popular and widely appreciated living person’ among Scots, according to analysis of a new poll.

Plans for Edinburgh ?festival tax? presented to MPs
2 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
PLANS for a festivals tax aimed at raising up to £15 million for Edinburgh have been included in a £1 billion “city deal” presented to UK ministers.

Leaders from S Korea Japan and China agree to dialogue
2 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
THE biggest result of the first meeting of South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders in more than three years? More meetings.

Floating offshore wind development for Scottish coast
2 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
THE world’s largest and the UK’s first floating offshore wind development approximately 25 kilometres off the coast of Peterhead has been granted consent, the Scottish Government has announced today.

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Premature evacuation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2015 at 10:42pm
Gordon Brown, last seen wailing that The Vow had been “betrayed”, appears to have jumped ship a little early when it came to changing his position on it for what by our count is the fourth or fifth time so far. Mind you, it’s easy to see where Brown arrived at that conclusion: We look …

A myth of independence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2015 at 5:37pm
The video clip below is from Russia Today, which is in no way an impartial news outlet. However, it’s dangerous and unwise to reflexively dismiss any message purely because of the medium. Heck, even the Daily Mail tells the truth sometimes. That’s because the messenger in this case is Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO, a highly distinguished …

Things we haven?t made up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2015 at 2:54pm
…from today’s Daily Record. Honestly, they’re really in there. When anyone’s figured out what Labour’s policy on Trident actually IS now, we look forward to an informed debate on whether it’s a “triumph” or not. Oh. That was quick.

Standing up for falling down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2015 at 10:36am
Here’s Kezia Dugdale back in August: “Too many people in Scotland tell us that they just don’t know what Labour stands for anymore. Under my leadership there will be no doubt what we stand for and who we stand with.” So thank goodness that’s all been cleared up. Dugdale’s first party conference as leader oversaw …

Can open, worms everywhere
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Nov 2015 at 2:58pm
A convention of the world’s finest satirists pulling a 24-hour shift on Red Bull couldn’t come up with anything to beat Labour’s position on renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system. Following an overwhelming vote at the Scottish Labour conference this afternoon, these are the current cut-out-and-keep standings: But it’s even better than that. We …

A difference of recollection
by Gordon Macintyre-Kemp
1 Nov 2015 at 1:01pm
Dear Wings Over Scotland, It’s been brought to my attention that you recently shared a quote attributed to the TV presenter and Westminster political commentator Andrew Neil, and that in response Mr Neil has strongly denied making the statement in the quote, namely: ?Devolution, the Calman Commission, the Scotland Bill, the Edinburgh Agreement – all …

You are legion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Nov 2015 at 11:43am
Another three months have come and gone – where does the time get to, eh? – so it’s time for a quick Wings readership-stats update. There’s nothing particularly interesting or dramatic about them, so we’ll just give you the numbers and move on. UNIQUE VISITORS IN OCTOBER 2015: 293,793 PAGE VIEWS: 4,616,334 In what’s been mostly a …

Your time is precious
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Oct 2015 at 8:07pm
Kezia Dugdale spoke for almost exactly 45 minutes to the Scottish Labour conference in Perth today. But we know you’re busy people who don’t want to sit through all of that, and that you trust us to endure it on your behalf so that we can sift through it and present you with only the important …

God save your mad parade
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Oct 2015 at 11:47am
When we watched Kezia Dugdale’s toe-curling moment on this week’s Question Time, we were immediately reminded of a mesmerising passage in Jon Savage’s masterful 1991 history of punk rock “England’s Dreaming”, in which he gives an account of the last ever Sex Pistols concert, at Winterland in San Francisco in 1978. And like the show, Dugdale’s week …

Walking the dog
by Chris Cairns
31 Oct 2015 at 6:55am
Order “Welcome To Cairnstoon”, Chris’ compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

BBC Scotland

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'Urgency' needed on school reforms
3 Nov 2015 at 12:02am
A "new sense of urgency in government thinking" is required to tackle the attainment gap between rich and poor students, according to a commission.

Call for changes to tenancy law plan
3 Nov 2015 at 12:02am
Landlords controlling 16,000 properties say tenants may feel too intimidated to come forward with complaints about anti-social neighbours.

Service to remember Charles Kennedy
3 Nov 2015 at 12:03am
Senior political figures are expected to attend a memorial service in London for former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

Labour figures play down Trident vote
2 Nov 2015 at 3:16pm
Senior Labour figures at Westminster seek to play down the significance of a vote by the Scottish party to scrap Trident.

Scotland Bill amendments outlined
2 Nov 2015 at 7:08pm
The UK government outlines a series of amendments to the Scotland Bill which it has said shows it is delivering on its vow of more powers for Holyrood.

Parties clash over right-to-buy
2 Nov 2015 at 6:11pm
Plans to give housing association tenants the right-to-buy their homes are being debated by MPs under the new "English votes for English laws" principle.

Fifth of Scots 'paid below Living Wage'
2 Nov 2015 at 11:38am
A fifth of working people in Scotland are being paid less than the voluntary Living Wage, according to research.

Scots Labour would raise top-earner tax
31 Oct 2015 at 3:20pm
Scotland's Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says her party would raise taxes for the "very top earners" to pay for improvements to education.

Trident vote 'exposes union rift'
1 Nov 2015 at 4:33pm
The vote against renewing Trident at the Scottish Labour party conference exposes a rift in the UK's largest trade union, Unite.

Researchers challenge EU jobs claim
30 Oct 2015 at 2:23pm
Independent researchers challenge figures used by the Scottish government which estimate that 336,000 jobs are directly associated with European Union exports.

