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Holyrood protest camp 'will remain until Scotland wins independence'
30 Nov 2015 at 5:46pm
AROUND a dozen activists have set up camp next to the Scottish Parliament and promised to remain there until the country becomes independent.

Police spy row chief to be summoned to Holyrood
2 Dec 2015 at 6:58am
A TOP police officer in charge of a unit behind an illegal spying mission on suspected journalists? sources is to be summoned to Holyrood to explain the single force?s unlawful conduct.

Alex Rowley calls for national plan for housebuilding
2 Dec 2015 at 1:37pm
SCOTTISH Labour's deputy leader Alex Rowley has urged the Scottish Government to empower local authorities to take the lead on housebuilding.

Former minister Tom Harris: Labour's finished if Jeremy Corbyn leads party in...
30 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
A FORMER Labour minister warned Labour is finished as an electoral force if Jeremy Corbyn leads the party into the next general election.

SNP approves 'anti abortion' candidate who opposed adoption rights for gay co...
28 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
THE SNP has come under fire from equality campaigners over claims that one of its top Holyrood candidates expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools and pledged to vote for new restrictions on abortion.

SNP continue by-election success as Holyrood elections loom
27 Nov 2015 at 11:54am
The SNP has maintained its progress at the ballot box, holding two seats with swings in its favour in the latest Scottish council by-elections.

Calls for stamp duty replacement tax review
25 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
Property experts have called for a review of Scotland's stamp duty replacement as new analysis shows it could face a shortfall of more than £30 million in its first year.

John Swinney: Scottish Government will do everything within its power to prot...
25 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
The Scottish Government has pledged to do everything it can to protect families north of the border from further austerity measures to be announced by the Chancellor.

Nicola Sturgeon: I will consider action against Natalie McGarry but I need mo...
24 Nov 2015 at 5:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will consider action against Natalie McGarry, the SNP MP at the centre of an inquiry into approximately £30,000 that has gone missing from a pro-independence campaign group.

Nicola Sturgeon: George Osborne should abandon 'potentially catastrophic' tax...
24 Nov 2015 at 8:43am
Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help.

Police probe high-profile independence campaign group over missing cash
23 Nov 2015 at 12:52pm
A POLICE probe has been launched into the finances of a high-profile independence campaign group.

New hybrid tax most popular scheme to replace council tax
23 Nov 2015 at 12:09am
A NEW hybrid local tax, based on both property and income, looks certain to be among the recommendations of a government-backed commission after a survey revealed strong support for sweeping reforms of council tax.

Dugdale school bill pledges £1000 for every poor child
23 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
Head teachers will be given £1,000 for every poor child in their school and the discretion over how to spend it if Holyrood backs Labour's proposal for a fair start fund, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has pledged.

Scotland Bill row deepens as Holyrood prepares to ask for even more powers
23 Nov 2015 at 12:49am
The constitutional struggle between Holyrood and Westminster is set to intensify after SNP sources revealed ministers are considering campaigning for new powers in a second Scotland Bill even before the current one has reached the Statute Book.

Judge in Alistair Carmichael court case was an "active member" of the SNP
19 Nov 2015 at 7:03pm
ONE of the two election court judges deciding the fate of former LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael was previously an "active member" of the SNP.



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Pressure grows for inquiry into undercover police
3 Dec 2015 at 12:32am
Pressure is growing on the Scottish Government to examine claims a notorious undercover police officer was involved in spying by the Metropolitan Police north of the Border. Activists say Mark Kennedy infiltrated environmental groups in the run-up to the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005 and may have carried on spying on those he met there for years afterwards.

Leaders: Fresh perspective needed for Police Scotland
3 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
NEW CHIEF constable has an uphill task in getting to grips with the force’s troubles, but is untainted by the previous regime

Nato invitation to Montenegro prompts Russian warning
3 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
Nato member states have formally invited Montenegro to join the alliance, drawing a prompt response from Russia that it plans to suspend co-operation with the tiny Adriatic nation.

Aung San Suu Kyi attends power handover talks
3 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
Aung San Suu Kyi has held closed-door talks with Burma’s outgoing president to discuss a “smooth” transition of power after her party won a resounding victory in landmark elections last month.

David Cameron: Anti-IS forces on ground ?not ideal?
2 Dec 2015 at 11:48pm
The ground forces in Syria are not “ideal”, David Cameron has admitted, but he insisted bombing should begin before there is a new regime in Syria.

Syria: SNP condemn Commons vote for airstrikes
2 Dec 2015 at 11:37pm
SNP MPs have condemned the vote in favour of airstrikes against IS in Syria.

Tom Peterkin: Bute House invitation a welcome move
2 Dec 2015 at 10:00pm
An invitation to Bute House was welcomed by the press corps, writes Tom Peterkin

Syria: MPs vote in favour of military action
2 Dec 2015 at 5:30pm
RAF jets were poised to start bombing IS in Syria last night after MPs supported David Cameron’s bid to launch air strikes against the terrorist organisation.

Scotland trending: Today?s most talked-about stories
2 Dec 2015 at 5:08pm
TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including a poll that indicates Scots opposition to Syrian airstrikes and more Forth Road Bridge delays

Police Scotland name Phil Gormley as new chief constable
2 Dec 2015 at 4:17pm
A DIRECTOR of the UK National Crime Agency has been appointed the new chief constable of Police Scotland, beating two internal candidates to the role.

Constance blocks move to cut school week
2 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
COUNCILS are to be blocked from cutting the length of the school week in Scotland’s primaries as a cost-cutting measure, it has been announced.

Poll: Seven in ten Scots oppose Syria bombing
2 Dec 2015 at 2:25pm
A new poll has found significant differences in attitudes among Scottish and English voters on the issue of air strikes on Syria.

