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Farron decries SNP's "unthinking monoculture" and believes Lib Dems will forg...
3 Feb 2016 at 12:11am
TIM Farron has hit out at the ?unthinking monoculture? of the SNP at Westminster, insisting Nationalist MPs? lack of independence was not very Scottish.

Dugdale tells Sturgeon: do the right thing for Scotland's future and back inc...
2 Feb 2016 at 4:33pm
Labour has challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to "do the right thing for Scotland's future" by backing its plans for a 1p rise in income tax.

Moray Council drops plans to introduce council tax hike in face of Government...
2 Feb 2016 at 9:57am
Moray Council has scrapped plans to increase council tax by 18% after local authorities were told they could face sanctions if they did not agree to the Scottish Government's freeze.

Sturgeon announces £24.5m support fund for oil and gas industry
1 Feb 2016 at 3:32pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced an extra £24.5 million of support for the oil and gas industry on a visit to Aberdeen.

Sturgeon announces £12m fund to retrain oil and gas staff facing job losses
1 Feb 2016 at 9:17am
Workers who face losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector will be helped to move into other employment in the energy industry and manufacturing through a new £12 million fund announced by Scotland's First Minister.

Justice secretary: end to automatic early release 'a step in the right direct...
1 Feb 2016 at 1:35pm
Ending automatic early release for the most serious offenders has been hailed as a "huge step in the right direction" by the Justice Secretary.

Ex-chiefs: SNP values joint UK civil service despite bias allegations during ...
1 Feb 2016 at 12:09am
The SNP Government appreciates the benefits of a joint UK civil service, despite accusations of foul play in the run up to the independence referendum and the party?s manifesto pledge to set up a separate Scottish system, according to two former top mandarins.

SNP's childcare revolution should be handed to new national agency, says thin...
31 Jan 2016 at 12:14am
THE SNP promise to double free childcare provision by 2020 cannot be delivered under the current ?creaking and fragmentary? system and must be coordinated by a radical new national body, a leading Scots thinktank says today.

Labour: 800,000 people have 'dropped off' electoral register since individual...
1 Feb 2016 at 9:20am
An estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the new system of individual sign-ups was introduced, according to Labour.

Clock ticking for Dugdale to change the face of Scottish Labour
31 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
KEZIA Dugdale will learn this week whether she has succeeded in refreshing Scottish Labour's line-up when the party?s Holyrood list rankings are published.

First Minister addresses SNP's first conference for disabled members
31 Jan 2016 at 12:16am
NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday addressed the SNP?s inaugural conference for disabled members, the first of its kind held by a political party in Scotland.

Swinney: I'll leave Scotland Bill "in limbo" if no deal with Westminster
31 Jan 2016 at 12:17am
JOHN Swinney last night insisted the SNP government wasn?t bluffing when it said it would rather miss out on new powers for Holyrood than sign up to a ?potentially catastrophic? financial deal with Westminster.

Harriet Harman calls on Nicola Sturgeon to save key anti-poverty law scrapped...
30 Jan 2016 at 12:11am
A senior Labour Party figure has called on Nicola Sturgeon to use Holyrood's new powers to revive a key part of her anti-poverty legislation that was scrapped by the Conservatives.

Nicola Sturgeon sidesteps plea over future of children's ward
28 Jan 2016 at 7:18pm
Nicola Sturgeon was told the NHS is at "breaking point" as she refused to answer Labour demands to give a "100% guarantee" to retain several local services.

Sturgeon: Scottish Government will seek more Westminster cash for north east
28 Jan 2016 at 7:19pm
The Scottish Government will continue to press the UK Government to offer more financial support to Scotland's north east, after "inviting" David Cameron to match its own £379 million contribution, the First Minister has said.



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US police adopt Scottish tactics to avoid ?deadly force?
3 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Tactics adopted from Scotland form a key part of new guidelines unveiled in the United States to help reduce the number of civilians being shot by police officers.

Calls for action as Scotland records worst drink deaths in UK
2 Feb 2016 at 11:56pm
Scotland had the worst rate for alcohol-related deaths in any part of the UK, according to figures recorded over the past 20 years.

Andrew Whitaker: John McDonnell now making his mark
2 Feb 2016 at 8:58pm
THE first shadow chancellor of his kind has lately been arguably one of the best performers in UK politics, writes Andrew Whitaker

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mulls early general election
2 Feb 2016 at 7:06pm
Australia’s prime minister has told government colleagues he may call an early general election within weeks.

Moray Council: 18% council tax rise ?no longer tenable?
2 Feb 2016 at 1:59pm
MORAY Council has said plans to raise council tax by 18 per cent are “no longer tenable” as a result of Scottish Government financial penalties.

David Cameron: Deal makes EU ?worth fighting for?
2 Feb 2016 at 1:35pm
DAVID Cameron claimed yesterday that a package of European reform was “worth fighting for” and delivered the “substantial change” he needed to campaign for EU ­membership.

Police should train birds to attack drones, says SNP MP
2 Feb 2016 at 11:42am
POLICE should train birds of prey to attack drones, according to an SNP MP.

Scott Macnab: Taxing times for Scotland?s major parties
2 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
THERE are taxing times ahead for the major parties, writes Scott Macnab

Kezia Dugdale challenges Nicola Sturgeon with 1p income tax rise plan
1 Feb 2016 at 10:31pm
LABOUR has challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to “do the right thing for Scotland’s future” by backing its plans for a 1p rise in income tax.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils £24.5m jobs fund for oil industry
1 Feb 2016 at 10:14pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has announced a £24.5 million fund to support the oil and gas industry as the crisis-stricken sector continues to face the threat of jobs losses.

End of automatic early release ?the right step?
1 Feb 2016 at 9:42pm
ENDING automatic early release for the most serious offenders has been hailed as a “huge step in the right direction” by the Scottish justice secretary.

Ted Cruz defeats Donald Trump to win Iowa caucus
1 Feb 2016 at 9:23pm
CONSERVATIVE Texas senator Ted Cruz swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses last night, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida senator Marco Rubio.

MPs swear oath of office in historic Myanmar parliament
1 Feb 2016 at 9:17pm
MYANMAR’S parliament, led for the first time by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, began a historic session yesterday that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years.