Scottish Labour votes to scrap Trident
1 Nov 2015 at 1:21pm
Scottish Labour party delegates have backed a vote to scrap the UK's Trident nuclear missile system.

Dugdale 'proud' to be part of UK Labour
30 Oct 2015 at 12:11pm
Kezia Dugdale says she remains "proud" to be part of the UK party but she wants to see more autonomy for Scottish Labour.

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

Why does the Crown Estate own a retail park?
2 Nov 2015 at 5:39pm
Why does the Crown Estate own a retail park in Edinburgh?

Kez and Jez: Separate but united?
31 Oct 2015 at 5:47pm
The BBC's Philip Sim on whether the UK and Scottish Labour leaders are united

Scot Goes Pop

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

Straight talking, honest politics
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2015 at 9:38pm
It's easy to be cynical about pretty much anything the Scottish Labour party do, but let's just congratulate them for making the right call on Trident.  In days gone by, this sort of vote would hav...

VOTE in two readers' polls : Tommy Sheridan and the EU referendum
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2015 at 12:13am
Self-selecting readers' polls are usually a waste of time - they probably tell you more about the readership of the website than about the actual subject-matter in hand. But here are two questions...

Purity tests are EVEL
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2015 at 5:58pm
You might have seen by now that some of the Usual Suspects (David Torrance, Chris Deerin, etc) are drooling over a blogpost by the Yes voter Dan Vevers, in which pro-independence users of social me...

Has Corbyn made things worse for Scottish Labour?
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2015 at 2:17am
I missed the first half of Question Time because I was at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow (and I can tell you that the management of the Hydro need to urgently acquaint themselves wit...

David Torrance has a tattoo of Oliver Letwin on his left thigh. Sorry, ignor...
by James Kelly
28 Oct 2015 at 2:02pm
I did hear on the grapevine that David Torrance raised a few eyebrows with his comments about the votes in the House of Lords the other night, but I've only just caught up with the relevant tweets ...

Redefining Supreme
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2015 at 3:02pm
Did you know that the UK Supreme Court's role in Scots Law was slightly trimmed back a few weeks ago?  I must admit it had escaped my notice, so when I caught up with the news today I couldn't resi...

The Tories only have two options for exacting revenge on the Lords, and neith...
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2015 at 12:25pm
I'll be genuinely fascinated to see what wheeze the Tory government are going to come up with to prevent any future defeats in the Lords of the sort they suffered last night.  Unless I'm missing so...

Gideon Through The Looking Glass
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2015 at 10:12pm
George Osborne tonight invoked the spirit of Lloyd George by expressing outrage that "unelected Labour and Lib Dem peers" had blocked his People's Budget, which received the backing of an overwhelm...

In praise of....David Halliday's Twitter account
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2015 at 6:49pm
Inexplicably, the brilliant David Halliday has only 1772 followers on Twitter, so if you're not one of them, I thought you might appreciate a chance to catch up with some of his gems from recent da...

A Very Portuguese Coup
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2015 at 4:12am
You may have seen the #PortugalCoup hashtag trending on Twitter.  It refers to the decision by the Portuguese President to block a coalition of three left-wing parties from taking power, even thoug...

Could the Lib Dems win even fewer seats next year?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2015 at 2:03am
I was asked by The National yesterday for an opinion on how many seats the Liberal Democrats are likely to win at the Holyrood election next year.  I don't think what I said has made it into the pa...

Unveiling the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the EU referendum
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2015 at 6:23pm
I know this falls into the category of "he would say that, wouldn't he", but I always felt that the Poll of Polls I ran on this blog during the independence referendum campaign gave a much more mea...

Canadian TV fails to learn the lesson of the 2008 debacle
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2015 at 1:15am
At this time last night I was watching a live-stream of the Canadian election results programme on CBC. It was mostly a pleasurable experience, with one of the nastiest right-wing governments in th...

If "SNP sources" are saying a second referendum cannot be held until Yes have...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2015 at 5:04pm
There. I've said it. As you know, I've had concerns recently that the SNP might be preparing to make itself the hostage of the polling industry. I've also been a tad worried that the party might...

SNP lead by 32% in the first Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the Holyrood ele...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2015 at 3:48pm
There wasn't much point in updating the independence Poll of Polls after last week's YouGov poll, because the numbers hadn't changed at all.  But with just over six months to go until the Holyrood ...

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Argentine rock song about the Battle of Culloden
3 Nov 2015 at 1:43am
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Stornoway Gazette at centre of social media storm after insulting 'official' ...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:33am
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Stirling - Film captures the moment Amazon delivery driver arrives with two p...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:28am
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Four replies for muti-million pound Gaelic survey
2 Nov 2015 at 11:16pm
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Transplants to Scotland, how'd you do it? (x-post to r/edinburgh)
2 Nov 2015 at 11:12pm
Hi everyone, I'm a recent graduate with a Psychology BA and I want to live and work in Edinburgh especially. ( Though the rest of scotland is awesome too) I have heard from a few of the people I've...