Hyslop: BBC Scotland should keep licence fee cash
2 Dec 2015 at 1:07pm
SCOTLAND’S TV production industry could enjoy a £100 million boost if BBC Scotland is handed more control of licence fee cash raised north of the border, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

Struggling North Sea industry ?not at the bottom?
2 Dec 2015 at 12:18pm
Scotland’s beleaguered oil and gas industry is not yet “at the bottom” with another grim year ahead and more job losses expected as firms continue to cut costs, MSPs have been warned.

Police Scotland a ?success story? despite £25m overspend
2 Dec 2015 at 12:17pm
Police Scotland has denied it is being “shackled” by the SNP commitment on officer numbers amid claims the force does not have a “fully formed” financial strategy.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Britain goes to war
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2015 at 10:16pm
Tonight we watched as the conclusion of a “debate” in the UK Parliament saw the “opposition”, almost unprecedentedly, sum up the same case as the government, to roof-raising cheers and applause (which is now apparently permitted again) from the Conservative benches for a Labour shadow minister. We were rather put in mind of a famous …

Doing something
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2015 at 5:01pm
Alex Salmond in the Syria debate with the non-pacifist case against bombing. (Features brief cameo appearance from Alberto Costa MP, noted twat.)

The silence of the bams
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2015 at 10:31am
It’s never usually terribly difficult to get a Scottish Labour MSP to express a view on anything. It’s hard to open a newspaper without being forced to hear Jackie Baillie or James Kelly’s opinion on something or other. (Admittedly it’s generally the SNP, and the opinion is invariably that they’re bad and whatever they say …

The Eurasia Principle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2015 at 7:28pm
The meme of the week among the Unionist media and politicians is once again that the SNP is a sinister Borg-like organisation where independent thought is outlawed. Bewilderingly, this evening Labour MSP Neil Findlay bitterly tweeted a complaint that all of the SNP’s elected members apparently agreed with his own position on bombing Syria, the vile …

A feat of memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2015 at 11:18am
This is the lead Politics story in morning’s Herald: And, y’know, we’re fairly confident that’s true. Because four months ago the Herald told us she’d known for a month. And if she’d known for a month four months ago, it would seem fair to say that she’s now known for five months, because the last time we …

A tale of two situations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2015 at 9:55pm
To mark the day that we both appeared in the Herald’s “Power 100″ list of “The leading Scots who shape our lives” – and she had another go at trolling us – we’d like to dedicate this wonderful tune sincerely to the popular children’s author JK Rowling: We’ll try to understand her problems more sensitively in future.

Interesting Times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2015 at 5:30pm
From tonight’s Evening Times: We’re not aware of a single elected Scottish Labour official previously expressing unequivocal public support for independence. Is this a small, self-interested one-off, or just the first cracking of the dam? We can only wait and see.

Cringe Of The St Andrew?s Day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2015 at 11:26am
Chris Deerin in this morning’s Daily Mail: That’s okay, Chris. We’re embarrassed that you’re Scottish too.

The monstrous detriment of women
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2015 at 12:44pm
We were considering having a day off today, readers. There’s absolutely nothing of any note happening in Scottish politics, and the papers have been reduced to scraping up all manner of barely-reheated leftover dregs to fill their pages. But then someone drew our attention to something in Scotland On Sunday about the ongoing Women For Independence fiasco, and we …

Poking the bear
by Chris Cairns
28 Nov 2015 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

BBC Scotland

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SNP condemns Syria air strikes vote
2 Dec 2015 at 11:45pm
The SNP condemns a House of Commons vote to allow the UK to launch air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

Ban on councils cutting school week
2 Dec 2015 at 11:11am
Councils to be banned from cutting the length of the primary school week in an effort to save money.

Sturgeon reveals 2015 Christmas card
2 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
Children's character Katie Morag features on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's 2015 Christmas card.

New Police Scotland chief appointed
2 Dec 2015 at 3:02pm
The former deputy director of the National Crime Agency, Phil Gormley, is appointed the new chief constable of Police Scotland.

Federal BBC 'could boost economy'
2 Dec 2015 at 2:43pm
A greater share of the licence fee for BBC Scotland could generate economic benefits for Scotland, Fiona Hyslop says.

Scots push to ban pavement parking
2 Dec 2015 at 4:22pm
The Scottish government aims to win a new power from Westminster to tackle the problem of people parking on pavements.

Schools burger van exclusion zone fails
2 Dec 2015 at 3:04pm
Burger van owners in North Lanarkshire overturn a ban on them selling food to children outside schools.

'Legal advice' over Holyrood camp
2 Dec 2015 at 3:51pm
The Scottish Parliament takes legal advice over a Holyrood camp set up by protestors seeking a second independence referendum.

Fire engines 'regularly' unstaffed
1 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
Fire engines are regularly unstaffed in some areas of Scotland because of an increasing pressure on budgets, the Fire Brigades Union claims

IT glitch prevents questions from MSPs
1 Dec 2015 at 5:42pm
MSPs with surnames beginning with N-Z have not been able to ask ministers questions at some sessions of the Scottish Parliament since March.

Sturgeon to attend climate summit
1 Dec 2015 at 4:48pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will represent Scotland at the UN global climate change summit in France.

'Crisis' warning as homes target met
1 Dec 2015 at 6:01pm
Industry leaders claim Scotland is still facing a "housing crisis" despite figures showing a government commitment on affordable homes has been met.

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

Camping for Scottish independence
30 Nov 2015 at 4:31pm
Campaigners vow to camp outside the Scottish Parliament until Scotland is independent.

Will carbon capture come to the UK?
29 Nov 2015 at 12:43am
Will carbon capture ever happen in the UK?