Peter Jones: Why an outside bet may be a winner
1 Feb 2016 at 8:35pm
ABHORRENT though his views and comments may be, Trump is US politics in a microcosm, writes Peter Jones

Mike Russell calls for most councils to be scrapped
1 Feb 2016 at 2:03pm

Former SNP cabinet minister Mike Russell has called for Scotland’s councils to be largely scrapped in their current form and broken down into “smaller units”.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

JK Rowling is a litigious bully
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 6:01pm
The headline of this article is a personal opinion derived from true facts. The popular associate of a prominent anonymous and abusive internet troll has undertaken more than 50 lawsuits against the press, and has admitted in an interview with The Times that she’s “too thin-skinned” when it comes to people writing critically about her. …

Help, we need somebody
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 2:50pm
It’s been a fair few months since we last documented the Daily Record’s increasingly panicky attempts to save its own hide over its infamous eve-of-referendum “Vow”. In its growing desperation, the paper bizarrely turns today to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, demanding that SHE should be the one to fulfil a promise that the Record made specifically …

A Penny For Labour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 10:58am
We’re just going to leave this here. “Penny dreadful for low paid: Inland Revenue figures back Labour claims public-sector workers would bear brunt of SNP tax plan Labour will seek to put tax at the centre of its ‘big push’ for a Holyrood majority this week, with new figures showing nurses, teachers, and council workers …

A kind of goldrush
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Feb 2016 at 2:14pm
An alert reader directed us to an article on finance site Bloomberg today: It’s interesting to see a business and bankers’ perspective on something that we’ve already pointed out a number of times on Wings, namely that the lower oil price has at least as many upsides as downsides. It may reduce the amount of money …

The Living End
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2016 at 12:55pm
Something kept nagging at the back of our minds as we read today’s front-page lead story in Scotland On Sunday about a battle between finance secretary John Swinney and a number of Scottish councils. And then we remembered what it was. The row centred around Swinney’s plan to impose on councils a commitment to pay …

Charity with menaces
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2016 at 10:34am
Brian Spanner Fan Club chair JK Rowling yesterday moved quickly to correct some press reports that she’d abandoned her plans to sue independent MP Natalie McGarry over alleged defamation. Tweeting to Herald reporter Martin Williams, she snippily noted: The true nature of the “request” therefore seems unmistakeable – “make a donation to my charity or get sued …

A world full of philanthropists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jan 2016 at 11:41am
To the astonishment of all, it turns out that JK Rowling isn’t going to sue anyone after all. Or, as the ever-reliable-and-accurate Scottish Daily Mail puts it: (It seems needlessly churlish and picky to also point out that McGarry currently isn’t an “SNP MP”, so we won’t do that.) Instead, the author, worth hundreds of …

Broad shoulders, short arms
by Chris Cairns
30 Jan 2016 at 7:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Hullo, hullo, we are the bully boys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2016 at 2:17pm
On the rare occasions when this site discusses football, and in particular if we mention the three-year-old Championship club known as “Rangers”, we get complaints on two grounds: one, that football has nothing to do with politics, and two, that we risk alienating supporters of the club who also back independence, of which there are …

The tweets you won?t read
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2016 at 10:14pm
Social media amused itself briefly tonight over a spat between former SNP MP (now independent) Natalie McGarry and children’s author and hedge enthusiast JK Rowling. It started like this: And then some stuff happened. McGarry alleged that Rowling defended “abusive, misogynist trolls”. Note that last word – “trolls”, not “trolling” – because it’s quite important. Having …

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Swinney resists income tax rise calls
3 Feb 2016 at 1:52am
MSPs will take part in a showdown vote later on income tax as opposition leaders challenge ministers to raise more money to protect public services.

Scotland Bill talks 'must reach deal'
3 Feb 2016 at 2:00am
The deadline set by ministers to agree a deal on the financial package underpinning the Scotland Bill should be abandoned, Scottish Labour says.

Labour calls for Scots income tax rise
2 Feb 2016 at 9:38am
Labour calls for an immediate 1p increase in Scottish income tax rates in order to avoid cuts to education and other local services.

SNP wants June EU vote to be ruled out
2 Feb 2016 at 3:13pm
The leader of the SNP at Westminster, Angus Robertson, wants a June referendum on Britain's membership of the EU to be ruled out.

Protests against Roosh V - who is he?
2 Feb 2016 at 1:39pm
Plans for fans of self-styled "neo-masculinist" Daryush Valizadeh to meet up in Scotland have drawn protest.

Moray Council drops 18% tax rise plan
2 Feb 2016 at 1:44pm
Moray Council drops its proposals to put up council tax by 18% and will now maintain the freeze on householders' bills.

A&E performance best since 2009
2 Feb 2016 at 2:56pm
Emergency departments at Scottish hospitals have recorded their best December performance since 2009, figures show.

Child smoking rates down by two thirds
2 Feb 2016 at 3:31pm
The number of children who smoke is falling, according to newly-published Scottish government figures.

Finance deal 'some distance' away
1 Feb 2016 at 8:41pm
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney says the Scottish and UK government's are "some distance" from securing a deal on new financial powers for Holyrood.

Economic institute eyes research growth
2 Feb 2016 at 12:14am
The University of Strathclyde's Fraser of Allander Institute is to mark its 40th anniversary by boosting its research capabilities.

Brexit campaign 'embryonic' in Scotland
1 Feb 2016 at 11:40am
The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, describes the Scottish campaign to leave the EU as "a bit embryonic".

New £12m oil jobs fund being set up
1 Feb 2016 at 3:07pm
A new £12m fund to help people who face losing their jobs in oil and gas to gain new skills and find new work is being set up by the Scottish government.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

What are the leaders saying on Europe?
2 Feb 2016 at 4:55pm
What are six party leaders saying about Britain's future in Europe?

Scotland's tax powers
2 Feb 2016 at 12:08pm
The BBC's Douglas Fraser on the taxes Scotland has now and what's to come

Scot Goes Pop

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Poll of Polls on the EU referendum : "Leave" campaign draws level on average ...
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2016 at 6:30am
This is only the third update of this blog's Poll of Polls for the EU referendum - I haven't been able to produce new figures as often as I expected, partly because telephone polling has been surpr...

John Curtice concurs that "tactical voting on the list" is a risk
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2016 at 1:50am
When I noticed a few hours ago that The National were splashing with a John Curtice essay on whether it's a good or a bad idea for independence supporters to vote "tactically" on the Holyrood regio...

Terry Wogan
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2016 at 1:51pm
While watching the tennis this morning (which was a painful enough process anyway), I was absolutely heartbroken to look at my phone and see the news about Terry Wogan.  Of course I'm a Eurovision ...

On the plus side, everyone who has ever worked for the Daily Express now know...
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2016 at 12:31am
Just spotted that I got a glowing mention a few hours ago on the Twitter account of J K Rowling's abusive and misogynistic friend (but by God she's sticking by him!) "Brian Spanner", who somehow co...

More on that totally coincidental link between J K Rowling's misogynistic Twi...
by James Kelly
30 Jan 2016 at 8:03am
As you may have seen, I was highly privileged yesterday to briefly attract the attention of the unholy alliance between abusive CyberBrits and the Global Rowling Heavy Mob. As far as I can see, th...