/r/Scotland Gamenight - Saturday - 9:30 - TF2
2 Nov 2015 at 10:28pm
Setting up a gamenight for Saturday. All welcome Can you attend? submitted by Tainted-Archer [2 comments]

Somebody at the Stornoway Gazette is making the most of their last day
2 Nov 2015 at 10:15pm
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Britain?s oldest tree Fortingall Yew undergoing sex change
2 Nov 2015 at 9:13pm
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Hedgehog of mass destruction
2 Nov 2015 at 8:38pm
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Best places in Scotland for busking?
2 Nov 2015 at 8:36pm
I was thinking of heading out with my shitey wee acoustic to try and save for a better one, any ideas guys and gals? submitted by Bonkatomic [9 comments]

Getting out of a Short Assured Tenancy before the set date? Please help, need...
2 Nov 2015 at 8:03pm
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Maria Eagle asserts authority over Scottish Labour on Trident
2 Nov 2015 at 4:44pm
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Scotland Bill amendments outlined by UK government
2 Nov 2015 at 4:43pm
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Beer ?can make you better in bed?, scientists say
2 Nov 2015 at 3:09pm
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Scotland needs 12,000+ new affordable homes annually, says Labour
2 Nov 2015 at 2:46pm
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Daily Record

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David Cameron pic removed from Downing Street Facebook page after fake poppy ...
by Andrew Woodcock
2 Nov 2015 at 9:08pm
SOCIAL media users ridiculed Downing Street over the blunder which they have said was an "oversight".

Record View: Labour's policy on Trident is a triumph
by Record View
2 Nov 2015 at 9:36am
THE decision to adopt an anti-Trident stance will be a boost for Jeremy Corbyn and is a triumph for democracy, says RECORD VIEW.

Scottish Labour heap pressure on UK party after voting to scrap Trident but u...
by Andy Philip
2 Nov 2015 at 7:21am
MEMBERS backed a u-turn on replacing Faslane sub fleet but it now puts Scottish Labour on a collision course with MPs in Westminster

Kezia Dugdale: Ask not what the problem is - but how you can solve it
by Kezia Dugdale
2 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
SCOTTISH Labour are vowing to reverse the Tax credits cuts made by George Osborne if they reach office in Scotland next year - if he hasn't done it already.

SNP MSP Angela Constance makes embarrassing TV gaffe as she asks to start LIV...
by Mikey Smith
1 Nov 2015 at 1:56pm
ANGELA Constance was told she couldn't restart her interview segment because it was going out live on BBC1.

Scottish Labour members back call for Trident to be scrapped
by Andy Philip
1 Nov 2015 at 1:54pm
THE vote puts Scottish Labour at odds with the UK party, whose position continues to be to support the continuation of Trident.

Labour's grand plan: Schools promised £1000 for every kid on free lunches to ...
by Mark Aitken
1 Nov 2015 at 8:01am
LEADER Kezia Dugdale vows to support poorer children with an annual £78million education boost under a Scottish Labour government.

Sunday Mail opinion: Labour don't need tricks or treats - they need to win th...
by Mail Opinion
1 Nov 2015 at 12:01am
MOUNTING competent opposition will mean many months of toil and trouble for Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and her team reckons SUNDAY MAIL opinion.

Gerry Hassan: Going back to the past won't work for Scottish Labour. The pres...
by Gerry Hassan
1 Nov 2015 at 12:01am
EIGHT years into opposition and eight Labour leaders into devolution, the party must now stop their incessant ­chattering about “more autonomy” reckons GERRY HASSAN.

Kezia Dugdale vows to reverse tax credit cuts by hitting the rich and ditchin...
by Andy Philip
31 Oct 2015 at 9:35am
DUGDALE'S plan would mean taxpayers in England would have their income tax set at £50,000, while it would be £43,000 in Scotland.

Derek Bateman

A Star is Born
by derekbateman1
2 Nov 2015 at 12:52pm
A new party is born! This weekend in Perth the left wing Scottish Labour Party emerged as the latest socialist grouping to join the fray. Although small, it says it is based on traditional old Labour values associated with Keir Hardie. It is led by an energetic younger female, Kezia Dugdale, and wants to position …

?Allo ?allo
by derekbateman1
28 Oct 2015 at 3:54pm
Two fixed camera speeding fines arrive from the friendly French government, each with a laudable disdain for translation options. They may not be able to open their shops on Sunday but the French can sure produce a superb form to fill in. There is a loving care about the precise information, the attention to detail, …

Smoke Signals
by derekbateman1
27 Oct 2015 at 12:19pm
It took long enough. The BBC indicated it wanted a quick move to replace disgraced John Boothman as head of news but the weeks have dragged on and on. The final interviews were held last Friday morning and yet it took until late morning on Tuesday for the email to go round staff that their …

Creaks and Groans
by derekbateman1
23 Oct 2015 at 12:20pm
SNP: They?ve stopped Scottish MPs voting in Westminster on issues that only affect England. Voter: Oh aye. SNP: They will get a final say before anything becomes law but nevertheless? Voter: So you say. SNP: And they didn?t legislate for it, they used a statutory instrument to introduce it. Voter: Is that the time? I?ve …

Her Majesty?s Press
by derekbateman1
21 Oct 2015 at 11:41am
In catching up with the intellectual zeitgeist that is Scottish politics, I see what used to be the usual suspects? parade of Nat-bashers has been swelled by more open-minded commentators. It?s as if a dam has burst and a torrent of salty material unleashed. Bobbing in the foaming rush are the icons of infamy ? …

Bella Caledonia

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The Monkey?s Mask: From The Province Of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Nov 2015 at 1:22am
The auto-sneer which is attached to George Osborne?s face and is nature?s warning to the commonality that evil spirits lurk within took on the extra girn-layer of a skelped arse last week when that well known revolutionary body the House of Lords voted against his planned £4.4 billion cuts to ?tax credits?. Now that ?Gideon? …