Scot Goes Pop

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

What we've learned tonight
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 10:46pm
1)  The idea that has been doing the rounds in the London media that Hilary Benn is a credible caretaker "unity" Labour leader is now dead in the water.  Becoming so visibly the darling of the Tory...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is evenly split on air strikes
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 12:26am
A new YouGov poll conducted over the last 48 hours suggests support across Britain for air strikes on Syria has dropped sharply in the last week, albeit with a plurality remaining in favour -Would ...

How many MPs will vote to bomb Syria?
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 5:05pm
The conventional wisdom at the moment seems to be that only 30 or 40 right-wing Labour MPs will go into the Tory lobby tomorrow night to vote in favour of bombing Syria.  That's a suspiciously low ...

Housekeeping note
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 2:54pm
To save anyone else having to look at the train-wreck of a comments section on the previous post, could I just make a few points -1) The frequency of extreme swearing is becoming ridiculous.  I don...

For as long as unionism has 50% support, the main opposition to the SNP is bo...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2015 at 6:34pm
There's a new article at Bella Caledonia by Jonathon Shafi of RISE, which is - at least in part - yet another attempt to bang the drum for the bogus idea that "tactical voting on the list" is viabl...

There are no consolation prizes for getting it wrong because you erred on the...
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2015 at 8:24pm
As you may have seen, Derek Bateman commented yesterday on my post about his views on the timing of a possible second independence referendum.  I won't try your patience with a full dissertation by...

The Daisley Commandments (even God only had ten)
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 10:40pm
1. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the United States of America, the greatest force for good in the modern world.2. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the State of Israel, which sitteth at the right h...

SNP live the high life in Fife as they soar to two by-election wins on big sw...
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 12:31am
There were two by-elections in Fife yesterday - and they both featured the familiar STV paradox (so lovingly misunderstood by Lib Dem commentators when it suits them) of a party 'defending' the sea...

There's a difference between disempowerment and democracy
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2015 at 6:23pm
Given the reaction to John McDonnell brandishing Mao's Little Red Book yesterday, it's probably not the best idea for me to start quoting Karl Marx, and actually I'm going to avoid that danger beca...

The State We're In
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2015 at 5:21pm
Episode 3 of Phantom Power's Altered State series is now out, featuring contributions from myself, Greg Moodie, Derek Bateman, Paul Kavanagh, Christopher Silver and Professor John Robertson. Bear ...

To survive as leader, all Corbyn has to do is decide to survive
by James Kelly
24 Nov 2015 at 5:05pm
You know, it's on days like this that Mike "can't be arsed" Smithson utterly baffles me.  The title of his post on Stormfront Lite this morning was "You can get 11/8 on Corbyn being leader at gener...

Labour MPs don't need a free vote to exercise the same freedom that Corbyn en...
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2015 at 3:24pm
Amidst all the uncertainty about the position Labour will take on bombing Syria, one thing that intensely irritates me is the claim of the party's "moderates" that Jeremy Corbyn has no business imp...

It's a ComRes corker : GB-wide poll points to continued SNP dominance in Scot...
by James Kelly
21 Nov 2015 at 9:42pm
Tonight's much-trailed GB-wide ComRes poll is out, with the most eye-catching finding being that 40% of respondents agree that Jeremy Corbyn should be "removed by Labour MPs", while only 31% disagr...

From a strategic point of view, who should we want to win the Oldham West and...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2015 at 6:26pm
Hopefully my radar isn't faulty on too many occasions, but it's probably fair to say my headline one year ago today of 'Is Rochester and Strood the most important by-election since Darlington 1983?...

Teaser on Thursday
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2015 at 7:00am
I've come down with a heavy cold, so instead of a long blogpost today, here's a quick poser for you.There are two European states with elected monarchies.  Can you name at least one of the very sma...

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MPs authorise air strikes against Islamic State
2 Dec 2015 at 11:22pm
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Alex Salmond on the Syria debate
2 Dec 2015 at 8:40pm
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Guitarists in central Scotland?
2 Dec 2015 at 8:33pm
Hi guys, I'm just looking to meet some fellow guitarists (any genre but I'm doing acoustic work) to compare and share music we've created, give eachother feedback and help. From Glasgow to Edinbur...

Larkhall "welcome" sign for ISIS
2 Dec 2015 at 8:15pm
Does anybody know if that message for ISIS is still there? I was in Larkhall today and couldn't find it. submitted by ilprincipiante

Reminder: If you didn't get tested for World Aids Day, anyone in Scotland can...
2 Dec 2015 at 5:09pm
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The case for free public transport
2 Dec 2015 at 4:49pm
submitted by cb43569 [43 comments]

What do you call carbonated drinks where you are from?
2 Dec 2015 at 3:40pm
I recently discovered that some english people found my use of the word "juice' when referring to irn bru or fanta quite funny. Apparently its just unheard of in England calling a carbonated drink ...

BBC impartiality 'absolutely critical' as it covers EU referendum, MPs told |...
2 Dec 2015 at 3:02pm
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Councils to be banned from cutting primary school week
2 Dec 2015 at 2:49pm
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Ayrshire woman jailed after being caught with £1m of cocaine in her toiletrie...
2 Dec 2015 at 2:46pm
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Forth Road Bridge: Engineers inspect defect as motorists face delays
2 Dec 2015 at 2:20pm
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Philip Gormley: Profile of new chief constable of Police Scotland
2 Dec 2015 at 12:46pm
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Scotland; a good place to get a new life?
2 Dec 2015 at 12:08pm
Hey! I'm a swede and I love my country, but I don't really have a plan for my life. I'm currently considering moving abroad for some time and getting what ever work I can get. I'm 19 years old and ...

Report - From 'I' to 'We': Changing the narrative in Scotland's relationship ...
2 Dec 2015 at 12:06pm
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Military Action against Daesh/ISIS by Kezia Dugdale
2 Dec 2015 at 11:44am
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Daily Record

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David Cameron REPEATEDLY refuses to apologise for calling anti-war MPs "terro...
by Jason Beattie
2 Dec 2015 at 12:15pm

 Early interventions in the debate on air strikes on Syria gave the Prime Minister multiple opportunities to withdraw his words about MPs preparing to vote against the motion - but he ignored ...