The misogynistic tweeter, his friendship with J K Rowling, and the ENTIRELY C...
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2016 at 3:03pm
I do love a lightbulb moment.  About an hour ago, I was trying to dream up a vaguely satirical tweet about the extraordinary way in which J K Rowling is routinely rewarded by her adoring fans in th...

Panelbase hints that the gap between Holyrood and Westminster voting intentio...
by James Kelly
28 Jan 2016 at 1:51pm
It's been brought to my attention that deep within the Panelbase datasets there seems to be the equivalent of a full-scale Scottish poll of Westminster voting intentions.  It's presented as the sub...

Punchy Panelbase poll puts SNP lead at 29%
by James Kelly
24 Jan 2016 at 10:16am
Constituency ballot :SNP 50% (-2)Labour 21% (-2)Conservatives 17% (+3)Liberal Democrats 6% (n/c)Greens 3% (n/c)UKIP 2% (n/c)Regional list ballot :SNP 48% (n/c)Labour 19% (-3) Conservatives 17% (+2)...

New podcast
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2016 at 5:15am
Just a quick note to let you know that I took part in a podcast yesterday with Derek Bateman and Angela Haggerty.  We discussed RISE and the "tactical voting" controversy, the SNP's prospects in th...

A modest plea to the BBC
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2016 at 1:36pm
Long-term readers of this blog may recall that I don't believe in positive discrimination, but think there may be a case for making an exception with parliamentary selections, because it's particul...

By-election boost for sizzling SNP in hallowed Hamilton habitat
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2016 at 11:55pm
There can't be another town in Scotland that says "by-election" quite like Hamilton, and there was certainly no disappointment tonight as the SNP surged into a comfortable first place in a ward tha...

On the progress of "the movement"
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2016 at 7:09pm
Denise made an interesting suggestion on the previous thread.  She reckons that the recent "Scottish blog wars" (of which the total breakdown of my own relationship with a bashful RISE propagandist...

Response to Mike Small's Facebook post
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2016 at 9:51pm
Now that I've had a chance to calm down after having six hours of my life totally wasted by the editor of Bella Caledonia, I've reflected on what Peter A Bell and others said on the previous thread...

EXCLUSIVE : Read the article on "tactical voting" that Bella Caledonia refuse...
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2016 at 9:57am
If your blogger sounds thoroughly hacked off today, there's a very good reason for that.  Yesterday, Mike Small of Bella Caledonia claimed that the endless series of articles on his site trying to ...

Attempting to put the "range" back into "range of voices"
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2016 at 8:08am
Apologies that I haven't written anything yet about yesterday's Panelbase poll.  Although most of the excitement concerned the finding that Scotland would vote in favour of independence in the even...

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Match of the day postponed in Scotland.
by /u/hamish57
3 Feb 2016 at 2:18am
BBC Scotland shows match of the day at 2345 finishing at 0115 compared to rest of the UK showing 2245-0015. Surely there is more demand to watch MOTD before shite holby city (presumably rescheduled...

The Radical, 18th-Century Scottish System for Paying for (University)
by /u/kaibeezy
3 Feb 2016 at 1:09am
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Growing up Scottish is bad for your bones
by /u/kaibeezy
3 Feb 2016 at 12:57am
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A Proposal On Letting *Potential* Independence Benefit Scotland The Most
by /u/benedictFocker
3 Feb 2016 at 12:26am
I was reading a developing story about a U.S. jet flying over Scotland to capture Edward Snowden. Some Scots are upset? In any event I realized that this sort of thing is exactly why I believe the ...

Scottish Labour, peering into the abyss, wake up and decide to do something -...
by /u/amadeus2803
2 Feb 2016 at 9:07pm
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Scots Police Teach US Cops How To Avoid Gun Use
by /u/BesottedScot
2 Feb 2016 at 9:05pm
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Iain Macwhirter: Detriment in fiscal framework beyond our ken (From Herald Sc...
by /u/amadeus2803
2 Feb 2016 at 8:37pm
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Does anyone else find the Bernie Sanders / Hillary Clinton Reddit drama scari...
by /u/Honesty_Addict
2 Feb 2016 at 8:26pm
I say this as a Yes voter - watching the Sanders crew circlejerking themselves til they're bloody and raw really drives home how annoying as fuck we were before, during and after the referendum. ...

Scotland says "No" to anti-woman hate group lead by RooshV
by /u/blackpuppies
2 Feb 2016 at 8:25pm
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2 Days to Help Scottish Green Party get Equal Coverage
by /u/autonomyscotland
2 Feb 2016 at 7:26pm
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Highland Council's SNP Group leader wants tourists to pay to claw back income
by /u/moviemana
2 Feb 2016 at 6:50pm
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Eminent lairds warn SNP land reforms may stop farm lets
by /u/moviemana
2 Feb 2016 at 6:39pm
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Scotland the best educated country in Europe, claims ONS report
by /u/OllieGarkey
2 Feb 2016 at 5:59pm
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How good is your Scottish Rhyming Slang?
by /u/arwyn89
2 Feb 2016 at 5:36pm
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Council Tax rise no longer an option for Highland Council
by /u/lightlamp4
2 Feb 2016 at 5:03pm
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Daily Record

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale pledges to increase income tax by 1p to ...
by Andy Philip
2 Feb 2016 at 8:21am
JOHN SWINNEY has been condemned for his decision to slash spending on councils, and Dugdale has announced the plan to raise money for vital services.

Record View: It's time for Cameron and Sturgeon to bang heads together and de...
by Record View
2 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
THE UK and Scottish governments are struggling to finalise the deal but the RECORD VIEW says the so-called stumbling block,  fiscal framework, is not a good enough excuse to fail Scotland.

Serious offenders must serve entire jail term as automatic early release is axed
by Katrine Bussey
1 Feb 2016 at 11:20pm
CONS had the right to automatic early release after serving two thirds of their prison sentence before the new law came in to force.

Adele slams Donald Trump for using her songs during presidential campaign
by Claire Rutter
1 Feb 2016 at 7:51pm
The All I Ask hitmaker has issued a statement to insist that she is NOT endorsing the Republican presidential candidate

Record View: The North Sea oil crisis isn't just an Aberdeen issue.. it could...
by Record View
1 Feb 2016 at 10:00am
OUR editorial reflects on the potential economic damage from the plummeting oil price and everyone will know someone personally affected.

'Hearing people call me Alice instead of David feels right': Scots transgende...
by Annie Brown
1 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
ALICE Castle from Livingston reveals how she realised she wanted to be a woman, and how the Prince's Trust helped her find her confidence.

Deal or no deal: Crunch talks on sweeping new powers for Scotland start today
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
LABOUR tells the SNP and the Tories to get on with the stalled discussions on the Scotland Bill instead of blaming each other for delays.

Kezia Dugdale: SNP cuts to education funding will cost us dear
by Kezia Dugdale
1 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
THE leader of Scottish Labour says the SNP wants to cut the education budget by £130million.

Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independe...
by Mark Aitken
31 Jan 2016 at 9:34pm
MHAIRI Black recently jumped at the chance to see charity work being carried out in Kenya.

Critics demand inquiry into grants given to web giant Amazon after worker exp...
31 Jan 2016 at 11:43am
THE online retailer won millions from the Government to create jobs in Scotland, but worker Mhairi McAlpine says ministers must quiz the company on low pay and poor working conditions.

Derek Bateman

The Russian Doll*
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 5:28pm
Unravelling the layers in search of the nugget of Labour?s income tax policy is like the Russian doll. It seems to be impenetrable and then the result is disappointingly insignificant. Starting on the first layer, I suggest Labour has the biggest and most enduring obstacle of all. It?s called credibility. The question for Kezia isn?t: …

Clocking Off
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 2:24pm
Workers? rights, eh? Sounds historic, like boilersuits and clocking-on, mass meetings and sit-ins. When researchers investigated Labour?s election failure they found people associated them with that same past. Even the TUC sounds like a committee of boilermakers and wheel-tappers, all white bread sandwiches and bottled beer. The latest round of anti-union legislation will curtail further …

Author! Author!
by derekbateman1
1 Feb 2016 at 7:46pm
My fondest story about JK Rowling was when I asked the barman in my local some years ago what else he was doing to earn a living. He was a huge muscleman who couldn?t care tuppence ? about anything or anyone. He said he was labouring ? building a wall at a house in Edinburgh …

From Our Own Correspondent
by derekbateman1
31 Jan 2016 at 10:58am
Good afternoon. You join me here in the blasted wastes of the remote Northern territory of Unthink, a place so doggedly one-dimensional that it is being studied by research teams and think tanks from twenty countries. The people of Unthink have lost the power of individual thought and can only act collectively, following each other …

Print and Be Demeaned
by derekbateman1
29 Jan 2016 at 2:37pm
Stand by your man. That was always the first response of editors when threats and warnings came in. At the Herald, where I worked from 1973 to 1987, it now seems Bend the Knee is the editor?s motto. When thugs ? be they individual or corporate ? start dictating your policy, you?re finished. I suggest …

Bella Caledonia

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Retreat to the Alps to Think Deep
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Feb 2016 at 2:37pm
Bella Postcard: a new micro blog: a random ?best of the web? in under 250 words. As Hillary Rodham Clinton begins to ‘feel the Bern’ after Iowa, there’s an inevitable circling of the wagons. In the Salon Robert Reich explains: “The Washington Post is lying to you about Bernie Sanders”. Over at The Times a …

Legislated Nostalgia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Feb 2016 at 2:07pm
“Do you suffer from long term memory loss – I can’t remember”. In its most recent form, that I can remember, it started with Diana: the People’s Princess. Fears, hopes, feelings and memories are offered (and accepted) that you don’t and couldn’t possibly have any access to. We mourn and weep people we’ve never met, …

Back to the Roots of Celtic Connections
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Feb 2016 at 2:28pm
Finding folk?s radical roots in this year?s Celtic Connections. Solidarity from Occitania to Glasgow; dark secrets of the British Empire; and young women challenging convention – Jen Stout goes in search of the radical side of the festival. In 1994 the very first Celtic Connections festival took place, drawing 35,000 people and starting a tradition …

On (Scots) Language
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Feb 2016 at 12:53pm

Become the Media Part 1 ? The Joy of Blogs
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Feb 2016 at 12:17pm
THE JOY OF BLOGS profiles bloggers and offers inspiring advice to others. The emergence of new and diverse writing voices has been a key feature of Scotland’s new media movement. Here we profile 4 very different bloggers who explain more about their work, offer thoughts on the failure of the traditional media to reflect our …

A Plan for Equality in Early Learning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Feb 2016 at 8:53am
Commomweal’s plan for equality in early learning in Scotland. 200 years ago, Robert Owen opened the first formalised pre-school education centre in the UK as part of his utopian socialist project in New Lanark. Owen?s approach as an educationalist, based on teachers encouraging the children to enjoy themselves and engage with the world playfully, was …

Without Fear or Favour
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Jan 2016 at 9:27am
There is a bucketful of irony surrounding my departure from the Sunday Herald which doesn’t escape me. Firstly, I was sacked less than a week after penning a column about the abuse I’ve experienced as a journalist, much of which has come from fans of Rangers Football Club following my work editing a book about …

The Gorgonzola Cheese/ The Caledonian Antisyzygy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jan 2016 at 10:00pm
Fin I wis wee, English bedd in the wireless, or in ma mither?s mou fin she wis on the phone. Ma brither spakk a fantosh pan-loaf kinda English because he gaed tae a posh skweel nearhaun an wis aulder than me. Bit faither an Granmither (fa bedd wi us) spakk anely Scots., gey braid, for …

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The Guardian view on Labour?s Scottish tax pledge: a big, bold move | Editorial
by Editorial
2 Feb 2016 at 7:30pm
Kezia Dugdale is right to challenge the SNP?s claim to be Scotland?s party of the left. But what?s good for politics may not turn out to be good for LabourRepeatedly wounded in recent elections, the Scottish Labour party is a shadow of its former self. Labour has a sole Scottish MP. It stands on ...

Labour pushes 1p tax rise in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
Party leader Kezia Dugdale wants to raise income tax while introducing system of rebates for low earnersThe Scottish government is coming under greater pressure to use Scotland?s new income tax powers after Labour proposed a 1p increase and combined with a system to give a rebate for low earners....

The Guardian view on social care and the NHS: can?t pay, won?t pay | Editorial
by Editorial
31 Jan 2016 at 7:27pm
Politicians in Whitehall and the town hall are heading for conflict over the costs of looking after the elderlyFor the NHS, 2016 is regarded as a ?year of opportunity?. That is because it is the start of the five-year electoral cycle, a time for the kind of difficult choices that will only be san...

Suspended SNP MP accuses JK Rowling of bullying in Twitter spat
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jan 2016 at 6:58pm
Natalie McGarry, who has been linked to missing donations claims, threatened with legal action by Harry Potter authorThe embattled Scottish MP Natalie McGarry is at the centre of another controversy after she accused JK Rowling of bullying, prompting the Harry Potter author to threaten legal proc...

Scottish Lib Dems call for 1p tax rise to raise £475m for education
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jan 2016 at 1:56pm
Party leader Willie Rennie says measure would put Scotland?s schools ?right back up there? with the best in the worldThe Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for Scotland?s income tax rates to rise across the board by a penny as the party attempts to kickstart its ailing Holyrood election campa...