Millport War Trophies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Nov 2015 at 6:20pm
As the highly contested Poppy season kicks in, Gordon Cairns explores earlier attitudes towards ‘war memorial’. During the 1980s, half a century of gusting salt-heavy winds, biting frost and rain began to erode the ground around the seawall protecting a forgotten corner of a park in the resort town of Millport. The weather’s war of …

Our Power Energy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Nov 2015 at 5:29pm
A new energy supply company has been launched which aims to cut millions of pounds from bills in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. Over at Commonspace Ben Wray argues that new not-for-profit energy supplier Our Power Energy could provide a model for challenging corporate power in more than just the energy sector…GO HERE to …

Second Chamber, Second Thoughts
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Nov 2015 at 4:55pm
The Conservative Government?s House of Lords defeat over Tax Credits provides a timely reminder that essentially what we have here is a fragile Government with a small majority, representing a Party that presents a public image of being upbeat and popular, but is actually insecure, has narrow appeal, limited popular authority and is riven with …

Support The People Versus Carmichael
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Nov 2015 at 1:30pm
“The right to smear an opponent is not one we should be defending.” Alistair Carmichael, 2010 “…his voters may barely remember it all by Christmas.” Michael White, Guardian, 2015 Starting on Monday November 9th, evidence will be heard in the Court of Session in Edinburgh from Alistair Carmichael MP as to what was in his …

Not Quite Meaningless
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
The Labour Party in Scotland, partly in response to needing to differentiate themselves from the UK party in the context of devolution, adopted a position against the renewal of Trident and in favour of nuclear disarmament. In 1999. Yes indeed. And there have been no debates on Trident in particular or nukes in general at …

Paris Texas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Nov 2015 at 12:04am
This week, it was announced that Shell had pulled out of a multi-billion dollar project in Canada’s tar sands. The infrastructure to take one of the filthiest fossil fuels to the market didn’t exist, they said. This sounds like a technical reason for a contract to be dissolved. In fact, it’s much more than that. …

Place and Space in Scottish Literature and Culture ? Gda?sk Connections
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Oct 2015 at 2:09pm
Alan Bisset has recently voiced, in an article published by the Guardian, his deep concern with the fate of Scottish literature along the lines of Alan Warner?s pre-indyref forecast (quoted in the same article) that a No vote would ?create a profound and strange schism between the voters of Scotland and its literature,? and that …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Maria Eagle asserts authority over Scottish Labour on Trident
by Patrick Wintour Political editor
2 Nov 2015 at 3:11pm
After Scottish wing rejects renewal, shadow defence secretary says it is not a devolved matter and Labour backs upgradeMaria Eagle, the shadow defence secretary, has asserted her authority over Scottish Labour, saying the wider Labour party?s defence policy is determined at a UK level and it rema...

Holyrood has got promised powers in full, says Scottish secretary
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Nov 2015 at 12:01am
David Mundell says Tories are sticking to amendments in Scotland bill that will stop Westminster interfering in tax and welfare powersDavid Mundell, the Scottish secretary, has promised that the Scottish parliament will be free to introduce new welfare benefits without any threat of a veto by Wes...

Scottish Labour votes to ditch Trident renewal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Nov 2015 at 2:43pm
Vote strengthens Jeremy Corbyn in seeking nuclear debate, as delegates back scrapping of weapons project if there is investment in jobs for laid-off workersThe Scottish Labour party has voted overwhelmingly to abandon the replacement of Trident nuclear weapons, adding to pressure on the party?s W...

Kezia Dugdale has made a fine start. Now she needs policies
by Kevin McKenna
1 Nov 2015 at 12:05am
The leader of Scottish Labour has an excellent relationship with Jeremy Corbyn, the approval of the unions, and growing respect in Holyrood and Westminster. Now she must begin the hard partWhen the Green party tells us with a straight face that it believes it can become the second force in Scotti...

Kezia Dugdale pledges to protect Scots from Tory tax credit cuts
by Press Association
31 Oct 2015 at 4:16pm
Scottish Labour leader vows to use new tax and welfare powers coming to MSPs from April 2017 to ensure families do not lose outNew Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, has pledged more cash to help the country?s poorest pupils and to protect families north of the border from Tory tax credit cut...

Scottish Labour promises to restore tax credits
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Oct 2015 at 12:01am
Leader Kezia Dugdale aims to outflank Scottish National party and close huge gap in popularityScottish Labour is to announce plans to restore tax credits for 350,000 working families in a bid to outflank the Scottish National party over the new tax powers coming to Holyrood.Kezia Dugdale, the par...

Scottish Labour to vote on abolishing Trident nuclear deterrent
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
30 Oct 2015 at 3:44pm
Delegates back potentially divisive debate at conference on Sunday, as Jeremy Corbyn attacks SNP recordThe Scottish Labour party is to vote on abolishing Britain?s nuclear deterrent after delegates voted heavily in favour of a debate on the Trident missile system.The decision to debate cancelling...