Alex Salmond slams David Cameron over Syria air strikes saying his case for m...
by dailyrecord
2 Dec 2015 at 11:07am
SALMOND said the Prime Minister's language in branding opponents to air strikes as "terrorist sympathisers" was an indication of desperation.

Cash probe MP Natalie McGarry at centre of new row over funding for her trip ...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Dec 2015 at 8:36am
McGARRY - suspended while police investigate a campaign group’s finances - visited Syria in October but questions have been asked about how she funded the trip.

Front runner for next Scottish Chief Constable is accused of 'corruption, bul...
by John Ferguson
2 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
NEIL Richardson has been accused of corruption by a top lawyer who claims ex-police Constable Andrew Reid was deliberately incriminated by the force.

Douglas Alexander: Why I joined Bono's band in helping to tackle world poverty
by Douglas Alexander
1 Dec 2015 at 9:00pm
EX-MP Douglas Alexander explains why he signed up to help the U2 singer after witnessing poverty close to home.

Nicola Sturgeon kept quiet about Police Scotland spying on Sunday Mail journa...
by Sally Hind
1 Dec 2015 at 10:38am
THE First Minister knew about the scandal a watchdog is calling 'reckless' but refused to comment during the investigation, it has emerged.

Jeremy Corbyn accuses David Cameron of 'bulldozing' MPs into bombing Syria 'f...
by Dan Bloom
1 Dec 2015 at 8:55am
Prime Minister's Questions are set to be cancelled tomorrow as 70 Labour MPs defy their leader to vote for military action

Labour MPs WILL be allowed free vote on air strikes against IS in Syria
by David Hughes
30 Nov 2015 at 2:40pm
JEREMY Corbyn will make it clear to that the party's official policy is to oppose the action but he has agreed to let MPs vote with their conscience.

Three quarters of Labour party members oppose air strikes on IS in Syria, cla...
by David Hughes
30 Nov 2015 at 2:30pm
A POLL ordered by Corbyn suggests a huge majority against military action - but the validity of the survey is under question.

Labour find half their missing £10k but black hole in constituency funding re...
by Andy Philip
30 Nov 2015 at 8:16am
THE investigation into what happened in the Edinburgh East seat continues as the local treasurer is suspended.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

From ?I? to ?We?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Dec 2015 at 5:57pm
Deirdre Shaw, Iain Black and Katherine Trebeck report on Commonweal’s latest research. On any given day, the consumer citizens of Scotland can be found on homogeneous high streets, in hotels, pubs and gyms or on the web, shopping, buying, bargain hunting, seeking out real or imitation brands – consuming. Searching for the next pair of shoes, the next ?fashion? sofa, the next ?must have? electronic gadget even …

Foreign and Defence Policy: the nature of David Cameron?s leadership
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Dec 2015 at 5:27pm
A decision by the House of Commons to take part in coalition air strikes in Syria is not a vote about Jeremy Corbyn. This may come as a surprise to some, for unfortunately it seems to be the prevailing purpose of the media and all too many politicians and their spin doctors to reduce the …

A Culture of Narcissism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2015 at 7:55pm
Chris Hedges is one of the most prominent public intellectuals in the USA, indeed the world, today. This journalist, activist, author and Presbyterian clergyman first came to prominence as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times,  where he gained a rare insight into the politics of the Balkans and the Middle East. He would …

With or Without You
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2015 at 11:18am
Douglas Alexander has joined Bono in the fight against world poverty. We have an exclusive transcript of their first meeting at the weekend. ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ Jeez, I know Bono, it’s a good job we have this jet to help us combat poverty. Did I tell you I’m a son of the manse? ‘I still …

Something Less Than Love: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2015 at 10:33am
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Highlands and Island Development Board by Harold Wilson?s government in 1965. In 1991 Margaret Thatcher?s government replaced it with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. In 1980 the Board?s activities were described as ‘a merchant bank with a social purpose’, and in that year the population …

Can we Restore Civic Consciousness and Public Enterprise?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Nov 2015 at 12:38pm
The period for submitting written evidence to the Scottish Government?s review of the planning system ends this week. The Scottish Government?s Programme for Government for 2015-16 announced a Review of the Scottish Planning System to identify ?the scope for further reform with a focus on delivering a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process, in …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Nov 2015 at 10:15am
Ahead of the RISE conference, Jonathon Shafi welcomes the prospect of ‘a parliament shaped by the voices of the independence movement at its best’. The upcoming Holyrood election will be strikingly different from others before it. Why? Because it comes just twenty months after the biggest mass movement in Scottish history, the Yes campaign, and …

Thinking about ?terrorism?? Why Not Try the Movies?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2015 at 12:26pm
To Bomb or not to Bomb? That is the question. Why do they do it? Why would anyone do it? How did “normal” kids from Brussels, Paris or Bradford end up doing something like THAT? Something so extraordinary and terrible as detonate themselves on a tube train or get out of a car outside a …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Suspended SNP MP adamant she is not guilty of wrongdoing, says Sturgeon
by Press Association
1 Dec 2015 at 6:11pm
Natalie McGarry has withdrawn from party whip while police investigate missing donations from organisation she foundedNatalie McGarry, suspended from the Scottish National party as police investigations continue into missing donations at the pro-independence group she founded, has assured her par...

Scotland to train female Syrian peacemakers in conflict resolution
by Libby Brooks
29 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
In a UN initiative, Scotland will host an international women?s summit to support Syrian women in negotiation rolesScotland is to offer training to the Syrian women involved in building a lasting peace in the region.Nicola Sturgeon announced she has accepted an invitation from the UN special envo...