Northern Ireland and Welsh leaders lobby PM over EU referendum date
by Frances Perraudin
27 Jan 2016 at 9:53am
First ministers in Belfast and Cardiff follow call by Nicola Sturgeon not to hold vote in June over fears it could distract from assembly electionsThe first ministers of Northern Ireland and Wales have joined a call by theircounterpart in Scotland for the EU referendum not to be held in June.Scot...

Scotland increases pressure on David Cameron to admit refugee children
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jan 2016 at 6:48pm
MSP Humza Yousaf suggests Scottish government may be willing to take more than its proportionate commitmentThe Scottish government has added to growing pressure on David Cameron to admit thousands of unaccompanied and at-risk refugee children to the UK. Humza Yousaf, the SNP minister who has spea...

Alex Salmond pays for supper in Tehran ? and triggers constitutional crisis
by Ewen MacAskill
25 Jan 2016 at 5:35pm
Foreign Office failure to host meal for former SNP leader and UK embassy staff shows ?deep politicisation? of department under Philip Hammond, says SalmondWhen Alex Salmond flew to Iran to meet Iranian ministers and MPs just before Christmas, he was expecting to be briefed by the resident UK dipl...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The Better Together Tax
by weegingerdug
2 Feb 2016 at 11:10pm
Kezia’s got a brand new plan. On the day that Jackie Baillie publishes an article for a Labour blog saying that we need more honesty in Scottish politics, you might think that we’d had our quota of irony for the week, but then Kezia goes and meets her irony and raises her some parody with …

Death by banter
by weegingerdug
1 Feb 2016 at 8:47pm
I go away for a couple of days and all hell breaks loose on Scottish social media. On Thursday evening, a well known author and pal of yoon journos got into a Twitter spat with a Scottish MP. The occasion of the harrumphment was that the female MP took offence at what appeared to be …

Stick it where the EVEL doesn?t shine
by weegingerdug
28 Jan 2016 at 7:53pm
Time is running out for an agreement between the Scottish Government and the UK Treasury on a financial settlement for Scotland. Now Labour has accused the SNP of creating an artificial deadline, because Labour are taking the side of the UK Treasury in this process. The discussions relate to the much hyped new tax responsibilities …

Inveterate liar tells the truth
by weegingerdug
26 Jan 2016 at 6:49pm
The tombstone toothed son of Satan, the warspawning liemongerer of Labour, the parasitical worm in the bowels of progressive politics, has treated us to something new. No, he’s not suddenly realised that his Christian faith means he’s supposed to repent of his sins, for Tony believes that Christianity has a lot more to do with …

Grasping at a crocodile penis
by weegingerdug
24 Jan 2016 at 10:15pm
According to a few recent opinion polls, the Tories are gaining ground on Labour in the battle to become the second largest party in Holyrood. Well, I say battle, it’s more like a slanging match between two drunks outside a pub over who gets a taxi that’s already gone. Before the last Tories in Scotland, …

Taking the long way round
by weegingerdug
20 Jan 2016 at 10:12pm
God, are we not lucky that the No campaign won the referendum eh? Remember all the wonderous things that would befall Scotland if we had the sense to just say no thanks to People’s Republic of Alicsammin? There would be jobs that were secure and pensions that endure. There would be careers for steel makers …

The Great Scottish Blog War
by weegingerdug
19 Jan 2016 at 1:15am
I’ve been keeping out the Great Scottish Blog Wars. In case you haven’t noticed, which is another way of saying in case you’re a sane person who doesn’t care about arguments on social media because you have a real life, battle lines have been drawn over the question of list votes, and the best way …

Be a good little soldier
by weegingerdug
18 Jan 2016 at 1:40am
Our caring sharing all in this together Tory government wants to spread the benefits of militarism to the poor. Traditionally in Scotland, only the small minority of private schools had cadet forces, teaching kids from middle class backgrounds the rudiments of squarebashing and gun pointing so as to ease their later transition into officers’ commissions …

The National

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Poor pupils win as Dundee University leads the way in access
3 Feb 2016 at 12:59am
THE body tasked with closing the higher education gap will today hear how one university is ?stimulating aspiration? amongst poorer pupils.

English letter shock for Scots hit by contaminated blood scandal
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
SCOTTISH victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have spoken of their shock and confusion at receiving letters from the Department of Health in England over financial settlements.

BT broadband and phones crash across UK
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
COMMUNICATIONS across the country were disrupted yesterday when BT?s broadband and phone network crashed.

Scotland?s sky lit up with rare iridescent, nacreous clouds
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
RARE clouds which colour the sky with luminous hues have been spotted across parts of the UK.

Theresa May urged to act over pro-rape activist Roosh V
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
HOME Secretary Theresa May has been asked to take action against the pro-rape activist Roosh V.

Fund-raising keeps beautiful statue of Scots sisters in UK
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
A CLASSICAL Lorenzo Bartolini sculpture, featuring two Scottish sisters, has gone on display at the Scottish National Gallery for the first time since its acquisition last summer.

Fears for abused women over new six-month tenancies plan
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
HOMELESS groups and women?s rights campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships.

Getting the needle: Acupuncturists angry over 150% fee rise
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
ACUPUNCTURISTS are losing hundreds of pounds and may have their businesses put into financial trouble because of a 150 per cent hike in charges to have their licences renewed.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Retailers Learn Your Lesson ? Scots Do Not Take Kindly to Blackmailers
by caltonjock
2 Feb 2016 at 11:04pm
    The Scottish Referendum The heavily criticised “fear” campaign was delivered by, (supposedly politically neutral) Civil Servants under the leadership of Sir Jeremy Heywood, his mate McPherson in the Treasury and other senior officers, through the offices of David Cameron. Cameron widened his assault when, less than 2 weeks before the referendum he recruited …

Scottish Devolution Road Map ? A French Perspective
by caltonjock
1 Feb 2016 at 4:24pm
      300 Years of Abuse The act of Union 1707. Ah!! Scottish Utopia!!! But you see we were short changed. The traffic is and always has been, all one way. South to London & the South East of England Westminster politicians gather all the finance from Scotland. then, if minded to do so …

Labour Voters Decide ? Labour Party in Scotland is Finished ? Get the Message...
by caltonjock
29 Jan 2016 at 2:35am
    Message for the Unionist parties – Labour – Tory – Lib/Dem and UKIP The Labour Party in Scotland is a busted flush unworthy of any support from the Scottish electorate. The other Westminster controlled parties are just as guilty of electoral abuse. 100 days from now Scotland should send all of the Unionist …

Francesca Osowska OBE, Director, Scotland Office -A Masterclass in Evasion fo...
by caltonjock
28 Jan 2016 at 8:33am
      Francesca Osowska OBE, Director, Scotland Office Francesca was educated in Cumbria and at Cambridge University where she obtained an MA in economics. She also received an MA in European Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges. Having joined the civil service as an economist in 1993, her first posting was in …