Corbyn backs calls for Scottish Labour to vote against Trident renewal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
30 Oct 2015 at 6:01am
Future of nuclear deterrent emerges as most contentious question facing party?s conference in Perth this weekendJeremy Corbyn has backed calls for the Scottish Labour party to vote against the renewal of Trident this weekend despite warnings it could widen an already deep rift within the party.Th...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

If you?re going to wear a poppy, wear a white one
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2015 at 2:33pm
Every year the poppy parading gets earlier and earlier like Christmas adverts. The poppy police have been out in force since mid October, complaining that there are people on the telly not bearing the obligatory badge of British militarism. If you don’t wear a poppy you don’t support the troops, and if you don’t support …

Hedgehog of mass destruction
by weegingerdug
1 Nov 2015 at 6:17pm
Labour in Scotland has passed a resolution against renewing the Trident weapons of mass destruction, Labour in Scotland is now officially against renewing Trident but its leader is in favour. Meanwhile UK Labour is officially in favour of renewing Trident but its leader is against. It’s perfectly straightforward, and another step backward in Labour’s attempts …

Talkin? bout Kezia?s genertaion
by weegingerdug
31 Oct 2015 at 7:04pm
Labour’s holding its Scottish party conference this weekend, and no one cares, not even most of the Labour party. Despite all the big words, some of which have been spelled correctly, the conference won’t change anything. Labour is the junkie child who has promised to mend their ways so often that no one believes them …

Aye robot
by weegingerdug
29 Oct 2015 at 3:44pm
In the absence of anything positive to put forward in the way of policies, suggestions, or even pleasantries about the weather, Kezia Dugdale has decided that the way to restore the fortunes of the Labour party in Scotland is to insult all the people who used to vote Labour but don’t any more. That’s folk …

Welcome to Cairnstoon
by weegingerdug
29 Oct 2015 at 12:35pm
Video of the first of two book launches of an anthology of Chris Cairns’ wonderful cartoons. The second launch is this evening at Freespace bookshop in Easter Road in Edinburgh. Me and the dug will be in attendance. The book will be available in all good bookshops and online at The video is by …

Constitutional necrosis
by weegingerdug
27 Oct 2015 at 3:31pm
It’s been a strange week in the Ruritanian kingdom of Ukovia, where politics is a game played by rich people and Lords and Ladies dripping in ermine who debate austerity. The elected government, elected that is by 24% of those eligible to vote, decided in its wisdom that it’s unfair that the poorest paid workers …

Westminster?s nineteenth nose-job
by weegingerdug
26 Oct 2015 at 9:24pm
The cost of the Trident replacement have reportedly soared to an eye watering £167 billion, a figure wildly in excess of the excessive amount we were told it was going to cost in the first place. Britain needs Trident like Caligula needs a horse, like Norma Desmond needs a close up, or like the Scottish …

A fart in a hurricane
by weegingerdug
25 Oct 2015 at 6:46pm
It was the Scottish Lib Dem conference this weekend, held in the big cupboard off the upstairs back room of the Bus Driver’s Arms pub in Kelty. Once the buckets and spare mops had been moved out of the way, and the cleaner had found somewhere else to put the toilet paper that wasn’t being …

The National

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Hundreds gather in Liverpool for funeral of hit-and-run victim PC Dave Phillips
3 Nov 2015 at 12:57am
HUNDREDS of people gathered to pay their last respects at the funeral of PC Dave Phillips, who was killed in a hit-and-run.The congregation stood as the 34-year-old Merseyside Police officer?s coffin was carried into Liverpool?s Anglican

Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian turn out to raise funds for ref...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:56am
FRANZ Ferdinand, Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian were among performers at a landmark city concert last night in aid of young refugees.

Refugee aid volunteers from East Renfrewshire vow to return after trip to Calais
3 Nov 2015 at 12:53am
THE volunteers behind Scotland?s largest single supply of aid to refugees in Calais have vowed to return to the camps.

Family of Cults Academy stabbing victim Bailey Gwynne say thank you for support
3 Nov 2015 at 12:48am
THE family of Bailey Gwynne have thanked people for the support they have received after viewing floral tributes left at the school where the teenager was fatally stabbed.

Commission questions whether Scottish Government can close attainment gap bet...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:32am
THE Scottish Government?s ability to close the education gap between rich and poor students has been questioned, with a commission saying it is ?not persuaded? the necessary strategies are in place.

Music, poety and film for New Year's Day festival in Edinburgh
3 Nov 2015 at 12:31am
THE morning after the night before looks set to be packed out in the capital city this New Year?s Day as some of the country?s finest musicians shake off their Hogmanay hangover and take part in a special festival.

Having a pet dog reduces the risk of childhood asthma by 15 per cent, Swedish...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:14am
HAVING a dog in the family reduces a child?s risk of asthma by 15 per cent, and contact with farm animals can halve it, a large study has shown.

British air strikes in Syria a ?distraction from the bigger picture? warns re...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:14am
BRITISH air strikes in Syria could be illegal and would have only a ?marginal effect? on the conflict, according to an influential group of MPs.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

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

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

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

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

Scotland ? Bristling With Nuclear Weapons and Submarines ? But There Is No S...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 10:39pm
Nimrod aircraft scrapped at Stockport BAE factory   £30bn to be spent purchasing aircraft from the USA         Negligence bordering on the criminal – Scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 planes Left a bloody great hole in the defences of Scotland In 1994 proposals were submitted to the Tory government, which if implemented would …

JK Rowling ? Staunch Labour Party and Better Together Champion ? A £1Millio...
by caltonjock
19 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
  JK and Alistair Darling         “Yes” Campaign supporters consider JK Rowling £1million donation to the Labour Party’s anti independence campaign offensive In her letter to the public, JK predicted that some pro-independence campaigners would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that approach to the …

The Dogs of War Are At It Again In Westminster ? If Only the Scottish Elector...
by caltonjock
17 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm
    British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps. Almost all ex Eton students   Eton boys and them   Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath           The Armed Forces Day Con In 2006. British armed …

The Fear Not Fair Scottish Referendum ? The Contretemps Over Sterling ? A ...
by caltonjock
15 Oct 2015 at 8:14pm
          The Greatest Red- Herring of the Referendum In the course of the referendum I wrote to my blog that my preference would be for Scotland to establish it’s own currency following a, “Yes” vote. I did so in support  of the Scottish government’s preferred option which was to remain tied …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

What does EVEL actually do?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Oct 2015 at 4:48pm
What does the UK government's "English votes for English laws" scheme actually do? It makes Scottish MPs second-class citizens in the UK parliament. You might well think so, but how precisely do the new rules achieve this? EVEL violates the Act of Union. I'm really not convinced that it does, but I'll ask you again - even in outline - what diffe...