Grassic Gibbon was a true Scottish radical | Letters
by Leters
26 Nov 2015 at 7:31pm
It is gratifying to see that Lewis Grassic Gibbon?s classic Sunset Song has now been made into a film by the wonderful Terence Davies (Loons and queans and orramen by James Nughtie, G2, 25 November). It will hopefully lead to his Scots Quair trilogy finding a new and wider readership. His writing...

Scottish farmer facing eviction wins last-minute reprieve
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Nov 2015 at 1:29pm
Andrew Stoddart and his family, who were told they must leave farm he has tended for 22 years, secure eviction postponement after talks with landlordA tenant farmer facing immediate eviction with minimal compensation has won an 11th-hour reprieve in a case that has galvanised the land rights move...

Police Scotland criticised for breaching law to spy on journalists' sources
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Nov 2015 at 4:02pm
Watchdog says failures of police service, which intercepted communications without judicial approval, were ?reckless?Police Scotland has been described as ?reckless? by a privacy watchdog that found it breached the law on intercepting communications five times to spy on journalists? sources.The I...

SNP MP at centre of missing donations claim withdraws from party whip
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Nov 2015 at 8:28am
Natalie McGarry ?determined to clear her name? in wake of alleged discrepancies in accounts of Women for Independence campaign groupThe SNP MP at the centre of allegations that tens of thousands of pounds in donations may be missing from the pro-independence campaign group she helped to set up ha...

SNP MP Natalie McGarry linked to missing donations claim
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
24 Nov 2015 at 5:43pm
Questions raised over role played by Glasgow East MP after independence group calls in police to investigate discrepanciesAn SNP MP has been linked to an allegation that tens of thousands of pounds in donations may be missing from the prominent pro-independence campaign group she helped to set up...

Labour urges Nicola Sturgeon to suspend SNP MP Natalie McGarry
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
24 Nov 2015 at 11:04am
Questions raised about role played by McGarry after campaign group members said donated money had gone missingNicola Sturgeon says that she needs more information before taking action over the case of Scottish National party MP Natalie McGarry, after revelations linking her to an allegation that ...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The British barbed wire that surrounds Scotland?s heart
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2015 at 3:35pm
If you don’t want to blow up buildings, if you don’t want to wreak havoc and destruction, if you want to seek a peaceful resolution to conflict – then you’re a terrorist sympathiser. If you don’t want to go to war, if you seek to broaden debate, if you believe that fighting for peace is …

Labour still hasn?t found what it?s voting for
by weegingerdug
30 Nov 2015 at 5:36pm
Wee Dougie Alexander, the political patron saint of holy wullies, has got himself a new job after being booted out by the voters of Paisley at the last election. The Guardian described Wee Dougie’s debacle as a shock defeat for the Labour party, but the only people shocked by it were Wee Dougie and the …

Great British double standards
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2015 at 5:28pm
There are two kinds of people in the United Kingdom. There are those who divide people into two kinds of people, and there are those who don’t. If you’re one of the former you can also divide people in the United Kingdom into two kinds, those who are allowed to level accusations of Nazi behaviour …

A fatal fart bomb in a trance
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2015 at 3:35pm
We live in a country where policy is decided on the basis of appearance and not substance. In UK politics it’s not the Christmas present that’s important it’s the shininess of the wrapping on the big boxes under the tree. Only they contain nothing but air that’s been warmed up by a passage through the …

Altered State : part 3
by weegingerdug
25 Nov 2015 at 1:19pm
The third and final instalment of Phantom Power’s documentary looking at the role of the media during the independence referendum campaign.

Apocalypse vow
by weegingerdug
23 Nov 2015 at 6:53pm
So you remember all those things that were going to be safe only if Scotland voted No last year? How’s that all working out then. It would appear that the infamous vow wasn’t so much of a vow as a serving suggestion with ingredients that Scotland wouldn’t be allowed to eat on account of us …

A short blog break and a book launch
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2015 at 9:59pm
I’m going to have a short break from blogging because I’ve got a visitor coming from the USA and my services as a tour guide will be required. Peter is a very special friend, we’ve chatted online for 18 years but had never actually met until I visited Boston over the summer. When you chat …

Matron Dugdale?s Bide-a-Wee Mitigation Care Home
by weegingerdug
11 Nov 2015 at 10:48pm
This week’s word is mitigation. It was last week’s word too, and it will be next week’s as well, and the week after that, stretching ahead into a depressing future where it doesn’t matter if you take the red pill or the blue pill – you’re always going to wake up with the Tories. In …

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Owner left in flap after golden eagle takes flight
3 Dec 2015 at 12:31am
A BIRD fancier had his feathers ruffled when he lost his pet golden eagle during a trip to Aberdeenshire.

Festival will light up former seminary
3 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
A DERELICT seminary hailed as a concrete cathedral is to rise again as part of a major architecture festival.

Call for curlew to top protection list
3 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
A NEW study led by RSPB Scotland has called for the curlew, Europe?s largest wading bird, to be classed as the highest conservation-priority bird species in the UK.

Tories want city-wide poll on tram-line plan
3 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
CONSERVATIVES on Edinburgh Council are to call for a city-wide referendum on whether the controversial extension to the capital?s tram line should be built. The £162 million extension of the line from the city centre to Newhaven is set to b

Louise Welsh turns her hand to creating opera
3 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
A NEW, full-length opera by crime writer Louise Welsh is to premiere in Glasgow in January.

First Minister marks Christmas with a Katie Morag card
3 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
KATIE Morag will deliver festive greetings from Nicola Sturgeon after creator Mairi Hedderwick was chosen to design the First Minister?s official Christmas card.

Cars queue for miles as engineers probe Forth Road Bridge defect
3 Dec 2015 at 12:29am
MASSIVE transport upheaval in the east and central areas of Scotland will continue long into today after it was announced the Forth Road Bridge would remain restricted to one lane in each direction.