Scottish Office ? Works For Westminster But Against Scotland
by caltonjock
27 Jan 2016 at 9:52pm
    Sir David Steel     21 November 2001: Scotland Act Not Fit For Purpose and Needs to be Changed Says Lib/Dem Lord Steel Lord Steel, the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, yesterday criticised the devolution settlement, claiming that Scotland’s institutions should have more power to act without seeking Westminster approval. His comments were seized …

Labour Party in Government in Scotland ? Incompetence or criminal deception
by caltonjock
27 Jan 2016 at 5:32am
  The Late Donald Dewer and the First lady of the UK McLeish McConnell with his pal Donald     Labour Party Accused of Cheating the Scottish Electorate The Labour Party, assisted by the Lib/Dem’s formed the government in Scotland from the start of devolution until 2007. In that time Donald Dewer, Henry Mcleish then …

Mundell & the Scottish Office ? The Millstone Dragging Scotland Down
by caltonjock
26 Jan 2016 at 9:17pm
          Mundell Plea – Let’s all be civil to each other David Mundell calls for a “reboot” of the relationship between Holyrood and Westminster, and said there should be an end to the “petty politicking and sniping” between the Scottish and UK governments after the Scottish elections in May. He cited …

Devolution ? A Diplomatic Gift From Westminster Or A Poisoned Chalice Concoct...
by caltonjock
20 Jan 2016 at 11:24pm
    1999 – Devolution – Establishment of the Scottish Assembly Westminster politicians, across the party’s did not embrace devolution with any degree of enthusiasm. The proposal was cynically introduced by Tony Blair as an election propaganda tool designed to encourage Scottish voters to join the labour party cause, namely getting rid of the centralising …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Schrödinger's womb
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
I've been traipsing after Michael Gove in his various - sometimes curious - parliamentary appearances on the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act. The Tories are in a bit of bother. Mopping up after the majestically incompetent predecessor Chris Grayling, the new Lord Chancellor has the thankless task of marshalling the Conservatives' jury...

Questions, questions
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 2:59pm
It is a finnicky detail, but an important one. Today, Kezia Dugdale has announced that Scottish Labour wants to increase income tax by 1 pence in the pound across all tax bands. Under the scheme, anyone earning over £10,600 or so will find themselves making a greater contribution to the Scottish exchequer. Wealthier folk considerably more. From ...

Harry Clarke: "insufficient evidence in law to prove a crime committed"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
I've written a greal deal about the legal fallout from the tragic crash in Glasgow on the 22nd of December 2014, which claimed six lives. Regular readers may feel I've exhausted my arguments. I probably have.But I wanted to add a brief word or two here about today's tidings: that the Lord Advocate has declined to extend his concurrence to the tw...

Scottish Times
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Jan 2016 at 7:47pm
In the interests of shabby self-promotion -- as some of you may have noticed from recent punts on social media, the Scottish edition of the Times has been carrying a few bits and pieces from me of late, most recently a fairly critical, godless look at the emergence of the new anti-abortion group, Don't Stop a Human Heart, and the ailing and somt...

Harry Clarke: in the dock?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Jan 2016 at 3:36pm
News this morning that the families of Erin McQuade, and her grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, have submitted a bill of criminal letters to the Crown Office. The long-promised private prosecution of Harry Clarke has begun. Various outlets have the story, though the precise charge sheet remains a little hazy. The Times "understands that Mr ...

Justice, divided?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
19 Jan 2016 at 3:17pm
A niche interest, perhaps, but let's talk about Holyrood's Justice Committee. Christine Grahame's committee often pops up on the pages of this blog, sometimes favourably, and sometimes taking a bit of a shellacking.  Today, Holyrood's sexy Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee reported, making recommendations about how the Scot...

EVEL is milquetoast
by Lallands Peat Worrier
15 Jan 2016 at 5:08pm
Back in October, I had a bit of a rant. I was fed up: fed up of some of the nonsense being peddled about the Tories' feeble new EVEL rules. With the final Commons vote on the England-only Housing Bill this week, the guffstorm surged back into life. Part of me is sympathetic. The changes to Parliament's standing orders which give effect to the pr...

RIPA: Police Scotland's whoops apocalypse
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Jan 2016 at 9:15pm
On the 25th of March 2015, a new code of practice on the use of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act came into force. RIPA, as it tends to be known, sets out the procedures and authorisations which public authorities - including Police Scotland - must employ if they want to intercept telecommunications, tap phones, or gain access to what is ca...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion
by Gerry
1 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 31st 2016 Something is wrong with the British economy. George Osborne seems to be experiencing his own ?Boom and Bust?. Just before Christmas he was singing the joys of the British economy on the mend.  Yet a few weeks later he changed ...

Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook unders...
by Gerry
28 Jan 2016 at 9:16am
Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 27th 2016 Everything is culture these days. It is what supposedly brings about real, lasting change, shifts attitudes, is everywhere and yet often intangible, and has spawned a plethora of ?cultural studies? from academics and writers eager ...

The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain
by Gerry
24 Jan 2016 at 11:00am
The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 24th 2016 2016 will be a turbulent year for Britain and the world. One issue will dominate the UK political classes beyond economic and financial worries or anxieties about immigration and security, and that is Europe. Europe will ...

The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland
by Gerry
21 Jan 2016 at 8:25am
The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 20th 2016 These are turbulent times for the BBC. The patrician age of benign liberal paternalism and enlightened elites knowing what is best for us, unquestioned and unchallenged, have long since passed. We have now swung to the other end of the ...

Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland
by Gerry
18 Jan 2016 at 6:45am
Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 17th 2016 It has been a tough few years for the BBC ? with challenges from every direction, and potshots and criticism from every quarter. This week Tony Hall, BBC?s head, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament alongside BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie. Hall ...

Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut?
by Gerry
14 Jan 2016 at 4:46pm
Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 13th 2016 Once upon a time there was a thing called the Scottish Tut. It defined many of our exchanges, stalked our land and policed the boundaries of permissible behaviour. It gave and took away acceptance; and once it was seemingly everywhere and now ...

The Phoney War in British and Scottish Politics Will End Soon
by Gerry
11 Jan 2016 at 7:00am
The Phoney War in British and Scottish Politics Will End Soon Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 10th 2016 The big news this week wasn?t the Corbyn re-shuffle of people no one had heard of. Nor was it Cameron?s retreat on the Euro referendum over Cabinet collective responsibility. And it certainly wasn?t Donald Trump threatening to ...

There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Ian Bell, Willie McIlvanney & the Power...
by Gerry
7 Jan 2016 at 8:56am
There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Ian Bell, Willie McIlvanney and the Power of the Word Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 6th 2016 Scotland values words. It has always had a place in its heart for wordsmiths and for those who powerfully combine language with a sense of some higher calling ? from ...