You have the right to remain silent
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Oct 2015 at 5:11pm
How does a profoundly deaf man, with no speech and only basic sign language skills, give evidence in court? This was the difficult question undergirding the Court of Criminal Appeal's decision in McDougall v. HM Advocate, published today. Louise McDougall, 24, was indicted in the Sheriff Court, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour towards...

Our "One Party State"...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Oct 2015 at 3:51pm
"One party state" Definition: relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted."One party state" (Scot only) Definition: relating or denoting a system of government in which many different parties are permitted to stand and enjoy representation at every level of democratic government. Composition of the ...

Carmichael questions, Carmichael answers...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Oct 2015 at 10:53pm
In Parliament House in Edinburgh today, Lady Paton and Lord Matthews reconvened the election court, investigating the return of Alistair Morrison Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland. Earlier, the two Court of Session judges held that the case against Mr Carmichael under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 couldn't be kicked o...

Mortgage fraud
by Lallands Peat Worrier
6 Oct 2015 at 5:52pm
As readers may have noticed, there has been a deafening silence at the heart of this blog on the Michelle Thomson affair. There are several reasons for my reticence about breenging into the fray. The first is consciousness of my own limitations. There are a number of areas of law which I understand pretty well: conveyancing and property transact...

"Labour is coming home. Come home to Labour..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Oct 2015 at 8:55pm
Since the Labour conference in Brighton, I've been trying precisely to pin down why I found John McDonnell's "come home to Labour" riff so irritating. Alex Massie captures some of the reasons in his stinging Spectator blog. My article in the latest edition of the Drouth harps on a similar string. But the sense of Labour entitlement implicit in t...

Gerry Hassan

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

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

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

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

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

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

?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters
by Gerry
28 Sep 2015 at 9:40am
 ?The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil? Still Matters Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 27th 2015 One year after the referendum has seen a golden summer and autumn of Scottish theatre. Adaptions of Alasdair Gray?s ?Lanark? at the Citizens? Theatre, and Alan Warner?s ?The Sopranos? at the Traverse, along with John McGrath?s ?The ...

Corbyn and Anger: Rage against the Machine is understandable but never ever e...
by Gerry
21 Sep 2015 at 4:20pm
Corbyn and Anger: Rage Against the Machine is understandable but never ever enough Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 20th 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has dominated the news headlines this week. Let?s start with the obvious – the failure of mainstream politics. Conventional British politics are bust. The Labour right, the Blairites and soft left have nothing ...

Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ?Big Bang? of the Indy Ref and After
by Gerry
14 Sep 2015 at 2:39pm
Scotland and Britain Have Changed: The ‘Big Bang’ of the Indy Ref and After Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 13th 2015 One year ago Scotland went to the polls. An amazing 85% of us voted: 45% for independence and 55% against ? both expressions of Scottish self-government and a desire for a different Scotland. Scotland ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

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

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

Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience - Busine...
22 Oct 2015 at 4:10pm

Business Insider
Scotland is acting like a bitter spouse in a marriage of convenience
Business Insider
After all, during the Scottish independence campaign, the leader of the SNP at the time, Alex Salmond nearly went blue in the face promising Scots things that he couldn't 100% deliver on ? a thriving oil economy, keeping the pound, keeping European ...
English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) passed ...

SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scottish independence vote is now ... - ...
11 Oct 2015 at 11:31am

Daily Mail
SNP's Nicola Sturgeib says re-run of Scottish independence vote is now ...
Daily Mail
A second referendum on Scotland leaving the UK is now 'inevitable', Nicola Sturgeon has warned. The Scottish First Minister said she believes independence would happen in her lifetime but will monitor public opinion before calling another vote.
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says...

BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus...
16 Oct 2015 at 9:02pm

The Independent
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...
The Independent
Journalists at the BBC ?let themselves down? during Scotland's independence referendum by skewing the corporation's coverage in favour of preserving the Union, one of the SNP's most senior figures has said. Angus Robertson, the party's leader at ...
Nicola Sturgeon warns second Scottish...

Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside th...
13 Oct 2015 at 11:35am
Project Fear stopped Scottish Independence, but can it keep Britain inside the EU?
Fear helped keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom, it is said. The pro-unionist Better Together campaign, which helped ensure Scots voted by a 55-45 margin against independence, was privately dubbed "Project Fear" by one of its volunteers as a way ...

Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence - S...
22 Oct 2015 at 6:01am

Scottish Daily Record
Torcuil Crichton: Dilemma at the heart of quest for Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
It has taken a year for senior SNP figures to publicly acknowledge the economics of independence let them down so badly in the referendum. Whatever the excuses, voters didn't accept the case. Internally the party has accepted the lesson, as the ...

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Brexit and Scottish independence - Channel 4 News (blog)
5 Oct 2015 at 9:33am

Brexit and Scottish independence
Channel 4 News (blog)
But they are aware of another lurking issue which is made privately to them by traditional Tories, like Margaret Thatcher's biographer Charles Moore: isn't there a strong chance that Brexit leads to Scottish independence? How can a self-respecting ...