£10m forensics hub for Dundee
3 Dec 2015 at 12:29am
A SCOTTISH university has been handed a £10 million award to establish a new research centre for forensic science.

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Kezia Dugdale ? Refugees we must welcome and care for them ? Young girl from ...
by caltonjock
2 Dec 2015 at 9:33pm
          Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination

Dr Richard Simpson ? The Medical Worker ? Wonderful Career ? The Labour Party...
by caltonjock
1 Dec 2015 at 11:02pm
    Dr Richard Simpson     Profile: 73yo Dr Richard Simpson. Education: Trinity College, Glenalmond. Studied at Edinburgh University and gained medical qualifications. Qualified psychiatrist . In addition to being a medical adviser to the Samaritans and the Scottish Prison Service, also found time to be active in his local constituency Labour Party, serving …

Graeme Pearson ? Labour Party Spokesman for Justice ? Visionary ? Opportunist...
by caltonjock
28 Nov 2015 at 4:37am
  Graeme Pearson   Organised Crime in Scotland – One mans solution to the problem – Report Card: Failed This is a report on the ever increasing problems in Scotland centered on organised crime, illegal drugs manufacture and distribution and othe anti social activities. It covers the period 2004 – 2015 a time in which …

Willie Rennie ? A confidence trickster who clings to public office like a ?ch...
by caltonjock
17 Nov 2015 at 7:59pm
A fool or just deluded?       Willie Rennie – A confidence trickster who repeatedly tries to deceive the Scottish electorate with false claims and innuendo seeking to gain political advantage over the SNP government via some form of pretense or deception. Rennie is readily available to the right-wing Scottish press and media frequently …

Who the hell Runs Scotland? ? Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who
by caltonjock
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm
  A pictorial view of a corporate elite network   Who the hell Runs Scotland? – Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who Corporate elites have penetrated political and cultural networks in Scotland benefitting from the patronage of institutional connections. In this environment lobbying is seen as worthwhile by business interests, evidenced in the ever expanding …

The Tories never yet have taken up a cause which they did not ultimately betray
by caltonjock
15 Nov 2015 at 11:37am
        Cameron is playing cat and mouse with Scot’s on independence Despite repeated assertions from David Cameron that independence was for Scot’s to decide, without unwelcome input from Westminster, the Tory government used every trick in the book seeking, together with others to deny the SNP a fair campaign in the independence …

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 …

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Judge: victim "condoned" and "acquiesced" in her rape
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
Lord  Carloway, who allowed the appeal.HM Advocate v. SSM is a case of rape, and a case of the sexual abuse of children. In May this year, SSM was foung guilty by a jury in the High Court in Glasgow of seven charges. These are summarised in the Appeal Court's judgment this afternoon. I caution you. The details are unpleasant. But understanding t...

Glasgow: Forgetting slavery?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
"Don't keep your head down. Look up." Whether you're trudging through Glasgow in the summer sleet, or the winter snow, the local sometimes needs reminded to contemplate the grandeur of the place. Edinburgh's skyline sucks the air out of you, a jagged man-made silhouette of spikes and spires. Glasgow's mountainous legacy of wealth is more easily ...

Critical friends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm
Whenever media commentators talk about SNP supporters or politicians being uncritical drones, I always assume they either have few Nationalist friends, or spend too much time on Twitter. In July, Iain Martin argued the party was turning into a "sinister personality cult". Today, Stephen Daisley writes that "the nationalist movement desperately n...

Compassion, lighting up the human heart...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Nov 2015 at 1:13pm
This semester, I have been teaching jurisprudence, taking our law students through centuries of ideas about justice and mercy, of morality and law. It has been a fascinating - and sometimes challenging - process, reacquainting me with thinkers whose work I last considered in earnest some years ago. Just this week, we were talking about states of...

Three days in November
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Nov 2015 at 4:20pm
Alistair Carmichael must have had better weeks. For three days, his character has been under the judicial microscope. If Tavish Scott seemed black-affronted by the idea of testifying before the election court, Mr Carmichael's experience must have been altogether more mortifying. The former Secretary of State for Scotland appears to have approach...

by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Nov 2015 at 6:17pm
Halloween's blog had a necessarily negative theme. Some correspondents felt I was being unconstructive in emphasising the limits of Holyrood's powers instead of the opportunities to blunt the impact of the proposed changes to tax credits. Holyrood has no direct authority over tax credits rates and tapers: this we know. If the moneys can be found...

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 ...

Gerry Hassan

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The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s
by Gerry
30 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 29th 2015 These are tumultuous times. Chaos in Syria. Complex and shifting alliances. The Turks shooting down a Russian plane. There is disarray in the Labour Party on Syria and Trident. And all in the week of ...

The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

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. ...

Scotland and Independence

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Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil - BBC News
30 Nov 2015 at 3:09pm

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Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil
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A group of campaigners has set up camp outside the Scottish Parliament calling for a second independence referendum. BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim visited the camp to learn more about it. "We're prepared to stay here for five years ...

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Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independ...
2 Dec 2015 at 10:02am

Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independence?
WESTMINSTER IS SET to push ahead for another Middle Eastern bombing campaign in a war that will strengthen the case for Scottish independence, according to peace campaigners. At least 57 (97 per cent) of Scotland's 59 MPs are set to vote against ...

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New Scottish Libertarian Party set to launch and call for independence - The ...
1 Dec 2015 at 12:53am

The National
New Scottish Libertarian Party set to launch and call for independence
The National
A FRESH voice from the centre right will be added to the Yes movement when a new pro-independence political party formally launches later this week. The Scottish Libertarian Party (SLP) is led by businessman Alan Finlay and is planning to field ...