Scotland and Independence

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EU chief warns of dilemma for Scotland - BBC News
31 Jan 2016 at 12:49pm

BBC News
EU chief warns of dilemma for Scotland
BBC News
She was speaking after Tony Blair predicted a UK vote to leave the EU would lead to Scottish independence. The UKIP leader Nigel Farage said this was a "scare tactic" that would not work. A referendum on UK membership of the EU is due to be held by the ...
Scotland must not be forced into hasty exit, says EU chiefScotsman
EU chief: Scotland sh...

Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence' - BBC News
26 Jan 2016 at 2:15pm

BBC News
Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence'
BBC News
Tony Blair has said he thinks Scotland will leave the Union if the UK votes to break away from the European Union. The ex-PM said he hoped voters in the forthcoming referendum would choose to stay a part of the 28-member bloc. And speaking to French ...
Blair: Brexit Will Spark Scottish IndependenceSky News
Tony Blair: EU exit...

Hardline Scottish nationalists cover the Queen's head on pound coins with a s...
1 Feb 2016 at 2:46pm

Daily Mail
Hardline Scottish nationalists cover the Queen's head on pound coins with a sticker
Daily Mail
Scottish nationalists have used stickers to cover up the Queen's head on pound coins as part of a campaign for unilateral declaration of independence. The holographic stickers back the 'Scottish UDI Movement', which stands for Unilateral Declaration of ...
Hard-line nationalists cover Queen's f...

Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence...
27 Jan 2016 at 11:59am

Reuters UK
Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence hopes
Reuters UK
DUNDEE, Scotland Some Scottish nationalists, who strongly support staying in the European Union, might vote for a British exit from the bloc in the hope of boosting the chances of gaining independence for Scotland, a former Scottish National Party (SNP ...
David Cameron unveils long-term plan f...

Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independe...
31 Jan 2016 at 9:35pm

Scottish Daily Record
Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independence?and Bono
Scottish Daily Record
?The two things I have argued about most in my life are Scottish independence and Bono. People should get off the guy's back. ?At a U2 concert at Hampden in 2009 I went to, there was a video message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a tribute to Aung ...

EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to ...
28 Jan 2016 at 5:50pm

The Independent
EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to independence'
The Independent
Some Scottish nationalists may vote for the UK to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum because they think it will speed up the route to independence, a former leader of the SNP has said. Gordon Wilson, who served as head of the party for more ...
Ruth Davidson: Talking up...

EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll - Scotsman
17 Jan 2016 at 11:15am

EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll
She would have the backing of 54% for another referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU, the poll of of 1,053 voters in Scotland and 1,034 adults in England and Wales suggests. And the Yes to independence campaign would win the day by 52% - up seven ...
Poll suggests Brexit would lead to 54 per cent Yes vote in ScotlandThe Nat...

Scottish independence: Entrepreneur says nation paying penalty for indyref - ...
10 Jan 2016 at 8:00am

Scottish independence: Entrepreneur says nation paying penalty for indyref
In a letter to Business Insider magazine, MacDonald wrote: ?Across the board what I hear is that company bosses are wary about increasing investment and employee numbers in Scotland? They see Scotland becoming a low growth, high tax environment, ...


SNP - Google News
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Scottish budget: Swinney resists calls to raise income tax - BBC News
3 Feb 2016 at 2:42am

BBC News
Scottish budget: Swinney resists calls to raise income tax
BBC News
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has tabled an amendment to the budget, calling for the Scottish rate of income tax to be set at 11p, a penny more than the rate proposed by the SNP administration. Labour argues this cash would help avoid cuts to ...

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What are the party leaders saying on Europe? - BBC News
3 Feb 2016 at 1:57am

BBC News
What are the party leaders saying on Europe?
BBC News
Take six party leaders, from the SNP, Scottish Lib Dems, Scottish Labour, Scottish Greens, Scottish Tories and UKIP - what are they saying about Britain's future in Europe? INTERACTIVE. 2. 4. 3. 1. 5. 6 ...

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Membership of the European Union is fast becoming more than trouble than it i...
3 Feb 2016 at 1:08am

Herald Scotland
Membership of the European Union is fast becoming more than trouble than it is worth
Herald Scotland
What would the SNP do if Westminster (as is its sovereign right and its constitutional obligation to all UK citizens) were to deny its demand for a second independence referendum, on the grounds that voters should know the final settlement of the UK ...

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Farron decries SNP's "unthinking monoculture" and believes Lib Dems will forg...
3 Feb 2016 at 12:58am

Herald Scotland
Farron decries SNP's "unthinking monoculture" and believes Lib Dems will forge ahead in Scotland
Herald Scotland
TIM Farron has hit out at the ?unthinking monoculture? of the SNP at Westminster, insisting Nationalist MPs' lack of independence was not very Scottish. The Liberal Democrat leader, who will hit the Holyrood campaign trail today in Edinburgh, believing ...

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Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Disabled community can help build better country - The ...
3 Feb 2016 at 12:34am

The National
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Disabled community can help build better country
The National
THE SNP has a proud record of standing up for equality. We elected our first minority ethnic MSP in the late Bashir Ahmed, and have our first female First Minister in Nicola Sturgeon, with a gender-balanced Scottish Cabinet. But successes like these ...

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Labour's 1p tax rise 'to hit low earners' - The National
3 Feb 2016 at 12:31am

The National
Labour's 1p tax rise 'to hit low earners'
The National
They cannot deny that over two million people ? including almost half a million pensioners ? will be hit by their tax hike,? said Derek Mackay, the Scottish Government Minister and SNP Business Convener. ?Labour's proposals shift the burden of Tory ...

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Neil McGarvey: 1p tax ploy didn't work for the SNP so it's unlikely to work n...
3 Feb 2016 at 12:30am

The National
Neil McGarvey: 1p tax ploy didn't work for the SNP so it's unlikely to work now
The National
SCOTTISH Labour leader Keiza Dugdale yesterday launched a 2016 variant of John Swinney's infamous 1999 ?Penny for Scotland? pledge of utilising the Scottish Parliament's income taxation power to raise additional finance for public (in particular, ...

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David Cameron's EU reforms fail to impress the SNP - The National
3 Feb 2016 at 12:29am

The National
David Cameron's EU reforms fail to impress the SNP
The National
Yesterday, as Tusk's draft proposals were revealed to the world they were met, it seemed, mostly with indifference. ?There's not much in this,? said the SNP's EU spokesman Stephen Gethins, who said it would have no impact on the referendum campaign.

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Referendum (Google News)

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Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum | Alan Gr...
31 Jan 2016 at 9:00pm

Huffington Post UK
Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum | Alan Grant
Huffington Post UK
The received wisdom du jour in Scotland is that, regardless of the position one may have taken, our 2014 referendum on independence was a "good thing". As someone who participated on panels and in debates across Scotland during that interesting time I ...
'Emotive nationalism' does...