JK Rowling Trolled After Showing Support for the Scottish Rugby Team - TIME
20 Oct 2015 at 12:02pm

JK Rowling Trolled After Showing Support for the Scottish Rugby Team
Rowling, who was born in England but has lived in Scotland most of her life, was targeted by Scottish nationalists because she was a vocal opponent of Scottish independence. Stuart Campbell, who tweets under the handle Wings Over Scotland, found it ...
Nicola Sturgeon warns independence supporters against online abuse af...


SNP - Google News
Google News

Scottish Labour vote not to renew Trident - TV Newsroom
3 Nov 2015 at 12:50am

TV Newsroom
Scottish Labour vote not to renew Trident
TV Newsroom
She said: ?Unlike the SNP we deal with reality not rhetoric and jobs not gestures?. For me this decision highlights how fragmented the Labour Party has become as a whole. Most trade unions also expressed their support for the idea to abandon the ...

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Well, this is embarrassing: SNP politician Angela Constance asks to start ......
3 Nov 2015 at 12:36am

Digital Spy
Well, this is embarrassing: SNP politician Angela Constance asks to start ...
Digital Spy
The Scottish cabinet secretary for education asked to start her interview on BBC Scotland's Sunday Politics again, without realising it was live. A car crash interview from Angela Constance on #bbcsp and here's the SNP MSP's moment of impact.

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Kezia Dugdale's policy unravels as expert doubts plan to restore lost tax ......
3 Nov 2015 at 12:25am

The National
Kezia Dugdale's policy unravels as expert doubts plan to restore lost tax ...
The National
Yesterday, a SNP spokesman described Labour's position over tax credits as ?confused and lacking in any credibility?. He added: ?It is less than a week since Labour was claiming to have blocked the Tory tax credit cuts ? now they appear to be running ...

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'No evidence' to suggest mental health claimants sanctioned more than others ...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:13am

'No evidence' to suggest mental health claimants sanctioned more than others
Care Appointments
Eilidh Whiteford, the SNP's social justice and welfare spokeswoman, told Ms Patel: "The so-called yellow pilot scheme is actually an admission by the Government that the sanctions regime isn't working at the present time, and it's particularly badly ...

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Nuclear disaster - Scotsman
3 Nov 2015 at 12:12am

Nuclear disaster
The SNP conference provided scant detail about how new devolved income tax powers would be used. Nicola Sturgeon sweeps away such discussion, ignoring the UK government's intention to devolve tax changes as early as 2017. Why? Because Ms ...

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Commission 'not persuaded' school reform strategies in place - Glasgow South ...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:12am

Commission 'not persuaded' school reform strategies in place
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
"They have been very blunt about the scale of the challenge facing the SNP which, in its eight years of government, has failed to address the serious issues affecting Scottish schools." Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur said: " Closing ...

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Trident vote shows Scottish Labour has rediscovered its soul - Herald Scotland
3 Nov 2015 at 12:11am

Herald Scotland
Trident vote shows Scottish Labour has rediscovered its soul
Herald Scotland
?I may be no expert, as a 16-year-old boy, but if you can find £100 billion to kill people you can find it for jobs. It's a no brainer?. So said Labour's latest rising star, Christoper Rimicans, who makes the SNP's Mhairi Black look positively aged. He ...

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Give middle class areas more money to close the attainment gap, urges think t...
3 Nov 2015 at 12:10am

Give middle class areas more money to close the attainment gap, urges think tank
Herald Scotland
"They have been very blunt about the scale of the challenge facing the SNP which, in its eight years of government, has failed to address the serious issues affecting Scottish schools. Liam McArthur, education spokesman for the Scottish Liberal ...

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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MacRoberts lifts profits after post-referendum surge - Herald Scotland
2 Nov 2015 at 12:09am

MacRoberts lifts profits after post-referendum surge
Herald Scotland
SCOTTISH law firm MacRoberts has reported a modest rise in profits after its workload surged following the independence referendum. The Edinburgh-based firm lifted profits before members' remuneration and profit share to £6.18 million in the year ended ...

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SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns - BBC News
18 Oct 2015 at 12:44pm

BBC News
SNP 'has referendum benchmark', BBC learns
BBC News
A level of 60% support for Scottish independence over the period of a year has been identified as a benchmark in making the decision over a second referendum, senior SNP sources say. The figure is a "trigger point", but will not be publicly ...
BBC 'let themselves down' during Scottish independence referendum, says Angus ...The Independen...

Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon -...
12 Oct 2015 at 11:36am

The Independent
Second Scottish independence referendum is inevitable, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Independent
?I guess I do believe that another referendum is inevitable. But it's not inevitable just because I say it should happen. It will only prove to be inevitable if that's what a majority of people in Scotland want,? she told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on ...
No one should stand in Scotland's way...

Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum - BBC News
24 Oct 2015 at 1:32pm

BBC News
Willie Rennie says it is 'time to move on' from referendum
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has said the police, the NHS and schools have to take priority after the "damaging" independence referendum. He said that some of those who backed the SNP's cause of independence felt "let down" by its record in ...

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Jeremy Corbyn Wants To Use The ?Energy Of The Referendum? To Beat The SNP - B...
30 Oct 2015 at 4:48pm

BuzzFeed News
Jeremy Corbyn Wants To Use The ?Energy Of The Referendum? To Beat The SNP
BuzzFeed News
Jeremy Corbyn has launched a stinging attack on the SNP's record in government and has told Scottish Labour members they must use the energy of the independence referendum to topple Nicola Sturgeon's party in next year's Holyrood election and change ...
Corbyn invokes spirit of referendum to fight ...