X-Men star James McAvoy says Scotland will vote for independence in the next ...
29 Nov 2015 at 6:12pm

Daily Mail
X-Men star James McAvoy says Scotland will vote for independence in the next ...
Daily Mail
James McAvoy believes Scotland will have a 'conscious uncoupling' with the rest of Britain and vote for independence in the next decade. The 36-year-old X-Men star from Glasgow refused to say which way he voted in last year's referendum but admitted he ...
James McAvoy believes Scotland will have ...

Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence - Glasg...
30 Nov 2015 at 4:53pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow Labour councillor has come out in support of Scottish independence, putting him at odds with his party's pro-union position. Russell Robertson, who campaigned against separation in the run up to last year's referendum, revealed his U-turn in ...

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ... -...
29 Nov 2015 at 3:15pm

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These People Are Camping Outside The Scottish Parliament Until Scotland ...
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They hope the camp will eventually house 100 people, having drawn inspiration from from the 14th-century declaration of Scottish independence known as the Declaration of Arbroath, which stated: ?As long as but 100 of us remain alive, never will we on ...

Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years' - The Courier
26 Nov 2015 at 5:22pm

The Courier
Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years'
The Courier
Mark Diffley, director at Ipsos Mori Scotland, said: "This poll represents good news for Yes supporters, with more than half of Scots believing independence is likely by 2025. "Opinions may change if and when a second referendum is announced but, for ...

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Ruth Davidson: SNP's case for independence was a fraud.. I'll never forgive t...
18 Nov 2015 at 6:50am

Scottish Daily Record
Ruth Davidson: SNP's case for independence was a fraud.. I'll never forgive them
Scottish Daily Record
THERE is a principled case for Scottish independence. I respect those who believe in it, even if I fundamentally and passionately disagree with them. For many, the goal of independence is worth paying any price. It is an honest position. But for many ...

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Tories want city-wide poll on tram-line plan - The National
3 Dec 2015 at 12:37am

The National
Tories want city-wide poll on tram-line plan
The National
The National can reveal it was fierce opposition from SNP councillors that has forced council leaders to agree to an indefinite delay to the project which was given approval in principle last month and which would have been funded by an extraordinary ...

Alex Salmond on Syria vote: 'Bombing is a diversion' - BBC News
3 Dec 2015 at 12:13am

BBC News
Alex Salmond on Syria vote: 'Bombing is a diversion'
BBC News
The SNP's Alex Salmond says that plans to carry out air strikes in Syria are a diversion to having a real strategy to defeat so-called Islamic State. He was one of 223 MPs to vote against the government's motion, but 397 voted in favour. The former ...

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Syria: SNP condemn Commons vote for airstrikes - Edinburgh Evening News
2 Dec 2015 at 11:45pm

Edinburgh Evening News
Syria: SNP condemn Commons vote for airstrikes
Edinburgh Evening News
All of the SNP MPs voted against the government motion to bomb IS targets in Syria, along with Labour's only Scottish MP, Ian Murray. Scotland's other two MPs, Conservative David Mundell and Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael, voted with the ...

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Syria: SNP condemn Commons vote for airstrikes - Scotsman
2 Dec 2015 at 11:39pm

Syria: SNP condemn Commons vote for airstrikes
All of the SNP MPs voted against the government motion to bomb IS targets in Syria, along with Labour's only Scottish MP, Ian Murray. Scotland's other two MPs, Conservative David Mundell and Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael, voted with the ...

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SNP condemns Commons Syria air strikes vote - BBC News
2 Dec 2015 at 11:01pm

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SNP condemns Commons Syria air strikes vote
BBC News
The SNP has condemned a House of Commons vote to allow the UK to launch air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. MPs voted by 397 to 223 in favour of extending military action previously only authorised in Iraq. SNP Westminster leader Angus ...

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Syria Vote: SNP's Mhairi Black Shows Solidarity With 'Stop The War' Protester...
2 Dec 2015 at 9:21pm

Huffington Post UK
Syria Vote: SNP's Mhairi Black Shows Solidarity With 'Stop The War' Protesters ...
Huffington Post UK
SNP MP Mhairi Black has spoken in solidarity with anti-war protestors outside Parliament, telling them there are politicians that ?stand with them?. Speaking to hundreds of people gathered on Parliament Square as MPs prepared to vote on bombing raids ...

Syria vote: SNP's Angus Robertson slams 'silence' over possible extremists .....
2 Dec 2015 at 6:19pm

The Independent
Syria vote: SNP's Angus Robertson slams 'silence' over possible extremists ...
The Independent
Angus Robertson, the Scottish National Party's (SNP) Westminster leader asked David Cameron to tell MPs precisely how many of the 70,000 ground troops he says could re-take territory freed from Isis control are classified as ?moderate? or ?fundamentalist?.

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Nigel Farage: Ukip will wipe out Labour in the north ? just as the SNP did in...
2 Dec 2015 at 6:23pm
Nigel Farage: Ukip will wipe out Labour in the north ? just as the SNP did in ...
And the Labour Party, deep in its campaign bunker, where it was advised by Douglas Alexander, himself an ex-MP and SNP victim, was deeply complacent in believing that the net effect of Ukip would actually help it in the election. In fact, many of the ...

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BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage - Herald Scotland
2 Dec 2015 at 1:18pm

Herald Scotland
BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage
Herald Scotland
In October, the BBC was accused of peddling more ''half truths and lies'' than the Nazis as SNP activists vented their anger at its perceived bias against Scotland and independence. Feelings were still running high over what pro-independence ...

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Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...
Alex Salmond told us why another independe...

SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referend...
8 Nov 2015 at 8:03pm

The Independent
SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referendum
The Independent
The Scottish Government should have the power to call a second referendum on independence with or without Westminster's backing, SNP MPs have said. Former First Minister Alex Salmond and the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson are among ...
SNP call for Holyrood to have power to ca...

Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum ...
13 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum year
The gap between spending in the two nations rose by eight per cent in the year of Scotland's independence referendum. The revelation sparked outrage among English MPs and fuelled suspicions that government money was used to 'bribe' voters ahead of ...

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's - MoneyWeek
13 Nov 2015 at 10:09am

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's
We're eurosceptics. Asked to vote in an EU referendum tomorrow, MoneyWeek would tick the ?out? box. But on the topic of Scottish independence, we were (and are) pro-Union. Some view these stances as contradictory. How can we believe it would be good ...

The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized...
8 Nov 2015 at 6:43am

Democratic Audit UK
The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized ...
Democratic Audit UK
16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for ...

Peers back lowering age in EU referendum - Herald Scotland
18 Nov 2015 at 8:37pm

Herald Scotland
Peers back lowering age in EU referendum
Herald Scotland
The Lords has backed giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the upcoming in-out EU referendum. In the latest of a string of defeats inflicted on the Government, the upper house voted by 293 to 211 to approve the reform by a majority of 82 during a ...
Why the timing of the EU referendum may depend on who can voteBBC News

The gendered dimensions of constitutional change: Women and the independence ...
1 Dec 2015 at 8:38am

Democratic Audit UK
The gendered dimensions of constitutional change: Women and the independence ...
Democratic Audit UK
In 2014 sovereignty referendums were held in both Scotland and Catalonia ? albeit not recognised in this case by the Spanish government. As has been pointed by Meryl Kenny, constitutional debates of this sort present various gendered dimensions and ...

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Open secular debate under attack.
2 Dec 2015 at 11:28pm
Joining an effort by Warwick Uni to ban her speaking, Goldsmiths attempted to stop Maryam Namazie because she was an "Islamophobe".   Maryams problem is she is someone who has renounced Islam and now attacks many of it's adherents efforts to normali...

Are you a terrorist sympathiser?
2 Dec 2015 at 9:08am
Saw Cameron's quote appear briefly in the bombing Syria thread but thought it deserved a conversation in its own right. Feel free to merge mods if you disagree

Is this really an appropriate use of language by a Prime Minister? Has he really branded so many MPs who disagree with him in this way? ...

Scottish Libertarian Party
1 Dec 2015 at 4:42pm
Another new party has entered the scene. This time it's a pro-Indy, centre right party. They seem to be aiming for the old school SNP "Tartan Tories" votes.   They probably won't amount to much, but it's good to see a non left party that is pro Independence.

30 Nov 2015 at 10:31pm
A group of protesters have set up camp at the site of the Scottish Parliament and have said they are staying until Scotland is independent.   Unsure why they've started camping now more than a year later.  Also, camping in Edinbur...

Benefit Sandwiches
29 Nov 2015 at 3:25pm
It appears that a lot of our Tory friends think that providing benefit claimants with sandwiches,milk and possibly the luxury of a tiny little piece of meat once of twice a week = life of luxury!
That's fair enough, they're arseholes, and Tory arseholes at that! At least they don't hide their d...

Grant Shapps resigns
28 Nov 2015 at 2:39pm
Grant Shapps has resigned as International Development Secretary.  He has been linked to the developing story of bullying within the Conservative Party's youth wing and it's offshoot 'Road Trip' which helped with campaigning during the General Election.  Shapps had been linked with Mark Clarke, t...

Next Scottish Labour leader
28 Nov 2015 at 2:29am
Kezia is obviously a sacrificial lamb brought in to preside over the impending trouncing in May 2016.

Who will be next to follow her? I can imagine the job of leading Labour up here is about as attractive as being Kerry Katona's dermatologist. I'd be surprised if anyone puts their name forward fo...

Alec salmond.
26 Nov 2015 at 3:56pm
1,is the foreign affairs spokesman for the SNP but was not even in parliament for the debate on syria but was in scotland to unveil a portrait of himself.

2,falls asleep when he is in parliament when representing the scottish people.

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Favourite Christmas Song
2 Dec 2015 at 11:03pm
Wham - Last Christmas

Controversial but Another Rock and Roll Christmas by Gary Glitter is a choon and a half

Wound You Wear Clothes With Spunk All Over Them?
2 Dec 2015 at 3:08pm

Pension Advice Required
2 Dec 2015 at 1:08pm
I've just had a phone call from some geezer, who seemed to know more about my pensions than me.   Anyway, the gist of his call was that he has noted I have a frozen pension and he wants to investigate it.     Anyone had this? WTF is it all about?   Edit to say - he confirmed it's a free service.

So, Who Else Is A Terrorist Sympathiser?
2 Dec 2015 at 9:59am Davie Cameron's definition?   The majority of Scotland according to the poll in the independent.    

2 Dec 2015 at 9:04am
Buying the old dear a hoover for her Christmas. She had a Dyson before, but it blew up.   What's a half-decent one on the market just now? Nothing fancy, just reliable.

Right Nae Slaggin'
2 Dec 2015 at 8:45am
Cross ma heart and hope tae die if I'm lying but I'm asking this for my Mrs.

She was hoping to get Adele tickets for the Hydro today on the SSE Rewards pre-sale, but when she tries to access the site it just says "proxy server not responding".

Any ideas? Site crashed?

Lost Tribe Of Guid Qunts
2 Dec 2015 at 12:06am
The world is full of wnakers... (sp) but the 'lost tribe of guid cnuts' are most of us - aye?    

Nhs - England
1 Dec 2015 at 11:35pm
Bairn - 18 - was taken in on a 999 on Thursday with  A MASSIVE OVER NORMAL TEMP. - Caps - oops!)   The prognosis was  - initiallly - Meniningitis - we shat oorsel's!   Computer said 'no' and they went for tonsilitis and she was discharged on Saturday... only to go dehydrated and fainting.   Re-ad...

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