Brexit campaign 'embryonic' in Scotland - BBC News
1 Feb 2016 at 11:41am

BBC News
Brexit campaign 'embryonic' in Scotland
BBC News
Mr Edward said: "We're keen to get our team in place, so that if the referendum is called we're ready to go." The campaign has already appointed former Labour MP Frank Roy as their director in Scotland, with former SNP media chief, Kevin Pringle ...

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Property investment hit by referendum uncertainty - Herald Scotland
1 Feb 2016 at 8:14am

Herald Scotland
Property investment hit by referendum uncertainty
Herald Scotland
Ewen White, director of capital markets at LSH in Glasgow, believed uncertainty caused by the political landscape in Scotland during 2015 impacted the market. ?It is difficult to draw comparisons with 2014 due to the independence referendum and its ...

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EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to ...
28 Jan 2016 at 5:50pm

The Independent
EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to independence'
The Independent
Some Scottish nationalists may vote for the UK to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum because they think it will speed up the route to independence, a former leader of the SNP has said. Gordon Wilson, who served as head of the party for more ...
Ruth Davidson: Talking up...

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warn against a June 23 EU referendum - D...
27 Jan 2016 at 10:15am

Daily Mail
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warn against a June 23 EU referendum
Daily Mail
'This is not just a matter of respecting the integrity of the Welsh electoral debate, but of affording the EU referendum campaign the respect it deserves.' The intervention from Wales will come shortly after Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said ...
Party leaders unite against June EU referendum d...

EU referendum: Brexit could trigger second Scottish independence vote says To...
27 Jan 2016 at 12:01pm

International Business Times UK
EU referendum: Brexit could trigger second Scottish independence vote says Tony Blair
International Business Times UK
A Brexit from the EU could trigger a second referendum on Scottish independence, former prime minister Tony Blair has said. Speaking to a French radio station, he warned of the wider implications of voting to leave the bloc and added that he expects ...

Scottish politicians outline views on EU referendum - BBC News
10 Jan 2016 at 2:00pm

BBC News
Scottish politicians outline views on EU referendum
BBC News
Scottish politicians have been outlining their views on the EU as the Prime Minister said he was "hopeful" of reaching a deal by February. David Cameron said the in-out vote "would follow" if agreement with EU leaders was reached on his reforms. The ...

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Gordon Brown: Scotland could see 70-30 split in EU referendum - Scotsman
7 Jan 2016 at 10:18am

Gordon Brown: Scotland could see 70-30 split in EU referendum
However, the former prime minister will say that the pro-Europe vote in Scotland in the referendum ? due before the end of 2017 ? will be ?much better? if a case can be made that EU membership supports Scottish jobs and business. Mr Brown claims that ...
The EU referendum curse: May you live in interesting timesHerald S...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Euro Referendum
2 Feb 2016 at 5:01pm
I know this has been covered on other threads but given its importance and likely imminence I thought I'd start this.

Early reports and all that, but it looks like this falls well short of what Cameron himself promised. He will have on...

2015 General Election Coverage
29 Jan 2016 at 7:44pm
Is there anywhere that has the full coverage of this available?

YouTube has the BBC and ITV's UK-wide coverage, but that's it.

Sky's, plus both STV and BBC Scotland's coverage is nowhere to be seen, however, which seems strange.

JK Rowling meltdown
29 Jan 2016 at 8:35am
Have been following the spat on Twitter. IMHO Rowling despite her wealth and army of lawyers does not come out of this well. This Spanner guy she obviously fawns over is one nasty piece of work.   I think yon SNP MP should stick by her guns. A court case like this would hurt her more than McGarry...

Malaysian Prime Minister
26 Jan 2016 at 6:29pm
Tremendous news for Najib Razak the Prime Minister of Malaysia, after the country's attorney general cleared him of corruption following the discovering of a piffling $681,000,000 in his personal bank account. The money was paid to Mr Razak by the Saudi royal family.    “There was no reason given...

Good News For Fifers!
26 Jan 2016 at 9:01am

This is just fucking mental. I'm a pretty liberal guy and the idea that two consenting adults should have full autonomy over their sexual relations is a hard one to argue against apart from the, pe...

25 Jan 2016 at 4:19pm
Euro Crisis!

Migration Crisis!

Crisis in the NHS!

Crisis in Policing!

Crisis in Education!

Have you ever wondered at the absolute fascination the media has with labelling every issue they want people to worry about as a "crisis"? What I tend to notice is that these issues seldom seem to actually ...

James Connolly
23 Jan 2016 at 10:54pm
Interesting guy. Scottish socialist, mates with keir hardie then spearheaded the 1916 risings.

Oh, Reynard (sad face)
21 Jan 2016 at 5:09am
    Iain Macwhirter ‏@iainmacwhirter Iain Macwhirter Retweeted Reynard the fox To your hole, you nasty little rodent. Bye bye Iain Macwhirter added, Reynard the fox @TheZephyrus1969 @GrinBins @iainmacwhirter almost as if Aldermaston doesn't exist. Or Greenham Common etc. Crap journ...

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European Spec Cars Sold In Uk
2 Feb 2016 at 9:36pm
Considering buying a European spec car from a car dealer.

Brand new coming in at 4 k cheaper than a UK spec car similar engine size.

Any pit falls to look out for ?

Tourist Killed By Elephant
2 Feb 2016 at 6:48pm
Not suggesting this isn't tragic but hope nelly doesn't get put down

Car Roof Boxes
2 Feb 2016 at 5:50pm
Looking into getting one of these but like everything else about cars I know fck all about them really. Done a bit of scouting online but no really much further forward.

My cars got a couple of those roof rail affairs that run the length of the roof so Im presuming its just a matter of getting a ...

Clinton Wins 5 Out Of 5 Coin Tosses... Delegate Awarded
2 Feb 2016 at 8:35am
Seems odd  

Austerity! "i'd Pay More Tax If I Could"
2 Feb 2016 at 7:49am
Labour have dared to do it. Raise 1% income tax to offset SNP cuts. 21% and 41% bandings. Lowest paid 20% pay no more.

Lets see if Scotland is as egalitarian as people say. I doubt it but it's upset the apple cart and an interesting move if they get their message across.

Zika Virus
1 Feb 2016 at 10:07pm
strange one this.  seems to have come out of nowhere.    

Storm Henry
1 Feb 2016 at 6:54pm
Don't really think a bit of wind and rain is really worthy of a name. How about we just name all the crap weather one thing, my proposal is "winter"

1 Feb 2016 at 8:17am
Same trouble every year as I can never spell this fvcking word at the first attempt. It also doesn't help that I'm an English teacher! I had to double check the spelling and write it on the board before my students came into class this morning.   What words usually catch you out when it comes to ...

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