Will EU referendum trigger second independence vote? New report says fewer .....
28 Oct 2015 at 12:07am

Will EU referendum trigger second independence vote? New report says fewer ...
Herald Scotland
Ms Ormston, head of social attitudes at NatCen, wrote: "Much has been made in recent months of the possibility that a vote to leave the European Union could trigger a further referendum on Scottish independence, on the basis that Scotland is supposedly ...

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More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill - Scotsman
2 Nov 2015 at 4:08pm

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill
But Mr Mundell made it clear today that Scottish ministers will have the power to top up the other UC elements - jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, as well as income support - which are reserved to Westminster.
Government to propose extra welfare powers for ScotlandFinancial Times
Scotland Bill amendmen...

Small and medium-sized firms in Scotland are most concerned over EU referendu...
10 Oct 2015 at 10:13pm

This is Money
Small and medium-sized firms in Scotland are most concerned over EU referendum
This is Money
Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises are more concerned than those in other regions about the implications of the EU referendum, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 British SMEs with up to 250 staff found 64 per cent of those in ...

Pie and Bovril forum

Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Land of the Free?
30 Oct 2015 at 4:02pm

'The last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay has landed in the UK, having been detained for 13 years.'

'The government's long-promised investigation into substantial allegations that our agencies became mixed up in rendition and torture - unwitting...

A whole #genertaion of disaster from Sottish Labour
30 Oct 2015 at 11:49am
Whoopsy.   Another day of disaster for Scottish Labour.   Fish, barrel, etc.   They have now taken down their official feed of this Party Political Broadcast in an attempt to pretend the #genertaion spelling balls-up didn't happen.   Fortunately it was too late and it was copied. What larks.  

Bigotry/Racism acceptable among the 45?
29 Oct 2015 at 7:28pm - should work   This video was posted on facebook today.    A Scottish man gives an older lady he assumes is from Romania some verbal abuse.   This video was placed in "Scotland the Brave - Banter Group" - a group set up for people who vote...

Good news stories.
28 Oct 2015 at 2:44pm
Far too many negative stories on here and a hell of a lot of Punch and Judy style posts. He said, she said etc.

So I thought to myself, why not have a thread for good news.

There's not been a death on the A9 in July, August or September, the first time that had happened since 2007.

Over to you....

Wings fined by electoral commission
27 Oct 2015 at 3:52pm
Fined £750 according to the Guardian. Failure to comply complete spending returns apparently.

house of Lords Tax
26 Oct 2015 at 5:00pm
Could be Historic overturn from the cradle of democracys scond house which has more religious representation than Irans.

25 Oct 2015 at 2:17pm
The f**k is going on there then?

From my sketchy knowledge it appears the president is refusing to allow the general election winners to form a government as he bel...

Scottish Lib Dem Conference
23 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will make a direct appeal to independence supporters to back his party at next year's Scottish Parliament election.     lol.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

2 Nov 2015 at 8:58pm
Coffee. Double espresso for me please. All those Europeans can't be wrong. Have my own Gaggia, with a Kitchenaid to grind beans. Get my beans from Visocchis in The Ferry. Fucking marvellous.   My Mum and Dad were tea jennies. Eejits.

Algarve Flooding
2 Nov 2015 at 7:56pm
Huge storms have hit the Algarve with one unfortunately dead already. Massive flooding. Rivers running through streets with Albufeira badly hit.
It sure was some rain there for a couple of days when I was there for the game.

Stone Roses - The Third Coming
2 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
apologies couldn't see the other thread for looking at it

Taking On Too Much?
2 Nov 2015 at 2:16pm
I'm on week two of Couch to 5K....and I'm doing Movember, I'm 64, am I taking on too much?    

2 Nov 2015 at 1:41pm
What a film!!!!

If you thought the Daniel Craig films were a new direction then this is back to old school James Bond.

Even that bloody theme tune totally works in the opening credits

Stone Roses
2 Nov 2015 at 10:48am
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.

1 Nov 2015 at 10:37pm
I love tea. I cannae drink enough o' the stuff. Just straight black tea though. Nane o' thon fruity pish and coffee is pish. Anyhoo, whit varieties do others like and any weird anes I've no' heard of.

This guy has it spot on!

If You Look East Right Now You Can See See Half The Planets Of The Solar System.
1 Nov 2015 at 3:52am
Jupiter Venus and Mars (plus earth). If further south could maybe see mercury as well.

Holyrood Magazine


Scottish Labour's opposition to Trident will not change UK party policy
by Liam.Kirkaldy
2 Nov 2015 at 3:08pm

Making work pay - a roundtable discussion on fair work
by Tom.Freeman
2 Nov 2015 at 2:59pm

The opportunity to compete for employment
by Alan.Robertson
2 Nov 2015 at 2:41pm

Scotland Bill amendments announced
by Tom.Freeman
2 Nov 2015 at 11:52am

William Neil, Principal Analyst Programmer, Dumfries and Galloway Council
by Alan.Robertson
2 Nov 2015 at 11:20am

Trip to the SNP conference
by Liam.Kirkaldy
30 Oct 2015 at 7:30am

Live: Scottish Labour conference
by Liam.Kirkaldy
30 Oct 2015 at 8:30am

Scotland?s anaerobic digestion industry grows by nearly seventy per cent in a...
by Liam.Kirkaldy
30 Oct 2015 at 7:30am

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